Category: Live

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 29th – Feb 4th

It’s Independent Venue Week, woo-hoo! SPQR + NO MUSIC + SKYFLOOD + JEANA Wednesday January 29th The Black Prince, Northampton An IVW show. The art-rock trio from Liverpool are your…

It’s Independent Venue Week, woo-hoo!

SPQR + NO MUSIC + SKYFLOOD + JEANA
Wednesday January 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton
An IVW show. The art-rock trio from Liverpool are your new favourite band. Plus Northampton’s post-rock supergroup, the realigned indie-rockers with the singalong choruses, and the alt-pop sensation who collaborates with Ginger Snaps. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + CAMERON GRACE + CELINE ELLIS + MEG SHIPMAN + NIGEL LEWIS + MARIEKE VINK + CHRIS KENT
Wednesday January 29th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
A Ni Ni acoustic showcase session. From 8pm, free entry

KING PURPLE + NAKED NEXT DOOR + ROLLING THUNDER
Thursday January 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
An IVW show. King Purple mix psychedelia and grunge, and won our single of the year 2019! Support from MK and Northampton indie rockers. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

CONFESSIONS Of A TRAITOR + ARKDOWN + A HIGHER DEMISE + CALIBURN
Thursday January 30th
The Lab, Northampton
An IVW show. Metalcore/hardcore night. London headliners, plus bands from Sheffield, Kent and Corby. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets 

THE TOUCH + RAMBLIN’ PREACHERS + THE BOPHINS + EARBONES
Friday January 31st
The Black Prince, Northampton
An IVW show. Friday night party, with a mixture of classic rock, blues rock and garage rock from the Northants and MK area. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

GREAT ADAMZ + DREADZ
Friday January 31st
Palace Cafe, Northampton
‘TI-ME’ EP release party with the Nigerian singer-songwriter, plus support from local dancehall artist. 9pm

HELGRIND + EARTHBOUND + MILITIA
Friday January 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
London thrash metallers, with similar supports from Hertfordshire. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BILLY LOCKETT + FRANCISCO
Friday January 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
An IVW show. ShoeTown singer-songwriter who is now an international star. Moved back to the best town in England, and now playing his biggest headline show here. Support from the Cousin Avi singer. Doors 7.30pm, £13 tickets

SIRKIS/BIALAS INTERNATIONAL QUARTET
Friday January 31st
The Derngate, Northampton
Jazz-fusion, baby! Promoting new album Our New Earth. Doors 8pm, £13.50 tickets

GREEN LEAVES DOWN
Friday January 31st
Wooden Walls of Old England, Northampton
Pretty Collingtree pub is the setting for the soothing sounds of folk-duo GLD. From 8pm, free entry

LEFT FOR RED + OATHS + LOKI + CADENCE NOIR + THE MAYBZ
Friday January 31st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal and hardcore bands from Stourbridge, Manchester, Northampton, Nottingham, and MK. Doors 6:30pm, £5 tickets

NATIVE HARROW + HOPE IN HIGH WATER
Friday January 31st
Little Country Smokehouse, nr. Kettering
The Upstate NY singer-songwriter promotes her third album, Happier Now. Support from MK duo with a distinctly British take on acoustic Americana. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

WORKING MEN’S CLUB + THE ANTELOIDS + BABY LUNG
Saturday February 1st
The Black Prince, Northampton
An IVW show. A band with a big 2020 ahead of them, playing this intimate show before the big time beckons with both of its’ hands. Synthy post-punk sounds, if you don’t know. Support from Rugby’s twisted blues troupe, and Northampton’s bluesy indie quartet. Doors 7.30pm, £7.50 tickets

ATOMCK + NOTHING CLEAN  + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + CHINNED + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + NAILBREAKER
Saturday 1st February
The Lab, Northampton
An IVW show. Samurai Cop presents Grindcore from Bristol and Northampton, fastcore from Leicester, Powerviolence from Hertfordshire, hardcore from Corby and Rushden. Doors 5pm, £5 entry

