Kate Nash, Robyn,The Ting Tings ,Billy Bragg + Razorlight - Little Noise Sessions - Union Chapel London (A review in pictures)
The Little Noise Sessions are a series of acoustic charity concerts held at the Union Chapel in London. The proceeds of ticket sales are donated to the charity, Mencap.
The sessions began in 2006 and returned in 2007 with an amazing line up over eight nights, with headliners including Biffy Clyro, Will Young, The Kooks, Snow Patrol and Keane.
The evenings are curated by Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley who also introduced the acts on stage.
The Union Chapel is a gorgeous place to hold a gig as it's fairly intimate, with the nature of the building leading to a very hushed atmosphere during performances.
As the audience is seated in the church pews it was essential to get there early to be guaranteed a decent view.This led to a long line outside with people braving the cold in the hope of a front row pew.
The early birds were rewarded though as suprise guests were waiting in the wings to entertain them.
Razorlight's Johnny Borrell and Andy Burrows took to the stage with Burrows replacing his drum kit with an acoustic guitar for the evening.
The duo were joined onstage by a female violinist and played "America", "Fall to pieces" and new track "Hostage of love".
I imagine a lot of people were kicking themselves for missing the suprise guests though i'm sure a handful wished they'd stayed in the pub!
Billy Bragg was next up.The Essex troubadour played a short set including "Sexuality" and "New England" with headliner Kate Nash popping onstage to help on vocals and piano.
Billy happily chatted to fans,signing autographs in the short break before the next band took to the stage.
The Ting Tings are a UK Electro Pop duo so an acoustic set was certainly a different approach to their music.
The duo released a hugely infectious single "That's not my name" earlier this year.The track wormed it's way into my head, staying for a long time so it was fun hearing a stripped down version.
The duo's set also included a great cover of "Dub be good to me" and My Space track "Fruit machine".
Kate and Jules are performing as part of the NME tour at the beginning of 2008 so I imagine they'll be picking up several new fans on the way.
They certainly went down well at the Union Chapel, with crys of admiration coming from the pew behind me.
I've seen Pop Pixie Robyn play several times this year, loving her live shows but I wasn't prepared to be completely blown away by her set at the Union Chapel!
Robyn was joined onstage by her regular "band" members and an additional female string quartet, creating a sumptuous sound that was tailor made for the setting.
Robyn's self titled album contains several high energy Electro Pop classics but the Union Chapel set showed the softer side of the Swedish songstress.
Highlights of the set included string laden versions of "Eclipse", "Show me love" Robyn's single from way back and huge number 1 hit "With every heartbeat" but it was her rendition of forthcoming release "Be mine" that stole the show and was the evening's highlight.
Robyn tends to play "Be mine" twice in her regular set, the normal singalong version during the main part and the stripped down Robyn and a guitar sadder version (that's just as singalong mind you!) as an encore.
The Union Chapel version took the song to another level with Robyn's pure voice filling the the church and the heart's of the audience, leaving me with a tear in my eye as it was so wonderful.
After Robyn's set headliner Kate Nash was a bit of an anticlimax for me.
I first caught her live supporting the truly awesome Omaha tap dance troupe Tilly And The Wall at the Scala during her "Caroline is a victim" period.I despised the single so didn't really rate her performance either.
By the time I watched her set at Ben and Jerry's Sundae On The Common a few months later I was warming to her music so I was looking forward to her Little Noise set.
I was rewarded with a performance that included versions of hit singles "Foundations" and "Mouthwash" with Kate and her band blowing a few cobwebs of the roof of the church, a really lovely delivery of my favourite Nash track "Birds" and a haunting version of "Little Red", Kate's last song of the night.
You can check out the Ting Ting's My Space for forthcoming tour dates.
Visit Robyn's Website for news of her 2008 Koko show and details of the single release of "Be mine".
You can find out more about Mencap by visiting their Website