Propa Local aims to showcase up-and-coming Sheffield music stars

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Up-and-coming Sheffield musicians are invited to showcase their sound at a new club night being launched tomorrow.

Propa Local is designed to bring the city’s many unsigned solo artists and bands to wider attention.

Promoter Neil Hargreaves, of Aggressive Management, said: “This monthly event will take all that’s good about Sheffield’s music scene and put it right in the spotlight.

“Through a collaborative effort, the musicians and bands of Sheffield are coming together for what will be an evening of purely local music at one of Sheffield’s best known independent music venues, Plug.

“It also gives the newer, younger and less experienced bands a chance to put their band on a bigger platform.”

Promoters, record labels and music journalists are being invited to the nights to see what Sheffield has to offer.

The first event will take places at the 1,200-capacity Plug, on Matilda Street in the city centre, tomorrow, with doors opening at 8.15pm. Performing live will be Liberty Ship, The Monday Club and Resonate. Entry is £3, although Sheffield bands and musicians will get free guest-list entry.

Neil said: “Upon entering Plug you will notice a merchandise and vinyl market, where we intend to sell any/every Sheffield band’s CDs, EPs, vinyl, T-Shirts and merchandise for them – the ultimate Sheffield unsigned megastore.

“Further into the club you’ll notice on the screens the videos, tour dates and logos of Sheffield’s local unsigned bands.

“These will be on the screens all night showcasing their videos and promoting their gigs.

“There will be live sets from three bands at each event.

“The DJ on the night will be playing only local music with the focus being on the unsigned bands of Sheffield,” he said.

“This will give the dancefloor and venue a unique vibe and will be a great chance for local bands to hear their sounds through a big rig for perhaps the first time.

“Basically a band can come down to the event for free, see their videos up on the screens, hear their music blasted out by the DJ, see their merchandise and CDs on sale, watch a live set from a fellow band, and then having an interview with us about what they’re up to and what new releases they have for our video channel.

“This is brilliant for Sheffield musicians and bands – it’s for them – and hopefully it will kick off 2014 as Sheffield’s big year of music.”