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Maidstone Pizza Express Live Music Room marks 30th anniversary with Scouting For Girls and Nadine Coyle

By Angela Cole

It's seen some big names from the music world - plus plenty of pizza.

Pizza Express in Maidstone is set to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of its Music Room, which opened on March 30, 1989, this weekend.

Over the years, the venue, which started out laying on exclusively jazz gigs, has seen the likes of Geno Washington, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Glenn Tilbrook perform.

Scouting for Girls will be in Maidstone
Scouting for Girls will be in Maidstone

It was opened by the late Peter Boizot, following on from the success of his Soho jazz club and Knightsbridge cabaret room, Pizza on the Park, which were both opened in the late 1970s.

The Earl Street venue had previously been the home to the jazz club, Club 32 and featured clarinettist Dave Shepherd, the leader of the PizzaExpress All Stars, on its first night.

For the 30th anniversary weekend, gigs start on Wednesday, March 27, with a sold out night featuring Scouting For Girls, with support from local band The Gallerys.

On Thursday, March 28, Mark Morriss from indie outfit The Bluetones plays, while on Friday, March 29, Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will perform. Only a handful of tickets are currently available.

Nadine Coyle Picture: Nicolas Chinardet
Nadine Coyle Picture: Nicolas Chinardet

On Saturday, March 30, singer and pianist Liane Carroll will play while on Sunday, March 31, Zambian singer Hil St Soul will play a Mother's Day lunch gig.

The venue has seating split over two levels, with balcony tables overlooking the stage.

There are some tickets left for most of the dates. To book go to pizzaexpresslive.com

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