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What’s On? Chic has your social calendar, sorted!

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Rixton Meet Manchester four-piece, Rixton.

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Simon Stead Meet Sheffield’s pro speedway rider.

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Fashion Autumn trends with Bethanie Lunn PLUS Meet the creatives at Yorkshire Artspace

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Hair and Beauty Mac Makeover / Revolucion de Cuba charity night

Spotlight Tramlines throwback and Neon Jungle live set in Sheffield

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Sport Take a tour of new fitness venue, The Gym.

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Music An interview with Tom Hickox

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Film September-October highlights

Chic Exteriors Outdoors ideas from Inspired Garden Design

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Food Las Iguanas review

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Travel Hampton by Hilton break PLUS Explore Manchester!

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News Twisted Burger Company at The Riverside

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t’s been yet another great summer of entertainment in Sheffield – Tramlines Festival once again brought the city alive for a three day weekend of live music – and even though the weather may be changing, there’s still plenty to do and see this autumn. Check out our What’s On? guide and be sure to read our interview with British fourpiece band, Rixton, ahead of their gig at 02 Academy in November. Beach holidays may have been and gone for another year but if you want to escape for a UK break, then check out our travel pages where we visit Sheffield’s new Hampton by Hilton Hotel and adjoining Marco’s Restaurant, plus we take a weekend break shopping and sightseeing in Manchester. If that’s not enough, we have fashion, beauty, food and all of your usual favourite features.

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Ella Eyre

Mark Watson: Flaws

When: Thursday 9th October Where: Plug, Sheffield

When: Thursday 2nd October Where: Sheffield City Hall

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter has already managed char-topping collaborations with Rudimental and Naughty Boy, as well as a Top 20 UK Chart position from her debut single ‘If I Go’. There seems to be no stopping this powerful singer. This October we’re lucky enough to have Ella Eyre grace the stage at Plug, Sheffield with her beautiful voice and hair. Her performance is sure to be bright, energetic and fun. Tickets are priced at £13 and can be purchased online at www.the-plug.com.

Mark Watson brings his new show Flaws to Sheffield City Hall this October. The comedian’s new 65 date tour marks ten years since he started in comedy and is due to be more personal than ever. Watson has made appearances on Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, as well as featuring as a panellist on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The comedian, who has won five major comedy awards, has been described as “a huge comedic presence” (The Times) and “simply exhilarating” (Daily Telegraph). Tickets are priced at £16 and can be purchased from Sheffield City Hall’s box office, online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789.

The Dunwells When: Saturday 13th September Where: Plug, Sheffield Formed in Leeds in 2009, The Dunwells have since enjoyed massive success in both the UK and the US. The band had a great turnout at their Tramlines Festival performance in July and are back in Sheffield this month to play Plug. With a new EP Show Me Emotion under their belts, The Dunwells gig is sure to be one to watch. Tickets are priced at £10 and will be available on the door unless the event is sold out.

The Horrors When: Tuesday 30th September Where: The Leadmill, Sheffield This year The Horrors released their fourth studio album ‘Luminous’, landing 6th in the UK Album Chart, and headlined Y Not Festival in Derbyshire. As part of their autumn tour, the band will be stopping off in Sheffield once again to treat us to their psychedelic, new wave sound. Tickets are priced at £16.50 and can be purchased online at www.leadmill.co.uk.

Lee Mack: Hit The Road Mack When: Saturday 13th - Tuesday 16th September Where: Sheffield City Hall Its four long years since Northern comedian Lee Mack toured the UK, but he’s thankfully returned this year with his hilarious new tour Hit The Road Mack. Mack, a regular team captain on Would I Lie To You? and star of his own show Not Going Out, has done two previous tours, Lee Mack Live in 2006 and Going Out in 2010. A night watching Mack is guaranteed to leave you in stitches, and somebody is bound to mention Mack’s dead Nan and her fascination with Angel Delight. With The Sunday Times describing him as “gut-bustingly funny”, it would be a shame to miss his four-night stay in Sheffield this month. Tickets are priced at £27.50 and can be purchased from Sheffield City Hall’s box office, online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 2789 789.

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Fairs and Festivals

Art in the Gardens When: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th of September Where: Botanical Gardens, Sheffield In its 11th year, the event is one of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the North of England and will feature a variety of artists and craft makers from across the United Kingdom. There will be thousands of pieces of art on display to buy at the event, so if you’re into your art then you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your style. The event is open 10:30am to 5:30pm both days and is £6 to enter.

Festival of the Mind When: 18th to 28th September Where: Various events across Sheffield Festival of the Mind is a project run by The University of Sheffield in collaboration with the city of Sheffield. The 11 day festival will allow the university to share their most exciting research in creative and imaginative ways by collaborating with the creative community. Over the course of the festival, there will be a Spiegletent based in Barkers’ Pool and other venues across the city holding events. The event is free and open to all.

The Vintage and Craft Market Where: Saturday 20th September Where: St Mary’s Church, Sheffield If you love all things vintage, then this is the event for you. The Vintage and Craft Market displays a splendid selection of Sheffield’s finest vintage and craft, with all profits going to support local community projects. Over 45 stalls will be on display and a groovy retro soundtrack is sure to help you enjoy the day even more. The event runs from 10am – 4pm and is £1 entry or free if you’re under 16.

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La Bella Brides is a beautiful wedding boutique situated in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield. The boutique has been established for more than nine years and was originally located in the Chapeltown and High Green area before moving to new premises at Hillsborough in 2012. Over the years the owner Kathy Firth and her team have helped thousands of brides and grooms from Yorkshire and in particular Sheffield choose their wedding dresses, bridesmaid/prom dresses and men’s suit hire. The team has over 60 years of knowledge and experience in the bridal and menswear industry so you can be assured of a first class and bespoke service. La Bella Brides are also specialists in plus size bridal and bridesmaid dresses for the fuller figure with customers traveling long distances for their expert advice.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere ensures you and your party have an enjoyable time whilst choosing your bridal, bridesmaids and men’s formal hire. With the ever increasing costs of organising a wedding Kathy wanted to provide beautiful wedding dresses at affordable prices hence the La Bella Slogan ‘Where dreams cost less than you think.’ You will love the range of wedding dresses with something to suit everyone with prices ranging from £300 to £1600. However they also have a sample sale collection whereby dresses have up to 70 per cent off. Appointments are not always necessary but they do recommend that you make an appointment as they like to give you their personal and undivided attention. The latest range has just arrived in store!

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Kudos Menswear Has Re-Launched Kudos Menswear aim to provide the finest men’s formal wear in the business and can guarantee a quality suit hire, from a single tuxedo to a large wedding party. They pride themselves on professional customer service, product knowledge and value for money and will do all it takes for their customers. Kudos Menswear has been providing men’s suit hire for nine years in the Yorkshire region, particularly in Sheffield as the business is based at Hillsborough. The team at Kudos Menswear has many years’ knowledge and experience in the Menswear industry so you can be assured of a first class bespoke service. If you are looking for men’s or boys suit hire for weddings, evening/prom wear, black tie or Royal Ascot, then Kudos Menswear can provide bespoke combinations of suits,

waistcoats, and ties/cravats. They have more than 50 styles of waistcoats for you to choose from, along with hundreds of colours for ties and cravats. They also have a fantastic collection of new lightweight morning suits and lounge suits in beautiful fabrics and the latest designs of formal attire for men along with their stunning new range of waistcoats and accessories. Make an appointment to view their entire range and see how customers enjoy expert advice and a bespoke service (and beer fridge). At Kudos Menswear they’ll make finding formal wear fun! The company has just re-launched with a brand new website, company branding and new advertising campaigns all courtesy of Sheffield company We Are Chic Ltd. Look out for their taxi advertisements on Sheffield cabs, coming soon!

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R ix ton Manchester four-piece, Rixton, shot straight to the top of the UK singles chart with their debut single ‘Me & My Broken Heart’. The catchy pop single beat off stiff competition from Ariana Grande, will.i.am and Nicole Sherzinger to claim the number one spot, with video views topping a whopping 14 million. The four piece band have just flown to the United States – where they have already achieved huge success – to embark on their first-ever North American headline tour. However British fans have no need to fear, as the band have announced their biggest UK headline tour, taking them to 13 cities this autumn, including a stop off at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on November 2nd. Chic meets Charley, one quarter of British boy band, Rixton… Words: Jessica Fogarty

How would you describe Rixton in three words? Soulful, energetic pop. How did the band form? Jake and Danny had been friends for about five years - they lived in a caravan together and were doing covers, but they wanted to start writing their own music as a band. The search began for more members and that’s when I came along. I was introduced through mutual friends. I’d been in a band for ten years but I was ready to move on to something new. How Lewi came along is an interesting story – I think you’ll like this one. Basically, he was naughtily messaging Jake’s girlfriend but after Jake initially being mad at him, we saw that he played drums and was really talented so we made him the final member of the band. The girl is not around anymore, obviously. What have been the most memorable moments for Rixton? Hitting the number one spot with our debut single, definitely! We’ve just made the finishing touches to our album, which is out in October, and we’re out touring in the US at the moment before we return to the UK to tour. We’ve not been home since Christmas. It’s been a crazy year and we’re only half way through. We’re excited to welcome you to Sheffield O2 Academy. Have you been to the city before? Yes, we’ve been on a Sheffield radio show but we’ve never actually been out in the city. I’ve heard about a place called The Leadmill that sounds a good night. Do you get compared to other artistes? Our sound is compared to Bruno Mars, Maroon Five and One Republic but we have a different image to those guys. We take all of those as compliments. Who would you like to collaborate with? Drake would be Jake’s dream collaboration, but personally I’d love to team up with Jared Leto - he’d sound insane on one of our tracks. You cracked America before the UK. That was a brave move. Yeah we never planned it that way. Our songs were getting played out there then the next thing we knew, we’d sold out shows in Los Angeles and New York City. - 10 -


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You co-wrote some music with Ed Sheeran. How was that? Ed works closely with our producer, Benny [Blanco] – that’s how it came about. Ed heard our music and told Benny he’d like to write for us. We were very excited about it and the song, ‘Hotel Ceiling’, fits perfectly with our album. We’ve actually become really good friends now. He’s an unbelievably talented guy. Jake’s parents are well-known faces – EastEnders actor Shane Richie and former The Nolan’s singer Colleen Nolan. Have they offered you any words of advice? Coleen has yes. She’s always telling us to give our fans our time. We always try to stay and chat with fans wherever we go now as we really appreciate their support. We actually lived at Coleen’s house for two years in our early stages. She makes a cracking cup of tea.

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“My first time at Owlerton, first time Greyhound racing. I had a brilliant night, loads of fun!”

