Entertainment

Music's greatest divas join charity concert

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

BEYONCE, Florence Welch and Jennifer Lopez will join forces for a "female Live Aid" charity concert in London, designed to "empower" women across the world, which will give ticket-holders the chance to choose which projects they wish to fund.

For the first time, "hypothecation" of ticket revenues will be tested at the Sound of Change concert at Twickenham stadium, organised by Beyonce, which is designed to improve the life-opportunities for women and young girls in the developing word.

The 70,000 ticket-holders for the June 1 show, which also features Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding, are invited to select a project to fund from the Chime For Change website.

Examples include supporting secondary school scholarships in Ethiopia, helping Syrian refugees gain access to health-care and a project to assist villagers in Mali combat female genital mutilation.

>>More Music News

Harvey Goldsmith, the concert promoter, who previously organised Live Aid, told the i: "With Live Aid you had to look through the accounts to find how every penny was spent.

With Sound of Change you can follow a project all the way through.

"You just go online, look at the different projects, which come under the heading of Education, Justice or Health and tick a box for the project you support.

"We will send you updates on where the money is going and what happened with the project. No-one has done this with a concert before."

All profits from the £95 tickets will go to the good causes, with millions more expected to be donated when the concert is be broadcast by the BBC.

Economists have argued for "hypothecation", the ear-marking of taxation for particular causes, to be introduced in the UK.

Supporters say assigning taxation to  environmental causes, or road or hospital building, would allow voters to make a stronger connection between the taxes they pay and the services they receive.

With J-Lo and Beyonce heading the line-up, the concert also promises a summit between music's greatest divas.

"We could fill Twickenham just with their entourages," joked Goldsmith. "Everyone is going to have a backstage area of their own."

Beyonce has embraced her role as a Geldof-style charity activist. "She is involved in every aspect of the show," said Goldsmith.

"I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be," said the singer, currently performing a sell-out run at the O2 Arena.

"It's up to us to change the statistics for women around the world."

Topics:  beyonce, charity concert, florence welch, jennifer lopez, rita ora


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

All new heights in Colombia

PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar

Narelle Falkenhagen competed in her third UCI BMX world championship

Police provide helping hand at Lockyer District High School

TOP COP: Lockyer District High School students Haidyn Thode and Kaitlyn Friend with Senior Constable Carlene Groube and principal Darren Cook.

Lockyer District High School welcome their new police officer.

Latest deals and offers

Mounted archery to hit targets

When Hayley Chambers-Halt first started horseback archery, she’d never picked up a bow and arrow before.

All new heights in Colombia

PEDAL POWER: Narelle Falkenhagen travelled to Medellin, Colombia, in late May to compete in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Photo: Ricardo Salazar

Narelle Falkenhagen competed in her third UCI BMX world championship

Police provide helping hand at Lockyer District High School

TOP COP: Lockyer District High School students Haidyn Thode and Kaitlyn Friend with Senior Constable Carlene Groube and principal Darren Cook.

Lockyer District High School welcome their new police officer.

Katie’s closer to her Ekka dream role

DREAM: Lowood Show Girl Katie Whitfield.

Katie Whitfield named Lowood Show Girl.

Our Lockyer Valley Volunteers win

CHEERS TO VOLUNTEERS: Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann with local volunteer groups who received funding from the Volunteer Grants Program.

Volunteer Grants Program funding given out.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward