Category: Live

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 11th – Mar 17th

RUFUS GOODLOVE + RAVENRUST Thursday March 12th The King Billy, Northampton Banbury-based Goodlove write rock songs full of passion and anthemic energy. Support are a female-fronted five-piece gothic/dark rock experience….

RUFUS GOODLOVE + RAVENRUST
Thursday March 12th
The King Billy, Northampton
Banbury-based Goodlove write rock songs full of passion and anthemic energy. Support are a female-fronted five-piece gothic/dark rock experience. From 9pm, free entry

BEDLAM BREAKOUT
Friday March 13th -Sunday March 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The annual psychobilly and garage-trash festival. Marcel Bontempi with Ira Lea and the Tenessee Hotshots, The Hicksville Bombers, StageFrite, Kings Of Hong Kong, and El Camino play Friday, plus dozens more over the weekend. Tickets from https://www.bedlambreakout.com

KING PURPLE + DEAF TRAP + TORUS
Friday March 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Corby’s KP mix psychedelia and grunge, grounded by undertones of indie rock. DT play racuous alt-rock and Torus do similar. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

EASTFIELD + STEGOSAURUS SEX PARTY
Friday March 13th
The Lab, Northampton
“Same three-chord punk rock with a catchy tune and a smile”. Support from Coventry trash-punks. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

WHALE + HANNAH FAULKNER + MALCOLM & MADDY + OAKLEAS RISE + RAY BECK
Friday March 13th
The Witch & Sow, Guilsborough
A Ni Ni acoustic singer-songwriter session. From 8.30pm, free entry

STEVE PILGRIM + KEIRON FARROW
Saturday March 14th
The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton
Pilgrim is a highly acclaimed drummer and singer-songwriter. Well-known as a musician with Paul Weller, Steve has written and recorded four studio albums: the latest, entitled ‘Morning Skies’, with musical support from the ModFather himself, and double-bass legend Danny Thompson [Pentangle/John Martyn]. Support from Nene Delta bluesman; the illegitimate progeny of Howlin’ Wolf, Jack Rose, Lee Mavers & Charles Mingus. Doors 7pm,  £9.50 tickets

THE MEE KATS
Saturday March 14th
St James Working Mens Club, Northampton
Rockabilly/rock n roll trio hailing from Newcastle. Doors 7pm, £9 entry

THEE TELEPATHS + FAMILY OF NOISE + THE ABRAHAMS
Saturday March 14th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Local psych-fuzz men, with 2019s magnificent album The Velvet Night now behind them, focus on the future and celebrate their 100th show together. Corby instrumental trio and Kettering folk-rockers in support. Doors 7pm, free entry

SYTERIA + THE MISPELT + THE FILTH HOUNDS + CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
Sunday March 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Yorkshire-based headliners feature Jax Chambers from Girlschool, touring the new album Reflection. Plus ShoeTown punks, Newcastle metallers, and new wave metallers openers who are on tour from the USA. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

ROWAN GODEL + GREGG CAVE
Sunday March 15th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Former Oysterband and Levellers collaborator, singer-songwriter Godel brings her own unique music along with some traditional songs – not to mention two of the finest musicians on the UK folk scene today in Benji Kirkpatrick and Tim Cotterell. Local singer in support. Doors 7.30pm, £12.50 tickets

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 4th – Mar 10th

BLUES TONES + AMRIT SOND + STEVIE JONES Wednesday March 4th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Expert blues band who play traditional Chicago blues, a Grammy award-winning and internationally known guitarist,…

BLUES TONES + AMRIT SOND + STEVIE JONES
Wednesday March 4th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Expert blues band who play traditional Chicago blues, a Grammy award-winning and internationally known guitarist, and popular local music legend. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

PRIMA NOCTE + EX-PETS
Thursday March 5th
The King Billy, Northampton
First UK visit for the Spanish metal band, promoting their second album Oniric. NN noise rock trio in support. Door 8pm, free entry

NI NI ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
Thursday March 5th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Featuring Beth Parker, Bob Whale, Shaun Beasley, Ant Richards, Jodi McCarthy, Joe Corkham, and Jacksboro Highway. 8pm to 10.30pm, free entry

ROZISM + KATIE PATON + MAMA LAINE
Friday March 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Celebrate International Women’s Day with some musical goodness from the goddess. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry, which goes to Northampton Domestic Abuse Support Service [formerly Womens Aid]. 

