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

BLUES TONES + AMRIT SOND + STEVIE JONES Wednesday March 4th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Expert blues band who play traditional Chicago blues, a Grammy award-winning and internationally known guitarist,…

BLUES TONES + AMRIT SOND + STEVIE JONES
Wednesday March 4th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Expert blues band who play traditional Chicago blues, a Grammy award-winning and internationally known guitarist, and popular local music legend. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

PRIMA NOCTE + EX-PETS
Thursday March 5th
The King Billy, Northampton
First UK visit for the Spanish metal band, promoting their second album Oniric. NN noise rock trio in support. Door 8pm, free entry

NI NI ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
Thursday March 5th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Featuring Beth Parker, Bob Whale, Shaun Beasley, Ant Richards, Jodi McCarthy, Joe Corkham, and Jacksboro Highway. 8pm to 10.30pm, free entry

ROZISM + KATIE PATON + MAMA LAINE
Friday March 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Celebrate International Women’s Day with some musical goodness from the goddess. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry, which goes to Northampton Domestic Abuse Support Service [formerly Womens Aid]. 

LAY IT DOWN
Friday March 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Urban music/poetry open mic, with featured sets from Dreadz, L30 Robinson, HXRMZ, Smiley, and DJ Shakey Jake. Doors 9pm, free entry

AKKADIAN + EXPETYA + FAR FROM REFUGE + PINK7 + AKILLA
Friday March 6th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal and punk from Cambridge, Northampton, and MK. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets/£6 door

TRADARR
Friday March 6th
Silverstone Recreational Association
Northants folk-rock band – seven multi-instrumentalists and vocalists feature. £15: call 07738826618 or email jenjaynemusic@gmail.com

TEMPERS + JESSICA93 + PINK SHABAB
Saturday March 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
NYC-based duo- dark, ice-cold electronica blends a sinister slow static disco with danceable beats, a hinting of pop sensibility imprisoned in an almost gothic, industrial soundscape. Support from French one-man project: hypnotic loops, grungy riffs and cold beats, all wrapped up in an impressive sense of delicate and to-the-point song writing. Plus opening is the dream-pop/subtle disco of South Londoner Joseph Carvell. Doors 8pm, free entry

LEW LEWIS & HIS ALL STAR TRIO
Saturday March 7th
Vintage Retreat, Northampton
Performing his own brand of wild rockabilly. Doors 7.30pm, £10 adv/£12 door

CONCRETE ROSE + THE PETTY THIEVES
Saturday March 7th
The Lab, Northampton
The second “Reggae Town” event. Headliner brings roots reggae from Nottinghamshire, featuring members of Ferocious Dog and Unknown Era. Support from eight-piece sleazy reggae/ska band from the dirty suburbs of Medway. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SECRET GIG #14
Saturday March 7th
Audio Works, Northampton
We hear there’s a 46XX theme to this secret gig. Can’t tell you who is playing, but one act might be an anagram of “a cloak item”. You don’t want to miss it, trust us. Doors 8pm, very limited £5 tickets here

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday March 7th
HMV store, Northampton
The harmonising acoustic duo play the record shop at lunchtime. From midday, free entry

ALLUSINLOVE + BLOOD-VISIONS + BARRACUDA + TRAGIC
Saturday March 7th
Steel Park, Corby
Four years on the Castleford post-grunge quartet return to Corby for another headline show. Support from NN punk star pairing, and Leicester alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

CRETIN 77 + BLUE CARPET BAND + PIZZATRAMP
Saturday March 7th
The Talisman, Corby
An evening of high octane rock’n’roll: with ’77 punk from Corby, garage-punk from London, and Welsh skate-punk. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday March 7th
The Queens Head, Higham Ferrers
Bedford’s finest New Wave Skiffle combo play the market town. From 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 5th – Feb 11th

FLASHBACK PHOTOGRAPH + JACK LONDON + IRENE RAE Wednesday February 5th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Acoustic night with open mic slots. This month: hugely popular foot-tapping folk-rock band from…

