London chapel to stage memorial service for Lou Reed

The Newington Green Unitarian Chapel will host a 'Wake On The Wild Side' on November 3

A nonconformist chapel in London is set to stage a memorial service for Lou Reed, Wake On The Wild Side, this Sunday November 3.

The service will take place at the Newington Green Unitarian Chapel – a space long known for its liberal and radical ties – in north London, reports Loving Dalston. It will be hosted by atheist minister Andy Pakula. Of the event, Pakula commented: “This would be a very different world without Lou Reed. There are many people who feel a distinct need to say goodbye. This is event is intended for anyone and everyone whose life has been touched by his music and poetry, be they old rock stars, young musicians or just ordinary folk.”

The service is being co-organised by Stefan Simanowitz, who spoke to Loving Dalston to say he teamed up with Pakula after finding him on Twitter: “Earlier this week I was scanning the internet to see if there were any events in London commemorating Lou Reed. I couldn’t find any but I did stumble on a tweet from someone called Andy Pakula, which read: ‘Would anyone like to organise a rocking memorial service for Lou Reed? I’ll supply the north London church’.”

The event takes place from 3pm-5pm on Sunday and entrance is free. However, attendees are advised to apply for tickets via Eventbrite, as space is limited. A release states: “Dress code on Sunday is optional but people are encouraged to dress on the wild side.” For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Earlier this week, David Bowie and The Strokes paid tribute to the late Lou Reed alongside Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and The Who. Reed’s former bandmate John Cale said: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy'”.

Lou Reed‘s cause of death was confirmed as liver disease by his doctor. Dr Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where the singer had liver transplant surgery this year and was being treated again until a few days ago, confirmed the cause of death to The New York Times. The passing of the former Velvet Underground frontman and influential solo artist was announced on Sunday (October 27). He was aged 71.

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