Category: Live

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 24th – Apr 30th

STEREO MC’s + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS (acoustic) Thursday April 25th  The Picturedrome, Northampton Born out of the mid 80’s hip-hop scene and the UK acid house/club scene, Stereo MC’s reputation…

STEREO MC’s + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS (acoustic)
Thursday April 25th 
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Born out of the mid 80’s hip-hop scene and the UK acid house/club scene, Stereo MC’s reputation grew slowly. After early chart success in America for their second LP Supernatural, they recorded the album Connected which became an international hit in 1992. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and two Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. The band these days are very busy with albums and collaborations, with a stronger and bolder electronic slant to the material. Support from the much-loved local ska-punk band. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

ROZI PLAIN + AOIFE FOLEY
Friday April 26th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Off-kilter pop from London singer-songwriter, celebrating the release of her fifth album, What A Boost. The album was tweaked and refined during a year spent touring the world playing bass in This Is The Kit. Support from ShoeTown’s beguiling [and slightly reluctant] chanteuse. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + EASYDREAD + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + KING ALIAS
Friday April 26th
Fiddler’s Elbow, Northampton
The Northampton headliners mash up ska and punk with hip-hop for a full-on party. Support from reggae boys of the Luton and Chepstow persuasion, plus ShoeTown rap rockers sandwiched in between. Doors 7pm, free entry

ROMINA JOHNSON
Friday April 26th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Live PA from Johnson, performing the Artful Dodger smash hit ‘Movin’ Too Fast’. DJs play throwback UK and speed garage from back in the day. Doors 9pm, £9 tickets

SNAKERATTLERS + THE SHAKIN’ NIGHTMARES + THE HURRICANES + GOGO LOCO
Saturday April 27th
The Lab, Northampton
Four incendiary rock’n’roll/trash bands. Married couple Dan and Naomi hail from York and bring their trash to headline The Lab. The next lot are from Redcar. Bringing up the rear is a pair of ShoeTown great, in the shape of mod garage quartet and the two piece, maraca driven – rhythm & roll reprobates. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

LUNAXIS + SCOTT WALTERS
Saturday April 27th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Lunaxis are a festival vibe indie-pop band with influences of folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Support from ShoeTown singer-songwriter. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE BOPHINS
Saturday April 27th
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
The ShoeTown garage/new wave punks hit their neighbouring town with force at this Retro-Beat night. Doors 8pm, free entry

FATEFUL FINALITY + SIDERIAN + POINT OF EXTINCTION
Saturday April 27th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Original thrash metal night, with bands from Germany, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

TRADARRR
Sunday April 28th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
An intimate concert with one of Northampton’s, and indeed Britain’s, top folk-rock bands. Expect a modern take on traditional UK folk music. Doors 7pm, £12.50 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday April 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The 72%/Big Loss man plays a solo set in the cellar. Doors 8pm, free entry

AMELIA WHITE
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Sunday April 28th
East Nashville singer-songwriter brings her ‘How It Feels’ tour to the Shire. Scott Warman plays double bass too. Doors 2pm, free entry

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New Boots to curate stage at the Northampton Music Festival 2019

New Boots is pleased to be able to finally share the news – we are hosting a stage at this year’s Northampton Music Festival. The six stage event attracts tens…

New Boots is pleased to be able to finally share the news – we are hosting a stage at this year’s Northampton Music Festival.

The six stage event attracts tens of thousands of people to Northampton town centre each summer and has been going since 2007.

New Boots has it’s own space for the 2019 event, in the courtyard of the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, on Guildhall Road. It’s all set to happen on Sunday June 16th. Doors open at midday, then at half past the hour every hour they’ll be some NN-related music for you. Covering all the musical bases of this diverse musical town, our stage sees live performances from:

GINGER SNAPS
THE BIG DIRTY
L30 ROBINSON, WITH ANONYMOUS & XOV
PHANTOM ISLE
GOGO LOCO
KINSHIPS
KIAN RUSSELL

Jay Brook of Ginger Snaps, the man behind BBC Radio playlisted smashes like ‘The Modern Man’ and ‘Number Crunching’, has spoken of how rarely they play live, so this is something to be especially pleased about. “It’s a one-off special show” he explained, “where I’ll be playing mainly stuff off the forthcoming album.”

