An additional 36 bands have been announced today to join headliners Jah Wobble, Jim Bob, Smoove & Turrell and Uncle Frank, for the Simon Says… 2017 festival on July 29 and 30, have today been announced by organisers De Montfort Hall, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician.

The confirmed new acts include Paul Weller collaborators Stone Foundation, Stone Roses and Simply Red guitarist Azim Ibrahim, Glastonbury first-timers Hymn for Her, a tribute to Quadrophenia featuring The Specials Drew Stansell and the return of Let’s Play… 2016 which will close the festival on Sunday night, featuring a range of local musicians celebrating the work of some of the artists that the music industry has lost over the last year, such as Prince and George Michael.

“This year’s line-up, once again, will offer something for every-one” Explains The Donkey’s Gaz Birtles “a healthy blend of new, emerging and established artists – the vast majority of which are locally based or connected with Leicester in some way. We are also very excited to be closing Sunday night with a multi-performer tribute to lost music legends – expect to end the weekend on a high!”

Families are welcome at Simon Says…, for younger visitors they will again have a kids’ area full of activities including arts, crafts and traditional games, and new for 2017 is the Utterly Buttely Ukelele Project providing music and junk instrument making workshops, a special kid’s themed performance by various artists on the indoor stage, and comedian Jay Foreman entertaining with a kid friendly show on the outdoor stage.

Simon Says… takes place on 29th and 30th July at De Montfort Hall and gardens. For the full line-up check simonsaysleicester.com.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester’s creative community for over a decade – promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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