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

TC & THE BOBCATS + MATT CARTER + DAVE CLEMO & KAREN ANGELA Wednesday December 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between…

TC & THE BOBCATS + MATT CARTER + DAVE CLEMO & KAREN ANGELA
Wednesday December 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LUNAXIS
Thursday December 6th
The Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
Northampton folk-rockers take a small trip east to bring the good times. Doors 8pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + PSYCHIC LEMON
Friday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Psych-driven fuzz four-piece from Kettering play tracks from their forthcoming LP The Velvet Night. Plus special guests, the Cambridge-based kraut-funk space rockers Psychic Lemon. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEAF TRAP + KILAMOJO
Friday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Northampton’s very own small faces do the headline show thing at the Roadmender, ably supported by fellow local rock boys. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday December 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Lush harmonies on the original songs of this local duo. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE SPITFIRES + NICK CORBIN
Saturday December 8th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Watford-based quartet who take in a wide range of influences from reggae and ska through to punk and soul. Third album ‘Year Zero‘ came out last July. Last ShoeTown show rocked, and this will do likewise. Support from former New Street Adventure frontman. Doors 7.30pm, £13.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR
Saturday December 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Local, 1980s-formed anti-fascists with a nice line in rocking songs. Doors 8pm, free entry

PIECES
Saturday December 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Relatively new alt-rock trio bring the Xmas spirit to the Lamp. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + LADY JANE’S REVENGE + A NEW HOPE
Saturday December 8th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Energetic pop-punk/emo from Kettering, alt-rock from the south-west, and “easy-core” from Newbury. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

FROM INSIDE + CALIBURN + WOVENLUNG + DARKEST DAYS
Sunday December 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Metal night. Headliners are launching their new record When I’m Breathing Without You, with fine ShoeCounty support. Doors 7pm , £6 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Sunday December 9th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Acoustic folk ambience from the Kettering-based project. Music 6.30pm-8.30pm, free entry

CHRIS WILKINSON + JOSH HARDACRE + more
Tuesday December 11th
Zapato Lounge, Northampton
Get the festivities started with a mid-week song and food extravaganza. Doors 7pm, free entry

 

 

 

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Live review: From The Jam

From The Jam / Nine Below Zero Northampton Roadmender November 30th 2018 Some bands age like fine wine and that’s certainly the case with Nine Below Zero. Opening their set…

From The Jam / Nine Below Zero
Northampton Roadmender
November 30th 2018

Some bands age like fine wine and that’s certainly the case with Nine Below Zero. Opening their set with an energetic version of fan favourite ‘Riding on the L&N’ the band deliver a masterclass in rhythm’n’blues. ‘I’m in the Doghouse’ follows and simply swings while evergreen vocalist Dennis Greaves makes his guitar sing on a hard edged rendition of blues standard ‘Killing Floor’. With his partner-in-crime, the harmonica maestro Mark Feltham the pair have been performing together for four decades and share an obvious chemistry – as evidenced by a tight but fun rendition of ‘Tequila’. Nine Below Zero turn in a crowd pleasing, greatest hits set with ‘Wipe Away Your Kiss’ and ‘You Can’t Say Yes, You Can’t Say No’, both from their seminal Third Degree album, following in quick succession. As you’d expect a fiery run through of ‘Eleven Plus Eleven’ sets the venue alight and ensures they end on a high.

From The Jam are touring the classic All Mod Cons album to celebrate it’s fortieth anniversary. Nowadays a word like ‘classic’ is thrown around casually but All Mod Cons is certainly worthy of such a title. More than just an album it really captured the spirit of the times, both musically and lyrically, and the triumph of tonight’s show is that some of that essence is replicated. The short, sharp shock of opener ‘All Mod Cons’ is performed with the aggression it warrants, before the band ease off the throttle with ‘To Be Someone’. In the live environment it becomes evident what a kaleidoscopic album All Mod Cons is. From the power-pop of ‘David Watts’ to the neo-psychedelia of ‘The Place I Love’ to the primitive punk of ‘Billy Hunt’, From The Jam paint each song with the appropriate shade.

