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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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Raging Speedhorn reunite original line-up for 20th anniversary show

Corby band Raging Speedhorn have announced that they will be regrouping with their original line up on October 6th for a one-off reunion show at the Electric Ballroom in London….

Corby band Raging Speedhorn have announced that they will be regrouping with their original line up on October 6th for a one-off reunion show at the Electric Ballroom in London.

The news comes following on from a successful comeback started in 2014. Since their reformation, the band have tour nationally and internationally, racking up appearances at every major metal festival in the UK and released the comeback album Lost Ritual in 2016. The band see this reunion as a celebration of their twenty-year career. Drummer Gordon Morison had this to say:

“Really happy to announce that we will be celebrating 20years years or Raging Speedhorn on October 6th at the amazing electric ballroom in London with the original band this will never happen again so if you want to see us smash London go get your tickets now.”

Guitarist Gaz Smith, who left the band in 2008, will be returning with original guitarist Tony Loughlin and bassist Darren Smith. Gaz had this to say on the show:

“Starting Raging Speedhorn with the guys twenty years ago changed my life completely. It was and still is a huge part of me. I’ve never really been one for going back, as far as playing music goes, but to celebrate the twentieth anniversary with a special, absolutely one-off show was just too fun a thing to turn down. It’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait!”

Support is set to come from NOLA legends Crowbar, returning sludge demons Charger and Northants noiseniks Scurge. Jim Palmer, guitarist for both Charger and Speedhorn’s current line-up, commented:

“We’re excited to be able to bring the Fuzzbastard that is Charger to this show. It’s gonna be a mega celebration of times gone by and I for one am looking forward to reliving all those memories for one night. We may even have a surprise to reveal for our lineup. Volume over talent!”

The band recenrtly signed with Undergroove Records, and a new 7” is set for release later this year. The band are currently hard at work on their follow up to Lost Ritual.

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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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Don Broco add Roadmender gig to Technology LP tour

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour. The Bedford quartet released their…

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour.

The Bedford quartet released their third album Technology in February and kicked off their UK shows with a hometown gig at the town’s Corn Exchange.

They will headline the Roadmender on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 23, via http://myticket.co.uk/artists/don-broco

Released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this month, Technology became the band’s second Top 10 album and first to break the Top 5.

After selling out both their Alexandra Palace gig last year to more than 10,000 fans and their current tour, Don Broco will head to Northampton after their upcoming US tour as part of nine new shows which have been announced.

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

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below… REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS Friday…

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below…

REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS
Friday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The rising Sheffield indie rockers and [new RCA Records signings] with a touch of youthful joie de vivre headline a quality rock’n’roll bill featuring local starlets The Barratts, London/ShoeTown new psychedelic popsters Phantom Isle, and mysterious newcomers Citrus. The buzz is strong on this one. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LUNA ROSA + KIWI JAM
Friday February 9th
Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Corby
The Market Harborough headliners combine elements of hip hop, reggae, dub and pop. Luna Rosa play a special acousitc set, whilst the opener is the side project of Shaun Flynn of The Good Apples. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

SAIL BAND + MERCURY RISING + PROGNOSIS + ACOLYTES
Saturday February 10th
The Lab, Northampton
HOP Events presents Mammothfest Best Band, Northamptonshire leg. This competition pits the best unsigned talent against each other for the winner to perform at the highly regarded Mammothfest 2018. Expect metal, hard rock,  noise, and colossal riffs. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE BRANDY THIEVES + JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKULLS
Saturday February 10th
The White Hart, Corby
Mars Promotions and Grievous Angel Promotions present an evening of gypsy and punktry music, from Leicester/Northampton and London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 entry

KATHIKA RABBIT [SLAMBOREE]
Saturday February 10th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The breakbeat singer/MC from Manchester is special guest at this “house party” hosted by Madame Electrifie. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM + WOOLFORD SCOTT + NOTHING SCIENTIFIC
Saturday February 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Corkham celebrates the release of his debut EP, On Ice, with a live show. Support from local blues/pop rock quartet and the openers play covers. Doors 8pm, free entry

OVER THE INFLUENCE + HELL’S GAZELLES + WE ARE GIANTS + SWITCHBLADE CITY
Sunday February 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
ShoeTown hard rockers will perform their new EP [and more] to celebrate it’s release, and to celebrate the end of their first tour. Signed EPs and T-shirts will be available. Support from Oxford ballers Hell’s Gazelles, Northampton’s heavy hitting We Are Giants and Kettering’s hard working classic rockers Switchblade City. Doors 4pm, free entry

YELLOW BLUES
Sunday February 11th
The Lab, Northampton
A fundraiser for Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Q-Space, to support LGBTQ+ community and other equality activists, with acoustic duo Yellow Blues playing a live set. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door

CARA DILLON
Tuesday February 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter plays the Royal, performing material from her new album Wanderer. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

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Libertines drummer Gary Powell completes Changing Futures Week at UoN

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton. “The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of…

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton.

