Becoming a fresher, you’re going to be shown some of the best and trashiest sites of Leicester, and this is just while you’re on the bar tour. The one thing they’ll fail to show you is the somewhat hidden homes of Leicester’s live music scene. Luckily we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places you can go to check out Leicester’s local, and not so local bands.


The Cookie

Type of music: Indie/alternative- but mainly all round undiscovered artists.

Size: Small basement of the bar.

Previous appearances from: Blaenavon

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: usually from £8-£12

We recommend seeing: Rat Boy (25/9/15)


The Musician

Type of music: Rock with your odd cover band chucked in for good measure.

Size: your average live music pub.

Previous appearances from: Marika Hackman

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: around £5-£8

We recommend seeing: Rainbow Girls (20/9/15)


The Soundhouse

Type of music: Mainly indie, rock and punk.

Size: similar to that of your local pub

Previous appearances from: Stealing Sheep

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: Maximum usually £12, but look out for free events!

We recommend seeing: The Primitives (6/11/15)



Type of music:  Mainly indie, rock and punk.

Size: Intimate yet room to breathe

Previous appearances from: Foals

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: £5-£10, and also cheap appearances from big bands!

We recommend seeing: Waking Aida (7/10/15)


De Montfort Hall

Type of music: Everything

Size: Biggest in Leicester, yet feels the size of your old school assembly hall

Previous appearances from: Bombay Bicycle Club

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: usually £20, depending on the size of the band!

We recommend seeing: The 1975 (10/11/15)


O2 Academy Leicester

Type of music: Everything

Size: 1,450 people- enough room for drunken UoL students to stumble around on their Wednesday night socials.

Previous appearances from: Primal Scream

(Most importantly) Ticket prices: usually £20, yet again depending on the size of the band!

We recommend seeing: Lucy Rose (9/11/15)

Photography by Jenni Dontenville.