Scratch Nights: alternative gallery action

By 29th February 2012Activities, Art, Music

Finding experimental music, film, or performance in Milton Keynes is hard at the best of times. But now they’re all available together— in an unlikely venue.

Scratch Nights have been taking place in MK Gallery since January 2010, giving the concrete city an eclectic mix of alternative entertainment every Thursday night.

Pretty much anything goes at these late night art events.

To give you an idea, acts in recent months have included stripped back folk music from Powerdove, experimental sounds from London based record label Entr’acte, and Draw or Die, which saw guests fighting it out live with pens on overhead projectors.

Simon Wright, the man behind the Scratch Nights programme, told Beatcheck to expect the unexpected.

“Each week is different,” he said: “One week you might experience an experimental performance by a young theatre company, the next you might walk into a multi-channel, immersive sound installation.”

One of the reasons to admire the night is that it welcomes local as well as national artists.

MK bands such as Toulouse Wolfe and local theatre company Dancing Brick have appeared since the launch, and the community side is something that Simon is keen to promote. He said: “Scratch Nights support new ideas, the development of a local creative community, as well as furthering the professional development of individual artists.   We provide an experimental space in which they can take risks.”

While the MK Gallery is a smart venue, it may be a sad reflection of the booze bars of the city that these kinds of events have to take place off the beaten path.

But it’s being done and it’s going well, and that’s what’s really important—so we say show your support and check it out.

See the Facebook page for more, or if you have an idea for a night, contact

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