I like this week’s worth of gigs, and as ever I have had to make a few tough choices for my gigs of the week here in Sheffield. Friday caused me particular angst having to miss the fantastic Benga at the Leadmill, but hopefully you’ll understand why when we get there. Everything Everything probably don’t need our support on Saturday at the Leadmill, although I love them, and Louise Jordan is also on Wednesday at the Lantern Theatre, so it was a shame not to be able to talk about her.
Paloma Faith – Monday 11th February @ o2 Academy
PLatinum sellin singer? Actress in films? CHild Dancer? Well, actually all of these. And she brings her quirky pop to the O2 Academy on Monday. Her tour is going down a storm all over the place, with people both charmed and excited by the kooky and eccentric performer. Her skill as an actress is used in making her performances very theatrical. Expect a rake of hits and other songs from her two incredibly successful albums, ‘Do you want the tuth or something beautiful’ and last years ‘Fall to grace’.
An extra treat is that Josephine provides support. Her debut album from earlier in the year ‘Portrait’ earned her a slot on Jools Holland, and the album itself made it into Q Magazines top 50 albums of last year. If I were you I’d make sure I was there earlt.
Tickets aren’t cheap at £19.50 but, hey – its two of the hottest female singers around at the moment. Who wouldn’t want to go? Grab hold of a ticket here
Kerrang Tour 2013 – Wednesday 13th February@ O2 Academy
Back at the academy on Wednesday for the Kerrang Tour. Any magazine worth itssalt promotes its own shows, or tours or galas or something it seems nowadays, the most high profile of these being the NME and Kerrang tours, which tend to (but not exclusively) feature new talent heavily. Headlining this year are the eminently theatrical Black Veil Brides, fresh from their concept rock opera Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. They are ably supported by Post Hardcore act Chiodos, with more theatrics to be expected from Fearless Vampire Killers. Also on the bill is the uplifting rock of the female fronted Tonight Alive. Sounds like a top night.
Grab a ticket here, for the princely sum of £16.50
Bellowhead – Thursday 14th February @ City Hall
Eleven people, over twenty instruments, six vocalist, and an infamous, almost legendary reputation for live performance. Who? You ask? Look at the title, say I and you’ll deduce its Bellowhead. These folk boys play traditional tunes as well as their own, and make an agreeable racket (I don’t know why I’ve morphed into some kind of victorian writer – I d apologise) on a huge array of instrument, including four brass. Their most recent album ‘Broadside’ peaked at number 16 in the UK charts, almost uncharted waters for folk albums these days.
Tickets are priced at £17.50 and £22.50 and are available here
Standard Fare – Friday 15th February @ Queens Social Club
So here it is. No Example at the Motorpoint Arena? No. Surely Benga at the Leadmill would feature…..wll, no. Thats because down at the Queens Social Club, something is happening that will be one pone had joyful and (excuse me for this) triumphant and brilliant, and at the same time rather poignient and sad. We have to say goodbye to one of my fvourite bands, not just in Sheffield but from literally everywhere, Standard Fayre.
We will miss their gloriously D.I.Y. and fantastically catchy Indie-Pop, almost before the rest of the country and world caught up. If that weren’t bad enough, I wrote the first ever Backseat Mafia post about them – it’s here. I can only urge everyone that you take this one last chance to get along there and say goodbye. Tickets are £6 here
Support comes from former Monkey Swallows the Universe singer Nat Johnson, and highly rated Wakefield trio Runaround Kids
Dead Sons – Saturday 16th February @ Library Theatre
With the fantastic Sheffield Band Dead Sons album ‘The Hollers and the Hymns’ about to drop (18th February) the Boys arrive back in their home town to play what is (and I’m afraid to say it, although I just couldn’t leave it out for one of the gigs of the week) a sold out show at the Library Theatre (Never mind, see if you can grab a ticket for the equally brilliant Everything Everything over at the Library Theatre) on Saturday.
Dead Sons are really beginning to pick-up momentum after setting out in 2010. Tom Rowley and Joe Green, formerly of Milburn have already had a tast of the big-time, and they seem ready, armed with a fantastically cool Indie/lo-fi/stoner rock vibe (they describe it as Desert Rock) and a very strong set of songs to go with it. Check out the rest of their tour (which incidently includes Chesterfield) over at their website here
Wilko Johnson – Saturday 16 – Monday 18th February @ The Greystones
Just a word about some more sell-out shows in Sheffield next weekend, when Wilko Johnson brings his RnB to the Greystones for three consecutive nights. As you may (or may not) be aware the influential (Mick Jones of the Clash for one is a fan) former Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury & The Blockheads guitar man is suffering from terminal cancer. He has refused any further treatment, and has instead headed out on what will obviously be a farewell tour. The demise of standard fare may be touching, but this is real life, and its heartbreaking.