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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 13th – Mar 19th

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + WAX LYRICAL SOUND Thursday March 14th The Lab, Northampton Psychedelic rock power trio from Switzerland with multi-faceted compositions and virtuosity, playing songs from their album Western Lies….

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Thursday March 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic rock power trio from Switzerland with multi-faceted compositions and virtuosity, playing songs from their album Western Lies. Support from energetic ShoeTown rap-rockers. Doors 7pm, £4 entry

BEDLAM BREAKOUT FESTIVAL
Friday March 15th – Sunday March 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The bi-annual psychobilly festival  is upon us. #27 is headlined by Restless on Friday, Nekromantix on Saturday, and Batmobile on Sunday. Local interest on the Friday courtesy of GoGo Loco. Friday opens at 7pm and is £15 on the door. Saturday and Sunday begins at 12.30pm, £30 tickets [or £60 for the whole weekend]. After-parties at The Bear too!

LAY IT DOWN
Friday March 15th
The Lab, Northampton
The usual crew perform at the urban night, now on a Friday[!] with special guest local garage MC Champagne Bubblee. Doors 8pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday March 15th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Harmonising singer-songwriter duo play a live set. Doors 8pm, free entry

CASSINI CIRCLES + MAKOBI
Friday March 15th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Formally known as Fugues, CC are a local electronica and trip hop trio. Now featuring multi-instrumentalist songwriter Yoshe Watson! Electronic wizard Makobi of [sane] provides the suitable support. Doors 9pm, free entry

EXP + DJ VERSATILE + FLASH PEASANTS + REALM CREW feat TUNGA, GUIGS, H & OG
Friday March 15th
The White Hart, Corby
A set from the main man from West Yorkshire rap crew Flame Griller, which will feature tunes from the critically acclaimed debut album, Remarkable/Unremarkable. Joining EXP on stage is veteran turntable technician Versatile aka DJ Leach, who will be providing first-class turntablism. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £4

ODDITY ISLAND + MUNDAYS
Saturday March 16th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Two of the most criminally underrated bands with an NN postcode, get some psych into you at t’Horse. Doors 8pm, free entry 

JESS ORESTANO
Saturday March 16th
The Old House, Wellingborough
Local blues-rock singer-songwriter returns to performing live in NN after a short break. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

CHRIS QUINN + HUMBLEBEE
Saturday March 16th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Shrewsbury singer-songwriter Quinn has been receiving glowing reviews in the  music press for his debut solo release Across The Divide. He has carved his trade for over a decade touring worldwide, and had a stint as the opening act for the Jools Holland Orchestra. Support from Kettering folk duo. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets [call 01536 330014].

CHRIS FOX + CORRINE LUCY
Tuesday March 19th
Old White Hart, Northampton
Accomplished Cambridge-based guitar player, Fox’s songwriting is centred on contemporary stories reflecting life, love, loss, and humour, as heard on debut album Parallel Crossing and follow-up Loose Ends. Supported by the chart-bothering local singer-songwriter. Doors 7.45pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 6th – Mar 12th

ACOUSTIC-US + WARD & PARKER + RUBY MUSE Wednesday March 6th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Kontra Roots night: with Northants country act led by Tammy Levy, a new duo who play alternative…

ACOUSTIC-US + WARD & PARKER + RUBY MUSE
Wednesday March 6th

Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Kontra Roots night: with Northants country act led by Tammy Levy, a new duo who play alternative jazz-pop, and a Huntingdon duo who play a rootsy blend of blues, jazz, folk, rock, and alt-country. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HAZEYJANE
Wednesday March 6th
Kettering Library
The folk-pop quartet will be playing two 45 minute sets. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

ROCKIN’ DAVE
Thursday March 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock solo artist. Doors 9pm, free entry

LOIS AMY + HER SONIC FRUIT + GINHOUSE GYPSIES + FOSSILHEADS
Friday March 8th
The Lab, Northampton
An inspiring clutch of excellent musicians, together to celebrate International Women’s Day. All door money will be donated to Northampton Domestic Abuse Services. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

DEAF TRAP + THE SNAKEMEN 3
Friday March 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Alt-rock and garage punk ahoy from this pair of reprobates. Doors 8pm, free entry

HUBCAP
Friday March 8th
The King Billy, Northampton
Local blues-rock duo shred hard and get you dancing. Music from 9pm, free entry

LEW BEAR + RAY BECK
Friday March 8th
Olde England, Northampton
The local singer-songwriters perform a night full of originals, classics, singalongs and comedy at the Olde England’s Real Ale Festival. Doors 8pm, free entry

MERRY HELL + CRYBB
Friday March 8th
Silverstone Recreational Association [Church St]
Joyous folk-rock explosion from the North West of England, plus folk-rock duo from ShoeTown. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets in advance only [available from the SRA or email/call Jenny on 07738826618/JenJayneMusic@gmail.com]