LAY IT DOWN
Friday March 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Urban music/poetry open mic, with featured sets from Dreadz, L30 Robinson, HXRMZ, Smiley, and DJ Shakey Jake. Doors 9pm, free entry

AKKADIAN + EXPETYA + FAR FROM REFUGE + PINK7 + AKILLA
Friday March 6th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal and punk from Cambridge, Northampton, and MK. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets/£6 door

TRADARR
Friday March 6th
Silverstone Recreational Association
Northants folk-rock band – seven multi-instrumentalists and vocalists feature. £15: call 07738826618 or email jenjaynemusic@gmail.com

TEMPERS + JESSICA93 + PINK SHABAB
Saturday March 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
NYC-based duo- dark, ice-cold electronica blends a sinister slow static disco with danceable beats, a hinting of pop sensibility imprisoned in an almost gothic, industrial soundscape. Support from French one-man project: hypnotic loops, grungy riffs and cold beats, all wrapped up in an impressive sense of delicate and to-the-point song writing. Plus opening is the dream-pop/subtle disco of South Londoner Joseph Carvell. Doors 8pm, free entry

LEW LEWIS & HIS ALL STAR TRIO
Saturday March 7th
Vintage Retreat, Northampton
Performing his own brand of wild rockabilly. Doors 7.30pm, £10 adv/£12 door

CONCRETE ROSE + THE PETTY THIEVES
Saturday March 7th
The Lab, Northampton
The second “Reggae Town” event. Headliner brings roots reggae from Nottinghamshire, featuring members of Ferocious Dog and Unknown Era. Support from eight-piece sleazy reggae/ska band from the dirty suburbs of Medway. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SECRET GIG #14
Saturday March 7th
Audio Works, Northampton
We hear there’s a 46XX theme to this secret gig. Can’t tell you who is playing, but one act might be an anagram of “a cloak item”. You don’t want to miss it, trust us. Doors 8pm, very limited £5 tickets here

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday March 7th
HMV store, Northampton
The harmonising acoustic duo play the record shop at lunchtime. From midday, free entry

ALLUSINLOVE + BLOOD-VISIONS + BARRACUDA + TRAGIC
Saturday March 7th
Steel Park, Corby
Four years on the Castleford post-grunge quartet return to Corby for another headline show. Support from NN punk star pairing, and Leicester alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

CRETIN 77 + BLUE CARPET BAND + PIZZATRAMP
Saturday March 7th
The Talisman, Corby
An evening of high octane rock’n’roll: with ’77 punk from Corby, garage-punk from London, and Welsh skate-punk. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday March 7th
The Queens Head, Higham Ferrers
Bedford’s finest New Wave Skiffle combo play the market town. From 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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Live review: THUMPER | Tragic | Deaf Trap

THUMPER + TRAGIC + DEAF TRAP The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes March 2nd 2020 This is a dreamy line-up for alt-rock fans. The new hurricane on the block from Dublin,…

THUMPER + TRAGIC + DEAF TRAP
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
March 2nd 2020

This is a dreamy line-up for alt-rock fans. The new hurricane on the block from Dublin, plus two of Northampton’s finest noisy pups. Your reporter did not let it being a Monday night stop the rock, though a sparse crowd reflects other didn’t feel the same way. Your loss, mothers.

Deaf Trap have swiftly become something of a staple amongst the NN scene; admittedly not gigging that often, but always putting in the whole nine yards in their pursuit of sweaty good times. It’s great to see them cross county lines for a change, and they open things magnificently here. With tunes as good as ‘From The Floor’ and ‘Real Nice Night’ it’s always a pleasure to experience their set.

