Lloyd Lugsden’s Guide to Music

There’s plenty of up-and-coming bands and classic acts coming to Bedford’s Esquires this March. Let our Lloyd Lugsden fill you in!

Black Honey are 90s inspired indie/fuzz/shoegaze from Brighton, fronted by Izzy Baxter. If you like Lush or Belly you’ll like this. They’re causing much excitement among the youth at Radio 1, so catch em in a small venue while you can (on Thursday 23rd March to be precise)…

And on the theme of bee-based band names, the equally excellent Glaswegian indie duo Honey Blood are playing Esquires on April 27th, but more on that in the April issue.

Back to March and Skinny Girl Diet (as endorsed by the mighty Viv Albertine) will be causing a musical fuss on Saturday 18th March, while on 25th March, Transmission- the sound of Joy Division – will be brooding at Esquires.

Tickets for all Esquires gigs can be obtained from Danny’s Bar, Mario’s Hair Design in Kempston and Boutique Planet in the Arcade. Also available from seetickets.com


DR FEELGOOD + The Reformers
8pm, Friday 17th March, Bedford Esquires

Tickets £16 in advance
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world.

Dr Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record. Punky Ska’n’B, taking a sprinkling of influence from both Ska and the original RnB sound to help form their set of original tunes, and the band continue to tour extensively throughout the world.

The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux – Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died.  The current line-up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass (both 33years), Steve Walwyn on guitar (26 years), and Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) the most recent addition – joining in 1999.

Julien Temple’s film Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February 2010 tells the story of the band’s formative years featuring the Wilko Johnson era.

On their last visit to Bedford the band played to a packed Corn Exchange, this time they are returning to their club roots for a night of maximum RnB at Esquires.

Taking the main support are rock’n’rollers, The Reformers.

Tickets are on sale now priced £16 from Seetickets and in person from Esquires Bar, Boutique Planet & Mario’s Hair Design 


Proms in the Park launches its 2017 line-up…

This year’s Bedford Proms takes place on Sunday 6th August in Bedford Park the theme will be ‘Proms Goes To The Movies’. Expect all your favourite classics but also some exquisite renditions of popular film soundtracks, which will appeal to the whole family.

The concert will feature some very special guest soloists including Australian tenor, Daniel Koek, who wowed the Bedford crowds in 2015 when he was the headline performer. Daniel played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the West End and his rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’, is spine tingling. The second act to be confirmed is rising classical star, soprano Joanna Forest.  The London Gala Orchestra and the Bedford Choral Society will return and the laser show begins in the second half as dusk falls. The evening will conclude as ever with a truly spectacular firework display.

Ticket Prices:
Early bird adult ticket (available until the 30th April): £25.50**
Early bird child ticket (available until the 30th April): £5.00**
Adult ticket: £32.50**
Child ticket: £5.00**

VIP Ticket Prices:
Early bird adult ticket (available until the 30th April): £95.00**
Early bird child ticket (available until the 30th April): £25.00*
Adult ticket: £105.00**
Child ticket: £30.00*
*Limited amount of child tickets available. 
**Tickets subject to booking fees.


Sunday Soul Sessions at Holy Moly’s
Sunday 19th March

Bedford’s indomitable Northern Soul scene continues to thrive, with Hammie and Geoff’s monthly Sunday Soul Sessions being an essential date in the diary.  Billed as, ‘an afternoon of quality people enjoying a chilled out chat, laughing, drinking, reminiscing and dancing to top drawer soul’, it sounds the perfect way to wind up your weekend.   Head over to Holy Moly’s at Esquires on Sunday 19th March from 3pm – 8pm to dance to guest DJs Sarah Jane and Ian James.


TOO FLY is back at the Pad
Too Fly @ The Pad, Lurke Street, Bedford
WHEN??? Friday 3rd March 2017 11pm till late
HOW MUCH??? £3 before 12, £5 after

It’s time for the buds to start peeping out of the ground, so a good dose of deep underground music will help you get the Spring in your step. With soulful sets from the whole spectrum of Funk, Disco, House and Broken Beats, Marin & the Too Fly crew bring you the good stuff.

Gian – Dude, where were you in the 90’s? Locked in a shed? Gian has been spinning the future funk since day dot, come on hear the noise.

Marin – Cut this man’s wrists and pure funk spills out. If you like it heavy on the low end, Mr Marin will provide some rare grooves and future classics.

Scott Turner – The true DJ’s DJ, Scott combines knowledge and skill whilst serving his delicately selected menu of the main ingredients. Hip Hop/House/Brazillian/Techno/Jazz/Funk smoothie? Pass the master blender please.



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