Weekly Music Guide – 28.05.2019

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Penguin Cafe – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 1 October

Penguin Cafe was founded in 2009 by Arthur Jeffes, following in the footsteps of his father, Simon Jeffes of the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Arthur formed Penguin Cafe with a brand new line-up, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Penguin Cafe’s music bears all the hallmarks of PCO that its disciples will know and love, continuing to transcend popular and classical music. Their fifth studio album is due for release this autumn. TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
From Saturday 8 June

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The Summer Sessions are coming back at The Soundhouse and they’ll be kicking off on Saturday 8 June. Yes, you can enjoy acoustic performances outside in The Soundhouse’s hidden gem of a beer garden every Saturday and Sunday until September. The music will be on their outdoor stage throughout the afternoons from 2pm – 6pm, it’s free entry, family friendly and there’ll be drinks deals. Perfect for a sunny weekend! 



Titanic Jazz Band – The Donkey
Tuesday 28 May

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Got an extra day off? The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of traditional jazz and hot swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime at The Donkey. Hot food also served.

Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 28 May (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. Discover some brilliant new acts. The Soundhouse is on Southampton Street in the Cultural Quarter. 

Boo Hewerdine – The Guildhall
Wednesday 29 May

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Frontman of ’80s pop band The Bible and songwriter for Eddi Reader, kd Lang, Paul Young and Natalie Imbruglia (amongst many others), Boo Hewerdine is an accomplished live performer with much heart and passion thrown into performances. Boo has also released several albums as a solo performer. The latest, ‘God Bless The Pretty Things’ was released in 2009 and he has made international collaborations and hit songs that stretch over two decades and many genres. He’s joined by Darden Smith, who he was introduced to by a publisher, with them soon securing a record deal together and just short while later they found themselves in Austin, Texas recording the album ‘Evidence’. TICKETS.

Swingaree – The Shed
Wednesday 29 May

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Swingaree is a regular swing and jazz social that happens monthly on a Wednesday. On the night there is a free taster dance class followed by a live band. This month you’re treated to the talents of the University of Leicester Big Band! Arrive from 7pm to grab a drink and catch up, then from 8pm – 9pm there’s a taster dance class for all levels of skill, which is ran by the wonderful folk at Leicester University Swing Society (LUSS), who also run regular dance classes should you get the (jitter)bug! No dance partner needed. 14+, with under 16s accompanied by an adult. £3 on the door.

Open Mic – The Criterion
Wednesday 28 May

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Al Sansome’s long running open mic night in Leicester continues The Criterion on the last Wednesday of every month. Head down from 8.30 for a slot or to enjoy a pizza, beer and some tunes. The night will then be held on the last Wednesday of every month.

Peter Bruntnell – The Musician
Wednesday 29 May

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NME claimed that “Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools“. With 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way (including Rumer, REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and more recently John Murry), he is regarded as one of the UK’s most consistent songwriters. TICKETS.

Sleepyboy – The Shed
Thursday 30 May

Enjoy a night of punk and indie rock as Sleepyboy are joined by Leicester’s Dum Language and Swaktang. The Peterborough lads are influenced by the likes of Blink 182, Circa Waves and We Are Scientists and you can grab free early entry via The Shed’s Facebook page

Soulful R&B and Live Acoustic – Brick & Beam
Thursday 30 May

Head to one of Leicester’s best roof terraces as Brick & Beam hosts a night of soulful R&B covers. Alice Kübe will be taking you on a soulful journey performing R&B classics, neo-soul & modern R&B. Happy hour all night, bottomless Prosecco and 2 for 1 cocktails. Open from 4pm, music from 7pm.

Dan Walsh – The Musician
Thursday 30 May

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Join Dan for an evening with his highly distinctive banjo-playing, in which he takes influences from Bluegrass, Irish and Scottish folk, jazz, funk, blues and rock. TICKETS.

Manic Street Preachers – De Montfort Hall
Friday 31 May

Manic Street Preachers released a 20th Year Collector’s Edition of their fifth album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours in December. This show, to see them play all the classics, is currently sold out but keep an eye on Twitter for any last minute ticket releases.

Leddra Chapman – The Cookie 
Friday 31 May

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With a quintessentially English voice which is both pure and unique, and soulful and honest lyrics that come straight from the heart, Leddra is truly one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain today. Described by Music Week as “filling a similar space to early Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell”. TICKETS.

Northern Soul Night – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 31 May

The JD All Stars take to the stage for a night of northern soul anthems at 2Funky Music Cafe. Performing classics from Edwin Starr, Frank Wilson, The Spinners, Marlena Shaw, Gladys Knight and many more, the band put on a mesmerising live show. All Stars musicians have previously performed with artists such as Beverley Night, as well as members of The Drifters and The Specials, to name a few. Live music will be followed by DJss spinning the best in mod, ska, reggae, northern soul and boogaloo. TICKETS.

