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WELCOME BACK... Well, it is great to be back! We, like most places have been super busy since re-opening and would like to thank you all for your support. TA PAS R E STAU R A N T & C U B A N B A R Cubana is now once again open 7 days per week. Here is an update on what you can expect in the coming weeks.

> Tapas & Drinks Our team of chefs and waiting staff are ready to cook and serve you, a selection of over 40 mouth-watering dishes from our varied and authentic tapas menu.

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Our bartenders are ready to prepare you our tasty, exotic cocktails and of course we’ll have our full range of wines from around the world, not to mention our 220 strong award-winning rum selection for you all to enjoy.

> Happy Tapas & Happy Drinks HAPPY TAPAS is still available now until 5pm SUNDAY TO FRIDAY. Call in and chill out at the end of a hard day (at home or at work or maybe both these days!!). Unwind and soak up our relaxed Latino vibe whilst enjoying our ‘Happy Tapas’ deals. All tables seated before or at 5pm may choose from ANY 2 tapas dishes for £9.95 or £5.00 off ANY of our tapas set menus.

HAPPY DRINKS! We’ve Happy Drinks offers available until 5pm, SUNDAY TO FRIDAY. All of our Classic & Signature cocktails for only £5.00. There’s also discounts on selected beers and house wines.

> Live Music Returns - every night! It has been a long wait, but the show must go on and we’re delighted to confirm that live music is (as always), an integral part of Cubana’s offering. Enjoy a laid-back mix of smooth, easy listening live music vibes featuring many of Cubana’s resident performers every single evening. We are showing our support to the fantastic musicians who have had a tough time of it lately and unable to work by hosting as many gigs as possible. Get ready for plenty live Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues, R&B, pop and more!

It’s amazing to have the rhythms flowing once more and to finally get the show back on the road!

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WE’VE MISSSED YOu! > Bottomless Brunch – Cubana style

> Outside Drinks – Table Service

Cubana Bottomless Brunch, NOW every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon.

Unfortunately, we are not yet permitted to serve takeaway drinks of any kind. We will though be able to continue with table service for drinks on Cubana’s outside terrace. We are not taking advance bookings for the terrace but will allocate tables on a first come first serve basis.

We’ve brought back our popular Bottomless Brunch offering - now every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be various sitting times starting at 11.30am through until 2.15pm. At Cubana, it’s so much more than just the fabulous selection of drinks!! We wanted to raise the bar with our unique BB offering and provide a package which includes a substantial selection of top quality food. Our talented team of chefs have put together a delicious combination of Spanish and Latin brunch dishes for you all to enjoy alongside the usual on tap supply of Prosecco, Sangria, cocktails and more.

> Cubana vibes One thing is for sure, we’ll continue to provide Sheffield with the unique Cubana experience, usual good vibes and warm Latino welcome you’ve come to expect. Our fantastic Cubana team will take good care of you – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

> Bookings For bookings, please complete the enquiry form on the following booking request link: www.cubanatapasbar.co.uk/request.php or call us on 01142 760475

> Opening Times > Table Service FOR DRINKS Table service for drinks will be available in our cocktail bar downstairs It will also be possible to pre-book tables at any time during the week and on Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays we will also be taking bookings for drinks up until 8pm on Fridays and 4pm on Saturdays following which we will be operating a walk in service through to the end of the night and our usual closing time of 2am.

Cubana is now open 7 days per week Monday to Wednesday

4pm – Midnight

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Midday – Midnight

Friday & Saturday

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11.30am – Midnight

Last orders for tapas in the upstairs restaurant is at 9.45pm Sunday to Thursdays and 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays

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FEATURES 30: NO APOLOGIES

It’s been four years since Rebecca Lucy Taylor cast off the indie shackles and fully embraced her desire to write powerful, unapologetic pop bangers. Ahead of a return to the Steel City for Get Together Festival, the South Yorks singer told Edie McQueen about how the Self Esteem journey has taken her to a better place.

37: MAP IT OUT

From thronging Leadmill dancefloors to history-making gigs in cosy Irish boozers, Edie McQueen takes a tuneful tour of the Steel City, pausing to explore some of the most influential spots on the city’s musical heritage map.

47: IN-CIDER SCOOP

Ash Birch speaks to esteemed beer writer and passionate apple botherer Mike Pomranz on his plans to open The Cider House – Sheff ’s first urban micro-cidery and micro-ciderhouse.

66: DON’T DISS THE DISCO

Right you lot, sit up straight and pay attention at the back. This month’s Disco Studies class is now underway – and if you pay close attention to what the ever-erudite International Teachers of Pop have to say, you might just learn a thing or two about electronic music, kids.

76: CURTAIN CALL Live theatre returns this month with a star-studded performance of ‘Talent’. We spoke to cast members Jamie-Rose Monk and Lucie Shorthouse about Wood’s unmatchable writing talent ahead of the highly anticipated Crucible reopening.

REGULARS 44: FOOD & DRINK 59: THINGS TO DO 64: NIGHTLIFE 66: MUSIC 72: FILM 76: CULTURE

Ayup! Welcome to this July issue of Exposed, the third magazine back in print following a rather bleak, pandemic-enforced hiatus. Thankfully, those dreary days seem to be moving further behind us at an increasingly rapid rate; so much so that – whisper it now – we are within touching distance of such unthinkable delights as dancefloors, festivals, bustling live venues, impromptu flash mobs, groups of whatever you jolly well like, and not having to fill out an online application form every time you fancy a pint. The city’s starting to wake up, it’s currently checking Insta while pressing the snooze button, and it’s been a joy to report on. Dotted throughout this mag you’ll find a number of exciting new additions to the city’s food, drink and retail scene – from bottle shops and micropubs to rooftop venues and comedy clubs, as well as sports bars, cafes, restaurants and street food vendors. It’s all about choice, and Sheffield’s repertoire is quickly expanding. Circa 2008, when I started attending my first ‘proper’ gigs in Sheff, a standard support act at places like The Harley, Leadmill and Boardwalk were Slow Club. The local duo quickly moved on from that arrangement and rose to become relative big-hitters in the burgeoning indie-folk scene a few years later, peaking (perhaps) with the superb Motown-inspired soul-pop record Complete Surrender. After the group split in 2017, singer Rebecca Lucy Taylor did some serious soul-searching and decided to channel her energies into doing something she’d always wanted to do: release huge, bombastic anthems that were unashamedly pop and raise two fingers to modern-day expectations of sex, relationships and self-consciousness in the process. She nailed it, too, as a critically-acclaimed debut album, recent appearance on Jools Holland and headline slot at the upcoming Get Together Festival would attest. Edie McQueen does a fantastic job at charting the Self Esteem journey over on page 30. Want more inspiring local music talent, do yer? Good, ‘cos we’ve got loads: disco-pop oddballs International Teachers of pop over on page 66, the legendary Steve Edwards with a new project on 70 and Blancmange Lounge regular Rosey PM takes us through her life in music on page 71. I’ve rattled on here, so I’ll keep the sign-off short. If everything goes to plan re: unlocking restrictions this month, I hope you can manage to make the most of it. We all deserve a bit of joyful normality. PS: It’s coming home. Maybe.

TONGUES WAGGING

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INSIDE: INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP / SIZE OF A PLANET RE-OPENING EVENTS / NEW BARS & RESTAURANTS REVEALED

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NO KANE, NO GAIN: THE BUSINESS STUFF

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UP FRONT

FREEDOM DAY IN NUMBERS

CAN WE BOOGIE? Who knows, frankly, if the rescheduled ‘Freedom Day’ date of 19th July will go ahead. Nothing surprises us these days. But we’re an optimistic bunch here at Exposed, so if you don’t mind, we’re gonna dedicate a fair chunk of the issue unashamedly looking forward to the return of restriction-free nightclubs, gig venues and festivals here in the Steel City. It’s been a long ol’ time, so it’s more than OK to feel a little nervy about it all, but fingers crossed we can safely take this crucial first step back to normality this month. Don’t forget, we’re all in this together – Sheffield as one!

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UPFRONT: NEWS

IN THE BEGINNING Sheffield Cathedral’s latest light show spectacular has been announced Plans for Sheffield Cathedral’s Christmas lights show ‘The Beginning’ have been revealed. This year’s event tells the Nativity story and Christmas celebrations through light and digital artwork projections on the outside walls of the Cathedral. Inside the building, visitors can watch an immersive sensory experience of light and sound that displays imagery and colours taken from the Cathedral’s stainedglass windows. ‘The Beginning’ is one of several events Sheffield Cathedral is running as part of its gradual reopening after a difficult year. The event will run from 30 November to 5 December 2021. Ben Rossi, Development Manager at the Cathedral said: “After a challenging time, we are really looking forward to welcoming people back into the cathedral again. It feels like a fresh start. The whole Cathedral team has worked so hard so visitors feel safe and we have some exciting and interesting events lined up between now and Christmas. For more information on the latest Sheffield Cathedral events visit, www. sheffieldcathedral.org/whats-on

HAIL TO THE ALE Huge beer and cider festival announces return

After a year off thanks to the pandemic, Sheffield Steel City Beer & Cider Festival organisers have revealed they are hoping for the event’s safe return on the slightly earlier than usual dates of 6 – 9 October. Usually a staple of the autumn calendar, the CAMRA event this year plans to return to the familiar surroundings of Kelham Island Museum in the summertime. “We made the decision to bring it forward a couple of weeks from its usual spot so hopefully people don’t have as long to wait,” says Elliot Green, Sheffield Steel City Beer & Cider Festival’s press officer. “We started planning in January and have been working on feedback from previous festivals to try and make this one even better, especially as there wasn’t one last year.

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“We’re always monitoring the guidance from the Government and CAMRA HQ too, and we’ll know for definite by the start of July if we have the green light, so fingers crossed for beer in October!” As always, the event is organised, run and staffed entirely by volunteers who do so to share their passion for good beer, cider and perry. The festival also features live music, street food, old-fashioned pub games and much more across the site, which this year includes the new Stone Garden, as well as the museums fully operational onsite pub, The Millowners Arms. The range of drinks on offer runs to over 300 different brews, with a wide variety of styles across cask, keg, bottle and can from the traditional styles like mild, bitter and stout right through to modern IPAs, sours and more. For more info or to volunteer, head over to the CAMRA site www.sheffield.camra.org.uk.


UPFRONT: NEWS

KELHAM RISING Work is underway on the latest Kelham Island development

Sheffield property developers Citu have begun work on a new set of sustainable living spaces in the heart of Kelham Island. ‘Kelham Central’, as the project has been named, will consist of 113 houses. Living spaces will be a mixture of houses and apartments, all with open public gardens. The new development will also bring new bar, restaurant and office spaces to the area. The project is set to continue the idea of low-carbon living seen in neighbouring 200-house property development ‘Little Kelham’ by Alma Street. Kelham Central will only have 38 car parking spaces – 0.4 spaces per resident. This follows the concept of the “15-minute city” being worked on in Sheffield: central city living which minimises car usage and encourages the use of the city’s public transport network. All the homes will be heated by carbon neutral renewable energy, with a fabric-first design approach and smart technology to monitor the

development’s sustainability performance and air quality. Jonathan Wilson, Development Director at Citu, said: “We have already seen from the success of Little Kelham that people want to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and Kelham Island has so many features that people find attractive: access to nature, a relaxed café, bar and restaurant culture and unmatched industrial heritage.” Access to the outdoors is a major feature of the new property development and the Kelham Gardens will be the largest public green space in Kelham to date. Intertwined with the bold contemporary architecture, there will be a combination of private courtyards, roof terraces and semi-private residential gardens and courtyards for food-growing, socialising and relaxing. The first phase of garden apartments are to be launched this month, with planned completion of the whole project to be 2023. For more information on Little Kelham, visit www.littlekelham.co.uk.

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Big plates at the ready, as Steve Coogan prepares to bring ‘Strategem with Alan Partridge’ to Sheffield Arena on Saturday 30 April 2022. The live stage show starring the award-winning Coogan launches in Spring 2022 across the UK and Ireland, with tickets on sale now from www. sheffieldarena.co.uk.

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“I was very quickly won over by the plush and breathtaking greenspaces that engulfed the city.” Like Rome and Lisbon, Sheffield is also built on their work at work and enjoy their evenings. Not to seven glorious hills. Having visited Rome several forget how invigorating it is to have someone smile years before, an ancient city where Catholicism’s back at you when you look at them in the street, as capital is located, home to Michaelangelo’s granopposed to being grunted at whilst they hurriedly deur, and the opportunity to empty your pockets look away. I COULDN’T AND into the Trevi fountain in hopes of all your wishes In what now feels like a fever dream, I stayed in coming true – so I expected nothing less impressive STILL CAN’T BELIEVE Sheffield over the first lockdown, where I relished from Sheffield! in daily walks around the city centre and ventured THAT ONE OF THE I arrived in the city having only applied to to the outskirts of the Peaks. It felt strange meanUK’S BIGGEST university one week before the start of term, in an dering through a once buoyant city, transformed abrupt change of mind to embark on further educainto a perfect ghost town where a tumbleweed NATIONAL PARKS tion a year earlier than expected. Sheffield had of used McDonald’s bags wandered through the WAS ON THE DOOR never been a major city on the map for me; I was empty streets. Where shots of exhaust pipes rang STEP OF MY aware of iconic bands that had emerged from the out in the distance as drivers attempted to deliver DILAPIDATED city, I knew The Full Monty had been filmed here, the stream of takeaways that surged over lockdown. and that my granny trained as a nurse here too. STUDENT HOUSING. It was sad to have my university experience of going That, frankly, was about all I had to go by. out and taking on Sheffield’s nightlife cut so short So, arriving with scarce familiarity of the city, after only a year and a half of living there. along with a car full of bursting cardboard boxes and Ikea utensils to My friends and I had ventured out to the old warehouses in and be lost within my first week of university, I was very quickly won over around Kelham Island, tried as many new pubs as possible, and dared by the plush and breathtaking greenspaces that engulfed the place. I West Street on a busy Friday and/or Saturday night. Despite not being couldn’t and still can’t believe that one of the UK’s biggest national able to do these things in the usual way for some time now, we still parks was on the doorstep of my dilapidated student housing. managed to make the best of what a tumultuous situation had to offer, Time seems to stop in Sheffield. Coming from the hustle and bustle and I’d say it brought a new appreciation and love for what Sheffield of London, where people never seem to switch off when they leave has to offer. With restrictions (hopefully) lifting further this month, work, it was a complete shock to embrace the slower pace of life ShefI’m looking forward to immersing myself in a whole range of new Steel field had to offer. It almost seemed foreign to me, to watch people leave City experiences soon!

