Category: Live

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

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS Wednesday November 20th The Lab, Northampton Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off”…

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS
Wednesday November 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off” does not register. Doors 7pm, free entry

THORIUM + SYRENCE + WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE CALLED RUFUS
Thursday November 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Belgium’s quintet who incorporate elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual. Also: German metallers promoting debut album Freedom In Fire. Plus opener is new band from Tim O’Neill and friends. Doors 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [upstairs]
Double header at the Gari tonight, up and downstairs. In the bar you get country rockers [fka Real Live Owls], the Pat Fish-led world music quartet, and ShoeTown ledge, singer-songwriter Miss Paton. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [basement]
Urban music night/open mic. Featured artistes this time around: Napps and Dreadz, plus many more. Doors , free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + SKYFLOOD + TAMMERLANE + RAY BECK
Friday November 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
A rare night of original music at the Brad, to celebrate International Men’s Day – plus comedy, in aid of The Grey Dog Trust. Local acoustic acts Tammerlane and Ray Beck open, The Comedy Crate’s Edd Hedges and Ross Smith will then take over, before the local full-band pairing do their thing. Doors 7pm, £7 advance tickets

RAMBLIN’ PREACHERS + KIAN RUSSELL BAND + BLUESTONES
Friday November 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
A trio of blues bands, from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations requested]

UNCLE ERIC’S RED HOT REMNANTS TINY TEYN TOUR
Friday November 22nd to Sunday November 24th
The Headlands, The Garibaldi Hotel, The Dukes Arms [Northampton and Kettering]
‘Uncle Eric’, The White Rabbit’, ‘The Singing Gnome’, The Staggering Bavarian’, ‘The Backstairs Creeper’, The Red ‘Otter’, The Beer Parlour Jiver’, ‘The Grosvenor Player’, ‘Echo’…the list goes on…all are Mr Eric Whitehouse; a man whose contribution to the musical life of of ShoeTown is inestimable. Three consecutive gigs in honour of Eric and musicians, past and present, that have shared his rootsy philosophy. Free entry gigs, but donations to ‘Hospice at Home’ accepted.

LUNAXIS
Friday November 22nd
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Folk-rock joy from the ShoeTown group. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
Saturday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
“The Funk is Back” Tour. They release their brand new album “TBNH” this autumn on Acid Jazz, which features guest appearances from Beverley Knight, NDea Davenport, AngieStone, Siedah Garrett, Laville, Angela Ricci and more. The lead single from the album is a cover of Kendrick Lamar song ‘These Walls’, lovingly produced by Mark Ronson. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets

SATHAMEL + STEREO SKULL + MASTER’S CALL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
DARKNESS OVER NORTHAMPTON! Blasphemy Sound presents four bands of the death metal persuasion, from Leeds, Birmingham, and of course Northampton. Primal Holocaust are celebrating the release of their EP too. Doors 7pm, £6.50 tickets

SARAH McQUAID + ANNIE DRESSNER
Saturday November 23rd
The Sargeants Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum on fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally. Doors 6:30pm, £10 tickets 

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday November 23rd
The Romany, Northampton
Northampton originals with a few reggae classics thrown in for good measure. Plus DJ Dekka [Set It Off Sound]. From 9pm, free entry

HUNG LIKE HANRATTY + I GOT SPIDERS
Saturday November 23rd
The Talisman, Corby
Hung Like Hanratty are the most talked about band on the punk circuit. Last year saw the Hanrattys pull the biggest ever crowd for an opening band at the Great British Alternative Music Festival. Spalding garage punks in support. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Saturday November 23rd
The Shire Horse, Kettering
An acoustic showcase hosted by Ni Ni Sessions. Featuring Celine Ellis, Ray Beck, Andy Clarke, and Hannah Faulkner. From 3pm to 6pm, free entry

ADAM ANT
Monday November 25th
The Derngate, Northampton
Pop icon Ant performs his landmark solo album Friend Or Foe for the first time live in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites. The Friend or Foe album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. ‘Goody Two Shoes’ reached #1 in the UK, ‘Friend or Foe’ was another top ten hit, while ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ was the album’s third smash. Doors 7.30pm, £45.50 tickets

