A Brick Lane music venue will host a night of music to raise money for homeless people in east London.
The East London Music Night, on April 9, will raise funds for the Shoreditch-based Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), a charity that supports people who have been homeless and suffer from addiction, poverty or social isolation.
Organised by SCT volunteer Martina Danielova and South of London Underground (SOLU), a music promoter, the event will take place at the 93 Feet East bar on Brick Lane.
According to Danielova, the night will be the first of it’s kind for SCT and an “extra special event” as it will coincide with the charity’s 50th birthday.
She said: “The initial idea was to help, just to help. So it started with giving away clothes. But I dreamed bigger. Why not bring young people to open their minds and to work like a team?”
“I work in Shoreditch and walk past homeless people all the time. I was inspired by SCT’s work. Their work doesn’t offer a fashionable mind fix but genuine changes that really get into the soul.”
“The bands and DJs have just been fantastically supportive and we’re all working hard to make it a great night out.”
SCT, launched in 1965, provides support and training for people who have been homeless and suffering from addiction.
The east London charity runs a drop in facility, rehabilitation hostel, personal development and training centre, alongside a number of social enterprises allowing recovering addicts to gain work experience and training.
Stephen Armstrong, head of fundraising and communications at SCT, said: “We’re really excited that Martina and all the performers are supporting us in this way.”
“Tickets are just £5 and all the sales will go towards our goal of raising an extra £50,000 this year.”
The event’s lineup will include the south-east London rock band, Headlong, blues pop trio Jamie Crawford, an eclectic five-piece called Under The Sun, and Morning Lane, a three man London-based band.
Also performing is DJ Saytek Live, also known as Joseph Keevill, described as a “role model” for those suffering long-term recovery from addictions.
A spokesperson for SCT said of Saytek Live: “Having been on drugs since early childhood due to a failed diagnosis of autism, Saytek today is happy, healthy and proof that with the right support, people in recovery can become happy parents, successful musicians and help others to make that same change.”