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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 22nd – Aug 28th

JENNY JOY Wednesday August 22nd The King Billy, Northampton Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry SHAMBALA FESTIVAL Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th Secret…

JENNY JOY
Wednesday August 22nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry

SHAMBALA FESTIVAL
Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th
Secret country estate, somewhere in Northamptonshire
“Adventures in utopia” only if you were early/clever enough to book tickets to this sold out festival, now in it’s 19th year.

THE PIG AND APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Sunday August 26th
Naseby Reservoir, Naseby
Seventh edition of the festival, with proceeds going to MS therapy centre. Friday brings The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Ichi Creator, Rt. Reverend Swifty Lezarre, and The Hatstand Band, Saturday brings Paddy Steer, Yama Warashi, La Sonora Boreal, The Unseen, Stupid Boots, Laine Hines, Augenwasser, and Delightful Young Mothers, whilst Sunday sees Will French, C. Joynes, A Noble Ghost, The Shady, Behind The Settee, and Nash Meghgi perform. Doors 2pm each day; £15 day tickets on Friday and Sunday, £20 on Saturday. £30 weekend camping tickets, £35 weekend campervan. Tickets from https://applestock.co.uk

DEVIANT AMPS + FAERIES UNDERSTAND COSMIC KNOWLEDGE + SPIRAL NAVIGATORS + THE CHAOS SURFERS
Friday August 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Space rock special night, featuring bands from London and Sheffield. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREENBELT FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Monday August 27th
Boughton House, nr. Kettering
Four days of artistry, activism, and belief. Resident artist this time is Pussy Riot. Too many acts to list, but the headliners each day are Carol Ann Duffy, We Are Scientists, Ozomatli, and CC Smugglers. Day tickets £22-£59, weekend tickets £50-£190 – from http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets

WISHING WOLF + LOOSE TOOTH + PENELOPE TREE
Friday August 24th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
A night of pop-punk and grungecore from Kettering, Northampton and High Wycombe. Doors 7pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + POWDERHEAD + THE MODERN AGE
Friday August 24th
The White Hart, Corby
A night of acoustic rock, metal, and indie rock to help kick off the bank holiday. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW + DON CAMPBELL
Saturday August 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a massive party at The Roadmender.  On the night they will be playing their original reggae songs from back in the day to the present. Special guests include Hussla D (Jah Troopers, Inspiration FM), Set It Off Sound, and ex-member of the Crew Zebby Melody. Plus special guest support from Londoner Don Campbell, the lovers rock singer. All hosted by Mark Dean from Inspiration FM. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

B-MOVIE BRITZ + EASTFIELD + JONNY AND THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + HEADSTONE HORRORS + OVERLOAD + SPRAINER + WRECK-AGE
Saturday August 25th
The Bear, Northampton
Punk alldayer at The Bear, raising money for Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. Bands are from Corby, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Peterborough. All animals are welcome with the pub providing a hydration station. Doors 2pm, free entry (donation recommended)

YUK ALL-DAYER
Saturday August 25th
The White Hart, Corby
All day bonanza in the beer garden, featuring Candidates, Oddity Island, Mundays, Bad Girlfriend, Drinsipa, Shaun Flynn [Good Apples], and Ethan Kenna. Doors 3pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + P.HEX
Saturday August 25th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Double ShoeTown pleasure for your Saturday night: arty and melodic grunge, plus baggy-funk chancers promoting their long-awaited debut album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 8pm, free entry

JACOB BRATHWAITE + RYAN DAVIDSON + MATTHEW NICK PAWLUK + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + ISAAC WALTERS + PAUL STRUMMER + JACK DONOVAN + MARNIE CHAMBERS
Saturday August 25th
The Olde Englande, Wellingborough
HOP Events bring you an afternoon with some of your favourite local acts. Doors midday, free entry

DAVID J
Sunday August 26th
Beck Studios, Wellingborough
In 1979 Bauhaus cut five tracks at Beck Studios in Wellingborough, including ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. They would return to the studio to record several other tracks, including the deconstructed cover of T-Rex’s ‘Telegram Sam’. Also, after the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, David J made two solo albums there. He returns to play an acoustic set of that material, plus highlights from throughout his career. Andrew Brooksbank [author of Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask] will also conduct and orchestrate an interview and Q&A session. Doors 8pm, $65.88 tickets [about £52]

