Leicester’s Handmade festival makes huge additions to line-up

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The independent music and arts festival in Leicester, Handmade, has added nearly 50 names to its line-up on May bank holiday weekend. Norfolk alt rockers Deaf Havana have been announced as the Saturday night headliners, as well as Birmingham’s own indie pop fivesome Swim Deep heading up Sunday night. They’ll be joining the already announced We Are Scientists the opening headliners on Friday as well as Lonely The Brave, Los Campesions!, Big Deal, Oscar, Cleft, Weirds, Johnny Lloyed and Theo Verney all on the Queens Hall stage with more acts still to come.

Acts headlining other stages recently announced include The Xcerts, Three Trapped Tigers, Charlotte Carpenter, Clubs, Beans On Toast and Grace Petrie and the Benefits Culture (who have curated their stage from top to bottom).

As well as musical acts, comedian Robin Ince will be joining on the Sunday, as well as local music and arts curators such as Tetrad, Find The Right Words, House Of Verse, Leicester Fridge and Leicester Lo-Fi bringing together the best of independent artistic talents throughout the weekend.

The festival is having it’s first year with a new layout as well as a brand new stage for 2016.

Tickets are available now and priced at £40 for the whole weekend with no current plans to make day tickets available from here.

Kieran Raza

Media and Communications student with a passion for music and discovering new artists. 90% of the time you'll find me at a gig. I listen to a really wide range of artists such as The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Sheeran, Disclosure, Lorde, Florence and The Machine, Ben Howard, as well as a tonne of pop music like Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding.