Weekly Music News – 11.06.19

download festival facebook

Welcome to this week’s Cool As Leicester Weekly Music News, which is brought to you every week in partnership with PPL PRS Ltd.

Stay in the know and be the first in line. Every week.



Keane – De Montfort Hall
Wednesday 25 September

Keane 2019 press

Keane are back touring together again after 6 years pursuing solo projects. As a band they released four full length LPs, all of which reached Number 1 in the UK album charts and sold 12 million albums worldwide. ‘Hopes and Fears’, their debut album, also entered the list of the 40 best-selling albums in the UK of all time. Expect old hits mixed with new material from their upcoming album, ‘Cause and Effect’. Tickets on sale Friday 14 June.

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’, is yet to be released, but the singer has announced that she will be going on tour “playing songs from the new album and all the classic hits” with a date in Leicester to come. Tickets on sale Friday 14 June.

Spector – The Cookie
Monday 4 November


London indie favourites, Spector, are back on stage. Having released 2 albums and a bunch of sell out live shows back in 2015, the band are now back with brand new single, ‘I Won’t Wait’, which follows their EP release last year. Sure to sell out, grab tickets while you can. TICKETS.

Brix and The Extricated – The Cookie
Saturday 26 October

brix and the extricated

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.

Jon Boden – Y Theatre
Friday 6 March 2020

jon boden press 2019

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead who sold 250,000 album, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall.  Since Bellowhead split up in 2016 Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English folk music. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 11 June (and every Tuesday)

bring the paint

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.

Harry Harris – Upstairs at the Western
Tuesday 11 June

harry Harris

With sharp lyrics, a powerful voice and an ability to tell stories rarely heard in folk music, Harry Harris has established himself as one of the most exciting names on the UK singer/songwriter scene. His last album, 2015’s ‘Songs About Other People’, was named Folk Album of the Year by The Telegraph, with single ‘The Ballad of Ronnie Radford’ named Track of the Year by FATEA Magazine. 2019 sees the release of I Feel Drunk All The Time, a personal and poignant record about grief, love, and loss that falls somewhere between alternative folk and contemporary acoustic pop. TICKETS.

Rock of Ages – Haymarket Theatre
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 June

rock of ages leicester

The legendary show described as a ‘Great Experience’ by Alice Cooper, Rock Of Ages is the worldwide smash-hit that features some of your favourite 80s hits. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s Rock Of Ages, an arena rock love story told through mind-blowing and face-melting hits. Expect feel-good, sing-out-loud songs such as ‘We Built This City’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ to ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’, ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and more. TICKETS.

Bubblegum Hypnosis – The Cookie
Thursday 13 June

After supporting Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the O2 Academy, Bubblegum Hypnosis are back with their 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.

Beki Brindle – The Musician
Thursday 13 June

Beki Brindle is in The New York Blues Hall of Fame. Having grown up in Indianapolis playing lead guitar with the legendary bluesman James “Yank” Rachell, Beki has since shared the stage with the likes of Hot House Flowers, members of U2, The Waterboys, plus many fantastic U.S. blues artists. Expect a funky New Orleans feel as Beki performs with her band.

Let’s Play… The Beatles – The Donkey
Friday 14 June

Join artists including Jersey Budd, Gaz Birtles, Andy Wales and more for a night of celebrating The Beatles. Expect plenty of fun and original takes on classic songs. TICKETS.

Stacie Collins – The Musician
Friday 14 June

Harmonica blowin’ hell-cat Stacie Collins sports a hard-core honky-tonk sound with her rock ‘n’ roll band. She marries Stones-fried rock-n-roll, raunchy blues and vintage honky-tonk. She’s based in Nashville, TN, but regularly tours the US, Scandinavia and Europe and has even recently spawned a Japanese Stacie Collins tribute band! TICKETS.

JuJu – The Soundhouse
Friday 13 June

Mediterranean psych-freak band, JuJu (FUZZ CLUB), is the latest incarnation of Sicily-based Gioele Valenti (Lay Llamas, Herself). Through the music, JuJu tells the story of an on-going exodus from Africa that more often than not ends in ignored tragedies at sea, ‘a total defeat for humanity.’ Inspired by sources of Earth magic and soil secrets, JuJu strives to turn that defeat into a celebration of spirit and modern psychedelia. A tribute to some of their favourite acts… Joy Division, Can, Neu!, Mercury Rev. Support from Echolocation. TICKETS

Definitely Oasis – The Shed
Friday 14 June

Widely regarded by many Oasis fans and promoters alike as the best Oasis tribute band around. The band focuses on what the fans want to see and hear, with a lot of hard work going on in the background making sure that the look and sound are as close as they can be to the real thing. TICKETS.