ALAN TYLER + MRS PILGRIMM
Monday August 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. El Tapado is his new solo album, which he describes as “post-truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies”. Mrs Pilgrimm – aka Sophie Williams – is best known for her beguiling solo sets where she has developed a unique approach to combining the cello, voice and looping. Think Laurie Anderson meets Arthur Russell. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 8th – Aug 14th

SNAKERATTLERS + JOE GO LOCO Friday August 10th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton A couple of primitive rock’n’roll duos who have emerged from previous forms. York-based Snakerattlers were recently The Franceens, and…

SNAKERATTLERS + JOE GO LOCO
Friday August 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A couple of primitive rock’n’roll duos who have emerged from previous forms. York-based Snakerattlers were recently The Franceens, and the duo mix-up rockabilly, garage and gum-chewing greaser rock and roll. Closer to home are ex-Mobbs ShoeTown duo Joe and Cheadle, who dish out maraca-driven rhythm’n’roll [tonight it’s a solo set from Joe though]. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + FAMILY OF NOISE + FATBWOI
Friday August 10th
The Romany, Northampton
Acoustic-driven rock from ShoeCounty, Corby instrumental post-punk types, and gonzo alt-rock from MK way make up a formidable-sounding night out. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

VINCENT VEGA BAND + THE SUNCHYMES
Friday August 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Lo-fi indie quartet – with added violin – play the front bar. Sunshine pop support. Doors 8pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday August 11th
Barratts, Northampton
Reggae outfit Mystic Crew headline a day of music, with rum cocktails and Jerk BBQ available. Show at 9pm, free entry

WOODFEST
Saturday August 11th – Sunday August 12th
Irchester Country Park, Irchester
A beautiful, tranquil setting with some humdingers to listen and watch: Oddity Island, Lunaxis, Sarpa Salpa, Reggaematik, Vikki Clayton, Kenneth J Nash, Luke Broughton, The Bighead, The Abrahams, Stevie Jones & The WildfiresKezzabelle Ambler, The Red Triangle, Tom Rose & The Heathen Orchestra, Crybb, Rebecca Ryan, Jess Orestand, Veins, Hazeyjane, James Watt & The Avenues, Tim Brophy, Carterdolby, Lew Bear, Whale, Blood Moon, Steve Birks, Kevin Hewick, Sam Stopps, Rogue State Circus, Vickii Stocker, Dunn Wiv Whiskey, Woolford Scott, Hippolyta’s Moon, Ian Lynn Palmer, The Secret Magpies, Andy Griffiths, Paul Strummer, Michael Kinder, Helen Verrill, Mark Carver, and Josh Wylie. 11am-7pm, free entry [parking charges apply]

EQUATA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday August 11th
EquATA, Grafton Underwood [nr Kettering]
Equata use horses as part of therapy treatment, and they host their annual Fun Day. There’s an Old Hotel Records showcase in the evening, with Kenneth J. Nash, Oddity Island, Miyagi Car Wash, The Abrahams, Veins, Crybb, Kezzabelle Ambler, and Rebecca Ryan. Event from 10am, music from 8pm. Free entry

LISA O’NEILL + PAUL McCLURE
Saturday August 11th
The Old Forge, Cranford
The last ever Sofa Sessions see the singer-songwriter from Ireland play songs from her latest, Potholes In The Sky. Support from the Rutland troubadour with his Americana sounds. Doors 7.30pm, tickets available from thesofasessions@live.ie via PayPal (£15)

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Twinfest 2018: The Review

TWINFEST July 26th – 29th 2018 Northampton THURSDAY, THE GUILDHALL So here it is, Northampton’s best reason to believe in grassroots culture. The annual event celebrates all that is special…

TWINFEST
July 26th – 29th 2018
Northampton

THURSDAY, THE GUILDHALL
So here it is, Northampton’s best reason to believe in grassroots culture. The annual event celebrates all that is special about the acts from the twin towns of Poitiers, Marburg, and Northampton. It’s the antithesis of Brexit. Twinfest is *deep breath* truly something to believe in, that gives short shrift to any notion of this town being a “cultural black hole”. Twinfest is the actualisation that this is, indeed, a talented music town.

