A more than worthy cause, that I think needs some well deserved attention.
Last year was the first time I’d really become aware of Lexapalooza although I’d been aware of it’s founder for some time. Alexa “Lexi” Burrows dreamed up the idea for a musical extravaganza, held in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. Since then, Lexapalooza has grown from a “back-yard event” into something much bigger.
Being a breast cancer survivor, Lexi was a keen fundraiser for the charity and wanted to combine this with her passion for music. An all-day gig, compered by a certain Mr. Turner, was held at GJ’s in Colliers Wood. This show raised around £1200 for the charity, and it’s become an annual event since then.
Unfortunately, Alexa was re-diagnosed with cancer in the months following the event, but she was determined the show must go on. Held at Lark In The Park in Islington, the second annual Lexapalooza raised £1400 and included a special, acoustic performance by Get Cape Wear Cape Fly amongst others.
Sadly, in 2007, Alexa lost her battle with cancer and now the event’s organisers hold the show to celebrate her life and continue what she started. On the first anniversary of her death, an event was held at the Nambucca pub on Holloway Road. Described as “highly emotional” by, event organiser and friend, Evan, the show sold out 4 months prior to the event. Frank Turner was back again to compere and, of course, play a set. Alongside him were Chris T-T, Ben Marwood, and Beans On Toast, as well as a host of others across two stages.
Since that the show has gained a small following. Last year’s show at The Gaff, which once again was spread across two stages, sold out 2 months beforehand and the success of that show inspired the guys to set up a second show that year. Lexapalooza Lite, held at Flowerpot Pub in Kentish Town, was an acoustic-only show and allowed the crew to raise a further £1211, which, as Evan pointed out, “isn’t all bad for a free gig”. There was a good range of musical styles on show, from hip-hop to folk. So there’s something for everyone. The crew plan to outdo themselves again in 2010, and that’s no easy task. I’ve got a feeling they’ll do it though.
I just thought that this is the kind of thing we need to be shedding a bit of light on. I respect everything the guys behind the shows have been doing and hope to see it continue for some time. Event details will be announced in the spring and I’ll be sure to let you guys know. Just make a date in your diary for October 9th and support this fantastic cause.
For more information on the event, visit the Lexapalooza website or OneThirtyEight Promotions. If you would like to play at the event or lend your support in another way, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org.