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Damon Albarn, Bastille and more to play BRITs Week shows in 2022

Joy Crookes, Maisie Peters and more will also play London shows in February

By Will Richards

Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK
Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Danny Kasirye/Rolling Stone UK)

The line-up for 2022’s BRITs Week has been announced, with Damon Albarn, Bastille and more all set to play intimate UK shows in February.

The annual gig series, held in association with War Child UK, takes place around the 2022 BRIT Awards, set for February 8 at The O2 in London.

Kicking off 2022’s BRITs Week will be Anne-Marie, playing at Lafayette on February 1. The following night, Bastille will play the EartH Theatre, while Joy Crookes will headline Omeara.

Other gigs across the next three weeks include Maisie Peters at Omeara, Craig David at Under The Bridge and Damon Albarn at Troxy.

A pre-sale for Mastercard users begins at 10am GMT on Thursday (December 16), before a prize draw opens at 10am GMT on Friday (17), open until Sunday January 23. Fans can enter the prize draw by donating £5 to War Child here.

See the full line-up for BRITs Week 2022 below.

1 – Anne-Marie, Lafayette
2 – Joy Crookes, Omeara
2 – Bastille, EartH Theatre
3 – Becky Hill, Lafayette
3 – Maisie Peters, Omeara
5 – Mimi Webb, Omeara
17 – Craig David presents TS5, Under The Bridge
20 – Damon Albarn, Troxy

Speaking of the announcement, Ben Anderson, head of live at War Child, said: We are delighted to be working with BPI and AEG once again on another BRITs Week series. Whilst there was a temporary pause on all things live music over the past 12 months or so, there was no pause to the challenges facing children who live in conflict zones around the world. With conflict rates on the rise, and more children at risk, our work as a charity is never more needed.

“The whole music team and the wider War Child teams are very excited to be working on a fantastic series of gigs. There are some real treats for fans to see their favourite artists in some venues across the capital that they wouldn’t normally play, and we look forward to not only the gigs but also to raising much needed funds and awareness of the fantastic work that War Child do.”

Last month (November 22), the BRIT Awards announced full details of its 2022 ceremony, including the reveal of new host Mo Gilligan, who is replacing Jack Whitehall, who spent four years hosting the show.

The traditional ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ award categories will be removed at the 2022 BRITs and replaced instead with ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘International Artist of the Year’ at the February 8 ceremony at The O2 in London, in a move designed to be as inclusive as possible so artists are celebrated for their work first and foremost.

Speaking about the new category changes, BRIT chair and Co-President of Polydor Records, Tom March said: “It is important that The BRITs continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible. It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.

The first BRIT Award winner of 2022 is Holly Humberstone, who last week beat Bree Runway and Lola Young to the BRITs Rising Star award.

Read Rolling Stone UK’s exclusive interview with Humberstone about the win and her plans for 2022 here.