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THREE Sheffield music fans have set up a venture to get unsigned bands heard above the din of “manufactured music”.

“With the rise of TV shows such as X Factor and The Voice, the music industry is hearing fewer bands in the charts,” say Band Crusade. “The UK has been home to some of the greatest bands in history and there are many more out there waiting to be heard.”

For 12 months Band Crusade have been seeking out the UK’s best unsigned acts and picked 100 to compete ahead of a push for a Christmas number one.

Among them are local alternative rock sextet Undercurrent, often compared to Incubus, Linkin Park and Staind. You can vote for them until November 15 via bandcrusade.com/undercurrent after which Band Crusade will record a winner’s track and video for release in time for the festive furore.

Undercurrent play Corporation on Saturday.

Solo jaunt gets the Sac

DAN Le Sac’s brief break from his equally curiously-named chum Scroobius Pip extends to him touring his critically acclaimed solo debut album.

Dan Le Sac & Friends head out on October 1, reaching The Leadmill 19 days later.

Who from his studio collaborators will join him is yet to be confirmed but Space Between The Words saw his laptop cut-up antics accompanied by Merz, Emma-Lee Moss, Sarah Williams White, B Dolan, Joshua Idehen and Pete Hefferan.

Dan, pictured, has taken a sideways step from the percussive atmospherics that were the backdrop to Pip’s words on top 40 albums Angles and The Logic Of Chance as he embraces electro-pop to psychedelia with guest tonsils.

What floats your Bloat

CATCH him at the right angle and this bluesman could be Peter Kay’s twin.

On stage Big Boy Bloater matches a creosoted voice with guitar playing that has had him in demand on the roots and blues circuit around the world as well as by other artists such as Imelda May and Paloma Faith.

On Saturday he takes that swamp soul and dark blues goodness to The Greystones with his band The Limits and new songs from his summer-released album Leonard Cohen.