Leicester Bands

Resin at Firebug, 23rd December 2017. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

If your band is no longer active, has stopped playing or has moved away, please let us know.

This list was last updated:  22/2/20

There are also quite a few jazz bands that are not listed here. Plus a number of function and party bands that have not been included in this list.

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Bands with names that begin with “The” are listed using the next word in the name.

Bands from Leicester and Leicestershire

will be listed below in alphabetical order as the registration forms come in.

‘original’ means ‘own composition’; ‘covers’ means songs written by someone else

In the list below, entries are given in order of the name of the band (with a link to the band’s website or Facebook page), the place where most of the band’s members are resident (which should be either in Leicester or Leicestershire), the type of music played and whether that music is normally based on the band’s original songs and/or covers of other people’s songs.

Bands that play in Leicester a lot, but whose members are not Leicester/shire residents, may be included in the group at the bottom of the list, even though they are not resident in the local area.

Al Sansome & The Dezerters (Leicester) Blues/Jazz

Albion, The (Leicester) Indie rock

Alex Harding (Leicester) melancholy solo guitar music. Really into 80s/90s Emo and Alternative indie. Original.

Andy Griffiths (Leicester), folk, Americana, both covers and original songs

Andy Wales band (Leicester) Pop, Blues/jazz, Classic rock. Both covers and originals

Anoa (Leicester) Indie, rock and roll, alternative

Arcades (Leicester) Rock

Arc Isla (Leicester) Alternative, Indie

Audible Light (Leicester) electronic, jazz and world music touches. Original songs only

Autumn Dawn Leader (Loughborough) Indie, Folk.

Aztec Temples (Leicester) Alternative rock, Indie. (Now defunct. See the band’s Facebook page for more details.)

Barracuda (Leicester) Indie, alternative

Before The Crash (Coalville)  Alternative, both originals and covers

Brandy Thieves, the  (Leicester) Gypsy, ska-infused punk rock

Burnout, The (Leicester) Alternative, Indie, Punk, originals songs and covers

Chambers (Leicester) ‘Our genre is our own.’

Common Strays (Leicester) Alternative, indie, original songs only

Courtney Askey Music (Leicester) Alternative

Dan Wright Music (Leicester) Indie/Blues/Jazz/Folk.

Dancing Wumasters (Loughborough) Alternative, Indie, Ska/reggae, Blues/Jazz

David Wyatt band (Leicester) Alternative, Indie, Pop, Blues/jazz, Folk, Classic rock. Original songs only.

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters. (Leicester).  Classic rock, Americana, both covers and originals.

Day of the Moon (Leicester) indie.

Dreams of Carnage (Leicester) Alternative, Punk

Dust & Debris, (Leicester) Rock, blues, country, soul. Covers and original songs.

Earls (Leicester) Alternative, punk, grunge original songs

Echolocation (Leicester) Avant (garde) rock

Eden Avenue (Leicester) Alternative rock, metal, original

Elysian (Leicester) Blues, Jazz

Excellent Adventures, the (Leicester) rock, pop

Fazed, The (Leicester) Indie. Original songs only

Ferris (Leicestershire) Alternative, rock, pop

Feverkicks, the (Leicester) Alternative, Pop, Blues/jazz, Grunge, Classic rock.

Finches of Attica (Leicester) Alternative rock

First Wave (Leicester) Punk

Fivehead (Leicester) Alternative. Original songs only.

Fractions (Hinckley) Metal, original songs.

Fullfathom5 (Leicester) Indie

Gallows High (Leicester) Alternative rock, mainly original songs, some covers.

Gestalt (Leicester) Punk, Electronica. Original songs only.

Goldwater (Leicester) Alternative. Original songs only.

Graves (Leicester) Grunge. Original songs only.

Graystarr (Leicester/Coalville) Classic Rock.

GÜNK (Leicester) Grunge.

Gu-Ru (Leicester) Alternative, Electronica, Blues/jazz. Original songs only.

Hammer of the Gods (Leicester) Classic rock tribute to Led Zeppelin

Harri Giorgio and the Well Behaved young men (Leicester) Underground

Hartland Country (Leicester) Americana, both covers and originals.

Heartland Roots Band, The (Leicester), Americana, both covers and originals

Hell’s Addiction (Leicester) Hard rock

Homeless Shakespeare & The Pigeon Theatre (Leicester) Alternative, Ska/reggae, Blues/jazz, Rap/dub/hip-pop, Both original songs and covers.

