Punk rock bank The Lovely Eggs reschedule tour for SEVENTH time - and they're coming to Sheffield

Psychedelic punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs have rescheduled a planned tour hit by the pandemic a staggering seven times – but they are still heading to Sheffield in late July.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 3:00 pm

With the cancellation of ‘Freedom Day’ this week, the band have pushed their early July dates back by a couple of weeks to meet the new restrictions.

They originally intended to tour to promote the release in April 2020 of their album I Am Moron.

“It's part of the DIY culture,” said singer and guitarist Holly Ross. “You just don't give up. So as soon as we found out that reopening had been pushed back, we set about heaving all our tour dates back into late July/August.

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The Lovely Eggs, who finally play Sheffield in late July
The Lovely Eggs, who finally play Sheffield in late July

"We didn't want to wait till next year. And within 24 hours we'd rebooked our UK tour for the seventh time! We are all just ready for the party now.

"Everyone has been looking forward to these shows for over a year and we can't wait to bring it to em!"

These shows will also celebrate the band’s forthcoming collaboration with Iggy Pop for the July 9 release of new single I, Moron via their own label, Egg Records.

“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” said Holly. “It’s actually unbelievable.

The cover image from Mick Jones' book of his Park Hill photographs, View From the Hill

"For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas.

"You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

The B-side features The Lovely Eggs’ own take on Dum Dum Boys from Iggy’s defining 1977 album, The Idiot.

Drummer David Blackwell said: “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette and it was one of the first albums that I got really into.

Play Edgar – A Hidden Life is being shown at Elsecar Heritage Centre

“Dum Dum Boys struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”

The Lovely Eggs play the O2 Academy in Sheffield on July 29. Tickets: www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academysheffield/events/all

Photographer Mick Jones has also finally able to open his exhibition of his excellent pictures of life in Park Hill in the 1960s at the Bubba Bar in Kelham Island venue SteelyardKelham.

The bar has 30 images on show, all from 1969 and 1970.

Mick has a book of his memories and photographs, View from the Hill, on sale from Sheffield publisher 1889 Books for £15, also from Waterstones and Amazon. Website: www.1889books.co.uk.

Learning disabled playwright Daniel Foulds presents Hidden History – a project bringing to life the true stories of historical Yorkshire characters, with a trilogy of plays set in venues around the county.

One of the plays, Edgar – A Hidden Life, is being performed at Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley on July 10 and 11. The other two take place in Bradford and Halifax. Tickets: www.danieljfoulds.com

After half a century in silence, hidden away in an asylum, Edgar Bower wanted to return to his beloved home in Wentworth village. The play explores secrets and shame, poverty and prejudice - and the sustaining power of love.

A new exhibition at the Millennium Gallery will celebrate the work of the late John Hoyland, a Sheffield man who was hailed as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of John’s death, Sheffield Museums, in partnership with The John Hoyland Estate, are showcasing some of the final works he created, several of which will be publicly displayed for the first time. John Hoyland: The Last Paintings opens at the gallery on Saturday, July 3.

John Hoyland is renowned for his bold use of colour and inventive forms. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he pushed the boundaries of abstract painting.

Born in 1934, he attended Sheffield School of Arts and Crafts, then went on to study fine art at Sheffield College of Art.

Leaving Sheffield in 1956 to study at The Royal Academy of Art in London, he became exposed to contemporary abstract art and was quickly swept up in a period of great artistic change.

The exhibition runs to October 10 and entry is free.