In the run up to their 2018 edition, the organisers of Handmade have branded themselves as a “totally awesome music and arts festival in Leicester”, which begs the question: can the event live up to the hype? With their 2018 lineup announcement it certainly seems that Handmade has a good chance of doing so.
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Handmade have built their festival on a bedrock of new and forward thinking music and art. In the past artists such as Birmingham’s JAWS, on in 2017, as well as breakthrough bands Deaf Havana, Slaves, and Tall Ships have all graced Handmade in the past. All of these bands (and the many more that Handmade have had on over the years) have continued to create ground breaking music that shatters preconceived constraints.
The 2018 edition looks to be no different, with indie rock band Circa Waves set to headline. Blazing through a year of touring, Circa Waves have solidified their place in the rock scene as provocative sonic scientists that break the bounds of the rock genre. Their continued success has allowed them to establish a strong fan base that continues to grow.
Post-punk gods Idles, indie rock trio Little Comets and grunge revivalists Dinosaur Pile Up are also set to play alongside a handful of emerging talent. There’s so much more to come, but so far, the full list of acts announced is as follows:
Circa Waves / IDLES / Little Comets / DINOSAUR PILE UP / Protomartyr / Future Of The Left / Grace Petrie / Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. / The Orielles / Delta Sleep / Her’s / DREAM NAILS / Peaness / She Makes War / Magique / Mellow Gang / Rascalton / Crosa Rosa / Rattle / EYRE LLEW / Natalie Evans
With the 2018 lineup Handmade festival has once again put together a standout list of established and emerging artists. The myriad of talent is only bolstered by the strong arts and community scene that creates a lively ethos for the Leicester-based festival.
Handmade Festival takes place in Leicester on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May. Tickets are available here.
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