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FULL line-up for Twinfest revealed

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of…

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of Marburg in Germany and Poitiers in France. This year’s event runs for four nights across July 26th to July 29th.

Thursday July 26 / The Great Hall @ The Guildhall
The Flims [Marburg]
Hyll [Marburg]
Mantras [Poitiers]
Sarpa Salpa [pictured]
The Barratts
Drinsipa
Keiron Farrow

Friday July 27th / The Lamplighter
Century City
Leo Robinson
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Saturday July 28th / The Pomfret Arms [alldayer]
Michael Kinder
Duncan Bisatt
Kilamojo
Deaf Trap
Deep Sea Mountains
Crybb
Kenneth Nash
The Straw Horses
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Sunday July 29th / The Black Prince [alldayer]
Tom Rose And The Heathen Orchestra
Pieces
Yodaclub
The Keepers
Monarchs
King Purple
Skirt
Mio Flux & Patchy, The Rockstar
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Wristbands for the weekend cost a paltry £6 and allow admission into all shows. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

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The Lovely Eggs announce autumn tour, including Roadmender date

The Lovely Eggs are bringing the latest leg of their This Is Eggland tour to Northampton later this year. Having previously played ShoeTown in 2012 and 2016, the Lancashire duo…

The Lovely Eggs are bringing the latest leg of their This Is Eggland tour to Northampton later this year.

Having previously played ShoeTown in 2012 and 2016, the Lancashire duo of Holly Ross and David Blackwell will headline The Roadmender on October 21.

They have released five albums. The latest This Is Eggland, from earlier this year, was produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, MGMT, Tame Impala) at his studio in upstate New York.

With seven BBC 6 Music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio One and XFM, The Lovely Eggs have enjoyed huge support.

Marc Riley declared their singles “I Shouldn’t Have Said That”, “Drug Braggin” and ”Goofing Around (in Lancashire)” his official top tracks of 2015, 2016 and 2017, with the band also attracting airplay from DJs Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins, Gideon Coe, Shaun Keavney, Radcliffe and Maconie and Jarvis Cocker. 

Their songs have been produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), remixed by Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) and sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip.

Tickets are on sale for the whole Oct/Nov tour now.

The Lovely Eggs headlining The Lab, Northampton, October 2016. Photo by @davidtjackson.

 

 

 

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Arcane Roots and Jamie Lenman revealed as Hootenanny headliners

Rocked Up Hootenanny is keeping the announcements coming thick and fast, with Arcane Roots and Jamie Lenman among the latest additions to the line-up. Arcane Roots will headline the festival’s…

Rocked Up Hootenanny is keeping the announcements coming thick and fast, with Arcane Roots and Jamie Lenman among the latest additions to the line-up.

Arcane Roots will headline the festival’s main stage, with former Reuben man Lenman headlining the YUK tent.

The Rocked Up Hootenanny heads to Rockingham Motor Speedway on September 8th.

Other new additions to the line up include ACODA, The Scruff, widzy, Starboy, Strauss, Stanza Divan, Lloyd Luther, Exp and Normzilla.

They join the previously announced acts including InMe, Pres To Meco, Palm Reader, Veins, Wars, King Purple, Sarpa Salpa, Monarchs, Skirt, Luna Rosa, People’s Army and Flame Griller.

There will also be live demonstrations from Adrenaline Alley.

Ticket cost £25 for adults, £10 for children under 16-years-old, and free for children under eight years old.

For more details, visit https://goo.gl/ccah1N

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Shed Seven to play warm up show in Northampton this June

Ahead of their biggest headline show to date at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, Shed Seven will be playing a very special warm-up date at Northampton’s Roadmender on Thursday June 28th….

Ahead of their biggest headline show to date at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, Shed Seven will be playing a very special warm-up date at Northampton’s Roadmender on Thursday June 28th.

