Obviously we’re not going to attempt to link to everything Great on the internet – here’s just a medium-sized list of things we’re mates with, particularly dig and/or have had close dealings with ourselves. For a general overview of Milton Keynes arts stuff you can’t really go wrong with Arts Gateway MK (see below).
ARTS & STUFF IN MILTON KEYNES
Arts Gateway MK – Probably the most complete guide to what’s on around town in any genre, the weekly email digest from this local arts funding body is a must-have. Plus they do plenty of great work – they’ve even funded us!
the Chain Reaction – Great stuff! A movable market selling home-made, hand-crafted wares. Linked to the MK Festival Fringe.
Company MK – Local company specialising in musical theatre – celebrated 20 years in 2012!
Creed Street Theatre & Arts Centre – formerly known as MADCAP of course, a smashing arts project based in Wolverton, home of many of our events over the years. Theatre, art exhibitions, gigs, and other ‘happenings’, CST&AC’s got it all.
Festive Road – Arts group specialising in carnival arts and outdoor performances. Loads of fun.
Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy – Specialising in adapting brilliant TV sitcoms for the stage (Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Vicar Of Dibley etc), they’re onto a feelgood theatrical winner!
Peppers Ghost Theatre Company – One of the best local theatre groups in MK – always intriguing, entertaining, challenging or all of the above.
Poetry Kapow! – Poetry performed, both slam-flavoured or open mic if you’d prefer. Plus loads of added value: music, vibes etc. A brilliant night!
Scribal Gathering – A monthly night in Stony Stratford which brings together open mic & feature slots from both poets and musicians! One of the grooviest nights in town.
Structo magazine – Now based in MK, Structo is an excellently-presented short story / poetry magazine, you really must check it out. We’re not rivals – we’re buddies!
Tongue In Chic – They’ve been a bit quiet recently – but I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of these brilliant local poetry nights, which attracted national performers all the way to MK to headline. Skillz!
Whose Turn Is It Anyway? – MK-based comedy improv – any resemblance to a long-gone C4 impro show is strictly intentional. Knob gags aplenty, so well worth a look.
MK MUSIC SCENE
Basement Music – Our favourite show on CRMK (still going strong after all these years!), DJ Michael Andrews presents all the best and most up to date news from the brilliant local music scene. Old sessions on their Soundcloud.
Bine The Peg – An extremely talented young lady on both pianner-keyboard and acoustical guitar. Has played at many a Monkey Kettle gig thing.
Cellartapes – A local label doing electronica, dance, ambient, trance, jam-band and other types of music I don’t even have the vocabulary to describe!
Final Clearance – Bona fide Monkey Kettley favourites, one of the best bands in MK – divine indie rock with violin & synth flavas on top. A smash!
the Further Adventures of Vodka Boy – “Milton Keynes’ premier three-man acoustic duo”… official! (warning: may contain some of the Monkey Kettle leadership team)
Jet Lagged Jeff – Our mate Jeff is a beardy Canadian troubadour and one of the nicest people you could meet on the MK music scene!
Lionsex – Possibly the rockingest muthas on the MK circuit – check ‘em out, if you can handle it! Now with proper album, videos, everything!
Rock Hard Music – Ace musical instrument store hidden away in Old Wolverton which also does PA hire and runs a rehearsal studio into the bargain.
Seeking Salvation Through Love – An avid student of the songwriting craft, SSTL has been a regular at Monkey Kettle open mics, but is also gaining national recognition!
Ellie Walsh – She’s been a regular performer at Monkey Kettle musicky events since jimboree – one of the city’s best singer-songwriter talents.
YC Olie – Another stalwart of the MK acoustic open mic circuit, Olie is like part of the Monkey Kettle family now – a masterful crowd-pleaser!
Allographic – Cambridge-based team who do all sorts of artsy stuff and live events – and they’ve also launched a mag, Small Word.
Ian Barker – An MK poet who’s escaped to the US! (waves) You can download some of his poetry books for free from this site.
Clod Magazine and Books – Luton-based mag – you’ve got to stay on good terms with the neighbours innit. Also publishers of the excellent Luton Haiku books.
Lit Mag Central – Very comprehensive site with links and articles about Lit in the UK.
Nostrovia! Poetry – A small, independent press that publishes poetry through anthologies, contests, blogs, zines, and various other platforms.
the Poetry Kit – Useful set of links and resources for all kindsa poetry. You’ll spot us listed in the magazines section.
Prole – A ‘small literary journal’ which looks really good to us.
RRRants – A brilliant networking and promo service for poets and performers all across the South and beyond. Highly recommended.
Dee Sunshine – Artist, writer and musician – indeed supplied the back cover artwork for Monkey Kettle #36. Site includes online portfolio an t’ing.
How to be a busy poet and still live in poverty – The blog of MK’s hardest-working man, Mr Mark Niel. Follow his adventures as he takes poetry to the world.
Okscars Movie Reviews & Awards – Local musician and good pal of Der Kettle, Mr YC Olie – and his Mrs! – review moving pictures.
Wolverton Past – a fascinating journey through the back story of one of Milton Keynes’ most structurally important cornerstones.
Cats That Look Like Hitler – Cos if the Internet is for anything at all, it’s for this.
Garfield Minus Garfield – What happens when you take Garfield out of Garfield? This, that’s what. The story of one man’s mental torment. Fantastic.
Pokey The Penguin – Excellently bizarre online cartoon, with no graphical expense spared. Some of this actually reaches genius. Though I still have no idea how, even after all these years…
Rabbit With Things On Head Website – One of my favourite web pages ever. A Japanese chap who used to post photos of his rabbits with things on their head. And that’s it.
Robot Unicorn Attack – Possibly the greatest game of all time. My record score is something around the 51,000 mark, but Simon deleted it cos he was jealous.