City centre live sessions launch on Saturday

St Peters Quarter Live’s season of monthly variety events returns to St Peters Cross in Derby on Saturday March 5 with a programme that features song, dance and comedy.

The line up at the first spring event between 11.30am and 3.30pm will be singer Megan Carlile, nine-piece show band Hot Fuzz, beatboxer Brandon Murphy, drumming duo Desi Dholis, juggler Messy Moss and comedy street entertainers The Vaudevillains.

Megan Carlisle (16) from Leicestershire was a finalist in the national Open Mic 2015 competition where she received rave reviews from the panel of judges for her repertoire, range and engagement with audiences.

Hot Fuzz will bring their powerhouse of classic rock and pop tunes to the stage which is always guaranteed to get the party started.

Brandon Murphy from Yorkshire has a growing number of followers thanks to his live performances and internet posts.

Desi Dholis is made of up two female drummers – Reena Munir and Zen Ishaq – who want to inspire all girls and women to follow their dreams and ambitions.

And Burton-on-Trent’s Messy Moss performs his circus and multi-coloured juggling act across the country.

Stephen Jeffery, Board Chair of St Peters Quarter, which is the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre, said: “As well as regular street entertainment on Saturdays, we have organised special monthly events under the St Peters Quarter Live banner.

“The most recent event was held at Hallowe’en last October which was a huge success with a free and fun day of entertainment for all the family.

“We are delighted to have a programme of monthly entertainment scheduled for the spring and early summer to coincide with a range of city-wide events.

“Street entertainment and ensuring that St Peters Quarter has been part of the city’s festival calendar has been a notable success of the BID and an important part of our work to promote the area and improve the visitor experience in this area.

“The aim is to bring vibrancy to the streets and give visitors yet another reason to come back to St Peters Quarter both to enjoy the entertainment and then to explore the rest of the area for the benefit of our local businesses.”

The day will be compered by Dan Webber from Furthest from the Sea.  He said: “We have a great line up of local and regional talent for St Peter’s Quarter Live in the coming months – guaranteed to bring music and fun to the streets and put a spring in everyone’s steps.”

St Peters Cross is at the busy crossroads of St Peters Street, East Street and St Peter’s Churchyard in Derby. More information about St Peters Quarter street entertainment programme is available at ; facebook StPetersQuarterDerby and twitter @SPQDerby