Elbow, Marina and the Diamonds and Goldfrapp have signed up for this year’s Little Noise Sessions charity event at new venue, St John-at-Hackney.

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Guy Garvey of Elbow (pictured) – who will open the sessions, which are curated by radio DJ Jo Whiley – said: “We are dead proud to be added to the list of amazing bands that have done the Little Noise Sessions for Jo Whiley and Mencap.

“In fact we have organised a warm up tour of Europe before the show to make sure we are in tip top condition when we play!”

The sessions – running for their sixth year – will take place in November and during their history they have provided some particularly poignant performances, such as Elton John’s mesmerising concert in 2010 and a set by one of Jo’s personal favourites, Amy Winehouse.

Speaking of the late star, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, Jo said: “She was really lovely. The first thing she did was one of the Little Noise sessions and you don’t get paid for that kind of thing, but she turned up and did a really brilliant show in the Union Chapel, a beautiful venue, and she was really on form.

“She also hung around afterward, and she was really lovely, really generous and just a lovely person.”

The Little Noise Sessions will take place from November 22 to 27 with tickets available from October 10, or on pre-sale for subscribers.

Little Noise Sessions 2011, line up:

22 November – Elbow, Maverick Sabre solo performance
23 November – Marina and the Diamonds, Icona Pop, Spark
24 November – TBA
25 November – Goldfrapp, Alpines and more
26 November – Example, Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Fenech Soler
27 November – Sinead O’Connor, King Creosote and more