Live Music: Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April in Sheffield

One of this year's most raucous tours showcases three bands set for stardom in 2017 and beyond

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Neighbourhood On Tour might be the standout new music tour of 2017, with three bands with energy and the star potential to storm it this year and beyond.

Every date of the tour is sold-out and Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April kicked off the first weekend of the run with a date in Sheffield.

Headliners Cabbage have struck a cross-generational chord with their political statements and no-nonsense approach, and live they encapture the spirit of a punk band.

Picture House Social’s low stage was perfect for vocalists Lee Broadbent and Joe Martin to get up-close and involved with fans.

Their set was typified by mosh pits aplenty, and Lee wielding the microphone stand and riding on the shoulders of a fan.

With several more tours to come this year, including newly-announced summer shows, they’re well on the way to becoming one of the UK’s best live bands.

Support on the tour has been supplied by two other bands that bring serious star potential, particularly The Shimmer Band.

The Shimmer Band performing live at Picture House Social in Sheffield on 3 February 2017
The Shimmer Band performing live at Picture House Social in Sheffield on 3 February 2017. Photo: Katy Blackwood

The ambitious band from Bristol are keen to go on to headline stadiums and arenas one day, and their sound seems to be ready-made for it.

In frontman Tom Newman they’ve got a flashy performer, and in contrast to Cabbage’s gritty style, Shimmer Band seem keen to uplift and entertain.

Openers April sat somewhere between the two approaches, a promising new band worth looking out for this year and beyond.

Check out photos of every set from Katy Blackwood and Hollie Wright below, and also check back this week for our feature interview with The Shimmer Band.

Cabbage

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The Shimmer Band

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April

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Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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