This Week at Arlington Arts

An Evening With Steve Parrish M.A.D TOUR
Wednesday 13 October 7:30pm

Champion motorcyclist & truck racer, television presenter, practical joker or just plain survivor – Steve Parrish has been called them all.

Steve raced at the highest level of motorcycle racing becoming British Champion in 1976 and then 5th in the 1977 500cc World Championship, as team mate to that years champion Barry Sheene.

Barry who met Steve in 1975 is quoted as saying “If he was to set up his bike as he did the intricate pranks he pulled on people, he would certainly of been a World Champion”.

After retiring in 1986 Steve managed a successful Yamaha factory team to three British Superbike Championship titles. He started a truck racer career where he won five European Truck racing titles. Steve was the BBC commentator for Moto GP and is now a pundit for Eurosports World superbike and British Superbike coverage, TT & Classic TT.

2019 saw the publication of his latest autobiography the “PARRISH TIMES”, which tracks his amazing journey over the last four decades, through a rollercoaster ride of emotions in surely the most dangerous & exhilarating sporting arena there is. Steve now brings the uncut version of the ‘Parrish Times’ to audiences.

Now in its fifth year the successful MAD Tour (My Adolescent Dad) has evolved over the years and is now hosted by Steve’s wife Michelle. 

People who have already seen the show are returning to hear more of the stories:

Sam Corser tweeted ‘I laughed, I cried & I cried laughing, bloody brilliant’.

Comedian Vic Reeves commented, ‘The man is MAD very funny, loved the stories and pranks, even I’d be proud of them’.

Comedian Ross Noble stated ‘A fantastic night, such a legend and you think I’m bonkers he’s just crazy’.

Hope and social
thursday 14 october 8pm

Hope and Social, eight hoodlums who play all-out, ballsy, joyous and uplifting music to win the hearts of many a gig-goer throughout their ten-year tenure as one of the UK’s hardest working bands. Hope and Social gigs are a bewildering mix of chaos and superlative musicianship, built on some of the finest songs you’ll ever hear, and garnished with generous portion of Northern, self deprecating humour. With a three-piece horn section and five-part harmonies, Hope and Social make a massive sound that draws influence from soul, indie, folk, disco and art rock. You’ll sing, you’ll dance, you’ll smile so much your face will hurt.

October 2019’s critically acclaimed “Happy Bread (and Cruel Hangovers) is Hope and Social’s sixth studio album; a band in a room playing its bloody socks off. Think Dexys. Think The Hold Steady. Think the grooviest, funnest bar band you can imagine!

Hope and Social’s catalogue is eclectic but grounded. From the hope and whimsy of 2010’s ‘April’ to the experimental, electronic drum-laden songs of their 2016 album ‘Feel’ (the band also commissioned ten film-makers to make videos to accompany the songs on the record). One of the UK pioneers of Pay What You Want, all their albums are available to download for whatever you think they are worth from

Hope and Social aren’t just about gigs. As part of their mission to involve people in most everything they do, they’ve completed a huge number of ridiculous projects and events involving dozens, hundreds and now thousands of people in what they do. Check out for more details.

Elsewhere in the area

Friday 15 october 8pm
£12, (£15 Concert + Workshop)

Saskia Griffiths-Moore is a London based singer-songwriter that has been performing at folk clubs, theatres and festivals worldwide.  Early in her career she could be seen (and heard) busking in Newbury.  In November 2017 she made a welcome return to Newbury supporting The Jaywalkers at ACE Space and in January 2019 headling.

Saskia is endorsed by Agnew Instruments and JWC Guitars, and has completed her second recording at Abbey Road Studios. Her music has been featured on Sky TV, London Live, BBC Radio Scotland, Wales and more, she was awarded multiple grants from Arts Council England and has received glowing four and five star reviews from Maverick and RnR magazine respectively.

During lockdown Saskia launched a songwriting competition targeting the folks no longer in their first flush of youth and called it “Talent is Timeless”.  She assembled a bunch of music industry luminaries as judges.  Associated with this gig will be a “Talent is Timeless” workshop in the afternoon from which some attendees will open the gig with their songs.