Monthly music event launches at Valentines Mansion and Gardens

PUBLISHED: 17:14 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:14 12 April 2013

A new monthly music event will be launched this weekend at an Ilford park to run until September, offering a diverse range of live sets from a variety of local artists.

Redbridge Music Lounge and the Green Fair Music Club have joined forces to organise Best of the Music Fest, a diverse programme of free events once a month at Valentines Mansion and Gardens.

To celebrate ten years of running the Annual Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest, which will take place on June 29 and 30, the two groups are starting the new musical initiative this weekend with four popular acts reflecting a diversity of styles.

In keeping with the Music Fest ethos, the event hopes to incorporate all genres.

Ryan Green, a pupil at West Hatch High School, High Road, Chigwell, has been a popular regular since his first appearance at the age of 11 at the Redbridge Green Fair five years ago.

He said: “I started singing at home and realised how much I enjoyed it. I joined the Music Lounge because I wanted to gain confidence and have the opportunity to sing at public events.

“I was a lot more nervous back then but now I love taking part in festivals like this. I will be singing a mixture of covers, including everything from Ray Charles to Coldplay and Rihanna.”

It is on at the Gardener’s Cottage Cafe, Valentines Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, on Sunday from 11am-3pm. Bring your picnic blanket on the day. Email for more details.

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