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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Wed May 12, 2010 16:09

Probably more than just those two. The Music Cafe's "new Charlotte" schtick is surely under threat, although that's a rotten place anyway, never does any promo, books random local bands for national supports and you could easily walk past it, camouflaged as it is by a lapdancing club. Sumo seems to be heading downhill too. Musician, Donkey and Firebug will be safe because they're either more niche or home to DIY promoters, but beyond that is anyone's guess.

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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Thu May 13, 2010 18:49

In case anyone's within range Twesta (partly heart_swells occasionally of this parish's responsibility) are putting Lucky Soul on at Firebug tonight.

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Re: Leicester

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jun 10, 2010 09:14

Anyone off to Summer Sundae this year? I was just looking at the line-up and it looks alright.

The Woodentops are playing?!

EDIT: Fuck me, the tickets are a bit pricey!

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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Thu Jun 10, 2010 16:00

Not if you're guest listed like what I am. HELLO.

Yeah, it does seem to have risen somewhat in the last 3-4 years without a massive jump in quality of booking, bearing in mind in 2005 the Sunday was headlined by Patti Smith with Yo La Tengo second and the Weddoes in the hall at the same time. It's also tremendously schizophrenic, so this year you've got t'Fannies, Caribou, Roots Manuva and Drowned In Sound's stage, yet also Diana Vickers and Tinchy Stryder. Three years ago there was a stage time clash between Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Low.

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Re: Leicester

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jun 10, 2010 16:03

I know who I'd have chosen...

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Re: Leicester

Post by Mr Bear » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:36

Someone just posted this on the Fence Records website. Could be of interest to any Leicestronians.

Hello,
I'm putting on a small festival for charity with some friends here in Leicester.
First time I've done anything like this so a bit scary. However, should be good fun. Its happening over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Leicester(27th-29th) The festival i a bit on the 'retro' side with a few Garage Punk/psyche bands playing. We do have awee bit of a Fence presence though. I've also got my new band The Vitamin Sees on the bill:
www.myspace.com/thevitaminsees

anyway, the line up is nearly sorted:

Friday Night - Biff Bang Pow Presents:
The See See - (Ex Soleded Brothers/Eighteenth Day of May)
We Three & The Death Rattle
Jamie Says
Plus DJ's Onthefly and Viva Stuart(!) til 3am

Saturday Night: Lava Lounge Presents....
King Salami and the Cumberland Three
The Handsome Dicks
plus more tbc and Lava Lounge DJ's til 3am

Sunday Day(Kids allowed in for free)
Chris Olley(ex Six By Seven)
Player Piano(solo set)
Lonely Tourist(ex Odeon Beat Club)
DJ Wheeliebag
plus DJ's, BBQ, Games, and Stalls

Sunday Night
David peter and the Wilde Sect
Thee Vicars
The Vitamin Sees
plus more acts tbc
& DJ's til 2am

Weekend tickets are £10! Which includes a free cd. You can also buy day tickets at £5. For a fuller picture of whats going on and to listen to some of the acts check out the myspace:
www.myspace.com/lose_your_cool
If anyone is interested in coming along email me for ticket details: shoot_speed@hotmail.com

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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Wed Jun 23, 2010 22:24

Geordie Mick from Prolapse drums in the Vitamin Sees.

Anyway, here's exactly how promoting works: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=197050939254

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Re: Leicester

Post by linus » Wed Jun 30, 2010 16:37

Leicester's lord mayor has apologised after his trousers fell down during an educational event for schoolchildren.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leic ... 465457.stm

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Re: Leicester

Post by Pablo » Wed Jun 30, 2010 18:11

I'm rendered virtually speechless

I've met him, although he wasn't mayor at the time. He used to be a regular contributor to a Leicester City fan website and he was at one of their pre game socials. He was alright, if a bit of an oddball. I could never predict that he would a) become mayor and b) become mayor and that his trousers would fall down in front of some children
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Re: Leicester

Post by linus » Wed Jun 30, 2010 19:09

you've changed, pablo, you've changed

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Re: Leicester

Post by Pablo » Wed Jun 30, 2010 19:31

And not for the better
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Re: Leicester

Post by wyvern » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:42

fogofideas wrote:
Leicester's lord mayor has apologised after his trousers fell down during an educational event for schoolchildren.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leic ... 465457.stm
That was his excuse..
Sing as if you live in the early days of a better nation

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Re: Leicester

Post by Pablo » Tue Jul 06, 2010 13:11

Apparently this story has been reported in the media in as far flung places as India and Australia.

The mayor has put Leicester on the map in a way that we could only previously have dreamed of
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Re: Leicester

Post by boney » Sun Jul 18, 2010 22:38

I'll be in Leicester for MJ Hibbett/Standard Fare on Thursday. You going Pablo? I should probably have texted this.

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Re: Leicester

Post by Pablo » Mon Jul 19, 2010 08:09

Fuck my hat. Somehow, I'm doing something else, which is remarkable given that I never do ANYTHING in the week
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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Mon Jul 19, 2010 16:48

Seems it'll be the first opportunity to buy Hibbett's Forest Moon Of Enderby compilation thing too.

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Re: Leicester

Post by boney » Mon Jul 19, 2010 19:12

Pablo wrote:Fuck my hat. Somehow, I'm doing something else, which is remarkable given that I never do ANYTHING in the week
You massive bumface ;)

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Re: Leicester

Post by Uncle Ants » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:35

A lot of you may already be members, but there is now a Facebook group for indiepop fans, musicians and promoters in the East Midlands area. It may be of use to you lot.

East Midlands Indiepop
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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Wed Oct 13, 2010 19:11

On this year's Oxjam Leicester:
The Takeover is focused down at the uber-hip Braunstone Gate, and will involve all the wonderful venues that populate one of Leicester's best loved streets.
The idea of Braunstone Gate either being uber-hip or featuring any venues is a new one on me.
Each venue will host a day long programme of music, covering all styles and genres.
Any style you like, so long as it's landfill indie. Trust me, I've seen the lineup.
To top it all off, the road will be closed for the day. The festivities will spill out into the street, with showcases from the various festivals that happen in and around Leicester.
Well, Summer Sundae and Big Session aren't involved, and they're the festivals in Leicester.
It is at heart a family-friendly community event, so those who don't fancy being drowned in sound in the venues can still come down and enjoy the day. But it doesn't end there. Come the night, the sonic energy built up in Leicester's West End will burst across the city, sending a musical shockwave that will light up some of Leicester's finest late night venues. All you night-oxen out there will be able to jam away 'til the early hours.

And the best thing about all this? All the money raised, every last penny, is donated to Oxfam to help them continue their amazing work fighting poverty and injustice across the world.

It's you who makes this happen! The music and entertainment is provide by the best Leicester musicians and artists that we all know and love (with a few carefully selected hidden surprises!), including SuperEvolver, Ashdowne, Charlie & The Martyrs, Dumbfound, Free Control, Grace & The Magic Roots, Dan Blackout, Kryogenic and O Jay to name just a few.
I know less than half of those artists, and in a good mood can tolerate one.

Meanwhile, other Oxjam events in other cities make an effort to bring bands in that people have heard of rather than retreat to the list of whoever's reliable to book as support at the Shed every other week.

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Re: Leicester

Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Oct 15, 2010 06:36

Says here Red Shoe Diaries, among others, are playing a free mini-all-dayer at the Lansdowne tomorrow.

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