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Photos: Matt Hollywood & the Bad Feelings

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings played The Lab in Northampton last Sunday, supported by King Purple. Hollywood is a former member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the modern psych…

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings played The Lab in Northampton last Sunday, supported by King Purple. Hollywood is a former member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the modern psych legends who played Northampton back in 2008. The well-received band played a blissed-out set, something akin to the Sterling Morrison-era Velvet Underground.

Here are some photos of the evening, courtesy of David Jackson.

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

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE Wednesday September 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and…

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE
Wednesday September 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and indie country-folk duo from Thrapston. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FRESH + ME REX + ASH ELLIS + DANIEL CHURCH
Friday September 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Singalong punk [playing acoustic versions of their album from last year], acoustic-pop/synth-punk, folk punk with speaking bits, and finally a singer known from La Folivora/Knees/Thems The Brakes/The Massive Let-Downs. Doors 7pm, free entry

CIARAN REDMOND
Friday September 7th
The Lab, Northampton
The singer-songwriter hosts an EP launch event [available on CD on the night], with friends in support. Doors 7pm, £3 entry

LUNA ROSA + THE KEEPERS + SKIRT
Friday September 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ Tour continues, dropping into The Garibaldi in Northampton with modpunk and indiepunk friends. A night of dirty guitars awaits you. Doors 8pm, free entry

GERALD CLARIDGE
Friday September 7th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Frisson is the folk-pop debut album from one third of Gentlemen’s Relish, and out on this day. A full ensemble performance is promised. Doors 7.30pm, £5 on the door.

ILLUSIVE FESTIVAL
Friday September 7th – Sunday September 9th
Deene Park, nr. Corby
The across-the-board dance music festival is in it’s fifth year now. It’s mostly DJs and MCs, though there is some live performances too, many of them on The Clock Tower stage. Looks out for The Skints, The Four Owls, Natty, Artful Dodger, Mungo’s Hi Fi, The Freestylers, and GypsyUnit, amongst others. Doors 10am each day , £115 weekend tickets

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY
Saturday September 8th
Rockingham Motor Speedway, nr. Corby
The Hootenanny is back for it’s third instalment. One full day filled with live original music, entertainment and good vibes throughout. The Rocked Up Main Stage has Arcane Roots, InMe, Press to MECO, ACODA, Palm Reader, KOYO, Veins, Wars, Fights & Fires, Sharkteeth Grinder, Haema, and The Touch. The YUK Tent has Jamie Lenman, Bloody Knees, The Scruff, King Purple, Sarpa Salpa, Luna Rosa, Monarchs, Century City, Skirt, The Modern Age, and Penelope Tree. The Hip-Hop Stage has Flame Griller, CompreHend, an Untouchables Records special, and much more. Doors from midday, £25 tickets

VINCENT VEGA BAND + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday September 8th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Raising money to support to victims of discrimination and hate crime. Alternative/indie vibes from two sets of NN musical stalwarts. Doors 7.30pm, pay as you feel

REAPER X + FUELED HATE + UNITRA
Saturday September 8th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Corby metallers with the slightly-new name headline, with fellow Corby – and Kettering – metal supports. Doors 7pm, £4 on the door

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 29th – Sep 4th

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS Friday August 31st The Roadmender, Northampton Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing…

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS
Friday August 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing fellow Lincoln metallers Borders along for the ride. Northampton/MK/Swindon supports. Doors 6.45pm, £9 tickets

POPES OF CHILLITOWN + EASYDREAD + DOOZER McDOOZE 
Friday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
A night of skanking from some of the best party bands from around the country: ska-punk from London, reggae from Bedfordshire, and Southend folkpunk. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

LAST CHANCE + WISHING WOLF + THE 182s
Friday August 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Pop-punk/emo shenanigans, three ways. Doors 8pm, free entry

DON LETTS DJ SET
Saturday September 1st
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The former Big Audio Dynamite member and DJ extraordinaire plays upstairs at the Brad. In the late ’70s he was the DJ that singlehandedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. Doors 9pm, £10 tickets

THE KEEPERS + SKIRT + GOGO LOCO + CANDIDATES + CHRIS WATSON (THE MOONS) + DUNCAN CRAVEN + MAD MODS AND ENGLISHMEN
Saturday September 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Charity all-dayer raising money for The Harry Matthew’s Small Bowel Transplant Trust. A day of live bands and DJ’s and hoping to raise as much money as possible. Doors 1pm, free entry [donations requested]

P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday September 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Baggy-funksters P-Hex have “reluctantly” decided to allow the release of their debut album Quantum Funkanics [insert review quote]. To celebrate this “brave but ultimately foolhardy act” they play live at The Lab, with the fearless chiptune-tastic Little Bitboy in support. The album will be on sale this evening “for anybody brave enough to purchase”. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

CRAIG DAVID + RITA ORA
Saturday September 1st
The County Ground, Northampton
Pop-tastic fun with the original bo selecta, with the R&B princess in support. Doors 4pm, tickets from £20

