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Spalding charity launches online music festival for lockdown

A Spalding based health and wellbeing charity has organised a month of online festivals to support those who are struggling during lockdown.

Tonic Health, which is based on Westlode Street, has launched the Tonic Health Music Festival which is a purely virtual experience.

The event will be running on Friday nights, starting on January 22, for four weeks where musicians will be performing live.

Irish musician Aaron Berry will perform at the Tonic Health Music Festival (43942424)
Irish musician Aaron Berry will perform at the Tonic Health Music Festival (43942424)

Kenny Wood, of Tonic Health, said: "The idea of the festival is to raise awareness of mental health and loneliness, particularly during lockdown.

"For so many people music is an escape, so they can jump on to Facebook where we will be streaming the performance live and use that time to help them forget about what's going in the world at the moment.

"As there is a chat feature within a Facebook live, people can talk together in the comments section even though they are separated."

The first festival, which takes place next Friday, will run from 8pm to 8:45pm and will feature a performance of live music from musician Aaron Berry, who will be playing at home in Wexford in Ireland.

Kenny said: "Aaron has been gigging all around Ireland for a long time, around 20 years, and is influenced by Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Kings of Leon, so he will certainly help to lift our spirits.

"It's also important to remember that it's not just us in the UK who are going through this.

"Having Aaron perform from over in Ireland he can also give us an insight into how his community have coped during this period and highlight we are not alone."

The festivals can be viewed through a Facebook live which will broadcast on the night.

The live broadcasts are available to watch across the world and are completely free.

Kenny says that the charity is also hoping to move forward with future performances if the first four weeks are a success.

He said: "We are trialling this for the next four weeks with a view to really pushing it further in the future. If anyone would like to get involved in performing, please do get in touch."

To find out more about the festival, visit Tonic-health Spalding on Facebook, and to contact Kenny please email kenny@tonic-health.co.uk

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