Dare to Diva Activities for Summer & Autumn 2014 – Excitement Now Building !!!

We have  had lovely weather recently, and there has been lots going on with much more to come…

Dare to Diva, is looking forward to planning further regular music performances, from Carol Leeming & Random Acts of Senseless Beauty. After an impromptu storming set, of original and classic soul jazz funk songs, with encores from a lively and appreciative audience, at the new  stylish Sugar Loaf Bar Braunstone Gate Leicester.

Carol Leeming with also be appearing Sun 29th June 2014 briefly at Summer Sounds & Spoken Words,  part of the expanded (to 7 days ) Leicester Festival Indian Summer, with popular poet Bobba Cass and esteemed tabla player Rishii Choudry and friends at Exchange Bar Cultural Quarter Leicester.

Carol has also been invited to perform her poetry Mon 21st July 2014, 7.30pm at SHINDIG Western Pub, Nine Arches Press poetry night July 2014 held in Leicester.

In August 23rd  2014 , as part of the expanded Kaleidescope Cosmopolitan Arts Festival planned for the new Jubilee Square, City Centre Leicester.  Carol will perform music with Neil Hunter, virtuoso  keyboardist from her band the Random Acts of Senseless Beauty Band

Dare to Diva are pleased to present  Oct 2nd 2014  at Embrace Arts , a reading/sharing of a new choreopoem, titled Love The Life You Live…Live The life You Love written by Carol Leeming. A monologue drama, featuring a character called Martin first introduced in The Loneliness of The Long Distance Diva choreopoem that was successfully performed at Curve theatre in 2012. This particular  choreopoem being the second  in a planned trilogy.

Dare to Diva will also be programing some of the most exciting  Emerging musical talent Leicester has to offer, for the return of the Festival  Funky Oct  18th 2014 Sumo Braunstone Gate.

Finally watch this space to find out details of further mid career music artists , to be programmed by Dare to Diva, to appear at City Centre venue later on in the year also…


There’s Already a Buzz! Festival 2 Funky Oct 18th 2014 Braunstone Gate

After last years huge and  successful Festival 2Funky featuring a marvelous diverse live music  line up Pamela Moo, Joel Owen & the Antoine Band, New Jazz Coop, Chikka Moyo Mellow Baku, Ten (Tendai Sendah, Marcus Joseph Band, Funk Soul Collective , with local DJs PA’s and Live Band. Dare to Diva will be programming, more local  fantastic live diverse music, for the forthcoming  Festival 2 Funky Sumo Sat Oct 18th Braunstone Gate Leicester – watch this space!

Already there is buzz, due confirmation from Band leader Stan’ the Man’ Samuel via Facebook , that Leicester’s legendary  80’s P- Funk Band  SAQUII, will headline  the Dare to Diva Live Music Stage at Sumo. SAQUII band as featured in the excellent film Spectrum – History of Black Music in Leicester  will no doubt, don their outrageous stage costumes, alongside total funk extraordinariness, that made them a byword for from Leicester  to London, as premier ambassadors of Funk to the delight  of audiences.

The time of year for the Festival has changed from June last year, to October  2014 so as to maximize audiences even more, though audiences last year were really good and very mixed. Music acts and line Ups  plus further details of the Festival overall will follow in due course in the meantime the excitement, the buzz will build and grow…can’t wait!