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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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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 31st – Feb 6th 2018

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you! THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS…

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you!

THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS + GARDEN + KING PURPLE
Thursday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The Lab is the only Northants venue hosting Independent Venue Week shows. So we of course plug their three events! Opening night sees Bedford anthemic rockers, and new Sony Records signing, The Wholls storm into ShoeTown wearing their hearts and riffs on their sleeves. A trio of excellent county supports too means this will go off big time. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

SURGE
Friday February 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
Noughties-style angular garage/indie rock from Clacton-On-Sea, who feature a couple of UoN graduates. An intriguing show, as this gig is also a video shoot, and presented by local shoemakers Jeffrey-West. Doors 8pm, free entry (arrive early as there is limited capacity)

DEAF TRAP + 72% MORRISSEY + LOOSE TOOTH + WE ARE GIANTS + DRINSIPA
Friday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab sees Sound Munkey get the tribes together for a night of pleasurable noise from some of the county’s standard bearers of alt-rock and hardcore. Doors 7pm, tickets are £2 members / £3 standard

GARDEN CENTRE + LUNA ROSA + PORRIDGE RADIO
Friday February 2nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Two great acts on tour from Brighton sandwiched between Kettering’s kaleidoscopic pop noiseniks. Garden Centre  is fronted by ex-King Of Cats Max Levy; expect guitars, ultra vocals, and fun. Porridge Radio is a solo venture featuring “shouting, guitar, and swaying”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BLACK COAST + WARS + REAPER
Friday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Stoke’s melodic metallers return to play for Rocked Up, as do Rugby’s hardcore punks Wars. Local thrash metallers Reaper open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

FOREST OF FOOLS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES + HIB WORD
Saturday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
The third and final IVW at The Lab sees Forest Of Fools headline; they fuse traditional instruments with funked-up, high tempo beats to create “acoustic dance music”. The Ginhouse Gypsies are a gypsy/jazz/blues collective from Northampton, whilst HibWord is a solo female beatboxer of much repute. Doors 7pm, £4.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR + PAUL COX
Saturday February 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Folks against facism, doing their mixed-up thing since the early ’80s. Ex-Motherlode/The Earthmovers singer Cox makes Nick Drake/John Martyn acoustic solo moves in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

BAD GIRLFRIEND + 40 SHILLINGS ON THE DRUM + BLUE TONGUES
Saturday February 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Brighton folk-rock troupe 40 Shillings On The Drum bring their Early Days tour to ShoeTown. Brummies Bad Girlfriend bring the grungey confrontation, whilst fellow Second City dwellers Blue Tongues kick us off with some alt-rock/garage flavourings. They’re all raising money for The Music Therapy charity. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

STEVIE JONES & MARK GILL + KENNETH J NASH + THE WAY OUT
Saturday February 3rd
The Old Forge Team Room, Kettering
Jones and Gill reunite for an acoustic show to play tracks from their 2007 album Weather The Storm. Only 45 tickets available. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

 

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InMe, Flame Griller and King Purple to play Hootenanny

Rocked Up has today revealed the first acts which will play its Hootenanny at Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer. The promoters held an official launch night for the event at…

Rocked Up has today revealed the first acts which will play its Hootenanny at Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer.

The promoters held an official launch night for the event at The White Hart in Corby last week and have now announced Essex alt rockers InMe, jazz hip-hop trio Flamer Griller and Corby’s King Purple as the first acts which will be playing.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, InMe have toured the world, released six albums, played on some of the biggest festival stages in the UK and supported the likes of Deftones and Biffy Clyro. They are due to release a new album this year.

InMe will be main support of the Rocked Up main stage. King Purple will be playing the YUK tent and Flame Griller – which features vocalists and producers ExP, JND and Addverse – the hip-hop stage.

Flame Griller sold out The Hut in 2016. They have released two albums and have been championed by the likes of DJ Format, Frankie Boyle and DJ Yoda.

Corby rising stars King Purple have previously supported the likes of Dream Wife, Husky Loops and Jordan Allen. They are currently working on new material.

More than 100 people brought early bird tickets in the first weekend they went on sale. They are available now via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rocked-up-hootenanny-2018 until March 1.

There will also be an extreme sports area in conjunction with Adrenaline Alley and BBC Introducing in Northampton will also be hosting and filming acoustic sessions in its tent.

