News > COSMOS ROCK CONCERT HITS VUE CINEMAS (UK) ON WORLD AIDS DAY

Added on 17-Nov-2008

QUEEN AND PAUL RODGERS: LET THE COSMOS ROCK

CONCERT HITS VUE CINEMAS ON WORLD AIDS DAY



Vue Entertainment are giving fans across the UK the chance to see a spectacular one off charity concert featuring Queen & Paul Rodgers in support of an AntiAids campaign.



Let the Cosmos Rock, will be screened at 39 Vue sites across the country for one night only on World Aids Day, Monday, December 1st, 2008.



The concert drew a record audience of 350,000 people and was captured for the big screen by award winning film-maker David Mallet. Filmed in high definition with 5.1 surround sound, the sound and visuals are of the highest quality available in cinemas today.



Queen and Paul Rodgers made a special trip to Ukraine on September 12th 2008 to play a two and a half hour free concert in Kharkov's Freedom Square in partnership with The Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation. The band wanted to support the cause whose message "Don't let AIDS ruin your life" has special meaning for them after lead

vocalist Freddie Mercury lost his battle with the virus.



Concert director David Mallet said:



"The big screen setting is an ideal medium in which to feel a sense of participation in the Kharkov event. This was by far the biggest show of its kind ever staged. The equipment needed two Antonov 124 aircraft  the worlds biggest cargo planes - to get it into the

Ukraine, and it is almost impossible to imagine the scale of it once

it was built. You would never get a sense of that on television or

DVD, which is why it had to be made for the biggest of screens.



James Dobbin, Vue Head of Sales, said:



Vue Cinema is delighted to be able to offer a unique concert

experience with one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. The fantastic performances, the awesome collaboration with Rodgers and the important message behind the concert all combine to make what will be a thoroughly enjoyable and moving musical experience.



Tickets for Vue cinema screenings will go on sale at 13/11/08 and can

be bought from www.myvue.com/queen by calling 08712 240 240, or

directly from participating cinemas. Tickets are also available from

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/



The performance is being digitally distributed by Arts Alliance

Media, who are mastering and encoding all content into 2K digital

cinema format.



Participating Vue Cinemas:



Late addition:

Empire Leicester Square, December 1st 9pm



Acton

Birmingham

Blackburn

Bristol Longwell

Bury

Camberley

Carlisle

Cheshire Oaks

Croyden PW

Cwnbran

Dagenham

Doncaster

Finchley Road

Greenwich

Hamilton

Harrow

Hartlepool

Hull

Inverness

Islington







Leeds Kirkstall

Leeds Light

Leicester

Livingston

Merthyr

Newcastle Under Lyme

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Preston

Reading

Romford

Scunthorpe

Shepherds Bush

Southport

Staines

Thanet

Thurrock

Watford

Worcester

About Vue Entertainment:



Vue Entertainment is one of the UKs leading multiplex developers and

operators of state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas. Formed in May 2003,

Vue is one of the fastest growing cinema companies in the country.

Having acquired the Ster Century cinema chain at the end of April

2005, Vue announced a management buyout in June 2006 in partnership

with Bank of Scotland Corporate, through its Integrated Finance Team

in a deal valued in the region of #350 million. Vue now owns 62

multiplexes across the UK and Ireland, with over 607 screens, and it

continues its expansion with a programme of building new multiplexes

across the UK involving plans to open 15 to 20 new sites in the next

two to three years. The company has the most modern cinemas in the

UK, with over 90% stadium seating and as a result it won the

prestigious award for International Exhibitor of the Year at Cinema

Expo 2005.



CEO Tim Richards was awarded the title of the Ernst and Young

Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and he also won the Leisure Report

Individual of the Year award.



About The Ukraine and HIV AIDS:



Over the last few years Ukraine has continuously been the country

with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in Eastern Europe and Central

Asia. According to recent national estimates the HIV prevalence rate

is 1.63% among the adult population (age 15-49) which corresponds

with a figure of 440,000 HIV-infected. Official data of new

registered cases shows an annual increase in new cases of 10 %

compared to previous years. Every day 52 people are diagnosed with

HIV, 8 people dies of AIDS in Ukraine.



The country also has reported the highest HIV prevalence in Europe

(0.52%) among pregnant women, and a continuous increase of AIDS-

related mortality (from 4.6 per 100,000 in 2005 to 5.4 per 100,000 in

2007) proof that efforts made to date were not enough.



About Queen, Paul Rodgers and the ANTIAIDS Foundation



Let the Cosmos Rock, which takes its name from the newly released

first studio album by Queen + Paul Rodgers captures the band larger

than live, with over 120 minutes of Queen and Paul Rodgers own

greatest hits, plus a couple of tasters from their new joint work.



Queen and Paul Rodgers themselves will be absent from Europe around

the time of the big screen presentations; by that time the bands

tour which started in Moscow immediately after the Ukraine concert,

will have taken them to Brazil where the band will be back after 27

years, having days before returned to play in Chile and Argentina.



The World Aids Day screenings will continue the education and

awareness work of the of the Mercury Phoenix Trust and The Elena

Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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