Passport: Back to the Bars - Making a big difference

Earlier this year, War Child and O2 announced an incredible line-up for February’s Passport: Back To The Bars – a week of one-off events offering access to some of the biggest names in music in the most intimate venues –all in support of War Child after an unprecedented year of violence for children in war zones.

Duran DuranElbowBastilleThe VaccinesYou Me At Six and Ride (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell acoustic show) each played in an intimate venue across the country, including Elbow returning to perform a stripped down set at The Roadhouse in Manchester, where they worked behind the bar while forming the band, and Bastille putting on an incredibly intimate show for 100 lucky people in a living room in North London.

Produced by War Child, O2, the Music Managers Forum and part of BRITs Week 2015, they were small gigs (between 100 and 300 capacity) making a big difference, and giving fans close-up access to their favourite bands.

This year’s Passport: Back to the Bar was one of War Child’s most successful campaigns yet and saw a massive £500,000 raised to help change the lives of children in some of the world’s worst conflict-affected countries. All the money raised will support War Child’s vital work saving vulnerable children from the brutal effects of war in Central African Republic, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

And here’s our exclusive Passport: Back to the Bar’s wrap-up video, with interviews from the bands and our favourite highlights from the gigs.

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