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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 16th – Oct 22nd

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE Wednesday October 16th The Roadmender, Northampton A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and…

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE
Wednesday October 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and more. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

INGLORIOUS + LOKI
Thursday October 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Hard rock London fivesome: big guitar riffs and soulful vocals a go-go, on the campaign trail promoting their latest album Road To Nowhere, with local rockers in support. Doors 7pm, £15 tickets

THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + CASSINI CIRCLES + KENNETH J NASH + KATIE PATON
Friday October 18th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
A quintet of ShoeTown musical favourites on offer; rock, folk and electronic sounds all served up, and there’s no doubt you need to there for it. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban music / spoken word open mic night this month features Smiley, Reality, and loads more. Doors 8pm, free entry

LIFT TOWER PRESENTS
Saturday October 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The second instalment of Lift Tower Presents – seven bands over two stages, plus DJs. Upstairs you have Lift Tower, Big Loss, and Sad Drone. In the basement you can experience Sharkteeth Grinder, Nailbreaker, Brazen Foxes, and Dan Church.

HUE & CRY
Saturday October 19th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Stripped Bitter Suite 30th anniversary show. Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’, as well as massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love’ – and now have sold in excess of two million records worldwide. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND
Saturday October 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A night of original music with one of the country’s oldest boy bands. Expect lo-fi widescreen loveliness [think Richard Hawley, XTC, The Wedding Present]. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAN WYLLIE QUARTET, feat. NICO WIDDOWSON
Sunday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Contemporary jazz from Shoe Town’s finest. Doors 7pm, free entry
 
THE SELECTER + DJ RHODA DAKAR
Tuesday October 22nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The one-time Two-Tone troupe head on tour in 2019 to celebrate their 40-year career. Support from DJ Rhoda Dakar. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets
 
JONAH MATRANGA + DAMN CARGO +ROB REEVES
Tuesday October 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The former Far and new End Original frontman kicks of the UK leg of his ‘Halfway to a Hundred’ tour in K-Town. “50 Songs For 50 Years” is the theme. Derbyshire alt-rock band and local singer-songwriter in support. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 2nd – Oct 8th

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER + LITTLE BITBOY Wednesday October 2nd The Black Prince, Northampton Live electronic artist who takes his home-made machines on the road to play loud analogue synths…

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER + LITTLE BITBOY
Wednesday October 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Live electronic artist who takes his home-made machines on the road to play loud analogue synths to opened-mouthed audiences. Has made his name with adventures on YouTube with Star Wars Lego, Gameboys, and Furbies. One of those “you need to see it to believe it” type acts. Support from Joshua the Nintendo-abusing ShoeTowner. Doors 7.30pm, £8.50 tickets

RED RUM CLUB + WEIRD MILK + CUSP
Friday October 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
An indie sextet from Liverpool on their breakthrough year, channelling Tarntino-esque wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Their 2019 debut album Matador is a word-of-mouth hit. Support from two MK bands; one that focuses on vocal harmonies, another that’s classic songwriting with crunching guitars. All worthy of your attention. Doors 7.30pm, £8.50 tickets

ED DOWIE + THE NATURE CENTRE + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday October 4th
The Lab, Northampton 
London headliner’s beguiling songs have regularly appeared on BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Brummie’s The Nature Centre plays three-minute pop songs [think Cardiacs, XTC and other pop- psych]. OpeNNer Joshua Ryan creates recognisable tunes using all kinds of blips, blops, samples and gadgets. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

HATTIE HATSTAR + THE LAB COLAB
Saturday October 5th
The Lab, Northampton
Comedy-folk-punk-cabaret star Hattie covers many subjects: sex, drugs, murder, underwear, drink, Armageddon and much more. Support from a collaborative band of Lab’s own DubSka Murphys and Ginhouse Gypsies! Doors 5.30pm, £3.50 entry

IRENE RAE
Saturday October 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Following the conker classic event, here comes the Stamford singer-songwriter who combines jazz with country [playing as a duo tonight]. From 8pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CRYBB + OAKLEAS RISE
Saturday October 5th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic goodness from the above selection. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Sunday October 6th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Craig [harmonica] and Jonathan [guitar]  are both influenced by the same blues and roots music of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s, and this comes together to influence their sound of country-blues music. From 3pm, free entry

LOKI + BERLYN TRILOGY
Sunday October 6th
The King Billy, Northampton
Northamptonshire hard rock /grunge quartet, plus Wakefield synth-pop/darkwave trio. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

LAY IT DOWN UNI-TY
Monday October 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A university-focused night for freshers, musicians, lyricists, spoken word and vocalists. Confirmed so far: Har-Q and L30 Robinson. Doors 7pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Red Rum Club

Liverpool sextet Red Rum Club have had a grassroots-led breakthrough year in 2019. Beginning in January with the release of the widescreen debut album Matador, the band are now on…

Liverpool sextet Red Rum Club have had a grassroots-led breakthrough year in 2019. Beginning in January with the release of the widescreen debut album Matador, the band are now on their biggest UK tour to date, and celebrate with a brand new single, ‘Kids Addicted’. Before their Northampton appearance on October 4th New Boots took tea and biscuits with them.

A busy time for you 2019. Can you summarise how your [presumably crazy] year has been? And any particular highlight you can pinpoint?
This year has been very special to us, from our debut Album ‘Matador’ coming out in January and getting to number 1 in the alternative iTunes charts, and charting in the official UK album, and vinyl charts, to selling out shows around the country, having people sing our songs back to us, and playing on stages in festivals all over the county, plus our first European festival in Romania with the likes of The 1975, and Jungle. 
Glastonbury was definitely a highlight; it was the first time going for most of us, never mind playing. A few of the lads hit it a little too hard there so we can’t remember as much as we’d like. We recently got the luxury of going to the Maida Vale studio and doing a live session there, that was a surreal moment, I know some of us were just as excited for that than for Glastonbury.

