Bournemouth’s monthly Metropole market fills the heart of the Lansdowne on the last Sunday of every month. If you visited on Sunday 26 November 2017 you would have caught this popular event’s unique take on the looming festivities with its Alternative Christmas Fayre.
While the traditional festive lights twinkled around Bournemouth’s villages and neighbourhoods Holdenhurst Road went ‘Steampunk’, with the Metropole Market’s trademark eccentric stalls, entertainment, music and comedy putting an original spin on our favourite Christmas customs.
As well as food, drink and craft stalls spilling over with tempting traditional treats and unique gift ideas many of the market’s entertainment acts took inspiration from the industrial, technological and Victorian trends that make the ‘Steampunk’ identity so unique and striking.
Did you catch music and comedy group JunNK, which uses standard junkyard scrap to provide a percussion soundtrack to their a cappella singing and eye-popping gymnastics? The Sweetchunks Band was also on the line-up, bringing their hybrid of folk, blues and steampunk to the masses.
The busy entertainment programme also featured South American style musicians Atlantico who brought their unique style of ‘Cumbia’ music, Street Comedy entertainers, ukulele supremos The Mother Ukers, Si Genaro and Mambassa. This event also debuted a young musicians stage, giving local rising stars a platform for their talents.