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Coronavirus Kent: Gillingham singer Holly Bannis continues to perform via Instagram Live

A singer has been entertaining people from her home to theirs after pubs closed their doors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Holly Bannis, from Gillingham, didn't let the pandemic stop her Friday night gig, as she performed live to over 200 viewers on the picture sharing app.

Holly Bannis performing live on Instagram on Friday, March 20. Video: @hollybannis

The 29-year-old, performed a mixture of songs from genres such as Motown, soul, and pop.

Holly said: "I've been performing my whole life, and obviously due to recent circumstances my gigs have been cancelled.

"But I didn't want to let down my fans and I needed to perform, it's what I do.

"So I set up the speakers, microphone and lights at home just like I would at a gig and began singing!"

Gillingham singer Holly Bannis performed live via Instagram on Friday night
Gillingham singer Holly Bannis performed live via Instagram on Friday night

The singer performed two 45 minuet sets from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

Her friend, Liza Thompson, chief executive of SATEDA, a domestic abuse support charity said: "I've known Holly since she was 11-years-old, she's my little sister's best friend and she's always been a great singer.

"Holly just wanted to try and bring something nice out of all the pubs, clubs and restaurants closing.

"She had a word with her neighbours and set everything up, I'm sure she'll be doing it again."

Holly has performed all across the South East and hopes to continue throughout the coronavirus isolation.

Gillingham singer, Holly Bannis performed live via Instagram on Friday night
Gillingham singer, Holly Bannis performed live via Instagram on Friday night

She said: "It made me feel really good.

"Everyone is really down, so it was nice to do something normal."

Holly can be found on Instagram at @hollybannis where she performs her own music and classic's like Killing Me Softly by Fugees.

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