The album sounds huge. Parr Street Studios and Chris Taylor; have you struck gold there?
Massively, Chris Taylor has been brilliant with us, we’ve done everything with him; in the early days we released singles through his label ‘Rooftop Records’, so when Modern Sky signed us for an album we all knew it made sense to continue with him, and thankfully working with him means we get Parr Street, so we’re very happy with that.

Selling out the 02 Academy is no mean feat. Can you still walk the streets of Liverpool freely, or has the fame bit hard there now?
Selling out five months in advance was amazing, we were over the moon with and a little surprised with that. The good looking members get recognised now and again, but I’ll let you decide who they are! 

What you looking forward to most about this autumn tour?
We’re playing some bigger venues than we have in the past outside of Liverpool, particularly in Sheffield, and playing in cities we haven’t been to be before like Northampton, Norwich and Hull which is exciting! It helps that we love being on tour seeing old fans, meeting new fans, and we’re always up for a drink afterwards, so if you fancy one after one of our shows let us know.

What can you tell us about your 2020 plans?
2020 will be interesting to say the least. There will be more music, more tours and some very exciting news coming your way soon. We can’t give too much away, but have just released a new single ‘Kids Addicted’, so hopefully that’ll keep you interested for the time being!

Kids Addicted is out now. Red Rum Club are on tour now, and play The Black Prince in Northampton on Friday October 4th, with support from Weird Milk and Cusp.

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Sep 25th – Oct 1st

THUMPER + DEAF TRAP + JJ MOON Wednesday September 25th The Black Prince, Northampton THUMPER [all capitals] are the band everyone’s talking about in Ireland, delivering bubblegum pop through a…

THUMPER + DEAF TRAP + JJ MOON
Wednesday September 25th
The Black Prince, Northampton
THUMPER [all capitals] are the band everyone’s talking about in Ireland, delivering bubblegum pop through a wall of sonic death. With a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows and penchant for howling feedback and pounding rhythm, each show is an exercise in unpredictability. Support from beloved four-piece alternative/indie band from ShoeTown, and new and jazzy indie/alt-rock band from Northampton/MK. Doors 7.30pm, £5.50 tickets

ASPHALT + BADDREAMS + LA FOLIVORA
Wednesday September 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Japanese hardcore punks, Brummy post-hardcore, and Northampton synth-grindcore duo. Doors 8pm, free entry

ONE LEAF FALLS + FREAK CITY + TONY MEAD
Friday September 27th
The Lab, Northampton
The local new-for-2019 indie rock quartet headline, an even newer local indie-rock trio in the middle, with the Vincent Vega Band vocalist on a solo tip to open up. Doors 7pm, free entry

ACODA + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + PALMIST
Friday September 27th
The KK Club, Corby
Local anthemic hardcore punk faves make a welcome return to the live fold, with similarly heavy support sounds. Unmissable. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

THEE TELEPATHS + THE VENUS FLY TRAP
Friday September 27th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Superlative sounds on offer: psych-driven fuzz from KTown, and post-punk electronica from the ShoeTown legends. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

MATTHEW McGHIE + ANDY GRIFFITH+ STEVIE JONES
Friday September 27th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Wildfire Sessions present an Acoustic Showcase, featuring much Midlands talent.

ASHBORN + HELGRIND + CADENCE NOIR + EXPETYA
Saturday September 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Energetic metallers [from Northampton/Birmingham] play their debut album Awakening release show! Support  om London thrash metallers and the goth folk’n’rollers from Nottingham. Opening up are the five-piece death metal ShoeTown band from Northampton. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

THE KEEPERS
Saturday September 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Northampton’s indie/psych quartet, influenced by The Beatles, Small Faces, The Kinks, The Jam, Oasis, The Moons and many more. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE STRAYS + GOGO LOCO
Saturday September 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A unique vintage sound with a gritty, modern edge from your Cheltenham headliners – described as ‘No Doubt meets Imelda May’. Bernie Keith is a big fan we hear. With a Bo Diddley beat and a rockabilly flair the two-piece maraca driven combo of trash rattle ’n’ roll in support are worthy of your time too we suspect [wink wink, nod nod]. Music from 9pm, free entry

BOO HEWERDINE + ODETTE MICHELL
Saturday September 28th
The Core At Corby Cube
Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award-nominated English singer-songwriter Hewerdine comes to Corby for an acoustic session. He is well known for working with Brit Award-winning, former Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader and Chris Difford of Squeeze. Doors 8pm, £11.50 tickets

CAMERON GRACE + TIM JON BROPHY + TOM & SOPHIE
Sunday September 29th
St. Giles Ale House, Northampton
Ni Ni acoustic sessions in the very heart of teyn. From 1pm, free entry

FAMILY OF NOISE
Sunday September 29th
The King Billy, Northampton
Corby’s instrumental post-punk trio of heavy repute do the afternoon thing at the Billy. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM
Sunday September 29th
Castle Ashby Gardens
Northampton singer-songwriter plays as part of “Northamptonshire Day”. 2pm, free entry

TEMPLES
Tuesday October 1st
HMV store, Kettering
Celebrating the release of Hot Motion with an instore performance from KTown pop-psychsters. You need to go into  the store to buy the album [out this Friday] in order to attend. From 5.30pm
 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Sep 18th – Sep 24th

BETH MUNROE Thursday September 19th The Lab, Northampton Talk by Maja of Queers To The Front Booking about being a trans-woman. Followed by music from the NN indietronica solo artist….

