Live music in Northampton this May

Posted 1st May 2024

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 French-born siblings Millie and Mie pen outsider anthems that are androgynous, audacious and straight from the heart.

Covid was a ****** for the artistic community, but these creative girls didn’t just stay home and put their feet up – they stayed home and stuck two fingers up at the cancelled tours to treat those suds to more than 400 live-streamed shows, which saw them take those fans on a raucous worldwide tour.
Now though, they are back showing off their banging tunes, with fabulous figures and frankly scary flexibility!

‘…they celebrate true freedom, freedom of movement and authenticity paired with a provocative honesty that is second to none,’ are the words on their website.
This will be a night to remember, and the ‘fampton’s six-legged punk rock trio, Kroker have been added to the bill, along with Safest Spaces, who span the MK/Northampton divide and dish up punchy portions of emo punk.

SBD Promotions then head over to The Roadmender for a date with Jah Wobble (May 17).

Jah Wobble

Jah was born John Wardle, but Sid Vicious, struggling to pronounce his name correctly, renamed him as Jah Wobble. One for the trivia fiends among you.
The bassist, singer and composer has racked up an insane body of work during a career that is 45 years long (and counting).

He was a founding member of the mighty PiL, joining Keith Levene and former Pistol frontman John Lydon, and played on their first two albums, First Issue and Metal Box, before stepping out alone in 1980.

Collaborations? Sure, he’s had a few of those – Can’s Holger Czukay, The Edge from U2, Chris Connelly from Ministry, Geordie Walker from Killing Joke, Sinead O’Connor and Bjork among them. What a list!

Jah must have one of those brains that whirs constantly, but however it works, it works well and he has published books on music, politics and spirituality. He is famed for his interest in Eastern philosophy and has also written extensively on that subject.

Unique, inspiring and curiously alluring, one of his more recent musical outpourings, The Bus Routes of South London elpee was written and recorded on buses in South London. Obviously.

Jah is most certainly the musical conductor, and when he wraps up this current road trek at the ‘Mender, the show will centre around the band playing that second PiL elpee, Metal Box, or rather the re-worked version, Rebuilt in Dub, which was released back in 2021.

“It’s as mesmerising as the original, but with a deeper broader scope. I put my heart and soul into this,”Jah promises, and if you are heading to the show, you’ll see another familiar face in the band ranks; former Siouxsie & The Banshees guitarist Jon Klein.

Speaking about the current band, Jah calls it, ‘My best ever line up, playing my best ever shows…’
SBD have kept the prickliest pick for the end of the month, with Thistle commanding back at The Black Prince (May 31).
The name might be new, but the band ain’t; this is the new name for ‘fampton players Tragic.

Thistle’s first EP, Lomochrome is seemingly worth a listen, with its ‘droning guitars, driving bass, oscillating drums and other harsh noises.’
Bristol’s Haal will also show up, and sound out with their debut EP, Back To Shilmarine.

London-based dream pop deliverers Sadplanet will also play for you.

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