Gig Round-up: November
In the midst of the Autumnal tours, Sheffield is seeing its fair share of action across all of the city’s venues. Here are our top picks for the month.
O2 Academy – The Hot 8 Brass Band, November 6
The New Orleans brass band became a hit after releasing their cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ transforming it into a fun, up-tempo number. The Hot 8 will be stopping off at Sheffield as part of their UK tour celebrating twenty years of the band’s history. They will be playing jazzed up versions of some classics as well as their own songs, bringing with them all the fun of New Orleans street music.
The Harley – Hooton Tennis Club, November 4
Hooton Tennis Club have been serving up hit after hit recently. The band, who picked their name after seeing it on a road sign, play infectious lo fi guitar pop and debut single, ‘Jasper’, was described by Lauren Laverne as her song of 2014. The Wirral quartet are now on tour in support of the release of their critically acclaimed debut ‘Highest Point in Clifftown’ and will be stopping off at The Harley on November 4th.
Plug – Seafret, November 11
Seafret are an acoustic duo from the North East who first met at an open mic night. Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar) hit it off straight away and found the process of writing their contagious brand of folk much easier with someone else to bounce ideas off. Debut EP ‘Give Me Something’ was a favourite with the music press and their introspective and delicate folk music is definitely one to be seen live.
Leadmill: Everything Everything, November 16th
Everything Everything have gone from strength to strength to this year. After receiving rave reviews for their album Get to Heaven they were made the bookmakers favourites for the Mercury Prize but unfortunately didn’t quite make the shortlist. The album spawned hits ‘Distant Past’ and ‘Regret’ with their bold, euphoric sound featuring on many radio playlists. They’ll be playing at Leadmill on November 16th.
Corp: The Red Paintings, November 8th
The Red Paintings are one of those unique bands that have to be seen to be believed. They describe themselves as orchestral art rock and often get dressed in elaborate costumes including geisha outfits and alien and monster costumes. Their elaborate stage performances have gained them a strong underground fan base across Australia and the USA and their upcoming shows in the UK will surely bring them yet more admirers.
Picturehouse Social – Younghusband and Grimm Grimm, November 14th
The Picture House Social is putting on a brilliant psych-pop double header featuring Younghusband and Grimm Grimm. Grimm Grimm, otherwise known as Koichi Yamanoha, was originally part of Japanese psychedelic-punk group Screaming Tea Party and he now brings the spaced out and abstract sounds to his music as a singer songwriter. Younghusband have recently played at Primavera Sound Festival and have previously toured with Slowdive, Pond and Cloud Control and play a similar brand of trippy pop music.
Rockingchair – John McCullagh and The Escorts, November 6th
Doncaster teenager John McCullagh has already done more than most in the music world. Having toured as a solo artist he now comes back with his newly formed band The Escorts and has a suitably bigger sound to match. They’ll be playing the Rockingchair on November 6th as part of a tour across some of the UK’s more intimate venues in support of debut album New Born Cry.
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