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PeaveyLogo_ClassicHere’s some awesome news for most people in the music business!

Peavey Electronics announce the sale of excess stock and equipment due to the closure of the Corby & Northants distribution centre. The sale will be conducted via an internet auction through W&H Peacock with on-site viewing available.

On offer is an extensive range of ex display, B grade and returned stock by Peavey, Trace Elliot and Budda, Including electric, bass and acoustic guitars, drum kits, combo amps and speaker cabinets, amp heads, PA enclosures and mixers, pedals, spares, flight cases, accessories and much more.

The sale also includes factory and warehouse equipment such as racking, forklifts and factory handling equipment; woodworking and other machinery and equipment; shipping containers, building and mezzanine floors; office, reception and meeting room furniture and equipment and various parts and stock.

auctionadThis is a great and unique opportunity to bid on a wide variety of equipment for discounted prices. The internet auction ends at 11.00am (subject to the 10 minute rule) on Tuesday 25th November. Viewings will occur on Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th November between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at Peavey Electronics Ltd, Great Folds Road, Oakley Hay, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 9ET.

Please follow the link below for the auction site where you can view the catalogue and bid on items.

Internet Auction Site Link

xmascompmasterpicOnce again at Northampton Bands we bring you our Christmas competition, every year we give away random, useful and disgustingly ornate prezzies for little or no effort on your part!!

Last year we gave away an awesome snowman Hoodie. The proud owner wore it, took a selfie and posted it all over facebook!! This year we’ve decided to search out the Haute Couture set and the catwalks of Paris where we per chased this unisex pink argyle Christmas sweater made by the giants and finesse label known as ghastly!!

If you’re not lucky enough to win that then you’ve got a chance to win and stick your plates of meat in these pink guitar socks. You won’t look out of place anywhere in these except funerals maybe!

Lastly, if you’re not the lucky winner of the sweater or socks you could be in with a chance to win probably the most coolest and useful item above – The Rockstar Mug. It goes without saying, as soon as you take a drink of your chosen beverage from this vessel you’ll automatically feel as though you’re on stage playing to thousands!!

Wow, how turned on are you now??? If you want to win one of these prizes then Hashtag us on Twitter and/or  Facebook with any quote you like or share one of our pics as long as you use the Hashtag so we can see you!! Easy Peasy #Northamptonbands

The competition ends Sunday December 14th at Midnight and we’ll announce the winner the very next day…..we’ll scroll though all of the Hashtags and pick 3 lucky random winners, you can Hashtag us as much as you like too!!!

Good Luck!!

Pumpkin-02Our Guide on who to see and where to go this Halloween.

We’re going to start off by letting you know about a great local Costume Hire Shop in Earls Barton. (Because we support local businesses) They stock everything from Fangs, Spooky contact lenses, packet costumes through to hiring more elaborate costumes (Not just for Halloween). So if you’re in need of something special give these guys a ring or visit their shop! Costume Hire Earls Barton.




First up we have The MarZ band. Formed 7 years ago they are Northants’s only female fronted Grunge Rock Covers band, playing everything from Seether through to Muse they are very vesatile and include pop, rock and Classic rock in their sets depending on event and venue. This year they are playing Oct 31st at The Monk & Minstrel in Isham for their Halloween Fancy Dress Party, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed customer! Starts at 8.30pm.






If you like your original bands then we have The Family Of Noise band playing at The Cafe Con Leche in Corby Oct 31st. They describe themselves as purveyors of post punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets and advocators of 3 being the magic number. Making a name for themselves around Northants this Halloween they’ll be joined by The Flying Mandelas and The Exit Palace too! The shenanigans start at 9.00pm.




Like something a bit more pop?? Then head on over to The Red Lion in Brackley for their annual Halloween Party with Great Divide band. The band formed in 2008 and have a wide repetoire of rock n pop! A firm favourite with the customers! A free drink will be given to anyone who attends the event in fancy dress, Starts at 9.00pm.





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What about a Halloween Fancy Dress Disco?? On Oct 31st The Red Lion in Bozeat have opted for this instead of a band this year. They’ve even invited any kids Trick or Treating around the village to come in and get some goodies! Make sure you go in between 4pm-6pm as the Disco is for adults only! Starts at 8.30pm.



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The Romany has pulled out all the stops to give you a bumper weekend of Halloween Spooks. Oct 31st they have the band Red Thunder, A Halloween night rock n roll, fancy dress optional. Leopard, tiger, zebra print or snakeskin welcome. Red Thunder are an established band from Northampton specialising in 50s & 60s Rock n Roll. They have been on the live music scene for the past six years, their performances are bursting with passion & enthusiasm. 






Again The Romany are having a Halloween 80’s Thriller themed Disco on the Saturday 1st Nov which will also include an 80’s themed band called Juice. Fancy dress is essential apparently! So if you can’t make any events on Oct 31st then The Romany can fulfill all of your evil desires the next night!! Starts at 8.00pm.




