Upcoming events

Upcoming gigs in Leicestershire and Leicester bands playing elsewhere. Due to the semi-automatic nature of this page, occasionally, non-musical events outside Leicestershire may also appear.

Eastfield back in Leicester @ Duffy's Bar
Mar 24 @ 17:00 – 22:00

With Try Subversion – The Cars That Ate Paris.


Kenny Wilson Sings the Songs of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan @ The Musician Pub
Mar 24 @ 18:00 – 21:00

After successful recent appearances at The Donkey and the Guildhall, Leicester, Kenny Wilson will be presenting a concert of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan songs at The Musician Venue, Leicester. As well as classics like “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne” and “Like a Rolling Stone” he will be doing some rarities and true works of genius like “Visions of Johanna”, ” A Hard Rains Gonna Fall” , “The Faith” and “The Stranger Song”. Not to be missed!
£5 Advance £8 On the Door


The Birthday Doohickey @ The Soundhouse Leicester
Mar 24 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Getting old… all the cool cats are doing it…

Its my 40th and to celebrate some friends and I have curated an evening of the most awesome music for your delectation…

Featuring some of my favourite musicians, making my favourite sounds…

C’mon down and join the party… Be lovely to sees ya!!


Sophie and the Giants @ The Cookie
Mar 26 @ 19:30 – 23:30

The Cookie presents
Sophie and The Giants
+ support tba
Tuesday 26th March
£8 Advance / 7:30pm / 14+


Andy Nicholls at Regent Jazz @ The Regent Sports and Social Club
Mar 26 @ 20:00 – 23:00

Andy Nicholls and his Sunday Painters Band at Regent Jazz


Swingaree: 27th March ft. Syston Swing Band @ The Shed
Mar 27 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Swingaree is a regular swing and jazz social that happens monthly on a Wednesday, with a free taster dance class from 8pm followed by a live band!

People begin to arrive at 7pm to grab a drink and catch up. Then from 8pm – 9pm, there’s a taster dance class for all levels of skill, 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.

After the dance class, you can show off your new moves to the Syston Swing Band – a Swing/Big Band playing music from the era of Glenn Miller & the Andrew sisters through to the Rat Pack & Bublè! Music to suit everyone!

You can come alone, just bring your dancing shoes (any flat shoes work best).

This event is 14+, with under 16s accompanied by an adult.

The event is free entry until 8:30pm, and then £3 after.

Next event: Wednesday 27th March with the Syston Swing Band!


Ferris live support from oceans apart @ The Cookie
Mar 29 @ 19:30 – 23:00

Ferris live with support from Oceans Apart


No More Heroes | BRIAN x Alex Harding Band x Long Way Home @ The Soundhouse Leicester
Mar 29 @ 19:30 – 23:30

Your prayers have been answered!
No More Heroes are headlining the venue this March and we all know what that means…. quality music & quality people = a quality night!

With support from BRIAN, Alex Harding (full band) & LONG WAY HOME UK you’d be bonkers not to spend £5 and see this line up.

£5 On The Door | £4 Online
7:30 PM Doors | 8:15 PM Music
Student Drink Deal Available – – – (ask at the bar for more details)


Jouska 2nd Album Launch, with Hexcut @ The Donkey
Mar 29 @ 20:00 – 23:30

We’re back with a new album under our arm and a spring in our collective step.

Get yer advance tickets here: http://bit.ly/jouskaalbumlaunch

Apparently there are some political shenanigans happening on this date as well. Why not forget about all that silliness by joining the flower sniffing, delay pedal abusing, riff stealing freak show.

JOUSKA – “The wizards of instrumental pysch punk, or so they style themselves here” – Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music.

We are releasing a new six track LP on the same date and we won’t rest until you have listened to it (or hastily skipped through it).

Expect the following:
– Songs about seeing ghosts on WW2 airfields
– Songs that last two minutes
– Over use of effects pedals
– Songs that last ten minutes
– New songs that we really shouldn’t be testing out at perhaps our biggest gig to date, but there you go.


“If they ever contact me again I’m taking legal action.”
– Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Me and the missus put it on whilst we ate dinner, but she kept skipping through all the tracks, trying to find the vocals. They never came. It was like listening to a DJ, not a band.”
– Ray, Royal Mail

“Turn the toms up.”
– Jouska

“You guys should score the next Tarantino film”
– Craig’s workmate.

