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18: DOC ON Mark Perkins picks apart and chews thoughtfully over the juicy offerings being served up at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
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Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino: out of this world genius or meandering self-indulgence? Aaron Jackson takes heed of the dangers involved in slaying sacred cows, promptly ignores them, and gets stuck in.
40: AND THE WINNER IS… Our annual awards ceremony/unrivalled knees-up took place at a rather snazzy looking 92 Burton Road last month and the good people of Sheff brought the party. Voted for by Exposed readers, find out who left with the silverware.
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doc/fest in Numbers
Lights, Camera, Action! Taking place 7-12 June, Sheffield Doc/ Fest returns for its 25th instalment bringing together film-lovers and industry delegates for a celebration of documentary and nonfiction storytelling. The events programme will explore everything from feature-length to short docs, audio, augmented reality, virtual reality, and Q+As with the likes of Sir Trevor McDonald, Vicky McClure and Guy Martin.
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the festival each year, including around 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.
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– features and shorts – shown over the six days at a range of venues across the city.
The year in which the first Sheffield International Documentary Festival was held, then a much smaller, industryfocused event.
Different venues involved in this year’s Doc/Fest – from free outdoor screens in the city centre to the Abbeydale Picture House.
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The 12th annual Exposed Awards descended on Sheffield last month and, suffice to say, it was another certified banger of an evening. Scoot over to page 40 and hear about how it all went down. Pic: Ellie Grace Photography
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“Nah, I’m rubbish in the mornings mate. I even tried that caffeine shampoo for a bit but it did no good.” If Channel 4 Was a City Last month Sheff officially submitted its bid to bring Channel 4’s headquarters to the city. The proposal, which put forward the case that if the broadcaster was a city it would be Sheffield, pointed towards our thriving arts and culture scene, commitment to diversity and connectivity with other large cities as key factors in a proposal which can be viewed alongside a short promotional video (also featuring some footage from our Exposed In Session features) at c4sheffield.com. The shortlist should have just been announced by the time this mag hits the streets, with the final result scheduled for 1 October.
Have Your Say With a large number of development projects planned for the city centre over the next decade, including the Heart of the City II, the Castlegate project and the Cultural Industries Quarter, an online consultation service has been launched so local residents and businesses can provide their input. The This is Sheffield plan outlines the ‘building blocks of the new city centre’ and an online survey will garner public opinion to help shape decision-making processes. Simply head over to sheffield.gov.uk/ citycentreplan before 17 June to get involved.
Taking it to the Street Those feelgood summertime vibes keep on coming following the announcement of The Castlegate Escape – a free street party ran by the Exchange Street Collective and organised in conjunction with Sheffield City Council. Taking place on Friday 8 June from 4pm-10pm, they’ll be hosting an open-door, community street party with the intention to celebrate diversity and culture in the local community. There’ll be art, music, poetry, street food vendors, and independent businesses on show throughout the day. The music line-up includes Otis Mensah, Riders, Inavibe and Andy H, plus talks and showcases from Rite Trax, Yorkshire Artspace and Friends of Sheffield Castle. Facebook: The Castlegate Escape
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SOLID AS A DOC With the mighty Sheffield Doc/Fest returning for its 25th instalment this month, our resident dochead Mark Perkins takes us through his top picks from a jam-packed programme of film, alternate reality exhibitions and talks with cultural icons. Reality is now mainstream entertainment. From Life On Earth to Big Brother, there’s no denying that if it’s based in the real world, we love to watch. It’s now 25 years since the International Documentary Festival, as it was originally called, opened its cinema doors on a wet November weekend in 1994. Back then it did little more than show films in The Showroom. I can’t imagine anyone there had any idea of what it would become by 2018. Last year over 3500 delegates from 60 different countries made the city their home for a week in order to celebrate the art of non-fiction storytelling. Six days of films, virtual reality and interactive experiences, talks and live events which all combine to make Sheffield world-renowned as the place to celebrate documentaries.
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It’s almost expected by now that Doc/ Fest will come up with unique and outstanding things to experience. I’ll attempt my usual overview, and pick some predictions for the big hits of the festival, but I’ll no doubt be confounded by some seemingly unremarkable film or event, which turns into something unforgettable. That’s the main joy of a festival celebrating real life – everyone has a story to tell, and the most unlikely ones are often the most compelling. The festival is about so much more than actual films these days – but more of that later. I’ve narrowed my personal top picks down as far as I can, so here we go with a few films you might otherwise miss. The first of my picks is Arwen Curry’s film, ‘The Worlds Of Ursula K Le Guin’. She was a sci-fi writer who died recently, and was really the first woman to succeed in a world previously made
up entirely of male authors. Her own story and achievements within the world of science fantasy writing have always fascinated me, and to now find there’s a documentary about her is really exciting news. My second pick is the film ‘Grenfell’, by Ben Anthony. The mere word itself has a terrible and inevitable association with that tragic fire. I saw the shocking news footage last year as I stumbled in late at night from DocFest 2017, so this one year anniversary will be a poignant and powerful reminder of how life can turn to disaster in seconds. My final cinematic choice, and it’s not easy from over 200 films on show, is called ‘Three Identical Strangers’ by Tim Wardle. In 1980, three identical triplets who had been raised in separate homes, in complete ignorance of their brothers’ existence discovered each other. It made world headlines at the time, but this film has uncovered the dark truth behind the splashy headlines and tells an even more compelling and disturbing tale. Most Sheffielders will have seen or heard about Threads? The post-nuclear apocalypse drama set in Sheffield that caused such a stir when it was shown back in 1984 and will be getting a remake. Well, not so much a remake, more like a low-budget re-shooting of a few key scenes. Director and activist Richard DeDomenici specialises in recreating iconic scenes from wellknown films made in Hollywood and beyond. He’ll be shooting on The Moor and perhaps even the Notty House in Broomhill during the start of Doc/Fest, editing it all down and showing the film
at The Leadmill on the Saturday night. If you enjoyed the growing strand of Alternate Reality events in the Millennium Gallery in previous years, you’ll be as keen as I am to see how things have moved on this year. Using the latest developments in computers and interactive installations, this part of the festival is moving into the iconic, atmospheric surroundings of the Trafalgar Warehouse and will continue to challenge what we might think of as a documentary. This warehouse complex is itself becoming a new creative hub in Sheffield, and it’s no surprise it has been chosen to host two floors of events throughout the festival. This part of Doc/Fest always throws up some fantastic immersive events, and will be one of the events which is open to anyone to attend for free. Live performances have always been the mainstay of any Doc/Fest, and this year the live strand includes a specially commissioned performance, in conjunction with our own Warp Records, from GAIKA. He’s a British black artist whose music is difficult to categorise, and we are promised the UK premier of a hypnotic live score in
response to Khalik Allah’s film, ‘Black Mother’. Elsewhere there’s an appearance from Reeps One, a voice artist who looks beyond music to promote the use of our own voice as an expressive, but often neglected instrument. His event looks set to be the talking point of the festival when he plays Abbeydale Picture House. DocFest is about storytelling, and some of the most memorable events in previous years have been the talks, lectures and master-classes. This year’s line-up includes Sir Trevor McDonald and Vicky McClure. I’m excited to hear Sir Trevor tell us about his recent award winning ‘Death Row’ series of documentaries, and Vicky will highlight her forthcoming BBC series ‘My Dementia Choir.’ The festival organisers are keener than ever to involve Sheffield folk in the events, and there are loads of other free events and talks, along with the free documentary screenings in Tudor Square and on Howard Street. Go on, pull up a deck-chair and let one of the world’s premier festivals of film entertain you.
Visit www.sheffdocfest.com or The Crucible box office for tickets and access to the full programme, and there will be a Festival Box Office in Tudor Square throughout the festival. Lots of events are free, or you can pay for individual events, buy a DocLovers wristband for 12 films or a full festival pass.
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Space-age cocktail in hand, Aaron Jackson checks into Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and spends some time delving beneath the surface of the sixth album from Sheffield’s prodigal sons. Slaying sacred cows is never a good idea. It’s a messy business. A little blood and gore goes a long, long way. The beasts themselves don’t like it and kick up no end of a fuss. The faithful get restless while true believers and defenders of the icon get all antsy, weapon up, and tend to kick off. So, accepting an invitation to review the latest from Sheffield icons the Arctic Monkeys for Exposed is to accept a poison chalice. It’s the ultimate hospital pass. If it’s a work of timeless genius, all is well. But what if it’s crap? Sheffield is fiercely defensive of all things Sheffield. What if you’re the one who has to say that the Emperors who are also native sons are butt naked beneath the slick ‘dos, suits, and snakeskin that cloak their latest offering? You would, as they used to sing on the unreconstructed terraces, never walk again. Who would accept a commission like that? Hi, I’m AJ. I’ll be your reviewer for the evening. On the menu tonight Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The band? Oh, The Arctic Monkeys, sir. A cheeky little band with a fine pedigree and a kick like a mule. Let’s begin at the beginning and state a few home truths. When it comes to Sheffield and music, it’s a city that is blessed and cursed. It’s blessed inasmuch as it has produced some of the greatest bands and music that the UK has ever heard. It’s cursed by the simple fact that it is not the South Yorkshire way to shout the odds and beat the chest. Wry asides and bluff insight has served Yorkshire for hundreds of years. That isn’t about to change just because bands from the city over the hill love to shout the odds about being the best bands in the world (The Stone Roses apart none of them have lived up to their hype – and the Roses themselves never knew that they’d
caught lightning in a bottle until it was too late) and the city along from the city over the hill once produced the greatest band in the history of pop (and Gerry and The Pacemakers. Let’s not forget that. Ever). So, being honest, Sheffield has never got its props musically. The seams mined have been rich and have produced an endless bounty. The Arctic Monkeys are a gem cut and polished within the city’s boundaries. Their backstory is now taught in Sheffield’s Primary Schools as part of ‘Local History 101’ courses. Formed in 2002 in High Green between Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Andy Nicholson and Jamie Cook, the myth goes that they found their audience on t’internet, rode the electronic groundswell, knocked out Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, an album full of riotous bangers now rightly regarded as old-school classics, and then launched it and themselves into the arms of a postOasis world exhausted by the fact that Razorlight were shit and The Libertines couldn’t write anything as good as their tabloid headlines. A grateful world received them with open arms, and bar Nick O’Malley replacing Andy Nicholson, the rest is history.
