Massive Attack and Portishead to Perform Together for Tsunami Benefit Concert

On Saturday February 19th a fund-raising concert in support of Oxfam's work to help people affected by the Tsunami Crisis in Asia featuring Portishead and Massive Attack will take place at the Bristol Academy.

This unplugged concert will be unique, not only because it is the first time that Portishead and Massive Attack have ever shared a stage, but many of the artists, which include Robert Plant and The Coral, will perform together. More special guests will be added to the line up in the coming days.

All proceeds from this event will go to support Oxfam's life-saving humanitarian response in Asia. Tickets are priced at £30 and will be available through the Bristol Ticket Shop from Monday January 24th. The event will be web-cast live and can be viewed, along with more information on the whole event at www.crisisinasia.com.

The gig is part of a series of events starting on Saturday February 12th with a DJ night at the Bristol Academy featuring Aspects (live), Babyhead (live) Boca 45 (Grand Central/Invada Records) Daddy G (Massive Attack), Geoff Barrow (Portishead) John Stapleton (BlowPop) Stereo 8 (Fingerlickin')

On Saturday February 19th there will also be other fundraising events across Bristol including an alternative live concert at The Thekla featuring local bands The Blue Aeroplanes, The Heads and Gonga as well as an acoustic night at The Louisiana with acts to be confirmed shortly.

Oxfam is helping to reach more than 600,000 people affected by the tsunami crisis with water, sanitation, food, shelter and other essential relief items. The £30 ticket price could buy an emergency shelter for people who have lost their homes or 5 hygiene kits which will help prevent the spread of disease.

The concert will also support the Make Poverty History campaign, which calls for action by world leaders on the wider issues of poverty, highlighted by the tsunami. Poor people are often the most vulnerable in this kind of catastrophe. And while the tsunami came without warning, we already know that 30,000 people will continue to die every day from the effects of poverty unless we take action now.