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Gorillaz announce free O2 show for NHS staff

By | Published on Thursday 22 July 2021


Remember when loads of artists announced that they were going to play free shows for NHS staff in autumn 2020 to thank them for all their hard work during the COVID pandemic of spring 2020? Well, that didn’t happen, did it? But live music is back now, so I’ve heard. So those shows can finally go ahead. And now Gorillaz have just added another to the mix.

As well as their existing sold out show at the O2 Arena on 11 Aug, the band will now also play a free gig for NHS staff at the same venue the night before on 10 Aug. It’ll be the first show for the band in two years, and for more than sixteen months at the venue.

“Reap what you sow, y’know what I’m saying?” says Gorillaz drummer Russel Hobbs. “We don’t just want to say thank you, we want to do thank you too, because we care about the people who care for us”.

General Manager of The O2, Steve Sayer, adds: “This is such a big moment for us. Our first live show in over 500 days, with one of the UK’s best bands playing to an audience made up of NHS staff and their families. We have missed the fans and live performances so much, we couldn’t be more proud to reopen with this event and to welcome such a great audience”.

Tickets will be released for the new show tomorrow and can be claimed here.