Sheffield’s Plug will usher in an exciting month with four special events taking place in May, from film and TV stars performing DJ sets to coordinated mayhem from two of Scotland’s most exciting new bands. Here’s the rundown of what’s ahead:
Sunday 1st May - The Official This Is England Party
Celebrating one of the best film and TV productions to come out of Sheffield studios, the creation of the first official This Is England club night will give fans a chance to get down to tunes plucked from the local scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Room 1 will be taken over by the actors who played Shaun, Gadget and Milky for a Indie/Madchester special, with Room 2 offering up 90s club classics, acid house and rave courtesy of Alistair Whitehead and Marc Fuccio. Focussing in on the ska and reggae roots of the This Is England subculture, Room 3 features BBC 6 Music’s Don Letts alongside SFL Sound System, in what promises to be a vintage party.
Tuesday 10th May - The Joy Formidable
Rolling through on May 10th, the wonderful Joy Formidable bring luscious vocal melodies, atmospheric guitars and pop hooks to Plug, with burning energy and electrifying charisma in spades. An indie band with personality to set them apart from the chasing pack, The Joy Formidable would be an exciting prospect for any Tuesday night.
Wednesday 25th May - Jagwar Ma
Echoing influences from the psychedelic rock pioneers of your mum and dad’s younger years but with a dance floor aesthetic born from Madchester’s rave and acid house exports, Jagwar Ma have a finger on the pulse of the dance world, helping them keep their nostalgia-soaked writing from ever falling behind the times. The Australian group are as entrancing live as they are on record, which means this will be a real midweek treat.
Saturday 28th May - Baby Strange + White
Journeying down from Scotland, two of the nation’s biggest bands have joined forces to share a tour bus as they wheel it around the UK for a collaborative tour. A winning combo thanks to their mutual love of indie-punk pop hooks and clear-as-day Glaswegian attitudes, Baby Strange and White are two great additions to the Plug calendar. 80s funk inclinations mark White as the dancier party, with Baby Strange’s overdrive heavy guitars setting them out as the rock n roll option, but both will have something for everyone as they take to the stage at Plug.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of ITB - Jagwar Ma