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There’s now a fresh source of news launched for the city with Peterborough Matters which hosts a range of community led stories online. The new website is now live www.peterborough matters.co.uk full of local stories and there’s more across their social media platforms. The team of

DESKGO have opened a new, cutting edge co-working space on Braymere Road, Hampton. The space has been designed to offer the local area a new environment for freelancers, creatives, startups and established businesses to create, do business and be inspired. Unique in the community, the space offers co-working desks and

benches, permanent resident desks, meeting room hire and private office hire. Available to book online by the hour, day or month. DESKGO also provide amenities including a virtual address service and a coffee and tea bar. For more information and to book a tour visit www.deskgo.com or email info@deskgo.com.


Peterborough Pride is set to return and has been extended to run over two weeks. Pride celebrations will return to Peterborough from Monday June 29 until Sunday July 12, this year for a two week festival of events across the city! As with previous years, Pride will also include a spectacular parade and street party which will take place on Saturday July 12. Simon Green, Chair of Peterborough Pride told ESP – "We have now extended the festival to run over two weeks, which is a reflection of how much Pride has grown year on year. It's truly incredible what we have achieved so far, especially as Peterborough was a little late to the Pride party! "We are now in our third year and have quickly become recognised as one of the up and coming, most happening, inclusive and vibrant Pride events regionally. Our focus for 2020 is twofold: to strengthen our local LGBT+ community and showcase LGBT+ talent." Keep an eye on Peterborough Pride's social channels for details of events that will be programmed over the summer. Follow @PeterboroughPrideUK on Facebook and Instagram, and @PeterbPrideUK on Twitter and if you’d like to get involved get in touch via peterboroughpride@gmail. com or call 07484 772729. For further information visit www.peterborough prideuk.com.



Listen up petrolheads – Modified Nationals and the National Hod Rod Show are back under the umbrella title ‘Autofest’. The newly rebranded event from motorsport specialists No Limits Events & Promotions Ltd is coming to the East of England Arena & Events Centre on May 30 and 31. The new event is a two-day festival and lifestyle event devoted to customised vehicles and culture with loads of driving demo’s, static displays indoors and out, live event stages, club stands, plus a tattoo convention and traders, all taking place throughout the venue’s indoor and outdoor event spaces. Autofest also features three live stages of DJs and music, the DJ and Show Hall Competition Stage, dozens of American Low-Riders and the world-famous The Wall of Death. There’s free entry for children and there’ll be plenty of bouncy castles, children’s rides, face-painting and other family-friendly activities and entertainment. Fast-track tickets are available now at www.autofest.co.uk.


Springfields Outlet has submitted plans to South Holland District Council for a major new investment in the centre. Following community consultation last year, Springfields’ owners, the Triton Property Fund LP managed by UBS Asset Management, have finalised plans which could see around 15 new stores plus three café/ restaurant units being built.

As well as new retail and leisure space the development also provides further investment into improvements of the Festival Gardens, along with 236 additional parking spaces and the introduction of more electric vehicle chargers. If approved, the new proposals are expected to attract more high-end fashion retail and is expected to create around 350 new jobs. A decision’s expected in the summer.


Works to Queensgate’s muchanticipated £60m extension begins on Monday March 9 which will bring us a 10screen Empire cinema, new restaurants and stores opening in late 2021. In preparation for the works, some of the bus services are being relocated to Acland Street, which is currently undergoing construction to create a temporary facility for bus users. The temporary bus station will have directions for people to and from the current bus station, a safe traffic light crossing route on Westgate Road, additional CCTV and lighting as well as a weatherproof bus shelter. A pop up information stand will be in the bus station to help with Stagecoach bus information. A questions and answers page about the bus station redirection has been created and can be found at www.queensgateshopping.co.uk under the ‘extension’ section and can also be collected in hard copy from the Customer Information Desk.

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Dead Ringer For Love Are you Strong Enough to handle Cher and Meatloaf in one fantastic show? Well you better make like a Bat Out of Hell and grab our tickets quick for this full-on rocking night out heading to the Cresset on Friday April 3. A full live band takes you through the hits combining the epic, operatic goth anthems of Meatloaf and the iconic show-stopping dance hits from the Goddess of Pop, Cher. Dead Ringer For Love will have you revelling in power ballads like I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad and Just Like Jesse James – as well as dancing to feel-good sensations including If I Could Turn Back Time, Strong Enough and Bat Out of Hell. Tickets are £24 on www.cresset.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01733 265705.

Firedance It’s time for the hottest dance show. Firedance starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer is coming to the New Theatre this month, and it’s the one we’ve been waiting for. You can read our ESP interview with gorgeous Gorka on www.espmag.co.uk and you can see him live with Karen in this amazing Latin themed spectacular on Wednesday March 25. Expect the sequins and feather boas to make way for hot pulsing beats, seductive choreography and passionate performances that will take your breath away! With an incredible live band featuring Latin musicians and a dynamic dance ensemble performing Argentine Tango, Flamenco, Contemporary, Paso Doble, Samba and Salsa, it’s going to be an amazing show of fresh and exciting dance from two of the world’s finest. Karen said, “I am beyond excited to be going on tour with a brand new show alongside Gorka. We have been working very hard to put on a show that will leave everyone feeling all the passion, excitement and energy that we feel when we are dancing. We can’t wait to travel around the UK and to meet you all.” Gorka added – “I can't wait to get out on the road with Karen for this very exciting new tour. We are both really passionate about Latin dance, and this tour will really showcase that. We've worked really hard on the numbers in this show and I think everyone is going to love it!” Tickets are from £36.50 - £49.50 on 01733 852992 or visist www.newtheatrepeterborough.com.



Bon Giovi Livin’ on a Prayer and need a rockin’ night out? Time to grab your tickets for Bon Giovi at the Cresset on Friday March 20 to relive the anthems from this top tribute act fronted by the UK’s leading Bon Jovi impersonator Gary Williams. They’ve toured the country and around the world, but are also the only UK tribute act to be asked to make a guest appearance on the New Jersey tribute album Garden State Of Mind Vol. 1, a celebration of Bon Jovi's musical career to date. Get ready to belt out the hits like Livin' On A Prayer, It’s My Life, Wanted Dead Or Alive as well as some rare tracks that even Bon Jovi haven’t performed for many years – all in one amazing stage show! So if you’re ready to Runaway on One Wild Night down that Lost Highway for a taste of some of the world’s greatest stadium anthems, then Bon Giovi truly is the closest you’ll get to the real thing! Tickets are £22.50 on www.cresset.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01733 265705.

LUTHER: A Celebration of Luther Vandross Love a bit of Luther? If the tunes of Luther Vandross ‘Are Never Too Much’ you’ll be right at home with this spectacular tribute show celebrating the singer. Top tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10-piece band, brings you all the hits from Luther's amazing career, live on stage at the Cresset on Saturday March 21. Luther brought us many of the greatest love songs ever written - Never Too Much, Here And Now, Give Me The Reason, Endless Love, Shine, Stop To Love and many more so here’s your chance to relive the anthems. Tickets are £24 on www.cresset.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01733 265705.

Lionel - A Tribute to Lionel Richie You may have seen tribute singer Malcolm Pitt appearing with Lionel Richie himself on ITV’s Sunday Night At The Palladium and the Graham Norton Show for the BBC, now you can see him live at Vivacity’s Key Theatre. You’ll be Dancing on the Ceiling when the concert heads here on Saturday March 7 bringing fans a high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. This award winning five star production also features a stellar line-up of world class musicians including musical director, Jonny Miller from Talon. Tickets are £22.50 on 01733 207239 or visit www.vivacity.org/theatre/see-a-show.

Seven Drunken Nights Time to enjoy the ‘craic’ with this celebration of the music of The Dubliners and a top night of great Irish music. Following sold-out smash hit tours, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners is heading to the New Theatre on Thursday March 12 with an even bigger production. Direct from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland’s favourite sons. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years, get ready for a jig to classics like The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan’s Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights. Tickets are £27.50 on 01733 852992 or visit www.newtheatrepeterborough.com.

Swinging at the Cotton Club If you want a foot stomping, jiving good night out you’ll be no fool if you choose Swinging at the Cotton Club at the Key Theatre on Wednesday April 1. Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra this is one lively night of entertainment transporting you back into 1920s & ’30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club! We’ve caught this show before and it’s a great fun, actionpacked night out celebrating the music and dance of the era when the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging - whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines. Tickets are £21.50 on 01733 207239 or visit www.vivacity.org/theatre/see-a-show.

Only Fools And Boycie Enjoy a cushty night out in the company of Boycie at the Key Theatre next month on Friday April 3. This intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. He'll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Tickets are £20.50 on 01733 207239 or visit www.vivacity.org/theatre/see-a-show. www.espmag.co.uk



CUBED: A Short Play Festival

Milkshake! Live - Milkshake Monkey's Musical Here’s one the kids probably won’t forgive you for if you don’t treat them to see Milkshake! Live when Milkshake Monkey stops off at the Cresset with a spectacular new musical for you all! When stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you’ve ever seen! This great children’s show on Saturday April 4 is a great opportunity to introduce the young ones to some live theatre. They’ll learn the amazing songs and dances with their

favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet. It’s a family show not to be missed! Tickets are £16.50 online at www.cresset.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01733 265705.

Well known in the city for producing high quality plays – from last year’s gentle but moving sellout performances of Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van, to the hugely successful, rip-roaring farce that was One Man Two Guvnors – Peterborough Mask Theatre is now set to bring us their first ever short play festival. CUBED: A Short Play Festival brings you six, modern, one-act plays, performed in pairs. Each double-bill will be performed three times, over the course of nine performances, including one matinee. Mask is giving audiences the chance to take advantage of a special multi-buy offer to see all six plays for an amazing £9.99! The plays being performed are: Constellations by Nick Payne which is paired with Contractions by Mike Bartlett; How These Desperate Men Talk by Enda Walsh paired with Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam

Steiner and Ramona Tells Jim by Sophie Wu paired with Sitting Here written by Mask member Di Fox. The one-act plays, each lasting between 30 and 70 minutes, cover a range of genres and themes that will have you thinking and talking long after you’ve left the theatre. Written in the 21st century and performed all over the world, these six plays have a range of astonishing accolades. Performed in an intimate setting, at the Undercroft, Serpentine Green, you can get close to the heart of the action and become invested in the characters in front of you. The festival runs from March 12-21. Tickets are priced at £5 for one double-bill, £8 for two doublebills and an incredible offer of £9.99 for all three double-bills. For details visit www.masktheatre.co.uk for an event planner and to book tickets.

