Category: Live

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 20th – Jun 26th 2018

XYHON + CHECK THE SUGGESTIONS + SHAUN GIBBS Wednesday June 20th The King Billy, Northampton Original band Wednesday at the Billy featuring MK metal and new ShoeTown indie rockers. 8.30pm,…

XYHON + CHECK THE SUGGESTIONS + SHAUN GIBBS
Wednesday June 20th
The King Billy, Northampton
Original band Wednesday at the Billy featuring MK metal and new ShoeTown indie rockers. 8.30pm, free entry

JOHN MURRY + BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS
Thursday June 21st
The White Hart, Corby
An enigmatic singer-songwriter from Tupelo, Mississippi, Murry works in a spare, literate style that blends ragged-edged indie rock with warmly melancholic folk. Alt-country Londoner in support. Doors 8pm, £9 tickets

MONARCHS + KING PURPLE + MUNDAYS + SKIRT
Friday June 22nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Royal Tour hits ShoeTown! Both the joint headliners have featured on this site in recent weeks, so need little in the way of introduction. Corby and Kettering supports too, making this an invasion of the highest order. Doors 7.45pm, £5 tickets

SARPA SALPA + SUNCHARMER + SUNLIGHT MACHINE
Friday June 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
To celebrate the release of their new single ‘Circuits’ on this day, dancefloor-friendly indie types Sarpa Salpa are hosting a hometown launch party. Support from Nuneaton alt-rockers and Kent indie-rock quartet. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

GOGO LOCO
Friday June 22nd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Two-piece, maraca driven rhythm & roll from the ex-Mobbs boys. Main man Novak DJing too. Doors 8pm, free entry

SAD DRONE + LITTLE BITBOY + SANE
Friday June 22nd
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
More ‘Club Eclectica’ shenanigans. Sad Drone are new: three local guys trying a live improvised ambient soundscapes approach with guitar, synths and tape loops. Plus 8-bit chiptune dance tunes from the Boy, and a Sane solo set too. Plenty of DJs too. Doors 10pm, £5 entry

THE MODERN AGE + THE TOUCH + REAPER + EARBONES
Friday June 22nd
The White Hart, Corby
The ‘Road to the Hootenanny’ continues…After the four April heats to win a slot at the Rocked Up Hootenanny festival on Saturday 8th September…it’s time for the grand final. Your vote on the night counts towards who bags the prize. Doors 8pm, free entry

BOSS CAINE + ROSS ALEXANDER II
Friday June 22nd
The Olde Forge Tea Room, Kettering
“Like Tom Waits singing Ryan Adams if they both had the good fortune to grow up in Yorkshire”, says The Fly. Support  from local minstrel of The Abrahams. Doors 7pm, £10 entry – call 01536 330014 to reserve your spot

EASTFIELD
Friday June 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Midland Railpunkers go full throttle on their own. Doors 9pm, free entry

STEELFEST
Saturday June 23rd
Steel Park, Corby
Corby’s biggest music event in years, held at Corby Town Football Club. Music in four areas, including The Farm, Big Minds, The Fevers, Solarise, Spitting Feathers, Family of Noise, The Modern Age, Skirt, Redneck Jesus, and Stonepit Drive. Doors midday, £10 for Adults, £5 for 16 & 17 year olds from http://steelfest.co.uk

THE MUSIC BARN FESTIVAL
Saturday June 23rd
Cranford Road, nr Kettering
One of the best local independent festivals celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Music from Kenneth J Nash, Toffees, The Abrahams, Charlotte Carpenter, Sarpa Salpa, Orange Clocks, Josh Wylie, Ouse Valley Singles Club, Boss Caine, and hazyjane. Doors 2pm, £25 tickets

DAVID FORD
Saturday June 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Ford takes to the road with his new album Animal Spirits, a collection of songs that cements his reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and social commentators. A pioneer of the loop machine, Ford’s incredible one-man show brings the noise. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LOOSE TOOTH + GHOST OF BLU + GARSHKOTT + SKIES OF TITAN + I PLEAD GUILTY + WARS + COVE
Saturday June 23rd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Grunge, groove metal, metalcore, post-hardcore, and more all make themselves known at the second semi-final of Metal 2 The Masses. Doors 6pm, £7 entry

