Our guide to top Leicester Arts and Music events over the next two weeks

 Leicester music events

The sun’s out and students up and down the country are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the summer holidays. Perhaps it’s time to celebrate the end of exams, moving on to a new era or think about options for the future?

Leicestershire students have already plunged into the long summer break. So why do schools and colleges in this county break up earlier than the rest of the UK?

Historically, Leicester workers and families celebrated the ‘Leicester Factory Fortnight’ in August. In the 1960s, this traditional holiday switched to early July and Leicestershire schools have kept to this early break-up time ever since. The holiday fortnight would be the perfect opportunity for the city’s workers and their families to venture to the East Coast. In fact, the seaside town of Mablethorpe still plays home to the ‘Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre’ – a place where Leicester children can apply to enjoy a free holiday.

At Echo Factory, we’re celebrating the early start to the summer holidays by going to as many exciting events as we can!  Who needs to go away when there’s so much great entertainment on your doorstep?

So, check out the ‘Echo Factory Fortnight’ guide to Leicestershire music and arts events over the next two weeks…


Weds 19th July – Matt Forde (comedy) – The Cookie

Thurs 20th July – NT Live: Angels in America Part One – Millennium Approaches – Phoenix

Thurs 20th July – Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell (comedy) – The Cookie

Fri 21st July – Radio2Funky’s Summer Jam – 2Funky Music Café

Fri 21st July – Towers of London, Soundhouse

Fri 21st – Mon 24th July – L Fest (The UK’s only lesbian festival)

Sat 22nd July – Roots Conference Yearly Kings Earthstrong Gathering – 2Funky Music Café

Sat 22nd July – The Soap Girls – The Shed

Sun 23rd July – Beginners Aerial Silk Workshop followed by Curtain Twitchen show – Attenborough Arts

Sun 23rd July – We Are Scientists – O2 Academy

Mon 24th July – Professional Dance Class Leicester with Lewys Holt & Scarlett Turner – The Curve

Thurs 27th July – NT Live: Angels in America Part Two – Perestroika – Phoenix

Fri 28th July – Canteen Street Food @ LCB Depot (The UK’s best street food, with live music and comedy)

Sat 29th July – Violet Cities – The Musician

Sat 29th – Sun 30th July – Simon Says Music Festival