Weekly Music News – 23.04.2019

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New Hope Club – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 2 October

new hope club

Rising stars of the boyband scene, New Hope Club, have announced their first ever headline tour and they’ll be here in Leicester on Wednesday 2 October. The headline tour follows their big UK tour support slot with The Vamps. 

The Physics House Band – The Cookie
Sunday 7 July

physics house band

Brighton’s experimental math-rock 4-piece, The Physics House Band, have just announced a new show in Leicester in July. They have supported the likes of Alt-J, Django Django and Tera Melos as well as gaining major support from BBC Radio 6 Music, The Guardian, The Independent, The Quietus and more. They’ve recently released their third record and are a band that needs to be experienced live. TICKETS.

Easy Life land top headline slot

Things are just getting better and better for Leicester’s Easy Life. Fresh from a sold out tour, appearance at Coachella and with a summer of festivals on the horizon, the band have now announced that they will be headlining the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. If you’ve got tickets to Worthy Farm this summer then make sure you swing by for the performance. You can see our review of their recent O2 Academy headline show HERE

The Libertines and Tom Grennan to headline new Midlands’ festival

libertines Coombe

There’s a new festival heading to the Midlands this summer as Coombe Weekender lands in the historical backdrop of Coombe Abbey. Just down the road from us here in Leicester you can look forward to huge artists including The Libertines and Tom Grennan leading the line-up. There’ll be funk, soul, disco, indie and pop music over the two-day event on 3 and 4 August, with kids activities, great food and drink and plenty of fun to be had. Other acts include Signal and Crystal Waters, with more major acts still to be announced. TICKETS.



With shows from Dave and The Specials sold out this week, don’t miss the rest of the live music on offer below.

Open Mic/Acoustic Sessions – The Bakers Arms Blaby
Tuesday 23 April

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. 

Saskia Griffiths Moore – The Musician
Wednesday 24 April

Singer-Songwriter Saskia is a rising folk artist building her national profile. She has been number 1 in Bristol’s folk charts and is frequently compared to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy. Saskia’s original songs draw on the  Americana, roots & darker folk music. TICKETS.

Joel Baker – The Cookie
Wednesday 24 April

Joel baker

In 2015, as a rather unknown artist from Nottingham, Joel Baker’s song ‘No One In Heaven’ was a surprise choice of Taylor Swift when she put it on a Spotify playlist for her millions of fans. Since then he’s signed to VirginEMI and had huge support from BBC Radio 1.
With a beautiful voice similar to Ben Howard and Jason Mraz, and a guitar-style that is perfect for a summer’s evening, he’s got all the quality to become a real star” – Coca-Cola. TICKETS

Alex Gardner – The Soundhouse
Thursday 25 April

Kettering based singer/songwriter, Alex Gardner, will be launching his brand new EP ‘Zooniverse’. Recorded at HS Studios, Alex’s latest EP delves into new and experimental sonic territory, more akin to his band Oddity Island. 

James Maddock – The Musician
Thursday 25 April

Whilst James Maddock may originally hail from here in Leicester, it’s over in America that he’s really made a name for himself. James is now a long time resident in New York City and has been amongst the most respected singer-songwriters around. A closer inspection of his world class CV reveals Rolling Stone named him ‘One to watch’, he has had more than a couple of major label deals, a Radio 2 Record of the Week, had his music featured in major US TV series and even played with Bruce Springsteen. Support from Leicester’s Jersey Budd. TICKETS

Chambers, OHANA, We Be Beasts
Friday 26 April

chambers leicester

A great line-up of of indie, alt-rock and blues from some of Leicester’s finest. Chambers, OHANA and We Be Beasts are all bands formed in the city, so a great chance to check out some local talent. 14+. TICKETS.

Vennart – The Shed
Friday 26 April


Biffy Clyro guitarist and Oceansize frontman, Mike Vennart, is hitting the road with his solo project, Vennart, with a Leicester date at The Shed on Friday 26 April.  Tickets are priced at £15 and are on sale now

The Leylines – The Donkey
Friday 26 April

the leylines

West-country collective, The Leylines, have been on the scene since 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The band blends their own individual music tastes to create a unique style that isn’t quite folk, is sort of punk, but is 100% heart-pounding revelry. Join them as they launch their second studio album, ‘Recover Reveal’. Support from Leicester favourites, The Brandy Thieves.

Teleman – O2 Academy 2
Friday 26 April


Teleman’s simple, sonorous brew of guitar, drum and synths is not at all unusual, but with it they craft exquisite pop songs that instantly spark your musical curiosity. They may have been born from the ashes of previous band Pete and the Pirates but they have emerged from the clatter and chaos of London to build something really special. Tickets are priced at £15. TICKETS.

The Zufflers – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 26 April


Get your weekend party started with free live music at Queen of Bradgate on Friday night. Expect indie-rock belters with covers from the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Paul Weller, Arctic Monkeys, Manics, Stereophonics and loads more! The Zufflers have been busy rehearsing new material so get down to enjoy new covers of The Jam, Foo Fighters and more! FREE ENTRY.

