Weekly Music Guide – 17.11.2021

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Music fans, we’re here with your weekly Leicester music guide featuring news and interviews from across the local scene.

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Diary Dates

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Wednesday 17 November
Firebug

Glasgow grown indie rock at its finest.

GNOD – Wednesday 17 November
The Soundhouse

A Mancunian psychedelia collective drawing on influences as disparate as Afro-beat, krautrock, drone, noise and jazz. GNOD’s music rotates and expands around a constantly changing line-up, summoning the freak ‘n’ roll of Ash Ra Tempel, the motorik beat of Neu! and the groove of early Can. Their release with White Hills, “Drop Out…II”, was declared the best album to come out of Manchester in 2010.

Noble Jacks – Thursday 18 November
The Musician

Noble Jacks are an Alt-Folk band whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together with a mixture of upbeat folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism.

Wink 182 – Friday 19 November
The Shed

Wink-182 are a fantastic Blink-192 tribute band, playing all the hits you know and love.

In Conversation with Joe Talbot – Saturday 20 November
The Y Theatre

As IDLES gear-up for the release of their highly anticipated new album, Joe Talbot is coming to Leicester for an ‘In Conversation’ evening.

The frontman will be taking the opportunity to sit down and discuss the record in greater detail at this intimate Q&A session. Taking a deeper dive into the album as well as chatting about life, music and more, Talbot will be in conversation with Creation Records legend Alan McGee. The audience will also get a unique opportunity to ask their own burning questions to the IDLES main man.

False Heads – Saturday 20 November
The Soundhouse

East London three-piece playing lofi psych/garage grooves. False Heads have delivered a journey of social subject matters, cultural talking points, political opinions and everything in between.

Fenne Lily – Wednesday 24 November
The Big Difference

Bristol-based singer-songwriter delivering alt folk songs of love and loss that have won fans across the South West.

Broken Witt Revels – Thursday 25 November
O2 Academy

Birmingham quartet who combine the power and intensity of indie rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues. “There’s something about this type of music that feels raw, Southern, and whiskey-soaked” – Indie Shuffle

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INTERVIEW – NICO FROM BEASTWANG

Beastwang are leading the rave scene in Leicester. Their events have attracted headliners from Stormzy to Chase & Status as they continue to put the city’s scene on the map. With their next event coming up in December we caught up with the man behind it, Nico, to find out more.

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How would you describe Beastwang for someone who’s never been?

Beastwang is a multi-genre underground dance music club night, showcasing the best new music coming from different pockets of music scenes across the country. It’s a space free from judgement to dance to unknown music and invites you to be yourself. We generally like dark rooms, subtle/moody lighting and big sound systems to appreciate the frequencies of the music that gets selected to be played. On the odd occasion we might even light some incense for a full sensory experience when playing weird and wonderful music.

What can people expect from the December event?

We’re inviting Leicester’s best dance music DJs within the worlds of Jungle, UK Garage, Techno, House and more whilst we dress up the familiar O2 Academy rooms 2 & 3 in unfamiliar ways. Expect high energy basslines and big production for this event.

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How do you find the Leicester audience at events?

Friendly and up for a party. I’d like to think Beastwang is a place where like-minded people connect and special relationships happen.

How did Beastwang stay alive through the pandemic?

We set up a bunch of video mixes to keep us occupied called #BeastwangONAIR, when we clip and repost to our socials they end up being our most engaging posts. I did hold out for a while, doing anything but put on events was strange to me such as sit down socials. Video mixes was a cool way to engage with our audience, stay on top of new music being released and gain new followers.

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Tell us about the history of Beastwang and how it all started?

I was a late bloomer to the dance music / rave scene. When I was going out in Leicester things just started to drop off and it had many clubs that operated racist door policies (2008-2011), that was just a very standard known thing. When I was 21 a friend invited me to Sheffield for a rave and the whole aspect of seeing a DJ live in the flesh that you listen to, along with the whole production and atmosphere blew my mind. Straight the way I spent months researching how to put on club nights and then Beastwang was born October 2012. Since then we’ve held over 130 events in most venues in Leicester, booked most DJs in Leicester and had headliners from Stormzy to Chase & Status.

If you like ____, you’ll love Beastwang… Fill in the gaps.

If you like dark rooms and big sound systems, you’ll love Beastwang.

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What lies in store for 2022?

More authentic raving experiences to build a solid foundation for the culture we love in Leicester. This means selecting venues that lend themselves to create the right atmosphere (which is proving difficult due to lack of venues). Working on campaigns with a community/culture first approach.

Where can people buy tickets and find out more?

www.beastwang.com or check out our Spotify Playlists.

Beastwang returns to O2 Academy Leicester on Saturday 4 December. Grab tickets

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WEEKLY PLAYLIST

This week in our latest playlist we’re giving you a flavour of Beastwang with their Floor Shakers playlist Get listening and buy some tickets.

Have a listen and get in touch to tell us which tracks you’re loving.

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