Weekly Music News – 10.09.2019

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Kelly Moran – Bishop Street Church
Thursday 17 October

Warp Records’ Kelly Moran plays what should be a special gig in the acoustically amazing Bishop Street Church. TICKETS

Monster Truck – The Cookie
Saturday 16 November

A four piece, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band who formed in 2009 from the ashes of various Canadian indie bands. Their original and authentic rock music will compel people to pay attention, as the band continue doing what they do best, steamrolling from town to town, leaving legions of fans in their wake! TICKETS.

Johnny Lloyd – The Cookie
Tuesday 22 October

Johnny Lloyd has come a long way since 2014 when, after two top 40 albums, world tours and support slots with Pixies and The Rolling Stones, Johnny disbanded the critically and commercially beloved Tribes and struck out on his own. Taking the hazy pop sound he’d spearheaded with his bandmates, Johnny spent little time taking it into darker, rougher territory. He’s touring in support of his acclaimed debut solo album, which is out now! TICKETS.

Amy – A Tribute presents The Story of Amy Winehouse – The Y Theatre
Monday 23 December

Amy Winehouse was one of, if not the finest female jazz and soul singer the UK has produced in a generation, whose career was all too tragically short. A legendary figure in popular music, her three albums, collaborations and self-penned hits touched the world, and this theatre show tells that story through performance, narration, imagery and video, featuring a fantastic 8 piece live band with full horn section and backing vocals, styledon the infamous ‘BBC Sessions’. TICKETS.



Saskia Griffiths-Moore: Baez, Dylan & Me – The Musician
Tuesday 10 September

International British Folk and Abbey Road artist Saskia Griffiths-Moore is increasingly known for her crystal-clear vocals and melody led songwriting. Featured on Sky TV 6 times and awarded 3 major grants from Arts Council England, she has also proven herself on Kickstarter, flaunts two guitar endorsements, receives regular national BBC radio play and holds 4&5 star reviews. TICKETS

Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 10 September (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.

Chris Conway – 30 Years! – The Musician
Wednesday 11 September

CC became a pro musician in 1989. 30 years later he has released 140 albums in many genres including 13 solo songs albums. He focuses on his “songs of love and peace and outer space” tonight, including favourites from those albums including his latest “We’re All Astronauts”, plus others from his time with Dan Britton, Govannen, Vikki Clayton, The Storm Thieves & The Talking Fish. Expect his unique blend of US West Coast, with hints of jazz, Celtic, and bossa – some songs touching and magical, others funny, and he’s sure to have some fun tales to tell of those 30 years. He plans a solo set, then some chums will join him in the 2nd set. Along the way he has played with the much missed Peter Tork of The Monkees, members of Jethro Tull & Fairport Convention, and has opened for Bob Geldof, Richie Havens, Jefferson Starship, Roy Wood, Country Joe McDonald, Arthur Brown, Dean Friedman, and more. TICKETS

Sheer Luck Records Showcase – Firebug
Wednesday 11 September

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Personal Best (Sheer Luck Records / Dovetown), Leggy (Sheer Luck Records) Dreamy bubblegum punk out of Cincinnati plus Courtney Askey (Earwig Records) “Imagine the dark melodrama of Nick Cave with the briefest whisper of PJ Harvey and the Lo-Fi grunge guitars of Sleater-Kinney and you’re getting close to something resembling Courtney Askey’s musical output thus far.“ – Great Central. TICKETS

Collateral and Piston – The Musician
Thursday 12 September

Ripped jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and make-up, Collateral are a band that look and sound like a stadium rock band. When the band started out, they were known as the Angelo Tristan Band, with frontman Angelo and bass player Jack forming the nucleus of the band. Since then, almost 5 years ago, they have worked tirelessly to grow the act, the fanbase and the bands profile. TICKETS

Katie Malco and Luke Broughton – The Cookie
Thursday 12 September

The spell-binding artist recently embarked upon a UK tour with Tennessee’s Julien Baker (Matador), including a sold out Union Chapel show. Following on from self-produced EP Four Goodbyes and Katie Malco and the Slow Parade, which was recorded in a North London church with Grammy-nominated producer and artist Iain Archer (James Bay, Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg), Malco’s most recent EP is a bold collection of piano based compositions recorded live in an old studio hall. The EP, Tearing Ventricles, was released on Alcopop! Records. Support comes from Leicester’s Luke Broughton. £5 student tickets available. TICKETS