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A key part of the story is that unlike some other Sheffield acts who turned into globe-bestriding monsters, their origins ran through them like words in a stick of seaside rock. (I’m looking at you, Def Leppard. You too, The Human League). You can’t listen to first releases and not hear Sheffield. It’s in the language. It’s in the accent. It’s in the energy – all drunken fumblings on West Street at chucking out time on a Friday. It’s in, if we’re being honest, their references to a city still caught between its industrial past and its reinvention as a post-millennial destination for the discerning and upwardly mobile. It’s not as simple as that, however. Like all origin stories, this is just a story. It’s equal parts fact and fiction – which, of course, all good rock n’ roll stories are. You can’t have rock n’ roll without a little stretching of the facts and a little adding of the local colour. How do we cut through that? Simple. Listen to the music. Which bring us neatly to Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. They’re back
and it’s here – the next instalment in the ongoing story of the Monkeys. Here’s the only review you’ll ever need. Ready? Hey, ho. Let’s go. For those of you who can’t be bothered to read any further, here’s the headline takeaway. ‘Former spiky indie punk scamps stroke sixties drama twang pasticheurs stroke stoner rock acolytes stroke rock god iconoclausts swallow the book on 70’s skinny funk, spotweld it to lounge lizard crooner moves and turn up the reverb.’ There. Off you go. For those of you still reading, here’s the thing. The Arctic Monkeys will always be linked to Sheffield. The city is there in Turner’s vowel sounds and vernacular lyrics for a start – always the USP of the Monkeys. On Tranquility Base, though, these have been displaced by a transatlantic croooooooon. The vocalist only drops the Yorkie bomb for impact effect: ‘He’s got him sen a theme tune.’ For all they are Sheffield sons, the indie punk thrash that saw them become the band du jour for everyone going to university for the first time quickly gave way to an obsession with American stoner rock – all big skies, loping crunch and fiery angularity – via sixties twang. This led to an obsession with the rock n’ roll shapes that defined their rock gods’ period. This is all well and good. Pop music has always been a boss-eyed magpie art. In the twenty-first century finding a ‘new’ sound or a ‘new’ look for most artists means ripping off an old one, but The Monkeys and Turner have always been smart cookies who know their rock ‘n’ roll
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If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter because we’re all postmodern and ironic now. You can pass the misstep off as a playful experiment and then play the hits on the festival circuit to remind the masses of why they (once) love(d) you. →history. This tells us that good artists who hit ride their sound into the ground of diminishing returns (I’m looking at you, Noel). Great artists who last know when to hold and consolidate and when to be bold and look for a new sound – because the industry is all about the new. Catch it right and you might shed some of your audience, but hopefully you’ll take enough of them with you to sustain interest and continue the journey. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter because we’re all postmodern and ironic now. You can pass the misstep off as a playful experiment and then play the hits on the festival circuit to remind the masses of why they (once) love(d) you But the genre-hopping begs the questions of what they actually stand for musically; and although forever linked to the city, whether or not it can fairly be said that they are actually of it anymore? This record is not going to answer those questions. It’s only going to prolong the debate. But is it a great record? Tricky one to answer. To put it bluntly, this is a postmillennial cut-and-paste job filtered through the band’s sensibility. Sonically, Tranquility Base channels Pink Floyd’s more rhythmically funky moments (listen to One Point Perspective and The Ultracheese and add Roger Water’s voice) and David Bowie’s Young Americans cultural landgrab while throwing in a sideorder of Bernard Edward’s bubbling basslines. It takes these elements and ferries them to Vegas to be married in the Elvis wedding chapel to Serge Gainsborough’s Histoire de Melody Nelson, but then insists at the altar that the Beach Boys circa Pet Sounds (listen to The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip and recognize the sonic recreation) be allowed to join the wedding night consummations. As such, the new album can be seen
as another characteristically move sideways to move forward Arctic’s manoeuvre. The songs beyond the sonics largely avoid the mundanities of the verse / chorus format. When it works, as it does on Four Out of Five and American Sports, it’s fresh and inventive. When it doesn’t, as it doesn’t on Batman, the result is aimless meandering – the musical equivalent of a lounge singer on the two in the afternoon shift in a cocktail bar watching the waitress being picked up by a Svengali rather than them. The irredeemably superior tend to think that just because someone talks with an accent they must also think with one too, but Alex Turner and the band have always bucked this trend. Turner is one of the great chroniclers of modern life, snipping it up into witty, fresh vignettes and delivering them as part of a package deal with great tunes. Here, though, the lyricism is so self-aware and self-possessed it’s in danger of being labelled self-absorbed. There are great lines here. ‘I wanted to be one of The Strokes / Now look at the mess you’ve made me make’ is bound to be cited as evidence that he’s still got it. He obviously has, and the randomlines-from-overhead-conversations– brought-into-sharp-relief-by-wellturned observations approach is a great way of dealing with the problem of how you comment on life when you’re a rich, successful, and critically lauded musician. It’s so Sheffield laconic at times it’s like listening to a well-travelled bohemian pub drunk. But … Perhaps all of these things are part of the desired effect for the album. If so, it’s succeeded handsomely. Perhaps I’m irredeemably old school, though. I like more from my music. For a start, I like some tension and release. Why? Because everything from jokes to sex work is better if there’s actually a payoff. By far I prefer to hang around with smart people who are confident
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enough not to take themselves too seriously. If you ever meet someone who can’t laugh at themselves, finish your drink, and walk away. No matter how pretty she is, or handsome he is. Stumbling into a clever joke where you’re the punchline is only funny to the guys playing it. The sense of us all being in on the private joke was what made the Monkeys so refreshing when they hit; as well as the sense that they spoke for us and only us. Clever Tranquility Base certainly is, but it feels like a private party and our noses are against the glass. On this album, too, I’m not sure what Turner stands for, and I have an uneasy feeling that the wonderful single-line zingers are just that: a collection of great lines that come from nowhere and lead nowhere. Anyone can give great lines without context. Dylan Thomas built a career on it. Eventually you have to tie it together. I know that part of the fun Turner’s lyrics has always been working out the references and piecing together the story. There’s plenty of dense allusiveness here for acolytes to chew over. Even if you’ve earned the right to experiment, though, as Turner has, eventually you have to say something directly and mean it. So, yes. Tranquility Base is clever. Yes, it’s fresh. Yes, it’s fun. But let’s be honest, there’s only so far you can go with irony. Eventually you have to get off the fence, stop being a clever dick, and start doing something with your smarts. Shapeshifting of any variety up to and including musical shenanigans is to be highly recommended, too. Playing and having fun with your identity to be recommended, too. But it works best when it arises from a strong, confident sense of who you really are. Otherwise you’re just casting around for something to fill in the blanks of an intrinsic lack of core values. Did anyone really think that Bono was less of a twat just because he revealed
his Fly and McPhisto characters to allow him to play the rock star without damaging his authenticity on Achtung Baby and Zooropa? Nope. At some point, the Arctic Monkeys will have to reflect on their journey so far, and make the definitive statement about who they are and what they stand for. This is not that album. It’s just another chapter in their story. As such, I recommend listening to it. Why? Well, there’s a good reason why they’re the last band standing of their generation and the last UK guitar band to sustain an audience past two self-released EPs and the debut album. They’re still good and they’ve earned the right for further experiments in sound. And the thing is that for true believers, this may well be a perfect 10, the moment they gather up the threads of their career to produce a masterpiece. Casuals may move right on by and give it a 4, unable to penetrate its dense surface to the treasures beneath. Me? No idea. I’m about to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall over four days with nothing but this in my headphones and a change of t-shirt in my backpack. I’ll report back and post my definitive comment below on my return. In conclusion, then, if it proves anything Tranquility Base yet again indicates that The Arctic Monkeys long ago learned the most important lesson in rock ‘n roll: the less you say, the cleverer you sound. As icons, the less you say, the more other people will try and work out what you mean. Look at Keith Richards. When he didn’t open his mouth much, he was by far the coolest Stone. As soon as he started opening up in his memoir it rapidly became clear what a cutthroat nasty piece of work he actually was and how shallow and vapid his bon mots really were. But there is something here. While we work out what it is, the story continues. Until then, enjoy.
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You know when a band turns up to an interview joined by a mute nun covered in glitter it’s going to be an interesting one.
In fact, from the very moment we heard the screeching, psychedelic cacophony of Manuka Hive’s debut track ‘R.E.D’ in the Exposed office we wanted more. A search online revealed little in terms of released material from the Yorkshire four-piece (although an EP is in the works), but one thing that doesn’t take much seeking out is a wealth of glowing live reviews praising their raw, raucous energy and commitment to creating a spectacle. A perfect opportunity, we thought, to kick off the summer instalments of our Exposed sessions off with a real smack in the mouth. But before all that, we sat down with Joel Phillips (bass), Tom Laffey (lead guitar /vocals) and, erm, the nun (real name Brad) to learn a bit more about what they’ll be bringing to the table. Right, first things first. What’s with the nun? JP: It started out as a bit of a joke really. We’ve got a song called ‘The Holy Father is Inside Me’, and it was bit of a tongue-in-cheek joke at first, but we let him loose at a gig and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. He’s not really all there in the head I don’t think. TL: We played a show with The Blinders in Doncaster and found him going nuts at the front. We pretty much commandeered from that point onwards; he looks a little bit like he needs an exorcism when he’s onstage. Your live shows are already picking up a reputation for being crackers. What boxes have to be ticked to make it a good gig for Manuka Hive? TL: First thing is obviously playing to the best of your ability music-wise, but also you want to create a reaction from the crowd. We interact with each other a lot onstage, really let go a bit, and that filters down to the audience. JP: Yeah, you want to make people feel something. I’d rather somebody leave a gig hating us as a band than not having an opinion. When you perform you just want to be able to provide an escape for the audience, you want to derive some emotion out of them. Is it all quite spontaneous? TL: We don’t really have a plan. We just go with what feels right, so where we go, how we move about, how we interact with each other and the audience – everything’s off the cuff. JP: I think that’s one of the main things for us, it’s about being authentic. I think we’ve reached a point where a lot of the music industry is so massively sanitised and watered down, so we’re just going against the grain of that a little bit, not trying to fit into a box or tick the right boxes to be a Radio 1 band or whatever. We do what we enjoy, what we love, and hope that other people like it as well, and if they don’t then well, you know, that’s fine. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 27
You’ve already managed to tick off a crazy Paris gig, which not many bands can say after only a few months of being together. How did that go down? JP: Yeah, the first time we’d set foot in a room together was Halloween last year. The France gigs came around four or five months in, and it was just a chance we took. Someone videoed our first gig and put the videos online, then the promoter - a real character called JP - reached out to us and we went for it. It turned into the maddest few days. TL: We were playing this little café/bar venue and it was nuts. Absolutely rammed and there were people trying to climb through the windows because it was going so mental inside. JP: There’s just a whole different appreciation for live bands over there. The promoter put us up in a house, the landlady had us behind the bar putting our heads under the beer taps. We even had this mad old French guy who was crowdsurfing and kept telling us we were like The Who. Going back to the point about the need for more authentic acts. Who is doing it right at the minute in your opinion? JP: There are a fair few. I think what’s happened now is that we’ve reached a point of saturation where people are sort of seeing through it themselves and getting interested in this whole sort of underground thing again. The Blinders, Avalanche Party – their live shows are just like a spiritual experience. You can’t really put it into words, but you just can’t take your eyes off it. JP: There was a lot of indie by numbers around, and I think for a while the whole guitar band thing got a bit stale. You had the whole wave of landfill indie coming through and guitar music got a bit stale; it just felt like student types jangling around with guitars on a stage. There seemed to be a time where we lost the art of the live experience, the raw energy that you’d see in something like a Sex Pistols performance. But it does seem to be coming back around again. Could you argue that the accessibility of making music and getting it online kind of means bands are too busy recording and updating their SoundCloud rather than gigging and nailing live shows? JP: That’s kind of the thing that I latched onto. Obviously we live in a time now where the barriers of entry to the music industry aren’t there, which on one hand is great because you can have an artist who sits in a bedroom and make something amazing without much expense. But at the same time there’s the other edge of the sword with no barriers meaning no quality control anymore. You can fart on an iPhone and get it up on iTunes within two days. Live gigs should be a testing ground for music.
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You’ve all cut your teeth in various music projects before this one, so what sort of lessons do you feel you’ve learnt and can take into Manuka Hive? TL: Stay true to yourself. Don’t try and write songs just because you think other people will like them. If it’s going to happen, it’ll happen – simple as that. If not, then tough, but at least you didn’t sell yourself out. JP: You’d rather be nobody as yourself then be somebody you don’t recognise when you look in the mirror. Being in a band, as long as you’re all mates and stuff, it’s the best feeling in the world. And when it’s not that, it can be hard work, you know? Trips at 4 o’clock in the morning and when your heart’s not really in it, it can really wear you down. But we’re all hungry for it, we really are, and it doesn’t feel like a chore for us. What was it about this band that reignited your passions? JP: When you’re a band you’re basically a gang and you’ve got to all be equal and on the same page. I think that’s the only way it can truly work, hence the word ‘Hive’ in the name - it’s a reference to working together for the same thing. I think in bands you have two different types of people: people that do it because they love music, and people that like the idea of being famous. We’d happily just write tunes and vibe in our studio, but the fact that we’re getting out and doing shows and people are getting into it is a nice little bonus. Speaking of which, summer’s looking pretty hectic. TL: We’ve been invited to play the in-store gigs for Pretty Green. JP: Yeah, getting a nod from Liam Gallagher was nice. Does he have to sign it off? JP: He has to approve any bands playing in his stores, yeah. We’re playing in the Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and London stores so we’ve been looking forward to that. We’ve got a couple of major festivals confirmed too which we’ll be announcing soon, and there’s a massive support we’ve got with Deap Vally at Plug in July. That’s
really exciting for us; I’m seeing them the night before playing with Queens of the Stone Age in London, so I might try cadge a lift back up north on the tour bus. Tell us a bit about the session track you’ll be playing for us. JP: We’ll be playing a new track called ‘Slaves’. It’s a bit of social commentary on our relationship with the social media machine. TL: Yeah, the title refers to how we’re all slaves to social media. There’s a lyric “You wake up and you lose”, and it’s just a comment about how people are no longer doing things for themselves anymore; it’s more for the benefit of other people watching. You can’t win, can you? There’s always someone out there doing something better. TL: Always someone with what might look like a better bird or a better car, and everyone’s trying to chase that dream rather than doing what they want to do and what actually makes them happy. JP: There’s no pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. It’s as loud and feral as our first offering; the whole record is about making people form an opinion – whether they like it or not.
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Young, carefree and swiftly scurrying up the British guitar pop ladder, Brighton-based foursome The Magic Gang refuse to give off the aura of mystique that many hotlytipped young bands try to evoke. In fact, talking to bassist Angus Taylor is about as refreshing and honest a conversation as you’ll get: there’s no pretence or wandering elusiveness, just thoughtful answers and good vibes.
