Milburn "This could never have happened 10 years ago because our heads were too big..." smiles Joe Carnall Jnr to his adoring Sheffield crowd. Whether that is true or not is debateable, what is clear however is how much this band mean to this crowd. Sheffield loves Milburn and on a rainy night in South Yorkshire, Milburn loves the steel city right back…


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Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers treats Sheffield to a nostalgic trip through his ‘Free Spirit’ and John Hayhurst gets more than he bargained for in the process. Classic Free songs, some deep album cuts and a Pony to ride on!


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Maximo Park For a while, you could be forgiven for thinking Maximo Park had succumbed to the law of diminishing returns. For, despite a stellar career that's spanned nearly 17 years, there's a nagging feeling that they've never quite topped their classic debut 'A Certain Trigger'. While there's been plenty of decent singles, each subsequent album seemed a little more lacklustre - and, maybe, the 2015 tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of that release seemed a bit like a swansong.


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Black Spiders So where to start with this one. Well the parental advisory message may be both apt and too late but nevertheless anyone of a sensitive disposition should probably look away now. Sometime last year Black Spiders announced they were to be no more. One last gig was planned and that was to be it. The fans clamoured for more and eventually Pete ‘Spider’ Spiby kicked in the door of their collective padded cell and unleashed his Spiders on the UK one last time. An eight date "F*** Off Black Spiders" Final Tour.


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Skinny Lister It’s the second night of Skinny Lister’s headline, sold out UK tour on the back of third album 'The Devil, The Heart & The Fight'. Skinny Lister always seem to be gigging. I have no idea when they find the time to write and record new material but they manage it and the quality never slips. Their third album is glossier and more polished than 'Down On Deptford Broadway' and 'Forge & Flagon' but it still has that distinctive Skinny Lister feel. Punk Shanties I think has to be the accepted Lister genre. Certainly live the new songs get the full on SL treatment.


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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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