This year the excitement was more pronounced once it was announced that the opening night’s festivities would take place at the Guildhall, the neo-gothic council building at the heart of this market town. The Great Hall there hasn’t seen regular gigs for around 25 years, and many people present tonight remark that this is their first concert here. Let’s hope it isn’t their last…

Keiron Farrow kicks off proceedings on the warmest day of the year so far. It was toching to see people make the effort to come to this indoor event so early, as it was still about 30 degrees at this point! Farrow has the sort of voice that was built to soar in such environs. His jazzy blues numbers, played with much dexterity on his acoustic guitar, transfix the audience. His recent EP title track ‘Roundabout Queen Eleanor’ is apt, considering there’s a mural of said queen a few metres from where he stands. He slips in a cover of Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ at the end – bringing local music heritage into the present [Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley was born and raised in ShoeTown, you see].

Hyll are a desert rock trio from Marburg, and they crank things up a gear immediately. They lock into a groove straight away and never let up, giving the growing audience an opportunity to witness heavy rock that could shake the very foundations of this building. And whilst walls remain solidly in place, the Twinfest banner does decide to fall on their drummer during their opening song. They continue on regardless, and such stoicism wins the crowd over immediately.

Drinsipa have something to measure themselves by then, and they do their utmost to reciprocate the intensity of Hyll. They achieve this with aplomb, showcasing their grungy hardcore to the sweaty hordes. Now playing as a trio rather than a duo, new single ‘DOP’ is a raucous, epic number, and a definite set highlight.

Drinsipa

The Flims are an indie-pop quartet from Marburg, running a nice line in group harmonising. The sound is very much of the ’00s variety, the songs of Mumford & Sons or Razorlight played to a disco beat. The party vibes are in attendance when they play ‘Sometime Forgetting Is Better Than Healing’, and they can be sure they’ve made many new fans tonight.

The final of the travelling trio tonight is Poitiers trio Mantras. Guitarist-singer Pierre does what anyone on holiday in a hot country does: go topless. His band strike up elongated psychedelic stoner rock and play their hearts out. It’s as doomy as the best of them, rearranging a few of the heads present over their half-hour allotted time. This sort of rock works best in the live environment, and tonight they work us out right and proper.

Sarpa Salpa are swiftly becoming the hardest working band in showbusiness, playing all over the Midlands every weekend, taking men women and children hostage with their funky contemporary guitar pop. Songs about desperation with a disco beat, they are the epitome of the ‘sad and sexy’ movement sweeping popular music. These days they are treated a bit like homecoming heroes, and they know how to light up a dancefloor, as ‘She Never Lies’ comfortably does. If you’ve never checked them out and like acts such as The Killers or Foals, now is the time to do so.

It is gone midnight before The Barratts come on stage to finish the evening off. Those who have stuck it out are treated to a band who can still raise the energy level of any sun-beaten cordwainer or cobbler. They have never sounded so good, as their anthemic indie songs – ‘Satellites’ and ‘Same Old Kids’ amongst them – are played with spiky confidence and verve. James Faulkner’s word encapsulate all the small town ennui in poetic form you could hope for, matched with all the firepower his four brother-in-arms can muster. They send us home with Twinfest love beating heavily in our hearts.

The Barratts

FRIDAY, THE LAMPLIGHTER
This Mounts institution is busy, the vibe celebratory. Ready for the second evening of the Twin Town’s finest, the stage area at The Lamplighter is quickly filled by music fans from across the town and beyond.

Hailing from Northampton’s French twin city of Poitiers, Mantras take to the stage with a barrage of stoner rock. The band’s raw talent and synchronicity make playing live seem effortless and certainly seamless. Featuring melodic riffs and endless amounts of energy, the three-piece set the highest of bars for the evening.

German indie band The Flims were full of energy and strength during their set, providing Northampton with a unique sound. With memorable riffs and pounding drums, the band wouldn’t seem out of place in arenas. It’s the perfect music to finish a relaxing day.

