‘We Have Our Line Up for The ‘Rock n Metal Stage 21st June’
Our stage will take place from Midday until Midnight 21st June at The King Billy, Northampton
Poison Zoomak – Poison Zoomak. Loud, melodic, explosive, high-energy hard rock. The band have previously shared the stage with acts such as…Warrior Soul, Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper band), Slaves To Gravity and are currently putting the finishing touches to an E.P due later this year. Check them out here!
Harmfool – Formed in Northampton at the end of 2013. Worn throat, heavy riffs, and sharp drums. Loud, powerful and fast. Metal/punk/hardcore band from Northampton. Check them out here!
Point Of Extinction – A unique band with their own sound. The roots based in thrash but with some groove and melody thrown in to make their own unique blend of metal. Currently recording an album for later release in the year. Check them out here!
From Eden To Exile – A new upcoming Northamptonshire based metal band, looking to write intense music with freedom, without “genre” boundaries and ultimately music that sounds good. Check them out here!
Benign Plausibility – A Northampton based alternative Rock band, their music explores a wide range of genres and influences to create abstract compositions with expressionistic movement. Currently experimenting with polyphonic layering, 12 tone serialism, irregular time signatures and a polyrhythmic drum approach to create their latest batch of music. Check them out here!
Obstruction – A Northampton based, four piece, heavy rock /grunge band formed in February 2013, by its frontman, vocalist and songwriter, David Bentley. They recorded their first E.P. of new, original material, called ‘BROKEN GEAR, which they’re very excited about. They have received great reviews from the critics plus airplay on local radio. Check them out here!
DieRevers – 5 piece metal band from Northampton, They played their first ever concert in Northampton after two and a half months together, and having received lots of positive opinions from the public, They have been given the motivation to continue together practicing hard ready for further live performances including most recently at The King Billy where they received rave reviews. Check them out here!
Stereo Skull – The band consisting of brothers: Arthur, Aivars, sister Laura, their long-time friends Vitaly, Dita and Ethan, who are paving their way to success. Inspired by modern electronic music and mixing it with modern metal, the band achieves a unique and a fresh sound of their songs finding it as ground for boundless/limitless ways of expression. Check them out here!
Dead Frequency – The band are a Glam Punk band from The Midlands, UK. Playing a mixture high-energy pop/punk and glam-influenced rock, 2014 sees them performing at 7 smaller UK festivals including Glastongudget and the main stage at Properstock. They have also been personally selected to open for Andrew WK at his Coventry Kasbah show. Check them out here!
The Bophins – The band was formed in 2012 by Adam and Tim influenced by 60’s pop, Freakbeat and Garage / Punk. The group played a number of shows around the UK and recorded an EP at Ranscombe Studios. The band have played a wealth of live shows around the UK including; Water Rats (London), The Dublin Castle (London), The Flapper (Birmingham), and The Baseline (Dudley), as well as festivals including the Brackley Fringe Festival. Check them out here!
True Heights – A 5 piece British Rock outfit emerging from the streets of the Midlands. These 5 lads write from experience and hope to put some serious heart and feeling back into the UK’s rock scene. After forming in the summer of 2014, they have spent months behind closed doors refining their sound, preparing for their public release in the early months of 2015. They have been working with the highly commended producer, Matt O’Grady (YouMeAtSix, Deaf Havana, and Don Broco) to record their first release. Creating a unique blend of ambience and anthemic UK rock, TrueHeights are sure to be the sound and soul of 2015. Check them out here!
NMF15 Is going to be bigger than ever with a wide range of musical talent & genres. Northampton Bands will be providing the Rock/Metal stage at The King Billy with some of the best of our local talent performing.
Northampton Music Festival is a free annual event designed to celebrate Northampton’s rich music culture. Now in its 8th year, the central ethos is to raise the profile of Northampton through music, to provide a showcase for the broad range of musicians and artists that are based in the town and to provide a community-focused gathering which invites all to join in a festive celebration of our music scene.
The festival is organised by Northampton Music 365 – a not for profit community group, in partnership with a range of local organisations.
In addition to the annual festival – Northampton Music 365 is developing a range of yearlong initiatives to raise the profile of the Town and the Town Centre through musical activity and promotion.
Our aim is to work in partnership with the local music community, to support initiatives and to provide a hub where others can promote and showcase music. We hope to provide a central umbrella where all the musical initiatives of the town can work together, cross promote and develop wider opportunities for the town.
If you are a musician, promoter, venue, community group or just a music fan and want to get involved please drop us a line via the Get Involved page.
Putting shoe town on the music map.
90′s Hard Rock band The Quireboys played an intimate acoustic set to a packed out Athletic Club in Rushden on the 7th February. I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with frontman Spike before the set, and catch up on everything to do with the band, 2014 and boats. (Yes, boats.)
