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NN Archives: May – Part Two – 2013-2009

Here’s the second part of our new monthly feature, the ‘NN Archives’. This looks at gigs in the month of May from 2013 to 2019. For anyone who missed Part…

Here’s the second part of our new monthly feature, the ‘NN Archives’. This looks at gigs in the month of May from 2013 to 2019.

For anyone who missed Part One, this a monthly trawl through the thousands of photos David Jackson has taken over the years; mixing national touring acts playing in the county and musicians from the local scene.

Rather than look back a year at a time we’re going to do it month-by-month, to give more of an immediate dive back into NN’s musical past and to tie things into the current month.

The same shameless plug as before, Please head over to https://davidtjackson.com for more music photos from the NN scene and beyond. Most of the content is currently on the Latest Updates page, as the galleries are being redone at the moment.

Lots of local faces on this one.

2012
ACODA / Attention Thieves / Escaping Juliet – The Penny Whistle, Northampton
Misty’s Big Adventure – The Lab, Northampton
The Lovely Eggs – The Lab, Northampton
The Moons – The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton


2011
Brother – Roadmender, Northampton

2010
Ash – Roadmender, Northampton
Futureheads – Roadmender, Northampton
Mr Hudsen / Tinnie Tempah – Roadmender, Northampton
New Cassettes / Parks Dept – The Picturedrome, Northampton
NME Radar Tour – Hurts / Everything Everything / Darwin Deez / New Cassettes – Roadmender, Northampton
Soulfly – Roadmender, Northampton

2009
Cage The Elephant – Roadmender, Northampton
Nine Black Alps – The Picturedrome, Northampton

There’s going to be loads of you out there with other photos. If you’ve got anything you’d like to be included in June’s features, contact us and we’ll include them.

At the moment, we’ll only be using using one or two photos per act per gig – but by all means feel free to submit as many as you like.

All photos Copyright David Jackson unless otherwise specified. No use or reproduction without permission.

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NN Archives: May – Part One – 2019-2013

We’re starting another new feature here at New Boots – the ‘NN Archives’. This will be a monthly trawl through the thousands of photos David Jackson has taken over the…

We’re starting another new feature here at New Boots – the ‘NN Archives’.

This will be a monthly trawl through the thousands of photos David Jackson has taken over the years; mixing national touring acts playing in the county and musicians from the local scene.

Rather than look back a year at a time we’re going to do it month-by-month, to give more of an immediate dive back into NN’s musical past and to tie things into the current month. It’s going to work best splitting each month into parts, so the first will be featuring gigs from 2019 to 2013, with the second part – coming later in the month – going from 2013 to about 2009.

The years covered will change each month dependent on amount of content. Fallow months we might do in one go. 2020? We’re just going to not talk about…

In more shameless self promotion, I [David] have been giving my photography website https://davidtjackson.com an overhaul. There’s tons of stuff on it from the NN scene and beyond, as well as more photos from a lot of these gigs. Go and take a look there once you’re done here. Most of the content is currently on the Latest Updates page, as the galleries are being redone at the moment.

So, without further ado, here’s some part one of May. Enjoy.

2019
slowthai – The Garibaldi Hotel
Paul Young and Sinead Burgess – Royal & Derngate

2018
Billy Lockett and Cousin Avi – Royal & Derngate
Don Broco, The Lafontaines, Yungblud – The Roadmender
Marmozets, Black Peaks – The Roadmender
The Underground Youth, Thee Telepaths and Deep Sea Mountains – The Lab

2017
Ward Thomas, unknown support – The Roadmender

2016
Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Crookes – Royal and Derngate

2015
Beartooth – The Roadmender
The Damned – The Roadmender

2014
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Itch and unknown opener – The Roadmender

2013
Carl Barât – Zombie Hut

There’s going to be loads of you out there with other photos. If you’ve got anything you’d like to be included in June’s features, contact us and we’ll include them.

At the moment, we’ll only be using using one or two photos per act per gig – but by all means feel free to submit as many as you like.

Part two of May will follow later this month, featuring ACODA, Ash, Tinnie Tempah, Soulfly and Cage The Elephant among many others.

All photos Copyright David Jackson unless otherwise specified. No use or reproduction without permission.

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Independent Venue Week 2020; photo report

We’re still trying to catch up on sleep from another cracking Independent Venue Week. There were great gigs taking place at The Black Prince, The Roadmender and The Lab in…

We’re still trying to catch up on sleep from another cracking Independent Venue Week.

There were great gigs taking place at The Black Prince, The Roadmender and The Lab in Northampton with Esquires and the Craufurd Arms across the border, as you’d expect, putting on solid shows throughout the week.

Working Men’s Club at The Black Prince

It was probably the strongest IVW Northampton has had to date and we got around to as much as we could / were allowed to by significant others.

It was six gigs for photo editor Dave and five for editor-in-chief Phil.

Billy Lockett pulled in the biggest crowd of the week at the Roadmender which was a top homecoming show for the Northampton native at the start of his UK tour.

The Black Prince saw hundreds of people through its doors during IVW, with Working Men’s Club and No Music among the highlights.

Over at Esquires, Wamduscher proved a great end to the week with a sold-out show.

Apologies to The Lab and the Craufurd Arms. Promise we’ll get to some of your shows next year! We might have to recruit a bit more help!

Below is a gallery featuring some of Northampton’s finest playing alongside the acts who headed to the region, featuring headline gigs by

ROAM / SPQR / King Purple / Billy Lockett / Working Men’s Club / Warmduscher

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Across The Border: Feb 6 – Feb 13

It’s back. Our somewhat regular look at what’s going on elsewhere, highlighting some of our favourite places outside of Northamptonshire. Need to get out of the county next week for…

It’s back. Our somewhat regular look at what’s going on elsewhere, highlighting some of our favourite places outside of Northamptonshire.

Need to get out of the county next week for you music fix? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

One of the stand outs of the week is the chance to see Fairport Convention (pictured) at The Stables. Usually seen playing to crowds of thousands on a regular  basis, this is a chance to see them up-close and personal.

 

PROJECT NOISE
Friday, February 7
The Craufurd Arms
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

JOHN
Friday, February 7
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8.50

EMILY CAPELL
Saturday, February 8
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

LOS PACAMINOS
Saturday, February 8
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

ROSWELL
Saturday, February 8
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £11

LEBROCK
Sunday, February 9
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

OLCAY BAYIR: DREAM FOR ANATOLIA
Sunday, February 9
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Tuesday, February 11
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £31.50

AMIGO THE DEVIL
Wednesday, February 12
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

METAL 2 THE MASSES: HEAT 3
Thursday, February 13
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GILL LANDRY
Thursday, February 13
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £11.

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The New Boots Year In Review – 2019

It’s been a fantastic 12 months for Northamptonshire’s music scene, with the county in the national and international press more than it maybe ever has been. We’ve had the return…

It’s been a fantastic 12 months for Northamptonshire’s music scene, with the county in the national and international press more than it maybe ever has been. We’ve had the return of Bauhaus who reunited for trio of gigs in LA and who have now announced a London show, slowthai who has been taking over the world, Billy Lockett repping NN on The Late Late Show in the US – all while Temples have been circling the globe again. Amid all this, we’ve had dozens of other musicians playing great shows and releasing inspiring music.

In fact, it’s hard to imagine a year with more musical focus on Northamptonshire than this one. And that’s something to be rightly proud of.

So, without further-ado, here’s the second annual New Boots round up of the last 12-months, bought to you by site founders Phil Moore and David Jackson.
SONG OF THE YEAR
We decided this year to hand this one over to you and 900 of you voted over seven days. We were watching the voting unfold in the background and are hugely grateful to everyone who took part. The lead and top five changed hands several times. Here the top five based on the final count:

1. King Purple ‘Warning Signs’
2. Sarpa Salpa ‘Before It Goes Dark’
3. Kenneth J Nash ‘The Explorer’
4. Krysthla ‘Zero Sum Game’
5. The Barratts ‘Lights Out in London’

In the end it was King Purple who took the top spot with their psychedelic, slow-burning single ‘Warning Signs’. Congratulations guys. We told frontman Callum Connachie and he said: “It feels great to win. We would like to thank every single soul that voted for ‘Warning Signs’, it means a lot. We will be back in 2020 with even bigger and better tunes.”

What did we think? Phil also went for ‘Warning Signs’, with Dave opting for ‘01604Ever’ by Blood Visions.

