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Stalls out for summer

SHEFFIELD venue The Leadmill goes back to its community arts roots on Saturday when it hosts a day led by local clothing and art collective HANTU.

Featuring “bands, artists and interesting people”, from 3pm, they will transform a section of the club’s main room with a new wall mural by artists Geo Law and Louise Wheeler alongside five other guest artists while independent stalls sell clothing, jewellery, magazines and posters.

DJs from Threads, SOYO Live, The Tuesday Club and the Leady will be followed by live sets from blues stompers Hot Soles and Mad Colours, with their unpredictable costumes and stage banter, and Dead Sons.

Friends’ Pure thoughts

THE Mystery Jets will guest DJ for the Harley launch party of Sheffield band Best Friends’ new single on Saturday.

Too Pure are putting out a seven inch featuring Surf Bitches and Grow Old, which follows BF’s recent ‘split cassette’ with local hardcore band Grazes and precedes a two-week tour.

Formed 18 months ago, Best Friends play a sunshine-driven, danceable mix of surf, pop and garage influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Black Lips, Phil Spector and The Ramones. They chased their summer of 2011 debut EP with the Throwing Up EP this spring, released on Art I Hard Records.

Retro for a good cause

WHEN local band The Last Throw Of The Dice play Sheffield’s Niagara Sports and Social Club a week today they’ll have someone in mind.

For Clive Davis was prompted to organise a musical night with a big ’60s theme to help combat an illness that struck a colleague last year.

“Motor Neurone Disease is the most appalling, debilitating illness for which there is no cure and which has a devastating impact on the victim and their families,” he says.

“We thought it right to raise the profile of the work of the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.”

Tickets cost a fiver via 0114 296 4945, crucian48@mac.com or 07595 229935 and on the night (under 16s free with adult), ’60s dress optional.