Venue Profile: Firebug

Between now and the festival we’re taking a look through the venues that are a part of the festival this year. Next up: Firebug

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Kat, one of the owners.

When did you open and what’s the story behind the venue opening?

2004! We’ll be 15 this summer!
A group of us wanted to open a bar which was open late, had a relaxed attitude, played decent music but at a volume where you can have a conversation, so we did. 
Aside from this there is a 100  capacity venue upstairs which, without intention, has become important to us and to the city, supporting local bands and touring acts as well as comedy, burlesque and club nights with abundance.

What are some memorable gigs you’ve had through the years?

Over the last few years we’ve seen live performances from many notable live acts including Foals, Dutch Uncles, Johnny Foreigner, Frank Turner, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad and a little local band called Maybeshewill (who curated the first Handmade festival). In terms of comedy, Firebug has seen Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Russell Howard, Sarah Millcan, Greg Davies, Micky Flanagan and Josie Long.

What are you most looking forward to at Handmade this year?

Having been involved since the inception of Handmade we’re excited to see the festival returning to it’s original multi-venue concept. And Saint Agnes who played at Firebug last October!

Why do you think Handmade is important for Leicester?

Any event which enriches the arts and brings people to the city is important. Handmade brings an interesting and diverse demographic to Leicester and supports local up and coming artists.

What do you think is great about Leicester’s arts community?

For a small city Leicester has a vibrant arts community, drawing from it’s incredibly diverse cultural influences and evolving to cater for all tastes means your never short of ways to enjoy the arts!

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