Comedy festival to end on a musical note

Ockbrook Big Band offshoot 8 To The Bar will be playing at the Derby Comedy Festival this weekend
Ockbrook Big Band offshoot 8 To The Bar will be playing at the Derby Comedy Festival this weekend
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This year’s Derby Comedy Festival comes to a lively conclusion on Saturday, May 7 with a day of live music, dance and comedy at St Peter’s Cross.

Starting at 11.30am the day will feature performances at 11.30am and 12.45pm from 8 to the Bar, which is part of Ockbrook Big Band, fronted by lead trombonist Glenn Martin, playing music from Miller to Basie and Ella Fitzgerald to Cab Calloway

At 12.15pm and 2pm, there will be performances from Nottingham singer Joseph Knight.

At the age of 16, Joseph has already established himself as a rising star of Nottingham’s music scene, playing Nottingham’s Hockley Hustle, the Y Not Festival, headlining at Rough Trade Nottingham and making numerous appearances across the East Midlands.

His debut single Keep Your Head Up was released in 2015 and received numerous air-time on BBC Radio Nottingham.

At 1.40pm, 2.40pm and 3.40pm, there will be belly-dancing from Derby-based group Mehira School of Dance.

And at 3pm there is a performance by the young dancers from Derby’s Adele Francesca Performance Academy.

For more information about Derby Comedy Festival, please visit www.derbycomedyfestival.co.uk