Mallory KNox It’s a sold-out gig tonight at The Leadmill in Sheffield which is not surprising considering the stellar line-up! 3 of the Top British Rock Bands around at the moment and all for only £15.00. I’m really looking forward to the headliners Mallory Knox as it is my first time seeing them live but first we’ve got two great support acts.


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Circa Waves Kicking off their UK tour, Circa Waves came to the o2 Academy in Sheffield to entertain with their high-energy and fun alternative rock and to perform songs from their latest release ‘Different Creatures’. Support on the tour comes from two promising acts, INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, each of which brought their own following with them.


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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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White Lies The last time I saw White Lies it was a freezing November evening way back in 2009. I started the night by drinking an outrageous amount of vodka and I ended it singing along to the casualty theme tune in my mates front room with my top off... This time around, I arrived at Sheffield Academy half asleep after my wife and I spent all day moving house. While I am obviously delighted with that considerable change in my personal life, it is somewhat comforting to know I can slip back into the world of White Lies and nothing much has changed. Same plain, black t-shirts, same massive choruses and the same important themes.


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Cabbage An evening of Britpop punk extravaganza came to the Picture House Social in Sheffield on Friday. The sell-out crowd was treated to a line up of three excellent acts, headlined by post-punk Cabbage from Manchester, who were supported by April and The Shimmer Band.


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Candlebox On Friday night at Plug in Sheffield, a select crowd was treated to music of the finest by American rockers Candlebox, who were supported by the fantastic Pete RG and outstanding Jeff Angell’s Staticland..


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James I was particularly looking forward to this one. James have always been a band I’ve admired but one I’ve never really got to know better. The last time I saw them Adamski was Number One which shows just how lax I’ve been and it was high time I found out how the band had matured. (More than me I was to find out).


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Emmy The Great It's been, unbelievably, 10 whole years since Emma-Lee Moss rechristened herself Emmy The Great and embarked on a career that's produced three studio albums, a soundtrack to the film Austenland and a number of collaborations.


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3 Ring Circus The 3 Ring Circus is the genius idea of having three artists, each playing three venues in the same city, curated by Sheffield’s very own Richard Hawley. The three artists being John Grant, Bill Ryder-Jones and Richard Hawley himself. The venues are The Upper Chapel, University Drama Studio and the Trafalgar Warehouse all in Sheffield. The plan is that the audience go to a specific venue and the artists perform, before jumping in a cab and going to another venue, thereby playing each. It’s a brilliant idea and on reflection was a beautiful and magical evening.


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Blossoms Blossoms announced their arrival onto The Leadmill stage with a dazzling show of lights and the roaring introduction of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ heightened only by the appreciative tones of the fawning crowd. An impressive start.


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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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Darwin Deez Darwin Deez took to the stage at the Leadmill, Sheffield, in the smaller, intimate side room, packed with people and fairy lights, each member with a disposition so cheery it seemed to bounce off the walls. With support from trio Peluché, Darwin’s quirky indie-pop band performed an upbeat, charming set, intermittent with the usual synchronised dance routines, with obvious 80s influences.


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Swim Deep Swim Deep’s indie-pop sound has been seemingly overturned in their second album, ‘Mothers’, released this month. With the addition of a new member, keyboardist and percussionist James Balmont, the band have wandered down an altogether different musical route. It may not appeal to quite the same audience as it once did, but it’s progressed into something else. They’ve grown up and so has their music, into a mixture of psych-pop and acid house, which, live at the Leadmill, Sheffield, was intriguing.


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