BRITs Week presented by Mastercard for War Child is back in 2022, with another incredible series of gigs, giving fans the opportunity to see some of the biggest and most exciting names in music in intimate venues across London – all whilst raising money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
BRITs Week is produced by AEG Presents, BPI and War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict. The event series is sponsored for the first time by Mastercard, headline sponsor of The BRIT Awards.
Proceeds from the shows will help to support War Child’s work that aims to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery - keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future.
The UK’s capital will once again host a stellar line-up of artists for a number of one-off gigs taking place between 1st and 20th February around The BRIT Awards 2022 with Mastercard, to celebrate another remarkable year in British music.
Multi-platinum selling star Anne-Marie will kick off BRITs Week 2022 at Lafayette on 1st February, before chart-topping pop-rockers Bastille and South London’s acclaimed singer-songwriter Joy Crookes perform a day later on the 2nd February at EartH and Omeara respectively. Taking to the same Omeara stage the following day, the 3rd February, is Ed Sheeran-signed pop singer-songwriter Maisie Peters, while north of the river the chart-topping dance sensation Becky Hill will storm the stage at Lafayette. Viral rising star Mimi Webb will also play Omeara on the 5th February. They’re joined on the line up so far by the iconic singer, songwriter, DJ and producer Craig David whose anthem-packed TS5 show will take place at Under The Bridge on the 17th February. Closing BRITs Week on the 20th February at the Troxy comes a solo performance from musician and songwriter Damon Albarn, founder member of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen, who will perform tracks from his new album The Nearer The Mountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, as well as selected favourites from across his songbook.
Mastercard cardholders have exclusive pre-sale access to all shows announced today. The pre-sale begins at 10am on Thursday 16th December.
The prize draw opens at 10am on Friday 17th December and closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 23rd January. To enter the prize draw and win tickets to see the artist of their choice, music fans can make a £5 donation to War Child at www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk. To maximise the chance of winning, fans can enter as many times as they like. There will also be a limited number of tickets for sale from 10am on Friday 17th December.
More acts are soon to be announced.
Ben Anderson, Head of Live at War Child says, “We are delighted to be working with BPI and AEG once again on another BRITs Week series. Whilst there was a temporary pause on all things live music over the past 12 months or so, there was no pause to the challenges facing children who live in conflict zones around the world. With conflict rates on the rise, and more children at risk, our work as a charity is never more needed. The whole music team and the wider War Child teams are very excited to be working on a fantastic series of gigs. There are some real treats for fans to see their favourite artists in some venues across the capital that they wouldn't normally play, and we look forward to not only the gigs but also to raising much needed funds and awareness of the fantastic work that War Child do.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards says, “BRITs Week shows our industry at its collaborative best, and it’s fantastic to have it back as a key part of the build up to next year’s BRIT Awards. The event shines a light on brilliant new talent while also celebrating our established stars in great live settings that give fans a truly memorable experience – and in the process raise funds for the vital work of War Child. Our profound thanks, as ever, to our close partners on this – Mastercard, AEG and War Child – and of course to all the participating artists and their labels for their generous support.”
Simon Jones, Senior Vice President of International Touring, AEG Presents says, “After the disappointment of 2021 not being able to happen, it’s great to have BRITs Week back and to welcome Mastercard as our new headline partner for 2022. Mastercard have been very much front and centre with the BRIT Awards for many years, and this was a natural expansion of their relationship with the BRITs. We’re so pleased with the incredible calibre of acts that have agreed to be part of the series for 2022. It highlights the amazing new and established talent this country has to offer, plus it gives fans the opportunity to see some incredible acts in small rooms, in the process raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for children in conflict with War Child. This is just the start of the announcements, with some very exciting additional shows to come. Thanks to all the artists, managers, and labels for coming together and working with BPI, AEG, Mastercard and War Child to make it possible for BRITs Week to continue being an important industry fixture around the BRIT Awards, whilst also raising awareness and much needed funds.”
Agnes Woolrich, VP Marketing & Communications, UK&I Mastercard says, “Our long-term partnership with the BRIT Awards has always been rooted in celebrating talent and performances and connecting fans to the artists they love. This year we are proud to extend our involvement with this series of unique BRITs Week performances, in support of the inspiring charity, War Child. The work they do improves so many children’s lives and it's important to us that we use our partnership to extend their mission and message to millions of Mastercard cardholders.”
Notes to the Editor:
Line up announced so far:
- Tuesday 1st February Anne-Marie Lafayette, London, UK
- Wednesday 2nd February Joy Crookes Omeara, London, UK
- Wednesday 2nd February Bastille EartH Theatre, London, UK
- Thursday 3rd February Becky Hill Lafayette, London, UK
- Thursday 3rd February Maisie Peters Omeara, London, UK
- Saturday 5th February Mimi Webb Omeara, London, UK
- Thursday 17th February Craig David presents TS5 Under The Bridge, London, UK
- Sunday 20th February Damon Albarn Troxy, London, UK
BRITs Week presented by Mastercard for War Child
A joint partnership between War Child, BPI and AEG, one of the world’s leading live music promoters and owner of The O2 arena. Mastercard are the headline sponsor, promoting the series of shows to their customer base.
About War Child UK
War Child UK is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades they’ve been driven by a single goal – for no child’s life to be torn apart by war. They aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future. They understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution and campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights. Together with their partners they deliver vital, life-saving work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. In 2019 alone, they reached over 100,000 children.
Charity number: 1071659
About The BRIT Awards – British Record Industry Trust
The BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) Awards are organised by the BPI – the UK record labels’ association that promotes British music. The BPI’s membership is made up of over 430 independent labels as well as the UK’s three major record companies – collectively they account for around 85 per cent of the music consumed in the UK and around one in nine of all the artist albums sold around the world.
The BRIT Awards 2022 with Mastercard will be the 42nd BRIT Awards show. The BRIT Trust is the music industry’s charity, with a mission to improve lives through the power of music, and is funded in large part through monies raised annually by The BRIT Awards and the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award. Since its founding by UK record labels and the BPI in 1989, the Trust has distributed over £27 million to a broad range of progressive charities that promote education and wellbeing through music, with over half this amount going to The BRIT School, the UK’s leading performing and creative arts school that is free to attend, and Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy provider. Other charities among many others supported include Mind, to promote good mental health in schools, the music industry and the workplace; Music Support, the addictions and mental health charity; East London Arts & Music (ELAM), the free school sixth form; and Key4Life, which seeks to help young men in prison, or who are at risk of ending up there, a way out from a life of crime by drawing on their passion for music.
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