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Listings for all events in Free Events at all venues on all dates

Sunday 21st May

The Bell

Barbarella's Bang Bang

Strikingly theatrical take on that old Gipsy Cabaret style, still coming up with new spins of the wheel since the 19th Century. A clear vision of what they want to say and the musical ability to make it work. Will appeal to Euro intellectuals, goths and plain ol' weirdoes More info and booking...

Sunday 28th May

The Bell

Kris & the Blues Machines

More usually seen with Canadian carney crew Blackberry Wood, musical omnivores to the max, this project sees frontman Kris making the style more straightforward but certainly not playing safe or straight. And he’s always been a great frontman too. Electro Blues this way! More info and booking...

Monday 29th May

The Bell

Mark Lewandowski Trio

Waller

The Fats Waller Project

Mark Lewandowski - double bass
Liam Noble - piano, Fender Rhodes
Paul Clarvis - drums
Exploring the catalogue of one of the early innovators of jazz - the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller - delving into his music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire in the intimate trio setting. Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes. Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century. More info and booking...

Tuesday 30th May

The Bell

Tuesday Choice

Declan Millar

We’ve been awaiting great things from Declan since he won the Bath Folk Festival’s 2015 New Shoots competition against much more obvious & conventional singers & players: a mark of his strong individuality and appeal. Part faerie foundling, part 21st Century agitator activist, the traditions are well served by his hand. Though tonight the focus is on his songs, he will be accompanied by bandmates from new Trad Folk combo Gorias. More info and booking...

Wednesday 31st May

The Bell

Tonto Malembe

Venezuelan psych-funk exiled to London for the predictable political/lifestyle issues as well as matters of the artistic economy, enigmatic frontman Baldo Verdú and his boys really do hit a time-slipped groove you won’t have encountered before, with rock’n’roll and street sass/suss. Big things are expected - and some sought-after festival dates in place - but still just breaking. Get in now! More info and booking...

Saturday 3rd June

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Inverted - Box

Somewhere between dance, gymnastics, acrobatics and hand balancing lies Inverted. Expect a world turned upside down. Part of the New Work Works Scheme More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Street to the Point

The Point Theatre, Eastleigh Youth Theatre

The youngsters from the Youth Theatre at The Point Eastleigh come en mass More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Animystic Productions - Hessie the Elephant

Marvelous puppeteers Jake Ruddle and Ayla Terzi accompanied by Hessie performing as part of the New Work Works Scheme

Lost in a foreign land, a young elephant is on an adventure! An adventure around the streets of Bath More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Avanti Display: Full Circle

Buckets full of mayhem and erm..yes, water..from one of the UK’s finest and longest established street theatre companies, premièring their new show here with us!! More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Bedlam Fair - The Saturday

Bath Fringe's Street Performance weekend kicks off with the Saturday crowds and a selection of experienced and emerging street performance artists tacking the city centre. This year's event has received a Lottery grant from Arts Council England to ensure that we successfully support the new artists and guarantee the quality of our headline acts.
To see Saturday's acts, click here
Full details download our PDF programme here:
www.bathfringe.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Bedlam-Fair-2017-v-10.pdf More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

ELA

ELA are Elle Kate Edwards and Alise Piebalga, accomplished circus performers, moving away from touring with nofitstate and into working on the street and in outdoor environments. Part of the New Work Works Scheme More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Julia Vita: Splish

A solo show from Julia Vita as part of the New Works Work Scheme

Join Splish on her journey across the high seas! Put a little wind in her sail, hear her strange tale in a foreign tongue, and hopefully find a few fish along the way too. More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Lino Creamy

A solo show from New Work Works Scheme performer Pete Lloyd.

