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

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT Thursday May 23rd The King Billy, Northampton Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with…

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT
Thursday May 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with hooks dangling everywhere, and alt-rock from Leicester. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DEJA VEGA + CANDIDATES
Friday May 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Manchester-based trio playing gritty, guitar led psychedelia that it first-rate. Support from MK indie rockers with a reputation for great songs and charisma. Doors 8pm, free entry

CAST
Friday May 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Britpop veterans didn’t head off for long in 2001, reuniting to tour in 2010 and releasing album Troubled Times in 2012. Expect All Change classics and more. Doors 7.30pm  £25 tickets

ALL BETTER + BOXING DAY + TRAVERSE
Friday May 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Real Ghost Records special. Headliners from Brighton are a dirty pop trio with infectious melodies. Boxing Day are a five-piece pop punk band from Belgium. Openers are an indie punk band from Paris. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DARKHORSE + BRING THE ONSLAUGHT + A TITAN, A DEITY + FACES OF EVE
Friday 24th May
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage. Heat 4 brings bands from Aylesbury, Birmingham and Hertfordshire, as well as ShoeCounty. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY
Friday May 24th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
“The Pogues of the Midlands with a paddy punk twist”. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DUFF PADDY
Friday May 24th
Bradden Village Hall, nr Towcester
An acoustic duo consisting of Paul Tuthill on accordion, bodhrán and vocals, and Paul Mitchell on guitar and vocals. They play a blend of modern and traditional acoustic music combining instrumentals with ballads, both covers and original material covering Celtic and Alt.Country/Americana styles. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets from 01327860800.

HUMAN LEATHER + CHESTBURSTER + HACK JOB + VOIDLURKER + MORI LUCRUM
Saturday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
Raw bass punk noise from Brighton, thrash grind from Braintree, hardcore from Portsmouth, sludge doom from Birmingham, and noise drone from Kettering. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CORINNE LUCY + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday May 25th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
NI NI Sessions in Kettering, showcasing great NN singer-songwriters. 3pm til 6pm, free entry

JAYKAE
Sunday May 26th
The Loft Club, Kettering
One of the hottest names in the grime scene, from Birmingham, will play ‘Toothache’, ‘Moscow’, ‘Heartache’ and more. V.I.P packages/tables available. Doors 10pm, £7 tickets

DAN DAVIES + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday May 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
An evening of folk blues. Dan Davies is bassist for Wolf People, and He has recently finished recording his debut solo album. Guitarist and singer Joe Woolley has worked some seriously talented people, Bonnie Dobson, Tim Harries and Davy Graham, among others. He will mostly be performing material reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and JS Bach. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 15th – May 21st

STILL REMAINS + YnT + LOKI Thursday May 16th The King Billy, Northampton A mix of sounds that remind you of Metallica, Thin Lizzy, and Saxon. Songs “that make you…

STILL REMAINS + YnT + LOKI
Thursday May 16th
The King Billy, Northampton
A mix of sounds that remind you of Metallica, Thin Lizzy, and Saxon. Songs “that make you bang your head and sing the chorus”. ShoeTown rock support too. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY + STREET SOLDIER + DJINOVA + MUTINY
Friday May 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Norwich deathcore giants tour the new album World Of Sludge, with metal support from the north-west, Coventry, and ShoeTown. Doors 6.45pm, £12 tickets

THEE TELEPATHS + VENUS FLY TRAP
Friday May 17th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
A clash between the heavy hitters. Psych/space/fuzz/noise rock four-piece from Kettering, promoting their 5* debut album The Velvet Night. Northampton post-punk/darkwave pioneers play songs from latest album Icon and the reissued 1988 debut Mars. Doors 8pm, free entry

THOMAS TRUAX + THE ANTELOIDS
Friday May 17th
The Lab, Northampton
American singer/musician, inventor and multi-media artist headlines, who performs with his evolving “band” of self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a pimped-up Dr. Seuss-ian Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’. Support from the funky, jazzy, freaky, tiki, low-down band from Rugby. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

TU KAY & RYAN
Friday May 17th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
NN musical duo, known for their lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THEATRE OF HATE
Saturday May 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate,and their debut double-A-side single, ‘Legion’/’Original Sin’, topped the independent chart. Debut album Westworld, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. They split to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band does resurface over the years to play some shows. Doors 7pm, £17.50 tickets

