THOUSANDS have been raised via a week of live music in aid of the victims of the war in Ukraine.

A collective of some of the city's most well-loved and highly regarded musicians drew Southampton Plays For Ukraine to a close with a spectacular set at The 1865 on Sunday.

The AllStars were joined on stage by the mayor of Southampton Cllr Alex Houghton for a singalong finale rendition of Hey Jude by The Beatles alongside former mayor Linda Norris.

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It was the culmination of a fantastic week of free live music fundraising anywhere and everywhere in and around the city including The Alexandra Hotel, The London Hotel, Mettricks, The Pig and Whistle and Overdraft.

Iconic 80s act Tokyo Joe reformed for a special one-off gig for the cause and The Platform Tavern was one of the top fundraisers with an entire weekend dedicated to Ukraine fundraising. 

The Daily Echo has been raising cash for our There With Ukraine appeal - see

Even non-musical folk got involved with a magician collecting money as he performed tricks and St Denys Boat Club laying on an art competition for children.

Money from all the collection buckets is yet to be counted, but organisers hope they are close to reaching their £10,000 target. 

Funds from a number of Covid postponed performances, including The En Masse Collective at The Concorde Club which will now take place on Sunday (April 10), will be added to the total. 

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Organiser Martin Perry, who himself performed several times and turned troubadour for a £1,000 city workplace gig, told the Daily Echo: "I'm so impressed with how many people just threw everything at this.

"So many people have been brilliantly creative. This was all about a community really coming together.

"I don't know of a festival that's ever been put together in this way. But needs must. We managed to put on a huge festival in just three weeks. Southampton did it. We built a lot of bridges and did a lot of good this week."

Once counted, the final total will be added to Southampton Polish Club's efforts to support the people of war-torn Ukraine.


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