P-HEX
Saturday June 23rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The eighteen-legged funk machine bring the general funkiness and grooveocity to the Lamp, playing tunes from their newly released album on King Genius Records. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + BLOOD MOON
Saturday June 23rd
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Lunaxis launch their debut EP ‘What Good is Their Love?’ as part of the Retro-Beat night. Physical copies are available to buy on the night. Lunaxis do big soulful vocals and bluesy guitar solos. Alt-folk support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 13th – Jun 19th 2018

SANE + LITTLE BITBOY Thursday June 14th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton The Northampton Music Festival celebrations kick off with this ancillary event: electronica with a dash of rock from the…

SANE + LITTLE BITBOY
Thursday June 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The Northampton Music Festival celebrations kick off with this ancillary event: electronica with a dash of rock from the headliners, mind-blowing chiptune dance beats from Josh in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

KEIRON FARROW
Thursday June 14th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Local singer-songwriter of much repute brings a gentle start to the NMF festivities. Doors 8pm, free entry

BRONZE NAZARETH w/ JUNE MEGA & ROLL BLUNT + THE ODD COUPLE
Friday June 15th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
After a sell out show last year Bronze Nazareth et. al will be back at The Garibaldi, bringing fresh, gritty and soulful hip hop sounds. Doors 8pm, free entry

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL FESTIVAL, PART 1: MARABAR CAVES + VENUS FLY TRAP  + PAT FISH + PAUL COX/SIMON ALEXANDER
Friday June 15th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Volume 4 of Derek Thompson’s musical history of Northampton covers 1988-1996, and it’s out on this day. Two nights of music to celebrate, with a selection of acts that are covered in the book. It marks the live return after almost a year off of Venus Fly Trap as they gear up for their final album, Icon. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

DEAD FREQUENCY + CRASH INDUCTION + SYCAMORE ROW
Friday June 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
High energy three-piece glam punk band from Daventry play possibly their last ever ShoeTown show. Support from MK party punkers and a brand new outfit. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE RED TRIANGLE
Friday June 15th
The Duke Of Wellington, Stanwick
The return of the Triangle! Having been locked away in the studio creating new tunes they return to the stage once again with their warm urban soul-jazz sounds.  Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MELLOR + KILAMOJO + VEINS + DIZZY AGE
Saturday June 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Reading quartet recently tipped by This Feeling and Fred Perry Subculture to be ‘Big in 2018’. Local supports include a grooveadelic trio, catchy alt-rock shenanigans, and lo-fi instrumental noiseniks. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

YUK SECOND BIRTHDAY BASH ALLDAYER
Saturday June 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Ten bands to get completely drunk to, including Tom Wallington, Sarpa Salpa, Mundays, Rory McDade (Luna Rosa) acoustic set, Broken Lamps, and Handwaxx. Special guests to be announced on the morning of the show, so keep an eye on social media for them. 2pm-8pm in the beer garden, 9pm-12am in the live room. Free entry

KINSHIP + USURP RISE + BURROWING BEES
Saturday June 16th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Kinship is a collision of two worlds: delicate vocals, pianos and guitars juxtaposed with drum machines, samples and synths. Usurp Rise bring musical landscapes of Acid Jazz, trip hop and funk. Burrowing Bees “take a delicate mix of trip hop, electronica, soul and R&B they create something which needs to be mulled over and carefully examined”. Doors 8pm, free entry

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL FESTIVAL, PART 2: 
Saturday June 16th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Volume 4 of Derek Thompson’s musical history of Northampton covers 1988-1996, and it’s available at this event. Acts are Soul Patrol, Backbeat, K3, Sleepwalkers, Beer Parlour Jivers, Homelanders +, and Jumpworld. Doors 2.30pm, free entry [there is a raffle too]

