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SEPTEMBER 2012 Issue 157




The best

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Dining Out


Live Music


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Peterborough’s longest running R‘n’B night BrownSuga is celebrating its 20th birthday at its new home – Red Room on Friday September 14. BrownsSuga is a celebration of the best music from the 90s through to today with sounds that have influenced the last 20 years. Expect everything from soul and swing, hip hop, R‘n’B, ragga, D‘n’B, garage and UK funky. A limited edition CD will be given out to all the guests from the days of CottonBass back in the 90s all the way to 2012. Head over to the Red Room (part of Edwards) for what’s sure to be a fab night with plenty of nostalgia!

Everyone loves a good sing along, and if you find yourself singing into a mic at the local karaoke then why not spend the night down at the Halcyon in Netherton. They have karaoke nights every Friday from 9pm – so make a night of it and get your friends together and have some fun. Call 01733 263801 for more details.

FAB OFFER @ OMG ACCESSORIES Head over to OMG Accessories this month and you’ll receive £10 off when you spend £100 or more in store! OMG stock a huge range of all the most up-to-date fashion accessories so it’s not hard to go wild and spend mega bucks when you make a visit. So whether it’s another Shamballa bracelet to add to your collection, a new handbag, sunglasses or a new watch (and much much more) they’ve got it, just quote ESP at the till. OMG is located inside the Cresset in Bretton. Tel: 01733 688112.

BEAUTIFUL BY NICKY Beautiful Day Spa have introduced a Crystal Free Microdermabrasion treatment which is great for improving your skin. It helps aging, dull, congested or blemished skin, fine wrinkles, acne, stretch marks and minor scars and more. It’s non-irritating and is a cleaner treatment process with an Aquafuse solution which ensures a soothing and hydrating treatment. Call 01733 248938 for more info or to book. Don’t forget there’s also a £25 voucher running throughout September for their full day spa (this usually costs £90!) You can visit our ‘offers’ section on our to download the voucher.

PRACTICE YOUR SWING @ NENE PARK GOLF The fantastic new Driving Range at Thorpe Wood Golf Course got off to a great start when it opened earlier this year, and is the ideal place to go if you want to perfect your golfing skills. Whether you need a quick warm up before a round of golf, or to try out the different clubs then this is the perfect spot. You can even have lessons taught by a golfing professional – just call 01733 267701 to book your lesson now. You can also check out their website where they have vouchers for lessons, equipment and rounds of golf.


FINE DINING @ CLARKES Clarkes restaurant in Peterborough has continued to impress with its superb food – introducing fine dining to the city centre. From October they’ll be open for Sunday Lunch – and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed as we’ve tried the food ourselves and were extremely impressed! They’re also getting nervous about Michelin at the moment – will Peterborough finally get a starred restaurant? We have our fingers crossed for you guys! Call 01733 892681 to book.

25% OFF @ THE STRAND September definitely is the month for some great offers, and The Strand hair salon on Mayors Walk is offering 25% off all treatments! This friendly salon has recently been taken over by a new manager who tells us all their services can be tailored to your needs – so whether it be a trim or a dramatic new hair-do – they can do it. Just quote ESP when booking your appointment. Call 01733 893200 for more info.

BEAUTY & GIFT FAIR @ RAMADA HOTEL A day full of all things beauty and gift related is coming to the Ramada hotel on Sunday September 23. From 10am – 4pm there’ll be beauty demo’s, free dance classes, plenty of time for shopping, and a free draw with the chance to win a goody bag worth £1000! Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there’ll be a performance by local singer Simon Lee. Entry’s just £5. Call Ego Beauty on 01733 244486 for further info.

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The Peterborough Topshop store’s looking good after a swish new refit and expansion to the store in Queensagte which is now offering a larger range. The Topman side is now stocking the new Taxonomy range for men, which is the first store regionally to have it! It’s a London based brand which blends modern trends, traditional imagery and contemporary print to bring you a unique garment that you’re guaranteed to love. Go take a look!

Local actor David Proud will be back on TV this month. The actor from Whittlesey who recently appeared in the BBC drama The Best of Men which told the story behind the Paralympic Games, is back on the BBC again this month as the guest lead in daytime drama Doctors. You can see him on the tele on September 10.


EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE @ ANGEL SPICE The delicious special Sunday buffet continues at Angel Spice in Stilton and it would be a shame to miss out on the chance to indulge in their fine Indian cuisine. Make the most of the buffet anytime from 12 noon – 10pm and choose from up to 40 freshly prepared mouth-watering dishes, or even English dishes if you prefer. It’ll cost you just £8.95 per head, and children and senior citizens can eat for just £4.95. To book your table call 01733 244373.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITON @ SERPENTINE GREEN Peterborough Photographic Society will be hosting a photography exhibition at Serpentine Green from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2. If you’re interested in photography then this is a great opportunity to see work created locally and to speak to Club members. For more info on the Club visit their Facebook page or website:

From Sunday September 2 Vivacity will be launching family fun sessions from 2pm – 5.30pm at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre. They’ll be packed full of fun inflatables – including giant zorbs and mini paddle boats. The sessions are a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and are also a great way to have fun whilst keeping fit. Admission’s £7 for adults, £5.50 for children and £20 for families (two adults and two children). If you just want to swim instead admission’s £3.90 for adults and £3 for children.

PUMPKIN PARADE Organisers are already getting pumped up for this year’s spectacular Spalding Pumpkin Parade. Thousands of people are expected to join the festival again this year in recognition of South Holland’s status as pumpkin-growing capital of Europe. Food, fancy dress, fireworks, entertainment including music and drama, and the Flower Queen escorted through the town centre in a pumpkin carriage have all been lined up on Friday October 5. It’s all organised by South Holland District Council supported by The Rotary Club of Welland Centenary, Spalding Lions and sponsor, local pumpkin grower David Bowman Ltd.


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CARMEN: THE MUSICAL The Revellers are back with a new show – Carmen the Musical, which is coming to the Key Theatre in early October. Joanna Linford who plays Carmen and Alex Broadfield who plays Don Jose lead a group of 50 singers, dancers and children in this vibrant story about a gypsy girl who captures the heart of a corporal. It’s set in early 20th Century Spain amid a backdrop of smuggling and bullfighting. It’s on from October 2 – 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets can be ordered from the box office on 01733 207239. Lara Johnson



The fastest selling play in British theatre history will be gracing the Stamford Corn Exchange stage this month, and is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and find yourselves captivated. Calendar Girls follows the story of Annie as she and her best friend raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room after her husband dies of Leukaemia. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude for an alternative calendar, with plenty of giggles and challenges along the way as they try to cope with their new-found fame! It’s on from September 27 – 29 at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £12.50, box office: 01780 766455. Lara Johnson




Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy is hitting the Key Theatre, portraying the misadventures of young star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. This eternal love story can be seen on Tuesday September 25 and Wednesday September 26. Performances are at 7.30pm nightly, and there’s also a matinee show at 2.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Tickets are £16 for the evening shows, or £15 for the matinee. Concessions are £10 for students. To book tickets, call the box office on 01733 207239. Autumn Rose

It’s time to dig out those flares and platforms ladies and gents as The 70’s Show hits the Cresset. Emcee Productions are returning with a great show which will take you back to the 70s – with live music and a fantastic cast performing hits by Earth, Wind and Fire, ABBA, The Bay City Rollers, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, ELO, 10CC, The Jackson Five and that’s to name a few! It’s the ideal night to have a boogie and a sing along, so book your tickets now. It’s on from October 11 – 13, showtimes vary, tickets £15 for the cabaret show or £35 for a retro meal and cabaret. Call 01733 265705. Lara Johnson

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Rock & Roll Paradise, a stunning tribute to all of the rock ‘n’ roll legends presents a live show where the music plays the lead role. Rock & Roll Paradise has audiences dancing in the aisles and singing along with the music with over 40 songs. The incredibly talented cast brings to life the music of icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, the Big Bopper and Eddie Cochran. It’s quite possibly the best tribute show touring today with a guaranteed feel-good factor. Catch it on Friday September 21 at the Cresset, tickets cost £18.50. To book, call the box office on 01733 265705. Annabelle Davis

Watch out ladies! If you’re looking for a fun girl’s night out on Friday September 7 then look no further than the Dreamboys. They’re one of the most famous male stripper acts having appeared on shows such as The X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Only Way is Essex. These boys will have you begging for more in a night you simply can’t afford to miss! Book your tickets now girls before it’s too late by calling the box office on 01733 265705. Tickets cost £22.50. Annabelle Davis

