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In our most ambitious project yet, we bring you a weekend of astonishing music from the darker side.

We begin on the friday evening to around 1am saturday. Then we resume around 2pm on the saturday to late and finally the sunday 3pm to 10pm.

We are collecting together an astonishing array of acts from all over the country as well as some of the Yorkshire favourites and modern legends.

The aim is to introduce a few new incredibly exciting acts to the area that have never been seen here before as well as give Sheffield the biggest festival from the dark side that it has possibly ever seen.

With huge thanks to The Royal Standard for being absolutely wonderful to work with and having a fabulous stage with amazing light show.

Our headliners:

Inkubus Sukkubus (saturday) – Renowned goth legends since 1989s these paganism influenced goth rock superstars barely need any introduction. Boasting an astonishing 24 albums in their discography they have truly been one of the most hardworking and prolific bands in the scene. A regular of many goth compilation, star of many a goth festival but rarely have they come anywhere near sheffield, which of course we now change to our utmost delight.

FLEISCH (sunday) – With plans to dominate the UK Industrial scene, FLEISCH deliver foot stomping metal with a fetish flair. FLEISCH have often been described as the angry love child of Depeche Mode and Rammstein, combining hard hitting beats with 80s style vocals and German techno influences

Last July (friday) – Frequently stars of many a northern goth show, Last July have strangely found themselves a home many miles away from their homeland of Norwich. Combining many a darkwave influence and a certain new romantic flair, they have grown and perfected their live show to a point where we are happy to present them as friday’s headline.


ATTRITION (saturday) – Long time veteran of the industrial and post punk genres, Coventry’s Attrition have been carving their own unique path for nearly 40 years now, always exploring and inventing and still putting on a spectacularly menacing and engaging live show.

Other acts in alphabetical order:

Action Directe (sunday) – Political industrial rock stomp from Leeds. One of the many projects of prolific wessie goth Joel Heyes of Goth City Promotions

AMereKat (friday) – Astonishingly engaging, clever, witty Ukulele wrangling with brilliantly reworked Goth classics and fabulously written original tales.

Arch Femmesis (saturday) – Nottingham’s gender bending electro art punk . The acerbic wit and the rhythmic collages evoke the cusp of the 80s and 90s.

Autorotation (saturday) – A band of spectacularly talented multi instrumentalists, combinging at some times Lamb and Cocteau Twins esque atmospheres and more industrial tones at others.

The Black Riders Cult (Friday) – Proper no holds barred machinedrumrocknroll. The band you wish The Sisters would still sound as good as…

Byronic Sex & Exile (saturday) – The Solo incarnation of the aforementioned Mr Joel Heyes. This project concentrates on the more romantic beauty that Goth can bring. Has proved quite the sensation with his one man shows up and down the country, mixing poetry and live music.

CELAVI (sunday) – Pronounced Keh-La-Vie this North wales industrial electro rock is one we’re proud to introduce to you in Yorkshire for the first time. A hugely inventive and playful take on metal, filled with electronics and at times an almost Jpoprock feel

Death Party UK(sunday)- Nottingham based Hellfire Rocknroll from founder of Nightbreed Records and scene stalwart – Trevor Bamford. Dark rock n roll tunes with a certain sense of fun and… dare we say it.. .toe tapping nature? Nah surely not..

Down From Above (saturday) – Fabulous melodic metal from London. Stylishly, powerfully and engagingly presented by the statuesqe Anastasia Resurrection their haunting Blondie like vocal lines float over the heaviest of tunes.

Every Black Day (sunday) – Local to Sheffield, Every Black Day have proven incredibly popular with their unique guitar-less approach to Goth, replacing said instrument with Cello. Some might say a more steampunk sound but whatever it is, it sounds absolutely fabulous.

The Glass House Museum (Sunday) – From Stoke, this relatively new act, mixes classic early Sisters and Children on Stun influences with a passion and contemporary edge which set them apart from more generic contemporaries.

Hands of industry (friday) – Hailing from Bradford they combine a feel of both Joy Division and Depeche Mode in their compelling electronics based sound backed with solid acoustic drums.

In Isolation (saturday) – This hugely popular Nottingham based trio draw on eighties inspirations for their indie rock variations on post punk . A sound which is emotively kaleidoscopic and engagingly unpredictable; a proposal instinctively provoking thoughts, emotions, and eager physical involvement. They have headlined many a goth event but here due to reasons they open the show on saturday so be there EARLY to avoid missing out…

Jan Doyle Band (saturday) – Our ‘house’ band if you like (as it’s Derek from the band behind Night Shift…) JDB mix and merge electro, goth, post punk, punk and industrial with new romantic facepaint, hair and high heels. Forever unpredictable and known for spectacular live performance

Run Into The Night (Friday) – Perhaps one of our more leftfield bookings it could be said but while Glasgow’s RITN tend to be playing more standard rock shows overall they have been known to associate with Goths and play a cramps tribute night (indeed they do Teenage Werewolf in their live sets). We saw them support The Webb a while ago and their sparse post punk blues captivated us and we’re sure you’ll fall in love too..