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THE FURNACE: HOT STUFF The Furnace – the highly anticipated city centre venue from the team behind fellow cocktail specialists The Botanist – opened its doors to the Sheffield public last month. Located in Charter Square as part of the flourishing Heart of the City II development, the bar takes inspiration from the city’s proud industrial spirit and boasts a stylish industrial décor, with another key draw being their spacious outdoor terrace featuring lounge seating and open firepits As well as serving up top-notch cocktails and drinks, the venue features a creative food menu that pays homage to its hometown, pairing famed local products and dishes (dessert Yorkshire puddings, anyone?) with modern cooking techniques inspired by the functions of a furnace – such as flame-grilling and blowtorching. Lewis Mackay, General Manager said of the opening: “The launch has gone well and we have been very encouraged by the positive feedback and support we’ve received so far. We’re really proud of the venue and look forward to welcoming the city’s residents, workers and students over the coming months.” After long periods of construction work, it’s an area of town beginning to really look the part, and Nalin Seneviratne, Director of Sheffield City Centre Development, believes it will prove to be a popular choice amongst locals and visitors in the Steel City: “It’s always wonderful to see new businesses open. It is a venue of real quality run by a much-celebrated UK operator and we’re confident it will be a strong addition to the city centre. I’m sure after several lockdowns over the past 12 months, the Sheffield public can’t wait to go and try it out.”

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Through The Lens

For this month’s spotlight on Steel City snappers, we speak to Ben Hargreaves (@deep_nxrth) about his journey into photography, lessons learned along the way and why seals make the best shoot buddies.

How did you get into photography? Well, I didn’t pick up a camera until I was, say, maybe 19/20 years old. Before that I just used my phone. I remember when I first bought an iPhone, I was obsessed with how sharp the images looked and started playing around taking images of anything and everything. From flowers, the bumps on my basketball to water droplets on my window after it had rained. I was pretty content with that. One day, I was browsing through the app store and saw an app called VSCOcam, now called VSCO. It’s an app that allows you to edit photos on your phone. So, I downloaded it, edited some of the photos I’d taken and that was all she wrote. I was hooked. What sort of picture catches your eye? This is a hard question as there are so many types of photographs that catch my eye. I can honestly say I enjoy most types of photography. I do tend to go through phases, though. Recently I have been searching for car photography and any type of film photography. I do not know the first thing about cars, but when I see a photoset of a nice car, especially the interior and all the fine details, it really catches my eye. With film, it could even be a bad film photo that’s blurry, super grainy, overexposed – I still love it! Do you have a favourite location to shoot? The Lake District. Hands down. I’ve been to quite a few places around the world, but the Lake District is my favourite, so far anyway. It has everything a landscape photographer would want: mountains, lakes, rustic villages, HIGHLAND COWS! I remember at one time, my goal for around a year or two was to get one decent image of a Highland cow, and the Lake District, Buttermere specifically, was the first place I got an image of one! I took around 60 photos in the space of 20 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

two minutes and dipped as I thought I was going to get charged at. What advice would you give budding photographers? Honestly, I’m still a budding photographer myself. There are so many goals I want to hit so I’m probably not the best to give advice. But I would say two things. Firstly, don’t get yourself down for not having the best equipment. I currently use an old second-hand Canon 6D with a 50mm 1.8 aperture lens that cost me, I believe, £120. The equipment does not make your art: you do. Cheesy to say but its true. Obviously, as your skills improve and you want to start making money, →


→ upgrades are great, but it all comes with time. Don’t rush. Use what you have and be happy with it until you can upgrade your equipment. The second bit of advice is not really to do with the act of taking photos, but with social media. DO NOT GET OBSESSED WITH THE NUMBERS! If you allow yourself to only take photos to post so people like them on Instagram or Twitter or whatever platform you use, you’ll find yourself falling out of love with photography if your engagement isn’t great. I was, for a solid year at least, obsessed with the amount of likes I would get on a post. Social media is great from growth and getting noticed and when it goes well and you get a lot of engagement, it’s amazing. But when it doesn’t go well and you’re not hitting as many likes as you expected, as many comments as you thought you would or you lose followers, then you can go to a bad place. Your mental health comes first. Do you have a favourite image/shoot to date? There are two that come to mind when I am asked this question. The first is when me and a few friends took → WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 21


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DON’T GET YOURSELF DOWN FOR NOT HAVING THE BESTEQUIPMENT. I CURRENTLY USE AN OLD SECONDHAND CANON 6D WITH A 50MM 1.8 APERTURE LENS THAT COST ME, I BELIEVE, £120. THE EQUIPMENT DOES NOT MAKE YOUR ART: YOU DO...

→a trip up to Ravenscar Cliffs and we saw a colony of seals. They were everywhere and I was in awe. It was honestly like watching a David Attenborough documentary. The image is of a lone seal on its side. I walked up to him – he was super chill – snapped a few photos, said cheers, and went on my way. The second image and possibly my favourite of all time was taken on the outskirts of Mount Snowden. It’s just a simple house at the far end of a huge field surrounded by trees. It was a cold winter morning, and the field and roof of the house was covered in frost, so it looked like a blanket of snow. The house had a single light on in the upstairs window, giving the hint of someone starting their days. I just think it tells a subtle story and I’m in love with it! What motivates you creatively? Honestly, I don’t know. When most people answer this question, they have some profound reason on why they are creative and what makes them motivated to create something. With myself, I just enjoy being creative. @DEEP_NXRTH

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Mark Perkins rounds up the highlights of this year’s Sheffield DocFest event DocFest 2021 has been a triumph in the face of adversity. The organisers were ‘lucky’, in that an event such as a film festival can still go ahead, with audiences able to view films online – although what that means for the finances of staging such an event, I dread to think. Whilst limited and socially-distanced audiences were allowed, ticket holders with a computer could watch from anywhere in the world, contribute to the Q&A sessions and partake in a wide range of workshops and talks without having to travel. Being based in Sheffield, I found myself one of the few journalists who made it to the film showings, but rest assured that there was no difference to previous years in the quality or variety of documentaries on offer. We laughed and cried as much as ever. We celebrated successes and triumphs, as much as we railed and grew angry at injustices. Most of all, we celebrated the fact that, sometimes against seemingly insurmountable odds, these filmmakers were able to tell their stories and share them with the world. Some of them were having their UK or even World Premieres, and all of them will now go on to look for other opportunities to be more widely seen. I’ve picked a few highlights, so do look out for them as they might turn up anywhere – mainstream cinema, terrestrial TV, streaming platforms… The days of sitting at home and expecting to see these films on BBC4 have long gone. Opening the festival was Summer of Soul (... or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), a spellbinding film, documenting a forgotten music event, The Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place in the summer of 1969. Astonishingly, the footage was largely shelved and forgotten. No one wanted to show it, which is unbelievable, considering the roster of performers. Ahmir ‘Questlove’ 24 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Thompson, a successful US musician heard about the footage, and initially refused to believe this festival ever took place. He has never directed a film before, but he decided to mix never-before-seen footage of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips and others with contemporary interviews into a mesmerising two-hour film. It will be in cinemas soon. Don’t miss it. The next two films I saw, Charm Circle and RIP SENI, are reviewed elsewhere in this mag, so I’ll skip on to Portrait Of Kaye. This was one of the most charming and joyous films in the whole festival. If lockdown has achieved any positives, it’s given us an opportunity to look at things close to home. Filmmaker Ben Reed is a neighbour of Kaye, a lifelong agoraphobic, who now relies on Ben, and others, to survive alone in what was once both her parents’ house and then her marital home. In nothing much more than a series of monologues to camera, the recently widowed Kaye lets us in on intriguing parts her life story, and even her desires to explore her personal and sexual freedoms that have, until now, been hidden away. The Battle Of Denham Ford is a film compiled entirely from phone footage, telling the story of a single day of protest on the frontline of demonstrations against the HS2 rail line. Environmental campaigners unite to halt, or at least slow down, the felling of a single tree. The potential damage that HS2 will cause to a beautiful piece of woodland is heartbreaking, and it’s impossible not to feel that this unnecessary project needs to be halted. The screening Tales From A Hard City was a chance to see Sheffield as it looked in 1993, when Kim Flitcroft filmed a documentary about four local characters, each struggling to

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RIP SENI make their way in post-Thatcher Sheffield. Some of its original stars were in the Showroom Cinema to see a rare screening of this forgotten slice of Sheffield history, and to fill us in on the fate of some of the other stars of the film. It was fascinating to see how the city has changed in some very obvious ways, particularly as they walk through the Hole in the Road, and spend time walking round areas which were an industrial wasteland before the arrival of Meadowhall. Dear Elnaz is Javad Soleimani’s emotional film about his wife, Elnaz Nabiyi, who was killed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps when they shot down a passenger plane in 2020. His cry for justice is a harrowing but essential part of his grieving; it’s a moving and emotionally draining experience, but one that the entire audience seemed genuinely affected and angered by. The Abbeydale Picture House was my venue of choice for the end of the festival, not least because they were showing off their restored 35mm projector. It was put to good use, showing two films over the final weekend, both for free. The first was Georges Lacombe’s fascinating La Zone, which documented a sort of wasteland on the outskirts of Paris in 1928. Working class inhabitants lived their lives there, hidden away from Parisian society, in what were often no more than flimsy shelters. The other film was Microcosmos, Claude

Nuridsany’s classic 1996 journey into the intimate world of the forest, where everything is magnified, resulting in a stunning world of images to immerse viewers in. The closing film was The Story of Looking, an intimate story told by prolific documentarian and writer Mark Cousins. It’s a very intimate and personal meditation of the power of visual images, taking place as Mark prepared for eye surgery, which itself had the potential to alter his view of the world and ability to see. An excellent choice of film to close an excellent festival of film, and a Q&A at the end from the ever-endearing Mark was joyous. One excellent result from having distanced audiences, and one I’d like to see maintained even when we return to something resembling normal, was the new approach to the post-screening Q&A. Normally, a couple of festival volunteers (all hail the fabulous volunteers, by the way) will hand around a microphone to anyone wanting to ask questions. Except that it often only goes to the audience members on the end of the row, or the ones who shout the loudest. Post-Covid that’s all changed. The host has an iPad, to which the audience, both in house and online, can equally submit their questions, which are then put to the director, or producer, or whoever is talking about the film. A vast improvement. Questions came from both the front row and France. Praise for this must indeed go to the technical team, working unseen, to enable multiscreen interviews from around the globe to take place. In the main, filmmakers couldn’t be there, but the audiences still had a chance to hear from them. To illustrate the point, the director and producer of the Audience Award Winner Charm Circle, were the only two people to attend from the USA. They had to quarantine in a hotel for a week before they were allowed to come out and present their film. In previous years there have been dozens of people attending from the United States, and of course, many other countries across the world. Fingers crossed, we’ll be welcoming delegates back to the Steel City in the usual fashion come 2022. So, there it was, DocFest, as we hope never to see it again – but no less enjoyable despite all the changes they had to make. To all the hardworking talent behind the cameras and the scenes, we salute you once more!

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DIRECTOR: NIRA BURSTEIN “I always found my parents to be very interesting people. I’m a filmmaker, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I make a movie about them?’” I was talking to Nira Burstein about her marvellous film Charm Circle, which received its world premiere at DocFest here in Sheffield, going on to win the coveted Audience Award prize. And they are certainly an interesting family. Her parents, Uri and Raya, still live in the house they bought in which to bring up their three daughters. It’s in the New York district of Queens, in an area known as Charm Circle. But the house is too big for them; it’s overwhelming their capacity to look after it. Filmed over the last six years, it is an honest and fascinating depiction of their lives and relationships with their children. All their girls have grown up and left home now, but the bond between the siblings themselves and also with their parents is perfectly shown here. A charming aspect of the film, and there are many, is that Uri is a keen musician. In fact, at times, he blames music for taking him away from things he should otherwise have 26 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

been doing. All through the film, Nira has used his compositions as a soundtrack, which suits the film perfectly, and gives it a feeling of intimacy and completeness. As the film progresses, an issue develops within the family dynamic, with potentially long-lasting consequences, and whilst the film is about much more than that, it serves to show us how families often shift and adapt. It’s a classic case of the resulting film being so much more than the sum of its parts. Day-today interactions of family life could be tedious, but Nira Burstein has demonstrated her skills as a director and editor in making this, her first feature length documentary, into an unmissable and unforgettable film. I couldn’t put it any better than Nira herself: “There are things to share about this story that will resonate with other people. I’ve always thought that the personal can be universal.” It surprised no one when it topped the audience poll for the best film of DocFest 2021, also going on to receive the First Feature Special Mention. Go see it when you can. MP @thisischarmcircle


