Lollygagging in Sheffield – November gig list

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these – a combination of stress, fatigue and general lack of zest were some of the causes. Also, not being in Sheffield now, it’s hard to be “in the know”, even if well-meaning insiders are kind enough to send us their stuff. This one is for you. This also is dedicated to the people of Screaming … Continue reading Lollygagging in Sheffield – November gig list

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Gig review: Low @ Queens Social Club

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It’s probably an oft said remark that Queens Social Club seems stuck in some sort of time/space anomaly. If you ever walked in by the other door, the one that leads to the place where OAPs are happily surrounded by mustard yellow wallpaper, you’ll feel like in something out of Get Carter (or The Italian Job, if you’re more of an optimist). You will also feel a lot of glares.

But the area for gigs, it’s a strange setting; a snapshot to an England that might live more in memories than in the days of tablets and hashtags. It does fit with the live set Low displayed.

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Review: Detestival

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Wet Nuns have done The Great March from being in “Man and his dog (and a bowl of jambalaya)” gig to the big ones, like SXSW. Now they are armed with enough dark mana to organise their own festival, which, in tradition of their penchant for puns, is called Detestival.

Fuelled by the righteous rum Kraken and with not a single bag of Bombay Mix on sight, two days of music (gently kickstarted by a free gig on Friday night) ensued in that good ol’ place, Queens Social Club.

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Musical Rapture

Low and Sleepingdog @ Queens Social Club

The first I heard of Low was in 2005. It was 2 am (another bout of insomnia was doing me in) and ‘Monkey’ came up on MTV Latino. Made me a fan on the spot, with the voices of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker being the hook, line and sinker that sold me the band straight away. With the prospect of seeing them live at the cozy Queens Social Club, expectations where relatively high.

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Sheffield and California, sitting under a tree

Mazes Spectrals and Best Coast @ Queens Social Club, Sheffield

It was a very sunny Thursday, a strange occurrence in Sheffield’s “blink and you miss” spring, one that has felt more like a bad mood swing.

So, in order to cure those weather-got-me-down-blues, what best than 3 very uplifting bands to rock out in that place where time stopped, Queens Social Club?

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