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Rhythm Festival which offers three days of classic and modern acts plus a host of 'fringe events', will return for its fifth year. With a strong live music and comedy line-up being showcased over 4 stages, this festival aims to be friendlier and notably smaller than most, with a capacity under 5,000. There is plenty of entertainment for the kids too, a kid's field including mini-olympics, workshops, entertainers and street theatre. The festival is free from corporate branding and sponsorship and is great value for money. You will find a general store on site, plus plenty of sensibly priced food stalls and bars.
Described by The Times as a 'National Treasure', Billy Bragg's brand of socially and politically aware punk-folk has made a remarkable dent in the British conscience and made his name as one of Britain's most popular and out-spoken singer/songwriters. Drawing on the folk tradition of protest song, and the punk sensibilities of direct action, Billy Bragg has made a name for himself as an accomplished and inspirational musician, and as a charged and pro-active activist. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian)
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Scottish folk musician Donovan Philips Leitch rose to fame in the 1960s with a mix of folk, jazz, pop and psychedelia. Between 1966 and 1970, he produced several albums that were hits in both America and the UK and collaborated with The Beatles. After a lull in the following decades, Donovan experienced a revival with the Rave scene in the 1990s, later to release the album Beat Cafe in 2004.
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In 2017 comedian Jim Tavaré (BAFTA-award winner, Harry Potter actor & double bassist) was involved in a near fatal head-on automobile collision in Los Angeles. Returning to the Fringe for the first time in 20 years, he tells the story of how a quick trip to the shops changed his life forever. Don’t worry, it’s a comedy show. “One of the funniest and most original performers around.” (The Independent) “The iconic deadpan master with timing to die for” (Al Murray)
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Brian Damage & Krysstal
Since meeting at The Edinburgh Festival in 2000, Brian & Krysstal have entertained and delighted all kinds of audiences at comedy clubs, cabaret nights, festivals, corporate and private functions in locations far and wide. Their sometimes bawdy humour is punctuated by silly songs, dancing and plenty of jokes. Regular fixtures at The Edinburgh Festival for eight years, the duo have worked all over the UK as well as Germany, South Africa, Gozo, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and of course… Peckham. Brian is infamously grumpy and deadpan, while his assistant Krysstal is glamorous but ditzy. The combination is unique and very funny. Their timing is exquisite, their humour dry and sometimes bawdy. 'Wonderful silliness, some cute songs, some political incorrectness, some sick vomit and poo jokes and a lot of originality. It is all done with that intangible panache, subtlety and ability to laugh at one's self that is quintessential to British humour' (Peter Bleby, Australian Stage).
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Twinwood Arena and Glenn Miller Museum
- Twinwood Arena
- MK41 6AB
- 01234 350413