Jesse Wright Band (Leicester) Pop, blues/jazz.

Jesuscarfish (Leicester) Alternative, punk (original songs only)

Jimmy Amnesia (Leicester) Indie.

Jouska (Leicester) Alternative, Indie, Punk, Grunge

Kafkadiva (Leicester) Pop, original songs only

Kill the Mammoth (Leicester) Alternative, indie

Kismet (Leicester) Pop, cover songs only

Lambone Splinter (Leicester) Alternative, Indie, Pop, Folk.

Linden Tree (Leicester) Alternative, original songs only

Lids, the (Leicester) Indie.

Lightning, the (Coalville, Tamworth, Nuneaton), Pop, Classic Rock.

Lockdown (Loughborough) Classic rock covers band.

Man Bear Pig (Other Leicestershire) Punk, Grunge

Midnight Dogs, the (Leicester)  Classic rock, original songs only

Mojohand (Leicester) Pop

Monachopsis (Leicester) Metal. Original songs only

Monochrome Days (Derby/Loughborough) Pop

Monuments of Rock n Soul, the (Leicester)

Myoptik (Leicester) Electronica, original only

Nightcrawlers (Leicestershire) Classic rock

No More Heroes (Leicester) Alternative

Oceans Apart (Leicester) Alternative rock, new five-piece rock band

Ohana (Leicester) Alternative indie rock, original songs only

Our City Fires (Leicester) alt-rock. Mainly originals songs.

Out of Karma (Leicester) Alternative ska and reggae. Original songs.

Paul J. Roberts (Leicester) indie, alternative

Po! (Leicester) Indie, Pop

Produkty, (Leicester), Naïve Art Rock

PYRVMIDS (Leicester) rock, original (have called it a day. No longer active. See Oceans Apart, above)

Racketeers (Leicester) Rock and roll, folk, indie

Rawkus Redz (Leicester, Shepshed) Hard rock with a metal edge

Replica (Leicester) Alternative, indie, pop covers

Revival (Leicester) Alternative indie, original songs

Rip the Sky (Loughborough) Blues/Jazz

Royal Arcade (Leicester) “dreamy jangle core nu gaze”

Ruby Doos, the (Leicester) Americana, covers and originals

Scrubs, the (Leicester) Grunge, both originals and covers

Sedations, the (Leicester) Punk

Sepia Sun (Leicester) Alternative, Electronica, Grunge.

Skam (Leicester) Rock.

Smack Jack (Leicester) Psychedelic grunge. Original songs.

Southside Rebellion (Leicester) Punk

Stonepark (Leicester) Indie, ska, reggae, pop. Covers only.

Supercrazybrain (Leicester) Alternative, Indie, Classic rock, original songs only.

The – bands whose names begin with ‘the’ are listed under the next word in their name.

Surrealists, The (Leicester) Alternative, Punk, Hardcore. Original songs only.

Temple of Lies (Leicester) Metal, Rock, Stoner Rock, Grunge

Times To Kill (Leicester) Alternative, Electronica, Hardcore. Original songs only

Timmas (Leicester) Two-piece.

Traps (Leicester) Indie

Try Subversion (Leicester) Punk. Original songs only.

Unseen Underground (Leicester) Post-punk, alt-rock. Both covers and originals

Waldorf (Leicester) Indie, grunge. Original songs only.

Way Out, the (Loughborough) Folk

Weallfallsilent (Leicester) Indie rock

We Be Beasts (Leicester) Alternative, indie.

We Give In (Leicester) melodic punk, pop punk

We Tried Kylie (Leicester) Pop.

Whatdafunk (Leicestershire)  Funk, Funk Jazz, Funk Rock Soul, Disco. Covers but with a  twist.

Whiskey Rebellion, the (Leicester) Folk

World Can Wait, the (Leicester) Alternative, Metal (no longer active)

Yodaclub (Leicester) Alternative.  Based in Northants but for playing purposes our base is Leicester.

Zeppelins, the (Leicester) Classic rock.

Nearby bands

Kynch (Nottingham) Punk rock/pop punk. Kynch regularly play at Leicester venues.

Scumbus (Peterborough) Punk

Gypsy (Kettering) Alternative, Electronica, original songs only.

Don’t fret if your band is not there yet; it takes quite a while to work through the inputs.

A new list is being prepared for singers, soloists and acoustic duos. If your act is not in the above list, it is possible it will appear on the other list.

See also:

Leicester bands of 2016.

Singers and solo artists of 2017 to2019.


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