Tragic are very easy to wax superlatively about. The teenagers from Northampton have brought a vigour to the East Midlands music world that could put the energy companies out of business. They positively burst at the sinews to wring every inch of meaning from their instruments, and their manic energy is ever-present tonight. Previewing upcoming single ‘PIG’ alongside last year’s modern-day grunge-punk classics ‘Sloppy Kiss’, ‘Sammy Set His Bed On Fire’ and ‘Walking’. Their melodic skill is perhaps their secret weapon, creeping up on you through the swampy fuzz. And “England is full of scared little boys” feels a very apt lyric for the current state of the nation. Move over slowthai, someone’s coming for your crown.

THUMPER are Dublin’s widescreen screechers of the faith. Never less than fully committed, the six-piece [two drummers and three guitarists, obviously] are treading the noise-pop line of contemporaries IDLES, Fontaines DC, Girl Band, King Gizzard etc but bringing enough of their own personality to proceedings to make them no mere imitators. New single ‘Ad Nauseam’ is a deep rumination on empty ships making the loudest noise. Singer Oisin Furlong is a proper frontman, looking into our very souls for an answer to something, and dealing with mundane broken strings with aplomb. The band never let up for a second, locking into their well-worked groove with motorik precision. Furlong’s foray into the crowd late into the set says “we are you” more than any clever soundbite could. And with ‘In My Room’ and ‘Down’ they’ve started their career with songs others still can’t match after many years of trying. In an increasingly dystopian world we should perhaps let these Irish men lead us to eternal salvation. When music is as joyous as this you can’t help but catch it now and spread it around.

Words: Phil Moore. Photos: David Jackson

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 26th – Mar 3rd

SHARKTEEH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + CROW + BADDREAMS + INDIFFERENT ENGINE Wednesday February 26th The Black Prince, Northampton Hardcore bands from Corby, France, Cambridge, and Birmingham. Doors 7.15pm, £5…

SHARKTEEH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + CROW + BADDREAMS + INDIFFERENT ENGINE
Wednesday February 26th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Hardcore bands from Corby, France, Cambridge, and Birmingham. Doors 7.15pm, £5 entry

BOB WHALE + DAN MCCARRY + JODI MCCARTHY + MEG SHIPMAN + CAMERON GRACE + HANNAH FAULKNER + WAX LYRICAL
Wednesday February 26th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
Ni Ni acoustic singer-songwriter sessions. From 8pm, free entry

ANDY CROFTS + VELVET ENGINE + JOE B. HUMBLED
Friday February 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A Northampton musical ledge [The Moons, Paul Weller, etc.] returns to an old haunt to play songs both old and new. Support from local singer-songwriters that are major talents in their own right. Doors 7.30pm, £9.50 tickets

FRANCISCO
Friday February 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
An intimate night of soulful originals by the Cousin Avi singer. Doors 8pm, £7 tickets

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + TRAGIC + L30 ROBINSON + JACK Vs HOTDOG
Friday February 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Rap-rockers showcase new material, plus the punk trio, NN rap mainstay and the irreverent singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LUCY SHAW+ JACOB BRATHWAITE + RUSSELL HEYWORTH
Friday February 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Singer-songwriter and guitarist from Birmingham, plus similar NN talent too. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + MOJO CITY REBELS + STONE PIT DRIVE
Friday February 28th
The King Billy, Northampton
From 8.30pm, free entry 

SPRING.FALL.SEA + DEAD FREQUENCY + BROKEN EMPIRE + DESCENDANT OF ODIN
Friday February 28th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Pop-punk from London and Daventry, plus metal from Oxford and viking death metal from Bedford. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

KING’S GAMBIT + GLOVE COMPARTMENT + DAVY POO + SHELLY CARE
Friday February 28th
Earls Barton Working Men’s Club
High-octane Norfamtun folkies, plus the solo project of keysman Anthony Shiels [“pop music for grown-ups”]. In the middle is the fingerpicking songwriter from Bedford, and the warm-up slot is reserved for a local songstress. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

THE COMMS
Saturday February 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [upstairs]
New indie rockers from ShoeTown reveal their shifted line-up. R U Indie tunes and lashings of fuzz for a Saturday night. Doors 8pm, free entry

NAILBREAKER + EX-PETS + THE PARKS DEPT
Saturday February 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [basement]
An evening of disgusting noises. Headliner plays a set of entirely new material [hopefully still in the digital hardcore vein]. Plus noise rock veterans, and “high frequency synths and groovy bangers” from electropunk Luke Farmer. Doors 8pm, free entry

