Category Archives: News

this is the category for my general news updates.

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New Template – New Look

After a few years with the same WordPress template, I’ve finally changed things up a bit with something new. Why? Well, the old temple was no longer supported by or being developed by its makers […]

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Thrice / Refused, O2 Academy, Birmingham

A few from Thrice and Refused at the O2 Academy in Birmingham recently. A great set by both bands, playing to a pretty undersold venue.

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slowthai, Brixton Academy, London

Another sold out gig by slowthai. This was the final show of the Northampton rappers’ Bet Ya A £5er tour before Ty headed over to Europe and then America to open for Brockhampton.

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Mallory Knox, Esquires, Bedford

Emotional scenes at Bedford as Mallory Knox played their final show before disbanding. The sold out venue was packed with fans, friends and family of the band.

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The Murder Capital, Esquires, Bedford

One of the contenders for gig of the year. An amazing set by Dublin’s post punk five-piece, The Murder Capital.

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Look Mum No Computer, The Black Prince, Northampton

Another packed night at The Black Prince for Look Mum No Computer. Featuring Game Boys, so many wires and some great electronic tunes.

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Temples, HMV, Kettering

Temples returned to Kettering to mark the release of their third album Hot Motion with an in-store signing and set. It was the second time the alt psych quartet had played at the town’s record […]

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Gary Numan, Roadmender, Northampton

The most lights I’ve ever seen at the Roadmender with virtually no space to shoot due to the barrier being so close to the stage and there being a box for a monitor cutting the […]

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Childcare, Phantom Isle, Honey Lung, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Not much in the way of front facing lighting for Childcare, but some nice shots and great support by the excellent Phantom Isle and Honey Lung.  

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slowthai – Birmingham / Milton Keynes / Northampton

In recent months, slowthai has well and truly been putting Northampton on the map. The rapper released his debut LP Nothing Great About Britain in May to critical acclaim. Rather than retrospectively publishing some galleries […]

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Rod Stewart, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Following Take That’s triumphant gig at Stadium MK recently, it was Rod Stewart’s turn to wow audiences at the venue. Photos were for Total MK, who are running a full galley and review as well […]

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Slam Dunk Festival 2019, Hatfield

Slam Dunk was back this month for another amazing day of live music. The festival is one of the best one day rock festivals the UK has to offer. It spans an amazing array of […]

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Take That, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Take That brought their 30th Anniversary Tour to Stadium MK in Milton Keynes tonight. Despite being down to three members now, it looked a pretty spectacular show with the band emerging from a giant black […]

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Black Honey, Esquires, Bedford

Black Honey were back at Esquires in Bedford this month. The band released their self titled LP last year and returned to the venue for the first time in more than two years for another […]

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Sleaford Mods, Roadmender, Northampton

A couple of photos from Sleaford Mods’ return to Northampton. Ahead of their gig, Andrew and Jason did an in-store signing at Spun Out. SBD Promotions main main Phil Moore was on hand to write […]

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Skindred, Roadmender, Northampton

It’s always great fun photographing Skindred who returned to the Roadmender as part of their Big Tings tour. Below are a few of the band from the pit and balcony. Support was by Sonic Boom Six […]

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Peter Murphy & David J, Roadmender, Northampton

Bauhaus legends Peter Murphy and David J played to a sold out Roadmender on Sunday night performing the band’s debut album In The Flat Field in full as well as a selection of other hits. […]

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Bring Me The Horizon, Fever 333, Yonaka, Arena Birmingham,

Rock behemoths Bring Me The Horizon kicked off their UK tour at Arena Birmingham, joined by Fever 333 and Yonaka. It was an absolutely incredible show by the headliners who teased fans with a couple […]

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Jonah Matranga, Oxygen Thief, The White Hart, Corby

It was great to have former Far front man Jonah back in the county as part of his tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album Water & Solutions. While I’ve seen Jonah loads over […]

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The Lovely Eggs, Roadmender, Northampton

It’s been a cracking year for The Lovely Eggs with their latest LP, This Is Eggland featuring praise from fans and critics alike. Third time playing in Northampton I think, and first time on the […]

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Echo & The Bunnymen, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Echo & The Bunnymen are out on tour in support of their latest record, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. Despite the LP being reinterpretations of some of their biggest hits, the gig was […]

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Billy Lockett, O2 Arena, London

Billy Lockett is out on a huge arena tour across the UK and Europe opening for for ELO. Incredible to see the Northampton singer songwriter doing so well. Here’s joined here by Alistair Wilkinson on […]

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Level 42, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Bass legend Mark King brought Level 42 to Northampton on Saturday night. While not touring in support of anything in particular, the band played in front of a sold out venue. Chronicle & Echo Sports […]

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Mercury Prize Winners – Wolf Alice

Here’s the ‘support your local venues’ post. Last night, Wolf Alice walked away winners of the Hyundai Mercury Prize. Promoters The Pad Presents brought the band to Esquires in Bedford and the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes […]

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Rocked Up Hootenanny 2018

The Rocked Up Hootenanny saw one of the best one day festivals in the region take place at Rockingham Speedway on Saturday. Among some well established names from rock, alternative and rap, were some of […]

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Craig David / Rita Ora, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

Craig David headlined the County Cricket Ground in Northampton on Saturday night. Joining the award winning, chart topping, singer songwriter was Rita Ora, Samantha Harvey and Bobii Lewis. Below is a few photos from the night. […]

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Paul Weller, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Here’s a few more photos of Paul Weller who headlined the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Friday night. The gig was rescheduled after the ‘best from the east’ caused the original date to be cancelled […]

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Iron Maiden, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Iron Maiden celebrated front man Bruce Dickinson’s 60th birthday in style at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday night. A spectacular show to a sold out audience featured tracks from across the iconic metal […]

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Cropredy Convetion 2018

OK, this is one of those posts with loads and loads of photos. Probably too many, but there we go. Folk stalwarts Fairport Convention were back hosting their annual Cropredy Convention festival this month. There […]

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The Schizophonics, The Garibaldi, Northampton

I almost didn’t bother leaving the house last night. Too hot, Monday night etc etc. However, I’m glad I did because The Schizophonics were flipping amazing. A definite contender for the hottest gig of the […]

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Bedford River Festival 2018

The Bedford River Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary at the weekend with tens of thousands of people descending on the town’s river and surrounding area to enjoy a whole range of entertainment. First time attending […]

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Tom Grennan LP launch gigs and signings, Esquires, Bedford

Tom Grennan celebrated the launch of his debut album Lighting Matches with two shows and signing sessions at Bedford Esquires. Hundreds queued to see Grennan play in his hometown, two days after the release of […]

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The Lovely Eggs, Esquires, Bedford

A few of The Lovely Eggs who headlined Esquires as part of their jaunt around the UK supporting their new album This Is Eggland.

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WordPress vs this theme

Things aren’t right. The latest version of WordPress isn’t playing ball with the theme / skin I’ve been using for a few years on this website and there’s no simple solution. Images aren’t displaying correctly […]

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Slam Dunk Festival, Midlands, Birmingham NEC

Just a few for now from the Slam Dunk Festival at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Billy Lockett, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

This was a fantastic homecoming gig for Billy Lockett, virtually selling out the Royal & Derngate’s Royal stage. Some fantastic lighting during the show which saw Lockett perform, unaccompanied, on the piano. Joining him was […]

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Don Broco, Roadmender, Northampton

Bedford rockers Don Broco headlined the Roadmender this week as part of the second leg of their Technology Tour. Joining them were Yungblud and The LaFontaines. The take home from this gig – keep an eye […]

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Manic Street Preachers, Arena Birmingham

The Manic Street Preachers brought their Resistance Is Futile tour to the Arena Birmingham this week. Joining them were The Coral. Another great set by Wales’ finest, even if the lighting was a bit ropy […]

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Arcade Fire, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Arcade Fire may have split opinions with their latest album Everything Now, but live they are still fantastic. They’re Genting gig saw them playing in a ‘boxing ring’ style stage in the middle of the […]

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Idles, Craufurd Arms, Milton Kenyes

Best band in the UK. No question about it.  

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Gary Numan, Nightmare Air, Tim Muddiman and the Strange, Roadmender, Northampton

Gary Numan brought the latest leg of his Savage world tour to the Roadmender last night. Numan was joined by Nightmare Air and Northampton’s Tim Middiman, who as well as opening the show with his […]

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Therapy?, The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

A few from Therapy? who played a one off gig at the Craufurd Arms before heading out on tour with The Stranglers. Bit annoyed to see Andy Cairns lurking in the shadows so much, but still […]

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Liam Gallagher, Rat Boy, Trampoline, Arena Birmingham

Some photos of Liam Gallagher headlining Arena Birmingham as part of the Oasis frontman’s headline tour supporting his debut LP As You Were. Joining Liam were Rat Boy and Trampoline. A fantastic show with a […]

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Royal Blood, At The Drive In, Black Honey, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Having seen and photographed Royal Blood play to a couple of hundred of people at Esquires a few years ago, you can’t help but admire what they’ve achieved. Their headline gig at the Barclaycard Arena […]

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Metallica, Genting Arena, Birmingham

Metal legends – not much more to say really! Not a massive fan but another incredible show at the Genting.

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Amy Macdonald, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Amy Macdonald kicked off her acoustic tour at Royal & Derngate in Northampton last night.  Billed as an ‘intimate’ run of gigs, Macdonald played to a pretty much sold out venue, despite admitting being unwell.  […]

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British Sea Power, Roadmender, Northampton

Here’s a few photos of British Sea Power who headlined The Roadmender on Sunday night. The band are out touring in support of their latest album Let The Dancers Inherit The Party. Support was by […]

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Dream Wife, Esquires, Bedford

Following the somewhat lackluster gig by Cabbage a few days before, Dream Wife headlined Esquires on Friday and were excellent. Below are a few photos from the gig, with support by Corby’s King Purple and […]

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Cabbage, Esquires, Bedford

Cabbage brought their headline UK tour to Esquires in Bedford on Wednesday night. There’s been a sizeable amount of hype around the band since they broke through last year and released Young, Dumb and Full […]

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

In 20 years of watching live music, this was without doubt the best gig I’ve ever seen – let alone been lucky enough to photograph. A truly phenomenal night. My colleague Peter Ormerod was reviewing […]

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