Weekly Music News – 03.09.2019

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Mahalia in store – HMV Leicester
Friday 6 September (5pm)

To celebrate the release of the new album, Leicestershire star, Mahalia, will be doing an in-store performance and signing at HMV on Friday. Wristbands will be available when you buy a copy of Love & Compromise in store on the day, or pre-order from the HMV website. FULL INFO.

Bombay Bicycle Club – De Montfort Hall
Thursday 23 January

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London indie foursome, Bombay Bicycle Club, are back with a new single and album so they’re off on a new UK tour which is heading to Leicester in January. The band first hit the scene back in 2005 and have notched up top 10 albums including 2014’s So long, See you tomorrow. Tickets go on sale on Friday 13 September.

Snow Patrol – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 23 November

Over a twenty-five year career, Snow Patrol have carved out a unique place for themselves. Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, the band have racked up an impressive number of accolades, including over 17 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum Albums, an Ivor Novello award and have been nominated for a Grammy and Mercury Music Prize. Now they’re back with reimagined songs from their back catalogue and new tracks on the new album Reworked. Tickets on sale Friday 6 September.

The Ninth Wave – The Cookie
Tuesday 12 November 

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Influenced by 80s new wave and goth pop music, Haydn Park-Patterson and Amelia Kidd and really created their own unique identity. Brooding synths, jagged guitars and female against male vocals carve this sound, leaving you with a feel of The Cure, Sonic Youth and Pixies with a synth pop sheen. TICKETS.




Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 3 September (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.

Bring Your Own Vinyl – The Globe
Tuesday 3 September

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Head to The Globe on the first Tuesday of every month for Bring Your Own Vinyl night in their back bar room. A great night to talk to like minded people who love music and have a go at spinning your favourite records.

Paramour UK – The Shed
Tuesday 3 September

Everyone loves a bit of Paramore right? Well come to The Shed on Tuesday 3rd September to hear UK tribute act, Paramour pay homage to one of the best bands of the noughties. Tickets include entry into Ambush nightclub afterwards. TICKETS.

Oh Susanna – The Musician
Wednesday 4 September

Oh Susanna is the stage name of singer/songwriter Suzie Ungerleider, a Canadian alt-country performer with a taste for stark, haunting balladry that’s earned her comparisons to the likes of Gillian Welch. TICKETS.

Zed Motel – The Shed
Thursday 5 September

Zed Motel are a garage rock three piece based in Swansea, who are returning to The Shed to play a headline show. They’ll be joined by Oxford’s alternative Semper Vera and Leicester’s Dark Bloom. £3 on the door.

Open Mic – BrewDog
Thursday 5 September

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Everyone welcome to come along and play, sing or just get your jam on. Limited to three songs per act. Music from 7pm.

The Electric Violinist – West End Brewery
Thursday 5 September

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Enjoy an evening of instrumental pop covers, all washed down with some excellent beers.

The Moderators – The Donkey
Friday 6 September

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This Leicester eight-piece cover mod and ska classics. They have become a live act that demands your attention and your dancing shoes. The Moderators thrive on raw energy and love nothing more than seeing their huge array of followers skanking, bouncing and sweating along with them at their shows.

WOES – The Shed
Friday 6 September

Woes have been on top of their game in the past year, touring with some of the biggest names in the scene including Neck Deep, State Champs just to name a fe Now they’ve released their debut album Awful Truth via UNFD with the band showing absolutely no signs of stopping. TICKETS.

Borders – Vault (at The Shed)
Friday 6 September

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Borders are leading in a new era of heavy music by seamlessly blending genres and styles to forge a crushing yet melodic and unique experience. With a brand new album unleashed onto the world via Long Branch Records, Borders show now signs of stopping. TICKETS.

Che Lingo – The Cookie
Friday 6 September

South London MC Che is fast making a name for himself on the music scene, thanks to his poetic take on UK hip hop and engaging showmanship. TICKETS.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 6 September

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Head down to The Soundhouse for another night packed full of brilliant talent auditioning for Glastonbudget 2020. Local acts, covers bands and a whole lot of fun. £5 on the door.

Jazz Friday – The Bottle Garden
Friday 6 September

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Free entry and music from 6.30pm to get your weekend started. The Fourmasons trio will be brightening up your weekend with drinks offers to match.

Sons of Liberty – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 6 September

The UKs hardest working, most authentic, popular and experienced Southern Rock band….playing everything and anything southern and rocking. TICKETS.