‘English Rose’ affords the opportunity for an acoustic interlude and the band deviate from the original track listing to include ‘Smithers Jones’ and ‘Private Hell’. The latter, when stripped bare, reveals a lyrical depth hidden in the original. Then it’s back to All Mod Cons for the Orwellian ‘A Bomb in Wardour Street’ and the poetic ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’.

What follows is a ‘best of’ set full of songs that defined a generation. ‘A Town Called Malice’ turns the venue into a huge dancefloor, before we’re treated to the “too good to be a b-side” ‘The Butterfly Collector’. Vocalist Russell Hastings sounds uncannily like Paul Weller, but he still manages to impart his own stamp on proceedings. Bruce Foxton has cut down on the trademark leaps and bicycle kicks but he still turns in an energetic, lively performance and his vocal on ‘News of the World’ sounds vital and fresh.

The band return for three well-deserved encores: ‘In The City’, ‘Eton Rifles’ and a rousing ‘Going Underground’. Purists may dismiss From The Jam as a glorified tribute act (albeit with an original member), but they obviously haven’t seen the joy their performance brings. Thankfully Bruce Foxton cares enough about his past so we can relive a little of ours.

Peter Dennis

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 28th – Dec 4th

THEE MVPs + BLOOD-VISIONS Thursday November 29th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Repeatedly being called the best live band in Leeds, Thee MVPs have a pounding rhythm section, punch-to-the-gut guitars and…

THEE MVPs + BLOOD-VISIONS
Thursday November 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Repeatedly being called the best live band in Leeds, Thee MVPs have a pounding rhythm section, punch-to-the-gut guitars and gusto-filled choruses. They provide rock’n’roll that’s “caked in krautrock rust, protopunk grease and ’77 powerpop spit”. Support from back-from-the-dead, revered local punkish sorts. Doors 8pm, free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BAILER + LOOSE TOOTH +  NAILBREAKER + LA FOLIVORA
Friday November 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A big bad filthy hardcore show at The Black Prince: mathcore from Corby, metalcore from Ireland, post- hardcore from NTown, digital hardcore from Rushden, and synthcore from NTown. Doors at 7pm, £4 entry

HATTIE HATSTAR + THE RANDOM MURPHYS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES + ROSALIND
Friday November 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hatstar has spent the last 20 years on the UK and European festival and cabaret circuit, playing the accordion and honing her own unique brand of musical entertainment. With a trio of local, ramshackle and lovable supports. Doors 8pm, £3.50 entry

72% + LDMR
Friday November 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
ShoeTown’s three-piece instrumental noise rockers return to the stage, with Marburg’s four-piece instrumental shoe-gaze post-rockers returning to Northampton after their triumphs at Twinfest last summer. Doors 8pm, free entry

PETER118 + WISHING WOLF + THRIFT STREET
Friday November 30th
The Yards, Kettering
Pop-punk party! Headliners from Stoke, with sumptuous ShoeCounty support. Door 7pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday November 30th
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
They never know when to stop, and that’s why folk love the classic rockers. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CHECK THE SUGGESTIONS + TYPE 22
Friday November 30th
Manor School And Sports College, Raunds
After a period as a covers band, the youngsters release their first EP of original material today. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

THE MOJO CITY REBELS + THE CREATURE WITHIN + LIMA
Friday November 30th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Hard rock from Rugby, and grungey trio from ShoeTown. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KING OF HEARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday December 1st
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund is the charity that supports Northampton General Hospital and all profit from this years festival will go to the Dryden Cardiac Ward. The King Of Hearts Festival started last year in memory of Rob King. Acts this time: Century City, The Barratts, Monarchs, King Purple, Drinsipa, Jack vs Hotdog, Hyll, Corinne Lucy, LDMR, Kilamojo, and Keiron Farrow. Doors 12.30pm, £5 entry

