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bedpost. at Network, 29 January

This February during Independent Venues Week I caught bedpost.'s set at Network, a new venue at DINA in collaboration with Record Junkee. I …

Kate Rusby at City Hall, 4 December

You know Christmas has officially begun when local lass Kate Rusby brings her travelling band of merriment to town. Set to a beautifully win…

The Last King of Scotland, Crucible

Steve Waters' adaptation of Giles Foden's book about the dangerous, charismatic and psychopathic Ugandan leader Idi Amin uses a fictional re…

Red Rum Club, Academy, 26 September

"This is the first night of the tour, and we wouldn't want to spend it anywhere else, Sheffield," utters Fran Doran, the lead singer of six-…

Natalie McCool, Park Hill, 21 September

There must be only a handful of people on the planet whose first, and so far only, visit to a flat in Park Hill was to attend the most intim…

Hexis, 16 August, Mulberry Tavern

A lot has been said online about the obscene length of Hexis' current European tour, comprised of 111 shows in 109 days with no days off; a …

The Lehman Trilogy, Showroom

The Lehman Trilogy is the story of three brothers who arrive in America from Bavaria in the mid 1800s, setting up a modest cloth business wh…

Dora Mars, 1 August, Frog & Parrot

The Frog & Parrot is a great little pub for a gig. The band is at ground level with the majority of the packed audience overlooking them…

The Diary of a Showstopper

Prologue The hour before I performed in an improvised musical at the Lyceum, I was as ready as you could be for a completely made-up show. I…

Africa 3.0, Showroom, 13 September

Africa 3.0 was a special opportunity to watch a film documenting a near-phenomenon and to then experience it. In this instance, the phenomen…

Sunday Afternoon at Folk Forest 2019

HoneyfeetHailing from Manchester, Honeyfeet brought eclectic instruments, passionate vocals and bags of energy to Folk Forest. Featuring psy…

KALLIDA 2019 - Sheffield on Tour

The third instalment of KALLIDA, a small capacity festival of music and visual arts, took place over the weekend 19-22 July. This year saw a…

Marconi Union, 16 June, Yellow Arch

I feel slightly uneasy as I try to settle into an uncomfortable plastic chair in the darkened back room of Yellow Arch on a gloomy Sunday ev…

Carson McHone, 28 May, Cafe #9

Cafe #9 in Nether Edge is as appropriate a setting for Carson McHone's alternative Americana as you could find in Sheffield. Wood-panelled, …

Life of Pi

This latest Sheffield Theatres production is a dazzling adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 bestselling book. Given the novel is set mostly at …