University students ready for summer music showcases at Northampton venue

The gigs for different year groups take place across three nights this week at The Black Prince.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:30 pm
Students will be playing on the venue's outdoor stage.
Students will be playing on the venue's outdoor stage.

Music students from the University Of Northampton will be performing a series of summer showcases this week.

First, second and third year students from the Popular Music course will be playing at The Black Prince, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

For the third years, the gig marks the culmination of three years of studying on the course and will see seven acts take to the pub’s garden stage.

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The line up includes Hotels, Bohemian, Cariad, Dream Tree, The Skips, MVd and Natalie Okri.

The chance to play in public will be extra special to the students, after a year of restrictions which saw last year’s end-of-year showcase at the Roadmender, cancelled.

Programme Leader for music, Mark Thursby, said: “We are really proud of our third years – they have been speedily rehearsing since our face-to-face teaching return after Easter and they’re putting together a great selection of music.

“This is an excellent way for them to signify completion of their degree, as we safely transition back into the world.”

The first year students will be playing on Tuesday, May 25, the third year students on Wednesday, May 26 and the second year students on Thursday, May 27.

The Black Prince events manager, Phil Moore, said: “Supporting the university students in their musical endeavours fits in perfectly with our mission statement of championing new and upcoming artists.

“As May sees the return of live music, it’s fantastic to be able to host so many keen music aficionados on our hallowed ground.

“We are committed to providing safe, socially distanced events during these times and these shows will be no different.”

All gigs at the Abington Square venue will start at 6pm and admission is free.

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