SHANGHI – CIRQUE DU CIEL ShangHi by Cirque Du Ciel will leave you speechless as these stunning acrobats perform traditional Chinese stunts in their new show at the Cresset. Performing on Thursday September 13, the show combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in a stunning show you’ll never forget. Book now by calling the box office on 01733 265705. Tickets cost £22, concessions £19.50. Annabelle Davis


I LOVE PETERBOROUGH JOHN HEGLEY LOVES WORDS As part of Peterborough’s first We Love Words Festival of Poetry and Literature, well known comedy poet John Hegley is heading to the Key Theatre. Famous for his quirky performances, John Hegley has been described as a true master of bringing poetry to life – so you don’t want to miss his appearance at the Key Theatre on Thursday September 13, at 7pm. If you want to enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment and comedy, call the box office on 01733 207239. Tickets cost £8 or £5 if you’re under 16. Autumn Rose

After doing a four-week run at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I ♥ Peterborough is a great new theatre piece that is hitting the Key Theatre stage. The story follows a dysfunctional father and son duo, performing several cabaret style 70’s and 80’s songs. It is showing from Thursday September 27 to Saturday September 29, with performances held nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10. Box office: 01733 207239. Autumn Rose

THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the sell-out tour based on Robert Tressell’s story about some decorators who are joined by a man called Owen, who’s an artist with a vision of a just society. The arrival of a new member to the group threatens to disturb the peace. This good-humoured show is on at the Key Theatre Thursday September 20 and Friday September 21 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £9, or £7.50 for concessions. Box office: 01733 207239. Autumn Rose


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STARS @ FLAG FEN DINE ON THE SQUARE @ ITALIAN FESTIVAL A wonderful weekend of festivities Italian style will bring a real continental feel to the city centre on September 15 and 16 and we can’t wait. It’ll be a wonderful blend of Italian food, music and culture with market stalls, demonstrations and a packed programme of entertainment. The flag throwers from Florence are an amazing sight, the Papa Luigi Pizza Eating Championships always cause a stir and fabulous Italian cars, including several from Donalds Alfa Romeo will make you swoon. Food is a huge part of the weekend as you might expect with cookery demonstrations by chefs from Forli and food tasting by local restaurants Mattoni, Riva, Ristorante Fratelli, Barista, Papa Luigi and The Pasta Shop. Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo has all the girls very excited of course and he’ll be there appearing on stage on the Sunday. Gino told ESP it’s his first visit here – “I am looking forward to my visit and meeting everyone at the Italian Festival. It’s a great idea; we are going to have a fantastic time celebrating all that is great about my country.” Gino will be signing his latest book in Barista (St. Peter’s Arcade near the Tourist Information Centre) and hopes it’ll encourage more people to cook Italian – “Fantastico! is full of modern Italian recipes – easy to make and perfect for any occasion. The recipes show that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to enjoy good Italian food and you don’t need hundreds of ingredients or complicated techniques. I believe that there is a chef in all of us!” One of the Saturday highlights this year is a stylish pop up restaurant in Cathedral Square organised by Riva. This sounds fabulous with a beautifully decorated marquee a quality Italian five course meal and coffee, Prosecco on arrival and you’ll enjoy your meal with musical accompaniment from a string quartet and opera singers all followed by fireworks! Tickets are £50 which includes wine, to book call 01733 894952.

Actor and Time Team presenter Tony Robinson returned to Peterborough, as he promised he would, to visit one of his favourite archaeological sites – Flag Fen. He went down a storm when he re-opened Peterborough Museum earlier in the year and his recent talk at Flag Fen was standing room only. The audience were enthralled by his story-telling and anecdotes, he was the perfect crowd pleaser and was very impressed with the onsite activity taking place at Flag Fen. The first archaeological dig in a decade has just finished at the site and the results of the dig will now be analysed, conserved and reported back in October. The next exciting event at Flag Fen is the Star Party on Saturday October 6. Following the huge success of January’s stargazing events in partnership with the BBC; Flag Fen is hosting another astronomy evening as part of World Space Week this October. Join Vivacity and Peterborough Astronomical Society to see the night sky up close with a range of telescopes, journey through space in a Planetarium, try starry crafts and much more! Normal admission charges apply, free to Heritage Pass Holders.

CRESSET WEDDING SHOW Are you setting up for your big day? If so, the Cresset Wedding Show is just what you need to make the fairytale wedding of your dreams a reality. Over 30 exhibitors will show you everything you could possibly need for your special day from flowers to limos, jewellery to hair styling and cakes to DJs! The event also includes catwalk shows at 12 noon and 2pm featuring stunning wedding dresses, suits for the groom and outfits for your page-boys and bridesmaids. There’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste and budget and you can even chat to one of the Cresset’s wedding co-ordinators or take a tour of their facilities while you’re there – job done! This event is on Sunday September 30 at the Cresset in Bretton, a great function venue in itself. It’s open 11pm – 4pm and it’s free admission, so why miss it? For more details please contact the box office on 01733 265705. Annabelle Davis

1940s WEEKEND @ NVR The superb annual 1940’s weekend is on its way on October 6 and 7 at Nene Valley Railway. There’ll be entertainers on the platform for both days creating a fabulous forties atmosphere including Katie Spitfire, Dickie Lines and DJ Professor. There’ll be displays by the 39-45 Living History Re-enactment Group a special Help For Heroes train, war time dinners, trade stalls selling 1940’s memorabilia/clothing. Get in the spirit and dress up forties style! Admission’s £16 adults, £8 kids, £12 senior/disabled or a family ticket’s £40. Visit for details.

DINE WITH THE DUKE @ STEAM GALA How’s this for dinner out with a difference – fancy dining in style aboard the No 71000 Duke of Gloucester steam train? Your evening starts with a welcome drink at Wansford. As the train departs at 7pm your three course evening meal will be served at your seat whilst you meander along the Nene Valley Railway on two round trips, arriving back at Wansford at around 10pm. There’ll be a licensed bar and you can reserve a table for four or join other passengers – but don’t hang about! Visit the website or call 01780 784444 to view the menu or for more info. It’s all taking place on September 21 and it’s £29.95 for the meal and travel. It’s all part of the NVR Autumn Steam Gala on September 21 and 22, with lots of steam action for all the family including the A1 No 60163 Tornado and of course the Duke of Gloucester. It’ll be the first time two locomotives have come together in a double header formation since 2010!


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ANNA’S HOPE FASHION SHOW AND FAIRIES On Friday September 14 Anna’s Hope are running an exclusive fashion show with a superb collection of top brands from local fashion retailers to give you inspiration for your winter wardrobe. The event is taking place at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford, with doors open from 6.30pm and the show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets purchased in advance are £15 which includes a drink reception and canapés. All proceeds will go to Stamford based charity Anna’s Hope so head along for an evening of fashion and fun and give hope to local children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour. It’s hoped it’ll be the second successful event for the charity following their amazing fairy gathering in Burghley Park recently. Fairies turned up in their hundreds in Stamford last month to break the World Record for the most number of people dressed as fairies in one place. Incredibly 786 fairies dressed in tutus, wings and waving wands took part and should easily break the previous record of 277 once verified by Guinness World Records. For more info about the fashion show contact Carole Hughes via e-mail or call 01780 740492.

MANOR WEDDING FAYRE If you’re planning your big day this event should alleviate some of the stress! The Manor Leisure Wedding Show in Whittlesey houses everything you need to get hitched in style with dozens of stalls showcasing everything from the perfect flowers to the best photographers. It’s on from 11am – 4pm on Sunday September 23 and it’s free admission. The Manor’s hall has been revamped and is a great venue in itself so why not take a look around while you’re there and you might solve more than one of your wedding dilemmas in a single trip!

