Music showcase to aid Grand Pavilion

A MUSICAL showcase will be taking place in Matlock Bath to raise funds to help revamp the village’s Grand Pavilion.

Community members are leading a £2.5m renovation and restoration plan to transform the historic building in to an arts and entertainment centre.

To support the project 16 performers will be taking to the stage at the Fishpond pub on Saturday, July 16.

The pub, which has been closed for a make-over, is under new ownership.

It is set to close later in the year for a major refurbishment – and when it reopens it will be selling real ales from local breweries.

The fundraiser, organised by Save the Pavilion Group and local music promoters, will see musicians playing continuously from 2pm to 11.30pm on a combination of two acoustic stages and the main stage in the Ballroom.

Ted Morris, of promoters Band Xplosion said: “We are certain that nothing this big has been run in the area for a long time. It’s quite a challenge, but we know the Pavilion holds memories for a lot of people and we felt a big project like Save the Pavilion needed a big programme.”

Music across the board will be featured throughout the day including acoustic blues and contemporary, folk from the likes of Nina Smith and Whiskey Bob Shaker.

Upstairs the main bands include The Janskys, Seas of Mirth and BB Blackdog with Tastebuds ending the night.

Chairman of Save the Pavilion group, Gregor Macgregor, said: “This event shows the sort of thing that the Pavilion will do when it is open but on a larger scale.

“I welcome this initiative both for the financial gain that we will get as a charity but also because it will show what the Pavilion can achieve when it opens. I hope it is a great success.”

The group hopes to organise music festivals throughout the year when the Pavilion reopens.

Entry is free to all areas until 6pm on Saturday. The acoustic remains free after 6pm and the ballroom admission costs £5.

Tickets are available from The Fishpond, Matlock Music Shop or www.wegottickets.com/event/122819.

Tickets cost £6 on the door with proceeds going to the group.