Logo for the 2008 event.
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The ChildLine Concert (known in recent years for sponsorship reasons as the Cheerios ChildLine Concert) is an annual pop music charity event which has taken place in Ireland since 1997. As the name suggests the money raised by the concert is donated to the young person's charity, ChildLine and many of the attendants are also children. Past performers include Westlife (who have performed at the concert twelve times), Robbie Williams, Anastacia, Girls Aloud, McFly, All Saints, S Club 7, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 5ive, Sugababes, Busted, Boyzone, JLS, The Script, Little Mix, Union J and Olly Murs.
In 2003 the concerts had raised over €1 million, in 2007 that had risen to €2.5 million, in 2010 that had risen to €3.8 million and by 2013 €4.6 million had been raised. In 2012 €440,000 was raised and in 2013 organisered hoped to match that figure by raising another €400,000.
The ChildLine Concert is an annual event to raise money for ChildLine, a 24-hour phone line that is dedicated to helping children. The performers, organisers and venue all provide their services for free in order for all the money from ticket sales to go to the financial support and aid of ChildLine. The ChildLine Concert is also known as the Cheerios ChildLine Concert as it is sponsored by Cheerios. Throughout its history many acts have performed including Robbie Williams, The Script, JLS, Girls Aloud, Enrique Iglesias, S Club 7, McFly, Little Mix, and Olly Murs.
The first ChildLine Concert was held at the Point Theatre, Dublin in 1997. By 2003 over €1 million had been raised. In 2013 it was announced that €4.6 million had been raised from the concerts between 1997 and 2012.
Acts who performed at the Point Theatre on 26 January included Samantha Mumba, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Six, Busted, Mankind, Broken Hill and Big Brovaz. Westlife's Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Bryan McFadden hosted the event which was televised live on RTÉ Television. ChildLine received over €200,000.
Acts who performed at the O2 on 16 December included Enrique Iglesias, Boyzone, Shayne Ward, Anastacia Scouting for Girls, The Script, Alphabeat, The Saturdays, Eoghan Quigg and JLS. The show was hosted by Westlife's Nicky Byrne.
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The 2009 event was held at The O2 featuring Westlife, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Taio Cruz, Cascada, The Saturdays, The Boulevard, and The Script. The event was hosted by Liam McKenna. The event took place on Wednesday 18 November. The concert raised €400,000.
The 2010 event was announced on 24 September 2010 and took place at The O2 on 3 December 2010 with acts including as Westlife, Shayne Ward, Jedward, Jason Derulo, The Wanted, Olly Murs, Wonderland and McFly. Nicky Byrne of Westlife hosted. The concert was broadcast on TV3 on 18 December 2010.
On 5 September 2011 it was announced that the 2011 Childline Concert would take place on 12 November 2011 at The O2 in Dublin. It was hosted once again by Nicky Byrne and featured Westlife, Jedward, The Wanted, JLS, Cher Lloyd and Parade. Westlife announced in October 2011 that they were retiring from music and the 2011 ChildLine Concert was their 12th and final ChildLine Concert performance. The concert raised over €400,000.
On 5 October 2012 it was announced that the 15th annual Childline Concert would take place on 24 November 2012 at The O2 in Dublin. It was hosted by Keith Duffy and Glenda Gilson and the acts that took part included The Script, JLS, Little Mix, Jedward, Lawson, Stooshe, Hudson Taylor and Level 5. Irish The X Factor contestant Mary Byrne also appeared to with Level 5 to sing on their charity single. The concert was broadcast on TV3 on 1 December 2012. Over €440,000 was raised.
The 16th annual ChildLine Concert took place on 20 November 2013 at The O2 in Dublin, the concert also celebrated ChildLine's 25th birthday. Hosted by Westlife's Nicky Byrne the lineup included The Wanted, Shane Filan, Little Mix, Union J, Conor Maynard and B*Witched. Boyzone opened the concert 16 years after helping to launch the concert in 1997 and also celebrated their 20th anniversary. Tickets went on sale 4 October 2013 and ChildLine hoped to raise €400,000 from the concert. Speaking on their continued sponsorship of the concert, Alison Healy of Cheerios said "we are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Cheerios Childline Concert and are very much looking forward to another great night in The O2." Special "Cheer for ChildLine" packs of Cheerios were also sold allowing people to send "cheer" to their favourite act and raise more money.
The 17th annual ChildLine Concert took place on 30 November 2014 at the 3Arena in Dublin, and was hosted by Nicky Byrne. Performers included Boyzone, Olly Murs, McBusted, Shane Filan, Jedward, and HomeTown.
An annual concert featuring rock and indie acts from around Ireland called ChildLine Rocks was launching in 2007, acting as a rock alternative to the pop ChildLine Concert to raise money for ChildLine. The performers played for free meaning the entire ticket fee went to ChildLine.
Following the success of the first concert the second was held in Dublin in The Academy, a venue twice the size of The Village. It took place on 28 February 2008 with an attendance of 1,400 and had over 20 performers raising €26,000. The concert was split into three stages, The Star Stage, sponsored by the Irish Daily Star, The Phantom 105.2 Stage, sponsored by Irish radio station Phantom 105.2 (now TXFM) and the Songs of Praise Stage. It was hosted by Michelle Doherty. Acts included Cathy Davey, The Coronas, Future Kings of Spain, Ham Sandwich, Super Extra Bonus Party, Rarely Seen Above Ground and Jape as well as a selection of DJs from around Ireland and a karaoke section.
As on 2013, ChildLine Rocks has not had a third concert.
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