The Harley Venue, Sheffield

Described as a “fun loving, hip-shaking home of legendary live music and innovative club nights”, The Harley venue in Sheffield is guaranteed to give you a night you won’t forget (or remember, as the case may be!).  Having celebrated its 10th birthday in October 2013, The Harley is something of an institution in the city, with lots of amazing musical acts having played there, from The xx and the Arctic Monkeys, to AlunaGeorge and The Vaccines.

As well as continuing to promote weekly shows at The Harley, its live music producers Harley Live  have gone on to create and run the nationally-acclaimed music festival Tramlines, whose alumni include WeAreScientists, Alt-J and hundreds more.  Hosting takeovers at various Sheffield venues, including working men’s club Queen Social Club and the Gothic Cathedral; each venue creates a new, surprising atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night!

Whilst live music is The Harley’s lifeblood, it also plays host to an eclectic mix of club nights, drawing in hundreds of students.  Dubcentral, Thirsty Ear and Club Pony are amongst some of the nights; with the music played ranging from dubstep to reggae and techno, guaranteeing everyone’s music tastes will be satisfied.

During the day, The Harley is home to the award-winning Twisted Burger Company – arguably the best burgers in Sheffield! – with an ever-changing menu that keeps fans coming back for more and more.  And as if that wasn’t enough, if you find you literally can’t keep yourself away from The Harley, they offer a 22-room hotel above the bar for you to crash after an amazing night.

If you love live music and happen to be in Sheffield on Saturday 1 February, then I suggest you get yourself down to The Harley, where up-and-coming band Algiers will be performing, promoting their new album You’re The Captain.  Trust me; it’s going to be great!

For more information, and to check out up-and-coming acts, head over to The Harley’s Facebook page.

 

Algiers

Based in the musical Mecca that is Sheffield, upcoming duo Algiers is taking on British contemporary rock culture with its playfully coloured style of pop rock. Picture a festival stage beneath the blazing sunshine or a packed red-bricked Camden venue. This band is the sound of Britain through and through.

Whilst hard rock can be too abrasive for some, and indie or pop too lacklustre for others, Algiers strike an appealing balance between the two. Weightless yet driving, William’s light, almost folkey vocal and guitar melodies surf over John’s cogent drumlines. Borrowing the simple pop music formula in their composition, the boys achieve personality through their heartfelt lyrics and catchy hooks. Most impressively, their sound has the energy of a band twice the size of a duo.

In fact, William and John actually met in a bar and bonded over appreciation for the other’s band at the time. A jam turned into several and in October 2011 they broke onto scene with their EP ‘Four Priests’. Two years later, Algiers have unveiled a more rustic track ‘Lighthouse’, which will be followed by their debut album ‘You’re The Captail’ on 27 January 2014 on Xtra Mile Recordings – also home to releases by the likes of Frank Turner.

‘As Tall As A Lighthouse’ is a tangy folk rock anthem with its organic vocals, aboriginal drumming, quick skipping guitar riff and kaleidoscopic reverb – topped off with a very original vintage music video. More psychedelic than ‘Four Priests’, the track echoes the likes of MGMT and Yeasayer and shows the duo to have truly fine-tuned their sound in the past couple of years. Catch them gigging up and down the UK and launching the album in the New Year.

Find Algiers on Facebook, Bandcamp and Twitter.