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Annie Lennox, Kevin Bridges and Texas to perform for Obama at Edinburgh charity gig

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​Sir Tom Hunter announces star-studded lineup for prestigious charity dinner

Annie Lennox, comedian Kevin Bridges and Scottish band Texas will perform in front of former US president Barack Obama at a star-studded charity event in Edinburgh next month.

Obama has been lured to Scotland by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter, in aid of his charity the Hunter Foundation, after previous visits from Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.

More than 300 separate charities are set to benefit from the sold out event, which saw tickets for a table of 10 go on sale for up to £20,000 when it was announced last month.

A number of young people are expected to attend, along with around 1,200 business and charity leaders, and philanthropists.

All three acts providing the entertainment at the event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 26 May will be able to choose a charity to benefit from the event, which Obama will be speaking at and taking questions from the audience.

Sir Tom said: “I’m proud, privileged and over the moon to announce Oscar winning musician, Annie Lennox, brilliant stand-up comedian, Kevin Bridges and world class rock band, Texas will all play at this amazing dinner. “

"What’s even more amazing is that they are all doing this for the benefit of a charity of their choice. “They are stand out talents of their generation and will provide a remarkable conclusion to what we all hope will be an incredible evening with all profits benefitting Scotland’s children’s charities.

“Demand for this dinner has been unparalleled in our own experience and we can only apologise to those who we cannot accommodate at the dinner.

“We’d like as many young people in Scotland to benefit from this, hence offering a little support to a lot of charities across all of Scotland.”