The Sherlocks – Friday 3rd March (The Foundry, Sheffield)
Support: Oddity Road, Sundance
After recently putting pen to paper on a record deal with Infectious Music, The Sherlocks are preparing for their biggest sell-out headline show in Sheffield to date, at the 1,300 capacity Foundry. Last summer, the Bolton-upon-Dearne four piece became the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out iconic Sheffield venue The Leadmill. Since then, the local heroes have gone from strength to strength, releasing two impressive singles; Will You Be There? and most recently Was It Really Worth It? Their style is certainly a nod back to early Arctic Monkeys records, which has helped them gain such a cult following in Sheffield.
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Outlines Festival – Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March (Various Venues in Sheffield)
The new ‘sister event’ to the annual Tramlines returns to Sheffield for its second year. Headlined by psychedelic dance act Jagwar Ma, the inner city event will take place across a whole host of indoor venues in the Steel City. The line-up is packed with exciting young bands, such as Scouse pop rockers Clean Cut Kid and punk outfit Shame. The idea of promoting local talent isn’t neglected either, with acts such as Trash, The Crookes and The SSS featuring on the bill.
Support: The Magic Gang, INHEAVEN
There isn’t a band that encapsulates the euphoric summer feeling more than Liverpool’s Circa Waves. Their debut album is rich with melodic and uplifting tracks, which makes their live sets unmissable. And their upcoming record Different Creatures sounds like it won’t be suffering from the infamous second album syndrome. That’s if lead single Wake Up and the follow up track Fire That Burns anything to go by. These two songs see the band branch out onto a slightly heavier sound – without losing the catchiness of the tracks that made Young Chasers such a popular debut.
Superfood – Saturday 18th March (Leadmill, Sheffield)
Support: King Nun, Pale Waves
After disappearing into the wilderness last year, Superfood returned with their first release since 2014 in hip-hop sounding Double Dutch, which is certainly one of their most experimental songs yet. Their debut album Don’t Say That is full of groovy indie tracks, reminiscent of Blur and Happy Mondays. And their set is likely to feature unreleased material, after frontman Dom Ganderton confirmed that the Birmingham outfit had completed their upcoming second album.
Peace – Friday 24th March (The Foundry, Sheffield, 18+)
Support: Fickle Friends, Will Joseph Cook
Peace are back! Well, at least for a few nights. Their gig in the University of Sheffield Student’s Union is part of the ‘Topman + NME tour,’ and tickets are an absolute bargain at just £7. Known for their addictive and mellifluous hooks, Peace are one of the best live bands in the country. It’s unclear if the indie rockers will feature on the gig scene much at all this year, after declaring that they were going to take a ‘long break’ from touring, following their last run of shows in 2015. So this may be a rare chance to see the quartet in 2017.
Temples – Monday 27th March (Leadmill, Sheffield)
If you like The Beatles and Tame Impala, then you might want to listen to Temples. Their debut album Sun Structures is 12 tracks of ear popping 60s-influenced psychedelic rock, making it easy to see why the LP was the biggest selling vinyl in record shops just three years ago. And the Kettering boys’ recently released album Volcano is just as heavenly and experimental. Both records were self-produced by frontman James Bagshaw, which demonstrates the array of talent that the band possess.
Blossoms – Thursday 30th March (02 Academy, Leeds)
Support: Cabbage, Rory Wynne
2016 was quite a year for Blossoms, who rose from the relatively unkown to being one of the most talked about bands in the music scene. Their epynonymous debut album was released in August last year, sitting at the summit of the charts for two consecutive weeks after being brought out. And it’s easy to see why. Blending soft guitar sounds with 80s-influenced synths and euphoric choruses, the Stockport five-piece produced one of the finest debut albums of the decade so far. They’re now playing their biggest headline shows to date, and promise to rise in stature this year.
Feeder – Friday 31st March (Leadmill)
Classic Welsh pop-punk band Feeder returned with their first record in eight years last October, and are taking their eight studio album All Bright Electric on the road this month. If you’ve never come across the name, you’re sure to have heard their singles Feeling A Moment, Just A Day and Buck Rogers, all of which are iconic 90s anthems. Expect a ferocious and fast paced set from these legendary Brits.