THE BARRATTS + THE KEEPERS + TOFFEES
Saturday June 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Recently back in the game with a new song, the socially-conscious ‘Satellites’, The Barratts return to bring the good times to your rock’n’roll party. Support from everyone’s favourite indie-mods, and a set of London “club rock”. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL
Saturday June 16th
Barnwell Country Park, Oundle
The musical line-up is Dunn wiv Whiskey, Acoustic Supper Club, The Bophins, Black Hawkdown, Family Of Noise, Deep Sea Mountains, and Skyflood. Midday to 8pm, free entry [parking charges apply]

NORTHAMPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday June 17th
Various locations, Northampton town centre
We all know the drill for this by now. Main stage brings everything to everyone, headlined by The Jets. BBC Introducing Acoustic Stage has Lunaxis, Kenneth J Nash, Sarpa Salpa, Dan Knight, Little Bitboy, and The Barratts. Umbrella Stage has Kings Gambit, amongst TBA others. Plus a bit of classical and jazz is always a treat, and the Northampton University stage does what you’d expect. Just GO. Noon til 9pm, free entry

SPREADING THE DISEASE + BLACK GABANZA + FUELED HATE + REAPER + FLEISCH + DUCHESS
Sunday 17th June
The Black Prince, Northampton
Metal 2 The Masses Northamptonshire Semi Final heat one. Metal and hard rock of various hues from Kent, Corby, and Oxford. Doors 3pm, £7 entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 6th – Jun 12th 2018

KOYO + VEINS + FAMILY OF NOISE Thursday June 7th The White Hart, Corby Leeds experimentalists – “Radiohead meets Hawkwind”, says The Guardian. This is their Download warm-up show. Support…

KOYO + VEINS + FAMILY OF NOISE
Thursday June 7th
The White Hart, Corby
Leeds experimentalists – “Radiohead meets Hawkwind”, says The Guardian. This is their Download warm-up show. Support from local rockers / noiseniks help make for an unmissable midweek gig. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

HAR-Q + CEEPZ + LEO ROBINSON + MORE
Thursday June 7th
The Lab, Northampton
A ‘Lay It Down’ open mic-style night of hip hop and grime: freestyle, spoken word, it’s all here. Get in touch with them if you want to perform! Doors 8pm, free entry

DAWSON SMITH & THE DISSENTERS
Thursday June 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Roadhouse blues with a rock’n’roll heart, from Leicester, playing songs from 2017 album The Mileage. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MY GRASS IS BLUE + DR. X
Friday June 8th
The White Hart, Corby
French group, active since the 90s, playing bluegrass, folk, Western Swing, and ragtime. Nu-blues duo from Leicester in support. Doors 7.30pm, price TBA

RENTAL WIVES + LUNA ROSA
Friday June 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Josh and Matt, formerly of ShoeTown cult-favourites Jubilee Courts, are returning to their favourite local for a one-off hometown show with their new project. Expect melodic guitar riffs, profound lyricism, and baggy vibes. Corby support playing some of the new tunes they’re about to unleash into the world. Doors 8pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Friday June 8th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
New vibrant Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove in the melting pot. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

DONNA TAGGART
Friday June 8th
The Cube, Corby
An Irish singer and musician who first turned heads in 2011 with her debut album Celtic Lady, Vol. 1, Donna Taggart’s fluid voice and comforting interpretations of classic Celtic ballads and country-folk songs have drawn comparisons to artists like Mary Black, Eva Cassidy, and Alison Krauss. Based out of Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Taggart’s popularity soared in 2016 when her rendition of American country-gospel singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic’s ‘Jealous of the Angels’, which appeared on 2013’s Celtic Lady, Vol. 2, became an international hit. Doors 7.30pm, £21 tickets

STILL REMAINS + SHADOW OF ACOLYTE
Friday June 8th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
A night of metal, local headliners and fellow east Midlanders in support. Doors 9pm, free entry

