As ticket holders have known since Friday evening (and kept secret, as per the charity’s wishes, with varying degrees of success – thanks for that), Islington’s Union Chapel is the venue for tonight’s ‘hidden’ Crisis gig, where David will soon join Amadou & Mariam for a special one-off performance (click here for details).
The concert is a sell-out, which is very good news for Crisis, as the UK’s national charity for single homeless people will benefit from all proceeds.
If you’re in attendance (you should be enjoying the support right about now), first and foremost, thank you very much for supporting Crisis; I hope you are enjoying the show and look forward to hearing all about it.
If you’re not there, I’d like to know your thoughts as to the idea of a ‘hidden’ gig.
The venue was kept hidden, as you may know, to draw attention to the hidden homeless, most obviously the rough sleepers and squatters, so many of whom do not know where they will be spending the night until the day is nearing an end.
However, there are also the many millions all around the world who fit the legal definition of ‘homeless’, either because they have no legal right to stay in their (often inadequate) accommodation and are at threat of eviction, or because they’re taking temporary refuge in hostels and shelters, sleeping on friends’ sofas or in their vehicles. You don’t see them in shop doorways, so they’re out of sight and out of mind, but their plight is similarly challenging.
Here are some suggestions for things we all can do to help make it easier.