TDM Festival 2017

Leicester's Cultural Quarter : 27th & 28th May

What Is TDM?

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TDM Festival is a diverse music festival, primarily in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter on 27th & 28th May 2017. The cultural quarter is an area of Leicester that was transformed from a textile and shoes hub into one for creative industries, artists, designers and crafts people. This makes it a true creative centre for the city. TDM aims to draw on the diversity and creativity within Leicester, by bringing a range of musical performances and genres from around the world directly to some of Leicester’s most popular venues. It will be a celebration of diverse live music.

What Does TDM Mean?

As for our name, TDM stands for a few things… Firstly, it stands for Tour De Music. This was a world music project that TDM’s coordinator created with fellow students while at university. It was this project that gave her the inspiration to create a quality world music festival on a larger scale. It also stands for the fact that it will feature Truly Diverse Music across the line-up. We wanted the festival name to give a nod to its origins, as well as looking forward to the future of the festival in 2017 and beyond! With our team having backgrounds in music themselves, the festival is one created by musicians, featuring musicians, for those that love music.

Further Info

Tickets are now on sale! Join us to witness some of the world’s finest acts from, coming together to celebrate the diversity of music! You can find more information about the festival venues below, as well as information on our line-up and where you can get tickets. You can also follow us @TDMFestival on the following social media platforms for more up-to-date news about us and the festival as it happens…

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Line up

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The TDM Festival events will focus on certain elements of music, whether that be genre or style of playing. For example, you can expect everything from acoustic sets to explosive stage performances. Below you can see details of the artists who have been announced so far as performers on this year’s line-up!


57 (Oh Chill)57 (pronounced Oh-Chill in Korean) is a two-piece rock duo based in Seoul, South Korea featuring guitarist JunHong Yun and drummer Seol Kim. In 2014, the band moved from their hometown of Jeonju to Seoul, where they immediately caught the attention of both crowds and critics. They were hailed as a band to watch and released their highly acclaimed self-titled debut EP. Heavily influenced by alternative, garage, and punk rock bands, the “57” EP captured the raw energy and sound that fans loved about their electrifying live performances.

In 2015, 57 competed in two of South Korea’s most prominent band audition competitions. They won first place at KT&G Band Discovery and reached the finals of Hello Rookie. Riding the momentum of their success at these competitions, 57 went on to appear at many of the major Korean music festivals the following year. This included Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Busan International Rock Festival, Jeju Stepping Stone Festival, and Korea’s largest international showcase, Zandari Festa.

2016 saw the band invited to the UK to play at the world-renowned Liverpool Sound City festival. Following this performance, the band embarked on a highly successful three-week tour of the UK. 57 are currently working on their eagerly anticipated first full-length album, due to be released in March 2017. To celebrate, the band is planning to launch a spring tour of Korea and the UK, including their performance for TDM Festival! You can catch them at Manhattan34 on Saturday 27th May from 5-7pm.


“Charged with a ferocious amount of energy, South Korean pair 57 are renowned for their supercharged live shows. They combine to make thunderous, neck breaking tracks as demonstrat ed on their self-titled EP 5 7. If there is one way to blast away the cobwebs from Saturday’s late night antics, this is it.” – Gigwise rs-festival/

“Their energy on stage was captivating and made the audience headbang and swing from one side to the other” – Sumgyeojingem


House of Verse

House-of-VerseIt all began in a dynamic debate. One newly bud wordswom’n, Hibword, bounced ideas she had momentarily visualised: a three-dimensional land of language… land gauge. A place where entire bodies would experience words, poetry could be embodied and ideas entirely involving and interactive. Feedback after her first event spurred Hibword to amplify the performance element of the event. As an initial fusion of spoken word poetry, comedy, music, rap, beatbox and sound/video installation, it became immediately apparent that the variety of artisans strewn across Leicester was rich and eager to give.

The variety event extended its arms to a more diverse anthology of performers, becoming bi-monthly shows. These are adorned even more ornately each time with penta-bunting, rogue rugs, smooshes of cushions, wallfuls of hangings, slinks of funky blankets, and smoked with incense. House of Verse has become more than just a performance; it’s a community, a tribe, a power, a vibe.

Considered THE variety event in Leicester, this eclectic, electric, creative artist collective will be curating two never-before-seen events especially for TDM Festival. House of Verse is now made up of a diverse range of artists, including a Mexican storyteller, spoken word, Barbadian MC, Indo-African Beatbox/Looper, Soul/Blues group, Flamenco guitarist and much more! Having staged their first group event in September 2014, this buzzing collective have gone from strength to strength. They will be bringing their unique, fast-paced mix of art forms to a TDM venue takeover. You can catch them at The Exchange on Saturday 27th May from 3-5pm and Sunday 28th May from 5-7pm. This is an experience not to be missed!



