Weekly Music News – 22.10.2019

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Kasabian + Special Guests – Victoria Park
Saturday 20 June 2020

What a day this is set to be. Kasabian return to their hometown for their only UK gig of 2020 and they’re only bringing Easy Life, Sam Fender and Inhaler with them! It’s been a few years since their last Victoria Park show, but anyone who was there will recall the amazing atmosphere, and this looks set to be more of the same! Tickets for Summer Solstice part 2 go on sale on Friday at 9am.

Twin Atlantic – O2 Academy
Sunday 15 March 2020 2020

twin Atlantic leicester

The Glaswegian quartet are back with the charming style of vocalist Sam McTrustry and their much loved heavy rock anthems. They’ve also announced a new upcoming album as they release their first new material since 2016. Tickets on sale on Friday.

Childcare – The Cookie
Thursday 12 December

Childcare were formed by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies. Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by Katie, then aged six, to form a band. Enthused with the energy of punk, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines – era Graham Coxon, Childcare are a band on the up, making skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 15 October (and every Tuesday)

bring the paint

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.

*CANCELLED* Johnny Lloyd – The Cookie
Tuesday 22 October

Johnny Lloyd has come a long way since 2014 when, after two top 40 albums, world tours and support slots with Pixies and The Rolling Stones, Johnny disbanded the critically and commercially beloved Tribes and struck out on his own. Taking the hazy pop sound he’d spearheaded with his bandmates, Johnny spent little time taking it into darker, rougher territory. He’s touring in support of his acclaimed debut solo album, which is out now! TICKETS.

Rough Draft – The Y Theatre
Tuesday 22 October

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Join Rough Draft for a cocktail shaker of creativity. Put together by a handful of Leicester creatives, Rough Draft happens once a month with each artist getting fifteen minutes to share their work, be that script in hand or something more polished. From gut-wrenching theatre to side-splitting comedy, melodic music to punch poetry, and all those arty bits in between, this is a chance to  see new material and help it be developed with the artists. TICKETS.

Gordon Haskell – The Musician
Tuesday 22 October

Gordon made his name as vocalist with 70s prog giants King Crimson before settling into a career as smokey-bar blues singer on the pub circuit in Dorset. Suddenly cast into the spotlight again with the release of the 2001 Christmas hit ‘How Wonderful You Are’, Gordon is an unlikely pop star, but a phenomenal singer nevertheless. TICKETS.

Swingaree – The Shed
Wednesday 23 October

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Swingaree is a regular swing and jazz social that happens monthly on a Wednesday. On the night there is a free taster dance class followed by a live band. Arrive from 7pm to grab a drink and catch up, then from 8pm – 9pm there’s a taster dance class for all levels of skill, which is ran by the wonderful folk at Leicester University Swing Society (LUSS), who also run regular dance classes should you get the (jitter)bug! No dance partner needed. 14+, with under 16s accompanied by an adult. £3 on the door.

Daily Commute DIY – The Cookie
Wednesday 23 October

Daily Commute returns to The Cookie with another evening of viby queer, DIY good times. Ugly grave rave Succubus Straight Girl headlines with their unique brand of sad dance jams. Support comes from punky bop specialists Small Man Society (expect queer vibes and lotsa feels). Meanwhile Daily Commute fave Lion/s opens the show with ethereal experimental, audio visual goodness. TICKETS.

Nick Harper – The Musician
Thursday 24 October

Son of legendary Roy Harper, Nick Harper has been described as “One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley” (Mojo). A folk troubadour, an acoustic balladeer – with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll on the side. He’s not folk. He’s emo skiffle. Pastoral hard rock. Progressive soul. TICKETS.

CC Smugglers – The Cookie
Thursday 24 October

CC Smugglers are a rag tag 6 piece from the wilds of Bedfordshire who formed in 2009. Drawing on varied elements of musical genres the band are known for an infectious stew of gypsy jazz, blues, folk, country and roots. TICKETS.

Lambert – Bishop Street Church
Thursday 24 October

Lambert gig leicester

Always appearing in public wearing a Sardinian bull mask, Lambert is a Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer from Hamburg who is particularly known for his so-called re-works, where he reinterpreted famous pieces on the piano and published YouTube on the video platform. He won the musical breakthrough in 2014 with his album of the same name. TICKETS.

Mama Don’t Allow – Natterjacks
Friday 25 October


Join Mama Don’t Allow, the Leicester 4-piece band performing the best of 60s rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and more. All good time dancing music for a Friday night. Free entry.

Saint Agnes – The Cookie
Friday 25 October

Saint Agnes

Tarantino/Lynch style, Spaghetti Western inspired psych music that rocks hard and heavy. They are the leather jacket wearing, chain smoking, hard rocking siblings to bands like Starcrawler and Black Honey, seemingly raised on a diet of fuzz guitar riffs and hopeless tales of murder. TICKETS.

