Music around Milton Keynes: your guide to the week ahead

From heavy rock to English folk, there's something for most tastes...

Wednesday, 29th March 2017, 12:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:06 pm
Craig David will play at the Ricoh Arena

Father of Loud DayMK Rose, April 5Marking five years since the amplification pioneer Jim Marshall passed away, Marshall’s guitar demonstrator and RavenEye’s Oli Brown will be playing a guitar tribute at the dedicated pillar in Campbell Park. Everyone is welcome to join them from 12.30pm to remember a true musical legend.Entry is free

Crash InductionThe Craufurd Arms, March 31A feast of the fabuolous for punk fans awaits at the Wolverton venue tomorrow night, with And Now We’re Even, Resuscitators, Recoder (featuring members of Jesse James), The Young and The Restless and Crash Induction. Proceeds to the British Lung Foundation.www.thecraufurdarms.com

Dub PistolsBedford Esquires, April 1Back on stage and celebrating 20 years of riotous marauding, Dub Pistols return to the venue they filled to capacity last year. Speaking about that special anniversary, frontman Barry says: “So much has happened, so many lifts off into space and then crash on re-entry.” But they still sound fab.www.seetickets.com

Joy EllisThe Stables, Wavendon, April 4London-based pianist, singer and composer Joy is playing the first date of her album tour in the vicinity this week. She says Life on Land ‘reflects my passion for jazz and improvisation, my love of groove and dance music, my classical roots as a pianist and soulful, poetic aspects...’www.stables.org

Fay Hield & the Hurricane PartyThe Stables, April 2Fay is ‘One of folk music’s most pre-eminent modern voices’ says Mojo Magazine and this weekend you are invited to join her and her band for an engaging exploration of the repertoire of the English tradition in a show that will be both captivating and thought-provoking.www.stables.org

VantBedford Esquires, March 31As much as their music demands moshpit bedlam, their lyrics demand discussion; on Syria, environmentalism, sexual assault, inequality, racism, religion, social media isolation, and the all-out self-destruction of mankind. Vant are a revolt, listen up.www.seetickets.com

Craig DavidCoventry Ricoh Arena, April 8Late last year, 16 years since last hitting the top spot, My Intuition put Craig David back at Number One in the album charts. And he’s switched from Miami to London again too: Originally I went to find a little place I could go to on holiday,” he recalls, “When I did buy a place, I loved the apartment and the view and got distracted...Miami is incredible, but to live there is very transient...”Craig is in the middle of a UK tour and demand to see him ‘at work’ saw tickets flying from the box office. Next week’s Coventry Ricoh Arena date was added to sate the appetite of fans.He has a few words of advice for ticket-holders: “Come in comfortable shoes,” he advises, “I want it to feel like one big house party. “The set is flowing in a very organic way and it’ll be a big night of dancing...”