John Grant play the 3 Ring Circus, Shefield

The very first  ‘3 Ring Circus’ in Sheffield in association with Sensoria Festival has been announced. The gigs will take place on the evening of the 8th October. Doors will be at 7pm and artists will be exhausted by 11pm.

What the hell is it? 

It’s 3 amazing artists playing 3 shows all on the same night.

There are 3 small venues all with a very different atmosphere:

Trafalgar Warehouse: This is an old industrial warehouse in the centre of Sheffield

Upper Chapel: A beautiful ornate chapel close to the Crucible theatre in Sheffield

The Drama Studio: This is the University drama studio, little used for music but a fantastic little theatre

How does it work?

Each artist acts as the opening act in a venue, plays 40 minutes stripped down/acoustic set then jumps into a waiting car outside which will speed them to the next venue.

And the same again to the last venue.

So each artist becomes the opener, middle act and headline – and they say democracy doesn’t work!

And the audience sits still, maybe has another pint, has a chat in between whilst the artists break all speed restrictions in order to get to the next show.

The only catch is no one knows what order the artists will appear at which venue. So it’s pot luck. But the important thing is you get to see:

John Grant, Richard Hawley and Bill Ryder-Jones all on the same bill in the most intimate surroundings.

John Grant

“Anyone who has followed the arc of Grant’s albums over the last five years will have a handle on the former Czars frontman’s specialisms – acute candour, eruditely expressed, dressed up in strings or dressed down as squelchy synth-pop. Over the course of two gushingly received solo albums, a Brit nomination for best international male and a tour with the BBC’s Northern Sinfonia, Grant has set to music two decades of personal drama, fuelled by drink and drugs”. – The Guardian

“Singer-songwriter John Grant has become synonymous with deeply felt pain, long-cherished anger, soul-exposing honesty and biting humour”. – The Guardian

“Wherever he may veer next, ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ finds him in quite remarkable form”. – Clash magazine

“Possessed of a smooth but aching baritone, this Colorado-raised, Iceland-based expat evokes the lushest masters of Seventies rock while delivering sociological commentary and self-deprecating wit offset by dreamlike symphonic-synthetic splendor”. – Rolling Stone

Praise for Richard Halwey ‘Hollow Meadows’:

8/10 – Uncut Magazine

A return to the lush, reflective work associated with Mercury Prize-nominated break-through Coles Corner.” -?4.5/5, The Sun

8/10 – NME

“His best since 2005’s Coles Corner prix viagra 100 en pharmacie.” The Big Issue

**** The Independent

“Meditations on love, age and the smaller things in life, they may be the best he’s written.”

***** Event, Mail on Sunday

**** The Times, T2 Arts

New Album Of The Month – “An album that demands your attention.” **** Record Collector

8/10 – The Line Of Best Fit

Bill Ryder Jones

“That Ryder-Jones is able to capture and record an immutable sense of unfurling lives and human warmth is evidence of a rare talent”. – Clash magazine

:Ryder-Jones once again proves himself a compelling storyteller, whether succinctly conjuring unbearably poignant scenarios”. – The Guardian

Bill Ryder-Jones has confirmed his place among this country’s most vital contemporary songwriters”. – Line Of Best Fit


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