St Albans Festival goes out with a bang

MUSIC, dance and street theatre will bring the St Albans Festival to a conclusion in the city centre on Sunday.

As well as a main stage and acoustic stage in St Peter’s Street, there will be street entertainment and food and drink at the festival with local restaurants offering their wares.

Headlining on the main stage from 3.30pm will be Los Pacaminos with their unique brand of Tex-Mex. Fronted by Paul Young, they have been described as “musically stunning” and the credits of band members reads like a who’s who of British music ranging from Queen and Elvis Costello to The Pretenders and Robbie Williams.

Also playing will be Viva Santana, a six-piece fusion of rock, Latin and jazz who are celebrating their 10th year on the music circuit.

Reggae, dub and ska will come from New Groove Formation and the programme also includes the Sir John Lawes School jazz band, hip hop dancers from Alter Ego and the newly-formed Watford Gospel Community Choir.

The acoustic stage in Market Place opens at 11am and features a lad-back programme with a folk/roots theme. Dunajska Kapelye’s gipsy rhythms provide a brand of fast and furious music and flute and percussion duo Pangenesis give a new feel to classical jazz and world tracks.

Local folk musicians will provide a programme of traditional music with Banjo Circus playing country and more on a range of strings and the two guitars of Oka Vanga combining the influences of folk, flamenco and thrash metal.

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On the street entertainment scene, samba sensation Toque Tambor and Fleetville School Steel Band promise to bring a carnival atmosphere to the city centre while Banjo Circus demonstrate their skills in acrobatics, lasso and unicycle. There will also be a stilt walking team, Balloonatic, and a group of dancers from Nyireghaza, St Albans Hungarian twin town.

St Peter’s Street will be closed for the day, which runs from 12 noon to 7pm, and free parking will be available in all NCP car parks.