Friday 10th July 2015

Oh what a night!

Thursday 9th July saw Rixton headline the Trust’s charity concert in front of a screaming crowd at the Indigo at the O2.

Even a tube strike couldn’t keep the supporters away, with 2000 rocking Rixton fans nearly filling the venue, including some who had even travelled from offshore to watch the 2-hour show.

 Talking before the gig, Jake, Lewi, Charley and Danny who make up Rixton, were both honoured about headlining the show and grateful for their international support.

“We’ve got fans flying over from Spain and France just for this which is not only incredible for the charity, but for us as well,” said Rixton lead singer Jake Roche. 

“It’s our first time here and for us any show is remarkable, but being given this opportunity is amazing and with the previous line-ups you’ve had, it’s an honour.”

With the most dedicated ‘Rixters’ queuing outside the venue from 9.00am, Capital Breakfast Radio and Concert host Dave Berry couldn’t have been happier with the turnout.

“In the run up to it, when you see fans queuing up outside you know you’ve got a good booking for charity,” he said. 

“I’ve seen the boys a couple of times touring with Ed Sheeran, so if they’re good enough for Ed Sheeran, they’re good enough for Charlton Athletic”, joked the dedicated Charlton supporter.

Not only raising money for the Trust’s work with youth in the community, the night was about giving the young, talented musicians in the area a once in a lifetime opportunity as part of Young Greenwich. This included 19 year old Jerusha Frimpong and 5 piece rock band San Agila, who had both won the Young Greenwich music competition ‘Perform:2015’ earlier in the week. Both acts got 10 minutes on stage, performing 2 songs of their choice to open the evening.

Next in the running order was 11-year-old Zuriel Williams-Kabasomi, who plays the young Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller Live’ in the West End. The Cardwell Primary School pupil had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand with 2 incredible MJ covers, and a moonwalk to die for. 

The Trust’s own Autumn Sharif was the 4th performance and was Rixton’s main supporting act for the evening. After winning Perform:2014 and opening for Lawson at last years charity concert, Autumn has had an incredible 12 months including the 19 year old progressing to the final live shows of ‘The Voice’ under Team Ricky.

Using last years opportunity as a stepping stone into the music industry, the Woolwich based artist didn’t disappoint, performing 3 of her own originals before closing with Paramore’s ‘Aint it fun’.

Then come 9.30, the moment all had been waiting for. Introduced to the crowd by Dave Berry, Rixton lit up the stage opening with ‘Make out’ to the 2000 strong crowd.

Playing a 45 minute set, the Manchester based foursome lived up to their reputation as a great live band, with fans tweeting on the night, “@RixtonOfficial @CAFCTrust @daveberry_tweet you guys were awesome! One of the best nights ever.” 

Amongst the audience were Charlton Athletic players Callum Harriott, Jordan Cousins, Igor Vetokele and 2 of the new signings Patrick Bauer and Simon Makienok who were experiencing one of their first nights out in their new city. 

Speaking about his first experience seeing what the Trust does for youth in the community, the 6ft 7in striker Makienok was fully behind what the night was all about.

“I think it’s one of the most important things because it’s youth that sets the future, he said.

“The more you do with people when they are younger, the better mentally prepared they get”. 

With Rixton finishing at 10.15pm, it brought to a close another successful Trust charity concert. Adding to Olly Murs in 2013 and Lawson in 2014, Rixton join the list of nights that many won’t forget anytime soon.

The Trust would like to thank all acts that performed on the night, Dave Berry for hosting, the Indigo at the O2 for accommodating the event, Andrews Air Conditioning for sponsoring the gig and last but not least, the fans who turned up in their thousands to support a great cause.

Until next year.