Gig Guide: 17th – 23rd Feb
Tues 11th Feb
Aortas Open Mic | The Pomfret Arms | 20:30 | Free Entry
Weekly open Mic night at the Pom.
A weekly night, sharing words and music, originals especially, acoustic but amplified in a small cosy brewery bar.
Thu 13rd Feb
Scriptstuff Poetry Night | The Wedgwood | 19:30 | Entry £3 (£2 concessions)
Groove along to Northampton’s regular monthly poetry night with The Big Poetry Quiz, special headline guests and plenty of open mic slots available. From 2020 we are featuring monthly words of wisdom from our very own Bard of Northampton Paul Giffney, and volunteers will have the chance to put themselves at the mercy of the audience by placing their poetry on the Chopping Block! Everyone welcome upstairs at The Wedgwood, from nervous newcomers to familiar faces alike. Come and have a go on the mic or just sit back drink a lot of beer. Fun starts 7.30pm, bar and food available. Headline Guests for early 2020 include, January 9th GERTRUDE, February 13th Sophie Sparham, March 12th Mel Woodend, April 9th Andrew Button.
Fri 14 Feb
The Bophins | Am Samstag | Rifferspock | EarBones | The Lab | 20:00 | PAYF
Alternative Valentine’s Day at The Lab. Also known as The Bophins, The Cervellones are an energetic quartet from ShoeTown. The band latest release “New Swag” is a savant mix of garage/punk/new wave/glam/pop music. Am Samstag, grunge from Switzerland. Hailing from the snowy mountains of Switzerland, Am Samstag surfs on the wave of grunge, the real one, the one born in the depths of the rainy city of Seattle. Formed in September 2018, the trio releases its debut EP “1” in February 2019, produced by legendary grunge guru Jack Endino. Nervous, insolent, funny, Am Samstag easily manages to transmit their energy and their joviality through an explosive set. Hard rock outfit, Rifferspock from Coventry. Rifferspock are a four piece rock outfit with a sound ranging from influences in hard rock, metal and pop punk. The band is passionate about creating music and lyrics that provides a voice that influences and impacts people’s lives in a positive way. Formed in September 2016 the band has been gigging around their region while also playing gigs in Europe and Switzerland. They also joined the “Blood On Our Hands” tour, alongside US rock band “Waiting for Ravens”. Rifferspock released their 6 track debut EP entitled Our Time Is Now in November 2017 and is currently working on new material for a new release. EarBones bring their heavy blues rock to Northampton. EarBones are a two piece heavy blues rock band based in Northampton, formed by guitar/vocalist Arran Westlake, and drummer Michael Mann. Dirty and gritty rock!
Uncle Eric’s Red Hot Remnants Plus | The Pomfret Arms | 20:30
Now fully recovered from a recent major tour and the accompanying media glare, Uncle’s back with a mild vengeance to appear at the home of Cotton End Brewery. Expect blues. jazz, r&b, rock’n’roll and a tad of soul, delivered in a style Melvyn Bragg has called ‘agressive avuncular’. Helping out are: Terry Smith (guitar), Matt Day (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass), Tony Sketchley (tenor sax), Martin Winning (tenor sax/clarinet), Alan Savage (drums), Andy Shaw (cod percussion) – and perhaps some special guests.
Sat 15 Feb
The Ramonas | Spring Park | The Black Prince | 19:30
All female Ramones tribute act The Ramonas come to Northampton with support from Northampton punk band Spring Park.
