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A word about our listings

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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A guide for Artists and Promoters
The quickest way to get yourself included in our listings is to send an email to rideout at once your gig is confirmed.


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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.


Attach a reasonable sized photograph. A 72dpi, jpeg, bigger than 200x200 pixels would be fine. Please don't email files over 1mb in size. If in doubt please drop us a line before sending. Let us have your web address so we can link to your site or Myspace page.


Send us some text. Whilst we are happy to tidy up spelling or grammar, we don't have the time to write or edit copy for you. Ideally we need a nice concise 'blurb' of between 75-100 words. Please don't send a three page biography, or else we are likely to bounce it back to you. If you have a selection of press quotes send what you have as we can usually easily compile something from them. There are plenty of examples of the sort of thing we need here on the site to help you out.


Please note - If you have played at The Musician before and we have text on file, we will continue to use use it for any subsequent listings unless you supply new copy.


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Coming to The Musician in December



Thu 1

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby


The Stiff legend, writer of 'Whole Wide World', 'Reconnez Cherie' and other classics, joins forces with a heroine of the New York pop scene who has been making distinctive and original music for decades. Described as "like golden honey poured over a battered old tube amp" by the Los Angeles Times, and with four star reviews from Mojo, Uncut and Rock'n'Reel, this show draws from the full length of their careers, all presented in their inimitable rock 'n' roll style.


For more info visit


Fri 2

Guns 2 Roses
plus Hell's Addiction

Guns 2 Roses are a 5-piece line-up who are totally focused on not only cloning the sound of Guns 'N' Roses better than the rest, but are also mirror images of the classic G'N'R line-up even down to the ever changing outfits and stage performances. Playing many songs from Appetite For Destruction, G'N'R Lies, Use Your Illusion I and II, The Spaghetti Incident? and Chinese Democracy, Guns 2 Roses sometimes even throw in the songs that G'N'R did live that never made it on record to keep in with the G'N'R spirit and deliver a different show every time. In 2005 original G'N'R drummer Steven Adler performed with them on their UK tour. They are the only G'N'R tribute band to be approved by an original member of Guns 'N' Roses.


For more info visit


Sat 3

Lazy Sunday presents...
The Small Fakers: Ogdens Not Gone Fake Tour


plus Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye

See the UK's only tribute to the sensational Small Faces perform the whole Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake album in its entirety.

"As soon as you opened your mouth, the hanky was out" - Kay Marriott (Steve's Mum)

"You that never saw the Small Faces live, this is as close as you're gonna get" - Stan Lane (Ronnie's brother)


Sun 4

£7adv £9door

plus Silverjet

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 for the very first time. 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


Mon 5
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 6

Wildfire Sessions Xmas Party
feat. Stevie Jones & Mark Gill, Ferris, Hannah Faulkner plus more TBA

All money raised will on the night will be donated to SHELTER


For more info visit


Wed 7

The Dylan Project
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. PJ Wright, Gerry Conway, Phil Bond, Dave Pegg and Steve Gibbons present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. Their repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away.

For more info visit


Thu 8

NMW presents...

The Urban Voodoo Machine
£10adv £12door
plus special guests

With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon London collective The Urban Voodoo Machine hail from the same stable of stallions as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the last gang in town swagger of The Clash and the hellbound blues that John Lee Hooker first dragged out of the swamp. Whatever category you try and put them in, their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop 'N' Stroll is not to be missed!


Fri 9

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
£13adv £15door
plus Dawson Smith & The Dissenters

Here it is, the missing fifth side of Exile on Main Street. Putting Dan Baird and Warner E. Hodges in the same band is like packing hydrogen and plutonium into the same bomb: it’s not an intriguing combination, it’s a got-damn weapon of mass destruction. In Homemade Sin, you get three-quarters of the original Georgia Satellites line-up - Baird, bassist Keith Christopher and drummer Mauro Magellan - augmented by Scorchers gunslinger Hodges. The guitars tangle like rival strands of kudzu underneath Baird’s paint-stripping howl. This is how rock sounded in the days of red meat, no-filter Marlboros and plaster casting; the hip-shake-boogie beat of 'Hellzapoppin' alone would cause McFly’s testicles to drop!


