George Michael to be honoured with a birthday tribute concert

Proceeds from tickets for the event will benefit Childline.

George Michael will be honoured with a tribute concert in London next summer.

According to The Mirror, the concert - called Cowboys & Angels: Celebrating the Life and Music of George Michael - has been approved by the singer's family members, and is due to take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on June 25 2019, which would have been his 56th birthday.

While most details are being kept under wraps, performers already lined up are ten of Michael's original band members including singer Shirley Lewis and guitarist Michael Brown. More acts and special guests are expected to be announced over the coming months. 

Shirley Lewis said: "This started out as a private event for the GM band and singers, for us to share a night together, in honour of a man and friend who we all miss terribly...we, the band and singers are like a family and we are coming together to remember someone who we loved and who loved us.

"We look forward to sharing the evening and celebrating his life and music with his loyal fans on his birthday.”

The concert is being overseen by Chris Cameron, the musical director for two of George Michael's tours, and proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Childline, a charity which George Michael supported. 

The news comes after it was announced earlier this week that some unheard George Michael songs are to feature on an upcoming film based upon the Wham classic Last Christmas.

During his life, George Michael achieved four Number 1 singles and 2 Number 1 albums with Wham, as well as seven Number 1 singles and seven chart-topping albums as a solo artist. See George Michael's full Official UK Chart history here.

Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10am on Saturday, November 3.