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9 March 2018
The Firebug stage

THE ROBOT Needs Home Collective (TRNHC), a Leicester-based promoter, currently working in venues including O2 Academy Leicester (cap. 1,400), The Cookie (180) and Firebug (100), is keen to hear from acts hoping to book shows in the area.

Founder John Helps, who has been promoting for around 15 years, says that the music scene has of late been an impressive one, both in terms of acts and audience.

“There’s a lot going on here, with several promoters and venues in the area doing a lot of good work in putting on great acts and creating a good buzz,” says Helps.

“The DIY scene is healthy too, which we’ve been lacking until recently – Leicester is one of those places which is small enough that acts and crowds coming and going can change the scene seasonally, but it’s great right now.”

John Helps

As well as promoting largely post-rock and math-rock acts in Leicester – with occasional shows in London and other areas too – Helps is one of the people behind Handmade Festival, a multi-venue two-day event held from 5-6 May.

“It’s an event that’s curated between several promoters and venues, with a line-up of national and international acts alongside local talent that we’ve come across while we’ve been putting on shows,” he says.

“There are enough regular nights with acts performing here that we tend to come across a lot of talent that then gets moved up through various capacity venues and ultimately to the festival.”

Upcoming acts include Tera Melos, Kermes and This Town Needs Guns, with prices averaging between £6-15 depending on venue.

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