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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 21st – Aug 27th

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND Thursday August 22nd The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with…

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND
Thursday August 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with his own sounds, as heard on last year’s debut album, What’s New?.  He presents his big band with the big sound for the first time in 2019 tonight. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

AUGUST ROCK FESTIVAL 2019
Thursday August 22nd – Monday August 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
No creative juice spared with that title, the second of the Billy’s 2019 garden extravaganza’s runs over five nights!  You get ODS SAXON, DIRTY DEEDS, BURNT OUT WRECK, THE BIG DIRTY, STILL REMAINS UK, SILVER STEREO , EL BRONSON, STAR LIZZY, DREAM DROP, WISHING WOLF, SAFEST SPACES, STANDING LIKE STATUES, CRAWLSPACES, CHARLIE TARRY & THE OUTLAWS, MOLLY KARLOFF, and more TBC. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday to Monday is £5 on the door. A ticket for 3 days is £10.

THE PIG & APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 23rd – Sunday August 25th
Next to Naseby Reservoir
The last big weekend of the year for festivals in 2019, and this is a firm favourite on the calendar. Music is the main focus of the festival, so this year you get Friday delights from The Evil Usses, The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Diego Brown & The Good Fairy, and Chris Duckett. The evening finishes with a late night Lay It Down special hosted by Troopz. Saturday brings Benny & The Jengo Massive, Dubi Dolczek, Zayk, Laetitia Sadier [ex-Stereolab], [sane], A Noble Ghost, Slide Machine, Ben Jennings, and James Grady. Finally the Sunday sees C Joynes, Nim Chimpsky, Wax Myrtle’s Special Structure, Nick Jonah Davis, Ji & The Rainbirds, and Nina Harries perform. Day tickets are £15 [Fri and Sun] or £20 [Sat], or £30 for a weekend camping ticket. See all the info here

KAYA UMBRELLA FAIR WORLD MUSIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Umbrella Fair, Northampton
Kaya breaks down the borders within the Arts and Music and celebrates World Music, Diversity, Community and Family. Showcasing many world music artists over three days, including Kiziah & The Kings, Thabani & The African All Stars, The Repro Jam Squad, Drones Club, and Jono & The Uke DealersTickets are £25 for the weekend, £50 for a family ticket, or £5 per child over six.

ACOUSTIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Sun Inn, Northampton
A Ni Ni Sessions hosted event over three days. Performances from Hannah Faulkner, Nigel Lewis, Rebecca Ryan, Dem urban foxes, Marieke Vink, ‪Andy Clarke, Ant Richards‬, Cameron Grace‬, Harrison Coleman, The Laura Baker Band‬, George Holmes, Amii Dawes, Way Bak Then, Break‬, Just Mike, Tom & Sophie‬, J D Blues , Uncovered‬, Tim Jon Brophy, Scott Walters, Lew Bear, Dan Hughes, and Terry Slade. From lunchtime each day, free entry

PLANETMAN + GOVERNOR TIGGY & THE ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday August 24th
The Lab, Northampton
Big celebration and iration. Conscious reggae star Tiggy will be joining the roots reggae Londoner. Doors 8pm, £5 entry [£4 for members]

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS + JOE WOOLEY
Saturday August 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
MLR was our first ever gig review two years ago, so we’re excited she returns from Los Angeles to perform upstairs at the Lamp. Support from her occasional folkie collaborator and talented NN mainstay. Music from 8.30pm, £7.50 entry

SHIRE FEST
Saturday August 24th
The Shire Horse, Corby
A great line-up of local musicians: Ethan Kenna, The 182s, Veins, Deeper Cut, Rock Follicles and Kushty. From 1.30pm, free entry

EMPYRE + DIG LAZARUS + JD BLUES
Saturday August 24th
The Red Lion, Brackley
The Self-Aware rockists continue their album campaign trail by returning to a favourite haunt, and are joined by the Nuneaton riffy trio, plus the Northants acoustic blues duo. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

PROJECT NOISE + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday August 24th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Special co-headline show from the two MK metal outfits. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

RAVENFEST 19
Sunday August 25th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
An outdoor event, featuring Machines, The T100s, Prisoner, James Watt & The Avenues, and The Rising Suns. Doors midday. All proceeds go to Prostaid.

THE TOUCH
Sunday August 25th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
In superhero costumes no less! Stick around after the jam to watch their rock moves. Doors 4pm, free entry

 

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ExP + DJ O.P.1 live review and interview

ExP’s ‘Fully Fledged Fraud’ Album Release Tour, featuring DJ O.P.1 Friday August 9th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Friday night and myself and Bernie Beirne are heading down to the Gari…

ExP’s ‘Fully Fledged Fraud’ Album Release Tour, featuring DJ O.P.1
Friday August 9th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton

Friday night and myself and Bernie Beirne are heading down to the Gari to catch one of the usual faces, DJ O.P.1. A Northamptonshire DJ with exquisite blends of hiphop, funk, jazz, rock, jungle, dnb, he’s always guaranteed to put on a dancefloor filling night of fantastic tunes. Although on this night, he has a rather special treat in store…
O.P.1 has teamed up with Yorkshire’s finest Rapper ExP, to be his Jazzy Jeff on the latest album Fully Fledged Fraud. And tonight, they bring their ‘tiny’ tour to Northampton. Starting in Leeds last night, the tour stops at The Garibaldi Hotel for one night only before they move down south to the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch.

Ben “ExP” Goodwin draws on influences for his current style of rap from classic old skool hiphop artists such as De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Tribe Called Quest. As he says, “people who know how to have fun on stage and make joyful music”. And having fun on stage is one thing that ExP is really good at, drawing in the crowd with his lyric boards and audience participation. So, whether you know his tracks or not, you find yourself joining in with the chorus of “we don’t do that” and “work is so shit”. Plus, you are bound to recognise some the of the classic songs which ExP has skilfully sampled; from the Ratpack to Bill Withers and Sly & the Family Stone.

