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Everything you need to know about The Darley Park Weekender

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2022

The Darley Park Weekender is back and bigger than ever, returning this August bank holiday with a mix of music and family events. 


Kickstarting the festivities is Classic Ibiza which will take place on Fri 26 Aug from 4pm. This four-hour spectacular will begin with a Chill-out DJ set from 6pm and will later play host to a highly anticipated San Miguel Sun-Downer Set featuring fan favourites such as Killer (Adamski) and Sun Is Shining (Funkstar De Luxe vs. Bob Marley). As the evening progresses, the Dance Set will get the crowd on their feet with classics such as Ride On Time (Black Box) and Titanium (David Guetta) as well as an impressive laser show. Join us for an orchestral set of over 30 house classics, including 15 tracks new for this year’s Classic Ibiza event. Tickets bought before 25 Aug are £35 per adult, £20 for ages 5-16 and under 5s free. Tickets bought on the day cost £40 per adult, £25 for ages 5-16 and free for under 5s.

Taking us into the weekend is brand-new event 80s Mix Tape, which heads to the Darley Park open-air stage on Sat 27 Aug. This night of nostalgia features over 6 hours of music to enjoy and will start with music from local 4-piece band Cassette Roulette and The 80s Reunion. The 80s Reunion features stars hand-picked members from Europe’s premier 80’s tribute show, 80s Mania, who will recreate chart topping hits from artists such as Duran Duran, The Human League, Madonna, Eurythmics and more. Joining our 80s party is T’Pau’s lead singer Carol Decker who scored international success with the band in the late 80s with the hit China in Your Hand. Singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Nik Kershaw, known for top 40 hits including Wouldn’t it Be Good, I won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and the Riddle will continue the festivities. Last and certainly not least, 80’s DJ Pat Sharp will take to the stage to wow audiences by mixing up a storm of high energy hits guaranteed to keep you dancing. Pat was a staple of the decade with many radio shows to his name and along with our other headliners will treat audiences to authentic 80s performances. Tickets bought before 25 Aug are £22.50 per adult, £15 for ages 5-16 and under 5s free. Tickets bought on the day, cost £25 per adult, £20 for ages 5-16 and free for under 5s.

Ending the weekend with a bang is The Darley Park Concert, which has become a staple to families across the region for over 3 decades. Sinfonia Viva, supported by Rolls-Royce ­will tantalise audiences with a showcase of music, elegantly sweeping across the genres. This year will feature music from composers such as Walton, Vaughan Williams, Lloyd Webber, Elgar and Mercury. The full programme is as follows:

Conducting this year’s concert is concert-regular James Holmes, who enjoys a varied career that straddles the worlds of opera and musical theatre. As a former ENO staff conductor and Head of Music at Opera North (1996-2008) he has become well-known in recent years for classic Broadway musicals, in particular the work of Sondheim and Kurt Weill. He is delighted to renew once again a long-standing association with Viva and the annual Darley Park concert.

Our soloists this year will be Helen Power, soprano solo performer. Helen has a background in musical theatre and has also performed in concerts all over the world including Of Thee I Sing (Royal Festival Hall); guest soloist with Ben Forster (Villa Marina, Isle of Man) and The Sopranos Live (UK and European Tours). Another soloist taking to the Darley Park stage this year is Dan Gill, a baritone singer who trained at Mountview Academy. Dan has recently appeared in Mountview’s production of Legally Blonde and Les Misérables as well as performing at the BBC Music Awards in 2014.

Derby Jazz will be performing before Sinfonia Viva, from around 6.20pm and for our interval performance, Sing Viva Carers Choir will treat audiences to an unmissable set. The group are a group of carers and non-carers alike who come together to sing, drink tea and socialise. They have previously sung at The Darley Park Concert, along with Manchester and Derby Cathedrals.

Tickets for The Darley Park Concert bought before Sun 31 Jul are £4 for a standard ticket and under 16s are £1. Tickets bought from Mon 1 Aug until Sat 27 Aug are £6 for a standard ticket and £3.50 for under 16s. Tickets bought on the day cost £8.50 for a standard ticket and £3.50 for an under 16s ticket.

Helping to make the weekend possible are our sponsors Meridian Business Support, RDS, Huub and Project D. Festival sponsors and local artisan doughnut makers Project D will be bringing their iconic black ice cream van ‘Project Whippy’ and festival stand, complete with illuminated displays stands and pink bean bags for customers to relax on, and will be selling a wide range of their products including favourites such as Bad Boy, Homer and Caramel Romance…and you may even see some Darley Park Weekender specials making an appearance! 

Project D director Max Poynton said: “We’ve just had our busiest festival season ever and we’re delighted to be able to sponsor such a big music event in our home city.”

Hosting this year’s Darley Park Weekender are our friends at BBC Radio Derby. Sally Pepper, host of the afternoon show on BBC Radio Derby featuring people from Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, will be on stage at Darley Park for the first time for The Darley Park Concert. For our second Darley Park Concert host, keep hold of your sandwiches, as Andy Twigge (Twiggy), has been known to steal them from the audience! Andy is known for presenting BBC Radio Derby on air from 6am every weekday. Finally, Donna Alos, the presenter of the weekend breakfast shows on BBC Radio Derby on Sat and Sun morning will be hosting the 80s Mix Tape.

While attending this action-packed weekend of music and entertainment, if you don’t want to bring a full picnic with you, why not treat yourself to one of the delicious snacks on offer from our street food stalls. Pizza from Dough 2 Go will be available along with Vegan Caribbean food from Michael's Caribbean Storehouse, Savoury and sweet crepes from The United Bakes of America, Churros from Churromania and sweet treats from Grandads old English fudge and toffee. Similarly, a bar serving a selection of draft beers, premixed spirits, mixers, wine and soft drinks will be on site throughout the weekend. Our panto’s award-winning Best Dame, Morgan Brind aka Widow Twankey will be making an appearance at The Darley Park Concert to entertain the crowds and children’s inflatables and face painting will also be available for the duration of the weekend.

Car parking for the event us available at Chapel Street and the Assembly Rooms car park sites. 24-hour parking is available for £4 which is payable on exit with cash or card. Similarly, parking at St Benedicts Catholic Voluntary Academy will be available on a first come first serve basis for £5 cash only. There is also limited parking available at Darley Village near the Cricket Club for Blue Badge Holders. The full details about parking can be found on the FAQs page on our website.

Tickets for The Darley Park Weekender are on sale now. Make savings of up to 20% when you buy tickets for two or more events with our fantastic LIVEsaver offer – you can even combine with our Pantomime Aladdin. All events across the weekend will be BSL sign interpreted. Tickets can be purchased on the Derby LIVE website, at the Sales and Information Centre Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF, or by calling 01332 255 800.




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