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Send In The Boys: Milburn To Play Intimate Homecoming Show

Milburn, photography by Rob Nicholson

On Saturday 31st August, legendary Sheffield indie band Milburn will headline a huge homecoming gig at Don Valley Bowl as part of this year's Rock N Roll Circus. But if you can’t wait that long to see them then there’s a chance to see them play a much more intimate gig in their hometown, and this time it’s free…


To kick off their summer of live music, Milburn will play at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend on Saturday 13th July. Hosted by Rock N Roll Circus, entrance is free, but tickets will be allocated by a ballot. To be in with a chance of attending you need to sign up to the link on their website.


This special gig is intended as a heartfelt thank you to the people of Sheffield, and to celebrate the city that has supported and shaped the band since their first demo, “Steel Town”, was released in 2001.


Milburn are contemporaries of Arctic Monkeys, in the early days the two bands would often share a stage together, including at the iconic Boardwalk. Milburn are renowned for their fast-paced, high-energy performances, and their Yellow Arch gig promises to be a party reminiscent of the old days! Full of nostalgia and infectious indie anthems, it will set the stage nicely before the band head to Don Valley Bowl in August for their biggest-ever headline performance.


Frontman Joe Carnall says “Yellow Arch holds a special place for the band - it was where some of those early tunes were written and rehearsed. To be able to come back and play in front of an intimate crowd is really special.”

Joe Carnall at Tramlines 2018, photography by Steel City Snapper

 Milburn was formed by friends Joe Green, Tom Rowley, and Louis Carnall who had been playing football together for many years before they decided to form a band. Joe chose the drums, with Tom and Louis both playing guitar. To complete the band, Louis’ younger brother Joe joined on bass and vocals and the rest is history!

 The band released their debut single “Send In The Boys” and Top 40 album “Well Well Well” in 2006, and followed it up with second album “These Are The Facts” the following year. Having developed a cult following, but not the success of their friends Arctic Monkeys, in 2008 Milburn decided to amicably call it a day and explore new musical horizons.


In 2012 Joe Carnall joined Reverend and the Makers (a band that Tom Rowley had been a part of) and played with them for a decade, as well as performing with Makers’ guitarist Ed Cosens when he went solo in 2021. In 2019 Joe released his side project album “Good Cop Bad Cop” with Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders, with the second album, “Welcome To The Marble Zone” released in March of this year to much acclaim.


Joe’s annual Christmas gigs “Joe Carnall and Friends” have become the stuff of legend in Sheffield since the first in 2013, and he’s been joined by everyone over the years, from Richard Hawley to Self Esteem.


However, in April 2016 Milburn reunited for four shows at Sheffield’s O2 Academy to celebrate ten years since the release of “Well Well Well” and the huge success of these gigs led to the release of the band’s third album “Time” in 2017, a tour, and a Tramlines main stage slot in 2018. It’s safe to say that Milburn were welcomed back with open arms!

Milburn at Tramlines 2018, photography by Steel City Snapper

 Both Joe Carnall and Milburn continue to be hugely popular in Sheffield and their homecoming gigs at the iconic Yellow Arch Studios and Rock N Roll Circus will be very special. To warm up for the Yellow Arch gig Joe will be playing an acoustic set at the Fan City on Devonshire Green before England’s Euro Championship quarter-final match on Saturday 6 July and you can get your tickets for the big day here. Anyone who saw Joe play an acoustic set at Fagan’s in April to promote “Good Cop Bad Cop” will know what a treat this will be!


Free tickets for the Yellow Arch gig are available via the ballot. To register head to the website here. Weekend and day tickets for the main event in Rock N Roll Circus are also still available, get them while you can here.


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