Author Archives: David Jackson

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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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Marmozets, Black Peaks, Roadmender, Northampton

Not a lot to say about this one. Black Peaks who opened were excellent. Headliners Marmozets less so. I’d seen Marmozets open for someone like Funeral For A Friend at some stage and they were […]

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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 were back in Birmingham to headline the Genting Arena. Their latest album Everything Now may have received a few mixed reviews but live, they are still fantastic. Their Genting gig saw them playing […]

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Idles, Craufurd Arms, Milton Kenyes

Best band in the UK. No question about it.

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We Are Scientists, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

We Are Scientists, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 30.03.18 A great intimate show by NYC’s We Are Scientists at the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. This is another ‘retrospective upload’, so I can’t remember if 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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The Jesus & Mary Chain, Roadmender, Northampton

Having photographed The Jesus & Mary Chain in Birmingham a few days previously, the band headlined The Roadmender in Northampton on Wednesday night. Playing, unbelievably enough, with even more smoke on stage. Support was by […]

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Paul Draper, O2 Institute, Birmingham

Paul Draper brought his UK tour to a close at the Institute in Birmingham on Saturday night. I was joined by Peter Ormerod who reviewed the show for Johnson Press titles across the region. His […]

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Beyond The Tracks, Eastside Park, Birmingham

Below are a few photos from the final day of the inaugural Beyond The Tracks festival in Birmingham. Headlined by Editors, it also featured The Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, Wild Beasts, Peter Hook and […]

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UFO, Roadmender, Northampton

Classic rockers UFO headlined the Roadmender in Northampton last night as part of their UK tour ahead of the release of a covers album called The Salentino Cuts. The LP follows A Conspiracy Of Stars […]

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DMAs, Roadmender, Northampton

DMAs can’t stay away from the UK, or the Midlands and were back at the Roadmender for the second time in two years this month.

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Allusondrugs, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

A few photos of Allusondrugs who headlined the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes last night.

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Flashpoint Festival, Rockingham Castle, Corby

The Flashpoint Festival returned to Rockingham Castle in Corby in July for two days of live music. Here’s a selection of photos from the opening day. Former Saturday Una Healy opened proceedings and was followed […]

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Olly Murs, Louisa Johnson, Northants County Cricket Club

Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson headlined Northants County Cricket Club in July. Below are a few images from the show, with the review by Kate Owens. More photos are available over at www.northamptonchron.co.uk Little boys […]

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Bat Sabbath, Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Cancer Bats kicked off their Bat Sabbath tour at the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. Here’s a few photos from the gig, as well as a review I wrote for www.northamptonchron.co.uk At some point, you’re going […]

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Women’s Tour 2017, Stage One – Daventry to Kettering

Here’s some photos from the first stage of the 2017 Women’s Tour. The race started in Daventry and finished in Kettering.

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The King Blues, Picturedrome, Northampton

The King Blues headlined the Picturedrome in Northampton on Saturday. Led by singer Itch, the band is out on the touring in support of their new album, The Gospel Truth – their first LP in […]

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Honeyblood, Esquires, Bedford

The hugely hyped Honeyblood headlined Esquires in Bedford as part of the band’s jaunt across the UK. Support was by Doe. Honeyblood released their second album, Babes Never Die last year. The record followed their […]

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PINS, Esquires, Bedford

Manchester’s PINS brought their Bad Thing tour to Esquires on Thursday night. Wrote a few about it which you can read here.

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My Baby, Esquires, Bedford

Dutch trio My Baby headlined Esquires as part of their Prehistoric Rhythm tour. An amazing night of psych infused blues. This was a bit of a last minute dash over to the venue, but absolutely worth it. […]

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