Music Festival teams up with Arts Market to form Piccadilly Circus 2011

Organisers of a city-centre music festival have teamed up with local artists to make their event an even bigger success.

Piccadilly Circus, which has taken place on the first Saturday of July for the past two years, is set to happen again on July 2nd, but this time with the addition of an Arts Market run by The Exchange arts project, based in the Cultural Quarter of the city centre.

The event is organised by Matt Taylor and Sarah Smith of not-for-profit Inspired Events and features a long list of local bands and musicians, theatre and dance performances from amateur dramatic companies and high schools, as well as street entertainment and refreshments in the form of a beer tent and a hog-roast.

The festival has been very successful in the past. But this year, with the partnership with the Arts Market, it is hoped even more people will benefit from the event.

Matt Taylor, aged 34, said:  “Piccadilly Circus has attracted 1000s of people over the last two years and as well as providing a free city-centre music festival, it gives businesses in Hanley a much-needed boost.

“It is a free music festival, with something for pretty much everyone. It’s family friendly, and has music styles that will appeal to different of people of different ages, from different backgrounds. We have a line-up of top local bands which will bring in their own crowds as well as entertain the people who come for the day out.

“The Arts Market will add to the cultural feel, and we hope this year to attract not only 1000s of music and arts fans from the city, but also to reach out to many for whom going to such events is a novelty. And as it’s a free event, so there’s no reason for people to stay away.”

Sarah Smith, a local drama teacher, plans the theatre and dance performances. She added: “We’re really up for it this year. We’re even doing a sponsored parachute jump to raise money for the costs of the event.

“After the success of the last two years, we’ve got theatre companies lining up to be involved, and we have some fun activities up our sleeves like an interactive Zumba demonstration!”

Piccadilly Circus 2011 will take place on July 2nd from 11am to 10pm and will feature a line-up of top local bands performing their own material, acoustic musicians and theatre and dance productions from some of Stoke’s best amateur theatre companies as well as high schools in the area.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Matt at


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