Tom Jones Serenades Mencap Music Session Opening Night

Secret Guests the Ting Tings

17 November

Mencap’s The Little Noise Sessions kicked off its fifth year of concerts in Islington
Monday night. The six night event is known for bringing in famous artists and big
name secret guests all selected by BBC1’s Jo Whiley to play in a small, intimate
venue.

Tom Jones began the session by performing acoustically to a sold out crowd at
the 124 year old Union Chapel. He was joined by Lauren Pritchard and surprise
guest The Ting Tings.

Proceeds from the concerts go toward Mencap’s ongoing campaign to support
people living with a mental disability by fighting to change laws, improve
services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

Many concert goers went to see Tom Jones without realizing they were also
helping Mencap. Leo, 42, drove in from Essex to see the show. He said, “I saw the
price and thought ‘whoa’ but then I saw it was for Mencap and thought ‘alright’.”

“I came for Tom Jones but it’s a nice spinoff for Mencap because they are raising
proceeds and allow people to have a good time” said Brian, 37.

Jo Whiley curates the groups and also hosts the event. She said, “Looking back
over the years, I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved, and rightly so.
Little Noise Sessions has brought some of the biggest names in music.”

After five years, the festival has created a following. “I came last year to see
Richard Hawley. I come both to give money and for the music. And for the
intimate venue. I keep an eye out for it every year,” said Jo, 27.

The rest of the week’s lineup includes Scottish multiplatinum artist Paolo Nutini
and the popular British rock band The Hurt. Event organizers said “Normally we
have special guests come in a play but we never know when or who. This year
will be special because it’s our fifth birthday.”

Previous acts include Coldplay, Bono from U2 and Florence and the Machine.

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