Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello will perform at a live fundraising event

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Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello are among the artists announced to perform at the Concert for Ukraine charity event.

The two-hour fundraising effort was set up to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) humanitarian appeal.

Rock band Snow Patrol, singer Emili Sandé, jazz artist Gregory Porter and disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic have also been announced to perform, alongside Becky Hill, The Kingdom Choir, Manic Street Preachers and Tom Odel.

Cabello recently released his second collaboration with Sheeran, “Bam Bam.” They previously released their duet “South of the Border”, from Sheeran’s Project n° 6 Collaborations, in 2019.

“My heart breaks for the Ukrainian people,” she said.

“As refugees from Ukraine join millions of other displaced people around the world, we all have a responsibility. One of the greatest needs is to secure funding for organizations that can serve these communities directly, so we are focusing our efforts on doing this as quickly as possible.

Scottish singer Sandé said: “I will sing to try to help every human being forced to flee their homes and in solidarity with those who face racial discrimination even in this humanitarian crisis.

“No one should be denied access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border safely, and I am happy to have the chance to support the call of the DEC to help all people whose life has been affected by the conflict.”

Emili Sandé will perform at the Concert for Ukraine (Getty Images)

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Emili Sandé will perform at the Concert for Ukraine (Getty Images)

The concert for Ukraine will be held at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on March 29 and will be broadcast by ITV, STV, ITV Hub and STV Player.

A number of short films acknowledging the ongoing relief efforts and raising awareness of the conflict will be shown between the live musical performances.

Viewers will be able to donate what they can throughout the evening, while all sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the event, which is expected to be over £3m, will also be donated by ITV to the call from DEC.

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