ExP has a large following based in Corby from his group Flame Griller, so it was great to see the Corby crowd trek across county and turn up to support their tour.

New Boots had a chat with Ben and Robin before the show began..
The album is called Fully Fledged Fraud, so what’s the concept behind this album. Are you the Fully-Fledged Fraud?
Ben: Yeah exactly, as is everyone. That was kind of the point of it. The last album had tracks that I could name the album after in the end, but this is one is a bit more of a summary of everything. I think the summary of it was that everyone is a fraud, everyone is pretending to do what they do, even if they are doing it to a good level. So, you look at yourself and say I am doing this but if I told them how rubbish I really am…

Ok, I get it. A good example of this is Michelle Obama who talks about imposter syndrome?
Yeah, it’s like when people just feel they aren’t right, and apparently Penelope Cruz too. With every film she does she thinks “I shouldn’t be doing this. I’m a complete fraud, I’m not a real actress”, thoughts like this. This is a major thing for people.

Does this mean that you don’t feel like a real rapper?
Well that and many other things. It’s a very strange thing to think of yourself as a rapper in the first place, especially being white and from Yorkshire! You know and being very grumbly. The content is very grumbly and non-rap in its own way, but it is also about being a fraud in my work life, my married life, everything and anything really.

So, you are gigging tonight at The Garibaldi Hotel, where slowthai recently held his album launch as well. What are your thoughts on the current British hip-hop scene?
The British hip-hop scene is cool and busier the further south you get! So it’s great as you get into London but its also busy under London with Brighton and Bristol over the way. Its good, its bubbling, it has its own thing. But hip-hop in itself is such a big word that it incapsulates so much stuff. You can include trap and grime in that, and if you do it’s as buzzing as it’s ever been.

So, if you were to sub- genre yourself under hip-hop, what genre would you say you are?
Haaa! Well the cool thing now is Mumble Rap! So, I have coined ‘Grumble Rap’ because I’m just having a grumble man.. when you start sub-genre’ing…what I’m doing and its like boom bop and classic hip-hop.

What’s it like working with O.P.1?
This is my third gig ever working with O.P.1 and mate it is incredible. He is the best DJ I have ever worked with by a long shot. He knows his stuff man, he’s the best.

Some of your lyrics are just downright hilarious. Do you spend time trying to craft the joke or does that just happen naturally?
No! there is nothing worse then trying to be funny and I don’t think that I am funny. Its just observations, so if something pisses me off from time to time, I will write it down on my phone and I’ll put that into something. Somethings write themselves really quick and something things take ages to craft.

The new album got a promotional tweet from Frankie Boyle! How did that happen?
It was years ago when people realised that he was into hip-hop and he was sharing tweets about the music that he liked. So, a member of Flame Griller messaged him out of the blue and said we do this music and he really got into it. Since then he has followed us, he’s supportive of us and we can shoot him a message and he will promote our music. Its very, very cool. Romesh Ranganathan as well! Its great to have that boost.

So, London tomorrow, then what’s next for you?
Then I have a small gig on the 17th August – Autopot Summer Social then literally nothing. Another Flame Griller gig in October but nothing else. Ever since putting the album out in July I’ve been running around trying to get everything out, trying to talk to everyone so I think once it gets to mid to late August I can try to start promoting the album and get new people to listen and share. Word of mouth is the most important thing for me. Then hopefully there will be another album by 2022.

Over to you O.P.1 – how did this collab come about?
I was DJing at a festival in Corby last September and I was DJing for a local group and a few other MCs on the night. ExP came down, saw me smashing it [as usual!] and he said we need to work together. He asked me to do some scratches on a track, I threw some ideas together, did the cuts and he liked it and went with it. So that’s on the new album, a track called “High Horse”.
He then asked me to do the southern gigs, but it ended up me being his DJ full time now. The video should be out in a couple of months. I don’t know how much I can say, its an animated video. It looks pretty dope from what he sent me. Check out his videos on YouTube, as they are all proper.
I think we both have the same work ethic, the same ideas and the same background in hip-hop so it just kind of worked out really well. We will definitely be doing some more stuff together in the future, for sure.

Except for this project, what else are you up to?
I have regular nights at the Garibaldi Hotel, The Pomfret and the Charles Bradlaugh. I have a few festivals coming up and there are a few local artists I will be working with. You can keep up to date from my Facebook page “DJ O.P.1”

Lisa Eversden

Fully Fledged Fraud is available online here

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Twinfest 2019: The Review

TWINFEST July 25th – July 28th 2019 Northampton, various venues THURSDAY, THE LAB The weekend starts early at Twinfest, the annual hootenanny / shindig that celebrates all that is good…

TWINFEST
July 25th – July 28th 2019
Northampton, various venues

THURSDAY, THE LAB
The weekend starts early at Twinfest, the annual hootenanny / shindig that celebrates all that is good about the music scenes of Marburg, Poitiers and Northampton. Tonight is special in that we get just the German and French acts, and it’s Oclaire‘s honour to kick us off. Before we get to the amiable German fella, can New Boots just point out that it is literally a sauna-type atmosphere in here tonight, as befits the hottest day of the year. If you didn’t go we will simply say: we suffer so you don’t have to. Not that we really did, what with what’s happening on stage. Oclaire is a man who frenetically strums his acoustic guitar, and sings his heart out. Playing songs from his recent sophomore album There Is More, his songs are open like gaping wounds, a space for him to pour his jumblebox of emotions through a redemptive filter and find some solutions to share with us.  We are blessed to hear them.

From solo to duo, and French pair The Aries. Jeanne Casseron and Chloé Bonnet are your chanson for the evening, as they give off sweet and unassuming vibes. They sing solely in French, so goodness knows what the songs are actually about, but one would hazard a guess they are as charming in word as they are in voice. A nifty version of the Beatles classic ‘Across The Universe’ is the icing on the cake.

Cressy Jaw are your solidarity brothers, a trio who take on social and environmental subjects and pull no punches, Reggae-type songs, the rest of the tracks developed into a wild mixture of punk, grunge and blues. Their tight songs switch between reggae-rock and RATM-style alt-rock noise. Their reggaegrungepunk works surprisingly well. 

