Summer 2012 has been the busiest yet for SYB. With gigs almost weekly since April, we’ve played weddings, parades, clubs, rugby matches, festivals, races, balls and more. We’ve entertained crowds everywhere from Dunfermline to Germany, and of course had a belter of a time. Here are a few highlights:
Think Pink Charity Ball
We were delighted to be able to offer our services in support of Breast Cancer Care, a fantastic cause. And it’s always good to get people samba dancing in ball gowns – especially in such a spectacular venue as Mar Hall.
West End Festival Parade – SYB style
We weren’t about to let a little thing like the cancellation of the West End Festival parade stop us – we defiantly marched from the Botanic Gardens down Byres Road, and gathered quite a following on the way. There was great public support for our renegade parade, and for a petition asking the council to reinstate the real parade next year. Here’s hoping it’ll be back in 2013.
O2 Glasgow Mela
We introduced our gorgeous dancers the Samba Rebelles, and played to a great crowd at the Commonwealth Stage. The best part of the day was an impromptu jam session and parade with Indian street band the Jaipur KAWA brass band.
Kelburn Garden Party
We always love going to Kelburn, and this year’s wee festival was better than ever. We heard some great acts, met fantastic people, played a stomping stage set, and undertook a perilous trek (whilst playing) through the forest. Can’t wait to be back in a few weeks for the Psychedelic Forest Carnival.
Coburg International Samba Festival
It had been a few years since SYB travelled to Germany for the samba festival, but we blew away the crowds in Coburg and are already looking forward to next year’s Festival. As ever, this idyllic German town became a mardi gras, and we partied as hard as we played. Big thanks to our “local” the Hungry Highlander and all the friends, new and old, from the best weekend of the summer.
The summer may be just about over, but we’re still busy! In September we’re looking forward to the Largs Viking Festival, the Psychedelic Forest Carnival, and also playing at the wedding of our very own Nikki Ellis. Click on the “Upcoming gigs” tab or visit our Facebook page to find out more and keep up with the band.