Weekly Music News – 08.10.19


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Hacktivist – The Cookie
Sunday 3 November

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Milton Keynes five-piece Hacktivist return to Leicester for the first time in 4 years. The band take their name from a term used to describe activists who, through computers, spread political messages. Primarily known as a metal band who blend their heavy sounds with rap, the end result is a sound containing all the monstrous riffs and heavy beats you would expect from a metal gig, but combined with the energy and vibes of a grime or hip-hop show. TICKETS.

Hibou – The Soundhouse
Friday 31 January 2020

Seattle dream-pop artist, Peter Michel, brings his outfit, Hibou, to Leicester for a headline show at The Soundhouse on Friday 31 January. Amidst an atmosphere of melancholia, Peter Michel has thrown himself into a lifetime’s worth of writing, recording and touring belied by his young age. At just 17, the Seattle-based musician toured extensively with dream pop outfit Craft Spells, and most recently met critical acclaim with his personal project, Hibou. TICKETS.

The Total Stone Roses – The Soundhouse 
Friday 8 November

Wake Up Promotions present The Total Stone Roses as they return to The Soundhouse playing the best ‘Roses material including ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘Fools Gold’, ‘Waterfall’, ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and ‘Love Spreads’. You won’t find a better sound-a-like band this side of 1989. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 8 October (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.

Midge Ure – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 8 October

From Slik and The Rich Kids to Ultravox and Band Aid, Midge has produced consistently innovative and excellent pop music. Fronting Ultravox, Midge had nine top 10 albums and sold in excess of 20 millions records in the UK alone before moving on to an equally successful solo career. Now you can enjoy the famous Vienna album performed in its entirety. TICKETS.

Audible Light – The Cookie
Tuesday 8 October

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Join the elusive ambient electro-acoustic quartet, Audible Light, to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Together they have released 8 albums – Radiance, Luminescence, Submergence, Convergence, Essence, Prescience, and their new album Sentience. £5 on the door.

Lung Money – The Shed
Wednesday 9 October

Lung Money are a noisey prog band from Bristol, UK. “Biffy Clyro if they were from Sweden. F***ing phenomenal.” – Apherium “Fast-paced rock that sounds like so many different things it’s impossible to pin down.” – The Food of Love. TICKETS.

Jonny & The Baptists – The Cookie
Wednesday 9 October

Comedy band, Jonny & The Baptists, make riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity.. Nominated for the ‘Amused Moose Laughter Awards’, the ‘2013 New Act of the Year Awards’ and the ‘Musical Comedy Awards’. Many TV & Radio appearances including ‘The Now Show’ (BBC Radio 4), ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ (BBC Radio 4) and ‘Sketchorama’ (BBC Radio 4). ‘The enthusiasm, avidity and passion of the band radiate well after the gig has finished‘ (The List). TICKETS.

Kenny Wilson – Guildhall
Thursday 10 October

Join Kenny Wilson as he celebrates the back catalogue of Leonard Cohen. In this concert, Kenny Wilson and his friends will celebrate some of the greatest and most-loved songs including Suzanne, Hallelujah, Bird on the Wire, Famous Blue Raincoat and many more! This is a fantastic opportunity to hear these songs in the beautiful medieval Guildhall. Tickets £10/£8, call 0116 2532569.

7StoreySoul – The Musician
Thursday 10 October

7StoreySoul are a top funk/soul band who play a mix of original and classic funk/soul. Expect timeless classics from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and AWB to more contemporary artists such as Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, Beyoncé, Corrine Bailey Rae and Mark Ronson, as well as a healthy dose of original funk/soul material written by band founder Mark Poole. TICKETS.

Swim Deep – O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 10 October

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Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep 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.

This Feeling – The Cookie
Friday 11 October

The brilliant This Feeling club night returns to The Cookie with the line-up lead by Corby’s indie rockers, Luna Rosa alongside The Honeymoon Suite. Great night always guaranteed. TICKETS.

Sea Girls – O2 Academy Leicester *SOLD OUT*
Friday 11 October

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Fronted by Leicestershire’s own Henry Camamile, Sea Girls are a hotly tipped four-piece who deliver simple storytelling songs and arena-ready anthems. The band play tightly honed tunes, with their fans chanting back every single word. “Sea Girls are poised to become one of the biggest breakout indie bands. With sell-out shows up and down the nation and bangers-a-plenty coming, their path to becoming British indie stars is very much on the cards” – NME

Sally Hosack – Leicester Coffee House
Friday 11 October (4.30pm)

Leicester Coffee House presents the next instalment of Buskers and Beans. Sally Hossack writes and performs with a intimate style and sensual tone; personal and uplifting songs. “The finest storytelling lyrics you will have heard for a while now on the Beat.” Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing. Free entry from 4.30pm.