THE ABRAHAMS + ANTOINE & OWENA + DAN HARTLAND + SHELLY CARE
Friday March 8th
Earls Barton Working Men’s Club
Kettering’s cleverly off-kilter headliners make a rare [and acoustic] live appearance; support from multi-instrumental folk duo, an Americana singer-songwriter, and a local songstress. 8pm start, £3 on the door 

EASTFIELD
Friday March 8th
Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Birmingham/Northants three-chord punk rock with catchy tunes. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + MUNDAYS
Saturday March 9th
Club 43, Northampton
Northampton indie-psych quartet, plus three-piece psychedelic garage rock band from Northants. Doors 8pm, free before 9pm then £4

LIFEWRECKER + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + 72% + FERAL STATE + KITTIE SHITTER + NAILBREAKER
Saturday March 9th
The Lab, Northampton
London grind/d-beat/noise, Northampton grind/crust, ShoeTown noise-rock riffs, Leicester d-beat, fast hardcore from Leicester, and digital hardcore noise. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

STEVE HARLEY ACOUSTIC TRIO
Saturday March 9th
Corby Cube
Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, tours frequently with his Acoustic Trio, playing an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. The performance promises subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms. Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long- standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion]. The set will be built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums. Doors 7pm, tickets £28.50

THE HURRICANES
Saturday March 9th
Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
Long-running indie night Retro-Beat has found a new home, and kick off this run with Northants mod power-poppers who say “Let’s Go!” Doors 9pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Sunday March 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Original swing/Latin/jazz music, as well as some arrangements of good old jazz standards.  Doors 7pm, free entry

KT TUNSTALL
Tuesday March 12th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter returns to her regular haunt, in order to play songs that inlcude material from sixth studio album Wax. Doors 7pm, tickets from £17.50

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 27th – Mar 5th

THE ROVES + LUNAXIS Thursday February 28th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Jangly guitar rock and roll springing from the suburbs of North London. Chief songwriter James Wing along with his…

THE ROVES + LUNAXIS
Thursday February 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Jangly guitar rock and roll springing from the suburbs of North London. Chief songwriter James Wing along with his little brother Tom and a hard grafted rhythm section in Luke Evans and Brendan Monahan released their self-titled first album on One Man Movement Records this year. Local folk-rock support. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + THE BOPHINS + KATIE PATON
Friday March 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A charity night, where between the bands heads will be shaved! Money raised will be going to Charing Cross Cancer Research and hair will be going to The Little Princess Trust Charity where it will be turned into wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment. Musical delights of the rap-rock, punk, and folk form. Donation page link. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KENNY THOMAS + SOPHIA RIPLEY
Friday March 1st
Barratts Club, Northampton
’90s soul singer from London, who enjoyed eight Top 40 singles and two Top Ten albums. Support from Cambridge soul-jazz singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THE VICES
Friday March 1st
The White Hart, Corby
Brand new Dutch indie trio with their refreshing take on rock, surf and garage [think of The Growlers meets The Strokes]. Doors 8pm, free entry

ASHBORN + REAPER-X + LEST WE FORGET + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday March 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Hometown heavy metal headliners: Corby riffsters, Oxford proggy metallers, and MK metalcorers complete this banging line-up. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets

JIMMY PIKE & THE REDSTARS + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + DUBSKA MURPHYS
Saturday March 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
A triple whammy of live dub and ska music. Left-leaning political dub/reggae band, hard-working ShoeTown indie-folk heroes, and The Lab’s own Irish dub outfit. Doors 8pm, free entry

SHAKIN’ STEVENS
Saturday March 2nd
The Derngate, Northampton
An 18 date tour stops in ShoeTown. The platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be joined by his band to perform fan favourites, surprises and his hits including ‘Oh Julie’, ‘Hot Dog’ and ‘This Ole House’. Doors 7.30pm, £41.55 tickets

LUNAXIS
Saturday March 2nd
The Old House, Wellingborough
After months of rehearsals, Northants folk-rock group Lunaxis are back gigging. A genuine treat for the ears. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

EMPYRE + TAROT RATS
Saturday March 2nd
The Red Lion, Raunds
Midlands rockers Empyre perform intense, atmospheric rock, with a dark and introspective edge to their writing. Kent-based blues rockers in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

PAUL WALKER & KAREN PFEIFER
Tuesday March 5th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo combine their original material with a fine choice of folk favourites. Pfeifer adds her voice and alto recorder, tin whistle and percussive instruments to Paul’s voice and guitar. Supported by local super guitarist and singer Andrew Loake. Doors 7.45, free entry

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 13th – Feb 19th

JASON ACHILLES + CRASH FOX Thursday February 14th The King Billy, Northampton From Hollywood, Los Angeles Achilles returns to the Billy, playing as his eponymous instrumental & experimental rock duo. Support from…

