Category: Live

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

ROCK FEST The King Billy, Northampton Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend…

ROCK FEST
The King Billy, Northampton
Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd
No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend and one in August. Thursday sees STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES, FAMILY OF NOISE, and 100,000 HOURS playing. Friday means V8. Saturday welcomes JOHNNY THE FOX, 9 CARAT PURPLE , EMPYRE, MOJO CITY REBELS, RED HAWK RISING, FUELED HATE, CATALYST, LOKI, and GRAMMA VEDETTA. Finally Sunday brings out DIRTY JACK DC, MOTORPACE, PORCELAIN HILL and BLUESTONES. Times vary. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday and Sunday are £5 per day [or a weekend ticket for £8]

SAM MORROW + MOUNTAINTOP JUNKSHOP
Thursday June 20th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Southern stomp and old-school funky-tonk from Los Angeles. Minimal country/Americana in support, from the slightly closer locale of Leicester. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE NORSEHAMPTON VIKING FESTIVAL
Friday June 21st to Saturday June 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
A “celebration of Viking life” in Northampton, amazing. Musical delights from ATORC [folk meets metal from Bury St. Edmunds], GREENMAN RISING [Midlands folkies] SELLSWORD [Yorkshire metal], THE DIRTY TALES [celtic folk/punk band from Bedford], SCOTT SWAIN & THE SINNERS [acoustic alt-rock from Herts], BORN TO DESTRUCT [rock’n’roll from Cambridge], RALPH BEEBY & THE ELEPHANT COLLECTIVE [blues rock from London], THE WHISKY REBELLION [gypsy-punk from Leicester]. Tickets £8/£12

LAY IT DOWN
Friday June 21st
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic for the urban music scene. Impact, Hagglar, L30 Robinson, Paxx, RG The Baron, and many more perform. Doors 8pm, free entry

BRIAN STONE
Friday June 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Stone [from Hampshire] is a lively, original singer songwriter known for engaging, entertaining performances. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + CORINNE LUCY
Friday June 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Solstice night, with a headliner mixing of ancestral and improvised music with eastern and dub rhythms. Supported by the hypnotising singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MISPELT
Saturday June 22nd 
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Solid punk rock of 21 years vintage [think Ramones, Rancid, Clash]. Plus solo support from Lee of Lhasa Calling fame. From 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + support
Saturday June 22nd 
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Re-branded from Real Live Owls, Canyons is a collective of seven musicians. Call it Anglicana, country and eastern, call it folky rock and roll. This is the stripped down four-piece version of the band, airing new tunes from a forthcoming ep. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MUSIC BARN FESTIVAL
Saturday June 22nd 
A barn in Cranford 
Returning for its 6th year, they continue to donate most of proceeds of the event to a local charity, in particular a local palliative care hospice, the Cransley Hospice in Kettering. The festival showcases artists from across a broad range of genres including folk, rock, dance and electronic music. Artists include KOYOSWEET CRISIS, KING PURPLE, THE BRANDY THIEVES, JJ JECZALIK, and HAUSWERKS. Doors 2pm, £25 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday June 23rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Solo set. 8pm, free entry

📸 of Sam Morrow by @lesliecampbellphoto

 

 

 

 

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

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + ONE LEAF FALLS Friday June 14th Club 43, Northampton The four-piece headliners combine the sweet sound of…

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + ONE LEAF FALLS
Friday June 14th
Club 43, Northampton
The four-piece headliners combine the sweet sound of the ukulele with gritty, british vocals, quirky melodies and contemporary lyrics. Tom Rose is a celebrated musician, singer, songwriter and naturalist from Northamptonshire. Openers are an original four-piece band with an alternative rock style. [think Biffy Clyro,  The Strokes]. Doors 8pm, free before 9pm, £4 after

MARABAR CAVES + THE VENUS FLY TRAP + PAT FISH
Friday June 14th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL festival. The books come to life in the live environment, with the reformed 80’s psychedelic indie band, our darkwave/post-punk pioneers, and the Jazz Butcher himself. Read more about the event with an Alex Novak interview here. Doors 8pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + AMII DAWES
Friday June 14th
The Lab, Northampton
More NMF fringe festivalling. Art-rock headlienrs and singer-songwriter support is on the menu. Doors 7pm, £3 Lab members or £4 for guests

