Concert for Ukraine live: Latest updates on lineup, ITV stream and how to donate

Ed Sheeran performs with Camilla Cabello at Ukraine charity concert

Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello are among the artists performing at Concert for Ukraine tonight (Tuesday 29 March).

The two-hour fundraising effort has been set up with the aim of raising funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) humanitarian appeal.

The full lineup consists of Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Emeli Sande, Gregory Porter, Anne Marie, Paloma Faith, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Becky Hill, The Kingdom Choir, Manic Street Preachers, and Tom Odell.

The concert for Ukraine is being held at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena. Those who do not have a ticket can watch the live broadcast on ITV, STV, ITV Hub, and STV Player.

Early on in the concert, broadcasting legend Sir Trevor McDonald read a statement thanking the journalists, producers and camera crews risking their lives to report on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Fans also saw performances from Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Anne Marie and Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala.

The Independent has a proud history of campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable, and we first ran our Refugees Welcome campaign during the war in Syria in 2015. Now, as we renew our campaign and launch this petition in the wake of the unfolding Ukrainian crisis, we are calling on the government to go further and faster to ensure help is delivered.

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Ed Sheeran performs with Camilla Cabello at Ukraine charity concert

Ed Sheeran performs with Camilla Cabello at Ukraine charity concert

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 21:53

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A dramatic reading of refugees’ accounts from the ongoing crisis by Eddie Marsan and Tamsin Greig just now, accompanied by Nicola Benedetti on violin.

Remember you can donate if you’re watching from home, more info:

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 21:47

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“We are all praying tonight for the peace and safety of the people of Ukraine,” Camila Cabello said, after a poignant rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You”.

“Thank you so much for being part of this super important fundraiser and please donate anything you can.”

She then introduced Ed Sheeran for the first ever live performance of their 2022 duet, “Bam Bam”.

Camila Cabello performs Fix You by Coldplay at Concert for Ukraine

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Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 21:33

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Ed Sheeran performs ‘Perfect’ and ‘Bad Habits’

Ed Sheeran, the biggest name performing tonight, played two original songs at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

He began with a rendition of “Perfect”, from his record-breaking 2017 album Divide, before breaking out his loop pedal station.

“Wrong guitar,” he announced, pausing the show before starting again. “Live television, eh?” he quipped, before diving into his performance of “Bad Habits”, the hit single from his most recent record, = (Equals).

“Thank you so much for coming for such an important cause,” he told the crowd, revealing he would return to perform with US singer Camila Cabello.

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Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 21:14

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Now a special report from Robert Rinder, who last week traveled to the Ukraine border to help the grandparents of his Strictly Come Dancing partner Ukrainian star Oksana Platero.

The TV personality spoke with aid workers and refugees in the midst of the crisis, who shared their harrowing stories of the men, women and children fleeing their war-torn homes.

“If you want to know where your money is going, just look behind me,” he said, gesturing at a hall filled with makeshift beds.

“Frightened kids. Blankets. Sleeping bags. This could be you. This is all of us. ”

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 21:02

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Anne-Marie performs ‘Beautiful’ at Ukraine charity concert

Anne-Marie performs ‘Beautiful’ at Ukraine charity concert

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 20:58

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Manic Street Preachers Perform If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

As if they were going to perform any other song. Yes, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers came next on the lineup with a searing rendition of their 1998 single “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next”. The track was inspired by the Spanish Civil War and the Welsh volunteers who traveled to fight with the Spanish Republic.

The lyrics include the verse:

Bullets for your brain today But we’ll forget it all again Monuments put from pen to paper Turns me into a gutless wonder

The performance followed a special message from US pop star Billie Eilish and her brother / collaborator Finneas. Eilish apologized for not being able to be at the concert in person, but urged people to donate to the appeal and sent her support to the victims of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

A reminder that you can find out how to donate to the DEC’s humanitarian appeal:

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 20:50

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What we just witnessed was an extraordinarily powerful performance from Jamala, the Ukrainian winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

Six years ago, she conquered Europe with her song “1944”, about Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s deportation of hundreds of thousands of people from her Black Sea homeland of Crimea, in World War Two.

“When strangers are coming, they come to your house. They kill you all and say ‘We are not guilty’, ”she sings.

“On February 24 my husband woke me up and told me that the war had started and that Russia had attacked us. At that moment, I was shocked. It feels like a nightmare, ”she told Reuters in an interview in Istanbul.

The 38-year-old, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, sheltered in a Kyiv bomb shelter before escaping to Turkey with her two children – leaving her husband to fight the approaching Russian army.

Clutching the Ukraine flag, Jamala received deafening cheers as she belted out some huge notes at the song’s climax.

Learn more about Jamala below:

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 20:41

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Mel Giedroyc opens up about personal connection to refugee crisis

In an incredibly moving segment of the concert, Mel Giedroyc traveled to the Polish border to meet with Ukrainian refugees and aid workers.

“There’s a lot to take in here,” she said. “What’s weird is it took me about six hours to get here … it’s like a different planet. And I feel weird because I’m going back to my cozy home and my family. And so many people we’ve met today, they do not know when we’re going home. ”

Growing tearful, she added: “It’s brutal, that’s what it is. It’s brutal. ”

A reminder of how to donate here:

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 20:36

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Follow the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine crisis

My brilliant colleagues on The Independent’s newsdesk have been providing extensive, exhaustive coverage of the Ukraine-Russia conflict since it began.

This includes our daily liveblog, which you can find below:

Roisin O’Connor29 March 2022 20:32

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