[SANE] + SOUL GROOVE + ZIZANY + BINYAMIN + M-CUTZ
Saturday December 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A night to focus on live electronic music from NN. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Saturday December 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The hip-hop and grime night with open mic returns to the Pom. Grime cyphers with DJ Towner. Featured artistS this edition: HarQ, Reality, Anonymous, and more. Also featuring a live hip-hop band, plus a graffiti workshop. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLAME + THE CREATURE WITHIN + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday December 1st
Raff’s bar, Wellingborough
Rap-rock from Norfamtun with a scintilla of funk are your headliners, followed by an international bluesy hardcore/metal band from Leeds. Then dirty grunge from ShoeTown and opening up are a five-piece black metal band from “the sluggish pit of Northamptonshire”. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

EASTFIELD
Saturday December 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Urban rail punk from Brum/Northants. This show supports Family Support Link`s Christmas Toy Appeal and asks people who are attending the gig to bring a new toy or make a donation. Doors 8pm, free entry

PETER MURPHY + DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE
Sunday December 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Pete’n’Dave Bauhaus roadshow returns to ShoeTown, whence it all began. The Roadmender website says sold out, but there’s a handful of tickets left on third party sites, such as here.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 21st – Nov 27th

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS Thursday November 22nd The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop…

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS
Thursday November 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod at luminaries like The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Karl’s refreshingly honest lyrics test the boundaries of the human mind and the English etiquette, coming from a place most people can relate to but never dare to mention. Doors 8pm, pay as you feel (suggested £4). All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place.

BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS + LUNA ROSA
Thursday November 22nd

The White Hart, Corby
Alt-country singer from London promoting his brand new, fourth, album Modern Man. Support from local alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £9 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + UNKNOWN ERA + BANDITS!! + THE SOCIAL IGNITION
Friday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Skankdown volume 2. Unknown Era are a collective of party heads from Nottingham, mixing ska, reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Bandits!! formed in 2013 in Newbury, and bring their high energy hip-hop styled ska-punk to ShoeTown. Hinckley act open with an acoustic performance. Doors 8pm, pay as you choose entry

DR. FEELGOOD + JIM RILEY’S BLUES FOUNDATION
Friday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, the Feelgoods have become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world, enjoying a string of hit singles including ‘Milk & Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘Roxette’, ‘She’s A Wind Up’ and ‘See you later Alligator’. The current line-up is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane. Doors 7pm, £18.50 tickets

ODDITY ISLAND + INLIMBO + A TIME OF DAY + SIAN LEIGH ROBERTS
Friday November 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
Alt/indie night of four local acts. Doors 7pm , free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BAILER + DRINSIPA + GARSHKOTT 
Friday November 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
After a year of solid touring around the U.K. and Europe, Sharkteeth Grinder will play their last hometown exhibition of the year. Support involves metallic hardcore out of Cork, Ireland, and a couple of local heavy hitters. Doors 8pm , £5 entry

KEIRON FARROW
Friday November 23rd
Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington
Northampton singer-songwriter of repute plays at the oldest pub in the shire. Doors 8pm, free entry

BLANCMANGE + BERNHOLZ
Saturday November 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
British electronic act Blancmange first broke through in the early 1980s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as ‘Feel Me’, ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’. They returned in 2011 to great acclaim, and tonight the latest album Wanderlust is launched. Support from member of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective. Doors 7pm, tickets £19.50

KING’S GAMBIT + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday November 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010 from the headliners. And similar from the support! Doors 8pm, free entry

MAT WARD + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + JAMIE DARNELL + SIAN & GINA
Saturday November 24th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Drum exclusive from Ward, plus a selection of fine singer-songwriters. Doors 6pm, £4 tickets

THE LIDS + THE KEEPERS + YODACLUB
Saturday November 24th
The White Hart, Corby
Three piece indie rock band, The Lids have made a real name for themselves in their home town of Leicester, selling out a headline show at The Cookie. Support comes from young ShoeTown quartet who trade in fuzzy guitar psychedelic pop, and edgy guitar pop/rock from Corby itself. Doors 8pm, £4 entry

