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Gorillaz announce free show for NHS workers


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Gorillaztoday confirmed their epic return to the live stage witha free show for NHS workers and their families on Tuesday 10thAugustat London's The O2 arena. This very special show, to thank and recognise all NHS staff who continue to work tirelessly to keep us all safe, marks the reopening of the venue as well as the band's first live performance with an audience in over two years andtakes place the day before their scheduledsold-out gig on Wednesday 11thAugust 2021.All ticket holders will need to present a NHS COVID Pass on entry to gain access to the venue.Further information below.

Gorillaz drummer Russel Hobbs said:"Reap what you sow, y'know what I'm saying? We don't just want to say thank you, we want to do thank you too, because we care about the people who care for us."

Steve Sayer, VP & General Manager at The O2 said: "This is such a big moment for us. Our first live show in over 500 days, with one of the UK's best bands playing to an audience made up of NHS staff and their families. We have missed the fans and live performances so much, we couldn't be more proud to reopen with this event and to welcome such a great audience."

 2021is a big year for our virtual heroes, celebrating two glorious decades ofGorillazand they are BACK bigger and better than ever - in real life - with magnificent Jamie Hewlett visuals and thrilling live performance from guitaristNoodle, bassistMurdoc Niccals, drummerRusseland frontman2D,joined byDamon Albarnand the fullGorillazlive bandplusa choice selection of featured artists. Nothing is going to stopGorillazfrom performing this summer! 


For tickets and information on the free event for NHS workers, see below or visit:


For full ticket and information on the 11thAugust public show here:


Link to download press images here:



Praise for Gorillaz live:


"Damon Albarn and his mob shine in this virtual rave."- 4/5 stars, THE TIMES 

"The bonkers virtual extravaganza was the perfect home for Damon Albarn's animated band and their roster of glitzy special guests."- 4/5 stars, THE TELEGRAPH

"Virtual party is like a AAA pass to the glitziest celebrity shindig"- 4/5 stars, NME

"A blistering live set live from Kong with an all-star cast + a career spanning setlist"- Gigwise

"a magnificent event... the lengths to which Albarn, Hewlett, and company went to embody the band's entire aesthetic (sound, look, and feel) was breathtaking."—CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

"... one of the best albums of the year, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez, the perfectly titled soundtrack for 2020 — sounded even more perfect live... this was a transporting experience."—YAHOO ENTERTAINMENT


Further Information: 

Free event for NHS Staff - Gorillaz, Tuesday 10th August 2021 at The O2, London.

This is an event to thank and recognise NHS workers who have been and continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe.

All bookings must be made via are limited to 4 per person (the eligible NHS staff member and 3 guests) and will be availablefrom 12 noon on Friday 23rdJuly.

NHS workers who work in NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom will be eligible to apply for tickets. This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, porters, cleaners, support workers, paramedics, etc.

Ticket holders must bring their valid NHS ID or Primary Care Trust ID card (original format, no photocopies) to the event, or details of employment if NHS contract staff. Your ID must match the name on your ticket or admission will be refused. If you are allocated more than one ticket, your guest must be with you at the time of entry. 

If you secure tickets and you are no longer able to attend or you secure tickets in error as you are not NHS staff, please contact the ticket provider immediatelyhereto arrange for cancellation of these tickets to enable other NHS workers the opportunity to be allocated tickets.

 NHS staff and care workers are advised to go to this website for more information:


COVID-19 Protocol from The O2 arena:

In order to continue to keep our visitors safe and provide the very best fan experience, we have implemented a number of important measures that will apply to this event. In line with the advice and guidance from UK and local Government, all ticket holders will be required to present an NHS COVID Pass on entry to The O2 arena in order to gain access to the event and to help us to reduce the risk of COVID-19. 


For more information on how we are keeping you safe at events please visit our information hub here: Keeping you safe at events | The O2


About Gorillaz:

Virtual band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band's subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.


* The band are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet's Most Successful Virtual Act.



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