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Yet again for the third year in a row Northampton Bands will be arranging the line-up and arranging the stage for The Summer Retreat Festival which is held in Northampton’s secure 40 acre enclosed woodland venue located at the scout ground. The festival also incorporates a Hand Pan & Healing Festival weekend.

summerretreat2015Northampton Bands are looking for Musicians & Bands to perform at this years festival in August on the 29th & 30th. We’re specifically looking for Acoustic, Reggae, Folk, Celtic, Blues, Soul & Ethnic Musicians. (Fear not, If you’re in a metal band keep checking back with us, we’ll be running the Metal Stage again this year for The Northampton Music Festival)
All performers are entitled to free camping or Glamping, Hot meal and refreshments.
Spaces are limited so if you’re available to play email us & include your links to:
info@northamptonbands.com or use contact us link above.

Child / Family friendly environment and venue
Set in very beautiful 10 acre flat fields and a 40 acre woodland Lots of Open Mic slots for Adults and Children
Lots of Jamming and meeting new friends
Learn to play / share skills on hand pan plus many other great workshops, Tent Camping & Glamping.
toilets and hot shower facilities
Onsite Cafe serving Hot / Cold food and drinks
Indoor / out door stages
Workshops and other activities
Healing Field, Drum Circle, Traders
and lots more…………..

newsummerretreatlineupWe’ll be hosting and managing the stages again this year at The Summer Retreat Festival.

We have got together a fantastic lineup for the whole weekend with returning artists such as Inta Africa & Dubvocaliza. Including artists that are traveling from Somerset, London and even as far as Scotland!!

Inta Africa – High energy African drumming performances and workshops, Inta Africa’s high energy stage performance is not to be missed. With drums, bells, shakers,didgeridoo, whistles, singing and chanting it is guaranteed to have people dancing!

Dubvocaliza – Psychedelic Dub Rock , Fusion – Reggae. Dubvocaliza music is relevant and captivating with booming bass-lines , rhymes and rhythm. The music is uplifting and speaks volumes with songs that communicate a specific feeling an idea, ideal or just put you in a dancing mood. The music deals with issues that are strong, hard hitting and strikes a cord. Pulsating , debating , entertaining and questioning.

Zoe Bestel – Nu Folk/Singer-Songwriter/Acoustic Artist. “She’s destined for stardom.” ~ Toby Young, Editor The Spectator. Zoe Bestel, now 16, is a singer, songwriter and musician who, within her first year won admiration from the press, prestigious accolades and supported internationally acclaimed musicians.

The King Biscuit Boys Craig and Jonathan met up in the summer of 2011 and have been finding and arranging songs that suit their style. The King Biscuit boys are an acoustic blues duo that play originals and covers ranging from Robert Johnson to Rory Gallagher.

HazeyJaneRecently, I’ve been playing an even mix of originals and covers at local open mics and local festivals and now I’m looking to play more regular solo gigs in the Northants area whenever I can.

Real Live Owls – Twangy, a bit gloomy, inclined to waltz for no reason, songs are often about fictional Northampton types…..

Gezzi B & His Band – A Four piece band : Benjamin Mini~Hendrix on lead guitar, Mike Gascoigne on bass, Molly Tate-Kambanis on drum’s/percussion & Gezzi.B vocal’s & guitar……..Subject to other Artists coming in whenever needed!!!!! Gez has played the guitar from the age of 12/13 year’s old, He lost music for a very long time in his life, but now he’s back on it! For a long time Gez & Benji have been hitting the local open mic nights around Northampton! Earlier this year he hooked up with the guys and formed the band!

Jet Black Blues Band – The Jet Black Blues Band formed in the spring of 2014, consists of Phil Brookes on Guitar and Vocals and Richard Baker on Drums and Vocals…The pair met whilst playing with Milton Keynes based band The Imprint and quickly developed a strong musical understanding. During breaks in rehearsal they would often break out into extended funk infused, bluesy jams and it wasn’t long before they hit on the idea of exploring the possibility of forming a band. For Phil it, marks a return to his roots, a journey that has taken almost 20 years to complete taking in various styles along the way, most notably funk, soul and boogaloo and it is these influences, coupled with his own smooth blues touch, that are to the fore…

Fatbwoi – thang shakin’ zeitgiest surfin’ force of nature… social commentary via the medium of infectious groove…

Jordan Jones – Jordan Jones is a Mod Revivalist singer songwriter from Northampton. Having experience with playing in bands; Jordan is now going solo with brand new songs taking influence from Mod Revival, British Invasion, Power Pop, Blues, Heartland Rock, Soul, Jazz and Rhythm N Blues.

Dan Hughes Trio – Blues from Northampton.

Tim Brophy – Northampton Based Acoustic Artist. Having many years out of the music scene, this angry young man found his teenage angst was recently reawaken. He has hit the open mic scene with a vengeance playing a blend of heartfelt love and indie rock songs – his torch still burning bright.

Esme Eva – Northampton Based Acoustic Artist and local jam nights organizer.