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
Krysthla – Worldwide Negative
Thee Telepaths – The Velvet Night
Nina Harries – Nina Harries

Dave: “There’s two albums which stood out for me this year, without doubt clocking up the most hours on Spotify for me were slowthai’s Nothing Great About Britain and Krysthla’s Worldwide Negative. Although some of my favourite slowthai songs are the likes of ‘T N Biscuits’ and ‘Drug Dealer’ [which aren’t really considered proper LP tracks] the record is incredible and absolutely worthy of the critical acclaim it received. There’s obvious comparisons to Mike Skinner but 17 years on from his debut, I think this record stands shoulder to shoulder with it. There’s an excellent mix of grime and punk-influenced music peppered with a great sense of humour and story-telling throughout it.

Phil: “I’ve listened to Nothing Great About Britain a lot and really enjoyed it – it’s totally deserving of the praise. It’s an album which has really redefined a lot of people’s relationship with modern hip-hop and grime and made people think about Northampton in a different way – both positive and negative. Seeing a guy brought up in Lings become this international superstar is just so heart-warming.”

Dave: “Last year we talked about an absence of metal on our lists, and I think Krysthla totally delivered on third record. They took their sound in a few different directions but it’s an album full of brutal riffs and great songs and a reminder of what a great band they are. They deservedly got to open the main stage at Bloodstock Festival this year and I’m sure it was in part down to the strength in this LP.”

Phil: “For sure – you know Krysthla are a band which can stand tall against any band at any festival. One of the albums for me was The Velvet Night by Thee Telepaths. It came out at the beginning of the year and it’s an incredible piece of art really. There’s only three tracks spread out over twelve different ‘parts’, but it takes you on a real krautrock/psychedelic/drone/noise journey. It’s got so much going on and even after several plays I’m still finding something new buried within. Second to meniton is an album, which probably hasn’t really had much impact locally I’m afraid to say, is the self-titled effort by Nina Harries. Her debut album is something just so unique. She plays double bass and sings and she gets her brother and her dad and a couple of friends to play on the album. It’s very haunting and ethereal, just beautiful and really feels very like she’s opened herself up to get the best piece of art she can. I don’t think people here know enough about, and absolutely it’s worth checking out.”

Dave: “I also want to quickly want to mention Hot Motion by Temples. Indie-psych isn’t my ‘go to’, but Temples have rediscovered their guitars on this record and there’s just some really great songs on it.
BEST LIVE BANDS

The Big Dirty
Nailbreaker

Phil: Here’s two very different ones from me. Firstly, it’s The Big Dirty. The last time I saw them I remembered why they’re now bringing fans to their Northampton shows from all over the country. They’re such a fun and powerful and energetic live act, with the ability to get everybody to hone in on what they’re doing. They’re one of these bands you just can’t take your eyes off. They’re working hard now to get to the next level, they’ve got management for example, and are doing really well going into the new year.”

Dave: “The Big Dirty are just great fun and deservedly were taken by BBC Introducing in Northampton to the BBC’s Maida Vale studios to record a session, and those tracks have recently been aired. They’re just undeniably, unapologetic fun. Great rock – how it’s meant to be. And they look kinda fantastically ridiculous.”

Phil: “If there’s a Trousers of the Year competition, all four of them would win in.”

Dave: “I don’t think they’ve got their own boxer shorts yet, though?”

Phil: “Secondly I must mention George Hammond aka Nailbreaker. It’s “digital hardcore”; he’s manipulating sounds with his laptop and stalks around venues and screams a lot, basically. It’s one of the greatest things you’ll ever see.”

Dave: “He’s joined Sharkteeth Grinder, right? They opened for ACODA in Corby and adding George into Sharkeeth has given that band another dimension, which you didn’t even know they needed. Without a doubt, two of the most exciting bands to watch live, so seeing them sort of combine has been great.

EVENTS OF THE YEAR

slowthai – LP launch at The Garibaldi Hotel
The New Boots stage at the Northampton Music Festival
Local acts in the Roadmender’s main room

Dave: “This is a simple one, slowthai’s album launch at The Garibaldi. From seeing fans queue up in the morning at Spun Out Records to get a wristband, to Skepta walking in at the end for ‘Inglorious’ – it was amazing. The place was absolutely rammed and it just felt an amazing celebration of the album. One of the hottest gigs ever. Ty spent most the gig aloft a speaker stack, or among the audience. Within minutes he was just down to his pants and socks and the venue was full of family and friends. It just felt a really special occasion. You just get the impression it’s going to be one of those gigs people talk about for years to come and about 10 times the number claim they were at.”