BETH MUNROE
Thursday September 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Talk by Maja of Queers To The Front Booking about being a trans-woman. Followed by music from the NN indietronica solo artist. Doors 8pm, £4 entry [£3 members]

KING PURPLE + CENTURY CITY+ MONARCHS + BABY LUNG
Friday September 20th
The Roadmender Northampton
The Purps are now a quartet with the addition of second guitarist Jacob, and to celebrate the release of latest single ‘Warning Signs’ they play their biggest headline show to date – in the main room of the Roady. Choosing three amazing support acts too means we’re in for a special one. Doors 7pm, and just £5 for a ticket

LAY IT DOWN
Friday September 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Your regular friendly urban music night, featuring the talents of Har-Q, Reality, Blistery, L30 Robinson, Thunder, Infinite Lore, Smiley, Anonymous, and more. Doors 8pm, free entry

FRANCISCO + JOE MILES
Friday September 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The Cousin Avi frontman returns to Northampton for a special solo set of sultry Latino soul. A rare show from local bluesy singer-songwriter in support. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

JASMINE BURNS + HUMBLEBEE + CHRIS FOX + WARD & PARKER
Friday September 20th
St Mary the Virgin Church, Stoke Bruerne
An enticing night of roots music from artists of this region [or should we say parish?]. Doors 6.30pm, tickets £10 [from http://www.audiovendor.com or call The Boat Inn on (01604) 862428]

SATAN’S EMPIRE + MODES + CATALYST  + LåGëRSHøP
Friday September 20th
Fiddler’s Elbow, Wellingborough
Scottish NWOBHM band that have recently reformed headline, plus brand new Medway metalcore, a groove metal trio from MK, and the opening entertainment is “foul language shouted over driven, anthemic state-side punk rock riffs”  [also from MK]. Doors 7pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER + THE STOKES
Friday September 20th
Towcestrians RFC, Towcester
A couple of local-ish bands to rock your weekend, all in aid of Sponne Schools Uganda. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

THE GREY DOG FESTIVAL
Saturday September 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
A day of music, workshops and more that puts young people’s mental health centre stage. Lucy Spraggan, The Death Alley Drivers, Roses & Pirates, That Joe Payne, Jamie Lee Harrison, Candidates, Jono & The Uke Dealers, Amii Dawes, Adam Thomas, Tu-Kay & Ryan, Homeless Shakespeare, and Lunaxis is your entertainment. Doors midday, free entry

JEFFREY LEWIS & THE VOLTAGE + BLOOD-VISIONS
Saturday September 21st
The Black Prince, Northampton
The New York “anti-folk” singer-songwriter has become a firm favourite of the Northampton scene. With The Voltage they play scuzzy urban indie-rock-folk, like “a 21st Century mash-up of Sonic Youth, Pete Seeger and R. Crumb”. Their new album Bad Wiring was recorded in Nashville, and will be released November 1 on Moshi Moshi Records. Support from everyone’s favourite local noisy art-punks. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

SULVAIN + TAKE REFUGE + AKILLA
Saturday September 21st
Earl’s Barton WMC
New Northants metallers Sulvain make their debut appearance, with past members of The Darkhorse and Garshkott teaming up with other local musicians. Support from Milton Keynes metallers, and the Cambridge-based melodic death metal band. Doors from 7pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CAMERON GRACE + TIM JON BROPHY + LAURA BAKER
Saturday September 21st
The Old Swan, Earl’s Barton
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic night. From 9pm, free entry

CHARLIE DORE WITH JULIAN LITTMAN + JESS ORESTANO
Saturday September 21st
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Best known for her world wide smash ‘Pilot Of The Airwaves’, Dore’s music has led to worldwide critical acclaim. This will be an relaxed evening, with special guest singer songwriter Orestano. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday September 21st
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Blues-wailin’ duo play their popular afternoon slot. 3pm-6pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Sep 11th – Sep 17th

WEIRDOE + SAMUEL LOX + CEEPZ Friday September 13th The Black Prince, Northampton Debut headline show from the Northampton rapper with the mad fast flow, with similarly talented NN supports….

WEIRDOE + SAMUEL LOX + CEEPZ
Friday September 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Debut headline show from the Northampton rapper with the mad fast flow, with similarly talented NN supports. Only a few tickets remaining – this one is going to go off. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

WALKING CORPSE + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + BINGE DRINKER + FILTHxCOLLINS + SKULLFUCKED + IRON GRAVE
Friday September 13th 
The Lab, Northampton
Death grind from Gothenburg headline, plus ShoeTown grindcore crust [last show with Matt on drums!], crust ‘n’ roll from London, powerviolence from Nottingham, death grind from Stevenage, and some more local “total crush battle doom” from the returning IG. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

ILL-INFORMED + NEGATIVE FRAME + TRAGIC
Friday September 13th 
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
South-east hardcore/metal/math rock group on top, then London’s raging metallers, plus ShoeTown’s young punk rockers open up. Nice. Doors 7pm, free entry

IVORY YARDSALE + LIFT TOWER + [SANE] + TRAGIC + BLOOD-VISIONS + 72% + NAILBREAKER + LA FOLIVORA
Saturday September 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A one day mini-fest held over two stages at the Gari, featuring some of Northampton’s best artistic talents. Highlights are the unexpected return to the game by Ivory Yardsale, and the debut show from the slightly mysterious Lift Tower collective. Doors 3pm, free entry

CAGEWORK + JUNODEF + PIECES
Saturday September 14th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Physical Education Recordings present a night of live music. You get: London indie/hardcore trio, dark-but-melodic Swedes, and incendiary ShoeTown trio with a rare live show. What’s not to like? Doors 8pm, free entry

CANDIDATES
Saturday September 14th
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
Retro Beat welcomes MK powerhouse indie rockers, who mix the 90’s scene with a modern rock’n’roll twist. Doors 8pm, free entry

