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SERPENTINE GREEN IMPROVEMENTS
The team behind Serpentine Green have unveiled further plans to modernise the popular shopping centre, off the back of the current extension already underway near Next. With a ÂŁ45 million transformation due to get underway at the food court end of the centre, shoppers can expect a lot more out of future shopping sprees there. The planned developments include new leisure attractions, extra restaurants and cafĂŠs, plus an outdoor town square area, completely redeveloping the rotunda. As well as offering a better shopping experience, the proposal also hopes to generate around 240 new jobs. Since opening in 1998, little has changed at the centre, so these new ideas will hopefully give it a fresh new feel. If the planning is approved, building work could start as early as next year. Keep updated on www.serpentinegreen.com.
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We all know that Nene Valley Railway is a favourite among locals, but itâ€™s just proven its immense popularity once again by being awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 5th year running. The award honours their excellent customer service and success in creating great family days out. And with their 40th anniversary celebrations underway this year, theyâ€™re definitely on the right track!
RAGING BULL IS COMING TO SPALDING This fast growing menswear brand is set to open up shop at Springfields this July. Following on from the recent openings of Next, Fat Face and Starbucks at the site, this is another great success for the already popular
shopping centre. Raging Bull is a British lifestyle brand with a sporting heritage whose whole clothing range, from shirts to tweed jackets, has gained a loyal following. The outlet shopping centre hopes that the new brand will bring something different and give customers even more shopping choice! And if you just canâ€™t wait till the doors open, head to www.ragingbull.co.uk.
GIN FESTIVAL @ CATHEDRAL The UKâ€™s oldest and biggest Gin Festival is back in Peterborough this year at a new venue. Peterboroughâ€™s very own Cathedral will be the backdrop for the festival that will play host to a celebration of all things gin, with over 100 different types on offer. On Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18, thereâ€™ll be loads of new and exclusive gins on offer that you wonâ€™t see anywhere else! If you just canâ€™t get enough of the alcoholic action, there will also be gin masterclasses, a gin cocktail bar and some gorgeous food to go with all those drinks. For more details go to www.ginfestival.com.
OKTOBERFEST PETERBOROUGH The world famous Oktoberfest is making its way to Peterborough Embankment on Friday October 13 to Saturday October 14 to show us some great German culture. Taking place in a huge beer tent with a showcase of some authentic Oompah bands, youâ€™ll be sure to get a real taste of the Bavarian lifestyle. And with plenty of those all important steins, beers and traditional sausages and pretzels on offer, who could resist? Certainly not us! Tickets are available via www.oktoberfest peterborough.co.uk.
SING FOR LIFE INTRODUCTION SESSIONS Sing for Life are still looking for 40 local women to perform in their concert to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Donâ€™t worry, you certainly donâ€™t have to be the next Adele, just a lady looking to step out of her comfort zone and give some singing a go! Previously the charity has helped hundreds of ordinary women find their voice and introduced them to the joys of singing. Introduction sessions are on Wednesday July 12, Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15. No singing experience is necessary, just the desire to belt out a tune or two! For more details call 07714 017046 or email info@peterborough mvchoir.org.uk.
PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA SEASON FINALE This is your last chance to catch the ending of the summer film season at Peterborough Arts Cinema! The last two films, Gimme Danger and Odd Man Out, will be shown on Thursday July 6 and Thursday July 13 so donâ€™t miss out. Gimme Danger, released in 2016, and Odd Man Out, released in 1947, offer two completely different stories to suit audiences of all ages and interests. Be sure to catch all the new films in their next autumn 2017 season. For more details visit www.peterborougharts cinema.co.uk.
ANNAâ€™S HOPE IS QUEENSGATEâ€™S CHARITY OF THE YEAR
After local charity Annaâ€™s Hope was announced as charity of the year for 2017, Queensgate Shopping Centre has told us theyâ€™ll be supporting them every step of the way. Over the next year, theyâ€™ll be hosting events and engaging with the local community to raise funds for the brilliant charity. They helped 2016â€™s charity of the year, YMCA Cambridgeshire, raise over ÂŁ6,000, and are hoping to match that this year. Inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, a young girl who tragically died of a brain tumour, the Stamford based charity is in its 10th Anniversary year and the partnership with Queensgate will be a great opportunity to celebrate whilst raising awareness and funds for children in the region with brain tumours. To support the charity, or for more info, visit www.annashope.co.uk.
WEDDING VENUE SHOWCASE Orton Hall Hotel is inviting the public to an open evening for couples and families planning their big day. The wedding venue showcase will allow you to view the Great Room and Conservatory â€“ some beautiful locations for the perfect summer wedding. The invitation includes a free glass of Bucks Fizz, a discount for any wedding booked on the day and some lovely canapĂŠ tasting. Full details are available via www.ortonhall.co.uk or on 01733 391111.
THE PLOUGHMAN BEER FESTIVAL Donâ€™t forget, on Tuesday July 4 to Sunday July 9 one of Werringtonâ€™s favourite pubs, The Ploughman, is hosting its annual summer charity beer festival in aid of Halles Wish. Thereâ€™s plenty of live music lined up with ESP favourite the Motor City Vipers playing on Friday July 7, Grounded and Revolver on Saturday July 8 and then itâ€™s The Palmerston Ukulele Band in the afternoon and Hooker (7pm) on Sunday July 9 followed by some karaoke to round things off. All the fun of a beerfest with the added bonus of raising money for charity!
PETERBOROUGH ENERGYâ€™S 2ND BIRTHDAY Peterborough Energy is celebrating its 2nd birthday with a fantastic present â€“ the 7,000th local household switching to its competitive fuel tariff. This milestone marks great news for the company and its customers, showing that more households are choosing to join them on their local tariff where significant savings could be made. Since launching in May 2015, Peterborough Energy has reportedly generated combined city savings of just under ÂŁ1.4million. To find out more about the tariff go to www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk
SUMMER SKINCARE @ MBE Now that summerâ€™s in full swing, My Body Essentials are reminding us how to protect our skin from harmful sun rays. Theyâ€™re advising us to drink lots of water, wear light flowy clothes to let your skin breathe and add a big hat to your wardrobe for those really sunny days. These tips, along with using the latest Image Skincare range of SPF body sprays (available at MBE) should keep your skin safe and happy. So remember the sun cream and shades when youâ€™re packing up those picnics! Call
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OUNDLE ON SHOW As part of the Oundle Festival, Oundle on Show has lots of entertainment lined up on Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9. The event will showcase talents from local performers, artists, choirs, concert bands and more! And for the greenfingered ones of you out there, there are tours of some great town gardens. For more info head to www.oundlefestival.org.uk.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH SUMMER FETE On Saturday July 8, Paston All Saints Church is celebrating the buildingâ€™s 800th anniversary. Head down for some good oldfashioned fun of the fete with fairground rides, games, and tombolas. Thereâ€™s plenty for the kids to get stuck into as well with dance performances and a fancy dress competition in store too. Visit www.allsaintspaston.com for more.
GET HANDS ON WITH NATURE With a whole summerâ€™s worth of activities lined up, Ferry Meadows has found a way to get the kids off the iPads and into the great outdoors. From Kids Tree Climbing on Friday July 28 to Campfire Cooking for Kids on Saturday August 5, thereâ€™s plenty for your little explorers to get stuck into. Thereâ€™s also the Minibeast Safari and Meeting Magical Mammals walk in August where youâ€™ll see animals in their natural habitats. Entry for all events is less than ÂŁ5. For full details on all the activities visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk or call 01733 234193 and get your days out sorted for the summer hols!
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The Little Mix Show Following in the footsteps of awardwinning girl band Little Mix, this tribute act promises a highly-energetic show, really bringing the full pop concert experience to The Cresset. Performing on Tuesday July 22, the girls will sing a whole host of chart topping hits including Black Magic, Hair, Shoutout To My Ex, and so many more from their packed out playlist.
All or Nothing The Beached Boys From Monday July 3 to Wednesday July 5 Mod musical All or Nothing is filling The Key Theatre with its stylish sounds. Paying homage to the free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas in the 60s, this show encapsulates the music phenomenon that exploded in Britain and stuck two fingers up to class-ridden society. Big hits from Mod band Small Faces feature including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, and of course, All or Nothing, prompting The Daily Star Sunday to praise it as ‘a rocking night out’. Tickets are available from 01733 207239 for £26.
Put on your shades and grab your surfboard as tribute band The Beached Boys are coming to Stamford Corn Exchange on Saturday July 29. Head along and enjoy the super summer sounds of Brian, Mike, Carl, Al and Dennis as they’re recreated through a great mix of skilful harmonies and live instruments. Bop along to some of their best hits like I Get Around, Little Deuce Coup and Surfin’ Safari which are sure to get you yearning for some sun and sand! Tickets are priced at £16. To book call 01780 766455.
So, grab a friend and get ready to dance along to this feel-good show suitable for kids, adults and everyone in between! Tickets available from 01733 265705 for £15.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story Critically acclaimed concert-style theatre show The Simon & Garfunkel Story is making its way to The Key Theatre on Thursday July 6. This moving and powerful tale about one of America’s best loved musical duos from the 60s promises high-tec video projection and a full live band, making this show simply unmissable. Get ready to sing along to some of the pair’s biggest hits including The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and many more at this authentic, entertaining evening. Tickets cost £19.50 and are available on 01733 207239.
Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2
NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Don’t miss this multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America being screened live from London’s National Theatre on Thursday July 20 and Thursday July 27 at both The Key Theatre and The Stamford Arts Centre. Set in 1980’s America, it follows a star-studded cast including Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane as New Yorkers who grapple with life and death, love and sex, and heaven and hell. Tackling the gritty themes of AIDS and homosexuality, this show is a real ‘startto-finish sensation’ – Daily Telegraph.
The South Holland Centre live screens the classic 60’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from London’s National Theatre on Monday July 2, this is one you simply can’t miss. Starring the incredible Imelda Staunton from the Harry Potter films, this 5 star production follows the tale of a young couple drawn into the toxic games of older couple George and Martha as an evening of after-party drinking turns into some devastating truth-telling. It’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat! Tickets are £13.50 and £10 for under 26s. Contact 01775 764777 for more details.
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There are lots of added extras including dance competitions, free giveaways and even a meet & greet with the girls after the show!
Some Like It Hot / Blue Hawaii If you’re a fan of classic movies, then look no further than The Key Theatre on Sunday August 6 as they’re screening a fantastic double bill, guaranteed to jam-pack your Sunday evening. Kicking off with romcom Some Like It Hot, starring beauty icon Marilyn Monroe, followed by Blue Hawaii, starring the King himself, Elvis, this is sure to be a real treat. Some Like It Hot follows two musicians in drag, escaping mafia gangsters, ensuing some hilarious moments. Similarly, Blue Hawaii is a musical romcom about beach boy Chad
(Elvis Presley) who goes to work as a tour guide. So, even if you’ve watched them countless times before, or are a first-time viewer, these two films are a definite must-see. Tickets are £6 per screening or £10 for both. Contact the box office on 01733 207239.
