Comedian Russell Howard has confirmed he will put on a special performance at Manchester Academy on Wednesday 26 September in aid of local charity Future Perfect.
The gig has unwittingly become the focus of national controversy after ticketing agency Viagogo was exposed last week for selling tickets to the show at hugely inflated prices.
Organisers of the event are advising people to purchase tickets directly from Manchester Academy or authorised ticket agency Skiddle, and to pay no more than the £25 face value.
Howard has waived his fee for the event, which will raise money for Future Perfect, a local community project that fund raises to support ground-breaking art and music therapy for patients at The Christie Hospital.
Future Perfect was set up by Manchester musician and DJ Lee Wyatt.
Despite losing his battle with bowel cancer at the age of 25, Lee recognised the positive power of music and art therapy in helping him cope with the emotional, mental and physical aspects of treatment.
After her son’s death, his mum Linda contacted Russell Howard – who was his favourite comedian – to see if he’d participate in a fundraiser on behalf of the charity.
Russell Howard said:
“It’s an absolute honour to front this very special gig. I met Lee before he died and was blown away by his desire to do something that would benefit others in a similar situation to himself.
“I’ll be joined on stage by my pal Steve Hall and local comics Mike Newall and Che Burnley. Keeping us in order will be Mick Ferry, one of the best comic comperes on the circuit.
“It’s going to be a very special, fun-filled and fitting event which is selling fast!”