Celebrate:MK music reporter Vicki McCarthy caught up with Matías Carbón to hear how his One Backstage Spanish Night brings the fiesta to Milton Keynes.
So British Summer Time is officially over (not that we had much of a summer!) and the scarves and hats are collectively being dug out across Milton Keynes as I type.
But don’t say goodbye to thoughts of summer just yet! A hot, local promotion that regularly brings a taste of Spain to MK is about to host its next fiesta on November 11.
One Backstage is the driving force behind MK’s biggest Spanish night and I caught up with founder Matías Carbón as he prepares for their next event at MK11.
Originally from South America, then growing up in Spain, it was working for a Spanish bank that initially brought musician Matías here and, after a chance meeting with a man called Guillermo on a flight, a band called Los Cantaros was formed.
“I just wanted to play, so we set up a band,” Matías mused.
“We decided to play a mixture of our original songs in English and covers of Spanish rock, that’s what Los Cantaros do.”
Matías (pictured above) believes that about 1% of MK’s population is Spanish and like in any ‘ex-pat’ community, a night where you can celebrate your country and culture is always appealing.
Launched in March 2016, the Spanish Night is on three to four times a year, with a real party atmosphere it nearly always sells out.
But guess what? It’s not just our Spanish amigos that turn up.
“It’s an inclusive affair.” Matías smiled. “We love non-Spanish people joining us. We can show off our culture and hospitality and show them how we rock!”
So, the next event? Matías elaborated: “Well, Los Cantaros will bring the house down again and DJ Nacher will be up from London to spin the tunes afterwards. It will be a great night!
“We have lots planned next year too. Besides our regular MK night, we want to take One Backstage Spanish nights across the UK and would like to host a European party night too!”
One Backstage’s mantra seems to be “Go big, or go home!” So definitely don’t go home, see you on 11 November!
The next One Backstage Spanish Night is on Saturday November 11 at MK11 from 9pm until 4am. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/onebackstage