And it’s that term, ‘good vibes’, that can also be applied directly to the band’s musical ethos, peddling a raw guitar sound combined with blissful pop hooks which they delivered in immensely fun fashion on their selftitled debut EP released earlier this year. With a back-catalogue of tracks tailormade for sun-kissed festival stages, it’s no surprise to see The Magic Gang on the billing for the Leadmill Live stage at Tramlines this year. Exposed gave Angus a call to speak about their upcoming Sheffield soiree, where they fit into today’s fragmented music scene and what – if any – message they’re trying to deliver. So you guys originally come from Bournemouth and made the move to Brighton later on. What was the thinking behind that? I guess we wanted to move there because we knew how vibrant the music scene was. There are like thirty music venues spread across a couple of square miles. There are some that fit about forty people and others that can fit thousands. It seemed like the place to be and it’s a very liberal, forwardthinking place and we were all kind of after that. Bournemouth’s a lovely www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 33
place to live but there isn’t much there culturally, not much of a scene to speak of. There aren’t many places for bands in the south – and arguably the north, for that matter – to really grow outside of London. Brighton’s a bit of an exception though? Yeah, absolutely. It meant that we could spend a year to hone our skills as songwriters. We held off from playing in London because we wanted to be ready. You’ve got to spend that time writing the good songs and get good at playing as a band before you start bringing it to the masses. So yeah, Brighton’s the perfect sort of place for any band to start out in the same way that Sheffield or Manchester are places with a real scene where people support the cause. Was it chaos living together or were you all quite chilled housemates? It was absolute chaos as we all lived together but we also lived with a load of other musicians. The place was just a dumping ground because we’d all go there after gigs and eventually be like “Shit, where’s my amp?”. It was a great place creatively, though, as we had the space to play until the early hours in the morning. It spurred you on to listen to your housemate next door playing some fire tune and think ‘Fuck, I need to do that.’ Everyone was really supportive when it came to feedback as well, so it was a very productive experience overall. But you’ve since bitten the bullet and moved back in with the ‘rents for a bit. Is it nice to have a bit of space? I imagine touring and living together can get a bit much. I don’t know really, I do sort of want us all to move back in again. It’s just that we don’t have the money that we used to now that we don’t have the time to work other jobs. We still all hang out at each other’s houses though, so we’re not too far apart. When I first started listening to you, I was struck by how different the sound was from other bands out at the time – there’s a huge mix of styles and it all just sounded much more exuberant. When we first started out, the whole premise of the band was trying to get away from all the garage rock stuff we were hearing around Brighton. They were all about being in a band and just powering out chords, but we didn’t want to do that. We were more about the songwriting and just went off and did our own thing. It’s paid
“as songwriters we’re a lot better at talking about people. As a band we all like music and we see it as a sort of escape, so I don’t think it would feel right if we suddenly started talking about government policy or something like that.” off but I still think we’re a bit of an anomaly in the sense that we’re not particularly derivative of anyone. It’s cool that people are into it though. So what were your inspirations in those early days? We all grew up loving The Beatles and still do, then The Beach Boys were a huge influence on us and our songwriting in particular. All the kind of classic acts like Fleetwood Mac and that sort of stuff, but there are also artists in the hip-hop scene like Kendrick Lamar and people that are actually trying something new. Hopefully in the next album we can move on from that sort of raw guitar sound and try and make things sound a bit more contemporary. You’ve taken issue with being described as an ‘indie’ band. What in particular bothers you about that term? The thing is, when people think of
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indie they just sort of think of big guitar bands. I mean, it’s alright to say The Courteeners or The Sherlocks are indie bands, but I don’t really see how we can be put in the same bracket as them. Again, I think we’re more about the songwriting and taking our influence from lots of different genres. I do understand why people see us as indie though, it’s an easy go-to, and I don’t get upset about it personally. But it’s a bit of a damaging term these days? I think in a way, yeah, because there are certain connotations attached to it. At our age, in our early twenties, it’s a phrase people use when they’re embarrassed to talk about music they used to listen to. It’s silly but I think it’s true. Unsurprisingly, there seems to be a resurgence in young guitar bands finding a political platform with their music these days. You guys aren’t necessarily political. Is that something that you consciously keep
separate from your songwriting? To be honest, I think it’s something we’d like to explore going forward and try and get to grips with. I just feel that as songwriters we’re a lot better at talking about people. As a band we all like music and we see it as a sort of escape, so I don’t think it would feel right if we suddenly started talking about government policy or something like that. Going forward, are there any issues you would like to discuss in your music? Yeah, I think the main thing in our remit would be making gigs safe spaces for everyone: for women to be able to come to the front, for men to not be so macho and jumping around hurting other people. It’s just about stamping out abuse and sexual assault at gigs and making sure those things don’t happen. We’re passionate about that. Do you think bands can take themselves too seriously when it comes to trying to send a message? Can it sometimes get in the way of the music? I think it’s great that there are bands
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like Shame giving out a constant message both inside and outside of their music. I think they’re very aware and they do it very well. The times I’d say I’ve seen bands taking themselves too seriously is when they’re not having fun on stage and are more focused on acting like they’re the dog’s bollocks. In the words of Harry Redknapp: “We’ve seen them on the way up and we’ll see them on the way back down.” A case of image first, music second? Yeah, you can usually tell them from a mile off. It’s just bad when you see musicians write things because they think it’s what the people want. You seem to get some people in bands that don’t even like or understand music, and that’s what upsets me. I think some people need to spend more time listening to music and writing songs than thinking about their aesthetic, or taking cool photos, or acting mysterious. I just think that’s all bollocks. Moving on to your recent debut
album. After a fair amount of hype, did you feel a lot of pressure to deliver? Yeah, because I think we’d been around for some time already without getting the first album out. I think the most difficult part was picking which old songs to include and which new ones. I think we certainly put a lot of pressure on ourselves more than anything, but it all paid off eventually. To get into the top 40 was insane for us; for the album to chart at number 12 was just completely overwhelming. It’s been a quick rise for you as a band over the last few years. Now that you’ve got the debut album out there, does it all feel “real” now? Oh yeah, for sure. It’s funny because some people in our hometown had this perception of us that we were ballers because we were signed to a big label and made loads of money off of that record, but nothing could be further from the truth. We’re still skint, probably more skint than we have been before, because we don’t have the time
“There’s always a good atmosphere and we always have a good night out in Sheffield. The people are really friendly and welcoming, and it’s bit cliche but it is something you don’t really get down south as much.” to have other jobs anymore. What keeps you motivated as a band? I think the main thing for us is that we want to be happy with what we’re putting out creatively. We’re our own biggest critics, but we’re just happy that there are people enjoying what we’re doing at the moment. We’re just going to carry on doing our own thing and see where it takes us. It’ll soon be taking you up this neck of the woods to play Tramlines next month. You’ve played here a couple of times before too. Fans of the Steel City? You’re allowed to say no… We all absolutely love it as a place.
There’s always a good atmosphere and we always have a good night out in Sheffield. The people are really friendly and welcoming, and it’s bit cliché but it is something you don’t really get down south. People at home will just look at you funny if you try and start a random conversation with them. The shows have been getting more and more crazy as well. Sheffield crowds are always up for it and we will be too. The Magic Gang play the Tramlines Leadmill Live Stage at Hillsborough Park on Friday 20th July. Tickets are available from tramlines.org.uk
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Our 12th annual Exposed Awards too k place last month and, once again, the good people of Sheffield brought the party. 92 Burton Road looked superb decked out in Roaring Twenties-style decor, with a live swing band providing the soundtrack and a bumper crowd gathered to celebrate the very best of this fine city we live in. It’s the biggest date on the Exposed calen dar
and takes a fair bit of effort to pull toge when we see a room packed with the ther, but city’s grafters all letting their hair dow n, mingling and receiving well-earned plaudits from our readers – well, it’s worth every last second. Over the course of the evening 24 awar ds were dished out spanning food, drin fashion, music, nightlife and beyond, k, culture, with nominations and winners chos en by you lovely lot who turned out in record numbers to have a say. So, without any further do, here are your winners this year…
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What were you expecting from tonight? We’ve been coming to the Exposed Awards for quite a few years now and it’s just a team bonding night for us – oh, and I’d like to say it’s a much better venue this time! What’s the best part of your job? The people I work with. I get so much from the interaction and can just bounce off them while I do my job. Whose hair would you most like to style? David Beckham, just because he’s really fit.
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Biggups guys! Best street food in Sheffield, eh? It’s great! It’s an honour to be recognised by the people of Sheffield. Other than pizza, what is your favourite type of street food? I was enjoying a Buddha Belly at Peddler Market the other week – the vegan one was really good! Let’s settle a debate. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Absolutely not! It’s too wet, it makes the base soggy – it’s just a massive no from us. What do you love about Sheffield? The people. It has to be the people. They support small independent businesses, they have a great attitude towards them and just the whole friendliness of the city… it’s just unbeatable, like nowhere else in the country.
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So where did it all begin? It has been a long old process getting it off the ground. But once it was on its feet it was an exciting project to bring to Sheffield. Why do you reckon everyone has taken to it so well? We’re doing something different for Sheffield. We cook great fucking food, our drinks are mega using stuff you don’t expect from a cocktail, and they’re all created with sustainability in mind. We also offer full table service. Basically, we’re here to break down the boundaries of food and drink and make ‘em work together. If you were to share a cocktail with anyone who would it be? David Beckham. He’s fit, isn’t he? He’s not bad, aye. Nah, actually, fuck Beckham. It’s got to be Gazza, innit? You could have a reyt party.
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How do you feel? We won it! Relieved! But also, without sounding big-headed, it is well-deserved. We have the most amazing team, we all have fun promoting the night and that’s why it is so great. What else makes it special? Every night is completely different, there’s always a little surprise in there. Tonight we’re playing ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie all night long in one of the rooms. Some nights are too worried about protecting their reputation but we are willing take risks because we know it’s gonna be a fun one. The award just goes to prove that point. What dance moves do you unleash on the Leadmill floor? Can you choose dad dancing? It’s made a comeback. The Robot, that’s always a favourite. Basically, anything you would usually be embarrassed about that’s what we like at Club Tropicana. Round up Club Tropicana in a sentence. Go. It is the most outrageous, most stupid, most feelgood night of your life.
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Best independent retailer
Best Hair Salon
Sponsored by napoleons
What does it take to get to where you are now? Hard work. Tell us what graft’s all about in the hair industry? Customer service. Keeping up on new trends. Trying to offer different styles. Versatility. What new trends are particularly popular at the minute? Our salon offers alternative hairdressing with real vibrant colours and we have an open-door policy to all different types of people. That’s what we’re all about – inclusivity! What’s the best thing about running a business in Sheff? Word of mouth works in Sheffield! I always answer calls and people will say how they’ve been recommended us by a friend. It’s also a very accepting, multicultural place. I’ve worked all over the world but Sheffield is very special.
Give us the lowdown on what makes Vulgar so special. We just care so much about the people that come in! We get customers that come in who are perhaps 13-years-old and who I can relate to. I never found a shop where someone would be really nice and just help me find a pair of jeans - just being a friend, basically. No one was really nice to me because I was like an emo kid, but we are here to help everyone. The difference between us and other stores is that if it honestly looks shit we will tell you and will help you find something else. We care more about the customer than the sales at Vulgar.
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Best restaurant (out of town)
Best women’s fashion retailer
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syd & mallory
How does it feel to win best women’s retailer? Well, obviously we already knew we were so… [Laughs] No, we’re overwhelmed. It’s actually quite nice. I didn’t think I’d be bothered because we’ve been doing it for so long that we just forget it’s a really good thing. And we make everything, not like them idiots that buy it and sell – we have to make it! What do you think of Gatsby 1920s fashion? Hate it! It’s not really our thing. We both come from the wrong era as she likes 70s and I like 80s. I just don’t like themes in general, but it’s nice for people with no imagination. What’s the best outfit you’ve seen tonight? Other than ourselves, our Saturday girl. She always looks good.
What’s the secret to Ashoka’s success? Well, we have been open 51 years in Sheffield. Yeah, it was ‘67 when Ashoka opened, and I bought it 14 years ago. However, I think you are only as good as your last plate. Great service, great food – that’s it. It’s all about looking after people and making them happy. Favourite dish on offer at the moment? We’ve got this caramelised onion dish which is an absolute banger. We’ve sold more of that than anything else. And how will you be celebrating tonight? I think we are going to go out and get shitfaced.
