Weekly Music News – 15.10.2019

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Gabrielle – De Montfort Hall
Monday 23 November 2020

She’s sold over 10 million records and received a number of awards during her glittering 25 year career, including two Brit Awards for Best Newcomer in 1994 and Best Female in 1997. With hits including ‘Rise’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Give Me A Little More Time’ and ‘Out Of Reach’, Gabrielle remains a huge name in the UK music scene. This tour is celebrating 20 years of ‘Rise’ so expect to hear all the old favourites. Tickets go on sale on Friday 18 October.

InMe – O2 Academy 2 Leicester
Friday 24 January 2020

With 6 studio albums to their name, they have an army of fans and have toured with the likes of Alien Ant Farm, The Rasmus, Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Deftones, Serj Tankian, Staind, Feeder and Biffy Clyro as well as having played massive festivals such as Reading, Sonisphere and Download. TICKETS.

Dave McPherson (InMe acoustic) – The Shed
Thursday 14 November

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It’s a big week of news for InMe fans as not only are the band heading to the O2 Academy, but frontman Dave McPherson is also bringing his acoustic InMe show to The Shed in November. A great chance to hear your favourite tracks stripped back and in an intimate setting. TICKETS.

Roger Chapman – O2 Academy 2 Leicester
Tuesday 4 February 2020

It’s a homecoming show for Roger Chapman as the Family frontman returns for a show at the O2 Academy. Former frontman of both Family and Streetwalkers, expect to hear Roger’s incredibly gravelly voice and his blues rock pedigree to match. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 15 October (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.

October Drift – The Cookie
Tuesday 15 October

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Rising newcomers October Drift have gained a strong word-of-mouth following since exploding onto the music scene. With shows at Reading and Leeds Festival, Great Escape, and Glastonbury John Peel Stage already under their belts alongside a cult fan base spreading the word, and a focus too few peers in their position possess, the immediate future is very bright (and very loud). TICKETS.

Vinyl Club – Knight & Clarendon Park Conservative Club
Tuesday 15 October

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month enjoy vinyl club in Clarendon Park. Bring down your favourite records and give them a spin or just head down to listen.

Damian Wilson – The Musician
Tuesday 15 October

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Damian Wilson is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is mostly known in the progressive rock genre, as the lead singer of Threshold and Headspace. He also sang and toured with bands and projects such as for Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and with Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble. TICKETS.

Gaz Brookfield – The Musician
Wednesday 16 October

Nu / anti-folk artist and winner of Acoustic Magazines’s UK singer-songwriter competition. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occasional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz’s simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener. TICKETS.

Catholic Action – The Cookie
Wednesday 16 October

Alt rock quartet from Glasgow who have drawn comparisons to fellow Scottish heavyweights Teenage Fanclub and Primal Scream. Their pop sensibilities intertwine seamlessly with catchy riffs meshing into a perfect storm of garage, post-punk and indie rock. TICKETS.

Deux Furieuses – Firebug
Wednesday 16 October

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Ros Cairney – guitar & vocals and Vas Antoniadou – drums & vocals are earning a reputation for uncompromising, politically charged rock. “DF blew me away live even more than on record. Furious feminist punk rock, completely unique and unapologetic.” Frank Turner. TICKETS.

Goldblume – The Shed
Thursday 17 October

Wiry melodies with genuine emotion, Goldblume seek to take on most alternative genres with a blend of math-rock, post-rock, grunge, punk and prog, all settling in a cathartic truce whenever they play. For fans of Pulled Apart By Horses. 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

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

Kate Tempest – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 18 October

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Mercury Music Prize nominee, Kate Tempest, is in town in support of her critically acclaimed new album The Book of Traps and Lessons. As an accomplished playwright and poet she is a two times slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York, and musically her rise to both critical and commercial success shows no sign of stopping. TICKETS.

Torqued – Firebug
Friday 18 October

Torqued are a Groove laden heavy metal band based in the Deep South of the UK. With more hooks than an abattoirs chiller, their unique brand of Heavy Metal has been constructed with one goal in mind… To rip faces and blow gauges!

Glastonbudget auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 18 October

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Head down and see a great bunch of bands smash out their best performances in a bid to secure their slot at Glastonbudget 2020. £5 on the door.