Phil: “Ty – you absolutely smashed that one from all accounts. I wasn’t there [I was working, what a tool!]. I want to talk about two events. The first one is slightly self-congratulatory. The New Boots stage at the Northampton Music Festival was a new thing we did for the first time, and I didn’t know how it was going to go. However I’m pleased to say it went really well, and I’m really grateful to everyone involved and everyone who came. We’re going to have another stage in 2020 it looks like. Things will be slightly different this year, you’ll find out early in the new year. I’d like to think we got to show what original music in Northampton sounds like, and stuck it on a stage.”

Dave: “I don’t think it’s a secret there’s been some criticism of the direction of NMF in recent years with some people thinking it’s not for them. The New Boots stage hopefully reminded people it is and will be in the future. It’s always going to be serving a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be for you.”

Phil: “Also, we have some local bands that are so popular now they can play the main room at the Roadmender. In recent years you’ve had a lot of local bands playing the smaller room and that’s been an “aim”, to be at that level. And then four bands this year took it a step further! Sarpa Salpa, King Purple, Stormbringer and The Barratts all did it, they all played to hundreds of people. The general thing in the music press these days is that guitar bands are not interesting anymore. “No one cares about guitar bands – people only care about hip-hop, singer-songwriters and pop music”. This year showed guitar music can bring big numbers, and long may that ring true.”

BEST TOURING ACTS TO COME TO NORTHANTS

Sleaford Mods
Enter Shikari
Madness
Red Rum Club

Dave: “The two for me are actually bands who have headlined here before, Enter Shikari and Sleaford Mods – both at the Roadmender. Enter Shikari are always great live and didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t really a big fan of their last album, but I think they’ve evolved amazingly over the years and they’re always such an assault on the senses and amazing to see live. They’re also a band which can play arenas, but open talk about the importance of playing towns like Northampton. Additionally, much like Gary Numan, they’re a band who’ll cram as many lights on stage as possible. Then, the other end of the visual spectrum, we have Sleaford Mods. They released one of my favourite albums this year so to see them come back was great. They feel like a very important band right now.”

Phil: “I’m going to mention three gigs of different sizes. Madness at Franklin’s Gardens – it was incredible to see so many people having a fantastic time and skanking away to great pop hits. Sleaford Mods at the Roadmender again – Eton Alive was such a statement record to lose yourself in. And I must mention Red Rum Club at The Black Prince. That was a superb live show – a six-piece band with trumpet. Loads of energy, great tunes and lovely lads to boot. They played to 1400 people in Liverpool the week before, so to come to play to 150 in Northampton and be really pleased to be here was great. Three gigs of very different sizes – but all great nights out.”

ACT OF THE YEAR

slowthai

Dave: “It’s difficult to not make this this the New Boots slowthai awards. However, he’s had an amazing year and that’s gotta be recognised. He’s had some iconic moments: watching him in front of so many people at Glastonbury, selling out Brixton Academy, and two tours. He was by far the most entertaining person on the red carpet at the Mercury Music Prize, and he’s always looks like he’s having so much fun. Holding the severed head of Boris Johnson is one of the defining music images of the year.”

Phil: “I love the story that’s being woven with him, and hope we’ll be talking about him for years to come. I agree, it’s been a huge year for slowthai and it’s hard to look beyond him. I’ve seen him three times, he’s been on the front of magazines and newspapers everywhere. Just incredible. I do also want to mention Izzie Gibbs. He had some health issues at the start of the year, and in fact he hasn’t played any shows this year, but what he has done is put out five singles and they’re all banging pieces of work. He’s got an audience now that love him and I think that perhaps in the slipstream of slowthai he could do great things in 2020. I hope he’s got a masterplan. I hope it all comes to fruition for him, he deserves it.”

