The Mall shopping centre is calling all local sixth form, college and university students to an exclusive lock-in taking place later this month. If you fit the bill, love shopping and are looking for a great night out then this is an event for you! Having been run successfully for the past few years, the lock-in provides students with a host of freebies offered by local retailers and other organisations as a welcome to the new academic year.
From 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 13 October, The Mall will be open strictly for students only with musical entertainment and a guest appearance by former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan. Many of the most popular stores and brands will be opening their doors with exclusive offers, discounts, giveaways and freebies all night long, including Topshop, Topman, Schuh, New Look and River Island. And if just the thought of all that shopping has you famished, pop into the fab 1950s-themed Ed’s Diner and get 50% off all food that night.
To attend you must pre-register for this exclusive free event by 5pm on Tuesday 13 October so that you can enjoy all these awesome offers and entertainment. To register, simply visit www.themall.co.uk/Luton or visit the Ask Me Point in-centre. Don’t forget to let all your friends and fellow students know so they don’t miss out either. Join The Mall’s Facebook event at www.facebook.com/themallluton Plus, follow them on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive updates and a sneak peek into the action coming your way on the night! www.twitter.com/themallluton or www.instagram.com/themallluton or search @themallluton
70 Years of Mondays
Luton Library Theatre will kick-off another season of ‘Music on Mondays’ for an astounding 70th year on 28 September at 7.30pm. This is no small achievement as few if any towns can boast a voluntary sector-run 20-concert classical music season of the quality on offer in Luton. In fact the town is well known in musical circles for this unique series and it needs to be more widely appreciated and enjoyed by the Luton public generally as something to be proud of.
The new season starts with another glittering line-up of imaginatively programmed concerts aimed at offering top-class music and great entertainment. It will be the third and final season of its ‘Celebrating British Composers’ initiative which has involved presenting at least one work written by a British composer in every concert. The series offers a great deal of variety and there will be something to discover and enjoy for all classical music tastes. The 20 concerts will run from the end of September 2015 until the end of March 2016.
All but three of the events will take place at its regular home in Luton’s Library Theatre and for the remainder the series will be visiting different locations, broadening the reach to ever newer audiences in and around Luton. Not only will instrumental classical chamber music be very much to the fore, as usual, but there will be several concerts featuring music with song, narration and verse. A full listing of concerts and ticketing information is available on www.Lutonmusic.org.uk or collect a season brochure from the Central Library.
Luton Poetry Society will welcome back Her Majesty’s Lord-lieutenant for Bedfordshire Helen Mellis at their National Poetry Day celebration on Saturday 31 October. This event will feature poetry readings and classical music recitals on ‘light’, which is the national theme for this year.
Luton Poet Laureate and Founder of the group Mary Emeji, who has penned six books of which one is entitled ‘Royal Luminosity’, said: “What better day to have a luminous royal guest with us? The Lord-lieutenant is such a special lady with a radiant smile and she warmed up to our poetry last time. We look forward to welcoming her back!”
In her comment about her visit last year, the Lord-lieutenant pointed out: “I am delighted to meet a group of artists who are actively engaged in writing poetry and composing music in Luton. It is through sharing in events like these, that we learn more about ourselves and other people in our fantastically vibrant communities.”
Luton Poetry Society regularly meets at the Central Library on the last Saturday of each month at 2pm, and any poetry mind wishing to join them can contact them at www.lutonpoetrysociety.com or Twitter @LutonPoetrySoc
Love Luton Marathon
The third Love Luton Half-Marathon will take place this month on Sunday 25 October 2015, now one of the town’s largest sporting events. Measured by UK Athletics, the marathon officially covers the distance of 13.1 miles from Stockwood Park Athletics Centre, eventually finishing in the Town Centre. Run through the town on road the route takes in part of the Luton Hoo estate, passing the iconic mansion house before heading off towards Barnfield Avenue, where it loops back towards the finish line. During the Marathon the roads will be closed and the event is fully marshalled by a team of local volunteers. There will be drinks stations located every three miles and the course is not suitable for wheelchair competitors. There will be a strict three-hour limit on the event and there is still time to enter via the website www.loveluton.org
Meet the Murphys
As part of their whistle-stop UK tour, The Murphys, the award-winning family band from County Kerry, will arrive in Luton later this month.
Having secured this appearance the organisers have been delighted to announce that they will perform at Luton Central Library on Friday 23 October from 7.30pm until 10pm.
The Murphys have successfully presented their own television shows on Irish TV with videos of their hit songs regularly featuring on other television channels such as Ireland’s West on Channel 266, Hot Country and Malachy and Susan’s Show on Irish TV. The band consist of father Pat, who plays keyboards, accordion and sings, alongside daughters Cindy, Candy and Katie who play guitar, fiddle, mandolin as well as sing between them.
The band has represented Ireland and UK at the CMA Global Artists Party in Nashville Tennessee. They have had hits with their own songs including: My Connemara Marble Ring (written by Candy and recorded by in excess of 90 different artists to date), The Empty Room (co-written by Candy and Katie) and Streets Of Promise (co-written by Candy and Katie and one of the most requested songs on Radio in the past year as well as having 181,000 plays on YouTube up until today.)
The new single from The Murphys (written by the band) is just about to be released and is entitled “Working Mom”.
Tickets cost £12 with concessions priced at £10. To book call the box office on 01582 878100 or book online at www.lutonculture.com