Ride London

Prudential RideLondon: the world's greatest festival of cycling saw more than 26,000 cyclists take to the streets of London and out into the Surrey countryside following the 100 mile route of the 2012 Olympic road race. 

We were there to encourage them on through the wind and rain with a 5 hour marathon session of our own playing at the Alzheimers Society cheer Station in Dorking High Street about 65 miles into the ride. It was so great to see the difference we made as the riders passed by, with many cheering and waving or even dancing in their seats.  We must have been playing with such enthusiasm too as we were evicted from our cheer station and moved further along the High St as we were drowning out a DJ 100 metres away !

 

Pembury School Year 6 leavers party

Lovely, local event to celebrate the Year 6 leavers as they move on from their primary school in Pembury. We had the opportunity to perform to the children as they arrived and greeted with a welcome drink ahead of parading them all into their celebration party along the red carpet!

International Samba Festival Coburg 2018

Bloco Fogo were accepted to participate in the 26th International Samba festival in Coburg, Germany between 14-16th July 2018. Months of rehearsal paid off as we played some amazing sets over the weekend, all over the city, culminating in a massive Samba Parade through the streets on the Sunday. Around 3,000 drummers and numerous dancers came together in front of a 200,000 strong crowd as the city was transformed yet again in the Samba capital of Europe for the weekend. The 2nd largest samba festival in the world, 2nd only to the famous Rio festival held in Brazil.

For this years event we had a strong band of 28 people, and what a great event to showcase our new logo design, flags and drums. A huge effort from everyone in the band this year, with a few notable standout contributions, you know who you are! We had people attending their 10th Coburg festival along with a few attending for the first time who were completely blown away by the enormity of the event and indeed the entire weekend. We even found time to absorb the culture with one or two Caipirinhas and immerse ourselves in whole the samba experience. So many bands, and so much energy and inspiration to bring back to our performance.

Coburg we will return !

Brenchley and Matfield School Summer Fete

Lovely school fete with all the usual tombolas, cake and plant stalls plus Bloco Fogo parading into the arena followed by a workshop for the kids. First outing for some of our newly branded drums and flags ! Looking good.

Soap Box Racing

Tunbridge Wells' first ever Soap Box Derby billed as “one of the biggest events Tunbridge Wells has ever seen” was held in Dunorlan Park, and we were especially invited to bring some carnival spirt to the event. A couple of parades around the field drew in big crowds as they waited in between races and the finals to be held. We even squeezed in a children's workshop. Amazing!

The Crazy Jeans extravaganza drew in almost 10,000 spectators, with fifty soapbox carts going head to head in a time trial challenge help raise funds for Hospice in the Weald and ellenor.