The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Music

16 great things to do in Northants!

21 Feb 2017

Pinch punch first of the month. This week’s What’s On has us running from one side of the county to the other like a March Hare.  We’ve got gorgeous gardens, beautiful spring bouquets and should it get a bit nippy out there we’ve got plenty of Northants arts and culture to keep us company. We’ve even got a Northants to London day planned. Goodbye February – Spring has almost sprung. Yippee.

Status Update, Royal & Derngate, Friday/Saturday, 8pm, 24-25 Feb

We know facts.

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What’s On in Northants until 18 January

9 Jan 2017

Right. We’re picking up the pace in Northamptonshire. Only two weeks into the new term and we’re already finding lots of things to be getting on with. This week’s What’s On gives us the opportunity to squeeze into our Christmas gladrags one more time before hitting the gym (or at least trying to be good and healthy). Oh, and did I mention that we’ve been shortlisted as Top UK Blog – Art and Culture? There’s a really good feel good factor about the county this week – let’s get busy shall we?

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Christmas Shows in Northants & beyond: Oh yes they are

24 Nov 2016

Northamptonshire’s Christmas shows come in all shapes and sizes, but we’re bringing you the ones that have caught our eye, because they’re either Christmassy, funny, sing-a-longy, joyous and any combination of all the above. It’s a great time of year to get your gladrags on, find yourself a babysitter/spouse sitter and let somebody else do the entertaining. Book up quickly though – tickets are selling fast.

The Elvis years at Christmas, Royal Derngate, 7.30pm, 28 November

It’s time to get well and truly in the Christmas spirit as smash-hit musical production The Elvis Years brings its very special seasonal twist to Northampton.  

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What’s On: 24 – 30 Nov

24 Nov 2016

Well here we go.  It’s officially time to start thinking about making the most of the festive scene here in Northants (I’ve already lost two Xmas presents I thought I was being organised in buying). This week the Muddy Guide has a flavour of good times and boogie, as well as some classy performances and more than a little sprinkling of festive fare.

Abba tribute Night, Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, Nr Towcester, 7.30pm 25 November

Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun with this fabulous ABBA Tribute group.

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Review – Dirty Dancing at the Derngate!

1 Nov 2016

‘Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.’ Damn you Dirty Dancing, for giving teenage Muddy very high expectations of love in that big bad world out there. I was 13 years old when the film came out, and there wasn’t a girl in my class who didn’t want to be Baby, or to kiss Johnny!

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Muddy Guide to What’s On this week…

29 Sep 2016

Food, wine and song, it’s all here in your Muddy round-up kids!

Macmillan Coffee Morning, Royal & Derngate, 30 Sep

Mornin’ folks, still sleepy? Come down to the Derngate and grab a warm cup of liquid gold. I’d say first one’s on us but that’s a lot of coffee. It’s being held this Friday, in Bar Hygge, from 11am till 3pm. All the theatre staff are being encouraged to donate cakes and goodies, and anyone who bakes their own is being entered into a special Cake Off competition. 

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Muddy watches – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

22 Sep 2016

Well they came, they sang and they conquered and Muddy was lucky enough to be within spitting distance of Jason Manford who played the role of Caractacus Potts (rather ruddy well actually)! More well-known for appearances on TV shows such Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI, the seemingly multi-talented Jason Manford took to the stage like the proverbial duck to water.

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The Oasis Film Trailer – One Of My Fave Bands Ever!

11 Sep 2016

Remember the Nineties? Go on, send your mind wayyy back and pop on your parka to the time when Oasis were heralded as the new Beatles, Britpop was rampant, and Union Jacks were flying around with a refreshing and rare lack of national irony.

On October 2 a documentary film, Supersonic, about the rise and fall of Oasis, hits the cinemas, delivered by the same guys who brought the brilliant Senna and Amy documentaries to the world.

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Don’t waste time on jealousy…

24 Aug 2016


I was reading Muddy Oxon/Bucks the other day (well, gotta keep up with the competition ; ) when up popped Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen and it reminded me of days gone by where I listened to this on continuous replay!

The advice fits today, as well as it did when I heard it way back when (1998 since you’re asking, and just embarking on my journalistic career)!

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High Five Northants – Tearooms

13 Aug 2016

As it’s National Afternoon Tea Week this week (8th-14th August) we thought it would be fitting to fill you scrummy lot in on five fabuloso tea rooms in the county (admittedly, it finishes tomorrow, but hey, tea’s not just for National Afternoon Tea Week! From jazz lounges to art galleries these tearooms really do highlight the variety Northamptonshire has in all that it does, plus the top quality that we all love and expect when it comes to afternoon tea!

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