Birthday bash for Bedford Esquires with party vibes aplenty

Roni Size is among the headliners
Roni Size is among the headliners

Esquires in Bedford is gearing up for its birthday weekend with shows by Roni Size, Pop Will Eat Itself and Kuenta i Tambu as well as a beer and food festival.

The venue is 27 years old at the end of May and over the past 12 months has undergone a host of improvements to cement its place as one of the best venues for live music in the region.

Although a headline gig by Pop Will Eat Itself is sold out, Roni Size headlines tomorrow (Friday) with support from Dynamite MC and Optimum.

The renowned Bristol producer and DJ with MC Dynamite will be playing a 90-minute set with a mix of drum and bass, hip hop, old school jungle, funk, soul and house.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15 in advance before fees. This is an over 18s show.

On Saturday, May 27, Esquires is hosting FoodDrunk – a street food and cider festival.

The venue will be transforming its car park into a mini food market, putting up bunting and getting out a few hay bales for good measure.

The two downstairs rooms will be turned into halls for discerning foodies, with sounds as good as the tastes throughout the day.

Rounding off the weekend on Sunday, May 28, will be Kuenta i Tambu. Described as the finest party band in the world, KiT are back for their fourth visit.

Inspired by traditional Afro Caribbean music from Curaçao and European dance, Kuenta i Tambu have found a balance between electronic sound samples, singing and chanting, and the infectious rhythms played by ritual tambú drums.

Visit www.bedfordesquires.co.uk for more.