BORROWED TIME  + THE MISPELT + BORN TO DESTRUCT
Saturday June 9th
The Horseshoe, Wellingborough
Punk night at the Horseshoe: headliners from Gloucester/Cheltenham, openers from Cambridge, and a local act in the sandwich middle. Doors 8pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + KENNETH J NASH + HELEN VERRILL + ROZISM + LILLITH’S ARMY + JULIE WOOLMORE
Sunday June 10th
The Umbrella Fair Pavillion, Northampton
A Samaritans fundraiser featuring the cream of the NN songwriter scene. Their ‘rucksack project’ provides essentials to the town’s homeless, such as woolies and tin openers, so really something to get along to. Doors 7pm, £3.50 tickets

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 30th – Jun 5th 2018

DEAF TRAP + GOGO LOCO Friday June 1st Club 43, Northampton Another edition of The Barratts ‘Green Carnation’ club, this time with two of ShoeTown’s finest new noise makers. This…

DEAF TRAP + GOGO LOCO
Friday June 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Another edition of The Barratts ‘Green Carnation’ club, this time with two of ShoeTown’s finest new noise makers. This is a late night event [post beer fest/Miles Kane] with two floors of DJs afterwards. Doors 10pm, live music from 11pm, £4 on the door

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BEER FESTIVAL
Fri June 1st – Sun 3rd
Beckett’s Park, Northampton
The annual beer festival is a great place for live music. The line-up this year includes Donnybrook Fair, GoGo Loco, The 2Tones, The Keepers, Cool Jazz Collective, HubCap, The Bighead, Goldwater, The Shed Machinery String Band, Banter, Deep Sea Mountains, Goldwater, Moulton 77 Brass Band, The Bighead, Jono and the Uke Dealers, Velvet Engine, Houses In Motion, Kenneth J Nash and many more. Doors 11am-11pm Fri and Sat, 11am-6pm on the Sunday. £5 entry [free to CAMRA members]

MILES KANE
Friday June 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Miles Kane is back with a new single ‘Loaded’ and a 16 date UK tour. Previewing songs from his work-in-progress new record, which is his first solo material since 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

REAPER + THE MISER + I PLEAD GUILTY + STEREO SKULL + RUINIZER + LONDON BLACK
Friday June 1st
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Corby metallers, late ’70s riff rage, post-hardcore from London, cyber/prog metal from Northants. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

REBECCA RYAN + JOE CORKRAM + MYJAIKE
Friday June 1st
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
The Songwriter Sessions is run as a “pin-drop event”, to fully immerse in the music of these three local acoustic singer-songwriters. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

CASKET FEEDER + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + NEGATIVE THOUGHT PROCESS + GARSHKOTT
Friday June 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The MK headliners launch their new EP Scalps ce soir. Corby grindcore and more bring the noise before. Doors: 8pm, £5 OTD (£3 members)

GIPSYDELICA + VHS PIRATES + GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday June 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Balkan “psychedelic ethno rock infusion” who bring the party big time, with Lab regulars in support. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

EMPYRE + JASON ACHILLES MEZILIS
Sunday June 3rd
The King Billy, Northampton
“Triumphant, chest beating rock” from Brackley/Northampton, plus Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist making avant-garde soundscapes [mostly with guitar]. Covers bands on the bill too. Doors 2pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 23rd – May 29th 2018

JOHN HEGLEY + THE JAZZ BUTCHER QUINTET Thursday May 24th The Lab, Northampton The poet, comic, singer, and songwriter aids Northampton in celebrating CND’s 60th anniversary, ably assisted by Pat Fish…

JOHN HEGLEY + THE JAZZ BUTCHER QUINTET
Thursday May 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The poet, comic, singer, and songwriter aids Northampton in celebrating CND’s 60th anniversary, ably assisted by Pat Fish and his superb crew. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

