Snow Patrol are to join Sir Paul McCartney, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Take That at a massive concert for Children In Need next month.
The Northern Ireland band will take to the stage alongside some of the biggest names in music for Children In Need Rocks at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Also playing will be Dame Shirley Bassey, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini, Mika, Lily Allen, Katherine Jenkins and Muse.
Take That singer and songwriter Gary Barlow was due to make the announcement but was forced to cancel after his father Colin (71) died.
But Barlow said in a statement: “It's fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children In Need 2009 in such a special way.
“I've always wanted to do something like this and I can promise a night to remember, a night that will, I hope, play a small part in changing the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.”
Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles will host the event, with Peter Kay, Fearne Cotton, James Corden and Sir Terry Wogan also taking part.
The concert will take place on Thursday, November 12, and will be part of a week of Children In Need related programmes when it is broadcast on BBC1 and Radio 2.
Fans will have a chance to buy a maximum of two tickets by registering their details at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
They will be allocated through a ballot which will remain open until noon on Tuesday, October 20.
Successful applicants, drawn at random, will be notified by email the following day.
Tickets for the concert are priced from £50 to £100. The show will be broadcast on BBC1 in the weekend before the main Children In Need appeal on November 20.
Highlights will be aired on Radio 2 on Thursday, November 19 at 8pm.
Snow Patrol — currently on tour in the US — will also take part in a day of BBC live broadcasts to mark the 75th anniversary of one of its Maida Vale studios.
The studios have hosted sessions by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.
Snow Patrol will perform a Radio One gig on October 30, playing cover versions of some of the most famous songs recorded in sessions at the studios.