Weekly Music News – 02.07.2019

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NEWS

Mahalia – O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 14 November

Fresh from a slot at Glastonbury and with a new album on the horizon, Mahalia will be coming back home to Leicester for her biggest hometown gig to date. The UK dates are sandwiched between USA and European tours as Mahalia’s careers continues to soar. Tickets on sale Friday 5 July.

Grab a free Kopparberg at The Soundhouse Summer Sessions Launch
Saturday 6 July

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This Saturday sees the official launch of The Soundhouse Summer Sessions, with acoustic acts playing on their outdoor stage in the garden every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. What’s more early birds arriving at the event will be able to enjoy a free bottle of Kopparberg on entry. Doors from 2pm.

Natalie Evans & Bonnie Songs – The Cookie
Wednesday 18 September 

An acoustic performer with a growing international fan base, Natalie Evans will be joined by Australian banjo-based folk singer Bonnie Songs for her upcoming UK tour. Natalie Evans’s debut album ‘Better At Night’ saw her intricate compositions and characterful vocals reaching more ears than ever before on its release in 2018 via Small Pond recordings. This show is part of the Robot Needs Home Collective’s 10th Birthday events. TICKETS.

Boris – The Y Theatre
Sunday 15 December

Japanese experimentalists Boris head to Leicester for a special show at Leicester’s Y Theatre, as part of The Robot Needs Home Collective’s 10th anniversary shows. Support comes from Arabrot
“All of the panoramas the band has crafted over the past two decades – stoner rock, shoegaze, ambient, pop – have coalesced into one massive, smoldering landscape.” – Pitchfork. TICKETS.

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THIS WEEK

Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 2 July (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.

Jonny & The Baptists – Firebug
Tuesday 2 July

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Comedy band, Jonny & The Baptists, make riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity. They’ve been nominated for the ‘Amused Moose Laughter Awards’, the ‘2013 New Act of the Year Awards’ and the ‘Musical Comedy Awards’. “A triumph” (Chortle). TICKETS.

Lab Sessions Live Open Mic – 2Funky Street Kitchen
Wednesday 3 July

A new open mic night presented to you by The LAB. The night is an opportunity for artists of all types to get involved and showcase their talent locally on stage. Artists must register between 7-8pm to secure a performance slot and all acts welcome including Beatboxers, Rappers, Singers, Poets, Comedians and more. Prizes for best open mic acts. Free entry.

Man About A Horse – The Musician
Wednesday 3 July

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Hailing from Philadelphia PA, Man About a Horse perform an entertaining blend of newgrass and Americana with a hint of rock and blues. Performing with classic bluegrass instrumentation (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and double bass) and top notch harmony vocals, Man About A Horse combine virtuosic musicianship with a fun, engaging stage presence. TICKETS.

Shape of Water – The Shed
Wednesday 3 July

Shape of Water are an art rock band from Manchester with accolades of working with Paul Reeve (Muse) and Kai Ohio (Samsara Collective). They’ll be joined by Leicester’s bluesy rock boys, The Jav’lins, and Hypnumb who will be bringing blues laden rock all the way from New Zealand. £5 on the door.

Music Quiz – The Cookie
Thursday 4 July

Hosted by the one and only Tony Fresh, join The Cookie for their new music quiz. There’ll be music knowledge rounds from the 70s, 80s, 90s and now plus picture and intro rounds. Entry is £1 per person and the winners take all the entry money. Arrive from 8pm, quiz from 9pm.

Open Mic – BrewDog
Thursday 4 July

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Everyone is welcome to turn up and play. Limit of 3 songs per act to allow as many people as possible to have a jam. Free entry.

Hopson’s Kaffee – The Musician
Thursday 4 July

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Leicestershire’s Hopsons Kaffée are five very experienced musicians who enjoy their music and like to see their audiences have a good time. Expect classics from Eric Clapton to Jeff Beck. TICKETS.

