Clarendon Park Summer Fair 2016

ArtBeat Music at the Clarendon Park Summer Fair

Music at this year’s Clarendon Park Summer Fair kicks off at 11 am on Sunday 19th June. ArtBeat is delighted to entertain you with eleven fantastic acts including solo artists, bands, children’s performance and drummers.

Clarendon Park Summer Fair Main Stage

Running times are approximate, but here’s the plan for the main stage at Clarendon Park Summer Fair this year.

11:00 am – Dead Question
This should wake you up! Dead Question are a Leicester-based blues, grunge and blues rock band. Check out their Facebook page for more info about the band.

11:25 am – Jim Bob from Hillbilly Jukebox
Next up is Jim Bob from Hillbilly Jukebox. If ya likes ya moonshine early in the day, this is the place to be.

11:55 am – Lippy
Lippy might just be the “loudest, funkiest, liveliest Drum and Brass band in history”. Listen out for a set of Lounge Jazz and maybe a few inappropriate covers…

12:20 pm – Dan Harrison King
Dan is a musician and film-maker. Get a taster of Dan’s music over on his YouTube channel.

12:50 pm – Bellatones
The Bellatones are a 5 piece multi-instrumental group playing folk-influenced electric rock. Their sound is a dynamic blend of timeless harmonies, melodic guitar, soaring fiddle, elegant piano, laid back bass and shimmering percussion.

1:15 pm – STARS Performing Arts
Time for the talented young stars from STARS Performing Arts to treat you to a show.

1:40 pm – Matt Henshaw
“Sublime … a blue-eyed soul voice that’s up there with the best of them” – Paul Lester, The Guardian. Find out more about Matt Henshaw: music machine.

2:10 pm – Dust & Debris
Dust & Debris play a mix of covers and Les’ original songs. They describe their sound as “Rock’a’Bluesy Country Soul”.

2:35 pm – U.G.
U.G is a Songwriter/Singer/Rapper and Producer from Leicester who’s original sound mixes genres with originality. Find out more on

3:05 pm – Alligatr
Alligatr are a 4 piece indie-rock band from around Loughborough area. They draw many influences from artists such as the Courteeners, the Stone Roses, Jaws, the Districts, Peace and the Strokes. 

3:30 pm – Sambando
Last but definitely not least, Leicester based samba band, Sambando, play lively, Brazilian style rhythms. Check out their website for more at:

Clarendon Park Summer Fair Busking

The road closures for the Summer Fair provide a new busking spot in a prime location! If you’re interested in grabbing a spot to entertain the crowds at the junction of Queens Road and Cecilia Road drop us a line on the contact form.

For more information about busking at ArtBeat, head over to the busking page.

Sam Brookes Rockhaq Interview

Meet Rockhaq Student: Sam Brookes

This year we’re running a joint writing competition, featuring last year’s short story writing exercise and a music review writing task for all you young, budding music journalists out there!

The music reviews competition is running thanks to the input and support of award-winning local journalist Michelle Dhillon. Michelle has donated a £255 prize pot to award to the best music reviews. She is also the founder of the Rockhaq student music journalism community, which has recently been relaunched after a successful pilot a few years ago now, involving colleges in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Meet the Rockhaq Students

Some of the original Rockhaq students from a few years ago have been very keen to return to the community, after a gap of three years. One of these original students is Sam Brookes. Sam was studying A Level English Literature at Regent College when he was first introduced to the Rockhaq community. He has since graduated from Leicester’s De Montfort University, worked as a teacher and is now a writer and editor of his own blog.

Sam credits the Rockhaq student community with inspiring him to pursue writing as a career. He also has agreed to act as a judge on this year’s music review writing competition for ArtBeat Festival.

In the meantime, Rockhaq founder Michelle Dhillon caught up with Sam to ask what he’s up to now and what impact the Rockhaq community had on him from 2012 through to 2016. Hopefully this and seeing Sam’s latest reviews on the Rockhaq community will give you all some inspiration to start writing your own music reviews. Good luck!

Young buskers on their ukes at ArtBeat

Clarendon Park Buskers: Tune Up!

Buskers at ArtBeat, Clarendon Park, LeicesterArtBeat wouldn’t be ArtBeat without buskers bringing sweet music to the streets of Clarendon Park. You’ll discover music of all sorts along Queens Road and Clarendon Park Road (and maybe elsewhere) during both weekends of the festival.

Busking at Clarendon Park Summer Fair

ArtBeat 2016 coincides with the Clarendon Park Summer Fair on Sunday 19th June. This opens up a prime busking spot at the junction of Queens Road and Cecilia Road due to the road closures. Let’s keep this spot busy during the fair (11am to 5pm). If you’re interested in playing during the fair day, drop us a line and we’ll work out a schedule.

Local Busking Talent Wanted

We’re looking for local musicians of all kinds who are willing to make a public exhibition of their talents. Whether you’re a plucking amazing guitarist, a super saxophonist or hot stuff on the ivories, come along and entertain the good folks of Clarendon Park. We’ll make the streets a musical feast for ArtBeat 2016.

There are no limits when it comes to age, gender or genre. All buskers are welcome so start working on your set today.

Buskers’ Etiquette

For details of suggested busking spots, time slots and ArtBeat buskers’ etiquette, check out our ArtBeat 2016 busking guidelines.

More Music at ArtBeat 2016

If the talents of the ArtBeat buskers have whet you’r appetite, you’ll discover lots more music around Clarendon Park at this year’s festival.Whether your tastes run to rap, folk, classical, blues, jazz or good old acoustic guitar, there’s a sound for you. For a full list of all the music events, check out the online festival programme.

Christchurch Lunchtime Concerts in March 2016

Lunchtime Concerts at Christchurch

Following the success of the November lunchtime concerts at Christchurch, we are delighted to announce two new dates in March: Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th.

About the Lunchtime Concerts

Christchurch free concertOne of the fantastic developments from last year’s ArtBeat programme has been a growing partnership between local artists, musicians and the Clarendon Park Community.

Christchurch hosted a number of classical music events at last year’s ArtBeat festival. These included performances from Leicester University student musicians led by Paul Jenkins. The concerts were enthusiastically received and there were requests for more midweek daytime concerts at a local venue.

As a result, Paul has arranged for different university musical societies to perform on Wednesday lunchtimes at Christchurch. The first of these were the two lunchtime concerts which took place last November. Performances included individual solo items and a Big Band performance to audiences of children from Avenue Primary School and local residents.

This year, two more concerts are planned for Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 16th March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Band.

Two more concerts are planned for the 2 and 16 March 2016. Come along and enjoy performances from the University Chorus and Concert Bands.

Admission is FREE, each concert lasts just under an hour, stay for a coffee afterwards if you can.

Lunchtime Concert Details

When: Wednesdays at 1.30pm
Admission: free
Leader: Paul Jenkins
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, LE2 3AH

Forthcoming Lunchtime Concerts

  • 2 March: University of Leicester Chorus
  • 16 March: University of Leicester Concert Band