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2 September 2019

Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express announced as partners to Absolute Radio Live in aid of Stand Up To Cancer hosted by comedy legend Frank Skinner

Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express have partnered with Absolute Radio to support radio’s biggest ever comedy night: Absolute Radio Live with Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, in a brand awareness campaign seeking to ‘ connect the nation’ and champion real-life meet-ups for friends, family and colleagues across the country. As well as supporting the event, the hotel group will be making a generous donation to Stand Up To Cancer.

The campaign, created in collaboration with Mindshare Invention aims to engage with a valuable audience of 25-44 year olds who, in a world increasingly powered by social media, feel more disconnected from their friends with 84% reporting that social media is no substitute for connecting in real life (Bauer Insiders, Age of Acceleration 2018) – positioning Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express as the champions of ‘real human connection’.

The partnership will bring this ‘real human connection’ to life through one of Absolute Radio’s flagship experiential events as Absolute Radio Live is set to take over the London Palladium once again on 24th November, 2019. The night will feature some of the UK’s brightest comedic stars including Dara Ó Briain, Jo Brand, Tom Allen and hosted by Frank Skinner.

Commenting on the partnership, Simon Kilby Chief Revenue Officer Bauer Media said: “We have found the ideal partners in Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express using our world-class programming expertise to engage audiences on the power of human connections through such an important Absolute Radio event raising money for Stand Up To Cancer and extending reach for the campaign across a selection of our influential and wide-reaching national radio brands.” 

Andrew Simmons Client Director Mindshare Invention said: “Bauer Media, with their mix of brands and platforms, has enabled us to reach discrete audiences at scale while harnessing their editorial credibility to deliver a personal message to consumers –  that coming together in person is all the more valuable – with Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express here to help facilitate that with their new products and services. Absolute Radio Live is the obvious way of bringing this sentiment to life as we invite the nation to London for a night of stellar comedy talent.”

In addition to headline sponsorship for Absolute Radio Live with Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, the commercial partnership will see activity across radio and online on Magic Radio, Hits Radio and heat radio through credits, spotlights, presenter live reads and cobranded trials  where listeners will have the chance to have their ‘connection stories’ read out on air and win a trip to a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express to  connect with their chosen friend or loved one.

Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express with Absolute Radio, will be showcasing some of Stand Up To Cancer’s valuable work as part of the campaign.

The campaign, runs from  16th September to 24th November.

Tickets to Absolute Radio Live are on sale from 0900am on 6th September 2019, priced at £47.50 / £37.50 / £27.50 plus fees at


About Bauer Media
Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.


About Absolute Radio Live for Stand Up To Cancer with Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express
On Sunday 24th November 2019, Absolute Radio Live is taking over the London Palladium for radio’s biggest-ever comedy night, hosted by Frank Skinner. Dara Ó Briain, Jo Brand, Tom Allen, Matt Forde, Kerry Godliman, Glenn Moore and Kojo Anim will be taking to the stage to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer. The profits from Absolute Radio Live ticket sales will go to Stand Up To Cancer.

About Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts: Whether it’s with friends, family or coworkers, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts make it easy for travellers to be there together for any moment, big or small. With more than 1,100 locations around the world, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences for business and leisure travellers through warm and welcoming service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign. At Holiday Inn hotels, guests can find amenities to help them make connections, work and play, including full-service restaurants where Kids Eat Free, meeting and business facilities, bright swimming pools and flexible public spaces. For more information about the Holiday Inn brand, visit Find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

About Holiday Inn Express®: For travellers on the go, Holiday Inn Express provides a clean, consistent, comfortable stay for guests on the way to their next in-person connection. When guests need to be there for the moments that matter, Holiday Inn Express hotels deliver more where it matters most, with hot power showers, fast-free Wi-Fi and the hot, fresh Express Start® breakfast included in every stay. As the fastest growing brand for InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®), Holiday Inn Express hotels can be found in 2,700+ convenient locations around the world, offering a simple, smart travel experience for both business and leisure travelers. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook


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