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Why do you reckon you’ve won? Because we are brilliant. So we hear, but what makes you brilliant? The staff, the people who work there and our ethos. Nice. What sort of ethos we talking about? Stack em high and sell em cheap! That’s the business plan and it works so far. What is a favourite tune to be played at CODE? End of the night… ‘Feed ‘Em to the Lions’. Or a bit of Oasis. What makes CODE different? We make students feel at home. There is no one there to make anyone feel anxious…We stack em higher, sell ‘em cheaper, play it louder and chuck ‘em out quicker. Boom.
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best local event Sponsored by smoke bbq
Tramlines is a Sheff institution. What what do you lot love about the place? The people, that really is the fact of the matter. We put the gig on but it’s the people who come and support the event and that’s what makes everything great. It’s a fucking amazing city because of the people that live here. Tramlines is a reyt good festival, it’s top dog. We’re here to say “This is Sheffield’” and keep pushing it to make people take notice of the city. Ten years is a long time. What’s changed? The first year was incredible; it was free and we started something quite remarkable. It was an achievement. It has had to progress over the years, and we can’t put a gig on like this year’s for free. In ten years it’s become an event in the calendar showcasing all of Sheffield. I think it’s a little bit like a mini SXSW. The Hillsborough move. Tell us more. Running it in the city centre was just no longer logistically possible. Everything is in one place with the new venue and people can go into town whenever to do what they want. There is a tram from the city centre to Hillsborough every five minutes and about fifteen bus routes. If you fancy a stroll, just get some tinnies - it’s a lovely walk on a sunny day.
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Best live venue Sponsored by SIV tickets
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Some tough competition in that category, but you’ve triumphed. How are you feeling? Yeah, it feels great. We were the underdogs in many ways, up against venues like The Leadmill who are good friends of ours, but it feels good to win it. What sets you apart then? I think our whole venue does. We are a bar, an eatery, we have ping-pong, table football, we put on really good alternative gigs on that don’t happen in the centre of town. We’re not for the mainstream. What’s the best gig you’ve put on? Hookworms by a country mile. They are the best band in the country, that’s out of any band in any genre. What else have you got lined up? Protomartyr are coming in August. We’ve also got Alex G in September, he was on Frank Ocean’s last album. We bat well above our average and there’s lots of stuff in the pipeline we can’t talk about yet, but we are getting better and better. We’re only three years in and beginning to show our hand a little bit.
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Best beauty salon
What did you do to glam up for tonight? Well there are only two of us and normally we do our own hair and makeup, but tonight we had someone to do it for us for a change.We pampered ourselves a bit, then met up with our family and friends and had a drink with them. What’s been your proudest moment with SiS Beauty? Probably this award – we’ve only been open five months! – and opening the place to start with. This award will look really good for us and we’re really proud to be receiving it. What’s your best beauty hack at the moment for the Exposed readers? Big, fluffy brows are very in. For glowing skin use natural makeup and nothing too heavy.
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Best new restaurant
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Why do you think Sheffield voted you best café/deli? Consistency is the key. We arrived in Kelham Island eight years ago and we’ve always been true to our brand. We are also lucky enough to have fantastically loyal customers. If you could invent the perfect sandwich what would it be? It probably would be a perfect salad rather than a sandwich. They’re our biggest seller. The perfect sandwich in the shop is Hayley and the Team. Three words that best describe your cafe? Quality, consistency and service.
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You’re a relative newbie on the Sheffield scene and everyone loves you already. What’s the secret? Im not sure we think that way, but we’re really humbled to get the good reviews that keep us nice and busy. We’re probably a bit different to what people have experienced before in the city. We’ve got our own unique style and people are picking up on that. What’s your favourite meal on the menu? I’d go our cheesburger-inspired celeriac steak, cooked in beef fat with cheese sauce and onions. Is there a customer habit that drives the staff insane, ie putting ketchup all over the meals? We don’t tend to get anything like that because we offer a taster menu so the customer doesn’t actually know what’s coming. But we are pretty laid back, so the chefs would probably make fresh tomato sauce if they really wanted it.
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Best traditional pub
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the fat cat
What a surprise, eh? Yeah, it still feels good though. We’re a proud Sheffield business, we’ve been here a long time and we’re happy to be part of people’s daily lives in this city. Why has Sheffield taken Henderson’s so closely to its heart? Have you tried the product? Like Sheffield, it’s unique. It’s a unique product from an independent, family-run company. We don’t really care what people outside Sheffield think of us, what’s most important is that we keep doing what we’ve always done and make sure people in and around Sheffield like it. They don’t want anything else, we don’t want to sell it to anyone else, so it’s a good partnership. Best dish for lathering Hendos over? Meat and potato pie is the iconic Sheffield dish. But for me personally, I splash it on a stew. I don’t add it as an ingredient, I wait until its served up and douse it on top.
Sheffielders just love a pint at The Fat Cat, don’t they? The thing with The Fat Cat is it has that traditional base but people can also expect to try something different. So we’ll try different, unusual drinks and offer a good gin selection too. It’s still very traditional though – if we have it redecorated we’ll just repaint it that same colour! You’re also known for top-notch pub grub. What’s your favourite meal on the menu? The Kelham Island sausage and Yorkshire pudding. It’s beautiful. Local beer, sausages with Yorkshire puds – what’s not to like? What’s your favourite real ale/bitter you’ve got on pull at the moment? Mine is Kelham Island Blonde, the new one, or Easy Rider. They just fly down.
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Best Men’s Fashion Retailer Sponsored by code
Jojo’s General Store by Rag
How does it feel to be topdog of men’s clothing in Sheffield? It feels like I’m a fully-fledged, shampooed and conditioned doberman. What’s the worst and best outfit you’ve seen tonight? Everyone apart from us. No, ok, the worst outfit is ours and best outfit is also ours. We’ve gone for primary colours and all our jackets reflect under sharp light. Anything new coming in for the summer? Lots of new clothes that are very old. Normally we sell a lot of outerwear, jackets, coats and layers so summer’s a bit of a sore spot for us. But this year we might have a few fruity pieces, some fruity 50s-style shirts. Anything you’d like to add? On a serious note, it’s very important to know what you’re selling and care about what you sell. Each item is hand-picked meticulously from the bottom of the sea to the moon. Be who you are and say what you feel; it’s not being rude it’s just being real.
Best Gents Barber Shop
What makes Savills a cut above? We’re a longstanding establishment, we’ve got a good reputation and we’re well known in the city. If you could cut any famous person’s hair whose would it be? Alex Turner, as he’s gone a bit wild recently with his hair. And he’s a Sheffield guy. Best and worst cuts? We love the classics in Savills, 1940s-style cuts are a thing that’s most popular for us. Worst is probably top knots. We’ve actually got a sign in the shop with a cross through a top knot. One of the lads just cut someone’s off once.
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The Outdoor City Award
How does it feel to be recognised as such an important part of Sheffield as an outdoor city? Pleased! I think Sheffield’s a pretty cool place and a very unique place. It’s an industry city with a lot of heritage; we’ve got the oldest football team, relish, fell race. I’ve travelled all over the world and there’s nowhere like Sheffield where you can be in the city centre drinking good local beer from a microbrewery, then just 20 minutes later be out in the Peak District. We’re really happy that people have voted for us.
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Heading to afterparties to celebrate, chaps? Yeah, we might have a few in The Old Workshop afterwards. We’re just going to celebrate with our pals really, and wherever they go we will follow! How’s the rest of 2018 shaping up for Wulfman Fury? We’ve got our final hometown show next Friday and then we will be concentrating on recording music and doing the odd festival over the summer. We’re going to come back in September with new singles and a tour, so keep ‘em peeled! Gi’ us a song title that sums up tonight’s awards. ‘No Guinness at the Bar’ – I’ve been waiting around for two hours with no Guinness. Apart from that, everything’s been dandy.
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Best Restaurant City Centre
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the great gatsby
Cubana has been a stalwart of the Sheffield restaurant scene for a long time now. What’s the secret to your longevity? It’s hard to say! It’s a lot of hard work to keep standards the way they are, we really have to work our balls off. You can never stop if you want to stay on top. Getting there is very hard but staying on top is harder. You can only eat one thing off the menu for the rest of your life. What is it? Our juicy meatballs with tomato sauce. We basically live off them anyway. Perfect size, juicy, flavourful – you need to try them. How’s the summer shaping up for Cubana? In the summer we’ll hopefully have a lot of sun! When it’s sunny we serve food outside on our terrace with loads of new cocktails and we make the menu summer-ier. It’s worth a visit!
Why do you think the Gatsby won this award tonight? Gatsby has become a bit of an institution now. It’s been going seven years and it’s not the new place anymore, but people are still very fond of it. It’s a bit of a haven within the city centre. People in Sheffield are loyal to independent businesses, which also helps. It’s an all-day thing, too, so you can go in at lunch and have a nice taco, or at 7pm for our happy hour, or at 2am in the morning when everyone’s drunk and the music’s blasting. The outside area really helps. The Daisy cocktail bar upstairs is great as well. We’re super proud of it, especially as it was mine and James’ first baby. A fitting year to win it considering tonight’s theme too! It’s ironic because when we started Gatsby it was always going to be a party in a pub. We wanted to do really good cocktails – 1920s cocktails with a modern twist – but that’s the only thing from the Gatsby-era that we really took on. We never made it a speakeasy or had staff dressed in a certain way. If tonight was an alcoholic drink what would it be? Like a 1920s gin-based Cosmo.
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The Exposed Awards would be nowt without the help of these hard-working souls. Certified legends, every last one of ‘em… Host: Steve Faulkner – stevefaulkner.com The Organisers: Danielle Gigg and Chloe Janes Photography: Ellie Grace (elliegracephotography.co.uk) and Morgan Sidle (morgansidle.com) Visuals: Helene Michaelides – cuckoofilms.co.uk Awards: Danny Rowen and team – rmt.org.uk Social Media: Laura Copestake Interviews: Eleanor Keally and Will Fisher Voting Partner: CODE Sheffield – codesheffield.com Tech: Mesters Events – mestersevents. co.uk Pamper Room: Steel City Shoe Shine - @steelcity_ shoeshineservice Bearcat Makeup - @bearcatmakeup Savills – savillbarbers.com Snap: Sheffield Cheesemasters, Cowboy Burgers, Depot Bakery, Netheredge Pizza Co. Official Charities: The Children’s Hospital Charity – tchc.org.uk Venue: 92 Burton Road – 92burtonrd. com Afterparties: The Old Workshop and The Great Gatsby
Best Women’s Fashion Retailer Cow Mooch Vintage Vulgar Lucy Locket Loves Best Hair Stylist Brendan Frances (Honkytonks) Niamh Kavanagh (Gypsy Rose) Paul Stone (Rapscallions) Nikki-Lee Hampton (Kojo & Lee) Best Beauty Salon Boutique Beauty The Brow Lounge The Secret Brow Society Wax Inc Best Cultural Attraction (sponsored by We Do Deliver) Millennium Gallery Kelham Island Museum Weston Park Museum Women of Steel Best Cafe/Deli (sponsored by Pago Juices) Steam Yard Bird House Tea Bar & Kitchen Treehouse Board Game Cafe Tamper Best Street Food Trader Gravy Train Poutine Percy & Lily’s Street Food Chef The Wing Kings Made in Sheffield (sponsored by Owlerton Stadium) Birdhouse Tea Company Drop Dead Khoo’s Hot Sauce Our Cow Molly Best Local Brewery (sponsored by Beer Central Ltd) Abbeydale Sentinel Stancill Thornbridge
Best New Restaurant Butcher & Catch No Name FirePit Bocelli 1831 Best New Bar (sponsored by IPM Group) The Old Workshop The Gin Bar at Vintedge Ecclesall Ale Club OHM Sheffield Best Traditional Pub The Broadfield The Brothers Arms The Dog & Partridge The Rutland Arms Best Club Night (sponsored by Secret Brow Society) Tuesday Club @ Foundry Dub Shack @ Yellow Arch Shakey Wakey @ The Harley Student Saturdays @ Code Best Men’s Fashion Retailer (sponsored by Code) Clobber Calm Cow Mooch Vintage Sa-ki’s Best Hair Salon Creator Tall Poppy Vanilla Kojo & Lee Best Gents Barbershop Honkytonks Kelham Barber Rapscallions Bunker Hair Shelter Best Independent Retailer (sponsored by Napoleons Casino) Beer Central Gravel Pit Nature of the Beast Jojo’s General Store by Rag Parade
Best Live Venue (sponsored by SIV Tickets) Leadmill Plug Foundry Yellow Arch Studios Best Unsigned Band (sponsored by Breed Media) SHEAFS The Seamonsters Your Life & Mine Sabella Best Restaurant – Out of Town (sponsored by Bhayani Law) Brocco on the Park Make No Bones The Milestone Rafters Best Restaurant – City Centre (sponsored by City Taxis) OiSoi Sakushi Smoke BBQ Fahrenheit Bar & Grill @ Genting Casino Best Club (sponsored by West One Student Accommodation) Corporation Foundry Leadmill Hope Works Best Bar Picture House Social The Wick at Both Ends The Head of Steam Bloo 88 Best Local Event (sponsored by Smoke BBQ) Doc/Fest Sheffield Food Festival Peddler Market Illuminate the Gardens
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jojo’s general store by rag parade
“My mum’s an antiques dealer so I grew up around old gear; it was just the norm for me. Then eventually it became a bit of an obsession…” Earlier this year Jojo Elgarice, owner of Jojo’s General Store by Rag Parade on Ecclesall Road, celebrated five years since he started buying and selling fine vintage garms to the people of Sheffield. It’s a story which has seen him grow from a small rail at the old Syd & Mallory to his current premises, a fascinating treasure trove decked out with an assortment of gear ranging from the Victorian era to the 90s and rated as one of top vintage wear spots in the country. With a well-deserved Best Men’s Retailer Exposed Award recently acquired, we popped in last month to hear the tale first-hand. How did you first start out? I moved to Sheffield from Matlock when I was about 18-years-old and ended up in the café at John Lewis, making soup and shit. Eventually I got myself a small spot in Syd & Mallory selling pieces of old workwear, skate t-shirts, bits of old junk basically, and that’s how things began. What inspired your passion for vintage? I was into it as a kid through my mum’s work in antiques, but I remember visiting a flea market in Belgium and that being a big moment. I was blown away by all the incredible old workwear on offer and ended up bringing some back, which then sold out almost straightaway. facebook.com/RagParade // 553 Ecclesall Road 62 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
When Syd & Mallory moved to Devonshire Street I went with them, renting a small room on the top floor, and eventually they let me have the other bigger room too. Things started snowballing quite quickly after that; a dealer from London came in once and bought a load of stuff for his showroom, I started to sell to brands like Barbour who started buying pieces back off me. I became more obsessed with early military wear, workwear, sportswear and things just started taking off. When did you make the move to go at it alone and open your own place? When the developers decided to demolish Syd & Mallory I took the decision to move here. Obviously nowadays, whether somebody’s playing a gig or opening a new café, it’s promoted online for months before. I didn’t really want to do that. I literally worked on it day and night but kept it quiet. I’d keep bumping into people covered in dirt and they’d ask what I’d been up to, so I’d have to lie and say I was working on my girlfriend’s new house or something. I was working until the dead of the night, literally until my fingers bled, and I suppose it could have flopped or backfired. But the night before opening I put out an Instagram post saying that the new store would be opening at 10am; party starting from 6pm. Everyone turned up in the evening not sure what to expect and it blew people’s minds a bit.
