Leicester City Council
  • Meeting considers Gypsy sites
    ARRANGEMENTS have been announced for a planning meeting this week at which proposals for two gypsy sites in Leicester are due to be considered.
  • Freedom of city for hockey club
    A LOCAL hockey club with a long history of sporting success has been put forward for the freedom of the city of Leicester.
  • Ramblers lead spooky walk
    PEOPLE can take part in a creepy guided walk around Leicester city centre on Wednesday (Oct 30).
  • Blaze of glory for pallets
    UNWANTED wooden pallets could get a starring role in this year's Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display thanks to an appeal being launched by Leicester City Council.
  • Community centre partnership
    Members of a local group for disabled people are set to take over the day-to-day running of a neighbourhood centre.
  • Have say on spitting fines
    LEICESTER City Council is hoping to introduce new fines to tackle the anti-social habit of spitting in public.
  • Closing date for school places
    THE deadline is fast approaching for parents to get their applications in for secondary school places in the city.
  • Final push for admissions
    PARENTS who have not yet applied for secondary school places for their children are being sent reminders ahead of the deadline for applications later this week.
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  • ATP – Curated by Jeff Mangum

    ATP – Curated by Jeff Mangum

    Wednesday 25th of January 2012

    News Item

    A limited amount of tickets are still available for the upcoming ATP March festival headlined by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel). The event takes place at Butlins Minehead from March 9th 2012 to March 11th 2012.

    The December event was postponed last year after some very heartfelt apologies from Barry Hogan and everyone at ATP Concerts. The good news is that the up line is still as special as it was in December and is as follows:

    Curated by Jeff Mangum

    • Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
    • The Magnetic Fields
    • Joanna Newsom
    • Boredoms
    • Sebadoh
    • Thurston Moore
    • Low
    • Yann Tiersen
    • Scratch Acid
    • Versus
    • The Olivia Tremor Control
    • The Magic Band
    • Robyn Hitchcock - Performing I Often
    • Dream Of Trains
    • Half Japanese
    • Young Marble Giants
    • A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Performing a new and original soundtrack to 'Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors'
    • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion!
    • Mike Watt & George Hurley perform the songs of the Minutemen
    • The Fall
    • The Raincoats
    • Tall Firs
    • The Apples in stereo
    • The Music Tapes
    • Group Doueh
    • Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise
    • Lost In The Trees
    • Mount Eerie
    • Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble Of Chicago)
    • Matana Roberts
    • American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) - Performing Gavin Bryars' Jesus'
    • Blood Never Failed Me Yet
    • Rafael Toral
    • Yamantaka / Sonic Titan

    Chosen by ATP

    • Earth
    • Demdike Stare
    • Blanck Mass

    This is a truly stunning line up not to be missed and follows up from what was a mesmerising ATP curated by Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav. There are many artists on this line up that you should see at least once in your life, to have so many in one place at one time is something that should not be missed.

    Sometimes the best things come to those who wait!

    For full information and to buy tickets please visit the ATP website.

    A photo review of the Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav ATP is below:

  • ATP Concerts Announce Their Annual December UK Holiday Camp Festival

    ATP Concerts Announce Their Annual December UK Holiday Camp Festival

    Wednesday 25th of January 2012

    News Item

    ATP have announced that their December 2012 UK festival will be headlined by THE NATIONAL. The event takes place at Butlins Minehead from December 7th 2012 to December 9th 2012.

    The event will be curated by The National and will feature many of their favourite artists.

    Already added to the line up:

    • The National
    • Kronos Quartet
    • The Antlers
    • Owen Pallett
    • Boris
    • Tim Hecker
    • Sharon Van Etten
    • My Brightest Diamond
    • Wye Oak
    • Lower Dens
    • Megafun
    • Sunns
    • Dark Dark Dark
    • Buke and Gase

    The line up will added to throughout the year and we'll keep you up to date as it happens.

    ATP has to be one of the best festival experiences and should not be missed.

    View full information and to buy tickets on the ATP website

    A limited amount of tickets are also available for the upcoming ATP March festival headlined by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), this is also at Butlins Minehead and runs from March 9th 2012 to March 11th 2012.