Rocked Up are expected to announce more of the line up in the coming weeks and months.

You can check out InMe’s 2015 video to Amnesty: Bonsai Forest below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Paloma Faith to play Towcester Racecourse this summer

Paloma Faith will headline Towcester Racecourse this summer as part of her 20-date tour across the UK. The London singer-songwriter, who released her latest album The Architect last November, comes…

Paloma Faith will headline Towcester Racecourse this summer as part of her 20-date tour across the UK. The London singer-songwriter, who released her latest album The Architect last November, comes to our county on Saturday July 28. Tickets go on sale on this Friday, February 2, at 9am.

Faith said: “I am so excited to be touring and to bringing the music I love to fans all over the country. “It has been wonderful to see how popular The Architect is, so I cannot wait to get on the stage and perform. We are going to have a terrific evening in Towcester”.

The Architect has sold almost a quarter of a million copies and spent eight weeks in the Top 10. It will soon be her fourth double platinum album in a row – a first for a British female artist.

Bronze tickets cost £37.50 [plus booking fees]. Silver and Golden Circle tickets are available for £45 and £55 respectively. For more details visit www.palomafaith.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.lhgtickets.com or www.towcester-racecourse.co.uk

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Slipknot Sid performance/talk at University of Northampton

Sid Wilson, best known as the turntablist from Slipknot [as well being a renowned DJ in his own right under the DJ Starscream monikor], visits the University of Northampton next…

Sid Wilson, best known as the turntablist from Slipknot [as well being a renowned DJ in his own right under the DJ Starscream monikor], visits the University of Northampton next month.

Invited by the Popular Music course, he will give a performance and take questions from the floor on Wednesday February 7th, providing “insights into the music industry”. Dr Jasmine Shadrack, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, told the UoN website: ““Sid has a wealth of experience to share, from being part of a band and touring internationally through to forging a solo career and conquering new markets. We can’t wait!”

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.

Slipknot shot to fame in 1999 with their self-titled debut album that was at the forefront of the emerging nu-metal scene.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 24th – Jan 30th 2018

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels… KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK…

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels…

KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK FAIR + THE MOBBS + DANIEL KNIGHT + JOSH WYLIE + more
Fri January 26th to Sun 28th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
New Boots cannot quite work out what the point of “Mayor-Fest” is [except maybe electioneering], but there’s no denying there’s some quality talent signed up for it (some mentioned above, and there is some covers bands too). Also the profits go to Alfie Bear’s Journey Fund, so postpone the cynicism and get down if you can. Doors are 7pm on Fri and Sat, 2pm on Sun. Tickets are £45 for the three days or £19 for each day.

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY LAUNCH NIGHT
Friday January 26th
The White Hart, Corby
Live music is TBC, but it’s a chance to learn more about the Rocked Up Hootenanny Festival taking place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on September 8th, and there’s a number of super cheap advance tickets on sale just at this event. Doors 8pm, free entry

FUTURE LOVE + LUCKY SHIVERS
Friday January 26th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Alt-rock heaven at The Lamp as these two talents collide. Last Future Love show for a while we’re told, and a rare show [full stop] for Lucky Shivers. So no excuses really. Doors 9pm, free entry.

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES + THE REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday January 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Acid jazz, baby! They have had a lot of hits and still deliver a great show; the soul fire still burns strong after 25+ years. ‘Never stop’ indeed. Doors 9pm, £23 tickets

DEITUS + FUNERAL THRONE + TRIVAX + OPUS MORTIS
Saturday January 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Acta Non Verba LP release show for the London-based black metal headliners. More extreme metal sounds courtesy of supports that hail from the Black Country, Birmingham, and Coventry. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

BLACK COAST + COVE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + XYHON
Saturday January 27th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Melodic metal from Stoke to headline, hardcore from Kent, plus the Midlands finest thrashers bringing up the rear. Doors 6pm, £5 on the door.

