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Concert Overview

The Carnival Concerts will be back to back to entertain you in 2023.

The Carnival Concerts act as a great warm up for the clubs for their dance routines and choreography before the main Carnival event and runs for 12 nights, in 2023 from 2nd October until the 14th October (excluding Sunday 8th October). The Concert is itself a great spectacle, each night always sells out and has a prestigious local following.

Between the main acts provided by the 12 carnival clubs and 2 dance troupes that participate we have “front of curtain” acts that fill the time with music, singing and magic tricks to entertain the audience whilst the main acts change their scenery.

Tickets for the show while be available later in the new year and will be able to be pre-ordered at our online shop (preferred option) or the Carnival Centre from 2nd May. A seating plan can be found by clicking on the link below. We are trialling a new system of selling concert tickets this year, whereby you can select your own seats online.

The new system called Ticket Source will be available online from the above date, firstly you click on the night you want, a page loads that will let you know what seats are available, you select which area/price you want seats in and how many seats you want, the next page will then load with all the seats available for the chosen night you then select which seats you want, they will be added to your basket, please note there will also be a handling charge of 4% plus vat, so 4.8%, which will be shown on the screen before you pay. So for example buying two seats in the stalls @£16 would be charged at £32 plus £1.54 so £33.54 total. Once you have paid for your seat tickets they will be emailed to you so no postage charges unless you pick the postage option?

We would ask that you do not leave odd seats when you select your seats, there is a programme working in the background to try and ensure this does not happen, “orphan” seats cost us money so you may find that if you leave an odd seat you will not be able to purchase the seat you want unless you close up, this is not an error, it is a system which hopefully give us maximum benefit and you more choice?

Seat tickets sold in the Carnival Centre will not attract a handling charge as you will have to collect them personally, we do not post them out.

If you wish to avoid the queues you can always become a “Friend of Bridgwater Carnival” and order your priority tickets in advance, see the Friends Page.

Contact our Entertainment Officer, Sarah Humphrey for further details.

Carnival Concert Raffle

Bridgwater Carnival would like to thank the following for their support in 2022 by donating raffle prizes:

Admiral Blake Fish Bar; Admirals Landing; Anderson & Wall; Andrey Humphreys; Andrew Stone; Barbers High Street; Berry’s Coaches Taunton; Blackmore Farm; Blue Fish Bar; Bob’s Hair; BOS Cafe; Bridgwater Gangs & Features; Budgens, Express Park; Chris & Co.; Cook House & Pub; Costa Coffee; Crafty Collective; Flowers Factory; Flowers International; Hooks of Bridgwater; Jools; Josh Fisher; Kemps Jewellers; Kim Dodden; Kremes; La Kage Bistro; Loft Jeans; McDonalds; Mike Crocker President; Nails Elegance; Nutmeg House; Peter J Nicholls Photography; Piggys; Presso; Robsons Electrics; Robson & Stephens Funeral Services; Sarah Hodge; Scotts Cinema; Spice Club; Star Fish Bar; Steel Beauty; The Bridge; The Cafe Creme; The Cornhill Pub; The Gentleman’s Room; The Malt Shovel, Cannington; The Quantock; Timeless Images; Tudor Hotel & Restaurant; Trimwise; Vinos; Victoria Hair and Spa, Wilkins Jewellers.

All funds raised through the Concert will go toward the furtherance of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival.

Concert Judging

You may wonder at the results sometimes and we often get asked how did we arrive at the decision we did? So to give a better insight as to what goes on behind the scenes in producing the results some explanation may be of benefit.

We have a panel of eight judges, all with experience of stage production or associated skills, each judge watches the concert at least twice, once each week. To give you an idea for what the judges are looking for, the club and the dancing troupe performances are judged against:

The front of curtain acts are judged against the following criteria:

Once all the results are in we then total them up deducting the highest and lowest placing each entry receives to ensure any potential points wide of the mark are excluded and the results are then calculated on the points balance. These results are then announced at the close of the Concert on the second Saturday performance.

Carnival Concert Auditions

Carnival Concert Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words. Please visit our gallery of Carnival Concert photographs to get a feel for the event.

Concert Results

See the results of the Carnival Concerts, 1986 – 2023 results are obtainable from the Archive section.

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