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Wide Eyed Festival – O2 Academy
Saturday 16 May

There may be no Handmade Festival this year, but Wide Eyed has come along to neatly fill that gap! Presented by The Cookie and Firebug the event will showcase some of the hottest talent on the UK indie and punk scene. First announcements include psych-electro-rock trio BEAK>, Brighton’s hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid and seductive guitar pop, The Orielles, among others. Advance tickets are priced at £20 and are on sale now. TICKETS.

The Blinders – O2 Academy 
Saturday 23 May

This three-piece alternative group from Doncaster will attempt to be in your face at all times, smelting loud and visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and tones. Their diverse, unique combination of raw music creates the ‘Punkadelic’ sound which forces the trio to give everything they’ve got in their frenzied performances. TICKETS

Forgotten Futures – Attenborough Arts
Saturday 30 May

The first acts have been announced for Forgotten Futures, a brand new arts event presented by The Robot Needs Home Collective and Attenborough Arts. From music performed and inspired by the art installations, to discussion q&a sessions with artists, the event is set to offer something completely unique for Leicester. Visit the Robot Needs Home website for the full line-up information. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 18 February (and every Tuesday)

the soundhouse Leicester

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.

Acoustic Tuesdays – The Black Horse (Blaby)
Tuesday 18 February (and every Tuesday)

Every Tuesday at 8.30pm a friendly group of music lovers meet in the bar, to play, sing or just to listen to an informal acoustic session. FREE ENTRY.

Harry & Chris – Firebug
Tuesday 18 February

Take a trip back to the 80s, 90s, and 00s. The famous comedy, rap and jazz duo Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are coming to Firebug as part of Leicester Comedy Festival. TICKETS.

Skiltron – The Musician
Tuesday 18 February

Leading folk metal band from South America, (Argentina) have earned recognition across Europe throughout their time of performing. TICKETS.

Tommy Loose & others – Loughborough Carillion Cricket Club
Tuesday 18 February

Acoustic night all in aid of charity. Why not head down to Loughbrough Carillon Cricket Club at 8pm on Tuesday 18 February and listen to the unique Harp-Guitarist and Songwriter Tommy Loose. TICKETS.

Xhosa Cole Quartet – The Musician
Wednesday 19 February

You won’t want to miss out on seeing the winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition in 2018, Xhosa Cole. Presenting classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works, he is currently one of the hottest properties in British Jazz. The band lights up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era. TICKETS.

Home Wrecked – The Shed
Wednesday 19 February

Home Wrecked are a progressive pop-punk band from South Yorkshire formed in the summer 2016. Expect songs about dealing with everyday struggles, difficult situations and what it takes to rise above them.

Timothy Ridout – New Walk Museum
Wednesday 19 February

Timothy Ridout, one of Britain’s leading young violists, will be at New Walk Museum as part of Leicester International Music Festival for a lunchtime concert on Thursday. Tickets for the event can be booked by phone or in person from the museum shop at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Thursday 20 February

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Every Thursday 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.

Footwerk – Apres Lounge
Thursday 20 February

A night all things Disco/House and Techno every Thursday with some of the best up and coming DJs Leicester has to offer along with amazing drinks deals.

Mojohand – Grand Union
Friday 21 February

Rocking & boppin’ party band featuring Al Sansome on lead vocals joined by Clive Osbourne on tenor sax, Charlie Lewin on bass and vocals ans Tom Lane on drums. Music from 7pm.

The Anthemics – Natterjacks
Friday 21 February

Natterjacks present LIVE FRIDAYS : bringing you the best in local bands and artists every Friday with support from our resident DJ. This week they’re joined by The Anthemics.

Harri Georgio & The Well Behaved Young Men – The Shed
Friday 21 February

Do not miss a great free opportunity to see Harri Georgio and The Well Behaved Young Men launching their new single ‘My Life.’ Their music skilfully melds elements of reggae, rap, indie and electronic pop to create a uniquely addictive sound that you can move to. 14+ if accompanied by an adult.

Malpractice & Dawson Smith – The Donkey
Friday 21 February

Malpractice are a bunch of naughty boys who should know better. Their mission…To bring Dr Feelgood to people around the country from Harecastle Delta to the Bathpool Jetty. Support comes from Dawson and the Creekers playing acoustic country blues. TICKETS.

