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Best NN single 2019 – Cast Your Vote Now

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019. If you missed last year’s review, you can read it…

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019.

If you missed last year’s review, you can read it here. We’ll be doing the same again in December, but this time we want your help to choose the winner of the Best Single category.

You can cast your vote via the poll below. Voting runs until Midnight on Sunday, December 8.

We’ll let the poll run for about a week and then reveal the winner, along with the rest of our round up of the last 12 months, so keep an eye on our website and socials.

Best NN single 2019

Amii Dawes ‘Filthy’
Baby Lung ‘Casualty’
The Barratts ‘Lights Out in London’
Billy Lockett ‘Every Time You’re High’
Blood-Visions ‘01604ever’
Born Stranger ‘Moment’
Charlotte Carpenter ‘Follow You Down’
Empyre ‘New Republic’
Izzie Gibbs ‘I’m Not Sorry’
Katie Malco ‘Creatures’
Kenneth J Nash ‘The Explorer’
Krysthla – ‘Zero Sum Game’
King Purple ‘Warning Signs’
L30 Robinson ‘Paige’
Luna Rosa ‘I In The Centre Of Pride’
Robyn Wilson ‘Hotel Room’
Sarpa Salpa ‘Before It Goes Dark’
SkyFlood ‘Destiny’
slowthai ‘Inglorious’
Temples ‘Hot Motion’
Wishing Wolf ‘Closer’
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Across The Border: Nov 14 – Nov 21

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across…

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across the border. Some cracking options if you’re looking to leave to Northants for your music fix this week.

THE ROOM
Thursday, November 14
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Room was formed in 2010 by Andy Rowe along with Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson from neo-prog rock band Grey Lady Down. Recent history had seen the band tucked away in the studio, writing and recording their third studio album Caught By The Machine. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

THE COSMIC DEAD / THEE TELEPATHS
Thursday, November 14
Esquires, Bedford
Much loved psych rockers The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improv, chaos strewn, Buckfast smashed against the wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore with each album offering a meditative window into a certain time and space. Their eighth album – Scottish Space Race – is out now. Support is by Kettering’s Thee Telepaths. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.50.

JOHN OTWAY
Friday, November 15
Esquires, Bedford
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Teaming up with Wild Willy Barrett in the early 1970s, the pair’s first single. Gypsy / Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner. Esquires is a solo show. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

LIFE
Friday, November 15
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life’s second album, A Picture Of Good Health is out now. The LP was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Everything Everything, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Claudius Mettendorfer (Parquet Courts, Yak, Weezer) and follow’s their self-released debut Popular Music which was included in Radio 1’s best albums of 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

STEREO MC’S
Saturday, November 16
Esquires, Bedford
Stereo Mc’s formed in mid 80’s, inspired by electronic music and early HipHop. They pressed up their first 12” vinyl and started an independent record label called G Street Records which released many UK hip hop artists and signed US acts such as Jungle Brothers. Shortly after they signed to Island/4th and Broadway records and released their first LP and toured extensively Their third LP Connected was released in 1992 and became a worldwide hit with the title track becoming one of the best known songs. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

THE WOODENTOPS
Saturday, November 16
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Woodentops are a national treasure. Propelled into the arena by John Peel in the early 1980’s and furthered by Rough Trade they produced a slew of high energy singles that leapt out of the radio. One of the stand out albums of the period, Giant, led to one of the best live LP’s of all time Hypnobeat Live. A cut from this album Why Why Why is the principle crossover anthem of the second summer of love that brought the club movement of the late 80s. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £14.

