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Ed Harcourt and Tom Smith join Stand Up To Cancer 2019 concert

Stand Up To Cancer

Story by Jack Foley

STAND Up To Cancer is returning to London’s Union Chapel on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

This very special music event will see exclusive stripped back live performances from; Ed Harcourt, Editors frontman Tom Smith, She Drew The Gun (solo acoustic performance), The Modern Strangers, Sam Johnson and a very special guest to be announced closer to the date.

Tickets are on sale now, (Monday, December 17) through this link and cost £25 – subject to booking fee.

Taking place at the iconic Union Chapel, this celebration of fantastic musical talent is all with one intention – to raise funds Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to accelerate ground-breaking research and save lives.

About the performers…

Ed Harcourt
Harcourt has enjoyed a truly unique career as a songwriter, producer and musician. Recently, he’s played piano at major festivals with the Libertines, toured as part of Marianne Faithfull’s band and served as Musical Director for Beck’s Songbook shows at the Barbican.

He has released 7 critically acclaimed albums to date, two EPs, and thirteen singles. His debut album, Here Be Monster, was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize. He wrote and performed The Way That I Live, the soundtrack to Burberry’s 2014/15 festive campaign, which has garnered over 25 million views and 1 million streams. Alongside his own output, Ed is a prolific songwriter and producer writing for artists including James Bay and Paloma Faith; and producing for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kathryn Williams.

His most recent album, Beyond The End is his first instrumental oeuvre. Released in October 2018, it was written and recorded at his ‘Wolf Cabin’ studio in Oxfordshire. Beyond The End follows on from Harcourt’s 2016 Furnace‘s album.

Tom Smith (Editors’ frontman)

Frontman of Platinum-selling British band Editors, who released their sixth studio album, Violence, in March 2018 via Play It Again Sam. Tom will perform an exclusive solo set on the night for Stand Up To Cancer at Union Chapel.

Editors’ recent UK tour saw them visit 14 cities in 18 days, culminating in a sold out O2 Academy Brixton on 24th October. They’ve since gone on to play in Mexico, headlining the 212 Festival in Guadalajara, where they performed to 50,000 people before they returned to Europe to continue their European tour to support the Violence album.

The Autumn tour dates follow a busy summer of live shows for Editors, which has seen them support The Cure at their huge BST Hyde Park show, play Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival and headline the Werchter Classic, topping a bill that also contained heavyweights Kraftwerk and The National.

Violence is the sixth album from Birmingham’s Editors, and follows 2015’s acclaimed top 5 In Dream. It’s their sixth top 10 album in a row, having scored 2 UK no.1’s and 2 platinum certifications with their first 3 LPs.

She Drew The Gun (solo acoustic performance)

The critically acclaimed Wirral band fronted by Louisa Roach, released their second album ‘Revolution of Mind’ in September 2018. The album has already spawned two BBC 6Music a list singles Resister and Something For The Pain and has since been selected as a BBC 6Music Album of the Year. She will perform an exclusive solo acoustic performance at Union Chapel.

Roach draws musical inspiration from the likes of underground folk legend Malvina Reynolds, Manchester poet Toria Garbutt, and contemporary voices like Kate Tempest, Nadine Shah and Courtney Barnett. Produced by James Skelly at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, Revolution Of Mind is the follow-up to She Drew The Gun’s acclaimed 2016 debut Memories Of Another Future, which contained the BBC 6Music playlisted singles Poem, Pit Pony, Since You Were Not Mine and No Hole In My Head.

Having recently completed a UK tour supporting The Coral, She Drew The Gun will hit the road in early 2019 for an extensive headline tour, which includes London’s Garage on March 7. Many of the dates are already sold-out, with the Glasgow gig being moved to Mono, a bigger venue.

The Modern Strangers

Fronted by brothers Max & Archie Davenport, the five-piece first sprang to life in 2017, last year saw them play over 17 festivals, including Leopallooza, Y Not and Secret Garden Party, along with a slot on the BBC Introducing stage for the Katy Perry headlined Radio 1 ‘Big Weekend’.

Following on from the band’s debut EP Meltdown Mechanics, released in June this year, the band have been working on tracks in LA with their producer Gordon Mills jr,, just after signing a publishing deal with BMG, coming back and hitting stages across the UK on their first tour, a plethora of festivals (such as Latitude, Isle of Wight, Standon Calling and The Great Escape amongst others) to their first European dates, supporting Flor, including shows in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam (along with a headline set for Gibraltar’s national day celebrations).

Sam Johnson

23-year-old Shropshire born singer/songwriter Sam Johnson shows his deft talent for writing beautifully emotive and soulful songs. Debut single Perfect Circle was crowned BBC introducing Shropshire’s ‘Track of the month’, giving it a daytime play a day for all of Feb). It also picked up Radio 1 support from Huw Stephens and Amazing Radio.

Now in its third year, Stand Up To Cancer at Union Chapel is an exclusive music event hosted at the stunning Union Chapel in Islington, London. The night of music sees award winning and internationally acclaimed artists deliver stripped back and acoustic performances – all to raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.

In it’s inaugural year it featured incredible live performances from: Kodaline, James Morrison, Seafret, Dagny and Daniel James.

2017 saw Laura Mvula, Jamie Lawson, London Contemporary Voices (accompanied by Joe from Amber Run), The Beach and Passport to Stockholm take to the stage to Stand Up To Cancer. Radio and TV presenter and long time SU2C supporter Edith Bowman compered both nights.

Additional special guest to be announced closer to the date.

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