Night Shift Sheffield – ATTRITION, DEFILE & Factory Acts

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One of the original pioneers in dark electronic music joins us for what is remarkably their first ever Sheffield show.

Formed in 1980 in Coventry, England, influenced by a mix of punk ideology and experimental art aesthetics, they emerged as part of the early ’80’s UK Industrial scene alongside contemporaries Coil, Test Department, Legendary Pink Dots, In The Nursery, Portion Control et al.

Founder Martin Bowes has steered the band through a 30 year career, fueled by a succession of critically acclaimed albums…and selling over 60,000 to date.

Martin also runs the famous The Cage Studios which has done mastering and production work for many famous artists including Nine Inch Nails, Die Krupps, and Download.

Frequently playing shows all over Europe, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Asia (Siberia) and recently a fourth tour in Canada, it’s a great honour to give Attrition the debut appearance in Sheffield.



Factory Acts are a Salford-based post-punk dark-electro duo. They exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing.

They are SoS (aka Susan O’Shea) on vocals, synths and analogue digital devices, and Matt Davies covering bass, beats and magic mixes. Factory Acts was born following the accidental creation of a new sound, and a hastily written two song instrumental debut at Salford Lad’s Club. They hit the local gig circuit in 2012 self-releasing two singles, ‘Senseless’ and ‘Fantasy’, both of which have received repeated air play on BBC Introducing Manchester, Ireland’s 2FM, Salford City Radio and numerous internet stations worldwide. Since then they have performed live from Manchester to Doncaster, from Leeds to London, taking in Cork on the way. Factory Acts has played the Salford Music Festival, headlined the ‘Pussy-Whipped’ festival in Edinburgh, and played alongside bands such as Salford legends Kill Pretty, plus Vile Electrodes, Tom Hingley, Ste McCabe, Naevus, The Witch Hunt, and the Jan Doyle Band to name but a few.

Factory Acts on Analogue Trash Recordings



A UK/US collaboration between Julie Thielen and Jan Doyle Band‘s Derek Anthony Williams. Having been a studio only project for 15 years they made their impromptu unbilled stage debut in Sheffield in December last year on Julie’s first ever visit to the UK. This time they’re back to unleash the full power.

DEFILE combine Julie’s sublime poetic spoken word diction with Derek’s love of sonic experimentation to create something quite unlike anything you are ever likely to hear. No two pieces sound the same as they find their way through industrial, shoegaze, ebm, goth and all manner of other exotic and ethereal landscapes.

We’ll also have the same goth/electro/80s/punk DJing afterwards as we had our first event this year.

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