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Pavilions for Music 
Bringing Bandstands Back to Life


The relevance of bandstands today 

Is there still a place for them?

Some Case studies  

I often get asked at the end of talks on the subject of the history, decline and revival of the bandstand, are they still used? Do many bands play on them now? They don't appear to be that well used now.... or even worse, aren't they just magnets for anti-social behaviour. I don't get irritated by the question, but it does beg the question, is there still a place for them in todays society? In short... yes, very much so. The days of crowds of 10,000 attendees at the Arboretum in Lincoln have long since gone; 20,000 in Albert Park, Middlesbrough will never be seen again, and the 50,000 in Corporation Park, Blackburn will never be repeated. 


So this page has been created to show that bandstands are STILL relevant and possibly more so. With more pressures on people and such a faster pace of life and increasing concerns with our health, and mental health in particular, the public park is a haven where we can escape and be at peace, and the bandstand is still a focal point for many activities in the park. Its not just about listening to a brass band, it is so much more. I would encourage all to think outside the box and what your bandstand could be used for. A few examples are below.  

Cassiobury Park, Watford - creating Merry Hell - folk rock with an edge 

Duthie Park, Aberdeen - a brass band on a sunny afternoon 

Public Park, Barrow in Furness - even the sun shines in West Cumbria and the band comes out to play 

Beckenham Rec - Bromley, a steel band and a great display for the hanging baskets 

Handsworth Park, Birmingham - performing in the park

Dane John Gardens, Canterbury - Brass in the park

Consett and Blackhill Park, Consett - Funky Style Brass and rather interesting uniform

North Park, Darlington - Cockerton Silver Band in full flow

North Lodge Park, Darlington - Brass in the park, still one of the most popular features in the park

North Lodge Park, Darlington - the annual Blues Festival 

Victoria Park, Denton - a summer festival in this Tameside Park

Saltwell Park, Gateshead - gigging in Gateshead

Public Park, Godalming - gigging in Godalming

The Lido, Hathersage - poolside entertainment

Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool - night time drama 

Hyde Park, Tameside - opera in the park

Christchurch Park, Ipswich - romancing in the park

Parson's Rec, Leighton Buzzard - bandstand busking at its best

Parson's Rec, Leighton Buzzard  - Jazz in the park

Parson's Rec, Leighton Buzzard - dancing around the bandstand

Stanley Park, Liverpool - wedding bells on the bandstand

The Arboretum, Nottingham - Christmas concerts in the park

Battersea Park, London - a focus for charity work

Hyde Park, London -  skating and a christmas delight

Parliament Hill, London - a rendezvous for a major X Country event

Raphael Park, Havering - a choral meeting and performance 

Albert Park, Middlesbrough - a multi cultural mela for all 

Ellington Park, Ramsgate - Folk rock on this rough looking bandstand 

Worthington Park, Sale - preaching to the converted 

Bedwellty Park, Tredegar - a meeting in the park

Town Centre, Watford - a great photo opportunity

Castle Fields, Wellingborough - time to rock - its not just about brass 

The Links, Nairn - married and cricket - great combination

The Arboretum, Walsall - many opportunities in the park here to perform, from Led Zeppelin tribute acts to drama 

The Arboretum, Walsall - Watching Frozen in the park. 

Northampton Square, London - bandstand busking

Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa - another great opportunity 

Myatt's Fields, London - a small group and still enjoyed by a crowd 

Greenwich Park , London - Lindy Hop at the bandstand

Consett and Blackhill Park, Consett - no idea whats going on here

Borough Gardens, Dorchester - a full blown garden festival 

Regent's Park, London - Klezmer in the park - Jewish folk festival 

Stanley Park, Blackpool - no brass here 

No idea where this is but Christmas looks great here

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton - decorating for the Buxton Festival

Hedgemead Park, Bath - Campaign headquarters

Hyde Park, Tameside - A celebration of food and music

West Pier, Brighton - dancing on the bandstand

West Pier, Brighton - Latin dancing in this weather

Alexandra Gardens, Windsor - a massed choir in the presence of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Alexandra Gardens, Windsor - a very short version of Romeo and Juliet

West Park, Long Eaton - simply a great place to meet up... and why not 

The Links, Nairn - simply gigging 

Launching a campaign 

Parliament Hill, London - up on Hampstead Heath, the sound of Salsa 

The Quarry, Shrewsbury - a central point of a flower show 

Carfax, Horsham - Festival of Sound and a ska band 

Carfax, Horsham, Elvis impersonators

Darlington, South Park, opera in the park or Proms in the Park

Leamington Spa, Pump Room Gardens - nocturnal usage