20:30
SAT
23
Sep
2017
Fire & Skill Play Oasis
£5
Local mod/indie Legends Fire n skill playing a set full of Oasis greatest tunes!
16:00
SUN
24
Sep
2017
The Malingerers
£3
Hailing from the long gone lonesome plains of East Anglia, The Malingerers’ music evokes a sound sometimes more at home in the south western states of America than the UK folk scene. However, whilst clearly influenced from a melting pot of traditional country, blues, folk and jazz (Hank Williams, Merle Travis, Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie, Bob Wills etc.) their music somehow manages to combine these influences with typically British and Irish flavours, cynicism and warped sense of humour and history!
12:00
TUE
26
Sep
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
26
Sep
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:00
FRI
29
Sep
2017
El pussycat + IBI sound system
£10adv £12door Buy online
El pussycat live
El pussycat trad ska/reggae skanking rhythms, killer horns, big bass
20:30
SAT
30
Sep
2017
The Della Grants + The Andy Wales Band
£8adv £10door Buy online
The Della Grants material cleverly bridges the gaps between several genres and if you've seen them live then you'll know just how diverse their music really is. Expertly written songs all linked by a bluesy feel and delivered on stage, in an unapologetic, old fashioned rock and roll manner. So far The DGs have opened for some of the biggest names on the circuit including: Canned Heat, Nine Below Zero and Dr Feelgood. In January they graduated from the previous years Introducing Stage at the Skegness Rock and Blues Festival to play to a packed out Centre Stage; and they didn't disappoint. Introduced by legendary Dr Feelgood guitarist Steve Walwyn the band played a storming set of original material and closed the set with their new hit Red Mist which on the night featured Walwyn himself on guitar. Without an obvious stand-out musician The DGs are perhaps a little different to many of the genre's mainstays, but like many famous bands of the past the quality of their music m
ore than eclipses that. When it all comes together, the look, the attitude, and the great self-penned tracks, it really works. The Della Grants latest EP titled 'First Fix' is available now.

Support comes from one of Leicester's favourite guitarists, Andy Wales and his band. Classy Blues from a classy guy
16:00
SUN
1
Oct
2017
Dawson Smith & The Dissenters
£3
Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin’ live band and always a great night out, with a large mailing list and loyal following and an extensive gig circuit around the UK.

There is such depth to Dawson Smith & The Dissenters that it is not easy to describe how they sound. Comparisons with Los Lobos, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Blackberry Smoke (and more) are usual and welcomed.

Dawson Smith - Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitars
Martin Burch - Lead / Slide Guitars
Graham Summers - Drums / Vocals
Andrew Molloy - Bass Guitar
12:00
TUE
3
Oct
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
3
Oct
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
6
Oct
2017
Club night with DJ Gilroy
A night of funky reggae top tunes by DJ Gilroy
20:30
SAT
7
Oct
2017
The Ruts DC + support
£15adv £17door Buy online
The Ruts DC live show consists of songs representing their many phases - the
more recent 'Rhythm Collision Vol.2’ - the critically acclaimed 'Animal Now’ and of course, classic versions of Ruts songs ‘Babylons Burning’, Staring at the Rude Boys’, Jah War’and others. The two remaining original Ruts members - Segs Jennings and David Ruffy
provide an exciting powerhouse rhythm section for new addition Leigh Heggarty to excel on guitar.
They released a ‘LIVE ON STAGE’ album last year and their book, 'Love in Vain' - the story of The Ruts and Ruts DC written by Roland Link and edited by Paul Trynka, is out now. They are currently making a new album called ‘Music Must Destroy’ to be released in September

