Hind hits the high notes
A Bermudian musician played back-to-back shows on the Fairmont Southampton rooftop last weekend.
Mike Hind said the maiden performances were “very, very cool” and added: “The vibe was just fantastic.”
The two-hour sets live-streamed on Saturday and Sunday nights included original compositions as well as cover songs, and covered a wide range of musical styles and time periods.
Mr Hind said the shows, complete with ukulele playing and singing, had gone “beautifully” and that the experience had been “lovely”.
He said Simon Boden, the area director of sales and marketing at the hotel, had offered him the chance to perform and he had jumped at it.
Mr Boden said that the idea for the project was as a way for the hotel to continue customer engagement.
He explained: “The hotel is known for regular entertainment.
“We just wanted to keep up connecting with the guests that would normally be there in person. We just thought it was a unique and innovative way.”
Mr Boden said that Mr Hind was a summertime entertainment fixture at The Dock at the Waterlot, in Southampton, and that a “few hundred” people had streamed his weekend performances.
He added that online feedback had been positive.
Mr Boden said: “There's all sorts of chatter in there about dreaming of Bermuda, and hoping to be back.”
He said that rooftop performances — the first for the hotel — could signal the start of the a new trend.
Mr Boden added: “Hopefully, maybe, there are some other opportunities.”
• Mike Hind's Saturday night performance can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y9wt69fs and the Sunday night show can be watched at https://tinyurl.com/y9j3nna9