As this is our first rock infused festival in Leicester, we wanted to capitalise on the superb facilities available at the Arena and mark the occasion by delivering a mix of sounds that showcases rock music in a range of different styles. With King King; one of the biggest names in the UK headlining, the renowned FM plus seven other very different, but striking acts in the line-up, this will undoubtedly be a great festival and one live music event not to miss in the region!
King King are the band to beat. Glasgow’s favourite sons have already been saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review), credited for “setting the blues world on fire” (Classic Rock), nominated for Best New Band at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour and handed back-to-back British Blues Awards. They’ve proved their mettle on bills with Thunder and John Mayall, triumphed as far afield as Mumbai and taken the roof off major venues from the 02 Glasgow to Wembley Arena.
King King haven’t wasted a moment of their white-knuckle career. Formed in 2010, the band’s four-album hot-streak includes 2011’s Take My Hand (Maverick: “Tremendous”), 2013’s Standing In The Shadows (The Blues: “A sure-fire hit”), 2015’s Reaching For The Light and last year’s Live album that topped the Amazon Blues Chart and was called “thumping-good” by Classic Rock. Words alone cannot convey the musical dynamics and chemistry of this quartet and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live. Having said this, you can get a feel for what they are all about by having a look and listen to them playing the punchy “Waking Up” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHrFVi9JLe4 and the vocal and melodic masterpiece “Rush Hour” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52alWswfyss
This year's full line-up comprises of:
King King - need anything else be said!
FM - in the summer of 1984, over a few drinks in a London pub, FM was formed and their first public appearance in the UK was on Valentine's Day of 1985, attracting rave reviews! FM are currently recording their next album.
The Brew - when you see The Brew live on stage it becomes crystal clear why they get rave reviews wherever they play; a reputation as one of Europe's most exciting rock acts. Best get ready for some serious sound!
Sari Schorr - years of touring the US and Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby, brought Sari greater prominence throughout the blues world. Sari was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame!
Aaron Keylock - while most kids were playing with toys, he was already stringing his Les Paul and developing his song writing and guitar licks. By the age of 11 he was rocking the clubs in Oxford!
Xander And The Peace Pirates - a testament to musical integrity and personal strength, combining soul, blues and rock. Inspired song writing and memorable performances that has already seen them enrapture audiences!
Bad Touch - over the last few years Bad Touch have started making a name for themselves and built a reputation for their dynamic live shows, making them on of the “must-see” acts at many local venues!
Gin Annie - are a hard melodic rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton UK, featuring heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style, hook-laden choruses and classy melodies!
Hollowstar - comprised of four accomplished musicians, Hollowstar came together with one simple mission in mind; to make some of the finest rock and roll ever heard on this side of the Atlantic!
Leicester Arena provides the largest and most flexible space in the city. Costing £4.5 million and with over 2,440m2 of floor space in the main Arena, the facility hosts a wide range of events, with access to superb catering facilities and on-site complimentary car parking. In close proximity to the city centre, it is also easily accessible by public transport
No need to worry about searching for food and drinks on the day, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone's taste!
Don't miss out on going to Leicester Rocks on Saturday 18th August
The festival will take place at Leicester Arena, 31 Charter Street, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 3UD
Early Bird tickets are only £28 and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at http://leicesterrocks.co.uk/tickets.html?COLLCC=2075547505&
To find out more about the line up and festival in general, please visit http://leicesterrocks.co.uk/index.html?COLLCC=1295288328&
Don’t be late, doors open at 1.30 p.m; the music starts at 2.00 p.m. and ends at 11.00 p.m.
Live Music at its Very Best....