KING PURPLE
Sunday, November 17
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
YUK is back at the Craufurd Arms with headliners King Purple. The Corby quartet released their latst single Warning Signs in September which fillowed the EP Time Alone. Support is by Cusp, Basement Strippers and .Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET
Sunday November 17
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Clark Tracey has had a long history of finding young talented musicians and presenting them in a professional environment. This latest group formed at the beginning of 2018 is no exception and has even been tipped as his best line up for several years. Their debut CD, No Doubt, was well received and showcases the best of young jazz in the UK. Doors 11:30am, tickets £14.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN ILLSLEY
Monday, November 18
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Along with Mark Knopfler, John was a founder member of the legendary band Dire Straits who, during their time together, sold more than 120 million albums. The evening will feature classics from the Dire Straits catalogue and also include a Q & A led by Paul Cummins (ex-Dire Straits management). Doors 8pm, tickets from £23.

LARKINS
Monday, November 18
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Alternative quartet Larkins’s latest single Not Enough came out in September and follows Live At The Albert, Manchester which was released earlier this year. For fans of Everything Everything and Foals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

JACK LUKEMAN
Tuesday, November 19
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. He is currently promoting his latest LP Magic Days. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £15.

MSRY
Tuesday, November 19
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Hailing from the city of dreaming spires, Oxford, usually reserved for academics and purveyors of knowledge, MSRY plays exactly as the name suggests – misery infused hardcore. Comprised of foru people who have a reckless abandon for their own well-being on stage and a need to rage harder and faster than anyone else. Their six-track EP Loss was released this month. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

TAV FALCO’S PANTHER BURNS
Wednesday, November 20
Esquires, Bedford
Raised in rural Arkansas, Tav Falco embarked on his long and distinguished musical career upon arriving in Memphis in the mid-1970s. Teaming up with local music legend Alex Chilton in 1978, the duo formed Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. Panther Burns thrived on the early 1980s music circuit. Despite Chilton’s exit from the live lineup in 1984, Panther Burns carried on and the band’s current discography includes ten studio LPs and numerous EPs, live albums, and compilations. Artists who have cited Panther Burns as an influence the Skids, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack Oblivian, and The Gories. Falco’s current album, Cabaret of Daggers, was released to fervent reviews in November 2018. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.50.

CLT DRP
Wednesday, November 20
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
CLT DRP sit somewhere between EDM inspired electro-punk and quasi-satirical female pop. Described by Dork Magazine as ‘Brighton’s best kept secret for the last year or so’, their latest single Speak To My is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £6.

JOHN POWER
Thursday, November 21
Esquires, Bedford
With a career spanning decades in the industry in both The La’s and Cast, John Power is back in the region for a solo show at Esquires. Cast’s first three records, all released in the late 90s all featured in top 10 of the UK album charts, shifting about a million copies between them. After a hiatus, they returned in 2011 with the LP Troubled Times and 2017’s Kicking Up The Dust. Support is by Tara Milton. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £16.

POLY-MATH
Thursday, November 21
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Poly-Math are an instrumental prog/math band based in Brighton and London and have been a mainstay at avant-garde music Festival ArcTanGent since 2013. New single Sensors In Everything which came out this month, followed last year’s LP House Of Wisdom/ We Are The Devil. Supporyt by Body Hound. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

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Across The Border: Sept 23 – Oct 2

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our…

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our border which we think you should have your eyes on.

MARTIN SIMPSON
Thursday, September 26
The Stables, Milton Keynes
More than 40 years after he recorded his first album Golden Vanity, Martin Simpson is renowned as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

THE PALE WHITE
Friday, September 27
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Following support slots with the likes of Sam Fender, Foals and The Amazons, a run of sold out Northern dates, huge festival slots across the country and acclaimed releases, Newcastle indie-rock outfit The Pale White are headlining The Craufurd Arms. Their latest single Unnatural is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

TRASH KIT
Friday, September 27
Esquires, Bedford
Trashkit released their new album Horizon earlier this year and have previously shared stages with the likes of Deerhoof and The Ex as well as playing at Stewart Lee’s ATP Festival and at Thurston Moore’s 60th birthday party. For fans of The Raincoats, The Slits, Marnie Stern and rhythmic guitar music. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

COLLAPSED LUNG
Friday, September 27
MK11, Milton Keynes
Collapsed Lung gained prominence with their hit football anthem Eat My Goal. Support at MK11 is by Wah Wah Club and Candidates. Doors 8pm, tickets £6.

