THE FESTIVAL FIT FOR A KING RETURNS TO THE BLACK PRINCE FOR ANOTHER YEAR
The autumn is shedding its leaves in favour of a frosted sparkle. The long nights are drawing in, and many of us are suffering the withdrawal symptoms of Twinfest and other summer revelries. The King of Hearts Festival returns to The Black Prince, on the 30th Nov, to bring a remedial break, and a welcomed antidote to our woes, in wake of the countdown to the festive period
The King of Hearts Festival is an annual festival commemorating Robert King, a local inspiration. At the age of 16, Rob was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and after a heart transplant Robert lived, before passing away at the age of only 29. “It is the determination and thirst for living that Rob had during his time of illness and recovery and the way he lived his life to the full that inspired everyone who knew him. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate just that. They enjoyment of life and living it to its fullest with one of Rob’s greatest love in life, music and live bands”. All the proceeds go to charities to help those similar to Rob and their families, such as Papworth Hospital and MIND charity.
Headlining the bill are The Jackal Nine, they returned with a riotous performance at Twinfest, after a two year sabbatical. They notably stole the show with a performance of epic punk featuring a pigs head and signs such as F**k Boris and F**k Brexit, to much appreciation from the crowds, and politically poignant with the nature of the festival. Do not miss these Jackal Nine are not to be missed. Also at the top of the bill are Hyll, a familiar name to those twinfest regulars, a German band they performed at the festival last year. Also returning to the festival, for the first time since 2017, are Pieces, they recently performed at The Lamplighter with Cagework supporting Swedish band, Junodef. Another highlight from Twinfest, Deaf Trap will be in attendance. Having recently playing at Les Expressif Festival in Poitiers with King Purple these guys always pull out all the stops. Listen out for new single Faces. Also on the line-up are EGO. Many will recognise EGO frontman Sean from SG Wolfgang. Described as “how it would feel if Mike Tyson punched an Idles CD into my face and then bit [your] ear off?”. I have seen these guys twice now, most recently supporting touring band Phobophobes from London. They are not what you expect and need to be heard live and loud to grasp their full effect. For those anxiously anticipating the official formation of The Comms, this will be there debut performance, already generating a massive buzz around the town, they are one watch. Kicking off the festival, are a trio of brilliant acoustic acts, Duncan Bisatt Music, Keiron Farrow and Jack Vs Hotdog.
Tickets are £5 on the door. This year the festival is supporting charity, Mind Northampton head on over to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kingofhearts2019 for more information and to donate to the cause.