An Evening with Eric & Ern

Direct from the West End - Eric and Ern is a fantastic homage to the comedy genius of Morecambe and Wise. Starring Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens the show is packed full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches all performed with a respectful affection that will bring back the sunshine that was the hallmark of Eric & Ern’s TV and live shows. There’ll be an added poignancy to the tour’s date in Peterborough, as the city was referenced numerous times in their TV shows of the 70s and 80s thanks to Ernie living on Thorpe Park Road for many years in the late 1950s and early 1970s. Ernie settled in the city after marrying a local girl, Doreen Blythe at Park Road Baptist Church, and with Eric as his best man you can just imagine the laughter that would’ve ensued at the reception held afterwards at The Great Northern Hotel! One of the best references to Peterborough came in the Morecambe & Wise 1981 Christmas Special. Eric proudly announces that a statue in Ernie’s honour will be unveiled outside Peterborough Town Hall and gives Ern a sneak preview which he’s horrified to see that due to a mix up isn’t of his face but his backside! Ian & Jonty’s tribute to the much missed duo is sure to evoke plenty more magical Morecambe & Wise moments and is certainly one to catch when it heads to the New Theatre on Sunday March 29. Marc Hernandez

Giovanni Pernice - This Is Me! Another Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back with a brand new show for 2020, and if it’s as good as his last one we can definitely recommend it! The charming Italian brings all his charisma, wit and amazing dance talent to the stage in Giovanni Pernice - This Is Me! This is his fourth year of touring along with his cast of professional dancers with another great night perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack. This show pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired Giovanni’s career, from a competition dancer to one of the biggest names on the hit BBC show. Expect all of your favourite Ballroom and Latin dances and more when he returns to the Cresset on Wednesday April 8. To book visit www.cresset.co.uk or call the box office on 01733 265705.




Made in Dagenham It’s finally time to celebrate a piece of history and enjoy one of the best British musicals on stage here in Peterborough. We have some fantastic talent in this city and one of our leading local theatre groups – Westwood Musical Society – are following their smash hit Spamalot with their new production of Made in Dagenham. Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the new

British comedy musical about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. You can’t beat a real story that skillfully mixes all the elements of human struggle, plenty of laughs and some cracking tunes for a real feel-good night out and this show at the Key Theatre will definitely be that! It follows the fortunes of Ford factory machinist Rita O’Grady and the girls from the Dagenham car plant and their quest for equality for women. With a laugh-out-loud script by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, and The Hypocrite) it was dubbed ‘The best British musical since Billy Elliot’ by The Stage when it hit the West End in 2014. It’s got Essex Girls and plenty of strong language plus dance routines with a sixties vibe… and of course a Ford Cortina. You’ll be cheering them on and joining in the songs

that make you ‘Stand Up’ and shout for your rights. It’s emotional, it’s funny. You’ll love it! Don’t miss out on this great show at Vivacty’s Key Theatre running from March 24 – 28. Book online at www.vivacity.org/theatre-events or call the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239.

Lamphouse Theatre Head To The Bar The creative team at Peterborough based Lamphouse are bringing theatre to the masses by taking shows out of the usual setting and staging them… in the pub! We like their thnking. They’ll be doing three nights at the Ostrich on North Street on the last Wednesday of the month for March, April and May. On March 25 it’s Suitcase Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Two hilarious 45 minute takes on Shakespeare's classic plays. With lots of live music, comedy and of course, many many hats, two actors bring to life two classic Shakespeare plays using only what's in their suitcases. Next month it’s Mr and Mrs: The 10 www.espmag.co.uk

Improvised Musical on April 29. Join Lamphouse Theatre for a night of musical hilarity as two performers and a pianist improvise a musical before your eyes. An evening full of comedy, original music and, of course, plenty of hats! They have something different again on May 27 when they bring us Pub Quiz The Musical. It’ll be a ridiculous, hilarious, musical, interactive evening of improvised pub quiz fun! Go along as a team or join up when you arrive and get involved in Lamphouse's improvised night. Tickets are £7.50 and doors are 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are available over the bar or online at: https://seaty.co.uk/ostrich.

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Peterborough in for a SHREKtacle this Spring

Auditions open for Kinky Boots

Another brilliant local group who bring us some amazing shows are Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society – better known as PODS – and they’re warming up for another great show coming our way in May.

Following the sell-out success of Hairspray and their acclaimed production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which we can assure you were both fantastic – this multiaward-winning group are all set present the regional première of the Broadway smash hit, Shrek The Musical throughout May half-term at the Cresset. “Once upon a time, there was a little Ogre named Shrek….” And so begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a lifechanging quest alongside a wise-cracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a shorttempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other misfits, and you’ve got a SHREKtacular production that turns the world of fairy tale

upside down in this all-singing, all-dancing must-see musical comedy. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs and a side-splitting story everyone will love. Shrek The Musical runs from May 26 - 30 at The Cresset, 7.30pm nightly with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Special opening night offer - all tickets only £15 (standard price £20 adults and £17.50 concessions). To book call 01733 265705 or visit www.cresset.co.uk.

Local group TOP Theatre Productions are also set to follow up the success of their amazing first show, Grease, with a stunning new production of the awardwinning musical Kinky Boots!


t’s new and never been licensed in Peterborough, with TOP being the first to bring it here after its West End production. Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, London’s Olivier Award and the Grammy and they’re now looking for youngsters to join the cast for this Peterborough production in October. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think! Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. Based on the Miramax film Kinky Boots, it features 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper with a live band and the guest choreographer for this production was a member of the original cast. This amateur production, produced by TOP Theatre Productions in partnership with New Theatre Peterborough, will be an incredible opportunity for any young people interested in hitting the stage. It’ll enjoy a run at the New Theatre from Thursday October 15 to Saturday October 17. The auditions are open to anyone from ages 12 and over and are free to attend on Sunday April 5 with a rehearsal week in August and subsequent days in September. To request an audition pack with all the information head to: www.kinkybootspeterborough.co.uk




March is NHS Month at Peterborough Greyhounds

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair If you just love the vintage vibe and all that’s retro the award-winning Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is back at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday March 14. This one always includes a huge array of stalls from some of the UK’s best vintage traders all stocked up with new seasonal collections. There’s everything from stunning vintage womenswear, menswear, jewellery, collectables and homeware from the 1940s to 1980s so it’s a real treasure trove you’ll have a great day browsing through. You’ll probably need a break from all the shopping so stop for tea and cakes served on vintage china in their pop-up tearoom or head to the hair and beauty salon for the vintage makeover that you’ve always dreamed of and try perfect pin curls, amazing victory rolls and 1960’s beehives. It’s on from 11am – 5pm and it’s just £2.50 on the door or for ticket details, visit www.thevintagefair.com.

Listen up if you work in the NHS – you do a fantastic job and this month the team at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium in Fengate want to give you a treat to say thank you. They’re offering free entry to the Grandstand including table reservations and free restaurant package upgrades throughout March to all NHS staff and their family and friends! Throughout March, anyone employed by the NHS including doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists and pharmacists will be able to take advantage of the special offer open only to them. Peterborough Greyhounds NHS Month is part of a nationwide campaign being rolled out by greyhound stadia across the country. Stadia belonging to the Race Course Promoters Association (RCPA) are offering special promotions to recognise the important contribution NHS workers make to the lives of local people. Richard Perkins stated – “We’ve always welcomed members of the uniformed services to the Stadium at different times of the year with special promotions. On this occasion we’re pleased to recognise the incredible contribution staff working within the NHS make to all of us living in the Peterborough area.” The NHS Month offer is only valid on presentation of proof of employment in the NHS but applies to everyone visiting the Stadium with a member of NHS staff. For more details head to www.peterboroughgreyhounds.com/ nhs-month or call 01733 296939 or email info@peterboroughgreyhounds.com.

Vegas and Toyah Come to City for Charity Event

If you love 80s star Toyah and also like a bit of Las Vegas life this charity event probably has your name on it! Toyah is the headline act at the Las Vegas Cabaret Night – this year’s theme for the third annual fundraiser organised by the local committee of children’s 12 www.espmag.co.uk

charity Action Medical Research. “I was invited to perform last year,” says Toyah. “It was a fantastic event, really well organised and the guests were really into it. “I’m delighted to be back in Cambridgeshire on March 20 and can’t wait to help bring a bit of Vegas to Peterborough!” As well as welcome drinks, a three course meal, a fun casino and live music from Peterborough-based The Latiesha Maria Band, there will also be a couple of guest stars supporting Toyah. All round entertainer Bobby Davro will be taking to the stage! The TV comedian, impressionist and singer will add a bit of Vegas sparkle and

the magician Paul Martin will be playing host and wowing guests with his amazing skills. Paul’s entertained celebrities and royalty with his unique brand of comedy and interactive mindreading and will perform some of his favourite tricks. Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies, children and young people. The Las Vegas Cabaret Night is being held at the Holiday Inn West on Friday March 20. Tickets are £80 each (with tables of 10 for £750) and can be bought online at www.amrpeterborough.co.uk/las-veg as-cabaret-night.

Relay for Life launched in Peterborough A new fundraising event is coming to Peterborough for the first time this September. ESP went along to the launch of Relay For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK and heard some really touching stories from people affected by cancer who are keen to see this new event raise funds for more vital research. Relay For Life is a family festival celebrating the power of community fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. Families, friends and work colleagues in Peterborough are now being encouraged to sign up for the event and start to fundraise in advance of the relay which will take place on September 12 & 13 at Lynch Wood Park. Teams of between 8 to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and walks of life are asked to raise vital funds through a wide range of activities from karaoke to quizzes, supermarket bag-packs to charity balls and donations from their family, friends and work colleagues. Cherie Titchener, volunteer Event Chair of Relay for Life Peterborough said: “During the relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk around a track for 24-hours to show their solidarity in the fight to beat cancer. A variety of stalls, games and music from local performers provide entertainment for the whole family. As the event continues throughout the night, team members not on the track rest, eat, or sleep in their tents and soak up the festival atmosphere.” ESP will have more about Relay For Life in our next issue but to find out more visit www.cruk.org/relay or call 0300 123 1026. Don’t forget that the annual Race for Life event is still being held and has now moved to the East of England Arena and Events Centre. Race for Life takes place earlier in the summer on Sunday June 28 with runners (now men and women) taking on a 5km or 10km course to raise money – so maybe you could do both this and the relay later in the year? Anyone wishing to join Race for Life at the East of England Arena can go to www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org for more details and to register.

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THE BIG SLEEP According to a poll the sleepiest time of the day is 2.17pm. Makes sense. At weekends that’s usually the time when she’s moaning at you over something miniscule and you zone out. Yawn.


Drapers and College get a revamp One door closes and another one opens in March when we’ll see the eagerly awaited £1.4m refurbishment of the Draper’s Arms and The College Arms has also now taken time out for a makeover. The Draper’s has been a popular watering hole (with a cracking quiz) for 15 years and it’s nearly always bursting at the seams when I’ve been, which is why I’m looking forward to checking out the muchneeded extension added to the rear of the building. It means more space for customers, plus we’re getting both a rear courtyard garden and a new roof terrace garden. Inside we’ll see a new colour scheme, carpets, lighting and a mix of new and refurbished furniture and artwork. You can check it out yourself when they reopen on March 17.

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The guys over at the College tell me their refurbishment will be mainly focusing on reintroducing and extending their beer garden at the rear, which will include heat lamps. The hedge that runs along the front of the building will also be removed and replaced by outside seating. They’re also due to reopen on March 17 so all being well you’ll be able to do a Wetherspoons pub crawl to see the improvements. Both places sound like they’ll be great for a spot of alfresco swigging and scoffing. Now all we need is for it to stop raining please.

