On a cold December afternoon, I drove my son, his girlfriend and my daughter 85 miles through the fog for our last gig of the year, Hands Off Gretel in Barnsley. The Birdwell Venue is a revamped old Working men’s club with a seriously impressive live space: The Lighting and sound are excellent, the stage is both …

Sheffield has some great venues, but this was my first time at Shakespeare’s –  it won’t be the last. It’s one of those lovely old rooms above a pub where gigs are as barrier-free and communal as they get. Also, great sound, good acoustics and a surprisingly massive stage.  We were spoilt with two supports …