NORTHAMPTON PRIDE
Saturday May 18th
The Market Square, Northampton
Residents are invited to join Northampton’s LGBTQ Forum, to highlight the LGBTQ community, businesses and support organisations. Joe Payne, Sarah-Jayne, Koola, and more provide the music alongside the food and activity stalls. 12pm to 5pm, free 

FAMILY OF NOISE
Saturday May 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Corby purveyors of post-punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets and advocates of three being the magic number. Doors 8pm, free entry 

CALIBURN + LOUZADA + JACK & SALLY
Saturday May 18th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Heat Three of Bloodstock Festival’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ concept, giving unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at this year’s Festival. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HAZEYJANE
Saturday May 18th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The folk quartet will be playing three 45 minute sets, between 3pm and 6pm. Free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 1st – May 7th

CORDWAINERS + THE SECRET MAGPIES + HUMBLEBEE Wednesday May 1st Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Kontra Roots present the highly accomplished Earls Barton-based folk band, a multi-instrumental prog-folk duo from Loughborough, and delicate,…

CORDWAINERS + THE SECRET MAGPIES + HUMBLEBEE
Wednesday May 1st
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Kontra Roots present the highly accomplished Earls Barton-based folk band, a multi-instrumental prog-folk duo from Loughborough, and delicate, quirky songs from the Kettering harmony duo. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

VELVET ENGINE + AMII DAWES
Thursday May 2nd
The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton
A night of acoustic storytelling. VE is the brainchild of Latina Northamptonian San-D Godoy, who plays yearning alt-folk. Dawes is a singer-songwriter from Northampton, inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Doors 7pm, £5.50 tickets

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + THE BOPHINS
Thursday May 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Art rock and new wave sounds from a pair of Northampton’s unsung heroes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + THE DRUNKEN MANDEM + KRANKHEAD + WE ARE GIANTS
Friday May 3rd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
‘Swine’ music video fundraiser, with some rock, rap and a little bit of trap. Help the Northampton team of producers, directors, musicians and more create an explosive music video for The Big Dirty. This show is notable for the return to the live scene of The Drunken Mandem, so shake a leg folks. Doors 7pm, £7.50 tickets

DAN PIGEON + BABY LUNG + BRAZEN FOXES
Friday May 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Local music to set your 2019 to. Lo-fi art-rock from Rushden way, ShoeTown’s jazz-inspired indie-pop, and the Daventry-area indie rock trio open proceedings in the basement. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KING PURPLE + THE BARRATTS + ODDITY ISLAND
Friday May 3rd
Our Lady’s Catholic Social Club [aka the KK Club], Corby
‘Time Alone’ EP release show from the fast-rising local blues-grunge trio, with indie support from the towns of Northampton and Kettering. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + NAKED NEXT DOOR + BABY LUNG + HUBCAP
Saturday May 4th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Bank holiday beer festival time at the Pomfret. Stellar Northampton and MK rock and indie music to accompany the process. Doors 7:30pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + HUMBLEBEE
Saturday May 4th
The Lab, Northampton
Lunaxis are a local indie-pop band with influences of folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Rose conveys his twisted brand of good-time rock and blues. Harmony duo openers offer delicate, quirky songs. Doors 8pm, £3 members/£4 guests

THE FILTHY TONGUES + FAMILY OF NOISE + SPIKE THE POET
Saturday May 4th
Our Lady’s Catholic Social Club [aka the KK Club], Corby
“Country Goth”/post-punk from Edinburgh. Featuring ex members of Angelfish and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Elements of Bowie and Nick Cave, but very much doing their own thing. Support from excellent local instrumental trio, and local poetry to begin with. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

MIA & THE MOON
Saturday May 4th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The Ratcliffe sisters Laura and Mary are a harmony folk/pop duo from Leicester. 3pm to 6pm, free entry

THE ROCKET DOLLS + RYDERS CREED + EMPYRE
Sunday May 5th
The King Billy, Northampton
The ‘RPM Take Over Tour’ involves three killer bands from the Rock People Management stable.  Post-grunge from Brighton, hard rock from Staffordshire, and powerhousre rock from ShoeTown. Music kicks off 6pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Sunday May 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
More beer festival entertainment, with original ShoeTown jazz band. Time TBA, free entry

GINA PULBOS + CIARAN REDMOND + JD BLUES + CAMERON GRACE + JACOB BRAITHWAITE
Monday May 6th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic music from a variety of sources. Again, do drink beer. Time TBA, free entry