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday November 24th
Rushden Athletic Club
Five-piece band from Bedford who use the sounds and traditions of 1950s skiffle and combine it with the energy of punk and a splash of reggae. This is their first major headline gig in Northants. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE BIGHEAD
Saturday November 24th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Respected Northants ska-reggae outfit perform a mix of originals and old favourites. Music from 9pm, free entry

ONE LAST DAYBREAK + THRIFT STREET + THE CREATURE WITHIN
Sunday November 25th
Club 43, Northampton
One Last Daybreak are an upcoming emo/post-hardcore quintet hailing from Romford, Essex. Pop-punk and grungey local supports. Doors 7pm, £7 entry

RAY COOPER
Sunday November 25th
The Albion Brewery, Northampton
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Sweden. Former member of Oysterband, he sings with a cello. Cooper is currently promoting third album Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land. Doors 8pm, £12 entry

VOID
Sunday November 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Londoner George returns for his first ShoeTown show in three years. Doors 8pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 14th – Nov 20th

HAFDIS HULD Wednesday November 14th The Kettering Arts Centre Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the…

HAFDIS HULD
Wednesday November 14th
The Kettering Arts Centre
Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the beautiful guitar-playing of her English husband, Alisdair Wright. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

SKYFLOOD
Wednesday November 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Four-piece alternative [post]rock band from Corby/Northampton. Music from 9pm, free entry

STEREO SKULL + A TITAN, A DEITY + THE CREATURE WITHIN + BROKEN EMPIRE
Thursday November 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Cyber metal from Wellingborough, prog metal from Brum, grungey trio from ShoeTown, and hard rock from Oxford. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday November 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Featured artist this month at the popular urban night is Anonymous Impact. The night finishes with MC Cypher, and DJ Towner will be doing the mixing. Doors 8pm, free entry

HAZEL O’CONNOR
Thursday November 15th
The Core At Corby Cube 
An evening with the award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor, featuring a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film Breaking Glass, followed by an intimate Q&A and live performance of some of the films best-loved songs. There’s a Meet & Greet immediately after the show too. Doors 7pm, £26 tickets

THE PRIMEVALS + VENUS FLY TRAP
Friday November 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Glaswegian garage rockers, who toured with The Cramps and The Gun Club and did a John Peel session back in the day, are still a tour de force live. Support from Alex Novak’s dark wave duo, promoting new album Icon. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

TERRY & GERRY + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Friday November 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Birmingham-based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry have been reformed for over three years and are now more popular than ever. Support on the evening will be from Corby surf-twangsters. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday November 16th
The Spread Eagle, Piddington
A local musical duo: expect lush harmonies and “heartfelt lyrics touching at both matters of the heart and encouraging a positive and optimistic outlook on society and life in its entirety”. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CHARLOTTE CARPENTER + ALESSI’S ARK + BETH MUNROE
Saturday November 17th
The Playhouse, Northampton
Long time friends and soul sisters, Carpenter & AA embark on a run of UK & EU shows this month. They’ll be celebrating releases, new & old, sharing the stage and revealing a brand new project, Blood Moon. Expect cinematic stompers, whimsical storytelling, and a whole lot of love. Plus, the ‘Masochist’ singer opens proceedings. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Saturday November 17th
Club 43, Northampton
The Northampton hard rock quarter launch their album Sex Rock City at the ‘Rebel Waltz’ clubnight. Support from much-loved returning rap-rockers TWLS. Doors 8pm. Free entry before 9.30pm, £4 after that, £5 after 11pm.

DAVE CLEMO
Saturday November 17th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
A solo performance from the former Left Hand Drive man. Clemo is a sixty something singer-songwriter, whose music contains elements of country, folk, and gospel. He will also be signing his new book Too Old For Punk. Music from 9pm, free entry

LIZZIE AND THE BANSHEES + FAMILY OF NOISE + PROJECT REJECT
Saturday November 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Tribute band to Siouxsie and the Banshees, local purveyors of post-punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets, and a Parisian-based three-piece doing 1979-83 U.S. punk-style material focusing on historical events and distant hardships. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

