Pavilions for Music CIC
Bringing Bandstands Back to Life
This is a website with a difference and with the sole intention of "Bringing Bandstands back to life".
Bandstands have been a feature of the British way of life for well over a century but after the Second World War an increasing number fell into disuse and were neglected. Sadly many were demolished as public parks and seaside resorts went into a spiral of decline in the 1980s and 1990s. However in 1997 the Heritage Lottery Fund started investing in our public parks and gardens and this has seen the rediscovery of bandstands which has continued to this day. Former Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dr Stewart Harding has described them as ‘wonderfully exotic structures that are at once very familiar and also alien in their strange designs - looking like UFOs, Moorish temples, rustic cottages or Chinese pavilions’.
This revival is still under way and continues to this day. Over 100 bandstands have been restored and are now in use up and down the country and are once again becoming the focal points of restored and vibrant parks, not just echoing to the sounds of brass, but often bouncing to rhythm and blues, rock, opera, street theatre and drama. A bandstand is, however, merely an empty shell unless music is played on it and once again many local authorities (but not all) and other organisations are realising this starting with the annual ‘Bandstand Marathon’ which is now part of ‘Our Big Gig’ along with London's Bandstand Busking regular features of the bandstand scene. Their return is welcome. Many bandstands are back.... but many are not.
This website is therefore not only a celebration of the bandstand, it is a database of all the existing bandstands in the country, old or new, whether Rustic, Victorian, Art Deco or simply modern in style. Its sole purpose is to put people who want to use them in touch with those responsible for managing them, the rules and regulations you need to adhere to and how you can book your local bandstand and ensure their continued survival and use for many years to come. Use them or lose them and please help to bring your local bandstand back to life.
With this in mind, I have also established a Community Interest Company (CIC) called "Pavilions for Music CIC" and have had this approved by Companies House and the CIC Regulator. I am now looking at how this can be funded, with some early discussions already pricking interest. Do watch this space.
I have also added a new Facebook page with lots of up to date details. Please do check by on the link here
Victoria Park, Denton
Origins of Brass..... with 40,000 brass bands active at the end of the 19th century
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
....to rock, rhythm and blues in the parks... Dire Straits, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Who and the Bay City Rollers have all performed on a bandstand
....to being beside the seaside... whether dodging seagulls, sampling hotdogs, paddling in the surf... find a local bandstand and chill with a 99