Weekly Music News – 09.04.2019

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Gary Numan – O2 Academy
Thursday 17 October

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After rising to fame in 1978 as the first ever ‘synthesizer star’ with Tubeway Army, Numan topped the UK Charts with ‘Are Friends Electric?’ and ‘Cars’, and achieved 3 amazing successive number one albums. This is his (R)EVOLUTION 40th Anniversary Tour so expect a set of classic hits. Tickets go on sale on Friday 12 April

Kamakaze – O2 Academy
Friday 17 May

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Where do we start with Kamakaze? First up, he’s a Leicester boy. Secondly, he’s a professional footballer. Thirdly, he’s in the midst of a rising grime career. Mixing up football and mc-ing for as long as he can remember, Kamakaze (real name Matt Robinson) is currently playing at Dagenham & Redbridge following a few years at Luton Town. He’s had millions of hits on YouTube and now fresh off the back of his biggest single to date, ‘At Night’ he’s playing his biggest hometown show yet. Tickets go on sale on Friday 12 April.

The Darkness – O2 Academy 
Monday 2 December

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Credit Paul John Bayfield

You all remember The Darkness with their unique brand of glammed-up rock and outrageous stage costumes, right? Their debut album ‘Permission To Land’, way back in 2003, shot to number one, spawning the love it or hate it rock anthem ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, and they also achieved the rare feat of releasing a hit modern Christmas single that continues to be played on radio each year. They have a new album coming out later in the year so expect the classics and some new tunes. Tickets go on sale on Friday 12 April.



Holy Moly & The Crackers – The Musician
Wednesday 10 March

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Holy Moly & The Crackers make riotous party music for the masses. Led by the euphoric lead single, ‘All I Got Is You’, their new LP ‘Take A Bite’ combines pop song craft with stomping, four to the floor backing, demonstrating the Newcastle-based sextet’s commerciality and ambition, as well as their ability to tackle personal lyrical fare, deftly led by vocalist Ruth Patterson. Building on their naturally expressive take on British folk with sizeable dollops of rock’n’soul, sharp indie-rock, vulnerable balladeering and festival-ready psychedelic trips towards the Middle East, the band proudly place themselves between the Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, the B52s and Gogol Bordello. 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.

An Evening with Alfie Boe – De Montfort Hall
Thursday 11 April

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One of the world’s greatest classical singers, Alfie Boe, is in town for an evening celebrating his recent vibrant and instantly classic album, ‘As Time Goes By’Alfie is one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. VIP, up close and meet & greet packages are available. TICKETS.

Bloxx – The Cookie
Thursday 11 April


Highly praised 4 piece, alt rock / indie pop band, BLOXX are known to fuse grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique, yet comfortably familiar sound which is most evident within their live shows.They’ve been playlisted on Radio 1, praised by Annie Mac and have joined the likes of Pale Waves and The Wombats on tour. TICKETS

Ailbhe Reddy – Duffy’s Bar
Thursday 11 April

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Ailbhe first attracted attention when a homemade demo of her song ‘Cover Me’ was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single, ‘Flesh & Blood’ went on to be featured as Song of the day on the UK blog Folk Radio UK and she has since gone on to feature on every major Irish festival line up, such as Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk. TICKETS

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – The Guildhall
Friday 12 April


Since his departure from Steeleye Span, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. In the process he has established their reputation as a genuinely ground-breaking force on the British folk scene, described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”. TICKETS.

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 12 April

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Enjoy a free Friday night of punk at Duffy’s Bar as Who Killed Nancy Johnson? take you into the weekend. Bridging the gap between kind of punk, kind of post-punk, kind of slap in the face, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are one of the most incendiary live acts in the UK. “Full of energy… a really cool post-punk feel” – New Music Saturday. FREE ENTRY.

Sleaford Mods – O2 Academy
Friday 12 April

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The duo have been compared to The Streets with the humour and wit of Ian Dury, John Cooper Clarke and Half Man Half Biscuit. Sleaford Mods “deal in grotty, cheap, abrasive, two-bit punk ferocity” (NME) and are back in Leicester for a Friday night show at O2 Academy.  They teamed up with The Prodigy on single, Ibiza, and their new album Eton Alive has had great reviews across the board. TICKETS

Anteros – Dryden Street Social
Friday 12 April


The London indie pop four-piece are fronted by Laura Hayden and draw influence from the likes of Blondie, No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur. “We sound like tequila mixed with bananas and a bit of cinnamon” – Laura Hayden. They’ve been on the road with Two Door Cinema Club and White Lies, opened the Other Stage at Glastonbury, welcomed Annie Mac as a fan and are known for their electric live shows. TICKETS

Queens of Art Tour – The Soundhouse
Saturday 13 April

For the first time in UK Hip Hop history, an all female line up has united for a tour called Queens of Art, curated by UK rapper Shay D. Celebrating the release of her new album ‘Human Writes’, the tour presents Shay D’s new music, alongside an all female program of high quality, handpicked female artists smashing it in their artforms at present. Line-up feature Shay D, DJ Ellie Prohan, Truemendous, Queen Millz, Flynny O Flynn, DJ Lady Envy. TICKETS

Jersey Budd – The Guildhall
Saturday 13 April

You all know Jersey Budd right? One of Leicester’s own, he was inspired by his fathers love of Dylan, Springsteen and Paul Weller, and then also later captivated by Oasis. He taught himself guitar and piano as a teenager and has  spent the past few years writing, building a collection of songs, and finally moulding a band around him. The result is a collection of classic songs shaped by his peers, yet with his unique voice, soul and talent for a melody, which has led to Jersey being tipped as one to watch. TICKETS

Spacetoast & George Pannell – The Shed
Saturday 13 April

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Leicestershire 4 piece, Spacetoast, are joined by Birmingham’s George Pannell on Saturday night. Expect a dreamy indie-pop sound incorporating influences from fellow Brummies JAWS and Swim Deep, to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana. Tickets are only £5. TICKETS.

