Weymouth's first Virtual Quayfest raises over £13,000

Weymouth's first Virtual Quayfest raises over £13,000

Published by George Sharpe at 5:42pm 14th April 2020. (Updated at 7:11am 15th April 2020)

This year's Quaside Music Festival raised more that £13,000 for the NHS.

The event still went ahead on Sunday despite fears it might not run due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival was run online for the first time ever, instead of holding it at the traditional Rendezvous and Royal Oak venue.

Over 20 musicians performed over the course of 12 hours and raised £13,200 for Dorset County Hospital.

Virtual Quayfest

Acts included The Voice 2018 finalist Lauren Bannon, The Leggomen, Powelly, The Chase and many more.

The online festival was sponsored by Medisave, a local medical supplies company, as well as other local businesses who volunteered their services.

Keith Treggiden, General Manager of Rendezvous & Royal Oak said:

"I really think that kind of money can do so much to help our NHS - from PPE, to providing some hot meals, we want to show the amazing people at our local hospital that we are 100% behind them and will be forever grateful for what they have done for us throughout the coronavirus crisis.

"I am so touched by the generosity of everyone who tuned in to watch. 

"It was really humbling experience putting on the Virtual Quayfest.

"Seeing everyone pull together to make it happen and to make it a success, was just incredible.

"It is a testament to the Quayside Festival and how much it means to our community that we managed to pull it off."