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f I was to say there was a venue in Sheffield that offered something for literally everyone you would probably think I was lying. Maybe you’re a tired parent who is looking for something a little different for the kids or you’re a student bored with the same old night-life – Owlerton Stadium has everything you need. Just a stone’s throw from Sheffield city centre, Owlerton offers people of all ages the chance to watch live greyhound racing- an exhilarating and unique experience. Greyhound racing has become one of the most exciting spectator sports in the UK and a night at Yorkshire’s premier racetrack will not disappoint. It has grown in popularity recently because it not only offers a thrilling racing experience, but also gives you the chance to have a memorable evening with your company of choice. With exciting events on three nights a week – Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – everyone can come along and try their hand at something completely different. Even if you’re a racing novice, the staff at Owlerton are there to help and you’ll soon be sucked into the infectious, buzzing atmosphere and by the end of the night you’ll be hooked and planning your next visit. A night at Owlerton gives you the chance to not only try your hand at betting on the dogs, but it also offers a high-class dining experience. In the recently refurbished restaurant Panorama, you will have the best seats in the house, but you will also be wined and dined by the very attentive waiting staff. Also, don’t worry about missing out on any wins as each table is given it’s very own tote betting runner, so you really do get the best of both worlds. Unlike most restaurants nowadays, you can actually take your time and have an enjoyable and relaxed evening at Owlerton. Tables can be reserved for the entire night so you can go at your own pace without feeling like you should probably head off…

Owlerton offers some great packages for a variety of needs and they don’t just offer Greyhound Racing, the event’s calendar also features a number of Sheffield Eagles rugby matches and Tribute Nights in select Christmas packages, so there really is something for everyone. Entry, food and drink packages start at just £4 per person or £17 per person for a three course meal (including entry and racecard), it really depends on what you are looking for – whether it’s just a casual night out with friends, or a venue for a company event. One thing that is certain is you’ll have a great time and you’ll want to come back!

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Simon Stead

Words: Jessica F ogarty

Chic meets Sheffield Pro Speedway rider, Simon Stead. When did you first discover an interest in speedway? I grew up with the sport. My Granddad, Eric Stead, was a promoter so as a child I spent my Saturday nights walking around the track with a tin can attached to my foot pretending to be a speedway rider. My Granddad died when I was still young so I didn’t go to speedway for a while, but I’d had bikes at home since I was three years old and I found my passion again on a school trip to the grasstrack a few years later – it’s basically speedway but in a field. It was a great introduction to the sport – the disciples of a left turn are the same. For those unfamiliar with the sport, how would you summarise speedway? Speedway bikes have no brakes or no gears to assist you – it’s the opposite of everything you get taught to do with a car or standard bike. Even the most able motorcyclists can’t get used to it. When did you go professional? On my sixteenth birthday I signed my first professional contract for Peterborough. Their Youth Development programme was probably the best in the county at the time. I did two seasons for Peterborough then I signed for my hometown aged 17. I was with Sheffield for four years before moving to different clubs then I joined the elite league which is the higher division. Ten years on I’m back riding for Sheffield. How would you describe a typical week? Hectic. Between March and September I have an average of 15 meetings per month. Riding – prepping bikes – travelling – riding – prepping bikes – travelling. It’s busy but it’s great fun – I get paid for doing what I love. There are highs and lows, ups and downs like in any sport. It’s all good when things are going well – everyone loves you and you have the fans on your side but it’s not as easy if things don’t go to plan. Luckily, I’ve been at one end of the scale and the other. People say it’s a confidence game and it is – the more you ride, the easier it is. If you have a bad meeting you don’t have time to dwell on it – you’re straight back in the workshop trying to rectify the faults you think you have made then you have a fresh start that evening or the next night – no time to rest or worry. Have you suffered any serious injuries with speedway? With any extreme sport it’s a hazard of the job. You know what you’re getting in to and I’ve had my fair share. I’ve broke one collar bone twice, the other once, my shoulder, hands, knuckles,

arms, pins and plates in my legs, my heel, foot, back – the list of snaps and breaks in endless but it’s just one of those things. I’ve been doing it 17 years now and a lot of people have come off worse than me. The fact that you have to spend some time on the side lines is frustrating – you just want to get back on your bike. Tell us about your most recent successes, including riding for Team GB? It’s been a pretty awesome whirlwind year. In all honesty, I probably thought that ship had sailed for me after coming off my bike and breaking my leg last year, but I worked hard at the gym and on my bikes and set myself a realistic goal of making it in to the top ten. England have got some young stars coming through and only four riders could be chosen. As it got closer to selection, I was in good form and riding well. I got a call from the England manager, Alun Rossiter, who said “you’re right in the mix, just keep doing what you’re doing”. That was all the inspiration I needed. I - 14 -

then finally got the phone call I’d been waiting for; Alun said he was going with his gut feeling and I was in. I believed I could do the job for him so I said yes. If I had any doubts I would have honestly told him to go with someone else. Riding for my country was unbelievable. Event one took place at the track at Kings Lynn – the same track where I broke my leg – but my form this year was really good. We weren’t the favourites to win but we had a bit of luck on the day. We were riding against Australia, America and Italy. Australia were by far the favourites – they have two of the top three riders in the world – and America have number two. I got us off to a good start beating the current number two and three to take the lead – it was a great day. Everybody performed well but we were obviously lead by current world champion Tai Woffinden, he’s a great asset to Team GB. We won and went direct to the final. We finished fourth in the world – that was a massive


“Riding for my country was unbelievable”

“As a child I spent my Saturday nights walking around the track with a tin can attached to my foot” achievement for us. Obviously it would have been amazing to come away with a medal but England hasn’t achieved fourth place success in four years. Last year we came seventh so we’re proud of our performance this year. What’s next for you? Well that’s one goal ticked off early in the season. Now, I just want to finish the season strong. On a personal level, riding for Sheffield is going strong. Team-wise, it’s been a struggle as we’ve had a lot of injuries which have disjointed the season a little bit. Words: Jessica Fogarty At the back end of September it’s the Premier League Riders final. It would be amazing to sign off the season as a Premier League Rider Champion. It’s a big ask but it’s at my home track in Sheffield so I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. What advice would you give to budding speedway stars? Be prepared to sacrifice a lot. It’s not easy and there are pros and cons. While your mates are out enjoying themselves you’re prepping bikes, going to meetings and travelling. You have to be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road and you’ll miss your friends and family. But if you’re willing to put work in at the gym and the track then you’ll reap the rewards. Start by visiting Owlerton Stadium! - 15 -


Tramlines 2014 Words : Joss Woodend

Tramlines Festival returned to Sheffield with a bang this year. With Katy B, Public Enemy, Sister Sledge and The Cribs headlining, we all knew it would be successful. Yet it exceeded all expectations and provided to be the biggest festival we’ve ever seen in the city. Tens of thousands of people watched over 500 acts perform between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th of July. Katy B, playing the Friday night, set the bar high for the rest of the festival. Performing with a team of backing dancers and her DJ Shakira Kalité, Katy B played a hit-filled and energetic set, showing the audience just how fun Tramlines Festival was going to be. As if it couldn’t get any better, Public Enemy played an incredible set to a packed 8,000 strong Devonshire Green late Saturday afternoon. The burning heat did nothing to stop these hip-hop legends playing all their hits and putting on a once-in-a-lifetime show. In the evening, Annie Mac played an absolutely packed O2 Academy with DJ’s DMK, Shift K3Y, Monki and Mele ft Slick Don. Stand out performance of the night has to go to Shift K3Y, new DJ on the block, whose set was full of bass, hits and fun. With his recent single ‘Touch’ hitting 3rd in the UK Top 40 Chart, Shift K3Y is sure to be back at Tramlines as a headliner in the near future. Local music certainly didn’t fail to deliver over the weekend either. Sheffield-born Toddla T wowed crowds on the Friday evening, warming up for Katy B at the Main Stage. Playing all his best tracks and asking the crowd to wave anything they had in the air, he showed everyone just how talented the city of Sheffield is. Toddla T wasn’t the only local to impress. Sheffield lads Polkadodge stormed all of their performances at The Leadmill, Maida Vale and the Frog and Parrot on the Saturday, gaining tons of new followers. Tramlines further highlighted them as a band to watch out for. This year’s Tramlines Festival will be incredibly hard to beat next year. The weekend was full of incredible acts, beautiful people and, most importantly of all, lots of fun. Tramlines 2015 – we’re waiting for you!

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Neon Jungle live set Words: Jessica Fogarty

Four piece Brit-band, Neon Jungle, roared into Sheffield for a live set at the HMV store on High Street. The first 200 fans to buy the girl band’s new album were given exclusive wristbands to access their private gig upstairs in the store. Jess, Amira, Asami and Sheeran performed three acoustic tracks from their debut album, Welcome to the Jungle, then stuck around to sign CDs for their fans.

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Tom Hickox Words: Jessica Fogarty

Following the release of his debut album – War, Peace and Diplomacy – Chic meets London-born singersongwriter, Tom Hickox. It’s rare to come across an artiste that functions on honesty and rarer still to encounter one that is honest about themselves. Dressed in a three piece suit, he echoes both a twenties formality and a sixties dapperness. His late father was Grammy award winning conductor Richard Hickox, while his mother was an orchestral timpanist – is there any wonder he’s such a musical craftsman? The music and the words you hear on his album have all been crafted by the man himself, but he is happy to acknowledge the part played by producer Colin Elliot during the recording sessions at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield. We find out more…

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When did you first discover an interest in music? In my early teens is when I first started writing music.

I don’t like to give away too much. I like people to interpret it in their own way. But I’d say the album doesn’t plough into this subject matter, it tells the tale behind the issues.

What was the response to your debut album? I was thrilled that the album was received so positively. I’m humbled.

What is your favourite track on the album? Asking me to choose my favourite track is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child. I will say though, that the final couple of minutes of ‘Normal Boy’ is pretty epic.

The album title is deep – War, Peace and Diplomacy. Tell us more?

You’ve been likened to some pretty big industry names; does that put any pressure on you? No, but it’s very flattering. I just try to write songs that I believe in. Who are your musical influences? Influence is a strange thing to judge, because everything in an artiste’s life is to some extent a contributory factor to the art they present, consciously, unconsciously, willingly, unwillingly. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? Somerset House was probably my most memorable gig. I was supporting Richard Hawley. He was a dream to work with – he is a very kind man.

You’ve recorded sessions at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios – how was this experience? Great. I’d never spent much time in Sheffield previously. The city has great character and kindred spirits. I work with what I like to describe as ‘proper musicians’ who do what they do because they love it and give it their heart and soul. Colin Elliot, producer and founder of Yellow Arch Studios is one of those people and he introduced me to Richard Hawley who featured on my debut single, Out of the Warzone. It was a pleasure and honour to work with them both. Yellow Arch Studios is a very special place to work too. It has a great vibe. Are there any artistes you’d like to collaborate with, who you haven’t yet? There are too many to name - PJ Harvey, Jack White, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Dan Auerbach, Matthew E White, Jonny Greenwood, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis are just a few. Did your parents’ musical backgrounds influence your music? Songwriting came natural to me; as routine as eating and sleeping. Music has always been in my bones. I believe that every note of music that passes through you influences you to some degree. What’s next for you? I’ve had a busy summer playing festivals but I’ll be back touring this autumn. Hopefully Sheffield will be a stop off on my tour.

