Party wheels in motion for bluegrass band Grassoline


Chesterfield band Grassoline will be among the headliners at a special Derby pedal-powered party to mark the end of the Paralympic Games.

Staged by Chesterfield-based production company Charity Shop DJ, the event will transform Derby’s Market Place into a three-stage arena for an extravaganza of live performances, which will also see the unveiling of one of the country’s London 2012 Torch Relay Milestones.

Grassoline will be bringing their unique brand of bluegrass to the main stage and also to ‘The Shed’ - literally a garden shed - where they will perform unplugged to a select few.It promises to be one of the biggest parties powered by bikes that the UK has ever seen. Grassoline singer Tilley, a keen cyclist himself, says: “It’s great to be involved in such a remarkable community event celebrating one of the highlights of the year. I’ll be performing and pedalling on the day.”

On Sunday, September 9, from 4pm, the Market Place will explode with energy from bands, DJs, dance and theatre groups, leading to the unveiling of the Milestone, one of just a few in the UK, to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Derby.

Rory Slater, Derbyshire 2012 Legacy Co-ordinator, said: “The pedal powered party is all about people power. Derby City Council has organised the Milestone to mark the time and date that the Olympic Torch came through the Market Place to such a fantastic reception back in June.”

In addition to the main stage and ‘The Shed’, the ‘Village Green’ will recreate the fun and frolics of a flamboyant village fete.

Peter Ireson, director of Derby Live, says: “There’s something for everyone. The final act will be QEII, an acclaimed Queen tribute band. People can join in a right royal sing-along as the live performances end and the Paralympic closing ceremony broadcast begins on the Big Screen.”

Andy Jupp, co-director of Chesterfield-based event producer Charity Shop DJ adds: “We are asking people to be inspired by the recent Olympic cycling success by simply jumping on one of our bikes and pedalling, to generate electricity to power the performances. There will be adults’ bikes, kids’ bikes, and hand-cranked bikes, so we are encouraging people to gather teams together with friends, family and colleagues to help make Britain’s biggest pedal powered party.”