Hundreds of pounds was raised for a mental health charity through a local music gig in the county.

Taking place on Saturday, May 21 at the Wycombe Arts Centre, around £300 was donated towards to Mind, with there being more than 20 people attending the event on the day through on-the-door sales.

The show featured Neil Brown, who founded the festival, and George Jack as cohosts, Soraya Ray and George Jack as musicians, 4 comedians, the Dhol Collective, DJ Seb K and some impromptu poetry.

The idea of the event was conceived in April 2020 during the first lockdown, when Brown encouraged local musicians to share their talent in online gigs and shows to spread cheers across Wycombe and beyond.

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The co-founder, who himself has battled issues that resulted in his sectioning under the Mental Health Act a few years ago, said: “We had a good attendance for the first gig 20+ tickets sold online and 12 on the door

“The performers all did an excellent job, we had people up dancing and also the evening was very mental health themed

“We managed to raise £290 for the charity.

More events will take place throughout the year

More events will take place throughout the year

He also confirmed that the Wycombe Arts Centre will host gigs on the fourth Friday of every month for the rest of the year.

Soraya Ray in action

Soraya Ray in action

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They will take place on the following dates:

• Friday, June 24

• Friday, July 24

• Friday, August 26

• Friday, September 30 (September 23 is already booked out for another event)

• Friday, October 28

• Friday, November 25

• Friday, December 22

To be part of one of the gigs, email Neil on or visit