Picnic In the Park 2017

‘Picnic in the Park’ on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Summer has finally arrived!! What an afternoon of glorious sunshine, good food, great music and a fantastic crowd who sang and danced along to a Summer afternoon of family entertainment.

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Warley Woods Community Trust puts on the ‘Picnic In the Park’ every Summer, and best of all it is totally free to come along and join in the fun.

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Again this year, Bearwood Promoters curated the music stage on behalf of the Trust, and this year Trustee, Chris Ashford took the MC spot and made it his own for the day.

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The acts this year were;

  • Dr Greenwood
  • Number 57
  • Strumtroopers
  • Andy Wickett’s World Service
  • Simon O’Connell
  • AC30’s
  • Lycio
  • and DJ spots from Bearwood promoters very own Lady Selecter and DJ Craig

 

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Andy Wickett’s World Service

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Once again, Bearwood Promoters would like to thank Warley Woods Community Trust for organising the 2017 Picnic in the Park and for inviting Bearwood Promoters to curate the musical entertainment for this year’s event.

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A MASSIVE thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who supported us to make the event possible, especially the bands who made such a fantastic soundtrack to to the day, getting people up to dance to some great music.

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A Big thank you to everyone who turned up on the day and had a great time in the ‘Woods’, and also to Barclay Bear, who came along to close the day and to meet the youngsters.

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Take a look at our pictures from the day;

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Bearwood Street Festival, 11th June 2017

Who said the High Street was dead??

Bearwood’s inaugural Street Festival held on Sunday 11th June 2017, saw Bearwood High Street (officially known as Bearwood Road) closed off and quickly filled with people to enjoy great food, great music and performances and (by and large) great weather. From 11:30 on Sunday morning until 5:30 when the festival came to a close, crowds flocked to the high street to enjoy a grand day out.

Main Stage

On The Main Stage outside The Bear Tavern, Sandwell’s Lord Mayor Councillor Ahmadul Haque M.B.E. formally opened the festival with a fine introduction from our MC for the day, the magnificent Dr When, resplendent in his red jacketed dinner suit and top hat.

The Frenzies (Rockabilly Rebels with a cause) kicked off in high gear with a lively set of rock n roll tracks, that certainly got the crowd going.

 

Junior Blue Notes up next, a bunch of supremely talented youngsters from the local Silvershine Jazz Club (and with a few older youngsters too) treating the crowd to some classic Jazz.

Electric Swing Circus brought us their mash-up of twenties inspired vintage sounds fused with electronics and turned up to 11.

Rhino and The Ranters were a terrific act, whipping the crowd up and some great Hendrix style moves from the lead singer.

Kioko, (formerly Tempting Rosie), who have graced the Shuffle Stage before, brought the big horns out with their ska/reggae infused music, with a couple of members playing brass in the crowd, before hastily getting up on stage to start their set.

Lycio brought the stage to a close with their more chilled vibe and some great electronica and distinctive vocals from their singer.

In between the acts, DJ Jon Harris kept up the momentum with some classic tracks, with some appearances by a mysterious ‘Grey Lady’ in front of the stage.

Street Food Parade

The sides of the High Street were lined with food stalls brought by Bearwood Pantry and Digbeth Dining Club. With something to suit everyones taste, the queues for food were huge, and many of the usual High Street traders had also opened up and were doing a brisk trade too, particularly one trader who sold bubble guns to many of the youngsters in the crowd. At times the air was filled with bubbles. The local hostelry got in on the act too, with both The Bear Tavern and The Midland, supporting the event too, and both pubs were full of customers for the day. Bearwood Indoor Market also opened up for the day and had many ‘pop-up’ stalls for the event.

