Preview: Handmade Festival 2016

By on Monday, 11th January 2016 at 9:00 am
 

This may come as some surprise, despite all of the doom and gloom at the moment surrounding the current state of the UK music scene, which seems to be a feeling exclusive among the music-loving public. There are actually a wealth of music-supporting communities and people doing what they do because they love it. Case in point, Handmade Festival in Leicester. Now in its fourth year in (30 April – 1 May) and having upgraded to the Leicester Apollo, it’s going stronger than ever. And even better, it’s completely independent.

Being curated by the same team since its origins, Handmade Festival has seen the likes of Scottish darlings Honeyblood (2015) and indie rock foursome Tellison (2014). Due to its smaller size and the sheer volume of volunteers it sees, people who offer up their free time to make such a great event happen, even more thought and process can go into curating the best bang for your buck lineup.

The move to being just at the Apollo instead of spread across smaller venues, such as Firebug that is managed by one of the organisers John Helps, has certainly not meant that its lost the charm or ethos of a small, independent venue. Utilising these smaller venues for preview show or after parties, they’re able to bring in more national crowds as well as showing off exactly what makes this scene in Leicester so great. It also means they can book larger, more established artists.

This year’s lineup so far has given us We Are Scientists (pictured at top), who interestingly enough are already on the bill for Live at Leeds, as well as Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic. Now three more acts have been announced. Joining the aforementioned heavy hitters will be Welsh indie sextet Los Campesinos, who haven’t released a record since 2013 so we may potentially see new material from them this year in preparation.

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Cantabrigians Lonely the Brave, who are well underway with their sophomore effort they are currently recording in Sheffield, have also been announced. Having undertaken a short tour road-testing new material, what we’ve heard so far is sounding as strong, if not stronger, than their 2014 debut ‘The Day’s War’. There is also Pretty Vicious who had a superb 2015. Despite only having released one single and performing a handful of gigs, they were soon signed to Virgin EMI and are gearing up more single releases.

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Handmade Festival is one certainly not to be missed. At just £30 for a weekend ticket, it’s easily the most affordable festival you can get to, and with a strong lineup so far, it’d be a crime not to. Festivals like Handmade are a rarity. It’s made by people who truly understand how to make an event memorable, not just another gig in another city. You’re guaranteed to remember every moment. And if that’s not enough to entice you then nothing will.

For more information and ticket purchasing information go to the official Handmade Festival Web site.

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