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND + THE DUKES OF BORDELLO + GESTALT
Saturday September 1st
The White Hart, Corby
“Seductive, slow burn narco rock…” or “channelling the moody atmospherics of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”. Singer and guitarist Jim Jones’ distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Support from trashcan rock’n’roll troubadours from the wrong side of town, and electro art punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LUNA ROSA + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday September 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Brash guitars and a touch of nihilism from Corby’s Luna Rosa, who continue their ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ tour, bringing it to Kettering with some friends on board. D.I.Y lo-fi psych sounds for the soul from Mundays, whilst Oddity Island bear the gift of oft-kilter folk rock. 8pm doors, free entry

THE ALMIGHTY UPRISERS + SPIRIT BOMB + CRASH INDUCTION
Saturday September 1st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
This will be No Rest Promotions penultimate gig at the Horseshoe. Headliners come from the north-east, a five-piece Anti-Fascist edgy ska/punk/reggae band. Support from Brum’s energetic punks and MK party punkers. Doors 8pm, free entry

MATT HOLLYWOOD & THE BAD FEELINGS + KING PURPLE
Sunday September 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Beginning in 1991 with infamous psych-rock provocateurs The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood has trodden many musical paths over the last two and a half decades. From deceptively accessible BJM standouts like ‘Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, to the tripped-out folk pop of The Out Crowd, and the hazy elegance of Rebel Drones, Hollywood’s songwriting has wandered through multiple genres, the playful experimentation always grounded in a core of earnest emotion. Support from Corby grungedelica trio who are making waves. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

ROSS ALEXANDER II + VELVET ENGINE + THE STRAW HORSES
Sunday September 2nd
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
A new venue for The Songwriter Sessions, but still three feature-length sets by some of Northamptonshire’s most talented songwriters in a quiet place where music takes centre stage. This time its the singer and songwriter of The Abrahams, San-D Godoy’s yearning alt-folk, and darkly delicious expertly crafted folk from Rob Bray and Corinne Lucy. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

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

JENNY JOY Wednesday August 22nd The King Billy, Northampton Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry SHAMBALA FESTIVAL Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th Secret…

JENNY JOY
Wednesday August 22nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry

SHAMBALA FESTIVAL
Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th
Secret country estate, somewhere in Northamptonshire
“Adventures in utopia” only if you were early/clever enough to book tickets to this sold out festival, now in it’s 19th year.

THE PIG AND APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Sunday August 26th
Naseby Reservoir, Naseby
Seventh edition of the festival, with proceeds going to MS therapy centre. Friday brings The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Ichi Creator, Rt. Reverend Swifty Lezarre, and The Hatstand Band, Saturday brings Paddy Steer, Yama Warashi, La Sonora Boreal, The Unseen, Stupid Boots, Laine Hines, Augenwasser, and Delightful Young Mothers, whilst Sunday sees Will French, C. Joynes, A Noble Ghost, The Shady, Behind The Settee, and Nash Meghgi perform. Doors 2pm each day; £15 day tickets on Friday and Sunday, £20 on Saturday. £30 weekend camping tickets, £35 weekend campervan. Tickets from https://applestock.co.uk

DEVIANT AMPS + FAERIES UNDERSTAND COSMIC KNOWLEDGE + SPIRAL NAVIGATORS + THE CHAOS SURFERS
Friday August 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Space rock special night, featuring bands from London and Sheffield. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREENBELT FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Monday August 27th
Boughton House, nr. Kettering
Four days of artistry, activism, and belief. Resident artist this time is Pussy Riot. Too many acts to list, but the headliners each day are Carol Ann Duffy, We Are Scientists, Ozomatli, and CC Smugglers. Day tickets £22-£59, weekend tickets £50-£190 – from http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets

WISHING WOLF + LOOSE TOOTH + PENELOPE TREE
Friday August 24th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
A night of pop-punk and grungecore from Kettering, Northampton and High Wycombe. Doors 7pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + POWDERHEAD + THE MODERN AGE
Friday August 24th
The White Hart, Corby
A night of acoustic rock, metal, and indie rock to help kick off the bank holiday. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW + DON CAMPBELL
Saturday August 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a massive party at The Roadmender.  On the night they will be playing their original reggae songs from back in the day to the present. Special guests include Hussla D (Jah Troopers, Inspiration FM), Set It Off Sound, and ex-member of the Crew Zebby Melody. Plus special guest support from Londoner Don Campbell, the lovers rock singer. All hosted by Mark Dean from Inspiration FM. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

B-MOVIE BRITZ + EASTFIELD + JONNY AND THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + HEADSTONE HORRORS + OVERLOAD + SPRAINER + WRECK-AGE
Saturday August 25th
The Bear, Northampton
Punk alldayer at The Bear, raising money for Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. Bands are from Corby, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Peterborough. All animals are welcome with the pub providing a hydration station. Doors 2pm, free entry (donation recommended)

