Tag Archive: Leicester

  1. A New Festival is Coming to Town

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    TDM Festival

    A new festival is taking over Leicester and it’s ready to blow everyone away. This new festival goes by the name TDM (which stands for Truly Diverse Music) and it’s allows you to be introduced to world music and to celebrate it all at once.

    The festival is taking place inside the Cultural Quarter in Leicester from 26th-28th of May 2017. The first set of tickets are going on sale on Friday 3rd March 2017.

    History

    The festival is a great way to hear new music and celebrate something that is Leicester born and bred. The origins of the festival stem from when the TDM coordinator was studying at the De Montfort University and put together a world music event with fellow students, which had the name Tour De Music (TDM). This inspired the coordinator to keep doing this after graduation.

    TDM Festival, is powered by Horus Music.

    Venues

    Tickets will be released on Friday 3rd March for 5 of the festival events, to be held across 3 venues. 4 of the events will be hosted by The Exchange and Manhattan34 who will run events back to back across Saturday and Sunday. The 5th event that is hosted by The Peepul Centre, who will close the festival with an India focused event. This is to celebrate the 70th year of independence for India.

    More venues and events will be added at a later date, along with line-up announcements through the month of March.

    Variety of Genres

    What is so special about this festival, is that it isn’t bound to just one genre. The line-up will have a variety of genres such as brass band, reggae, hip-hop, electronic, rock and so much more.

     

    Tickets

    Tickets are out now and are available here http://tdmfestival.seetickets.com/tour/tdm-festival

    For more information and news, you can take a look at the following links:

  2. Interview with The Fores guitarist Liam Hopkins

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    Liam, The Fores

    Currently collaborating with Horus Music, alternative-rock ’n’ roll band The Fores are working hard towards their upcoming presentation at Midem festival in February. The event located in Cannes, France will hopefully open a lot of doors for The Fores and is something guitarist and founding member Liam Hopkins is very excited about. He says, ‘It’s a pretty big deal and we’re enthusiastic. We’re just trying to provide Horus with everything they need for Midem. We’re recording some new songs at the moment so we can put a CD together and send it out there.’

    With all the possibilities Midem offers up-and-coming bands, it’s no wonder the band will be pulling out all the stops for it. In the eyes of Liam, the future is bright, ‘we see ourselves becoming a successful band you know, hitting the charts eventually and a band who can do some good live gigs. The sky’s the limit is what we’re aiming for basically.’

    Although in this business, he is very much aware of the odds being against many new bands, ‘it’s all about sort of climbing the ladder as I say. But with success you know it’s rare, but it does happen. We all kind of knew it was a case of building it up which is what we’re doing. The thing is we all sort of have fun with it anyway, there’s a great spirit amongst the band as well. We’re a bunch of mates so it’s all good. You’re not expecting to walk into all the best venues and stuff, you have to be patient.’

    The Fores

    The band themselves are influenced by artists from The Rolling Stones and Coldplay, to Oasis, The Verve and Kasabian. To emulate even a quarter of those bands’ success would be an achievement for The Fores in itself. Liam says, ‘everyone’s got the same attitude, we’re just gunning for it and it’s what we want to do.’ It’s an approach that’s definitely helped them out so far. Highlights of the past year include a performance at The National Reality TV Awards in London, performing to a star-studded crowd from shows such as The X Factor, The Voice and The Only Way Is Essex. Also on The Fores’ list of credentials is an award for Best Newcomers from The Independent International Download Awards for their single ‘Let Go!’ ‘We’d like to have that sort of thing more often’, Liam beams.

    It’s seriously impressive and the people from Horus can’t wait to show them off at Midem. They said, ‘we’re really happy to be representing The Fores at Midem 2014. They’re a really interesting band and I believe their music has great potential. I look forward to working with them on this as well as on future projects.’

    Obviously grateful of their experience so far with Horus, Liam has nothing but thanks for them. Looking ahead Liam ponders, ‘we’re kind hoping even beyond Midem that we’ll keep in touch and just helping us further. So it’s brilliant, it’s really cool. We’re really grateful that they took an interest in us.’ Why wouldn’t you be struck by The Fores anyway? With their undeniably appealing rock’n’roll edge, they’re heading for the top.

    What’s really the trick to keeping this ball rolling though? Liam says The Fores ‘don’t get put down by anything because life’s too short. You only live once, that kind of thing, so go for it. I think probably that’s the best piece of advice. Just trust your ear and your instinct.’

    The Fores – Let Go!

    Written by Sam Johnson

  3. Jazz night – 30th October 2012

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    The Tony Webster band play a great selection of music from Latin Jazz, The Blues and Ska. Covering the works of artists such as: Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, George Benson, Miles Davis, Ernest Ranglin, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin etc. The band features a wonderful Vocalist who’ll captivate the audience with her brilliant singer style and artistry. The band in the main alternate between Instrumental and vocal tunes and tend to play with a Latin feel that adds vibrancy to the numbers. This Leicester based band  have been together 3.5 years and have develop a loyal following due to their versatility and range of music.

    Kate Szejnmann – Vocals/percussion
    Peter Nicholls – Saxophone
    Roger Foster - Keyboard
    Ian Morris – Percussion
    Risto Makinen – Drums
    George Dunseth – Bass
    Tony Webster – Guitar

    James Redford is a well established local musician to Leicester who you can often find touring the UK and world with his two other bands XOVA and Johnny2bad. James is a versatile musician who performs across a number of genres and can give any audience the style of music they like but maintain the highest quality.

    Accident a band again from Leicester who give audience a mix of popular jazz ballads and classics from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Despite being that was only formed within the last couple of years, there is no question about the quality and attention to detail you are going to experience with this great band.