LAY SIEGE + DARKEST DAYS + EXILES + MUTINY + THE CREATURE WITHIN
Saturday November 17th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
ShoeTown metalcore outift promoting debut album hopeisnowhere, more metalcore from the East Midlands from DD, melodic post-hardcore band from Wolverhampton, and grungey Northampton three-piece with a passion for the dirty, weird and loud. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

GOGO LOCO
Saturday November 17th
The Old House, Wellingborough
The maraca-centric rock’n’roll duo from Northampton help The Old House celebrate their first birthday. Free entry

BEFORE BREAKFAST + GREGG CAVE
Sunday November 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Sheffield indie-popsters, on the road supporting debut EP ‘Sticky Sweet’, support from local singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, £3 tickets

LITTLE BITBOY + JASMINE BURNS + JOEL HARRIES + ZACK BULLOCK
Sunday November 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The beginning of the Sunday Solo sessions night. Each bringing something different: from trip-hop piano, electric guitar loops, to 8-bit chiptune electronic music. Including an EP launch from the recently featured Jasmine Burns. Doors 7pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN + VICKII STOCKER + STEVE BIRKS + CORINNE LUCY
Sunday November 18th
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruene
Audio Vendor presents a night of singers and songwriters. The event will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to event attendees at their request [sign up to their mailing list at the event and get sent a link to download the recordings]. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see From The Jam at The Roadmender

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate…

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s album All Mod Cons with a series of live shows, which will see them perform the record in its entirety. They play a sold-out show at Northampton Roadmender on Friday November 30th. New Boots has a pair of tickets for the show to give away.

To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
What is the title of the third song on the All Mod Cons album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘From The Jam Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Responsibility for prizes lies with promoters AGMP and not with New Boots.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 7th – Nov 13th

TRIPLE J TRIO Wednesday November 7th The Malt Shovel, Northampton A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a…

TRIPLE J TRIO
Wednesday November 7th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a former drummer for Status Quo. Joined on blues guitar and vocals by Jamie Godfrey and Andy Pearson on bass. Doors 7pm, free entry

FAHRAN + THE MOJO CITY REBELS
Wednesday November 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock quintet from Nottingham and similar support from Rugby. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KATIE SPENCER
Wednesday November 7th
Karmana Restaurant, Northampton
A return to the vegan restaurant of the Hull-based alt-folk singer-songwriter. “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.

SKAM + THEIA
Thursday November 8th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock trios from Leicester and Burton Upon Trent embark on their ‘Magic Number Tour’. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

DANSMALL + CORINNE LUCY
Thursday November 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Folkie singer-songwriter Dan and friends help raise money for both Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Peace Pledge Union. Doors 7.30pm, donations of £5 or more requested

JONAH MATRANGA + OXYGEN THIEF + VEINS
Friday November 9th
The White Hart, Corby
Matranga comes to Corby for a full band show as part of his ‘Water and Solutions’ tour, celebrating 20 years since the release of Far’s legendary album. Support from riffy trio from Bristol and the local alt-rock trio. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

CLUB ECLECTICA
Saturday November 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Andy Skank presents an evening of diverse and varied sounds featuring live electronic performance and DJ. Synths and samples from [sane], digital hardcore from Nailbreaker, ambient instrumental triphop from Zizany, and neck-cracking boom bap with live MC’s LJ You & Grene Rockafella. Doors 8pm, free entry

JET LAGGED JEFF & THE SWAMP DONKEY + JASMINE BURNS + ADRIAN STRANIK
Saturday November 10th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A night of roots and rockabilly. Existential urban cowboy songs from Bedford to begin, bluesy Americana singer from the Newport Pagnell area up next, and gritty blues rock to finish you off. Music from 9pm, free entry

P-HEX
Saturday November 10th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The long-running baggy-funk conglomerate play their Quantum Funkanics ditties to many dancing feet. Doors 8pm, free entry

BIG COUNTRY
Saturday November 10th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Crossing was the first studio album released by Scottish band Big Country, in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over two million copies. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50

AUGER + UNQUIET DEAD
Saturday November 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Darkwave duo from the north, and gothic-electro garage rock punk duo from Bedford.  Dancers later too [“be prepared for music, nudity and dancing”]. Doors 8pm, £10 entry

