Since 2012, Simon Tyers – the mild mannered man behind renowned blog Sweeping the Nation – has quietly been building a gem of an event once a year upstairs at Firebug. The Leicester Indiepop Alldayer attracts diehard fans of the genre from across the UK, and is a one stop shop for a¬†scene¬†of upbeat, melodic,¬†underground and emerging indie and punk bands.
“Like so many things, Leicester Indiepop Alldayer was initially an attempt to do a cheaper, inferior version of something already established in Nottingham, namely their own annual Indiepop Alldayer” explains Simon rather modestly. “As that happens in early autumn and always draws a good sized crowd, plus the highly respected Indietracks fesival in Derbyshire every July as a mid-point, I thought a third East Midlands event every springtime at a welcoming venue like Firebug, where I’ve been putting on occasional shows since 2009, would act as a neat annual counterpoint.”
It’s a vibrant but understated scene which in itself defines the events ambitions;¬†“The intrinsically DIY nature of the indiepop community has meant I can’t really rely on a lot of names familiar to a wider audience, but the Alldayer has always brought in a good number of people, including regular visitors from across the country, and some standout sets from the likes of the Spook School, Martha, Kid Canaveral, Tigercats, Trust Fund, Evans The Death and Haiku Salut.”
2017 sees the programme progress once again with scene veteran Pete Astor heading up the bill. Having first made his name in the mid-80s as frontman of early Creation Records favourites The Loft, he then nearly made a wider breakthrough with the Weather Prophets, who James Dean Bradfield once described as “one of the best guitar groups who never sold a million”. After years spent in low-key and electronic projects he returned to the front in 2015 with an acclaimed album, Spilt Milk, showcasing his confessional writing style.
Elsewhere on the bill you’ll find Leeds DIY noise-pop veterans Cowtown – who’s line-up features members of Hookworms, The dreamy new wave guitar-pop of Chorusgirl, Leicester’s own 90’s jangly guitar standouts Po! who made their name with a Peel Session and NME single of the week, Chester’s incredibly named Peaness, South Londoners Wolf Girl, Oxfordshires Rainbow Reservoir and Liverpool based duo The 10p Mixes.
Leicester Indiepop Alldayer is¬†on Saturday 11th March¬†upstairs at Firebug.