And finally, after months of snow, rain, woollen jumpers and bitter cold – came the 3 day burst of sunshine that so oft constitutes the British summertime. We all got excited, donned our shortest shorts and basked like desert snakes savouring the gentle rays. Now it’s back to brollies, parkas and wellington boot frolics – but luckily there’s some super-sweet-shindigs coming up this month to cheer us all up. And ninety per cent of them are inside.
1st JUNE / FEZ CLUB / £8.
Anyone who knows about Delve Deeper will know that they have been pushing deep house music in Sheffield for close to 6 years. In that time, one name has stood at the forefront of Deep House globally – Jimpster, of which DD is a host night on his official album launch tour.
1st JUNE / THE HARLEY / £7.
The Loveless brothers play us a very special show at the start of June; complete with friends, DJs, zines and burger offers off of The Harley’s artery-busting new menu.
6th JUNE / VARIOUS / £4.
Student driven charitable festival hitting up a variety of Sheffield establishments; including the Raynor Lounge, the University Arms, The Harley and Devonshire Quarter (DQ). All proceeds go to Safe@Last.
6th JUNE / PENELOPES / £6.
New York’s Toby Goodshanks, once of the legendary Moldy Peaches, heads up this event. Also on board is Filthy Pedro, pioneer of the British Antifolk movement as well as the hugely entertaining Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers from Leeds.
STEEL CITY CARNIVAL.
7th JUNE / SPEEDWELL WORKS WAREHOUSE / £6.
Banana Hill and The Catch Connection join forces in creating a tropical summer beatdown like no other – LV & Josh Idehen, Werkha, The Busy Twist, K.O.G. & The Allstar Revolution amongst the many performers on the night. Caribbean food thrown in as added benefit.
THREE VALLEYS BEER FESTIVAL.
8th JUNE / DRONFIELD/ FREE.
A line up of pubs and a brewery teamed up to provide a big festival of beer, cider, music, attractions & food all linked by a special bus service. If you like cruising and you like boozing, this combination of pubs, boozes and cruises is absolutely perfect.
11th JUNE / PLUG / £15.
A race against time as Hardeep Singh Kohli orders a local takeaway, then attempts to cook his own before the meal arrives. The show culminates with audience members coming up and tasting both. Who shall be crowned curry king? There’s only one way to find out!
12th-16th JUNE/ SHEFFIELD / PRICE VARIES.
Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Now in its 20th Year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is proudly one of the top three documentary festivals in the world.
14th JUNE / FOX & DUCK / FREE.
A small part of the lengthy Broomhill Festival shall be this evening of acoustic folk and comedy. Fine ales on tap and Sophia Pettit, the Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire, Andrew Duxfield, Kid Conventional, 50 Sniffs and Ham Pocket in the beer garden. Please note: rain may move play inside.
21st JUNE / FEZ CLUB / £4.
Famed for making every track he remixes sound beefier than well, beef, breaks maestro Featurecast hits up Fez Club for the latest ThirtyThr33 outing. Also on the bill are Andy H, Mystonic and a whole heap of talented DJs. Sound the alarm!
22nd JUNE / CORPORATION / £8.
The ultimate combination of ska, reggae, metal, punk and a topless lead singer (male not female, before anyone gets in touch with the Mail) returns to Sheffield after their last outing down at Shakespeares. Support comes from Faintest Idea, Eat Defeat and Gone & Lost It.
24th JUNE / PLUG / £22.
Up there among Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, Peter Tosh et al, Jimmy Cliff is a worldwide reggae superstar. Proving his live shows still pack an almighty punch, the JC experience visit the Plug as part of their most recent Europe Tour.
28th JUNE / CROSSPOOL / NOMINAL ENTRANCE FEE.
Tired of pretentious music-driven festivals? Sick of falling asleep in a puddle-ridden tent surrounded by cereal bars? Go back to your roots, this year’s Crosspool Festival is providing the following: a coconut shy, lucky dip bran tub, tombola, wellie wanging, plants, flowers, craft & bric-a-brac, children’s books and many more games & side stalls.
LITTLE OWL PRESENTS.
29th JUNE / THE RUTLAND ARMS/ £8.
The inaugural event for the fresh-faced Little Owl Presents team, easing their way into the scene with an unplugged affair at the Rutland Arms. Eight acts on the bill, the headline spot being taken up by singer/songwriter Kirsty McGee whose most recent single is featured in Trance (that film that Danny Boyle done).
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. Thanks once more to Jimmy the Gent & Puzzled for his help with words/research/back rubs.