So, JLS are reuniting for their Beat Again 2020 tour but unfortunately our boy Aston Merrygold and the rest of the band aren’t playing in Peterborough. Their first city performance (for under 18s only if I remember) in 2009 was at Club Metro on London Road – a hurriedly thrown together venue that wouldn’t have looked out of place in downtown Harlem during the 1980s. Thankfully, the boys returned a year later to play on the Embankment and local fans turned out in their thousands. The new tour starts in November and the closest cities to us are Nottingham, Birmingham and London. Surely there’s a venue and promoter in Peterborough that’ll accommodate a pre-tour date for us to go and see them on our doorstep?


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I do love a good statistic and especially when it’s to do with migration. For the first time, Italians could outnumber the Irish with almost 300,000 of my Mediterranean brothers making the UK their home. Currently, there are 322,000 Irish people living in Britain. I can’t speak for the Irish but I’m certain the Italians are flocking to these shores for the weather and food.

Bring It On Louis The New Theatre Peterborough continues to provide top quality shows for all tastes and another of our city boys is starring in their latest offering. I get the feeling Louis Smith is really enjoying his theatre career and you can book to see him take centre stage in Bring It On this August. Our Olympic, world medallist and Strictly champion will be performing under the lights with West End star and Love Island winner Amber Davies. Inspired by the film of the same name, the guys at the theatre tell me Bring It On takes you on a high-flying, energy-fuelled journey that tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks, which is just down Louis’s street. And watching shows has just got even better with the theatre’s DIVA app launch. It stands for Deliver In Venue App and this means you can order drinks to your seat ready for the interval, instead of having to leave the auditorium and queue for two weeks. I asked the guys if they could DIVA Katya to my seat when she was performing over Christmas. Unfortunately, she was washing her hair at the time but I bet that’s where they got the idea from!


No More Bedtime Bickering March is National Bed Month and a new duvet from Silentnight is set to solve tiffs between couples by allowing each partner to select how hot or cold they like their side of the bed. Thanks Silentnight but you’ve failed to address the real issue of a man sleeping with a woman. Women take over the bed like they’re laying out a picnic and men ‘sleep’ on a 30cm stretch along the edge. It means you’re faced with an elbow and an outstretched leg when turning one way – or turn the other way, fall flat on the bedroom floor and break your nose. So much for a Silentnight. More like Silentfright.

SNIFFING OUT OPPORTUNITY? Poo-Pourri is a before-you-go toilet spray that’s been launched in the UK following huge success in the US. It uses a unique blend of natural essential oils to absorb unpleasant bathroom odours and the 10ml bottles are available in select Sainsbury’s stores. I can think of a couple of ex-girlfriends who could do with a crate-load of this stuff. But surely the founder of Poo-Pourii is missing a trick and should be doing a deal with cleaning contractors at airports? “Wow, that toilet smelled fresh and clean” is a sentence I guarantee you’ll never hear in any airport.

We’ve had our randomly-named storms and my garden is destroyed but today I saw a woman wearing flip-flops when it’s 7 degrees outside. This must mean spring’s arrived and here are other signs that say so: The bloke next to me in Morrison’s wearing a vest and buying a BBQ while I’m in my puffa looking at water bottles, people sitting in beer-gardens when the wind’s blowing over small children, people driving convertibles with the roof down but wearing a hat and scarf and Easter eggs in the shops – oh, wait, that was in February.


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Get ready to enter a Lost World K

ids need a sense of adventure and the new Lost World indoor soft play and activity centre opening at Serpentine Green this month will transport them to a world of excitement and imagination. It’ll be a fantastic new attraction that’s sorely needed for youngsters in Hampton and the surrounding area and we think its interactive climbing games, 5m climbing walls and an amazing 360° volcano slide will give kids an incredible experience – and mum and dad a little down time! Vivacity, the charitable trust that operates many of Peterborough’s sports, leisure and cultural venues and events is behind the project and Lost World is themed on an ancient Aztec city, lost in the Amazon jungle. The 360° volcano slide and interactive climbing wall are the first of their kind in Peterborough and we can’t wait for the play facility to open its doors

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on Thursday March 12, several weeks ahead of schedule. There’s so much to do including an indoor soft play area over three levels, a toddler’s play space and climbing walls as well as a café to relax in too.

It’ll be a fantastic new attraction that’s sorely needed for youngsters in Hampton...

It’ll be open seven days a week, and will provide an exciting play experience for children, with a range of physical activities that are appropriate to different age groups. Accessible to all, infants (up to 6 months) and accompanying adults will be able to access Lost World for free. Chair of Vivacity, Stewart Francis

said – “Lost World is going to make a big contribution to growing our offer for children and families in Peterborough. As a charity, every pound spent with Vivacity is reinvested in the city, in particular to support our engagement with schools on reading development as well as our iconic venues – the Lido, the Key Theatre and the Museum. This is just one part of our developing plan with the City Council to make Peterborough the most exciting city in Eastern England to live and work. “We are very grateful to our principal partners who have supported us in the creation of the Lost World. Peterborough City Council and British Land (owner of Serpentine Green) have been instrumental in enabling the delivery of this fantastic children’s activity centre ahead of schedule. We thank them most sincerely.” In addition to the activities for children, Lost World will also feature a relaxing coffee shop for parents, as well as a reading area and mini-library. Themed party rooms and party packages will also be on offer – what an amazing place it should be to celebrate birthdays. Steve Coulson, Operations Manager at Serpentine Green, said “We know that our visitors aren’t just looking for a great choice of shops, but also want entertainment and a great place to spend time with their families. Lost World will be a brilliant addition to the centre and our local community. With lots of activities on offer as well as somewhere for parents to relax, there’ll be something for all ages. “We’re proud to be partnered with Vivacity to bring this to the centre. The work that Vivacity does to bring communities together is fantastic and makes a real difference to the city’s residents.” Lost World will be open 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

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It’s time to show mum just how special she is and whether it’s lunch or an afternoon tea, make sure you book a special treat this Mother’s Day on Sunday March 22. Here are some suggestions that are well worth a try…

The Holiday Inn If you can’t get to treat your mum on Mother’s Day itself, or just fancy a treat for another reason, we can certainly recommend giving the Holiday Inn a try. Although they won’t be offering these on Mothering Sunday due to a big event at the hotel – booking in another time would be well worth it. We’ve tried it ourselves and when it comes to a refreshing take on presentation, the Holiday Inn at Thorpe Wood gets top marks for a fresh twist on the Afternoon Tea. There’s no conventional round tiered serving tray, their’s has a contemporary shelf style box version, where each layer is stacked with really delicious delights. Two of the treats that stood out are the silver-sprayed strawberries and the chocolate plant pot – both beautifully presented and unique. Afternoon Tea is served from 12 noon until 3pm starting from £14.95 per person or there’s a glass of Prosecco each for a few extra pennies too. To enquire call 01733 289933 or email conferences@hipeterborough.valoreurope.com.

Orton Hall Hotel If you fancy an Afternoon Tea in a really beautiful setting the gorgeous Orton Hall hotel serves up a lovely treat in a stunning location. It includes a selection of finger sandwiches, assorted cakes, warm fruit scones with cream and jam and of course and a choice of tea or coffee for £14.95 per person. They’re served between 12 noon and 6pm daily but advanced reservations are required for parties of 6 or more, and it’s wise to book for Mother’s Day. You could go all out and treat your mum to a night away and really make the most of it at Orton Hall Hotel & Spa. Their special package includes overnight accommodation, Full English Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, flowers for your mum in your room on arrival and use of their leisure facilities. It’s valid from March 20 – 22, call 01733 391111 to book.

Harvest Barn They might be well known for their great range of local produce for your weekly shop, but why not treat mum to a relaxed afternoon tea at Harvest Barn Farmshop on Saturday March 21 instead of the Sunday? You can choose from Cream Tea, Traditional Afternoon Tea or Afternoon Tea with Prosecco from £4.99 per person. Alternatively pop down on Mothering Sunday March 22 for a delicious lunch instead. Choose from a 2 course or 3 course meal from £8.95 from their set Mother’s Day Menu. There’ll be two sittings at 12 noon and 2pm. It’s strictly booking only for this one so email info@harvestbarn.co.uk, Facebook message them or call 01733 219888.

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Tap & Tandoor If your mum’s not a big fan of a big traditional lunch or sweet treats, how about something entirely different? Spice things up and head along to the Tap & Tandoor Indian gastro pub in Cumbergate on Sunday March 22 and mums will receive a complimentary Whitley Neill gin & tonic! Now you’re talking. They serve up homestyle curries, mixed grills and great tipples too with a range of cocktails and craft beer so everybody should be happy... unless your mum gets tipsy and starts reciting embarrassing stories about your childhood! We can’t guard against that, but we can tell you the food is delicious. Book in on 01733 312444 or make a reservation by emailing peterborough@tapandtandoor.co.uk.

Double Bubble Teahouse The Double Bubble Teahouse in Rivergate is not only offering their range of amazing Bubble Teas, Thai rolled icecreams, and gorgeous cakes but also some limited edition gifts and of course an Afternoon Tea with a difference. For £20 per person you’ll enjoy a large Bubble Tea of your choice with extra topping, candy floss, a selection of freshly backed pastries and freshly made sandwiches plus fresh fruits – now that’s our idea of five a day! They also have an amazing backdrop wall to the café which is perfect for those selfies with mum! Check out their social media for all the latest or visit www.doublebubbletea.co.uk.

Van Hage Most mums love a garden centre, but they also love tea and cake so Van Hage at the PE1 centre at Eye has it all. Their Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is £25 for two with delicious finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scone, cream & jam, unlimited tea or filter coffee and even a free mini bottle of Prosecco for mum. They also have a lovely floral decorated area especially for teas where you can chat in a more secluded corner of the café. To book, just email danni.case@vanhage.co.uk. Alternatively if you fancy Sunday lunch instead they have a special offer on and mums get a half price carvery in the café on Mothering Sunday.

EAST For another alternative to the traditional roast lunch, how about a taste of the Orient and something a little different for mum on Sunday March 22? Pan Asian restaurant East, above Charters on the river will be hosting a celebratory buffet for Mother’s Day priced at £16.95 per adult, £8.50 for children under the age of 8. It’ll be served from midday – 3.30pm and booking is essential on 01733 315702. www.espmag.co.uk


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The heat is on for the Sport Relief celebs, but ESP’s Darren Grigas got there first!


team of celebrities are going to attempt a desert crossing challenge for Sport Relief, one which our very own local adventurer and ESP columnist, Darren Grigas, helped to pioneer. The original plan was to run across a 100-mile frozen lake in Mongolia in temperatures as low as -35 degrees. This was another challenge which Darren was the lead runner on, but due to concerns about the Coronavirus, changes were made, and the

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celebs will now be in slightly warmer conditions in Namibia. Over four days the unwavering celebrities will now be aiming to cross more than 100 miles of desert including some of the largest sand dunes in the world. In late 2018 Darren was part of a team from Rat Race Adventure Sports who traversed the route for the very first time to test it out and see if it would make one of the Rat Race Bucket List experiences. This massive national park in Namibia dubbed ‘The Sea of Sand’ is a desert covering more than 100,000 square miles. As lead runner, our ESP columnist and resident ‘action man’ was the first person to ever run across this stretch of the Namib Desert, running out to a 111-year old shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast. Now a team of brave celebrities are taking on this extreme challenge on foot, by bike and may even have a go at skiing down some of the dunes, all for Sport Relief 2020 to raise life-changing cash and tackle mental health stigma. BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, The Saturdays’ Frankie Bridge, TV barrister and presenter Judge Rob Rinder, broadcaster Louise Minchin, TV presenter Karim Zeroual, Eastenders’ star Samantha Womack and C4 newsman Krishnan GuruMurthy will be embarking on this challenge of a

lifetime to raise money for Sport Relief. Along the route they’ll be sharing the desert with an abundance of wildlife, including, leopards, ostriches, lizards, snakes, hyenas, zebra and jackals. Darren recalled the jackals stalking him for a few miles, hoping he’d keel over so they could get a nice snack. Fortunately for him and us, he wasn’t hanging around to feed the locals, and came back safe to tell us all about it. You can read more about his adventures at www.darrengrigas.com where he also helps others (who are crazy enough) to prepare for similar challenges. All of the action’s been filmed for a BBC One documentary which will air the week of Sport Relief, which is back on Friday March 13. Sport Relief: ‘The Heat is On’ will raise money to help improve life-changing mental health services and support many other projects tackling poverty and injustice, both in the UK and around the world.

