• Press Release

‘Give a Home’: Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds to host massive day of concerts in support of refugees

September 20, 2017

  • Ed Sheeran, Lianne le Havas, Ani DiFranco and The National will be among 1,000 artists performing on September 20 to support refugee rights.  
  • Audiovisual material from select shows will be available for media from 12:00 pm EST, Thursday, September 21.

On September 20, 2017 Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds will be holding more than 300 concerts around the world for Give a Home, in which 1,000 artists will perform intimate shows in people’s homes in support of refugee rights.

Major artists including Ed SheeranEmeli SandéHot Chip, Ani DiFranco, Jesse & JoyLaura MvulaLudovico Einaudi, The National, and more will feature on the line-up. Joining them will be refugee bands from around the world, including the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians who are set to perform in London, and Canadian-Somali pop duo Faarrow who will play in Los Angeles.

The concerts will span over 24 hours and 60 countries, starting with shows in New Zealand at 3:30 am EST on Wednesday, September 20, and ending in the early hours of Thursday, September 21 with a show in Seattle, USA.

The shows are in support of Amnesty International’s I Welcome refugee campaign, which mobilizes public pressure on governments to welcome refugees.

“Give a Home is about celebrating what people can do and are doing in support of refugees. Where governments are building walls, deploying warships and closing doors, we are singing a different song: We welcome refugees,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.