The Silent Age (Saturday) – one of the biggest and bestest and most prolific goth bands in the Sheffield scene. Originally starting out as a more electronic act they now present a more guitar based sound whilst still keeping the supreme classic goth edge (perhaps even more so). Forever popular and always beloved of the local scene.

UglyNature (Sunday) – From Rochester this stompy electro act will blow your mind with this Sheffield debut. Known for using as much of the venue as humanly possible in performance, this punky out of control but in control show is impossible to truly describe and has to be experienced first hand.

The Way Of All Flesh (sunday) – Veterans of the Sheffield scene that have been absent many years now, finally return to the stage in their home town. Brilliant gothic rock with slight metal touches.

Come on join the NIGHT SHIFT..

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Night Shift Sheffield Halloween Special with The Webb

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Lucky & Love UK tour

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LUCKYANDLOVE traveling all the way from Los Angeles will be performing for their first time in the UK and will play new tracks from their 2nd LP “Transitions”, a soon to be released record Distributed by Southern Record Distributors UK.

LUCKYANDLOVE write catchy electro pop songs with analog synths + live drums. Vocalist & multi-synth-pedal-instrumentalist April Love, and drummer & multi-synth instrumentalist Loren Luck, uses every extremity while blissing out audiences with live improvisation and modulation. Loren Luck a drummer, plays melodic phrases on electronic drums and drum synthesizers with his light sticks, layering beats, musical patterns, and driving polyharmonies. Singer April Love plays analog synths that are keyed stroked and pitch bent through a keytar, and modulated through her foot pedal.

On May 26th, Los Angeles’s analog synthwave and darkwave darlings will be releasing their second LP, Transitions, distributed globally through Southern Record Distributors UK and Forced Exposure in the US. Get sonically “adjusted” while traveling.Transitions, is a sonic neon rainbow of synthgaze, an ocean of darkwave, and a jungle of electro punk. It’s the record to pack on your next vacation with tracks like Summertime Frolic, a fresh alpha wave inducing breeze. No vacation is complete without hearing an Animal, and you’ll find yourself in a spy movie with Dangerous Run Away. to write and perform live on this record with Grammy winning engineer Be Hussey
Their debut LUCKY+LOVE LP was featured on Amazon Prime’s show, This Week #Indie featured over 400 press and radio shows worldwide.

Big Take Over called their debut LP record, “addictive with its rhythmic pulsations, distant yet attractively whirling vocals, synth-heavy bass, and layered, vibing harmony. This is rich, intriguing synthtastic mastery.”

LUCKYANDLOVE’s 2017 debut self titled limited edition LP on white vinyl is distributed through SRD UK will be for sale at concerts.
They’ll be touring the west coast in April and kick off their UK tour this Summer with B-Movie at Synthwave Live 3 in London


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Night Shift Sheffield – Moar Goth – The Society, Dyonisis, Jan Doyle Band, Holy Braille, Kalter

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Blancmange Wanderlust tour


Look out! Electro genius legends Blancmange are on tour!

Most significantly they’re in sheffield this friday.

Blancmange ‘Wanderlust’ Tour/ Sheffield

As the title of the event might suggest it’s in support of new album ‘Wanderlust’

The new album is focussed on similar themes to that done with the Fader project (Wrangler/Blancmange collaboration) but there’s a new energy to the approach – wistfulness turns to anger; dislocation morphs into a powerful desire to be somewhere else, with a sense of someone fighting for forward motion, dreams, family and the joys of life while seeing, as Arthur puts it, ‘the pretence of a normal world being erased.’

This frustration with modern devices and the limitations of people-defining algorithms and how such things are manipulating communication, the work place and daily life (people behaving like machines and treating each other like robots) is also expressed through ‘Talking To Machines’. But there’s a twist! After all the whole album is created by humans interacting with electricity and circuits. On this track, Arthur and Benge revel in the artificial sounds, using them like power surges underneath the John Lennon-like vocals and early ‘70s vintage beats – the ghosts at the heart of this machine-made song.


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We’re very much looking forward to this!

You can also catch them in Liverpool

4th May – Blancmange – Wanderlust Tour / Liverpool
10th May – Blancmange – Wanderlust Tour / Manchester
11th May – Blancmange – Wanderlust Tour / Birmingham

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Night Shift Sheffield 25th May 2019

ns sheffield 2019 25. smallWe’re back for another blast of goth and metal, collecting some of the North’s finest, heaviest acts.

