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Pavilions for Music 
Bringing Bandstands Back to Life

So what's it all about then? 

So what are Pavilions for Music? For many years I have been fascinated with the history of the bandstand, its pre-Victorian origins and their ornate designs so loved by generation after generation. I set out to compile the ultimate database of all bandstands, lost and existing, with dates, histories, foundries and where they could be found or once existed. This work still continues. But as useful as this is, it is the continued use of bandstands that will ensure their longevity and popularity. They are still as relevant today as they once were and with the wide variety of offerings now available as public entertainment (as opposed to the rational recreation of the Victorian era), their availability often as free venues to public entertainers is generally unknown. So I have developed a website called Pavilions for Music which has been dedicated as a resource for existing users as well as those who simply don't how to book their local bandstand and want to use it. This could include:-

  • Local schools & colleges
  • Local bands
  • Youth groups
  • Drama and theatrical societies
  • Youth organisations (Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Cubs)
  • Brass Bands
  • Choral societies and choirs
  • Women's Institutes
  • Local charities
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Dance Groups (Lindy Hop on a bandstand?)
  • Opera Societies
  • Church groups
  • Local choirs
  • Local artists
  • .... or what about getting married on a bandstand?? 

Be clear, this is not a booking website but simply an available resource to promote the use of bandstands. It provides the following:-

      • The location of all bandstands in England, Scotland and Wales
      • The managing authority of each bandstand
      • Contact details (email, phone no. or website)
      • Rules & regulations (Entertainment Licences, Noise management) 
      • A gallery of all existing bandstands
      • Regular updates on existing bandstands UK wide
      • Annual programmes and updates

So if you are keen to book your local bandstand and don't know how to go about it, it is all here and we hope you find it useful. Feedback is always welcome. But get out there and get using these often free spaces to perform and bring your bandstand back to life. And if your local council says no.... don't accept it and don't be burdened by unnecessary red tape. 

Keep checking here for updates and new information. The database will continue to be updated and added to with contact details included for some of those missing, postcodes and at some stage a link created to a map showing where all the active (and less active) bandstands are available to use. Don't forget the aim is to "bring bandstands back to life".