Weekly Music News – 12.03.2019

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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

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 are priced from £36.50 and are on sale now

Twisted Wheel – The Soundhouse
Saturday 11 May

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Wake Up Promotions & The Soundhouse are bringing Twisted Wheel back to Leicester for The Nomad Hat Tour. Indie fans will remember this young band who raced onto the scene in 2007, fronted by the feral andprecocious Jonny Brown. There came indie rock success with such anthems as ‘You Stole The Sun’, ‘She’s a Weapon’ and ‘Lucy The Castle’ and their irrepressible energy and ability to deliver inspired rock’n’roll gained saw them grab support slots with Oasis, Kasabian, Paul Weller, The Courteeners, The Happy Mondays and Ian Brown to name but a few. Support from Gazelle. TICKETS




Wyldest / K.H. Mirth – Duffy’s Bar
Tuesday 12 March

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With appearances coming up at Green Man Festival and the DIY Magazine All Dayer, there’s a lot of interest in Wyldest. Their first demo releases received praise from the likes of The Telegraph, NME, The Line of Best Fit as well as Radio 1 airplay with Huw Stephens and BBC Introducing. It’s dream pop and it’s a great time to catch the trio. TICKETS.

As It Is – O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 14 March

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Brighton rock band, As It Is, come to the O2 Academy in support of their latest album The Great Depression. Throughout the album the quartet unflinchingly confront the most difficult questions around depression, the value of life over death, and whether the rhetoric around ‘reaching out to talk’ is ostensibly hollow, if no one is prepared to hear those words. With the (unofficial) world record for the most crowd surfers during an hour long set and an army of pop-rock/pop-punk fans it’s set to be a great show. TICKETS

The Japanese House – Dryden Street Social
Thursday 14 March

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The Japanese House is the solo project of Londoner, Amber Bain, fusing lush dream pop mixed with brooding electronica. With her stunning debut album recorded at Bon Ivor’s cabin just out this month, it followed huge anticipation around it’s release with tracks including Lilo already causing such a fantastic response. “On her debut album she’s made damn sure you won’t forget her ****” NME. TICKETS

Low Island – The Cookie
Thursday 14 March

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The Oxford quartet have drawn comparisons to the likes of Caribou and Grizzly Bear, have been playlisted by Radio 1 and played festivals including Reading & Leeds, Kendal Calling and Latitude. The future is looking bright for Low Island. The alternative electronic band have become known for their fantastic live shows and it won’t be long before they’re playing much bigger rooms! Tickets are priced at £10. TICKETS.

The Rheingans Sisters – Guildhall
Friday 15 March

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Mixing both contemporary and traditional folk music, The Rheingans Sisters will be at the Guildhall 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

Stax of Soul – The Donkey
Friday 15 March

A nine piece soul band playing classic hits, from James Brown to Aretha Franklin. A perfect start to your weekend! Tickets £8.

One Eighty Two + Green Haze + Her Burden – The Shed
Friday 15 March

If you’re a pop-punk fan then you’re in for a Friday night treat as 2 of the UK’s best tribute acts arrive at The Shed to help you relive your youth. Yes, 2 of pop-punks finest albums will be played in full as both Dookie AND Enema Of The State receive a full airing from Green Daze and One Eighty Two. Support comes from local pop-rockers, Her Burden. Tickets are £8 in advance, more on the door. TICKETS.

Bootleg Blondie – The Musician
Saturday 16 March

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The only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s in New York City, they’ve also clocked up performances at Isle of Wight Festival, The Electric Ballroom and many more. Lead singer, Debbie Harris, also appeared on on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness, which attracted an audience of 10 million viewers! A great Saturday night for any Blondie fan. TICKETS.

Bonfire Radicals – Queniborough Village Hall
Saturday 16 March 

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Birmingham based Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the folk/world scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. They weave together raucous woodwind, delicate vocals, progressive violin, hard hitting bass, psychedelic electric guitar and percussive beats. Expect a high-energy and thoroughly entertaining evening of fantastic musicianship

The Zeppelins – Firebug
Saturday 16 March

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A great Saturday night for any fan of Led Zeppelin. The Zeppelins capture the sound, look and energy of Led Zeppelin at the height of their fame. On stage at 9pm. TICKETS.

