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A guide for Customers

These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management


The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.


Therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you check these listing prior to setting out for your show especially if you are traveling any distance.



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Put the name of the artist or band name along with the date of your show in the email subject line.


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Coming to The Musician in August



Wed 1

Grunge Tribute Night


feat. Resin, The Dedbeats (Rhett Barrow), Young Influential, Limo Wreck, Steven Faulkner, Flying Kangaroo Alliance, and Stevie Jones

An evening of mostly unplugged homage to the 90's grunge era culminating with a full band set from Resin!


For more info visit


Thu 2
ArtsIn Productions presents...

Flash Gig!


feat. Delis Mix, Vengeance and Leaving Party

Doors 7:30pm


For more info visit


Fri 3
£7adv £9door

plus Silverjet and SKAM

Doors 7:30pm

Bonafide was formed by singer/guitarist (and drummer for Jason & The Scorchers) Pontus Snibb and bassist Michael Nilsson in Malmö, southern Sweden, in 2006. Having served their apprenticeship supporting the likes of Deep Purple, Status Quo, Y & T, The L.A. Guns and the Quireboys, they bring their blues and R‘n’B based full throttle rock n’ roll to the UK including this welcome return to the Musician. You will seldom hear guitars this beefy or vocals with this much pure attitude and bravado – it’s no holds barred stuff. This is a show not to be missed!


For more info visit


Sat 4
Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling

A world-class musician, Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling is a blues harmonica ace with a hard earned and well-deserved international reputation. His subtle and fabulously expressive playing is grounded firmly in the ‘50s and ‘60s heyday of the Chicago and Gulf Coast styles of playing. With a tremendously experienced band backing him, Simon never fails to deliver anything less than a first-rate evenings entertainment and never lets good taste and soulfulness stifle a rockin’ night out.


Sun 5


Mon 6
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 7

Clara Barker

£6adv £8door

plus Marc Reeves and Lottie Magee

Clara Barker, a singer songwriter from the Isle of Man is currently one of music's best kept secrets. Having graced stages supporting Paul Young & Los Pacaminos, The Christians, Steve Gibbons, The Dylan Project and Jeff Lang, Clara should now become your "smug secret" before she is discovered by the masses.


For more info visit


Wed 8
Monty's Travellin' Music Show


Monty's Travellin' Music Show are a very versatile vocal and guitar trio who present and perform a wide range of new, original and famous covers with exciting arrangements. The trio enjoy playing and performing and provide definite toe tapping music featuring John Montague, singer-songwriter and music producer as well as guitar wizard Pete Turnpenney and dependable bassman Tim Smith.


John Montague has been a UK ambassador for live music for over 30 years both as a musician, promoter and music producer. John was the founder member of

Dr Bob's Acoustic Roots 'N' Blues Band and has recorded several albums. His 2007 album 'Horton Avenue' was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.




Thu 9

The Stein Collectives: A Showcase of Genre Defying Music!


feat. Carlos Stein, Kenton Hall, The N'Ukes First Monday Ukelele Club, Jonezy, The Paddywax and Dean Sharman

Doors 7:30pm

Carlos Stein's Surrogate Band on Facebook

Leicester's only "one-man genre-defying music solution" - Carlos Stein - is celebrating a year of madness on the road, and having met many musicians on his weird and wonderful journeys, has assembled some very special guests together for this extraordinary event.


"We are relentless underground heroes of the music world and we rejoice in our uniqueness with a mutual passion" - Carlos Stein


Fri 10

Howard Smith & The Razors


The Razors are an exciting, three-piece band playing a broad range of blues based material with soul, punk, rock and jazz influences. Frontman Howard Smith combines greasy slide guitar, fiery blues and manic energy to create an irresistible blues tour de force and a breath of musical fresh air. The Razors have been described as tight as hell and loose as the proverbial goose and are always an exciting proposition live.


Sat 11
Hell's Addiction


plus Ivy Mike and Skarlett Trip

Leicester's own Hell’s Addiction formed just over a year ago through a love and passion for classic no bullshit rock. With its members having come together from local bands De Sade, Dirty Cocktail and Forgotten Sun, and a stageshow honed by supporting bands such as Heaven’s Basement, Voodoo Six, Fury UK, The Heavy Metal Kids and Zodiac Mindwarp, these guys really know how to rock! Hell’s Addiction play with a raw intense energy that very few bands possess and live onstage is where the band really hit you hard.


For more info visit


Sun 12
Headway Charity Fundraiser


Afternoon Show (2pm til 7pm)

feat. Fitz, Joe Lofthouse, Daz Tonge, Abandon Her and Leah & Jenny


Mon 13
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 14

The Chickenhead Lounge

Free entry

feat. Kenneth J Nash & The Earls, Simon Faulks & Tony Alles and The Outwoods County Riders

The 4th 'Chickenhead Lounge' struts back into town to bring you another night of Americana, roots blues and countryfied music! On the bill tonight we have Leicester's finest, Simon Faulks and Tony Alles, serving up a guitar and vocal starter to entice your musical taste buds. Then it's on to The OCR, tonight playing a set featuring the songs of R L Burnside - it's gonna stomp and roll... Rounding off the evening it's Kenneth J Nash and his band The Earls, playing their unique material that really wouldn't sound out of place in a Tarantino movie...


Wed 15

Summer Sundae Fringe: Leicester Rocks


feat. Secret Life, 51-50, Band Of Soul, No Way Back and The Woo Woo's

Leicester Rocks is a training programme run by local musical troubadours Dan Britton and Simon Gilroy. It is there to help with getting back into the music scene - running a regular mentored rehearsal programme at Quad Studios. This evening will showcase five acts with a wide variety of performances, who have been part of Leicester Rocks.


