On 10th and 11th March 2017 Leicester welcomes 180 Fest the newest arts and music festival to the city. Taking place over two days this fun and exciting festival will showcase a variety of engaging art forms across three venues - Top Dog at Brewdog, Nighty Six Degrees Cafe and The Exchange

180 Fest is the brainchild of eight De Montfort University (DMU) students as part of thieir 3rd Year Module for an Arts & Festival Management Degree. The brief was to organise a multi day event to include a variety of art forms not just concentrating on music. The University supplied a budget of £1,000. The students then divided the job roles and began booking venues and artists to take part in the festival. Five months later their hard work, enthusiasm and passion has paid off as this new exciting festival is due to take place next weekend.


180 Fest proudly supports local artists and talent with 90% of the line up being Leicester based. Each venue will hold two events across the weekend. From music, burlesque to spoken word there will be something to engage everyone's interest. The Exchange will be hosting the following events:

Friday 10th March - Story Telling 7pm

Fancy a night of storytelling? Then come to The Exchange on the Friday to spend the evening with Mike Payton storyteller and Timothy Mark Ralphs!

'Light from the Shadows'

The spring solstice approaches, a time when day and night, light and dark hang in the balance It's a time to re-visit the oldest and most human of art forms - storytelling. Join internationally acclaimed performers Mike Payton and Tim Ralphs as they bring myth, legend and folk tale to life in an evening where divine and the infernal, the vital and the ghostly, the joyful and the cruel dance as equal partners in the stories shared.

Saturday  11th March – Contour Fashion Show 12.30pm - CANCELLED

The talented Ffion Piper alongside other designers will put on a Contour Fashion show. Come along and check out the next generation of up and coming talent. This is a show you not to be missed! 

Saturday 11th March – Comedy 2.30pm

Daniel Nicholas Comedy will be performing in the cellar with his show Poster Boy.

From left to right:   Siân Wilshaw, Catherine Griffiths, Tiffini Castle, Jodie Giblin, Charlotte Fournee, Hannah Storm , Andzelika Dojlida, Cam Boyle

From left to right:  Siân Wilshaw, Catherine Griffiths, Tiffini Castle, Jodie Giblin, Charlotte Fournee, Hannah Storm , Andzelika Dojlida, Cam Boyle

Above are the 180 Fest Team, eight lovely ladies ranging from their 20's - 30's. Their aim to create a unique festival accessible to all. To try and get rid of the stigma and snobbery attached to the arts and to encourage those who wound't usually attend such an event to come and give it a try! Why not pay the festival a visit and experience something different. There will be burlesque in a cafe and circus performers in a bar - go on you know you want to..

Tickets prices range from £3 - £6.50

Get your tickets here: : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/180-degrees/events


"The whole team would like to thank the arts community of Leicester for their continued support throughout the process of creating 180 Fest!"

The 180 Fest Team