Alreyt then now! I’m Alex and I will be your brand new listings sideman, providing a monthly list of the most momentous and exciting future events in a traditional style list on the side. On the edge! Many thanks to Cool Beans for their kind words as they handed over the heavy key to the listings column and sprinted off into the summer.

“As if it’s September!” is the shocked and baffled cry heard throughout the land. Well, September’s great alright. The nights get longer and Sheffield starts bustling again with faces old and new. Here’s our highlights from my favourite of the party months.

IDMA PRESENT THE POSTERS OF MARTIN F BEDFORD
1 September – 1 November  |  Eten Café  |  Free
Titled ‘From Sheffield to San Francisco and Back Again, or …It’s Only Rock and Roll but I Like It’, this extensive exhibition is a chance to see the fantastic poster artwork from local promo leviathan Martin Bedford. This prolific local artist is responsible for some excellently designed eye-catchers promoting Sheffield’s biggest gigs of the last 40 years. Hopefully an exhibition that will inspire today’s flyer designers and poster painters to continue creating excellent event art for our streets. Link

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‘TIME PASSES.LISTEN’ LAUNCH PARTY
5 September  |  Old Woolworths, The Moor  |  £5
Slightly parping into our own trumpet a wee bit with this plug. Our collaboration with The Bare Project is inspired by Dylan Thomas and will be taking place all autumn in the derelict Woolies shop on the Moor. Sheffield fables, ghost stories, folk songs and mysteries will be collected from passersby and collaborators all September and exhibited in the shop front. The launch will include performances from AltComCab comedian Sean Morley, soundscape looper Zacc Rogers and poet Gav Roberts. Link

ROPHONIC PRESENTS WE ARE THE AUDIENCE
11 September  |  Lantern Theatre  |  £7adv/£8otd
A band described using a sense-spinning crossover adjective like ‘widescreen’ is probably going to be interesting and the Seven Hills’ own Rophonic surely can’t be an exception. Many instruments will be used including a synth, a harp and a human voice. Their distinctive live projections and funky lighting will fill Sheffield’s oldest theatre with a sensory feast. Arrive early for incredible looping fiddler Sieben. Link

EVIL NINE WITH GEOFF TICEHURST
12 September  |  Harley |  £3 adv
A 14-year career exerting wobbly pressure on the musical boundaries of breakbeat, keeping things scary and everyone on their toes, Evil Nine have gone far since their residency at Sheffield’s famous Urban Gorilla. After recording an influential Fabric Live compilation and razzing about in Hollywood films, they return to The Harley for a retrospective set of their dancefloor focused breaks. Geoff Ticehurst supports with an old school Urban Gorilla selection. Link

BRIGANTII EP LAUNCH PARTY
13 September  |  DADA Bar  |  £3/£5 with the EP
A night showcasing a few of the exciting new fruits of Sheffield’s steamy and simmering new pool of tropical talent. Brigantii have been scampering around on the jungle floor sprouting spiky tendrils for a while now and are ready to release their second EP, Find Your Way, at one of town’s most refreshed live venues. Helping them celebrate are two bands ready to bear juicy fruit – DnB fusion from Limit Break and Sheff brass-heavy supergroup Hot Diamond Aces, featuring members of Renegade Brass Band and Harleighblu. Smiley Maxx and Reuben G provide tropical bass interludes throughout. Link

COOL BEANS PRESENTS THE TOASTERS
17 September  |  Riverside  |  £4 adv
A reyt little coup for Cool Beans as the legendary New York 2-Tone ska pioneers headline Riverside in the middle of a world tour that includes main stage sets at Boomtown, Rebellion and Sunsplash. Their no nonsense, brass-heavy, bouncing, happy, ‘ska! yay!’ sound is supported by cream of the local crop Smiling Ivy and The Unscene and more major chords from Leeds guysers The Indecision. Link

UNDER THE STARS
18 September  |  Hallam Union, The HUBS  |  £7
A fantastic independent, not-for-profit social enterprise, Under The Stars is the only nightclub run by and for people with learning disabilities. This monthly night flits between Sheffield and Doncaster and the September event will be at Hallam Union’s HUBS building on Paternoster Row. The night has already led to local success for The Stars Band, a 13-piece who have all got learning disabilities, with their album We Think Differently doing the rounds around town and beyond. Link

ROOTS #19 – APHRODITE & KENNY KEN
26 September  |  Secret Warehouse Location  |  £10adv/£15otd
20hz Soundsystem and Dedication Audio return with a huge September event. The legendary Aphrodite headlines with a set packed with ‘18 Years of Exclusive Jungle Dubplates’! Expect jungle bangers from ‘96 right up to 2014. Kenny Ken is also playing, apparently back-to-back with himself, as well as Jinx in Dub ft Parly B and a special secret guest, plus the excellent Roots residents including Kidlib and Dark Harmonics. Link

SENSORIA FESTIVAL 2014

Sensoria Festival 2014 promises to be an extremely eclectic, hectic and electric few weeks of surprises popping up throughout Sheffield, officially running from 27 September until 5 October…

NOSTALGIA: (AINT WHAT IT USED TO BE)
27 Sept – 18 Oct  |  A Month of Sundays, Sharrowvale Road  |  Free
Don’t you love it when someone already great is impressively and surprisingly talented at summat else!? Maybe you already know but Horace Panter, bassist from The Specials, is an excellent and interestingly colourful artist who produces intriguing pop-art style pieces influenced by modern iconography. From Tuesday to Saturday he will exhibit his work at Pete McKee’s gallery on Sharrow Vale Road as part of Sensoria. Link

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OPENING SUNDAY
28 Sept  |  All over Town  |  Free
The opening Sunday subtly takes over the City Centre in tandem with the Great Yorkshire Run. A live stage will return to the Peace Gardens featuring foot-tapping 50s throwbacks Carmen Ghia and the Hot Rods. A selection of local acts will line the route of the 10k run to entertain runners and spectators alike.

There will be no escape from Sensoria, as cafes throughout the city will be broadcasting a special radio play commissioned by the festival, Kafka Chic, featuring Sheff stalwarts Phil Oakey and Graham Fellows aka John Shuttleworth, AND there will be an outdoor screening of Stop Making Sense, the seminal Talking Heads concert film, in Furnace Park, Shalesmoor. Link

ROVING WOMEN
1 October  |  Cutler’s Hall  |  £4 adv / £10 otd
A unique event as part of Sensoria. Nat Johnson of Monkey Swallows the Universe and a million other musical projects plays the mysterious Connie Converse, a haunted yet bright and burning soul who wrote beautiful music but disappeared in 1974, aged 50. Link

THE GREAT STEEL CITY BLUES REVUE
4 October  |  Victoria Works, Neepsend  |  £10 adv / £12.50 otd
Our newest community space hosts Sensoria’s closing party. Bar Abbey’s Honey Bee Blues Club presents a soul stirring blues extravaganza featuring the city’s foremost Blues musicians. Mudcats Blues Trio, Downtown Roots, T J Norton and The Suitcase plus special guests and a BBQ are the ingredients for a perfect Saturday night out in autumn. Link

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