Curated by The Donkey, Firebug, The Musician, as well as it’s spectacular host venue De Montfort Hall, Simon Says is as concise a representation of Leicester’s music scene as you could hope to encapsulate over one weekend. It may not have the big names of other festivals, but it has the heart and soul (and rock and blues) of the city tied up.

We sent out photographer Oliver Bellamy to capture some of the acts gracing it’s four stages over the two days.

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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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