Spring is almost upon us and the Bradford events calendar is hotting up again. Here are six must-see events this March. From eccentric DJ’s in tin hats to Celtic folk, there is something to please all musical tastes. The Epilepsy Action 10k is a must for serious and casual runners and always pulls in a great crowd. While the Media Museum’s Lates events continue to inspire and entertain a lively evening audience. Remember you can find over 10 pages of events listings in paper copies of the Bradford Review.
Saturday 5 March
Trainer Trouble return with another late night pop-up event at Merchants Quay, Shipley. Still mixing records, craft ales and street food and running as a post-Golden Cabinet after-party. EndofLevelBaddie from Hull play live, this time mixing synths with live bass and drums whilst a VJ bounces computer graphics to the beat. Having garnered play on Radio 1 and 1Extra, featured at Leeds/Reading, Galtres, Kendal Calling and Freedom festivals recently they should be able to take that festival vibe to the ever popular Trainer Trouble night.
Simon Kempston & Lowri Evans at Topic Folk Club
Thursday 10 March
Award-winning singer/songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Simon Kempston will be appearing at Topic Folk Club at Glyde House on 10 March. Simon will be performing original and contemporary acoustic music, steeped in the traditions of folk, Celtic and blues music, complemented by a powerful and compelling vocal style. An inspiring and poetic lyricist, Simon’s thought-provoking songs sidestep the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of ordinary people. Supporting Simon will be Lowri Evans from Newport, with her mix of English and Welsh songs.
Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K
Sunday 13 March
Epilepsy Action is urging people to stay on track with their New Year fitness goals by signing up to the 2016 Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race. Funds raised from the event on Sunday 13 March will go to support 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK – over 50,000 of them in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Starting and finishing in Centenary Square, the 10k route is fast and flat, suitable both for first-time runners wanting a fun challenge as well as elites looking to achieve a personal best. Entry costs £20 or £18 for runners affiliated to a UK athletics running club. Prizes are awarded for both males and females placed first, second and third, and for winners of the veterans’ categories.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/bradford10k or call the fundraising team on 0113 210 8881. The closing date for entries is Thursday 10 March.
Media Museum Lates: Music
Thursday 17 March
The National Media Museum Lates is a night of FREE entertainment for adults only (18+), where you can relax, have fun and experience exclusive shows, talks and activities. The next one takes place on Thursday 17 March from 6.30 – 9.30pm and the theme is Music. See headline acts in the foyer, grab a drink and take a seat at our lightning ten-minute talks in the café – a chance to feed your mind, or get hands-on with displays and drop-in activities. This time, we’re bringing music to your ears as we journey into the wonderful world of sound with interactive experiments, real life scientists and even a silent disco! Free entry. www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/lates
“Protest and debauchery” for Paddy’s Night gig
Thursday 17 March
Brew Haus bar will be hosting an evening with alternative folk musician Johnny Campbell to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The event starts at 8pm on Thursday 17 March with Johnny performing original material with Irish, Scots and American folk influences. He embraces traditional music and sometimes frantic bluegrass-style picking with ‘self-penned songs of protest and debauchery’. Hailing from Huddersfield, Johnny has shared a bill with acts like Shane MacGowan, Billy Bragg, Ewan McLennan, Lynched, Steve Tilston, Seth Lakeman, Becky Unthank, Martin Carthy and many more.
Alongside the music, the event will offer plenty of Irish craic with a range of stouts and Irish stew served until 9pm.To reserve a table email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can just turn up on the night. For more information visit www.brew-haus.co.uk
Marxism and Women’s Liberation
Wednesday 23 March
Today women are told they have it all, yet despite the gains of recent decades they face discrimination and sexism in every part of their lives. In this special event author Judith Orr will talk about her latest book, Marxism and Women’s Liberation, and look at the question of why women are still not equal in the 21st century. She argues that women have only ever won any rights through struggle and explores new debates around women’s liberation. This event takes place at Glyde House on Wednesday 23 March at 7pm.