Events in Northampton
Northampton is a vibrant city, and like all good cities, there’s always something to go and do! We’re a cultural hub, and proudly support local amateurs showing off their talent, and also welcome big-name acts on national tours. Whether it’s music, laughter, theatre or anything else, there’s something going on this summer in Northampton.
Northampton has been a staple for artists on the national music circuit for years, thanks to some mid-sized venues in the city, but it’s the Roadmender that provides an electric atmosphere but also the intimacy of a city venue. There’s always a great mix of current acts and reunions happening at this venue, and this month is no different: NWA’s DJ Yella is teaming up with Lil Eazy E for a six-hour Straight Outta Compton set. If you’re into something a little more club orientated, Trevor Nelson is putting on another legendary Soul Nation DJ set on July 15th. To top this off, Olly Murs performs at the County Ground on Friday 14th July.
Not content with just being an exception hub of culture, art and music, Northampton’s comedy scene sees everything from local amateurs to national stars like Sarah Millican, John Bishop and Bill Bailey (all coming later this year!). July sees controversial stand-up and debonair gentleman Russell Brand bring his 2017 Re:birth tour to the Royal & Derngate on Thursday 6th July. If you want to find some of the best local comedians, the Princess Alexandria regularly hosts an open mic every Thursday called “We Are Most Amused”, and at £3 on the door, it’s possibly the best laugh-per-pound in Northampton!
Can football and theatre mix? This might be the first time it’s ever happened, so be prepared to witness history. “The Twelfth Player”, running throughout July at the Sixfields Stadium, is an interactive performance that narrates the story of three generations of Northampton Town Football Club fans (or ‘Cobblers’). For those looking for something more classical, “An Iliad”, an American adaption of Homer’s classic poem, is playing at the Royal & Derngate throughout the first week of July, with matinee and evening shows available.
Just a short drive out of Northampton is “Music in the Park” at the incredibly green and scenic Barnwell Country Park, featuring local bands, stalls, craft beer and picnic areas. The Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Races take place at the Billing Aquadrome on July 16th, featuring 47 teams competing against each other to win the infamous Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Trophy, with funds raised going to the local Air Ambulance. What’s not to like?