Weekly Music News – 20.08.2019

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Full line-up announced for BBC Introducing East Midlands at Gigs in the Gardens 
Saturday 24 August

The final names have been added to the line-up for BBC Music Introducing East Midlands at De Montfort Hall. Gazelle, Arcades and solo artist Michael Vickers will join the line-up for the Bank Holiday weekend. The three new additions join Demons of Ruby Mae, Judith Ude, Mason Bailey, Oceans Apart, Ro Jordan and Harri Georgio. TICKETS.

24 Hour Party People with DJ Fitz

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Get ready to dance your socks off this August Bank Holiday when the Cultural Quarter comes alive for 24 hours with 24 Hour Party People, as DJ Fitz celebrates 25 years on the scene. One of the city’s best loved DJs, to celebrate  almost 25 years in the game, he is taking on a challenge, to DJ non-stop for 24 hours for charity at 24 Hour Party People. Don’t miss the 24 hour non-stop dance-a-thon as it takes place at The Exchange Bar. MORE INFO.

Heritage backstage tours of De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 17 September 

As part of Heritage Open Days you can join a walking tour of De Montfort Hall. See the workings of the Hall’s 100 year old pipe organ, visit the dressing rooms, step out onto the stage and learn about what goes on behind the scenes. TICKETS.

Tickets running low for Back to the 80s 90s Festival

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Do you want to catch acts including Vengaboys, Tony Hadley, B*Witched, 911, A1 and loads more next weekend at Cattows Farm? There are only 50 weekend tickets left for Back to the 80s 90s Festival! Always a guaranteed fun weekend, don’t miss out on your last chance to be there. TICKETS.




Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 20 August (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.

Jaws – The Dome on Jubilee Square
Wednesday 21 August

Birmingham’s indie dream-pop favourites, Jaws, are back in Leicester for a show in The Dome on Jubilee Square as part of City Festival. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a great event. TICKETS.

Milk Teeth – The Cookie
Wednesday 21 August

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Grunge punk favourites, Milk Teeth, return to Leicester for a Reading & Leeds warm-up show at The Cookie. “The band’s mixture of light/dark, sweet/sour, melody/noise echoes those early 90s reference points – Pixies, The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr – but adds something distinctly British” – Clash Magazine. TICKETS.

Brass Hip Flask – The Shed
Wednesday 21 August

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Brass Hip Flask are a 3 piece beefy blues band from Coventry. They’ll be bringing their musical goodness to The Shed. Support comes from Nottingham’s indie-blues, 94 Gunships and Leicester’s pop-rock, Elba. FREE TICKETS.

Luke Jackson – The Musician
Wednesday 21 August

Young Roots singer/songwriter, Luke Jackson, has been performing live since the age of 13 and has been nominated for various BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. “A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence… I watch everything this young chap does with a considerable amount of interest and an equal measure of amazement”  – Mike Harding. TICKETS.

Parisian Swing – Guildhall
Thursday 22 August

Parisian Swing will be performing at the Guildhall with their unique blend of French Style Jazz and Popular Songs from the 1930s to the 1960s. TICKETS.

Roger Wilson – The Donkey
Thursday 22 August

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Head to The Donkey for an evening of folk music hosted by Roger Wilson, with floor spots available for anyone else who would like to perform. Takes place on every 4th Thursday of the month.

Live Fridays – Natterjacks
Friday 23 August


Natterjacks present the best in local live talent followed by DJ through the night. Music from 8pm and 2 for 1 cocktails between 8-11pm. Free entry.

Groove Armada (DJ Set) + Pete Tong – De Montfort Hall gardens
Friday 23 August

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Groove Armada have been one of the best loved and biggest selling dance acts for more than two decades. They’ll be hitting the decks joined by Radio 1 DJ and all round dance deity, Pete Tong, and Radio 1 Dance Anthems’ Danny Howard. Part of the Gigs in the Gardens outdoor event series. TICKETS.

Kylie Tribute Night – Two Steeples, Wigston
Friday 23 August

Live music from an awesome Kylie tribute act plus bottles of Prosecco priced at just £10.99 all night. Free entry.

The FuFu Sailors – The Donkey
Friday 23 August

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Get ready for the bank holiday weekend with awesome and uplifting soul, reggae, funk and rock covers from this brilliant Leicester band.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 23 August

Always a great way to kick off your weekend. Head down to The Soundhouse to hear a number of acts performing a mix of covers and original material, all auditioning for a slot at Glastonbudget 2020. £5 on the door.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 23 August

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.