KEIRON FARROW
Saturday February 1st
The Shire Horse, Kettering
An afternoon of alternative blues, soul, folk and jazz from the local troubadour. 3pm-6pm, free entry

FEBFEST
Saturday February 1st
Ringstead Sports & Social Club, Kettering
Charity event, raising funds for Johnny’s Happy Place, Equata, and Kettering Green Patch. Performances from Silversmith, Stevie Jones and The Wildfires, Family Of Noise, Tu-Kay & Ryan, Whale, Fed Sisters, Steph Ashcroft, Dan Hughes, John Gibbs, and David Peters. Doors 5.30pm, donation entry [£5 suggested]

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday February 1st
The Coach And Horses, Wellingborough
Bedford’s much-loved folk/punk/skiffle entertainers. Doors 8pm, free entry

FUELED HATE + BLOOK OATH + AKILLA + PROJECT NOISE
Saturday February 1st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal bands from Corby, Leicester, Cambridge, and MK. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

BOOGALOOSA + ACOUSTIC-US
Saturday February 1st
Old Village Hall, Old
New Orleans funk, swamp rock and Americana from the Beds/Northants/Cambs headliners, suupported by the acoustic band fronted by Tammy Levy. Doors 7.30pm, £15 tickets [includes food] from 07867 778073

KID KLUMSY + MURDERER’S ROW + THE WHITE RIBBONS + SPRING PARK + MR BADAXE + LEFTOVERS
Sunday February 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
The ‘Abuse Your Confusion’ tour is back for a third year. Doors 5pm, price ?

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

JIMTOMSAY + ROB FARMER + BEN FAIRINGTON Thursday January 23rd The Lab, Northampton JimTom is a massive part of the local Bardic scene; 30 years of music, poetry and performance…

JIMTOMSAY + ROB FARMER + BEN FAIRINGTON
Thursday January 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
JimTom is a massive part of the local Bardic scene; 30 years of music, poetry and performance contained within. Support from folk singer-songwriters. From 8.30pm, free entry

NAPPS + DREADZ + ELI-SAN + L30 ROBINSON + ELLE DELANEY ETC
Friday January 24th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The 22 year-old Northampton rapper celebrates his birthday and previews his debut EP, out next month. Doors 8pm, free entry

KIAN RUSSELL BAND
Friday January 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Northampton artist who plays a style of modern pop mixed with American blues – think John Mayer mixed with The Black Keys. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday January 24th
The Rising Sun, Kettering
80s-inspired classic rock. From 9pm, free entry

DEFERENCE + DARKEST DAYS + ORKA 
Saturday January 25th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Metal night, with Southampton fivesome headlining above two local forces. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

SECRET GIG #13
Saturday January 25th
Audio Works, Northampton
It’s back! Three secret bands; one solo, two duos. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

SPOILERS + MELISANDRE’S BEAVER + RESUSCITATORS + TRAGIC
Saturday January 25th
The Lab, Northampton
“Punkdown” kickstarter part-two features the pop-punk/melodic hardcore Kent quartet, plus punk trio [also Kent], melodic-skate-punk from London, and teenage punks and future ShoeTown legends to open. Doors 7pm, free entry

SLUGABED + NINA HARRIES + LIFT TOWER
Saturday January 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Brighton’s Greg Feldwick brings the mind-melding beats to the Gari, with the amazing Harries playing songs from her recent eponymous debut album. Plus hosts Lift Tower do their electronic-jazz-fusion thing. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + GOGO LOCO
Saturday January 25th
The Romany, Northampton
The Northampton band have just confirmed they are heading to South X Southwest Festival in Texas in April. But before that the indie-mod rockers play a favourite haunt, supported by the rock’n’roll duo with the great tunes and the flailing limbs. From 8.30pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CAMERON GRACE + MARIEKE VINK + OSCEN
Saturday January 25th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Ni Ni acoustic session. 3pm-6pm, free entry

WIRES CHARITY ALLDAYER
Sunday January 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
Fund raising to help rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in Australia’s bushfires. Performances from [deep breath] Loki, Haydees, Derade, In Plain Sight, Push To Open, Charlie Tarry & The Outlaws, Stonepit Drive, Rockin’ Dave, Family Of Noise, Grande Quattro, Impetus, Jenna & Did Coles, Andrew Van Garratt, and Chris Vernon. Doors 12.30pm, donation of £5+.