Website: www.jouska.co.uk
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2C3KhdF
Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/2QpmugR
Tickets: http://bit.ly/jouskaalbumlaunch

We’re excited to bring Hexcut all the way from sunny Bristol:
Hexcut are a Bristol, UK based trio of keys, synth, drums and bass, that blend elements of jazz, electronic dance music and rock into something original, dynamic and exciting. Combining big piano and synth riffs with intricate basslines and pulsating dance rhythms, Hexcut cross the genre divide with influences including Gogo Penguin, Three Trapped Tigers and Jon Hopkins.

All for a measly £4 advance. Ticket link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/jouska/228594

£6 on the door..


Easy Life @ O2 Academy Leicester
Mar 30 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Wed, 27 Feb 2019 at 06:00 PM

O2 Presale : Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 10:00 AM


RebelFest – The Whiskey Rebellion, Seas Of Mirth, Inlak’esh @ The Shed
Mar 30 @ 19:00 – 23:59

Leicester’s own gypsy-folk bandits The Whiskey Rebellion are back in town, hosting a night of high-octane music with a rag-tag gathering of some of the best bands on the circuit. Teaming up with the indomitable pirate sea-shanty merchants Seas Of Mirth, and the hyper-energetic accoustic metalheads Inlak’esh, this night will feature a whopping six bands spread across two jam-packed stages, making this one event you literally cannot afford to miss. Get ready to dance yourself to death, as we give The Shed in Leicester an apocalyptic showdown of epic proportions, and give your eardrums the abuse they so richly deserve.


From the deepest darkest jungles of Leicestershire, comes a band so full of vibrant gypsy-punk energy that there is not a man or woman alive who can keep themselves from dancing like an idiot to their anarchic, upbeat folk rhythms. Feature a blazing line up of banjo, mandolin, violin, accordion, guitar, bass, drums, and TWO super-sexy vocalists for the price of one, these hair-brained harlequins produce a sound that creeps up on your eardrums and throttles your unsuspecting brain from the inside out. From swinging sea-shanties, uptempo gypsy jams, crazy balkan polkas, soulful celtic folk medleys, all the way to blasting punk mashups and hard rocking power ballads, The Whiskey Rebellion make it a matter of pride to pack as much charisma and passion as they can into each and every sweat-laden performance


Seas of Mirth are a salty-smelling mega unit of sea dwelling reprobates with a mighty galleon of sound… landlocked in the East Midlands. Drums, retro organs, guitars, strings and bellows contribute to their invasive noises and the live shows draw you in with the aid of crowd-surfing crustaceans and a cataclysmic tug-of-war. The band feel equally at home in a vibrant, sweat-doused venue than they do on a majestic festival stage! Musically, it gets as diverse as a nautical prog-rock party band can get. The folk-based instruments cater for the rustic part of the sound, while the playful song writing and arrangements embrace the wilder element of the music. All marinated in maritime! Lyrically, songs include, for example, dealing with tempestuous sea conditions, gargantuous mythical beasts, mutiny, tales of severe intoxication and the old heart-crushing love song.


Inlak’esh are a four piece instrumental acoustic band from Milton Keynes, UK, who work tirelessly on creating succulent, ear pleasing yet hard hitting grooves, delivering distinctive albeit confusingly intricate Spanish scale to Arabian influenced melodies and evoking rhythmical senses with punctuated pauses and timely grabs to create shock and awe. Once the ear drums adjust to the fact there are no vocals the toes start tapping, the heads get nodding and the room begins to move to the charm of this multiculturally influenced melting pot of sound.


A staple of the Leicester music scene, Not My Good Arm are a sheer force of nature. Their live performances boast a bouncing brass section, rocking bass grooves, a ska-style upbeat vibe, and an unbeatable sweaty show that can barely be described. But I’ll have a go. Their superb songwriting is backed by a wall of energy and talent, weaving between this sort of 1980’s glam pop feel, and the classic punk-rock ska riffs that you can only expect from a band with MANY SEVERALS of brass players (Or just two). Seriously they can’t be beat, you’ve got to check them out NOW.


A double-bass led trio of amazingly talented folk/jazz/country musicians, Hatstand will blow you away with their awesome harmonies, dedication to musicianship, and good humour. From heavily danceable blues tunes, through to sinister and creepy gypsy jazz melodies, they don’t skip a beat as they keep you hooked through every nuance of their performance. Did I mention they have a double bass? Because they have a double bass. And they play it really well. Be told!


