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After two huge outdoor summer shows as guest to The Who and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, NME Godlike Genius Johnny Marr is set to headline the Roadmender in Northampton next week.

Former guitarist in The Smiths, singer songwriter Marr is responsible for some of the most iconic songs in British alternative music.

Marr has enjoyed a rapturous start to his solo career following the critical acclaimed albums The Messenger and last year’s Playland.

Meanwhile his live shows have been celebrated for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The Smiths plus others from his extensive back catalogue.

During his October tour, Marr and his band will record a new live album – the first live album that Marr has been a core member of since The Smiths’ famous Rank album was released in 1988.

“Getting out on a UK tour is exciting for me,” explains Marr, “There’s no substitute for going to a show and playing shows. Playing live is what it’s all about.”

Playland featured the single Easy Money and Candidate, the latter was named Record of the Week at XFM.

He also released his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s 1993 classic I Feel You to mark Record Store Day.

Since the demise of The Smiths in the late 80s, Marr has played with and released albums with a number of bands including Modest Mouse and The Cribs while also finding time to work with New Order’s Bernard Sumner.

NME awarded Marr its Godlike Genius award in 2013 with the guitarist also picking other accolades during his career as well as been a regular in lists of Britain’s most influential guitarists.

Johnny Marr headlines the Roadmender on Wednesday, October 21.

Doors open at 7pm, advance tickets cost £24 before fees via SOtickets.

For more information and to book, call 08454744718.

Tickets for tomorrow night’s headline gig by The Shires are sold out.