VLMV & Codes in the Clouds
Thursday 2nd April
Bishop Street Church, Leicester
VLMV (pronounced “Alma”) released their critically-acclaimed debut on Fierce Panda Records in August 2015, followed by a collection of remixes, and the 2018 album Stranded, Not Lost.
Formed by Pete Lambrou and joined by fellow Codes In The Clouds member Ciaran Morahan, the UK-based duo deploy loop stations, delay pedals, piano and strings to create expansive, lush songs described as “quietly epic…like a beam of light through a dark, cold night.” (BBC6 Music). The Independent praised the group’s debut record, calling it “Breath-taking in its scope…a shimmering soundscape of delicate ethereal beauty.”
Wednesday 22nd April
The Cookie, Leicester
Montreal-based indie art rock band Braids have announced they will play a run of UK/Europe shows ahead of the release of new record ‘Shadow Offering’. They play their only midlands show at The Cookie, Leicester on 22nd April.
Produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, the new album finds the band at their most personal, unabashedly flexing a new sense of confidence through songs that reach a higher level of artistry and collaboration. Today they shared their lead single and video “Young Buck,” an effervescent ode to impossible love that exudes an undeniable magnetism.
The band is also announcing today a UK and European tour this Spring culminating with a performance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. North American dates will be announced shortly.
Friday 1st May
Brooklyn NY trio Proper. join us at Firebug for a rare UK show.
“The Brooklyn band’s explosively verbal, shapeshifting, and snarky emo-pop explores how intersectional identities move within predominantly white spaces.” – Pitchfork
FFO: Modern Baseball / Nervus / Fresh
Tuesday 5th May
The Y Theatre, Leicester
Battles return with their fourth album Juice B Crypts via Warp Records. Following in the wake of its complex, mind-bending predecessors Mirrored, Gloss Drop, and La Di Da Di, the new full length is a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about the storied art-rock supergroup into flux once again. The band’s redefined line-up of Ian Williams (keys, guitar, electronics) and John Stanier (drums) is at the core of the covertly named Juice B Crypts, which was produced and mixed by Chris Tabron (Trash Talk, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, Ratking). Marrying synthesizer loops, cut-throat drum patterns, and cyclical riffs, the album flirts with new technology, questions of authenticity, and the technicalities of reinventing the wheel at the eleventh hour.
Friday 22nd May
Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
Leicester’s own Grace Petrie has announced a huge show at the city’s Haymarket Theatre, marking her first hometown headline show for two years, and a triumphant culmination of the touring for her 2018 crowdfunded album ‘Queer as Folk. 2019 saw her head out on an arena tour in support of Frank Turner and Jimmy Eat World, and join The Guilty Feminist tour, including a visit to Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.
A folk singer, songwriter and activist, Grace has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly since she first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare. She has racked up tour supports with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, and made her mark in the comedy scene supporting comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long. She has also collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger.
Saturday 30th May
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Forgotten Futures is a new all day event from The Robot Needs Home Collective and Attenborough Arts Centre.
Taking over the whole of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre – venue, studios, galleries and more – Forgotten Futures brings diverse and ambitious artists working in sound and visual arts together for a full day event like you’ve never experienced.
Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes)
Sophie Hutchings (Mercury KX)
Paul Wolinski (65daysofstatic)
Colossal Squid (Three Trapped Tigers’ Adam Betts)
Tom Morris & Friends “For the Benefit of All”
& many more.
Friday 23rd October
Islington Assembly Hall, London
Grace Petrie is joined by The Resistance band for her biggest London show to date at Islington’s prestigious Assembly Hall.
– TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY AT 1PM –
“She’s an effervescent charm-bomb of a performer” – The New Yorker
“The urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs” – The Guardian