Friday 22 March 2013, 12:34 | By Paul Vig
Approved: Push Play – Sonia Akow benefit at Egg
A huge line-up of beats and bass music DJs and artists, including Shy FX, B-Traits featuring Elisabeth Troy, Dub Pistols, MJ Cole, Deekline & Ed Solo, Congo Natty, Freestylers and Shut Up & Dance, donate their services for free at a massive Push Play benefit event next Thursday at Egg London.
The night has been set up in support of Sonia Akow, a music PR and DJ from London, also known as Soto, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year (something Eddy TM recently wrote about in his CMU column). All money raised via the night will be split between The Anthony Nolan Trust and a fund to pay for Sonia’s ongoing treatment and care.
As well as raising funds, the night aims to raise awareness about stem cell donors, who are needed to help save Sonia’s life, and those of others out there like her in dire need of help. The call goes out particularly to younger adults with mixed white, Chinese, Black Caribbean and Indian ancestry, as there is currently a shortage of donors from these ethnic backgrounds. Joining a donor register may sound daunting, but all you have to do is fill in a short form and then provide a saliva sample; click here to read a full description of what’s involved. I’ve been signed up to the Nolan register since my college days. Once on the system you could end up being called upon to help save someone’s life.
From the saving onto the raving, and the line-up for next Thursday’s benefit is comparable to many dance festivals. Also rocking the joint with incredible bass-quaking sounds will be A-Skillz, Tayo, Atomic Hooligan, Shut Down & The Ragga Twins, Rennie Pilgrem, Lawgiverz, Rack N Ruin, The Moody Boyz, Backdraft, Pyramid, Hempolics, Astro Duo and Paul ‘Trouble’ Arnold Vs Carl Loben and more. A cracking line up across four rooms for a very good cause.
Thursday 28 Mar, Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX, 10pm-6am, £10-£20, more info here.