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Live review: DragonForce

DragonForce / Lovebites / McRocklin & Hutch November 13th 2019 The Roadmender, Northampton Metalheads over a certain age will remember guitarist Thomas “McRocklin” McLaughlin as the child prodigy who made…

DragonForce / Lovebites / McRocklin & Hutch
November 13th 2019
The Roadmender, Northampton

Metalheads over a certain age will remember guitarist Thomas “McRocklin” McLaughlin as the child prodigy who made numerous TV appearances back in the 1980s when he was a young pup barely in double figures. I’m pleased to report that time has aged his skills like a fine malt whiskey, and tonight he appears as half of duo McRocklin & Hutch. They’re an interesting tension of opposites that fuse a love of 80s rock to 21st century technology, and in welding organic guitars to surgical synths they’ve created a new genre termed ‘shredwave’. With an inherent groove ‘Wasted’ adheres this pair to the crowd, and the following ‘Locked In’ only increases the affection. Sometimes I find guitar virtuosity can be sterile when it’s practitioners become lost in intricate webs, but no fear with McRocklin & Hutch, who combine to create a sound that’s both ethereal and emotive. ‘Don’t Need Nobody’ ensures they bow out on a high.

Dressed all in white and arriving like avenging angels Japan’s Lovebites are all smiles and opening salvo ‘The Hammer of Wrath’ finds them getting off to a blistering start. Without pausing for breath ‘Pledge of the Saviour’ is unleashed along with ‘Rising’ which is the perfect vehicle for Asami’s operatic vocals. Those only familiar with Japan’s vapid idol scene might be surprised at Lovebites musical proficiency, but these five women can really play and in truth they rock harder than most guys. ‘Above the Black Sea’ features some fine interplay between guitarists Midori and Mi-ya and, with a bass player much in the Steve Harris mould, the band proceed to deliver a foot-on-the-monitor, fist-in-the-air metal fest. New track debuted ‘Signs of Deliverance’ bodes well for the forthcoming album Electric Pentagram, and the following ‘Under the Red Sky’ flies like a stealth bomber. With songs like set closer ‘We Are United’ in their arsenal I’m sure we’ve witnessed future headliners.

An unbearably long intro, coupled with the black sheets hiding the set, builds a palpable tension that stretches many present to breaking point. It’s broken when DragonForce hit the stage amid a shower of ticker tape and jets of pyro that shoot ice white plumes of smoke to the rafters. Opening with ‘Highway to Oblivion’ it’s immediately obvious this isn’t going to be an ordinary rock concert as vocalist Marc Hudson fires a faux flame thrower at the audience. Two oversized retro arcade games flank the stage and there’s a real ‘80s feel to the set as the band are encased in a cornucopia of neon pink and bright blue strobe lights. It’s nice that DragonForce make an effort with their stagecraft but their songs would hold up without all the smoke and mirrors as ‘Fury of the Storm’ attests. ‘The Last Dragonborn’ follows, with it’s East Asian flourishes, along with the insanely catchy ‘Heart Demolition’. What comes next is an instrumental section, as Marc swaps mic for guitar to play some gaming themes – and the six stringers from Lovebites return along with a banjo toting hillbilly for a fun-filled, if rather surreal, interlude.

It’s back to the rock action with a ferocious rendition of ‘Black Fire’ as the band show no signs of flagging. ‘Razorblade Meltdown’ is accompanied by more phosphorous flares and then more ticker tape showers the crowd during ‘Cry Thunder’. DragonForce titled their latest opus Extreme Power Metal for good reason: like Iron Maiden or Helloween, only played at 78rpm, their songs are amped up slabs of metal yet they retain a strong sense of melody. However the band are far from one trick ponies as the obligatory power ballad, ‘Remembrance Day’, proves. It’s been a night for fans of guitars which each band displaying technical skill and, not to be outdone, Herman Li and Sam Totman trade solos and shred ferociously on fan favourite ‘Valley of the Damned’. The band return for two well deserved encores, including an amphetamine run through of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ which initiates a huge circle pit. ‘Through the Fire & the Flames’ is attended by more ticker tape and pyrotechnic flares and when the party streamers fly it seems a fitting way to bring down the curtain.

