Free street entertainment festival returns to Melton town center

A scene from last year’s Arts Fresco festival in Melton

It represents one of the largest free street arts festivals in the UK with a wide selection of lively, engaging and often anarchic street entertainment.

The festival is held annually in Market Harborough and when visiting Melton in 2021 the show left a lasting impression.

The local event is called Melton Madness and takes place on Saturday September 24, between 10.30am and 3pm, with the streets once again set to be taken over by an exciting and eccentric selection of performers.

Street comedy, beatbox and wandering Greek waiters are among the unusual shows to discover this year.

Melton Madness Artistic Director Debbie Longley-Brown said: “It was so great to see so many smiling faces at Melton Madness last year that we couldn’t help but do it again.

“This year we’re pushing the envelope a little further with acts that are a little more outrageous, but also with more familiar entertainment and we’re thrilled to see the reaction.”

One of the standout shows is the Garaghty and Thom street comedy show, which is set to be a huge hit with kids and adults alike.

They have toured the world with their international show, creating pop-up shows at festivals, with controlled and chaotic cabaret, including highly skilled circus, improvisation and comedy acts.

Mr. Shay will entertain street audiences by beatboxing to explore exciting space adventure themed sounds and rhythms.

The duo from MarkMark Productions: The Great Fiasco will perform for the very last time after touring halls, piers, seaside theaters and clubs for many years with their hilarious antics.

Shelagh Core, Director of Melton BID, said: “We are really excited to be working with Arts Fresco again to bring Melton Madness back to Melton town center this Saturday.

“People should expect the unexpected, with an exciting mix of fantastic street entertainment, comedy and theater in the city from 10.30am to 3pm, this is an event not to be missed.”

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