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Live Picks (May '19): Hosted by Sam Gregory

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Places - those unruly jigsaws of buildings, landscapes and the gaps in between - can be mapped out by their sounds as well as their sights. The Aporee project is creating a worldwide soundmap with contributions from ordinary people. An atlas for the ear. Go to and find Sheffield.

Listen to the way the waterfall outside the station sounds different in four recordings by French composer Anton Mobin. Hear the terrifying lurch of a circus organ from a visiting carousel in 2013. In Weston Park Hospital you'll find the accidental machine music of a radiotherapy laser from 2003. At the Kelham Island Museum, the sound of the enormous engine stirring to life, when stripped of its visual component, could be an electro-acoustic composition.

Record your own sounds as you explore the city and upload them, whether it's the roar of Bramall Lane, birdsong in Endcliffe Park or Sunday bell-ringers at the cathedral.

Detroit In Effect

Sun 5 May | Secret location | £16.90

The Control crew return to a 125-capacity space with Detroit In Effect, no messing about. Trying to match his laser-guided electro will be SHD's DJ Malice going back-to-back with Control's AR1, plus all the usual fun from the residents.

Future Jazz Festival

5-6 May | Yellow Arch | £13.75

Across two stages, this new festival features the acolytes of a jazz scene exploring uncharted territory. There's the electronics of Noya Rao and Australian pianist Allysha Joy of the 30/70 collective, plus Leeds afrobeat group Têtes de Pois. Locally we're well represented by Otis Mensah and Jackie Moonbather.

Fat White Family

Thu 9 May | Leadmill | £19.25

Now residing in Sheffield after fleeing the late-capitalist living nightmare of Peckham, the Fat Whites have knocked out an album of luxurious disco from their salubrious Attercliffe studio under the title Serfs Up! Support comes from the tortured torch songs of Sorry.

Club Rush

Fri 10 May | Hatch | £5

The all-conquering queer party returns with DJs Lucy Locket and Bitzer Maloney. There'll also be heaps more house and disco from the club's residents, with advanced tickets for queer-identifying clubbers. BYOB.

ClimateKeys Ft. Lola Perrin

Sat 11 May | Theatre Deli | Donations

Following Festival of Debate's Our Planet Hub Day, Lola Perrin plays specially-composed piano pieces written in response to the climate crisis. She's kicking off her End Climate Chaos tour and will be joined by guest speaker Asad Rehman from War on Want.

The Kingdom Come - Paradise Edition

Sat 11 May | Abbeydale Picture House | £16 (£5.50 unwaged)

Andro and Eve's drag king cabaret is ready to take you to paradise, hosted by the one and only Shesus and the Sisters. Your paradise themed costumes won't be out of place. Come down and discover queer heaven really is a place on earth.

The Holding Hands

Sat 11 May | Shakespeares | £5

Fronted by Tom Baxendale, The Holding Hands make sweet-natured pop "for bad dancers". In the second of their specially curated nights, they'll be joined by friends Oh Papa and special guest MC Dimitri.

Kamalbir Singh

Sun 12 May | Yellow Arch | £10 (£5 under 35)

Part of May's Chamber Music Festival, violinist Kamalbir Singh will explore the scales of Indian classical music which are a world away from western notation. He'll be joined by John Ball on tabla, and discusses his music with Charles Ritchie afterwards.

Milly Blue / Rhiannon Scutt / Sarah Johns Music Party

Thu 16 May | Merlin Theatre | £9.10

Former Basement Jaxx vocalist Milly Blue brings her soulful vocals and understated arrangements from the blue skies of Berlin to the intimate Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge. Local songwriter Rhiannon Scutt also presents her intricate guitar work along with the ritual incantations of Sarah Johns Music Party.

Kick In The Eye

17 May | Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery | £5

Get your goth on, with a night of synth pop, post-punk and new wave in the dramatic surroundings of the General Cemetery. Join DJs Marco Rico and Harry J as they spin sinister tunes from the likes of Bauhaus and The Sisters of Mercy.

AlgoMech Festival

17-19 May | Multiple venues | £15.95 for all paid events (some free)

The third edition of the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement features a symposium on dancing and braiding at the Site Gallery and an opening party at Sidney + Matilda exploring patterns of movement. There'll be a massive Algorave of course, with the ALGOBABEZ, Graham Dunning and Leafcutter John.

Fran & Flora

Sat 18 May | Bishops House | £10

Playing from the east European folk tradition, Fran & Flora are a violin and cello duo whose debut Unfurl has won them fans beyond the pages of world music magazines. Both their interpretations of standards and their new compositions will be given added resonance by the centuries-old Bishops House.


Thu 23 May | Bungalows & Bears | Free

Inspired by fellow travellers like Pharoah Sanders and Don Cherry, Maisha are a London six-piece at the forefront of modern jazz. Led by drummer Jack Long, catch them playing a rare free gig at Bungalows in support of new Brownswood album There Is A Place.

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