By the time Bazouka Groove Club unleash their primal rock’n’roll the Lab is producing casualties, and standing outside and listening to the music is becoming a real survival option. Luckily there’s enough punters around for our German friends to work their magic, and work the crowd. Theirs is a modern alt-rock sound mixed up with more of a noughties pop-punk spirit. Singer Basti took his top off [it was definitely a night for that], people moshed until they, literally and figuratively, dropped: it was one of those instantly memorable nights.

It would have been easy to have gone home now satisfied. Bazouka have absolutely destroyed all listening, and the body count is still rising alongside the steam. Yet Full Fiction still have something in their locker to make you reconsider any premature evaluations. The slightly bashful French trio have got some musical chops, as they unleash their slightlydelic punk rock that gets heads nodding furiously, even without anyone knowing the songs. FF felt like the awe-inspiring bonus album track you were not expecting. Tonight the taxi ride home was very, very beatific.

FRIDAY, THE LAMPLIGHTER
The Vincent Vega Band start off proceedings at the Lamplighter in suitably sharp and sophisticated style. Drummer-less and acoustic they are on fine laid back form. Tonight, the band’s sparse, stripped back instrumentation leaves plenty of room for their lyrics, reminiscent of a lo-fi Scott Walker, to shine. Their songs play out like snippets of kitchen sink dramas; held together by moody bass lines and decorated with pretty viola passages. ‘Claude’ and ‘Fireflies’ are particularly well-received moments in a superb opening set. ‘Tout royale pas de fromage’, as they might say in Paris.

Following, in the spirit of these events, with something completely different are Krankhead, aka Mio Flux & Patchy, The Rockstar. Their party-starting hip-hop gets the crowd well warmed up, starting football chants as well as a one-fingered salute to the new prime minister that is much appreciated by the Twinfest crowd.

Upstairs at the Lamplighter, with its fireplace and atmospheric lighting, it feels more like a classy house party; a setting that fits quirky folk-pop duo The Aires quite well. The first of the acts from Poitiers tonight, they instantly win over the Northampton audience. Songs sung in a language the audience may be unfamiliar with are very much dependant on the strength of the performance, but this pair have a wonderfully expressive stage presence and vocal harmonies that cross any language borders.

By the time those watching The Aires get downstairs quite the crowd has amassed for local boys The Barratts, whose mid-evening set showcases why they are quickly becoming one of the towns biggest acts. Punchy indie rock with stinging guitar solos and an assured presence marks them as a force to be reckoned with. By the second song things are already getting rowdy at the front, and your left with the impression that the band are destined for bigger venues than here. The band closed with ‘Lights Out In London’ leaving the audience howling for an encore, but it was already time for the next act to start upstairs.

Oclaire, one of the musicians from Marburg, is up[stairs] next. An acoustic singer-songwriter with a punk spirit and a big heart, he talks openly about the mental health issues that he’s dealt with as he sings about learning to be positive. Throughout the set he drinks from a cup of green tea due to the bad throat he developed on the plane over, and apologises. But his voice is in no way hindered, and he storms through his set with a bit of audience participation.

Back downstairs for the second of tonight’s German acts and Cressy Jaw keep the night pumping with their mix of reggae, punk and bluesy rock. While the audience had thinned a bit since The Barratts, by the end of the set the room had filled up again and there was quite a bit of dancing down at the front. The band’s final song tuned into an extended jam session, with each member of the three-piece getting a spotlight and inviting the audience to join in.

The final act on tonight are Full Fiction, from Poitiers, who pretty much level The Lamplighter with their full-throttle rock and roll. The songs are largely instrumental, with some occasional screamed vocals, but the draw here is the face-melting guitar playing and raw power of the band as a whole. Partway through the set a pit opens up at the front, the front man leaping over the monitor, guitar in hand to shred amongst the audience. The set comes towards its close with the him dropping his guitar on the floor and kneeling over it, attacking it to coax out all manner of sounds. A powerful end to a great night of music from the three cities.

FRIDAY, THE GARIBALDI HOTEL
At 26°, The Garibaldi resembled a blazing inferno, though, the topic of conversation was how it was not as hot as the Lab the day before, when temperatures had reached 37°. The newly formed Joe B. Humbled & His Band opened proceedings with their debut performance, fronted by Joe Martin on guitar and vocals [also known for GOGO LOCO and previously The Mobbs], and joined by his brother Jon Martin on bass and Alex George on drums. The band performed previously-released tracks ‘The Straight & Narrow’ and ‘To Be True’ with some new numbers, such as, ‘Why Did You Kiss Me’ and the never heard before track, ‘Bloodshot Eyes’. With less jumping around, this is Joe’s opportunity for more singing. The new solo venture stays true to Joe’s blues and rock’n’roll influences, with an added essence of some soul. Their admirable cover of Alabama Shakes ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’ gave severe evidence to said soul influence. With a live performance that was true to the record, Joe B. Humbled are a musical treat with lush, panoramic tones reminiscent of influences from the likes of The Doors and Buddy Holly.

“Are we all drinking ir-responsibly?”, asked Jordan Jones, as he took to the stage. The Keepers were up next with two new faces to the indie-mod quartet. Introducing Charlie Pinnacle and Jack Isaacs to the mix, The Keepers still delivered a tight knit performance. The setlist included some older anthems such as ‘Here Comes The Spring’ and ‘You’re All I Need’, as well as, still-to-be-released ‘Velvet Hands’. Opening with the lines “Don’t take me to the movies, take me to a cemetery,” the song is influenced by the line from beatnik poet, Gregory Corso’s ‘Marriage’. A riotous performance of ‘Cocaine Champagne’ from frontman Jones had the crowd’s eating out of the palm of his hand, as he used the bar as an extension of the stage, crouched below the hanging industrial lighting.