Chris Helme – The Musician
Friday 11 October

Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ is still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Blinded By The Sun’. Expect a mix of classic tunes and newer solo material. TICKETS.

Tanni Browne – The Donkey
Friday 11 October

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Tanni does all the Bob Marley classics along with some of his own material. £7 tickets on the door.

Bubblegum Hypnosis – The Soundhouse
Friday 11 October

Bubblegum Hypnosis is a celebration of music. A weird and wild force to be reckoned with. Genres are merely a barrier to creation for the Leicester-based outfit who encompass a range of styles, sounds and concepts from alternative rock to psych pop. TICKETS.

Kingsize – Dryden Street Social
Friday 11 October

Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize play foot-stompin’, house rocking arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. This year they turn 20 and you’re all invited along to celebrate with them! TICKETS.

Morgan Monroe – Brick & Beam
Friday 11 October

Enjoy live R&B and neo-soul acoustic covers with Morgan Munroe, as well as drinks offers and Leicester’s best hidden roof terrace. Free entry.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 11 October

Jump into the weekend with Kenny Wilson on guitar and vocals playing the best of Dylan, Cohen, Americana and so much more. Music from 8pm. Free entry.

Mallory Knox – The Shed
Friday 11 October

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Alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, hit the road on a headline tour, which is stopping at The Shed on 11 October. This follows the release of their self-titled album, ‘Mallory Knox’, which came out in August via A Wolf At Your Door. 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 Saturday 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.

Ultimate Leppard – The Musician
Saturday 12 October

Paying homage to the greatest ever band from Sheffield, of course it’s the one and only Def Leppard. Expect a night full of classic hits. TICKETS.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party / Whisky Rebellion – The Cookie
Saturday 12 October

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party are enjoying their 10 year anniversary this year, and as part of the celebratory tour they will be joining forces with Leicester’s own The Whiskey Rebellion for a night of drinking, dancing, and utter degeneracy at The Cookie. Expect a masquerade melee, littered with clowns, kings, pirates, harlequins, demons, all dancing their pants off to a maelstrom of frenzied and energetic gypsy-folk music. TICKETS.

Biff Bang Pow – Firebug
Saturday 12 October

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All the leaves may be brown, and the sky may be turning grey but this Saturday join Biff Bang Pow for a technicolour, psychedelic freak-out, with DJs playing the best Psych, Freakbeat, Garage Punk, acid rock and 60s Beat. Free entry.

Foreverland Psychedelic Carnival – O2 Academy
Saturday 12 October

Prepare for an explosion of the senses as Foreverland invites you to their most outlandish theme yet, for a party like no other! Expect confetti, CO2 jets and sparks, giant inflatables and props, and fully thematic entertainers to make clubbers disconnect with reality and get lost in a surreal and subversive adventure. Guest DJs include Flava D and Bitr8. TICKETS.

T-Rextasy – The Y Theatre
Saturday 12 October

Danielz and his great band return for the eagerly anticipated return visit of the world’s only officially acclaimed definitive tribute to Marc Bolan and T Rex. Bring along your bopping shoes, warm up your vocal cords and sing and dance the night away to all your favourite hits including Hot Love, Metal Guru and Jeepster. TICKETS.

Convictions – The Shed
Saturday 12 October

The Christian metalcore band from Fremont, Ohio, hit The Shed’s Vault stage on Saturday night. “From our hearts to your ears, we are Convictions. Aggressive worship. Emotion captured in noise.” TICKETS.

Skywalker – The Shed
Saturday 12 October

A hardcore / pop punk band from Prague, now residing in Liverpool. The four-piece crush speed and aggression with melodic hooks and bouncy choruses. They firmly put themselves in the skate punk scene, taking their emotional post-hardcore inspiration from the likes of Crooks and Counterparts, whilst retaining the strength of their massive pop-punkesque choruses that wouldn’t look at out of place in a Neck Deep track. TICKETS.

The Rheingans Sisters – Attenborough Arts Centre
Sunday 13 October

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Mixing both contemporary and traditional folk music, The Rheingans Sisters will be at Attenborough Arts Centre for a night of music incorporating fiddle, banjo, english concertina, cello and bansitar, fused to create a distinctive and experimental sound to their music. In 2016 they won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track and they continue to delight audiences with their innovative sound. TICKETS.

The Twang – O2 Academy
Monday 14 October

Birmingham indie-rock five piece, The Twang, first found national fame when the NME wrote an article of the West Midlands music scene, and were very soon picking up awards, covered by a Radio 1 documentary and rising up the charts. 15 years later they’re still going strong with a new album out in November. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 14 October

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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.