FLASHBACK PHOTOGRAPH + JACK LONDON + IRENE RAE
Wednesday February 5th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Acoustic night with open mic slots. This month: hugely popular foot-tapping folk-rock band from Peterborough ,and a couple of charismatic singer-songwriters. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BETH PARKER + LAURA BAKER + DREW GUBBINS + JACKSBORO HIGHWAY + CAMERON GRACE + MARIEKE VINK
Thursday February 6th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Ni NI acoustic sessions. From 8pm, free entry

CRASH INDUCTION + SPITTING FEATHERS + DEAD FREQUENCY + CRAWLSPACES
Friday February 7th
The King Billy, Northampton 
Four NN punk bands raising funds for Young Minds [mental health charity] and Spotlight Dance [dance school]. From 8.30pm; it’s free entry but there will be plenty of opportunity to donate.

HANNAH FAULKNER + DREW GUBBINS + CAMERON GRACE + ANDY CLARKE + CELINE ELLIS + JACKSBORO HIGHWAY
Friday February 7th
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Ni NI acoustic sessions. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + CANYONS
Saturday February 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A double helping of NN rootsy indie rock, in celebration of John Cox’s birthday. Doors 7pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER + SKYFLOOD + WHERE’S MITCHELL
Saturday February 8th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Indie-flavoured good times with these three. Music from 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS
Saturday February 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Energetic live performances and observant songwriting from the ShoeTown lads. Doors 8pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday February 8th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics from the NN duo. From 9pm, free entry

VELVET INSANE + THE BIG DIRTY + INDYA + WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE CALLED RUFUS
Sunday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Swedish rock band with inspirations from 70’s glam to more modern music. New single features former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick! Plus the much-loved “sex rock” four-piece from Northampton, the Kent fivesome with the sensational ‘Goddess of Rock’ frontwoman, and  a new Northampton outfit who mix of classic rock and punk. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + LAURA BAKER & BOB + TIM JON BROPHY + MALCOLM DUNN + MEG SHIPHAN + JOE CORKRAM
Sunday February 9th
The Sevens, Northampton
Ni NI acoustic sessions. 6.30pm start, free entry

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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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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 18th – Jan 7th

FUELED HATE + THE MOJO CITY REBELS + AXIS ERAZED + 521 Thursday December 19th The King Billy, Northampton Rock and metal night, headlined by Corby fivesome. Doors 8pm, free…

FUELED HATE + THE MOJO CITY REBELS + AXIS ERAZED + 521
Thursday December 19th
The King Billy, Northampton
Rock and metal night, headlined by Corby fivesome. Doors 8pm, free entry 

BABY LUNG + ELLE DELANEY + TRAGIC
Friday December 20th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The indie-blues group celebrate their first EP release, ShoeTown Blues, with a show at the Prince. Support from the well-respected, emerging NN jazz singer, and opening will be the teen grunge sensations, whose EP launch show last week was a sell out. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

LAY IT DOWN
Friday December 20th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban music night hosted by Leon Denton, with plenty of open mic slots should you be interested in bringing your skills. Doors 8pm, free entry

KAPOWSKI + BIG LOSS
Friday December 20th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
“The Greatest Pop Band Of All Time” [their words, not ours] reunite to play their indie hits, with support from the newish alt-rock trio. From 9pm, free entry

HUBCAP + SLOWLYMAN
Friday December 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A one hour set of motorin’ dirty psychedelic blues. Support from a new act from Northampton/Leamington Spa. From 9pm, free entry

SATAN’S EMPIRE + STILL REMAINS
Friday December 20th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Quality vintage metal from London and Northants, plus a couple of covers bands. From 8.30pm, free entry

HOWLIN’ MATT
Saturday December 21st
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Mat brings his unique blend of solo raw n roots blues for a Saturday afternoon. 3pm-6pm, free entry

NI NI SESSIONS
Saturday December 21st
The Melbourne Arms, Northampton
Live acoustic music from Hannah Faulkner, Celine Ellis, Tim Jon Brophy, and Cameron Grace. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Saturday December 21st
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
The local classic rockers bring the party, big stylee, for Christmas. From 8.30pm, free entry

KEIRON FARROW
Sunday December 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Sunday blues vibes with added jazz inflections, gospel power and field hollers. Also an abundance of furious finger-picked guitar. 3pm-5pm, free entry

