Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mid-Summer Music

Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest is based on the popular Fete de la Musique which was started in France in 1982 and has now spread throughout Europe and beyond. In the spirit of the Fete de la Musique, the Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest is a celebration of live music and provides a platform that allows amateur and professional performers from the many cultures within our community to perform in the community, for its members, for free.
The music is for free, for fun, for everyone.
Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest returns for its 6th annual weekend festival of diverse styles of FREE live music on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June 2008!

Saturday 28 June: shoppers in Ilford High Road can delight in acoustic performances from Ilford-based teen band Tiberium, the young girls of Woodford Folk Group, the 25-member Eastbury Concert Band, swing singer Bernice, as well as jazz and blues musicians and singer-songwriters. The entertainment runs from 11am to 5pm in Ilford High Road pedestrian area, close to the old Harrison Gibson store. Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, young musicians will be treating visitors to Ilford Library to a feast of classical and other styles, ranging from a string quartet, a recorder group, then through a variety of soloists, duets, trios and more.

Sunday 29 June: the festival moves to its regular venue outside the Valentines Park Cafe, near the boating lake, where another fantastic collection of performers will share their considerable talents 'for free, for fun, for everyone' catering for a wide range of musical tastes and interests. A continuous programme of 15 different acts include: rock and soul classics from Blue Hearts, folk, jazz and film music from Ten String Fever, young rock bands It Ends Tonight, Tiberium, and Blue Faze Fuse Upstreet Morris dancers, an acoustic set from Mike McKeon of Blues band Dr Blue, African drumming and dance from Iroko Theatre Company, cool funky jazz from Groove Therapy, singer-songwriter Lizzie B, blues & bottleneck guitar from Brett Housego, folk violin from Max Reid and Latin jazz from Asymmetry. Sunday's performances run from 11am to 7.00pm so bring your picnic or enjoy a meal in the cafe.

The weekend is organised by volunteers from Redbridge Green Fair Association who are eternally grateful to all the musicians who play at no charge in our annual celebration of live music. We are always happy to hear from other musicians of all ages and musical styles who would like to get involved this year or in future.

You can contact Programme organiser Steve Collins on 07917 050490 for further information.

The many musical treats on offer will include soloists, groups and ensembles of all ages and they will be performing everything from classical through jazz, folk and African drumming, to rock, Asian, indie, thrash metal and blues.
With various venues and many performers available, there will be something for everyone.

All of the music is free.
Pictures from last years event
KicksLondon TamilsNicola ParsonsPK on the street Tiberium


  1. Great news - once again this comes at the same time as my great friends "The American Ambassodors of Music" visit our shores.
    These bands - 17 this year - simply like to spread their music and perform in up to seven countries in Europe on these tours.
    B21 - if you receive any enquiries re contacting me - please advance them through the usual email - no publishing please that drags in junk mail - I can arrange visits if groups or individuals like.
    Mid-Summer Redbridge is simply a GREAT few hours thanks to the organisers.

  2. Its thoroughly humorous to see the tiberium picture at the bottom of the page.

    That was one of, if not the most, enjoyable gigs I played while we were together (im the singer/guitarist).

    It will always be a pleasure to remember the sight of so many people of different tastes and extremely different ages (a considerable amount of people in their 50's and above) flashing the 'metal horns' and jumping up and down along to the intro of one of our songs.