BBC Children in Need is excited to announce that Gary Barlow will be once again bring some of the biggest and best names from the music industry together in a one-off concert that will help change young lives across the UK, with the 2011 Children in Need Rocks Manchester live streaming from the MEN Arena.
The world-class line-up being assembled includes: Michael Buble, Coldplay, Elbow, JLS, Lady Gaga, Hugh Laurie, James Morrison, N Dubz, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran. The concert, taking place on Thursday 17 November at the M.E.N. Arena, will be hosted by Fearne Cotton, Chris Moyles and David Tennant. As well as being broadcast on BBC One and BBC HD between 8pm and 10pm, the event will also simulcast on Radio 1.
The evening will contain surprise guests and Appeal Films of the work BBC Children in Need does with disadvantaged children in the UK, as well as the spectacular line-up. There will also be some never-before seen surprise collaborations in honour of the event. Children in Need is an annual British charity appeal organised by the BBC. Since 1980 it has raised over £500 million. The highlight of the Children in Need appeal is an annual telethon, held in November. A teddy bear named "Pudsey Bear" fronts the campaign, while Terry Wogan is a long standing host. Children in Need is one of three high-profile British telethons, the others being Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, both supporting the Comic Relief charity.
The telethon features performances from many top singers and groups, with many by celebrities also appearing on the seven-hour long programme performing various activities such as sketches or musical numbers. Featured celebrities often include those from programmes on the BBC's rival ITV network, including some appearing in-character, and/or from the sets of their own programmes. A performance by BBC newsreaders has become an annual fixture. Stars of newly-opened West End musicals regularly perform a number from their show later in the evening after "curtain call" in their respective theatres.