Brilliant Days :-)

So.. Bearwood Promoters first Shuffle of 2019 was a screaming success, it was truly great to be back at the Bandstand in Lightwoods Park for a glorious afternoon of live music from some amazing talent, brilliant workshops, superb food and drink and a wonderful crowd who came along to support.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen, we couldn’t have done it without you. Bedrock Bullets, T8PES, Bryony Williams, The Good Water, Number 57, Wesley Rolston – Poet thanks for coming to perform for us.

Compere Bob Sanderson, Urban Audio Productions for the sound.

Pete Williams, #dalbirsinghrattan and Jez Collins for our workshops.

Food traders Pizza Heaven, Mookies Indian Street Food, @BombBq, and Really Awesome Coffee – Birmingham South and Dig Brew Co for putting on a feast and to all of the stallholders.

Big thanks to Julia, Jon and Tony at Lightwoods House for your constant support and assistance in making this event happen.

Massive thanks to the Bearwood Promoters, a team of serious music nuts (myself included!), who commit so much time and energy to organise these events solely for the reward of making Bearwood, our community, a wonderful place to be. And to New Roots, who’s volunteers give so much support to us.

Finally, to all of you who joined us, I hope that you had a day to remember, and look forward to seeing you with us again in September.

You all Rock 

Many Thanks

PS we’ll be curating the music stage at Warley Woods Community Trust’s event ‘Picnic In The Park’ on 7th July

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Bedrock Bullets

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Bryony Williams

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Wesley Rolston

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The Good Water

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Number 57

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Pete Williams – Ukelele Workshop

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Dalbir Singh Rattan – Djembe Workshop

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Compere; Bob Sanderson

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Check out our pictures from this fantastic day here;

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Bearwood Street Festival, 9th June 2019

Two years after the inaugural Street festival, Bearwood High Street hosted the second Bearwood Street Festival, bigger and better than before. A massive volunteer undertaking, with the community coming together from across Bearwood, plus support from funders Arts Council England, Community Fund and Creative Black Country to make this event happen.

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On behalf of the organisers We Are Bearwood, Bearwood Promoters curated the music, and put on a host of acts over three stages who played to a packed High Street.

First up – Pagans

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Choir With No Name

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Punch The Sky

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Lady Sanity

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Friendly Fire Band

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DJ Jon Harris

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Open Arms

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Check out our pictures from the day by Ken Harrison Photography

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Bearwood Street Festival, Sunday June 9th, 12-6pm


What’s happening when and where

We hope you’ll love Bearwood designer Tom Bennett’s programme just as much as we do! He’s had to pack so much into this – because we’ve got so much awesome stuff going on for you! 

We are trying to cut down on waste at this festival so rather than printing thousands and thousands of programmes, we’re going to have this big image posted up all across the festival site – so take a good look now, download it to your phone and then check it out in the flesh on the day. 


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For more details, please visit The Street Festival Website

Coming Soon: Bearwood Street Festival, Sunday June 9th, 12-6pm

Not long to go folks, here’s a short preview of what to expect at this years street festival!
Friendly Fire Band (Reggae) Lady Sanity OPEN ARMS The Pagans S.O.H Number 57 The Choir with No Name Chickenbone John’s Guitars FAT SNAGS ChangeKitchen CIC Platinum Pancakes Seoul Food by Halton Turner Pizza Heaven The Meat Shack Burgers The Bear Tavern Official The Midland Pub Why Not Coffee Tamucafe Lightwoods Park and House Bearwood Shuffle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 . 

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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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.



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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