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Squeeze singer, Salts shanties and Sailing Ships
The Tall Ships Regatta 2017 -
If you head down the River Thames to Greenwich over the Easter weekend, you may feel you have stepped back in time. Back to a time, as Captain Ant Middleton recently said on the Mutiny television series “When boats were made of wood – Men were made of steel” For there will be 40 or more regal sailing ships moored riverside between Greenwich and Woolwich for Sail Training International’s Rendez-vous 2017 - Tall Ships Regatta. The regatta marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, and it will see a fleet of around 40 large Class A and B Tall Ships set sail from Greenwich to Quebec in Canada, via Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.
There will be 2 festival sites: Maritime Greenwich and Royal Woolwich Arsenal over the Easter weekend from 13 - 16 April 2017. Well over a million people are expected to attend during the weekend, with live music, entertainment and Tall Ships visits from both sites .Tall Ships cruises will depart from Woolwich pier
There´s also scheduled live music and visual entertainment: Throughout the festival, street performers will roam both the Woolwich and Greenwich festival sites, drumming up a lively atmosphere and interacting with festival goers. Watch out for pirates, lobsters, maritime scenes and characters from our history, bicycle ballet and more.
Thursday 13th April will be the Tall Ships Festival opening night spectacular in Royal Arsenal Woolwich. There will be a special acoustic performance by Squeeze´s frontman Glenn Tilbrook followed by a magical light and sound show from Spark! Avanti will close the evening with their wonderful Hydromania display.
Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, Byron Wallen and Ensemble Perpetuo are among the programme of scheduled live music and visual entertainment which also includes shantyrock band The Salts.
The Salts are one of the most exciting and energetic concepts around, performing original material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs we all know and love. They’ll be performing songs from their as yet untitled , second album. The Salts debut album ‘ She Rises’ has received rave reviews across the board and their live performances are guaranteed to get people dancing, clapping and singing along.
You can see The Salts on Good Friday, April 14th. Greenwich Town Centre, SE10 at 1pm and 5.15pm. Then on Easter Sunday, April 16th.Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 at 11am and 5.15pm
The Parade of Sail leaves Greenwich at 5pm on Sunday and will sail past Woolwich and on out to sea.
The Salts return to London in the summer at Wilton’s Wapping on 26th July and The Cutty Sark Theatre in the autumn.