Weekly Music News – 23.07.2019

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The Orb – The Cookie
Saturday 17 August

Legendary electronic group, The Orb, have announced a date at The Cookie in August . At the forefront of the development of ambient house with the euphoria-inducing sounds that have made them international club favourites, this date will form part of their 30th anniversary tour. TICKETS.

More bands added to Uprising – O2 Academy
Saturday 14 September 

Joining Napalm Death, Acid Reign, Ohhms and Krysthla are Death metal legends Memoriam, who head to Leicester having played pretty much every metal festival in Europe. Also added to the Saturday line-up are doom crew Alunah and opening up proceedings will be Seven Hells who have played their hearts out since playing Bloodstock last year. An opening party (Friday 13 September) and closing party (Sunday 15 September) will also be happening at Firebug and entry is free to anyone with an Uprising ticket. TICKETS.

24 Hour Party People with DJ Fitz
Sunday 25 August

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DJ Fitz has been playing in and around Leicester for nearly a quarter of a century. He’s an integral part of the city’s constantly evolving music scene, performing sets at some of Leicester’s most iconic venues. To celebrate DJ Fitz’ 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. DJ Fitz hits the decks for a 24 hour non-stop dancethon at The Exchange, Orton Square, in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter from midday on Sunday 25 August right through to Midday on Bank Holiday Monday. Look out for plenty of fun activities happening around the Cultural Quarter to co-incide with the event.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 23 July (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.

Blackwater Conspiracy – The Musician
Tuesday 23 July

The Northern Ireland five-piece’s rootsy, low-slung rock’n’roll is gathering quite a following. Their acclaimed debut album, ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’, received brilliant reviews and this unique musical melting pot is not one to miss. TICKETS.

Rough Draft – The Y Theatre
Tuesday 23 July

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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.

The Murder Capital – The Cookie (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 24 July

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Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change. They caused a huge storm at The Great Escape recently and their debut album ‘When I Have Fears’ is due out in August. “The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” NME.

Bird in the Belly – The Musician
Wednesday 24 July

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Bird in the Belly is a collaborative folk music project which brings to life to previously unrecorded songs, poems and stories from all over the UK. A collective made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they have spent the last 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. TICKETS.

Swingaree – The Shed
Wednesday 24 July

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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.

Roger Wilson – The Donkey
Thursday 25 July

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Join singer, fiddler, guitarist and songwriter, Roger Wilson, for an evening of folk music with floor spots available for anyone else who would like to perform. From 8pm.

Our City Fires – The Cookie
Thursday 25 July

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Join Bedlam Bookings for a night of alternative rock with Leicester’s Our City Fires, taking influence from bands including You Me At Six, Mallory Knox, Foo Fighters and Incubus. They’re joined on the line-up by Luna Kiss, Endeavour, Dark Bloom and Graves. TICKETS.

No Vacation – The Soundhouse
Thursday 25 July

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It perhaps speaks for itself that No Vacation have had over a whopping 19 million Spotify plays on their single Yam Yam & millions more across their catalogue of dream pop/surf rock style releases. Starting life a as a college dorm band in San Francisco they’re now based in Brooklyn and making big waves in the industry with their sun bleached indie pop. TICKETS.

HQ Open Mic – The Shed
Thursday 25 July

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HQ Familia & Friends are back with another Open Mic and Showcase Night at The Shed. There will be  studio time and artist development prizes up for grabs to those performing on the night, and this week’s featured artist is Alice Kübe. Registration is from 7-8pm with a first come first served policy. Free Entry.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 26 July

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Join Glastonbudget at The Soundhouse as they start auditioning bands for the 2020 edition of the festival. Acts this week include Jac Masters and G and the Sound Tribe. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Plug Silent Club Night – Firebug
Friday 26 July

PLUG returns with a special night to celebrate 15 years of Firebug. Pick up your headphones from the bar and choose from three DJs playing whatever they want in whatever order they want. £10 deposit for headphones with £5 returned. From 10pm.

The Jamlocks – Queen of Bradgate
Friday 26 July

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Join The Jamlocks to get you in the party mood this weekend. The 5 piece covers band will play a mix of classic songs to get you up dancing.

Drips – The Cookie
Friday 26 July


The Future Sound of Leicester series continues with new local indie favourites, Drips, at The Cookie. Free show. FREE TICKET REGISTRATION.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 26 July

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.

Live Hip Hop Jazz Covers – Brick & Beam
Friday 26 July

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Enjoy an evening of hip hop and neo soul covers performed by a full live jazz band to kick start your weekend. Dedicated to artists like Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott and many more! Join The Snowfathers as they perform classic hip hop songs in a unique jazz interpretation set on one of Leicester’s best rooftop spaces with great cocktail menu.

Keep It Cash – The Musician
Friday 26 July

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The only tribute show with the voice and sound of Johnny Cash touring since 2002. They have starred as the voice of Johnny Cash for a British Telecom TV advert and were booked by 20th Century Fox for the British launch of the film Walk The Line. TICKETS.

Vinyl Night – The Ale Wagon
Saturday 27 July

Head down to The Ale Wagon from 7pm for a night of your favourite tunes being spun on vinyl. You bring them, they’ll play them.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July (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.

King Zepha – The Donkey
Saturday 27 July

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Producer and songwriter King Zepha presents a timeless blend of ska, rocksteady and jump blues for good lads.

Sacrilege – The Musician
Saturday 27 July


Sacrilege were part of the NWOBHM of the 1980s. Based in Gillingham, the Sabbath and Priest inspired band, resurrected itself at the end of 2012.

