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Since opening in 2005, Plug has established itself as one of the top live music and club venues in Sheffield and the North of England. We have had the good fortune to play host to some incredible acts over the years including Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Patti Smith and Lily Allen and remain constant in our quest to bring the very best acts, both old and new alike, to the stage. As a venue, Plug dances perfectly on the tightrope between grandiosity and intimacy, bringing audiences awe-inspiring live and DJ performances in a perfectly proportioned setting.


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14-16 Matilda Street
Sheffield
S1 4QD
UK


0114 241 3040
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  1. Tue : 11:00pm - 3:00am
  2. Thu : 11:00pm - 3:00am
  3. Fri : 10:30pm - 6:00am
  4. Sat : 10:30pm - 4:00am

What's on at The Plug

  1. Pannotia presents Trus'Me, Aleqs Notal & Seb Wildblood image

    Pannotia presents Trus'Me, Aleqs Notal & Seb Wildblood

    Sun 24 May at 10:00pm until Mon 25 May 2015 at 04:00am

    ‘Pannotia Presents host exclusive events at a range of reputable underground venues, bringing you the most coveted DJs around that mix the very best in house, techno and everything in between. After having collaborated with the likes of Paul Woolford, Addison Groove and George FitzGerald, Pannotia never fails in providing a unique sonic soundtrack that’s accompanied by forward thinking visuals to create an experience like no other.’ Trus’me (Prime Numbers) Our main headliner for the night comes in the shape of soul and disco inflected house maestro Trus’me. A highly respected figure in many circles; and a DJ and producer who boasts two acclaimed LPs to his name, we’re delighted to welcome the head honcho of Prime Numbers to Sheffield and see him unearth a treasure trove of records once he hits the decks. Aleqs Notal (ClekClekBoom) Next up is an act from France whose appetite for producing an array of sounds that draw on as many musical influences as possible is what helps to set him apart from the rest. Despite being relatively new to the world of production, Aleqs Notal is certainly no stranger to the DJing profession and we look forward to witnessing one of his encyclopaedic sets in action. Seb Wildblood (Church) Finally, to set the night in motion, we’ve enlisted the help of Seb Wildblood - label boss of the fast rising Church imprint, and producer in his own right, for what promises to be an indelible opening set. Expect to hear a healthy amount of finely produced Church releases interspersed with whatever else Seb chooses to surprise us with. Also joining us on the night will be two of our residents - Emilio and Josh O’Donovan who have both supported some of the best artists in the game and have been with us since we began. Get ready for an exclusive night held at Plug Sheffield on May 24th Bank Holiday Sunday! Tickets are available now: Earlybird Ticket (Very Limited!) - £6 Advance Ticket - £8 On The Door - £10

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

  2. Blossoms w/ Vant & Bang Bang Romeo image

    Blossoms w/ Vant & Bang Bang Romeo

    Thu 28 May at 07:30pm until Thu 28 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Have you heard the whisper? Blossoms are the best young band in Manchester and for once the whispers are true. With their brilliant take on the psychedelic 'flavour of the moment', Blossoms have redefined it on their own terms to create a tumbling, tripped out guitar pop that is weeks away from crashing into the mainstream. The band released their debut single, Blow, on The Coral's Skeleton Key Records in October last year. Praise has since come from NME, who described Blossoms' style as offering, "A lighter take on psychedelia, one that’s steeped in classic British pop songwriting," while Louder Than War said, “Their effortless, flowing, woozy, guitar pop is perfect.” With psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export. Check 'em out.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  3. East India Youth w/ Hannah Peel image

    East India Youth w/ Hannah Peel

    Sat 30 May at 07:30pm until Sat 30 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and he has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around. His recently announced second album titled Culture of Volume is his first since signing to XL Recordings and it follows his critically acclaimed debut album Total Strife Forever (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Further to this, East India Youth has announced his largest tour to date, taking in venues and festivals through the UK, Europe and North America. Luckily for us and for you, this tour just happens to stop at Plug.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  4. Kano w/ Elijah & Skilliam, Mez & Giob image