Words by Peter Dennis. Pictures by Peter Dennis and Ben Gregory-Ring

 

 

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

DRAGONFORCE + LOVEBITES Wednesday November 13th The Roadmender, Northampton Grammy-nominated extreme power metal legends from London come to slay Northampton, and why not. Japanese metallers in support. Doors 7pm, £18…

DRAGONFORCE + LOVEBITES
Wednesday November 13th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Grammy-nominated extreme power metal legends from London come to slay Northampton, and why not. Japanese metallers in support. Doors 7pm, £18 tickets

COILGUNS + YAUTJA + 72% + SHARKTEETH GRINDER
Thursday November 14th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Swiss punk/noisecore gang headline: American post-metallers are in the middle, plus NN heaviness from yer favourite pair to kick things off. Immense. Doors 7pm, £8 on entry

CAMENS + ROLLING THUNDER + LEISURE TANK + SKYFLOOD
Friday November 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Indie bangers from Stoke-on-Trent [“more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box”], they’ve even performed at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. Plus equally as catchy indie-rock band from Northampton newcomers, plus raw power duo from London, and the return of Skyflood to open. Doors 7.30pm, £5.50 tickets

U.K. SUBS + SPRING PARK
Friday November 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The legendary Charlie Harper formed the Subs out of his then R&B outfit The Marauders, late in 1976. In 1979, they signed to Gem Records and surprised everyone by becoming one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands, with seven consecutive UK Top 30 hits between 1979-81 – ‘Stranglehold’, ‘Tomorrows Girls’, ‘She’s Not There’, ‘Warhead’, ‘Teenage’, ‘Party In Paris’, and ‘Keep On Running’. They also scored two UK top ten albums – Brand New Age and Crash Course. Plus ShoeTown punks in support. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS + THE REJECTS + NOTTINGJAM ORCHESTRA + DAKKA SKANKS + GRANT SHARKEY
Friday November 15th
The Lab, Northampton
The Skankdown night is back for its fifth instalment. Local skanking heroes headline, with hand picked support from Nottingham, Brighton, and Southampton. Doors 7pm, £5 entry.

RAMAGE INC. + ASHBORN + POWDERHEAD
Saturday 16th November
The Black Prince, Northampton
Progressive metallers from Scotland with three albums under their belt headline, with fellow movers from Northampton and Cambridge in support. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DAWSON SMITH & THE DISSENTERS
Saturday 16th November
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Leicester blues band. In 2005 Smith put together a backing band with the intention of forming his dream ‘road band’ able to deliver the type of drivin’ roots rock that has always been the backdrop to his songwriting. From 9pm, free entry

DANNI NICHOLLS
Sunday November 17th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Fresh from touring Nashville this summer, the Bedford-born Americana singer-songwriter comes to Ecton in support of third album The Melted Morning. From 3pm, free entry

 

📸 Joe Berisford

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

THAT JOE PAYNE Thursday November 7th St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton The Northampton-based recording artist is best known for demonstrating an impressive 5-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as…

THAT JOE PAYNE
Thursday November 7th
St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton
The Northampton-based recording artist is best known for demonstrating an impressive 5-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as frontman of The Enid [2011-2016]. This concert also features a special performance from Northampton Male Voice Choir Lite (NMVCL), and is a fundraising booster event ahead of Strictly Northampton 2019 in which Joe is a contestant. Doors 7pm, tickets £15 [all ticket money goes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice]

DAVIDE LUAGELLI + RICHOCHET REBELLEION + THE BOPHINS
Thursday November 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Laugelli is a seasoned Italian rock and metal bass player, in the vein of a Steve DiGiorgio or Martin Mendez. A steady member of Disease Illusion, Heller Schein and Hidden Stone, he brings his unique solo project to the UK for a second time. This live set up involves just two members, bass and drums, and brings a unique instrumental exploration, as he showcases tracks from the new album Soundtrack of a Nightmare. Support from Derbyshire trio and ShoeTown glam-punks. Doors 7pm, free entry

BAMBOO + AOIFE FOLEY
Friday November 8th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Ambitious synth-pop-meets-folk project of Brighton’s Nick Carlisle and London-based Rachel Horwood [Trash Kit, Rozi Plain]. Electric banjo merges with rich synth atmospheres and electronic arrangements. Meanwhile Northants songstress Foley plays with band: Dave Crawford on guitar/synth/hair swishing, and Dan The Man Battison on bass. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEGOSAURUS SEX PARTY + FACEDOWN + ONE CHAPTER DOWN
Friday November 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Trash punks from Coventry on top, energetic pop-punk from Bedford, and alt rap-rock from Scunthorpe make up a formidable bill. Doors 7pm, free entry [?]

