August is the merry month of music in Bedford
Up for some first-class musical experiences this summer? Then pack your bags and head to Bedford in August for some catchy grime hiphop, a spectacular family show, some good old fashioned swing dancing and to see a living legend live.
Bedford Park Concert
Every year in August, Bedford Park is scene to a series of concerts, lasting from Friday to Sunday. Over the years, everything from soft classical tones and interesting jazz, to catchy rock and radio friendly pop has filled the summer air. The event fits everyone, whatever their age, and it’s up to you whether you bring a bottle of wine, a deck chair, your friends, family or just want to enjoy it all by yourself. During classical shows you may even have a full picnic among the trees, and pretend the beautiful music is your very own soundtrack. Bedford Park Concert Series 2016 dates are 5th to 7th August
Grime hiphop goes mainstream
This years concert series includes a Friday concert with grime and garage gone mainstream-artist, Dizzee Rascal. With music spanning from hiphop and grime to dance and bassline, the show will surely make it hard to stand still. But then again, why should you? Having collaborated with major artists like Calvin Harris, Florence & the Machine and Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee’s concerts are definitely made for jumping and dancing around among other happy fans. The thriving artist has been featured on festival bills like Glastonbury’s several times, and performed his number one hit ‘Bonkers’ at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics in London. With him at this event are artists Kurupt FM, Ms Dynamite, Jaguar Skills and Riley, so everything points in the direction of a concert experience you will not forget.
Something for everyone
Saturday night 6th of August is family night, with the Bedford Park Proms giving you an eventful show with the renowned London Gala Orchestra and Bedford Choral Society performing highly popular classics and film scores. Guest soloists of the evening are Classical Supergroup ‘Blake’ and soprano Rebecca Newman. The night will definitely end on a high note, with a spectacular fireworks display for the whole family to enjoy.
To wrap up the weekend of musical events is none other than the living legend, Tom Jones. With a career spanning over five decades, this concert will be a joyful hit parade. The passionate singer has had 36 top 40 UK hits over the years, including ‘It’s not unusual’, ‘What’s new pussycat’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘Kiss’. Get ready for a show travelling through musical eras and genres, appealing to a broad audience.
As vintage style continues to grow in popularity, every year in August, Twinwood Festival attracts increasing numbers of well-turned out vintage lovers to Bedford. Now in its 15th year, you can choose from a programme of more than 60 fabulous vintage acts with music spanning from the 30’s right through the 60’s, via Gypsy Jazz and Electro Swing. Put on your dancing shoes, comb your mustache, groom your hair and swing dance to the rhythms and melodies of bands like The Pippini Sisters, Alex Mendham and His Orchestra, The bootleg Beatles and the Electric Swing Circus.
However, Twinwood Festival is not just for music, but well over 150 different stalls across the festival site, selling original vintage. So go shopping for your new, favourite vintage outfit and then visit one of the many beauty salons or men’s barbers. There’s no time to be bored, as the site is also packed with museums, classic cars, dance lessons, bars, clubs, food vendors and, of course, plenty of places to dance!
Whether you want a great concert experience in the park or to explore the fantastic world of vintage music and dance at Twinwood, Bedford is the place for you to be in August. Whatever your choice, make sure to book a room at the centrally located Park Inn by Radisson Bedford Hotel, so you have a comfortable room to rest your feet after jumping, singing and dancing the whole night long.
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