ESP’s Susan Saunders chats to cover star Rita Ora… Nowadays, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no one could ever take the music world by storm like Rihanna, the mega sensation that she is. That was until I caught up with the exciting fresh young talent that is the very same Rita Ora, who’s already tasted chart success with three number one singles with Hot Right Now (‘ey oh ey oh’ – I squawk as I bop away to the beat in the mirror) and R.I.P. and latest single How We Do (Party) storming straight to the top. Step forward to accept your applause Miss Rita Ora… I dare say that you may one day be bigger and better than Rihanna. Rita, it appears crept up whilst I was napping because as if from nowhere, a star was born. Needless to say, there was a bit more to it than that and I was delighted to find out more. “I wasn’t expecting this from my first album as I was a bit nervous with how people would respond to my music but it’s been incredible,” Rita explained. “It’s amazing. My fans are really supportive

so I try to do a lot for them too. Whenever I have spare tickets I give them to my fans and I try to see them whenever I can.” Hmmm… could one really be so down to earth in the middle of a whirlwind? Apparently so! “I had 30 of my fans over to a listening party for my album and they gave me feedback and hung out – it was cool.” I wonder how many stars can say that?! “They told me what their favourite songs were – Shine Your Light, Radioactive, the Will.I.Am song – which kinda matched up with mine. Just need to decide which I’m going to do a video for now!” Set for more chart success with her debut album ORA, 21 year-old, Kosovo born Rita summed up what it was all about for those who’ve not yet got her album. “The vibe of my album is feel good, a have fun album. I wanted everyone to enjoy listening to my album and hear my voice. I got to work with some really cool people as well so I was so grateful for that.” But when did she decide she was going to take singing seriously? “When I was 11 I went to stage school because my parents thought I was really good as Cinderella in my school play,” she

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recalls. “I got a producer deal to record with a producer who was working with Craig David. Craig heard me sing and said that he liked my voice (I heard her sing on Wednesday and then Thursday and Friday and Saturday, we chilled on Sunday) so put me on his album and a track with Tinchy Strider. I wasn’t signed at this point so they introduced me to Jay-Z who asked for a photo and a demo, which I sent over. He liked what he saw so he flew me over and I signed!” In true Cinderella story style, this time with Jay-Z as some kinda Fairy Godmother! Original plans to represent Great Britain at the Eurovision contest changed when Rita admitted it wasn’t for her and so she signed with Roc Nation – phew! “I’d love to be as successful as Rihanna,” she reveals. “I think when the album comes out; everyone will see me as a bit different.” Well call it a cliché or not, Rita Ora is definitely Hot Right Now and if she’s going to continue taking the charts by storm, I think it’s safe to say she’ll remain hot for some time so watch out RiRi that could soon become shorthand for Rita. Read the rest of my interview with Rita Ora on

what we were doing. I was about 16. It helped that we had such great support from family and friends, and at the time we didn’t actually know how famous we were abroad.”

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Jo added – “It was a little weird but I don’t think that’s because of how young we were. At any age finding fame is going to be a huge adjustment.” Defending the lack of movement on stage during their routine, Bradley said – “We won’t be doing too much dancing apart from during the obvious songs such as Reach. We’re getting far too old for that!”

ESP’s Mikey Clarke catches up with to join the S Club Party @ Flares… Remember how simple things were in 1999? We watched Friends on the television, played with our Gameboy and listened to S Club 7. Surely that wasn’t just me? The group rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, and it wasn’t long after that they produced hits such as Reach, Don’t Stop Movin’, and S Club Party. Many believe it was S Club that started off trends such as High School Musical and Glee. So where are the members now? You may have seen two of them recently in Flares, Peterborough. Jo and Bradley headed down to the popular nightclub to perform their classic hits, but not before grabbing an exclusive chat with ESP Magazine. S Club dominated the charts with their cheesy pop tunes for years. During that time they must’ve come across some strange fans. I wondered if any stood out. Bradley laughed – “I remember a man of about 50 or 60 waiting for us to sign autographs and kiss his bear!” The group were all in their teens when starting the group. Did they find it hard becoming famous so young? Bradley explained – “We were all pretty grounded and knew we were lucky to be doing


But are they too old for a full-on S Club 7 reunion? It’s the question that had to be asked. Bradley went on to tell me – “Everyone is so busy but we have met up a few times. Everyone has agreed that at a time that we’re not too busy and if it feels right it would be nice. I’d like to do something with all seven of us for old time’s sake.” Sounds promising. And with hugely popular comebacks from Take That, Steps, and Backstreet Boys – I personally think it’ll be soon or never. During out chat we also discussed what the members have been up to since going their separate ways, whether or not they’re all still in touch and the weirdest place they’ve heard one of their own tracks. Read about it on the new ESP website – I genuinely found Jo and Bradley a pleasure to talk to and was surprised by the pair’s down-toearth attitude and sense of humour. See it for yourself by watching the full interview on video, also found on our website. Keep on watching after the interview to hear a few of the hits sung live in Flares nightclub. Flares manager, Cem Ozhan described the atmosphere as – “Incredible. As well as S Club, we’ve also had recent performances from Romeo (So Solid, Big Brother) and Chesney Hawkes. The success of each of these performances shows that there is a demand for live, well-known performers. I can promise that Flares, Reflex and Edwards will keep them coming. Watch this space.”

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The welcome home for Peterborough’s Olympic hero scored a gold as thousands turned out to greet Louis Smith, including ESP’s Sarah Tempest... ood looks, charm, success, a body to die for and he thinks his mum’s an angel, Louis Smith appears to be the whole package. But what’s next for Peterborough’s medal winning Olympic gymnast, and how did he feel about his hero’s welcome home?


As I walked through Cathedral Square towards the Town Hall, where Louis Smith would be chatting to us prior to his open top bus parade to honour his achievement of two more Olympic medals, there was a definite crackle in the air. The sun was shining (seemingly in his honour) and the city centre was full of people, young and old, many poised with banners waiting for Louis’ arrival, ready to show just how proud of him Peterborough is. The atmosphere was infectious, it was a perfect day and I couldn’t suppress a definite skip in my step as I headed to meet him. Having interviewed Louis as a polite, unassuming lad of 19 not long after he won his bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I wondered if his success over the last four years had changed him, but whilst there’s a definite self-assured, confident air about Louis, he still comes across as refreshingly devoid of arrogance and is happy to chat, pose for photographs and answer any question thrown at him. Talking about what the homecoming parade meant to him, Louis paid tribute to all the support he’d received locally. “It’s brilliant,” he said, clearly overwhelmed. “The fact that people are here supporting me is just amazing. I saw a picture from my local pub recently and it was completely packed out. The road to the Olympic Games is a long hard journey for an athlete and so to know you’ve got that support, to have people helping you all the way, it means so much.” And his number one supporter has always been his mum Elaine, who first took him to Huntingdon Gymnastics Club when he was eight. I asked Louis what the whole experience had been like for her and how she felt after his performance. “She was proud, she cried,” he revealed. “I rang her straight after and my agent answered and I was like ‘where’s my mum?’ and he said ‘she’s off doing interviews!’ So she’s been just as busy. She’s very proud and has put in as much work as I have behind the scenes. Not everyone gets the credit for their input into my career and my mum’s just been an angel.” So what about the 2016 Olympics in Rio? “What about Rio?!” he replied with a wry grin, obviously looking to deflect the question before relenting – “Rio is a hard one. From Beijing until now has been maintainable because I was only 19, I was training at the peak of my career, which was the easy part. The next four years will be very different to the last four as I will be 27, my body will be breaking down and will be more sore and tired, so I’ve got to be sensible. I’ve got a lot of decisions to make.” But what about the fact that he so narrowly missed out on the Gold medal (both Louis and Krisztian Berki scored 16.066 overall but Berki was awarded the Gold as his mark for execution was higher), does he not have the hunger to go back and change the colour of his Silver medal? “No”, said Louis simply, “because I know I should’ve got Gold. It’s not like it’s a case of him beating me by a few marks. Alright, I got Silver but it should’ve been Gold. It was so close that I’m almost accepting of the fact.”

Like all young guys Louis clearly has an eye for the ladies and, with the Olympics out of the way a gap in his training schedule, so I asked him whether he has any plans to settle down in the new house he’s building locally. “Hopefully,” he says. “One day. With all the support I’ve been getting, including financial, I thought the sensible thing was to put it into property but, you know, I’m single and ready to mingle so we’ll see what happens!” Something tells me he won’t stay that way for long, form an orderly queue ladies.

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Speaking of his immediate plans, he laughed off any suggestion that he’d be making an appearance on this year’s X Factor (he auditioned in 2008 although the footage was never screened) and was clearly looking forward to his big night out that night in Peterborough and the first proper chance to let his hair down in nine weeks (see the ESP Paparazzi pages!).

Sarah gets a sneaky squeeze!

Louis gets a civic welcome

Huge crowds turn up to welcome Louis home





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than a thousand autographs for fans at his homecoming celebration last month.

The eagerly awaited fourth Italian Festival takes place over two days in Cathedral Square on September 15 and 16 and all (female) eyes will no doubt be on special guest Gino D’Acampo when he takes to the stage on the Sunday.

It was the hottest day of the year but Louis stayed cool as he was interviewed live on Sky News from the top of the bus whilst hundreds shouted his name.

Peterborough’s three-time Olympic medal winner was paraded through the city centre on an open-top bus that came to a halt in Cathedral Square for around 2,000 of his beloved fan base to salute him.


Gino speaks to ESP in this issue and I managed to pose a couple of questions to him:


What would you advise a guy should cook for a woman to make a good first impression?

There are several ways you can wear out your right hand… and continuously signing your name is one of them.

