Benefit gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen raises �1,500 for Japanese tsunami appeal

A benefit concert in Hoxton on Sunday raised �1,500 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese noise band Bo Ningen, death metal outfit Comanechi and Dalston rockers The Catcher Nine played at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Hoxton Square. The money from ticket sales went to the Red Cross, who have more than 1,200 staff in the region.

Anthony Chalmers of promoters God Don’t Like It, who organised the event, said: “Bo Ningen are one my favourite bands. After the tsunami and earthquake, it just seemed logical to ask if they were interested in doing a fundraising gig.

“I’m not from Japan but I’ve worked with a lot of Japanese bands and love a lot of Japanese film directors and writers. Japan is an incredible place that brings a lot to the world.”

Hoxton Bar and Kitchen donated the space for free, and booking website Ticket Web waived their booking fee to allow all the money from ticket sales to go straight to the Red Cross.

Chalmers added: “It was a massive success. I’d like to thank all the people who came, the bands who played and the many websites and papers who gave the event their support.”