Last month The Publican’s Morning Advertiser launched a campaign called ‘Make Some Noise’.

The campaign says it was set up to protect established bars, clubs and venues that are threatened with closure through noise complaints.

Make-Some-Noise-in-support-of-pubs-by-lobbying-your-MP_dnm_largeThe PMA goes on to say that Through ‘Make Some Noise’ they aim to unite the industry in lobbying the government to implement an ‘Agent of change’ principle. This outlines that a person or a business that causes a change in environment is responsible for managing its impact. It means if residents move near to a pub they would have to adapt their building to cope with the noise. But if a new pub opens in a residential area the pub would be responsible for the cost to minimise disturbance. They want to show the government the strength of feeling within the industry for adopting this simple and effective solution to a problem blighting publicans across the country.

The Principle would help 100’s of licensees across the country being slapped with extra conditions on their licences or forced to foot the bill for soundproofing installation and other measures following noise complaints from new residents. Bristol City Council adopted the principle in August which forced developers to install soundproofing for new residential flats opposite the music venue called The Fleece.

We’ve recently seen quite a few pub and venue closures in Northants over the last few years due to noise issues and the figures are rising, most recently The Cherry Tree in Kettering was hit with abatement notices again and is now closed to all live music events indefinitely. This obviously has a knock on effect – Bands!!!

The PMA have drafted a template letter for you to download, sign and send to your local MP urging them to push for adoption of an agent of change principle. Letter can be found here ‘Make Some Noise Letter’


Rock Hard Music has generously given us 2 x Tickets to give away!

All you have to do is press our facebook like box and share!!!! Head back over to our Facebook page and comment, ‘Liked and Shared’ 2 random winners will be picked tomorrow night 6pm. Alternatively you could just buy one!!

Andy James & Marco Sfogli will be appearing at Rock Hard Music this Friday 17th November at 7.30pm as part of their European Clinic Tour 2014. Tickets are limited to 120. Rock Hard have advised to buy an advance ticket to save any disappointments of not being able to obtain one at the door!

This will be the first of only 2 UK dates on this part of the European tour and spaces are very limited. There is a £3 charge for pre-booking tickets to guarantee your entry.

Rock Hard Music will be hosting the clinic to showcase the award winning ‘DV Mark Multi amp’. This rack-mountable preamp/effects processor/power amp is the perfect all-in-one solution for today’s modern guitarists. The MULTI AMP offers an amazingly wide range of tones with faithful reproduction of every sound characteristic, plus the nuance and feel of real amps, cabs, and effects. It is an invaluable tool for both live and studio work.

There’s going to be a film crew there to cover the event so you may even end up being in one of the videos!!

Andy James 57-66_1Andy James is one of the world’s top new Metal and Shred guitar stars with amazing technique, phrasing and all round ability. Andy’s talent has been recognized by guitar stars including John Petrucci, Mark Tremonti and Rusty Cooley, and he’s also played alongside Zakk Wylde, Paul Gilbert, and many more.
From festivals such as Download, Sonisphere and Bloodstock, through to European and Far Eastern tours – including China and India – Andy has played all over the world on some of the largest stages around with bands including Sacred Mother Tongue, Cradle of Filth and The Fields of the Nephilim.Now a globally renowned guitarist with thousands of fans to his name, Andy has been featured by magazines such as Total Guitar and Metal Hammer as one of the world’s best.
A Youtube phenomenon with millions of views, Andy is an online legend famed not only for his incendiary playing, but also his tutorials and DVD’s

marcoMarco Sfogli is credited as one of the most influential and followed progressive rock and metal guitar players of the last years. Today, he’s a guitar player, composer, arranger and also mixing engineer. He put out his first solo record titled “There’s Hope” in 2008 which got a 2nd place as Best Fully Instrumental Rock Album of all times by the website “The Top Tens”.

How do you get a ticket???  There doesn’t seem to be any online ticket merch but you can contact Rock Hard Music directly on 01908 314300 or visit the store at 9 Canons Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5TL. www.rockhard-music.com





The Picturedrome have opened its doors to the sublime Bass Player Phil Spalding! Neil Taylor will also be present.

phil spaldingGood friends for many years, Phil as a bassist and ‘special guest’ Neil as a guitarist have both been at the top of the music making game for many years now and have, in fact, played on many internationally successful recordings together such as Robbie Williams’ ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ and ‘Escaplogy’ including all the well known singles such as ‘Feel’, ‘Come Undone’, ‘Love Supreme’ and ‘Kids’. Between them both they have played with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of singers, groups and artists at the very top of the music business.

Phil Spalding brings his acclaimed bass playing and chat show ‘Music and Mayhem’ to the stage while Neil Taylor brings his newly acclaimed solo material to the same stage with both musicians uniting for a grand finale set on the night of the concert.

Doors 7.30pm, Tickets £8. Available online and O.T.D. 

Click here for online tickets.

deaf“Deaf By Thirty”, one of Northamptonshire’s leading rock covers bands, are in need of a new vocalist/front man for their line up as soon as possible. Have you got what it takes?!


