BBC Children in Need is hosting its ‘Ultimate Christmas Party’ at the 02 Arena on Thursday December 20.

Hosted specifically by BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, the concert features performances by Rick Astley, Seasick Steve, Beverley Knight and Tom Odell among other starry names.
English singer-songwriter and radio personality Rick Astley needs no introduction, but is best known for his 1987 song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, which shot to number one in the charts in 25 countries and won the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. American blues musician Seasick Steve is also performing. Steve became popular in the UK following his appearance on Jools Holland’s annual New Year’s Eve show in 2006.

Beverley Knight MBE, the woman who brought us hit singles ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ and ‘Piece Of My Heart’, will be also be belting out her classics – and no doubt the auditorium will be singing along with her. And, hot off the back of releasing his third studio album Jubilee Road, singer-songwriter Tom Odell is another star taking to the 02 stage on Thursday. He won the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brits for his debut extended play Songs from Another Love in early 2013 and has built an even stronger following of listeners since.

BBC Children in Need currently supports 2,400 projects across the UK. Projects funded by the charity help children facing a range of disadvantages, from poverty and deprivation to abuse and disabilities. An auction was held on Monday November 12, in which 4,700 pairs of seated tickets to the charity’s ‘Ultimate Christmas Party’ concert were sold. The event is being held in addition to the BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, which takes place every year in November and is live broadcast on BBC One.

BBC Children in Need’s Ultimate Christmas Party is taking place at the 02 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX.
December 20, from 6.30pm.