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RiteTrax Sheffield Underground Showcase Review

Sheffield has no shortage of musical and artistic talent, and this was plain to see at the RiteTrax Sheffield Underground Showcase hosted at the recently refurbished Yellow Arch Studios last Friday.

The event was ran by RiteTrax, who provide a platform for underground urban culture throughout Sheffield, Manchester and beyond. There was a vast array of talent on display from the moment the event started at 9pm, with passionate spoken word poets providing food for thought and highly talented artists creating beautiful canvases from the offset. The courtyard was a great mixture of live music and live painting, showing the crowd the brilliant range of talent held here in Sheffield.

As the night progressed the music got heavier and the crowd more dense as revellers really soaked up the friendly and inviting atmosphere on offer. Powered by the immense Dedication Audio sound system, there was never any doubt the main room would pack a punch and it certainly did as well-known Sheffield performers such as Riddimtion Crew, Soundland & Winston Hazel laid down impressive and explosive sets.

RiteTraxAway from the main room, the courtyard provided not only another stage for musicians and DJs to perform but also a vibrant and social area for people to meet, talk and swap stories. The atmosphere throughout the night was nothing but positive, with good vibes spreading from person to person. The crowd was incredibly diverse and I ran into many walks of life including Nick & Nat, a recently engaged couple visiting for 3 months from Australia, who described the night as ‘an awesome mix of genres’ and said it was ‘lucky we chose such a good night to come out’. The music was continuous from the courtyard and was an assorted array of many underground genres. One of the highlights from the courtyard was an awe-inspiring beat box performance from KimmyBeatbox, using all sorts of methods to create a unique and enthralling sound which had the crowd in a trance from the offset. Other courtyard highlights included an enthralling electronic set by Cold Blood & Belle and an impromptu, lively drum & bass set by the Displace Crew.

The rave cave, hidden in the back of the room provided non-stop underground anthems in an intimate setting, with fantastic sets from the likes of Arshaw, Emily J & Omith and Bozwell. The night was a huge success, showcasing the best of what the Sheffield Underground culture scene has to offer. RiteTrax host their second showcase at Golden Harvest on November 20th, if it is anything like Friday it won’t be a night to be missed!

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