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Castle Grounds To Deliver A Packed Programme Of Free Music
Sweet summer music will be the order of the day in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth when a group of budding young local performers kick off a great season of entertainment with the first in a fantastic line-up of concerts from the Tamworth Castle Grounds bandstand. Tamworth Borough Council's programme of Summer Bandstand Concerts begins on Saturday 1st July and then continues throughout the summer with a variety of bands, singers and clubs taking to the stage to delight audiences on weekends throughout the season.

Tamworth Jam
Tamworth Jam prepare for the first of the Summer Bandstand Concerts

This year's programme will be launched in style by talented Tamworth youngsters who have spent the past few months honing their skills as part of a free mentoring scheme with music industry experts, called Tamworth Jam. The youngsters, who are all aged 12 to 19, have been developing their song-writing, musicianship, performance and promotional skills in readiness for them to showcase their talents with a variety of live acoustic, rock and solo performances throughout the afternoon on Saturday 1st July. Tamworth Jam is part of the 'Music Outside' element of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces project funded by Arts Council England and Tamworth Borough Council to create and nurture new performers and audiences. Tamworth Jam is also being delivered in conjunction with Staffordshire's number one music charity, Make Some Noise.

Wilnecote St Johns Band
Wilnecote St Johns Band in previous action in the bandstand

Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre in Tamworth, all the concerts are free of charge. Performances take place at intervals between 12pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions) so audiences are invited to take along their picnic baskets and blankets to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: "The Summer Bandstand Concerts organised by our Arts & Events team provide the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment in beautiful surroundings. The Bandstand is an historic feature of the Castle Grounds and it's great to see it being brought to life with live music and performances. Whether you're taking a break from shopping, or enjoying a picnic with friends and family, we'd love to see you there enjoying the music on offer."

Tamworth Castle Grounds
The bandstand within Tamworth Castle Grounds

The full 2017 line-up is as follows:

Saturday July 1 Tamworth Jam
Sunday July 2 Wilnecote St John Band
Sunday July 9 Tamworth Wind Band
Saturday July 22 Amington Band
Sunday July 23 The Jays Vintage & Andy B Goode
Saturday July 29 Tamworth Voices
Sunday July 30 Claret
Saturday August 12 58 Blues Band
Saturday August 19 - Brindley-Hunt
Sunday August 20 Liquid Brass
Saturday September 2 Mr Wilson's Second Liners

The bandstand concerts are part of a full calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team. For the full 2017 line-up please visit online.
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Why? Free Music To Help While Away Those Summer Weekends
When: 1 July to 2 September 2017
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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