YUK ALL-DAYER
Saturday August 25th
The White Hart, Corby
All day bonanza in the beer garden, featuring Candidates, Oddity Island, Mundays, Bad Girlfriend, Drinsipa, Shaun Flynn [Good Apples], and Ethan Kenna. Doors 3pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + P.HEX
Saturday August 25th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Double ShoeTown pleasure for your Saturday night: arty and melodic grunge, plus baggy-funk chancers promoting their long-awaited debut album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 8pm, free entry

JACOB BRATHWAITE + RYAN DAVIDSON + MATTHEW NICK PAWLUK + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + ISAAC WALTERS + PAUL STRUMMER + JACK DONOVAN + MARNIE CHAMBERS
Saturday August 25th
The Olde Englande, Wellingborough
HOP Events bring you an afternoon with some of your favourite local acts. Doors midday, free entry

DAVID J
Sunday August 26th
Beck Studios, Wellingborough
In 1979 Bauhaus cut five tracks at Beck Studios in Wellingborough, including ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. They would return to the studio to record several other tracks, including the deconstructed cover of T-Rex’s ‘Telegram Sam’. Also, after the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, David J made two solo albums there. He returns to play an acoustic set of that material, plus highlights from throughout his career. Andrew Brooksbank [author of Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask] will also conduct and orchestrate an interview and Q&A session. Doors 8pm, $65.88 tickets [about £52]

ALAN TYLER + MRS PILGRIMM
Monday August 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. El Tapado is his new solo album, which he describes as “post-truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies”. Mrs Pilgrimm – aka Sophie Williams – is best known for her beguiling solo sets where she has developed a unique approach to combining the cello, voice and looping. Think Laurie Anderson meets Arthur Russell. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

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

THE HERO DIES FIRST + SUNFALL + WITHIN GUILT Wednesday August 15th The King Billy, Northampton Melodic Bedford metallers do a tour warm-up show at the Billy, with support from…

THE HERO DIES FIRST + SUNFALL + WITHIN GUILT
Wednesday August 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic Bedford metallers do a tour warm-up show at the Billy, with support from Guildford post-metalcore quartet and Bedford nu-metallers. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday August 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Nu breed of open mic for up-and-coming artists from Northampton; from the worlds of grime, UK hip hop, spoken word, freestyles, singers, and beatboxers. Feauturung Roll Blunt and a whole host of performers. Put your name down by messaging the page if interested. Doors 8pm, donations on the door

KATIE SPENCER
Thursday August 16th
Karmana Restaurant, Northampton
Hull-based alt-folk singer-songwriter Katie plays the Kingsley Park-area vegan restaurant. “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats”. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets. Karmana is a small place and limited seating available so do book

GYPSYFINGERS
Thursday August 16th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Ethereal folk-rock and pop band founded by Victoria and Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield), two artists whose influences contradict in a way which only highlights each element. Victoria’s classical training and love of dance music fuses with Luke’s folk and rock background to create a fresh sound of their own. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE SECRET GARDEN FESTIVAL
Friday August 17th – Saturday August 18th
Finedon Independent Wesleyan Church, nr Wellingborough
The second Secret Garden festival: three stages of live music, comedy and performance poetry, stalls and merchandise. Acts still to be announced. Hosted by comedian/poet Joe Fisher. Doors 2pm each day, £6 tickets

THE UMBRELLA FAIR’S TEA ON THE LAWN
Saturday August 18th – Sunday August 19th
UFO Pavillion, Northampton
The Umbrella Fair Festival on The Racecourse is a stripped-down affair this year, restricted to the Pavillion surroundings. There acoustic acts over the two days during the daytime, then special guests in the evenings. You get: Mark Teulon, Helen Virell, Dun Wiv Whiskey, Duncan Bissatt, Paul Strummer, Harrison Coleman, Amii Dawes, Vickii Stocker, Steve Birks, Rebecca Ryan, Crybb, Laura Baker, Beth Parker, Myjaike, and Kenneth J Nash, Inta Africa, and Jimmy Pike and the Red Stars [Saturday], then Alchemy, Tim Jon Brophy, Scott Walters, Hazeyjane, Oakleas Rise, Josh Wylie, Dynamix, Terry Slade, Wildflower Rogue, Pete Hatfield, Robyn Wilson, The Blue Foundation, Drones Club, Kings Gambit, and Repro Jam Squad [Sunday]. Music from midday, free entry

THE GREY DOG FESTIVAL
Saturday August 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Mental health charity awareness day. Mainstage acts are The Brandy Thieves, S.G. Wolfgang, Siobhan Mazzei, Stevie Jones & The Wildfires, The Abrahams, Kenneth J Nash, Hazeyjane, Amii Dawes, Charlotte Carpenter, Hippolyta’s Moon, Homeless Shakespeare, and Scott Walters. There’s a hip hop/spoken word stage and acoustic stage too. Doors from midday, free entry

