Sheffield Music Top Picks: December 2021

Leadmill // 21 Dec // £12.50
Flying the flag for eccentric electronic music in Sheffield are ITOP, who’ll be providing an enjoyable lesson in synth-laden disco-pop boogies when they arrive at The Leadmill this month. Joining the band will be a hugely impressive roster of local talent including Sheffield-based post-punk band Sister Wives, pyjama jazz pioneer Rosey PM, art-pop quartet Potpourri and a very special guest DJ set from Maxine Peake.

Foundry // 12 Dec // £15.40
Touted as the future of British metal, this innovative metalcore act from Liverpool bring their pummelling live performance to the Steel City. Expect an onslaught of huge guitar riffs mixed with ambient electronics and a large dollop of 90s alt-rock – a heady mix making for a hugely atmospheric live experience.

Network // 4 Dec // £11.25
Up-and-coming rockers BlackWaters play their adopted hometown of Sheffield with a gig a the recently opened Network (formerly known as Plug) to promote their recently released debut album ‘Something Good In Lost Time’. Support comes from local talent in Femur, Black Mamba Fever and Nervous Pills.

Yellow Arch Studios // 10 Dec // £12
Quietly and without any fanfare, South Yorkshire lass Lauren Housley has created her own niche as one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. She blends catchy hooks with a soulful, uplifting voice, creating music that boasts elegantly crafted, melodic, intelligent songwriting, with echoes of the pop and soul classics of the 1960s, Carole King, Carly Simon and Eva Cassidy.

O2 Academy // 23 Dec // £23.75
Milburn frontman Joe Carnall JNR returns to O2 Academy Sheffield for his now legendary Christmas show. Making this one festive banger no. 11, expect another filled with nostalgic tunes, appearances from a few well-known pals, some singalong covers and dare we say, a cheeky festive ditty or two.

Leadmill // 14 Dec // £10
Scouse indie/grunge-pop star Zuzu brings her full-throttle live show to the Steel City his month. Having stunned crowds opening for Blossoms at the U.K.’s first Covid pilot event at Sefton Park and with her debut album Queensway Tunnel receiving plenty of critical acclaim, the artist’s stock is rising as she heads out on her biggest headline tour to date.

Record Junkee // 7 Dec // £6
After recently adding BBC Radio One’s Jack Saunders and BBC 6music’s Tom Robinson to their growing list of supporters, Brighton fuzz-pop quartet BEACH RIOT are out on tour in support of their Subatomic Party Cool album release. Ones to watch, so catch them while the tickets are reasonably priced at Record Junkee.


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