Northampton turns out in force for sun-drenched music festival

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A plethora of top musical talent saw hundreds flock to the town centre for Northampton’s eighth music festival.

Singer-songwriter Billy Lockett was among the main draws as revellers enjoyed a day of live music across 12 bustling venues including Market Square and All Saints Church.

The absence of a big-name headliner this year failed to deter the town turning out in force on a sun drenched Sunday. Organiser Jo Burns-Russell said the event has something for everyone.

“It was really great to see people from all different walks of life and ages.” She said.

“We get grandmothers up and dancing, we have kids running around - we try and make it so it is a really inclusive day with something for everyone.

“But the calibre of the artists is a really big part of what we are trying to do.”

More than 150 acts applied to play at this year’s music festival and a varied bill saw everything from lone folk-singers in venues such as the NN Cafe courtyard, to heavy metal at the Penny Whistle and electro-pop on Market Square.

After his day-time gig on the BBC Introducing and Hip-hop stage, 18-year-old Wellingborough artist Chilla, said the event could act as a springboard for other young urban acts to get a footing in the industry.

He said: “It was really good - the crowd was alive and there was a great energy to it.

“We did four or five songs and we got a really good reception.”

This year’s festival also saw organisers embracing technology, with main stage performances filmed by multiple cameras, which can watched in a variety of angles through the iGiG app.

But for many the day was just about soaking up the atmosphere.

Jack Hoedemaker, 30, of Northampton, said: “It’s just the kind of thing we want to see in Northampton, it’s great to see the Market Square utilised like this.”




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