Coronavirus: gigs in Dorset go digital

Coronavirus: gigs in Dorset go digital

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 22nd March 2020.

A local musician's taken his gigs online to help people who are stuck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dorset Musician Ben Waters set up Lockdown Live, a nightly music and chat show to help people on lockdown that go to live gigs.

The shows run every night between 8pm and 9pm as an alternative to going out to a pub or bar for live music.

Ben said:

"I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself, and I thought to myself 'Hang on it's not ust me that's like this, I'm being really selfish.'

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"I suddenly realised and I got speaking to all my musician friends and all of them have lost all their gigs and everybody's in the same boat.

"I just suddenly thought 'well, hang on, we need to do something because nobody can make a living anywhere."

The show has been a real hit, pulling in audiences from across the world.

Ben said:

"It's not just for the musicians, its all the people in lockdown you know.

"They're really bored and stuff but this way we stay in touch and during the show they text us, email us, tell jokes, ask for requests.

"Last night we had people from India calling, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand. It really does put us all in touch."

All the proceeds from the shows go towards supporting musicians and technicians.

Each show costs £2 per view. You can find out more from Ben's website.