While Simon Cowell has been dipping into his contacts book to organise a one-off single to raise fund for the earthquake-struck Haiti, the rest of the music community has been hard at work raising funds the DIY-way
Last night Vice Magazine became the latest to host of a benefit for Haiti, with a gig at the famous Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. South London singer Jack Peñate headlined the event with an energetic set, while indie acts Hatcham Social, Invasion, and Blood Orange, the side project of Lightspeed Champion front man Dev, provided support. Friendly Fires also delighted with a DJ set.
The Vice event is the latest in a string of music industry fund raisers. In the past fortnight, London’s Hospital Club played host to a range of A-listers filming the London leg of the Hope For Haiti broadcast, while Endell Street’s Circus recruited Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones to DJ at their fundraising “Stars Behind The Bar” night.
Meanwhile, later this month, Camden’s Roundhouse will play host to KT Tunstall, Reverend & The Makers and Paul Weller at a similar fund-raiser on the 25th and Billy Bragg will appear at the TUC’s fundraiser this Wednesday.
“It’s great,” enthused Rose Jarvis, who attended Vice’s fundraiser. “I’m not really the type who would have found a way to contribute to Haiti – this solved that problem.”
For further information and pictures on the Vice event, visit www.viceland.co.uk .