The Power Ballad Show – The Haymarket Theatre
Friday 18 October

The Power Ballad Show is a celebration of one of the most creative and emotionally charged periods in the history of music. Performing hit after hit of the ultimate power ballads that people just love to sing along to, you won’t be able to help but have a great night out. TICKETS.

Side Project & The Jav’lins – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 18 October

Wake-up Promotions present a line-up of local talent include Side Project, The Jav’lins, Hard Lines and The Clarendons. From 7.30pm. £5 on the door.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 18 October

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.

Hells Addiction – The Musician
Friday 18 October

Leicester’s classic rock band, Hell’s Addiction, deliver no bullish*t rock & roll music. drawing comparisons to the likes of Skid Row and early Motley Crue. TICKETS.

Music & Light – An evening of Indian classical music – Leicester Cathedral
Saturday 19 October

Celebrate Diwali the classical way with a special evening exploring divine light through music. Explore the moods and melodies of Indian classical music and its spiritual depth and universal message in the stunning setting of Leicester Cathedral under the special presence of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation. TICKETS.

Kings of Lyon – The Musician
Saturday 19 October

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Enjoy a night singing along to your favourite anthems as this Kings of Leon tribute take over The Musician. TICKETS.

I love the 90s v I love reggae – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 19 October

Taking you back to the good old 90s playing classics from the likes of TLC, Salt N Pepa, Artful Dodger, 2Pac, Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Usher, R Kelly, Toni Braxton, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Blackstreet, Craig David, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Dr Dre and more. TICKETS.

Mia & The Moon – The Gin Room at The Dog & Gun (Syston)
Saturday 19 October

Join the pub for the first gig in their Gin Room. Mia and the Moon are two sisters, Laura and Mary-Anne Ratcliffe, from Leicester who formed the band in 2012. Their music is strongly influenced by modern day favourites such as Florence & the Machine, Ben Howard & Lana Del Ray. “Harmonies you just don’t hear anymore!” BBC Radio Leicester. Free entry.

Deckchair Circus – O’Neills
Saturday 19 October

Rocking through the decades with some of the greatest songs from The Beatles, Oasis, Kings Of Leon, Ed Sheeran, Killers, Stone Roses and many more. From 9pm. Free entry.

Karaoke night – The Aberdale Inn
Saturday 19 October

Get down to The Aberdale from 8pm to have your moment in the spotlight.

Two In The Parlour – Real Ale Classroom
Saturday 19 October

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Enjoy an eclectic mix of songs and expect to be surprised by the quirky arrangements of songs you think you know and songs brought back to life that you may have forgotten how much you love. From 8.30pm, free entry.

The Struts – O2 Academy Leicester 
Saturday 19 October

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In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves massively embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piece was hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances, while Dave Grohl praised them as the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters. After making their full-length debut with 2016’s Everybody Wants, The Struts now return with YOUNG&DANGEROUS — a sophomore album that cements their status as one of the most unstoppably passionate and endlessly thrilling bands making rock music today. TICKETS.

As December Falls – The Shed
Saturday 19 October

Join Nottingham based rock / pop punk / medio-core four-piece band, As December Falls, as they hit The Shed. Tickets running low! TICKETS.

Glastonbudget auditions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 19 October

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Head down and see a great bunch of bands smash out their best performances in a bid to secure their slot at Glastonbudget 2020. £5 on the door.

Kate Rusby – Haymarket Theatre
Sunday 20 October 

Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A career which spans over 25 years in music showcases her as one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters. TICKETS.

Open Mic – The Grand Union
Sunday 20 October

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Join the hosts Carter & Hartmann for the regular open mic at Leicester’s newest venue, The Grand Union on New Walk. From 7pm, plenty of drinks offers.

The Marrakesh Express – The Musician
Sunday 20 October

A tribute to the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Take the classic music of the Woodstock hippy era when American music delivered its response to the British Invasion. Marrakesh Express mix it all up with jangling six string guitars, cut glass harmonies and you have one of the greatest West Coast shows ever. TICKETS.

