Weekly Music Guide – 18.06.19

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Gerry Cinnamon – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 5 November

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What a massive year it’s been for Gerry Cinnamon as he announces his biggest shows to date. The Glasgow artist has had an incredible journey from recording songs on his phone to releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Erratic Cinematic, which recently rocketed back to the top of the UK/IRE Album Charts; hitting the Top 20 following his latest sold-out UK tour. With a summer of big festival appearances ahead of him, he’s only going to get bigger. Tickets on sale on Friday.

Reel Big Fish – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 13 November

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Ska-punk legends, Reel Big Fish, are back in Leicester on their new tour. The band were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream during the mid-90s. Known for their electric stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. Tickets on sale Wednesday 19 June.

The Bluetones – O2 Academy 2
Thursday 28 November


Mark Morriss and the boys continue to go from strength to strength more than twenty years on, and now The Bluetones are back in support of their third album Science & Nature. TICKETS.

Kate Tempest – O2 Academy
Friday 18 October

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Mercury Music Prize nominee, Kate Tempest, is in town in October in support of her critically acclaimed new album The Book of Traps and Lessons. As an accomplished playwright and poet she is a two times slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York, and musically her rise to both critical and commercial success shows no sign of stopping. Tickets on sale on Friday.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 18 June (and every Tuesday)

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The weekly open mic happens at The Soundhouse every Tuesday night from 7.30pm. The night is hosted by Rhett Barrow and acts are encouraged to arrive early if hoping to get a slot. Each week there’ll be a featured artist play from 9.30 – 10pm, so if you’re wanting to play a longer set then get your name down. This week’s featured artists is Homeless Shakespeare. Discover some brilliant new acts. The Soundhouse is on Southampton Street in the Cultural Quarter.

Follow Deep – The Shed
Wednesday 19 June

Follow Deep are a young, emerging alternative indie rock band from Hull. The band has a heavy yet unique sound, mainly due to having a saxophonist in the mix, bringing an energetic quality to every stage they step foot on. Support comes from Leicester’s Entwives and Hardlines. Tickets £3 on the door.

Blossoms- De Montfort Hall
Thursday 20 June


Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic and a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors, have made Blossoms a huge hit with audiences around the country. With a huge summer of festivals ahead of them including Benicassim, Parklife, Community Festival, Reading & Leeds and more, they’re doing a short run of smaller warm-up shows, including De Montfort Hall on 20 June. There are still limited tickets available. TICKETS.

DJ Format – The Cookie
Friday 21 June

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Southampton-born, Brighton-based DJ who favours the ‘back in the day’ beats. Coming from a similar starting point as Jurassic 5, Edan and Ugly Duckling, DJ Format is staking a claim for UK beat-makers everywhere, he’s got the funk. Well known for being one of UK’s biggest hip hop producers, mix-tape maestro and a damn good DJ. TICKETS.

The Zufflers – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 21 June


Kick start your weekend with The Zufflers at Queen of Bradgate. Expect a night of indie-rock covers, including massive tunes by Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Radiohead, The Jam, The Courteeners, White Stripes, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Oasis, The Killers and loads more. Free entry.

Manoeuvres – The Musician
Friday 21 June

Manoeuvres are the UK’s premier tribute to OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), one of the most influential and original bands to emerge from the early days of synth pop in the lates 1970s. Their energetic and authentic stage show perfectly captures the atmosphere and excitement of an OMD concert and by playing all of their hit songs such as ‘Enola Gay’ ‘Messages’ and ‘Souvenir’ to name but a few, the band will leave you with lasting memories of a captivating and unique show. TICKETS.

Gorse Hill City Farm Summer Solstice – Gorse Hill Farm
Friday 21 June

How about a Friday night party down on the farm? Gorse Hill City Farm will be throwing a family party on Friday night with live music, entertainment, family fun, hog roast, licensed bar, farm animals, face painting and more. From 6pm, adults are just £3 in advance. TICKETS.

We Be Beasts – The Soundhouse
Friday 21 June

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Leicester’s finest fuzzy four piece return to The Soundhouse for their debut headline show. Going from strength to strength We Be Beasts are an alternative indie rock band sure to blow the cobwebs off and get you grooving. Support comes from Leicester band Smack Jack, a four-piece, psychedelic, grunge band.  £5 entry.

The Urban Voodoo Machine – The Donkey
Friday 21 June

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Led by the darkly charismatic, Norwegian-born Paul-Ronney Angel, The Urban Voodoo Machine is a supremely talented collective of London-based musicians who have been bringing the spirit of the carnie to an ever-growing audience of dedicated fans these past few years. Sounding like they should be from the Deep South, the band are self-styled purveyors of ‘Bourbon-soaked Gypsy Blues Bop ‘n’ stroll’. TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 22 June & Sunday 23 June (2pm – 6pm)

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The Summer Sessions will run again this weekend as The Soundhouse welcomes acoustic acts on their outdoor stage all though the summer. Free entry, family friendly, dog friendly!

