handmadefestlineupHandmade Festival is back for 2017 with some massive announcements. The Leicester-based festival has seen huge bands on its stage over previous years like Deaf Havana, Swim Deep and Slaves. This year is no different with Twin Atlantic, Pulled Apart By Horses and Frightened Rabbit all scheduled to perform. We at Born are going to give you six acts to look out for this year at Handmade.



The Glaswegian-duo are back in the mix this year after the release of their second album, ‘Babes Never Die’, in 2016. Honeyblood‘s latest continues their tradition of resonating deep melodies with bittersweet pop, even after the replacement of Shona McVicar with Cat Myers. It’s definitely more about female empowerment than it used to be in their original iteration, as if the album title could fool you otherwise.


God Damn

Wolverhampton’s own God Damn are hitting Leicester this April. The rock powerhouse had a banger of a year in 2015 with debut album, ‘Vulture’. After a return with lead single ‘Ghost’ in 2016, it looks like it’s going to be their year once again.



After their album release late last year, we were hoping to see JAWS hit the festival circuit, and we’re in luck. The Birmingham indie-pop band have received great popular success since their inception in 2012. They’ll be hitting Handmade after a mini tour of their own towards the end of April, which will see them hit Manchester, London and Oxford.


Charlotte Carpenter

If you’re looking for fiery vocals to accompany some great storytelling, you’ll be sure to catch singer/songwriter Charlotte Carpenter in Leicester. The Northampton-songstress released explosive single ‘Fire’ back in December, and has hit most people’s radars with her soulful vibe.



Known for swapping their roles during recordings, you never quite know what you’re going to get with Happyness. The South London band recently released the single ‘Falling Down’ which shows exactly this, but to an outstanding degree of indie rock-standard. Their new album ‘Write In’ is due out on the 7th April, just in time for their tour and Handmade Festival appearance.



A relatively new band are hitting Leicester with their grunge-pop aesthetic in April. Based in Bristol, raised in Worcester, the dual fronted 3-piece will be sure to blast you off the stage with their intense rock attitude. Definitely worth trying out to add something a bit more hardcore to your weekend at Handmade.