KRANKSCHAFT + ELECTRIC CAKE SALAD + VERT:X + DEVIANT AMPS + COYOTE GROVE 
Saturday August 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A psychedelic, acid punk, electro space rock extravaganza featuring acts from Cambridge, Tamworth, Birkenhead, London, and Stourbridge. Doors 5pm, £10 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR
Saturday August 18th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Formed in Northampton in the early 1980s [current location: Northampton, Brighton, Yorkshire and Austria], the GU make twisted anti-authoritarian rocking blues. Think The Sweet meets Dr John. Doors 9pm, free entry

CRAZYHEAD + MYSTERY ACTION + SPITTING FEATHERS
Saturday August 18th
The White Hart, Corby
Crazyhead are an English indie, “grebo”, garage-rock band from Leicester, formed in 1986. Their songs ranged in theme from trenchant social commentary to the surreal, but always with an underlying vein of black humour, and they are renowned for their live performances. Support is voodoo rock’n’roll [also from Leicester], and disco glam punk from Corby itself. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

SHIRE FEST
Saturday August 18th
The Shire Horse, Corby
Shire Fest returns, featuring music from Prisoner, Doozer, The 182’s, Black Wave, Shadow On The Sun, Skirt and Tommy Crawford. Doors midday, tickets are £4 from inside the pub [under 14’s are free]

WILL WHISSON
Sunday August 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Having spent the best part of two years living out the back of a van and gigging across Europe, Will Whisson has returned to his Kentish roots to concentrate on writing new material while also gigging around the county. His recent solo live sets feature a brand new electric sound which sees him triggering samples and beats from his loop pedal to provide a refreshing foundation for his custom Fender Strat to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Doors 3pm, free entry

 

 

 

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

SNAKERATTLERS + JOE GO LOCO Friday August 10th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton A couple of primitive rock’n’roll duos who have emerged from previous forms. York-based Snakerattlers were recently The Franceens, and…

SNAKERATTLERS + JOE GO LOCO
Friday August 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A couple of primitive rock’n’roll duos who have emerged from previous forms. York-based Snakerattlers were recently The Franceens, and the duo mix-up rockabilly, garage and gum-chewing greaser rock and roll. Closer to home are ex-Mobbs ShoeTown duo Joe and Cheadle, who dish out maraca-driven rhythm’n’roll [tonight it’s a solo set from Joe though]. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + FAMILY OF NOISE + FATBWOI
Friday August 10th
The Romany, Northampton
Acoustic-driven rock from ShoeCounty, Corby instrumental post-punk types, and gonzo alt-rock from MK way make up a formidable-sounding night out. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

VINCENT VEGA BAND + THE SUNCHYMES
Friday August 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Lo-fi indie quartet – with added violin – play the front bar. Sunshine pop support. Doors 8pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday August 11th
Barratts, Northampton
Reggae outfit Mystic Crew headline a day of music, with rum cocktails and Jerk BBQ available. Show at 9pm, free entry

WOODFEST
Saturday August 11th – Sunday August 12th
Irchester Country Park, Irchester
A beautiful, tranquil setting with some humdingers to listen and watch: Oddity Island, Lunaxis, Sarpa Salpa, Reggaematik, Vikki Clayton, Kenneth J Nash, Luke Broughton, The Bighead, The Abrahams, Stevie Jones & The WildfiresKezzabelle Ambler, The Red Triangle, Tom Rose & The Heathen Orchestra, Crybb, Rebecca Ryan, Jess Orestand, Veins, Hazeyjane, James Watt & The Avenues, Tim Brophy, Carterdolby, Lew Bear, Whale, Blood Moon, Steve Birks, Kevin Hewick, Sam Stopps, Rogue State Circus, Vickii Stocker, Dunn Wiv Whiskey, Woolford Scott, Hippolyta’s Moon, Ian Lynn Palmer, The Secret Magpies, Andy Griffiths, Paul Strummer, Michael Kinder, Helen Verrill, Mark Carver, and Josh Wylie. 11am-7pm, free entry [parking charges apply]

EQUATA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday August 11th
EquATA, Grafton Underwood [nr Kettering]
Equata use horses as part of therapy treatment, and they host their annual Fun Day. There’s an Old Hotel Records showcase in the evening, with Kenneth J. Nash, Oddity Island, Miyagi Car Wash, The Abrahams, Veins, Crybb, Kezzabelle Ambler, and Rebecca Ryan. Event from 10am, music from 8pm. Free entry

LISA O’NEILL + PAUL McCLURE
Saturday August 11th
The Old Forge, Cranford
The last ever Sofa Sessions see the singer-songwriter from Ireland play songs from her latest, Potholes In The Sky. Support from the Rutland troubadour with his Americana sounds. Doors 7.30pm, tickets available from thesofasessions@live.ie via PayPal (£15)

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Photos: The Schizophonics

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in…

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in both senses. They left town with a even more fans than before, with another jaw-dropping incendiary performance.  Here are a few photos taken by David Jackson.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 1st – Aug 7th 2018