The Coathangers – The Cookie
Saturday 27 April

the coathangers

The Coathangers are a punky female trio from Atlanta, Georgia. Forming over a joint love of punk-rock, their style has expanded over the years to touch upon hip-shakin’ classic rock, soulful country ballads, and golden oldies pop. Over the years, the band has hit many milestones—touring in Europe, Japan, Australia, and Mexico, sharing the stage with artists like Minus the Bear, Refused, Janelle Monae, and The Black Lips, appearing multiple times on Last Call with Carson Daly, receiving accolades from luminaries like Kim Gordon, and landing a spot on the Billboard charts with Nosebleed Weekend. TICKETS

Next Year – The Shed
Saturday 27 April

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4 Piece Loughborough based pop-punkers, Next Year, are due to release their much anticipated 2nd EP ‘Waterfalls’ on 31 May, but you can catch it a month early performed in full, alongside their 2018 debut EP ‘Resolutions’ at The Shed this weekend.  Not only will the EP be performed in full, but hard copies will be available to purchase before anywhere else. Support from Get Your Head Straight, The Surrealists and Smack Jack. Tickets £5 including a CD. 

Mr Punch plays Marillion – The Musician 
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

mr punch

Mr Punch consists of well respected musicians from top Italian prog bands most notably Milan masters, The Watch. From the show you can expect a faithful rendition of the Fugazi tour of 1984, complete with make up and theatrics in classic Fish style. Two shows during the day; 2pm and 5pm. TICKETS.

Sing for Your Supper Open Mic – James’ Cafe Bistro
Saturday 27 April

Open mic with a twist. What about if in return for performing you got your dinner thrown in? That’s what’s happening with the new spin on Open Mic at James’ Cafe Bistro on East Bond Street. All genres are welcome with music from 5pm and all performers will receive a meal in the restaurant. James’ is a little gem in the middle of the city, so what a perfect way to try it out either as a musician or book your table for Saturday evening and enjoy some live music whilst you eat. 

Mark AKA Paul Weller – The Real Ale Classroom
Sunday 28 April

Previous winner from the Real Ale Classroom’s open mic music room, Mark, is back with a Sunday afternoon set. Expect to hear some great Paul Weller covers to accompany your afternoon beers. Free entry, 3pm – 6pm.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 29 April

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. 



Handmade Festival
Sunday 5 May

handmade festival

This year Handmade Festival heads back to the city centre, with acts appearing across 10 stages and venues. As always, the line-up celebrates the best new talent mixed with some massive names, and this year festival goers can look forward to the likes of Metronomy, The Futureheads, Black Honey, The Sherlocks, Jamie Lenman, Dark Dark Horse, Estrons, The Lids, and so many more. Since 2013 the festival has grown year on year and now provides the annual highlight of the city centre’s music calendar. Tickets are £35 and you can grab yours HERE.

Every guitar band worth their salt is playing handmade!” NME

Lucy Spraggan – O2 Academy
Sunday 12 May 2019

Lucy spraggan leicester

Having come a long way since she stepped up to audition for X factor in 2012, Lucy Spraggan is back in Leicester following a number of sell out shows over the years. She’s having a great year so far, with her set to play Glastonbury, her single ‘Lucky Stars’ surpassing half a million streams and it’s also been playlisted at Radio 2! Don’t miss her on 12 May, with tickets sure to fly out. Tickets are on sale now priced at £18. TICKETS.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – O2 Academy 
Sunday 19 May 2019

psychedelic porn crumpets

The Australian psychedelic rock band, with one of music’s most ridiculous names, head to Leicester for a show at the O2 Academy on Sunday 19 May. “Full of big, overblown riffs and heady, woozy interludes” (DIY Mag), the band have enjoyed a run of sell out shows and have a new album on the horizon. TICKETS.



Echo Fest
Various Venues
22 – 28 April

Leicester’s Echo Factory offers students a chance to gain the highest level of professional music training and industry knowledge available. This year, a number of students have joined together to create Echo Fest, where they’re combining the students’ talents with the city’s local music venues and businesses. We caught up with Chloe Costello to find out more about this week’s events.
What is Echo Fest and how did it come about?
Echo Fest first came about when students at Echo Factory were hoping to work with local businesses and artists in the city and combine the talents into a week of events. There were many ideas passed around as to how we could operate it, we chose to put the existing events in the city under the umbrella of Echo Fest and market it in this way.
What are some of the highlights of the events coming up?
We are really excited about all of the events throughout the week, particularly Alex Gardeners EP launch, he has been working alongside Echo Factory student and local artist Joe Doyle throughout the creative process and is keen to display his hard work through his live performance.
How important is Echo Factory’s work for the local music scene?
Echo Factory has been running the degree courses in both Music Performance & Music business for three years now, with the first year of students set to graduate in September. Students from both courses are able to work closely alongside each other within Echo Factory, we encourage this as it gives the students the chance to experience as closely as possible the relationship between artists and the business team. A lot of students at Echo Factory on both the performance and business course are working musicians in Leicester and the development of the local music scene is very exciting for us.
Who are some of your favourite artists on the local scene at the moment?
Leicester has such a lively and diverse local music scene and we are always discovering new artist around the city. We recently witnessed local Leicester group Dark Bloom’s debut headline performance at The Shed, it was a night of local music with two of the support acts, Her Burden and Revival both having close connections to the city. Front man Sulley Archer was previously member of The World Can Wait and we can see from the show he put on that he has grown and developed  his talent into what we would expect is going to be a rising success with Dark Bloom.
Is the plan for Echo Fest to become an annual event?
Echo Fest will be, after the event, evaluating the success of the week and any possible changes and developments that could be beneficial to future success. The hope for us is to work with the students in Echo Factory in order to develop the festival and have it as an event that students can run and be part of for years to come. 
Where can people buy tickets and find out more?
For those interested in tickets to the event they are able to email [email protected] with their name and they will receive a digital token which when presented at any of the events will enable them to a range of discounts on entry and drinks.
Echo Fest takes place across Leicester from 22 – 28 April at The Cookie, The Shed and The Soundhouse.



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