Weekly Music News – 07.05.2019

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New names added to Coombe Weekender
3 & 4 August

faithless Coombe weekender

Following the news of The Libertines and Tom Grennan headlining the brand new Coombe Weekender at Coombe Abbey, Faithless have now been added to the line-up. They will headline the Saturday night alongside The Libertines, whilst elsewhere Kelis and MK have also been added. The globally renowned electronica band are known for songs including ‘Insomnia’, ‘God Is a DJ’ and ‘We Come 1’. Set to take over The Big Top, Faithless will perform a DJ set with Crystal Waters supporting. Sunday will see R&B goddess Kelis added to the mainstage alongside MK. Kelis is best known for her hits including ‘Trick Me’ and ‘Milkshake’. Other acts throughout the weekend include Circa Waves and The Futureheads. TICKETS.

Blaenavon show postponed

The 3 piece post-rock band from Brighton were due to return to Leicester this week on 9 May. The show has now been postponed. If you already have tickets you’ll hopefully be hearing about the new date soon.

Oh Heck!? moves to every Friday night at The Shed

Leicester’s newest indie club night, Oh Heck!? has been such a hit since it launched at The Shed that it’s now moved from the last Wednesday of each month to EVERY Friday night. Running from 11pm – 3am expect the best hits from The 1975 to Taylor Swift, with plenty of Arctic Monkeys, George Ezra and Wolf Alice thrown in between. 18+, £3 entry, plenty of drinks offers.



Robyn Hitchcock – The Musician
Tuesday 7 May

With over a dozen solo album, fans can expect the usual extremes of emotion love, life and death, sprinkled with large grains of humour. A fabulous guitarist who can hold his own with one of the best rhythm sections there is and multi-layered psychedelic sounds. TICKETS.

Bring Your Own Vinyl – The Globe
Tuesday 7 May

the globe leicester

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.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story – De Montfort Hall
Wednesday 8 May

Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance followed. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. TICKETS

Sound Factory – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 8 May

Showcase of local artists including Jess Braithwaite, Maia Eavan, Nadia Hartley and Tom Clarke. Music from 7pm. Free entry.

Kim Lowings & The Greenwood – The Musician
Thursday 9 May

Four piece folk band from the Midlands, fronted by Kim, an Appalachian mountain dulcimer player, pianist and songwriter. She sings with an enchantingly pure voice and The Greenwood create a harmonious backline of hypnotic guitar, bouzouki, double bass and percussion. 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.

Jodie – Echo Factory
Thursday 9 May

echo factory Leicester

Jodie will be performing a blend of her dark and poetic original songs and favourite covers with her live band. Also on the line up is eclectic solo guitarist, Reece Judge and Peter Cornell who will be taking us through the history of gospel music with a large ensemble! REGISTER FOR TICKETS.

The Status Trio – The Donkey
Thursday 9 May

status trio

Three of Leicester’s finest musicians with some cool Thursday jazz improvisations. Featuring Mike Sole – keyboards, Neil Segrot – bass, Dave Anderson – drums.

King of Pop Navi as Michael Jackson – The Haymarket Theatre
Friday 10 May

king of pop

Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 Michael Jackson tribute artist, whowas handpicked by Michael himself as his official body double. Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave Navi a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”. This year Navi was also chosen by Hollywood and received critical acclaim after starring as in the new movie “Michael Jackson – Searching For Neverland”. Expect  all the greatest hits along with an incredible live band and dancers. TICKETS

John Bramwell – The Soundhouse
Friday 10 May

John bramwell

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.

This Feeling with The Keepers – The Cookie
Friday 10 May

Northamptonshire based indie/psych 4 piece band, The Keepers, influenced by The Beatles, Small Faces and The Kinks headline this month’s This Feeling live club night. DJs follow the live music playing Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Black Honey, Blossoms, Blur, BRMC, Cabbage, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, The Cribs and so much more. “The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher

The Anthemics – Natterjacks
Friday 10 May

the anthemics

Spend Friday with one of the best party covers bands around. Free entry all night with 2 for 1 cocktails between 8pm – 11pm and DJ follows the live band. 

