Connolly’s body was found on Hackney Marshes in east London on November 17 after he had been missing for four days. The intimate show was put on to celebrate the 29-year-old’s life and raise awareness of male suicide.
Friendly Fires performed a 12-track set, drawing on last year’s LP ‘Pala’ and their self-titled 2008 debut album, and were joined by a trumpet player, saxophonist and backing vocalist. Although the trio elected to keep the talking to a minimum, singer Ed Macfarlane took the time before set-closer ‘Kiss Of Life’ to show his appreciation for the crowd’s support. Macfarlane said:
Thank you all for coming down to support this. It’s wonderful.
Earlier, London lo-fi band Cheatahs joined in proceedings, while Kindness were revealed to be the event’s secret special guests, playing songs from their ‘World, You Need A Change Of Mind’ album. DJ sets were provided by Erol Alkan, The Horrors and Sexbeat.
All proceeds from the gig will be donated to the Maytree sanctuary, a “non-medical respite centre for people actively thinking about suicide”.
Suicide is currently the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK. According to the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), 1,240 men aged between 15 and 35 died as a result of “suicide and undetermined intent” in 2011. That figure is three times higher than in women.
Friendly Fires played:
‘Jump In The Pool’
‘Live Those Days Tonight’
‘Pull Me Back To Earth’
‘Kiss Of Life’