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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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