Music and festivals

Kasabian are Leicester's favourite musical sons, while indie bands Diesel Park West and Cornershop also originated here. John Deacon from Queen, Jon Lord from Deep Purple and half the original line-up of Dire Straits were all born here, and Sam Bailey has been a popular local figure since winning The X-Factor in 2013.

You can catch up-and-coming bands alongside chart stars in the O2 Academy in the Students' Union. Other intimate venues around Leicester include The Donkey near campus, The Musician, The Shed and The Cookie.

And if it’s festival fun you’re after, you’ve come to the right place...

Highlights from the 2019 Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Every February the stand-up comedy world descends on Leicester for the Leicester Comedy Festival. Established in 1994, this is the UK's longest-running comedy festival and is considered one of the top comedy festivals in the world. Big names and rising stars perform at more than 60 venues across the city (including the University's own Attenborough Arts Centre).

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, is a very big deal for people from all the city's communities. In fact, Leicester is reputed to have the largest Diwali celebrations outside India! Thousands of lights transform the 'Golden Mile', with enormous crowds attending the switch-on. Take the opportunity to sample some fabulous bhajis, samosas or Indian sweets.

Leicester also has the second biggest Caribbean Carnival in the UK. Each August, a huge procession of incredible costumes, amazing floats and Caribbean music makes and shakes its loud, colourful way through the city up to Victoria Park (the University's 'back garden') for music, food, dancing and fun.

Music, art and culture on campus

You can see our city has a lot to offer, but did you know that you can also get stuck in to world-class music, arts and culture right here on campus?

Discover culture on campus

Food, drink and nightlife

If all the festival fun has got you in the party spirit, it's time to head out and explore Leicester's finest social hot-spots: from intimate bistros to buzzing bars, we've got everything you'll need for a great night out.

Socialising in the city