JASON ACHILLES + CRASH FOX
Thursday February 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
From Hollywood, Los Angeles Achilles returns to the Billy, playing as his eponymous instrumental & experimental rock duo. Support from Northampton’s own garage blues duo. Music from 9pm, free entry

RONI SIZE
Friday February 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
20 years ago The Mercury Prize win for the Roni Size & Reprazent album New Forms brought drum’n’bass to the forefront of dance-music news. It’s anniversary re-release garnered huge support, cementing Size’s position at the top of the game. Selections of local DnB DJs such as AON are in support. Doors 10pm, £18 tickets

ALEX TRACEY
Friday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Yorkshire-based Tracey melds funk and indie-pop to create fresh, infectious rhythms. Doors 8pm, free entry

TOPLOADER
Friday February 15th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. In 2000 their cover of ‘ Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit and transformed them into a household name. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VELVET ENGINE
Friday February 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Ukulele fronted, outspoken quartet who are the flag-bearers for socially-conscious Northamptonians. Singer-songwriter Velvet Engine plays her first Pomfret show. Music in the barn from 9pm, free entry

WARS + I CRIED WOLF + WOVENLUNG + MUTINY
Saturday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Five-piece post-hardcore band from Rugby, with support from Banbury hardcore metallers, ShoeTown metalcore quintet, and new groove metallers from Northants. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

INCOGNITO + REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
’80s jazz funkers who made it big in the early ’90s via Gilles Peterson [‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’, ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ etc]. Doors 9pm, £27.50 tickets

P-HEX
Saturday February 16th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Local 18-legged sweary funk machine play live, promoting their album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 9pm, free entry

LEVI WASHINGTON
Saturday February 16th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Singer-songwriter, rapper, beat maker, multi-instrumentalist and former member of Grassroutes. Music from 9pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday February 16th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
Local reggae legends get on it down Far Cotton way. Doors 8pm, free entry

NEIL TAYLOR + CHRIS FOX + ZOE WREN + PAUL RICHARDS
Saturday February 16th
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Former Tears For Fears band member and guitarist for Robbie Williams playing live, with local support. Doors 6.30 pm, £13.50 tickets

STORMBRINGER + FUELED HATE + STONEPIT DRIVE
Saturday February 16th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Northants hardest rockers, Corby metallers, and local grungey rockers make up a formidable bill. Doors 8pm, free entry

ATTAN + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + THE DARKHORSE + CALIBURN
Saturday February 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Rocked Up presents the viciously filthy hardcore Norwegians, with mathcore and hard rock supports. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

SPRING PARK + KID KLUMSY + 5 GO MAD + LEFTOVERS + MR BADAXE
Sunday February 17th
The King Billy, Northampton
The ‘Abuse Your Confusion’ tour hits ShoeTown, the home of the punk headliners. Also on the tour are Coalville rockers, south-coast punks, and ska-punks from somewhere. Doors 5.30pm, probably free entry

ATTAN + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + CASKET FEEDER + CALIBURN + NAILBREAKER
Monday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The joint headline tour that hit Corby on Saturday rocks up to Northampton. All the cores taken care of here: support from metalcore from MK, hardcore from Northants, digitalcore from Rushden. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets

DUNN WIV WHISKEY + SHELLY CARE
Tuesday February 19th
The White Hart, Northampton
Another Great Knight Folk Club event, celebrating local original folk talent. Headliner play songs from albums Not Till Yesterday and Jonquille. Doors 7.45pm, £5 entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 30th – Feb 5th

LAY IT DOWN IVW SPECIAL Wednesday January 30th The Lab, Northampton The urban night moves from its usual Thursday slot for one week to be a part of IVW. Featured…

LAY IT DOWN IVW SPECIAL
Wednesday January 30th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban night moves from its usual Thursday slot for one week to be a part of IVW. Featured acts: Leo Robinson, Har-Q, Reality, Anonymous Impact, and RG The Baron. Doors 8pm, £2 entry

FOREST OF FOOLS + HOMELESS SHAKESPEARE + ALDOUS PINCH
Thursday January 31st
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab. Jump-up folkadelic, gypsy jazz, theatrical musical madness from Leicestershire and ShoeCounty. Festival royalty headline, plus experimental gyp-hop outfit in the middle, and the story telling gin-reaper himself to open. Doors 7pm, members £5 on the door, non-members £6.

