The Scene Column: 3 spectacular summer gigs

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy shares the upcoming MK gigs she’s looking forward to in June and July…

At the time of writing, we’ve just enjoyed two Bank Holidays and have another to look forward to, marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

With rumours afoot that the Sex Pistols are expected to re-realise their classic hit God Save the Queen, it seems only fair I tell you about a Sex Pistols tribute act!

Sex Pistols Exposé, Craufurd Arms, Saturday 11 June, £10(adv).

Step forward Sex Pistols Exposé, set to play in Wolverton on the second Saturday of June. Performing at the Craufurd Arms, the band are keen for it to be known that they’re ‘approved by all members of the Sex Pistols’!

Mighty praise indeed.

On the night, expect band members dressed in the spirit of their heroes and the gig to bring back the much-loved (and sometimes maligned!) spirit of ‘77. Special guests will join on the night – not bad for a tenner!

More info: facebook.com/craufurdarms

Up next, I’m so excited to see this band return to MK. I first saw them in 2016 and was blown away. It’s always great to have them back in town…

Popes of Chilitown, MK11 Live Music Venues, Friday 1 July, £8(adv).

Writing and performing a perfect blend of ska/dub/ punk with a progressive edge, it’s simply impossible
to watch Popes of Chillitown play live and for you to stand completely still!

Their songs are catchy, energetic and hit all the sweet spots both musically and lyrically.

Support on the evening is provided by respected and talented local trio Fordë, who are no strangers to the stages of MK11.

Founded in 2020, the ‘new wave pop punk’ band say they perform their shows as a ‘love letter to the 2000s’.

This gig is set to be one of my summer highlights, so if you’ve never seen either band and fancy a gamble, grab yourself a ticket and thank me later!

More info: facebook.com/mk11music

Up next? Well, after attending the Merry Hell show at The Stables in April, this next gig caught my eye…

Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience, The Stables, Friday 15 July, £24(adv).

I recently saw a tweet stand-up comedian Neal Brennan shared about the Traveling Wilburys. He wrote, “Was talking with friend about how impossibly old the Traveling Wilburys seemed when they released
their music, I’ve listed their ages at the time…”

He then posted a photo showing most of the band were in their 40s and the rather youthful Tom Petty was just 37! And he’s right, I too considered them as ‘old’ at the time, but seriously, they were a proper ‘supergroup’, formed of some absolute legends.

Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience are keeping the memories alive, with their touring show, visiting MK on Friday 15 July.

Not only can you expect to hear Traveling Wilburys songs, but also songs from the careers of individual members, including Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, and Here Comes the Sun.

So why not take a trip back down memory lane to celebrate the music of these talented artists?

More info: stables.org

Until next time…

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

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