    For more information please visit the ATP website

  • No News Is Good News

    No News Is Good News

    Tuesday 30th of August 2011

    News Item

    Just in case you've noticed that we haven't been updating our news section for a while we just wanted to let you know that we are still here!

    We will be discontinuing the news section shortly to concentrate on doing all those reviews you have been requesting and we will re-jig the site the give more space to the reviews on the front page.

    So don't take our lack of news to mean anything other than a subtle change in focus - it was taking us ages to sort out all of the news stories, because nobody was following the submission guidelines, so we are going to use all the time we spent on news to listen to your records instead.

  • Music For Youth

    Music For Youth

    Thursday 30th of June 2011

    News Item

    Music for Youth is a 3-day national festival taking place at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on the 5th-7th July. Osborne School in Winchester are the only special needs school performing at the show. Rubik's Cube is a rock and pop ensemble, formed by drummer and pupil Michael Matthews in 2010. The band have developed and performed many shows, all in the name of fun!

    When Michael was 15 he was having difficulties controlling his anger and frustration. He found that he could channel his emotions and energy into drumming and music. He asked staff and pupils to join him, forming the now tightly-knit band. The band have since played shows in Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester, and next - Birmingham!

    "It is an amazing experience for us" says Kelly-Ann Fagan, the lead female vocalist. "Rubik's Cube has been such a big part of my life, I never want to leave!".

    "I think Rubik's Cube is amazing" says Shayla Chinyou, another singer "I'm getting better at singing and I'm loving learning the drums. I want to get as good as the other drummers".

    The band promotes music as a fun and social experience - it has allowed the pupils to grow friendships, build important communication abilities and nurture their musical skills.

    "I get to meet new friends" says Lucy Norris, another band member "I like to try my hardest and it's changed everything about my life".

    Chloe Faulkner from 'Music for Youth' commented that "We're thrilled Rubik's Cube are playing. The event is showcasing the most interesting and high quality young bands performing in the UK. It is a really diverse and eclectic mix of music styles, the fact we've got people coming from across the UK will showcase the talent on offer in different counties".

    "The future is colourful for the band" says the bands musical director, Ben Dlugokecki. "We plan to take the band on tour - playing to schools across the county. If anyone would like us to come and play at your school or event, get in touch!".

    Tickets are available from the Music For Youth website.

  • Music Aid For Joplin Auction

    Music Aid For Joplin Auction

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    Orange Amplifiers, alongside fellow musicians and other people in the music industry, were so very saddened to hear the news about the worst tornado season in more than fifty years in the USA and would like to offer their support. 153 people have been killed in Joplin, Missouri - home of the Glory Days Music Store - and half the town was destroyed including Glory Days itself and the owner's home.

    Orange Amps have decided after hearing the news to set up a fund-raising 'Music Aid for Joplin' auction of very special musical equipment from Orange and a number of other manufacturers. CEO Cliff Cooper will be working with Ted Owen, the auction house Fame Bureau's Managing Director, who is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia.

    Orange Amps will donate a rare and valuable (last one of only twenty made) Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6000! Orange have also helped to coordinate support from other musical instrument manufacturers/suppliers and the auction will include a number of very desirable items which are being added to on a daily basis. The list currently includes:

    • Sabian Cymbals money-can't-buy 14" Paragon Crash personally signed by RUSH's Neil Peart with the Steampunk logo, personalized with the winner's name
    • Sabian leather jacket
    • Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH's Geddy Lee, personalized with the winner's name
    • Yamaha Gigmaker 5pc drum set with hardware and Paiste 101 cymbals
    • Yamaha New A Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar
    • Sierra Guitars Sierra Sunrise Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
    • Shure Microphones Super 55
    • Guitar World 12-Month Subscription

    David Peterson, owner of Glory Days Music Store, commenting on the auction said, "On hearing about Orange's plans to raise proceeds through an auction, I was just floored. I didn't think for one minute that someone would do something like that for me without asking for it. It's an incredible gesture".

    "We have seen the heartbreaking tragedy that has taken place in the USA, particularly in Joplin Missouri," said Cooper, "and we felt that we would like to do something in the spirit of that special relationship that exists between the USA and the UK. The money raised will help the re-establishment of the Glory Days Music Store".

    The American Red Cross in Joplin is providing emergency assistance at five separate locations. This includes first aid and emergency health services, mental health services, distribution of bulk items such as recovery kits, toiletries and items needed for the clean-up such as gloves, rakes, masks, and vital water supplies and snacks.

    To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support the Joplin community please go to Fame Bureau's website and bid on one of the many items available. The auction begins Monday, July 18 at Fame Bureau. The Auction ends Wednesday, August 24th.

  • Releases Announced Today

    Releases Announced Today

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    Here's today's list of tracks hot off the press and waiting for release.

    Dretonio feat Iain Mussett - 'Captain' - Out Now

    Mojo Fury - 'We Should Just Run Away' - Due for release 10th July 2011

    Marc Carroll - 'Always' - Due for release 11th July 2011

  • The Sky Arts Ignition Bursary

    The Sky Arts Ignition Bursary

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    IdeasTap, the online arts and funding organisation for young creatives, have teamed up with Sky Arts to launch a new bursary for young artists.

    The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund will offer five young artists £30,000 each to fund their work for a full year. The fund is open to artists aged 18-30 living in the UK and Ireland, and is designed to bridge the gap between formal education and becoming a working artist.

    The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, film, music, dance or literature.

    The scheme will provide each artist with a mentor from Sky, who will help develop their skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sector. The artists will also have the opportunity to showcase theirwork on Sky Arts - be it on TV, online or on demand.

    The deadline for applicants is 19th September 2011. Two winners will be selected during this round of funding. The next round will open in early 2012 from which three further winners will be chosen.

    For more information, and to apply for the Sky Arts Ignition: FuturesFund head over to the IdeasTap website.

  • Learn To Play Thin Lizzy

    Learn To Play Thin Lizzy

    Friday 24th of June 2011

    News Item

    Lick Library one of world leading suppliers of guitar tuition DVD's, has just released Learn to Play Thin Lizzy The Solos, giving you the opportunity to explore this explosive Celtic rock band's intensely powerful twin guitar harmonies.

    Renowned guitarist and tutor, as well as co founder of Lick Library, Stuart Bull takes you through note for note five classic Thin Lizzy guitar solos. Stuart has literally taught thousands of people to play the guitar throughout the world with his award winning Total Accuracy that guitar series. Using the trade mark Lick Library split screen so you can see what both of Stuarts hands are doing at the same time you can match what Stuart is saying to what he does.

    Stuart looks at what is widely regarded at Thin Lizzy's greatest and most romantic ballad Still In Love With You, which includes the long Brian Robertson solo full of subtle tremolo picking making it almost ethereal in the emotions it conveys. Next up is Don't Believe A Word, featuring the awesome guitar work of Gary Moore in a slower yet equally fantastic solo. This is followed by Dancing In The Moonlight, in which Scott Gorham's solo is crisp and light especially with its descending octave lick. Further solos are featured from Whiskey In The Jar, arguably their best known song and last but not least is Waiting For An Alibi where the guitars and bass take turns in coming to the front.

    Accompanying the DVD is a CD with jam tracks for each solo. Each jam track comes at three different speeds, slow, medium and full tempo, allowing you to practice each solos at your own pace, steadily building up to full speed.

    You can find out more on Learn To Play Thin Lizzy The Solos (RRP £23.99) from the Lick Library website where you will also find details of wealth of tuition DVDs, CDs and books related to Thin Lizzy, and the incredible guitarist that have played a part in creating their distinctive sound.

  • ATP Announce Fundraiser Event

    ATP Announce Fundraiser Event

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

    News Item

    ATP have announced a Fundraiser Event for Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatreon June 23rd.

    ATP are hosting two events at Alexandra Palace in July, with FlamingLips performing.

    The Soft Bulletin and the Portishead curated I'll Be Your Mirror withGrinderman and PJ Harvey

    On July 1st, 2011, Flaming Lips will perform their classic album'The Soft Bulletin' in its entirety as part of ATP's groundbreaking 'Don't Look Back' series. Dinosaur Jr and Deerhoof will also be joining the line-up performing their ownrespective classic albums - 'Bug' and 'Milk Man'. On the weekend of 23rd and 24th July 2011 ATP present the first UK I'll BeYour Mirror event curated by ATP and Portishead (who headline bothnights) and features acts such as Grinderman and PJ Harvey.

