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Sophie And The Giants

Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band’s collective influences — which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. The band formed at music college in the spring of 2017 Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar), moving to their adopted hometown of Sheffield shortly afterwards; more recently they’ve been taking their intense, life-affirming and rapidly expanding set of songs on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.

Fronted by the distinctive voice of Sophie Scott, this Sheffield-based guitar-pop four-piece met at music college in Spring 2017 and released their debut EP, Adolescence, in October. Tom Grennan was so impressed by the band, he had them as support on his European tour last Autumn. Take a listen to the track Waste My Air here.

Band Members
Sophie Scott, Toby Holmes, Bailey Stapledon, Chris hill

Tramlines @ Hillsborough Park, Sheffield ,Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July

RedFaces have unveiled their new single ‘Wise Up’.

The new single comes ahead of the band’s festival appearances including Dot to Dot, Isle of Wight and Community Festival. Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single – the incendiary ‘Kerosene’  available now, (with a limited 7” due on March 17th), RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. Four lads from Sheffield treading what was once a well-worn path, these days the road less travelled. RedFaces are rarer still – a brand new guitar band snapped up by a major label in open defiance of chart stats and marketing departments.

Proving with just two single releases that they’re ones to watch, ‘Wise Up’ is another extremely promising track from the young indie rockers. Its driven rhythm and jangly guitars soundtrack a contagious chorus set for festival singalongs.

Slow Club's new album, One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore, comes out August 19.

The video for “Two Cousins,” a breakout track from Slow Club’s second album, 2011’s Paradise, still induces a smile. With a pair of impeccably dressed gentlemen high-kicking and stutter-step dancing to the song’s fractured drum beat, gliding along with plinking piano notes, the clip is a joyful introduction to the Sheffield, England duo’s charm. Five years later, that song sounds like an artifact of a band in happier times — a stark contrast to the winsome, world-weary iteration of Slow Club heard on the fittingly titled new album, One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore.

The band’s music has always struck a balance between tugging heartstrings and uplifting with bittersweet voices and striking melodies. Yet with One Day, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson release their emotions and vulnerabilities more than ever. Sequenced as an intimate he-said, she-said narrative, the album’s 12 songs seem to find the songwriters embodying opposite ends of a collapsing relationship, with each equally accepting and doling out blame.

On the opener “Where the Light Gets Lost,” Watson sits alone, reeling and lost, knowing he missed his window. “I had my chance, and this is letting go,” he muses over a smoldering groove. In the bluesy dirge “Ancient Rolling Sea,” he describes blustery upheaval — “You’ve got your battles, and they rage like an ancient rolling sea” — then declares, “I’ll always be by your side.”

From Taylor’s end, the silvery R&B ballad “Come on Poet” unfurls in the chorus: “Did you think it was over? ‘Cuz so did I / I can’t take on the tiger while I’m still this child / and if something was worth saving, I’d have thought we’d try / it’s getting so hard to remember to be fair and kind.” The swaying gospel waltz “Give Me Some Peace” is a plea for relief. “And as toxic as ever, it turns into terror / my freedom gone to grief / give me some peace,” she sings about her partner’s reckless behavior, which threatens to pull them both under — all while gnarled guitar and voices soar to a climactic peak.

And on “Rebecca Casanova,” when Taylor sings, “And I don’t wanna be the one you call ‘the girl who brought me down’ / and I don’t wanna be guilty of knowing I could have let you out to find her sooner,” the song’s tick-tock guitar rhythms and glittery synth lines recast what could be a plaintive lament as a bouncy pop gem.

One Day is rich and nuanced, showing how Slow Club’s sonic sensibility is elastic enough to fold in an array of styles. While switching from folk (“In Waves”) to jangling rock (“Silver Morning”), pining torch song (“Sweetest Grape on the Vine”) to rollicking country (“Champion”) and even slinky disco glitz (“Tattoo”), the album remains impressively cohesive. That’s thanks in part to producer and songwriter Matthew E. White and the in-house band at his Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Va. Their natural chemistry can be heard in the album’s familiar feel and warm instrumentation: mellow Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards, swooning pedal steel and tasteful guitar licks with strings that blossom around Watson and Taylor’s close harmonies.

Whether these songs are biographical or fictional (or likely, a bit of both), Slow Club paints honest pictures of complications in romance and companionship, commitment and betrayal, with things that cannot be unsaid. While the title could be easily be viewed as expressing exasperation in the face of overwhelming struggle, it’s also reassuringly calming. No matter how heartbroken you are at the moment, if you can endure, you’ll be stronger.