Toons – The Barley Mow
Saturday 22 June

Formerly known as Brix, Toons will be at The Barley Mow from 8pm with a high energy mix of covers to liven up your weekend. Free entry.

Kill Your Television club night – Firebug
Saturday 22 June

The next Kill Your Television alternative 90s club-night will be at Firebug on Saturday 22 June. Doors open at 10.30pm and admission is just £4 on the door. Expect sounds from the 90s era of Grunge and Alt. Rock with the likes of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Therapy!, Weezer, Pop Will Eat Itself, Wonderstuff, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Levellers, Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and so many more.

Kick up the 80s – The Musician
Saturday 22 June

Get down to The Musician on Saturday for a night packed with the best pop and rock covers from the 80s. Expect to hear Wham!, Culture Club, Adam & The Ants and loads more. TICKETS.

Candydust Club Night – The Cookie
Saturday 22 June

the Midlands’ fizziest club night returns after a long break, with a sublime lineup of psychedelic indie, dream pop, noisy jangles and heavenly shoegaze. Live sets from Dayflower, SisterBliss, Burning House and Small Man Society, followed by Ninja Bob’s indie disco. £5 on the door.

Biffy McClyro – The Shed
Saturday 22 June

The UK’s number one Biffy Clyro tribute act are in town on Saturday night, filling The Shed with the band’s huge anthems. Support comes from Midlands 4-piece rock outfit Rawkus Redz and entry also gets you into the Ambush club night that follows. £5 in advance, £7 on the door. TICKETS.

Fire and Skill – The Donkey
Saturday 22 June

Leicester’s Fire and Skill play Indie/Rock classics from all of your favourite, to make for the perfect Saturday night. Expect to hear tunes from the likes of Oasis, Lenny Kravitz, Kasabian, Stone Roses, Seahorses, Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Jam, the Smiths, Blur, Stereophonics, Arctic Monkeys and more.

Fastlove A Tribute to George Michael – Loughborough Town Hall
Sunday 23 June


Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael. Make new memories whilst reliving old classics. The show features all his hits including ‘Father Figure’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Faith’ and many more. TICKETS.

The Original Wailers – Dryden Street Social
Sunday 23 June


Enjoy the hits of The Wailers with original member Al Anderson and his new band configuration. It was Al Anderson’s stunning lead guitar work that featured on such classics as ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Dem Belly Full’ and ‘Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block)’, and played such a huge part of Bob Marley’s rise to stardom. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley’s music featuring Al Anderson’s evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide and he has also played with the likes of  James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper. TICKETS.

Nickolson – The Donkey
Sunday 23 June

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Fill your Sunday afternoon with Britpop, mod 60s and original indie music supplied by Kev Nickolson and his band. Expect Weller, The Kinks and Oasis anthems to name a few! From 4pm.

Godsticks – The Musician
Sunday 23 June


Hailed by the Metal Hammer magazine as “one of the UK’s most idiosyncratic rock bands“, Godsticks released their fourth album ‘Faced With Rage’ via the Kscope label in October 2017, which was described by Prog Magazine as “a winning blend of channelled aggression and emotional depth, combining lyrical intelligence and instrumental fireworks”. Support from Last Flight to Pluto. TICKETS.

Sum 41 – De Montfort Hall
Monday 24 May

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Don’t miss pop-punters Sum 41 in Leicester. The band rose to fame in the early ’00s after debut album All Killer No Filler achieved mainstream success. The record reached No. 1 in several countries with anthems like ‘Fat Lip’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Motivation’. The tour comes before their seventh full length album, which is due out in July. LAST FEW TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 24 June

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Every Monday it’s open mic night at The Shed as they host Drinks & Jams. It kicks off at 7.30pm but you can arrive from 7pm to sign up to play. Each week there is a featured act on at 9.15pm. Friendly atmosphere, drinks offers and a great way to start the week.



Shonen Knife – The Cookie
Tuesday 16 July

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The 3-piece Japanese pop-punk outfit have been performing for over 30 years. They hold Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Sultans of Ping among their fans and even supported Nirvana on tour in America. They were personally chosen by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to play 2010’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, have recorded sessions for John Peel and even appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead. TICKETS.

No Vacation – The Soundhouse
Thursday 25 July

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It perhaps speaks for itself that No Vacation have had over a whopping 19 million Spotify plays on their single Yam Yam & millions more across their catalogue of dream pop/surf rock style releases. Starting life a as a college dorm band in San Francisco they’re now based in Brooklyn and making big waves in the industry with their sun bleached indie pop. TICKETS.