THE SNAKEMAN 3 + JOE GOGO
Friday May 25th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The soulful garage trio of ShoeTown sadly are slithering off into the darkness forever, but leave us with one final blast of rock’n’roll to sooth the soul. Support from the GoGo Loco frontman. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA
Friday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
A rare live outing for NN’s “Hendrix bagpipes with medieval drum and bass” quartet, with twisted blues tales from Rose and co in support. That’s a treat, and no mistake. Doors 8pm, donations welcomed on the door

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Friday May 25th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The first day of the venue’s Brewers Shindig Beer Festival. 15 beers, BBQ food available, and live music each night – starting with Jono and his magic gang. Music from 8pm, free entry

GARSHKOTT + INDYA + SKIES OF TITAN + DRINSIPA + PRESCRIPTION HAPPINESS
Friday May 25th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Another Metal 2 The Masses heat. Groove metal from MK, female-fronted glam Rock, Metalcore from the South-East, noisy progressive riffy fuzzy hot mess from Northampton, and London alt-rock to open. Doors 7pm £5 entry

AIDEN PRYOR BAND
Friday May 25th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
The original sound of rock and blues; greatly influenced by Rory Gallagher. Music at 9.30pm, free entry

MEADOWS + WOLFBEAST DESTROYER + NOTHING CLEAN + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + IRON GRAVE + CYBERAPTOR
Saturday May 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Samurai Cop occasionally do DIY/noise gigs in Northampton, and here’s one. Featuring: Suffolk riff machine, Boston D-beat crust ragers, Leicester ragers, grindcore crust sludge, doom total crush, and Birmingham thrash. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry

LUNA ROSA + TOUCAN + SKYFLOOD
Saturday May 26th
The White Hart, Corby
Another Yuk indie night, with new members, new tunes and a new attitude from the local headliners. Toucan bring the psych from Kettering, and Skyflood bring the post-rock. Doors 8pm, £3 on the door

ANNE-MARIE SANDERSON
Saturday May 26th
Auden Factory Outlet, Nene Court, Wellingborough
An in-store performance from the magical Cumbrian singer-songwriter. She’ll be performing songs off her new album Book Songs. Doors 1pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + CANDIDATES
Saturday May 26th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Brothers in arms, these two. Mod indie rock from the pair; expect hi-octane hi-jinks. Doors 8pm, free entry

FRUIT & FLOWERS + GARDEN
Sunday May 27th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bank holiday Sunday fun courtesy of New York City! F&F deliver art rock: sultry vocals, surf rock riffs, and fuzzy bass. Garden worry that you ‘Hate Me’, which is ironic as everyone seems to love them. Doors 8pm, music from 9pm, free entry

THAT JOE PAYNE
Sunday May 27th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
An acoustic matinee performance from Mr Payne, after his March show was hit by the snow and thus some people couldn’t make it. Special guests include Nikitas Kissonas [Methexis], Oliver Day, and duo Pete & Dunk. New Boots understands ticket numbers are very low now, so advise checking before turning up. Doors 2pm, £10 tickets

INK. + THE KEEPERS
Sunday May 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
London-based Ink. is the new venture from McFly bassist Dougie Poynter. Post-punk meets classic rock by all accounts. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

STEREO SKULL + POINT OF EXTINCTION + MEDUSA + REASON + FLYING MACHINES + THE HERO DIES FIRST + AROUND THE SUN + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Sunday May 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
May Bank Holiday alldayer, with hogroast available. Doors 2pm, free entry 2pm

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Photos: The Underground Youth, Thee Telepaths & Deep Sea Mountains at The Lab

Berlin post-punk/psych quartet The Underground Youth played The Lab in Northampton last Friday night, alongside Kettering cosmonauts Thee Telepaths and Northampton’s Deep Sea Mountains. Here’s some photos by David Jackson.  …

Berlin post-punk/psych quartet The Underground Youth played The Lab in Northampton last Friday night, alongside Kettering cosmonauts Thee Telepaths and Northampton’s Deep Sea Mountains. Here’s some photos by David Jackson.

