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Suggs and Rod Stewart help launch cancer charity

Madness

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MADNESS frontman Suggs and evergreen rocker Rod Stewart will help launch this year’s Busking Cancer Week which runs from June 20 to June 27, 2009.

Madness and Skye Edwards (ex-Morcheeba) will headline the launch event which takes place on June 20 on HMS Belfast, which is moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge.

Supporting acts will include Zarif and the Charlie Rivers Band.

Stewart, who will also attend the launch though not perform, said: “You don’t have to be a great singer or the best musician, you just have to entertain people.”

The singer, whose illustrious career includes busking in Paris and who has himself survived thyroid cancer, added:

“Busking is what music is all about – just getting out there and singing or playing for the sheer joy of it. And if you can earn a few quid for Cancer Research UK – a few quid that might just help to save someone’s life – what could be better?”

Busking Cancer began in 2007 with a small open air gig beneath the London Eye.

And last year more than 300 bands and musicians played sessions up and down the country, raising more than £24,000 for Cancer Research UK. This year, the aim is for £100,000.

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