RAY LEWIS
Saturday February 29th
The Deco, Northampton
One of the original Drifters , this show covers six decades of classics, such as ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissing in the Back Row’, ‘On Broadway’, ‘Like Sister and Brother’. Doors 7.30pm, £25 tickets

LUNAXIS
Saturday February 29th
Hopmaster The Reserve, Rushden Lakes
Northampton folk-rock group play the snazzy new bar down at the Lakes. From 9pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES + CELINE ELLIS + ADAM DE SANTIS
Sunday March 1st
Hare and Hounds, Great Addington
Wildfire Sessions acoustic open mic with featured sets from the above. 4pm – 7.30pm, free entry

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Live review: The Rezillos

THE REZILLOS + THE MEMBERS The Roadmender, Northampton February 21st Tonight The Members are performing as a power trio and, stripped back with the absence of a second guitar, proves…

THE REZILLOS + THE MEMBERS
The Roadmender, Northampton
February 21st

Tonight The Members are performing as a power trio and, stripped back with the absence of a second guitar, proves the band to be a multifaceted animal. Lively opener ‘Soho-A-Go-Go’ pulls the slackers in from the bar as the bass heavy ‘Offshore Banking Business’ follows. Not only is that song vitally relevant 40 years later but it’s a perfect example of how punk and reggae cross-pollinated and created a little harmony in a time of racial strife. The high energy rhythm and blues of ‘Working Girl’ swings like Dr Feelgood, and precedes the groove-laden and punchy ‘Muzak Machine’. Next they take the cool Germanic brittleness of Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’ and infuse it with the warmth of reggae, which sounds like a strange combination, but The Members make it work by creating a whole new beast. ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’ is a song they must’ve performed thousands of times, yet they play it with an energy and respect that a song which defined a generation deserves.

Eschewing the nihilism of their peers, The Rezillos always stood apart from the prevailing punk scene into which they were birthed. Preferring to call themselves a ‘new wave beat group’ they meshed ’50s rock n’ roll and ’60s garage to ’70s glam rock, and added a touch of retro sci-fi imagery. While the Clash sang ‘No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones’ The Rezillos were busy exploring their roots, which is why they sound timeless and much of their generation seems of its time. Aided by a clear, crisp sound ‘Destination Venus’ finds them on top form with the original twin vocal attack of Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds firing off each other. By second track ‘Flying Saucer Attack’ they’re firmly in the groove, and are propelled forward by hard-hitting drummer Angel Patterson. In a set that’s always shifting gears the high octane rockabilly of ‘It Gets Me’ sits effortlessly along side the reverb soaked ‘(Take Me To The) Groovy Room’. It’s all killer and no filler as The Rezillos play with an energy and effervescence that’d put many younger bands to shame.

A crowd pleasing set touches all bases from their debut album [1977’s Can’t Stand the Rezillos] to their critically acclaimed 2015 opus Zero with two following from that record in the shape of ‘Spike Heeled Assassin’ and the title track. Attesting to their deep roots an amphetamine-charged cover of The Beatles ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ is played with so much velocity it veers into psychobilly territory. The distinctly garage-rock feel of ‘20,000 Rezillos Under the Sea’ is paired with another cover, a song they helped to revive: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonite’. Like The Members ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’ The Rezillos ‘Top of the Pops’ is a song that has a life of its own, appearing on almost every punk and new wave compilation that it’s overshadowed much of their other work, and with a discography as good as they’ve displayed tonight that seems a trifle unfair. Nevertheless they treat it with the respect it deserves, and there couldn’t be a better way to end the set.

However the band return for a well-earned encore. When they were forced to change their name to The Revillos [for contractual reasons] there was no drop in quality, and it’s one of those gems that closes the show in the shape of ‘Do The Mutilation’. Like The Cramps mating with the 13th Floor Elevators it provides a suitably largess conclusion that sends all home happy.

