Weekly Music News – 25.06.2019

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Inhaler – The Cookie
Friday 4 October

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Inhaler, the four piece rock & roll band from Dublin, is made up of Josh Jenkinson-Tansia, Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson and Ryan McMahon. Inspired by artists such as Joy Division, and The Stone Roses, they’ve just supported Blossoms on their UK dates and have a busy summer of festivals ahead. TICKETS.

TEEN – The Cookie
Saturday 5 October

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New York all female band featuring Teeny Lieberson on vocals, originally the keyboardist with Here We Go Magic. Musically falling somewhere between Haim with the sonic fuzz of Frankie Rose and electro outfits like Purity Ring, TEEN combine cool slacker guitar and synth with glorious vocal harmonies. TICKETS.

Uprising – O2 Academy
Saturday 14 September

Uprising returns at a new venue as the full day of metal comes to Leicester’s O2 Academy in September. The day will be headlined by rock legends Napalm Death, who are joined by Acid Reign and OHHMS among others. 3 stages, 14 bands, fringe events and more to be announced. O2 Priority tickets go on sale on Wednesday 26 June, general sale on Friday.

Anything For Love The Meatloaf Story – De Montfort Hall
Thursday 14 May 2020

Following the sell out 2019 national tour, the highly acclaimed Steve Steinman brings his brand-new production featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits to Leicester. With an incredible stage set, ten-piece live band and featuring the Bad For Good symphonic rock orchestra. The show will have you up on your feet dancing and singing out loud to some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits. TICKETS.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 25 June (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.

Open Mic – Starbucks Upperton Road
Wednesday 26 June

Music, spoken word, games, quizzes, drinks. There is definitely something for you! If it’s a good vibe you are after, then the open mic night at Starbucks is the perfect mid-week break. Free entry from 6.30pm.

Ogikubo Station – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 26 June

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North Californian duo, Ogikubo Station, are heading to The Soundhouse on their upcoming tour. Formed of Asian Man Records founder and the man behind many important records throughout punk and ska, Mike Park, alongside Mixtapes’ Maura Weaver, these dates will be Ogikubo Station’s first on UK soil. Expect simple melodies, with the simple goal of having fun playing music together. TICKETS.

Swingaree – The Shed
Wednesday 26 June

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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. This month you’re treated to the talents of the University of Leicester Big 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.

Ka Safar – Manhattan34
Thursday 27 June

Ka Safar present “CASBAH!” Join them for a new monthly world music club night at Manhattan34. Expect transcendental sounds, visuals and healing vibes from around the globe. Free entry and music starts at 8pm.

Acoustic Night – Real Ale Classroom
Thursday 27 June

Take in some free acoustic tunes with your top beer and gin selection at Stoneygate’s Real Ale Classroom. Kenny Wilson and Stuart Langford will be performing from 8pm.

Mallavora – The Shed
Thursday 27 June


Birmingham’s flagship three-piece; Mallavora are pure alternative rock at its finest, with punk influences in both sound and performance. Support from Leicester’s Switchdown. FREE TICKETS.

Fire and Skill – Natterjacks
Friday 28 June

From 9.30pm through to past midnight, Fire and Skill are back at Natterjacks. They’ll be playing tunes from The Jam, Oasis, The Stone Roses, David Bowie, The Cure, Squeeze, Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, Kasabian, The Housemartins, U2, Blur, and plenty more! Live music & beer! Free entry.

Quadrophenia Night – New Walk Museum
Friday 28 June

Enjoy the end of ReVive Festival with Quadrophenia Night featuring The Atlantics playing the hits from the film including ‘Green Onions’, ‘Louie Louie’, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’, ‘Zoot suit’, ‘Bellboy’, ‘My Generation’ and more. You can also enjoy film showings on the big screen, plus DJs spinning the best Mod, ska and 60s tunes. A night for Mods and those who are new to the Mod movement but want a Friday night to remember. Tickets are £15 and available from 0116 225 4920.

Miss Vincent – Vault (at The Shed)
Friday 28 June

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Miss Vincent (punk rock from Southampton) come to The Vault as part of a short run of dates around the UK alongside The Young Hearts (alt rock from Deal, Canterbury). Support from psychedelic grunge group, Smack Jack from Leicester and Coventry’s Cornflakes at Kelly’s. TICKETS.