They’ll also be an outside bar serving alcohol, plus street food for sale. It’s going to be the best thing you can experience in an NN postcode this summer. FACT.

The Facebook Event is the place to keep an eye on all the latest developments, so please go and click ‘attending’ over on that if you can.

The objective of the Northampton Music Festival is to raise the profile of Northampton through music. It provides a showcase for the broad range of musicians and artists that are based in the town and as a community-focused gathering, invites all to join in a festive celebration of our music scene. The official site is here.

A big thank you to Natasha Booluck [Fuel + Fire Films] for the poster design.

SEE YOU THERE.

Phil & Dave

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

SLEAFORD MODS Thursday April 18th The Roadmender/Spun Out, Northampton The Notts duo show at the Roadmender has sold out, but at 5pm they are doing a record signing event at…

SLEAFORD MODS
Thursday April 18th
The Roadmender/Spun Out, Northampton
The Notts duo show at the Roadmender has sold out, but at 5pm they are doing a record signing event at Spun Out Records on Gold Street. A great opportunity to get your Eton Alive on vinyl and get it signed!

THE ANTELOIDS + LOVE CANS
Thursday April 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Hailing from Rugby, headliners give you space rock with a killer groove. Their back-porch blues hillbilly psych gumbo has been showcased on six albums, including 2016’s Let Your Mind Grow Long. Love Cans  is a psych garage blues trio from Switzerland. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIGHEAD [ACOUSTIC]
Thursday April 18th
The Artizan, Northampton
The open mic night will have a core trio of the ska/reggae outfit playing an acoustic set. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday April 19th
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic showcasing the urban music world: grime, hip-hop, spoken word, singers. Featured artists this month include Severe and Theo Chanetsa. Doors 8pm, free entry

IMMERSE + WOVENLUNG + ONE LAST DAYBREAK + TAKE REFUGE + THRIFT STREET 
Friday April 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Post-hardcore quartet from Bristol headline. Metalcore and pop-punk from ShoeTown, London and MK in support. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DAN PIGEON + POLAR* + SPACETOAST + LAURA COX
Friday April 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
Lo-fi indie man and his art-rock band headline, alternative rap from Northants, and indie-punk from Leicster. Doors 8pm, suggested donation of £3

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + SABOTEURS + WOODS & GILL
Friday April 19th
The Romany, Northampton
Modern alternative rock from Northants, centred around powerful acoustic-based songwriting. Lincoln-based support who bring darkness with alt-rock, post-punk and folk. Opening with Phil Woods and Mark Gill playing a few covers. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

BOWYANG + MAKOBI + KINSHIPS + SOUL GROOVE + SUB CLOWNS + ZIZANY
Friday April 19th
Club 43, Northampton
BowYang are a new local deep bass, house and techno duo, and here they launch their ‘Goes To 11’ EP. Electronica supports from across the NN spectrum, plus a few house DJ sets thrown in too. Doors 9pm, £5 entry [£3 with NN Card]

MUSICIAN’S AGAINST HOMELESSNESS ALLDAYER
Saturday April 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The ‘Pomfret Versus Poverty’ event asks that, instead of charging an entrance fee, patrons bring items they can give to the homeless of Northampton. Many acts play the outside stage and the barn. Expect sets from Grande Quattro, The Blue Foundation, The Maybz, Ciaran Redmond, Jono and the Uke Dealers, Cameron Grace, One Leaf Falls, Wildflower Rogue, Jam Basket, Corinne Lucy, Thrift Street, Miller and Walker, Axis Erazed, and Rogue RubyGarden opens at 1pm for the music

SPRING PARK
Saturday April 20th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Local punk rockers, who formed in June 2014 and play all over this fair isle. Doors 8pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday April 20th
The Drunken Duck Bar, Kislingbury
Up and coming indie rock band from Northants. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KRYSTHLA + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + ASHBORN + REAPER-X + POINT OF EXTINCTION
Saturday April 20th
Athletic Club, Rushden
The first event of ‘Metal Mania’, featuring intense heavy metal from Northampton [times three], and similar from Corby [from a band have just released their new album, Rise]. Openers bring their thrash from MK. Doors 5pm, £8 tickets

