Little Noise Sessions line up revealed

Mencap Little Noise Sessions, in association with Toshiba, are back for their seventh year – and there’s positively nothing ‘little’ about this year’s line up!

The Maccabees, Noah and the Whale and Richard Hawley will be headlining the events, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

Set in the iconic St John-at-Hackney Church, Mencap’s annual winter music festival is set to host six nights of must-see concerts from 20-25 November. Kicking off with the revered sounds of Richard Hawley, right through to The Maccabees performing their new album, ‘Given To The Wild’,you won’t want to miss out.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from tomorrow, 5 October, to people who have signed up to Mencap Little Noises’ backstage area ( and to Toshiba UK fans who will have a dedicated Little Noise Session area on their Facebook page ( So if you don’t want to miss out on seeing your favourite artists, sign up for the pre-sale now!

Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 8 October through Ticketmaster on the Little Noise Sessions website at:

BBC Radio 2 DJ and Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley will be curating the Little Noise Sessions. On annoucing this year’s fantastic line up, Jo said: “I’m so excited to be hosting Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions for the seventh year running! What’s more, we’re back at St John-at-Hackney Church, which inspired a truly electric atmosphere for fans and artists alike last year – there really is nothing more extraordinary than seeing big artists perform in such an intimate and beautiful venue. We have a week of incredible shows lined up, all in aid of Mencap and supporting people with a learning disability. I’ll see you there!”

Want to get involved? Check out the performances that have been announced so far…

Wednesday 21 November

In a performance that is set to captivate his audience, singer-songwriter Richard Hawley will headline on Wednesday 21 November, performing songs from his Mercury Prize nominated album, ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’. Hawley will be accompanied by big-voiced Swedish indie/folk duo, First Aid Kit, as well as the truly inimitable King Charles.

Friday 23 November

What better way to start the weekend started than by watchingThe Maccabees perform their new album ‘Given To The Wild’, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Award and dubbed a sprawling masterpiece of distorted pop, psychadelia and soulful guitar wig outs. The Londoners will be joined on Friday 23 November by blues singer Jamie N Commons, who is fresh from a summer of acclaimed festival performances throughout Europe. And if this wasn’t exciting enough, a very special guest is lined up to make a surprise appearance that you won’t want to miss!

Saturday 24 November

Leaders of the British folk-rock scene, Noah and the Whale, will be headlining on Saturday 24 Novemberwith a very special solo acoustic performance from Villagers’ Conor O’Brien. Special guest Lucy Rose will then dazzle the Little Noise crowd, fresh from launching her debut album ‘Like I Used To’, ahead of London duo Daughter topping off what’s set to be an incredible night.

Further line up announcements are to follow in the coming weeks.


Get involved

What? Mencap Little Noise Sessions

Dates: 20-25 November 2012

Venue: St John-at-Hackney Church, E5 0PD

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm

Ticket agent: Ticketmaster via


About Little Noise Sessions

Mencap Music’s Little Noise Sessions is now in its seventh year. A series of live performances from music artists, curated by Mencap ambassador and BBC Radio 2 DJ, Jo Whiley, will take place from 20-25 November 2012 at St John-at-Hackney Church. Little Noise Sessions 2012 is in association with Toshiba and supported by Spotify. Find out more at

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