Musicians and bands will play to Takeover the city of Peterborough for a day

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Hundreds of musicians with bands, choirs, and orchestras will be performing live in cafes, clubs and on the streets in Peterborough for a day.

Shoppers can enjoy a variety of performances from choral music to ukelele bands, hip hop to jazz in a project called Music Takeover between 10.30am and 5pm on Saturday.

Public stages will include Queensgate, Cathedral Square and H&M.

Musicians and singer songwriters will also be making special lunchtime appearances across city bars, cafes and shops across the town centre from 1pm.

The extravaganza is being co-ordinated by Peterborough Presents, part of an Arts Council England funded venture to encourage more people to get involved with the arts.

Josie Hickin, programme manager, said: “This is the first event in a three year programme to shine a light on the creative talent in Peterborough.

She said: “Not only did we want to give people coming into the city centre some wonderful entertainment from some of Peterborough’s best musicians while they are having lunch, we also wanted to support our local bar and restaurant scene.

“Music Takeover is not only about showcasing local and international talent; it’s also about animating the city’s spaces.”

Participating venues include Bewitched, Costa, Starbucks and Café Nero coffee shops as well as well as restaurants and cafes like Wildwood, Pizza Roma, Sundays Roast as well as Clarkes.

Performers range from local trio ‘Flashback Photograph’ performing at Argo Lounge from 1pm to 1.45pm performing a range of their own material with some takes on covers to young singer songwriter and guitarist Leona Bilby performing at Costa from 1pm to 1.45pm.

The lunchtime music list is:

Bewiched - Soloman Smith

Argo Lounge - Flashback Photograph

Costa Coffee - Leona Bilby

Starbucks - Andy Hughes

Pret - Marcel Pleasance

Wildwood - Isiah

Bills - Dunmore & Hammond

Pizza Roma - Meg McPartlin

Café Nero - Identity Crisis

Sunday Roast - J J Stone

Clarkes - Lauren April

Squires - Tony Loose

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