SCOTT WALTERS
Saturday September 14th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Acoustic singer-songwriter in an afternoon setting. 3pm-6pm, free entry

ROCKIN’ ROADRUNNER
Sunday September 15th
Abington Park Bandstand, Northampton
The 8th annual Rockin’ Roadrunner mini festival. This community event is focused towards people with special needs, their families and carers. Performances from Elvis Tribute, Charles, Hollie May, Show time at the musicals, Performing Room, Dance with a Difference, The Cube Disability, Arts Academy, Encompass Arts, Y-Not Arts, The Autistix, plus loads of other fun and creative things to do. 12pm-5pm

THE BARDIC PICNIC
Sunday September 15th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
The Bard Of Northampton gets chosen for the year. On the outside stage will be live performances from P-HEX, Katie Paton, Kenneth J. Nash, Jono and The Uke Dealers, Taylor Smith, Helen Verrill, Yoshe, Jacob Braithwaite, and The Whistling Dandies. From midday, free entry

THE LURKERS + WHO KILLED NANCY JOHNSON + SPRING PARK + CRASH INDUCTION
Sunday September 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
An afternoon of punk, headlined by original West London punks who were Top Of The Tops regulars. Doors 4pm [finishes at 9pm], £5 entry

 

 

 

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

JINDER + TU-KAY & RYAN + JOE CORKRAM Wednesday September 4th  Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Sensational  Sherbourne Americana singer-songwriter, NN harmonising duo, and accomplished Northampton performer promoting his exciting new…

JINDER + TU-KAY & RYAN + JOE CORKRAM
Wednesday September 4th 
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Sensational  Sherbourne Americana singer-songwriter, NN harmonising duo, and accomplished Northampton performer promoting his exciting new EP. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

NI NI SESSIONS
Thursday September 5th
The Walnut Inn, Blisworth
Acoustic joy from Just Mike, Corinne Lucy, Woolford Scott, Oakleas Rise, Wax Lyrical, Ant Richards, and Nigel Lewis. Doors 8pm, free entry

STORMBRINGER + STILL REMAINS + PARALLAX + BROKEN EMPIRE
Friday September 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
2019 for the Northants rockers heralds a new chapter, with the addition of Darren Caven-Quantrill on guitar and the much anticipated return of original vocalist Mike Stockley, not to mention prepping a fourth album! Come celebrate at this one, local bands in the main room is a very healthy state for the scene to be in. Doors 7.30pm, £6.50 tickets

ILLUSIVE FESTIVAL
Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th
Deene Park Estate, nr Corby
The beats weekender is back for its sixth year. Hostings multiple stages of DJs, and The Badger’s Sett stage has live performances from Spunge, Imperial Leisure, Popes of Chillitown, Jerremia Ferrari, Riskee & The Ridicule, and a certain Karl Phillips & The Rejects. Tickets £130. Full line-up: http://illusive-festival.co.uk

ROLLING THUNDER
Friday September 6th
Peggotty’s Lounge, Towcester
The much anticipated return of the ‘John Doe’ indie rockers to Peggotty’s. Music from 8pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + VENUS FLY TRAP + SKYBEARD
Saturday September 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Superlative sounds on offer here tonight: psych-driven fuzz from Kettering, post-punk electronica from ShoeTown legends, and local proggish stoner rock brings the heavy vibes and stylings. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

NI NI SESSIONS 
Saturday September 7th
The Sun Inn, Northampton
Yet more acoustic wonderment from a strong selection: Cameron Grace, Andy Clarke, Marieke Vink, Ant Richards, and Rogue State Circus. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

EASTFIELD
Saturday September 7th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Those urban rail punks named after the ShoeTown suburb are in KTown for some righteous fun. Doors 8pm, free entry

JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Saturday September 7th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Surf and Rock’n’Roll trio, playing reverb-drenched instrumental songs that evoke the sound of crashing waves and covering songs from the early days of rock and roll. Playing from 3pm to 6pm, free entry

KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday September 7th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Celebrated blues harp duo do their thang over in the Broughton boozer that’s under new management. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 28th – Sep 3rd

PALMIST + ORKA Wednesday August 28th The Black Prince, Northampton Alt-rock/pop-punkers from Southampton headline, with Doors 7pm, £5 tickets BASEMENT LEAGUE + SLACKRR + ERICA DRIVE + DEAD RESTLESS Friday…

PALMIST + ORKA
Wednesday August 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Alt-rock/pop-punkers from Southampton headline, with Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

BASEMENT LEAGUE + SLACKRR + ERICA DRIVE + DEAD RESTLESS
Friday August 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A mighty quartet for your eager ears: pop-punk from London, Southampton, Bournemouth, and go old ShoeTown itself. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

ALI IN THE JUNGLE + CORNUCOPIA
Friday August 30th
The Lab, Northampton
MK indie rock, plus new indie-punkers from Northampton. Lewis Beahan opens with an acoustic set. Doors 7pm

LAKE ACACIA + DERADE + DIVERSION
Friday August 30th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Original band night, featuring alt-rock from Banbury, melodic power rock band from Cambs, and pop-punk from Bedford. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

UNITY FEST
Saturday August 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
UNITY Fest is about bringing everyone together from all different social and religious backgrounds through music. Main Stage bands include VICE SQUAD, JANUS STARK, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, TARA REZ, and KARL PHILIPS & THE REJECTS. The Acoustic Den includes several local acts and speakers from Hope Not Hate, Unite the Union, The Labour Party, CND, JVL & Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Unity Fest is sponsored by Unite the Union. Doors midday, free entry [enter code 4419]

MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Saturday August 31st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Once again local people get together to raise money for the Hope Centre. A full day of live music, with the main stage featuring One Leaf Falls, Marabar Caves, Tukay & Ryan, Family of Noise, Hopsons Kaffee, Hub Cap, and The Markus Reeves Brotherhood. Meanwhile the acoustic stage features Rogue Ruby, Nigel Lewis, Ciaran Redmond, Wildflower Rogue, Maria Craven, Cameron Grace, and Corinne Lucy. Doors 2pm, donations requested [including food!]

