Elbow, The Vaccines and You Me At Six join line-up for intimate War Child gigs

Big acts lined up for charity's Passport Back To The Bars gigs

Elbow>, The Vaccines and You Me At Six have joined Duran Duran, Bastille and Ride’s Mark Gardener and Andy Bell on the line-up for War Child and O2’s Passport Back To The Bars series.

The week of one-off events offers exclusive access to big name acts in intimate venues around London and Manchester in February. Venues will be around 100-300 capacity, and tickets will be available by lottery from the War child website or by texting the bands’ keyword to 88450. Each entry costs £4.50 and gives a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show.

A limited number of tickets to all shows will also be available exclusively to O2 customers via Priority from 9am on January 26. One customer will be selected at random to win a golden passport, which will give access to all the events, accommodation and transport.


This year marks 10 years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war, when acts included The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse. All the money raised from this year’s shows will support War Child’s work in bringing hope and safety to children in war zones across the world, including Syria, Iraq and Gaza.

“Elbow are proud to have been associated with War Child for over a decade,” Guy Garvey said. “The work that War Child continues to do throughout the world is truly humbling. We were part of the original Passport shows, and to be able to participate again on its 10th anniversary is amazing. To return to The Roadhouse, our spiritual home in Manchester, just makes it even better.”

The Vaccines’ Justin Young added: “We’re really honoured and excited to be involved with War Child again. Whilst we scramble for gig tickets, countless children across the world continue to have their lives affected by war. It’s important never to forget that.”

The full line-up details:

The Vaccines, Dublin Castle, London (February 16)
Text VACCINES to 88450
Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall, London (February 19)
Text DURAN to 88450
RIDE, 100 Club, London (February 19)
Text RIDE to 88450
You Me At Six, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (February 22)
Text YMAS to 88450
Bastille, Sofar Sounds House Party, London (February 23)
Text BASTILLE to 88450
Elbow, The Roadhouse, Manchester (February 24)
Text ELBOW to 88450