Next on the bill were the night’s hosts, Deaf Trap, marked by Tom Wright’s signature suit and Matt’s ever-impressive beard, they performed before a moshing crowd, whilst meanwhile others melted and fanned each other on the outskirts. The set included firm favourites ‘Guillotine’, ‘Fate Thinks’ and ‘Dirty Echoes’, as well as upcoming single ‘Face’.

Bazouka Groove Club headlined the evening. The conscious-rap group performed in their native tongue, to the remaining survivors of the room, headbanging until the very last note, the audience demanding an encore which was gratefully received.

SATURDAY, THE POMRFET ARMS
In true summer fashion the rains come in early on Saturday and by the time the Saturday leg of Twinfest is open the picturesque beer garden on The Pomfret resembles an overgrown water feature. But the show goes on, and in the barn Laughing Man Marsh kick things off with Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, and it definitely isn’t. The band played a solid set of blues-rock with a mix of originals and covers, ending in a storming cover of ‘The Chain’, assisted by two of the festival’s organisers on vocals.

Due to the delays in starting this is immediately followed by singer-songwriter Andy Hawkins, who apologises for being slow and not as funky as the preceding band, but that’s no problem. The emotional songs complement the atmosphere of this rainy afternoon and capture those inside.

This is followed by another set from Marburg’s Oclaire, whose emotional folk-punk has been one of the many highlights of the festival. While on stage he is sweet and just happy to be able to play music for people, his songs are still sung with emotion and power that could fill a much bigger room. He ends the set in the middle of the audience with an unplugged sing-along rendition of Frank Turner’s ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’.

Following this, and something you don’t see that often, is Northampton’s Jack Vs Hotdog, a solo performer appropriately dressed as a sausage in a bun. Starting with a Scroobius Pip line seguing into a fantastic cover of AJJ’s ‘Brave As a Noun’ he plays through a set of originals and covers ending with ‘Please Don’t Feed The Crackheads’, a song deemed not safe for anybody.

Another wonderful find from our French twin city has been The Aires, and despite technical issues they once again wow the crowd with their francophone folk-pop. Despite self-deprecatingly referring to some of their songs as “stupid love songs” they wow the afternoon audience, whose calls for an encore at the end of the set are actually answered in the shape of a cover of Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

Fossilheads are next and the self-descibed folky/comical/theatrical/eco-political duo’s songs about the looming global climate catastrophe are as timely and pointed as they are funny. The pair are fantastic performers with great chemistry and stage presence. Songs about climate change denial and corporate greenwashing are delivered with a mix of comedic character work and incredible musicianship. As per their introduction, they do indeed put the ‘ooh’ back in ‘existential doom’.

After a delay due to more technical issues Jono and the Uke Dealers take to the stage. Whilst ukuleles are commonly seen as somewhat of a gimmick or at best a bit twee, the band is never in danger of seeming like a novelty. The band balance heavier political tracks with lighter fare, but either way underpinned by assured songwriting and performance. They performed well known tracks ‘Beautiful Things’, ‘Speccy Four Eyes’ and ‘Joe Meek’s Ghost’ with Katie Paton, known for P-Hex and Kings Gambit, joining him on stage for a sobering song dedicated to the troubles in Palestine. The slightly abridged set is brought to an anthemic close with new anti-war track ‘Old Grey Wolf’.

New Boots couldn’t get into the barn for Kings Gambit, as it was packed with people dancing to their pirate-esque dance folk-rock. Old-time rockers The Mental Straights were up next with some nostalgic numbers, followed by Tom Rose & The Heathen Orchestra. Tom stunned audiences into submission with his Nick Cave-esque, gravely, macabre tones and Tom Wait style quirky charm, completed by his heathen orchestra, featuring not one but two percussionists. The band performed some personal favourites ‘Dance to Hell’ and ‘Trouble’s What You Got’.

Your correspondent got right to the front for rock-garage, heavy-blues trio, Full Fiction, from Poitiers, France. They tore it up with their guitar-humping, floor-rolling solos that were so epic frontman Camille Pizon broke a guitar string. With more hair-flicking than a l’Oreal advert, Full Fiction, proved their worth. Bazouka Groove Club performed again, before psychedelic rockers King Purple from Corby, the penultimate band of the evening. They delivered their smooth panoramic sound, with intricate layers interwoven with different shapes and textures. The atmosphere was dense, and drenched with entrancing guitars and hypnotising melodies.

Cressy Jaw headlined the evening, with their reggae punk-rock, managing just four songs before they were sadly unplugged. The revelries still carried on well into the evening though, with the night-time hours melting into day for many of the bands and festival goers.

SUNDAY, THE BLACK PRINCE
With a few still jaded from the night before, and the weekend catching up with many, some acoustic acts were just what the doctor ordered. The crowd congregated, sat cross-legged before the stage, in atypcial intimate setting. Dan Plews was up first with his beautiful acoustic guitar/ ukulele variety performance. 

Duncan Bisatt was up next with original tracks; ‘White Shoes’ and the ethereal ‘Captains & Kings’. Duncan’s track ‘Capybara Love Song’ became the soundtrack to the rascality and roguishness during their trip to Marburg earlier this year, for ManoFest, that saw them miss the flight home. It was met with knowing appreciation from those in the travelling party. Duncan performed his up and coming single, ‘Young Man’, and had local audiences laughing to tongue-in-cheek number, ‘£1 Town’.

The Aries were next on the bill with their charming Francophile tunes, that were rhythmic, upbeat and humorous. As much a duet in life, as they are on stage, Jeanne and Chloe’s friendship shows through in their performance.

Occlaire, from Marburg was up next. The solo acoustic artist delivered his dynamic compositions, ranging from soft to loud in a colourful alternation, conveying passion and emotion, supported by catchy melodies. One could lose oneself, just for a moment, and wander through the alternate planes of the music.

Next up are Rolling Thunder, a relatively new, lively indie-rock five-piece, who stepped in at the last minute. Very tight from the get-go, they jangle and fuzz like true pros even at this early stage of their career. Chant-worthy choruses are their trade in stock, and with the likes of ‘Break In At The Nachtwinkel’ and ‘John Doe’ you can already see them being firm festival favourites throughout the land. Some more variation amongst the bangers wouldn’t have go amiss [the New Boots lighter remained firmly in pocket throughout], but they have an awful lot to work with there already. Popular already, gang spirit, and charming banter from singer Charlie: they have all the right ingredients to do great things in 2020. The boys certainly made an indelible mark, and are here to stay.