WISHING WOLF+ NORTHSHORE+ THESE FIVE YEARS + THRIFT STREET + SWITCHDOWN
Saturday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
Pop-punk extravaganza, and unbelievably all for free, the generous lovelies. Headlined by Kettering’s best kept secret, plus bands from Middlesborough, Cardiff, Leicester, and Northampton itself. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE RETROBAITS
Saturday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
Daventry’s vintage rock’n’roll trio with two albums to their name will make you dance dance dance. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

SKIRT + THE KEEPERS + STEVE + SPACETOAST + ERIN COBAIN
Saturday August 31st
Abbots, Weekley Wood Lane, Weekley
Festeveal is an event which showcases local talent in the Northamptonshire area, along with raising money for the amazing local non-profit organisation Picture The Difference. This organisation provides a creative outlet for people with additional needs! Doors 2pm, entry is FREE but they ask for donations

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 21st – Aug 27th

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND Thursday August 22nd The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with…

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND
Thursday August 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with his own sounds, as heard on last year’s debut album, What’s New?.  He presents his big band with the big sound for the first time in 2019 tonight. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

AUGUST ROCK FESTIVAL 2019
Thursday August 22nd – Monday August 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
No creative juice spared with that title, the second of the Billy’s 2019 garden extravaganza’s runs over five nights!  You get ODS SAXON, DIRTY DEEDS, BURNT OUT WRECK, THE BIG DIRTY, STILL REMAINS UK, SILVER STEREO , EL BRONSON, STAR LIZZY, DREAM DROP, WISHING WOLF, SAFEST SPACES, STANDING LIKE STATUES, CRAWLSPACES, CHARLIE TARRY & THE OUTLAWS, MOLLY KARLOFF, and more TBC. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday to Monday is £5 on the door. A ticket for 3 days is £10.

THE PIG & APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 23rd – Sunday August 25th
Next to Naseby Reservoir
The last big weekend of the year for festivals in 2019, and this is a firm favourite on the calendar. Music is the main focus of the festival, so this year you get Friday delights from The Evil Usses, The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Diego Brown & The Good Fairy, and Chris Duckett. The evening finishes with a late night Lay It Down special hosted by Troopz. Saturday brings Benny & The Jengo Massive, Dubi Dolczek, Zayk, Laetitia Sadier [ex-Stereolab], [sane], A Noble Ghost, Slide Machine, Ben Jennings, and James Grady. Finally the Sunday sees C Joynes, Nim Chimpsky, Wax Myrtle’s Special Structure, Nick Jonah Davis, Ji & The Rainbirds, and Nina Harries perform. Day tickets are £15 [Fri and Sun] or £20 [Sat], or £30 for a weekend camping ticket. See all the info here

KAYA UMBRELLA FAIR WORLD MUSIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Umbrella Fair, Northampton
Kaya breaks down the borders within the Arts and Music and celebrates World Music, Diversity, Community and Family. Showcasing many world music artists over three days, including Kiziah & The Kings, Thabani & The African All Stars, The Repro Jam Squad, Drones Club, and Jono & The Uke DealersTickets are £25 for the weekend, £50 for a family ticket, or £5 per child over six.

ACOUSTIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Sun Inn, Northampton
A Ni Ni Sessions hosted event over three days. Performances from Hannah Faulkner, Nigel Lewis, Rebecca Ryan, Dem urban foxes, Marieke Vink, ‪Andy Clarke, Ant Richards‬, Cameron Grace‬, Harrison Coleman, The Laura Baker Band‬, George Holmes, Amii Dawes, Way Bak Then, Break‬, Just Mike, Tom & Sophie‬, J D Blues , Uncovered‬, Tim Jon Brophy, Scott Walters, Lew Bear, Dan Hughes, and Terry Slade. From lunchtime each day, free entry

PLANETMAN + GOVERNOR TIGGY & THE ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday August 24th
The Lab, Northampton
Big celebration and iration. Conscious reggae star Tiggy will be joining the roots reggae Londoner. Doors 8pm, £5 entry [£4 for members]

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS + JOE WOOLEY
Saturday August 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
MLR was our first ever gig review two years ago, so we’re excited she returns from Los Angeles to perform upstairs at the Lamp. Support from her occasional folkie collaborator and talented NN mainstay. Music from 8.30pm, £7.50 entry

SHIRE FEST
Saturday August 24th
The Shire Horse, Corby
A great line-up of local musicians: Ethan Kenna, The 182s, Veins, Deeper Cut, Rock Follicles and Kushty. From 1.30pm, free entry

EMPYRE + DIG LAZARUS + JD BLUES
Saturday August 24th
The Red Lion, Brackley
The Self-Aware rockists continue their album campaign trail by returning to a favourite haunt, and are joined by the Nuneaton riffy trio, plus the Northants acoustic blues duo. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

PROJECT NOISE + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday August 24th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Special co-headline show from the two MK metal outfits. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

RAVENFEST 19
Sunday August 25th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
An outdoor event, featuring Machines, The T100s, Prisoner, James Watt & The Avenues, and The Rising Suns. Doors midday. All proceeds go to Prostaid.

