It should come as no surprise that musicians and entertainers have been very hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. For many of them, performing is their only source of income, so when the hotels, restaurants and borders closed, their revenue streams dried up.
The Heineken Happy Hour was officially launched on 1 April, offering one-hour live performances every Wednesday and Friday from 5 to 6pm on the Cayman Compass Facebook page. Since it began, audiences locally and abroad have been treated to everything from steel pan to guitar and saxophone to DJ-mixed music.
Heineken pays $100 for each act, and fans can additionally tip performances through the website eventpro.ky/heineken-happy-hour. The initiative has proven to be a great success, with people tuning in from around the world. Nadine Soto Skelly in Chicago, Robert Harrold from Niagara Falls and Vanessa Place from Bermuda are just a few who have enjoyed the sounds of Cayman from afar.
At times like these, music unites the world more than ever. Through the magic of technology, the Heineken Happy Hour has brought people together.