Rita Ora, Beverley Knight to play Stephen Lawrence Unity concert

Published Jul 25 2013, 18:04 BST  |  By

Rita Ora and Beverley Knight have been added to the lineup for a special concert being held in memory of Stephen Lawrence.

The singers will take to the stage at London's O2 Arena on September 29, alongside already-announced acts like Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran.

Rita Ora performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2013

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Rita Ora

Beverley Knight at the 2012 Ivor Novello awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

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Beverley Knight



Speaking to Radio 1 about performing at the concert, Ora said: "It is just really important to have a message when it comes to music... anything to inspire young kids and the youth is something that I kind of live by."

The Unity concert is being held to mark 20 years since Lawrence was murdered in a racially-motivated attack.

The event will raise money for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and aims to champion youth and social empowerment.

Emeli Sandé, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth in Unity Concert lineup

The Unity concert lineup



"I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future," Stephen's mother Doreen and founder of the Lawrence Charitable Trust said.

"He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn't distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people."

Other acts set to perform at the special concert are Labrinth, Plan B, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Rizzle Kicks and Jamie Cullum.