The Diary: Rocking amid the retail - bands to play city centre shops

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And if watching underwater poker this Saturday doesn’t flush you with excitement (and why wouldn’t it?) what about watching bands playing in equally unusual locations...?

A host of South Yorkshire acts - including chart-botherers The Crookes - will perform acoustic gigs at shops scattered across Sheffield city centre. Think jazz in John Lewis, blues in the Bird’s Yard complex and maraca-shaking in Marks and Sparks. But don’t think about demanding ‘turn that racket down!’.

See, this is council-sponsored pop music to bring more people into town.

“It’s going to be ace,” says promoter Kate Hewett, who is behind the inaugural City Centre Sessions. “We think people will be surprised at the great bands and talent lurking around the clothes rail and shoe rack.

“There will also be a mini main stage at Devonshire Market on Devonshire Green. The groups will appear in sequence around a circuit of about half a dozen shops before finishing at the market five hours later. It’s going to be a bit special.”

Others acts rocking amid the retail will be Doncaster guitar-slingers Laurel Canyons and a flash mob choir, with more to be announced this week.

The event is free and the circuit starts at noon at Devonshire Street Market.