First Big Bandstand kicks off swinging summer of FREE live shows

An exciting new event in Watford Borough Council’s Big Events programme, Big Bandstand, a bonanza of free live music shows in Cassiobury Park has now begun.

Published: Tuesday, 30th May 2017

It kicked off on Sunday with Music in the Park – a fundraiser for Peace Hospice Care and the Renal Unit at Watford General Hospital. On Sunday this week, Christians Across Watford will perform at the bandstand from 2-4pm. The Voyageurs Ambassadors of Music USA is sending a group all the way from Oklahoma to perform on Friday 9 June, 12.30-2pm. And on Sunday 11 June, Watford Brass Band will perform from 2-4pm, followed by Voyageurs from Nebraska from 4.30-6.30pm.

Watford’s bandstand – shortlisted for the 2017 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards' Best Parks Restoration/Development Project – will host a different band from 2-4pm every Sunday until late September. There’ll be a variety of weekday performances too: Why not soak up the music and the sunshine during your lunch break? View the full programme.

Bands from 15 different American states will perform for us, courtesy of The Voyageurs Ambassadors of Music USA, and we’ll be marking the summer solstice on Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm, with Make Music Day UK, where Ska and mod covers band ‘The Iconics’ will play. And that’s not all! Our popular Big JiveSwing Festival will return to the bandstand between 1-6pm on Sunday 30 July for a fantastic music and dance extravaganza.

Big Bandstand 2017

Music in the Park – the first Big Bandstand event of the summer – drew in the crowds with a Michael Jackson tribute act and swinging 60s band, ‘After Midnite Duo’. Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services at Watford Borough Council, who attended the event with his family, said: “It was great to see so many people at our Big Bandstand for this fantastic fundraising event. And with lots of great performances to follow, this is going to be a wonderful summer for Cassiobury Park.”

The renovation and return of Watford’s bandstand to its original home in Cassiobury Park was completed last year as part of a £6.6m restoration of the historic beauty spot. The historic performance space – which first opened in 1912 – has been repainted in the resplendent colours of the Capel family, who once owned the Cassiobury estate. The restoration of the park has been funded by Watford Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds.

Andy Grover dances with his daughter Alex at the first free live show of the Big Bandstand season.

Andy Grover dances with his daughter Alex at the first free live show of the Big Bandstand season.


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