Weekly Music News – 30.04.2019

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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

Sum 41 – De Montfort Hall
Monday 24 May

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Pop-punkers Sum 41 are coming to Leicester for a show in June. The band rose to fame in the early ’00s after debut album All Killer No Filler achieved mainstream success. The record reached No. 1 in several countries with anthems like ‘Fat Lip’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Motivation’. The tour comes before their seventh full length album, which is due out in July. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Sea Girls – O2 Academy Leicester
Friday 11 October

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Having wowed tens of thousands of fans across the UK in the past 18 months with their euphoric sky-scraping indie-pop anthems, and fast gathering a reputation as the band to watch for 2019, Sea Girls are embarking on their biggest tour yet. These guys hail from here in Leicestershire and kicked off 2019 in incredible style by being picked as one of two only unsigned acts and the only band in the BBC Sound Of 2019 poll. They had a huge summer of festivals last year, with more of the same to come this summer. They’re only going to get bigger so catch them now! Tickets on sale on Friday.

Gigs in the Gardens – De Montfort Hall
August 2019

Further acts have been announced for the series of outdoor shows in the gardens at De Montfort Hall this summer. Joining the previously announced Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, Years & Years and Jax Jones, will be acts including Busted and Scouting for Girls (Saturday 17 August), Bugzy Malone, YXNG Bane and Wretch 32 (Friday 16 August), Groove Armada DJ set, Pete Tong and Danny Howard (Friday 23 August) and a special BBC Introducing event on Saturday 24 August. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. TICKETS

The Struts – O2 Academy Leicester
Saturday 19 October

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Swaggering glam rockers The Struts have announced a European headline tour in October, including a date at O2 Academy Leicester. The announcement follows the band’s triumphant, sold-out UK tour in February which saw them garlanded with incredible live reviews from the likes of The Guardian (who awarded them 5/5), Kerrang, Record Collector, Classic Rock and more. In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history, having supported The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters. Tickets on sale on Friday. 



There’s a sold out show from Richard Ashcroft at De Montfort Hall on Friday, but if you missed out there’s a whole load of other events taking place over the Bank Holiday including Leicester’s biggest and best independent festival, Handmade Festival on Sunday! 

Golden Week Tour (Otoboke Beaver, Say Sue Me, Drinking Girls & Boys Choir) – The Musician
Tuesday 30 April

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Damnably, Magic Teapot, Haunted By Fame and Earwig Records present Golden Week 2019 with a brilliant line-up. Otoboke Beaver are an all-female quartet from Kyoto, Japan who draw comparison to Shonen Knife, Bo Ningen and The Boredoms with their brilliant noisy, ballsy punk rock. They’re joined by Say Sue Me, with their unique blend of instrumental 60s inspired surf rock combined with 90s-esque catchy indie, who return to Leicester following a brilliant show last year. Finally Korean skate-punk trio Drinking Girls & Boys Choir complete the line-up, perfect for fans of Sum41 and NOFX. TICKETS

Murray A Lightburn – The Soundhouse
Wednesday 1 May

murray lightburn

Canadian musician, Murray A Lightburn is best known as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter for The Dears, who formed such an integral part of Canada’s indie rock renaissance. He is a composer, musician, performer and music producer, who has been drawn comparisons in his vocal style to Morrissey. TICKETS.

Kyshona Armstrong – The Musician
Wednesday 1 May

A music therapist gone rogue, Kyshona Armstrong used her love of music throughout her career working with mental health patients and has since been listed as in the “Top 5 Roots Artists to Watch” by CMT Edge. “If the Reverend Al Green had a love child with Etta James, it would sound like [Kyshona’s] voice” John Jeter (The Handlebar) TICKETS

Honeyblood – 02 Academy 
Thursday 2 May

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Honeyblood’s third album will see Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet. The Scots are bringing the new tour to Leicester with an all new full live band and brilliant reviews so far. Tickets are on sale now priced at £12.50. TICKETS.

Kinks Night – Duffy’s Bar
Thursday 2 May

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Get down to Duffy’s as Rhett Barrow plays a set of classic tracks from The Kinks along with a selection of indie rock favourites as well as his own original material. From ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Days’, ‘Tired of Waiting’, ‘Death of a Clown’, ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ and many more. Free entry.

The Second Sons – The Soundhouse
Friday 3 May

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Having been hailed as one of London’s most exciting independent bands back in 2016, The Second Sons have continued to impress on the live circuit. Described as “the band that may just save rock and roll” by Jocks & Nerds magazine and nominated for “Best Rock Act” at the Unsigned Music Awards 2018, they’ve gathering a large number of fans and industry following for their rock n roll sounds. TICKETS.

