Weymouth Gimme Shelter live music event with Pronghorn


He is back! One of Weymouth’s most popular live music events will be held for the first time in YEARS – and there are some festive surprises in store.

This Saturday will see the long-awaited return of the Gimme Shelter homeless fundraiser, which will be held at the Belvedere Inn on High West Street from 1pm to late.

The day and night party will be hosted by legendary rockers Pronghorn – aka the “cow-punk kings” – organized in partnership with The Veterans Hub charity.

The inimitable Pronghorn Picture: Jim Godden

The seventh Gimme Shelter event that will take place will see popular bands such as Bring Me The Pistols; Surf on the Psychadelephant; Laura Jenkins; Casual; Meat sweats; The Dark Descendants and Cosmic Jellyfish are entertained on two stages.

There will even be a unique chance to purchase artwork from renowned street artists for just £ 1. A charity raffle is organized, featuring amazing prizes donated by individuals and businesses in the community.

Four artists donated their works for a raffle: these are ex-pat Fanakapan from Weymouth – whose mind-boggling hyperrealistic works have been commissioned around the world; guerrilla artist ‘artistic gangster’ Nathan Bowen; BOD local “street disturbing and mischief maker” and Anonymouse – which creates original contemporary art, but is “not everyone’s cup of tea”.

Dorset Echo: Illustration by FanakapanFanakapan artwork

An assortment of stalls, including makeup, will also be on hand to help revelers get in the party spirit. Some of the acts are to be hosted in the Pirate Dungeon – an old bowling alley reworked to look like a pirate ship.

Gimme Shelter is the brainchild of local musicians Martin Saint and Paul Sharod, who have raised thousands of homeless people since they started the series of pub nights and outdoor festivals in 2016.

Money raised from Saturday’s event will go to The Lantern, Dorset First Point and local soup kitchens.

The Belvedere will also have a collection point for donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags and food bank items, with participants encouraged on Saturday to bring any excess items they may have.

Entrance costs £ 6 and Art Raffle tickets cost £ 1. There will be homemade burgers from The Veterans Hub on sale, with the proceeds being distributed among charities.

To find out more visit gimmeshelterfestival.co.uk or www.facebook.com/gimmeshelterfestival.co.uk – you can also donate to fundraising online at gofund.me/1654c909