Bloco Fogo rehearsal times and venue

We meet every week to rehearse and to socialise! All instruments are provided and no experience is necessary; just turn up, pay your subs, and join in! (we give you a month for free so you can try it out first and see if it's for you).

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

Here's where to find us:


On Wednesdays from 19:30 to 22:00 at Mascalls Academy



We are excited to announce our new 6-month course for beginners designed to get you started within an exciting yet supportive environment whilst also giving you the opportunity to play alongside more experienced players.

Beginners will start off rehearsing separately and then be slowly integrated into the main band as skills and confidence increase.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - just a willingness to have a go.

The Whole of March IS FREE!

Come along once a week at no cost anytime from 7th March to see if samba is for you before joining the band in April once you're as addicted as we all are.  Instruments and other equipment will be provided.

Anyone from 12-112yrs welcome. Please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.



We occasionally run a week-long Summer School  in Tunbridge Wells during the summer holidays for 8-14 year olds to have fun and make new friends, while learning all about the different instruments and rhythms of the band.

We work towards an exciting performance in Tunbridge Wells with the main band and focus on performance skills in dance and costume production as well as drumming.

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