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Get down to castle grounds and soak up free bandstand shows
As the English summer gradually starts to slow down, what better way to bow out on a high note than to get yourself down to Tamworth Castle Grounds in Staffordshire for some end of season musical entertainment. The programme of free bandstand concerts in the picturesque lawned grounds of the medieval castle is reluctantly drawing to a close after delighting audiences throughout the summer. But there is still an opportunity for music lovers to get into some summertime vibes with a wonderful collection of splendid sounds, including country, folk, rock and jazz tunes, followed by a classic blues band and a brass band, within the Castle Grounds bandstand before the free programme concludes for the season.
58's Blues Band play in the Castle Grounds Bandstand on August 17
Tamworth audiences can enjoy relaxing in the park to the sounds of a MacMillan concert on Saturday 10 August, followed by the last two bands of this year's programme - The 58 Blues Band on Saturday 17 August and Amington Band on Saturday 31 August. People are being urged to go and support a special concert in aid of the MacMillan charity, organised by Phil England of Tamworth Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Roots band, on August 10 from 12pm-3pm. Music will be performed by local musicians Tickety Boo, a four- piece band playing a mix of country, folk, rock and popular music; and The Forties 3, a trio playing jazz tunes of the 1920s -1940s. They will be followed a week later, on August 17, by 58 Blues Band who play their versions of classic blues tracks in their own spontaneous way. Inspired by artists from both past and present. It will then be left to Amington Band to bring this year's programme of Summer Bandstand Concerts to a close with their variety of popular and traditional brass band music on August 31.
Amington Band bring down the curtain on the free concerts on Saturday 31 August
Organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team, the annual bandstand concerts tradition has seen the historic stage coming to life throughout the season with music and entertainment for all tastes. Sponsored by the neighbouring Ankerside Shopping Centre, all the concerts are free of charge, so all people have to bring are their picnic baskets and blankets to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 1pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions). Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "It's great to see Bandstand Concerts continuing to go from strength to strength. Everyone is invited to enjoy a lovely afternoon of entertainment in the stunning Castle Grounds. Don't miss the last bandstand performances for this summer, including a special concert in aid of MacMillan."
The view of the bandstand from Tamworth Castle's ramparts