Tuesday 11th February 2020 sees the return of Stand Up To Cancer at Union Chapel. Having already sold out earlier this month today sees a very special guest added to the line-up for this year’s charity event, the incredibly talented Marika Hackman. She will join headliners White Lies and an array of exceptional artists including: Maisie Peters, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Aaron Smith and Kitt Philippa on the night for this very special evening of live performances. Bringing the whole show together on the night will the Capital FM Breakfast show host and TV presenter du jour Vick Hope who will be the compere for the evening.

Marika Hackman released her critically acclaimed third album ‘Any Human Friend’ in August 2019. Produced by Hackman and David Wrench, The Guardian deemed it her “most accomplished record to date”. Speaking about the record, rock provocateur Hackman said “This whole record is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual. It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.” There’s also depth to her carnal knowledge: ‘Any Human Friend’ (out now via AMF Records and Sub Pop Records in North and South America) is ultimately about how, as she puts it, “We all have this lightness and darkness in us.” She will be touring the UK extensively from late February. Go to for ticket information.

A Nigerian-Geordie with a Cambridge degree, Vick Hope is a multilingual, multi-skilled and multifaceted presenter making waves in the multi-platform world of broadcast.

It all started when Vick spent a year in Buenos Aires, working for The Argentina Independent as their youngest ever journalist. She was quickly snapped up by MTV, before catching the attention of ITN, where she’s made her mark as a popular on-screen news & entertainment broadcaster. Vick can now be found co-presenting London’s biggest breakfast show on Capital FM.

She has not only been featured on Shipwrecked, 4music and Strictly Come Dancing but has also presented Sky One’s festival coverage, Channel 4’s Chase Tag World Championships, Dave’s Red Bull Soapbox Race and in 2019 joined The X Factor: Celebrity, presenting the Xtra Bites series.

Taking place at the iconic Union Chapel, London, this celebration of fantastic musical talent is all with one intention, to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, that raises money to develop cutting-edge treatments to help save lives.

Performances on the night from:


2019 marks the tenth anniversary since West London trio White Lies burst onto the scene with their chart-topping debut To Lose My Life. Four albums and a decade later the band have found a new home at [PIAS] Recordings, the cementing of this new partnership resulted in a return to the Top 20 with their fifth album entitled Five

As they explained earlier in the year; “this is a milestone album for us, it marks our decade as a band, which has pushed us to expand our sound and reach new territory artistically.” The band also became re-acquainted with old friends in the studio, working with the likes of Flood, Ed Bueller and Alan Moulder both in the UK and Los Angeles over the creative process.

The album has recently undergone a digital re-issue with the addition of two previously unreleased tracks that resonate with that rejuvenation. Lyricist and bass-player, Charles Cave explains, “we’ve always written and then recorded once the entire album is ready. This time with a break in L.A we wrote a handful of tracks that were completely disconnected from Five but inhabiting the same universe.”

Recorded with US producer Andrew Wells (5 Seconds Of Summer, Fall Out Boy) Hurt My Heart’ and Falling Out Without Me are both on Five V2 whilst also being made available as a limited AA-side white vinyl 7” single via the band’s website and recent / upcoming live.

They have just finished an extensive European live jaunt celebrating the tenth anniversary of their debut album that culminated with two nights at London’s Brixton O2 Academy this past weekend.


A gifted observational lyricist with a distinctively delicate voice, 19-year-old Maisie Peters continues to cement herself as one of the UK’s brightest new talents. She currently boasts over 150m global streams, 4.7m views on YouTube, 3.4m monthly Spotify listeners and has famous fans in global superstar Sam Smith and Lewis Capaldi. Most recently, she was crowned Scott Mills ‘Tune of the Week’ on BBC Radio 1 with ‘Feels Like This, a track taken from her debut EP, Dressed Too Nice For A Jacket, her first single to enter the iTunes Top 40 Chart. A captivating live act, Peters has toured with the likes of George Ezra, Mahalia and Tom Walker. This summer has also seen her making the festival rounds playing memorable sets to packed-out tents at Latitude, All Points East, The Great Escape and more. Following her sold out debut headline UK tour earlier this year she took to the stage at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in November 2019 for her biggest headline show to date.


Gratitude’ is an apt title for Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s third album, which was released in March 2019 on Dirty Hit. On the first (and title) track, the York-born, London-based singer sings of new beginnings and a sense of inner peace. ‘Gratitude’ is an album predicting and then reflecting on huge personal change, and this upheaval seeps into every sinew of the record. Lyrically, it sings of redemption, guilt and regret, and it’s transmitted via music that bursts forwards like water breaking a dam, expanding the singer’s palate into widescreen, epic new territories.

Recorded between Sleeper Sounds and The Bridge in London with frequent collaborator Lazy H alongside Joe Rubel, Josh Grant and Beatriz Artola of Electric Lady studios, who’s previously worked with A$AP Rocky, Common and J. Cole, ‘Gratitude’ takes the hushed acoustic base of his second album After The Rain and the singer’s lauded 2011 debut album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm and fleshes it out to create a record unlimited in its ambition, and a portrait of a singer no longer limited, in life or in his art.

Leftwich’s has drawn comparisons to Damien Rice and Jose Gonzalez amongst many others. His single “Shine” was named Spotify’s most addictive track of 2014, the most repeat-played song of the year. He sold more than 100,000 copies of debut album. He has toured extensively, covering the UK, Canada, USA, China, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and throughout Asia (including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia). Leftwich has over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.


In July 2019 Scottish singer songwriter Aaron Smith created quite a stir with the release of this debut single ‘Unspoken’, which featured in the #1 spot on both Spotify UK New Music Friday and Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlists – pipping both Beyoncé and Sam Smith to the post – and more recently with the release of his stunning new single Better Than You Loved Me’ and debut EP Loveless.


With all three of the first singles from Kitt Philippa’s debut album nominated for Best Song by the Northern Irish Music Prize – the expectation was high for the album release and it didn’t disappoint. Although growing up largely in a classical music environment, Kitt Philippa’s influences have been broad, and their songwriting and performances reflect a craft steeped in contemporary urban and digital soundscapes; from their home life inspirations; to Queen’s University; to an introductory stage talent development scheme at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast – a dedicated music hub for new talent setup by Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol); to performing their original music live onstage with the Ulster Orchestra at the ripe old age of 21 and beyond.

Launched in 2016 and now going into its fourth year, the event is a key part of the Stand Up To Cancer fundraising calendar. This year saw the UK #1 breakthrough artist of 2019 Lewis Capaldi take to the stage to wow the audience. Other notable past performers include KodalineLaura Mvula, James MorrisonEditors (Tom Smith), Andy Burrows, Ed Harcourt, Jamie Lawson, Seafret and more. It’s a truly magical and unique evening of live performances from established artists, including Ivor Novello, Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominees, to the rising stars of tomorrow.

Kilimanjaro Live will donate the net profits from this event to Cancer Research UK in support of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. Net profits are calculated as the revenue from ticket sales less production costs. If the event sells out, this would equate to about £7.50 per ticket sold.

Doors: 6.30pm. Music from: 7pm. Curfew: 10.30pm

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