The ever-persistent bard of Leicester’s music scene Joe Doyle is back again, as drunken and hilarious as always, and dragging with him a full band ready to give birth to a monster of gypsy funk hip-hop shenanigans. With their album Caravan of Funk firmly under their belts, these guys are a heady mixture of rap, jazz, funk and soul, soaked in tequila and shoved onto a stage near you. Honestly I can’t rate them enough, Joe is as well known around Leicester as you can be, and if there’s anyone who’s put the graft into their performances time and time again, it’s him. If you’ve not seen him before, then shame on you, but now’s the perfect chance to witness the AWESOME POWER of Homeless Shakespeare for the first time!!


This Feeling – Leic w/ Sugarthief, Gazelle, Luna Rosa, Avnt Gard @ The Cookie
Mar 30 @ 19:00 – 22:00

“The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher


Sugarthief “Starting moshpits, stealing hearts” Counteract


This Feeling DJs play…��Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Black Honey, Blossoms, Blur, BRMC, Cabbage, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, The Cribs, The Coral, Courteeners, David Bowie, DMA’s, Doves, Kasabian, The La’s, The Libertines, Oasis, Primal Scream, Pulp, Reverend & The Makers, The Rifles, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Super Furry Animals, The Strokes, Suede, Supergrass, Temples, Trampolene, The Shimmer Band, The Verve, The Who, Yonaka + lots more including all the best new bands in the land


Sugar Candy Mountain | SisterBliss & Boarder @ The Soundhouse Leicester
Mar 30 @ 19:30 – 23:00

Bringing you the finest Pop Psych band in Oakland, USA – – –

“Sugar Candy Mountain’s Mystic Hits is a space-age blast of psychedelic pop and Tropicalia that sounds like it could have reverberated right out of Phil Spector’s echo chamber.

“If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this.”

Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Goc4V1YjV4

Support: Boarder & SisterBliss


Musicians against Homelessness fundraising show. @ Firebug
Mar 30 @ 20:00 – 23:30

Wake up promotions present a fundraising show at Firebug
for Alan Mcgee’s ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ Charity raising funds for ‘Crisis’ at Firebug Saturday March 30th.






Doors 8pm, £5 entry plus raffle with great prizes T.B.A!

M.A.H more info –


1 Millstone Ln, Leicester LE1 5JN


M2TM Leicester HEAT 2 @ Firebug
Mar 31 @ 17:15 – 20:45

Bloodstock Metal 2the Masses 2019
first band 6.30pm
Dawn Of Anubis
One Still Standing
Metal Artois
Ten Days Later
£5 entry


Ingested | The Soundhouse, Leicester @ The Soundhouse Leicester
Mar 31 @ 17:30 – 22:00

Crowded Music Presents

Casket Feeder
Nothing Clean

The Soundhouse Leicester
Sun 31st March

Worldwide slam kings INGESTED are coming to tear Leicester a new one.

Hot the release of their 4th studio album The Level Above Human, INGESTED have racked up countless tours and festival slots across the globe. During their run of dates supporting The Black Dahlia Murder, INGESTED will swing by Leicester for a special headline appearance!


Casket Feeder
Death Metal/Hardcore – Milton Keynes

Hardcore – Midlands

Nothing Clean
Hardcore/Punk – Leicester

Death Metal – Leicester


Elysian’s Open Mic at Duffy’s, featuring Mike Riley @ Duffy's Bar
Mar 31 @ 19:00 – 22:00

It’s Open Mic time again down at Duffy’s Bar. Come down and hear our fantastic feature act for the evening or even play us some tunes! Each act gets 15 minutes and we accept all styles of performance and all levels of experience.

This weeks feature act is our good friend Mike Riley:

Riley weaves anguished vocals across the muted, percussive telegraph wire of an old Takamine guitar, affording fleeting glimpses of the lives and loves that shuffle through the drenched, smokey city.

With a musical education honed across ten years playing in the bar bands of the late-night Leicester music scene, and a deep respect for classic songwriting, Riley’s rootsy, country-rock tinged stories are a love song to the dark and to the lost souls who call it home.

Riley can also be regularly found fronting the band Missing Mile alongside his fellow nocturnals, including moonlighting members of critically-acclaimed The Whiskey Rebellion.

The night kicks off at 8pm. Arrive earlier to guarantee a slot.


