Metal music fans have come together to remember the “exceptionally talented riff lord”, Jake Marlowe.
The British Israeli 26-year-old was murdered at the Supernova music festival by Hamas terrorists while working as a security guard on October 7.
Along with his family, many of Jake’s friends, bandmates, bands he had worked with and passionate music fans attended the sell-out event in London.
Over £3,000 was raised on the night to support Kisharon Langdon, the Jewish learning, disability and autism charity, which supports Jake’s sister, Natasha.
As well as the music, speeches reflecting on Jake’s life and contributions to the music scene were made by his father, Michael, and Jake’s close friends.
A rock concert was held in memory of Jake Marlowe, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists while working as a security guard at the Supernova music festival on October 7
Michael referred to his son Jake, a former JFS pupil, as his “hero” and “a wonderfully talented guitarist, an extraordinarily powerful drummer and exceptional vocalist”.
He said to the crowd: “In Jakey’s and your genre of music, there is something truly special and utterly unique that I have witnessed first-hand over many years and especially since Jake’s cold-blooded murder on October 7th at the age of just 26.
“There is compassion, love, friendship, care and camaraderie generated within your musical community.
“Here’s to the magic of music, the bewilderment of the mosh pit and to the lyrics that I cannot decipher but which brings us together.”
As well as local bands, the better known Static Dress, who are due to headline the O2 arena in January and who knew Jake personally, performed on the night.
Daniel Aboudy, a friend of Jake’s since nursery 25 years ago, told the JC that the atmosphere on the night was “electric”, with Jake’s “energy being felt strongly throughout the room by everyone”.
Friend Dominic Garfield, who met Jake two years ago when they were both active in combatting online antisemitism, said: “It was very special having Jake’s family there, who I think didn’t realise how influential Jake was for so many of us and how amazing Jake was at producing beats and riffs. He was known locally as ‘the riff lord’.
“There was a lot of love in that room, a lot of respect, and it was exactly how Jake would have wanted it — unapologetic and very heavy bass.”
The £3,000 raised will go towards musical initiatives at Kisharon Langdon. Director of marketing and communications for Kisharon Langdon, Sara Pollins, said: “The heavy metal community came together to honour Jake Marlowe’s memory, showcasing the profound impact he had through his musical endeavours. The event not only celebrated his life but also demonstrated the solidarity and generosity within the heavy metal music community.”