“I would suggest something like chicken in Marsala and dill sauce. You can find the recipe in my book, Fantastico. Trust me when I say that there is no woman on this planet who would not be seduced by this dish. “

Thankfully Louis Smith’s right hand can still do the business on a pommel horse, despite risking numbing it for life by signing more

Do you own an Italian car or motorbike? “I have a black Ferrari and a Vespa.” I cooked Gino’s recommended dish and she’s been poo-ing through the eye of a needle for a week. I undercooked the chicken. I can’t help thinking the answer to my second question would be more fitting for making a good impression. Gino will be signing copies of his most recent book in Barista (St Peter’s Arcade). I’ll be bringing my Vespa for him to sign instead.

Not long to go (September 29) before former Face of ESP Lauren ‘Hitman’ Hughes faces her second outing at white-collar boxing following a brave and exciting debut earlier in the year. Lauren will be one of 14 fighters lacing up at a show organised by Vic’s Gym who are taking on their St Ives counterparts. The show is at the Cresset in Bretton (6pm) and tickets are £25 and £30. Call 07595 167679 for tickets.

When I was a little boy I used to be scared of big, hairy bikers riding Harley Davidson’s but in adulthood I’ve discovered they’re probably the nicest bunch of motorcyclists you’ll ever meet. My childhood fears came back to haunt me when I saw this photo. Harley’s


I was with him the whole afternoon and know he was tired, hungry and dehydrated but that didn’t matter and it didn’t show. What mattered to Louis was making time for his fans. His performance was gold, silver and bronze rolled into one.




It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating. Louis really is a credit to our city. He has time for everyone and patiently signed autographs for more than an hour.

Diner owner Richard Swinescoe pictured on a Vespa is the most frightening thing I’ve seen since Boris Johnson dancing at the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Some things are just wrong I’m afraid. But luckily for Richard he’s got a lot of things right with Harley’s Diner, so he’s forgiven for displacing himself on my Vespa. One of the diner’s best successes is Bike Night, which has been

attracting lots of us twowheel fanatics since the start of summer. For just a fiver you get a choice of several meals, which you can wash down with a mug of tea, coffee or a Coke. Bike Night is continuing until the end of September from 5pm until 9pm and all bikers and scooterists are welcome. There’s plenty of free parking and a petrol station a stone’s throw away. See you there.


There was no ban ana in his pocket; the gentleman was just pleased to see four lusciou s laydees.


Italian It’s Italian Festival month and here’s some words that are deeply ingrained in our Italian community: Joe Dolce, sugo, Padre Pio, leather jacket, vinegar and oil, 18 carat, dressed in black, London Brick, bacala, Rocky, fried peppers and sausage, holy communion, Fletton, tight trousers, nonna and Joe Avati.

NO SUCH THING AS BMW SPAM I’m starting to get annoyed with emails claiming I need Viagra, my penis can grow 10 foot or that I’ve been sold PPI for a credit card I don’t even own. We should be allowed to choose what lands in our inbox and one of my most recent choices was to receive the Balderstons e-newsletter. Our local BMW motorcycle dealership also has a Facebook page and both platforms give you access to latest news, offers, rider training, tours, charity events and of course motorbike sales. There are even lots of photos but sadly none of me, yet. Visit to subscribe. Subscription’s free and issues are monthly.

>> Suggs – Don’t wrap that baguette in foil after dark >> Toni – All will be revealed next month… >> Arif – Thanks for sorting me. It’s time for your Italian citizenship >> Mikey and Rach – We’ve still got your card! >> Richard – Good work in the garden again >> Eileen – When’s that coffee?


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It’s a changing season with new looks so what better time to show a transformation in our lovely Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart. Jess has had a fantastic year as our local celebrity and she’s met plenty of them herself so we’ve given her a super model make-over for her final fashion shoot as Face of ESP’12.

Autumn/Winter Vivienne Westwood collection comes from stockist Boheme in Wansford. For sophistication that doesn’t date, this wearable, British chic collection will help you stand out from the crowd.

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Party on –the BIG night is here! It’s the social event of the year that everyone will be talking about… so don’t miss out on coming to the Face of ESP Finals Night 2012! Join us for an exciting night out at the Executive Suite at Peterborough United on Friday September 7 and enjoy the journey as we choose the next girl who’ll become a local celebrity. Once again we’ll be judging dozens of fantastic girls bursting with personality and the desire to represent the fun-loving spirit of ESP Magazine for a whole year. One girl will step into Jessica Lockhart’s high heels, win thousands of pounds worth of prizes and spread the word about ESP for the next twelve months.

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Musicalize your life! A fantastic showcase of live music including popular artists from BBC’s The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Peterborough this month called Musicalize. ESP’s live music reporter Keith Dalton has all you need to know…

Peterborough Arena managing director Keith Dalton (not me for the thousandth time) said – “The people of Peterborough and the surrounding areas have been waiting patiently for a live indoor music event – and now here it is. The organisers have some terrific talent lined up for the evening, which will be kicking off a new season of entertainment at Peterborough Arena – something we’re all very excited about.” The Musicalize organisers have been impressed by the venue at the East of England Showground and told ESP – “It’s always been our goal to take our live music events outside of London. We are always looking to work with the best venues possible and we feel that Peterborough Arena is the perfect space for an event of this size.”

The huge Peterborough Arena plays host to hundreds of fans and music lovers who are expected at the Musicalize event on Friday September 28. It features BBC’s The Voice finalists Jaz Ellington and Max Milner, The Loveable Rogues, the cheeky London trio from Britain’s Got Talent now signed up by Mr Cowell no less! Then there’s seven-piece South London collective Clement Marfo & the Frontline, whose song Champions was a key tune at London 2012. Chart topper Loick Essien is also on the bill along with Kyra who some may have seen supporting Wretch 32 on his tour and In’Sight a male R’n’B/soul duo who’ve supported Ed Sheeran, plus support from our own Peterborough talent Maisie Mae.

I was very impressed with Jaz and Max on The Voice and it’s a great opportunity for local music fans to see their live performances. I also hope that it’s the first of many productions to visit Peterborough Arena. Early bird standard tickets start at £10. Details and booking information can be found at: musicalize-peterborough/10022386 For more info head over to or follow on Twitter:

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Well the season of festivals in fields is starting to wind down a bit but the hunt for the last few to get to has been fruitful. ore on those later, but I want to let you all know that the end of an era was reached this summer. After 20 years at Cambridge Folk Festival I’ve decided that this was my last. Great as it is, it’s a bit like smoking I guess, you don’t know why you do it but you do. I’ve met some great folks there and with social media I can stay in touch but that’s it done. Is it the same as it was in 1990? No it’s changed, a lot more corporate, a lot more middle class with the sensibility that, that brings, and a bit too officious for my liking now. That said it is still a great festival and you shouldn’t let my opinions put you off next year, try it for yourself.


Anyway back to sunny September, it will be trust me! Just the other side of Huntingdon at Lode is the simply but effectively named Lodestar Festival. I’ve been meaning to get to this one since about 2009 when I first heard of Sir Bob Geldoff it then forget, this year I meant to and forgot again and have booked tickets for elsewhere! It’s one of those festivals that you should get to before everyone and his aunty hear of it. Headlining on the Friday this year is The Go Team! I got the first album, Thunder Strike Lightning and it blew me away. That was about six years ago and it still gets a regular play, so to see them live would’ve been a real treat. Headliner on the Saturday is Sir Bob Geldoff. Love him or hate him he is one that is well


worth a look if you’re there and yeah you will get some of his new stuff, but if he plays Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays…well it’s worth half the ticket money alone! Another band to check out is Katzenjammer, four Scandinavian girls with quirkiness and attitude to burn and playing a multitude of instruments. We saw them at Cambridge two years ago and again, defo worth a look. There are loads of other bands there, a big top stage with comedy, theatre and Burlesque, the now obligatory real ales and cider and good food (obligatory at any GOOD festival). It’s on August 31 – September 2 and all that for a cheeky £65 and free camping /campervans.

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That is a fabulous price. Next year I shall be logging onto and finally getting there! We will however be getting to Alchemy up in the lower reaches of the Lincolnshire Wolds, we did a couple of years ago and it was a blast. You are looking at September 21 – 23 and as far as a non commercial festival as you can imagine is awaiting your attendance. No corporate stuff, loads of random bands, DJs and art and loads of people of all ages taking time out of this planet to stop the rat race, unwind and make new acquaintances. I could put a few of the bands down but likelihood is you would not have heard of them, one you may have is Back To The Planet? Yeah? No? Ah well they are there but my favourite to watch out for are Skip Rat. You would just go see them for the name. If you want to get back to festivalling as it was, like it should be, mid 60s to early 70s style with lots of randomness, this is the place to go, see and tickets are £60 for the three days. You know what, try it you may well never look back…or even come back to the day-to-day grind Mwhuhahahahahaahh!! Did I mention the chainsaw carving… yeah that’s going on as well!

