About Us

Here at The Big WOW! we care about music.

A place to experience  live performance & a space to record it too.

Below are  details of upcoming pop-up events.

Sat 15th July – Barringtone / / Wax Stag / DJ Fran Green

Barringtone

Fronted by Barry Dobbin, formerly of the brilliant and critically acclaimed Clor, Barringtone
will be bringing their crisp off-kilter electro pop to The Big WOW on Saturday 15th July.

“If Frank Zappa had ever bothered – deigned, stooped – to write a hit single, it might have sounded a bit like this darting, careening slither of melodic madness… Barringtone make unhinged but accessible, deranged but irresistible experimental pop with a sensibility informed by a love of Eno, Moroder, Devo and, yes, Todd Rundgren, pop’s greatest ever wizard and should-have-been true star.” Paul Lester in The Guardian

https://soundcloud.com/barringtonetone
https://www.facebook.com/barringtoneband
@barringtonetone

 

Wax Stag

An occasional collaborator with Bibio (Warp) and Clark (Warp), Rob Lee aka Wax Stag has two albums of instrumental electronic music under his belt, Wax Stag (2008) and II (2015).  His unique performance, which swaps drum machines for a drum kit and a pair of drum sticks, went down a storm at Vibrations last year and we’re really excited to be bringing him back to Sheffield.

https://soundcloud.com/waxstag
https://oldhabitsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ii
https://www.facebook.com/Wax-Stag

DJ Fran Green

One of Sheffield’s most unassuming talents, Fran Green has a staggeringly eclectic record collection. He has a knack for uncovering hidden works of genius which you will find hard to believe you haven’t heard before.

Doors 8pm  

music starts 9pm

 

Sat 15th April – The Medlars plus Rosie Hood

The Medlars are a seven piece contemporary folk band based in London. Their music is raw and rhythmically driven with orchestral and psychedelic undertones, layering melodies and harmonies to illuminate their political and socially conscious messages.

They formed after meeting at university in 2016 through Jimmy Grayburn, who at the time was performing as a solo artist. His lyrics tackle issues around environmentalism, homelessness and austerity cuts and are accompanied by the Medlars’ unique and frank sound. The band’s influences include Johnny Flynn, Nic Jones, Chris Wood and Cocos Lovers.

The Medlars have captured audiences at many events, including Wilderness Festival and the Woodburner in London. In March comes their highly anticipated debut release with Pear o’Legs Records (recorded at the acclaimed Soup Studios) as well as their first UK tour.

The first track on their debut release is Heart of a Home, a dark, driving transportation to the Arizonan desert. It starts with the groaning soundscape of a rusted oil pump before being thrown into a story of how our lives are becoming more dependent on oil-based consumer products. The band’s frustrations are felt in the raw rhythm section from Egan and Choudhuri. Fly the Wheel is the polar opposite. Combining nostalgia and up beat brass, it tells the story of Grayburn’s first trip to Scotland with his partner. It’s studded with references to the folk songs they sang on the long car journey up to Orkney for the summer Solstice. At the heart of all the songs is a longing for community.

The Medlars are: Jimmy Grayburn (vocals, banjo), Ribhu Choudhuri (bass, vocals), Charlie Egan (drums, vocals), Suzie McCarthy (violin, vocals), Francesca Picciano Moss (flute, vocals), Rowan Tinker (mandolin, tenor horn, vocals), Lucie Trémolières (cello).


Support for the evening comes from Sheffield’s own Rosie Hood.

Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire. Having started learning traditional songs at an early age from her family, Rosie is now well known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

She was a finalist in the 2011 New Roots competition for young musicians, and won both the Open Mic Competition at the 2011 Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the 2012 Fred Jordan Memorial Award (for Traditional singing). Rosie released a solo EP in 2011 that was very well received. She has since performed at many of the country’s leading folk festivals and folk clubs, both as a headline booking and supporting a number of established folk artists, including the Cecil Sharp Project and Nic Jones.

Doors 7.30pm – music starts 8.30pm

Sat 4th March – Frogbelly & Symphony / Balkan Bandits

Frogbelly and Symphony

is an international quartet with band members residing in Sheffield UK and Brooklyn NY.  Since 2013, the band has toured the US, UK, Ireland and Europe repeatedly.  Expect progressive rock echoes through folk landscapes, with urban poetry, pop melodies, repetitive chants and experimental segues.


Balkan Bandits

are Sheffield’s klezmer cabaret troupe of troubadours.  Formed as the house band to Na Zdrove!, they perform, in their glamorous costumes and fantastical make up, their select brand of infectious Balkan versions of classics such as ‘Too Good to be True’, ‘I Will Survive’ and the ‘Wallace and Gromit theme tune’ as well as our own tunes about cosmonauts, the death of Lenin and … Halloumi Cheese…

Doors 7.30pm – music starts 8.30pm