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For one of the celebrities taking part it’s a particularly significant cause. Despite seemingly having it all when she was in girl group The Saturdays, singer Frankie Bridge has revealed she was battling her own mental health issues. “I know first-hand about how difficult struggling with your own mental health can be,” said Frankie. “One of the hardest parts is speaking out about it. I first started talking

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about it in 2012; it was the best thing I could have done, and it’s still something I deal with daily. This is why I wanted to take on this challenge for Sport Relief, to spark a conversation about mental health and let people know that they don’t have to go through anything alone.” TV barrister and presenter Judge Rob Rinder said he’s also been affected – “I have had mental health challenges over the years and the thing that I found to be the most powerful and lasting for me, is to set aside some time, every day, to talk to people, and to exercise.” BBC Breakfast broadcaster Louise Minchin might be a little more equipped for the challenge in terms of fitness but admitted it was still a daunting task – “Yes, I’ve done

endurance sports before, but this is going to be a world away and a whole new level above anything I’ve ever attempted! I’m used to discussing the big topics on BBC Breakfast most mornings, so I’m thrilled to be part of a challenge with Sport Relief which aims to start a dialogue and help remove the stigma around mental health. It is an enormous global issue – one in four of us will experience mental health issues in our lifetime, and so many of these people don’t get the help they need.” You don’t need to trek across a desert but there are plenty of other things you can do to fundraise – so come on Peterborough, let’s get raising some money for some great causes.

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

CHANGE It is a word that often scares people. But change sometimes is a necessity. Sometimes it is essential. At Peterborough United, the month of February provided change. Some of it was exciting, some of it was scary and some of it was emotional. London Road has been our home for decades. It’s provided memories that we will never forget, from promotions, to glorious goals and everything in between. It’s where fans made their first ever pilgrimage to support their local club, it is still to this day where families and children are seeing their maiden live football match. I remember watching my first Posh game at London Road. I remember progressing into the terrace behind the goal where every Saturday afternoon became a voyage, a

place to enjoy football with my friends and two hours where school or college could be forgotten. So when we announced that the club had signed a MOU (memorandum of understanding) for a potential new site for a stadium, it evoked many emotions for those connected with the club and those that have grown up with it as part of their lives. Adrian Durham, Talksport Drive’s presenter (from Peterborugh) and Posh fan for many decades spoke

about his love affair for the club and London Road, it resonated. Nobody likes to see something they love be replaced. But while change can be daunting, it can also be exciting. I don’t think anyone who saw the plans unveiled by our co-owners Randy Thompson, Jason Neale and Darragh MacAnthony looked upon the 17,500 stadium (with potential to grow that by more as the club progresses) would have not been a little excited. A new stadium is essential to match the ambitions of the football club. But not only that, it is fair to say that London Road is showing plenty of wear and tear. For those that voyage to PE2 on a Saturday afternoon, they can see for themselves the paintwork, the scratches and bruises that the stadium naturally displays. On a day to day basis, our maintenance team are doing their very best to keep it fit for order. But as time progresses, the application of a band aid can only do so much. I, for one, am very excited about the future. I’ve grown up on the terraces and now the press box and I get a buzz walking into the ground

every day. But I know I will get that buzz again at the new stadium. It is what football does to you. Change has to happen. You have to try and embrace it. It doesn’t always come with a balloon and a sticker, but it is part of the world we live in. Change can be emotional. Football has the power to move people, but it also has the power to bring people together. You may have seen the desperately sad news regarding our Groundsman Will Whitney, who sadly passed away at the age of 21 in tragic circumstances. It hit everybody at the club hard. At times like these, you have to try and show unity and be together and we have done our best to help everyone through it. When you work for the football club you become part of the family. Families stick together. We will continue to stick together. It doesn’t matter what your ‘home’ is, families always come together. Our home might be changing in the future, but mark my words, the football club won’t.

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after living life the way I have wanted too for so long.

Our new columnist Jagvir ‘Juggy’ Sohal has been out an about in Peterborough for his new feature Getting Juggy With It. Juggy was the winner of the BBC New Voices search for fresh talent and now has a radio show on Radio Cambridgeshire and a column in ESP. He’ll be putting a question to you each month about a topic that’s on his mind and shares the results out on ESP’s social media. After all the hype for Valentine’s Day it’s got him thinking about dating… Is Single Life The Best Life? After being single for most of my twenties, I’ve become used to that non-committal dating life and quite worryingly

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comfortable with my own company. As the time nears to me entering my thirties, I’m actually worried about if I will ever settle down and be able to compromise with someone

With the relationship life, there are complaints of financial stress, the daily nagging from both sides, not having personal space and the biggest conundrum is dealing with the inlaws. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of highs I’ve been told – the joys of kids, having someone there to navigate through the good and bad times, building those foundations – but is becoming an adult, dare I say it, boring? The perks of being single are that thrill of the early days, the chase almost during the period where you’re not exclusive, having that element of romance that seems to be missing from that settled relationship life. The downsides being it can get disheartening when it doesn’t quite go right, as well as those days when you just want

someone there to chill out with but don’t have that lasting connection and of course the costs of going on a lot of dates is expensive. But should I bow down to the pressure of feeling like I need to be in a relationship because of society? Does the best life depend on where you are at in life? Can meeting the right person change this perception? Most importantly, does date night still happen in a relationship? Can it be just as exciting as the dating single life? I headed out in Peterborough to see what you think – check out ESP’s Instagram (espmagazine_pbo) to see what local people had to say on the dating game. #GettingJuggyWithIt

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paparazzi Caught in the act? Family fun @ Peterborough Greyhounds Storm Dennis didn’t deter race fans from heading over to Peterborough Greyhound Stadium last month – instead it was a packed night of racing and entertainment at the Fengate track. ESP’s Paparazzi photographer Mike Harris dropped by to capture the crowd having a great time and winning a few quid! It's more than just Greyhounds running round a track. It's a complete night out, with family and friends, good food and good company. There’ll be more fun when they support Sport Relief on Friday March 13 – wear red and your first drink will be free. There are special deals for NHS staff this month too. You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.

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We know the former model is ‘hotter than hell’ and has helped set ‘new rules’ in the dating game for this generation. Now this month’s ESP cover star Dua Lipa is getting ‘physical’ on her new track from her second album, Future Nostalgia.


t’s accompanied by a massive 2020 European Arena Tour which starts in Madrid on April 26 and visits 22 cities across Europe and the UK ending in Dublin on June 19. We’ve wanted to get Dua Lipa on our front cover for quite a while, and now the time is right as she proves that ‘difficult second album’ syndrome really doesn’t apply to this new force in pop! The lead track from the album, Don’t Start Now, proved a massive worldwide hit and her show stopping award performances at The EMA’s, The AMA’s and The ARIA’s delighted millions of viewers and her fans everywhere. Latest single Physical is proving just as popular accompanied by an epic video with Dua strutting confidently with her new blonde locks and an army of extras. Speaking about her second album Future Nostalgia, Dua explains – “What I wanted to do with this album was to break out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to make music that felt like it could sit alongside some of my favourite classic pop songs, whilst still feeling fresh and uniquely mine. I was inspired by so many artists on the new record from Gwen Stefani to Madonna to Moloko to Blondie and Outkast, to name just a few.” Dua continues – “Because of the time that I’d spent on the road touring with my band I wanted Future Nostalgia to have a lot more of a live element, but mixed together with modern electronic production. My sound has naturally matured a bit as I’ve grown up but I wanted to keep the same pop sensibility as I had on the first record. I remember that I was on my way to a radio show in Las Vegas thinking about the direction for this new record and I realised that what I wanted to make was something that felt nostalgic but had something fresh and futuristic about it too.” The singer’s featured plenty of empowering lyrics in her songs with a run of motivational anthems about moving on from bad relationships that have given girl power a modern slant. Hands up if you’ve had a break

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up and found yourself singing along to New Rules… ‘One: Don't pick up the phone, you know he's only calling 'cause he's drunk and alone…’ or blasted out IDGAF! Back in 2018 Dua Lipa picked up best British Female Solo Act and British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards, when she called for more female acts to be recognized, but this year’s awards came in for criticism over a lack of female nominees once again. In a recent interview on BBC’s The One Show, Dua spoke of her desire to see females more widely represented across the music industry, not just performers but in production and engineering roles and how she herself felt like she had taken a real step forward with the latest album. “I actually felt a lot more confident doing this album than I did the first. I felt like I found my feet in the studio – I went in and I dictated every session. I wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable and open about my thoughts and what I wanted to sing and write about. “I wanted to make music I wasn’t hearing on the radio and for me that was trying to push boundaries and that’s how I could mature as an artist by doing something a little bit different and that essentially scares me.” Tickets for her Future Nostalgia tour are now on sale with fans being encouraged to buy tickets from official outlets only with more information on Dua Lipa’s website www.dualipa.com. UK TOUR DATES May 26th London May 27th London Jun 1st Manchester Jun 4th Leeds Jun 7th Jun 10th Jun 13th Jun 15th Jun 18th Jun 19th

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A Stamford teenager is aiming for the stars as she takes the lead in upcoming TV series The Luna Squad. We love to celebrate local talent here at ESP and Mikey Clarke has the latest on our new star in the making...


he Luna Squad is an upcoming sci-fi adventure series created by Cinalight Studios and directed by Leon Mitchell (originally Mikey Clarke from Peterborough) – whose films have played on Sky and Amazon Prime. The story of The Luna Squad sees Stamford’s Brooke Fleming take the lead role as the 14-year-old schoolgirl and budding explorer Ashley, who finds a mysterious map inside an old comic book following the breaking news story of a UFO sighting. It has everything a great children’s show should have and the series will see Ashley (Brooke) persuading her friends to join her on an amazing time travelling adventure. The feisty Kizzie, big brother Jack, the brains of the gang Nick, Max the cool kid, Kara the comic book nerd, the comedian Cub and the edgy Scarlett head out on a hunt to find the UFO crash site, leading to them going back in time and having an adventure of a lifetime. A new generation of superheroes are born, leaping through the universe and stars, but they’re not alone, a dark side is around every corner. In this case The Dark Side is led by the evil Lady V who The Luna Squad will encounter on their journey – alongside others loyal to The Dark Side! Sounds exciting, right? I thought so too. My excitement heightened after hearing that it's been described as the British Goonies and the new Stranger Things.