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Icons Bars & Clubs brings you Sheffield’s Premium LGBT+ venue. The aim is to provide a safe comfortable environment for the LGBT+ community of Sheffield to either enjoy a few afternoon drinks, play pool, or dance the night away! Icons can be found located on West Street in the heart of the Sheffield nightlife! With two large rooms playing anything from chart and 80’s anthems to indie, rock and alternative hits, providing a variety of nights to cater for all! Coining the term ‘Straight Friendly’ Icons strives to be fully inclusive. Everyone is welcomed! An increase of footfall through the door every week and many returning customers demonstrates the popularity of the venue. Icons sprung onto the Sheffield gay scene on 21st September 2013. With what can only be described as an amazing grand opening it was welcomed onto the scene with open arms. The fantastic comments received complementing the decor, pleasantness of the staff, and quality of drinks, made the labours of love required to open in time more than worthwhile! Icons is the brainchild of Daniel Richardson (Managing Director). The idea came from a conversation with his previous employer regarding the gay scene (or rather lack of) within Sheffield. Once the idea was formed, and the business plan laid out Daniel set about the task of employing staff. His first port of call was two close friends, Kyle and Nik. With tremendous effort of the three friends

combined, it was only a matter of weeks before the drinks range was decided, the staff were employed and the bar was decorated. Icons really spoils you for choice when it comes to the drinks selection. With over 70 different spirits to choose from (including a superpremium range) you are certain to find a drink that really tickles your fancy! Icons also boasts Sheffield’s largest vodka selection with over 40 to take your pick from! Catering for all wallets, Icons provides ‘Happy Hours’ 4pm until 7pm Monday through to Saturday, daily cocktail offers and discounted drinks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So next time you find yourself in Sheffield why not pop along to Icons for a tipple of your favourite beverage along with a friendly comfortable atmosphere. You’ll be welcomed with open arms! Check out the Icons Facebook page, Twitter, and website for the latest updates, drinks offers and ‘What’s On! guide! Facebook.com/ICONSSheffieldpage Twitter.com/ICONSSheffield www.iconssheffield.co.uk

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film the equalizer

get on up

dracula untold

Released 26th september

Released 26th september

Released 3rd october

Denzil Washington comes out of retirement to kick some Russian gangster backside, as the former Black Ops Commando, Robert McCall. McCall, who faked his own death to seek a quieter life away from the high-action drama that comes with such a role, jumps back into the job in an attempt to rescue a young girl by the name of Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz). The film, which is an adaptation of a popular 80’s TV series of the same name, is sure to deliver big on the shoot-em-ups and explosions in what will be an intense, action-packed thriller.

The life and times of the late, great James Brown is finally getting the big screen treatment by The Help’s Tate Taylor. A true rags to riches tale, the Godfather of Soul’s lifestory seems a perfect fit for film. Relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman has been given the leading role in a movie that also stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Ghostbusters’ Dan Aykroyd. Expect plenty of ups and downs along with many of Brown’s biggest hits to be belted out in what could prove to be a true musical epic.

Dracula’s returns to the big screen, with The Hobbit’s Luke Evans taking on the famous role. This will be the first solo Dracula movie since the 2000 Gerard Butler starring flop, Dracula 2001, and will focus on the life of the man who became the blood drinking legend, Vlad Tepes. This dark, mysterious origin story also stars Les Miserable’s Samantha Barks and Fleming star Dominic Cooper in a film that looks to go deeper than just a man biting people’s necks.

gone girl

the maze runner

ninja turtles

Released 3rd october

Released 10th october

Released 17th october

Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel, Gone Girl, has been adapted to the big screen by Se7en director David Fincher. The thriller, which stars new Batman Ben Affleck and Jack Reacher’s Rosamund Pike as the married couple Nick and Amy Dunne, is an intense, frenzied affair that will leave you gripped from beginning until end. The story follows the disappearance of Amy, who goes missing on her wedding anniversary, and as clues begin to come to light, questions start to be asked of her husband. Not all is what it seems in a movie full of twist and turns.

The first book of James Dasner’s young-adult series to be turned into a film, The Maze Runner, follows the story of a group of young lads as they look to escape the giant maze infested with deadly creatures that surrounds their closed-off community. Starring Dylan O’Brien as leading man Thomas, and rising British star Will Poulter, there is hope this can be turned into the next big tween film franchise to follow in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Produced by Transformers supremo Michael Bay, expect a lot of crash, bang and plenty of wallop in the latest film adaptation of the hit TV series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Directed by Wrath of the Titans’ Jonathan Liebesman and starring Megan Fox and funny man Will Arnett, the film follows the four mutant warriors, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, as they fight to save Manhattan from an evil kingpin.

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fashion

90s Normal V Modern Victorian

There are so many trends to appreciate and try out this season- for him and for herbut there are two particular looks we can all enjoy; the clean and minimal 90s Normal and the opulent Modern Victorian.

Modern Victorian

AW14 Trend Report with Bethanie Lunn, Meadowhall’s Fashion and Beauty Adviser.

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love this style and it’s a great transitional look as you’ll both be able to use clothing from your summer wardrobe and mix it up with new autumnal pieces. Opulent lace dresses or summer sheer lace dresses can be made to look modern and casual with check jackets, in fact checks are big news for both men and women. Try Pretty Green and Reiss for some cool jackets and shirts for him. Faux fur is going to be back with a vengeance so girls can carry faux fur bags or wear a faux fur tippet adorned with diamanté brooches, while guys can stay warm in wool coats with faux fur collars. Lace up boots with block heels

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are key for him and her and a key staple that you may end up sharing is the velvet blazer. Men can throw it on over jeans and add colour pops by matching a bold top with their handkerchief in the pocket or even their socks as they peep out from beneath their trousers. Next and New Look have some really affordable styles or splash out at Ted Baker or Tessuti. For women, introduce the reds, hot pinks, forest greens and plums of AW14 with opaque tights and floor length dresses, lace inserts or shirts with embellished Peter Pan collars. This is your chance to go all-out glam so look out for lavish necklaces and chandelier earrings. Topshop has a fantastic selection.


90s Normal 90s normal focuses on the simple lines and colours of the 90s using a very neutral palette of white, nude, black, grey, ivory and dusky pink. For women, tailored culottes are back in vogue worn with sheer shirts or peg trousers if you prefer. Pea coats are great for both men and women and guys look great in the 90s grunge look of ripped jeans and a simple white t-shirt. Keep accessories to a minimum and enjoy the simplicity. Topman, All Saints, Hollister and Henri Lloyd master the look for men while Bank Fashion, Lipsy and Topshop get it bang on for women.

All stores and products are available at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. For more information visit www. meadowhall.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @LoveMeadowhall and Facebook www.facebook.co.uk/ meadowhallshoppingcentre for all the latest updates.

Next fur collar coat, £99

FOR HER

key buys FOR HIM

M&S Collection Fur Tippet, £25

M&S black velvet and lace maxi dress

Lipsy London Love Michelle Keegan sheer shirt, £40

Freedom at Topshop Victorian Necklace, £30

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New Look black velvet dinner jacket £59.99


fashion

Words: Jessica Fogarty

The next Pop-UpShop event will run from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th October.

Exchange Place PopUp-Shop

Exchange Place Studios opened its doors to the public for one weekend only in August. Visitors had the opportunity to pop-in and browse, chat, touch, stroke and buy the items for sale made by a selection of Exchange Place Studio artists. The Sheffield based building is the latest addition to Yorkshire Artspace’s expanding number of studio sites. Natasha Lyons, founder of Sheffield jewellery brand, Tarr & Fether, whose studio is located within Exchange Place said: “The aim of the event was to showcase what the artists in the building have to offer. “There is so much talent in here but the public don’t often get to meet the faces behind the brands. “The building is open by invitation only so the pop-up-shops are the only time you’ll get through the doors.” Creatives showcasing their work at the PopUp-Shop event included: Henk Littlewood Furniture; Cari+Cari sculptural knitwear; Debbie Carlisle bridal accessories; Richard Priestly jewellery; Psalt Design; Sophie Cooke hand-made fascinators; Mellor Ware by Lianne Mellor; Charlie Downes and Bunn Illustrations.

TARR & FETHER Tarr & Fether is a UK based jewellery company founded in 2013 by fashion stylist Natasha Lyons. After working with clients in the music and celebrity industry for 14 years she realised there was a hole in the fashion market for beautifully crafted pieces which were effortlessly timeless and after 12 months of research and buying overseas, Tarr & Fether was born. Everything is proudly produced in Sheffield, from the 9ct gold pieces, the presentation box and pouches to the logo and printing. tarrandfether. co.uk

MELLOR WARE Mellor Ware is designed by Lianne Mellor in her Sheffield based studio. She strives to produce products that are not only beautiful, but are also functional for everyday use. Her influences are deeply rooted in the quintessentially British past times of afternoon teas, garden parties and quirky dances. The illustrations are inspired by the idea that when our backs are turned, foxes, birds, squirrels, badgers and hedgehogs come out in force to act out these very English activities. The simplicity of Lianne’s watercolours allows the viewer to create their own narrative for the characters in a collection that is both timeless and contemporary. www.mellorware.co.uk

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DEBBIE CARLISLE Debbie Carlisle is a British bridal accessories designer known for her unique designs mixing elegant vintage style with a contemporary fashionforward edge. Debbie’s wedding accessories include spectacular everlasting brooch bouquets, striking bridal hair accessories and stunning vintageinspired wedding earrings; a beautiful selection of bridal sashes, cuffs and garters will finish off your look. As Britain’s premier brooch bouquet designer, Debbie works with her brides to create lavishly sparkling bespoke designs using vintage jewellery, buttons, crystals, pearls, beads and luxurious fabrics. Her exquisite bouquets are designed to become unique family heirlooms to be treasured by generations to come. www.dcbouquets.co.uk

PSALT DESIGN Sheffield based furniture and product design studio Psalt Design was formed in 2010 by Richard Bell, Tom McKeown and David Powell. The trio of designers wanted to take advantage of the wealth of industrial and creative opportunities the city has to offer to conceive, design, and manufacture furniture and interior products. psaltdesign.co.uk Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, Sheffield, S2 5TR. - 27 -


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hair & beauty

Fashion beauty cocktails &canapés

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reeted with a strawberry daiquiri on arrival, it was no less than VIP treatment at The Fruition Hair charity evening at Revolucion de Cuba. Hair and beauty demonstrations, boutique shopping and cocktail master classes – it was the perfect girls night out, and all for a good cause. Event organiser, Anthony Cunningham, said: “We put on the event to show our support for local Sheffield businesses, and to raise money for charity. “My wife, Kerri, has been in the hair industry for many years and I believe in what she does 100 per cent, so I wanted to offer her an opportunity to showcase what she does alongside other Sheffield independents. “I spend a lot of time in big cities like Manchester who are so good at hosting events like this to promote what their city has to offer. “We don’t do enough self-promotion in Sheffield so I thought, if I don’t shout about it, who will?!” Businesses who exhibited at the event included: Boudoir Beauty from Woodhouse who were offering demos for HD Brows and LVL lashes; Lush Meadowhall were offering hand and arm massages plus the chance to try out their products; Relaxation Den were offering mini massages plus a prize draw to win in-salon treatments; and Couture Boutique Online and Anna Roberts Clothing had rails of new-season stock to shop. Each guest was given a complimentary goodiebag to take home – filled with hair and beauty samples, chocolates, tips and tricks. Follow Fruition Hair & Nails Sheffield on Facebook or @Kerrixtensions on Twitter to find out more about future events.

