Come as you were: Nirvana UK bring back the grunge age

By Sof Clarke

It’s been a ghost town on the live music scene the last few years due to covid, but Nirvana UK are resurrecting the spirit of a true grunge icon.

The tribute band have announced their 2023 tour dates, and Leicester is on the map.

“We are really looking forward to coming back to Leicester after last year’s great show!” said frontman Jez, who performs as Kurt Cobain. “You can expect more of the same from us, but more of a set themed around the ‘In Utero’ tour shows of 1993/94.”

After almost 10 years together, the band know everything about the trio they emulate. They even include genuine 1990s equipment and outfits to amplify the authenticity of an original Nirvana show.

“From vintage Tama drums, preamps, power amps, effect pedals, cabinets, speakers all the way down to microphones. We use all the same equipment as Nirvana would have used,” he said.

The tragic death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 denied a new generation of Nirvana fans the chance of ever seeing the band play live. “We really do all we can to provide the audience with the best possible representation of Nirvana live,” said Jez.

When asked about the type of people we can expect to see at the show, Jez said: “We see an entire spectrum. From nine-year-olds with their parents to the older generation who would have been into Nirvana when they were around.”

When questioned on the work-to-life ratio in the band, Jez replied, “It’s been very hard work at times but also very rewarding. I mean, not many people get to pretend they are Nirvana, right?”

Nirvana UK play the O2 Academy, Leicester on April 8, 2023. Click here for tickets.

Rock band Spear of Destiny set to play Nuneaton gig with release of new album

By Courtney Stevens

Spear of Destiny set to play Queens Hall during UK tour (Image: Publicity picture)

By Courtney Stevens

Spear of Destiny are set to play at Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Sunday, December 4, as part of their UK tour.

The tour is to mark the release of their new album Ghost Population which was released on November 18.

The 23-date live tour kicks off in Leeds today (NOV22), includes Nottingham Rescue Rooms on December 13 and finishes in Manchester on December 17.

Ghost Population will be the band’s 15th studio album and it covers a range of themes from personal to political plus it covers the evolution of the band from past to present.

The tour will give audiences a chance to hear songs from the new album live for the first time.

Since reforming in the late 1990s, ringleader Kirk Brandon has supervised a major reissue campaign of the band’s back catalogue, playing sell out shows at venues such as London’s 100 club and Manchester’s Ritz, joining festival line ups and relentlessly writing new music.

Next year will mark 40 years since the formation of the band in 1983 and since then their punk-influenced power rock has gained a following in the UK.

Spear of Destiny have had a changing line up through the years, but this tour will feature their longest serving line up to date, including Adrian Portas (New Model Army/Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy/The Cult/The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind), as well as Clive Osborne on saxophone and Steve Allen-Jones on keys.

Tickets are available here:

UK tour dates for Spear of Destiny 2022

Woman celebrates her 100th gig by seeing the band Blossoms at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge

By Shreeya Vaja

An avid gig-goer celebrated her 100th concert by seeing the band Blossoms at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on Tuesday(NOV15).

Happy: Daphne at the Blossoms gig

Daphne Fields, 25, saw her landmark 100th concert in her home town of Cambridge, after her adoration for music, mainly Indie-rock, had encouraged her to travel throughout the UK and attend at least one gig every two weeks.

She said her love for live music came from when she saw UB40 at the age of 11, and since then she has loved every form of live entertainment.

Daphne sees going to watch live music as a way of self-care. She said: “Some people go to therapy but I go to gigs.”

Blossoms will be Daphne’s last concert of 2022, which she attended with a group of five friends, after going to over 30 gigs this year alone.

The pandemic put a halt to her live music hobby,. She said: “The pandemic made it difficult to not be able to do what made me happy for over a year but the first gig back was the best experience.”

Since the pandemic, Daphne has tried to attend every indie-rock live music event she can find. She sets aside money at the start of every month into what she calls her ‘gig fund’ and uses this money to get tickets for any artist or band no matter their popularity.

Blossoms started playing at 9pm and stayed on stage until 10.30pm.

Afterwards, Daphne said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better 100th gig, the vibes were amazing.”

DSU event tickets sell out amidst World Cup hype

By Katie McKenna

Tickets have sold out for the De Montfort Students’ Union England v Iran Fifa World Cup fanzone event, showing a lot of anticipation for the biggest sporting event of the year.

The event in the Function Room is set to start half an hour before kick-off time at 1pm on Monday(NOV21) and will end at 3.30pm.

As the 2022 World Cup is only just starting on Sunday, it’s easy to imagine the anticipation growing even further as the England team progresses through the tournament. Bigger events may be needed to accommodate for this intense demand.

Best places to visit in Leicester

By Vivek Julka

If you’re new to Leicester or maybe you are bored of the city, TripAdvisor has come up with some interesting places to visit in the city.

It has suggested a variety of places to visit from museums, to parks, or sport stadiums. 

I have put together a Google Earth video clip to show where some of these locations are and what they look like.

My video shows the places in the order below:

  1. King Richard III Visitor Centre – Visitors can learn about the King’s life and death. His remains were buried here for around 500 years. It is in Leicester City centre opposite the Leicester Cathedral.
  2. National Space Centre – Here you will get a 360 full dome experience. They host many weekend events and astronomy evenings you can join in on.
  3. Leicester Museum & Art Gallery – Another place for people who are interested in history. They have displays and collections from all over the world.
  4. Curve Theatre – Home of Leicester’s theatre and showcases emerging talent and also some of the world’s finest.
  5. King Power Stadium – Home of Leicester City Football Club. If you’re interested in football this is the place to be in Leicester.
  6. Abbey Park – A nice space to relax with friends or by yourself.

Video showing locations – made on Google Earth Studio

Angelo Perera, who moved to Leicester a few years ago, said: “As a football fan, one of the first places I visited was the King Power Stadium and it was great. The National Space Centre was fun too as I managed to capture a great experience which I will remember for a long time.”

Kuldip, who has lived in Leicester for over 20 years, said: “The King Richard Visitor Centre was fascinating as they told us how his remains were found. Also, Belgrave Road is a great place to go to for Asians like myself as it really represents our culture well.”

This is a list of some of the best places to visit in Leicester. Let us know which ones really interested you.