STEVIE JONES + DARYL KIRKLAND + MALCOLM & MADDY + FRASER & TOOTS
Sunday January 26th
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne
Audio Vendor presents an evening of high quality original music in the intimate surroundings of Woodward’s Restaurant. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets [call The Boat Inn on (01604) 862428]

ROAM + SUPERLOVE + CRAWLSPACES + SLOW BURN
Monday January 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Eastbourne’s big deal pop-punkers take a trip around the country’s smaller venues for Independent Venue Week. Equally banging support from Bristol, Northampton and Kettering types. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets
 

 

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

PHANTOM ISLE + BABY LUNG Friday January 17th The Black Prince, Northampton Neo-psychedelia from London-via-Northampton. Catchy and infectious stadium choruses feature on the long awaited new single ‘I Am Urs’,…

PHANTOM ISLE + BABY LUNG
Friday January 17th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Neo-psychedelia from London-via-Northampton. Catchy and infectious stadium choruses feature on the long awaited new single ‘I Am Urs’, the last recording to feature Matt Marchant. Support from the excellent ShoeTown bluesters. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

EASYDREAD + THE SOCIAL IGNITION
Saturday January 18th
The Lab, Northampton
The first “Reggae Town” event, bringing up-and-coming reggae-influenced bands to The Lab. Luton’s Easydread combine sounds drawn from a range of influences, from reggae and ska, to soul, punk and rap. They seamlessly blend powerful political imagery with sweet harmonies and heavy grooves to get you thinking as well as skanking. Plus eight-piece ska band from Hinckley bring bass, brass ‘n booze. Free entry

PARIS ALEXANDER + THE FED SISTERS + STEVIE JONES
Sunday January 19th
The Carpenters Arms, Irchester
Wildfire Sessions’ acoustic open mic, featuring some serious female singer-songwriting talent. From 4-7pm, free entry

 

 

 

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

RUSSELL HEYWORTH + KEV WILETT Thursday January 9th The Lab, Northampton Local singer-songwriters. Music starts 8.30pm, free entry RISKEE AND THE RIDICULE + VATICAN ROMP + HEADSTONE HORRORS + MATT…

RUSSELL HEYWORTH + KEV WILETT
Thursday January 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Local singer-songwriters. Music starts 8.30pm, free entry

RISKEE AND THE RIDICULE + VATICAN ROMP + HEADSTONE HORRORS + MATT MURPHY
Friday January 10th
The Lab, Northampton
‘Punkdown!’ is a series of live music events showcasing the fine array of modern punk, alternative and indie rock music located nationwide. Part one features grime-punk from Kent, experimental punk from Salisbury, fast-paced street punk horror, and psycho-analytical melodic rap. Doors 7pm, free entry

GEORGE BREAKFAST + SOLOMAN SMITH + ANNIE DRESSNER
Friday January 10th
Earl’s Barton WMC
Kontra Roots’s very own ‘Cambridge Folk Festival’, featuring the veteran troubadour, a singer-songwriter who writes and performs folk songs flavoured with soul, jazz funk, country and more, plus a singer-songwriter “noted for her conversational style, classy lyrics and crisp, listing vocals”. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CELINE ELLIS + ANDY CLARKE + JACKSBORO HIGHWAY + ANT & LUKE
Friday January 10th
The Witch & Sow, Guilsborough
Ni Ni. 8.30pm start, free entry

FROM THE JAM
Saturday January 11th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Bruce Foxton and friends play Setting Sons for this 40th anniversary concert. The critically-acclaimed album reached #4 in the UK and the album became a big commercial success, earning them their first top ten hit single ‘The Eton Rifles’.

