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Extravaganza comes to town (and you can win tickets)…

For the first time ever, Extravaganza comes to Bedford on Friday 19th May. For one night only, the biggest burlesque and drag legends from around the world will be united at the glamourous and stylish Empire nightclub on Mill Street.  It’s vaudeville gone volatile, with couture costumes, the best drag and burlesque from an all-star…

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Our May issue is here. Read it now!

Woo hoo, the May issue of the Bedford Clanger has hit the streets and we’ve got tickets and beer to giveaway. Win win! Our front cover harks back to 2012, when Marisa Straccia created the original ‘Beer Issue’ artwork. It’s so good, we definitely thought it deserved an encore. Have you got tickets to BBC…

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Egg-citing Easter Activities in Bedford

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained during the Easter holidays in Bedford this April. All of Bedford Borough Libraries have loads of crafty activities throughout the hols. You can find all the info here and click on these downloadable pdfs: BB April Activities 2017 BP Easter Holiday Activities 2017 (1) BP Easter Holiday Activities 2017…

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Bar flies

This Spring, Bedford has been blessed with two new bars, both offering great drinks, great atmosphere and great music. First up, we met with Matt and Jess, owners of The Third Place on St Peter’s Street and naturally, our first question was about the name. The ‘third place’ was conceived by urban sociologist, Roy Oldenburg. …

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Clanger interview: PINS

Bedford has a treat this April with Manchester band PINS playing Esquires on the 20th. The feisty punk/indie act have hooks and menace aplenty. Currently playing up and down the country, they’re all over the radio and they got punk godfather Iggy Pop to collab with them. The group consists of singer/guitarist Faith Holgate, guitarist…

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The April issue is here. Read it now!

The sun is shining, the trees are in bloom and the days are getting longer. As if all of that wasn’t enough to put a spring in your step, the April issue of the Bedford Clanger has just hit the streets. Not picked up a copy yet? Then download it here. Happy Spring, Bedford! Just click…

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Clanger interview: Party time with the Dub Pistols

Dub Pistols return to Bedford Esquires on Saturday 1st April as part of their 20th Anniversary tour. Blending ska, hip hop, reggae, punk & funk, this lot know how to get the party started and have collaborated the likes of Terry Hall and Rodney P over the years.  Lloyd Lugsden spoke to head Pistol, Barry…

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YMCA Supported Lodgings – can you help?

Recent statistics provided by the Department for Communities and local government show a 16% rise in rough sleepers in the UK compared to last year. Bedford Borough competes with the highest rates among the country. YMCA Bedfordshire’s Supported Lodgings scheme is working among some of the town’s most vulnerable young people aged 16-25 to tackle…

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Panacea Society’s legacy leads to international conference

Bedford’s religious Panacea Society’s legacy has led to an international examination of apocalyptic threats: climate change, violence, artificial intelligence. When Mabel Barltrop formed The Panacea Society in Albany Road in Bedford in 1919 she had no idea that she was planting the seeds of a legacy that would help us understand the existential threats of…

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