Peter Dennis

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 19th – Feb 25th

SMOKIN’ DONUTS Wednesday February 19th The Lab, Northampton Doozer McDooze [“the underground festival hero”] and Les Carter [Carter USM, Abdoujaparov, Ferocious Dog] join forces to create Smokin’ Donuts. The concept…

SMOKIN’ DONUTS
Wednesday February 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Doozer McDooze [“the underground festival hero”] and Les Carter [Carter USM, Abdoujaparov, Ferocious Dog] join forces to create Smokin’ Donuts. The concept is simple: they play one of Les’s songs, then play one of Doozer’s songs, from their back catalogues combined, until they get to the end of the set. It’s a lot of fun, and they decided to take it on the road. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

CODENAME COLIN + THE BOPHINS
Thursday February 20th
The King Billy, Northampton
Ska-punk from Hertfordshire. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

MARC FROM THE PARK
Thursday February 20th
The Lab, Northampton
An act that has soaked up 18 festival seasons of fun and created his own genre called Ambient Gabba. Doors 7pm, free entry [we guess]

THE REZILLOS
Friday February 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
“Rezillomania” tour. Scottish punk/new wave legends. Doors 7pm, tickets £17.50

THE FEENS + LUNA ROSA + SKYFLOOD + SKIRT
Friday February 21st
The Black Prince, Northampton
National promoters of indie rock’n’roll give ShoeTown a go. Headliners hail from Scarborough, the supports are all great acts from Corby and Northampton. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

PIECES + EGO
Friday February 21st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
ShoeTwon’s disco-punk trio, plus Sean Grant’s MK hardcore behemoths in support. From 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday February 21st
The Lab, Northampton
Urban music open mic. Featured artists this time around: Smiley and Reality. Doors 8pm, free entry

SALLY BARKER + ANNA RYDER
Friday February 21st
Bradden Music Hall, nr Towcester
Sally Barker (vocal, guitar & percussion) sang to millions as Tom Jones’ finalist on The Voice UK but the singer-songwriter has entertained for years as a member of revered fem-folk group The Poozies, in the re-formed Fotheringay and as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson. Anna Ryder (vocal, keys, accordion, guitar & banjo) is a musical dynamo; an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. Amongst others Anna has worked with Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Julianne Regan (All About Eve). Sally and Anna are band mates in the trio IOTA with Marion Fleetwood. Doors 7.30pm, £12 from 01327 860800

PHANTOM ISLE + ROLLING THUNDER + JACK Vs HOTDOG
Saturday February 22nd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The Twinfest Road to Marburg fundraising event. All money raised goes into providing transportation, accommodation and food etc for the Northampton bands taken to Germany and France, and our visiting guests from the ShoeTown twin towns. From 8pm, free entry

WOVENLUNG + FANGS + OMEGA INITIATIVE + WHEN WE WAKE + THE TROPHY LIFE
Saturday February 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Hometown metalcore headliners return for an overdue show, plus similar from Bristol, Southampton, and Northants. Doors 6.30pm, £6 tickets

SKYBEARD
Saturday February 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Proggy instrumental rock. From 8pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + LOOK NO HI HAT + KATIE PATON
Saturday February 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A night of world music and strange vibes. Headliners play their usual mix of world and ancestral music to a backing of eastern and dub rhythms. Guests in the form of a new group featuring Jonny Mattock [Spiritualized, Slipstream, Spacemen 3, Massive Attack] and John Lynch [The Telescopes] will be performing their first ever show. Paton (P-Hex, King’s Gambit) will kick the evening off performing some of her solo tunes. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS + CANYONS + KENNETH J. NASH
Saturday February 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
Growling bluesy alt-rock from Nathan Harris & co., plus country-rock and singer-songwriter gorgeousness, both from the Shire. From 8pm, free entry

THE BIGHEAD + ADRIAN STRANIK
Saturday February 22nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic trio set with reggae ska band The Bighead, playing material from their upcoming new album and recent vinyl release ‘Hangover Cure’. Support is a solo set from the Broadway Twisters mainman. From 9pm, free entry

ASKARI + FLASH PEASANTS
Sunday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Electronic/nu-metal/grime collective return to ShoeTown, with support from the hip-hop punks from Corby. Doors 8pm, price…? [probably free]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 12th – Feb 18th