Cressy Jaw really are very good musicians, that much is clear by their fourth weekend appearance. After the disappointment of an abridged set last night they really turned it on to an appreciative crowd. The songs seemed more 4/4 today, the reggae edges smoothed off [or maybe that’s just New Boots’ brain after four days of drinking]. The drummer from Bazouka Groove Club got up to join in with a double-drumming solo which was one of the many highlights of the weekend’s festivities.

Our next act, Baby Lung, bring some perfect Sunday afternoon relaxed vibes. Max, the two Matts and Harry are the NN band who only began a few months ago, but now seem indispensable to our scene. The quiet drama encased in all their sax-filled, jazz-chorded indie-pop is as seductive as it is unexpected from a band from the East Midlands [we can say that, right?] . Following highlights ‘Casualty’ and ‘She’ is final song ‘Falling’, which, with the help of a devilishly handsome guitar solo, ratchets up the drama to fever pitch. The love affair has just begun, Northampton.

Full Fiction, who have been reminding us of Hyll all weekend, are still on fire today. Their Thee Oh Sees/King Gizzard wig-outs have been propelling everyone out of any stupor they may be in. Proper good guys.

Locals The Jackal Nine are back for a one-off. Like they were back at Twinfest in 2017. Why mess around trying to be ace every weekend when you can do a show every couple of years and knock it out the park with ease? They start with a lengthy intro music, the spoken word effort from Meatloaf, ‘Wasted Youth’. The busy room knows they are going to burst into life any moment now. And when they do it’s with considerable vigour; like a bat out of hell, perhaps. The mosh pit is perpetually busy as they work though their intelligent punk rock repertoire – ‘S.A.D’, ‘Gruffalo’, etc – with gleeful abandon, as you might imagine from people having not performed for that long.

“You gotta choose between those who love you and those that wanna own you” states Danny Adams, the singer/guitarist. “This [his protruding middle finger] is a toast to Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and all their ilk”. Toward the end of their set a young rapper called Paton comes on briefly and gave it some serious, glorious attitude. Then there’s the ‘Fuck Brexit’ chant, and you can quietly be assured of their political leanings. In these tumultuous times the Jackal Nine are a reassuring presence, so we’re quite sad that they now go back into the toy box. Time to start a petition perhaps…

Bazouka Groove Club are again monumental. There’s a small stage invasion tonight, and plenty of crowd interaction in general. So pleased to say this weekend they’ve lived to the quality of that first-rate band name.

Phantom Isle are the final band of the weekend. The Northants-and-now-in-London band are doing great things wherever they land, having the songcraft to match almost any new band around. They dress up in ritualistic outfits to scare the bejeesus out of us Sabbath-observing folk. They open with ‘Channel’, then run through a confident set which includes the recent singles ‘Focus’ and ‘Four Walls’. Their indie-psych pop is infectious and skyscraping, and they feel like worthy headliners for an eclectic festival which has covered a range of styles.

And that’s it for another year. Time for a lie-down. See you in 2020.

Words by Phil Moore, Rachel Thomas, Sonny JD, and Tom Rose

Photos by David Jackson and Phill Phree

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AudioStage alldayer this Saturday

This Saturday August 3rd sees The Pomfret Arms host the first ever AudioStage Festival. As we discussed last year, AudioStage is a platform for recording and interviewing artists in an…

This Saturday August 3rd sees The Pomfret Arms host the first ever AudioStage Festival. As we discussed last year, AudioStage is a platform for recording and interviewing artists in an online series format.

Acts from series 1 and 2 of AudioStage will appear, plus exclusive sneak previews of the upcoming acts in series 3, plus some extra guests. The full line-up is:
Corinne Lucy
The Drones Club
The Vincent Vega Band
Jess Orestano
EMPYRE
Humblebee
Jono And The Uke Dealers
Kenneth J Nash
Brazen Foxes
Jacob Brathwaite
Little Bitboy
L30 Robinson Artist
Har-Q

It opens at 2pm down at Cotton End, in Northampton. New Boots spoke to organiser Marcus Still

How’s the AudioStage experience been so far? You’ve achieved a lot in first two series, and now the podcast too.
The AudiosStage experience so far has been really incredible. The number of acts we have worked with so far and the response we’ve had has restored our faith that people still care about unsigned musicians. It branches out further than we could’ve first imagined, with viewers and listeners all over the world now. The podcast we feel is our opportunity to have a chat to people we want to speak to, and hash out ideas amongst ourselves with invaluable advice from tried and tested experts in their fields for musicians. Also it’s a really good chance to have a bit of a laugh and relax while still providing entertaining content for our viewers and listeners.

What’s been your personal highlight so far of working on AudioStage?
My personal highlight is really difficult to pick from if I’m honest, there are so many amazing moments, breathtaking performances, hilarious interviews and podcasts etc. But from an achievement stand point I think it was the birth of the concept. It will always be the day I realised that I could do something with this passion for trying to elevate musicians, and try to get their great music to the masses.

Can you tell us anything about series 3 yet? When’s it coming/who appears etc?
I can: we have a release date of August 5th, which is only 2 days after the festival! Obviously we’ve released a bit of a teaser in regards to promo, you’ve already seen Steph Brown and Kev Minney on the date announcement social media post, no doubt more will follow and we will tease you with some more artists from series 3. We are going to playing some previews at the festival on August 3rd, which is where people will get the ability to check out the videos before they are released to the general public, so even more reason to come down!

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New Music Friday: Cousin Avi

  Returning to the game with a first single in a while, ‘Burn Right Up’, Northampton/London fivesome Cousin Avi continue to produce the high-energy pop we’ve come to know and…

 

Returning to the game with a first single in a while, ‘Burn Right Up’, Northampton/London fivesome Cousin Avi continue to produce the high-energy pop we’ve come to know and love. New Boots went in to get the skinny.

