Outlines Festival, February 2016

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From the people behind Tramlines comes the first ever Outlines Festival.

A new, one-day multi-venue festival taking place across Sheffield City Centre on Saturday 27th February.

The full lineup will be revealed very soon, but expect a genre-spanning mix of established names and breaking talent taking to the stage at venues including Skate Central, The Harley, Queens Social Club, Plug and o2 Academy.

For all the latest, like Outlines on Facebook and join the event, or find Outlines on Twitter and Instagram.

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NEW SHOW – C Duncan, 16th February

We’re very happy to announce that C Duncan will play a live gig at The Harley on 16th February. Tickets are onsale now.

Described as “skirting around the edges of psychedelia, infusing classical aesthetics with catchy pop hooks” by The Line of Best Fit, his debut album Architect earned him praise from 6 Music and The Guardian and saw him appearing at Green Man and Latitude.

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The son of two classical musicians. Chris Duncan was surrounded by music throughout his childhood. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK.

To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music.

The pieces that make up his forthcoming debut LP are formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time.

The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.

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NEW SHOW: Braids, 30th November

We’re very happy to announce that Montreal experimental pop band Braids will be playing a live gig at The Harley on 30th November. Tickets for the show are onsale now.

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Deep In The Iris, Braids’ third album, is their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.

Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ most immediate record. Its widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism.

Singer Raphaelle Standell’s formidable voice has rarely sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. The record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming.

Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.

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This Is The Kit at The Harley, 27.11.15

Kate Stables’ hauntingly powerful and achingly beautiful band This Is The Kit return to Sheffield to play at The Harley on 27th November care of promoters Sam and Sofia. Support comes from exciting City Slang signed band Cristobal and the Sea.

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Kate might infuse her music with her down to earth humility and genuine wit but it hasn’t stopped the good and the great from pouring praise on This Is The Kit.

Supporters include Elbow’s Guy Garvey, along with Sharon Van Etten, Iron and Wine, Alexi Murdoch and Jose Gonzalez, and her new album ‘Bashed Out’ is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. This is the Kit are currently receiving considerable 6 Music airtime and were recently featured along with PJ Harvey on BBC television’s Music Box.

Growing up in a green leafy town that is Winchester, England, multi-instrumentalist Kate learned from an early age that great art takes time. “The place I grew up is defined as a Roman Saxon medieval city, they started building the Winchester Cathedral a thousand years ago and have been working on it ever since” she explains.

This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010′s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.

“The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people—musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too. A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others. As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning.”

To some, Bashed Out might mean broken. For This is the Kit, though, it is a statement of intent, how art happens, through happenstance meetings and accidental collisions and pushing through.

Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).

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The Pretty Things free-entry show at The Harley

We’re very pleased to announce that rock & roll legends The Pretty Things will be playing a one-off, free-entry show at The Harley this September.

The show will tie in with a series of in-stores at independent record stores for the band and is being co-promoted by Sheffield’s own Record Collector, the longest-standing provider of new and used vinyl records in the city.

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52 years on, The Pretty Things – true survivors of the first wave of British R&B – remain firmly ensconced in independent music.

With a long-awaited new album released this summer to huge critical acclaim, and following their 51st Anniversary Box Set, the band has never been hotter.

In a career that has seen them release the first garage single, suffer the first rock & roll drugs bust, get themselves name-checked by Dylan, earn the first Rolling Stone Record of the Year of the 1970’s, create the first R&B riot, record the first ever Rock Opera, perform at the first Isle of Wight Festival and become the first act to be signed to Led Zeppelin’s label, The Pretty Things are still alive, kicking and carrying the torch.

With a touring schedule that has seen them play live from Bognor to Baghdad, the band is as relevant now as it was in 1963, when guitarist Dick Taylor left The Rolling Stones to start the band with singer Phil May.

Now, 52 years later, while The Stones are playing worldwide Enormodromes to the privileged, rich and famous; The Pretty Things are showing up in your local record store playing for free, for fun, and for you.

In an ever-changing music business, little remains constant, so to find some of the greatest, fundamental mainstays of the industry gathered together in the same place and time is a minor miracle.

So, let’s hear it for independent record stores, analogue vinyl records and The Pretty Things, ‘cos they’re all coming together for a series of intimate, ecstatic and wholly unique in-store shows, to celebrate 52 glorious years of Pretty Things music and the resilience of the iconic vinyl record and the surging lifeblood that independent record stores have provided since the inception of that little black disc.

These will be great, thunderous and joyous shows. See you there – and bring earplugs!

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