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The Modfather – Thursday, February 3
Paul Weller’s number 1 tribute in the UK! Relive The Jam years, the sweet tones of The Style Council and all the classic hits from Paul Weller’s ever-expanding solo career. Nowhere else will you come close to feeling like you’re at Paul Weller’s ultimate live performance where the hits keep coming and going!
Andrew O’Neill – Thursday, February 3
Andrew O’Neill: sings without irony some songs they love – (plus work in progress!) Andrew O’Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A non-binary psychedelic whirlwind, they combine surrealism, controversy and good old-fashioned stage play to produce a unique counter-cultural stand-up. Tickets.
Suchandrika Chakrabarti – Thursday, February 10
Suchandrika Chakrabarti (2020 Funny Women Stage Awards semi-finalist, writer on The News Quiz) would like you to join her in the disappearance of Amy Winehouse. It’s a show about nostalgia, the death of the print media and hard partying. Along the way, you’ll learn about the weirdness of fame, the absurdity of grief…and a classic night out at the Hawley Arms in 2006. There’ll be quizzes, too! “I Miss Amy Winehouse is an entertaining riff on fame, nostalgia, loss and collective grief” – BBC Radio Sussex tickets.
A Few Too Many – Saturday February 12
Signed to US label Lost Music Collective and hailed by Alternative Press as one of “10 Rising UK” Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Hear. Cambridgeshire’s A Few Too Many rose from the ashes of the MTV/Myspace music generation. Combining captivating melodies, infectious hooks, relatable lyrics and an energetic live interactive show, AFTM’s core mission is to captivate and captivate audiences in the UK and around the world with its own brand. uniquely punk rock.
Harry & Chris – Wednesday February 16
It’s been a rough old ride, huh? After four years of doing shows in Edinburgh via Leicester, we had a delightful little break where we weren’t allowed to touch each other, which Harry probably enjoyed more than Chris. Needless to say, we’re back to doing what was love, bringing some of our (and hopefully your) all-time favorite songs with masterful lyrics, catchy riffs, puns outrageous and a lot of heart.
The Libertines – Friday, February 18
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
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.
Pale Waves – Friday, February 25
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.
INTERVIEW – Ka Safar
Ka Safar are a 13 piece global jazz band from here in Leicester. Kicking off 2022 with the release of their debut album, we caught up with them to find out what they’ve been up to and what 2022 has in store for us.
How would you describe Ka Safar to someone who doesn’t know you?
A small, beautiful and perfectly formed little tribe; full of love, sharing and kindness.
You just released your first album, tell us about that?
Oh! Such an exciting time! This immaculate collection took a little time to blossom, although this passage of time has permeated it well. Luckily, a new black vinyl fanology Spanish duo found us on the Internet landscape at that time, and offered a beautiful meeting of minds and talents, which brought us here – oh, dear reader! Brilliant sound discs are already flying and on their own way to all corners of the globe! We wish them and their recipients good blessings!
How does it feel to see Ka Safar live?
As thunderous as the darkest and stormiest of winter oceans, but then; Immediately still – almost silent, with the delicate textures of the light and fragile mist of an earthly morning.
How did you start as a band?
Ka Safar was born around the simple combustion of a modest candle and the whimsical reflections of a melodious scribe: Was it a dream? A vocation ? Visit ? Bringing together the very spiritual natures of like-minded souls, channeling them – to resonate the history and geography of what makes us human; what unites us and nourishes our innate sense of Being.
What is your favorite thing about the Leicester music scene?
Ah! ‘Semper Eadem’ – ‘always the same’.
Who would be listed in your “for fans of” section?
Oh! So many wonderful inspirations, muses and kindred spirits! Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Mulatu Astatke, Ancient Civilizations, Shamanism, Holistics, Mysticism, Duende, Pangea – and the myriad stars of the many galaxies!
What have you planned for 2022?
The future is a mystery and must be approached with great caution, O worthy friend! The year is simply with us now, and we care for it with cradled arms tight and warm, with our ancient tribal hearts. However, a few gigs would be nice!
Where can people find out more?
I would recommend all peoples to take full advantage of the annals of learned scholars of all spheres! For Ka Safar, we can be found through many portals to social enlightenment: The Face Book; the Insta Gram and the Band Camp!
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.