Music

11th Jul 2024

Live music in Northampton this July

Just three shows for you this month under the SBD banner, but they are all goodies, starting with Darnell Cole & The Vibe (July 19). Southern California based, he has earned his touring legs travelling the world with artists including Walter Trout and Iron Butterfly. The self-styled independent Blues King released his debut long-player, A Man of Soul late last year, and is following that by touring hard to share the sounds, continuing his mission to spread the gospel of rock, soul and positivity. His Northampton return follows a particularly memorable debut in our town. This time, as then, he will fill the ears of ticket holders at The Black Prince with infectious rhythms, soulful melodies and groovy tunes. Start the weekend the right way, by spending Friday night with Darnell. Get along nice and early and you’ll see Harrison Hood too. A bloody great night is planned for July..

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11th Jul 2024

The Aliens are coming…...

Aliens will invade The Black Prince on July 12, when the original 70s punk players rock up to play their recent album, Nothing Much to Lose in its entirety. The Aliens, from that far flung place called Wellingborough, came, conquered and disappeared soon thereafter, having made an impact on the local scene for their retro, sci-fi and rowdy punk. That album we just mentioned has taken a whopping 45 years to materialise, and last for just 33 minutes – the band say it means they don’t overstay their welcome. ‘Typical of the genre in which they operate, you won’t find any cliched ‘70s rock pop and excess here; this is punk rock that could emanate from any garage up and down the land. ‘But what this album lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for in lyrical astuteness and a brand of punk that could rival the Buzzcocks at..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Summer Sounds

He’s a Rascal and he’s heading our way! Dizzee will be gracing the grounds of Delapré Abbey (August 9). The super successful MC and rapper is a grime pioneer who has spent the past two decades chart-bothering and shaking up the scene – his first elpee, Boy in da Corner took the prestigious Mercury Award. Earlier this year, he unleashed the essential Don’t Take It Personal LP, which reaffirmed him as a genre leader, with another victory lap on what is one of rap music’s defining legacies. A day later (August 10) and Summertime Live returns to the venue with a one-day festival headlined by Classic Ibiza, with two stages of music and DJs to get lost in. Over in Bedford, Welsh wonder Tom Jones is back (July 4) and this consummate professional is ready with an armoury of classics like It’s Not Unusual, She’s A Lady and Sexbomb. Tom..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Dancing Queens

Chester House Estate is getting into gear in anticipation of its Classic Car & Bike Show (July 13). If you love nostalgia and beautiful bodywork, this is the event for you with automotive elegance at its best. From vintage motors to timeless motorcycles, the show will be an opportunity to learn about the craftsmanship, innovation and golden era of motoring. Live entertainment and a selection of food vendors will also be present. ABBA fans will be able to delight in the music of the Swedish superstars when the 21st Century ABBA Tribute arrives (July 14). You know the soundtrack to expect, and this will be delivered with a full band in the otherwise tranquil setting of Chester House grounds – pack a picnic and enjoy the space with friends and family before reaching for your dancing shoes and moving to the smashes, thrashes and hits of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Delapré

Delapré Abbey invites you to step back in time for the Battle of Northampton Day (July 14) with tours of the battlefield, and you can learn about the pivotal moments from the 1460 clash and have the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring the era to vivid life. You can even attend a medieval hawking show in the Walled Garden, a must-see display of medieval hunting birds in action. On July 21, it will be canines, not birds that fill the space, with Delapré’s inaugural Doggy Dawdle – you get to walk, jog or run with your pooch at this doggy themed fun run. It’s not too strenuous either; choose from a one, two or three mile route. Will you go walkies or up the pace? Tails will wag. An afternoon session of Princess fun is planned for August 3 and August 17, when the venue teams up..

