Love Sheffield Music Hate Racism
CD out now
£8 from various Sheffield music shops and www.lmhrsheffield .co.uk
Sheffield Love Music Hate Racism have put together a double CD of tracks donated by local bands to raise money for the campaign. The 35 tracks include soul, indie, reggae, drum & bass and funk.
With artists ranging from Monkey Swallows the Universe to Richard Hawley and Hoodz Underground, this snapshot of the Sheffield music scene is a jumping addition to the fight against racism.
Directed by Sarah Frankcom
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Until 14 October
Phone 0161 833 9833
This adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1848 novel about the lives of ordinary working class people in Manchester is a treat.
Mary Barton’s experience of poverty makes her dream of a better life.
The dramatic production and stage design bring home the death and devastation that industrialisation wrought.
Crazy Itch Radio
This is another slice of pop craziness from the brilliant Basement Jaxx.
This album mixes everything from a little country and western on Take Me Back To Your House, to big band swing on On The Train and the 1980s electronic anthem feel of Lights Go Down.
This is exactly what you’d expect from the Jaxx, if a little more hyper than their 2003 Kish Kash.
The Jaxx are one of those bands that make more sense live, so keep an eye on their website for tour dates towards the end of the year.