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THE VENUS FLY TRAP + BABY LUNG
Sunday April 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Back in ShoeTown by popular demand, the Berlin band’s primitive gothic psychedelia can be heard on new, ninth album Montage Images of Lust & Fear. Darkwave icons, who are about to reissue their debut album Mars, are the special guests in support, plus best of the new breed to open. Doors 7.30pm, 

SARPA SALPA + ALFIE TEMPLEMAN + AMONG THE CITIZENS + JEANA
Sunday April 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
SS return to their second home for a victory lap, after getting Radio 1 ‘BBC Introducing Tune Of The Week’ last month for new single ‘Casanova’. Talented Bedford teenager Templeman had a surprise breakthrough hit with 2018 EP ‘Like An Animal’. Plus you get Peterborough indie, and the Ginger Snaps-produced singer who recently released her debut single ‘The Feelin’. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE TOUCH + ROOM10
Sunday April 21st
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
The rockers return to the Stitch for bank holiday madness, bringing their mates in to support. Music from 9pm, free entry

JACK SHARP + MRS PILGRIMM + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday April 22nd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Time for some folk holiday sounds. The singer and guitarist with successful British psych folk-rock band Wolf People has developed a keen side interest in interpreting folk songs from his home county of Bedfordshire. Mrs P – aka Sophie Williams – is a ShoeTown artist best known for her solo sets that combine cello, voice and looping. Opening up is a singer-songwriter from the Graham/Jansch school. Having recently worked with Bonnie Dobson and Miranda Lee Richards in his band the Lords of Thyme, Woolley returns to the Lamp to air some of his solo repertoire. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

 

 

 

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Live Review: The Barratts, The Covasettes, Fox Chapel, Krankhead at The Roadmender

THE BARRATTS The Roadmender, Northampton April 13th 2019 Regular music scene champions, the well-loved Same Old Kids from ShoeTown with the ShoeName have now grown up quite a bit. Their…

THE BARRATTS
The Roadmender, Northampton
April 13th 2019

Regular music scene champions, the well-loved Same Old Kids from ShoeTown with the ShoeName have now grown up quite a bit. Their maturity into season, travelled musicians wowing crowds with their nifty guitar ditties and exciting live show is established now. A big hometown show in front a few hundred fans feels both rather deserved and gloriously celebratory. It would be amiss to miss it, frankly.

As people who know what’s what they have tonight bought along their besties to join in. The opening set from Krankhead, the rising hip-hop pairing of Mio Flux and Patchy The Rockstar is sweary and sweaty, and they are absolutely on it. The likes of ‘SNL’ and ‘Sabo’ are party starters, and they will be headliners in their own right if things play out the way New Boots suspect it might.

Fox Chapel are ace tonight. They’ve been away, Lying Low – this is their first show in almost 12 months – but they are still tight as. Rumours abound this might be their last show, and if so then their bouncy post-punk will be sorely missed. Yet they promise from the stage to release some new material soon, so maybe this isn’t the last we have seen of them. Like gluttonous toddlers we collectively remain hopeful for more ‘Ice Cream’.

The Covasettes are four good-looking lads from Manchester with a line in bass-driven ditties. They are a strong match for our headliners, but they are lacking bite. ‘Like You’ and ‘This Feeling’ and ‘Top Drawer’ are indebted to noughties guitar rock and, further back, The Smiths, but the melodies and hooks are a little too polite and predictable, perhaps. A great live show though; their enthusiasm for what they do is unquestionably infectious. Northampton seems to appreciate them, and ultimately here and now that’s all that matters. There is space and time to grow and make their mark, and make New Boots take a second look.

