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DOWN in ‘The Smoke’ Portico Quartet gigs tend to sell out fast – so it is perhaps surprising their November 11 Sheffield debut at The Riverside should be free.

Fresh from recording their as yet untitled third album – their first with new member Keir Vine – the former buskers turned Mercury Prize-nominated and Royal Opera House-playing band are sharing their latest sounds at just five shows.

Airship - credit Matt Spalding

Airship - credit Matt Spalding

PQ thrust electronica beside 21st century jazz to make melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of minimalist dance music and a contemporary improvisation that draws on dub-step, electronica and ambient. Ethereal saxophones, spacey keyboards, pulsing drums and earthy bass blend with hook-laden ditties.

Mates get all Ocean-al

IF who you mix with is an indication of where you are heading then Airship have been in good company ahead of their trip to Sheffield.

The Manchester quartet, at the Harley on Sunday, have been touring with the beautifully intense Joy Formidable, Biffy Clyro and Editors and, significantly for their debut album Stuck In This Ocean, conspired with Doves ambient programmer Rebelski and Editors guitarist Chris Urbanowicz. Doves/Cherry Ghost producer Dan Austin added further pixie dust resulting in singles Algebra and the head-turning Kids.

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast

Developing these songs live on the roads of Britain and Europe was how Airship wanted to write them, resulting in an album of big, leftfield tunes with a depth and soul.

Trumpeted-up charges

CALL it cheap labour or a chance to grab some of the spotlight but Hyde & Beast – the duo featuring The Futureheads’ Dave Hyde and ex-Golden Virgins’ drummer Neil Bassett – are seeking trumpet-playing fans to join them on-stage during the tour that takes them to The Harley on Monday.

The band are after a different player for each night and would like a brassy boy or girl to accompany them during performances of their recent single Never Come Back – see the video at

“If you or someone you know can blow a mean horn then get in touch,” says Neil.

Send your name, venue and contact details to along with confirmation you have a trumpet available. The band will get back to those selected to play.

New single You Will Be Lonely is out on November 14.