We Are Scientists – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 4 December

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New York indie-rockers, We Are Scientists, are celebrating the anniversary of the 2005 debut album, With Love & Squalor, by playing a short run of special shows, including a Leicester date. The band will play the album in full at the shows, as well as reissuing the debut on vinyl via 100% Records on 17th October. Tickets are on sale now. TICKETS



Far Out Club Night
The Cookie
Next event: Saturday 6 July

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One of Leicester’s most popular of the moment, Arcades, have recently launched their brand new club night, Far Out. Having hosted Tom Meighan on the decks last month, and looking forward to having Reverend and The Makers with them in July, we caught up with band member Tommy Cobley to find out what it’s all about.

Far Out is the new club night that Arcades are hosting at The Cookie, tell us a bit more about it?
Far Out is Leicester’s new meeting place for bands / music photographers / artists / DIY zines and music lovers. The event gives the opportunity to share interests and network with other passionate creatives. All the faces in one room together thats how we see it. We think it’s important for people to feel a part of something special and thats our aim to achieve that in the local scene

Last month at Far Out you welcomed Tom Meighan for a DJ set and now have Reverend and the Makers lined up, was it always the plan to bring some big artists to the decks at the events?
I mean the night is for everyone big and small. We got in touch with Tom and met up for a drink down the pub (where all good meetings should be done). We told him what the night’s about and he was all over it, man. We’ve got some live bands booked for next couple of events so it’s not just for DJ sets but we see it as a night for whoever wants to be creative and share it with everyone. I was speaking to a mate of mine and he wants to launch his new picture book down at one of the nights. Kasabian getting behind it was such a special way to kick it all off. I’ve never see such madness in such a small place as The Cookie but i guess thats what it’s about; making memories that people can take with them. It’s happening in Leicester so why not shout about it. Get on the tables and give it large till you drop mate. FAR OUT is the new meeting place. 

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What are some of your favourite tracks to spin on a night out?
Before every Arcades show we’re playing stuff like Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It, CHIC – Good Times and we’re proper loving Candi Staton – Younge Hearts Run Free, like thats the one man! We’re into everything though to be fair. I mean it could be pink suits no socks one night and bushy beard all leathers the next. Who knows? 

As a band, Arcades have been through some very difficult times on a personal level, is it good to be back playing again together and making future plans?
It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Losing Matt has scarred us for life but the thing for us that kept us strong and stable was making music and doing what we love together. Matt was such a big part of that and he wouldn’t have wanted it to end. When we started out at 16 years old our dream was to play Glastonbury to thousands of people singing our own songs. We’re not going to stop until that dream’s achieved. As much as we want to continue for Matt we’re doing it for ourselves because it’s the only thing we know how to do. We’re always planning ahead and managing everything ourselves. This year is going to be proper and we’re really excited for everything to come. The only thing that’s changed for us is the meaning of the word ‘success’ , that word means happiness to us four now. Everything else is extra. 

What else do you have coming up as a band?
We’ve got a busy year ahead with lots of new music to come and touring. We have some big announcements coming up soon that we’re really excited for and our next UK tour is happening in September including a big hometown show on Saturday Sept 7th at the o2 Academy in Leicester. We’re really looking forward to that massively. You wanna see the outfits. 

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What do you think to the music scene in Leicester at the moment, which are some of your favourite venues and other local acts?
It’s happening in Leicester. There are some really talented bands knocking about at the moment. Easy Life have recently just rocketed and thats done wonders for the scene. We went down to their o2 show a few months back and 1600 kids turned up in mad clothes and they were having it big time. It was really nice to see man. People should check out The Lids, Drips, Heart Sauce, Jools and Magique and Jafro.   

Do you have big summer festival plans this year?
We’ve just played Handmade Festival on the main stage and we have a few announcements coming  up about our summer plans. We’re booked in September for T Festival in Doncaster. We’re really looking forward to that one. 

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What’s been the highlight of your time together as a band so far?
To be honest with you it’s been a mad ride since the start. Isle Of Wight Festival is definitely up there. Our come back show on February 1st was something so special to us. The memories of that night at The Cookie we’re going to take with us for sure. This last tour we’ve just been on was the funniest time we’ve ever had. I lost my voice from laughing so much. Paris as well is becoming like a second home. There’s been lots of love every time we’ve gone out there to play shows. 

Describe the band in 5 words for anyone who isn’t yet familiar with your material?
Four scallywags on their jollies

When is the next Far Out and how can people keep up to date with your news? (Social/website etc)
FAR OUT 3 is happening July 6th at The Cookie in Leicester. Reverend and the Makers will be DJing as well as local Leicester bands. It starts at 10pm and finishes around 4am. Tickets are 10 pounds and can be purchased from Gigantic. 

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