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Southampton Music @ Cafe Down the Lane Event

Southampton Mencap
13:00 - 14:00
5 December 2018
Cafe Down the Lane Southampton Mencap 187a Portswood Road Southampton SO17 2NF

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Louise Johnson on 023 8059 8424 or email .

Event details

The Music Department are delighted to be collaborating with Mencap Southampton for a monthly musical lunchtime experience at their Café Down the Lane. On the first Wednesday of each month some of the department’s Showcase performers will be presenting an hour of music for the Café’s patrons at 1pm.

Southampton Mencap is found at 187a Portswood Road, located behind Coffee #1 on Portswood High Street. It is accessible via the access road next to the Natwest Bank with plenty of parking directly in front of the Mencap building, second on the left.

James Needs is a folk-pop inspired Singer-songwriter based in Southampton. He is hugely influenced by artists, such as Frank Turner and Ed Sheeran, and is using his original material to break into the local music scene. James has performed in many local music venues and bars, such as The Talking Heads and Heartbreakers, and is excited to start recording with his band soon to form his first EP. I’m hugely excited to join everyone at the Mencap Café this December, where I will be sharing some original songs, known and loved covers and plenty of Christmas classics


Café Down the Lane has been set up to help people with learning disabilities to learn vital work-place skills in a “real-world” environment. It is reasonably priced and welcomes regular patrons and new visitors through its doors on Wednesday lunchtimes. Our performers are helping support this very worthy project and we hope some of you may be able to do the same.

Please come along to enjoy a snack or drink during this performance.

James Needs
James Needs
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