For more info visit


Sat 10
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 11
Ragefest UK Christmas Fest

£9adv £12door £10NUS (1pm til 11pm)

feat. Winterfylleth, Witchsorrow, Gone Til Winter, Spires, Keltic Jihad, Merciless Precision, Hellsworn, Pathosis and Engraved Disillusion


For more info please see the official facebook event.


Mon 12
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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



Tue 13


Wed 14
Boo Hewerdine
£8adv £10door

plus Jennifer Crook

Folk-pop singer/songwriter Boo Hewerdine first surfaced in 1983 in the Cambridge based group the Great Divide; two years later, he founded cult favorites the Bible, releasing a pair of acclaimed albums (Walking The Ghost Back Home and Eureka) and scoring a minor hit single with "Honey Be Good" before disbanding the group in 1988. From there Hewerdine teamed with Texas performer Darden Smith for 1989's well-regarded Evidence, followed in 1992 by his true solo debut, Ignorance. After briefly reforming the Bible, he returned in 1996 with Baptist Hospital; Thanksgiving followed three years later.


Thu 15
An Evening With Chris Conway
£4adv £5door

plus support

Chris Conway is difficult to sum up in a few paragraphs as he is active in so many genres of music – singer-songwriter, new age, jazz, Celtic, world music, and electronic. This genre hopping makes him a moving target as an artist and keeps him below many people's radar, but there is a growing crowd of those in the know who enjoy the relentless creative flow of Chris's music. Some are aware only of his music in one genre, others follow everything.


He has worked with a very diverse set of top musicians having played with members of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention and toured with Peter Tork (Monkees). He's also played with composer Gavin Bryars, tabla man Talvin Singh, violin virtuoso Dr L Subramanium, and UK folk singer Martin Carthy. Brazilian jazz diva Ithamara Koorax and UK folk singer Vikki Clayton have both recorded his songs.


Fri 16
Fred Zeppelin
£6adv £8door

2011 marks Fred Zeppelin's eighteenth year together and the four members of the band are true Zeppelin fans, forming 'The Freds' out of their admiration and love of Led Zeppelin's music. As their name suggests, they do not take themselves too seriously. They know the praise belongs to Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Bonzo, but they aim to do justice to the music and they certainly achieve that.

For more info visit


Sat 17
The KiteRunners


plus support

Daytime Show (2pm - 5pm)

The KiteRunners are a young indie band from Leicester, and have started to make a name for themselves on the pub circuit and having appeared at a few minor festivals. They are influenced by bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats and Vampire Weekend. Please note that this is a daytime show!


Sat 17
The Big Xmas Gig For Loros


feat. Blurred Vision, Rock Of Ages, No Way Back and The Silver Threetles

Evening Show (7:30pm - 1am)


THE alternative to a corporate Xmas do... Rock and pop covers from the 60s to the present day!


For ticket info, please contact James Potts at


Sun 18
Rock Solid Academy Showcase


Daytime Show (3pm-5pm)

Rock Solid Academy (RSA) is Leicester’s brand new and best music academy for young people! The RSA pride themselves on offering first class workshops and instrumental lessons from highly trained and experienced industry professionals for the ages of 11–18. This afternoon's show represents the Academy's end of year showcase performance and all ages are welcome.


Sun 18

Nine Below Zero

£12adv £14door


Evening show (8pm til midnight)
Now in their 4th decade, Nine Below Zero are the viable alternative to Alternative, a band that most definitely come to play, a band with their own genuine sound and deep understanding of their musical roots. Live, the combination of Dennis Greaves playing guitar and singing, Gerry McAvoy on bass, Brendan O’Neill on drums (both ex-Rory Gallagher band members) and Mark Feltham on harmonica is lethal, hammering and nailing the big R'n'B sound to the floor of many a famous stage. "NBZ are brilliant live, they work so hard, the audience often go home as exhausted as the band!" so says Andrew Zweck of top promoters Harvey Goldsmith Ents.


