Weekly Music News – 26.02.2019

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – O2 Academy 
Sunday 19 May 2019

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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.

17 new acts added to Download Festival 

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A UK Festival Exclusive by supergroup Simple Creatures, comprising of blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth lead the new announcement for Download Festival taking place at Donington Park this June. They’ll be joined by Dinosaur Pile-up, Allusinlove, Queen Zee, The Wonder Years, ROAM and more. There’ll also be wrestling from WWE NXT including UK champ Pete Dunne. Check out the full news right HERE

Dave – O2 Academy 
Tuesday 23 April

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He’s the 20-year-old music prodigy from South London who knocked Calvin Harris & Sam Smith off the No.1 spot, he’s played piano on Jools Holland, had his track remixed by Drake and even won an Ivor Novello for best contemporary song. Tickets for his O2 Academy show go on sale on Thursday 29 February. 



There are sold out gigs this week from She Drew The Gun at The Cookie (Saturday) and The South at The Donkey (Friday), but there are still plenty of other live shows to enjoy…

American Idiot The Musical – Haymarket Theatre
Tuesday 26 February (runs until Saturday 2 March)

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Green Day released their American Idiot album. In more recent years the album has formed the basis for the stage musical of the same name, which was a huge hit on Broadway before heading to the UK. The production will be at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre from 26 February – 2 March so get ready to remember all those old album tracks! TICKETS.

Open Mic – The Criterion
Wednesday 27 February (and the last Wednesday of every month)

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Al Sansome’s long running open mic night in Leicester continues but now at a new venue, as it moves to The Criterion from Wednesday 27 February. Head down from 8.30 for a slot or to enjoy a pizza, beer and some tunes. The night will then be held on the last Wednesday of every month.

Leicester Acoustics ft. Day of the Moon – The Soundhouse 
Thursday 28 February

Some of Leicester’s best up and coming acts will be at The Soundhouse to perform a selection of acoustic tracks. The line-up on the evening will include a one-time only acoustic set from Day Of The Moon. Other special guests include Seth Wilkin, Big Si’s Acapella, PERM and Ben Davies. Tickets are £4 available in advance or limited numbers on the door. TICKETS.

Whitney Houston Tribute Night – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 1 March

Capturing the voice, style, moves and incredible energy of the late great Whitney Houston, Nya, one of the UK’s top Whitney tribute, pays homage to a truly talented diva. What better to put you in the mood for the weekend? Expect all the greatest hits including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I Will Always Love You, Greatest Love Of All and many more. Tickets are £10 in advance. TICKETS.

Willie J Healey – The Cookie
Friday 1 March

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DIY surf-rock songwriter from Oxford, Willie J Healey “echoes the low-fi introspection of Elliott Smith with the rawness of early Neil Young” (Rough Trade) and is “a kind of crunching, albeit surreal, take on Brit-leaning indie rock” (Clash). Tickets are priced at £8 in advance. Following tour support for Slaves and Gas Coombes, the future is looking bright. TICKETS.

Nick Harper – The Criterion
Friday 1 March

Son of legendary Roy Harper, Nick Harper was described by Mojo 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‘. Expect folk with a touch of rock n roll at this intimate show. Tickets are £15 in advance. TICKETS

Teeth of the Sea – The Soundhouse 
Friday 1 March 

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Ahead of their fifth studio album launch The Soundhouse welcomes back Teeth of The Sea. Last year ToTS brought the roof down at the Soundhouse with a sublime set so you can expect nothing less this time around! “Expansive 8/10” Uncut, “Genre Defying 4/5” Mojo. Support from Black Asteroids and Echolocation. Tickets £7.50 in advance. TICKETS

The Bodie Hodges Foundation presents The Atlantics – The Retro Suite
Saturday 2 March

Smashing out hits from across the decades, The Atlantics will be performing a fundraising show for The Bodie Hodges Foundation at The Retro Suite in Wigston. Expect top quality covers from the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles through to The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, right up to the modern day with Mumford & Sons and George Ezra. The Bodie Hodges Foundation work to support families bereaved of a child and to promote organ donation. TICKETS

Traps – O2 Academy
Saturday 2 March

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The six-piece indie band from Leicester will be playing their own headline show at the Scholar Bar on Saturday 2 March. With their powerful and colourful indie/electro sound, they’ve built up a great following across their home town since forming in 2016. Tickets are £8 in advance. TICKETS.

The Hoo Ha Record Club – The Criterion
Saturday 2 March

It’s the St David’s Day edition of Hoo Ha Record Club. Fancy being a DJ? Get up and play a set of twenty minutes as one of the 12 DJs on the night, on the theme of Wales. Or Davids. Or Saints. Whichever you choose, feel free to be creative with the theme! No experience is necessary either – if you’ve never DJed before, the Hoo Ha team will be able to show you the ropes. Vinyl or CDs are welcome, with the occasional MP3 if needs must. Join the Facebook event to let them know you want to play, or head down from 7.30 to enjoy the music. 

