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Comedian Steve Bugeja bought his third and largest UK tour to the Derngate last weekend and showed off his unique brand of storytelling. The show sees Steve trapped on a 13-hour flight from Japan to the UK when he receives a message from his girlfriend with the oh-so ominous line “we need to talk”. The […]

Echo and the Bunnymen / Jonathan Jackson Northampton Derngate 20 October 2018 Award winning actor Jonathan Jackson is also one third of indie rock band Enation and his solo show this evening captures some of that bands alternative spirit. Stripped bare and acoustic his songs evidence a vulnerability that brings to mind Radiohead. Bathed in […]

Darren Day, Flawless,The Grumbleweeds and Abigail Dever brought a touch of early Christmas magic to Northampton as they officially launched Peter Pan, this year’s swashbuckling Royal & Derngate pantomime, with a photo call at Northampton’s Riverside Hub play centre. Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had […]

Last weekend, Breakfast’s Chris Harris and Rock Your Sock Off’s David Luck travelled up to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, alongside photographer Meg Shipham. Wearing NLive T-shirts to represent the station, we saw some great shows, interesting exhibits and did some great shopping! David is still up in Edinburgh this week, as he’s performing at […]

Local musician Pat Fish is quite possibly the quintessential English eccentric artist. As a solo performer and with his band The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy he has released a string of critically acclaimed albums whilst circumnavigating the mainstream. Tours and adulation followed in North America and Europe yet he remains criminally underappreciated in his native UK. […]

To commemorate the release of their eighth studio album entitled ‘Icon’ Peter Dennis spoke to lead singer of local darkwave/electronic group Venus Fly Trap. The band was formed in Northampton in 1986 by brothers Alex and John Novak (who played together in local punk band the Isaws). They released their debut single ‘Morphine’ in 1988 […]

It’s time Northampton had a proper, regular outdoor music festival with camping, stalls, beer tents and all that good stuff. With a friendly atmosphere, original and tribute acts plus a healthy dose of local talent Sixfields Rock Fest has all the essential ingredients to fill the void. Hard rock and metal acts are criminally overlooked […]

  Flashdance is one of many 1980’s movies that have gone from screen to stage but arguably it should have stuck to the big screen as the stage revival which visits MK Theatre this week does little to wow the audiences. Producers have cleverly eyed the title as a winner with bums on seats to […]

In the beautiful setting of Northampton’s Market Square students from the local University put a consciously modernist interpretation to Mozart’s great work. When writing this piece Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was very aware of his own mortality and, indeed, the Requiem was unfinished on his death at the tragically young age of 35. and many scholars […]

It’s a fantastic story of love, family and community in the face of adversity and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good dramatic musical. As someone who did not know anything about this play before I heard it was at the Royal and Derngate, I was pleasantly surprised on the night.  When […]


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