Star hosts marquee club
The Establishment Club comes to Stroud's Stratford Park on Sunday when actor Keith Allen hosts a night of music, comedy and more.
He has put together an impressive line-up with punk poet John Cooper Clarke bringing his unique style to a marquee audience.
He will be joined by columnist, writer, comedian and performer Mark Steel, who has appeared on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You; Terry Alderton, who is about to appear in EastEnders, and political writer Jane Bussman. Musical entertainment comes from Dublin band The Raglans as well as Keith's own band Niggaz with Croissants.
"It's a going to be a great show," said Keith, who added that he was following in the footsteps of Peter Cook's famous London Establishment Club.
"It will be an evening of intelligent, articulate, grown-up fun," said Keith, who lives in Minchinhampton.
"And putting it on in a tent in Stroud is a great wheeze."Get tickets early, which are available at Trading Post and The Prince Albert, advises Keith and he suggests taking a cushion as there will be floor seating in the marquee.
The tent in the park will see plenty of use over the weekend. On Saturday it will host Stroud Food Festival, with stalls and events throughout the day. Saturday night will see band Slow Club perform, supported by The Raglans. Slow Club comprise Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor. They have a powerful partnership, Charles with bruised vocal and rasping guitar and Rebecca with her Northern Soul and sharp wit playing stand-up drums.
"They're absolutely brilliant," said Lotte Lyster, landlady of the Prince Albert on Rodborough Hill, which is running the bar in the marquee.