Russell Brand has launched "Give It Up for Comic Relief", to raise money for and create awareness of, people in the UK affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

“Give It Up for Comic Relief” is an extraordinary concert produced by Live Nation held at Wembley Arena on 6th March, featuring top music acts including Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sandé and Nicole Scherzinger. The night will also include comedy acts Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, Jason Manford, with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.

The “Give It Up for Comic Relief” gig will be on BBC Three, with backstage coverage hosted by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and a highlights package broadcasted on BBC One.

Russell Brand says: “Give it Up for Comic Relief” aims to raise money to help get people who drink and do drugs to “give it up” and stay clean and stop ruining it for everyone else. At the gig in March we will recognise that addiction is a disease that when correctly treated CAN be arrested. The money raised by this gig will help alcoholics and addicts get clean and stay clean."

Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief says: “Comic Relief has funded work tackling substance abuse for many years. We were thrilled when Russell Brand offered to highlight the issue and raise funds to help tackle the problem. It’s a perfect use of his celebrity profile to front the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig and work behind the scenes to put it all together. He has played a blinder.”

Money raised from ticket sales as part of “Give It Up for Comic Relief” will go to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

For more information about Russell Brand’s “Give It Up for Comic Relief” and to buy tickets to the concert at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 6th March, click here.

Keep in touch with “Give It Up for Comic Relief” and all of Comic Relief’s fundraising efforts at www.rednoseday.com/giveitup.

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