In November 2022, I attended the “We Lille Rock You” project in Lille, with music, exhibitions, food, drinks and guests from all over the world. The profits were donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Arriving in Lille from London by Eurostar, I met up with manager Kenny, Barry Mitchell, Doug Bogie, Olivier Ruth and the team who organized the event and we were treated to a guided tour of the city by Valentine Taylor and Renaud Marquant Lannoy, 2 French students who had prepared a potted history of their beautiful city which they narrated in English as they showed us the sights. We then all adjourned to a local restaurant ..

The next day, Saturday, was event day. The venue was soon buzzing with people ‘singing, dancing, striking poses with guests, meeting old friends and making new ones’. A splendid time seemed to be guaranteed for alI! There were some great live sets and some interesting and funny interviews. I did an interview and an acoustic set with Elash on bass which was a gas.

The event was a great success and raised 2000 euros for the trust!! Well done Olivier and the team and thanks for the invite!