DAN KNIGHT + BURNING CODES Friday August 3rd The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton Northampton singer-songwriter who tugs at the heartstrings launches his ‘Breakthrough’ EP with a live show.  Support from Peterborough-based…

DAN KNIGHT + BURNING CODES
Friday August 3rd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Northampton singer-songwriter who tugs at the heartstrings launches his ‘Breakthrough’ EP with a live show.  Support from Peterborough-based Snow Patrol-esque band. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

HATSTAND BAND + AMII DAWES + KENNETH J NASH
Friday August 3rd
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Monthly ‘Songwriter Sessions’ night to celebrate the art of songwriting. “Listen without being disturbed by rowdy chatterboxes”. Hatstand Band bring you dark songs with stomping beats delivered with a warm smile. Amii Dawes is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. Nash has an intuitive gift for self-reflection and humble view of the world woven into a stream of beautiful melodies. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

FUTURE LOVE + EX-PETS + CITRUS
Friday August 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Warming up for the release of their third EP, you should expect the usual emo, noise, sweat, and falling over each other from the headliners. Even more noise from the main support, and openers are the new kids on the block who are impressing everyone so far. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE TOUCH + WISHING WOLF + ODDITY ISLAND
Friday August 3rd
The Yards, Kettering
Classic pop-rock from your headliners, emo/pop-punk from the middle pack, and psychedelic folk from your starters. All three are worthy of your time, so no excuses. Doors 6.30pm, free entry

GARDEN OPEN MIKE
Saturday August 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Mike Kinder has gotten together another cracking line-up for his one-day festival, booking 20 acts over the two outdoor stages at the Prince. Main stage performers include Stephen Ridley, Jump The Shark, John Dhali, The Covasettes, Elle Delaney & The Komodo Quartet, Alex Hulme, Robyn Wilson, Ryan Nicklin, Jonathan Parks, Mio Flux & Patchy The Rockstar, Vincent J Rigney, Dan Zeshan, and The Barbershop Boys. Over on the Yard stage is Sam Wray, Anna-Sophie, Romain Trojani, Marcus Marooth, Georgina Timms, Leslie Wink, Yohan Yohan, and Josh Hardacre. Doors 12.30pm, £8 tickets

DRINSIPA + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + I CAN, I CAN’T + ACOLYTES
Saturday August 4th
The Lab, Northampton
Corby lads launch their epic, raucous new single [which you can hear this Friday on this very site], with support from their similarly-inclined hardcore friends. Doors 7pm, £4 entry

REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday August 4th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The NN funk machine support ’70s jazz-funk legends Fatback Band at a ‘Back To The Old School’ party. Doors 9pm, £20 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + CORINNE LUCY + REBECCA BUCKLY + OAKLEAS RISE
Saturday August 4th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Another Ni Ni sessions night of acoustic singer-songwriters. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

PAT FISH [THE JAZZ BUTCHER]
Saturday August 4th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Do you like your melodies sweet and your humour as black as pitch? Then The Jazz Butcher is your man. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE BARDIC PICNIC
Sunday August 5th
Beckets Park, Northampton
The annual festival to find a Bard of Northampton. There will be stages for bands, solo musicians, dance, as well as spoken word performers of all kinds. Confirmed musical performers are Mark Gresty, Helen Verrill, Kimmerbelly, Cameron Grace, Billy Nomad, Ian Lovell, Lew Bear, Kenneth J Nash, Woolford Scott, Taylor Smith, Jono And The Uke Dealers, Josh Wylie, and The VHS Pirates. Kicks off at midday, free entry

KIERON FARROW + JOE WOOLEY + GLYN FINCH + BLOOD MOON
Sunday August 5th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
An intimate afternoon of live acoustic music from the local talent of the shire. There’s a vintage apparel fair on upstairs concurrently too. Doors 2pm, free entry

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + THRIFT STREET + BETWEEN THE LINES
Sunday August 5th
The King Billy, Northampton
Four-piece ShoeTown pop-punks up top and in the middle, with five-piece Bedfordshire heavy pop-punk band below to get you in the mood. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE SCHIZOPHONICS + THE BOPHINS
Monday August 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Explosive San Diego band. Their frenzied live performances tap into the same unstoppable combination of rock ‘n’ roll energy and showmanship that fuelled the MC5 and James Brown. Support from ShoeTown glam-garage rockers The Bophins. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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Can legend Damo Suzuki plays Northampton show this autumn

Damo Suzuki, Krautrock legend and lead vocalist [1970–1973] of pioneering German band Can, brings his Damo Suzuki’s Network project to Northampton. The ‘Network’ will be made up of local musicians, otherwise…

Damo Suzuki, Krautrock legend and lead vocalist [1970–1973] of pioneering German band Can, brings his Damo Suzuki’s Network project to Northampton. The ‘Network’ will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. Damo’s network project has taken place in 43 different countries with more than 7,000 musicians, making every show is different and unique.