Words : Jessica F ogarty

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MAC Makeover Personalised makeup demonstration focusing on one key area of your face. Includes a mini face chart so you can recreate your look at home. RRP £20.00

Words: Abigail Jackson

MAC Cosmetics’ flagship store in Meadowhall are giving you the opportunity to learn the tips and tricks you’ve always wanted to know while having your make up professionally applied by one of their highly trained artists. There are a range of packages and prices to choose from and all include a mini face chart so that you can recreate the look at home. For just £30 you can have everything from a Prep + Prime, to lips and lashes, looks can be tailored for every day or special occasions and delivered in just 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or don’t want a complete makeover, there is a 30 minute express make-up option for £20 that consists of a demonstration focusing on one key area of your face. For £50 the Artists offer specialist jobs such as wedding or special event make up to complement certain styles or themes, step by step, feature by feature tutorials where you can learn to master making up your own face as well as workshops for all ages, races and sexes. Whatever Makeover option you choose the value of the appointment is fully redeemable with all MAC products purchased that same day, so if you like the products the Artist uses on you, or just need to stock up on a much loved item I recommend you take advantage of this very unique opportunity.

From Prep + Prime, to lips and lashes, looks for every day and special occasions delivered by a M∙A∙C Artist in 60 minutes. Includes a face chart so you can recreate your look at home. RRP £30.00 Step by step, feature by feature, a full makeup tutorial where you learn to master making up your own face. RRP £50.00

Workshops led by M∙A∙C Artists. Something for everyone. The sharpest, most stylish and authoritative way to take away everything our artists made famous. For all ages, all races, all sexes. For information see an Artist. RRP £50.00

Your wedding day or special event makeup custom-created by a M∙A∙C Artist to complement your style or theme. RRP £50.00 Bring your fantasy, stage, drag or Halloween look to life. RRP £50.00

* The value of the appointment is fully redeemable against M∙A∙C product purchased on the day of the appointment † Available in M∙A∙C Pro stores only ** Select doors only

While in store, be sure to check out the new line by fabulous mother-daughter duo Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, with their two-part collection of statementmaking hues for eyes, lips, face and nails. Sharon brings her unmistakable warmth with eye shadow palettes of golden nudes and fiery browns that complement her soft hues of Lipglass and Patentpolish lip pencils of caramel and rose. Peachy cheeks with a hint of rose give skin a subtle satin finish and her limited-edition packaging displays her trademark red with lavender signature. In contrast, Kelly brings a collection of fearlessly vibrant hues and tools. Eye Shadows range from pale lilac to blackened plum complementing lipsticks in bright pink, orange and light lavender. Cool beige and soft pink Mineralize Skinfinish’s highlight the skin in a luxurious, mineral-rich formula for a polished perfect finish. Her limitededition packaging features iconic light violet with her signature in red.

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health

FITSTEPS

Chic visits Sheffield dance school, City-Limits, to try out their new ‘Strictly’ fun fitness class…

Following on from the Zumba craze, a new dance fitness phenomenon is sweeping the nation. Created by Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite of Strictly Come Dancing, FitSteps incorporates the very best of Ballroom and Latin mixed with the latest proven ways to get fit fast. “It’s already popular in the south but the craze hadn’t hit the north until now” says Jane Bennett, class instructor at City-Limits. “I love how it incorporates a range of dance styles – you have so much fun, you don’t realise

you’re keeping fit.” More than 30 people attended the launch of the FitSteps class in August, and due to demand, City-Limits have now made the class a permanent fixture on their jam-packed class timetable. For the first five or ten minutes, there seemed to be more left feet than right feet in the studio, but as the dancers warmed-up and began to feel more at ease, the moves became more controlled and in sync. The class welcomed a mix of ages and abilities – there was no pressure and Jane was happy to go over the tricky

Are you a student? City-Limits offer £1 discount with a valid NUS card.

routines a few extra times for those who needed the practice. You may perceive Ballroom dancing to be a more gentle, relaxed routine – but don’t be fooled, you’ll be leaving the studio with a sweat on. The 50 minute class features a good balance of fast-paced routines and slower more controlled dance techniques. City-Limits is a family-run, world class dance centre. Founded in 1980 by Tony and Judith Bennett, its home to Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, former winners of BBC’s strictly Come Dancing and to Darren’s twin brother, Dale, also a professional dancer at the school. Classes range from ballroom to ballet, salsa to street, Latin dance to break dance. “We aim to enthuse students with a love of dance and to encourage them to lead an active lifestyle” says owner Dale Bennett. “Our students thrive in the modern surroundings of the studios and under the influence of the talented teachers who work at the school.” The FitSteps class is open to all abilities over the age of 16 – there’s no need to book, just turn up! FitSteps classes run Monday 6.40pm7.30pm and Thursday 7.10pm-8pm. City-Limits 607-613 Penistone Rd Sheffield, S6 2GA 0114 234 4866 city-limits.co.uk Words: Jessica Fogarty

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THE GYM

WOR D S : K AT R IN A COWA N

One of England’s biggest gym chains ‘The Gym’ has just opened a new venue in our very own Sheffield! Open 24 hours a day, ‘The Gym’ quite literally caters for everyone, whether you work night shifts, or just have a whole load of extra commitments, they accommodate any type of lifestyle. You can go whenever you want – ‘The Gym’ is definitely one of the most convenient gym chains in England and now, Sheffield. First things first, they don’t do contracts. They don’t believe in them. So you are completely entitled to freeze or cancel your membership whenever you want, no hassle or fuss. They believe joining a gym should be stress-free and shouldn’t involve tricky catches you see nowadays. Therefore, at the moment they aren’t asking for a joining fee- yes, that’s right, completely free to join, you just pay per month, no catches. With venues in both Leeds and Manchester it became clear Sheffield needed to get in on this scheme, so in August they opened up a new venue just outside of the city centre. At the moment they are offering an especially good value pre-introductory rate of £10.99 per month which works out as less than £0.39 per day! They also have their own ‘Loyalty Promise’ which means that for as long as you are a member, your gym membership will never increase, that’s their promise. For your £10.99 a month you get an awful lot. The new Sheffield gym is very modern and airy and their range of equipment is second to none. They provide cardiovascular machines ranging from treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes as well as a variety of strengthening machines, which work on all the core areas. As well as the machines, members have full access to the free weights and 30 free classes which run every week. Whether you are a spinning fan or a yoga fan, there are classes for everyone at convenient times. As a new members you’ll be able to pick and choose from these different areas of fitness to create your own personal workout plan, depending on what they want to focus on. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find it at ‘The Gym.’ As well as offering these fantastic rates, they also offer two hours of free parking for all members so if you need to drive to the location it won’t add on any extra costs. If you still aren’t sure this is the gym for you, you can even do a trial run. You

can buy a £5 day membership to test out the machines and see if you like it. If you do want to join, it’s very simple! Just go to www.thegymgroup.com and follow the steps, just a few clicks and you’re away. You can even choose to delay your start date for whenever is most convenient for you- it really is that simple! You can find ‘The Gym Sheffield’ at: Units J&K, Brookshaw Park, Gibraltar Street, Sheffield, S3 8RW - 33 -


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chic exteriors

Inspired Garden...

Spring 2015 bulbs Lee Bestall has been designing and managing the creation of gardens for over 10 years. Lee regularly writes for gardening magazines throughout the country and is a stand in presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield gardening hour. Contact Lee at www. InspiredGardenDesign.co.uk

Native but nice With a huge array of colourful plants available from garden centres, expertly sourced from around the globe, we are continuously spoiled when it comes to choosing new plants for our garden. Fabulous flowers and tropical foliage can bring an incredibly lush feel to a garden, but don’t overlook the natural beauty of our native plants just because they’re right outside your door. The most obvious British wonders are the beautiful old Oak trees, flowering cherries and mixed hedgerows, even the invasive cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) looks great en-masse in spring, but when it comes to plants deemed ‘garden worthy’, consider the traditional (and modern) use of tightly clipped Yew, Holly and Box which has been favoured for generations. Beech (Fagus) is another popular hedging variety, often selected for its beautiful autumn and winter colour and again, it’s one of our natives! Many of the plants native to the UK flower in spring, those such as the sweetly but delicately scented primroses, or the striking red poppies which adorn the fields mid way through the year. Wild, hardy Geraniums grow in the most unlikely places and are very happy naturalizing in grasses, proudly showing off their ‘Chelsea purple’ flowers.

The stunning blooms of Pulsatilla vulgaris (pasque flower) are perfectly displayed over foamy foliage and are low growing and very well behaved (perfect for the modern gardener). Their hairy seed heads also look fun long after the flowers have faded. May and June is showtime for the fox gloves where tall slender steps carry beautiful purple and white spires of flowers and although poisonous, will seed prolifically and brighten a dull corner. The Asian moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are popular houseplants, but our wild orchid is a plant to treasure. Often found in woodland settings, the purple flowers lurk around on the cool and shady forest floor. For a similar native, more easily available to buy, and worth planting this month look for Colchicums or naked ladies … so called as they produce their flowers well before the leaves appear. The bulbs are quite expensive individually, but quickly bulk up if happy, and will very soon provide you with a flower that will become an interesting talking point. Commonly known as the Autumn Crocus, it does seem strange to see it flower in September, but it has to be one of my favorite native bulbs. Using native plants can also mean a higher rate of success, even in our variable climate, so if your fingers are not so green, its hard to kill these plants … they’re born survivors!

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Fresh bulb stock will be arriving directly from Holland this month and delivered to garden centres throughout the country. Why not pop along to Ferndale Garden Centre this weekend for advice on which selection to choose. I caught up with garden centre manager Neil last month who said “As well as selling all the single pack varieties our customers have grown to expect (no pun intended) over recent years we’ve sold an increasing number of pre mixed packets and we’re looking forward to receiving this years delivery which contains an even wider selection. The growers have expertly blended together subtle and striking colour combinations, taking all the hard work out of making up your own. Pre mixed bags of 2-3 varieties have been created for your planting pleasure”. Neil buys direct from Holland growers Kapiteyn and Prns who have been successfully growing bulbs for generations.

