Town gears up for festival gigs

All acts were part of the Northampton music scene between 1957 to 1979
All acts were part of the Northampton music scene between 1957 to 1979

Bands from Northampton’s music scene during the 1960s and 1970s will be reuniting for Have Guitars…Will Travel Live! next week.

The gig is one of a series taking place as part of this year’s Northampton Music Festival.

Bands playing include Accrington Stanley, Coil, Dark, The Condors, Isaws (pictured above), Ignition, Ten Joe Green and King, Phoenix and Homelanders+.

All were part of the Northampton music scene between 1957 to 1979. The show will be hosted by BBC Northampton’s Bernie Keith. The second volume of Have Guitars Will Travel by Derrick Thompson was released last year and follow’s 2009’s first volume. Both books chart the Northampton music scene between 1957-1966 and 1967-1979, featuring local artists and national touring bands the town during the era. An accompanying CD was released earlier this year.

Have Guitars…Will Travel Live is at The Picturedrome in Northampton on Saturday, June 20. Doors open at 3pm and admission is free.

Northampton Bands in association with the King Billy have announced the line-up of the Metal Stage of the Northampton Music Festival.

Benign Plausibility will kick off proceedings at the King Billy from 12.30pm on Sunday, June 21.

Other acts playing include The Bophins, Poison Zoomak, Point of Extinction, Harmfool, TrueHeights, Obstruction, DieRevers, Stereo Skull, Dead Frequency and headliners From Eden To Exile.

On Saturday, June 20, The Pomfret Arms will be hosting Fortyfication, which will be raising money for War Child UK. The line up includes Lucky Shivers, Red Kite, Loved Ones, Beijing Cars, An Escape Plan, Liam Dullaghan, Sean Grant & The Wolfgang, J.P Brook, Bill Baird and Jo Horne.

Music is from 2pm. While other Northampton Music Festival performances are free, admission to Fortyfication is £10. Advance tickets via

There will be a full NMF15 preview next week.