What brings you to Rushden?
Spike: We decided, we’d just finished in Europe; Spain, all over Scandinavia and everywhere like that, and we just thought, after the tour in November (we’d just been in the studio recording the new album) we decided to do an Acoustic tour. We were gonna play some of the new songs, and everything like that. Unfortunately, Chris, who was producing the album, went off to Greece for the weekend and got Legionnaires disease, so he’s been in a coma. He’s just come out of this today, well two days ago. We’ve done a lot of acoustic shows in Europe, and we’ve never really done it in England, so we thought, let’s do something a little different you know.
So are you going to be playing any of the new stuff tonight?
Spike: We’ll be playing stuff of the last album (which came out last year) and some of the other stuff, but we’re not going to be playing any new songs tonight, we probably will in London though. We just haven’t had time to really sit down and go through them properly. We recorded 19 songs, but I haven’t sung em yet so, it still needs to be done.
When’s that album going to be coming out?
Spike: Well later on in the year, we’re doing a 30th anniversary boxset, of which is a Live DVD of the show we did in London, and there’s also the year when we played with Rush at Sweden Rock, in front of 45,000 people playing acoustic with everybody singing along, and then the new album completes the set.
So how come you’ve decided to do an acoustic tour? You seem to play quite a lot of acoustic shows compared to some bands…
Spike: Well, this is our first proper acoustic tour in England. We’ve done it in Europe before, but never really here. We released an album called Halfpenny Dancer, which was mainly acoustic songs, and we did about three gigs like that, but we still had a full band and everything.
Do you prefer doing acoustic gigs?
Spike: It’s a completely different thing you know. I mean, I love doing the full Rock thing and everything, but this is more like, talking and telling stories. We still fit, what, 20 songs in the set though, so we’ll be on for a good hour and a half.
I’m hoping a lot of people are gonna turn up! I don’t think that many people have heard about tonight’s set…
Spike: Well the crowds have been pretty good on the tour so far so. The thing is there’s been a venue change tonight as well so, it was meant to be at The Attic. I don’t really know why it was changed, so hopefully everyone knows about it!
Something I’m interested to know, you played the Monster’s of Rock Cruise last year. What’s it like performing on a boat?!
Spike: We’ve done quite a few of them now, over in Scandinavia there’s quite a lot of them! Everyone goes pretty mental on the boat, it’s great! We’re doing one this year, but you get to go to the Bahamas and some other islands, it’s like 5 days it’s brilliant. It’s crazy, free holiday and you get paid for an hour and a half’s work! All the equipment’s already there, so really you just turn up, sound check and that’s about it.
Are you going to be doing the festival circuit this year?
Spike: We’ve got a few booked already. We’re not doing Donington [Download Festival] or anything like that. It’s just too big now! We’ll be doing a few of the ones in Europe, and things like that.
You’ve been around for a long time now, have you ever thought about calling it a day?
Spike: Well we had the break in the 90′s, and I was living in LA, but there’s only so much of the beach you can take you know? So we decided to get back together in like, 1999, and we did that album, and then literally since that we haven’t stopped again. [Do you see yourself stopping anytime soon?] Not really no, we’ve got the new album coming soon, I’ve got a solo album coming out. I’ve done it with Simon Kirk, Andy Frasier, got Ronnie Wood playing guitar, there’s even a duet with Bonnie Tyler so yeah. It’s all songs by Frankie Miller, he was a hero of mine, but these are songs that nobodies ever heard before. So that’s coming out in May. Got lot’s of stuff coming for the foreseeable future!
I do a lot of writing on local bands, there’s quite a lot of good music around Northamptonshire, so if you had to give advice to one of these smaller unsigned bands just starting out, what’d it be?
Spike: Get an agent, and just do as many shows as you can. Basically, how we started was, we had a transit van,and we played everywhere we could. I mean, every city up and down, we just lived in the van. I know it’s harder now. In the older days you used to just be able to pile in the back of a van and do it like that. [Me: It’s harder around here, cause there’s not really many big places] Yeah, I mean look at us tonight, we’re playing in the back of a Working Men’s club!
You’ve supported bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses, and played to crowd’s of like 50000+ people, and now you’ve ended up here…
Spike: How the mighty have fallen… just messing of course, but you know, The Quireboys have got some great fans. Every night’s been packed so far, it’s been really good. Last night in Chester, the London show is sold out, so it’s all going good! Hopefully we’ll get a good turnout tonight!
That’s pretty much it! Thanks a lot for the interview, it’s been a pleasure!
Spike: Okay pal that’s brilliant, thank you very much! Cheers for that.
Thanks a lot to Spike and Duff Press for the opportunity to do this interview, it was an absolutely brilliant experience and I look forward to seeing what the 2014 holds for the band.
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