Weekly Music News – 21.05.2019

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Mallory Knox – The Shed
Friday 11 October

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Alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, have announced a headline tour in September and October, which stops at The Shed on 11 October. This will follow the release of their just-announced self-titled album. ‘Mallory Knox’ will be out 16 August via A Wolf At Your Door and the band released a new single from it – ‘White Lies’ – last week. TICKETS.

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (Jonn & Rat) – Firebug
Saturday 7 December

ned's atomic dustbin

There are just 100 tickets available for this rare performance with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (Jonn & Rat) performing all your favourite NAD songs, well most of them anyway… Plus supports Savanna Bones (Acoustic) & Blakey (Acoustic). TICKETS.

WSTR – The Cookie
Wednesday 10 July


Pop-punk heavyweights WSTR are heading to The Cookie for an intimate performance before their appearance at 2000 Trees Festival. With a big summer of festivals that also includes Download and Slam Dunk, don’t miss seeing them here on your doorstep. Tickets will go quickly, so grab one now. TICKETS.



Kuunatic – Duffy’s Bar
Tuesday 21 May

Kuunatic play ritual, primitive, unconventional dreamy psychedelic music. The band was formed in Tokyo in 2016, by three female members who have completely different musical and cultural backgrounds. TICKETS.

The Mentulls – The Musician
Wednesday 22 May

the mentulls

Since being formed by brothers Andrew & Jamie Pipe in late 2008, award winning British rock band, The Mentulls, have carved out a niche for themselves on the international rock scene. With music critics calling them “a band to watch now and for years to come”, “so talented, so good” and “the future of prog rock”, the band have earned a reputation for blending original, emotive, bluesy classic rock with progressive rock with gusto and energy. TICKETS.

Daily Commute DIY – The Cookie
Wednesday 22 May

dusker Leicester

Daily Commute return with their second curated line-up, welcoming local bands Dusker, Small Man Society and Quesadilla for an evening post-punk jams. TICKETS.

Acoustic Sessions – The Shed
Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 May

the shed Leicester

New at The Shed, they’ll be hosting Acoustic Sessions in the main room from 7pm – 10pm this Wednesday and Thursday. Get cosy and intimate with a range of fantastic acoustic performances. It’s pay what you feel on the night, with all the money going straight to the acts, and it’s also Happy Hour from 5pm – 8pm.

The Devils & Mystery Action – Duffy’s Bar
Thursday 23 May

The Devils formed in the deep south of Italy in 2015 to create their own unique trash rock n’ roll. They’ll be joined by Mystery Action, who emerge from a forgotten time, when Rock n Roll was raw, dirty and stripped to the bone. Expect elements of Surf, Garage, Rockabilly and Swamp Blues, with plenty of transfixing mayhem. TICKETS.

Bank Holiday Festival – Marquis of Wellington
Thursday 23 – Monday 27 May marquis of wellington

Head to The Marquis on London Road for a weekend long festival from Thursday to Monday. 5 days of Beer, Gin, Cider, Food & Entertainment. Free entry all weekend, over 20 ales, 6 ciders, a Fever Tree gin bar, food available plus musicians, DJs and performers every evening. Free entry all weekend. 

Chris D Bramley – The Soundhouse
Friday 24 May

Chris is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Leicester who writes tracks based on his experiences of growing up here in Leicester. For fans of Oasis, The Kinks, Arctic Monkeys, The Verve, The Beatles and The Sherlocks. “Groovy and dance-able indie rock. True and pure britpop” Indie Pop-Ups. TICKETS.

Live Music & Gourmet Burgers – The Pumping Station
Friday 24 May

Back by popular demand, on Fridays you can enjoy an afternoon and evening of burgers and live music at The Pumping Station, set in their beautiful Grade II listed building and grounds. With burgers being served from midday, including a children’s menu, right through to the evening. Live music starts from 8.30pm, it’s free entry all night and the bar is open until midnight, serving a large range of gins, rums and craft beers. (Note, this event is at The Pumping Station on Bradgate Road, Cropston, LE7 7GB)

Metal to the Masses Final – Dryden Street Social
Friday 24 May

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The Metal to the Masses competition reaches its final stage as the last bands take to the stage at Dryden Street Social to battle it out for a slot at Bloodstock Festival. Hear the finest rock and metal talent alongside festival ticket giveaways. TICKETS.

Gecko Club – Vault
Friday 24 May

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Gecko Club are a 4-piece indie, surf rock band hailing from London. They play their own exotic sound with an energetic set with deep grooves and dreamy melody lines.  Their debut single ‘High Flyer’ received airtime on ITV 1’s ‘This Morning’, in February, along with the release of 3-track EP titled ‘Roots’ which came out on Valentines Day. The EP boasts summery, laid back grooves which melt you into your seat and can be best enjoyed with a cold beverage. FREE TICKETS.

Arcades – Nine Bar
Friday 24 May

arcades band

To celebrate the release of their upcoming single ‘Grande Rouge’ Arcades will be playing a stripped back set at Nine Bar on the Friday night. Free entry from 8pm.