AM SAMSTAG + RIFFERSPOCK + THE CERVELLONES + EARBONES Friday February 14th The Lab, Northampton An “alternative Valentine’s Day”, featuring grunge from Switzerland, hard rock from Coventry, punk pop new…

AM SAMSTAG + RIFFERSPOCK + THE CERVELLONES + EARBONES
Friday February 14th
The Lab, Northampton
An “alternative Valentine’s Day”, featuring grunge from Switzerland, hard rock from Coventry, punk pop new wave [ex-Bophins], and heavy blues rock from Northampton. Doors 7pm, pay as you want

SOYBOMB + JOSHUA ZERO
Friday February 14th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Berlin-based headliners bring the noisy alt-pop, with support from new Leeds-based literate alt-rockers. From 9pm, free entry

THE SCHLAGERLOUTS + BURNING SALT + DARYL KIRKLAND + GARY PAINTING
Friday February 14th
Earl’s Barton Working Men’s Club
An incarnation of local folk legends Ock ‘n’ Dough headline, who re-create the authentic sound of a 1930s Eastern European dance hall in Latvia, with a Cajun twist. Main support is from Hannah Hull, who draws on folk, country and blues. Then it’s Leicester singer-songwriter, plus a local one. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

THE RAMONAS + SPRING PARK
Saturday February 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The four ladies play a mix of Ramones covers and their own take on speed punk. Support from Northampton’s really-rather-good punks. Doors 7.30pm, £9.50 tickets

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
Saturday February 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
1980s indie treasures return to a favourite haunt, playing songs from Back In The DHSS and more. Doors 7.30pm, £23 tickets

THE TRIBE + DIRTY VERTEBRAE + THE BLUE CARPET BAND + BALDHEAD & THE DREADS + MIFFY ENGLEFIELD
Saturday February 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Hip-hop reggae ska energy collective from Wiltshire, post-melodic grunge from the North-West, primordial punk from London, ska-punk from London, and acoustic punk singer/actor. Doors 7pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CELINE ELLIS + TIM JON BROPHY + ANDY CLARKE + MARIEKE VINK
Saturday February 15th
The Fox & Hounds, Northampton
Ni Ni acoustic singer-songwriter night. From 9pm, free entry

CHRIS CONWAY + DAN BRITTON
Saturday February 15th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranfield
Frontmen of top UK Celtic band Govannen, Chris & Dan are two of the finest musicians in the East Midlands and a powerful combination. Each a distinguished singer-songwriter in his own right, they blend American and Celtic styles. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets from 01536 330014

EMPYRE + STILL REMAINS + YESTERDAY’S GONE
Sunday February 16th
The King Billy, Northampton
Local rising hard rockers play a regular haunt; plus local metallers, and bluesmen from Chesterfield. From 5pm, free entry

JOHN WHEATCROFT + MARTIN WINNING
Sunday February 16th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Top UK exponents of gypsy jazz, Wheatcroft and Winning return to The Pomfret for another afternoon of virtuosity. Django fans rejoice! From 7pm free Entry

MIDGE URE
Monday February 17th
Derngate, Northampton
Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the ‘Vienna’ album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut ‘Visage’ album will be played live. Doors 7pm, tickets from £27.75

GREEN LEAVES DOWN
Tuesday February 18th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Folkies GLD return to the Great Knight Folk Club. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

 

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Independent Venue Week 2020; photo report

We’re still trying to catch up on sleep from another cracking Independent Venue Week. There were great gigs taking place at The Black Prince, The Roadmender and The Lab in…

We’re still trying to catch up on sleep from another cracking Independent Venue Week.

There were great gigs taking place at The Black Prince, The Roadmender and The Lab in Northampton with Esquires and the Craufurd Arms across the border, as you’d expect, putting on solid shows throughout the week.

Working Men’s Club at The Black Prince

It was probably the strongest IVW Northampton has had to date and we got around to as much as we could / were allowed to by significant others.

It was six gigs for photo editor Dave and five for editor-in-chief Phil.

Billy Lockett pulled in the biggest crowd of the week at the Roadmender which was a top homecoming show for the Northampton native at the start of his UK tour.

