Review: Paloma Faith, Peace and Kate Tempest unite for Help Refugees gig

Stars of British music united for a one-night-only fundraising concert at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on Sunday 22 November 2015, in aid of the Help Refugees cause in a bid to raise money for urgent human rights needs.

The Help Refugees gig hosted by Richard Bacon saw performances from Paloma Faith, Peace and special guest Kate Tempest who said: “I know these are dark and terrible times, but it’s good you came out tonight.” There were also performances from musicians who are refugees themselves, Yasmin Kadi and Stoneflowers.

Peace who have taken a break from writing their third album, performed a new track Kindness is the New Rock ‘n’ Roll which they wrote specifically for the night and the Help Refugees cause.

Headliner Paloma Faith played her hits including Can’t Rely On You and Changing, and finished the gig by thanking the organisers and donating one of her dresses to be auctioned off.

“I’d like to thank Help Refugees for doing this, “the singer said. “Although we’ve seen sadness in recent events, people are going and doing amazing things like this.”

Katharine Hamnett

The gig was attended by a number of famous faces including Sadie Frost, who is an ambassador for the charity, comedian Matt Berry, Jo Wood, Dave Rowntree from Blur, and designer Katharine Hamnett who’s Choose Love T-Shirts (twist on the iconic Choose Live T-Shirts of the ’80s) are being sold to raise money for the charity.

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Photos: Katharine Hamnett