Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and more for coronavirus benefit concert

7 April 2020, 13:31 | Updated: 7 April 2020, 14:47

Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder are just three of the names taking part in the benefit concert
Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder are just three of the names taking part in the benefit concert. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

Sir Paul McCartney will perform a benefit concert alongside several other artists such as Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga to support the UN Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund.

Called One World: Together at Home, the show has reportedly been curated by Lady Gaga and will be hosted by US talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

Due to take place online on April 18, the show will also be broadcast live across US television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as being streamed online.

An adapted version of the concert will be broadcast on BBC One the following day with extra exclusive performances from UK artists and interviews with workers on the frontline.

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The line-up includes Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Lizzo, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, John Legend and Lang Lang.

Other names set to appear include David Beckham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, Shah Rukh Khan and Sesame Street cast members.

Speaking about the concert, Lady Gaga said: "We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement… and we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit.

Lady Gaga will also perform during the coronavirus benefit concert
Lady Gaga will also perform during the coronavirus benefit concert. Picture: PA

"I would like to send my prayers to people who are losing their jobs and having a hard time feeding themselves and their children.

"We want to raise the money before we go on air. ‘When we do go on air, put your wallets away, your credit cards away, and enjoy the show."

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Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, added in a statement: "As we honour and support the heroic efforts of community health workers, One World: Together At Home aims to serve as a source of unity and encouragement in the global fight to end COVID-19.

"Through music, entertainment and impact, the global live-cast will celebrate those who risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s."