Folk stars Midlake ready to flood City Hall with hit music

Midlake  new frontman Eric Pulido
Midlake new frontman Eric Pulido
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Midlake, Sheffield City Hall

These superstars of the US folk music scene will play to a packed house in the City Hall Ballroom tomorrow.

They visit just two days after punk poet John Cooper Clarke filled the underground hall for La Grande Visite to mark the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Midlake are bringing their Antiphon tour to the city, performing new tracks from the 2013 album of the same name, alongside iconic hits such as The Old and The Young and Roscoe.

An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties.

In Midlake’s case, it is the title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career with a rejigged line-up.

Midlake were formed in 1999 by a group of friends at University of North Texas College of Music, fronted by lead singer Tim Smith.

However, Smith chose to leave the band during the recording of 
Antiphon, their fourth studio album.

The response was a new frontman in Eric Pulido and a newly-honed sound that is as rich and symphonic as it is both dynamic and kaleidoscopic.

Limited tickets may be available.

Box office: at the venue, online at Sheffield City Hall or call 0114 278 9789.

Meanwhile, at the Greystones in Sheffield tomorrow, Peatbog Faeries are performing their high-octane dance music.

It’s a rare opportunity to see a major festival band up close in the intimate back room of the Greystones Road pub.

Advance tickets are available from the venue or online at We Got Tickets