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Get into the spirit of summer with free live music
It almost goes together with summer as strawberries do with cream. With the calendar having clicked into June and with summer just around the corner, Tamworth Borough Council's programme of Summer Bandstand Concerts begins on Sunday 10 June with the first of a fantastic new line-up of bands to entertain visitors. The 2018 programme of concerts will see a variety of bands, singers and clubs taking to the bandstand within Tamworth Castle Grounds to delight audiences on weekends throughout the season. This year's programme will be launched with a bandstand favourite, Andy Smith, who will perform an afternoon of blues, contemporary and foot tapping golden oldies between 1pm and 3pm this Sunday.

Andy Smith
Andy Smith kicks off this year's Summer Bandstand Concerts

This year's bumper programme of Summer Bandstand Concerts comes under the Music Outside element of Arts in Unusual Spaces - a project which is funded by Arts Council England and Tamworth Borough Council to create and nurture new performers and audiences. Thanks to sponsorship by Ankerside Shopping Centre in Tamworth, all the concerts are free of charge, so music fans are urged to bring their picnic baskets and blankets down to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances generally take place at intervals between 1pm and 4pm, subject to weather conditions.

Amington Band
Amington Band in action last year

Councillor John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services at Tamworth Borough Council, 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." The bandstand concerts are part of a great calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team. For the full 2018 line-up please visit

Tamworth Castle Grounds
See live bands in Tamworth Castle Grounds throughout the summer

The full 2018 line-up is as follows:
Sunday June 10 - Andy Smith
Saturday June 16 - Tamworth Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Roots
Saturday June 30 - Tamworth Musical Theatre Company
Sunday July 1 - Make Some Noise & Friends
Saturday July 7 - Amington Band
Sunday July 8 - Tamworth Wind Band
Saturday July 21 - Tamworth Voices
Saturday August 4 - Liquid Brass
Saturday August 11 - Tamworth Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Roots
Saturday August 18 - 58s Blues Band
  • Saturday August 25 - Bryan Brindley & Friends
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    Why? A feast of live music through the summer at castle grounds
    When: 10 June to 25 August
    Phone: 01827 709618
    Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
    Cost: Free
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