MudibuMudibu is a Burundian artist living in the UK. Burundi is a small country in East Africa with a bloody history but less attention on the World stage. He is no stranger to violence, surviving the infamous school massacre of Kibimba when he was 16 years old and just a few months later came within an inch of losing his life a second time in a gang shooting which left him seriously wounded. With the help of a scholarship from the ‘The Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust’ based in Oxford, he came to the UK to study and has lived here ever since. But, he has not forgotten his homeland. As time passes he is trying to make sense of the society he grew up in and music helps him walk this path.

You don’t need to know anything about Mudibu’s past, or even the language he sings in, to feel the message conveyed in his songs. He possesses a rich and powerful voice, a charismatic stage presence and an intensity and passion to his melodies. The way he performs instantly captures the listener’s attention and reaches deep inside.

Mudibu is a self taught musician. From around 2002 armed with a guitar, he started gigging around London talent music venues. He will be performing at the Solo Sessions event at Manhattan34 on Sunday 28th May as part of the line-up for TDM Festival 2017. 



MUHANottingham-based MUHA is a band with brilliant live performance skills. The  members come from different walks of life, drawing on their experiences and combining their expertise to create a truly unique sound. The band formed in 2006 when singer-songwriter Iryna Muha met guitarist Dmitry Fedotov. Together with Louise Clements on bass/kathak vocals and Nikki Mckenzie on percussion, MUHA offers an enthralling fusion of Slavonic-rooted music enhanced with rhythms and global folklore narratives.

Their newly recorded album Reka, meaning River, offers a new tradition in contemporary Eastern European music. It has been created from the band’s influences from the multicultural society they experience in the UK. MUHA entertain audiences with their musicianship through a sound stemming from eastern roots, engaging listeners through a variety of languages and catchy grooves. Their music is a combination of the melodic beauty of Eastern European folklore, North Indian Kathak rhythms, Cuban beats and original lyrics. They mesmerise with a musical feast rooted in the Slavonic tradition but cultured from the world.

With regular gigs up and down the UK, MUHA will be bringing their unique take on Eastern European fusion to the TDM Festival this year. You can catch them at Manhattan34 on Saturday 27th May at the World Rock event from 5-7pm. 


Nia Soul

Nia Soul is a singer songwriter from a vibrant, multi – cultural environment. It is this environment that inspires Nia’s music, influenced by the pulsating rhythm of life and music that surrounds her. She is not one to conform to a particular genre of music, instead successfully encompassing a plethora of genres. These include Soul, RnB, Neo Soul, Acid Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk. This musical fusion creates a distinctive sound and culminates in the unique and refreshing style that is, Nia Soul.

TDM approached Nia about having a festival slot after seeing her brilliant performance at established Leicester venue, The Donkey. Nia’s fresh talent is on the line-up early in her already developing career, but deservedly so! Although new to the industry, Nia is already making waves in the local Leicester live music scene. Her performances include a support slot for the legendary Craig Charles at Leicester’s O2 Academy. This new, versatile solo vocalist is one to watch!

Nia will be performing a special solo performance of her unique blend of urban music for TDM Festival 2017. You can catch her show as part of the Solo Sessions event at Manhattan34 on Sunday 28th May from 3-5pm. 


Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band & Circus Raj 

Rajasthan – the land of royalty – a glittering jewel in the golden sands of the barren Thar Desert, with a wealth of rich culture, tradition and heritage. Circus Raj and The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band are a living embodiment of this landscape, a spectacular celebration of its vibrant and colourful lifestyle. Their music and dance a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this enchanting region.

Circus Raj is a veritable “supergroup” of Rajasthan’s elite street circus performers from legendary entertainment communities. They combine their amazing skills to perform breathtaking acts of courage and bravery. Preserved over many centuries from the time of the Maharajas – they take this ancient, mystical and magical circus format to even greater heights. They present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band’s diverse repertoire spans Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats.  These vividly costumed artists from the villages surrounding Jaipur, cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan.

Both these mesmerising acts will headline our closing event at the Peepul Centre on Sunday 28th May – doors open at 7:30pm so be sure not to miss out on this spectacle!


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TDM Festival will be taking place in multiple indoor venues, primarily in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. This allows us to support our local small venues. Below you can see exactly which venues are hosting events on which day – clicking on the images will take you to the venues’ websites to find out information on exactly where they are.

Each venue has been chosen carefully to provide varied atmospheres from event to event. Not only will each event have a different theme, but each venue has its own character and special something to offer; this means you will never get the same experience twice at TDM! This is why each event has its own ticket, letting you pick and choose which venues/events you like the look of so you can decide what type of experience you want!

Tickets for all TDM events are now on sale. There are 5 events being held in 3 venues – The Exchange, Manhattan34 and the Peepul Centre. You can get tickets to the events at all of these venues here through our ticketing partner, See Tickets. You can also go to our tickets page to see more information on what each event entails. Also, don’t forget to check out our line-up page to read more about our performing artists! You won’t be disappointed!