Zoe Rahman (Piano) – Attenborough Arts Centre
Friday 13 September

A welcome return to Leicester Jazzhouse,  Zoe Rahman is a remarkable pianist by any standards and has established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Her approach to solo piano brings together a masterful command of the jazz tradition, a strong classical upbringing and a world music view. Expect a performance encompassing the whole range of the piano, physically and stylistically. £5 student tickets available. TICKETS

Funky Fridays – Brick and Beam
Friday 13 September

Join Brick and Beam every Friday for some of the best pre-weekend vibes in the city! Brick & Beam features a rooftop terrace bar serving up some delicious drinks with DJ playing Soulful R&B, Hip Hop & House to start your weekend right!

The Bumblin’ Bees – Brick and Beam
Friday 13 September

Brick & Beam brings you The Bumblin’ Bees — A Jazz/Funk/Fusion Band with Latin grooves and Hip Hop influence. Performing originals with some fresh Jazz classics, with melodic bass lines, tasty chords and complex rhythms. TICKETS

The Night Before Uprising: Ward XVI, Thirteen, Mortifications Viventi & Mad Spanner – Firebug
Friday 13 September

Kicking off the weekend off the only way we know how plus it’s Friday 13th so what could be more metal. Free entry with Uprising festival ticket.

Pearl Jamm – The Musician
Friday 13 September

The UK’s premier tribute to Seattle’s finest, PEARL JAM. Pearl Jamm were formed in London, England by 5 dedicated, hardworking and professional musicians, who were brought together with a love and passion for Pearl Jam. The band puts on an exciting stage show that authentically recreates the sound, look and feel of the Seattle giants. They put their love for Pearl Jam at the heart of their performance and are guaranteed to please any fan of Pearl Jam. TICKETS

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 14 September and Sunday 15 September (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.

DJ Food: Kraftwerk – Klassics, Kovers & Kurios AV Set – The Cookie
Saturday 14 September

Ninja Tune turntablist brings a special Kraftwerk inspired AV Set to The Cookie! TICKETS

An Evening with David Wyatt & Band – The Musician
Saturday 14 September

It is difficult to categorise David and his music, so think somewhere between Jeff Buckley-esque soaring, beautiful, intimately crafted songs, happy feel-good numbers harping back to the jazz era of the 1920s and pounding epics that will stick in your head forever. His shows are always unique, especially when it comes to audience-band banter, but you are also served a visual treat,with a likeness somewhere between a Victorian gentleman and Captain Jack Sparrow. TICKETS

Snack Family + Fret! + Yodest – The Soundhouse
Saturday 14 September

Working from the same filthy, hot coal room as The Birthday Party, Cpt Beefheart and Morphine – London-based three piece: SNACK FAMILY have been creating an unapologetic, driving sound since 2011. This is music that gets right back to the heartlands, the heart and soul and meat of the matter; music for the times we’re sweating through. TICKETS

Uprising – o2 Academy
Saturday 14 September

Napalm Death, Acid Reign, Ohhms and Krysthla lead the line-up at this year’s metal fest, Uprising. They’ll be joined by death metal legends Memoriam, who head to Leicester having played pretty much every metal festival in Europe, along with doom crew Alunah. An opening party (Friday 13 September) and closing party (Sunday 15 September) will also be happening at Firebug and entry is free to anyone with an Uprising ticket. TICKETS

Whitney – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 14 September

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, delivers a show that exceeds expectation on every level. TICKETS

7StoreySoul – The Musician
Sunday 15 September

7StoreySoul are a 7-10 piece funk and soul band and all dedicated fans of soul/funk & disco, playing timeless classics from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Bill Withers and AWB as well as a healthy dose of original funk/soul material written by band founder Mark Poole. TICKETS

Hozier – De Montfort Hall SOLD OUT!
Monday 16 September

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Hozier’s UK and European tour to support their new album Wasteland, Baby!

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 9 September

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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.