By the time The Barratts come on the party is in full swing. Frontman James Faulkner is resplendent in black cape, feathered hat and tailored cream jacket – the dandy frontman transported in from 1890 that you never knew you needed. He conducts the crowd from start to finish with confidence, which is immediately needed as guitarist Brandon Essom has a broken cable before we’ve even begun. No matter. That the band have only released six of the 15 songs they play over their hour onstage does present them with a significant problem. But winning over a sizeable crowd who don’t know a lot of the material is all in a days’ work apparently, as no one seems to lose interest at any point. This is helped by a constant change in pace: new songs coming thick and fast from different sonic places, but all clearly the work of the same band. From the spiky indie dancefloor numbers to the ballads the public give their love back to every one, and in spades. 

‘Match Of The Day’, from 2016, brings the first round of moshing. But it’s the five song finale, all tunes in the public domain, that feels like one big cup final goal celebration – and deftly recalls all that’s best in British guitar music from the last four decades. ‘Satellites’ has a double chorus that’s heaven sent, all whilst Faulkner dissects society’s woes. New single ‘Lights Out In London’ is the Doherty/Morrissey-esque missive that should see them take big steps forward towards the nation’s heart. They save their jewel in their crown, ‘The Garrison’, to the very end. Not only does it contain a colossal heavy backbeat from the engine room of Will Smith and Evan Bridgstock that’s pummels anyone within earshot into easy submission, it’s exactly the sort of rowdy singalong anthem they seem to excel at.

The five Barratts seem to be having the times of their young lives. Long may it continue.

The Barratts setlist in full:
The Crooked Mile
Marooned
Lift Song
Certain Time Of Night
Name Badge
Smokey Ghosts
Backache
Emotional Machine
Match Of The Day
Self-Inflicted 
Satellites
Lights Out In London
Encore:
IV
Same Old Kids
The Garrison

Words by Phil Moore. Photos by David Jackson

 

 

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

FUELED HATE + CATALYST Thursday April 11th The King Billy, Northampton Metal duel, featuring contenders from Corby and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS + BLOOD-VISIONS +…

FUELED HATE + CATALYST
Thursday April 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
Metal duel, featuring contenders from Corby and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS + BLOOD-VISIONS + SKIRT
Friday April 12th
The Lab, Northampton
London headliners have a fearsome reputation as a most exciting and volatile live act, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house. They take influences from  Crass, Flipper, Wire and The Fall. Support from fellow noise travellers from ShoeTown, plus indie punk from Corby. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

FROM NOWHERE TO NOW HERE
Friday April 12th
The UFO, Northampton
An exhibition of work by Nathan Mark Jones. Opening event with music and verse from Nathan Jones, Sami Stuart E Tite, Justin Porter, Anthony, Duncan Craven, Kenneth J Nash, Jay Kells, The Antipoet and Hubcap. A blend of music and spoken word, intertwined with some DJing. Doors 6pm, free entry

FALLEN MAFIA + LESTWEFORGET + NURSE HOOCH
Friday April 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
With a debut album due this spring, heavy punk/metal North-East headliners will be showcasing tracks in ShoeTown. Support from progressive metallers from Oxford and melodic punks from MK. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

FUN FUN FUNERAL + THE REMI MARTINI QUARTET
Friday April 12th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
French headliners make dense lo-fi pop. New Bletchley band in support, featuring ex-members of Action Beat and The Crease, play heavy synth pop; they sound somewhere between Buddy Holly and Lightning Bolt. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS + THE COVASETTES + FOX CHAPEL + KRANKHEAD
Saturday April 13th
The Roadmender, Northampton
‘Lights Out In London’ single release show for the local indie upstarts. Support from indie Manchester quartet, the exhumed local leg ends Fox Chapel, and the hip-hop duo formerly known as Mio Flux and Patchy The Rockstar. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

THE KEEPERS + THE SEROTONES + ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday April 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The popular local indie-mod group head to the Gari, bringing with them the York-based alt-rockers and a brand new Northants indie-rock outfit to open. Doors 8pm, free entry

LUNAXIS
Saturday April 13th
Spunout, Northampton
Record Store Day 2019 celebrations, with a live set from the local folk-rockers. Shop opens at 8am,  expect them to play around about 2.30pm, and it is free entry