What’s the Rag Parade ethos? The ethos is be the opposite of most other vintage shops, where they buy stock in bulk and have rails overflowing with it. We handpick each and every item on its own merit. It keeps us excited and makes sure we continue to learn about products. When I get something in I have to like it: it needs to be nice fabric, have good quality buttons and zips. It’s got to stand the test of time. There are a lot of fads but we’re not about that; we’re here for solid, timeless pieces. Most interesting items you’ve bought? I bought John Lennon’s cape. It was made for him by Lord John on Carnaby Street in the 60s and Lennon was fitted for it but was shot before he had the chance to pick it up. I’ve also had an Eygyptologist suit made in Sheffield around the Tutankhamun era, early Westwood from the Sid Vicious and Jonny Rotten days, first season Stone Island from 1982. I like anything with a bit of history behind it. What are you thoughts on the busy Sheffield independent scene these days? I think the Sheffield scene is good. All I’ve heard since opening is “You need to move to London, you’re too specialist and niche for Sheffield.” But not being based in London is a big thing about our shop; we have more soul than a lot of places down there too. We get a lot of interesting people and conversation in here, which I like, and we’re proud to represent the North.
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New Kids on T’Block You’ll have a job on keeping up with the ever-evolving Sheffield food and drink scene these days. Since the turn of the year, barely a week has passed without a new establishment springing up somewhere around the city - and before you’ve had the chance to check out the latest place we’re already mouthing off about somewhere else you need to visit. So: with summer finally here and all staying in excuses exhausted, we’ve made things a tad easier by rounding up the best of the 2018 openings when it comes to satisfying your eating and supping needs.
South Street Kitchen
Perfect for: Homemade hummus Husband and wife team Tim and Rachel opened South Street Kitchen at the end of March at the renovated Park Hill complex, offering superb panoramas of the city centre. Just a short walk from the train station, the menu is inspired by MiddleEastern cuisine and aspires to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. With a focus on strong ethics and affordability, they offera range of vegetarian/vegan meals, serve Dark Woods coffee, and provide fully compostable containers and cup for takeaways. 19-20 South Street, S2 5QX
Birdhouse Tea Bar and Kitchen
Perfect for: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brews A tea-lover’s haven, this place has followed the growing local trend of converting disused factory spaces into thriving social hubs. Birdhouse sells breakfasts, brunches and Buddha bowls by day; deli boards and homemade pies by night. Plus there’s good range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – with a strong focus on their brand’s popular selections of teas – everything from herbal to green to fruit teas, as well as 10 different tea-inspired cocktails. Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, S1 4RG
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Perfect for: Seitan shawarma goodness Another foodie hotspot based on Chessie Road, this cosy vegan eatery knocks up a range of tasty middle-eastern inspired dishes, salads, desserts and a generous selection of hummus toppings. It’s a very popular choice for the Sheffield vegan community, well-priced, and we’d highly recommend the shawarma pitt featuring ridiculously tasty seitan strips marinated in shawarma spice and cooked on a spit. Naturally, their falafel game is pretty strong too. 87 Chesterfield Rd, S8 0RN
Gaard Coffee Hide
Perfect for: A brew, lunch and macarons From the people behind macaron and coffee specialists, Joni, Gaard is one of Kelham Island’s newest residents and the perfect hideaway for a spot of relaxation and selfindulgence. Their main attractions are stunning coffee courtesy of Forge Coffee Roasters, freshly made cakes, macarons, vegan cookies and some very snazzy sarnies. Looking to catch some rays? Head out back to find a delightful little suntrap perfect for whiling away a few summer hours with a cuppa. 22 Burton Road, S3 8BX
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Perfect for: Pie, obvs. With popular branches in Manchester and Leeds, these guys recently brought their awardwinning meat and veggie offerings along with a range of local ales and cider, wines and freshly roasted coffee to Div Street. From classic steak and ales to curry saag ‘pieneers’, they’ve got pies for all people. 67 Division St, S1 4GE
Coco Cereal Café (Charles Street)
Perfect for: All things Mediterranean Olive is Ecclesall Road’s most recent Mediterraneaninspired addition, opened by two brothers with over 40 years of cooking experience between them and they’ve compiled an indulgent menu inspired by Moroccan and Italian cuisine. Highlights include the Moroccan lamb and the champagne chicken, as well as a wide range of pastas, risottos and pizzas for anyone who going choosing the classic Italian route. They’re a fully-licensed restaurant but offer a bring your own bottle service during the week. 762 Ecclesall Road, S11 8TB
Perfect for: Wining and dining With aperitivo at its heart, Italian wine bar Veeno wanted to create a place where people could gather with friends and family to enjoy authentic food and wine (the latter sourced from a family–ran Sicilian vineyard ensuring quality from grape to glass) to unwind after a long day. They also offer popular informal wine-tasting experiences, starting at £19.90 (Classic) or £26.90 (Selezione – Premium Wines) - both include five glasses of wine, each paired with spuntini on a delicious sharing platter. 509 Ecclesall Rd, S11 8PR
Perfect for: Post-work catch-ups Based in the heart of Kelham Island (on the corner of The Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern), The Gatehouse offers a snug bistro space downstairs and a larger, open dining area upstairs. Later opening hours make it a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch – or a cheeky evening beer. 17 Alma Street, S3
Perfect for: Cocktails, tacos and good vibes “Watch sports; eat tacos; drink mezcal” – that, in a nutshell, is the piña way. Inspired by the trip of a lifetime two years ago spent soaking up Mexican culture, this fresh addition to the food and drink scene serves up a wide range of cocktails and a tasty taco-dominated menu with strong vegan/vegetarian offerings. After a highly-anticipated wait, the venue opened its doors in the thriving Neepsend/Kelham Island district last month. 3 Harvest Lane, S3 8ED
Traditional Heritage Museum bar (Eccy Rd name TBA)
The Blind Monkey
Perfect for: Craft ale and pub grub After more than nine months of renovations, The Blind Monkey, formerly known as Firwood Cottage, finally opened its doors in April. The Edwardian building has been redesigned to give the pub a 1920s-style feel. It’s worth a visit if you have a penchant for cask ales, craft and artisan beers or street food, including sharing platters, tapas and stone baked pizzas to eat in or takeaway. There’s also a decent beer garden space allowing you to make the most of the few days of sun Sheffield gets each year. 279 Whitehouse Lane, S6 2WA
Perfect for: Tapas and drink chills The much-loved Chesterfield Road hangout knocked through into the spare unit next door and launched a new South Pacific-inspired kitchen menu back in spring this year, placing an emphasis on bento boxes, ramen bowls, bahn mi and small plates to share. However, it still boasts the warm, intimate feel and strong community ethos which has made it such a popular social venue in the Heeley area. It’s certainly one worth seeking out if you fancy an evening exploring places outside of the city centre. 51 Chesterfield Rd, S8 0RL
Perfect for: Coffee and freshly-baked cinnamon buns The latest addition to Sheffield’s thriving café scene saw specialist coffee-makers Upshot Espresso opening a new store on Gibraltar Street last month. The team behind the Glossop Road venue, a popular spot for good food and superb brews, opened their new premises last month. Based in an old engineering workshop, the new place is full of rustic charm and adheres to the Upshot code of ethically-sourced, characterful coffee, plus a small seasonal food menu and freshly baked buns. 169 Gibraltar Street, S3 8UA
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PINCHO DE PATO Chargrilled duck breast and aubergines marinated in paprika, cumin and balsamic, served on a skewer. Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hours marinating | Cooking time: 10-20 minutes | Serves 2 Ingredients 1 duck breast (fat on) 1 aubergine 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 clove garlic, crushed 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Method Cut the duck breast into six equal pieces. Cut the aubergine into six equal pieces. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add the duck and aubergine pieces and massage the mixture into them. Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours. Place onto a bamboo skewer, meat first and aubergine second. Place under a hot grill or on a barbecue grill, turning occasionally until cooked. The duck should be slightly pink. Serve and enjoy!
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a trip to the coast The Place
For such a small venue, the Gatsby doesn’t half tick a few boxes. You’ve got the chilled daytime drinking vibe complete with happy hours and a beer garden suntrap, an oft-busy dancefloor with tunes playing until 2/3am on weekends and, for a more refined evening, Daisy’s Bar upstairs offers a retro-style retreat with superb cocktails. Truly great bars these days are expected to be real all-rounders, though, and the munch on offer during the days is just as important as the standard of DJ on a Saturday night. With this in mind, we headed down to the Division Street venue to sample their new menu from the Shy Boy culinary team: a Mexican-inspired 50/50 meat vs vegan offering.
First thing to be honest about here: my dining partner and I are selfconfessed carnivores. But we decided for the sake of this review to put our overtly meat-leaning instincts to one side and have a good bash at the vegan offerings. I did anyway, ordering the BBQ oyster mushroom taco, spicy roast squash quesadilla and lamb and green harissa taco (two out of three isn’t bad). Matt, on the other hand, couldn’t see past the katsu fried chicken curry burrito and pork belly and apricot taco, but did throw in a spicy roast veg taco to even things out a tad. Both of us were off the booze so the Gatsby’s ever-tempting refreshments menu had to be left to one side, but the food didn’t take long to arrive and a veritable feast of tasty-looking Mexican treats was soon laid across the table in front of us. We dived in and I tackled the BBQ oyster mushroom taco first, filled with what had the appearance, stringy texture and satisfying taste of pulled pork with pickled blueberries providing a bit of tartness and crisped leeks on top bringing the crunch. The lamb came with harissa sauce at the base, toasted pistachios on top and smothered in tamarind yoghurt. Flavoursome, tender lamb partnered with a rich nutty taste and a slight kick from the harissa made for another winning combination. My spicy roast squash quesadilla could have done with a bit more spice but was saved flavourwise by a generous helping of peppers, onions and guacamole. The katsu burrito was nice and hefty, absolutely tonka in fact, and packed to rafters with delicious fried chicken. The pork belly taco was the perfect sweet-savoury mix dripping in hot apricot sauce, while Matt’s vegan choice, the spicy roast veg, was as indulgent as any selection from the opposite side of the menu with it covered in crumbly vegan feta and a smoky salsa sauce.
