Weekly Music News – 19.03.2019

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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.

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

Easy Life release new EP

Following the premiere of their new track, Sunday, on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show last night (Monday 18 March), Leicester’s brightens music stars of the moment have released a new 6 track EP. The new EP titled Spaceships Mixtapes features new single, Sunday, alongside 5 more brilliant tracks. Head HERE to have a listen. These guys are everywhere at the moment, so don’t miss out on seeing them at O2 Academy on Saturday 30 March before they head stateside for Coachella. LAST REMAINING TICKETS.




The Wave Pictures – The Cookie
Tuesday 19 March

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Many years ago these guys formed in the small Leicestershire village of Wymeswold. These days they’re London based, signed to Moshi Moshi, have just released their second album in a year and have a summer of festivals on the horizon. The latest release, Look Inside Your Heart, like the earlier Brushes with Happiness, was recorded at night, live reel-to-reel tape, no computers, plenty of booze and lots of fun. With their own unique style, they recently collaborated on a new project with Charles Watson from Slow Club, and are picking up an army of fans. TICKETS.

Open Mic/Acoustic Sessions – The Bakers Arms Blaby
Tuesday 19 March

Head down to The Bakers Arms every Tuesday night for acoustic sessions in the pub. If you’re wanting to get up on stage yourself that make sure you choose the first Tuesday of the month as that’s their designated Open Mic slot. Join the sing-along with music from 8.30pm. 

Confetti Live Tour – The Shed
Wednesday 20 March

Free entry. This tour has been curated by 3rd year students on the Live & Technical Events course at Confetti. They’ll be bringing you the finest talents from Confetti’s Music Performance course, with live sets on the night from The Crying Violets, Moon, The Frantics and Near Mrs. A great chance to see the next generation of talent. Music from 7.30pm.

The UK Crowded House Experience – The Musician
Wednesday 20 March

Expect to hear your favourite Crowded House classics from this tribute band. They may be newly formed, but the experienced musicians will put on a brilliant show for any CH fan. TICKETS

Olafur Arnalds – Haymarket Theatre
Thursday 21 March

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Whether you know him for his BAFTA-winning score for Broadchurch, his reinterpretations of classical music such as The Chopin Project with Alice Sara Ott, or his collaborations with artists including Nanna Bryndis (Of Monsters and Men), you’ll no doubt agree that this, his first solo tour in 3 years, will be something special. Complete with wired string quartet, a live drummer/percussionist and Ólafur’s playground of pianos and synthesisers; get it in your diary now. LAST REMAINING TICKETS

Jason Ringenberg – The Donkey
Thursday 14 March

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The legendary leader of Nashville’s Jason and the Scorchers and a true pioneer of the Alt:Country Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll movement. Join him for an evening of potent punk, rock and country..

Phil Beer Band – Y Theatre
Friday 22 March

Phil is one half of folk supergroup Show Of Hands and is in much demand as a multi-instrumentalist and producer and has been described by the Guardian as ‘where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide’. He has recently been nominated for the coveted Musician of the Year title in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. TICKETS.

Jack Lukeman – The Shed
Friday 22 March

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Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. He’s had support slots with likes of Imelda May, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and Neil Sedaka and is now enjoying growing success with his own headline tour. TICKETS.

Let’s Face The Music – Firebug & Duffy’s
Friday 22 March

13 acts across 2 stages showcasing the best of Leicester’s talent for just £7. See the Spotlight feature further down for full information. 

Courtney Askey – The Soundhouse 
Friday 22 March

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Courtney Askey celebrates the release of her new single with a launch party at The Soundhouse. Previously solo, she now plays as with her self-titled, shoegaze/grunge four-piece. She has been prolifically writing, performing and recording music since 2010 and the new single is released on 22 March. “Imagine the dark melodrama of Nick Cave with the briefest whisper of PJ Harvey and the Lo-Fi grunge guitars of Sleater-Kinney and you’re getting close to something resembling Courtney Askey’s musical output thus far.“ (Great Central) TICKETS.

KT Tunstall – De Montfort Hall
Friday 22 March

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Former BRIT Award winner (Best British Female), KT Tunstall, probably needs little introduction as she comes back to Leicester on her new headline tour. Ever since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent and her latest album WAX, which was released in October, received great reviews. TICKETS.

Indiana – The Cookie
Saturday 23 March

Self taught songwriter, Indiana, hails from across the East Midlands in Nottingham. A stream of successful singles have seen her videos racking up over 1 million views on YouTube alongside acclaim across the blogosphere and being championed by Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil & Alice among others on Radio 1. TICKETS.

