You shouldn’t need us to tell you that it’s a big deal for Milton Keynes to be hosting part of the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Our host town celebrates in style this weekend with two nights of guaranteed spectacle, starting with Clash of Drums/Danbo Talka.
The fiery furore is for residents, sporting fans and visitors alike.
It will reveal itself for the first time tomorrow night when international companies from France and Spain (Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak) do battle.
The tribes will meet in a cataclysmic collision of fast and frenzied drumming, war-like chanting, fireworks, pyrotechnics and fiercely dramatic movement.
Tomorrow the street treat will begin at Lloyds Court and on Saturday the starting point will be Campbell Park, and crowds can follow the combat action as it rushes through the heart of the town towards its fiery finale of The Point.
How nice to see our tragically defunct entertainment hub also figuring in the event, even if it is only as the finish point for the spectacular.
Once the groups reach the ziggerut, the fury of the devilish war-painted forces will be finally transformed into a common energy – unified by fire.
The programme is brought to you by The Stables, IF Festival and Festive Road.
If you want to be wowed by a fast-moving, beat-heavy blast, hit the city at 8pm on Friday, or 9.30pm on Saturday – it’s free to attend.
> On Sunday, 80s Lineout will rule in Campbell Park, when the Marquee Arena hosts an extravaganza of eighties aces.
Fresh from performing for the Pope in Philadelphia, Sister Sledge s are coming to MK to sing for us, on a billing which also features Rick ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Astley, The Real Thing and Katrina Leskanich. You will remember that she put the ripples into her band The Waves, with smash hits including Walking on Sunshine and Love Shine A Light.
Paul Young scored one of the albums of the decade with No Parlez, and he will also appear on Sunday, this time with his Los Pacaminos pack of players: “Los Pacaminos are the most fun you can have with your clothes on,” Paul promised me.
“It’s not angst ridden, it’s happy music, and the most fun to play ever.
I’m just sorry that not everyone can be in the band! If we could do that, there’d be no audience...”
To book tickets visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/80slineout
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