George Ezra played at Union Chapel in London on Friday (Dec 8) to raise money for mental health charity Mind.
He was joined by Josie Long as well as Ten Tonnes (AKA his younger brother Ethan Barnett), Billie Marten and frontman of The Kooks, Luke Pritchard.
When Ezra took to the stage, he told the audience, “We’re here to support people who have mental health issues of all shapes and sizes. It’s about raising money but most of all it’s about raising awareness. It wasn’t something I got told about growing up. Give a quid, give 5p, whatever you can.”
His set included a cover of ‘White Christmas’ as well as 6 new songs taken from his forthcoming new album. You can listen to his cover of ‘White Christmas’ here and see the full set list below.
1. Don’t Matter Now
2. Get Away
5. Leaving It Up To You
6. Pretty Shining People
7. Listen To The Man
8. Hold My Girl
10. Blame It On Me
11. Song 6
12. All My Love
13. White Christmas
You can see photos from the evening below.
Ezra is a huge advocate for mental health awareness. Last month, he spoke out about breaking the stigma around males discussing their mental health issues.
Speaking to NME about the impact of him discussing his anxiety through his song, ‘Don’t Matter Now’, Ezra described it as “an ongoing conversation” – but one that needs to happen.
“I am by no means an oracle of answers when it come to mental health,” Ezra told NME. “I just believe very strongly that something as simple as talking or listening can make the world of difference. When I started to write my second record I felt that what I needed to do more than anything was to be honest, for myself more than anything else. I’m lucky that what I do for a job demands that I write in some capacity. And writing about what I was feeling helped more than I could have imagined.
He continued: “Mostly because of the reaction from those who heard the songs, it became very evident very quickly that I was by no means alone. And I guess that’s why I believe so strongly that conversation is key. Once you realise you’re not a freak for thinking the way you do, you are not alone. It becomes that bit easier to approach your own situation.”