It’s amazing what a little lick of paint and a bit of re-branding with a few logo’s can do to quickly change a venue and this is the case for Esquires in Bedford. Don’t expect too many dramatic changes, just a little bit of freshening up here and there, and as far as I can remember this has always been a rough and ready venue with more of an emphasis on the music they put on rather than the aesthetics of the building. For me this is no bad thing and part of the charm of the place and what I can say there has been many a great night of music in this venue.
Housed in a converted 19th century chapel, the remnants of the balcony can be seen below the suspended ceiling in the main stage area, Esquires has always been split into three areas and they now have their own individual identities Downstairs is Danny’s Bar which acts as a pub with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings and the famous Sunday sessions in the afternoon. The newly renovated Holly Moly’s which will act as a night club over the weekend as well as an introduction to acoustic music evenings and even comedy nights. Then upstairs on level two is the familiar Main Stage, which has been host in the past to the likes of Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Libertines, Elbow, Supergrass, Feeder, Super Furry Animals, Athlete and many many more as well as a plethora of young indie bands from all over the country as well as acts from the vibrate local music scene.
To launch this new chapter in Esquires 22 year history they have re-designed the web site, some areas are still under construction and are one of a few venues to make the most of the power of Facebook to keep everybody constantly up to date and informed.
The same day the new web site went live Esquires also welcomed back a firm favourite (I was going to say old favourites) The Quireboys, and along with the support by Pear Handled Revolver, making this an instant sell out gig and one great evening of good time rock music, it was also great to see a mix of young and old who I hope will return again and again and to ensure that Esquires lives on for many years to come. To echo the sign about the main entrance “Let Us Entertain You” well you’ve been do good so far.
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Pearl Handled Revolver and The Quireboys February 2011