The Shipping Forecast presents FORTYFICATION

In a spirit true to War Child fundraising, on the 20th June, local music will be at the heart of the efforts to contribute funds to the increasingly paramount cause that War Child has dedicated itself to, for the past 20 years.

FORTYFICATION is the alternative fringe event of the Northampton Music Festival.

The music festival will be held at The Pomfret Arms, inviting the local community to join together in contributing to the support of vulnerable child victims of war, with all proceeds going to War Child UK.

War Child work to minimise the consequences of conflict in countries in torment, including Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Uganda; advocating for the rights of children to local authorities and equipping them with vocational skills to develop a sustainable income.

The Shipping Forecast label founder Jamie Johnston discusses the influence of War Child’s long-standing relationship with music:

“Our reason goes back to September 1995 when I was in my last year at University and I purchased The Help Album which gave the world it’s first glimpse of Radiohead’s future masterpiece Ok Computer in the shape of ‘Lucky’. I had friends serving tours of duty in Bosnia and Herzegovina that year and it really opened my eyes to the suffering that was happening out there.”

Amongst those announced to play include Northampton natives An Escape Plan, Beijing Cars, Liam Dullaghan, Sean Grant & The Wolfgang.

Whilst from further afield Red Kite, Loved Ones, Lucky Shivers and from the US Bill Baird.

There will be two unique EP releases also in aid of War Child UK. Firstly An Escape Plan released Demons an EP with all the revenue from sales going to this worthy cause on Monday 15th June.

The Shipping Forecast will also be marking the Summer Solstice the day after FORTYFICATION, with The Golden Section’s ‘Humans’ EP as the comedown soundtrack (21st June). In similar sentiment, all the proceeds will go to War Child UK.

Described as a family-friendly get together, FORTYFICATION welcomes all to gather for a precious cause.

Useful Links

Ticket link for FORTYFICATION

FORTYFICATION Spotify playlist:



songs of scarecrows (LP)


weekends are ours


the gathering storm


operation mincemeat

war machine (EP)


making history