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paparazzi Caught in the act? RAFTS, BEER AND PARTIES! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been another busy few weeks with our ESP Paparazzi photographers out an about catching you in the act of having a great time! The Deepings Raft Race was another big success despite the rain. The action was wet and wild with an Olympics theme on the river, with the crowds cheering the teams along beneath their brollies. Mike Harris snapped the action, even wading in for a good view! The guys at The Ploughman pub in Werrington threw their annual beer fest a few weeks ago so we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss that! Carole Stone was there to snap away for ESP and the place was packed with a great crowd. Edwards bar in the city centre has been packed out recently with appearances by S Club 7 and Olympics gymnast Louis Smith. Edwards threw him a special party to celebrate his homecoming in style. Photographers Aaron Leverton-Ferrar and Wayne Williamson did the honours behind the lens.




perfection, it was tender, juicy and the mushroom and sauce were the perfect accompaniment along with new potatoes as a side dish. The second main course was a salmon steak with a Mediterranean sauce served on a bed of cherry tomatoes, diced potatoes and green beans. Again, this was picture perfect on the plate and it tasted just as good as it looked. The salmon fell apart into tasty bite size pieces, and the green beans were ‘al dente’. FOOD REVIEW

The Rose & Crown 11 Market Place, Oundle. Tel: 01832 275968. We took a trip over to the Rose & Crown pub and restaurant in Oundle run by Shawn Smith, who took over just a few years ago, and we’ll be making a return trip just as soon as we can! Shawn’s been a chef for many years and we had the privilege of tasting his new dishes which will be available on the specials board very soon. He prides himself on using locally sourced produce where possible, and making fresh, hearty meals that are good value for money. After just a short wait our starters were served – presented beautifully on the plates and with a mouthwatering aroma. The king prawns were succulent and the fresh gambas sauce added extra flavour. The chicken recardo consisted of chargrilled strips of chicken marinated in Greek yoghurt, chilli and coriander, served on a bed of chopped red onion and cucumber salad. The chicken was very tender and the flavours from the marinade were delicious – two very yummy starters! Then came the main courses – first the ribeye steak which was served with a large field mushroom stuffed with Stilton cheese and a port sauce with fried onions on the top. Not only did this dish look amazing but it really was to die for. The steak was cooked to

Soon we were onto dessert, and what desserts they both were! Out came two huge sundae glasses, one Tuck Shop Temptation, and the other an Eaton Mess. All I can say is wow! These desserts are sweet tooth heaven. The Tuck Shop Temptation was a trio of desserts inspired by everyone’s favourite chocolate bars – caramel, milk chocolate and honeycomb crunch, chocolate fruit and nut served with ice cream. The Eaton Mess was a combination of strawberries fresh from the local market, summer fruits, Greek yoghurt, ice cream and of course meringue. These starters could easily be shared between two people however if you’re a real sucker for sweet desserts then you’ll have no trouble polishing one off yourself! The Rose & Crown is definitely worth a visit and we’ll certainly make a return. Perhaps on one of their theme nights which sound great – Monday is Grill Night with 2 for 1 on all steak dishes, Wednesday is Curry Night with curry and a drink only £5.95 and Friday is of course fish night with a free drink with any fish meal from the menu. Lara Johnson

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EATING with Karen Devine

A PLATEFUL OF COLOUR IN 2012 If you want to improve your diet and eat more healthily, try eating a rainbow. Local nutritionist Karen Devine knows that a plateful of colour means a plateful of nutrients, so read on and see what ‘red’ brings to your table… Natural chemicals in plant foods are known to protect heal and repair our body. Eating a diet high in various colours from plant foods will bring a host of phyto-chemicals (chemicals from plants) which are known to deliver health benefits along with the vitamins, minerals and fibre they also contain. This month I’m looking at red so I thought I’d choose my least favourite fruit – the pomegranate – but I do attempt to include it in my diet as it can boast some good health benefits. It’s also said to be one of the oldest fruits, grown on a small tree, loaded with red seeds, and has been cultivated for centuries. It’s been seriously researched over the last few years and has been found to contain compounds that offer many health benefits.

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It also contains compounds that stimulate serotonin which can help to improve your mood, and most importantly compounds that may have anti-cancer protection, particularly prostate. If like me you’re not keen on the sometimes dry, bitter aftertaste of pomegranate, the good news is that the juice of the pomegranate is as beneficial as eating the seeds, which is unlike any other fruit juices. Another way to help disguise the taste is to throw some of the seeds onto a salad and eat them that way. But if you love it straight from its skin then why not add a couple of these to your diet each week?

If you are on medication please get advice before guzzling down pomegranate juice as it can inhibit the body’s ability to clear the drug so always seek advice from your GP first. In health Karen

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Give skin a boost of brightness with The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz, £8. This handbag friendly spritz will refresh and give instant hydration to dull, tired looking skin helping ensure you’re oozing zest appeal all year round.

gEt thE siEnna X Factor @ MElaniE richard’s Not been away this year and want a natural looking tan but without the commitment? Then luckily for you Sienna X have launched their brand new Instant Bronzing Gel which is available locally at Melanie Richard’s Hair Boutique for only £12.95. The wash-off formula blends easily into your skin giving you gorgeous, even and instant colour whenever you need it. The moisturising gel is the perfect quick fix whether you’re getting ready for a girls’ night out or just want to enhance the tan you already have.

put your skinFirst With skin being your body’s largest organ, we should all be putting our skin first when it comes to looking after ourselves. We all want healthy, younger looking skin and many of us go through phases of our skin not looking and feeling its best for various reasons. So, what better way to tune into your skin’s needs than with radio frequency treatment? Which is exactly what we did. The SkinFirst clinic on London Road, Peterborough offers this fabulous non-invasive yet very effective procedure which is being heralded in the medical world as being the premium skin rejuvenation treatment.

The instant bronzing gel is fab for any skin tone. Just use a light wash for the palest of pale skins or layer it for a deeper colour à la TOWIE. You can also use the streak free, non-transferable gel to sculpt and add contour to limbs. Deliciously scented with pomegranate and vanilla orchid means you won’t be left with that well known fake tan ‘biscuit’ smell.

Radio Frequency (RF) Treatment is suitable for both men and women (over 18) of any skin type and colour with mild to moderate sagging or uneven skin tone and scaring. RF is used to rejuvenate tired looking skin, repair pitting and scaring caused by acne, reduce drooping jowls and tighten loose, wrinkly skin.

So, release your inner bronzed goddess and get your glow on with this great new product by heading down to Melanie Richard’s on Bridge Street in Peterborough (01733 553600).

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It’s formulated with patchouli to hydrate and moisturise and infused with sweet orange, helping support collagen formation to keep your skin looking youthful as well as smelling great.

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3D Released: September 7 The comic-book legend known for his tough justice gets another big screen outing after the appalling mid-nineties Sly Stallone effort.

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Early reviews as we go to press are pretty favourable – with this 3D-inspired reboot going back to its brutally violent roots – as Judge Dredd looks to take down Lena Headey’s (The Game of Thrones) evil reality-altering drug

dealer, who’s trying to control a mega futuristic city that runs along America’s East Coast. Karl Urban – best known for Doom, and supporting roles in The Bourne Supremacy and Chronicles of Riddick – dons the famous helmet as police are given the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner. Let the carnage begin . . .





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Colin Farrell takes over the role of Douglas Quaid from Arnie Schwarzenegger in this reboot of the franchise which was previously an early nineties hit. Sadly it’s been a box office flop Stateside despite a very encouraging trailer and heavy marketing campaign – especially with the presence of female duo Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Atonement director Joe Wright and star Keira Knightley reunite in the latest incarnation of the lifechanging affair that consumes the 19th century Russian aristocrat. With great support in the form of Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Emily Watson and Kelly McDonald this could have all the ingredients for another British hit.

Don’t be put off by that terribly unfunny Orange ad currently playing prior to movies at Showcase, this actually could be the best British crime thriller in quite some time. The ever-reliable Ray Winstone teams up with music star Ben ‘Plan B’ Drew to take on this reimagining of the hit seventies series based on the Met Police’s Flying Squad.

Yet another computer-generated animation, but one which has garnered some decent reviews from across the pond – despite the lack of real star names. A misunderstood boy (Kodi SmitMcPhee) who talks to dead people, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-up naysayers to save his town from a centuries-old curse.




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An all-star cast adorn Oliver Stone’s latest crime drama as drug growers Taylor Kitsch – yes him of John Carter and Battleship flop fame – and Aaron Johnson take on a Mexican drug cartel boasting Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro. Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and John Travolta add support to a film that’s notched up mixed reviews.