Robert Lane – The Guildhall
Sunday 20 October

Robert Lane is a singer songwriter who released ‘Only a Flight Away’ last April. This is Robert’s third record following his self-titled debut album and his 2016 extended EP ‘Ends and Starts’. Fatea Magazine have described ‘Only a Flight Away’ as “an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018″ and the album has been named album of the week and listed as a featured album across several radio shows. Tickets £8/£6 in advance from 0116 2532569.

Open Mic – The Real Ale Classroom
Sunday 20 October

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Head down from 3pm for the monthly open mic in one of the nicest pubs around.

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon – De Montfort Hall
Sunday 20 October

Havana… The Rolling Stones… 500,000 screaming fans… and you. Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other. Rebel Vision’s cutting edge cinematic technology will transport you to Havana where rock history was made as The Rolling Stones performed to half a million fans in a spectacular and iconic record breaking event. TICKETS.

Marcus Malone Band – The Musician
Sunday 20 October

Detroit Rock/Blues guitarist and soulful singer Marcus Malone has the voice of Paul Rogers and the guitar tone of Walter Trout: “Marcus Malone is a magnificent fusion of Bad Company meets Robert Cray”. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 21 October

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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.



Lagwagon – o2 Academy Leicester
Friday 8 November

American punk rockers, Lagwagon, are back with a short UK tour. They formed in 1990, building a big fanbase before going on hiatus in 2000, having reunited several times over the years. They have a brand new album coming out in October and are back with a small number of UK dates to support the release. TICKETS.

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

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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.

Jon Boden – Y Theatre
Friday 6 March 2020

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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.


We catch up with The Markus Reeves Brotherhood about the local scene and future plans

Having been together for 18 months, Mark and Markus make up the Markus Reeves Brotherhood. Regularly gigging across the city they’ve built up a decent following with their heavy blues sound. We caught up with them to find out what’s next.

Can you tell us a little more about The Markus Reeves Brotherhood for anyone who isn’t already familiar with the band?
We are heavy blues duo, with a dynamic and eclectic style, with the emphasis on melody and harmony. Made of Markus Reeves and Mark ‘Flash’ Hanyes, we’ve been together for 18 months and we’re super pleased that we seem to be steadily building a nice following, badges help though. Oh we can be quite loud too.

What have been some of the highlights from past gigs and events with the band?
Its just been a steady run of great gigs since we started, this summer saw us play local midlands festivals most weekends and was just a blast. It’s tough to pick out a winner, but closing the Woodfest19 stage was pretty cool! It’d been raining on and off all day, we walked on and the sun came out… and stayed out!

What do you think to the Leicester music scene at the moment, how do you find it as an act performing live on the local circuit?
(Markus) Leicester’s always been a special environment to play for both Me and Mark. We’ve both been playing in the ‘citeh’ for 15 years and love all its venues. But getting folk out to local gigs just seems to be getting harder by the year. I do sometimes wonder if our various further education establishments encouraged students economy to go ‘off campus’ for entertainment, like they do in Nottingham or Birmingham, it would see a better night time economy in the town.

Who have been some of your biggest inspirations?
Paul Weller, Muddy Waters, Kevin Hewick.

What plans  do you have for the remainder of the year and into 2020?
Markus has resumed recording a side-lined solo album with the Brotherhood, ‘Tinkers, Free Thinkers and Heavy Drinkers”. We have 18 new songs and I’ve never been more confident and proud of the current material that we’ve got and want to do justice to what I’m hearing in my head. So a new album is slowly taking shape, mostly self recorded. I’m not talking Hotel California, but I’m getting it right this time. After years of recordings that don’t quite cut my mustard.

If there was one venue you haven’t played yet that you’d love to, where would it be?
Dryden Street Social and weirdly the Cookie has still evaded us.

Who are some of your other top tips on the local scene?
The Jav’lins… F##k man they just tear it down every gig.

What advice would you give to those starting out in bands?
Do your stage miles, get up and gig again and again. Learn your craft, not just playing but setting up and tearing down, learn what the sound techs need… blah blah. Oh and talk to your audience, involve them and give them something to remember you by. And don’t be shit.

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You can keep up to date with news from The Markus Reeves Brotherhood via the band’s website.



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