MARABAR CAVES + THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + ROLLING THUNDER
Friday November 8th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The Caves are a psychedelic rock outfit who recently reformed after a 25 year hiatus. VVB feature one of Northampton’s best songwriters in Tony Mead, who fronts a line up of deft musicians [embellished by viola]. Causing a youthful storm at the start are West Northamptonians Rolling Thunder. From 9pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + LAURA BAKER + TOM & SOPHIE + MARIEKE VINK + CAMERON GRACE
Friday November 8th
The Witch & Sow, Guilsborough
A new addition to the NB gig guide, Guilsborough. A Ni Ni acoustic showcase session. From 8.30pm, free entry

LABFEST
Saturday November 9th
The Lab, Northampton
An all-dayer to show what the venue can do, following its recent “crunch meeting”. Music, food and a communal art project. Line-up includes Humblebee, Marnie , Yoshe, The Dubska Murphys, The Ginhouse Gypsies, Ali In The Jungle, Bisons, the Lay It Down crew, and more! From 1pm – 1am. £3 suggested donation

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday November 9th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The local folk rock leg-ends play their favourite venue. From 9pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VELVET ENGINE
Saturday November 9th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
AudioStage presents the folk-rockers with a conscious, plus NN singer-songwriter to open. From 8.30pm, free entry

GOODBYE MR MACKENZIE + TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS
Saturday November 9th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
One of Scotland’s greatest bands of the 80’s and 90’s. They released six albums in total and toured extensively, and featured Shirley Manson on lead vocals at one point. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that started it all off, the Mackenzies are back to play Good Deeds in its entirety, plus a few extra treats. Black Country garage fiends in support. Doors 7.30pm, £16 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday November 9th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The folk-rock group make their return to Kettering’s prime live music venue. The band will be playing in quintet formation, with their Brittany-based percussionist David ‘Hopi’ Hopkins making a rare appearance with the band. From 3pm-6pm, free entry

DEAF HAVANA
Tuesday November 12th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Norfolk/London hard rock/post-hardcore types with the emotive poppy sound have partnered with PLUS1.org so that “£1 from every ticket goes to War Child to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war”. Doors 7pm, £19.50 tickets

 

Photo credit: Jon Stone

 

 

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Across The Border: Oct 30 – Nov 6

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our…

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our surrounding counties which there’s still tickets available for.

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
Thursday, October 31
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
A Pale Horse Named Death siphon strangely blissful melodies from apocalyptic heavy metal awash in swells of cavernous gothic keys and grunge songcraft. The New York quintet released their long awaited third full-length album When The World Becomes Undone in January. Doors 7pm, tickets £12.

SISTERAY
Friday, November 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Sisteray met when they collided in the mosh pit at a Libertines gig and soon discovered their shared love for The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. They have played up and down the country, performing pop-up guerrilla gigs, organising their own club night and have played roof raising sets at Camden Rocks and the Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds festivals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS
Saturday, November 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Andy Fairweather Low shot to fame as lead singer in Amen Corner singing massive hits like Gin House Blues, Bend Me Shape Me and If Paradise is Half As Nice. A hugely successful solo career followed with Wide Eyed And Legless being the biggest International hit from his three solo albums. Together with his band Andy will be playing songs from across his career. Doors 8pm, tickets £25.

MICHAEL MONROE
Saturday, November 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe is in the UK in support of his band’s new LP One Man Gang. The band’s all-star line-up features former Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls bass player Sami Yaffa, guitarists Rich Jones and Steve Conte and drummer Karl Rockfist. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50.

