Star of BBC One’s The Voice announces charity gig in Stoke-on-Trent

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Jake Shakeshaft, who recently wowed the coaches on BBC One’s The Voice, has announced that he is to perform a charity gig in Hanley, Stoke on Trent.

The 19-year-old, from Clayton in the city, will take to the stage at Walkabout, 38-42 Trinity Street, ST1 5L, on Friday 20th March, at 7:30pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 with all proceeds going to Caudwell Children; the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

Sam Irwin, Events Coordinator at the charity, is delighted to have secured the unexpected support from the rising star and she’s anticipating an enthusiastic crowd. She said:

“Tickets are open to anyone aged 14 upwards and with his increasing popularity we’re hoping for a good attendance. However, tickets are limited so I would urge fans to buy now whilst they’re still available.

“It will be a safe environment for young gig goers as ticket holders under the age of 18 will have to be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands will also be provided on the night to ensure that under 18’s can’t purchase alcohol and they will also have to leave the venue by 11:00pm.”

Jake chose the charity as the beneficiary of the gig because of the respect they have in the local community. As he explained:

“Everybody in Stoke and the surrounding area know of the fantastic work that Caudwell Children does in the local community. This will be only my second gig since appearing on The Voice and if I can raise awareness of the charity and generate cash to support disabled children, I’ll be extremely happy.”

Jake will be playing two sets. The first will last for 40 minutes, whilst the second, following a short interval, will last for 30 minutes.

A signed booklet containing an A3 poster, two smaller pictures and information about the work that the charity undertakes, will be on sale ahead of the gig priced at £2. It will also be on sale on the evening of the show for £3.

Jake, who only started playing the guitar at 13, will be performing a combination of self-penned songs and covers and he’s hoping his appearance on The Voice this weekend (7th March) will see his fan base grow.

His original appearance, in the blind auditions on the show, had an immediate impact on his popularity. As he explained:

“After I’d performed Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud I was staggered to find out that it had been viewed 2.8 million times on You Tube! Not only that had about 500 followers on Facebook, but during the song it rose to about 6,000. I couldn’t believe it, I had to turn my phone down as they were just coming in one after the other.”

The gig has been made possible with the support of sponsors Walkabout Hanley and D&G Bus.

Tickets can be booked by visiting Walkabout, in Hanley, or through the internet at http://tinyurl.com/ccjakeshakeshaftlive

Alternatively you can call Sam Irwin on 01782 600438 or email her at sam.irwin@caudwellchildren.com