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JLS Farewell Charity Concert

30 April, 2013

JLS are to headline the Rays of Sunshine Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 6th July at 3pm. This will be one of the first opportunities for fans to see the group since they announced their separation last week.

The concert will be the fourth JLS have headlined for Rays of Sunshine, the second year at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

Also performing will be Rays of Sunshine ambassador Olly Murs, Kimberley Walsh, Angel (Wonderful), Charlie Brown (On my Way), and dance groups Flawless and Ruff Diamond. 2,000 tickets will be given away to seriously ill children who have previously had wishes granted by the charity.

JLS have been ambassadors to Rays of Sunshine for five years and have given up hours of their time to brighten up the lives of seriously ill children.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 1st May from The Royal Albert Hall box office 020 7589 8212 Prices start at £25. Booking fees apply except to personal visitors to the Box Office. Doors will open at 2.15pm and the show will start at 3pm.

JLS said: “As a group, we have been part of the Rays of Sunshine family since the very beginning and have been privileged to meet hundreds of amazing children. It’s been amazing to see the charity grow and we are all committed to continue to help out whenever we can. The Rays of Sunshine concert is one of our favourite gigs and this year will be extra special.”

Rays of Sunshine has been granted the Royal Albert’s Hall free charity let this year, with the venue providing the main auditorium free of charge. As a charity itself and arguably the world’s most famous stage, the Hall supports other charities to help achieve their charitable aims and raise considerable sums for their vital work. As well as providing a platform for 141 years for live performance of every genre at the highest level, it champions musical excellence to also ensure a legacy for future generations. 

For further details contact:
Laura Barnett: 0208 782 1171
Sophie Gildersleeve: 0208 782 1171

Note to editors:
Rays of Sunshine
Rays of Sunshine brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising activities and events for large groups of seriously. The charity is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and will celebrate 3,000 wish in 2013.
Twitter: @raysofsunshine

The Acts
Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan "JB" Gill, and Oritse Williams shot to fame in 2008 during The X Factor. Now, after achieving five number one hits and two Brit awards, they are going their separate ways.

The group are currently in the studio working on their final album - Goodbye; The Greatest Hits. Goodbye; The Greatest Hits Tour will be the last time that we will perform together as a 4.
But first they will headline one final Rays of Sunshine Concert which is set to be the best yet.

Olly Murs
Olly Murs, one of the most successful pop stars of the past decade and a proud ambassador of Rays of Sunshine. In just three years, he’s crafted three albums which have produced four No 1 singles (including the platinum-selling Dance With Me Tonight and latest no.1 smash hit Troublemaker ft. Flo Rida), and a further three Top 20 hits. First album Olly Murs (2010) has gone double-platinum and second album In Case You Didn’t Know (2011) is at almost triple-platinum sales. Along with Ed Sheeran and Example, Olly is the only recent male solo star with a sell-out headline arena tour to his name, as well as becoming a fixture on the main stage of many festivals. His new album Right Place Right Time shot to the top of the albums chart immediately on release – giving Olly the biggest week one sales by a male artist in 2012! Olly also managed the rare feat of being top of the albums and singles chart simultaneously when Troublemaker hit the top spot for a second week.

Kimberley Walsh
1/5 of Girls Allowed Kimberley Walsh released Centre Stage in February, her first solo music release after working in acting, television presenting, and theatre. It consists of covers of songs from popular musical theatre and musical films, a passion which Walsh has wished to pursue since she was just three years old, as well as two brand new songs. Centre Stage also features duets with fellow performers Louise Dearman and Ronan Keating.

Flawless were described by Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent as “One of the best things I have ever seen in my life … not just the best dance group I have ever seen, it’s one of the greatest acts I have ever seen in my life.”

Formed in 2005, the group entered Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 to show that Britain has got talented dance groups that are better than the Americans. The guys particularly want to inspire children from problem communities to channel their aggression and energy into something positive

Already well-known on the underground scene thanks to a handful of mixtapes and his own YouTube channel (8 million views and counting), Angel is about to not only go overground, but stratospheric. This year has seen Angel go from strength to strength having notched up an impressive list of notable fans along the way from JLS, Tinie Tempah and Example through to Rio Ferdinand, Cheryl Cole and One Direction (who Angel supported at iTunes Festival). Angel has also caused a stir on the live circuit, delivering show-stopping performances at Wireless and V Festival while debut single ‘Wonderful’ became a huge summer anthem last year spending 8 weeks in the top 20, 2 weeks in the top 10 and selling over 250,000 copies to date, firmly cementing Angel’s position as one of the top 5 highest selling breakthrough acts of 2012.

Charlie Brown
London-based Charlie Brown is a singer, song-writer with an already sterling catalogue of collaborations. Having started his career as a writer, Charlie Brown’s soulful melodies and pop-sensibilities quickly provided him with an exciting reputation, and a highly sought-after name.

In December 2012, he was asked to join Dappy on his UK tour, playing to thousands of fans nationwide. And it was these fans that helped propel Charlie to #7 in the UK Singles Chart with his debut release ‘On My Way’ in 2013.

Ruff Diamond
Ruff Diamond are one of the freshest, most unique Streetdance crews to burst onto the UK scene. Combining gravity defying stunts with slick, powerful choreography, the 6 strong group of boys are guaranteed to electrify any audience and fill any room with an infectious energy.

Seen most recently on Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance’ Series 4, Ruff Diamond were described by Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt as ‘One of the best street act performances I have seen in my life’. Diversity front man Ashley Banjo added that they were ‘Up there with the absolute best that’s ever been on that stage’.

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