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“Happy Birthday to Brew… Happy Birthday to Brew…”
Since the birth of ESP Magazine we have always been a part of the popular annual event and we couldn’t be more proud to see it still going strong after all this time. We've run numerous quizzes at the festival and one year we even teamed up with Oakham Ales, who brewed us our very own ESP beer. We’re also involved in the Beer Judging, which ultimately crowns the champion ale! This year (August 22-26) they hope to be featuring a Gin Bar which will complement their usual array of 400+ real ales, 80+ ciders and perries, English wines and continental
bottled beers. Also, to celebrate the 40th year of CAMRA beer festivals in Peterborough, they’ll be extending their opening times on both the Friday and Saturday until 11.30pm – which will enable us festival visitors to enjoy a truly memorable August Bank Holiday weekend. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, we need your help to create a special edition of our Paparazzi page. We’re looking for pictures of you with your friends and family, taken at the Peterborough Beer Festival at some point during the last 40 years – and any stories behind them! Here’s one of me on the dodgems getting in the festival spirit – not that I encourage drink driving! By sending us your photos, you’ll be put into a draw to win 4 tickets to the festival and you may just see yourself in next month’s ESP Magazine. So, get digging and email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday July 19.
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The Peterborough Beer Festival is celebrating its 40th birthday this summer and we’re all invited to the party.
“Cheers everybody!” Mikey Clarke
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July Gigs 1st Soul Lounge 8th Electric Warriors 15th Motown 22nd Back To The 80’s DJ Jacki with the sounds of music 29th Karaoke
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Whatâ€™s on at the East of England Arena and Events Centre
Stage & comedy shows
Festival of Antiques
Stand Up and Rock 20 October
22 & 23 November All stage and comedy tickets via Ticketmaster
Just Dogs Live 7-9 July
Autumn Food & Country Fair 8 October
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr Director: Jon Watts
After spinning an exhilarating cameo web through Captain America: Civil War last year – Tom Holland’s teenage webslinger now gets a solo outing. Sony – which owns the rights to Spidey – have teamed up with Disney’s Marvel Studios in this combined studio partnership, that follows Peter Parker’s attempts to balance high school life and his alter-ego crimefighting superhero career as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. But despite being under the watchful eye of Robert Downey Jr’s mentor Tony Stark/IronMan, everything Peter holds most important – including his Aunt May (Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei) – becomes threatened by the emergence of a new villain known as The Vulture (Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton).
Expect appearances from the likes of Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker – who utilises modified gauntlets from nowdeceased villain Crossbones from Civil War – and a cameo from Chris Evan’s Captain America, as this will undoubtedly tie the wallcrawler into next year’s appearance in the third Avengers blockbuster outing.
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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Amiah Miller This third instalment will reportedly complete the prequel trilogy to The Planet of the Apes – with Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by Woody Harrelson’s ruthless Colonel. After the primates suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts 10 www.espmag.co.uk
and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind – which will lead to an epic battle that will determine the future of both species and the planet. And with highly positive early screening reactions, this could nicely round off a trio of wellregarded summer blockbuster films.
DUNKIRK Cast: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles Christopher Nolan – the Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar – rarely makes a movie mis-step, so there are high hopes for this big-budget war thriller based around the Battle of Dunkirk. Allied soldiers – including the likes of Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and One Direction’s Harry Styles (yes, you’ve read that right) – are
surrounded by the German army on the French beaches of Dunkirk, requiring urgent air support from Tom Hardy’s Royal Air Force pilot Farrier and co, to help keep the enemy at bay during the fierce World War II battle. Kenneth Branagh and Oscarwinner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) co-star.
DESPICABLE ME 3 Steve Carell voices both legendary former super-criminal Gru, and his long-lost, charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru – who wants to team up with him for one last heist. This comes after Gru is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity. Julie Andrews co-stars as Gru’s Mom – and it also features a group of incomprehensible little yellow guys called Minions…
THE HOUSE When their daughter gets into esteemed American university Buckley, zany parents Will Ferrell (Anchorman) and Amy Poehler (Inside Out) convince their friends to join them in starting an illegal casino in their basement after they spend all of her college fund and quickly need thousands of dollars to make up the shortfall. Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) co-stars in this comedy directed by the writer of Bad Neighbours, Andrew Jay Cohen.
ALL EYEZ ON ME Despite some scathing reviews – and a Twitter rant from 2Pac’s friend Jada Pinkett Smith claiming some elements to be falsified – this biopic of legendary rap artist Tupac Shakur has done noteworthy business Stateside. How that will translate over here is uncertain, but this story about the rapper (played here by Demetrius Shipp Jr) – who was also an actor/poet/activist – chronicles his life until his untimely murder in 1996 at the age of 25.
CARS 3 After Cars 2 proved to be the leastacclaimed of all Disney/Pixar animations to date, this second sequel seems to have potentially corrected that misfire – by reportedly almost discarding its existence – if early reviews are anything to go by. Blindsided by a new generation of trail-blazing technologically-superior racers – including Armie Hammer’s Jackson Storm – Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) sets out to prove he’s still the best.
THE NVR – 40 YEARS OF MEMORIES
director John Glen, and production designer Peter Lamont. Both had worked at the NVR for Octopussy with Peter returning in 1995 for GoldenEye, and a Val Kilmer film in-between called Top Secret. ESP’s Marc Hernandez had been asked to help by Sarah following his interview with her in ESP’s May issue and said: “When Sarah found out I was a huge James Bond fan, she asked if I could help her arrange for a few guests from the films to come back. The sad news of Roger Moore passing away the previous week meant I really didn’t expect anyone from the original film crew to be able to come. Roger was a dear friend to both Peter Lamont and John Glen so the fact they came back to be
Royal Scot Locomotive at Wansford station This year sees the Nene Valley Railway celebrate 40 years since officially opening in 1977. Throughout the year the NVR team have been marking four decades of railway preservation with a fantastic year long programme of events for visitors which continues over the summer. On Thursday June 1, forty years to the day since the first train officially set off on the tracks of the NVR, it was the turn for railway staff and members to celebrate with a private party attended by local dignitaries and ESP also went along. There were also four VIP guests from the James Bond film family to remember the railway’s starring role in two Bond films. Octopussy (1983) and GoldenEye (1995). Director John Glen, Production Designer Peter Lamont along with Carole Ashby and Alison Worth, two of the Bond girls who starred as Octopussy circus girls.
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ESP’s Marc Hernandez joined the 40th celebrations at the Nene Valley Railway and brought some Bond heroes to the party…
Parkinson gave a short speech to the assembled guests saying – "The main stars today though are the people who in 1977, first having re-built the railway from the basic condition left by British Rail when the line was closed, set out to start to run the passenger services. “We are really here today, to celebrate the last 40 years of this railway and in particular the people who have worked tirelessly to keep it in operation, enabled its development and allowed this celebration to be possible." Passengers then boarded a specially chartered train, hauled by visiting locomotive Royal Scot whilst being served a buffet lunch in stylish picnic hampers and sharing some happy memories. As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations Ferry Meadows Station was officially renamed Overton, which was the station’s original name when it first opened in 1854 and in recent years has been a hub of volunteer activity. Much of the construction and transformation work has been carried out by the NVR’s youth group aged between 13 and 18. Under the guidance of station master Phil Marshall and Justin Fletchter Hawkins, the class of 77 saw how the class of 2017 will continue their ongoing legacy. NVR’s General Manager Sarah Piggott made a short presentation to James Bond film
A few days after the event Marc received a lovely message from John Glen saying: "It was a pleasure to return to the Nene Valley Railway after 35 years. All the wonderful volunteers, like myself looking a bit older, but still as enthusiastic as ever. The passing of Sir Roger Moore the previous week was very sad and it was touching to remember him and all the volunteers who are no longer with us honoured by a minute’s silence. “I remembered asking Roger to be filmed under the carriage as it entered the tunnel. He gave me a long hard look and said, ‘I will if you join me!’ “I explained that I was trying to keep the weight down on the rig under the carriage but he was not
NVR's GM, Sarah Piggott with the James Bond VIP guests
part of the 40th celebrations was a real class gesture on their part. “We presented them with a montage of Octopussy film posters that I’d had signed by around 40 of the NVR volunteers who’d been involved in the filming.” Marc added: "Sarah and her team did an incredible job organising the whole day, and I’d encourage all ESP’s readers to pay a visit to the NVR over the summer events. Don’t just wait until Christmas! There’s a programme of events every weekend, so let’s all do our bit to help the NVR celebrate 40 years as one of our top local attractions."
Olive Gladden, Heather Beckett and Carol Pinion. NVR ladies reunited! impressed and so I had to join him and camera crew under the train. We did bottom out on one occasion but got a great shot."
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Free Club Entry and £5 to Spend at the Bar!
Yes, you read the headline right. City club owner Steve Jason is giving free entry to the Sugar Club sessions at the Met Lounge to anybody aged 18 to 20 if they arrive before 11pm. And if you get there before 10pm he’ll personally give you £5 to spend at the bar! Steve once bought me a beer, which is unheard of and now he’s prepared to hand out cash like sweets. This is something I’d actually pay a fiver to see! But in all seriousness the last thing I want to see my good friend Steve do is throw around notes and go out of business. Steve is now a rare breed. He’s an oldie but a goodie. He hails from an era when the likes of S&M Entertainments, Steve Allen, Mark
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Goodliffe and of course Steve himself were effectively young promoters, DJ’s and entrepreneurs. They, in their late teens and early 20’s, identified gaps in the clubbing market that were not being catered for by the city’s mainstream venues. In response, they started promoting their own specialist nights for the then new generation of 18 to 21-yearolds. Today, this is a missing generation of clubbers and Steve’s bidding to try and encourage them to get out and see what they’re missing before ‘clubbing’ as I remember it, becomes a social pastime that’s lost forever. Steve told me: “I’m basically going to pay young people to come to my club. I’ve got a 200-capacity venue and I’m well aware that if everyone turns up between 9pm and 10pm it’ll cost me £1,000 a night in lost revenue this summer, but I believe it’s a gamble worth taking. We have to motivate the next generation of music fans to come out and create their ‘scene’ like their parents did before them. “It’s a nationwide problem. People aged 18 to 21 are going to big festivals around the UK and discovering new bands and music, but when they return to their hometowns they’re
not going to clubs or pubs. The average age at our club on a Saturday night is probably mid 20’s and they’ve been coming here for several years and still enjoy the ‘alternative’ scene. But we need to be seeing the 18 to 21 year-olds who’ll influence the next generation with their taste in new bands. “In the 80’s and 90’s we had clubs with capacities of around 3,000 people and they were full every weekend. That young generation are today in their 40’s and 50’s and are enjoying Northern Soul and 80’s club nights nearly every weekend in the city. They are reliving the music they listened and danced to when they were in their late teens and early 20’s. “Now we’ve got to encourage the current 18 to 20 year-olds to create their ‘scene’ that they can relive in 20 years’ time!” I couldn’t agree more with Steve. I consider myself lucky to have experienced the boom in clubbing Steve’s referring to – and he’s right – we did create our own scene. I started clubbing at 16 (yes, under age) and went on until I was 35 – and that was every weekend! I can talk about Viva La Rock, The Gables, L’Aristo’s, Rinaldo’s, Shanghai Sam’s, 5th Avenue and many more legendary venues but what will our current young crop be reminiscing about in 20 years’ time? Probably swiping. Anyway, Steve’s free entry and £5 to spend at the bar will run every Saturday night throughout the summer. Check out the Met’s Facebook page for all the latest.
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Refuse Rocket Team Gives you Fairy Wings! A team from Viridor’s Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) are taking to the track in their own racing machine when they compete in the Red Bull Soap Box Challenge at London’s Alexandra Palace on July 9. Aptly named the Refuse Rocket, their handmade machine will tackle the famous downhill race and fuelling their ‘rocket’ is nothing but sheer courage and the force of gravity. True to Viridor’s message, which emphasises recycling and transforming waste, the Peterborough team are engineering their green dream racing machine entirely from recycled parts, which include a Viridor wheelie bin and a school chair (the drivers’ seat!). The team’s entry into this coveted international event will also raise money for local charity Anna’s Hope, which helps children and young people with brain tumours. Viridor has pledged to match the team’s fundraising to the tune of £2,000, so the Refuse Rocket team are urging you to support them by visiting 809. Good luck guys!