THE KUMARI [pictured] + GREASY DIABLOS + TYPE 22
Friday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
London grungedelica trio headline this IVW event, with five critically acclaimed singles/45s under their belts [released on international indie record labels] and a self-titled debut album all available. Rushden-based garage/punk/filthy indie lads in the middle, and new indie punks from ShoeTown will open. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets/£5.50 on the door, Facebook event

BAD GIRLFRIEND + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Friday February 1st
The White Hart, Corby
First of two White Hart IVW shows. Authentic DIY/ punk Birmingham trio headline, with localish three-piece west coast stoner psych give off that shoegaze buzz, with the intriguing Kettering psych-folk quartet to kick things off. Doors 8pm, £2.50 tickets

SKIRT + THE KEEPERS + GAZELLE + ANOA
Friday February 1st
Steel Park, Corby
A night of indie, punk and rock’n’roll from Corby, Northampton and Leicester favourites. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets 

WISHING WOLF + WHO SAVES THE HERO? + DOWNCAST + PT-33
Friday February 1st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
A night of emo/pop-punk to blow the cobwebs away and kick 2019 off properly. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets/£5 on door

THE TOUCH
Friday February 1st
The Talbot, Kettering
The ’80s-style rockers kick off their 2019 campaign with a hometown show. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEAF TRAP + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
More IVW joy, from a trio of indie and alt-rock guys from Northampton and Daventry. Doors 8pm, £4 entry [£3 members]

GESTALT
Saturday February 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Electro art-punk from Leicester. From 8pm, free entry

KING PURPLE + THE BARRATTS + MIO FLUX & PATCHY THE ROCKSTAR + THETRAGICBAND
Saturday February 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
The grungey Corby trio were our ‘ones to watch’ for 2019. Support from ShoeTown’s finest in the indie and hip-hop worlds. £3 tickets/£5 on the door

ALISON LIMERICK
Saturday February 2nd
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Limerick will be performing ‘Where Love Lives’ [voted #1 dance anthem of all time by Radio 1 and Mix Mag]. Then club classics til 1am. Doors 9pm, £8 tickets

YELLOW DOG RHYTHM & BLUES BAND
Saturday February 2nd
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Northampton’s number one rhythm & blues band are back at The Albion for their first gig of the year following some studio time. Tonight will include the launch of their new five-track, all original, EP. Doors 8.30pm, free admission.

DIRT BOX DISCO + YEAR ZERO + HAZARD
Saturday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
The second IVW show in Corby. Flamboyantly-dressed punks return in promotions of sixth album Immortals. West Midlands punks in support, with Luton punks to open. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

ANNA BASSETT + PAUL GREGORY & MICK FARMER + JACK DONOVAN + SIAN & GINA + DANIEL BUTTERWORTH
Saturday February 2nd
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
HOP Events presents a night of local singer-songwriter talent. Doors 7pm, price TBC

KING’S GAMBIT + BEFORE BREAKFAST + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Sunday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
Folk superheroes of Northampton, all female indie-popsters from Sheffield, and the velvet-voiced singer-songwrtier from Wellingborough all make up the final 2019 IVW show at the Lab. Doors 7pm, £4 entry members, £5 non-members

 

 

 

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2019 live music preview

Hey it’s January, we know. Not too much to get excited about right this minute. So it’s time to look ahead to some of the shows that have been announced…

Hey it’s January, we know. Not too much to get excited about right this minute. So it’s time to look ahead to some of the shows that have been announced in Northants for the first half of 2019. All tastes catered for here with this top twenty…

Alison Limerick, February 2nd, The Picturedrome, Northampton

Al Lover, February 10th, The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton

Roni Size, February 15th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Incognito, February 16th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Martin Carthy, February 24th, The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton

Shakin’ Stevens, March 2nd, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

KT Tunstall, March 12th, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Corduroy, March 22nd, The Roadmender, Northampton

Sleeper, March 29th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, March 30th, The White Hart, Corby

Gentlemen’s Dub Club, March 30th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Sleaford Mods, April 18th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Stereo MC’s, April 25th, The Picturedrome, Northampton

Rozi Plain, April 26th, The Black Prince, Northampton

The Urban Voodoo Machine, April 27th, The White Hart, Corby

Electric Six, May 14th, The Picturedrome, Northampton

UB40, May 16th, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Northampton Music Festival, June 16th, Northampton

Madness, June 28th, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Vader, June 29th, The Black Prince, Northampton

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The New Boots Review Of 2018

It’s been a cracking 12 months for the Northants music scene, with musicians flying the flag for our county on a local, national, and international level. To celebrate, we’ve had…

It’s been a cracking 12 months for the Northants music scene, with musicians flying the flag for our county on a local, national, and international level.

To celebrate, we’ve had a run though of some of our favourite things this year. Before we get going, a quick caveat. We love all the acts we write about, but we can’t include everyone and talk about everything. If you or your favourite are not in there, just remember; there’s always next year…

So, without further ado here’s the ramblings of New Boots editors Phil Moore and David Jackson. Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year to all. [most photos by David Jackson]

SONG OF THE YEAR
Phil: “For me it’s Tom Grennan and ‘Barbed Wire’. Yes, Tom’s from Bedford but his backing band includes Northants musicians Danny Connors and Adam Gammage. Danny is a long-time local songwriter and musician and he co-wrote the single with Tom. I think it’s the best thing on his debut album Lighting Matches that came out earlier this year.”

