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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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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 …

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Wilkestock Day 2

Complete rock Armageddon consumes Wilkestock! Musical nuclear weapons blow the festival apart, leading to wild beasts taking over, free to rule the barren land. But before the carnage that ensued in the late hours at the Bella Stage, it is the Main Stage that played host to the weekend’s biggest, most established names. Hull punks LIFE (they may have mentioned …

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Wilkestock Day 1

For those in the know, Wilkestock is often regarded as the very last festival of the summer. Last weekend of August, kids back to school imminently and the nights getting colder. So here we were with one last opportunity for a doosey. And a doosey we had. For the uninitiated Wilkestock is a small, family friendly festival on the outskirts …

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This Week In Film – Yesterday

What if you realised you ‘were the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles after having been flattened by a bus during a ‘magical event’? And because you’re one of the thousands of ‘I will never ever play to more than 20 people’ acoustic acts, you can turn this to your advantage/profit. But, will ripping off the most …

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A Swim in the Mainstream

The last photons sear their way across the sky and darkness descends like a gloved hand over my eyes. Any further progress across this infinite plain must now be achieved by touch alone yet every handful of sand falls through my fingers, just like the last. What is up? Where is Down? Is a move forward a move back or …