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Diary Dates

Disco Drop – Boogie Days Daytime Club – Saturday 11 May
The Donkey

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Like Night Fever but half the price! Expect the usual props, visuals, drinks and most of all disco bangers to get you dancing. From 3pm til 8pm.

River Roots – Wednesday 15 May
The Musician

Free spirited duo River Roots are a singer-songwriter acoustic folk-roots couple from UK, delivering conscious, mind opening music from the heart. Immerse yourself in the healing harmonies as the good-vibes and positive energy uplifts your soul.

Inspired by the profound experiences and connections they have made on their travels, River Roots take the audience on a unique heart felt journey. A gentle transition, as they seamlessly weave between soothing melodies to funky upbeat feel-good songs.

Ocean Colour Scene – Friday 17 May
O2 Academy Leicester 

Ocean Colour Scene’s rip-roaring live shows have long been one of the most extraordinary sights in modern rock, which boast the most life affirming sing-a-longs you’ll ever hear. They lit up the Britpop party, chalking up three Top five albums – Moseley Shoals, Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern with a run of Top 20 single’s including the immortal “The Riverboat Song”.

Norman Jay MBE – Friday 17 May
2Funky Music Cafe

Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture.  

James Walsh – Friday 17 May
The Soundhouse

AKA the frontman of indie troubadours Starsailor. Older, wiser – and a father – he’s looking forward to “doing something different for a while”, setting off in a different ship but touching people once again, which could include anything from writing more songs with Suzanne Vega or fulfilling a lifetime ambition to write with Shelby Lynne.

BMX Bandits – Friday 24 May
The Musician

Indie legends who split to form Teenage Fanclub. But they have been known to reform for special occasions, So, make sure you get down there because it might be a long time before another comes along!

These Wicked Rivers – Friday 31 May
O2 Academy

Hailing from Derby, These Wicked Rivers have brought old-style blues rock into the twenty first century. Collectively influenced by the likes of John Mayer, Rival Sons, Joe Bonamassa, Marcus Bonfanti, Black Stone Cherry and Royal Blood.

Tommy Scott – Friday 31 May
The Soundhouse

Tommy Scott is best known as the lead singer, principal songwriter and guitarist of the Liverpool indie band Space. Expect Space classics and his own solo material.

Richard Hawley – Wednesday 5 June
De Montfort Hall

A guitarist’s guitarist who has played with the likes of Pulp, Longpigs and Robbie Williams, now out on his own with a repertoire of original songs melding classic Americana with true grit Northern Britain. He has twice been nominated for the much coveted Mercury Prize award.


PREVIEW: Electric Six return with UK tour

Danger Danger! Electric Six will be back in the UK for a headline tour this Winter, which will be stopping in Leicester on Monday 2 December at O2 Academy 2.

Following the roaring success of last year’s comeback record ‘Turquoise’, the Detroit renegades will be back to perform fresh cuts and immortal classics at a run of Academy shows in November. Dates and details can be found below.

Mixing garage rock, disco, punk, new wave, and metal into cleverly dumb, in-your-face songs celebrating hedonism in multiple forms, Electric Six found international success through a relentless touring and recording schedule and an unerring commitment to their over-the-top style, delivering energy and absurdity in equal measure.

After winning a local following as the Wildbunch, Electric Six scored a major hit in the U.K. in 2003 with the song “Danger! High Voltage“, and their debut album ‘Fire’, released the same year, earned them a major cult following with tunes like “Dance Commander” and “Gay Bar“. From then on, musicians would come and go from the Electric Six line. The proportions of electronics to guitars would shift back and forth from album to album, but their essential formula of dance-friendly rock brimming with bombast and lunacy would never change. From 2005 onward, not a year would go by without a new E6 album and a string of shows in which Dick Valentine and co. would whip their fans into a frenzy.

While the COVID-19 pandemic put them on pause for a while, 2021’s covers set, ‘Streets of Gold’, put them back on their unstoppable schedule, and 2023’s ‘Turquoise’, a set of originals, presented them in high-spirited and irresponsible form.

Electric Six. The band that released an album a year for what seemed like 666 years. The most reliable act in show business, there was simply no question that each year would bring another E6 record on Metropolis Records. Mayans based their calendar on Electric Six. Flocks of migrating birds used the new Electric Six record as a homing device. Small-time criminals were sentenced to four to seven E6 albums with time off for wonderful behaviour. In a business so fickle, unreliable, and difficult to navigate…the only constant was Electric Six. There was always an album a year…….until there wasn’t.

Behold ‘Turquoise’ is here, the long-awaited studio album return of Electric Six! Perhaps the catchiest, brightest album in their catalogue, Electric Six reminds you how profoundly fun they can be, hitting you over the head with fourteen pop explosions guaranteed to burrow their way into your dance hole.

Electric Six play at Leicesters’s O2 Academy 2 on Monday 2 December. Tickets are on sale HERE


In this week’s playlist you can enjoy a selection of artists who you’ll be able to see live in Leicester over the coming weeks.