Around The World BBQ – The Orange Tree
Friday 24 May

The Orange Tree will be kicking off their Around The World events with AFRICA, featuring an African BBQ selection and Afro-Beat and Disco Garden party with Sleazy Wonder& SwellyJam from 5pm. Free entry. 

Rodney P, Blak Twang & TY – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 24 May


Festival2Funky presents The 2019 King Dem Tour, which sees three of UK Hip Hop’s most heavyweight artists join forces for a one-off chance to see all three live and on the same stage. Rodney P, Ty and Blak Twang need little introduction – all three artists in their own right have contributed to the UK Hip Hop canon in ways few others can match. Extensive support acts and guest DJ sets. Free entry with Festival2Funky wristband. 

Groove & The Bathtub Pings – The Donkey
Friday 24 May

Groove & The Bathtub Pings are a 7 piece Funk/Soul/Motown/Disco/all round bangers band based in Leicester. Their infectious groove and brassy riffs are sure to get the floor filled and your feet tapping.

Anne-Marie – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 25 May


2018’s biggest-selling UK debut act of the year, Anne-Marie, is in Leicester this weekend and limited standing tickets are still available. Anne-Marie released her UK Top 3 debut album ‘Speak Your Mind’ in April 2018, and it’s now certified Gold in the UK, selling over 130,000 copies and spawning a number of monster hit singles. TICKETS.

Seani B and Special guests – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 25 May

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BBC Radio 1xtra’s, Seani B. Bringing you Reggae/Dancehall/ Soca party vibes from the Caribbean and beyond. New skool & Old skool music, mash ups, remixes, sound effects, pull ups & everything else associated with the Seani B experience. With Internationally acclaimed special guest Christopher Ellis, son of Alton Ellis, the “Godfather of Rocksteady” and iconic Reggae Legend. From 11pm – 4am. Free entry with 2FunkyFestival wristband.

FUN DMC – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 25 May

Family friendly event from 1pm – 4pm. Whether you’re the proud parent of a Lil Wayne, a Missy Elliot or a whole crew of Beastie Boys and Wee Papa Girls Rappers, FUN DMC is the place to be for you and your little ones. This is a real party experience, designed with both children of 6 weeks + and their parents in mind. There are areas to dance, play with our super-fly hip-hop fancy dress, practice graffiti, or just chill and enjoy a drink. Get ready for hip-hop, funk, disco and block party anthems. TICKETS.

Straighten Out – The Musician
Saturday 25 May

Straighten Out are the premier Stranglers tribute band with an extensive set list that spans two solid hours as they re-create the ‘early years’ sound of The Stranglers. They will take you on a nostalgia trip that transports you back to those raw, powerful, exhilarating times when The Stranglers emerged through the quagmire of mediocrity to produce some of the finest tunes ever written. TICKETS.

Higher Meditation All Day Takeover – The Soundhouse
Saturday 25 May

As part of Bring The Paint Festival, from 12pm – 12am Higher Meditation Sound System will be taking over The Soundhouse and playing an upfront selection of Dub, Roots & Reggae. There will also be a BBQ in the garden. Family friendly and free entry. 

Steven Faulkner – The Pug & Greyhound
Saturday 25 May

Steven Faulkner

Steven is one of the Midlands’ top acoustic covers performers. With 20 years experience of performing live. Steven uses an acoustic guitar, FX unit, loop pedal and a microphone to create his unique versions of classic songs from multiple genres. Free entry from 8pm.

Red Rum Club – The Cookie
Saturday 25 May

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Formed in 2014, Red Rum Club are an alternative rock sextet from Liverpool. They’ve been selling out shows across the UK and have been championed by BBC Introducing as well as 6Music. Their sound combines the old and new, channelling ‘Tarntino-esque’ wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Amongst the 80s Liverpool influence they also deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics and melodies that blend to make the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club. TICKETS.

Mojohand – Beer Pharmacie (System)
Sunday 26 May

Join Mojohand for a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon show in Syston. Mojohand are a four piece 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. Free entry, 3-6pm.

Monkey Business – The Stamford Arms (Groby)
Sunday 26 May

Monkey Business will be rocking in the Stamford Arms garden(weather permitting – if necessary they’ll be inside the pub, but fingers crossed)! Expect rock and pop covers plus some surprises in a couple of sets between 4pm & 8pm. Free entry.

Twisted Illusion – Firebug
Sunday 26 May

Twisted Illusion embark on their 2nd UK headline tour to promote their impending trilogy ‘Excite the Light’. Influenced by the prog giants of the 70s but with a notably unique sound of their own Twisted Illusion are making a name for themselves as the must see and hear prog band in the UK right now. Love Queen? Rush? Dio? How about if you crammed them all together into one big, fleshy prog-rock meatloaf, seasoned with a lack of restraint that makes Devin Townsend look like John Denver? If that sounds palatable, then Twisted Illusion could be right up your street.