OF THE MONTH
It’s summer and we’re gulping it by the barrel load. We love it but sometimes it doesn’t love us: wet patch, morning after pill, overdraft, darts player belly, chlamydia, slap, badger breath, divorce, chili sauce, driving ban, thinking you’re Brad Pitt in Fight Club and throwing up kebab in the taxi.
It’s been great joining Keith and Claire in the Peterborough Community Radio (PCRFM) studio on Saturday mornings and watching how the city’s on-air married couple breeze through their show. But the real romance has always been between Claire and I. So, you can imagine how devastated she was when I printed a photo of Keith Dalton and I in last month’s column. Here’s the moment when we kissed and made up. Keith: our bromance was always going to be a flash in the pan. Claire: am I truly forgiven?
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ESP interviews football legend, Craig Mackail-Smith. The word legend is often overused. But, with Craig Mackail-Smith breaking Jim Hall's record of most FA cup goals for Posh (a total of 12!), whilst scoring over 100 goals for the club, I feel it is justified! Our magazine has teamed up with the charity, Sports Connections Foundation (or SCF, who are based here in Peterborough) which uses sport to help and inspire children. Years on, their original programme – Prokick – has engaged with over 400,000 children across the country. Our partnership with SCF has allowed us to exclusively interview the charity’s celebrity ambassadors. This time we were welcomed into the home of Craig Mackail-Smith.
Craig still finds the time to help support the SCF charity. He told me, “When I was asked to get involved, it was a no-brainer. As a sportsman and a father, when I heard how SCF helps and inspires children through sport, I was fully on board. I’ve attended a few events and will continue to do so.” In 2007, Craig was signed by Peterborough United and made a strong start, scoring eight goals in 15 games and played a big part in Posh’s promotion to
“As a sportsman and a father, when I heard how SCF helps and inspires children through sport, I was fully on board.”
Chatting to the sportsman in his own home allowed me to get a genuine insight into his life off the pitch. He’s an extremely proud family man and a great dad. With his two children roaming around us, it led to one of the most hilariously random interviews. At one point I was given a stick as a gift from his son (which I still have!) and the next minute, the young boy was shoving an ice-cream into his dad’s face! Despite his hectic family life and career, 16 www.espmag.co.uk
League One during his first full season with the club. “I’m still good mates with McLean,” Craig told me. “I was teasing him recently, saying with that gut of his, he’s clearly enjoying life. I also speak to Grant McCann quite often. I’m thankful to Grant and the Club Chairman for allowing me to come back to Posh for a few games, resulting in me scoring my onehundredth goal for the club,” – a moment Craig described as, “bitter sweet. On one hand I’d just scored my one-hundredth goal and I was thrilled, but we lost the actual game.” I wondered what it was like being at Posh this time around compared to his first stint. “It was very different. When I first joined Posh I was one of the youngest players. I got caught up in the glitz and glamour that comes with being a footballer and I perhaps took things for granted at the time. I could see some of my old ways in some of the boys when I returned to the club and I took the opportunity to chat to them about it. Being older and wiser, I
was able to explain the importance of earning the blessed life we’ve been fortunate enough to have.” In 2011, Craig joined Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a four-year contract. I wondered how different things were with a different team both on and off the pitch. “It was a very different way of playing. In hindsight I would’ve done things very different. I let my ego take over and expected my teammates to play more towards my style when actually; I should have been the one learning to play theirs. Because of that, I didn’t play as good as I should have. I’ve had to learn to forgive myself as I know if I had done things differently, I could have been in the Premier League with them.” A question I had to ask was who the better crowd is… Peterborough or Brighton? After some awkward laughter, Craig eventually told me, “In Brighton we were playing to thirty-thousand fans and Peterborough was around six thousand. With that in mind, I’ll have to say Peterborough, because even though there were a lot less numbers, the fans made up for it in noise and general support. The atmosphere was fantastic. I must stress though that Brighton fans are amazing too. When I returned from a major injury, they were great and completely stood by me.”
So, time for me to confess – I’ve never been able to do keepy-uppie’s, with my record being an embarrassing two! So, I asked Craig if he could teach me and we filmed the whole thing. Was he able to help me? Find out on our website www.espmag.co.uk. You’ll also find online the second part of our interview, where we talk about his goal at the final at Old Trafford against Huddersfield (which helped get Posh promoted) and also what’s next for Craig after football. To find out more about Sports Connections Foundation and how the charity can help local youngsters, visit www.scfoundation.org.uk.
Food Glori us Food
s it e d a m s a h y a B e Th . .. o r o B e h t o t y a w We were eager to get a first glimpse of the city’s newest restaurant and Turtle Bay certainly didn’t disappoint.
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Maybe it was the cocktails, the excitement on the faces of the staff, the great reggae tunes or the heatwave, but the summer vibe was all over the preview night. We were treated to rum and cocktails and an incredible array of sharing platters of delicious Caribbean food to sample and we can’t wait to return. Turtle Bay has brought a whole new flavour to the city with a colourful beach shack interior and a chilled out feel. Food is at the heart of the Turtle Bay experience – just as it’s central to the heart and soul of Caribbean culture. It’s an eclectic cuisine influenced by a rich tapestry of ethnicities – from Creole to South Asian, there’s a big variety of vibrant tastes and flavours on offer. They also make great cocktails – whether they’re alcohol infused or not – and the huge range of rums will blow your mind, some of them literally, so check the strength! Drop in soon and tuck into Turtle Bay’s signature dish of jerk chicken or there’s a wide range of stunning vegan and vegetarian dishes too. You can find Turtle Bay near the Argos entrance to Queensgate bringing a beach vibe to St. John’s Square in the city’s dining our quarter. Whether it’s dining, drinking or even dancing, Turtle Bay Peterborough looks set to be the town’s slice of Caribbean paradise.
New Menu @ East The delicious food at East above Charters on the river never disappoints, but a new season always brings a refresh of what’s on offer and the team have recently launched their summer menu. It sees some of their most popular dishes remain alongside some exciting new dishes including Black Pepper Sea Bass, Sweet Basil Roast Duck and Gang Tepo. East is in a perfect location on the river, just right for watching the swans on the Nene glide by while you enjoy relaxed dining on the upper deck of the boat. They’re renowned for offering some creative dishes representing the diverse cultures and flavours of Southeast Asia. From Malaysian Rendang Curry to Indonesian Chicken Satay, or slow cooked Burmese Gang Hunglay Pork to Chicken Pot Rice from China or Chu Chi Salmon from Thailand their menu will have you feeling like you’re on holiday again this summer. So book in soon to give their new flavours a try. To book call 01733 315702.
New Community Café A new community café and garden has recently opened in Westwood which sounds like a great initiative bringing lots of community groups together and using local and sustainablysourced food. It’s all thanks to the WestRaven Big Local project, a team of passionate residents and volunteers supported by local organisations such as the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) and Cross Keys Homes, and is housed at Hampton Court in Westwood. The newly-opened café and garden is part of a major investment project led by WestRaven Big Local, the community organisation that represents the residents of Westwood and Ravensthorpe. The organisation has received a £1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help make improvements in the area. The café now includes a kitchen, a wheelchair accessible training kitchen, community area and a youth space with recording equipment. The café will serve affordable, healthy and (where possible) seasonal or local food. Much of the ingredients are provided by FareShare, the organisation that takes surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, to redistribute it elsewhere. Produce from the garden will be used in both the school kitchen and the community café, to show the true ‘plot to plate’ ethos. It’s now open 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday and on special event weekends. To find out more call 01733 330040 or go to www.westraven.co.uk. Plus find the project on Facebook and Twitter @WestRaven. www.espmag.co.uk
paparazzi Caught in the act? ESP Enters the Dragon...
We were proud to be the print media partner of this year’s Dragon Boat Festival and the ESP Motley Crew secured 10th place in the race! Carol Lester, Director, Gable Events said – “It was a brilliant day, we’ve had some excellent feedback from the crews and it was pleasing how many colleagues, supporters and spectators came down to cheer on the teams at the Rowing Lake. We were delighted to have attracted 36 teams this year (the most for many years) and to race eight boats added to the rivalry and fun. With the support of ESP magazine we had many new teams enter this year (including the ESP Motley Crew!) and they’ve all said they will be passing on what a great day it was.” ESP’s photographer Mike Harris wisely stayed bankside to capture the action! You can view all our Paparazzi pics on Facebook.
ESP’s essential summer what’s on guide Compiled by Amy Lighton
Basil Brush and Bargains at Springfields!
EVENTS TIMELINE Saturday July 1 Tolethorpe plays begin Wednesday July 5 Drama on Tap at the Brewery Tap Friday July 7 Castor Festival Just Dogs Live Saturday July 8 Beauty & the Beast at Oundle Outdoor Cinema Battle Proms Concert at Burghley House Castor Festival Bretton Festival Friday July 14 Richard III at Peterborough Cathedral The Trials of Mary Saturday July 15 Richard III at Peterborough Cathedral The Trials of Mary Party at the Wharf Summer Reading Challenge begins Sunday July 16 The Trials of Mary Friday July 21 Deepings Beer Festival Saturday July 22 Portuguese Festival Deepings Beer Festival Storytelling at Serpentine Green begins Sunday July 23 Portuguese Festival Monday July 24 Club Viva activities begin Wednesday July 26 Burghley Film Festival Thursday July 27 Burghley Film Festival Friday July 28 Wind in the Willows at Peterborough Cathedral Burghley Film Festival Saturday July 29 Burghley Film Festival Awesome Archaeology at Flag Fen Dino-gate at Queensgate Sunday July 30 Burghley Film Festival Awesome Archaeology at Flag Fen Dino-gate at Queensgate Monday July 31 Springfields activities begin Saturday August 5 Mary Queen of Scots Supper at Peterborough Cathedral Peterborough Summer Regatta Sunday August 6 Deepings Raft Race Peterborough Summer Regatta Friday August 11 Green Meadows Festival Saturday August 12 Green Meadows Festival Thomas’ Summer Holiday at Nene Valley Railway Knights & Princesses at Longthorpe Tower Sunday August 13 Green Meadows Festival Thomas’ Summer Holiday at Nene Valley Railway Knights & Princesses at Longthorpe Tower Thursday August 24 Peter Pan at Flag Fen
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At Springfields this summer, not only can you bag a bargain, but now you can keep the kids entertained too! Running through the holidays (Monday July 31 to Friday August 25) they’ve planned some free family fun with something new on each week. The first week presents two daily shows starring Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew, the popular music and mystery solving adventurers from CBeebies. After that, it’s Beach Week so you’d better have your bucket and spade at the ready! To create the ultimate seaside theme Springfields have planned sandpits, face painting, glitter art and even donkeys in the gardens. And if you couldn’t get enough of Rastamouse, the third week will see children’s classic Basil Brush make his way
to Spalding. Putting on two daily shows, the star promises to make people of all ages laugh and smile. There will also be the chance to meet and greet the foxy star himself! To top off a month’s worth of great entertainment, Sooty, Sweep and Soo will be putting on two daily shows in the final week. Join the trio as they bake a birthday cake for Sooty, which will of course involve a sprinkle of magic and a mixture of fun. For the full run-down of all these events visit www.springfieldsshopping.co.uk or call 01775 760909.
