Elbow, The Vaccines and You Me At Six have been added to a series of intimate shows in support of War Child.
Some of the biggest names in music will appear at some of the smallest capacity venues they have performed at in years, playing to just 100-300 people.
Marking 10 years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war - when acts included The Cure, Pet Shop Boys and Amy Winehouse – the events are produced by War Child, O2 and the Music Managers Forum, and are part of BRITs Week 2015.
Elbow's 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."
Artists performing special shows include: Duran Duran, Elbow, Bastille, The Vaccines, You Me At Six and Ride.
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
1/5 Mark Lanegan Band - touring from 20 January
The most intriguing performance prospect of a fairly docile January is the arrival of the Mark Lanegan Band for a clutch of shows in support of the recent masterly album Phantom Radio. Expect soul-ravaged blues fatalism as Lanegan confronts dark memories and apocalyptic visions with apparent sangfroid, his baritone croon traversing soundscapes of chugging electropop, spiralling guitars and courtly pop melancholy.
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2/5 Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night released 2 February
An album on which Dylan sings Sinatra, a performer in whose voice he claimed to hear "death, God, the universe, everything". He's eschewing the usual swaddling orchestrations in favour of relaxed small-combo versions, recorded with his own band. They're not cover versions, he explains: "They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
3/5 The War on Drugs - touring from 16 February
2014's breakout US indie band will arrive for a string of British dates. Songwriter/frontman Adam Granduciel's blending of Dylanesque vocals, stadium-pop melodies and guitar drones should appeal to fans of Neil Young and My Bloody Valentine alike, and these shows offer the perfect opportunity to check whether they’re as loud and overbearing as Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek claims in his amusing song "War on Drugs: Suck My Cock". Thankfully, music is big enough to accommodate both.
4/5 The Jesus and Mary Chain - touring from 16 February
Having bowed to the demand to perform their debut Psychocandy in its entirety – a move that places them firmly in the rock-heritage classicist ranks, rather than the punk-nihilist cadre of their original 1980s inception – the re-formed Mary Chain take their sweet white whine around the country. Expect: great tunes; loud feedback. Don’t expect: a revolution.
5/5 Nicki Minaj - touring from 28 March
Initial reaction to Nicki Minaj's new album The Pinkprint is mixed, but however its more assertively autobiographical songs transfer to the live arena, bangers like "Want Some More" and "Anaconda" suggest that her upcoming shows should pack some punch. And the flamboyant diva can surely be relied on to put on a show. But what will be the colour-scheme? Think pink.
Duran Duran will play at Wilton’s Music Hall, London’s oldest remaining Grand Music Hall, while Mark and Andy from Ride are set to perform their first UK show together for over 20 years at the iconic 100 Club.
Elbow are returning to Manchester to perform a stripped down set at the 200 capacity The Roadhouse, where they played their first gig under that name.
Bastille will play to 100 people in a living room in North London, The Vaccines: their smallest London pub gig since their debut show in the capital. You Me At Six follow their headline O2 show a week later with a show to fifty times fewer fans.
Ben Knowles, War Child's Director of Music, says: "Many people in music spoke to War Child about wanting to do something in response to the crisis for children in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and other places.
"This response from so many great acts, doing something unique to encourage fans to support War Child is incredible."
The full line up details are as follows:
16 February: The Vaccines, Dublin Castle, London
19 February: Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall, London
19 February: RIDE, 100 Club, London
22 February: You Me At Six, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
23 February: Bastille, Sofar Sounds House Party, London
24 February: Elbow, The Roadhouse, Manchester
Lottery tickets to all shows are available from www.warchild.org.uk/passport lottery closes on Sunday February 8th midnight. All money raised will support War Child’s work saving children from the effects of war including Syria, Iraq and Gaza.Reuse content