Party in the City

Date
18-05-2018
Time
6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
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This year, The Bath Festival has broken from tradition by programming Party in the City on the second Friday of the festival period. Party in the City is an almighty celebration of FREE entertainment in central Bath and, this year, it will take place on Friday 18 May from 5.30pm. The streets, parks and venues in the city will be filled with sound of music so if you like acoustic, jazz, classical, choral, folk, world, indie or pop music come along! The evening starts with the Schools Commission in Bath Abbey where children will become ‘festival spirits’, celebrating Bath Festivals’ 70th anniversary through song, stories and visual arts. After dark, Queen Square, Parade Gardens and Brunel Square will be alive with music, local food and drink. Indoor events will take place in 34 venues, with 2,000+ performers and, historically, the evening has attracted more than 20,000 people to the city. Party in the City has something for every musical taste so put the date in your diary.

ALL PARK AND RIDES OPEN last bus 10.30PM

View the full programme listings here

 

Outdoor highlights

Queen Square will showcase live music from 5.30pm onwards. This year’s bands include

Flowerpot, an energetic all female 4-piece, infusing intricate drum beats, catchy slashing guitar riffs, thumping heavy bass lines and powerful melodic vocals to produce an exciting unique new sound in the world of rock; and The Red Bandits, a funky, fun-loving, all singing, all strumming, Ukulele orchestra. Expect to hear reinterpretations of the very best of songs of all time. Beautiful harmonies and toe-tapping rhythms that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Southgate will see the likes of Isobel Holly perform in a vocal sensation that promises to pull on the heart-strings; and Giovanni L’Immigrato, a rambunctious bunch of fun-loving indie-folk musicians that’ll have heads nodding and toe taping with their uplifting blend of indie-folk and contemporary songwriting.

The Bug Club, will perform in Parade Gardens. They who combine blues, rock and pop along with psychedelics influences, along with The Blues Others who pay homage to the well-known film by faithfully reproducing all-time classics such as Everybody Needs Somebody, Soul Man, Gimme’ Some Lovin’, Shake a Tail Feather and Rawhide.

Venue highlight

Komedia will host seven events throughout the evening. Highlights include the Bath Spa Big Band Society who’ll play all time classics with an eclectic mix of old school ballads and hard funk blow outs; and Lula Redd will perform her gothic, surreal indie/pop in a mix of theatrical escapism which pays homage to her biggest influences – Depeche Mode, Placebo, Kate Bush, The Cure and A Perfect Circle.

The Abbey will showcase a number of performances, starting with the school’s commission. The magic of the festival has transformed children from St Andrews, Bathwick St. Mary’s and St. Stephen’s Primary School into ‘Festival Spirits’. See the children mischievously disrupt and take over a traditional song recital. They join soprano Elizabeth Karani, composer Richard Barnard, artist Edwina Bridgeman.

Saint Loe will perform at Bath Brew House. Imagine yourself driving down an open road with a car full of friends, heading towards the sun, whilst singing along to your favourite songs. Saint Loe convincingly bring a modern-day pop sound back to the live band scene, with incredibly catchy choruses and ultra-tight, multi-part vocal harmonies.

Friends Meeting House will see the likes of Bath City Jubilee Waits perform lively folk-oriented music, with a bias towards older tunes with their friends Eagle Alley with songs that everyone will recognise.

LIBERTE will perform at Green Park Brasserie. They’re an American Indie rock band that refuse to fit inside the box. From haunting memories to unforgettable anthems; along with The Binderos, a band that love playing a mix of covers and original tunes.

Five bands will perform at The Nest including All That Glitters who’s rich powerful vocals cut through dark, blues infused rock; and closing with Scout Killers who are an alternative rock band based in Bath. They have spent the last 5 years honing and developing their own sound, and taking inspiration from an array of different bands, all of which have helped then write and release their self-titled ‘Scout Killers’ and the follow-up EP ‘Stand your Ground’.

Party in the City really is a city-wide celebration with many other venues offering a variety of FREE music and entertainment such as Boston Tea Party, Bath Central United Reformed Church (BCURS), Kingston Parade, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Museum (BRLSI), Museum of Bath At Work, Nexus, Walcot House, Vino Vino, Pig & Fiddle, St James’ Wine Vaults, St. Swithin’s Church, Widcombe Social Club and many more.

