Weekly Music News – 29.10.2019

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Sidhu Moose Wala – O2 Academy
Wednesday 15 January 2020

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Off the back of his recent collaboration with MIST, Stefflon Don and Steel Banglez, Indian singer and actor, Sidhu Moose Wala, comes to town for a headline show. TICKETS.

Russell Watson – De Montfort Hall
Wednesday 8 April

Singing sensation Russell Watson performs an intimate concert of career highlights. Russell will be joined on stage by his live band and choir to celebrate 20 years since his debut album The Voice was released. Tickets on sale on Friday 1 November. 



Open Mic – The Soundhouse
Tuesday 29 October (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.

Worry Dolls – The Musician
Tuesday 29 October

Worry Dolls are a compelling duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones. Serendipity brought them together at an open mic night when they were 18, both studying music in Liverpool. Ukulele, banjo, rhythm guitar, piano… this talented pair will be a joy to watch. TICKETS.

Vistas – The Cookie
Tuesday 29 October

An indie rock 3-piece from Edinburgh who formed in January 2016 and burst onto the Scottish music scene with hooky choruses and radio ready tunes. SOLD OUT.

Kill The Ideal – The Shed
Wednesday 30 October

Alternative rock band Kill the Ideal return to The Shed with Brighton based River Becomes Ocean as part of their co-headline tour. TICKETS.

Kenton Hall – The Musician
Wednesday 30 October

Author and musician Kenton Hall is launching his book Bisection – a funny, moving and honest take on living with bipolar disorder (and children) with a special gig in support of MIND, the mental health charity. Join in for an evening of music, spoken word, comedy and, possibly, unicorn wrestling. TICKETS.

Jonah Matranga – Bishop Street Church
Wednesday 30 October 

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jonah Matranga, has released a variety of solo material under his own name and onelinedrawing, and has also previously been part of the bands Far and New End Original and Gratitude. Support comes from Leicester’s S.T. Manville. TICKETS

A night of the not so dead – The Cookie
Thursday 31 October

The Cookie, The Primary and Fireball Whisky presents: THE NIGHT OF THE NOT-SO DEAD! A full Halloween party with live music from HEART SAUCE, DAD JOKES, SPUDGE, BOARDER. Enjoy £1 shots of Fireball and Halloween themed cocktails upstairs in The Primary. DJ sets and karaoke until late. £4 Entry.

John Otway – The Musician
Thursday 31 October

John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single ‘Really Free’ in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence has kept this microstar shining for three decades. TICKETS.

All Revved Up – The Haymarket
Thursday 31 October

It’s a Halloween spectacular… as near to the man himself, dead ringer Peter Young brings the music of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman to the stage in a theatrical tour de force. TICKETS.

This Feeling – The Cookie
Friday 1 November


“The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher. This Feeling club night returns to The Cookie with live performances from The Lutras, Reflekter, Idle Noise and DRIPS. TICKETS.

Glastonbudget Auditions – The Soundhouse
Friday 1 November 

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Join a range of acts as they give their best performance in a bid to make the line-up at next year’s Glastonbudget. Original and tribute acts. £5 on the door. 

We Give In – The Shed
Friday 1 November

It’s Halloween and We Give In present their Spooptacular night! Thats right, Leicester’s favourite alt-punk’s will be at The Shed all in the spirit of the best day of the year! Expect great music, fancy dress and an all out party! TICKETS

Fallen: A tribute to Evanescence – The Musician
Friday 1 November 

Fallen are a six-piece Evanescence tribute band based in the East Midlands and are currently the only Evanescence tribute act in the UK. Right from the dramatic intro, Fallen’s slick, exciting and dynamic set pays tribute to the music of this unique, genre-setting band. TICKETS.

The Blue Carpet Band – Duffy’s
Friday 1 November

A five piece, blues / hard rock band from North London. Like classic blues-rock proponents such as The Yardbirds and early Rolling Stones mixing it up with early New York punk, The Cramps and The Stooges, think big riffs, 12-bar boogie and unstoppable energy, on a mission to bring back good real music to London then the world. TICKETS.

Acoustic sessions – The Kings Head
Saturday 2 November

Join Rhett Barrow as he hosts an acoustic evening at The Kings Head on King Street, joined by Imogen Cresswell and Cassius Povey. Free entry. From 9pm. 

Brandy Thieves + guests – The Soundhouse
Saturday 2 November

Join The Brandy Thieves and friends for Let’s Take It To The Grave – the big Halloween party at The Soundhouse. Also performing will be Greenman Rising, Johnny Eve, DJ Joe The Lips, plus belly dancing, fire spinning, burlesque, tarot reading, fancy dress prizes & a free shot on arrival. TICKETS.