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday, November 2
MK11, Milton Keynes
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for more than 25 years. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk and boogaloo funk of the 1960s and 1970s. They are one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British music. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

LAZYBONES
Sunday, November 3
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Lazybones are one fuzzy bass guitar, amplified organ and drums, creating a trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point sound, comparable to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Slaves. With initial singles championed by all the usual suspects across the music press, Lazybones released their debut EP Bang! Bang! in February. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7,

HIMALAYAS
Sunday, November 3
Esquires, Bedford
Himalayas are an indie / garage rock band from Cardiff with a cinematic sound and style featuring heavy guitar lines, dual vocals and huge anthemic hooks. In the past year they have played both Reading and Leeds, Festival no. 6, SXSW, The Great Escape, Live at Chelsea, Isle of Wight and many others. Their latest single The Masquerades was released in October and this is the band’s first headline UK tour. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

VISTAS
Tuesday, November 5
Esquires, Bedford
Edinburgh’s Vistas are fresh off a tour with Circa Waves and have been surging to the forefront of the indie-rock scene over the last few years with a steady stream of catchy singles leading to extensive praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6 Music, DIY Magazine and Clash Magazine. The Scottish trio have become known for their brand of colourful and energetic guitar-based indie pop and are quickly beginning to show their universal appeal. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

THE DELINES
Tuesday, November 5
The Stables, Milton Keynes
The Delines second album The Imperial was released in January and took three years to finish while vocalist Amy Boon recovered from a serious car accident. She is joined by keyboard/horn player Cory Gray, pedal steel player Tucker Jackson and a bunch of Richmond Fontaine band members, namely Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo and novelist Willy Vlautin. Doors 8pm, tickets £19.50.

LUCY SPRAGGAN
Wednesday, November 6
Esquires, Bedford
It’s proving to be another hugely successful year for Lucy Spraggan. The singer songwriter released her fifth studio album Today Was A Good Day in May played Glastonbury and SXSW, toured Europe and Scandinavia with Melissa Etheridge and completed her own US and UK headline tours. Now she’s out on the road as part of a mammoth 32-date UK tour. Doors 7pm, tickets £18.

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Wednesday, November 6
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Award-winning Austin, Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, whose joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 30th – Nov 5th

TRACK NOT FOUND + TRAGIC Thursday October 31st The Lab, Northampton Two-piece grunge/riot grrl punk outfit all the way from Guernsey to enliven Halloween in ShoeTown. Support from fast-rising teenage…

TRACK NOT FOUND + TRAGIC
Thursday October 31st
The Lab, Northampton
Two-piece grunge/riot grrl punk outfit all the way from Guernsey to enliven Halloween in ShoeTown. Support from fast-rising teenage punks with songs to excite. Doors 7pm, free entry

NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Friday November 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Leicester art-rock duo who have been busy crafting their new album Worldviews. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

BREWER + BLOOD-VISIONS + TRAGIC
Friday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
East London punks headline this basement show, with NTown’s finest shouters also along for the ride. Doors 8pm, free entry

CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR + CALIBURN + STEREO SKULL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Friday November 1st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
A night of NN hardcore and death-metal in support of London headliners, who play tracks from their excellent third album Guided. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + AIDEN HATFIELD + CRAWLSPACES + TORUS
Saturday November 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
The “Creep it real” Halloween Party, featuring tasty riffs from the NTown rockers, alt-rock from the Leeds-born singer behind ‘In Music We Trust’, local five-piece pop-punk/emo band, and an electrifying new MK trio. After-party disco in the front bar too! Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

THE MEMBRANES + DIABLOFURS + FAMILY OF NOISE
Saturday November 2nd
The Talisman, Corby
The John Robb-fronted post-punks return has been quite stunning, their 26 year break followed by their best-received album, Dark Matter/Dark Energy. Plus suitable punk and post-punk supports. Doors 7.30pm, £11.50 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday November 2nd
HMV, Kettering
The local quartet bring their ambient folk sound to Kettering’s prime music retail outlet venue. 5pm, free entry

EVADE ESCAPE + RXPTRS + WHEN WE WAKE + THRIFT STREET
Sunday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton
The co-headline alt-rock/metal tour descends onto ShoeTown, with support from those Bedford giants and NTown pop-punks. Going to be quite a night apparently, ticket sales are HIGH. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