80s Night – Firebug
Sunday 28 July


Join Firebug for an 80s night as part of their 15th birthday celebrations. Across both floors enjoy live 80s themed bands, special cocktail menus, 80s fancy dress and cheap drinks. Free entry, from 7pm.

Fourmasons – The Bottle Garden
Sunday 28 July

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The Fourmasons return to The Bottle Garden for ‘Jazz on A Sunday Afternoon’. Special guest this month is Richard Everitt (baritone). Enjoy live jazz in amongst the foliage of Leicester’s beautiful botanically themed Bottle Garden bar, serving tasty tapas and cocktails throughout the day. Early arrival is recommended if you would like a seat. Doors open at 2.30pm, music is from 3pm and admission is free!

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 15 July

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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.



Reel Big Fish – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 13 November

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Ska-punk legends, Reel Big Fish, are back in Leicester on their new tour. The band were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream during the mid-90s. Known for their electric stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. TICKETS.

The Electric Swing Circus – The Soundhouse
Friday 4 October

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The Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of saucy ’20s swing and stomping electro beat, with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. In demand across the UK and the international circuit, the ESC’s live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show. TICKETS.

We Are Scientists – O2 Academy Leicester
Wednesday 4 December

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New York indie-rockers, We Are Scientists, are celebrating the anniversary of the 2005 debut album, With Love & Squalor, by playing a short run of special shows, including a Leicester date. The band will play the album in full at the shows, as well as reissuing the debut on vinyl via 100% Records on 17th October. Tickets are on sale now. TICKETS


Firebug celebrates its 15th birthday

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Firebug on Millstone Lane is celebrating its 15th birthday this weekend! Whether you know it as a gig venue, event space, favourite late night bar, place to meet your mates for a drink in the garden, or somewhere you stumble to at 3am, there’s no doubting that it’s one of Leicester’s most popular and well known venues. We caught up with owner, Matt Kirk, to find out about the last 15 years and what’s coming up.

When Firebug opened, 15 years ago now, did you ever imagine where the venue would be in 15 years time?
Well, on opening night someone actually said to us it would be closed in 6 months… It’s not quite what we wanted to hear on our opening night, obviously, but it looks like they were wrong. 

What have been some of your highlights from the venue during that time?
There’s all the comedy and music that we’ve had, including Greg Davies, Foals, Micky Flanagan, Frank Turner, Katatonia, Alan Carr, Russell Howard, so many great acts! But my highlights are always the August Bank Holiday Sunday all-dayers downstairs. Singers seem to like climbing onto the bar! I do love my health and safety instructions with Grant from Backbeats/Goldwater, “You can climb that…  you can’t climb that…  don’t even think about climbing that!! “

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Firebug has played an important role in some key events for the Leicester Music Scene – Handmade Festival, White Noise, Summer Sundae Fringe, how important have events like this been for the city?
They are essential in my opinion. If venues like Firebug, The Cookie, The Soundhouse, The Musician, The Shed, The Donkey etc don’t keep putting their own money on the line and keep trying to put larger events like these on, then where does the grass roots music perform to new audiences and keep the music scene vibrant?

How do you feel Leicester has changed in the time you’ve been open?
Things change, people’s use of public spaces change, and social media has had a massive impact on how people relate to the city. It’s very easy to assess the city from a snapshot of your own social media feed. It’s become a much more “late night” city in some respects and we have a vibrant bar culture. 

A lot of bars and venues have opened and closed in the last 15 years, what’s been the key to Firebug’s longevity?
No idea to be honest! Possibly as much luck as hard work from everyone involved, especially our brilliant staff over the years.

We try to do as many different events as possible covering as many types of interests to keep everyone happy… quizzes, gaming days, geekfests, Pokemon events, gigs, comedy, private parties, as well as both vegan/veggie alongside meat food on the food menu. We also work closely with all the student societies that we can. It’s all part of our work to put a smile on peoples faces.

What exciting plans do you have in the pipeline?
All summer we are running birthday events and we’re looking forward to the Halloween season and, of course, the Christmas and New Year period. We’re working alongside the Council with the Dome sessions in August, we have the Uprising alldayer at the 02 Academy, plus a few other fun things like the Sector 5 reunion and Geekfest. We’re also already planning next year’s festivals and events and booking bands now for August Bank Holiday (in fact, please get in touch through facebook if your band wants to play!)

Sum up Firebug in 5 words.
“We’ll sleep when we’re dead!”

Plug silent disco is taking place as part of the weekend’s celebrations

What have you got going on for the 15th birthday and how can people get involved?
This coming weekend we have parties planned all weekend! Friday night is Plug silent disco, Saturday night is Jump club night and on Sunday we have our big 80s themed birthday party from 7pm till 4am. There’ll be some great bands downstairs, including the lovely Sophia Marshall band, the great Last Edition and then Coyote 80s party band until midnight. Plus anyone coming in 80s fancy dress or even just an 80s tshirt can get cheap drinks all night! Of course, like all of our big events, entry to downstairs is free.

I’d also really like to say a massive thankyou to all our customers for coming to Firebug for the last 15 years. It means a lot and we’ll try to make sure we are here for a few more!


Keep up to date with detail’s for Sunday’s party on the Facebook event. Make sure you get to the party between 7pm and 9pm and you can enjoy a free drink when you arrive. Grab a voucher from HERE using the password “Firebug15!” to claim yours. Limited number, first come first served. 




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