Outlines In its second incarnation, the Outlines Festival rocked Sheffield again on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March, drawing crowds from all over the country. Outlines is the brain-child of the people behind big-sibling Tramlines festival and focuses on bringing the audience a genre-spanning mix of big names and emerging talent.


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The Icicle Works Early start for this one but Ian McNabb doesn’t mess about when it comes to playing live. The first time I saw him (solo acoustic set) he informed us to phone the babysitter to let them know we’d be late. Tonight the current Icicle Works line up is on stage for 8pm and leave at around 11pm. Even with a 15 minute break that’s serious value for money.


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Everything Everything Formed in late 2007, the alt-pop-rock band ‘Everything Everything’ (EE) have released three albums to date: ‘Man Alive’, 2010, ‘Arc’ in 2013 and ‘Get to Heaven’ in the summer of this year; which, lyrically speaking, Higgs refers to as a “horror bible”. The dark and often formidably violent lyrics “I’m going to kill a stranger, so don’t’ you be a stranger.” written by Higgs, contrast dramatically with the bright pop-like sound which, when performed lived is highly stylised and sensory in effect, intensified by the blaring lights and panels of colour that lit up The Leadmill, Sheffield on Monday night. The band consists of members Jonathan Higgs, lead singer, Jeremy Pritchard, bassist, drummer Michael Spearman, Alex Robertshaw, lead guitarist, and touring musician Pete Sené on keyboards.


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Circa Waves I began listening to Circa Waves a couple of years ago when their their debut single ‘Get Away’ was released in 2013. Considering them to be brilliant and definitely needing more songs to pick from, I was excited when their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ was released earlier this year. Their performance live certainly wasn’t a disappointment, as they took to the stage with an explosion of sound and a light (literally, the lighting was fantastic) it lead me to consider if I had gone both temporarily blind and deaf. I kept jumping anyway.


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Rival Sons I had only heard a couple of tracks by the Rival Sons prior to asking to cover this gig and was hoping, as we all do when we build up to something, that they were going to impress. They didn’t disappoint – indeed they surpassed themselves in every way!


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Dexters You have to love a famous venue like The Leadmill in Sheffield. It has a lot of history and it is fabulous that this history seems to have seeped into the very fabric of the building. Most bands that hit the circuit at some point will play The Leadmill and whenever I have been there the bands are usually fabulous - tonight is no different.


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