The York five-piece rose to fame in the 1990s and were one of the leading lights of Britpop with two gold albums and 15 Top 40 singles under their belt. They released their fifth album Instant Pleasures last November – their first release since 2001’s Truth Be Told. Instant Pleasures saw enough pre-orders that would have made it a Top 10 chart album every week of 2017. They celebrated the release with the biggest tour of their career, selling over 50,000 tickets across the country – and that was before any fans had heard a note of new music.

Shed Seven will perform at Sounds of The City on Friday June 29th, alongside Reverend & The Makers and The Twang.

Tickets for The Roadmender show go on sale 9am this Friday, April 6th via gigsandtours.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, and theroadmender.com.

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UoN launches record label; Beth Munroe first release

The University of Northampton have set up an in-house record label, WMTH Records (We Make Things Happen), announcing local artist Beth Munroe as their first project. The label, operated by academic…

The University of Northampton have set up an in-house record label, WMTH Records (We Make Things Happen), announcing local artist Beth Munroe as their first project.

The label, operated by academic Roy Wallace in partnership with the University, begins it’s activities by releasing a four-track EP from Munroe entitled ‘The Euphoria of Losing Everything’ on the April 26th at 6pm, to be available via iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Google Play. This will be accompanied by an EP launch party on May 18th at The Lab [Charles St, Northampton], as part of a full UK & Ireland tour in May & June. The tour is still being booked, but dates in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Isle of Wight, and more will be announced in due course. Physical copies of the EP will be available to buy at all of the shows.

Beth Munroe is a singer-songwriter working on indietronica [a mix of ambient/electronic indie rock, combining guitar music with elements of IDM/glitch music]. Her influences include CHVRCHES, Lorde, Muse, Bastille, and London Grammar. “I’m so excited to be working with WMTH Records, it’s like a dream come true after so much struggle”, says Munroe. “Roy Wallace is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable, as a musician himself he has that clear passion and understanding that’s just priceless. The production team in the studio have done an amazing job in making the EP sound exactly like I hoped it would, and my marketing manager Nicole Drury has looked after everything so perfectly”.

“It is a pleasure working with Beth as she is a truly unique artist”, says Drury. “Her powerful vocals and personal lyrical themes make for very catchy, relatable songs. The process we’ve gone through to get the music to where it is now has been challenging but definitely worth it and I can’t wait to share it with others. Beth should be very proud”.

The video below for ‘Masochist’ was directed by Jon Hogg in collaboration with UonTV students.

http://www.wmth.tv/record-label
BethMunroeMusic.co.uk

Update: also confirmed for release on April 26th is ‘Long Way from Home’ by Ellie McCann and ‘Surgery#2’ by The Doctor.

 

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EP preview: Ellie McCann

Ellie McCann is an acoustic folk artist from Bedfordshire, working with third year students at the University of Northampton to record and release her first EP, entitled Long Way From…

Ellie McCann is an acoustic folk artist from Bedfordshire, working with third year students at the University of Northampton to record and release her first EP, entitled Long Way From Home. Her EP is being released in April, including songs ‘Elephant In The Room’ and ‘Long Way From Home’, both with hauntingly brilliant vocals. Some of her inspirations include Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills &  Nash, and Hunter Hayes.

The first track on the EP, ‘Elephant In The Room’, has superb vocals, beautifully played guitar, and peaceful calming tones throughout. The lyrics are truly remarkable. ‘Ghost Train’ has a certain twang to her vocals bringing a real folk vibe to the song, with some breathtaking backing vocals [also performed by McCann]. ‘Long Way From Home’ includes palm-muting, giving it a real ‘get your lighters out and sway’ vibe. This track also includes powerful, relatable lyrics. The last track is ‘Pickup Truck’, a catchy love song, is sung in such a passionate way you almost feel as if it were you.

She is now in the finals of a competition called New Roots, showcasing young folk artists, and then will go on to perform at folk venues around the UK. She is also participating in Royston Folk clubs showcase.

