ITV’s Concert for Ukraine featuring Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello raises £12.2million

During the two-hour concert, a whole host of stars performed on stage in a bid to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in response to the Russian invasion

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A concert which aired live on ITV on Tuesday evening and featured Ed Sheeran has raised £12.2 million for the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

During the two-hour concert, a whole host of stars performed on stage in a bid to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in response to the Russian invasion.

Among those performing were Camila Cabello, Anne-Marie and Gregory Porter and – at the end of the evening – the gig’s hosts revealed the amount that had bee raised through ticket sales, advertising, sponsorship and donations.

Sheeran took to the stage solo for a two-song set of his hits Perfect and Bad Habits.

Between the tracks, he told the audience: “Thank you so much for coming. It’s such an important cause and I am so honoured to be here.”

Pop superstar Cabello was backed by a string section for a performance of Coldplay’s hit Fix You before she was joined by Sheeran for a live debut of their new track Bam Bam.

Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello performed at the concert on Tuesday


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She told the crowd: “We are praying tonight for the peace and safety of the people in the Ukraine.”

Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, took to the stage after fleeing her home country following the invasion.

The 38-year-old delivered a rendition of her song 1944, about the forced deportation in Crimea during the rule of Joseph Stalin.

She waved a Ukrainian flag throughout her performance and was dressed in red.

Singer Paloma Faith performs at the gig


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Emma Bunton, one of the hosts, appeared visibly moved by her song.

“Wow, thank you so much for Jamala for being with us and representing Ukraine during this very special concert here tonight – incredible,” she said.

Jamala previously said her close friends and family remain in a bomb shelter in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

The evening was host hosted by Roman Kemp, Marvin Humes and Spice Girls star Bunton in front of screens showing the sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower.

Anne-Marie took to the stage on Tuesday


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Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers delivered an impassioned performance of their song If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, which has lyrics inspired by the Spanish Civil War.

There was also a performance from singer-songwriter Tom Odell, who recently went to the Romanian capital of Bucharest where he performed his hit Another Love for refugees arriving by train in the city.

Veteran broadcaster and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald appeared on stage to highlight the work of journalists reporting from the front line of the war.

Presenter and actress Mel Giedroyc, whose father fled Poland as a refugee during the Second World War, had fronted a short film at the Ukraine-Romania border which was shown to the audience.

Emotional, she said history was “repeating” itself.

There were also video messages from Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell.

All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast were donated by ITV to the DEC appeal.

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