Music around Milton Keynes: your guide to the week ahead

Craig David will play at the Ricoh Arena
Craig David will play at the Ricoh Arena

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

Father of Loud Day

MK Rose, April 5

Marking 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 Induction

The Craufurd Arms, March 31

A 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.

Dub Pistols

Bedford Esquires, April 1

Back 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.

Joy Ellis

The Stables, Wavendon, April 4

London-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...’

Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party

The Stables, April 2

Fay 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.


Bedford Esquires, March 31

As 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.

Craig David

Coventry Ricoh Arena, April 8

Late 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...”