Ultimate Coldplay – The Musician
Friday 28 June

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Ultimate Coldplay are a live tribute to Coldplay. Expect to hear all the hits as they perform a full Coldplay gig with brilliant sound and visual resemblance too. TICKETS.

Aretha – Respect – Haymarket Theatre
Friday 28 June

Enjoy a magical journey through four decades of classic hits including,’Think’, ‘Respect’, ‘ Natural Women’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, ’Until You Come Back To Me’, ’I Knew You Were Waiting’ and many more. Respect features the awesome vocal talents of international Soul Sensation, Janine Johnson,who has previously enjoyed professional collaborations with George Michael, Take That and Paloma Faith. A brilliant night out! TICKETS.

Abba Gold – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 28 June

Possibly the country’s top Abba tribute show, founded in 1993. Abba Gold will take you back through the 70s and 80s with all your Abba favourites. TICKETS.

The Snowfathers – Brick & Beam
Friday 28 June

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Enjoy an evening of hip hop covers performed by full live jazz band, The Snowfathers. The evening will be dedicated to artists like Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest and many more! The Snowfathers will be performing classic hip hop songs in a unique jazz interpretation as well as improv jazz. Spend Friday night at Brick & Beam, home to Leicester’s finest rooftop terrace bar serving cocktails, wine and craft beer. Open From 6.00pm, Happy Hour 4.30pm – 6pm & 9 – 11pm (2-4-1 Cocktails), music from 8.30pm. Free entry.

Eureka Machines – Firebug
Friday 28 June

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Punk-rock-pop 4-piece featuring Chris Catalyst, lead guitarist from Sisters Of Mercy. Righteous pop with skyscraper choruses, urgent snot-fuelled punk, riotous rock with beefy riffs and beery tiffs, socio-political acoustic songsmithery and widescreen piano ballads. One-off warm-up for the Beautiful Day Out Festival appearance the following day. TICKETS.

Pugstock – The Pug & Greyound
Saturday 29 June

With the weather set to be scorching on Saturday, get down to The Pug & Greyhound in Great Glen for live music, face painting, street food and plenty more fun for the whole family. Plenty there for the kids and for £8 kids get unlimited access to inflatables, trampolines, sumo suits and ball pits! Don’t miss the outdoor cocktail bar and keep your eye out for the resident animals.

El Pussycat Ska – The Musician
Saturday 29 June

Authentic, ska, swing reggae and blue beat from this 7 piece band with big bass, one drop drums, skanking rhythm and a killer horn section. Led by founding member Drew Stansall, get ready fro them to transport you to the Jamaican dance halls of the 60s! TICKETS.

Order of the Toads + Guests – Two Queens Gallery
Saturday 29 June

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Enjoy 4 top bands for just £4 in the lovely surroundings of Two Queens. Post-punk Glaswegians, Order of the Toad, will be joined by the slack and dreamy Basic Hinge, Australian Lachlan Denton and Leicester’s own K H Mirth. 7-11pm, just £4 on the door.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 29 June & Sunday 30 June (2pm – 6pm)

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The Summer Sessions will run again this weekend as The Soundhouse welcomes acoustic acts on their outdoor stage all though the summer. Free entry, family friendly, dog friendly!

Loungin – The Exchange
Saturday 29 June

Another night of pure old skool tracks laid down on turntables! Pure 80s soul, RnB and Hip Hop old skool anthems. Good music, good vibes! Free entry.

Biff Bang Pow – Firebug
Saturday 29 June

Two of Leicester’s best nights, Biff Bang Pow & Uptight, come together for a night of all things 60s & Mod for a free event to celebrate the end of the ReVive Festival. Dance all night to fab tunes all played on vinyl. 9pm – 3am. Free entry.

Fake Turins – The Shed
Saturday 29 June

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Join Fake Turins at the The Shed for a night of Nomadic Disco-Punk, blended with a fist of a psychedelic big-band ensemble. Support from Leicester’s psychedelic alternative rockers, Bubblegum Hypnosis. FREE TICKETS.

Back To Life – The Cookie
Saturday 29 June

Another end of month club night at The Cookie and they’ll be joined by 90s rave legend DJ FLG. Expect proper 90s house, acid & hardcore. Joined by Grade 10 DJs from 10pm – 4am. £5 on the door.

