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Kettering’s alternative rock venue reopens

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Only a month ago it closed its doors. Now The Prince Of Wales in Kettering has reopened under new stewardship.

The team that have taken over the Prince have history with the pub. Harry Kelly, of HK Taverns, ran the Prince and 52 other premises in the east Midlands until his death in 2013. His son Martin Kelly and his wife Leah Kelly, the new landlord and landlady, still hold the venue in high regard as it was one of Harry’s first venues.

New Boots spoke to the new team, who like Harry’s other family members, “have drank here, heard live bands here and know the Prince has a history of being the go to place for alternative music – and wish to restore that again”.

Nina Hammond was the outgoing publican, who ran it from 2015 until last month. “It’s not for us to disrespect Nina; she tried her way with there being a heavy helping of emo/ screamo and it hasn’t worked so well. The ‘POW’ franchise she envisioned failed for whatever reason”.

So what’s the plan for venue now, asked New Boots. “We believe the main stable diet of the Prince of Wales should be more appealing classic rock / rock/ metal, with a diverse influx with the fringe metals/ music from all genres in one place. Diversity we believe will be the key. We are willing to try our best and bring a more appealing, wider range of entertainment to the area – be it tribute bands, more mainstream rock, metal, hard rock, blues, punk, ska, D&B, with a hint of punk rock 101 with a feel good cheese sprinkling. We want to appeal to the all ages of music lovers.”

“We want customers to feel safe, welcomed and like its a home from home; not like they are an inconvenience”.

The Facebook page remains the same. The venue will this weekend host three nights of rock DJs. Keep an eye on social media for more of what’s to come, and no doubt you’ll see some of its gigs in our weekly county gig guide, out each Wednesday.

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