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| On 11, Oct 2010


To celebrate their 5th birthday, Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions have enlisted superstar Tom Jones, multi-platinum selling Paolo Nutini and band of the moment Hurts to perform at the legendary series of acoustic gigs taking place from 15th – 20th November at Islington’s Union Chapel.  From today, subscribe at to get tickets ahead of general release on Friday 15th October, with all proceeds going to learning disability charity, Mencap.
Subscribe now, for just £6 for six months to the Little Noise Sessions website and have exclusive access to a host of great content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the daily Little Noise backstage blog. Subscribers will also be able to pick the best pew in the Chapel with priority entry to the gigs.
Curated by Mencap Ambassador Jo Whiley, once again Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions will bring some of the hottest names in music, over six very special nights, to perform acoustically in the exquisite surroundings of the Union Chapel.  The stripped back music mixed with the intimate venue gives the audience the chance to see something truly unique each night.
Kicking off Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions birthday celebrations in style on Monday 15th November is Welsh legend Tom Jones who will be performing a special set from his latest album Praise & Blame, enlisting support on the night from some special guests!

Next up is the award winning Paolo Nutini who will be donning his New Shoes and headlining on Tuesday 16th November. Known for his velvet smooth vocals and anthemic hits including Last Request and Candy, Paulo will be joined by the sensational new pop-soul singer Rumer and the melodies of South London talent Michael Kiwanuka.
Wednesday 17th November sees the UK’s fastest selling new band of 2010 Hurts who will be reworking their big synthpop sound to stunning effect. Supported by rising star Clare Maguire, who’s all about the voice, Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions is in for a real birthday treat. Rounding off Wednesday’s, line up of fresh new music is the deep, rich and smoky voice of soloist Joe Worricker.
Previous acts that have taken to the Union Chapel stage include Bono and The Edge, Arctic Monkeys, Killers, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Editors, Kasabian, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher, Amy Winehouse, Stereophonics, Katy Perry, Snowpatrol and Lily Allen.  Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions are famous for wowing audiences with a bumper line-up and a host of surprise guests and this year will be no exception.
Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley says: “Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions are back and it’s a very special year as we celebrate our 5th birthday with another stunning line up. Join us at the Chapel to witness some unbelievable gigs as well as raising money for this worthwhile cause.”

Paolo Nutini says: “I respect what the charity is about and am pleased to part of the Little Noise Sessions”.

Hurts say: ”We are delighted to play a part in the Little Noise Sessions. Mencap does so much to help and support people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Long may it continue to do so.

Mark Goldring, Mencap’s chief executive, commented: “We are thrilled to be celebrating the fifth year of the Little Noise Sessions. These intimate gigs not only raise much-needed funds for Mencap, they also help us to raise awareness of learning disability, which can be a hard disability to understand. The money raised will help Mencap continue to support thousands of people with a learning disability across the UK”.

This year will also see the return of Mencap’s Big Noise Sessions, which makes its London debut in December. Last year’s inaugural event saw bonafide superstars Coldplay perform a one-off homecoming gig in Exeter all in aid of Mencap.  
There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK, who are among the most excluded and disadvantaged people in our society. Those with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. Mencap fights for the changes that people with a learning disability, their families and supporters want and need so that they can live their lives the way they choose.
Monday 15th November:
Tom Jones Presents Praise and Blame with friends
Price: £50.00*
Tuesday 16th November: Paolo Nutini, Rumer and Michael Kiwanuka
Price: £40.00*
Wednesday 17th November: Hurts, Clare Maguire, Joe Worricker
Price: £25.00*
*All ticket prices are subject to an additional booking fee