The Dirty Carpet Band – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 25 October

Kick off your weekend with an evening of your favourite floor filling hits performed live. Free entry.

Andrew Moran – Mill Hill Cask & Coffee
Friday 25 October

Live music from 7pm with acoustic tunes from Andrew Moran. Free entry.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 25 October

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.

Bruxa Maria – The Soundhouse
Friday 25 October

Four piece Bruxa Maria are a noisy post hardcore punk band with added heaviness and nasty noises. Their debut album Human Condition was received great reviews when released in 2016 and since then, Bruxa Maria have released a split EP with fellow hombres Casual Nun on Hominid Sounds as well as a split 7” with MoE. TICKETS.

Saturday 26 October

You’ll be in emotional and pop-punk heaven at The Shed on Saturday kicking off at 4pm right though until 4am, featuring tribute, cover and original bands that will surelly satisy that angst that’s still probably within you. Bring back the fringes, get out the vans and let’s party like it’s 2008. Featuring tributes to Sum 41, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and plenty more plus get on stage with Pop Punk Karaoke. £8 early bird, £10 advance, £13 on the door. All ages until 7pm. TICKETS.

Brix and The Extricated – The Cookie
Saturday 26 October

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Back for their annual show, this one is sure to sell out. Brix & The Extricated feature original Fall member Brix Smith-Start on guitar and vocals, powerhouse duo Steve Hanley on bass and brother Paul Hanley on drums, Steve Trafford on guitar and vocals and virtuoso Jason Brown on guitar. It’s a dream line up for lovers of The Fall sound. TICKETS.


Kossoff… The Band Plays On – The Musician
Saturday 26 October

Forty years on since Paul Kossoff, one of Britain’s finest guitarists, tragically passed away at the tender age of 25 in 1976. Singer Terry Slesser, the voice of Kossoff’s critically acclaimed post-Free band Back Street Crawler, and a close friend of Koss, keeps the memory of one of the greatest British Blues guitarist and his music alive. TICKETS.

Max & Dex – The Tap & Barrel, Wigston
Saturday 26 October

Enjoy some folk rock originals and covers from Max & Dex, who perform on an array of different instruments. Free entry. Music from 9pm.

Soulclique – The Cookie
Saturday 26 October

Soulclique returns to The Cookie for the last Saturday of every month with resident Deej providing a blend of soul, funk, jazz, raregroove, disco, hiphop, world, house and more.  ‘Music with Soul’. From 9pm. Free entry.

The Swinging Sixties Show – The Sue Townsend Theatre
Saturday 26 October

From the magical sounds of American soul and its fantastic girl groups, to the British invasion of The Beatles, Kinks and The Rolling Stones, ‘The Swinging Sixties Show’ will take you on a visual & musical journey through the decade that became associated with the birth of British pop culture and classic American soul. TICKETS.

Siobhan Mazzei – The Black Horse (Braunstone Gate)
Saturday 26 October

Enjoy 2 x 45 minute sets of pure acoustic Siobhan Mazzei bliss along with great beer. Music from 9pm and free entry.

Area 51 – The Old Horse
Saturday 26 October

Get into the Halloween spirit with Area 51’s own brand of party rock covers. Free entry.

The Versions – The Real Ale Classroom
Saturday 26 October

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Enjoy a night of rock and reggae classics washed down with quality beers. Free entry.

The Antarctic Monkeys – O2 Academy 2 
Saturday 26 October

Join the finest Arctic Monkeys tribute act with their huge catalogue of AM covers to brighten up your Saturday night. A big act in their own right, touring all over the UK and the closest thing you’ll get to the real thing. TICKETS.

Oysterband and June Tabor – De Montfort Hall
Sunday 27 October

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, Oysterband and June Tabor, resumes this autumn for a major tour. With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live. TICKETS.

Coast to Coast – The Cookie
Sunday 27 October

Coast To Coast return to Leicester, after a killer performance at handmade festival earlier this year the come to Leicester to finish off their “The World Doesn’t Work” Tour. Support from My Only. TICKETS.

Open Mic – The Grand Union
Sunday 27 October

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Join the hosts Carter & Hartmann for the regular open mic at Leicester’s newest venue, The Grand Union on New Walk. From 7pm, plenty of drinks offers.

The Freemasons – The Bottle Garden
Sunday 27 October

The Fourmasons return to The Bottle Garden for Jazz on A Sunday Afternoon. This month’s special guest is Martin Slipp (bass). Music starts at 3pm and admission is free.

Boo Hewerdine – The Musician
Sunday 27 October

For over 30 years Boo Hewerdine has been considered one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. As lead singer of seminal band, The Bible, through his subsequent solo work and his long-time collaboration with the incredible Eddi Reader he has become something of a national treasure. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 21 October

drinks jams

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.



Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – Firebug
Tuesday 17 December

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly will be at Firebug in December for a headline slot in the series of shows supporting the Robot Needs Home Collective’s 15th birthday. Aka Sam Duckworth, the Southend troubadour released his 10th album last year. Support from Charlotte Carpenter. TICKETS.

