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slowthai picked as one of YouTube Music’s ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′. The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist…

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′.

The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist spotlight.

Other acts on the list include Mahalia, Octavian, Grace Carter, Kojey Radical, Sam Fender, L Devine, Dermot Kennedy, Samm Henshaw and Jade Bird.

This list has been compiled by YouTube Music based on a variety of factors, including YouTube views, engagement from global music fans and YouTube Music analytics.

slowthai said: “It’s a blessing to be shortlisted by YouTube Music for Ones to Watch in 2019. Love to YouTube and everyone else supporting me.”

The list is dominated by a mix of individual singer-songwriters and is notable for not featuring any groups, comprising ten solo artists – reflective by trends, views and insights on YouTube.

Over the course of the past year, slowthai has released a steady string of singles including ‘North Nights’ / ‘The Bottom’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Drug Dealer’ and ‘Rainbow’ – mixing rap, grime and garage influences.

In October, slowthai announced the Brexit Bandit tour which will see him play across the UK and Europe in March and April next year.

While there’s no Northamptonshire gig, the closest the tour comes is Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Wednesday, March 27th.

For more details, visit https://slowthai.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/slowthai

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New Slowthai tour announced

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March. The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to: March…

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March.

The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to:
March 26th: Glasgow SWG3
March 27th: Birmingham 02 Institute
March 28th: Manchester 02 Ritz
March 29th: Bristol SWX
March 31st: Brighton Concorde 2
April 1st: London York Hall

Dice pre-sale is open now here, and general sale happens from tomorrow [Friday October 26th] at 10am.

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month.  The band headline…

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month. 

The band headline the Northampton venue on Saturday, October 20, only weeks after the release of their latest album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.

Their 13th album sees the band revisit their back catalogue to reinterpret some of their most beloved songs with ‘strings and things’. It also features the new tracks How Far and The Somnambulist.

Echo & The Bunnymen formed in Liverpool in 1978 and are based around the duo of singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant.

Of the new versions McCulloch said, “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it”.

To enter the competition, email the answer to the following question to: 
competitions@newboots.uk
What is the name of Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 debut album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Bunnymen Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Monday, October 15.

 

Tickets for the gig are still available from the venue and cost from £32.50 before fees.
For more information, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk and www.bunnymen.com 

 

Competition Terms & Conditions:

This competition closes at 11.59pm on Monday, October 15, 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 SJM 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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Karl Phillips & The Rejects UK tour begins this week

Northampton ska-punk wasters Karl Phillips & The Rejects head out on a two month tour this October and November. The ‘Plastic Gangsta’ stars begin their run of shows this Saturday…

Northampton ska-punk wasters Karl Phillips & The Rejects head out on a two month tour this October and November.

The ‘Plastic Gangsta’ stars begin their run of shows this Saturday night, October 6th, at London’s Islington 02 Academy, and the dates wind up on November 30th at Bedford Esquires. In between you can catch the six-piece at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton on November 2nd [acoustic performance], The Three Cocks in Kettering on November 22nd, and The Lab in Northampton on November 23rd. 

Go see why Phillips is the ‘greatest roadman’ for yourself.

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Raging Speedhorn play first hometown show in four years next week

Next weekend Corby metallers Raging Speedhorn celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show at London’s Electric Ballroom. In order to prepare for that they’ve just announced they will play their…

Next weekend Corby metallers Raging Speedhorn celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show at London’s Electric Ballroom. In order to prepare for that they’ve just announced they will play their hometown the night before, Friday October 5th.

The last time RS played Corby was back in 2014, at The Zombie Hut, so this is undoubtedly a big deal. The show at The White Hart will see The Amazing Scurge and SharkTeeth Grinder support. They are no advance tickets, its simply £8 on the door once they open at 7pm. Good luck.

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KT Tunstall returns to Northampton Derngate

Following her 2017 performance KT Tunstall returns to the Royal & Derngate in Northampton as part of her 2019 UK tour. Her forthcoming album, Wax, focuses on the body and our complex relationships with physicality,…

Following her 2017 performance KT Tunstall returns to the Royal & Derngate in Northampton as part of her 2019 UK tour. Her forthcoming album, Wax, focuses on the body and our complex relationships with physicality, and she will be performing these shows with an all-female band for the first time.