ETHAN KENNA + JACK DONOVAN + WILL HARRISON-BATES + MURRON WINTER + SIAN ROBERTS
Tuesday December 24th
The Olde England, Wellingborough
A Christmas Eve acoustic extravaganza. From 4pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + MARIEKE VINK
Tuesday December 24th
Bar Encore, Towcester
Ni Ni acoustic session. 7.30pm to 9pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + ELIJAH MILLER + BABY LUNG + KRANKHEAD
Friday December 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Sarpa return to The Roadmender to celebrate the release of their debut EP “Say Something” on January 3rd. Support from London singer-songwriter, ShoeTown’s bluesy indie quartet, and the rockin’ hip-hop duo. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE DARKHORSE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + LOKI + TORUS
Saturday December 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Sick metal dudes The Darkhorse have organised a big end of year blast out. Bands from Northampton, Corby, and MK feature. Doors 7pm, free entry

BROADWAY TWISTERS
Saturday December 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Bedford’s incendiary brand of noir-country trash-R&R – think Allen Ginsberg meets Link Ray. From 8pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The Last Gang In Town will be delivering a high octane set, with a touch of funk, a touch of punk and a LOT of unadulterated Dealerism. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LUNA ROSA + THE BARRATTS + MUNDAYS
Saturday December 28th
Steel Park, Corby
The promoters know as Yuk have a new home for their nights. Expect absrasive and melodic indie rock and psych from these three NN talents. Essential! Doors 9pm, £5 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS
Saturday December 28th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Northampton’s unmissable live band, and a hometown show for Karl. Expect a mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod to The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Imperial Leisure sound system. Free entry

KID KLUMSY + ARMY OF SKANKS
Sunday December 29th
The Talisman, Corby
Coalville rockers and fellow Midlands punks support the Sex Pistols Experience. Doors 7.30pm, £11.50 tickets

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + KOYO + THROATPUNCH + SKIRT + GHOSTOFBLU + NAILBREAKER
Monday December 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
End of year exhibition to end them all. Six hardcore/punk/trap/extreme noise acts playing short sets. From 6pm, free entry

BLOOD-VISIONS
Tuesday December 31st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton 
The Northampton hardcore outfit ended the year on the high with an EP to be proud of, and a t-shirt everyone is talking about. They say goodnight to 2019 in the basement of the Gari. Skank and Fanny Pack DJ upstairs. From 8pm, free entry

 

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

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER Wednesday December 4th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees…

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER
Wednesday December 4th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees the return of great local blues band,  with support from the Brigstock proggers and the Northants troubadour. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HOMETOWN PROJECTS x SUEDE COLLAB LAUNCH
Friday December 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Clothing brand launch – with DJs and secret live acts. We know who’s playing – and trust us, you need to be there. Doors 7pm, free entry

MONARCHS + TRAGIC
Friday December 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
‘The Bookmark Show’, as this will be last gig from the Kettering rockers for “quite a while”. Support from the teenage punk trio. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HIMURA + NOTHING CLEAN + CASKET FEEDER + HOT COPS
Friday December 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Spanish headliners do death metal grind; before them its intense hardcore from Leicester, metal/hardcore from MK, and Northampton’s thrashpunk powerviolence men. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

LIANNE CARROLL
Friday December 6th
Old Five Bells, Northampton
The award-winning soulful singer Liane Carroll provides some pre Christmas rush therapy, along with Tim Harries (Bass) and Alan Savage (Drums). Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Friday December 6th
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Acoustic singer-songwriters – Leo Shirley, Celine Ellis, George Holmes, Jacksboro Highway, Chris Kent, Steve Birks, and Hannah Faulkner – perform. Starts 8.30pm, free entry

IN DEPTHS + DEPRAVITY + CALIBURN
Saturday December 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Chester metal quartet and Essex hardcore fivesome do the co-headline tour thing, with support from the hotly-tipped Northants metalcore gang. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

NEXT
Saturday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Minnesota trio were one of the biggest RNB boy bands in the 1990s. Doors 9pm, £12.50 tickets 

