Weekly Music News – 27.08.2019

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Michael Kiwanuka – De Montfort Hall
Tuesday 10 March

With his acoustic sound and timelessly soulful voice, British songwriter Michael Kiwanuka first emerged in 2011 combining folk, indie rock, and R&B with traditions borrowed from his Ugandan heritage Drawing favourable comparisons to Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier and Van Morrison, Kiwanuka earned a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album, 2012’s Home Again, and won the BBC’s Sound of 2012. Now he’s back with a new album, due out in October and 2020 UK tour. TICKETS.

The Twang – O2 Academy
Monday 14 October

Birmingham indie-rock five piece The Twang first found national fame when the NME wrote an article of the West Midlands music scene, and were very soon picking up awards, covered by a Radio 1 documentary and rising up the charts. 15 years later they’re still going strong with a new album out in November. TICKETS.

Serge Pizzorno acoustic set and album signing – HMV Leicester
Saturday 31 August

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To celebrate the release of his debut solo album, THE S.L.P. Kasabian guitarist and songwriter, Serge Pizzorno, will be signing copies of THE S.L.P. and performing a few songs acoustically at HMV Leicester on Saturday 31 August at 4.30pm To attend you need to pre-order a copy of The S.L.P. on either CD or Limited Edition Transparent Vinyl from the HMV event page.



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 27 August (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.

Swingaree – The Shed
Wednesday 28 August

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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.

Woodley Taylor – The Musician
Thursday 29 August

Emerging artist Woodley Taylor brings a rare breed of classic rock, country and folk infused art-rock, both lyrically poignant and musically compelling. TICKETS.

Crazyhead – The Donkey
Friday 30 August

Home-grown garage punk. Crazyhead’s songs range in theme from trenchant social commentary to the surreal, but always with an underlying vein of black humour. Influences include The Ramones, The Stooges and Captain Beefheart.

The SoapGirls – The Soundhouse
Friday 30 August


The SoapGirls, hailing from Cape Town, write outsider anthems that are androgynous, audacious and straight from the heart. Following the release of their album Society’s Rejects, the band have been featured in countless music publications, while their last two singles were playlisted on BBC Radio. Enjoy a dose of punk rock madness. TICKETS.

The Drugstore Cowboys – The Musician
Friday 30 August

Get your weekend started in style with high-octane rockabilly outfit, The Drugstore Cowboys. TICKETS.

Live Fridays – Natterjacks
Friday 30 August


Natterjacks present the best in local live talent followed by DJ through the night. Music from 8pm and 2 for 1 cocktails between 8-11pm. Free entry.

Back to the 80s 90s Festival – Cattows Farm
30 August – 1 September

Back to the 80s 90s Festival is back this year with another fantastically retro line-up! 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?! It’s going to be one long weekend party, that’s for sure. Don’t forget your fancy dress, on Sunday they’ll be attempting the world record for the most people dressed as Where’s Wally in one place! Tickets are running very low and are priced from £65 and are on sale via Eventbrite.

Holding Absence – The Cookie
Friday 30 August 

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Fresh off the release of their highly anticipated debut album, atmospheric/post-hardcore band, Holding Absence, are coming to Leicester for a very special headline show. Joining them on the line up are some of the UK’s best talent in the form of Catch Fire, Deliare The Liar, and Dearist. TICKETS.

An Evening with Alan McGee – The Shed
Friday 30 August

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If you want to hear about the real ins and outs of the music industry, who better to hear it from than the man who discovered and signed Oasis? He’s seen it all, from being a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian. But of course, he is best known for co founding and running the independent Creation Records label and for being the man who discovered & signed Oasis. A brilliant chance to ask him some questions! TICKETS.

Kenny Wilson – The Exchange
Friday 30 August

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.

Last Friday & Journeys Festival closing party – LCB Depot
Friday 30 August

Journeys Festival International Leicester will be taking over the Last Friday courtyard at LCB Depot. Music will be provided by Promised Land DJing and a live performance from meditative, melodic local duo Mythm will be out in the Courtyard. All running alongside the delicious street food and great vibes that Last Friday is know for. Free entry, 5-10pm.

Live Hip Hop Jazz Covers – Brick & Beam
Friday 30 August

Enjoy an evening of hip hop and neo soul covers performed by a full live jazz band. Dedicated to artist like Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott and many more! The Snowfathers will be performing classic hip hop songs in a unique jazz interpretation as well as improv jazz. Music from 8.30pm, Happy Hour from 9-11pm. Free entry.

Serge Pizzorno performance and album signing – HMV Leicester
Saturday 31 August

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To celebrate the release of his debut solo album, THE S.L.P. Kasabian guitarist and songwriter, Serge Pizzorno, will be signing copies of THE S.L.P. and performing a few songs acoustically at HMV Leicester on Saturday 31 August at 4.30pm To attend you need to pre-order a copy of The S.L.P. on either CD or Limited Edition Transparent Vinyl from the HMV event page.

Charity Music Festival – The Cradock
Saturday 31 August

Head down to The Cradock from 12pm on Saturday for their annual charity music fest, which takes place as part of their weekend beer festival. Live bands all afternoon and through the evening raising money for Hope Against Cancer. Entry is £7, which includes a free burger, with all proceeds going to charity.

Summer Sessions – The Soundhouse
Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September (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.