Amy Winehouse Tribute Night – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 14 June

This Amy Tribute are an 8 piece band with full horn section, performing a set made up of Amy’s best songs and the songs that inspired her. Whilst most Amy tribute acts are either vocalists to backing tracks or small bands, this is the real deal. A lead vocalist with a beautiful voice, that captures Amy’s presence, along with a band of top musicians from all over the Midlands, who replicate the excellent Mark Ronson sound. Based on the BBC sessions, the band with full horn sections. TICKETS.

Gallery Lates – Attenborough Arts Centre
Friday 14 June

Attenborough arts

Join AAC for the third edition of their popular Gallery Lates. They’ll be opening their gallery, café, hall and courtyard after hours for an immersive experience, presenting the best in local live music, dance and visual art, whilst also inviting you to collaboratively create throughout the evening too. The event is inspired by their current exhibition by Aaron Williamson, with the theme being ‘character’. Be it with life drawing in the galleries or dancing to DJs in the café, you’ll start your weekend with a zing. Vegan BBQ throughout the evening. Free entry.

Live Fridays – Natterjacks
Friday 14 June


Join Tann-I-Browne followed by Natterjacks resident DJs to kick start your weekend with some live music. Free entry and 2 for 1 cocktails from 7pm til close.

Revive Festival – Exchange Bar
Friday 14 June

exchange leicester

Soak up Revive Festival with a Mod, Ska & Northern Soul vinyl DJ night. Drew Stansall (ex-sax player of The Specials/Prince Buster) & Derek Djook Bland will be spinning the very best tunes to get you dancing. There’ll also be a Framework and Round Corner Brewery takeover all weekend. Free entry.

A night of Queen with The Bohemians – Morningside Arena
Saturday 15 June

Bohemians Leicester queen

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.

Quadrophenia Live – The Goldhawks – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 15 June

As part of Revive Festival, this is set to be a special show as 8-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance to the film. Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, and it served as an ode to teenage angst and counterculture rebellion. At its core, Quadrophenia, which peaked at number two on the UK and USA charts, is really about teenage confusion, conflict and frustration. Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully by the fabulous, charismatic band, The Goldhawks, with amazing replication of The Who’s sound. TICKETS.

Revive Festival – Exchange Bar
Saturday 15 June

exchange leicester

Enjoy more Revive Festival fun with live music throughout the day on Saturday. Kenny Wilson will be on hand throughout the day to throw you back to the 60s, then in the evening welcome 60s soul DJ, David Snape. Free entry. Framework & Round Corner Brewery takeover all weekend.

Savanna Bones – Firebug
Saturday 15 June

savanna bones

Enjoy a free show on Saturday night from Savanna Bones plus friends. Expect some heavy bluesy rock with more pounding beats and rumbling bass lines from support acts 94 Gunships and Tilted Smile.

Rhett Barrow – The Black Horse, Aylestone
Saturday 15 June

Join Rhett for a solo set at the Black Horse on Saturday night. He’ll be rocking a set of his own originals as well as chosen to get you in the weekend mood. Free entry.

Marvel – The Shed
Saturday 15 June

20 years after they formed, Marvel are back. From Melton Mowbray their unique blend of vocal harmonies, anthemic ballads and raucous guitar pop songs saw them entertain crowds all over. Catch them as they launch their brand new EP. TICKETS.

Heart & Soul The Last Summer Dance – The Orange Tree
Saturday 15 June

The Orange Tree is closing for 2 months so get down for a last summer dance with music right through from 2pm – 2am. The party will also be a charity event, raising money for Dreamflight – a charity giving young children with life threatening illnesses the chance to visit Disney World. Hidden Spheres is in town from Manchester, having made his mark as a credible artist with great vision. The DJ has released music on labels such as Distant Hawaii, Lobster Theremin, Moods & Grooves and Rhythm Section. He also hosts his monthly show ‘Fruit Merchant’ on NTS radio. Support from Flat White Chris, Darran P and more. Free entry.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 15 June & Sunday 16 June (2pm – 6pm)

soundhouse summer sessions

The Summer Sessions will run again this weekend as The Soundhouse welcomes acoustic acts on their outdoor stage all though the summer. Free entry, family friendly, dog friendly!

The Smiths Utd – The Musician
Saturday 15 June

Lincoln based Smiths tribute band. The classic 4 piece Smiths lineup is paid homage to by 4 Smiths-mad lads based in the flatlands. TICKETS.

Bellatones – The Donkey
Saturday 15 June

From folky beginnings as an acoustic duo in 2011, Bellatones have evolved into a multi-instrumental 5-piece rock behemoth with a reputation for soaring melodies, driving rhythms and dramatic songs, showcased in their energetic live performances. Support from Jesse Wright.

Backbeat Drivers – The Donkey
Sunday 16 June

the donkey

Enjoy some Sunday afternoon tunes from Backbeat Drivers. Classic rock covers, playing works by Sabbath, Purple, Zep, Lizzy, Hendrix, Gary Moore, etc. Hear War Pigs, Don’t Fear The Reaper, Moby Dick, 25 Or 6 To 4, Carry On Wayward Son. Perfect Fathers Day treat. From 4pm.