CHRIS CLEVERLY + STAINED GLASS BLUEGRASS
Tuesday May 7th
Old White Hart, Northampton
The alt-folk songwriter offers an exposé of new material. Cleverly has four years of extensive touring under his belt, and follows the blueprint of heroes Nic Jones and John Martyn. Support are a lively bluegrass quartet based in Warwickshire. Doors 8pm, £8 entry

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 3rd – Apr 9th

GLYMJACK + THE CAMPBELLS + PHIL RILEY Wednesday April 3rd Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby The folk-roots headliners feature award-winning songwriter Greg McDonald, plus appearances from Northampton-based Americana trio and the veteran singer-songwriter. Doors…

GLYMJACK + THE CAMPBELLS + PHIL RILEY
Wednesday April 3rd
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
The folk-roots headliners feature award-winning songwriter Greg McDonald, plus appearances from Northampton-based Americana trio and the veteran singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HANDS OFF GRETEL + WISHING WOLF + DEAF TRAP + EGO
Friday April 5th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The much-loved alt-rock/ post-grunge quartet from South Yorkshire come to ShoeTown to promote sophomore album ‘I Want The World’. With support from energetic pop-punk/emo gang from Kettering, the four-piece alt-rock band from Northampton, with two EPs to their name, and an MK trio, the brainchild of Sean Grant, who are “heavier, sexier & angrier than Royal Blood”. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

KING PURPLE + LUNA ROSA + BABY LUNG
Friday April 5th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Corby trio return to the Roadmender for a headline show, to support the release of their debut EP ‘Time Alone’. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Friday April 5th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Return of the Ni Ni Sessions, highlighting great local singer-songwriter talent. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + VENUS FLY TRAP + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Friday April 5th
The White Hart, Corby
The psych/drone/kraut/space rock band from Kettering continue to promote their excellent debut album The Velvet Night. ShoeTown darkwave legends in support will play highlights from 2018 album Icon, plus local instrumental surf trio. Music from 8pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday April 5th
The Green Dragon, Higham Ferrers
Kettering’s hardest working rock’n’roll gang head to Higham to provide good times. Music from 9pm, free entry

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday April 6th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
The former Prisoner [and not forgetting one of the great Hammond players] returns to a favourite haunt of his to play his rare-groove and jazz-funk tunes. Doors 8pm, £17 tickets

CUT THROAT FRANCIS + HOMELESS SHAKESPEARE + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday April 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Party time! Headliners are a four-piece gypsy swing folk band from Bristol; support bring the Gyp-Hop from Leicester, and gypsy-folk from a group of Lab members themselves. Doors 8pm, £3 entry for members, £4 guests

TOYAH
Saturday April 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Toyah returns to the Roadmender. This revealing show comes in the form of Toyah performing an unplugged set of her well-loved hits and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. A talented duo of guitarists, Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, accompany her on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of the hits. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

INGESTED + KRYSTHLA + MUTINY + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday April 6th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Mancunian slam crew Ingested have built a reputation as one of the most savage death metal acts to come out of the UK. Appropriate support from Northamptonshire. Doors 6pm, £12 tickets

SOUL GROOVE + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday April 6th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Level Records presents the ‘Big Mike’ EP launch. Expect soulful electonica/house, with chiptune support. DJs too, to give it the party vibes. Doors 8pm, £3 entry [£2 with an NN Card]

GREASY DIABLOS + THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + TYPE 22
Saturday April 6th
The Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
Ferrers fun part two! A night of dirty indie rock’n’roll from the Rushden and ShoeTown boys. Intelligent indie from Leicester sandwiched in the middle. Doors 7pm, free entry

UNITRA
Saturday April 6th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
The local metallers are back on stage to entertain. Music from 9pm, free entry

SOYBOMB + AY WING
Sunday April 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Berlin-based alt-pop trio headline. Support from Swiss singer and songwriter influenced by quirky 60s sounds and modern beat driven production. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 20th – 26th

DEAD RESTLESS + SEVEN STORIES HIGH + LOOSE TOOTH + THRIFT STREET Thursday March 21st The Black Prince, Northampton Northampton quartet The Young and Restless have slightly changed their name…

DEAD RESTLESS + SEVEN STORIES HIGH + LOOSE TOOTH + THRIFT STREET
Thursday March 21st
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton quartet The Young and Restless have slightly changed their name and embark on a brief tour with fellow heavy hitters from Swansea. Expect pop-punk and hardcore from all concerned. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

