Above: Mayor Jonathan Simpson, Jamie East, Jon Snow and Amy Lamé, during the Channel 4 newsreader’s performance of Parklife. Below: Mitch Winehouse with Jon Snow
Amy fans Shirley Young, and Charlotte and Ruth Abbott at the Gilgamesh event, and, above, Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield
Published: 19 September, 2013
by ROISIN GADELRAB
NEWSREADER Jon Snow received a welcome of rockstar proportions as he sang his heart out at Gilgamesh on Friday to mark the eve of what would have been Amy Winehouse’s 30th birthday.
The Channel 4 journalist towered over Mayor of Camden Jonathan Simpson, comedian Amy Lamé, and presenter Jamie East as he took on the role of Phil Daniels to sing Blur’s Parklife at a special charity version of the cult Friday I’m In Love (FiiL) singalong club night in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
He ended the performance with a droll: “And that was Channel 4 News.”
Mica Paris sang her hit My One Temptation, telling the crowd, “I know she loved this tune so I’m going to do this for her”, while Amy’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield opened with Valerie, saying: “Thanks everyone for coming, I know she would’ve loved this.”
Donning a crooked metallic party hat, singer David McAlmont treated the raucous room to three songs, including Amy’s Tears Dry On Their Own and his personal favourite, Just Friends.
Mat Morrisroe, who runs FiiL Club, played drums with the house band, while Mr Simpson, wearing his mayoral chain over a black T-shirt and party hat, took on the role of chief crowd-warmer, brandishing a large sign from the stage saying on one side, “go mental for instrumental”, and on the other, “sing when you’re winning”.
A number of dedicated fans, who queued patiently to get into the event – a couple with beehive hairstyles and others in T-shirts emblazoned with Amy’s face.
Shirley Young, Charlotte and Ruth Abbott, came to Camden from Kent for the night, each wearing an Amy T-shirt, they had specially made. Charlotte said: “We went to her concert in 2007 for my mum’s 50th. She shouted out happy birthday to my mum and sang Valerie to her but changed the words.
"Then she invited us backstage.”
Before taking to the stage, Mr Snow revealed he had chosen to also sing Manfred Mann’s Do Wah Diddy, because it was his era, promising he was an excellent singer and joking he feared a clip of him singing would find its way to YouTube – which it inevitably has.
Mr Snow, a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said: “I’m the chair of the New Horizons Youth Centre and Amy’s foundation funds some of the work there.
"Early on, before Mitch [Winehouse] got the foundation going, he volunteered there for a few weeks and we were helping him to work out what to do.”
Mr Snow was later spotted studying the lyrics to Parklife intently, prior to taking to the stage for the crowd-pleaser, to the loudest cheers of the night.
Earlier, Kentish Town’s Kitty, Daisy and Lewis played a low-key set to warm up the room.
Amy’s father Mitch later said of the event: “It couldn’t be better. It’s her birthday, it’s the place she loved, what could be better than that, except she should be here.”
The event was part of #amys30, a month of events and gigs.