The best gigs in Sheffield this month
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Sheffield has a long history of notable bands and artists, from The Human League, to Pulp, to a small outfit called Arctic Monkeys. With exams almost over and artists turning up to play all over the city, it's the prime time to get out there and find some quality new acts.
The city has an impressive music scene that extends further than venues such as the DSA Arena and Plug, so if you fancy seeing a couple of bands that are playing in this fine city, then check out some of the ones below. And who knows, you might find the next big band that are constantly on your Spotify.
Mint – Record Junkee, 24th May
The Grimsby four piece are bringing their first tour of 2018 to Sheffield on the back of their new single 'Superglue' and this is definitely one not to be missed. Mixing pop with catchy guitar hooks and often being compared to world-renowned acts such as The Cure and Queens of the Stone Age, they are a band to keep an eye on this year. They've racked up over half a million hits on Spotify with songs such as 'Elise' and 'Wonderland' and it's easy to see why. They've also gained recognition from Phillip Schofield, so they've got to have something going for them. Tickets are available here.
Ty – Picture House Social, 23rd May
Eight albums in and far from slowing down, the south London rapper and producer is taking on the small venue that is the Picture House Social. Writing meaningful lyrics based on themes such as poverty, racism and general thoughts on life, the forty-five year old encapsulates life in Brixton and city life. His backing tracks are full of groovy earworms and instrumental hooks that leave him to be described as the British Kendrick Lamar. An eclectic back catalogue and a full backing band of varying instruments in his live shows make this a spectacle to be observed. Don't miss out, get your tickets here.
We Are Scientists – O2 Academy 2, 13th May
The noughties American indie sensations are coming to the second room at the O2 Academy, and their energetic live shows are not to be missed. Only a week old, their new album 'Metaplex' is certainly worth a listen. Songs from their back catalogue such as 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt' and 'After Hours' leave you instantaneously moving along and, in a small venue, you will have definitely got your money's worth when it comes to sheer entertainment. Support comes from Geordie rockers The Pale White, and local sensations Cora Pearl, whose first single 'Hope Machine' and their live shows are leaving a mark on the Sheffield music scene, their Facebook page is in the link above. Tickets are still available.
Ivory Wave – Café Totem, 19th May
One for fans of the Happy Mondays, these five Brummie lads combine a mixture of indie, house and funk to make an addictive groove that is hard to match. On the back of the release of their new single 'Cool Kids' and slots supporting The Twang, Ivory Wave are worth keeping a eye out for in the near future. With anthemic choruses and a huge stage presence, they bring their latest tour to Sheffield with This Feeling, a promotions company that advertise the best new bands on the scene, making this gig a must see for those looking to be the trend setters for the next big thing. Support comes from Hey Charlie, a three piece girl group who will add a hard rock feel to the evening. Tickets available here.
Cover photo taken by Kyle Baxter