Ruts DC were formed in 1980 by guitarist Paul Fox, bassist John 'Segs' Jennings and drummer David Ruffy. With vocalist Malcolm Owen they had previously been The Ruts, one of the best-loved bands of the punk rock era, releasing several fine singles (including 'Babylon's Burning' which earned them a silver disc) and two much-acclaimed albums 'The Crack' and 'Grin And Bear It'. Musically they were always more ambitious than many of their contemporaries, mixing reggae and rock in a manner that still influences
musicians today; lyrically they reflected their uncompromising support for causes such as Rock Against Racism. Following Malcolm's untimely death the three musicians regrouped, adding the musical term D.C. (from the Latin for 'from the beginning') to the name.
Despite critical acclaim the band folded in 1983, although on the 16th of July 2007 The Ruts played together one more time when with U.S. punk hero Henry Rollins on vocals Paul, Segs and Dave reunited for an emotional performance at the Islington Academy. With Paul suffering from incurable lung cancer it was an evening which also featured many of their punk contemporaries and which will live long in the memories of all who were there. In the interim years Segs and Dave have worked separately and together with some of the biggest names in the music industry
–
in 2010 they got together to write Rhythm Collision Vol.2 then in 2011 Ruts DC returned to the stage.Now, in 2017, Segs handles the lead vocal / frontman duties with panache and respect while Ruffy sings backing vocals as well as holding down the perfect beat. Sounding fresh and with the songs still proving to carry an important message in these current times. The Ruts DC show is a must see.
16:00
SUN
8
Oct
2017
Austrian stones
£3
Awesome Tribute to The Stones
John Butler, Rick Willson, Geoff Bevan and Rob Morris playing The Stones better than The Stones.
Any budding rock players out there come and see the masters ;-)
12:00
TUE
10
Oct
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
10
Oct
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
WED
11
Oct
2017
The Donkey Music Quiz
£1
Popular Donkey Music Quiz run by Kev Naan. Come and pit your musical wits against other music lovers.
Teams of up to 6 people allowed (£1 per person)
Winners and runners up bag a share of the nights takings.
Get down early for a seat!
20:00
THU
12
Oct
2017
The Status Trio
£4
Our monthly '2nd Thursday of the month' jazz fix by The Status Trio. If this was in London Soho or New York Greenwich Village you'd pay a fortune!
3 of Leicester's finest musicians making some cool jazz improvisations with guest musicians. Its never the same twice but always of a high standard.
A great night for hardcore jazz heads as well as people that just appreciate great music.
Guest slots every week from musicians in the audience. But you have to be good!

Featuring Mike Sole - Keyboards, Neil Segrot - Bass, Dave Anderson - drums
20:30
FRI
13
Oct
2017
King Brasstards plus special guests
£6adv £8door
Inspired by the sounds of the streets of New Orleans, seven Leicester lads make up King Brasstards - featuring a mighty sousaphone, percussion & much more.
- -
SAT
14
Oct
2017
PRIVATE PARTY
No Details
16:00
SUN
15
Oct
2017
Mystery Train
£3
Mystery Train is a superb rock n roll band dedicated to the great artists and songs from the 1950s.
Highly talented musicianship and passion for 1950s rock n roll, Mystery Train are the band you need to make your night.

Artists covered include Elvis, Gene Vincent, Cliff, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis plus many more.
12:00
TUE
17
Oct
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
17
Oct
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
THU
19
Oct
2017
Wendy Christian & the Last Band
£5
Back in the mid Eighties, Wendy Christian & the Last Band shone brightly but all too briefly on the local, national and European music scene.

31 years and 5 months since they last performed together, Wendy Christian (vocals), Rich Barton (guitar), Dave Davies (bass), Dave Anderson (drums) and Tony Robinson (keyboards and trumpet) have reformed for this special night at the Donkey.

Members of the band went on to play with the likes of Diesel Park West, The Beautiful South, Super Furry Animals, Laurel Aitkin, Sally Barker, Medicine Shack, Sisters of Murphy and the Status Trio, to name a few, but always retained a love of the Last Band's timeless songs and Wendy's passionate vocal skills.

This love has brought them back together to perform the legendary Rotterdam set, last played on the May 1986 Dutch tour, along with new songs and choice covers. We can't wait
20:30
FRI
20
Oct
2017
Pressure Tennants
Top class reggae and Rocksteady Leicester band featuring all the top reggae session players from the city. Top night of easy skanking
20:30
SAT
21
Oct
2017
Modfathers
£8adv £10door Buy online
'The Modfathers' the UK's Favorite & most Authentic Paul Weller Tribute ......

