Turbowolf at The Harley, 16.04.15

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Bristol rock band Turbowolf will play The Harley on 16th April 2015, in support of their forthcoming second album Two Hands, set for release just before the show on 6th April.

“A tasty thick soup of distorted boogie rock, psychedelic weirdness and snarling punk attitude [...] Turbowolf truly excel.” – Kerrang!

“What makes the concept of Turbowolf [...] so exciting is their ability to further develop upon [their] influences, resulting in a creatively unique and engaging style, far removed from any of their contemporaries.
Through [their] self-titled debut, the band have set the benchmark for British music at an extremely high and thoroughly merciless level.” – Punktastic

Advance tickets onsale from Friday 19th December online or in person with no booking fee from the venue box office.
18+, more on the door

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Blossoms at The Harley, 21.02.14

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Blossoms, a mosaic-pop five piece formed in 2013, will return to Sheffield on 21st February c/o The Leadmill, following their set at 2014′s Tramlines.

“Manchester’s Blossoms offer a lighter take on psychedelia, one that’s steeped in classic British pop songwriting” – NME

“Not content with being lumped in with Manc music’s current psych revival, Stockport five-piece Blossoms have opted to invent their very own sub-genre: Ethereal Nostalgic Sonance.” – Manchester Evening News

“Psych-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export.” – MCPR

Tickets are onsale from Wednesday 17th December online or in person with no booking fee from The Harley. Over 18s only, more on the door.

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Mr Scruff at Queens Social Club, 20.03.15

Signed to Ninja Tune since 1998, and the host of his own tent at Big Chill since 2010, Mr. Scruff is famed for his all-night-long DJ sets, cheerfully spanning blues, jazz, soul, funk, 60s R&B, disco, boogie, deep house, reggae, ska, rocksteady, dancehall, electronica, electro, hip hop, African, Latin, drum & bass, breakbeat and more.

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Over the years, his Keep It Unreal sessions and tireless gigging have bolstered his standing as a passionate digger and collector and an unrivalled selector of the good stuff.

As a producer, he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour and the addition of his own animated illustrations.

His albums Trouser Jazz (2002), Keep It Solid Steel (2004), and Ninja Tuna (2008) cemented Scruff’s rep as a premium freaker of frequencies, the latter featuring collaborations with the likes of Quantic, Danny Breaks, Alice Russell, Andreya Triana, Pete Simpson, Kaidi Tatham and Roots Manuva.

After receiving a mighty nudge by the giant elbow of Ninja, the majority of 2013 was spent in the studio recording new album Friendly Bacteria, featuring Denis Jones, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Vanessa Freeman & Robert Owens.

Tickets are onsale now from the website or in person with no booking fee from The Harley venue box office. Over 18s only, more on the door. No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets.

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H. Hawkline at The Harley – 06.02.15

Born in Cardiff and raised in Prestatyn, Huw Hawkline was formerly co-presenter of S4C’s flagship music-show Bandit (alongside Radio 1’s Huw Stephens). The twenty-nine year-old recorded three albums in his native country before taking flight for a life in L.A. late in 2013.

The effect of the relocation on Hawkline’s music is total. Recorded in Seahorse Sound Studios just off Skid Row and produced by long-time cohort, fellow Welsh émigré and musical maven/genius Cate le Bon, In The Pink Of Condition is “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw): a controlled explosion of lazer-guided guitar melody and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.

From the scratchy proto-disco ‘Everybody’s On The Line’ to the haunted saloon bar rattle of ‘In Love’ and the demented strut of ‘Moddion’ (Welsh for medicine), it’s a record that clearly feels the benefits of good weather.

That said, Wales is in there too, through weather smudged-windows of ‘Rainy Summer’ (“Head full of crashing waves on dog mouth dunes”) and ‘Concrete Coloured Clothes’ (which paints a picture of a place “where slate grows slow”).

His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of L.A.

Friday 6th February
H. Hawkline
The Harley
7.30pm
18+
£5.00 advance, more on the door
Advance tickets available in person with no booking fee from the venue box office

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Independent Venue Week 15: Songhoy Blues at The Harley, 27.01.15

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We’re delighted to announce that we will be taking part in Independent Venue Week 2015, celebrating all that is great and good in the world of indie music haunts. The project is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, and is now in its second year.

For the Harley leg of the project, we welcome the wonderful Songhoy Blues back to Sheffield, following their excellent performance at Millennium Galleries during Tramlines 2014. The Malian band were part of the Africa Express project, collaborating with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and others, and are now signed to Transgressive.

Tickets for the show are onsale now here, or in person with no booking fee from the venue box office.

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Songhoy Blues were born in the Malian capital Bamako in the spring of 2012, when Garba Touré joined forces with some other musician friends from the north after fleeing the conflict-torn region, and decided to form a band

“Songhoy” because Garba Touré, lead vocalist Aliou Touré and second guitarist Oumar Touré, although unrelated to each other – Touré is as common as Smith or Jones in northern Mali – all belong to the Songhoy people, one of the main ethnicities in the north.

And “Blues” not only because northern Mali is the cradle of the blues and its music is often referred to as “the desert blues”, but also because Garba and his mates are obsessed by that distant American cousin of their own blues, “my father used to make me listen to Jimi Hendrix who I love.” Garba’s father is Oumar Touré, who played congas for Mali’s guitar legend, Ali Farka Touré.

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