Saturday 27th May:
The Exchange Bar  Manhattan34
TDM Venues - The Exchange Bar TDM Venues - Manhattan34


Sunday 28th May:
The Exchange Bar  Manhattan34 Peepul Centre
TDM Venues - The Exchange Bar TDM Venues - Manhattan34 TDM Venues - Peepul Centre


Want to perform at TDM?

Unfortunately if you were hoping to be included on this year’s line-up, you’re too late! Our application process is now closed. We had a load of applications from bands and soloists in genres such as rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop and beyond! From the artists applying from countries overseas, to those right on our doorstep up and down the UK, we thank you for your interest.


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How Will The Events Be Ticketed?

TDM Festival events are ticketed separately, meaning you can pick and choose which events you’d like to go to. The ticket system will mean that you can tailor-make your TDM experience. You can expect that there will be something for all music tastes! The TDM events are now on sale through our ticketing partner, See Tickets. Click on the events below to get yours before they sell out!:


TDM Festival Tickets - The ExchangeThe Exchange – Saturday 27th May – 3pm

Artists: House of Verse

A specially curated show by a talented group of artists from Leicester. Expect a fast-paced variety performance that’s eclectic, electric and creative! Part 1 of 2. More information will be revealed closer to the time.


The Exchange – Sunday 28th May – 5pm

Artists: House of Verse

A specially curated show by a talented group of artists from Leicester. Expect a fast-paced variety performance that’s eclectic, electric and creative! Part 2 of 2. More information will be revealed closer to the time.


TDM Festival Tickets - Manhattan34Manhattan34 – Saturday 27th May – 5pm

Artists: 57 / MUHA

World Rock. Three bands will come together and take you through how rock has developed and what rock sounds like from country to country – everywhere from Eastern Europe to Eastern Asia!


Manhattan34 – Sunday 28th May – 3pm

Artists: Mudibu / Nia Soul

Solo Sessions. Three soloists with varying backgrounds perform songs of their own creation, including some in their native tongues. Original music, original lyrics and a whole lot of talent.


TDM Festival Tickets - Peepul CentrePeepul Centre – Sunday 28th May – 8pm

Artists: Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band / Circus Raj

India Focus. This event will focus on music that has travelled straight out of India right onto your doorstep, to commemorate India’s 70th year of independence. Expect the unexpected in this mesmerising closing event spectacular!



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This page will outline all you need to know about our current and upcoming competitions. This year we are running a total of 2 competitions to give away prizes to 7 lucky ticket holders! Here’s how to get involved…

Nando’s Competition

The Prize: 4 x combination meal plus soft drinks for 2 vouchers + £40 gift card.

The Winners: We will select 5 winners. 4 will win a meal for 2 voucher each and 1 will win the £40 gift card.

How To Enter: Just purchase a ticket to ANY TDM event, between 12pm Friday 7th April and 12pm Friday 21st April and you will be automatically entered into the competition. Following this two-week period, we will receive a list from our ticketing partner, See Tickets, of everyone who bought tickets in this timeframe. Then, the names on this list will be put in a hat and 5 winners will be chosen at random on Monday 24th April.

Where To Get Tickets: You can get tickets to all TDM events at But first, make sure you check out our tickets page, line-up page and blog to find out which events you want to attend!

Other Info: Buying tickets in a group and all want to enter? You will have to each purchase your tickets individually. If one of you buys tickets for the group, only this person will be entered into the competition.

Questions?: Send an email to if you have any questions regarding this competition.

Details on our second competition will be revealed at a later date. Keep an eye on this page for updates!


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In order to strengthen the festival going forward, we are building strong relationships for TDM with both partners and sponsors. This is to make sure we can keep bringing you our unique brand of diverse music year after year after year!

We are proudly associated with Horus Music Limited. This is a Leicester-based music distribution and label services company. They deal with both signed and unsigned artists as well as record labels, using their distribution, marketing, radio-plugging and graphic design departments. This means they can cater to labels’ and artists’ every need when dealing with a new music campaign or release. Their history in Leicester and knowledge of the music industry is the driving force behind us being able to bring you the first ever TDM Festival.

Horus Music: Partners and Sponsors

Media Partner

Another one of our partners and sponsors to mention is our media partner for TDM Festival 2017. Music News will be helping us to keep you updated on all things TDM in the lead up to the festival. They are a leading independent publisher in the music scene. Their editor has experience on the BRITs and BBC Music Awards voting panel, and is a BBC News contributor. We trust they will keep you well informed as the festival progresses!

Ticketing Partner

The only place you can get tickets for TDM Festival 2017 is through our ticketing partner, See Tickets. They are one of the largest ticket companies in Europe but with all the values of a small organisation. This means they give great service to their customers so we are confident that you will be looked after when booking your tickets for TDM.

Want to Get Involved?

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or partner for TDM Festival? We have packages and ideas suitable to any business with any budget. Send an email to with your enquiries.

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