A Tribute to Keith Flint & The Prodigy – Boxed (Braunstone Gate)
Friday 31 May

The DJs will be playing all that is Prodigy, from B-sides to their massive anthems across the years. A percentage of the bar take will also be donated to Mind as the event’s chosen charity. There are 300 FREE tickets online to ensure entry, grab yours HERE

Rockska – The Cricketers
Friday 31 May

RockSka are one of Leicester’s busiest bands playing a mixture of Ska, Two Tone, Mod, Rock & Soul, from Madness to The Jam, From The Police to The Specials and much more. 

Sister Bliss & Bubblegum Hypnosis – The Soundhouse
Friday 31 May


Sister Bliss (formally known as Lightwash) are a psychedelic pop band influenced by the likes of Connan Mockasin, Fleetwood Mac, Bobby Womack and George Harrison. Plus they;’ve previously been featured twice on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist for their singles, ‘Butch’ and ‘Walkathon’. They’re joined by Bubblegum Hypnosis, a weird and wild force to be reckoned with. Genres are merely a barrier to creation for the Leicester-based outfit who encompass a range of styles, sounds and concepts from alternative rock to psych pop. TICKETS.

Far Out Club Night (Tom Meighan DJ set) – The Cookie
Saturday 1 June

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The new indie club night from Arcades just got a whole lot bigger as Kasabian’s Tom Meighan will be taking to the decks on Saturday 1 June. Known for his energy fuelled live performances and outspoken attitude, Kasabian front man Tom Meighan’s role takes a similar direction behind the decks. Expect a potent mix of 60s psychedelia, funk, soul, and classic dirty rock n roll blended with an electro and careful edit of the latest new music. TICKETS.

Switchdown – The Cookie
Saturday 1 June


With influences stemming from Lower than Atlantis and Dinosaur Pile-up, Switchdown coast the line between pop-punk and alt-rock. Support from Kinch and I, The Lion. FREE TICKETS.

The Mixtones – The Barley Mow
Saturday 1 June

One of Leicester’s most in demand ska bands will be livening up Saturday night at The Barley Mow. Free entry. Music from 8pm. 

Karaoke & Disco Night – The Donkey
Saturday 1 June

See June in with a party night at The Donkey. Expect karaoke through the night and a disco with all the best party tunes, so get your dancing shoes ready.

Rick Shea – The Musician
Sunday 2 June

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His songs are almost cinematic in their scope and embrace everything from border rock to the more traditional folk and Californian country music. Shea covers a wide spectrum of styles and reflects a career playing at venues from dusty San Bernardino honky-tonks to Madison Square Garden. TICKETS

Culture Infinity – The Donkey
Sunday 2 June

From 12-7pm join in the family friendly fun! Culture Infinity is a charity fundraising family event that will allow attendees to indulge in different cultures whilst helping a good cause, with proceeds going to Kids & Families in Ghana, Africa. There will be activities for both adults and kids, with hair braiding, face painting, crafts and more. There’ll also be a programme of live music and, of course, some traditional Jamaican cuisine. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 3 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. 



Quadrophenia The Album Live – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 15 June

As part of Revive Festival, this is set to be a special show as 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance to the film. Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, and it served as an ode to teenage angst and counterculture rebellion. At its core, Quadrophenia, which peaked at number two on the UK and USA charts, is really about teenage confusion, conflict and frustration. Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully by the fabulous, charismatic band, The Goldhawks, with amazing replication of The Who’s sound. TICKETS.

The Murder Capital – The Cookie
Wednesday 24 July

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Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change. They caused a huge storm at The Great Escape recently and their debut album ‘When I Have Fears’ is due out in August. “The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” NME. TICKETS.

The Electric Swing Circus – The Soundhouse
Friday 4 October

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The Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of saucy ’20s swing and stomping electro beat, with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. In demand across the UK and the international circuit, the ESC’s live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show. TICKETS.



RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL – Bede Park, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens
1 & 2 June

One of the city’s biggest events of the summer returns this weekend as we welcome back Riverside Festival. Now in its 22nd year the festival keeps getting bigger and bigger, and with this weekend set to be a scorcher it’s perfect timing for the event. 

The festival runs along the river, both on and off the water, with plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Live music, street food, local traders, kids fun and entertainment, plus lots more besides. The activities on Bede Park include a fun fair, food stalls, arts & crafts, beer tent and acoustic music stage whilst on the Piazza area you’ll find the main stage with bands playing live throughout the weekend. Be sure to check out some of the best local talent.

Over on Western Boulevard you’ll find the popular street market complete with arts, crafts, more tasty street food plus the Ride Leicester cycling area. If you’ve been to Riverside before you’ll know about the activity on the water and the River Soar & Mile Straight will once again host the colourful narrow boat rally, boat trips, canoes, boat rides, demonstrations and the opportunity to view and buy work from local artists at Art on The River. 

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That’s not all though. Head on over to Castle Gardens where you’ll find more fun and activities for the kids, this year with an extra eco and environmental focus. Plus finally, after last year’s success, the Broken Records Swing Festival is returning. So get those dancing shoes on and head over to the gardens to find a dance partner!

All of the activities are free to attend and the event runs from 12pm – 7pm on Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday. Once the event’s finished why not pop over to the brand new 2Funky Street Kitchen and join in the after party fun with live music and drinks offers.

It’s set to be a beaut sunny weekend so don’t forget your suncream! 


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