Samba in summer

Summer Samba
Summer Samba

The New Street Recreation Ground will be a field full of spectacle and wonder with two events organised as part of Daventry Arts Festival this weekend.

The town centre location will host the Summer Samba on Saturday and Art in the Park on Sunday.

As part of the Daventry Arts Festival, which is organised by Daventry & District Housing (DDH) in partnership with a range of local organisations, the DDH Youth Board have teamed up the Phoenix Youth Centre to host two days of live music and original artwork.

The Summer Samba will take place between 12 noon and 6pm.

It will feature a variety of local bands and DJs performing live music on stage.

Opening the event is local singer Bradley Knight who is currently auditioning for this year’s X-Factor and sings contemporary pop music. He will be performing at 12 noon.

The next band to be lined up is the local DJ djwellzee at 1.20pm.

He has recently completed his studies at Daventry University Technology College and has been performing for a couple of years.

He will be mixing songs from a variety of genres, including house, drum and bass and rhythm and blues.

The headline act for the Summer Samba is So’77 who are performing from 5pm to 6pm.

The local punk and ska band, SO77. The four piece band are influenced by bands like The Jam and the Specials, SO77 are well-known in the Daventry local music scene.

They have also recently played at the Oxfest festival.

Other musicians had yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press and an exact running order has yet to be determined.

On Sunday, Art in the Park takes place between 10am at 4pm at the same venue.

This brand new event will showcase the creative talents of several local artists, including Nina Cashmore and Heather Hindle.

Both events are free of charge.

Sarah Sims, Community Development Officer at DDH, said: “These event shows exactly what young people can achieve when they are given the power and support to make their ideas a reality.

“The enthusiasm and hard work of the DDH Youth Board and young people from the Phoenix Centre has helped deliver another fantastic event for this year’s Arts Festival.”

Daventry Arts Festival is to run until Saturday July 25 with a series of performances, events, workshop and activities designed for people from all walks of life.

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