Free Live Music at the Bandstand
The Bandstand in Battersea Park hosted a range of live socially distanced performances from July to September as part of the Love Parks Wandsworth Campaign 2020. The Wandsworth Summer Sessions hosted performances over five consecutive Sundays and The Bandstand Chamber Festival brought four classical chamber music performances to the Bandstand. On Saturday 12 September we celebrated the end of Wandsworth council’s Love Parks campaign. The Bandstand Chamber Festival, Cllr Steffi Sutters and The Mayor of Wandsworth closed the programme along with a performance by the Hill Quartet.
We would like to thank everyone who supported and participated and all the companies and performers who took part.
On Saturday 15 June 2019 Battersea Park saw the return of Free Live Music at the Bandstand! Throughout the day, six amazing bands played to the audience in the heart of the park, bringing The Victorian Bandstand back to life on this very special day. Thank you to all of the performers on the day, each band were a massive hit with the audience and were loved by all!
The line up
We’re King Cassady, an up-and-coming, bartab-running, come-rain-or-come-sunning trio bringing you our own blend of Furious Flamenco, Jumpin’ Gypsy Jazz and Boppin’ Beats.
Trio Manouche are probably the UK’s best-loved gypsy swing ensemble, playing music it’s impossible not to love with infectious energy, virtuosity and joy. They are residents at many of London’s top live music venues and have performed for some of the world’s most glamorous private parties and events. Celebrities, reviewers, industry press and private clients have lined up to shower them with praise, with Sting, Rory Bremner, KT Tunstall and the late great Jack Massarik numbering among their fans.
Tarantola: soulful Italian gipsy-music mixed with lively rock undertones, straight from the heel of Italy. Tarantula always delivers an exotic and groovy set, mixing live music with circus performance.
DJ Chris Tofu
Established in 1995 DJ Chris Tofu has become a pioneer of Vintage Remix and the UK Festival scene, sharing his obsession with all things remixed and raucous with jumping crowds across the globe! From Glastonbury to Istanbul this musical maverick is constantly exploring, discovering and creating new sounds and new experiences, mixing up the formula for good vibe pie!
Full Tilt Collective
Brass heavy 11 piece party starters Full Tilt burst onto the scene in September 2016 and have since been taking their unique blend of funk, reggae, soul, rock, hip hop and ska to venues across London. The band have made a name for themselves playing at the likes of Hootananny Brixton, Rich Mix, Archspace, The Fox and Firkin and The Magic Garden as well as festivals like Sunrise Celebration, Hogsozzle and Isle of Wight.
Faith i Branko
The duo met in Branko’s Romani village in 2009, and – with music as their only tool for communication – began a journey that would lead to their marriage, their last album ‘Gypsy Lover’ being placed in the top 10 World Music Charts, a successful international touring schedule and a soon to be released documentary.
Hailing from the streets of London and raised by its punk-jazz underbelly, Dat Brass are a high octane, ten-piece brass outfit who have been kicking off parties and festivals across the UK.With an anthemic blend of horns, lyrical verse, pounding percussion and razor sharp scratch sounds, Dat Brass have single handedly changed the face of big band music as we know it.
Live at the Bandstand 2018
Thank you to everyone who came along to Live at the Bandstand 2018 for an afternoon of toe-tapping tunes from London’s best big brass and Latin Afrobeat bands. There was delicious street food, well stocked bars, FREE children’s activities and face painting.
Live at the Bandstand is managed and delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture on behalf of Wandsworth Council.
Full music programme:
Dust off your cowboy boots and grab your dance partner; Wandsworth Council’s ‘Live at the Bandstand’ is back! Head on down to Battersea Park for a country and western hoedown – dancing, drinks in the sunshine, hay bales, and cowboy hats – Yeehaww! Entry is FREE, so bring your friends, family, kids and the dogs!
Live at the Bandstand are very happy to welcome back Battersea’s own The Lavender Hillbillies, as well as newcomers The Bara Bara Band from Tooting. We are also very excited to have one of London’s foremost festival bands Cut A Shine join us, as they dart from festival to festival raising a dust bowl of dance wherever they go. Also gracing the stage will be Wandsworth’s own James Meakin playing country covers with a London twang, and Camden Town’s Dana Immanuel and her all-girl Stolen Band who promise to get your feet stomping. Keeping the mood going all day we have DJ Joe Buirski of Cut A Shine on the decks.
Sambrooks’ Brewery will be bringing a well-stocked bar with beer, Pimms, and soft drinks to keep the afternoon flowing. There will also be a cocktail bar provided by a London favourite Honest Folk. There will be a range of food stalls including meat cooked in a locomotive engine from Smokoloko, Live at the Bandstand returners Pizza In Giro, Caribbean from Sensational Flavas, and Mexican burritos from El Gringo, as well as some sweet treats and coffee.
Activities to keep the kids busy include some small funfair rides for children from Drakes funfair (often spotted in many a Wandsworth park), and free western-inspired workshops in the workshop tent. The Friends of Battersea Park will also have their stall at the event providing information on membership, the park, and how you can get involved.
Facebook & Twitter: @Wandseventsteam #bandstandlive
Pay and display parking is available in Battersea Park.
Public transport: Sloane Square Underground Station, Battersea Park Station, Queenstown Road Station, Buses 19, 49, 137, 170, 319, 344, 345, 452.
Sponsor the event
We are looking at ways of developing and evolving Live at the Bandstand. If you are interested in sponsoring this event in 2018, please get in touch with the Events Team:
Telephone: 020 3959 0015