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Read the Books & Catch the Crooks! This is one for the bookworms out there! From Saturday July 15 the Reading Agency are hosting their annual Summer Reading Challenge in a library near you. Children aged 4 to 11 are invited to join in with this year’s theme of Animal Agents, a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes together. Complete the Challenge by reading six library books over the summer holidays, and receive an official Animal Agents certificate. But that’s not all, because as each mystery is solved, special stickers and giveaways are up for grabs too. It’s fun, it’s mysterious, and, best of all, it’s totally free! For full details visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or call 0207 324 2544.
Vivacity’s Club Viva Keeps Kids Busy!
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Looking for fun things to keep the kids entertained this summer? Look no further than Club Viva at Vivacity as they’ve got another jam-packed season of events starting from Monday July 24 right up until Friday September 1. From roller skating and archery at Werrington Leisure Centre to inflatables at Jack Hunt Pool, there really is something for everyone! Or why not try a Club Gamers Day or a Football Day? At Roller Pirates at Werrington, kids can get their skates on and put their skills to the test as they try and capture the booty around the room. And at Club Gamers Day, video, board and sports games are all combined to create an afternoon bursting with variety. So get the kids involved in this great opportunity to make friends and try some new activities and crafts. To book a place at any of these, and more, head to www.vivacitypeterborough.com/sport/club-viva-sports or call 01733 864754.
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Thomas’ Summer Holiday Everyone’s favourite tank engine Thomas is coming to Nene Valley Railway, and he’s bringing some friends along too! On Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13 you’d better pack your sunglasses, bucket and spade as it’s Thomas’ Summer Holiday where there’s going to be lots of great activities to fill your day. You’ll get to ride behind the star of the show, Thomas himself, and hop on Thomas’ friends
too as they go up and down the train line from Wansford to Peterborough. On top of this, for passengers with tickets, there are other great free activities too like a bouncy castle, activity centre and a story room where you can watch all your favourite shows. To enjoy this summer holiday without even having to leave Peterborough, visit www.nvr.org.uk or call 01780 784444.
Knights and Princesses @ Longthorpe Tower Ever wanted to be a knight in shining armour? Or perhaps a princess in a wonderful gown? Well, now’s your chance! From Saturday August 12 to Sunday August 13 Longthorpe Tower hosts a medieval day where prospective princesses and knights of all ages can learn their trades. Visitors can find out what the Lord of the Manor is having for dinner, learn quill writing with a monk from the Abbey or even see the Barber Surgeon for a cure! All of these activities and more will take place surrounded by some spectacular old wall paintings – it can’t get much more medieval than this! Admission is £3 for children, £4 for adults and £12 for families. To find out more visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com or call 01733 864663.
Jurassic World Roars into Queensgate
Story Time at Serpentine This summer, get ready to fuel your little ones’ imaginations! From Saturday July 22 to Saturday August 26 Serpentine Green is putting on some fantastic storytelling sessions for kids and parents. Head along as every Saturday session (10am - 4pm) will focus on a brand new book, guaranteed to spark your child’s passion for stories and boost their love of literature. And after the storytelling, there will be further entertainment like craft activities, face painting or even a live act to really bring the books to life. All sessions are free, with no need to pre-book so turn up and you never know what storyland you might end up in! Head to www.serpentine-green.com or call 01733 896479 for more info.
Calling all little adventurers and mini explorers! Budding palaeontologists are wanted to help explore Queensgate’s new Dino-gate, a Jurassic world themed adventure coming this summer. On Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30 Central Square will reveal a hidden oasis set in a deep jungle, filled with hidden treasures, games, crafts, and of course, dinosaurs! Intrepid explorer Terry Dactyl will take the kids on an adventure back in time as they dig for fossils, make their own dinosaur model and even see baby dinosaurs hatch. Make sure not to miss out on this great summer event that’s perfect for kids of all ages. More info available at: www.queensgateshopping.co.uk.
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A Trio of Tales @ Tolethorpe
THEATRE & FILMS This summer, outdoor theatre Tolethorpe Hall is hosting a great selection of shows, including two of the Baird’s beloved plays. Starting from Saturday July 1, the Stamford Shakespeare Company will be performing Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Monday July 10. But, if Shakespeare’s not your thing, why not try Brighouse’s classic comedy Hobson’s Choice showing from Tuesday July 4.
All three shows promise to be fantastic as the actors perform on the outdoor stage while you’re comfy and dry under the canopy – no pesky summer showers will be stopping us then! And before all the action starts, you can take a picnic along and relax in the fabulous gardens which are the perfect spot for a warm summer’s evening. So head along and enjoy the Stamford Shakespeare Company’s take on these classic tales as the sun sets behind the beautiful stage. For more details on all plays and to book tickets visit: www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk or call 01780 480216. Tickets start at £14.
No Room at the Inn! The Trials of Mary Relive the story of Mary and Joseph as you’ve never seen it before as Eastern Angles theatre company tour the hotspots of Peterborough. From Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16, join them as they perform the moving tale of one woman’s loyalty, a comedy of manners and a thriller all in one! Kicking off at Serpentine Green’s Undercroft, the performances take place across the city before finishing in the heart of Peterborough at Cathedral Square. So take along a picnic, sit back and enjoy the fantastic free summer theatre in some of our most vibrant and historic locations. Tickets are free, but book via www.easternagles.co.uk or on 01473 211498 to get your free drink!
Drama on Tap The Brewery Tap’s open mic night just got even more exciting! On Wednesday July 5, a special edition of Drama on Tap is taking place, as they’re ending the night by showcasing Henry Gladstone, a Mask Theatre production as written by Matthew Clift. Enjoy the one act play full of passion, regret and humour that gives an insight into a man who has given everything to tread the boards one last time. But don’t worry, there’ll still be plenty of time for the open mic section of the night too so all other performers are warmly welcomed. The mic is open to anyone who wants to go and perform a 10 minute monologue, dialogue, sketch or short excerpt – the possibilities are endless! Without a doubt, this’ll be a great chance to check out some local talent. Performances start at 8.30pm but performers are reminded to arrive a little earlier. For more info contact: dramaontap@ hotmail.co.uk.
Twilight Shows @ Peterborough Cathedral 5 Days of Fabulous Films @ Burghley It’s that time of year again when we head to Burghley Park with deckchairs under our arms, and picnic bags at the ready – of course it’s the hugely popular Burghley Film Festival! From Wednesday July 26 to Sunday July 30 this year’s movie line-up has something for everybody with family friendly Zootropolis and Finding Dory for the kids during the day, and a whole variety of genres planned for each evening. Solve some mysteries with a double bill of Sherlock on Wednesday evening or have a good old cry at Bridget Jones’s Baby on Thursday. Even if they don’t take your fancy, there are plenty more huge films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or awardwinning La La Land that are sure to have you glued to your seat! Throughout the week, drinks and a tasty BBQ are available to munch on whilst you sit back and enjoy some fun in the sun. For more details and to book tickets, head to www.burghley.co.uk or call 01780 752451. 4
Peterborough Cathedral has some real theatre treats in store this July as they become the backdrop for two fantastic plays including Shakespeare’s Richard III and children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. On Friday July 28, bring the kids and join Mole as he sets off out of his hole on an adventure with Ratty, Badger and Toad in a tale full of friendship and picnics (bring along your own picnic too to get involved in the fun!). Then, starting Friday July 14, join award-winning company Antic Disposition as they return to the Cathedral with their darkly comic production of one of the Baird’s famous plays Richard III. Taking place at twilight in the Cathedral’s beautiful New Building and the cloisters, these plays are guaranteed to be more than just your usual theatre performance! For more details head to www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk or call 01733 452336.
Burghley House Does The Proms Battle Style Pack up the hampers and champers as the Battle Proms concert returns to Burghley House in Stamford for another party in the park with a difference. After the roaring success of previous years, this has become a firm favourite in the local calendar – so save the date of Saturday July 8! The entertainment line-up is packed full with cavalry displays, live firing cannons and a WWII Spitfire display, before topping the evening off with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ sing-along. So get ready to join the party and wave your Union flags to some of the nation’s most loved classics. For further details go to www.burghley.co.uk or call 01780 752451.
A Right Royal Supper Fancy getting your teeth into some tasty Tudor history? On Saturday August 5 Peterborough Cathedral is hosting a four course candlelit feast in the stunning setting of the New Building – that’s enough food to feed a small army! The evening is commemorating the Cathedral’s links with Mary, Queen of Scots who was buried in Peterborough in 1587. To go with the delightful Tudor dishes, costumed actors and period music will fill the hall, making the whole evening a right royal affair. And as the wine and ale flows, there’ll also be the opportunity to explore the Tudor Queen’s Wardrobe Exhibition featuring some beautiful replicas of the ladies’ gorgeous gowns. Book your tickets online now at www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk or call 01733 452336.
Take a Trip to Neverland Fly away with the boy who never grows up… On Thursday August 24 Chapterhouse Theatre Company are putting on an all new production of the timeless classic Peter Pan at Flag Fen’s open air theatre. Soak up the summer sun as you join Wendy, Michael and John on their adventures with Peter on the far away island of Neverland. There we see them encounter the enchanting mermaids, friendly fairies and the cruellest pirate of them all, Captain Hook. With fantastic costumes, music and songs in store, this promises to be the most magical evening of the summer. You’re encouraged to your own portable seating. To book, visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com or call The Key Theatre on 01733 207239.
Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast @ Oundle Festival As part of the Oundle International Festival, the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, is being screened at their fantastic outdoor cinema. On Saturday July 8 head along and enjoy the 2017 remake of Disney’s classic story about small town girl Belle, and the cursed Beast as they find love together. Sing along to much loved songs like Be Our Guest and Belle as you’ve never heard them before as Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in this new summer showstopper. A bar stocked with local Nene Valley Brewery beers will also be available during the film, as well as other alcoholic and soft drinks. You’re also invited to take your own drinks and picnic to enjoy under the stars whilst watching this great family film. For more details visit www.oundlefestival.org.uk. To book tickets call 01832 274734.
Green Meadows Festival
FESTIVALS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
One of the area’s most popular music festivals is back again this year with great bands, DJs and drinks! From Friday August 11 to Sunday August 13, at Elton Hall, Green Meadows Festival is bringing us some of the best music and is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Headliners include The Sugarhill Gang ft. Melle Mel, Reverend and the Makers and Stereo MCs, who will all feature on the Meadow Stage. And if you fancy dancing the night away instead, The Garden area is perfect with DJs playing great party tunes all evening right through ‘til 2am. And to keep you fuelled, The Village and The Den have got you covered with a whole host of fantastic food and drink on offer at some great prices. They’ve
stocked up on a range of ales, lagers and cocktails, along with some award-winning pizzas provided by Hotrocks Pizza. Other food vendors, suited to meet a range of tastes and dietary requirements, will also be dotted around the festival so make sure to grab a bite (or two!) Early bird tickets have already sold out – so don’t delay in getting yours. All tickets are available from www.greenmeadowsfestival.org.
Portugal Comes to Peterborough Let the holiday come to you this July as the Portuguese Festival makes its way to Peterborough! To get you in the summer spirit there’s a Portuguese market in the city centre on Thursday July 20 and Friday July 21, followed by the main festival on Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23 at Peterborough RUFC. With stalls of Portuguese wines, beers, cheeses, pastries and heaps more, there really is plenty for you to get your teeth into! A variety of live music performances will also be taking place over the weekend, giving you a real flavour of some Portuguese culture. So take your family along and enjoy a few days of the best of Portugal, right on your doorstep. For more details go to www.festivalportuguese.co.uk or call 07766 584535.
