Weekly Music News – 14.05.19

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Arcades – O2 Academy 2
7 September

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Leicester’s indie favourites, Arcades, will play their biggest hometown show yet at O2 Academy 2 on Saturday 7 September. TICKETS.

An Evening at the Musicals – Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Sunday 18 August

Summer’s coming, which means more outdoor concerts! Join cast leads from hit West End musicals backed by a fantastic 9-piece band, coming together to perform a one night only ‘Evening of Musicals’. Featuring songs from Wicked, Sound of Music, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera and many more. TICKETS.

Haiku Salut / The Buster Keaton Picture Show – The Y Theatre
Wednesday 18 December

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Leicester’s Robot Needs Home Collective is celebrating a big 10th birthday this year with a number of unique and special shows. This one will see acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original, contemporary live score to Buster Keaton¹s 1926 comedy classic The General. Described by Orson Welles as “the greatest comedy ever made,
the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever
made”, Haiku Salut’s accompanying score combines electronica, folk, post rock, and neo-classical elements to cast The General in a new dramatic light. TICKETS.


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My Only – The Shed
Tuesday 14 May

Melodic hardcore boys, My Only, have been dubbed as Norfolk’s next big export, taking inspiration from the emo bands of their youth, namely Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. They have a big year ahead of them and they’re kicking things off here in Leicester. TICKETS.

William The Conqueror – The Musician
Wednesday 15 May

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The band’s new album was released in February and has had a great response. The band consists of songwriter Ruarri Joseph, alongside his close musical pals, Harry Harding (drums) and Naomi Holmes (bass). The trio have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country with their bluesy rootsy indie-rock, don’t miss out. TICKETS.

Echobelly – The Cookie
Wednesday 15 May

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Leading 90s Britpop favourites, Echobelly, are back for a UK acoustic run, including a date at The Cookie. With a set featuring songs from their latest album Black Heart Lullabies, as well as their past hits from across the decades. One the 90s favourite female front women, Sonya Madden will be back alongside the band’s Glenn Johansson for the dates. TICKETS

James Walsh – The Soundhouse
Thursday 16 May

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Starsailor frontman James Walsh is coming to The Soundhouse for an acoustic show in support of his new solo album Tiger On The Bridge on Thursday 16 May. As front man of multi-million selling band Starsailor, James Walsh achieved great success but has also since gone on to prove his own worth as a singer-songwriter in his own right. He’s written songs with Eliza Doolittle, Melanie C, Suzanne Vega, and Professor Green – to name a few; as well as writing movie soundtracks. Tickets are £15 in advance. TICKETS.

Robert Lane – Upstairs at the Western
Thursday 16 May

Robert Lane is a guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Birmingham, UK. He has supported a wide range of performers including Nell Bryden, Alice Gold, Monument Valley and Cattle and Cane, with his release last year described as “an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018″. TICKETS.

Erika Wennerstrom – The Musician
Thursday 16 May

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Taking a break from her Austin based rock band, Heartless Bastards, Erika Wennerstrom is now exploring life as a solo artist. Fans of the band can rest assured they’ll be treated to those same trademark vocals and compelling live performances, but in a more intimate setting. TICKETS.

RockSka – The Donkey
Friday 17 May

RockSka are one of Leicester’s busiest bands. They play a tight mix of popular upbeat tracks from Classic Rock to Two Tone Ska plus loads of other genres thrown in-between.

Ann Duggan & Rob Hines – Riverside Cafe (DMU Campus)
Friday 17 May

An evening celebrating women in music including Billie Holiday, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ella Fitzgerald amongst others and back catalogue of original music from their acclaimed albums. Ann is well known for her charismatic stage performance and wonderful voice whilst being supported by her fantastic and versatile guitarist Rob Hines. From 7pm.