KENNETH J NASH + HUMBLEBEE
Sunday November 3rd
The Hare & Hounds, Great Addington
The Hare and Hounds has new landlords, and the Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Open Mic continues.  Host STEVIE JONES welcomes acoustic acts to come and open up proceedings. Doors 4pm, free entry

Y&T + ELECTRIC MARY
Tuesday November 5th
The Roadmender, Northampton
California hard rock band formed in 1974. Many of the biggest acts of the ’80s became popular opening for the powerhouse quartet. Y&T have sold over four million albums, and their hits are still played on VH1 Classic and Classic Rock radio stations worldwide. With the passing of Kennemore, Haze, and Alves, it’s Meniketti who carries on their legacy. Support from the Australian quintet. Doors 7pm, tickets £18.50

 

 

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Across The Border: Oct 23 – Oct 30

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew…

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew The Gun at Esquires. 

BLANKET
Thursday, October 24
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Blanket started as a bedroom project from Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan. Later recruiting Steven Pellatt and Matthew Sheldon to form a live show. The EP Our Brief Encounters was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and the following year they released their debut LP How To Let Go. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

HAYSEED DIXIE
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
Legendary bluegrass kings Hayseed Dixie are returning to Esquires. Their last performance at the venue sold out weeks in advance but tickets are still available. They released the live album It Happened So Grassed! Last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.50.

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: THE FAREWELL TOUR
Thursday, October 24
The Stables, Milton Keynes
This year country music legend Charlie Landsborough is retiring from touring to concentrate on writing and recording music. However, he’s embarking on an extended tour of the UK which is heading to The Stables. Doors 8pm, tickets £28.

CATHOLIC ACTION
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
A product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene, Catholic Action mix big tunes and massive melodie. Their debut album In Memory Of was packed with glam guitar solos and huge choruses. A new album is planned for next year, so expect a sneak peak of new material. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

BRIDGES
Friday, October 25
Esquires, Bedford
Last seen at Esquires supporting Slow Readers Club, Bridges combine poetic lyricism with anthemic soundscapes. Support by China Bears who released the single Sunday at the end of May. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.

WINTER MOUNTAIN
Friday, October 25,
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Described as a rootsy songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornwall-born Winter Mountain has released two critically acclaimed albums with a third on the way. Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10.

SHE DREW THE GUN
Saturday, October 26
Esquires, Bedford
She Drew The Gun make impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop built around the lyrically evocative songwriting of singer-guitarist Louisa Roach. Under the moniker, the Wirral native started playing solo gigs with a handful of songs in 2014 and recruiting band members along the way. Their latest album, Revolution Of The Mind was released last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.

WILLY PORTER
Saturday, 26 October
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Willy Porter blurs the line between indie folk and rock with his finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared stages with the likes of Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

TRANSMISSION
Saturday, October 26,
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Joy Divisions’ album Unknown pleasures. Transmission will be playing the album in all its entirety as their first set, with a second set of the band’s iconic classics. Support is by The Venus Fly Trap. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

LIFE OF AGONY
Tuesday, October 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life of Agony is a hard rock/metal crossover band from Brooklyn. Best known for their debut album River Runs Red, they have shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath and Slipknot and sold more than one million records worldwide. Doors 7pm, tickets £22.50.

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

REV REV REV + 72% Thursday October 24th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Named as ‘One of Europe’s finest shoegazer bands of the last decade’, the Italian quartet have just released…

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Thursday October 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Named as ‘One of Europe’s finest shoegazer bands of the last decade’, the Italian quartet have just released their new album Kykeon on Fuzz Club Records, produced by James Aparicio [Spiritualized, Cult Of Dom Keller, Dead Vibrations]. They have been played on BBC 6 Music [Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie]. Support from the local noiseniks, playing tracks off their stellar new album. Just go along and have your mind blown, ok? Doors 8pm, free entry 

