Time to get your Shuffle on

Bearwood Shuffle returns for 2019 with 4 events planned for the year. We’re busy working behind the scenes to get great line-ups for each event, so look out for news updates in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you soon;

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Bearwood Shuffle-The Return

The Bandstand, Lightwoods Park, Bearwood. 23rd June 2018

Photography by Paul Stringer and Review by Ken Harrison

We did it!, after a long break during the restoration of the bandstand, and months of organising by Bearwood Promoters, the Bear finally came home and Bearwood Shuffle returned to the bandstand. On a glorious Saturday afternoon, six up and coming bands, plus our very own DJ, Lady Selecter played at the bandstand to a large crowd, eager to enjoy live music in the sunshine. Add in some great street food, and some craft stalls and we had the perfect recipe for a terrific afternoon.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

Bearwood Bandits

Opening up proceedings, it was rather fitting that local group Bearwood Bandits, kicked off the bill. The Bearwood Bandits are a six piece collective formed in the autumn of 2015 by, now retired, Peter Burgess. Their aim being to play all things acoustic on a variety of traditional instruments: Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Country, Americana, Blues –you name it, we got it!

Hunger Moon

Formed deep in the heart of Birmingham’s warehouse and creative quarter during the winter of 2017, Hunger Moon are vocalist Natalie Jenkins and multi instrumentalist James Attwood. Inspired by the cold winter evenings spent honing their sound in the industrial mystique of Digbeth, you can hear the darkness seeping through the very fabric of the sound of Hunger Moon, a blend of soft piano nuances and subtle electronics.

Combined with vocalist Natalie’s ethereal falsetto, the duo have been likened to alternative pop acts such as Daughter and London Grammar. Recorded with Ryan Pinson, the duo released their debut single Oh Friend on 12th March 2018 and is available to buy or download now!

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Kofi Stone

Kofi Stone is an alternative rapper residing in Birmingham. Despite having the middle Kofi, his late Grandfather used to call him Kofi ‘Egpa’. In the Ghanaian language Ewe, it meant ‘stone’. His Grandfather gave him the name due to the fact that Kofi almost died during childbirth. Kofi Stone has played a myriad of gigs; including Glastonbury music festival & international music festivals, as well as gigs throughout the UK. He is currently releasing a string of videos in the lead up to his debut E.P ‘Nobody Cares Till Everybody Does’.

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Mondo Royale

Together Mondo Royale have built a reputation for a colourful sound that touches on Alphabeat, ABBA and Daft Punk, with live performances that have won over even the most sullen crowd. Since forming in 2014, the band have played at many venues in Birmingham, including the Midlands Arts Centre, Mama Roux’s, and Hare & Hounds Kings Heath, and received radio airplay for their two singles. Recently, Mondo Royale were one of five acts shortlisted for Best Pop Act in the Birmingham Music Awards 2018.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

Lady Sanity

Hailing from Birmingham, Lady Sanity is a female rapper with a message. Sanity infuses her music with conscious, thought provoking lyrics and hard hitting flows. Her latest single “Fro’z” has been BBC Radio 1Xtra playlisted as introducing track of the week. With support from BBC introducing, PRSF, MOBO x Help Musicians UK funding , winning GRM daily’s 2017 ‘Get Rated’ award and most recently performing at The 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing ceremony in Australia, the hype is starting to build around this poetic maverick.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

The Real Cool

Clossing the bandstand and the Shuffle today is Birmingham based trio The Real Cool was formed in late 2016 by three friends: Thomas Pledger-Barton, Jacob Barton and Ellis Garratt. The trio of multi- instrumentalist use their diverse musical backgrounds to create nostalgic heartbreak pop, entrenched in emotion. They recorded their debut EP ‘WAYBACK!’ in just three days and it was released in the Spring of 2017. Following the success of the EP, they were able to to grow their fan base through sharing the stage with touring artists such as Pixel Fix, Clay, Native people and St PHNX. 

Alongside the successes of their live performances, the band have also built a strong following online and have also achieved multiple plays on BBC introducing. In December 2017 the band will release their new single ‘Always her’, which will be released on ModernSky records UK.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

Over at the New Roots tent, Frankie Harrison-Smith and Simon O’Connell played a series of much more chilled out solo acoustic guitar sets.

New Roots are a charitable company supporting over 900 homeless people in the Birmingham and West Midlands, and provided much needed sponsorship to support this Bearwood Shuffle. Our volunteer crew was made up of residents and staff from New Roots, and their support has been simply awesome, the volunteers made the event run as smoothly as it possibly could. Nothing was too much trouble for them, during the setting up, the event itself and clearing the park afterwards, they went above and beyond and did it all with smiles on their faces.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

Putting together such an event is a complex task, with lots of hours spent in the planning and organising of so many things, but the reward was there to see and hear in the crowd’s fantastic reaction to the Shuffle . 

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

We’ll be back soon Shufflers, and will see you at Picnic in the Park at Warley Woods on Sunday 8th July, and we’ll be back for our next Shuffle on the bandstand on 19th August, for another big helping of what Bearwood has to offer.

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

© Paul Stringer (www.paulstringer.co.uk)

If you are interested in having a stall or want to be involved as a volunteer at any of our events please drop us an email at bearwoodpromoters@gmail.com

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Check out Paul Stringer’s terrific images from the day.

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Bearwood Shuffle 23rd June 2018 – The Return of The Bear!

Bearwood Shuffle

The Bearwood Promoters are delighted to announce the return of the Bearwood Shuffle to the Bandstand!

Lightwoods House and Park has been restored, and the bandstand is now looking fantastic. We are back and ready to rock with a super line up, lots of stalls and some great food.

Save the date, and bring along your picnic blanket and settle in for a glorious afternoon of live music.

12:30pm – 6:00pm
Lightwoods Park Bandstand
Adkins Lane, Bearwood, B67 5DP

Free and fun as always, see you soon Shufflers!

If you are interested in having a stall or want to be involved as a volunteer at this event please drop us an email at bearwoodpromoters@gmail.com

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.


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.


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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Number 57

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Andy Wickett’s World Service

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Simon O’Connell

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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.



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.


Follow the Bear and stay tuned for more news on future events.

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

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


The Bearwood Bard (aka Keith Bracey)


International Alenas

Alan Tomlins

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?

Follow the Bear and stay tuned for more news on future events.

Take a look at our pictures from the day;

Bearwood Street Festival 2017 (Full Set)

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