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7th December 2017

Handmade Festival announce first wave of bands

Circa Waves, Idles, Little Comets, Dinosaur Pile Up and more

Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2018 for two days of music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 5th & 6th May 2018.

The first acts for Handmade Festival are 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, Rattle, Crosa Rosa, Eyre Llew and Natalie Evans.

Little Comets
Little Comets

Handmade is a multi-venue music and arts festival in the city of Leicester. The festival, which is totally independent, is curated by some of the city’s best loved independent venues and promoters, all of whom have been involved in putting on events for decades.

Since its inception in 2013, Handmade Festival has consistently challenged people’s expectations of what a local independent DIY festival can be, and what it can offer in the city. In its first year Handmade took over reclaimed spaces - including an ex-library, the city’s historic guildhall, a church and some of the oldest buildings in the city. In 2018 Handmade will be filling all of O2 Academy Leicester’s venues as well as spaces within University of Leicester Students Union and Attenborough Arts Centre making it the festival’s biggest event to date.

"This year’s line-up is a big step up for Handmade and an important one for us to take. We want this year’s festival to challenge people’s expectations of what Handmade can be and what we can do with a “DIY” city festival. We hope people are just as excited about it as we are.”
Festival co-organiser John Helps

There are many more acts performing across multiple stages to be announced. Tickets are being released in price tiers starting start at £40, going up a tier as each one sells out. The remaining tiers are as follows: £45 and £50. Weekend tickets are on sale from the Festival Website
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