REVIEW: Sirens alert as The Sherlocks sell out epic shows ahead of 2024 Don Valley Bowl spectacular
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Two consecutive nights at Network – formerly The Plug – on Matilda Street, replaced, at short notice, the originally planned sold-out evening at the still closed O2 Academy Sheffield, with some fans managing to attend both nighs.
The shows – like the name of their latest hit single Sirens – was an alert to fans, an electrifying taster of what is still to come after the band announced 24-hours earlier their biggest ever headline show, a 10th anniversary spectacular, which will be at the 7,500 capacity Don Valley Bowl on Friday June 7, 2024.
A combination of a more intimate Sheffield venue and songs from three top ten albums, including latest People Like Me & You, provided a set of shock and awe A at Network – with tunes that have already been thrilling the rest of the country.
They have sold-out shows to thousands in places like Manchester and Liverpool, seen their largest crowds so far in Southampton and Bristol, and more than held their own in London against everything else the capital has to offer.
As always with The Sherlocks, the music does the talking, and four albums in, they have a formidable catalogue of tunes for their set list, including recent big hitter single Sirens, a gritty, compelling rock number worthy of a place on a film track score.
The songs, come thick and fast. And it is all live, no backing tracks, no speeches, no gimmicks, and no distractions.
New number Face The Music is a natural successor to second album title song, Under Your Sky, while another, called Won’t Stop, is a super melodic symphony with hints of Manic Street Preachers and a seriously good guitar solo.
The fired-up reaction to nostalgia filled Remember All The Girls shows why it was chosen for Track of the Week on Radio One, a prized but rare acknowledgement from the music industry for this band, while the popular Don’t Let It Out has been a revelation with fans on all dates on this tour.
But even with so many new tunes, there was still time for the ominously urgent Falling, dance-fueled Sorry and favourite singles Live for The Moment, Will You Be There? and Magic Man.
The necessity to leave out older numbers like Last Night, Heart of Gold and Wake Up, that even a year ago would have been unthinkable, is another way to measure just how quickly this band moves on.
However, just as it was at their first Sheffield show at Rocking Chair in 2014, or the last time here, in what was then Plug in December 2015, there is only one tune to finish the evening, and the chorus of Chasing Shadows resonated around the venue for some time after the band leave their instruments and exit the stage.
They may sing about “Going Nowhere”, but four years after leaving their record label, here is a band who has only grown under their own steam and, with four albums in six years, are still one of the most exciting independent acts around.
It may be almost ten years since they released their debut single, but it feels like The Sherlocks are just getting started.
Rising stars The Clause from Birmingham and Wigan’s Stanleys are two of the most exciting new bands around. They started this tour with The Sherlocks in Bristol and their sets showed why the headliners decided to bring them to Sheffield too.
The Clause played new single I Don’t Care and the title track from their soon to be released (17 November) debut EP Pop Culture, along with killer tunes like Time of Our Lives and In My Element, while Stanleys, who also have a new tune called I’ll Try, showed why they are going places too. Lead singer Tom Concannon said it was an honour to support The Sherlocks after his band, as 16 year olds, had first watched them in Liverpool.
Before the gigs, fans were able to try out The Sherlocks’ own craft Pilsner on tap at Head of Steam, the city pub located at the former Sheffield & Hallamshire Savings Bank on Tudor Square.
The Sherlocks at Network Sheffield SET LIST
People Like Me and You
Will You Be There?
World I Understand
NYC (Sing it Loud)
Remember All the Girls
Any Old Iron?
Face The Music
Live for the Moment
Don’t Let It Out
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