R’n’B superstar comes to Leicester


By Charlie Bourne

American R’n’B artist Nelly was due to come to Leicester today (Wednesday), to perform at a city nightclub.


Club Republic was hosting the event with tickets continuing to sell online until the last minute.

The final release prices for the concert started at £10 while VIP tickets remained at £15 per person.

Nelly had previously performed at Club Republic’s partner, Blueprint, in the city in June 2016.

Nirali Patel, a fan of the singer, said: “I went to the gig when he was here last and he killed it, he performed all of his biggest songs from the naughties and that for me was when he was at his best.

“I really wanted to go this time because when he came last time I was in my first year at university and now he’s coming back.

“I’m in my final year now, so it might be a bit of a throwback night for me and my mates.”

Speaking about Leicester’s nightlife, she added: “Well Leicester’s not really like a Birmingham or London where there is a lot on at once, so it’s nice to have the chance to see these artists every now and then, as normal nights out can be a bit repetitive.

“I don’t really go out much now as I did when I first came to Leicester, I don’t know if that’s the nights out getting worse or just me getting older.”

The singer is expected to play a variety of his own tracks created over his career spanning nearly two decades.

More events coming up at Club Republic include drum and bass DJ High Contrast on 2nd December, as well as Radio 1Xtra DJ MistaJam hosting the club’s 7th birthday on the 16th December.

Elsewhere in Leicester, General Levy will be performing on November 18th at nightclub Streetlife.

Teenager found guilty of murder

A Leicester teenager who had previously been found guilty of murder has been sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to a minimum of 14 years in jail.


Mucaad Ali Faraah, 18, of Bishopdale Road, Leicester, stabbed Abdirahman Adam, 22, on St Mathews Way.

Mr Ali was reportedly in an argument with Mr Adam,  before stabbing him in the chest.

Mr Adam died later in hospital.

Mr Ali was sentenced on Tuesday, having been found guilty in May.

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of East Midlands Special Operations unit major crime team, said: “A single stab wound resulted in the death of a young man and a family have been left distraught by their loss.

“Farah chose to carry a knife that day and he intended to cause harm. He has shown no remorse for his actions and now faces a lengthy term in prison for his actions that fateful afternoon.

“Two families now have been left without their loved ones, following a seemingly insignificant argument that had such devastating consequences.

“Throughout the trial both families have acted in a very respectful and dignified manner, and I’d like to praise them for that.

“The two families have acted as one community throughout.

“Knife crime is a priority for the force and we are working closely with partner agencies to address the underlying issues, carrying a bladed weapon in a public place is an offence, and we aim to educate the young and old about the serious consequences of their actions.”

Hassan Mahamud, a resident on St Mathews Way, said: “When I first heard about the stabbing my reaction was of disbelief.

“My younger sister was walking down the road not too long before it happened.

“None of us feel safe anymore, my parents say that this street used to be safe, but it hasn’t been that way for a long time.”

Stacey Gillingham, also of St Mathews Way, said: “I have kids who used to walk home from school, but since the stabbing I am having to drive them to and from school.

“The street just doesn’t feel safe anymore.

“When something like this happens it not only really scares you, but it reminds you that life is precious and not to take loved ones for granted.”

Triumphant Tower 2 Tower cycling group reach £10k target

By Lauren Sedgley

The Tower 2 Tower cycle fundraisers have announced that they have officially reached their £10,000 target.

The charity bike ride was completed in September where six men from the Barwell and Hinckley area took on a 300-mile bike ride with a target of raising £10,000.


Tower 2 Tower cycling group before embarking on their 300 mile bike ride

Ben Dicks, John Ball, David Ball, Steve Noel, Paul Cheater and Mick Walsh rode the 300 miles starting from the Barwell Water Tower and cycling all the way to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The bike ride was in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Brain Tumour Charity, with the £10,000 to be split between them.

All six men set out on September 20 and over the course of four days, they cycled the 300 miles to the Eiffel Tower.

On their return home the following Sunday, they hosted a party at the Cross Keys pub in Barwell as a means of fundraising more money.

Back in 2016, Ben raised £2,000 for Cancer Research whilst he was still in remission for cancer himself and received the all clear in January of this year.

It was because of this that the idea of the charity bike ride came around after he lost his dad to cancer four years ago. The bike ride in memory of his father.

The whole ride was planned over the course of a few meetings with his fellow cyclist, John Ball, where they had to take into consideration hotels, pit stops, team shirts and bus hire.





DMU celebrates classical Indian music with one-of-a-kind concert

By Kerri Stevenson

Students and staff at De Montfort University gathered in Trinity House Chapel on Tuesday to celebrate the classical Indian music genre.

indian classical music

The event, which took place from 1pm to 2pm, was part of the inaugural DMU Classical Indian Music series, which is a programme of lunchtime concerts curated by DMU Music in partnership with the celebrated Darbar Festival, the largest of its kind outside India.

There were two core themes running throughout this year’s concert series, focussing on women in music and traditional Indian instruments including the sitar and sarod were used.

indian classical musicChris Heighton, Head of DMU Music, said: “With these concerts, we have been able to bring the finest Indian musicians in the world to perform at DMU for both campus and city audiences.

“The fantastic acoustic of Trinity House Chapel adds a wonderful dimension to the live performance and creates an incredible experience for our audiences.”

This year is the first time this type of event has taken place at DMU, and the concert included performances from a wide range of talented Indian musicians including Roopa Panesar, Shahbaz Hussian, Gurdain Ryatt and Surdarshan Chana.

Following the success and popularity of this year’s event, DMU Music announced it has been commissioned to take place again in 2018.

Mr Heighton added: “The series has been a huge success because we have begun to build an increasing audience of students, staff and members of the public.

“All of our concerts are also live streamed via the DMU Facebook page, which has welcomed audience numbers of between 700 and 1,000 people watching live from across the UK and internationally, which is fantastic.

“Interestingly, a large number of people who are unable to attend the live performance watch the concert from the DMU Facebook page afterwards.”

If you wish to know more about the event, contact Chris Heighton at chris.heighton@dmu.ac.uk or call DMU Music on 0116 207 8521.

Loughborough Fair returns to Market Place

By Simon Sansome

The popular Loughborough Fair returned last week for its annual visit to the town.

Loughborough has held yearly fairs in the Market Place since 1221 when the official Charter was granted by King Henry III.

lough fair pic

The centre of the town was taken over by rides for young and old with candy floss, sugar doughnuts, toffee apples, hog roasts and other attractions on offer, including seasonal warm roasted chestnuts.

Bumper cars were bashing, the Big Wheel turning, Waltzers spinning and horses on Carousels circling around for the enjoyment of thousands of people who were expected to attend the four-day event.

There were more than 100 rides, stalls, games, balloons and refreshments stands on offer for the event.

lough fair info pic

Brother and sister Cherry and Tommy Moore, from Mountsorrel, said: “There’s plenty to do, it is expensive and you waste a lot of money but it’s just plain harmless fun for the kids, we come every year.”

The fair is organised by Charnwood Borough Council and is popular with residents, attracting thousands of people every year.

Jo Webster, 36, from Loughborough, said: “It’s my birthday today so coming to the fair is a sort of tradition as it’s here every year on my birthday.

“I like the fair as you forget where you are, you don’t mind paying the prices but there must be a set limit as it can be expensive. Here’s hoping for many more years of the fair.”

The fair ran from Wednesday until Saturday.

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