A host of big music artists converge in Birmingham next week for the ITV Concert for Ukraine – with pop-rock group Antytila asking permission to attend a remote performance live from Kyiv
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Ukrainian band Antytila have urged Ed Sheeran to let them attend a huge benefit concert that will raise funds to help those fleeing conflict in the war-torn country.
The MTV EMA-nominated band, which consists of vocalist Taras Topaya, keyboardist Serhiy Vusyk, bassist Mykhailo Chirko, guitarist Dmitry Acorn and drummer Dmitry Vodovozov, are aiming to take part in the upcoming Concert For Ukraine in Birmingham next week by performing remotely from Kyiv appear.
The two-hour benefit concert will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 29 March in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) humanitarian appeal in Ukraine.
Ed Sheeran is attending the event alongside the likes of Camila Cabello, Emeli Sandé, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell, Becky Hill and Snow Patrol.
Whilst advertising revenue and sponsorship from the event is expected to reach at least £3m, with funds being donated to the DEC Fund by ITV.
Antytila has taken up arms in her home country to support the war effort to push back invading Russian forces – and the lads have asked if they can perform next week to support the concert.
On Tuesday, the group took to Facebook and appealed to Ed Sheeran to share the cancer with them.
The band wrote: “Hello Ed Sheeran, Greetings from Kyiv!
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“We are musicians of Ukrainian band Antytila - one of the most popular Ukrainian bands with many fans in Ukraine and around the world. In peacetime, our concerts gathered in stadiums.
“The war changed our lives and now we are fighting with arms against the Russian occupiers. We thank you and all Brits for your support. Believe me, we are grateful and will always, always remember.
They added: “Today we found out about your benefit concert for Ukraine which will be held in Birmingham. And we offer to make a live broadcast between Kyiv and Birmingham, where Antytila comes to the gig temporarily from a distance.
“Our band will play our music in Kyiv, a city that has not and never will surrender to the Russian occupiers. They will play in Birmingham.
“We’re not afraid to play under the bombs. Through music we want to show the world that Ukraine is strong and undefeated. We will fight and sing for victory in front of the whole world that supports us.
“So on March 29, we’re ready.”
The ITV concert for Ukraine was announced last week, with Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, saying: “Music is a very powerful tool when it comes to showing support and solidarity and at ITV we’re proud and privileged to be working with Livewire Pictures, Global, M&S and the DEC on such an important and needed fundraiser.”
Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of the DEC, added: “It is heartbreaking to see the crisis in Ukraine deepening as more refugees cross the borders every day with nothing more than what they can carry. The situation for the people in the country is becoming increasingly precarious.
“But there is something we can all do to bring hope. Funds raised through this concert will make a real difference to those affected by conflict, sending a powerful message of love and enabling DEC charities to help with urgent relief now and to rebuild lives in the months and years to come to contribute.”
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