For more info visit


Sun 19
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


** Please note that the Pipettes show originally scheduled for this date is now cancelled **



Tue 20
Blues Harp Heroes
£4adv £5door
feat. Mick Ridgway, Tristram Hooley, Alan Shotter and Sean Clutterham

A celebration of the blues harp featuring 5 different players backed by Mick Ridgway's band, Mojo Hand!


Wed 21
plus Gestalt, Jesuscarfish and introducing Courtney Askey

It's almost Christmas and once again we bring you the perfect gift of 3 of Leicester's finest and excitingly original bands plus the tender sounds of Courtney Askey. The perfect antidote to crowded shopping malls, Echolocation will be simmering with misanthropic xmas spirit in their own inimitable avant progressive pop punk style. They will be joined by electro-punk rockers Gestalt and Jesuscarfish. We will be welcoming Courtney Askey who will be making her debut performance. Expect some powerfully infectious electro-punk with a twist of the unexpected and no (well not too much) Christmas humbug. Dancing is optional but may be hard to resist at times.


Thu 22
The Ann Duggan Band: Hoot'n'Annie!

plus Bob Dayfield

The Ann Duggan Band will be returning to the Musician to host a fantastic Christmas musical extravaganza.
They are known and loved for their mix of roadhouse country and blues based original material, and have been highly critically acclaimed.


Ann has one of the most distinctive voices and is a very vibrant and engaging performer with bags of soul, backed by a powerful rhythm section and stunning guitarist Rob Hines. The band will be inviting some special guests to join them in the celebrations so come and raise a glass or two and get Christmas off to a great start!


Fri 23
Diesel Park West

Some bands belong to their own time, others trespass on decades where they don't really belong. Diesel Park West must have seemed to some people back in '89, with the release of the far-reaching Shakespeare Alabama, the most welcome and liberating guitar band anyone had heard for years. A lot of artists who have enjoyed massive acclaim and success since, may well tip hats towards the Diesels for being pioneers in the re-emergence of the guitar as the primary sound of contemporary music. Add to that song writing that both provokes and reassures... sometimes within the same lyric... then maybe it's appropriate to start spreading the word.


Sat 24


Sun 25
Closed - Merry Christmas!


Mon 26


Tue 27
El Pussycat & Kingsize

El Pussycat are no longer young boys blasting out 100 mph ska. “You're just too fast, too loud, too loud!!" said the godfather of ska Laurel Aitken. These days they keep their sound, which goes back to the 50’s roots of bluebeat and ska, relaxed and rock steady. Leicester’s other top ranking ska band Kingsize play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.


Wed 28

Kingsize & By The Rivers (Acoustic)


Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska. Support comes from the pared-down acoustic line-up of By The Rivers, fresh from their tour with the Specials!


Thu 29
Joel Owen & The Antoine Band

£4adv £5door

plus Kenworthy and John Molnar

Joel Owen and The Antoine Band are a big-band boogie and blues band from Leicester. Assembled over the course of 2010, the Antoine Band is comprised of friends and musicians of an eclectic musical background intent on making soulful big-band blues and making music to move people and to move to.


Fri 30
Talulah Blue presents…
The Dead Rock Stars with Talulah Blue Burlesque
£8adv £10door

Talulah Blue's New Year show is bringing more to the stage than ever before, with a winter wonderland of feathers, glitter and golden era Rock 'n' Roll, starring the rip-roaring Dead Rock Stars! We also have Burlesque from the beautiful Emmanuelle Claire doing her Russian winter act, Flamenco dancing from the talented Anna with authentic live guitar and foot stomping passion, and more burlesque from your own belle Talulah Blue and the glamorous Rose Desire-Belle.


Sat 31
New Year's Eve Party
£8adv £10door
feat. The Moonlights Band


Dipping into six decades of rock and pop and with lashings of good humour thrown in, we are delighted to have 2011's most glamorous hedonists including David Wyatt, Carl 'Fanny' Dawson, Simon Gilroy and guests, to help us rock 'n' roll the New Year in, in style.



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