One Stoop Beyond: Sheffield band with “loyal fan base” on the rise. 

As the lights went down in The Plug, and four young men walked on to the stage, the audience fell silent and waited. Waited in anticipation, as to what the The Stoops were going to deliver.
The crowd were not disappointed, as they were treated to an amazing and slightly unexpected electronica, dance, indie-pop infusion.

Sheffield band The Stoops have been working hard at their music for years, and it shows. Their unique and thought provoking songs have earned the boys a loyal following of fans and numerous amounts of gig offers.

But it hasn’t always been this way. Like many Sheffield band before them, The Stoops have found it increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd and make a name for yourself within the Steel City music scene.

Dale Staniland, lead singer and guitarist said: “We found it hard not to sound like so many other generic indie bands, the references to the Arctic Monkeys, because we had an indie sound and were from Sheffield would always crop up. That is why we decided to change our sound, and incorporate more dance inspired tunes.”

School friends first, the band have been together for five years, and have played in some of Sheffield’s top music venues, including: The Plug, 02 Academy and The Boardwalk.
The lead singer recalls: “We’ve been fortunate enough to play in some of Sheffield’s most prestigious live music venues, and we always hope that we’re going to get noticed by someone within the music industry.”

Sheffield bands like The Human League and Pulp highlight the talent that has been produced in Sheffield. It also shows that hard work and raw talent are key ingredients for making it in the music world. Something which the Sheffield music scene has in abundance. See the full interview with Dale below….

And The Stoops playing at The Plug…

By Laura Browse.


Boardwalk Update

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

Last month, we at Steel City News reported that legendary music venue The Boardwalk remained closed with little sign of reopening. One month on, and this is still the case.

At the end of last year, it was announced that the venue, located on the corner of Snig Hill, was undergoing a refurbishment and would open in February.

In addition, a spokesman revealed in December 2010 that, “We have three parties interested in taking over the lease to allow us to continue.”

However, Chris Wilson, a promoter for the venue said today, “The parties who were interested in buying all fell through, and no one new has come forwards.

“The venue is currently a shell, with no furniture, functioning stage or PA system.”

Under The Boardwalk, a separate venue located underneath, looks to have a more promising future. Chris said: “Someone is buying the venue downstairs and it looks as though it will become a real ale pub.

“This has a different set up to The Boardwalk and isn’t linked in anyway. The Boardwalk will remain shut.”

By Phil Corker

Published on: Mar 14, 2011 @ 13:59

Paris. Your Thoughts?

A brand new student night club opened this week, ran by the people who brought the legendary Gatecrasher club to Sheffield.

Named Paris, and held every Wednesday, the club promises quality tunes, great drink deals, glamorous people, epic sound and light system, fit staff, and loads of goodies.

Located on Carver Street, just down the road from Babylon, the club hosts two of the city’s finest DJ’s; Danny Beck, and Lee ‘The Truth’ Smith, a former Gatecrasher and Jump Around (Plug) DJ.

But we at Steel City News want to know if you agree with all this hype. If you’ve been, or even if you haven’t, please select an option from below.

By Phil Corker

Published on: Mar 4, 2011 @ 11:35

Arctic Monkey’s return to their hometown….

Arctic Monkey’s fans rejoice as the foursome have announced that they will be playing two dates in their hometown in June.

The band, who haven’t played in Sheffield since 2009, confirmed the gig on 7th February, explaining that they would be playing on 10th and 11th June at the Don Valley Bowl.

The band received heavy criticism the last time they played in Sheffield. Many critics claimed that the band were at their best when they played to a smaller audience instead of arena tours.

Miles Kane, who works with Alex Turner on the duo’s side project, The Last Shadow Puppets, will be supporting the band on both of the dates.

The four piece are currently in the US recording their fourth album.

A spokesperson for the Don Valley Bowl said the band were keen to play the gigs in a “more creative” setting and were using a marquee.

In a statement the band said: “We’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield with our special guests. It’s great doing our own event and it’s going to be a wonderful couple of days in our hometown.”

Tickets on sale 10 February.

After the band’s last gig in their hometown received split reviews, Steel City News want to know what you think of the Arctic Monkeys playing in Sheffield?

By Laura Browse.

Published on: Feb 18, 2011 @ 12:25

The Boardwalk remains closed

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

Legendary music venue The Boardwalk remains closed, with little sign of reopening soon, despite promoters promising it would this month.

At the end of December 2010, it was announced that the venue was undergoing a refurbishment and would reopen in February 2011.

However, the doors remain closed, and The Boardwalk’s website continues to relocate scheduled gigs, up until June of this year.

The website has no mention of a refurbishment, or a potential opening date.

The venue closed last November, with the landlord putting the company into voluntary liquidation.

In January, it was revealed that Cougar Leisure, the trading company in which the bar was part of, had gone into administration.

The Boardwalk lies on the corner of Snig Hill, and has seen some of the greatest acts perform there, including Joe Cocker and the Arctic Monkeys.

It is now renowned for hosting unsigned talent from around the area.

In December, a spokesman for the venue’s promoters said: “We have three parties interested in taking over the lease to allow us to continue.

“The music side of the business has always been a success and we have 200 performances booked for the coming year.

“We are going to be able to refurbish and reopen in February.”

By Phil Corker

Published on: Feb 10, 2011 @ 17:26


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