Wednesday 28 June 2017

Glen Hansard joins stellar line-up for Rock Against Homelessness at Olympia Theatre

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
Finbar Furey
Bressie lead singer with The Blizzards play at a Concert at St Stephen's Green South as part of the NYE Festival Celebrations. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Fingal band Delorentos were among the line up at the festival
Bob Geldof and Pete Briquette of the Boomtown Rats (PA)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Glen Hansard has joined the line-up for Friday night's Rock Against Homelessness concert at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter's appearance will help to raise vital funds for Focus Ireland, a charity which works towards providing services for Ireland's homeless.

Sponsored by Independent News & Media, the concert boasts top Irish talent including The Boomtown Rats, HamsandwicH, Finbar Furey, The Blizzards, Delorentos, Paul Cleary of the Blades, Ivy Nation, August Wells, plus special guests.

Homeless musician Danny Bracken, accompanied by Paul Brady and Dave Fleming, will also perform on the night and there will be a surprise set from a very special band.

Glen Hansard at Other Voices
Glen Hansard at Other Voices

RTE comedy star Katherine Lynch will MC.

According to the most recent figures, there are 7,167 homeless people in Ireland, of whom 2,407 are children.

A child became homeless every five hours in January.

Speaking about the issue of homelessness with Ray D'Arcy earlier this year, Hansard said, "It isn't just about four walls and a roof, it isn't just about a bed, it's a lot more than that. There's more services needed, it's a massive mental health issue and people have real needs."

HAMSANDWICH: Podge McNamee, Niamh Farrell and Ollie Murphy. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
HAMSANDWICH: Podge McNamee, Niamh Farrell and Ollie Murphy. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Niamh Farrell of HamsandwicH has said it's "wonderful" to contribute to a worthwhile cause.

"Homelessness is at a crisis point in Ireland and we all need to stand up and shout as loud as we can that we won't stand for it," she said.

"Everyone deserves a safe, warm space to go when the day is over and so many people don't have this. No one should be out in the cold."

A small number of tickets are still available for the event from Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide and cost €30.

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