Brix and The Extricated – The Cookie
Saturday 26 October

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Back for their annual show, this one is sure to sell out. Brix & The Extricated feature original Fall member Brix Smith-Start on guitar and vocals, powerhouse duo Steve Hanley on bass and brother Paul Hanley on drums, Steve Trafford on guitar and vocals and virtuoso Jason Brown on guitar. It’s a dream line up for lovers of The Fall sound. TICKETS.

Steve Mason – O2 Academy
Saturday 9 November

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Scottish musician, Steve Mason, is best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. He has also been a member of Black Affair with Jimmy Edgar and is now back performing solo. TICKETS.

Adam Ant – De Montfort Hall
Friday 29 November

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Grammy nominated, pop icon, Adam Ant, returns to Leicester and will be performing his landmark, solo album Friend or Foe for the first time, live in its entirety. Expect a night packed full of other classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites. TICKETS.


We chat to Leicester’s Goldwater about their exciting summer hitting the festival scene

After the band’s biggest summer yet, full of dream festival appearances, we catch up with Leicester’s psychedelic blues boys, Goldwater.

Goldwater have been together for over 5 years now, how did the band first get started? 

We formed around 5 years ago. We all knew each other from the music scene and from previous bands and projects. Carl and I got chatting one night about hooking up and having a jam, then we asked Grant if he’d be interested in singing. We had a different bass player at first but then I asked my dad, John if he fancied being involved about 4 months in. The chemistry that me and my dad have as a powerhouse rhythm section is so tight as we’re family – we’re like mind readers when it comes to jamming! Add Carl’s  massive magical riffs twinned with Grant’s preacher like stage presence and we knew we were onto something special.

How would you describe the band to anyone who isn’t familiar with your music? 

Our press release says we’re Psychedelic Psychotic Preachers and that sums it up okay but I think seeing us live is the best way to get a feeling for what we do. 

Goldwater was always a performance based idea. Each of us had played on the scene for many years. What we wanted was to create a band that could showcase our energy that was raw and ready.  

Musically, psychedelic blues would be the way to describe our sound but our influences would be… Ten Years After, The Doors, Cream, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Captain Beefheart and more recently….White Denim, John Fairhurst, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind and King Gizzard and DeWolff.

You managed to get yourself onto some brilliant festival lineups this summer, how special is it for a band to get booked for these events? 

We’re having to pinch ourselves that this summer of festivals is actually real! It feels a bit like a dream to be featuring alongside some of the country’s biggest bands right now. At Bearded Theory we were about to hit the stage and you could hear The Cult playing in the distance. Pretty surreal! It’s an incredible feeling to be able to go to Boomtown, Shambala, Deerstock, Bearded Theory and AWTP anyway but to be actually playing is a real honour. Our type of music goes down well at festivals so we feel very at home playing in a field! 

Which festival would you most love to play? 

I think the obvious one is Glastonbury! It’s the big one and nothing comes close to it due to its size and scale. Luckily the UK has loads of smaller, independent festivals too that are lots of fun. Playing Deerstock this weekend shows that if you fill your festival with loads of nice people you get a brilliant atmosphere regardless of size. 

You play regular local gigs too. Which are some of your favourite local venues to perform at? 

Leicester really is a great place to make music. The scene is friendly and tight with a lot of bands work together on shows and projects. For a relatively small city we have a wealth of great venues that are really supportive. The best thing about the Leicester scene is the people who come out to support local, live music. Gigs always have a great atmosphere due to the fans who always turn up for a groove! The joy of having a good few venues that are varied and different is great for the scene. It would be impossible to choose our favourite venue as we’ve enjoyed playing them all for different reasons. 

What have been some of your favourite local gigs over the years, both yours and watching other acts? 

Simon Says was a brilliant showcase for local music and having an opportunity to play a prestigious venue like De Montfort Hall was a huge highlight for us. NYE at The Musician with our mates The Brandy Thieves was a proper jump off of a show. Also Witnessing the return of Crazyhead at The Donkey was a really special gig. 

There are so many great bands on the scene right now but a few of our favourites are GU-RU, Midnight Dogs, Brandy Thieves, Earls, Chambers, Dig Lazarus, Whisky Rebellion, Unkle Frank, Mystery Action, Nile Deltas and The Hardy Band. 

After festival season is over what does the rest of 2019 hold for Goldwater? 

Its been a wildly hectic year with all the festivals so we’re gonna take some time off to recover and spend time with our families. 

Where can people find out more info on the band?

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram and search us on Spotify to listen to our music.



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