Great North Run Supports Run Rock N Raise Concert

THE Great North Run will be showing its support for the newly-formed Graham Wylie Foundation, which will see some of the leading names in music perform in the North East at the launch of the inaugural Run Rock n Raise 'Making Every Note Count' concert.

The Kaiser Chiefs have already been confirmed as the event's headline act, which will take place at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on the evening of September 11. Irish rock band Kodaline will also be performing, with other acts to be announced in the coming months.

The Great North Run, which takes place earlier on the day of the concert, will support the event, with tickets being made exclusively available to the Great North Run Family via a unique URL for five days before going on general sale.

Kaiser Chiefs members Ricky Wilson and Peanut plan to take part in the world's biggest half-marathon, and will be featured on BBC coverage on the start line.

Founder of the Great North Run and chairman of the Great Run Company, Brendan Foster, joined Ricky and the Rock n Raise team to launch the event at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena today.

Rock n Raise is in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and the Graham Wylie Foundation. All monies raised will stay in the region.

Launched by Graham Wylie, the founder of Sage and one of the North East's best known entrepreneurs, the Foundation is one of a rare few charities anywhere in the world to hand 100% of donations to deserving causes, with Graham meeting all running, staff and administration costs to ensure every single penny raised and donated goes to his aim of helping, inspiring and educating children across the region.

Ricky Wilson said: “We can't wait to come up to Newcastle to support such deserving causes. The North East is always a special place to perform, the crowd is always amazing and it's impossible not to feel energised when the audience is so fantastic, even if you have just run a half marathon.”

Brendan Foster said: “We're delighted to welcome Ricky to join us at the Great North Run. It's fantastic our entrants will get the first opportunity to join the party, and we hope many of them will get behind this fantastic cause.”

Graham Wylie said: “This is a major coup for the North East and will see some of the UK's leading musicians and bands come to the region for an evening of entertainment, while benefiting three excellent charitable causes. 

“It will also be our first major fundraising event for the Foundation and I am delighted to partner with the Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins for this exciting initiative, in what will be a ground-breaking event for the Graham Wylie Foundation.”

Ticket information will be announced in due course.