Midnight Skyracer – The Guildhall
Wednesday 18 September

BMA Momentum Award nominated bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception less than two years ago. TICKETS

Pulled Apart by Horses – The Cookie
Monday 30 September

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Leeds’ alternative rock band Pulled Apart by Horses UK Tour hits The Cookie at the end of the month! TICKETS

Gary Numan – o2 Academy
Thursday 17 October

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To celebrate 40 years since his first ever tour, electronic pioneer, Gary Numan, is back this autumn with his (R)evolution tour. TICKETS


Gareth John discusses recreating the iconic work of Amy Winehouse with Amy – A Tribute

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Gareth John has played across such a wide range of venues and events over the yeara, from being a regular on Leicester’s music scene to playing large UK festivals with The South, playing alongside The Specials’ Neville Staple and even running his own high end wedding entertainment business. This Christmas he’s part of a special event at the Y Theatre celebrating the life and work of Amy Winehouse. Different to other Amy Winehouse tribute acts, it’s one not to be missed and we caught up with Gareth to find out more.


Amy – A Tribute is widely regarding one of the UK’s best Amy Winehouse tribute acts, what do you think it is that sets them apart from the others?
A lot of Amy Winehouse tribute bands focus very much on her best-selling, award-winning album, Back to Black, which is an unbelievable album from start to finish, but we pride ourselves on telling the full story of the UK’s finest jazz singer of recent years, from her debut release Frank, obviously the big hit numbers from Back to Black, but also her posthumously-released album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, as well as documenting her work with collaborators such as Tony Bennett, Paul Weller, Mark Ronson and The Specials. The show is modeled on the fantastic BBC sessions that she did, and we have worked hard on perfecting those, whilst adding our own twists such as snippets of other well-loved songs, utilising the many talents of the band in the process. Audiences can expect top showmanship, musical ability, and an informative and entertaining night to remember as they sit back and enjoy the journey through the tragically short career of a legend.  


You’re doing a big show just before Christmas at the Y Theatre, what can people expect from it?
This is the first time we’ve brought our ‘The Story of Amy Winehouse’ show to Leicester, where some of the band (including myself) are from, and the Y Theatre has a great feel about it, so we’re really excited! As well as hearing their favourites of Amy’s songs from all three albums, we’ll be including special duet performances from Amy’s career on the night, as well as video, imagery and narration to fully immerse the audience in a fascinating story. There may also be a festive twist, with it falling two days before Christmas itself! 
As a musician yourself you’ve worked with a wide range of artists and genres, from big band to two-tone, what have been some of your favourite events to be involved in?
There’s too many to name! From a personal standpoint, my album launch last year at The Old Library on Belvoir Street was a milestone night, my first solo album and I was so proud to take out a great band and the fabulous Darling Creatures as my special guest singers/dancers. I’ve had some unbelievable gigs as far as Germany, Spain and Japan, but also so many memorable gigs in the UK. Festivals to tens of thousands of people with The South, some electric audiences with King Brasstards over the past few years, such as our recent performances at Camp Bestival and Wilderness Festivals. Sorry not to be more specific, but I don’t want to leave any out, I could be here all day answering that question! I’m very lucky! 


Given how well loved Amy Winehouse’s music is, does that make it even more vital to ensure a flawless performance?
Absolutely, and that’s where the band has to be on point as our singer, Leah Govier, really is pretty flawless vocally, capturing the essence of Amy without being a painful-sounding over the top mimic like tributes can be in my opinion. She brings a freshness to the songs vocally, and with Amy’s band being so first class in everything from their appearance, to their show delivery and of course the music, we have to bring our ‘A Game’ every night.  
Do you have any personal favourites from Amy’s back catalogue?
I’ve played the ska stuff for years in various bands, especially during my time playing with Neville Staple, so I’ve got a soft spot for those, but I love singing the Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse duet ‘Body and Soul’ with Leah, and my mum introduced me to Amy Winehouse via ‘Frank’ at an early age so songs like ‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘October Song’ and ‘Take the Box’ are special for me. Likewise on ‘Back to Black’, there are some great songs like ‘Just Friends’ and ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. Again, too many to name really, and there genuinely isn’t a song in the show that I dislike or don’t look forward to performing.  


Doing gigs around Christmas time always ensures a party atmosphere, do you enjoy the festive events as a musician?
Yes absolutely, Christmas and summer festival season are my favourite times of year (not just because that’s when I have the most work!). Being a swing singer myself, Christmas is always a busy time as the genre is closely linked to the festive period, and whatever show or genre you’re performing, the audiences have that extra energy as they close in on special family time at Christmas and let their hair down. 


Sum up in 5 words why people should come to the show:
It’s fun, entertaining and enlightening


Where can people find out more and buy tickets?
Tickets are on sale now from the Y Theatre website


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