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Grace Petrie – Haymarket Theatre
Friday 22 May 2020
Leicester’s own folk singer, songwriter and activist, Grace Petrie, will be back home for a huge show at the Haymarket Theatre on Friday 22 May 2020. The show marks her first hometown headline show for two years, and a triumphant culmination of the touring for her 2018 crowdfunded album ‘Queer as Folk’. So far in 2019 she has been on an arena tour in support of Frank Turner and Jimmy Eat World as well as joining The Guilty Feminist tour, with a summer of festivals to come. TICKETS.
Final acts announced for Gigs in the Gardens at De Montfort Hall
Professor Green and Nina Nesbitt are the final acts to be announced for this summer’s Gigs in the Gardens at De Montfort Hall. London rapper, Professor Green will join Scouting for Girls and Busted on Saturday 17 August and Nina Nesbitt joins Jax Jones and Years & Years on Sunday 23 August. Tickets to all shows are on sale now. TICKETS.
Pulled Apart By Horses – The Cookie
Monday 30 September
Riotous Leeds four-piece, Pulled Apart By Horses, have announced a run of intimate dates including a show at The Cookie. The band’s speed-fuelled thunderous guitars and high-octane vocals have drawn comparisons to a crazier Queens Of The Stone Age, an artier At The Drive-In or a shoutier Shellac. With crazy song titles ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’, ‘I’ve Got Guestlist To Rory O’Hara’s Suicide’ and ‘Back To The F**k Yeah’, the Leeds noisesmiths have a mischievous sense of humour beneath their screeching hardcore jams. . TICKETS.
Swim Deep – O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 10 October
Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep’s have been making waves across the UK with their own brand of fuzzy grunge influenced pop. From playing The Other Stage at Glastonbury to supporting The 1975 across America, it’s been a busy few years for Swim Deep and now they’re back with a UK headline tour. Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday 7 June.
Boston Manor – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 8 November
One of the UK’s finest pop-punk band’s is heading to Leicester for a show at O2 Academy. Boston Manor have released a brand new single ‘Liquid’, just before they head back out to the US for a tour with A Day To Remember and Knocked Loose. They’re looking at a busy summer all round, which will see the band take to the iconic BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals. Boston Manor were recently seen whipping up frenzies at Slam Dunk Festival and various other mammoth festivals across the US, so it’s not a show to miss. Tickets on sale at 10am on Wednesday 5 June.
Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 19 February (and every Tuesday)
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.
Open Mic – Natterjacks
Tuesday 4 June
All musicians and singers welcome – solo, duo or group. Bring your instruments and yourselves – get down and listen to some great musical talent! Cocktails 2 for £10 from 8:30pm to 10pm. Free entry all night.
Bring Your Own Vinyl – The Globe
Tuesday 4 June
Bring your own vinyl night on the First Tuesday of every month in the back bar room at The Globe. A great night to talk to like minded people who love music and have a go at spinning your favourite records.
Wing Wednesdays & Open Mic – 2Funky Street Kitchen
Wednesday 5 June
The brand new 2Funky Street Kitchen hosts open mic with a professional twist with industry talks and q&a taking place before a spotlight performance, open mic and then networking. Plus on top of that they’ll be cooking up original, jerk and BBQ wings outside for you.
Edwina Hayes – The Musician
Thursday 6 June
Edwina Hayes is a singer/songwriter who has been a regular performer on London’s acoustic scene. Originally from Lancashire, Edwina’s beautifully crafted songs and mesmerising stage presence quickly led her to some of London’s finest acoustic stages including The Borderline, The 12 Bar Club and Ronnie Scott’s. TICKETS.
Fast Car to Florence – The Soundhouse
Friday 7 June
Following the release of their debut single ‘English Skin’ in the Autumn of 2017, Fast Car To Florence have moved from strength to strength, establishing themselves as one of the most intriguing and exciting up and coming bands the UK has to offer. TICKETS.
Her Burden – The Shed
Friday 7 June
Her Burden are a pop-rock four piece from here in Leicestershire. Fronted by Joshua Jones, the band is inspired by old-school pop-punk such as Green Day and Sum41, as well as the likes of The Rolling Stones and Daft Punk. Creatively combining the raw energy and honesty of punk rock with the memorable hooks associated with mainstream pop. Known for their alternative pop-rock sound, join them for a weekend hometown show. TICKETS.
Rust for Glory – The Donkey
Friday 7 June
Internationally acclaimed Neil Young tribute band, Rust For Glory’s repertoire includes songs from almost every era of Young’s 50-year career, delving deep into the archive, serving up the sounds, feel and spirit of Neil Young’s work, both solo and with his various bands and collaborators; Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, The Stray Gators and Crazy Horse etc. Performing both acoustic and electric selections, their set list often incorporates Young’s more esoteric numbers alongside celebrated performances of ‘Live Rust’ era standards. TICKETS.
Hague & White – O’Neill’s
Saturday 8 June
Expect stripped back versions of some classic soul and rock n roll favourites. Free entry.
Album launch party – The Veez, Chambers, Wailing Badger – The Cookie
Saturday 8 June
The Veez are very proud to be launching their debut album, ‘Mirrors’ and to celebrate, they’re running a very special evening at The Cookie to launch it. They will be playing the album in full, selling copies of the album, plenty of merchandise and competitions. They’re also delighted that supporting on the bill are their two favourite Leicester bands, Chambers and Wailing Badger. TICKETS.
