GALLERY | Riverdance perform at iconic Slane Castle for 'Concert4Cancer' in aid of Marie Keating Foundation

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A host of Irish and UK musicians have come together to announce ‘Concert4Cancer’, a televised benefit concert to raise much needed funds for cancer support services in Ireland.

Artists such as Ronan Keating, Gary Barlow, Nathan Carter, Brian Kennedy, and Paddy Casey have been announced with the event hosted by Anna Daly all in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.

Concert4Cancer, proudly supported by the Permanent TSB Community Fund will be aired on Virgin Media One on Friday, August 28 from 9pm-11pm, kicking off the broadcaster’s Autumn schedule.

Riverdance dancers came together for a very special 25th anniversary performance in front of iconic Slane Castle which will feature as part of 'Concert4Cancer'. 

This special performance for the Concert4Cancer in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation will be one of the flagship pieces of the concert and is the first time in the history of the show that the original choreography will have been re-worked to ensure social distancing.

Director and co-founder of Riverdance John McColgan explains why they came together to support the Foundation “Covid-19 has been a very challenging time for all of us, and in Riverdance we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our 25th anniversary international tours. Our cast and crew have been unable to perform or come together like we usually would. When we were approached to get involved in this Concert4Cancer we were absolutely delighted to do so.

"All of us have been touched by cancer in some way, so when we were approached to get involved in Concert4Cancer we were absolutely delighted to do so. We feel that  if Riverdance can use the power of it’s music, it’s dance and it’s reach, to help this great cause, then we absolutely have to do what we can to lend our support. We were delighted to support the Marie Keating Foundation which support so many people going through cancer.

"For the performers, they were thrilled to be involved but also delighted to be able to come together in the spectacular setting of Slane Castle, to perform together once again. It is the first time in our 25 year history, that the original choreography has been changed to ensure a socially distanced performance and we are really excited to present this unique version of Riverdance during Concert4Cancer. We hope everyone tunes in, enjoys the show and donates on the night to support this great cause”

The show will be available on-demand on the Virgin Player for 30 days after, so plenty of time to relive the action or catch-up if you missed out.

For more information on Concert4Cancer and to donate CLICK HERE

Line-up announced, with more to follow, includes:

Riverdance

Ronan Keating

Gary Barlow

Nathan Carter

Paddy Casey

Brian Kennedy

Lisa Lambe

Lisa McHugh

Hot House Flowers

Aimee

Aoife Scott

With more artists to be announced and other special guests on the night