How did you guys get together?
Founder members and old school friends, Ross and Stuart, formed Cousin Avi in 2007. Francisco joined the band as frontman shortly after a spontaneous audition in a guitar lesson with Stuart. Duncan was a known and respected drummer on the local music scene and he joined the outfit in 2009. Cousin Avi played as a four piece until they discovered the talents of local keyboard wizard, Jacob, in 2011.

How would you describe your sound? Who do you feel are your main influences in music?
We’ve always had an eclectic sound. Our individual influences cover everything from reggae to metal and over the years we’ve experimented with and fused lots of musical styles. The fundamental elements in the Avi sound are groove, soul and energy. Song is king for us, so we fight to serve it with honour.

Would it be fair to say you’ve had a bit of a relaunch in 2019?
It feels like a natural progression for us to freshen up our image and branding with each musical project we embark on. As a band with a constantly evolving sound, it’s important for us to capture and expose the phase we’re currently in. 

Tell us about this banging new single, ‘Burn Right Up’.
‘Burn Right Up’ was the first song of many that we penned in our most recent writing phase. It’s a simple celebration of lust and love, suitably dressed with spiky verses and a powerful poppy chorus.

You appear in demand to play a lot of festivals. What are your live shows like?
We’re a live band, through and through. That’s what we write for and that’s where we get our kicks. Our music tends to have a ‘feel good’ energy, and this seems to translate well at festivals. 

Do you feel part of the wider scene in Northamptonshire?
It would be fair to say that we have been somewhat disconnected from the Northamptonshire music scene in recent years. Having been fully immersed in a lengthy writing and recording stage of our development, and with two of us now residing in London, it’s been difficult to stay active and involved within the local scene. That’s not to say that we aren’t aware of the plethora of amazing bands and artists making music here. It’s a talented town, and we’ve had the pleasure of sharing stages with many wonderful acts over the years. A special mention goes to anyone and everyone that has ever been involved with ‘Twinfest’. The festival has presented us with priceless opportunities to play in our twin towns of Marburg and Poitiers, from which we have gained unforgettable experiences and formed long lasting friendships. 

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
I think we can all agree that any time we’re on stage together, playing our music will always be regarded as our most treasured moments. 

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Between all of us, our most recently streamed artists include: Hablot Brown, Hot Chip, Hatesphere, NAO, Deaf Havana, Patawa, Tuxedo, Gary Clark Jr, Modest Mouse, Dan D’Lion, Bitte Orca, Vulfpeck, and PREP.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I guess it’s kinda cliché, but ultimately we all dream of giving up our day jobs and doing this full time. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to earn a sustainable living wage within the music industry, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. 
Our plan for the next year is to release all the music we’ve been making over the last 18 months, and to be more active on the gigging front. Let’s see where that takes us…

‘Burn Right Up’ is out now via the usual digital platforms

 

 
 
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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 17th – Jul 23rd

THE PHYSICS HOUSE BAND + LAPYEAR Thursday July 18th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Brighton quartet who create avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to doom-metal,…

THE PHYSICS HOUSE BAND + LAPYEAR
Thursday July 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Brighton quartet who create avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to doom-metal, all combined together with a furious energy  Playing some songs fro their recently completed third record. Lapyear meanwhile are an alternative/indie pop band from London. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE WILDE + AXIS ERAZED
Thursday July 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Loud, raucous rock’n’roll, with a Motown groove. Support comes from ShoeTown’s “female-fronted metal-rock, industro-pop” band. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday July 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Urban music night involving rappers, instrumentalists, spoken word, poetry. Plenty of spots open to the public early on, plus confirmed performances from Thunder, Reality, Smiley, Infinite Lore, and many more. Doors 8pm, free entry

BLOOD-VISIONS + BIG LOSS
Friday July 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
NN alt-rock heroes and no mistake are your main draw. Support from local trio, all of whom are ex-members of My First Tooth. Doors 8pm, free entry

LIVING COLOUR + CATS IN SPACE + JARED NICHOLS JAMES
Saturday July 20th
The Roadmender, Northampton
NYC jazz-rockers performing their iconic 1988 debut album Vivid, plus other hits. Stellar support too. Doors 7pm, £28 tickets

AMONGST THIEVES + RXPTRS + WHEN WE WAKE
Saturday July 20th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
Quality metal co-headline from the south-west and York, with Luton easycore quartet opening. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FLYBYFEST
Saturday July 20th
Coronation Park Pavilion, Corby
A one day music event brought to you by Flybybars. Alt-funk from Supergiant, loungey indie from Baby Lung, plus ExP and Versatile, Seniorem & Dukebox, DJ O.P.1, and R U INDIE all on the decks. Doors midday, £5 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday July 20th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Harmonious duo bring the good vibes for the afternoon. 3-6pm, free entry

EMPYRE [acoustic]
Sunday July 21st
The Black Prince, Northampton
Sunday Afternoon Acoustic Session, with local Self Aware rockers doing their thing in an acoustic fashion. Plus open mic spots beforehand. 3pm-6pm, free entry

DAMN TEETH + ROLLING THUNDER
Sunday July 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Glasgow group featuring current and ex-members of Thin Privilege, Black International and Joanna Gruesome, Damn Teeth produce a synth-heavy sound that touches on the dance-noise of Six Finger Satellite, the melodic hysteria of Xiu Xiu and the pop sensibilities of LCD Soundsystem gone sour. Support from new Towcester indie rockers. Doors 7pm, free entry

DEAD FREQUENCY + CRASH INDUCTION
Sunday July 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Daventry pop-punk trio and MK punk-party starters to enliven your Sunday arfternoon. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 10th – Jul 16th

DON GALLARDO Thursday July 11th Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets NO WORTH OF MAN…

DON GALLARDO
Thursday July 11th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NO WORTH OF MAN + aAnd? + DEVASTATOR + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + ORKA
Friday July 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Funk-infused metal hailing from Farnborough, deathcore from Bournemouth, speed metal from Derby, plus NN stalwarts. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

