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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 December



Sat 1

Sack Sabbath + Iron On Maiden


Sack Sabbath deliver a powerhouse set of all the greatest doom laden anthems from the masters of metal, performing only songs from the classic era of Sabbath 1970-1978. They will transport you back in time to the mid 70’s when Black Sabbath were at the peak of their game and ruled the rock world.


Iron On Maiden hail from Leeds and can justifiably claim to be Europe's Number One tribute to the mighty Iron Maiden. Not only do they boast a high energy and explosive show, their sound is so authentic you would not know the difference! Up the Iron-Ons....




Sun 2

The Ian Derbyshire Band
£3adv £4door

plus Guano

The Ian Derbyshire Band return with a collection of all new original songs of life, love, death and dodgy politicians, written around electric guitar and vocals (Ian Derbyshire), bass guitar (Paul Brown) and drums (Ben Payne). A melodic, hard–hitting and powerful 3-piece not to be missed!


Mon 3
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 4

Derrin Nauendorf


plus Mike Pruden & Alan Shotter

Renowned for his intense live shows and raw emotive music, Derrin Nauendorf’s music is hard to categorise, made up from many roots styles, blues, folk and Americana. Untamed acoustic guitar, cutting lyrics, a powerful, evocative voice and honest songs, delivered with passion, but twisted to a unique sound.


“First impressions? One Australian guy with an acoustic guitar and his mate with a homemade drum kit. What would you think? Me too. I then listened to his live album and Derrin, guitar, sidekick and drums proceeded to blow me away.” – David Blue, Net Rhythms


Wed 5
The Chickenhead Lounge


feat. Dayfield & Hough, Chickenbone John & The Outwoods County Riders

The line up is now confirmed for this ‘Goin Down South’ Chickenhead Lounge special.. Its a night dedicated to slide guitars, 3 string specials, roots blues and to the sound of raw southern music...


Opening the night are two local good ole boys who are usually seen on stage as part of Leicester based outfit ’Blueswamp Southern’... tonight it's going to be a little different, BOB DAYFIELD & NICK HOUGH take to the stage as a two piece guitar outfit playing some mean roots blues... expect plenty of slide and stomp.


Next up we welcome ‘The Godfather of the UK cigar box guitar scene’.. CHICKENBONE JOHN, he plays them, he builds em and runs the UKs biggest and best cigar box festival. This man has played at most of the top blues festivals and tonight he’s here in The Lounge to shred his 3 stringer, and maybe more... hell yes!


Rounding off the night your hosts The OUTWOODS COUNTY RIDERS.. tonight the boys pay tribute to the late ’R L Burnside’ with a set of blistering ramshackle North Hills Mississippi blues...


As always we have the ‘Chickenvision’ film show and tonight we also got some nice give aways from those nice folk at JACK DANIELS, ’the’ sour mash Tennessee whiskey...


ALL THIS AND ITS FREE ENTRY... we do have a collection for the bands though, so if you’ve had a good night please throw in your loose change...


Thu 6

AMP presents...
Simon Friend's Seismic Survey (The Levellers)

£15adv £17door

plus STEViE One Bloke One Mandolin and Stevie Jones

Simon Friend’s Seismic Survey was conceived as a collaboration with long-time musical sparring partner Mick Doyle (mandolin player with Neverland, No Right Turn and Bloodsimple). No Right Turn (NRT) bass player Andy Cooper was recruited, along with Paul Miro, best known for MTV-friendly 1990s rock band Apes, Pigs & Spacemen, but now also a familiar face as a solo artist, often performing with Mick in their duo Bloodsimple


The setlist is a fluid creation, with some material drawn from Simon’s songs made famous by The Levellers, such as ‘Is this Art’ and ‘The Boatman’, but in each case dismantled and reworked from the ground up. Additional tunes are drawn from the Miro and Doyle songbooks.


For more info visit


Fri 7
Larry Miller Band


plus Brother

Having played alongside the likes of Thunder, Ian Gillan, Climax Blues Band, Peter Green and Walter Trout Larry Miller is fast becoming the UK's top blues guitarist.


