Music Highlights

There’s plenty of live music to be had in Bedford in 2019, beginning with Independent Venue Week at Esquires at the end of this month. With a great schedule including the return of Tim Burgess from The Charlatans, the celebrations run from Monday 28 January – Sunday 2 February.

Mill Race Folk present: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Saturday 19 January at 7.30pm

Moot Hall, Elstow Tickets: £10

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne has been a musician since the age of 6. He took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. His solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his

The Vryll Society + Guests

Tuesday 29th January, doors at 7.30pm

Tickets £10 in advance 

One thing The Vryll Society aren’t short of is admirers. Lauded at just about every turn by press and public alike, the release of their debut LP for Deltasonic Records has brought great critical acclaim loads more fans and has led to sold out shows on their recent UK tour.

Discovered and nurtured by the late and much missed Deltasonic founder Alan Wills, he instantly saw in them similar attributes he’d previously found in the early days of The Coral.  Drawing from an eclectic palette of influence from deep funk to Krautrock, electronica and prog, they’ve created a heady, intoxicating, pin sharp, and tightly wound groove. It’s that eclecticism, that kaleidoscopic swirl of influences which brings together hip hop flavours, with the prog stylings of names such as Aphrodite’s Child and The Verve – pre Urban Hymns – when the drugs were still working.

O Genesis presents:

Thursday 31st January, doors at 7.30pm

Tickets £tbc

Returning to Bedford after a sell out show in 2013.  Details TBC

SHEAFS + Guests

Friday 1st February, doors at 8pm

Tickets £7 in advance 

One of the most exciting new guitar bands in the country, SHEAFS headlines Esquires’ main stage as part of IVW 2019. Sheffield’s SHEAFS pack punches with blistering riffs and instantly addictive hooks that hark back to the glory days of regional indie in their 4-minute whirlwinds of guitar-led goodness.


Saturday 2nd February, doors at 8pm

Tickets £10 in advance

Ever since singer Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel met as “two strangers with disparate tastes and influences,” the two have been carving out a body of work that resembles an essence of chaos and beauty; a feeling of estrangement, an expression of morbid elegance, inspired by opposing sides. The funny thing about opposites, is they need each other in order to exist – one wouldn’t be what it is without the other. From this place of tension, Estrons found their debut album. Ultimately, the bind that ties them is their love of creating fresh, exhilarating music, and with ​You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough​, they’ve done just that. Beginning as an experiment, Estrons quickly became significantly more important than intended. They are simply a force that cannot be forced.

Tickets for all shows available online from seetickets, and in person at Esquires, Slide Record Shop and Mario’s Hair Design.

Save the date: Bedford Park Concerts

We can now reveal the dates of Bedford Park Concerts 2019 will be Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July. So, save the date and tell your friends and family. The team are working hard behind the scenes to make 2019 the best yet!

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