Top ten acts, spread across stages, spaces and parks

Former Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson - credit David Dunn
Former Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson - credit David Dunn


The much-anticipated live appearance by the group which features The Long Blondes’ frontwoman and fuses indie pop and glam with 70s country rock. The live appearance follows a busy stint in the studio where former Sheffield-based Kate has been working with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on some new material. The Kate Jackson Band play on Friday at Barker’s Pool, 8pm.


Liverpudlian post-punk rock and rollers signed to edgy label Moshi Moshi play at The Forum Fetival Bar, Devonshire Street, on Friday July 22 at 12am.


Vibrant, visceral, lively, rhythmic, bassy, DJ Pipes’ ragga-infused repertoire knows no bounds. For a bouncy night make this one of your stops. DJ Pipes plays at The Great Gatsby, Division Street on Friday from 8pm onwards as part of Kid Acne’s Kill Your Darlings After Party.


These storming, rip-roaring blues rockers hold nothing back – expect super ballsy, full throttle rock and roll. Sensational, in the strictest sense of the word – your gut and ears will vouch for that. Death Rays play at Penelopes, Arundel Gate, on Friday at 9pm.


Super layered, textured and melodic post-punk indie rockers, The Guillemots bring their vast and ever-changing repertoire to the main Hallam FM stage at Devonshire Green on Saturday, 8.45pm.


Upbeat party slingers from Glasgow play at the Drowned in Sound (DiS) / Nando’s New Music Stage in Barker’s Pool at 7.30pm on Saturday.


Nancy Elizabeth has risen from the nether regions of the North West to national acclaim over the past six years and now, signed to the Leaf label, she is among the UK’s most sought-after folk artists. Her music is delicately woven, at times exotic, moving and melodic. Her must-see set is at Tramlines’ new live venue – the Folk Forest, in Endcliffe Park – on Saturday at 4pm.


They bring something raucous to the festival with their staggering line-up of eight horn players, two percussionists, a scratch DJ and a live MC. The Renegade Brass Band plays at the Raynor Lounge, Sheffield University Students’ Union, Brook Hill, on Saturday at 7pm.


It would be wrong not to sample the extraordinary, eclectic beats and samples of this young Sheffield producer. Be prepared to bounce, dance, jump and hustle – and that’s if you get in there. Last year people queued for as long as four hours to see the Sheffield prodigy spin. Toddla T plays at the Octagon, Brook Hill, on Saturday at 12.30am.


Why not have a crack at the high-speed Latin dance fitness party at the Lifeskills World Stage on Saturday at 2.30pm?