Mark’s acts of minor dissent

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Now, what are you up to this evening? Why not scrap those plans and instead make tracks to The Stables to catch ‘the world’s first genetically modified string quartet’?

You’ll get plenty for your money with Stringfever too – They’ll give you The History of Music in five minutes, which crams 40 tunes into a mere 300 hundred seconds...

Cregan & Co roll in tomorrow night.

The Cregan in point is Jim. He was the guitarist in Family, then Cockney Rebel, before hooking up as Rod Stewart’s musical director, a role he kept up for 19 years.

While with him, he co-wrote some of Rod’s biggest hits, and will play them in Cregan & Co, the band also featuring X-Factor finalist Ben Mills and Thunder drummer Harry James.

I suppose we could ask Rod Stewart what he reckons to his former cohort at play...

“If you can’t afford my tickets go and see these guys,” he reckons, “They’re just as good and half the price!”

Jonny & the Baptists will be busy over on Stage 2, with The Stop UKIP tour.

The musical comedians will shake you into the weekend with an hour of raucous songs, satire and silliness ahead of the 2014 European Elections.

The double-act are out to amuse, engage and enrage (as are many politicians...or so it seems) and will be with you from 8.45pm.

Multi-instrumentalist and loop-pedal performer Edd Keene is up in Stage 2, and still booking.

He’ll take you on an impressive journey through dark progressive folk and jazz to Middle Eastern. Go check, from 8.45pm.

On Sunday, the Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble return.

‘The guitar and the singing create an explosion of energy and passion that finds expression through raw and dazzling displays of dance.’

Prog-rock stalwarts Caravan return on Monday evening,

OnTuesday evening in Stage 2, The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet arrive to deliver soulful melodies, atmospheric sounds, and a colourful style of jazz with an ethnic touch and some rarely used instruments.

Mark Thomas also makes his return on Wednesday evening. His impressiveness (some might say troublemaking) has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserve to be.

Current show, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent has seen him catalogue everything from the smallest gesture to the grandest confrontation.

With adult material and rude language, this is one of those ‘suitable for 16+ shows.’

While Mark delivers subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and sometimes inspiring stuff on the main stage, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker command in Stage 2 with a beautiful blend of traditional English music.

A Stable-load of choice for the taking.

Call MK 280800 to book.