The Luck @ The Musician Pub
Apr 1 @ 19:00 – 22:00

The Luck’ is the London-born brother and sister duo of Max & Esmay Luck. Their music is influenced by childhood heroes Fleetwood Mac, The Cranberries, Tom Petty and The Eagles. The band began touring the U.K. and Europe before setting off for the US to develop their sound in California, playing iconic venues such as ‘The Troubadour’ in LA. Paul Broucek, President of Music at Warner Brothers Pictures, was in the audience at one of their shows and shortly after approached to work with them to produce their debut album. Together in LA the album was recorded, collaborating with three-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Ed Cherney (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt) and three-time Grammy Award winning musician/engineer/mixer Paul Hicks to mix the tracks.

The Luck’s songs have been featured on U.K. television shows such as ‘Country File’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ as well as gaining radio play in the US and Europe. Their song ‘Muscles and Bones’, also won a first place prize in the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition.

The band are now back in London, hosting the California-inspired monthly Americana club night ‘Ventura Nights’ in Soho whilst preparing to release their debut album to the world. The Luck are playing various festivals this summer including Chagstock, Cambridge Folk Festival, CarFest South, Folk on the Dock in Liverpool and have been chosen by the AMA UK to perform on their stage at The Long Road in September. With over two million Spotify streams they are ready to hit the UK hard!

£ 10.00 adv £12 door



K S R – Unfiltered UK Tour @ The Vault
Apr 3 @ 18:00 – 21:00

In support of his upcoming debut EP, Manchester R&B/Soul Singer
[ K S R ] will be showcasing his debut tour and performing in seven cities across the UK in April.

Leicester Show – April 3 2019
5 Yeoman Street
LE1 1UT Leicester, United Kingdom

Line up:
[ K S R ]
Clive Mercury

Tickets – https://dice.fm/event/2oao6-k-s-r-3rd-apr-the-shed-leicester-tickets

19:00 – 22:00


Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells) & Stilton + Kevin Hewick @ The Musician Pub
Apr 3 @ 18:30 – 21:30

ALSO playing Mike & Solveig

Lavinia Blackwall is well known for her previous work in Trembling Bells, who released seven albums, all met with critical acclaim. She has also worked as a performer and arranger with Nick Garrie, Kaleidoscope, Mike Heron and Bonnie Prince Billy.

Her new solo material is a rich tapestry of lyrical melodies and beautifully arranged song smithery ably accompanied by the talents of Marco Rea ( The Wellgreen, Euros Childs) and Jim McGoldrick (The Wellgreen) and Seb Jonsen (Helicon and The Tomorrow Syndicate).

Her new single ‘Waiting for Tomorrow’ is available for pre-order and her debut album is due for release in 2019.

Support with Kevin Hewick who for his last album Music In Leicester said

Kevin Hewick
Driven by love. Driven by Hate.

Seventeen unforgettable tracks on this must have album are essential listening for Leicester music aficionados. The CD comes in a wallet with an eleven page pull-out booklet giving the lyrics to all the songs. The tracks include many well-known Leicester musicians. Mastered at Deadline Studios, the recordings were made in 2016/17. The album itself came out in 2017. It is, in my view (I nearly said without a doubt) one of the finest records ever made by a Leicester musician and singer. There are some really captivating and compelling songs on this record.

Justified praise indeed.

“Mike & Solveig[‘s] 2015 album “Here Comes Today” is an understated joy” – Jon Dale, Uncut, March 2018

“[Mike & Solveig] have been key players in the Glasgow psych-folk scene for the past decade or so. […] Mike’s intricate fingerpicked guitar interweaves with Solveig’s sliding fiddle lines in finely-crafted tales recalling the best of the Scottish folk tradition.”
– Celtic Music Radio, Glasgow http://www.celticmusicradio.net/ceol-s-craic-monday-4-may/ )

Mike & Solveig’s music can be characterised as experimental folk. They started out as a duo in 2006, and are still busy playing and composing original songs and instrumentals reminiscent of The Incredible String Band, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Syd Barrett, Bert Jansch, Ivor Cutler, Michael Hurley etc. They are both experienced musicians that have been part of the Glasgow music scene for the last 17 years or so. Mike Hastings sings and plays guitar, banjo and strumstick, and Solveig Askvik sings and plays the fiddle and glockenspiel.

Mike is a full-time musician playing in a few different bands. His main band has been the psychedelic rock band The Trembling Bells. He also plays in the band of Mike Heron, who is one of the founders of The Incredible String Band. Solveig was previously also part of this band, but in 2011 she moved back to Bergen in Norway. She now once again resides in Glasgow and keeps busy playing gigs and composing new tunes with Mike and other musicians in Glasgow. Mike has also played in the bands of Scott Fagan, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) and Peter Daltrey from Kaleidoscope (UK).