DEATH GOALS + ILL-INFORMED + BLOOD-VISIONS
Friday March 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Two London boys making hardcore noise, Herts/Beds quartet doing similar, and our own NN Kings of Noise opening up the night [and your ears]. Doors 8pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN + ANDY GRIFFITHS + KENNETH J NASH + HAZEYJANE
Friday March 22nd
St Mary The Virgin Church, Stoke Bruene
A special Audio Vendor night in a church! A quartet of top local singer-songwriter talent on offer. The event will be recorded, and the subsequent resulting videos will be made publicly available after the event. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets [or call  on 01604862428]

KING’S GAMBIT + BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE + MATT WOOSEY + JOE CORKRAM
Friday March 22nd
Earls Barton Working Men’s Club
Northampton’s accomplished good-time folk band, plus a critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician and virtuoso guitarist, plus multi-award winning Woosey. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

MUNDAYS + MONARCHS + BAD GIRLFRIEND 
Friday March 22nd
The White Hart, Corby
Stoner trio release trippy new single ‘Fantasea’ and celebrate with a hometown show. Kettering alt-rockers and DIY-punk Brum trio come along for the ride. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

THE TOUCH + WISHING WOLF + HER BURDEN
Friday March 22nd
The Harlequin, Kettering
Gut-busting classic rockers headline, local pop-punkers play first show of the year, and fellow Leicester types also rock up with mid-noughties sound. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

ANNA RYDER
Friday March 22nd
Bradden Village Hall, Towcester
Respected singer-songwriter comes to the sticks for your entertainment. £10 in advance [email hillyanne@btinternet.com or call 01327 860800]

NAILBREAKER + WORRY + EX-PETS + DYLON DEAN
Saturday March 23rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Rushden’s digital hardcorer releases his debut EP ‘Spectrum Songs’, and throws a little party to celebrate. Featuring support from hardcore Oxford punks, ShoeTown noise rockers and the NN10 punk-rapper. Doors 8pm, free entry

SANE + ZIZANY
Saturday March 23rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Full band live set from the catchy electronic collective, joined on the bill by the trip-hop solo brainchild of Zachary Bullock. Doors 9pm, free entry

YELLOW DOG RHYTHM & BLUES BAND
Saturday March 23rd
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Northampton’s No.1 R&B band play originals and vintage material to dance all night to. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

WARD & PARKER + KENNETH J NASH
Saturday March 23rd
Kettering Arts Centre at St Andrews Church
Ward and Parker are John Parker [previously of’ JCB song’ fame in Nizlopi] and Cliff Ward, founding member of folk super group The Willows. The combination of JP’s soaring double bass and beatboxing style accompanying Ward’s songs and guitar playing is a strong mix. Rushden-based Nash brings his smooth, emotive voice to the songs he has released over five LPs. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

TONY WRIGHT + ELIJAH MILLER + KELLY BARNES
Saturday March 23rd
Windmill Club, Rushden
Acoustic tour  from the the man better known as the fronting Terrorvision will be playing songs from his solo albums and Terrorvision. This is a up close and personal show with tales of the life on the road. Special guests are two talented singers from Bedford and Rushden respectively. Doors 7pm, £12.50 tickets

 

 

 

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Album review: Thee Telepaths ‘The Velvet Night’

THEE TELEPATHS The Velvet Night [Mighty Fuzz] Here ’tis! The first full length album from the Kettering space/psych/noise rock quartet follows a couple of 12” EPs in 2016 and 2017….

THEE TELEPATHS
The Velvet Night [Mighty Fuzz]

Here ’tis! The first full length album from the Kettering space/psych/noise rock quartet follows a couple of 12” EPs in 2016 and 2017. Those excellent releases has meant no little anticipation has been building amongst the psych/alt community for The Velvet Night.

The band have developed their sound to arrive here; this album came out of a lengthy jam session when an extra track was required. Once the hour-long jam had been poured back over it was abundantly clear to the four that, recorded and edited properly, there was actually an elpee of coherent material right there. So far, so Hawkwind. But what makes this album so fascinating from beginning to end is they have tightened the sonics and the songwriting into something bigger than they had previously achieved. Any prevailing ghost of Spacemen 3 or Neu! or Sabbath has been wholly exorcised; all that comes through is their own unique signal. And it’s one that should put them nearer the front of the current psych revival too.