Anoa – The Cookie
Saturday 16 March


Leicester’s Anoa have been stirring up the local scene since they formed in 2016. The post punk quadruplet, led by frontman Alex Harris, are known for their intensely frantic and wild live performances. TICKETS.

Love Music Hate Homophobia – The Soundhouse
Saturday 16 March

University of Leicester LGBT+ Society presents an evening of music to raise money and awareness for Mermaids UK, a charity that supports transgender and gender creative children. Doors from 5pm with a mixed bill of music, raffle and bake sale. 

Soft Girls & Boys Club – The Cookie
Sunday 17 March

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Labelling themselves as “Psych-rock / Dream-pop”, the 5 piece band began writing and recording music at their flat in Melton Mowbray. Now living down the motorway in Nottingham, their influences include Tame Impala and Mac de Marco. TICKETS

The Music Room Open Mic – The Real Ale Classroom
Sunday 17 March

Fancy sharing your musical talent over a few beers? Read our Spotlight feature on The Real Ale Classroom at the bottom of the music news! 

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 18 March

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Every Monday The Shed hosts Drinks & Jams, with open mic & featured artists. Artists can sign up from 7:00pm with the open mic followed by hand-picked feature acts from 9:15pm. The Monday feature acts include Kate Elizabeth Miller with her blend of chilled vibes and stellar vocals, followed up Alex Gardner and his uke. Free entry all night with happy hour until 8pm.



Olafur Arnalds – Haymarket Theatre
Thursday 21 March

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Tickets are into limited availability to see Icelandic multi-instrumentalist, Ólafur Arnalds at the Haymarket Theatre on Thursday 21 March. Whether you know him for his BAFTA-winning score for Broadchurch, his reinterpretations of classical music such as The Chopin Project with Alice Sara Ott, or his collaborations with artists including Nanna Bryndis (Of Monsters and Men), you’ll no doubt agree that this, his first solo tour in 3 years, will be something special. Complete with wired string quartet, a live drummer/percussionist and Ólafur’s playground of pianos and synthesisers; get it in your diary now. LAST REMAINING TICKETS

King No-One – O2 Academy 2
Sunday 7 April

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The indie rock 4 piece from York have been hyped by Huw Stephens and have received support from 6Music and XFM. With their original material ranging from smooth chilled melodic vibes to raw expressive rock filled with hyper hooks, rockin’ riffs, catchy choruses and endless energy, King No-one have been picking up an army of new fans. They’ve supported Embrace, played Neighbourhood Weekender and Reading & Leeds and Drowned In Sound Founder, Sean Adams, named them as his “Favourite new band”. TICKETS

Newton Faulker – De Montfort Hall
Sunday 5 May

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It’s hard to believe that Newton Faulker has been on the music scene for 10 years, but 2019 sees him celebrate a decade in music with the release of his new single Wish I Could Wake Up and his new album The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far. Expect to hear well know hits such as Dream Catch Me, Write It On Your Skin and Clouds on the album, as well as some new material. Having sold over 1.5 million records with 180 million streams he’s one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters this millennium. TICKETS.



The Music Room Open Mic at The Real Ale Classroom

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What could be nicer on a Sunday afternoon than some live music, great beers and maybe even a pork pie in one of Leicestershire’s best pubs? The Real Ale Classroom on Allandale Road has been a huge hit since opening its doors, with a number of awards under its belt. From the CAMRA Leicester Pub of the Year (2017) to the Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Awards Best Pub Experience (2018), it’s a wonderful little place.

Now, every month they host their Sunday open mic sessions, The Music Room, with the next one taking place on Sunday 17 March from 3pm. Fancy sharing your musical talent over a few beers? How does a free drink for every performer sound? Plus there’s also a £20 drinks voucher going for the best act on the night (voted for by the audience). You can even take your dog along to enjoy the Sunday fun too. 

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Following a brilliant launch in February, The Music Room open mic looks set to be a regular monthly event, which is a welcome addition to the Stoneygate landscape. Heading down this month? It’s also the final day of their Verdant tap takeover, including Lightbulb, Mary Lou, Quiet Charge, Bloom, Safety Flares and more.

If you’re a fan of Verdant and/or The Real Ale Classroom, they’re also running a Vinyl and Verdant night on Saturday 16 March – exactly what it says on the tin!

To keep up to date with more from The Real Ale Classroom you can follow them on Facebook.  




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