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The Magic Mod – The Cookie
Saturday 14 March 

The Magic Mod has been on tour with The Libertines, Reverend and the Makers and Pete Doherty as well as performing magic to some of rock n roll’s finest icons including Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher, DMA’S, Shed Seven, Shaun Ryder and many more. Join him at The Cookie as he performs magic, shares some stories and ends the evening on the decks. TICKETS.



Johnny & The Goodtime Boys – Mercure Grand Hotel
Tuesday 31 December

Dress to impress as the Mercure transforms into the Downtown Vegas for one night only. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne to get the evening started in style, and there’ll be world class magicians flying in from Las Vegas, fun Blackjack and Roulette tables and tasty canapés. Dance to the sweet sounds of soul, motown & disco through the evening, performed by none other than Leicester’s finest, Johnny & The Goodtime Boys, followed by disk jockeys until the early hours. TICKETS.

Drugstore Cowboys – The Donkey
Tuesday 31 December

See in 2020 with the popular high octane rockabilly outfit, Drugstore Cowboys and special guests. TICKETS.

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters – The Musician
Tuesday 31 December

Loud blues and rock featuring Leicester blues veteran Dawson Smith. Expect bar room rock ‘n’ roll with a shot of rhythm and blues mixed in with some Dawson classics and a few Americana specials. TICKETS.

The Promised Land – 100&Six
Tuesday 31 December

Head to 100&Six from 10pm to see in the new year with a vinyl DJ set from The Promised Land. Tickets are priced at just £5 and include Prosecco on arrival.

Ambush – The Shed
Tuesday 31 December

Enjoy emo anthems and all the usual Ambush fun upstairs at The Shed, with tunes from Enter Shikari, Paramore, My Chemical Romance and more. Downstairs they’ll have an electro-swing speakeasy style bar vibe for more of a chill out. Early bird tickets £2, £5 on the door.

Dappers & Flappers – 1901 Turkey Cafe
Tuesday 31 December

It’s free entry all night at 1901 Turkey Cafe with live music from Cool Jazz Trio. They’re throwing it back to the roaring ’20s, so dust of your flapper dress and enjoy a night of music and classic cocktails. 8pm – 4am.

The Whisky Rebellion – Duffy’s
Tuesday 31 December

The Whiskey Rebellion invite you to join them and a hand-picked selection of Leicester’s finest bands for yet another night of drinking, dancing, and general reckless abandon. Featuring alternative ska rockers Not My Good Arm, and gyp-hop troubadours Homeless Shakespeare and The Pigeon Theatre. Prepare to come and survive the transition from 2019 to 2020 with a booze-soaked dance-off that would make your ancestors proud. TICKETS.

Grade 10 Special – The Cookie
Tuesday 31 December

Join Grade 10 for a NYE to remember. Expect 2 floors of belters from all the Grade 10 crew plus special guests. TICKETS.

Rhett Barrow – The Salmon
Tuesday 31 December

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It’s free entry for NYE live music at The Salmon. Enjoy indie, folk, rock and pop classics through the night to see in the new year.

Metal Fatigue – The Metal Monocle
Tuesday 31 December

See in the new year with 5 piece rock covers band, Metal Fatigue. Drinks offers all night. £5 on the door.

Rhythm & Booze – 33 Cank Street
Tuesday 31 December

Dress in your finest black tie as the party kicks off from 9pm. There’ll be jazz and blues from house band, The Verzions, and complimentary canapés through the evening, plus of course Prosecco at midnight. Tickets are £19.

Sorrell – The Exchange Bar
Tuesday 31 December

Join dream-pop 4-piece, Sorrell, to see in 2020. Free entry all night and live music from 9.30pm.

Plug Silent Disco – Firebug

Plug returns to Firebug to see in the new year once again. Enjoy 3 silent disco channels across different genres right through from 10pm – 4am. Deposit for the headphones is £10 and only £5 if returned at the end of the night.

NYE Karaoke – The Barley Mow
Tuesday 31 December

Celebrate the end of 2019 with a bang. Disco and karaoke from 7pm until into 2020. Free entry.

Free Wheelin’ – The Old Black Horse
Tuesday 31 December

By order of the Peaky Blinders, Free Wheelin’ will be bringing the party to The Old Black Horse in Houghton. Dress up in your best Peaky Blinders style. 8pm – very late.

Funky Disco – O’Neill’s
Tuesday 31 December

The O’Neill’s Funky Disco returns for New Year’s Eve. Expect to hear anything and everything including The Bee Gees, Kasabian, Madness, Jamiroquai and a whole lot more. Free entry.

Squirtmaster Funk – The Tree
Tuesday 31 December

Enjoy the best music of 1980 – 2020 with Squirtmaster Funk at The Tree. Happy hour cocktails until 10pm, party until 2am. FREE ENTRY.

Woods & Gill – The Pug & Greyhound
Tuesday 31 December

Woods & Gill will be bringing in 2020 with an acoustic treat of 80s, 90s & 00s classic rock, pop and country covers.

NYE Special – Natterjacks
Tuesday 31 December


It’s free entry this New Year’s Eve at Natterjacks as they have DJs and live music from 8pm through to 2020.

Rhett Barrow – The Black Horse
Friday 3 January

Join Rhett at The Black Horse on Braunstone Gate for a solo set of originals and classic rock covers. Music from 9pm. Free entry.

Dumb As You Are – Duffy’s Bar
Friday 3 January

An homage to Nirvana to welcome in the first weekend of 2020. With no need for gimmicks, this trio places the focus on Nirvana’s amazing songs, played with meticulous care and ferocious energy: true to the immersive sound which created moshpits in Seattle in ’89 and Reading ’92.

The Threemasons – The Bottle Garden
Friday 3 January

This compact trio of popular group, The Fourmasons, play Friday early doors jazz at The Bottle Garden. Music from 6.30pm, free entry.

Acoustic sessions – The King’s Head
Saturday 4 January

From 9pm, join Rhett Barrow, Jade Winder and Blake Casey as 3 local songwriters play their own sets of originals and covers. Free entry.

Infinity & The Veez – The Musician
Saturday 4 January

An evening of local rock and indie from Wake Up Promotions. £5 on the door.

The Travelling Riverside Blues Band – The Donkey
Sunday 5 January

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The band play a range of powerful blues rock material and a blend of thoughtful, soulful songs from the likes of Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter & Peter Green to blues standards by Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson & Son House.



ROAM – The Vault at The Shed
Tuesday 4 February 2020

ROAM are in Leicester for Independent Venue Week as part of their tour playing some smaller than usual rooms. The five piece from Brighton deliver performances fizzing with energy and melodic pop punk brilliance. The band take their cues from the likes of New Found Glory, Blink-182, Sum 41 and Simple Plan, and will be celebrating their most recent record Smile Wide. TICKETS.

Sorry – The Cookie
Tuesday 4 February

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London based band, Sorry, is centred around Asha Lorenz & Louis O’Bryen, who started as two 19-year-old childhood best friends. With an ever changing sound and along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass), they have been playing on London’s underground circuit since 2015, in the same clubs that hosted Shame and Goat Girl. TICKETS.

Circa Waves – O2 Academy
Tuesday 31 March 2020

Known for their nervy, melodic indie rock,  Circa Waves first gained buzz in the 2010’s with hooky singles like ‘Get Away’ and ‘Stuck in My Teeth’. Centered on lead singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall, the Liverpudlians earned favourable comparisons to the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Vaccines. They’re touring in support of their brand new album ‘Sad Happy’. TICKETS


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