The Bluetones – O2 Academy 2
Thursday 28 November


Mark Morriss and the boys continue to go from strength to strength more than twenty years on, and now The Bluetones are back in support of their third album Science & Nature. TICKETS.

Mahalia – O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 14 November

Tickets are running low for the big homecoming show from Mahalia. Fresh from a slot at Glastonbury this summer and with a hit new album, Mahalia will be coming back home to Leicester for her biggest hometown gig to date. These UK dates are sandwiched between USA and European tours as Mahalia’s careers continues to soar. TICKETS.


Gareth John discusses recreating the iconic work of Amy Winehouse with Amy – A Tribute

Gareth John

Gareth John has played across such a wide range of venues and events over the years, from being a regular on Leicester’s music scene to playing large UK festivals with The South, playing alongside The Specials’ Neville Staple and even running his own high end wedding entertainment business. This Christmas he’s part of a special event at the Y Theatre celebrating the life and work of Amy Winehouse. Different to other Amy Winehouse tribute acts, it’s one not to be missed and we caught up with Gareth to find out more.

Amy – A Tribute is widely regarding one of the UK’s best Amy Winehouse tribute acts, what do you think it is that sets them apart from the others?
A lot of Amy Winehouse tribute bands focus very much on her best-selling, award-winning album, Back to Black, which is an unbelievable album from start to finish, but we pride ourselves on telling the full story of the UK’s finest jazz singer of recent years, from her debut release Frank, obviously the big hit numbers from Back to Black, but also her posthumously-released album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, as well as documenting her work with collaborators such as Tony Bennett, Paul Weller, Mark Ronson and The Specials. The show is modeled on the fantastic BBC sessions that she did, and we have worked hard on perfecting those, whilst adding our own twists such as snippets of other well-loved songs, utilising the many talents of the band in the process. Audiences can expect top showmanship, musical ability, and an informative and entertaining night to remember as they sit back and enjoy the journey through the tragically short career of a legend.  

You’re doing a big show just before Christmas at the Y Theatre, what can people expect from it?
This is the first time we’ve brought our ‘The Story of Amy Winehouse’ show to Leicester, where some of the band (including myself) are from, and the Y Theatre has a great feel about it, so we’re really excited! As well as hearing their favourites of Amy’s songs from all three albums, we’ll be including special duet performances from Amy’s career on the night, as well as video, imagery and narration to fully immerse the audience in a fascinating story. There may also be a festive twist, with it falling two days before Christmas itself! 

As a musician yourself you’ve worked with a wide range of artists and genres, from big band to two-tone, what have been some of your favourite events to be involved in?
There’s too many to name! From a personal standpoint, my album launch last year at The Old Library on Belvoir Street was a milestone night, my first solo album and I was so proud to take out a great band and the fabulous Darling Creatures as my special guest singers/dancers. I’ve had some unbelievable gigs as far as Germany, Spain and Japan, but also so many memorable gigs in the UK. Festivals to tens of thousands of people with The South, some electric audiences with King Brasstards over the past few years, such as our recent performances at Camp Bestival and Wilderness Festivals. Sorry not to be more specific, but I don’t want to leave any out, I could be here all day answering that question! I’m very lucky!


Given how well loved Amy Winehouse’s music is, does that make it even more vital to ensure a flawless performance?
Absolutely, and that’s where the band has to be on point as our singer, Leah Govier, really is pretty flawless vocally, capturing the essence of Amy without being a painful-sounding over the top mimic like tributes can be in my opinion. She brings a freshness to the songs vocally, and with Amy’s band being so first class in everything from their appearance, to their show delivery and of course the music, we have to bring our ‘A Game’ every night.


Do you have any personal favourites from Amy’s back catalogue?
I’ve played the ska stuff for years in various bands, especially during my time playing with Neville Staple, so I’ve got a soft spot for those, but I love singing the Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse duet ‘Body and Soul’ with Leah, and my mum introduced me to Amy Winehouse via ‘Frank’ at an early age so songs like ‘Stronger Than Me’, ‘October Song’ and ‘Take the Box’ are special for me. Likewise on ‘Back to Black’, there are some great songs like ‘Just Friends’ and ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. Again, too many to name really, and there genuinely isn’t a song in the show that I dislike or don’t look forward to performing.  

Doing gigs around Christmas time always ensures a party atmosphere, do you enjoy the festive events as a musician?
Yes absolutely, Christmas and summer festival season are my favourite times of year (not just because that’s when I have the most work!). Being a swing singer myself, Christmas is always a busy time as the genre is closely linked to the festive period, and whatever show or genre you’re performing, the audiences have that extra energy as they close in on special family time at Christmas and let their hair down. 

Sum up in 5 words why people should come to the show:
It’s fun, entertaining and enlightening

Where can people find out more and buy tickets?

Tickets are on sale now from the Y Theatre website



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