Dave: “For me, it’s ‘The Modern Man’ by Ginger Snaps. Jay Brook has been putting out great records for years in Gingers Snaps, and with previous bands. I think ‘The Modern Man’ was an almost a perfect mix of what Ginger Snaps is about: great beats, scratching and guitar hook all rolled into one.”

Phil: “I also want to mention The Barratts‘ second comeback single from this year ‘The Garrison’. The band came back after a break from recording and that tune still has the essence of The Barratts but it’s moved the sound on with a bit of a harder edge. Luckily they’ve still got a brilliant way with a chorus.”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Phil: “This is a much harder category because we’ve had fewer albums out than singles, but the quality of those I’ve heard has been excellent. Three stood out most for me. Firstly Domino Blitz by Tim Muddiman & The Strange. It is a serious piece of art which he clearly put his heart and soul into. “It has a sort of Nick Cave / Tom Waits dark blues/noir rock feel, and has some great arrangements.

“Secondly Venus Fly Trap and Icon. This is possibly the best album they’ve done, which was a bit of a surprise. “It’s a diverse record with lots of memorable hooks, both guitar parts and vocal lines.

 
“It’s also worth mentioning P -Hex, who have been together for almost 30 years now and finally put out nan album, Quantum Funkanics, this year. I think they have previously not bothered to do an album because they thought they were predominantly a live act, but I’m glad they did because it is brilliant.”

Dave: “There’s not much I can add to what you’ve said, but the album I’ve probably listened to the most has also been Domino Blitz. I really enjoyed Tim’s previous record Paradise Runs Deeper so was looking forward to this one and it really didn’t disappoint. As you said, a great, dark bluesy record which I really rate. It was great to have him here this year playing some of those songs as well.”

BEST LIVE ACT
Dave: “Sharkteeth Grinder were one of the highlights at the Rocked Up Hootennany this summer, and one of the best local live bands I’ve seen this year. They were probably a band I saw photos of before hearing them live and knew they were someone I’d love.

“There’s a fantastic controlled chaos about them, and even with the disconnect of a main stage and barrier at the Hootenanny, Bobbo was out in the crowd, screaming his heart out putting everything into that performance. They’re just fantastic to watch live.”

Phil: “They refer to their performances as exhibitions and yes, they’re very passionate and seriously and in love what they do. They’ll play anywhere to anyone wherever there’s an audience. They’re one of the sincerest bands I’ve ever spoken to. If you like hardcore they’re absolutely a band for you.

“I’d also like to mention Karl Phillips and The Rejects. I’ve only seen Karl and krew a couple of times this year, but they are very tight and very entertaining. Karl has tons of personality, and the band went on a massive tour this year, which takes guts in this day and age. Each venue that books them seems to fall in love with them and want them back.

“More new songs in 2019 please Karl.”

EVENT OF THE YEAR
Dave: “I’ve just mentioned it, but the Rocked Up Hootenanny was amazing and without doubt one of my highlights of the year. What Marc Collins and the Rocked Up team and other promoters involved achieved in 2018 was fantastic. 

“The Hootenanny has been growing year by year and the ambition to create something on that scale has to be massively applauded.
“There was a fantastic mix of local and national touring acts and to get the final full show by Arcane Roots was as huge coup.

“Yeah, it was a bit windy, but it was a great day and the organisers did a great job of pulling together a really diverse day of music with rock, alternative and hip-hop across three stages. Hopefully, despite his pending move to Hamburg, Marc and the team will be back next year with another Hootenanny.”

Phil: “The event of the year for me has to be the return of Bauhaus – if only under the name of Peter Murphy and David J. “The pair hadn’t played Bauhaus material together in this town for 36 years and that in itself was a huge moment for Northampton – and they played two shows!

“I went to the first and it was fantastic tour de force. Their music, which was always visceral and revolutionary, sounded great and I feel it was a moment you had to revel in.”

Dave: “We also have to mention Twinfest, as each year it goes from strength to strength.
“It opened for the first time on the Thursday in the Guildhall’s Great Hall, which felt really special. It was a great opening night, and I hope they’re able to do something similar again next year.”

Phil: “The organisers were very on it this year, and utilised each of the venues really well. It’s a very small-scale organisation working on a small budget and they are maximising the results. All power to them for achieving that – I hope they can keep it up in the future.”

BEST TOURING ACT TO COME TO NORTHANTS
David: “I think it’s been another strong year for bands coming to the county, and for me a couple stick out. It was great to see post-hardcore legend and former Far frontman Jonah Matranga play all of Water & Solutions at the White Hart in Corby.

“Jonah seems to be over in the UK every couple of years and besides being one of the nicest guys his work rate is incredible. It was the first time I’d seen Jonah play with a band as he normally just tours acoustically. Rob Reeves from Run Your Tongue also deserves a ‘thanks’ for making that gig happen.

