The Sherlocks celebrate decade of hits with new single and huge homecoming party at Don Valley Bowl

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Chart stars The Sherlocks are sill Living For The Moment - celebrating the tenth anniversary of their debut release with their biggest ever Yorkshire homecoming show.

The indie rockers will play a special 7500-capacity gig at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl on Friday, June 7, writes Richard Derbyshire and Graham Walker.

Special guests include Red Rum Club, The Clause, Apollo Junction and The Lilacs, wih doors open from 5pm.

TICKETS: General ddmission is £32, Junior tickets, aged eight to 15, are £10 - 14s to 17s must be accompanied adult and hildren under eight-years-old enter free with a paying adult - BUY HERE.

The Sherlocks play Don Valley Bowl on June 7. Photo Nathan KobierowskyThe Sherlocks play Don Valley Bowl on June 7. Photo Nathan Kobierowsky
The Sherlocks play Don Valley Bowl on June 7. Photo Nathan Kobierowsky | Nathan Kobierowsky

LISTEN: The Sherlocks today also shared their brand new single, Death Of Me - LISTEN HERE.

Formed by Bolton upon Dearne brothers, frontman singer-guitarist Kiaran and drummer Brandon Crook, early buzz saw The Sherlocks become the first unsigned band to sell-out Sheffield’s Leadmill since Arctic Monkeys.

Their rise was cemented with shows with Liam Gallagher, Kaiser Chiefs and The Libertines while their debut album, Live For The Moment, debuted at number six as they played live at Leeds Festival.   The band’s line-up evolved after their second set, Under The Sky, with the addition of Alex Procter, on guitar and Trent Jackson, bass.

Their resurgence was fired up in 2021 as they returned to the Top 10 with World I Understand before last year’s People Like You & Me was confirmed as their most acclaimed and highest charting album to date with a number four chart position.

Now a decade since their debut single, Live for The Moment, and four albums later, the band describe the upcoming Don Valley Bowl gig as a ‘lifetime in the making’ and say they cannot wait to get on stage.

The Sherlocks’ previously biggest crowd in Sheffield was on the main stage at Tramlines in 2021.

Brandon told us: “It’s a big deal for us to come back to Sheffield, to where it all started for us, and play such a massive gig, especially after last year’s O2 Academy show was moved. Now everyone will be back together in a field, going nuts, which will class.”

The event will also see four of the most exciting up and coming bands join them on stage

“The support acts are one of the biggest things about the day,” explained Brandon.

The Sherlocks' Kiaran Crook will centre stage with the band. Photo Rhona MurphyThe Sherlocks' Kiaran Crook will centre stage with the band. Photo Rhona Murphy
The Sherlocks' Kiaran Crook will centre stage with the band. Photo Rhona Murphy | Rhona Murphy

“At first, we had a couple of big names in mind to play, established acts, but in the end we thought we would go with a different approach and try to capture a group of bands who are of the moment and for the future.”

He added: “This is a line-up of its time It is on a different scale, but it is like when Oasis, Kasabian, The Enemy and Reverend and The Makers all played together.

“Hopefully people will look back and say: ‘how did they all play together on the same line-up for about £30?’  

“Looking at what Red Rum Club have done and where they are heading, we could not have picked a better main support band. The fact that we know them from doing  gigs with them in Liverpool, makes it even better that they are on board.

“And we toured with The Clause last year, so we have seen what they can do, and Apollo Junction and The Lilacs know how put on a show too.

“We wanted to get right, and we think we have.  This group of bands nails the time we live in now with some the most exciting indie sounds around.”

The Sherlocks have also introduced their own drink price cap, confirming that all beverages at the festival will be £5 or less at the cash only voucher system bars, and their own Sherlocks Pilsner will be exclusively on sale.

New single Death of Me was recorded with Manchester producer David Radahd-Jones, who was also behind last year’s Radio One single of the week, Remember All The Girls.

Brandon describes the new number as “absolute monster” and says while the band is working on new music for album five, it will be some time before they release more new tunes.

He explained: “It just felt like a good time to put a single before Don Valley. If we get enough rehearsal time in, we will play it at the show.”

Songwriter Kiaran said “This song feels like the freshest thing we’ve done in a while in the sense that we know we can write and record rock ‘n’ roll tunes no problem, and don’t get me wrong we love doing that!

“But this song came about and immediately felt different, almost like it wasn’t crying out for guitars quite as much. We gave the song a minimalistic approach in many ways, and I think it ended up sounding like nothing we’ve done before because of that.”

Songwriter Kiaran Crook.Photo Rhona MurphySongwriter Kiaran Crook.Photo Rhona Murphy
Songwriter Kiaran Crook.Photo Rhona Murphy | Rhona Murphy

After recording with producers such as Dave Eringa, Gavin Monaghan and The Coral’s James Skelly, on working with David Radahd-Jones, Brandon said: “The last thing we want as band is to go into the studio and be told we can do what we want.

“It’s the same as any profession, we want to be pushed to do the best we can and learn from others. We don’t want yes men around us.”

After Don Valley, The Sherlocks are set to tour with Shed Seven in the autumn as the fellow Yorkshire band celebrate their 30th anniversary, a billing which Brandon says “could not be any better”.

Before that they will reunite with Keane, who they toured with in Europe earlier this year, for some more stadium shows in Germany.

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