Bulb planter To make life easy, why not treat yourself to one of Sheffield based Spear and Jackson’s bulb planters? Simply twist the tool into the ground at the required depth and remove the soil, place the bulb in the hole (at about twice its depth) and replace the soil, firming gently.


chic interiors

H&F FURNITURE Words: Jessica Fogarty

H&F (Home & Furniture) is a familyrun company that has been in the furniture and interiors business since 1993. Their first showroom opened in Chesterfield five years ago offering bespoke solid wood furniture and home accessories. H&F quickly became an established name in the region and six months ago the business expanded, opening a second showroom on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield. Company founder, Mr Peel, said: “Our philosophy is that your home should reflect your own individual style and aspirations. To achieve this your furniture needs to fit your home. Our own exclusive products are handcrafted to order allowing us to customise each piece to fit your personal requirements in terms of height, width and detail. “Our workshops have now been making their own furniture ranges for 20 years and pride themselves on quality and reliability. Over the years a solid rapport has been built with Canadian timber suppliers that enables us to provide quality furniture at competitive prices. “Our attention to detail using the finest of materials, combined with an efficient delivery service, offering six to eight week lead times on standard items and eight to ten weeks for any bespoke pieces, with full manufacturers’ warranties, gives our customers peace of mind with an enjoyable purchase experience.” Take advantage of up to 30 per cent off selected lines during the H&F summer sale.

4 New Beetwell Street Chesterfield, S40 1QR 01246 277797 Open Mon – Sat 9am-5pm Sun 11am-4pm

332 Abbeydale Road Sheffield, S7 1FN 0114 327 0540 Open Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm Sun 11am to 4pm

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Graphica Resin Surfaces is harnessing new methods to carry out the refurbishment and extension of drives, paths and patios. Graphica Resin Surfaces offers driveways, paths and patios a full refurbishment by restoring and regulating existing concrete and tarmac. This is achieved by using epoxy resin combined with a mixture of loose aggregates of the client’s choice which bounds them together. Customers are left with the appearance of a loose stone effect without any movement of stones. The finished product is stronger than concrete, durable, weed resistant and easy to maintain and, as with all the Graphica Resin Surfaces, anti-slip is a standard feature. Compared to alternative driveway methods such as tarmac, block paving or imprint concrete, the Graphica Resin Surfaces product is one of the most cost effective ways of giving homes and gardens the finishing touches they need without disturbing any existing foundations or adding any waste to the environment. In fact, many customers that wish to extend their existing driveway can do so without planning permission due to the permeable nature of the resin bound system.

For those with a crumbling or slippery drive that requires a makeover, Graphica’s technical surveyors can detail the different non-slip and low maintenance options available. That way customers can make an accurate decision, safe in the knowledge that the company is well informed. Compare Graphica against our competitors online through www.Google.com and see what our customers say about us. You could even visit www.CheckAtrade.com and read our reviews directly. For more information, visit www.Graphicaresin. co.uk, find the team on Facebook at www. facebook.com/graphica.resinsurfaces or simply call on 0800 030 5771.

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food

Live Latin Chic visits West One Latin American restaurant, Las Iguanas Words: Jessica Fogarty

Las Iguanas Sheffield re-opened this summer with a new piazza illuminated by festoon lighting, providing the perfect place to kick back and relax with good company, food and drink. The fresh Latin American menu is bursting with flavours from across the continent at affordable prices; try Mexican favourites or Brazilian classics cooked to order, or tuck in to hearty tapas, tacos and big sharing plates.

Las Iguanas 8-9 West One Fitzwilliam Street Devonshire Green Sheffield, S1 4JP

While you choose, fight over a board of bread and olives, spice-dusted corn chips or a taco sharing tray to attack together. You’ll then be spoilt for choice with tapas and starters from greedy whole prawns to rich shreds of duck, smoky pork and garlic chorizo or chargrilled artichoke hearts to name a few. We followed the recommendation of the waitress and sampled the gambas – the greedy whole prawns were split and cooked in a garlic, lemon and chilli sauce, served with ciabatta. We also couldn’t resist ordering the classic nachos – home-cooked corn tortilla chips with melted cheese topped with aji, jalapenos, salsa, sourced cream and guacamole. New to the menu, you can add a topping of barbeque and jalapeno shredded steak, tinga, chilli con carne, cha-cha chorizo and refried black beans. It’s the perfect dish for those with a big appetite. For main course, choose from Mexican classics, grilled sandwiches, dishes from Brazil and beyond, salads and ‘from the flames’. Intrigued by the latter, we ordered the ‘Churrasci Fiasco from the flames’ – skewered, scintillating, marinated and flame-grilled honey-glazed rump steak served with red onion and peppers in a paprika and cumin marinade. Served with a side salad, the dish was fresh and healthy.

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We also sampled a Mexican classic – chicken fajitas – coriander, lime, paprika, cumin, onions and peppers dished up sizzling with chunky guacamole, sourced cream, jalapenos, home-made tomato salsa and chicken breast strips stuffed in soft wheat tortillas. A plentiful portion full of flavour. We visited on a Thursday evening and the spacious restaurant was surprisingly busy with mid-week diners. Families filled the circular booths while couples dined at a candle-lit table for two. Friendly and efficient, the staff were quick to take our order and clear our plates, but left enough time for us to enjoy our meal in private and relax. If you’ve room left for pudding, choose from a whopping wedge of creamy vanilla cheesecake, handmade sorbet, a pretty pile up of berry Mexican mess or sparkling cinnamon-sugar dusted churros with dips for dunking. We’ll definitely be back to dine here again soon! Open Sunday - Thursday 12:00 - 22:00 Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:30

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EAT & SLEEP EXPERIENCE: MARCOS & THE HAMPTON BY HILTON Chic experiences 24 hours in Sheffield’s Hampton by Hilton Hotel and adjoining Marco’s New York Italian Restaurant Words : Jessica F ogarty

Sleep. Walk in to the bright and airy reception area and you’re greeted by a friendly smile behind the reception desk. We fill out the check-in forms whilst the receptionist gives us directions to find our room and tells us about the facilities we can take advantage of. He can’t do enough for us and we instantly feel welcome. We head up in the elevator to the seventh floor and along the tastefully decorated corridor. The freshly painted rooms aren’t huge, but they have been cleverly designed to make the most of the space. The queen bed with comfortable pillows and crisp linens takes central position with a spacious work area and thoughtful touches around the room.

Sliding doors reveal an adjoining wardrobe and en-suite with walk-in power-shower. The bathroom definitely has the wow factor, equipped with exclusive Hampton branded toiletries and an abundance of fresh towels in varied sizes. Draw back the curtains to reveal a street view of Sheffield city life. Given the central location, we enjoyed a surprisingly quiet night’s sleep. You can’t fault the cleanliness either – there’s not a speck of dust in sight. Head downstairs in the hotel for your complimentary breakfast and sit in the modern tub chairs while you eat from the all-you-can-eat hot or cold buffet – from cereal and pastries to the full-works British breakfast. Check out is 11am. We left with full-bellies, feeling relaxed from a night of luxury.

A jaw-dropping £9 million was spent on the makeover, transforming Sheffield’s former iconic West Bar Police Station in to the new swanky Hampton by Hilton Hotel. The 142 plush en-suite bedrooms have no resemblance to the cells they once were. Each room boasts flat screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi; all guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free use of the gym and relax in the 24-hour bar/ dining area. But despite the ultra-modern refurbishment, the history has not been completely forgotten – the original opening plaque is framed on the wall for all to admire and each floor has wall art giving hints to the building’s background.

Eat. The celebrity owned restaurant offers affordable dining in a relaxed, stylish setting. It impresses from the word go. As we walk through the door we’re engrossed with the décor – the glamourous striped armchair, the sleek leather booths and the walls covered with pictures of the man himself, Marco Pierre White. Marco’s menu has been inspired by the TV chef ’s Italian heritage and love for American / New York dishes. Making the most of fresh local produce, dishes include a selection of fresh pastas, steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers and handmade pizzas. We ordered from the a la carte menu. The waitress recommended her favourite dishes – the garlic prawns followed by spaghetti carbonara and raspberry tumbler dessert. I take her advice on the starter and it doesn’t disappoint. The flavoursome garlic and lemon prawns were perched on a slice of crusted bread. Delicious. For main course I ordered the tuna steak – yellow fin tuna simply grilled with lemon and served with olives, capers, fresh herbs, tomato,

olive oil and new potatoes. My dining partner opts for the asparagus with poached egg starter. The perfectly poached egg lays above a line of chargrilled asparagus – both topped with a parmesan crust giving a good balance of flavour and texture. A big lover of steak, he opts for the 8oz fillet steak pepi for main course – a tender slab of meat served with lazy fries, a garlic roasted tomato and peppercorn sauce. The portions are plentiful and the food is flawless. With just enough time to let our twocourses settle, the waitress returns to take our final order. We choose the recommended raspberry tumbler dessert from the specials menu – a crumbly biscuit base with a heavenly white chocolate centre, topped with - 42 -

fresh raspberries served in a large glass tumbler. We decide it’s a good idea to share. We washed down our courses with a bottle of very dry, delicate white wine. The wine list features more than 20 varieties – herbaceous and aromatic whites, simple delicate or juicy medium-bodied fruit-led reds. The knowledgeable staff are happy to offer their recommendations to accompany the dishes you order. Given the standard of food served, the first-class service and the swanky setting, we were more than impressed with the reasonably priced bill that came in at just under £90. A venue for all occasions – we doubt it will be long before we return again.


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Manchester If you only have time to dip your toe in to Manchester, dip it in style. Enjoy a weekend of the most luxurious sightseeing, supping and shopping in the city. Words : Jessica F ogarty

TRAVEL Travel by train from Sheffield to Manchester in just under an hour. Expect to pay just over £20 return on the day but book in advance and the price will be considerably cheaper. Travel by car (avoiding rush hour) and it’ll take you just over an hour. Overnight inner-city parking will cost around £16. Nationalrail. co.uk

SHOP Dedicated followers of fashion will be guaranteed to get their retail kicks in Manchester. Browse the Northern Quarter boutiques, flash your cash at The Avenue, dip in to the pocket-sized arcades off St. Ann’s Square, lose yourself inside Manchester Arndale or dive in to the departments of Harvey Nichols – all in one day. In-between the retail cracks you might stumble upon gallery shops, seasonal markets and contemporary craft outlets too.

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LUNCH: Kosmonaut Located just off the beaten track on Tariff Street, the stripped back bar is a daytime haven for lunches, coffee meetings and gettogethers with a fine selection of artisan beers and craft cocktails for the evenings. Sit in a red leather barber’s chair while you browse the menu featuring finger-licking-good burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and picnic style snacks; or head to the basement for ping pong parties and DJ sets. Kosmanout.co.uk DINNER: Burgers, beer and bowling Once-upon-a-dual-carriageway there was only bowling. Sticky carpets, crappy hot dogs and warm beer: It pretty much sucked. Now bowling is here – at All Star Lanes, Deansgate. It’s foo-ooo-oood, fine cocktails, crisp beer, good people and oh yeah, bowling. Walk in and you’d have no idea a state-of-theart bowling alley was hidden at the back of the venue. We head over to the central island bar for a cocktail then a waitress escorts us to our table. It’s a new concept bowling diner – while the venue does retain some tradition features such as the leather booths and mirrored walls – it’s certainly much sleeker than you’d expect. We ordered from the ‘Eat, Drink, Bowl’ menu – two courses, a cocktail and a game of bowling for a very reasonable £29pp. Starters include: popcorn squid, hot chicken wings and salt beef croquettes; the burger menu features maple bacon cheeseburgers, NYC salt beef Reuben and Seafood ‘Po Boy’ sub; plus main

Curiouser and Curiouser This pretty ladies fashion boutique is located in the heart of the trendy Northern Quarter selling unique and cutting edge clothing by young independent designers and fashion enthusiasts. Despite labels being sourced from around the world, prices are surprisingly affordable. Curiouserboutique. co.uk FOR HIM

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Oi Polloi This Independent menswear brand launched in 2002, after two young and starry-eyed go-getters melded minds over the idea of selling tie-dyed Lacoste polo shirts. The polo shirts never materialised, but a clothes shop did. Now, ten years on, Oi Polloi is a well-established indie outfitter beloved of those looking for carefully crafted menswear with an urban edge. Its good quality, good looking gear that’s fit for purpose. Oipolloi.com


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Bar Épernay This hidden gem in Manchester’s Petersfield district offers a little bit of luxury and elegance. From a chilled champagne to killer cocktails, whiskey and cigars, dynamite G&T’s or just a cold beer – Épernay is sure to have all the ingredients for your perfect evening. The bar also boasts an outdoor terrace popular with sun seekers. Epernaymanchester.co.uk

Soup Kitchen Communal café by day, one of Manchester’s best live music and club venues by night, the Soup Kitchen works hard pretty much round the clock. Spread over two floors, the venue – winner of the Manchester Evening News City Life Best Club 2013 – is transformed from day to night. It’s also a regular host of comedy nights and art exhibitions. Soup-kitchen.co.uk

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Encompassing wonders such as the smallest pub in Europe (Portland Street’s wee Circus Tavern) and an ingeniously repurposed underground public toilet (The Temple of Convenience), Manchester’s historic pubs are the pride of the city. If you’d prefer something stronger, you’ll be happy to hear that Manchester is undergoing something of a cocktail renaissance with a growing army of mixologists dying to out-do one another with their creations. From sleek cocktail lounges and divey rock and roll bars to louche modern-day gin galleries.

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Enjoy a night of luxury at The Light ApartHotel, Manchester. Occupying a prime city centre location on the fringe of the trendy Northern Quarter, guests at The Light Aparthotel can enjoy the flexibility of serviced apartment living with hotel-style accommodation. There’s a choice of 60 beautifully furnished studios, one and two bedroom apartments and penthouse suites which have the wow factor! Comprising of a master bedroom with en-suite, second bedroom, bathroom and communal living space with a 50” flat screen TV, six-seater dining table and an open plan kitchen with a cooking island – a penthouse suite is the ideal spot for a large party. Step outside on to your own private roof terrace with a six seat hot tub and stunning panoramic views from the 15th floor. Rooms are available from £99 - £999 per night. thelight.co.uk


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Burgers & beats

Twisted Burger Company, the much loved burger restaurant, is taking over another pub kitchen! Currently serving from The Harley, Glossop Road, they are now also serving from The Riverside, Mowbray Street. This means the burger loving folk of Sheffield will have two fantastic music venues where they can indulge in burgers and beats. Words: Joss Woodend

OUR VERDICT First up came the mouth-watering Holy Cluck (£7.50), made up of a double chicken patty, chorizo, American cheese, guacamole and jalapeno salsa. Charlotte Leaver, Twisted Burger Company’s Brand Manager, explained how the chicken patty was a combination of chicken and eight per cent chicken liver. The chicken liver added an extra level of depth to the dish, making the chicken patty simply delicious and stepping it above any other chicken burger I have ever tried. Next, the Pig Daddy Kane (£7.97) was placed down on the table in front of us. This flavourful combination of a double beef patty, pulled pork, American cheese, Kraken BBQ Sauce and chorizo and apple jam made an amazing dish and it is no wonder that this burger makes up over a third of the burgers sold by the company. This is Hardcore (£7.95), the company’s aptly named hot burger, is not for the faint hearted. The combination of a double beef patty, spicy ‘nduja sausage’, American cheese, deep fried jalapenos and Harley Hot Hot Hot Sauce creates a powerful and hot dish that doesn’t lose its initial flavour. Often in hot food, flavour can be overpowered by heat, but with this burger that is certainly not the case. The menu also offers up vegetarian options that are for once packed full of flavour and taste. The Drop Dead Double Stuffed Falaf-Hell Burger (£6.25), designed by Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Drop Dead, strikes the perfect balance between the ‘sweeeeet chilli and lime sauce’ and the soft texture of the falafel burger and grilled aubergine, lifting the dish to another level. The other vegetarian option, Baby Got Guac (£6.50), is definitely one for the mushroom lovers out there. Containing both button and porcini mushrooms in the patty and a grilled mushroom, Asian Slaw and guacamole on top of that, there’s no shortage of different flavours. The last three burgers to be served – Return of the Mac (£6.95), Smokin’ Joe Frazier (£7.50) and Super Supersize Me (£8.50) – deserve a mention too. Return of the Mac features a double bacon patty, the first bacon based burger to be served in the UK, alongside mac’n’cheese and pesto. The Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s combination of double chicken, smoked streaky bacon, Monterey jack cheese and both ranch and Harley House dressing makes for tasty dish. If you’re up for the challenge

of the Super Supersize Me burger – containing a triple beef patty, streaky bacon, American cheese, gherkin and Techno burger sauce – then you won’t be left feeling disappointed. The sides on the menu satisfy the taste buds too. Twisted Burger served up their two best fries, Jalapeno Business Fries (£4.75) and Pig Pimpin’ Fries (£5.50), which are perfect for sharing. Both dishes looked visually impressive, with the skin kept on the fries adding a great look to the dish. Big Poppa Bits (£2.95) – deep fried jalapenos and a smoked cheese sauce on the side – had an incredible sweet taste to the jalapenos that tasted divine. Crack’n’Cheese (£3.75) successfully upgraded firm favourite mac’n’cheese, adding bacon bits and diced jalapenos on top of it. Twisted Burger Company at The Riverside provides a well thought out menu, friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff. Their Executive Chef Alex Malins is, as his colleagues said, a true genius and master at cooking up tasty, attractive and imaginative dishes. The expansion of the company into The Riverside is a fantastic addition to the venue and will hopefully attract more people up into Kelham Island. After an evening of great food, I left The Riverside feeling like a true member of the Twisted Burger gang.

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Here at Chic we care about you - the people of Sheffield! We want to know your opinion on important issues such as where to spend this summer in the city. These things matter because you matter! The Chic team took to the streets to find out more…

“Smoke Barbeque is insane. The platters are big enough to feed three and everything on them is delicious.”

Jacob, 21, Civil & Structural Engineering student “The buffet at Cosmo is a must. There are so many different styles of food available and it all tastes good.”

Ibrahem, 28, Electrical Engineering MSc student “People in Sheffield are so friendly. As a Muslim it’s great to know that my culture is accepted here.”

Richard, 26, barTENDER “The Nottingham House in Broomhill serve cracking pies.”

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“Independent films are a big thing in Sheffield. The Showroom Cinema is a nice escape.”

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Words : Jessica Fogarty

A tsunami of colour burst in to Sheffield last month for the Colour Me Rad annual 5K race. The race fired off at Graves Park on August 16, in a blaze of colour bombs and cannons. Race-goers started off with a shirt as pure and white as your granddaddy’s dentures, but throughout the run, their chaffing thighs were coated with colour bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until they came out like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run added a new explosion of colour to their clean, painter’s palate until they crossed the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of colour. Colour Me Rad is set to return to Sheffield in 2015. Keep a watch for more information at colormerad.co.uk.

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ROAR **FILM OF THE MONTH RELEASED 19TH SEPTEMBER When young photojournalist Uday enters the jungles of the Sundarbans he rescues a white tiger cub from a poacher’s trap and takes the cub back to his village. When panic sets among the villagers, the forest warden takes the cub away. The Royal Bengal Tigress enters the village in search for the cub and unleashes the beginning of an adventure where the hunters become the hunted!

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Sonali Cable RELEASED 10 october

Ali Fazal who earlier in the year starred in Bobby Jasoos, now appears in this ‘David versus Goliath’ story, Sonali Cable. Set in the cable internet turf war in Mumbai, the film follows a girl and her ‘internet boys’ who get in the way of the expansion plans of India’s largest corporation. This edgy survival drama collaborates love and livelihood.

MUMBAI 125KM RELEASED 26 SEPTEMBER TH

Upcoming stereoscopic 3D horror film, Mumbai 125 KM, directed by Hemant Madhukar and starring Veena Malik, last seen in Super Model, sees a group of friends stranded 125 kilometres away from Mumbai, where they encounter life destructing events. Expect ghosts, gore and screams.

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This upcoming action thriller is a remake of the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz film Knight and Day, featuring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. A chance encounter means Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) finds herself in car chases, shoot outs and bombing raid with Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan) convincing her he’s the good guy. But can she really trust him?

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami RELEASED 10TH october

This heart-warming comedy sees sons Shekhar (Manu Rishi Chadha) and Subhash (Divyendu Sharma) set out to get their father the ultimate sign of respect. The two sons are willing to go the extra mile to get their father his only wish, but will they succeed in their endeavour? Laughs guaranteed!


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BRITASIA TV MUSIC AWARDS

NOMINATIONS PARTY

AMAZING NOMINEE LIST ANNOUNCED FOR tHE 5TH ANNUAL BRITASIA TV MUSIC AWARDS!! The most exciting names in the Asian music industry joined forces for the hotly anticipated announcement of the nominees for this year’s BritAsia TV Music Awards. With over 300 VIP artists and guests under one roof at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground - this year’s nominations party did not disappoint! Once again, it gave us a little taster of what is to come with the Awards Ceremony and how there is no other event of its kind. Never in its five year history has such fierce competition been witnessed among BritAsia TV music talent. A glimpse into this year’s nominees includes top artists Bambi, Raxstar, Satinder Sartaaj and Diljit Dosanjh. These have all been shortlisted by fans via the open voting system - A showcase of exciting and varied talent. Established as the biggest and most credible event in the British Asian music calendar, the star studded nominations party saw names from the BritAsia TV Music Awards past and

present arrive to hear this year’s shortlist before opening to the public vote. It will now be down to the fans again to decide who walks away with the iconic BritAsia TV Music Award in October, with the short list categories now open to the public by texting code 83149 plus the artist number. Tickets for this extraordinary event are on sale now, giving fans the chance to be there as winners are revealed. Individual ticket prices range from £35 upwards, with VIP tables seating ten also available at £1,500. Tickets are available at www.theticketfactory.com or www. chillitickets.com For VIP tables please contact events@britasia.tv or 0121 260 0009. “This year’s BritAsia TV Music Awards will be even bigger and better” says proud Brit Asia TV CEO- Jaz Bal: “The BritAsia TV Music Awards are now in their fifth year, which is a huge achievement and we have some truly incredible artists on the shortlist for this year’s event. Our - 23 -

aim has always been to give a platform and voice to emerging and established artists; we celebrate the contribution made from these artists all year round. We are really proud of the nominees and wish them all the best. We look forward to seeing you all at the NIA in Birmingham on October 4th to witness an amazing awards night.” The nominations come to head on the 4th October at the BritAsia TV Music Awards, which will return to Birmingham’s prestigious National Indoor Arena. With the eagerly anticipated line up and headline act announcement in September there is no doubt that this year’s awards are set to make more noise than ever. Get voting for your favourite artist! Text the code BATV plus the number of your chosen artists to 83149. Texts charged at £1 plus your standard network rate.


