Some of the biggest names in modern British music are to join forces to stage Unity: A Concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2 Arena on September 29.
The concert marks the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder. As well as celebrating the work of his mother, Doreen Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence Trust over the past 14 years, the concert will promote themes of social empowerment and self-worth to young people in the UK.
Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks, Plan B, Jamie Cullum, Rudimental, Labrinth, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran are amongst the acts performing on the day, representing a cross-industry commitment to the Trust.
The SL20 campaign, set up by the Trust to mark the anniversary, aims to highlight Stephen Lawrence’s legacy and the work undertaken by the charity in his name, which includes encouraging and funding social and employment mobility amongst disadvantaged young people.
Doreen Lawrence OBE, Founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said: “Our aim is to build hope for the future. Justice for Stephen is about all of us, every one of us, in society having justice. I want young people to feel inspired, be confident and have hope in their own future.
“There have been a further 106 racist murders since Stephen was killed 20 years ago and there are still too many young people who do not have a sense of hope. We work every day to empower youth and we’re so proud that the music industry is joining us in reaching out to change the lives of young people.”
Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence is supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson as well as Lewisham and Greenwich Council.
Tickets will be available to buy via AEG at 9am this Friday (21 June) here: bit.ly/SL20tickets