I write this post every week, about whats going on in the home city of the Blog, Sheffield. Every week, I make decisions about which gigs to include and which to leave out, and it’s always difficult. I really want to support the local bands, while not ignoring some of the bands I like, and giving every sort of music I like (i.e. almost every sort of music imaginable!) a fair shot. So when I got looking at this coming Saturday, it was a struggle. There are a lot of bands on in Sheffield this Saturday that a) are great and b) I like. I tried to wrangle with those bands I’d written about before, or those I ought to, and in the end I decided to include everything, under the fairly unimaginative title of (wait for it……) Super Saturday (I know, I know)
Monday 25th February – Veronica Falls @ The Harley
London Indie-popsters Veronica Land at the Harley on Monday, in support of their recently released album ‘Waiting for something to happen’, just out on Bella Union. The album itself is a masterful slice of pop/indie writing, that’s getting rave reviews basically everywhere. Next time this band come to time, its highly likely that they will be on somewhere much bigger, for a lot more than the £7 its going to cost you this week. Details here
Veronica Falls – Teenage
Tuesday 26th February – Heidi Talbot @ Sheffield Cathedral
A stunning folk singer from Ireland and former member of Cherish the ladies. I actually met her once, but sadly I can’t actually remember any of it at all, although I’m pretty sure we had an at least brief conversation. I was playing at a roots festival she was on at in Scotland, I think it was Glasgow. I’d got off a plane from America and jumped into another straight to Scotland for it, then immediately went out after it. These folk things are not quite as genteel as you may think, and I was introduced to her probably around 4am. By that time, I was far too…..cheery to remember polite chit-chat, and I ‘ve no doubt the whole episode wouldn’t have stayed very long as I staggered off, so another possibly memorable moment passed me by.
Heidi Talbot – Time (live at Cambridge Folk Festival)
What is memorable is her singing, and in the surrounding of one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, the Cathedral, its sure to be a really fantastic evening. Tickets are £14 and you can get hold of them here
At one point, the Darkness were literally one of the biggest bands in the world. They came from nowhere, with a penchant for glam rock that caught out the record buying public, and we were further seduced by these fantastic singalong melodies, taken from one of the best debut albums I can remember, Permission to Land. Sadly drugs, drink and (eventually) forms of mental illness destroyed the band, and all looked to be lost. Fast forward to 2012, and The Darkness were back, with a few and highly regarded album, Hot Cakes, and landed the opening spot on Lady Gaga’s European dates. But it is their live show that people have missed, so get along to the City Hall on Friday to see why The Darkness’ return has been so celebrated.
The Darkness – Every Inch of You (from the album ‘Hot Cakes’)
Tickets are £25 and are available here
Saturday 2nd March is………………………………………Super Saturday!
Space @ O2 Academy
After forming in Liverpool in 1983, Space hit the charts with two top five albums and a whole host of chart singles, including three top ten hits – The ballad of Tom Jones which reached number in 1998 (the other two being Avenging Angels and Me and You Versus the World). The group split in 2005 but have reunited and hit Sheffield on Saturday as part of a rearranged show. Tickets are £17.50 and are available here
Space – Female of the Species
Richard Thompson @ Sheffield City Hall
Legendary songwriter, guitarist and folk singer Richard Thompson lands in Sheffield also this Saturday. A foundig member of Fairport Convention, and still held in high regard for his work with former wife Linda Thompson, Richard has released many solo records and his work has been covered by people as diverse as Robert Plant, R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Sandy Denny and The Futureheads. In the surroundings of the City Hall, Thompsons self deprecating humour, both in his patter and his songs, should shine. Tickets are good value at £15 and you can grab them here
Richard Thompson – Good things happen to bad people (from his new album Electric)
Joy Formidable @ Leadmill
The first time I heard Whirring, I knoew I was going to love Joy Formidable. And I do. The North Wales trio, Ritzy Bryan Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas have gone on to make two fantastic albums, 2011′s The Big Roar, and this years follow-up Wolf’s Law. Expect much fuzzy Indie guitars and unusual and addictive songs to melt your heart. You can get them here for £12.50 each.
Joy Formidable – This Ladder is Ours
Dogs D’Amour @ Corporation
Formed back in 1983, the Dog’s D’Amour have been around in some form or another practically ever since. In addition, singer Tyla has recorded no less than nineteen solo albums in the contravening period. Their most successful period came in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s and resulted in three albums, The Dynamite Jet Saloon, A graveyard of empty bottles, and Straight??? the fantastic news for fans is that the line-up of the band that will be on stage at the corporation on Saturday is that very same classic line-up of Tyla, Jo ‘Dog’ Almeida, Steve James and Bam. It’s £20 for tickets and they are available here
Dogs D’Amour – Satellite Kid
Screaming Maldini @ The Harley
I know, I know. Screaming Maldini again. Well, yes, I’m afraid it is. It’s the album launch, of which I have already salavated and written about – you can see it here. and they bring their fantastic Prog-pop (as some have called it) to the Harley for a homecoming album launch party. I suggest that under no circumstances you buy a ticket, even though they’re only £5 and available here - well, at least not till I’ve sorted my tickets out first anyway………
Screaming Maldini – The Awakening