A ‘stand out’ moment from last year’s ArtBeat was hearing ukelele buskers Matt and his cousin playing ‘Love Me Do’ outside the retro-styled hairdresser of the same name. Busking makes you feel happy, so we’re planning more of it, both on the weekend prior to ArtBeat (12th – 13th June) and the ArtBeat weekend itself (19th – 21st June).
There’ll be more local talent at the Open Mic event on Monday 22nd June at Dos Hermanos.
If you’d like to perform at the Open Mic night or busk on the street during the festival, please use our online booking system to grab a slot.
Folk music fans will be pleased to know that musicians from the Cohaltas and Red Fox groups will play a lively set of English and Irish tunes on Monday 22nd. Find them under the tree at the junction of West and North Avenue or in The Clarendon pub if the weather demands.
Local treasure Chris Conway will be performing alongside Mo Coulson’s Celtic harp to make the sweetest music at Fingerprints café on Friday 19th June. ArtBeat celebrates local jazz musician talent when three bands perform on Sunday 21st at The Donkey from 8pm.
Rock fans can get their fix on Monday 22nd at The Craddock where Strange Blues will be among the performers.
The Leicester premiere of musical theatre’s The Last Wolf in England will be held at Lancaster School’s Drama Studio on Tuesday 22nd. A bawdy tragi-comedy, the production features the celebrated Tyrsby Players and looks at the excesses of the Tudor court from the point of view of Lady Jane Grey’s family.
There will be a family feel to a day of workshops at Friends Meeting House on Saturday 20th. Come along for a day of Egyptian drumming, fairy-story-writing, photography and all kinds of art. There will also be two family ceilidhs during the day. Look out for ticket-booking details for some of the workshops closer to the date. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout these events.
Classical and choral music haven’t been forgotten. Voices United with MC Willow Songsmith is revisited on Friday 19th at St John’s Church.
Christchurch will also host classical events. Paul Jenkins is organising an afternoon music fest with the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Tudor choir on Sunday 21st, and a Leicester University musicians’ lunchtime recital featuring piano, cello and voices on Monday 22nd. Mariko will perform on her piano at lunchtime on Saturday 20th alongside some special musician friends and will be followed by a classical Open Mic – bring your instrument and entertain your neighbours!
Finally, the Griffin Singers are planning an affiliated event on the evening of Saturday 20th at Stoneygate Baptist Church. They promise choral favourites old and new, interspersed with some humorous interludes.
Whatever your tastes, the sound of music is definitely on its way to a street near you. Find out more about music events, times and venues on our festival programme.
For further information about all these events check out the festival programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.