Gigs Round Up: February
If you ignore the flurry of venues promoting sickly romantic deals and Valentines offers this month, you’ll find a pretty impressive roster of live music. Here are our top picks for February.
*THIS EVENT IS HELD AT THE FOUNDRY – UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD’S STUDENT UNION*
After resounding praise from critics and gig-goers alike, Ezra Furman is bringing his ragtag bunch of pals ‘the Boy-Friends’ and his fine self to Sheffield following on from 2015’s LP Perpetual Motion People. The Chicagoan’s frenetic shows are known for being high energy – if you like your social commentary peppered with a bit of crowd-surfing and beer-chucking, Furman is the artist for you.
Expect debauchery as this subversive quintet brings their garage, gutter-punk to the city. ‘Songs for our Mothers’, released January 22nd, was lauded and reviled in equal measure. Playing new material alongside the hits that cemented their status as the band we hate to love – ‘Cream of the Young’ and ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth’- it’s not to be missed.
Charlie Sloth, MC and pirate radio extraordinaire, is bringing his raw, underground know-how to the lofty heights of Plug. Replacing Tim Westwood as Radio 1’s resident hip-hop expert, his set will showcase the crème-de-le-crème of rap and keep you going until the wee hours of the morn.
Family Tree has spawned some rather interesting offspring of late, none more so than Fruit Bomb who are debuting their single ‘IT DON’T MATTER’ and dragging some special guests along with them too. Spouting catchy, garage pop, it’s sure to be a good ‘do.
Classic rock, prog and punk music are what this trio of bands are about. Firegarden spearhead the gigs with hair metal-style 70’s tunes; Nashville exports Gorilla Warfare have mastered hardcore and metal; and Sheffield-based Heavy Duck peddle pop-punk with a dash of funk thrown in for good measure. Best of all you can catch all three for free!
Dub pioneer Roots Manuva headlines this sister event of Tramlines Festival. Featuring a roster of ones to watch and all-time favourites, the genre-spanning line up is sure to give you a taster of the biggest tunes coming up in 2016 and prepare you for the summer festival season. Venues include the O2 Academy, Plug, The Harley, Skate Central and more.
Grammy-award winning artist Leona Lewis has been wowing audiences with her astounding voice for a decade now, since her breakthrough performances on The X Factor. Her most recent album ‘I Am’ was released in September, with every single reaching the top 20.
Having supported electro behemoths Disclosure yonks ago, Eats Everything AKA Daniel Pearce, has become one of the most recognisable acts in the nation. No surprises there – he hails from the heart of the bass music scene, Bristol. Fan favourites ‘Jagged Edge’ and ‘Vertigo’ are sure to get die-hard fans and newbies interested, so grab tickets while they last.
Comprising of members from The Quireboys and The Dogs D’Amour, this team-up is perfectly suited to Corp’s fun-loving, free-wheeling venue. Touting their solo album ‘Flagrantly Yours’, recorded twenty years ago, they will be joined by a full backing band to play their greatest hit over the year.