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TWIF: Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

I’m not entirely sure this even got a cinema release here. Or anywhere for that matter. Ask yourself, after all the absolute dross Kevin Smith has pumped out over the last 20 years, who could possibly be excited for this except Kevin Smith? I certainly wasn’t, having clocked Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back on telly a few months back …

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Mallory Knox / Led by Lanterns / Waste

“What time do the doors open”? I say to the barman as he pours my first pint “eight o’clock… hopefully” he replies and we share a knowing grin. So, with half an hour in hand I go to the patio area to vape, drink my pint and plan my work for the next week. Eight o’clock arrives and I make …

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Steve Dillon and Cry of the Werewolf

Werewolves have appeared in Mega-City one. Now Judge West reports from Ben Barry Block on a classic, comic caper drawn by a Luton legend As a comics fanboy, I am used to crazy crossovers and universes colliding. However, in October 2016, I was not expecting to see comics fandom and local news combine forces in reporting the untimely passing of …

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VBAH Talks to The Reformers

Bedford stalwarts the reformers checked in to discuss their adventures in sound, their love of their hometown venue and to take us back to where it’s at… When did it all start for the reformers? We’ve always played in bands, Andy fronted The Backroom Boys, Mark played bass with Granola and it was one Neil played guitar in called Brilo …

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Village Vanguard Cycle Journeys Around Luton

Breachwood Green is all about the eastern end of the runway. You can’t escape it. Planes tilt and appear to hover over crouching buildings, carriage down, nose up, thrust reversed. For some reason, on the few occasions I’ve visited, the Wizzes, easyJets and Ryanairs have always been landing. But you can see those preparing to take-off and heading for sunspots …

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Scrotefest

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s Scrotefest time! Curated and headlined by a band who can be confidently described as Bedfordshire’s premier reggae and ska collective, Easydread have long kept the home fires burning, while tirelessly flying the flag up and down the country. Take a glance at the band’s gig listings and they are almost …

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The Happenin’ Jazz Festival

Any lingering notion that the bear Club may not have put Luton on the jazz map must now, surely, been obliterated. The most feared, alien music form has a real hold in our town, which the jazzers among us realise is a precious thing. “The Happenin’ Jazz Festival” a free celebration of the Club’s fifth anniversary, brought together some heavy …

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Wilkestock Day 3

Positioned amongst the tress, hung with paper lanterns, there’s something almost fairy tale like about the acoustic stage.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a white rabbit with a pocket watch rushing by, well, it’s been some weekend after all.   If this is indeed the Mad Hatters tea party, then Sam Rabin must be the Mad Hatter himself, as he’s certainly …