The Burnout album launch – The Cookie
Saturday 31 August

Join The Burnout for the official launch of their Dark Matters album. Expect plenty of post-punk garage & blues. Support comes from the brilliant Not My Good Arm! Expect lots of fun and raucous entertainment. Entry to the gig is free if you’ve already bought the CD. TICKETS.

Warren & Zoe’s Official Leaving Do – The Donkey
Saturday 31 August

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After a number of years Warren & Zoe are leaving The Donkey, but not without one huge party to see them out! Doors open from 3pm with live music running right the way through until 2am, from some of The Donkey favourites over the years, including Jersey Budd, The Brandy Thieves, The Drugstore Cowboys, Out of Karma and so many more. There might even be a set from Uncle Frank! Strictly advance tickets only. TICKETS.

Spellbound – Firebug
Saturday 31 August

SPELLBOUND club-night is the ultimate gathering for fans of darker Alternative and Goth based music. Expect to hear Goth, Post-Punk, Alternative 80’s, Electro & Industrial sounds from the likes of: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure, The Cult, Killing Joke, The Mission, Sisters Of Mercy, Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, and loads more. From 10.30pm.

90s Flashback – 2Funky Music Cafe
Saturday 31 August

Taking you back to a decade full of Spice Girls, Take That, Backstreet Boys, S Club 7, Oasis, Blur, All Saints and more. From 10pm – 3am, £3 advance tickets and £5 on the door. TICKETS.

Too Rex – The Musician
Saturday 31 August

T Rex fans this one’s for you. Fill your Saturday night with the sounds of Marc Bolan’s T-Rex from one of the UK’s premier cover acts. TICKETS.

Sunday Reggae & Rum Shack – 2Funky Street Kitchen
Sunday 1 September

Head to 2Funky Street Kitchen between 4pm – 10pm for Soul & Reggae on Sundays with DJs playing quality Soul And Reggae grooves plus tasty soul food, drink offers and a Rum Shack. Family friendly, all ages welcome and free entry.

Open Mic – The Western
Sunday 1 September

The first Sunday of every month brings open mic night at The Western. Come and show off your talent in a warm and welcoming environment, or just come along and enjoy the performances (and of course the beer!) All types of performance are encouraged, so if you are a musician, poet or even a comedian, head down. This month’s feature act are Izzy & Dan, who play well known covers in their own unique style. Starts from 8pm but head down earlier to guarantee a slot.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 26 August

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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.



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.

Mallory Knox – The Shed
Friday 11 October

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Alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, are back touring the UK in September and October, stopping in Leicester at The Shed on 11 October. This will follow the release of their self-titled album, Mallory Knox, which was released earlier this month via A Wolf At Your Door. Support comes from Led By Lanterns and Switchdown. TICKETS.

Lagwagon – o2 Academy Leicester
Friday 8 November

American punk rockers, Lagwagon, are back with a short UK tour. They formed in 1990, building a big fanbase before going on hiatus in 2000, having reunited several times over the years. They have a brand new album coming out in October and are back with a small number of UK dates to support the release. TICKETS.


The Long Road Festival returns to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire

Country music fans are in for a treat yet again as The Long Road Festival returns to Leicestershire this September.

Following the success of the first edition of the festival in 2018, which saw performances by over 70 artists from across the Country, Roots and Americana spectrum, the immersive 3-day music and lifestyle event will return to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September. 
Acts confirmed to perform at this year’s event include superstar Country singers Kip Moore and Josh Turner, who are both headlining the event. Since the release of his breakthrough hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”, now widely regarded as one of the all-time classic Country songs, Kip Moore has positioned himself at the forefront of the genre, releasing a string of best-selling albums. Josh Turner, who makes his first ever UK appearance, is one of Country music’s most in-demand artists having sold over 12 million albums across the course of an illustrious career. 
Moore and Turner will headline the Rhinestone County Stage (Main Stage) on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th respectively.
The festival will also present shows from the likes of nine-time Grammy-winning Asleep At The Wheel, who make their first full-band appearance in the UK for over 10 years, former Civil Wars member John Paul White, soulful Texan troubadour Charley Crockett, up-and-coming US five-piece LANCO, Nashville-based Country-Soul singer Sam Lewis, Americana duo The Cactus Blossoms, rising Country star Lainey Wilson, Southern Rock quartet The Steel Woods, LA-based vintage alt-Country singer Leslie Stevens and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, as well as some of the leading UK Country, Americana and Roots artists including The Hanging Stars, CoCo and The Butterfields, Jake Morrell and Peter Bruntnell.
Loose Records will also be hosting a stage takeover on the Saturday with performances from William The Conqueror, Frankie Lee, Peter Bruntnell and many more.
We really are lucky to have the event on our doorstep, as The Long Road presents one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of Country, Americana and Roots music and will feature five stages of live performances and a wide range of additional offerings including songwriters’ rounds, a wellness area, a classic American car display, traditional Southern-style food stalls, heritage crafts and workshops, and dedicated kids’ area. The festival’s varied live performance spaces range from its Rhinestone County main stage, to the much-talked-about Honky Tonk Bar and Front Porch; intimate, immersive spaces that transport their audiences straight into an authentic, Nashville-inspired world.


The Long Road takes place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 6th – 8th 2019. Tickets are priced from £40 (day tickets) with weekend and camping options also available. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster UKwww.thelongroad.com.


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