Rapper Leo Robinson doesn’t play live that often, and probably will reminisce on tonight as a reason to keep it like that. He himself is on fire, his lyrical flow nothing short of magnificent. His freestyle bars have listeners hanging off his every word. But his right-hand man Charlie Borthwick is struggling with some technical issues, and the music’s power is lost to a frustrating degree and it affects concentration all round. Robinson does his best but he’s honest enough to know when he’s beat. A missed opportunity then, but one that still shows his strengths – and he continues to dazzle with his recorded output. He really might be “the best thing out of Weston Favell”.

Leo Robinson

Hyll continue to impress tonight, with a later set than the previous night. The crowd is respectful for half their set, but once singer-guitarist Martin takes off into the audience for a wander it heightens the excitement levels and from then on in it’s head-banging and hand-horns all the way to the end. With flawless guitar solos and pounding drums, they’re a band you won’t forget in a hurry. “Breathlessly magnificent rock” probably just about sums up their performance.

Headliners this evening are everyone’s favourite NN party starters, Century City. Regular drummer Tommy is absent, and Jake Crawford [Future Love, Acoda] ably deputises. They are on fine fettle, singer Nik Gray making jokes throughout and egging on his compadres to higher levels. Andy Convey from fellow alt-rockers Future Love jumps up to join in the chorus on one number. Gray does his bar walkabout thing, naturally. We all go home sweaty and happy. Can Northampton be like this every night, please?

Century City

SATURDAY, THE POMFRET ARMS
With a raised stage in the pub’s stunning beer garden, this Cotton End pub is the perfect place for some sunny Saturday afternoon acoustic singalongs. First up Duncan Bisatt uses his music as a way of storytelling. Featuring only his acoustic guitar and his voice, he strums gently as he sings about relatable experiences. Whether it’s climate change or dedications to his hometown, he does it well, including catchy riffs and a soothing voice.

After an issue or two with the line-up, Michael Kinder played earlier than expected. He takes it all in his stride, however – his hoarse, yet trained voice compliments the sun shining on Northampton, and later in the set experiments with using his guitar as percussion. He’s fun, fresh, and definitely funky.

Two piece Crybb are exactly what you’d expect from folk music. They stick to traditions while introducing a modern twist with a flute, so the tracks they perform don’t sound dated. It’s political music with a gentle sound: the very idea of a peaceful protest.

Straw Horses turn the afternoon into something gentile. Their music is calm and quiet, with mellow guitar riffs and the perfect harmonies, but it’s not boring, and nor is it downbeat. Instead, it’s tender and smooth, and they slot in with the rest of the afternoon nicely.

Following the issues with his set yesterday, Leo Robinson has been invited back to perform properly this time. Immediately you can hear the improvement, and he sounds much better. With diverse backing tracks complimenting his rapping, and several collaborations, it’s clear that Leo Robinson is going to go far.

On into the evening session in the barn, Deep Sea Mountains kick things off with their discordant fuzz rock. They are both a bit shouty and offer plenty of sweet harmonies. You could compare their set to watching an angsty Teenage Fanclub, or someone who should be signed to Sub Pop. They play cracking recent single ‘Pipe Dream’ and debut a rather good new song, ‘Five Mile Stroll’, which displays some measured feedback and punk attack – but then suddenly becomes all Television-esque in the arty middle section. This band is a multi-layered onion, and no mistake.

Deep Sea Mountains

Hyll, with the rain pouring outside, are even better here than the previous two nights, which is hard to believe. They bring out the moshers in all of us, and their interactions – coming into the crowd, getting everyone to sit down, being hoisted aloft during the climax – break down the separation between band and audience. Band of the weekend? Quite possibly.

The beautiful droney Mantras mix things up tonight, as guitarist Pierre has brought his slide guitar and an ironing board and proceeds to cook up all manner of beatific instrumental passages to delight the aural passages. The audience are silent in respect and awe. Northampton doesn’t really have a Mantras-type band, could they perhaps just move here? They’d be well-loved.

The Flims follow just as the sun sets, and they bring their best performance of the weekend yet. The intimate setting helps create an affectionate space, and their confidence looks up. They once again have everyone dancing along to ‘Emma’ and all their other Germanic indie-pop tunes.

Deaf Trap have the unenviable task of trying to top all these great performances. They aren’t helped by some power problems which regularly turn the lights on and off, but they persevere to bring Twinfest a dark, feedback-laden, somewhat chaotic, but ultimately joyous set of intense rock. All the mess feels very beautiful: bodies everywhere, a dancing Hotdog, a party at the end of the world. Long may their reign continue.

