Music News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Folk circuit favourites Fred’s House have just released a Christmas single – well, you can’t deny it’s the right time of year – and it’s sure to be on the playlist when they appear at Royston Folk Club on Friday night.

Garden House Hospice Santa singalong at Hitchin Boys School

Serried ranks of Santa helped set up the festive season with a swing on Sunday evening at Hitchin Boys’ School.

Basement Jaxx will headline Standon Calling. Picture: Dave Burke.

Grammy-nominated Basement Jaxx will headline Standon Calling next summer.

Christmas music

Classic carols, uplifting brass notes and a historic setting – there can’t be a better way to get Christmas off to a tuneful start.


A family Christmas concert being staged this weekend by the Hitchin Band puts the focus on youth.

Theatre & Arts

SPADS Letchworth drama group

There will be no mince pie binges and other festive over-indulgence for members of a Letchworth drama group over the festive season – as soon as Boxing Day is behind us, they’ll be on stage performing a fast-paced seasonal show.

Top Hat theatre group Warren Bacci wins business award

Stage school kids brought laughter and smiles to the audience when they performed their unique style of panto.

Gordon Craig Aladdin cast with Hadwen the beagle mascot

A globetrotting beagle set on his way by actress and animal rights supporter Joanne Lumley has made the latest stop in his journey – on stage in Stevenage.

Da Vinvi panto students visit Lister Hospital

Talented students from the Letchworth-based Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise took time off from rehearsals for their first panto production to bring a little festive cheer to patients at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital.


Friday, December 19, 2014

If you missed the chance to enjoy a classic film in the setting of Hitchin’s historic parish church last week, don’t worry – there’s another screening coming next month.

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A Santa Fun Run is taking place in Royston tomorrow.

A singalong Santa session being staged for the first time by a hospice fundraising team aims to make a musical contribution to the festive season.


If you’ve ever marvelled at the miracle of flight and envied birds their mastery of the skies, find out more when the Hitchin & Letchworth branch of bird protection charity the RSPB hosts a talk by photographer Chris Ward on Friday.

Seek out Christmas solutions and support the work of Sue Ryder Care at Stagenhoe Park by popping along to a festive fair on Saturday, November 29

Sonisphere festival

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Organisers of international touring rock festival Sonisphere have announced the first headliner for the 2015 European shows.

Comedian Bill Bailey

Comedian Bill Bailey brings his latest live show, Limboland, to Hertfordshire next year, with tickets going on sale this week.

The Prodigy take to stage at Knebworth. They will headline next year's Isle of Wight Festival

The Prodigy, Happy singer Pharrell Williams and The Black Keys have all been added to the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 line-up.

The Prodigy headlined the main Apollo Stage on the opening night of Sonisphere 2014 at Knebworth Park [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Organisers of international touring festival Sonisphere are gearing up for the first European line-up announcements.

Download Festival 2015 line-up announcement tweets

The first Download Festival 2015 line-up announcement is due this week.


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