Head Up, which consisted of five shows ranging from hip hop and acoustic sets to rock and metal, played at a number of Tunbridge Wells’ venues on Saturday, including The Forum, The Sussex Arms, The George and the newly opened Shuffle House, formerly Jean’s Kitchen on Saint John’s Road.
Initially set up to honour the memory of local musician, Jonny Smallwood, who took his life five years ago, the event was planned to raise awareness of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, addiction and suicide.
The £1,275 raised from Saturday’s event is to go to mental health charities West Kent Mind and Sane.
Event organiser Matt Lucas said: “It was inspiring to see so many people donate their time, effort and most importantly money for this great cause.
“So many people who haven’t seen each other for a long time came together through music in the name of improving mental health, for themselves and others. I think a lot of people were reminded how much of a great healer music can be and that they aren’t alone.”
Plans are underway for a follow-up event.