THE KEEPERS
Friday June 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
New look ShoeTown rockers continue settling in their new line-up. Doors 8pm, free entry

OFF THE RAILS FESTIVAL
Friday June 14th – Saturday June 15th
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary, Raunds
Fundraiser for the animal sanctuary. Vegan food and vegan bar. Music under cover in a barn. Any Minute No, InErrant, Zounds, Cretin, Contempt, Captain Hotknives, Catkin, Jammie Sammie, Ed Ache, Denada, Borrowed Time, Headstone Horrors, The Mispelt, Active Slaughter, Almighty Uprisers, and Eastfield all perform. Costs for weekend including camping: Adults – £25. Big kids (17 & under) – £15. Family – £60. Little kids (under 8) – free. Campsite open 3pm Friday to 1pm Sunday. Paypal address is: trinabreedon@yahoo.co.uk (please add £2 to cover paypal fees/postage)

K3 ROCK + SLEEPWALKERS + HOMELANDERS + PHOENIX + THE TRAVELLING WILBYS + JUMPWORLD
Saturday June 15th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
“Have Guitars…Will Travel”, part 2. The books that cover the 1960s and 70s scene come alive, with many original bands reforming to celebrate our rich NN musical history. Doors 3.30pm, free entry

SUB CLOWNS
Saturday June 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Whilst the Level Records DJs perform in the garden, there’s a Sub Clowns live performance in the barn at 9pm. £4 entry

PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + CALIBURN + JACK & SALLY + THE DARKHORSE + FUELED HATE + RESIN
Saturday June 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses returns to give unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is semi final #2. Doors 6pm, £7 tickets

YELLOW DOG & RHYTHM & BLUES BAND + JD BLUES + KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday June 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton [outside area]
An afternoon of roots music from NN’s finest. BBQ available too. Kicks off at 1pm and finishes by 8pm, free entry

DEAD RESTLESS + ASHLEY FALLS + INSOMNIACS
Saturday June 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Pop-punk night, courtesy of bands from ShoeTown, Bedfordshire and Redditch. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday June 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
From the back-street pubs of Northampton to festivals and folk clubs across the UK, King’s Gambit have been delivering their unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010. Music from 9pm, free entry

FRETTLYST
Saturday June 15th
The Stirrup Cup, Barton Seagrove
Debut EP release show. Expect a few new, never played singles from the local indie-rockers. Music from 9pm, free entry

NORTHAMPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday June 16th
Various stage around the Town Centre, Northampton
ShoeTown becomes ShowTown, as the music festival returns. There’s six stages focusing on different elements. The Main Stage is headlined by new wave legends The Blockheads. We have a New Boots stage at the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, in the courtyard. Live performances from Ginger Snaps, The Big Dirty, L30 Robinson/Anonynous/XOV, Phantom Isle, GoGo Loco, Kinships, and Kian Russell, with a pop-up bar from Maule Collective and Jamaican-style street food from BoxFood. Most stages begin at midday, and the event finishes in the market square at 9pm. Free entry everywhere. After party at The Garibaldi Hotel from 9pm, with live sets from Jono & The Uke Dealers and Jimmy Pike & The Red Stars. https://www.northamptonmusicfestival.co.uk

PETE MORTON + GERALD CLARIDGE
Tuesday June 18th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Leicester-born folk singer-songwriter with a wealth of great songs that have been described as an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the folk tradition. “A revelation” says The Guardian. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT Wednesday, June 5th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English…

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT
Wednesday, June 5th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English folk singer with a remarkable voice, and a new solo project from the Candle Thieves keyboard wizard. Certified pop music for grown-ups. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE KEEPERS + NAKED NEXT DOOR
Friday June 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Twisted Wheel are back on the road with the ‘Nomad Hat Tour’. Twisted Wheel has grown into its name more than any other band. The real rock ‘n’ roll outfit had hit the kerb, was discarded by the one-size-fits-all industry and then self-sabotaged before bouncing back on a groove last year. Following on from a 90% sold-out ‘Snakes and Ladders’ tour, a Number 1 in the UK physical charts, Liam Gallagher support slots, Leeds Reading festivals and many more, the band hammered the year off with the phenomenal ‘Jonny Guitar’ tour. Without losing momentum, an album was recorded in Manchester in January and festival dates already confirmed for 2019: Leeds / Reading, The Highest Point, Kendal Calling, Y Not, Mosfest, and many more. The Nomad Hat Tour kicks off nationally on the 3rd May and finishes on the 15th Nov at the 1500 Capacity Manchester Ritz. Plus support from ShoeTown indie-psych quartet and indie rockers from Milton Keynes. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON + J KELLS
Friday June 7th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic Rock power trio return to the Lab, “Medieval Drum & Bass” from Pat Fish and friends, sensual ShoeTown singer and songwriter, and Jason Kells to kick things off. Doors 7pm, £3 members/£4 guests

BIG LAD + 72%
Friday June 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Big Lad are a “crushing electronics & drum duo” from London playing “high octane party bangers to the max”. 72% are “mostly horrible”. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + THE ABRAHAMS
Friday June 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The brotherhood deliver a combination of outstanding vocals, homemade guitar-esque inventions and driving, pounding rhythms backed by a seasoned vet of the drums. Supported the Kettering four-piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Friday June 7th
The Olde England, Northampton
Acoustic guitar and blues harmonica from this MK duo. Music from 9pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER
Friday June 7th
Peggottys Lounge, Fosters Booth
Original up and coming rock band from Northants playing a pub near Towcester. Go support them. Doors 8pm, free entry

WHSACC Summer Music Festival 2019
Friday June 7th – Sunday June 9th
Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club, Byfield
Multiple bands and acoustic performers appearing over the weekend, check out the Facebook event here

ORKA + WOVENLUNG + FACES OF EVE + EXPETYA
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [back room]
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is semi final part one. Doors 6pm , £7 tickets

TRY SUBVERSION
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [front bar]
Alternative punk rock from Leicester. Door 8pm, free entry

GOGO LOCO + DEM URBAN FOXES
Saturday June 8th 
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown rock’n’roll maraca’d trash goes eastwards for the Retro Beat night. Support from energetic Kettering acoustic duo. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WITCHDOKTORS + PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS + THE SNAKERATTLERS
Saturday June 8th 
The Kingfisher, Corby
Formed in 1992, the headliners have long established themselves as one of the UK’s leading rock’n’roll punk bands. Pussycat prowls both stage and audience to spread her infectious rock’n’roll. The ‘rattlers is a band comprising married couple Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Gott, who bring deathpunk, rockabilly, country, and traditional greaser rock and roll. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

ROZISM + NIGEL LEWIS + LEW BEAR + CAMERON GRACE + ZAHRA LUCY MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday June 9th
The Racecourse Pavillion, Northampton
Acoustic performances as part of the art and craft holistic fair. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 29th – Jun 4th

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA Thursday May 30th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good…

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA
Thursday May 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good alt-pop [and produced in ShoeTown by Ginger Snaps]. Doors 8pm, free entry

BISONS + VELVET ENGINE
Friday May 31st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A new gritty and groovy ShoeTown band consisting of Gregg Cave, Wes Manning, Duncan Coverdale, Kev Cox and Brendan O’Neil. Support from talented local singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

KELLY JANE
Friday May 31st
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Upbeat powerful soul-pop sounds, delivered with summer vibes. Music at 8.30pm, free entry

KRANKHEAD + L30 ROBINSON + POETIC HORROR + KIAO + XOV
Saturday June 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A big party with a soundtrack provided by the loosely-defined ‘NN808 Collective’, made up of upcoming artists within the NN hip-hop/electronic music scene. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + DEAD RESTLESS + GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT
Saturday June 1st
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Violet Fire album release show from the KTown pop-punkers. Support from similarly-inclined acts from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free

REAPER X + FETUS DESTRUCTION + THE KANZ + FUELED HATE
Saturday June 1st
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is heat 5. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

NINA HARRIES
Sunday June 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Inventive grooves and experimental sounds accompany Nina’s revelatory songwriting, which utilises her unique voice and double bass playing. Fact: Nina studied classical double bass at the Royal College of Music. 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 22nd – May 28th

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT Thursday May 23rd The King Billy, Northampton Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with…

