71 bands now confirmed for Simon Says Festival in Leicester

The full line up of 71 bands has now been confirmed for the Simon Says Festival in Leicester… 2016 by organisers De Montfort Hall, The Donkey, Firebug and The Musician.

34 bands will be playing Simon Says… for the first time from headliners The Wonder Stuff and Ferocious Dog to gypsy-swing band The Gadjos, self-styled champions of ‘vague’ pop, Lacura and doom metal band Mage, all of whom hail from Leicester.

2016 newbies also include ‘nu soul grungers’ Not My Good Arm, a catalogue of classic tunes from The Moonlights, guitar-lead Jesuscarfish, and melodramatic DIY guitar-pop from Kermes.

Alongside the bands will be the giant sound of EAGA, choir of the Emmanu’-EL Apostolic Gospel Academy, spoken word performances from Jess Green and stage compere Hibword, and a multi-performer tribute to David Bowie.

Simon Says… will once again be a stage for new talent via the BBC Introducing programme which was established in 2007 to support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians. Performers, James Cherry, Martin Luke Brown, Ash Mammal, and Michael Kurtz have been selected to play at Simon Says… by BBC Radio Leicester’s Dean Jackson.

Leicester-boy James Cherry, 22, started writing songs when he was 13 and released his debut EP last year.  His track Cry Myself to Sleep was picked up by Dean Jackson via BBC Introducing and went on to be played by Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on Radio 1.

James explained “It was the first ‘proper’ song I had written, so it is rather fitting it has given me the chance to follow my dreams.  When I heard the song was going to be played on Radio 1 me, my Mum and my girlfriend huddled round the radio and jumped up and down when it came on.”

Simon Says… 2016 is on 23 and 24 July and tickets are on sale now. Weekend tickets at special advance purchase prices, cost £30 for adults, £20 for students, £10 for under 16s and £7.50 for under 10s. Under-5s get in free but still need to book a ticket.

To book or for more information contact De Montfort Hall on 0116 233 3111 or visit: www.demontforthall.co.uk  www.simonsaysleicester.com