CROWDS gathered at a popular Southampton pub to raise cash for the homeless.

A three day music festival was the brainchild of managers at The Flying Dutchman - and saw a total of 22 bands take to the stage in aid of Southampton charities. Money raised from the event will go towards Society of St James and Southampton City Mission - who provide accommodation and support for the city's homeless.

Organiser Matt Ferris said he was inspired to put on the event after seeing people sleeping in doorways on Above Bar.

He said: "We have had a really positive response.

"I was walking past lots of homeless people but realised I was ignoring them. I thought if I am then other people are probably ignoring them too. "I thought I would do something to make a difference in the area. People usually fundraise for the big charities but I wanted to do something closer to home.

"Something actively needs to be done about it. People need to be doing things instead of just talking about it."

The event - Live Food Aid 2019 - included performances from Empty Frets, SHB, Nathalia Breschnik, Feathers, Wood'n'String and The Mighty Undergroundhogs.

There was also beer and whisky tasting - as well as food and drink.