• Press Release

Esperanza Spalding, Jesse & Joy, Moby & More Join Ed Sheeran for ‘Give a Home’ for Refugees

August 8, 2017

Musical artists from around the world including GRAMMY Award winners Esperanza Spalding, Jesse & Joy and Moby have just joined an acclaimed line-up to perform exclusive and intimate shows on September 20, 2017 as part of the global concert series, Give a Home, presented by Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds.

New acts announced today include BØRNS, Laura Mvula, Moby, Ryan Cabrera, The Mowgli’s and Stanaj, all playing shows in Los Angeles, with Bokanté, Jasmine Thompson and Kamau set to perform in New York City.  A full list of new acts added today is below.

These new acts join an international lineup of artists: Ed Sheeran in Washington D.C., Hozier in Ireland, Ludovico Einaudi in Italy, Mashrou’ Leila in Lebanon, and many more. The full list of performers is available on www.sofarsounds.com/giveahome, where fans can enter to win tickets for their local show.

Give a Home aims to unite people in showing solidarity with those forced to flee their homes and raise awareness of solutions to the refugee crisis. At over 300 shows across 60 countries, music fans will host intimate gigs in their own homes with some of the world’s biggest music stars, refugee artists, and activists.

The shows are in support of Amnesty International’s I Welcome refugee campaign, which mobilizes public pressure on governments to welcome refugees. Amnesty International’s research shows that 4 in 5 people around the world are open to welcoming refugees, yet governments are failing to do their part.

Music fans have until September 10th to enter for a chance to attend the exclusive gigs taking place in their city.                                                         

 New artists added to the lineup today are (A-Z):

Alain Clark (Amsterdam); Alex Vargas (Amsterdam); Amber Coffman (Los Angeles); Ani DiFranco (New Orleans); Archive (London); Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles (Sheffield, UK); Blaenavon (London); Bokanté (NYC); BØRNS (Los Angeles); Cathedrals (San Francisco); Esperanza Spalding (Philadelphia); Fakear (Lyon); Foreign Beggars (London); Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (London); HAERTS (NYC); Hozier (Dublin); Imelda May (London); Jakubi (Melbourne); Jamie Lidell (Nashville); Jasmine Thompson (New York); Jesse & Joy (Mexico City); Joan As Police Woman (NYC); Jon Hopkins (NYC); Julia Holter (Los Angeles); Kamau (NYC); Kate Miller-Heidke (Melbourne); Laura Mvula (Los Angeles); Ledisi (Washington, D.C.); Lisa Hannigan (Cork, Ireland); Ludovico Einaudi (Milan, Italy); Majozi (Cape Town); Maren Morris (Nashville): Marika Hackman (London), Mashrou’ Leila (Beirut, Lebanon), Moby (Los Angeles); Molly Kate Kestner (Los Angeles); Nick Mulvey (London); Nick Waterhouse (London); Peggy Seeger (Oxford, UK); Ryan Cabrera (Los Angeles); Seratones (Dallas); Shamir (Philadelphia); Sivu (Cambridge, UK); Stanaj (Los Angeles); Stonefield (Melbourne); The Hoosiers (London); The Mowgli’s (Los Angeles); The Skins (NYC); Time For Three (Indianapolis); To Kill A King (Berlin), Tom Odell (Athens, Greece); Tunde Olaniran (Detroit); We The Kings (Orlando); We Were Promised Jetpacks (Glasgow, UK).


The concert series is a collaboration between Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, and Sofar Sounds, a London-based music events company that specializes in throwing secret concerts in people’s homes all over the world. Sofar Sounds have hosted shows in venues ranging from back gardens in Cape Town to Cliffside lairs in Los Angeles, greenhouses in Tokyo, lofts in London, and mansions in Mumbai.

Give a Home is supported by VICE and Facebook Live, who will be live-streaming and promoting the concerts globally.

Fans have until September 10th to apply for tickets through sofarsounds.com/giveahome. To enter, just select the city and event of your choice for a chance to win two tickets. Donations to “Give a Home” will be collected when applying for tickets. The funds raised by the event will support Amnesty International’s work campaigning for the rights of refugees.


The refugee crisis affects the lives of more than 22 million people worldwide. Almost all are hosted outside the wealthiest nations, which simply aren’t doing their fair share to help. Currently just 10 of the world’s 193 countries host more than half its refugees.

Amnesty International’s ‘I Welcome’ campaign calls on all governments to do more to ensure refugees are protected and able to enjoy their human rights. The campaign also aims to build grassroots solidarity with refugees, including through community-led programs to sponsor refugees.