“Fantastic, world class guitarist” - Bluesrockers, USA


“Highly impressive - A total victory” - Kerrang


“His guitar playing is simply mesmerising” - Bluesmatters UK


“The best 'in-yer-face' rock band around" - The Guardian


“A natural successor to Rory Gallagher and Alvin Lee” - International Encyclopaedia Of Rock


Sat 8

NMW presents...

The Men They Couldn't Hang


plus Bluebird Parade

Coming together in London in the early 80s, TMTCH had early success with a fantastic cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields Of France' (1984), which soon became a big hit on the Indie charts. The albums that followed - Night Of A Thousand Candles, How Green Is The Valley, Waiting For Bonaparte and Silvertown all met with critical acclaim and the band were a force to be reckoned in concert halls across Europe. Disbanding after 1990's brilliant Domino Club, TMTCH eventually reunited in 1996, and continue to sell out venues across the land with their firebrand mix of punk passion, rousing guitars and folk roots.


Sun 9

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
£13adv £15door

plus The Midnight Dogs
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!


Mon 10
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 11
Blues Harp Heroes


feat. Mick Ridgway, Tristram Hooley, Alan Shotter, Sean Clutterham and Mike Pruden

A celebration of the blues harp featuring a selection of the finest local harp players backed by Mick Ridgway's band, Mojo Hand!


Wed 12
Gateway College Christmas Singles Night

£5adv £6door

Doors 7pm, Show starts 7:30pm

Not actually a dating night but a showcase of Gateway College's hit singles launch! Advance tickets are available from the College.


Thu 13

The Dylan Project

After a storming performance at the Musician last year Britain's best interpreters of Mr Zimmerman's songs make a welcome return. Featuring Steve Gibbons on lead vocals, Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) on bass, Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Pentangle) drums, P J Wright (Little Johnny England, Steve Gibbons) on lead guitar and Phil Bond (Steve Gibbons, too many others to mention) on keyboards this band is, as Mojo said "a tribute in the best possible sense. Touching and deftly handled, it makes you marvel, once again, at the scope and majesty of this singular writer's work."


Fri 14

Aynsley Lister Band

plus The Laurence Jones Band

In a world full of manufactured over-hyped pop music, Aynsley Lister is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. His powerful, infectious songs are unashamedly blues influenced and performed with the kind of conviction of someone twice his age. Say the word blues to a commercial record company and see how far they run! But Lister carries on regardless, writing and recording albums that continue to sell and prove that blues rock music can be commercial and have you singing along to yourself days after you hear it, just like half the committee written stuff you hear every day on the radio.


"Exceptionally mature and exciting" – MOJO


"Superb" - The Times


Sat 15
Dawson Smith's 50th Birthday Bash
Free entry/Donation

feat. Dawson Smith & The Dissenters, The Long Horns, The Pink Cadillacs and The Notorious Dawson Bros

Come and celebrate Dawson’s 50th Birthday (on this day) with some of the great bands and musicians that Dawson has played with over the years. Featuring Howard Smith, Caroline O’Donnell, Martin Burch, Andy Wales, Mick Salisbury, Dave Soden, Neil Cadwallader, Graham Summers, Steve Cooke and many more surprise special guests.

"Dawson & The Dissenters take you on a whirlwind trip through the best in rockin’ blues and roots and bring you back breathless!" – Americana UK


"Two successful tours with Nashville rocker Tommy Womack (backing and supporting) and gigs with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin (Georgia Satellites), now the yanks are taking Dawson Smith & The Dissenters seriously!" – Bob Paterson BPM Radio.


Sun 16

The Quireboys

plus The Burning Crows
If you were to get the Stones, The Faces, Humble Pie, Aerosmith, Mott The Hoople, Slade, AC/DC and other great rock 'n' roll bands of their era - mix them together, add some great stage presence, 6 great personalities and some top songs - then invite them and all your best mates to your house for the best party ever - you would probably get something close to a Quireboys gig.


