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Alternativ Karaoke – Every Friday
Get Friday night done right with Alternativ Karaoke! From 10pm – late you can take over The Vault stage at The Shed and jump around like your favourite rock star. Alternativ Karaoke is all about the big anthems, so whether you’re pop punk or hardcore, get warming up those vocal cords.
The Classic Rock Show – Thursday 25 January
De Montfort Hall
The Classic Rock Show is back in the UK for the first leg of its 2024 tour. Bigger and even better, and celebrating, once again, the very best of Classic Rock. Performed with note-for-note precision, bringing the original iconic and era-defining recordings back to life on stage, with an amazing sound and light show to match. Anthem after anthem, riff after riff and solo after solo, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
Neck – Friday 26 January
‘The Psycho-Ceilídh band!’ Known as ‘The Heavy Artillery of Irish Music’, 6-piece Celtic Punk band Neck distil the sound of two other mighty London rebel bands, The Clash & The Pogues, and in the process, juxtapose perfectly the vibrant, uplifting swirl and spiritual abandon of authentic Traditional Irish music with the attitude, social awareness and full-on, electric energy blast of Punk Rock! Ultimately ‘carrying the torch on’ with their own unique, wildy intoxicating, London-Irish brew – Psycho-Ceilídh! Led by one of Shane MacGowan’s original Popes, & rated highly alongside their US-based friends The Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly they are simply, hence, the real deal. From Texas to Moscow – NECK bring the hooley!
Tom Hingley – Friday 26 January
He moved to the North West in the mid-eighties from his Oxford home and in 1989 he became the vocalist for Inspiral Carpets. The band went on to have eleven top forty singles between 1990 and their initial split in 1995. Tom’s charm and charisma remain, and his extraordinary vocal range is as accurate and powerful as ever, incorporating soul, r’n’b and jazz.
Imagine The Beatles – Saturday 27 January
Beatles tribute playing a special retrospective from the Cavern years to the ‘Let It Be’ final rooftop concert. Quality stage outfits range from the early Cavern days through to Beatlemania and beyond. Authentic vocals and instruments, including the McCartney Hofner violin bass, Lennon’s Rickenbacker, George’s Gretsch and Ringo’s Ludwig kit, musically, no detail is overlooked to re-create the true sound and excitement of The Beatles. Every song is performed totally live and in its original key. Visually, the presentation is as close to the real thing as you can Imagine… Close your eyes, could it really be them?
Peaness – Monday 29 January
Featuring an all-girl line-up, three piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester in late 2014. The trio’s unique and upbeat brand of indie pop that has more hooks, charm and depth than a dozen identikit indie-boy bores. The band have won the hearts of unsuspecting listeners across the length and breadth of the DIY scene, right through to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Expect effortless breezy melodies, catchy hooks, even catchier choruses and lyrics that come with a cheeky wink and tongue in cheek innocence.
TVAM – Friday 2 February
An alternative artist from Wigan. ‘Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock’n’roll and My Bloody Valentine’s infinite noise all becoming touching points in TVAM’s musical output.’
Bootleg Boss – Saturday 3 February
The Bootleg Boss is the real deal. A Springsteen fan for 25 years, he has lived and breathed the spirit of the New Jersey landscape and developed an amazing way of delivering the classic hits of the Boss. From the early days of Greetings at Asbury Park, through Born to Run, The River, Born in the USA and later albums, The Bootleg Boss gives 100% commitment in a three hour show with his own East Street Band of seasoned musicians, creating an authentic sound and live experience.
PREVIEW: Booze & Blues at Stoughton Grange Farm
As we’re getting through this cold snap, let’s look forward to summer, festivals and fun times ahead. This summer sees a new festival added into the local calendar, as Booze & Blues arrives at Stoughton Grange from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May 2024.
The 3 day event over the May Bank Holiday will offer everything you’d expect from a festival but with an added pub and farm shop on site as well.
Rock out with some of the hottest blues rock bands around, including The King Brasstards and John Coghlan’s Quo Reimagined! Plus many more incredible bands including The Big Wolf Band, Lucky Bag 3, and more.
While you’re grooving to the music you’ll be able to indulge in the finest craft beer and real ale. There’ll be 20 Leicestershire real ales alongside 10 Leicestershire craft beers, as well as those from further afield. Not a beer drinker? There’ll also be a specialist gin bar AND of course, if you want anything else you can pop to the on site Cow & Plough for cocktails, other spirits, soft drinks, coffee and more.
As for food, there’ll be a variety of food vendors serving over the weekend, and you can also make the most of the Cow & Plough’s own pizza cabin, or pop into the Farm Shop for a variety of treats.
Want to stay longer? Camping is also available to book across the weekend.
From rock to jazz to electronic, there’ll be something for everyone. Set in the stunning surroundings of Stoughton Grange, you’ll be just a short stop away from the city centre, but in a picturesque spot that makes it seem a world away.
Tickets are on sale now and you can make the most of Early Bird booking with 10% off. Use code EarlyBird10 before the end of January to get the discount.
Day tickets are priced at £25 (Friday) and £40 (Saturday and Sunday) with weekend options available. Discounts available for under 16s and under 3s go free. Buy tickets online HERE.
Booze & Blues takes place at Stoughton Grange from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May. Find full information at www.boozeandblues.co.uk.
Booze & Blues is sponsored by PPL PRS.