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RUTS DC + TV Smith – 22nd Nov

British Reggae-Punks RUTS DC are at The Sugarmill on 22nd November as part of their ‘Faces In The Sky’ tour.

Support from: TV Smith

Tickets for this show go on general sale Weds 19th Jan at 9am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic

LOW STEPPA **CLUB NIGHT** 29th Jan

Our first party of the year is always a special one! Everyone has recharged their batteries and ready for a blowout after a month of being good! 😝
Obviously with covid restrictions hanging over us at Xmas time, it was a tough call to book a DJ early in advance with a possible lockdown on the cards so we held fire to see the smoke clear…
We now have a green light and we sent out the bat signal to our friends and who was it that came to our rescue?!
The mighty Low Steppa!
As many of you know, Low Steppa is no stranger to Stoke on Trent, but since his first visit here 15 years ago, he’s now become a global DJ/producer heavyweight and one of Defected’s main DJ’s who’s always first on their team sheet because he’s guaranteed to smash every party he plays!
He really is the real deal behind the decks and if that wasn’t enough, he’s one of the most down to earth and nicest guys you could wish to meet.
The thing that makes his gigs here special is he absolutely loves Stoke! It holds a special place in his heart and he’s up for one almighty party at the end of the month so make no mistake he’ll bring it!
See you on the dancefloor ❤️
Tickets on sale now
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POM POKO + Mumble Tide + Special Guests – 20th April

POM POKO headline The Sugarmill on 20th April.

Support from: Mumble Tide + (tbc)

“If you have a vacancy for Favourite New Band, Pom Poko would like to apply for the role,” tweeted Tim Burgess in April, as Norway’s finest punk-pop anti-conformists revisited their joyous debut album, Birthday, for one of Tim’s mood-lifting Twitter listening parties. Pom Poko pimp their CV on all fronts with their glorious second album, Cheater, due for release via Bella Union in January 2021. Between the quartet’s sweet melodies, galvanic punky ructions and wild-at-art-rock eruptions, Cheater is the sound of a band celebrating the binding extremes that make them so uniquely qualified to thrill: and, like Tim’s listening party, to fulfil any need you might have for a pick-you-up.


Tickets for this show go on general sale Friday 7th Jan at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic

NEW COVID RULES

  1. For our live shows, as we are under 500 capacity, we will NOT be required to check Covid Status Certification, although we encourage people to be sensible and #TakeATest before attending.
  2. For club nights, we WILL be required to check Covid Status Certification. You can do this by downloading the NHS App and showing us your NHS Covid Pass, or you can take a Lateral Flow test (available free to order online or at pharmacies with a collection code) before attending, upload the result and show us the text you receive confirming the negative result.
  3. If you attend a live show which runs into a club night and you intend to stay in the venue past 1am, you will have to show us Covid Status Certification on entry.

 

THE ROYSTON CLUB + Special Guests – 18th May

The Royston Club are a Welsh Indie quartet, who since signing to Run On Records and Modern Sky in early 2021 have embarked on a scintillating debut UK tour selling out all 12 dates. The band also made their Isle of Wight festival debut and began the Autumn with appearances at Sound City & Focus Wales, before heading on tour with The Lathums and Red Rum Club.

Tickets for this show go on general sale Friday 10th Dec at 10am via The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic

THE REYTONS REVIEW – 29.09.21

The Reytons Review
by Shaun Battison

Review for Ay Up Duck Radio’s Sugarmill Show

On Wednesday 29th September.

In Superman-like fashion, I’d got home from work and headed back out in less than 20 minutes, knowing I couldn’t risk missing a second of this gig, a heroic feat that was absolutely rewarded by the three excellent bands on show.

 

The Luka State
@thelukastate

I hadn’t seen The Sugarmill this busy in…well, ever I think. Such a massive crowd so early on into a gig isn’t only rare but is a tell-tale sign of the immense quality of each band on show on the night, with The Luka State up first on the roster.

Catchy, energetic, and loaded with prominent guitars throughout their set, The Luka State immediately reminded me of the first time I saw The Enemy live; with a fast-paced energy punctuated by punchy indie-rock tunes and mod aesthetic, the Winsford four-piece left everything they had in them on the stage that night, smashing through a set full of anthems and controlling the lively crowd like putty in their hands throughout the night.

They easily could’ve been headliners on the night, and I’d go as far as to say the same for Corella, and their quality was matched with their level of production, strobe lights ablaze in the background as the lads kicked off with [Insert Girl’s Name Here], a track which teased the immediately punchy and boisterous guitars the band are renown for and pairing them with animated drumming and gritty lyrics.

Hook. Line. Sinker.

Adrenaline courses through the veins of crowd and band alike as the lads graft away onstage, frontman and guitarist Conrad Ellis utilising his northern twang throughout the slower Room’s On Fire and playful-yet-provocative Girl, a tune with a very prominent 90s style drumbeat throughout as the rest of the band attack their instruments in a fury of music brilliance, their chemistry and confidence really shining through.

Similar in style to the likes of The Wholls, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Ramona Flowers, the Cheshire quartet boast bags of attitude and ability, lead guitarist Lewis Pusey rocking out all night as the steady hands of bassist Sam Bell held the ship together alongside the emphatic and often animalistic drumming of Jake Barnabas, all while lead Conrad Ellis slams poetic lyrics in tracks like Kick In The Teeth, Feel It, and What’s My Problem, the latter two of which got the Adidas Originals enthusiasts at the back rushing forwards to get stuck in down at the front, bouncing and singing along their way to cause more mayhem and mischief.

Ending a lively and impressive set on personal favourite Bury Me sent The ‘Mill into a frenzy, forcing me to break out my best pogo stick impression as friend and show co-host Ollie Hopewell looked on in disgusted shock, maybe he was just jealous of my moves. Bury Me epitomises everything about The Luka State, ending their crashing set with their instruments totally exhausted and battered from the experience. The band are currently pushing their 2021 album Fall In Fall Out and I would absolutely check it out before you inevitably go and see them, just remember that I told you so!

 

Corella
@corellamusic

Four lads who met at uni forming a band isn’t a rare thing, I’m sure almost everyone will know at least one person who was briefly in a band at some point, but for them to sound as good as Corella do is truly something special; having to put their passions on pause in recent years, the Manchester four-piece introduced themselves to a locked down world via their “Club Corella”, a weekly Instagram performance to entertain their fans and stay sharp as a band. This dedication has certainly paid off for the lads, and their innovation doesn’t end with their online antics, but stretches across into their very sound.

Opening with Island, Corella offered a change of pace and style as their sunny guitars and pulsating drums encapsulated that feeling of 80s nostalgia, the band’s softer indie/pop sound coming through in tracks like Come Around and Barcelona Girl, the latter of the two giving guitarist Jack Taylor plenty of room to show off his immense skills with his instrument. Dice and Let On were a musical playground for bassist Ben Henderson and drummer James Fawcett, Dice being my personal favourite of their set on the night, playing in my head as a song you can dance away to or just chill out with!

Channelling the likes of Little Comets, No Hot Ashes, Twin Atlantic, and especially Bombay Bicycle Club, Corella have found a beautiful and summery sound and paired it with the ability to write anthem after anthem, frontman and guitarist Joel Smith’s lyrical style reminding me of The Big Dish and Aztec Camera while dressed in a very smart retro sweatshirt; all members of the band came across as really cool and really nice lads.

Hectic or poppy, clever or soulful, there isn’t much the Manchester band can’t do musically, and achieving this well-rounded sound despite only being together since 2016 is such an impressive feat. The band ended on Waterfall and left the crowd wanting much more from them, the perfect finale that typified Corella and everything they’re about. Oh, and I’ve also got a massive respect for them and their love of oatcakes!

