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…..
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.
The 18th of June, 1st gig of the season and our 12th year at Southwest Fest! Always a joyous way to start the season, some members doing their very 1st performance, others more experienced and able to guide their peers and show them how it’s done!
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!
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
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