Sir Rod Stewart and Olly Alexander join star-studded line-up for charity event

Sir Rod Stewart, Olly Alexander and Van Morrison are among the acts taking the stage for a fundraiser organized by Jools Holland and Prostate Cancer UK.

Musician Holland, 64, and the men’s health charity have teamed up for Raise The Roof, which will see stars from the worlds of music and comedy perform to raise funds for charity at the event to be held held at the Royal Albert Hall on June 22.

Funds from Raise The Roof, which was the brainchild of Holland and his friend and Prostate Cancer UK founder Professor Jonathan Waxman, will go towards research to help find a better testing approach for prostate cancer and one that could be used for a UK-wide Screening Program, the charity previously said.

Other new names announced include Emeli Sande, Squeeze’s Chris Difford, singer Paul Jones and the previously announced lineup of Celeste, Melanie C, Paloma Faith, Paul Weller, Nitin Sawhney and more.

Sir Rod Stewart has previously spoken out about being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He decided to keep news of his illness private at the time of his diagnosis, but later revealed that he had been given the go-ahead after about two years of treatment.

In March of this year, Holland told the PA news agency about his own diagnosis in 2014, revealing that he was diagnosed following a routine blood test and had no symptoms at the time.

He added that it’s “really important for men to be aware of the facts about prostate cancer and understand their risk.”

He sang Ceiling.

“Unfortunately, one in eight people with a prostate will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one in four if they are black.

“Prostate Cancer UK have continued to do some really important work during the pandemic and it is a great privilege to support them.

“Come join us at the Royal Albert Hall, it’s going to be really cool!

“That roof is going up!”

Scottish singer Sande said: “We all know people who have been affected by cancer, and by coming together for wonderful events like this, we can make a real difference by raising funds and awareness.

“It’s going to be a fantastic night, hope to see you there!”

On the lineup of comedy programming are names that include Omid Djalili, Harry Hill, Stephen K Amos, Shaparak Khorsandi and Gina Yashere.

Djalili, 56, said: “As I get older, I know I need to be aware of my risk of prostate cancer, so I hope this concert will do an important job of raising funds and awareness for the disease.

“I will always be in awe of the work Prostate Cancer UK does, so buy a ticket and come out and support what will be an unforgettable event.”

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