Thu 16

Summer Sundae Fringe: BBC Introducing Stage

£5 (includes access to all eight participating venues, Fringe Festival buses run from De Montfort Hall from 7pm til midnight)

feat. Martin Luke Brown, Park Bench Society, Izzy Marie Hill and Formal Warning

The Musician has been a Fringe Thursday venue since 2007 and this year BBC Introducing takes over the venue for this special night to showcase the best new music from the East Midlands. This year's line-up features exciting local talent Martin Luke Brown, catchy acoustic indie band Park Bench Society, pop/rock/country influenced singer-songwriter Izzy Marie Hill and indie rockers Formal Warning.


Fri 17

Danny Bryant's Redeyeband


First hailed as a ‘young guitar prodigy’, Danny Bryant began playing guitar aged 15, turning professional just three years later, and in the last decade has paid his dues clocking up endless miles of travelling and approximately two thousand shows in many countries around the world. After a decade of hard toil he now gets the recognition he deserves, being acknowledged as one of the cream of the crop of this generation of blues artists, ably backed by his rhythm section of his father Ken on bass and Trevor Barr on drums.

In a career that has seen Danny perform alongside such names as Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, Greg Allman, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor to mention just a few, Danny and his band have steadily carved a huge and loyal fan base around the world.


“Solid, no-bullshit blues-rock & this has tones greasier than a KFC bucket with hard-assed riffing & heartfelt soloing.” - Guitarist Magazine


Sat 18

Private Party


Sun 19



Mon 20
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 21
Musician Film Night

Full screening of Woodstock


Looking and sounding better than ever before, tonight features a full blu-ray screening of Woodstock, the most influential music festival of all time!


Wed 22

NMW presents...
Mick Thomas & Squeezebox Wally
£10adv £12door

After reconvening with long time musical cohort Mark 'Squeezebox' Wally, 2012 has already proven a bumper year for Mick - completing a fantastic tour of Canada with old buddies The Lowest of the Low, and recording a new album in Portland, Oregon. His ever evolving talents as a writer and performer and raconteur continue to define a career as intriguing as it is enduring. His select shows with Squeezebox Wally are possibly the most ideal for showcasing his extensive back catalogue.


"Mick Thomas has some secret magic to his writing... he surely can write great songs that make you say 'Why didn't I think of that?' but of course we never do. Mick is the real deal, no doubt about that!" - Jamie McKew OAM, Festival Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival


Thu 23
Trembling Bells
£7adv £9door

plus A Night Underwater and Sarah & The Ex
Trembling Bells are Alex Neilson's song-based group who seek to reanimate the psychic landscapes of Great Britain and relocate them to some vague, mythic land where basic human crises are encountered and conquered.

The band are just putting the finishing touches to their fourth album (provisionally called 'The Marble Downs') for Honest Jon's Records, which is a collaboration with Will 'Bonnie Prince Billy' Oldham.


"There’s folk, there’s rock, there’s psychedelia, there’s beauty, there’s noise, there’s sex, there’s gloom, there’s humour, there’s fun. It’s often over-the-top but sometimes perfectly restrained. It’s totally, gloriously, f***ing nuts" - Sounds XP


For more info visit


Fri 24

Clare Free


plus Brother

Clare Free is an artist who is redefining the blues for the modern world. Her roots lie in the blues but her influences go way beyond the genre making her one of the most exciting new artists writing and performing in the blues world today. A passionate, award nominated, songwriter and a fabulous guitar player, she plays both with a band and solo. Clare’s performances are fiery, exciting and heartfelt.


In the last year Clare has had tracks played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, BBC Oxford, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Norfolk and a host of online radio stations. She has been featured in Guitar and Bass Magazine, PlayMusic Magazine, Gear Magazine, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters and, over in the USA Blue Monday Monthly and Guitar International Magazine. She has also won the WRC Award “Best Acoustic Performance of 2011.”


Sat 25





Sun 26

Bruce Cockburn


Bruce Cockburn has always been a restless spirit. Over the course of four decades, the celebrated Canadian artist has traveled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns - often to trouble spots experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. Going up against chaos, even if it involves grave risks, can be necessary to get closer to the truth.


Small Source of Comfort, Cockburn’s 31st album, is his latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.


Mon 27
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 28
Spartan 5

£3adv £4door

plus Guano

Boho Blues from the new Loughborough based 5-piece featuring Carlton Cole, plus support from Simon Faulks' soul-based blues band.


Wed 29

Ian Siegal


Ian Siegal’s live performances are captivating, whether fronting his band or sitting on a stool with an old resonator guitar. “The man is a star. Period” is how one reviewer described Siegal, after an appearance at London’s Jazz Café.


Ian Siegal has played major festivals in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival where he shared the main stage with Robert Cray, Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone.


Contemporary Album Of The Year Blues Music Awards Nominee 2012
Male Vocalist Of The Year British Blues Awards 2011
Band Of The Year British Blues Awards 2010
MOJO Blues Album Of The Year 2009


Thu 30





Fri 31

Blueswamp Southern


plus The Outwoods County Riders

Blueswamp Southern germinated in 2005 when Bob Dayfield started having his boy along to play bass for some acoustic blues. On a couple of occasions Al Shotter joined in on the harmonica, and not long after, a full band was forming. Now also consisting of Nick Hough on extra guitars, Paul Williams on percussion, and drum help from Gordy Taylor and the enigmatic Jimbo, Blueswamp Southern have an electric and an acoustic act that has garnered all sorts of people liking them, even people who don't like things.



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