Play@LMF 2014

Strangler Figs at OBS February 28th 2014

31st May 2014 ∏

Playing at the Leicester Music Festival

The Leicester Music Festival (LMF) will take place on 25th and 26th July at The Leicester Tigers rugby ground in Welford Road.

The headline acts have been announced: UB40, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Katy B, Billy Ocean, Labrinth, Sam Bailey and Diversity are among them. The organisers hope to attract 44,000 people to the two day event.

A competition called Play@LMF was held in which the top prize was a chance to play at the LMF. It was open to bands from the Midlands.

Speaking at one of the first round heats, Manoj Keshavji (one of the festival’s organisers) said “We are local lads who are backing Leicester. We could have taken this show to another city outside of Leicester but we wanted it to be here in our home town. We hope that you, the music fans of Leicester, will turn out to see the show. It is supporting a charity for children with cancer. The finances for the event have been provided by us and our sponsors have given us some support. We are proud to be helping to raise the profile of Leicester.”

The acts that played in the First Round heats were:

Heat 1 Tuesday 4th March at The Shed

THE SIMPLETONES
www.facebook.com/TheSimpletones
THE BLAZING OWLS
www.facebook.com/TheBlazingOwls
JONEZY
www.facebook.com/jonezymusicuk
THE ARCADIANS
www.facebook.com/TheArcadiansband
THE BENCH THAT ROCKED
www.facebook.com/TheBenchThatRocked

Heat 2 Tuesday 11th March at Sumo

MIA AND THE MOON
www.facebook.com/miaandthemoon
CASSIOPEIA
www.facebook.com/pages/Cassiopeia
FERRIS
www.facebook.com/theferrisband
BENEATH THE LIGHTS
www.facebook.com/beneaththelights
THE FORES
www.facebook.com/thefores

Heat 3 Wednesday 19th March at The Exchange

POLLY
www.facebook.com/pollymusic
SUMMERS & WAKEFORD
www.facebook.com/summerswakeford
RED ROUTE BLUE
www.facebook.com/RedRouteBlue
TBA
NISHE
www.facebook.com/nisheband

Heat 4 Wednesday 26th March at The Soundhouse

SEÁN GRANT
www.facebook.com/seangrantmusic
MATTHEW R
www.facebook.com/MatthewRUK
5TH PIER
www.facebook.com/5thpier
TAPESTRY
www.facebook.com/tapestrymusic
NEW WALK
www.facebook.com/NewWalkTaylorBurton

Heat 5 Tuesday 1st April at The Exchange

GIVE ME THE SUN
www.facebook.com/GiveMeTheSun
THE MIGHTY YOUNG
www.facebook.com/ruttingdevil
THE DEAD SHOOT
www.facebook.com/thedeadshoot
STRANGLER FIGS
www.facebook.com/thestranglerfigs
GAVNER
www.facebook.com/GavnerPArtist

Heat 6 Wednesday 9th April at The Exchange

MATT HENSHAW
www.facebook.com/matthenshaw
EN ROUTE
www.facebook.com/EnRout3Band
SLOW MOTION
www.facebook.com/slowmotionleics
WE CAN BE ASTRONAUTS
www.facebook.com/wecanbeastronauts
MEMO
www.facebook.com/pages/Memo/520800644610988

Heat 7 Tuesday 15th April at The Shed

NEON SARCASTIC
www.facebook.com/Neonsarcasticuk
ABANDON HER
www.facebook.com/AbandonHer
THE UNKNOWN
www.facebook.com/TheUnknownBand
JASON SMITH
www.facebook.com/JasonSmithMusicUK
IVORY YARDSALE
www.facebook.com/ivoryyardsale

Heat 8 Wednesday 23rd April at The Soundhouse

NOT COMPLETELY BLONDE
www.facebook.com/NCBgroup
THE AMBER HERD
www.facebook.com/theamberherd
FLYING KANGAROO ALLIANCE
www.facebook.com/FlyingKangarooAlliance
SIC’NIS
www.facebook.com/pages/SicNis
CREATIN’ HAVOC
www.facebook.com/CreatinHavoc

Heat 9 Tuesday 29th April at Sumo

EDEN
www.facebook.com/edenmusicgb
GEORGE SIMPSON
www.facebook.com/pages/George-Simpson-acoustic-guitaristsinger
OVER THE HOUSE
www.facebook.com/OverTheHouse
CASINO EMPIRE
www.facebook.com/CasinoEmpireUK
8 MILES HIGH
www.facebook.com/pages/8MilesHighBand

Heat 10 Tuesday 6th May at the Shed

SMOKIN’ THE PROFIT
www.facebook.com/pages/Smokin-The-Profit
COSMIC FEVAH
www.facebook.com/CosmicFevah
FIGHTING EVIL IS COOL!
www.facebook.com/fightingeviliscool
VIOLET CITIES
www.facebook.com/VioletCitiesUK
CHRISTOPHER MOODY
www.facebook.com/christophermoodymusic

Two Semi-finals are still to be held:

30th May
31th May
at The Shed

and the Final takes place on 7th June at StreetLife (in Dryden Street)

Each heat was judged and the criteria was published on the Festival’s website

Bands could enter if they were not signed to a record label and could adhere to other terms and conditions, as published on the competition webpage.

We were not able to attend all of the first round heats to review the acts but most of them we have already reviewed elsewhere in this website.

4th March

jonezy rapper
Rapper Jonezy at Singers of Distinction

We went to see The Simpletones, Jonezy, The Blazing Owls, The Arcadians and The Bench That Rocked.

18th March

The Bobcats at The Exchange Bar

15th April

On stage tonight: Abandon Her, Neon Sarcastic, Ivory Yardsale, The Unknown and Jason Smith

See also:

Our festivals page

Our news page

The LMF Festival website

 

 

About The Editor 535 Articles
The Editor of Music in Leicester magazine is Kevin Gaughan assisted by Trevor Locke