Well hello there! How the devil are you all? Hope that the 'summer' has been treating you well thus far. Since last we spoke we've put on two of the finest gigs we have ever had the pleasure of working on, and are HUGELY DELIGHTED that so many people came out to see The School, Standard Fare and The Sweet Nothings (more of them in a moment) on a Monday night, and then decided to watch Jack Lewis' Awkward Energy, The Middle Ones and Izzy Isgate instead of the football! Thank you to all who played, came down, bought merch, danced and generally made it ace!
This time round we've got loads of exciting live music news, details of a special edition of the Pull Yourself Together clubnight at DAda this month, updates from the record label and more. Read on dear PYTer, read on…
Allo Again – Allo Darlin' coming back to Sheffield!
Allo Darlin' with support from This Many Boyfriends & The Sweet Nothings
Queens Social Club, Thursday 6th September
After a barnstorming party at Queens Social Club last time they came to Sheffield, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Allo Darlin' back to the City of Steel. Playing tracks from their universally acclaimed second album 'Europe' the band will definitely be in the mood to get people dancing along again! There are few things that spread quite as much joy as seeing these four people on a stage together, and we are stupidly happy to be able to welcome them back to Queens.
We can also confirm the terrific support bands for the evening. Opening things up on the night will be your favourite socialist popband The Sweet Nothings (who were fan-bloody-tastic at our gig with The School last month) and This Many Boyfriends will be getting everyone in the dancing mood ready for Allo Darlin'. We are very happy that This Many Boyfriends will be joining us after having to miss out on the fun at Queens last time.
As if all that popmusic isn't enough of a reason to come down to this gig, we will also be welcoming one of our favourite artist/designers – Sean Mort will be coming to town and setting up his beautiful poster stand at Queens. Sean's work is simply beautiful, you should remember him from his stunning Darren Hayman poster for us a few years back, and he'll have some lovely special edition prints of the poster for the gig on sale alongside his other work!
Tickets are £8 advance, and can be picked up from The Harley, The Wick at Both Ends and online at wegottickets.com
Good news – Withered Hand
Withered Hand with special guests
The Harley, Sunday 23rd September
Next up, Fence Collective's man of many words and many more beautiful songs Withered Hand is coming to The Harley for a very rare full band show ahead of the release of his new limited edition EP 'Inbetweens' which has been produced by Darren Hayman. Lauded by Jarvis Cocker, Rolling Stone and MOJO, Withered Hand is one of our favourite songwriters around, and blew us away so much at Indietracks last year that Hannah actually RAN to the merch tent to make sure he didn't sell out of copies of his glorious first album 'Good News.'
We have some great support acts in the offing too, and will let you know who they are very very soon!
Tickets are £6 advance, and available from The Harley & wegottickets.com
Salut! – Haiku Salut, Golden Fable & Robberie
Haiku Salut with Golden Fable & Robberie
The Redhouse, Friday 27th July
And before those two roll around, how about one of the best pop lineups you are going to see this summer? Haiku Salut are easily one of our favourite postindiepop (if you can think of a real genre they fit into then do share!) around, with their lilting mixture of accordions, ukes, glockenspiels, pianos, loopery and laptopery creating something that sounds like mum playing the Amelie soundtrack. They are seriously great.
Support on the night comes via Sheffield's hotest folkpop band of the moment Robberie, who will make you fall in love with this city in ways you didn't expect, and the fantastic Golden Fable. Golden Fable have been all over the radio this week, hitting 6 Music, Radio One and more as news of their debut album release spreads. This will be a rare chance to see them in a small venue before people cotton on to how great they are!
Tickets are £4 advance from wegottickets.com
One of Two – Sky Larkin PYT Takeover!
So by now we would hope that you are all very aware of the fact that Pull Yourself Together happens on the last Saturday of EVERY MONTH at DAda Bar in Sheffield. You do? Good. Well, we are super excited that the clubnight this month is going under a bit of change of face, as we hand over the wheels of steel to one of our favourite bands. Katie (also of them Wild Beasts) and Nestor from Sky Larkin will be swooping into Sheffield on Saturday 28th July to babysit PYT for us whilst we head off for a jaunt around the country. Anyone who knows Sky Larkin's music will know that this is a real treat, as they are ACE (and indeed permanent fixtures in our record bag for DJ sets) and if Katie's recent set at Rolled School is anything to go by then you will not be able to stop dancing all night!
And finally… – Sheffield, city of POP!
The Sheffield Pop Weekender
August Bank Holiday Weekend, 25-27th August at DAda, The Redhouse & The Rutland Arms
Woah! Pop! HURRAH! This is shaping up to be ONE HELL OF A WEEKEND, as the pop promoters of Sheffield join forces to bring the finest indiepop sounds around to the city. We are over the moon not only to be involved, but to be able to welcome one of our all time favourite clubnights to DJ at the opening party with us. Clicky this link to see the Faceache page with all the info, or head to Anorak if you don't do social networking!
And that's that for now. Those of you braving the rain at Indietracks this weekend, we'll see you in a few hours! Everyone else, stay warm! Might we suggest that this new video from PYT Records alumni Patterns might be a good place to start…