A HEARTFELT MESSAGE FROM CHRIS ARNOLD, THE GUY WHO DOES THIS: After last month’s spectacular one year of the Cool Beans/ Now Then listings column celebrations – which included 3 beers, 2 packs of dried apricots and a frankly riveting game of Buckaroo – I feel the euphoria and sense of achievement must have gone […]

A HEARTFELT MESSAGE FROM CHRIS ARNOLD, THE GUY WHO DOES THIS: After last month’s spectacular one year of the Cool Beans/ Now Then listings column celebrations – which included 3 beers, 2 packs of dried apricots and a frankly riveting game of Buckaroo – I feel the euphoria and sense of achievement must have gone straight to my head. Those who spotted my misspelling of the word ‘retrospective’ last month will know what I’m talking about. I apologise profusely. I mean really profusely. In fact I’m so ashamed of myself that I’ve enlisted the talents of local lad and Puzzled head honcho Jimmy May to help me provide the monthly goods from now on.

AN APPRECIATIVE EAR NIBBLE FROM JIMMY MAY, CHRIS’S NEW PERSONAL ASSISTANT: An avid fan of Now Then magazine since I realised it was free and the pictures look really great on my bedroom wall – and realising the articles warmed my insides like a spoon of Covonia – it’s a pleasure to climb aboard. I’m looking forward to some intense games of Buckaroo. And probably talking about upcoming events somewhere between the dried apricots and alcohol, which would be a great name for an Oasis song.

SHEFFIELD SOUND.
1st MAY / GREEN ROOM / FREE.
Bringing a plethora of new live music talent to the music table every month, Sheffield Sound sets up a live music residency at their venue of choice – the Green Room. Link

DISCLOSURE PRESENTS…
2nd MAY / OCTAGON / £12.
These young producers return to Sheffield afteran incredible six months, this time bringing mainstream chart success. The night also features the deft talents of Cyril Hahn, the Canadian of the moment, alongside T. Williams, Zed Bias and the more than capable Tuesday Club residents. Link

ASHANTI BEATS.
3RD MAY / PENELOPES /£4.
We The Undersigned, Dnae & The Indigo Project and DJ Ocelus all guest at the final Ashanti Beats before the summer festival madness. We The Undersigned themselves are fresh from supporting Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites and The Apples. Link

THIRSTY EAR 8th BIRTHDAY.
4th MAY / THE HARLEY / £3.
The Thirsty Ear lads celebrate an incredible eight years of music and rum. The funky occasion sees Mr. Thing returning for a headline set of magnitude proportions. Congrats Powlo, Easty et al! Link

DE:BUG 2ND BIRTHDAY.
5th MAY / FEZ CLUB / £15.
Another birthday! This time youngsters De:bug celebrate 2 years of big parties by bringing The Martinez Brothers, Dan Ghenacia, Crazy P & WOLF Music, all on one terrific jam-packed line up. Link

OSCILLATE WILDLY.
11th MAY / HOPE WORKS / £12.
The OW have arguably grown too big for their DQ roots and have set up camp down the road at Hope Works. Step up Jimmy Edgar, Bicep and Delroy Edwards. Link

GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB.
18th MAY / LEADMILL /£12.
Quite simply one of the most energetic and exciting live acts in the current music scene. Dub/reggae/ska purveyors Gentlemen’s Dub Club return to Sheffield as part of their most recent escapade around the UK – The Riot Tour. Link

BONOBO.
21st MAY / PLUG / £15.
With over a decade of releases under his belt, this fellow’s latest musical smattering “The North Borders” offers his usual fine blend of funk, jazz and incomparable vocals. A live show not to be missed! Check out latest single ‘Cirrus’ and 2009’s ‘The Keeper’ if unsure what to expect. Link

MR. SCRUFF.
23rd MAY / LEADMILL / £8.
Back across the Pennines for another edition of his infamous Keep It Unreal evenings, Mr. Carthy – aka Scruffington, a former student of Sheffield Hallam’s Psalter Lane arts campus – will be seamlessly blending vinyl hits all night long. Link

BRADFORD THREADFEST.
24th-26th MAY / VARIOUS VENUES / FREE.
A free, city-wide grassroots music festival in Bradford, featuring Hawk Eyes, Blacklisters, Kogumaza, Mick Flower, Serious Sam Barrett, Blood Sport and many more. Link

VEGETARIAN EVENING.
25th MAY / SHOWROOM CINEMA / £25.
A chance to sit back, relax and let your taste buds be tantalised beyond repair courtesy of a menu cooked up by one of the Vegetarian Society’s Chef of the Future finalists for 2013, Mr Jonathan Tite. Link

NEIL MCSWEENEY.
26th MAY / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB / £8.
Local crooner Neil McSweeney is releasing his latest EP and in his own words, “It will be large.” Always a good night down at Queens – bands, DJs and a raffle are all additional possibilities. Link

JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU KOUYATE.
27th May / LANTERN THEATRE / £16.
Sharing no common language bar the language of music, Joe and Sekou first bonded in the southern French town of Marseille. Nowadays they tour the Earth fusing their unique medley of afrobeat, folk, hip hop and reggae. Link

RYAN FRANCESCONI & MIRABAI PEART.
29th May / TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, BANK ST ARTS / £6.
Accomplished acoustic guitarist Ryan Francesconi, perhaps best known for his work directing Joanna Newsom’s triple album Have One On Me, gives a special performance with violinist Mirabai Peart. Support from Sheffield’s Magpies. Link

J*STAR.
31st MAY / THE HARLEY / £4.
King of the reggae mashup J*STAR pops into the Harley for a rare Sheffield outing as part of the launch of new night Quality Control. Support comes in the form of Andy H, Clipboard and Arnivore. Link

Chris Arnold & Jimmy May.