THE TOUCH
Sunday August 25th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
In superhero costumes no less! Stick around after the jam to watch their rock moves. Doors 4pm, free entry

 

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Twinfest 2019: The Review

TWINFEST July 25th – July 28th 2019 Northampton, various venues THURSDAY, THE LAB The weekend starts early at Twinfest, the annual hootenanny / shindig that celebrates all that is good…

TWINFEST
July 25th – July 28th 2019
Northampton, various venues

THURSDAY, THE LAB
The weekend starts early at Twinfest, the annual hootenanny / shindig that celebrates all that is good about the music scenes of Marburg, Poitiers and Northampton. Tonight is special in that we get just the German and French acts, and it’s Oclaire‘s honour to kick us off. Before we get to the amiable German fella, can New Boots just point out that it is literally a sauna-type atmosphere in here tonight, as befits the hottest day of the year. If you didn’t go we will simply say: we suffer so you don’t have to. Not that we really did, what with what’s happening on stage. Oclaire is a man who frenetically strums his acoustic guitar, and sings his heart out. Playing songs from his recent sophomore album There Is More, his songs are open like gaping wounds, a space for him to pour his jumblebox of emotions through a redemptive filter and find some solutions to share with us.  We are blessed to hear them.

From solo to duo, and French pair The Aries. Jeanne Casseron and Chloé Bonnet are your chanson for the evening, as they give off sweet and unassuming vibes. They sing solely in French, so goodness knows what the songs are actually about, but one would hazard a guess they are as charming in word as they are in voice. A nifty version of the Beatles classic ‘Across The Universe’ is the icing on the cake.

Cressy Jaw are your solidarity brothers, a trio who take on social and environmental subjects and pull no punches, Reggae-type songs, the rest of the tracks developed into a wild mixture of punk, grunge and blues. Their tight songs switch between reggae-rock and RATM-style alt-rock noise. Their reggaegrungepunk works surprisingly well. 

By the time Bazouka Groove Club unleash their primal rock’n’roll the Lab is producing casualties, and standing outside and listening to the music is becoming a real survival option. Luckily there’s enough punters around for our German friends to work their magic, and work the crowd. Theirs is a modern alt-rock sound mixed up with more of a noughties pop-punk spirit. Singer Basti took his top off [it was definitely a night for that], people moshed until they, literally and figuratively, dropped: it was one of those instantly memorable nights.

It would have been easy to have gone home now satisfied. Bazouka have absolutely destroyed all listening, and the body count is still rising alongside the steam. Yet Full Fiction still have something in their locker to make you reconsider any premature evaluations. The slightly bashful French trio have got some musical chops, as they unleash their slightlydelic punk rock that gets heads nodding furiously, even without anyone knowing the songs. FF felt like the awe-inspiring bonus album track you were not expecting. Tonight the taxi ride home was very, very beatific.

FRIDAY, THE LAMPLIGHTER
The Vincent Vega Band start off proceedings at the Lamplighter in suitably sharp and sophisticated style. Drummer-less and acoustic they are on fine laid back form. Tonight, the band’s sparse, stripped back instrumentation leaves plenty of room for their lyrics, reminiscent of a lo-fi Scott Walker, to shine. Their songs play out like snippets of kitchen sink dramas; held together by moody bass lines and decorated with pretty viola passages. ‘Claude’ and ‘Fireflies’ are particularly well-received moments in a superb opening set. ‘Tout royale pas de fromage’, as they might say in Paris.

Following, in the spirit of these events, with something completely different are Krankhead, aka Mio Flux & Patchy, The Rockstar. Their party-starting hip-hop gets the crowd well warmed up, starting football chants as well as a one-fingered salute to the new prime minister that is much appreciated by the Twinfest crowd.

Upstairs at the Lamplighter, with its fireplace and atmospheric lighting, it feels more like a classy house party; a setting that fits quirky folk-pop duo The Aires quite well. The first of the acts from Poitiers tonight, they instantly win over the Northampton audience. Songs sung in a language the audience may be unfamiliar with are very much dependant on the strength of the performance, but this pair have a wonderfully expressive stage presence and vocal harmonies that cross any language borders.

By the time those watching The Aires get downstairs quite the crowd has amassed for local boys The Barratts, whose mid-evening set showcases why they are quickly becoming one of the towns biggest acts. Punchy indie rock with stinging guitar solos and an assured presence marks them as a force to be reckoned with. By the second song things are already getting rowdy at the front, and your left with the impression that the band are destined for bigger venues than here. The band closed with ‘Lights Out In London’ leaving the audience howling for an encore, but it was already time for the next act to start upstairs.

Oclaire, one of the musicians from Marburg, is up[stairs] next. An acoustic singer-songwriter with a punk spirit and a big heart, he talks openly about the mental health issues that he’s dealt with as he sings about learning to be positive. Throughout the set he drinks from a cup of green tea due to the bad throat he developed on the plane over, and apologises. But his voice is in no way hindered, and he storms through his set with a bit of audience participation.

Back downstairs for the second of tonight’s German acts and Cressy Jaw keep the night pumping with their mix of reggae, punk and bluesy rock. While the audience had thinned a bit since The Barratts, by the end of the set the room had filled up again and there was quite a bit of dancing down at the front. The band’s final song tuned into an extended jam session, with each member of the three-piece getting a spotlight and inviting the audience to join in.

The final act on tonight are Full Fiction, from Poitiers, who pretty much level The Lamplighter with their full-throttle rock and roll. The songs are largely instrumental, with some occasional screamed vocals, but the draw here is the face-melting guitar playing and raw power of the band as a whole. Partway through the set a pit opens up at the front, the front man leaping over the monitor, guitar in hand to shred amongst the audience. The set comes towards its close with the him dropping his guitar on the floor and kneeling over it, attacking it to coax out all manner of sounds. A powerful end to a great night of music from the three cities.