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The role of the group leader is an incredible launch pad for young Stamford based Brooke Fleming. I caught up with the 14-year-old to find out what it was like getting this incredible opportunity ahead of the 5000 young people that auditioned. "It was amazing," she told me. "I tried to keep the audition light-hearted and fun but more importantly, I was just myself throughout. I got the call one day after school, telling me I had the part. Me and my family were so excited." The young actress continued – "Filming this was an amazing experience. Everybody got along really well. I'd particularly like to thank the team behind the scenes who work so hard and made us all feel so comfortable from the moment we auditioned to the last day on set." Sadly, Brooke couldn’t go into too much detail at this point, so you'll have to look out for a much more in-depth interview closer to the transmission date – which is not

confirmed yet, but will be in the next few months. Expect to hear about The Luna Squad everywhere! Alongside the television show there will also be a comic book. The Luna Squad Volume 1 of the comic, The Map, will feature 2 covers (The Squad and The Dark Side) and is also due out soon. The comic will be heavily linked to the show but will also feature all-new side missions. On top of that, the lead cast members have also recorded a soundtrack to accompany the series. I was treated to a sneak-peek of some of the songs and the quality is no doubt a reflection on what will be an amazing show. Throw in the cinematographer James Ian Grey (who worked on the recent box office hit Yesterday) and you've got quite the team behind The Luna Squad – which I can't wait to watch when it hits national TV. We’ll have more from Brooke very soon so keep an eye out across our social media, website and future issues of ESP Magazine.

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MULAN Cast: Liu Yifei, Jet Li, Donnie Yen & Jason Scott Lee Director: Niki Caro



27 At this rate Disney will soon run out of former animations to convert to live-action films – as they continue to churn out multiple movies from their back catalogue every year. And sadly that has seemingly affected the overall quality with Dumbo (released last March) receiving poor reviews and underwhelming box-office results, and last year’s The Lion King and Aladdin also garnering mixed reviews – despite both still soaring when it came to taking cinematic ‘coin’. So it will be interesting to see how this more adult-orientated offering – expected to be a 12A compared to the usual PG rating of most Disney films of its ilk – based on the 1998 Ming Na Wen/Eddie Murphy-led fantasy animation will fare, particularly with The House of Mouse putting the brakes on the Star Wars franchise cinematically after over-estimating saturation of that brand. When the Emperor of China (Jet Li) issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from the threat of Huns – the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Disguised as a man called Hua Jun, the spirited and determined Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei) is tested every step of the way as she harnesses her innermost strength and embraces her true potential, in this epic journey that will transform her into an honoured warrior – and earn her the respect of a nation.

The publicity surrounding the latest Disney/Pixar animation has been a little lower-key compared to some of their other major releases, but when whatever they touch usually turns to gold – underestimate this at your peril. Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers – Ian (Tom ‘Spider-Man’ Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris ‘Star-Lord’ Pratt) – go on a journey to discover if there is any magic left in the world, in order to spend one last day with their father who died when they were too young to remember him.

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A QUIET PLACE: PART II Even though his character died in the original film, John Krasinski (who does cameo in flashbacks) was soon enticed back into the director’s chair to helm his wife Emily Blunt – who plays heroine Evelyn Abbott – in this sequel to 2018’s smash horror hit. This time she and her three children are forced to venture into the unknown – and they soon realise the blind creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the ‘sand paths’. Peaky Blinders’ lead Cillian Murphy and Oscar-nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) co-star.




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In what’s already being tagged as ‘the most heart-warming film of the year’ – this heavily British based-on-true-events, comedy-drama, should particularly fare well on these shores. With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of misfit women on the home front – led by Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan – form a choir and quickly find they turn into a media sensation.





Vin Diesel has headlined character-driven movies with varying results, from Dom Toretto to Riddick, and from Xander Cage to The Last Witch Hunter, so let’s hope his latest jaunt as a Valiant Comics-based ‘superhero’ pays dividends. He stars as slain soldier Ray Garrison, who’s re-animated with advanced superpowers after being killed in battle – and then goes on a vengeful rampage.





Originally scheduled for September last year – but delayed compassionately due to the Dayton and El Paso shootings in America just prior to release – this thriller based on Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game sees 12 strangers mysteriously wake up to the realisation they’re being hunted in a game devised by a group of elites. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) stars.





This comedy-drama – that boasts a stellar British-influenced female cast including Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Leslie Manville and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – is based on events that occurred during the 1970 Miss World competition, which saw the crowning of the first black competitor. The event was marred with controversy throughout, with activists trying to prevent the contest being televised.





After the success of 2018’s computergenerated animation mixed with live-action original movie, a sequel has quickly been thrust on us to capitalise. This time the rebellious James Corden-voiced rabbit Peter goes on the run when he feels unappreciated – after Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) and Bea (Rose Byrne) marry and release the acclaimed novels based on Peter and his friends. www.espmag.co.uk


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Well Being Karen Devine’s


Spring clean your lifestyle It’s almost spring and I know many of you will feel the shift energetically and suddenly start a cleanup of wardrobes, cupboards, cars and your body. When the longer days arrive, we’re more inclined to want to shed a few pounds and start a new healthier regime.

Oily fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids 2-3 times a week

Beans/lentils and other pulses

Limited dairy products – i.e. natural yoghurts, small amounts of cheese (however not everyone does well with dairy food so it needs to be personalised)

Small amounts of healthy fats such as avocado, olives, drizzle of olive oil, nuts and seeds

Reduced red meat consumption

Chicken and eggs 2-3 times per week

Moderate red wine but a daily water intake (chronic dehydration is common in our lives today)

Various spices and herbs can help to lower inflammation which include ginger, cinnamon, fennel seeds, turmeric and much more, these can be added easily to foods.

eeping a healthy weight is key to a healthier body and lowers the risk of some of the more chronic health conditions (heart disease and diabetes) we see today. What can pave the way for these is what is called metabolic syndrome which is a term describing insulin resistance, cholesterol problems and high blood pressure. There is also a known connection with weight gain and metabolic syndrome and that is inflammation.


When we think of inflammation we naturally think of the acute reaction from an injury, allergic reaction or cuts when the body will react to the site of injury to heal and repair damaged tissue with noticeable heat, swelling, pain and lack of movement.

Lifestyle and diet play the biggest role in metabolic syndrome. A nutrient poor diet, high in saturated fats, sugars, refined carbohydrates, too much red meat, a lack of exercise, smoking and stress can be the drivers towards chronic-inflammation. A healthy weight loss programme should be supported with an anti-inflammatory diet, stress reduction and exercise. A type of diet that’s more geared towards the traditional Mediterranean style of eating has been shown to be helpful in long term successful weight loss, lowering inflammation and therefore lowering the disease risks. This would include: •

Chronic inflammation is very much a silent response and may be a key player in low grade inflammation that can trigger metabolic disturbances. We need fat to protect our internal organs and store our reserve of nutrients but with excess weight and obesity we put ourselves at a higher risk of inflammation which can lead to metabolic syndrome which can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

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Fibre – from fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, some whole grains (many exclude gluten foods which can be pro-inflammatory but quinoa and brown rice can be enjoyed in moderation) and other various plant foods. A colourful plate – choose foods with colour such as berries, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots, mangoes, butternut and other squashes, melons and sweet potato which deliver various phytonutrients.

Our gut microbes have recently been of interest in medical research as they may help to reduce the low grade inflammation and lower the risk of metabolic disturbances as well as help with weight loss. A diet rich in plant foods can deliver prebiotics which are a special source of fibre that can feed our friendly bacteria. Fermented foods and targeted probiotic strains can all help. The Mediterranean diet may not suit everyone, some people may need less focus on grains/pulses, but it’s a step in a healthier direction for many. The removal of fried foods, refined sugar and carbohydrate are important as is the reduction of red meat, alcohol, gluten (for some) and excess dairy foods which can have traces of hormones and antibiotic residues. Intermittent fasting may also reduce inflammation and lessen the risk of these chronic conditions. Exercise regulates fat and glucose metabolism and results in an increased action of insulin, while it also lowers blood pressure. Stress reduction and a mindfulness practice is also equally important. In health Karen https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19788868 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5655955/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399489/

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HEALTH&beauty This month we welcome a new member to the ESP team who’s taking over our Health and Beauty section. Our thanks to Rachael Church who’s done a fantastic job for us but is now handing over the makeup brushes to our new columnist. Over to Emily for a little intro…

“Hello, my name is Emily and I’m so excited to be bringing you all the health and beauty content for ESP. I am 20 years old, born and raised in Peterborough and have a great interest in all things health and beauty. With a Level 3 Diploma in makeup, I’m always keeping up to date with the latest trends which you need to know about! I currently work full-time as an events assistant and work Saturdays in a salon. I keep healthy by boxing twice a week and I’m in the process of trying ‘Couch to 5K’ so that I am able to do Race for Life this year in June, however, chocolate is my downfall!”

Three great products to ‘Spring’ you back into action MAC Strobe Cream - this is the perfect primer or stand alone product to bring that glow back into your skin during the harsh winter months. It is super easy to apply, use your fingers, a brush or makeup sponge. With five different coloured ‘glows’ to suit all skin undertones, trust me, once you have tried it you won’t be able to live without it! Head to your nearest MAC stand/store and they’ll be happy to help you find the perfect glow. L'OREAL True Match Foundation - a super-blendable foundation with an amazing 40 shades to choose from. Suffer from oily or dry skin? This foundation will leave your skin feeling moisturised with a medium coverage and skin-like finish. It’s an all round winner. Benefit HOOLA Bronzer - a cult classic, not to be missed product in your makeup routine. This matte bronzer comes in four shades and is great for adding dimension and that sun-kissed look to your skin. It also comes in a mini travel-size version meaning that you can also try it for a lower price.

Sue Ryder launches campaign #JustSaySomething This campaign is a bid to encourage people to open up about grief after the loss of a loved one. Following research, Sue Ryder found that almost two-fifths (39%) of their participants found themselves feeling unable to open up about their grief to those around them. However, being able to talk freely was the number one factor that respondents listed as something that they felt would likely be helpful following the loss of a loved one. This campaign is supported by social media influencer, Lottie Tomlinson, and TV presenter and stylist, Grace Woodward. To read the full campaign, please search www.sueryder.org/coping-with-grief-andbereavement. If you’re experiencing grief or know someone who is, openly talking could be a big step in helping yourself feel better and/or supporting that person. #JustSaySomething

New LUSH store opens! The new Lush store has now opened in Queensgate. They may have only moved next door but the new layout and extra room means more products, consultation areas and even a dedicated party corner! The store features reclaimed woodwork, recycled yoghurt pots product stands and a bath bomb wall. Due to their ‘naked’ products, meaning they have no packaging, the store smells amazing and is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for products which are better for the environment. After a consultation with the Store Manager Georgia, over the next few weeks I’m trying out ‘Jason and The Argan Oil’ shampoo bar, ‘Scrubee’ body butter bar and the ‘Nana’ shower gel. Georgia recommended these products due to my sensitive and eczema prone skin and my love of sweet smells. I’m looking forward to switching to more eco-friendly products which are also good for my skin. 36 www.espmag.co.uk

Treats for Mother’s Day – Sunday March 22 Struggling to find the perfect gift? Here are my three ideas for this year's Mothering Sunday. Afternoon Tea – the perfect treat to share, a slice of cake or two. Why not try out The William Cecil in Stamford? Easy to get to by train or car and spending a day in quaint Stamford is the icing on the cake. Check out our Food pages in this issue for more ideas of where to go.

