Friday 8th March – International Women’s Day – 6pm – 1am Bedford Esquires
Curated by our manager, Jess, all 3 rooms will be open to celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 & here’s how we’re celebrating…
The Bar: DJs – R&R Bingo – Raffle!
The Bar will be open from 6pm with DJs throughout the night starting at 7pm with sets from Jess and Lou from Esquires, Sunday Girls Molly + Frankie, Jess Openshaw, Nat (aka Foodie Ford), Bronte + Eloise, Charly White …with a couple more to be announced!
From 9pm we will be hosting our first ever MUSIC BINGO (IWD Edition)! Expect songs from Rock Godesses, Pop Divas, Disco Queens and a bingo full of Singalong Anthems, heavy hitters and ballads. £2 per game per person to play. 6 Games total.
We will also be hosting a RAFFLE -. The raffle will be drawn post-music bingo with some amazing prizes including some from local busineses run by women like The Little Yoga Co, Rosehip Bespoke, Herd, Eye Of The Needle and Kat Hardy Fitness!
And as a big treat BB will be joining us and selling sweet treats & cakes on the bar. You can find her at @bbindulged on Instagram.
* All proceeds from the raffle & music bingo will go to Refuge – for women and children against domestic violence which you will also be able to donate to on the night.. We will also be collecting donations for the Bedford All Women’s Centre – please check their website to see what you could contribute (https://www.lutonallwomenscentre.org.uk/donate-goods). Any clothing donations will be taken to SMART prebend centre in Bedford. Raffle tickets will be on sale in The Bar a week ahead of the event *
Room 2: Emily Breeze & Fe Salomon
We’re very excited to be bringing Bristol based pop noir artist Emily Breeze to Esquires for the very first time as part of our International Women’s Day line up on 8th March 2024. She will be joined by support from Fe Salomon.
Emily Breeze is a songwriting lecturer at BIMM Bristol. She is passionate about facilitating creativity and instilling a D.I.Y ethic in young musicians. She has released three solo albums, toured the UK and Europe and recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of performing at SXSW festival in Austin Texas.
Her latest album Rapture was written and recorded in her 40th year on planet earth and she describes the songs as a collection of coming of (middle) age stories which celebrate flamboyant failure, excess and acceptance. Singles “Confessions Of An Ageing Party Girl” received airplay from Lauren Laverne, Don Letts and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) who commented “The UK’s 21st century answer to Patti Smith”.
“Ordinary Life” spent four weeks on the BBC Radio 6 Playlist seeing multiple plays from Amy Lame, Chris Hawkins, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles who described the song as “an anthem” and invited Emily to do an interview as a special guest on the show.
“The UK’s 21st century answer to Patti Smith performing deeply personal lyrics over grooving post punk rock n roll” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
‘Torch song tragedy, swathed in black humour’ – Mojo Magazine
‘A Trent Reznor/Lou Reed hybrid’ – NME
‘A triumph of glittering melancholy’ – Louder Than War
‘The love child of P.J Harvey and Johnny Cash’ – The Sunday Times
Tickets on sale now from Seetickets, Slide Record Shop and The Bar at Esquires.
The Main Stage: Boombastic 90s
Boombastic is back on the main stage with a night of 90s pop gems, anthems and floor fillers! Expect to dance and sing your heart out to Spice Girls, Kylie, B*Witched, Xtina, Britney and more….!
Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite