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New Music Friday: Sarpa Salpa and Monarchs

Another Friday, let’s share some more new Northants tunes. Sarpa Salpa are quickly turning into something to shout very loudly about. Their second single ‘She Never Lies’ is as infectious…

Another Friday, let’s share some more new Northants tunes.

Sarpa Salpa are quickly turning into something to shout very loudly about. Their second single ‘She Never Lies’ is as infectious as you might expect from the Northampton foursome. There’s a very nice home video you can watch below. They launch the single with a show on November 11th at The Roadmender.

And not to be outdone Monarchs throw some amusing dance shapes in the clip for their new one, ‘Darker Shade Of Black’. The Kettering trio are also doing a single launch at The Roadmender, their one coming along on December 1st.

 

 

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Magic Wands share new single ahead of Roadmender appearance

LA synth-pop duo Magic Wands share their new single, ahead of their UK tour. The duo turn into a five-piece live band on their European ‘Abracadabra Tour’ in anticipation of…

LA synth-pop duo Magic Wands share their new single, ahead of their UK tour.

The duo turn into a five-piece live band on their European ‘Abracadabra Tour’ in anticipation of their third album, ‘Realms’, which is released February 2018. The first song from that album, ‘Loveline’, is available to listen to online now.

The tour begins on November 1st in Newcastle, and takes in Northampton on Friday November 3rd at The Roadmender. Support in Northampton is from local acts Fox Chapel, Garden, and Thee Telepaths.

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New Music Friday: Ginger Snaps, Jordan Mackampa

Sadly, not together (imagine that for a moment though). New tunes for a Friday from a couple of Northampton-based artists. First up Ginger Snaps, aka Jay Brook and chums. The…

Sadly, not together (imagine that for a moment though).

New tunes for a Friday from a couple of Northampton-based artists.

First up Ginger Snaps, aka Jay Brook and chums. The fourth single, following ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, and ‘Number Crunching’, is more kooky rap-pop, this time with guest vocals from Vo Williams. Speaking to Dork, Brook says that “Ginger Snaps is a thing that allows me so much scope. I’ve done a pop single, a funk single and this new ones a bit baggier. I’m enjoying just working with different musicians so it stays fresh!”

Jordan Mackampa, meanwhile, previews his next EP (‘Live From the Grand Cru’, due 2018) by dropping ‘Give Into The Dark’. The singer-songwriter is continuing to co-write material with Olly and Gayle from Turin Brakes, from which this song and the rest of the EP is made up. ‘Give Into The Dark’ is a typical confessional Mackampa gospel-folk tune that tingles the spine and burrows into the synapses on repeated listening.

Mackampa told Clash magazine: “I’m saying that the ‘real world’ feels less like a dream come true and more of a nightmare. So by giving into the dark, I escape to a place where I’m at peace, giving me the chance to runaway from the war I’m fighting; even if it’s only for a moment or two”.

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Ctrl Alt Fest Delete in Kettering this weekend

This weekend the annual Ctrl Alt Fest Delete returns to Kettering for it’s fourth outing. The event takes places across three venues over three nights [Oct 20/21/22] at the [soon…

This weekend the annual Ctrl Alt Fest Delete returns to Kettering for it’s fourth outing.

The event takes places across three venues over three nights [Oct 20/21/22] at the [soon to close] Prince of Wales, the Three Cocks Inn, and The Shire Horse.  The free event raises money for charitable causes, and this year the fest is in aid of Johnny’s Happy Place, the community hub/cafe on Rockingham Road [Kettering] that seeks to help those with mental health problems in and around Northamptonshire.

This years band line-up is vast. It includes…*deep breath*
KARL PHILLIPS AND THE REJECTS
THE FEVERS
Jacob and Phoebe
Kenneth J Nash Band
MIDNIGHT HONEY CLUB
ORANGE CLOCKS
Mary Bendy Toy
What Lies Within
Spiral Dive
Stereo Skull
Unitra 
OUTRIGHT RESISTANCE
Oddity Island
Miyagi Car Wash
Ginhouse Gypsies
The Abrahams
THE BRANDY THIEVES
James Watt and the Avenues
Hippolyta’s Moon
Alex Gardner
Acoustic metal with Unitra
Solarise
Family of Noise
Multimorph
THEE TELEPATHS
Skirt
Sharkteeth Grinder
Hanzo
The Final Clause of Tacitus
Bearfist
CHARGER
DJ Bobby Nightmoves
Aldous Pinch
Matt Adams
David Turner
Robert Reeves
hazeyjane 
JACOB BRATHWAITE
AIDEN PRYOR BAND
The Touch
Tom Rose and The Heathen Orchestra

You can visit the Ctrl Alt Fest Delete Facebook page here for up to date info.