Deaf By Thirty have been gigging now for 10 years, and are fully established on the circuit. With a full calendar of gigs already booked up for 2015, and the remainder of 2014, this is an enviable position for any local covers band and local musician. All of the hard work of establishing the band, the name and the contacts has already been done!




deaf2Deaf By Thirty need someone who can initially practice once a week, until they are performance ready, and then able to gig, on average, two weekends a month. After that, it’s rather low maintenance, and maximum reward! Own transport preferred, but not essential.

Visit www.deafbythirty.co.uk for more information on the band, our set, audio, video and reviews.
Text/Email Adam on 07545 590 407 or adam_J_rowland@hotmail.com.



TBFM Has come a long way in the last five years since they formed as a Radio station. One of the many ways in which they have branched out is the release of their hugely popular Free Magazine. In 2012 the idea was to bring a printed version of the website news and reviews to your doorstep or nearest live music venue. TBFM internet Radio has amazingly ripped the arse out of other internet radio stations and in such a short time they are now ranked No1 in the UK.

IMG_1272The magazine concentrates on unsigned band and music reviews, upcoming events and festivals including trending bands and tunes to look out for. Their columnists include Jon Morter, A social network genius who started the biggest online chart campaign ever when he dared to take on X-Factor in 2009 by bringing us all together with the Rage Against the Machine number 1 hit song ‘Killing In The Name’. Other star columnists include lead singer of Dr & The Medics & Clive Jackson – company director of Rocksector Records.

The magazine was initially released monthly but now it’s a bumper pack that’s comes out every quarter which includes a 24 page magazine featuring a 4 page Headbangers Balls special, Hed PE, In Search Of Sun, Alestorm, Weapon-UK, Blues Pills, Syren City, Asia, Anticlone and Cold Shot. A sixteen track ‘Breaking Bands’ CD and an ultimate guide to independent music, a 52 page mini magazine recommending 50 of the UK’s top independent bands.

tbfmVenues, promoters, studios and music shops would really benefit from this magazine as well as bands that are looking for radio play, a wider audience and a quality national fan base. Fans of live music would love to see this on your shelves!!

There is opportunity for advertising within the magazine and the rates are massively cheap and affordable. Special rates available, just inquire!

Don’t forget, The Magazine is free! But to cover postage costs It’s just £2 for UK, £3 for Europe and £4 for Worldwide.

If you would like more information or would like to have a regular subscription of TBFM Magazine straight to your door, venue, shop or studio then use the contact us link. You can also email us at info@northamptonbands.com


We have gotten our mitts on some exclusive D’angelico New York wooden beaded bracelets with a nifty guitar plectrum embellishment. Forget loom bands, they are soooo yesterday!! These are pretty rare and cool to boot!!

Just imagine how god damn hot you’re going to look wearing this at your next gig!!

braceletcompWe’ve got two of these babies to give away and to make it fair we’re offering one to a newly registered act and one to a faithful and reliable already registered act!!

We’re going to pick a new registered user at random to win one and a regular active registered user to win the other! Simples.

The winners will be notified here on the website, our Facebook page and Twitter on Tuesday 30th September, so either get registered or get active!!!

Oh and get sharing!

A Beginner’s Guide To Vocal Harmony

harmonyWe’ve previously covered an article showing you basic techniques on how to sing and increasing your vocal range – but what if you sing in a duo or a band with backing singers!, Read on.

As amateur or semi-professional singers, we all are curious about the vocal harmonies gracefully distilled in Simon & Garfunkel or The Beach Boys pieces for instance.

Such associations are the result of vocal harmony, a science that’s as efficient as tricky to perform. Indeed, this technique requires a little bit of knowledge of the music theory (chords, key)… or at least a very good ear.

Vocal harmony consists in doubling the lead vocals, with the same rythme and most of the time the same lyrics, but on a different note. A vocal harmony usually has a lower volume to make sure it does not disturb the lead vocals.

In order to create a vocal harmony, you need to know the chord of the melody. You can find them by playing the chords on your favorite instrument (or find them online). Those chords are made of several notes together.

Most of the time, the chord is made of 3 notes together : the fundamental, the third (4 semi-tones above, 3 if the chord is minor) and the fifth (7 semi-tones above). For instance, a F would have F as a fundamental, A as a third and C as a fifth. Doing a vocal harmony for an F will then be about singing an A to get the third of a C for the fifth.

By extension, a G chord is composed of a G, a B (third) and a D (fifth). To harmonize the lead vocals in G, you can either sing the B or the D.

This is just a basic harmony, and many of them can be found to create a richer harmony. However, this technique is a first step towards more complicated patterns (and you probably won’t need to get there to find a great harmony).

In addition, training your ear to recognize and build harmonies is necessary to master this technique. Indeed, karaoke is an ideal way to do so, allowing you to add your voice on top of the lead vocals and try different patterns according to your taste and mood.

Source http://www.karaoke-version.com/


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