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DIRECTOR: DAISY IFAMA “It’s so scary when you meet these families, who haven’t had any justice.” In recent years, there has been a huge surge of awareness surrounding the plight of people facing mental health issues, and this story about the death of a mentally ill patient in hospital will shock and horrify anyone who sees it. Perhaps the most upsetting aspect of it is that the tragic events it describes, even though they occurred over 10 years ago, could just as easily happen today. In 2017, at the long-delayed inquest into the death of Seni Lewis, the jury found, after 29 days of evidence, that he had been killed using ‘excessive, unreasonable and unnecessary force’. Held face down by 11 police officers, in prolonged restraint, using handcuffs and leg braces, he died. No one involved has ever been prosecuted or disciplined. Seni knew he wasn’t well and had voluntarily admitted himself to hospital, as he did not know where else to turn. His family fought for years to find out what had happened: how a bright masters graduate, who was planning to study for a PhD in the USA, had been so badly let down. The system that should have helped him, killed him. Perhaps the most moving part of the film is when his mother says: “We brought Seni to a place of safety. We thought he’d be looked after, but he was killed.” The film itself would not exist without an act of vandalism. In 2020, a piece of public art at Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital, in South London, the very hospital where Seni died, was sprayed with the words RIP SENI. Clearly, someone didn’t want his death to be forgotten. The artist behind the original installation had intended the work to lead people to question our treatment of mental health patients and illness, but at that time, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter concerns, it drew attention to the number of people who die in ‘state custody’, how around half of them have mental health issues, and that a disproportionate number of them, like

Seni, are black. At a discussion forum in a latter part of the film, we meet other mothers and sisters of people who have died in similar circumstances, which is as moving as it is shocking, because of the worrying similarities of their stories. Young men of colour with mental health issues come into contact with the police and end up dead. Families traumatised by such events often become campaigners to stop these incidents happening to others. In 2018, the Mental Health Use of Force Act was passed after campaigning and lobbying by Seni’s family and others. Some have dubbed it ‘Seni’s Law’, but it doesn’t cover police action, so the struggle to educate and prevent similar tragedies continues. I had a quick chat with the director and the creative behind the film, Daisy Ifama and Lizzie Reid, just before its world premiere at DocFest. Here’s what they had to say: “It all really came together in about September 2020. It had been a really intense summer with the Black Lives Matter protests. The graffiti had appeared in June, and it seemed the time was right for a discussion about the context of the incident, mental health and racism in the UK.” “Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean Rigg died in 2008, is a key figure in the campaign. When she hears that somebody else has died at the hands of the police, she finds them and puts them in touch with support groups, and with each other. It’s so scary when you meet these families, who haven’t had any justice. Some go back just a few years, but some are still grieving from the 70s.” “We hope the film will spark a discussion, and perhaps inspire people to do some research on the boys that have passed, and on the women in the film. Passing the law was one thing, but implementing it is something else entirely.” MP @RIPSENIFILM WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 27


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LIFE IS BETTER WHEN WE

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It’s safe to say one of the key things we’ve missed since Covid restrictions arrived is live music, especially of the big outdoors event variety. So you can imagine the excitement when Get Together, a brand new two-day Sheffield festival, announced it was heading our way for a big ol’ do this summer. Taking place at The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, the inaugural event will take place on 7–8 August. The impressive line-up is jampacked with some of the most exciting artists on the UK music scene today, showcasing a wide range of genres and ensuring there’s something for everyone to get down to. In fact, this *could* be our first opportunity to experience live music and festivals without any restrictions here in Sheff. Sounds good to us. Here’s just a taster of what we can look forward to…

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Brighton four-piece BLACK HONEY will headline the Saturday of Get Together, having recently reached no. 7 in the album charts with their latest release Written and Directed. The band are well trained in smashing big gigs, having toured with Queens of the Stone Age and gracing the stages of Glastonbury. Expect Lana Del Rey-style pop ballads blended with pacy surf rock and a cinematic Tarantino ambience – all uniting for an unforgettable live experience. Closing the festival on Sunday 8th August is Steel City favourite SELF ESTEEM (Rebecca Lucy Taylor). Having played in practically every venue across the city and toured the world with South Yorkshire duo Slow Club, Rebecca fired up the solo project burners and unveiled debut album Compliments Please in 2019 – a critically acclaimed record loaded with bombastic pop bangers. Self Esteem has made a welcome return this year with new single ‘I Do This All The Time’, resulting in a primetime slot on Later With Jools Holland and a highly anticipated UK-wide tour.

FINALLY GETTING TO DANCE AGAIN… Remember dancing about with yer pals? Yeah, we miss it too. And no band knows more about bringing the boogie than IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE. With their jubilant mix of disco and 80s electro that mixes Ibibio (the Nigerian language which inspires their name) with upbeat lyrical delivery, this party-starting outfit are driven by hypnotic percussion, groove and having a whole lotta fun. THE ORIELLES will keep you nicely warmed up and throwing shapes, too. The Halifax indiepop trio released second album Disco Volador into the stratosphere in February 2020. Cosmic, warped disco singles like ‘Bobbi’s Second World’, which channels Talking Heads at their funkiest, as well as the disco bopping ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’ have positioned the band as one of the most danceable UK guitar acts to emerge in recent years.


SINGING ALONG WITH TIM BURGESS… Charlatan’s frontman, record shop expert and allround lovely bloke Tim Burgess also joins the Get Together lineup this year. Despite not being able to gig, Tim kept himself busy in this past year with all manner of projects; if he wasn’t keeping the nation sane by hosting his Twitter listening parties or supporting grassroots music venues feeling the pressure, he could be found in the studio, knocking out the odd album or two. The fruits of those studio sessions became his latest solo record ‘I Love The New Sky’, which came out on Bella Union to huge critical acclaim. Given he has been instrumental in so many great records over the years, always bringing enthusiasm, positivity and diversity of influence it comes as no surprise the album is yet another banger. Tim’s positive vibes were a shining beacon of optimism during a difficult year and now he’s bringing the feelgood factor back in the flesh on a live stage. Expect to hear music from the latest record alongside legendary anthems from his time at the forefront of Britpop with The Charlatans. See you down at the front, yeah?

DISCOVERING SOMETHING NEW… One thing we love about festivals is stumbling across your new favourite artist by complete chance, and you’ll struggle not to find a fresh band to love with the strength of this impressive lineup. Want a tip? Check out L’Objectif. Their urgent and raw debut single ‘Drive in Mind’ turned plenty heads and it didn’t take long for the word to travel over from Leeds that they’re ones to watch this year. If you haven’t already had the pleasure, we’d also recommend checking out Martha Hill – an outstanding songwriter and performer from the North East. Her tunes cover everything from relationship troubles to grilled cheese sandwiches and she’s one of the most exciting alt-pop artists on the scene today. You also won’t want to miss Silvertwin. The band smooth vocal harmonies and melodies remind us of ELO and The Beach Boys. What could be better to vibe out to on a summer’s day? But the best way to fall in love with all these amazing new artists is to discover them for yourself. If you want to get a chance to check them out before the festival, then follow Get Together on Spotify – they’ve put together an ace playlist with something from all the bands that are playing. Get the latest updates and news by following @GetTogetherFest or @ SomewherePresents on socials. Tickets are available from £25 from SomewherePresents.com.

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NO APOLOGIES NEEDED Rebecca Taylor as Self Esteem is like no one else. As a moniker, it stands for the confidence young women can feel too ashamed to embrace, and the music that radiates from it transforms those insecurities into something bold and wild and fun. WORDS: EDIE MCQUEEN She’s done with apologies – and whilst this doesn’t mean her vulnerabilities have vanished, it’s impressive to see someone so in control of them. “I’m quite selfish,” she declares over a Zoom call. “I’m doing this because it makes me feel better, and the fact that it helps other people is really great. I think we’re all so obsessively people-pleasing, and giving, and doing things we don’t want to do. It makes the world a bit clunkier, and it makes communication really difficult. If we pleased ourselves a bit more and prioritised pleasure… I think it makes everyone happier, interact better and treat people better.” This luxurious sense of self-indulgence gilds her 2019 debut album, the sensationally named Compliments Please. It’s unapologetically the kind of music that she wants to make: a collection of radiant, poetic pop songs to live your life to. “Even from high school I’d be going to cool indie gigs, but then going home and listening to Destiny’s Child and Rihanna, all that kind of stuff,” she explains. This divide between what is seen as cool and what you really find pleasure in seems to have fuelled much of her career – the difference between what you tell a stranger at a party you listen to and what’s playing on your headphones. As Self Esteem, she sheds the guilty aspect of the guilty pleasure, revelling instead in decadent, airy pop. And after years of Doc-wearing, denim jacketed indie kids hiding less palatable aspects of their music taste, pop music is finally having its moment in the sun, crossing social groups in the way it was always meant to. With Olivia Rodrigo’s record-shattering

debut, Lorde’s vibrantly anticipated return and Taylor Swift’s unapologetic ownership over her early records and their much-lauded re-recordings, female pop stars are shining in self-created light. “I don’t think ‘cool’ exists anymore,” Taylor suggests. “And I think when it does, it’s actually very uncool. I still know people – mostly men – that are doing this strung-out rocker guy thing still. And I’m just like, it’s not very original! The most original music we’ve made is pop music. And pop is such a broad term. The internet opened everything up a little bit more, and I feel like we are seeing women get empowered in real time. The pop music that I liked 10 years ago, now those women are making songs that are more powerful and much more full of self-love, and much less about what a guy thinks about you. It’s amazing. I love it.” Self Esteem doesn’t necessarily sound like anything else out there at the moment. This nebulous nature of pop music, a blend of other influences and her history as one half of the indie-folk duo Slow Club have all come together to inform her style and sound. “Perfume Genius is like my absolute favourite artist of all time, and basically everything Kanye has ever done sonically I just want to rip off all the time! Then my wiring is very Beach Boys, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Dusty Springfield… you know, all your kind of normal references that you could see that I had in Slow Club, just mixed with the shit that I find really fun. I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to make music that’s dramatic and cinematic and big and hits you. There’s never any subtlety with me.” → WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 31


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→While in many ways Sheffield’s music scene encapsulates this broad spectrum of influences, there’s one genre that tends to dominate the city’s billboards – indie. “It’s such an impressive roster of not only successful music, but really genuinely good music that’s come from Sheffield. I’ve had the question my whole life – does this genre rub off on you? And I guess the genre of music never has, you know, I’m not making Arctic Monkeys sort of music. But I remember that excitement about those Arctic Monkeys shows in the early days. I was just too young to be going, but it was just like sort of fucking folklore. Legend. I think that definitely inspired me, that there is this thing you have to really try to see and you’re so fucking lucky if you got to see it at that time. Just how exciting things can be. Or how fully realized a piece of art can make people feel. I think also the city itself is sort of my happy place. The venues have always been great – I’d say that it was a great place to learn how to be a good musician. It’s not like playing a London show where you’re nervous as fuck and you’ll get laughed off the stage if you’re not cool. I think Sheffield is a really nurturing city in general. So I think that definitely helped me sort of become who I am.” Taylor has been a staple of the Sheffield music scene in various guises over the years, and her most notable act before Self Esteem was Slow Club. Breaking free of the mid-level indie mould was not without its controversies, having been called egocentric in the process of carving out a solo career and facing a shift in fanbase. “It was 10 years of devoting my life to Slow Club. But there was always this other part of me that I wanted to explore, that

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I definitely couldn’t have explored creatively in the band. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to do that. But I felt this duty, or like I shouldn’t, or I couldn’t, or ‘sorry do you mind if ’ – classic woman shit. Then it just became too much for me; I just had to. So I started making art and poetry under the name Self Esteem, and then I had an outlet. Inevitably, the music came. A natural pause for Slow Club was coming anyway, so it was all quite natural.” “There were some people that really didn’t and don’t like it. People who supported Slow Club on radio or in press have just completely ignored this. But it’s not personal, it’s just taste, and I knew that I would sort of lose some fans. I also knew I would gain people I didn’t have access to before. I love Slow Club; I love what we did. But now when I play a Self Esteem show, I feel very at home and supported. It feels like a community of people that I am part of, rather than performing to. Everything in life is a fucking journey that I’m slowly understanding. I think when you’re in a band, you’re only gonna get like 50% of your ideas out there. And the compromise makes the result not very direct. With Self Esteem it’s so direct, and that it’s just a bit more fun for me.” And so Self Esteem was born was a bang with the release of ‘Your Wife’ in 2017. Two years later she was ready to release her first full-length solo offering – a dramatic, spangled record standing tall at sixteen tracks long. Doubts were swept aside as she swept across the nation, eclectic and electric live shows receiving stunned and thrilled audiences alike. From storming the stage in a dress made up of Boots advantage cards to impeccable choreography, her idiosyncratic art-pop brushed off those too stubborn to be swayed by the colourful tornado of Self Esteem. Now for the notoriously difficult second album. “I really loved Compliments Please.” Taylor grins. “I felt 100% happy with it, which is not something I’ve ever experienced before. So I looked at it, and I thought, what do I want to do? And I just thought bigger and better and bolder, but applying the same sort of principle. →


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COVER STORY → “The next record is like a sister record, or a sort of answer. The first record, I’m quite frustrated. I’m asking a lot of questions and trying to figure out what I’m doing and why, and who I am, and all that kind of thing. The second album is a similar sort of the same old shit, but personally, I’m a lot more confident. I’ve settled into who I am. I love myself a fuck-ton more than I did. The therapy’s really kicked in, and I think you can hear that. ‘I Do This All The Time’ is confident and empowered – but it’s also still questioning. Is my thinking weird? Am I different? Am I alone? I think I will always personally feel like that. I will always be asking questions. But I think it’s got a little bit more self-assurance and a little bit more self-esteem.” It was an odd time to find solid ground, as the world slipped sideways in early 2020 while the coronavirus pandemic hit. Nonetheless, that was the background that saw this personal development, and the formation of the sophomore album. And conversely, it worked. “My process definitely got slowed down. I sort of wrote the songs, demoed them…” Taylor pauses. “Then there was the first wave, so I spent the whole of that with the demos. When it lifted a little bit, I went and tracked it, then spent the whole second wave with the tracks – but unmixed versions. Production-wise, there was quite a lot still to be done. I came to Sheffield for both lockdowns and was just walking around the block, listening to my songs, knowing what I wanted to do with them, but there was no way to do it until restrictions lifted. It was a frustrating but thorough way to work. When I got back into the studio to mix it, it was actually a really coherent, smart way to make an album! But it was forced upon me, because I’m very impatient. I don’t take my time; I’m really trigger happy usually. It was kind of cool to be forced into contemplation. As reluctant as I am to say, I think it’s all the better for it; so, yeah, I’m ready to go.” Finally, live shows are back on the cards. For a project that started as a personal art project, the aesthetic and performance aspect of Self Esteem carries a lot of importance, and it seems like the upcoming tour, scheduled for Autumn 2021, won’t be one to miss. If the pandemic forced introspection and careful thought about her songs, it did the same for her performance. “I’ve got this enormous new idea for a live show,” she announces. “Currently, I’ve no idea if it’s gonna work or not. I’m just starting the process. If it does work, there’s gonna be like, blonde ambition. I think in general, just being in a room together dancing and singing will feel unbelievable. But also in terms of Self Esteem and what I’m trying to do, I really hope to take it all up level. I want to be tired out. I’ve been in bands since I was seventeen, just chugging beers and going into the pub afterwards, and I don’t want that anymore. I want real fucking razorfocus-Lady-Gaga. I’m bringing an arena standard show to the small venues.” And there you have it. With the buzz of the imminent return of live music, put this in your calendars. Galvanising and glorious, Rebecca Taylor is ready to shake the languor and insecurities of lockdown life from the world. And that doesn’t mean that a little uncertainty and self-questioning is always a bad thing. “I want to entertain, but I also want people to feel fucking seen and heard because I think it’s really a lonely, long, weird life if you don’t conform to what society puts on us, certainly on women. At the very least, I want to entertain you. But at the very best I want to make people feel empowered and comfortable in themselves. Because I think I felt like a fucking weirdo alien freak for too long. And I shouldn’t have.”

