Gorillaz announce free show for NHS workers and their families

The special show will be the band’s first live performance with an audience in over two years...

21.07.21

Words by: Billy Ward

Gorillaz have confirmed their return to the live stage with a free show for NHS workers and their families on Tuesday August 10.

Marking the re-opening of The O2 Arena in London, the special show will be the band’s first live performance with an audience in over two years and will thank and recognise the NHS staff who continue to work to keep us all safe.

Speaking about the show, Gorillaz drummer Russel Hobbs said: “Reap what you sow, y’know what I’m saying? 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.”

2021 is poised to be a big year for the virtual band who are celebrating two decades of Gorillaz. Returning with Jamie Hewlett’s iconic visuals, band members Noodle, Murdoc, Russel and frontman 2D will be joined by Damon Albarn and the full Gorillaz live band.

VP & General Manager at The O2, Steve Sayer, added: “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.”

The show is taking place the day before their scheduled sold-out gig on Wednesday August 11. All ticket holders will need to present a NHS COVID Pass on entry to gain access to the venue.

Tickets and information on the free event for NHS workers is available here.

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