Ale will be well in battle

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NEVER mind The Hunger Games, on Tuesday Sheffield’s Riverside pub will host the brewery battle.

Four city beer makers – The Brew Company, Bradfield Brewery, Sheffield Brewery and White Rose Brewery – will compete for the judges’ tastebuds and votes to become Tramlines 2012’s official ale, sold at the July festival and venues in the run-up.

ERRORS Nov 2011 forest colour photo (c) Michael Kent.

ERRORS Nov 2011 forest colour photo (c) Michael Kent.

Local bands Unsung National Heroes, pictured above, and Hot Soles, plus magician Ben Z, will entertain during the supping.

“The Blues and Ale Trail is a key part of the festival and real ale is something our punters love,” says Festival Director Sarah Nulty. “Last year’s Tramlines Ale was a great success so we wanted to open it up to other brewers. Sheffield has a fantastic real ale community and some brilliant breweries and we need to celebrate that.”

Gallows guys do good

THEY’VE labelled it a night of musical melancholia but at least benefactors the British Red Cross will be happy about the acoustic antics at Sheffield’s Red House on Saturday.

Hungarian Lanterns, pictured above, Gardinski, The Silver Darlings and James Tait will pay lipservice to Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, including a cover of each in their set.

The idea stems from award-winning stand-up and Lanterns leader Anthony J Brown. “I’ve always had a penchant for lyrical gallows humour and lovelorn wisdom and having worked with the lovely Red Cross folk at two annual Giggle Aid fund-raising shows I’ve learnt a lot about the fabulous work.”

Some skate expectations

FANS of maverick musos Errors, pictured above, can catch the band in unusual circumstances when Rolled School takes place at Sheffield’s Skate Central venue.

Previously known as Rollerpalooza, the Queens Road bash combines wheels with rock, or in the case of Errors, a cunning mix of the unexpected.

Eighteen months on from the Afrobeat-inspired robotic disco of Come Down With Me, the Glaswegian’s third album, Have Some Faith In Magic, dismisses the “post-rock” tag by turning the lads all pop. Early bird tickets for May 5 bash from http://bit.ly/rolledschoolearlybirds