Mantrata to play at festival on their High Town doorstep

Luton cult band Mantrata
Luton cult band Mantrata

Cult band Mantrata will be performing this Saturday as part of the High Town Festival.

They come from extremely diverse musical backgrounds and will be making their sixth appearance at the Freeholder pub in High Town Road from 6pm to 8pm.

The band was formed by bass guitarist Tim Powell, whose original compositions are inspired by ethnic music from the eastern Mediterranean, near East Africa.

He and saxophonist Paul Jolly are co-founders of Luton’s 33 Arts Centre while Chris Doggett on cello doubles as conductor of Luton Youth Orchestra.

Drummer Mark Burr and ‘Flexy Boy’ Chris Stevens on electric guitar complete the line-up.

All five live in High Town and are helping to organise the festival.

Pete Myatt of the band Jazzface describes the group as “a great eclectic mix of styles, which works brilliantly”.

> The High Town Festival starts at 1pm on Saturday (July 5).

There’s plenty to see and do and keep the kids entertained.