THE ORIELLES + GUESTS
Friday 1 March
2018 was a breakthrough year for The Oreilles, culminating in their breath-taking live show which saw them sell-out increasingly large venues across the U.K and play festivals from Latitude to Camp Bestival and End of the Road. Sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford are joined by their best friend Henry Carlyle Wade and newest recruit, Alex Stephens, returning with two new tracks and a slew of tour dates.
MILL RACE FOLK PRESENT: EWAN MCLENNAN
Saturday 9 March, doors 7pm
Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7pm
Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.Support will come from hosts Marisa Jack & Davy. Buy tickets from Eventbrite.co.uk
Tickets £10 + booking fee
SEÁN MCGOWAN + GUESTS
Friday 1st March
Bedford Esquires Holy Moly’s
Seán McGowan, is barrelling into 2019 via his favourite place: the road. Seán is stepping up his already considerable efforts to bring his smart wordplay and clash of sad and riotous tunes to everyone he can muster.
As he prepares for his biggest headline show to date, supported by friend and labelmate Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Seán is hitting up Holy Moly’s at Esquires as part of his tour.
NED’S ACOUSTIC DUSTBIN
Saturday 2 March
Formed in 1987, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin quickly built a huge fan base following a national tour as support band with The Wonder Stuff. They reached number 1 in indie charts in 1990 with the mammoth track, ‘Kill Your Television’.
THOMAS BENJAMIN WILD ESQ. + GUESTS
Saturday 16 March
Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. plays a special home town show at Esquires, having recently ‘gone viral’ with his ‘No More Fucks To Give’ single from the Boyds of Bedford session just before Christmas. The video has now been seen a whopping 4.8 million times (and counting) and Tom’s album has rocketed up the Amazon. This special show will feature an evening of banjolele entertainment, with original material from his debut album Awkward Encounters While Walking My Dog, as well as classic singalong covers from the 1920s onwards! Tickets: £5
HENGE + GUESTS
Friday 29 March
Attention Earth! This is Henge. We come in the name of Rave. We bring you the gift of cosmic dross – a kind of music new to your world. We have news. Planet Earth was an experiment. Your species was sent codes from space, to help you love and dance.
But your leaders grew scared. They hid the codes from you. Now your consciousness shrinks and they destroy your world with weapons of war. RAVELINGS OF EARTH, REBEL!
There are no Earth words to describe these sounds, but you will learn to love and dance again. Unite. And colonise space. Tickets: £10
Tickets are £10 adv – On sale now from seetickets.com, Slide Record Shop, Esquires Bar, Mario’s Hair Design.
BLACK GRAPE + GUESTS COLLAPSED LUNG
Saturday 23 March
Bedford Corn Exchange
Shaun Ryder’s post-Happy Mondays project, Black Grape, are back on the road and they’re heading for Bedford. Their new album, Pop Voodoo signals a return to the Grape’s glory days with Shaun’s word play deployed to devastating effects. Special guests for the evening are Collapsed Lung, formed in Harlow in 1992. Yes, they did that Top 20 ‘Eat My Goal’ track and some other gems, the perfect warm up to the evening… Tickets: £25
Seetickets & the central box office: 01234718044 and www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk or from Slide Record Shop and Mario’s Hair Design
Free after show party at Esquires
SINGING THEIR HEARTS OUT!
Local charity The Harpur Trust is sponsoring an exciting project with internationally esteemed vocal group VOCES8, which has seen the formation of a choir of over 200 pupils from the four HEART Academy schools: Bedford Academy, Shortstown Primary, Shackleton Primary and Cauldwell School and VOCES8 singers. The project will culminate with a concert on Monday 25th March attended by staff and parents of the pupils.
In preparation for the concert, singers from the VCM Foundation, the parent organisation of VOCES8, will be working directly with pupils at each of the schools to teach them a variety of pieces that celebrate the voyage of humanity around the world and amongst the stars. The aim is also to encourage them to develop their appreciation of music and its benefits.
Paul Smith, CEO of the VCM Foundation and co-founder of VOCES8 will direct the concert, featuring a premiere of his new piece, using words and music devised by the pupils called ‘Starburst’. A recording will be made of their singing: Bedford pupils’ voices blended with thousands of pupils worldwide – from France and Germany to America, and even as far away as Japan – who have taken part in the project.
Hannah Oldridge, Education Development Advisor at The Harpur Trust, who is co-ordinating the project, said “Music is linked to wellbeing and there is a great deal of evidence to show that music and singing have an incredible impact on a child’s learning, their wellbeing and their motivation. We hope that our bringing this project to Bedford will really excite the pupils. It provides them with an opportunity to perform in a massed choir, and to hear their own voices in a recording alongside voices from across the world”.