Skankdown Vol 6 | The Lab Northampton| 19:00
The sixth Skankdown brings you the best party bands from around the UK! This time with The Tribe, the UK’s freshest Hip Hop Reggae Ska Energy Collective. The Tribe’s high energy interactive performance have made them a festival favourite, popular with audiences of all ages, they spread positive melodic vibes and spit fire with verses through their infectious multi-genre original songs. Dirty Vertebrae are a post melodic grunge collective from North-West England whose socially aware and positively charged music is infused with hip-hop. Formed in 2012 in Northwich Cheshire, Dirty Vertebrae draw their influences from early Chilli’s, Rage Against The Machine and Incubus. Fronted by rapper Ash P and vocalist Nicole, the band’s signature sound consists of rapid-fire, conscious raps and beautiful, soaring melodies over a bed of crunching, uncompromising rock. Dirty Vertebrae perform across the U.K. and are a favourite on the festival scene, with repeat performances at Car-Fest, Bearded Theory, Beautiful Days and Deerstock; as well as regular airplay and support from independent online radio stations and BBC Introducing. The Blue Carpet Band come on like Little Richard fronting The Stooges. It’s The Cramps playing with Knives. It’s frenzied, electrifying rock’n’roll, it’s primordial punk. This is the type of savage rock’n’roll you need in your life. Baldhead and the Dreads ridiculous ska-punk for fans of drugs, dogs, and dancing by fools with mismatched hair. Miffy Englefield who “does music tings and snapchat a lot”.
Half Man Half Biscuit | Roadmender | 19:30
Back in 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit sat comfortably at the top of the indie album chart with album ‘Back In The DHSS’, it became an instant success and since then, they have released a further 12 albums, never taking the music business too seriously. Their latest album No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut, sees more of Nigel’s surreal observations on everyday life. If Half Man Half Biscuit did not exist, it would be imperative to invent them. Since their formation nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. In essence the vehicle for the observations, ramblings and creations of front-man Nigel Blackwell, they are a counterblast to the processes of modern life. Throughout changing times they have spanned the decades, released 13 full-length albums and dropped a thousand-and-one pop culture references; from BBC Radio’s Charles Nove to former England cricketer Fred Titmus. HMHB are a truly genuine band, blessed with a magical capacity to make the most jaded of listeners fall back in love with music again. Witty and dry, sardonic yet never cynical, melodically infectious yet edgy sing along songs, these four lads who shook the Wirral are perhaps still to some extent an undiscovered national treasure. So grab your Joy Division Oven Gloves and don your Dukla Prague away kit, as The Biscuit are coming to town.
The Rapture’s – Goth & Industrial Clubnite & Masquerade Ball | The Black Prince | 20:00 | Free Entry
The popular annual event – The Rapture Valentines Masquerade Ball returns. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask totally up to you, & if you want to go whole hog and wear a full costume or outfit please do 🙂 – In the front bar this time on the far side of the bar. The Rapture DJs will be playing the best new and old Goth, Post-Punk, Death-Rock, Industrial, Hard-Dance, Noize, EBM, electro and whatever else we think works. in the back bar. Door policy – No enforced dress code but think alternative i.e. goth, cyber, rivet-head, metal scene, fetish, cosplay, rave etc – & yes you can keep your hats on.
Sun 16 Feb
The Dan Wylie Quartet | The Garibaldi Hotel | 18:00 | Free
Returning to The Garibaldi Hotel after a brief hiatus in January, back with their regular residency on the 3rd Sunday of the month from February. Richard Moulton will be sitting behind the kit again, and the usual Tom Purr (bass) and Jamie Glew (guitar), and M-Cutz is still spinning the vinyl! New start time of 6pm, for all of you with jobs to go to Monday.
The Amazing Djangology of John Wheatcroft & Martin Winning | The Pomfret Arms | 20:00 | Free
Free Entry! To see a true wonder of the jazz world! Top UK exponents of the music of the great Django Reinhardt, John Wheatcroft and Martin Winning return to The Pomfret for another afternoon of virtuosity, the first of three gigs in the county over the Saturday and Sunday. John Wheatcroft (guitar) is one of the top exponents in the UK of the Django guitar style (usually called ‘Gypsy Jazz’ and hails from Liverpool. Martin Winning (clarinet) is one of the most highly regarded reed players in the UK with a host of credits to his name from Ray Charles to Tina Turner, from Van Morrison to John Martyn. Mart’s ‘first’ instrument is clarinet, although he’s most known for his superb work on tenor sax. His love of Django and his startling playing makes working with him a joy and privilege. Will Ballard (rhythm guitar) has been an exponent of the style for years and teaches it at The Stables, Wavendon.