THE HERO DIES FIRST + SUNFALL + WITHIN GUILT
Wednesday August 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic Bedford metallers do a tour warm-up show at the Billy, with support from Guildford post-metalcore quartet and Bedford nu-metallers. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday August 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Nu breed of open mic for up-and-coming artists from Northampton; from the worlds of grime, UK hip hop, spoken word, freestyles, singers, and beatboxers. Feauturung Roll Blunt and a whole host of performers. Put your name down by messaging the page if interested. Doors 8pm, donations on the door

KATIE SPENCER
Thursday August 16th
Karmana Restaurant, Northampton
Hull-based alt-folk singer-songwriter Katie plays the Kingsley Park-area vegan restaurant. “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats”. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets. Karmana is a small place and limited seating available so do book

GYPSYFINGERS
Thursday August 16th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Ethereal folk-rock and pop band founded by Victoria and Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield), two artists whose influences contradict in a way which only highlights each element. Victoria’s classical training and love of dance music fuses with Luke’s folk and rock background to create a fresh sound of their own. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE SECRET GARDEN FESTIVAL
Friday August 17th – Saturday August 18th
Finedon Independent Wesleyan Church, nr Wellingborough
The second Secret Garden festival: three stages of live music, comedy and performance poetry, stalls and merchandise. Acts still to be announced. Hosted by comedian/poet Joe Fisher. Doors 2pm each day, £6 tickets

THE UMBRELLA FAIR’S TEA ON THE LAWN
Saturday August 18th – Sunday August 19th
UFO Pavillion, Northampton
The Umbrella Fair Festival on The Racecourse is a stripped-down affair this year, restricted to the Pavillion surroundings. There acoustic acts over the two days during the daytime, then special guests in the evenings. You get: Mark Teulon, Helen Virell, Dun Wiv Whiskey, Duncan Bissatt, Paul Strummer, Harrison Coleman, Amii Dawes, Vickii Stocker, Steve Birks, Rebecca Ryan, Crybb, Laura Baker, Beth Parker, Myjaike, and Kenneth J Nash, Inta Africa, and Jimmy Pike and the Red Stars [Saturday], then Alchemy, Tim Jon Brophy, Scott Walters, Hazeyjane, Oakleas Rise, Josh Wylie, Dynamix, Terry Slade, Wildflower Rogue, Pete Hatfield, Robyn Wilson, The Blue Foundation, Drones Club, Kings Gambit, and Repro Jam Squad [Sunday]. Music from midday, free entry

THE GREY DOG FESTIVAL
Saturday August 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Mental health charity awareness day. Mainstage acts are The Brandy Thieves, S.G. Wolfgang, Siobhan Mazzei, Stevie Jones & The Wildfires, The Abrahams, Kenneth J Nash, Hazeyjane, Amii Dawes, Charlotte Carpenter, Hippolyta’s Moon, Homeless Shakespeare, and Scott Walters. There’s a hip hop/spoken word stage and acoustic stage too. Doors from midday, free entry

KRANKSCHAFT + ELECTRIC CAKE SALAD + VERT:X + DEVIANT AMPS + COYOTE GROVE 
Saturday August 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A psychedelic, acid punk, electro space rock extravaganza featuring acts from Cambridge, Tamworth, Birkenhead, London, and Stourbridge. Doors 5pm, £10 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR
Saturday August 18th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Formed in Northampton in the early 1980s [current location: Northampton, Brighton, Yorkshire and Austria], the GU make twisted anti-authoritarian rocking blues. Think The Sweet meets Dr John. Doors 9pm, free entry

CRAZYHEAD + MYSTERY ACTION + SPITTING FEATHERS
Saturday August 18th
The White Hart, Corby
Crazyhead are an English indie, “grebo”, garage-rock band from Leicester, formed in 1986. Their songs ranged in theme from trenchant social commentary to the surreal, but always with an underlying vein of black humour, and they are renowned for their live performances. Support is voodoo rock’n’roll [also from Leicester], and disco glam punk from Corby itself. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

SHIRE FEST
Saturday August 18th
The Shire Horse, Corby
Shire Fest returns, featuring music from Prisoner, Doozer, The 182’s, Black Wave, Shadow On The Sun, Skirt and Tommy Crawford. Doors midday, tickets are £4 from inside the pub [under 14’s are free]

WILL WHISSON
Sunday August 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Having spent the best part of two years living out the back of a van and gigging across Europe, Will Whisson has returned to his Kentish roots to concentrate on writing new material while also gigging around the county. His recent solo live sets feature a brand new electric sound which sees him triggering samples and beats from his loop pedal to provide a refreshing foundation for his custom Fender Strat to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Doors 3pm, free entry