Weekly Music News – 17.09.2019

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Easy Life shortlisted for Q Awards

Leicester’s Easy Life are having quite the year. They’ve now been shortlisted for the Best Breakthrough Act at this year’s Q Awards. Voting is open now ahead of the ceremony in London on 16 October. VOTE.

LAST CHANCE – Spector – The Cookie
Monday 4 November

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At the last count there was only a handful of tickets left to catch Spector at The Cookie in November. 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.  TICKETS.

Chase & Status headline Beastwang
Saturday 16 November

Early bird tickets have all sold out so don’t miss out on general release as Chase & Status headline Beastwang at O2 Academy Leicester. After headlining festivals including South West 4 this summer the duo will be headlining the long running club night on 16 November. TICKETS.

Fightmilk – Firebug
Monday 4 November 

Sweary, stroppy, shouty 90s tinged pop-punkers, Fightmilk, are coming to Firebug in November. “Captures the joy, angst and humour of everyday existence” God Is In The TV.  TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 17 September (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.

Human Leather – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 18 September

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Monstrous grindy noise rock duo, Human Leather, hail from Brighton. Expect bass, drums and bellowing… They play loud and fast! TICKETS.

Natalie Evans & Bonnie Songs – The Cookie
Wednesday 18 September 

An acoustic performer with a growing international fan base, Natalie Evans will be joined by Australian banjo-based folk singer Bonnie Songs for her upcoming UK tour. Natalie Evans’s debut album ‘Better At Night’ saw her intricate compositions and characterful vocals reaching more ears than ever before on its release in 2018 via Small Pond recordings. This show is part of the Robot Needs Home Collective’s 10th Birthday events. TICKETS.

Midnight Skyracer – Guildhall
Wednesday 18 September

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BMA Momentum Award nominated bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception less than two years ago. Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace. TICKETS.

Ming City Rockers – Duffy’s Bar
Wednesday 18 September

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Grab yourself some midweek blues and punk-rock. “Ming City Rockers are the best rock ‘n’ roll band ever to come out of Immingham” Huw Stephens. TICKETS.

Sally Barker – The Musician
Thursday 19 September

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Recently seen on The Voice, join Sally Barker, original singer with The Poozies, for a midweek show at The Musician. TICKETS.

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.

Francisco – The Shed
Thursday 19 September

Join RnB and soul singer Francisco for some midweek tunes. He’ll be joined by fellow singer/songwriter Sam Hinds. £3 on the door.

Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska – The Soundhouse
Thursday 19 September

Newcastle’s Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska are firmly settling their feet into the UK’s psych rock circuit with their experimental sound and brilliant live shows. Expect howling vocals and heavy psych. TICKETS.

Marthagunn – The Cookie
Thursday 19 September


Named after historic Brighton heroine ‘The Priestess of The Bath’, their music draws from the 70s song writing of Fleetwood Mac and Eagles while keeping modern influences such as Tame Impala and Mystery Jets. Their sound is classic but never retro. TICKETS.

Robert J Hunter – The Musician
Friday 20 September

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Alderney born Robert J. Hunter is taking the blues scene by storm with his gruff, powerful voice and the wild thud of overdriven foot stomping blues guitar. The Robert J. Hunter Band’s unique sound echoes Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Gary Bad Company, Free and The Black Crowes. TICKETS.

Live soul acoustic – Brick & Beam
Friday 20 September

Georgia Copeland returns to Brick & Beam to take you on soulful journey of live acoustic renditions in Leicester’s most distinctive rooftop terrace bar. Expect to hear Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, H.E.R, Rihanna and many more + originals. Music from 8.30pm. Free entry and happy hour.

The Jam Drc – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 20 September

A mutual love of The Jam is the driving force behind The Jam DRC and they are as close to the sound and power of The Jam as you can expect to get. DJ support set from Paul Collins. TICKETS.

Cultdreams – Leicester Two Queens Gallery
Friday 20 September


Formerly known as Kamikaze Girls but changing their name to Cultdreams in 2019, this Leeds/London Riot Grrrl duo consists of vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone and drummer Conor Dawson. Together they have used music as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health. Their sound is an amalgamation of their own pop sensibilities and 90s Riot Grrrl, citing the likes of Bikini Kill, L7 and Sleater Kinney as their main inspiration. TICKETS.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September

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Join another raft of brilliant bands as they audition for Glastonbudget 2020. From 7pm. Entry is £5 on the door.

Action for Homeless – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 20 September

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Join a host of local talent for Music For Mental Health, raising funds for Action For Homeless. Line-up includes Andrea Kenny, My Mate Dave, Luke Broughton and more. £5 on the door.

Rockska – The Barley Mow
Saturday 21 September

RockSka are one of Leicester’s busiest bands playing a mixture of Ska, Two Tone, Mod, Rock & Soul, from Madness to The Jam, From The Police to The Specials and much more.

The Lurkers – Duffy’s Bar
Saturday 21 September

Memorable 70s punk rockers and first ever Beggars Banquet signings, The Lurkers are remembered as ‘The British Ramones’ given their style reminiscent of American punk rock. Having dispersed along with punk rock itself by the end of the 80s, the group have never quite gone away, still recording and performing in the present day. TICKETS.

Birdeatsbaby – The Shed
Saturday 21 September


Birdeatsbaby are far from your average rock band. Incorporating a varied collection of influences, the band combine piano-lead power-pop with orchestral and melodic rock, resulting in something that sounds hauntingly original and delicate. TICKETS.

Oceans Apart – The Shed 
Saturday 21 September

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Join Leicester’s alt 5-piece , Oceans Apart, as they celebrate the final night of their first UK tour. TICKETS.

Britpop Lives Forever – Firebug
Saturday 21 September

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The club night for indie fans! Featuring the best 90s indie anthems and expect to hear Oasis/James/Cast/Verve/La’s/Primal Scream/Blur/Stone Roses/ Happy Mondays/Inspiral Carpets/Blur/Bluetones/Supergrass Manics/Suede/The Farm/Morrissey/Pulp/Ocean Colour Scene Shed 7 and much more! £5 entry. 9pm – 2am.

The Institutions – O’Neills
Saturday 21 September

Get in the weekend party mood with The Institutions performing your favourite old and new hits. Expect hits from the likes of Oasis, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles & more. Free entry.

Shannon Gough – The Donkey
Saturday 21 September

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Enjoy a Saturday night of well known hits as Leicester singer Shannon Gough covers plenty of your favourite songs. £5 entry.

Rodney Branigan – The Musician
Sunday 22 September

Quite something to see, this London based singer/songwriter masterfully plays two guitars at once or both guitar and piano simultaneously. However, it is his ability to mix this extraordinary skill with his own heartfelt lyrics and rich, soulful voice that have led to Rodney Branigan becoming such a well followed global performer. TICKETS.

Swing Town – The Y Theatre
Sunday 22 September

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The UK’s biggest celebration of both Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé’s incredible songbook in one entertainment packed evening! Be part of the musical style that has bought together all generations over the last 80 years with sales of over 200 million albums by these 2 artists alone. TICKETS.

Glass Ceilings – The Cookie
Sunday 22 September

A four piece, indie/alt rock band from Birmingham. Branded a “light-hearted indie sweetness” that “carry so much promise“, the band are rising fast with “infectious melodies and tight vocals“. TICKETS.

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage – The Musician
Monday 23 September

Born and raised New Yorker, Jeffrey Lewis, leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician. His music also has a multi-faceted existence, restlessly exploring a stylistic swath from contemplative folk narratives to distortion-fueled garage rock to soundscape abstractions and more. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 24 September

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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.



The Bluetones – O2 Academy 2
Thursday 28 November


Mark Morriss and the boys continue to go from strength to strength more than twenty years on, and now The Bluetones are back in support of their third album Science & Nature. TICKETS.

Pop Will Eat Itself – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 20 December

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In 1987, Pop Will Eat Itself surprised the independent music world by morphing overnight from two minute, three chord indie pop wonders into hip-hop rock crossover pioneers. Years ahead of their time, PWEI produced “Box Frenzy”, a furious mix of beatboxes, metal riffs, MC’ing and pop songs. The album brought the band a whole new audience and opened them up to as much praise as it did ridicule amongst a perplexed music press. The band has maintained a large fan base, as well as being noted as influencing acts such as The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. TICKETS.

Nordic Giants – The Y Theatre
Friday 20 December

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Hidden behind feathered masks and effortlessly changing between instruments, this post-rock duo performs live original soundtracks to a backdrop of award winning short films. This gig is part of The Robot Needs Home Collective’s 15th anniversary celebrations and the audience can expect to experience dreamy ambient swells, epic builds and huge moments of power to a combination of dark, funny and beautiful short films. TICKETS.


Leicester International Music Festival returns

Leicester International Music Festival returns to New Walk Museum this week with a 2019 theme of ‘Finding your Soul’: ‘Your twenties is all about finding your soul’ – Oprah Winfrey.

The wonderful classical programme will feature the music of Mozart, Schubert and the brilliant young British composer, Mark Simpson, whose work will be appear in all the concerts. With lunchtime and evening concerts, free family events at the weekend and free tickets for under 25s, it’s a highlight of Leicester’s annual classical music programme. We caught up with Chairperson, Kevin Rush, to find out more about the concerts.

Leicester International Music Festival returns this year, can you tell us a little about the event for those that aren’t familiar with it?

The Leicester International Music Festival has been running for 30 years and features the very best classical and contemporary chamber music. Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel – one of the world’s greatest oboists – brings together a team of world-class players who gather on Monday to start rehearsing and then give lunchtime and evening concerts from Thursday to Saturday.  Some of these are based in the UK, but others travel to Leicester from the USA and Europe, making this a truly ‘international’ event.

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Your theme this year is “Finding Your Soul”, where did this concept come from?

The theme ‘Finding your Soul’ comes from Oprah Winfrey, who suggested that ‘your twenties is when you find your soul’: this year’s Festival features music written at this age by Mozart, Schubert and the young British composer and clarinetist, Mark Simpson, who joins us for the week.

You also offer free tickets to under 25s, is this part of a push to get more younger people into classical music?

More and more young people seem to be discovering classical music, perhaps by hearing artists like Sheku Kanneh-Mason (who has played for us), and discovering how exciting it can be. As part of our mission we are delighted to be able to offer free tickets to under 25s, thanks to the Cavatina Trust.

What is New Walk Museum like as a venue for live music?

There couldn’t be a more perfect venue than the Victorian Gallery at the New Walk Museum, which certainly has a ‘wow factor ‘ for our musicians because of its paintings and acoustics. On Saturday lunchtime, there will be music all over the Museum for our free family fun event, ending with a short interactive concert.

Where can people find out more information and book tickets?

You can read more about the Festival on our website www.leicesterinternationalmusicfestival.co.uk and get the latest news on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  Follow the links for online booking or come to the New Walk Museum to get tickets in person and, perhaps, come in and listen to the musicians rehearsing.



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