The Black Prince saw hundreds of people through its doors during IVW, with Working Men’s Club and No Music among the highlights.

Over at Esquires, Wamduscher proved a great end to the week with a sold-out show.

Apologies to The Lab and the Craufurd Arms. Promise we’ll get to some of your shows next year! We might have to recruit a bit more help!

Below is a gallery featuring some of Northampton’s finest playing alongside the acts who headed to the region, featuring headline gigs by

ROAM / SPQR / King Purple / Billy Lockett / Working Men’s Club / Warmduscher

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Across The Border: Feb 6 – Feb 13

It’s back. Our somewhat regular look at what’s going on elsewhere, highlighting some of our favourite places outside of Northamptonshire. Need to get out of the county next week for…

It’s back. Our somewhat regular look at what’s going on elsewhere, highlighting some of our favourite places outside of Northamptonshire.

Need to get out of the county next week for you music fix? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

One of the stand outs of the week is the chance to see Fairport Convention (pictured) at The Stables. Usually seen playing to crowds of thousands on a regular  basis, this is a chance to see them up-close and personal.

 

PROJECT NOISE
Friday, February 7
The Craufurd Arms
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

JOHN
Friday, February 7
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8.50

EMILY CAPELL
Saturday, February 8
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

LOS PACAMINOS
Saturday, February 8
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

ROSWELL
Saturday, February 8
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £11

LEBROCK
Sunday, February 9
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

OLCAY BAYIR: DREAM FOR ANATOLIA
Sunday, February 9
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Tuesday, February 11
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £31.50

AMIGO THE DEVIL
Wednesday, February 12
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

METAL 2 THE MASSES: HEAT 3
Thursday, February 13
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GILL LANDRY
Thursday, February 13
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £11.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 5th – Feb 11th

FLASHBACK PHOTOGRAPH + JACK LONDON + IRENE RAE Wednesday February 5th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Acoustic night with open mic slots. This month: hugely popular foot-tapping folk-rock band from…

FLASHBACK PHOTOGRAPH + JACK LONDON + IRENE RAE
Wednesday February 5th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Acoustic night with open mic slots. This month: hugely popular foot-tapping folk-rock band from Peterborough ,and a couple of charismatic singer-songwriters. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BETH PARKER + LAURA BAKER + DREW GUBBINS + JACKSBORO HIGHWAY + CAMERON GRACE + MARIEKE VINK
Thursday February 6th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Ni NI acoustic sessions. From 8pm, free entry

CRASH INDUCTION + SPITTING FEATHERS + DEAD FREQUENCY + CRAWLSPACES
Friday February 7th
The King Billy, Northampton 
Four NN punk bands raising funds for Young Minds [mental health charity] and Spotlight Dance [dance school]. From 8.30pm; it’s free entry but there will be plenty of opportunity to donate.

HANNAH FAULKNER + DREW GUBBINS + CAMERON GRACE + ANDY CLARKE + CELINE ELLIS + JACKSBORO HIGHWAY
Friday February 7th
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Ni NI acoustic sessions. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + CANYONS
Saturday February 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A double helping of NN rootsy indie rock, in celebration of John Cox’s birthday. Doors 7pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER + SKYFLOOD + WHERE’S MITCHELL
Saturday February 8th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Indie-flavoured good times with these three. Music from 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS
Saturday February 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Energetic live performances and observant songwriting from the ShoeTown lads. Doors 8pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday February 8th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics from the NN duo. From 9pm, free entry

VELVET INSANE + THE BIG DIRTY + INDYA + WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE CALLED RUFUS
Sunday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Swedish rock band with inspirations from 70’s glam to more modern music. New single features former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick! Plus the much-loved “sex rock” four-piece from Northampton, the Kent fivesome with the sensational ‘Goddess of Rock’ frontwoman, and  a new Northampton outfit who mix of classic rock and punk. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + LAURA BAKER & BOB + TIM JON BROPHY + MALCOLM DUNN + MEG SHIPHAN + JOE CORKRAM
Sunday February 9th
The Sevens, Northampton
Ni NI acoustic sessions. 6.30pm start, free entry

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