MANGO + LIFT TOWER
Saturday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
London psych quartet come to town – their next single ‘Demons’ will help you unload. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Chloe Spence, “her soaring vocals intertwine with a heavy dose of spontaneous musical carnage”. New jazz fusion quartet in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

HEALTHY JUNKIES + YUR MUM + TOKYO TABOO + POLLYPIKPOCKETZ
Saturday December 7th
The Kingfisher, Corby
The “Lips Can Kill” tour of edgy and vibrant London bands. Punk, rock and grunge sounds ahoy! Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday December 7th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Acoustic harmonising duo back at a favourite haunt. 3pm-6pm, free entry

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE ANTELOIDS + YOSHE
Sunday December 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic rock from Switzerland, as part of their Transgenic album release tour. Rugby’s awesome psychedelic Hillbilly junk music act in support, along with ShoeTown singer-songwriter. Doors 7pm, £4 members and £5 everyone else.

EDUCATING DAN + JIMMY CASH + ZAHRA LUCY/MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday December 8th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Christmas fair, with live acoustic acts. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 27th – Dec 3rd

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE Thursday November 28th The Lab, Northampton Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the…

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE
Thursday November 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the middle, and debut show for ShoeTown trio led by Aisha Daisy [Ginhouse Gypsies]. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
BLOOD-VISIONS + TRAGIC + LIFT TOWER
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton art-punks bring their new self-titled EP out via True Friend Tapes, a record label set up by Katie Malco. Support from really-rather-good teenage punks, and new enigmatic group that is quite hard to describe right now, but trust us they’re something to get excited about. Doors 7pm, £5 entry
 
FIRST WAVE
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Established Leicester punk band with four successful/critically-acclaimed albums under their wings. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO TRIP + ALDOUS PINCH
Friday November 29th
The Lab, Northampton
Back for a fourth time., the three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe regularly plays their tunes, Tom Robinson also. A mix between John Shuttleworth, John Cooper Clarke and Jake Thackray. The band say they are influenced by people like Reeves & Mortimer, Half Man Half Biscuit and The Fall but their mix of rock ’n’ roll & dry West Yorkshire wit is unique. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets
 
ODDITY ISLAND
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Kettering-based psychedelic folk-rock band fronted by Alex Gardner. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
FUELED HATE
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Corby metallers back on the scene. Doors 8.30pm, free entry
 
OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Friday November 29th
Podington United Services Club, Podington
Bedford’s popular punk-skiffle troupe, with a Music Hall twist. 9pm start, free entry
 
KING OF HEARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday November 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The annual charity event [this year its supporting Mind Northampton], featuring “Northampton’s greatest ever band” The Jackal Nine, plus German warriors Hyll, plus The Comms debut gig, Deaf Trap, Pieces, EGO, Duncan Bisatt, Keiron Farrow, and Jack Vs Hotdog. Doors 3pm, £5 entry
 
GARDEN + SARA
Saturday November 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atmospheric alt-rock from the headlining quartet, new Hertfordshire singer releases her debut single ‘Little Nerves’. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
THE MACC LADDS
Saturday November 30th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Macclesfield punk stalwarts are reborn. Doors 7pm, £21.50 tickets
 
JIMMY PIKE & THE RED STARS + ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hosted by the United African Association Northamptonshire, a fun event of African and Caribbean culture and heritage – featuring live bands, African and Caribbean food, stalls, and fashion. Doors from 1pm [music in the evening], free entry
 
YELLOW DOG BLUES BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Blues, rock and Americana from the local six-piece band. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
POLAR + LASTELLE + LAY SIEGE + CALIBURN
Saturday November 30th
Steel Park, Corby
Rocked Up return after a brief hiatus with a line up of heavy riffs and solid bands – and its the first live music event in Corby’s newest live venue at Steel Park. You get London hardcore, atmospheric post-hardcore from Oxford, veteran sludge-metal Northampton quartet, and the rather good new Northants metalcore band. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets
 
THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday November 30th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Foot-stompin’ front porch music from the “boys”. From 3pm-6pm, free entry
 