FULL PROGRAMME LISTINGS 

44AD 18.15 – 18.45 Broose
44AD 19.00 – 19.30 Henry Xavier Woods
44AD 19.45 – 20.15 The Man in Washington

Barley Mow 18.30 – 19.15 JACE
Barley Mow 19.30 – 20.15 Jonah Carswell
Barley Mow 20.30 – 21.00 Remy Benson
Barley Mow 21.15 – 22.00 Thicket Valley

Bath Abbey 18.00 – 18.30 Festival Commission

Bath Abbey 18.50 – 19.20 Wiltshire Young Carers 70th Anniversary
Bath Abbey 19.40 – 20.00 Bath Bach Choir
Bath Abbey 20.10 – 20.30 Noctis
Bath Abbey 20.40 – 21.00 Bath Spa University Choir
Bath Abbey 21.20 – 22.00 WESTERLY SHOWBAND

Bath Brewhouse 19.00 – 19.45 Justin Towell
Bath Brewhouse 20.00 – 20.45 Matt Lennox
Bath Brewhouse 21.00 – 21.45 Saint Loe
Bath Brewhouse 22.00 – 22.45 The Bohemian Embassy

Blowout Sax  Schools Blowout Sax   19.00 – 21.30

Boston Tea Party 18.45 – 19.10 Tom Forbes
Boston Tea Party 19.20 – 20.00 Sarah Lane
Boston Tea Party 20.20 – 21.00 Wade Merritt
Boston Tea Party 21.15 – 22.00 The Harry Miller Band

BRSLI 18.00 – 18.45 Now and Then
BRSLI 18.50 – 20.00 Prospect Style

Burdalls Yard 18.00 – Late

Central United Reform Church 15.30 – 16.30 Soundwell Music Therapy Trust
Central United Reform Church 18.00 – 18.20 Youthful Spirit Gospel Choir
Central United Reform Church 18.30 – 18.50 Royal United Hospital Choir
Central United Reform Church 19.00 – 19.20 Carlos Alonso
Central United Reform Church 20.00 – 20.20 Sounding it Out
Central United Reform Church 20.30 – 20.50 Steeple Rocks Choir
Central United Reform Church 21.10 – 21.40 Ramshackle Orchestra

Christchurch 18.00 – 18.20 Jonni Slater
Christchurch 18.30-19.00 Bath City Singers
Christchurch 19.15 – 19.45 West Wiltshire Singers
Christchurch 20.00 – 20.30 Broken Bones Matilda
Christchurch 20.50 – 21.20 Jo Quail

CrossBath 16.00, 17.00 & 18.00 Jazz in the Cross Bath. Numbers restricted and free tickets available with returnable deposit of £10 by calling 01225 33 1234.

Friends Meeting House 18.00 – 18.30 Incantation and Saxation
Friends Meeting House 18.45 – 19.15 Jerrome Recorders
Friends Meeting House 19.30 – 19.50 Bath City Jubilee Waits, with Eagle Alley
Friends Meeting House  20.00 – 20.20 The Beckford Singers
Friends Meeting House  20.30 – 21.00 The New Academic Feetwarmers Trad Jazz Band
Friends Meeting House  21.15 – 21.45 The New Academic Feetwarmers Trad Jazz Band

Green Park Brasserie 20.00 – 20.30 LIBERTE
Green Park Brasserie 20.40 – 21.10 The Binderos
Green Park Brasserie 21.20 – 21.50 The Deltics
Green Park Brasserie 22.00 – 22.30 Harlem Rhythm Cats
Green Park Brasserie 22.45 – 23.15 Latino Groove
Green Park Station 18.30 – 20.30 Kingswood School (Kingswood Jazz Orchestra)

Kingston Parade 19.00 – 19.30 PDMSL

Komedia 18.00 – 18.30 Dorothy Coleborn School of Dancing
Komedia 18.40 – 19.20 Monkton Jazz Band
Komedia 19.40 – 20.20 Prior Park Big Band
Komedia 20.40 – 21.10 KES SOUL
Komedia 21.30 – 22.15 Bath Spa Big Band SocietyKomedia Café Stage 18.30 – 18.50 Lula Redd
Komedia Café Stage 19.20 – 19.40 Maaike Siegerist

MIlsom Place 18.30 – 19.15 Smallfry
Milsom Place 19.30 – 20.00 Gilmore n Jaz
Milsom Place 20.15 – 20.45 Ellie Moonshine and The Prohibition Band
Milsom Place 21.00 – 21.30 The LM Project

Moles   20.00 – 04.00 Novatines, ILL WILL, HoneyTrap

Museum of Bath Architecture 18.30 – 19.00 Bishopston Wind Quintet
Museum of Bath Architecture 19.20 – 20.00 Kachina Aimee
Museum of Bath Architecture 20.20 – 20.45 The NoteAbles

