Dublin trio The Script have joined the World's Big Sleep Out, a global event this December to fight homelessness, and will play a gig on the night at Trinity College in Dublin.
The band, who release their new album Sunsets & Full Moons on November 8, are part of a musical bill which will see artists such as Tom Walker, Travis, Randy Jackson and Frank Turner performing in 52 cities worldwide on Saturday, December 7.
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The Stormont Estate in Belfast will also host a Big Sleep Out on the night and an announcement about the line-up will be made in the coming weeks.
The World’s Big Sleep Out is thought to be "the largest charitable fundraising campaign in a generation" and is being led by "social entrepreneur" Josh Littlejohn with the aim of raising $50,000,000 to fight global homelessness.
In Ireland, Depaul, the cross-border charity working in the area of homelessness and homeless prevention, is the beneficiary charity and partner of The World’s Big Sleep Out. Last year, the charity helped over 4,000 people experiencing homelessness and provides over 600 bed spaces each night.
Welcoming the announcement, David Carroll, Chief Executive of Depaul said, "It is fantastic news that The Script are supporting WBSO event at Trinity College. Homelessness is a major issue right across Ireland with more men, women and children finding themselves homeless than ever before.
"Support from an act like The Script will put a very large spotlight on helping those who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness. For the hundreds who are signing up to be part of this global initiative on Saturday 7 December you will make a real tangible difference."
Acts for other events around the world have also been announced. In London, Brit Award winner Tom Walker is confirmed to perform a stripped-back set in Trafalgar Square, along with Scottish band Travis.
Randy Jackson, best known for his time as the longest-serving judge on American Idol, will be forming an all-star band for the special occasion in Los Angeles' Elysian Park. Award-winning singer/songwriter Frank Turner will perform in Chicago.
Seth Green will read in LA and The Hairy Bikers will entertain the crowd in Newcastle in the UK, joining previously announced bedtime storytellers Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren, who will lead the way in Times Square in New York and Trafalgar Square respectively.
People are urged to register for an official event or sign up to "Host Your Own" sleep out in a backyard, office car park, high school, university campus or elsewhere by visiting www.bigsleepout.com.
Registration is now open with each participant committing to fundraising as much as they can. 100% of funds raised will go towards homelessness charities, with a 50/50 split between local and global charities helping homeless and displaced people.
It is hoped that an estimated 50,000 participants will collectively achieve a fundraising target of $50 million, which will be invested to sustainably help around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people all over the world.
As well as benefiting local charities, international partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.
The Script will also appear on this Friday's Late Late Show, and the show would like some of their biggest fans to sit in the audience in RTÉ on the night.
The band will be joining host Ryan Tubridy ahead of the release of Sunsets & Full Moons and Ireland's biggest Script fans can be in with a chance of seeing them live in studio by logging onto www.rte.ie/latelate.
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