Free Music Event Marks The End Of London 2012

Merton Abbey Mills is the venue

A jam-packed musical programme at Merton Abbey Mills on Sunday (September 9) will mark the end of the Paralympic Games and the London 2012 Festival.

The Bandstand Marathon event will showcase the best local talent and an eclectic musical programme including bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians.

The free event runs from 1pm-5pm, and is one of hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place simultaneously in bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK, making up the nationwide Bandstand Marathon – the official closing event of the London 2012 Festival.

The event line up includes: Hackney Colliery Band, Native Sun, Merton Abbey Opera, Bahareque, Astrid Brook and Wimbledon Community Chorus.

Merton's cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: "As the Olympics end, so the Olympic Legacy begins. The Bandstand Marathon is more than part of the closing ceremony, it's looking ahead too. As an Olympic Borough, that’s really important, and the performers will become a part of Merton's history. What an opportunity for local music acts!"

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said: "The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to showcase their talents and be part of the London 2012 Festival. I am proud that we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012."

Bandstand Marathon has been supported in London by the Mayor's Culture Squad apprentices as part of Showtime, London's biggest ever outdoor arts festival, supported by Arts Council England.

September 5, 2012