Fuzzy Records Showcase – Firebug
Friday 6 September

Fuzzy Records is holding a free entry gig showcasing some of Leicester’s best upcoming Indie, Alternative, Rock bands. On the night you can enjoy swaggering attitude filled indie-rock from We Be Beasts, thundering beats and bluesy riffs from The Jav’lins, the talents of seasoned musician Steve Faulkner, and brand new acoustic country rock duo, Monument Valley. The gig is followed by Firebug’s usual Rock Music Club Night.

Live Acoustic Soulful R&B – Brick & Beam
Friday 6 September

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Alice Kübe will be taking you on a soulful journey. Performing songs by Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, Khalid, Drake + more. Open from 4.30pm, DJ from 5pm, live music from 8.30pm. Free entry.

The Long Road – Stanford Hall, Lutterworth
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September

The UK’s leading country, roots and Americana festival rolls back into Leicestershire with the brilliant The Long Road Festival back again. Last year proved a huge success and the lineup this year includes the brilliant Kip Moore, Josh Turner and so many more. Expect campfire singalongs, loads of Bourbon and plenty of fun along the way. TICKETS.

The Dirty Rolling Circus – O2 Academy
Friday 6 September

The Dirty Rolling Circus heads to O2 Academy with performances from local indie lads, Barracuda, Spacetoast and Dum Language. TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September (2-6pm)

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If you haven’t been down to a Summer Sessions yet then it’s about time you do. The Soundhouse is hosting free acoustic acts all afternoon every weekend this summer. Take a seat in the brand spanking newly revamped Soundhouse beer garden, and enjoy drinks offers, free entry, and plenty of dog friendly and kid friendly fun.

Daily Commute DIY All-dayer – The Cookie
Saturday 7 September

Daily Commute are putting on their first ever all day event and they’ve pulled together a great line-up for it. Kicking off at 2pm they’ll be joined by Pet Crow, Me Rex, Kermes, Sweetbellechobaby, Sweet Bliss, Beth Morris and more. In keeping with their ethos they operate a safe(r) spaces policy and even commit to not turn anyone away for lack of funds (message them via Facebook for info)! TICKETS.

Sam Carter – The Guildhall
Saturday 7 September

Having spent the last few years busily honing his craft both as a writer and performer, and described as an acoustic virtuoso reminiscent of John Martyn, Sam Carter is armed with a ‘killer voice’ (Nitin Sawhney) and his ability to play the guitar ‘like a harp’ (Time Out). TICKETS.

Arcades – O2 Academy Leicester
Saturday 7 September

One of Leicester’s most popular local acts, indie 4-piece Arcades are stepping on up to their own headline show at O2 Academy 2. Expect a night straight from the golden era of rock n roll. TICKETS.

Old School Hip Hop, Soul & RnB – The Exchange
Saturday 7 September

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Don’t stop dancing on Saturday night as The Exchange is filled with tunes from Soul City Ibiza and the Hip Hop Lounge. From 7pm, free entry, DJs all night.

50/50 featuring Taxman – Nine Bar
Saturday 7 September

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Special guest Taxman joins in the fun on Saturday night playing Jungle, Liquid DnB & whatever else they fancy.

Karibow – The Musician
Saturday 7 September

Join German crossover prog band, Karibow, founded by Oliver RÜSING in late 1996. Co-headline slot from The Winter Machine. TICKETS.

Ska-Amanga – The Donkey
Saturday 7 September

Ska and Reggae trio playing all the hits from 2 Tone to Trojan. A skanking good time to be had on your Saturday night.

Jake Warner – The Cookie
Sunday 8 September

Jake Warner gained wide recognition in 2018 from busking outside of large shows across the country. Increasing attention from his YouTube channel took his solo act to the stage, performing alongside Scouting For Girls, Craig David and Sigala, later selling out his first headline show in Leicester. His sound blends his acoustic roots with a modern, commercial pop influence. TICKETS.

What does it mean to be DIY in music? – Leicester Secular Society (Humberstone Gate)
Sunday 8 September

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What is DIY Music? Just how much and how many different aspects of music can you do for yourself? John Helps is a tour manager, musician, promoter and festival manager, to name just a few of his job titles. Join him to find out just how DIY you can be in the industry. Starts at 6.30pm, free entry.