Dollar Bill – Duffy’s Bar
Saturday 23 March 

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The stomping’, one band Blues band, Dollar Bill are at Duffy’s to liven up your Saturday night. It’s raw, stripped down, stompin’ and rockin’ blues with drums, a guitar, a harmonica and singing going on all at once. It’s vibrant, up-beat stuff that’ll get you dancing John Lee Hooker-style. TICKETS

Amy Winehouse Experience aka Lioness – O2 Academy 2
Saturday 23 March

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The wonderful back catalogue of the late and great Amy Winehouse will be filling O2 Academy on Saturday. TV ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist, Emma Wright, performs as Amy Winehouse with a full five piece backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. TICKETS.

Steve McGill – The Clarendon
Saturday 23 March

Head down to The Clarendon just off Queens Road on Saturday night for an evening of acoustic covers from singer-songwriter, Steve McGill. He’ll be playing from 9.30pm through until midnight.

The Drugstore Cowboys – The Donkey
Sunday 24 March

Rockabilly, Blues, Country and Roots – The Drugstore Cowboys promise a rousing performance with a heavy dose of their own originality. With a vast set list and energetic stage presence, they always guarantee a great show. 

Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen Songbook – The Musician
Sunday 24 March

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Following such well received recent performances, Kenny Wilson will be performing a set of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen hits at The Musician. As well as classics like “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne” and “Like a Rolling Stone” he will be doing some rarities such as “Visions of Johanna”, ” A Hard Rains Gonna Fall” , “The Faith” and “The Stranger Song”. £5 Advance £8 On the Door. TICKETS.

Gabrielle – De Montfort Hall
Monday 25 March

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. Tickets are still available. TICKETS


Anteros – Dryden Street Social 
Friday 12 April


The London indie pop four-piece are fronted by Laura Hayden and draw influence from the likes of Blondie, No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur. “We sound like tequila mixed with bananas and a bit of cinnamon” – Laura Hayden. They’ve been on the road with Two Door Cinema Club and White Lies, opened the Other Stage at Glastonbury, welcomed Annie Mac as a fan and are known for their electric live shows. TICKETS

Dave – O2 Academy 
Tuesday 23 April

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With the UK Number 1 album in his hands, 2019 is already looking pretty exciting! He’s a 20-year-old music prodigy from South London who knocked Calvin Harris & Sam Smith off the No.1 spot, he’s played piano on Jools Holland, had his track remixed by Drake and even won an Ivor Novello for best contemporary song. TICKETS.

The Bohemians: A Night of Queen – Morningside Arena
Saturday 15 June

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One of the UK’s best Queen tribute bands perform a huge show at Leicester Arena on Saturday 15 June. The Bohemians will take you on a high energy rollercoaster ride of a concert, featuring the back catalogue of one of the world’s most popular and iconic rock acts of all time. Billed as ‘The world’s most exciting Queen tribute”, The Bohemians will leave few Queens hits left uncovered, from the early piano and harmony heavy wonders of ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, to the later pop anthems of the eighties. TICKETS.



Let’s Face The Music – Firebug & Duffy’s
Friday 22 March

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The Brandy Thieves

This Friday (22 March) Music in Leicester will be presenting a brilliant line-up of local artists across 3 stages at Firebug and Duffy’s Bar. Tickets cost just £7 and music starts from 7.30pm. One of Leicester’s best loved bands, The Brandy Thieves, will be performing their first live show of the year as they headline the stage at Duffy’s. Their Leicester shows regularly sell out so it’s a great opportunity to see them in a smaller setting before bigger shows to come this year.

Charlotte Carpenter

Joining them on the line-up will be the brilliant Charlotte Carpenter, who enjoyed a solo European tour last year following the release of her single, Babywoman, as well as some brilliant support slots.  “Sliding guitar licks, percussive thumps and Carpenter’s own fiery, soulful vocals.” NME, “A distinctly different kind of singer/songwriter sound, and one that makes for an enthralling listen.” Best Fit.

Siobhan Mazzei and band

Alongside them, Siobhan Mazzei adds to the wonderful mix of female acts on the bill. With the dark storytelling woven through her songs, she’s known for her brilliant live shows in Leicester and further afield. Elsewhere on the line-up you can find the wonderful talents of David Wyatt, Bellatones, Homeless Shakespeare, The Hardy Band and more. 

For £7 it’s a bargain. Tickets are available to buy from Firebug, Duffy’s or www.biletto.co.uk.




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