Forever Manchester is pleased to announce that the fantastic Bloco Mente will be performing at our Birthday Bash on the 5th February at the Palace Hotel.

Bloco Mente is a community based Samba Reggae percussion band based in Tameside.

The group learns percussive music from around the world and shares it with local people through public performances. They also support community events such as carnivals, festivals, sporting
events and parades.

Together the band plays drums, surdos, snare and percussion instruments and create an amazing and thrilling sound doing so.

Bloco Mente’s members are from all walks of life, the youngest is 8 and eldest is in his 70’s. Members have a variety of health and social needs ranging from low level mental health issues to heart disease and limiting illnesses. They also have children who are on the Autism spectrum and have ADHD as well as a number of members who were previously socially isolated either through circumstance or because of anxiety problems.

Vicky Jeffers from Bloco Mente said: “Support from Forever Manchester has allowed our group to bring samba to Tameside and purchase a variety of things such as new instruments as our group
expands. We have been able to entertain our community at local events such as Stamford Park, Stalybridge’s Tulip Sunday where the children in the audience joined in using various junk jam instruments we made. We were also joined by a jazz trio who jammed with us in the sunshine to the huge crowd gathering on the grass – we felt like real musicians!”

If you ran the 10k supporting Forever Manchester this year you may have noticed the band geeing up the crowd with their fun, uplifting sounds just near Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

If you’d like to see the brilliant Bloco Mente performing at our Birthday Bash, you can purchase tickets with a credit-debit card via Eventbrite below.


Tickets are priced at £85 per person or £800 for a table of 10 (if purchased before Friday 13th November – £850 thereafter).

If you’re a company that would like to be invoiced for a table or tickets for your team please contact Cheryl Hill on