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The first ever Outlines Festival is coming to Sheffield on Saturday 27th February.

Outlines is a brand-new, one-day festival dreamed up by the brains behind Tramlines to add a dose of winter festival fun to some of Sheffield’s finest venues.

Expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent, as artists take to the stage at venues including The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug, o2 Academy and Skate Central’s roller rink, where the shows come complete with skates.


Outside of the music, there’ll also be the chance to check out a bumper crop of pop-up film screenings, sample the wares of some of Sheffield’s independent food and drink experts and pick up some exclusive artwork by local illustrators.

With a lineup including Roots Manuva, Gang of Four, Georgia, Loyle Carner and loads more, Outlines will take place across some of Sheffield’s best loved venues.


From the people behind Tramlines comes the first ever Outlines Festival. A new, one-day multi-venue festival taking place across Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February.

Expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent, taking to the stage at venues including Skate Central, The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug and o2 Academy.

Official after-parties:
Banana Hill at Queens Social Club with Andrew Ashong and Batida DJ set
Unit 3 takeover at The Harley
Access to after-parties for £3.00 with a valid festival ticket

Or in person from The Harley, Plug box office, o2 Academy
This event is strictly 18+
No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets

I was working as a porter in hospital doesn’t have quite the same ring as “I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…” but that’s exactly what Phil Oakey was doing when he was asked by ex-schoolmate Iain Craig Marsh to join him and Martyn Ware as singer with their band—The Human League.

Marsh was in his early twenties and beginning to make good money working when he decided to put his extra moolah towards buying one of the cheap commercial synthesizers that were coming onto the market. Inspired by Kraftwerk, science fiction (J. G. Ballard) and the industrial landscape of their hometown Sheffield, Ware and Marsh began creating an ambient soundtrack. It quickly became apparent to the pair they needed a lead singer to make the music work. That’s when Marsh remembered his classmate Oakey—as he looked like a pop star.

With the arrival of hospital porter Oakey, The Human League were now ready for phase one of their career—as an influential, semi-avant garde, electronic band. In 1977, they issued a group (slightly tongue-in-cheek) manifesto:

SCENARIO: In the summer of 1977 The Human League was formed due to the members finding no conventional channels for their immense talents.

BACKGROUND: None of The Human League have any orthodox musical training, but prefer to regard compositions as an extension of logic, inspiration and luck. Therefore, unlike conventional musicians their influences are not so obvious.

CONCLUSION/MANIFESTO: Interested in combining the best of all worlds, The League would like to positively affect the future by close attention to the present, allying technology with humanity and humour.

Gradually building up a young predominantly male fan base at college campuses and small venues, the band were signed to Virgin Records where they released two critically acclaimed albums Reproduction (1979) and Travelogue (1980). But the success the group hoped for did not follow. The band split with Marsh and Ware going off to form Heaven 17, leaving Oakey and Adrian Wright to carry on as The Human League.

With a European concert tour imminent, and the reality of Oakey and Wright being sued for failing to fulfil their tour commitments, Oakey decided to bring in two random girls he had seen one night dancing in a club—Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. Both girls knew Oakey and The Human League, and had planned to see the band at their forthcoming gig in Doncaster. Oakey’s bright idea of bringing in Joanne and Susan changed The Human League from a nerdy boy’s favorite to everyone’s favorite.

With the arrival of ex-Rezillos guitarist Jo Callis in 1981 and the release of their generation defining album Dare the same year, the greatest phase of The Human League had begun.


Young Guns Go For It was an godawful title for a rather good series about eighties pop bands—from Culture Club to The Smiths, Bananarama and Soft Cell. The 30 minutes on The Human League was arguably the best of the series as it brought together all the band members and took them on a literal journey through their hometown of Sheffield and their classic pop history.

From the people behind Tramlines comes the first ever Outlines Festival.

A new, one-day multi-venue festival taking place across Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February.

The full lineup will be revealed very soon, but expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent taking to the stage at venues including Skate Central, The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug and o2 Academy.
Roots Manuva will headline the first ever Outlines Festival, with GEORGIA, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, PINS, Oscar, Nimmo, Thee Mightees, Hey Sholay and loads more also to be announced.
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