Picnic in the Park 2017


Bearwood Promoters are proud to be curating the Shuffle Stage at Picnic in the Park at Warley Woods on Sunday 2nd July on behalf of Warley Woods Community Trust.

Follow the Bear for further updates on line-up.


Aziz and Dal at the bluedot Festival


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.


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.

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

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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Drumroll please….! Picnic line up is announced!!

Performing from 1pm onwards Bearwood Promoters are delighted to be curating the music stage at the Picnic in the Park for the 5th year running.


Details of performing artists can be found on our Facebook page Shuffle Stage at Picnic in the Park 2016. Please like and find out more about them.

Aziz & Dal


” They sound like The White Stripes of Mumbai. I love it!’” – Paul Weller

We are very excited about the return (Last played the picnic 2011) of Aziz & Dal to play the Shuffle Stage at The Picnic in the Park just ahead of their of their gig in July at Jodrell Bank’s Bluedot where they will be performing alongside Underworld. Jean-Michel Jarre. Brian Eno and many more.

Aziz Ibrahim’s unusual musical history is a journey unparalleled in rock. From humble Manchester British Pakistani roots playing in reggae, rap and rockabilly bands, he began professionally in Simply Red (then ‘Asia’), and the Stone Roses, then was a songwriter for Ian Brown and Paul Weller – not to mention numerous other stars on the way. These experiences have culminated in his brain child – ‘Aziz’.

Dalbir Singh Rattan, local resident of Bearwood and ‘Viceroy’ of Tabla, is a gifted player from the Banaris style. The power house that is Dalbir Singh Rattan introduces the future of British drumming in the shape of his mighty Tablas. Never has anyone experienced the rhythms and dynamics, not to mention the speed that this man is capable of!

Aziz Ibrahims’ song writing skills and Asian Mancunian guitar playing, coupled with Dalbir Singh Rattan’s exceptional aggressive drum skills, have an energy that that takes their music through and beyond rock punk and indie that has given birth to a new genre of British music ‘Asian Blues’.

Carlton Curtis


Multi-talented singer songwriter from Birmingham Carlton has collaborated with fellow Birmingham musicians – Andy Cox of the Fine Young Cannibals, Paul Foad of the Au Pairs and Kevin White of the Beat and has just finished a tour with Fish, (ex Marillion front man) and has recently toured in Jamaica. Carltons musical influences are various but notably include Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Sting, Earth, Wind & Fire and Leonard Bernstein.

Carlton is currently fundraising for the Refugee Council through his new Single: Troddin

The Re-hydrated Turkeys



The Re-hydrated Turkeys (Unplucked)’ is a local Bearwood three piece band playing acoustic covers.

Fused Dance Academy


We welcome back the children from the Fused Dance Academy created by Jem n us Danceworks and Animations School of Dance who have fused together to give you the best dance training in the local area! They specialise in all forms of dance and strive to be different, fun and educational.

Bearwood Tabla Group

Born out of a class based at Thimblemill Library these local young people bring authentic traditional Indian drumming and tabla playing

Michael Pritchard


One half of the band We Are Demons musician and producer plays acoustic with a twist

Rich Stokes


Rich Stokes has been described as an infectious personality playing quirky songs. He is a musician, performer, writer of stories and songs and plays, comedian, storyteller and actor.

Independent Country


Independent Country are a 7-piece band that formed in Birmingham, in 2015, who play Country versions of classic ‘Indie’ hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s. With a line-up that contains the sounds of pedal steel, lush 3-part harmonies, twanging guitar solos, banjo and fiddle, this is a bar-room country band with a difference.

Their 10-track debut LP, “Trailer Park Life”, will be released in Summer 2016; The band are currently preparing a second batch of songs ahead of recording their second album in Autumn 2016, These new songs are currently being added to the band’s live set, which they will be debuting at numerous UK festivals this summer including our own Moseley Folk Festival on 3rd September ahead of their debut LP release.

About Bearwood Promoters

Bearwood Promoters is a voluntary group of local music enthusiasts funded entirely by audience donations. They aim to develop and nurture a culturally rich musical environment which promotes a range of musical genres and supports a sustainable live music infrastructure in Bearwood. Incorporated in 2011, they have delivered 7 Bearwood Shuffles in Lightwoods Park at the Bandstand and have supported many other music events, including Picnic in the Park.

Bearwood Promoters promote and provide live music in Bearwood and facilitate local music talent to play and be heard.

Let’s shuffle 

Bearwood Promoters are open to any musical genre and like to mix things up a bit to give audiences a real taste of what’s on out there. Given this open door approach they are also hoping to continue strengthening community spirit and bringing people together throughout Bearwood. Look out for this year’s activities. Stay in touch on our Facebook page Bearwood Shuffle and website http://www.bearwoodshuffle.org .

If you would like to play at future events organised by Bearwood Promoters or if you’d like to lend a helping hand please email them via bearwoodpromoters@gmail.com