War Child BRITs Week 2018 kicked off on Monday night with the amazing Jessie Ware performing at Bush Hall in London.
War Child BRITs Week is the series of gigs that give you the chance to see the biggest names in music in intimate venues across London and Manchester. Produced by War Child, together with O2, these are the smallest gigs making the biggest difference. I was invited to host the first BRITs Week gig and interview Jessie Ware all streamed on Facebook Live.
So far War Child has raised over £600,000 to help children who have been affected by war worldwide and plan to raise even more over the next 2 weeks with shows across London and Manchester.
Before Jessie’s set I went down to have a chat with her about her BRIT nomination and to talk about her podcast ‘Table Manners’ which she hosts with her Mum Lennie. Now there is something you should know, I’m a massive fan of Jessie Ware. I’ve seen her four times, I used to do my hair like her for God’s sake and I have a signed poster of her on my wall, so you get my drift, I think she’s cool. I was told to head into her dressing room to have a quick chat, I went over and shook her hand and introduced myself as Sarah, all going ok so far. However no-one has told her where I work or what I’m there for so she just thinks I’m some random person who’s interrupted her vocal warm ups! Luckily Jessie Ware is really down to earth and very charming and see’s the funny side, so I scoot off and go back after 20 minutes.
When I finally get to chat to her the ice is broken and she is nothing but lovely. Excited about her third BRIT nomination she said she hasn’t got a speech prepared but if she does win she will just roll with it off the top of her head, so I suggested with a glass of wine in hand, she replied ‘absolutely YES’!
Jessie’s podcast ‘Table Manners’ has proven to be a big hit with guests like Sam Smith coming over to her house to chat and eat home cooked food. Kicking off the second series today (Wednesday 14th Feb) with special guest Ed Sheeran, she said he was a brilliant guest and they talked death row dinners, Lion bars, rotting shark and pizza butties! Check out the podcast HERE.
War Child BRITs Week continues with performances from Laura Marling and Ed Sheeran. Catch me this Saturday closing BRITs Week 2018 with Kygo performing at Omera in London.
And finally please, please, please text SAFE to 70444 to give just £3 to support War Child’s work, and change a child’s life today!