The very first show for the new O2 arena in Dublin, formerly known as the Point Depot, will be run as a benefit night for Childline.
The event will feature a host of pop acts including Boyzone, Shayne Ward, Scouting for Girls, The Script, Alphabeat and The Saturdays. U2, Oasis and even Britney Spears had all been mooted as being the first act to play the venue, so it comes as a surprise that promoters have opted for the Childline Concert.
Priced at €40 each, Childline tickets went on sale yesterday. Since the first concert was held in 1997, Childline has benefited to the tune of €2.5m and the children’s charity is expected to receive €400,000 alone from the December 16th concert.
According to a representative of the charity: “Childline would like to thank all parties involved with the concert including the artists, organisers and The O2 Dublin, who are generously giving their services and time free of charge on this historic opening night of the O2 arena.
“Their involvement will contribute significantly to ensuring that every child who contacts Childline will be heard,” they added.
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