THAT JOE PAYNE
Saturday January 11th
Well Cottage House, Daventry
Award-winning singer-songwriter Payne brings his acoustic show, showcasing new music from his debut solo album ‘By Name, By Nature’ ahead of it’s release later this year. He is best known for demonstrating an impressive 5-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as frontman of The Enid (2011-2016). Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

STEVIE JONES + MICK PANTER + STEVE BIRKS
Saturday January 11th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Wildfire Sessions, an acoustic showcase. 3-6pm, free entry

VICARAGE + SEMPER VERA + TORUS + TRAGIC
Sunday January 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Alt-rock night, featuring Oxford based Semper Vera and Bristol based Vicarage on their first UK tour. Plus two NN younglings with high hopes and taller talents. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 18th – Jan 7th

FUELED HATE + THE MOJO CITY REBELS + AXIS ERAZED + 521 Thursday December 19th The King Billy, Northampton Rock and metal night, headlined by Corby fivesome. Doors 8pm, free…

FUELED HATE + THE MOJO CITY REBELS + AXIS ERAZED + 521
Thursday December 19th
The King Billy, Northampton
Rock and metal night, headlined by Corby fivesome. Doors 8pm, free entry 

BABY LUNG + ELLE DELANEY + TRAGIC
Friday December 20th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The indie-blues group celebrate their first EP release, ShoeTown Blues, with a show at the Prince. Support from the well-respected, emerging NN jazz singer, and opening will be the teen grunge sensations, whose EP launch show last week was a sell out. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

LAY IT DOWN
Friday December 20th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban music night hosted by Leon Denton, with plenty of open mic slots should you be interested in bringing your skills. Doors 8pm, free entry

KAPOWSKI + BIG LOSS
Friday December 20th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
“The Greatest Pop Band Of All Time” [their words, not ours] reunite to play their indie hits, with support from the newish alt-rock trio. From 9pm, free entry

HUBCAP + SLOWLYMAN
Friday December 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A one hour set of motorin’ dirty psychedelic blues. Support from a new act from Northampton/Leamington Spa. From 9pm, free entry

SATAN’S EMPIRE + STILL REMAINS
Friday December 20th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Quality vintage metal from London and Northants, plus a couple of covers bands. From 8.30pm, free entry

HOWLIN’ MATT
Saturday December 21st
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Mat brings his unique blend of solo raw n roots blues for a Saturday afternoon. 3pm-6pm, free entry

NI NI SESSIONS
Saturday December 21st
The Melbourne Arms, Northampton
Live acoustic music from Hannah Faulkner, Celine Ellis, Tim Jon Brophy, and Cameron Grace. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Saturday December 21st
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
The local classic rockers bring the party, big stylee, for Christmas. From 8.30pm, free entry

KEIRON FARROW
Sunday December 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Sunday blues vibes with added jazz inflections, gospel power and field hollers. Also an abundance of furious finger-picked guitar. 3pm-5pm, free entry

ETHAN KENNA + JACK DONOVAN + WILL HARRISON-BATES + MURRON WINTER + SIAN ROBERTS
Tuesday December 24th
The Olde England, Wellingborough
A Christmas Eve acoustic extravaganza. From 4pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + MARIEKE VINK
Tuesday December 24th
Bar Encore, Towcester
Ni Ni acoustic session. 7.30pm to 9pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + ELIJAH MILLER + BABY LUNG + KRANKHEAD
Friday December 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Sarpa return to The Roadmender to celebrate the release of their debut EP “Say Something” on January 3rd. Support from London singer-songwriter, ShoeTown’s bluesy indie quartet, and the rockin’ hip-hop duo. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE DARKHORSE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + LOKI + TORUS
Saturday December 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Sick metal dudes The Darkhorse have organised a big end of year blast out. Bands from Northampton, Corby, and MK feature. Doors 7pm, free entry

BROADWAY TWISTERS
Saturday December 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Bedford’s incendiary brand of noir-country trash-R&R – think Allen Ginsberg meets Link Ray. From 8pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The Last Gang In Town will be delivering a high octane set, with a touch of funk, a touch of punk and a LOT of unadulterated Dealerism. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LUNA ROSA + THE BARRATTS + MUNDAYS
Saturday December 28th
Steel Park, Corby
The promoters know as Yuk have a new home for their nights. Expect absrasive and melodic indie rock and psych from these three NN talents. Essential! Doors 9pm, £5 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS
Saturday December 28th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Northampton’s unmissable live band, and a hometown show for Karl. Expect a mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod to The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Imperial Leisure sound system. Free entry

