As of this month, Now Then has been resident in Sheffield for ten years. I’ve been living here almost as long. In that time, some components of the city’s music scene have transformed completely, while others have remained a constant. In particular, I’m thinking of Corp’s sticky staircases, but The Leadmill has also kept doing what it’s always done. In Now Then #15, we covered the launch of an exciting free festival that became the first Tramlines in July 2009. After changes of ownership, what started out as a small-scale initiative, part-funded by the Council, has become a behemoth, this year decamping from the city centre to Hillsborough Park.

Cult venues like The Boardwalk and The Redhouse have bitten the dust, but new DIY spaces like the Audacious and Delicious Clam have emerged, providing a new model for the economics of live music. Richard Hawley has continued to represent the city around the world. We first spoke to him in Now Then #19 and for our tenth anniversary I caught up with him once again.

Trembling Bells
Wed 4 April | Hallam Union | £12.21 (£10.10 NUS)
Led by the prodigiously talented Alex Neilson, Trembling Bells are a veteran folk five-piece with a strong slant towards the psychedelic, currently touring their excellent new LP, Dungeness. Support comes from New York singer Baby Copperhead and spacey local band Out Ink at this Heretics’ Folk Club gig. Link

Alice Zawadzki & Rob Luft
Wed 4 April | Lescar | £7
The sudden explosion of new UK jazz is unlikely to abate, especially with the rise of singular talents like singer and violinist Alice Zawadzki and guitarist Rob Luft. Combining old standards and new compositions, the pair explore the boundaries between jazz and folk, imbuing traditional music with a new vitality. Link

Tommy Hillfinger, Iran Iran, Naguals
Sat 7 April | Delicious Clam | £5
Putting the ‘ABBA’ in Black Sabbath, this night will see three top groups celebrating both the Stockholm sweethearts and the Brum black metallers in equal measure, with their best tunes played back-to-back at the after party. Hillfinger headline, supported by Bristol’s Iran Iran and our own Naguals, formerly known as Sun Sin Sun (keep up). Link

Isis Moray
Sat 7 April | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
Self-described “dark feminist techno bitch” Isis Moray celebrates the launch of her new cassette of cold wave electronics and haunting vocals smeared over skewed club beats. Joining her at Harwood Street, we’re promised “exceedingly special guests”. Link

Let’s Eat Grandma
Sun 8 April | Plug | £11
Composed of primary school pals Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, Let’s Eat Grandma combine noisy synth buzz with a perfect pop sensibility. It’s therefore no surprise that their new single, ‘Hot Pink’, was produced by SOPHIE and Faris Badwan, a tune that see-saws between R&B slow jam and drum-driven urgency. Link

RM Hubbert
Sun 8 April | Heeley Institute | £7.50
Marking the first gig for a while at Heeley Institute, the Backwater Collective present a Glasgow guitarist and songwriter whose intricate style of playing, often keeping a beat by drumming on his guitar, complements a rare emotional intelligence in his lyrics. Unapologetically honest music. Link

Declan O’Rourke
Wed 11 April | The Greystones | £16.50
Dublin singer Declan O’Rourke is now well established as a folk-rock mainstay. His latest project, Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, took 15 years to make and saw O’Rourke take inspiration from the darkest chapter in Ireland’s history and the heart-rending stories that came out of it. Link

Ligeti Quartet: Phantom Voices
Tue 24 April | Firth Hall | £10 (£5 under 26/unwaged)
Exploring “psychoacoustics and the contemporary string quartet”, the group perform pieces by Jonathan Harvey and Anna Meredith in the lead-up to the global premiere of ‘Sardinian Songbook’ by Christian Mason, featuring polyphonic folk singing melded with amplified strings. Link

Shonen Knife
Wed 25 April | Plug | £15.14
Formed almost 40 years ago, the iconic all-female pop-punk trio have outlasted line-up changes and almost all of their contemporaries, thanks to their legion of fans and impossibly catchy songs. Catch Naoko and friends for a rare Sheffield show, with local group Oh Papa providing support. Link

Avalon Emerson, Lena Willikens, Overmono
Fri 27 April | Night Kitchen | £16.65
‘One More Fluorescent Rush’, the aptly named new tune from Avalon Emerson, was one of the best brain-melters of recent months. Joining her for this Dimensions International party are Cologne producer Lena Willikens and brothers Truss and Tessela as Overmono, plus Dimensions Soundsystem. Link