Festivals 2018

Festivals in 2018

taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire

Our selection of music festivals taking place in our local area during 2018.

Many more dates till to be added; please come back soon.


Hand Made Festival.

5th and 6th May at the O2 ACADEMY. See the festival website for lineup.

Glastonbudget music festival

25th to 27th May at Wymeswolde, near Loughborough.

See the festival website for ticket details.








See also

our page on festivals in 2017

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March 2018

Music reviews for the month of March 2018Read More

Metal to the Masses heat 5

18th March 2018

at Firebug

with Smack Jack and the Many Grams, Black Chapter, Every Rope a Noose and Scrap Iron Scarecrows

Tonight’s show was organised by Resin Events and Metal 2 the Masses Leicester.

Reviewed by Kashif Hussain

Another Sunday means another Metal 2 the Masses heat. Resin Events hosts the final heat at Firebug, where four more bands duked it out for the honour of being able to advance to the next stage of the competition, and bring them one step closer to gracing the stage at Bloodstock.

Smack Jack and the Many Grams Photo: Kevin Gaughan

Post-hardcore group Smack Jack & the Many Grams were first to take to the stage. Featuring grunge-inspired riffs and vocals sure to be hit among fans of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden...

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Gary Numan at the O2 Academy, 14th March, 2018

with Nightmare Air

Reviewed by Kashif Hussain

British electronic music progenitor Gary Numan played to a packed out O2 Academy as part of his European tour in support of his latest album Savage (Songs from a Broken World), released last September.

Nightmare Air Photo: Kevin Gaughan

Supporting him was alt rock trio Nightmare Air, hailing from Los Angeles, Gary’s current place of residence. Although the keyboards were piped in, the band formed an intriguing, multi-layered soundscape accentuated by steady percussion and built upon by atmospheric synths, lush bass and dreamy shoegazey riffs.

Bassist Swaan’s dreamy vocals were a perfect fit for their abstract sound, while guitarist Dave’s accompanying vocals provided a nice male/female contrast...

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Metal to the Masses heat 4

11th March 2018

at Firebug

with Diceratops and Stonepit Drive

Tonight’s show was organised by Resin Events and Metal 2 the Masses Leicester.

Reviewed by Kevin Gaughan

For the first time this year, Metal to the Masses moves from Duffy’s bar just up the road to Firebug for the bands to battle it out for a chance to play at Bloodstock Open Air.

There were only two bands in tonights show, resulting in a less-heaving-than-usual crowd. As there were only two bands, and two bands from each round go through to the next stage, they were already through to the next round! Black Chapter called in sick at the last minute.

Tongue-twistingly named Diceratops opened tonight’s proceedings. A four piece prog-rock band from Leicester.

Diceratops started in a spectacular fashion with spectacularly prolonged ...

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