Frightened Rabbit, Honeyblood and more set for impressive Handmade Festival 2017

The Leicester-based festival has announced it's first wave of acts

Handmade Festival has announced it’s first wave of acts, which include Scottish bands Frightened Rabbit and Honeyblood.

Taking place in Leicester on April 29-30, the festival has previously welcomed the likes of We Are Scientists, 65daysofstatic, Lonely The Brave, Deaf Havana and Three Trapped Tigers.

Bristol band Idles have also been announced for the 2017; NME described them as “a brutal entity”. JAWS, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Pulled Apart By Horses, British Sea Power, and Twin Atlantic are also set to play the two-dayer festival, which will also feature comedy, art, film, performance, and photography lineups.

Frightened Rabbit released their fifth studio album ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ on April 8. It was produced by The National‘s Aaron Dessner and follows the Scottish band’s 2013 album ‘Pedestrian Verse’.

Honeyblood supported Foo Fighters last year, appearing alongside God Damn at two dates of the band’s huge 2015 UK stadium tour. They joined Royal Blood, Teenage Fanclub, Iggy Pop and Kaiser Chiefs on the support bill with Dave Grohl and co.

Tweeddale also opened up about their drummer’s departure in 2014, telling NME Shona McVicar left the band as she “just wasn’t into it” any more.

Explaining what happened, Tweeddale said: “Being in a band is really not as glamorous as everybody thinks and touring is hard. Shona made the decision that she didn’t want to do it any more. You need to be really into this to do it and she just wasn’t, so she decided not to continue. She was feeling it wasn’t for her for quite a while.”