Bedford’s Music Scene
Bedford has a thriving night life and music scene. You won’t have any trouble finding live music in one of the local pubs on most nights of the week with local bands and established bands alike. If it’s comedy you prefer you will love the annual Bedfringe and Film Festival, as well as many pop up events such as outdoor cinemas. You will find excellent comedy nights at the Ent Shed on Castle road and the Corn Exchange in the town centre who both run monthly comedy nights. The comedians are amateur and professional, many of whom you will have seen on TV and heard on the radio.
Bedford Bands, Orchestras and Choirs
Esquires is one of the UK’s most loved independent music venues.
60A Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QG
The Pad Presents
An independent promotion outfit based in Bedford.
Operating out of their own venue ‘The Pad Nightclub’ their sister business ‘The Pad Presents’ was formed in 2010 to continue and move forward an already buoyant live music scene in the town of Bedford.
2 Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3HY
The Philharmonia Orchestra Residency began in 1994. Since then the annual concert programme has thrilled thousands with stunning performances from the orchestra and visiting international conductors and soloists. During the current season the Philharmonia continues to entertain with a glittering variety of performances.
Ticket for all performances can be obtained from:-
The Central Box Office
Bedford Tourist Information Centre
Old Town Hall, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SJ
St Pauls Church
St. Paul’s has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new talent. For many years, the Lunchtime Concert series has given opportunities to young musicians to perform in a professional environment in central Bedford to an appreciative audience.
The concerts run from approximately 1.10 pm – 1.40 pm. Lunches are available from midday and you are welcome to eat your lunch during the concert.
The concerts are free and no ticket is required. However, the musicians perform here for no fee. Suggested donations of £3 would be greatly appreciated which will contribute towards the work of St. Paul’s and other charities.
St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ
Local Pubs With Live Music
The Gordon Arms
118 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY
17 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR
The Kings Arms, Bedford
24 St Mary’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0AS
The Cock Inn, Wootton
2 Bedford Road, Wootton, MK43 9JT
Bedford Arms, Bedford
2 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QA
The Devonshire Arms
2 Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3TB
Horse & Groom
15 High Street, Clapham, Bedford, MK41 6EQ
25 Tavistock Street, Bedford, Beds MK40 2RB
10 Woburn Road, Kempston, MK42 7QA
The Fox, Carlton
35 High Street, Carlton, Bedford, MK43 7LA
84 Newnham Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9PX
45 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1RY
53-55 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1RZ
66 Stanley Street, Bedford, MK41 7RU
7 Saint Cuthbert’s Street Bedford MK40 3JB
41 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SF
Embankment, Bedford, MK40 3PD
The Bedford Arms, Oakley
High Street, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7RH
The Falcon, Bletsoe
Rushden Road, Bletsoe, MK44 1QN
The Oakley Arms
98 High Street, Harrold, MK43 7BH