The Long Way From Home EP is out on Spotify next month; in the meantime you can find her music on her Facebook page.

Report: Katie Montford

 

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Miles Kane to play The Roadmender

Wirral-born singer-songwriter Miles Kane has announced a return date at Northampton’s Roadmender. Kane the solo artist has been quiet recently as he shifted his attention to The Last Shadow Puppets,…

Wirral-born singer-songwriter Miles Kane has announced a return date at Northampton’s Roadmender.

Kane the solo artist has been quiet recently as he shifted his attention to The Last Shadow Puppets, his band with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, for their 2016 album release Everything You’ve Come to Expect. His last album was 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are, the tour for which also saw him play The Roadmender.

“It’s been too long since I’ve been on stage”, Kane says. “I cannot wait to get up and perform a high energy set with a couple of new bangers thrown in! Bring it on!” Kane is currently in the studio working on a new record.

This time he appears on Friday June 1st. Tickets are £20, and will go on sale from this Thursday March 29th at 9am. Visit The Roadmender site then to purchase.

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Brian Wilson to play Pet Sounds at Cropredy

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full. Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border,…

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full.

Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border, returns from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11.

Acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Released in 1966, Wilson’s masterpiece is number 2 in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper.

 

Brian Wilson

Joining Wilson on the opening night will be hosts Fairport Convention, Smith & Brewer, Police Dog Hogan and Oysterband.

On Friday, headliners the Levelellers will be joined by the BBC Young Folk Award winner, Midnight Skyracer, The Travelling Band, Cregan & Co, Le Vent du Nord, Marillion and Kate Rusby.

The final day will be opened by Richard Digance with sets by Eric Sedge and The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Will Varley, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Afro Celt Sound System and headliners Fairport Convention.

Three day festival tickets cost £135 until June 1.Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

To book visit www.fairportconvention.com

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Twinfest dates announced, submissions requested

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced. Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through…

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced.

Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through a universal love of music, with a festival each year in each location. 2017 was a cracker – read our review at the old site here. The 2018 festivities will take place Thursday July 26th through Sunday the 29th. Venue announcements coming shortly.

The organisers say: “If you’re a musician in a band or solo artist and would like to play then please get in touch and message us with links to your music. If you’d like to be involved in other ways, such as hosting our German and French visitors, helping with stage set ups and pa’s, helping on the doors or in any other way you can help, then please get in touch.

For musicians, please can you contact the team via the Twinfest Facebook page….and for anything else you can contact Bee Precious, Paul Brown and Kenton Precious individually”

 

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Tickets for Craig David and Rita Ora’s County Ground gig on sale tomorrow

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Craig David and Rita Ora’s gig at the The Country Ground in Northampton in September. This week’s announcement was the latest in a…

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Craig David and Rita Ora’s gig at the The Country Ground in Northampton in September.

This week’s announcement was the latest in a line of outdoor shows taking place across the county this summer which is already set to include gigs by Little Mix, Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith.

Performing tracks such as 7 Days, Walking Away, When the Bassline Drops, Nothing Like This, Heartline and I Know You, Craig David and his full live band will be performing hit after hit on Saturday, September 1.

He said, “I’m really looking forward to bringing my show and band to Northampton in September. This will be one of only a handful of shows I am doing in the UK this summer so let’s make it big night and a time to party.

“Having Rita Ora as my special guest makes this even more special as we worked together back in the day and I’ve always been a big fan of her and her music.”

Craig David has sold 15 million albums worldwide, has had multi Brit Award and Grammy nominations and is an Ivor Novello Award Winner.

Rita Ora has recently equalled the Official Chart record for the most top 10 singles by a British female artist.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 16, and cost £39.50 for Bronze tickets, £45 for Silver tickets and £60 for Golden Circle tickets. All prices exclude fees. All tickets are standing.

Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and 0800 988 4440.

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