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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.


We also need you to do the following -


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.


If you spot any errors please send an email to derek at

Coming to The Musician in September





Fri 2
Keep It CASH
One of the most faithful tribute bands you could hope to hear, Keep it CASH perform over forty songs from the canon of Cash work. The show is a musical journey through the heart of America. Johnny Cash was an American icon, the last great rebel kicking against the pricks until the final curtain fell. Keep i t CASH are keeping the legend alive in a stunningly authentic way.


Sat 3

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.


Sun 4
Leicester Rocks

(1pm til 5pm)
Leicester Rocks follows on from the successful Weekend Warrior training programme run by local musical troubador Dan Britton and his band of musical helpers. Designed to target those musicians who have allowed time and their instruments to slip into the background as life,work and families have taken priority - Leicester Rocks is there to help with getting back into the music scene - running a regular mentored rehearsal programme at Quad studios, Dan and Simon Gilroy will arrange a series of organised gigs at a variety of local venues.


Sun 4
Davey Arthur & Friends
£8adv £10door
plus Govannen

Davey Arthur is famous for being one of Ireland's most successful, talented and influential working musicians. Although still touring widely with The Fureys and also with his duet show Davey is enjoying great success with this brand new show. Davey is joined on stage by his youngest son, Patrick 'Pa' Arthur, on percussion and strings and also the amazing UK guitarist, Steve Layton. Together they deliver a unique blend of traditional Celtic music and song, played throughout the night on guitar, mando-cello, mandolin and percussion and of course Davey's live performances on Tenor Banjo are legendary and have earned him worldwide acclaim throughout his career.


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



Wed 7


Thu 8
Talon - The Acoustic Collection
plus Chris Conway
Come and experience Talon as you’ve never seen them before.
Four of the world’s greatest Eagles tribute band perform a selection of their favourite contemporary acoustic classics by James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Denver, Michael Jackson, and many more…


Fri 9
Los Pacaminos
Los Pacaminos formed as an opportunity to play their shared passion of border, tex-mex and Americana music so loved by the members of the band. They started as a practice, hobby band for when other musical commitments allowed…. musicians playing for fun!! Word got around, as word does, and soon the band started playing gigs.  All Los Pacaminos have been members of Paul Young’s bands through the 80’s and 90’s.




Sat 10
Black Shark

plus 4.0


Sun 11
Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls
£8adv £10door
plus Kevin Hewick
Long before "Britpop", British indie music had a golden era that saw the likes of Pop Will Eat Itself, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, EMF, Jesus Jones and of course, perhaps the biggest band of the era - The Wonder Stuff. With a sound that mixed post-punk guitars, pshycedelia, pop-rock and folk they were the perfect alternative band in a time of Stock Aitken and Waterman. Armed with killer, catchy tunes and sneering lyrics The Stuffies were to go from indie darlings to headlining the Reading festival and enjoying hit success with "Welcome To The Cheap Seats", "Size Of A Cow" and their number one collaboration with Vic Reeves, "Dizzy".




Mon 12
Open mic for bands


Tue 13
The Outwoods County Riders
plus The Hi & Lo and Dean J Sharman


Wed 14
Wright Teapot presents…
Cosmo Jarvis
plus David Parkin, Obscure Ivresse

Cosmo Jarvis is an artist for whom one word will never really be enough. He’s a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a director, a composer, a producer and a multi-instrumentalist. He writes about topics ranging from his alienation from religion to the equal treatment of gay pirates (and he’s completed nearly three hundred songs already). Cosmo is an extraordinarily talented twenty-one year old, and a genuine one off. When Brian Eno is singing your praises, as he did recently on 6Music - “he is a very interesting example to me of a new kind of person; a new kind of artist”- you must be doing something right.

For tickets and info visit


Thu 15
Joel Owen & The Antoine Band
£4adv £5door
plus Dumbfound, Auriga

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 16
Amy Wyke Band
plus The Contras


Sat 17
Cheeseweasel Promotions presents…
Purple Zeppelin

Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them who share a love of classic rock. It doesn't get much better than the best of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and you’ll be taken back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by both incredible bands. "…this highly entertaining and musically authentic tribute band dared to match the brilliance of the originators” - Chris Welch (Melody Maker/Kerrang)

For tickets and info visit


Eyeless In Gaza
£7adv £8door
plus Kevin Hewick

Eyeless In Gaza are a Post-punk musical duo of Martyn Bates and Peter Becker, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. They have described their music as "veer[ing] crazily from filmic ambiance to rock and pop, industrial funk to avant-folk styles." Formed in 1980, the group went into hiatus in 1987 as Martyn Bates pursued a number of solo projects and collaborations, reemerging in 1993.



