Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Luton over the coming week. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.
WEDNESDAY JULY 8
Adults with learning difficulties art and craft sessions. Every Wednesday morning 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturday morning 11am to 1pm at Arttrend, Arundel Road, Luton. Social and creative activity for adults with learning difficulties, engaging in all types of art and craft work such as painting in acrylics, papier mache, salt dough, cross stitch, rug making etc. Please see the website www.arttrend.co.uk and go to Art ALD, then see the gallery of work already done. Tel 07794987796 if you would like more details. 10.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm Saturdays – but can come and go at any time. £6 per session including materials and refreshments.
THURSDAY JULY 9
Grooveyard, winners of The Best European Group award at the Granada Jazz Festival, are heading to The Five Bells, Stanbridge on July 9th, for a special final gig in the current Greensand Jazz Summer series.
See page 27 for details.
FRIDAY JULY 10
Join the Basement Gaming Club at The Hat Factory, Luton for a new fantasy games night, to be held every Friday on the second floor of The Hat Factory. A variety of gaming tables including Magic the Gathering, Games Workshop (40k, Bloodbowl, etc) and more. Bring your own refreshments. If you would like to book a gaming table please contact email@example.com. There will be tournaments and leagues with prizes, so come along have fun and happy gaming. Age 18+. Entry £1.
LutonAid is celebrating ten years of local musicians coming together to raise funds for Keech Hospice care this year, with an impressive line-up boasting four-piece extreme metal band AGHAST! who played the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock in 2014 and released their critically acclaimed album “All the Rage” in October. Bedfordshire Metal 2 the Masses favourites Alone With Wolves will also be performing, along with Scar City, who played the BBC Introducing Stage at Rhythms of the World. It’s held at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts. Doors open 7pm. Tickets are available from The UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Vinyl Revelations on Cardigan Street in Luton. Visit www.lutonaid.com to find out more.
Featuring hit songs from The Fortunes, Marmalade, Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, Love Affair, Badfinger many more, the 2015 Past and Present show at The Stables, Wavendon will rekindle memories not only of the swinging 60s, but also the golden age of the 70s. The Fortunes and ‘Brum Beat’ followed hard on the heels of Mersey Beat and the sounds coming from Capital City. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £16. Call 01908 280800.
SATURDAY JULY 11
Shamima’s Mehendi Workshop every Saturday 1pm to 3pm. Learn how to create your own beautiful mehendi style artwork in acrylics on various surfaces such as card, canvases, boxes, phone covers. www.shamimasmehendi.webs.com
LutonAid’s second day. See July 10 entry for details. Door open 12 noon. Visit www.lutonaid.com to find out more.
Vivace choir will be celebrating summer with a trip to foreign lands at its summer concert, part of the Hitchin festival. Featured in its tour will be music from Moravia, Czechoslovakia, Ireland, Germany and the USA. The journey takes place at 4pm, at Walsworth Road Baptist Church, Hitchin, SG4 9FG. There will be a refreshment break for tea and cakes which are included in the ticket price. The choir will be conducted by Joe Bolger and pianist Ian shaw will complete the voyage by playing pieces by Dvorak. Tickets cost £10, £8 teens, under 13s free. They are available from the ticket manager on 01462 735642, the Hitchin Initiative ticket office at 27 Churchyard on 01462 453336 or on the door, subject to availability.
Bedfordshire Music and Fashion Week is holding an event at Dunstable Conference Centre. The show will feature over 12 local designers from the Bedfordshire area and beyond, mix with live music by very talented singers. Also included are final year collections by fashion design students from Central Bedfordshire College, with the event hosted by Mr Bedfordshire 2015 and Miss Bedfordshire 2015 and attended by the mayor and councillors. Visit bedfordshiremusicandfashionweek.com for more.
Hertfordshire Chorus’ ever popular summer concert will this year be at Waltham Abbey; the first time they have visited this venue. The concert will include music from Northern Europe through to Southern Europe and compositions from 400 years ago to the present day. Pieces from 16th century Spain by Victoria and by Guerrero are balanced by Tudor music from Tallis and Purcell. English folk songs and Elgar’s beautiful part songs are an integral element of the concert and will lead to the main work, Howard Haigh’s suite ‘Land of Light’ with its earthy infectious rhythms and featuring a Spanish guitar solo by the composer. The grounds of Waltham Abbey are open to the public and many of the audience will doubtless bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert. Tickets are unreserved and are £18 for the centre nave and £12 with restricted view. To obtain tickets visit www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk or ring Ticketline 07482 953 092. The concert starts at 8pm.
BBC award-winning jazz vocalist Ian Shaw appears alongside the brilliant young pianist Jamie Safiruddin (Ben Cox Band) and the legendary bass player Mick Hutton at the Old Rectory Garden in Wavendon with an entertaining and moving set of songs. These include standards alongside reworking of contemporary songs from writers including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Elton John/Bernie Taupin and Jimmy Webb. The show begins at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £15. Call 01908 280800.
A star-studded line is up taking part at this year’s Ampthill Literary Festival. Comedian Jenny Eclair as the headline author and is joined by Lisa Williamson, hailed as ‘one of the most talked-about writers of Young Adult fiction’ by the Hay Festival 2015, John Challis, best known for playing the well-loved ‘Boycie’ from Only Fools and Horses and Britain’s most famous movie critic, Barry Norman CBE. Other names include Poldark star and author Robert Daws and TV funnyman Ted Robbins (Phoenix Nights, The Slammer, Benidorm). Along with some famous faces, lit lovers will too be wowed by the incredible mind of local science writer Alanna Collin as she launches her debut book, 10% Human, published by Harper Collins. See www.ampthillfestival.co.uk/literary for more.
A popular vocalist on the London jazz scene, Esther Bennett is performing The Duncan Lamont Songbook at The Old Rectory Garden, Wavendon from 11.30. Featuring the man himself on tenor sax and special guest Tina May. The project explores Lamont’s surprisingly vast songbook. His songs have been recorded by Natalie Cole, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy and Dame Cleo Laine. As a saxophonist Duncan has worked with all of the greats including Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra Fred Astaire and Paul McCartney. Tickets cost £12. Call 01908 280800.
The Stables in Wavendon welcomes back the world-famous Dutch Swing College Band which boasts a vibrant line-up dedicated to keeping alive its unique and exciting music. The repertoire includes traditional favourites, some fine originals and Ellington and Basie tunes. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £21.50 and £19.50. Call 01908 280800.
SUNDAY JULY 12
Mid-summer concert in conjunction with Hitchin Festival with Sunjay Brayne and Alan West & Steve Black at Hitchin Folk Club. See page 26 for details.
Rock Experience Concert at The Stables, Wavendon, showcasing the bands that have taken part in The Stables’ 2015 Rock Experience course. All performers have participated in five weeks of workshops to rehearse material for their set. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6.50. Call 01908 280800.