The bash is organised by Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis' daughter Emily...
As previously reported on NME.COM, Emily, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael, has been planning an anti-war show. An intimate gig at the London Shepherds Bush Empire is now confirmed for March 15.
The event will take on a similar feel to her recent ‘Make Trade Fair’ charity gig at the London Astoria, where each artist performed acoustic sets, with an emphasis on collaborations. Ian McCulloch is billed as performing with a ‘secret special guest’, as is Paul Weller.
Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, Emily said that organising the show has been one of the most difficult things she’s ever had to do.
“It’s not been swimming against the tide, it’s been swimming against the tidal wave!” she joked of the gig, which was originally planned for the much larger Millennium Dome and then Wembley Arena. “Bands generally will speak out against (the war), but getting a performance is a very different thing. They want to keep a foot on the right side of America. It’s been a real struggle.
“It’s so important to act now, and not let apathy, or even worse, resignation set in. It’s going to be a unique night of collaborations and one-off appearances, with some very special unannounced guests and acoustic sets, as well as short speeches and video messages.”
Ticket proceeds will go to the Stop The War Coalition and CND Visit NME.COM next week for more details on the line-up.
In addition to the gig, CND are also organising a club night at Fabric in London on March 20.
The latest confirmed acts include Alan McGee’s Death Disco, Justin Robertson, Richard Fearless and Scratch Perverts.
James Lavelle, who is putting together the line-up, will do an UNKLE Sounds event featuring Ian Brown, who will sing live.
Tickets for the Fabric night are also on sale now, priced £10.