SMITH & BREWER
Friday, September 27
The Stables, Milton Milton Keynes
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. Since then, they have performed across the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell. They recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

PULLED APART BY HORSES
Sunday, September 29
Esquires, Bedford
Leeds’ alt rock four piece Pulled Apart By Horses will be road testing material expected to feature on their fifth album on this short UK run of dates. The band’s latest LP The Haze was released in 2017. Support by Baba Naga and Faces Of Eve. Doors 8pm, tickets £11.

MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Sunday, September 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Ian Guillermo and Dudes, Jacobi Maro, NOVA, LestWeForget, Longbottom Leaf and Cerberus will all be playing at this charity gig which is raising money for Musicians Against Homelessness. There will also be food stalls including AVegetativeState. Doors 2pm, tickets £5.

MAN
Monday, September 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
With roots firmly planted in the fertile ground of the South Wales rock scene, Man were formed in 1968 and, pausing for a brief intake of breath in the late 1970s, have continued as a recording and gigging to this day. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the band. Expect some old classics and new songs with a new studio album also scheduled for release. Support is by Edgar Broughton. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

TIDES FROM NEBULA
Wednesday, October 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Warsaw trio Tides From Nebula kick off their UK tour in support of their new album From Voodoo To Zen which is out this month. Support is by Tides Of Man. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

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Spiral Archive celebrates 20 years of making Northampton better

This Saturday is a day to celebrate a Northampton music institution. Spiral Archive has been selling records and showcasing local bands for a whole 20 years now. In a world…

This Saturday is a day to celebrate a Northampton music institution. Spiral Archive has been selling records and showcasing local bands for a whole 20 years now.

In a world in which vinyl has taken a back seat to first CDs, and latterly streaming, that’s nothing short of miraculous. Inside an industrial-looking building on St. Michael’s Road lies approximately 50,000 items for sale.  Seriously. New and old music-related records, CDs, tapes, DVDs, books, t-shirts, mugs, badges, it’s all there. The man to thank? Alex Novak of course. He’s been at the helm since the very beginning, the first shop location on Wellington Road.

This Saturday August 25th you can join the celebrations two-fold

1. Spiral Archive the shop offers a one-day half-price sale on ALL STOCK. The shop opens at 11am for that.

2. Alex Novak plus guests will have a DJ party upstairs in the function room at The Charles Bradlaugh [1 Earl St] from 10pm to 3am, and it’s free entry.

SPIRAL ARCHIVE RECORDS 1999-2019. The record shop was opened in 1999 by Alex Novak (of The Venus Fly Trap fame) as an alternative to the mainstream stores. It is one of the few independent record shops left in the area.
Open WED-FRI 11-4pm/SAT 11-5pm [tel.07974 885450]
Or alternatively online; stores.ebay.co.uk/spiralarchiverecords
The shop stocks INDIE, GOTH, ELECTRONIC, INDUSTRIAL, ROCK, METAL, PSYCHEDELIC, PUNK, NEW WAVE, SKA, MOD, FUNK, SOUL, REGGAE, PSYCHOBILLY, ROCK N ROLL, SOUNDTRACKS and more.

To commemorate this auspicious milestone Peter Dennis caught up with proprietor Alex for a chat.

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AudioStage alldayer this Saturday

This Saturday August 3rd sees The Pomfret Arms host the first ever AudioStage Festival. As we discussed last year, AudioStage is a platform for recording and interviewing artists in an…

This Saturday August 3rd sees The Pomfret Arms host the first ever AudioStage Festival. As we discussed last year, AudioStage is a platform for recording and interviewing artists in an online series format.