KETTFEST
Friday July 12th – Saturday July 13th
Various locations, Kettering
Annual creative arts celebration over two evenings in various venues. The Shire Horse has JD Blues, Stuart O’Connor, and The FeversThe Three Cocks has Midnight Honey Club and The Abrahams. There’s probably more too, we just can’t find it right now. http://www.kettfest.org

DAXTONBURY FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Airfield Road, Podington [nr Rushden]
Located on farmland just beyond Santa Pod Raceway, 30 acts plays, including Electric Black, Naked Next Door, Saving Amy, The Boston Shakers, The Expletives, and many more. Day tickets are £15, weekend £40

ECTON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Live sets from Fargo Railroad Co., The Vincent Vega Band, Stone Mountain Sinners, and Massy Ferguson. There’s food too. Free entry

SILVERSTONE WOODLANDS
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Silverstone Racing Circuit
The British Grand Prix has plenty of entertainment on offer outside the racing, including music. Ska Face and Candidates play the main stage, among others. The Under The Apple Tree area is curated by Northampton’s very own Whisperer, Bob Harris. Foreign Affairs, Howard Rose, Blue Highways, Curse Of Lono, Clara Bond, Harry Pane, Robert J Hunter Band, Izzie Walsh, and Loud Mountains all play there. Entry to the whole thing is £75

NN LOCALS MARKET
Saturday July 13th
NN Contemporary Art Courtyard, Northampton
Level Records & Hometown Projects present a day of local businesses, artists and music to celebrate all things NN. 12 hours of music, including DJ sets and live electronic performances from Soul Groove and Makobi. The day will include food, art/craft stalls and live art. From 11am, free entry

ACOLYTES + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BERMUDA
Saturday July 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The first New Music Friday feature we did was in January 2018 with this Rushden lot. The honour must have weighed so heavy, as they pretty much did nothing since then, and are now doing a farewell show. Balls. Support from Corby hardcore sexiness, plus long-presumed-dead experimental funkers from ShoeTown. Attendance is compulsory. Doors 8pm, free entry

PAT FISH
Saturday July 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
He’s not dead yet! The man they call the Jazz Butcher has been enlivening these parts for many a year, and it’s never nothing short of wholly engaging. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA
Saturday July 13th
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Proggy Mancunian duo with lots of press praise. The band “blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique classically driven, emotion-drenched music”. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

BISONS + CANYONS
Saturday July 13th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Double feature of gritty and woozy alt/country/folk/rock from NN types who have a bit of experience at this sort of thing. Doors 8pm, free entry

WELLINGBOROUGH DIGGERS FESTIVAL
Saturday July 13th
Old Grammarians Sports Field, Wellingborough
A celebration of “the Poor Inhabitants of the Town of Wellinborrow”. Appearing: Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll with Barnstormer 1649 [feat Attila The Stockbroker], The Blue Foundation, rockin blues and Americana with Dawson Smith & The Dissenters, and local young ‘uns A Time Of Day. Doors 5.30pm, £10 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday July 13th
Kettering Library
The local folkies will be playing two 45 minute sets. The band will be in quartet format with Chris, Kev, Steve and Anna. Doors 7.30pm

SOAP GIRLS + DIVERSION
Sunday July 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Real, raw and revealing rock’n’roll from the popular sister duo. Support from Bedford punks. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 3rd – Jul 9th

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH Wednesday July 3rd The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened…

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH
Wednesday July 3rd
The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby
Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened by one of Northants’ most distinguished singer-songwriters. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE HERRON BROTHERS
Thursday July 4th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
To promote the release of their new EP ‘The Next Ones’, The Herron Brothers will be touring an intimate, “two voices, two acoustic guitars” show. From 8.30pm, free entry

MUNDAYS + KIAN RUSSELL + TRAGIC
Friday July 5th
The Lab, Northampton
The local stoner rockers Mundays are relocating to Leeds [boo!], so one last chance to wish them well. Bluesmen Russell wowed everyone at the Northampton Music Festival, and here’s another chance to see him in ShoeTown. Teenage punky types open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

REPRO JAM SQUAD + P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday July 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Get ready to be funked up! Funk fusion, baggy funk, and a lil’ bit of Chiptune at the start. Mega! Doors 7pm, free entry

TANNERFEST
Friday July 5th – Saturday July 6th
Loddington Grange, Cransley
The long-running “best party ever”. Main stage acts on Friday are Family of Noise, Unorfadox, Thee Telepaths, Yur Mum, and Electric Cake Salad. Wildfire Sessions stage is Stevie Jones, Wildflower Rogue, Doz, Ideal Forgery, and The Brandy Thieves. On the Saturday Main Stage you get The Abrahams, Jouska, Leisure Tank, Orange Clocks, Sacred Geometry, Spirits of the Earth, Paradise 9, Flutatious, and The Ukrainians; Wildfire Sessions stage involves Steve Birks, Markus Reeves Brotherhood, John Gibbs, Monica and The Explosion, Rob Matheson, JD Blues, Kenneth J Nash Band, Jess Orestano, Paul Henshaw, Modern Age, and Jono and the Uke Dealers.  Tickets are £31 for the weekend.

