Music fundraiser looking to help Brixton Soup Kitchen raise money for new van


Organiser Solomon Smith hopes as many as 1,800 people will attend the event.


By Laura Norman

Electric Brixton will play host to a huge music fundraiser next month as part of a campaign to help a soup kitchen take their service mobile.

With the full lineup still to be confirmed, it is hoped that top acts such as Fleur and the Bakery Boys will play until 4am at the Believe in Brixton event on Friday March 21 to help the Brixton Soup Kitchen raise £12,000 for a new van.

Organiser, Solomon Smith, 28, started the kitchen in 2013 and funds it entirely through donations and his own pocket.

We have a free venue and a great line-up and so hope to get as many as 1,800 people there,” he said.

“The kitchen helps around 40 people a day but to be honest, I reckon this could rise to as much as 80 with a van.”

Being mobile would allow the kitchen to operate at night and to reach more people across London. 

A number of other initiatives will run alongside the fundraiser.

Brixton’s Satay Bar will give customers the option of donating £2 with every purchase while money from the sales of community Buzz Beer at The Ritzy Cinema will continue to be donated.

Online donations alone have already topped £1000 and local photographer Jasmin Hudson contributed the proceeds from her recent ‘Who is Brixton?’ exhibition to the campaign. Virgin Gym in Streatham has installed a collection box.

Solomon says that not only has the response from the local community been fantastic but that NDubz’s Dappy and singer Wiley also support the campaign. 

Brixton Soup Kitchen is situated at Southwyck House, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton and is open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm for food, drinks, support and advice.

Tickets for the fundraiser are £15 and available at

To donate to the campaign contact Solomon on 07538419514 or visit

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