SUNDAY, THE BLACK PRINCE
Twinfest this year is proving to be one of the best, with the finale taking place at the well-esteemed Black Prince. The atmosphere has been incredibly social and friendly so far, with all of the bands – British, German and French – exchanging words of encouragement with each other and always making sure to catch one another’s sets.

Sunday’s proceedings kicks off with Tom Rose and The Heathen Orchestra, a group that takes elements of shock-rock and blues-rock to create a unique, horror-inspired sound that is reminiscent of the likes of Screaming Jay Hawkins and Space.

Next is Yodaclub, who are definitely unafraid to show their influences, taking notes from The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen [and dressing all in black accordingly]. These lot will be right at home to those who are fans of ’80s post-punk, with a standout track in the dream-poppy ‘Don’t Fall’.

Though today is The Keepers debut performance at Twinfest they certainly display no nerves. The band’s energy and enthusiasm is palpably infectious. They have got the mid-nineties mod revival, wall-of-sound down to a tee. Jordan Jones (vocals) and Liam Taylor (lead guitar) have Gallagher-like swagger by the bucket-load, while Oli Rumens (bass) and Steve Smith (drums) impress with rhythms reminiscent of ‘Elephant Stone’-era Roses. An excellent show; be sure to catch them again at another of their gigs.

The Keepers

After them we have Corby’s King Purple, a grungy three-piece with a hint of psychedelia, who are no stranger to genre mixing. Despite there only being three of these guys they manage to create a sound that is much larger than the sum of their parts. The highlight of their set is the track ‘Wasting Away’, a doomy number that feels like an early ’90s grunge throwback, with long instrumental sections that build up to a frantic, fast-paced finish. After being played and praised on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio 6, its safe to say that we’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in the future.

Pieces then take the stage, an indie three-piece brimming with melodic vocal harmonies and buzzsaw guitars play with a punk ferocity that’s not too dissimilar to acts like the Buzzcocks [as well as more modern bands like Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon]. These local lads take the phrase “three chords and the truth” and proudly wear it on their sleeves. With massive, infectious pop choruses and tight as nails musicianship that would put major-label acts to shame, the future is bright for the fledgling trio.

The first German band of the day is Hyll, an act who have continuously proven over the course of this Twinfest that they are a force to be reckoned with. Their songs are punctuated by an abrasive post-punk edge, with blistering guitars, floor-thumping bass lines and primal drumming with the occasional breakdown that always gets the audience headbanging. It’s safe to say that Hyll have well and truly earned the respect of their Northamptonian counterparts!

We’re then back to the British bands with Skirt, who, after their recent triumphant gig at the reopening of The Hut in Corby, bring their high-octane set to Twinfest. Bursting with raw, youthful energy, these lads combine punk with late ’80s Madchester and garage rock presented with a boisterous Gallagher brothers-style swagger that certainly left an impression on today’s crowd. A definite highlight is the menacing ‘Easy Tiger’, a track that could easily sound at home on a Stooges record.

Next up is Marburg’s The Flims, an indie-pop four-piece bursting with class and an upbeat stage presence that reflects the upbeat nature of the music they play. With jangly guitar riffs that feel like a fusion between Johnny Marr and the alternative British bands of the noughties, The Flims are a standout amongst the foreign bands. They’ve managed to get the crowd moving on each day of this festival without fail, and this evening is no exception.

Changing things up are Mio Flux with Patchy The Rockstar, a hip hop duo with elements of trap music, and a bass that would shake the foundation of even the sturdiest venues. The drastic change in genre going from The Flims to these two definitely sets them apart from the guitar bands of the day. They open with a tasteful trap remix of Sarpa Salpa’s belter ‘She Never Lies’, and it’s an unexpected but creative rendition of the track.

For the penultimate act we again have Poitiers’ Mantras, a band that mixes dark blues and psych while taking some clear cues from Black Sabbath. It’s a change in mood that certainly turns a few heads in their direction. Their songs are mostly instrumental, with only the occasional, shrieking vocal that wouldn’t sound too far removed on a Scandinavian black metal record. Like many bands relying on their instrumentation, they are no stranger to speed and volume changes, sonically making them one of the more unique and left field bands of this weekend.

