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The Good, the Bad and the Funky: City Mag’s May Music picks

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We look ahead to this month’s gigs in Sheffield

The Sugarhill Gang

2 June and 22 June, doors open 7pm

Sheffield University, £20


Rap legends, The Sugarhill Gang, revolutionised music in the disco-drenched late seventies along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Four by pioneering the art of ‘Rhythm and Poetry’ or Rap, as it’s known today. Their hit, Rappers Delight was completely revolutionary when it was released in 1979, but they are  far from has-beens. Rappers Delight made it to number 2 in VH1’s 100 greatest Hip-hop songs despite being up against modern acts. Witness the originals themselves at Sheffield University, a must see for any fans of hip-hop.






Take That

29-30 May, 6.30pm

Sheffield Arena, £55

Despite constant efforts to modernise, nineties favourites Take That are disintegrating before our very eyes. As well as the questionable ability of the aging boyband, the price for this performance is a little on the steep side. £55 is a lot to pay. To put this into perspective; You can see The Libertines, All Saints, Primal Scream, Loyle Carner, The Coral, Akala, Kano and many more at Tramlines for just £46. If you’re looking for an expensive gift for your mum’s birthday however, look no further.





Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Club

Sunday 28 May, 10.30pm

Plug, £8

Ex-Robot Wars host, Craig Charles’ strange but incredible second coming as a born-again funk and soul DJ has seen him soar in popularity after he left behind his acting career on Coronation Street and took up the turntable. His genuine passion for all things funky is completely infectious, as any regular listener to Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club on BBC Radio 6 will tell you. So if you’re a funk fan or a Northern Soul newbie, be sure to get a ticket for this.




The View

Sunday 14 May, 7pm

University of Sheffield, £17.50

Ten years (yes, 10) after their breakthrough album, Hats Off To The Buskers, the Dundee four-piece are on a tour to celebrate their success and to bring a bit of Scottish pop/punk to Sheffield and eight other venues across the country.   





Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday 26 May, 7pm

Sheffield City Hall, £5.60

Add a touch of class to May with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by conductor, Yuri Simonov, with Freddy Kempf on piano. It’s sure to be a stirring night of atmospheric music for classical lovers and those who are simply interested and want to learn more about the genre.




Kings of Leon

Saturday 10 June, 7pm

Sheffield Arena, £45 

Firm Alt/Rock favourites, Kings of Leon, became a household name in 2008 after their Album, Only in the Night hit the charts and went platinum. The Followill brothers (and their cousin: also a followill) continued to experiment through to their 2016 album; WALLS.






Thursday 15June, 7pm

Sheffield City Hall, £45

The Innovative German electro-punk band have been breaking musical boundaries for almost half a century. Since 1969, Ralph, Fritz, Henning and Falk have pioneered electronic music and continue to innovate through an age where digital beats and auto-tuned melodies are the new norm. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for tickets, this rare Sheffield treat sold out in just minutes due to high demand.





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