Twin Lizzy – The Musician
Friday 17 May

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This 4-piece tribute to Thin Lizzy faithfully recreates the energy and power of one of the greatest live bands of all time! You’ll hear all the classics that you would expect, but also mixed up with some key album tracks for good measure. Their reputation for a high energy, action packed performance, and a growing repertoire of songs guarantees that you will never see the same show twice. TICKETS

Kamakaze – O2 Academy
Friday 17 May

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Where do we start with Kamakaze? First up, he’s a Leicester boy. Secondly, he’s a professional footballer. Thirdly, he’s in the midst of a rising grime career. Mixing up football and mc-ing for as long as he can remember, Kamakaze (real name Matt Robinson) is currently playing at Dagenham & Redbridge following a few years at Luton Town. He’s had millions of hits on YouTube and now fresh off the back of his biggest single to date, ‘At Night’ he’s playing his biggest hometown show yet. TICKETS.

Pesky Alligators – Old Black Horse Inn (Houghton on the Hill)
Friday 17 May

Join Kirsty and Tim – The Pesky Alligators for a party night out in Houghton on the Hill. They formed in London at Uni 20 years ago and since then have clocked up over two thousand gigs. Dust off your dancing shoes, and kick off your weekend with a Friday night party. Music from 9pm, free entry.

Live Music & National BBQ Day – The Pumping Station
Friday 17 May

Back by popular demand, on Fridays you can enjoy an afternoon and evening of burgers and live music at The Pumping Station, set in their beautiful Grade II listed building and grounds. With burgers being served from midday, including a children’s menu, right through to the evening. Live music starts from 8.30pm, it’s free entry all night and the bar is open until midnight, serving a large range of gins, rums and craft beers. (Note, this event is at The Pumping Station on Bradgate Road, Cropston, LE7 7GB)

Steve Cartwright – The Guildhall
Friday 17 May

A rare chance to see this popular local folk and blues singer at this prestigious venue. Steve is a charismatic performer and has been writing great songs for years now. His songs span the personal, the political and the mystical, as well as his much loved and slightly crazy poetry. Call 0116 2532569 to book.

Club ’92 with Nirvardy (aka Nowhere Nirvana) – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 17 May

A Nirvana covers band with a slight difference. No blonde wigs or gimmicks, just three decent, clean-cut young men from Leicester taking Nirvana fans on an immersive, authentic musical experience, fully focussed on the sound and energy that stirred the mosh pits of Seattle in ’89, Munich in ’94 and, of course . . . Reading Festival in ’92. £5 on the door and DJ until late.

Thorpefest – The Shed
Friday 17 May

Thorpefest returns to The She’d downstairs venue, The Vault, with 2019 bringing the biggest line up so far! Featuring performances from Brandon Neal Music, Scribble Victory, One Still Standing and Long Way Home. Music followed by a DJ set from Daniel Djb Bailey FT. lTickets are free in advance or £2 on the door. TICKETS.

Sweet Amber, Shackleford, Entwives & Cornflakes at Kelly’s – The Soundhouse
Friday 17 May

Kick start your weekend with four of the best rock, pop-punk and alt-rock bands from here in Leicestershire. Top night of local talent. Tickets just £5 and available on the door.

Madonna & Cher Tribute Night – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 17 May

Bringing you all the biggest hits from Madonna’s phenomenal 25 years of world domination, Elly Jarmain as Madonna leaves no stone unturned in this superb solo tribute show. The voice, the moves and the image are all perfectly recreated by this uncanny lookalike/soundalike. Elly will also appear as Believe in Cher, one of the UK’s most popular Cher tribute acts. TICKETS.

Tensheds – Duffy’s Bar
Saturday 18 May

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Tensheds has had the honour of supporting artists such as Beans On Toast, as well as opening for legends including Mick Taylor, Paul Young and The Blockheads. He’s been labelled the “love child of Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits” and has received critical acclaim from the likes of Classic Rock, MOJO, UNCUT and Maverick. “Nick Cave meets Lady Gaga” – Get Ready To Rock. TICKETS.

