Musical lineup for the 2017 Lantern Parade announced

You lucky, lucky people!  Not only are you going to get to enjoy the musical treats of Bristol Samba, the Ambling Band and Ravens during the Parade, you will be able to feast your ears on a selection of fantastic musicians before the Parade even starts!  Starting at 4pm and finishing when the Parade rolls their way, a Smörgåsbord of musical talent will be entertaining you from various points around the route.

Have a quick look below for the wheres and whens, and click or scroll down to find out a bit more about each artist!

Outside the Tobacco Factory
4-430pm Cécile

Luckwell Road Roundabout
410-430pm Brass Disciples

Outside Old Bookshop
4-430pm African Sambistas
430-450pm Corky

Outside North Street Standard
4-450pm DBS Students

Outside Hunters
4-430pm Salvation Army Band
430-5pm Nick and the Wassailers

Now you know the timetable, find out a bit more about the Musicians of #bwlp2017!

African Sambistas

The African Sambistas are a Bristol based samba performance group who combine dance and drumming to bring energy to any event they play. Crowds love getting down to African Sambistas, who perform at festivals, parties and even weddings!

Ambling Band

“brass and pink collide to create a rich cacophony of sights and sounds”

The Ambling Band is based in Bristol and play in the south west of England and on the continent. They have been terrorising people on the street for the past 34 years, bringing joy and tears to those who watch and hear them!!

Bristol Samba

Bristol Samba is a community band of drummers and dancers playing energetic Brazilian-based music for celebrating and dancing. The samba band and dancers perform at festivals, parties and events throughout the year, raising the roof and creating a vibrant atmosphere.  Bristol Samba promotes, supports and develops percussion-based music and related carnival arts, particularly in our local community. The band has been performing for over twenty-five years, since its formation under the name Bristol School of Samba.

Brass Disciples

Make sure you check out the Brass Disciples, a 15+ strong community street band based in Bristol, playing a lively mix of well-known tunes in the style of the great New Orleans brass bands. With an inspiring array of instruments – the band boasts 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 alto saxes, 3 tenor saxes, 3 baritone saxes, tuba and drums – the Brass Disciples give you no option but to boogie.


Cécile is a singer-songwriter based in Bristol, UK. Her debut EP Ten Past Twelve was released in 2015 and is the fruit of collaboration with musician/producer Jack Cookson.  Cécile sings in both French and English with a voice that silences rooms, accompanying herself with gentle nylon string guitar arrangements, resulting in a harmonious and emotive texture similar to the likes of Kate Rusby and Leonard Cohen. She has recently toured East France and has been performing in the UK throughout the year, both headline and support.


Possibly the world’s best Scrumpy &Western acoustic rapper is furthering the cause of agricultural hip-hop and dropping knowledge on the Parade-goers this year.  It doesn’t matter if you are from the streets of the South West, or you just love the stylings, Corky’s  Ginster’s Paradise and (Dairy Farming) is Harder Than You Think, will swell your heart and have you drinking up thy cider in moments,

Salvation Army Band

Active in the community of Bedminster for over 130 years, no Lantern Parade would be complete without their vital addition to the event.

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