Father’s Day Tunes – 100&Six
Sunday 16 June


Head to 100&Six on Queens Road for some live music with your dad this Father’s Day. From 6pm they’ll have acoustic versions of well known Dad favourites! Free entry.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 10 June

drinks jams

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.



Blossoms- De Montfort Hall
Thursday 20 June


Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic and a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors, have made Blossoms a huge hit with audiences around the country. With a huge summer of festivals ahead of them including Benicassim, Parklife, Community Festival, Reading & Leeds and more, they’re doing a short run of smaller warm-up shows, including De Montfort Hall on 20 June. There are still limited tickets available. TICKETS.

Back to the 80s 90s – Cattows Farm
Friday 30 August – Sunday 1 September

Back to the 80s 90s Festival is back this year with another fantastically retro line-up. Where else in Leicestershire could you find Tony Hadley, Vengaboys, Heather Small, Nik Kershaw, B*Witched, S Club, 911, East 17, Shola Ama and so many more?! It’s going to be one long weekend party, that’s for sure. Don’t forget your fancy dress, on Sunday they’ll be attempting the world record for the most people dressed as Where’s Wally in one place! Tickets are priced from £65 and are on sale via Eventbrite.

Sea Girls – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 11 October

sea girls

Having wowed tens of thousands of fans across the UK in the past 18 months with their euphoric sky-scraping indie-pop anthems, and fast gathering a reputation as the band to watch for 2019, Sea Girls are embarking on their biggest tour yet. These guys hail from here in Leicestershire and kicked off 2019 in incredible style by being picked as one of two only unsigned acts and the only band in the BBC Sound Of 2019 poll. They had a huge summer of festivals last year, with more of the same to come this summer. They’re only going to get bigger so catch them now! TICKETS.



Download Festival
Donington Park
Friday 14 – Sunday 16 June

download festival facebook

It’s one of the UK’s biggest festivals and it’s just up the road! Yes, the UK’s biggest rock festival comes to Donington Park once again this weekend as Download Festival returns with another huge line-up.

The weather might not be your friend this weekend, but that’s no excuse to miss out on the line-up they’ve pulled together. Get your wellies out and grab one of the remaining tickets. Headliners this year are Def Leppard, Slipknot, and Tool, whilst also on the line-up you’ve got huge names including Slash, Smashing Pumpkins, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Enter Shikari.

download festival facebook

Also making their only UK festival appearance will be Simple Creatures, the new band formed by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, who will headline the Avalanche stage on the Saturday night. Already both legends of the pop-punk scene, the pair will give an unmissable exclusive and first UK Festival performance at this year’s Download. Already releasing two infectious singles ‘Strange Love’ and ‘Drug’, Simple Creatures followed this with the release of their debut EP Strange Love in March. They’ll be joined elsewhere on the line-up by acts including Dinosaur Pile-up, Allusinlove, Queen Zee, The Wonder Years, ROAM and many more.

simple creatures

If you’re looking for a change to the music then how about a spot of wrestling? WWE NXT will be filming at the festival to be aired as part of the NXT UK show on the WWE Network. UK Champion Pete Dunne, NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm, and Tyler Bate will be among the NXT UK stars parading thrilling displays of dynamic athleticism during the full-scale ring bouts in the festival arena. Other superstars including Trent Seven, Walter, Rhea Ripley, NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans, Travis Banks and Gallus, will descend upon Download for a weekend of high flying maneuvers, action-packed matches and unexpected surprises.

www nxt download

Maybe not something you’d associate with a rock festival, but how about a little mindfulness and yoga? Always moving forwards, this year Download will introduce the ‘Mind the Dog’ mindfulness initiative, where rockers can share a fully immersive live music and mindfulness experience, as well as the return of the wildly popular Do.om Yoga.

download festival family

There will also be a pile of extra entertainment in The Download Village with stalls, food, drink and lots of surprises, plus the return of the SINDROME in the arena – head there to see death-defying record-breaking stunts and spectacular shows, with new performers for 2019 including aerial contortionists El Duomi, Chilean death metal Bullicio Puppets and Aima Indigo’s ‘Nympho Nun’ show.

Finally, get ready for the return of the UK Air Guitar Championships, where fans are invited exclusively to enter into this internationally recognised competition and to gain the chance of becoming the UK’s ultimate 2019 Air Guitar Hero and a shot at the world title in Finland. What’s your best air guitar anthem?

air guitar championship download

It’s a huge festival and it’s right on your doorstep. Last remaining day and weekend tickets are on sale now from the Download Festival website.



Got music news? Send it over to [email protected].


Cool As Leicester Weekly Music News is sponsored by PPL PRS Ltd.

ppl prs leicester