Music fans, we’re here with your weekly Leicester music guide featuring news and interviews from across the local scene.
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Life – Firebug
Thursday 29 July
British pop-rock band led by a pair of brothers from Hull (Mez Sanders-Green on lead vocals and Mick Sanders on lead guitar). Life are a young, fun, fast-paced, urban pop-rock, who have been compared to a young Arctic Monkeys. On sale Friday 9 April.
Billie Marten – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 17 September
Billie Marten is a young and talented modern folk singer-songwriter from Yorkshire. She has been making music since she was nine and was first discovered when her mother put a video of her singing on YouTube, so her grandparents could watch it in France. Although intended for them, it went on to receive hundreds of thousands of hits! She has received BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music airplay and has toured with fellow folky singer Lucy Rose. Tickets on sale Friday 9 April.
PREVIEW: 110 Above Festival
Nestled away over near Twycross is the site of the brilliant 110 Above Festival, an event that is staking its claim as one of Leicestershire’s summer highlights and one of the festival scene’s best kept secrets.
The festival in fact started as a small party around a campfire to celebrate the organiser’s birthday, and now that’s grown into a festival who this year will be hosting the likes of The Amazons, Sundara Karma, Sports Team, The Snuts and more to be announced.
Now running for over 10 years, the festival was originally known as Lainfest and since its rebranding as 110 Above has hosted the likes of Easy Life, Circa Waves, Fickle Friends and Coasts. With a limited capacity and boutique feel it’s a truly unique and special event for all attendees.
“Unpretentious and undeniably fun” is the atmosphere that they strive for and achieve year on year.
With a focus on new music the organisers have built a reputation for providing a place to discover your new favourite band as they showcase breakthrough talent alongside more established artists.
The festival site is at Gopsall Farm, a small farm near to Twycross Zoo. As well as 3 stages (The Commune Stage, Old Town Hall Stage and Gopsall Stage), festival goers can also look forward to pop-up performances in unique spaces, comedy, arts & crafts and more.
After last year’s absence of festivals, tickets are already selling fast Don’t miss out on one of Leicestershire’s best parties this summer. Buy tickets online from the 110 Above website.
NME – “110 Above festival showcases some of the best up and coming talent, as well as bringing in some legendary crowd pleasers; and all this for a bargain price in comparison to the bigger festivals! Whether you’re a newbie to the festival game or a bit of a veteran it’s a great place to be.”
Each week we bring you a selection of favourite local acts to give you a flavour of the incredible range of upcoming talent.
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