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11th Jun 2024

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré Park on Sunday, June 16, with James Arthur in the top spot. James first took attentions on the ninth series of The X-Factor. Wowing the judges and the British public, he was the season winner and has since accrued a haul of hits – Impossible, Sun Comes Up, Naked, Rewrite The Stars and the seminal single, Say You Won’t Let Go, among ‘em. Earlier this year he released his fifth album, Bitter Sweet Love, which debuted in the top spot. This concert is perfect by name and perfect by nature with Arthur being joined by a veritable feast of fantastic music makers from the region ready to deliver at the event. All you need to do is grab a ticket, gather your friends and family, and remember to take along the picnic blanket. Book tickets at aperfectdayfestival.com Pulse music checked in with the..

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11th Jun 2024

Fun friction at the Black Prince

Kickstarting the month of June the SBD way is down to Scottish live wires High Fade, and this six-legged noise making machine do a swell line in sharp funk and disco delight, that has seen some impressive ears tipped their way – Jack Black, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Cypress Hill and the man with the voice, one -time Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes have all been put under their spell. The Edinburgh based boys (Harry, Oliver and Calvin) pull from a steep pile of musical produce, spanning Barry White to Kiss, so they’ve scope for lots of experimentation which they put to great use. A dance floor is never a dull floor when these boys are on stage, with high tempo jazz and funk coming as standard, and they invite you to show your moves when they visit The Lab on June 1. “High Fade doesn’t work unless..

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06th Jun 2024

Mae Stephens: The story behind local popstar

Her debut single has been viewed millions of times on TikTok, Meghan Trainor called on her talent for a collaboration, and she has stage-shared with P!nk. Not bad for a girl who was the target of cruel bullies and told she would never amount to anything. As she prepares to play for the home crowd with a summer festival billing, Pulse’s Sammy Jones checks in with Kettering’s sizzling hot pop success, Mae Stephens. The past 18 months have been a blur of bonkers experiences for Mae who left her role in a local supermarket at the start of last year, and before the summer was out, was stage sharing with P!nk. Oh, and let’s not forget a Glastonbury appearance, that single collaboration with Meghan Trainor and the track that started it all, If We Ever Broke Up. It was the second most popular song on TikTok globally in 2023 with..

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01st May 2024

Hayseed Dixie come to The Roadmender

Incredibly, Hayseed Dixie have been colouring up stages for more than two decades now, and they’ve been prolific putter-outers too; with 16 albums, a Halloween EP and a double live album. Those deliveries have sold a combined number in excess of 750,000 physical copies. And when it comes to digital listens (both legal and naughty) their tunes have been shared so many times that it makes the band want to laugh and cry simultaneously. And, we are reliably informed, they often do. The self-styled creators of ‘rockgrass’ most recently delivered Shattered Grass, which is brimming with ‘all original, old-school, hard-country, honky-tonk songs with ragged glory! But what about the foundations of this unique mob? It all started when Barley Scotch stumbled across a wrecked car on an isolated mountain road in the hills of Deer Lick Holler, East Tennessee. While going through the motor, Brother Barley discovered a collection of..

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01st May 2024

Live music in Northampton this May

Everybody in the Place will be going bonkers for Flint Fire when The Prodigy tribute takes a turn at The Black Prince on May 3. Described as a ‘brand new chaotic live tribute to the Keith Flint years,’ this band is curated by Royle Eddy who previously spent the best part of two decades fronting The Jilted Generation – if anyone knows how to whip up a storm a la the much missed Keith Flint, it’s this fella. Expect Prodigy classics and rarities aplenty in a fury-filled explosive night. Baby’s Got a Temper when she doesn’t get mitts on tickets, so hurry and secure yours. Having sizzled on The Black Prince stage previously, The SoapGirls are set for the ‘rematch’ on May 10. This is one of those real ‘back by popular demand’ bookings which will bring out their fans – cutely named as The SoapSuds – en masse. Fearless..

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30th Apr 2024

Hair today, everywhere tomorrow for the fab FFSYTHO

It’s been a while since we shared details of new music from ‘fampton’s FFSYTHO, but she is still fizzing! In fact, she’s been busier than ever; from trimming locks to waxing lyrical on the airwaves. Oh, and new music is in the mix too, of course, writes Sammy Jones. “I am sitting on a few new releases and am just finishing those up,” she told me, with the promise of delivering “summertime jams.” FFSYTHO has been feeding the live scene too – she’s fresh back from a boisterous night in Bournemouth, and as you read this, she is tapping into the Bedford scene with a date supporting KILA-P with the likes of Genesis Elijah. London is calling next. “It’ll be my first performance on the LGBT scene and I can’t wait!” she buzzed, “It’s in Clapham, and I’m looking forward to mixing with other gays as it feels like I’m..

