An eclectic mix of UK artists including Jamie Cullum, Wolf Alice, Slaves and Chase & Status will be playing at a variety of charity gigs this December in aid of Help Refugee’s Christmas appeal #CHOOSE LOVE.
Help Refugees began last year when a group of friends raised a £1,000 worth of aid for the crisis unfolding in Calais, and has gone on to become the largest grassroots distributor of refugee aid in Europe, funding 65 projects on the front line of this crisis including projects in 22 camps in Greece and in settlements in Paris, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.
The simple message ‘CHOOSE LOVE’ was adopted by the charity as a symbol of solidarity for those in need, and from this top designer Katherine Hammett created a collection of t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, a twist on her iconic ‘CHOOSE LIFE’ design.
Their Christmas campaign will run from 4th to 24th December, during which several extraordinary events will take place to raise funds, encourage empathy and heighten awareness of the estimated 65 million displaced people in the world today, over half of which are children.
London rockers Wolf Alice will be curating a covers night at Kamio on December 5th
The launch party will be hosted by Lauren Laverne on the 4th December at The Jazz Café, and will feature performances from Jamie Cullum and KT Tunstall, as well as more artists who are due to be announced shortly.
Wolf Alice have teamed up with Help Refugees and invited some very special friends to join them for Bands 4 Refugees at Kamio on the 5th of December. The band will bring members from a variety of other bands together from; Years and Years, Black Honey, Slaves, Swim Deep, Peace and Superfood to join them for a one off night of covers.
The biggest names in UK dance are coming together for the first time to Rave for Refugees. Two club nights will take place at London’s Electric Brixton in December to launch the campaign – Eats Everything, Daphni, Faithless, Jon Hopkins, Skream will perform DJ sets on the 8th of December, with Chase & Status, Rudimental, Sigma and Shy FX playing on the 15th December. Further acts to be announced shortly.
The money raised will go towards sustaining and expanding Help Refugees work across the camps in Europe. It is vital to prepare the refugee camps in Greece for the hostile conditions of winter, where an estimated 9000 pregnant women and 24 000 children are still living in tents susceptible to flooding. Donations will help provide items essential for survival.