And so it was April. April did come. April arrived in fact. Just after March. Just before May. And in this month people rejoiced, celebrated, hell they even threw their hats in the air as they marked the fact that 12 months ago, Now Then Magazine and Cool Beans first formed their glorious relationship. Yes, that’s right listings fans (and we know there’s a lot of you out there), this column is officially 1 years old. Maybe we should hold an awards ceremony. Or perhaps a themed birthday party. Or maybe we should just carry on providing the goods. Yes, we’ll stick to the goods. The goods are good after all…
3rd APRIL / THE WASHINGTON / FREE.
The freakiest kind of fuzz and the tastiest kind of cake is promised in this event’s description. If the promise of fuzz and cake doesn’t get you out of the house we have no idea what will.
4th APRIL / THE HARLEY / £7.
UK hip-hop luminary and Mercury Prize nominee Ty drops in to the Harley in support of his latest Tru Thoughts release. The man himself has performed alongside the likes of De La Soul & Tony Allen as well as collaborated with Estelle, Arrested Development (hip hop act, not TV show) & Black Twang.
SHARROW LANTERN CARNIVAL.
7th APRIL / SHARROW / FREE.
Music, fire-spinning and of course lanterns are all on the agenda for this year’s carnival in which Roots is the theme. Please note: if rain (or indeed snow) stops play the carnival will be moved to the 14th of April.
THE COSMIC DEAD.
8th APRIL / THE REDHOUSE / £6.
Sometimes it’s important to watch four psychedelic Glaswegian warlords get freaky in an intimate setting, and now you can finally do that outside of Glasgow’s Dungeons & Dragons weekly meet up. Introducing The Cosmic Dead, support from That F*****g Tank.
9th APRIL / FEZ CLUB / £7.
One of the UK’s most exciting producers will be stepping up alongside Andy H and Danny Beck in the bass bin that is Fez Club as Tuesday Club begins its final stint away from the Union walls.
10th APRIL / THE LESCAR / £5.
Gogo Penguin are currently one of the hottest names in UK jazz with some extremely strong accolades under their jazzy belts; including appearances on BBC Jazz on 3 and a nomination for Jazz Album Of The Year in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.
MILA K ‘HAD IT WITH BLONDES’ EXHIBITION.
UNTIL 13th APRIL / KNIFE & FOLK GALLERY / FREE.
The Knife and Folk collective present an exhibition of new and retrospective works by the illustrating, street painting, horror movie fanatic Mila K. Running for the first half of the month upstairs at 137A Arundel St.
13th APRIL / EVERYONE CENTRE / £5.
Big things cracking off in the Everyone Centre. Big bass-filled things. The Sama Roots Soundsystem comes head to head with the Isus 2K Soundsystem as roots and culture raise funds for this year’s Peace in the Park Festival.
19th APRIL / PENELOPES / £9.
The fifteen-piece mega-folk-balkan explosion that is The Destroyers performing in the intimate Penelopes music venue could certainly get sweaty. You may even have to get that tuba player to blow some air in your face.
RECORD STORE DAY.
20th APRIL / EVERYWHERE / FREE.
As always, Record Store Day continues its integral bringing-together of music fans, artists and literally thousands of independent record stores. It also falls on 4:20 this year so plenty will be able to double the celebrations with some waxy waxy dub.
SHARROW VALE MARKET.
21st APRIL / SHARROW VALE / FREE.
80 stalls, 4000 people and a whole heap of music/food/crafts/good times. The Sharrow Vale Community Association once again proving they are one of the finest community associations around!
ANYTHING GOES ORCHESTRA.
24th APRIL / REV DE CUBA / FREE.
The exceptionally talented and extremely entertaining Anything Goes Orchestra pop in to the city centre for another outing of laughs, dance and music courtesy of Tim Walker’s Big Swing Bonanza.
KING PORTER STOMP.
27th APRIL / THE RIVERSIDE / £3.
Festival favourites King Porter Stomp finally come to Sheffield to unleash their ska/funk/dub/afrobeat fury upon us all. If you’ve caught them in a packed tent somewhere in the UK before you’ll know how much of a treat we’re all in for. Support comes from Smiling Ivy and Carl “on fire” Watkins.
That’s it for this month. You all better take care now. Also, improve your life vastly by hitting up the Now Then website here.