    Kano w/ Elijah & Skilliam, Mez & Giob

    Sat 30 May at 11:00pm until Sun 31 May 2015 at 04:00am

    Until a few weeks ago, we'd barely heard a feature verse from Kano in years, and in his absence the words "grime revival" have become two of the most used in the English language, as tracks from Skepta, The Square, Dizzee, Stormzy, Jammz and more continue to explode on a weekly basis. So it's poetically apt that one of the original scene's most potent and prolific MCs is now back in the 2015 game, and coming to Plug. Expect Kano to blaze through his back catalogue of cult classics and new material for a very rare show in The Steel City. https://www.the-plug.com/events-and-tickets/291976/kano

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  5. Terri Walker w/ Tom Prior @ The Rocking Chair image

    Terri Walker w/ Tom Prior @ The Rocking Chair

    Fri 05 June at 08:00pm until Fri 05 June 2015 at 11:00pm

    Fearless, that’s how Terri Walker feels. Sixteen years into her career, she has come full circle, having worked with some of the biggest players in the music industry, gaining unrivalled insight and traversing her way through some incredible highs and lows, but fearless or not, it was time to return to the blueprint and go it alone. The news she was leaving Lady – the deftly executed foray into classic soul with Nicole Wray, which picked up critical acclaim on both sides of the pond - broke on Twitter and marked the return of Terri Walker the solo artist. The love and excitement is uncontainable, she is back and ready to join the independent world in control of her own destiny. This is the space where she thrives, without the claustrophobia of the majors, and it is now once more her home.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  6. Reflective - Home of the Bassline image

    Reflective - Home of the Bassline

    Sat 06 June at 11:00pm until Sun 07 June 2015 at 05:00am

    REFLECTIVE RETURNS..... Well we thought it was long overdue but we needed to give you all time to recover from that monster of a Bassline event that was our 13th Birthday in March. So here it is, All your fave Bassline Dj's playing nothing but old Skool Bassline and Speed Garage Classics. Setting the standard from the start to bring you REFLECTIVE That many will try to imitate but as all you loyal Bassline ravers know, There is only one... 'HOME OF THE BASSLINE' ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ ▀ ▀ - THE LINE UP - ▀ ▀ JAMIE FERGUSON (Original Zero Set) BIG ANG MARTIN LEVERTON STU-E NEV WRIGHT CHRIS BAILEY JON BUCCIERI ROB G DJ RICHARD STEELZ ☆ ADVANCE TICKETS ☆ STANDARD - £8 + BOOKING FEE (MORE ON THE DOOR) VIP - £10 + BOOKING FEE, INCLUDE QUE JUMP AND TABLE SERVICE (MORE ON THE DOOR) ☛ DELIVERED TO YOU BY PROMO TEAM (T&C'S APPLY) ☎ 07766193777 ☛ ONLINE/BY POST- Send payment via PayPal to fbdjstue@gmail.com Put postal address in notes section when making payment ☛ Music Junkee, 62-64 Cambridge Street, Sheffield S1 2HF ☎ 0114 2759035 ☛ PLUG BOX OFFICE 1 Rockingham Gate, Sheffield S1 4JD☎ 0114 278811 ☛ BACH Barbers, 7 Market Place, Chapeltown, Sheffield S35 2UU ☎ 0114 2463085 ☛ SA-Kis, Division Street, Sheffield Any other enquiries ☎ 07766193777 BBM - 7C177B18 INSTAGRAM - Reflective_events SOUNDCLOUD - Reflective Records SNAPCHAT - Djstue TWITTER - @Homeofthebass

