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Carnival 2017 - 7pm
Saturday 4th November

Concert Overview

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The 2017 Carnival Concert will commence on Monday 2nd October and run until Saturday 14th October, ticket prices for 2017 are: the first night seats will be £10.50, except for rows H,J,M,P,Y & Z which will be £13. For nights other than the first Monday the seats will be £12.50, except for rows H,J,M,P,Y & Z which will be £15. Tickets will be available to book online and in the Carnival Centre from Tuesday 1st April. Restricted view seats will be £9.50 throughout the concert.

The demand for rows H,J,M,P,Y & Z always exceed the number of seats available, so although the night may appear in the drop down list we may not be able to supply exactly what you require, if not we will supply seats in adjacent rows and when you receive your tickets a voucher to reclaim any overpayment will be included, these vouchers can be redeemed at the booking office when you arrive at the Town Hall for the concert. Nights that these rows are completely sold out will not appear on the drop down list.

The Concerts start at 7 p.m. on weekday nights and 6 p.m. at weekends, the show lasts approximately 4 hours.

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. The Concert is itself a great spectacle, each night always sells out and has a prestigious local following.

Between each act from the 13 carnival clubs and 2 dance troupes that participate “front of curtain” acts fill the time with music, singing and magic tricks to entertain the audience.

Tickets for the show can be be pre-ordered at our online Shop or the Carnival Centre from the 1st April 2017. A seating plan can be found by clicking on the following link Concert Seating Plan, Whilst the night you order is guaranteed actual seats cannot be although we will do our best to meet any request, seats are issued on a first come, first served basis so the earlier you pre-book the better the chance of having the seats you request.

Available tickets for the first week shows can be purchased from the Bridgwater Carnival Centre from late June.

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 for further details.

Carnival Concerts – watch the short video clip by Conor Shutler & Associates.

Email our Entertainment Officer, Sarah Humphrey for further details.

Carnival Concert Raffle – Bridgwater Carnival would like to thank the following for their support by donating raffle prizes:

A1 MOT Centre, Admiral Blake Fish Bar, Armoury Gallery, Beauty Heaven, Berry’s Coaches Taunton, Bob’s Hair Dressers, Brent House Restaurant Highbridge, Bridgwater Gangs & Features, Bridgwater Tyres & Exhausts, Budgens, Christelo’s Art Boutique, Coffee#1 Bridgwater, Cornhill Greengrocer, Costa Coffee Bridgwater, Daisy May’s Tea Room, Dave the Butcher, Feather Cuts, Fox King Dance Company, Great Escape, Herbies Plumbing, Hooks of Bridgwater, Hooper’s of Bridgwater, Johnny’s Flowers, Jools Bridgwater, Julie Elkins, Kemps Jewellers, King Sedgemoor Inn, La Kage Bistro, Legends Andrew Stone, Musgrove Willow, Peter J Nicholls Photography, Plumb on the Level, Poundland, President BGFCC, Puriton Inn, Sarah Hodge, Shauls Bakery, Spice Club, Star Fish Bar, T.W. Flooring,  The Bridge Restaurant, The Cornhill Pub, The Flower Factory, The Nutmeg House, The Tudor,  Timeless Images, 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:

■ Entertainment value – 50 points
■ Presentation of theme – 50 points
■ Vocal ability/choice of music – 25 points
■ Choreography/stillness – 25 points
■ Scenery – 25 points
■ Lighting and effect – 25 points
■ Costumes – 25 points
■ Make-up – 25 points

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

■ Entertainment value – 50 points
■ Presentation and choice of music – 50 points
■ Aptitude – 75 points
■ Attire – 25 points

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

For further details see Auditions

Carnival Concert Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words. Please visit our gallery of 2016 Carnival Concert photographs to get a feel for the event, earlier photos are obtainable from the Archive section.

Go to Carnival Concert Gallery

Concert Results

See the results of the Carnival Concerts, 1986 – 2016 results are obtainable from the Archive section.

Go to Concert Results