Pete Doherty is set to play a tribute gig dedicated to Johnny 'Rhythm' Sedassy, the London gig promoter who died last month. Sedassy put on numerous gigs at Whitechapel's Rhythm Factory by artists including The Libertines, Babyshambles, Pete Doherty, The Noisettes, Razorlight, Selfish Cunt and The View. His nights provided a crucial (and largely unrecognised) foundation for the scene that formed in London following The Libertines' release of their debut album 'Up The Bracket'. The promoter passed away on March 16 after battling bowel cancer. Pete Doherty, The Paddingtons, Red Roots, Melody Nelson are all confirmed to play the Rhythm Factory on May 15, with more acts to be announced. The gig is in memory of Sadassy and also to raise awareness for the Sir Michael Sobell Charity in Oxtord, where the promoter spent his final days. All acts playing at the show are donating their fees form the gig to the Sir Michael Sobell Charity, and all door takings will also be donated to the hospice.
Tickets are £25 in advance, or £30 on the door.
See Rhythmfactory.co.uk for more information.A Justgiving.com page has also been set up, should fans wish to donate online.
One more thing: as you know this year the LMHR festival is scheduled on May 30th in Stoke. The line up is slowly taking shape in these days, and one of the first names announced is Helsinki (Drusillo's other band). Helsinki are supposed to play with "very special guests". I suggest everyone checking the festival site regularly. It's gonna be a blast.