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

  7. All Tvvins w/ Monoking @ The Rocking Chair image

    All Tvvins w/ Monoking @ The Rocking Chair

    Tue 09 June at 08:00pm until Tue 09 June 2015 at 11:00pm

    Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, Irish duo ALL TVVINS are set to release their debut single ‘Thank You’ which is available now and impacts on March 24th. Recently premiered by Zane Lowe, the track coincides with a headline tour which includes one of their first London shows at Birthdays. Produced by Jim Abbiss (Arcade Fire, Kasabian), ‘Thank You’ presents a snapshot of the ALL TVVINS sound. A live indie-rock band underpinned by a maelstrom of synths, their collision of disparate influences results in a sound akin to a melting pot of TV On The Radio’s art-pop twists with the leftfield psychedelic excursions of Animal Collective. ALL TVVINS consists of two multi-instrumentalists in the shape of Conor Adams (primarily vocals and bass) and Lar Kaye (guitars) who first met on the Dublin underground scene. They first started working together in the summer of 2013, and have since opened for Arcade Fire and The Pixies at a gargantuan homecoming show at Dublin’s Marlay Park; earned the respect of new wave pioneers Blondie following a set at Electric Picnic; and played at the famous Olympia Theatre as guests to Editors. The duo are currently working on sessions for their upcoming debut album with Jim Abbiss, Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar), Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club) and Matt Schwartz among those enlisted as their partners in sound. ALL TVVINS’ current touring schedule features the following dates. In addition, they’ll also play The Great Escape festival in Brighton in May.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  8. Young Guns w/ Nothing But Thieves & Our Saving Day image

    Young Guns w/ Nothing But Thieves & Our Saving Day

    Wed 10 June at 07:30pm until Wed 10 June 2015 at 10:30pm

    Young Guns have proven themselves as an international success following a strong album cycle promoting their second studio album 'Bones'. The record, released in 2012 through Wind-Up records in the US and PIAS throughout the rest of the world, reached #6 in the UK mid-week chart and has sold over 30,000 copies in the UK alone. The band were also the most played artist on US Rock Radio in 2012, and the album's title track was the most played track on US Rock Radio in 2013. 'Bones' holds the record as the longest climbing song to reach the number 1 spot at Active Rock Radio, continuously climbing the chart over 32 week period. In the UK, 'Bones' spent 4 weeks on BBC Radio 1's A List. The track was also the Official Theme Song for WWE Wrestlemania 29. Recent live activity includes supporting Bullet For My Valentine on their UK arena on their UK arena tour (including a date at Wembley Arena) and high-profile festival apperances including a Main Stage slot at Download (UK), Isle of Wight Festival (UK), Rock On The Range (US) and Carolina Rebellion (UK). The band have since signed to Virgin EMI (Worldwide ex-US) and are in the studio recording their third studio album.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  9. Boxed In image

    Boxed In

    Fri 12 June at 07:30pm until Fri 12 June 2015 at 10:30pm

    Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. “After Keith, my intention was to start something fresh and get a new project going,” explains Oli. “My intention was always to become a producer as well as an artist in my own right, and it’s worked out really well for me.” Boxed In is that project, and it brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. “The album has a bit of both of those two things combined,” he says, “But the principle focus is always the songs. I’m a slave to the songs and I try to incorporate my love of specific genres of music into that.” Boxed In’s ‘Foot of the Hill’ video is now premiering on The Line of Best Fit. Take a look here... http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/new-music/discovery/watch-boxed-in-foot-of-the-hill-premiere

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  10. OTR image

    OTR

    Fri 19 June at 11:00pm until Sat 20 June 2015 at 05:00am

    Straight off the back of a hugely successful 8th birthday event we bring you yet another UK exclusive... the eagerly anticipated and heavily requested NEPTUNE PROJECT 5HR 'JOURNEY' SET! What started for Neptune Project last year at Mandarine in Buenos Aires has now seen them perform these extended sets on 4 continents and we are extremely proud to bring this concept to Sheffield and have them perform their longest set in the UK on Friday 19th June. The clubbers spoke and we listened... Neptune Project, a trance duo from Swindon UK, burst onto the electronic scene in July 2009 when their second single, Aztec, was announced on BBC Radio 1 as ‘tune of the summer,’ by world number one DJ at the time, Armin van Buuren. Since then they have had tracks and remixes signed to some of the biggest labels in trance music; Armada, Future Sound of Egypt, Anjunabeats and Monster Tunes and have quickly become clubbers favourites and a permanent fixture on the tracklists of all the top trance DJ's and beyond. The Neptune Project sound is considered by many as a vintage trance sound, reminiscent of the old Paul Van Dyk sound & with a modern production quality. They are known as producers of true trance in its purest form and it is this that has gained them a strong and very loyal following As one of the most requested acts to come to OTR and perform an extended set this event has already got people talking. Join us on Fri 19th June for another musical journey! :: SUPERSTAR DJs :: NEPTUNE PROJECT (5HR 'Journey' Set) Plus support from.. HIDDENAGENDA (Warm-Up) MIKE BEAUMONT (Closing Set) :: INSTRUCTIONS :: TICKETS: £10 Earlybirds SOLD OUT // £13 ADV // £10 NUS OTD // MOTD (subject to booking fees) Tickets available online at www.otr-online.co.uk/tickets, via Skiddle or at Plug Box Office. Telephone sales 0114 2413040 DOORS: 23.00 'til 06.00 VENUE: The Plug, 14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4QD CONTACT: danny@otr-online.co.uk // 07923 364229 or rich@otr-online.co.uk //07854831803 FYI: Strictly over 18's only - ID required (challenge 25)

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

  11. Kobra and The Lotus image

    Kobra and The Lotus

    Tue 30 June at 08:00pm until Tue 30 June 2015 at 11:00pm

    PASSION It can move mountains and change lives; ignite the imagination and turn dreams into reality. Kobra Paige has it and for her, all things are possible…. Kobra Paige has established a lifestyle: 100 percent, no-compromise commitment to a form of entertainment with explosive larger-than-life vocals, guitars and powerful primal rhythms. Kobra and the Lotus are one of the most successful and influential new metal bands emerging, led by front woman and powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige. "Kobra and the Lotus! are a fire-breathing, female-fronted heavy metal bombshell" Classic Rock Magazine Kobra And The Lotus have played main stages at Sonisphere Spain, Download, UK, Bloodstock, Hellfest France, Gods of Metal Italy, and many more. The journey started for Kobra at a Judas Priest concert in Calgary. Three years later Kobra and the Lotus opened for Judas Priest at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. Having recently come off their proudest tour yet with KISS and Def Leppard across North America, the critically acclaimed album. “High Priestess” peaked at #3 on the North American Loud charts, holding strong in the top! 10 for 10 weeks. With Grammy nominated Producer Johnny K, the album “High Priestess” is loaded with precision, heavy emotion, and grand-scale dynamics, highlighting the glories of this genre and making its mark.Known for their exceptionally strong live shows,they proudly carry the flag for all classic heavy metal fans.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  12. Planet Zogg Free Party image

    Planet Zogg Free Party

    Fri 10 July at 11:00pm until Sat 11 July 2015 at 05:00am

    PLANET ZOGG FREE PARTY!! Fri 10th July. Plug Sheffield 11pm/6am. FREE with invite https://www.facebook.com/events/1377065825956872/ http://www.planetzogg.co.uk/ VOTE ZOGG!! Every year Zogg is let loose in the big (and little) room at Plug for a midsummer monster party and everyone in Sheffield comes out to let loose. In the main Live room we've got mind warping techie-breaksie hyperdelia . PSYCHOACTIVE RECORDS SHOW CASE, JOHN PHANTASM (phantasm records) KRISTIAN (deja voo) DILL GREG ZOGG In the Earth room we've got party tunes from the Disco of Doom v Special guests. Plus lots and lots of UV, stalls, cafe, visitations and loads more. It free (tho £2 donation suggested) and all you need is an invite which you can get from the Zogg website, Facebook & Plug website as well as festivals & parties in the upcoming months. HYPERDELIA FOR ALL!!

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

  13. CUD image

    CUD

    Fri 18 September at 07:30pm until Fri 18 September 2015 at 10:30pm

    Leeds’ CUD are dusting off their flight cases and sunglasses for another road trip. The ASQUARIUS tour this September will see the band play their astrologically challenged chart bothering A&M album IN FULL, along with a set of ‘greatest hits’, live favourites and other assorted delights. Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy. Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums. CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sell out gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’. Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again and found an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage. CUD are now even better than they were in 1992.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  14. Wolf Alice image

    Wolf Alice

    Tue 22 September at 07:00pm until Tue 22 September 2015 at 10:30pm

    Following a breathtaking start to 2015, which has so far taken in sold-out tours across North America, Europe and the UK, North London’s Wolf Alice are now set to follow the festival season with their biggest tour to date this September, including a homecoming show at the prestigious Brixton Academy on the 26th. The announcement follows the band sharing their new single ‘Bros’ - which fizzes and bubbles right from the off atop a frolicking drum beat and is an infectious ode to the elation that only truly great friendships can bring you; a euphoric moment dedicated to “everyone who’s ever had a friend, and for those who haven’t” - and comes ahead of the release of their debut album My Love Is Cool on June 22nd. From the enormous riffs of 'Giant Peach' to the muffled, urgent melodies of 'Lisbon' and hip-hop rhythms of 'Silk', My Love Is Cool is a masterful, explorative statement of Wolf Alice's multiple characters. Equal parts gigantic guitars and wistful, wilting beauty, My Love Is Cool is a timeless collection of songs that outweighs any preconceived notions of what Wolf Alice are, or can be. The ambitions of Ellie Rowsell (guitar/vocals), Theo Ellis (bass), Joff Oddie (guitars) and Joel Amey (drums/vocals) are now fully realised in stunning widescreen. Tickets for Wolf Alice’s September tour will be on sale from Friday 1st May. My Love Is Cool will be released through Dirty Hit Records in the UK on 22nd June 2015. For more information on ‘Bros’ and My Love Is Cool click here. Pre-Order My Love Is Cool here: iTunes: http://po.st/MyLoveIsCool / Vinyl: http://po.st/MLICvinyl / CD: http://po.st/MLICcd Wolf Alice are: Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis www.wolfalice.co.uk September tour dates are: 16 - Bristol Academy 17 - Birmingham Institute 19 - Glasgow ABC 21 - Newcastle University 22 - Sheffield Plug 23 - Southampton Guildhall 25 - Manchester Albert Hall 26 - London Brixton Academy

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  15. Wilkinson DJ Set image

    Wilkinson DJ Set

    Sat 26 September at 11:00pm until Sun 27 September 2015 at 05:00am

    Wilkinson, one of the biggest drum and bass producers in the game, is coming to Plug. With releases on RAM Records, Hospital Records as well as Virgin EMI, London born Wilkinson is rightly hailed as one of the best in the genre. His 2013 single "Afterglow" featuring uncredited vocals from Becky Hill burst into the top 10 in October of the same year. His debut album "Lazers Not Included" followed shortly after which went to number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart in 10 countries. Having remixed and collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Naughty Boy, Chase & Status, Wretch 32, Katy B, Laura Mvula and Nero, he recently scooped ‘Best Single’, ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Video’ and ‘Best Producer’ at the 2014 Drum & Bass Awards. We can safely say for this show, LAZERS ARE INCLUDED. The summer smash 'Dirty Love' is the next single from the man of the moment - www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKUbBcEz3XQ

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

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    George The Poet

    Fri 02 October at 07:30pm until Fri 02 October 2015 at 10:30pm

    Following on from completing a string of sold out headline dates in February and April this year, critically acclaimed spoken word artist George The Poet announces his second nationwide UK tour for 2015. The tour will kick off on 2nd October in Sheffield at Plug, and from there will travel to Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Oxford, Bristol, Cambridge and London (with two consecutive dates at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire) before finishing on 19th October in Brighton at Concorde 2. Full details on all dates listed below. Having attracted the attention of music artists, actors, politicians and royalty alike with his socio-political, street-savvy verse 24 year old George The Poet is set to not only emerge as one of the UK’s most unique talents, but also as the compelling voice of a generation. After breaking startling new ground on the poetry circuit with his first collection of poetry ‘Search Party’ (published by Virgin Books in February), the Radio 1 championed, BRITs Critic’s Choice Award nominated and BBC Soundpoll shortlisted artist is set to release his debut album via Island Records later this year. In other news, George The Poet will be performing at a number of festivals over the Summer – including Wireless and T in The Park - and will be releasing ‘Search Party’ via Island Records on 15th June. Following on from the release of ‘1,2,1,2’, ‘Cat D’ and ‘Wotless’, this latest cut from George’s forthcoming debut album highlights George’s desire to implement change and encourage others to join him while also nodding to those who’ve inspired him. Produced by Matty Benbrook, ‘Search Party’ recently premiered on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. Tickets for George The Poet’s nationwide UK Tour this Autumn will go on general sale on at 9am on Friday 15th November 2015, with presales available from 9am on Wednesday 13th May 2015. Tickets will be priced between £12 - £16 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee), and will be available to purchase via Live Nation (http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/george-the-poet-tickets).

