Russian rapper Oxxxymiron is hosting a charity concert in London next week to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
‘Russians Against War’ will be held at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on March 24, with all proceeds going to refugees who have fled Ukraine due to the ongoing war with Russia.
Announcing the concert, Oxxxymiron said: “Whats good, this is Oxxxymiron. The next RAW concert – Russians against war – will take place in London at the legendary O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue on March 24th.
“We continue to raise money to help Ukrainian refugees. Due to Internet blocking and censorship, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people in Russia to express their real attitude towards the war, so raising money is not only financial support, but also an opportunity to be heard.
“So I look forward to seeing you all at the show, there will be a livestream, there’ll be rap, Raw!”
The concert, Oxxxymiron’s first UK show in six yeas, will be livestreamed on Twitch, YouTube and Instagram, where viewers will be able to donate online.
It is the second in a series of ‘Russians Against War’ charity concerts, with the first taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday (March 15). Proceeds were transferred to a non-governmental charity organization helping children of Ukrainian refugees.
Tickets for the London show are on sale now at Live Nation.
Oxxxymiron, real name Miron Yanovich Fyodorov, spoke about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine during the concert in Istanbul.
Moscow based journalist Jonny Tickle posted his speech with an English translation.
“It seems to me – rather, I’m sure – that the people who are for this war are in fact against this war. They just believe that this is really a special operation to bomb military facilities. In fact, this special peacekeeping operation does not exist. It is a war,” he said.
He urged those who don’t agree with him to “consider the possibility of alternative viewpoints” and “investigate the viewpoints you have already formed”.
“I understand that, in today’s digital chaos, it is often not possible to know what is true and what is not. But, I asked you to listen, because it is so f*****g important, not only for Ukraine, but also for Russia. Otherwise we will lose it.”
Meanwhile, ITV and STV yesterday announced they will broadcast a live two-hour concert to raise money to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Concert for Ukraine will air March 29, with all funds raised to go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.