Sheridan Smith continues to build on her success in West End performances of Legally Blonde – as well as roles in The Royal Family and Gavin and Stacey – with her first lead role in this British thriller. A year after witnessing a murder, residents of a tower block find themselves being picked off by a sniper in a battle for survival.

There’s more good feedback filtering through for yet another crime-thriller, as Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik and star Brad Pitt reteam – with James Gondolfini and Ray Liotta in support. Pitt plays a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mobprotected poker game.

Released: September 28 This time they’ve even brought Michelle Rodriguez (who starred in the original film) back from the dead to join forces with Milla Jovovich in her recurring pay cheque role. Even gaming legend Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) comes to her aid as they continue to battle the undead . . . in 3D.

THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Released: September 21 The Hunger Games, star Jennifer Lawrence has chosen this horrorthriller as her next project in which a mum and daughter move into a house next door to where a young girl murdered her parents. Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue – known for roles in Cocktail and Adventures in Babysitting – are in support.

THE CAMPAIGN Released: September 28 Will Ferrell teams with The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis in this political comedy that has done Anchorman-esque business at the US box office. Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) gains re-election every term without contest – but this time he has competition in the from of hapless local tourism manager Marty Huggins (Galifianakis).

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DARKSIDERS II (PS3/360/PC) Out now This builds on the solid first outing to undoubtedly make it one of the best action titles of the year. But it falls short of excellence by never quite deciding what it wants to be – part God of War, part Zelda, part The Lord of the Rings – thus making this story of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse a slightly flawed experience, despite getting most things right.


With puzzling RPG elements and some exceptional customisation options, adding to the tried-and-tested combat engine, there’s plenty to do in this artistically-dark world – and it’s still one of the best at what it does.

SLEEPING DOGS (360/PS3/PC) Out now The second of two games that are great – but falls just short of greatness – is this GTA-tagged clone, that deserves immense credit in its own right. As undercover cop Wei Shen in the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong you partake in a gritty well-acted story – complete with satisfying combat controls – and a truly compelling in-game medal system that really pulls you into this sandbox world.


Some sadly intermittently poor graphical issues and arcade style driving – that looks a little out of place – are just a couple of minor gripes, but bar that, infiltrating this Triad empire is a truly immersive experience that deserves your attention.



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Credit has to be given to Mad Catz – a company usually associated with gaming peripherals – for trying something new. But sadly this valiant attempt at a World War II aerial dogfighting combat game falls short due to poor frame-rate and samey environment issues that eventually makes it a chore – unless you’re a die-hard fan of this sub-genre.


Despite reenacting great missions like Pearl Harbor, this falls short of equivalents like IL-2 Sturmovik – and would be more at home as an XBLA or PSN download.

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THE EXPENDABLES 2 (15) Running Time: 1hr 35mins, Out Now For any lad brought up on action movies from the eighties – this is a fanboy’s dream. This improved sequel to the rather lame 2010 first outing is the ultimate sandwich – two action-packed layers of bread, a big thick chunk of cheese, and a script like a wafer-thin slice of ham. But if you’re into this thing it’s hard to wipe the grin off your face as this film knows exactly what it is – extreme violence from some of the most notable action stars of all-time with tongue firmly embedded-in-cheek. This sequel is more action-packed – complete with explosive opening – as Bruce Willis sends Sly Stallone, Jason Statham and co on a seemingly paint-bynumber mission. But when one of the team gets brutally killed by Jean-Claude Van Damme’s bad

guy – blood and guts fly across the screen as his team seeks revenge. This time round Willis and Arnie get a little more screen-time, along with Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews, but Jet Li and Randy Couture (who barely speaks) take a back seat this time – with Chuck Norris popping in for a cheesily cool cameo. But it’s The Hunger Games’ youngster Liam Hemsworth – as an ex-army sharpshooter – who shows the veterans how it’s done by easily providing anything close to acting.

Of course, if you really want to, you could pick bullet holes in this movie all day long – but if you’re watching it for that simply don’t see it. Some of the most fun I’ve had at the cinema this year.


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One of the highlights of the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics last month was undoubtedly the way that the great British sense of humour was celebrated. Give me Rowan Atkinson miming his boredom at playing the same note over and over again in the orchestra, over a billion Chinese drummers in Beijing any day!

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singers were brought on in vehicles – Taio Cruz in the back of a Rolls Royce, The Spice Girls in black cabs, the Kaiser Chiefs on the back of Lambrettas – there was no such transport for George Michael who had to make his way on foot. Surely they could've got him to recreate one of the most famous scenes in British celebrity car driving by getting him to drive into a mock up of a Snappy Snaps shop? Another notable exception occurred during the handover to Rio when we were treated to some Brazilian carnival music, and to nobody's great surprise Brazilian footballer Pelé turned up to wave at the crowd. I can't help thinking that they'd missed a trick by not picking another famous Brazilian, and one who actually lives in London... Where on earth was the X Factor's Wagner!? Hopefully rehearsing for the opening ceremony at Rio 2016.

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This month’s Funhouse Comedy line-up at North Street Bar in Peterborough includes fabulous deaf comedian Steve Day, a familiar voice on Radio 4 and always good value. Andrew Watts is one of the most talked about new acts on the circuit, formerly a solicitor he’s been gaining rave reviews. Joining the line-up for the night is Ian Crawford, Patrick Draper and compere Ben Murray. Tickets are £7.50 in advance on




Bottle Rocket Comedy Club brings some new laughs to the city with Key Comedy Nights at the Key Theatre. This month’s headliner is Gareth Richards with engaging observational comedy and inspired one-liners. Support comes from Steve Day (the UK’s only Deaf Comedian), Hackney New Act Winner Fergus Craig and your host Tony Jameson. Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Box office: 01733 207239.




Join Peterborough’s own cartoonist John Elson as he introduces another season of quality comedy in The Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s in North Street, Stamford. There’s always a great atmosphere and real ales. Joe Lycett kicks off the new season. Joe’s appeared on Chris Addison's Show & Tell, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win, he was also a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. Also on the bill is Jack Campbell who entered the new comedian competition at The Willow Festival this year and carried off first prize. Roger Monkhouse is a highly original and quirky performer, a consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. Pay on the door £7 or £5 advance from




The Cresset Comedy Club returns from its summer holidays this month celebrating its 14th year. Having played host to Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jon Richardson and Russell Howard in the past, it’s a great way to see the next big thing right here in the ‘boro! This month’s headliner is Phil Butler, one of the finest circuit headliners, who also regularly travels to Afghanistan to entertain the troops. Phil is joined by Colin Owens, the winner of Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, Lloyd Griffiths, fresh from performing at the Edinburgh Festival and cheeky compere Tom Toal. Tickets £11.50 in advance.


THIS TIME NEXT MONTH RODDERS… As a massive fan of all things Trotter I’m really pleased to see some of the stars from one of my favourite TV shows Only Fools and Horses heading to my home town. The show’s annual convention is stopping off at the Bushfield Leisure Centre for the first time on Sunday October 28 and I can’t wait. There’ll be loads of stars from the classic comedy signing autographs, screenings, an auction, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise – no hooky stuff either – cushty! Tickets are just a fiver – even Del Boy couldn’t do you a better deal! I’ll have more next month but you can buy online on




The Ha Ha Club brings some more great comedians from the national circuit to Radius above The Solstice for its regular comedy session. This month it’s Sam Avery, Sean Mclauchlin, Ben Harrington, Ed Easton and MC for the night is Will Duggan. Tickets £7 from the Solstice or




Over at The Falcon Hotel in Whittlesey there’s another cracking Funhouse Comedy session this month with George Egg, who’s been hailed as 'a Tommy Cooper for the twenty first century' and a true cross between alternative stand-up comedy and music hall variety. Then there’s the ever-popular, award-winning female stand-up Shazia Mirza, known for her laconic one liners. Spiky Mike joins the lineup with compere Ben Murray. Tickets are £10 in advance through




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STAMFORD KICKS OFF! As September begins the new football season is well and truly underway and with three teams representing the town there’s a lot to cover so let’s get started! Stamford AFC, complete with their brand new club crest, have four games this month and will be hoping to build on their impressive performances from the start of the season, performances that were epitomised through their excellent 4-3 win over Northwich Victoria on the opening day of the season. Participating in the Northern Premier League: Division One South, SAFC will be hoping for an improved league finish this season, despite a very promising beginning to the last campaign they finished seventh just outside the play off places and will be looking to put that right this time round. The Stamford Blackstones will be competing in the Chroma Sport United Counties Premier Division and currently own bragging rights over SAFC after a pre-season derby victory over them in August winning 3-1. With an opening day win over Irchester, Blackstones have been in great form as of late and will be hoping for a great season to appease the regulars of their Lincoln Road ground. Stamford Belvedere FC or The Bells who play in the Peterborough & District Football League: Division One, have unfortunately not got off to the best of starts and will be hoping that September turns their fortunes around. Losing 3-0 in the opening fixture of the season to Hampton and again missing out on points in a hard fought game at Langtoft, it seems only a matter of time until the tide turns and The Bells start clocking in the results they deserve.

