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Diary Dates

Alternativ Karaoke – Every Friday
The Shed

Get Friday night done right with Alternativ Karaoke! From 10pm – late you can take over The Vault stage at The Shed and jump around like your favourite rock star. Alternativ Karaoke is all about the big anthems, so whether you’re pop punk or hardcore, get warming up those vocal cords.

Eliza Carthy – Wednesday 17 January
The Musician

The daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson – and the star of British folk playing folk music at its best. Eliza breathes new life into England’s traditional folk music with her witty and energetic repertoire.

Tom Hingley – Friday 26 January
Firebug

He moved to the North West in the mid-eighties from his Oxford home and in 1989 he became the vocalist for Inspiral Carpets. The band went on to have eleven top forty singles between 1990 and their initial split in 1995. Tom’s charm and charisma remain, and his extraordinary vocal range is as accurate and powerful as ever, incorporating soul, r’n’b and jazz.

Peaness – Monday 29 January
Firebug

Featuring an all-girl line-up, three piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester in late 2014. The trio’s unique and upbeat brand of indie pop that has more hooks, charm and depth than a dozen identikit indie-boy bores. The band have won the hearts of unsuspecting listeners across the length and breadth of the DIY scene, right through to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Expect effortless breezy melodies, catchy hooks, even catchier choruses and lyrics that come with a cheeky wink and tongue in cheek innocence.

Bootleg Boss – Saturday 3 February
The Musician

The Bootleg Boss is the real deal. A Springsteen fan for 25 years, he has lived and breathed the spirit of the New Jersey landscape and developed an amazing way of delivering the classic hits of the Boss. From the early days of Greetings at Asbury Park, through Born to Run, The River, Born in the USA and later albums, The Bootleg Boss gives 100% commitment in a three hour show with his own East Street Band of seasoned musicians, creating an authentic sound and live experience.

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INTERVIEW: EMHC Collective

There’s nothing quite like bonding with people over your shared taste in music. EMHC Collective met through their love of hardcore music and have been working together to put on shows. They have been attracted acts from all over the UK and beyond with a great audience building in Leicester.. We caught up with Alfie to find out more about it.

Tell us about EMHC Collective and what it’s all about?

We are 5-6 friends who love hardcore music. We’ve been putting on a show a month for the last 2-2.5 years. We realised nobody in town was putting bands on that we liked so we started doing it ourselves.

How did you first start?

We had been putting on shows separately, but came together to spread the work and costs. We’ve had Duffy’s Bar as a home from the start. Our first show had 30 people, compared to over a hundred for a couple of shows in 2023.

What have been some of the highlights so far?

Clobber (a rapidly upcoming band from London) playing our Christmas party was a definite highlight. It’s been amazing seeing the audiences grow, having bands from around the country, Europe, and Canada playing, seeing new bands starting locally, and having people contact us about either playing, or coming to shows. We have someone who travels over from Germany a couple of times a year. The vibe at our shows is really good.

Tell us about your next upcoming gig?

On 12 January we are moving to The Big Difference on High Street. Headlining are Bitewound from Kettering. They’re building a fearsome reputation in the national scene and they always get the crowd moving. Blood Gutter from Brighton play brutal music, and we’re really looking forward to them coming. The Brighton scene has a really good reputation so it’ll be good to show them what we’ve got. Wither are a heavy hardcore band from the West Mids, I haven’t seen them before but they sound incredible. Brazen Bull, whose vocalist is part of the Collective, will be playing their second gig, and they really are excellent. Opening is another Collective member (and my son’s) band, Kurt Strangle.

Who are some of your ones to watch for 2024?

We try not to announce too far out. We have a show every month, with a couple of fairly big names lined up. We’ll also be doing an all-dayer again in June.

What do you think is special about the scene in Leicester?

It really is a family. Everyone is treated with love and respect. We all look out for each other, and welcome new people. The shows do get a bit wild, and it can look off-putting for people seeing it for the first time. But people come back, and new people come. We’re all in bands ourselves (Full Contact, Eternal Discipline, Frantic State, Anti Stasi, Brazen Bull, Kurt Strangle), so it’s in our interest to grow the scene.

How can relevant artists get involved?

Any hardcore bands can get in touch with us through our social media, or at shows. We are a small operation and we keep things as cheap as possible. Any money we make goes into other shows.

Where can people get in touch and find out what you’re up to?

Email [email protected]

Insta: @emhc_collective

Facebook: EMHC Collective

EMHC’s next gig is on Friday 12 January at The Big Difference on High Street. Tickets are £10 on the door. 7pm doors.

 

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