Bretton Festival Returns Even Bigger and Better Head down and see all the fantastic art right on Bretton’s doorstep this year at the popular Bretton Festival on Saturday July 8. Peterborough Presents has teamed up with the council to bring us a festival filled with performances of theatre, circus, music and art – there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone! Be sure to check out dance company Spiltmilk’s show filled with flavours of dance through the decades too. So from a Talking Birds Theatre show to music from Elliot Morris, this event just keeps getting bigger and better, and this year looks to be no exception! Full details available at: www.idea1.org.uk/opportunity/bretton-festival.
Castor Festival is Turning 20
Children of the Revolution
The Castor Festival is back to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and this time they’re bringing one of ESP’s favourite local bands Children of the Revolution, making this event one we’ve already saved in our diaries! Taking place on Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8, it’s sure to be the perfect family weekend with activities jam-packed left, right and centre. For mum and dad there’s Happy Hour at the bar with some 6
fantastic live music from the band, and the kids will never be bored with games, Rollo the Clown, Punch and Judy and so much more on offer too. Kicking off the festivities on Friday, Children of the Revolution will be filling the tent with some rock classics, and throwing some modern indie songs in the mix too, guaranteeing an energy-filled night of entertainment. Then, to get you ready and raring to go for the Saturday afternoon fete, the festival is also hosting their annual Big Breakfast in the morning (8 to 10am) – a great way to get rid of those hangovers too! For more details and ticket prices check the website www.castorfestival.co.uk or call 01733 380900.
Absolute Bowie @ Party at the Wharf In the words of the Starman himself ‘Let’s Dance’ as Oundle’s party of the year is back again with a night of musical entertainment under the stars. On Saturday July 15, the Oundle International Festival comes to a close with David Bowie tribute band Absolute Bowie and local rock ‘n’ roll stars The Houndogs performing. Celebrating Bowie’s much loved music, the band will take you through his variety of colourful personas while you can sing along, beer in hand! And if that’s not enough to get your toes tapping, The Houndogs will be covering the best hits from Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Stray Cats, bringing some wild energy to the evening! So whether you just want to relax with friends, enjoy your own picnic or visit the endless selection of food stalls on offer, the Wharf is the place to be. For the full run down on the nine day festival, visit www.oundlefestival.org.uk or call 01832 274734.
Cheers to Deeping Beer Festival! At this year’s Deeping Beer Festival they’ve got beers, here, there and everywhere! From Friday July 21 to Saturday July 22 the Deepings Rugby Club are returning with their ever-popular Beer Fest, and this time they’ve got over 100 quality real ales, traditional scrumpy ciders, country wines and so much more for you to try. It promises to be a real family affair with the Beer Tent and Cider Bar for dad, the Pimms Lounge and Wine Bar for mum and the funfair for the kids. Every year some of the best local bands are selected to perform too, so keep your eyes (or should that be ears?) peeled for those being announced shortly! For all the details visit www.deepingsbeerfest.co.uk or call 01778 345228.
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It’s Raft Building Time! It’s time to start getting your rafts ready as the Deepings Raft Race fast approaches. On Sunday August 6, thousands will head down to the Welland riverside to cheer on the teams as they celebrate this year’s theme of ‘Great Britain’ – so expect red, white and blue everywhere! Don’t fancy getting your toes wet? Don’t worry as there’s entertainment available on and off the water. With a marching band, a roller skating zone and a whole host of stalls, there’s lots happening all day to raise money for some fantastic local charities. The everpopular Beer Bus is also coming back if you fancy quenching your thirst on the move. And, to really get your taste buds tingling, the Great British Raft Bake Off will be taking place where competitors can battle it out to make the tastiest cake they can. For more details call 08432 897064 or visit www.deepingsraftrace.co.uk.
Fancy seeing the Olympic stars of the future? With two former Peterborough rowers representing Great Britain this year, you might just have the chance at the Peterborough Summer Regatta on August 12 – 13. The event attracts over seven hundred competitors from around the country to the city. Saturday’s races use the full 1000m length of the rowing lake, allowing for more tactical and technical rowing. Sunday’s 500m sprints can favour power over style, but the closer finishes are always popular with the crowds! Races occur every three to four minutes on both days. When not racing, the local rowers can be found staffing the licensed bar or running the ever-popular cake stand; thirsty spectators are always welcome! Races start around 9am and finish after 6pm, with free parking and entry on both days. For more info, visit www.peterboroughcityrowing.co.uk
Just Dogs Live! Awesome Archaeology If you’ve ever wanted to get hands on with the past, you won’t want to miss this! On Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30, Flag Fen are putting on an Awesome Archaeology weekend, letting you and the kids get up close and personal with some unearthed history. Travel back in time in the Bronze Age roundhouse to try traditional dyeing around the fire, and uncover ancient artefacts in The Big Dig Tent with some replica Bronze Age tools. So head along and grab a trowel because you never know what hidden treasures you might discover! Entry is £5 for children and £8 for adults. For more info go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com or call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663.
Are you a dog owner, dog breeder or dog beautician? Perhaps you simply just have a love for man’s best friend? Then be sure to head down to Just Dogs Live at the East of England Showground, on the weekend from Friday July 7 to get in on all the tail-wagging action. Throughout the weekend, the Championship Dog Show will be taking place including competitions in numerous categories like Gundog & Utility or Hounds, Toy & Terrier. Also offering special features from a variety of doggy display teams and over 80 trade stands, this event really is one for all the family – even your four-legged members! And remember that all creatures great and small are welcome on what promises to be “a paw-sitively great day out!” For more information visit www.justdogslive.co.uk or call 01733 363500. Entry is £10 per car and £2 per dog.
She’s the pop star of the moment with a new album and huge chart hits, ESP’s Sarah Tempest gets chained to the rhythm of Katy Perry…
It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly 10 years since Katy Perry burst Sarah Tempest onto the music scene with an energy and sass that took on the mantle of the pouting ‘Girl Power’ of the 90s and rebranded and propelled it slap bang into the Noughties. And we’ve never been able to look at Cherry Chapstick, if the Urban Dictionary definition is to be believed, in the same way since.
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pursue a career in music and, after a faltering start, she came to the attention of the head of Capitol Records, adopted her mother’s maiden name of Perry and the rest, as they say, is herstory. Since her debut single, I Kissed a Girl, the hits have come thick and fast including modern day anthems such as California Gurls, Firework, and of course, the track guaranteed to get your drunk Auntie throwing shapes on the dancefloor at your cousin’s wedding, Roar. And
with every new album has come a change of image; as she’s moved seamlessly from vintage pin up to kitsch vamp, to female warrior, Katy Perry has given ‘Queen of reinvention’ Madonna, a run for her money along the way. Save for an ill fated 14 month marriage (to comedian Russell Brand), the past 10 years have been good to Katy Perry; she’s racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams; achieved worldwide sales of more than 40+ million albums and 125+ million tracks. She’s performed in the coveted Superbowl halftime slot and, not only is she the first person ever to achieve three songs reaching RIAA Diamond status (an incredible 10+million sales each) she’s also the most followed person globally on Twitter with over 100million followers hanging on to her every musing. So what’s next for the girl surely on course for world domination? We’ve seen her dramatically crowd surf at Glastonbury, where she showcased her edgier side playing the Pyramid stage. Now following the release of her new album Witness, she’s heading off on tour, her first since her 151 date, sold out Prismatic World tour which concluded in 2015. The European leg of the Witness tour will be in the UK in June next year and if Rolling Stone’s review of her last tour as ‘a show to damage retinas and blow minds’ is anything to go by, this one is not to be missed. Yet for all her achievements, legendary status and global superstardom, Katy Perry still seems like the kind of girl you could invite round for a movie and Marmite on toast after a pint at the Tap – and that surely is the secret of her appeal. Just don’t nick all her Pringles – because, rumour has it, you’re gonna hear her Roar! The UK leg of the Witness tour kicks off in London at the O2 in June next year and tickets are on sale via www.KatyPerry.com and www.axs.com.
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THE POSH PAGE ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United…
2010-2011 season (left to right); Craig Mackail-Smith, Gabriel Zakuani and Chris Whelpdale
I think every football fan remembers their first ever kit – and certainly those of a certain age (I am referring to myself here) can confirm that back in the olden days, strips really were outlandish. Here at Peterborough United we are not adverse to the odd dip into the eccentric. Our ‘pizza’ kit from the mid 90s was a creation that can only have been conjured up by somebody under the influence of alcohol – just staring at it made me feel drunk.
2009 season (left to right); Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Tom Williams Everyone can recall that famous grey Manchester United kit which was to blame for a 3-1 defeat at Southampton (well according to the manager) and I think most people acknowledge that David Seaman donned some awful goalkeeper kits, which seemed to amalgamate every single colour of the rainbow.
Thankfully, these days (with the odd exception) kits are a bit easier on the eye. In recent seasons, our bright away kits have proved popular with supporters and finding that special home shirt is always the aim. Our 2017-2018 home kit launch will take place at Serpentine Green, Hampton on Sunday July 9 from 10am with players taking to the catwalk to show off the new strip and I know I’m biased, but I love it and hopefully the fans will do too. I know a lot of supporters think we just tick a box and say ‘yeah that one will do’, but a lot
goes into the selection of a brand new kit. Behind the scenes, a lot of people decide which way we will go in terms of colour, look and feel and we believe this new strip will be a winner. At our kit launch, we will be joined by representatives of our main shirt sponsors Mick George who’ll be providing some activity to get involved in. They’re also running a competition on Twitter to find two lucky young fans to join us on the morning. The fixtures for the new campaign were released on June 21 and we’ll be giving away tickets to the first home league game of the season in next month’s ESP magazine, so make sure you check out my page for details. To view the fixtures, please visit the club website www.theposh.com. Phil
DAY In our own nod towards July 4th we’re celebrating our own Independents’ Day this month and just some of the local businesses bringing their unique flavour to the city. These give us much needed variety when it comes to our regular shopathon so make sure you support them!
Art in the Heart Westgate Arcade Art in the Heart, art gallery and gift shop is a unique offering in the city centre with comments in their visitor’s book describing it as ‘the best shop in Peterborough’ and ‘the jewel in the city’. Owner Dawn Birch-James is proud of their achievements – “We exhibit and sell the work of over 60 artists and makers from the area from fine artists to jewellery makers. So we are truly unique. Most items are one offs, individually made or ranges which are unique to us. “You would think that our items are expensive but we have hundreds of gift options below £10 including a vast selection of cards. We also have exhibitions, workshops and art demonstrations.” Art in the Heart had to vacate their old Council owned premises because of redevelopment and turned to Queensgate instead. “They thought we would fit in with what they were wanting to achieve down Westgate Arcade,” says Dawn, “a more unique independent shopping experience and the refurbished arcade looks fab!” Tel: 07910 118148 or visit the website: www.artintheheart.co.uk
The Emporium Mancetter Square Back in the day The Gables in Werrington was a thriving bar, but it’s had a chequered few years. Now we’re pleased to see it’s been brought back to life as The Emporium home of well... all sorts! It’s the brainchild of Jo Ward and is a treasure trove of interesting items – vintage, retro, antique and collectables. You can easily while away your time hunting out anything from crafts to unique finds. “So far we have over 50 traders, including local artists, crafters etc. who sell their goods within The Emporium. We also have an Art Gallery room which we are looking to use for local groups to hire and also for classes such as craft classes, art demonstrations and workshops.