Relive 'The Jam' years, the mellow tones of 'The Style Council' and the classic hit's of Weller's solo career.'The Modfathers' make you feel

you are at the ultimate Paul Weller concert, where the classic hits just keep coming one after the other.'The Modfathers' have performed extensively

throughout the UK and Europe leaving audiences amazed at the uncanny resemblance in vocals, appearance, and movement that

Tony Brown has to the Modfather himself , If you love Paul Weller don't miss 'The Modfathers', from the aggression of 'The Jam' to the

soul of 'The Style Council' to the mature sounds of Paul Wellers solo career. It's all here.......Don't miss it.
16:00
SUN
22
Oct
2017
The Rare Groove project
£3
The Rare Groove project 4 peice Leicester band featuring Sarah Bird and Eddie Dublin playing funk, soul and rare grooves.
12:00
TUE
24
Oct
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
24
Oct
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
THU
26
Oct
2017
The Bear & his House Rockers + Love Cans
£5
We all get The Blues. That's strange, ain't it?
Well, raise your freak flag high and prepare to fly. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bear and His House Rockers are here to soothe your very Soul. Commune with their voodoo vibes and move to the rythym. A Blues Beast backed by his lickerish ensemble, this band bring a live performance proven to exorcise your demons - or your money back! Stomping, grooving, psychedelic gumbo that will gobble you up and spit you out dancing.
They breathe Boogie. They sweat Boogie. They Boogie.
You can Boogie, too.

Love Cans -

Transported direct from Switzerland in dust bins, this is only-the-finest psychedelic-trance-trash. The trio of freakish Swiss Punks deliver a groove that moves, driven by pounding drums, repetitive riffs and mysterious psych-synth.


What's that he's saying? How does it translate? Something like, "Let it all hang out, dance and scream!"
"Laissez tout sortir, danse et crier!"


Graveyard video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vfuMazO76Q
20:00
FRI
27
Oct
2017
HYTAL BOSRA SOUND MEETS DUBTRONICS SOUND
£8
*ROOTS CONFERENCE* – HOLDING REGULAR EVENTS IN UK - EUROPE - WORLDWIDE .............BRINGING YOU THE VERY BEST IN ROOTS & CULTURE SOUND SYSTEMS FROM UK AND ABROAD............PRESENTS: #46

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MEETS
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.....BRINGING A NIGHT OF PURE ROOTS ROCK REGGAE AND SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE.................

FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2017.......... @ DONKEY LEICESTER, 203 WELFORD ROAD, LE2 6BH

MASSIVE ROOTS AND CULTURE GATHERING - UNDER ONE ROOF!!!

GATE: £8

8PM PROMPT START - 2AM FINISH

OUTSIDE 12V ARENA FEATURING MINIUNS

HOT FOOD, MERCHANDISE STALLS

THE "ROOTS CONFERENCE" MISSION IS TO BRING ALL CREEDS ALL NATIONS & COLOURS TOGETHER UNITED AS ONE THROUGH SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE.........YOU HAVE TO FEEL THE SPRITUAL VIBRATION WHEN SOUND SYSTEMS PLAY THIER SOUND TO REALISE HOW ROOTS & CULTURE MUSIC REALLY UPLIFTS & FREES EVERYONES MIND AND SOUL........RAS TAFARI

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20:00
SAT
28
Oct
2017
Who's Next (tribute to THE WHO)
£10adv £12door Buy online
Bellboy promotions presents
Who's Next are Europe's premier live tribute to The Who. They capture a magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth. Who's Next's live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970's with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments. The result is a time machine ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows. It is a must for any Who fan!
16:00
SUN
29
Oct
2017
Amy Winehouse Tribute (Live band)
£3
Featuring Andrea Brown - Most Amy tribute acts are either vocalists to backing tracks or small bands. This is the real deal. A lead vocalist with a beautiful voice, that captures Amy’s presence, along with a band of top musicians from all over the Midlands, who replicate the excellent Mark Ronson sound. Based on the BBC sessions, the band with full horn section play a range of material from Amy’s hit album ‘Back to Black’ right through to the songs from ‘Frank’ that made her a star, as well as all her reggae and ska dance-floor fillers.
12:00
TUE
31
Oct
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
31
Oct
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
3
Nov
2017
Out Of Karma + Red Bears
£6 before 9pm/£8 after
A cool night of concious soul and reggae vibes from Out Of Karma plus laid back grooves from the sublime Red Bears
20:00
SAT
4
Nov
2017
Alabama 3 Acoutic + guests
£18adv £20door Buy online
Heeding Woodie Guthrie's maxim, Alabama 3 have never feared the reduction of their technology. Consequently, Alabama 3 acoustic is brave enough to go out on the road armed only with a battered acoustic guitar and harmonica, preaching Guthrie's word that 'this machine kills fascists.'
In homage to the classic delta blues slide players like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and their own Rockfree Base (though not in that pantheon of greats), we present our own narco-acoustic slant on Alabama 3 and the music that has inspired us along the way.
Complete with Larry Love's gravelly ash-stained vocals, Nick Reynolds bank robber melodies on harmonica, they provide a raucous show, which is in no way constrained by the boring maxim that often goes with acoustic gigs!

