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Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Wednesday November 17th
Glasgow-grown indie rock at its best.
GNOD – Wednesday November 17
The resonance house
A psychedelic Mancunian collective drawing on influences as disparate as afro-beat, krautrock, drone, noise and jazz. GNOD’s music revolves and expands around an ever-evolving line-up, invoking the freak ‘n’ roll of Ash Ra Tempel, the motorized rhythm of Neu! and the groove of the early Can. Their release with White Hills, “Drop Out… II”, was declared the best album to be released from Manchester in 2010.
Noble Jacks – Thursday, November 18
Noble Jacks is an Alt-Folk band whose warm electro-acoustic interactions merge with a mix of catchy folk rhythms and engaging lyricism.
Clin d’oeil 182 – Friday, November 19
Wink-182 is a fantastic Blink-192 tribute band, playing all the hits you know and love.
In conversation with Joe Talbot – Saturday, November 20
As IDLES prepares for the release of his highly anticipated new album, Joe Talbot comes to Leicester for an ‘In Conversation’ night.
The leader will take the opportunity to sit down and discuss the record in more detail during this intimate question-and-answer session. Diving deeper into the album and discussing life, music and more, Talbot will be in conversation with Creation Records legend Alan McGee. The audience will also have a unique opportunity to pose their own burning questions to the main man of IDLES.
False Heads – Saturday, November 20
The resonance house
Three musicians from east London playing psych / garage lofi grooves. False Heads delivered a journey on social topics, cultural talking points, political opinions and everything in between.
Fenne Lily – Wednesday, November 24
The big difference
Bristol-based singer-songwriter, delivering alternative folk songs of love and loss that have won fans across the South West.
Broken Witt Revels – Thursday, November 25
Birmingham quartet that combines the power and intensity of independent rock with the finesse and delicacy of blues soul. “There is something about this type of music that feels raw, southern and soaked in whiskey.”- Indie Shuffle
INTERVIEW – NICO DE BEASTWANG
Beastwang is leading the rave scene in Leicester. Their events have drawn headliners from Stormzy to Chase & Status as they continue to put the city scene on the map. With their next event coming up in December, we caught up with the man behind, Nico, to find out more.
How would you describe Beastwang for someone who has never been there?
Beastwang is a multi-genre underground dance club night, showcasing the best new music from different pockets of music venues across the country. It is a space free from any judgment to dance to unknown music and invites you to be yourself. We generally like dark rooms, subtle / whimsical lighting, and big sound systems to appreciate the frequencies of the music selected to be played. On occasion, we might even light incense for a full sensory experience while playing some weird and wonderful music.
What can people expect from the December event?
We invite Leicester’s best dance music DJs to the worlds of the jungle, British garage, techno, house and more, while we dress O2 Academy rooms 2 and 3 in unusual ways. . Expect high energy basslines and big production for this event.
How do you find the Leicester audience at events?
Friendly and ready for a party. I would like to think of Beastwang as a place where like-minded people connect and special relationships are formed.
How did Beastwang stay alive during the pandemic?
We’ve put together a bunch of video mixes to keep us busy called #BeastwangONAIR, when we record and repost on our social media, they end up being our most engaging posts. I stuck it out for a while, doing anything except hosting events was weird to me, like sitting on social media. Video mixes were a cool way to interact with our audience, stay on top of new music, and gain new followers.
Tell us the story of Beastwang and how it all started?
I was late on the dance / rave scene. When I was going out in Leicester things started to go down and there were a lot of clubs that had racist door policies (2008-2011) it was just a very well known thing. When I was 21 a friend invited me to Sheffield for a rave and the whole aspect of seeing a DJ live in the flesh that you listen to and all the production and atmosphere blew me away. Just as I spent months figuring out how to organize club nights, then Beastwang was born in October 2012. Since then we have held over 130 events in most venues in Leicester, booked most DJs in Leicester and had headliners from Stormzy to Chase & Status.
If you like ____, you are going to love Beastwang… Fill in the holes.
If you like dark rooms and big sound systems, you’ll love Beastwang.
What does 2022 have in store for us?
More authentic wacky experiences to build a solid foundation for the culture we love in Leicester. This means selecting venues that lend themselves to creating the right atmosphere (which proves difficult due to the lack of venues). Work on campaigns with a community / cultural approach first.
Where can people buy tickets and find out more?
www.beastwang.com or check out our Spotify playlists.
Beastwang returns to the O2 Academy Leicester on Saturday 4th December. Take tickets.
This week in our latest playlist, we give you a sneak peek at Beastwang with their Floor Shakers playlist Listen & Buy Tickets.
Listen and get in touch to tell us which tracks you like.