“The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of the past two decades is promised when he appears on Wednesday February 7th [plus other tales – he has at various times played with The Specials, Dirty Pretty Things and New York Dolls too] . His appearance has been organised by the Popular Music department to provide insights into the music industry.

Dr Jasmine Shadrack, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Gary to the University. He has a particularly brilliant story to tell about headlining festivals and breaking into the mainstream, to the dynamics of The Libertines and their reunion in 2014″.

Powell’s appearance is one of a series of special events lined up by the Popular Music department during their Changing Futures Week, a five day University-wide showcase of industry speakers. The event is open to current University of Northampton students, plus local school and college students. Guests can register their attendance by emailing schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last…

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last November, gaining her much radio and streaming plays. It has lead to a tasty residency at West London’s The Troubadour venue [where ‘Used To be’ will have it’s launch party on February 28th]. Mixed by Nick Bennett [London Grammar, etc.] ‘Used To Be’ comes with a blend of subtle beats & bass anchored to that Californian blend of synths and guitars – and of course her distinctive vocal talents. This special song should propel her into the heart of the industry – if it knows what’s good for it.

New Boots spoke to Brooks about the song and the path that led her to here. You can watch the video below too

When and why did you decide to start performing?
I have always wanted to perform, it’s something I have always felt is right and feels like what I am meant to be doing! I love it. I feel more comfortable on a stage in front of 500 people than I would in a living room with two people.

Did you ever play covers? What were your favourites?
Yes, with friends in local bars. My favourites would be Moloko ‘Sing it Back’, The Specials ‘Monkey Man’. Always so much fun. Basically just jamming through any 90’s dance banger was always a laugh.

Who is on your playlist right now?
The Neighbourhood; also loving Pale Waves at the moment and a bit of Portugal .The Man

Has your musical taste changed much from when you were growing up?
It has always been diverse. As a kid my older cousin gave me Nirvana Nevermind and the Spice Girls album on the same cassette! I grew up listening to a lot of Motown, hip-hop and Frank Sinatra. I would say my music taste hasn’t changed a bit, as I’ve always just listened to just about EVERYTHING.

Do you remember the first gig you performed?
At 11 years old I formed a band with a couple of lad’s in my class, playing songs that I wrote! They were very Oasis/BritPop kind of tracks. I actually don’t remember feeling nervous, just super excited to be playing on a big stage. I seem to remember having the most horrendous haircut and was going through a very grungy stage at the time.

Can you talk about what inspired ‘Used To Be’? It’s a very emotional track.
I wrote the track whilst in California, its about a “friend” that I had. At the time we had been on and off. It’s basically about wanting things to be like how they were; that it could be more simple – and how distance from somebody makes you want them more.

What was the musical process like?
This track started like many of my songs do. I had a riff that I had been noodling around with on the guitar and then I built the rest of production around that in Logic with a really pumping drum beat – almost a bit like Drake. I got the demo down at home and then brought it into the studio where everyone instantly got it. From there we built up the synths and added new sections here and there. It was a really natural process with free flowing ideas. The way I like to work is: no limitations and splicing genres.

Did you have much say in how the song was produced?
100%!! As a multi-instrumentalist I like to get as much of the original idea of what is in my head down to a demo at home before I work with other producers to take it to the next level and bring in new ideas.

How was it working with Nick Bennett?
Fantastic! Nick is a very good friend of mine so working together is always sound.

Did you have fun filming the video and visiting the States?
I have a lot of love for California and the States. Getting to film a video in my favourite place on earth with my amazing team…we had a ridiculous amount of fun!

What are you working on next? What can we expect next?
I’ve started work with another amazing producer, alongside releasing more new material over the next couple of months and will be heading across the pond again. Watch this space!

Used To Be is out to download/stream on Monday February 12th

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Lionel Richie to headline Franklin’s Gardens

Musical legend Lionel Richie has revealed plans to kick off his summer tour in Northampton this summer. News of this gig broke yesterday and alongside Paloma Faith announcing a gig…

Musical legend Lionel Richie has revealed plans to kick off his summer tour in Northampton this summer.

News of this gig broke yesterday and alongside Paloma Faith announcing a gig at Towcester Racecourse, it’s the second huge announcement for the county this week.

Lionel will headline Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, June 1. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 2, at 10am and we don’t expect they’ll be around for long.

Tickets went on sale to Saints season ticket holders today and email subscribers can get early access tomorrow ahead of general sale.

You can sign up for early access via the club’s website.

Lionel Richie has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and won for Grammy Awards

This will be the first time Richie has appeared in the UK since his 2016 All The Hits tour, which followed a phenomenal Glastonbury performance in 2015 – with more than 200,000 people flocking to the Pyramid Stage to make up the biggest crowd of the weekend.

Richie is known for hits including Lady, Truly, Hello and All Night Long.

A range of hospitality packages will also be available in the Franklin’s Gardens Boxes, Sturtridge Suite and Director’s Lounge. For more information about those, call 01604 751543.

General admission tickets will be available via ticketmaster.com, AXS.com, gigantic.com and alttickets.com

Not that you’ll need a reminder, but here’s some classic Lionel and a track which has notched up a staggering 61 million views!

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