GEORGE BOROWSKI & MORA + KEVIN HEWICK + STEVIE JONES + THE FED SISTERS
Saturday April 13th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Wildfire Sessions present a special seated show. Manchester singer-songwriter Borowski has had four albums released in his own right, and has been produced by the legendary Martin Hannett. Hewick is an English singer-songwriter who was an early member of the Factory Records roster. Today he is known for his recordings on Pink Box Records, an independent label based in Leicester, and his work with Venetian collective Unfolk. Hard-working Jones has been playing live music and entertaining audiences for over 25 years. He set up the live music service Wildfire Sessions in 2011, putting on gigs and open mics across the East Midlands. The Feds are a local guitar/piano duo with great harmonies. There are only 45 seats available. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

CRYBB
Saturday April 13th
Althorp Coaching Inn
Official launch party for Gary and Kate’s new Northamptonshire inspired folk album Fortune & Folly, taking place at the historic 16th Century pub. Music starts at 6pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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Photos: Hands Off Gretel, Wishing Wolf, Deaf Trap, EGO at The Black Prince, Northampton

Barnsley quartet Hands Off Gretel brought their I Want The World album tour to Northampton last Friday [April 5th], and didn’t Northampton enjoy it. Terrific support from Wishing Wolf, Deaf…

Barnsley quartet Hands Off Gretel brought their I Want The World album tour to Northampton last Friday [April 5th], and didn’t Northampton enjoy it. Terrific support from Wishing Wolf, Deaf Trap and EGO too. Here’s pictorial evidence, courtesy of David Jackson

Hands Off Gretel



 

Wishing Wolf

 

Deaf Trap

 

EGO

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Live review: Shakin’ Stevens

SHAKIN’ STEVENS + J. LEE & THE HOODOO SKULLS The Derngate, Northampton March 2nd Openers J. Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls hail from Surrey, but you would never guess. They wed…

SHAKIN’ STEVENS + J. LEE & THE HOODOO SKULLS
The Derngate, Northampton
March 2nd

Openers J. Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls hail from Surrey, but you would never guess. They wed a distinctly American sound to some huge bluesy riffs and manage to sound both retro and contemporary. Cloaked in black, like disgraced preachers, they dispense a 30 minute masterclass in good time rock’n’roll. Vocalist Jason Lee Barratt is the quintessential frontman who, along with the Hoodoo Skulls, play the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday night. Closing with a blistering cover of ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ is a thing of genius, and they should definitely be on your watch list.

Tonight perennial rock’n’roller Shakin’ Stevens brings his ‘Greatest Hits and More’ tour to Northampton. It’s hard to remember a time when Shaky wasn’t around, and his brand of rock n’ roll is the kind of music that’s made for everyone. It effortlessly straddles genres and generations. The tension that’s been building since doors opened is finally released when Shaky takes to the stage and by second track ‘Turning Away’ all but the infirm are grooving. With a voice that’s aged like fine wine ‘Give Me Your Heart Tonight’ and ‘It’s Raining’ are sung with the same conviction as they were decades ago. A nice cover of James Ray’s ‘(Got My Mind) Set on You’ follows along with a spirited ‘You Drive Me Crazy’. Shaky’s latest LP Echoes of Our Times was quite a risk, but it certainly paid off and the bluesy ‘Suffer Little Children’ from that record provides a nice change of pace yet sits easily with the more rocky material. ‘A Love Worth Waiting For’ and ‘Cry Just a Little Bit’ take us to the interval in the best possible style, and ensures the first half of the show ends on a peak.

Two tracks from that latest album open the second half: the title track, then ‘Down into Muddy Waters’ – both of which blend Cornish folk with Americana. This theme is continued with a nice cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival standard ‘Have You Ever Felt the Rain’. Ably backed by a seven-piece band who provide a suitably beefy sound, Shaky proceeds to blast through his greatest hits: ‘A Letter to You’, ‘Marie, Marie’ and ‘Oh, Julie’ all to get the audience on their feet and evidence what a well loved performer Shaky is. Two female backing vocalists provide a nice foil to Shaky’s oak-aged voice as the set is closed with ‘Lipstick, Powder and Paint’ and ‘Green Door’.

