Violet Cities crowned winners of Play at LMF finals

As five of the Midland’s top unsigned music acts battled it out in a series of performances at Streetlife night club on Friday June 13th, Leicestershire band Violet Cities were named winners of  the PLAY at LMF finals.
Following their winning performances to a club of over 200 people, the four piece indie pop band from Leicester (Mountsorrel and Syston) have now secured a place at the Leicester Music Festival in which they’ll play to a live audience of over 20,000 people.

Violet Cities crowned winners of Play at LMF finals
Violet Cities are James Lewis, 26, the band’s frontman who plays rhythm guitar, sings and writes the songs, James Hazell, 24, lead guitarist and song writer, Paul Moody, 20, bass player and Dan Beange, drummer. The band who are renowned the region over for their signature song “Thrown away”,   blew the judges away with their catchy lyrics, upbeat riffs and an overwhelming amount of energy. They will now comprise part of LMF’s Saturday line-up and will be performing alongside global acts including Labrinth, Kool and the Gang, Union J and The Saturdays.
Commenting on their win, Violet Cities’ Paul Moody, said: "We thank the fans so much for all the support they have shown, they honestly made the difference and we appreciated it so much having them there. There is no greater feeling than to have your fans singing all your songs back to you and having the time of their lives, thank you so much – we are so emotional to win - it was the best moment of my life so far.”
Strangler Figs, The Furies, Casino Empire and Tapestry were Play at LMF’s runners up and the festival organisers are exploring how they too can perform at sites across this year’s inaugural LMF.
Manoj Keshavji, co-founder of LMF and compere of the Play final, said: "Each band performed brilliantly and it's great to see that there is so much local talent here in our city. Violet Cities for us were the complete package and simply fantastic. They deserved to win. They will now have a life changing experience of playing on the same stage as the biggest line up of artists to come to Leicester in over a decade!  The Leicester Music Festival promises to be the biggest two day music festival ever and we hope that people will come along and enjoy themselves.”
Elisabeth Barker-Carley, the organiser of PLAY at LMF said "It's been a long road to get here, and it's been incredibly difficult to whittle down 300 acts to just five finalists and one winner. Every act involved over the 10 heats performed at such a high standard - there is so much talent in the Midlands and PLAY at LMF is a fantastic way to showcase this. Leicester Music Festival has really put the city back on the musical map and I can't thank the organisers enough for this!”
Trevor Locke, editor of Music in Leicester and one of the Play @ LMF judges, added: "A superb line up of top bands playing some of the best music imaginable. It just goes to show what Leicester can provide.”
Tickets for LMF are on sale now priced from £45 per person per day and can be purchased from,, and in person at Visit Leicester (on Gallowtree Gate), the Leicester Tigers’ ticket and the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.