“My second choice would probably be Gary Numan at the Roadmender. When you look at the size of shows Numan is playing it was a real coup for Northampton to get a show. He’s still writing fantastic songs and his last couple of albums I think have been among the best of his career. Another mention must go to Tim Muddiman representing Northampton on bass for Numan.”

Phil: “It was a big, big deal for him to come and play a show that size and we’re lucky. I’m sure Tim helped make that happen.

“I’d like to pick Don Broco. They’ve had a massive year with their album Technologyand they’re playing to packed audiences. The Roadmender gig sold out almost immediately and they’re from the region so a big shout out must go to them for their amazing efforts and great live show.

“Also, The Lovely Eggs. One of my favourite DIY bands, who also came to the Roadmender. They’ve been growing year by year and are releasing quality albums and playing quality shows. The atmosphere at their gigs is always extremely friendly, and you feel like you’re part of their family. Which is apt, as they also bring their kid on tour as well!”

ACT OF THE YEAR
Dave: “I think there’s two we need to talk about here: Sarpa Salpa and slowthai.

“The Sarpa lads put in an incredible amount of work this year. They played more than 20 festivals, countless regular shows and supported some big acts along the way, while also headlining the MaNo-Musikfestival in Germany, playing to about 2,000 people.

“They’ve released a couple of great singles and filled venues across the region.”

Phil: “They’ve had a fantastic year and are the whole package really. “They’ve gigged their asses off and are a great representation of what you can achieve. We love them and will continue to support them as much as we can.

“Next for them, I think, is start to get getting more national press/radio exposure, and then we can expect big things beyond conquering the east Midlands.”

Dave: “Onto slowthai – who currently is gracing the cover of numerous major publications while featuring in a lot of ‘2019 hype’ lists.

Phil: “While he’s not been working the local scene as such,  he is very much a product of Northampton and is heading for the stars as we speak.

“2018 has been a phenomenal rise and breakthrough year for him. He’s put out a succession of riotous singles, and the snowball just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We may not see him locally much more, but he’s a guy with bucket loads of charm and we should all love him.”

FLYING THE FLAG – REPPING NORTHANTS AROUND THE GLOBE
Dave: “Billy Lockett. He’s had a hell of a year, hasn’t he. Seeing the ELO tour poster with his name on, playing every major stadium in the UK and Europe was great.

“I went to one of the London O2 Arena shows and it was incredible to see Billy’s name in lights either side of the stage, and the reaction he was getting from fans. It was only a few years ago it seems he was still trying to work out exactly who he wanted to be, trying different line-ups and formats and it all seems to have clicked this year for him.

“He’s released some cracking songs along the way as well.”

Phil: “This year was a real moment for him. I think you could tell how much it meant to him to come and fill the Royal back in May I really think now the sky is the limit for him.”

Dave: “We must also mention Alistair Wilkinson who has been playing drums with him as well.”

Phil: “Yeah, he’s a great guy with a lot of talent. He’s very in demand as a session drummer and I hope they continue to work together because it will really feel like a Northampton band then.”

Phil: “We’ve already mentioned Adam Gammage and Danny Connors playing with Tom Grennan, and it’s worth pointing out guys have been rehearsing at Stalkers Rehearsal Studio in Northampton. It’s amazing when you think we have top ten artists on our doorstep like that.

Greg Coulson is now playing keyboards in Spiritualized, which is fantastic for him, and you have to continually mention Ben Gordelier and Andy Crofts recording and playing with Paul Weller.

“Weller released his best album in years in 2018 with True Meanings, and they played some fantastic gigs. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them two next year with the return of The Moons.”

Dave: “There’s then also people we’ve previously discussed like Tim Muddiman touring across the world with Gary Numan.”

ONES TO WATCH IN 2019
Dave: “Two bands I’ve been really impressed with this year have been King Purple and The Keepers.

“It’s an interesting one, because both kinda occupy genres which aren’t my immediate ‘go to’. ‘Stuck In The Rough’ is a cracking tune and I know King Purple have been gaining a lot of traction. I’ve seen them a few times and every time they’ve really impressed.

“They’re clearly really talented guys and I hope they going to have a good 2019.

Phil: “I think their sound is very ‘now’ and a mixture of American and English influences and that always translates and travels quite well in this day and age.

Dave: “I met up with The Keepers recently and was very impressed with frontman Jordan’s drive and determination. He clearly knows exactly where he wants to take the band, and how he wants to achieve it.

“I just think with that drive and work ethic, they’re halfway there. They’ve got a good live show and are writing some good music.”

Phil: “I can see them getting better and better and I hope they get the support they deserve locally. They mix a few genres; there’s a bit of indie, psych and mod in there, and there’s enough going on in the pot there to satisfy anyone really.”