Lotus Eater – The Shed
Saturday 8 June
The metal quartet became the first heavy UK band to be signed by California-based label Hopeless, the same label that’s also been home to massive names like Avenged Sevenfold and All Time Low over the years. This Glasgow band have been causing quite a stir with their tech/metal sound. TICKETS.
Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June (2pm – 6pm)
See our Spotlight feature this week for more details as The Soundhouse kicks off their summer of outdoor acoustic sessions every weekend. Free entry.
Parisian Swing – The Exchange
Saturday 8 June
Come to an evening of jazz, songs and ballads in the superb Basement Bar of the Exchange. Music in the French style and all the atmosphere and ‘joie de vivre’ of a real Parisian Jazz Club! Featuring Accordion, Vocals and Violin £8 Advance £10 on the door. TICKETS.
Slackrr – Vault
Saturday 8 June
Slackrr are one the most talked about bands in the UK underground circuit right now. Hailing from Southampton, the band have only been active for just over a year and in that time they have taken some giant leaps forward into becoming a well-known and loved name across the UK underground. Even managing to secure their feel-good brand of Pop-Punk exclusive features in Punktastic, Down The Front Media, Discovered Magazine, On The House, RAMzine, Shout It Loud and more! FREE TICKETS.
Pop in the Park – Market Bosworth Park
Sunday 9 June
Enjoy a day in the lovely surroundings of Market Bosworth Country Park. Seven hours of Pop & Rock music beginning at 11am. The day begins with a performance by the young learners of JAM Music Schools, followed followed by other local tales playing a wide variety of great music. Something for everyone and suitable for all ages (even the dogs are welcome). Bar & food vendors on site throughout the day. FREE entry – small charge for car parking.
Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 10 June
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.
An Evening with Alan McGee – The Shed
Friday 30 August
If you want to hear about the real ins and outs of the music industry, who better to hear it from than the man who discovered and signed Oasis? He’s seen it all, from being a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian. But of course, he is best known for co founding and running the independent Creation Records label and for being the man who discovered & signed Oasis. A brilliant chance to ask him some questions! TICKETS.
The Physics House Band – The Cookie
Sunday 7 July
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.
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.
The Soundhouse, Southampton Street
Every Saturday and Sunday until September
The Soundhouse kick off their Summer Sessions this weekend, which will see acoustic acts playing in their garden every Saturday and Sunday until September. Free entry, outdoor stage, family friendly, dog friendly, great talent and great drinks. We caught up with the venue owners to find out more.
With the Summer Sessions just around the corner and running until September, tell us a little more about what you have planned?
People have always loved our outdoor space so we decided to knock up a stage and start putting on live acoustic acts so our customers can sit in the sun & soak up some of Leicester’s best artists! We are going to be hosting these events every Saturday & Sunday, 2PM – 6PM, for FREE & all ages are welcome. You can expect a pleasant mix of Leicester local both new & old alongside the occasional UK touring act for special guest spots.
What sort of artists will be performing at the sessions?
When it comes to our artists we like diversity, we will have everything from blues & rock to folk & soft pop but all of our artists will be playing sets that suit the atmosphere… relaxed & subtle so you can kick back and enjoy the summer sun out the way of the bustling city.
The beer garden at The Soundhouse is a bit of a hidden gem, you’re doing some work on it as well, right?
The garden has been slowly becoming more of a focus for the venue, especially since Si Mitchell the local and globally renowned graffiti artist decided to let loose with his creativity and produce some incredible artwork on our walls. By late June the entire garden will be enhanced, with new lights, seats, tables, speakers and everything you could need to make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem of peace & tranquillity in this busy cultural quarter of Leicester city.
What do you think sets The Soundhouse apart from other music venues in the city?
Leicester has a great music scene thanks to the unison between music venues on a grassroots level. Handmade Festival, for example, was a wonderful event to be a part of because its core idea was to bring the city together by involving all the venues it could. The Soundhouse, like other venues, strives to bring a mixture of both big names and new talent but our main goal is diversity. The aim is to bring a mixture of all kinds of music, from Mongolian throat singing to classic Rock n Roll, you name it, we want to hear it.
As a family run business we strive for high standards as far as customers & bands are concerned. We believe in treating others how we’d like to be treated ourselves and are happy to go the extra mile for our customers. Our number one priority is hospitality and caring for those who come to our establishment resulting in people wanting to return!
What have been some of the highlights of the last 12 months at The Soundhouse?
So many great local & global acts come to play at The Soundhouse, with highlights including artists such as John Bramwell (I am Kloot) , James Walsh (Starsailor), Martin Sexton, Sean Mcgowan, Sugar Candy Mountain, Damo Suzuki (CAN) and This is the Kit to name but a few.
Who are some of your favourite live acts at the moment?
On a local level we are seeing so much talent in Leicester. Thanks to local promoters like Casbah Events, Strangling Vinyl Promotions, The Other Window & Wake Up Promotions we get to see a huge array of the city’s bands. Some of our favourites right now are Earls, The People Assembly, Smack Jack, The Brandy Thieves, Gallows High & Echolocation.
Summer Sessions aside, what other events are you looking forward to in Leicester this summer?
We are looking forward to Riverside Festival in early June, Western Park festival on July 6th & any city festival that features live music! We’ve seen a big increase in city events that have started sourcing their artists from the city itself, which is great!
How can people find out more about the Summer Sessions and other upcoming events?
You can always pop over to our website at www.thesoundhouseleicester.co.uk or alternatively you can shoot us a message or have a browse on our socials at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Summer Sessions kick off on Saturday 8 June from 2pm.
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