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Dancing in the streets on Sunday for Northampton Music Festival

More than 60 acts on stages across the town centre

The streets of Northampton town centre will be filled with music this Sunday as Northampton Music Festival takes over the town for its fifteenth year. More than 60 acts will perform across eight stages throughout the town centre, with genres ranging from rock to opera, world music to jazz and more.

A last minute addition to the line-up will see free African drumming workshops during the day at Wood Hill, provided by Northampton-based Dancing Drums of the United African Association. 

Graham Roberts, Festival Director, said: “After months of planning, festival day is almost here and we can’t wait to put Shoe Town on the music map once again. Whatever the weather, be it a heatwave or torrential rain, we’re looking forward to celebrating our beautiful town centre and filling the streets with live music of all genres from around the world.”

Last year saw 10,000 people come to the town centre for the festival and with an impressive line-up, including a headline homecoming gig from Northampton-based Sarpa Salpa, organisers and sponsors are expecting record crowds.

Mark Mullen, Operations Director of Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District – one of the main sponsors of the festival, said: “Every year, the music festival proves to be a fantastic occasion for the town centre, with thousands of people coming into Northampton to enjoy live music at a diverse range of brilliant venues.

“Northampton is well known for producing innovative, ground-breaking performers and there is a real depth of talent in the town, across a wide range of genres. The festival gives artists the opportunity to take the stage and showcase their ability in front of an appreciative home-town crowd.

“We look forward to welcoming bumper crowds and with our ‘Town Centre Tenners’ campaign running in dozens of retailers, there are some great deals to be had for all visitors to Northampton on Sunday.”

Councillor Jane Birch, Leader of Northampton Town Council, another main sponsor of the festival, said: “Northampton Town Council is very happy to support NMF again. Over the last 15 years the festival has been very successful in bringing additional footfall to the town and creating a lively friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy.”

The full line-up for the day is:

MARKET SQUARE – MAIN STAGE
11.30am: SIGNING Stars
12pm: Wellingborough Gospel Choir
1pm: Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars
2pm: Mystic Crew

With BBC Introducing from 3pm-7pm
3pm: Hana Brooks
3.30pm: Lite Sleeper
4pm: Sharmaine
5pm: Lay it Down
6pm: Phantom Isle


7pm: Pure Genius
8pm Sarpa Salpa

GUILDHALL COURTYARD – WORLD MUSIC STAGE
1pm: Durgesh and Friends
2pm: Inta Africa
3pm: Paul Jackson
4pm: Brazilian Vibes
4.30pm: Plastic Visual
5pm: The Ivor Johnson Band
6pm: TBone Afrika Allstars
(Followed by a spectacular finale featuring all acts)

GUILDHALL HOTEL – JAZZ STAGE
1pm: Elle Delaney and Co
2pm: Dan Wyllie Quartet
3pm: The Krupa Connection
4pm: Day-Hood & Co
5pm: Wayne Matthews Trio
6pm: Alex Clarke Duo

NORTHAMPTON MUSEUM COURTYARD – CLASSICAL STAGE
12.30pm: The Tenor
1.30pm: Kay Warçaba
2.30pm: Wellingborough Gospel Choir
3.30pm: Rob Colley
4.30pm: David Blackadder and Richard Holloway

THE BLACK PRINCE – NEW BOOTS STAGE
1pm: Chargr
2pm: Jasmine Burns
3pm: hazeyjane
4pm: In Atoms
5pm: Paul Ronney Angel
6pm: Aryah

ELEMENT COURTYARD – STUDENT SHOWCASE STAGE
12.45pm: The Stencil Pencils
1pm: Tabitha Brown
1.20pm: Sophie & Daisy
1.40pm: Katakuris
2pm: Matt Jones
2.20pm: xtahc
2.40pm: New Age Jam
3.10pm: Plastic Visual
3.30pm: Thrifted
4pm: Back2Basics
4.30pm: Mitsäu
5pm: One Way Ticket
5.30pm: Our Condolences
6pm: Osmium_band_
6.30pm: Worth a Shot

WOOD HILL
African drumming workshop by Dancing Drums of the United African Association. All welcome to join in.


POP-UP STAGE OUTSIDE V&B (ST GILES’ SQUARE) – A TRIBUTE TO POP SPENCER
12pm: Niamh Keating
12.50pm: Jon Delaney
1.40pm: Mae Stephens
2.30pm: Hannah Faulkner
3.20pm: Marc Checkley
4.10pm: Charlie Tarry
5.10pm: Jake Brown

POP-UP STAGE ON FISH STREET – A TRIBUTE TO KATE COYLE
12pm: Andreas Rose
1pm: Michael Green
2pm: Scott Walters
3pm: Tom Cayton
4pm: Joseph Boyle
5pm: Ray Beck

Northampton Music Festival takes place from 11.30am until 9pm on Sunday 19 June, throughout the town centre. Parking is free in all council car parks on Sundays.

For more information, and to receive news and updates on the acts performing, follow #NMF22 on social media on Facebook @northamptonmusicfestival, Instagram @NNmusicfestival and Twitter @FestNN.

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