Acts from series 1 and 2 of AudioStage will appear, plus exclusive sneak previews of the upcoming acts in series 3, plus some extra guests. The full line-up is:
Corinne Lucy
The Drones Club
The Vincent Vega Band
Jess Orestano
EMPYRE
Humblebee
Jono And The Uke Dealers
Kenneth J Nash
Brazen Foxes
Jacob Brathwaite
Little Bitboy
L30 Robinson Artist
Har-Q

It opens at 2pm down at Cotton End, in Northampton. New Boots spoke to organiser Marcus Still

How’s the AudioStage experience been so far? You’ve achieved a lot in first two series, and now the podcast too.
The AudiosStage experience so far has been really incredible. The number of acts we have worked with so far and the response we’ve had has restored our faith that people still care about unsigned musicians. It branches out further than we could’ve first imagined, with viewers and listeners all over the world now. The podcast we feel is our opportunity to have a chat to people we want to speak to, and hash out ideas amongst ourselves with invaluable advice from tried and tested experts in their fields for musicians. Also it’s a really good chance to have a bit of a laugh and relax while still providing entertaining content for our viewers and listeners.

What’s been your personal highlight so far of working on AudioStage?
My personal highlight is really difficult to pick from if I’m honest, there are so many amazing moments, breathtaking performances, hilarious interviews and podcasts etc. But from an achievement stand point I think it was the birth of the concept. It will always be the day I realised that I could do something with this passion for trying to elevate musicians, and try to get their great music to the masses.

Can you tell us anything about series 3 yet? When’s it coming/who appears etc?
I can: we have a release date of August 5th, which is only 2 days after the festival! Obviously we’ve released a bit of a teaser in regards to promo, you’ve already seen Steph Brown and Kev Minney on the date announcement social media post, no doubt more will follow and we will tease you with some more artists from series 3. We are going to playing some previews at the festival on August 3rd, which is where people will get the ability to check out the videos before they are released to the general public, so even more reason to come down!

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Twinfest 2019: full line-up revealed

The Northampton Twinfest weekender has announced the full line-up of acts for 2019, and where they will all be playing around ShoeTown. The Twinfest organisation celebrates the friendship between the…

The Northampton Twinfest weekender has announced the full line-up of acts for 2019, and where they will all be playing around ShoeTown.

The Twinfest organisation celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton, Marburg in Germany, and Poitiers in France, through music. The annual concert celebration is now 21 years young, and happens in 2019 from July 25 to July 28th.

This year the opening Thursday night at The Lab focuses on the Twintown artists from Poitiers and Marburg, with Oclaire (D), The Aries (FR), Cressy Jaw (D), Bazouka Groove Club (D), and Full Fiction (F).

Friday night is a double venue event. At The Garibaldi Hotel will be The Joe B. Humbled Band,  The Keepers, Deaf Trap, and Bazouka Groove Club. Meanwhile at The Lamplighter will be Vincent Vega Band, Krankhead, The Barratts, Cressy Jaw, Full Fiction, The Aries, and Oclaire.

Saturday is the first of two all day events, at The Pomfret Arms. There you can witness Laughing Man Marsh, Andy Hawkins, Oclaire, Jack vs Hotdog, The Aries, Fossilheads, Jono and The Uke Dealers, Kings Gambit, The Mental Straights, Tom Rose And The Heathen Orchestra, Full Fiction, Bazouka Groove Club, King Purple, and Cressy Jaw.

Then on Sunday on the Garden Stage at The Black Prince it’s the climax of the festival. This involves Dan Plews, Duncan Bisatt, The Aries, Oclaire, Death Alley Drivers, Cressy Jaw, Baby Lung, Full Fiction, The Jackal Nine, Bazouka Groove Club, and Phantom Isle.

Entry cover charge to each event is just £3. Weekend wristbands for all shows are available for £5 from here.

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Madness and Nile Rodgers shows this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend! This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums….

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend!

