Weekly Music News – 05.03.2019

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De Montfort Hall announce summer outdoor shows

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De Montfort Hall has announced the first acts set to play in the gardens this summer. Taking the form of a series of concerts, rather than a festival, the announcement kicked off with the Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines and The Twang who will play on Sunday 18 August. The following Sunday, 25 August, will welcome Years & Years and Jax Jones. Tickets for each of the concerts are priced at £48.50. Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs (Sunday 18 August) go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 5 March and tickets for Years & Years (Sunday 25 August) will go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 6 March. TICKETS.

Extra tickets released for Easy Life show at Leicester’s O2 Academy

These guys are putting Leicester back on the map musically. Following an amazing 2018 including a TV slot on Jools Holland, they’ve now got a jam packed 2019 to look forward to including festivals as huge as Coachella. They’re from right here in Leicester and they’re making huge waves, so don’t miss their hometown show on what is set to be a completely sold out tour. Previously sold out but some extra tickets released – these will go quickly. TICKETS.

Kris Roe – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 10 April

Kris Roe, frontman of The Ataris, is heading to Leicester for a special solo show on Wednesday 10 April. Expect a mix of old pop-punk favourites from The Ataris’ back catalogue along with some new material. Tickets are priced at £12 and on sale now. TICKETS.

Cabbage – The Cookie
Thursday 9 May


This bunch of misfits from Manchester have built themselves a massive fanbase as they’ve toured continuously across the country. Their previous shows in Leicester have been sold out and left the audiences raving. With their new single Torture just released, they describe the sound as “a combination of some hijacked philosophical crossroads and the belief in the human voice box. It’s our attempt at The Beach Boys if we ran out of money before getting the orchestra in. Nonetheless, with just a dose of pop and a terribly dour theme, it has come out just how we desired.” Tickets for this show are going to sell out quickly, so make sure you grab one before it’s too late. TICKETS.



Ward Thomas – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 5 March

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The modern English country-pop duo, composed of 24-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas, head to Leicester following the release of their highly anticipated new album. Catherine and Lizzy have tackled issues close to their hearts on the ‘Restless Minds’ album, including the women’s movement, social media and mental health. Fancy seeing the duo dubbed as “Britain’s first country stars”? Tickets are priced from £20. TICKETS.

Dan Webster – Tuesday 5 March
The Musician

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Popular Yorkshire based singer-songwriter Dan Webster is a maverick in the folk music world, influenced by sounds and storytelling of American and British traditions, Americana and Rock and Roll. With three albums to his name, the latest hit number 3 in Amazon’s Folk Chart. Tickets are priced at £8. TICKETS.

Virvum – Dryden Street Social
Wednesday 6 March


Swiss tech-death group, Virvum, are heading to Leicester this week for a show at Dryden Street Social. They’ll be joined by Bloodshot Dawn, BLOOD OATH and Foul Body Autopsy, for a night of midweek metal madness. TICKETS.

Tony Wright (Terrorvision) – The Soundhouse
Thursday 7 March

Tony Wright may be best known as the singer for Bradford rock band Terrorvision, however, he’s also built up a brilliant catalogue of acoustic solo material, some upbeat, some melancholic, but all thought-provoking. Don’t miss him at The Soundhouse with advance tickets priced at £10, more on the door. TICKETS.

The Pale White – The Cookie
Thursday 7 March

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The band featured in NME’s “10 new guitar acts to get excited about right now”, who went on to describe the band as ‘Blending Queens of The Stone Age, Black Keys and old-school blues, debut single ‘Reaction’ is a thrilling introduction for a band shaping up to be the next Royal Blood’. The band have also picked up tastemaker support online from The Independent, Wonderland, CLASH amongst many others, so head down to see what all the fuss is about. TICKETS.

Jazz & Beer – The Real Ale Classroom
Thursday 7 March

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Looking for a more chilled out evening? Pop over to one of Leicester’s best pubs, The Real Ale Classroom, on Allandale Road for an evening on Jazz & Beer. With one of the city’s finest ale collections and some top musicians to match. Free entry, from 8pm. 

The Ramonas – Duffy’s 
Friday 8 March

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Whilst we’ll never get to see The Ramones live again, The Ramonas are the next best thing for any fan. The Ramonas try to capture the magic which the Ramones had in their early days, with huge on stage energy. The perfect way to start your weekend. TICKETS.

Only The Poets – The Cookie
Friday 8 March 

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They’ve graced the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds, had a sold out autumn tour and supported Coasts on their farewell tour. Expect sing-a-long indie-rock with a hint of britpop. TICKETS

Alternativ Karaoke – The Shed
Friday 8 March

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Grab your 4 minutes of fame at The Shed as Alternativ Karaoke returns. Get on the big stage with lyrics across their 15 foot LED screen behind you and sing your favourite alt songs! From My Chemical Romance to Mcfly, post your requests on their event page to make sure you can grab a slot.

