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2015 Calendar of RASPO performances

PEACE & LOVE CONCERT
Thursday 12 February 2015 6.30pm
Tickets are £5 in advance and are available on the door.

Marilyn's Loft Bar above Monroe's Rib House, 61 St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2LG.
CultureMix presents The Peace and Love Concert, an evening of live reggae and steel pan music introducing IYA Rebels and featuring Stelphonic Steel Ensemble, DJ Louie G and RASPO Steel Band
The Peace and Love Concert review.

2nd SCHOOLS STEEL BAND FESTIVAL 2015
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Doors open 5pm. Show 5.30pm-7pm
St Gabriel's School, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9BD
The Schools Steel Band Festival returns for a second year with an even bigger and better showcase of music, dance and song from seven schools featuring RASPO and the first schools staff steel band.
Tickets £2.50 each. Children under 12yrs go free.
Schools Steel Band Festival review and video

EAT READING FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday 6 June 2015
12pm - 3pm performance
Broad Street Reading Berkshire
RASPO will entertain diners for the Big Lunch when a 20 metre long dinner table will stretch through Broad Street as part of the Eat Reading festival.
Living Reading web site.
Eat Reading 2015 - getReading.

WORLD PARTY 2015
Saturday 20 June 2015

2.15pm - 2.35pm performance. 3.10-3.30pm workshop
Eastrop Park, Basingstoke RG21 4QE
A free event celebrating world cultures and featuring a RASPO Steel Band performance and workshop.
World Party web site.

OPEN FOR ART - POP UP PANYARD
Sunday 5 July 2015
12noon - 3pm
Broad Street East Reading Berkshire
Try your hand at playing steel pan in Reading town centre as Jelly's Open For Art weekend returns for its second year.
Alt Reading Open for Art weekend.
Open for Art map

CAVERSHAM FESTIVAL 12-13 July 2015
Sunday 12 July 2015
5.30pm performance
Christchurch Meadows, George Street, Caversham Berkshire RG4 8BY
RASPO Steel Orchestra will perform for the finale parade at Caversham Festival a free readipop event at Christchurch Meadows.
Caversham Festival web site

READING FRINGE FESTIVAL 15-19 July 2015
Friday 17 July 2015
7pm performance
Shehnai 75-77 London Street, RG1 4QA
Reading Fringe Festival presents Olympia Revival showcasing the best music in Reading at the iconic Shehnai Banqueting Suite. RASPO Steel Band will perform alongside a host of Reading's best artists.
Reading Fringe Festival web site
Buy Reading Fringe Festival tickets

WHITFEST 18 July 2015
Saturday 18 July 2015
12noon performance
Rabson's Recreation Ground, Northumberland Avenue, S Reading, Berkshire
A festival which explores the past, present and future of Whitley's communities through art celebrating Whitley's local identity as well as its place in the wider world.
Whitfest website

RASPO-RAMA BUSKING TOUR 2015
20-27 August 2015
Oxford City Centre, Bonn Square - Thursday 20 August 12noon - 4pm
Reading Broad Street East (outside M&S) Sunday 23 August 12noon - 4pm
Reading Broad Street East (outside M&S) Thursday 27 August 12noon - 4pm

RASPO'S FREE summer music workshops culminate in a fundraising busking tour of live outdoor performances in Oxford and Reading.
Click here for details of RASPO rehearsals.

STOPTOBER TOUR - Berkshire
19-26 September 2015

RASPO Steel Band will provide entertainment to promote the lead up to Stoptober.
SLOUGH High Street - Saturday 19 September 2015 12-3pm
READING Broad Street - Sunday 20 September 2015 12-3pm
NEWBURY Northbrook Street - Saturday 26 September 2015 12-3pm

Stoptober is a Government Public Health Initiative that promotes smoking cessation for 28 days during the month of October. Solutions 4 Health plays an integral role in promoting, educating and supporting individuals who want to stop smoking.
Solutions 4 Health web site.

PEACE & LOVE CONCERT
Saturday 17 October 2015 7.30pm performance
Tickets are £9.20 in advance £11.20 on the door.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4QU

The second Peace & Love Concert is a Black History Month musical fundraising event celebrating Caribbean culture with calypso, reggae, Latin and jazz. The event introduces The Mighty Dub Generators featuring vocalist Junior Watson.
RASPO Steel Orchestra will perform a brand new repertoire. Roots and dub sound Jah Lion Movement and DJ Louie G will spin a selection of tunes for a night of cultural and rootical music.
More... Review.
Buy Peace & Love Concert tickets now.
View the What's On e-brochure here.


XMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON - Reading
Saturday 14 November 2015
12.30-2.30pm
Broad Street Reading Berkshire
RASPO Steel Band will provide entertainment to celebrate the start of the festive season at the Xmas lights switch on event outside M&S in Broad Street.

CALYPSO & CAROLS
Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December 2015 12noon - 4pm
outside M&S, Broad Street, Reading Berkshire

RASPO's annual outdoor Calypso and Carols concert is a fundraising event to entertain Reading's festive shoppers with a blend of calypso tunes and traditional carols. More...

RASPO Steel Band Big Lunch performance features in the local newspaper

RASPO Steel Band Big Lunch performance features in the local newspaper

Peace and Love Concerts

Peace and Love Concert I flyer

CultureMix launched the Peace and Love concerts to celebrate musical diversity and introduce talented new cultural artists to a wider audience.

The first concert introduced reggae band Iya Rebels and featured Stelphonic Steel Ensemble and RASPO Ensemble. More...

The second Peace and Love concert introduced new dub outfit The Mighty Dub Generators. The event showcased RASPO's new repertoire, featured local sound system Jah Lion and DJ Louie G. More...

Caversham Festival

Caversham Festival 2015 flyer

Caversham Festival is a huge annual event at Christchurch Meadows in Reading organised by local music charity Readipop. The event attracts around 10,000 people to three days of summer fun.

The festival ends on Sunday evening with a carnival procession and a performance from RASPO Steel Orchestra.