Weekly music guide – 17.02.2022

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The Libertines – Friday, February 18
O2 Academy

In the early 2000s, you couldn’t escape the sights or sounds of these infectious modern-day punks. Whether it was dancing in independent clubs, reading the NME or listening to Radio 1, the Libertines were everywhere. Top 20 hits like “Time For Heroes” and “Can’t Stand Me Now” were in heavy rotation and they gained a somewhat obsessive fan base. But after just two short, sweet albums (2002’s ‘Up The Bracket’ and 2004’s self-titled ‘The Libertines’, both produced by The Clash’s Mick Jones), it was all over. So what happened to the probable boys? Personal issues and battles with demons saw Peter Doherty and Carl Barat drift apart and part ways with various solo projects and form new bands. But time is a great healer and they corrected their differences to reform in 2010.

Beans on Toast – Saturday February 19
The Soundhouse

He’s a hippie, a punk, a poet, a drunkard, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that address big issues: political protest songs for modern times, honest and open love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think without restriction with honest lyrics and a sharp wit.

Wilkinson – Saturday February 19
O2 Academy

Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London, Ram Records’ Wilkinson is tipped to do big things in drums, bass and electro. It topped the D&B charts and received numerous daytime plays from Radio 1. He continues to tour the world from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets.

Ben Ottewell & Ian Ball (Gomez) – Thursday, February 24

Ben Ottewell is best known as a member of Gomez, a British rock band whose debut album, Bring It On, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Gomez never had a designated frontman – Ottewell, Ian Ball and Tom Gray all sang, and the band’s albums usually included several vocal performances from each – but Ottewell took the helm more than his bandmates, making him one of the band’s most prominent members. See him and Ian Ball live in this must-see show for any Gomez fan.

Orchards – Thursday, February 24

Brighton-based alt-pop quartet Orchards follow in the footsteps of luminaries Everything Everything and Foals. “There’s more to Orchards than meets the eye. The band’s ultra-smart math-pop is glossy surface and immediate melody, but beneath that chrome chassis hides a complex rhythm engine. – CLASH magazine

Pale Waves – Friday, February 25
O2 Academy

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One of the UK’s most prominent indie-pop bands, Manchester’s Pale Waves release their incredible second album Who am I?following their 2018 Top 10 debut, My mind is making noise.

Sprints – Friday February 25
The Soundhouse

Raw and raucous, Dublin-based SPRINTS layer guitar hooks, driving beat and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk, infinity and beyond. SPRINTS formed in late 2019 and were quickly championed by BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio One, DIY Magazine, Clash, The Irish Times, Nialler9 and Hot Press Magazine.



While we’re missing out on so many festivals in 2020 and 2021, there’s a huge appetite as we look to summer 2022. But what festivals are happening here on our doorstep?

Big eyes

After the success of the first Wide Eyed in 2022, the one-day festival returns on Saturday April 9. You can catch amazing shows including Gilla Band, Billy Nomates, Gwenno, Big Joanie, Blue Bendy, Courting, Document, Drugstore Romeos, Enola Gay, Goa Express and more. It really is a chance to see some of Britain’s most dynamic talent in one place. Held at the O2 Academy and tickets are on sale now.

hand party

The hand festival is back. Yes, the popular festival returns this summer and goes back to its roots as a downtown multi-venue event. Handmade Festival has developed a large audience by growing from a city center event to supporting the O2 Academy, promoting the best of upcoming local and national talent along the way. Performers included Frank Turner, The Futureheads, Jamie Lenman and many more. Now, after a 2 year hiatus, they are back in the city center from Friday August 6th to Saturday August 7th. Early bird tickets were bought up straight away, but general admission tickets are just £15, an absolute bargain. On sale now.

Beyond the Festival

Leicester is set to host a brand new festival this year as Beyond Festival lands at Abbey Park on Saturday June 25. Showcasing the best of house, DnB and garage, the festival is expected to attract big names to the city, with the lineup headed by chart favorite Wilkinson. Tickets go on sale at the end of this month and you can rregister online for all the info.

110 above

Described as “one of the UK festival scene’s best kept secrets”, 110 Above returns to Gopsall Farm, Twycross, from 11-14 August 2022. The lineup has only been partially announced so far, but already includes Everything Everything, The Academic, Spector, Saint Raymond, Les Sherlocks and many more. It will sell out, so get your tickets early. Payment plans, camping and glamping available. Tickets on sale now.

kiss download festival

Download Festival

Of course, the UK’s home of rock is right here on our doorstep in Leicestershire. The Download Festival returns to Donington Park from June 10-12, 2022 with a lineup including Biffy Clyro, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Deftones, Korn, Funeral for a Friend, Steel Panther and many more. One of the biggest festival weekends on the UK calendar. The tickets are on sale now.



Our weekly playlist this week takes a look at some of the best live acts you can catch in Leicester over the coming weeks.

Good listening and get in touch to tell us which tracks you like.


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