There’s only one reason the media’s attention turns to Sheffield each year – the snooker championships finishing in May, which are now as closely linked to the city as Jarvis’s gyrating hips or businesses with ‘steel city’ in their name. But there’s plenty going on after the circus leaves town that’s worth shouting about. As […]

There’s only one reason the media’s attention turns to Sheffield each year – the snooker championships finishing in May, which are now as closely linked to the city as Jarvis’s gyrating hips or businesses with ‘steel city’ in their name. But there’s plenty going on after the circus leaves town that’s worth shouting about.

As usual, each of our gig spaces large and small brings something different to the party, and each one has its own eccentricties that alter the mood of a gig (ever attempted tipsy table tennis at Picture House Social?) This month, the Harley are specialising in African rhythms and Sheffield Uni take us to the wilder fringes of composition and sound design, while the Greystones have raucous folk to stir you from your Jaipur slumber.

Moulettes
4 May | Greystones | £14
Dramatic drinking songs from the Glastonbury group. Their weapons of choice are violins, cellos and bassoons, but watch them wrench more power from those instruments than any plugged-in guitar band. Link

Bamboo & Bonetti
6 May | Picture House Social | £5
Delectable double feature of off-kilter sounds beneath the old Picture House. In the red corner, Bamboo and their post-everything pop. In the blue, Bonetti, with acid-fried explorations of the world, from Banner Cross to Bogotá. Link

Ed Rush, Andy H & Junglist Alliance
13 May | Harley | £6
Nosebleed DnB at the Harley, as Ed Rush teams up with Sheffield’s own Andy H and Junglist Alliance for a night of dark and deep breaks. Link

Sound Junction
14 May & 15 May | Firth Hall | Free (booking required)
Anyone at the recent Gravitational Waves gathering at the Access Space will know how powerful 360° musical performance can be. Sound Junction promises electronic music “unbound by pitch or rhythm, instrumentation or abstraction”, with 24 speakers surrounding an audience plunged into darkness. Link

CHOPFEST UK: The White Wolf
14 May | Bloc Studios | £5
Ace fundraiser in honour of much-missed musician Simon Mowforth. Live sets from Canyon Family and Death Rays of Ardilla, with members of Drenge, Moonlandingz and 65daysofstatic on the ones and twos. Link

Ligeti Quartet
17 May | Firth Hall | £10 / £8 / £5
Firth Hall push it as far as it goes with a programme of music from some of the 20th century’s most dissonent and devious composers. Béla Bartók’s ‘String Quartet No. 3’ features, alongside Ligeti’s ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’ and Xenakis’s warping, wandering ‘Tetras’. Link

Awesome Tapes From Africa
20 May | Harley | £7
Banana Hill’s Harley takeover continues to bear fruit, as Brian Shimkovitz arrives in town with a crate of C60 cassettes under his arm. Spools out for summer, with cuts expected from Mogadishu’s Dur-Dur Band and breakout star Ata Kak and his Ghanian trap. Link

The Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire
21 May | Regather | £3
The Ukes style themselves as “the best ukulele-based comedy act” in Sheffield – at least when the Everly Pregnant Brothers are out of town. Regather hosts a night of four-string covers, which may or may not include ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. Support from The Chris Arnold Experience. Link

Owiny Sigoma Band
23 May | Harley | £9
With hometown allegiance split between Nairobi and London, Owiny Sigoma marry luo guitars with the latest strains of UK dance music for something infectiously rhythmic. Ugandan maestro Albert Bisaso Ssempeke completes the bill. Link

Benn Watt & Bernard Butler
24 May | Greystones | £17.60
Watt, half of Everything But The Girl, teams up with former Suede man Butler for tracks from their folk rock album, Hendra. “We’re drinking Jägerbombs but we’re still on our feet / Heroes in a wild conceit”, sings Watt on ‘Young Man’s Game’. Link

Jagwar Ma
25 May | Plug | £13.50
Good-times psy from an Australian trio who take as many cues from LCD Soundsystem as from the 13th Floor Elevators. Look out for tracks from their hotly-tipped upcoming album. Link

Thunderstone
28 May | Corporation | £10
Heavy metal from Helsinki, as this power quintet follow a Finnish tour with a few UK dates, showcasing operatic new songs like ‘The Path’. Support from colourfully-coifed Brum proggers Dakesis. Link

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