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Kevin Bridges and Annie Lennox to perform for Barack Obama visit

Barack Obama and Annie Lennox

Oscar winning musician Annie Lennox, comedian Kevin Bridges and Glasgow band Texas are to perform for former US president Barack Obama when he visits Edinburgh next month.

The dinner on 26 May is thought to be one of his first major addresses since his term as president came to an end.

The event at the EICC is being organised by The Hunter Foundation.

Mr Obama will also answer audience questions at the event, which is being held to raise money for charity.

Image caption Comedian Kevin Bridges will perform when former President Obama visits

Texas lead singer Sharleen Spiteri confirmed the prestigious booking in an interview on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.

"I have never had so many calls from people saying, 'Can I come?'", she said.

The Glasgow-born star added that she was delighted to be "playing for Mr President in our homeland".

The event is being supported by Royal Bank of Scotland and is fully booked.

The foundation was set up by leading businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

All of the cash raised will be split between children's charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation, set up by the former president and his wife Michelle.

Sir Tom also plans to set aside some seats at the event for local young people.

He said: "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."

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