Fresh from their full band recording of ‘Blues’ released in November 2016, fans have enjoyed acoustic arrangements of the latest recordings along with their back catalogue of hits this year.

An unrivaled Marxist machine gun, Alabama 3 Acoustic are on a mission to get you mashed.
16:00
SUN
5
Nov
2017
Drugstore Cowboys
£3
A cracking mix of rockabilly, rock-n-roll and party time. From Leicester's best with Cowboy Nick and his gang of outlaws!
12:00
TUE
7
Nov
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
7
Nov
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
WED
8
Nov
2017
The Donkey Music Quiz
£1
Popular Donkey Music Quiz run by Kev Naan. Come and pit your musical wits against other music lovers.
Teams of up to 6 people allowed (£1 per person)
Winners and runners up bag a share of the nights takings.
Get down early for a seat!
20:00
THU
9
Nov
2017
The Status Trio
£4
Our monthly '2nd Thursday of the month' jazz fix by The Status Trio. If this was in London Soho or New York Greenwich Village you'd pay a fortune!
3 of Leicester's finest musicians making some cool jazz improvisations with guest musicians. Its never the same twice but always of a high standard.
A great night for hardcore jazz heads as well as people that just appreciate great music.
Guest slots every week from musicians in the audience. But you have to be good!

Featuring Mike Sole - Keyboards, Neil Segrot - Bass, Dave Anderson - drums
20:30
SAT
11
Nov
2017
The Fu Fu Sailors
£5
Fufu Sailors are a 5 Piece Cover/Original band from Leicestershire. Although founded in 2010, all members have been playing within the music scene for the last 10 years, and are very talented musicians. Fufu Sailors bring a new mix on covers ranging from 60’s to current chart hits with genres ranging from “Rock to Soulâ€.

Songs include :-
Hard to handle | Iko Iko | 54-46 | I shot the sheriff | Rock the Kasbah | Stir it up | Three little birds | Stand by me | American boy | Long train | Superstition | Garage mix 1 & 2 | Drift away | One step beyond | I’m still in love | Galway Girl | It must be love | Black and gold | You do something to me | Alright now | Easy like Sunday morning | Mustang Sally | Soul man | Place your hands | Mr. Brightside | Fans | Kick the bucket | Rockin’ Robin | Land of 1000 dances | Proud Mary | I feel good | Jammin’ | In the morning | Fall to pieces | Candy | Cry to me (as ft. in Dirty Dancing) | Stay (as ft. in Dirty Dancing) | Twist and shout | Am I wrong (tell me) | Israelites | Midnight Hour | Play that funky music white boy | Collective Ska medley | Sex on fire | Dip it low | The Thong song | Hey ya | High heel sneakers | What I Say | Sitting on the dock of a bay | Valerie | Aint no sunshine | I heard it through the grapevine | Land from down under | Wonderful tonight | Aint no mountain High Enough | Pressure drop | Gangsters | Happy | Get lucky | Wake me up | Ten out of ten | Brown Sugar | Riverboat song | Jumping jack flash | Sweet home Chicago | Pebbles on a beach | No Diggity | One Week | Send me on my way | Louie Louie |
Email - Fufusailors@gmail.com
16:00
SUN
12
Nov
2017
Swagger
Swagger are a highly experienced professional 4 piece band based in Leicester. Featuring drummer Dave Anderson and Pete Swagger!
Their Sets are packed with anthems in Indie, Rock, Pop, Soul and Funk styles from popular artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Blur, Stevie Wonder, Oasis, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, U2, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams plus many, many more!
12:00
TUE
14
Nov
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
14
Nov
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
17
Nov
2017
Kazabian
£12adv £15door www.i-want-tickets.com
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

Kazabian are the official and number one tribute act to the mighty Kasabian, endorsed by the real thing and touring extensively around Britain and Europe.

