THIRD ANNUAL CONCERT FOR WAR CHILD UK
- CELEBRATING THE 81st BIRTHDAY OF JOHN LENNON -
FEATURING GUEST APPEARANCES FROM:
MATT LUCAS, JACK SAVORETTI, PETER FRAMPTON, YOLA, MARTIN FREEMAN, FEARNE COTTON,
IRVINE WELSH, JUDIE TZUKE
+ MANY MORE
- STREAMED WORLDWIDE: 9 OCTOBER -
The highly-anticipated, third-annual ‘DEAR JOHN’ concert is confirmed to return this Autumn.
Celebrating what would have been the 81st Birthday of The Beatles icon JOHN LENNON, a special concert will take place, in benefit of the WAR CHILD charity.
The globally recognised concert series, which is organised by Blurred Vision frontman and former war child SEPP OSLEY with his partner/singer-songwriter Mollie Marriott, will be back in 2021 and beamed to audiences worldwide on 9th October (i.e. John Lennon’s Birthday).
Hosted by legendary BBC presenter ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, the event will see appearances from an array of major international stars including: Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Jack Savoretti, Fearne Cotton, Peter Frampton, Yola, Matt Sorum (Guns ‘n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), fashion designer Pam Hogg, Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Red Dwarf) Joe Brown, Sam Brown, Judie Tzuke, Scott Matthews, Chloe Foy, Baby Sol, Luke Friend, Minh, Jo Harman, Elles Bailey, Jasmine Rodgers, Scott Mckeon, Gavin Conder, Laura Evans, and more.
With Osley’s Blurred Vision offering backing as ‘House Band’, this incredible roster of musicians and artists will be exclusively performing timeless songs from the Lennon/Beatles catalogue, plus sending personal messages of peace and love throughout the night.
Speaking about 2021’s ‘DEAR JOHN’ festivities, organiser Sepp Osley says:
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the success that this humble event conjured in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. It all began with a simple concept of celebrating the legacy that John Lennon left behind. A legacy of peace and unity and love on a global scale, and now to be able to perform these timeless songs with so many heroes and contemporaries of the music world, while raising money for this incredible charity at such a crucial time, is something I could never have conceived or believed when I began my tumultuous journey on this planet.
A one-off ticketed event, all donations and net proceeds raised from the show will go direct to the War Child charity.
The ‘Dear John’ concert series was founded by Sepp Osley to raise funds in aid of War Child UK. Born in war torn Iran in the mid 80s, the singer fled the war gripped country of his birth with his family. It began a tumultuous journey through the ancient lands, onto Europe, before finally settling in Canada, where Osley would begin a lifelong affinity with music and form the rock band Blurred Vision with his brother and former bandmate.
Launching the ‘Dear John’ concert series in 2019, Osley has invited legendary artists, film stars, current noisemakers and up and coming acts from a variety of genres and backgrounds together to celebrate the legacy of John Lennon. The series has already seen remarkable contributions from a wealth of talent including: KT Tunstall, Larkin Poe, Peter Gabriel, Richard Curtis, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Laura Jean Anderson, John Illsley of Dire Straits and more. The concerts have now become a globally celebrated annual event, with the 2nd annual concert reaching an international audience in 2020 and receiving attention from the world’s media including: Rolling Stone, NME, and more.
The 3rd Annual ‘Dear John’ livestream concert takes place on 9th October.