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story – Phoenix
Saturday 2 November

Join Danny O’Connor and Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq for a special Q&A after the screening of music documentary, Upside Down: The Creation Records Story. Heralded as one of the best music documentaries ever made, Danny O’Connor’s Upside Down is the definitive film about Creation Records, one of the world’s most successful and colourful independent labels. Expect tales of near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, prats, success, excess, pick me ups, breakdowns and of course some of THE defining music of the late 20th Century. TICKETS.

Ruthie Coles & Low Shark – The Shed
Saturday 2 November


Ruthie Coles is an established singer-songwriter whose touching performances of lyrical, deeply personal and affecting material have drawn comparisons with artists such as Suzanne Vega and Tori Amos. Low Spark melds Ruthie’s talents with a trio of accomplished musicians who blend elements of country, folk, rock and jazz to both deliver a new take on Ruthie’s songs and to collaborate on new material. TICKETS.

IDLES Guest DJ set – The Shed
Saturday 2 November  

Joe Talbot, the lead vocalist from Idles will be at The Shed as part of the Ambush club night for a very special guest DJ set. Expect plenty of Ambush classics from the likes of Green Day, Weezer, State Champs, You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantic and many more. TICKETS.

Hostile Allstars – Firebug
Saturday 2 November

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Hostile Allstars are back after a long a hiatus. 28 musician 21 songs 10 guitarists, 9 vocalists, 5 bass players, 4 drummers. Members of a variety of metal bands play the most blisteringly heavy rock and metal halloween covers set ever. Free entry. 

Kill Your Television club night – Firebug
Saturday 2 November

The next Kill Your Television alternative 90s club-night will be at Firebug on Saturday 2 November. Doors open at 10.30pm and admission is just £4 on the door. Expect sounds from the 90s era of Grunge and Alt. Rock with the likes of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Therapy!, Weezer, Pop Will Eat Itself, Wonderstuff, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Levellers, Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and so many more.

7StoreySoul – The Musician
Saturday 2 November


7StoreySoul are a top funk/soul band who play a mix of original and classic funk/soul. Expect timeless classics from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and AWB to more contemporary artists such as Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, Beyoncé, Corrine Bailey Rae and Mark Ronson, as well as a healthy dose of original funk/soul material written by band founder Mark Poole. TICKETS.

Earls & Jools – O2 Academy
Saturday 2 November

West Midlands’ skum-punk duo, Earls, are teaming up with Leicester punk outfit, Jools, for a co-headline show full of sweat and chaos. TICKETS.

Twisted Jam – The Tree
Sunday 3 November

Twisted Jam is the longest running jam session going in Leicester, where the members of the Elastic Band meet for an open mic jam session where experienced musicians are encouraged to join in. No restriction in style or genre of music. From 7pm. 

Open Mic – The Western
Sunday 3 November

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. Starts from 8pm but head down earlier to guarantee a slot.

Mojohand – The Donkey
Sunday 3 November

Join Mojohand for some Sunday afternoon tunes. Mojohand are a four piece rocking & boppin’ party band featuring Al Sansome on lead vocals joined by Clive Osbourne on tenor sax, Charlie Lewin on bass and vocals ans Tom Lane on drums. From 4pm.

Hacktivist – The Cookie
Sunday 3 November

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Milton Keynes five-piece Hacktivist return to Leicester for the first time in 4 years. The band take their name from a term used to describe activists who, through computers, spread political messages. Primarily known as a metal band who blend their heavy sounds with rap, the end result is a sound containing all the monstrous riffs and heavy beats you would expect from a metal gig, but combined with the energy and vibes of a grime or hip-hop show. TICKETS.

Spector – The Cookie
Monday 4 November

London indie favourites, Spector, are back on stage. Having released 2 albums and a bunch of sell out live shows back in 2015, the band are now back with brand new single, ‘I Won’t Wait’, which follows their EP release last year. SOLD OUT.

Fightmilk – Firebug
Monday 4 November


Sweary, stroppy, shouty 90s tinged pop-punkers, Fightmilk, are heading to Firebug. “Captures the joy, angst and humour of everyday existence” God Is In The TV.  TICKETS.

Little Comets – O2 Academy
Monday 4 November


Feel good, jarring beat pop-rockers from Newcastle with kitchen sink indie songs. Little Comets remain committed to actually saying something in a song and convincing Taio Cruz that ‘plans’ and ‘dance’ is not acceptable as a rhyme. TICKETS.  

Hope in High Water – The Musician
Monday 4 November

A duo from Milton Keynes whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK since early 2014. TICKETS.

Drinks & Jams – The Shed
Monday 4 November 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.



