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Alan key to new art idea

FORMER Creation Records boss Alan McGee - one of the most influential men in ‘90s music - mans the decks to launch an exhibition by former Hurricane #1 frontman Alex Lowe on Saturday.

Smart Art Galleries, Totley, hosts the first major display of abstract paintings by a singer that McGee – who also discovered and signed Oasis, Jesus & Mary Chain and Primal Scream – has described as “a great artist, good singer and an amazing painter.”

Woody Allen, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump already own original paintings by Alex, who is working with Alan on a new art project entitled The Aquarian Conspiracy. Alex, who will also perform an acoustic set, aims to release new music this year. Hurricane #1 had two top 20 albums in the late ‘90s.

The launch event, in support of Teenage Cancer Trust, will happen 7pm-10. Admission is free with charity donations requested.

Visual reality Snow show

SHEFFIED band Blood Sport are coming out of hibernation for what is hoped to be the first wAVe audio-visual event as part of Sensoria festival this Saturday.

Creative Arts Development Space, aka Kutrite Works, on Shalesmoor’s Snow Lane, hosts the “immersive, synaesthetic experience sitting between music, film and art”.

Audio/visual performers, violinist, producer and film-maker Zan Lyons’ explosive beats collide with melancholic concertos to “reimagine” sci-fi classic Bladerunner.

Also on are Jude Greenaway aka Scanone and experimental audio-visual trio Origamibiro marking the release of new album Shakkei Remixed, featuring Plaid and Leafcutter John.

Blood Sport’s mix of post punk, noise rock and afrobeat will soundtrack a new film from local film maker Guywuy.

A Maynard act to follow

WITH the hype following this chap around right now don’t expect to see Conor Maynard performing the O2 Academy’s second room, as he does tonight, for too long.

Can’t Say No was number two in the singles chart on Sunday following a wave of hysteria from the self-dubbed Mayniacs who have been following the 19-year-old pop wünderkind.

Conor honed his sound in Miami with Pharrell Williams alongside collaborators including Tyler the Creator and Ludacris. He’s also recorded in LA with Ne-Yo, the first artist to spot his talent in 2010 when Conor’s cover of Beautiful Monster exploded over the internet.

The video for his official debut single has had more than two million views.