Down the pub with Duran
Duran Duran are to play a tiny London pub gig in February as part of a series of intimate concerts in aid of War Child.
There will be a number of pub gigs taking place around the Brit Awards in London and Manchester between February 16-24. Other confirmed headliners for the Passport Back To The Bars series are Bastille and an acoustic show by Mark Gardener and Andy Bell of the recently-reunited Ride. Other artists, alongside precise dates and venues, will be revealed in early January.
Sponsored by O2 and The Music Managers Forum, the gigs will raise money for War Child’s work helping children in war zones throughout the world. Fans can register to buy tickets and for further information about the gigs at www.warchild.org.uk/passport . The maximum capacity of each show is 300.
Duran bassist John Taylor said: “Thousands of children are innocent victims in the war zones of adult conflict around the world. They’re often being denied education and other basic human rights. We’re looking forward to performing an exclusive event in London this coming February, in support of War Child and the important work they do in the regions where these children are suffering.
“This past year, we’ve spent most of our time in the studio working on new songs, so we’re very much looking forward to getting back onto a London stage for this special appearance.”
The gig will be Duran’s first in the UK to preview their new album, which is being produced by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, and is the band’s first since 2010’s All You Need Is Now.
Passport Back To The Bars marks the tenth anniversary of War Child’s initial series of pub concerts, which saw intimate shows by Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Elbow and Amy Winehouse.