Saturday 15 September, Esquires
The iconic TOYAH will be gracing the main stage at Esquires on Saturday 15 September. This is a full band, non-acoustic show looking back over her full back catalogue.
Tickets are £20 advance, on sale now here: seetickets.com/event/toyah/bedford-esquires/1249241
and from Monday 23rd July from Slide Record Shop, Esquires and Mario’s Hair Design
Incognito + Norman Jay MBE
Friday 14 September, Bedford Corn Exchange
Incognito are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the English acid jazz movement. This legendary British band has been a source of inspiration for over 25 years, with classic hits such as ‘Nights Over Egypt’, ‘Always There’ feat. Jocelyn Brown, ‘Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing’ feat. Stevie Wonder & many more.
The infectious energy of the band is set to spread through the venue, a great opportunity to see some of the finest musicians and some of the strongest vocalists live on stage.
Supporting Incognito will be none other than Norman Jay MBE. Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co- founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to DJing and music, in 2017 he released ‘Mister Good Times’ capturing the true spirit of Good Times. He is currently taking his legendary Good Times party to selected venues around the UK, continuing to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.
Starting the night off are DJs Gian and Mark Russell.
Dancing shoes at the ready and be quick, for this is going to be one the most popular shows of the year at the Bedford Corn Exchange!
The Rumjacks + Guests
Saturday 11 August
Folk punk band The Rumjacks are heading to Bedford Esquires this month, all the way from Australia!
“It’s like growing up with a tear in your eye and a storm brewing in your heart,” muses frontman Frankie McLaughlin on the musical heritage of the group. “We were raised on the Scottish & Irish music in our parents’ record collections, before colliding head-on with Punk Rock as we grew older & thought we knew everything.”
2015 marked a real tipping point for the band, when after wowing home crowds with several appearances at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia, they embarked on a hugely successful tour of Europe playing to over 50,000 people.
Tickets are £12 in advance from seetickets, or in person from Slide Record Shop, Mario’s Hair Design or Esquires Bar.
Music in the Meadows
5th, 12th and 19th August
The Summer Bandstand Concerts return to the Embankment Bandstand this summer. Come along, bring your friends, family and a picnic and enjoy two hours of traditional bandstand music.
Mill Meadows is opposite the Embankment pub. MK40 3PD
Bedford Park Concerts
In just a matter of days, Bedford Park will host some of the UK’s biggest acts at this year’s Bedford Park Concerts. Headliners Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne and Lesley Garrett will each be getting the crowd on their feet on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August.
Supporting Billy Ocean are British soul, r&b and reggae royalty: Aswad, Jackie Graham, Loose Ends and The Christians. Hailing from London, Aswad started as roots reggae in the 70s and had chart hits in the 80s and 90s including Don’t Turn Around and Shine. Lloyd Lugsden got to speak to vocalist and bassist Tony Gad ahead of the gig (and ahead of the World Cup), who was on a train going around London.
BC: Been to Bedford before?
TG: Yeah, been to Bedford a couple of times, our drummer knows Bedford.
BC: Up to anything else this summer? Gig wise or otherwise?
TG: Yep, plenty of gigs, we’ve been on the road for quite a while, just played Leeds; we play all year round.
BC: Favourite song to play live?
TG: Not just the hits, ones that mark issues, less obvious ones
BC: Last music you bought or streamed?
TG: Jamaican music and Aftrobeat;, there’s a lot of mixed genres nowadays, urban/reggae/pop, and a lot of streaming, which isn’t always good for the musician…
BC: Who’s going to win the World Cup?
TG: Ha, France? Japan? Could be anyone at this stage, let’s see what happens!
(Note from the Ed – this was asked before the final – let’s hope they had a bet on France!)
BC: What’s on Aswads rider?
TG: We’re not divas, lots of bottles of water, some beer…and a pool table.
BC: Who’s got longer dreads? Aswad or Billy Ocean?
TG: Well, they’re all original dreads, if you put all of ours together, then us…
BC: Ever seen a ghost?
TG: I’ve seen Ghost the movie
BC: Good answer
Bedford Park Concert tickets: bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk