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Music Festivals

in Leicester, Leicestershire and the East Midlands

in 2015

Dates of Festivals in 2015.

Find out about the Handmade Festival.

See our news article about Glastonbudget 2015

Look back at music festivals in 2014

Scroll down for information about major music events in 2014.

Festival reports

Click here for reports of festivals in 2013

See below for links to reports that were published for 2014.

May 2014

Handmade Festival

2nd – 4th May. Read Keith Jobey’s report on the Handmade Festival.

Glastonbudget Music Festival

23rd to 25th May.  Wymeswold, Nr Loughborough. Read our report on the 2014 Glastonbudget Festival.

June 2014


7th and 8th June. Read our report on the Riverside Festival 2014

Download 2014

Download 13th – 15th June.

Download Extra – reviews of bands on Friday and Saturday, at Download 2014.

Aerosmith at Download 2014 Photo: Andrew Whitton
Aerosmith at Download 2014
Photo: Andrew Whitton

Our main report on Download 2014.

See our pre-festival news page.

See our post-festival news page.

See more photos from Download 2014.

Kasabian gig 2014

21st June, Victoria Park. Keith Jobey reports on the Summer Solstice gig at Victoria Park.

Trevor Locke reports on the scenes on Kasabian day, around Leicester.

Kasabian to play at Victoria Park (news item)

Foxton Locks 2015

21st to 22nd June. Read our report on The Foxton Locks festival.

July 2014

Western Park

Saturday 5th July, 11 am to 8 pm

See our report on the Western Park Festival 2014

Western Park Festival website | Western Park Festival on Facebook

Hinckley Music Festival 2014

11th to 12th July. See our report on the HMF 2014

See the website for the Hinckley Music festival

Follow The Hinckley Music Festival on Facebook

Leicester Music Festival 2014

25th and 26th July. See our report on the Leicester Music Festival 2014


11th to 13th July

Noisily Festival


25th – 28th July

Barefoot Festival

Simon Says

26th & Sun 27th July, at De Montfort Hall & Gardens

Details and news available on the Festival’s Facebook page


Y Not

1st – 3rd August

Aerial view of the YNot Festival site
Aerial view of the YNot Festival site


White Lies (HEADLINER) Dizzee Rascal (HEADLINER) Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (HEADLINER) De La Soul. Razorlight, The Fratellis, Newton Faulkner, British Sea Power, Palma Violets, Shed Seven, Reel Big Fish, Swim Deep, Spector, Andrew W.K (solo), The Blackout, Ella Eyre, Tom Vek, Cerebral Ballzy, Yuck, Biopolar Sunshine, The Sunshine Underground, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Circa Waves, Josh Record, Shlomo, Sonic Boom Six, Turbowolf, Itch, Beans On Toast, DZ Deathrays, Eliza & The Bear, Darlia, Lonely The Brave, The Wytches, Luke Sital Singh, Natives, LostAlone, Fight Like Apes, Slaves, Hotei, God Damn, Baby Godzilla, Blitz Kids, Empire, Freeze The Atlantic, Tangled Hair, Woahnows, M+A, Doctrines, Emperor Yes, Emperor Chung, In Colour, Lyger, Menace Beach, Best Friends, Night Engine, Flyte, Brawlers, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Amber Run, Black Moth, Nordic Giants, Nothing But Thieves, Youth Man, The First, Tigercub, Hungeroff & The Wild Roots


Goldie Lookin Chain, Max Raptor, James Warner Prophecies, Bare Knuckle Parade.

Y Not  took place 1-3 August 2014.

See the Y Not Festival web site


August 7th to 10th

Bloodstock Heavy Metal festival

Strawberry Fields

8th to 10th August

Strawberry Fields Festival

Steve Lawler to play at StrawberryFields

Wicked Hathern Music Fest

9th to 10th August

Details are on Facebook

City Festival

16th to 25th August

City Festival

Leicester to host major festival over August bank holiday weekend included several music stages outdoors and shows at all Leicester music venues.

Read our article on the City Festival

Look at the City Festival in 2013

Look at what’s happening at the Kaleidoscope Arts day on Saturday 23rd August, all happening in the city centre, as part of the City festival.  There will be music stages including a main stage in the new Jubilee Square (at the top of the High Street) where you see a performance by Leicester band Deep Red Thread, among others.

The City Festival includes the Leicester Belgrave Mela. This also featured a large number of music performances and two stages for singers, dancers and bands.

The Leicester Belgrave Mela on Monday 25th August.

Caribbean Carnival

Saturday 2nd August

Victoria Park

Get details from Visit Leicestershire

The Pig & Applestock Festival

29th – 31st August

The Pig and Applestock festival is an intimate, family event celebrating 3 days of art and music. We endeavour to support local produce and to showcase local musicians and artists from the surrounding counties (Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire). Last years festival drew in crowds of 400 strong and this year looks to top that to raise even more money for the Leicestershire MS therapy centre .The festival is scheduled for the 29^th to the 31^st of August and will take place on the idyllic banks of Naesby Reservoir, please see link below to our website for further details and to purchase tickets.

See the festival’s website  or visit its page on Facebook.


30th August

includes live music on the main stage and a DJ tent

See the Leicester Pride web site


Leicester International Music Festival

Features music from the Czech Republic.

Visit the festival’s website.


Saturday 4th October


Leicester Oxjam on Facebook.

Saturday 18th October

Festival 2Funky 2014

Get more details from Facebook.


Abbey Park Fireworks

in 2013 The Vamps was the headline band, supported by sets from  Leicester artists Jonezy and Curtis Clacey.

The annual fireworks display in Abbey Park included a live stage in 2013.

Details from Leicester City Council

and the Visit Leicester website.


See our report on the White Noise festival 2015

See also:

2013: festival reports

2014: festival reports