Last, and most certainly not least, we have the homegrown Monarchs to close the weekend. Fresh off of their tour with King Purple, they play what feels like a grand homecoming gig, performing a selection of old and new tracks. The highlight of their set is the recently released ‘You Got Me’, a tune which the local crowd and fellow outsiders alike are clearly familiar with, shown through what has to be one of the most intense mosh pits at a Northampton gig in recent memory. This is surely a testament to the appreciation that the scene has for this band. With a large and macabre indie sound and some Queens of the Stone Age-inspired riffs, chock full of breakdowns and siren-like guitars, Monarchs give Twinfest the finale it deserves.

Monarchs

This years Twinfest has proven to be a special one – with an array of brilliant bands coming from Marburg and Poitiers and excellent performances from local talent, Northampton has once again proven its musical and cultural diversity in spades.

Words by Phil Istine, Lucy Wenham, Oliver Rumens, Tom Rose

Photos by David Jackson, Nallie Simpson, Phil Istine, Kenny Precious

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 4th – Jul 10th 2018

FRACTAL UNIVERSE Wednesday July 4th The King Billy, Northampton One to make a midweek effort for – progressive death metal quartet from France. Doors 8.30pm, free entry SHELLY CARE +…

FRACTAL UNIVERSE
Wednesday July 4th
The King Billy, Northampton
One to make a midweek effort for – progressive death metal quartet from France. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SHELLY CARE + KEIRON FARROW + WOOLFORD SCOTT
Friday July 6th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
The Songwriter Sessions sees three carefully chosen original acts sharing their music each month. This is run as a pin-drop event. Doors 7.30pm, £3 on the door

UNDYING HEADS + THE RANDOM MURPHYS
Friday July 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Born in early 2018 on the busking scene in the Algarve, Undying Heads are Frank and Kev – the travelling hobos, making and playing music as they go. The duo have come together to play a mix of Folk, Irish, Country, Blues and more.  Plus Irish tunes from Skinner, Chris Startup and Boatman John. Doors 7pm, free entry

CYCLAMEN + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + LAY SIEGE
Friday July 6th
The White Hart, Corby
In the UK for a run of shows on the run up to Tech-Metal Fest, Cyclamen deliver a mix of melodic math rock mixed with tech death metal. The band were formed in London but are now based in Tokyo. Support from the flag bearers for Corby’s hardcore scene and Northampton’s much-loved sludge metallers. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

TANNERFEST
Friday July 6th – Saturday July 7th
Loddington Grange, nr. Kettering
The annual independent music festival supports Rainbows, the hospice for children and young people. Over two stages you get a smorgasbord of music from near and far: HubCap, Tokyo Taboo, SpaceDogs, Bonfire Radicals, and Litmus play on the Friday. Saturday brings Powderhead, Delphini, Jack Ellister, Captain Starfighter and the Lockheeds, Happy Graveyard Orchestra, NUKLI, Music of the Andys, Magic Bus, and The Hare and Hoofe. Gates open at midday on the Friday. There’s a handful of tickets left as we went to publish.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN FESTIVAL
Saturday July 7th – Sunday July 8th
The Racecourse, Northampton
The ever reliable ShoeTown festival gives plenty of space for showcasing all sorts of music talent. This year on the main stage first day you can witness: The 2 Tones, Leburn Maddox, The Keepers, Deep Sea Mountains, Moulton 77 Brass Band, and King’s Gambit. Second day is Mystic Crew, Shed Machinery String Band, The BigheadHubCap, Cool Jazz Collective, Just Friends, Pure Genius, Banter, and the Theatretrain Community Group. The music is from 1.30pm each day, and it’s free entry

TIGERSTYLE + SAFEST SPACES + KRÖKER + ASHLEY FALLS
Saturday July 7th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton pop punk quartet bid the world adieu after six years with a goodbye show. Mates in support include an emo duo from MK and fellow pop punkers from ShoeTown and Bedford. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

DEPARTMENT S + FIRST WAVE + THE RONG’UNS
Saturday July 7th
The White Hart, Corby
Psychedelic punk funkers from London Town always give good show. Support from two Leicester area punk acts. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE COSMIC DEAD + PETE BASSMAN
Sunday 8th July
The Lab, Northampton
A real treat for a Sunday: exceptional Glaswegian space rock quartet bring the noise like a millennial Hawkwind. Support from former Spacemen 3 bassist. Doors 7.30pm, £3 on the door

STACY MITCHART
Sunday 8th July
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Legendary award-winning Nashville bluesman playing songs off his latest album Live My Life. Set is around 2.30pm, free entry

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FULL line-up for Twinfest revealed

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of…

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of Marburg in Germany and Poitiers in France. This year’s event runs for four nights across July 26th to July 29th.

