With our independent spaces often under threat on multiple fronts, it’s heartening to see new ventures pop up as we say goodbye to much-loved institutions. I reviewed the first RiteTrax event in October 2015 and since then the promoter has put on dozens of events, providing a platform for music, visual art and spoken word. Their latest evolution will see them adopting a permanent home in the remains of Castle Market.

Speaking to them about the new venture, RiteTrax describe it as a multi-use creative space, suitable for workshops, community events, small showcases and club nights. There’ll be studios to rent upstairs, with the group aiming to establish a new creative hub for Sheffield’s underground artists. The launch party is on 20 May. Details below.

The Hallé, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus & Hallé Choir
Sat 6 May | City Hall | £5.60 – £23.52
Led by the dashing local conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, Manchester’s brightest and best cross the Pennines once again for a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No.103, commonly known as ‘the drum roll’. There’s also Michael Tippett’s moving ‘A Child of Our Time’, a choral work of 1944 that profiles the inhumanity of Nazi Germany.

Diffuse 2017
Wed 10 May | Moor Theatre Deli | £8.14
I’m excited to say I have no idea what this show, a collaboration with the University billed as a ‘whole new concert experience’, is all about. In their words: “As it races around you, each musical idea is morphed and moved by the performers, engineers and indeed the space itself, creating a wholly stimulating aural experience.” Music from Saif Mode and Caroline Francess, among others.

Cut Some Capers: Andy Blake & Debonair
Fri 12 May |  Secret Location | £11.10
Known for her Thursday night shows on NTS, Debonair is picking up serious attention as a club DJ, with her recent Boiler Room set at Chapter 10 seeing her star rise even further. South London selector Andy Blake has been in the game for over two decades, and releases on his label, World Unknown, push the boundaries for forward-thinking house and techno.

John Hackett Band
Fri 12 May | Record Junkee | £8
Frequently collaborating with his brother Steve Hackett of Genesis fame – they’ve made a dizzying 22 records together since ’75 – John is now touring material from his upcoming album, as well as 2015’s Another Life and 2005’s Checking Out Of London. As that title implies, Hackett is now based in Sheffield, and a two-hour extravaganza is promised for this hometown show.

Mark Lewandowski Trio
Wed 17 May | Lescar | £7
This group, featuring pianist Liam Noble as well as bassist Lewandowski, swing by The Lescar only days before the release of their new album on Whirlwind, a tribute to the ragtime jazz of Fats Waller. Drummer Paul Clarvis has a somewhat wide-ranging output. Not many players can claim to have worked with both Stevie Wonder and The Orb.

Henge
Fri 19 May | Hagglers Corner | £7.10
Peddling what they call ‘cosmic dross’, this trippy troupe from Manchester combine the cosmic philosophy and sartorial psychedelia of George Clinton in his prime with riff-powered wig-outs straight from the 60s playbook. For fans of the interplanetary excess of the Ozric Tentacles. 

Spectrum Exhibit / Plot 22 Launch
Sat 20 May | Plot 22 | £3
Kicking off their new multi-use creative space, RiteTrax host an exhibition of artists including Jodie Cowling, Jess Burgess and Molly Shepherd from 6 till 10, before giving the space the full treatment at the after party with dance music from Riders, Shok & Awe, Surreal and RiteTrax residents.

Force Majeure
Sat 20 May | Audacious Art Experiment | £6
A reputation for stylistic diversity has earned Force Majeure its reputation as one of the city’s best club nights. This edition will see the instrumental grime of local boy Utah? go up against the warped garage of DJ SagePay and local hero DJ Babestation, sometimes better known as The South Yorkshire Mick Hucknall.

Grace Petrie
Sat 27 May | Greystones | £9.90
Without exception, every single person who sees Leicester singer-songwriter Grace Petrie falls immediately under her spell. Whether singing about progressive politics (try ‘Farewell To Welfare’), her sexuality, or sometimes just about love, her music will usually either make you cry, or laugh until you cry.

Lisbee Stainton
Wed 31 May | Greystones | £11
Having toured with Seth Lakeman and Joan Armatrading, London-based Lisbee brings her knack for intimate, confessional songwriting to the friendly surroundings of the Greystones, playing songs from her three albums, including the yearning single ‘Sidekick’.

Barang! w/ Maga Bo
Fri 2 June | DINA | £6.10 (£12.77 including dinner)
It’s only right that Barang! have upped the ante with a new soundsystem in anticipation of genre-hopping Brazilian DJ Maga Bo touching down with his bag full of world bass music on one of only two UK dates. Support from a whole host of residents, plus their usual pre-party option of a vegan-friendly three course meal (book in advance, price includes club entry).

Levon Vincent
Fri 2 June | Harley | £8
The 2015 release of Vincent’s self-titled LP for free saw sweet-yet-steely techno like ‘Launch Ramp To The Sky’ slither its way onto home listening playlists worldwide. Pretty Pretty Good give us a rare chance to see the other side of the New Yorker – a tough club DJ with a supporting b2b from residents Alief and Smorsli.

 

Soundwaves

Hope Works have announced the daytime programme for their No Bounds festival launch. Highlights include writer Joe Muggs in conversation with Nina Kraviz and a modular synthesis workshop with the London Modular Alliance and Mumdance.

Label and party Delicious Clam have moved into their new home at 12 Exchange Street, a surviving unit near the old Castle Market. Highlights at their launch party on 20 April included Rosey PM and Sammartino.

Aggrobeat three-piece Blood Sport have released their new record Live At Café Oto, recorded at the London venue in January 2016. It sees the band supplement their sound with a monosynth and tape deck as part of their two-day residency alongside Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen.

Cambridge Street venue DINA have begun raising money to restore their revolving dancefloor. The crowdfunding campaign needs £3,000 to rework what was a famous feature of the former Stardust and Cutler nightclub (bit.ly/2opTXVM).

This year’s Yorkshire Silent Film Festival opens with a day of silent films accompanied by live music at the Abbeydale Picture House. The programme includes Greta Garbo in Flesh and the Devil, Ivor Novello in Man Without Desire, and Buster Keaton in The Cameraman.