The Lasses – The Musician
Sunday 8 September

Sophie Janna and Margot Merah sing together as if they were sisters; their voices blend together like a well-woven blanket, enveloping you in old songs from Scotland, England and America. It might surprise some to know that there is a strongly supported Celtic music scene in Amsterdam, and The Lasses are one of the bands that has made this happen. TICKETS.

Ryan Dunn (Gazelle) – The Crows Nest
Sunday 8 September

Ryan Dunn will be performing a special acoustic set with songs from his Rock n Roll band, Gazelle, and some covers too. From 8pm.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 9 September

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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.



Uprising – O2 Academy
Saturday 14 September 

Napalm Death, Acid Reign, Ohhms and Krysthla lead the line-up at this year’s metal fest, Uprising. They’ll be joined by death metal legends Memoriam, who head to Leicester having played pretty much every metal festival in Europe, along with doom crew Alunah. An opening party (Friday 13 September) and closing party (Sunday 15 September) will also be happening at Firebug and entry is free to anyone with an Uprising ticket. TICKETS.

Spector – The Cookie
Monday 4 November


London indie favourites, Spector, are back on stage. Having released 2 albums and a bunch of sell out live shows back in 2015, the band are now back with brand new single, ‘I Won’t Wait’, which follows their EP release last year. Sure to sell out, grab tickets while you can. TICKETS.

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – Firebug
Tuesday 17 December

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly will be at Firebug in December for a headline slot in the series of shows supporting the Robot Needs Home Collective’s 15th birthday. Aka Sam Duckworth, the Southend troubadour released his 10th album last year. Support from Charlotte Carpenter. TICKETS.


Leicester Jazzhouse leading the jazz revival in the Midlands

Jazz is really having a resurgence in popularity and at the forefront of its performance and promotion in Leicestershire is Leicester Jazzhouse. Organising gigs throughout the year and promoting the local scene and musicians, we caught up with Peter Bowden and James Hickford to find out more.

Can you tell us a little on what Leicester Jazzhouse is all about? 
Leicester Jazzhouse has been organising jazz gigs for over 30 years. Its been run by a succession of local jazz enthusiasts, often musicians themselves, volunteering their time. We organise around 18 gigs a year, in two seasons between September and June, covering a wide range of jazz performances by top professional musicians. Our education links include a partnership with De Montfort University Music to co-promote jazz performances, now in its 3rd year, as part of this we offer £5 student tickets to all our shows!

You’re part of a larger East Midlands Jazz organisation, how does the Leicester scene compare to other cities? 
The five EMJAZZ partners generally programme separately although occasionally participate in joint projects such as the Julian Siegel Big band, which toured the East Midlands in 2017. In Leicester we are lucky to have access to a range of great venues suitable for performances needing limited or no amplification, like the Attenborough Arts Centre, to the jazzy atmosphere of the Musician and the splendour and size of the Y Theatre, as well as variety of venues on the DMU campus.

What are some standout events you’ve been part of recently? 
Last season saw stunning performances by Clark Tracey’s Young Guns Quintet and The Nigel Price Organ Quartet at the Musician and a performance by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) at the Venue @ DMU. We also hosted Nerija, a stellar collective of London’s finest female jazz stars, who’s debut record is Rough Trade Records Album of the Month: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/album-of-the-month-august-2019 

Which venues should people keep an eye on for upcoming jazz events? 
This season kicks off with a solo piano performance by Zoe Rahman at the Attenborough. In October the Dennis Rollins Sextet: Funky Funk! Appearing at The Venue @ DMU and In November the Toni Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball (Adderley) at the Y Theatre.

What about jazz performers, how can they get involved?
Jazzhouse has contributed funds to local jazz music and spoken word events in the past. We are also always looking out for new volunteers to help keep Jazzhouse alive.

Do you think jazz will become more mainstream in the coming years? 
There’s not been a better time in years to start listening to jazz in the UK. A new wave of artists have been coming out of London, Bristol and Manchester in particular; with Leicester’s own Major Ruse a great example of new contemporary jazz acts, crossing over with afro, dance and electronica sounds too. There’s a great introduction to ‘The British jazz explosion’ in this article in The Guardian

Who are some artists to keep an eye on?
For the Spring 2020 season we have already booked Xhosa Cole, last year’s winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year as well as a welcome return of Tom Barford (Winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize) with his band AUB. We’re also planning to bring some of the best of the new wave of London’s emerging contemporary jazz acts – so keep any eye on our facebook page and website for updates on our next announcements! 

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