Gigs Round-up: December
In amongst the bustle of Christmas decorations and secret Santa presents, Sheffield is playing host to a range of artists bringing that extra cheer to festivities. Here are a couple of top gig picks for December.
Back in 1976 London, The Damned formed and became instrumental in the evolution of the punk scene; their ‘New Rose’ single is considered by many to be the first punk rock single by a British group. Throughout the years they have evolved and wrapped themselves into many different genres under the broad “rock” umbrella, from psychedelic to goth. They are hitting the 02 Academy this December, a festive treat for new and old fans.
Manchester’s Bugzy Malone released his first mixtape back in 2010 and made himself known through contributions to popular YouTube channels, including his Daily Dupper for Grime Daily. His appearance on Charlie Sloth’s ‘Fire in the Booth’ back in March, has had over 3 million views and has cemented his evolving reputation in the UK’s grime scene. His E.P ‘Walk With Me’ was released back in July and this December he is embarking on a UK tour, surely a must for all rap fans.
Sheffield’s own Dead Sons are back for what has been described as a one off reunion gig at The Leadmill. Back in 2010, the band started to make waves in the city, releasing their first single ‘I Am The Lord’ and supporting the Arctic Monkeys at Don Valley Stadium. Their out-of-the-blue disband left fans disappointed so this much anticipated reunion gig is a must for those who indulge in the more heavy, desert rock sound, sure to be popular with audiences at The Leadmill.
Psychedelic, indie rockers Hey Sholay are playing the Picture House Social this December. The Yorkshire band released their debut album ((O)) in 2012 to much praise from critics; Emily Brinnard writing for the Guardian praised their “catchy sing-along choruses” and “uplifting feel-good melodies” that “drench you with optimism.” Their latest track ‘Ribcage’ is out now.
Barnsley’s own Kate Rusby has become quite iconic in the contemporary folk scene. She is touring the UK again this Christmas time, livening audiences with slightly unusual takes on traditional Christmas carols originally sang in the pubs of South Yorkshire. Rusby’s soothing, folk sound promises to fill you with a merriness and festive spirit in the run up to Christmas.
Sheffield’s own metal five-piece Malevolence are hitting Corporation this December for a one off Christmas show. Two years after releasing their debut album ‘Reign of Suffering’, so popular it has seen them playing shows with the likes of Hatebreed, While She Sleeps, Vision Of Disorder and The Acacia Strain, they are playing their hometown to what is sure to be a packed out Corporation.
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