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Go dig the big shindig

WILDLIFE in the Barnsley suburb of Silkstone will be shaken by a three-day festival from tomorrow, mixing unsigned talent with veterans of the art.

Chingford act The Rifles, will headline the opening session which runs from 6pm and Athlete top Saturday’s 2pm to midnight shift, with Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene doing the honours acoustically on Sunday.

In between times there are sets from some of the county’s finest exponents, including Sheffield’s Dead Sons and Violet May, bluesman Jon Strong and The Velcro Teddybears.

Tickets cost from £15 for kids up to £25 per day via shindigfestival.co.uk.

Brücken home with lads

HAILED by some as the first lady of cinematic electronic pop, it was only right Claudia Brücken was joined by Sheffield electro innovators Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory for her highly anticipated live show This Time: It’s Claudia Brücken.

The London show was filmed for CD/DVD This Happened, out this week, as a celebration of Claudia’s life in pop, from Propaganda – best known for the hit Dr Mabuse – to Art Of Noise and Onetwo. OMD’s Paul Humphreys and Erasure’s Andy Bell also feature.

Claudia’s collaborations with Glenn, pictured above, who is back at O2 Academy with H17 on Oct 27, Bell and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode emphasized her identity as discreet electro icon.

Noisy night snubs cuts

SEVERAL musos will join forces tonight to tell arts funding cutters where to go in the face of threats to community radio programming in Sheffield.

The Early Cartographers (pictured aboard the Tramlines Buskers Bus), Dimond Ranks and the suitably angry Shaking Whips share talents at The Greystones with proceeds aiding Sheffield Live.

“Sheffield Live allows members of our community the chance to have a voice,” says promoter Emily Strange, “with content that is not always provided on commercial stations. It is a not for profit organisation.”