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CITY’S MUSICAL L E E T S E H T F RO A MELODIC TOU DMARKS AND S E K A T N E E U AN EDIE MCQ SOME ICONIC L T U O G IN K IC P , HIND THEM. E B S E L HERITAGE A T G IN HE INTRIGU DISCOVERING T Like Jarvis Cocker’s sultry delineation of local neighbourhoods in ‘Sheffield: Sex City’, the Steel City has shown itself to contain many hubs of artistic inspiration hidden in its various nooks and crannies – a veritable treasure map of musical landmarks spread throughout the place. From the historic status of The Leadmill to the thick mass of talent converging on The Grapes throughout the noughties, or the breeding ground of creativity that Park Hill has nurtured over the years, music is ingrained into practically every contour line of Sheffield’s seven hills. Let’s start with an obvious one, shall we? The Leadmill first opened its doors in 1980, born into the early years of Thatcherism during a time of recession and economic hardship. However, the bleak political and economic backdrop proved a stark contrast to the buzzing synths and burgeoning indie scene of the 80s, a colourful interior world set apart from the tensions and trouble brewing across the country. The Leadmill quickly became a staple of that creative era, its bright neon sign a fixture of a space that welcomed anyone in for a good night. The venue’s former promoter, Sam Feeley, shared some stories of what it was

like to be a part of The Leadmill. “The place has been home to so many ‘I was there’ moments – whether it’s a Jarvis Cocker panto, Bombay Bicycle Club’s triumphant return or a Millburn midnight set, going to a gig at The Leadmill always feels like you’re a part of something. Behind the scenes you have some absolutely wild stories: Jarvis breaking in to watch bands, Courtney Love doing a shift in the office because she was bored and the Scissor Sisters guitarist who had such a mad one he fell asleep upstairs as their tour bus left without him.” “While I think The Leadmill is often seen as an indie venue, the place has been firmly rooted in the city’s alternative scene, too. I remember Bring Me The Horizon debuting Sempiternal there back in the day, and Loz from While She Sleeps leaping from the DJ booth. He also went on to host [heavy metal and rock event] Festivile there.” “It’s hard to say, but I do feel if The Leadmill didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have had half the wonderful bands this city has produced. Bands will say it’s a rite of passage to play there, but it’s even more important in guiding and inspiring the next generation to pick up an instrument.”

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Throughout the noughties, Sheffield cemented itself as a staple of the country’s rising indie scene, with bands like Arctic Monkeys, Milburn and Reverend and the Makers making names for themselves as stars. Though now consigned to history, The Bowery was a regular feature of this surge of indie talent. Situated below a shop owned by Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, it hosted hectic nights under its youthful management team. Former owner James O’Hara reflected on its heyday: “We – that’s me, Deano and Andy – opened The Bowery in September 2008 in a whirlwind of big dreams and naivety. Throw in Matt’s clothes shop upstairs and it was basically four lads, all 26 or under, doing something incredibly ambitious that ultimately didn’t make any sense as a business at all!” “Some highlights? Alt-J playing to 150 people (inset left) the week before their album came out, Django Django topping a weekender we did with Uneven Blonde called 312 – the Monkeys even ended up playing our mate’s dad’s 50th!” “The ultimate night is probably David Rodigan doing a secret DJ set at the end of Tramlines; there are a few photos and videos still knocking about on YouTube. To give you an idea of how mad it was we tried to do the night again the year after, got shut down by the police and had to move the whole thing to DQ down the road at the last minute.” “Like I said, wonderfully naive. Whilst it burned only briefly, I don’t think any of us involved with the place will ever forget it. It 38 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

was an absolute baptism of fire in owning a venue too, and I’ll always be thankful to the other lads for being as daft as me and just having a punt. Some things aren’t meant to last.” Five minutes away from that busy corner of West Street and Division Street, you reach the more sedate surrounds of Trippet Lane. Forever steeped in legend as the site of Arctic Monkeys’ first ever gig (inset right), The Grapes is a unapologetically traditional Irish pub which had a live room upstairs that proved a magnet for young talent through

the noughties. This gave rise to a unique regulars crowd of sprightly indie upstarts and slightly grouchy older gentlemen, coming together to form a memorable community. Paul ‘Tufty’ Tuffs – sound engineer, music promoter and musical jack-of-all-trades – was part of the team in the halcyon days. “I was very young when I started there. It used to be a bit of an old man’s pub – I wouldn’t say rough, but there were a few characters in there. It was an interesting mixture; you’d get these sixteen/

seventeen-year-old boys in bands, then these old pensioners who’d come in and drink all day. They all seemed to get along with each other, though.” “Jon McClure [Reverend & The Makers] always says if everyone who said they were at the first Monkeys gig were actually there, it could have filled out Sheffield Arena. In reality, I think there were about twenty or thirty people there. I can’t really remember it. The actual first show they ever did, they supported a pal of mine’s band. They wanted to record the set, and they’d spent all day setting it up – this was the headline band, I think they were called Seven Hills – so this band had spent all day setting up recording equipment. This was before you could just chuck it all on a laptop, so it was a real effort. They tested it out in the hope of recording their own set, and of course Arctic Monkeys were the first band on. So they actually recorded the first ever Arctic Monkeys gig. And then the headline band tried to record their own set, and either something broke or they’d ran out of space, but it didn’t record! But what a bizarre coincidence, that a band that went on to be as big as they have, their first ever live show got recorded entirely by accident.” “For a scruffy backstreet boozer, The Grapes would have a lot of bands doing their first UK tour, or the like. I remember once the NME called up to see if they could use the pub to do an interview. I don’t think I even asked what


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the band were. I went down early to open up, and we had this band in. Really nice guys. I asked them if they wanted some beers, but they said they didn’t drink. They were from Mormon families – not very rock and roll, I thought, but if you’re gonna invest money in a new band probably quite smart to invest in someone like that. It turned out it were The Killers.” Overlooking goings on in the city centre for what seems like an eternity is the iconic Park Hill flats structure. The brutalist estate has been a feature of the Sheffield skyline since it was built in the sixties, but behind the mythology of the building is a community of real, remarkably diverse people. The recently removed ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me?’ graffiti is Sheffield folklore in itself, turned capitalist venture by Urban Splash in their redevelopment of the blocks. It was even turned into a t-shirt, which Alex Turner wore onstage with Arctic Monkeys (above). In the wild mythology that has grown like brambles around the graffiti, the truth has been somewhat obscured. It’s been claimed that the man who wrote it was rejected and threw himself to his death from the same bridge he scrawled the message on (this was later proven to be false). Others have shared stories of a vicious love triangle, and a flat burned down in rage. The real recipient, Clare Middleton, is a figure who has faded against the scandalous brilliance of the city’s whispers. Her troubled romance didn’t have the Hollywood ending many lovers of the graffiti hoped for: she died of cancer at just thirty years of age. The graffiti has inspired a host of artists in their own way. In 2018, YUNGBLUD included a track on his debut album called ‘I Love You

Will You Marry Me’, bringing the story to a new audience and further solidifying its status as a kind of fantastical Romeo and Juliet fable, far removed from the sombre truth. Another structure that has stood the test of time – over 300 years, to be precise – is The Frog and Parrot on Division Street, a well-known city centre boozer and the site of a myriad of intriguing musical milestones and mishaps over the years. It’s been immortalised on the inner sleeve of the Arctic Monkey’s debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, with a picture of Chris McClure “staggering out of the pub, bleary eyed, at four o’clock on a Sunday morning,” as the venue’s manager Nick Simmonite puts it. According to Nick, the Frog’s musical heritage extends far beyond that though. “What we’re passionate about is live music. And music generally – we’ve got a good cohort of DJs that we work with. We’ve had a lot of significant occurrences – I’m not sure if you’d call them gigs or not! We had a famous upstairs room that was once occupied by Boyzone for some filming for a day, that was fun. It was the Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins Saturday Night Live Show, and they were the guest editors for that week. That put that space in a different arena – previously, before my arrival, that had been occupied by Joe Cocker, who gigged up there. One of those oversubscribed gigs, so he had to play to the street below. He actually signed his first album deal downstairs. More latterly The Violet May, a band that aren’t really around anymore – fronted by Chris McClure, younger brother of Jon McClure, the Reverend.” → WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 39


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SHEFFIELD MUSIC LANDMARKS →“There was a a reference in Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Cornerstone’ single: ‘I thought I saw you at the parrot’s beak, messing with the smoke alarm.’ We all know what Chris was doing. I can’t go into too much detail! Most Sheffield bands have played the Frog; we’re really keen on pushing the South Yorkshire agenda. Bang Bang Romeo went down incredibly well. For a little while, bizarrely, we had a residency from Catfish and the Bottlemen. I think to this day Little Comets talk about the show they did with Catfish at the Frog – heavily oversubscribed, packed to the rafters. So we can punch above our weight. Little Comets and Catfish and the Bottlemen? Yeah, we’ll have that. We’ve got a fair old bunch, and when you roll it all together there’s something magical. It must be something in the beer.”

Part recording studio, part music venue, part bar, part club – Yellow Arch has proven a haven for lovers of everything from classic rock and roll, to pounding drum and bass, to champagne sweet jazz. Bridging the gap between the musical and industrial elements of the city’s identity, the venue is the site of a former nuts and bolts factory, now with bright yellow accents of colour interspersing the Edwardian red brick. It’s nurtured albums from acts like Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Kylie Minogue, and many more, not to mention hosting the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Milburn in their rehearsal space countless times. ‘Oddball pop’ artist Tzarzi is part of a new generation of musicians who have found a home in the Burton Road venue. “Yellow Arch has been a fixture of the Sheffield creative scene for decades,” she tells us. “It’s been around since long before Kelham became cool, but now it’s more vibrant than ever. Having a studio there is so much fun, because you’re part of a bigger community of artists and musicians – there’s always something happening and interesting conversations going on. It embodies the creativity and industriousness of the city, which is what drew me to Sheffield in the first place.” 40 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Owners of Barber Road bar Berlin Calling and bottle shop Ranmoor Castles Beers and Wines have teamed up with Crosspool Ale Makers to create a brand-new premium craft ale bottle shop and tap room in the former Bread Bin sandwich shop, on the doorstep of Bramall Lane stadium. Beer Dog, which opened last month on 11 June, will feature four beer lines courtesy of Crosspool brewery, as well as a varied range of cans and bottles from all over the world, with a special emphasis on unusual German beers. Co-owner Raimonds Dobelnieks told Exposed: ‘We will have the largest German beer selection within at least 100 miles. In Berlin Calling we have beers you can’t get anywhere else because we have one supplier who brings the craziest German beer ever, and we’ll have more of that here.” “This is not somewhere just to come and get cheap beer, it’s about quality and choice. We’re not just an off-licence. We will also have local taps. Mark Booth, from Crosspool Ale Makers, supplied us with loads of beer in Ranmoor, so we chatted with him about installing some beer lines here, and now we have four of his beers on tap.” Mark added: “It’s exciting for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever had permanent lines in a bar. Don’t get me wrong, I might swap beer with people who bring beer from other places and if it’s cool enough, I’ll bring it in. But, to start with, it’ll be my beers on tap. It’s a big step for the brewery.

“It’s great to get onboard with these guys because you’ve seen Ranmoor Castle and Berlin Calling, and how cool they are. They’ve got beer from all over. It’s not about just having German beers; it’s about having something for everyone.” “Some of the stuff in here, I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, especially on this side of the ground, where, other than the city centre, you haven’t got a great deal going on in the immediate area around Charlotte Road.” They are hoping that Beer Dog will be the catalyst for regeneration in the area. “This place needs something extra,” says Raimonds. “If you look around, there’s loads of cool people walking around, but there’s nothing around unless you go into the city centre. We want to be a cool beer shop with a large selection of beers that serves this side of town well. Great beer, football, potentially hot dogs and pizza – what can go wrong?” @beer_dog_sheffield

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PIG SETS FLIGHT

Broomhill’s Itchy Pig micropub has announced second venue The Itchy Pig micropub opened its doors back in 2016 and almost immediately became a huge hit in Broomhill with people visiting from miles around to sample the real ales on offer. In fact, the pub has been such a success that owners have now revealed plans to expand into a second venue across town in 946 Ecclesall Road. Once proposals are approved by Sheffield City Council, owner Ted Finley plans to convert the former shop into a new micropub in time for an autumn opening date. The new site will give them a (slightly) bigger space, while retaining the same ethos and feel of their Broomhill home, although they haven’t yet decided if they will keep the same name. Ted told Exposed: “I’ve been looking for a second one for a couple of years, but either the timing was wrong or the venues seemed to be wrong, when all of a sudden this one popped up and it just seemed to tick all the boxes.”

