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Sam Lee

This is folk for now – upbeat, uplifting and highly unique, a distinctive fusion of musical composition that soars with passion and personality.

Goan Dogs

The Bristol five-piece kicked off their UK tour in rousing fashion at Record Junkee.

balo + Power Out

Within the minimalist concert space of Sheffield’s Theatre Deli stood two drum kits, a harp and an array of electronic gizmos.

Richard Dawson and Tsarzi

The Geordie singer makes a triumphant return to live performance for Flying Donkey Events, with a set celebrating the struggle of working people.


With an electric set that leaves fans begging for an encore, Fever return to Sheffield after 18 months.

Sports Team

Sports Team leave an ecstatic Leadmill crowd wanting more, following a set packed with energy and leather.

Easy Life

Stage dives, crowd surfs and karaoke – Easy Life indulged in escapism at their intimate sold-out gig at Leadmill’s Steel Stage in celebration of their debut album, Life’s a Beach

Squid at The Leadmill

Supercharged and exhilarating, Squid’s live rendition of their debut post-punk influenced record Bright Green Field mesmerised Leadmill’s main room, marking an epic comeback for gigs.

The Display Team, Perhaps Contraption and Rosh

Viewers of this lockdown livestream entered the wonky wonderland of Buds & Spawn, eclectic sonic curators and defibrillator to the sputtering heart of the live music scene.

VALVE and Persona

“Stay wonky!” is the takeaway message from this wonderfully compelling and conscientiously curated evening of the experimental and the avant garde.

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…

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…

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…