Phil: “I want to mention Weirdoe and That Joe Payne. “Weirdoe is a local rapper who seems to be a great character, and has built an impressive YouTube following. Aaron’s got some mad rhyming skills and his flow is always on point. His music is truthful, with some gallows humour, which inevitably brings [healthy] comparisons to Eminem.

“With Joe Payne – I think you are obligated to say ‘Joe Payne, former vocalist of The Enid‘ to give him some context! He left The Enid a couple of years ago now though. He already has fans and the press on his side from those times, he has a great voice and great piano skills. He’s got enough self-awareness to take everything with a pinch of salt, and that’s really important in this industry.

“Joe, and everyone else, New Boots hopes you have a kick-ass 2019.”

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 19th – Dec 25th

LAY IT DOWN VOLUME 7 Thursday December 20th The Lab, Northampton The grime/hip-hop/spoken word open mic night is now a fixture on the calendar. Featured artists this time round are…

LAY IT DOWN VOLUME 7
Thursday December 20th
The Lab, Northampton
The grime/hip-hop/spoken word open mic night is now a fixture on the calendar. Featured artists this time round are Napps and Jay Mac. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Thursday December 20th
The King Billy, Northampton
Bringing some seriously big rock, red and black check shirts, and their ‘Whiskey Solo’s’ (can you finish the bottle before C-diddy finishes the solo?), they also are promoting brand new mini-album Sex Rock City. Doors 8.30pm, free entry
 
AOIFE FOLEY, WITH JOSHUA RYAN
Friday December 21st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
After playing with Northampton band Lucky, Foley decided to channel the inspirations from that group project into a personal one. She is joined by Joshua Ryan on guitar. This is part of The ‘This Is What Makes Us Girls’ Christmas special, which also features DJs Gutta Versayce and morechapatti, and poets Katie Higgins and Chloe Minnie Mayo. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
HUBCAP + THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + MOJO MULES
Friday December 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A night of rip roaring bluesy rock. The night kicks off with John and Craig: local multi-instrumentalist musicians who perform as a two-piece upbeat blues duo. If Wilco Johnson, Neil Young and Billy Bragg had a Leicester baby they’d call it The MRB. Headlined by ShoeTown psychedelic blue rockers Dave and Dan. Doors 9pm, free entry
 
STORMBRINGER + REAPER-X + WE ARE GIANTS + PROTEUS
Saturday December 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northants hard rockers who just get better and better top the bill. Plus metallers from Corby, riff giants from ShoeTown, and opening with more metal – from Gloucestershire. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets
 
THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + SKYFLOOD
Saturday December 22nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Skewed alternative low-fi indie flavourings in a Lloyd Cole style, with support from Craig O’Donnell’s band of alternative pop-rock brothers. Doors 9pm, free entry
 
BLUE CARPET BAND + WRECK-AGE + DIABLOFURS + REBEL STATION
Saturday December 22nd
The White Hart, Corby
Have a punkin’ Chrimbo with this lot. Doors 6.30pm, £7 tickets
 
THE BIG DIRTY + ANNIE’S CHAPTER + IN LIMBO
Saturday December 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
A night of different shades of rock, from ShoeTown and Kettering. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
SEX PISSED DOLLS
Sunday December 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
All-female, all-action rockers who since 2014 have been wowing audiences with their edgy, high octane performance of classic rock and punk mixed in with their own original material. New single ‘Maniac’ was recorded at Peter Gabriel‘s famous Real World Studios and was produced by Steve Brown [Manic Street Preachers, The Cult]. Doors 7.30pm, £13 tickets
 
SACRILEGE + METAL MESSIAH + SATAN’S EMPIRE
Sunday December 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
A night of three NWOBHM bands from the 1980s who have reformed in recent years. Doors 4pm, £4 tickets
 
DESOLATION ANGELS
Sunday December 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
A second King Billy show today: this time it’s a melodic, classic, chorus-driven metal band from London. Doors 7pm, free entry
 
USURP, RISE + SANE (solo)
Monday December 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton 
Usurp, Rise are a 4 piece experimental, trip-hop ensemble from Brighton/Northampton, UK. Sane are not too far away from that description either: soothing electronic sonic landscapes…Doors 8pm, free entry
 
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SKIRT + MUNDAYS + EX-PETS Friday December 14th The Lab, Northampton Corby indie-punks come to ShoeTown, plus excellent stoner-psych and punk supports. Doors 8pm, price TBA SKINDRED + SONIC BOOM…

SKIRT + MUNDAYS + EX-PETS
Friday December 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Corby indie-punks come to ShoeTown, plus excellent stoner-psych and punk supports. Doors 8pm, price TBA

SKINDRED + SONIC BOOM SIX + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Friday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Welsh ragga punk metallers promote new album Big Tings. Support from London ska rockers and local rap rockers. Doors 7.30pm, £21.50 tickets