Even these days it can be seen something of a risk putting out a menu with 50% of it vegan offerings, but suffice to say The Gatsby – as with most things they turn their hands to – have fully nailed it.
Anyone that knows us well won’t be surprised to hear that we’ve just returned from another lovely weekend on the Yorkshire Coast. Me and Deborah have been going to Filey and Scarborough for over twenty years now; we love the sea, the fish and chips, outstanding walks, the fog – no, sorry, the beautiful sunshine! The beer’s decent now too, but we didn’t used to go with beer in mind in the early years. When we first started going (around 1996/7) it was very uninspiring, your usual range of macro lagers and smoothflow bitters. Things started to change when Indigo Alley really got going, followed by the Valley Bar, both home to decent cask ales and a few classy Belgian bottles too. At Scholars, Dan started to feature more interesting Ossett and Fernandes beers regularly, Wetherspoons did ok with Lord Roseberry offering the usual suspects, but things really started to take off when North Riding Brewpub got moving under owners Karen & Stuart Neilsen. Since then they’ve become good friends, and Stuart now brews some of the best cask/bottled beers available in the North of England. They took over the pub in 2005 and six years later Stuart started to mash down in the cellar on a tiny brew kit. A real expertise with well-hopped pales got him several CAMRA awards and with help and guidance from people like Kelly Ryan (with Thornbridge at the time), Rob Wiltshire (Yorkshire Dales) and Sue Simpson (Brown Cow), Stuart built a smart reputation for brewing quality beers. Demand was high, the pub regulars were onto a good thing and with confidence flowing Stuart took the bold step of opening his own brewery. March 2015 saw North Riding Brewery open in East Ayton (just outside Scarborough) and the story continues to be a successful one. Adrian & Ben have since joined the team and they are constantly selling out of stock. In Sheffield, Shakespeare’s & Kelham Island Tavern have been longtime supporters and regularly feature NRB casks. If you prefer a bottle at home, then come see us at Beer Central. Here are three we’d recommend…..
Citra Pale 500ml Bottle 4.5% ABV A classic single hop pale ale that really shows off one of the best hops around.
Fudge Brownie Stout 500ml Bottle 7.4% ABV A brilliant collaboration with Five Towns Brewery (Wakefield). A luscious feel – it’s chocolate fudge brownie in perfect beer form!
US IPA 500ml Bottle 5.5% ABV A regular brew (we enjoyed Version 15 in their pub very recently), this is a classic IPA that shows off an ever-changing range of superstar US grown hops.
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The Abbeydale Picture House will be hosting the biggest World Cup party in the city when Kickov bring their month-long celebration of all things footy to Sheffield. Celebrating the tournament in style, the event will provide a Russianinspired festival atmosphere for the live games – featuring bands, comedy, street food, craft beer, an outdoor terrace, footy-oke, beer pong, FIFA and table football tournaments, plus more! Oh, and that’s not to mention the games themselves being shown in Ultra HD cinema quality on the largest screen in the city. Drinks-wise, a “mates-rates” bar will be serving up a selection of craft ales, prosecco and cider alongside Molotov cocktails and Moscow Mules. Grub comes from hotdog and currywurst specialists Get Wurst, while South Yorkshire’s finest gourmet pie merchants Pie Eyed bring the pastry. Taking place from June 14th – July 15th, Kickov opens its doors with a special first game party as the hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia. A Father’s Day special on June 17th
should prove popular with a football memorabilia market, a trio of live matches and samba bands on offer throughout. Each match day will feature a selection of DJs and house bands including Smiling Ivy, Last Of The Wonder Kids, Rogue Siesta and some of the region’s finest new talent. Al Daw, Kickov creator, told Exposed: “This is going to be a festival of football in every sense – a unique blend of music, games, drinks, food, fun & a bit of sun! Seeing the game on the spectacular big screen at the Abbeydale Picture House alongside what we have planned will be unforgettable, it’s going to be a cracking atmosphere. We’re trying to get fans of each and every team down to the cinema to see a game. It’s going to an inclusive atmosphere that celebrates the beautiful game in all its glory, we’re even organising a world cup #kitgoals competition for the best dressed fan each matchday!”
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PEACE IN THE PARK Ponderosa // 9-12 June// Free Peace in the Park’s annual music festival returns to Ponderosa in Crookes Valley Park. The event will offer food, drink and music from within the Sheffield community and beyond and hopes to bring people together to share in good vibes and promote peaceful living. peaceinthepark.org.uk INDIE FLICKS MONTHLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Sentinel Brewing // 6 June// Free Incredible exclusive short films from around the globe. You will be voting for your favourite short film on the night, having your questions answered by our special guests and finishing with a Feature Short chosen by our panel of judges. Will also include food and drink courtesy of Sheffield Sentinel Brewing sentinelbrewing.co RON CLAYTON – RADICAL HISTORY TOUR Millennium Gallery // 10 June// £5 Join well-known Sheffield character and author Big Ron Clayton on a Radical Ramble round Sheffield City Centre. In what is sure to be an intriguing exploration of Sheffield’s history, discover the people of Sheffield who have stood up for what they believe in and the city’s long-associated history with political activism. museums-sheffield.org.uk SUMMER SESSIONS The Hallamshire House // 16 June// Free A fantastic evening of food and live music at one of the city’s finest boozers, featuring tunes from vinyl DJs Benny Maths & Priminho. The Gravy Train will also be down in the Hallamshire House beer garden serving up some delicious Poutine. myhallamshire.com EVERYDAY MYTHS Sheffield & Tinsley Canal // 23 June// Prices Vary A part of Sheffield’s Migration Matters Festival, Everyday Myths is an interactive audio walk interweaving stories from the communities who live along the Sheffield & Tinsley canal with ancient secrets hidden in the waterways. Follow the river and hear of journeys and homecomings, beasts and heroines, and find artefacts – some real and some imagined. migrationmattersfestival.co.uk
CUP A LOADA THIS! Turns out not many people fancy going to Russia and getting their heads kicked in, so here are five top shouts for where to get your World Cup fix in Sheff this month… Picture House Social If you fancy escaping the madness of the town centre on matchdays, head up Abbeydale Road where Picture House will be showing pretty much all the games in their games room. Save the hassle of drunk BBQing and enjoy the tournament with a superb selection of pizza and drinks to hand. What World Cup team would they be? If Italy didn’t balls it up, we’d be laughing. Pizzas to one side, they’re all-rounders, have a real touch of class and the terrace makes it a popular summer destination… España? piña Sheffield’s newest and by far coolest destination for live sports will be providing a muchneeded venue to watch the togger down in the Kelham Island/Neepsend area. They’ll be showing all of the big games (and the Mexico games, of course) and final stages, opening specially on closed days when England are playing, while promising competitive drinks and food offers. Purrfick. What World Cup team would they be? Mexico. Cos they’re a Mexican bar, see. Common Room It’s the usual craic here: Common Room will be showing every single game, every last one of the buggers, across their 52 screens and providing handy sports tables packages so you can guarantee a seat with yer pals. As per, one of the city’s premier sports bars have got it sussed. What World Cup team would they be? Firm favourites when it comes to most sports, no real frills involved, and an efficient table booking service for the big game (you know where this is going) – das Germans have arrived!
Plug Huge screens, quality sound, giveaways galore, and a guaranteed packed out atmosphere for the England games. Plug will opening their doors from 5pm for the mid-weekers and midday for the Sunday game vs Panama. Two things which might grab your attention: 1) it’s free entry, and 2) they’ll be serving £1 pints for ten minutes after England score. Cheap bevs on Haz Kane, then? What World Cup team will they be? Loud, proud and placing a key emphasis on the session – Plug are repping the Three Lions this year! Champs, Eccy Road As one of the busiest live sport havens in the city, Champs guarantees a lively atmosphere in their establishment which boasts 30+ HD screens spread across its interior and a few more in its spacious beer garden. Table bookings and reasonably priced drink/grub available on matchdays. What World Cup team will they be? Regular favourites for the World Cup and know exactly what to do when it comes to match day. Sounds like dem Argies, no?
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Owlerton Stadium style With the warmer weather (just about) here, it’s time to start planning some summer nights out. So how about doing something different and experiencing the excitement, the thrill, the atmosphere of greyhound racing? The buzz of watching your dog win the race? You’ll be amazed by the speed of the dogs as they chase towards the finish line. Owlerton Greyhound Stadium is ideal for groups of six or more and has a range of packages and deals to ensure a great value night out for you and your friends this summer. Take the Six Pack offer, which includes admission and a racecard plus a drink, chicken in a basket meal and two bets, and starts at just £7 per person. Or there’s the Super Six package for groups of eight or more. Priced at just £12 per person, it includes admission and a race card, a drink, a curry buffet, a £1 Tote Jackpot Bet and guaranteed seating – you’ll even get a £10 voucher off your next visit. After a free night out? Of course you are. The Fab Free Tuesday comes to town on the first Tuesday of every month and includes admission, a drink, two bets and a hot dog and chips – all for free after you download a voucher on the Owlerton website. In addition to the offers available all year round, you could just grab a drink in one of the four trackside bars – including the popular Paddock Bar with doors opening on to the trackside terracing to experience the real buzz of greyhound racing. The stylish Panorama Bar has one of the best views of the finish line and is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks before heading to the modern glassfronted Panorama Restaurant to enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by highly experienced chefs. With a carefully selected global wine list, full waiting service and Tote betting runners at your table, you can sit back and enjoy the best of the action. Visit the venue’s website for more information on your top night out this summer. www.owlertonstadium.co.uk www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 77
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Funhouse Comedy Club New Barrack Tavern // 3 June // £5 Hosted by Edinburgh Fringe regular Paul Revill, Leo Kearse (Scottish Comedian of the Year, UK Pun Champion) heads up the bill with pottymouthed Notts comic Simon Wozniak. Joining them are Joanne Frank and Edy Hurst for another night of antics at the New Barrack. newbarracktavern.com LITTLE LAST LAUGH COMEDY CLUB The Lescar// 7 June// £8 The Last Laugh Comedy Club’s weekly event returns to The Lescar for another evening of quality comedy. The tiny room behind the Lescar has seen the biggest acts in the country including Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr, Dara O Briain, Johnny Vegas and Al Murray. Head down and you might discover another star-in-the-making. lastlaughcomedy.co.uk CAITLIN MORAN Sheffield City Hall// 25 June// £28 As there’s no Glastonbury this year, here’s an excuse to dress up, gather together with like-minded people and get bladdered on cider and have deep discussions about how to change the world in the best possible way. Moran will be discussing everything from how to deal with famous people when they’re ‘problematic’, to the #metoo and #timesup movements. sheffieldcityhall.com CHRIS RAMSEY Sheffield City Hall// 28 June // £22.40 Critically-acclaimed stand-up, host of his own TV entertainment show, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place, the cheeky South Shields chappie brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Sheffield City Hall. sheffieldcityhall.com MICHAEL MCINTYRE FlyDSA Arena// 23 July// Prices Vary Following the success of his Big Show on BBC1, the nation’s best known floppy-haired comic returns to the live circuit this year with his furthestreaching tour to date, the Big World Tour. flydsaarena.co.uk
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new COMEDY club heads to SHEFFIELD Sheffield will be welcoming three popular comedians for one night only in what is set to be a hilarious night to remember from The Official Comedy Club.
Taking to the stage will be the award-winning Karen Bayley, musical stand-up performer Richard Morton and one of Australia’s biggest names in comedy Colin Cole. Karen Bayley has been on the circuit for over a decade after she made a name for herself early on in her career reaching the semi-final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards. She later became the first ever female winner of the Comedy Store King Gong award as well as reaching the finals of both the BBC New Comedy Awards Showcase and Babycham Funny Women. Richard Morton has been a standup for more than 20 years. In 1990, he was a founder member of the Comedy Store’s topical Cutting
Edge show. In 1997, he was given his special edition of Channel 5’s standup show The Comedy Store, and made his Edinburgh Fringe debut the following year. He has also been a frequent support act on UK tours, warming up for the likes of Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Lily Savage and Phill Jupitus. Colin Cole is one of the biggest names in comedy in Australia - not only is he 6’ 7”, he is also known for his hugely dynamic performance. His delivery is fast and furious, and his material ranges from the topical to the observational. The comedy night takes place on Saturday 9 June from 9pm. Search Comedy Sheffield on Skiddle to find tickets for this night. Ticket packages start from £10.