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Father John Misty

    Mon 26 October at 07:30pm until Mon 26 October 2015 at 10:30pm

    I have never, prior to now, really written a love song. Love songs, here in what will certainly be remembered by history as the nadir of human art, or maybe “The Plastic Age”, are just so passé. I remember something about a major label singer-songer bucking her label’s insistence that she deliver more “love songs” by writing a song about not-wanting-to-write-love-songs and it being a big hit. HAR HAR That probably happened an embarrassingly long time ago to be considered relevant. Why am I opening this bio that way? How has that part made it through to the 12th draft? What is her name? I just watched the video for that song like twice. That is how much I do not want to write this bio. But for however much I do not want to write this bio, I want someone else to write it even less. I’m actually kind of having fun now, which is probably less than I can say for you. I would now like to take this opportunity to pontificate on the current state of love songs in the culture: Love songs (or even just “love” as a topic) are at the major disadvantage of being based on the oldest, most fundamental inspiration in the history of human consciousness. The best concept we as a race have cultivated, by now, we’re just, like, so over and have decided it’s good for little else than fueling celebrity gossip, soccer mom erotica, reveling in sophomoric self-pity with, or reducing down to eye-rolling truisms at the end of computer animated liberal ideological propaganda kiddie movies. Hence the collective, pervy fascination with 17-21 year old entertaino-child slaves detailing the scintillating intimates of their very public romances in tabloid real-time since we’re all more than happy to concede that a, God forbid, spiritual notion of romance just doesn't make for. Okay, this is derailing quickly. Did you see what I was doing there? I do it a lot. I avoid talking about myself honestly by making grand, incoherent, reductionist commentary rooted in my pretty dim and generally uniformed view of humanity. I don't really know if love songs are passé or whatever. Maybe they’re all the rage. I don't care. I will say, however, that it seems like the only acceptable perspectives from which to write about love in the current cultural hegemony (HEGEMONY, HEGEMONY, HEGEMONY) are that of 1.) persecuted, heartbroken pathos or 2.) infantile, sentimental banality. More often than not the former (1.), which is really not to sing about love at all, but rather the absence of love, which is self-pity, which is nothingness, or, more accurately: jerking-off, which takes a lot less work than honest-to-God fucking.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Striking Matches

    Mon 09 November at 07:00pm until Mon 09 November 2015 at 10:30pm

    ‘Trouble Is As Trouble Does’ the new single - June 1st “An engaging blend of slick country storytelling scuffed up with rockier riffs. Imagine a noisier version of The Civil Wars: squaring up and trading licks before coiling their voices together in sweet harmony” - Daily Telegraph “Pure class” - Daily Star Ahead of this week’s UK dates, including a sold out Union Chapel show in London, acclaimed Nashville duo Striking Matches are pleased to announce an 11-date UK headline tour this November. November Tour Dates: Mon 9th - Plug, Sheffield Tue 10th - East Village Arts Club, Liverpool Wed 11th - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Fri 13th - Academy 2, Oxford Sat 14th - Concorde 2, Brighton Sun 15th - Waterfront, Norwich Tue 17th - The Sage 2, Gateshead Fri 20th - Academy 2, Manchester Sat 21st - Library, Birmingham Sun 22nd - Shepherds Bush Empire, London The band’s latest single ‘Trouble Is A Trouble Does’ will be released on June 1st through Caroline International and is taken from their stunning debut album ‘Nothing But The Silence’ which topped the UK iTunes Country chart in March earlier this year. You can watch the band talk about the album, Nashville and working with the legendary T-Bone Burnett in a beautifully shot short film here. . Click here to see the band’s ‘1 Mic, 1 Take’ performance ‘Trouble Is As Trouble Does’. Striking Matches are winning over UK audiences with every performance. Not only superbly talented songwriters and players, Justin and Sarah’s voices fuse together to create lush harmonies and together Striking Matches deliver a show not to be forgotten. They were one of the most talked-about bands at the recent C2C Festival at The O2 in March and eager fans can catch them over the next week on their very first headline tour, ahead of their return in November.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Tracer

