Venue Profile: The Shed

Between now and the festival we’re going to take a look at some of Leicester’s venues that are joining Handmade this year. First up we talk to The Shed’s Elisabeth Barker Carley.

Who are you and what do you do?

We’re The Shed, and we’re open as a coffee shop and co – working space during the day, and a music and experience venue in the evening

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

The Shed initially opened its doors in 1994, but in 2017 underwent new ownership. After an extensive refurb, we re-opened our doors on 1st April 2017! We bought the building off the previous owners to stop it from being knocked down and turned into a block of flats, and so we could breathe a new lease of life into one of Leicester’s cornerstone venues. 

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

Well Kasabian had their very first show here, and Ellie Goulding made an appearance on her first tour which is what we’re known for. However, since we’ve taken over we’ve had a string of amazing shows here, including The Electric Swing Circus, Fatherson, Conjurer, Ferocious Dog and The Slow Readers Club to name a few!

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

We’re incredibly excited to simply be a part of a festival that is putting Leicester well and truly on the music scene map!

Why do you think Handmade is important for Leicester?

We believe that Handmade has really highlighted the strengths of Leicester’s arts community to the rest of the UK, and shown the bigger agents that Leicester is indeed a des res on the touring circuit. It’s also re-ignited the love for live music within the locals, and definitely spurred on the beginnings of some bands that may not have gotten together had they not been given the opportunity to play alongside bands they look up to.

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

The fact that it is a community – everybody helps each other out and everyone has the common goal of allowing the arts scene to continue growing and developing.

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