Category: Live

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 14th – Mar 20th 2018

GREG COULSON Wednesday March 14th The Malt Shovel Tavern, Northampton Young Northampton bluesman, influenced by the greats like Ray Charles, Booker T, and Steve Winwood, is on his ‘What’s New?”…

GREG COULSON
Wednesday March 14th
The Malt Shovel Tavern, Northampton
Young Northampton bluesman, influenced by the greats like Ray Charles, Booker T, and Steve Winwood, is on his ‘What’s New?” tour and plays an intimate hometown show. Music begins at 8.45pm, free entry

KYSTHLA + ASCARIS + ASHEN CROWN
Thursday March 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Extreme metal headliners from Wellingborough who continue to make waves nationally, ably supported by Gloucestershire black metal and more brutal metal from the West Midlands. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DRINSIPA + LOOSE TOOTH + BLOOD-VISIONS + ACOLYTES
Thursday March 15th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Will the basement of the Gari be left standing after these lot do their thing? A night of punk/hardcore/noise to raise the spirits, and almost certainly send you deaf. Doors 7pm, £1 donation requested

BEDLAM BREAKOUT FESTIVAL
Friday March 16th / Saturday 17th / Sunday 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychobilly festival returns to the Roadmender for a weekend packed full of international rockabilly, psychobilly, garage thrash, and punk rock. Tickets are £10 on the door for Friday [doors 7pm], and £30 on the door for each day Saturday and Sunday [doors 12.30pm both weekend days]

JIMI MACK + DAMON TANG + ALEX GARDNER + KING PURPLE
Friday March 16th
The White Hart, Corby
The last Harmonics Collective event before they take a break, with headline sets from the underground folk/blues/psych artists Mack and Tang. Eclectic joy guaranteed. Doors 8pm, £4 on the door

WHO SAVES THE HERO? + THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + WISHING WOLF
Friday March 16th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
South Wales pop punk headliners, with Northampton emo rockers and Kettering alt-rockers in tow. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

ASHBORN + FUELED HATE + HAEMA + DIALEKT
Saturday March 17th
Devonshire Club, Northampton
Local metal headliners make their much anticipated Northampton debut, with similarly inclined Midlands supports. Doors 6.30pm, £5 on the door

THE ENID + VHS PIRATES + VIA DOLAROSA + ROBERT JOHN GODFREY
Saturday March 17th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The fresh Enid line-up bring back their tent antics to their neighbours The Black Prince garden, with an opening set from Enid founder RJG [who now works on solo compositions] and formidable local support. Doors 6pm, free entry

DON GALLARDO + LUNA ROSA
Saturday March 17th
The White Hart, Corby
The Nashville-based American singer-songwriter plays Americana/country/folk, in support of his new album Still Here. Local rockers Luna Rosa open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £8 tickets

GREASY DIABLOS + GARDEN
Saturday March 17th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Local punk/garage/blues headliners play the craft beer shop, with buzzy Northampton indie/alt-rock quartet in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

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live review: Jen Dobson

JEN DOBSON Club 43, Northampton March 5th A Northampton university graduate, Jen Dobson is a folk artist that has been playing now for seven years. I first saw her perform…

JEN DOBSON
Club 43, Northampton
March 5th

A Northampton university graduate, Jen Dobson is a folk artist that has been playing now for seven years. I first saw her perform before I started university on an open day, giving me great inspiration. Here she performs a heart-wrenching and emotional four songs; ‘A14’, ‘I Got You’, ‘Mess’ and ‘Jesus Loves My Girlfriend’. All four songs talk about real life matters such as friendship, religion and the issues faced in modern day. She speaks out strongly about LBGTQ+ subjects. This performance incorporates great audience participation, getting everyone to sing along and have themselves a lively and entertaining night.

The first song ‘A14’ starts off with spoken lines, which really puts you in the song and makes it easy to relate to. The way the song is presented feels very intimate, the vocals making it feel like you’re having a heart to heart with your friend. As the song hits the chorus it speeds up and Jen began to encourage the audience to sing “get me on the A14 with you in my passenger seat” and used this to ad-lib for the rest of the song that got everyone to join in and have a good time. Second song ‘I Got You’ shows real emotion and heartbreak as the lyrics come across again as very personal and intimate. The song content talks about being there for friends and gives a strong message. ‘Mess’ talks about serious issues but has an upbeat, fun sound – though the lyrical content talks about self-destructive behaviour. Closing song ‘Jesus Loves My Girlfriend’ talks about being both religious and being part of the LBGTQ+ community, confronting people’s opinions on that. The lyrics “Jesus loves my girlfriend just as much as your son” shows the negative affect people opinions may have and how it is unfair to discriminate based on sexuality.