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Thursday October 24th – Sunday October 27th
The Shire Horse + The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The annual alternative local music festival. You get The Abrahams, Black Carrot, Aviators, James Watt and the Avenues, Midnight Dogs, G & the Sound Tribe, Veins, Family of Noise, and Boss Caine [Fri], Brandy Thieves, My Mate Dave, Midnight Honey Club, Boss Caine, Aldous Pinch, and Rob Reeves, Karl Phillips & the Rejects, Leave Nothing, Aviators, Brace Brace, Waves, and Tu-Kay & Ryan [Sat], The Touch, Humblebee, Solarise, Multimorph, Jacob Brathwaite, Alex Gardner, Oddity Island, Howlin’Mat, Clifftop Empire, Markus Reeves Brotherhood, and Slow Burn [Sun]. Raising funds and awareness for Johnny’s Happy Place. All events free entry

JEANA + WEEPING WILLOWS + EUFLORIA
Friday October 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bedford’s Jeana [pronounced Jen-Nae] and her RnB slow jams are coming to her adopted hometown. Her new single ‘Nameless’, much like the previous one, was produced by Jay Brook [Ginger Snaps], who also plays in her live band, as does ShoeTown musical movers Josh Greene and Dan Battison. Support from ethereal folk-rockers and a band described as “experimental grunge with post hardcore tones”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BIG COUNTRY
Friday October 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
“Return To Steeltown” 35th Anniversary Tour. Steeltown was their second album, with production from Steve Lillywhite. Regarded by many as a classic, the multi-million selling album went straight to the #1 slot in the album charts. Big Country will be performing songs from the album, as well as the classic hits and live favourites, including ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Chance’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ and more. Doors 7pm, £22.50 tickets

DANSMALL
Friday October 25th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Dan Plews [Jon Boden, Saul Rose, Eliza Carthy, Ian Giles[ and Guy Fletcher [Tickled Pink, Little Johnny England, Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings] are two great singers who utilise guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle. Doors 8pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + TERRY SLADE + RAY BECK + CAMERON GRACE
Friday October 25th
The Old Swan, Earls Barton
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic singer-songwriter showcase. From 8.30pm, free entry

DEVIL’S CUT COMBO
Saturday October 26th
Vintage Retreat, Northampton
Rockin’ Kent combo playing 1950’s rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

LADY NADE + HANA BROOKS + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Saturday October 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Nade celebrates her new album ‘Safe Place’ with cards dealt from the decks of soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop, this Bristolian singer-songwriter fills your heart with words and melodies likened to a rich fusion of musical greats, bearing velvet tones of Joan Armarading and Nina Simone adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn thrown in. Support from superlative NN singer-songwriters who are worthy of entrance fee alone. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

KRÖKER + NO MUSIC + EX PETS
Saturday October 26th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Northampton punks at The Gari, providing noise that won’t annoy. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE YELLOW DOG ACOUSTIC BLUES BAND
Saturday October 26th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
The rhythm & blues band goes acoustic for one night only. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + ANT RICHARDS + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday October 26th
The Melbourne Arms, Northampton 
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic singer-songwriter showcase. From 9pm, free entry

WAITING FOR WORDS + PEOPLE THEATRE + MYSELFSON
Sunday October 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Three live acts + a DJ from France, synthpop and industrial electro rock being the sounds to expect. Doors 5pm, £5 tickets

KEV MINNEY + STEPH BROWN + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Tuesday October 29th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Minney and Brown return to Northampton to perform songs from their new albums; this time they’ll be bringing along a string quartet! Make the effort, it will be special. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

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

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE Wednesday October 16th The Roadmender, Northampton A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and…

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE
Wednesday October 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and more. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

INGLORIOUS + LOKI
Thursday October 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Hard rock London fivesome: big guitar riffs and soulful vocals a go-go, on the campaign trail promoting their latest album Road To Nowhere, with local rockers in support. Doors 7pm, £15 tickets

THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + CASSINI CIRCLES + KENNETH J NASH + KATIE PATON
Friday October 18th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
A quintet of ShoeTown musical favourites on offer; rock, folk and electronic sounds all served up, and there’s no doubt you need to there for it. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban music / spoken word open mic night this month features Smiley, Reality, and loads more. Doors 8pm, free entry

LIFT TOWER PRESENTS
Saturday October 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The second instalment of Lift Tower Presents – seven bands over two stages, plus DJs. Upstairs you have Lift Tower, Big Loss, and Sad Drone. In the basement you can experience Sharkteeth Grinder, Nailbreaker, Brazen Foxes, and Dan Church.

