Weekly Music News – 13.08.2019

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Jim Moray – Attenborough Arts
Thursday 19 September

Jim Moray will headline the next Fire in Your Heart Folk Club, taking place at Attenborough Arts Centre. Since his debut album, Sweet England, in 2003, which won BBC Radio 2’s Folk Album of the Year, Jim has become one of the most consistently inventive musicians in UK folk music. He’s since won multiple awards and his songs have even featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. The night will be hosted by Leicester’s Grace Petrie. TICKETS.

Crows – The Cookie
Saturday 30 November

The London alt-rock band, known for their intense live show performances, made such an impact at this year’s Handmade Festival that The Cookie are bringing them back for a headline show in November. Tickets on sale on Wednesday 14 August.

Big Joanie – The Cookie
Tuesday 26 November

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London’s Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band describing themselves as “like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis”. TICKETS.

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – The Cookie
Wednesday 13 November

Declan Welsh

Glaswegian singer-songwriter, Declan is influenced by performers such as Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers, Jarvis Cocker and Alex Turner. His music is about finding the beauty in the quirks of everyday life. TICKETS.

Aitch – O2 Academy
Friday 13 December

British rapper and songwriter, Aitch, has already opened up for big names like Wiley and Cadet and even counts Stormzy as a fan. Now he’s heading out on a headline tour, having been listed as one of 2019’s hottest new artists by BBC 1Xtra. Tickets on sale on Friday.

First acts announced for Robot Needs Home Collective’s 15th Birthday Party

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The Robot Needs Home Collective is celebrating 15 years in the business with a series of shows across Leicester venues. This will culminate in a special birthday party event at The Cookie on Saturday 21 December. The first acts to be announced are Southampton post-rockers Waking Aida and Leicester’s Speaking in Italics who will be making a special return to the stage for one night only. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 6 August (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.

Good Lovelies – The Musician
Wednesday 14 August

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Folk/roots swing trio, Good Lovelies, are a Toronto based trio relying on unnerving three part vocal harmonies, clever song and an onstage convulsively funny repartee. With interchanging banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass guitar throughout the set they present a wonderful evening of music. TICKETS.

Red Method – The Cookie
Wednesday 14 August

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From the ashes of Metastasis and The Defiled comes metal six-piece Red Method. TICKETS.

Hen Ogledd – The Musician
Thursday 15 August

A band project comprising Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington, Hen Ogledd’s meaning comes from the Welsh name for The Old North. Combining ideas that draw upon the mystical and technological, this dynamic band’s ravishing melodies, hallucinatory textures and bonkers rhythms are pinned down by some deft performances. TICKETS.

10 Years of Open Mic – Stamford Arms Groby
Thursday 15 August

Join faces old and new as the Stamford Arms celebrates 10 years of their open mic night. Some slots are also available to turn up and play so just put your name down on arrival.

Bugzy Malone, Yxng Bane and Wretch 32 – De Montfort Hall gardens
Friday 16 August

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The first night of Gigs in the Gardens sees an urban line-up lead by wordsmith Bugzy Malone, with support from upcoming British rapper Yxng Bane and MOMO Award nominated Wretch 32. TICKETS.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 16 August

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.

Journeys Live – Jubilee Square
Friday 16 August


Head over to Jubilee Square from 4pm – 8pm for the stand-out Journeys Live concert, allowing you to travel the world without ever leaving town. An evening of free entertainment featuring a line-up of incredible emerging and established artists from continents across the glove. Enjoy global vibes, musical talent, creative workshops and street food. Journeys Live is completely free to attend and will feature musicians from USA, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Seas of Mirth – The Shed
Friday 16 August

Friday is National Rum Day and The Shed will be celebrating with an evening sponsored by Cut Rum with their pals Seas of Mirth. Nautical rockers Seas Of Mirth have been causing quite the ruckus at shows and festivals across UK and Europe for the last five years or so. A seven-strong crew with a sound ranging from underwater disco to spaghetti-western croonings, think folk instrumentation, prog-rock silliness, worldly rhythms and bizarre sea-based song concepts. Expect plenty of rum-based drinks offers. TICKETS.

