Beatroots Bateria

Performing on both days, this band is one of the UK’s longest established community samba groups.

It was started in Reading in 1996 by Gavin Lombos and is influenced by the Bahian rhythms of Salvador, Brazil. The band has gone on to perform at many major events and festivals including entertaining the Olympic crowds at Eton Dorney during London 2012, London’s millennium celebrations, WOMAD, the Thames Festival and Live Earth at Wembley. Members of the group drummed in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.