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Students to gig again after a year of Covid restrictions are eased

Date 17.05.2021

Live music that’s been three years in the making is coming to a popular Northampton venue this month.

Final year students on the University of Northampton’s Popular Music course are playing an open-air concert at The Black Prince, on Wednesday 26 May.

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 – which is underneath a huge marquee, pictured (photo by David Jackson).

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.

Mark Thursby, Programme Leader for Music, 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.”

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Sadboi Cemetery, left, are playing The Black Prince on Thursday 27 May. Pictured right is the poster for the Wednesday 26 May show.

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 provide safe, socially distanced events during these times and these shows will be no different.”

The third years’ gig is one of three student showcases at The Black Prince. The first years will be playing the venue on Tuesday 25 May, with second years gracing the stage on Thursday 27 May.

All gigs will start at 6pm.The third years’ gig is one of three student showcases at The Black Prince. The first years will be playing the venue on Tuesday 25 May, with second years gracing the stage on Thursday 27 May.

All gigs will start at 6pm at The Black Prince, which is located at 15 Abington Square. No booking is required.