Take a sneak-peek inside refurbished Leicester music venue, The Shed

By Mollie Mansfield

 

After closing for refurbishment at the end of last year, Leicester’s popular music venue, The Shed, is finally set to re-open tonight, April 1.

Following a preview of the venue at the press launch on Thursday, March 30, it’s clear that The Shed will be the new hub for local artists.

Taken under new ownership and with over £100,000 spent on renovation, the venue has been significantly modernised, while still maintaining some original charm, such as the poster-plastered stairway.

The two-room venue has been decked out with new sound-systems, a complete exterior make-over and a massive LED screen.

The Shed will open tonight for the official launch party, with a headline performance from Birmingham based, electric swing six-piece, Electric Swing Circus, and support from local artists.

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The Shed owner, Elizabeth Barker-Carley, making a speech at the press event about the refurbishment of the venue.

 

Match report: Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City

By Sam Coleman

Leicester City continued their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare, making it four wins in their last four games after breezing past Stoke at the King Power in a comprehensive 2-0 victory.

Screamers from Ndidi and Vardy meant that Vardy now has four in four and a new Premier League record is set as Shakespeare is the only manager to win his first four games in charge.

Stoke were poor throughout the game, causing minimal problems for Leicester’s defence and Kasper Schmeichel as The Foxes dominated for 90 minutes.

Fireworks pre game to celebrate the chairman’s birthday started off proceedings, igniting the crowd in the King Power.

It was a dull start to the game as you might expect between these two sides, with Leicester and Stoke’s top scorers having only 13 goals between them.

A sensational strike from Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi from distance on the 25 minute mark sparked the game into life, Lee Grant was left helpless as the ball sailed past him into the top left corner.

Demarai Gray, in for the sick Mark Albrighton continued his fine form, causing real problems for Stoke’s defence on the left. His pace and trickery proved too much for Shawcross and Whelan as they were booked for cynical fouls on the u21 international.

Three minutes into the second half Leicester’s talisman and top goal scorer this season Jamie Vardy found himself on the end of a Danny Simpson cross, stroking it home on the volley with a touch of class.

As Stoke started to find their feet in the game after bringing on the likes of Adam and Crouch Leicester soaked up the pressure, and as they so often do broke dangerously forcing numerous good saves from Grant.

The game had the distinctive feel of the Leicester of last season, a certain swagger from the likes of Mahrez, Gray and Vardy made Stoke look incredibly inferior.

A late missed sitter from Peter Crouch and Arnautovic’s 9th yellow card of the season summed up Stoke’s day, the 6ft6 man somehow managed to head wide from six yards.

A performance to forget for Mark Hughes’ men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report: Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City

By Joel Wood

Leicester City made it five games unbeaten in all competitions to keep Craig Shakespeare’s 100% unbeaten record intact after brushing aside Mark Hughes’ Stoke in an easy 2-0 win.

A back injury to captain Wes Morgan saw Yohan Benalouane brought back into the side whereas Stoke were still without the vital Xherdan Shaqiri who is still recovering from a calf strain.

It was a cagey opening 20 minutes at the King Power from both sides with half chances from Benalouane and Jamie Vardy both finding the side netting.

However, the deadlock was broken by a moment of sheer brilliance in the 25th minute with a thunderous strike from 25-yards from Wilfred Ndidi.

Danny Simpson from the right-hand side pulled a square ball into the path of the Nigerian in the centre of the pitch.

The midfielder took it past the oncoming Stoke defence with ease before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top right of the net past the onlooking Lee Grant.

Following the goal, Shakespeare’s side enjoyed the majority of the chances. Demarai Grey, who was given his first start under the new manager was undoubtedly the brightest on the pitch being brought into the team following Marc Albrighton being ruled out from illness before kick-off.

Leicester’s dominance continued early after the break with the in-form Vardy finding the back of the net only two minutes after the restart.

Another assist from Simpson, who looped a dangerous ball into the Stoke box was volleyed home confidently from the English sticker giving him his 9th league goal of the season.

Leicester stood resolute for the rest of the game allowing Stokes Marko Arnautović and Saido Berahino very little to live off.

Leicester’s win makes Shakespeare the first British manager to win their first four Premier League games and lifts the foxes eight points clear of the drop.

Match Report: Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City

By Luke Hawker

Leicester City stretched their winning run to four games under manager Craig Shakespeare with a convincing 2-0 victory over Stoke City, with goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy.

Leicester City opened the scoring in the 25th minute following a stunning 25-yard strike from Wilfred Ndidi, his first Premier League goal came from a square pass from Danny Simpson into the path of the oncoming Ndidi, who took one touch and slammed the ball into the top right-hand corner, with no chance for Lee Grant in goal.

The Foxes went 2-0 up just minutes into the second period, that man Danny Simpson the provider again, his curling cross from midway into the Stoke half, was sweetly met by the right-foot of Vardy to score his 9th Premier League goal of the season.

The win means boss Shakespeare has made a piece of history, become the first British manager to win his first four league games in charge, he joins great company along with Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

Demarai Gray handed his first start under Craig Shakespeare, replacing the unwell Marc Albrighton, was a threat all afternoon, he caused all sorts of problems for the Stoke back four, Ryan Shawcross received yellow for a heavy challenge on Gray, followed by Glenn Whelan who cynically took down the England under-21 international in the opening half.

Mahrez so nearly made it three just past the hour mark, following a scintillating counter-attack, reminiscent of last season, however the Algerian could not convert Vardy’s low cross.

Stoke City were never really in the game, their chances were limited due to the resilient Leicester defence, the visitors best chance fell to substitute Peter Crouch in the 2nd half, who got on the end of a cross from Mame Biram Diouf but headed over.

A concern for manager Mark Hughes is stoke have now failed to score in their last 4 league outings.

Leicester have now won three successive home games in the Premier League for the first time since February 2016 and move up to 14th in the League table.