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    Published: 4 October, 2012

    ANYONE who had the privilege of seeing Amy Winehouse perform live will be familiar with the joyous backing dancers who seemed to carry her through the good times and the bad. We saw them bring out her brightest smiles with their sparky dancing, and hold her steady during that fateful show in Belgrade as the world watched a vulnerable Amy stumble across the stage. Now, former Hampstead School pupil Zalon, the taller of the duo who became friends with Amy after she saw him sing in a London club some years back, has released his own tribute to the late Queen of Camden. Zalon wrote You Let Me Breathe the day after learning of Amy’s death but has only now felt able to release it. He said: “It was my immediate response. It poured out of me. I was returning from Spain when I heard about her passing. I went to my producer JPL’s house and we wrote and recorded the song the next day. It was my way of dealing with it. The lyrics were about how helpless I felt, I could only cry for Amy, but that wouldn’t bring her back. I was crying in the booth while recording and I wasn’t strong enough to release it until now.” All proceeds go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

    • Franka de Mille’s sets are said to be an elegant mix of Americana, Chamber Music and alternative folk. See for yourself when she brings her seven-piece band to the Water Rats on October 9.

    • Camden band Mucky Pups play Surya on October 5. See what happens when they cross the border to Islington.

    • Now the wedding season is over, Four Weddings and a Disco at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square, provides the perfect excuse to dig out that once-worn fascinator. The monthly night aims to recreate the ultimate wedding party and guests are encouraged to run with the theme and dress up.

    • If you, like me, missed out on the fantastic Camp and Furnace psychedelia festival in Liverpool last Saturday, head to Hackney Picture House this weekend for Noise of Art celebration of psychedelic music and art, as well as a special showing of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.

    • Angus Stone gets a mention here for hottest press release picture prior to his Lexington set on October 8.


    Franka De Mille & the band at Monto

    I highly recommend that event to anyone who loves music. Franka is a true artist and performer.

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