Maccabees Band Plans Charity Concert for the United Kingdom’s MS Society

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Felix and Hugo White from the Maccabees. Photo credit: MS Society

The Maccabees rock band will play an exclusive gig in London to raise funds for the United Kingdom’s MS Society, supporting the organization’s mission of trying to end multiple sclerosis.

A key reason for the concert is the group’s passion about the disease. Band members Felix and Hugo White lost their mother to MS.

The brothers have been raising awareness and funds for the MS Society since 2012. The next gig will be at Omeara in the London Bridge area on Friday, June 16.

The Maccabees are an indie band. Formed in 2004 in London, they have released four albums: Colour It In, in 2007; Wall of Arms, 2009; Given to the Wild, 2012; and Marks to Prove It, 2015. The group announced in August 2016 that it would disband after a United Kingdom goodbye tour.

Felix and Hugo White from the Maccabees. Photo credit: MS Society

The London gig is the last chance to see the band at an intimate venue ahead of their sold-out goodbye tour at Manchester’s O2 Apollo and London’s Alexandra Palace this summer.

“Putting on a show for the MS society is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” the brothers, who became MS Society Ambassadors in October 2016, said in an MS Society news release. “As some will know, it’s a cause very close to home as our mother had MS, and we have been trying to help the charity where we can over quite a few years. Having got to know the charity, too, we know how much amazing work is being done by the people there.”

“This is the first chance we’ve had to actually put together a whole show solely in aid of the MS Society. It’s going to be a special night. We’re so glad we have been able to make it happen.”

The show will also feature sets from Mystery Jets and Imperial Daze.

Concert-goers can also go to a YALA! club after-party, with DJ sets from Foals and surprise guests. The event will also feature an exhibition of photographs that Sam Doyle, the Maccabees’ drummer, took of the group over the years.

Tickets for the gig are on sale now at £30 apiece. Tickets for the after-party are also available now.

Proceeds from sales of the tickets and prints of Doyle’s photographs will go to the MS Society.

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