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FRIDAY 1ST Interworld Media: Label Launch Late Foodhall
We know it’s a struggle when it comes to deciding on where to spend those final student loan pennies, so we’ve put together a guide to 17 clubnights across 9 venues in 9 days. If you make it to all of ‘em let us know, we’ll provide you with several pints and a hearty slap on the back. From fresh talent like Tom Blip and J:Kenzo to established dance royalty in Leon Vynehall and Tama Sumo, nearly every one is a must-see. Get debatin’.
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SATURDAY 2ND Sweats: Dan Shake The Harley Punks Warehouse Party: Stanton Warriors // The Night Kitchen The UK’s legendary breakbeat duo return to TNK after two years to tear the roof off for a Punks takeover alongside fellow label members Mafia Kiss and Sly One. Punks were nominated for a host of Best Label awards back in 2016 and with support from Annie Mac this is sure to bring in plenty of party people.
Saul’s Sessions: Byron the Aquarius The Harley Saul’s Sessions’ final booking for the year is Detroit’s latest explosive export, whose extensive, jazzy collection of house is gathering steam with every release. His DJ sets are full of euphoric yet understated belters, and even see him tear it up on the keys à la Kerri Chandler.
TUESDAY 5TH TTC Summer Carnival Foundry Tuesday Club polish off one of their finest years in recent memory with a killer carnival packed with fun at every turn. From Redlight’s anthems to the Heatwave’s booty shakin’ bass there’s something for everyone. Reggae, house, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, you name it – if it’s bassy and underground TTC have got it on lock. Deep Sea Disco: Starfish Samba // The Harley
FRIDAY 8TH The Castlegate EscapeExchange Street This inaugural street party has been put together by the Exchange Street Collective and City Council to celebrate the diversity and culture happening on the coolest street in Sheffield. Don’t miss Marek Pacan, a Roma singer who once got 3.5million hits on youtube for his Slovakia’s Got Talent performance. Plot 22, BAL Fashions and Delicious Clam will all be open for after parties featuring PBR Streetgang and more, but be sure to head down here in the day for Otis Mensah, Andy H and much more. HW x PPG: Tama Sumo, Mike Servito, Bradley Zero, LNS, Laksa Hope Works Hope Works and Pretty Pretty Good collaborate for a massive three-room shindig with only one thing to be expected – variety. From LNS’s bouncing electro to the groovy house of Mike Servito and Tama Sumo there’s plenty of credibility, not to mention the risk-taking of Bradley Zero’s eclecticism and Laksa’s punishing techno intentions.
WEDNESDAY 6TH Front & Back: Leon Vynehall // The Harley With his third LP Nothing is Still out on 15 June, along with the announcement of a new live band show, Leon Vynehall is heading for super-stardom. Rojus was one of the highlights of 2016, and saw his luscious productions grace the Essential Mix. To have this kind of calibre of DJ in the Harley is quite the luxury for Sheffield and not to be missed.
Bluewave x Displace: Preditah, LSB, J: Kenzo, Artificial Intelligence // The Night Kitchen Grime, garage and dubstep heads Bluewave team up with drum’n’bass dominators Displace once again for their Summer Bass Carnival. With huge names in both rooms such as LSB, Preditah and J:Kenzo, the hype levels will be running high. Don’t forget your earplugs! Summer Social by the Sea Foundry
Yellow Arch Funk & Soul Summer Jam Yellow Arch Studios
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Good Life: Tom Blip The Harley After their cracking shin-dig with Crazy P, Good Life bring Blip Discs label don Tom Blip to the Harley for a ‘Paradise Disco’. Expect tons of decor a la Paradise Garage - aka a giant mirror-ball DJ booth.
SATURDAY 9TH GT x TNK: Moxie, Cromby The Night Kitchen Peace in the Arch Yellow Arch Studios Get down to YAS for the official Peace in the Park afterparty featuring three rooms of Sheffield’s finest bands, DJs and MCs from 8 ’til late. With PITP hitting its 15th year this will be the perfect stop-off following a fine day of vibes on the Ponderosa before heading to the Peaks for Peace in the Dark. Mango Disco: DJ Tahira // BAL Fashions Sheffield’s leading world music specialists bring Tahira to Exchange Street for his debut. Expect house, hip-hop and disco packed with Latin American samples and influences as well as an all-vinyl b2b set from Alex del Mango and DJ Mojo.
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Tuesday 5th June | £10.00 | The Tuesday Club | 18+
REDLIGHT,THE HEATWAVE & MORE GUN & CDMC, THE DUST CODA HORSE MEAT DISCO & PLUMP DJS BEAK> & EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD WARWICK JOHNSON BOYZLIFe brian mcfadden & keith duffy CRANNI VAN VESSEM IAN MCNABB SOLO SHOW WOLFSBANE 808 STATE: 30 & lone Friday 29th June | £17.50
Saturday 21st July | £8.00 | Tramlines Festival After Party | 18+
Thursday 4th October | £15.00 | Sensoria Presents
Friday 5th October | £15.00
Thursday 25th October | £28.50
Saturday 27th October | £10.00
Friday 9th November | £16.00
Thursday 13th December | £15.00
Friday 14th December | £20.00
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up and ready to go. How much has touring changed for you as an experience since the early days? Well, obviously we had no phones or emails back then to tell you where you needed to be, but other than that, on a band note, things keep getting better and better. We’ve got all of these classic songs that have always worked well live. The world’s changed and so have we to a point, but those songs have never changed. They still mean a lot – or maybe even a bit more – to people. I feel that when you go to a Buzzcocks gig now there’s a bit more dynamism, a bit more magic. Do you find yourself attracting new fans to your shows? Oh yeah, for sure. As a band, we span about three generations – so you’re seeing fourteenyear-olds alongside sixty year-olds these days. It’s a great testament to the band and to the songs that we can achieve that. The set we’ve got is very dynamic so it’s great to see all of those different people come alive together when we play. How much of an impact do you feel Buzzcocks had on the British punk scene? I mean, when we started we were kind of punk but then we just became Buzzcocks. What I mean is that when we started out with the
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With a vast wealth of musicians from Kurt Cobain to Morrissey citing them as a central influence, Buzzcocks should really be seen as one of the most important bands in British punk history. Forming over four decades ago, and soon after becoming one of the first bands to set up their own record label via an early form of crowdfunding, the Bolton group went on to define the scene of the late-70s with their infectious brand of lightning fast pop-punk. The band broke up in dramatic fashion in 1981 following a dispute with their label United Artists, but they have since reformed with various line-ups. 42 years since first leading the band onstage at a Bolton University gig night, Steve Diggle continues to write new music for the band and solo projects. The latest incarnation features original members Pete Shelley and Steve alongside later additions Chris Remington and Danny Farrant and will be hitting the festival circuit this summer, arriving just a stones-throw from Sheffield at Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival next month. Exposed’s Tom Fay gave Steve a call last month to hear about how he sees the band today, the state of British music and his recent solo work. How are preparations going ahead of festival season? Yeah, it’s gone really well. The band’s all tuned
Sex Pistols, The Clash, etc., we were the only bands around. No one really knew what punk was or what it was going to be. We all sort of went off and did our own thing and then you had all these other bands coming along later telling you what punk was. It’s spawned a lot of different interpretations. Punk’s been about so many things and outlooks so it becomes difficult to genuinely tell what sort of influence we’ve had. How relevant is punk today? It is still relevant, but in a corporate world it’s a lot more difficult. There are still those sort of bands out there and it’s great to see people voting with their feet and going out to see and support them. The thing is, if you’re a bit of a weird guy doing something cool on the guitar then a record label is going to look at you and think, “Well, they will probably only sell a few thousand. It’s no good”. They’ve got to be marketable. It’s great to see new bands continuing to keep punk alive, though, as it’s hugely important to have that counter-balance against the mainstream culture.
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Are there any bands in particular that have caught your eye? We did a show last year where Slaves were supporting us. I thought they were really good, they were really into their noise, getting the crowd going and all of that. I remember them coming up to us after the show and saying to us “You guys are the masters”, so it’s great to see that we’ve influenced people and they’ve gone on to do their own thing with bits of what we did originally. As a large part of the Manchester band scene, how important is that city to you today? Yeah, Manchester’s still within me even though I’ve been living in London for the last 20 years. I’ve been around the world and people are still asking me about the Manchester scene. I’m very proud of the place as I’ve been there from the start when Joy Division and Morrissey and all that were watching us – and it’s great to be some part on that big chain of music. Liam Gallagher’s just down the road from me so when we’ve gone for a few drinks, people are there thinking, “Manchester’s in the area”. The
“You just sort of hope someone somewhere will come along and shake things up a bit.” place is still very important to me and will always have a close relationship with the band. What do you think of the music coming out of the city today? It’s been a bit quiet over the last few years but you could say that about a lot of places. Sometimes you can have a bit of a drought for four to five years, but just when you think something’s going to go it comes back again so it’s difficult to tell. Even in London I’d say it’s not a particularly big scene. Obviously you had Britpop kicking off there in the 90s but there’s not really been a focal point for British music since then. Would you say British music has had a bit of an identity crisis? Definitely. It’s all a bit homogenised nowadays.
There’s nothing bad about it, but at the same time there’s no one really questioning it. You just sort of hope someone somewhere will come along and shake things up a bit. Finally, you’ve recently brought out your solo album Inner Space Time. What do you try to achieve with your solo work and that record in particular? I try and do a lot of different things with it really. I’ve got that definitive Buzzcocks sound but then you’ve got different things you want to talk about. It’s a bit of journey really but with Inner Space Time I was trying to talk more about politics, in particular the idea being your own president or politician rather than following what the government tells you. There’s a bit more of psychedelic feel to it but it came out just before Noel Gallagher brought ‘Who Built the Moon?’. A few people have mentioned that he’s copied my sound with that one! I might need to have a word... [Laughs] Buzzcocks play Y Not Festival at Pikehall Farm, Derbyshire, on 26-29 July. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 85
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Sheffield-based DJ Tino is carving herself a career forged in steel. Making waves in the dubstep, grime and UK Funky scenes and getting picked up left, right and centre by some of the biggest DJs around. With recent guest mixes on Rinse FM and Radio 1Xtra in the bag, we caught up with the lady herself for a quick natter. What’s good, Tino? Safe Exposed! Busy times. I’m currently putting more time into my own production and looking forward to my next Peachy event with Madam X and a few festival bookings this summer! What kind of stuff are you making at the mo’? I’m starting off with dubstep becuasethat’s my baby. I will have a go at making some UK Funky rhythms but 140 has always been my favourite. I’m also playing a lot of UK funky out – both dubstep and UK funky are on the rise at the moment so it’s a good time for both scenes. So let’s talk Peachy. What’s it about? The name Peachy is about taking the piss out of women being sexualised. Like … peachy as in peachy bums etc, and it’s taking the mick out of that view. It shouldn’t be that a woman becomes fit because she DJs. Peachy can also just refer to having a good time, like “that event was peachy or that tune is peachy”. How do you approach selecting the acts to book? I just book people I wanna see play. For the launch they were all girls – but that was just a coincidence. There’s still loads of women and men I want to book, but I want to book them because they’re sick, not just because of their gender. I don’t want that to be the only selling point of my events. facebook.com/tinodjuk // facebook.com/peachybass 86 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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Glenn Miller Orchestra CHARLES WATSON Picture House Social// 3 June// £11 A former member of Slow Club and The Surfing Magazines, Charles Watson has now settled down to focus on a solo career. Still coming to grips with his new solo identity, Watson overlaps layers of vocal cuts to create a disorienting and deeply personal experience. picture-house-social.com
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PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED O2 Academy Sheffield// 15 June// £30.35 Post-punk icons Public Image Limited return to Sheffield as part of an extensive tour across Britain and Europe. Featuring The Sex Pistols’ John Lydon and former Clash guitarist, Keith Levine, Public Image Limited will be performing a mix of classic tracks as well as some of their more recent work. academymusicgroup.com
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MIGREAT LATES Foodhall Sheffield// 22 June// £11 An exciting night of food and music at Foodhall and DINA. Featuring performances from Romani/gypsy band Romans Kosice, Syrian settlers, Isma Soutana and wavy pop trio Katie Pham and the Moonbathers. facebook.com/foodhallproject
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UNIVERSAL TREE Picture House Social// 22 June// £6 A collab between Sheffield music royalty Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards, Parrot (Crooked Man, I Monster), and Mr Somerset (Death Rays of Ardilla, Mzylkypop) resulting in an exciting electro-soul outfit. Catch their winning blend of neo psychedelic, blaxploitation soul, funk & hip hop this month. picture-house-social.com SLOWCOACHES Delicious Clam Records// 23 June // £5.50 Following their biggest headline tour to date, Slowcoaches continue to successfully sprawl across the broadest spectrum of ‘punk’ and return with a string of DIY shows. partyforthepeople.org DEAP VALLEY Plug// 1 July // £12 Fiery duo Deap Vally return to Sheffield following 2016 album Femejism. Having built up a solid following with their blend of blues tinged indie-rock, the band specialise in explosive, psychedelic live sets. the-plug.com
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Garden Party! The Rotary Club of South Yorkshire is at it again and has put together another superb charity garden party to remember – this year fundraising for the likes of Weston Park Cancer Charity, Light and Aquabox – and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for each night! Music in the Gardens was originally a one-day event and has since grown into a four-day festival. Taking place from 29 June–1 July in the Botanical Gardens, this year’s bash will bring together another wide range of music ranging from world-renowned tribute acts to full orchestra collaborations. The line-up features The Magic of Motown, a soulful bunch who have previously performed at the Royal Variety Show. They’ll be bringing plenty of good vibes, glitzy costumes and certainly know how to get a crowd up and moving. Joining The Magic of Motown are Ultimate Bowie and Michael The Legacy – two of the top tribute acts in the country - and familiar favourites Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and Unite the Union Brass Band return on Sunday 1st July, with
classical renditions of well-known hits with and traditional Proms finale, capped off by one of Sheffield’s most spectacular firework displays. Refreshment-wise, there will be plenty of good food to get stuck into, including Mouzakis Catering – owners of the Greedy Greek Deli – and Sunshine Pizza Oven bringing the dough. Vintro Bar will also been on-hand with a collection of cocktails and local ales. Alternatively, you’re more than welcome to bring your own drink and picnic on the grass. Daily tickets are priced from £22 for adults (17+) and £11 for children (under 16) and can be purchased via the Music in the Gardens website or in person at The Design Studio (Ecclesall Road), The Curator’s House Bistro (Botanical Gardens) or Sheffield City Hall Box Office.
