Weekly Music News – 09.07.19

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Milk Teeth – The Cookie
Wednesday 21 August

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The British punk band front by Becky Blomfield are in Leicester for a Reading & Leeds warm-up show. “The band’s mixture of light/dark, sweet/sour, melody/noise echoes those early 90s reference points – Pixies, The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr – but adds something distinctly British” – Clash Magazine. TICKETS.

Burna Boy – O2 Academy
Saturday 6 November

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Afro-sensation Burna Boy returns to Leicester in November. Best known for his mixes of Dance-Hall, Afrobeat, R&B and Hip-Hop, his African Giant UK tour also includes a massive date at Wembley Arena and you’ll be able to hear more from him as he collaborates with Leicester’s Mahalia on her brand new album. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 30 July.

Future Sound of Leicester – The Cookie
Various dates

The Cookie has always made a priority of supporting new music and now they’re launching a gig series called Future Sound of Leicester to showcase some of the city’s best new talent. Just this year, The Cookie has taken both Easy Life and Mahalia from local support slots to headline shows at O2 Academy Leicester, and this new gig series is the perfect opportunity for you to check out the next stars of the future. Confirmed upcoming shows include Earls (Friday 19 July), Jools (Saturday 20 July) and Drips (Friday 26 July). All shows are free entry.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 9 July (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.

Nell Bryden – The Musician
Wednesday 10 July

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Mostly influenced by her childhood, native New Yorker Nell Bryden is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter whose inspiration stemmed from a backpacking trip to Australia. With the heart of an artist and the mind of a storyteller, every song penned by her is fully coloured with emotion, and Nell is fast accumulating a strong fanbase. TICKETS.

WSTR – The Cookie – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 10 July


Pop-punk heavyweights WSTR are heading to The Cookie for an intimate performance before their appearance at 2000 Trees Festival. With a big summer of festivals that also includes Download and Slam Dunk, don’t miss seeing them here on your doorstep. SOLD OUT.

Hoo Ha Record Club – The Exchange
Thursday 11 July

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The Hoo Ha returns to The Exchange and this month’s theme is all about water! Yes, songs about water, the sea, or however you, as the DJs, choose to interpret the theme. As always, 12 DJs are picked from a hat, all playing a set of twenty minutes each with songs fitting their take on the theme, on vinyl or CD (MP3 only if you really must!). To enter the draw to DJ on the night, you can apply via the Facebook event and not to worry if you’ve never been a DJ before, the team will be on hand to show you the ropes! Every penny raised on the night goes to local mental health charity LAMP

Can’t Swim – The Cookie
Thursday 11 July

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Based out of Keansburg New Jersey, Can’t Swim have toured with bands including Four Year Strong, Hit the Lights, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Moose Blood, Boston Manor, Set Your Goals, and Valencia. Their latest album This Too Won’t Pass was released in late 2018, proving again that they’re a force to be reckoned with. TICKETS.

The Status Trio – The Donkey
Thursday 11 July

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

Molly’s Kiss – The Musician
Thursday 11 July

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The French duo, composed of Nicolas & Madeline, has a popular folk sound and an ever-growing fan base for their music, which is tinted with guitar, piano and harmonies of both voices. TICKETS.

Dark Side The Pink Floyd Show – National Space Centre
Friday 12 July

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On the eve of the week-long celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, head to the National Space Centre for a truly unique experience. The team are working with Darkside The Pink Floyd Show to host a live performance in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Darkside utilise a vast array of lighting, laser and pyrotechnic effects that form the basis of their stage show. A performance inspired by the shows that made Pink Floyd famous from their debut in the late 1960s, throughout the Seventies and into the 1980s with the blockbusting tours of ‘The Wall’. The evening will include a mini beer festival and two performances. TICKETS.

Summer Speakeasy w/ The Snowfathers – The Cookie
Friday 12 July

The ever-popular Speakeasy is back once again and this month The Snowfathers will be delivering high energy jazz and unique covers for your Friday night. With great cocktails, good company and some of the most beautiful music around, expect a brilliant night of live entertainment.

Vexed – The Shed
Friday 12 July

Newcomers on the metal scene, Vexed, are heading to The Shed on Friday night. They’ll be joined by top local talent, Voidwalker and Mutiny. TICKETS.

Taffy – The Soundhouse
Friday 12 July

Tokyo girl-fronted four-piece. Taffy deliver an intoxicating blend of well-crafted bubblegum pop, shoegaze and psych with catchy indie songs akin to Shonen Knife, The Apples In Stereo and Kenickie. Their heavy guitar riffs and playful vocals are shot through with noise and punk riffs that seduce and capture the spirit of 90s Britpop. TICKETS.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 12 July

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.