Digbeth Dining Club

  • Platinum Pancakes
  • The Middle Feast
  • Baked in Brick
  • Street Souvlaki
  • Esmies
  • Holy Moly Macaroni
  • The Indian Rasoi

The Bearwood Pantry

  • The Baking Housewife
  • De Fruit Bar
  • HAVE+SOME+CAKE

Family Zone

Over in the playground at Bearwood Primary School, a giant geodesic dome appeared as the gateway to the Family Zone where children had lots of fun with craft workshops from Off Our Trolley Arts, amazing automatons from Rowland Emmett (of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame), the brilliant Highly Sprung Performance Co and lots of themed games with Out To Play, face painting and the local Scout groups teamed up for some scout skills challenges.

Freestyle Stage

Over at The Co-Op, the Freestyle stage was a super little stage in a converted Airstream caravan, its silver body glowing in the sunshine. This stage showed off some of Bearwood’s diverse range of talent with spoken word, dance, guitars, cigar box guitar and a whole lot of great music going on whilst a huge collaborative graffiti wall took shape to the right of the stage, ably assisted by Bearwood’s residents.

The Freestyle Stage Line-Up

  • Semi-Quavers Childrens Choir
  • Aldo
  • Daniel & Filip Jakubec
  • The Bearwood Bard (so good we got him twice)
  • Numa
  • David & Nina Edwards
  • Zumba with Kay Millar
  • International Alenas
  • Alim Ashraf
  • Alan Tomlins
  • Karina Edwards
  • Chickenbone John
  • Time Movers by Lordswood Dance Collective
  • Bearwood Bandits

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The Bearwood Bard (aka Keith Bracey)

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International Alenas

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Chickenbone John

Time Movers by Lordswood Dance Collective

The sight of seeing Bearwood High Street filled with people having a great time was something quite magical. From the main stage outside The Bear Tavern right up to the The Freestyle Stage was a sea of people. This was a Street Festival put on by the community, for it’s community. From the original seed of an idea, this event was 18 months in the planning, with funding from the Arts Council and The Lottery and support from Sandwell Council and Creative Black Country enabled this festival to take place with an army of volunteers from the community getting stuck in and working together to make something very special happen.

For everyone who has supported this event, we thank you.

We Are (all) Bearwood.

Which leaves one rather large question… how are we gonna top this in 2018?

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Take a look at our pictures from the day;

Bearwood Street Festival 2017 (Full Set)

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Aziz and Dal at the bluedot Festival

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Last weekend I was photographing the bands at the bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan who played our Shuffle Stage at this month’s Picnic in the Park played bluedot’s Nebula Stage on Sunday night, and what a great set it was too.

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Fantastic Day!!

Wow! What an amazing day was had at Warley Woods Picnic in the Park on Sunday 3rd July.

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This annual free event put on by The Trust attracted large crowds who enjoyed a glorious sunny afternoon of live music, food, drink, craft stalls, dog show, donkey rides and even a Horse and Carriage.

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Again this year, Bearwood Promoters curated the music stage on behalf of the Trust, and 6Music DJ Stuart Maconie did a fantastic job of compering the afternoon’s music and reuniting a few lost items with their owners… including a husband who had lost his wife… My guess is, she tried to lose him.

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The acts this year were;

  • Fused Dance Academy
  • Dr Greenwood
  • Bearwood Tabla Group
  • Michael Pritchard
  • Independent Country
  • Rehydrated Turkeys
  • Dalbir & Aziz
  • Rich Stokes
  • Carlton Curtis

Bearwood Promoters would like to thank Warley Woods Community Trust for organising the Picnic in the Park and for inviting Bearwood Promoters to curate the musical entertainment this year.

An event such as this, takes a lot of planning and organising to find the bands, get them confirmed, all the stage set up, marquee, sound equipment and a million and one other things put it all together.

A MASSIVE thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who supported us to make the event possible, and also to everyone who turned up on the day and clearly enjoyed their afternoon in the park. This is what happens when the community come together to make something happen. We couldn’t have wished for a better day.

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Take a look at our pictures from the day;

Picnic in the Park 2016 (Full Set)

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Fused Dance Academy

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Doctor Greenwood

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Bearwood Tabla Group

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Michael Pritchard

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Independent Country

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Rehydrated Turkeys

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Dalbir & Aziz

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Rich Stokes

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Carlton Curtis

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