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT
Thursday May 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with hooks dangling everywhere, and alt-rock from Leicester. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DEJA VEGA + CANDIDATES
Friday May 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Manchester-based trio playing gritty, guitar led psychedelia that it first-rate. Support from MK indie rockers with a reputation for great songs and charisma. Doors 8pm, free entry

CAST
Friday May 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Britpop veterans didn’t head off for long in 2001, reuniting to tour in 2010 and releasing album Troubled Times in 2012. Expect All Change classics and more. Doors 7.30pm  £25 tickets

ALL BETTER + BOXING DAY + TRAVERSE
Friday May 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Real Ghost Records special. Headliners from Brighton are a dirty pop trio with infectious melodies. Boxing Day are a five-piece pop punk band from Belgium. Openers are an indie punk band from Paris. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DARKHORSE + BRING THE ONSLAUGHT + A TITAN, A DEITY + FACES OF EVE
Friday 24th May
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage. Heat 4 brings bands from Aylesbury, Birmingham and Hertfordshire, as well as ShoeCounty. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY
Friday May 24th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
“The Pogues of the Midlands with a paddy punk twist”. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DUFF PADDY
Friday May 24th
Bradden Village Hall, nr Towcester
An acoustic duo consisting of Paul Tuthill on accordion, bodhrán and vocals, and Paul Mitchell on guitar and vocals. They play a blend of modern and traditional acoustic music combining instrumentals with ballads, both covers and original material covering Celtic and Alt.Country/Americana styles. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets from 01327860800.

HUMAN LEATHER + CHESTBURSTER + HACK JOB + VOIDLURKER + MORI LUCRUM
Saturday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
Raw bass punk noise from Brighton, thrash grind from Braintree, hardcore from Portsmouth, sludge doom from Birmingham, and noise drone from Kettering. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CORINNE LUCY + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday May 25th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
NI NI Sessions in Kettering, showcasing great NN singer-songwriters. 3pm til 6pm, free entry

JAYKAE
Sunday May 26th
The Loft Club, Kettering
One of the hottest names in the grime scene, from Birmingham, will play ‘Toothache’, ‘Moscow’, ‘Heartache’ and more. V.I.P packages/tables available. Doors 10pm, £7 tickets

DAN DAVIES + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday May 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
An evening of folk blues. Dan Davies is bassist for Wolf People, and He has recently finished recording his debut solo album. Guitarist and singer Joe Woolley has worked some seriously talented people, Bonnie Dobson, Tim Harries and Davy Graham, among others. He will mostly be performing material reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and JS Bach. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live review: Paul Young

PAUL YOUNG / SINEAD BURGESS Royal & Derngate, Northampton May 13th 2019 Putting a decidedly Antipodean twist on Americana is Brisbane born singer-songwriter Sinead Burgess. Accompanied only by an acoustic…

PAUL YOUNG / SINEAD BURGESS
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
May 13th 2019

Putting a decidedly Antipodean twist on Americana is Brisbane born singer-songwriter Sinead Burgess. Accompanied only by an acoustic guitar set opener ‘Tennessee Bound’ has a real forward motion, and there’s a lot of variety on display as next cut, ‘Praising God, Raising Hell’, is very Dylan-esque – both musically and in its lyrical astuteness. Interspersing her songs with confessional tales adheres Sinead to the crowd as does the bluesy ‘Momma Raised a Ramblin’ Man’, which segues nicely into a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’. In relocating to Nashville Sinead seems to have absorbed some of that environment and it gives her country tinged songs an authenticity, especially on latest single ‘Wild Flowers of Colorado’.

Some albums, perhaps unwittingly, really capture the spirit of the times and that’s certainly the case with Paul Young’s No Parlez. While it’s an album very much of its era it also has a timeless quality and this is due to the wide spectrum of influences it drew upon. As befitting of such a seminal album Paul is here to perform that record in full, and the rocky ‘Behind Your Smile’ is perfect as an opening salvo. Evidencing the wide palette from which No Parlez was painted the reggae influenced ‘Love of the Common People’ follows along with the chanting title track. Taking a few liberties with the original track listing his breakthrough solo smash ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)’ is welcomed like an old friend by an exuberant crowd, and precedes the funky ‘Iron Out the Rough Spots’. When No Parlez catapulted Paul Young into the mainstream the album was plundered for single after single, and in truth any track on this record would’ve troubled the charts. His cover of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ still seems a little daring but, by putting his own stamp on it ensures it nestles effortlessly alongside his own ‘Tender Trap’ and ‘Broken Man’. The Jack Lee penned ‘Sex’ brings the No Parlez section to a fitting end.