Leicester Indie-Pop Half-Dayer – Firebug 
Saturday 9 March

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Sweeping The Nation present a day of indie pop’s finest. From Personal Best with their melodic power-pop showcasing tales of queer romance, personal anxiety and optimism, to Pet Crow with their noisy, surfy, garagey post-punk, and the DIY harmonic electro-pop of Panic Pocket. The bands will be followed by Sweeping The Nation DJ’s into the night. From 6pm. TICKETS.

Skinny Lister – O2 Academy
Saturday 9 March

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Skinny Lister bring their new album: ’The Story Is…’ to Leicester Academy on 9 March as part of their 2019 World Tour. The band have been working with Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap), with the London punk favourites cooking up an arty and adventurous new concept-album-of-sorts that tells 14 tales from a chaotic last few years (album out 1st March). Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures with tickets on sale now priced at £15. TICKETS.

Big Lad – The Soundhouse
Saturday 9 March

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Big Lad emerged from the discordant DIY scene of the UK’s capital to create something truly unique. Metal-tronica? Punk-house? It really doesn’t matter what you call it because this defies genre. “A dark visceral sound that gathers together the rage of Atari Teenage Riot, and the ferocity of Motorhead all fed through a laptop stuck on the ‘Gabba’ setting.” – Louder Than War. TICKETS,

Moretallica – The Musician
Saturday 9 March


Moretallica (UK) are one of the hardest hitting and most exciting Metallica tribute acts in the Midlands. Formed in mid-2012 (with over 50 years pro- and semi-pro experience) and driven by a desire to be the best at playing the best, Moretallica are now unleashing their high-energy version of the best Metallica songs in venues across the Midlands and the whole of the UK. Entry priced at £10. TICKETS.

Coldbones – The Shed (Vault)
Saturday 9 March


Combining elements of prog, shoegaze, metal and atmospheric soundscapes, Coldbones present a fresh and engaging take on post rock. Intelligent arrangements and atmospheric layers are plentiful and there are many curve-balls to shock and surprise, which are masterfully weaved into eight concise tracks. Tickets are just £3. TICKETS.

March of the Mods – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 9 March

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Expect Northern Soul, ska, 2tone, Motown and more, making for a brilliant Saturday night. Live music from The Moderators, Heavy Sol Band and JD Allstars. From 8pm right through until 3am. TICKETS.

The Poozies – The Musician
Monday 11 March


Harps and harmonies from this all female Scottish folk band featuring Mary McMaster, Patsy Seddon, Eilidh Shaw, Sally Barker, and Mairearad Green. Expect tunes from Scotland and beyond featuring two harps, fiddle, piano accordion and guitar. Electro-harpist Mary McMaster also featured on Sting’s album “On A Winter’s Night” and toured with the show in Europe and the United States in 2010. TICKETS



Sophie & The Giants – The Cookie 
Tuesday 26 March

Sophie and the giants

The band have become known for innovative, left-leaning pop: a raw fusion of collective influences, which range from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux to Blondie and Jamie T. The band formed whilst together at college before they moved to their adoptive hometown of Sheffield, where they’ve been refining their intense, life-affirming sound. They’ve been on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers, and things only look set to get bigger. TICKETS.

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – The Musician
Friday 19 April

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Front man Jim Jones’s distinctive recording history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. With The Righteous Mind, Jim’s musical vision expands into new vistas encompassing not only the blistering garage rock ‘n’ roll The Revue were lauded for but also dark cinematic soundscapes, psyche tinged country blues, gospel and “heavy lounge.” As always, Jim remains an elemental, innovative force in rock ‘n’ roll. A great way to start the Easter weekend. Tickets are £12. TICKETS.

Teleman – O2 Academy 2
Friday 26 April


Teleman’s simple, sonorous brew of guitar, drum and synths is not at all unusual, but with it they craft exquisite pop songs that instantly spark your musical curiosity. They may have been born from the ashes of previous band Pete and the Pirates but they have emerged from the clatter and chaos of London to build something really special. Tickets are priced at £15. TICKETS.



REVIVE Festival
Throughout June 2019

If you’re a fan of Mod culture or the swinging sixties, you’re going to love the plans for REVIVE Festival that’s coming to Leicester in June this year. 

Over three weekends in June the city will be going back to the sixties. Expect vintage fairs, live sixties music and events, vinyl records, street food, family fun and more scooters than the set of Quadrophenia. Join the in-crowd for a Summer of Love at REVIVE Festival.

With the music and culture of the time still so hugely popular, it’s set to be a huge event for the city. The event aims to bring the past to life and the project is very much a celebration of sub-cultures, bringing the sights and sounds of bygone eras back to the streets of the city, and for 2019 the focus is firmly on Mod culture. 

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Live music will play a huge part of REVIVE Festival, kicking off with Riverside Festival on 1 & 2 June. Expect Mod bands on stage alongside scooter displays and more sixties sounds along Western Boulevard. Music fans can also look forward to Mod DJ nights at Exchange and in Orton Square, a live performance of Quadrophenia the Album at De Montfort Hall, a big Northern Soul night and so much more.

Keep your eye on the REVIVE Festival website for more and we’ll be bringing you more updates right here too. 



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