Music previews & interviews:

(your paypal receipt email acts as your ticket for ‘digital tickets’, no printounts required, physical tickets are limited to 50 in total)


Known for ferociously powerful live shows, this female fronted goth punk metal band take influences from glam, goth, punk and metal combining into an incredible powerhouse of a sound. They have three sharply fanged albums under their belt and some excellent music videos as the one below.


This unique Mad Max like post apocalyptic metal electropunk band are renowned for their nuclear blast level live performances and take influences from the Misfits by way of Rob Zombie. Their new sound is heavier and more metal than ever before as shown by the lead track ‘Bulldoze Everything’ from the forthcoming album ‘Walk Amongst Rebels’.

Jan Doyle Band

The world’s first INSURRECTIONARY NEO FUTURIST band combining elements of Goth, Punk, Industrial and New Romantic style. Spectacular of appearance and completely unique in sound, they offer something unique at each live performance making each experience unforgettable.

Dawn of Elysium

Continuing West Yorkshire’s proud tradition of Goth Rock (with the emphasis on ROCK), they provide that classic atmospheric post punk by way of folk idea that was pioneered by the likes of New Model Army.

Black Riders Cult

Proper no holds barred driving drum machine powered GOTH ROCK akin to a modern version of The Sisters of Mercy.

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DEFSYNTH radio 21st Jan 2019


Featuring and EXCLUSIVE first play of a new Syd.31 track never played anywhere before.


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DEFSYNTH Radio – 14th Jan 2019


Monday’s broadcast repaired and recreated as best as possible for your enjoyment.

Featuring the delights of 

Angelica Lee
Betapsi Project
Das Fluff
Dead Blood Cells
Jan Doyle Band
Kylie Minogue
Negative Response
Slow Glass
Vague Notion

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DEFSYNTH radio 7th Jan 2019

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Slow Glass
Dead Blood Cells
Gross Net
Jan Doyle Band
Low Sea

But also wonderful and on the show:

Arthur and Martha
Factory Acts
Gertrud Stein Band
Paragon Cause
Samuel Music

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Madmoizel Tour Anglais part 2 – Sheffield, Leeds, London, Bristol

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MADMOIZEL – After our successful mini tour with her in 2018 we couldn’t resist having her back from France with that driving avant-garde coldwave/minimalwave/dance style of hers. Every night a powerful commanding performance that is simply breathtaking. Every audience that experienced the show was stunned. We are utterly delighted to present her this new tour to you covering 3 locations we didn’t cover last time – Leeds, London and Bristol.

Playing with Madmoizel on all dates:

Jan Doyle Band – DEF’s in house band in effect and the only UK band on the line up, the leading purveyors of INSURRECTIONARY NEO FUTURISM – where electronics, punk, goth and glam all meet in a stunning spectacular energetic live performance. Utterly indescribable and totally unmissable.

Other acts playing:

Sheffield (Royal Standard, £5 on the door) 6th March:
Flavolous – who played our Tramlines event last year has always impressed us with his almost indefinable mix of experimental dubstep glitch industrial rap. It sounds bizarre and it is but the delightful off kilter rhythms and break in such move the body in exciting and unusual ways. A wonderful innovator.

Leeds (Santiago Bar, £5 on the door) 7th March:
Leifert – Anyone who saw our Manchester show last year with Madmoizel or our two december dates (leeds/london) would have experienced the cool coldwave tribal synth that is Leifert. Again excitingly pushing the boundaries with unique compositions and huge style on stage. Everyone who has seen them has been hugely impressed so we’re delighted to have them with us again.

13X – Transgender musician, poet, artist and photographer. Creates loud noizes, glitchez, nonsense and beats. Sounds exciting? Of course it is! We were really impressed with their wonderful music at a gig in Leeds some time ago organised by Goth city and have been looking for an opportunity to have them back.

London (£5 advance £10 door):

Dame Area – If you like the idea of a Spanish Coil, Franco Battiato, Gary Numan, Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division, Suicide, Can or Grauzone with female vocals then you are utterly in luck as this is exactly what you’ll be getting. Yet again a powerful slightly disturbing female presence fronts this band with a slightly more punky tinge to their electronics.

Blackwaxsolution is our DJ for the night famed and in demand for skilled turntable work throughout London and not without significant online notability. Returning to his origins with a bit of post punk/goth/industrial/new wave/electronica dj work here. This is a DJ you won’t forget.

Show starts at 8pm and DJing continues to 3am.

Bristol (£7.00 advance £10 door):

Caffeine Kill – Heavy industrial machine rock, powerfully performed. Caffeine Kill have made a stir up and down the country with their oftne brutal sound. A mixture of Ministry, Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails the sound is harsh but never forgets to include a sense of humanity and melody. – Dark synthpop. Beautiful female vocals combine with intricately composed synthy sounds. Utterly danceable and absurdly catchy without being sugar sweet.

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