What follows is a crowd pleasing, career spanning set as Paul cherry picks tunes from his long career. Taking us back to his genesis a raucous run through of The Q Tips ‘Get ’em Up Joe’ gets the audience on their feet, before ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down’ almost takes the roof off the Derngate. Backed by his regular band ensures the songs are faithfully reproduced while simultaneously retaining a live edge. The addition of two female backing vocalists provide a nice foil to Paul’s blue-eyed soul but now oak-aged vocals. Quite fittingly ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ brings the show to a conclusion but, judging by some of the young folk present, this is really ‘hello’.

Peter Dennis

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 15th – May 21st

STILL REMAINS + YnT + LOKI Thursday May 16th The King Billy, Northampton A mix of sounds that remind you of Metallica, Thin Lizzy, and Saxon. Songs “that make you…

STILL REMAINS + YnT + LOKI
Thursday May 16th
The King Billy, Northampton
A mix of sounds that remind you of Metallica, Thin Lizzy, and Saxon. Songs “that make you bang your head and sing the chorus”. ShoeTown rock support too. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY + STREET SOLDIER + DJINOVA + MUTINY
Friday May 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Norwich deathcore giants tour the new album World Of Sludge, with metal support from the north-west, Coventry, and ShoeTown. Doors 6.45pm, £12 tickets

THEE TELEPATHS + VENUS FLY TRAP
Friday May 17th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
A clash between the heavy hitters. Psych/space/fuzz/noise rock four-piece from Kettering, promoting their 5* debut album The Velvet Night. Northampton post-punk/darkwave pioneers play songs from latest album Icon and the reissued 1988 debut Mars. Doors 8pm, free entry

THOMAS TRUAX + THE ANTELOIDS
Friday May 17th
The Lab, Northampton
American singer/musician, inventor and multi-media artist headlines, who performs with his evolving “band” of self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a pimped-up Dr. Seuss-ian Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’. Support from the funky, jazzy, freaky, tiki, low-down band from Rugby. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

TU KAY & RYAN
Friday May 17th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
NN musical duo, known for their lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THEATRE OF HATE
Saturday May 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate,and their debut double-A-side single, ‘Legion’/’Original Sin’, topped the independent chart. Debut album Westworld, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. They split to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band does resurface over the years to play some shows. Doors 7pm, £17.50 tickets

NORTHAMPTON PRIDE
Saturday May 18th
The Market Square, Northampton
Residents are invited to join Northampton’s LGBTQ Forum, to highlight the LGBTQ community, businesses and support organisations. Joe Payne, Sarah-Jayne, Koola, and more provide the music alongside the food and activity stalls. 12pm to 5pm, free 

FAMILY OF NOISE
Saturday May 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Corby purveyors of post-punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets and advocates of three being the magic number. Doors 8pm, free entry 

CALIBURN + LOUZADA + JACK & SALLY
Saturday May 18th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Heat Three of Bloodstock Festival’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ concept, giving unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at this year’s Festival. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HAZEYJANE
Saturday May 18th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The folk quartet will be playing three 45 minute sets, between 3pm and 6pm. Free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live review: slowthai

slowthai The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes May 7th 2019 It’s Champions League semi-final second leg night. slowthai’s second favourite team Liverpool [he’s a Cobbler, don’t you know] are already 3-0…

slowthai
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
May 7th 2019

It’s Champions League semi-final second leg night. slowthai’s second favourite team Liverpool [he’s a Cobbler, don’t you know] are already 3-0 down from the first leg. They have been belittled everywhere over the past week. And for Liverpool you could read slowthai’s hometown of Northampton in the past couple of years. The football team were relegated in 2018, amid bafflement at how they’ve managed to lose a £10.25 million loan from the Borough Council. On top of all that the County Council declared itself “effectively bankrupt”. The bottom of the pile is real gritty, as slowthai tells us.

As tonight’s show progresses our 99p rapper is getting score updates. “It’s 3 nil to us now! No way!” That wide smile creeps just a little wider. He’s fired up for this short run of small venue dates: his way of connecting with the fans he loves so dearly, on as even keel as can be had. Everyone expects him to go interstellar when his debut album Nothing Great About Britain drops, and fans will struggle to get such close-ups again.

This gig is an explosive mix of righteous anger at the state our nation, and a celebration of youth recognising one of their own flawed companions. The man born Tyron Frampton is a constantly whirling physical presence, aided by his balaclava-clad hype man [and regular producer] Kwesi Darko. Sweat levels get exponential pretty much from the off, when ‘Polaroid’s “Kodak moment/Polaroid picture/Shake it, yeah yeah yeah” refrain initiates.

Over eleven songs here his people bounce, take videos, and shout choreographed banter/faux abuse at each other. He splits the crowd, sets up mosh pits, and generally directs us with the touch of an old-style film auteur. His Freddie Mercury-esque vocal call-and-response bit is so funny even he can’t get to the end of it without falling into hysterics. Then mid-set he reveals a unnamed and unreleased collaboration with US rapper Denzel Curry, hinting at future travels beyond the album already. The two 24 year-olds reaching across the Atlantic sounded like an enticing prospect.

‘Doorman’ is blistering, natch, and once the swirling mosh settles there’s a dozen people up on stage with him. It’s his party and we can most definitely come in, it seems – and all for the price of a cone with flake.

slowthai is the 4-0 surprise victory that changes the course of history. This is another gorgeous moment to highlight him. The Shoe Army marches on.

SETLIST:
Polaroid
Drug Dealer
GTFOMF
Mayday
IDGAF
North Nights
Inglorious
T N Biscuits
Doorman
Unnamed collaboration with Denzel Curry
Gorgeous

Words by Phil Moore. Photos by David Jackson.

Nothing Great About Britain is out May 17th. Pre-order here

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 8th – May 14th

PIQUED JACKS Wednesday May 8th The Lab, Northampton Alt-rock band from Italy. With a secret support act…Doors 8pm, free entry SONARS + SAD DRONE Thursday May 9th The Lamplighter, Northampton…

PIQUED JACKS
Wednesday May 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Alt-rock band from Italy. With a secret support act…Doors 8pm, free entry

SONARS + SAD DRONE
Thursday May 9th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Two-piece electro-psych outfit from Brighton/Italy, plus improvised ambient soundscapes from the team of Joshua Ryan, Joel Harries and Joe Brown. Doors 8pm, free entry

NORTHAMPTON FOLK FESTIVAL
Friday May 10th – Sunday May 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Three days of acoustic strumming and real ale. Perfect for these Game Of Thrones end days. Times vary, £2 per day

SECRET AFFAIR + SQUIRE
Friday May 10th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Glory Boys 40th anniversary tour for the mod revivalists, whose debut single ‘Time For Action’ reached number 13 in the UK chart. Squire released the first single of the genre, ‘Get Ready to Go’, in March 1979. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS + THE BIGHEAD + JIMMY PIKE & THE REDSTARS
Friday May 10th
The Lab, Northampton
Cardiff ska/reggae headliners come to Northampton for the first time to get people up and dancing. Support from Northants pop-reggae group, and the left-leaning political dub/reggae instrumentalists. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

MONARCHS + BLOOD-VISIONS + NAILBREAKER
Saturday May 11th
Club 43, Northampton
Loud and heavy Kettering three-piece headline the ‘Rebel Waltz’ night. Support from ShoeTown “technicolour hardcore” band and the NN10 digital hardcore man of the moment. Doors 8pm; free before 9pm, £4 after

ORANGE CLOCKS + TRIPSPACE
Saturday May 11th
Windmill Club, Rushden
A night of psychedelic delights, with all proceeds going to Rushden Mind, a local charity. Doors 7.30pm, donations

EXPETYA + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + THE CREATURE WITHIN + WOVENLUNG
Saturday May 11th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the festival. Doors 6pm,  £5 tickets

THE ELECTRIC SIX
Tuesday May 14th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
One of the best live bands around, the band have a range of influences from new romantic to metal and a bit of disco thrown in for good measure. The Jack White-featuring breakthrough single ‘Danger! High Voltage’ was a disco-laden indie club banger that thrust the band into international acclaim and MTV stardom. The band followed up with one of the most quotable songs of all time, ‘Gay Bar’, and it’s tongue-in-cheek video took the band into another stratosphere completely. Doors 7.30pm, £16.50 tickets