The Derngate performance is on Tuesday March 12th, and tickets are available now, priced from £20.50 right through to £112 for the VIP package. Book here 

The Wax album, featuring ‘The River’, is released October 5th.

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More Bauhaus releases, with album series on coloured vinyl

Hot on the heels of the news of ‘The Bela Session’ EP is more Bauhaus 40th anniversary releases. To celebrate the milestone Beggars Arkive is reissuing records from the band’s…

Hot on the heels of the news of ‘The Bela Session’ EP is more Bauhaus 40th anniversary releases. To celebrate the milestone Beggars Arkive is reissuing records from the band’s catalogue on limited edition coloured vinyl. In The Flat Field and Mask will be released on October 26, The Sky’s Gone Out and Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape follow on November 23, and the Arkive series ends with releases of Burning From The Inside and Crackle on December 7.

In The Flat Field – bronze vinyl
The band’s debut studio album, released by 4AD and considered to be one of the very first “goth” albums. This was mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes
Mask – yellow vinyl
The band’s second album, and was released by Beggars Banquet in 1981. This album is mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes
Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape – white vinyl
Released in 1982, this is a live album, compiled from shows across the UK from 1981–82. This was mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes.
The Sky’s Gone Out – violet vinyl
The band’s third album and was released in 1982; mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes
Burning From The Inside – blue vinyl
Bauhaus’ fourth album and was the last of their studio albums of this era, released just after the band’s breakup in 1983. Mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes
Crackle – ruby vinyl
A selection of Bauhaus’ finest from their catalogue. Includes the “Tomb Raider Mix” of ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.

For more info visit the Beggars site.

As previously reported, Peter Murphy will be joined by Bauhaus co-founding member and featured guest David J for a series of shows in Europe and the UK, including Northampton’s Roadmender on December 2nd. They will play In The Flat Field in its entirety, plus an extended encore of Bauhaus classics.

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Bauhaus to issue ‘The Bela Session’ EP to celebrate 40th anniversary

‘The Bela Session’ EP by Bauhaus will this autumn celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation, with both a vinyl and digital release. ‘The Bela Session’ captures the first time the Northampton…

‘The Bela Session’ EP by Bauhaus will this autumn celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation, with both a vinyl and digital release. ‘The Bela Session’ captures the first time the Northampton band recorded together, just six weeks after forming as a band, on January 26th, 1979. This is the first release of that complete recording session featuring all five tracks, three of which are previously unreleased. This also marks the first official reissue of the single ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ on vinyl for over thirty years. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios. The white vinyl version is limited to 1000 copies, plus there is a black vinyl version too.

Bauhaus composed of Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and David J (bass). Venerated and highly influential, the band emerged from the post-punk alternative music scene of the early ’80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ is widely considered the original gothic rock record, and a cornerstone of the specific genre. Originally released in 1979 on Small Wonder Records, it failed to make the pop charts but remained a staple of the UK independent singles chart for many years.

To further celebrate the 40th year mark Beggars Banquet /4AD will be reissuing records from the band’s catalog on limited edition color vinyl, details of which are to be announced. Vinyl Me Please will also offer an exclusive edition of ‘The Bela Session’ on red vinyl in their member store.

Tracklisting:
1. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – 9:36
2. “Some Faces” – 2:29 – previously unreleased
3. “Bite My Hip”– 2:57 – previously unreleased yet later reworked, re-recorded, and released as “Lagartija Nick” in 1983
4. “Harry” – 2:56 – later released as a B-side in 1982
5. “Boys (Original)” – 3:03 – previously unreleased, later re-recorded and released as the B-side of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

Leaving Records, in partnership with Stones Throw Records, will release The Bela Session on November 23rd. Pre-order ‘The Bela Session’ via Bandcamp or the Stones Throw website [US site].

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The AudioStage live production project begins in Northampton

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded…

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded for their work. AudioStage was founded last year by musicians Dan Grannum and Marcus Still. New Boots spoke to them about the project, and you can watch the first episode below.

What is AudioStage?
We record live sets of talented, mainly unheard of artists and share it on our website, YouTube and social media at no cost to the musician. We are not in this for the money, but the love of music, talented people and a passion for creativity.

What was the inspiration/motivation for setting up AudioStage?
As musicians ourselves having played in bands for years it came from the observation that bands/musicians/artists can only get somewhere nowadays by having a wealth of content and a following, and that doesn’t come cheap when you start paying out of your own pocket to do it. We decided that no struggling musician should have to work a full time job to afford a roof over their head and on top of that put every spare bit of cash into their passion, especially when the cost of living is getting tighter and tighter. So we started AudioStage, we are removing the cost for content creation from the artist and recording three tracks in live studio quality with multiple high definition camera angles. Alongside that we do interviews, create teaser content and publicise the artists for two weeks on our platform.

Where do you film?
We actually film in The Pomfret Arms [Northampton pub/venue]. Their barn has this incredible sound so we literally walk in and set up with very little effort, it’s the perfect room for us.

It take the form of episodes, right?
So each artist is considered an ‘episode’ which runs over two weeks. First with a ‘coming up’ teaser, then a single track from their performance, the interview and their full performance. This essentially means we can spread their content across two weeks to give them greater exposure. We have eight episodes per series. In fact right now we are already starting to record the second series. Each series will be 16 weeks of content; there will also be a podcast to run alongside so you can understand the journey we as creators have taken to get to this point, and discuss issues/opinions we have of the work we are doing and the industry.

How do you see things progressing in the future?
Really for us the dream would be to be permanently set up and make this a full time job. In future for the artists we hope our channel grows and we can create content that people come from far and wide to be a part of. We are also already working on some subsidiary projects to compliment AudioStage, so keep your eyes peeled!

The first episode, with Rushden/London singer-songwriter Kelly Jane, begins this Monday September 10th. Jane said: “It’s so good to work with people who are genuinely so passionate and into the music. It’s refreshing to be in an environment where everyone is working together to create something amazing. It’s about having a good time and just enjoying the music”.

Watch the introductory podcast from Grannum and Still below, which further explains the ideas behind the project.

AUDIOSTAGE WEBSITE

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Billy Lockett to open for Jeff Lynne’s ELO across UK and Europe

Billy Lockett is heading for arenas across the UK and Europe after revealing he will open for Jeff Lynne’s ELO. The Northampton born singer songwriter made the announcement across his…

Billy Lockett is heading for arenas across the UK and Europe after revealing he will open for Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

The Northampton born singer songwriter made the announcement across his social media platforms today.

He will join up with the band for 25 dates during September and October, the nearest being three nights at the Arena Birmingham.

Lockett was due to play a headline gig at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 9 and other dates across Europe, but these have been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.

He headlined the Royal Theatre in Northampton earlier this year and the singles Fading Into Grey and My Only Soul last month.

Tickets to see Lockett play with Jeff Lynne’s ELO are on sale now via https://jefflynneselo.com

Billy Lockett will play the following dates with Jeff Lynne’s ELO:

09/12/2018 Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson Globe
09/14/2018 Oslo, Norway, Spektrum
09/16/2018 Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena
09/18/2018 Hamburg, Germany, Barclaycard Arena
09/19/2018 Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena
09/21/2018 Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
09/23/2018 Vienna, Austria, Stadthalle
09/25/2018 Mannheim, Germany, Sap Arena
09/27/2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
09/30/2018 Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena
10/03/2018 Glasgow, UK, SSE Hydro
10/05/2018 Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
10/06/2018 Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
10/09/2018 Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
10/10/2018 Birmingham, UK, Arena Birmingham
10/12/2018 Birmingham, UK, Arena Birmingham
10/13/2018 Birmingham, UK, Arena Birmingham
10/15/2018 Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
10/17/2018 London, UK, The O2
10/18/2018 London, UK, The O2
10/20/2018 London, UK, The O2
10/21/2018 London, UK, The O2
10/23/2018 Liverpool, UK, Echo Arena
10/25/2018 Dublin, Ireland, 3arena
10/26/2018 Belfast, Ireland, SSE Arena

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