Jacuzzisoup – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 12 July

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Jacuzzisoup is a fabulously fun five piece party band, playing a section of soul/funk music that has been carefully chosen to get you on your feet and keep you there. Fabulous atmosphere guaranteed. Free entry. 

A Night of Irish Music – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 12 July

A night of traditional and contemporary Irish music featuring the amazing Gits & Shiggles plus guests. There will be raffles and fundraising activities on behalf of local GAA club, Leicester Naomh Padraig Gaa. Free entry.

Biff Bang Pow – The Cookie
Friday 12 July

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Spend the night reminiscing in a brand new venue as Biff Bang Pow takes over The Cookie. Join them to hear the best of Biff Bang Pow favourites on vinyl with psych, garage, freakbeat, R&B, Popcorn and Mod beats. There will be happy hour drinks, free entry, great music and laughs!

Open Mic – The Donkey
Friday 12 July

Head down from 8pm as Rhett Barrow hosts Friday night open mic at The Donkey. Slots available through the evening to perform.

Daft Funk Live – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 13 July

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‘Daft Funk Live!’ are a Daft Punk tribute-band, embracing the fantastic live aspect of DP’s performances. They incorporate their own custom light shows, including a three-meter high LED pyramid, and use live instruments to give an immersive and dynamic show. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost homage to the infamous and illusive Robots. TICKETS.

House of Verse – Brick & Beam
Saturday 13 July

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House of Verse takes over Brick & Beam on Saturday night with live music, DJs, dance, comedy, spoken word and the house band to keep you entertained all night long. Tickets are available online or more on the door. Prizes for the best dressed on the night. TICKETS.

Hip Hop Classics Night – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 13 July

5 hours non-stop hip hop featuring all the classics Nas, Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest, Notorious BIG, Snoop Dog, Rakim, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Tupac, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Onyx, Slum Village, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, Mos Def, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Jay-Z, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Warren G, ice cube, grandmaster Flash Krs One, Dmx Lil Kim, Gangstarr, Sugarhill Gang And The list goes on and on… TICKETS.

Soundwaves zine presents The People Assembly + special guests – The Soundhouse
Saturday 13 July

After a successful first DIY Zine show Soundwaves presents The People Assembly for their single launch. Describing themselves as a Leicester based post space band and now signed to Earwig Records, a quick name change later and The People Assembly are ready to pick you up in a blanket of loudness and deliver their whirring new single straight to your ears. They’ll be joined by new talent, Spacetoast, angst ridden indie-boppers Railroads. TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July (2-6pm)

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If you haven’t been down to a Summer Sessions yet then it’s about time you do. The Soundhouse is hosting free acoustic acts all afternoon every weekend this summer. Take a seat in the brand spanking newly revamped Soundhouse beer garden, and enjoy drinks offers, free entry, and plenty of dog friendly and kid friendly fun.

Michael Vickers – The Cookie
Saturday 13 July

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Michael Vickers is a  singer-songwriter from here in Leicester. His combination of indie-rock, rap, folk and heartfelt lyrics has audiences describing his music as ‘clever, captivating, beautiful, vivacious, unique and spellbinding’. “He’s sensational live, if you get a chance to see him, please do”. – Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing. TICKETS.

Philderness presents The Devil’s Bard and Friends – The Donkey
Saturday 13 July (from 4pm)

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Philderness is a fundrasing event with live bands, DJs, stalls, food and an mini festival vibe, raising funds for friend of The Donkey, Phil, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer 3 years ago. It all kicks off from 4pm with bands including The Devil’s Bard, The Wrong’uns, Andrea Kenny, Tim MC, Elvis tribute and plenty more. Entry £10.

7StoreySoul – The Musician
Sunday 14 July

7StoreySoul are a top funk & soul band who play a mix of original and classic tracks. Enjoy 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

The Skapones – The Donkey
Sunday 14 July


Enjoy an afternoon show from The Skapones, a new ska band featuring members and former musicians from The G Men, The Ska Beats, Major Accident and The Matics, along with the UK’s No.1 tribute to Elton John on keyboards. The seven piece ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform a selection of 2 Tone anthems and other foot stomping tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 15 July

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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.



Shonen Knife – The Cookie
Tuesday 16 July

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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.

Emeli Sandé – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 30 November

Award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé is back with new music and a brand new tour of the UK. With tracks including songs ‘Read All About It’ with Professor Green, ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ with Labrinth, ‘Next to Me’ and ‘Clown’, Emeli soon became a household name Her new album, ‘Real Life’, will be released in September and her UK tour follows with a date at De Montfort Hall.  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.