SHIREFEST 2018
Saturday November 10th – Sunday November 11th
The Shirehorse, Kettering
Local artists all giving up their time voluntarily to raise awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Expect to see on Saturday: JD Blues, Humblebee, Epigone Jazz Ensemble, Cameron Grace, Hippolyta’s Moon, and The Touch. On Sunday it’s A Time Of Day, Jacob Braithwaite, Dan Boddington, Jo-Jo Newton, Eric Cobain, Liam Ferguson, The Fevers, Midnight Honey Club, The Abrahams, Aldous Pinch, Oddity Island, and Solarise. Doors 5pm on Sat, 1pm on Sun, free entry

MARTIN ATKINS
Monday November 12th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atkins was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He will be talking about his 35+ year music career, focusing on his time in PiL, and playing some drums too. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

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Across The Border: gig guide Nov 2nd – Nov 8th

Our Across the Border round up is back for another quick look at some of the best gigs taking place at venues in neighbouring counties over the next seven days….

Our Across the Border round up is back for another quick look at some of the best gigs taking place at venues in neighbouring counties over the next seven days. Here’s a quick run down on some of the shows you should have your eye on.

DREADZONE
Friday, November 2nd
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone are back in the region. The band formed in the early 1990s and released their latest album Dread Times last year. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £17.50 in advance.

WISHBONE ASH
Friday, November 2nd
The Assembly, Leamington

Blues rockers Wishbone Ash are one of the most enduring bands in British rock and are headlining Leamington’s Assembly. They have sold millions of albums and are famed for their iconic twin guitar sound. Doors open at 6.30pm, tickets cost £22.50 in advance.

THE ESKIES
Saturday, November 3rd
Esquires, Bedford

Dublin purveyors of folk noir, gypsy jazz and sea shanties The Eskies are back in the region for another headline gig at Esquires. Their second album And Don’t Spare The Horses was released last year. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £14 in advance.

KATEY BROOKS
Sunday, November 4th
The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks’ sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as Joni Mitchell meets a female Hozier. Doors open at 8.45pm, ticket cost £10 in advance.

BRIX & THE EXTRICATED
Sunday, November 4th
Esquires, Bedford

Brix & The Extricated were formed in 2014 by vocalist / guitarist Brix Smith-Start and the legendary bass player Stephen Hanley. Stephen’s brother Paul joined on drums reigniting the Hanley Brother powerhouse rhythm section. The addition of Steve Trafford on guitar brought together these influential, former members of The Fall. The line-up was completed with the addition of Irish guitarist Jason Brown. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15 in advance

ZEBRAHEAD
Monday, November 5th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

California punk rockers Zebrahead are out on the road ahead of their latest release The Bonus Brothers which is out later this month. The record is a compilation of songs only available on Japanese editions of some of their previous LPs. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 in advance.

SALLY BARKER WITH CHRIS CONWAY & DAN BRITTON
Tuesday, November 6th
The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Whether singing as Tom Jones’ finalist on BBC TV’s The Voice, the songs of Sandy Denny in the reformed Fotheringay, revered fem-folk group The Poozies or as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson, Sally Barker has the ability to bring songs gloriously to life. At The Stables she’ll be joined by Chris Conway and Dan Britton. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15 in advance.

DRONES + HAGGARD CAT + BITCH FALCON
Wednesday, November 7th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Described as one of the most exciting new punk bands emerging from the UK, Drones combine socio-politically charged messages with a revered live reputation. Their latest LP Exiled was released this year. They have previously supported the likes of Neck Deep, Marmozets and Gallows. Doors open at 7.30pm, ticket cost £8 in advance.

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Live review: Ctrl Alt Fest Delete

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE Various venues, Kettering Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved…

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE
Various venues, Kettering

Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks
Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved pub, but it’s not just regulars in tonight – the place is packed with both old and new faces, all buzzing with excitement to hear Kettering’s (and Corby’s) finest.

