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We can’t wait to welcome you to Handmade Festival 2019 this weekend. First off, here’s some essential details for you. Please make sure you’ve read it all, and get in touch if you have any problems or questions before the festival:

You will need to exchange your ticket for a wristband at our central box office located downstairs at Firebug (1 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN) from Midday on Sunday. Please ensure you bring a printed ticket to be scanned by our staff. Showing it on your phone may work, but we can’t guarantee this and it will help us keep things speedy for everyone. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO ANY OTHER VENUES! You will not be able to swap your ticket anywhere else and they will not be able to admit you unless you are wearing your wristband! This also applies if you’re on the guestlist, have a press or photo pass, or if you exchanged your tickets for magic beans from a wizard. If you’re in any doubt, GO TO BOX OFFICE FIRST!

Buses to all venues depart from the stop opposite Firebug approximately every 20 minutes.

The Full schedule is now available in the Handmade app and on our website and social media. We will also offer a free programme at wristband exchange including our clash finder and further details.

Venue locations and age restriction details are all on a handy google map here:

We will be running two complimentary buses throughout the day, stopping at all venues which are open at any given time. We expect them to pass each venue at least every 20 minutes, although traffic conditions may cause delays. Please note that at peak times (Particularly either side of the headline acts in O2 Academy 1 / 2) buses may be slower / busier and it may be quicker or more comfortable to walk. Please seek advice from venue staff.

Most city centre venues are with a 10 minute walk of each other, and Attenborough Arts is under 10 minutes from O2 Academy Leicester.

Buses will cease a short time after the O2 Academy closes having done final runs in to the city.

For bus stop maps / details please pick up a programme as they may not be immediately outside each venue, but will be signed with a large yellow sign affixed to a nearby lamppost or pillar.

Location & Stop
O2 Academy Leicester – University Road Opposite Mayors Walk
Attenborough Centre – Regent Street outside Arts Centre
Y Theatre – London road stand EH
Soundhouse – Humberstone Rd bus stop (Ann street)
The Shed – Humberstone Gate Stand DH
Dryden Street – Belgrave Gate stand BM (Orchard Street)
Firebug & The Cookie – Millstone Lane stand ER

Due to government advice on major events some venues won’t permit bags larger than a laptop bag, or eastpack style bag on to their premises and may not be able to accommodate them in cloakrooms. Please travel as light as possible. Bag searches may be in place and will slow your access to venues.

Most venues will operate searches at the door and will not allow you to bring your own food and drink on to the premises. All venues will have alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available to purchase, and some serve hot food. There are also many other options available throughout the city to suit all budgets.

Parking is limited within Leicester city centre so we advise travelling to the festival using public transport. For those travelling from outside Leicester there are fast, frequent services from London, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and cities in-between using East Midlands Trains, and from Birmingham, Peterborough and Stansted Airport using Midland Mainline. National Express Coach routes run to Leicester from all over the UK.

All our access details can be found here:

Unfortunately this is a possible issue with any multi-venue festival, though we have worked hard with our programming to minimise potential bottle necks throughout the day. If a venue reaches capacity it will operate a one-in-one-out door policy until it is no longer at capacity.

Although Leicester is generally a safe city, we always advise ‘buddying up’ and travelling in pairs or groups between venues. Some venues are in ‘quieter’ areas of town – please keep to main, well lit routes or take the shuttle bus if you have any concerns.

Handmade opperates a ’Safer Spaces’ policy. This means we want everyone to treat everyone else with respect regardless of who they are. You can read it in full here and on signage throughout the festival:

Please get in touch with the ticket retailer you purchased your tickets through. In most cases this will be Gigantic.

Drop us an email to We’re checking this address constantly between now and the festival.

Venues – Handmade Festival

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2 months ago

Handmade Festival

As you know we're taking a break this year but The Cookie & Firebug are pleased to announce WIDE EYED, a brand new multi stage all dayer at O2 Academy Leicester on Saturday 16th May featuring the awesome Beak>! and plenty of Handmade alumni.

Tickets are now on sale from Gigantic Tickets here 👉🏻

Also check out the new event from The Robot Needs Home Collective at Attenborough Arts Centre on May 30th Forgotten Futures

We hope to see you all soon!

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Hannah Stock would be v up for this

Adam Matthew Posnett squid and the orielles

Beak> 😍

Sounds fab

That's a top line up 👌❤👍

Jon Nurse.

Izzy Morris

Decent line up Matt Bretherton Dave Connor Andy Green

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4 months ago

Handmade Festival

Sorry it's been so long since you've heard from us. Handmade will be taking a year out in 2020 - largely because the change of bank holiday dates make our usual spot in the year trickier, but also so we can spend a bit more time on bigger and better things for 2021.

In the interim, the team behind the festival are individually working on some realy exciting events in 2020 that we can't wait to share with you. Make sure you're following The Cookie, Firebug and The Robot Needs Home Collective to be the first to find out whats coming from each of us.

We hope you'll bear with us, and in the meantime here's the 2019 Retrospective from our long time collaborator Dale Curtis. Music from the incredible Yr Poetry.

John, Nik & Matt
Handmade Festival

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Promise you'll come back?

We're going to miss you 😕 Please send a few to our festival

Kelly McCormack Charlie Roper

Trevor Glyn Locke

Oh no!

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9 months ago

Handmade Festival

Wow... IDLES have just played a blinder!
We feel privileged to have had them twice at Handmade and played a small part of their journey!
Keep supporting them, they’re important!

Wow... IDLES have just played a blinder! 
We feel privileged to have had them twice at Handmade and played a small part of their journey! 
Keep supporting them, they’re important!

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I saw them at Handmade 2017 and they blew me away and again in 2018. Well Done! and thanks for booking them #allislove

Keith Jobey

Was just shouting away to Joy as an Act of Resistance in my kitchen.

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10 months ago

Handmade Festival

Some beautiful photos from Handmade 2019 by our photographer Robin Hardman. ...

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