The Joni Mitchell Songbook with Both Sides Now – The Musician
Sunday 3 March

Led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, Both Sides Now bring together a group of top-drawer musicians,whose devotion to Joni’s back catalogue shines through in their performances. This is no mere ‘tribute act’ – it’s an evening spent together, exploring the work of their musical hero. Tickets are £10 in advance. TICKETS.

We Are All Fossils & Marc Halls – The Shed
Monday 4 March

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South African born singer/songwriter now living in England, We Are All Fossils creates his own unique emotive contemporary folk described as ‘delicate, enthralling and reflective’. Marc takes inspiration from rock heroes in bands like Thrice, Reuben & Coheed & Cambria as well as a helping of country, folk and blues influences from the likes of, City & Colour, Bon Iver & Damien Rice. The result is a heart-on-sleeve offering of tracks that have more in common with Frank Turner or Nathaniel Rateliff than with Halls’ previous bands.



Skinny Lister – O2 Academy
Saturday 9 March

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Skinny Lister bring their new album: ’The Story Is…’ to Leicester Academy on 9 March as part of their 2019 World Tour. The band have been working with Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap), with the London punk favourites cooking up an arty and adventurous new concept-album-of-sorts that tells 14 tales from a chaotic last few years (album out 1st March). Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures with tickets on sale now priced at £15. TICKETS.


Phil Beer Band – Y Theatre
Friday 22 March

Phil is one half of folk supergroup Show Of Hands and is in much demand as a multi-instrumentalist and producer and has been described by the Guardian as ‘where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide’. He has recently been nominated for the coveted Musician of the Year title in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. TICKETS.

Mark Morriss – Firebug
Saturday 13 April

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Best known as the frontman of The Bluetones, Mark Morriss released his debut solo album Memory Muscle back in 2008. Getting his hands dirty with his own set of songs has been an inspiring experience for Morriss, who started trying them out acoustically at open mic nights in London way back in 2004. “I’d just turn up with my guitar, play five or six songs, along with everyone else. I didn’t want any special favours, and just enjoyed the experience of stripping things right back down.”  Tickets are priced at £11. TICKETS



NotAFest – The Shed
Friday 1 & Saturday 2 March


The second annual NotAFest is taking place this weekend at The Shed on Yeoman Street, focusing on a mix industry session chats and live performances. We caught up with The Shed’s owner, Elisabeth Barker Carley, to find out more about it.

Not A Fest combines both live acts and also some industry sessions and workshops. What made you want to set up the event?
Tom Carnell, our Events Manager, is the core curator of NotAFest. We hosted our first NotAFest in 2018 because we wanted to have a one day mini festival packed with our favourite acts, and this year it’s just grown bigger. Tom is an active member of the DMU Alumni, so this year he’s combined a previous university event focusing on industry talks with the live music element, spanning across 2 days. The inspiration came from Tom wanting to give the current students an opportunity to connect with industry pros in a fun and relaxed environment, and celebrate the local music scene all at the same time.

Tell us about those involved with the industry sessions?
We’ve got a great group of guest speakers:
Luke Hinton – 2 time award winner of Indie Promoter Of Year at the Live UK, member of the Music Venues Alliance, midlands co ordinator for Independent Venue Week and he also runs Juicebox Live, which runs the music events at The Horn in St Albans
Yasin El Ashrafi – Owner of HQ Familia and winner of the Prince’s Trust Award
John Helps – owner of Robot Needs Home, member of international band Maybeshewill and a key organiser of Handmade fest
Robin Junga of Kjamm
Kris Fogg of Hang Tight Promotions

Who are the sessions aimed at?
The sessions are really aimed at anyone looking to pursue a career in the music industry in any area.

As a female working in the music industry how much support do you think there is out there at the moment?
With regards to support for females, it’s definitely on the rise. The Music Venues Trust just championed an initiative for females wanting to get into the music scene and giving funding assistance to them to start promoting / tour managing. And we just had our very first female sound engineer intern!

Which acts are you looking forward to seeing at the event?
My highlights are going to be Press To Meco and Chapter and Verse. Having a band like Press To Meco here is massive for us, and Chapter & Verse are one of my favourites – seeing them grow from playing at Pi Bar to the main stage at 2000 Trees is incredible

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Press to Meco

Do you hope for NotAFest to become a regular annual event?
Definitely an annual event!

How much are tickets and can they be purchased on the door?
Tickets are £10 for the day or £15 for the whole weekend, and can be bought online via Eventbrite. Tickets will be available on the door, but will be a bit more expensive.

Forum sessions take place on Friday with live music across both days. Here’s the full line-up.

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