Pulling the album apart is a very hard job. It is very difficult to separate any part from it’s whole. The band know this, and they have tried to avoid any disjunction by simply creating three acts: ‘Alpha’, ‘Epsilon’, and ‘Delta’. Within those movements you get ‘parts’. ‘Alpha Part 1’, for example, is a heavy krautrock epic, pushing the limits of what the brain can take. Dean’s ethereal vocals ride the wave of the Loop/Suicide style repetitive synth swells. Pummelled by the metronomic drums and bassline from Vincent and Tim, Tom sends stabbing notes of guitar fuzz through the mix. It’s conclusion makes way for a breather, as the calmer, floating ‘Part 2’ bring respite from the onslaught that was ‘Part 1’. The tempo is ramped up for ‘Part 3’, and a Floydian synth line takes charge. ‘Part 4’ is a timestamp, a precursor to the onslaught of ‘Part 5’, which returns to the themes of ‘Part 1’, but this time with even more emotion from everyone involved.

‘Epsilon’ is eleven minutes that sounds a tad more contemporary. The Wooden Shjips/Hookworms pulse of ‘Part 1’ is spirit-level steady, and allows Dean room for some vocal manoeuvres. You don’t ever really catch what he’s singing about, you just feel it in the gut. In ‘Part 2’ the proggy guitar lines send the listener leftfield, whilst ‘Part 3’ pulls things back, and we’re into Sonic Youth or ’90s stoner territory. It’s another peak in a song cycle full to the brim with ideas that gel better than you’d imagine from any description a writer could provide.

‘Delta’ feels like a reset button has been pressed, and a bit of intentionally aimless flow opens up. ‘Part 1’ gives you Wah Wah Land, and a vocal seemingly in freefall. Is this where the trip turns bad? ‘Part 2’ suggests not, as we realign our chakras and forge onwards with new energy and renewed belief. The sonic breakdown here is akin to a vortex of sound, a whirlpool to let oneself be lost in. The instrumental ‘Part 3’ brings us firmly out on the other side, the guitar fuzz blurring our vision somewhat as we stand on our musical shore basking in solarized warmth. The final movement, ‘Part 4’, is a brief howl of joy that we have survived the entire thing.

It’s certainly not an album you can get on one listen, but The Velvet Night is surely an early contender for album of the year. There’s no come down allowed here. Just a widescreen, ecstatic, symphonic journey backwards into tomorrow that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Phil Moore

The Velvet Night is out now on vinyl and download

 

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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 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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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 26th – Jan 1st

THE TOUCH Wednesday December 26th The Britannia, Burton Latimer Cementing their reputation as the hardest working band in the Kettering area, The Touch won’t be sleeping off the Christmas indulgence….

THE TOUCH
Wednesday December 26th
The Britannia, Burton Latimer
Cementing their reputation as the hardest working band in the Kettering area, The Touch won’t be sleeping off the Christmas indulgence. Instead they’ll bring their classic rock to the Brit for a matinee performance. Music 4-6pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + BABY LUNG
Friday December 28th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
After such a triumphant [and no doubt exhausting] year for the Fab Funk Four they celebrate with a hometown end of year show. Support from brand new indie-jazz quartet to keep an eye on. Doors 8pm, free entry

GRYNN + BLOOD VISIONS + NAILBREAKER + LA FOLIVORA
Friday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
It’s the “Blood Visions office Christmas party”. Local Math-Rock-Pop-Jazz-Funk-Junk legends come out of retirement to headline, then it’s fierce punks who basically live at the Gari, plus digital hardcore from George, and the punk duo to open. Doors 7pm, free entry [£3 donation to Northampton Mind requested]

ALDOUS PINCH + TRICKEY MICKEY + KAREN ANGELA
Friday December 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Theatrical musical performances as part of the ‘Cringle Cabaret’ night. Also featuring burlesque, comedy, spoken word from Sami The bard of Northampton, and belly dancers. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

SOUL GROOVE
Friday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The clues in the name; soulful melodies and grooving rhythms. His live set will include “his Roland TR-8, his Korg minilogue and more”. Doors 8pm, free entry

EL-CAMINO
Friday December 28th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Back by popular demand for some psychobilly festive fun. Music from 9.30pm, free entry

JOE CORKRAM
Saturday December 29th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Acoustic singer-songwriter from Northampton. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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