Spa Day – relax, unwind and spend some quality time together. Alwalton Hall, wellness centre offers full-day packages, individual treatments, lunch options and the cosiest fire... you can’t really go wrong.

All Things Sweet – spend an afternoon shopping before heading to this sweet haven, Double Bubble Tea House in Rivergate Arcade for bubble tea and homemade treats. This place is a must to try and Instagram photo worthy with their colourful wall backdrop.

NEXT MONTH: I will be bringing you all the details following the Peterborough MAC store’s ‘Love at first swipe’ masterclass where there’ll be live makeup, hair and nail demos!




We tasked ESP’s new style expert Karen Miller to give three local mums a fabulous Karen Miller revamp. We www.in-styleconsulting.com introduced our three ladies in last month’s issue and we can now reveal their new looks thanks to Karen’s style coaching, skin treatments by the experts at My Body Essentials and a fantastic makeover by local hair and makeup artist Andrea Connor…

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Photos: Andy Vernum at Studio One. Tel: 01733 380657 Hair styling and makeup: Andrea Connor. Tel: 07801 987905

Our thanks to Peterborough hair and makeup artist Andrea Connor for making our mums look stunning. You can contact Andrea for your own makeover on: 07801 987905. Follow her on Facebook on @AndreaConnorsHairMakeup

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Name: Lin

Mum of two and grandmother Figure type: Hourglass Revamp objective: Wanted to look fashionable and up to date

Before Lin wanted a casual look to compliment her social lifestyle that looked modern and age appropriate. Interestingly Lin has a petite figure and was wearing clothes that where far too big for her, mistakenly thinking that this made her look slimmer. However, by wearing the right size and fit I was able to show her what a huge difference this made to her overall look.

Gemma has also lost weight recently and mainly wanted some ideas around outfits that showed her personality and also that she could make practical when needed. The easiest way to dress down an outfit is to change your footwear for either a cool pair of trainers or ankle boots with a low heel. Our shopping trip started with getting Gemma measured for her bra size. This was truly enlightening for her because she was wearing completely the wrong size. I was able to show her the huge difference that it makes to the fit of your clothes.

Colour was also a huge challenge for Lin, she has a lot of black in her wardrobe and she had never worn pink. Pink is one of Lin’s best colours and can be teamed with many other colours, including navy, burgundy, cream and lots of others. Lin was so happy with the outfits that we chose that she bought all of them!

This gorgeous red dress is a stunning colour on her and the belt allows her to show off her waist, adding a leather jacket would give the look more of an edge and she would be able to swap the shoes for different footwear to make it more practical. Gemma was actually wearing clothes that where 3 sizes too big for her, as in the ‘before’ picture you can see there is no shape to the dress and it doesn’t show off her curves.

Jeans M&S: £19.50 Jumper H&M: £14.99 Shirt H&M: £12 Jacket Max Studio @ John Lewis: £90

Lin says... “What a fantastic experience. A whirlwind of appointments and consultations with a fabulous team of professionals courtesy of ESP. Quite a few surprises too but with fabulous outcomes. I feel so fortunate to have been selected as one of three mums to get a fantastic new makeover. It has been a real learning curve in finding out what suits me best and a privilege to work with some of the best experts in this field. I shall certainly take on board all the advice and tips that have been freely given and work hard to maintain my new look.”

Outfit: All New Look Queensgate Dress: £27.99 Belt: £6.99 Shoes: £23.99

Gemma says...

Name: Gemma

Mum of four Figure type: Hourglass

“The makeover has given me my confidence back and shown anything is possible. It’s been an amazing experience from start to finish. Karen has not only helped me stop wearing clothes that covered me up but helped me to know how to accentuate my shape.”

Revamp objective: Wanted a versatile look to go from work to casual



Before Some of Anne’s challenges were around getting clothes to work for her new, slimmer figure and also finding shoes that fit. Due to Anne having lost so much weight, her bra size had also changed and therefore we went to John Lewis to get her measured correctly. I always tell my clients that underwear is literally the foundation that you must get right. Underwear that’s too small creates bulges in all the wrong places and underwear that’s too big offers no support and doesn’t hold anything in the right place. Anne was amazed at the difference it made to how her clothes fitted. Anne’s natural colouring is warm, but her eyes are clear green, meaning that she looks amazing in warm toned colours. We had quite a lot of discussion about colour during our day, Anne confessed that she had a lot of black in her wardrobe (as do most people), however unless you are the one colour palette that can wear black it can be very draining and ageing. I was able to show Anne that her ‘black’ would be light clear navy, light royal blue, brown and warm grey, so plenty to choose from. Every colour palette has its own version of black that works best for their natural skin tones and colouring. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Marks and Spencer, Queensgate for helping us make Anne’s experience easy and enjoyable, they were super helpful.

Pumps M&S: £39.50 Dress M&S: £39.50 Nude Court Shoes M&S: £19.50 Jewellery stylist’s own

Anne says...

Name: Anne Mum of three

Figure type: Pear Revamp objective: Wanted to change up her look now she’s lost weight

“I’ve felt lovely and pampered with this experience and enjoyed the relaxing facial treatments with Mary at MBE that are reducing my fine lines and rejuvenating my skin. I had a lovely shopping trip with Karen who’s done everything to boost my confidence with clothes and colours, showing me what shapes and colours work better for my skin tone. I only wear full makeup now and then so it was lovely having my makeup done by Andrea – I felt really special and my hair looked great.”

MBE MAKEOVER As part of their fabulous makeover our three Peterborough mums were also treated by My Body Essentials to some amazing skin treatments to correct damage and improve their skin issues. MBE on Shrewsbury Avenue are a really great team with over 10 years of professional expertise so we knew our ladies were in good hands, but let’s hear what they had to say about their treatments.





At her consultation with MBE, Lin expressed concerns with dry skin and fine facial lines also some sun damage to her décolletage area. MBE advised that a Full Face, Neck and Décolletage Combi treatment (normal price £120 per session, Full Face only would be £100) would address these issues.

At Gemma’s consultation MBE found she wasn’t too unhappy with her skin, there were a few enlarged pores and like many of us following the winter months a general dullness and uneven skin tone that needed a boost. Gemma had small skin tags on her upper eyelid that were annoying her as well. MBE decided that a deep cleanse followed by Radio Frequency would give her the lift she was looking for and a Cryotherapy treatment to remove the skin tags.

Lin’s Verdict: “Mary was careful not to promote any particular treatment but took the time to listen, empathise and then advise. She noted I hadn’t looked after the neck and décolletage areas as well as I had done the face. Sun damage, resulting in age spots, gave the chest area a not very flattering mottled appearance. “Nothing was too much trouble for Mary as she talked me through my treatments beforehand and detailed exactly what she was doing during said treatments. Afterwards my face and neck felt tighter and after a few days it seemed the skin on my chest looked more even somehow. “The second treatment took place 3 weeks later as advised by Mary. Everything exactly as before plus a ThermaVien treatment as Mary noticed that I had a few small thread veins around the nose area. “So, what’s the verdict? Face still feeling good, thread veins banished and age spots fading. Mary has said that I will need one more treatment, possibly two, to gain maximum benefit inside and out from both treatments and then I’m good to go for the next 3 – 5 years. “Am I going back? Of course I am!”

Gemma’s Verdict: “I had a deep cleanse and sessions of Radio Frequency treatment. My skin was instantly tighter, open pores were almost not visible. My skin had a natural glow and lines around my eyes were gone. It was amazing and I'm having another 2 treatments which will last for up to 3-5 years. I also had Cryotherapy which removed 2 skin tags from my eyelid. Totally painless, non surgical and both non intrusive but extremely effective. “People notice daily how good my skin is and I have now gone from wearing foundation to an SPF tinted moisturiser. Mary and Martin were friendly warm and professional. They were knowledgeable and I felt at ease instantly.”

Before alternate sessions of their Full Face, Neck and Décolletage Combi treatment to primarily address the pigmentation with IPL, this treatment will also reach the deeper layers of skin with Radio Frequency helping to further boost collagen, tighten elastin and fibroblasts. After 3 weeks she had a Microneedling session to further close open pores, soften lines and wrinkles and lift and tighten the jawline.

Anne’s Verdict: “My skin felt lovely after my treatments! “The pigmentation is lighter so I’m hopeful this will really work in reducing it. I had Radio Frequency for reduction of fine lines and IPL for reduction of pigmentation. The IPL can feel like an elastic band pinging when it hits a pigmented area, the Radio Frequency is heat applied to skin so is relaxing and the facials are lovely before and after the treatments. “Mary is lovely and explains everything – she makes you feel really relaxed and when you leave your skin feels lovely.”

Anne At her consultation, Anne expressed concerns with open pores, fine facial lines and wrinkles, loose skin in the jawline and neck area with some sun damage/discoloured skin to her neck and décolletage areas. MBE advised that

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ARE YOU READY TO ENTER THE DRAGON? Ahead of the 22nd Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival splashing into the city in June, shoppers at Serpentine Green got to try out a 30 foot dragon boat for size! We welcome on board Buckles Solicitors, Moulton Bulb Company, Ormiston Meadows Academy, Western Union, Westone Housing, sponsors Whirlpool and last year’s sponsor IKEA are making a return. ESP is proud to be the event’s media partner and our very own ESP Motley Crew will be back on the water gunning for a win (well hoping not to capsize….).

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...you don’t need to be super fit or need any experience, just be up for a laugh and ready to have a great day out.

Festivals organisers, Gable Events, this year’s sponsor Whirlpool UK and chosen charity Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice were at the shopping centre along with ESP to drum up support for this great fun event. Entries are now officially open for the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival 2020 and several companies have already taken up the challenge and entered their teams ready to take to the water on Saturday June 13 at Peterborough Rowing Club.

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ESP’s Mikey Clarke has taken part many times and says – “Our Motley Crew are proof this event is for everyone and anyone – you don’t need to be super fit or need any experience, just be up for a laugh and ready to have a great day out. It’s so good for team building for businesses, clubs or sports teams – or you could even use it to celebrate something. We’ve seen teams marking 50th birthdays and Stag Do’s! This year’s festival will see teams taking to the water and competing over the 200 metre course in authentic dragon boats, each with a drummer at the front beating out time. As well as the races, which are expected to be watched by several thousand spectators, there’ll be plenty of bankside entertainment

and stalls for all the family to enjoy. The festival will once again raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, which is the only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough. The hospice provides expert care for people with lifelimiting conditions and also supports their families. “Dragon boat racing is so much fun – it works really well for groups of workmates, friends and families. It is inclusive and you don’t need any previous experience, just plenty of competitive spirit” said Nilesh Patel, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. “The funds raised at the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival will make sure we can carry on providing our palliative care and bereavement support and being there when it matters for local families.” For more information about the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival and how to sign up, please email: thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org, call 01733 225999 or visit www.sueryder.org/peterborough-dragonboat-festival-2020.

