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.

“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.”