“I love Camberwell. Camberwell made me the artist I am today.”
Florence Welch, Florence + the Machine.
On Wednesday 4th July, Florence + the Machine played a surprise intimate gig in Camberwell to celebrate the release of her new album, as well as her lifelong love for south London.
The gig was a treat for her local fans; she announced it on the day, and the first 100 to get down to The Joiners Arms got to dance and sing the night away with her as she performed new song South London Forever.
But she also made sure the event supported the community, choosing to perform in aid of South London Cares, which not only raised awareness, but also over £550 to tackle loneliness in her community.
She asked fans to donate £5 to South London Cares when arriving at The Joiners Arms.
Florence is a born and bred south Londoner. Born at King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hill, she went to Camberwell College of Arts and sings fondly of her times drinking with pals at The Joiners Arms.
Florence, you’re not alone: our Men’s Pub Club attendees make their way over to Camberwell every month to enjoy a drink and a chat with friends!
We’re chuffed that Florence decided to come back to where it all began for her, and so grateful for her generosity in supporting local organisations like us.
So here’s to south London. Let’s continue making brilliant memories and celebrating the wonderful community we’re part of, whether we’ve lived here from birth or have just arrived.
If you’re keen to support your local community, helping older and younger neighbours connect across Southwark and Lambeth, you can donate here, or contact [email protected] to find out about different fundraising opportunities. If you’re feeling inspired by Florence, why not put on your own gig?!
Posted by Elyssa Kill on Monday 9th July 2018
Elyssa leads on outreach at South London Cares, as well as co-ordinating our volunteers.