FRIDAY, THE GARIBALDI HOTEL
At 26°, The Garibaldi resembled a blazing inferno, though, the topic of conversation was how it was not as hot as the Lab the day before, when temperatures had reached 37°. The newly formed Joe B. Humbled & His Band opened proceedings with their debut performance, fronted by Joe Martin on guitar and vocals [also known for GOGO LOCO and previously The Mobbs], and joined by his brother Jon Martin on bass and Alex George on drums. The band performed previously-released tracks ‘The Straight & Narrow’ and ‘To Be True’ with some new numbers, such as, ‘Why Did You Kiss Me’ and the never heard before track, ‘Bloodshot Eyes’. With less jumping around, this is Joe’s opportunity for more singing. The new solo venture stays true to Joe’s blues and rock’n’roll influences, with an added essence of some soul. Their admirable cover of Alabama Shakes ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’ gave severe evidence to said soul influence. With a live performance that was true to the record, Joe B. Humbled are a musical treat with lush, panoramic tones reminiscent of influences from the likes of The Doors and Buddy Holly.

“Are we all drinking ir-responsibly?”, asked Jordan Jones, as he took to the stage. The Keepers were up next with two new faces to the indie-mod quartet. Introducing Charlie Pinnacle and Jack Isaacs to the mix, The Keepers still delivered a tight knit performance. The setlist included some older anthems such as ‘Here Comes The Spring’ and ‘You’re All I Need’, as well as, still-to-be-released ‘Velvet Hands’. Opening with the lines “Don’t take me to the movies, take me to a cemetery,” the song is influenced by the line from beatnik poet, Gregory Corso’s ‘Marriage’. A riotous performance of ‘Cocaine Champagne’ from frontman Jones had the crowd’s eating out of the palm of his hand, as he used the bar as an extension of the stage, crouched below the hanging industrial lighting.

Next on the bill were the night’s hosts, Deaf Trap, marked by Tom Wright’s signature suit and Matt’s ever-impressive beard, they performed before a moshing crowd, whilst meanwhile others melted and fanned each other on the outskirts. The set included firm favourites ‘Guillotine’, ‘Fate Thinks’ and ‘Dirty Echoes’, as well as upcoming single ‘Face’.

Bazouka Groove Club headlined the evening. The conscious-rap group performed in their native tongue, to the remaining survivors of the room, headbanging until the very last note, the audience demanding an encore which was gratefully received.

SATURDAY, THE POMRFET ARMS
In true summer fashion the rains come in early on Saturday and by the time the Saturday leg of Twinfest is open the picturesque beer garden on The Pomfret resembles an overgrown water feature. But the show goes on, and in the barn Laughing Man Marsh kick things off with Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, and it definitely isn’t. The band played a solid set of blues-rock with a mix of originals and covers, ending in a storming cover of ‘The Chain’, assisted by two of the festival’s organisers on vocals.

Due to the delays in starting this is immediately followed by singer-songwriter Andy Hawkins, who apologises for being slow and not as funky as the preceding band, but that’s no problem. The emotional songs complement the atmosphere of this rainy afternoon and capture those inside.

This is followed by another set from Marburg’s Oclaire, whose emotional folk-punk has been one of the many highlights of the festival. While on stage he is sweet and just happy to be able to play music for people, his songs are still sung with emotion and power that could fill a much bigger room. He ends the set in the middle of the audience with an unplugged sing-along rendition of Frank Turner’s ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’.

Following this, and something you don’t see that often, is Northampton’s Jack Vs Hotdog, a solo performer appropriately dressed as a sausage in a bun. Starting with a Scroobius Pip line seguing into a fantastic cover of AJJ’s ‘Brave As a Noun’ he plays through a set of originals and covers ending with ‘Please Don’t Feed The Crackheads’, a song deemed not safe for anybody.

Another wonderful find from our French twin city has been The Aires, and despite technical issues they once again wow the crowd with their francophone folk-pop. Despite self-deprecatingly referring to some of their songs as “stupid love songs” they wow the afternoon audience, whose calls for an encore at the end of the set are actually answered in the shape of a cover of Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

Fossilheads are next and the self-descibed folky/comical/theatrical/eco-political duo’s songs about the looming global climate catastrophe are as timely and pointed as they are funny. The pair are fantastic performers with great chemistry and stage presence. Songs about climate change denial and corporate greenwashing are delivered with a mix of comedic character work and incredible musicianship. As per their introduction, they do indeed put the ‘ooh’ back in ‘existential doom’.

After a delay due to more technical issues Jono and the Uke Dealers take to the stage. Whilst ukuleles are commonly seen as somewhat of a gimmick or at best a bit twee, the band is never in danger of seeming like a novelty. The band balance heavier political tracks with lighter fare, but either way underpinned by assured songwriting and performance. They performed well known tracks ‘Beautiful Things’, ‘Speccy Four Eyes’ and ‘Joe Meek’s Ghost’ with Katie Paton, known for P-Hex and Kings Gambit, joining him on stage for a sobering song dedicated to the troubles in Palestine. The slightly abridged set is brought to an anthemic close with new anti-war track ‘Old Grey Wolf’.

New Boots couldn’t get into the barn for Kings Gambit, as it was packed with people dancing to their pirate-esque dance folk-rock. Old-time rockers The Mental Straights were up next with some nostalgic numbers, followed by Tom Rose & The Heathen Orchestra. Tom stunned audiences into submission with his Nick Cave-esque, gravely, macabre tones and Tom Wait style quirky charm, completed by his heathen orchestra, featuring not one but two percussionists. The band performed some personal favourites ‘Dance to Hell’ and ‘Trouble’s What You Got’.