Female-fronted My Mate Dave take to the stage with endless energy and relentless enthusiasm, starting their set with an unbelievable cover of ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. The band seems to specialise in pop songs, but they perform the tracks with a rocky, razor-sharp quality, adding bouncing riffs and gravelly vocals to songs that were once smooth and clear. It’s an element of talent that a lot of bands seem to miss, but My Mate Dave hits the mark every single time. Corby instrumentalists Family Of Noise clearly have a lot of fans present tonight, as many people are waiting with anticipation for the trio. It’s not hard to see why, as they make their entire set look effortless, playing their instruments with as much ease as the most experienced of professionals. It’s easy for instrumental bands to fall into a trap of repetition, but with strong bass lines, smooth riffs and pounding drums, Family Of Noise make each and every song sound as fresh as the last.

Ending the night with a bang, The Fevers play with finesse and style. Covering well-loved tracks from bands like The Ramones and Buzzcocks, there’s not a single person in the crowd that isn’t bopping along. Although The Fevers are a covers band, they each possess intense amounts of talent, with a clear cut, professional sound. They are the perfect band for this festival, and truly define what it’s all about: a love of music, for all ages.

Saturday October 27th – The Prince of Wales
Here in one of Kettering’s oldest pubs the music is loud and the drinks are flowing. People of all ages have turned out to see the two bands playing tonight – one with a unique, original sound, and the other an Iron Maiden tribute band. It knits together the two sides of the town’s music scene, and The Prince of Wales is the perfect setting.

Unitra, a heavy metal three-piece, embody the energy of Steel Panther but the talent of musicians that have been around for decades. Taking to the stage with a dramatic intro track, Unitra’s smashing drums and polished riffs make for excellent listening. Inciting mosh pits and dancers alike, the space in front of the band is packed with all kinds of people, from old to young, and those celebrating Halloween to those that have just turned up for this gig. The banter between songs may be balancing on the wrong edge of cringy, but when the music is this good, you can’t quite bring yourself to care. Besides, they slot into place at The Prince of Wales with perfect ease, and the punters are loving it.

Judging by the amount of Iron Maiden t-shirts in the crowd, Iron 2 Maiden are going to go down a treat, and the highly anticipated set does not disappoint. Kicking off Saturday’s closing set with ‘Can I Play With Madness’, they storm this tiny pub with all the enthusiasm of the real thing. The guitar and drums are a perfect match, coming together to create the tunes we all know and love, and while the vocals aren’t quite true to the original band, it’s an admirable effort from Iron 2 Maiden. If you’re a fan of Bruce Dickinson and co, this tribute is definitely worth a watch.

Sunday October 28th – The Shire Horse
The Shire Horse is the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon gig. With comfortable wooden chairs and a roaring fireplace in the corner, it’s a nice reprieve from the bitterly cold weather outside, and with several acoustic sets taking place across the room, it’s the right setting for winding down Ctrl Alt Fest Delete and bringing it to close.

Jacob Brathwaite fits this evening’s mood perfectly. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a gentle voice, he mixes his own songs with covers from the likes of The Kooks. Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ is a highlight of the set, and the singer makes every track he performs his own. He is undeniably talented; featuring professional riffs and a clear voice that wraps around you like a comfort blanket, his set is unforgettable. Kettering’s own hazeyjane are up next, with a set that promises ‘ambient acoustic material’. The description fits the band to perfection, as they play well right from the very first song. The music is ethereal, almost otherworldly, with a strong acoustic sound that fills The Shire Horse, but it stands out against the rest. Underneath the surface, you find strong percussion and haunting vocals, creating a calming atmosphere that blends well with the open fire and warm wood decorating the pub.

From the outside, it seems as though Aldous Pinch does not quite fit this line-up. He is neither calming nor gentle, instead bringing to the stage a vaudeville performance that has the whole crowd on their feet. His music is somewhere between sea shanties and poetry, and every song is a complete story. Featuring tails of boozy nights and prostitutes, it would be very easy for the performer to get lost in repetition, but instead, it’s enthusiastic, exciting, and something entirely fresh. Aldous Pinch is definitely one to watch out for in the future. To close the festival Kettering duo Dem Urban Foxes take to the stage with a captivating sound. The music is polished and practiced, and the band clearly knows what they’re doing with their catchy hooks and intense vocals. The music is neither boring nor depressing: instead it is energetic, and most of all, sincere. It’s a great headlining set, and the perfect send-off to such an exciting festival.