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30th Apr 2024

Carnival 2024 – A Festival For All Cultures

Carnival is coming… and we’re getting into the rhythm! Get ready to immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of cultures and celebrate diversity at Northampton Carnival 2024! As the town gears up for its annual extravaganza, Northampton invites you to join in the festivities and experience the magic of “A Festival for All Cultures.” Mark your calendars for Saturday 8th June as The Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton, transforms into a hub of excitement and cultural exchange from 12 noon onwards. Step into a world of entertainment on the Main Stage, where a stellar lineup awaits to captivate audiences of all ages. We are delighted to announce the headliners this year is the awesome REPRO JAM SQUAD! Sway to the classical melodies of Ebony Mae Pallister, and the dynamic contemporary performance of Malcolm Dunn & Friends. Joining the lineup are African Drummers, CBlock Muzic, Shirley-Marie and a host of Visiting Troupes, ensuring..

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04th Apr 2024

Dizzee Rascal announces Northampton show at Delapré Abbey this summer

Grime rapper Dizzee Rascal will be playing in Northampton at Delapré Abbey on Friday 9th August 2024! Dizzee Rascal, is a British MC and rapper. A pioneer of grime music, his work has also incorporated elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B. He released his debut album Boy in da Corner in 2003. It earned him the 2003 Mercury Prize, and has since been considered a grime classic. Follow-up albums Showtime, Maths + English, and Tongue n' Cheek were critically praised and certified platinum, with Tongue n' Cheek going platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 units in the United Kingdom. He has achieved 5 UK number-one singles, "Dance wiv Me", "Bonkers", "Holiday", "Dirtee Disco" and "Shout”. UK music icon Dizzee Rascal returns with the electrifying new album “Don’t Take It Personal”, out February 9th, 2024 via Big Dirtee Records Ltd.  The announcement is paired with the release of new single “How Did I Get..

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02nd Apr 2024

Live music in Northampton

He is the God of Hell Fire and he’s coming to Northampton... ‘Iconic shock rock and theatrical rock legend’ is how Arthur Brown is described on his social media channel. It’s accurate and to the point. When the God of Hellfire increased temperatures with his 1968 Hammond-driven delivery Fire, his innovation and exaggerated delivery was without comparison. Quite simply, he was a unique offering in a sea of rock n roll and pop. Fire took the top spot in the singles chart in the UK and fared fabulously well on the other side of the pond, and his flamboyant theatrical performances, paired with his wide-ranging operatic voice ensured staying power. A true pioneer of the shock rock movement, his influence on the hard rock scene has been immense too, and he had associations with Hendrix, The Who, Frank Zappa, Hawkwind and Alice Cooper. Collaborations? There have been more than a..

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02nd Apr 2024

Spin the black circle

The 17th annual celebration of the UK’s independent record shops will go live on Saturday, April 20 with 100s of artists issuing special Record Store Day releases. There really is something for everyone with records spanning rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, reggae, classical and folk, writes Sammy Jones. Among those participating this time, music junkies can grab exclusives from Blur, At The Gates, Billy Bragg, Bowie, Fatboy Slim, George Harrison, Jessie Ware, Ladytron, Little Richard, Motley Crue, PiL, Pulp, Ringo Starr, Sia, Steven Wilson and The 1975. You want more? The Rolling Stones, The Verve, The Yardbirds, Thin Lizzy, Tom Grennan and Zappa will all figure too. Like we said, eclectic and something for all. Of particular interest to some ‘fampton folk will be the Peter Murphy live release, Volume One – Covers. It is the first release on the Northampton born post punk and goth originator’s own label, Silver..

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