The Muslim Variety Show is coming to Blackburn with its ‘biggest-ever’ showcase of British Muslim talent.

Charity Penny Appeal is relaunching its tour in aid of their OrphanKind Campaign which uses sponsorship money to build better lives for innocent and vulnerable children.

The ‘Big Muslim Variety Show’ will be on at King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Thursday, June 23, and will feature a vibrant mix of comedians, poets, beatboxers and Nasheed artistes.

One of headline performers is award-winning artist from Bradford Ismail Hussain. Hussain is a Nasheed artiste, which is a type of vocal music that is sung to a particular style or tradition within Islam.

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Hussain said: "I’m really excited to be touring in Blackburn for the first time.

"I had plans to perform here but because of Covid things got put on hold so I’m thankful that the charity has come along with this show.

“The Muslim Variety Show is really important to me because it allows not just myself but other artistes from other fields and genres and backgrounds to come together and showcase their talent to an audience.”

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Hussain will be performing live with his band and varying between three different languages. Singing in Arabic, Urdu and English, Hussain hopes to cater to as wide an audience as possible.

Hussain added: “Although there’s a lot of Muslims in Blackburn, there’s people from different backgrounds.

"There’s Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis so it doesn’t just target one particular type of audience.

“Despite its name, the show isn’t just for Muslims. It’s faith inspired so the music can apply to anybody from any faith because it explores all the difficulties we face in this world and all the challenges we come across.”

The show will be hosted by BBC comedian and actor Abdullah Afzal, who is best known from the BBC show Citizen Khan.

The line-up also consists of exciting acts such as spoken word artistes Sukina Pilgrim and Faisal Salah, Nasheed artistes Safe Adam and comedians Prince Abdi and Aatif Nawaz.

The show will open in East London before heading to North London, Manchester, Bradford, Luton, Leicester, Walsall, Glasgow and Birmingham.

The shows aim to raise money for Penny Appeal’s OrphanKind programme to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals, clothes, essential healthcare and education in order to have a happier and brighter future.

Tickets are currently on sale for a special offer of four tickets for £20.