KID KLUMSY + ARMY OF SKANKS
Sunday December 29th
The Talisman, Corby
Coalville rockers and fellow Midlands punks support the Sex Pistols Experience. Doors 7.30pm, £11.50 tickets

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + KOYO + THROATPUNCH + SKIRT + GHOSTOFBLU + NAILBREAKER
Monday December 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
End of year exhibition to end them all. Six hardcore/punk/trap/extreme noise acts playing short sets. From 6pm, free entry

BLOOD-VISIONS
Tuesday December 31st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton 
The Northampton hardcore outfit ended the year on the high with an EP to be proud of, and a t-shirt everyone is talking about. They say goodnight to 2019 in the basement of the Gari. Skank and Fanny Pack DJ upstairs. From 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 11th – Dec 17th

DEADWOOD + THE BLOODY RACKET Thursday December 12th The Lab, Northampton Electro blues duo from France have earned legendary status on the European underground festival scene with their wild shows…

DEADWOOD + THE BLOODY RACKET
Thursday December 12th
The Lab, Northampton
Electro blues duo from France have earned legendary status on the European underground festival scene with their wild shows and demonic sound. Support from new synthy-noise outfit. Doors 7pm, £4 entry

SYNLAKROSS + 1000 SCARS
Thursday December 12th
The King Billy, Northampton
Spanish female-fronted band which plays a melodic death metal base, with some nu-metal and metalcore influences
Support from Leicestershire hardcore punks. From 8.30pm, free entry

TRAGIC + SKIRT + EX-PETS
Friday December 13th
The Lab, Northampton
Tragic are a punkish trio from Northampton, giving the complacent a kick in the eye. Their first, self-titled EP is out tonight, featuring the songs ‘Walking’, ‘Sloppy Kiss’, ‘Sammy Set His Bed On Fire’ and ‘Dirty Glitter’. Support from Corby’s punk-psych trio, and ShoeTown’s blitzkreig noisecore lads. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £3.50

DEMOCRATUS + KILONOVA + EXPETYA
Friday December 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Melodic death metal from Cardiff, thrash metal from Newcastle, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

NINE BELOW ZERO + CHARLIE AUSTEN
Saturday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
“Are We There Yet?” 40th Anniversary Tour. One of the UK’s finest Rhythm & Blues Bands, formed in 1979, they moving from selling out the Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon. Sussex singer-songwriter in support. Doors 7pm, £17.50 tickets

THE STRANGE + BLUE TONGUE RABBIT + DAN PIGEON
Saturday December 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Ramshackle rock and roll and post punk/synths [both from London], plus Northants songwriter and band providing snaking lo-fi music with groove. Doors 8pm, free entry

SLACKRR + NEXT YEAR + 1PENNYSHORT + WISHING WOLF + CRAWLSPACES
Saturday December 14th
Athletic Club, Rushden
A night of pop-punk and alt-rock, featuring bands from Southampton, Loughborough, Northampton, and Kettering. Doors 5pm, £5 entry

HUMBLEBEE + THE ABRAHAMS
Saturday December 14th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
In the afternoon get beautiful harmonies from the duo, and proggy folk in the evening from the local heroes. 3-6pm for Humblebee, 9pm for Abrahams. Free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CELINE ELLIS + TIM JON BROPHY
Saturday December 14th
The Duke of Wellington, Stanwick
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic showcase. From 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 4th – Dec 10th

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER Wednesday December 4th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees…

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER
Wednesday December 4th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees the return of great local blues band,  with support from the Brigstock proggers and the Northants troubadour. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HOMETOWN PROJECTS x SUEDE COLLAB LAUNCH
Friday December 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Clothing brand launch – with DJs and secret live acts. We know who’s playing – and trust us, you need to be there. Doors 7pm, free entry

