The popular Darlo Drum Festival will return to Darlington town centre on Saturday, June 5. The one day, free family festival will see a mixture of sounds filling the town centre with drumming from around the world.
Seven acts will roam around town entertaining visitors, and Samba fans will be spoilt for choice as the sounds and sights of Rio hit the streets between 10-4pm. Outdoor diners can “eat to the beat” as they enjoy the rhythms of drums and no doubt everyone will be tempted to tap their feet.
Stilt Batteristas will be performing on stilts with their bespoke drum kits beating out original street grooves. The Bangshees, a well-established all-female drumming band from Newcastle, love to make lots of noise, and Baque de Ogum, a maracatu band, will celebrate the history and heritage of ‘Maracatu Nação’, an Afro-Brazilian performance genre from North East Brazil.
One of the UK’s finest steel bands, Pantasy Steel Band, are set to wow passers-by with their mix of traditional Caribbean music and more well-known songs. They will be joined by Drum Nation, a samba drumming collective, and Samba Flash Squad will play authentic Brazilian carnival rhythms accompanied by fully costumed, traditional dancers to give the full ‘Rio’ vibe.
The unique sounds of the Hang drum, played by Simon Wood, will resonate through the streets to offer a more mellow feel to the day.
2h free parking - https://www.darlington.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/car-parking/car-parks-and-charges/
Northgate and High Row
10:00 – 10:30 Stilt Batteristas
11:00 – 11:30 Drum Nation
12:00 – 12:30 Baque de Ogum
13:00 – 13:30 The Bangshees
14:00 – 14:30 The Bangshees
15:00 – 15:30 Drum Nation
10:30 – 11:00 The Bangshees
11:30 – 12:00 The Bangshees
12:30 – 13:00 Drum Nation
13:30 – 14:00 Baque de Ogum
14:30 – 15:00 Samba Flash Squad
15:30 – 16:00 Stilt Batteristas
10:00 – 10:30 Simon Wood
11:00 – 11:30 Stilt Batteristas
12:00 - 12:30 Simon Wood
13:00 – 13:30 Samba Flash Squad
14:00 – 14:30 Drum Nation
Market Square and West Row
10:30 – 11:00 Baque de Ogum
11:30 – 12:00 Pantasy Steel Band
12:30 – 13:00 Pantasy Steel Band
13:30 – 14:00 Pantasy Steel Band
14:30 – 15:00 Baque de Ogum
11:00 – 11:30 Simon Wood
12:00 – 12:30 Samba Flash Squad
14:00 – 14:30 Simon Wood
Darlington Town Centre
Address: Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, UK