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Simon Says Weekend 2017

Simon Says... let's do it all again in 2017!

Simon Says... returns to De Montfort Hall and Gardens for the fifth year running, presented in partnership with three of Leicester's finest music venues, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician.

The festival will showcase the finest talent from Leicester's music scene and beyond, along with real ales, cocktails, food and drink and much more!

Acts confirmed so far:

By The Rivers | Jah Wobble | Jim Bob | Smoove & Turrell | 
Uncle Frank 

Ash Mammal | Bellatones | Bluebird Parade |  Charlotte Carpenter | Cohesion | Chris Conway & Dan Britton | Dexeter | Echolocation | Eden | Ex Comets | Goan Dogs | GU-RU | Her Name is Calla | King Brasstards | Lakuta | Lets Play 2016 | Nia Soul | SKAM |  Sophia Marshall | The Cult of Dom Keller | The Double Yellers | The Daydream Club | The Dedbeats | The Della Grants | The Midnight Dogs | The Tin Pigeons | 

29/07/2017 12:00
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to De Montfort Hall for one night only in what promises to be the most intimate concert in The Tribute Tour. 

2017 marks the 20th year since the death of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Regarded as the greatest singer in the genre of Qawali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan brought the modest form of devotional singing to international attention. He collaborated with and influenced countless musicians. His nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is proof that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

There is the same clear, ringing voice, with that slight bit of gravel rasping at its edge, just like Nusrat. Rahat shines at classic Qawali, the Sufi devotional music made famous by his uncle, even though he has brought the house down in India's thriving, immensely popular Bollywood industry, lending his voice to dozens of projects. 

His Leicester appearance is one you shouldn't let pass by as the protégée pays tribute to his mentor.

08/09/2017 19:30

With their glorious new album Jump On Board coming out in April, Texas announce 21 UK dates this autumn.

Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri, Jump on Board is the first new Texas studio album since The Conversation in 2013 and is nothing short of a pop classic.

19/09/2017 19:00
ABF Concert - The Band of the Coldstream Guards & Sam Bailey
The Band of the Coldstream Guards make a welcome return to help raise much-needed funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This famous band, which has now been in existence for over 200 years, will be joined by Leicester-based X Factor winner Sam Bailey.
12/10/2017 19:30
South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of UK dates in October/November 2017. This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave. The band are currently working on a new album for 2017.

Chris Difford tells us, "I’m excited to say Squeeze are planning a new album release and a UK tour for 2017.  As I put pencil to paper to write some ideas for the next album I have to say how confident I am about our bands future. I’m excited that Nine Below Zero are opening up for us as they’re a band I have a huge amount of respect for. At last something to look forward to in 2017!"

As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, they also have Cradle To The Grave to draw on, their first collection of new tracks since 1998. This album marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful songwriting axis of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, in a beautifully-observed series of fond vignettes about childhood, growing up and the absurdities of the ride through life we’re all on. The live band now features a six-piece line up with Chris and Glenn joined by Simon Hanson (drums), Lucy Shaw (bass), Stephen Large (keyboards) and Melvin Duffy (guitar and various instruments).

The group first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited nine years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Support on the tour comes from Nine Below Zero. Since their formation in 1977 the band have carved out a strong reputation as a live band, with The Crack magazine describing them as “one of the best blues bands in the country”. Their latest album 13 Shades Of Blue, 2016, features a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists which Get Ready To Rock see as “them evolving into a full blown big band who tackle the kind of soulful, funk and blues related influences that have made them an enduring and cutting edge band”. 

"Difford and Tilbrook deliver a rousing reminder of their talent for tuneful and touching glimpses of everyday life." **** Live Review, The Guardian

"A crowd on their feet sang back new songs as though they were decades-old classics." ***** Live Review, The Times

"Squeeze head Up The Junction on the journey back to success." ***** Live Review, Metro

"Last night, Difford, Tilbrook and four new Squeezers reclaimed the past and added a new, vibrant present. Short and sharp, warm and witty." ***** Live Review, Evening Standard
14/10/2017 19:00
The Australian Pink Floyd
The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns in 2017 with a new set of Pink Floyd songs - The Best Side Of The Moon incorporating a full performance of what many would call the most iconic rock album of all time.
23/10/2017 19:00
The Musical Box: Genesis The Black Show
The Musical Box, internationally acclaimed for its historical re-enactment of early Genesis' works, is coming to the UK to perform The Black Show a re-imagining of their performance of Selling England By The Pound, featuring classic songs from all of the early albums. The emblematic 1974 show, originally only ever seen in America, allowed Genesis and Peter Gabriel to attain rockstar status, enjoying to this day a cult following from nostalgic and young music lovers alike.
29/10/2017 19:30
The Selecter / The Beat

These 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of dates around the UK and Ireland.

Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago.

10/11/2017 19:00
Imelda May



20/11/2017 19:00