MONARCHS + TRAGIC
Friday December 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
‘The Bookmark Show’, as this will be last gig from the Kettering rockers for “quite a while”. Support from the teenage punk trio. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HIMURA + NOTHING CLEAN + CASKET FEEDER + HOT COPS
Friday December 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Spanish headliners do death metal grind; before them its intense hardcore from Leicester, metal/hardcore from MK, and Northampton’s thrashpunk powerviolence men. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

LIANNE CARROLL
Friday December 6th
Old Five Bells, Northampton
The award-winning soulful singer Liane Carroll provides some pre Christmas rush therapy, along with Tim Harries (Bass) and Alan Savage (Drums). Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Friday December 6th
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Acoustic singer-songwriters – Leo Shirley, Celine Ellis, George Holmes, Jacksboro Highway, Chris Kent, Steve Birks, and Hannah Faulkner – perform. Starts 8.30pm, free entry

IN DEPTHS + DEPRAVITY + CALIBURN
Saturday December 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Chester metal quartet and Essex hardcore fivesome do the co-headline tour thing, with support from the hotly-tipped Northants metalcore gang. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

NEXT
Saturday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Minnesota trio were one of the biggest RNB boy bands in the 1990s. Doors 9pm, £12.50 tickets 

MANGO + LIFT TOWER
Saturday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
London psych quartet come to town – their next single ‘Demons’ will help you unload. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Chloe Spence, “her soaring vocals intertwine with a heavy dose of spontaneous musical carnage”. New jazz fusion quartet in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

HEALTHY JUNKIES + YUR MUM + TOKYO TABOO + POLLYPIKPOCKETZ
Saturday December 7th
The Kingfisher, Corby
The “Lips Can Kill” tour of edgy and vibrant London bands. Punk, rock and grunge sounds ahoy! Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday December 7th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Acoustic harmonising duo back at a favourite haunt. 3pm-6pm, free entry

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE ANTELOIDS + YOSHE
Sunday December 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic rock from Switzerland, as part of their Transgenic album release tour. Rugby’s awesome psychedelic Hillbilly junk music act in support, along with ShoeTown singer-songwriter. Doors 7pm, £4 members and £5 everyone else.

EDUCATING DAN + JIMMY CASH + ZAHRA LUCY/MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday December 8th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Christmas fair, with live acoustic acts. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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Across The Border: Nov 28 – Nov 6

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or…

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or so, hence we’re only going with basic listings this week to keep things relatively simple.

Some gigs to consider include Squeeze man Chris Difford who is heading to Esquires for a rare solo gig, folk stalwarts Steeleye Span who are playing two nights at The Stables in MK, garage give piece Avalanche Party and if pop punk’s your thing – get to MK11 for WSTR.

HEALTHY JUNKIES, TOKYO TABOO, YER MUM, POLLY P
Thursday, November 28
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

PETTY CRIMINALS
Thursday, November 28
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

EDGAR BROUGHTON
Thursday, November 28
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

SUMO CYCO
Friday, November 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI
Friday, November 29
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £20

CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE) & BOO HEWERDINE (THE BIBLE)
Friday, November 29
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £22.50

HENRY AND THE BLEEDERS
Saturday, November 30
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

THE BARRON KNIGHTS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £21.50

FOREST OF FOOLS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10

SKINNYMAN
Saturday, November 30
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

LUCY WARD
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10

AVALANCHE PARTY
Sunday, December 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

MAXWELL STRING QUARTET
Monday, December 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50

STEELEYE SPAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday December 3
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £30

BLEED SOMEONE DRY
Wednesday, December 4
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GOD COMPLEX, CREAK, DARKEST DAYS
Wednesday, December 4
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

THE PETE WYLIE SHOW
Friday, December 6
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

WSTR
Friday, December 6
MK11, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 27th – Dec 3rd

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE Thursday November 28th The Lab, Northampton Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the…

