Tickets go on sale today for a major charity concert in aid of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and featuring some of the biggest names in music.
Unity: A Concert For Stephen Lawrence will see a raft of our artists, including Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks, Jamie Cullum and Jessie J, alongside Labrinth, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Soul II Soul, come together later this year to celebrate the life of Stephen, who was killed in a racially motivated attack 20 years ago.
The September 29 concert at the O2 Arena will raise awareness and funds for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get a better start in life irrespective of their colour, ethnicity or the postcode they live in.
At an event at Abbey Road Studios to announce the concert, Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence said there had been over 100 racist murders since her son’s death in 1993 and “there are still too many young people who do not have a sense of hope.”
Doreen added, “I want young people to feel inspired, be confident and have hope in their own future. We work every day to empower youth and we’re proud that the music industry is joining us in reaching out to change the lives of young people.”
She also praised all the artists involved with Unity; other acts taking part in the concert are Labrinth, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Soul II Soul with more special guests expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Doreen said, “It (the concert) is something we never dreamed would happen. Stephen was somebody who was quite an extrovert and I think even he would be very shy, very embarrassed at the moment seeing as so many people are here for him.”
Emeli Sande said she was honoured to be involved with the Trust and concert and believes music is one way to connect to young people. The singer added, “If you stand strong you can make a difference and you can make a change. It is really our responsibility to inspire young people. Doreen has really empowered me and we can make a difference, we just have to try.”