Richard Hawley One of Sheffield’s most beloved sons. A South Yorkshire troubadour that still has the fire and skill to make you laugh and cry in the space of a couple of verses and a chorus. Richard Hawley takes to the stage to the haunting tones of Al Bowlly’s The Very Thought of You and from there the Sheffield audience, his audience, are enraptured and enchanted by a set that never strays too far from the spellbinding.


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The Specials Tonight is crackling in the O2 in Sheffield, positively crackling. The Specials are here for a sell out date on their Encore 40th Anniversary Tour and by the looks of it every Tyke that has ever been a fan (that’s a Yorkshireman for those not in the know) is out in force… and then some.


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IDLES With Brexit continuing to crash around Parliamentary heads this week, what better way to spend a night than shouting pro-immigration lyrics back at punk band IDLES as their tear up Sheffield on the opening of their biggest UK Tour to date.


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The Slow Readers Club Sheffield has always had a love affair with The Slow Readers Club and vice versa and so it is that the SRC juggernaut roles into The Steel City for the 13th night of their mammoth 48 date UK & mainland Europe tour. The fact they’ve sold out the Leadmill main room is testament to this love affair. As singer Aaron Starkie alludes to on stage it is their biggest gig outside their home city of Manchester.


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Embrace Everyone has that first big breakup album don't they. On reflection my first breakup wasn't even a breakup, it was just a rejection. The heartache is long gone but my love for The Good Will Out, the debut album from Huddersfield heroes Embrace, stubbornly remains. The opportunity to see that record played in its entirety is an intriguing one...


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DMA's The hordes of Burberry wearing, lager drinking, hugely partisan crowd are here for one thing and one thing only. Like the Courteeners before them, DMA’s have developed a rabid following despite indifference from the mainstream music media. The fact that they are already selling out O2 Academy’s across the country despite only releasing their first album Hills End in 2016 is a testament to their popularity.


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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Striding onstage in his trademark parka jacket with drunken bellows of 'HEEEATON' ringing in his ears, it is clear from the off that the former frontman for the Housemartins and the Beautiful South means business.


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The Coral Originally part of the Britpop scene The Coral, starting out around 1996, the band have released a number of top 40 albums and singles to match and they have a new album out, 'Move Through The Dawn' So hopefully tonight will be a miix of old and new, which is not a chore as, remarkably, the new album is really very good and worth of any self respecting music fans ears.


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Ocean Colour Scene The Leadmill in Sheffield is undoubtedly the city's most iconic venue. A blazing hot weekend in August has seen the Leadmill host a trio of massive outdoor gigs at the Don Valley Bowl, just outside of the city centre. I arrived on the Sunday for the third of these shows with a song in my heart and a few extra pounds round my waist. It has been a summer of indulgence...


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The Wildhearts Apparently, tonight’s gig is billed as a warm up for The Wildhearts before they head off to Japan and Australia, let's hope they enjoy similar size crowds out there as they are doing here in The Plug in Sheffield. Just as a side note, it has been rumoured that this pretty decent venue is soon to close and become a golf superstore – what a damn shame if it's true, OK not a classic Sheffield venue along the lines of The Leadmill, but all the same a great live music outlet. Another One Bites The Dust (if you needed a musical reference).


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DMA'S Although I struggle with the fact that the Aussies have pretty much dominated The Ashes during my adult years I’m more than happy to concede that the Britpop Revivalist movement is being firmly led by three lads from down under. Made up from the remnants of previous band DMA'S are a Sydney three piece consisting of Johnny Took, Thomas O’Dell and Matt Mason. Debut album, the exceptional ‘Hills End’, landed on these shores in February 2016 to wide critical acclaim and several Oasis comparisons.


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Lower Than Atlantis At the end of a full-on tour, Lower Than Atlantis treated Plug in Sheffield to a fantastic and fun evening of heavy hard-rock. Joined by The Faim and Boston Manor, they had chosen the perfect venue, known for its great party atmosphere, to end their tour on.


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Ray LaMontagne Hats off to Ray LaMontagne - He’s ‘Just Passing Through’ but calls in at Sheffield City Hall for an incredible intimate acoustic session. He is an elusive beast this Ray Lamontagne, quick to hide and squirrel away back in his US home, never venturing too far away and therefore in the last 14 years I’ve not managed to catch a live performance ever, in fact he hasn’t even been on these shores for 7 years, despite releasing some stunning albums over that period.


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The Bluetones The Bluetones are one of those bands that seem to have been around forever. I remember first seeing them in the 90’s and I have had sporadic dalliances with them ever since. Tonight I am not alone in my admiration for this group of west of London musicians as the Plug in Sheffield is full and bouncing.


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