Handmade Festival 2017
Handmade is a Music, Photography, art, comedy and performance festival held each year in Leicester, UK. In the last couple of years the festival has moved from using various city centre venues to one location in the University student union which also houses the Leicester O2 Academy venue.
Day 1, Friday
The 5th year of Handmade saw the Friday night of the festival venture back out into the city centre and spread itself over a number of interesting venues. LCB Depot was used as the hub where we arrived late evening to collect passes/wristbands and grab some food from the selection of vans outside in the courtyard.
First venue of our night was the Bishop street church, an attractive old converted Methodist church. A perfect setting to catch ‘Haiku Salut’ from nearby Derbyshire. Lovely atmospheric post rock inspired instrumental noise from the trio.
We then headed off to another historic venue The Guildhall situation next to Leicester Cathedral. Definitely the first time I’ve watched ‘The Tuts’ in a 14th century timber framed building.
The night was finished off with a set from Leicester’s own folk singer songwriter ‘Grace Petrie’ and her band. A good sing along from the crowd, some interesting thoughtful talk, some good relatable laughs at ‘Nobody knows that I’m a fraud’ and day 1 of Handmade was over.