Bearing an uncanny resemblance, they bring pounding beats and huge guitar-driven choruses to recreate Kasabian's explosive stage show with unerring accuracy, delivering hits from across all 5 albums.

Since the tribute formed in 2009 they have risen alongside Kasabian, performed over 300 shows and gained the full respect of Kasabian's loyal fanbase and even added to it!

Some of the band's highlights include performing alongside Ollie Murs, Pendulum, Ocean Colour Scene, Pigeon Detectives, James, and stars from The Only Way is Essex. Playing the main stage at Liverpool's Mathew Street Festival to a 40,000 strong crowd. Being voted "Best Tribute" at TribFest in their first year and being regulars on the Fake Festivals tour.

The lads have featured in publications such as NME, Q Magazine, Esquire, The Guardian and have had live footage of a Kazabian show aired on NME TV.

Living and breathing Kasabian, they truly are a band that have taken tributing to the next level!
12:00
TUE
21
Nov
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
21
Nov
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
SAT
25
Nov
2017
Fire & Skill play Britpop
£5
A night of great Britpop anthems from Leicesters popular Fire & Skill
16:00
SUN
26
Nov
2017
Jim Hammond trio
£3
If bottle neck slide guitar and barrel house boogie woogie piano floats your boat then the talents of Jim Hammond and his new trio are a must see, with a rhythm section featuring two of the finest within this genre: `Drugstore Cowboy´ 'Nick Whitfield (Mike Sanchez band/El Pussycat) on double bass and King Shuffler `Mark Morgan´ (Mike Sanchez/Rollo Markee) on drums. You just know you´re in for a real deal of hipshaking shenanigans!
12:00
TUE
28
Nov
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
28
Nov
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
1
Dec
2017
The Paradimes + support
£7adv £9door Buy online
Leicesters long established Rocksteady, ska, reggae band The Paradimes make a welcome return to The Donkey
20:30
SAT
2
Dec
2017
AKA Noel Gallagher
£6adv £8door Buy online
In March 2015, Noel Gallagher released his second High Flying Birds album, "Chasing Yesterday", & after years of deliberation, Matt decided it was time to put together a band of musicians to recreate the former Oasis leader's shows & fulfill a long held dream of playing a whole set of Noel's songs.

With Matt on vocals & guitars, the band is Asa (drums), Jason (bass), Col (lead guitar) & Tom (keyboard).
16:00
SUN
3
Dec
2017
Tres Hombres
£3
Tres Hombres play the music of ZZ Top with smaller beards … Dedicated to produce the groove that the Texan trio have made famous: Tres Hombres are Simon Gilroy, Phil Hainey and Nick Murphy and have been gigging in the Midlands area for some time.
Look forward to old and new ZZ grooves from the first album to the last year’s “ La Futura ‘ even with some Black Keys thrown in for good measure…
20:30
SUN
3
Dec
2017
Danny and the Champions of the World + William The Conquerer
£12adv £14door Buy online
Danny & The Champions Of The World

Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass - a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?â€. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs.
The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were recorded in intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?†and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too.
Of the eighteen songs here only ‘Waiting For The Right Time’ is solely composed by Danny; personal philosophy, reflections on Ronnie Lane, and a paean to neckerchief rock all rolled into one. It’s the same spirit imbuing his music-making all the way from the early Champs barn shows in rural Oxfordshire with cider and painted faces; it found particular expression on Streets Of Our Time (2010) but burns through Brilliant Liight just as strongly and shows up in the singalong ‘Everything We Need’. Chris Clarke co-wrote that, and with John Wheatley of The Suburban Dirts came up with the soulful Arthur Alexander-ish ‘It Hit Me’. Guitarist Paul Lush provided ‘Never In The Moment’ - a hard-hitting number with a lot of brass and something akin to The Band doing ‘The Weight’ with The Staple Singers. The beautiful ‘Coley Point’, one of Danny’s personal highlights, sees him set a tune to words by Caught By The River‘s resident poet Will Burns. ‘Bring Me To My Knees’ and the cryptic ‘The Circus Made The Town’ are both co-writes with James Yorkston, while Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon contribute to ‘Swift Street’. Deeply personal and inspired by three family photographs; Swift Street in Melbourne is where Danny’s mother grew up, and where in childhood he stayed with his grandparents. The song is near-Proustian in its recall of smells and tastes of past days.
You can’t overstate the importance of family and friends to Danny. It was surely, in part, a kind of loyalty to Julian that he didn’t co-compose for so long after the demise of Grand Drive; certainly until now, and Andy Fairclough’s arrival, there had been no specialist keyboard player in the Champs. Andy brings a Mod sensibility, a jazz grounding, and a fearlessness to the band. He plainly pushes Paul Lush, already a key improviser in live performance. You see them raising the bar for each other in the run-outs of two of the longer songs; ‘Consider Me’ and ‘ Gotta Get Things Right In My Life’. Giving them free rein and allowing them the space to show what they regularly do on the stage was another reason for the extended format, though it’s not entirely coincidental that The Allman Brothers, and Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, have been much on Danny’s turntable over the last year or so. Thus Brilliant Light is shone on a year in the life of the Champs and all the pieces are seen in play; Chris Clarke on production duty, and with Steve Brookes comprising the formidable rhythm section. Geoff Widdowson still blowing on that alto sax, and Henry Senior Jr ensconced on the pedal steel. Robin and Joe Bennett from The Dreaming Spires, Siobhan Parr, Danni Nicholls, and Treetop Flyer Reid Morrison all singing along, and from time to time a pair of brass players (Gram Canyon and Craig Chapman) and another sax (Helleanor Fitt).
The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record this line-up has come up with so far, while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house; there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention, and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautifulâ€. That’s typical Danny Wilson, a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved; for their whole-hearted openness, their democracy, and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives, and that is no small achievement.
12:00
TUE
5
Dec
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
5
Dec
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
8
Dec
2017
In By Ones + support
£5
Liverpool Indy band playing original anthems. A Donkey secret, these boys know how to have a party.
20:00
SAT
9
Dec
2017
Slade UK Xmas party!!
£10adv £12door Buy online
So here it is merry Christmas with SLADE UK
Come and join our Xmas party!

Since arriving on the tribute scene Slade UK have left fans open mouthed with the accuracy of their show. Once thought impossible, Slade UK recreate the experience of a real Slade show with all the power of the original band. Once seen, never forgotten. Relive a time when Noddy and the lads were the best live rock & roll band in the world.
16:00
SUN
10
Dec
2017
Rod Stewart Tribute with Tony Julian
£3
With the looks, the moves and the uncanny voice, Tony Julians dynamic tribute act is as good as they come with audiences all over the UK enjoying the kind of performance second only to Rod Stewart himself!

Being the same age, Tonys act is based upon how Rod performs now with sharp suits and smart dress but with all the same moves. Add to this the looks and the indistinguishable singing voice and you have a tribute act that truly stands out!

Tonys act is completely self contained, supplying his own lights and professional sound system capable of filling any venue with high quality sound.

Unlike a lot of tribute artists, Tony doesn’t take the stand-off approach regularly getting into the crowd and getting everybody involved in the night.

Out of all his nights Tony enjoys his tribute to Rod Stewart the most. With repeat performances up and down the UK he is regularly greeted by fans who have enjoyed his act before and by the end of the night there is always new fans asking where he will play next.



Whether you are a die hard Stewart fan or just looking for a night of great music and entertainment, Tony’s tribute act will never disappoint.
12:00
TUE
12
Dec
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
12
Dec
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
WED
13
Dec
2017
The Donkey Music Quiz
£1
Popular Donkey Music Quiz run by Kev Naan. Come and pit your musical wits against other music lovers.
Teams of up to 6 people allowed (£1 per person)
Winners and runners up bag a share of the nights takings.
Get down early for a seat!
20:00
THU
14
Dec
2017
The Status Trio
£4
Our monthly '2nd Thursday of the month' jazz fix by The Status Trio. If this was in London Soho or New York Greenwich Village you'd pay a fortune!
3 of Leicester's finest musicians making some cool jazz improvisations with guest musicians. Its never the same twice but always of a high standard.
A great night for hardcore jazz heads as well as people that just appreciate great music.
Guest slots every week from musicians in the audience. But you have to be good!

