Your Bedford weekend starts here: 29 – 31 March 2019

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Clear your diary, here’s your weekend round-up…

 Friday & Saturday

Certain Age present two of Alan Bennett’s well-loved Talking Heads monologues directed by Paul Frecknall at the Place Theatre this week. A Chip in the Sugar and In Bed Among the Lentils showcase Alan Bennett’s astute observations, poignancy and humour. 7.30pm Tickets: £12

 Friday: Disco

Disco is the word on St Peter’s Street as Rupert and Teji DJ at the Third Place this Friday. Entry: free

 Ben PooleAt Esquires, Friday sees the welcome return of the Ben Poole band to Holy Moly’s.
’Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Ben Poole is at the forefront of the European Blues/Rock/Soul movement, a name that has grown from strength to strength since he burst onto the scene in 2013.’  Tickets: £12

Henge
*ATTENTION EARTH!THIS IS HENGE.WE COME IN THE NAME OF RAVE.WE HAVE NEWS. PLANET EARTH IS AN EXPERIMENT. YOUR SPECIES WAS SENT CODES FROM SPACE, TO HELP YOU LOVE AND DANCE.RAVELINGS OF EARTH, REBEL!THIS IS YOUR FUTURE. PUT DOWN THE WEAPONS.UNITE. AND COLONISE SPACE.* Support comes in the form of the glorious The Grubby Mitts! Tickets: £10  Also available from Slide Record Shop, Esquires Bar, Mario’s Hair Design.

 Saturday:  

 

From 10am, join in the Rivercare Clean Up – a fantastic community event which sees the Embankment and river given a complete clean with the help of volunteers and local groups. Last year over 200 people got involved.  Scuba divers and kayakers will be in the water clearing the river and the banks, with previous years seeing bicycles, shopping trolleys and traffic cones pulled out of the water. All equipment will be provided with volunteers just asked to wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. Refreshments for volunteers will also be available at the Star Rowing Club. The event runs from 10am till noon and volunteers are asked to meet at the Star Rowing Club on the Embankment, near Riverside Square. For more information please email volunteering@bedford.gov.uk

Vegan marketBack at the John Bunyan Museum this month is the regular Vegan Market. From 10am – 4pm you’ll find delicious street foods, cakes, chocolate, cheeses, preserves, energy balls, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Doterra oils, Arbonne, Tropic, handmade soaps & hair products, gift ware & cards, holistic services and more. Free entry.

Songs from the shows

At the Quarry Theatre this weekend, i-show theatre school presents its More Than Musicals annual medley of musical theatre – with all the usual show stopping numbers, including Matilda, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia and The Greatest Showman.  Among the feel-good classics, the team have included anti-bullying modern dance pieces, and explored equality and freedom with excerpts from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. “We hope you will leave the theatre transported and uplifted, but with a little food for thought.”1pm & 5.30pm Tickets: £14.00 (£12.00 concessions)

Informers

From 9pm at the King’s Arms on St Mary’s, catch the Informers performing live. Great venue, some fancy footwork and loads of sweating to great tunes – what’s not to like?

David Patterson
From 10pm at the Third Place, Dave Paterson brings jazz, Latin, Brazil, rare groove and boogie to the dance floor. Shhhh, it’s Alex Hobbs’ big birthday bash, but it’s a surprise, so don’t tell him…

Monster Florence
The second in Esquires’ ‘Big In 2019’ shows, is Monster Florence – Everyone You Know – Banton. The joint headliners are bothering BBC6Music and Radio 1, plus will be on the line-up at many of this summer’s festivals. Catch them here first! Entry: £6

Green Day Blink 182

Back in the 90s, the two pop-punk titans – Green Day and Blink 182 – brought punk into the mainstream with their eponymous ‘Dookie’ and ‘Enema of the State’ albums.To celebrate the 25th and 20th Anniversaries of these albums – two of the UK’s top tribute bands to Green Day and Blink 182 – are uniting for a tour of EPIC proportions. Playing both albums in FULL + a greatest hits set from both bands, Green Haze and One Eighty Two bring an explosive, energetic tour of punk & rock you’re not going to want to miss! Tickets: £10

Down in Danny’s Bar at Esquires, a tasty little line up welcomes returns from two bands that are no strangers to the venue. From Corby family of noise and from Milton Keynes False Idol

Sunday

Make the most of Mother’s Day with some suggestions from Explore Bedford.

Higgins Bedford

The Higgins Bedford is open from 2pm today, so perfect for a post-roast browse.

Thr3e

Thr3e play the Esquires’ Sunday Afternoon Session this weekend. The rock n’ blues quartet from the Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire area will be playing a mix of originals and covers from the likes of Jimi, Rory, Cream, Trower and Free.

Next week’s highlights:

Disappearing Act

Tuesday & Wednesday at the Place TheatreA Disappearing Act at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
The great magician, Philip Winterbottom, cordially requests your presence for his final act. Sadly, he’s dead. So…he won’t be there.
But, he’s left his son and his assistant very clear instructions for his memorial.
Join Philip’s family and friends for one final disappearing act.
Incorporating magic, music and physical comedy, A Disappearing Act is an interactive, immersive show where the audience takes part as mourners attending a memorial service for a deceased magician. Tickets: £10.00, with a concession price of £8.00.

Slow Readers Club

Thursday at Esquires: The Slow Readers Club are a Mancunian four piece who specialise in epic guitar-electro pop. Regularly selling out huge venues in their native North West, including the 4000 capacity Manchester Apollo, we are delighted to bring them to the slightly smaller environs of Bedford Esquires!

You might have caught them over the summer when they drew huge crowds at festivals including Isle Of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling, Victorious, Sounds Of The City, Dot to Dot, Beautiful Days and Festival No 6.

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