Free pop-up performances kick off the Cheltenham Music Festival

Three touring bands will give free pop-up performances on Cheltenham’s High Street, Promenade and Imperial Gardens to celebrate the opening weekend of the Cheltenham Music Festival on 9th and 10th July.

The bands are presented in partnership with Cheltenham BID.

BLOCO B will kick off the party on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with carnival-style samba tunes from Rio de Janeiro, mixing drums and percussion with singers, cavaquinho players and dancers.

On Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm, the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band performs vibrant music and colorful dances in a fusion of Indian roots sounds ranging from classical North Indian melodies to popular Bollywood songs and rhythms of Bhangra.

And on Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unswung Heroes takes to the streets with New Orleans dance and jazz bands as well as pop, soul and funk covers in vintage swing style.

The Cheltenham Music Festival offers nine days of performances and events from top international artists, new talent and innovators from July 8-16.

Performers include the London Mozart Players, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar with the Britten Sinfonia, the Brodsky Quartet, Ingrid Fliter, Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason and Samuele Telari.

Two new commissions from Laura Bowler and Conor Mitchell examine the nature of relationships and the BBC New Generation Artists give four lunchtime shows. There’s dancing from the New English Ballet Theatre, talks, walks and mindfulness sessions, culminating in a performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Gloucester Cathedral.

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