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE
Thursday November 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the middle, and debut show for ShoeTown trio led by Aisha Daisy [Ginhouse Gypsies]. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
BLOOD-VISIONS + TRAGIC + LIFT TOWER
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton art-punks bring their new self-titled EP out via True Friend Tapes, a record label set up by Katie Malco. Support from really-rather-good teenage punks, and new enigmatic group that is quite hard to describe right now, but trust us they’re something to get excited about. Doors 7pm, £5 entry
 
FIRST WAVE
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Established Leicester punk band with four successful/critically-acclaimed albums under their wings. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO TRIP + ALDOUS PINCH
Friday November 29th
The Lab, Northampton
Back for a fourth time., the three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe regularly plays their tunes, Tom Robinson also. A mix between John Shuttleworth, John Cooper Clarke and Jake Thackray. The band say they are influenced by people like Reeves & Mortimer, Half Man Half Biscuit and The Fall but their mix of rock ’n’ roll & dry West Yorkshire wit is unique. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets
 
ODDITY ISLAND
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Kettering-based psychedelic folk-rock band fronted by Alex Gardner. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
FUELED HATE
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Corby metallers back on the scene. Doors 8.30pm, free entry
 
OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Friday November 29th
Podington United Services Club, Podington
Bedford’s popular punk-skiffle troupe, with a Music Hall twist. 9pm start, free entry
 
KING OF HEARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday November 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The annual charity event [this year its supporting Mind Northampton], featuring “Northampton’s greatest ever band” The Jackal Nine, plus German warriors Hyll, plus The Comms debut gig, Deaf Trap, Pieces, EGO, Duncan Bisatt, Keiron Farrow, and Jack Vs Hotdog. Doors 3pm, £5 entry
 
GARDEN + SARA
Saturday November 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atmospheric alt-rock from the headlining quartet, new Hertfordshire singer releases her debut single ‘Little Nerves’. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
THE MACC LADDS
Saturday November 30th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Macclesfield punk stalwarts are reborn. Doors 7pm, £21.50 tickets
 
JIMMY PIKE & THE RED STARS + ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hosted by the United African Association Northamptonshire, a fun event of African and Caribbean culture and heritage – featuring live bands, African and Caribbean food, stalls, and fashion. Doors from 1pm [music in the evening], free entry
 
YELLOW DOG BLUES BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Blues, rock and Americana from the local six-piece band. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
POLAR + LASTELLE + LAY SIEGE + CALIBURN
Saturday November 30th
Steel Park, Corby
Rocked Up return after a brief hiatus with a line up of heavy riffs and solid bands – and its the first live music event in Corby’s newest live venue at Steel Park. You get London hardcore, atmospheric post-hardcore from Oxford, veteran sludge-metal Northampton quartet, and the rather good new Northants metalcore band. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets
 
THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday November 30th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Foot-stompin’ front porch music from the “boys”. From 3pm-6pm, free entry
 
SYTERIA + POWDERHEAD + DERADE
Sunday December 1st
The King Billy, Northampton
Headliners are Yorkshire rockers who feature Jax Chambers from Girlschool, Cambridger hard rockers in the middle, and “baroque metal” from the Suffolk area. Doors 4pm, £5 entry
 
BAD MANNERS + MAX SPLODGE
Sunday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Featuring Buster Bloodvessel, the band scraped into the Top 40 with their debut single ‘Ne-ne-na-na-na-na-nu-nu’. The follow up single ‘Special Brew’ went top 10 at the height of the 2-Tone movement, and was the first of many anthemic songs for which the band are known. In 1980 alone the band released two more chart-topping singles ‘Lip Up Fatty’ and ‘Lorraine’, along with their debut album Ska‘n’B and it’s follow up Loonee Tunes. Support from Splodgenessabounds frontman. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets
 
MATTY G & LI’L WINTER + BARNEY + SLAVA B + JESS ORESTANO + ZEN LUNATIC
Sunday December 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Norfolk duo headliners mix poetry, politics, and comedy within their music. King’s Lynn rock songwriter also in the mix. Doors 6pm, free entry
 
THE WEDDING PRESENT
Tuesday December 3rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Indie legends back again, for the 30th Anniversary of Bizarro. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets
 
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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 20th – Nov 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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