Royal Parks Half Marathon

Royal Parks Half Marathon

We will be playing outside Buckingham Palace this Sunday for the Royal Parks Half Marathon in Aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital <3
Hope her maj is home and maybe she’ll pay us to stop playing outside her bedroom window and then GOSH will get lots of money. Either that or she’ll love it and give us a Royal wave. It’s win win really, isn’t it.

Probably the last chance you’ll get to see us before it gets too cold. Brrrrr…..

 

Catch UDM This Summer 2017!

Catch UDM This Summer 2017!

Sun 11 June The Scoop at More London
Sat 1 July SouthWest Fest, Pimlico
Sun 2 July Cowley Rd Carnival Oxford
Fri 14 July Waterloo Carnival
Sun 16 July Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park

 

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Read more about our 2017 carnival theme Misterios do Mar

British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Pharrell and Stevie Wonder

British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Pharrell and Stevie Wonder

So yesterday we had the HUGE honour of playing at British Summertime Festival on the same bill as Pharrell, Corinne Bailey Rae and the legend that is Stevie Wonder. Audience figures reached 65000 people at their peak and the event was heaving all day. An extremely proud day for UDM, our members were true pros.

Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Sun 6th July

Great (nearly)end to the best season yet! Huuuuuge crowds, lining the streets of East Oxford, for a full-on, powerful parade down the length of the Cowley Road, and a stage show to finish a perfect day. Well done and thankyou to all involved, I think ‘Sambalactica’ has well and truly flown to the stars and back and shared samba with the universe this year and during the immense journey of the last 10 years. Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe it.

 

But fret not, that ‘nearly’ means that there are 2 more chances to join the UDMSamba journey. Notting Hill Carnival Mon 28th August and Hackney Carnival  14th September both with Paraiso School of Samba – See you there!

Waterloo Carnival

Waterloo Carnival

photo by T A-Hobbs
photo by T A-Hobbs

Waterloo Carnival, Sat 4th July

Our annual day out with the Mandinga Arts team and Johanna Primary School, accompanying the 300 strong whole ENTIRE school in costume. HOW.

Checkout Mandinga’s fabulous work here http://www.mandingaarts.co.uk/

Waterloo carnival here https://www.facebook.com/waterloocarnival

And don’t forget our last full on UDM parade of the season on Sunday 6th July, the long awaited Cowley Road Carnival 

What a bonkers weekend!

What a bonkers weekend!

 

This weekend = City of London Festival Children’s Parade, Fri 27th June and Southwest Fest SW1, Sat 28th June AND our 10th anniversary celebration!

UDM’s 3rd year at COLF Children’s Carnival Parade, and every year it just gets better. What a privilege to be chosen to perform on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday saw us lead the SouthWest Fest Parade through the streets of Pimlico followed by a show on the mainstage – Congratulations Southwest who celebrated their 10th birthday today JUST LIKE US. More about that when we’ve recovered from the excitement

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photo by Chris Bicourt

Sat 28th June UDM’s 10th Birthday Celebration

Our lovely alumni, performer, helper and writer extraordinare Roshni Goyate, is going to do write up of this super-special occasion, which obviously will take pride of place, smack bang in the middle of the websit. All we can say is it was beautiful and emotional and a few tears may have been shed. Sigh. Here’s to another 10