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Late Kate show gets a bit later

THE much anticipated live return of former Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson has been put back a second time.

Initially due to play last month in one of just three comeback shows, and then rescheduled to July 30, The Kate Jackson Group will now play Plug on September 12 to coincide with the launch of her debut solo single launch and a UK tour.

Before then you could console yourself by hitting Sheffield pub The Redhouse on Monday where city new wavers RepoMen return from a long lay off to launch their retrospective album Occasional Sensations.

It documents a decade of the band featuring local radio regular Denzil Watson – and we’ll have more on that next week.

Revved up and gunning Forum

AS Cameron’s Big Society plans begin to get a grip The Suzukis are among a new breed of bands turning out anthems to kick up the dust in 2011 Blighty.

Honed in an old mill in Wigan, the debut album that brings them to the Forum on Wednesday packs tunes aimed at getting followers thinking as well as throwing fists into the air.

“It’s about asking yourself if you’re happy with the life you’re being allowed to live,” says singer Chris Veasey of lead single Are You Happy With Yourself?

“If not then just putting the TV on and going back to sleep... it isn’t going to start feeling better, it’s going to cripple you to the point where you don’t even know or care if you’re satisfied.”

It’s just one of those Kings

EXPECT a tight squeeze in The Harley later this month as New Town Kings – a nine-piece ska/reggae band head north.

Since forming five years ago, the Essex outfit have found willing ears and feet in festivals at home and in Europe and gained commercial ground in 2007 when they won the grand final of O’Neill’s Undiscovered Live competition.

Debut album M.O.J.O. has them shaking venues on “a rare UK tour” this summer.

They play Glossop Road on July 26 before re-joining the festival circuit.

Villagers in big city venture

THE last time Villagers were in Sheffield they were in the very different environment of the huge Motorpoint Arena, opening for Elbow.

Tonight the Mercury-nominated Irish band are back, in headline capacity at The Leadmill, a one-off warm-up for T In The Park in a summer diary littered with outdoor activities.

Connor O’Brien’s band are the only act from Ireland signed to Domino, also home to Arctic Monkeys, turning in music that is by turn sparse, eerie, casually dishevelled and tangibly cool.

Price declares Indepen-dance Day is here...

SOUTH Yorks battler Alexander Price released his latest bid for chart action this week when his Kitchen Sink Drama EP emerged.

The Doncaster singer who took up dancing to overcome a debilitating motor control condition in his early teens, is now making waves as an electro pop artist and designer signed to The Birdman record label. It follows helpful reactions to his indie single Rent, a Pet Shop Boys cover.

It’s something of a victory for an artist who overcame dyspraxia to eventually land a place at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School alongside the like of Eliza Doolittle and Billie Piper before discovering London’s edgy thriving nocturnal club scene.

Kitchen Sink Drama sets Price’s personal lyrics to pounding slices of electro disco pop with results that are both “retro and neon”.

The EP includes League-esque Love Song and Butterflies, where a woman’s obsession with a closeted gay boy band star spirals into deadly confrontation.

A remix of Rent by dance/techno legend Diarmaid O Meara completes the set.