Ivor Novello and Brit Award winning artist Emeli Sandé has announced her first headline London show in almost two years – an exclusive acoustic performance at Islington’s Union Chapel in aid of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

Emeli, and special guests who will be chosen by the star herself, are coming together for a one-off gig in aid of Shelter’s emergency appeal to help the 90,000 children who will wake up homeless and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas.

Emeli Sandé said: “No child should have to face losing their home, and I was shocked to hear that so many children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning this year. I’m thrilled to be doing this gig for Shelter, to help make sure they can continue to be there for families battling to keep a roof over their heads. I would love my fans to join me for a great evening of music, and raise vital funds for a fantastic cause at the same time.”

900 tickets are available for the performance, each priced at £35, and will be allocated via ballot. To apply for tickets visit www.seetickets.com/go/emelisande from 9am Wednesday 19 November until 5pm Monday 24 November. Successful applicants will be notified on the evening of Monday 24 November.

All funds raised will go straight to Shelter. The charity’s helpline is open every day of the year – including Christmas Day – with its advisors working tirelessly to support families across the country battling bad housing and homelessness.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive said: “This is a fantastic way to help Shelter this Christmas and enjoy an exclusive performance from Emeli Sandé – we’re delighted to have her support.

“It’s heart-breaking that the equivalent of three children for every school in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas, many living with their whole family in one room of a cramped hostel or B&B with no space to even eat their dinner.

“Every penny raised from this very special gig will help Shelter to be there for more families, and try to ensure that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own this Christmas.”

To support Shelter’s Christmas appeal visit shelter.org.uk or text SHELTER to 70060 to donate £3.