On Sunday (November 22), a handful of artists joined together to raise awareness and money for refugees who’ve left wartorn Syria to find new homes. At London’s O2 Forum, Paloma Faith headlined the event, bringing Billie Holiday covers and gospel-pop with her.
The singer praised Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine during her set, saying he “represents inner peace and how beautiful people can be”, while also thanking the organisers of the gig. “Although we’ve seen sadness in recent events, people are going and doing amazing things like this,” she said.
Birmingham indie quartet Peace took a break from writing new material for their third album to perform. They even played a new song written just for the gig.
They debuted ‘Kindness Is The New Rock’n’Roll’, which was drenched in distorted guitars and thudding drum licks.
The band also aired tracks from their debut album ‘In Love’, like ‘Wraith’ and ‘Lovesick’, as well as the likes of ‘Lost On Me’ and ‘Gen Strange’ from this year’s follow-up, ‘Happy People’.
“It’s wonderful that you came out on a Sunday. It’s for a good cause so thanks to all of you,” frontman Harry Koisser told the crowd, before wrapping up with ‘World Pleasure’.
London rapper Kate Tempest also appeared, playing a defiant 15-minute set, which included poetic rants against terrorists, bombs and dodgy bankers.
“I know these are dark and terrible times but it’s good that you came out tonight,” she said addressing the crowd. “If you’ve got time, go and make a contribution and get down there [to the border] and drag some refugees out the water.”
Tempest barely paused for breath during the short performance, until her flow was broken by someone in the front rows. “Mate I know this is fucking hardcore but just bear with me,” she implored.