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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 -
Free Wi-Fi

Opening Times

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

Blackwellgate/Grange Road

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

Clarks Yard

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

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