HUE & CRY
Saturday October 19th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Stripped Bitter Suite 30th anniversary show. Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’, as well as massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love’ – and now have sold in excess of two million records worldwide. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND
Saturday October 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A night of original music with one of the country’s oldest boy bands. Expect lo-fi widescreen loveliness [think Richard Hawley, XTC, The Wedding Present]. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAN WYLLIE QUARTET, feat. NICO WIDDOWSON
Sunday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Contemporary jazz from Shoe Town’s finest. Doors 7pm, free entry
 
THE SELECTER + DJ RHODA DAKAR
Tuesday October 22nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The one-time Two-Tone troupe head on tour in 2019 to celebrate their 40-year career. Support from DJ Rhoda Dakar. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets
 
JONAH MATRANGA + DAMN CARGO +ROB REEVES
Tuesday October 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The former Far and new End Original frontman kicks of the UK leg of his ‘Halfway to a Hundred’ tour in K-Town. “50 Songs For 50 Years” is the theme. Derbyshire alt-rock band and local singer-songwriter in support. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

 

 

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Across The Border: Oct 16 – Oct 23

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties…

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties in the next seven days. Our personal -picks, go to either Henge or HMLTD. Or both, or more. 

THYLA
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Thursday, October 17
Brighton dream-pop outfit Thyla’s EP What’s On Your Mind was released to critical acclaim, drawing comparisons To Wolf Alice and Cocteau Twins. They have recently shared stages with the likes of Rolling Blackout CF and Dream Wife. Their latest track Only Ever is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

LADY NADE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Friday, October 18
Lady Nade is touring in support of her new album Safe Place which combines soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop. This Bristolian singer-songwriter has been likened to a fusion of musical greats, bearing the velvet tones of Joan Armarading and Nina Simone and adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn for good measure. Support is by Chloe Wilson. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

HMLTD
Esquires, Bedford
Friday, October 18
London based five-piece HMLTD recently released their new single Loaded. They meld glam punk and electro with 80’s influences. Loaded is a story of self-deprecation, self-aggrandisement and self-commodification. They have been described as one of the most exciting and visceral live acts to have broken out of the UK scene in recent years. Support is by Drug Store Romeos. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

JAWBONE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Saturday, October 19
Beginning as a collaboration between Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti, Jawbone quickly become a band with a unique sound. Band members have previously played with the likes of Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison and Robert Plant. They release their self-titled LP last year. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

FEET
Esquires, Bedford
Monday, October 21
Feet released their debut LP What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham this month and are out on their biggest UK tour to date. Recently see playing live on Soccer AM, the indie five-piece from Coventry’s new single Petty Thieving is out now. Support is by The Courts. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

LOGAN MIZE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Playing polished but muscular contemporary country music with an extra portion of rock n’ roll guitar, Logan Mize is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who was born in Clearwater, Kansas. Mize came from a family with roots in country music. In 2009 he released a self-titled LP. His latest record Come Back Road was released in 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

SOFT MACHINE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Soft Machine are one of the greatest UK avant-garde / jazz-rock bands and their work continues to be name-checked by today’s experimentalists. The band comprises of John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

WAYNE HUSSEY
Esquires, Bedford
Wednesday, October 23
Perhaps best known as frontman of goth-rock originals The Mission, Wayne Hussey has also played in The Sisters Of Mercy and Dead Or Alive and toured the world with everyone from The Cure to Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and more. At this gig he’s going to be chatting about his life and playing songs that have soundtracked it, marking the release of his new autobiography Salad Daze.
Support is by Evi Vine. Doors 8pm, tickets £22.

HENGE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Intergalactic ravers Henge are embarking on their latest adventure, The Cosmic Dross Experiment Tour. The aim of these experimental gatherings is to explore the potential of Cosmic Dross to alter psychological and physiological states in human beings. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13.

THE PITMEN POETS
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Following a sold-out UK tour in 2017, the four Pitmen Poets are back for their final tour. Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham and Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

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