With the festival less than twelve weeks away, we thought we start giving you more of a taster of what we will have in store and without further ado here we go with spotlight #1 PETE AND THE PIRATES
Today sees the release of Pete and The Pirates second Album ‘One Thousand Pictures', which follows up from their 2008 Debut ‘Little Death'.
Summer Sundae Weekender is excited to announce that for the first time we are extending entertainment to include a fourth night of fun on Thursday 11th August at the O2 Academy on University Road, LE1 7RH. The action starts at 9.30pm when doors open and here you’ll find 3 rooms of bands and dj’s including Jaymo & Andy George and Fenech-Soler Live. There are more bands and DJs to be announced so watch this space for more information…
The night wraps up at 2am, so if you are going to the Fringe Festival you can head on over afterwards for a late night party. Fringe coaches will be making drop offs outside the Academy as well as the main campsite in Victoria Park. For festival campers, we've opened up access between the Victoria Park campsite and the Academy for the night itself.
Tickets cost £10.00 in advance and entrance is strictly 18 years and over. You can get tickets O2 Academy’s box office on 0844 477 2000 or online via their official website.
This morning we have added to the line up:
Dark Dark Horse, Everything Everything, Fists, Gallery 47, Hhymn, Iaminlove, King Creosote & John Hopkins, Kissmet, Kitty Macfarlane, Maniere Des Bohemiens, Other Lives, Portico quartet, The Paradimes, The Pierces, The Swiines, Tom Williams & The Boat, We Three and the Death Rattle & You Slut!
Opening the Musician Stage over the course of the Summer Sundae Weekender will be the following artists:
Austin Francis Connection, Elizabeth Cornish, Humble He, Joel Owen and The Antoine Band, Kirkland Turn, Martha Bean, Martin Luke Brown, Rhett Barrow & The Daydream Club
We are pleased to announce that Jon Richardson, Simon Evans and Kerry Gilbert have been added to the Summer Sundae line up!
Jon Richardson is currently on a UK tour with his new show ‘It's Not Me, It's You' is a regular ‘Have I Got News For You' panellist, and new team member on Channel 4's ‘Stand Up For The Week'. He is also soon to become a team captain on the forthcoming series of '8 Out Of 10 Cats'.
Joining Jon on the line-up is Simon Evans who has appeared on most of the TV stand up comedy showcases and a number of topical comedy shows, including Michael McIntyre's ‘Comedy Roadshow', ‘The Way It Is' and ‘The Comic Side of Seven Days'.
Completing the new additions is Kerry Gilbert who with her then writing partner, Kelly McGolpin, became the youngest performer at the character comedy night ‘Ealing Live', working with ‘Mighty Boosh' director Paul King and acclaimed stand-up John Gordillo.
This weekend Summer Sundae is London bound to host a daytime stage at the Gaymers Camden Crawl.
Taking place on the terrace at the famous Camden Roundhouse between 12-6pm on both the Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May we have playing:
Saturday 30th April
DELTA MAID 1.00pm – 1.30pm
MARQUES T’OLIVER 2.00pm – 2.30pm
BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH 3.00pm – 3.30pm
LULU & THE LAMPSHADES 4.00pm – 4.30pm
DOG IS DEAD 5.00pm – 5.40pm
Sunday 1st May
PEGGY SUE 1.00pm – 1.30pm
DRY THE RIVER 2.00pm – 2.30pm
2.54 3.00pm – 3.30pm
YOUNG DREAMS 4.00pm – 4.30pm
BETH JEANS HOUGHTON 5.00pm – 5.40pm
There's also a BBQ and DJs playing all afternoon, so if you have a Camden Crawl wristband do come and join in the fun!
To view the full Camden Crawl line up click here.
We are very excited to announce that this year, in line with our Victorian theme at Summer Sundae, we will be delving into Leicester’s history and celebrating the little known legend that is Francis ‘Tanky’ Smith, Leicester’s first private detective and creator of the London Road landmark ‘Top Hat Terrace’.
In celebration of the weird and wonderful world of Tanky, we will be embarking on a Top Hat Terrace Extravaganza…
Come and gaze at a pedal powered Top Hat Terrace installation from Electric Pedals, keep an eye on an evolving sand sculpture of Tanky himself by world champion and Leicester local sand sculptor Nicola Wood, embark on a QR Digital Art trail curated by Cuttlefish, join in the competition for the best top hat in the unimaginable world of the From Dusk 2 Dawn Imaginarium, and don’t miss Sunday’s talk on The Bandstand from local historian and all round Tanky expert John Harrison.
After the success of last year’s beach theme, this year we will be taking a trip back in time to bring some Victoriana to Victoria Park. To accompany the new Victorian theme we are also introducing a brand new area called Curiosity Corner which will be located between The Garden and The Village.
An array of performers on the brand new Victorian Bandstand Stage will be presenting music, storytelling, poetry readings, theatre and more throughout the weekend.
• Talks will include that from the UK’s only professional Penny Farthing rider and cycling historian Roger Lovell.
• Music from the Foresters Brass Ensemble, one of Leicester’s oldest brass bands, and Harp for Hangovers.
• Award winning Storyteller Rachel Rose Reid will be performing throughout the weekend.
Plus don't miss our Vintage Fair and an extra special Top Hat Terrace Extravaganza inspired by unsung local legend Francis Tanky Smith – more on this soon!
This year we once again welcome back the eFestivals Comedy Tent to Summer Sundae. From the stunning one liners of Gary Delaney, to the amazing hip-hop impro genius of Abandoman, all tastes will be catered for. Other acts to show their funny bones include Rob Rouse, Pete Johansson, Sarah Kendall & more to be announced soon.
“We’re delighted to be back at Summer Sundae Weekender for the 6th year, presenting some amazing acts in the eFestivals Comedy Tent. We loved celebrating the 18th birthday of Leicester Comedy Festival back in February and know that managing the Comedy Tent in the sunshine at Summer Sundae will be just as enjoyable"
Geoff Rowe, Director, Leicester Comedy Festival
The full list of acts confirmed so far are:
Stay tuned to the Summer Sundae site for a raft of other non-musical announcements over the next couple of days.
Orange Tree return to Summer Sundae!
In the first of a series of non-musical announcements today, we are chuffed to announce the return of Orange Tree Bars to Summer Sundae.
This year Orange Tree will be setting up bars in the Main Arena and Village Area. You can expect their usual wide selection of reasonably priced ales and cocktails. We’ve had a preview of their plans for this year and we think you’re in for a treat!