Your correspondent got right to the front for rock-garage, heavy-blues trio, Full Fiction, from Poitiers, France. They tore it up with their guitar-humping, floor-rolling solos that were so epic frontman Camille Pizon broke a guitar string. With more hair-flicking than a l’Oreal advert, Full Fiction, proved their worth. Bazouka Groove Club performed again, before psychedelic rockers King Purple from Corby, the penultimate band of the evening. They delivered their smooth panoramic sound, with intricate layers interwoven with different shapes and textures. The atmosphere was dense, and drenched with entrancing guitars and hypnotising melodies.

Cressy Jaw headlined the evening, with their reggae punk-rock, managing just four songs before they were sadly unplugged. The revelries still carried on well into the evening though, with the night-time hours melting into day for many of the bands and festival goers.

SUNDAY, THE BLACK PRINCE
With a few still jaded from the night before, and the weekend catching up with many, some acoustic acts were just what the doctor ordered. The crowd congregated, sat cross-legged before the stage, in atypcial intimate setting. Dan Plews was up first with his beautiful acoustic guitar/ ukulele variety performance. 

Duncan Bisatt was up next with original tracks; ‘White Shoes’ and the ethereal ‘Captains & Kings’. Duncan’s track ‘Capybara Love Song’ became the soundtrack to the rascality and roguishness during their trip to Marburg earlier this year, for ManoFest, that saw them miss the flight home. It was met with knowing appreciation from those in the travelling party. Duncan performed his up and coming single, ‘Young Man’, and had local audiences laughing to tongue-in-cheek number, ‘£1 Town’.

The Aries were next on the bill with their charming Francophile tunes, that were rhythmic, upbeat and humorous. As much a duet in life, as they are on stage, Jeanne and Chloe’s friendship shows through in their performance.

Occlaire, from Marburg was up next. The solo acoustic artist delivered his dynamic compositions, ranging from soft to loud in a colourful alternation, conveying passion and emotion, supported by catchy melodies. One could lose oneself, just for a moment, and wander through the alternate planes of the music.

Next up are Rolling Thunder, a relatively new, lively indie-rock five-piece, who stepped in at the last minute. Very tight from the get-go, they jangle and fuzz like true pros even at this early stage of their career. Chant-worthy choruses are their trade in stock, and with the likes of ‘Break In At The Nachtwinkel’ and ‘John Doe’ you can already see them being firm festival favourites throughout the land. Some more variation amongst the bangers wouldn’t have go amiss [the New Boots lighter remained firmly in pocket throughout], but they have an awful lot to work with there already. Popular already, gang spirit, and charming banter from singer Charlie: they have all the right ingredients to do great things in 2020. The boys certainly made an indelible mark, and are here to stay.

Cressy Jaw really are very good musicians, that much is clear by their fourth weekend appearance. After the disappointment of an abridged set last night they really turned it on to an appreciative crowd. The songs seemed more 4/4 today, the reggae edges smoothed off [or maybe that’s just New Boots’ brain after four days of drinking]. The drummer from Bazouka Groove Club got up to join in with a double-drumming solo which was one of the many highlights of the weekend’s festivities.

Our next act, Baby Lung, bring some perfect Sunday afternoon relaxed vibes. Max, the two Matts and Harry are the NN band who only began a few months ago, but now seem indispensable to our scene. The quiet drama encased in all their sax-filled, jazz-chorded indie-pop is as seductive as it is unexpected from a band from the East Midlands [we can say that, right?] . Following highlights ‘Casualty’ and ‘She’ is final song ‘Falling’, which, with the help of a devilishly handsome guitar solo, ratchets up the drama to fever pitch. The love affair has just begun, Northampton.

Full Fiction, who have been reminding us of Hyll all weekend, are still on fire today. Their Thee Oh Sees/King Gizzard wig-outs have been propelling everyone out of any stupor they may be in. Proper good guys.

Locals The Jackal Nine are back for a one-off. Like they were back at Twinfest in 2017. Why mess around trying to be ace every weekend when you can do a show every couple of years and knock it out the park with ease? They start with a lengthy intro music, the spoken word effort from Meatloaf, ‘Wasted Youth’. The busy room knows they are going to burst into life any moment now. And when they do it’s with considerable vigour; like a bat out of hell, perhaps. The mosh pit is perpetually busy as they work though their intelligent punk rock repertoire – ‘S.A.D’, ‘Gruffalo’, etc – with gleeful abandon, as you might imagine from people having not performed for that long.

“You gotta choose between those who love you and those that wanna own you” states Danny Adams, the singer/guitarist. “This [his protruding middle finger] is a toast to Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and all their ilk”. Toward the end of their set a young rapper called Paton comes on briefly and gave it some serious, glorious attitude. Then there’s the ‘Fuck Brexit’ chant, and you can quietly be assured of their political leanings. In these tumultuous times the Jackal Nine are a reassuring presence, so we’re quite sad that they now go back into the toy box. Time to start a petition perhaps…

Bazouka Groove Club are again monumental. There’s a small stage invasion tonight, and plenty of crowd interaction in general. So pleased to say this weekend they’ve lived to the quality of that first-rate band name.

Phantom Isle are the final band of the weekend. The Northants-and-now-in-London band are doing great things wherever they land, having the songcraft to match almost any new band around. They dress up in ritualistic outfits to scare the bejeesus out of us Sabbath-observing folk. They open with ‘Channel’, then run through a confident set which includes the recent singles ‘Focus’ and ‘Four Walls’. Their indie-psych pop is infectious and skyscraping, and they feel like worthy headliners for an eclectic festival which has covered a range of styles.

And that’s it for another year. Time for a lie-down. See you in 2020.

Words by Phil Moore, Rachel Thomas, Sonny JD, and Tom Rose

Photos by David Jackson and Phill Phree

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