It is interesting to see how areas of cities develope. The old markets area in the centre of Sheffield is getting a revamp courtesy of ordinary folks who have an interest in music, the arts, performance and small business. I was down at Bal fashions for the Wub Club event the other night and had a great time. The bar there is awesome and the efforts put in by all concerned was truly amazing. Rite Trax are opening up a place just a couple of doors down, Plot something or other, name TBD, where studios will sit beside a general business, meeting and event area. Here you see businesses geographically close helping each other. It is just a shame that the local council do not share the same attitude at times. It seems that they are more interested in the big corporate side of things. So many times we have seen small and enjoyable venues, interesting shops and ventures closed down courtesy of the council’s narrow point of view. But the artists, performers, craftspeople and small businesses of Sheffield still continue to create exciting places, events and products.
Opposite these ventures is the old Market Tavern – now there was a place with character. It may yet get a boost with new owners. Just below that is Frehiwet Habesha, an Eritrean restaurant cum cafe. More is being planned by a whole range of people. This is an area that could become something very special if we give it some support and enjoy what is being offered.
RiteTrax CIC is a newly formed social enterprise based in Sheffield, aimed at providng a platform for underground creative culture.
After the festival which you can see below, I will be djing and, hopefully, vjing at the after party. Then in a little while I will also be performing at my old stomping ground for Rite Trax – the Corporation! As always these events are a real rainbow of activity – art, poetry, live music, dj performance, vj performance – so much, and they attract such a range of people.
Source: RiteTrax on the Bole Hills
Take a look on facebook – we will return – there will also be a festival in Sheffield, Bole Hills a little later. I will be vjing as usual.
20th June was World Refugee Day so here are a few mixes of mine –
It is good to make new friends – a chance visit to a cafe – Golden Harvest – with my daughter just for a cuppa and a sarnie meant chatting to people and getting to know Michael and the guy running the place. I was reminded of times I spent in the Forum at a local record shop buying all sorts and spending a little time with them. Good times. Hopefully I may be able to present some of my audio visual work, perhaps do a little vjing and also dj the odd set. Put a good word in for me guys.
RiteTrax is a newly formed social enterprise established to provide a platform for underground creative culture. To see what we’re about/ donate to the project please take a look at our crowdfunding campaign here: https://www.startjoin.com/ritetraxnext
Following up on the success of our launch party, we’re taking the vibe down to Sheffeel’s only coffeeshop/headshop/madhouse Golden Harvest for an affordable evening of quality creative delights! If you missed our launch then this gives you another chance to come and see what we’re upto and get involved with this thing as we move forward!
£2.50 before 11pm/£4 after
9pm – 4am
Live electronic music….Spoken word poetry…Art exhibits…Visuals…Buzzin vibes…Collaborative art…Late license….Rinseout…&promoting everything else from drum n bass to disco & dancehall to dub techno..
if you’d like to display any bits or get involved with our organisation give us a shout via the facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or even better, come down and say ello! 🙂
Limit Break [live] (deep electronica)
Riders Music [live] (pumpin electronic disco punk)
Bozzwell [DJ] (‘nu’ disco and groovers)
BEAR SOUND / Wonky Soundsystem [DJ] (underground riddimz)
Kyla C b2b FiveFive ft B The Chemist [DJ] (rnb/ukg/bassline)
Don’t Look Now UK [DJ] (house/techno)
KIMMYBEATBOX [live] (live beatbox!)
Liam W [live] (hiphop/grime)
Cold Blood & Belle [live] (dreamy electronica)
hosted by Rusty, CB, Anil MC & B The Chemist
& more TBC 🙂
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I have written before about the joys of small venues. The Redhouse has been a key part of my life – at least these latter years. Dealing with business matters there, security, event planning, djing, vjing and so on. It will soon close – unfortunately such pub chains as Punch have little appreciation for the aesthetics of the matter, only the pounds, shillings and pence, no real humanity, just an adding machine.
This was a venue that gave us the widest range of music, certainly in South Yorkshire if not Yorkshire full stop. Here you could find bands, admittedly small, but still from all over the world. Personally I have played music here from every continent. Events such as the celebration of Che Guevara’s birthday, at one time an annual event, where I supplied visuals. I remember playing balkan to a particular crowd, african – from african zouk to kizomba and kudurro, at other times kwaito and afro-beat. Some of the biggest nights were ska events and here I would play not only english language ska, from the UK and regularly the USA, but also french and spanish, mexican and dutch, with odd bits of german thrown in.
There will be a goodbye party next weekend.