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Sheffield Starlets and Acoustic Bangers: 10 Gigs to Get Excited for This August

Hideaway Club

The music scene in Sheffield is as lively as ever at the moment, with gigs happening almost every day on every corner you turn. We wanted to begin highlighting the extent of live brilliance you can find in Sheffield each month, so we’ve picked out 10 gigs to check out this month if you find yourself yearning for some proper live music as festival season winds down.

The Pretty Ugly plus supports @ Frog and Parrot, 3rd August

Who doesn’t love a free gig let’s be honest? Well, the Frog and Parrot have an absolute banger lined up to kick off the month with not one but three of the best local bands playing in one night. Headlined by alt-rockers, and self-professed 80s obsessed four piece The Pretty Ugly, get ready for a night of 80s-tinged indie goodness. Supported by two exciting up and comers in Honey Line, with their heartfelt melancholia, and Nightblind Cinema, with their grand alt-pop stylings, it’s so rare that a free gig is this stacked.

Hideaway Club @ The Leadmill, 5th August

Possibly the freshest band on this list, Hideaway Club are just a few months old but are already making waves in our city and beyond. This is the band’s first headline show, and to play it at the iconic venue that is The Leadmill just shows how big this band could be. It’s already sold-out astonishingly! Supported by another excellent local band in Marples, get there early for some diverse and euphoric indie goodness.

Miles Kane @ The Leadmill, 7th August

You don’t need us to hype this up clearly as it’s a sell-out. Indie superstar and friend of The Leadmill Miles Kane is back again in support of his new album ‘One Man Band’ releasing just days before on 4th August. There are not many artists that can make The Leadmill bounce like Kane, and with this being his second full album in as many years, he is clearly on fire both creatively and musically, a fact that is sure to be reflected in the show. If you managed to cop a ticket for this one, you're in for a treat.

Chatfield @ The Leadmill, 12th August

Another sold-out show, nothing less than what this Sheffield quintet deserve. It must be something that they are getting used to after reforming earlier this year. A return date at The Greystones sold out almost instantaneously, then again when it we rescheduled and now, the step up to The Leadmill Steel Stage has seen an even more impressive sell-out. If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket, get ready for a night of epic indie bangers from a band riding one hell of a wave.

Adults plus supports @ Delicious Clam, 12th August

What a lineup at this one, four bands for the price of one, and four exceptional ones at that. Heading the bill you have Adults, an emo-indie-pop band from London ready to blow you away with their unique indie punk fusion. Before them are Fortitude Valley, a new project for Durham-based Laura Kovic, grand in scope and sound. Before those two, we have two of the best local acts to tempt you in. Slash Fiction, a crucial band in the Sheffield scene for both their inventive sound and important lyrics are the first of these, with Forum Friends completing the stacked lineup, kicking things off with catchy riffs and tunes that make them impossible not to love. Oh, and did we mention it’s NOTAFLOF (No-One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds). Tickets here!

The Magpie Arc @ Yellow Arch Studios, 16th August

An eclectic mix of Scotland and Sheffield, The Magpie Arc is a true melting pot of musical influences and talent. Comprised of 5 award-winning musicians, all unique in their own right, they have found a way to compile their influences and interests neatly together to create a sound that is singular, but constantly surprising. Expect anything and everything at this one. Get your tickets here!

ZAND (Music For The Many) @ The Leadmill, 19th August

Hot off the presses and just announced on 31st July, an incredibly special one-off gig from an artist blazing a new trail in the music world in ZAND. This gig is extra special as part of the Peace and Justice Project’s Music For The Many campaign, which works tirelessly to promote and secure the long-term futures of music venues, something incredibly needed with The Leadmill’s ongoing plight. The show will be presented by the one and only Jeremy Corbyn and promises to be a much-needed night of rebellion and positivity. Get your tickets here!

Boyce Avenue @ The Leadmill, 25th August

If you grew up on YouTube in the 2010s, you’re bound to know who Boyce Avenue are and what they’re about. Since forming, their acoustic covers and standalone talent have garnered a huge following, with over 16 million subscribers on their YouTube channel and billions of views to go with it. If acoustic covers are your thing, there really aren’t many better in the game than this American band. Get your tickets here!

Trivium @ O2 Academy, 30th August

These Florida heavy metal legends will grace the O2 Academy with metal style-fusing, mind-melting set. This year is the 20th anniversary of their breakout debut Ember to Inferno and since then the band have gone from strength to strength. Now armed with a staggering 10 studio albums to their name, and having cultivated a truly worldwide following, the four-piece will descend on Sheffield as part of a mammoth UK & European tour. Get your tickets here!

Michael Aldag (United By Music) @ Sidney & Matilda, 31st August

Part of the National Lottery’s United By Music tour, Sidney and Matilda will host TikTok sensation turned indie powerhouse Michael Aldag to close out the month. As it's part of the United By Music tour, buying a ticket for this show will also get you a free plus one so what’s not to love? Michael Aldag has found a way to translate his talent for social media virality into an already thriving music career, now crafting synth pop bangers by the truckload with his distinctive voice and heartfelt lyricism. Get your tickets here!

This, of course, is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list and is rather just a taste of what’s in store for you in the Steel City this month. Just in researching this article we discovered gigs by Little Quirks, Eric Bibb, Sam Scherdel and Slambarz to name just a few! We encourage you to get out there, support your local venues and the gigs they bring to this city, with the number of incredible venues here, you’re bound to find something you love.

If you’re looking for more, check out our Spotify playlist with tracks from almost every band you can catch live this month, and keep your eye on it for new releases from the best local talent!


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