Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th April 2017.
In December 2016, Handmade Festival announced the first wave of bands for the 2017 music programme: Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy and Idles
Now, Handmade Festival have announced the second round of acts set to join their estimable line-up: Cabbage, Superfood, Demob Happy, God Damn, Kagoule, Gallops, Ash Mammal, Kermes, God Damn, Dead!, Fizzy Blood, Shame, Fish, Van Zeller, Happyness, Life, Willie J Healy, Charlotte Carpenter, Magique, Arcades, Get Inuit, Meatwave, Youth Man, Ohboy!, Happy Accidents, Yr Poetry, Waking Aida, Orchards, Dark Dark Horse, Soeur and The Lids
Plus many more acts performing across multiple stages to be announced. Weekend tickets are on sale from: handmadefestival.co.uk.
Alongside the new line-up announcements, Handmade Festival have also announced that PPL and PRS For Music, ahead of the launch of their joint licensing venture in Leicester later this year, will be sponsoring the second stage at the festival, which features headline appearances from Cabbage, Demob Happy, Jaws and Superfood.
Tickets start at £40 for adults and for the first time the festival is able to offer tickets at £30 for students and £20 for under 16s.
For its sophomore year, the event grew to include the huge Hansom Hall theatre, with And So I Watch You From Afar, Shonen Knife, Dry the River and Iliketrains filling headline slots across the many venues.
2015 was another year for growth, necessitating a move to the city’s O2 Academy venue – with headline sets from Eagulls, Bo Bingen, TOY, Slaves and Future of the Left filling the spectacular Queens Hall, Scholar and multiple re-purposed spaces around the building, the event saw festival organisers vindicated – creating the perfect “DIY” festival within what would normally be considered a particularly “un DIY” venue. It was a different beast, but it was the perfect festival for the city.
2016 saw the festival’s biggest and most adventurous year yet featuring bands such as We Are Scientists, 65daysofstatic, Lonely The Brave, Deaf Havana, Three Trapped Tigers and more. 2016 also saw the festival partner with Upset, Last.fm, Witchita Records and more to curate their estimable line-up, earning them plaudits from the likes of Drowned in Sound, Louder Than War, Q, Clash and various other areas of the press.
Speaking about the festival co-organiser John Helps, said “It feels so good to finally get this announcement out in to the world. Handmade has grown every year since we started it in 2013, but this feels like our biggest step to date as we move in to the main room of O2 Academy Leicester, as well as the many other spaces around the Academy and Attenborough Arts Centre. We could not be more excited about the line-up, and this is just a flavour of what you can expect across the two days.”