The Pad 2002 – 2017


Sometimes, the most amazing things happen in the most unassuming places. Who’d have thought that a terraced house adjacent to a Lidl could provide such treasured memories, provoke such heartfelt eulogies and leave a space in a town much bigger than its square footage. So, farewell The Pad and 15 years of dance floor-fuelled entertainment on Lurke Street.

Saturday 2nd September saw the Pad’s last hurrah. The dedication that Kev Bailey, the late Ian Johnson and Gareth Barber, have put into Bedford’s alternative music scene cannot be underestimated.  It is a dedication that is borne of a love of music and to share the joy with as many people as possible; it is certainly not for financial gain, but to make great things happen in their home town. The Pad has always been a safe haven for like-minded Bedfordians looking for something other than the High Street scene. On its small but perfectly formed dance-floor, an eclectic mix of music from indie to hip hop, drum & bass to soul, Motown to Madchester, rock to reggae has been guaranteeing a good night out since 2002, with live acts, guest DJs and comedy also thrown in for good measure.

There is no doubt that Gareth will be continuing the party at Esquires and Bears & Tales and he and Kev, as the ‘Pad Presents’ will continue to bring cutting edge and top class live music to the town.  This may be the end of the Pad, but it certainly isn’t the end of the spirit that it represents.


In honour of The Pad nightclub closing down, the Pad team are auctioning one of only four original A1 prints by Pete McKee (see below), made especially for them.  All the money raised will go to St. Johns hospice, Moggerhanger and you can make a bid here.


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