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US sisters are doing it

One of the breakthrough bands of the year, 2:54 plays Sheffield as part of a tour that takes in dates all across the country.

It’s been an amazing year for the sister-act, playing a show-stopping US headline tour, numerous high-profile summer festival slots, and being named main support to the XX’s European comeback tour in September, not to mention a slew of fevered acclaim for their debut record. This tour also follows the release of their latest single, Sugar, in September, and will represent a rounding-up of what’s been a momentous 2012.

2:54 perform at the Leadmill, Leadmill Road on October 29.

Audacious experiment

SHEFFIELD art collective The Audacious Art Experiment (TAAE) and Tye Die Tapes (TDT) have teamed up to host a DIY Record Fair.

The event features seven bands, who will be performing throughout the day. There are also several stall holders selling a variety of records from old-school punk to rare jazz and blues.

Luke Twyman from TAAE said: “This is our first ever DIY record and fanzine fare. Through the sale of home-printed fanzines, we believe the social commentary and musical discussion being produced are still some of the most accurate and liberal views documented by the printed word today.

“There are still stall spaces available, so if anyone is interested in hosting their own stall they can get involved.

The Fanzine Fair is on Sunday, October 28 at The Nichols Building.

For more information contact Luke Twyman from TAAE on 07835234674 or James Levitt from TDT on 07817447297

The clock is Toquing...

TOKYO all-girl three-piece Toquiwa play Sheffield next month.

The group is the first to release a debut on Scopitones since the cult-loved 80s band The Wedding Present.

Formed in 1998 under a different guise, the band came third in the 2008 global battle of the bands. Then called The Pinky Piglets, their Trojan horse assault of cute moves and explosive punk rock riffs leave an imprint on all their audiences across the world. The band have already achieved great accolades; they’ve hosted their own radio show on one of Tokyo’s largest stations, penned a song for a TV theme tune and have shared stages with punk rock legends Bad Religion, Guttermouth, Regurgitator and, of course, The Wedding Present.

Toquiwa play at the Leadmill on November 13.