The annual 7 day celebration of the lifeblood of the UK music scene, Independent Venue Week, comes around again at the end of January / beginning of February and as usual Leicester’s venues are crammed with some of the best new and emerging music.

These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

Independent Venue Week brings together these venues across the country along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January.

They want to recognise all that these venues have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.

We’re spoilt in Leicester with a host of small venues who specialise in different genres and who are working tirelessly, week in, week out to bring the best new music to the city in a climate that is not always the most supportive. Get out and support Leicester’s small venues and make sure they survive long in to the future.

We’ll be updating this page with shows as they’re added.

Blue Rose Code

Monday 29th January

Blue Rose Code @ The Cookie

Live Stream: Honeyblood from Bush Hall London @ The Shed

Tuesday 30th January

Flamingods @ The Cookie

Wednesday 31st January

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes @ The Cookie

Wars & Black Coast @ The Shed

Thursday 1st Februry

Something Completely Different: Experimental Music and Arts @ The Shed

Friday 2nd February

Siobhan Mazzei

Billy Lockett @ The Cookie

Siobhan Mazzei & Annabel Allum @ The Soundhouse

University of Leicester and DMU Music Society Showcase

Saturday 3rd February

Sea Girls @ The Cookie

CLUB SOTN: Timmas + Alligatr & Monarchs

The Wholls, JSP & Traps @ The Soundhouse

Sunday 4th February


Haus @ The Cookie

John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) & Dave Fidler @ The Soundhouse


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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