“It’s about a metre wider and about a metre longer, so it’s just a little bit bigger and we can put a couple of tables at the front. It’s similar to what we’ve got in Broomhill and with recent openings of Marmadukes and the Wild Card the area seems to be on the up.” Despite the various pandemicrelated struggles over the last year and the fact that Ted’s partner recently gave birth to their first child, Ted hasn’t had any second thoughts about opening another site. “I know it’s going to work,” says Ted, “I’m going to take Rich, who’s kind of my right-hand man here (The Itchy Pig), up there to run it. I know he’ll do a fantastic job because he just loves the trade and loves his beer.” “There’ll be a focus on real ales again and we’ll probably have the same sort of offering, with six hand pulls on the bar, some regular lines, guest lines and rotating cask and keg. It’s been a bit of a crazy year but I’m excited, if I’m honest.” @theitchypig

GIMME WAGYU GOT Burger joint Solita joins West One Plaza

A new burger joint that specialises in Wagyu beef and sells a Sunday roast burger has opened its doors in Sheffield’s West One Plaza. Based across the north, Solita’s new Sheffield city-centre site becomes their seventh restaurant with well-established venues already operating in Manchester, York, Harrogate, Beverley and Hull. The mouth-watering menu is packed full of stacked burgers, including the Big Manc, a cheeky version of the famous Maccies burger, and a Sunday Roast burger that includes a 4 oz wagyu beef patty, roast wagyu top side, carrots, parsnips, Horseradish Mayo, Monterey Jack Cheese topped with mini Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and served with a potato poutine. As well as the burgers they also offer fried chicken, wings and ribs, as well as a huge range 44 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

of sides, and veggie and vegan options – all of which can be washed down with a beer, wine, prosecco or cocktails. CEO of parent company Shoot the Bull, which has a home in Kommune, Chris Harrison, said: “Here at Solita, we’ve always loved Sheffield as a city, and it’s been a goal of ours to bring The Home of the Wagyu Burger here. “When we heard of the opening of the site on West One we knew it was the perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality and create Solita Sheffield.” “Solita has grown from two sites to seven, since 2020, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down. We hope that the people of Sheffield love Solita just as much as fellow northerners who have been enjoying our new openings.” facebook.com/SolitaSheffield


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VEGAN DONER DONS Doner Summer reveal Sheffield restaurant in home of Peddler Following a string of pop-ups in Sheffield, vegan pop-up Doner Summer have finally confirmed their sixth, and first Sheffield restaurant, will open in the 92 Burton Road warehouse that houses Peddler. They become the latest independent business to take up residency in the in the courtyard, joining Factory Floor, Leaf and Shoot, Depot Bakery and the Kelham Arcade. If you’ve had the pleasure of trying them already, you’ll already know that you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy their cruelty-free kebabs and their success at sites in Leeds and York comes as no surprise. Announcing the move, they said:

“For those of you that don’t know this address, it holds a very special place in our hearts. It’s the home of Peddler Market, the famous street food market that took a punt on a start-up vegan kebab stall (us).” “Fast forward two years, and we can proudly say we’re going to be neighbours.” The new restaurant will feature the full Doner Summer menu, so expect loaded kebabs, fried ‘chicken’ and pimped up fries, as well as full cocktail menu. If all goes to plan, they have suggested an opening date towards the end of August. Bangin’ kebabs and cocktails – hot stuff indeed! www.donersummer.com

UP ON THE ROOF New rooftop bar and terrace Alto opens on Carer Street

Sheffield city centre’s first dedicated rooftop cocktail bar is now open on Carver Street. Alto can be on the top floor of Cubo, a new co working and private office space in the refurbished four-story building at 38 Carver Street. The roof terrace bar will provide guests with striking views of the city, as well as built-in seating areas, a VIP area and a DJ booth. There will also be an impressive range of drinks, beers, cocktails and food on the menu. Both Cuba and Alto are the creation of Marc and Rebecca Brough, under their parent company Staton Young. Both brands have previously opened successful venues in Nottingham and since lockdown measures eased, the Alto Nottingham bar has been virtually fully booked. Rebecca Brough commented on the opening of the Sheffield venue: “We are delighted to announce that Alto Sheffield

will be opening this summer. We want to provide a fantastic space with a great atmosphere and bring a brand-new social hub to the city centre. “Our new bar is ready and raring to go. We cannot wait to welcome everyone. It has been a challenging year for restaurants, bars and all the hospitality industry, so it feels great to finally be able to see our vision come to life.” Alto Sheffield is the second bar to open in June as part as Heart of the City project, the £480 million scheme lead by Sheffield City Council. Earlier this month, The Furnace venue opened in Charter Square. Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We are delighted to see another exciting venue open up in Sheffield centre – it’s another welcome addition to our evolving cityscape.” To book, email altosheffield@sybars. co.uk.

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HOW D’YA LIKE THEM APPLES? A Sheffield cider brand is brewing (well, fermenting) plans for the city’s first ‘urban micro-cidery and microciderhouse’ in Shalesmoor shipping container development and home of Joro restaurant, Krynkl. If license applications are approved, The Cider Hole will produce Exemption Ciderhouse cider on-site before serving multiple varieties of the Sheffield cider directly from the fermenters, similar to how it’s done as part of the txotx ritual in the cidrerias of San Sebastian. Small quantities of freshly poured cider will also be available for takeaway, along with a personallycurated selection of ciders, beers, and wines – most of which will be unique to Sheffield, and some of which will be personally imported by the cidery’s chief fermenter and apple botherer, Mike Pomranz. Mike, who is a certified cider professional, explains: “You won’t find any Carling here. Expect white wines from England, wild reds from Italy, funky ciders from Spain, and some crazy fermented shit from Scandinavia.” “I don’t want to tip my hand on any of these specifically, but they will include products sourced from producers I have met over my many years traveling the world as a food and beverage writer.” Mike also tells us there will be plenty of events and cider related activity, including vinyl record nights, cider-inspired clothing and ‘Delaney’s Snack Menu’, curated by his 5-year-old. Although not a Sheffielder by birth, having moved here from the States

five years ago, we’re claiming Mike Pomranz, along with his all-new cider brand, as one of our own. Mike has been fermenting (not brewing) cider for several years now, using locally sourced Sheffield apples, sometimes from under apple trees at the side of the road, to create wild, complex and interesting ciders. “I realised it isn’t that tricky to make cider; you can just use random apples and try to coax whatever fruit flavours or interesting qualities out of them,“ says Mike. “That’s kind of been my philosophy all the way through to this current project. When we moved here, I noticed that a lot of people have apple trees, and a friend didn’t want their apples, so I made cider out of them and it was incredible.” So good in fact, that he saved the

yeast and that has now become his house yeast strain, which he used in the four-month fermentation stage of his first bottled batch of Exemption Cider House cider, pleasingly titled Wild Tarts Can’t be Broken, in reference to the drink’s sour notes. The small run of just 40 bottles went on sale earlier this year, receiving rave reviews from those lucky enough to get their hands on the limited run, and following this test run we can all get our hands on a fresh drop from the fermenter when The Cider Hole opens, hopefully in the autumn. For more info, head over to the website istheciderholeopen.com.

WHAT IS A TXOTX?

A txotx (pronounced “choch”) is a toast that began in the cider houses of the Spanish Basque Country. Usually as part of a special occasion and served with food, the host opens up his barrel room to the public and a tap is placed about head-height in the barrel using a txotx (a small piece of wood). When the tap is opened by the host, a thin stream of cider gushes out of the barrel. He then shouts “txotx” and everyone brings their glasses to the barrel, tilts them towards it and starts drinking. As it comes from such a great height, it adds a load of fizz to the cider which improves the flavour and also means you’re pretty likely to get your hand soaked in the stuff. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 47


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BEAR NECESSITIES A new craft beer bottle shop and tap room has opened its doors in the former home of the Rude Shipyard café, which called time on their Abbeydale Road residency last year. The Bear, which creates the pleasing acronym Beer Emporium Abbeydale Road, is a true haven for beer-lovers, boasting three double fridges stacked full of exciting and unusual beers for all budgets, styles and strength preferences (there’s even a couple of 15 percenters in there). The venue will also feature shelves full of stouts and porters, spirits and wines, and six keg lines, if you fancy sitting in for a draught tipple while you’re picking out some takeout. Owner Matt Beety tells us they will also be focusing on a good vegan and gluten free offering and a low and no alcohol range, as well as trying to use breweries that have a focus on sustainability. “I think it’s good to have that broad range,” says Matt, “Firstly, I think it’s really important to sell good local produce and we’ve got a couple of cracking neighbours in Abbeydale and Triple Point, which I think are great. There’s Saint Mars as well, who are absolutely amazing and really popular.” “It’s about a good accessible offer, and a couple of places that I’ve spoken to I’m really keen on because of what they’re doing in terms of sustainability and greenness. I think, again, that’s another really important thing for the area and I think it’s good that you’ve got something in the fridge that you feel comfortable buying.” “Price point is really important as well, because I know myself, some days you can’t afford to go out and spend £7 on a can and some days you want to treat yourself. If we can have a few cans around the £3 mark it gives people a chance to try different things out and perhaps get a bit more for their money.” 48 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Based on Matt’s passion for, and knowledge of all things beer, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d been in the industry for decades but aside from a stint as a DJ at The Old House many years ago, Matt is a relative newbie in the beer trade. Matt explains: “It’s come out of nowhere, in a way. I worked in education for 20 years and I came out of it towards the end of last year, so it’s a bit of a big step for me. “I’m lucky that I’ve got a sister who’s been working in the beer industry for 20 years, and runs pubs in London, opening up really popular places – she knows what she’s doing. She’s also got some good brewery links and I’ve been able to talk to some of her friends and breweries that perhaps aren’t on the doorstep, that people might not know around here. “Beer’s always been a hobby and obviously it’s a passion. I got into the scene through my sister but then just got into going out and trying everything really. “It has been something I’ve thought about doing for a number of years, but I’ve always been in a comfy job, plodding along. I actually found this place before I left my job, and put an offer in, but didn’t get it. A few months later I got a call saying it was available again, and my job situation changed, so if you believe in fate and all that, it was meant to be, so I jumped at it. “There’s just some nervous excitement now. Like I say, it’s a big plunge and I really don’t know what to expect. I don’t think I know what I don’t know yet, so I’m probably in for a few shocks, but I’m really excited.” @thebearsheffield WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 48


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WHAT’S COOKING? Ever wondered where Sheffield’s top chefs go to get their snap? … No? Well, we’re gonna tell you anyway… For this month’s issue, Exposed Magazine caught up with Edo Sushi head chef Tomo Hasegawa to get his top shouts on the Steel City’s food and drink scene.

Cheeky Takeaway: Istanbul Restaurant There are many excellent takeaways in Sheffield, so it’s difficult to choose this one. Istanbul on West Street offer eat-in and takeout, plus it suits my late working hours nicely. I just love the charcoal grilled meats and vegetables; you can watch them cook everything in front of you whilst you wait. I tend to go for the Chef ’s Special with rice (no cheese) and a lentil soup. It is a big meal, so it needs to be shared (sometimes at least!).

Top Value: Juke and Loe I haven’t been as much as I would like to go, but the times I have visited it’s been lovely. The quality of food, ingredients used and presentation – as well as the brilliant service – is all of a very high standard. It’s a comfortable place, you can really relax and the price tag is very reasonable too. These combinations are hard to find anywhere. PS: being a small restaurant with limited opening hours, booking is essential!

Date Night: Akentannos Mario is a good chef and puts his heart into cooking and looking after his customers; he sources the majority of his products from Sardinia to keep it as authentic as possible. The atmosphere is cosy, perfect for a date and the food is made with real care and attention. Though there is much to choose from on his menu, I’d say antipasto sardo for the starter and spaghetti al cartoccio for the main is a particularly great combination.

Brunch Break: Depot Bakery It’s always good to see their freshly made bread put to use every day in their breakfast and lunch options as well as their bake cabinet. If I have the time, I like to sit down and get stuck into one of their larger brunch options, but normally I grab a salt beef and emmental sandwich to take out with a long black. That said, I’d definitely suggest going inside for a sit-down meal, browsing what they have on offer and giving their brunch and coffee a good try if you haven’t done so already!

Underrated Gem: Soya Express This place is tucked away on Matilda Street, just down from the Moor. I must admit I haven’t been here in a while because I’m not working on that side of town much at the moment, but for a really quick and casual brunch it ticks all the boxes: quick, easy, tasty, and very affordable. Out for Lunch: Chinatown (London Road) Chinatown have a good, solid selection of dim sum, perfect to share while chattering away with friends and family. It’s also fairly light on the stomach as much of it is steamed. Their main menu is extensive and of good quality. I’d also recommend going in numbers so you can try as much as possible!

You can find Edo Sushi on the top floor of Cutlery Works and at 24-26 High Court Chambers. Opening hours and takeaway menu available at edosushi.co.uk.