FLYING THE FLAG FOR NN AROUND THE WORLD

slowthai
Billy Lockett
Bauhaus

David: “There’s a few to mention here. Ty, again for all the reasons we’ve discussed. We’ve had no one who has had the national and international impact which he has. Then, there’s the return of Bauhaus who have finally hopefully realised they have a legacy to claim.”

Phil: “No-one saw this coming, Peter Murphy had a heart attack in the summer, there was the big tour with David J in 2018, but out of the blue we had those LA shows with all four of Bauhaus. Their last live show was 2006 so it’s been a while, and I don’t think anyone ever expected it to happen again. If you remember how acrimonious the previous reformation was in the end – no one suspected anything else at this point. I’m so glad they’re back on it, even if it is only for a short while.”

Dave: “Billy, on The Late Late Show with James Corden was another huge moment.”

Phil: “If you’re going to take on America, what a great start. He’s moved back to Northampton. The move to London really helped him, but he said it was time to come home. And what has he done? He immediately records four tracks, puts them out and now he’s playing one on James Corden in America to millions! Also, Temples have gone around the world on the ‘Hot Motion’ tour, it’s great to see them back on it.”

Dave: “Temples went away after that second album, wrote a great third album, gold-plated a load of equipment and toured the world. Good work lads.”

ONES TO WATCH IN 2020

Tragic
Baby Lung
Caliburn
Wishing Wolf
Mali Mae

Dave: “Tragic. I don’t know a lot about them and haven’t managed to see them yet but they’ve released a great debut EP which features the singles ‘Walking’ and ‘Sammy Set His Bed On Fire’. I know they’re young guys but hopefully they’re going to carry on doing good things next year.

Phil: “I’m going to mention three other artists I’m really buzzing for. Baby Lung put a stunning single out at the start of the year, ‘Casualty’, and are about to release the ‘ShoeTown Blues’ EP. They’ve played a bunch of shows locally, and are like nothing else around really. They’re an indie-lounge-jazz thing, with songs to get the pulse racing. It’s good to see them slow everything down a bit, and up the drama. I also want to mention Caliburn. I don’t know a lot about them, but they put this EP out and they have such a ‘pinned against the wall’ sound, we couldn’t ignore them.

Dave: “I’d like to get a mention in for Wishing Wolf. With a lot of bands concentrating on singles and EPs it was great they put out their debut album out, which sounded incredible. It’d be great to see them take that leap forward next year.”

Phil: “Finally from me Mali Mae. She’s a singer songwriter from south Northamptonshire. She’s put an album out called Personal and I was just blown away at how a 20-year-old could write such amazing, affecting songs.
I just think people should keep an eye out on all that’s going on round these parts. Generally I think there’s been a lot of seeds planted this year. We’ve talked about it been very good nationally and internationally, but I hope we all can build on that and help bring some more of these acts up to the next level in 2020.”

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Best NN single 2019 – Cast Your Vote Now

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019. If you missed last year’s review, you can read it…

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019.

If you missed last year’s review, you can read it here. We’ll be doing the same again in December, but this time we want your help to choose the winner of the Best Single category.

You can cast your vote via the poll below. Voting runs until Midnight on Sunday, December 8.

We’ll let the poll run for about a week and then reveal the winner, along with the rest of our round up of the last 12 months, so keep an eye on our website and socials.

Best NN single 2019

Amii Dawes ‘Filthy’
Baby Lung ‘Casualty’
The Barratts ‘Lights Out in London’
Billy Lockett ‘Every Time You’re High’
Blood-Visions ‘01604ever’
Born Stranger ‘Moment’
Charlotte Carpenter ‘Follow You Down’
Empyre ‘New Republic’
Izzie Gibbs ‘I’m Not Sorry’
Katie Malco ‘Creatures’
Kenneth J Nash ‘The Explorer’
Krysthla – ‘Zero Sum Game’
King Purple ‘Warning Signs’
L30 Robinson ‘Paige’
Luna Rosa ‘I In The Centre Of Pride’
Robyn Wilson ‘Hotel Room’
Sarpa Salpa ‘Before It Goes Dark’
SkyFlood ‘Destiny’
slowthai ‘Inglorious’
Temples ‘Hot Motion’
Wishing Wolf ‘Closer’
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Across The Border: Nov 28 – Nov 6

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or…

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or so, hence we’re only going with basic listings this week to keep things relatively simple.

