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Little Noise Sessions: Mencap Music Presents 2008

  • Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure performs solo in London, warming the crowd up for Kasabian. His short set included a cover of Bob Marley's 'Them Belly Full (But We Get Hungry)' which worked in lyrics from The Good, The Bad & The Queen's 'History Song'. Support had come first from The Hours, who U2's The Edge introduced as "gobby and charming". Pic: PA Photos

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  • Keane wrap up the Mencap Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel in London. The band played an acoustic set which featured tracks from their three albums plus a cover of Queen and David Bowie's 'Under Pressure', which they recently covered in the Radio 1 Live Lounge. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Fratellis perform in London as part of the Little Noise Sessions in aid of Mencap, November 19. The band, who recently cancelled a number of European dates, neglected to play their best-known song 'Chelsea Dagger, but did air a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Breathe'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Kasabian onstage in London, November 14. The band previewed tracks from their forthcoming third album, after being introduced on stage by U2's The Edge. The guitarist declared himself to be a Kasabian fan - even though "they don't have echo on their guitars and they haven't written any songs about '60s civil rights leaders". Pic: PA Photos

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  • Adele, Union Chapel, Islington, November 11. The soul star was one of many big names who signed up to play Little Noise sessions in aid of the charity Mencap. Also playing across nine nights were Glasvegas, Katy Perry, Keane, Razorlight and Stereophonics. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Katy Perry plays an acoustic set in aid of the charity Mencap, North London, November 12. The 'I Kissed A Girl' star performed a 30-minute acoustic set, the highlight of which was her cover of Sam Sparro's 'Black And Gold'.

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  • Cage The Elephant open proceedings on the first night of Little Noise Sessions 2008, Saturday 8 November. The Kentucky rockers took the Union Chapel stage before doom-rockers White Lies and headliners Glasvegas. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Frank Turner performs in aid of Mencap's Little Noise Sessions, Union Chapel, November 12. Biffy Clyro headlined the night. Turner began his career as frontman with hardcore bruisers Million Dead, before reinventing himself as an acoustic troubadour. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Friendly Fires perform their Little Noise Session in London. Forced to play acoustically, the St Albans-based electro rockers performed the likes of 'On Board' and set-closer 'Paris' using little more than foot stomps, handclaps and maracas. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, who helped organise the Little Noise Sessions, which saw the likes of Glasvegas and Razorlight play acoustic shows in a tiny venue. "Mencap's Little Noise Sessions are a great opportunity to see big name bands play an acoustic gig in an intimate setting, whilst raising money for a really worthwhile cause," said Whiley. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Ladyhawke warms up the crowd ahead of performances by Noah And The Whale and The Fratellis, November 18. The New Zealand-raised electro star, real name Pip Brown, recently revealed she suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a condition that also afflicts The Vines' Craig Nicholls. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Mathew Horne comperes one of the Little Noise shows, November 12. The 'Gavin And Stacey' star, who also presented the NME Awards 2008, took the opportunity to poke fun at the religious setting (Islington's Union Chapel), referring to Jesus as 'J-Zizzle'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Stereophonics play an acoustic Little Noise Session at London's Union Chapel. Earlier this month the band released a greatest hits compilation, entitled 'Decade In The Sun: The Best Of Stereophonics'. It features two new tracks, 'My Own Worst Enemy' and 'You're My Star', the second of which Stereophonics aired during their Little Noise gig. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Noah And The Whale thrill audience members at London's tiny Union Chapel. The folk eccentrics, whose song '5 Years Time' was for many the sound of summer 2008, joined the bill for the last night of the Little Noise Sessions, November 18. Also on the bill that night were Ladyhawke, Sergeant and The Fratellis. Pic: PA Photos

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  • U2's The Edge introduces Kasabian onstage at Islington's Union Chapel, November 14. The guitarist joked: "They support a really crap football team (Leicester City). Their music is OK (even though) they don't have echo on their guitars and they haven't written any songs about '60s civil rights leaders". Pic: PA Photos

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  • Red Light Company join the Little Noise Sessions in aid of Mencap. The epic rockers, currently making waves with their single 'Scheme Eugene', have been tipped as inheritors of Editors' gloom-rock crown. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Noah And The Whale charm the crowd during their Little Noise Session. Islington's ornate Union Chapel was the venue for nine nights of intimate acoustic performances in aid of Mencap, a charity for children with learning difficulties. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Glasvegas play the Union Chapel, November 9. After a surprise support set from The Killers, frontman James, wearing his trademark Ray Ban sunglasses in front of the chapel alter, played acoustic guitar while Rab played electric guitar for opener 'Flowers And Football Tops'. Following the song their bandmates, drummer Carline McKay and bassist Paul Donoghue, joined them onstage to play pared-down versions of 'Geraldine', 'Daddy's Gone', a cover of The Ronettes' 'Be My Baby' and set closer 'Ice Cream Van'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Florence And The Machine onstage at London's Union Chapel, Sunday 9 November. Florence Welch's gang were supporting Razorlight at the charity event in aid of Mencap. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Killers' Brandon Flowers salutes the crowd during an impromptu acoustic performance in support of Glasvegas at London's tiny Union Chapel. Opening with a delicate rendition of new single 'Human' (accompanied by violin), the band closed with a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', which you can hear at NME.COM/VIDEOBLOG. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Fratellis onstage at London's Union Chapel, November 18. The band are set release a deluxe edition of their second album 'Here We Stand' on December 8. The CD includes a brand new song, 'Moriarty's Last Stand'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Biffy Clyro onstage at North London's Union Chapel, November 12. The Scots trio were playing as part of the Little Noise Sessions in aid of Mencap. The biggest crowd response was for their cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella'. Frontman Simon Neil described this as "depressing". Pic: PA Photos

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