Museum of Bath at Work 18.00 – 19.30 Thunderbirds are Go
Museum of Bath at Work 20.00 – 20.30 The Light Brigade
Museum of Bath Stone 19.30 – 20.10 Woodbury String Quartet
Museum of Bath Stone 20.30 – 20.15 Monkton Jazz Band

Nexus Methodist Church  18.45 – 19.15 Bath All-Comers’ Orchestra
Nexus Methodist Church 19.30 – 20.15 Jane Lilley Singers
Nexus Methodist Church 20.45 – 21.30 Cecilia Le Poer Power

No 1 Royal Crescent 19.00 – 21.00 Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics with Echoes and Edges

Parade Gardens 18.00 – 18.20 Orchestra of Everything
Parade Gardens 18.30 – 18.45 Bath Guitar School
Parade Gardens 18.55 – 19.20 Danny McMahon
Parade Gardens 19.30 – 19.50 The Delinquents
Parade Gardens 20.10 – 20.40 Vision Quartet
Parade Gardens 20.50 – 21.10 The Bug Club
Parade Gardens 21.20 – 22.00 Blues Others

Pig and Fiddle 19.15 – 20.00 The Moonlit Poachers
Pig and Fiddle 20.15 – 20.45 a Band named Brian
Pig and Fiddle 21.00 – 21.30 Stone Cold Fiction
Pig and Fiddle 21.45 – 22.15 Harry & The Gondolas
Pig and Fiddle 22.30 – 23.00 Pink Hotel

Queen Square 17.30 – 18.15 ‘On The Edge’ – the Swing Band of the U3A in Bath
Queen Square 18.30 – 19.00 Jupiter Owls
Queen Square 19.15 – 19.45 The Arkansaw Jukebox Collective
Queen Square 20.00 – 20.30 Agent Philby & the Funtans
Queen Square 20.45 – 21.30 Flowerpot
Queen Square 21.45 – 22.30 The Red Bandits

Roman Baths 18.00 – 18.36 Michael Levy
Roman Baths 18.00 – 18.37 Waytes and Measures
Roman Baths 18.00 – 18.38 The Lambeth Swing

St James Wine Vaults 18.45 – 19.30 Daisy Chapman
St James Wine Vaults 19.45 – 20.30 Georgia Nicole
St James’ Wine Vaults 20.45 – 21.30 The Big Massive Orchestra
St James’ Wine Vaults 21.45 – 22.30 Funk Tuckers

St Johns Church 18.30 – 19.00 Fiery Dragon Company with Martin Pearson **Please note the performance will now take place inside the church

St Michael’s Without 18.00 – 18.20 YAMA
St Michael’s Without 18.30 – 18.50 Chandos Singers of Bath
St Michael’s Without 19.00 – 19.20 THE Bath Chorus
St Michael’s Without 19.30 – 19.50 The Silver Ring Choir of Bath
St Michael’s Without 20.00 – 20.20 Colerne Military Wives Choir
St Michael’s Without 20.30 – 20.50 Bath Cantata Group
St Michael’s Without 21.15 – 21.45 Rock n Roll Angels

St Swithins 18.00 – 18.20 Priordonnas
St Swithins 18.30 – 18.50 Lucis
St Swithins 19.00 – 19.20 Clarity Choir
St Swithins 19.30 – 20.00 The Welcome Choir
St Swithins 20.20 – 20.50 City Sound Voices
St Swithins 21.00 – 21.30 Bath Chamber Opera

SouthGate 18.30 – 19.10 Savvy Soul

SouthGate 19.25 – 20.10 Jasper Storey

SouthGate 20.25 – 21.00 Isobel Holly

SouthGate 21.15 -22.00 Giobanni L’immigrato

The Nest 18.45 – 19.15 Oscar Young
The Nest 19.30 – 20.00 The Rosa Gray Band
The Nest 20.15 – 20.45 Erica
The Nest 21.00 – 21.30 All That Glitters
The Nest 21.45 – 22.30 Scout Killers

Vino Vino 19.30 – 20.15 Jazz with Jim & Jez

Walcot House 21.00 – 22.00 Littlemen
Walcot House 22.30 – 23.30 Isobel Holly

Widcombe Social Club 19.00 – 19.20 Songways
Widcombe Social Club 19.30 – 19.50 Song Club
Widcombe Social Club 20.00 – 20.20 Orchestra of Everything
Widcombe Social Club 20.30 – 20.50 Widcombe Choir
Widcombe Social Club 21.00 – 21.20 Sassparella
Widcombe Social Club 21.30 – 22.30 Junction 18