Ed Sheeran urged to make poignant gesture to Ukraine soldiers

Members of the Ukrainian band Antytila have reached out to Ed Sheeran on social media to ask if they can perform remotely at the Concert for Ukraine due to take place in Birmingham on March 29, Birmingham Live reports. The report says they posted a video to Tiktok which has more than 2.6 million views and thousands of comments tagging Ed Sheeran.

The band explained that they had only just heard of the concert taking place, and asked to join the two-hour show via livestream, which will take place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham and on ITV to raise money. Current acts confirmed for the show include Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Emeli Sande, Gregory Porter and Snow Patrol.

In the video, posted to Tiktok, Facebook and Instagram, the band said: “Hello Ed, greetings from Kyiv. We are Ukrainian musicians of the Ukrainian band Antytila, one of the most popular Ukrainian bands with a lot of fans in Ukraine and all over the world.

“In peacetime our concerts are held at stadiums. The war has changed our lives and now we are fighting with weapons against the Russian occupiers.

“We thank you and all of the British people for their support. Believe me, we are grateful and we will always remember this.

“Today, we learned about your charity concert for Ukraine which will take place in Birmingham and we offer to make a live broadcast between Kyiv and Birmingham Antytila temporarily joining the gig remotely. Our band will play our music in Kyiv, a city that has not surrendered and will never surrender to the Russian occupiers.

“You will play in Birmingham. We are not afraid to play under the bombs.

“Through music we want to show the world that Ukraine is strong and unconquered. We will fight and sing for victory in front of the whole world that supports us. So on March 29, we are ready.”

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