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LUXLO After launching their selection of 100% sugar-free flavoured drinks earlier this year, LUXLO are serving up a new alternative in the fast-growing lower alcohol category aimed at the more mindful drinkers as they head back to bars and restaurants feeling more conscious than ever of health, wellbeing and consuming empty calories. At just 20% ABV per 25ml measure, these beautifully-presented sups can provide a more considered option when letting your hair down. Steve Adams, Founder of LUXLO, told Exposed: “When the idea for LUXLO first began to take shape, there weren’t many products available in the low and no category, never mind a lower ABV alternative to a full-strength gin. Now, the sector is growing fast to keep up with consumer demand and it’s so encouraging for us to see so many others joining the party. “LUXLO is a sugar-free, lower ABV and low-calorie spirit but packed with flavour thanks to the juniper base and nine carefully selected botanicals that are all individually distilled. The challenge for us was developing a great tasting product without adding sugar while maintaining a lower ABV.” Health and wellness are a hugely important combo these days, especially following the anxiety and stress caused by a worldwide pandemic, so giving consumers transparency on what is in their drink in terms of sugar and calories is a key message for the LUXLO team – particularly as the debate continues over hospitality venues being bound by government to display the calorie content of drinks on menus. LUXLO is also vegan-friendly and gluten-free. Head distiller Matt Servini tells us, “It isn’t about compromise – it’s about choice”, which is why he’s worked hard with the team to develop an inviting range of flavoured lower ABV spirits. The flavoured gin market has boomed over the last few years but if you are actively looking to consume less alcohol, then the choice of lower ABV flavoured spirits is limited. “Seeing how the low and no category is emerging really shows

Getting the LO-down

Gin company LUXLO (bottled right here in Yorkshire) have changed the summer drinks game with the launch of a new low-calorie, low-alcohol drinks range. that brands are listening to consumers, and we’re excited to be a part of this trend. While many Millennials and Gen Z are mindful drinkers, they still want to enjoy themselves. With LUXLO they can drink less and drink better,” says Matt. LUXLO currently comes in four flavours: the original Ginny for those who love the juniper tastes of some spirits, Blood Orange for citrus lovers, Passion Fruit if you are looking for something exotic, or Pomegranate & Raspberry for that popular taste of pink berries. All four varieties are available in attractively packaged 70cl bottles at £30. Perfect for gifting, the large bottles are also available as a miniature discovery gift pack featuring all four varieties for £16. Time for a guilt-free tipple, we reckon!

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THE FIRST SUP A look ahead to National Indie Beer Shop Day One thing Sheffield is known for is its fierce support of independents, whether it’s the little mesters mentality filtering through the hills and valleys, or the proud way we follow our own path, nurturing our unique city and voice. This July we’ll be celebrating Independent Beer Shop Day at Hop Hideout, along with numerous Sheffield beer shops and over 100 others around the UK. From Perth to Truro, from Whitley Bay to Cardiff, Yorkshire and everywhere in between, there’s plenty getting involved – with a good chunk based right here in South Yorkshire! As one of the organisers in a team of five indie beer shop owners, we’re proudly joining forces to celebrate our sector together. It’s something I’ve discovered works brilliantly via my work over the years with Sheffield Beer Week: individuals and small businesses coming together to make a statement, building vibrancy and creating a positive impact to the local economy. Saturday 17th July will be the day of celebration and much like its inspiration, Record Store Day, there’ll be exclusive national collaboration releases alongside local ones (but of the beery variety), plus events, tap takeovers and more. Perhaps you could make a day of it and do a trail around the city? The three national beer collaborations feature Scotland’s Pilot, Sheffield’s Abbeydale and Reading’s Double-Barrelled – all breweries who have championed the independent sector wholeheartedly. You’ll be able to buy these beers exclusively at the beer shops signed up for the event, which you can find listed on the website. At Hop Hideout we’ve also partnered with good friends Neptune Brewery and Torrside to brew a Belgian-inspired table beer called ‘Weather the Storm’. This will be on tap and in-store on the day, with a tap takeover from both breweries to enjoy also.

Rundown of the national collabs for #IndieBeerShopDay Pilot - Isle of Independents 5.3% Totally tropical sour packed full of refreshing passionfruit and smooth pink guava. (vegan-friendly) Abbeydale - Independence 4% Accessible and flavoursome pale ale, single hopped with Idaho 7. Stone fruits, tropical notes, hints of pine and gentle bitterness. (vegan-friendly and gluten-free) Double-Barrelled - In My Neighbourhood 6% A juicy and hop forward New Zealand hopped IPA with vivid notes of white wine and passionfruit from Nelson Savin, Kohatu and Rakau.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! This inaugural Indie Beer Shop Day will be a hybrid in-store and online affair, traversing the challenging dynamics of the pandemic. Culminating the in-store celebration on the day will be a free virtual beer tasting with broadcaster and beer writer Pete Brown. Purchase your trio pack, support your local indie beer shop and brewery and join in the community online raising a big ol’ cheers.

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THINGS TO DO

THINGS TO DO: EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS With restrictions (hopefully) being lifted in July, Sheffield’s museums and events will be back in full swing this month, so here’s a selection of events at which you can enjoy your new freedoms. ‘Playground’ exhibition at Site Gallery Thursday 1 July – Sunday 11 July The Children’s Media Conference is set to bring back ‘Playground’, its groundbreaking interactive digital art exhibition for children and families, this summer. Running from 1st to 11th July at the Site Gallery in Sheffield, the exhibition will focus on the theme of ‘What If?’. www.cmcplayground.com John Hoyland: The Last Paintings at Millennium Gallery Saturday 3 July – Sunday 10 October Born in Sheffield, John Hoyland (1934-2011) is regarded as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing, this new exhibition in partnership with The John Hoyland Estate will showcase some of the very last works he created. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

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The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City at Weston Park Friday 23 October – Sunday 28 November During the 1980s, Sheffield’s Untitled Gallery, now Site Gallery, commissioned a series of photographers to document the city at a pivotal moment in its history. The Sheffield Project will show how these sociallyengaged photographers, including John Davies, John Kippin, Anna Fox and more, reflected on this monumental period of change for the city and its people. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk The Bears of Sheffield Monday 12 July – Wednesday 29 September The Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail is all set to pop up around the city’s streets to raise money for Sheffield’s The Children’s Hospital Charity, supporting the drive to build a new cancer and leukaemia ward. The new trail, which follows in the footsteps of the elephants trail, will comprise of 60 big bears, standing at 2.1m tall, which are designed by artists, sponsored by local businesses, organisations and families, as well as 100 little bears which have been fundraised for and decorated by schools, nurseries and colleges. Get bear hunting this month. www.bearsofsheffield.com The Mitre Owl at Artcade Gallery in the Forum From Friday 2 July – Saturday 24 July Sheffield’s Artcade Gallery in The Forum welcomes new artist duo The Mitre Owl on the 2nd July. Joanna Whittle and David Orme will be exhibiting a selection of their works including paintings and sculptures until the 24th July. www.facebook.com/Artcade-Gallery


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KICK OFF A new late-night sports bar is set to open in Sheffield city centre this month, promising a winning hat trick of live sports, good beer and succulent wings. Extra Time Sports Bar moves into the site previously occupied by Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club on Brown Street, with opening goal of 11 July, just in time for the Euro 2020 final. The venue is set to offer customers a comfy, American-styled bar serving a wide range of alcoholic beverages and traditional US comfort food like burgers and chicken wings. Joe Morris, the Project Manager of Extra Time, told Exposed: “I want to be known for having the best chicken wings in town – that’s my little mantra at the moment.” “We’re also going to have good vegan and vegetarian options, not just putting things on the menu for the sake of it. We want everyone to feel welcome. It’s not going to be high-end dining here – it’s going to be American style bar food, but it’s going to be done really well.” Extra Time will be decked out with plush booth seating and additional bar seating, as well as multiple screens across the venue streaming all the latest sports coverage. A variety of sports will be available for punters to enjoy. From American Football and ice hockey to basketball and Super Bowl coverage, customers will be able to catch all their favour-

ites live and until late. Joe continued: “I want people to be sat at the bar chatting to each other. I feel like we’ve lost that a bit in sports bars. Everyone kind of feels like the bar is for service only, but because we’re doing the offering of table service as well, there’s going to be more scope for people sitting around. “The sports bar is all seated. We want people to be sat down and to feel comfortable. We can change the screens to have multiple sports showing at one time – there’ll be plenty of choice for sports fans.” The venue opens on 11 July and they are currently recruiting for staff members. For details on how to apply head over to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ExtraTime-Sports-Bar

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Get on your dancing shoes and head to Peddlers Warehouse for a day and night of Disco extravaganza. On Saturday 31 July Sheffield Disco Festival is providing Saturday night fever like no other with glitter, disco balls and a huge DJ line up including Shapeshifters (pictured), Melvo Baptiste, Moodena, Mighty Mouse, Natahsa Kitty Kat and special guest Michael Gray. Tickets start from £15. Visit www.peddlerwarehouse.com to book yours now.

THE LEADMILL

The Leadmill have now finally released their reopening dates. From the 19 July, the venue has said they will be operating to full capacity with no social distancing restrictions as they bring back their famous Leadmill Club nights. Expect a full week of packed-out parties, Indie Pop tunes and lots of inflatables. Grand opening night is said to be the biggest party in Leadmill’s lifetime – not one to miss. On the Tuesday, the venue will be running an Arctic Monkeys special to make up for the cancelled annual weekender event. And it would not be a proper opening week if Leadmill’s Thursday Club Tropicana night didn’t take place. Grab your favourite Hawaiian shirt and head down to Leadmill. The drinks may not be free, but there will certainly be lots of great £5 round deals taking place. Buy your tickets at www.leadmill.co.uk.

DRYAD WORKS

Dryad Works is back with a biggun with their long-awaited D&BBQ. Kicking off the return of events is Wublines 3, a 16-hour special featuring some of the best producers and DJs from Wub Club Records alongside a host of other local performers across the Tramlines weekend. From 12pm till 4am ravers can finally enjoy Dryad Works in its full, non-socially distanced glory. Wublines is followed by the sold-out Displace D&BBQ on 31st July, playing the best in D&B and jungle music. The event features three separate arenas, three soundsystems, and a top-notch lineup that is set to make this one hell of a comeback.

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Corporation’s doors have been shut for over a year now, but, come 19 July (or ‘Freedom Day’, if you’re that way inclined), they are all set to return to the Sheffield nightlife scene. Across the opening week, three events are set to take place: Kicking off the Corp party, is the return of the much-loved Monday Corp event. Following this, Corp’s Friday Drop event will be back and if you’ve still got it in you, on Saturday 24 July, Dirty Deeds club night will be returning too. To book a ticket for your favourite Corp club night, visit www. corporation.org.uk

CRYSTAL NIGHT CLUB

Karma club night returns to Crystal’s Carver Street on Monday 19 July for a night of solid old school R’n’B classics and house music. To avoid disappointment, head to Crystal’s website to buy a ticket. There will also be a limited number of walk-in availabilities on the night. www.crystalbar.uk.com

VIPER ROOMS

Covid leaving drinks are coming to Viper Rooms on Friday 23 July. Vintage Fridays returns to see off restrictions with classic R’n’B, hip hop and house music, VIP tables and cocktails. A limited number of free tickets are available online. Check availability online at www.viperrooms. co.uk.

CODE

During lockdown, Code underwent a complete refurb, bringing a brand-new post-covid vibe to the popular Sheffield club. Sadly, as it stands, the new surrounding can only be enjoyed for late-night sit-down club events, but this is (hopefully) all about to change, and we can’t wait. If restrictions are lifted from 19 July, Code will be back operating at full capacity with no social distancing. The Welcome Back Party on Monday 19 July is already a sellout event. However, there will be events running every night that week including their popular 90p Tuesday student night and pounded £1 drinks on Thursday. To secure your ticket, visit www. codesheffield.com.

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TRIPLE COOKED GARDEN PARTY

After a long time of no partying, two big bashes have now been announced at Peddler’s 92 Burton Road warehouse, with the second, after the above Disco Festival, being Triple Cooked’s Garden Party. As restrictions ease on 19 July, a collective of artists, musicians and creatives are coming together for a massive garden party. With a combination of disco, house and techno music and a courtyard full of food and cocktail vendors, it really is a warehouse party you do not want to miss. For more info and ticket availability, head to www. fatsoma.com.


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INTERVIEW

SCHOOL EXPOSED MEETS INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP are a kinky saucepot of fun. Having spent some personal time with this gorgeous group in a post-lockdown beer garden, I can firmly say that they are nuts, but also wonderful people with honest ideas and strong artistic values. Having released an incredible disco-pop banger, Pop Gossip, during the dark depths of national lockdown, it provided listeners a much-needed feeling of musical liberation; one spin and it whisked you away, dancing wildly, feet hitting concrete in the bowels of a dirty, dank club somewhere dangerous. After recently following that up with a second EP, Drive All Night, they’ll be bringing their impressive back catalogue of throbbing beats to the Leadmill in August, so we thought it high time to catch up with the ITOP crew: Adrian Flanagan, Dean Honer, Leonore Wheatley, Katie Mason, and new(ish) band addition DIMITRI. There’s a tune on the album called ‘Don’t Diss the Disco’. I’m curious: what happens if we diss the disco? Adrian: I’ll beat them to death with something very pink and very large! Katie: You get a smack on the bum! The dance routines – just how do you come up with them? Katie: Me and Leonore used to live together and have known each other since we were little. We’ve always just arsed around; we really push each other to make each other laugh like good friends do. I guess when this all happened, it was just like, let’s have as much fun as possible. We get people coming up to us saying they’ve been practising your routines. It’s infectious, and I’ve got an opportunity to be a Spice Girl. What do you love most about Sheffield? What about it do you hate? Adrian: I love that it’s got a lot of green parks and you’re only 10 minutes in any direction to the countryside. Not that I’m an advocate of nature; I can’t bloody stand salad! DIMITRI: Sheffield has a great many transport links to my nightclub, which is just off the M1 motorway, near the township of Rotherham. Please contact DIMITRI if you know anyone who is looking to buy a nightclub. Katie: I’m from Nottingham, live in Manchester now, but Sheffield’s always been like a cheeky place for me really because I’ve been there, I’ve met people, left it and probably thought I’d never be in Sheffield again. But it’s been like that for years and years so it’s kind of weird; we’ve had some of our best nights out ever and I’ve always loved coming to Sheffield. I never thought I’d be in a Sheffield band, but I love it, everyone’s really wicked. It’s different to Manchester in the sense that it’s like it does feel like a big village – everyone knows each other.