Dobson’s songs are very touching and emotional; they make you feel like she is personally talking to you and contains a lot of feeling. If you have ever felt that you are going through a rough patch these songs are definitely relatable.

Katie Montford

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 7th – Mar 13th 2018

HELGRIND + DONKERKARNUFFEL + FUELED HATE Friday March 9th The King Billy, Northampton The Billy has become a traditional tour starting point for London metal outfit Helgrind, who are joined…

HELGRIND + DONKERKARNUFFEL + FUELED HATE
Friday March 9th
The King Billy, Northampton
The Billy has become a traditional tour starting point for London metal outfit Helgrind, who are joined by fellow Londoners Donkerkarnuffel [“Clowncore”] and Corby metallers Fueled Hate for a night of mayhem, head banging, drinking and theatrics. Doors 7pm, free entry

THRIFT STREET + WE ARE GIANTS + 16 DEGREES + THE TOUCH
Friday March 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Battle of the Bands organised by students from the university, in aid of Oxfam. Doors 7.30pm, £3 on the door

THE VIBRATORS + THE BLUE CARPET BAND + WRECK-AGE
Saturday March 10th
The White Hart, Corby
First wave UK punk rock, going since 1976 and still touring and recording. Support from a powerhouse five-piece garage punk rock’n’rollers based in London, and punks Wreck-Age open proceedings [made up of members of Crettin 77, First Wave and B Movie Britz]. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

THE ABRAHAMS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday March 10th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden

So it turns out there’s a craft beer shop in Rushden hosting gigs. Wow. Listen to Kettering progressive folk-rock skiffle, supported by similarly-inclined jangly rockers, whilst sipping on the General’s brewed delights. Doors 8pm, free entry

SUB CLOWNS + SOLARIZE
Saturday March 10th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro-Beat this month presents electro headliners and indie rockers in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

PROGNOSIS + REAPER + LEASHES + THOSE SNAKES
Saturday March 10th
The Lab, Northampton
The Mammothfest Heats keep on coming!  Progressive metal from Manchester, thrash metal from Liverpool, heavy sounds from London, and some psychedelic thrash metal from Stafford respectively. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

Also a shout out to Sarpa Salpa, Drinsipa, and Keiron Farrow who will be representing Northampton at the Mano MusikFestival in Germany this weekend. Do us proud!

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 28th – Mar 6th 2018

PHIL BEER Thursday March 1st Castle Theatre, Wellingborough Multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of…

PHIL BEER
Thursday March 1st
Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
Multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows, like this one on his ‘String Theory’ tour. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THAT JOE PAYNE + BORROWING BEES
Friday March 2nd
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Award-winning Ex-Enid vocalist celebrates the launch of his debut solo single, hosting his first show in almost two years with full band. Doors 7.30pm, £15 tickets

LOOSE TOOTH + FUNERAL SHAKES + EX-PETS
Friday March 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Hardcore and rock’n’roll sounds from Northampton and St. Albans. Lots of bang for your bucks here. Doors 8pm, £2 tickets

GARDEN + MONARCHS + KING PURPLE
Friday March 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
The Barratts launch their own clubnight, ‘Green Carnation’, with three of ShoeCounty’s finest indie rock’n’roll troupes. Barratts boys DJing afterwards too. Doors 9pm, free entry

WILLIE & THE BANDITS
Friday March 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Cornish classic blues rock three-piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LEASHES + STEREO SKULL + LIVING IN ECHOES + HAEMA
Friday March 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
More alternative sounds in the Mammothfest Best Band heats competition, all hailing from London, Northants, and the south-coast. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE MOBBS + HUBCAP + THE KEEPERS
Saturday March 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Say it ain’t so! One of the best bands to ever come out of ShoeTown are calling it a day. The Mobbs sign off their primitive garage rock’n’roll days with one last, presumably ferocious, show. Excellent support acts too make this unmissable. Doors 8pm, free entry

LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday March 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
8-bit Chiptune dance music, played live on a NES console and synths! Mr Skank on the decks before and after too. Doors 8pm, free entry

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Marmozets plug second album with Roadmender show

Alt-rockers Marmozets have announced a number of spring UK shows, including the Roadmender in Northampton. The band will play the 850 capacity venue on Wednesday May 9th. The quintet from West…

Alt-rockers Marmozets have announced a number of spring UK shows, including the Roadmender in Northampton.

The band will play the 850 capacity venue on Wednesday May 9th. The quintet from West Yorkshire released their sophomore album Knowing What You Know Now last month via Roadrunner Records, itself the follow-up to 2014 debut The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets.

Championed by the likes of Zane Lowe and having bagged prestigious support slots to Muse, the band was nominated in the Best British Newcomer category of the 2013 Kerrang! Awards and were voted Best New UK Band by Big Cheese magazine the same year.