Back to Life Westgate Arcade There’s a new face in Westgate Arcade but selling some great vintage items. Shaf Saeed from London moved to Peterborough in December and up until recently was involved in the fitness industry for the last 17 years with a side passion for fashion. His new venture, Back to Life stocks a great range of vintage clothing and accessories. Shaf told us – “I think the big thing I’ve found is that my customers are saying there's nothing like this in Peterborough. My shop has very much the Camden or Brick Lane feel to it, which is exactly what I'm after. “I have vintage fashion that caters for most generations alongside customised and reworked items.” Shaf is a great example of an independent – “I’ve been self employed most of my working life but never owned or run a shop,” he explains. “So this whole experience is very new to me but I've taken to it like a duck to water. All my influences and ideas for the shop have come from the great shops in London where I’ve taken a little bit from each to make my own here in Peterborough.” Contact Shaf on 07958 498404. 34 www.espmag.co.uk
“At the moment we are in the process of asking the local community what sort of thing they would like to see the room used for so we can make sure we are setting up the sort of things locals want to access rather than just what we think they want.” Tel: 01733 571543 or find them on Facebook.
Style Westgate Arcade Style opened 10 years ago in the Westgate Arcade and after three moves currently occupies its largest unit yet. It’s pure retail heaven for anyone with a love of jewellery and accessories and stocks some great designer brands including Troll beads as well costume jewellery, evening bags and scarves. Having a unique offer is vital for an independent to thrive and store manager Amanda Dinatale told us – “We also stock Vendula, which is a Amanda Dinatale bag brand and we are the only store in Peterborough to sell it. We also pride ourselves in our level of customer service, which we feel has hugely helped our repeat custom.” Westgate Arcade has become the home of the independent retailer and Style is one of its hubs – “We have a great position at the top of the arcade and the shop rent cost is really competitive,” says Amanda. Tel: 01733 349177 or visit www.style-accessories.co.uk
ESPâ€™s Rachael Church has all the latest health and beauty newsâ€Ś
This month loads of us are prepping for our summer hols, so whether youâ€™ve got a few weeks in the sun or youâ€™re hoping to catch some rays here in England.... check out our summer health and beauty guide right here.
What is it: Olay Complete Everyday Sunshine Day Cream Why itâ€™s good: At the very start of your holiday, this product will offer a sun-kissed glow and a gradual streakfree tan, come rain or shine. Going forward, the 24 hour moisture hydrates your skin 7 layers deep to let your inner glow come through. My thoughts: Iâ€™m quite pale, so this is a good alternative to fake tan especially if youâ€™re fair. How much: usually ÂŁ8, but has been seen on offer at your local Sainsbury for a fiver.
Our skin, hair and body are all affected by the summer sun so itâ€™s crucial our holiday beauty essentials cover all these bases. Hereâ€™s how to make sure you stay looking radiant during these lovely summer months â€“ with some great products you can buy right here in Peterborough from three of our local retailers. And here at ESP weâ€™ve tried them all for you.
What is it: Nivea Sun Moisturising After Sun Lotion 200ml Why itâ€™s good: This one is highly recommended as it comes with aloe vera and is enriched with avocado oil. It helps maintain your skin's elasticity and ensures a long-lasting, beautiful tan. My thoughts: feels very refreshing and soothing on the skin. How much: ÂŁ7, or 2 for ÂŁ11 at Tesco for a limited time.
What is it: Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Beach Mate Why itâ€™s good: This great product offers a quick fix for beached-out hair. Its rich restorative qualities, with Australian balm mint, are just the stuff to counter the stress and help make your hair silky again. My thoughts: Especially good for blondes like me! I really liked how blonde my hair looked after use. How much: ÂŁ4.99 at Boots.
What is it: Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm Why itâ€™s good: Dry lips can be a major problem, so make sure you get Burt's Bees ultra-hydrating lip conditioner. It contains kokum, shea, and cocoa butters and is clinically proven to moisturise for 4 hours with one application. My thoughts: It did as promised and leaves your lips soft and supple. How much: Pick it up at John Lewis for just ÂŁ4
What is it: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo Why itâ€™s good: This exclusive blend of organic coconut milk will help to nourish your hair by replacing any lost hydration and balance. My thoughts: It works, and I particularly loved the smell! How much: ÂŁ6.99 from Superdrug.
What is it: Jessica Brilliance Top Coat Why itâ€™s good: Brilliance is a fast-drying, high gloss top coat and at the same time will protect your nails from the sunâ€™s rays. My thoughts: Really great investment as every time you add another coat your nails look good as new again! How much: Available at John Lewis for ÂŁ12.50.
Did you know that The Cancer Research UK website has a tool where you can find out your skin type to see when you might be at risk of burning? Always worth checking out before you go away to sunnier climates. Protecting your moles is also very important when youâ€™re out in the sun. 36 www.espmag.co.uk
Cancer Research has some great advice on how to take extra care: â€˘
Avoid getting caught out by sunburn. Use shade, clothing and a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect yourself.
Keep an eye out for changes to your skin. Changes to check for include: a new mole, growth or lump or any moles, freckles or patches of skin that change in size, shape or colour.
Enjoy the sun and stay protected!
ESP’S resident action man Darren Grigas has picked up a few injuries on his adventures, so we sent him to Reform…
aving put myself through many physically demanding challenges in recent years I've had my fair share of niggles Stuart Hancock and injuries and have had a number of treatments to maintain and repair my body. So I was interested to see what was on offer at Reform by Stuart Hancock and particularly his offering of Raynor Massage. Whilst Stuart offers other traditional methods at Reform, he specialises in Raynor which although very effective, is certainly not for the faint hearted... it may even bring a tear to the eye, but believe me it's worth it. Stuart used to be a professional dancer both performing and choreographing and struggled to find effective long lasting treatments until he discovered Raynor Massage. This was the one that best solved his problems and has a great history of success. Stuart then trained to become a therapist himself to help aid others and so I went to see what it was all about. We had an initial consultation to get an idea of my lifestyle, level of fitness and what exercise I do. He took notes of any injuries old and new (I've had a few) and then we got to work.
This was to be a full head-to-toe treatment some of which was comfortable enough but some areas that were already tender were not going to be easy. The level of pressure can be adjusted to suit what’s tolerable by whoever is being treated. He aimed for around 7 out of 10 initially and I had to let him know if I could take more so he could work deeper into the muscle if necessary for better results. Starting with my feet and lower legs I was quickly aware of how the tension in my calves was released by some effective work on my feet. The whole of my legs were treated and at times I was struggling but got through it and the results were great. My back gets very tight but after some heavy pressure from thumbs, forearms and even elbows in the right areas, it was feeling so much better. There's good pain and bad pain, if it's fixing a problem area and undoing the damage then I count that as good pain.
This massage is certainly not just for people that are used to intense sports massage but will benefit anyone regardless of age and fitness level and is very effective in removing the normal aches and pains that have such an
“...will benefit anyone regardless of age and fitness level...” impact on our daily lives. It not only relieves the pain, but will also seek out and remove the deep rooted tension that’s causing the problem in the first place. Whilst also offering Swedish massage, a more holistic and relaxing alternative, Stuart is also a graduate of the Axiom waxing academy and is a tanning therapist which he also offers from his studio in Eye. If you have a long term or new niggle that needs addressing I can certainly recommend a visit to see Stuart at Reform. But don't expect incense sticks, petals and whale music, do expect to get to the source of the problem and get it thoroughly worked out of your body and have you back in good form again soon. Reform, Millport Drive, Eye, Peterborough, PE6 7AT. Tel: 07555 465405
GET READY FOR PLANET B IN PETERBOROUGH! It’s all change for this year’s annual Green Festival in Peterborough with film screenings, workshops, events and art all lined up to get the message across… there is no Planet B!
Scottee, Talia Randall, and Eric MacLennan (pictured left). For the hoarders amongst us, you can visit Emily Tracy’s Clutter Bank, where you’re invited to consider the 300,000 objects we each have in our homes and perhaps donate one to the project yourself. Claudia Friend welcomes you to her Museum of Future Now, set in 2525, viewing objects excavated from 2017. What might future generations make of our waste?
ere in the city we have one of the longest running and largest Green Festivals in the UK, and this year it takes on a new life as ‘Planet B’. This will see a two-week programme of Looking at the key themes of how events, performances, film screenings, communities can become more adaptable, workshops, commissioned artworks, and a what lifestyles and habits we need to conference – all around encouraging change, and how we can learn from the discussion and debate on sustainability. past, Planet B will include an Prepare for Peterborough city centre environmental conference, film to be brought to life with a mixture of art screenings, debates, theatre and much installations, theatre, performance art, more, meaning there will be plenty of and parades this July and August with activities for us all to get involved with! events and activities at various locations. “We want Planet B to be both relevant The environmental charity PECT, locally to Peterborough, but also to engage working alongside arts organisation Metal with wider contemporary environmental Claudia Friend, said – “By dispensing with and The Green Backyard and with funding thinking and developments,” explains dry facts and figures and tapping into our from Arts Council England, will be PECT’s Karen Igho. imagination, which is where change can running Planet B from take place, art can take Saturday July 29 concepts around the through to Saturday themes of sustainability “We want Planet B to be both relevant locally to August 12. and make them Peterborough, but also to engage with wider contemporary The environment is interesting and a huge subject that can environmental thinking and developments.” accessible, allowing for a often feel hard to get to wider view.” grips with, but Planet B is asking: ‘What needs “It is challenging to consider alternative In Question Time Cabaret Talia Randall to happen for people to understand the ways of living to what has become the norm brings us an evening of hilarious, gutissues, become more resilient together and but the process of questioning these and wrenching performances slammed take positive actions?’ considering what would lead to a fair and together with a panel of Britain’s foremost respectful global community is what the journalists. focus of Planet B is.” There’s a packed programme Commissioned artists for the festival, throughout the two-week festival so for both local and national and from various full details about Planet B visit art backgrounds, include Emily Tracy, The www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB, see the Poly-Technic, Claudia Friend, Charley Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB or call Genever, Keely Mills, Francis Thorburn, 01733 568408.
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It’s not long now until Peterborough’s flagship running event the Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon on Sunday October 8 and it’s an ideal event to find your own moment to be ‘great’. I’m in training for this year’s race and will be including the kids too – whether it’s the half marathon or the 5k fun run you can really turn this into your own adventure and get fitter in the process. Thousands of people will be flowing through the city, chasing times, raising money and achieving their own personal goals. This fantastic event has been going for years now and it’s always great to see people from all walks of life, ages, shapes and sizes setting out to cross that finish line and make themselves and their loved ones proud. I’m always inspired by every runner on a course chasing a goal, whether they’re the fastest or the slowest doesn’t matter, they’re still out there doing it for their own reasons and I love that. For anyone who likes the idea of a half-marathon but has never got around to it I’d suggest just biting the bullet and getting involved. If you think you don’t ‘have’ time then ‘make’ time, if you think it’s out of your league well you’ve got a few months left to get ready. To help you there are free training evenings for runners of all abilities every other Wednesday from July at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. The training sessions have been organised by Advance Performance and are held in conjunction with experienced runners and coaches from local running clubs, who’ll lead the runs. Each training session begins at 7pm with a warm up and you’ll be divided according to level of fitness and aspirations before being taken for a training run. The dates are: 12 July, 26 July, 9 August, 23 August, 6 September, 20 September, 4 October I'm enjoying my own training and also seeing progress updates from friends taking part and we're all looking forward to enjoying the day, the course and the amazing crowds! Being a Peterborough lad, PGER is a staple in my running calendar and I love being around to take part. It's especially great to see Anna's Hope getting so much support through the event now, they're such a fantastic charity with a big heart and incredible dreams. 40 www.espmag.co.uk
It certainly gives you even more purpose and motivation if you raise money for charity and you’re spurred on knowing your efforts are making a life changing difference to others. For the second year the PGER’s official charity is the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and for the fun run it’s Anna’s Hope, making a difference to children battling brain tumours.
Thanks to generous donations at last year’s event there’s now the chance for local charities to nominate themselves for one of five £1,000 grants thanks to a sponsorship partnership between the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Perkins Great Eastern Run. Any nominations are welcome from charities in Peterborough that support children or anyone affected by cancer by Monday August 14. To nominate, just grab a form from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, or visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/GreatEasternGiveaway. So whatever your motivation for running the PGER this year you know it’ll do you and others good so I’ll see you on the course in October… whether you’re in your high grade running gear or a chicken suit! To enter and find out more visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk
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NIGHTlife SUMMER AT THE SOLSTICE Let’s get summer started people! The Solstice welcomes Kideko on Saturday July 1, and then Altern-8 and local legends Shades of Rhythm on Saturday July 22. Their next SolGarden Terrace Sessions has one of Defected’s most in-demand DJ’s, Brighton boy Kideko, making his debut appearance in Peterborough. Kideko is joined by resident DJ Alex Vacca for another unforgettable night which you cannot afford to miss. With future releases with the likes of Armand Van Helden and guest spots at the UK’s biggest festivals this summer catch him in the city while you can! On the night there’ll be four rooms for music with loads going on throughout the night with confetti bombs, CO2 cannons, extra sound and light plus loads more. Check out their facebook page for tickets details.
SOUL COLLECTIVE @ BREWERY TAP Soul Collective returns to The Brewery Tap on Westgate on Friday July 7. DJs Mick Mckenna and Lady J (Tap Room) will be playing out the tunes from 8pm – late and it’s free entry. Expects 70’s rare groove through to modern soul with the best tunes to get you on the dancefloor. There’s more grooving to be had on Saturday nights this month with DJ Rick Allen on the decks. Saturday Night Groove sessions are on July 1, 8, 15 and 22 with a great selection of danceable hits from the 70s – today, accompanied by videos on the large screen from 9pm. Free entry Then see the month out with The Get Down with DJ Eddie Nash from 9pm – late on Saturday July 29.
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PROJECT FEST This September a banging new dance music festival is about to hit the East of England Arena with over 80 artists across six arenas. Project Fest is being brought to us by DJ Danny Burch and his team so get ready to see out the summer in style, but get your tickets now! How difficult has it been to get off the ground? “It’s not been hard to get off the ground as such, once we had the investment we could then get the company open, then book the date of the festival at the Showground. “Andy and Steve at the Showground have been an amazing help giving advice in areas such as health and safety amongst other aspects required that myself and Clair haven't experienced before. ESP caught up with Danny to find out more… ESP: How did you become a DJ, how long have you been doing it and where? “I got my first set of decks, disco decks I may add, at 10 years old and then my parents realised it wasn't a fad and bought me some turntables at 12. So this year on fireworks night I’ve been DJing for 23 years. My main residency is with Pam’s House Norwich @ UEA where I’ve been a resident for 14 years in January 2018.” What gave you the idea for Project Fest, why did you decide to go for it? “It’s been a dream of mine since I was at school and one of my projects in business studies was to hold a party on the school field but it never happened.
VANITY BEYONCÉ NIGHT On Friday July 7, Vanity returns to the Red Room on Broadway with the Beyoncé Special. Residents DJ Nick T & host Fontzerelli will be taking you through a collection of Beyoncé anthems, from early Destiny's Child days right up to her latest releases! On the night you can grab yourself a free Beyoncé mixtape and they’ll be releasing further information as to which artist will be joining the Vanity team in the Red Room next for another live showcase! Expect to hear all the usual urban club bangers as well! To jump on the guest list simply text ‘Vanity + your name’ to 07411 258 999. 46 www.espmag.co.uk
“It was my fiancée Clair who said ‘I don't want you reaching 65 and saying what if?’ So we both drew up a business plan and found some investment and Project Fest was born. “Peterborough showground is an iconic venue and being so central in the UK and with the A1 running right next to it we thought it to be the perfect venue and location to hold Project Fest. The East of England doesn't have an outdoor festival purely focusing on house, trance, hard dance and hardcore.”
“Don't get me wrong, this has been one of the hardest things I've personally taken on but I have such a great team around Project Fest that has made my life much easier ensuring it all runs smoothly.” What can we expect from the event? “An exciting weekend of music across multiple genres housed in multiple arenas bringing clubbers together new and old. Those coming can expect to see the UK's best DJ's in proper top tents, an outdoor stage and for those who need a break a chill out area too. “The arenas will have top quality sound and visuals giving the clubbers a weekend they won’t forget and a full clubbing experience to take home.” What's your big dream for the event and the future? “Our dream is to become an annual event once a year adding more arenas, booking the biggest names in the industry and to keep pushing the boundaries of the festival circuit. “Finally we just want all those who attend to have the best experience of Project Fest in a bid to create the next recognised festival in the UK.” Project Fest is coming to Peterborough on September 23, tickets are available from the Visitor information Cntre on Bridge Street, or via Facebook.com/projectfest.
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Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene…
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I admit I am not an avid Elton John fan, but as my wife suggested that it was an opportunity to see a world renowned star appear locally, I was one of the thousands who attended Peterborough United’s ABAX Stadium last month. Or should I say one of the LUCKY thousands who chose to go! The whole day was perfect from beginning to end. It takes a lot of organisation to produce this type of show and EVERYTHING came together perfectly. Well done to the security, the police, the Posh, the stewards and the technical staff. The sound and lighting was top class. Now to the artists who were superb. The unenviable task of support act was Jake Issacs who showed quality and real vitality in his warm up act. Then came Elton John and his band, who gave us many of his familiar hits, sprinkled with a few from his latest album Wonderful Crazy Nights. The band was so tight and it is obvious that their sort of performance can only be achieved by working together through a long career, (nearly 50 years in some cases, like drummer Nigel Olsen who has been with
Elton since 1969). The music was interspersed with Elton’s interaction with the audience all of whom seemed to be enjoying the show. Poignant moments like the tribute to George Michael which brought a standing ovation for Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me. He finished with some real rock ‘n’ roll belters, I’m Still Standing, Saturday Nights Alright and Crocodile Rock. And the encore was my favourite Candle in the Wind. And then Elton was away, leaving us with a hugely memorable day. Without exception, everyone that I have spoken to agreed that it was a superb experience and you would not have known that this was Posh’s first experience of such an event. Posh Commercial Manager and organiser Alex Harris said: “I think everyone will agree the concert was a huge success and hopefully the first of many at the ABAX Stadium. “The atmosphere was fantastic and Sir Elton John and his band put on an incredible show, to put on a concert of this scale involves an incredible amount of support and input from all of our staff and contractors and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their superb efforts.” Let’s hope there will be more of the same!. Congratulations Posh and thank you Sir Elton.
Stamford Music Festival
I’m pleased to see that the 9th annual Woofstock festival is back at The Angel Inn Yarwell on Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30. This great little music festival was created in 2009 by pub owners Nick and Diane Lander as a fundraising event for The Greyhound Trust (formerly known as The Retired Greyhound Trust - registered charity 269668). This now highly established village event is once again taking its ‘slot’ of ‘the last weekend of July’ where at last year’s event, over £2,700 was raised for this amazing charity. Having given a forever home to five retirees so far, the Greyhound Trust is an obvious choice of charity for Nick and Diane. And to date the festival’s raised over £17.1k for the charity. Bands and musicians set to play over the weekend include The Expletives, The Rocket Dogs, C.U.R.E, Demoniser, Gone to the Dogs, The Steradents, Y&N Britannia Brass, UKe’aotic, Half Price Drinks and Desperate Measures.
There will also be a real ale and cider festival and BBQ in the beer garden. Once again, the fun atmosphere will be instigated and compered by DJ, Jim Boulton, who’s joined this year by his PCRFM colleagues Kristy Read and Garry Overend from The Random Radio Show. More info can be found at www.woofstock.rocks Dogs are of course welcome!
The latest acts for the three-day Stamford Music Festival have been announced. Joining the main stage bill will be Satya Dub Orchestra, Harripaul, and Hannah Johnson and the Broken Hearts. These are in addition to previously announced headline bands include Groove Cartell, The Gangsters, Bianca and the Top Cats, Top Banana Band, Austin Gold (pictured), and The Balloons. The acoustic stage has additions as well and they include Tommy Loose, Chris Fox, Wild Heart, Lynn McFarland, Resonate, Emily Brown, I Saw Rod and Jenny Eva. The festival is being held on Stamford Town Meadows from July 14 to July 16, and each day there will be plenty to do for the whole family including children’s entertainment, a craft market, and stalls offering a variety of food and drink including craft beer and street food. Tickets are available locally from Stamford Music Shop and Stamford Arts Centre, or online from www.clickittickets.co.uk.
Randall Rootz – The Return!
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I’m excited to see The Randall Rootz Festival make a welcome return to Peterborough this summer. This was a real highlight on the city’s live music calendar and was sorely missed. Now organisers have confirmed that a new event will be held over the weekend of August 18, 19 & 20 and it’s music to our ears here at ESP!
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New American Roots Night A local promoter, Kelly Gregory, from Stamford, is starting some regular monthly gig nights on Thursday July 20 featuring roots based US Country artists as the headliners. The first one is at Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge and brings to Stamford, Nashville-based Scott Southworth. If you’re a country fan, you should hear his single Whiskey Bottle on YouTube, and that will encourage you to attend. There is support from leading UK Ameripolitan artist Ags Connolly and local act Old Boy (Of The Fens) It’s a new venture for country fans, who don’t often get the chance to see locally, artists from the home of country, so my advice is support it and encourage Kelly to book some more. August’s gig has Texas singer-songwriter Libby Koch already confirmed for Thursday August 24.
Boba Fett Are Back! It’s always good to see bands re-uniting, I recommend attending Boba Fett – A Slight Return. It’s at The Ploughman in Werrington on Saturday July 1 and it celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the band Boba Fett, and four of the original members will feature. Boba Fett was formed in Peterborough in 1997 by Spencer Hart and Carl Golder. Carl recruited a former colleague on drums, Scott Bearman-Brown and a new singer in the person of Scott's brother, Karl. If some of these names are familiar to you, then that’s because they went on to become members of the very successful 60’s band The Nuggets who appear regularly around Peterborough. This band played material from the likes of The Stereophonics, Verve, Pulp, Oasis and the Manics and that’s what you can expect at The Ploughman, along with a few newer ones. The four will be joined for the gig by Nuggets bassist, Karl Martin and they have been hard in rehearsal, including
Father’s Day even though there are 4 Dads in the band. That’s dedication and four very understanding families for you. So will this be a one off? Singer Karl Brown is optimistic. “Who knows? There may be spin off gigs which we would want to do but this will not interfere with the future of The Nuggets which will definitely continue. But the anniversary of the start for us was too exciting to miss. The gig is a challenge and we are all looking forward to The Ploughman on July 1.” So why did they choose The Ploughman for the reunion? Drummer Scott BearmanBrown explained, “Boba Fett never got to play The Ploughman back in the day, but as a massive supporter of all members' various projects since then, it's only right that this is the stage for this gig." A good choice, and a good warm up for The Ploughman as it holds its Beer Festival on the following weekend (see last month’s column and this issue’s Gig Guide for timings throughout the weekend).