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TIME Words: Joshua Bell Photography: Carolina Faruolo

So Adrian, Dean and Leonore formed the original ITOP lineup. How did Katie and DIMITRI get involved with the fun? DIMITRI: DIMITRI met ITOP during the great winter of 2019 when I supported them in Manchester, UK. It was in that moment that they became aware of my hybrid man-machine electronic drum fusion prowess Katie: I just barged my way in because I just follow Leonore around, and if she’s doing something I need to be doing it too. Adrian, explain to us the teleology behind ITOP. Adrian: I’m an electronic pop music fan and wanted to make music that was quite inclusive to both your ears and an audience, but also subversive and cleverer than the average indie pop berk. Live electronic music specifically performed by laptop dickheads I find incredibly dull; it’s like watching some twat in the office do spreadsheets – all you can see is them scratching their head every 10 minutes, or sucking their cheeks in like they are some kind of virtuoso whilst they press the space bar on their MacBook Pro. So it was important it wasn’t that. What was it like releasing Pop Gossip in the midst of a pandemic? Adrian: Personally, I found managing it and doing all the admin was a fucking nightmare. We finished the album late summer of 2019, then had to sort a label to release it, then once that was sorted, we had schedule in a bunch of singles between Nov 19 May 20; so, yeah, sending and fielding emails and calls between eight people at the label/distribution company, five people at the radio plugging company and a couple of press agents, plus your live agent and all the venue promoters! What makes that album different to the debut? Did you approach anything different on a technical level? Dean: On a technical level in terms of equipment and studio, it was pretty much the same process, using the same kind of gear, analogue synths and FX, etc. The musical direction was slightly different; we were going for more of a club-friendly style, more beat and bass driven. Whereas the first album was more of a psychedelic pop record... I think. With the pandemic still developing, and people grappling with fear, uncertainty and doubt on a daily basis, how do you plan to draw people to your gig at the Leadmill in August? Adrian: You can’t make people do what they don’t want or something they are uncomfortable with, but if it’s any consolation I too am risking my life – but for music and putting a smile on someone’s face. And if it helps for people’s mental health for an evening and brings a bit of joy and normality to us all, then that’s a good thing. We can’t stay in forever! Katie: They’ve got to come because if you don’t then you’re never going to see it again. We’ve not had a proper chance to play these songs and because we’ve waited so long, we’re just going


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to pop off. DIMITRI has added something to the band that’s like a cool, young sexiness. Adrian: It will be a really fun and ace night. We have Japanese Television supporting us and a new solo project that Dean and I have produced some tracks for, an artist called ‘Wet Man’, which is my pal Jack Clayton, who used to front Mysteron. Got a favourite track on the record? Mine is ‘Beats Working for a Living’. Adrian: I think ‘The Tower’ and ‘Flood the Club’ are mine. ‘Beats Working for a Living’ was a little abstract interlude Dean and I did, our little tribute to my old friend and well-respected Sheffield music journalist Martin Lilleker, who passed away a few years ago. He wrote a book about Sheffield music of the same name. Katie: I really, really love the whole album, which sounds a bit knobby, but ‘The Tower’, I think, is one of my favourite ones. ‘Flood the Club’ is gonna be a classic in like 50 years. We’ll really tour it then. As fully grown-up International Teachers of Pop, what were you like at school? Is the name a reflection on how you see yourselves in the electronic scene today? Adrian: I came up with the name. I thought coming in with a bold and bigheaded moniker was important: I wanted a name opposite to all them South London bands. I don’t know what they are called… Shame? Sorry? Wank? Bastard? I found an old school report the other day and the music teacher had put: ‘Adrian has a real natural ability and a great ear for music, but tends to lose interest in lessons quite quickly, which leads to him leading the class in to disarray!’ When I was in school there was no such thing as ADHD and learning difficulties – you were just presumed a thicko or a troublemaker. I should probably see a doctor about it, but imagine after 20-odd years of tirelessly making loads of music, always having many projects on the go, people calling me a genius/bastard/madman/hilarious/ hyper/sensitive/ sweetheart/rubbish – and it turns out to just being ADHD. What a fucking disappointment to myself that would be! You’ve been involved with some brilliant artists over the years: Working Men’s Club, Maxine Peake, Jarvis Cocker, Sleaford Mods, and many more. Why is it important for artists to spread their net and collaborate? Do you intend for anymore big collabs in the future? Adrian: Between our various projects, Dean and I have worked with all those and many more – and sure, I personally love collaboration. Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods we worked with on the ITOP tune ‘I Stole Yer Plimsoles’. Though I don’t think ITOP in the main are his personal cup of tea, he was smart enough to get the sentiment behind the track and hammed it right up for the recording. He’s a good guy and a good sport! That for me is what a good collaboration is: juxtaposing people from opposite ends of the music spectrum, taking people out of their comfort zones. How can Sheffield be better a place for electronic artists? Adrian: It’s funny, whenever I talk to industry people in London or wherever and they ask where I’m from I always reply with “Sheffield, the home of electronic music!” And it’s true: Sheffield is equally as important for electronic music as, say, Detroit. From the Cabs, 68 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

International Teachers of Pop play The Leadmill, Sheffield, on Saturday 21st August. Tickets and more info available at leadmill.co.uk.

to The Human League, Moloko and Roisin, Warp Records, Rob Gordon to the Eccentronic Research Council, ITOP to producers like Parrot, Ross Orton and our own Dean Honer and the CPU Records – they and many more have all been flying the flag for electronic Sheffield and eccentric electronic Sheffield for year. Those people are all still very much active on the frontline of some of the best and freshest electronic avant-garde pop dance music coming out of the UK right now. So swivel, naysayers! @international_teachersofpop


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ROSEY PM

The pyjama jazz pioneer and member of Sheffield musical collective Blancmange Lounge makes with the nostalgic music natter.

THE FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT I’ve never been a big buyer of records; when I first got my record player I pinched a lot of my parents old ones. I discovered how cool Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees were and I think I cried listening to Madness on Christmas Day. MY FIRST GIG Youth Club took a minibus of us to see The Rakes and The Holloways at the Cluny in Newcastle once. I must have been about 13, and really giddy about it all. I remember feeling overwhelmed with how cool everything was and how much I wanted to play a gig too/snog Alfie from the Holloways. THE FIRST SONG I PERFORMED I remember singing Lily Allen’s ‘Littlest Things’ in the End of Year Assembly with my friend on the piano. I was so nervous and I think we made each other laugh in the middle a bit. One of my brother’s mates said I was really good though, so I kept at it. A SONG I WISH I’D WROTE ‘Cloudbusting’ by Kate Bush. It gets me right in the goolies every time! A SONG I WISH I’D NEVER MADE This is too hard, there’s still a chance I might delete someone’s favourite banger! I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC I was born into love with music xxx hehe xxx. ONE SONG THAT I CAN’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD AT THE MINUTE ‘Cool Cat’ by Queen, it’s such a bop! I love running to it; the guitar at the start makes me feel really bouncy.

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PASS IT ON

An idea first mooted by guitarist and producer Bryan Day, Size of a Planet is an album created in lockdown by a diverse collective of 20 Sheffield musicians, vocalists and producers, inspired by an online musical version of the old ‘pass it on’ parlour game. Originally launched as small DIY project to keep a group of friends musically active during lockdown, it is now a 20-track album that is slowly being released on streaming platforms over the coming months. Exposed spoke to group member and singer-songwriter Steve Edwards to find out more about this unique undertaking. Could you tell us what inspired this fairly novel way of making music? This album worked on the basis of the old fold-down paper game ‘pass it on’. To create the album, each musician would form a musical idea, record something – whether this be singing, drums or strings – and then pass it on to the next person via email. The next musician would then add their bit to the recording. This process was repeated until everyone involved had added their individual idea to the piece. This project is all about how we created and recorded the music. Its very ‘viva Sheffield!’; we’re very proud to be from this city. It is a group of friends from here who instead of sitting about in lockdown, got together produced a 20-track album, creating something positive to come out of the pandemic.

With studios out of bounds, how did you adapt to this more DIY way of working? Normally I would go out to the studio to work. I don’t have a studio at home, so I didn’t really have any recording gear with me in lockdown. Believe it or not, when I was singing or playing the guitar, I actually just recorded it into my phone. I got a stack of books, put my phone on it and put a duvet over my head to record – a proper Blue Peter moment! So yeah – headphones over one ear, listening to what someone had sent me, singing into my phone; I’d then take that recording and pass it on to the next person over email.

We tried not to be too literal. We wanted to write songs that could be standalone songs, released at any time during any period but at the same time a snapshot of lockdown; something we could look back on in a few years. The whole project is made up of lots of different genres of music: soul, hip-hop and some psychedelic sounds – it’s all a mixed bag.

We’re already looking forward to the next single, which should be out by the time this magazine hits the streets. What can we expect? I think the next one coming out is called ‘Space and Time’, and that’s Jody Wildgoose’s one. Another we are going to be working on is called ‘Drone Hike’, which John Watterson was the originator of. Right at the beginning of lockdown there was a lot of controversy about people going on walks in the Peak Districts and police were sending out drones and filming people. There’s the inspiration for that one. The song itself sounds like a 70s car cop show theme tune. What’s the next step for Size of a Planet? We’re releasing a song almost every week. ‘Higher Low’ is our third and we’re going to release another on in a couple of weeks’ time. The plan now is to try and do an album launch gig around November time. I think it will tie the project off nicely. Hopefully by then, we’ll be at the dying end of the pandemic. sizeofaplanet.co.uk

The latest song released from the album was ‘Higher Low’. Could you talk us a bit through that single? That one was my initial idea. I remember watching this programme about rave culture on BBC4, talking about how all the music was made. It just made me think about those kinds of days. People were so still and quiet in lockdown; I missed the feeling of being connected through music. It’s Sheffield soul: sit back, relax and find a higher stream of consciousness – forget all your worries! With it being made during such a significant time in world history, were there any particular messages or recurring themes you were trying to get through in the album? WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 71


NOBODY

Dadsploitation – as it’s affectionately known – has been an enduring subgenre over the last few years, having exploded into popularity with 2008’s ‘Taken’. Coming in the wake of Jason Bourne and Daniel Craig’s Bond, this type of dirty little actioner is distinguished from the usual man-on-amission thriller by the presence of a middle-aged actor known more for serious dramatic work rather than popcorn entertainment. Liam Neeson might now induce a few groans and eye-rolls when a trailer for something like ‘The Commuter’ or ‘The Marksman’ appears, but back in 2008, it was interesting to see Neeson – known primarily for his work in ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ – running around Paris punching various European criminals in the neck. Other distinguished actors have since had a stab following the first Taken, with varying degrees of success. Apart from the original Taken, very few are any good, and plenty of them are awful. On the better end of dadsploitation, you’ve got Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer’ and Mel Gibson in ‘Blood Father’. While over on the dreadful end, you have Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman’ and Kevin Costner in ‘3 Days to Kill’ and ‘Criminal’. So, we’ve seen Liam Neeson, Sean Penn, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington wheeze and stoop their way through quick-cut action scenes. Now it’s Bob Odenkirk of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame to give it a go. So, how does he do, and more importantly, how well does the film around him hold up? Very well, actually – very well indeed! It does everything an action film should correctly and with on-the-nose efficiency. There are very well-delivered and well-constructed moments of humour that suit Bob Odenkirk’s reserved approach to the role of Hutch. Odenkirk carries out the action scenes with realistic energy and brutality. Unlike the choppy, jumpy edits that plague the Taken films to make their star seem less decrepit, the violence is shot primarily with mid-shots and lingers on multiple blows before cutting away. It’s also nice to see 80s cinema veterans Michael Ironside and Christopher Lloyd onscreen again, even if they are cast in relatively minor roles. Is ‘Nobody’ anything special? Perhaps not: many of the scenes you could find in any of the Death Wish sequels and The Equalizer reboot, but does it stand out in a largely bland and risible subgenre? Certainly, and it succeeds as a very strong, witty and entertaining action film that is aware of what its role is, delivers all that’s required plus a little extra with thrilling brilliance. 4.5/5 Get more news and reviews from the Exposed film writer’s podcast ‘Reid’s Reel’ – available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 72 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK


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IN THE EARTH

In the midst of an all-too-familiar pandemic-stricken world, Ben Wheatley sends Joel Fry and Ellora Torchia off on a trip into the woods, where they encounter a feral and extremely hairy Reece Shearsmith. This leads to an eerie series of events resulting from a scientist’s attempt to communicate with nature or… erm… something. It wasn’t massively clear, as one can now expect from Wheatley, along with the usual wince-inducing moments of gore. His brand of horror has always had an ambiguous touch, even something as straightforward as ‘Kill List’ had a bit of an odd ending. As much as I enjoyed watching it, and it really does keep you interested, I can’t help but feeling a little deflated by the disorientating kaleidoscope ending. There seemed neither a thematic nor narrative payoff for its audience after masterfully luring us in. For me, it did go in exactly the kind of direction I expected it to. It was shot beautifully, the acting was solid from everyone involved and it managed – just about – to convey complex ideas on connecting with the earth, somehow managing to wedge in stuff about an ancient pagan god, which may or may not be the root of all the strangeness. It finishes where it needs to, in terms of length at least. It left me pondering when I left the cinema, which the best horror films should, but I didn’t feel like I had enough to go away with to reach my own conclusions. This will certainly appeal more if you’re familiar with Wheatley’s other country-based horror outings, but avoid if you’re looking for something more direct in its attempt to scare. 3/5

SHAFF IN A NUTSHELL

THE GREAT OUTDOORS! Now entering its 16th year, ShAFF is the largest urban adventure film festival in the UK, and the only one hosted by a city with a national park within its limits. Sheffield’s longstanding close relationship with the great outdoors inspired the organisers to put on an event that brings people together to celebrate adventure. The three-day festival is taking place across the city from the 9-11 July. Every summer, over 300 films from across the globe are whittled down to the best 100 adventure films to premiere at the event, supporting and showcasing the best of up-and-

300+ Films

submitted from across the world

100

Films shown over the weekend

coming filmmakers. The festival is family-friendly and great value for money; one ticket gains you access to multiple screenings. There will also be a wide selection of free events and talks taking place across the three days, all listed online on their website. This year’s festival will be operating under the latest lockdown restrictions, with reduced capacity and most events taking place outdoors. For more information on screenings and tickets, head over to shaff.co.uk.

