Due to current events we’ve had to move around our weekly music news, however we will still be here every Tuesday with a Leicester music update for you in partnership with PPL PRS Ltd.
Funding for Leicester’s music venues
The Soundhouse, Firebug, Duffy’s and The Musician were among the local venues who have received funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund. These funds will allow the venues to plan for their full re-opening next year and cover essential costs whilst restrictions of live performances and venue capacities are in place. Fantastic news for the city’s music scene!
Open Mic – The Bridle Lane Tavern
Tuesday 13 October
15 minute slots available for performers between 7 – 9pm. Sign up on the night for your slot.
Spudge – Firebug
Thursday 15 October
“Like a jacket potato but drenched in fudge”. Covid compliant show, tickets on sale now. TICKETS
Her Burden + support – The Soundhouse
Friday 16 October
Her Burden headline with support from Jesse Brown and Paris Alexander. Acoustic and all seated show. TICKETS.
Live Saturday Night Jazz – Brick & Beam
Saturday 17 October
Friday Night Jazz on the heated fooftop terrace. Due to popular demand, they now have an early evening and late evening show! Early Evening Show – 6:30pm, Late Evening Show – 8:00pm, Happy Hour – 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Message them on Facebook to reserve a table.
The Blue Carpet Band – The Donkey
Saturday 17 October
Enjoy an afternoon/evening of live music at The Donkey. Tables for 4 available to book. TICKETS.
Tony Wright (Terrorvision) – Firebug
Thursday 22 October
The frontman of British rock band Terrorvision. When he’s not touring with Bradford 90’s hit makers, he writes, records and tours under his own name with a setlist made up of songs he has written on his acoustic guitar – some upbeat, some melancholic, but all thought-provoking. TICKETS.
INTERVIEW: Gallows High
It’s been a long old lockdown for local artists in Leicester. With venue closures and meeting restrictions it’s a tough time to be creative with bandmates. Now, as venues re-open, albeit on a smaller scale, acts like Leicester’s Gallows High are looking forward to getting back on stage. We caught up with Jake from the hard-rock/metal band in advance of their comeback show at The Soundhouse on 31 October.
As part of a band that’s used to gigging regularly around the UK, how has life been since lockdown began?
Life since lockdown has been very bittersweet. It has taken away so much opportunity, so much time we could have spent together on the road. But on the other hand it has re-enforced solid friendships, taught us to be thankful for what we do have and saw the birth of the new generation of Gallows High with the arrival of our bassist’s baby girl.
Gallows High are now planning a return to live music, how has this been and what are you looking forward to most?
As performers the thing we are looking forward to the most is being able to be in front of people again and putting on a show. It’s humbling to think that something we enjoy to do brings enjoyment and entertainment to other people too.
How would you even begin to describe the situation facing live music venues at the moment?
Our thoughts go out to anyone who owns a venue at this time because the situation is tough. There isn’t enough support for the arts or the venues, but we must do what we can when we can to support them when we can.
Who are some of your other favourite local artists?
There are too many to list, we are incredibly lucky in Leicester to have such a varied and diverse music scene. Some of my favourites include Diceratops, Graves, James Cull, Resin and Earls.
What has been the highlight of your time in Gallows High?
It’s hard to pick out one thing really, getting up on stage with your best friends, and meeting new people along the way is pretty awesome. We’ve been lucky enough to play some great shows, venues and crowds. I hope after covid we will have a world as rich and diverse as it was before.
What is it that makes the Leicester music scene so special?
I think the Leicester music scene is special because of the people involved, there’s a strong sense of community, id like to think we would all band together to help each other if it come down to it.
How can people support the local music scene in these difficult times?
Visit the venues, I think all of our venues are open now even if its just for drinks. With the reduced capacity we need to do what we can to use it so we don’t loose it. If we can keep hold of the venues were a good way there.
The best way to to support the local artists is to buy tickets to their shows if they go ahead, maybe buy a little merch it will go a long way to reassuring that band they are still being thought of.
What’s next for Gallows High?
Our Halloween show! We’re finally back on the gigging scene and we plan to make this one special. Grab your best costume and come and have a spooky party on 31st October at the Soundhouse. We have a music video that has been a long time in the making which we should be able to start putting that together. We’re planning on more recording too look out for more singles! Future gigs, it is hard to say, it’s hard to know if things will be back to normal next year, so we have to play that by ear. There are some good shows re arranged, I hope they get to go ahead.
Enjoy this week’s best of Leicester playlist packed full of suggestions, recommendations and top local talent.
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