Mon 17
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 18
BT Private Party


Wed 19
Chris Conway & Friends
Chris Conway celebrates his 50th birthday with sets including a rare reunion of one of his first bands The Storm Thieves (with Dan Britton, Dave Everitt), his latest ambient duo Memory Wire (with Jim Tetlow), a solo set of songs, and a jam session to celebrate 20 years since the Storm Thieves first jamming album Dwellers In The Mirage as Leaf Storm.


Chris 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.


Thu 20
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.


Fri 21

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 its appropriate to start spreading the word.


Sat 22

Christmas Rock Night

feat. SKAM, Hell's Addiction, New Generation Superstars and BlackHawkDown plus DJ set and late bar

Doors 7:30pm

What better way to celebrate Christmas than at the Musician with 4 top rock bands for a mere £6! It's been a huge year for SKAM, touring with The Answer, The Union and Bonafide and they aim to round off 2012 with a bang, ably assisted by local hard rock favourites Hell's Addiction and New Generation Superstars. Joining the trio and making their Musician debut are special guests BlackHawkDown, an exciting Stamford-based five piece. This should be a Christmas party to remember!


Sun 23

AB/CD (AC/DC Tribute)



Manchester’s AC/DC tribute, AB/CD, are the only authorised tribute band to the late Bon Scott, the singer of AC/DC. The band was formed in 1989 and were picked as the best sounding AC/DC tribute by none other than Angus Young himself on MTV. AB/CD have gone on to play all around the world and have appeared with bands such as The Stereophonics, Queens Of The Stone Age, Hawkwind, Saxon, Whitesnake and Kiss. They have also appeared on BBC2’s Arena, in a program about the tribute band phenomenon.



Mon 24




Tue 25

Closed - Merry Christmas!



Wed 26



Thu 27



plus The Moderators
Part one of our Christmas SKA double-header! 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. Special guests for tonight are 2 tone mod and ska group The Moderators.


Fri 28



plus Special Brew
Part two of our Christmas SKA double-header! 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. Special guests for tonight are Coventry 2 Tone Ska band Special Brew.


Sat 29

Mentallica (Metallica Tribute)
£6adv £9door

plus Temple Of Lies

With over 14 years of non-stop touring behind them, Mentallica have earned a reputation as Europe's top Metallica tribute, gigging relentlessly across the British Isles and the continent. From the explosive opener 'Ecstasy Of Gold' through to the epic finale this band goes all out to reproduce the pure energy that was Metallica of the late 80's and early 90's. The growling vocals, the manic prowling power of the bass, thunderous high speed drums and screaming guitar solos. Mentallica deliver what they promise... the ultimate Metallica experience!


For more info visit


Sun 30

Talulah Blue presents...

Leicester Burlesque: Champagne Showgirls
£8adv £10door

plus live music from The Mad Bones

The extremely popular New Years Burlesque is back at The Musician, bringing talented showgirls to warm and wow you!


After a busy year performing in Hong Kong, at Festivals and London Burlesque week your host Talulah Blue is back and has selected some of the UK's best burlesque performers, and of course will be performing a new act herself! Bringing real va va voom to the stage, you may have seen this Beulah Belle on TV when Jedward planned her wedding! Frankie Lynn performs with such passion and flare you will not be able to take your eye off this amazing performer. And last but not least, Bella Bardot knows how to put some oomph into a strip tease!


Live music comes from The Mad Bones - the best of the 50's British and US rock 'n' roll plus rockabilly covers and originals from this great new band!


Mon 31

New Year's Eve Party with Rebel Rebel (David Bowie Tribute) plus djook DJ!

Come see in 2013 with us at the Musician with Bowie tribute performing the classic songs from David Bowie’s golden years. This six piece band captures all of the energy and brilliance of the Bowie legend and his many alter egos’. From Ashes to Ashes to Ziggy Stardust, calling at many station to stations in-between, the band lovingly recreate Bowie’s unique catalogue of masterworks. This year heralds the 40th Anniversary of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ album, which Rebel Rebel will be celebrating with a series of special events. No matter what the occasion, Rebel Rebel provides a thrilling Bowie experience!


To round the night off there will be a special DJ set from djook DJ - put on your red shoes and dance the blues!



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