Mayhem at Mick’s Punk on the Farm – Fleckney
Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July

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12 bands, free parking, free camping, bring your own beer and a big punk party in the countryside! “The best kept secret in the punk rock calendar.” TICKETS.

Sinnerboy – The Musician
Saturday 6 July

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A Manchester-based Rory Gallagher blues rock tribute band playing with passion and fire and spanning all of Rory’s career. TICKETS.

The Surrealists – The Soundhouse
Friday 5 July

After a long period of writing and recording, Leicester’s only weird math-noise rock band, The Surrealists, return for a headline show at The Soundhouse. Prepare to be graced with the classic tunes you know and love and also some new stuff that you’ll be able to hear before the release of the new album! Support from Entwives and Bubblegum Hypnosis. £5 on the door.

Finding Georgia – Texas Steakhouse
Friday 5 July

Enjoy some outlaw/red dirt country rock alongside your meal at Texas Steakhouse on Friday evening as Finding Georgia will be performing from 8.30pm.

Far Out (Reverend & The Makers) – The Cookie 
Saturday 6 July

The club night brought to you by Leicester’s Arcades returns this month with a DJ set from Reverend and The Makers. “All the faces in one room together”, this is the club night to gather, make friends and enjoy the best new arts and music in the city. From 10.30pm. TICKETS

Acoustickle Jazz and Soul – Brick & Beam
Saturday 6 July

Acoustickle is the live music platform where audiences discover their new favourite artists, with jazz, soul, RnB, hip hop, folk, reggae and blues acts from across the world performing. Music from 7.30pm. TICKETS (also pay on the door).

Summer Sessions LAUNCH EVENT – The Soundhouse
Saturday 6 July (2 – 6pm) and Summer Sessions returns on Sunday 7 July (2 – 6pm)

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If you haven’t been down to a Summer Sessions event yet then make it this weekend that you do. The Soundhouse will be throwing a big party on Saturday 6 June to show you the best of what’s to come through the summer. Acoustic acts all afternoon in the brand spanking newly revamped Soundhouse beer garden, drinks offers, BBQ and plenty of fun. Free entry, dog friendly and kid friendly.

Western Park Festival
Saturday 6 July

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Now in its 8th year, Western Park Festival is a fabulous one day festival suitable for the whole family. From workshops within the kids zone, entering your dog into a competition, browsing the various stalls at the street market, sampling the delicious array of hot foods or bathing in the sunshine listening to the many local bands and acoustic artists, there’s something for everyone. Line-up includes Her Burden, The Zufflers, Gallows High, Bellatones and Jesse Wright Band. From 11pm – 8pm.

Electronic Open Mic Night – Vault (The Shed)
Saturday 6 July

The legendary EMOM makes it’s debut at The Shed for an open mic night with a difference. Bring your synths, your voices and your mates!

Personal Best & Kermes – Firebug 
Sunday 7 July

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Bristol band, Personal Best, play perfect punk-pop songs, with a sound indebted to bands like Superchunk, Best Coast and The Muffs, but filled with their own super melodic spirit. Their new album, What You At, was released last month. They’ll be supported by Leicester’s own Kermes, a melodramatic DIY trashgaze screampop band, with chips on several shoulders and quite a lot to prove. TICKETS.

Gwenifer Raymond – The Musician
Sunday 7 July

Gwenifer Raymond is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, who began playing guitar at the age of eight shortly after having been first exposed to punk and grunge. After years of playing around the Welsh valleys in various punk outfits she began listening more to pre-war blues musicians as well as Appalachian folk players, eventually leading into the guitar players of the American Primitive genre. She has since been playing her own moody and often-times manic original American Primitive styled compositions on guitar and banjo around the UK. TICKETS.

The Physics House Band – The Cookie
Sunday 7 July

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Brighton’s experimental math-rock 4-piece, The Physics House Band, have just announced a new show in Leicester in July. They have supported the likes of Alt-J, Django Django and Tera Melos as well as gaining major support from BBC Radio 6 Music, The Guardian, The Independent, The Quietus and more. They’ve recently released their third record and are a band that needs to be experienced live. TICKETS.