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Rock in crisis? The Prince of Wales and The Hut both to close

Today it was announced that Kettering rock venue the Prince of Wales is to close at the end of the year. Publican Nina Hammond, who took over in 2015 following…

Today it was announced that Kettering rock venue the Prince of Wales is to close at the end of the year.

Publican Nina Hammond, who took over in 2015 following a £40,000 makeover, made the following statement: 

“It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know my time at The Prince is coming to an end. This is not a decision I wanted to make, or have made lightly, but unfortunately there is no alternative. Being brutally honest, there is simple not enough money coming in to pay what is going out. I’ve been trying to keep live music going at the venue but without continuous support from the public it is just not possible. I have tried charging on the door to cover costs, iv looked for investors, and iv tried putting on bands/events that people have asked for, but still we don’t see the bodies through the door. I’m sure you have all heard the term ‘use it or lose it’, and unfortunately this may now be another venue that closes its doors for good. It saddens me that I am unable to continue and make this venue work, but as mentioned before, the lack of bodies through the door coupled with rising beer costs, rising business rates and other general expenses, it is just no longer financially viable”.

The final day of trading day will be New Years Eve. This comes hot on the heels of the news that The Hut in Corby is set to finish in its current form at the end of November. The Rockingham Road venue only opened on weekends following the closure of The Zombie Hut at the end of 2015. The future of the venue remains unclear.

So, is rock and alternative music in the county under threat? What can be done to turn things around? Leave comments below if you feel so inclined.

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‘Shoetown Sounds’ events to mark the relaunch of NNBC Radio

This Saturday will witness the first ‘Shoetown Sounds’ live event in Northampton, which is to be a regular event that will pop up all over Northampton to promote community radio…

This Saturday will witness the first ‘Shoetown Sounds’ live event in Northampton, which is to be a regular event that will pop up all over Northampton to promote community radio and support local music by broadcasting the events live.

Celebrating NNBC Radio‘s “upgrade” on the September 30th and it’s renaming as ‘NLive‘ the event has a formidable line-up of five Northants bands/musicians who will be playing & broadcast live from The Lab [97 Charles St]. The line up is Charlotte Carpenter, O’Mahon, Burrowing Bees, Deep Sea Mountains and Hana Brooks.

It’s a mere £3 on the door, or you can pick up a wristband for free entry from the NLive team who will be on the Market Square in Northampton town centre, broadcasting live all day on Saturday.

The next planned event is also taking shape: its to be on November 4th, with Corinna Jane as the headline act, supported by Dan Hughes (and again at The Lab).

Visit NNBC Radio/NLive here.

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New Midland Sounds’ compilation released

A new compilation album featuring acts from Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands has been released to help raise money for charity. The Shoe Town Collective is a collection of independent artists and…

A new compilation album featuring acts from Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands has been released to help raise money for charity.

The Shoe Town Collective is a collection of independent artists and bands collaborating for charitable causes.

All downloadable profits of this album New Midland Sounds are in aid of the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

All 23 original artists are from all corners of the Midlands. “Known for its heritage in shoe-making”, so the collective state, “Northamptonshire has now become a vibrant centre for music-making – the artists here likewise gravitate around this Central Midlands Shoe town. We’ve got together and put together this collection of our works in the hope of spreading our net a little further. We’re representatives for what our humble shoe towns can provide but there’s lots more talent to discover”.

Artists on the compilation are Stevie Jones & The Wildfires, Freebooters, hazeyjane, Will Rogers, Kenneth J Nash, Fatbwoi, Ash Tu-kay, Steve Young, Aldous Pinch, Tim Jon Brophy, Averse Prospect, Autumn Dawn Leader, Mark A. Harrison, Lilith’s Army, Woolford Scott, Duncan Bisatt, Lew Bear, Rogue State Circus, DJ Jeffeak, Dan Hughes, Star Shaped Halos, Andy Griffiths, and Paul Strummer.

Songs are available to download from Bandcamp for 75p per track, or all twenty three songs for £12.99.

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