TRIBUTES TO THE BEST Tribute acts are here, there and everywhere at the Corn Exchange Theatre this month with some of the biggest bands of yesteryear having their back catalogues brought back to life as well as a very special reunion. First up on Saturday September 8 The Karpenters will be performing the hits of… well if you can’t work that out you don’t deserve to go. This six piece live band take you on a nostalgic journey through the life and times of the band, performing all the hits including Close to You, Rainy Days and Mondays and Please Mr. Postman to name but a few. Tickets are £16.50 (concessions £15.50). Next up the music of the Bay City Rollers is paid homage when Lee McKeown’s Bay City Rollers take to the stage on Saturday September 15. Formed in the early 90s, today audiences are treated to all the old BCR hits reworked for the new millennium, alongside exciting new material, it’s a can't miss night out for any fan of the legendary Rollers for just £17.50.

So there we have it. Three great teams for one great town! Spoilt for choice, if you don’t follow one now’s the time to choose. It’s time to represent!

And finally a reunion! Stamford’s very own Cupids Inspiration return to active duty bringing with them their top 40 hits, Yesterday Has Gone and My World plus a host of album tracks and 60s and 70s favourites. Not to be missed! Tickets are £13 (concessions are £12) and you can catch the show on Thursday September 20. All tickets are available at the box office: 01780 766455.

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“I was expecting something but I wasn’t expecting the wow factor that this has.”

This academy couldn’t be further removed from our old visions of dingy school corridors and stuffy rooms, it’s light, airy and inspiring. Every department has a famous quote emblazoned on the walls, designed to fire up a passion for knowledge and learning such as: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world’ – Nelson Mandela. A lovely touch which echoes the aspirations of this academy. Some lucky students who had a sneaky peek in advance of the new term were equally impressed. Jonathon Atkinson told us – “It’s nice, modern, big – but still easy to navigate round. I like the canteen and the drama studio looks nice.” The £20.6 million pound purpose built academy with its light and airy corridors and spacious new learning suites will be filled with pupils actually excited about returning to school. A new JLS ring binder and geometry set will pale into insignificance when the students walk through the doors and see the huge new open plan dining area and adjoining theatre stage. When they find they have iPads to use, a modern computer suite, a music room and a TV and radio studio the summer holiday gossip will definitely be put on pause. It’s not just students who are set to benefit from these fabulous new facilities – the wider community will also get to make use of it and with all this on offer we think there’ll be quite a few grown ups keen to get back to school!

ESP dropped by at a special preview day and principal Eric Winston told us he was amazed at the results of this huge project – “I was expecting something but I wasn’t expecting the wow factor that this has. This is a truly lovely building for young people to learn in and indeed for teachers to teach in. “The stand out thing for me is the inspirational feeling you get when you enter the building. All round we have got a fantastic resource, and given the quality of the teachers we have and of those we know are coming to work for us, I don’t think many young people can complain.” Complain? If state-of-the-art facilities, interactive whiteboards, specialist areas for English, maths and science and an allweather football pitch don’t float your boat then you deserve a hefty detention people!

“I really like the new IT suites because they’re much bigger,” said student Ralph Adams. “I think the drama studio’s really impressive. I like the way it can be viewed from both sides,” added Daniel Stephenson, “I didn’t expect the building to be as good as I think it is.” Ormiston Bushfield can cater for an extra 200 pupils a year and these new facilities, coupled with high standards in Ofsted reports should see it become a popular choice for many. But what about the rest of us, surely school kids can’t have all the fun? “We want this to be a community facility 100%,” says Eric Winstone. “We’ve got an early years centre so we’ve got young people from 0-5 coming in, we’ve got a young people’s centre and the public library. We want to put on all sorts of activities and learning opportunities for adults, we want to

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they travel and the impact decisions can have on people’s pockets, health and the environment. During the week there’ll be a series of open air cycle cinemas at venues across the city. The films will be entirely pedal powered for families and members of the public to come along and enjoy, hopefully taking a turn to pedal and power the show. The week will finish with a family charity cycle ride in Ferry Meadows, where participants will

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

Brotherhoods Roundabout A unique gig’s coming up at Radius above The Solstice on Thursday September 27. It features a band from Sweden called Moon Safari, supported by local band Brotherhoods Roundabout. Moon Safari are a six-piece band who hail from Skelleftea in Northern Sweden. They were formed in 2003 and have released four albums on their own Blomljud label. There are so many European influences in their music that it’s a job to know where to start. You’ll hear elements of The Beatles, Queen, Genesis

Photo: Mike Harris


and The Beach Boys. In fact, Moon Safari are widely known as ‘The Beach Boys of Rock’ because of their astonishing vocal harmonies. They visit Peterborough as the opening gig on their European tour which culminates in a headline appearance at the Summers End Festival. When I say supported by Brotherhoods Roundabout it is not only on the night itself but in arranging the whole gig! It came about when Brotherhood’s keyboard player Chris Allen first heard them on a podcast whilst cycling to work in Spalding one

morning and stopped the bike to replay the track. Chris explains – “They have such a fresh sound which I’ve not heard before. They regularly sing in six part harmony and of course when you hear it you immediately think, OK but this is done in a studio, and we all know that anyone can be made to sound like they can sing nowadays! Then the live album The Gettysburg Address came out and I was dumbfounded. All the harmonies were there along with extremely accurate playing.” The album’s received popular acclaim and was recorded live during the band’s appearance at the world’s biggest prog rock festival, Rosfest in Gettysburg USA. You can hear the fantastic harmonies of Moon Safari on You Tube and My Space and Chris Allen thinks that this gig – “gives city music fans a chance to hear something different but with real top quality musicianship.” I admire the talent of Brotherhoods Roundabout, so Moon Safari must be one hell of an act to get their recommendation. I’ve listened to them for the first time and they are special. You can buy your tickets on the door on the night or in advance from Guitar Services at 603 Lincoln Road.

THE HARRINGTON BLUES HAVE LONGEVITY With all this recording is there anywhere our ESP readers can catch The Harrington Blues locally? Drummer Tom Andrews, chips in – “THB is all about gigging for me and our best gigs have always been in the Stamford/Peterborough area and Mama Liz’s in Stamford, the hometown gig, we love seeing our mates in the crowd going mental to our music and the first night we sold Voodoo Lounge out was a special memory – great times!” After touring hard up and down the country and endless hours of practice in their humble home ‘The Shed’, it seems the hard work has begun to pay off for Stamford based Brit Pop'n'Roll band The Harrington Blues. We caught up with THB (as they’re affectionately known) to find out more about their latest big announcement. Manchester based Longevity Records have signed THB and they’ll continue to work together for the foreseeable future! "Basically it means that Longevity will work with us to help us release our first official single and a music video in late 2012,” explained bassist Richard Sorbi. “They’ll also help us with promotional


work to push the THB name further and further out there." So a new single sounds interesting, any chance of an ESP exclusive on what the single might be called then lads? "We’ve begun work on the first single including spending a couple of days at the well respected Blueprint studios,” guitarist Ben Gooch told us. “Whilst we were recording Elbow were practising in the room upstairs which was a real highlight for me and all the band, but as for the name of the single… you'll just have to wait and see!" Guitarist Jack Green is particularly excited

The single and accompanying video is out later this year, so if you want to stay in touch with THB the band’s Josh Goodwin, says – “We have a few local gigs in the next few months and the best way to find out about these is to like us on facebook where we can be found at ‘The Harrington Blues’. It would be good to see some new ESP faces at the next few gigs. With regards to news on the single, the best thing to do is follow us on twitter @THBbandUK, that way you can tweet us your thoughts on our music available on Soundcloud." Catch the lads in action at Mama Liz’s in Stamford on Saturday September 15 with support from Route 19, Matt Zilch and DJ Gareth Williams.

Photo: Mike Harris

about the prospect of a video – "The music video should be an interesting experience, we just hope it can demonstrate what we’re about and make you wanna dance around like a lunatic!"