Featuring Mike Sole - Keyboards, Neil Segrot - Bass, Dave Anderson - drums
12:00
TUE
19
Dec
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
19
Dec
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
20:30
FRI
22
Dec
2017
Sinatra & Buble Christmas Crooners
£6adv £8door
A night of smooth tunes from Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble - well, Morgan Perkins and Gareth John!
Live band and backing tracks
16:00
SUN
24
Dec
2017
The Cheeze
£3
The Cheeze is a fantastic 3 piece rock and pop covers band from Leicester fronted by talented singer and guitarist Danny Willson.
The band is fronted by brilliant and highly respected lead guitarist Danny Willson who currently plays in Martin Turner\'s Wishbone Ash (a childhood dream come true!) and he has an impressive CV including a mere 15 year stint with 70s pop stars Showaddywaddy!
The Cheeze is a party band designed to get people on thier feet and is all about fun. The band are 3 members singing vocals including Danny Willson on lead vocals/guitar, Gordy Taylor on drums/vocals and Norris Worger on bass/vocals.
The Cheeze have a wide repertoire spanning the decades from classic 60s and rock n roll classics through to pop hits from the 80s and 90s. So expect music by classic acts such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, The Who and Elvis, through to artists such as Squeeze, Bryan Adams, The Clash and The Police.

Guitar fans will be pleased to know that Danny exhibits his guitar talents in a number of guitar-driven classics by Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and more...
12:00
TUE
26
Dec
2017
Titanic Jazz Band + hot food
Free
The Titanic Jazz Band play their own mix of Trad Jazz and hot Swing Jazz every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 - 3pm)
The band personnel varies from a 6 piece to an 8 or 9 piece big band. All of the musicians play in various other bands and bring their own styles of playing to the band.Guest musicians and singers often join the band onstage and is actively encouraged!
19:30
TUE
26
Dec
2017
Salsa Tuesday
£6
Salsa en Leicester presents . . .
Salsa Tuesdays at The Donkey!

With David and Pascale teaching classic New York / Puerto Rican style salsa dance
7.30 to 8.30: beginners / 8.45 to 9.45: intermediates
1 class: £6 / both classes: £9

No partner / experience / confidence necessary!

From 9.45 to late: free fiesta latina, with DJ Yuca bringing you the finest in salsa, bachata and Latin music

Free parking - finest music - amazing sound system - all welcome
16:00
SUN
7
Jan
2018
The Incredible Skank Brothers
£3
"Ska is the word, and The Incredible Skank Brothers are the way!!"
Playing all the 2tone and ska hits you could ever want to hear on this first Sunday of the year!
A full 7 piece ska band with brass
All the way from the West Mids - come and support em Leicester ska people.
20:30
FRI
9
Feb
2018
Mercury Queen Tribute
£6adv £9door Buy online
About Joseph Lee Jackson
A professional singer with over twenty years of experience, Joseph Lee Jackson has performed as Freddie Mercury for over 15 years both as a solo artist and as part of the UK’s leading Queen tribute act, Mercury. An experienced actor and singer, Joseph’s authentic and realistic tribute to Freddie has seen him collect a number of awards for his portrayal, including helping Mercury to receive an industry award for the UKs best tribute act in 2014. Performing at a variety of different events and venues around the world, Jospeh has been lucky enough to perform at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff and at Wembley. Joseph has also had the honour of singing in front of original Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May as well as members of Freddie Mercury’s family.
20:30
FRI
16
Feb
2018
Londond Calling play The Clash
£12adv £14door
AGMP presents

LONDON CALLING play THE CLASH

'GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE' 40th Anniversary Tour

The UK's Premier Tribute to THE CLASH play their 1978 album in full.

The Clash released their acclaimed second album "Give 'Em Enough Rope" in 1978. It went to Number 2 in the UK Charts and was the first album by the band to be released in the USA. Sounds Magazine named the album as the 'Best Album of the Year'. NME voted it the '87th Greatest Album of All Time' retrospectively in 1993.

London Calling, The UK’s premier tribute to The Clash will be paying homage by playing the album in it's entirety in sequence. They will then go on and play the best of the rest including all the hit singles and more such as "Should I stay or Should I go", "Rock the Casbah", "I Fought the Law", "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", "Complete Control", "Police On My Back", "Clash City Rockers", "Train in Vain", "White Riot" and, of course, "London Calling".