Bring The Paint Sunday Social – The Mill
Sunday 26 May

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As Bring The Paint Festival comes to an end they’ll be hosting a wrap-up party at The Mill. There will be family workshops, street food and drinks, a climbing wall, plenty of painting and lots of fun! Over 100 artists are creating artworks over the weekend just across from the Mill on top of all the incredible headline artists that you’ll find throughout the city during Bring The Paint. Expect good music, good food, free and interactive activities and good people.

The Fourmasons – The Bottle Garden
Sunday 26 May

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The Fourmasons are back at The Bottle Garden for their monthly residency, Jazz on A Sunday Afternoon. This month’s special guest is Gary Reader (tenor sax). Music is from 3pm and admission is free. Expect Southern Comfort drinks promotions and tasty tapas served throughout the day. 

The Reggulites – The Donkey
Sunday 26 May  


Join The Reggulites for an afternoon of Reggae and SKA classics at The Donkey. It’s an afternoon gig so head down and join in for a Bank Holiday Sunday of chilled Reggae and SKA. Music from 4pm.

Willie Nile – The Musician
Sunday 26 May

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New York singer-songrwirter. Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter and his live performances are legendary. He has toured across the U.S. opening for The Who at the personal request of the band and sang with Bruce Springsteen at Giant Stadium. TICKETS.



Far Out Club Night (Tom Meighan DJ set) – The Cookie
Saturday 1 June

tom Meighan

The new indie club night from Arcades just got a whole lot bigger as Kasabian’s Tom Meighan will be taking to the decks on Saturday 1 June. Known for his energy fuelled live performances and outspoken attitude, Kasabian front man Tom Meighan’s role takes a similar direction behind the decks. Expect a potent mix of 60s psychedelia, funk, soul, and classic dirty rock n roll blended with an electro and careful edit of the latest new music. TICKETS.

The Original Wailers – Dryden Street Social
Sunday 23 June


Enjoy the hits of The Wailers with original member Al Anderson and his new band configuration. It was Al Anderson’s stunning lead guitar work that featured on such classics as ‘No Woman, No Cry’, ‘Dem Belly Full’ and ‘Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block)’, and played such a huge part of Bob Marley’s rise to stardom. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley’s music featuring Al Anderson’s evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide and he has also played with the likes of  James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper. TICKETS.

Leicester Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival – Morningside Arena
Saturday 31 August

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The Blockheads headline Leicester Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival this August as it takes over Morningside Arena. The band formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album New Boots and Panties on the first Stiff Records tour of the UK. The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, who was Ian’s best friend and is now the band’s vocalist and wordsmith. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. Tickets are priced at £28 and are on sale now. TICKETS.



Festival 2Funky
24 – 26 May at 2Funky Music Cafe and 2Funky Lounge

Now in its sixth year, Festival2Funky is an awesome celebration of Black music and arts, running from 24-26 May 2019.  Three days of live music, clubnights, DJs, industry panel, workshops and dancers will include a variety of high profile artists. We caught up with organiser, Vijay Mistry, to find out more.

Festival 2Funky is coming up this weekend. Can you tell us a little more about what it involves for those who haven’t heard of the event before?
It’s a celebration of Black music and arts, running from 24-26 May at 2Funky Music Cafe, The 2Funky Lounge and 2Funky Kitchen in Leicester’s West End. It brings together reggae, dubstep, bassline, drum ‘n’ bass, R&B, jungle, soul, house, hip-hop and jazz. This year there’s an emphasis on new collaborations, alongside masterclasses, graffiti workshops, DJ sets and spoken word/ poetry.

How long have you been running the festival now?
It’s in its sixth year! We’re very excited because this year it’s all happening over one weekend and across three venues. One wristband gets you into all events.

What are some of the stand out events happening over the weekend this year?
So many, it’s hard to pick. Our dance battle which happens every year is always a lot of fun to watch, and there is a £500 prize.  We’ve got some amazing established artists… Rodney P, Black Twang & TY in one bill. Natasha Watts, Mad Professor & Sir Coxsone, Seani B and Hypernova. I could go on. Also, we have an ILUVLYRICS poetry/ spoken word competition, compered by quick witted poet John Berkavitch, with £200 up for grabs. 

How can families or those who are perhaps less familiar with the urban music scene get involved?
We have FUN DMC on Saturday 25th May at 2Funky Music Cafe. This is a party experience, for children aged 6 weeks+ and their parents. There are areas to dance, practise graffiti, or just chill. Our DJ is the brilliant Spin Doctor, who is a dad himself. We also have graffiti workshops taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 26th May in the 2Funky Music Cafe garden, which are always popular with young people.

What’s your favourite thing about organising the festival?
Watching the crowds at an event and everyone enjoying themselves – you can’t beat it.

What are some of your other favourite festivals and events that take place in Leicester?
I love Cosmopolitan Carnival, and Caribbean Carnival too. Leicester is a great place for festivals, there are loads more I could mention.

What else do you have coming up at 2Funky Music Cafe and Lounge following the festival?
I’m really looking forward to the new disco / house night, Discglow Ft. Michael Gray and Formfest, which will be an all day festival across 3 venues which features everything from Drum & Bass to 90s club classics.

Wristband tickets are just £10 and get your access into all of the events! Grab yours HERE.



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