Suffolk: Cockney Rebel star to play the world’s smallest gig

SUFFOLK-based rock star Steve Harley is poised to play the world’s smallest concert to raise cash for charity.

The Cockney Rebel singer, who lives near Sudbury, will perform one of his major hits to an audience of just one person.

In return he will pick up a cheque for �10,000 for Children in Need.

Mr Harley made the unusual gig pledge live on air during a Radio2 charity show he co-presented with his DJ friend Johnny Walker.

The offer – which included free concert tickets, dinner and a personal mini-concert “home visit” by the star – also includes Harley’s favourite Takamine electro-accoustic guitar which he will sign.

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The whole package went on the internet and bids soon started flowing in from all over the world. And now a generous German fan has won the auction with a �10,000 pledge.

The 59-year-old is planning to fly over to play the requested Compared to You hit at the man’s home in Cologne.

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The successful bidder, TV executive Gregor Koenig, said: “I have always loved Steve’s music and I have been a huge fan since his early days.

“It will be a terrific once-in-a-lifetime experience to actually hear him play in my home.”

Mr Harley, who played the penultimate sell-out gig of a nationwide tour in Bury St Edmunds’ new Apex concert hall venue last week, said: “I don’t often play small venues but it is a wonderful opportunity to help Children in Need.

“It’s such a generous offer by Mr Koenig that I may even take a couple of the band.”

This year’s BBC Children in Need, which aims to change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, featured Take That, Cheryl Cole, JLS and Peter Andre.

On the night of last month’s event, more than �18million was raised for the charity.

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