Lucy Wenham

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 31st – Nov 6th

DISEASE ILLUSION Wednesday October 31st The King Billy, Northampton Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates….

DISEASE ILLUSION
Wednesday October 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAMO SUZUKI’S NETWORK
Thursday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Krautrock legend and lead vocalist of pioneering German band Can brings his evolving ‘Damo Suzuki’s Network’ project to Northampton. Damo’s network will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. NN sound carriers are Josh Ryan, Joel Harries, Sophie Williams, Dave Crawford, and Adam Gammage. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

KILL THE IDEAL + UNTIL THEN
Thursday November 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Massive pop rock with hooks and riffs and support from the four-piece alt-rockers. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A rare chance to see The Drones Club with their brand of wild ancestral and improvised music played to a backing of eastern and dub rhythms. With support from the P-Hex singer. Doors 8pm, free entry

TIM MUDDIMAN
Friday November 2nd
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
The Domino Blitz singer-songwriter returns to his favourite haunt The Lamplighter to play tracks from his new collection, Train Tracks. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THE TOUCH + WISHING WOLF + A TIME OF DAY
Friday November 2nd
Kettering General Hospital Social Club
The classic rockers celebrate the release of their second EP Runaway, with rad local support. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SECRET FIX
Saturday November 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Kettering dude Samuel Toms [ex-Temples] and cohorts bring their art-rock stylings to ShoeTown. Doors 8pm, free entry

S.G. WOLFGANG + FUTURE LOVE + PIECES + MORAD [HOWLIN’ OWLS]
Saturday November 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Four fiercely keen characters from MK/Northampton bring their enthusiastic neo-gothic beardyman angst in promotion of their The Shadows Are Lengthening LP. Support from a pair of quality ShoeTown alt-rock outfits, and  a solo Morad from blues rockers Howlin’ Owls. Doors 7pm, free entry

MARABAR CAVES + DUNCAN BISATT
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Marabar Caves have reformed since the release of the Have Guitars Will Travel volumes 3 and 4 [they currently trade as Bush Pigs]. Expect Paisley Underground style pop-rock. Doors 8pm, free entry

ASHBORN + DEAD MAN’S CHEST + POINT OF EXTINCTION + FAR FROM REFUGE + EXPETYA
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
MK Metal 2 The Masses winners in 2018 headline, with thrash groove metal from London and from MK, prog metal from Cambridge, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

KOMODO QUARTET + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday November 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Relatively new Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove into their melting pot. Support from brand new ShoeCounty band playing their first show! Doors 8pm, free entry

FRED’S HOUSE + CORINNA JANE
Saturday November 3rd
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-on-the-Green
West Coast inspired folk-rock from Cambridge, with support from the Northampton-based British-German singer-songwriter. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

DRAGSTER + PIZZA TRAMP + KID KLUMSY
Saturday November 3rd
The White Hart, Corby
Five piece sci-fi punk rock from Coventry, three-chord skate punk straight outta South Wales, and monkey punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

WILL WHISSON
Sunday November 4th
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. With two EPs under his belt, numerous festival appearances and a no-rest-for-the-wicked touring schedule, Will’s profile has grown considerably in a relatively short amount of time and he can be heard on all major digital platforms.
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 rich foundation for his custom Fender Stratocaster and vocal to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Expect new tricks, sounds, and songs before Will heads into the studio to begin recording his much-anticipated debut album. Doors 4pm, free entry

CHUGGABOOM
Monday November 5th
Club 43, Northampton
Monstrous UK metalcore, with supports TBA. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SARAH MCQUAID
Tuesday November 6th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Cornwall-based folkie singer-songwriter, promoting fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous. Doors 8pm, free entry

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