DMU students offered hands-on experiences and discounted tickets for Handmade 2017

It’s one of the big cultural highlights of the Leicester arts calendar – and De Montfort University (DMU) students are again being offered opportunities to be a part of the Handmade Festival.


FLASHBACK: Deaf Havana perform to a packed O2 Academy 2 last year

A who’s who of the next big things in the world of music will be performing at Handmade and DMU is, for the third year running, one of the named sponsors.

It means Leicester School of Art students studying Fine Art and Photography and Video, Demon FM and student volunteers will be able to enjoy outstanding experiences both front and backstage and be part of a festival which has become a platform for some of the UK’s hottest acts.

Thousands are expected to see headlining bands such as Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit and British Sea Power, as well as rising stars, such as Cabbage, who made the shortlist for the BBC Sound of 2017, and God Damn, who will also take to the stage at Donington’s Download Festival this summer.


It's not too late to book a place at our next DMU Open Day

Art studio residency to kick-start Indre's career

DMU leads on music tech in groundbreaking European project

Thanks to DMU’s connections with the festival, our students are also being offered a 25 per cent discount on tickets.

It means they will be able to see dozens of bands across four venues at the O2 Academy, as well as the best art, comedy, film, photography and performance, on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April, for just £30 (booking fee applicable).


Fine Art students from DMU have already been approached to provide exciting visual art which will be projected onto the stage at the O2 Academy 2 before, during and after each act.

Meanwhile Demon FM will be broadcasting interviews from the festival, and Handmade 2017 will also be approaching students to take up a variety of volunteer roles for the weekend.

The festival is also looking into how other courses within DMU can offer their students valuable experiences and become part of a team putting on a national festival.


Festival Director John Helps, who graduated from DMU in Music Technology, is pleased to be involving his former university for the second year running.

He said: “The partnership we have with DMU is really valued and we are delighted students are getting involved and supporting a live music scene that is so vital to the cultural character of Leicester.

“Handmade has built a national reputation for spotting the best emerging talent on the global music scene and bringing them to Leicester before they go on to play the stages of Glastonbury and Reading.

“We take great pride in offering a top notch arts festival here in Leicester which gives people the chance to discover new music of every imaginable genre and spot the next big thing as well as celebrate the best of art, photography, film and performance.


 “I can’t think of many summer music festivals which could offer such a dynamic and varied line-up for just £30 for the weekend. And the fact it is here in Leicester means you can go home at night rather than sleep in a muddy field!”

Handmade 2017 will be staged at the O2 Academy and Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April.

Book your special student discounted tickets here

If you book the special DMU student discount tickets you will need to show your NUS card when you enter the festival arena.

Posted on Wednesday 15th March 2017

Search news archive

DMU open days
News target area image

DMU is a dynamic university, read about what we have been up to in our latest news section.

Events target area image

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

Mission and vision target area image
Mission and vision

Read about our mission and vision and how these create a supportive and exciting learning environment.