May 2023

Open Studios: The Space Between
Opens: Thursday 04 May
Closes: Friday 09 June

During the month of May 2023 local artists open their studios and exhibitions free of charge as a part of Open Studios West Berkshire & North Hampshire.

Space is the boundless three-dimensional context to which objects and events have relative position and direction. This year, Arlington Arts Centre invites Open Studios artists to submit work interpreting the theme using a variety of media and techniques.

Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm (contact the box office if you would like to visit outside of these times).

Beaux Gris Gris & The APOCALYPSE

Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is the musical creation of Greta Valenti and Robin Davey. The pair met when their respective bands crossed paths on YouTube, having already established themselves as performers and musicians. When LouderSounds preaches “Let Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse twist yer melons and remind you of the wonder of life” it might be because the band vibe is easier to pin down than their unique take on the roots genres. Rockshot Magazine elaborates “This extremely entertaining collective is a New Orleans-inspired, American blues-folk-soul band, who refuse to be pigeon-holed”.

To fully understand Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is to experience the band live, a mix of soulful songs, intense energy, and world-class award-winning musicianship. RhythmBooze summed up the show finale as “A mind-boggling, blistering finish with everything thrown in including the kitchen sink…truly memorable”.

Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse debut album Love & Murder spurned Top 10 hits in genre charts across Europe. The albums wide-reaching appeal earned it a #13 placement in the “Top 50 Albums of the year” by Classic Rock Magazine, describing it as “A sensual, vibrant cocktail“.


Saturday 20 May 8pm
Limited standing tickets remaining

Endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, Fleetwood Bac were the world’s first Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up.

Over the years they have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the UK’s leading Fleetwood Mac fan sites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the UK’s top five tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and the Counterfeit Stones.

The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans through numerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slots all over the UK and Europe.


robert reed ‘sanctuary’ live
friday 26 may
standard £22.74 | vip £33.61

Row A may have a restricted view. To find out more please see our seating plan page.

Award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Robert Reed (Sanctuary/Magenta/Cyan/Kompendium) presents a rare performance with material from his four Sanctuary albums. Composed and played by Reed in his Welsh studio, he will showcase the material backed by a full band. 

The Sanctuary album series is Reed’s labour of love homage to the music of one of his formative influences, Mike Oldfield.  Taking his inspiration from the early Oldfield albums, the music is largely, engaging, complex long form instrumental music. The albums have attracted critical acclaim and featured many guests including Simon Philips the legendary rock drummer, Tubular Bells producer Tom Newman, Tubular Bells producer and engineer and now in demand mastering engineer Simon Heyworth and Mike Oldfield collaborator Les Penning.  

With music spanning the 2014 debut “Sanctuary One” through Sanctuary || and Sanctuary |||, culminating in the recently released concept double album “The Ringmaster” – Sanctuary Four, the show will be packed full of the good stuff! Prepare to be challenged, engaged and captivated as Reed and his band take you on tour across his compositional evolution, his myriad of his influences, and his talented songcraft.

Limited VIP tickets are available and will include a soundcheck experience, meet and greet, photo opportunity and a signed photocard.


Mike oldfield 50th anniversary convention
Saturday 27 & sunday 28 may
weekend vip £147.30
weekend mid rows £115.95
weekend back rows £84.60

Saturday 27th May: Doors 13:30 | Start 14:30 | Finish 22:30
Sunday 28th May: Doors 13:30 | Start 14:30 | Finish 21:00

Following on from two sell out events for the 40th and 45th anniversary of Tubular Bells conventions, Paul Harris is back with a bigger and better 2 day convention!  Billed as a celebration of 50 years of the music of MIke Oldfield, the event will feature music, interviews, show and tell, a collectors fair and merchandise stalls, signings, exclusive merchandise and more!

The 3 producers of Tubular Bells, Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth and Philip Newell will be in conversation with Paul Harris, reflecting on 50 years of Mike Oldfield’s music, the influence of Tubular Bells on their own careers and how the album has stood the test of time. Music will of course be a key part of the event including performances by:

* Tubular Tribute from Spain with a tour through Oldfield’s back catalogue and featuring Mike Oldfield singer Barry Palmer

* Grammy nominated Robin Smith fresh off the back of his 30 plus date tour of the UK with his Tubular Bells re-imagined shows with Jay Stapley

* The RPO Tubular Bells band playing selections from the first three albums Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn

* Tubular Bells Live from the UK playing some lesser known tracks alongside some fan favourites, featuring Mike Oldfield band guitarist Jay Stapley.

For Mike Oldfield fans this is a one-off, must attend event, not to be missed.


Looking ahead

With this season nearing its end, we have started to announce shows in our July to December 2023 programme of events. You can take a look at every show on sale at the moment via the link below.