Damo Suzuki’s Network play The Garibaldi Hotel on Bailiff St on Thursday November 1st.

Local sound carriers for Northampton have been confirmed as Josh Ryan [Little Bitboy], Joel Harries [72%, Sad Drone], Sophie Williams [Mrs Pilgrimm] Dave Crawford [Kinship], and Adam Gammage [Tom Grennan, Kinship].

Tickets are priced £10 and are on sale now.

 

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Twinfest 2018: The Review

TWINFEST July 26th – 29th 2018 Northampton THURSDAY, THE GUILDHALL So here it is, Northampton’s best reason to believe in grassroots culture. The annual event celebrates all that is special…

TWINFEST
July 26th – 29th 2018
Northampton

THURSDAY, THE GUILDHALL
So here it is, Northampton’s best reason to believe in grassroots culture. The annual event celebrates all that is special about the acts from the twin towns of Poitiers, Marburg, and Northampton. It’s the antithesis of Brexit. Twinfest is *deep breath* truly something to believe in, that gives short shrift to any notion of this town being a “cultural black hole”. Twinfest is the actualisation that this is, indeed, a talented music town.

This year the excitement was more pronounced once it was announced that the opening night’s festivities would take place at the Guildhall, the neo-gothic council building at the heart of this market town. The Great Hall there hasn’t seen regular gigs for around 25 years, and many people present tonight remark that this is their first concert here. Let’s hope it isn’t their last…

Keiron Farrow kicks off proceedings on the warmest day of the year so far. It was toching to see people make the effort to come to this indoor event so early, as it was still about 30 degrees at this point! Farrow has the sort of voice that was built to soar in such environs. His jazzy blues numbers, played with much dexterity on his acoustic guitar, transfix the audience. His recent EP title track ‘Roundabout Queen Eleanor’ is apt, considering there’s a mural of said queen a few metres from where he stands. He slips in a cover of Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ at the end – bringing local music heritage into the present [Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley was born and raised in ShoeTown, you see].

Hyll are a desert rock trio from Marburg, and they crank things up a gear immediately. They lock into a groove straight away and never let up, giving the growing audience an opportunity to witness heavy rock that could shake the very foundations of this building. And whilst walls remain solidly in place, the Twinfest banner does decide to fall on their drummer during their opening song. They continue on regardless, and such stoicism wins the crowd over immediately.

Drinsipa have something to measure themselves by then, and they do their utmost to reciprocate the intensity of Hyll. They achieve this with aplomb, showcasing their grungy hardcore to the sweaty hordes. Now playing as a trio rather than a duo, new single ‘DOP’ is a raucous, epic number, and a definite set highlight.

Drinsipa

The Flims are an indie-pop quartet from Marburg, running a nice line in group harmonising. The sound is very much of the ’00s variety, the songs of Mumford & Sons or Razorlight played to a disco beat. The party vibes are in attendance when they play ‘Sometime Forgetting Is Better Than Healing’, and they can be sure they’ve made many new fans tonight.

The final of the travelling trio tonight is Poitiers trio Mantras. Guitarist-singer Pierre does what anyone on holiday in a hot country does: go topless. His band strike up elongated psychedelic stoner rock and play their hearts out. It’s as doomy as the best of them, rearranging a few of the heads present over their half-hour allotted time. This sort of rock works best in the live environment, and tonight they work us out right and proper.

Sarpa Salpa are swiftly becoming the hardest working band in showbusiness, playing all over the Midlands every weekend, taking men women and children hostage with their funky contemporary guitar pop. Songs about desperation with a disco beat, they are the epitome of the ‘sad and sexy’ movement sweeping popular music. These days they are treated a bit like homecoming heroes, and they know how to light up a dancefloor, as ‘She Never Lies’ comfortably does. If you’ve never checked them out and like acts such as The Killers or Foals, now is the time to do so.

It is gone midnight before The Barratts come on stage to finish the evening off. Those who have stuck it out are treated to a band who can still raise the energy level of any sun-beaten cordwainer or cobbler. They have never sounded so good, as their anthemic indie songs – ‘Satellites’ and ‘Same Old Kids’ amongst them – are played with spiky confidence and verve. James Faulkner’s word encapsulate all the small town ennui in poetic form you could hope for, matched with all the firepower his four brother-in-arms can muster. They send us home with Twinfest love beating heavily in our hearts.

The Barratts

FRIDAY, THE LAMPLIGHTER
This Mounts institution is busy, the vibe celebratory. Ready for the second evening of the Twin Town’s finest, the stage area at The Lamplighter is quickly filled by music fans from across the town and beyond.

Hailing from Northampton’s French twin city of Poitiers, Mantras take to the stage with a barrage of stoner rock. The band’s raw talent and synchronicity make playing live seem effortless and certainly seamless. Featuring melodic riffs and endless amounts of energy, the three-piece set the highest of bars for the evening.

