The Scene Column: This month I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy previews an award winning guitarist, an orchestral celebration of The Beatles and a tribute to Prince in her top local gig picks for September.

The nights are starting to draw in and it’s almost time to pack away your summer clothes as autumn officially begins this month.

But as we enter into the final quarter of 2019, that’s no excuse to stay indoors, especially when there’s so many live music events happening locally this month.

I’ve said it before, but there really is something for everyone’s musical tastes in Milton Keynes’ vibrant music scene. So I’ve hand-picked three events that will definitely leave you spoilt for choice.

StoryVille Jazz Club presents Ed Arm, at MK11 Kiln Farm Club on 18 September 20:30 – Free Entry / Donations

Hailing from Lithuania, Eduardas Armonas (AKA Ed Arm) is an award-winning guitarist, based in the UK. Having graduated from Guildhall School of Music, Ed now plays to appreciative crowds regularly in the UK and across Europe.

On 18 September, Ed will play with MK11’s regular house band, who also host a jam session in the second set.

Drawing inspiration from well-known musicians such as Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Peter Bernstein, Jazz holds a special place in Ed’s heart that comes alive through his performances. (

All You Need is Love, at MK Theatre on 20 September – From £31.50

As you probably know, 1967 was a big year for Milton Keynes, as it was the year this brilliant place we live in was ‘born’. But also happening 52 years ago was The Beatles releasing All You Need Is Love as a standalone single.

Supported by the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at MK Theatre, All You Need is Love will showcase the Liverpudlian four-piece’s best and most-famous hits, perfectly capturing the heyday of Beatlemania. ( milton-keynes-theatre)

Prince Tribute EndorphinMachine at The Craufurd Arms on 28 September – £13.00 (adv)

I still can’t believe that we lost Prince and his amazing talent in 2016, a sad day indeed for many music fans. So I’m excited to see a Prince Tribute act taking to the stage at The Craufurd this month.

EndorphinMachine is made up of a group of talented artists who are all united by their mutual love for Prince’s music.

This adoration is clear to see and hear when the band perform, renowned for playing with a passion that is undeniable, they make what they do a real tribute!

From the much-celebrated 1999 and the era-defining Purple Rain, right through Prince’s 1990s hits and beyond, this is bound to be a gig to get the audience dancing for the duration. (

In summary, autumn is traditionally a time of harvest and I think this lovely ‘crop’ is just ripe for the picking!

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

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