‘Project: Leave The Capital’ heads for the Shire!

On 5 February, Project: Leave the Capital comes to Bedford Esquires – a celebration of new music from our region.

What is this project?

It’s a collaboration between; Blaggers Records, Broadcasters Transmission Indie, Fanzine ‘Vandalism Begins At Home’ and blender – the Bedford-based music machine set up by Alan Cooley and Neil Frankel.

The project brought together and showcases four new bands and artists from Bedfordshire and surrounding counties.

They feature on the vinyl EP and are now part of a national eight-date tour, kicking off at our now legendary* venue Esquires. The tour ends in March at the MK11 venue.

Bands taking part are alt-rock trio JW Paris, post-punk Luna Ross, feisty Sean Grant & the Wolfgang and The Seven Sentinals bringing the hip hop.

The project was Funded by Kickstarter, thanks to the generosity of local music fans.

“This has been a real collaboration,” said blender’s Alan Cooley. “Four separate groups have all pulled together in the same direction to make Leave the Capital happen – and in very weird and challenging times.

“Fingers crossed, people will have the confidence to come out and support grassroots music and there’s no better time than getting out again during Independent Venue Week.

“The vinyl record arrives today and we cannot wait to get the tour started.”

Project Leave the Capitol is at Bedford Esquires on Friday 5 February. Tickets are just £6 from seetickets.com/leavethecapital 

*Esquires has just celebrated it’s 30th anniversary and has hosted Coldplay, Lizzo and Elbow to name a few – and survived the pandemic. Get down there and name drop a legend in the future…

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