FIRST MAJOR MUSIC STARS ANNOUNCED FOR THE WORLD’S BIG SLEEP OUT
TOM WALKER, TRAVIS, THE SCRIPT, RANDY JACKSON AND FRANK TURNER AMONGST ARTISTS CONFIRMED
SETH GREEN AND THE HAIRY BIKERS TO READ BEDTIME STORIES, AS ARE WILL SMITH AND DAME HELEN MIRREN
GLOBAL EVENT TAKING PLACE IN 50 CITIES
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
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On Saturday 7th December, the world will unite to help fight homelessness with what is thought to be the largest charitable fundraising campaign in a generation. With an aim of raising $50,000,000, The World’s Big Sleep Out, spearheaded by Pride of Britain 2019 award winner, Josh Littlejohn MBE, the events will take place in over 50 locations around the world. With just over five weeks until The World’s Big Sleep Out takes place, the first wave of acts have been revealed.
In London, Tom Walker is confirmed to perform a stripped backset. The BRIT Award winner and Leave the Light On singer will perform in one of London’s most iconic locations. Scottish rockers Travis, who have amassed seven UK Top 10 albums, will also make a special appearance in London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Script are sure to receive an impressive welcome when they perform at Trinity College in Dublin. The Irish band, who are due to release their new album Sunsets & Full Moons on November 8th, have reached No. 1 in the Irish charts with every album they’ve produced.
In Los Angeles, Randy Jackson will be taking to the stage in Elysian Park in LA. Best known for his time as the longest-serving judge on American Idol and executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, he will be forming an all-star band for the special occasion, with full details revealed on the night.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Frank Turner will perform in Chicago on Saturday 7th December. Having been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, Frank produces folk-punk-pop rebel songs.
Actor, comedian, producer, writer and director, Seth Green will be telling a bedtime story in Los Angeles. Famed for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Austin Powers and My Stepmother is an Alien, Seth is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
At Exhibition Park in Newcastle, The Hairy Bikers will be on hand to read a bedtime story to participants who are sleeping out. With their irresistible enthusiasm, Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, have become national treasures.
Seth Green and The Hairy Bikers join previously announced bedtime storytellers, Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren who will lead the way in Times Square (New York) and Trafalgar Square (London) respectively.
There are 52 cities and towns confirmed to be taking part include: London (Trafalgar Square and The Oval), New York (Times Square), Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Chicago, Cardiff, Newcastle, Newport, Brighton, Manchester, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Santiago, Madrid, Brisbane, Manila, Wacken, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Jose (Costa Rica), and Singapore
People are urged to register for an official event or sign up to “Host Your Own” sleep out in a backyard, office car park, high school, university campus or elsewhere by visiting www.bigsleepout.com.
Registration is now open with each participant committing to fundraising as much as they can. 100% of funds raised will go towards homelessness charities, with a 50/50 split between local and global charities helping homeless and displaced people.
It is hoped that an estimated 50,000 participants will collectively achieve a fundraising target of $50million (£40million) which will be invested to sustainably help around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people all over the world. As well as benefiting local charities, international partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.
Celebrities and musicians confirmed to perform on Saturday 7th December:
London: Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Walker, Travis
New York: Will Smith
Los Angeles: Randy Jackson, Seth Green
Chicago: Frank Turner
Dublin: The Script
Newcastle: The Hairy Bikers
Social Bite started as a sandwich shop on Rose Street in Edinburgh in August 2012 and has now grown to a major driving force in tackling homelessness in Scotland.
One quarter of Social Bite’s staff are homeless and the charity has received visits from Hollywood superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.
Social Bite’s 2017 and 2018 Sleep in Park events in Scotland raised almost £8million and saw more than 18,000 people sleeping out. Video from the events can be seen at www.vimeo.com/246949595
Social Bite is the largest distributor of free fresh food to the homeless in the UK, giving out more than 100,000 items of food and hot drinks per year.
With funds raised from Sleep in the Park events, The Social Bite Village was built in May 2018 with 20 people now housed in the bespoke accommodation. The charity also launched a nationwide program to bring 830 rough sleepers of the streets into their own accommodation with support.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, it is working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
The Institute of Global Homelessness
The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) supports an emerging global movement to end street homelessness. Based in Chicago at DePaul University, IGH partners with key global cities to develop local leaders, set metrics, scale successes, and drive advocacy – all to accelerate progress in reducing and ending homelessness. IGH envisions a world where everyone has a place to call home – a home that offers security, safety, autonomy, and opportunity. Learn more about IGH’s work at www.ighomelessness.org.
Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead. Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education, invests in local education leaders and amplifies the voices of girls fighting for change. Learn more at malala.org.