Wow! Rugby Festival Of Culture 2019 Was Pretty Special For Us – How Was It For You?

Posted on: 13th July, 2019

Three Indie Icons – One Night Only – Inside The 22 – Friday 5th July

I don’t know, you wait years for a multi-platinum indie icon to play in Rugby town and then three turn up all at once!

Enterlude created a very special evening of live music at Inside The 22 the newest and most exciting venues in town featuring 90’s indie royalty, Chris Helme of The Seahorses, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and Nigel Clark of Dodgy. This was all part of 2 high profile events designed specifically for Rugby festival of Culture this July. ‘Three Indie Icons – One Night Only’ sold out several months ago and the packed out room of fans were treated to a night of huge hits such as ‘Love Is The Law’, ‘Blinded by The Sun’ by Chris Helme who fronted The Stone Roses legend John Squires side project The Seahorses in the mid 90’s.

Mark Morriss rolled out the classics from The Bluetones ‘Cut Some Rug’, ‘Never Going Nowhere’ and ‘If ‘but sadly no ‘Slight Return’ on this occasion.

Finally, Nigel Clark of Dodgy direct from the mainstage at Godiva festival breezed in to headline with a string of tunes from their debut album Homegrown, Good Enough, In A Room and Staying Out for The Summer plus some choice covers and solo tunes.

Enterlude pride themselves on supporting local artists at all their live music events and were happy that Simon Paine was able to support these giants with a storming acoustic set earlier in the evening.

It was great to see some many people out supporting the event and the festival from all over the UK going home and telling their friend and family what a vibrant place Rugby can be, and we are so glad Enterlude are at the heart of it all.

Photo Credits – Warren Strickland Photography

Laugh It Up – Comedy Night – Benn Hall, Rugby – Thursday 11th July

Enterlude’s Laugh It Up is back yet again to another sold out night of stand up comedy at The Benn Hall. This year it featured a line up that any Glee Club or Comedy Store would be proud of as huge stars of TV and radio comedy come to Rugby to have the crowds in absolute hysterics from start to finish.

The show was held together yet again by the immensely talented MC Laura Lexx fresh from supporting Sarah Millican on BBC’s Live At The Apollo. She wasted no time getting to know the front row and whipping up the crowd between acts. You really get the sense Laura is on the cusp of something special in the comedy world!

Alun Cochrane, Frank Skinner’s Podcast sidekick on Absolute Radio and a veteran of every comedy pane show there is stepped up first to ‘get grumpy’ with us all regaling tales from his stand up show ‘A Show With A Man In It’

El Baldiniho star of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent his Tommy Cooperesque show was pretty spectacular. Quickfire visual gags and tricks and the laughs just kept coming. We loved his US President trick of the mind and his Mystery Of The Yellow Bandana demonstration, absolutely hilarious!

Zoe Lyons again has been on every panel and radio show known to man and has just completed her UK Entry Level Human Tour. She stormed onto the biggest stage in town and drew us all into her world of observations from Deliveroo drivers & disappointing Dutch cheese to life jacket whistles to princess petrol! Such a natural storyteller, with razor sharp timing which had the Rugby crowd rolling in their seats.

Photo credits – Jamie Gray / Robert Low

Enterlude’s events are raising the bar of entertainment in the town and proud to be a major part of Rugby Festival Of Culture, please stop by their website and sign up to their mailing list to be the first to know about forthcoming events including quarterly comedy nights, Hue & Cry, Miles & Erica Of The Wonder Stuff and John Power Of Cast & The La’s – www.enterlude.co.uk – Box Office – www.ticketsource.co.uk/enterlude

Alun Cochrane – Photograph By Jamie Gray

Laura Lexx – Photograph By Jamie Gray