Today’s pre-Parade entertainment is confirmed

Are you looking forward to this afternoon?  Are you prepared for all the glorious shiny goodness that you’re going to feast your eyes upon?

We’re not just dishing up visual treats for you lucky, lucky people.  We’re also serving you some top-notch pre-Parade musical realness, to really make your day pop!

But who, what and where are the big questions.  Read on, my friends, read on.

The delightful Southville Strings will be playing at the junction of North St/Raleigh Road from 430pm.  This wonderful group plays every Monday at the Hen & Chicken 7-8pm and always welcome new violin players.  Interested?  Just drop Vivienne Baker an email viviennefbaker@gmail.com 

Get down to the Roundabout by North Street Green and Luckwell Road at 5pm to get a load of Campbell’s One Man Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. If you want to find out more about Simon Campbell, check out the website  or drop a line at  info@thequarterturns.com

Shimmy on down to the The African Sambistas(@AfricanSambista), who’ll be turning heads outside the Old Bookshop from 5pm

Why not sample some of the creative work by  Amy from the Woods?  She’ll be outside the Steam Crane from 5pm.

And last, but not least, George Hickey (@georgehickeymusic, @abristolbard) is playing outside Hunters Estate Agents opposite HSBC on Junction of Cannon Street and West Street from 5pm.

So choose your spot wisely, and get on down for some splendid music while you wait for the fun to start.

See you very, very soon!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

It’s showtime! And here’s what you need to know about the reschedule

You might have seen that the road closure boards are going up again around the route – the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is on!

The big day is Saturday 19th January 2019, and it will be exactly as you expect with 1 small, teeny-tiny difference: we’re changing the start time of the event.

We’re pushing back the whole thing by 1 hour.

Why are you doing that?

Good question.  The reason for the later start is because we’ve passed mid-winter already, so the evenings are getting lighter, and we want to make sure all the amazing lanterns look their absolute best.

So what are the new times for the Parade?

Road closures will start at 4pm, with the on-street entertainment starting at about 5pm.

The Parade itself will start at 530pm, following the usual route, and the fireworks will be set off at about 7pm.

You can read the full updated event information when you have a moment, but in the meantime make sure you’ve changed the time in your phone, diary or on you wall calendar.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

2018 musical treats to delight your ears

What’s the perfect accompaniment to a dazzling visual feast?  Music!  And we’ve got a host of musical treats to delight your ears again this year.  Just take a look at who’s going to be entertaining on Saturday 8th December and get ready to be super-excited!

 The Ambling Band 

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

The Ambling Band is based in Bristol and plays 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

Ravens Marching Band 

With its roots dating back to 1979 the Ravens Marching Band currently has about 30 members with ages ranging from 6 upwards.  The band’s three sections – percussion, mallets/chimes and  brass  come together to play a variety of tunes such as; Anchors Aweigh, the Entertainer, Star Wars, Swinging Safari and the British Grenadiers. These firm Parade favourites bring real music exuberance to the  event each time they play.  

The Brass Disciples

Having wowed Parade fans at the project launch gig in September, the Brass Disciples are now making their “walking with the Parade” debut.  Having already had a cracking year with gigs at Bristol Pride Day, Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol Volksfest and Bath Carnival, not to mention lots of local community events such as the the Southbank Arts Trail. Their impressive repertoire continues to grow as they look forward to many more exciting gigs over the coming months.

And that’s just the during the Parade itself!  We’ve got some absolute corkers entertaining you all before it all kicks off.

Bedminster event favourite, the African Sambistas  will be entertaining the crowds waiting on the Parade route from 4pm onwards, with other marvellous music makers, including the Southville Strings and St Paul’s Wassailers.

Make sure you get to the Parade in good time, so you can get your shimmy on!

See you in just under two weeks!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

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

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.

Corky

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.