Kettle Band of the Week: Sheffield’s Polkadodge

Hailing from the famous Steel City of Sheffield, the band Polkadodge’s popularity is rapidly building.

Hailing from the famous Steel City of Sheffield, the band Polkadodge’s popularity is rapidly building. The four-piece, consisting of John Burton on vocals and backing guitar, Martin Greening on lead guitar, Tom Fletcher on bass and backing vocals, and Paul Robertson on drums, pack an energetic punch that is likely to get anyone excited for their future.
With a new single about to be released in August and more gigs and festival appearances coming up, attention should be paid to the latest breakout band from Sheffield. Polkadodge are a band to listen to, enjoy, love and support. 
Sheffield has produced numerous talented bands over the years. With bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Bring Me The Horizon, The Human League, and Slow Club coming from the city, Polkadodge have a lot to live up to. Yet despite this, they more than make up for the expectation.
Energetic, indie-pop tunes
Their most recent single, “Laughing in Spanish,” has been a huge success and it’s no wonder why it’s been so popular. The single is an energetic, indie-pop tune that is catchy enough to be repeated over and over. “Laughing in Spanish” is a song that doesn’t easily bore, much like the rest of their music.
“Borderline” and “The Other Way” are similarly brilliant tracks, showing once more the indie-pop feel that suits the band so well. Every track of theirs so far has been infectiously moreish, and every future track from them is bound to follow the trend already set. Polkadodge have managed to forge a sound of their own that makes you want more.
It is their energy and catchy music that makes me know that they are going to go far. Plus, they are brilliant when it comes to performing live, a talent which is desperately missing from some musicians in the industry.
Shows, success, and a shining future
Having supported Catfish and the Bottlemen at Plug, Sheffield back in October, the band have since progressed to playing the Mosborough Music Festival earlier this month and branched out across the north to play at the Lomax in Liverpool and Carpe Diem in Leeds.
Polkadodge’s success doesn’t end there either. Just this month they were proudly announced as one of the bands to be playing Sheffield’s main festival, Tramlines, this July. Katy B, Public Enemy, The Cribs, Annie Mac, and Funeral For A Friend are just a handful of the names due to play.
They were selected from a group of 1,500 acts by BBC Introducing’s Christian Carlisle to play the festival. The band will be at the Leadmill, an iconic Sheffield music venue, on Saturday July 26 with American duo Deep Vally. The performance is sure to be just as energy and powerful as it always is.
The best thing about these guys is how amazingly grateful they are for every bit of support they get. They work extremely hard to produce the best music that they can and, in the meantime, they still manage to have fun and stay close to their fans. It’s Polkadodge’s dedication to their fans which will take them further in the music industry. If any up-and-coming band deserves a listen and ongoing support, then it is this band.
I absolutely adore these guys and would love to see more people enjoying their sound. Mark my words, in the next five years Polkadodge will be a regular at Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, and the giant of all music festivals that is Glastonbury.
This band are destined for big things. 


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