Lino Creamy may not want to set the world on fire but will he start a flame in your heart? Join him to find out, at this sweet and silly clown show about a man in a hat looking for love and fun. More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Natural Theatre Company

Bath's very own fabulous street theatre company performing new characters as part of the New Works Work Scheme More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Old Spot Theatre Co: Los Perdidos Village Band

Old Spot Theatre Company have worked the circus and street theatre circuit for years, nay decades but will bring something decidedly new to Bedlam Fair this year as part of the New Work Works Scheme
More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Avanti Display: Full Circle

Buckets full of mayhem and erm..yes, water..from one of the UK’s finest and longest established street theatre companies, premièring their new show here with us!! More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Dynamogene - Mr Colbuto

320 kilos de poesie brute'..(Bafflingly translates as something about poetry)
Don’t miss the irresistible and irrepressible Monsieur C, he has come all the way from Nimes in France to meet YOU, the people of Bath. More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Inverted - Box

Somewhere between dance, gymnastics, acrobatics and hand balancing lies Inverted. Expect a world turned upside down. Part of the New Work Works Scheme More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats these ten vividly costumed artists cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.
More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Street Performers' Party

Bedlam Fair - The Night Out

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Avanti Display, and more...

After a busy day on the streets of Bath what we all need is a bit of a party to recharge the batteries for tomorrow. Highlight shows from some of this afternoon's key performers, a work-in-progress from the legendary Avanti, Indian Brass madness from the very watchable (and still more danceable) Rajasthan Heritage crew, then on into the night with Indian-into-Worldbeat DJ Desi Heights inside the Brasserie.
To see all the acts, click here
Full details download here:
www.bathfringe.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Bedlam-Fair-2017-v-10.pdf More info and booking...

Sunday 4th June

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Bedlam Fair - The Sunday

It’s the street theatre event of the year with dozens of performers from the emerging new ideas through to renowned companies at the top of their game, spilling around the streets in and around Kingsmead Square & Saw Close (roadways closed for the afternoon, no parking).
See all of Sunday's acts here
Click here for Sunday's running order (timings are a guide and are subject to change)
The event is free but please put money ‘in the hat’ if the performer is using one.
Full details download PDF programme here:
www.bathfringe.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Bedlam-Fair-2017-v-10.pdf More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Bongo Bolero - Fat Cat

Back by popular demand, the Fat Cat returns...

Slapstick buffoonery from Sir Felix and Mousey taking on the world of international money makers in a larger than life kinda way
More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

The Colombian Street Party

Recreating a bit of Columbian cultural heritage on the streets of Bath through asphalt art More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Dynamogene - Mr Colbuto

320 kilos de poesie brute'..(Bafflingly translates as something about poetry)
Don’t miss the irresistible and irrepressible Monsieur C, he has come all the way from Nimes in France to meet YOU, the people of Bath. More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Inverted - Box

Somewhere between dance, gymnastics, acrobatics and hand balancing lies Inverted. Expect a world turned upside down. Part of the New Work Works Scheme More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Street to the Point

The Point Theatre, Eastleigh Youth Theatre

The youngsters from the Youth Theatre at The Point Eastleigh come en mass More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Animystic Productions - Hessie the Elephant

Marvelous puppeteers Jake Ruddle and Ayla Terzi accompanied by Hessie performing as part of the New Work Works Scheme

Lost in a foreign land, a young elephant is on an adventure! An adventure around the streets of Bath More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Avanti Display: Full Circle

Buckets full of mayhem and erm..yes, water..from one of the UK’s finest and longest established street theatre companies, premièring their new show here with us!! More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

ELA

ELA are Elle Kate Edwards and Alise Piebalga, accomplished circus performers, moving away from touring with nofitstate and into working on the street and in outdoor environments. Part of the New Work Works Scheme More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Grand Palladian Puppets

Beautiful traditional marionettes and enchanting storytelling from Bath based international puppeteers Tony & Iksana More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Julia Vita: Splish

A solo show from Julia Vita as part of the New Works Work Scheme

Join Splish on her journey across the high seas! Put a little wind in her sail, hear her strange tale in a foreign tongue, and hopefully find a few fish along the way too. More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Lino Creamy

A solo show from New Work Works Scheme performer Pete Lloyd.

Lino Creamy may not want to set the world on fire but will he start a flame in your heart? Join him to find out, at this sweet and silly clown show about a man in a hat looking for love and fun. More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Natural Theatre Company

Bath's very own fabulous street theatre company performing new characters as part of the New Works Work Scheme More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Old Spot Theatre Co: Los Perdidos Village Band

Old Spot Theatre Company have worked the circus and street theatre circuit for years, nay decades but will bring something decidedly new to Bedlam Fair this year as part of the New Work Works Scheme
More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats these ten vividly costumed artists cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.
More info and booking...

