Summer is well and truly underway, and after Glastonbury hit our TV screens last weekend, the festival season feels like it’s in full swing. Whilst the amount of tour dates are usually rather scarce at this time of year due to bands focusing solely on their festival slots, there is still a fair amount of live shows happening in and near Sheffield. Here is a pick of the bunch, along with some exciting information about local festivals taking place in the action-packed month that is July.
Green Day – Monday 3rd July, Sheffield Arena
This iconic pop-punk trio will certainly need no introduction to the vast majority of music fans, as they prepare to blow off the roof of a completly sold out Sheffield Arena. Formed in 1986, the Americans are fresh from releasing their twelth studio album, Revolution Radio. The album topped the UK charts after its release back in October last year; an unsurprising feat for a band who have shifted over 85 million records worldwide.
Their Steel City date is sandwiched between other British shows, including a huge headline show at London’s Hyde Park two days before.
Expect an unforgettable set packed with boisterous classics like American Idiot, spine-tingling sinaglongs such as Wake Me Up When September Ends, along with plenty of material from their latest LP.
Tom Clarke (The Enemy) – Friday 7th July, 02 Academy2, Sheffield
Much loved indie rockers The Enemy may have split up last year, but their former frontman Tom Clarke certainly didn’t want to leave the music scene without celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their most succesful album, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns.
Thankfully, diehard fans of the Coventry band will be able to see Clarke play the whole of their debut album acoustically in the intimate second room of Sheffield’s 02 Academy.
The songwriter told NME: “I couldn’t have imagined the love that people would have for it, (the album). “Over the years it’s been obvious that for many it’s the defining Enemy album. It would be wrong then to let its tenth anniversary pass without so much as a nod to its importance.”
“The idea is to play all of the songs from that first record as they were written acoustically, in an up close and personal environment with the people who love them, as well as playing a few tracks which The Enemy never really performed live because they didn’t fit into the electric sets.”
For those of you who missed out on the band’s raucaus Leadmill set at Tramlines last year, this could be your last chance to ever witness The Enemy’s tracks performed live.
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Friday 14th July, Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield
After their storming headline slot at Tramlines last year, one of the most exciting guitar bands around return to the Steel City to play an outdoor gig at Don Valley Bowl.
2016 saw Catfish grow into one of the biggest indie bands in the country, following the release of their second album The Ride and a rather large amount of festival appearances. From T in the Park in Scotland to Boardmasters in Cornwall, if you name a festival in 2016, Catfish were proabably there. Add their October and November tour of last year onto that list, and it’s clear to see that Van McCann’s troops are one of the hardest working bands around.
However, the Wales based quartet have a much more relaxed summer schedule this time around, which includes a mini tour of just three July dates.
Catfish are certainly an unmissable live act, consistently playing a thrilling set packed with crowd pleasing indie anthems.
Tramlines Festival – Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July, Various Venues in Sheffield
Tramlines returns to the centre of Sheffield once again this summer, and the 2017 edition of the inner city festival can boast arguably the best line-up in its nine year history.
The organisers of the annual event managed to bring the Libertines to the city, a momentous coup for a festival that was free of charge up until 2015. The Londoners will headline the Ponderosa Park Main Stage on the Friday, and their set should combine old classics with new tracks from their 2015 album, Anthems For Doomed Youth.
Bobby Gillespe’s Primal Scream top Saturday’s bill, and be sure to check out acts such as rising punk stars Cabbage and Spring King, who are set to take to the stage during the afternoon.
On Sunday, exciting indie pop group The Magic Gang will play on the Folk Forest Stage, whilst the main stage will showcase a diverse mix of acts, ranging from hip hop sensation Loyle Carner to indielectro band Metronomy.
If you can’t afford to cough up £45 for a ticket, then there is still plenty of action going on around Sheffield, with ‘fringe acts’ playing in different bars across the Steel City, including the likes of Marsicans, The Assist and Trash.
DMA’s – Wednesday 26th July, Plug, Sheffield
Australian indie rockers DMA’s return to Plug just 11 months after selling out the small room of the venue.
This time around, the Sydney stars will play the 1,100 capacity main room, and it’s easy to see why their popularity in the UK has risen, as their melodic guitar anthems are a nod back to the Britpop days when bands like Oasis were at the peak of their powers.
Their debut album Hills’ End was easily one of the best debut records of 2016, boasting energetic rock anthems like Lay Down and spine-tingling acoustic ballads such as Delete, where the angelic voice of vocalist Tommy O’Dell shines through.
DMA’s have been playing new song Dawning whilst on the road this year, and it is expected to be included on the setlist for their Sheffield show also. A brand new album is expected in 2018.
Y Not Festival – Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th July, Pikehall
The nation’s favourite medium-sized festival will take place in the Peak District for the twelth time, and it prepares to welcome The Vaccines, Stereophonics and Two Door Cinema Club as headliners.
The event will also showcase music from acts such as Nothing But Thieves, Clean Bandit, Slaves, Jake Bugg, Maximo Park and Happy Mondays. Pop punk veterans Feeder will warm up proceedings by headlining the main stage on the Thursday evening.
Watch this space for a more detailed preview of one of the finest weekends in the musical calendar…