Of Course it wouldn’t be a Shakin’ Stevens show without ‘This Ole House’, which is the first of two encores, and then new track ‘Fire Down Below’ which draws a nice symmetry between the past and present. While Shaky doesn’t have the stage moves of yore he still moves well for a man approaching his 71st birthday. And while his current show is devoid of flashy leaps and splits it has the benefit of bringing the songs to the fore. And with songs this good it’s exactly where they should be.

Peter Dennis

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

GLYMJACK + THE CAMPBELLS + PHIL RILEY Wednesday April 3rd Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby The folk-roots headliners feature award-winning songwriter Greg McDonald, plus appearances from Northampton-based Americana trio and the veteran singer-songwriter. Doors…

GLYMJACK + THE CAMPBELLS + PHIL RILEY
Wednesday April 3rd
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
The folk-roots headliners feature award-winning songwriter Greg McDonald, plus appearances from Northampton-based Americana trio and the veteran singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HANDS OFF GRETEL + WISHING WOLF + DEAF TRAP + EGO
Friday April 5th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The much-loved alt-rock/ post-grunge quartet from South Yorkshire come to ShoeTown to promote sophomore album ‘I Want The World’. With support from energetic pop-punk/emo gang from Kettering, the four-piece alt-rock band from Northampton, with two EPs to their name, and an MK trio, the brainchild of Sean Grant, who are “heavier, sexier & angrier than Royal Blood”. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

KING PURPLE + LUNA ROSA + BABY LUNG
Friday April 5th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Corby trio return to the Roadmender for a headline show, to support the release of their debut EP ‘Time Alone’. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Friday April 5th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Return of the Ni Ni Sessions, highlighting great local singer-songwriter talent. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + VENUS FLY TRAP + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Friday April 5th
The White Hart, Corby
The psych/drone/kraut/space rock band from Kettering continue to promote their excellent debut album The Velvet Night. ShoeTown darkwave legends in support will play highlights from 2018 album Icon, plus local instrumental surf trio. Music from 8pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday April 5th
The Green Dragon, Higham Ferrers
Kettering’s hardest working rock’n’roll gang head to Higham to provide good times. Music from 9pm, free entry

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday April 6th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
The former Prisoner [and not forgetting one of the great Hammond players] returns to a favourite haunt of his to play his rare-groove and jazz-funk tunes. Doors 8pm, £17 tickets

CUT THROAT FRANCIS + HOMELESS SHAKESPEARE + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday April 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Party time! Headliners are a four-piece gypsy swing folk band from Bristol; support bring the Gyp-Hop from Leicester, and gypsy-folk from a group of Lab members themselves. Doors 8pm, £3 entry for members, £4 guests

TOYAH
Saturday April 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Toyah returns to the Roadmender. This revealing show comes in the form of Toyah performing an unplugged set of her well-loved hits and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. A talented duo of guitarists, Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, accompany her on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of the hits. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

INGESTED + KRYSTHLA + MUTINY + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday April 6th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Mancunian slam crew Ingested have built a reputation as one of the most savage death metal acts to come out of the UK. Appropriate support from Northamptonshire. Doors 6pm, £12 tickets

SOUL GROOVE + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday April 6th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Level Records presents the ‘Big Mike’ EP launch. Expect soulful electonica/house, with chiptune support. DJs too, to give it the party vibes. Doors 8pm, £3 entry [£2 with an NN Card]

GREASY DIABLOS + THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + TYPE 22
Saturday April 6th
The Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
Ferrers fun part two! A night of dirty indie rock’n’roll from the Rushden and ShoeTown boys. Intelligent indie from Leicester sandwiched in the middle. Doors 7pm, free entry

UNITRA
Saturday April 6th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
The local metallers are back on stage to entertain. Music from 9pm, free entry

SOYBOMB + AY WING
Sunday April 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Berlin-based alt-pop trio headline. Support from Swiss singer and songwriter influenced by quirky 60s sounds and modern beat driven production. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 27th – Apr 2nd

