A huge live music event is being staged at The Cresset in memory of one of the biggest characters on Peterborough’s live music scene.

‘Pete Thomson’s Memorial Hootenanny’ will see local bands and musicians, past and present, getting together for this exciting event this weekend Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8. ESP’s live music reporters Keith Dalton and Andy Slater will be compering and the ESP Paparazzi photographer will be dropping by.


Colin Smith (Citizen Smith) was a very close friend of Pete’s and is organising the event with all proceeds going to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal.

Colin told ESP – “I spent almost a week at Thorpe Hall with Pete in his last few days and the care and service that is available for patients and their families is phenomenal. Because Pete’s condition deteriorated so suddenly, he didn’t get to fulfil his wish to go to one last gig. That is why I wanted to get all of his favourite bands together for one almighty gig in his honour. Pete was a very popular and loved man and the response from our fantastic local bands and musicians has resulted in us having to make this a two day event to fit all of the bands in!”


As well as the amazing 0898 and The Motivators reforming for this one-off event, there is a very diverse list of acts ranging from The Beatles tribute Dizzy Miss Lizzy, the acoustic sounds of The Claddagh Band and Davidson Watson Gates through to some of the best cover bands in the area including Hooker and Retrolux and cabaret theatre from the cast of The 70s Show, plus many more.

Saturday, 7th March, 2pm – 12pm Sunday, 8th March, 2pm – 11pm

Ticket prices: Adult Daily £14, Adult Weekend £20, Under 16s Daily £8, Under 16s Weekend £12 and under 5s go free. Contact The Cresset on 01733 265705.

The line up…



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