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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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Rocked Up Hootenanny 2018: your guide

The third Rocked Up Hootenanny festival takes place this Saturday September 8th at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby. Tickets are available for £25 by clicking here. What follows is the stagetimes…

The third Rocked Up Hootenanny festival takes place this Saturday September 8th at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby.

Tickets are available for £25 by clicking here.

What follows is the stagetimes across the three stage areas.

MAIN STAGE
12.15 The Touch
1.05 Haema
1.55 KOYO
2.45 Sharkteeth Grinder
3.30 Fights & Fires
4.25 Wars
5.20 Veins
6.15 Palm Reader
7.10 Acoda
8.05 Press To Meco
9.00 INME
10.15 Arcane Roots

YUK TENT
12.30 Penelope Tree
1.20 The Modern Age
2.10 Luna Rosa
3.00 Skirt
3.55 Century City
4.50 Monarchs
5.45 Sarpa Salpa
6.40 King Purple
7.35 The Scruff
8.30 Bloody Knees
9.25 Jamie Lenman

HIP HOP TENT
12.20 Detrimental
12.40 Jamzy Bandicoot
1.00 Real Junior
1.20 Normzilla
1.40 Cwidzy
2.00 MWM
2.25 Just Sean
2.50 Flash Peasants
3.15 EXP
4.00 The Untouchables
5.15 The Enablers
6.00 Comprehend
6.45 Stayboy Sun Sun
7.00 Strizzy Strauss
7.15 Stanza Divan
7.30 Lloyd Luther
8.00 Flame Griller
9.00 People’s Army

For more info on the festival visit the website and Facebook page.

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Bauhaus man Murphy to play second Roadmender gig

Former Bauhaus man Peter Murphy has announced a second gig at the Roadmender. The news comes only weeks after tickets for his headline gig at the venue on Thursday, December…

Former Bauhaus man Peter Murphy has announced a second gig at the Roadmender.

The news comes only weeks after tickets for his headline gig at the venue on Thursday, December 6, sold out in days. Murphy will now also headline the Roadmender on Sunday, December 2.

Bauhaus formed in Northampton in the late 1970s, led by Murphy.

They released five albums and despite disbanding in the 1980s, they reformed in 1998 and again for shows between 2005 and 2008. Their final album, Go Away White was released in 2008.

At both gigs, Murphy will be playing In The Flat Field in full as well as an encore of Bauhaus classics, joined by David J.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £32.50 before fees. For more information, visit www.roadmender.com

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Northampton Lab offers bands live recording opportunity

Community venue The Lab in Northampton will begin to offer acts the opportunity to be recorded live. Their statement: “We are thrilled to finally be opening up the field for…

Community venue The Lab in Northampton will begin to offer acts the opportunity to be recorded live.

Their statement:

“We are thrilled to finally be opening up the field for all acts of Northamptonshire to apply to be part of our exciting new project! We have been funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation to host this live recording project, in which we are committed to providing opportunities to up to 48 acts in the first year to be involved. All acts can apply, to perform live at a ‘Lab Presents’ event, where they will be filmed and recorded, and will receive two mastered tracks with video to use as they please. We hope this will enable acts to improve their social media presence, use the material to get gigs, and observe and improve their own performance. The footage will also be added to The Lab’s YouTube channel. In the main, the events will be hosted on Thursday nights, once a month”.

To apply follow the link here. For more information or queries then do e-mail the venue here.

Photo credit: The Lovely Eggs by David Jackson

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Can legend Damo Suzuki plays Northampton show this autumn

Damo Suzuki, Krautrock legend and lead vocalist [1970–1973] of pioneering German band Can, brings his Damo Suzuki’s Network project to Northampton. The ‘Network’ will be made up of local musicians, otherwise…

Damo Suzuki, Krautrock legend and lead vocalist [1970–1973] of pioneering German band Can, brings his Damo Suzuki’s Network project to Northampton. The ‘Network’ will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. Damo’s network project has taken place in 43 different countries with more than 7,000 musicians, making every show is different and unique.

Damo Suzuki’s Network play The Garibaldi Hotel on Bailiff St on Thursday November 1st.

Local sound carriers for Northampton have been confirmed as Josh Ryan [Little Bitboy], Joel Harries [72%, Sad Drone], Sophie Williams [Mrs Pilgrimm] Dave Crawford [Kinship], and Adam Gammage [Tom Grennan, Kinship].

Tickets are priced £10 and are on sale now.

 

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Twinfest 2018 – Your guide to who’s playing where and when

Twinfest is back at venues across Northampton from Thursday with bands from Marburg in Germany and Poitiers in France joining some of the best acts from across the town. For…

Twinfest is back at venues across Northampton from Thursday with bands from Marburg in Germany and Poitiers in France joining some of the best acts from across the town.

For the first time this year, Twinfest kicks off at The Great Hall in Guildhall with the Lamplighter, The Pomfret Arms and The Black Prince also hosting gigs.

Another first this year will see Club 43 hosting an ‘international jam night’ and Twinfest after-party on the Saturday night.

Heading to Northampton this year are The Flims and Hyll from Marburg and Mantras from Poitiers.

Below is a full guide to who who’s playing where and when.

For more information about the festival, visit fb.com/twinfest.northampton

 

Thursday:

The Great Hall, Guildhall, St Giles Square
Music from 7.30pm.

The Barratts
Sarpa Salpa
Mantras
The Flims
Drinsipa
Hyll
Kieron Farrow

 

Friday:

The Lamplighter, Overstone Road
Music from 7.40pm

Century City
Hyll
Leo Robinson
The Flims
Mantras

 

Saturday:

The Pomfret Arms, Cotton End
Music from 1pm

Deaf Trap
Deep Sea Mountains
Michael Kinder
Duncan Bisatt
Crybb
Kenneth J Nash
Straw Horses
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Club 43, Gold Street
International jam hosted and after party
From 10pm


Sunday:

The Black Prince, Abington Square
Music from 1pm.

Monarchs
Mantras
Mio Flux
The Flims
Skirt
Hyll
Pieces
King Purple
The Keepers
Yodaclub
Tom Rose and the Heathen Orchestra.

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Founder member of Brian Jonestown Massacre plays Northampton

A founder member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is set to play Northampton this September. Matt Hollywood spent 16 years over two stints in BJM, being one of the guitarists…

A founder member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is set to play Northampton this September.

Matt Hollywood spent 16 years over two stints in BJM, being one of the guitarists when the band formed in 1990. His latest project is Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings, which blends blues, country and psychedelia into a Lee Hazlewood/Serge Gainsbourg-style mould. Hear ‘Ghost Ghost’ below.

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings play The Lab on Sunday September 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.

https://www.matthollywoodandthebadfeelings.com

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Enter Shikari announce Roadmender return as part of 28-date UK tour

Enter Shikari are heading back to the Roadmender in January as part of a huge 28 UK tour. Tickets for the show on Monday, January 28, go on sale this…

Enter Shikari are heading back to the Roadmender in January as part of a huge 28 UK tour.

Tickets for the show on Monday, January 28, go on sale this Friday at 9am and cost £25.

Frontman Rou Reynolds said: “Our most recent UK tours have been of the ‘eight or nine shows in arenas / big sheds’ variety, so we consciously wanted to switch it up a bit going into 2019.

“Enter Shikari have always kept dipping back into more intimate venues over the years, no matter how big our headline shows have become.

“That’s where we cut our teeth. The heat-sweat-and-visceral-human-connection of smaller gigs is every bit the equal of the impressive-scale-and-expensive-production of arena shows.

“We’ve never seen the latter as an evolution away from the former. They exist on opposite sides of the same coin for us.

“It’s also no secret that austerity and the looming potential disaster of Brexit have seen people having to be a lot more careful with how they spend their money.

“With things being what they are right now, it doesn’t seem fair for only those who can afford the travel to a major city for a night out (plus the inevitable other costs that go along with it) to be able to see a show.

“Playing 28 dates across the UK is our way of taking what we do back to as many people as possible, in the most intimate and direct way.”

Enter Shikari are currently in the midst of festival season which has seen them play to huge crowds at Germany’s Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park and Vainstream festivals, Austria’s Novarock and Czech Republic’s Rock For People.

Tickets will be available from www.entershikari.com/shows

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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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