STRIVING FOR SILVERWARE Peterborough Phantoms on the trophy trail once again.


f you’re looking for something new to support or to keep the family entertained, it’s an exciting month to watch Peterborough’s ice hockey team in action on the ice – even if you’ve never given it a try before! It was a successful season for the Peterborough Phantoms Ice Hockey Club last season, as Slava Koulikov’s men picked up three trophies in what was an outstanding year for the club. March will see them put in some more exciting performances which will be an exhilarating watch for existing fans and newcomers to the sport. It began with the Autumn Cup success over the Sheffield Steeldogs, before the South Cup came to Peterborough after a dramatic two-legged victory over the Basingstoke Bison. And the Phantoms made it three trophies for the year when they defeated the Bracknell Bees and were crowned as the NIHL South Playoff Champions. And now, they’re on the hunt for silverware once again as they prepare for the NIHL National Cup Final against the Telford Tigers. The cup began with all ten teams playing for league and cup points, with the aim of finishing in the top four of the cup group. Telford won the group and chose to play against the Swindon Wildcats in the semi-finals. Swindon won the first leg 7-4, but a valiant comeback in the second leg from the Tigers saw them take the game to penalty shots, where Brandon Whistle sent his team into the final.

Telford’s decision left the Phantoms with a tricky task in the semi-final. Historically, Phantoms have tended to struggle in Hull over the last few years, but this was the test that awaited them in the semi-final. And it was a memorable night on Humberside, as a Corey McEwen hat-trick and a Glenn Billing goal put the Phantoms 4-2 ahead after the first leg. It was still all to play for in the second leg, and it was a frantic game in Peterborough, which saw the Phantoms claim an 8-6 win on the night, meaning they progressed to the final, 12-8 on aggregate.

The first leg of the cup final is on Friday March 6 at 7.30pm at Planet Ice Peterborough, with the second leg on Wednesday March 11 in Telford. It is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season so far, and certainly not one to be missed. Tickets are available online and on the night. As far as Friday nights go, whether it be with the family or friends, they don’t get much better than this! #StrivingForSilverware Tom Lea

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

Key Comedy Festival Returns! The Key Comedy Festival is back for its 8th sidesplitting year, and this year The Key welcomes a new show from veteran comedian and star of ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha (March 12) with his performance all about finding romance called Hazy Little Thing Called Love. Comedian John Robertson also brings us the viral comedy sensation The Dark Room (March 13) – a live interactive comedy show and text based adventure game in which the audience must survive an almost impossible labyrinth of challenges. This is all in addition to names from TV and radio such as Simon Evans (March 13), Matt Richardson (March 15) and Clive Anderson (March 14) in his first ever solo standup tour. Some shows have already sold out but for more information and to book tickets, visit the Key Theatre’s website or call their box office on 01733 207239 – don’t hang about!

New Shows Announced at the New Theatre New Comedy Club in Stamford The much-loved Stamford Corn Exchange has announced they’ll be hosting a brand new bi-monthly comedy club, and they’ve already unveiled a fantastic line-up for the next few months that comedy fans will not want to miss out on. Taking place in the venue’s quirky Theatre Lounge, the comedy club’s first night will take place on Friday March 8 and will be headlined by cult comedian Paul Foot. Further comedy nights have already been announced for May and July and headliners include Gary Delaney, Tony Law, Jen Brister and Angelos Epithemiou. It’s fantastic to see such strong acts perform locally and with the venue set within the Victorian arches of the Corn Exchange, this will no doubt be a fantastic addition to the area’s comedy scene. To make sure you get your hands on tickets, visit www.thetheatrelounge.co.uk. 44 www.espmag.co.uk

This month may be a strain on the wallet for comedy fans as the New Theatre has just announced that not just one, but two fantastic headliners will be performing at their venue this year. Firstly comedy legend Frank Skinner will be bringing his smash-hit tour, Showbiz, to the New Theatre following a sold out five-week run at the West End’s Garrick Theatre. Performing for one night only on Friday April 24, this new date is an addition to his latest UK tour after previously performing sold-out runs at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. Then later in the year stand-up

comedian Joe Pasquale will be bringing his new show, 2020 Vision, to the New Theatre, which promises to provide audiences with anecdotes of spending a year in the wilderness and becoming at one with nature when he performs on Saturday September 12. Joe Pasquale's big break came when he came second in talent show New Faces in 1987, kickstarting his career as a successful comedian, pantomime regular, and even King of the Jungle back in 2004! To make sure you have tickets before they sell out, visit the New Theatre’s website www.newtheatrepeterborough.com or call their box office on 01733 852992.




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STEPHEN BAILEY Performing at the New Theatre, Stephen Bailey has made a name for himself for being a little gossip, but this year he’s grown up and decided to have a conversation with audiences about everything that’s going on in the world. As seen on Channel 5’s Celebs on the Farm and ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, tickets are available on 01733 852992.

A PINT OF COMEDY Join the Stamford Arts Centre for their hugely popular regular comedy nights live in the Cellar Bar, featuring some of the UK’s best headline acts and the hilarious Alan Seaman who comperes each night. You’ll also be able to receive a ‘£1 off your first drink’ voucher to be used in the Cellar Bar during the night with every ticket bought. Tickets are available on 01780 763203.

CASTOR COMEDY NIGHT A one-off comedy night is coming to Castor village hall raising funds for charity. The last one was a real hit and although the four acts haven’t yet been announced we’re sure it’ll be another good one. It’s great to see more comedy outside the city. For tickets call John on 07738 083233.

CRESSET COMEDY CLUB Established back in 1998, The Cresset's Comedy Club is the longest running in Peterborough and prides itself on showcasing new comics every month. Hosted in the intimate Fitzwilliam Suite, capacity is limited and it’s usually a sell out so be sure to book your tickets early! Line-up to be confirmed, tickets are available on 01733 265705.

IVO GRAHAM Pear Face Comedy have relocated to the Met Lounge and bring us headliner Ivo Graham (Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live From The BBC, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store and As Yet Untitled) plus support from three of the very best comedians from the UK circuit and beyond. Tickets are £10 on Eventbrite.





PHIL WANG Following a sell-out 2018 tour and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil Wang is back on tour with his newest show at the Stamford Corn Exchange. As seen on Taskmaster and Live at the Apollo, Phil’s made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart and silly. Tickets are available on 01780 766455.

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB @ SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE Taking place at the South Holland Centre in Spalding, this month’s comedy club features headliner Ignacio Lopez with his unique brand of sarcastic observations. He’ll be joined by comedy magician El Baldiniho, who recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, as well as musical comedian Ant Dewson and Ben Van Der Velde as compere. Tickets available on www.funhousecomedy.co.uk.





FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB @ LIGHTBOX CAFE Performing this month at the Lightbox Cafe’s monthly comedy club will be actor and presenter Gerry K alongside comedy magician Alan Hudson, Patrick Healy, and regular compere Stevie Gray. Tickets available at www.funhousecomedy.co.uk.

MILTON JONES Returning to the Cresset with his latest show ‘Milton: Impossible’, household favourite and one-liner king Milton Jones will reveal the truth behind having once been an international spy, and then being given a somewhat disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, and even headline on Dave’s One Night Stand. Complete with his unique style and eccentric shirts, tickets are available on 01733 265705.

Jason Manford Performs in Peterborough One of the country’s most popular comedians has just announced a brand new tour of work in progress shows which he’ll be performing across the UK next year, and which luckily includes a date in Peterborough! Manford started his comedy career by winning the North West comedian of the year title in 1999. He later won the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year in 2000, bagged a Best Show nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, and became increasingly well-known thanks to his appearances on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and The One Show. Performing at the Cresset on Thursday January 28 next year, tickets are highly likely to sell out so make sure you book early by calling 01733 265705 or by visiting www.cresset.co.uk. www.espmag.co.uk



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WHAT’S ON AT CHARTERS This month sees new night, Strictly Soulful on Friday March 6 at the bar on the river. Hosted by Gav D and Sparka it’ll be a night of drum ‘n’ bass from 2005 onwards. On Friday March 27 Vinyl Night returns with resident DJ Derek Gibson at 8pm amd every Thursday it’s their weekly general knowledge quiz from 8pm, with the monthly music quiz on Sunday March 8 from 6.30pm . Here’s a date for your diary – Charters Annual Easter Beer Festival starts on Thursday April 9 and runs until Monday April 13.


VANITY - DJ DUBL Vanity is proud to bring you DJ DUBL to Embassy on Friday March 6. One of the sickest Hip Hop & Dancehall specialist DJ's in the country! Having recently worked as the club tour DJ for Tory Lanez during the Drake UK tour, DUBL is no stranger to the scene. Having lit up the dance floors across the country, expect a huge mash up of anthems when he touches down for a special 2 hour set at Vanity. Jump on the Ciroc Guest List now. Add your names to the Facebook event wall or text ‘Vanity + your name’ to 07411 258999 and you’ll receive a free Ciroc and mixer before midnight.

Over at the Brewery Tap you can get your weekend started on Friday March 6 with Thank Funk it’s Friday with resident DJ Mr Nash from 9pm – late, free entry. Dancing on a Saturday night continues on March 7, 14 and 21 with the regular Saturday Night Groove sessions with resident DJ Rick Allen from 9pm – late, free entry.

Volatile, Nick T & host Simon Sez bring you another night of strictly old school anthems from 1990-2010 on Friday March 13! Pure old school hip hop/r&b/dancehall and reggae vibes from beginning to end, if you haven’t ventured out to this event at RedRoom yet then you’re missing out! A great nostalgic atmosphere where you’ll bump into so many old faces and hear some of the best tracks that lit up dance floors over a decade ago and still do now. Head to Facebook.com/anticsevents to find out more!

PANIC AT THE EMO POP PUNK’S NOT DEAD The newest club night at the Met Lounge goes from strength to strength as they relive the glory years of Pop Punk and introduce Ska/Skate Punk/Hardcore and more into the night. Not been yet and unsure what you'll hear? Think along these lines ....Blink-182, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Offspring, Sum 41, Bowling For Soup, Weezer, Paramore, Good Charlotte, Pennywise, Offspring, Anti-Flag , Less Than Jake, Alien Ant Farm and plenty more where that came from, For something a bit different head down on Friday March 6. Doors open at 10pm.



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Dust off those Converse and fish out that MCR T Shirt because Panic! At The Emo is at the Met Lounge again on Friday March 27! Expect to hear bangers from My Chemical Romance, Panic At The Disco, Paramore, Hawthorne Heights, Enter Shikari, Fall Out Boy, Alexisonfire, Underoath, All American Rejects, From First to Last and many more classic Emo tunes! Take photos at their Myspace photo booth and claim your free emo gifts on entry to really get you in that 2006 vibe! www.skiddle.com/e/13728941.

