Kate Nash has shared a new song written for her friend Mika, who recently became the victim of a vicious assault in central London.
Scroll down and click ‘play’ to listen to the song, which is titled ‘Pink Limo Ride’. Explaining what inspired her to write the song, Nash writes on her Tumblr: “Mika went out with one of his best friends, a girl who dresses alternatively and has a lot of tattoos. They were in a chicken shop in Soho when a couple of guys took a disliking to her alternative look. They threatened to stab her because of the way she was dressed – Mika stood in and was beaten so badly he now has a fracture in his face.”
“I’m concerned as to how my friend will get his confidence back after this,” Nash continues. “I can’t even imagine how he feels… [but] there are some small things I can do to help my friend; one of those was write him this song.”
Nash also urged fans affected by her song and Mika’s story to visit the website of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity dedicated to stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance. “Read Sophie’s story and let’s see how we can help,” Nash says.
Meanwhile, Nash will play Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 23 and 24 before a set at Manchester Pride Festival on August 25. She’ll then embark on an eight-date UK and Ireland tour this October, beginning in Norwich on October 10, then stopping off at Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and wrapping up in Manchester on October 19.