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Sajid Javid, announced today that the Government is throwing its support behind the plan to protect music venues under threat from developers.

“UK Music has been campaigning for developers to take account of the impact of any new plans on pre-existing businesses like music venues before going ahead with their plans. That could mean, for example, the developer of new flats takes responsibility for soundproofing to avoid the risk of new neighbours complaining about noise from a music venue.

Before the Government’s announcement today, UK Music’s plan to save venues was supported by at least 100 MPs and peers including former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, as well as  organisations including the Music Venue Trust and the Musicians’ Union.

The campaign attracted cross-party support from politicians and music stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Chrissie Hynde, Nick Mason, Sandie Shaw, Nadine Shah, Ray Davies, Imogen Heap, Billy Bragg, Feargal Sharkey and Craig David.” – UK Music – Read more below

via UK Music welcomes government move to back Agent of Change as victory for music industry – UK Music


22 Jan 2018 Posted by | Bedford, Esquires | , | Leave a comment

#FoodDrunk, #Esquires, #Bedford – 27th May – Street Food, Music, Cider, DJs.

Food Drunk will be here this weekend. Street Food, Cider, live music and DJs. A festival in Bedford with everything you’ll ever need for the perfect day.

The car park will disappear, so walk. It will be a mini food market. Bunting. And a few hay bales for good measure. Basic stuff. And of course the sun will shine.

FoodDrunk 001 is just around the corner – The finest in street food, cider, live music and DJs, all wrapped up in a tasty nugget of goodness on Saturday 27th May!

We have 15 different ciders to road test, from the fruity sippers to the ones that make you see double.

Foodies are in for a treat too – The finest Mexican outside of Mehico, Cantina Carnitas. Slow cooked pulled meats from Pull Me Cheri. The amazing Rustics wood-fired pizzas. And melt in the mouth Uncle G’s Gourmet Fried Chicken.

The music line up isn’t half bad either, with plenty of treats throughout the day. Artists include The Wholls, The Ouse Valley Singles Club, The Scruff, Minnie Birch, The 55’s, Pearl Handled Revolver, Silver Tongue Bandoliers, Timeless Lizards, Inlak’esh, Zedo and The Broadway Twisters among others TBA!

Sounds on the wheels of steel from Roll Your Own Records.

Gates open 12.30pm – Free Entry

It goes without saying that Bedford has never seen anything quite like this.

23 May 2017 Posted by | Bedford, Esquires, Music | , , | Leave a comment

#FoodDrunk, #Esquires, #Bedford


A brand new Street Food and Cider festival is coming to Bedford. And it comes with the added bonus of some amazing bands, artists and DJs!

It’ll be landing on Bromham Road at Bedford’s top music venue, Esquires. And with the Pad boys involved you can guarantee it will be well worth it. That’s 27th May, 12-00 thro to 23-00, if you’re a diary type.

The car park will disappear. Not literally. It will be turned into a mini food market. Bunting. And a few hay bales for good measure.

The two downstairs rooms will be turned into halls for the discerning foodies, with sounds as good as the tastes, throughout the day.

Tapping into the UK street food network so far,tastes from Lebanon to American BBQ,  smoke houses to Mexican churros, have been added to menu.

All the street food vendors have 5 star hygiene ratings and, importantly,  they have all been road tested first!

19/01/17 GV of EsquiresAnd if that’s not enough there will be over 15 different ciders to choose from or test. Go easy.

Full DJ and live line up will be announced soon, making the day even better. I’m told  something very special is lined up!

It goes without saying that Bedford has never seen anything quite like this.

10 Feb 2017 Posted by | Bedford, Esquires, Music | , | Leave a comment

#Bedford #Esquires present #SpringKing Friday 13th May

Spring KingTHE PAD PRESENTS (   ……………………………………….are bringing one of the UKs most hyped new bands, Spring King, to the main stage at Esquires on Friday 13th May!

Spring King are a four piece post-punk band from Manchester.  First spotted by the Pad boys at one of their many shows at Brighton’s Great Escape in 2015, the band have gone from strength to strength, and head out on the road in 2016 supporting their new single ‘Rectifier’, and finish off the tour at the famous Scala in London.


This will be the last tour they play of venues this size, so make sure you catch them while you can, before you have to squint to catch a glimpse!

Tickets are on sale Friday 11th March, 9am from:

Available locally from Esquires bar, Marios Hair and Boutique Planet very soon.

9 Mar 2016 Posted by | Bedford, Esquires, Music | , | Leave a comment

#Bedford #Esquires presents #ManMade – 15th April

"dreamy jangling guitars"

“dreamy jangling guitars”



Man Made are a rising Manchester based three-piece, taking inspiration from the vast canon of music from their hometown.

After putting their first track on the Uploader in June 2015, the band have received support from BBC Introducing in Manchester.


Their songs feature a blend of calm, spacious vocals, layered over solid drums and jangling guitars. And doesn’t love a jangling guitar?

For a slice of Mancunian dreamy indie pop, get your tickets and check out this exciting new band at Bedford’s very own Esquires!

Tickets are £5 advance, £7 on the door

Tickets on sale now from:

Also available from:
Boutique Planet
Marios Hair

9 Mar 2016 Posted by | Bedford, Esquires, Music | , | Leave a comment

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