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

Club night

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

Lokanta Turkish restaurant

Ponsford furniture sales

The lantern theatre

Ben Curran – Labour councillor for Walkley

Stephen Thompson – farmer and butcher

Shop fronts of Sheffield photo blog

Andy Giddings – BBC Sheffield sport presenter

Pete David and the payroll union – band

Endcliffe park cafe

Veolia recycling

Steel house night club


Roast – fresh, homemade food

Sheffield street style

Soyo live

Bradfield village hall film club

Silent cities

The venns

Keep pop loud indie pop blog

Owlerton stadium

Cherith press commercial printing

Tek personnel recruitment

Design 4 health

Dead earnest applied theatre

King James bible project from Sheffield university

Vintage jewellery box

Love to live to eat food blog

Seduced by circus – circus artist and fitness instructor

Eastwood and partners insurance brokers

Itchy pig records

Alex Christopher fashion designer

Delicious alchemy gluten-free food

Open Sheffield

Sheffield university societies committee

Jessica Flinn designs – handmade contemporary jewellery

The lettings room

Croft house theatre company

Pure enough handmade skincare products

Envision plasma TV visuals

Cercle Français – Sheffield university French society

Ask4 support

These bloody thieves band

Legendary knights – Forge radio show

James Fulton and son – electricians

Mercury taxis

City taxis

Global manufacturing festival

Postcode gazette – hyperlocal news service

Matthew Sanderson  – performance and corrective exercise coach

Sheffield street teams

Hail to the Eskimo band

Canvas factory contemporary artwork

Cut your wings band

The company theatre group

Relocate 2 Sheffield

Social beast nightlife planner

Library workers for a brighter future

Business biscotti networking

The integral therapist

The old sweet shop

Sheffield college photo journalism

New histories student e-magazine

Sheffield milk – Our cow molly milk

Sheffcare – care for elderly people

Bee happy crafts

Surefit carpets

The stoops band

The blue shed arts venue

David Whitley – freelance travel journalist

Jojou jewellery

Mode boutique

Crystal bar

DF design

The net effect

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:

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: