Page 1

MARCH 2019

Issue 235


SINCE 1998



Bringing you the best of local Leisure and Lifestyle in Greater Peterborough for 20 years!


Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Key Comedy Festival Spring Fashion Live Music Win tickets to see Posh! Apprenticeships Explained



Celebrating 20 years in print with...


Celebrating 20 years in print with...




Editor  Sharon McAllister 

ADVERTISING  Head of Sales & Marketing  Sean McAllister  Sales Manager  Charlotte Lewis 

DESIGN  Tony Mayer       

PHOTOGRAPHY  Andy Vernum, Emma Bothamley,                  Mike Harris, Chris Brudenell,                           Andrew James

CHECK OUT ESP ONLINE We know you love your ESP magazine every month, but if you like knowing what’s on in the city and want the very latest, make sure you check out our lively website which is packed with even more great stories. Follow our social media outlets too and however you prefer to find out what’s happening in the city, you’ll be kept up to date in between issues.


COLuMNISTS  Pep Cipriano    Darren Grigas  Keith Dalton       Phil Adlam           Karen Devine  

REPORTERS  Mikey Clarke     Sarah Tempest  Sarah Slack     

CONTRIBuTORS  Gavin Miller        Marc Hernandez  Rachael Church 

ESP MAGAZINE LTD  Directors  Sharon McAllister  Sean McAllister

SOCIAL MEDIA  /espmagazine


T: 01733 381266 E:

ESP is a totally independent publication, not linked in any way to any other Peterborough publications. ESP is written, researched, designed and published by ESP Magazine Ltd. The views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. All design and artwork is the copyright of its respective owner. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited unless prior written consent is given by the publishers.


There are now 31 degrees to choose at University Centre Peterborough with many new courses in Business Management, Digital Arts, Digital Marketing and Engineering, which will be popular for part-time students in work. This compliments the exiting provision of Accounting, Biological Sciences, Computing, Construction, Criminology, English Literature, Performing Arts and Sociology as well as many others. For more information about the degrees starting in September 2019, visit


University Centre Peterborough have changed how long it will take to complete a degree when studying part-time.   It’s in response to student and employer demands to achieve degrees quicker. If you were unable to study a degree full-time due to work, family or personal commitments, it usually meant 6 years of study before you achieved the dream of graduating (compared to 3 years when studying fulltime). With demands from both students and local employers, University Centre Peterborough have changed the way in which part-time students study their degree when starting a course from September 2019. This has meant that the majority of degrees can now be completed after 4 years of study through enhanced timetabling.

Maxey Art Group and Deepings Art Club are holding a joint exhibition of high quality, new work by many talented local artists. The paintings will be available to view and buy in Maxey Village Hall over the Easter weekend. The viewing times are Friday April 19, 10am – 5pm, Saturday April 20, 10am – 5pm and Sunday April 21, 10am – 2pm. Entry is free. Refreshments and greetings cards will be available to buy.


Peterborough venue The Met Lounge have been on to let us know that on Friday March 29 legendary 80’s British classic rock and blues outfit The Quireboys will be heading to the city as part of their 35th Anniversary tour. The band will be playing all their classics in a stripped down acoustic show at the Peterborough venue. Although the band have been around since the mid 80’s they show no sign of slowing down and there’s a brand new studio album Amazing Disgrace being released on April 19. The acoustic show at The Met is one of only six dates around the UK so there’s a lot of interest from outside the city. Support for the show is award winning UK female blues singer Rebecca Downes. Advance tickets are £15 and are on sale now from


PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY’S EXHIBITION It’s that time again – for the Annual Peterborough Photographic Society’s Exhibition showcasing the talents of our local amateur photographers. The event runs through until Saturday March 2 from 10am to 4pm at St John’s Church in Cathedral Square, Peterborough and entry is free.

A charity that runs a volunteer scheme to provide home support for families whose children have lifethreatening conditions is appealing for help in Peterborough. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) recently added EACH Help at Home to its service, an initiative that sees families linked with a

caring individual who can provide practical support with everyday tasks such as cleaning, ironing, gardening and playing with children. There is currently an urgent need for volunteers in the Peterborough area as families are waiting to receive that little bit of support that would make such a difference to their lives. Anyone interested in supporting a family can find out more by getting in touch with Agnes on 07889 251385 or at

GLAMOROUS CITY BALL SET TO DAZZLE Organisers have announced the date of the 2019 Big Bold Ball as Saturday September 28. The event – organised by marketing agency OlsenMetrix – raised £16,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and organisers are hoping to raise even more this year. Plans already include a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, excellent entertainment, raffle and auction. The ball will take place at the Holiday Inn, Peterborough, on Saturday September 28 from 6pm-1am. For more information or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Edwards at OlsenMetrix on 0330 101 0075 or via email

VERDI’S REQUIEM Fans of classical music have a triple treat this month as three local groups join together for a performance of Verdi’s much loved Requiem. The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, under their conductor Steve Bingham, are joining with Peterborough Opera and the Peterborough Take Note Community choir on Saturday March 30 at 7.30pm, at Queen Katharine Academy, Mountsteven Avenue in Walton.


Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is here and it’s set to give you download and upload speeds 20 times and 150 times faster than the average fixed broadband connection in the UK. With Gigafast Broadband, Vodafone is helping to bring full fibre to Peterborough households that currently don’t have gigabit-capable connections! New areas where you can now order are South Dogsthorpe off Garton End Road and Newark Avenue, Boongate - between the Parkway and Eastfield Road, Parnwell - East of the Parkway near Parnwell Local Centre and Central Park to Ascot Drive Areas which should soon be available Paston - from the Chadburn Centre (between Soke Parkway and A15), the area between Welland Road and Soke Parkway, Eaglesthorpe, Lincoln Road - between St Paul’s Road and Rock Road, Welland - Between the Skate park and Belvior Way and also Newark Avenue If you’re interested in registering your interest for Vodafone Gigafast when it comes live in your area, the Vodafone team will be out an about locally this month so look out for their van in Cathedral Square from March 4 - 9, in Dogsthorpe Central Avenue from March 11 - 16, Hill Close from March 18 – 23 and in Central Avenue in Dogsthorpe from March 25 – 30.



Outer Circle

If your name’s not on the list, you’re not getting in… to the Key Theatre. The Bouncers are back with a 21st century makeover, but some things remain the same. The lads and lasses at a Yorkshire nightclub are still downing shots and getting out of hand and Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are there to observe and keep the club goers in check. Written by the multi award winning John Godber, this modern classic has been an international hit for years, but now with contemporary music and an updated script to boot, this one’s worth getting dressed up for! It’s a great night out watching what happens on other people’s not so great evenings going ‘out, out’ so see it for yourself from Monday April 1 – Wednesday April 3. Tickets are £15.50 with various concessions on 01733 207239 or

Described as ‘Fabulously Sordid Contemporary Circus’ this show at the Key Theatre on Friday April 5 promises to bring something decidedly different to Peterborough! Part show, part cabaret, part intergalactic space exploration, Captain Nat Cat (renowned handstand artist, Natalie Reckhert) will steer you through the mayhem of the Outer Circle on her spaceship, as this collection of circus outcasts inspire you with aerial madness, juggling dexterity and LED hoops. Outer Circle will give you a fresh taste of alternative Berlin - interweaving outrageous characters and skilful acts, with breathtaking stunts and laugh-out-loud comedy, in a show that’s taken audiences by storm. Tickets are £16.50 on 01733 207239 or

Spamalot We have some great local theatre groups in Peterborough and the long established Westwood Musical Society are bringing us a modern hit this month. Get ready for the new spin on the legend of King Arthur – Spamalot. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits! You can catch the show at the Key Theatre from Tuesday March 26 - Saturday March 30 at 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm Saturday matinee). Tickets are £16 with various concessions. Book yours on 01733 207239 or online on 6

Jackson: Live in Concert If you you’re a fan of MJ you’ll love CJ and his take on the King of Pop in Jackson: Live in Concert. CJ is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% live vocals. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational. It’ll be a ‘thriller’ at the Key Theatre on Saturday April 6 so book now on 01733 207239 or visit Tickets are £24.

The Herd by Rory Kinnear

Peter Pan by Rare Productions

Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company bring us a warm, witty and heartfelt look at a family falling apart – and pulling together – when life doesn’t turn out quite the way they hoped. It’s Andy Griffith's twenty-first birthday. His mother Carol is making the final arrangements for his party. Just the immediate family – until two unexpected, and not necessarily welcome – extra guests turn up. Carol’s careful planning is turned upside down as secrets are revealed and old resentments surface. The domestic pot is about to boil over. See it at Stamford Arts Centre from Tuesday March 5 to Saturday March 9. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) on 01780 763203.

Do we here a ticking clock…? Get your fairy dust at the ready and prepare to join the Lost Boys as the Darling family take a flight to Neverland. RARE Productions are bringing one of the most loved stories to life in a faithful new version of Peter Pan – an action-packed musical adventure perfect for the whole family! Featuring music and lyrics by the award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, we join Peter in the famous land full of colourful characters including the dastardly Captain Hook. Expect a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure, jaw-dropping flying, and an infectious score at this great show on Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 at the Cresset. Tickets are £16.50, concessions £15 on 01733 265705 or

An Evening with Brian Blessed Go on, you know you have to say it… “Gordon’s Alive!” You just can’t help it when you see a picture of the big beardy wonder that is Brian Blessed, he of that oh so distinctive voice. For a hearty, king-sized evening of wit and wisdom with the British actor grab your tickets for this very special show at the Cresset on Tuesday April 9. You’ll get to hear all about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions. He’s also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. Be warned though, Brian’s show may not be suitable for people of a nervous disposition or those who aren’t expecting the odd expletive! Tickets are £26.50 on 01733 265705 or visit

Peterborough Arts Cinema Milkshake! Monkey’s Musical Sing Sing Swing with Matt Ford

Here’s a great one for the family which features plenty of favourites for the liitle ‘uns that will have them up and singing. The Cresset is set to host Milkshake! Monkey’s Musical, a new all singing, all dancing preschool musical extravaganza starring Channel 5’s iconic Milkshake! Monkey. Starring alongside the much loved Milkshake! Monkey will be 2 channel presenters as well as Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals. Show director and Milkshake! presenter Derek Moran said, “Milkshake! Monkey’s Musical is bursting with fun, taking our young audience on a journey which champions friendship and positivity. The show is jam packed with audience participation, encouraging kids to get up, join in and hopefully put on their own shows at home.” Kids will learn amazing songs and bops with their favourite Milkshake! friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and show come together. This sounds like it’s going to be a noisy one when it takes over the Cresset on Saturday April 6 so get the kids together and head down for some family fun. Tickets are £17.50 on 01733 265705 or

Hormonal Housewives Here’s one to make you giggle! This comic three hander sketch show, Hormonal Housewives, is on a national tour and is heading to the Cresset on Wednesday April 3. It stars Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo, Emmerdale), Josephine Partridge (Top Girls) and the writer and standup comedian Julie Coombe. It’s a witty, topical no-holds-barred show that blasts its way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, a lot of chocolate…and you get the idea! For these ‘Hormonal Housewives’ no subject is taboo and no thought too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights by this vivacious cast. Grab your tickets (£27) on 01733 265705 or

If you enjoy a little rat pack cool, Matt Ford will bring you the swing and the swagger in his latest show at the Key Theatre. Highly rated as one of the best big band singers Matt brings you the hits of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Matt Monro and many more . He’s a regular on TV and performs at major concert halls as lead singer with The John Wilson Orchestra. Get ready for a night of swing on Friday March 22. Tickets are £21.50 from the box office on 01733 207239 or

80’s Mania It was the decade of headbands, shoulder pads, eyeliner and very big hair but the 80s also brought us some great sounds and if that was your era you’ll love this! 80’s Mania – Europe’s official Eighties Reunion concert show – is set to get your arms swinging Human League style when the show hits the Cresset on Thursday March 7. Expect tunes from Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wham!, Madness, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Erasure, Nena, Soft Cell, Toni Basil, Dead or Alive, The Human League, Kim Wilde plus many, many more! The New Romantic Band and the amazing 80’s Mania Dancers bring the music of 25 charttopping pop stars to life with 150 costume changes and custom-produced dual-screen video projection. Tickets are £24 on 01733 265705.

80’s Party Night If 80’s Mania got you in the mood at the start of the month, you can round things off with another chance to get into the groove at the Cresset's smash-hit 80s Party Night. It’s back on Saturday March 30 so get ready to party hard with plenty of fun, games and surprises, plus a truly spectacular dance competition! So dig out the legwarmers, backcomb that mullet and prepare to party. Tickets are £6.50 advance on 01733 265705 or £7.50 on the door.

There are more Thursday night movies with a difference at Peterborough Arts Cinema this month which continues to offer some viewing variety on the big screen. If you’re a film fan looking for something outside the usual box office blockbusters, head along to the John Clare Theatre inside the Central Library. First up on Thursday March 7 it’s Le Redoutable. Paris 1967. JeanLuc Godard, the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. They are happy, attractive, in love. They marry. But the film's reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. On Thursday March 14 it’s Leave No Trace. Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. On Thursday March 21 they’re showing Polish film, Cold War. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. To end this month’s run it’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts on Thursday March 28. Marlina is a grieving woman. Markus knocks on her door and informs her that his gang intends to rob her in half an hour; a promise well kept. Marlina poisons the robbers and seduces Markus. During sex, she beheads him and starts a journey with Markus' bloodied head inside a plastic bag! You can now book tickets online on




remember watching the very first showing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at the Broadway Theatre back in 2011. In a packed out auditorium just shy of twelvehundred people, I wasn’t the

The event will be packed full of witchcraft and wizardry, featuring Meet and Greet opportunities...

only person who fell in love with all things magical that day. I’m still a fan to this day and therefore can’t wait for WizCon to come to Peterborough on Sunday March 24. The event will be packed full of witchcraft and wizardry, featuring Meet and Greet opportunities with some of the actors in the Harry Potter films - including Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle) and Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley). There will also be an exciting popup escape room from Hour Escape Rooms, a

Wand Fighting Masterclass, a wide range of magical merchandise and much more. I have attended similar events before such as Peterborough’s Comic Con and Feel the Force Day. My favourite thing about them is seeing the fans go through such incredible effort in creating costumes. It’s great to see organisers are encouraging people to go all out with WizCon too. As part of the fun stage content, there will be a Cosplay Contest. So if you’re a fan of the wizarding world, get creative and go dressed as your favourite character from the films to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize! It’s great to see amazing events like this taking place in our city and I feel it’s just the start. Of course, these things can only continue and grow with our support. I will of course be in attendance (I wouldn’t miss it for the world!) and I hope to see you there. General admission is £16.50, with half day tickets £11.50 and other offers available for Meet & Greets. Everything mentioned above is just the tip of the iceberg. For full details on the event (including a list of other famous attendees), visit Mikey Clarke

FEEL THE FORCE DAY GROWS STRONGER Here’s the heads up that another fantastic fan convention in the city is doing so well it’s moving to a new site. Feel The Force Day, the only fully accessible comic and fan event in the world, is moving to the East of England Arena and Events Centre. This year’s event will be the seventh one and it’s being held on October 5 having grown from just a small event in Peterborough in 2013 to one that now attracts around 8000 visitors from all over the country and abroad. 88

Simon Howard, co-founder and organiser of Feel The Force Day says - "It's based on an understanding that the mainstream fan conventions don't necessarily provide a great environment for fans with disabilities, whether it's practical issues like having extra wide aisles, or less visible features like a calm, softly lit 'chill-out' area. Our event is all about understanding, in every respect. "We have all the same attractions as a typical fan convention, but with a fully supportive environment and atmosphere built-in to the event. We rely on our venue, volunteers, celebrity guests and merchandise sellers all working together to make the event accessible, inclusive and enjoyable for every visitor. From keeping a low average price for tickets and merchandise, to providing tactile as well as visual browsing opportunities, true accessibility means so much more than wheelchair ramps and lifts." Tickets sell fast for this one and are available at

Photos: Ylana Hunt

ESP’s Mikey Clarke says Peterborough WizCon will be magic!

Get a £25 Amazon Gift with ESP and Vodafone


Enjoy lightning-fast internet speeds with Vodafone Gigafast Broadband and get a £25 Gift Card when using our link to get connected! If you haven’t heard, Vodafone is rolling out their Gigafast broadband across Peterborough over the next 2 years giving you incredible internet speeds. It’s a game changer bringing full fibre to Peterborough households that currently don’t have gigabit-capable connections. The roll out of Vodafone Gigafast Broadband in Peterborough is either live now, or soon to be live, in Paston Ridings, Dogsthorpe, Welland, Eastfield, New England, Millfield Parnwell, Paston, Fulbridge Road, Boongate and Central Park with more to come across the area. If that’s got you excited and you’re in an area that’s live or


soon will be and you’re able to order, just use this ESP link and you will get a £25 Amazon voucher when you get connected*. If you order Voadafone Gigafast Broadband service through this link you will receive an email containing a code to use with Amazon for £25 of Amazon credit. The voucher will be sent when you’ve paid your second bill. Customers can choose from three Vodafone Gigafast Broadband packages: 100, 500 or 900Mbps, with prices starting at £28 per month. A discount of £5 per month is available to customers that already have a Vodafone pay monthly mobile contract. At 900Mbps, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband allows customers to download a video game for PS4 or Xbox One (50GB) in eight minutes rather than two hours and 40 minutes.

Not able to order yet? Enter the ‘Register Your Interest’ prize draw Vodafone Gigafast Broadband


Anyone who heads to and registers their interest, if the service hasn’t yet launched in their area will be entered into a draw.

You could win 18 months free Gigafast 900!** If you’d like to know more go to

*Full terms and Conditions for the “Refer a Friend” Amazon Gift Card offer can be found on **GB18. Enter at with full name and address details. Prizes: 10 x Vodafone Gigafast Broadband 900 packages for 18 months per month. Qualifying areas only. For full terms go to Promoter: Vodafone Limited, Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2FN


TIME TO GET YOUR TEENAGERS FIRED UP ABOUT THEIR CAREER OPTIONS You know that awkward conversation you have to have with the kids... no not the one about the birds and the bees – the one about what to do when they leave school!


n the midst of a hectic social media social life, YouTube videos, and selfies you might struggle to get a word in with your teenagers but when it comes to ‘the talk’ about careers and further education you need to be on the ball about the options. So let’s consider the choice of racking up a big student debt at uni vs having the chance to earn while they learn on an Apprenticeship.

It’s time to ditch any old preconceptions of Apprenticeships and get savvy and fired up about what they’re really all about today...

It’s time to ditch any old preconceptions of Apprenticeships and get savvy and fired up about what they’re really all about today – and it isn’t about being an easy option! Entry requirements differ depending on the Apprenticeship, but as a guide most Apprenticeships require 4 GCSEs at grades A to C, including English and Maths. There’s no way they can slack off at school and think that an Apprenticeship will be an


alternative – they have to make the grades to get accepted and prove to be committed, reliable and motivated! It’s all about raising aspirations – today’s Apprenticeships are a career goal, a genuine alternative to university and are available to anyone aged 16 and above (there’s no upper age limit). An Apprenticeship is a form of on the job training that will enable your son or daughter to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a wage and all the associated benefits of being an employee. Most of the training is delivered by the employer, with some elements delivered by Peterborough Regional College. Look at it like this – as an Apprentice they’ll be learning on the job skills which are valued by employers and earning a salary, so no more bothering the bank of mum and dad! An Apprenticeship can represent a debt free route into learning and a career (starting salary is £3.90 p/h, rising to the living wage). If you think they don’t lead to a decent job there’s no guarantee a degree from uni will make them the next Alan Sugar… but you can rest easy when the stat’s show that 90% of apprentices are in employment after completion of their Apprenticeship, plus they have increased future earning potential.

MYTHS • You can’t go to university with an apprenticeship – Yes you can • You don’t get a job afterwards – 83% of apprentices stay with their employer • Employers only want cheap labour and apprentices get the rubbish jobs – Nope. Apprentices receive specialist training and work towards nationally recognised qualifications and receive all the benefits of being an employee The recruitment fair on Thursday March 7 at Peterborough Regional College is a great opportunity to find out what Apprenticeships are really all about. To find out more just steer your son or daughter to the Apprenticeship Academy at Peterborough Regional College on 01733 762121 or get them to email or they can apply for as many roles as they like on apprenticeships/apprenticeshipvacancies.


Businesses Invited To Athene's Charity Quiz With Warwick Davis

We all love a quiz, especially when it’s hosted by a Peterborough celeb! Local legend, film and TV star, Warwick Davis, will be the host for this great Quiz Night to raise valuable funds for the Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS). It’ll be the perfect chance to test your knowledge and wit against

colleagues and other local businesses so let’s see which is the brainiest business in the Boro! Warwick and his daughter, Annabelle Davis, are both patrons of the local charity which provides a free and confidential service that can be accessed by young people aged between 11 and 16 years old in emotional difficulty living in the local area. This year the charity opened the new Annabelle Davis Centre – named after their patron. The quiz has been organised by city PR firm Athene Comunications and is being held in the Noel Cantwell Suite at the ABAX Stadium on London Road on Thursday March 21. Spaces are limited and for teams of up to six people it’s £90, and £15 for individuals (you’ll be placed into teams on the evening). The quiz is on from 7.30pm – 10pm and there’ll be prizes for the winning and losing teams handed out on the night. To confirm your place please email or call Curtis Doyle on or 01733 207336.

Spring Events @ NVR Spring is a busy time for the Nene Valley Railway with plenty of great events coming up to look forward to. On March 9 and 10 it’s the Southern Steam Gala with guest locomotives, 'Terrier' 662 Martello and 'Schools Class' Repton joining resident locomotive 'Battle of Britain Class' 92 Squadron for this weekend. Then it’s their Open Weekend on March 23 and 24 with free admission to the Wansford and Overton stations and a chance see behind the scenes of the NVR, visit the workshop, signal box and more for free. Next month there are also two special events with the Steam Folk and Morris Day on Saturday April 13. Enjoy steam trains and traditional English folk music plus morris, clog and sword dances on the platforms. If you’re a fan of Dr Who don’t miss the Who's at Wansford weekend on April 20 and 21. Join the 15th Cyber Legion charity costume group and the heroes and villains from the long running TV show, prop and costume displays – sonic screwdrivers optional! More details at

Peterborough Women’s Festival

Silent Disco in the Cathedral The Silent Disco is returning to the Cathedral, this time including a choral music channel alongside the usual favourites! You know the drill by now – each person is given their own headset and the opportunity to truly get lost in music! Tickets will sell quickly, so don’t miss this fantastic family event at Peterborough Cathedral Boogie with your headphones on from 7pm – 9pm on Friday March 22. Tickets are £7 per person (£5 per person for groups of ten or more). Book your tickets on 01733 452336 / 355315. 12

Peterborough Women’s Festival returns this month for its fourth year to mark International Women’s Day. This year the festival, organised by Peterborough Trades Union Council, will span three weeks, with plays, meetings, campaigns and music. Various events will showcase the skills and impact of Peterborough’s women including the play Votes For Women by the Rebellious Sisterhood theatre group at the John Clare Theatre on Friday March 1, and then Eastern Angles present Rouse Ye Women, a folk ballard about Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers who went on strike in 1910, at the Undercroft in Hampton on Monday March 4. The main event takes place at the Town Hall on Saturday March 9, the day after International Women’s Day, when campaigners come together to showcase the work being done to fight for women’s equality. As well as numerous campaign stalls there will be a poetry corner featuring young poets’ work on the subject of feminism, the Bolly Soul dance troupe and food by Resist! Vegan Kitchen. Speakers on the day will include Soarcha Tweedale on transgender rights and the Red Box Project will be asking for donations to fund their campaign for girls to be able to access free sanitary products in schools. The evening will see Eclectic Ballroom take over the Lightbox Café on Bridge Street, with a

special all women artist DJ set, Disco Divas. The festival closes on Thursday March 14 with the screening of a short film at Chauffeur’s Cottage, all made as part of the Cine-Sisters project which has helped women in and around Millfield become filmmakers. For the full timetable search Peterborough Women’s Festival 2019 on Facebook.

Free Bottle of Glass Cleaner when you quote ESP

WELCOME TO BEE LETTINGS The team at Bee Lettings have been involved in letting properties for nearly 20 years. As well as providing excellent service for single let properties, we are leading players in the HMO field with rooms available throughout the city. We are committed to providing you with the best quality service we can deliver.



• Do you want an expert in the HMO field?

• Want reasonable application fees?

• Want to maximize your yields?

• Looking for good clean rooms?

• Insist on quality of Service?

• Quick turn around on maintenance?

96a Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2TJ 01733 552 366 |

ManTown about

ano Pep Cipri


According to a survey of 1,500 men by Deliveroo (don’t ask me why) 30 percent of married blokes cry in secret. That’s because she’s starting to look like her mother, who unfortunately isn’t Joanna Lumley.




BED It’s National Bed Month (The Sleep Council) and it’s got me thinking about what our beds go through: Hob Nob crumb collector, bug breeding ground, sweat evaporator, wind (smell) breaker, Tinder date tester, monster hider, drool capturer, stain collector, wall (headboard) marker, TV lounger, covers tug-of-war divider and spooning / dead arm maker. God bless our beds.

Music to our Ears for 4o Years It was once said that Muhammad Ali was the most recognised person in the world. The same can be said (yours truly aside) of Eddie Nash but I’m referring to Peterborough rather than the world of course.


learly, I’m not comparing Eddie with The Greatest but then again, apart from only having their height in common, maybe Eddie too is The Greatest Peterborough DJ I mean. This month (March 30) Eddie will be embarking on a 12-hour DJ set at The Brewery Tap in aid of Cancer Research. His younger brother Johnnie died last year of lung cancer and Eddie will be dedicating his set to him, his family and friends who rallied round in support during a difficult time. And later this year on September 13 Eddie will be hosting a BrownSuga Reunion night to coincide with him celebrating 40 years of DJing. It’s no wonder Eddie is the most recognised person on the city centre night scene. He’s known to two generations of revellers and has consistently been playing in venues longer than anyone else. In fact, when I think of three names that sum up the city’s night scene over the years


it’s Len Boone, Rinaldo Fasulo and Eddie Nash. I’ve known Eddie for 29 years but he remembers me even further back when I used to collect the entry fee for my family-run club Viva-La-Rock when I was 13 years old. Eddie’s golden smile and friendly personality are his trademark and so is his taste in music. But it’s not just what he played, it’s when he chose to play a certain song that always leaves me with long-lasting memories. I always remember Quo Vadis in particular. Eddie always picked a timeless classic to play at the end of the night when the lights went up and it was time to queue for the cloakroom. September by Earth Wind

and Fire and Love Rears Its Ugly Head by Living Colour stand out the most for me. I caught up with ‘The Greatest’ for a chat about back in the day...

Eddie AKA Theodore Supafly

Khadija - still doing the video for me? Jules - it was a pleasure watching you work M - wanna do boxfit again? Gary - get taxed and MOT’d! Joe - what happened to coffee? TJ - I think you need an Interceptor review…

Cars are Second to the One Research by has revealed that cars rank a slim second only to our partners in importance to everyday life. This is quite startling. But then again I can see why it was a close call between the two, especially if the poll was done with men. Some psychology theories argue our cars are an extension of our manhood and that they provide us with a degree of comfort and, let’s say, contentment, like our gentlemen’s sausage does. And you can see why cars

(72%) very nearly came up on top over our partners (74%). Most men need to fancy the car they purchase. She (they’re always a she) has to have long lasting sex appeal with curves on her bodywork that won’t change shape over time and an engine that isn’t going to blow a gasket when occasionally you ask a little extra from it.

But what you don’t get from your car is engaging conversation, intimacy (although I’ve seen some weird videos…) and someone to go garden centre browsing on Sunday afternoons with. That’s why the woman in our life is most important, eh guys…?

Anyway, here’s a typical woman’s wish list and how I measure up.

Mr Perfect

Man About Town

Weight: 13 stone

12 stone 11lbs

Chest: 41 inches

40 inches

Waist: 33 inches

33.5 inches

Exercise: 7 hours a week

Err… if you include multiple trips from the sofa to the fridge, then yes

Hair colour: Brown


Skin tone: Fair


Most attractive feature: Face

Face (my top of the page photo is ‘recent’)

Tell me how you started out on the decks? “I was 13 and it was at Focus Youth Club September 1979 - I was paid £6, which is about £20 in today’s money. The first track I played was Wade In The Water by Ramsey Lewis. I still play it today at The Brewery Tap!” What three venues did you, and do you still most like to play in? “I’d have to say L’Aristo's because of Shujah Saklain the Lighting Jock and when Maxi Priest appeared with UK Apache. Quo Vadis was special because manager Peter Bell inspired me to invent Theodore SupaFly and of course BrownSuga was my baby. The Red Room was something I started too and I had one of my best New Year’s Eve’s there. I know you said three but I also want to say The Brewery Tap because of the staff, I just love them.” What about three records that for you sum up those three venues? “At L’Aristo's it has to be Dawn Penn, No, No, No. Quo Vadis always reminds me of playing You Don’t Know Me by Armand Van Heldan and at the Red Room it’s A$AP Rocky - Wild For The Night.”

So, what are your highlights of ESP in the last 20 years? “First of all I have to say meeting you and the editor, Sharon, was a blessing. Not only have you both a passion for Peterborough but you both taught me a lot about writing and how to accentuate what I wanted to get across in an engaging way. “There’s so much the magazine has supported and pioneered down the years that it’s hard to pick one moment out. But, the Paparazzi spread was genius. I remember seeing you out with a camera, which back in the day people just wouldn’t contemplate carrying around. When you walked into a bar people went crazy to be photographed and you had to wait until the next issue to see if your photo was included. It was and still is the page people turn to first, after Man About Town of course Pep. “I also remember you interviewing Girls Aloud and your story of giving Sarah Harding your phone number! Then there was the Face of ESP and the buzz that always generated.”

And three records that define you and Peterborough's night scene? “You can’t ever mention the nightlife in Peterborough without a reference to Love Won't Be Denied by Len Boone being made. The other two tracks that spring to mind are No Diggity by Blackstreet and Waiting All Night by Rudimental.” Who would you say was the best club manager or owner? “Rinaldo Fasulo and Peter Bell. But my biggest reason and influence for DJing has to be Steve Allen and his record shop Discoasis. He got me started along with Trevor McPherson, who won the EMI World Disco Dancing Championships at The Cresset which was hosted by S&M Entertainments.”


THE ACT! “Our Mikey recent take some explainily became a dad... this’ll ng when his little boy grows up!”

“ I’d say the best years were from 1986 to 2005 where you had nights like Shindig with Steve Allen, Bubble with Marc Jameson and BrownSuga. You have to remember it was before social media, so going out at weekends was practically the only way you’d catch up with one another and the gossip. There’s nothing wrong with today’s weekend scene, it’s just different, much like the rest of the country is with less nightclubs than there once was.” What motivates you to keep DJing? “I guess I love what I do even though I still get nervous the day before a set. I also enjoy reminding people of the music they love and with the younger audiences, I get a buzz introducing them to some amazing original music that is sampled in today’s tracks.”

It’s no wonder Eddie is the most recognised person on the city centre night scene.

If I say ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’, what do you think of? “Wow, you remembered... It’s my favourite track of all time. It got me through some bad times and good times. The lyrics mean a lot to me. You always remind me that I sometimes played it at the end of the night when it was time to go home.”

Music has obviously changed in the last 20 years but how different is the vibe in town? “It’s very different. Back then we had four nightclubs open at one time and they each held around 1,000 people, we were spoilt really but very lucky too. There was a special atmosphere that’s hard to describe unless you were part of it, we were like one big family.

And what are you typically playing today? “It really varies to where I’m playing. When I’m doing sets abroad it’s all about the current vibe but if I’m doing a wedding it’s because the bride and groom trust me and I play on instinct. Some of the tracks I’m currently playing no matter where I am are: Chaka Khan - Like Sugar, Lyn Collins - Think, Jocelyn Brown Somebody Else's Guy and Toot And The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number.”


We love to see new events coming to the city and to see more on offer so when Peterborough Pride was launched in the city last year, ESP was proud to support the first festival.

Peterborough Pride organiser Simon Green


eterborough Pride is coming back, bigger and better this summer, and once again we’ll be partnering up to promote all the good stuff lined up. The team have just launched a crowd funding page to help support this year’s plans and we caught up with organiser Simon Green to find out what’s in store and how you can get involved. “Peterborough Pride 2019 will be a weeklong festival full of fun frolics, performance and celebration from June 28 – July 5. It will be a city-wide event happening at various locations

across the city, and the programme is currently in development - it's already looking really exciting as there's something for everyone!” The team form Peterborough Pride are really keen to have your input so now’s the time to have your say and get involved. “People can support Peterborough Pride by following our social media channels, by contacting the details below should you have any ideas as to what could be included, but most importantly by spreading the word and coming out and party with us! “We also need the funding to do all that we want to do, and we therefore ask everyone to donate anything they can, and to encourage others to do the same. Details of our crowdfunding page will be announced on our social media channels. “We're looking to build on everything that was successful last year. But with funding and support, we want to have more of an impact and reach a larger number of people.” Although Peterborough Pride will be a big party, it’s also about promoting understanding and awareness in the city and Simon believes there’s still much more work to be done. “Despite plenty of progress gathering support from across the city, there are still too

many incidents of LGBT people becoming victims of abuse, discrimination and harassment. This year we are particularly mindful of the transgender community and we want to stand in solidarity with our transgender family and friends. “The legacy of Peterborough Pride in 2018 is already well established - the positive feedback and the interest in this year's event is a testimony to all that everyone contributed and achieved last year. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and everyone that came out to party, last year. After all it's 'Your Peterborough, Your Pride!'” We will keep you posted on all things Pride over the coming months, but follow their social media channels for more. Facebook: Peterborough Pride – UK Twitter: PeterbPrideUK Instagram: PeterboroughPrideUK #PeterboroughPrideUK


Why are you so determined to save the store in Peterborough? “Firstly - HMV is a unique store in the heart of the Queensgate Centre, and in the city centre more generally - I don’t think many people like the idea of living in a city without a record store of some description in its centre. As a big music fan I feel passionately about this - a physical store is crucial to discovering music, even in the current climate of streaming & downloading music. “We’re a really passionate bunch, with interests across music, TV & film and we love sharing this passion with customers, recommending them products for instance. A lot of my colleagues have been working for the company for several years, a couple for more than 20 and this level of experience can’t be replicated by the online retailers. For us it’s not just a job, we’re like a family.” Can you really compete with online sales? “Yes. In terms of prices, as a company HMV is often competitively priced in regards to the likes of Amazon, despite a climate of increasing rents and business rates that high street stores face. In 16

terms of digital sales, there are certainly still plenty of customers who want the physical product, seen particularly with the resurgence of vinyl in recent years - this is an area which the new owner Doug Putman specifically wants to expand within the stores. He also wants to give more autonomy to store managers, meaning that they will be able to stock more of the items which their local customers want and to make each HMV shopping experience more unique.” Megan Seekings and manager Kathryn Jeffs How much support is there locally and how do you hope to save the Peterborough store? “Since an article emerged in The Guardian stating that the new owner wanted to keep as many stores open as possible, we’ve seen five stores across the country reopen. It inspired us to set up an online campaign to try and show how much love there is for our store. “We’ve been using Twitter (#SaveHMVPeterborough and @savehmvpboro) where we’ve received support from the likes of Neil Gaiman, The Hoosiers, Public Service Broadcasting and Transgressive Records, as well as a number of the other HMV stores. On Facebook we’ve set up the ‘Help Save HMV

Peterborough!’ group which gained nearly 700 members in just over a week, and we’ve set up a petition which received over 1100 signatures in five days. The continued support we’ve received from customers and those further afield has been incredible, as well as from those higher up in both HMV and Sunrise Records.” What would you like local people to do to help you? “To help the campaign, locals can continue to support all of the online outlets mentioned above, as well as being in touch with Queensgate to tell them how much the store meant to them.”

Photo: Stuart Scally

Here’s your chance to show some people power. If you were sad to hear that the HMV store in Queensgate was one of those closed recently, there’s a campaign to try and get the city music shop reopened. Former sales assistant Megan Seekings and her colleagues have launched their own campaign to bring back HMV in the city. ESP caught up with Megan to find out more…

Food Glori us Food

Gareth Ellison

Resist! Vegan Kitchen takes over Riverside Restaurant This month the Key Theatre’s Riverside Restaurant reopens with Resist! Vegan Kitchen taking over and officially opening on March 1. our street food with an extended menu, pretheatre set menus, fine dining events, bar, coffee, desserts, smoothies and live performances, all at an affordable cruelty free price within the stunning setting of the Key Theatre alongside the riverbanks of the Nene.” All food is made from scratch, in house by the team, but this isn’t all just for vegans. Their purely plant based menu is enjoyed by people with a varied range of diets and tastes, and their street food has proved to be a massive success across the board, with

The team have built up a fantastic reputation locally with their regular popups at The Ostrich Inn on North Street, so we’re delighted to see them take the next step with the restaurant. They are Peterborough's original plant based eatery that was founded back in November 2017. Serving as a regular pop-up at the pub to great acclaim they’ve successfully taken their foods across the UK scene, as well as proving a big hit with locals and foodies alike. It all started when Peterborough local Gareth Ellison’s solution to feeding hungry gig goers went down so well that he became inspired to take the idea to the next level, and since then has seen Resist! go from strength to strength, wowing crowds across the UK. Gareth told ESP – “We will be bringing


Resist! offer cruelty free food, zero waste, carbon free certified dining, sweat shop free merchandise, safe spaces and grassroots arts. menu items like their legendary Resist! doner kebab, slow cooked sticky BBQ ribs (with sugar cane bone), fried chicken varieties and their menu of loaded fries. Gareth adds – “We pride ourselves not only on providing groundbreaking incredible plant based food, but also solid ethics, holding ethics and sustainability high above all else. We are cruelty free, pro-feminist, LGBTQIA+ friendly, animal friendly and community focussed.”

Resist! offer cruelty free food, zero waste, carbon free certified dining, sweat shop free merchandise, safe spaces and grassroots arts. Gareth is a known name in the UK music scene, working with local and international musicians, and also supports many charities including skateboarding charity Skate-Aid. We can’t wait to see this new addition to the local dining scene get up and running on the Embankment – check out for more details and follow them on social media. FB: Instagram: @resistvegankitchen

Treats for Mum @ The Burghley Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience If you fancy some entertainment while you dine, here’s the heads up that the hugely popular Faulty Towers Dining Experience is heading back to the Key Theatre in Peterboorugh. The interactive dining nights have proved a real laugh and usually book up pretty fast, so if you fancy joining the chaos of eating out with Basil, Sybil and Manuel get May 9 - 11 in your diary. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the Interactive Theatre International show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70% of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food, and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out. Tickets are £49 full Price or vegetarian, £46 groups of 6+ full price or vegetarian (inc fees) All tickets include a 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show. Please call the box office on 01733 207239 to book.

We all know mums love a good old Sunday roast so if you’re planning on taking mum out this Mother’s Day you’ll get a few extra treats if you head to The Burghley on Burghley Road in Peterborough. Their special Sunday carvery on March 31 is just £7.95 (£4.95 for children and £5.95 for seniors) but there’s a free dessert and glass of bubbly for all mums on the day. Make sure you book on 01733 896989.

BBQ Pop Up @ The Lightbox Café The Lightbox Café on Bridge Street has gained a great reputation for its own food but they also open up their doors for a little variety with regular pop-ups. Their next Pop Up Chef BBQ Night brings you smoked amazingness on Friday March 15 so book early! Bookings direct through BBQ Nights 07919 916529 /

Photos: Emma Bothamley

Afternoon Tea @ Harry’s Bar Whether you’re treating mum this month (don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day March 31!) or just want a catch up with friends in town, the afternoon tea selection at Harry’s Bar is worth a look. You’ll find it on Northminster as part of The Solstice venue so it’s a great city centre spot to try out. They offer a diverse food menu catering for everything from a quick bite at lunchtime to a sophisticated 3-course evening meal and of course a delicious Sunday roast - but hey, who doesn’t like an afternoon tea, and this venue has quite the selection no matter what your budget. From the Harry's Mini Cream Tea at just £4.75 including a pot of tea, scone, jam & cream, there’s Harry's Luxury Cream Tea at £7.95 per person (or £12.50 per person if you’d like to add Prosecco). Even better, there’s Mary's Champagne Afternoon Tea (£17.95 per person) and a luxury version for two (£90 per person) with a bottle of Moet e Chandon – ideal for a real celebration! Food’s served Monday-Friday from 8am-9pm, Saturday from 11am-9pm and Sunday from 12noon-9pm.


Orange Barrel Bag, £75, John Lewis, Queensgate

Indigo mid rise jeans, £19.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Navy and red zip jumper, £25, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Leopard print court shoes, £25 Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

Mustard Hadley Jumper, £80, Boden at John Lewis, Queensgate Jeans, £50, Boden at John Lewis Boots: Model’s own

Red backpack, £35, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

What’s in for Spring! 20

Denim jacket, £45, Oasis, Queensgate

Light blue straight mid cut jeans, £19.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Yellow and white striped top, £8.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Tan round handbag, £39.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Brown ankle boots, £29.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

Leopard print ballerina shoes, £15, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

Blue stripe and floral jersey dress, £38, Oasis, Queensgate Navy blue pumps, £26, Oasis, Queensgate

We’re all ready for a change in the weather so it’s time for a wardrobe update to get that spring vibe too! Brights and stripes are still a big trend for the new season, in all the colours of the rainbow.

Navy is the new black when it comes to the brighter days and is a great backdrop to pops of colour in prints, stripes and florals. John Lewis has just welcomed Boden in store with some fresh colourful pieces and ontrend slogan tops to add to your wardrobe.

For those in between days of the season when there can still be a nip in the air, there’s still some gorgeous knitwear out there to keep you looking hot.


Green backpack bag, £30, Oasis, Queensgate

Red boat neck top, £6.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate White slim jeans, £19.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Navy striped bag, £39.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate Navy ankle boots, £29.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

Denim never goes out of fashion but the choice is amazing now with every colour, shade, length and fit. M&S have just introduced their brand new range of figure flattering jeans promising their


Indigo classic skinny jeans, £40, Oasis, Queensgate Oasis, scarf print wrap top, £32, Oasis, Queensgate White flat sandals, £16, Oasis, Queensgate

Navy knitted hoodie, £29.50, Marks and Spencer, Queensgate

best ever fit from how they hug the waist to the fit through hips and thighs to perfect positioning of the rear pockets. There’s Lily the leg-lengthening slim fit, Ivy for a great skinny fit and Sienna the versatile flattering straight

fit. The improved fit has also been carried through to their new line of tops too. Oasis is always top for beautiful floral prints and this new range featured here will be in store this month. This lovely kimono top is

White slogan T-shirt, £30, Boden at John Lewis, Queensgate Navy tie waist long skirt, £80, Boden at John Lewis, Queensgate Jeans, £50, Boden at John Lewis, Queensgate Shoes: Model’s own

Scarf print cami top, £29, Oasis, Queensgate Light blue jeans, £55, Oasis, Queensgate Cream wedge espadrille sandals, £38, Oasis, Queensgate

Scarf print kimono top, £46, Oasis, Queensgate

Green shoulder bag, £70, John Lewis, Queensgate

set to be a big trend and adds a versatile extra layer and their tie at the wasit wrap style top is flattering for any figure. Look out for the new Oasis store opening on the high street in Stamford in April.

What’s in for Spring!

Model: Gemma Royce Photos: Andy Vernum, Studio One Outfits: Queensgate Shopping Centre


Proudly sponsored by



Tel: 01733 380657

It’s been around a month since Darren Ferguson took charge of Peterborough United for the third time, agreeing a deal until the end of the campaign. Hopefully, he and assistant Gavin Strachan can inspire the players to reach the playoffs in League One – it’s certainly going to be a rollercoaster ride between now and May.


f course, for those that are unaware, Darren has been in charge during two successful spells at the ABAX Stadium and has lived close to Stamford for almost 12 years. Everybody knows he has a strong affinity for the football club, but he is also very settled in the area. Speaking to ESP, Darren explained why this area has been so good for his family. “Obviously, I have a really good affinity with the football club and sometimes it just fits. Hopefully that can happen again and we can have a really strong end of the season. I will work as hard as I can to try and get this club into the play-offs but we know there will be twists and turns along the way.

“I have lived in this area for 12 years now, give or take one year when I took over at Preston North End. My wife and me just really liked the area when we moved in. There are good schools and I can’t see us moving away from that area now. It is a really nice place to live, the kids love it and we are really settled. “I have a couple of dogs and there are great

places to walk the dog. We go to Rutland Water and Burghley and it is fantastic. I think sometimes you just know that you are going to stay in a place for most of your life and as I say, I can’t see us moving now.” I have to say on a personal level, it is great that Darren is back in charge. As press officer you get to work with a lot of coaches and managers and I have probably worked with nearly 20 during my time at the football club. I like to think I know how Darren operates and that’s really important when building relationships. Darren also brought in his wonderful Labrador Max (who we met in his earlier spells in charge) and as a potential dog owner in the future, it was great to see him. It got me thinking about pets. You often see dogs wearing all kinds of outfits, but do any ESP readers dress up their animals in Posh colours? If so drop an email to me at and we will feature them in next month’s column! Enjoy the month!

Phil Adlam



Photo: Joe Dent /

ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United…

WIN TICKETS TO SEE POSH I’m offering ESP readers the chance to win four tickets to a league game of your choice (excluding Sunderland). All you have to do is answer the following question and email competition@ along with your name and contact number. Competition closes at 6pm on March 25. Q – What is the name of Darren Ferguson’s dog? T’s & C’s - Normal competition rules apply. There is no cash alternative. Winner will be notified. Entries must be received by 6pm March 25, 2019.

Commercial, food and product photography, business portraits, press and PR

5 Station Road, Ailsworth, Peterborough, PE5 7AH

The ULTIMATE Combat Gaming Experience Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball. It costs a lot less to play, it hurts less and uses realistic looking replica weapons.

Two unique sites and different styles of gaming. Fight in and around buildings or in the woods and undergrowth. The games run with two teams, each are given objectives which they have to try and achieve. Competitive Prices Private, corporate and open days catered for.

01733 247171 email: Airsoft Shop

Blue Bell Inn DOGSTHORPE One of Peterborough oldest Pubs we offer a warm welcome in lovely surroundings.

MARCH GIGS 2nd 9th 15th 23rd 30th

Outlaw Eagles Beachy Head Diving Club The Guards Stealer The Junk Puppets

Mother’s Day 31st March bookings recommended

Blue Bell Inn, Welland Road, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough PE1 3SA

Tel 01733 313700

paparazzi Caught in the act?

BARS IN THE BORO This month our Paparazzi photographer Mike Harris was out an about in town on a bit of a bar crawl! Things kicked off with a trip to the ever popular bar on a boat, Charters on the river followed by a visit to Samm’s Bar on Bridge Street where Filthy Contact were playing - everyone loved them so much they had to do six encores! The Lightbox Café just along Bridge Street was also packed with its evening crowd enjoying the tunes from Eclectic Ballroom and then it was over to the Brewery Tap for the hugely successful L’Aristo’s Reunion gig which was heaving with club fans enjoying tunes from back in the day. You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.



Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with some songs you’ll know but they won’t quite sound as you remember them!


atchy tunes like Murder on the Dancefloor feature on her new album, The Song Diaries, which is released on March 15 – a greatest hits album but with an orchestral makeover! Can you believe Sophie’s musical career has spanned 21 years now?! The mum of five boys has had six Top 10 singles and is now returning to her original disco roots on The Song Diaries, which features her biggest hits, but not as you’ve heard them before. Singles such as Murder On The Dancefloor and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), which was the most played record on UK radio between 2000 and 2010, have been re-worked with beautiful orchestral arrangements. Sophie’s classic hit Take Me Home was released from the album at the end of last year. It’s been re-recorded with a full orchestra and band and produced by Sophie’s long-term musical collaborator and friend Ed Harcourt and her husband Richard Jones (bassist with The Feeling), alongside additional production from David Arnold and mixing by Ash Howes. Take Me Home was Sophie’s debut solo release, taken from her debut studio album Read My Lips. Both the single and album reached No.2 on the single and albums chart respectively, with the album charting for 60 weeks and going Double Platinum and the single being certified Silver. Sophie says; “It has been glorious to bring disco technicolour to my orchestral version of Take me Home. Hopefully when you hear it, it’ll bring a little 70’s Paradise Garage your way. It’s all the bells and whistles!” Check out the new video for Take Me Home which was filmed in the studio, during the making of the album, and at Sophie’s live performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The Evening Standard described it as – ‘A joyous, exhilarating evening of reinvention and reminiscence’ and gave it a 4 star review. This orchestral greatest hits is Sophie’s seventh studio album and is the follow-up to her recent album Familia and previous record Wanderlust, both of which charted in the Top 10 and marked a change in musical direction for her. Production on the record comes from acclaimed singersongwriter Ed Harcourt, who also produced Familia and Wanderlust, with string arrangements from Amy Langley of Dirty Pretty Strings and additional production by David Arnold, renowned for his TV and film compositions, including five James Bond films. If you’re keen to see her live, Sophie will be taking The Song Diaries on the road this summer with nearby gigs at Cambridge Corn Exchange on June 2 and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on June 4 with a full orchestra and band, New dates have also just been released for November and tickets are on sale now.


JOIN US We are currently looking for new consultants in Peterborough and Stamford. If you're a current or previous member and would like to find out more call Mike on 07774 868859 or Gemma on 07955 211027.

MONDAY (inc Bank Holidays)

Dogsthorpe Community Centre

Matley Community Centre

Nene Park Academy

The Herlington Centre

Poplar Ave @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Lesley on 07718 369723

Matley, Orton Brimbles @ 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Helen on 07720 773782

Oundle Road, Orton Longueville @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Gary on 07908 196312

Orton Malbourne @ 5.30pm Call Debbi on 07904 128094

The Herlington Centre

The Millennium Centre

Orton Malbourne @5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Debbi on 07904 128094

The Werrington Community Centre

Paston & Gunthorpe Community Centre

Dickens Street, Peterborough @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Yasmin on 07817 955308

The Leeds Hall

Church Street @ 9.30am Call Charlotte on 07809 569694

Hallfields Lane @ 9.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Alison on 07851 426886

Belsize Community Centre

Thorney Ex Servicemans Club

Celta Rd, Woodston @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Clair on 07734 859470

Station Road, Thorney @ 7.30pm Call Wendy on 07974 235295

Copeland Community Centre

CSK Church

Copeland, Bretton @ 9.30am & 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Mike on 07774 868859

Silver Hill, Hampton Fridays @9.30am & 11.30am Call Scott on 07734 364138

The Queens Park Sports Hall Daimler Ave, Yaxley @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Emma on 07480 497955 The Assembly Hall, Ken Stimson Community School Staniland Way, Werrington. (bank holidays subject to change) @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Charlotte on 07809 569694

High St, Eye @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Alison on 07851 426886 The Fletton Centre Fletton Ave. @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Helen on 07720 773782 The Queen Katharine Academy Mountsteven Ave, Walton @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Aimee on 07904 881472

WEDNESDAY TUESDAY The Fleet Fleet Way, Fletton @ 9.30am Call Yasmin on 07817 955308

The Queens Park Sports Hall Daimler Ave, Yaxley @ 4pm, 5.30pm & 7pm Call Yasmin on 07817 955308

Nene Valley Community Centre

Dogsthorpe Community Centre

Sugar Way @ 9.30am Call Clair on 07734 859470

Poplar Ave, @ 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Lesley on 07718 369723

Childers 1A Station Road, Whittlesey @ 9.30 am & 11.30am Call Gemma on 07955 211027

Glinton Village Hall High Street @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Verity on 07738 476770

The Queen Katharine Academy


SATURDAY Hampton Vale Community Centre

Mountsteven Ave, Walton @ 7.30pm Call Aimee on 07904 881472

Westlake Ave @ 8.30am, 10.30am & 12.30pm Call Scott on 07734 364138

Sawtry Junior School

Werrington Sports Centre

Middlefield Road @ 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Sarah on 07888 819005

Staniland Way @8.30 am & 10.30am Call Wendy on 07974 235295


The Focus Community Centre

Hampton Vale Community Centre

Chestnut Ave, Dogsthorpe @ 8.30am Call Lou on 07853 793636

Westlake Ave @ 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Scott on 07734 364138

Gavin Miller’s

Movie Previews



MAR Cast: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L Jackson, Annette Bening Director: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck One of the universe’s most powerful heroes looks like she’s going to play a pivotal role in the fourth instalment of The Avengers, Endgame – if the finale to Infinity War was anything to go by – but before that there was a mid-nineties-set origin story. Said story follows Carol Danvers (played by Oscar-winning Room actress Brie Larson), a former US Air Force fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes after her DNA is fused with that of an alien race known as Kree during an accident – imbuing her with superhuman strength, energy projection and the ability to fly. She then joins an elite Kree military team known as Starforce – led by Jude Law’s mentor – to tackle Ben Mendelsohn’s (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) invading Skrull army leader Talos, as she gets caught up in the centre of a galactic conflict between two alien



worlds, while still harbouring questions about her past on Earth. Thrown in for good Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity measure is Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson – with both SHIELD members made to look younger by groundbreaking CGi technology – alongside Djimon Hounsou’s Korath and Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, who starred in the original The Guardians of the Galaxy adventure. The first female-centric Marvel superhero film follows hot on the heels of DC's Wonder Woman - and is currently tracking to raise above the $103 million Stateside opening weekend box-office bar that the Amazonian warrior princess set two years ago. And if that prediction comes true, then the inaugural outing of the tagged saviour of The Avengers should end up being simply marvel-ous…

Highly-acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele – who notched a Best Original Screenplay award for Get Out – brings his latest highly-anticipated horror project to the big screen.


In order to get away from their busy lives, the Wilson family – including mother Adelaide (12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Lupita Nyong’o) and father Gabe (Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star Winston Duke) – take a vacation to California’s Santa Cruz, with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tylers.



But when four mysterious strangers break into Adelaide’s childhood home where they’re staying, the family are shocked to find that the ‘doppelganger’ intruders look and talk just like them – only with grotesque appearances.


It will be interesting to see if this new thriller from Peele lives up to the hype that Get Out achieved two years ago…


The latest classic Disney animation turned live-action tentpole, looks to continue the acclaimed work of recent hits such as Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book. Colin Farrell’s Holt Farrier was once a famous circus star, but after he returned from war Danny DeVito’s owner Max Medici realises the experience has terribly altered him, but still tasks him to take care of newborn elephant Dumbo, whose oversized ears have made him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe.







But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, Michael Keaton’s silver-tongued entrepreneur VA Vandevere, and Eva Green’s (Casino Royale) aerial artist Colette Marchant swoop in to make the elephant a little star. Unfortunately not everything is the way it seems as Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath the shiny veneer of a new venture for the circus…

This sci-fi thriller, set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after occupation from an extra-terrestrial force, explores the lives on both side of the conflict. With humanity enslaved under the guise of a peaceful unity, the story delves into the perspectives of both the collaborators and the dissidents – primarily following the lives of Police Officer Mulligan (John Goodman) and the son of a fallen soldier and new recruit Gabriel (Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders) – and involves intertwining themes such as an oppressive government, the public being lied to, and the aftermath as some rise up against the institution. Gabriel joins up with a rebel group called Phoenix as the situation begins to unravel in this movie from the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt. Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga and rapper Machine Gun Kelly co-star in what could be the sleeper hit of the month…

METRO EXODUS (X1/PS4) This third instalment of the cult series smoothes out the rough edges of the first two games – to provide the best iteration of the Metro franchise yet. In 2010, the series showed so much potential with the ambitiously noteworthy (part Half-Life 2, part Resident Evil, part Dead Space to name a few) survival horror 2033, and only stabilised the formula with 2013’s Last Light – but Exodus has taken Metro thundering down the line in an emphatic fashion. Quite literally, as you board a heavily modified steam locomotive called the Aurora to embark on an incredible journey – again as the main protagonist Artyom – with a handful of survivors, to make it across the post-apocalyptic Soviet wastelands to try and find a new life in the East. Naysayers may have been worried that bringing the game out in the open a lot more would take away some of the atmospheric trademarks that fans love so much, but with an engrossing non-linear sandbox survival world experience – that isn’t the case. Everything from impressive day/night cycles and dynamic weather patterns are all factors that add elements to a gripping story in a hostile world. The Russian wilderness can be one scary place. It’s still not flawless with some pacing issues, intermittent clunkiness and mission inconsistencies that sporadically hinder the wider ambitions of this visually stunning game – but that’s nit-picking as Exodus does everything it can to not keep you away.



Photos: Emma Bothamley



IKEA don’t make flat pack dragon boats so the team from Gable Events had to wheel a full size craft into the distribution centre for the launch with the event’s new sponsor!


s well as being the official sponsor, a team from IKEA Peterborough were the first crew to sign up to the festival which will be held on Saturday June 8 at Peterborough Rowing Club. It’s hoped up to 47 more teams will challenge them on the water. ESP is proud to be the print media partner for the event once again with our team – the ESP Motley Crew – hoping to celebrate our 20 years in print in style… Maybe even with a win after some close times last year! So come and have a go if you think you’re fun enough and take us on in this brilliant family day out. Everyone is hoping to top last


year’s record-breaking festival, which raised more than £35,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Entries are now open and you don’t need any experience – come on, do we look like we know what we’re doing?! The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival has seen all sorts of teams take part from businesses to sports clubs, groups of mates and families celebrating special events though to charities and community organisations. If you’re celebrating a milestone why not put in a team to mark it and make it memorable?

If you’re celebrating a milestone why not put in a team to mark it and make it memorable?

The ESP crew love it and we always have a great time both on the water and enjoying laughs on the bankside in between races – it’s

great for team building and a bit of a social… and we’re always up for a bit of a social! Hannah Buckley, HR Generalist at IKEA, said: “We enjoyed taking part in last year’s event and working alongside the charity to fundraise for such a worthwhile cause. I am sure that this year’s event will surpass last year’s, and that is a credit to all those involved that put such hard work into ensuring this success. We look forward to seeing you all there.” There is a great incentive for teams to raise as much sponsorship as possible – the top fundraisers will win the prize of a group experience day at Orton Hall Hotel and Spa to include Buck’s Fizz on arrival, morning use of Imagine Spa’s facilities, lunch and an afternoon with locally based CJ’s Birds of Prey. To enter you’ll need up to 11 people in your team and each team will race a minimum of three times, the dragon boats and all equipment are provided. For more information and an entry form call festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit peterborough.

Local author releases city thriller Shadows of Regret Our city is oozing with talent. As part of the ESP team, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to local Olympians, actors, singers, dancers and authors.


ne Peterborough author I’ve been chatting to recently is Ross Greenwood. He writes crime thrillers, and I’m hooked on his latest – Shadows of Regret. The gripping story focuses on a woman's struggle to rejoin society. Katie committed a terrible crime and sixteen years was the price she had to pay. Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. But Katie is a survivor. Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done. Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path. Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge? It’s no surprise that Ross chose to set one of his books in a prison, given that he was a prison officer for a year. Four of his five books are set in Peterborough. During my chat with the local author, I wondered what local landmarks feature in his stories. “Loads of places,” he


told me. “The Cathedral grounds, the Posh stadium, Bridge Street, Bretton, Paston. Local pubs even make it into my books – including Charters, The Swiss Cottage, The Botolph, O’Neill’s and College Arms. The Cavendish on Eastfield Road features heavily in one book, but I called it The Anne Boleyn as in my story it was a den of criminality. I wrote to a popular city centre hotel and my old school, King’s, to see if I could use their names in my crime thriller. The hotel threatened to sue if I used their name, although King’s were okay with it. In the finish, I called the school The Prince’s School instead, as the story doesn’t end well for some of the students.” Ross told me what inspired him to start writing. “I had the idea for my first book nearly 10 years ago but couldn’t think of anything to give it an edge. I’d been a manager in call centres for most of my working life and was bored with it, so I randomly became a prison officer to do something interesting. It’s not a job for the faint-hearted but it gave me some great material.” To get an idea of how popular Shadows of Regrets is, you can check out the many comments online. I wondered whether reading comments was something that made Ross nervous. “In a way, reviews are the best part of it,” he said. “Someone taking the time to review your book is a great thing to wake up to, and the majority are positive. Most authors aren’t in it for money (which is just as well!), they only want people to read and enjoy their work. That said, I have had a few bad ones. It’s a real shock when you get your first vicious comment.” Having read a few dozen pages of Ross’ work, I’m already looking forward to seeing what

Mikey Clarke

he releases next. He told me, “I’m working on a detective novel trilogy. The first book is almost finished and has the team investigating a serial killer. It’s set around Malbourne, Longueville and Woodston. “Peterborough receives more than its fair share of bad press but I like living here. I hoped fellow Peterborians would enjoy reading about the streets they know in stories that don’t just focus on negative elements of the city. That said, they are crime books!” Any advice for anyone else who aspires to write a book? “My advice to budding authors is simple… Turn your computer on, type Chapter 1, and you’re away. The journey of 80,000 words starts with the first one. So many words can be daunting and is enough to prevent some from starting their book, so they should ignore it. Aim to write 2000 words a day, which is achievable, and if you did it every day, you would be typing the end in a little over a month.” Ross wanted me to stress how appreciative he is of all the support he’s received. “I’ve had a lot of support from people in the city over the last few years,” he said. “Many have got in touch to say they have enjoyed reading books set in their home town. Writing is a lonely pastime, so I really appreciate the feedback and encouragement. I’m happy to answer questions if anyone wants to contact me. There are easy-tojoin supportive groups on Facebook for those who love reading or want to write.” To find out more about the local author and his books, look up Ross Greenwood on Facebook and get your copy of Shadows of Regret on Amazon. Mikey Clarke


and beauty

ESP’s Rachael Church has all the latest health and beauty news…

Time saving TreaTs for moTher’s Day Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mummies from Peterborough. Health and beauty related gifts are often top of the sales charts for our loved ones. This year, ESP thought we would have a look at some instant ‘quick fixes’ for busy mums, which can also double up as a great gift if you haven’t got one yet. Tip 1: Using a soft peach eyeliner pencil on your lower inner eyelid will make dark circles and redness less noticeable. We recommend: NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil – which has a triple use as a concealer, eye brightener and lip liner for mums on the go. A bargain at £4.50. Tip 2: Using shampoos for coloured hair continuously will make your hair look and feel dry. So invest in another option and use at least once a week. We recommend: Dove Advanced Hair Series shampoos and conditioners from £6.59. Tip 3: Get the gel nail look with a normal off the shelf nail polish. Same result without the price tag of a manicure. We recommend: Set of 3 NX Gel Nail Polishes from Next. A bargain at £10 for the set and they look great on your dressing table too.

heaLTh anD beauTy bargains on inTernaTionaL Women’s Day Here at ESP, we’re big supporters of International Women’s Day. This year, it’s taking place on Friday March 8, and the theme is #Balanaceforbetter. Last year, lots of health and beauty brands wanted to celebrate and ‘give back’ to women by offering discounts on products for one day only. Others offered a cut of certain products to various charities supporting the empowerment of women. We have it on good authority that 2019 will see more of the same, with companies like the Body Shop, Elizabeth Arden, and Elemis all getting involved. So whatever you’re doing on the day, take some time out to look at how the beauty industry is backing women, and you might get some bargains too.

WaLK aLL over CanCer This March, look out for Walk All Over Cancer. It’s a fundraising and activity challenge that occurs annually every March in aid of the charity Cancer Research UK. We are all challenged to a sponsored walk of 10,000 steps every day during the month, and all proceeds from the fundraising are donated to the charity. We all know the ‘magic number’ of 10,000 steps should be on our to do list, so what a great way to kickstart the motivation and raise some funds for a great cause in the process. 36

neW PeTerborough WeLLbeing CenTre oPens iTs Doors ESP were excited to hear that non-profit wellbeing centre Soul Happy – in Queensgate’s Westgate Arcade – has opened its doors in the centre and is set to help the people of Peterborough become the best they can be. Soul Happy offers therapies designed to help people take control of their life, build resilience, and reduce stress, anxiety or lack of motivation. Already there is an exciting calendar of events planned for the coming months. Regular weekly events include yoga every Thursday (12.30pm-1.15pm and 1.30pm2.15pm, £6) and ‘Conscious Conversations’ every Friday (1pm-1.30pm, free but donations welcome). On Thursday afternoons, Soul Happy will receive a delivery of fresh vegetables from local regenerative farm, Lawson Garden Market, ready for customers to collect too. View the full calendar of events at and don’t forget to pre-book. There will also be shorter drop-in sessions that don’t need to be pre-booked. Just turn up to Westgate Arcade for cacao ceremonies, crystal healing, fitness blasts, Indian head massage and Reiki – timings, dates and details can be found on the website and social media. You can also pop in any time to buy ethical supplies, goodies and gifts, including art, cacao products, crystals, crystal jewellery, handmade bags, essential oils, salt lamps, Hemp products, CBD oil and more. The shop prides itself on striving towards more conscious consumerism; including zero waste, handmade, toxic free, plant based and ethical products where possible. Good luck from everyone at ESP!

Happy Mothers Day

SAVE 25% Buy a course of Radio Frequency facial treatments

Get your 4th session FREE

Our range of treatments correct damage, protect and enhance your skin • FREE Consultations • IPL Hair Removal • Skin Rejuvenation • Laser Tattoo Removal • Acne Treatments • Fine Lines & Wrinkles – Radio Frequency • Stretch Marks – Micro Needling • Thread Vein Removal – ThermaVein®

• Lipo Belt Body Sculpting • Skin Tags, Warts, Moles & Verrucae – Cryopen • Professional Strength Skincare Products

PROFESSIONAL CARE FOR REAL RESULTS! 5F Aston Business Park, Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough, PE2 7BX Telephone: 01733 234251 e: w:

Well Being Karen Devine’s

DIET/WELLBEING – you are responsible 100% for what you choose to eat and drink and the lifestyle you lead. Is what you are doing in this area creating health or destroying it over time? This is not to trigger guilt for those odd times we enjoy cake, wine or a few chips, life is for living after all, but if these are in your diet too often you know that the balance has tipped unfavourably.

Time for your own spring awakening... There’s a lot of talk about ‘sovereignty’ in the midst of, dare I mention the ‘B’ word… Brexit, the term we are all so over and done with! The focus is on many wanting to take back sovereignty and become self-governing once again. What I find interesting is that this comes at a current time that’s known astrologically as the Age of Aquarius.

thoughts, form our own beliefs instead of accepting those of others. Becoming a ‘sovereign being’ takes us to the heart centre and moves us from the head. The heart is where our own truth lies.

This is from Wikipedia: ‘Age of Aquarius is an astrological term denoting either the current or forthcoming astrological age, depending on the method of calculation. Astrologers maintain that an astrological age is a product of the earth's slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years, on average.’ The Age of Pisces which we have now left was more about ego, survival of the fittest, competitiveness, what we could ‘get’ from the world. The Age of Aquarius is different in that collectively we are seeking out who we really are, what can we ‘give and give back’ to this world, what our untapped skills and talents are. People around the globe are seeking peace, love, communities and working together and helping ourselves and the planet. You wouldn’t think so though when you read/watch/listen to the mainstream media which I think often has the opposite effect as it seems to divide, create fear and hatred.

Being true to ourselves is key to taking back our power, finding our own truths, our own 38

DO MORE OF WHAT BRINGS YOU ALIVE – have you ever noticed that when you’re not doing or following the right path you are more sluggish, depressed, or find you eat more unhealthy foods? When we do something we love, suddenly many of those symptoms disappear. Do more of what lights you up rather than dims your shine.

Some of us just lie down and accept things we hear from others without any question. I fear many have become lazy, distracted with technology, or become so caught up in materialism and consumerism that we are led like sheep to buy, think, do, and be what we are told, all without realising it.

CONNECTION – find or create a group that is working towards the same goals. If your family/friends don’t support your new choices, then find a tribe that can lift and elevate you to where you want to be. Around 25 years ago I was interested in meditation, it was so whacky to family and friends that I chose to attend a meditation group each week for almost 3 years. It was not only enjoyable, it helped me ask those deeper questions without fear or ridicule and was nurturing and nourishing.

Being true to ourselves is key to taking back our power...

SEARCH – look for online documentaries that align with you. There are so many that you can now subscribe to that bring so much of what you won’t read/see/hear on main stream TV. Read books, connect with others online - I belong to numerous groups that help me with this.

In order for us to create our own individual sovereignty we need to be more discerning about the beliefs and attitudes that we’ve blindly accepted from our society and possibly our elders as the norm.

SYMPTOMS – do you listen to the body’s language? Do you suffer from brain fog, sluggishness, bowel issues, insomnia, low mood, dry skin, coated tongue, aches/pains, fatigue and more? These are all signals that guide us to make some changes, of course, asking your GP is advised but it’s you that needs to make the changes, (if you want to listen of course). Those changes may be to what you eat and drink but also a call for lifestyle changes that help to create harmony.

So how do we become what can be called a ‘sovereign being’? How do we free ourselves out of the shackles we knowingly or unknowingly carry around with us?

Firstly, we have to wake up and look at ourselves honestly - why do we think, believe, purchase, or do the things we do? Are these our own beliefs/thoughts/opinions or that which we have been spoon fed over the years from society or our peers? If choosing our life is learnt and we don’t like it, why not choose something different?

If you have felt rumblings of deep searching inside, asking those bigger questions about your life and the world at large then you are not alone, in fact millions around the globe are asking those same questions you are. Old structures are starting to be broken down (order can often follow chaos), this is happening collectively and individually – it is called an awakening. In health, Karen



We are looking for young people aged 12 - 21 to join us at the Key Theatre this Autumn to perform in a well known West End musical, run by West End professionals. No experience is necessary – just a love and passion for musical theatre!

Submit your interest by visiting: Data Protection: Any information submitted will only be used to pass on full details of auditions when available.

Classical Reflection

Here at ESP we’re big supporters of talented local twins Classical Reflection who’ve been performing with some big stars… and meeting some four legged ones too. Naomi and Hannah were already passionate about supporting Guide Dogs having boarded dogs during their advanced training and even adopted two retired guide dogs themselves. The girls are keen to encourage others to get involved and help. “Guide Dogs need lots of helpers,” the singers explained, “and there are many ways people can get involved and help from puppy walking, driving, fundraising, boarding dogs or even administration. Even if you just have an hour free a week there are areas you can help with.”

Naomi and Hannah were already passionate about supporting Guide Dogs having boarded dogs during their advanced training and even adopted two retired guide dogs themselves.


eterborough’s stars of The Voice, Naomi and Hannah Moxon, have been performing at some high profile events with the likes of Aled Jones and Pam Rhodes but we’re pleased to report they have some hometown gigs lined up this year so you can catch them live. Last year was hectic for the twins and saw them appearing again at the Royal Albert Hall for the Salvation Army Christmas Concert, with Pam Rhodes from Songs of Praise for a Carol Concert in central London and with Aled Jones at Coventry Cathedral for the Guide Dogs Christmas Wishes Concert. They took a little time out to relax at the start of this year and when we caught up

with them for a chat they had recently been invited for a behind the scenes tour at the Guide Dogs breeding centre in Leamington Spa. “We were blindfolded and had to walk through a dark tunnel with traffic noises with different path textures – that was really interesting – all your other senses work much harder like your sense of smell and hearing.” “It was such a wonderful experience being able to cuddle the litter of eight golden puppies who were just six weeks old,” the twins told us. “We loved all the puppies especially a puppy called Una – to be honest we could have brought any of them home. We did joke and pointed out that’s why we were wearing large coats so we could smuggle one out!”

Collabro @ The Cresset

There’s a real treat for fans of musical theatre at the Cresset this month. On Saturday March 23 Britain’s Got Talent winners, Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, will take to the stage. In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges. 40

Since winning the competition with one of the biggest majorities ever, the’ve gone on to release four hugely successful albums, have performed at the Royal Variety Performance; returned to the Britain’s Got Talent stage twice (most recently as part of the 10-year Grand Final compilation of past contestants – having been voted ‘The Nation’s Favourite BGT Winner’ in a national poll) and are now enormously successful internationally. Support comes from Georgia & The Vintage Youth along with special guest Kerry Ellis (West End, Broadway and Recording star). There are a variety of ticket options including VIP packages visit for details or call 01733 265705.

Classical Reflection are a real Peterborough success story and are performing at venues all over the country including a charity gig with Aled Jones in April and will be singing the national anthem at the O2 ahead of the Basketball Play-off Finals – but the good news for us is that they haven’t forgotten their local fans. “We will be performing again at Tulipfest at Springfields, May 5 - 7. The schedule hasn’t been finalised yet so we’re not sure which date over the May bank holiday. We are looking forward to it; it’s such a lovely event and it’s great to meet everyone, so do come along and say hello. We’ve also been invited to perform in Yaxley at St Peter’s Church on June 1.”

Magic Of The Musicals From the Greatest Showman to Les Miserables and Mama Mia – it seems we just can’t get enough of the musicals! If you’re a fan, there’s a fantastic show at the Cresset this month which should satisfy your love of all things West End and Broadway. Peterborough's award-winning choirs will all be taking to the stage to perform the greatest songs from some of the most famous and best-loved musicals of all time, for one spectacular night of entertainment. Join Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir at the Cresset on Friday March 22 showcasing songs from some of the world's best-loved musicals including Oliver!, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Barnum and Phantom of the Opera. Book now on 01733 265705 or online at


If you need something to look forward to, there are some celebs heading our way over the next few months you’ll need to bag your tickets for fast…

Tom Jones @ The Abax

Craig David + Sigala Live @ The Abax Kicking off a summer of fantastic live gigs in the area is Craig David with his full live band who’ll be performing at the ABAX stadium on Saturday June 8. Craig will be bringing an arsenal of hits and his signature dynamic performance to his only full concert DJ Nathan Dawe in Cambridgeshire in 2019. He’ll be joined by international DJ Sigala, chart-topping artist and songwriter Becky Hill and rising star DJ Nathan Dawe. It’s set to be a phenomenal live show that includes all Craig’s hit singles such as 7 Days, Walking Away, When the Bassline Drops, Nothing Like This, Heartline and I Becky Hill Know You. Craig David has sold 15 million albums worldwide, has had many Brit and Grammy nominations and is a multiple Ivor Novello and Mobo Award winner amongst others. His last two albums were both critically acclaimed and massive hits – with Following My Intuition at Number One and The Time Is Now reaching Number Two. Tickets for the concert are on sale now with various options available starting at £29.50 + booking fee on, and

We’ve been calling for big names to perform here for years and the ABAX stadium on London Road is one venue stepping up to the mark. Together with the Liz Hobbs Group they’re bringing global superstar Tom Jones to the city on Thursday July 11. The living legend that is Mr. Jones has had hits spanning all generations since the sixties. He is also familiar to many as a popular coach on ITV’s The Voice and we’ll get the chance to hear that oh so distinctive voice when he performs live at the football stadium in what’s set to be a fantastic summer night out. Get ready for iconic hits like It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah (everyone goes wild for this one!) and What’s New Pussycat through to songs from more recent albums albums – Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame. There are various ticket packages now on sale starting with standing tickets at: £39.50 + booking fee available on, and

King Of The Jungle Coming To Truckfest The first May bank holiday means Truckfest and that means not only an incredible array of vehicles at the East of England Arena and Events Centre but some special guests too. The first celebrity guest to be announced for Truckfest on Monday May 6 is none other than the new King of the Jungle, Harry Redknapp. He’s one of the most famous football speakers and managers and of course the winner of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here 2018! Harry Redknapp will be meeting and greeting fans on the Monday but Truckfest runs from May 5 – 6 with over 2,000 vehicles on display, an exhibition hall, live music, childrens characters appearing throughout the weekend, motorcycle displays, stalls and loads of attractions. For more details of what’s on and to buy tickets visit

Billy Ocean And Heather Small @ Burghley House The summer of annual outdoor live gigs at Burghley House in Stamford continues with another feelgood evening thanks to Live Promotions Concerts. This year they’re bringing us a fantastic concert with Billy Ocean on Saturday June 8 and he’ll be joined by special guest Heather Small, the voice of M People! Billy Ocean has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter. Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when he was just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room. Tickets are now on sale from


The ESP Comedy Guide

Sarah Slack brings us the ESP guide to where the laughs are at this month…

Key Comedy Festival Returns for 2019! Now in its seventh year, the Key Theatre will be hosting a fantastic fest of comedy this month as its muchloved comedy festival returns. Featuring a mix of established headliners plus a selection of the comedy circuit’s finest up-and-coming acts there’s truly something for everyone, however if you need some inspiration before you buy your tickets here are our highlights of what’s on offer:

For fans of intellectual comedy:

For fans of puns and one-liners: Appropriately titled Gagster’s Paradise, Gary Delaney’s brand new show (Saturday March 9, 7.30pm) promises an evening of expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock the Week regular, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags, and he’s been described as having ‘more quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers’ by The Scotsman.

For fans of Soccer AM:

For fans of Taskmaster:

After the success of his UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show (Thursday March 8, 8pm). Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a bit of choral singing, jokes, maybe a fact about a cathedral, jokes and probably the story about that time he had a toilet incident on the A46.

Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster, half-killed on Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island, Mark Watson (Thursday March 7, 7.30pm) returns to what he's best at: being indoors. As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's wittiest and thinnest acts offers some suggestions on improving the state of the world at his usual high jokeand-rant-per-minute rate.

Ahir Shah’s latest comedy show ‘Duffer’ (Sunday March 10, 8pm) is about life and what comes after, death and what comes before, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Duffer is touring the UK fresh from critically acclaimed sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it earned Shah his second nomination in a row for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Comic Book Comedy at the Corn Exchange Are you a regular at the Close Encounters comic book shop along Broadway? Do you love The Avengers, Iron Man, and all the other mammoth-sized Marvel superhero films? Then you’ll love this Edinburgh Fringe show touring at the Stamford Corn Exchange this month, which squeezes all the Marvel movies into one actionpacked hour of laughs. Performing on Friday March 15, nerd-culture comedy doubleact, The Just Us League, present their smash hit show MARVELus: All the MARVEL Movies Kind Of. Direct from an award-nominated tour of Australia, this incredible comedy show features short punchy sketches and a high-energy style which will delight a whole range of MARVEL fans; from those that have seen just one movie to mega-aficionados who know the franchise inside out. Tickets available on 01780 766455. 42


Gig Guide MAR










SINDHU VEE As seen on QI and Have I Got News for You, Sindhu Vee will be embarking on a UK tour this year with her critically acclaimed show Sandhog. Performing at the Key Theatre, Sandhog offers witty and hilarious observations on marriage, parenting and her own ageing parents which helped to bag her a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Tickets available on 01733 207239.

HAL CRUTTENDEN Described as ‘his finest hour to date’ by The Daily Telegraph, Hal Cruttenden will be bringing his brand new show Chubster to the Key Theatre as part of the Key Comedy Festival. As seen on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. Tickets available on 01733 207239.

A PINT OF COMEDY Join the Stamford Arts Centre for their monthly comedy night in the Cellar Bar which features some of the UK’s best acts, plus you’ll receive a £1 off your first drink voucher to be used in the Cellar Bar during the night with every ticket bought. Line-up this month includes Brummie comic Hannah Silvester plus Steff Todd, winner of Funny Women’s Queen of the Meme competition and a runner-up in Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2017. Tickets available on 01780 763203.

LIGHTHBOX COMEDY CLUB Performing at this month’s Lightbox Comedy Club will be critically acclaimed character comedian Troy Hawke, alongside Comedy Store regular and stand-up stalwart Markus Birdman. Also performing will be Lukas Kirkby and compere Stevie Gray, tickets available on

Home cooked food live music and much more

CRESSET COMEDY CLUB Running since 1998, the Cresset Comedy Club hosts the very best in live stand up and offers a great night out every month. Line-up to be announced, tickets available on 01733 265705.

6 The Green, Werrington, PE4 6RU /bluebellpe4



Your guide to the nighttime scene

U2 NIGHT @ THE SOLSTICE It’s St Patrick’s Day this month so there’s no surprise that The Solstice in Peterborough is the place to be and has lined up a huge night. They’ll have themed fun throughout the day on Sunday March 17 with an Irish inspired menu on offer all day, live piper from 4pm, HD Sports throughout the day, karaoke from 9pm, giveaways and loads more but the highlight is the live music in the evening. They’ve booked the cracking U2 tribute band U2Baby who’ll be playing all the classic anthems from the band live in the SolGarden from 6pm with two 45 minute sets. The band from west London play famous venues such as the Globe Cardiff, Sporting Club Monaco, Tribfest Bahrain, Mad Club Lausanne, and the Cavern Club in Liverpool… now it’s Peterborough’s turn as they aim to recreate the feeling of a live U2 gig. Expect hit after hit from the 80s to the present day from A Sort of Homecoming to With or With Out You. These guys are the U2 fans’ tribute band of choice and the definitive tribute to the music of U2. Normally it would cost you a tenner or more to catch this band but The Solstice are offering free entry so don’t miss out!

PLATINUM RADIO LIVE! It’s another Platinum Radio takeover at The Solstice on Saturday March 23 with Alessandro Vacca and guests from Platinum Radio Station London. Enjoy the tunes from 9pm 4am. It’s free entry before 10.30pm in the SolGarden.

NIGHTLIFE @ THE LIGHTBOX CAFÉ Cake by day and tasty tunes by night, The Lightbox Café on Bridge Street has another month of evening fun lined up. Kick off the month with some house music guaranteed to make you feel good with the guys from Periodic on Friday March 1. Every Saturday from 9pm it’s Eclectic Ballroom and guests with Guest DJ - Danny Whitehead appearing on Saturday March 16. There’s live stand up with Funhouse Comedy Club on Thursday March 28. If you like your 90’s tunes then don’t miss the Loaded 90's reunion on Friday March 29 and round off the month on Saturday March 30 when Eclectic Ballroom presents Icons of Gay Disco.


FUNK ‘N’ GROOVES @ THE TAP The Brewery Tap on Westgate continues to keep your weekends lively. It was packed out for the L’Aristo’s Reunion night recently (see our Paparazzi pages) and there’s plenty more to come. If you like your funk head down Friday March 1 for Thank Funk it’s Friday with resident DJ Mr Nash from 9pm – late, free entry. DJ Rick Allen presents Saturday Night Groove on Saturday March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9pm – late, free entry. If karaoke’s more your thing join Rick on Friday March 8 and belt out your favourite hits from 9pm. St Patrick’s Day features live tunes from Lexie Green and her band from 8pm on Sunday March 17, free entry. Mr Nash is back on Friday March 29 with BrownSuga from 10pm – 2am, free entry.

VANITY PRESENTS DJ STYLUS Bringing the biggest and best urban DJs to the RedRoom on Broadway Vanity kicks off the month with a huge guest set from DJ Stylus. Manchester’s own go to guy, last year he was the opening act for the Beyonce & Jay Z tour in the Etihad stadium – no biggie! Make sure you join the Vanity team when he rolls through on Friday March 8.

CHARLIE SLOTH @ REDROOM The biggest DJ in the country joins the Vanity team in the RedRoom on Broadway on Friday March 29 for a night of the finest hip hop, RnB and Bashment. Expect an absolute roadblock as the Vanity team bring you another huge event. Freshly back to the airwaves on Beats1 Apple music the #PeoplesPrince will be delivering you nothing but bangers! Joining him on the night is DJ Nick T and a special guest set from DJ Jonezy! For advance tickets check out


Eclectic Ballroom/ Lightbox presents, Ibiza Legend Danny Whitehead (Café Mambo, Café Del Mar, Pasha and Amnesia) on Saturday March 16.

Entry to the night is free before 11pm, £5 after, pay on the door or drop into the Lightbox Café, Peterborough. Danny's career has been one of a slow burn, spanning close to 30 years, starting off in Manchester 1990 after filling in for a local northern soul legend DJ no show. Resident at Café Mambo and Café del Mar at what now seems like Ibiza’s musical apex, was a journey and an education. It was a time for little

sleep, whilst Danny played at most of the island’s main venues and held residencies at Pacha and Amnesia. Elsewhere, Danny toured much of Europe and the world. In recent years Danny’s appeared at Latitude Festival, Creamfields, Pikes, Café Mambo and Hostal la Torre. Following releases on Stripped and Magnetic Recordings, Danny’s been focusing on studio work with more tracks due for 2019.

WEEKLY LIVE TUNES @ THE SOLSTICE It’s good to see The Solstice are bringing back regular weekly live nights to the venue on Friday nights. They kick off in style on Friday March 29 with the High Rollers performing live in the SolGarden from 10.30pm and there’ll be a live band every Friday after that. Don’t forget it’s Fill Me Up Friday’s every Friday throughout March too – just look out for the promotions team, they’ll give you a glass and then you can fill up for free from their drinks list – deal!

X FACTOR AUDITIONS @ SAMM’S Samm’s on Bridge Street has plenty of live music and entertainment lined up this month but they’re also hosting an X-Factor audition on Wednesday March 13 at 7pm. Calling all singers / performers / songwriters / vocal groups – this is your chance to perform in front of cameras for the producers of the country's most famous talent show! Think you've got what it takes to be the next Leona Lewis, James Arthur or Dalton Harris? Drop them an email with your name, DOB, audition song and a little paragraph about why you've got the X-Factor and they’ll get back to you with an audition slot, email: Samm’s are also introducing Sunday night music kicking off with Verity White with support from The Tinderbox on Sunday March 17.

MIXOLOGY EASTER ALL NIGHTER WITH STEVE LAWLER This month Mixology celebrate their 7th birthday in style at RedRoom on Broadway on Friday April 19 with one of the pioneers of the UK tech-house scene – Viva Warriors’ head honcho, Steve Lawler! Steve’s discography spans across a plethora of incredible record labels, including: R&S Records, Hot Creations, Drumcode, Harthouse, Cocoon, Play it Say it, OVUM, Sci+Tec, Knee Deep, 8Bit, Objectivity, Tsuba, Souvenir, Rekids, Be As One, Soma, Siesta, Leftroom, Skint and of course his own recording label VIVa MUSiC. As the head of VIVa MUSiC (founded in 2006), the imprint became a platform for the launch of many artists’ careers. Leading players including Jamie Jones, Davide Squillace, Luca Bacchetti, Bushwacka, Livio & Roby, Simon Baker, Sante, Luke Solomon, Groove Armada, Peace Division, Ripperton amongst many others and of course Lawler himself. Joining Steve on the night are ever present residents and founders of Mixology - Tom Skinner, Dan Clare and James Chan. They'll be setting the pace with another expertly crafted warm-up set. Don't take our word for it, Steve Lawler said it himself when he last played for them! Completing their birthday line-up they welcome back Alisha for her home event in Peterborough! Since Alisha debuted at Mixology 3 years ago, she’s consistently mesmerised dancefloors across the UK with her high-octane, rolling sound. Her sets have been gathering praise leading to performances at the likes of Fabric, WHP, Egg & Ministry of Sound. With it being Alisha's hometown gig, expect something extra special!

BREWERY TAP – CHARITY 12HR DJ MARATHON This month ends in style at the Brewery Tap on Westgate with resident DJ Mr Nash staging a massive 12 hour DJ marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research. The event will start at 2pm on Saturday March 30 running through until 2am for what’s hoped will become an annual fundraising event.


Big Year Ahead for Austin Gold

Fri 1

The Guards

Sat 2

The Money Shot

“2019 is gonna be a big one!” Dave Smith lead singer of Austin Gold tells us, and with so much going on for this Peterborough band we’re already convinced! ESP has been right behind the guys because we think they’re destined for big things. We catch them live whenever we can and even our resident adventurer, Darren Grigas was seen in a desert sporting an Austin Gold T shirt on his latest challenge! We like to spread the word as far as we can and Namibia is the furthest so far… Austin Gold are building a great following and have now secured their biggest show yet with a mainstage slot at The Ramblin Man Fair Festival on Sunday July 21 supporting Living Colour, Chris Robinson Brotherhood ( Black Crows ) & Foreigner, with The Darkness, Wildhearts and Black Stone Cherry also appearing. Their second album is due for release on vinyl and download around April/May time and Dave tells us he’s been writing furiously for Album 3 which they’re already rehearsing. Live wise the band will be touring in September and have more support slots lined up with GUN later in the year as well. We recommend you catch Austin Gold while you can - locally they have an intimate acoustic show on Thursday March 14 at St. John's Church and they’ll be performing at Charters in August. ESP went to their last hometown gig at the Key Theatre and it was amazing – the next one on Saturday August 31 is nearly sold out so get in quick!

Sat 9

Big Phil & the Heartbreakers

Sat 16

The Motivators

Sat 23


Fri 29

Children of the Revolution

Sat 30

High Rollers

Staniland Way Werrington 01733 327696

Charity Soul Night I’ve always been a fan of local band the Motor City Vipers so I’m pleased to see the return, for the eighth year running, of their charity soul night. Again it’s at The Brewery Tap on Saturday April 6 raising funds and awareness for the fantastic work done at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Playing the very best of Motown and Northern Soul classics, The Vipers’ live repertoire is a veritable who’s who of 60s and 70s soulful floor-fillers – from The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops and Dobie Gray, to The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Otis Redding; and promises to have you dancing your pants off all night long! In addition to the not-to-be-missed sound of an 8-piece live soul band, the event also includes support from the region’s top soul DJs and Brewery Tap regulars, Julz and Paul D, mixing the tunes into the early hours. “We’re looking forward to yet another amazing night of soulful shenanigans and hoping it will be another sellout show for this great cause,” said Vipers frontman, Alec Chapman. 46

Motor City Vipers were formed in the spring of 2009 and have gained themselves an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live soul bands – having played on the same bill as The Blockheads, Neville Staple (The Specials), Kiki Dee, The Commitments, Diane Shaw and Geno Washington, as well as playing at festivals and events up and down the country. The evening will include a raffle and auction which will help raise awareness and much-needed funds for Sue Ryder Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. Tickets are priced at £10 each and available from band members, DJs, or by credit/debit card from the Brewery Tap on 01733 358500.

Original Tunes @ New Acoustic Night Rob Bull is well known on the local music circuit for his fantastic covers band Children of the Revolution and increasingly for his own original tunes too. He’s one of many talented musicians this city can boast and I’m pleased to see that he’s helping bring more exposure to original music on the scene. For over a year Rob’s been running acoustic nights featuring original tunes every few months at The New Crown in Whittlesey and they've been very well supported so he’s now branching out. The first new night is being staged at The Ploughman in Werrington on Friday April 5 with another on Friday April 12 at The New Crown Whittlesey. You can expect four or five solo acoustic original music acts each playing around half hour sets. The Ploughman gig sees four acts including Rob himself, Adam Leon from Leon, Jimmy Doherty from High Rollers and Anthony Shiels from the Candle Thieves, so it should be a great night. Rob says – “It's difficult to find gigs let alone paying gigs for original music, so we are hoping the idea of four or five guys together, all promoting and bringing different people to the gigs will make it a worthwhile venture for the venue as well as the musicians.” Fingers crossed!


Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live

Proudly sponsored by

Meet… THE AGENTS You may have notice a new name cropping up in the ESP Gig Guide and on the local circuit – but while the name is new there are plenty of familiar faces!

Ahoy There… Cap’n Rasty


If you ever caught the fantastic League of Mentalmen at a gig you’ll know they were a lively bunch who really knew how to get a place jumping – including Peterborough Beer Festival. Well, I’m very pleased to report that lead singer Mark Rastall is back with more crazy outfits and stomping tunes – but this time with a distinctly pirate vibe. Get ready to ride the high seas me hearties with Cap’n Rasty and the Big Time Charlies. The new band is a five piece outfit, all with stage pseudonyms, clearly pirate related. On drums we have Harry Guantanamo, on one guitar, Tommy Too Clean, on another guitar Death's Door, on bass Boatswain Droney Monotoney and the olde buccaneer Cap'n Rasty out front and singing! Cap’n Rasty (Mark) told ESP – “The theme started at a Bourne Festival gig that The League of Mentalmen headlined. Loads of people dressed up as pirates when they came to the gig, including all the band, and it kinda stuck! “We will be playing some old Mentalmen songs that we re-mixed from the originals and have followed the same theme with the Charlies – you'll never hear Jolene and Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now in the same light!” The guys have already played two sold out gigs so make sure you catch them at The Nag’s Head in Bourne in April and at The Ploughman for a rescheduled gig on Saturday May 11. Personally I can’t wait!

et me introduce you to The Agents, a newly formed 11 piece band all from Peterborough. The band’s made up of members from The One Eyed Cats, Third Stone From The Sun, Arc Nation, the Soul Runners, The Black Marias and The Tweedie Sisters paying tribute to songs and sounds of Classic Soul and R&B influenced music. They’re kicking off their year with a gig on Saturday March 2 at The Limetree (£10 otd or tickets for £8) and have others lined up at the Burghley Club, Thorney Club and the Thorney charity music festival plus many more – keep an eye on their facebook page for more details (search The Agents). We caught up with Marie Mitchell from The Agents to find out more… How did you all get together and The Agents come about as a band? “After myself, Kim, Nancy and Mitch stopped gigging with The Soul Runners, Mitch and I were starting a new business venture together (At Last Tea Rooms). We took a look around watching all the great live bands playing in and around Peterborough and looked for musicians that we thought would absolutely ‘get’ what we wanted to do with a new project we had in mind. Julian DeSilva our drummer is an old school days friend of Mitch and they’ve been in various original bands together over the years so he was asked first. Kim and Nancy are my sisters so we’ve been singing together as a three part harmony for quite a while (ha ha).

Simon Russell on piano is without doubt the best R&B/rock and roll pianist in this town in our opinion and we asked him, Jerome Hunt and Tony Trundle (saxophones) if they’d be interested in joining the band we were putting together and they agreed. Dan Sheehan (trombone) is relatively new to this city but already is the go to trombonist for just about every brass section this city has. He came along to our first rehearsal and then Dan became our man. Next up and a shoe horn into the band was Joe Drury playing bass, I’ve known this handsome, talented lad since he was born watching his musical talent blossom into what (in my opinion) is one of the greatest unassuming bass players this city has ever produced ( I also get to call him my son!). Mirco on guitar also plays with One Eyed Cats and is our latest member to join originally as a stand in but after one rehearsal with both guitarists it was decided to offer him a more permanent placing. When you hear Mirco and Charlie playing together for the first time it’s just incredible and irresistible to us which brings us nicely to Charlie Scott our ultra talented young female guitarist. We first saw her playing about 4 years ago and like so many was absolutely blown away by her talent. She was and still is playing in her band Third Stone from the Sun and if you have heard her then you will know she is incredible, if you haven’t heard her yet you are

missing out.” What's the idea behind what you're offering? “What we offer is first and foremost our heart and soul to every gig that we do, we do it because we love it, we do it because we feel every last note and feeling that the originators wanted you to feel when they recorded these songs,We don't ‘put on a show’ we just pure and simply love what we do and that acts as a mirror to the audience. If they can see you enjoy what you are doing then they will enjoy it too.” What songs can we expect to hear? “We have chosen songs that we love to play, Classic R&B original Soul, and what we consider up to date songs that were heavily influenced by these two genres, in our set list are Proud Mary (Ike and Tina Turner) Hey Joe (Otis Redding version) I’ll Go Crazy (James Brown) and Amy Winehouse, Plan B, to Slade and Ian Dury and the Blockheads. A little bit of everything” Will you be more of a functions band? “Unfortunately because of the size of our band we are very limited to the venues we play, so have to really hand pick them. so big rooms are a must in most cases. We are a big band to dance your socks off to so a dance floor is required. We will play anywhere we can physically squeeze in!” What gigs are you most looking forward to? “All of them is the easy answer, but we do hear the Abax is putting on a few gigs now, eh? Peterborough Music Scene United Gig sounds good to me...”


Extra Cubans & Cognac New Lineup! Cubans & Cognac are regulars on the local circuit but you’ll notice a bit of a change next time you see them live. Their bass player Alfred has left the band to pursue other opportunities and the band wish him the best of luck for the future. So, completing the line up now is the very talented Jack Parkinson stepping up to the bass. You can see him action at his first Cubans & Cognac gig on Saturday March 9 at The Burghley Club.

Charity Gig @ The Met We received an email from Steve Jason who does so much for live music locally at The Met Lounge on Bridge Street. He asked us to give a mention to a charity gig at The Met featuring three Peterborough bands – including two leading bands from the Peterborough pop punk ra of 2003-2008. They’re all coming together to stage a concert to raise funds to go towards Pancreatic Cancer Research on Saturday March 23. Organiser Paul England from State of Freedom who’s organising the gig said - “Cancer is never good! However it’s slightly better when you have a close support network who are literally willing to do anything to show their love for you. EVEN run a marathon to fundraise for you. That's exactly what our good friend Mr Jonathon Goose has decided to do for a close family member. “To help maximise his fundraising, we figured we'd round up some local deviants for your viewing pleasure, with all proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer Research. A special thanks to Mr Jack Powell for the outstanding poster design for the event and Rocket Park Studios who will be supplying equipment for us on the night.” The three bands appearing are Paul’s band State of Freedom, who after their return to The Met stage last year after a 12 year hiatus, are itching to hit it again, Chamber of Tears who started as a tribute band for The Met's very own golden child, Ryan Chambers, and Radicus who Paul describes as – “The best band to ever grace this God damned town.” So all punk fans should give their support to a great cause and enjoy a special evening at The Met Lounge on Saturday March 23. Tickets are available online from and 48

Idolising Nova Release New Single Another Peterborough originals band we’re keeping a close eye on is Iodolising Nova who’ve just released the first track from their debut EP and are set to announce some exciting festival gigs soon. tight band with a great ability to write fantastic, catchy tracks that have a habit of getting stuck in the back of your head. “This track takes the band’s already polished sound and with a few refinements takes it to another level, leaving us with a fantastic indie pop track which wouldn’t sound out of place on national radio alongside some of the heavy hitters in the music world.” Run Away is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and all the other major online stores. We’ll keep you posted on their progress but make sure you follow Idolising Nova’s Facebook page for the latest on which festivals they’re playing this year.

ESP caught up with Jack Fulton from the band who told us they’re very excited about new track Run Away. “It’s the first track from our debut EP, Fake Scenes and Plastic Smiles, and we really have put our all into this and we’ve created three tracks that we’re really proud of. “We’ve worked with some great producers on this track who have also worked with Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Charli XCX and some other big names, so the production is sounding really good.” It’s been great to see our local lads getting some strong support for the track already from the likes of Janice Long on BBC Radio Wales and Tom Simkins at BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire. Tom Simkins, BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire said – “Since we first heard them in 2016 we’ve heard Idolising Nova become a super

Real ales • Live music Function/meeting room hire • Open to all MARCH ENTERTAINMENT Friday 1st Saturday 2nd Friday 8th Saturday 9th Friday 15th Saturday 16th Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd Friday 29th Saturday 30th

Nicole Lawrence The Zephyrs and The Nuggets D J Wayne Cubans and Cognac. TBC Outlaw Eagles. DJ Wayne Park Lane Another Girl Another Planet Hooker

PETERBOROUGH Amanda and her team would like to welcome old and new guests back to The Peacock Pub

Entertainment during March

March 9th Filthy Contact

(All bands start at 9pm)

We are now able to offer an Outside Bar & Event Catering Service. Please call for more details.

Sky Sports and BT Sports showing all games of football

FREE glass of bubbly and a desert for all Mums

Family friendly pub open at 12 midday everyday apart from Posh match days when we open at 10 am.

Mother’s Day Sunday Carvery


£4.95 Children £5.95 Seniors

Beef, pork, turkey and local veg

Last Tuesday of every month for senior citizens we offer a 3 course lunch for just £5.00

7 Burghley Road, Peterborough PE1 2QA Tel: 01733 896989 |

March 16th Slider March 22nd Andy Hughes March 30th Take Cover

26 London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AR /ThePeacockPeterborough





Charters, Town Bridge

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

Mama Liz's, Stamford

MAGIC QUEEN The Dragon, Werrington




COUNTRY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


SARAH COLLINS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

PENTAGON The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue

ROCK N ROLL ANDY SAMM's, Bridge Street

THE AGENTS (TICKETED) The Limetree, Walton


THE MONEY SHOT The Ploughman, Werrington

Mama Liz's, Stamford


Hand and Heart, Highbury Street

The London Inn, Stamford



The Hand & Heart, Highbury Street

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street


Charters, Town Bridge


The Bull, Newborough

Ex Servicemens Club, Wisbech

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Blue Bell, Werrington

SAT MAR 2 AFTERSHOCK The Royal Oak, St Ives





Charters, Town Bridge

The Brewery Tap, Westgate

RESONATE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

ROBERT DAVIS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue




Ebeneezers, Woodston

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Granary, Long Sutton

OPEN MIC WITH STACEY LOUTH The Blue Bell, Werrington

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

HUSH Centurions Club, Somersham 50

The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue



DIVISION (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge



The Frothblowers, Werrington


BEACHY HEAD DIVING CLUB The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


CUBANS & COGNAC The Burghley, Burghley Road

OPEN MIC WITH THE INTERIM ROOM SAMM's, Bridge Street The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

SLIDER The Peacock, London Road

SON OF A GUN The Fayre Spot, Bretton


THE MOTIVATORS The Ploughman, Werrington

THE STROLLERS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue





The Blue Bell, Werrington

KILL ME KATE + THE BRAYS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue


Social Club, Kings Cliffe

Mama Liz's, Stamford

SUN MAR 17 ADAM TRENDELL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Carpenters Arms, Boston


Mama Liz's, Stamford


The Crown, Lincoln Road

Charters, Town Bridge




The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Blue Bell, Werrington The Fayre Spot, Bretton



The Masons Arms, Bourne

The Crown, Lincoln Road


The Court Pool and Snooker Club, Bretton

The Fayre Spot, Bretton





TIGER CLUB The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Crown, Lincoln Road

SAMM'S, Bridge Street



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road



The Ploughman, Werrington


St Johns Church, Cathedral Square



The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Five Horseshoes, Barholm


The Burghley, Burghley Road


The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue



The Angel Inn, Yarwell

SAMM's, Bridge Street


The Burghley, Burghley Road


The Angel Inn, Ramsey

The Burghley, Burghley Road




The Crown, Lincoln Road





Mama Liz's, Stamford The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue



The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

THE GUARDS The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe





The Blue Bell, Werrington

The Boat Inn, Whittlesey



Charters, Town Bridge


SAMM'S, Bridge Street


The Brewery Tap, Westgate

The Golden Fleece, Stamford






The Peacock, London Road

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue

Mama Liz's, Stamford

If you want to get your gigs in ESP for free, e-mail:


U2BABY (U2 TRIBUTE 6PM) The Solstice, Northminster


ANDY HUGHES The Peacock, London Road

VELOCITY O'Neill's, Broadway




OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

OPEN MIC WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

SAMM's, Bridge Street

SARAH COLLINS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


The Angel Inn, Ramsey


The Bull, Newborough


The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue


The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Crown, Lincoln Road

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Blue Bell, Werrington


The Crown, Lincoln Road


OPEN MIC NIGHT The Angel Inn, Yarwell

PARK LANE The Burghley, Burghley Road


CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Ploughman, Werrington

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road




Mama Liz's, Stamford

The Blue Boar, Eye

KEITH LUCKEY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate




Charters, Town Bridge

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


SAMM's, Bridge Street

The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue



The Crown, Lincoln Road

The Frothblowers, Werrington

OUTLAW EAGLES The Crown, Lincoln Road Ebeneezers, Woodston

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE Social Club, Kings Cliffe

Mama Liz's, Stamford

The Peacock, London Road



ROCKET '57 (7.30PM) Bob's Records, Whittlesey

THE NUGGETS The London Inn, Stamford



THE MONEY SHOT The Crown, Lincoln Road



The Met Lounge, Bridge Street




The Nelson's Head, St Ives


Charters, Town Bridge

The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue




Charters, Town Bridge

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Boat Inn, Whittlesey


The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


The Blue Bell, Werrington




The Solstice, Northminster


SAMM'S, Bridge Street


The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate






The Masons Arms, Bourne

The Angel Inn, Yarwell

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street







The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


The Ploughman, Werrington

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

Mama Liz's, Stamford

The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate




HOOKER The Burghley, Burghley Road

The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue

SIXTH AVENUE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

MON APR 1 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Blue Bell, Werrington



GIG of the MONTH

Local lass Lexie Green will be performing at The Brewery Tap on Westgate in Peterborough the evening of St. Patrick’s Day with her full band line up and John Wright on lead electric guitar. Foot tapping and soulful, original Americana, Country Rock and Blues from 8pm til 11pm.


Profile for ESP Magazine

ESP March 2019  

ESP Magazine March 2019

ESP March 2019  

ESP Magazine March 2019

Profile for espmag