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Live Picks (July '19): Gig Listings by Sam Gregory

by Now Then Sheffield
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As ever, a raft of fringe events swirl around this year's Tramlines.

Doomlines returns for its fifth edition at Hallam HUBS, with sludge and doom luminaries such as Surya, Beggar and The Body. DIY space Hatch hosts two day-to-night events, with bands including Dearthworms and Yo Dynamo, and DJs like Hesska from NTS and Gribs from Tobago Tracks. The weekend's highlight must be Hyperstition Duo, a new experiment in rhythm and release from two ex-Blood Sport members.

At Bungalows and Bears you can catch Galaxians, Ben Hayes and Yazmin Lacey at their free fringe, with DJs including Chaos in the CBD and Mafalda from Melodies International. Noise and post-rock fans are catered for at the City Hall, whose ballroom plays host to And So I Watch You From Afar and A.A. Williams, plus Japanese instrumentalists Mono.

If what you want is a little dancier, Gilles Peterson plays Peddler Warehouse on Saturday with support from world music crew Banana Hill.

Groundwork

Thu 4 July | Shakespeares | Free

For the latest monthly instalment of our favourite pub-based party, local techno selector Korra joins the usual residents you know and love. As always, entry upstairs is free, the beer is excellent and the vibe is as chilled as it gets.

FLIM NITE presents (Queer) Grease

Fri 5 July | Regather | £6.30

This edition of the cult cabaret night will see a cabal of queer performers interpret chunks of the decidedly-straight seventies classic. Expect send-ups, oddball covers, mash-ups and distorted re-enactments from a host of LGBTQ+ comedians, theatre-makers, writers and musicians.

The Folk Forest

Sat 6 & Sun 7 July | Endcliffe Park | Adults £38.50, U17s £16.50, U5s free

Sheffield's own boutique forest festival returns with vibraphone legend Roy Ayers headlining. He's joined by jazz drummer Yussef Dayes and widescreen folk trio Lau, touring their new John Parish-produced album, Midnight and Closedown. The Sheffield Beatles Project return for a second year, with the ensemble cast this time covering Abbey Road in its entirety.

Rachel Head Sextet

Wed 17 July | Lescar | £8

Alto-sax player Rachel Head is the latest star to appear for Jazz at the Lescar, leading her group through a set of melodic compositions inspired by folk and world music. Frazer McIntosh joins her on piano, with drummer Zach Breskal and Aeddan Williams on double bass.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Thu 18 July | Abbeydale Picture House | £21.09

Events collective Flying Donkey present an acclaimed collaboration between Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita. The pair have won praise for 2013's Clychau Dibon and 2018's SOAR, an album about an osprey's 3,000 mile migration from the West African coast to the estuaries of Wales.

Kick In The Eye

19 July | Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery | £8

DJs Marco Rico, Harry J and Liberty Star present a night of synth pop, post-punk and new wave sounds within the walls of the gravely beautiful Samuel Worth Chapel at the Sheffield General Cemetery.

Doomlines V

Sun 21 July | Hallam Union | £13.45

The Tramlines fringe for heavier fare returns with another slew of morbid curiosities. Among them are the trio Bast and America's The Body, along with Cattle and Archelon. Other doom metal bands including Leechfest, Sloth Hammer and Goblinsmoker round out the deadliest Doomlines yet.

Gomez

Tue 23 July | Leadmill | £30.25

The five-piece folk rock outfit led by Ben Ottewell return to the hallowed halls of The Leadmill to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of 1999's sophomore album Liquid Skin. Fan favourites from the previous year's debut Bring It On like 'Whippin' Piccadilly' and 'Get Miles' are sure to feature.

Helen McCookerybook

Thu 25 July | Lantern Theatre | £10.70

McCookerybook started out as the lead singer and bassist of Brighton-based punk band The Chefs, taking her stage name from an off-the-cuff quip to a journalist. Green is her latest collection of lilting, intricately written songs, and she'll be supported by Sheffield singer-songwriter Duncan Parsons.

Club Rush Celebrates Crispin Blunt's Birthday

Sat 27 July | Hatch | £5

At their Pride after-party, the Club Rush crew celebrate the 59th birthday of renowned parliamentary poppers-fiend Crispin Blunt (his invite is in the post, apparently). DJs include Tony Neptune, Peggy Viennetta and TamTam, with proceeds split between Hatch and Sheffield Pride.

Dopamine Disco

Sat 27 July | Yellow Arch | £3.30

Diagnosed with Parkinson's at 43, Simon James Brown has gone on to create a unique clubbing concept on the basis that the dopamine released while dancing relives his symptoms. Expect "smiles, dancing and good vibes", with everyone welcome and an easy afternoon session from 4:15 to 9pm.

This Is Not America

Wed 31 July | Lescar | £8

Polar Bear bassist Tom Herbert joins singer Fini Bearman and pianist Tom Cawley for a project that re-imagines the music of David Bowie. Mixing up the great man's hits with lesser-known deep cuts, the trio will bring out the jazz influence that was always latent in his music, from the horns of 'Space Oddity' to the elegiac groove of Blackstar.

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