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The Knives are out for De Montfort Hall's 100th birthday bash


Indie rock band Young Knives have been announced as the headliners of the centenary celebrations at De Montfort Hall this summer.

Throughout this year, the venue is holding special events to mark 100 years of entertainment and the highlight of the celebrations will be on the weekend of July 27.

In the absence of a Summer Sundae this year, the venue will stage its own weekend of live music, alongside other events including comedy, classical music and family entertainment.

Young Knives, who are originally from Ashby, will appear alongside other local acts such as singer Jersey Budd and reggae band By The Rivers.

Henry Dartnall, lead singer of the Young Knives, said: "I only heard about this a couple of days ago and I'm excited to be doing it. We've played outdoors at Summer Sundae, but never inside De Montfort Hall – although I have been to a lot of gigs there and played some sports there as a teenager.

"We always get a good response playing in Leicester.

"It used to be all heavy metal venues and dives in the city, but it's a lot better for live music now."

The centenary weekend will be named Simon Says, in honour of Simon de Montfort.

The venue had asked people to send in suggestions for the name of the event and the winning idea came from Terry Potter, from Leicester.

Simon Says is being organised by three of Leicester's music venues – the Musician, Firebug and the Donkey.

The line-up is designed to reflect the breadth of musical talent from the city and county.

Other acts are being commissioned by the BBC as part of its BBC Introducing campaign to find the best unsigned bands.

De Montfort Hall's general manager, Antony Flint, said: "We wanted to hold an event that would celebrate the hall's history with the local music scene and Simon Says is just that. It has been great working with the guys from the Musician, The Donkey and Firebug and they've put together a fantastic programme."

He said the acts announced so far were "only the very tip" of the entertainment during the weekend.

Other centenary events planned include a tea dance led by Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, a night of outdoor comedy and an open-air performances of Babe the Sheep Pig and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado.

A classical music concert, featuring tenor Wynne Evans, is due to be held on July 20, followed by a fireworks display.

Tickets for the Simon Says event, priced at £20 weekend ticket, £15 Saturday, and £8 Sunday, are on sale from 0116 233 3111 or:


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