Music and festivals

o2 academy event at nightOur Students' Union is the only one in the country to host an O2 Academy, attracting top artists to campus. There are several small venues around Leicester including The Donkey near campus, The Musician, The Shed and Firebug.

De Montfort Hall, adjacent to campus, is one of Leicester's premier entertainment venues for over a century, hosting live music ranging from pop to classical, theatre, stand-up comedy, musicals and operas. It also hosts the annual Simon Says festival with several different stages full of the best local acts, as well as food stalls and real ale tents.

And if it’s festival fun you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Leicester hosts a wide variety of culturally diverse events all year round. Leicester’s Diwali celebrations are some of the biggest outside India with up to 35,000 people attending the switch-on of the Diwali lights.

Launched in 1994, the Leicester Comedy Festival is the longest-running comedy festival in the UK, staged at venues across the city, including the University’s own arts centre. There are also workshops, exhibitions, films and a chance to discover rising talent.

The city centre's annual St. George’s Day Festival is a full day of music, dancing, performance, knights, damsels and dragons. In August the city holds one of the UK’s biggest Caribbean Carnivals as well as Leicester Pride.