Electronic Music Takes Over Northampton

The Nortanz music festival ruled Northampton on 7th December as over ten hours of live industrial, cyber-punk and electronic music blasted through The Roadmender. Starting at 2 p.m., four DJs and nine bands brought high energy music to the assembled masses.

Organiser Jason Russell says the goal of the event was quite simple. “We wanted to bring new bands in the electronic scene to Northampton and for all attendees to enjoy themselves, as well as the bands both enjoying the event and enjoying playing for Nortanz.”

For Russell, Petrol Bastard was one of the main moments of the evening. “Petrol Bastard performing live on stage was a highlight. They’re very original and great shock artists that got the room dancing.”

Petrol formed in February 2012 and the “two-piece, sweary techno-punk outfit from Leeds” has quickly made a name for themselves with “insanely energetic stage-shows, and hard, fast, nasty music with snarling vocals and annoyingly catchy and stupid lyrics.” Leeds radio DJ and music promoter Fred Bloggs says they are “thoroughly entertaining” because they combine “comedic posturing with hard, well crafted, impactful tunes that are surprisingly accessible,” adding that he has “absolutely no doubt that within no time at all, their reputation will precede them far and wide.”

Penultimate performers of the night CYFERDYNE formed three years ago with a goal of creating “an original Electronic Body Music and Industrial sound which was both instantly accessible, yet diverse enough to maintain an audience’s attention.” The three-man group pulls inspiration from acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, Rammstein and even Katy Perry. They’re known for combining “innovative and engaging music with emphatic live shows packed full of energy and emotion.”

Sheep On Drugs (SOD) rounded out the night’s live bands with their patented combination of electro, dance and punk. SOD released their first single in 1991 and have spent the subsequent decades releasing music and touring with live shows that “proudly upholding their boast of being the most subversive band of all time.”

Russell used Facebook, posters, flyers and word of mouth to promote the festival. He notes that planning an event of this scope can be tough, but, as with many tasks, perseverance is the key.  “Organising was stressful at times, especially with band changes and venue changes which added additional costs to the running of the event.”  Russell says that if you can “just work through it” problems won’t be able to stand in your way of putting together an amazing show.