Presale tickets go on sale at 9am today, with general sale beginning Friday March 2nd, also at 9am

Visit www.marmozets.co.uk for the full lowdown.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 21st – Feb 27th 2018

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry. SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH…

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry.

SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH WING
Friday February 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
An indie feast in Kettering with a quartet of terrific young acts, all doing their own thing but still complementing each other. This might get messy [in the best possibly way]. Doors 9pm, free entry

VHS PIRATES + PRIMAL  + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TYPE 22
Friday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
The last Pirates gig for a while we understand. Plus the ever entertaining Uke Dealers, Royal Blood-style primal rock from Derby, and local young indie punks to open proceedings. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS
Saturday February 24th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Hard-working indie mod rockers The Keepers and their ‘Take Me A Trip’ single launch, with a more whimsical/atmospheric support from DSM. Please note venue change. Doors 8pm, free entry

CATALYST + THOSE SNAKES + OPENSIGHT + WINTER’S EDGE
Saturday February 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The third Mammothfest Best Band heat at the Lab; this one featuring various shades of metal and prog from Milton Keynes, Stafford, London and Chichester. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

LUNA ROSA + THE BOPHINS
Saturday February 24th
The Horsehoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro Beat presents indie rock from Corby – Luna Rosa – with support from punk/alt-rockers The Bophins. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 14th – Feb 20th 2018

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick! BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY Thursday February 15th The Lamplighter, Northampton Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip…

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick!

BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY
Thursday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip hop/electronica. Acoustic singer-songwriter support. Doors 8pm, free entry

WARS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + STEREO SKULL + SIDERIAN + GARSHKOTT
Friday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Rugby-based post-hardcore quintet headline, with various shades of metal support [both local and national]. Phil Walker’s last Northampton gig, so show some support! Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DEATH TRAP + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLUE TONGUES
Friday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A trio of bangers: alt-rock kings, rap-rockers, and Brummie garage rockers. The first 50 people through the door get a free shot of Fireball Whisky. Doors 8pm, free entry

FLEISCH + REAPER + WITCH TRIPPER + VIA DOLOROSA
Friday February 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Heat two of the Mammothfest Best Band 2018 competition, with entrants from Liverpool, Nottingham, and ShoeTown itself bringing the noise. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

SAINT AGNES + MONARCHS + DRINSIPA
Saturday February 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Stomping riffy psych rock from London headliners (and future stars in the making we reckon), with prime Northants talent bringing up the rear. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

CANDIDATES + SKIRT + THE RELIGHTS
Saturday February 17th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie and Britpop flavours at The Lab this evening: Milton Keynes newcomers Candidates headline, ably supported by Corby indie punkers and Bedfordshire rock’n’rollers. Doors 8pm, free entry

PALM READER + CANVAS + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + DRINSIPA
Sunday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Rising Nottingham hardcore band headline, with the appropriate Midlands support bases covered. One to make the effort for on a Sunday, without doubt. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + RECKLESS INTENTIONS + BETWEEN THE LINES + SAFEST SPACES
Sunday February 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton emo/pop-punk outfit The Young & Restless play a hometown show to end their short tour with Reckless intentions. They play with similarly inclined MK and Bedford-based acts. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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Report: RedFaces, The Barratts, Phantom Isle, Citrus – Northampton

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning….

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning. Highlight of the RedFaces set? Probably ‘Kerosene’. Support came from a Northampton trio at different stages of their development: The Barratts are the kids that strut it like seasoned pros, Phantom Isle the London-experienced confident quarter ready to push on, whilst openers Citrus played just their second show with the vim and verve of people in love with what they do.

Here’s a few photos from the gig courtesy of David Jackson.

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

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Billy Lockett announces big show at the Royal & Derngate

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to…

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to his hometown for a headline show at the Royal and Derngate on Saturday May 19th.

The ‘Wide Eyed’ singer is currently on his first UK tour since 2015, which culminates on Friday in a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel.

Tickets for the Northampton show go on sale this Friday at 9am via Live Nation. Register with them beforehand and you can purchases presale tickets from Thursday 9am.

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Ginger Snaps announces first UK tour

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May. The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned…

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May.

The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned their attention to pop-rap since 2015, and have already knocked out four fantastic singles in ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, ‘Number Crunching’ and the most recent one, ‘Anorak’. 11 dates have been announced for the full band treatment, including a “secret show” in Northampton. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
Tuesday April 24th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday April 25th – Oporto, Leeds
Thursday April 26th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Friday April 27th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sunday April 29th – Northampton, secret venue
Tuesday May 1st – Gullivers, Manchester
Wednesday May 2nd – The Waiting Room, London
Thursday May 3rd – Bau Wow, Brighton
Friday May 4th – The Cookie, Leicester
Saturday May 5th – The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool [Sound City Festival]
Sunday May 6th – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle

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