Some gigs to consider include Squeeze man Chris Difford who is heading to Esquires for a rare solo gig, folk stalwarts Steeleye Span who are playing two nights at The Stables in MK, garage give piece Avalanche Party and if pop punk’s your thing – get to MK11 for WSTR.

HEALTHY JUNKIES, TOKYO TABOO, YER MUM, POLLY P
Thursday, November 28
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

PETTY CRIMINALS
Thursday, November 28
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

EDGAR BROUGHTON
Thursday, November 28
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

SUMO CYCO
Friday, November 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI
Friday, November 29
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £20

CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE) & BOO HEWERDINE (THE BIBLE)
Friday, November 29
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £22.50

HENRY AND THE BLEEDERS
Saturday, November 30
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

THE BARRON KNIGHTS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £21.50

FOREST OF FOOLS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10

SKINNYMAN
Saturday, November 30
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

LUCY WARD
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10

AVALANCHE PARTY
Sunday, December 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

MAXWELL STRING QUARTET
Monday, December 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50

STEELEYE SPAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday December 3
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £30

BLEED SOMEONE DRY
Wednesday, December 4
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GOD COMPLEX, CREAK, DARKEST DAYS
Wednesday, December 4
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

THE PETE WYLIE SHOW
Friday, December 6
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

WSTR
Friday, December 6
MK11, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

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Across The Border: Nov 14 – Nov 21

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across…

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across the border. Some cracking options if you’re looking to leave to Northants for your music fix this week.

THE ROOM
Thursday, November 14
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Room was formed in 2010 by Andy Rowe along with Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson from neo-prog rock band Grey Lady Down. Recent history had seen the band tucked away in the studio, writing and recording their third studio album Caught By The Machine. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

THE COSMIC DEAD / THEE TELEPATHS
Thursday, November 14
Esquires, Bedford
Much loved psych rockers The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improv, chaos strewn, Buckfast smashed against the wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore with each album offering a meditative window into a certain time and space. Their eighth album – Scottish Space Race – is out now. Support is by Kettering’s Thee Telepaths. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.50.

JOHN OTWAY
Friday, November 15
Esquires, Bedford
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Teaming up with Wild Willy Barrett in the early 1970s, the pair’s first single. Gypsy / Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner. Esquires is a solo show. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

LIFE
Friday, November 15
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life’s second album, A Picture Of Good Health is out now. The LP was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Everything Everything, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Claudius Mettendorfer (Parquet Courts, Yak, Weezer) and follow’s their self-released debut Popular Music which was included in Radio 1’s best albums of 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

STEREO MC’S
Saturday, November 16
Esquires, Bedford
Stereo Mc’s formed in mid 80’s, inspired by electronic music and early HipHop. They pressed up their first 12” vinyl and started an independent record label called G Street Records which released many UK hip hop artists and signed US acts such as Jungle Brothers. Shortly after they signed to Island/4th and Broadway records and released their first LP and toured extensively Their third LP Connected was released in 1992 and became a worldwide hit with the title track becoming one of the best known songs. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

THE WOODENTOPS
Saturday, November 16
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Woodentops are a national treasure. Propelled into the arena by John Peel in the early 1980’s and furthered by Rough Trade they produced a slew of high energy singles that leapt out of the radio. One of the stand out albums of the period, Giant, led to one of the best live LP’s of all time Hypnobeat Live. A cut from this album Why Why Why is the principle crossover anthem of the second summer of love that brought the club movement of the late 80s. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £14.

KING PURPLE
Sunday, November 17
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
YUK is back at the Craufurd Arms with headliners King Purple. The Corby quartet released their latst single Warning Signs in September which fillowed the EP Time Alone. Support is by Cusp, Basement Strippers and .Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET
Sunday November 17
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Clark Tracey has had a long history of finding young talented musicians and presenting them in a professional environment. This latest group formed at the beginning of 2018 is no exception and has even been tipped as his best line up for several years. Their debut CD, No Doubt, was well received and showcases the best of young jazz in the UK. Doors 11:30am, tickets £14.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN ILLSLEY
Monday, November 18
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Along with Mark Knopfler, John was a founder member of the legendary band Dire Straits who, during their time together, sold more than 120 million albums. The evening will feature classics from the Dire Straits catalogue and also include a Q & A led by Paul Cummins (ex-Dire Straits management). Doors 8pm, tickets from £23.