Collabro – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 13 April


Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 things haven’t stopped for Collabro. The theatre boy band took the Britain’s Got Talent judges and viewers breath away with their renditions of classic tracks, and have continued to delight fans around the country since. VIP and meet & greet packages are available. TICKETS.

Mark Morriss – Firebug 
Saturday 6 April

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Best known as the frontman of The Bluetones, Mark Morriss released his debut solo album Memory Muscle back in 2008. Getting his hands dirty with his own set of songs has been an inspiring experience for Morriss, who started trying them out acoustically at open mic nights in London way back in 2004. “I’d just turn up with my guitar, play five or six songs, along with everyone else. I didn’t want any special favours, and just enjoyed the experience of stripping things right back down.”  Tickets are priced at £11. TICKETS

Swimming Tapes – The Cookie
Saturday 13 April

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Swimming Tapes are a London-based indie five piece releasing nostalgic, dreamy guitar music. They’ve drawn comparisons to the likes of Real Estate, Belle & Sebastian and Day Wave, who the band supported after the release of their self-produced debut track ‘Souvenirs’ in summer 2016. TICKETS.

Low Key – The Donkey
Saturday 13 April

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Get in the party mood with some brilliant and fun covers from Low Key. They’ll be doing 2 x 45 minute sets including a diverse range of genres; new old, flow and upbeat. £6 entry. 

Sing for Your Supper Open Mic – James’ Cafe Bistro
Saturday 13 April

Open mic with a twist. What about if in return for performing you got your dinner thrown in? That’s what’s happening with the new spin on Open Mic at James’ Cafe Bistro on East Bond Street. All genres are welcome with music from 5pm and all performers will receive a meal in the restaurant. James’ is a little gem in the middle of the city, so what a perfect way to try it out either as a musician or book your table for Saturday evening and enjoy some live music whilst you eat. 

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters – The Donkey
Sunday 14 April

Loud blues and rock from Leicester blues veteran Dawson Smith. Now featuring Martin Burch on guitar, expect bar room rock and roll with a shot of rhythm and blues mixed in with some Dawson classics and a few Americana specials. Entry is £4.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 15 April

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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. 



Vennart – The Shed
Friday 26 April


Biffy Clyro guitarist and Oceansize frontman, Mike Vennart, is hitting the road with his solo project, Vennart, with a Leicester date at The Shed on Friday 26 April.  Tickets are priced at £15 and are on sale now

Cabbage – The Cookie
Thursday 9 May


Get in before this one sells out. The bunch of Manchester misfits 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.

James Walsh – The Soundhouse
Thursday 16 May

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Starsailor frontman James Walsh is coming to The Soundhouse for an acoustic show in support of his new solo album Tiger On The Bridge on Thursday 16 May. As front man of multi-million selling band Starsailor, James Walsh achieved great success but has also since gone on to prove his own worth as a singer-songwriter in his own right. He’s written songs with Eliza Doolittle, Melanie C, Suzanne Vega, and Professor Green – to name a few; as well as writing movie soundtracks. Tickets are £15 in advance. TICKETS.



110 Above Festival
Gopsall Farm
2 – 4 August 2019

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Nestled away over near Twycross is the site of the brilliant 110 Above Festival, an event that is staking its claim as one of Leicestershire’s summer highlights and one of the festival scene’s best kept secrets. The festival in fact started as a small party around a campfire to celebrate the organiser’s birthday, and now that’s grown into a festival who this year will be hosting the likes of Pale Waves, Easy Life, Mystery Jets, Swim Deep and Jaws, with many more to be confirmed. 

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Now in its 10th year, the festival was previously known as Lainfest and since its rebranding as 110 Above has hosted the likes of Circa Waves, Fickle Friends, Sundara Karma and Coasts. With a capacity that’s limited to around just 1000 people it’s a truly unique and special event for all attendees. 

“Unpretentious and undeniably fun” is the atmosphere that they strive for and achieve year on year. 

With a focus on new music the organisers have built a reputation for providing a place to discover your new favourite band as they showcase breakthrough talent alongside more established artists. 

The festival site is at Gopsall Farm, a small farm near to Twycross Zoo. As well as 3 stages (The Commune Stage, Old Town Hall Stage and Gopsall Stage), festival goers can also look forward to pop-up performances in unique spaces, comedy, arts & crafts and more. 

Tier 1 tickets have already sold out, with Tier 2 tickets going fast. Don’t miss out on one of Leicestershire’s best parties this summer. Buy tickets online from the 110 Above website.

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TMRW Magazine“Still Indie’s best kept secret”
NME“110 Above festival showcases some of the best up and coming talent, as well as bringing in some legendary crowd pleasers; and all this for a bargain price in comparison to the bigger festivals! Whether you’re a newbie to the festival game or a bit of a veteran it’s a great place to be.”



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