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Guillemots join money-can't-buy Orange RockCorps gig


Story by Jack Foley

GUILLEMOTS have been confirmed as the second of five acts performing at an exclusive money-can’t-buy gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall, organised by Orange RockCorps, the unique music-led volunteering programme.

The critically-acclaimed four-piece – who released their sophomore album Red to widespread approval earlier this year – will join Grammy Award-winner Busta Rhymes for the gig on September 26, 2008.

With its cross genre line-up, RockCorps is set to be an electric evening that will be televised on Channel 4. Tickets to the gig will not go on sale, though, as in a bold departure from the norm, fans can’t buy their ticket or even win them… but must earn the ticket by taking part in a 4-hour Orange RockCorps community project.

RockCorps, a pro-social music production company, has partnered with Orange to harness the power of music to inspire a new generation of young people to make a real difference in their local community.

Orange RockCorps will organise 60 volunteer projects across the UK before September 26 in collaboration with charities including Crisis, The Prince’s Trust, Young Timebank and Hoxton Hall.

All volunteers are encouraged to strike up a long-term relationship with these charities, without the lure of a gig ticket.

RockCorps will also be completing projects in Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff and Southampton for the Royal Albert Hall show, and will be organising concerts in other cities across the UK during 2009 and 2010.

Guillemots – led by Fyfe Dangerfield – will bring their magical, innovative sound to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. They will also be visiting one of the projects in the run up to the gig.

Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat, Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess, and T4 presenter Nick Grimshaw have already taken part in Orange RockCorps projects.

Stephen Greene, RockCorps co-founder and CEO, commented: “Guillemots are a dynamic band who inspire many of the young people who volunteer with Orange RockCorps. We are truly excited to have them appear at the Royal Albert Hall.”

And Justin Billingsley, Brand Director of Orange UK, added: “For us, Orange RockCorps is a truly bold, timely and worthwhile project. Orange and RockCorps believe in the power of bringing people together. You can achieve more as a group and be inspired by the people you meet which sits at the heart of what Orange RockCorps is all about.”

RockCorps has been running in the US for four years, collaborating with artists including Kanye West, Kelis, Panic at the Disco, Nas, Korn and Nelly.

More than 35,000 young people have participated in projects that have benefited their local communities, and over 35% of those participants have volunteered again within 12 months.

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