German indie band The Flims were full of energy and strength during their set, providing Northampton with a unique sound. With memorable riffs and pounding drums, the band wouldn’t seem out of place in arenas. It’s the perfect music to finish a relaxing day.

Rapper Leo Robinson doesn’t play live that often, and probably will reminisce on tonight as a reason to keep it like that. He himself is on fire, his lyrical flow nothing short of magnificent. His freestyle bars have listeners hanging off his every word. But his right-hand man Charlie Borthwick is struggling with some technical issues, and the music’s power is lost to a frustrating degree and it affects concentration all round. Robinson does his best but he’s honest enough to know when he’s beat. A missed opportunity then, but one that still shows his strengths – and he continues to dazzle with his recorded output. He really might be “the best thing out of Weston Favell”.

Leo Robinson

Hyll continue to impress tonight, with a later set than the previous night. The crowd is respectful for half their set, but once singer-guitarist Martin takes off into the audience for a wander it heightens the excitement levels and from then on in it’s head-banging and hand-horns all the way to the end. With flawless guitar solos and pounding drums, they’re a band you won’t forget in a hurry. “Breathlessly magnificent rock” probably just about sums up their performance.

Headliners this evening are everyone’s favourite NN party starters, Century City. Regular drummer Tommy is absent, and Jake Crawford [Future Love, Acoda] ably deputises. They are on fine fettle, singer Nik Gray making jokes throughout and egging on his compadres to higher levels. Andy Convey from fellow alt-rockers Future Love jumps up to join in the chorus on one number. Gray does his bar walkabout thing, naturally. We all go home sweaty and happy. Can Northampton be like this every night, please?

Century City

SATURDAY, THE POMFRET ARMS
With a raised stage in the pub’s stunning beer garden, this Cotton End pub is the perfect place for some sunny Saturday afternoon acoustic singalongs. First up Duncan Bisatt uses his music as a way of storytelling. Featuring only his acoustic guitar and his voice, he strums gently as he sings about relatable experiences. Whether it’s climate change or dedications to his hometown, he does it well, including catchy riffs and a soothing voice.

After an issue or two with the line-up, Michael Kinder played earlier than expected. He takes it all in his stride, however – his hoarse, yet trained voice compliments the sun shining on Northampton, and later in the set experiments with using his guitar as percussion. He’s fun, fresh, and definitely funky.

Two piece Crybb are exactly what you’d expect from folk music. They stick to traditions while introducing a modern twist with a flute, so the tracks they perform don’t sound dated. It’s political music with a gentle sound: the very idea of a peaceful protest.

Straw Horses turn the afternoon into something gentile. Their music is calm and quiet, with mellow guitar riffs and the perfect harmonies, but it’s not boring, and nor is it downbeat. Instead, it’s tender and smooth, and they slot in with the rest of the afternoon nicely.

Following the issues with his set yesterday, Leo Robinson has been invited back to perform properly this time. Immediately you can hear the improvement, and he sounds much better. With diverse backing tracks complimenting his rapping, and several collaborations, it’s clear that Leo Robinson is going to go far.

On into the evening session in the barn, Deep Sea Mountains kick things off with their discordant fuzz rock. They are both a bit shouty and offer plenty of sweet harmonies. You could compare their set to watching an angsty Teenage Fanclub, or someone who should be signed to Sub Pop. They play cracking recent single ‘Pipe Dream’ and debut a rather good new song, ‘Five Mile Stroll’, which displays some measured feedback and punk attack – but then suddenly becomes all Television-esque in the arty middle section. This band is a multi-layered onion, and no mistake.

Deep Sea Mountains

Hyll, with the rain pouring outside, are even better here than the previous two nights, which is hard to believe. They bring out the moshers in all of us, and their interactions – coming into the crowd, getting everyone to sit down, being hoisted aloft during the climax – break down the separation between band and audience. Band of the weekend? Quite possibly.

The beautiful droney Mantras mix things up tonight, as guitarist Pierre has brought his slide guitar and an ironing board and proceeds to cook up all manner of beatific instrumental passages to delight the aural passages. The audience are silent in respect and awe. Northampton doesn’t really have a Mantras-type band, could they perhaps just move here? They’d be well-loved.

The Flims follow just as the sun sets, and they bring their best performance of the weekend yet. The intimate setting helps create an affectionate space, and their confidence looks up. They once again have everyone dancing along to ‘Emma’ and all their other Germanic indie-pop tunes.

Deaf Trap have the unenviable task of trying to top all these great performances. They aren’t helped by some power problems which regularly turn the lights on and off, but they persevere to bring Twinfest a dark, feedback-laden, somewhat chaotic, but ultimately joyous set of intense rock. All the mess feels very beautiful: bodies everywhere, a dancing Hotdog, a party at the end of the world. Long may their reign continue.

SUNDAY, THE BLACK PRINCE
Twinfest this year is proving to be one of the best, with the finale taking place at the well-esteemed Black Prince. The atmosphere has been incredibly social and friendly so far, with all of the bands – British, German and French – exchanging words of encouragement with each other and always making sure to catch one another’s sets.

