Come down to Queens Park to celebrate the end of London 2012   |   Sunday 9 September 2012   |   1pm – 5pm

Come along, watch and listen to a jam-packed musical programme as part of the London 2012 Festival closing celebrations.

Bandstand Marathon photograph

The Bandstand Marathon event at Queens Park in Chesterfield will come alive with music on Sunday 9 September, marking the end of the London 2012 Festival and an amazing summer of sport and culture on the final day of the Paralympic Games.

It will be a truly memorable day, showcasing the best local talent and an eclectic musical programme including bands, groups, choirs & individual musicians. This free event will entertain audiences from 1-5pm, offering everyone who comes along a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the nationwide finale celebrations for London 2012.

The event line up will include: Ashover Band and Highly Strung.

The event at Queens Park will be one of hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place simultaneously in bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK, making up the nationwide Bandstand Marathon – the official closing event of the London 2012 Festival.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said; “The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to showcase their talents and be part of the London 2012 Festival. I am proud that we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The spectacular summer has shown off the strengths of our country in style and it hasn’t ended yet. It continues with the Bandstand Marathon and everyone should come out to enjoy the musical events at their local bandstand.”


He continued: “2012 has been the year for all our communities to come together, from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch Relay and of course the Games themselves, reinforcing our shared identity and celebrating our great country. We have seen how these big national events can have a positive impact on local communities, bringing people out into our parks and onto the streets in their thousands, bringing a sense of joy and championing all those things we share together rather than keep us apart.”

Katharine Lane, Associate Director, Superact, said: “It has been a summer of incredible events and we are very proud that Bandstand Marathon will bring the London 2012 Festival to a close by bringing local bandstands, parks and outdoor performance spaces alive with the whole community joining in – it’s going to be a memorable day!”

Bandstand Marathon is brought to you by not-for profit arts organisation Superact and Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music. Support from The Department for Communities and Local Government is enabling Bandstand Marathon to expand and enhance its existing annual programme, doubling the length of each event to four hours this year, and providing opportunities for training, community networking and audience participation, and linking musicians together across the country.

For further information about Bandstand Marathon 2012, visit


For more information on the London 2012 Festival, and to find out what’s going on near you, visit


Media Contact: Sarah West 01246 345119

Editor’s Notes


Superact is a not-for-profit arts organisation using creativity to improve the health and wellbeing of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. We use artists and musicians, both amateur & professional, to deliver highly successful projects in the healthcare, education and criminal justice systems.

Making Music

Making Music has been the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music since 1935. They thrive on encouraging all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene. Their 3,000 members include choirs, orchestras, music promoters, jazz and wind bands, community festivals, samba groups, sitar ensembles, barbershop choruses and brass bands. These groups come to Making Music for the expert help they need to set up, run and develop music groups in their communities. Making Music is here to help everyone flourish in their music making.


London 2012 Festival


The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008 over 18 million people all over the UK have already participated in or attended performances and workshops as part of Cultural Olympiad programmes inspired by London 2012 and funded by our principal funders and sponsors.  Since the beginning of the London 2012 Festival on 21st June 2012, over 12 million people have attended Festival events, made possible by all of our partners. The London 2012 Festival runs until the last day of the Paralympic Games, on 9thSeptember.

Principal Funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

Supporters of the London 2012 Festival are BMW, Eurostar, Freshfields, King’s College London, Panasonic, Samsung, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, BBC, British Council, Creative Scotland, DCAL, DCMS, Festivals Edinburgh, Mayor Of London, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Visit Britain and Visit Scotland.

For more information on the London 2012 Festival:


Liz Gordon
Public Relations 

Superact CIC
@ Somerset College
Wellington Road

t: + 44 (0) 1823 666641
m: + 44 (0) 7702 808137

Superact is a member of the International Music Council


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