Gigs and Events

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Sunday 25th March, Electric Umbrella Spring Market and Cafe, Watford Pump House

If you have missed out on gig tickets, we’d still love to see you.
Our Electric Umbrella cafe will be serving hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and hot cross buns. Our Spring Market will have a wonderful selection of crafts and Electric Umbrella merchandise available for purchase. You’ll be entertained by Electric Umbrella buskers, too. And it’s free entry! Please do join us in the Colne River Room at Watford Pump House from 2pm – 6.30pm for what promises to be an afternoon full of joy and cake.

Sunday 20th May Rickmansworth Canal Festival.

Rickmansworth Aquadrome. Main stage 3.45pm – 4.30pm


Thursday 21st June The EU Waterways Adventure.

Along the Grand Union Canal from Kings Langley to the Big Yellow Picnic at Cassiobury Park bandstand. All day.


Sunday 8th July Poperetta

‘A Pop-Opera by Electric Umbrella’ at Watford Palace Theatre 4pm.


9th, 13th and 19th July Little Yellow Theatre and BBQ

at Hemel Food Garden 12.30pm – 3pm (during session times).


Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August Summer Workshops

at Hemel Food Garden. 10am -4pm.


Wednesday 8th August “Umbrellafest” at Sunnyside Times TBC


Saturday 30th June M Festival, St Albans Times TBC


10th, 11th and 12th August Meraki Festival, St Albans Times TBC


 

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT??

 

Umbrellafest

We are taking a ‘fallow year’ from Umbrellafest at Roundspring Farm. We’ll be making more of our presence at other festivals including Meraki, Rickmansworth Canal Festival and M Fest, and we look forward to experiencing and performing at these festivals together. We’re even hoping that many of you will camp with us at Meraki!

Building upon our summer workshops, we will provide an Electric Umbrella festival experience for people with learning disabilities throughout Hertfordshire and beyond.

Together with Sunnyside Rural Trust it is our mission to ensure that day services, residential homes and other organisations come together to experience the Electric Umbrella festival joy, and celebrate learning disabilities together at Hemel Food Garden. Our Electric Umbrella community of friends and family are also very welcome!

Little Yellow Theatre 

We have received a grant from Dacorum Borough Council to work with Sunnyside Rural Trust repair the Little Yellow Theatre and permanently site it within the outdoor seating area at the Hemel Food Garden cafe. It is anticipated that the repairs will be complete by early May and we have a number of events programmed throughout the summer in which all our members will be involved. Additionally a new mobile theatre is in the planning stages.

Electric Umbrella will bring the Little Yellow Theatre to life with each of our groups. Friends and family are welcome to join us on these days from 12.30pm – 3pm and experience the Little Yellow Theatre joy. Sunnyside will be hosting a BBQ and all their usual food/drinks/plants will available for purchase.

EU Waterways Adventure and the Big Yellow Picnic

A day full of Electric Umbrella music and joy to celebrate National Make Music Day. With Waterways Experiences we will make our way by barge to a gig and Big Yellow Picnic at Cassiobury Park bandstand. We will busking as we cruise along the Grand Union Canal between Kings Langley and Watford, with gigs at each lock! Join us along the towpath and then later in the park! Busking on the barge from 10am – 1pm and gig at the bandstand between 2pm and 4pm.

Electric Umbrella – The Musical!!

Artistically, our biggest challenge yet! The Poperetta, ‘A Pop-Opera by Electric Umbrella’ will be performed at Watford Palace Theatre in July and be the focus of our weekly sessions throughout the summer term. The Poperetta has been written by one of our members, who together with Electric Umbrella will fulfil his dream of writing and producing his very own show. We’re also producing a documentary following the exciting journey we’ll all take!