Posts Tagged ‘Heaven 17’

Once named as #2 in Q magazine’s 50 bands to see before you die, Ash are definitely pick of the bands in this weekend’s festivities. The Northern Isish outfit, often written off, can claim to be one of the most influential rock bands of the 90’s/early 00’s. The grunge-punk influenced trio have amassed 12 top 20 singles from 6 studio albums during a career that will span 2 decades next year. Classic hits like Shining Light, the other-worldly Girl From Mars and Burn Baby Burn are sure to ignite Main Stage, Devonshire Green late on Sunday evening.

Friday’s attention has been drawn to Heaven 17 who are set to make a splashing live return down at Barkers Pool. Sheffield’s renowned three piece are best known for their contributions to the 80’s synth-pop movement alongside The Human League, ABC and Culture Club. Best known for that single Temptation, the band have inspired the likes of La Roux with their synthesiser and drum machine effects. This rare outing is not be missed. Those with a soft spot for the synthetic sound are directed on Saturday to the University of Sheffield’s Foundry where up-and-coming modern stylists Starlings will grace the stage.

The Dance Village based at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon building is set for a show off with the New Music Stage, Barkers Pool for Saturday’s audience. The architecturally-unique University building will host the once-famous Ms Dynamite followed by multi-talented BBC Radio 1 DJ, mixer, producer and collaborator Toddla T. In contrast, the paved setting of the New Music Stage is set for more chaotic scenes (a la Gallows, 2010 – watch below) when wild Glaswegians Dananananaykroyd play on a bill that includes multi-instrumentalists Los Campesinos!

Those seeking more archetypal scratchy indie guitars may be persuaded to make the pilgrimage over to the O2 Academy where local heroes Alvarez Kings will showcase their brand of ‘regressive pop’. Nearby at Leadmill are ex-Milburner Joe Carnall’s popular outfit The Book Club, looking to emulate their equally thrilling and sweaty success of last year at The Grapes. Reggae enthusiasts looking for a more chilled environment – head to the World Stage, Peace Gardens to witness Michael Prophet and his much-admired, soulful vocals.

Last Saturday saw me unintentionally stumble across the Godiva Festival in Coventry. An attendant for other purposes, I was completely oblivious to the city’s get-together. The nature and magnitude of the event soon became apparent though as the train from Nuneaton piled up with a lary hoard of Stella-fuelled 13-20 year olds. Who can blame them? 

The celebratory music festival which began as a one-dayer in 1997 has previously staged the likes of The Human League, Kasabian, The Cribs, Idlewild, locals The Enemy and believe it or not, one Leo Sayer! This year’s do was graced by headliners Heaven 17, Athlete and amongst other Young Knives, Sandi “one-hit-wonder” Thom and Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite act – Lethal Bizzle. The only identifiable song I recognised from inside my peripherally-placed alternative tent was Whistle For The Choir courtesy of Jon Fratelli’s acoustic guitar – always a sweet listen. 

Musical talent was accompanied by a fine assortment of boutiques and stalls including homemade jams, spangly bracelets and voodoo gear. The Coventry Telegraph reliably informs me that the three day weekender attracted a record audience of 120,000; transforming the ‘Ghost Town’ into a carnival atmosphere. Let’s hope the entertainment and income generated outweighed the disgraceful 30 TONNES of refuse the City Council had to dispose of.