Anerki v2.4 – All Saints Church
Saturday 29 June


Anerki returns after over a year, with their multi-disciplinary performance arts event. Expect Music, Live Art, Spoken Word, Rap, Dance, Comedy, Film and Free Speech, with more than 25 artists performing and collaborating on the night. Entertaining, educative and always conscious! From 7pm, £5 on the door.

Day of the Moon – The Cookie
Saturday 29 June

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Day of the Moon are a rising indie band from here in Leicester. Join them for a night of vibrant songs and hard-hitting riffs. For fans of Catfish And The Bottlemen, Blossoms, Arctic Monkeys and more! Support from Black Cats and Magpies. TICKETS.

Modern Technology – The Soundhouse
Saturday 29 June

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East London two-piece, Modern Technology, are a noise rock band consisting of Chris Clarke (bass & vocals) and Owen Gildersleeve (drums), who released their self titled album at the beginning of the year. They formed through a shared frustration of this post-truth society and political unrest, and now as Modern Technology they confront these issues head-on in their music, tackling themes of political injustice, social anxiety, austerity and inequality. Joined by three-piece rock band from Newcastle, Lump Hammer. TICKETS.

Parisian Swing – The Musician
Sunday 30 June

parisian swing

Enjoy an evening of jazz songs and ballads at the Musician. With music in French tyle and all the atmosphere and ‘joie de vivre’ of a real Parisian Jazz Club! Featuring Accordion, Vocals and Violin. Age 16+. TICKETS.

Fourmasons – The Bottle Garden
Sunday 30 June

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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 1 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.



The Murder Capital – The Cookie
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. TICKETS.

Penguin Cafe – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 1 October

Penguin Cafe was founded in 2009 by Arthur Jeffes, following in the footsteps of his father, Simon Jeffes of the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Arthur formed Penguin Cafe with a brand new line-up, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Penguin Cafe’s music bears all the hallmarks of PCO that its disciples will know and love, continuing to transcend popular and classical music. Their fifth studio album is due for release this autumn. TICKETS.

Gary Numan – O2 Academy
Thursday 17 October

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After rising to fame in 1978 as the first ever ‘synthesizer star’ with Tubeway Army, Numan topped the UK Charts with ‘Are Friends Electric?’ and ‘Cars’, and achieved 3 amazing successive number one albums. This is his (R)EVOLUTION 40th Anniversary Tour so expect a set of classic hits. TICKETS.



Back To The 80s 90s
Cattows Farm, Leicestershire
30 August – 1 September

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Back to the 80s 90s Festival is back this year with another fantastically retro line-up! Seriously, where else in Leicestershire could you find Tony Hadley, Vengaboys, Heather Small, Nik Kershaw, B*Witched, S Club, 911, East 17, Shola Ama and so many more in one place?!

It all kicks off on Friday 30 August when the festival will have a Back 2 School theme, so don’t forget your fancy dress! In fact, there’ll be fancy dress all weekend as you’ll see. The arena opens from 5pm with Katrina & The Waves and S Club to kick start your festival weekend. You’ll also be treated to a DJ set from Pat Sharp, a Michael Jackson tribute and mystery guest still to be announced.

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If you’re camping through the weekend then make sure you bring plenty of outfits. On Saturday any fancy dress goes but there’ll be prizes for the best! Prizes will include, sweets, merchandise, drinks tokens, and of course the big prize will be free 2020 festival tickets. The arena opens at midday with 911, East 17, Jive Bunny, D:Ream, B*Witched, Nik Kershaw, Brandon Block and then Tony Hadley, to see you out in the evening. Alongside the big name acts you can expect DJ sets, pop up performances, retro gaming and plenty more fun.

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They’ve saved the best fancy dress until last! Head down to the festival on Sunday as they attempt to beak the world record for the most Where Wallies in one place. Currently, the record was counted and verified at 4,626 people dressed as Wally, but can they get into the record books? The last day of the festival will welcome Heather Small, Alice DJ, Sash, A1, DJ Sammy and, of course, the festival highlight, The Vengaboys.

It’s going to be one long weekend party, that’s for sure. Day tickets start from £40 and there’s still time to grab a discounted early bird weekend camping ticket. Get your tickets HERE. Luxury glamping packages are also available.

Now go and sort out that fancy dress!



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