    Alexandra Palace was chosen as the venue for both events because its grandeur and history has always held a special place for ATP founder Barry Hogan. Growing up locally, Barry developed a strong affinity with the venue, its Great Hall playing host to a history of special acts and performances, among them Led Zeppelin in 1972, New Order, The Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Pixies, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd at the epic 1967kaleidoscopic rave 'The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream'.

    What many people may not know, is that Alexandra Palace has a beautiful old Victorian Theatre within the grounds, next to the ice skating rink. Built in 1875 and originally designed by John Johnson,the theatre is placed on the English Heritage 'Buildings at Risk'register and also stands as a Grade II listed building, thoughapplications have been made to raise this status. The Victoriantheatre is now in the hands of the 'Friends of the Alexandra PalaceTheatre' who are campaigning to raise money to restore it, first toa working capacity and eventually back to its original splendour. Formore info on the Theatre clcik here.

    In the lead-up to the two events ATP is doing at the Palace, nextThursday 23rd June ATP will hold a special fundraiser event at the Music Palace, Crouch End (N8 9BT)from 6pm-12am at which all profits will go to the Friends Of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

    Details Of The Fundraiser:

    Entry to the event is free, but a mandatory purchase of at least one�2 raffle ticket will be required upon entry. All raffle ticketdonations go to the Friends Of Alexandra Palace Theatre and prizesinclude ATP goodies including tickets to both events and ATP chaletsand donations from local businesses including Haberdashery (a meal andwine for two), Flashback (donating Vinyl, CDs and DVDs and celebratingtheir 5th anniversary at the store the next day) and Jealous Gallerywho have donated a framed Eddie King (artist for The Clash which you can view here. For a list of prizes (that is constantly been updated)please visit the ATP Festival website.

    The night will also feature Lord Sinclair's ATP and Haringey Pub Quizin which the famed ATP quizmaster will present challenging questionson music, the local area and Alexandra Palace as well DJs Andrew Hungand Benjamin John Power (F**k Buttons), Declan Allen, Barry Hogan (ATP)and The Local DJs.

    LocALE tasting

    ATP are also putting a call out to all the serious ale drinkers out there to come and test some real ales from the Redemption and Sambrook's breweries and to vote on the ones served at I'll Be Your Mirror this year. Partial profits from each pint sold will go to Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

    GETTING TO THE MUSIC PALACEFull address: 159a Tottenham Lane London, UK N8 9BT

    The 91 and the 41 bus comes along every 5 to 10 minutes until wellafter midnight and pulls up right outside the venue and are replacedby Night buses afterwards. You can catch a 91 bus from TrafalgarSquare, Aldwych, Euston, King's Cross or Holloway or a 41 fromArchway, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green, West Green or Tottenham Hale.

  • New Protection Racket Cases

    New Protection Racket Cases

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

    News Item

    For Ben Thompson of Two Door Cinema Club, White is definitely the new black when it comes to his new Protection Racket Drum Cases.

    The exuberant Two Door Cinema Club are riding a tidal wave of success through this summers biggest and best festivals in the UK, Europe and USA with White being the theme of this years tour. Their music was voted best by college students making them winners of the 2011 MTVU Breaking Woodie Award (previous winners include Kings of Leon) and they are set to appear at the Isle of White, Glastonbury and Leeds / Reading festivals to name just a few.

    Protection Racket - with all the authority of the White House when it comes to making soft drum cases - have used all their usual wizardry to produce this spellbinding set of cases. Ben is entrusting his precious drums to the milky white soft fleecy lining of these lightweight, maximum protection cases. Crafted in white with contrasting zips and fasteners capable of surviving the choppiest of journeys and come with practical carry handles.

    With all the festivals coming up dressing up your drums in dazzling snowy white cases may seem a little bit of a white elephant, but they sure will shine out in the crowd. Ben is going to see how bright he can keep the white and Protection Racket will be holding the cases up to the light after the festival season to see how much of a shine they have retained.

    Wherever the gig, Protection Racket case are built to last, light, tough, road tested, clean and simple and come in a range of colours, Black, Aero Brown, Funky Green and Steel Grey.

    To find out more about Protection Racket cases head over to the Protection Racket website.

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