Merry May Entertainment in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

Merry May Entertainment in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious,Derby’s premier outdoor variety showcase, returns to the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday 16th in the merry, merry month of May.

With four hours of fun and fantastic entertainment for all the family, CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious takes place at The Waterfall Stage in the Market Place from 11am till 3pm.

The day will be compered by Dan Webber who will be joined on stage by a host of local and regional performers including a number of talented singer songwriters. 

Findern teenager Jess Kenton hit the headlines last year, making it to the Grand Finals of Open Mic UK 2014 and was also a semi-finalist in the TeenStar national competition.  She is currently working on a new album.

Also performing will be solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist Chris Fahy, frontman of the Derby alternative folk band, The Hivemind, Belper-based Blues duo Dave & Chris as well as spoken word artist Moyo Kuno.

Meanwhile, CQ Saturdays Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter will be held under the Guildhall Arches between 10am and 4pm.

CQ Saturdays Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter brings together the best of local and handmade products including artwork, food, carpentry, textile and jewellery created by artisans from across the Midlands.

Stallholders will include Derby-based Boo Books, an independent press who promote new writing talent; new, upcycled and quirky jewellery and gifts from Vintage Skull; handmade chocolates from Cocoa Tabby in Derby; individually designed and hand-crafted textiles from Pocketful Creations and giftware collaged with upcycled vintage postage stamps from TangleCrafts.

Both events will continue throughout the spring and summer on the third Saturday of the month and are produced by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Derby arts promoters Furthest from the Sea.

Dan Webber from Furthest From the Sea explained: “CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious is fast becoming Derby’s premier outdoor entertainment event – showcasing the very best of local and regional performance talent.

“We have a young and diverse line up of performers on May 16 to put a spring in the step of visitors to the Cathedral Quarter.”

Ellie Depp from the organisation continued: “The ‘Handcrafted at the Cathedral Quarter’ continues to attract artisans from across the Midlands who recognise that the Cathedral Quarter is the perfect venue with customers who appreciate quirky and individual items.”

Paul Hurst, vice chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, concluded: “The CQ Saturdays programme is going from strength to strength and really bringing a vibrancy to the Cathedral Quarter.

“We continue to be delighted by the quality and diversity of the line-up of performers on the stage and the artisan producers who are now regular stallholders at the CQ Saturdays Handcrafted in the Cathedral Quarter event.

“CQ Saturdays is a great way of creating a lively, family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter and visitors then take the opportunity to explore more of what the area has to offer including our independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.”  

For more information about the monthly ‘CQ Saturdays ’ programme in the Cathedral Quarter, visit, follow us on twitter @DerbyCQ and ‘like’ the official facebook page CathedralQuarterDerby

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