This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums. They celebrate this feat with a number of large shows, including an open air concert at Franklin’s Gardens, this Friday June 28th.

Speaking recently about their longevity, frontman Suggs commented: “I think the reason we endure is that we genuinely do enjoy ourselves. From the very beginning you could see the joy in the early videos we made and hear it in the records. The fact that we were friends before this band started is key. I genuinely think the whole spark or art of craft and creativity was a by-product of our friendship. I think that’s what people feel. It’s a genuine experience”.

Ticket prices start from £40 and include pitch standing, seating and accessible tickets. Paid car parking is also available at the venue.

photo credit: Getty

Also this weekend sees Chic songwriting legend Nile Rodgers at the Saints rugby ground too, on Sunday June 30th. Speaking about the live shows, Rodgers enthuses about the response they get. “We really believe in having fun” he explains. “Good times and happiness. People tell us that the happiness seems to last. Like in other words, after the show is over you’re still happy the next day! You’re still thinking about ‘man we had a blast last week’. I mean for me, at my age, having done so much music and have an audience really appreciate it, it blows me away…I don’t think there’s anywhere I can go on the planet where I can’t go ‘1,2, aaaah’ and then they go ‘freak out’’. It’s the funniest thing”.

Ticket prices start from £31.88 excluding booking fee.

New Boots has a pair of tickets for the NILE RODGERS & CHIC show this Sunday to give away. To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
From what city did Chic originate?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Nile Rodgers Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 26th.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on June 26, 2019. 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.
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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slowthai announces £5 UK tour, including Brixton Academy, pre-sale on now

Northampton man of the moment, slowthai, has announced five UK tour dates for autumn 2019, the pre-sale cost of which is just £5. The Nothing Great About Britain man played…

Northampton man of the moment, slowthai, has announced five UK tour dates for autumn 2019, the pre-sale cost of which is just £5.

The Nothing Great About Britain man played a low-key Northampton show last Friday at The Garibaldi Hotel to a packed and steamy room,  celebrating his debut album coming out. This “BET YA A £5ER” tour on the other hand is much grander. The dates are

SUN 13 OCT: Newcastle University Students Union, Newcastle
MON 14 OCT: SWG3 Studio Warehouse, Glasgow
WED 16 OCT: Manchester Academy 1, Manchester
THU 17 OCT: O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
FRI 18 OCT: O2 Academy Brixton, London

£5 pre-sale tickets are here, and until Friday 9am. Good luck!

Cover image by David Jackson.

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Twinfest organisers reveal the acts visiting from Northampton’s twinned towns

The organisers of Twinfest have revealed the bands which will be visiting Northampton from Germany and France when the annual festival returns in July. There will be three acts from…

The organisers of Twinfest have revealed the bands which will be visiting Northampton from Germany and France when the annual festival returns in July.
There will be three acts from Marburg and two from Poitiers joining other musicians from across Northampton for the four day festival.

Visiting from Marburg will be:
Oclairewww.facebook.com/oclairemusic
Cressy Jawwww.facebook.com/Cressy.Jaw
Bazooka Groove Clubwww.facebook.com/bazoukagrooveclub

Visting from Poitiers will be:
The Arieswww.facebook.com/lesariesmusique
Full Fictionwww.facebook.com/fullfictionband

Organisers are currently finalising the acts from Northampton which will be playing Twinfest.
Twinfest is from Thursday, July 25, to Sunday, July 28, and will include performances at venues across Northampton.

For more details, visit www.fb.com/twinfest.northampton

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slowthai to play Milton Keynes next month

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates. Those that pre-order the Nothing…

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates.

Those that pre-order the Nothing Great About Britain album via slowthai.com before 9pm on April 28th will receive exclusive access to tickets for the tour [existing pre-orders are already eligible]. Tickets cost just 99p.

slowthai plays the 300 capacity Milton Keynes venue on Tuesday May 7th. Tickets go on sale Monday April 29th.

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