The Bell

Terry & Gerry

Gerry Colvin made a lot of friends in Bath and The Bell some years ago with Colvin Quarmby, but now he’s back with a revival of his much loved ‘80s skiffle combo who recorded 3 Peel sessions and scored Indie Chart hits with straight-to-the-point tales like ‘Clothes Shop’ and ‘Last Bullet in the Gun'. Great writing and no-fuss delivery. More info and booking...

Widcombe Social Club

Misha Carder, the current Bard of Bath, invites you to

Travel stories and music from around the world

Themed concert with Wessex Musicians & Wordsmiths

Venue: The Wharf Room, Widcombe Social Club. Come to either or both sessions
4-6pm Poetry, Music, Digital Exhibition, and Pop-Up Gallery.
6.30 - 7.30 Optional Shared Supper at 6.30
7.45 - 10pm Stories and Music from local performers, featuring Brighid's Flame: an hour of Irish music, myths, stories, with harp. More info and booking...

Monday 5th June

The Bell

Africa Entsha

Formerly Soweto Entsha (played Fringe a few years ago), these guys are a phenomenon: acappella singers bringing a wide range of Afro-American vocal styles together to show continuity in the traditions and the value of sheer style and skill. Traditional to Doo-Wop to Soul to RnB. Close-up they'll be dynamite! More info and booking...

Wednesday 7th June

The Bell

Jackson

A product of the restlessly recombinant Bristol funk/jazz/soul scene, Jackson sprays colours from all over the musical spectrum onto the canvas, featuring faces that the truly alert will have seen before: Jack Baldus, Asian Hawk, Rich O’Brien, Joe Price and other hotshots. A very contemporary sound that is not afraid of its own intelligence, nor of shaking that thing or rocking it out. And already better than their acclaimed debut EP. More info and booking...

Friday 9th June

The Bell

St Wally's Eve

As a prelude to the Walcot Nation Day celebrations, The Bell will be buzzing to an upgrade on the usual already-groovesome vinyl DJ malarkey, and, we are assured, some popup events to match. More details on their website and ours nearer the time. More info and booking...

The Royal Oak

Jesuits

New-ish Bristol psych quartet including ex-members of the rather-good-sadly Towns, surfing a tidal wave of feedback & noise but with punk/grunge energy and attitude to keep them out of any trouble they didn't choose to be in. Ones to watch (and indeed listen to). More info and booking...

Saturday 10th June

The Bell

Walcot Independence Partyparty

K'Chevere, Nathan, Mick & Bruno

To celebrate 20 years of the re-birth of Walcot Nation and its sensational street party, on top of the Bell's usual eclectomaniac Saturday formula we're adding a classic Bath live band and then on into 2 rooms of major DJ action from some of our traditional longterm local favourites. Lineup to be announced, see our website and The Bell's. More info and booking...

Sunday 11th June

The Bell

Walcot Nation Celebration!

It was 20 years ago today...

Walcot Nation Day festival - run by Bath Fringe, The Bell, and key local traders - was 20 years ago on the Sunday at the end of that year's Fringe. We reckon that's a major excuse for a party. Already confirmed: an afternoon of top local live music, events in the yard, archive film showings of past local misdemeanours, pop-up art, and the unpredictable. See our website and The Bell's for details nearer the time. More info and booking...

Monday 12th June

The Bell

The Underscore Orkestra

6 piece from Portland Oregon who had such a ball last summer they were begging to be back this year. Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and other stuff that makes air and feet move in an inescapably joyous fashion, with the commitment and hard work on presentation and motivation that our transatlantic cousins do so well. More info and booking...

Wednesday 14th June

The Bell

Kangaroo Moon

A festival perennial for 30-odd years and always a guarantee that summer is finally here - not least because they used to work the double-summer trip so beloved of performers with a strong antipodean connection. Celtic and tranced-out grooves, future primitive eco instincts and a shot of the mystic derived from their Planet Gong connection. Plenty have tried to copy but none hit it like they do. More info and booking...

Monday 10th July

Central Bath

Bath Big Cheese Trail

There is life after the Fringe! Join the Bath Big Cheese Trail. Running from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th July. You and 100 cheeses!
Organised by Bath Comedy in association with VisitBath and Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations and supported by Heritage Lottery.
Details soon!
www.bathcomedy.com More info and booking...