Promised Land Garden Party – Orange Tree
Friday 3 May

Join the Promised Land DJs for a night of soulful grooves and summer selections in the garden at Orange Tree. Kicking off at 5pm until late. Free entry. 

Petty Criminals – The Musician
Friday 3 May

Petty Criminals are an authentic and professional tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Playing material from his early albums (such as ‘American Girl’, ‘Breakdown’, ‘I Need to Know’ and ‘Refugee’) through to his commercially successful period in the late 1980s and early 1990s (such as ‘Freefallin’, ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’, ‘Won’t Back Down’, ‘Learning to Fly’ and ‘Into the Great Wide Open’). Highly-experienced musicians with a highly visual and musically authentic performance. TICKETS

The International Acoustic Playboys – O’Neills
Friday 3 May

Imagine a night filled with top pop songs by Kylie, Taylor Swift and Tina Turner … now imagine them being performed by 30-something year old men! Meet The International Acoustic Playboys – the perfect way to kick off your Bank Holiday. Free entry.

Resurrection: A Tribute to The Stone Roses – 2Funky Music Cafe
Friday 3 May

Resurrection have performed alongside the likes of Mani (The Stone Roses/ex Primal Scream), Clint Boon & Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and are hailed by many as the best Stone Roses tribute around. Expect a night full of classics from both albums, b-sides, as well as old rarities such as So Young and Tell Me. TICKETS.

Alternativ Karaoke – The Shed
Friday 3 May

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Grab your 4 minutes of fame at The Shed as Alternativ Karaoke returns. Get on the big stage with lyrics across their 15 foot LED screen behind you and sing your favourite alt songs! From My Chemical Romance to Mcfly, post your requests on their event page to make sure you can grab a slot.

The Kingdom Choir – De Montfort Hall
Saturday 4 May

Known for their angelic and spellbinding performance at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, The Kingdom Choir have embarked on a UK tour, which is heading to Leicester this weekend. It’s clear to see from their extraordinary talent, sound, energy and ability just why they were chosen for the Royal Wedding. TICKETS

REM by Stipe – The Musician
Saturday 4 May

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No-one gets closer to the inimitable style of Michael Stipe than Rick Southern. In 2008 the band performed for Michael Stipe himself, live on the BBC1’s The One Show. Afterwards, Michael said that he thought the band sounded “awesome!”  Backed by a band that play with passion and precision, this is a show not to be missed by anyone who likes R.E.M. TICKETS

GU-RU Album Launch – Nine Bar
Saturday 4 May

Following the release of their album ‘Tales From The Ashram’ the band are celebrating with a cosmic tea party at one of their favourite Leicester joints, Nine Bar. The band describe themselves as “a Space-Dance Glitterbomb explosion of Cosmic goodness” and is a must for any fans of late ‘60s psychedelic and early ‘70s progressive rock.

The Atlantics – Mash Tun Cafe, Barkby
Saturday 4 May

The Mash Tun will be playing host to a 60s & 70s pop rock evening full of fabulous musical delights on Saturday night, as The Atlantics, who have been described as one of the UKs best rock and pop covers band, perform live. Expect music a top food and drink available all served from their double decker bus cafe located at the quaint and quirky Church View Nursery in Barkby. Doors 7pm. TICKETS

Fire and Skill – O’Neills
Saturday 4 May

From 9.30pm through to past midnight, Fire and Skill are back at O’Neills. 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. 

We Tried Kylie – The Donkey
Saturday 4 May

Fans of 80s music, you won’t want to miss this to brighten up your Bank Holiday weekend! We Tried Kylie will fill the dance floor and unite all ages together with the one era of music that bridges those age gaps! With songs from Wham! Dexy’s, Culture Club and Erasure to name just a few, We Tried Kylie make for the perfect Saturday night. There are prizes for the best 80s outfits, so get out those RELAX t-shirts and leg warmers! TICKETS

Uptight – The Cookie
Saturday 4 May

Enjoy a club night of cool mod, northern soul, motown ska & 60s beats as Uptight returns to The Cookie. All music on the night is played on 7 inch vinyl. Kicks off at 10.30pm through to 2am. 

Vinyl Night – The Real Ale Classroom
Saturday 4 May

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How about a real old school disco vibe for your Bank Holiday? The Real Ale Classroom is holding a vinyl night from 8pm – 11pm and promises the best of the classic tracks for your Saturday night, complete, of course, with their finest selection of gin and ales. 

Sunday 5 May

handmade festival

Leicester’s biggest independent music festival takes over the city centre. See the Spotlight feature below for full details.

