Celebrating the best of Bedford: NOasis headline special date

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When it came to the nineties and the so-called Brit Pop explosion, Milton Keynes had its share of cool bands flying the flag.

But when it came to promoting the coolest of the crop, Bedford nailed it with promoting excellence – bringing Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, Sleeper and plenty of others through the doors and onto the stages at The Angel and Esquires.

In March 1994, promoter Neil Primett grabbed hotly tipped Oasis for a date.

On the basis of a demo tape with Noel on vocals, Neil secured them for a hundred quid, and the boys played the debut date of their Supersonic tour in the town.

Fast forward two decades and Neil, who stopped hanging around doorways asking for money (as a promotor, you understand) a decade ago, is out of retirement.

He is joining forces with Kev and Gareth at Pad entertainments for Saturday’s big reunion bash.

The show will feature NOasis doing the Gallagher thing, with Club DJs 808 State and Happy Mondays legend Bez, who will be shaking you to the core. Or shaking something, at any rate!

Also on the bill are Missing Andy, who give a nod to old skool values and are more than capable of packing out the venue in their own right, and rowdy rock and rollers Violet Class will also show the live factor that has seen them bag a forthcoming gig with The Charlatans.

This big bash is being hosted at Bedford Corn Exhange and tickets are on sale at £20.

Get yours by giving the box office a call on 01234 718112.

Doors open at 7pm and the fun rolls through to 1am.

There will be a lot of fuzzy heads around on Sunday morning, but a little cloudiness is a small price to pay for the cracking memories.

@sammyjonespress