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 

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

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

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