Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2017 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 28th, 29th and 30th April 2017.

At the start of the year Handmade Festival announced the first two waves of bands for the 2017 music programme including:

Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Honeyblood, JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Puppy, Idles, Cabbage, Superfood, Demob Happy, God Damn, Kagoule, Gallops, Ash Mammal, Kermes, God Damn, Dead!, Fizzy Blood, Shame, Fish, Van Zeller, Happyness, Life, Willie J Healy, Charlotte Carpenter, Magique, Arcades, Get Inuit, Meatwave, Youth Man, Ohboy!, Happy Accidents, Yr Poetry, Waking Aida, Orchards, Dark Dark Horse, Soeur and The Lids

Today, Handmade are pleased to make their final announcement, which includes line-up additions such as: Goat Girl, Baba Naga, Kovic, Courtney Askey, Haus, Little Hours, Peaness, Miriam Franklin, Lea Porcelin and more, as well as the announcement of Handmade’s all new Friday programme, which will be headlined by HMLTD, Her Name Is Calla, Haiku Salut and Grace Petrie with support from Fang Club, Kovic, Husky Loops, Fazerdaze, Easy Life, Dead Pretties, Cold Water Souls, Neon Waltz, and Pleasure House.

The new programme (which is free to festival wristband holders or £10 for those that won’t be attending the full festival) features a stage curated by Drowned In Sound, as well as a stage curated by long time friend of the festival and ‘Leicester folk hero’ Grace Petrie (who will also be performing).

This new programme of shows will take place on Friday 28th April 2017 at the following local venues across Leicester: Firebug, The Cookie, The Guildhall and Bishop Street Church, plus it will see the return of The Handmade Comedy ‘Tent’ (which isn’t actually a tent).

Alongside the final announcements, Handmade Festival have also announced that PPL and PRS For Music, ahead of the launch of their joint licensing venture in Leicester later this year, will be sponsoring the second stage at the festival, which features headline appearances from Cabbage, Demob Happy, Jaws and Superfood.

Tickets start at £40 for adults and for the first time the festival is able to offer tickets at £30 for students and £20 for under 16s.

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