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 2/5

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Pulp’s Guide to Sheffield Sound City – NME cutting 3/5

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Pulp’s Guide to Sheffield Sound City – NME cutting 4/5

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

Sensoria 2011, Sheffield

Sensoria 2011 programme

Sensoria, the UK's festival of music, film and digital

The festival of film and music

Sheffield’s spring festival of film, music and digital returns for 2011, bringing together events, gigs, screenings and exhibitions across a packed ten-day programme.

The opening day on Friday is now of course a public holiday, so if you want to avoid a certain other event taking place that day then why not visit the Devonshire street party and market? And later on, a free festival of live music kicks off at the Washy, with sets from the Violet may and Pete David and the Payroll union over the course of the weekend.

On Saturday, a secret location plays host to a (Re)mixed in Sheffield warehouse party. It features plenty of great artists like Toddla T, Heaven 17, I monster, Lords of flatbush and Asbo a-go-go.

The Bibliotheque discotheque event (Tuesday 3 May) sees a disco of sorts located in the Central library. I recently heard a good documentary which gave an insight into the world of library music. It is amazing just how many of the TV themes that were originally library tracks we’ve sub-consciously absorbed into our national psyche. The library disco should give a glimpse into this world.

You may have seen a big screen in Tudor square for the snooker and Sensoria will also continuing this with its very own Screen on the square. Each day has a specified programme of films, including Sheffield on film from 6pm on Wednesday 4 May.

Excellent Sheffield-based photographer Shaun Bloodworth has his first solo exhibition as part of the festival. Underground, running 28 April-16 May at Bank street arts, documents the electronic music scene since 2005.

If you’re a musician or filmmaker then Sensoria pro (5-6 May) has now been expanded to two days. And at 6pm on Thursday 5 the Electric works hosts the launch of 2 weeks 2 make it, a music video competition.

Speaking of competitions, throughout the festival you can also see an exhibition of entries to the Thornbridge/Sensoria beer mat competition in the Winter garden. The winning mats (below) feature lyrics from Sheffield bands Pulp, ABC, the Human league and Artery, as well as some local photos. You may have already seen in pubs stocking Thornbridge beer.

These are just a few of the events taking place. Visit the Sensoria website for the full listings.

Sensoria beer mats

Look out for the Sensoria beer mats in Sheffield pubs

Sheffield on Twitter – January 2011 update

New this month

Here are this month’s additions to the list of Sheffield people and organisations of interest on Twitter. The full directory can be found on the Sheffield Twitter users page.

We’re now into our second Twitter list of people and organisations in Sheffield in Twitter. There is also the first Sheffield Twitter list, which contains the first 500 accounts.

Sheffield brewery company
@sheffieldbrewer

Club night
@clubpony

Lucy Harper – content manager, video producer, copywriter, Culture Vulture regional editor
@luharper

Lokanta Turkish restaurant
@lokantaS10

Ponsford furniture sales
@Ponsfordsales

The lantern theatre
@TheLanternSheff

Ben Curran – Labour councillor for Walkley
@CllrBenCurran

Stephen Thompson – farmer and butcher
@MOSSVALLEY

Shop fronts of Sheffield photo blog
@shopfrontsheff

Andy Giddings – BBC Sheffield sport presenter
@Gids1980

Pete David and the payroll union – band
@PDPayrollUnion

Endcliffe park cafe
@ENDPARKCAFE

Veolia recycling
@recycle4shef

Steel house night club
@steelhouseClub

Pulp
@pulp2011

Roast – fresh, homemade food
@roast_uk

Sheffield street style
@ShStreetStyle

Soyo live
@SOYO_Live

Bradfield village hall film club
@Bradflix

Silent cities
@silent_cities

The venns
@TheVenns

Keep pop loud indie pop blog
@keeppoploud

Owlerton stadium
@OwlertonStadium

Cherith press commercial printing
@cherithpress

Tek personnel recruitment
@HLS_TEK

Design 4 health
@design4health

Dead earnest applied theatre
@deadearnest

King James bible project from Sheffield university
@SheffieldKJV

Vintage jewellery box
@VJBJewellery

Love to live to eat food blog
@LoveToLiveToEat

Seduced by circus – circus artist and fitness instructor
@SeducedByCircus

Eastwood and partners insurance brokers
@eastwoodpartner

Itchy pig records
@itchypigrecords

Alex Christopher fashion designer
@ACclothing

Delicious alchemy gluten-free food
@4GlutenFreeFood

Open Sheffield
@sheffieldregion

Sheffield university societies committee
@SocComSU

Jessica Flinn designs – handmade contemporary jewellery
@JFlinnDesigns

The lettings room
@thelettingsroom

Croft house theatre company
@CroftTheatreCo

Pure enough handmade skincare products
@pure_enough

Envision plasma TV visuals
@envision4biz

Cercle Français – Sheffield university French society
@CFSheffield

Ask4 support
@ask4Support

These bloody thieves band
@TBT_Official

Legendary knights – Forge radio show
@LegeKnights

James Fulton and son – electricians
@JamesFultonSon

Mercury taxis
@MercuryTaxis

City taxis
@2393939

Global manufacturing festival
@GMFSheffield

Postcode gazette – hyperlocal news service
@PostcodeGazette

Matthew Sanderson  – performance and corrective exercise coach
@onlinetriathlon

Sheffield street teams
@ShefStreetTeams

Hail to the Eskimo band
@hailtotheeskimo

Canvas factory contemporary artwork
@CanvasFactory

Cut your wings band
@cutyourwingsuk

The company theatre group
@thecompanyshef

Relocate 2 Sheffield
@Relocate2Sheff

Social beast nightlife planner
@Social_Beast

Library workers for a brighter future
@lwfabf

Business biscotti networking
@biscottisheff

The integral therapist
@integralmystery

The old sweet shop
@TOSSsheffield

Sheffield college photo journalism
@NCTJphoto

New histories student e-magazine
@newhistories

Sheffield milk – Our cow molly milk
@SheffieldMilk

Sheffcare – care for elderly people
@sheffcare

Bee happy crafts
@BeeHappyCrafts

Surefit carpets
@Surefit_Carpets

The stoops band
@thestoops

The blue shed arts venue
@sheffblueshed

David Whitley – freelance travel journalist
@mrdavidwhitley

Jojou jewellery
@Jijou_uk

Mode boutique
@modesheffield

Crystal bar
@Crystal_Sheff

DF design
@DF_Design_UK

The net effect
@TNESheffield

Made in Sheffield week on Sky

Sheffield’s music legacy

Starting tomorrow on Sky arts is Made in Sheffield week.

At 9pm each night a TV programme relating to Sheffield’s musical legacy will be shown:

The documentaries, made by Sheffield vision film maker Eve Wood, are getting their UK TV premieres. They tell the story of the Sheffield music scene from the late 70s through to Pulp’s legendary appearance headlining Glastonbury in 1995.

Made in Sheffield focuses on the early electronic scene while the Beat is the law covers the 80s and 90s, including how Thatcher’s Britain influenced music from the city.

If you haven’t got Sky then you can also buy copies of the documentaries from sheffieldvision.com, Rare and racy and Record collector.

Made in Sheffield week on Sky arts

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:

Artery
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.

Forgotten Sheffield bands: Various Vegetables

The young Sheffield band that split before they had time to mature fully and reach their flavoursome peak

I don’t need to mention here all the bands from Sheffield that have deservedly made a lasting impression in the world of pop music. But what about the ones that were on the cusp of something big, but for whom things never quite worked out?

I remember listening to university/community radio station Forge FM in 1992 (I think) while doing my homework and there was one record on quite heavy rotation that stood out due to its great hook. It was a three-chord pop-punk number called I’m Okay and to a 14-year old discovering indie music it sounded raw, youthful and exciting.

The song was a by a band called Various Vegetables, so I tracked down the CD single on Gift Records and also really liked the b-sides Shirk and Hate my valentine. The unique thing about the band was that one or more of the members were about my age, so we had one thing in common and I think they were at least partly responsible for me picking up and learning guitar.

The Veggies, as they were known (at least by my friends anyway), had a couple of follow-up releases including Some day in May and also a 10″ single that included Favourite enemy. They gigged quite a lot in the early 1990s, including a show at the City Hall sandwiched on the bill between Pulp and the Longpigs, and recorded sessions for BBC Radio 1, but they never really took off on a national level.

It seems you can’t keep a good band down though, as a bit of internet research shows that bassist Jody Wildgoose is now recording his own music again after being ill. And I was most excited to stumble on a reunion performance of I’m okay on YouTube from about a year ago (with tagged on acoustic ending fully intact). It certainly still sounds raw here, and although not perhaps as good as I remember, it is still great to hear after all this time: