Gary Barlow added to Mencap’s Little Noise line up under stained glass in Hackney – win a pair of tickets

Hackney Bound – Gary Barlow

Organizers of  Mencap’s Little Noise have added Gary Barlow to their  annual winter festival line up, to take place at St John-in-Hackney Church in Clapton this month.  The X Factor judge who now sits in Simon Cowell’s former chair is currently on a 20 date solo tour of the UK that will see him into the new year. And what a year, his lead part in helping to organize this years mammoth Jubilee concert earned him an OBE.

Celebrating it’s 7th year of bringing performers and fans together and an unrivaled opportunity, for both sides to perform and enjoy a more intimate close up and personal experience.

We live in a terminal age when music can appear to be made for the sole purpose of creating revenue for corporations and put up with impersonal stadium performances, where we view artists on a big screen and not in the flesh. Mencap’s Little Noise sessions allows fans to experience top and emerging performers in a whole different light and atmosphere as well as creating revenue for a good cause.

Once again Hackney and the over 700 year old church, one of Hackneys historical and beloved building, will host this years sessions beginning  Monday 19 November (an extra date added)  for 7 days.

Amy Macdonald in Clapton, November 25

This years attractions include Olly Murs, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Amy Macdonald, Noah and the Whale and Jessie Ware and  Hackney Hive has a pair of tickets  for a lucky person and their guest to see Amy Macdonald up close and personal.

No sweat, just name Amy’s second album. It’s that easy…we’ll do the hard job of picking a random winner. Don’t forget to include your name and phone number.

Competition closes midnight Sunday 11 November, winner will be notified on Monday 12 November. Send your answer to

Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions aids Mencap’s arts awards projects to help people with learning disabilities.  Mencap directly supports people with learning disabilities live their lives as they choose and challenge prejudice.

Line up and Dates:

Monday 19th November: Gary Barlow with guests
Tuesday 20th November: Olly Murs with support from Lawson and Loveable Rogues
Wednesday 21st November: Richard Hawley with support from First Aid Kitand King Charles
Thursday 22nd November: TBA
Friday 23rd November: The Maccabees with support from Jamie N Commonsand Jessie Ware
Saturday 24th November: Noah & the Whale with Villagers, special guest Lucy Rose and Daughter
Sunday 25th November: Amy Macdonald with Karin Park and very special guests

Ticket information :


19th -25th November 2012
St John-at-Hackney Church
E5 0PD
Doors open at 6.30pm

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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