The Underground Youth, The Lab, Northampton, 18.05.18

 

The Underground Youth, The Lab, Northampton, 18.05.18

 

Thee Telepaths, The Lab, Northampton, 18.05.18

 

Thee Telepaths, The Lab, Northampton, 18.05.18

 

Deep Sea Mountains, The Lab, Northampton, 18.05.18

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Photos: Billy Lockett, & Cousin Avi at the Royal

Billy Lockett played a triumphant hometown headline gig at Royal Theatre in Northampton on Saturday night. The singer-songwriter took to the Victorian-built stage for a solo, 11 song set featuring…

Billy Lockett played a triumphant hometown headline gig at Royal Theatre in Northampton on Saturday night.

The singer-songwriter took to the Victorian-built stage for a solo, 11 song set featuring some of the songs which have propelled the Northampton native, who now lives in London, into the national limelight.

Opening with ‘Covered In Chaos’, Lockett’s set featured new single ‘Feels So Good’, ‘Empty House’, a cover of ‘Heart-Shaped Box’. and set closer ‘Burn It Down’.

Joining Lockett were an acoustic version of Cousin Avi [also pictured below], whose set included new track ‘Mustard’.

Billy’s set will be broadcast this Saturday on BBC Music Introducing in Northampton at 8pm, and he has just announced his biggest headline show to date, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 9. For more details, visit www.billylockett.com

Photos by @davidtjackson / www.davidtjackson.com

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 16th – May 22nd 2018

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT Wednesday May 16th The Lab, Northampton New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot…

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT
Wednesday May 16th
The Lab, Northampton
New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot be named, apparently. An intriguing and fun night – guaranteed. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THEE TELEPATHS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + BETH MUNROE
Friday May 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Berlin’s The Underground Youth make moody, often raw, ’80s-style post-punk infused with a darkly psychedelic vibe. Since 2009 they have released a handful of well-received independent albums, including 2017’s eighth full-length album, What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?. An in-demand live act, this might actually take the breath away. Kettering psychonauts are the main support, plus two ShoeTown fiercely distinctive independent acts open. Doors 7.30pm, £7.50 tickets

THE BARRATTS + SKIRT + INLIMBO
Friday May 18th
The Yards, Kettering
Northampton’s popular skinny indie types are back in the foreground in 2018, and play a headline Kettering show to preview upcoming single ‘Satellites’, with Corby’s Skirt in support and new local indie rockers opening proceedings. 9pm start, free entry

BILLY LOCKETT + COUSIN AVI
Saturday May 19th
The Royal, Northampton
Relocated-to-London Northampton singer-songwriter Billy Lockett makes music that is deeply poignant, personal and wise beyond its years. And the public can’t get enough it seems. His homecoming show at the Royal will be a special night indeed, especially with Cousin Avi on first. Doors 7pm, £17 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + SKYFLOOD + MANAKING
Saturday May 19th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Rock’n’roll gentlemen from Northampton continue the comeback with a trip eastwards in the county, joined by Corby post-rockers Skyflood and performance artist Manaking. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CONSTRUCT + FROM ONCE WE CAME + SLEEPWALKER + STEREO SKULL
Saturday May 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore night. Construct are a five-piece bundle of riffs from Stoke, From Once We Came are from London,  Sleepwalker combine speed, groove and ambience, whilst Stereo Skull are simply absolute local legends. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry (£3 members)

PHANTOM + FRASS + FLEISCH + DUCHESS
Saturday May 19th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Metal 2 The Masses 2018 Heat Three: five-piece metal from Kettering, three-piece rock from the South East, industrial metal from Oxfordshire, and an opening set from rockers from San Diego(!) Doors 7pm, £5 on door

GRACE + THE TOUCH + UNDER THE RADAR + GOGO LOCO + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Saturday May 19th
Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough
Celebrating the 6th Birthday of Wellingborough’s own brewery. Doors 11am, music finishes around 7pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + ENDERCAST + FALSE IDOL
Saturday May 19th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
It is rare we get to plug an event in Daventry! ShoeTown’s heavy hitting trio headline, with Leamington Spa alt-rock quartet and MK rockers the finely chosen support. Doors 7pm, free entry

