Handmade 2017 line up poster

handmade 2017


Louder Than War’s Keith Goldhanger is looking forward to what’s on offer at Handmade Festival in Leicester. 

April 27 – 29

This looks good we thought .

Not just a few bands that we’ve covered on this site in the past but a collection of our favourites all in one place over a Bank Holiday weekend.

Handmade Festival is curated by some of Leicester’s best loved independent venues and promoters.

We saw the line – up and started making plans straight away.

Now in it’s fifth year and with line-ups in the past that make at least one of us wondering why he wasn’t there previously (Louder Than War was in attendance last year)

It’s a knees up featuring what’s described as ‘The best new and forward thinking music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography. .  .’ and what better way to tempt you into coming along than to hit you with some of our favourites that we’ve previously covered on this site: Twin Atlantic headline SaturdayFrightened Rabbit headline Sunday.

And many many more. . .

We urge everyone at some time in their lives to see LIFE. This four piece snarling, lovable bunch of punk rock kids are real stars in the eyes of some of us at the moment. They’ve always seemed to clash with other popular bands during festivals such as this that I’ve attended in the past but every time I see them they’re just the fucking nuts as they say.

If they do clash it’s not with IDLES I hope (everybody hopes these two bands don’t clash – even Tarquin hopes these two bands won’t clash) who are another band you need to see now and not just wait for everyone to get older together and to gather in huge venues spending a weeks grocery money just to get through the door.

Electronic instrumentalists GALLOPS were fantastic when seen last year and early indications point to a brilliant debut album coming out a week before this event.

CABBAGE will be appearing – they may be playing all over the place at the moment but once you see this lot you’ll just be craving another visit another time. HAPPYNESS seem to be playing us new tunes on every visit and SHAME will be airing some tunes that may be very familiar to any listener in another twelve months time.

KAGOULE, PULLED APART BY HORSES, BRITISH SEA POWER – do we have to spell this out to you . . . .?

Here’s a play list –  See you there  xx


Tickets are available here and more information is on the website.

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV).You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page too if you so wish.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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