    Sat 14 November at 07:00pm until Sat 14 November 2015 at 10:30pm

    Rock’n’roll is a never-ending celebration: of life, of good times, of the healing power of overdriven guitars. But while everyone is invited to the party, only a select few are able to tap into rock’n’roll’s spirit and essence. Formed just over a decade ago in Adelaide, South Australia, the mighty Tracer plainly have access to that hotline to rock’s heart and soul. Over the course of two widely praised studio albums and a seemingly remorseless slew of acclaimed live performances all over the globe, this swirling firestorm trio have firmly established themselves as one of the most vital young bands around. With a sound that takes the bluesy core of the finest hard rock and welds it to a gleaming but endearingly rusted chassis of stoner rock and powerhouse grunge, Tracer grabbed the attention of the fuzzed-up cognoscenti with two early independent releases before making a bona fide, explosive entrance with 2011’s Spaces In Between – a debut that made it perfectly plain that an exhilarating new force had arrived.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    The Selecter

    Sat 05 December at 07:00pm until Sat 05 December 2015 at 10:30pm

    Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, release their new studio album SUBCULTURE on 15 June 2015 on DMF Records and have just announced a tour this Autumn. The album, which comes out on CD, 12" Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital, has been produced by Neil Pyzer and expertly mixed by Prince Fatty and is the calling card of a ‘classic’ band that are completely tuned into the issues and challenges of the modern world. Whenever successful bands from the past reform they invariably start trading in nostalgia and become “heritage” acts. No one expects them to grow artistically or continue to excel at the same things that brought them popularity in the first place, but that’s what The Selecter have done in the past few years. They’ve played at major festivals like Coachella, the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury, headlined two UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture, is mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty. The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, whose recent series of shows on BBC 6Music were hugely well received, and whose book ‘Black By Design’ continues to sell in droves worldwide, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, including Neil Pyzer (Spear Of Destiny) Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp) and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (who features extensively on Subculture). The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era, when they toured with the Specials and Madness at the peak of their early fame is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) seem more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio. The music they make is still rooted in ska, punk and reggae except they now have a horn section and this fills out their sound magnificently. The quirky melodies and social commentaries remain, yet this is a band that’s more concerned with staying relevant than looking backwards. Their audiences are getting younger and they’ve succeeded in bringing many of their long-time fans along for the ride as well.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    The Complete Stone Roses w/ Dave Haslam DJ Set

    Fri 11 December at 07:00pm until Fri 11 December 2015 at 11:00pm

    The Complete Stone Roses are now one of the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most successful tribute bands. Selling out venues across the UK and Ireland regularly, they have helped to carry on the music of one of the UK’s most influential bands - the Stone Roses. The Stone Roses played a pivotal role in the history of the UK’s indie music scene. Famous hits like Fools Gold, I Am The Resurrection and I Wanna Be Adored are as recognisable now as were the heyday of Madchester and the Hacienda, the cultural icons from which the original band were born. The Completes, as they are affectionately referenced to by their fans, play to acclaim both from fans themselves, the press, and even original Stone Roses band members. Former Stone Roses bass player Mani, (now currently the bassist for Scottish band Primal Scream) has not only just appeared as a warm up DJ for the band on the odd occassion but has also played onstage with them as their guest bassist playing She Bangs The Drums on more than a few times when he was touring about with the band. Mani says “they do our songs real justice. At times, they play even better than we did” The Completes are perfectionists at their art though and are always improving and have gone from strength to strength after several changes in the line-up - something very few bands manage to do so effortlessly. Of their commitment, Mani says “their attention to detail is amazing. The bass I use a Rickenbacker 3000 which is as rare as rocking horse shit but they have found one” The bands recent projects seen them raise a whopping £17,000 donated to “Cancer Research UK” from their show at the Glasgow Carling Academy in December 2007 as well as filming and producing a music video for worldwide distribution to help promote a charity single release with a double a-side featuring Love Will Tear Us Apart ala Stone Roses style along with the bands own composition song titled Tell Me Moses which was written using ONLY the titles of The Stone Roses catalogue. This is in addition to the band releasing a DVD (formatted on NTSC and playable throughout the world in any region) of their live concert at Glasgow Carling Academy during December 2006 and which also features special guest Peter Hook of New Order performing with the band Love Will Tear Us Apart, securing worldwide distribution via Plastic-head, The Completes are leading the way in regards what good tribute bands can actually achieve out with live performances. So there you have it, a brief history of The Complete Stone Roses in a few paragraphs, with an obvious great love for The Stone Roses and their music. Although there is only so much you can say about a tribute band or is there?

