It’s summer time and the Ocean fills the bowl.

Singer Billy Ocean, more used to large concert venues performed in Swindon’s Old Town Gardens Bowl, a remarkable venue  designed by Alfred Ridout, and built in 1936 by Swindon Borough Council, ©calyx_Pictures_billy_ocean_3112

The Bowl has played host to many of the town’s top musical events of the last 65 years, and still exists as a completely unique venue for its excellent atmosphere and acoustics.

©calyx_Pictures_billy_ocean_2973 The stage stands in an ‘ampthitheatre’ created by quarry workings in the eighteenth century. Nowadays, with grassed banks and mature trees surrounding the ‘auditorium’, it really is a wonderful setting to sit and enjoy any kind of music on a Summer’s evening.

Billy’s gig to 1300 fans enjoying a summers evening with their picnics, included all his chart topping numbers and some from his latest album finishing off the evening with his anthum; Carribian Queen.

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Billy Ocean first three numbers gallery: