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Mencap Little Noise Sessions 2010: Tom Jones and Hurts for fifth anniversary gigs

Tom Jones

Story by Jack Foley

TO CELEBRATE their fifth 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 November 15 to 20, 2010, at Islington’s Union Chapel.

From today (Monday, October 11), you can subscribe at to get tickets ahead of general release on Friday, October 15, 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, also including 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.

This year’s event is once again curated by Mencap Ambassador Jo Whiley and begins on Monday, November 15, with 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 headlining on Tuesday, October 16. Paulo will be joined by the sensational new pop-soul singer Rumer and the melodies of South London talent Michael Kiwanuka.

Wednesday, November 17 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.

Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley commented: “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.”

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.

The 2010 line-up so far:

Monday, November 15: Tom Jones Presents Praise and Blame with friends
Price: £50

Tuesday, November 16: Paolo Nutini, Rumer and Michael Kiwanuka
Price: £40

Wednesday, November 17: Hurts, Clare Maguire, Joe Worricker
Price: £25

All ticket prices are subject to an additional booking fee.