The Veez – The Cookie
Friday 16 August

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Following the recent release of their debut album Mirrors and packed out show earlier in the year, The Veez are back with a headline show at The Cookie.  Support comes from Wailing Badger and Entwives. FREE TICKETS.

Beer Garden Karaoke – The Donkey
Friday 16 August

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Who doesn’t love a bit of weekend karaoke? The Donkey are bringing back their karaoke night and to make it even better they’re putting it outside in the beer garden. Whether you can sing or not, just join in the fun. Free entry.

The Tree Opening Party – The Tree
Saturday 17 August

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It was a sad turn of events to see Orange Tree close its doors, but The Tree is set to open their brand new revamped venue this Saturday. From 5pm – late there’ll be bands and DJs in the garden and free entry all night.

An evening of Queen performed by West End stars – Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Saturday 17 August

Head to the Fischer County Ground to enjoy a dazzling collection of performers from London’s West End, including former stars from the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’, come together to present an incredible tribute to one of the world’s great rock bands. You can expect hits from right across the band’s astonishing back catalogue and an amazing concert that no Queen fan should miss! TICKETS.

Summer BBQ & Live Music – Gorse Hill City Farm
Saturday 17 August

A perfect day out for the family combining live music, children’s entertainment and farm animals. Gorse Hill City Farm will be hosting their annual summer BBQ this weekend and there’ll be a licensed bar on site, alongside children’s rides, disco, live music and all the usual farm fun. From 4.30pm, £1.50 children/£3 adults. TICKETS.

Busted, Scouting for Girls & Professor Green – De Montfort Hall gardens
Saturday 17 August


Gigs in the Gardens hosts its more pop-focussed night on Saturday as guitar-wielding trio Busted top the line-up. They’ll be joined by indie-pop favourites Scouting for Girls and English rapper Professor Green, who’s making his comeback after fracturing his neck. TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August (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.

Bradgate Proms Spectacular – Bradgate Park
Saturday 17 August

Join the Bardi Wind Orchestra for the annual night of Proms music, including film and traditional proms entertainment. Expect guest soloists plus wildlife friendly pyrotechnics and light show to add to the flavour of this great night in the ruins of Bradgate House. TICKETS.

The Modskas – Horse & Trumpet, Wigston
Saturday 17 August

The ModSkas will be playing everyones favourite 2Tone, Mod and Northern Soul classics. Music from 9pm. Free entry.

Catfish – The Musician
Saturday 17 August

British Blues Award winners, Catfish, have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in young guitarist and vocalist in Matt Long. “Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today.” Blues Matters Magazine. TICKETS.

Dallas Roots Combo – Duffy’s Bar
Saturday 17 August

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Enjoy your weekend partying with The Dallas Roots Combo and their rockabilly, blues, rock and roll, rhythm and blues influences creating their own exciting and unique, vintage inspired sound, including many of their own original songs. TICKETS.

Leicester Mela – City Centre (Humberstone Gate)
Sunday 18 August

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Enjoy a day of scintillating entertainment, dazzling street performances, mouth-watering cuisine, arts and Indian culture across the city centre. With breath-taking acts of courage and bravery, livening up the streets will be the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and The Grand Indian Circus, as well as Nuper Arts Dance Academy and others. Free entry.

HQ Familia presents… – Queen of Bradgate
Sunday 18 August

Leicester’s HQ Familia are turning out a brilliant crop of new artists. Expect a lively evening packed to the brim with electrifying performances from four of Leicester’s most appealing breakthrough acts, including Harri Georgio. In perfect end of weekend style it is also superbly timed to coincide with happy hour. Free entry.

Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, The Twang – De Montfort Hall gardens
Sunday 18 

It’s 15 years since Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the scene and they’re back this year with a brand new album, Duck. They’re joined by indie favourites, The Vaccines and Birmingham’s indie rock 5 piece, The Twang. TICKETS.