It follows a break of several years, but festival chairman Andy Whittaker told me why it was vital the festival made re-appearance this summer. “The Randall Rootz Festival was originally launched by a committee of friends and family in memory of talented city percussionist Mark Randall, who died from cancer in February 2007, aged just 34. It’s now 10 years since his death and we wanted once again to commemorate all that Mark contributed to the city in a way that we all know he’d like – with lots of quality live music.” The line-up for this year’s event pays tribute to the inaugural festival and includes two bands with which Mark played drums – acoustic rock outfit, Angryman, plus the world’s most famous Pogues tribute band, The Dead Rabbits. The two bands will open the weekend on the Friday night. Tickets for the opening night event will be available from The Brewery Tap from Saturday July 1, priced at £10 each.
The whole weekend aims to raise money and awareness for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, where Mark Randall was cared for in his last weeks, as well as celebrating Mark’s life and his passion for live music and community. The Saturday and Sunday events are both free of charge and will be held at Charters, just off Town Bridge. The full line-up will be announced in the August issue of ESP, but acts confirmed so far include Dan Donovan, The Palmerston Ukulele Band, Lexie Green, Chris Watson, Ramshackle Serenade and The Claddagh Band. Andrew added: “Just as it has been in previous years, Saturday and Sunday will be incredibly family friendly – we want everyone to have a good time, and all are welcome. The music will be as diverse as ever and this is a chance to celebrate the vibrant musical scene that we have in this city. We also plan to have a specially-brewed Randall Rootz Beer to really celebrate the weekend. The whole committee is feeling very excited about the prospect of bringing the festival back – it’s going to be a brilliant weekend and we can’t wait for it to get underway.” For full details, see next month’s issue of ESP or ‘like’ the festival’s page on Facebook at facebook.com/RandallRootz Official
Rest In Peace Rob Here at ESP we were sorry to hear of the passing of well known and respected local bass player Rob Fraser. He will be familiar to many from his time playing with local band The Pulse. Jason from the band told ESP – “He was my best friend, we as The Pulse were
together from 2001, but Rob has been on the Peterborough music seen for much, much longer and I know there will be a lot of musicians that Rob knew.” Our condolences go out to his wife Julia, his family and friends – he’ll be sorely missed on the local music scene.
Charity Music Day @ The Crown The Crown on Lincoln Road, New England is holding a charity music event on Sunday July 23 in order to help raise money for a new charity, End Youth Homelessness, This is an organisation which aims to assist and support young people without a home. Organiser Terry Narraine told me “There are currently 83,000 young people without a home, and this new charity is vital to providing long term solutions to their plight.” Terry is compering the day himself and there is an impressive lineup in place: Another Girl Another Planet, Velocity, The Expletives, Third Stone From The Sun, Desperate Measures and Staceman Duo The charity event is on Sunday July 23, from 4pm -11pm and includes a BBQ and a raffle in addition to the fine ales that The Crown has to offer. www.espmag.co.uk
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SUN JUL 2
OPEN ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH THE BOATMEN The Railway, Ramsey
GROOVE CARTELL Charters, Town Bridge KEITH LUCKEY 3PM The Frothblowers Micro Pub, Storrington Way MICK SHAW FROM 3PM The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU JUN 29 CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Ploughman, Werrington DANNY SHACKELL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI JUN 30 60'S NIGHT WITH LIVE MUSIC FROM THE NUGGETS The Brewery Tap, Westgate ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET Charters, Town Bridge HOOKER Iron Horse Ranch, Market Deeping HUSH The Crown, Peterborough JIMMY DOHERTY The Ploughman, Werrington THE GREAT PRETENDERS The Golden Fleece, Stamford THE NUGGETS The Brewery Tap, Westgate TORI LAMOUR + BLACK HAWK DOWN + WALKING ON MERCURY (Â£6 OTD) The Met Lounge, Bridge Street WALKWAY The Crown, Lincoln Road WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey WHISKEY TWIST The Swiss Cottage, Woodston
SAT JUL 1 BOBA FETT The Ploughman, Werrington JESSIES GHOST The Burghley Club, Burghley Road JOHNNY RED The Braza Club, March OUTLAW EAGLES The Grainstore, Oakham PORKY PIG The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Swiss Cottage, Woodston SOUND INJECTORS Ebeneezers, Woodston STEALER The Ostrich, North Street THE DETOURS The Golden Fleece, Stamford THE EXPLETIVES The Crown, Lincoln Road
MON JUL 3 MATTHEW BANKHURST The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
TUE JUL 4 BARNACK ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Millstone, Barnack OPEN MIC WITH JAMES EDMONDS The Crown, Lincoln Road THE COLLECTIVE Mama Liz's, Stamford
THU JUL 6 HOLLY JEAN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate VOODOO UNPLUGGED WITH THE BOATMEN Mama Liz's, Stamford
FRI JUL 7 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION TICKETED EVENT CASTOR FESTIVAL, Castor LOOSE ROCKET The Mason Arms, Bourne LOS COJONES Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington Lakes MOTOR CITY VIPERSCHARITY NIGHT HALLES WISH The Ploughman, Werrington PEMBROKE TENNESON The Fayre Spot, Bretton PORKY PIG The Golden Fleece, Stamford REVOLVER The Mason Arms, Bourne THE DEPS The Dragon, Werrington TIGER CLUB The Crown, Lincoln Road VOODOO LIVE LOUNGE PRESENTS THE TIN PIGEONS AND GEORGE LINTON Mama Liz's, Stamford
SAT JUL 8 BRITANNIA ROW The Angel Inn, Yarwell CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Golden Fleece, Stamford ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Three Horseshoes, Werrington FRANKLY MY DEAR The Swiss Cottage, Woodston GROUNDED + REVOLVER The Ploughman, Werrington
GRUMPY OLD MEN The Burghley Club, Burghley Road MORTON STREET FAIR 2-4PM REVOLVER Morton, Bourne PHEONIX SHOWBAND The Grainstore, Oakham PRESS Ebeneezers, Woodston ROCKET DOGS The Straw Bear, Whittlesey RPM The Heron, Stanground THE GUARDS The London Inn, Stamford THRILLBILLIES The Braza Club, March UNLIMITED The Crown, Lincoln Road
SUN JUL 9 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Charters, Town Bridge CURTIS AND HARRIS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate HOOKER The Ploughman, Werrington
MON JUL 10 SONGWRITERS EVENING The Boat Inn, Whittlesey UNDERCOVER The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
WED JUL 12 CREATE FEST WARM UP ACOUSTIC SESSION The Railway Inn, Ramsey JACEK STACHURSKY The Met Lounge, Bridge Street LIVE JAZZ The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
THU JUL 13 ABI MILLER AND SOPHIE FREAR CREATE FEST WARM UP ACOUSTIC The Milkshake Bar, Ramsey HALFLIVES The Met Lounge, Bridge Street SUGAR AND SPICE DUO The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
TALLAWAH The Crown, Lincoln Road THE VELTONES The Fayre Spot, Bretton THE VERSIONS Charters, Town Bridge
SAT JUL 15 AUSTIN GOLD Stamford Music Festival, The Meadows CIRCA 73 The Bluebell, Lincoln Road ELECTRIC WARRIORS Ebeneezers, Woodston FIRED UP The Granary, Long Sutton HUSH The Burghley Club, Burghley Road LATE SHOW The Golden Fleece, Stamford PARK LANE The Braza Club, March RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Ostrich Inn, North Street STEALER The Letter B, Whittlesey THE DEPS The Ploughman, Werrington THE HOUNDOGS Party in the Wharf, Oundle VELOCITY The Crown, Lincoln Road
SUN JUL 16 GROUNDED 3PM Charters, Town Bridge KEITH LUCKEY 3PM The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate LIVE BANDS Stamford Music Festival, The Meadows ROB (CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION) ACOUSTIC Frothblowers, Werrington THE ONE EYED CATS 2-6PM Whittlesey Square, Whittlesey
MON JUL 17 DANNY SHACKELL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
TUE JUL 18 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH THE BOATMEN AND PHIL The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
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THU JUL 20
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Dragon, Werrington CREATE FEST STREET PERFORMANCE WARM UP The Jolly Brewer, Ramsey LEFTOVAS The Golden Fleece, Stamford LIVE BAND Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington LIVE BANDS Stamford Music Festival, The Meadows
JIMMY DOHERTY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate SCOTT SOUTHWORTH AND AGS CONNOLLY + OLD BOY Mama Liz's, Stamford
FRI JUL 21 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Deeping Beer Festival, Deeping LITTLE BIG BAND The Golden Fleece, Stamford
LIVE BAND Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington LOOSE ROCKET The Mason's Arms, Bourne REVOLVER Deeping Festival, Deeping THE VELTONES The Crown, Lincoln Road VELOCITY The Fayre Spot, Bretton THE KUT AND SCUMBUS Mama Liz's, Stamford
SAT JUL 22 BLACK ELVIS The Burghley Club, Burghley Road FIRED UP The Crown, Lincoln Road GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe OFF THE RECORD The Braza Club, March POINT BLANK The Grainstore, Oakham RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Iron Horse Ranch, Deeping RPM The Royal Oak, St Ives STONE PONY Ebeneezers, Woodston
SUN JUL 23 ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET + VELOCITY + THE EXPLETIVES + THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN + DESPERATE MEASURES + STACEMAN DUO The Crown, Lincoln Road BLACKOUT UK 3PM Charters, Town Bridge DIVISION DUO 3PM The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
MON JUL 24 CJ HATT The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
TUE JUL 25 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Blue Boar, Eye
WED JUL 26 OPEN ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH THE BOATMEN The Railway, Ramsey
THU JUL 27 ZELDA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI JUL 28 3 PARTS DIRT The Duck and Drake, Yaxley CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION New Crown, Whittlesey CIRCA 73 The Crown, Lincoln Road
COCOON Charters, Town Bridge HIGH ROLLERS The Golden Fleece, Stamford LEFTOVAS The Punchbowl, Spalding MOTOR CITY VIPERS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue THE GANGSTERS The Solstice, Northminster TIGER CLUB The Ploughman, Werrington UP THE JUNCTION Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Tallington Lakes WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey
SAT JUL 29 DEJA VU The Burghley Club, Burghley Road KEITH LUCKEY 3PM The Lancaster Club, Yaxley LEE JOSHUA ROSE The Fayre Spot, Bretton LEGEND The Golden Fleece, Stamford NEW GENERATION CRASH N BURN Fletton, Stanground and Woodston Ex service and Working Mens Club, High Street OFF THE RECORD Ebeneezers, Woodston PETER BARLOW The Braza Club, March STEALER The Swiss Cottage, Woodston STINGRAY The Crown, Lincoln Road VELOCITY The Ostrich Inn, North Street WOOFSTOCK FESTIVAL The Angel Inn, Yarwell
SUN JUL 30 ACOUSTICATS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate FRUMENTY + HOLLY JEAN + ANDY SPEECHLEY + RESONATE TRIO The Glasshouse, Key Theatre THE HIGH ROLLERS 3PM Charters, Town Bridge WOOFSTOCK FESTIVAL The Angel Inn, Yarwell
MON JUL 31 ANNA AND JIMMY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate
FRI AUG 4 CUTTIN LOOSE The Mason Arms, Bourne GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Crown, Lincoln Road