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Children in Need Rocks Manchester

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Gary Barlow, Take That maestro and ducal X Factor judge, has assembled the bill for this one-off concert, using his and Children in Need’s pulling power to attract a long list of very big names.

It’s simulcast on Radio 1, but TV is the place to enjoy Lady Gaga, whose meat fixation and uncontrollable imagination will contrast visually and aurally with the other global superpower in the line-up: the increasingly polished and featureless Coldplay.

Supporting them is a whole scout troop of serious anthem-merchants – Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Snow Patrol, James Morrison – as well as boy band JLS and, surely playing to his biggest live audience to date, bluesman Hugh Laurie.

We’re also promised some surprise guests and unique collaborations, plus some appeal films to remind us why all these stars have turned out.


Charity concert led by Gary Barlow, who has brought together a stellar line-up of musical talent including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Michael Buble, Kelly Rowland, Jessie J, Andrea Bocelli, Elbow, JLS, James Morrison, Snow Patrol, Hugh Laurie, Ed Sheeran, the Collective, Dappy and Fazer, plus Jamie Cullum all doing their bit for Pudsey - with other surprise guests promised on the night itself. Presented by Chris Moyles, David Tennant and Fearne Cotton from the MEN Arena.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris Moyles
Presenter David Tennant
Presenter Fearne Cotton
Presenter Gary Barlow
Director Geoff Posner
Producer Helen Tumbridge
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