January brought a brief respite from the doom and gloom with the news that CADS, the Shalesmoor-based non-profit who rent studio spaces to local makers, have secured a 25-year lease on Abbeydale Picture House. Already dab hands at running a cracking venue with the 2014 creation of the Night Kitchen, CADS will move forward with […]

January brought a brief respite from the doom and gloom with the news that CADS, the Shalesmoor-based non-profit who rent studio spaces to local makers, have secured a 25-year lease on Abbeydale Picture House. Already dab hands at running a cracking venue with the 2014 creation of the Night Kitchen, CADS will move forward with the restoration of the art deco building, eventually returning it to full use as a community arts venue.

The news couldn’t be more timely, coming two months after Sheffield City Council began consultations about selling off the Central Library to become a five-star hotel. As one body flogs off the city’s cultural assets with no plans so far announced for a replacement, the work of conserving and enhancing what we’ve already got falls to enterprising groups like CADS.

12 Dead in Everett Presents: Rebel Folk
Fri 10 Feb | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
A night of bands aiming to reignite the embers of protest that burn under the folk tradition. As well as the hosts, there’s anarcho folk from Dru Blues, delta revivalism from Thee Sweet Honey Holes, and reels and jigs from Sharpish. Link

QASh Anti-Valentine’s Bash
Sat 11 Feb| DINA | £5
A Valentine’s alternative from the queer collective behind October’s QASh Bash! at the Lughole. Few details on this one, but you can’t go wrong when the tagline is “a night to denounce the heteronormative patriarchy”. Link

Carla dal Forno
Sun 12 Feb | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
Imagine the fragile vocals of Sibylle Baier being swept away by an electronic undercurrent and you’ll get the spectral pop of You Know What It’s Like, Carla dal Forno’s celebrated debut on Blackest Ever Black. Also playing are Toucans, Isis Moray, Prom Knife and mysterious pro wrestler Sammartino. Link

Soichi Terada
Fri 17 Feb | Moor Theatre Deli | £19.98
Is there anything that epitomises what dance music should be about more than Soichi Terada’s beaming smile on the cover of Sounds From The Far East? Catch the grinning guru of Japanese house bring his live show to the Deli, with support from Dekmantel Sound System and Team Rice. Link

Gett Off x Butterz
Fri 17 Feb | Hope Works | £16.90
Our Headsup interviewees this month team up with one of the most talked about labels in grime and bass to bring CASisDEAD and Royal-T to the warehouse, plus Swindle and Elijah & Skilliam. Link

Galaxians
Sat 18 Feb | Audacious Art Experiment | £6
Last time I saw Galaxians they were opening the Night Kitchen’s bassment for Banana Hill. Along with our own Blood Sport and Glasgow’s Golden Teacher, they’re the Leeds link in the holy trinity of bands who approach live instrumentation with a heads-down clubland mentality. Link

Steel City Rave
Sat 18 Feb | Trafalgar Warehouse | £6.10
Fundraising party for Peace in the Park and the Sharrow Festival with Off Me Nut, the Junglist Alliance, Andy H and Displace leading a night of countless Sheffield talents, all chewed up and spat out by the mighty 20Hz Sound System. Link

Camilla George Quartet
Wed 22 Feb | Lescar | £6
No frills or gimmicks, just great modal jazz from a young London quartet on top of their game. Band leader George is both saxophonist and composer, with echoes of her Nigerian roots on the group’s debut album, Isang, or ‘voyage’ in Ibibio. Link

Tim Barnes & Jeph Jerman
Thu 23 Feb | Shakespeares | £5
Sonic debris from the outer edges, as collected by a pair of American sound artists at the vanguard of musique concrète. Support from Blue Yodel, a noise ‘n’ vocals project from Fiona Kennedy of Hunter Gracchus. Link

Bleating Apocalypse Present: Christmas with Satan IV
Fri 24 Feb | Corporation | £6.50
Two months late, here’s local heroes Bleating Apocalypse with a festive feast of riffs, raffles and ROFLs. Support from that most English of grindcore groups, Raised By Owls and, err, Iron Sphincter. Link

Liquid Steel Sound 10th Birthday
Sat 25 Feb | Yellow Arch | £9.10
LSS have been a crucial alternative to the dance mainstream for a decade now and to celebrate they’re bringing in Channel One, a legendary soundsystem that’s been doing the business for 30 years. Ras Kayleb and Mikey Dread will take the controls for the whole six hours, with LSS friends and favourites in the rave cave. Link

Edwina Hayes
Sat 25 Feb| Greystones | £13.20
Somehow bridging the cultural chasm from Preston to Nashville is Edwina Hayes. Her voice combines the stripped-back, straightforward style of US singers like Iris Dement with the less-is-more arrangements typical of English folk, with a gently plucked guitar often her only guide. Link