Acoustic & Folk Picnic – Bradgate Park
Sunday 18 August

How lovely does this sound? Local and national names will join headliner Jim Moray as Bradgate Park hosts a family friendly music day. Bring a picnic (no alcohol sales on site but you can bring your own), relax and enjoy a great day out in the wonderful setting of one of Leicestershire’s most scenic parks. TICKETS.

BC Camplight – The Dome Jubilee Square
Monday 19 August

City Festival kicks off with a brilliant gig from BC Camplight. Performing under his moniker, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio, falls somewhere between Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Bo. His brand of quirky indie-pop is gathering quite a fan base, so don’t miss seeing him in the unique surrounding of The Dome. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 12 August

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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.



British Sea Power – Jubilee Square
Tuesday 20 August

There’s not long to go until The City Festival kicks off with a series of gigs in the transparent dome on Jubilee Square. On Tuesday you’ll be able to enjoy indie favourites, British Sea Power with support from one of Leicester’s most energetic live acts, The Brandy Thieves. Tickets selling fast!  TICKETS.

The Electric Swing Circus – The Soundhouse
Friday 4 October

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The Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of saucy ’20s swing and stomping electro beat, with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. In demand across the UK and the international circuit, the ESC’s live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show. TICKETS.

We Are Scientists – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 4 December

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New York indie-rockers, We Are Scientists, are celebrating the anniversary of the 2005 debut album, With Love & Squalor, by playing a short run of special shows, including a Leicester date. The band will play the album in full at the shows, as well as reissuing the debut on vinyl via 100% Records on 17th October. Tickets are on sale now. TICKETS


The Twang

It’s been 15 years since The Twang came onto the UK indie scene and here they are, still tearing up the summer festival season, looking ahead to a brand new album coming out and supporting Shed Seven on their December tour. This weekend they’re playing with The Vaccines and Kaiser Chiefs at Gigs in the Gardens at De Montfort Hall and we caught up with bassist Jon Watkin to find out more.

There’s a new album on the horizon, what can fans expect from it?
The new album is called ‘If Confronted Just Go Mad’. Me and Phil wrote most of it. It has plenty of melody, good choruses, good lyrics. It’s dark at times, but other times it’s beautiful and sentimental. We’re really proud of it and I honestly think it’s amongst some of the best stuff we’ve done.

The new single is quite literally all about your dreams – what’s weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
I once had a dream that I was trapped in  the body of a parrot. I spent the whole dream sitting on a pirates shoulder. Every now and the the pirate would tickle my head and feed me a cracker.

How do you think your sound has changed over the years?
I think our sound is that it always changes. We’ve never stuck to the same formula. We’ve dabbled in quite a few genres/styles. We’ve never been like a band like The Strokes or The Vribs where you kinda know what you’re gonna get. We’re into a lot of different music collectively so our sound often changes.

How has summer festival season been for you so far?
It’s been great. We’ve played to some brilliant crowds and the new songs are going down well. We always try and have fun. We played with Doves the other day and got to know Jimi a bit which was mad for us cause he’s one of our heroes.

You’re supporting on Shed Seven’s winter tour too, are you big fans of the band?
Yeah back in the day we were fans. I remember watching them support the Mondays in Manchester and loving Change Giver. I loved Speakeasy until Carphone Warehouse used it on an advert.

Which bands are your favourites to be out playing with?
We toured with James which was a dream for us. A couple of people had warned me about Tim Booth saying he’s a bit of an arsehole but when we toured with them he couldn’t do enough for us and he always comes over and says hello when we see him. He took us under his wing really cause it was at the height of the madness for us. You’ve gotta be a bit of an arsehole to be a good front man anyway in my opinion.

Obviously hailing from Birmingham it must be great coming back to play in the Midlands, where are some of your favourite venues?
I remember playing a great show at Sumo I think it was called in Leicester when we’d just got signed. I’m not sure it’s still there now. Birmingham Academy is a great venue, we’ve had a lot of good nights there. The Old Hummingbird holds a lot of fond memories also.

When is the new album out and what can fans expect from you in 2020?
I think the album is out in November  We’ll be going out and touring it. Lots of fun to be had. Looking forward to it.



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