Newton Faulker – De Montfort Hall
Sunday 5 May

newton faulkner

It’s hard to believe that Newton Faulker has been on the music scene for 10 years, but 2019 sees him celebrate a decade in music with the release of his new single Wish I Could Wake Up and his new album The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner… So Far. Expect to hear well know hits such as ‘Dream Catch Me’, ‘Write It On Your Skin’ and ‘Clouds’ on the album, as well as some new material. Having sold over 1.5 million records with 180 million streams he’s one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters this millennium. TICKETS.

Cinco de Mayo Garden Party & BBQ – Orange Tree
Sunday 5 May

orange tree leicester garden

In celebration of the Mexican holiday head down to the Orange Tree for an afternoon/evening party kicking off from 5pm. Stevie T will be on the decks with plenty of funky Latino beats, there’ll be a Mexican feast on offer and PLENTY of Cazcabel. Free entry. 

The Paradimes – The Donkey
Sunday 5 May

the paradimes

The Paradimes return for their first live show in a year. The ever popular 8 piece band from Leicester are back for a special Bank Holiday show. The Paradimes are an original reggae and ska band, writing their own material which has spanned over more than 10 years of playing together. For fans of Toots & The Maytals and The Skatalites. TICKETS

Open Mic and M-A-R-C – The Tap & Barrel, Wigston
Sunday 5 May

The Tap & Barrel’s regular open mic returns hosted by Lee Spencer from 4pm till 8pm, but this week will be followed by M-A-R-C . A fantastic live band, best described as a four piece, no nonsense rock & roll band with moves like Jagger. “Relatable Rock n Roll with an extra side of tambourine“- Counteract. Free entry.



John Bramwell – The Soundhouse
Friday 10 May

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I Am Kloot’s songwriter and frontman, John Bramwell, is back in Leicester for a Friday night date at The Soundhouse. John’s live shows are all about connecting with his audience and punters can expect a special, intimate performance. Grab tickets to see the Mercury Prize nominated songwriter for £15. TICKETS.

Echobelly – The Cookie
Wednesday 15 May

echobelly leicester

Leading 90s Britpop favourites, Echobelly, are back for a UK acoustic run, including a date at The Cookie. With a set featuring songs from their latest album Black Heart Lullabies, as well as their past hits from across the decades. One the 90s favourite female front women, Sonya Madden will be back alongside the band’s Glenn Johansson for the dates. 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



Various Venues
Sunday 5 May

handmade festival

Leicester’s biggest independent music festival returns this weekend as Handmade Festival takes over the city centre. Following a number of years at the O2 Academy, this year Handmade returns to its roots of being a multi-venue event and they’ll be taking over various venues across town.
The venues taking part are 02 Academy 1 and 2, Attenborough Arts, The Y Theatre, Firebug, The Cookie, The Soundhouse, The Shed and Dryden Street Social, all of whom have a brilliantly curated line-up of talent.
Concerned about getting around to see all of the acts that you want? The festival is laying on free buses for everyone with a wristband. The buses will be passing every venue at approximately 20 minute intervals so you can make sure you don’t miss out on anything! 
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Now the big question, who to watch? Mercury Prize nominated electronic outfit, Metronomy, are headlining the festival and will be playing up at the O2 Academy, whilst Hounds of Love art-rock stars, The Futureheads, top the billing in O2 Academy 2. 
Elsewhere on the line-up, former lead singer of Reuben, Jamie Lenman, brings his eclectic mix of musical styles to Dryden Street Social along with Kerrang Best British Breakthrough Award winners, Dream State. Fife folk-pop favourite, Rozi Plain will be at the Y Theatre, whilst Life, who have been on tour with Idles and Slaves, headline at Firebug. Leading the bill at The Soundhouse will be four piece, indie-punks Martha, with their punk-tinged pop culture references, and over at The Shed you can catch hotly tipped London metal band Puppy, who The Guardian claim to be the best prospect British rock has had in years.
There are so many brilliant artists throughout the day crossing indie, electronica, punk, rock and folk, as well as supporting the rising stars of Leicestershire’s own musical talent pool. The perfect chance to find your new favourite band, support your favourite venues and enjoy the best day of music Leicester has in the year. 
Every guitar band worth their salt is playing handmade!” NME
Remaining tickets are on sale priced at £35 and you can grab yours HERE.
Make sure you don’t miss anything at the festival by downloading the official Handmade Festival app, which is the place to find all stage times and receive notifications on acts you ‘favourite’. There’s also a special Google Map to help you navigate the venues. Download on iOS or Android



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