WALKWAY
Friday December 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Three albums in, East Anglian classic rockers who tour a lot. Doors 9pm, free entry

THRIFT STREET + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday December 15th
Club 43, Northampton
Two bangers at the Rebel Waltz clubnight. The ‘These Kids’ band make pop-punk with every fibre of their beings, taking from bands such as Microwave, Boston Manor, Seaway, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day. Support from new ShoeTown alt-rock trio. Doors 8pm. Free before 9pm, £4 after

KATIE MALCO + VELVET ENGINE + JOEL HARRIES
Saturday December 15th
The Lab, Northampton
“Some Christmas songs, joy and merriment with the least merry musicians ever to grace the streets of this town”. Former ShoeTown resident Malco brings an old telecaster and her voice along. The singer-songwriter has since been in the studio writing and recording her as-yet-untitiled debut album. Velvet Engine is the brainchild of Latina Northamptonian San-D Godoy, described as “yearning pop folk, with a sprightly but reflective soul”. Harries is a well-know local musician and songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

SPITTING FEATHERS + JAMES WATTS & THE AVENUES
Saturday December 15th
The White Hart, Corby
Christmas party as two local bands join forces: one brings the “glunk rock”, the other the twanging riffs. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LASTELLE + BLACK INK + EXPETYA + THE DEAD MELODY
Saturday December 15th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Atmospheric post-hardcore from Oxford, metalcore from Nottingham, five-piece ShoeTown thrash metal band, and a rock trio from Milton Keynes. Doors 7pm, free entry

MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE + BENNY & THE JENGO MASSIVE + WINSTON ECHO
Sunday December 16th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Eight-piece band from Birmingham, made up of brothers and sisters and twins and saxophones and trumpets and cute, weird dancers. Their music is an eclectic mix of jazz, lounge, psychedelia, two tone, pop and punk. Plus support from three brothers from Rugby who mash up funk, disco, and hip-hop, and local solo guitar indipopper.
Door 7.30pm, £8 tickets

FOSSILHEADS + AMII DAWES + HARRISON COLEMAN
Sunday December 16th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Songs from Rosie Swayne’s eco-political satirical show, newly evolving into a super exciting musical double act with long term singing collaborator Rachel Duncan. Dawes folk/pop debut album ‘Little Blue Book’ is out now Opening is a singer-songwriter who offers a jazzy style. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BINYAMIN + MARK CORBETT + Ms PILGRIMM
Sunday December 16th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bringing you solo vibes including country music, ambient cello jams and a downtempo korg volca set. Doors 7pm, free entry

DANNY WILSON
Sunday December 16th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
The troubadour – of Bennett Wilson Poole / Grand Drive / Danny and the Champions of the World fame – plays a solo show at 2.30 pm. Free entry

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 5th – Dec 11th

TC & THE BOBCATS + MATT CARTER + DAVE CLEMO & KAREN ANGELA Wednesday December 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between…

TC & THE BOBCATS + MATT CARTER + DAVE CLEMO & KAREN ANGELA
Wednesday December 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LUNAXIS
Thursday December 6th
The Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
Northampton folk-rockers take a small trip east to bring the good times. Doors 8pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + PSYCHIC LEMON
Friday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Psych-driven fuzz four-piece from Kettering play tracks from their forthcoming LP The Velvet Night. Plus special guests, the Cambridge-based kraut-funk space rockers Psychic Lemon. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEAF TRAP + KILAMOJO
Friday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Northampton’s very own small faces do the headline show thing at the Roadmender, ably supported by fellow local rock boys. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday December 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Lush harmonies on the original songs of this local duo. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE SPITFIRES + NICK CORBIN
Saturday December 8th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Watford-based quartet who take in a wide range of influences from reggae and ska through to punk and soul. Third album ‘Year Zero‘ came out last July. Last ShoeTown show rocked, and this will do likewise. Support from former New Street Adventure frontman. Doors 7.30pm, £13.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR
Saturday December 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Local, 1980s-formed anti-fascists with a nice line in rocking songs. Doors 8pm, free entry

PIECES
Saturday December 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Relatively new alt-rock trio bring the Xmas spirit to the Lamp. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + LADY JANE’S REVENGE + A NEW HOPE
Saturday December 8th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Energetic pop-punk/emo from Kettering, alt-rock from the south-west, and “easy-core” from Newbury. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

FROM INSIDE + CALIBURN + WOVENLUNG + DARKEST DAYS
Sunday December 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Metal night. Headliners are launching their new record When I’m Breathing Without You, with fine ShoeCounty support. Doors 7pm , £6 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Sunday December 9th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Acoustic folk ambience from the Kettering-based project. Music 6.30pm-8.30pm, free entry

CHRIS WILKINSON + JOSH HARDACRE + more
Tuesday December 11th
Zapato Lounge, Northampton
Get the festivities started with a mid-week song and food extravaganza. Doors 7pm, free entry

 

 

 

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