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Recommendations: 96 Back shows us the sights in Sheffield

In conjunction with new podcast IOM Recommends, each week we'll be getting insight into the places artists call home

  • Words: Megan Townsend | Photos: 96 Back
  • 25 April 2022

In partnership with Identification of Music's (IOM) new podcast IOM Recommends, each week we'll be giving you a travel guide that you can't pick up at your local bookshop — as your favourite artists give us the lowdown on their hometowns.

This week to show us around Sheffield, we've got the Steel City's very own 96 Back. Always bringing the unexpected, 96 Back, real name Evan Majumdar-Swift, has gained a reputation throughout the country for his heady mix of forward-facing rave-pop, delicate rhythm and invitingly complex IDM. Having released his first EP at just 18-years-old while under the stewardship of CPU Records', this multi-faceted producer has gone from strength to strength with knockout releases on both CPU and Local Action. As a DJ you can expect a surcharged mix of modern club cuts and rave classics — with Majumdar-Swift boasting sets at the likes of No Bounds Festival, Queens Yard, Hope Works, Corsica Studios and more.

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We caught up with 96 Back to discover the best way to explore his home town of Sheffield — from the best pub to a proper breakfast joint.

Where's the best place to head on a Friday night/listen to music?

Hope Works.

Where should we go to buy some records?

Bear Tree Records.

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Where should we catch a bite to eat?

Made by Jonty.

What about a place to grab a drink?

Rutland Arms.

A place that tourists don't know about?


Somewhere to get lost?

Peak District.

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What musicians should we check out?

Checan, Clemency, Parrot and Cabs.

What's the best way to see Sheffield?

Walking everywhere.

What's a Sheffield party we should check out?

Ground Work.

What time of year should we visit?


Can you give us a piece of advice for anyone new to your city?

Take your time, there’s so many nice bits of Sheffield, don’t rush through it all.

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Sum up your city in five words?

A wicked place to walk.

You can listen to the next episode of IOM Recommends featuring 96 Back below.

Megan Townsend is Mixmag's Deputy Digital Editor, follow her on Twitter

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