HEROES HEAD FOR BOURNE Just a quick reminder not to miss the fantastic Aladdinsane gig at Bourne Corn Exchange on Saturday September 8. It’s a chance to see the band do the show that’s wowing audiences around the UK, this time in front of local fans. If ‘We could be heroes…’ ringing out over the Olympics coverage has got you in the mood this show will take you back to the height of the Glam Rock period with Ziggy Stardust right through Bowie’s colourful career, faithfully recreating the sights and sounds of his classic songs. All the hits are there; Starman, Rebel Rebel, Changes, Modern Love, Young Americans. Expect all the hits and more so come on… Let’s Dance! So if you fancy seeing THE top Bowie tribute band from Peterborough tickets are £10 in advance on 0782 803 2241or £12 on the door

Lime Tree

The Elmtree Tavern

• Live entertainment - SEE ESP GUIDE • Live Sky sports • Real Ales • Beer gardens front and rear • Two pool tables • Quiz every Sunday night • Function room for hire

• Free function room for hire • Real ales/ Beer garden • Sky TV /Live football • Free pool on Tuesdays • Wednesdays - Quiz night/Pasta/Pizza night • Home cooked food, Sunday Carvery • First Tuesday of the month - acoustic night • Thursdays – curry night

Paston Lane, Walton Tel: 01733 708320

Garton End Road, Peterborough, PE1 4EZ Tel: 01733 358134


The Talbot Inn

• Under new management • Live music - check ESP Gig Guide • Home cooked food served Mon–Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm. • Sky + Espn • Real Ales • Quiz Night Sunday • FREE pool on Mondays • Cambridge £2.70 and Fosters £3 during Premiership Football • Wakes and Christenings – function room available. • Disco / Karaoke (contact us for details)

St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Tel: 01733 554890

The Three Horseshoes • Full Sky Sports package, HD 3D TVs • 3 Real Ales – hand pumps • Live entertainment, check ESP Gig Guide • Facebook – Three Horseshoes Werrington Village

Church Street, Werrington Village, PE4 6QE Tel: 01733 571768

The Ploughman • Camra Pub of the Year 2011 • Oakademy of excellence accredited pub • Sky Sports • Happy hour Mon – Fri, 5 ‘til 7pm • Live entertainment – see ESP Gig Guide • Karaoke every Sunday with Mighty Mouth Trev • Outside bar available • Function room for hire at reasonable prices • Join our Facebook group The Ploughman

Staniland Way, Werrington Tel: 01733 327696

The Dragon • Weekly Live Music (see Gig Guide) • Live Sports (showing all major premiership/championship games) • 6 Real Ale hand pumps • Darts – Poker – Pool – Crib • Cash quiz every Sunday • Join our new facebook site – dragon,werrington Hodgson Avenue, Werrington Tel: 01733 578088

Addison Arms • Full home cooked lunch and evening menu • Sunday Lunches • Real Ales • Quiz on Sunday nights • Extensive Beer Garden • In The Good Beer Guide 2012 Sawtry Road, Glatton, Peterborough, PE28 5RZ Tel: 01487 830410

• Monday – Poker night from 7.30pm • Wednesday – Steak night from 6pm • Thursday – Quiz night from 8.30pm • Friday – Fish & Chip night from 6pm • Sunday – Sunday Roast 12.00pm – 3pm • Real Ales • Extensive Beer Garden • Fresh homemade food.

5 North Street, Stilton, Cambs, PE7 3RP Tel: 01733 240291

North Street Bar Peterborough • Late night music – 11pm Fri and Sat nights See ESP Gig Guide • Food Available whenever we are open Tues to Thurs 5pm to 10.30pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon to 2am • Funhouse Comedy Club • Real Ales to Cocktails • Fantastic Ambiance venue free to hire for all occasions • Check out our website, facebook or twitter

19, North Street Peterborough, PE1 2RA Tel: 01733 343785







The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

Charters, Town Bridge

The London Inn, Stamford

The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

VOX MONDIALE Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

FRI AUG 31 ACOUSTIC MUSIC North Street Bar, North Street

BE BOP A LULAS The London Inn, Stamford

CHRIS BATEMAN The Three Horseshoes, Werrington

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Cock Inn, Werrington

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Ostrich, North Street

The Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road



Ebeneezers, Grove Street

Turpins Bar, Long Sutton



Rippingale Beer Festival, Rippingale

PETROLOGY The Hole In The Wall, Stamford

RETROLUX The Swiss Cottage, Woodston



Charters, Town Bridge


The Lime Tree, Walton

The Straw Bear, Whittlesey

LLOYD WATSON Goodbarns Yard, St Johns Street





The Fayre Spot, Bretton



North Street Bar, North Street

The Ostrich, North Street




The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


THE MORE I SEE The Boro Bar, Oundle Road

THE OVERDUBS The Dragon, Werrington

THE TOM WRIGHT BAND The Fayre Spot, Bretton

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford





The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

Lounge, Stamford

The Graystone, Sawtry The Burghley Club, Burghley Road


The Stage, Market Deeping

THE DRUMBLUIE BAND The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

The Cock Inn, Werrington



707 BAND

The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


HAYZE The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

OPEN MIC NIGHT SYMPTOM The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

Charters, Town Bridge



CUTTIN' LOOSE The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

SLIDE TO OPEN Goodbarns Yard, St Johns Street


The Lime Tree, Walton



The Cock Inn, Werrington

The Fletton ExServiceman's Club , Fletton

The Ex-Servicemans Club, Thorney


The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

The Golden Fleece, Stamford

The Swiss Cottage, Woodston




The Fayre Spot, Bretton


JIMMY + PEPP ACOUSTIC (HIGH ROLLERS) North Street Bar, North Street

LEON The Fayre Spot, Bretton

The Cock Inn, Werrington



The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

Charters, Town Bridge

THE PLANKS The Granary, Long Sutton

THE ROCKET DOGS The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

SAT SEP 15 CITIZEN SMITH The Dragon, Werrington

GLASS HEART The Angel Inn, Yarwell


The Dragon, Werrington

Quinns Club, Whittlesey

The Cock Inn, Werrington



The Fayre Spot, Bretton



The Stage, Market Deeping

The Peacock, London Road



The Bluebell, Glinton

The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

Sheldon Park Festival, Boston


THE REPLICAS Charters, Town Bridge

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Swiss Cottage, Woodston



The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

The Red Lion, Eye

STOLEN SONS Charters, Town Bridge



The Ostrich, North Street


North Street Bar, North Street

The Coalheavers Arms, Fletton






The Braza Club, March



GPO Club, Bourges Boulevard


The Axe & Cleaver, Boston The Cock Inn, Werrington

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

North Street Bar, North Street

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe




The Cock Inn, Werrington

The Cock Inn, Werrington


Stamford Corn Exchange, Stamford

The Peacock , London Road


The Fenman, Stanground THE COLLABORATORS HIGH ROLLERS Whittlesey Dive Centre, Eastrea Road

O'Neills, Broadway




The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe



The Carpenters Arms, Stanground

Prince Of Wales Feathers, Castor

Charters, Town Bridge

The Three Horseshoes, Werrington



The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

Ebeneezers, Grove Street


The Oundle Festival, Oundle



The Hole In The Wall, Stamford



The Blue Boar, Eye

North Street Bar, North Street

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford


The Ostrich, North Street

Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground

The Granary, Long Sutton








The Ploughman, Werrington

The Letter B, Whittlesey

The Peacock, London Road

The Swiss Cottage, Woodston



The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe



The Granary, Long Sutton

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford


The Lime Tree, Walton


The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road





The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey


Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford


The Ploughman, Werrington


The Letter B, Whittlesey

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford



The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

The Cock Inn, Werrington


The London Inn, Stamford

Bourne Corn Exchange, Bourne The Fletton ExServiceman's Club, Fletton BE BOP A LULAS

The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

O'Neills, Broadway


The Ploughman, Werrington




The Dragon, Werrington


Charters, Town Bridge

The Axe & Cleaver, Boston

The Granary, Long Sutton





North Street Bar, North Street




The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


UNDER_COVERED The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe


DERIERE + JJ THU OCT 4 STONE & THE OPEN MIC NIGHT CAMPFIRE + BEAU HOLLAND'S Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford DIRTY RATS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford




The Ploughman, Werrington

The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

GLASS HEART The Sawtry Social Club, Sawtry



The Cross Keys, Oundle Road

The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

ON THE CEILING JAMES EDMONDS The Lime Tree, Walton ACOUSTIC TWENTY 4 North Street Bar, North Street

The Golden Fleece, Stamford

WALKWAY The Granary, Long Sutton

CALLING ALL BANDS & VENUES! Get your gigs listed free in ESP and on our website every month – just email us on

If you wanna get your gigs in ESP for free e-mail or post to: ESP Magazine, PO Box 431, Peterborough, PE6 7FG.


*ESP can not be held responsible for errors in this listing, be sure to check with the venue for confirmation.

ESP September 2012  

ESP Magazine

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