Pulp’s 1993 Guide to Sheffield – NME Sheffield Sound City supplement

Sheffield Sound City 1993

In April 1993, Sheffield hosted the then annual Sound City event. This meant BBC Radio 1 came to town and there were live broadcasts, gigs, workshops and films.

Here is the NME supplement from that time, including Jarvis Cocker’s guide to the city.

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Pulp’s Guide to Sheffield Sound City – NME cutting 1/5

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Pulp’s Guide to Sheffield Sound City – NME cutting 5/5


South Yorks volume one mixtape by Kid acne

South Yorks volume one mixtape by Kid acne

South Yorks volume one mixtape by Kid acne

Another Sheffield compilation you should hear

This blog previously promoted the excellent Noise heat power Destroyed by gods compilation, which aims to give an insight into the ‘freakish science behind the Sheffield sound’.

Well another hand-picked selection of tracks has now come along, this time curated by Sheffield street artist Kid acne:

Kid Acne has been organising quarterly parties in Sheffield with a local theme and rigorously enforced music policy: all tracks must originate, or have a very strong connection with South Yorkshire. Now you can download a piece of the action.

The collection is an eclectic mix, and includes more well-known local artists (Joe Cocker, I monster, Human league, Fat truckers, Pink grease, Jarvis Cocker and ABC) alongside some which you may not immediately associate with this neck of the woods.

Download South Yorks volume 1 mixtape by Kid acne

The second track on the compilation is Kid acne’s very own South Yorks song:

How to fill your lunch break in Sheffield

Lyrical streets or a lunchtime pint

A few weeks ago a Guardian journalist got in touch and asked whether I would contribute to a feature about what someone should do with an hour to fill over lunchtime in different cities around Britain.

They were after ideas for what to do in the centre of Sheffield, so I asked a couple of friends and we came up with – and dismissed – several possibilities:

In the end I submitted the suggestion of a stroll around town to take in the poetry that can be found on various buildings. This is what appeared in Saturday’s paper:

Sheffield: lyrical streets
You don’t need your head buried in a book to appreciate poetry on a lunchtime wander through Sheffield. Visitors are welcomed with Andrew Motion’s What If? … on the side of Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen building (Howard Street). Emblazoned inside the Winter Garden (90 Surrey Street) is Roger McGough’s affectionate ode to a revitalised city. There are three pieces by Benjamin Zephaniah on the metal plates of Rockingham Street student residences. Slightly further away, in brushed steel on the side of the Forge building off Boston Street, are Jarvis Cocker’s musings on student life.

I also sent them another option, which was the (perhaps slightly less culturally stimulating) idea to go down to the Kelham Island Tavern for a pint:

Sheffield: a lunchtime pint in Kelham Island
The idea of a lunchtime pint after a morning’s work might seem unremarkable but when you’re drinking local ale in the sunny beer garden of CAMRA’s national pub of the year you know it will be special. Sheffield is home to several independent breweries that proudly keep the pubs all over the city well stocked with award-winning beer, and there is always a fine range to be found at the Kelham Island Tavern. Located in Sheffield’s part-industrial real ale heartland, this lively pub is worth the 15 minute walk from town for its wonderful beer garden, good food and most importantly, a changing selection of excellent beers and ciders. Just don’t forget to go back to work later.

What would you suggest as a good idea for a lunchtime activity? Did I miss something really obvious that would have been much better?

Sensoria festival, Sheffield

The UK’s festival of film and music returns for a second year

You may have seen the flyers appearing in venues around town for the Sensoria festival which takes place from 24-30 April.

Looking through the programme there looks to be some really good stuff on, including a preview screening of part one of Eve Wood’s new film, The beat is the law. This sequel to Made in Sheffield looks at music in 1980s Sheffield and includes interviews with Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley and more.

There is also an underwater event combining sound and visuals at Ponds forge, a walk around the city to view films projected onto walls that explore changes in the urban landscape, a new Pete McKee exhibition and the much-anticipated Comsat angels reunion. Quite a few of the events are free.

To keep up-to-date you can follow the festival on Twitter (@SensoriaFest), view the full festival listing online or download a PDF of the programme (1.93MB).

Sensoria - the UK's festival of film and music

Sensoria - the UK's festival of film and music

Jarvis Cocker at the Carling academy, Sheffield

Hometown glory for DJ Jarvis and his disco

I’ve been beaten to writing about it by this review, but Jarvis Cocker opened his new UK tour at the Carling academy last night to an appreciative hometown crowd.

As well as playing a mix of new material and songs from his debut album, he also ‘lectured’ the crowd using a selection of slides, many of which depicted Sheffield sights.

We saw a photo of a gleaming Roxy/Fiesta development, now of course the Carling academy and Odeon cinema, and also a picture of a slide built in to a hill in a playground. He described this as the slide at Endcliffe park, but if I’m not mistaken, surely he was referring to the slide at Forge dam?

After two encores he popped up in the DJ booth and treated fans to an hour-long disco, playing a eclectic range of stuff, including MC Hammer’s U can’t touch this.

Another review is here from today’s Independent.

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker DJing at the Carling Academy, Sheffield

A taster of Music in the sun

Four performance that I will be keeping an eye on during Sheffield’s upcoming music festival

So the Music in the sun website has gone live, along with the usual MySpace plus Facebook fan and event pages. A few of the acts have caught my eye, and at just £9.50 for a two-day advance ticket, it seems good value.

However, it is frustrating that the line-up doesn’t specify when many of the bands are actually playing over the weekend. The arena performers seem to be better mapped out, but being more of an indie fan, it would be helpful to have a proper running order for the main stage on each day, too. Perhaps nearer the time this information will be made available.

It is good to see some local acts represented on bill. Here are some of the performers I will be looking out for:

Kings Have Long Arms
Described by Wikipedia as ‘rocktronica’, this Sheffield-based act has been around for a few years and collaborated with several well-known musicians including Phil Oakey (the Human League), Mira (Ladytron), Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce (former Smiths), Denise Johnson (A Certain Ratio) and Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry). The excellent single Big umbrella (featuring Candie Payne) was released at the beginning of the year:

Tiny Dancers
Another Sheffield-based group, this indie-country-rock band signed to Parlophone in 2006 and last summer released their debut album, Free school milk. Their singles have had some airplay and entered the top 40 but they are yet to have a major breakthrough hit. This is the catchy and upbeat I will wait for you:

Levi Roots
If you watch Dragon’s Den, the you will know about Levi Roots’ (real name Keith) appearance in the last series of the show, where he was awarded money to produce Reggae Reggae Sauce. By the looks of things, he was a musician prior to this so he should definitely be considered more than just a novelty at Music in the sun. And if his performance successfully captures any of the charm and charisma that came across on television then we should be in for a treat. This is Reggae reggae sauce (the song) on Dragon’s Den:

If you listened to the recent BBC Radio 2 documentary in which Jarvis Cocker took listeners on a tour of Sheffield (still available to listen to here) then you would have heard 70s/80s post-punk band Artery being mentioned, as the former Pulp frontman was a big fan. Although they didn’t have any big hits, the band are seen as one of the big influential Sheffield bands from the time and reformed in 2007. This is John Peel’s favourite song, and by far their most well-known track, Into the garden:

The Artery and Tiny Dancers MySpace pages say that they are each playing on 2 August, so hedge your bets it will be the Saturday for those two bands.