Plus More TBC.

Line-up Times:

Saturday 23rd Aug

12.00pm – Esme Eva

1.15pm – Jordan Jones

2.30pm – Dan Hughes Trio

4.00pm – The King Biscuit Boys

5.00pm – HazeyJane

5.30pm – Dubvocaliza

7.00pm – Inta Africa

(9.00pm onwards, freestyle instruments)

Sunday 24th Aug

12.00pm – Tim Brophy

1.00pm – Fatbwoi

2.00pm – Gezzi B & His Band

3.30pm – Jet Black Blues Band

4.30pm – Zoe Bestel

5.30pm – Real Live Owls

7.00pm – Dubvocaliza

(9.00pm onwards, freestyle instruments)


The festival lasts over 2 days in a beautiful enclosed vast woodland area with every amenity close by, camping is also available as usual.

The days are for relaxing or taking part and learning a few new skills coupled with the option of simply stopping and doing nothing at all should you wish.


2 Music stages

Grassland Stage covering all music genres

Indoor Stage with acoustic and public open mic slots

Healing Practitioners for the mind & body

Drumming Workshops

Sound scapes

Gong Baths

Workshops, circus skills, woodland walks




Plus Many other activities

Reiki, massage, health and well being therapies and lots of alternative workshops on offer

Trade stands.

Come and relax, listen to a variety of music, simply do nothing or come and walk around the pristine woodlands.

For full details, tickets and info please visit The Summer Retreat Website. Or you can buy tickets direct Here



We’re giving one lucky band 2 x Tickets to see some Monsters of Rock in Hyde Park Friday 4th July!!

All you have to do is upload and input your gigs onto the website!!, Just log in, Type in your gigs and press submit!!

One band will be chosen at Random (then it’s up to yourselves who decides to go) We take no responsibility for fights and injuries that occur during this elimination round!!

Winner will be notified Tuesday evening and the tickets will be electronically delivered!

After a triumphant return back on the rock scene last year, Black Sabbath are now thundering into Hyde Park to cast a night of darkness in what is set to be a bright summer. The legendary Ozzy Osbourne and his band mates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will be headlining the same stage that fellow rock legends The Rolling Stones presided over for two historic gigs last year.

Main Stage
Black Sabbath
Faith No More

We came across this awesome deal for all you Rock and Metal fans, How about a 3 Day weekend pass to Sonisphere at Knebworth and a 12 month subscription to Classic Rock Magazine or Metal Hammer!!


Just head on over to TeamRock.com for the offer and all details!!

You check the full lineup and details of Sonisphere 2014 here.



Festival season is well and truly upon us including the mighty Download in 4 weeks time. We’ve come up with some essential items to make your festival experience even better!!

What do you do if your budget runs out after buying the tickets and alcohol?!, Read on for our Festival on a budget essential shopping list!

You’re gonna need shelter even to get away from your mates (you know the ones that are intoxicated so much that they declare their love for everyone and everything) for a brief hour, here’s our handy £2.65 with free postage Budget tent recommendation. Buy it here: Budget Tent






As we all know Download and most other festivals are a thriving ground for wet T shirt competitions and mud wrestling so we’ve sourced out for you matching waterproof ponchos!, If you’re taking your better half  then what better way to make a statement in wearing matching attire whilst keeping you dry! and at £1.60 for 2 with free delivery you can’t lose! Buy it here: Two pack of Ponchos







What if you don’t end up inside the tent or wearing your poncho?!, You might be the kind of person that likes to sleep where they stand!!, we’ve scouted around and found you this little number for a mere £9.99 you can sleep anywhere as snug as a bug in this pro action sleeping bag!! Buy it Here: Pro Action Sleeping Bag






If you decide to eat whilst there (massive amounts of alcohol is compulsory, eating isn’t) then we’ve come up with this amazing small camping stove, portable enough to put in your ruck sack and not too expensive to lose out on when you decide to leave the festival along with all of your belongings, at a mere £11.00 it’s an essential piece of awesomeness!! Buy It Here: Portable Camp Stove







It’s a fact of life, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go!!! I’ve had the displeasure of using festival toiletry amenities at festivals and suffice to say I’d rather hang myself up from my nipples with meat hooks than adorn the rims of doom again!!, So, what’s the answer? A mini Spade of course!! You can pick n choose your personal dumping ground with the added bonus of a selection of views. A snip at £5.08 So here’s our choice, Buy it here:  Mini Spade







We hope this handy guide has been of some help to you and we understand that we haven’t covered every eventuality, there are many ways in which you yourself can make massive savings for the festival season, one for example – Every time you visit Mcdonalds, KFC or the kebab shop, save your serviettes!! They make awesome toilet paper!! You get the idea??, Enjoy!!!

This year Northamptonbands.com will be running the main stage on the 24th & 25th of August at The Summer Retreat Festival.

If you would like to perform email us with a link to you and your band/music and we’ll get back to you!

Spaces are limited so if you want a chance to play this year then get your submissions in, email us at info@northamptonbands.com





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