Sunday’s proceedings kicks off with Tom Rose and The Heathen Orchestra, a group that takes elements of shock-rock and blues-rock to create a unique, horror-inspired sound that is reminiscent of the likes of Screaming Jay Hawkins and Space.

Next is Yodaclub, who are definitely unafraid to show their influences, taking notes from The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen [and dressing all in black accordingly]. These lot will be right at home to those who are fans of ’80s post-punk, with a standout track in the dream-poppy ‘Don’t Fall’.

Though today is The Keepers debut performance at Twinfest they certainly display no nerves. The band’s energy and enthusiasm is palpably infectious. They have got the mid-nineties mod revival, wall-of-sound down to a tee. Jordan Jones (vocals) and Liam Taylor (lead guitar) have Gallagher-like swagger by the bucket-load, while Oli Rumens (bass) and Steve Smith (drums) impress with rhythms reminiscent of ‘Elephant Stone’-era Roses. An excellent show; be sure to catch them again at another of their gigs.

The Keepers

After them we have Corby’s King Purple, a grungy three-piece with a hint of psychedelia, who are no stranger to genre mixing. Despite there only being three of these guys they manage to create a sound that is much larger than the sum of their parts. The highlight of their set is the track ‘Wasting Away’, a doomy number that feels like an early ’90s grunge throwback, with long instrumental sections that build up to a frantic, fast-paced finish. After being played and praised on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio 6, its safe to say that we’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in the future.

Pieces then take the stage, an indie three-piece brimming with melodic vocal harmonies and buzzsaw guitars play with a punk ferocity that’s not too dissimilar to acts like the Buzzcocks [as well as more modern bands like Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon]. These local lads take the phrase “three chords and the truth” and proudly wear it on their sleeves. With massive, infectious pop choruses and tight as nails musicianship that would put major-label acts to shame, the future is bright for the fledgling trio.

The first German band of the day is Hyll, an act who have continuously proven over the course of this Twinfest that they are a force to be reckoned with. Their songs are punctuated by an abrasive post-punk edge, with blistering guitars, floor-thumping bass lines and primal drumming with the occasional breakdown that always gets the audience headbanging. It’s safe to say that Hyll have well and truly earned the respect of their Northamptonian counterparts!

We’re then back to the British bands with Skirt, who, after their recent triumphant gig at the reopening of The Hut in Corby, bring their high-octane set to Twinfest. Bursting with raw, youthful energy, these lads combine punk with late ’80s Madchester and garage rock presented with a boisterous Gallagher brothers-style swagger that certainly left an impression on today’s crowd. A definite highlight is the menacing ‘Easy Tiger’, a track that could easily sound at home on a Stooges record.

Next up is Marburg’s The Flims, an indie-pop four-piece bursting with class and an upbeat stage presence that reflects the upbeat nature of the music they play. With jangly guitar riffs that feel like a fusion between Johnny Marr and the alternative British bands of the noughties, The Flims are a standout amongst the foreign bands. They’ve managed to get the crowd moving on each day of this festival without fail, and this evening is no exception.

Changing things up are Mio Flux with Patchy The Rockstar, a hip hop duo with elements of trap music, and a bass that would shake the foundation of even the sturdiest venues. The drastic change in genre going from The Flims to these two definitely sets them apart from the guitar bands of the day. They open with a tasteful trap remix of Sarpa Salpa’s belter ‘She Never Lies’, and it’s an unexpected but creative rendition of the track.

For the penultimate act we again have Poitiers’ Mantras, a band that mixes dark blues and psych while taking some clear cues from Black Sabbath. It’s a change in mood that certainly turns a few heads in their direction. Their songs are mostly instrumental, with only the occasional, shrieking vocal that wouldn’t sound too far removed on a Scandinavian black metal record. Like many bands relying on their instrumentation, they are no stranger to speed and volume changes, sonically making them one of the more unique and left field bands of this weekend.

Last, and most certainly not least, we have the homegrown Monarchs to close the weekend. Fresh off of their tour with King Purple, they play what feels like a grand homecoming gig, performing a selection of old and new tracks. The highlight of their set is the recently released ‘You Got Me’, a tune which the local crowd and fellow outsiders alike are clearly familiar with, shown through what has to be one of the most intense mosh pits at a Northampton gig in recent memory. This is surely a testament to the appreciation that the scene has for this band. With a large and macabre indie sound and some Queens of the Stone Age-inspired riffs, chock full of breakdowns and siren-like guitars, Monarchs give Twinfest the finale it deserves.

Monarchs

This years Twinfest has proven to be a special one – with an array of brilliant bands coming from Marburg and Poitiers and excellent performances from local talent, Northampton has once again proven its musical and cultural diversity in spades.

Words by Phil Istine, Lucy Wenham, Oliver Rumens, Tom Rose

Photos by David Jackson, Nallie Simpson, Phil Istine, Kenny Precious

 

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