Mon 19
BettySoo & Doug Cox
£5adv £6door
plus Mr. Plow
BettySoo is an Austin-based songwriter who travels nationally (and internationally) performing and teaching. Her musical styles span several genres: folk, country, gospel, and rock. Her latest album, Heat Sin Water Skin, produced by Gurf Morlix, was hailed by fans and critics alike. In early 2011, she recorded an album with Canadian Dobro master Doug Cox, and their new album Across the Borderline / Lie To Me will be released in summer of 2011.


Tue 20
Magic Teapot & Andy Wright presents...
Among Brothers
plus The James Lewis Band

Among Brothers are a Cardiff-based six-piece, who have been compared to bands like Efterklang, Grammatics and Anathallo. They fuse electronic rhythms, theatrical chants and percussive flourishes to create vibrant pop-influenced arrangements anchored by narrative themes. This year, the band have gone on to support prominent bands such as Jeniferever, Hjaltalin, and The Thermals. Shortly after returning from their Spring 2011 UK tour, Among Brothers played the Introducing stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Carlisle.

For tickets and info visit


Wed 21
Cheeseweasel Promotions presents…
£15adv £17door
plus Motherlode, The Tirith

With their unique progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the seventies as the most successful and the most appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Featuring founding member/musicial genius Thijs van Leer and stalwart drummer Pierre van der Linden, fans can once again hear all the classic Focus tunes as well as some exciting new material from this powerful new line-up. "Our music is evolution, not revolution", Thijs van Leer once said about the music of Focus. Well now, the evolution is at full pace.

For tickets and info visit


Thu 22
Johnny Butten & Telegraph Road
£8adv £10door
plus The Lean Valley Band
Americana and bluegrass from the multi-instrumentalist and Guinness World Records's fastest banjo player.


Fri 23
John Butler
plus Paul Handyside
A rare solo performance from the lead singer and lyricist of Diesel Park West. Expect many highlights from the back catalogue of this increasingly well regarded singer and songwriter, along with spiritual wit, dark humour and tales of the real music business. “Butlers songs have the unmistakeable sound of greatness about them.” - Q.


Sat 24

Private Party

Sun 25
Derrin Nauendorf
plus Tony Alles
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 this live album and Derrin, guitar, sidekick and drums proceeded to blow me away.” – David Blue, Net Rhythms.


Mon 26
Magic Teapot & Andy Wright presents...
Treetop Flyers
plus Silent Devices, Roz Bruce

A London-based group whose harmonies are earning comparisons to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But they're not playing to half a million people at Woodstock – they're playing pubs around west London. They're Americans who have come to London, paired with some Brits. Lead singer Reid Morrison and drummer Tomer Danan were previously in New York rock'n'rollers Robbers On High Street before coming to London. But the boys have used powerful imaginations to reinvent themselves. As city-based folk harmony singers they're not unlike those other CSNY acolytes, Fleet Foxes, who sound like they live in a remote forest but actually reside in Seattle.

For tickets and info visit


Tue 27
Greenbird Promotions presents…
Rory McLeod
plus Fay Brotherhood
Rory Mcleod: ex-circus clown and fire eater, a one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth.

For tickets and info visit


Wed 28
Outsider Promotions presents…
Slaid Cleaves
£10adv £12door

Austin, Tex.-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves is one of the most widely respected (if frequently critically overlooked) artists in his genre. Generally considered a "songwriters' songwriter," Cleaves has produced a number of albums which are far better than he gets credit for.


Thu 29
Brian Houston
plus Toby Beard
Described as “a tunesmith, a poet, a bard and a comedian, Brian knows how to hold an audience in his hands and reach into your soul to touch memories long buried and dreams once forgotten.


Fri 30
Cheeseweasel Promotions presents…
Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash
£12.50adv £15door

plus Indigochild

With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash’s heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts is assured. Founding original member Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up featuring guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Dave Wagstaffe. The line-up remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint and delivers a show which focuses on material from the classic eras of Wishbone Ash, featuring stage favourites mixed with classic album tracks. In the words of Turner himself, “I am confident that we have compiled a show that will please all true Wishbone connoisseurs.”

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