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Beatboxers that even your mum will like arrive in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is about to find out that beatboxing is no longer underground. While Beardyman may have smashed up the city once or twice with his filthy underground vocal mashups, the Magnets, who hit The Stables tomorrow, are going to show us that man-made beats are no longer something you can claim as your own. With a capella covers of anything from Aerosmith to Lady Gaga, these guys clearly turn their back on cool, but they do have some talent up their vocal chords. So our suggestion is, in the…
19th September 2011

Top five things to do with an abandoned Milton Keynes warehouse

Hard times in recent years have left the concrete city with a rusty stream of empty warehouses blighting our landscape. But times they are a-changing, and out of the commercial gloom, green shoots are emerging. From the MK Lions' big box Winterhill basketball arena, to the Christian lovies' massive Newlife church in Wolverton Mill, it seems everybody's looking to create some wacky warehouse wickedness. Inspired with this creative use of empty commercial space, we've come up with our own top five things to do with an abandoned MK warehouse. Let's…
16th September 2011

Milton Keynes’ best ever stage dive?

A ten foot drop onto about five people? This lad must have balls of steel. The band in question, Mirrors, split up shortly after this gig at the Pitz in July. Whether or not the breakup was due to the mental health of their lead singer we can only hazard a guess.
2nd September 2011

Roaring hip hop from the Dub Lions this Thursday

Can you hear the purr of reggae, ska and old skool hip hop? Us too. Its probably because the Dub Lions have another of their epic Slug n Lettuce shows in Milt0n Keynes this Thursday. Head down and you'll probably catch some of this: They've also got some of this courtesy of Geek Chip, Jam Free and Ayarose: Can you afford to miss this? No you cannot. Check out the event page. Now.
30th August 2011

Top five things to do in Milton Keynes this Bank Holiday weekend

The last Bank Holiday of the year beckons, and while we can't promise good weather, we can give you our top five tips of what to do in our concrete city this weekend, so here goes: 1. Keep calm and KKBB: This Friday night is all about the indie as the local authority on the scene Kiss Kiss Bang Bang takes over the Slug and Lettuce for another indie rock dance night complete with visual delights. They request that if you don't  get on with people and like to start…
26th August 2011

Junction 14 founding member: rave culture lives on in Milton Keynes

For years the Junction 14 Crew brought a smile to Milton Keynes ravers’ faces as they frustrated police with debauched free party after free party in the countryside around the concrete city. The fun ended in the early 2000’s when the crew broke up, but we tracked down one of its founding members to get an insight into MK rave’s glory days. While they didn’t want us to give their name, this leader of the Rave did tell us about the love, the music, the end, and why rave culture still lives…
19th August 2011

Candyman, Candyman, Candyman….

What happens when you say Candyman in the Mirror ten times?  Well not a lot apparently, disappointing.  This however is not disappointing, this is what happens when The Candyman makes a five minute mini mix for Beatcheck.  Hope you enjoy some mid-week beats….
17th August 2011

Pint down the Shed anyone?

There is a new venue in town, and it smells nice and sounds even better….. this little place has picked up quite the cult following almost exclusively by word of mouth. The watershed, it says above the door ”A dirty little arthole” and it’s self-described by “The shedheads” as a “tiny artistic commune with a massive heart. “ But we think it’s something more than that, it’s something Milton Keynes is in desperate need of. A place for people to hang in the day and drink herbal tea and talk…
9th August 2011

Capdown: an interview with Milton Keynes’ favourite Ska Punkers

Capdown are one of the biggest bands to have come out of Milton Keynes in recent years, and recently reformed after a five year break. We caught up Keith from the band to find out more about the concrete city’s favourite Punk Ska rockers. Who are you and what do you do? I'm Keith and play guitar for Capdown. You have always come across as proud of your MK roots. What do you think of the scene here? We are proud of making a bit of a name for music here. There…
3rd August 2011