Beabadoobee, Rina Sawayama, Frank Turner, Bob Vylan and more to perform intimate 'underplay' BRITs Week gigs

Beabadobee and Rina Sawayama
(Image credit: Beabadobee - Matthew Baker/Getty Images / Rina Sawayama - Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty Images)

Beabadoobee, Rina Sawayama, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, and Bob Vylan are among the artists who've signed up to play special intimate UK shows in the week before and after the 2023 BRIT Awards in support of the War Child charity.

In each instance, the gigs will take place in venues smaller than those the artists would traditionally book: for example, having sold out London's 4,800-capacity O2 Academy Brixton in October, Beabadoobee will play the 600-capacity Lafayette club on February 3, while Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, who've previously headlined the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, will play the significantly smaller 2,000 capacity O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on February 9. 

Proceeds from each gig will be donated to War Child, which protects, educates, and stands up for the rights of children in war.

The gigs confirmed so far are:

Jan 29: The Hunna, London, Lafayette

Feb 01: Metronomy, London, HERE at Outernet
Feb 02: Years & Years, London, HERE at Outernet
Feb 03: Beabadoobee, London, Lafayette 
Feb 03: Kojey Radical, London, XOYO
Feb 04: Cavetown, London, Omeara
Feb 05: The Snuts – Glasgow, Stereo
Feb 07: easy life, Bristol, Trinity Centre
Feb 07: Sea Girls, London, 100 Club, 
Feb 09: Xtra Mile Recordings 20th Anniversary with Frank Turner + The Sleeping Souls, London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire,
Feb 10: Rina Sawayama, London, Lafayette
Feb 10: Bob Vylan, London, Omeara

More artists and gigs will be announced in January.

The War Child pre-sale begins at 9am on December 15 for people who subscribe before midnight tomorrow (December 14), and general sale starts at 9am on Friday, December 14. A prize draw to win tickets is also open.

War Child BRITs shows 2023

(Image credit: BRIT Awards / War Child)

The 2023 BRIT Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 11 at London's O2 Arena.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.