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Bandstand set to be back in action in Northampton this weekend

The Love Northampton season of summer events kicked off on Saturday with live performances in Abington Street - though the bandstand could not be used due to power problems.

The Love Northampton season of summer events kicked off on Saturday with live performances in Abington Street - though the bandstand could not be used due to power problems.

Musical acts are expected to return to Abington Street in Northampton this weekend after power issues led to a change of venue on Saturday.

The Love Northampton schedule of summer street entertainment kicked off on Saturday featuring musicians, acrobats and circus performers, plus fairground rides and a ‘beach’ on the Market Square.

But the temporary bandstand set up on Abington Street could not be used after problems powering the stage. Musical entertainment was instead moved to he NN Courtyard on Guildhall Road at short notice.

This week the council says it is replacing the current bandstand with a smaller one, which it hopes will be ready to use by Saturday.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council, said: “We experienced some power problems with the set-up of bandstand last Saturday but all the planned free entertainment went ahead and drew considerable crowds to Abington Street.

“This week we reviewed our plans and decided to use a smaller stage when required for some of the acts, alongside the entertainment at street level which people enjoyed so much.

“We hope every weekend is as popular as the first, which achieved its aim of bringing people into the town centre and encouraging them to stay longer once they are here.”

The council said the power issues were not caused by ongoing road construction works further down the street, or the moving of the Crick statue to outside Marks & Spencer.

The schedule of street entertainment is being organised by the council in partnership with the Northampton music 365 project, Most Marvellous, Northampton Leisure Trust and the Northampton Town Centre BID.

The Summer Events programme will is to run until Saturday August 30, with a full schedule available at: lovenorthampton.co.uk/summer-events.

 

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