Weekly Music News – 18.02.19

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Hozier – De Montfort Hall
Monday 16 September 2019

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Hozier has announced details of his UK and European tour this year, which will follow the release of Hozier’s new album Wasteland, Baby!, due for release on 1 March. The Take me to the Church singer will be stopping at De Montfort Hall on Monday 16 September and tickets go on sale on Friday 22 February. TICKETS.

Festival of the Dead – O2 Academy Leicester
Saturday 26 October

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A festival like no other, expect carnival-esque pageantry, live music, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes. The event infuses elements of carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying in celebration of the Day of the Dead. Fancy dress encouraged, skull face painting available. TICKETS

Oh Heck club night launches at The Shed
Wednesday 27 February (launch night)

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Kicking off on Wednesday 27 February there’ll be a new monthly club night at The Shed on Yeoman Street. Oh Heck will feature a night full of your favourite indie and pop tunes, with resident DJ, Carnivorous, playing all the best songs from the likes of The 1975 and Bombay Bicycle Club to Taylor Swift and George Ezra. 11pm – 4am, £3 entry, and loads of drink offers. Find out more on Facebook.

New Open Mic Night at The Criterion
Wednesday 27 February (launch night)

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Al Sansome’s long running open mic night has a new venue and will now be taking place at The Criterion on the last Wednesday of every month. The first event takes place on Wednesday 27 February from 8pm. Why not head down early for one of The Criterion’s excellent pizzas?



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 19 February (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. 

John Adams – The Musician
Thursday 21 February

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From Aberdare, South Wales, singer/songwriter John Adams grew up in the same area as the Stereophonics and draws influences from the likes of James Morrison, Sam Smith, David Gray and James Blunt. With emotive and heartfelt narratives woven together as stories, John’s expressive and nuanced vocals compliment his acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniments. £10 adv/£12 otd. TICKETS

Arielle – Duffy’s Bar
Thursday 21 February

American country singer/songwriter, Arielle, comes to Duffy’s on her UK tour. Describing herself as “a gypsy traveling, guitar-wielding, song-writing, flowy clothes wearing lady“, she takes inspiration from the sounds of the 60s and 70s, from Joni Mitchell to Jimi Hendrix. Tickets are £5. TICKETS.

Miss Bowie & The New Killer Stars – The Donkey
Friday 22 February

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The most obvious twist on this David Bowie tribute is that that Miss Bowie have a female lead vocalist, and they are pretty sure David would have approved. Since forming in 2017 they have developed a full length Bowie set, which combines many of the classic hits from the 70s with other storming songs from throughout the whole of his career. They want to pay tribute to Bowie, without going down the ‘typical tribute band’ route. Tickets are £6. 

Fatherson – The Shed
Sunday 24 February

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Fatherson are back in Leicester with their raw and honest alt-rock sound. Following their storming run of festival performances and live sessions on BBC Radio 1 throughout 2018, be sure to grab yourself a ticket. Just £8 in advance or £10 on the door. TICKETS.

Jacob & Drinkwater – Guildhall
Sunday 24 February

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Hailed as “stand-out new folk” by BBC6 Music and “inventive and thrilling’”by R2 Magazine, the Devon base duo have received support from Tom Robinson on 6Music, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, Louder Than War and many others following their EP released last November. Join them for a show in the beautiful setting of Leicester’s Guildhall. TICKETS.



MC Lars – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 3 April

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Your favourite laptop-rap and lit-hop star, Mc Lars is back in Leicester for his “THIS GIGANTIC ROBOT KILLS: THE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR”. He’s bringing some top mates over with him from the States too, as Koo Kangaroo & Mega Ran will co headline the show. Tickets are priced at £10. TICKETS.

Lets’ Face The Music – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 22 March

The Brandy Thieves
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Music in Leicester present a celebration of Leicester’s best bands and artists with 13 acts across 3 stages for just £7. Featuring Goldwater, The Brandy Thieves, Siobhan Mazzei, David Wyatt, The Hardy Band, Homeless Shakespeare, Finches of Attica and more. The event starts at 7.30pm with tickets available in advance or on the door. 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 Hoo Ha Record Club
Saturday 2 March – The Criterion (and then monthly) 

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The Hoo Ha Record Club has become a popular monthly event for music fans in Leicester. If you love your vinyl and you’ve ever fancied being a DJ for one night, this is your chance. With the next event taking a St David’s Day theme on Saturday 2 March at The Criterion, we caught up with organiser, Dan Orton, to find out a little more about it. 

Describe Hoo Ha Record Club in 1 sentence for those who have never been?
A fun night of playing records and dancing, where anything goes and everybody is welcome.

What made you start the event?
It all began in Bury St Edmunds in early 2015 when friends Kate Jackson and Ken Last ran an event in memory of their friend John Holmes, a great lover of music whose catchphrase was “Hoo Ha!” after Al Pacino’s character in “Scent Of A Woman”. John sadly passed away after a long history of mental heath problems, so Kate, Ken and several others ran a night to raise money for local mental health charities to remember him. It was a great success, which led to it becoming a regular event which is still going to this day.

When Kate moved to Leicester a couple of years later, she and her now husband Paul, and myself got together to bring the Hoo Ha to LE1. Nearly two years later, the Leicester Hoo Ha is still going strong, with a faithful base of regulars, and newcomers all the time!

The format is simple – with each event we pick a theme, and people put their names down to volunteer to DJ a twenty minute set on said theme (however they choose to interpret it). Before the event, we do a draw to pick twelve names at random from the list, with a second draw on the night to determine time slots. You could be on at 7:30pm, or 11:10pm, you won’t know until the night itself! And no experience is necessary – if you’ve never DJed before, we can show you what to do. Part of the fun is seeing people’s confidence grow after their first set. The focus is on vinyl, but CDs are just as welcome, and we’ll turn a blind eye to the occasional MP3 if people need them!

The most important part of what we do here is the same reason it exists in the first place – to raise money for mental health charities. Every penny collected at the Leicester Hoo Ha goes towards local charity LAMP (http://www.lampadvocacy.co.uk/)

What would you say to someone wanting to do their own set for the first time?
Don’t be scared and have fun! The Hoo Ha is a supportive environment. No egos, no snobbery, no judgement. We don’t stick to genres and we’re not an exclusive club. Everyone wins when we support each other, so enjoy yourself and join us to raise money for brilliant causes!

Which has been your favourite of the themed Hoo Ha events so far?
For me personally, there’s been several favourites (can I have more than one?). One of our earlier ones was a politics themed special, Never Mind The Ballots, which given that it took place shortly after the last general election, proved to be quite cathartic to a lot of people. We also did a day-long takeover at LOROS Spiral Scratch last summer (theme “A.B.C”) which was loads of fun. But our last one, Planes, Trains & Automobiles was one of the most fun yet. Glyn’s take on the theme was the stuff of legend.

What’s on your own set list for the St David’s Day event?
That would be telling! Part of the fun is not revealing what we have in store until the night itself. Of course it does mean than some people may have the same thought processes, and that’s why we ask our DJs to bring spare picks with them just in case!

How can people keep up to date with upcoming news and events?
The best way is to join the group on Facebook. This is where you can put your name down to volunteer, and where we announced the list of 12 (plus reserves). We do the time slot draw in a more old fashioned way from a hat on the night.

Enjoy the next Hoo Ha event at The Criterion on Saturday 2 March from 7.30pm.



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