Monasteries – The Soundhouse
Friday 21 February

the soundhouse Leicester

Tech-Deathcore outfit Monasteries come to Leicester as they kick off their weekender with MTXS at The Soundhouse. After the release of their 2018 EP Pulmonary Failure, Monasteries show no signs of stopping as they go into 2020 with new material in the works. TICKETS.

Ben Poole – The Musician
Friday 21 February

Inspired by the Blues, infused with a hard hitting, ‘in-yer-face’ rock approach and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Ben Poole is being talked of as the new up-and-coming UK Blues guitarist; one of the finest to have emerged in Europe for years. Having already played with, and received critical acclaim from some of his heroes; legendary blues artists including Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and John Mayall, it appears that there is no stopping this young and incredibly gifted musician. TICKETS.

The Complete Stone Roses – Boxed
Saturday 22 February

This tribute to one of Manchester’s finest is a must for any Stone Roses fan. The closest there is to the atmosphere and sounds of a full Stone Roses gig. TICKETS.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse 
Saturday 22 February

the soundhouse Leicester

Enjoy a number of great acts competing for their chance to book a slot at Glastonbudget 2020. Expect original material and some awesome covers. £5 on the door.

Siobhan Mazzei – The Black Horse
Saturday 22 February

Join Siobhan for one of her last live performances before she takes an extended break for writing. Music from 9pm.

The Filthy Spectacula – The Metal Monocle
Saturday 22 February

The Filthy Spectacula brings madness and music to The Metal Monocle for a night that will entice time travelers to set their dials again and again.

Jersey Budd – Knighton & Clarendon Park Conservative Club
Saturday 22 February

Leicester’s own Jersey Budd smashed onto the music scene in 2009 with his first album Wonderlands, and was acclaimed by Q Magazine as “rollicking bar room rock in thrall to Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen”. TICKETS.

Live Music Between The Comedy – The Shed
Saturday 22 February

the shed Leicester

Just The Tonic have taken over the Vault stage at The Shed with a brilliant programme of comedy, but in between that there’s some free live music taking place in the main bar. Grab a seat and enjoy some acoustic fun, then pop down to watch the comedy if you fancy it too! Win win. Entry to the main bar is free. Most comedy shows are Pay What You Want or £5.

Matt Long – The Musician
Sunday 23 February

Matt Long has carved himself a reputation as a stellar front man of award-winning British Blues band Catfish and is now also on the road with his own band with new riff-influenced blues/rock material. TICKETS.

Myles Knight – Mill Hill Cask & Coffee
Sunday 23 February

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Live music on music is back at Mill Hill. Sunday sees the return of the wonderful Myles Knight. If you haven’t seen him perform before make sure you take this opportunity! There will be a mixture of covers and his own tracks. Music from 3pm.

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon – The Bottle Garden
Sunday 23 February

the fourmasons

Welcome The Fourmasons back to The Bottle Garden for another live jazz session, accompanied with cool drinks, delicious bites and all round good vibes. Enjoy a chilled afternoon, entry is free and doors open at 2.30pm.

Fisherman’s Friends – De Montfort Hall
Monday 24 February

Want to experience what the Fisherman’s Friends have been doing for thirty years. The original ‘buoy band’, bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience, the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea. TICKETS.

The Dame & The Far Meadow – The Musician
Monday 24 February

The Far Meadow is a five-piece symphonic progressive rock band from London. The band forges an impressive array of musical textures provided by Eliot Minn’s omnipresent keyboards and Denis Warren’s virtuosic guitar work, underpinned by Paul Bringloe’s inventive drumming and Keith Buckman’s melodic bass. TICKETS.



Temples – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 4 March

In support of their new album ‘Hot Motion’, Kettering’s Psychedelia outfit Temples return to the o2 Academy Leicester in March. TICKETS.

Circa Waves – O2 Academy
Tuesday 31 March

Known for their nervy, melodic indie rock,  Circa Waves first gained buzz in the 2010’s with hooky singles like ‘Get Away’ and ‘Stuck in My Teeth’. Centered on lead singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall, the Liverpudlians earned favourable comparisons to the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Vaccines. They’re touring in support of their brand new album ‘Sad Happy’. TICKETS

Battles – The Y Theatre
Tuesday 5 May

battles leicester

From Brooklyn, New York, Battles are an angular and highly experimental band who have garnered a reputation as some of the most skilled and innovative musicians of their time, helping them to garner a worldwide audience. Pushing the sonic limits of how conventional instruments and electronics meld, they’re coming to Leicester off the back of a tour support slot with Foals. TICKETS.




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