ROZISM + VELVET ENGINE + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday January 27th
The Lab, Northampton
This is a charity clothes swap event in aid of Epilepsy Society, followed by live music in the evening from some of Northampton’s nicest folk. Doors: clothes swap is 3-6pm, music is 7pm onwards, £2 entry

FEROCIOUS DOG + PATCH BLACK + EMMA McGRATH
Saturday January 27th
The White Hart, Corby
The Celtic folk-rockers will be playing a special set as a four-piece acoustic line-up, with singer-songwriter supports. It’s supposed to be sold out, so maybe check with the venue/promoter if there’s any way in. Doors 7.30pm

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 17th – Jan 23rd 2018

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway… OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE Wednesday January 17th The Roadmender, Northampton Sunderland’s…

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway…

OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE
Wednesday January 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Sunderland’s mighty Osiah are bringing their deathcore on a short UK tour, tonight is the third of four dates; support from the Midlands finest upcoming talent. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets or £9 on the door

JONAH MATRANGA + NON CANON
Friday January 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Matranga is the revered US alt-rock singer-songwriter who fronted the band Far and recorded solo under the onelinedrawing monikor.  Non Canon is the folkie solo project of Oxygen Thief’s Barry Dolan. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

SKYFLOOD + MIYAGI CAR WASH + KENNETH J NASH + CRYBB
Friday January 19th
Ex-Servicemens Club, Corby
The Harmonics Collective do their thing again. Kettering alt-rockers headline, plus folk rockers MCW play a rare show, singer-songwriter Nash, and an acoustic folk duo to open proceedings. Should be a winner. Doors 8pm, £2 on entry.

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VHS PIRATES + KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday January 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Katie Paton’s birthday bash, innit. A trio of tasty Northampton morsels to entertain the troops. It might get messy in the best possible way. Doors 8pm, free entry.

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Rocked Up to take Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway

The team behind Corby’s Rocked Up have revealed plans to take their summer Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer. While the promoters haven’t announced the line up yet, it’s…

The team behind Corby’s Rocked Up have revealed plans to take their summer Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer.

While the promoters haven’t announced the line up yet, it’s expected to be a mixture of local acts and national names. The Hootenanny has previously taken place at The Shire Horse’s garden and on the playing fields next to The Hut venue.

Aiming to put Corby firmly on the music map, the team of Marc Collins, Stephen Crook and James Hanson are hoping to attract between 1,500 and 2,000 people to the all-day event which is taking place on September 8.

The festival will feature three stages of rock, indie and hip-hop and later this month on the 26th there will be a formal launch event at The White Hart in Corby, where the first 100 tickets will be going on sale.

Super early bird tickets for Rocked Up’s Hootenanny will cost £15, early bird tickets £20 and general sale tickets £25. There will also be after party tickets will be available for an additional £10.

We will bring you all of the news and updates when the line-up is revealed, but in the meantime check out the festival on Twitter and Facebook.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 10th – Jan 16th 2018

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty. HALFLIVES +…

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty.

HALFLIVES + WE ARE GIANTS + VIA DOLOROSA + THRIFT STREET
Friday January 12th
The Lab, Northampton
Alt-rock female-fronted quintet from Modena, Italy released their debut album Empty Rooms in 2017, and continue to tour in promotion of it. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets or £8 OTD. Alternatively £5 with a Lab Membership card.

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GOLDEN DEATHMASK + EARLY BLACK + FRANTIC STATE
Friday January 12th
The Ex, Corby
Corby metal / punk / hardcore quartet celebrate the release of their second EP Volume II. Equally frantic / chaotic supports too, natch. Doors 8pm, tickets £2 or a fiver on the door.

POWDERHEAD
Saturday January 13th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Cambridge classic rock powerhouse quartet return to the scene of their 2017 triumph. Headbanging obligatory we understand. Doors 8pm, free entry.

AUSTIN GOLD + EMPYRE + MESMA
Sunday January 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Sunday afternoon session at the Billy. Peterborough’s anthemic Austin Gold headline, with Northants’ intense and ever reliable Empyre in the middle; local newcomers Mesma play their debut gig [and bring more of a hard/stoner rock vibe to proceedings]. Doors 4pm, free entry.

COAST TO COAST + THE YOUNG HEARTS + WISHING WOLF 
Sunday January 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Rising Brummie emo/pop punk rockers bring the shakedown to ShoeTown, alongside fellow alt-rockers The Young Hearts. Opening is newish Kettering quintet [them with the tasty riffs]. Doors 8pm, no info on cost online anywhere as far as New Boots could see [free entry then?]

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