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
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    AC/DC UK & Dizzy Lizzy

    Fri 04 March at 07:30pm until Fri 04 March 2016 at 10:30pm

    Dizzy Lizzy are the most fantastic live tribute act dedicated to one of Rock’s all time legends ‘Phil Lynott’. A long established tribute to THIN LIZZY, since early 1994. Their sound & set-list faithfully recreate that trademark Lizzy sound. Philomena Lynott, states that Dizzy Lizzy are 'the closest to playing my sons music' A sentiment that has rippled throughout the years Dizzy Lizzy do have an amazing sound and resemblance to the classic 70s & 80s rock band. They will take you back in time to relive that magical era with a superb blend of classic foot stomping rock anthems and rock ballads (inc . . The Boys Are Back In Town, Whiskey In the Jar, Emerald, Black Rose, Rosalie, Sarah, Still In Love With You). Many have acknowledged Philomena's statement to be true, Dizzy Lizzy are the closest and most convincing tribute to the real thing. One of the country’s leading and most dynamic tribute acts, they are the only act to have headlined both, the ‘Vibe for Philo’ in Dublin & ‘Remeber Phil & Gary’ event in Holland. Also appearing at many prestigious venues, around Britain, such as the Matthew street festival, O2 Academy Liverppool. Plus other large capacity venues like Butlin's. They have also performed and toured with the original Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell. Eric Bell’s reaction on first seeing the band…’I could only watch three numbers owing to the emotions. The resemblance to Phil and the mannerisms and playing, it was spooky – it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck…’ They can also be heard on the documentary CD ‘I am just a cowboy’. Although based in the Midlands, Dizzy Lizzy tour extensively throughout the UK and have performed in Europe & as far a field as Los Angeles and Dubai. - Rising Power Tour 2015 ‘We just want to make the walls cave in, and the ceiling collapse!’, remarked the legendary Bon Scott. An ethos that AC/DC themselves have followed throughout their entire career, and an ethos shared by AC/DC UK! The band feature’s one of the most authentic looking Angus’ in the business, and are one of the few acts to feature both Bon Scott, and Brian Johnson performances. AC/DC UK bring their wall of Marshall stacks, and fully firing cannons for a spectacular stage show. The AC/DC trademarks are all there; Angus Young's strip, Gibson and Gretsch guitars, and even Bon Scott's iconic walk through the crowd with Angus on his shoulders. The band rock classics from the entire AC/DC catalogue. From 1976’s High Voltage, up to 2014's Black Ice; You will hear all the hits! Every classic track that launched AC/DC to legendary status is in the set, as well as a few obscure gems for the hardcore fans! AC/DC UK are made up of a team of seasoned pro’s, and play club shows and major festivals alike! Throughout the UK and Europe notable shows include CoverFest (PL), Huntenpop / Paaspop / Grolsch Festival (NL), Mockfest / Tribfest / Mathew Street Festival (UK), as well as historic venues such as the Liverpool Cavern Club, Glasgow ABC, and more. Constantly refining and building their live show, AC/DC UK capture the look, sound, and energy of the real thing! Aptly naming their 2015 stint after the fan favourite number ‘Rising Power’, AC/DC UK are set to firmly establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with. AC/DC UK are coming to Shake Your Foundations... Are You Ready?!?!

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig