Author Archives: David Jackson


NN Archives – May 2019 – 2009

There’s no gigs – and it looks like this is going to be the case for the rest of 2020. While I’m luckily enough to have corporate filming and photography still occupying the day-to-day, while […]

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Steve Pilgrim, The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton

Steve Pilgrim headlined The Playhouse Theatre last night. Regularly seen drumming for Paul Weller, Pilgrim is currently playing gigs across the UK to mark the 10th anniversary of his solo album Sunshine. He was joined […]

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Thumper, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

After an amazing headline set in Northampton at The Black Prince last year, Thumper headed to Milton Keynes to headline the Craufurd Arms. Not the best attended show I’ve ever been to – but also, […]

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Ho99o9, Esquires, Bedford

US hardcore hop-hop duo Ho99o9 headlined Esquires in Bedford the day before opening for Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes at Ally Pally in London. Ho99o9 spent last year opening for the like of Korn, Alice […]

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Sorry, Esquires, Bedford

One of the latest hotly tipped and highly rated post-punky outfits Sorry headlined second room, Holy Moly’s, at Esquires. The band’s debut album 925 has received a lot of hype and some great reviews but […]

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Warmduscher, Esquires, Bedford

Despite being in February, Warmduscher’s headline gig at Esquires in Bedford I’m pretty certain will be a contender for gig of year come December. The band were playing the venue as part of this year’s […]

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Working Men’s Club, The Black Prince, Northampton

One of the best gigs from this year’s Independent Venue Week was Working Men’s Club at the Black Prince. The band is pretty unrecognisable from the one which opened for Bodega last year, shifting towards […]

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IVW 2020, The Black Prince, Northampton

The Black Prince had a great run of gigs to mark this year’s Independent Venue Week. Although I didn’t manage to get to all of them, there I managed to see shows by SPQR, ROAM […]

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Phantom Isle, The Black Prince, Northampton

Here’s some photos of Phantom Isle headlining The Black Prince to mark the release of their latest single I Am Urs. Another Northants band doing great things. You can check out more by them here. […]

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Dry Cleaning, Sinead O’Brien – Esquires, Bedford

First gig of 2020 was Dry Cleaning at Bedford Esquires. The band, currently on the front cover of this month’s DIY Magazine, are out on tour with Sinead O’Brien. Good turn out for it and […]

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slowthai, Roadmender, Northampton

slowthai capped off an amazing year at the Roadmender last week with an early New Year’s Eve Party. There’s a review and a couple of photos running over at if you want to read […]

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Billy Lockett, Roadmender, Northampton

NN native Billy Lockett has been out on tour promoting his latest EP Reset. Having previously played the Derngate’s Royal, this time Lockett headlined the Roadmender. Photos were to accompany a review for jpimedia which […]

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Sarpa Salpa, Elijah Miller, Baby Lung, Krankhead, Roadmender, Northampton

Sarpa Salpa, Roadmender, Northampton, December 27, 2019 Every year there’s some great gigs over the festive period and Friday night was no different. Sarpa Salpa launched their new EP Say Something at the venue, headlining […]

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Andy Crofts, The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton

Moons man Andy Crofts headlined two nights at The Playhouse Theatre in Northampton as part of a short acoustic Christmas tour this week. The Northampton native and regular in Paul Weller’s touring band is a […]

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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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Photophobes, The Black Prince, Northampton

Phobophobes, The Black Prince, Northampton, October 12, 2019 Another great gig at Northampton’s Black Prince, courtesy of London six piece Photophobes. I didn’t know anything about this band before they were recommended by the promoter […]

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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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Thumper, The Black Prince, Northampton

A few photos of Dublin six piece Thumper. Without doubt, one of the loudest gigs of the year. For more details, visit

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Pixies, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Alt rock legends Pixies headlining The O2 Academy in Birmingham. This was a super frustrating one to shoot – with the band almost entirely back lit for the duration of the show. Managed one clean […]

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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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Stormbringer, Roadmender, Northampton

It’s been great to see a run of local bands stepping up to headline the main room at the Roadmender, the latest being Stormbringer. First gig for the metallers with their original singer Mikey Stockley […]

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Bodega, Esquires, Bedford

Photos of US art-punks Bodega headlining Esquires in Bedford. Opening Was Working Men’s Club who were on their final run of shows before a planned switch-up of their line up. Loads of hype around this […]

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Pottery / Egyptian Blue, Esquires, Bedford

Another one of those gigs with quite a bit of buzz behind it but in all honestly, didn’t quite do it for me. Good turn out for it and as this is another ‘retrospective upload’, […]

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Basement, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Proper good one this. Basement playing to an absolutely packed Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. The band was in town to headline the venue either side of gigs at the Leeds and Reading Festivals. Support […]

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Cropredy Convention 2019

Cropredy Convention, August 9, 2019 It was another great three days at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. The festival is one of the highlights of the folk callander and this year was headlined by Frank Turner, The […]

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Rolling Blackouts Costal Fever, Esquires, Bedford

Tons of hype be hind this show at Esquries and another which sold out well in advance of the gig. The Australian indie rockers released their latest LP Hope Downs last year. I won’t lie, […]

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Rammstein, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

German metal giants Rammstein’s headline gig at Stadium MK was simply stunning. From the stage set up, to the theatrics and pyrotechnics to the sheer number of people packed into the venue. It was an […]

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Nile Rodgers / Sigala, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

The second of two summer gigs at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton saw Chic main man Nile Rodgers headline the venue. Joining him was DJ and producer Sigala. Another great turn with thousands of fans singing […]

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Madness, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Madness returned to Northampton to headline Frankln’s Gardens as part of a series of outdoor gigs across the UK. Opening for Madness was The Lightening Seeds. Photos were for jipmedia and featured in titles across […]

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Bon Jovi / Manic Street Preachers, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Some photos of Bon Jovi and Manic Street Preachers playing the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Probably the first time the two bands have been on tour together since 1993. Photos were published across JPI Media […]

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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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Billy Lockett, O2 Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, London

This was a bit of a landmark one for Northampton native Billy Lockett. His biggest headline gig to date the London’s O2 Empire. Was covering this one for the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and was […]

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Indian Queens, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Indian Queens back at the Craufurd Amrs, joined by the Enjoyable Listens. This is another retrospective upload and it’s great to see that in the months since this gig, the band has finally got their […]

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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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Hands Off Gretel, The Black Prince, Northampton

Another retrospective upload. This time of Hands Off Gretel who headlined The Balck Prince. The band played here prior to the release of their album I Want The World. Great turn out for it and […]

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The Orielles, Esquires, Bedford

This is a another ‘retrospective upload’ and I’m honest, not one I remember that much about! Can’t recall much about The Orielles, but they were supported by the excellent Enjoyable Listens and LYLO.

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INHEAVEN, Esquires, Northampton

Inheaven, Esquires, Bedford, UK, Independent Venue Week, 02.02.18 Second time at Esquires for Inheaven who were headlining the venue as part of Independent Venue Week.

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Enter Shikari, Roadmender, Northampton

A few of Enter Shikari headlining the Roadmender. The band was on tour supporting their latest LP, The Spark.  

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Tim Burgess, Esquires, Bedford

Another from Independent Venue Week at Esquires. Headlined by The Charlatans legend Tim Burgess.  Support was by Average Sex who I’m pretty sure joined him for his set as well. (This is another ‘retrospective upload’. […]

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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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