No Hot Ashes – The Cookie
Friday 23 August

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Another formidable talent to emerge from Greater Manchester in recent times, No Hot Ashes have been making waves around the North-West and beyond for the last few years. With a string of infectious singles in their repertoire including ‘Easy Peeler’, ‘Bellyaches’, and ‘Eight Till Late’, the band have received continued support across radio from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Radio X. Soaking up major support slots with the likes of Blossoms and The Amazons around the UK, not to mention major festival appearances at the likes of Y NOT Festival, Isle of Wight and Kendal Calling, the band have already amassed over 4 million plays on Spotify. TICKETS.

Allusinlove – The Shed
Saturday 24 August

Put simply, Allusinlove will reignite your love for scuzzy riffs and mushroom trips. In their own words, they have “the head of Simply Red, the Neck of Nirvana, the Shoulders of Deftones, the Belly of Pixies, the Sexual organs of Placebo, the legs of My Bloody Valentine and the feet of Sonic Youth.” TICKETS.

BBC Introducing Local Talent – De Montfort Hall gardens 
Saturday 24 August

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The best of East Midlands talent gets the spotlight during this BBC Introducing event as part of Gigs in the Gardens. Leicester favourites Arcades and Gazelle join the previously announced Demons of Ruby Mae, Harri Georgio, Oceans Apart and Mason Bailey, among others. TICKETS.

80s Soul Weekender Anthems – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 24 August

Taking you back to the old skool for 6 hours of non stop 80s soul anthems featuring the likes of Luther Vandross, Shalamar, Slave, Fatback Band, Jocelyn Brown, Loose Ends, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shannon, Joyce Simm, D-Train, Kool & The Gang, Change, Whispers, Midnight Star, Rick James and lots more! TICKETS.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 24 August (2-6pm)

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If you haven’t been down to a Summer Sessions yet then it’s about time you do. The Soundhouse is hosting free acoustic acts all afternoon every weekend this summer. Take a seat in the brand spanking newly revamped Soundhouse beer garden, and enjoy drinks offers, free entry, and plenty of dog friendly and kid friendly fun.

Sonic Kingdom – The Soundhouse
Saturday 24 August

Emotional, driving rock and melodic rock, a mix of old-style mellotron synths and modern guitar riffs underpinned with unusual rhythms – original music at its best.

Higher Meditation All Dayer – The Soundhouse
Sunday 25 August

Higher Meditation are back in Leicester for a huge bank holiday bash. Higher Meditation is a Roots & Culture Sound System created in France and spreading the message of love wherever they go. Join them from 2PM – 1AM on August 25th, with free entry, drinks deals and a large outdoor area.

Bank Holiday Free Gig – Firebug
Sunday 25 August

Firebug’s annual free entry Bank Holiday party is back! There’ll be live music from 7-piece Madness tribute, Gladness, downstairs, along with BBQ running all day in the garden and silent disco upstairs later on. Family friendly until 7pm and main bar open until 4am.

The Anthemics – Queen of Bradgate
Sunday 25 August

Party through the Bank Holiday with The Anthemics, performing 2 x 1 hour sets on Sunday night at Queen of Bradgate. Awesome covers band playing everything from the Stones to Arctic Monkeys. Free entry.

Family Fun Day – Sumo
Sunday 25 August

Enjoy live music out on the patio at Sumo from the amazing Combo Jazz Latin Band. There’ll also be a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting and plenty of fun from 1pm. Free entry.

Groby Rocks – The Stamford Arms, Groby
Sunday 25 August

Enjoy a full day of music and fun at The Stamford Arms in Groby for their annual Groby Rocks event. Headlined once again by Stonepark, other acts on the lineup include Michael Vickers, Laura Elson and even an Abba tribute band. Indoor and outdoor bars, bouncy castle, face painter, hog roast and plenty of fun! Runs from 2pm – 10pm

Rum & Reggae – The Lansdowne
Sunday 25 August

Rum & Reggae is back for the Bank Holiday! Featuring live music from The AC30’s Ska and Rocksteady band. Tickets are £4 in advance available from the bar at The Lansdowne and there’ll be cocktail specials on all night.  From 9pm – late.

PLUG Silent Disco – Firebug
Sunday 25 August

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It’s back for the annual Bank Holiday party. 3 channel silent disco – just pick up your headphones from the bar and choose which DJ you want to listen to. Anything goes! From 10pm.

The Urban Voodoo Machine – The Dome on Jubilee Square
Sunday 25 August

The Urban Voodoo Machine is a supremely talented collective of London-based musicians who have been bringing the spirit of the carnie to an ever-growing audience of dedicated fans these past few years. Sounding like they should be from the Deep South, the band are self-styled purveyors of ‘Bourbon-soaked Gypsy Blues Bop ‘n’ stroll’. TICKETS.

Years & Years – De Montfort Hall gardens
Sunday 25 August

Synth-pop outfit Years & Years’ saw their biggest single to date, King, reach number one in the UK singles and make top 10 charts around the world. With a string of other hits now behind them, they’ll be joined by DJ and remix artist, Jax Jones, and Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt. Part of the Gigs in the Gardens event series. TICKETS.