The Cheeze – The Donkey
Sunday 7 July 

The Cheeze is a fantastic 3 piece rock and pop covers band from Leicester fronted by talented singer and guitarist Danny Willson. They have a wide repertoire spanning the decades from classic 60s and rock n roll classics through to pop hits from the 80s and 90s. So expect music by classic acts such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, The Who and Elvis, through to artists such as Squeeze, Bryan Adams, The Clash and The Police. Music from 4pm.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 8 July

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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.

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DIARY DATES

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.

Bodega – O2 Academy 2
Saturday 10 August

The art-rock quintet from New York will be in Leicester during their UK tour. Expect tongue-in-cheek and politically motivated lyrics alongside their razor sharp guitars. They proved to be a huge hit at last year’s Great Escape Festival and have been dubbed “New York’s brightest new band“. TICKETS.

John Bramwell – The Soundhouse
Saturday 12 October

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I Am Kloot’s songwriter and frontman, John Bramwell, is back in Leicester for a Friday night date at The Soundhouse. John’s live shows are all about connecting with his audience and punters can expect a special, intimate performance. Grab tickets to see the Mercury Prize nominated songwriter for £15. TICKETS.

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SPOTLIGHT

Siobhan Mazzei
I’m Not Scared video release and Consumed by Chaos vinyl EP release

Leicester performer Siobhan Mazzei is celebrating the release of her brand new video for ‘I’m Not Scared’ as well as re-releasing her 2018 EP ‘Consumed by Chaos’ on vinyl. We caught up with her to find out more.

Photo credit Greta Kaur-Taylor

You’ve got a new EP and video coming out, can you tell us a little more about it?
Sure! So the EP itself has actually been out since October 2018, however with it doing so well I thought it would be great to release a vinyl of the record. I love vinyl so really pleased with how it looks and sounds! In celebration of this I also released a video for the last track of the EP, “I’m Not Scared”.  Both went live at 7pm on Friday and the response has been awesome! (See the video at the end of the interview)

Where did the idea for the video come from?
My head! I try to keep my music open to interpretation and leave it to the audience to decide what the track is about, however for me the track was myself talking to my inner demons and trying to fight them. With the video, I thought it would be great to represent it through the light and the dark – using black being the dark and white being the light. With the concept of Ying and Yang in mind, I wanted to represent how both sides represent and need each other through balance. Therefore, the dark consumed the light and the light consumed the dark (through lots of paint!). I thought it would be good to represent the title of the EP, Consumed by Chaos, using the video too.

How would you describe your sound from someone who isn’t familiar with your music?
Aha great question. I never know how to answer this one as I don’t really do “Genre” as such, but I’d say “Kinda Folky, Kinda Grunge and depressing”.

What activity and gigs do you have lined up around the video and vinyl release?
I’m playing at several festivals through the year, including Timber Festival on 5th of July, Barefoot Festival on 28th July, Woodfest on 10th August and Ragefest on 10th November.

Tell us some of the highlights of your music career to date?
Well I’ve been trying to break through for about 10 years now, so I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences as a result! A packed tent with 2 encores at Simon Says Festival a few years ago was incredible, as well as supporting artists such a Mollie Marriot in London’s famous Water Rats venue and Riverside Festival last year on the main stage as second Headliner was rad – I’ve had so many more amazing experiences but they stick out!

What do you think of the Leicester music scene and who are some of your favourite artists/venues?
I think there is so much talent in Leicester! The venues are great and the people who visit them! My favourite venues have to be The Soundhouse and Firebug. Favourite artists? Well there are so many! Easy Life, The Brandy Thieves, Grace Petrie, Dedbeats, Homeless Shakespeare and The Pigeon Theatre. SO. MANY.

Where can people find out more? (Socials, website etc)
You can visit my website at www.siobhanmazzei.com, or alternatively I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as @siobhanmazzei

 

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