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All go for stadium tsunami concert.

Byline: By Daniel Davies & Aled Blake Western Mail

Some of the biggest names in British rock and pop will perform for free at the Millennium Stadium as the tsunami aid concert was confirmed last night.

Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and Lemar are among the stars who will play at the concert in Cardiff in two weeks' time. Welsh band Feeder, opera star Katherine Jenkins and singer Aled Jones have also confirmed they will appear.

More big names are expected to sign up in the next week.

Stadium managers confirmed the Live Aid-style concert will go ahead on January 22. Tickets for the event go on sale this morning and it is hoped the capacity 65,000 crowd will raise at least pounds 1m.

All the money will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee, which is co-ordinating the response by British charities.

Paul Sergeant, Millennium Stadium manager, spoke of a fraught week of negotiations with some of music's most famous names.

'There has been such an overwhelming response from the general public to the terrible disaster that we felt honour bound to try to do something to help,' he said.

'We have been inundated by offers of help - from money and private jets to technical equipment such as staging, lighting and specialist services. All the bands will be giving their services for free.' 'Since we went public we have been inundated with offers of help to make this happen': A frantic week of speculation and work at the Millennium Stadium culminated last night with an announcement the charity rock concert will go ahead in two weeks time.

Stadium managers proved their doubters wrong, announcing they would definitely stage the gig on January 22.

Organisers hope to raise more than pounds 1m to send to the countries ravaged by the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day.

So far, six acts from across the music spectrum have agreed to perform. As well as Eric Clapton, Jools Holland will play to the 65,000 fans that are hoped to pack the stadium. Welsh singers Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins have both agreed to appear, as have Welsh band Feeder and Lemar.

More big name stars have been invited to perform, but have not yet confirmed. The concert's organisers said they were unable to name more acts last night while negotiations were ongoing. They hope to have a roster of about 12 acts when the show is finalised.

More details of bands who have agreed to play will be an- nounced through- out the week and details of the gig will be put on the stadium's website.

Tickets for the event, which will start at 2pm and finish at 10.30pm, go on sale today at 11am and cost between pounds 15, and pounds 33.

At a press conference on the pitch last night, Paul Sergeant, Millennium Stadium manager, said, 'We went with this idea about eight days ago now. Since we went public at the weekend we have been absolutely inundated with offers of help to make this thing happen.

'The last five or six days have been particularly hard work. We have spoken to many managers and people scattered all over the world at this time of year. It has been difficult to get hold of people.

'We have never said we want to be a Live Aid. Live Aid was a phenomenon in its own right. First and foremost we want to raise money as an event in our own right.

'This is not on the same scale as Live Aid.'

Pablo Janc- zur, who is working on the gig, said, 'It has been a very hectic week.

'We have been hammering the phone and the emails, talking to people and pulling them out of meetings, hassling people on holiday - it has been very stressful.'

Much of the technical equipment needed for the night has been donated free. Mr Sergeant said lighting and sound rigging had been provided for nothing.

The proceeds from the Cardiff concert will be donated to The Disaster Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of UK aid organisations including Action Aid, British Red Cross and Oxfam. The acts: Eric Clapton

Will be one of the main acts of the event. The veteran guitar player, 59, recently picked up his CBE from Buckingham Palace. He first found fame in the 1960s as a member of the Yardbirds, before going on to achieve even greater international acclaim with Cream.

Jools Holland

Undoubtedly the UK's most popular pianist and band leader thanks to his prodigious talent and his long-running BBC music series Later... In the flesh he and his 18-piece Rhythm 'n' Blues Orchestra are one of the best good-time bands on the circuit.


The Welsh superband were originally formed in 1992. The present line-up came together in London in 1995 when South Walians Grant Nicholas and Jon Lee decamped to London and found bassist Taka Hirose (from Tokyo) in the musicians ads.


Shot to the limelight in the BBC's Fame Academy, Lemar will be a big draw for R&B fans. The Brit Award winner has become the most successful graduate of the academy. The former NatWest Bank accounts manager's debut album Dedicated has since gone platinum and his singles Dance (With U) and 50/50 entered the charts in the top five.

Katherine Jenkins

Has found pop and classical success with her second album topping the classical chart, and entering the pop chart as well. Katherine, from Neath, signed the largest record deal in UK classical recording history earlier this year.

Aled Jones

Anglesey-born Aled joins Katherine Jenkins as a classical act for the event. The singer and TV presenter's stint on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing ensured Aled's popularity among the British public was strengthened. Tickets: Fans can buy tickets by calling a special phone line or clicking on to the web.

Tickets go on sale at 11am today and can be bought by phoning 08705 582582 or from the web site -

They are priced at pounds 30, pounds 22 and pounds 15 and corporate tickets will also be available.

It is anticipated the gates will open at around 2pm and the last act will finish at 10.30pm.

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Date:Jan 8, 2005
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