Last night Stu and I went to one of the Mencap Little Noise Sessions - a series of exclusive, intimate gigs at the Union Chapel in Islington.
Once again this annual event is being curated by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley - and what a show it was. Sadly Marina and the Diamonds couldn't make it but that in no way detracted from the night.
V V Brown she was first up. She played for forty minutes and she was tip top. Great voice and lovely songs. A real talent. Most notable were Crying Blood, Shark in the Water, Game Over and Leave! Highlight moment: I Love You (hairs-up-on-the-back-of-the-neck good).
Alphabeat were up next. They played for forty-five minutes were surprisingly good, impossibly tall and devilishly handsome. The lead woman sounded a bit like 1980s Madonna actually. Most notable songs were Boyfriend, 10,000 Nights and The Spell. Highlight moment: Fascination (we sang, we danced).
Alexandra Burke was the headline act and was a complete revelation. She played for an hour and sang up a proper storm. What a star. All her family were there and she gave a really emtional performance in front of what was her home crowd of Islington. Most notable songs were Bad Boys and The Silence (but to be honest they were all brilliant songs). Highlight moment: Hallelujah sung with a solo guitarist. Wonderful. Quite wonderful.
I love the Little Noise Sessions; good cause and good acts. And the Union Chapel is such an amazing venue. A room with a pew.