 

The Reytons
@thereytons

Before a single note was played from the evening’s headliners, The Sugarmill crowd was in a frenzy; spurred on by the excellent bands who came before The Reytons and further so by the trio of songs played before the Sheffield band took to stage, delighting the Stoke-on-Trent crowd Tom Jones’ Delilah and Neil Dimond’s Sweet Caroline before emerging to remixed audio from a legendary interview with “Britain’s Hardest Prisoner” Paul Sykes. The heaving venue now reaching breaking point as a sweaty and boisterous crowd called back iconic lines about swimming the Straights of Johor and punching sharks in the earhole before the four-piece took to stage, pints flying through the air and punters at the back scrambling over one another just to get a look at the stage.

I’ve never seen The ‘Mill so lively before a word is spoken and then BANG! Flashing lights accompanied by a nauseating surge from the audience as the Kids off the Estate set things off, 2020’s single Red Smoke opening their set over a chorus of “Here we, here we, here we f***ing go!”. The ensuing chaos made for great viewing from the venue’s balcony, a spot which I secured having combatted with the standing area below.

The crowd were immediately consumed by the band’s every action, fixating on each note and syllable as thrashing guitars and banging drums laid ample room for frontman Jonny Yerrell to jump about the stage as though he were singing to each member of the audience like he’d known them for years, pacing up and down a stage with “Kids off the Estate” in big letters as his backdrop all the while.

By now the aroma of Dark Fruits and suede protect had made its way up to the balcony, the sweaty haze above the rabid crowd looking as though it would never dissipate as the walls of The Sugarmill ran wet with sweat. A gross but apt observation as the crowd raged on, making me wonder if I’d ever seen a band more in tune with their audience. I hadn’t. The pace of the headliners was rarely quelled, only the occasional swig of beer or chat with the mob before them stopped the crowd from throwing themselves across the floor in delight.

It’s tricky to even know where to start in describing The Reytons, often compared to the Arctic Monkeys both lyrically and in sound, though I’d argue they’re much grittier than their Yorkshire predecessors. Their lyrics, however, draw much easier comparison; tales from being at the bike sheds and nipping down the local for a pint to complex metaphors and direct stabs at the highs and lows of working-class life. Sounds of The Enemy and Courteeners shine through in tracks like On the Back Burner and Headache, while Expectations of a Fool channel that show off the band’s unrivalled ability to write anthems.

Harrison Lesser and Slice Of Lime are the two songs that encapsulate the power and range of The Reytons, the abilities of bassist Lee Holland and drummer Sean O’Connor really on display across the two with steady riffs and upbeat drumming keeping the evening lively as lead guitarist Joe ‘O’Brien pulls twanging riffs out of seemingly nowhere, the three lads behind frontman Jonny Yerrell really holding their own and letting their personalities shine through their work.

Punkier sounds are explored through Antibiotics and Nothing to Declare as the band show that one of life’s defining qualities is just cracking on and making your own fun regardless of circumstance. Keeping with the punkier theme and ending on Broke Boys Cartel, the quartet made a lasting impression on all those in attendance, leaving me walking home almost in a sprint I was so buzzing from the night!

I felt an immense sense of joy just reading back my notes from the night and remembered the euphoric feeling of my ears ringing from the set. Of course, I expected The Reytons to put in a shift in, but they did more than that as they gave it their all. Huge respect and excitement for their future projects and a shared excitement for Corella and The Luka State as they continue on their journey. Music is in safe hands, trust me.

 

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© Shaun Battison 2021
Contact: SugarmillShow@gmail.com

THE CLAUSE + Special Guests – 23rd Feb

The Clause are a four-piece from Birmingham who bring together the swagger of the 60s, the rolling groove of the 80s and the riotous verve and attitude of the 90s.  Pearce Macca (front man), Niall Fennell (drummer) Jonny Fyffe (bassist) and Liam Deakin (guitarist) effortlessly combine huge hooks with gritty verses, indie sensibilities and rhythm and blues groove and melodies to create an altogether different beast.

