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Leicester Music Festival


Leicester Music Festival

After several months of hear say and speculation about the Leicester Music Festival, LMF 2014 campaign has gone on a full frontal assault to get the word out there.

An X-Factor homecoming for Leicester’s Sam Bailey plus some of the biggest names in soul, urban, reggae, pop and R’n’B have today been announced for the first ever Leicester Music Festival (LMF).

The two day festival, which is expected to draw a crowd of 44,000 and promises entertainment that the whole family will enjoy, will take place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014.

Friday’s line-up comprises internationally-acclaimed ‘Just be good to green’ rapper Professor Green and urban songstress Katy B. Joining them on the festival’s first day will be renowned singer-songwriter Billy Ocean, reggae group Aswad and double-Grammy award winners Soul II Soul featuring Jazzie B OBE. Dance sensation Diversity will also be performing on both days of the concert and more acts for the Friday festival will be announced in March.

Joining Diversity on Saturday, is MOBO award-winner Labrinth, X-factor boy band Union J and pop favourites The Saturdays. LMF’s Saturday crowd will also see an exclusive performance from X-factor winner Sam Bailey as she gives her only planned Leicester performance of the year. Soul chart toppers The Real Thing and Asian pop band Stereo Nation plus one additional ‘yet to be named’ act, complete the line-up.

Manoj Keshavji co-founder of the Leicester Music Festival said: “Our aim was for LMF to put Leicester on the map for music and with this line up we think we’ve hit the right note. The people of Leicester are tired of having to the leave the city to watch big acts perform, so this summer we’re bringing an eclectic mix of artists spanning years of stardom and complimentary genres which the whole family can enjoy.”

Joining the acts at the Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers will be four local bands who have won the right to share the stage with LMF A-listers. More than 100 bands from across the region are battling it out in the PLAY@LMF competition, in a bid to clinch a set at the festival. Finalists have now been announced and ten gigs have been set around the city in which the finalists will be shortlisted, with the winning acts being chosen at a live final on Saturday 7th June at Streetlife.

Promising to be an event the city can be proud of, a number of local businesses have already pledged to back the festival including Hilton Leicester, Sturgess Motor Group, the Leicester Tigers and the Wishes for Kids charity.

We will bring you all of the news on the Leicester Music Festival as it comes in.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £45 per person per day and can be purchased from, and in person at Visit Leicester (on Gallowtree Gate) and the Leicester Tigers’ ticket office.