Festivals 2017

The garden area at Simon Says festival 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

Festivals in 2017

taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire

Our selection of music festivals taking place in our local area during 2017

Oxjam Leicester – scroll down to October for details


Hand Made Festival 29th and 30th April.

Read our report on Hand Made 2017.

Read our coverage of Handmade Festival 2016.



Glastonbudget, 26th to 28th

Get ticket information from the Glastonbudget website.

Read our coverage of the 2016 Glastonbudget festival.


Download Festival 2017

9th – 11th June

Download festival 2017. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

Read Kevin Gaughan’s report.

Leicester Riverside Festival

3rd and 4th June

Get full details from the Visit Leicester website.

Read our coverage of last year’s Riverside festival.

17th – 18th June

Foxton Locks Festival

Get details from the Foxton Locks festival website.


Saturday 8th July

Western Park Festival

Find out more from the Western Park festival website.

17th – 30th July

YNot Festival

Information from the Ynot festival website.

Simon Says… 29th and 30th

Get ticket information and lineup details from the Simon Says website.


Bloodstock Heavy Metal Festival

10th – 13 August

Find out more from the Bloodstock website.

Coming up:



Jake Manning at at Oxjam Leicester 2016. Photo Trevor Sewell.

Oxjam Leicester Takeover will be on Saturday 28th October. The manager will be Beth Piggott.

Oxjam Leicester Takeover returns on Saturday 28th October, when five venues around the city’s Cultural Quarter will host some of the best music from Leicester and beyond, to raise money for Oxfam. The festival is entirely run by volunteers, with all of the bands, venues and crew volunteering their time so that all of the money raised on the day will go towards Oxfam’s life-changing work to build long-term sustainable solutions to the root causes of poverty and inequality.

A huge line-up of acts will be performing over 10 hours, with bands including; Restless, an experimental garage rock two piece, putting out hard edged rifferama with blistering backbeats and grooves, and drawing on electronic sampling culture.

The Fazed are a four-piece indie rock n roll band from Leicester. The band have a fresh line up, new tunes and are massively looking forward to playing to all of the good people supporting Oxjam Leicester.

The Smallblind Chris Trio plays traditional blues styles from the Delta, the Hill country and all the way to Chicago and Memphis with some good grooves from the state of Texas thrown in for good measure. Influences are quite varied but mostly traditional blues. Muddy Waters, RL Burnside, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert King and more. Chris plays the guitar and sings, Jon plays the bass and Adi plays drums.

Her Burden are a Pop/Rock four piece from Leicestershire & Leeds. Influenced by old school punk bands like Green Day and Blink 182, they bring a new sound to the pop-punk genre. Catchy tunes like ‘Lately’ mixed with an energetic live performance, they are not a band to be missed.

The Shrives are a four-piece rock n roll band from Grantham/Nottingham, formed in early 2014 they were quickly swept off to California to record their debut album ‘Back In The Morrow’, working alongside Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Joey Armstrong (SWMRS). They have gone on to play alongside bands such as SWMRS, The Soapgirls, Soeur and Judas, as well as playing at Rebellion Festival and Dot to Dot Festival. They have had songs featured on BBC Introducing East Midlands and have had support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music.

This year sees the return of the Oxjam Beer, specially brewed for the festival by Market Harborough Brewery, plus a special cocktail created by the team at Manhattan 34, with donations from both going to Oxjam.
Rounding up the fundraising is the Oxjam raffle, with amazing prizes from Leicester Comedy Festival, Handmade Festival, Manhattan 34, The Shed, 110 Above Festival, DMU Music, The Cookie and Glitterbug Burlesque.
Advance tickets for the Takeover are only £8 and available online at: http://ow.ly/28tr30fOoxb and from The Exchange Bar, Manhattan 34 and Ale Wagon.

Find out more on Facebook.



See also:

Oxjam Festival report for 2016.

About The Editor 536 Articles
The Editor of Music in Leicester magazine is Kevin Gaughan assisted by Trevor Locke