Streets, open spaces and venues across Bath will come alive to the sound of music next month, as part of the launch event for this year’s 10-day Bath Festival, Party in the City.
The fun will start from 6pm on Friday 17th May, for a citywide celebration which typically attracts crowds of up to 20,000 people of all ages.
Party in the City includes every kind of music, from classical and jazz, from pop and punk to folk and choral, and with 36 venues opening their doors, all tastes are catered for.
Partygoers will find festival outdoor stages at Queen Square and Parade Gardens, along with stalls selling fresh cooked street food.
SouthGate Bath is once again hosting its own al fresco party, with food, drink and two stages offering live acts throughout the evening.
Highlights of this year’s event include a unique piece of street performance inspired by football, a 40-piece orchestra playing film/TV themes in Queen Square and country music at Parade Gardens.
Indoor venues, including Komedia, St Swithin’s Church and Widcombe Social Club, will all be offering free live music.
Residents are being encouraged to wander the city and discover choirs in the Central United Reformed Church in Argyle Street, punk-pop at The Pig and Fiddle in Broad Street and orchestras at the Assembly Rooms.
A colourful Party in the City programme, which has a map and a full list of venues, with times for artists playing, will be available before and during the evening of Friday 17th May.
This year, for the first time, The Bath Festival is asking partygoers to donate £1 for a programme.
The donation will help pay the costs of putting on Party in the City, to keep it as a free event and reflecting the fact that The Bath Festival has no local government funding and is a charity.
To find out who is playing where for Party in the City, visit: http://bathfestivals.org.uk/the-bath-festival/party-in-the-city/
Party in the City is part of The Bath Festival, which runs from Friday 17th May to Sunday 26th May.
Festival organisers have put Party in the City back to the launch night of the festival, after last year’s change to the traditional format.
Tickets for The Bath Festival start at just £6, available at www.thebathfestival.org.uk or in person at Bath Box Office on Terrace Walk.