The Brandy Thieves
Chat festival appearances, Leicester’s music scene and upcoming plans

The Brandy Thieves have become known as one of Leicester’s most exciting live acts. Combining gypsy rhythms with punk energy and folk storytelling, they’re making a big name for themselves and have an exciting summer of festivals in 2019. We caught up with lead singer Andrea Kenny to find out more.

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Credit Scott Choucino

The Brandy Thieves have become a massive name on the Leicester music scene, where did it all start for you guys and how long have you been together?

It started on a cold stormy night in 2013…. haha. 

It actually started when Cain Barriskill (bass) and I responded to each other’s internet ads to find a band! We were both new to Leicester and were both previously in bands and looking to make new friends. From there we picked up the rest of the ramshackle bunch as we went along! We’re an eclectic lot, Cain being from Northern Ireland, Chris (drums) and Joe (trumpet) both Leicester born and bread, our crazy polish brother Seb (banjo) and most recently Tim on accordian, who makes the long journey from South Carolina each year to rock with us. I am .. from part says unknown… We like to keep a little mystery about us!

How would you describe The Brandy Thieves to someone who’s not heard your music before?

“Gypsy punk with soul” is our tag line… think the mutant love child of Tina Turner and Gogol Bordello. 

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You’re in the middle of a summer of festival appearances at the moment, which started with Camden Rocks, how did that slot come about?

In all honesty we would have not got to Camden had it not been for our amazing and loyal fans! I entered one of those online competitions not really thinking all that much about it .. you had to get your fans, friends and family to vote.. I think we went from 30,000 entrants down to 50… down to being runner up and Chris McCormacks personal choice which was an honour! But we really have our fans to thank for getting us there… they really got behind it and shared and shared and voted!

THANK YOU FANS! We played a blinding set and had a great time.. even a whole gang of Leicester fans made the trip. It was special 

You’re also going to be heading to Boomtown Festival in August, which is widely regarded as one of the highlights of festival season. How excited are you to be playing?

YES!! Excited doesn’t even cover it! 

It’s been my dream to play this festival ever since I went 10 years ago! This will be our biggest fest since playing a packed Woodland Stage at Bearded Theory last year. We hope this will lead to the next big step for us!

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Which festival would you love to play given the chance?

Glastonbury is the next logical step for us for sure. We;d also love to play Black Dear Fest, Shambala and Beautiful Days… watch this space! We’re working on it!

How do you feel the Leicester music scene has changed since The Brandy Thieves have been around as a band?

I think it has changed a bit for sure. There are still awesome bands on the up like Jessie Wright band and Whiskey Rebellion and Gu-Ru. Its great to see our peers Goldwater and Siobhan Mazzei band getting the festival slots and recognition they deserve, but sadly due to petty noise complaint notices and weak council policy on development, many venues who’ve supported us and many other local act as are struggling or have already gone under. The Charlotte, Pi bar, The Maze (Nottingham) to name a few that have had to close. That’s why it’s so important for people to come to gigs and support their scene and venues because they’ll miss it when it’s gone! Fortunately there is a very strong loyal music scene in Leicester that get out there and support local bands and venues… keep doing what you’re doing and get others out too! Music needs you!

And it’s not just here though it’s happening up and down the country. Gentrification is killing music, it makes me sad

Which are your favourite venues in the city to play?

We love the guys at The Soundhouse, The Donkey, The Musician, Duffy’s, Firebug… we’ve been playing these venues from the start and they have a very special place in The Brandy Thieves’ hearts.

What advice would you give to the new crop of artists emerging on the local scene?

Always always have a good relationship with your venues. Be nice, be respectful, be friends… basically, don’t be dicks!

Once you’ve got your name out a bit locally try not to over play your home town. Branch out, then make the local shows really count! Make it more of an event, a show piece rather then just a gig and add value!

Brandy Thieves shows always tend to have a theme (Midnight Circus, Pirate party, Burlesque soirée) we’ll have dancers, magicians, even fortune tellers sometimes, so punters really get their monies worth and a night to definitely remember! Stand out! And be unique!

Once festival season comes to a close what does the rest of 2019 have in store for The Brandy Thieves?

We’ve got plenty up our sleeves already so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground! We’ll definitely be working on some new material and recording. We have already showcased a brand new track called SIN and it went down a storm live! 

Next year maybe even a tour abroad… we’ll keep you all posted! But for now make sure to get down to our next local show at Karns in Hinckley on Saturday 20th July with ska heroes The Splitters!

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