The most extraordinary thing about Hope Works on 17 November wasn’t the excellent music or the friendly vibes, but that three out of the four DJs headlining the warehouse were women. To see Rinse FM’s Josey Rebelle hand the headphones to Shanti Celeste, who in turn passed the baton to New York’s Honey Dijon, was […]

The most extraordinary thing about Hope Works on 17 November wasn’t the excellent music or the friendly vibes, but that three out of the four DJs headlining the warehouse were women. To see Rinse FM’s Josey Rebelle hand the headphones to Shanti Celeste, who in turn passed the baton to New York’s Honey Dijon, was extraordinary in a genre still dominated by serious techno bros in identical black t-shirts.

The truth is that there aren’t enough female DJs because clubs and festivals don’t book them enough. Groups like Discwoman and the Tumblr page ‘verymalelineups’ have used social media to shine a light on what remains a shockingly unequal industry. But even in the short time I’ve been out dancing, it’s felt like this is changing, albeit glacially. More women are appearing on club posters, superstars like Helena Hauff and Nina Kraviz sell out huge rooms, and nights like Pity Like book as many women as men. There is still more to be done.

Favourite Animals / Article XI
Wed 6 Dec | Lescar | £10
A unique double-header at the Lescar, with two larger jazz ensembles which share members but each have a unique compositional voice and approach to improvisation. With 15 musicians between them, the night won’t be short of innovative players, including saxophonist Cath Roberts and her graphic scoring techniques. Link

Kate Rusby
Thu 7 Dec | City Hall | £31.36
Our interviewee this month (p44) returns to the City Hall for a Christmas show that is now a yearly tradition, with the Barnsley-born folk singer sprinkling fairy dust over seasonal standards and her own compositions. Songs from her new album, Angels & Men, are bound to feature. Link

Tropical Pressure Festival – Sheffield Takeover
Sat 9 Dec | Yellow Arch | £11.10
Defrost your frozen bones with this special taste of July’s Tropical Pressure festival on the north Cornish coast. Hosted by old hands Mango Disco and La Rumba, the night will see live performances from Zongo FM and Captain Avery, while the 11 fruity members of Mango Rescue Team meet their match in the seven-strong ‘sunshine pop band’ Cable Street Collective. Link

DJ Food – Selected Aphex Works
Sat 9 Dec | Academy | £16.25
This unique show will see the seasoned Ninja Tune crate digger play a set entirely drawn from the vast Aphex Twin oeuvre, with selections bound to be taken from the Soundcloud releases of 2015 with live visuals to match. Support from local ‘Future Bubbler’ R. Lyle and his impressionistic electronics. Link

Blood Sport
Sat 9 Dec | Leadmill | £11.10
Your last chance to dance to one of Sheffield’s best bands of recent years. Joining the tenacious trio will be LOGS, a one-off supergroup featuring members of Drenge, Saif Mode, Wet Nuns and Seize The Chair, as well as a new act named Eşya and DJs from Sheffield Live’s Two Foot Left. As SOPHIE says, it’s okay to cry. Link

Trust Fund, Sean Morley
Sun 10 Dec | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
A true variety night, with the wide-eyed indie pop of Trust Fund rubbing up against the bleeding edge stand-up of Sad Facts host Sean Morley. There’s also charming tunes from Leeds group Cat Apostrophe and the sophomore performance from mysterious local troubadour The Apples of Pain. Link

Nancy Kerr & Luke Daniels
Mon 11 Dec | Greystones | £14.30
One of our best singers, fiddlers and songwriters, a Nancy Kerr gig in her adopted home town is not to be missed. The approach of fellow folkie Luke Daniels is a little different, with the songwriter using a 19th century polyphon, a type of mechanical music box made in Leipzig, to tell stories through sound. Link

Thu 14 Dec | Greystones | £14.30
Formed at Glasto in 2002, this Brighton band don’t let genre distinctions get in the way of having a good time, with pop, rock and rousing folk all chucked into the mix. Joined by new singer Raevennan Husbandes, the group are touring the UK in support of their fourth full-length, Preternatural. Link

Barang! with Tash LC
Sat 16 Dec | DINA | £6.10 (£13.32 with food)
Although they’ve reached their first birthday there’s no sign of Barang’s wanderlust abating, this time booking FABRICLIVE star Tash LC for a night of gqom, highlife, kuduro and other globally-minded club rhythms. As usual, a combined ticket gets you a proper pre-rave meal that’s veggie and vegan friendly. Link

The Moonlandingz
Sat 16 Dec | Leadmill | £18.15
The bastard offspring of Fat White Family and Sheff’s own Eccentronic Research Council wrap up their year with festive frolics that are bound to go down in the annals of Xmas history. Support from neo-soul outfit Childhood, whose singer Ben Romans-Hopcraft collaborated with Saul Adamczewski in Insecure Men, and our very own psyched-up Mysteron. Link

A Reyt Queer Do
Tue 19 Dec | Old Workshop | £11 (£16 with food)
This Christmassy cabaret will offer local drag kings the chance to get suited and booted with scene superstar Sammy Silver, and it’s a new milestone for a Yorkshire scene that’s blossoming right now. Hosted by queer collective Andro & Eve at this (relatively) new Kelham Island venue, a fiver extra on the ticket gets you veggie and vegan tapas too. Link

Regis, Mumdance, UMFANG, Anastasia Kristensen
Mon 1 Jan | Hope Works | £11.30
Hope Works will be hurtling into 2018 at full velocity, with a New Year’s blowout featuring Discwoman founder UMFANG and crossover star Mumdance, a DJ always willing to stray from the techno template. Anastasia Kristensen returns following a triumphant set at No Bounds, while Karl O’Connor headlines in his infamously intense style. Link

APOLOGY & CORRECTION: The print version of this piece described drag kings in the blurb for Andro & Eve’s A Reyt Queer Do as ‘women in men’s garb’. This is not only factually incorrect, but offensive to a scene that embraces a wide range of gender identities. Many drag kings are trans and the scene is all about exploring and overturning notions of gender. Just because a performer is a ‘him’ on stage, it doesn’t mean they are ‘she’ off stage. A&E quote performer Rodent Decay: “If you’re policing the genders of the performers you’re completely missing the point of drag”. We missed the point and we’ll work hard to address this in future.

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