It’s Day 4 of Bath International Music Festival which continues until Sunday 29 May. The festival began with Bath’s Biggest Free night of music Party in the City. 40 venues, 2 new outdoor festival stages in Parade Gardens and Queen Square and schools, bands, choirs all performing and some CROWDSURFING at Komedia.
Take a look at the 2016 Festival so far in our Festival Gallery view gallery
FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016: 5.30PM UNTIL LATE! PARTY IN THE CITY IS BATH’S BIGGEST, FREE NIGHT OF MUSIC AND PERFORMANCEYour Guide to Bath’s Biggest FREE Party is here – click on the link below for the online version, or pick up a copy from Bath Box Office or any of the venues. Date for your diary: Friday 20 May!
Celebrating the opening night of the 10 day The Bath International Music Festival, featuring hundreds of performances for one night only — it’s Bath’s biggest FREE party! Friday May 20th from 5.30pm until late, the city will buzz with folk, rock, classical, jazz, acoustic, swing, and soul — all concerts and gigs are free! Last year, the biggest in the history of Party in The City, 48 venues opened their doors to over 2000 performers and 20,000 audience members.The whole evening lifts off with a parade through the streets by local children joined by members of Action on Hearing Loss — they will lead off from Southgate, arriving at the Abbey at 6pm for a special performance by over 100 school children directed by renowned beatboxer Shlomo.
New this year will be two live open-air stages with festival bars supplied by Honey’s Midford Cider, Electric Bear and The Nest, bringing both Queen Square and Parade Gardens to life with local food and drink stalls — forming our official ‘hubs’. Your favourite bars, clubs and venues across town will showcase performances until late; with everything from rock to opera, jazz to hip-hopera and remember to keep eyes open for the official Sofarsounds secret gig…
Party in the City is Bath’s biggest, free night of music and performance.
Every May, to mark the opening night of the 10 day The Bath International Music Festival, Party in the City celebrates the panoramic local music scene and vibrant cultural life that Bath and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Last year, the biggest in the history of Party in The City, 48 venues opened their doors to over 2000 performers and 20,000 audience members.
This year on 20th May 2016, we are coordinating an exciting programme of free events across the city of Bath, including fantastic street theatre, processions and dance that will bring the city centre alive with music and dancing and we are now taking performer applications.
We consider all applications that encompass performing and visual arts; from bands to bhangra and DJs to opera, if you have an innovative performance, spectacular collaboration or something completely different that you think could be in Party in the City, we would love to hear from you!
If you would like to submit a performer application form, please read the PitC information sheet and send a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December.
The 2015 Bath International Bath Music Festival opens on 15 May with Party in the City and continues until Sir Willard White’s festival finale on Tuesday 26 May. We very much hope you will join us at the Festival in its 67th year, bringing the very best of Classical, Jazz, World and Folk to Bath. Celebrated names playing the Festival in Bath in May include Festival Artist in Residence Steven Osborne, his three concerts during the Festival have been picked by BBC Music Magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 UK Unmissable Events’; we also welcome jazz legend Hugh Masekela and many more. Here’s an overview of the exciting line-up. General Booking opens Tuesday 24 March.
We are delighted to have attracted some of the world’s finest soloists and groups in 2015. Amongst them is FestivalArtist in Residence one of the great pianists of his generation Steven Osborne; vocal legend Willard White and world famous organist Thomas Trotter. Prizewinning ensembles such as The Cremona Quartet, the Dunedin Consort, early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico and a very special gig at Cleveland Pools, the UK’s only surviving Georgian lido, from Red Note Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensemble– a do not miss.
2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura Van Der Heijden performs with the European Union Chamber Orchestra; Schubert by Peter Manningand Renato Belsadonna, leading Harpsichord player and Bach authority John Butt, a series of exceptional lunchtime concerts and world class opera from Iford Arts.