LARKINS
Monday, November 18
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Alternative quartet Larkins’s latest single Not Enough came out in September and follows Live At The Albert, Manchester which was released earlier this year. For fans of Everything Everything and Foals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

JACK LUKEMAN
Tuesday, November 19
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. He is currently promoting his latest LP Magic Days. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £15.

MSRY
Tuesday, November 19
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Hailing from the city of dreaming spires, Oxford, usually reserved for academics and purveyors of knowledge, MSRY plays exactly as the name suggests – misery infused hardcore. Comprised of foru people who have a reckless abandon for their own well-being on stage and a need to rage harder and faster than anyone else. Their six-track EP Loss was released this month. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

TAV FALCO’S PANTHER BURNS
Wednesday, November 20
Esquires, Bedford
Raised in rural Arkansas, Tav Falco embarked on his long and distinguished musical career upon arriving in Memphis in the mid-1970s. Teaming up with local music legend Alex Chilton in 1978, the duo formed Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. Panther Burns thrived on the early 1980s music circuit. Despite Chilton’s exit from the live lineup in 1984, Panther Burns carried on and the band’s current discography includes ten studio LPs and numerous EPs, live albums, and compilations. Artists who have cited Panther Burns as an influence the Skids, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack Oblivian, and The Gories. Falco’s current album, Cabaret of Daggers, was released to fervent reviews in November 2018. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.50.

CLT DRP
Wednesday, November 20
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
CLT DRP sit somewhere between EDM inspired electro-punk and quasi-satirical female pop. Described by Dork Magazine as ‘Brighton’s best kept secret for the last year or so’, their latest single Speak To My is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £6.

JOHN POWER
Thursday, November 21
Esquires, Bedford
With a career spanning decades in the industry in both The La’s and Cast, John Power is back in the region for a solo show at Esquires. Cast’s first three records, all released in the late 90s all featured in top 10 of the UK album charts, shifting about a million copies between them. After a hiatus, they returned in 2011 with the LP Troubled Times and 2017’s Kicking Up The Dust. Support is by Tara Milton. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £16.

POLY-MATH
Thursday, November 21
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Poly-Math are an instrumental prog/math band based in Brighton and London and have been a mainstay at avant-garde music Festival ArcTanGent since 2013. New single Sensors In Everything which came out this month, followed last year’s LP House Of Wisdom/ We Are The Devil. Supporyt by Body Hound. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

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Across The Border: Oct 30 – Nov 6

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our…

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our surrounding counties which there’s still tickets available for.

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
Thursday, October 31
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
A Pale Horse Named Death siphon strangely blissful melodies from apocalyptic heavy metal awash in swells of cavernous gothic keys and grunge songcraft. The New York quintet released their long awaited third full-length album When The World Becomes Undone in January. Doors 7pm, tickets £12.

SISTERAY
Friday, November 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Sisteray met when they collided in the mosh pit at a Libertines gig and soon discovered their shared love for The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. They have played up and down the country, performing pop-up guerrilla gigs, organising their own club night and have played roof raising sets at Camden Rocks and the Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds festivals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS
Saturday, November 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Andy Fairweather Low shot to fame as lead singer in Amen Corner singing massive hits like Gin House Blues, Bend Me Shape Me and If Paradise is Half As Nice. A hugely successful solo career followed with Wide Eyed And Legless being the biggest International hit from his three solo albums. Together with his band Andy will be playing songs from across his career. Doors 8pm, tickets £25.

MICHAEL MONROE
Saturday, November 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe is in the UK in support of his band’s new LP One Man Gang. The band’s all-star line-up features former Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls bass player Sami Yaffa, guitarists Rich Jones and Steve Conte and drummer Karl Rockfist. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50.

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday, November 2
MK11, Milton Keynes
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for more than 25 years. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk and boogaloo funk of the 1960s and 1970s. They are one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British music. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

LAZYBONES
Sunday, November 3
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Lazybones are one fuzzy bass guitar, amplified organ and drums, creating a trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point sound, comparable to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Slaves. With initial singles championed by all the usual suspects across the music press, Lazybones released their debut EP Bang! Bang! in February. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7,

HIMALAYAS
Sunday, November 3
Esquires, Bedford
Himalayas are an indie / garage rock band from Cardiff with a cinematic sound and style featuring heavy guitar lines, dual vocals and huge anthemic hooks. In the past year they have played both Reading and Leeds, Festival no. 6, SXSW, The Great Escape, Live at Chelsea, Isle of Wight and many others. Their latest single The Masquerades was released in October and this is the band’s first headline UK tour. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

VISTAS
Tuesday, November 5
Esquires, Bedford
Edinburgh’s Vistas are fresh off a tour with Circa Waves and have been surging to the forefront of the indie-rock scene over the last few years with a steady stream of catchy singles leading to extensive praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6 Music, DIY Magazine and Clash Magazine. The Scottish trio have become known for their brand of colourful and energetic guitar-based indie pop and are quickly beginning to show their universal appeal. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

THE DELINES
Tuesday, November 5
The Stables, Milton Keynes
The Delines second album The Imperial was released in January and took three years to finish while vocalist Amy Boon recovered from a serious car accident. She is joined by keyboard/horn player Cory Gray, pedal steel player Tucker Jackson and a bunch of Richmond Fontaine band members, namely Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo and novelist Willy Vlautin. Doors 8pm, tickets £19.50.

LUCY SPRAGGAN
Wednesday, November 6
Esquires, Bedford
It’s proving to be another hugely successful year for Lucy Spraggan. The singer songwriter released her fifth studio album Today Was A Good Day in May played Glastonbury and SXSW, toured Europe and Scandinavia with Melissa Etheridge and completed her own US and UK headline tours. Now she’s out on the road as part of a mammoth 32-date UK tour. Doors 7pm, tickets £18.

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Wednesday, November 6
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Award-winning Austin, Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, whose joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

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Across The Border: Oct 23 – Oct 30

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew…

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew The Gun at Esquires. 

BLANKET
Thursday, October 24
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Blanket started as a bedroom project from Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan. Later recruiting Steven Pellatt and Matthew Sheldon to form a live show. The EP Our Brief Encounters was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and the following year they released their debut LP How To Let Go. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

HAYSEED DIXIE
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
Legendary bluegrass kings Hayseed Dixie are returning to Esquires. Their last performance at the venue sold out weeks in advance but tickets are still available. They released the live album It Happened So Grassed! Last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.50.

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: THE FAREWELL TOUR
Thursday, October 24
The Stables, Milton Keynes
This year country music legend Charlie Landsborough is retiring from touring to concentrate on writing and recording music. However, he’s embarking on an extended tour of the UK which is heading to The Stables. Doors 8pm, tickets £28.

CATHOLIC ACTION
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
A product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene, Catholic Action mix big tunes and massive melodie. Their debut album In Memory Of was packed with glam guitar solos and huge choruses. A new album is planned for next year, so expect a sneak peak of new material. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

BRIDGES
Friday, October 25
Esquires, Bedford
Last seen at Esquires supporting Slow Readers Club, Bridges combine poetic lyricism with anthemic soundscapes. Support by China Bears who released the single Sunday at the end of May. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.

WINTER MOUNTAIN
Friday, October 25,
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Described as a rootsy songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornwall-born Winter Mountain has released two critically acclaimed albums with a third on the way. Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10.

SHE DREW THE GUN
Saturday, October 26
Esquires, Bedford
She Drew The Gun make impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop built around the lyrically evocative songwriting of singer-guitarist Louisa Roach. Under the moniker, the Wirral native started playing solo gigs with a handful of songs in 2014 and recruiting band members along the way. Their latest album, Revolution Of The Mind was released last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.

WILLY PORTER
Saturday, 26 October
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Willy Porter blurs the line between indie folk and rock with his finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared stages with the likes of Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

TRANSMISSION
Saturday, October 26,
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Joy Divisions’ album Unknown pleasures. Transmission will be playing the album in all its entirety as their first set, with a second set of the band’s iconic classics. Support is by The Venus Fly Trap. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

LIFE OF AGONY
Tuesday, October 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life of Agony is a hard rock/metal crossover band from Brooklyn. Best known for their debut album River Runs Red, they have shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath and Slipknot and sold more than one million records worldwide. Doors 7pm, tickets £22.50.

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