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