Your Bedford Weekend starts here: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 February 2020

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It’s nearly the weekend, so if you need some inspiration of what to do, things to see and where to go, here’s out indispensable guide to music, theatre and culture…

Friday

I, Amdram
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12/£10

 “89 years. 172 different productions. I am the first female member of my family to not appear in a Thalians show for a reason other than pregnancy.”

Amateur dramatics. The hidden history of many a performance artist.

From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her hometown, cultural inheritance and secret love of musical theatre. Step-ball-changing between suburb and cityI, AmDram minds the gap between the identities we assert and the worlds we leave.

Magic of the Beatles
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £22

If you’re looking for an authentic, lively dose of ‘Beatlemania’ then look no further…

The stars of the show not only look and sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo, they also generate the same incredible excitement and share the Beatles’ unique sense of humour too.

The world-class performers use authentic guitars and amps to ensure every note is just the way you remember.

Bringing you all the hits you know and love including Love Me Do, She Loves You, Please Please Me, From Me To You, Help, I Feel Fine, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hey Jude, Let It Be and so many more.

JOHN / Polevaulter / The Knockouts 
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £8.50

Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace-based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable trait of their live performance.
If you were in need of anymore persuasion, 2017’s debut God Speed In The National Limit sets the tone, with 2019’s Out Here On The Fringes cementing their reputation as a unique live force.

If you are into bands like Idles, Fontaines DC, The Murder Capital, Life et al, you don’t wanna miss em.

Saturday

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements at the Higgins Bedford
Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements at the Higgins Bedford

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements
Edward Bawden Gallery, Higgins Bedford
8 February 2020 – 24 January 2021
Free entry

A new exhibition showcasing Edward Bawden’s passion for architecture opens at The Higgins Bedford this Saturday (8 February).

A reoccurring subject throughout his life, architecture features prominently in the extensive body of work of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden (1903-1989).

St Pauls ChurchOrgan Recital
St Paul’s Church @ 12noon
Free entry

This month’s lunchtime organ recital at St Paul’s Church features Laurence Caldecote of All Saints’, Northampto.

Why not combine your visit with a light lunch or coffee and cake from the church cafe? Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Journey Through the Past – A musical story through the 60’s and 70’s.
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £14/£12

Chris Hepworth (Bedford) and Chris Evenett (Enfield) take us on an acoustic musical story through the 60s and 70s – featuring best-loved songs by well-known artists of the era.

Featuring music from Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Bread, The Kinks, Cat Stevens and Neil Young (among others), this performance journeys through two decades, showing how the bands and artists influenced each other.

‘Journey Through the Past’ is for anyone who loves, or lived, the music of that time. And with more than 50 years of collective performing experience, Chris and Chris are demonstrably passionate about their craft, particularly these specially selected songs.

Talented charismatic Chris Hepworth performs throughout Bedford and the surrounding area, playing to crowds big and small, as a versatile soloist and in a stream of ensembles.

Chris Evenett’s vast musical knowledge is evident in his playing and the scope of projects he’s been involved with over many years. ’The Wonderful Pyjamas’ and ‘Roundabout Zoo’ show the quality of his band leadership and solo guitar playing.

Foo Fighters GB
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Foo Fighters GB return to Bedford following their sold out shows at Esquires in 2018 and 2019.

Celebrating the hits of the Foo Fighters in full volume, Foo Fighters GB have been rocking out festivals and music venues since summer 2015 with their charismatic and adrenaline pumping show.

The Foo Fighters GB take audiences on an absolutely epic, exhilarating journey playing all their favourite Foo’s tracks, from the first eponymous album releases This is a Call through to their most recent instant classic Saint Cecilia.

The resemblance and re-creation of their performance is leaving audiences believing they have seen the Foo Fighters themselves.

Emily Capell
Room 2 at Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £8

Emily Capell is a singer songwriter and musician from North West London. With a wide range of influences from Dolly Parton to The Clash, Emily has brought a new genre of country, ska, doo wopp and pop to the 2019 music scene.

With her work ethic, politically charged lyrics, acute social commentary, catchy tunes and mesmerising vocals, Emily has become one of the UK’s young hot underground success stories.

Her unique personality and independence has earned her a dedicated following across the UK and abroad.

As well as relentless touring, Emily has supported Texas on their 2017 world tour, Rhoda Dakar, Glen Matlock, The Blockheads, The Blinders, Roddy Radiation and Mari Wilson. Building up a big following on the way Emily has played Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading and Lattitude festivals.

Sunday

Sunday Afternoon Session featuring Lost4Words
Bedford Esquires @ 5 – 8pm
Free entry

Lost 4 Words return to Esquires’ Sunday session playing songs by
Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rolling Stones, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, Kings of Leon

Smooth SundaysSmooth Sunday
Herd from 1.30pm

DJ Geoff Ware will be playing a mix of Motown, mid-tempo and classic soul throughout the afternoon at the popular St Cuthbert’s Street bar and burger joint.

The Fatback Band live
Bedford Corn Exchange
Sunday 9 February at 7pm
Tickets: £32

The Fatback Band, one of the most acclaimed American disco, soul and funk groups are going to raise the roof off the Bedford Corn Exchange this month with their amazing high-energy live show. The disco-funk band were prolific in the 60s, 70s and 80s and laid the foundations for modern rap and dance music. The Bedford show will feature some of the most ground-breaking music of the era including Do The Bus Stop, Spanish Hustle, Wicky Wacky,  Is This the Future and the seminal I Found Loving’.

The band will be supported by acclaimed DJs, Jon Jules (MI-Soul Radio), Louie Martin from (Delight Radio), DJ Stumpi (diverse fm) and local maestro Rocky.

Your Bedford Weekend is in association with
The Bedford Clanger and Explore Bedford


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