Bloco Fogo rehearsal times and venue

We’re based at Mascalls Academy in Paddock Wood, Kent and rehearse on Wednesdays from 19.30 to 22.00.

Historically, we were based in Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, with the two groups learning separately but playing gigs together. Since November 2017, we have been rehearsing at a single venue so we can all practise together and benefit from more comprehensive teaching.

We meet every week to rehearse and to socialise! All instruments are provided and no experience is necessary.



We currently run a yearly beginners group with the next one planned for early 2020. The class of 2019 are only a few weeks in but have already performed a tune they learned to the rest of the band! Over the next few months they will continue to learn and rehearse as a group whilst also starting to integrate into the main band.

If you think you’d like to join our next course but can’t wait to try your hand, we do offer 2 free weeks during the year to give you a chance to see if samba is for you.

If you have previous experience of playing samba, then come along for your 2 free weeks and our mestres (musical leaders) will advise on the best way forward.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Matt and the rest of your band who attended the New Romney Country Fayre yesterday. Bloco Fogo really are a joy to work with, as you are so friendly and amenable and will also always help us out with performing extra sessions, etc. You were as fantastic as ever in the parade and both your arena performances attracted big crowds. We love having you as part of our event and will be delighted to invite you to come back to New Romney for many years to come. It wouldn’t be a Country Fayre without you!
— Caroline, New Romney Country Fayre