Make Music Day 2023 - Thanks for taking part!
21st June was International Make Music Day, and the very first Make Music Day UK in Bromley. Despite limited funding, hard work and goodwill from local businesses and musicians, made for a successful day. Starting early afternoon and running into the evening, the activity aimed to help support the 95 BID member businesses who rely on the night time trade.
Make Music Day events must be free to attend, celebrate music and take place on 21st June. Bromley excelled at all three with around 50 town centre performances in 14 different locations, providing free musical performances to residents, visitors and town centre employees. The Glades hosted performances all afternoon and introduced a ukulele band who raised money for Bromley Living Well, a local food bank and support service. The Churchill Theatre opened their bar and foyer especially and The Pavilion put on special deals and extended their restaurant opening hours to host music. Splash Damage produced their very own jamming band Splash Jamage plus laid on food and drinks for musicians and followers alike. Alongside three High Street busking spots, The Partridge, The Railway, O’Neill’s, Barrel & Horn and Carved Dive, all made changes to their schedules to host live music and help make this a true town-wide celebration. Our musicians were amazing, entertaining crowds and encouraging participation, from Eclipse Duo who had people spontaneously dancing in the High Street to The Ukelele Group leading a sing-a-long in The Glades!
All venues received bespoke marketing materials and we tagged in our performers on social media posts, all co-branded with MakeMusicDayUK.
Bromley has always had a strong musical heritage, this year demonstrated that it’s very much ‘alive and jamming’. We’re already looking ahead to celebrating this with Make Music Day 2024!