Chart-topping superstar Michael Bublé is to perform a charity concert at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena – on Friday night.
He has been rehearsing at the venue for a 10-date series of shows at London’s O2 Arena, five nights in Dublin and an extensive tour of the USA.
And the famed charity worker – who has raised fortunes for needy causes – has decided to open the doors to his final rehearsal the public, to help raise thousands of pounds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Hallam FM and Bauer Radio’s local charity, Cash For Kids.
Tickets for the Canadian’s concerts usually sell from £50 upwards – but all seats for this special show will cost just £25, when they go on sale today – the show is expected to sell out fast.
In the past he has supported causes which tackle abuse, children’s problems, creative arts, disaster relief, education, family, health, homelessness, human rights, poverty and others.
Now, Bublé announced that following successful technical rehearsals and sound checks he will be opening the doors to allow local fans to be the first to enjoy the full show before it goes on the road.
He said: “There’s a lot of really kind, down to earth people in South Yorkshire.
“Every time I’ve done shows here it’s great because people are fun and don’t take themselves too seriously – hopefully I’m a lot like them.”
Cash for Kids is a charity for children and young people suffering from abuse, disability or needing guidance.
Rob O’Shea, manager of the arena in Attercliffe, said he was excited by the challenge of putting on sale and hosting a concert for 12,000 people within 72-hours.
He said: “This will be the first time in the building’s 22-year history we have ever announced, put on sale and hosted a show within such a short space of time.
“The quick turnaround will bring with it some challenges, but when Michael Bublé says he wants to put a show on you do everything you can to make it possible.”
The 37-year-old singer, songwriter and actor appeals to all ages, with his mix of swing standards and contemporary pop tunes.
The Arena is set to close for two months after Friday’s gig for refurbishment.
Simon Bailey, marketing manager, said: “What a way to close the building with a special one off Michael Bublé concert, followed by the multi-million pound summer refurbishment and to then open in front of a packed Arena for the Steelers v Nottingham Panthers ice hockey clash on Sunday, September 8.”
To buy tickets for the show, call the box office on 0114 256 5656 or visit Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
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