The music defies categorisation, rolling seamlessly from crashing percussion to huge, swinging bass. There are epic singalong choruses destined for stadiums and packed festival main stages, and darker, edgier moments evoking late night cruises down dingy back streets. The band have been together since they were kids and they have matured into one of the UK’s most exciting new bands.

They have hit the road throughout autumn and winter wowing cities and festivals including main support slots for the Pigeon Detectives, Slow Readers Club, DMAs and The Snuts. Reviews from the shows have been stellar and the band are very excited for their solo national tour in February/March 2022.

The band have been featured, to date, on Radio 1, 6, X and XS as well as Soccer AM & Clashmusic.com. They were also honoured to play on Radio 1’s Big Weekend this year. Two singles have reached No1 in the itunes rock chart and just outside the Top 20 on the main chart and they have been playlisted by Spotify on All New Rock, Deezer’s Hot New Rock and YouTube’s Your New Alternative Playlist. The last three singles have witnessed real growth with 2.5 million streams and over a half million listeners. There are plans for a mega release in spring 2022 with a high-profile collaboration in the offing, watch this space.

 

The Clause have had extensive support across all media – Soccer AM, BT Sports, This Feeling, Gigslutz, Band of the Day on Maximum Volume Music and Scottish Music Network among many others, plus a cover feature in the Sunday Mail and two-page interview on the Daily Record.

Tickets for this show go on sale 10am Fri 10th Dec via The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic

IVW 22: THE LOUNGE SOCIETY + Honeyglaze + Formal Sppeedwear + Yuka Tree – 4th Feb

While some bands make music that pats you on the back, The Lounge Society makes music that kicks you in the teeth – just like nature intended. Hailing from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, they are the next to emerge from the contagious ‘Calder Sound’, alongside Working Men’s Club, The Orielles and WH Lung. An unruly bunch of talented multi-instrumentalists (Interchanging roles between guitar and bass) The Lounge Society have pioneered a fresh approach to an eclectic range of influences spanning from The Fall and Talking Heads to The Velvet Underground and Fat White Family. Infectious bursts of sound, forged in the darkest underbelly of Post Punk, New Wave and Funk-Punk, sculpted with swirling guitars, heavy bass lines and spiky, angular, driving rhythms.This culminates  in a surging tide of noise that can only be described as Cold War Pop. Their debut single ‘Generation Game’ conbines all elements of their sound, and creates an intense, driving and explosive politically charged anthem. The track released on Dan Careys Speedy Wunderground immediately took flight, with the track becoming the fastest selling 7″ in the label’s history, and the second act to receive a repress of 500 copies, with the only other act to achieve such a feat being Black Midi.

 

“A lively and assured sound, embracing a slowly tempering association of atmospheric meddling and sprawling distortion, revelling in the forceful potency they create in waves” – So Young Magazine

Tickets for this show on sale now via The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic

DIY Class of 2022 Tour feat. Yard Act + English Teacher + Cathy Jain **POSTPONED**

It is with regret that due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK and around the world, the upcoming DIY Class Of 2022: Yard Act dates due to take place in January 2022 have been postponed.  We are currently working on arranging re-scheduled dates for these shows. More information will be announced in the near future on these rescheduled shows.

 

All tickets purchased for the original date remain valid. 

Customers are advised to retain their tickets and ticket confirmations at this time.

 

DIY’s Class of 2022 Tour stops off at The Sugarmill.

Line up:

YARD ACT

ENGLISH TEACHER

CATHY JAIN

Tickets on sale now via Music Mania or  Gigantic

JAMIE WEBSTER + Special Guests – 3rd Feb

JAMIE WEBSTER headlines The Sugarmill on 3rd Feb.

Tickets on sale Friday 26th at 10am via Gigantic.

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