BritAsia TV Music Awards Category Nominees...

Best Urban Single Teardrops by Tazzz BATV 13 01 Swag Mera Desi by Manj Musik & Rafftar BATV 13 02 Baby Girl by Roach Killa BATV 13 03 Ego by Raxstar BATV 13 04 Celebrate by Apache Indian BATV 13 05

Best Newcomer Bloodline BATV 1 01 Bambi BATV 1 02 Sukhi Sivia BATV 1 03 Mani Kaur BATV 1 04 Parvinder Sandhar BATV 1 05

Best Male Act Nafees BATV 5 01 Jazzy B BATV 5 02 Jay Status BATV 5 03 Raj Bains BATV 5 04 Jaz Dhami BATV 5 05

Best Female Act Kanika Kapoor BATV 6 01 Tasha Tah BATV 6 02 Sona Walia BATV 6 03 Sazia Judge BATV 6 04 Bambi BATV 6 05

Best Band The Legends Band BATV 7 01 DCS BATV 7 02 The Entourage Live band BATV 7 03 Jazzy B Live band BATV 7 04 Malkit Singh Live Band BATV 7 05

Best Urban Asian Act Mumzy Stranger BATV 8 01 Tazzz BATV 8 02 Roach Killa BATV 8 03 Apache Indian BATV 8 04 Raxstar BATV 8 05

Best ‘Asian Music’ Producer PBN BATV 11 01 Partners in Rhyme BATV 11 02 Dr. Zeus BATV 11 03 Bloodline BATV 11 04 B21 BATV 11 05

Best Single Zulfa by Jaz Dhami BATV 9 01 Singhan Diyan Gaddiyan by Jazzy B BATV 9 02 Dil Thor Gaya by Asif Khan BATV 9 03 Putt Jattan De by Tru-Skool BATV 9 04 Phatte Chuk De by PBN BATV 9 05

Best ‘Non-Asian Music’ Producer Tazzz BATV 3 01 Steel Banglez BATV 3 02 Sunit BATV 3 03 Mumzy Stranger BATV 3 04 DJ Limelight BATV 3 05

Best Music Video

Best International Act

Dil Tharkeh R&B by B21 BATV 4 01 Daddy Da Cash by RDB feat. T Pain BATV 4 02 Singhan Diyan Gaddiyan by Jazzy B BATV 4 03 Hoi Hoi by Foji BATV 4 04 Dil Varda by Harj Nagra feat. Sukshinder Shinda BATV 4 05

Honey Singh BATV 2 01 Satinder Sartaaj BATV 2 02 Miss Pooja BATV 2 03 Diljit Dosanjh BATV 2 04 Kanwar Grewa BATV 2 05

Best Album

Best Club DJ

12B by B21 BATV 10 01 Electric by Jags Klimax BATV 10 02 Rangrez by Sartinder Sartaaj BATV 10 03 Cut Like A Diamond by Diamond Cut BATV 10 04 Evolution by Bloodline BATV 10 05

AJD BATV 12 01 Jags Klimax BATV 12 02 DJ Dips BATV 12 03 DJ Nav Udn BATV 12 04 KanDman & DJ Limelight BATV 12 05 - 22 -

Best Songwriter Tari Banwalipuria BATV 14 01 Koki Deep BATV 14 02 Jelly Manjeetpuri BATV 14 03 Satinder Sartaaj BATV 14 04 Jandu Littranwala BATV 14 05


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irpuri Dhera is a unique dining experience, offering a huge range of Kashmiri, Pakistani and Chinese dishes, plus a range of grilled Indian Dishes, in a buffet setting. All dishes are cooked fresh on request with over 40 traditional dishes available. With so much on offer, it can be hard to choose your favourites, but for just £9.99 for adults and £5 for under 10s, you can eat as much as you like, with under three’s eating for free and over 200 seats available. Every authentic dish is prepared to an original recipe by the expert chefs, perfectly flavoured with their blends of spices. Start with an appetiser of poppadoms with pickles and salad then move on to the starters which include: chicken siek kebabs – succulent chicken kebabs on skewers; meat samosas – spiced minced meat in crisp and tasty pastry parcels; and paneer pakora – always a favourite – traditional cheese, Paneer, marinated in spices and then battered. The friendly team at Mirpuri Dhera always make guests feel welcome – efficient and attentive with an enthusiasm for food and a passion to make every dining experience memorable.

Mirpuri Dhera 261 Staniforth Road Sheffield, S9 3FP 0114 244 9199 info@mirpuridhera.co.uk

For main course choose from Desgi Gosht – a spicy lamb curry served on the bone; chicken Kofta – chicken mince served in spiced balls, a traditional Middle East dish; or Saag Aloo – a delicious Paskistani dish of spinach and potatoes well-cooked and served in a mild spice sauce. Serve yourself from the big steel drums and go back to try as much as you can eat. If you leave room for dessert, choose from Keer – a creamy, sweet Indian rice pudding dressed with pistachios or almonds; jelly and ice cream; a rich chocolate or carrot cake slice. As well as their buffet dishes, Mirpuri Dhera also specialise in catering for mehndi, manian, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, conferences, receptions, banqueting, corporate events and business meetings, with no charge for hire of the venue and free parking.

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Chao Baby Chic visits the Palm Sugar Lounge at Chao Baby Meadowhall, to try out their cocktail master class. Words: Jessica Fogarty

The Drink Palm Sugar Lounge certainly adds a touch of class to the Oasis food court at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Adjoining the Chao Baby restaurant, the bar offers an exclusive area to relax with drinks before or after dining, or just simply to stop-off for a well-deserved break between shopping. The cocktail menu has been created by Chao baby manager, Michael Wells, and assistant manager, Matt Ward. “We have a mix of classic cocktails and Thai inspired recipes” says Matt, who leant his mixology skills whilst working in bars in Sydney, Australia. “If you want to try something new – just ask us to recommend a cocktail that will compliment your meal or suit your tastes. There’s no set recipe for our cocktails, we can make them spicy, mild, strong, sweet – you tell us and we’ll create it bespoke for you.” The Chao Baby team make it look easy, but as we step behind the bar we soon realise there’s an art to the movement and a knowledge to the ingredients. There was no flairing allowed (the fancy throwing of spirits) but we were able to try our hand at mixing and shaking. First up was the Tom Yam Siam – a traditional Thai cocktail recipe known for

its spice. This includes vodka, rum, lime juice, lemongrass and yes, red chilli – the same ingredients used to make a Tom Yam Soup but minus the vodka and rum. It’s certainly an acquired taste – you’ll love or hate the heat from the chillies.

We then tried out some more traditional cocktail recipes including a raspberry mojito, frozen strawberry daiquiri and a mango based mocktail (there are a choice of non-alcoholic mock-cocktails for the drivers / the non-drinkers/ or those under 18). It’s great fun and although you may need a little extra practice back home, you’ll take away some skills you can put in to practice at any future function.

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Fancy having a go at home? Try out these Chao Baby cocktail recipes... Chophraya River Cocktail

Thai Tom Yam Siam Cocktail

Raspberry Mojito

To make, place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with cubed ice, garnish with passion fruit seeds and decorate with tropical fruit!

Not for the faint-hearted, this is Thailand’s signature dish in a cocktail. Serve in a martini glass and season with a pinch of salt.

A raspberry twist on a classic mojito recipe. To serve, add ice, cover, shake, and then serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a raspberry.

3 Pieces of lemongrass 3 Thin slices of galangal and chilli peppers 50ml Absolut vodka 15ml Fresh lime juice Crushed ice

8 Mint leaves 4 Raspberries ½ Fresh line 1 Gomme ½ Ounce of raspberry vodka 2 Ounces Havana gold rum

25ml Canadian club 12.5ml Blue curacao 12.5ml Peach schnapps 12.5ml Passionfruit purée 50ml Orange juice 12.5ml Lime juice Passionfruit seeds (to garnish)

Book a cocktail master class Enjoy a champagne cocktail on arrival followed by the opportunity to make (and drink) two cocktails per person before completing the Palm Sugar challenge. It’s the perfect activity for a special occasion, a get-together or just to do something different! Cost: £30 per person Time: Book a time that suits you Location: Palm Sugar Lounge – Chao Baby

The food After an afternoon of mixing and tasting, we were ready to soak up our cocktails by sampling a selection of Thai dishes from the Chao Baby restaurant. We sampled a beef curry with egg fried and boiled rice; mini spring rolls with battered fish with chips, and a chicken Pad Thai hidden under a giant omelette – I’d never seen Pad Thai served like this before but as well as looking amazing, the combination of flavours were incredible. Chao Baby opened its doors in Meadowhall in 2011. The venue is one of eleven restaurants and bars under the Thai Leisure Group name – a family-run business owned jointly by Kim Kaewkraikhot and Martin Stead. Kim was a chef and she ran her own small restaurant in Bangkok. Kim’s food was renowned in the local neighbourhood for its fantastic flavours. She was committed to finding the freshest produce available and she could be seen out-and-about each morning scouring the local market stalls carefully selecting her ingredients. Kim operated a basic menu but her forte was in developing dishes of the day using the ingredients she could source. As Martin learnt more about Thailand so he began to see an opportunity and to set about creating a vision. That vision was to bring authentic Thai cuisine and genuine Thai hospitality to the UK. In 2004, Kim and Martin opened Chaophraya

Leeds to widespread acclaim. This was the first real premium-level authentic Thai restaurant in Yorkshire and something, it transpired; the people of Leeds had been waiting for. In 2007, they expanded their empire opening Chaophraya Manchester, then Chaophraya Liverpool, and in the same year, the group also opened Yee Rah, which is a stones-throw from Chaophraya Liverpool. Yee Rah offers a ThaiEuropean fusion menu that is ideal for families and those looking for more conventional dishes alongside traditional Thai dishes. In 2010, the new ChaoBaby concept opened in Manchester’s Trafford Centre. The ChaoBaby brand is designed for use in large-scale shopping centres. Its unique selling point is that it offers the same authentic Thai cuisine as the core Chaophraya brand but in a very accessible buffetstyle format. In 2011, Chaophraya Birmingham opened then a second ChaoBaby, this time in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre. By 2012, two new sites opened in Scotland: Chaophraya Edinburgh and Glasgow, which is set over four floors on the busy Buchanan Street, is the largest Thai restaurant in Europe. Then in 2014, the latest brand Thaikhun joined the Thai Leisure Group family. Opening in the bustling Spinningfields area of Manchester, pronounced ‘tycoon’, the name celebrates the street food sellers in Thailand who are real tycoons – - 14 -

owning and running their own successful food businesses and leading the way in Thai street food. Much like Kim. The company has invested in its core value of ‘Ow Jai Sai’ which translates from Thai into ‘we care about everything’ – you can see these few words on the collars of the uniforms of all staff in each of the restaurants. The group’s vision is to continue to develop the best of Thai within the UK and take the brand south. In the next three years, they hope to have 13 more sights, introducing a new concept ‘street food’ dining format. We have no doubt that their success will continue!


which helps me to see things in a different light. My summer collections are more about bright and bold colours. Summer is the time to experiment but my collections still have a contemporary and classic feel to them.

Do you design and tailor yourself or do you have a team in place? I design and oversee the production of every piece in the brand. I am the sole designer and I have a production team that help bring my vision to reality. A lot of what I do is on my own in my studio with help of my seamstresses. Overall, the brand is my vision but I have to work with a lot of people – from photographers, embroiders and models – along the way from the conception to creation. I am meeting new people every day and I love to collaborate with creative minds.  

How has the brand expanded since you first established? In 2012, I did my first photo shoot which was an invaluable experience. This was the first time my brand received exposure and I really learned about the importance of social media. I was getting lots of messages and positive feedback over Facebook. I then did a small campaign in 2013. The campaign was smaller than my introductory campaign; I focused on getting a handful of pieces exactly how I wanted them to be. This collection was all about quality over quantity and the response was amazing. The brand received a lot of exposure and really motivated me to go big in 2014. This year has been all about marketing and exposure. I want to get my brand out there and for people to see what I have devoted so much of my time and energy towards. 

What have been the highlights for you? One particular highlight is the Fleuri collection that I have been working on this year. I have always been very involved in everything I do but in the past I have had to employ people when it comes to things like marketing and branding. However, now, whilst I still collaborate with other creatives, I can say I was truly behind every aspect and detail of the collection. This is more time-consuming but it really is worth it and it makes everything more rewarding. 

Tell us more about your latest collection, SG Fleuri? I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do this year the brand and my work but I wasn’t happy at first with some of my initial concepts. I wanted my 2014 collections to be a special statement to lay the foundations for my brand in the years to come. It had to be personal. So I decided to go home one weekend to see if I could find inspiration there. This was completely the right thing to do. I spent some time looking through my old clothes and my mother’s clothes and I eventually came across some of her scarves from her wedding. I remember thinking to myself that these scarves were older than me

but I was captivated by the embroidery and so I asked my mother if I could borrow them. I then took the embroidery and reworked it with my own personal styles and contemporary influences. I now have a collection of bespoke, couture pieces that really represent what I am about as a designer. 

You teamed up with Sheffield based videographer, Khalid moon, and international supermodel turned creative director, Zaf Shabir, for the collection video. Tell us about this? Yes, I teamed up with Zaf Shabir for my Fleuri collection. Khalid, an expert filmmaker specialising in cinematography, photography and music production, came along with Zaf to film the behind the scene in the studio. From there, we went outdoor for our editorial shoot where Khalid did the footage of the models walking in the wood. I believe it was just a casual shoot nothing was specially planned, however the result for the footage was awesome. The attention to detail from Zaf from the beginning to the end of the day was remarkable, from hair and make up looks, styling, and posing of the models – all were clearly run through me so I was perfectly aware of the status of my campaign shoot.  Khalid was barely noticeable, capturing all the moments of the shoot, which was astonishing. I’m still in awe of the fashion film that he produced that I was really not aware of. If this is what he can produce without being noticeable, can you imagine if he was commissioned for a complete fashion film?  We are already planning a big international fashion film together, will keep you posted not that very soon! 

What do you think sets you apart from your competitors? What is different about my brand is that it really is my vision. My unique experience and influences go into every piece that I do. Of course I have inspirations, but I am not one to follow trends. I want every woman who shares my love for unique patterns to be able to enjoy what I do. I don’t refer to my work as “Asian” or “Western” fashion and i don’t want to limit my customer base to a single market. Now the world is more interconnected than ever and I think my brand reflects that. 

Do you have a specific type of customer? Right now I’m just working on the brand and I don’t have a specific customer base. One thing I have noticed with each collection is that my customers are conscientious women who share my love for fashion that is different to everything else that is out there.

What’s next for you and the brand? I just want to keep moving forward with the brand. With each collection I do, I learn more and I grow as a designer. I want to keep working with the best people and I hope as many people as possible get to experience what I have to offer. 

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Contact: Facebook.com/samaira.ghani 07530371308 // 02032864398 info@samairaghani.com


Pictured: Fashion designer Samaira Ghani with models demonstrating her work

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SG: Samaira

Ghani Samaira Ghani, 28, is known for her ability to combine the best elements from Western and Eastern fashion to craft seamless celebrations of culture in the form of attire. The independent British designer specialises in combining traditional elements of Western and Eastern fashion with both current and future catwalk trends. Her tailor-made creations are made using only the best materials; exquisite embroideries complimented with masterful, traditional technique. From weddings and party wear to formal, evening or casual – Samaria’s designs are one-of-a-kind pieces that will be treasured for years. Words: Jessica Fogarty

Was fashion always the dream career path for you? Fashion has always been my main interest since as long as I can remember – any fashion designer will tell you the same. I want to spend my life doing what I love and for me that is fashion design. One of my earliest memories is of my mother doing some basic stitching at home and I always used to help her. I then started to make little tweaks to her outfits and it all just grew from there. Being a fashion designer is hard work but nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone taking pride in a unique piece that I created. The creative industry is also full of so many incredible people who are so much fun to work and grow with. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Where is the brand based? My brand is based in Nottingham now but I’m Manchester born and bred. I love the city and it will always be a part of me no matter where I go. I re-located to Nottingham when I married.

When did you launch the SG brand? I first launched my brand in the autumn of 2012.

Where and what did you study?

What is the concept?

I studied BA (hons) Embroidery at Manchester Metroplitan University.

When designing my collections I always have recurrent themes in everything I do. At the heart of what I do is integrating the best of Asian and Western fashion cultures which reflects my own cultural tastes and identity. What is different about the brand is that I design for the modern woman regardless of her background or ethnicity. I want women from all cultures to be able to enjoy my pieces. Fashion should not be confined to where you are from and I am a firm believer in celebrating our differences. My work is still evolving and growing. However, I have so much more that I want to explore and share in future collections.

What inspires you? I like to find inspiration in everyday things that we can all relate to. There have been times when I’m out having lunch with a friend and I’ll notice shapes in the food that we order. Ultimately, I think nature is one of the biggest influences in any type of design and I have this in mind with me wherever I go. In the winter I like to go to museums and to different exhibitions to soak up the culture. In the summer I prefer to be outdoors

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What's On?

The BritAsia TV Music Awards 2014 When: Saturday 4th October Where: The National Indoor Arena (NIA), Birmingham One of the biggest annual events in the Asian calendar is back. Taking place at The National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham on Saturday 4th of October, The BritAsia TV Music Awards (BATV) is not to be missed. The BATV Music Awards is now in its fifth successive year. The night will celebrate the very best of British Asian music and feature an amazing variety of unseen performances and appearances. Plus, some of the biggest names in the industry will be there! The BATV Music Awards promises to be an incredible night, with tickets priced between ÂŁ40.50 and ÂŁ50.50 and. Doors are open at 6:30pm and the event itself will run from 7:30pm to 11pm.

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Fusion 2014 Live in Concert When: Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September Where: De Montfort Hall, Leicester and The LG Arena, Birmingham Fusion 2014 Live in Concert, presented by Vision One Consulting Services Ltd., will be arriving at De Montfort Hall, Leicester on Friday 5th September and at the LG Arena, Birmingham on Saturday 6th September. The performance will see Brit Asia Best Album award winner Amrinder Gill, Indian stand-up comedian and actor Gurpreet Ghuggi and newly established Punjabi singer Ammy Virk deliver a fully-loaded entertainment package of both singing and comedy. This is both Gill’s and Virk’s first UK performance. Tickets are on sale now for both performances and start at £25 for De Montfort Hall in Leicester and £28.70 for the LG Arena in Birmingham.

United Rhythms featuring Tabla Tarang Orchestral Percussion When: Saturday 20th September Where: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham Mendi Mohinder Singh, a Birmingham-born classically trained Tabla player and composer, will bring his new and ground-breaking work to The Drum in Birmingham. The performance, which features as a part of The Drum’s 20th anniversary celebrations, will bring together the music of both hemispheres and see Mendi perform three original compositions for orchestral percussion with Birmingham Conservatoire’s Percussion Ensemble. Handpan player Samantha Archer will also collaborate with Mendi, in what is set to be a unique and mesmerising combination of instrumental music. Tickets are priced at £8 and £6 for concessions, with the event due to start at 7:30pm.

Just Jhoom! – The Bollywood Workout

When: Tuesday 16th September Where: South Hall Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell Just Jhoom! is a new exercise programme that draws on a variety of dance styles, from classical Indian to bhangra with hints of hip-hop, jive and jazz. Based on the workout Just Dance!, the Just Jhoom! workout event is energetic, glamourous and fun. This event is the first and only accredited Bollywood dance-fitness programme in the UK and is inspired by the glitz and glamour of Bollywood films. All levels are more than welcome but you’ll need to wear clothing suitable for working out and exercise, as well as some aerobic or dance trainers. You can take part in Just Jhoom! from Tuesday 16th of September until Tuesday 25th of November and the workout runs from 7:45 to 8:45pm. Tickets are priced at £55.

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e may be waving goodbye to the summer months, but there’s still plenty to look forward to this autumn. Check out our What’s On? guide to make sure you don’t miss some of the country’s biggest Asian events happening throughout September and October. We’ve also got our pick of the best Bollywood movies set for release this season so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, even on the rainy days. You must have noticed our beautiful cover star Fiza Ali this issue – modelling designs for Janan. Asian Chic also had the pleasure of interviewing independent

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>> British designer Samaira Ghani who specialises in combining traditional elements of Western and Eastern fashion with both current and future catwalk trends. If you’re looking for somewhere new to dine out, then check out our feature on Rotherham’s new South Asian restaurant, Chaudry’s. We’ve also been to sample the menu at Mirpuri Dhera and we tried our hand at a cocktail master class at Chao Baby Thai restaurant, Meadowhall. Enjoy!

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10 Samaira Ghani Meet fashion designer, Samaira Ghani. Food Chao baby Thai menu and cocktail masterclasses PLUS 16 Mirpuri Dhera review

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News Chaudry’s Rotherham now open BritAsia TV music awards nominations party

26 Bollywood Check out what’s coming up for release September - October.

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