The Scene Column: Back to Bacharach to keep blues at bay

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy has found the best local MK gigs to get your new year off to a musical bang.

So a new year is upon us! 2018 was a blur of amazing live music events and I hope you managed to check some out.

This month, I’m shaking it up a bit, as I feel it’s my duty to assist fellow music-lovers in keeping the post-Christmas blues at bay, by me sharing some of my hand-picked, recommended gigs taking place in January…

Back to Bacharach, at The Stables on Saturday 19 January, £23.00 (adv)

Burt Bacharach is widelyconsidered as one of the most accomplished and popular composers of the 20th century, responsible for countless, memorable and iconic hits.

Playing at The Stables, Back to Bacharach are three West End singers, accompanied by a ten-piece band. Expect to hear hits such as Alfie, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There to Remind Me and Magic Moments.

The Casualties, at MK11 Kiln Farm Club on Saturday 26 January, £7.00 (adv)

Hailing from New York City, The Casualties started out in the early 90s, with the idea to ‘return to the glory days of street punk’.

With eleven studio albums under their studded belts and extensive touring that’s taken them around the world, the four-piece are perfectly primed to play MK this month.

Having previously shared the bill with the likes of The Exploited, GBH, Cockney Rejects and English Dogs, the band are currently in the midst of their Written in Blood tour, which sees them stop off in our awesome city.

Complementary support on the night comes from three much more local bands; Headstone Horrors, Spring Park and First Wave. That’s a lot of talent for less than a tenner!

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, at The Craufurd Arms on Tuesday 29 January, £12.50 (adv)

Independent Venue Week kicks off on 28 January and is a seven-day celebration of small music venues around the country.

The Craufurd is joining over 130 other venues across the UK and on 29 January, it plays host to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Also known as Sam Duckworth, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly has worked hard since 2004 to establish himself in the evercompetitive music scene, and has had the pleasure of working with Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea.

Support on 29 January is from rising-star Lydia Kitto, who’s been championed by BBC Introducing.

So there you have it, some great, local gigs to get you through January. Well, we may as well start 2019 as we mean to go on.

This feature was published in the January 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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