Leicester Spring gig guide: Eight music shows we think you should see

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The next few months will see big names and up-and-coming artists take to the Leicester stages. And they promise some encore-worthy sights for city dwellers.

We’ve put together a hit list of a dozen shows you should try to get along with. That’s if all the tickets haven’t already been purchased of course.

From Modfather Paul Weller to the hottest Yard Act, there’s something for everyone.

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MARCH

DRY CLEANING

March 30, O2 Academy

South London post-punks in fours, with lyrics preoccupied with themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated love feelings, anger, revenge, anxiety, cooking, lethargy , oblivion and survival.

APRIL

Paul Weller

April 9-10, De Montfort Hall

Everyone knows that art brings relief, that music is the surest balm. And for many, there’s additional comfort to be drawn from the knowledge that Paul Weller is in the midst of an incredibly prolific purple smudge. Paul Weller won’t let us down when we need him most.

I I WILL I WILL MAKE YOU

April 14, Firebug

itoldyouiwouldeatyou is a British Indie-Punk collective signed to Alcopop! Folders. After releasing their debut album, oh dearism, in 2018, this group has continued to support Queen Zee, Hello Goodbye, Tricot, Delta Sleep and more.

MAY

KAE STORM

May 16, De Montfort Hall

With four studio albums, a novel, their first non-fiction work (“On Connection”), three plays and five books of poetry to their name, Kae Tempest has firmly established himself as one of the most unique, inspiring and critically acclaimed voices of their generation. With “The Line Is A Curve” set to release on April 8, 2022, that reputation will only grow exponentially. These shows are Kae’s first since the resounding success of their last national tour in 2019 and their critically acclaimed performances at All Points East, Edinburgh International Festival and Glastonbury in the same year.

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

May 9, De Montfort Hall

British singer-songwriter and record producer Michael Kiwanuka’s self-titled album reached number two on the charts upon release. Richly textured, sonically adventurous yet highly listenable, KIWANUKA has garnered acclaim around the world. It’s a record that finds its imprint in Michael’s previous record “Love & Hate”, but pushes harder and travels farther. It sounds like a body of work that will be listened to for years to come, and perhaps a testament to an artist who was unhurried and unguided on his recordings beyond the watchful but encouraging eyes of dual producers Danger. Mouse and Inflo.

PUPPY

May 19, Firebug

The eccentrics of Heavy music in the making. Overwhelmingly heavy, explosively fun, and laced with the band’s signature sense of soulful melody, Puppy is ready to release what they’ve been working on into the world. Played the strongest.

COURT ACT

May 26, O2 Academy 2

Yard Act have constructed a sound that intrinsically speaks to their birthplace of Leeds, West Yorkshire and connects sightings from all walks of modern British life. Over the course of 2020 and early 2021, the quartet have released four increasingly gritty and hilarious singles featuring ‘The Trapper’s Pelts’, ‘Fixer Upper’, ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Dark Days’, all securing BBC airplay. 6 Music and developing a remarkable and ever-growing fanbase. Making a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but Yard Act made it work with their debut album The Overload receiving 4* reviews from NME and The Guardian.

MAHALIA

May 27, O2 Academy

A homecoming show for our very own Mahalia. Her youthful charisma, idiosyncratic storytelling and conscientiousness set her apart from her peers and saw her become one of the UK’s most beloved RnB stars and win numerous awards.

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