The Scene Column: Merry Hell ready to rock The Stables

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy shares the events in MK she’s looking forward to in April and May…

Over a quarter of the way through the year already, but one step closer to summer!

And with the longer and (hopefully) warmer days to think about, I’ve already started to fill my diary with live music events and festivals, some of which I’m going to tell you about.

Up first, on Sunday 3 April, one of my favourite bands are set to play Milton Keynes for the first time.

Step forward MERRY HELL, bringing their signature folk-rock sound and thought-provoking lyrics to The
Stables in Wavendon.

Founded in 2010, Merry Hell are masters in their craft and have finely-honed their live offering over the years, sweeping up accolades and fans wherever they go.

I was late to the party, after being introduced to their music in 2014, but every gig and festival I’ve seen them play live since has been incredible, so to see them in my hometown at last is a real treat.

Support on the night comes from alt-folk band RANAGRI. So, for £20.00(adv) a ticket, you really can’t go wrong. More info: merryhell.co.uk.

Next on the list, is the annual GIN FESTIVAL AT MK11 in Kiln Farm, happening over the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 29 April.

This free-entry event has more gin than you can shake a lemon at, with a menu offering a variety of mixers and botanicals, which can turn anyone into a connoisseur… at least for the weekend!

If gin isn’t your poison of choice, there’s also a wide range of craft beer, cider, lager, spirits and wine, and if that isn’t enough, there’ll also be tasty street food on offer, plus a wealth of live music across three stages over the weekend. More info: facebook.com/mk11music.

Finally, a couple of weeks later in May is my final recommendation, taking place at The Craufurd Arms in
Wolverton.

We Live Here was the debut album by BOB VYLAN and was dubbed as “too extreme” for major label release.

Shining a harsh light onto the realities of modern Britain, the UK grime-punk duo is taking to the road to promote their new album, Bob Vylan Presents The Price of Life, stopping by at The Craufurd on Monday 16 May to drag you into a new week kicking and screaming… but in a good way!

Tickets are on sale for £12.50(adv) and when you get to the gig, expect lyrics and vocals oozing with distain, anger and uncomfortable truths, as Bob Vylan takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride and an
assault on the ears. More info: facebook.com/craufurdarms.

So, that’s some of my spring sorted – how’s yours looking?

This feature was published in the April/May 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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