Thursday July 26 / The Great Hall @ The Guildhall
The Flims [Marburg]
Hyll [Marburg]
Mantras [Poitiers]
Sarpa Salpa [pictured]
The Barratts
Drinsipa
Keiron Farrow

Friday July 27th / The Lamplighter
Century City
Leo Robinson
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Saturday July 28th / The Pomfret Arms [alldayer]
Michael Kinder
Duncan Bisatt
Kilamojo
Deaf Trap
Deep Sea Mountains
Crybb
Kenneth Nash
The Straw Horses
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Sunday July 29th / The Black Prince [alldayer]
Tom Rose And The Heathen Orchestra
Pieces
Yodaclub
The Keepers
Monarchs
King Purple
Skirt
Mio Flux & Patchy, The Rockstar
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Wristbands for the weekend cost a paltry £6 and allow admission into all shows. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

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Brian Wilson to play Pet Sounds at Cropredy

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full. Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border,…

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full.

Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border, returns from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11.

Acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Released in 1966, Wilson’s masterpiece is number 2 in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper.

 

Brian Wilson

Joining Wilson on the opening night will be hosts Fairport Convention, Smith & Brewer, Police Dog Hogan and Oysterband.

On Friday, headliners the Levelellers will be joined by the BBC Young Folk Award winner, Midnight Skyracer, The Travelling Band, Cregan & Co, Le Vent du Nord, Marillion and Kate Rusby.

The final day will be opened by Richard Digance with sets by Eric Sedge and The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Will Varley, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Afro Celt Sound System and headliners Fairport Convention.

Three day festival tickets cost £135 until June 1.Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

To book visit www.fairportconvention.com

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Twinfest dates announced, submissions requested

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced. Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through…

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced.

Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through a universal love of music, with a festival each year in each location. 2017 was a cracker – read our review at the old site here. The 2018 festivities will take place Thursday July 26th through Sunday the 29th. Venue announcements coming shortly.

The organisers say: “If you’re a musician in a band or solo artist and would like to play then please get in touch and message us with links to your music. If you’d like to be involved in other ways, such as hosting our German and French visitors, helping with stage set ups and pa’s, helping on the doors or in any other way you can help, then please get in touch.

For musicians, please can you contact the team via the Twinfest Facebook page….and for anything else you can contact Bee Precious, Paul Brown and Kenton Precious individually”

 

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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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Levellers to headline opening night of Cropredy Convention

Folk aficionados will already have heard the news, but the Levellers have been revealed as the first headliners of next year’s Cropredy Convention which takes place next August on the Northants…

Folk aficionados will already have heard the news, but the Levellers have been revealed as the first headliners of next year’s Cropredy Convention which takes place next August on the Northants border.

As usual, the three day festival will feature two sets by hosts Fairport Convention who will open the festival on Thursday with a short acoustic set then take the stage again on Saturday to close the event with their traditional two-hour headline set.

Organisers are expected to announce the Friday night headliners next month.

Levellers recently announced their new acoustic album, We The Collective, is due out in March.

New single, The Shame, from the record is out now.

The Saturday will feature Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart, while Fish will be making his second appearance at Cropredy.

Other acts announced by organisers include award-winning band Le Vent du Nord, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly and BAFTA nominee Richard Digance who will return for his traditional Saturday slot.

As always, Cropredy will present a set by the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner.

Tickets are on sale now and three-day tickets cost £135. Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

The first 1,000 orders will receive a Christmas card signed by all five members of Fairport Convention and the first 2,000 will get a souvenir Cropredy car window sticker.

Cropredy runs from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11.

More acts will be announced in January. Tickets are available from www.fairportconvention.com

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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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