Eurovision Song Content Party – The Shed
Saturday 18 May

Love it or loathe it you have to agree that the Eurovision Song Contest is the greatest all-singing all-dancing extravaganza, and if you’re fan then why not head down to a special Eurovision party at The Shed? Grab your friends and a cocktail, & watch the entire event on their 15ft LED screen. Prizes for the best fancy dress. Free entry.

Underline The Sky – The Musician
Saturday 18 May

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Female led pop-punk band from Ipswich, Underline The Sky have been together for over 10 years. Back in 2009 they won the Road to V Festival competition and they take inspiration from bands including Paramore and All Time Low and Blink 182. TICKETS.

Gazelle – O2 Academy 2
Saturday 18 May

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The indie foursome from Leicester celebrate the release of their Young Blood EP with a show at O2 Academy. Influenced by Oasis, The Clash, The Courteeners and The Stone Roses, you can read more about them in this week’s Spotlight feature at the end of the guide! TICKETS.

Fire & Skill – The Barley Mow
Saturday 18 May

One of Leicester’s best known covers bands will be brightening up your Saturday night at The Barley Mow. Expect to hear covers from The Jam, The Beatles, The Who, Small Faces, Oasis and more. Free entry, music from 8pm.

Am I Dead Yet? – The Donkey
Saturday 18 May

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New musical project of Mary Byker (Pop Will Eat Itself and Gaye Bykers Of Acid) and Noko (Apollo 440 and Magazine). Am I Dead Yet? is Mary singing (rather than shouting) over a lush David Lynchian laptop orchestra, replete with the sumptuous twang of Noko’s vintage Gretsch ‘White Falcon’, buried deep in a canyon of spring reverb, and featuring the new rhythm section of Cliff Hewitt (Apollo 440) on drums and Derek ‘Hoodlum Priest’ Thompson on bass. TICKETS.

Aylestone Record Fair – Aylestone Leisure Centre
Sunday 19 May

Expect sellers from far and wide at one of Leicester’s biggest record fairs. From Prog Rock, Brit Pop and Punk Rock to Soul Reggae and Hip Hop – all genres covered. From 10.30am, free entry.

Alex Lahey – The Cookie
Sunday 19 May

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Melbourne-based alt-rock singer-songwriter with a knack for melodic, guitar-driven hooks. “Australia’s Alex Lahey offers a remarkably focused set of sing-along choruses, punk-pop dynamics, and casually witty observations about relationships” – Pitchfork. TICKETS.

Open Mic – The Real Ale Classroom
Sunday 19 May

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Open mic returns to The Real Ale Classroom on Sunday. Enjoy acoustic acts from 3pm, where there’s a free drink for every performer and the winner gets a £20 drinks voucher. Music accompanied by the best beers and gins!

Sunday Sessions – The Donkey
Sunday 19 May

Before the evening gig head down to The Donkey for a family friendly acoustic afternoon. Tickets are £4 on the door with music from 4-7pm and food available.

The Travelling Riverside Blues Band – The Donkey
Sunday 19 May

This acoustic blues, folk and jam quartet take their influences from the American roots music. Led by guitarist Johnny Scopaletti and Paul Toscano on harp , then backed by Ken Williams on the bass and Callum Benepe on various percussive instruments, the best pocket in town sets the stage for amazing things to happen!

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – O2 Academy 
Sunday 19 May 2019

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The Australian psychedelic rock band, with one of music’s most ridiculous names, head to Leicester for a show at the O2 Academy on Sunday 19 May. “Full of big, overblown riffs and heady, woozy interludes” (DIY Mag), the band have enjoyed a run of sell out shows and have a new album on the horizon. TICKETS.

Band of Holy Joy – The Musician
Sunday 19 May

The Band Of Holy Joy are hailed as anarchists, alcoholics, outcasts and general media feed and offer refreshing hippie style depth within a layer of pop. The sheer range of the music and stance comes from the diversity of their instruments and influence, a definite response to city life which has spanned many cultures and genres. UK post-pop at its best. TICKETS.