3

Days of screenings, events & talks

16

years since SHAFF started

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ROFL Sheffield’s newest comedy club has got off to a flying start, receiving rave reviews from audiences and regularly packing (socially distanced) bums on seats on a weekly basis. However, not only has ROFL been bringing belly laughs aplenty to Division Street, it’s also provided a welcome addition to the city centre bar scene with Hemingways – a classy cocktail venue situated on the venue’s ground floor. Open seven nights a week, the bar is separate from the comedy club, meaning you don’t need to be attending a ROFL night to get in (although it’s the perfect shout for a pre/post-gig tipple). Inside the cosy space you book a booth with pals and enjoy live music on weekends, while Wednesday evenings have recently seen the launch of an open mic night, enticing some of the city’s finest musical talent in for a jam. Based in the former Pizza Express premises on Division Street, the team who took on the building carried out a £170,000 – £200,000 refurb project to make sure the whole venue looks the part. ROFL’s founder Lee Jones told us that with restrictions soon scheduled to be lifted entirely, they’re excited about what Hemingways in particular can provide for Sheffield. “It’s great to have Hemingways open seven days a week here on Division Street,” says Lee. “It’s a cocktail bar with a relaxed vibe and regular live music after the comedy finishes upstairs. Once restrictions are lifted, there’ll be live music every night, and the hot stone cooking menu will be arriving soon too. It’s a friendly, welcoming environment and we’re looking forward to people joining us and trying the food and drinks on offer.” Hemingways is also open for cake and coffee during the day and bottomless brunch at weekends, but if you’re looking for a thrifty tipple or two the drinks offers are certainly attractive: two for £10 cocktails from 5pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5-7pm Friday and Saturday. Can’t argue with that now, can you? Booths and tables available to book now at ernesthemingways. com. Keep up to date with all the latest news and events by following the bar on their Facebook (facebook.com/HemingwaysSheffield) and Instagram pages (hemingwayssheffield).

Here All Week

ROFL brought Sheffield’s first purpose-built comedy club to the city centre back in May. But as well as providing the laughs, they know how to knock up a decent cocktail at their on-site Hemingways bar, a welcome addition to Division Street. YOU HAVING A LAUGH? What’s on at ROFL Comedy Club this month: July 2-3 Resident MC Joe Zalias will welcome Dave Fulton, a highly-rated globetrotting comedian from the US who has gigged all over the world. You may have seen him on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The World Stands Up or They Think It’s All Over. Also joining the fun will be Troy Hawke, a home-schooled, 1930s throwback who doesn’t see the world in quite the same way as you or I. He has been named in GQ’s top ten acts of the Edinburgh Festival and sold out tour shows across Britain and Australia.

July 9-10 Joe Zalis introduces comedy scene veteran Gavin Webster, the hilarious Geordie Gavin who has enjoyed critical acclaim with his Edinburgh Festival shows, as well as a number of TV appearances including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The 11 O’Clock Show and The World Stands Up. Elsewhere on the bill you’ve got Glenn Wool, an award-winning Canadian comedian and regular performer at high-profile events such as Edinburgh Festival and even Glastonbury! More acts to be announced soon – check roflcomedy.com for updated listings!

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CULTURE

Talent

Full of Victoria Wood’s unmatched wit and observation, Talent is a play about friendship, ambition and the lower rungs of the showbiz ladder. We heard from cast members Lucie Shorthouse and Jamie Rose-Monk about what makes Talent such a longstanding hit and the exciting prospect of live theatre returning. Photography: Chris Saunders It’s 1978. Bunters club is hosting its Friday Talent Night – hoping it’s a stepping stone to New Faces or Opportunity Knocks. 24-year-old Julie dreams of stardom, escape from her dead-end job and the chance to leave the drudgery of living at home with her mother. Her less worldly-wise friend Maureen has come along to offer support. The stage is set… How does it feel to be working on this production? Especially after the past year, what have you missed the most? Jamie-Rose: It feels absolutely wonderful to be working on Talent; I’m so grateful to be back in a rehearsal room with incredible creatives working on a piece that is so rich. There is so much for us to work with, it’s just a complete joy, especially after the last year. I’m so happy theatre is back; I’ve missed the whole process of discovering things in the room and collaborating. Lucie: It’s such a privilege to be working on this – it’s warm, witty, full of heart, but also offers illuminating social commentary that still stands today. After the year we’ve had, having a socially distanced and well-sanctioned team together has been joyous. Sheffield Theatres have worked tirelessly to facilitate this production, and to be performing the genius of Victoria Wood seems extra special considering this period of isolation. Her comedy was always so unifying. Victoria Wood is so cherished in British comedy. What is your fondest or most standout memory of her and/or her work? Jamie-Rose: There are so many! One of my favourite sketches/ characters of hers is Chrissie who wants to swim the channel, and of course the whole of dinnerladies. Lucie: So many standout Victoria Wood moments – she was just always around when I was growing up. Dinnerladies of course, but also Barry and Freda (my mum’s name is Freda!) and Hayley Bailey are some fond favourites. Through working on her script, you get another deep appreciation of just how accomplished she was. We were so lucky to have her – I doubt we’ll come across the like again. Tell us a bit about the show. What can audiences expect? Lucie: The show follows Julie, a single mother from Southport who enters a talent contest dreaming of stardom. She enlists the help of long-time friend and work colleague Maureen and together they meet a cast of interesting characters at the talent contest club: a magic act, an organist and a compere. The show, although set in 1978, is universal – it’s about the pursuit of dreams and the courage to break out of mundanity. I think the show also speaks of the resilience of women of that time and indeed now, 43 years after it was set. Wood observed so acutely the complexities of womanhood and the trials, titillations and indeed tribulations that existed then and still do now. Who is your character and how do they resonate with you? Lucie: I play Julie Stephens, a 24-year-old single mother on arguably the most stressful evening of her life! Initially I felt some sense of kismet with the role: to support myself throughout drama school

I would sing in working men’s clubs and social clubs to earn money. I grew accustomed to the characters and beautiful spirits, but also to the grottier side of the glamour. I also entered talent contests and endured the rejection, comparison and performativity of those things. Clubland is unfortunately a waning tradition, so it’s been wonderful to relive it and embrace its spark and identity. I’ve started to realise how much I am like Julie throughout the process – the kind of frantic, flustered, laser focus that pressure brings is not unlike me! Jamie-Rose: I play Maureen who is the faithful friend of Julie. Maureen is kind-hearted, inexperienced and often ignored. She is resigned to her life continuing in the same old way and Julie brings excitement and fun – if at times a little too naughty for Maureen to handle. I resonate with Maureen at times when I feel unsure of myself and where I fit in; it has been really cathartic to explore that. How does it feel to be performing in Sheffield – have you worked with us here before, or is this your first time at the Crucible? Lucie: I adore Sheffield. And I associate the Crucible with a real turning point in my career and personal life. I was lucky enough to participate in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as Jamie’s best friend Pritti, and the reception from the city – how much they embraced the story and championed its message – was so special. The city and indeed the theatre will always hold such an incredible place in my heart, so to return after the year we’ve had is such a privilege. Jamie-Rose: I’ve never worked at the Crucible before, but it’s such a beautiful venue and everyone is so welcoming! Could not ask for a better experience for my first theatre job after lockdown. The play centres around the theme of women’s experience – and often resilience – in the entertainment industry of the late 70s/ early 80s. How do you feel this will resonate now? Lucie: The show absolutely speaks of the experience of women, especially the culture of conditioning and gender politics that still exists today. As much as we’ve progressed, the fact that the themes still resonate some four decades later makes this show still so relevant. I felt incredibly safe working on this show, which is so important to note considering what has come to light about certain figures in our industry. Power plays, exploitation and abuse often appears in sly, casual forms at first and that is what allows it to continue – it’s the casual speed in which these things occur which makes it so real and the way it is woven in this story is incredibly true to life. The emotionally manipulative exchanges are unfortunately ones I’ve heard echoed even in my short time in the industry. What Wood does so well is observe and articulate these, weaving them into a tapestry that is warm and witty on the surface. Jamie-Rose: The experience of the women in this play will really resonate with a 2021 audience. We are much more aware of the problems now but there is still unfortunately a long way to go. It has been interesting and at times challenging to not shy away from some of the moments in the play but ultimately, we must serve the story and it is an extremely important part of the overall piece.

Talent will run at the Crucible Theatre 30 June – 24 July, and there will also be a live streamed performance on 7 July. Tickets and more info available at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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TOP PICKS

REVIEW: OTIS MENSAH – EXISTED ONCE @ CRUCIBLE THEATRE Something strange happened to me the other day. I walked past busy pubs and the sun was shining, people joked about their newfound sense of normality in the abnormal, talking of covid like it was the dying candle on a birthday cake for an arsehole. And I wasn’t dreaming. I walked all the way to The Crucible where smiles hidden behind facemasks met me before my temperature was taken and ticket scanned. And I wasn’t dreaming. I stood next to a girl at the bar and tried to hide how perplexed I was as she ordered a shot of vodka, before making my way through a maze of padded seats and illuminated aisle numbers, a sight that was simultaneously alien and yet familiar. And I wasn’t dreaming. I overheard two women in front of me speaking about how they were looking forward to seeing Nomadland the next day because they’d heard good things, right before MF Doom took to the stage. And I still wasn’t dreaming. I was at Otis Mensah’s show Existed Once, a combination of poetry and rap hymns, performed against a backdrop of short animations. This was my first (and I assume most people in the room’s) first time visiting a theatre for some time; that was reflected in the fact that despite social distancing meaning it was filled to about a third of capacity, there was still an unspoken buzz about the place. The first person to face it was the support act, Algernon Cornelius. A lot of credit is due to Algernon who stepped in last minute for this performance as SheBeKeke unfortunately had to self-isolate. Despite the fact he was brought in last minute, it didn’t stop him from taking to the stage and owning it. Algernon is an impeccable wordsmith with a sense of humour that the crowd struggled to connect with at first, as he took off a mask and announced he was MF Doom the whole time and isn’t dead; however, people did eventually warm to it. In complete contrast with his softly spoken sarcasm, Algernon’s delivery on these tracks was ruthless and emotive. Delivering well written existential bars over aggressive lo-fi and static-infused production. With Algernon, you were clearly watching somebody obsessed with their craft: every footstep, movement and wave of the hand was matched perfectly in time to chaotic music that he knew inside out. The passion in his

delivery is something to be marvelled at and the whole set was a treat to watch. That being said (and this is totally out of his control), because of how harsh some of the production was and the emotiveness of his delivery, he is certainly a performer who would thrive better in a gig environment rather than a theatre. Next up was Otis. There are lots of things in this world I understand but can’t fully comprehend. The construction of the pyramids, the beauty and yet destructive nature of volcanoes, the size of the solar system, and now added to that list is Otis Mensah. He took to the stage so comfortably, so in his element, it was as if the pandemic had never happened and he’s been doing this every day for the past year. Opening with Ode To Black Thought one of the poems from his book Safe Metamorphosis, the crowd were immediately in the palm of his hand. Otis uses his voice in the same way that Ornette Coleman uses a Saxophone: there is rhythm and melody present, but it is so sporadic as his ability to flip flows and alter cadences runs parallel to the dismantling nature of Free Jazz. He changes speed and pitch, conveys emotion in every word, all whilst making it look easy. Otis jumped from poem to rap hymn, over jazz soundtracks as animations of himself gazing out the window at covid or looking out to a burning world were projected behind him, creating a fantastic backdrop which accompanied the moving lyricism and themes behind each performance very well. After feeling so elated upon leaving the theatre, there was a part of me that wondered whether I was just buzzing off the high of being back at live performances, and whilst that certainly added to the experience, it’s not why Existed Once was so good. Algernon and Otis both took to the stage and delivered their all, the end result of which was the perfect welcome back to live performances. It’s good to see that Otis Mensah can still work a stage like it’s his second home even after an 18-month hiatus and upon seeing that, I can’t help but feel optimistic, and wonder whether we are entering a genuine level or normality. I hope so. Words: Dale Maplethorpe

TALENT Crucible // Wed 30 Jun – Sat 24 Jul // From £15 It’s 1978. Bunters club is hosting its Friday Talent Night – the acts on the bill hope that it’s a steppingstone to New Faces or Opportunity Knocks. 24-yearold Julie dreams of stardom, es-cape from her dead-end job and the chance to leave the drudgery of living at home with her mother. Her less worldlywise friend Maureen has come along to offer support. Full of Victoria Wood’s unmatched wit and observation, Talent is a play with music about friend-ship, ambition and the lower rungs of the showbiz ladder. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk HAIRSPRAY Lyceum Theatre // Mon 16 – Sat 21 Aug // From £15 The international musical phenomenon Hairspray returns! After breaking box office records and delighting audiences in the West-End, on Broadway and on the big screen since 1988, this smash hit musical-comedy has quite the legacy, and is now heading back out on tour around the UK and Ireland. Featuring some of musical theatre’s biggest and best hit songs, includ-ing Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, Good Morning Baltimore and so many more, Hairspray is the hilarious, joyous, and uplifting musical that everyone needs right now! sheffieldtheatres.co.uk ABSOLUTELY DRAGULOUS Crookes Social Club // Friday 2 Jul // From £5 Marilyn and Amanda are bringing Absolutely Dragulous to Sheffield for the first time in 2021. The all-new show will make you laugh, forget all your troubles for just one night and allow you to escape the real world all in a Covid Secure way. The event promises to pay tribute to all the best divas, with some comedy lip syncs, choreographed routines and so much comedy. We all need a laugh after 2020 and everything the world has gone through! absolutelydragulous.com

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