The Scene Column: No miserable month with free music

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy previews free entry music events, such as Live Thursdays at The Blossom Room, Audio Conflict and Bright Nights…

Well, hello there 2020!

I know many people say how quickly the last year has gone. But seriously, how fast has the last 21 years gone?!

I say that, because in 1999 – as we approached the new millennium – I imagined 2020 to be filled with flying cars, Back to the Future style hoverboards and the four-day working week.

Well, one can dream. Ah, never mind, the one thing that has always been consistent in my life has been live music.

And although local venues have struggled over recent years, there’s still a thirst from music lovers for a decent gig.

Now, if you’re anything like me, January is usually a month that strains at the ol’ purse-strings. Being paid early in December, all those gifts bought and the socialising I’ve done, means January is a long month.

But a night out supporting local music venues on the cheap is easily done. So, I’ve picked three events taking place this month, which have the additional bonus of being free entry.

Live Thursdays, at The Blossom Room, every Thursday, FREE

I was lucky enough to attend the opening night of MK’s classiest new addition to our nightlife last month, and I wasn’t disappointed. Set among the beautiful blossoms, you can relax in a comfy chair and peruse its plentiful drinks menu.

And every Thursday, you can sup your cold drink to some free live music. With a range of artists on offer, there’s something to likely suit all tastes.

With brilliant local act Manny and the Coloured Sky stepping up at the first Live Thursday on the 16th January, it’s safe to say that the standard’s been set high for future weeks to come. ( BlossomRoomMK)

Audio Conflict, at Unit Nine, Saturday 25 January, FREE

Dance music lovers have a treat in store at Unit Nine this month, as Audio Conflict takes place.

On the night, The Wallop Collective, Urbane Events and AMMO are providing a multitude of DJs, who’ll be playing Drum and Bass tunes by the truckload, with some Breakbeat, Trance and other sub-genres for good measure.

With a late licence until 4am and no neighbours near to the venue, you can be sure that the speakers will be cranked up loud as punters take full advantage of a frugally fun, free night out. (

Bright Nights, at The Galleon, Friday 31 January, FREE

Returning with one of its regular LGTBQ+ events, the Galleon is all set to inject some light into your gloomy January, with Bright Nights.

On the evening, expect laughs, tunes and spangly costumes aplenty from glamourous act, Drag With No Name. You’ll also be treated to a lively disco and some karaoke, courtesy of DJ Wayne. ( TheGalleonOldWolverton)

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you going throughout what’s officially become the most miserable month of the year. If free music can’t make you smile, then I’m not sure how you’ve got to the end of this column!

Until next month folks.

This feature was published in the January 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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