Japan fundraiser in Highbury raises �6k

A BENEFIT concert for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has raised nearly �6,000.

The Relentless Garage, on Holloway Road, Highbury, played host to 80s legend Adam Ant, TV comedian Iain Lee and a video message from Japan’s biggest popstar Suga Shikao as part of the event on April 2.

Manga Entertainment and Japan Underground, who organised the gig, beat their target to raise �5,927.86 for the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief, a charity who are rebuilding schools and communities following the disaster.

Tom Smith, director of Japan Underground, said: “The success came as a bit of a surprise to be honest. We didn’t have the venue booked until a week before and I was really nervous in case no one came, but everyone has been really supportive.

“I really didn’t think we would make the five grand target but we did it.


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“Everyone worked for free - Adam Ant’s manager or assistant is Japanese and she saw an advert for the gig on a Japanese website. He basically did it for her.”

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