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Battersea Music Festival Gets Under Way

 Mica ParisMusic lovers are invited to enjoy three days of free live music and dance in Battersea Park this weekend (July 17 – 19).
 
Festivities get underway at the park's historic bandstand at 6.30pm, Friday 17 July, when stars from the world of ballroom dancing will showcase their skills and teach residents some classic moves.

Argentine Tango professionals will also be on stage throughout the evening and will be calling on the audience to get up and dance. The lessons are suitable for all levels of ability.

On Saturday, July 19, the council's events team has teamed up with legendary Chelsea-based jazz venue, The 606 Club, to present a fabulous evening of music. The line-up features soul artist Mica Paris, renowned bass player Stefan Redtenbacher and jazz vocalist Tony O’Malley.

The session kicks off at 7pm when Stefan Redtenbacher takes to the stage accompanied by his high-energy 5-piece band, “Funkestra”. Stephan is one of the UK’s leading “groove” bass players having worked with major artists including Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert and Danny Gotlieb.

Tony O’Malley takes over at 8.10pm, playing his brand of jazz tinged contemporary soul and blues. The audience can look forward to a great performance from a truly original and powerful artist.

The evening will continue with soul star Mica Paris live on stage from 9.20pm. Her debut album went platinum and she has top ten hits to her name including, ‘You Are My One Temptation’. Mica is one of the UK’s finest soul vocalists with a range, power and soulfulness that set her apart.

To round off the night's entertainment under the stars, all three artists will appear on stage together in an exciting jam session at 10.15pm.

Food will be available from a barbecue stand throughout the evening and there will be a bar offering a range of drinks.

And the festivities continue on Sunday, July 19 with an afternoon and evening of eclectic sounds.

At 1pm, Sajid Khan’s Qawwali group will take to the bandstand to play their brand of Sufi devotional music from South Asia. Eight performers including vocalists, percussion and harmoniums will perform in full costume.

Next up will be street percussion band Rhythms of the City playing their infectious style of Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

At 2.20pm, an emerging band from the Isle of White will take over the bandstand- The Wellbeing. Expect an exciting performance from the electric folk group.

A traditional Maori performance will be next from Manaia. The audience will experience the warm harmonies and graceful dance of the Waiata and Poi. Eight artists and musicians will sing, narrate and dance - finishing with the energetic Haka.

South African’s Mbawula take to the stage for the festival’s final act at 5.40pm. Their unique style incorporates African Township, Basie, Ellington and Jive. Expect stunning vocals from the six strong group.

The music will continue until 6.30pm and again there will be barbecue food and drinks available at the bar.

Admission to the festival is free.

For more information call the events team on (020) 8871 8108 or visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/events

Date posted: 17 July 2009