Meet the original Rude Boy

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Original rude boy Neville Staple will be live at Bedford Corn Exchange this Saturday evening.

The Specials frontman is making his return to the venue to top the bill at the annual St George’s Day show.

Best known as the singer-toaster in two-tone legends The Specials, Neville will be mixing classic hits from that era with material from his second chart-stabbing band Fun Boy Three, and reworking some original Jamaican ska classics to boot.

We have it on good authority that a few new tracks will be aired too.

Punk rockers Ruts DC are special guests at the bash, with New Groove Formation also taking a turn.

DJ Andy Attic from Club Ska Sound System will entertain in the main auditorium, and things will spin in Room 2 with Hammy & Geoff taking care of Northern and Classic Soul business through to 1am.

Tickets are £20 for The Pad Presents event and doors open at 7.30pm.

> Stolen Hours Soul Club will celebrate St George’s Day on Saturday (yes, we know its today, but you get longer to celebrate at the weekend, duh!).

The fourth annual event of type is taking place at Bletchley Working Men’s Club from midday to midnight.

Tickets are £10.

Turn up and fill up on DJ spun sounds of the Ska, Reggae, Motown and Northern Soul variety, and enjoy live music from The Ska Faces.

Feet itching to move, but you’re not confident enough to make for the dance floor?

Let Fiona Smith help you – she’ll be giving Northern Soul Dance lessons.

> The battle lines are drawn, and the second heat of the MK11 Battle of the Bands competition will play out at the Kiln Farm venue tomorrow night.

This week, All Tied Up, Betraying Franklin, Drinsipa and Skinny Lizard will be going fret to fret.

After this week’s event there will be a further two heats before the grand final.

A winner’s show will follow in early June.

Entry is free – so go along 
and support the locals at work.