Pop Will Eat Itself – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 20 December

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In 1987, Pop Will Eat Itself surprised the independent music world by morphing overnight from two minute, three chord indie pop wonders into hip-hop rock crossover pioneers. Years ahead of their time, PWEI produced “Box Frenzy”, a furious mix of beatboxes, metal riffs, MC’ing and pop songs. The album brought the band a whole new audience and opened them up to as much praise as it did ridicule amongst a perplexed music press. The band has maintained a large fan base, as well as being noted as influencing acts such as The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. TICKETS.

Razorlight – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 6 December

Formed in 2002 around lead singer Johnny Borrell, Razorlight quickly became one of the key bands of the new millennia, selling 4 million albums, winning the 2005 NME New Band Award, nominated for two BRIT Awards and two NME Awards ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Album’ in 2007. They’re heading out on a short tour before their support slot on the Kaiser Chiefs arena tour early next year. TICKETS

Boston Manor – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 8 November

One of the UK’s finest pop-punk band’s is heading to Leicester for a show at O2 Academy. Boston Manor have released a brand new single ‘Liquid’, just before they head back out to the US for a tour with A Day To Remember and Knocked Loose. The summer saw them take to the BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals, among others, gathering new fans along the way. Boston Manor were recently seen whipping up frenzies at Slam Dunk Festival and various other mammoth festivals across the US, so it’s not a show to miss. TICKETS.


Jools look ahead to this weekend’s O2 Academy headline show

Punk six-piece, Jools, only started gigging in February this year and this weekend, just 8 months later, they look forward to a co-headline show at the O2 Academy 2. Inspired to form a band after watching Shame on Jools Holland, they’ve been a big hit on the local scene. We caught up with them to find out more. 

How long have Jools been around as a band?
Our first gig was February this year, we headlined The Cookie as part of Independent Venue Week so I guess that was when we introduced ourselves to the scene. We’d been grafting behind the scenes a few months prior to that though. We put the band together after watching Shame on Jools Holland last year, hence the name. 

Your debut single is due out soon, what can fan expect from that?
We’re hoping it creates a sense of unity among those that choose to listen to it. The future’s not looking overly bright at present and sometimes laughter is the best form of medicine – the song’s dripping in sarcasm so we hope it forces a grin or two. 

You also have a headline show at the O2 Academy this weekend, has that been on the band’s bucket list for some time?
It definitely has and I guess we’re surprised by how soon it’s come – which is a nice nod in the direction of our art form. We recently played their alongside Swim Deep and the venue is everything you dream of playing when you first start a band. 

After the headline show and debut single, what’s next for Jools?
We’ve organised a pub crawl in Stamford the weekend of our single release to celebrate what will have been a manic start to the month. We’ve heard there’s a couple of pubs for every square mile so we’ll probably end up singing The Flood on karaoke by the end of the evening – Pete loves Take That.

In all seriousness, we recorded a total of 4 records this summer with Bob Cooper in Leeds, so after the release of our first single we’ll get back to the drawing board and start focusing on release plans for the other 3 records throughout 2020. Alongside that, we have a live session up our sleeves before the year’s out and we’re also in touch with booking agents out of town. 

What the best part of being in the band?
I think collectively we feel like we’re a family, an incredibly dysfunctional family but that’s what makes it special. 

It’s more than just six lads in a band. We use our art form to explore the notion of catharsis and what we’ve created has such a positive affect on our mental well-being. We love what we do and more importantly we love each other. 

For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is an intricate expression of anger and unjust. Having three guitarists allows us to create a harmonised noise that bleeds melody which is layered with poetry inspired by authors such as Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac. 

We take pride in saying that we’ve joined the ever-growing post-punk scene and ultimately that’s a genre that we conform to. 

Who are some of your other favourite acts on the Leicester music scene?
We’re big fans of Spacetoast, they’ll be opening up our 02 academy headline on Saturday. If you haven’t heard their latest single ‘Hate You’ then definitely give it a spin. 

We also like Boarder a lot. They’re a three-piece set up with a female front which is important for the music scene in Leicester. Diversity is important and the industry still appears to be churning out the concept of a misogynistic ‘rockstar’ which is dead to us. 

What are your big aims for 2020?
We definitely want to build up a run of festivals throughout next summer, we’re hoping successful release of our singles will open doors for that to become a reality. We were due to play at this year’s Boardmasters festival before it was sadly cancelled so we feel like there’s unfinished business with that one. 

We’re also aiming to record with Bob Cooper again next summer, we’ve already written some new material that we’re itching to record. We can’t wait to put it out there. 

Jools co-headline O2 Academy 2 with West Midlands scum punk duo Earls on Saturday 2 November. Tickets are on sale now


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