 

 

 

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CORDWAINERS + THE SECRET MAGPIES + HUMBLEBEE Wednesday May 1st Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Kontra Roots present the highly accomplished Earls Barton-based folk band, a multi-instrumental prog-folk duo from Loughborough, and delicate,…

CORDWAINERS + THE SECRET MAGPIES + HUMBLEBEE
Wednesday May 1st
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Kontra Roots present the highly accomplished Earls Barton-based folk band, a multi-instrumental prog-folk duo from Loughborough, and delicate, quirky songs from the Kettering harmony duo. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

VELVET ENGINE + AMII DAWES
Thursday May 2nd
The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton
A night of acoustic storytelling. VE is the brainchild of Latina Northamptonian San-D Godoy, who plays yearning alt-folk. Dawes is a singer-songwriter from Northampton, inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Doors 7pm, £5.50 tickets

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + THE BOPHINS
Thursday May 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Art rock and new wave sounds from a pair of Northampton’s unsung heroes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + THE DRUNKEN MANDEM + KRANKHEAD + WE ARE GIANTS
Friday May 3rd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
‘Swine’ music video fundraiser, with some rock, rap and a little bit of trap. Help the Northampton team of producers, directors, musicians and more create an explosive music video for The Big Dirty. This show is notable for the return to the live scene of The Drunken Mandem, so shake a leg folks. Doors 7pm, £7.50 tickets

DAN PIGEON + BABY LUNG + BRAZEN FOXES
Friday May 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Local music to set your 2019 to. Lo-fi art-rock from Rushden way, ShoeTown’s jazz-inspired indie-pop, and the Daventry-area indie rock trio open proceedings in the basement. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KING PURPLE + THE BARRATTS + ODDITY ISLAND
Friday May 3rd
Our Lady’s Catholic Social Club [aka the KK Club], Corby
‘Time Alone’ EP release show from the fast-rising local blues-grunge trio, with indie support from the towns of Northampton and Kettering. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + NAKED NEXT DOOR + BABY LUNG + HUBCAP
Saturday May 4th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Bank holiday beer festival time at the Pomfret. Stellar Northampton and MK rock and indie music to accompany the process. Doors 7:30pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + HUMBLEBEE
Saturday May 4th
The Lab, Northampton
Lunaxis are a local indie-pop band with influences of folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Rose conveys his twisted brand of good-time rock and blues. Harmony duo openers offer delicate, quirky songs. Doors 8pm, £3 members/£4 guests

THE FILTHY TONGUES + FAMILY OF NOISE + SPIKE THE POET
Saturday May 4th
Our Lady’s Catholic Social Club [aka the KK Club], Corby
“Country Goth”/post-punk from Edinburgh. Featuring ex members of Angelfish and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Elements of Bowie and Nick Cave, but very much doing their own thing. Support from excellent local instrumental trio, and local poetry to begin with. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

MIA & THE MOON
Saturday May 4th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The Ratcliffe sisters Laura and Mary are a harmony folk/pop duo from Leicester. 3pm to 6pm, free entry

THE ROCKET DOLLS + RYDERS CREED + EMPYRE
Sunday May 5th
The King Billy, Northampton
The ‘RPM Take Over Tour’ involves three killer bands from the Rock People Management stable.  Post-grunge from Brighton, hard rock from Staffordshire, and powerhousre rock from ShoeTown. Music kicks off 6pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Sunday May 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
More beer festival entertainment, with original ShoeTown jazz band. Time TBA, free entry

GINA PULBOS + CIARAN REDMOND + JD BLUES + CAMERON GRACE + JACOB BRAITHWAITE
Monday May 6th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic music from a variety of sources. Again, do drink beer. Time TBA, free entry

CHRIS CLEVERLY + STAINED GLASS BLUEGRASS
Tuesday May 7th
Old White Hart, Northampton
The alt-folk songwriter offers an exposé of new material. Cleverly has four years of extensive touring under his belt, and follows the blueprint of heroes Nic Jones and John Martyn. Support are a lively bluegrass quartet based in Warwickshire. Doors 8pm, £8 entry

 

 

 

 

 

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