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Bugzy Malone – O2 Academy
Sunday 28 November
Wordsmith Bugzy Malone fast developed a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest talents. Dubbed ‘The Evil Genius’, Bugzy amassed a loyal fanbase through the heart felt lyrics and knock out delivery displayed in the release of his mixtape ‘The Journal Of An Evil Genius.’ Attributing his unrivalled focus and work-rate to his former boxing past, Bugzy’s scrupulous attention to detail makes him the unique artist he is today. TICKETS.
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – The Soundhouse
Friday 10 September
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, aka Sam Duckworth, began touring in a beat-up car with a laptop, guitar and a brace of catchy, heartrending tunes. He seeks influence in his Britpop heroes Blur, The Streets, Super Furry Animals and Gomez, with his music being full of big ideas, sing-a-longs and shouty punk refrains. TICKETS.
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Leicester’s alternative indie grunge-sters, OHANA, will be back performing live when they take to the stage at The Soundhouse on Friday 9 July. It’s been a long wait to get back to live shows for the band and we caught up with Jack to find out all about what they’re up to.
How has life been for OHANA since early 2020?
Life in OHANA has been slow since early 2020. A lot of things we were working on had to be put on hold. However now everywhere has begun to open up and hopefully stays open we can get the ball rolling again and continue to grow.
On a scale of 1-10 how much are you looking forward to your first live show back?
If 10 is the best then we are at scale 10,000,000. We can’t hold in the excitement much longer! It’s what we love to do.
What did you miss most about the band during lockdown?
Believe it or not it was the ability to be with each other. We are all so alike and into the same hobbies and activities, which works well because it means we spend more time together doing things we love and that just helps our connection and creative process.
How would you describe your sound for anyone who isn’t familiar with OHANA?
I would say we are the love child from Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana and Foo Fighters. We are classed as “Alternative Indie Grunge”.
Who would be listed in your “For fans of” section?
Each one of us takes inspiration from a wide variety of artists which shows in our music. Some of the bands we find common ground on and would be listed in our “For fans of” section would definitely be VANT, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Fugazi and Arctic Monkeys.
What are you most looking forward to with lockdown lifting?
Most definitely the shows! Playing shows, festivals and being in the recording studio is what we are most looking forward to. It’s been so long we just want to get out there and push it more than ever!
Who are some of your favourite local acts?
We like a lot of the local scene in Leicester! Some really good bands and not just in their music, genuine nice people too.
We Give In, Mouth Culture, Oceans Apart, Switchdown, Son Of Glenn and Homeless Shakespeare. We could actually list so any more on here to, so sorry to the bands we missed out we do love you too.
If you could pick one artist and one venue for your next gig who and where would it be?
Right okay if we are keeping it local then… Mouth Culture at O2
If it’s not local then Y!KES at Bodega.
Where can people hear more from you?
@OHANABANDUK on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. TikTok is in the works too.
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