Deaf Havana O2 Brits Week review

This year’s War Child together with O2 for BRITs Week 2018 line-up included the likes of Alt-J, Jessie Ware and Wolf Alice. The aim of the concerts is to raise awareness of the work that War Child does, namely protect and educate children in war torn countries such as Jordan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, amongst others. On the 23rd February, alt-rock band Deaf Havana performed at Union Chapel in Highbury and Islington.

Performing with the Parallax Orchestra and London Contemporary Voices, made for a unique collaboration. The band had to modify their music to accommodate to the acoustics the chapel provided. Moreover, the reverberations would be unforgiving if anyone were to make a mistake – something drummer Tom Ogden admitted made him “nervous”. Yet the band was thrilled to be performing for such a cause with Ogden designing and creating an exclusive t-shirt in collaboration with War Child. The proceeds of which going directly to the charity.

Throughout their set, which lasted just over an hour, it was made abundantly clear how dearly they care about their fans. Front man James Veck-Gilodi often made jokes and thanked everyone profusely for attending. This deep appreciation was reciprocated by fans as, by the end of the evening, they were all on their feet dancing, singing, laughing and genuinely having fun.

Words: Zoë Huxford
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