The New Wave Of Classic Rock Facebook group have come up with a great way of promoting and supporting bands during the coronavirus lockdown.
They’ve announced Webfest, a fully-streamed online festival, which will take place on April 4 between 2pm and 10pm GMT. Organisers have so far secured 24 artists including headliners Dead Man's Whiskey, and have also drafted in comedian Pete K Mally for a live set.
Webfest are asking fans to support the event by buying a virtual cup of coffee. The money raised will be split evenly among the bands appearing.
Organisers say: “The New Wave Of Classic Rock Facebook group will be open to all comers on Saturday, April 4, as we present Webfest – a fully live-streamed event where you can bring your own beer and create your own watch parties.”
They add: “We want to pay all the bands properly for their work. If you were paying £12 to go to a gig with three bands and 100 people showed up, £1200 would go towards all costs and the bands would be lucky to turn a profit of £100 each. We will have 25 bands on the day, so our target is £2500.”
Some of the other artists set to appear include Matt Long And The Revenant Ones, Fallen Mafia, The Darker My Horizon, the Jack J Hutchinson Band, Trouble Country and Circus 66.