Free Events and concerts each weekend at Blackpool Stanley Park Bandstand

FREE Events at Stanley Park & Live Music

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland work hard throughout the year to bring you lots of FREE events at Stanley Park and outdoor concerts throughout the season.

Take a look at what’s on this year. Please note – correct at time of publication.

Stanley Park – Free Events & Live Music

Free bandstand events at Stanley Park - 20.5.18 - photo from Elizabeth Gomm
Free bandstand events at Stanley Park. Photo: Elizabeth Gomm

Enjoy music concerts each weekend throughout the summer – with a musical genre to suit every taste. Pitch your spot at the side of the bandstand, bring a picnic, enjoy an ice cream and while away the afternoon with a dance and a sing-along.

For vehicle enthusiasts there are events in the Italian Gardens.

Stanley Park bandstand has become a favourite place for the people of Blackpool on summer Sunday afternoons. Throughout the summer there’s a mix of shows. From concert bands and rock bands to metal and choirs. Enjoy folk, reggae, soul and DJs.

Acts love to appear on the bandstand. Some have large followings and up to 2,000 people attend to create a carnival atmosphere. Blackpool has a lot of good young performers and the bandstand gives them a place to showcase their skills with no charge to the public.

Keep an eye on the Visit Fylde Coast Events Guide for a reminder about these events. Make sure you don’t miss any of the great free entertainment this summer at Stanley Park.

Don’t forget to sign up for your Visit Fylde Coast newsletter. You’ll get reminders about events and much more delivered straight to your inbox every week.


**Please check the Friends of Stanley Park – Facebook page for the latest updates**

Bring along a picnic and your dancing shoes, for the Fylde Coast’s favourite FREE entertainment on Sunday afternoons (plus other days). Entry by donation.

Friends of Stanley Park is short of volunteers to help to run these events. If you’d like to help please get in touch with

Free music at Stanley Park. Photos: Elizabeth Gomm
Photos: Elizabeth Gomm

Music at the Bandstand

These dates are all Sundays, from 1-4.30pm, unless otherwise stated


  • 28th – Glam Rockesz, The Cooper Collective feat Chique


  • 4th – The Deal, Monday Harmony Club
  • 11th – Bob On, Ghetto Defendants, DJ Inush
  • 18th – Rupert Fabulous, Mark Arnold
  • 25th – Sleepwalker, 48 Ashes plus Acoustic sets


  • 2nd – Motorcycle show in Italian Gardens – 10am to 4pm
  • 2nd – Touch the Pearl & Guest
  • 9th – Parka Monkeys & Guest
  • 16th – Neon Rain, Beat Bros
  • 23rd – The Dead Beats, Mickey Van Gelders
  • 30th – Majesty, The Cherished Times, Mike & Jo


  • 6th – Five-O, The Versions
  • 13th – Ska Face & Guest
  • 20th – New World Dawn, Next of Kin, John Morgan
  • 27th – The Kingsmen, Elvis, Prime Mover
  • 28th – Bank Holiday Monday – Soul in the Park, DJs only


  • 3rd – Cherished Times, Audio Freeway, Betty Kendrick
  • 10th – The Violet Hour, Gentleman Rogues, Monday Club Harmony
  • 17th Mr Mels Big Chill on the Bandstand – 12-5pm

THANK YOU to sound engineer James Gelson

Please bring your own chair. Note that the bandstand has a zero alcohol tolerance. Parents must be responsible for their children at all times.

All events are free entry but please make a donation which will be used to cover the cost of these events.

Subject to cancellation/change due to weather and band availability.

Free events from the Friends of Stanley Park

The shows are put on by the Friends of Stanley Park who run events throughout the year to raise funds for them. For as long as anyone can remember, Carole Thaw, a member of the Friends of Stanley Park, has arranged the shows and been there on the day to staff them. To do this she has a number of volunteer helpers, such as Joan, Curtis, Billy and Dean, some who do a few shows and others who do more. There is always a need for more volunteers.

Public safety and the safety of the musicians has to be considered as electricity and water aren’t a good mix and the bandstand is open on all sides so on rainy days the acts have to be cancelled

There is plenty to do on the day of the show. A show may need special items which may need to be hired or borrowed. Items need to be transported to the bandstand, such as the dance floor for the Northern Soul show . The Friends of Stanley Park have a well-stocked stall and Carole does a great job finding small items that can be sold to make money towards the upkeep of the shows.

Every year from around October the next years shows are booked.

Volunteers needed for Stanley Park Bandstand Events

The Friends of Stanley Park have issued a plea for more people to help them out during the events that take place through the summer.

The free bandstand events take place every Sunday between May and September, as well as an extra event on the August bank holiday Monday. People are needed to help with marshalling people at the events, as well as with clearing up afterwards.

Elaine Smith, Chair of the Friends Group, said: “Yet again this year there are some excellent bands coming to the park for people to enjoy.

“However, these great events don’t put themselves on. We need volunteers to spare us a just a few hours of their weekend to put these kinds of shows on. In return, they get to spend their Sunday in the glorious Stanley Park listening to some fantastic music.”

For information, or to applying as a volunteer, call 316713 or email Carole Thaw on

Get in Touch with the Friends of Stanley Park

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2 thoughts on “FREE Events at Stanley Park & Live Music”

  1. Gordon Higginbottom

    Looking thru the list of bands in Stanley Pk.I was disappointed at the omission of brass bands.
    Particularly as there are so many fine bands in the area …Blackpool Brass ..Thornton -Cleveleys. ..Pilling..Eccleston..Freckleton…in fact the NWest association who hold their annual competition in Blackpool boasts a membership of 70 active bands. The list even includes the National Champions.
    There are a number of non member bands around also.
    Many School & Yth Brass bands in the region.
    Yet none are performing In Stanley Park .. not once ! Why ..?
    I doubt it is a financial reason I see Stowe School are engaged ..all the way from Bucks….mind you they are NOT a brass band so I suppose that may the reason

    1. It’s my understanding that bookings at the bandstand are made by groups/bands approaching the Friends of Stanley Park and booking the available slots.

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