blender brew up a beer collab to support local musicians

Bedford live music promoters, blender, have teamed up with a local brewery to create an eponymous beer that will help support their forthcoming projects.

The ‘refreshing hazy beer, dry-hopped with mosaic hops with notes of both citrus and pine’ has been created by Three Hills Brewing in Northamptonshire and will be sold at The Three Cups on Newnham Street and at Beerfly on St Cuthbert’s Street. 50p from every pint sold will contribute to blender’s mission to support local artists.

blender have been promoting local bands for seven years, starting with live gigs at pop up record shops – the first featuring a performance from Tom Grennan – and have even managed to keep going during lockdown.

Tom Grennan performed at the first BedPop Record Shop in 2014 (photo: Neil McCarty)

Your 50p will help them continue with projects including…

Friday Night blender

During the pandemic, blender quickly adapted to move their popular Friday night sessions at Esquires to an online audience. The show evolved to cover local businesses and individuals from the live scene, featuring more than 100 people. These shows are now available as podcasts, with more planned. To listen, search for blended on all platforms.

blender Sessions

“We started recording bands live when restrictions lifted,” said blender’s Alan Cooley.

“Andrew ‘Mash’ Marshall, Don from Limelight TV and Josh Tuncel all gave up their time and expertise voluntarily.” Search for ‘blender sessions’ to catch up on the archive.


“We love a festival,” said blender’s Neil Frankel.

Alan Cooley and Neil Frankel are blender

“Working on the new Ceremony festival at Esquires, mixing some of the country’s hotly tipped bands with the best locals has been great. We will be running our stage at The River Festival, back in 2022.”

blender Selects

Blender produced a four-track vinyl EP in 2019, featuring local acts Low Girl, Sarpa Salpa, Elijah Miller and Banton. The global pandemic scuppered their plans for a swift follow up, but they promise a second EP in 2021.

Elijah Miller

“Live music is returning and the rush to get back is palpable,” said Alan. “blender loves to collaborate and is always up for working on new ideas with new people so please get in touch if you’d like to join in.”

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