REMINISCENCE + CHRIS STANLEY + GEORGE BARNES + EARBONES
Saturday May 19th
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Raising funds in awareness of Johnny’s Happy Place. Doors 6.45pm, bucket donations

YOUNG AFFAIRS + TOM WALLINGTON
Tuesday May 22nd
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Acoustic event, raising money for Leeds College of Music who are partnering with the charity ‘Mind’ to support musical education for mental health recovery. Doors 7pm, cost TBA

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 9th – May 15th 2018

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS Wednesday May 9th The Roadmender, Northampton On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance…

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS
Wednesday May 9th
The Roadmender, Northampton
On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance to see the fast-rising alt-rock/post-hardcore quintet up close and personal. Stellar support too. Doors 7pm, £14 tickets

ROCKIN’ DAVE + THE BLUES FOUNDATION
Wednesday May 9th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Hard/classic rock original songs courtesy of Dave. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MARK GEARY + KENNETH J NASH
Thursday May 10th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford [Kettering]
Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Geary returns to Northamptonshire to play an intimate gig, with support from respected Northampton singer-songwriter Nash. Presented by Old Hotel Records. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets available from the venue

CITADEL FEAT. JAZZ COLOSSUS
Friday May 11th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Seven-piece jazz/funk/latin/hip-hop collective celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut album Last Tango In Paradise. The band will be accompanied by the horn section of Jazz Colossus. Doors 8.30pm, £8 tickets

HAGGARD CAT + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DRINSIPA
Friday May 11th
The White Hart, Corby
Haggard Cat features Tom Marsh on drums and Matt Reynolds on vocals/guitar; names you may recognise from the infamously destructive hardcore band ‘HECK’. Haggard Cat aim to convey the exact passion they are now known for in an entirely new way. Originally intended as a sideline it has now evolved into its own beast that the pair have decided to finally unleash into the world. Their new album Challenger is available now. Support bands are the best around, so just go and have it large. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

ACTS OF VENGEANCE
Friday May 11th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Four-piece metal band based in London, who play  in the style of Metallica, Alter Bridge, Iced Earth, Pantera and Slayer. The band released their debut album Slaves to Sin in 2016. Doors 8pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + BLOOD MOON
Friday May 11th
The Lab, Northampton
Newish, festival-vibe indie pop with influences from folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Support from Peter Hudon’s alt-folk persona. Doors 8pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE JANGLES + SKIRT
Saturday May 12th
The White Hart, Corby
Jagged Oldham indie rockers and former Columbia records employees Twisted Wheel are on the comeback trail, selling out smallish venues up and down country. A live show to behold beckons. Support from Leicester indie quartet and Corby’s quirky indie-punkers. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE LORDS OF THYME, WITH JACK SHARP [WOLF PEOPLE]
Tuesday May 15th
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
Local psych-folk troupe with the big experience return to the Lamp, and this time invite former Bedfordshire native Jack Sharp of them Wolf People to join in. Musical alchemy a real possibility. Doors 8.30pm, £6 on the door

 

 

 

 

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Photos: Ginger Snaps, Fox Chapel, Leo Robinson & Mio Flux at the Roadmender

Ginger Snaps rounded off three days of live music with their headline gig in the back room of The Roadmender on Sunday night. Snaps, fronted by Jay Brook, have been…

Ginger Snaps rounded off three days of live music with their headline gig in the back room of The Roadmender on Sunday night.

Snaps, fronted by Jay Brook, have been out on tour across the UK and were joined by Fox Chapel and Leo Robinson & Mio Flux.

Ginger Snaps’ recent single ‘The Modern Man’ recently received a week of BBC Radio 1 airplay after being picked for one of its daytime playlists.

Another great turn out for three great acts who put in cracking sets. More weekends like this please!

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel

Leo Robinson & Mio Flux

Leo Robinson & Mio Flux

Leo Robinson & Mio Flux

Leo Robinson & Mio Flux

 

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