SKIRT + BENNY P
Friday July 5th
The KK Club, Corby
Birthday special from the spiky indie kings and queens of the Corby underground. Rapper in support. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

NORTHAMPTON TOWN FESTIVAL
Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 7th
The Racecourse, Northampton
The annual town festival always has a music stage. This year catch Repro Jam Squad, Future Love, GoGo Loco, [sane], Bushpigs, Pure Genius, Ash Tu-Kay, Dee-Ja Vu, and Deep Sea Mountains on the Saturday. Then it’s The 2 Tones, Lunaxis, James Watts & The Avenues, The Very Lazy Sundays, Canyons, and Similar Jones on Sunday. Doors 11am, music from 1pm. Free entry

BOSS CAINE + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday July 6th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Americana in the evening, indie psych/folk in the daytime session. The latter is 3-6pm, the evening session begins at 9pm. Free entry

LUNAXIS + JESS ORESTRANO
Saturday July 6th
Coach And Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown dwelling, folk and blues-influenced, festival-vibed indie pop from Carly and her gang. Support from NN singer-songwriter at this Retro-Beat night. Doors 8pm, free entry

ARNOCORPS
Monday July 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Heroic Proportion Tour Launch Party. The San Fran Bay Area band take ancient Austrian myths such as “Predator,” “Commando,” “Terminator” and “Total Recall” and set them to a sonic onslaught known as action-adventure hardcore rock ‘n’ roll. For nearly 20 years the anti-Austroploitation combatants continue to garner international critical acclaim for their inclusive and empowering live performances. Doors 7pm, tickets £10

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 26th – Jul 2nd

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS Wednesday June 26th The Roadmender, Northampton Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm,…

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS
Wednesday June 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

MARA + STEREO SKULL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Thursday June 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
Metal super group from Latvia/Germany headline, plus Death/prog metal and black metal from Northants in support. Doors 7pm, free entry

HOP FEST
Friday June 28th – Sunday June 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
HOP Promotions return with their weekender, this time with three stages each day! Friday brings Holding Absence, Confessions Of A Traitor, From Eden To Exile, High Rise, Kill The Ideal, Faces Of Eve UK, In Fear They Follow, Ursus, Jonestown, Death Valley Knights, A Titan A Dierty, Cutting Teeth, End Of Salvation and Fractions. Saturday brings Vader, Divine Chaos, Ashborn, Crimson Tusk, The Hope Burden, Siderian, Project Noise Death Remains, Sworn Amongst, Democratus, Lady Jane’s Revenge, The Final Clause of Tacitus, Take Refuge, and Akilla. Sunday brings Glamour Of The Kill, Bigfoot, Metasoma, Mage, Repulsive Vision, The Young Hearts, On Hollow Ground, Bleed Again, Soulride, InVisions, The Guts, Dishonour The Crown, Selfworth, Broken Empire, Black Tree Vultures, A New Hope, Dorylus, and Sail. Weekend tickets are £50, day ones cheaper

MADNESS + LIGHTNING SEEDS
Friday June 28th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
Ska-pop legends and Britpop stalwarts combine on an early summer’s evening to entertain ShoeTown at the rugby ground. Doors 4pm, tickets from £44

BITSTREAM
Friday June 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Launch party for Bitstream’s new Union EP on Vinyl Underground’s in house label – Live show in the basement , VU and Vintage FutureDJs upstairs. Doors 6pm, free entry

BISONS & THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS
Friday June 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Two new-for-2019 ShoeTown bands. Expect talented musicians playing rootsy-inspired music. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

NO MAN GO + ONE LEAF FALLS + NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Friday June 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
New Northampton based rock/ pop duo consisting of John and Darran [aka Slimskinny]. Support from local alternative rock quartet, plus art-rock from Leicester. Music from 9pm, free entry

DAN HUGHES
Friday June 28th
The Saxon Tavern, Earls Barton
Local singer-songwriter. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GHOST OF BLU + NAILBREAKER
Saturday June 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Corby hardcore leaders have an adjusted line-up that will be debuted in ShoeTown. NN digital hardcore supports. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + BASEMENT STRIPPERS + ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday June 29th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A trio of NN/Bedford indie rockers collectively aim to raise the Pomfret’s garden roof. From 7.30pm, free entry

TRAGIC
Saturday June 29th
Radlands Plaza, Northampton
Skate jam with some teenage punk rock to enliven things. From 6.30pm, free entry

STEELFEST
Saturday June 29th
Corby Town FC, aka Steelpark
Annual festival over six arenas. Live music includes performances from Doctor & The Medics, Shadow On The Sun, Solarise, James Watts & The Avenues, King Purple, G & The Sound Tribe, Veins, Flash Peasants, Damon Tang, Haema, Family Of Noise, Yur Mum, and First Wave. Tickets are £10

999 + FIRST WAVE
Saturday June 29th
The Kingfisher, Corby
Punk legends return to SteelTown, with Leicester gang in support. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

NILE RODGERS & CHIC
Sunday June 30th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
The funk and disco legend brings his hits to the Saints rugby ground. Ticket prices start from £31.88

JACK IN A BARREL
Tuesday July 2nd
The Old White Hart, Northampton
A seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire. They sing a range of traditional and ‘sounds traditional’ songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams´ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

 

 

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Madness and Nile Rodgers shows this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend! This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums….

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend!

This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums. They celebrate this feat with a number of large shows, including an open air concert at Franklin’s Gardens, this Friday June 28th.

Speaking recently about their longevity, frontman Suggs commented: “I think the reason we endure is that we genuinely do enjoy ourselves. From the very beginning you could see the joy in the early videos we made and hear it in the records. The fact that we were friends before this band started is key. I genuinely think the whole spark or art of craft and creativity was a by-product of our friendship. I think that’s what people feel. It’s a genuine experience”.

Ticket prices start from £40 and include pitch standing, seating and accessible tickets. Paid car parking is also available at the venue.

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Also this weekend sees Chic songwriting legend Nile Rodgers at the Saints rugby ground too, on Sunday June 30th. Speaking about the live shows, Rodgers enthuses about the response they get. “We really believe in having fun” he explains. “Good times and happiness. People tell us that the happiness seems to last. Like in other words, after the show is over you’re still happy the next day! You’re still thinking about ‘man we had a blast last week’. I mean for me, at my age, having done so much music and have an audience really appreciate it, it blows me away…I don’t think there’s anywhere I can go on the planet where I can’t go ‘1,2, aaaah’ and then they go ‘freak out’’. It’s the funniest thing”.

Ticket prices start from £31.88 excluding booking fee.

New Boots has a pair of tickets for the NILE RODGERS & CHIC show this Sunday to give away. To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
From what city did Chic originate?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Nile Rodgers Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 26th.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on June 26, 2019. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.

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