Live Music & Gourmet Burgers – The Pumping Station
Friday 10 May

Back by popular demand, on Fridays you can enjoy an afternoon and evening of burgers and live music at The Pumping Station, set in their beautiful Grade II listed building and grounds. With burgers being served from midday, including a children’s menu, right through to the evening. Live music starts from 8.30pm, it’s free entry all night and the bar is open until midnight, serving a large range of gins, rums and craft beers. (Note, this event is at The Pumping Station on Bradgate Road, Cropston, LE7 7GB)

RockSka – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 10 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! Music from 9pm. Free entry.

The Barratts – The Shed
Friday 10 May

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Five-piece indie rock band from Northampton, The Barratts, have spent the last 3 years fine-tuning their sound, and playing gigs nationwide. They have played with bands such as The Sherlocks, Cast, Blaenavon and The Wholls. Joined by Number 38, White Canvas and Marstone. TICKETS

Demons of Ruby Mae – O2 Academy
Friday 10 May

demons of ruby mae

Born in Leicester and now rooted in Manchester, Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley write about their personal experiences, and those of people they’ve met along the way. Heading to Paris to write their debut album with Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello-winning James Sanger, whose previous work with acts such as Faithless and Brian Eno, also opened up a totally new dimension to Demons Of Ruby Mae’s sound, bringing with it huge excitement around their recent release. They’ve signed North American and European label deals with Anti Fragile Records and Long Branch Records, and the future seems very bright. TICKETS

Steal The City – The Vault (The Shed)
Saturday 11 May

steal the city

Hailing from Sheffield, dynamic hard rock 4 piece outfit Steal The City are purveyors of some of the sharpest hooked riffs and chorus lines this side of the Atlantic. While Individually submerged somewhere in the underground rock scene, they found each other through sharing the same passion, drive and commitment to music. TICKETS.

UB40 – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 11 May


UB40 have been together since 1978 and have had numerous hits including ‘1 In 10’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, ‘Homely Girl’ and ‘Red Red Wine’. Following the departure of vocalist Ali Campbell in 2008, UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan continue to record and tour extensively. TICKETS.

Siobhan Mazzei – The Black Horse (Braunstone Gate)
Saturday 11 May

Leicester favourite, Siobhan Mazzei, plays a rare solo performance at The Black Horse on Braunstone Gate. She’ll be playing 2 x 45 minute sets. Music from 9pm. Free entry.

Ferris / The Fazed – The Donkey
Saturday 11 May


Two indie rock bands from Leicester are joining up for a brilliant Saturday night show. Expect a night full of original, soaring indie anthems from these 2 leading local acts. “Ferris – Melodic retro indie rock n roll, a fair bit of Beatles, especially the harmonies with nods to Oasis and the hookiness of Crowded House.“ Bugbear Promotions. Music from 8pm. 

Twisted Wheel – The Soundhouse
Saturday 11 May

twisted wheel leicester

Wake Up Promotions & The Soundhouse are bringing Twisted Wheel back to Leicester for The Nomad Hat Tour. Indie fans will remember this young band who raced onto the scene in 2007, fronted by the feral andprecocious Jonny Brown. There came indie rock success with such anthems as ‘You Stole The Sun’, ‘She’s a Weapon’ and ‘Lucy The Castle’ and their irrepressible energy and ability to deliver inspired rock’n’roll gained saw them grab support slots with Oasis, Kasabian, Paul Weller, The Courteeners, The Happy Mondays and Ian Brown to name but a few. Support from Gazelle. TICKETS

Blackbeard’s Tea Party – The Musician
Saturday 11 May

Blackbeard's tea party

Combining fiddle, melodeon and voice with the interlocking grooves of two hand percussionists, a distorted electric guitar, along with funk-inflected bass patterns, Blackbeard’s Tea Party is not for folk purists. Forget the trendy twee of bands like Mumford and Sons and expect folk’s darker and more primitive origins, all by way of classic rock, funk and dance music. TICKETS.

Lucy Spraggan – O2 Academy
Sunday 12 May

Lucy spraggan leicester

Having come a long way since she stepped up to audition for X factor in 2012, Lucy Spraggan is back in Leicester following a number of sell out shows over the years. Don’t miss her on 12 May, with tickets sure to fly out. Tickets are on sale now priced at £18. TICKETS.

International Acoustic Playboys – The Donkey
Sunday 12 May

Imagine a night filled with top pop songs by Kylie, Taylor Swift and Tina Turner … now imagine them being performed by 30-something year old men! Meet The International Acoustic Playboys – the perfect way to kick off your Bank Holiday. Free entry.

Nice Guy Eddie – The Real Ale Classroom
Sunday 13 May

real ale classroom

Winner of their second monthly open mic, Nice Guy Eddie will be back performing a set of classic rock songs. Head down for music from 3pm, complete, of course, with their finest selection of gin and ales. 


Drahla – The Cookie
Monday 13 May


Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have garnered early critical praise with their first singles, including ‘Faux Text’/’Burden of Proof’ which was released earlier this year. Hailing from Leeds, their reputation as a fervent live act has seen them share stages with Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more. TICKETS

Emma Stevens – The Musician
Monday 13 May

Emma stevens

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens is a regular on Radio 2, with 2 tracks from her debut album making the playlist. Championed by Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, Emma headlined the BBC Introducing stage at ‘Festival in a Day’ in Hyde Park and played the main stage at CarFest. She has toured with the likes of The Kooks and Feeder, and worked with a variety of artists including Kate Nash, Passenger and Jenn Bostic. “It’s pop, it’s folk, it’s indie, it’s kitsch, it’s wonderful” Louder Than War. TICKETS.



The Bohemians: A Night of Queen – Morningside Arena
Saturday 15 June

Bohemians Leicester queen

One of the UK’s best Queen tribute bands perform a huge show at Leicester Arena on Saturday 15 June. The Bohemians will take you on a high energy rollercoaster ride of a concert, featuring the back catalogue of one of the world’s most popular and iconic rock acts of all time. Billed as ‘The world’s most exciting Queen tribute”, The Bohemians will leave few Queens hits left uncovered, from the early piano and harmony heavy wonders of ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, to the later pop anthems of the eighties. TICKETS.

Shonen Knife – The Cookie 
Tuesday 16 July

shonen knife

The 3-piece Japanese pop-punk outfit have been performing for over 30 years. They hold Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Sultans of Ping among their fans and even supported Nirvana on tour in America. They were personally chosen by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to play 2010’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, have recorded sessions for John Peel and even appeared on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead. TICKETS.

The SoapGirls – The Soundhouse
Friday 30 August


The SoapGirls, hailing from Cape Town, write outsider anthems that are androgynous, audacious and straight from the heart. Following the release of their album Society’s Rejects, the band have been featured in countless music publications, while their last two singles were playlisted on BBC Radio. Enjoy a dose of punk rock madness. TICKETS




11 – 15 July

noisily festival

Set deep in Leicestershire’s rolling countryside, Noisily Festival of Electronic Music and Arts is back this July. Totally contained amongst the trees, the festival creates a safe haven where hedonism and escapism are encouraged and can flourish and thrive.

So where is it? Well the location remains “a secret” until you purchase your tickets when you’ll be sent the postcode, but if you don’t like surprises, it’s held at Noseley Hall near to Billesden, between Leicester out towards Market Harborough. The hidden countryside site is transformed into a world of weird and wonderful activities and for the weekend you’d never know you were so close to home.

noisily festival

This year Noisily will, as always, play host to an array of exciting musical talent from the UK and abroad, along with a performances, art installations and mind bending visual arts. Whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, organisers are keen to confirm that Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul (in fact they do even have a Mind, Body & Soul Area). It’s a celebration of psychedelic art and culture in a society which is increasingly looking within for happiness and fulfilment, and away from material goods and money as the definition of success.  

You can expect to to hear a diverse range of music, from Bass, Glitch and Breaks, through House and Disco, via the Noisily mainstay of Progressive Techno, and not forgetting the Liquid Stage which has fast become the best outdoor psychedelic trance experience in the UK.

noisily festival

It’s a weekend unlike any other in Leicestershire. A festival with a difference! For those with a passion for electronic music, or if you’re looking for escapism and to wow your senses, then it’s well worth checking out.

Final phase weekend tickets are on sale now priced at £175. Please note Noisily is strictly an adult only over 18 event. Tickets are on sale from the Noisily website.




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