Cabin Boy Jumped Ship – The Shed
Sunday 25 August

Leicestershire five piece Cabin Boy Jumped Ship are equal parts a modern metalcore band and a digital electronic music collective in one unit. They’re heading off on to Asia on tour and having a hometown show before they go! TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 26 August

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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.



Steve Mason – O2 Academy
Saturday 9 November

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Scottish musician, Steve Mason, is best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. He has also been a member of Black Affair with Jimmy Edgar and is now back performing solo. TICKETS.

Spector – The Cookie
Monday 4 November


London indie favourites, Spector, are back on stage. 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. Sure to sell out, grab tickets while you can. TICKETS.

An Evening with Alan McGee – The Shed
Friday 30 August

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If you want to hear about the real ins and outs of the music industry, who better to hear it from than the man who discovered and signed Oasis? He’s seen it all, from being a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian. But of course, he is best known for co founding and running the independent Creation Records label and for being the man who discovered & signed Oasis. A brilliant chance to ask him some questions! TICKETS.


Experience Enharmonic as part of Journeys Festival International Leicester

Journeys Festival International Leicester is in full swing and one of the fantastic events taking place is Enharmonic, a sound installation created by Leicester artist, Miriam Bean.  The exhibition runs at All Saints Church from 19th August, culminating in a fantastic live performance on Sunday 25th August. We caught up with Miriam to find out a little more.

Enharmonic is taking part of Journeys International Festival, tell us a little more about the performance?
On Sunday 25th August at 7.30pm, there will be a selection of pieces performed by Josh Semans (ondes Martenot), Anne Heney (piano), Elizabeth Paling (viola), and my parents John (cello) & Alison Bean (double bass), with Willard Welsford conducting. I’ve co-written a musical composition with my mum, which is the core to the Enharmonic project. This 12 minute piece will have its debut performance at the end of the evening, after some improvised interpretations of graphic scores I’ve worked on throughout the project, which feature in my publication. I’m super excited to meet Josh who is travelling down from Preston for the weekend – the ondes Martenot is a rare electronic instrument invented in the early 20th century, and its sound is so eerie and ethereal (notably played by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead) I can’t wait to hear it in the beautiful setting of All Saints’ Church.

Tell us a little about your background in music?
I’ve worked with my family on this project because they are all musicians and I grew up surrounded by music at home, however my background is in art & design. When I studied at University of Lincoln to do Fine Art, however, I couldn’t resist going back to music and developed sound work, fascinated by the fundamentals of how sound waves interact, and what we personally define as noise and music. This project is the most musical I have done in recent years – I have to admit I needed to refresh my memory from GCSE music in order to compose again!

What else are you looking forward to in Journeys Festival?
One of the great things about Journeys is the mixed programme of art, music, film and everything in between – there’s something for everyone. However, the best thing is the platform given to individuals from the refugee and asylum seeker community. By bringing people together from across the city and showcasing their brilliant work, I hope we can spark some important conversations and bring greater awareness of people’s personal stories and backgrounds.

How much time goes into a project such as Enharmonic?
I started working full time on the project in May, but was commissioned by ArtReach last autumn, so the whole process has taken nearly a year. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes, including research, workshops and working with members from the local roots group, so in a way, Enharmonic is a series of smaller projects linked together. Copies of my printed publication are available to buy for £7, with a portion going to British Red Cross and World Vision. This book acts as my ‘sketchbook’, a place for me to collect ideas and test out visual interpretations and translations of sound.

What are some of your favourite things about Leicester and the arts/music scene?
There are some brilliant local musicians I’ve got to know over the years, too many to name personally but they know who they are. There’s so much more to Leicester that meets the eye, but some personal favourite places for great art and music include: Phoenix, Two Queens, LCB Depot, Leicester Print Workshop, The Donkey and The Cookie. Cultural Quarter Lates is an especially good time to check out what’s going on, taking place on the last Friday of every month. I live off Narborough Road in the West End and love the mix of people and local businesses in the area, especially the range of amazing food to choose from nearby – it’s something we often take for granted but I really missed it when I lived elsewhere. I also like to explore the number of parks and green spaces Leicester has to offer, and I keep discovering new ones the longer I live here.

What are some of your other favourite arts initiatives?
As well as going to exhibitions and gigs, I love the cinema, theatre and going to see stand up. I was gutted that I was away for most of the Comedy Festival this year, but managed to see a little bit when I got back. Must make the most of it next year!

How can people find out more about Enharmonic?
To reserve free tickets for the 25th, just click HERE.

You can read and download the whole Festival programme HERE.

Join us on social media with #JFILEICS or use @JourneysFest on Twitter and Instagram.


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