SYTERIA + POWDERHEAD + DERADE
Sunday December 1st
The King Billy, Northampton
Headliners are Yorkshire rockers who feature Jax Chambers from Girlschool, Cambridger hard rockers in the middle, and “baroque metal” from the Suffolk area. Doors 4pm, £5 entry
 
BAD MANNERS + MAX SPLODGE
Sunday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Featuring Buster Bloodvessel, the band scraped into the Top 40 with their debut single ‘Ne-ne-na-na-na-na-nu-nu’. The follow up single ‘Special Brew’ went top 10 at the height of the 2-Tone movement, and was the first of many anthemic songs for which the band are known. In 1980 alone the band released two more chart-topping singles ‘Lip Up Fatty’ and ‘Lorraine’, along with their debut album Ska‘n’B and it’s follow up Loonee Tunes. Support from Splodgenessabounds frontman. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets
 
MATTY G & LI’L WINTER + BARNEY + SLAVA B + JESS ORESTANO + ZEN LUNATIC
Sunday December 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Norfolk duo headliners mix poetry, politics, and comedy within their music. King’s Lynn rock songwriter also in the mix. Doors 6pm, free entry
 
THE WEDDING PRESENT
Tuesday December 3rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Indie legends back again, for the 30th Anniversary of Bizarro. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets
 
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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 20th – Nov 26th

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS Wednesday November 20th The Lab, Northampton Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off”…

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS
Wednesday November 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off” does not register. Doors 7pm, free entry

THORIUM + SYRENCE + WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE CALLED RUFUS
Thursday November 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Belgium’s quintet who incorporate elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual. Also: German metallers promoting debut album Freedom In Fire. Plus opener is new band from Tim O’Neill and friends. Doors 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [upstairs]
Double header at the Gari tonight, up and downstairs. In the bar you get country rockers [fka Real Live Owls], the Pat Fish-led world music quartet, and ShoeTown ledge, singer-songwriter Miss Paton. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [basement]
Urban music night/open mic. Featured artistes this time around: Napps and Dreadz, plus many more. Doors , free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + SKYFLOOD + TAMMERLANE + RAY BECK
Friday November 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
A rare night of original music at the Brad, to celebrate International Men’s Day – plus comedy, in aid of The Grey Dog Trust. Local acoustic acts Tammerlane and Ray Beck open, The Comedy Crate’s Edd Hedges and Ross Smith will then take over, before the local full-band pairing do their thing. Doors 7pm, £7 advance tickets

RAMBLIN’ PREACHERS + KIAN RUSSELL BAND + BLUESTONES
Friday November 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
A trio of blues bands, from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations requested]

UNCLE ERIC’S RED HOT REMNANTS TINY TEYN TOUR
Friday November 22nd to Sunday November 24th
The Headlands, The Garibaldi Hotel, The Dukes Arms [Northampton and Kettering]
‘Uncle Eric’, The White Rabbit’, ‘The Singing Gnome’, The Staggering Bavarian’, ‘The Backstairs Creeper’, The Red ‘Otter’, The Beer Parlour Jiver’, ‘The Grosvenor Player’, ‘Echo’…the list goes on…all are Mr Eric Whitehouse; a man whose contribution to the musical life of of ShoeTown is inestimable. Three consecutive gigs in honour of Eric and musicians, past and present, that have shared his rootsy philosophy. Free entry gigs, but donations to ‘Hospice at Home’ accepted.

LUNAXIS
Friday November 22nd
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Folk-rock joy from the ShoeTown group. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
Saturday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
“The Funk is Back” Tour. They release their brand new album “TBNH” this autumn on Acid Jazz, which features guest appearances from Beverley Knight, NDea Davenport, AngieStone, Siedah Garrett, Laville, Angela Ricci and more. The lead single from the album is a cover of Kendrick Lamar song ‘These Walls’, lovingly produced by Mark Ronson. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets

SATHAMEL + STEREO SKULL + MASTER’S CALL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
DARKNESS OVER NORTHAMPTON! Blasphemy Sound presents four bands of the death metal persuasion, from Leeds, Birmingham, and of course Northampton. Primal Holocaust are celebrating the release of their EP too. Doors 7pm, £6.50 tickets

SARAH McQUAID + ANNIE DRESSNER
Saturday November 23rd
The Sargeants Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum on fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally. Doors 6:30pm, £10 tickets 

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday November 23rd
The Romany, Northampton
Northampton originals with a few reggae classics thrown in for good measure. Plus DJ Dekka [Set It Off Sound]. From 9pm, free entry

HUNG LIKE HANRATTY + I GOT SPIDERS
Saturday November 23rd
The Talisman, Corby
Hung Like Hanratty are the most talked about band on the punk circuit. Last year saw the Hanrattys pull the biggest ever crowd for an opening band at the Great British Alternative Music Festival. Spalding garage punks in support. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Saturday November 23rd
The Shire Horse, Kettering
An acoustic showcase hosted by Ni Ni Sessions. Featuring Celine Ellis, Ray Beck, Andy Clarke, and Hannah Faulkner. From 3pm to 6pm, free entry

ADAM ANT
Monday November 25th
The Derngate, Northampton
Pop icon Ant performs his landmark solo album Friend Or Foe for the first time live in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites. The Friend or Foe album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. ‘Goody Two Shoes’ reached #1 in the UK, ‘Friend or Foe’ was another top ten hit, while ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ was the album’s third smash. Doors 7.30pm, £45.50 tickets

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 6th – Nov 12th

THAT JOE PAYNE Thursday November 7th St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton The Northampton-based recording artist is best known for demonstrating an impressive 5-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as…

THAT JOE PAYNE
Thursday November 7th
St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton
The Northampton-based recording artist is best known for demonstrating an impressive 5-octave range, plus his work within progressive rock as frontman of The Enid [2011-2016]. This concert also features a special performance from Northampton Male Voice Choir Lite (NMVCL), and is a fundraising booster event ahead of Strictly Northampton 2019 in which Joe is a contestant. Doors 7pm, tickets £15 [all ticket money goes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice]

DAVIDE LUAGELLI + RICHOCHET REBELLEION + THE BOPHINS
Thursday November 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Laugelli is a seasoned Italian rock and metal bass player, in the vein of a Steve DiGiorgio or Martin Mendez. A steady member of Disease Illusion, Heller Schein and Hidden Stone, he brings his unique solo project to the UK for a second time. This live set up involves just two members, bass and drums, and brings a unique instrumental exploration, as he showcases tracks from the new album Soundtrack of a Nightmare. Support from Derbyshire trio and ShoeTown glam-punks. Doors 7pm, free entry

BAMBOO + AOIFE FOLEY
Friday November 8th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Ambitious synth-pop-meets-folk project of Brighton’s Nick Carlisle and London-based Rachel Horwood [Trash Kit, Rozi Plain]. Electric banjo merges with rich synth atmospheres and electronic arrangements. Meanwhile Northants songstress Foley plays with band: Dave Crawford on guitar/synth/hair swishing, and Dan The Man Battison on bass. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEGOSAURUS SEX PARTY + FACEDOWN + ONE CHAPTER DOWN
Friday November 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Trash punks from Coventry on top, energetic pop-punk from Bedford, and alt rap-rock from Scunthorpe make up a formidable bill. Doors 7pm, free entry [?]

MARABAR CAVES + THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + ROLLING THUNDER
Friday November 8th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The Caves are a psychedelic rock outfit who recently reformed after a 25 year hiatus. VVB feature one of Northampton’s best songwriters in Tony Mead, who fronts a line up of deft musicians [embellished by viola]. Causing a youthful storm at the start are West Northamptonians Rolling Thunder. From 9pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + LAURA BAKER + TOM & SOPHIE + MARIEKE VINK + CAMERON GRACE
Friday November 8th
The Witch & Sow, Guilsborough
A new addition to the NB gig guide, Guilsborough. A Ni Ni acoustic showcase session. From 8.30pm, free entry

LABFEST
Saturday November 9th
The Lab, Northampton
An all-dayer to show what the venue can do, following its recent “crunch meeting”. Music, food and a communal art project. Line-up includes Humblebee, Marnie , Yoshe, The Dubska Murphys, The Ginhouse Gypsies, Ali In The Jungle, Bisons, the Lay It Down crew, and more! From 1pm – 1am. £3 suggested donation

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday November 9th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The local folk rock leg-ends play their favourite venue. From 9pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VELVET ENGINE
Saturday November 9th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
AudioStage presents the folk-rockers with a conscious, plus NN singer-songwriter to open. From 8.30pm, free entry

GOODBYE MR MACKENZIE + TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS
Saturday November 9th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
One of Scotland’s greatest bands of the 80’s and 90’s. They released six albums in total and toured extensively, and featured Shirley Manson on lead vocals at one point. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that started it all off, the Mackenzies are back to play Good Deeds in its entirety, plus a few extra treats. Black Country garage fiends in support. Doors 7.30pm, £16 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday November 9th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The folk-rock group make their return to Kettering’s prime live music venue. The band will be playing in quintet formation, with their Brittany-based percussionist David ‘Hopi’ Hopkins making a rare appearance with the band. From 3pm-6pm, free entry

DEAF HAVANA
Tuesday November 12th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Norfolk/London hard rock/post-hardcore types with the emotive poppy sound have partnered with PLUS1.org so that “£1 from every ticket goes to War Child to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war”. Doors 7pm, £19.50 tickets

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 30th – Nov 5th

TRACK NOT FOUND + TRAGIC Thursday October 31st The Lab, Northampton Two-piece grunge/riot grrl punk outfit all the way from Guernsey to enliven Halloween in ShoeTown. Support from fast-rising teenage…

TRACK NOT FOUND + TRAGIC
Thursday October 31st
The Lab, Northampton
Two-piece grunge/riot grrl punk outfit all the way from Guernsey to enliven Halloween in ShoeTown. Support from fast-rising teenage punks with songs to excite. Doors 7pm, free entry

NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Friday November 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Leicester art-rock duo who have been busy crafting their new album Worldviews. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

BREWER + BLOOD-VISIONS + TRAGIC
Friday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
East London punks headline this basement show, with NTown’s finest shouters also along for the ride. Doors 8pm, free entry

CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR + CALIBURN + STEREO SKULL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Friday November 1st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
A night of NN hardcore and death-metal in support of London headliners, who play tracks from their excellent third album Guided. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + AIDEN HATFIELD + CRAWLSPACES + TORUS
Saturday November 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
The “Creep it real” Halloween Party, featuring tasty riffs from the NTown rockers, alt-rock from the Leeds-born singer behind ‘In Music We Trust’, local five-piece pop-punk/emo band, and an electrifying new MK trio. After-party disco in the front bar too! Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

THE MEMBRANES + DIABLOFURS + FAMILY OF NOISE
Saturday November 2nd
The Talisman, Corby
The John Robb-fronted post-punks return has been quite stunning, their 26 year break followed by their best-received album, Dark Matter/Dark Energy. Plus suitable punk and post-punk supports. Doors 7.30pm, £11.50 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday November 2nd
HMV, Kettering
The local quartet bring their ambient folk sound to Kettering’s prime music retail outlet venue. 5pm, free entry

EVADE ESCAPE + RXPTRS + WHEN WE WAKE + THRIFT STREET
Sunday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton
The co-headline alt-rock/metal tour descends onto ShoeTown, with support from those Bedford giants and NTown pop-punks. Going to be quite a night apparently, ticket sales are HIGH. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

KENNETH J NASH + HUMBLEBEE
Sunday November 3rd
The Hare & Hounds, Great Addington
The Hare and Hounds has new landlords, and the Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Open Mic continues.  Host STEVIE JONES welcomes acoustic acts to come and open up proceedings. Doors 4pm, free entry

Y&T + ELECTRIC MARY
Tuesday November 5th
The Roadmender, Northampton
California hard rock band formed in 1974. Many of the biggest acts of the ’80s became popular opening for the powerhouse quartet. Y&T have sold over four million albums, and their hits are still played on VH1 Classic and Classic Rock radio stations worldwide. With the passing of Kennemore, Haze, and Alves, it’s Meniketti who carries on their legacy. Support from the Australian quintet. Doors 7pm, tickets £18.50

 

 

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