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WALES: Clapton Headlines Mega-Concert in Cardiff for Asian Aid/Auction on Artwork

On January 22, 2005, 60,000 fans converged at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, for a tsunami relief concert which raised 1.25 million pounds. An ongoing auction of signed portraits of the performers, including a large mural of the concert logo--signed by a majority of musicians who played the event--will be taking place through 2pm on February 25th, to raise additional funds. Bids each day are tallied and the highest one is registered at the auction site. The portraits were hand-painted by children or young people in Wales, with help from a women's group. Musicians featured include Eric Clapton, Charlotte Church, Jools Holland, Badly Drawn Boy, Lulu, Katherine Jenkins, Snow Patrol, Craig David, Liberty X, and Heather Small. Concert organizer, Paul Sergeant, has donated his multi-colored jumpsuit, and Stereophonics bassist, Stuart Cable, has donated a large portrait of himself, painted by Sally Phillips.

The concert itself was headlined by Eric Clapton and Jools Holland, whose blues finale ended the show on a rousing note. The legendary '60's singing sensation, Lulu ("To Sir With Love" and "Shout"), was described by one fan with a moniker which translates in any era: "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!". The five-member pop group, Liberty X, sang and danced; former M People singer, Heather Small, regaled the crowd with some of her greatest hits; Welsh heroes Manic Street Preachers, rap group Goldie Lookin' Chain, guitar rockers Feeder, and Cardiff's very own superstar, Charlotte Church, also performed to an enthusiastic audience.

Mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins opened the concert, which also featured the Irish band, Snow Patrol, pop band Keane, Rahgav's Indian-influenced R&B, the soul of singing sensation Lemar, the soul/R&B of British talent Craig David, and rock group Embrace. Rounding out this amazing roster of talent and caring were Brian McFadden of Westlife, who also has a budding solo career; Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough); Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones; and highly popular singer/actor/broadcaster Aled Jones, who will be visiting Sri Lanka in February at the invitation of one of the charities involved, to view the progress being made to help tsunami survivors.

Donations are still being accepted via the Disaster Emergency Committee website, and this is where all concert proceeds will be directed as well -- Go to website...

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Tsunami Relief Cardiff
Tsunami Relief Auction



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