SLEEPER + LUCIA Friday March 29th The Roadmender, Northampton The Britpop hit-makers reformed in 2018 and have just released their fourth album The Modern Age to generally positive reviews. Louise…

SLEEPER + LUCIA
Friday March 29th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Britpop hit-makers reformed in 2018 and have just released their fourth album The Modern Age to generally positive reviews. Louise Wener and the Sleeperblokes know their way around a catchy tune still. Support from rising Glaswegian bubblegum popsters. Doors 7.30pm, £20 tickets

CRASH INDUCTION + THE MISPELT + THRIFT STREET + JACKWATCH
Friday March 29th
The King Billy, Northampton
To celebrate their debut album the ShoeTown/MK punks throw a party at the Billy. Joining the festivities are the long-time stalwarts of the Northampton punk scene, plus young NN pop-punkers, and Jackwatch playing an acoustic set. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KARL PHILIPS & THE REJECTS + POPES OF CHILLITOWN + SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS + THE SOCIAL IGNITION + MOLLUSCA
Friday March 29th
The Lab, Northampton
Big punk/ska line-up headlined by the local posse who run this Skankdown. Acts from London, Hinckley, and the north join them. Doors 7pm, £6 entry [guests, or £5 for members]

THECITYISOURS + DEATH REMAINS + CALIBURN + ENENRA
Friday March 29th
Club 43, Northampton
London metalcore headliners and main support, plus similar ShoeTown and Norwich supports. Doors at 7pm, £6 tickets

AIDEN HATFIELD + KILAMOJO + DAN PIGEON + BETH MUNROE
Saturday March 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hatfield is an alt-rock singer from Leeds, promoting his debut EP. He is the man behind ‘In Music We Trust’, the charitable clothing brand. Support from a Northants triptych providing groovy psych-rock, lo-fi avant-gardism, and indietronica. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
Saturday March 30th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The nine-piece from Leeds return with new album Lost In Space. The band continue their mission to discover the ultimate bassline. Plus DJ Kuryakin. Doors 7.30pm, £17.50 tickets

THE JETS + TITINE LA VOIX
Saturday March 30th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Rockin’ Cotton brothers trio return to the Drome. Advance tickets advised, as the event normally sells out. Doors 7.45pm, £12.50 tickets

THEE TELEPATHS
Saturday March 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Psych/space/fuzz/noise rock four-piece from Kettering, promoting fantastic new album The Velvet Night. Doors 8pm, free entry

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND + GOLDWATER + TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS
Saturday March 30th
The White Hart, Corby
Back by popular demand, the former Jim Jones Revue frontman brings a hefty dose of voodoo to produce “slow burn narco rock”. Support from psychedelic rock preachers from Leicester, and a garage band from the Black Country. Doors 7.30pm, £12.50

PAUL LAMB & THE KING SNAKES
Saturday March 30th
The Castle, Wellingborough
London bluesman fronting one of the most exciting bands to play white-boy Chicago blues. The many awards Lamb has received from magazines such as Blueprint represent recognition of Lamb’s position at the forefront of British blues. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

SAM CARTER
Sunday March 31st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Rutland singer-songwriter. BBC Folk Award winner and BBC Later…with Jools Holland performer. Promoting new album How The City Sings. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

 

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Photos: Nailbreaker, Worry, Ex-Pets at The Garibaldi, Northampton

Nailbreaker celebrated the release of his debut EP ‘Spectrum Songs’ at The Garibaldi Hotel in Northampton last night.  New Boots were in attendance at the venue’s recently converted basement for…

Nailbreaker celebrated the release of his debut EP ‘Spectrum Songs’ at The Garibaldi Hotel in Northampton last night. 

New Boots were in attendance at the venue’s recently converted basement for the show which saw the Rushden-based purveyor of digital hardcore joined by Worry, Ex-Pets and fellow NN10 Noise Club scene man Dylon Dean [apologies to Dylon for not getting there in time to get some photos; his performance was excellent though, as were all the acts].

Here’s a few photos from the night courtesy of @davidtjackson

Check back with New Boots for an interview with Nailbreaker on April 5th

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