TROPICAL VELVET @ THE SOLSICE The Solstice is set to bring Peterborough a big one with the return of the guys from Tropical Velvet for another top night of house music on Saturday March 7. The night will see all the usual Tropical Velvet touches including amazing décor, music with six DJ’s on the line-up. There’ll be four room sof music – in the SolGarden it’s house music vibes with Kort + Elementary + Wade Teo + Phil Castle + Hurricane Messh & Alessandro Vacca. In Eden it’s R&B, Hip-Hop & Bashment with DJ Teeks Teekay and inside The Solstice bar expect house, dance & commercial with resident DJ LexBeatz. It’ll be Party Anthems with Top Notch Entertainers in Harry’s bar. Free before 11pm, £5 before 1am, £7 after and it’s open ’til 4.30am. For more info visit www.thesolstice.co.uk or Facebook.

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

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Whilst on a recent holiday I saw some fine entertainment amongst which is one act visiting Peterborough’s New Theatre later this year. Her name is Lorraine Crosby and although, like me, you probably haven’t heard of her, you definitely have heard her voice. Lorraine is the female voice on Meat Loaf’s Grammy Award winning song and No 1 hit the world over - I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That). She sings the reprise in this dramatic rock opera. It’s fascinating that Lorraine got the gig purely by chance. She told me – “I was managed by Jim Steinman who was also Meat Loaf’s producer and happened to be in the studios when Meat Loaf wanted to do a trial recording of I’d Do Anything For Love. However, as his usual partners, Ellen Foley or Cher were both unavailable that day I was asked to do the female voice for that trial. Months later I got a phone call from Meat Loaf saying my version was their favourite and could they use it? It didn’t take me long to say yes!” Lorraine has a tremendous voice and is about to commence an extensive UK tour featuring in ‘Steve Steinman's Anything For Love - The Meat Loaf Story’, which visits the New Theatre on November 27. For tickets call the box office on 01733 852992.

New Single Success For Idolising Nova Congratulations to local indie pop three-piece, Idolising Nova who are enjoying huge success with their latest single. Idolising Nova are Jack Fulton Smith, bass & vocals, Kris Lee, lead guitar and Kyle O'Sullivan on drums, and they released the new single, Stuck In Your Mind, in mid February. Within a very few days it had over 25,000 streams on Spotify. It’s popularity is understandable and you can check it out yourself on their website: www.idolisingnova.com. After a period in the recording studio, they now intend to go back on the road with their latest gig being at The Finsbury in London. We’ll keep you up to date with local gigs when they’re announced. 48 www.espmag.co.uk

MCV Charity Gig at The Tap The first weekend in April is when Peterborough’s finest soul band, Motor City Vipers, will be hosting their annual charity soul night at The Brewery Tap on Saturday April 4 to help raise funds and awareness for the fantastic work done at Thorpe Hall Hospice here in Peterborough. This is an annual gig which the band try not to miss from their busy schedule and Vipers’ frontman, Alec Chapman told ESP – “We’re looking forward to hosting an amazing night of soulful shenanigans and hoping it will be another sell-out show for this great cause.” The eight-piece MCV were formed in the spring of 2009 and have gained themselves a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live soul bands – playing a vibrant set of Motown and Northern Soul classics, The Vipers’ repertoire is like a who’s who of soulful floor-fillers from the 60s and 70s – from The Tops, Temptations and Supremes as well as Frank Wilson, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett . They’ve gained a huge following at all their gigs and supported music legends as diverse as The Blockheads, Neville Staple (The Specials), Kiki Dee, The Commitments, Diane Shaw and Geno Washington. Regular Brewery Tap DJ, Steve Walsh will be keeping the music going whilst the Vipers have a break and after the gig. Once again, it’s sure to sell out so get in quick if you want tickets. They’re available from the Brewery Tap on 01733 358500.

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Status Quo Star In Stamford There’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with true rock royalty on Friday March 20, as Francis Rossi brings his I Talk Too Much show to Stamford Corn Exchange. Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat and acoustic music. In his book, Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder,

lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever. He will undoubtedly spend time talking about his long term musical partner Rick Parfitt and reminisce about the good times and the bad times. Francis sang the first words at the iconic Live Aid in 1985, survived the obligatory rock’n’roll brush with alcohol and drugs, was awarded an OBE in 2010 and has a BRIT for

his Outstanding Contribution to Music. His band has sold more than 120 million records globally. Not bad for the alleged 3 chords! Rossi will be joined on stage by award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out. For tickets visit Stamford Corn Exchange box office or call 01780 766455.

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Thomas Dunleavy’s Got What It Takes!

Stone Roses Night at The Met The Met Loung bring us another hardcore tribute evening on Saturday March 14 as they feature Total Stone Roses plus Oaysis. They visit the Met Lounge on Bridge Street as part of The Spike Island 30th Anniversary Tour: This is a celebration of the event which gave the Stone Roses their reputation as one of the UK’s most notable acts by performing at Spike Island, Widnes in May 1990. This was a generation defining gig, a gathering of people during ‘the second summer of love’ that epitomised the Madchester and Rave counter culture movement of the late 1980’s & early 1990’s. Total Stone Roses will give us the opportunity to hear all the favourite Stone Roses anthems performed live by one of the UK’s finest tributes! Support comes from Oaysis, one of the UK’s best Oasis tribute bands performing a hits packed set that’s guaranteed to get you in the right mood for what’s to follow. Tickets for the gig are obtainable from www.skiddle.com.

I thought I would update you on the progress of talented young singer songwriter Thomas Dunleavy who is appearing on CBBC’s talent competition Got What it Takes. Thomas is just 14 years old and goes to Sawtry College. The concept of the show on CBBC is that eight teenage singers compete for a life changing prize to perform at Radio One’s Big Weekend festival in Dundee during the summer. Every episode the

teenagers compete in an industry based challenge to win a place in the sing-off. If they don't win it's down to their mums to win a 'mum' challenge. I’m pleased to report that Thomas is progressing well in the competition and his mum, Sara, who has a fear of rollercoasters, has had to go on an extremely challenging one at Thorpe Park (that’s the dedication of mothers!) Thomas is in the semi final on Wednesday March 4 starting at 5.45pm. The show will be presented by Anna Maynard and Thomas needs our votes to get into the final in mid March. So tune in to CBBC then and let’s get a local talent into the place where he deserves to be. You can get all the latest on Thomas on his Instagram: @thomasdunleavyrocks and Facebook: thomasdunleavyrocks. Fingers crossed! www.espmag.co.uk





Fletton Club, Fletton


DIRTY RUMOUR The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


Mama Liz's, Stamford




LET THERE B/DC Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping

PLEAZER + SPHERICAL The Ostrich, North Street

OUTSIDE IN The Golden Fleece, Stamford




The Ostrich, North Street



The Burghley, Burghley Road


CANDY TWIST The Ostrich, North Street

THE MONEY SHOT The Crown, Lincoln Road

THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Peacock, London Road

TIGER CLUB The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

The Peacock, London Road

HUSH The Bull, Newborough


The Blue Boar, Eye

The Ploughman, Werrington


Mama Liz's, Stamford

CITIZEN SMITH The Ploughman, Werrington

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Blue Bell, Werrington

The Stage, Market Deeping


OUTLAW EAGLES The Ostrich, North Street

STEALER The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

THE MACHINES The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

VELOCITY Fletton Club, Fletton

The Cock, March

LAST MINUTE BRIGADE The Ploughman, Werrington

THE LAZOONS The Brewery Tap, Westgate



St John's Church, Cathedral Square


BON ROGERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge

OAKHAM MIC NIGHT The Brewery Tap, Westgate

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road





BLACK DOG MURPHY The Ostrich, North Street 50 www.espmag.co.uk

The Crown, Lincoln Road

PORKY PIG The Ostrich, North Street

REVOLVER The Nag's Head , Bourne


The Crown, Lincoln Road


The Blue Bell, Werrington


THE EXPLETIVES The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

SAT MAR 7 BLACKOUT UK The Burghley, Burghley Road


CAPTAIN BACKWASH The Hand & Heart, Highbury Street

KICKBACK The Golden Fleece, Stamford

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

ROB JEFFREY The Angel Inn, Yarwell

STAR LIZZY The Crown, Lincoln Road


REPOSE The Fayre Spot, Bretton

Charters, Town Bridge

TOTAL STONE ROSES + OAYSIS The Met Lounge, Bridge Street


VELOCITY The Peacock, London Road

THE EXPLETIVES The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

THE MIGHTY & THE HIGH The Ostrich, North Street

SUN MAR 15 MATTY HAYNES (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge



Charters, Town Bridge



ROB BULL (3PM) The Frothblowers, Werrington


THE PORTLAND + DOORJAM Mama Liz's, Stamford



Mama Liz's, Stamford

The Crown, Lincoln Road

UNDERCOVER The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

Mama Liz's, Stamford

SILVERBACK (4.30PM) The Ostrich, North Street

The Fayre Spot, Bretton

SAT MAR 14 23 REASONS The Ploughman, Werrington

TUE MAR 17 CAPTAIN BACKWASH The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road



The Stage, Market Deeping



The Talbot Inn, Stilton

The Burghley, Burghley Road

WED MAR 18 ACOUSTIC SESSION The Lion, Ramsey Heights


FRANKLY MY DEAR The Ostrich, North Street




The Five Horseshoes, Barholm

Mama Liz's, Stamford

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The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

The Ploughman, Werrington


THE NUGGETS The Burghley, Burghley Road


The Nag's Head, Bourne


The Ale House, Ramsey

The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

CITIZEN SMITH The Crown, Lincoln Road

REPOSE The Ostrich, North Street

SUN MAR 22 DAN PERRIN (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge




SAT MAR 21 BENT BACK TULIPS Charters, Town Bridge

RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Ostrich, North Street

TASH HOU Fletton Club, Fletton

THE EXPLETIVES The Peacock, London Road


Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping

The Stage, Market Deeping


The Palmerston Arms, Woodston

OUTLAW EAGLES The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road

GABY STARBUCK Fletton Club, Fletton

JESSIE'S GHOST The Burghley, Burghley Road


LET THERE B/DC The Crown, Lincoln Road


KEITH LUCKEY (1PM) The Blue Bell, Werrington

MISCELLANEOUS The Stage, Market Deeping



Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping

The Crown, Lincoln Road



The Ostrich, North Street

The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

The Ostrich, North Street




The Blue Bell, Werrington

The Golden Fleece, Stamford

Charters, Town Bridge


The Ostrich, North Street

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

The Dragon, Werrington


ROB & DAVE ACOUSTIC (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge


GREG REKUS + TIM HOLEHOUSE The Ostrich, North Street



ICE CREAM HEADACHE The Ostrich, North Street



The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road



LEXIE GREEN (4PM) Mama Liz's, Stamford


The Ploughman, Werrington



The Brewery Tap, Westgate

THE ONE EYED CATS The Burghley, Burghley Road


TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor

Mama Liz's, Stamford The Crown, Lincoln Road

TIGER CLUB The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road



GIG of the MONTH

The Nag’s Head, 2 Abbey Road, Bourne If you’re a fan of the Gallagher brothers and the songs of Oasis you can expect all the hits you know and love from the Britpop heroes. This new act features two original members of the popular tribute act Noasis which toured extensively.



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