A host of acts aim to raise money for Shelter and War Child...

TRAVIS, ASH and Polyphonic Spree

are amongst the acts confirmed to be playing a series of intimate ‘BACK TO THE BARS’ gigs to raise money for the SHELTER and WAR CHILD charities.

‘Passport: Back To The Bars’ is a series of six nights of shows at Barfly venues across the UK taking place from March 1 to 6 next year. Each gig will feature some of the biggest names in music playing 200-500 capacity shows in Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and York, XFM reports.

Britain’s biggest DJs will also be playing sets prior to each gig and also at each aftershow party.

People wishing to go to the gigs pay £2 to send a text or make a phone call to enter a ‘draw’ to win a pair of ‘passports’ to that artist’s show. Also five pairs of the passes for each show will be retained and auctioned online to the highest bidder over a two-month period.

The draw and auction will raise money for the events two main charity beneficiaries War Child and Shelter.

The artists booked so far are Travis, Badly Drawn Boy, [/a], Elbow, Ash, [a], [a][/a] and Big Brovaz.

More acts are expected to be confirmed over the next few months, and details of the exact venues and line ups will be announced closer to the event.