Vivaldi The Four Seasons by Candlelight – Leicester Cathedral
Sunday 19 May

If you’re looking for a romantic candlelit experience – or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting – then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991. Indulge in the masterworks of three of the most revered baroque composers of all time – Vivaldi, Telemann, and Bach. If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! TICKETS.

Beyond X – The Laundry Bar
Sunday 19 May

Enjoy some Sunday evening live music alongside some brilliant drinks offers at The Laundry Bar on Braunstone Gate. Steve and Jo from Beyond X will be performing from 6pm. Free entry.

The Vamps and New Hope Club – De Montfort Hall
Monday 20 May

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With billions of global streams, over 10 million monthly listeners of Spotify, a number 1 album and a band member who went into the I’m a Celebrity jungle last year, The Vamps are having a pretty good time of it! They’re used to playing arenas so grab a ticket to see them in a more intimate setting. Support comes from New Hope Club and HRVY. TICKETS.



The Physics House Band – The Cookie
Sunday 7 July

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Brighton’s experimental math-rock 4-piece, The Physics House Band, have just announced a new show in Leicester in July. They have supported the likes of Alt-J, Django Django and Tera Melos as well as gaining major support from BBC Radio 6 Music, The Guardian, The Independent, The Quietus and more. They’ve recently released their third record and are a band that needs to be experienced live. TICKETS.

Ogikubo Station – The Soundhouse 
Wednesday 26 June

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North Californian duo, Ogikubo Station, are heading to The Soundhouse on their upcoming tour. Formed of Asian Man Records founder and the man behind many important records throughout punk and ska, Mike Park, alongside Mixtapes’ Maura Weaver, these dates will be Ogikubo Station’s first on UK soil. Expect simple melodies, with the simple goal of having fun playing music together. TICKETS.

Blossoms – De Montfort Hall
Thursday 20 June

Tickets are still available to see Blossoms as they warm-up for festival season at De Montfort Hall. With 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, Blossoms have become a huge hit with audiences around the country. If you’ve been paying attention these guys have risen through the Leicester gig ranks from The Cookie to the O2 Academy and even supported Kasabian at King Power Stadium. TICKETS.



Performing at O2 Academy on Saturday 18 May

Taking inspiration from Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Courteeners, Gazelle continue to keep their presence in the Leicester indie scene. They’ve recently had their single played on Soccer AM, have a new EP out and their latest single sees all proceeds donated to The Royal British Legion. Ahead of their gig at the O2 Academy on Saturday, we caught up with them to find out more.

Tell us a bit about more Gazelle
We’ve been together for about 3 years now but we took about a year out to focus on recording before coming back with ‘Finger On The Trigger’ so we see that as a new start really. Me (Ryan) and Danny knew each other from being in boozers around Leicester and Ben and Sorbi had knocked about together for years in Peterborough. We met them through social media.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
Energetic in yer face rock ‘n’ roll music with clever lyrics and big choruses!

Your new release is raising money for charity – tell us a little more about that!
I have a massive interest in the First World War and the song has a couple of small references to it within the lyrics so I was keen to shoot the video as a WW1 theme in a replica trench and to dedicate the video to family members of the band that served in the war. So we thought it was only right as a mark of respect to donate the proceeds to the Royal British Legion. It felt the right thing to do. (See the video right here…)

You’re playing the O2 Academy this weekend, are there certain special venues in Leicester that it’s a real achievement to headline as a local band?
The O2 Academy is always a big one. We’ve played the venue a few times and it’s always a quality sound and top atmosphere. As a big Leicester City fan you obviously dream of playing at King Power. You never know!

What else is on the agenda for 2019?
We’ve got a few festivals coming up and will be recording a couple more singles. We’ve got the tunes so we just wanna keep putting them out there!


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