War Child presents Safe & Sound: Jon Hopkins (live)
War Child UK is proud to announce that Everything Everything, Jon Hopkins and Tom Misch will be headlining three nights at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 25th, 26th and 27th November. All proceeds will be going towards War Child UK as part of their Learn to Live Campaign and Ticketmaster will be donating a portion of the booking fee.
The critically acclaimed acts will be in esteemed company, joining the likes of Take That, Wolf Alice, Coldplay, Jessie Ware, Muse, Tinie Tempah, Florence + the Machine, Craig David, Ed Sheeran, Blur, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Killers, Calvin Harris and Mark Ronson as artists to have played War Child’s heralded shows. The three nights will be raising funds to ensure that children affected by conflict in areas including Iraq, Jordan and the Central African Republic, are given the support they need in schools to ensure they can recover from the psychological trauma of growing up in an area blighted by war and learn to live again.
Jon Hopkins released his fifth solo album, Singularity, earlier this year, establishing him in the words of the New Yorker, as ‘one of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation’. Immunity (his 2013 hypnotic breakthrough album) and Diamond Mine (his collaboration with King Creosote) both attracted Mercury nominations, and his Monsters film score an Ivor Novello nomination. Already known as an expert producer and collaborator, as well as a remixer of artists as diverse as David Lynch, Moderat, Disclosure, Four Tet, Wild Beasts and Purity Ring, other recent projects have included scoring the prestigious Barbican production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, collaborations with Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes and Bonobo, and productions for London Grammar and Coldplay. His live shows have been in high demand this year with both Festivals appearances and Sold Out headline tours of North America and Europe. Hopkins will be fronting a special live performance alongside Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and more Special Guests to be announced at 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on 25th November.
Tom Misch has come a long way since making beats in his bedroom and uploading them to Soundcloud, but his DIY approach still remains and has ensured a strong following on streaming services, including over 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. His laidback, positive, jazz-inflected style has seen him win an army of fans and his debut LP Geography came out in April to rave reviews, giving Misch a top 10 album at his first attempt. His live shows see him on guitar and vocals, often joined by a long list of collaborators from his native South London, which includes Loyle Carner, Jordan Rakei and Novelist. He’ll be bringing some of these friends with him for his show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 26th November and support will come from his sister Laura Misch.
Everything Everything frenetic sound draws upon a huge range of musical influences, from hip hop to afrobeat via R&B and a myriad of rock styles. Their fourth album, the Ivor Nevello & Mercury Prize shortlisted, A Fever Dream, sees them channel early Warp Records artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre, mixed with the heavy American bands of the 90’s. The result is a unique, synth-stabbed, electronica-infused, high octane record that reflects the surrealness of the world today. Their energetic performance will end the third and final night at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 27th November.
War Child’s Learn To Live campaign, supported by the Evening Standard and Independent is focusing on the voices of the 1 in 6 children who live in war zones globally today. Through twinning London schools with children in war zones, it aims to increase links and encourage understanding of the challenges faced by children growing up in conflict areas. Alongside this, they will be calling on the UK government to prioritize mental health and psychosocial support provision, in schools, for children affected by conflict. It will officially come to an end with the Safe and Sound concerts as a fitting celebration and campaign finale.
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Sunday 25 November 2018 - 7.00pm