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Martin Simpson – Vagrant Stanzas Words: Aaron Jackson
A friend recently invited me to the social media challenge that involves nominating your ten all-time favourite albums; one each day, no second guessing, no explanations, no qualifications. Taking it as a chance to get past the cultural landmarks we all say are important to us at parties, I drilled down into what had actually mattered to me; the stuff that had blown my head off, changed the way I looked at the world and sound-tracked my life. Strangely, on the day I posted Martin Simpson’s Vagrant Stanzas (2013) as my tenth and last entry, Joe Food, Exposed’s Head Honcho, got in touch and asked if I’d like to write about an album that changed my life. Given the chance by an alignment of the editorial stars to talk about why this record is so important to me denied to me by social media, well, let’s get the facts out of the way so we can talk about the how and the why. Using performances captured in one or two takes by a stellar cast list of producers and engineers, including Sheffield’s own Richard Hawley, as well as multi-Grammy Award winning mastering engineer, Silas Brown and producer Pete Denenberg, Vagrant Stanzas is so understated it easy to miss that this is a tour de force of solo guitar and voice. So, why choose this album over all the others that have changed my life? Here’s why: I got my first guitar at the age of 18. I joined a working band six months later armed with three chords and Chuck Berry riff. Music has taken me all over the country; brought me into contact with the best and worst of people (often in the same night); paid for my education (of various types); brought me lifelong friends; and enriched me in other ways that I can’t fully articulate. By 2013, though, I’d stopped playing. Intellectually, I knew that there’s nothing new under the sun,
only what you do on the day. Emotionally, though, I felt like I’d heard every run, every pattern, every progression, and every modulation that guitar-based music had to offer. Music had become a cut-andpaste exercise of interchangeable riffs and runs. From being a vital, forward-looking genre, it had become, for me, a reactionary, conservative backward-looking form, concerned with the glories of the past, rather than the challenges of the moment. Vagrant Stanzas changed that. Idly web-surfing one evening, I chanced across a video of Martin sat at his kitchen table, talking personably and knowledgably about the different tunings he’d used on the album. On a whim as he talked, I grabbed my sofa acoustic, tuned it to the Csus2add9 tuning he was demonstrating … and found that none of my patterns or runs worked anymore. I found myself actually have to do what I’d signed up for when I’d picked up the guitar in the first place: make music. As if that wasn’t enough, the music beyond the mechanics was never less than compelling and frequently verges on the sublime – a singer-songwriter masterclass in pulling emotions, vistas, and characters into tangibility with nothing more than wire, wood, skill, and breath. I later met Martin in Sheffield, interviewing him for this very magazine. For an hour or so he was kind enough to answer every question I had, including the ones that never made it to the finished copy that I only asked because I was interested to hear what he had to say. It was pretty astounding to find myself sitting have a chat over a cup of tea at the same kitchen table Martin had filmed his demonstration. For him then to demonstrate his latest instrument, running through some ideas he was working on… Priceless. Always meet your heroes. They’re usually worth meeting. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 91
MARCO MENDOZA BAND Hard rock mainstay and San Diego native Marco Mendoza brings a characteristically hard-hitting set as part of his Viva La Rock tour. A seasoned pro of the rock world having performed in Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders and The Dead Daisies, if you’re after genuine pedigree – you’ve found it. Jun 15th//£15
ZEITGEIST ZERO Zeitgeist Zero offer a unique blend of alternative post-punk infused with a hint of electronica. Having formed in 2003, the band have slowly grown and developed their own unique sound while putting out a growing catalogue of hits. Jun 16th//£5
HE IS WE Hailing from the San Juan Islands of Washington State, singer/songwriter Rachel Taylor offers a passionate, intimate set and the first live airings of tracks from recently released EP Hold My Heart, which includes popular singles ‘All I Need’ and ‘Every Other Man’. Jun23rd//£11
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One of Division Street’s finest watering holes has been shaping up for the summer with a lick of paint, a brand new events space, revamped nights, and the usual unmissable Tramlines Fringe Weekend bash. The Green Room’s big refurb has notably seen the old Trainspotting-style loos replaced and the exciting addition of a brand new 150-capacity back room, now open for private function hire and suitable to host anything from intimate gigs to birthday parties. Aside from that, as anyone who’s been in there on their oftbusy weekend nights will attest, a bit more dancefloor space is to be hugely welcomed. “We thought it was time to grow and expand,” Green Room owner Patrick Flynn told Exposed. “Sheffield has been lacking in small, intimate event spaces similar to what The Grapes had upstairs. We wanted to get another space in there which can be used for a range of events and provides more options for us as a venue.” As well as the established favourites such as Mod For It Saturdays, Sunday Service, Open Mic Monday Club and alternative anthems night Playing Owt, the venue have added a few new events to their roster. The city’s most popular comedy night Last Laugh Comedy Club had arrived last month and will become a regular fixture, while May also saw the back room christened with a number of battle of the bands style nights called Track to Tramlines, where local outfits battled it out to win a spot on the Green Room’s always bustling fringe line-up and a two-day recording slow with Ebb-Tone Studio. Keep ‘em peeled for the announcements soon. No longer just a spot for the finest and best value brekkie in town, their daytime meal offerings courtesy of culinary team Butties to Banquets have become so popular that serving hours have been extended to 8.30am-3pm, open Monday to Saturday.
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Jun 6 – Last Laugh Comedy Club featuring MC Jim Smallman, Stacey Silcox, Peter Brush, Steff Todd and more Jun 7 – Track to Tramlines Round 6 w/ Brain Circus, The Silk Road and CWM Jun 17 – Sunday Service Special hosted by The 601 Club and featuring the Gemini Soul Crew Regulars Fridays: Playing Owt – Alternative anthems across the board Saturdays: Mod For It – Soul, ska, funk, and everything in-between! Sundays: The Sunday Service – Northern soul on vinyl Mondays: The Monday Club Open Mic – Turn up, sign up, get up!
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The sun is shining as I write this column today, and is it just me or does Sheffield have a rainbow hue cast over it this month? And it’s not just due to the bright new paintwork at the bottom of the Moor indicating an opening date is imminent for Sheffield’s Gay Quarter development, but we also have a huge number of LGBT+ events taking place across the city in June. Let’s take a look, shall we? First up we have the penultimate Proud of the year at Sheffield’s Student Union, ending the term with Sheffield’s biggest LGBT+ club night. Featuring two rooms of music ranging from house and disco to cheesy pop and R&B, plus all the usual Proud freebies and treats. Then on 2 June we see the return of the newest addition to Sheffield’s drag scene – six-piece drag king troupe the Half Montys with their Heat Wave show at Walkley Community Centre. All proceeds will be going to the wonderful SAYiT, Sheffield’s LGBT+ young people’s charity. For those of you currently working with or interested in working with young people, head to DECSY’s Gender Respect workshop on 21 June looking at the development of gender identity in children. The Academy SPACE will also be holding a workshop on Gender, Relationship & Sexual Diversities aimed at those in counselling and psychotherapy. Of course, June also sees the return of the worldrenowned Doc/Fest, which this year has its largest ever selection of queer content. There’s Room for a Man by gay Lebanese filmmaker Anthony Chidiac exploring masculinity, sexuality and a lifelong quest for acceptance; LA’s 90s African-American queer community portrayed in Shakedown at the underground club founded by former drag show host Teresa and Ronnie-Ron; and transgender narrator Luana Muniz reflects on the beauty of transformations in Obscuro Barroco. The
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Gospel of Eureka shows South America’s gospel drag shows, while race, class and sexuality also intersect in This One’s for the Ladies – where male and lesbian exotic dancers perform at New Jersey’s Nasty Boyz night. Out shows a compelling montage of online coming out videos by young LGBT+ people, and Music When The Lights Go Out follows the journey of androgynous teenager Emelyn in becoming Bernardo. There are more queer life stories from Landline, documenting a helpline for gay farmers; homeless same sex couple Tiana and Teri’s life on Skid Row in Game Girls and Maskirovka showing Russia’s techno and queer culture. In addition to the various film screenings, there are also a number of special events taking place on the Saturday. Tranny Fag will be combing film and performance with pop star Linn da Quebrada, a black trans woman whose explicit electro-funk anthems give voice to marginalized communities from the favelas. Boiler Room’s new film channel 4:3 will be hosting the afterparty for Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown with vogue icon Ian Isiah (AKA Big Shugga) flying in specially from NYC for an exclusive performance, alongside London’s queer poc collective BBZ. And last but by no means least, activist and international model Munroe Bergdorf joins us in conversation at the Crucible to discuss her work, activism and new documentary What Makes a Woman. We also pay tribute to not one but two queer icons who are no longer with us with The George Michael Legacy at Plug on 16 June and The Bowie Contingent at New Barrack Tavern on 23 June. Stick on yer dancing shoes and get emotional, people! And that’s your lot for this month. Until next time, love and rainbows…
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The great British summer-time is nearly upon us. The kids are off school, the family are coming around for a BBQ and the sunny outdoors awaits. If, like me, you think that sounds absolutely awful, here are five big summer releases to help see you through. It’ll probably be too hot anyway for outdoorsy stuff anyway, right?
Words: Nathan Warby
PS4 // 7 September Arguably one of the most highly-anticipated titles for years, Insomniac’s Spider-Man game allows players to live out their childhood dream - being a superhero. You will be placed in control of the webslinger at the peak of his powers, after he’s been donning the mask for a few years and honing his craft. The story is an original one and doesn’t tie in with any of the films, which you’ll know is a blessing if you’ve played the Amazing Spider-Man games. The new narrative will focus on the worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man colliding when well-known philanthropist and leader of Aunt May’s homeless shelter, Martin Li, is revealed to be the super-villain Mister Negative. The game sticks to the poplar open-world format used in previous releases, complete with a stunningly recreated version of New York City and realistic web-physics – yes, that is important.
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PS4, XBOX One and PC 12 June Ever wanted to build your own Jurassic World dinosaur theme park? We know your inner child is saying yes. You can now do just that thanks to the good people over at Frontier Games, who you might know from the loveable Rollercoaster Tycoon series or, more recently, the gorgeous spaceexplorer Elite Dangerous. Scheduled to release alongside the movie sequel Fallen Kingdom, not only will you be designing your own prehistoric paradise; you’ll be researching the qualities of over 40 different species of exotic beasts, whilst finding more priceless nuggets of information about the world surrounding the beloved franchise. Even the legendary Jeff Goldblum reprises his role.
PS4, XBOX One and PC 29 June Ubisoft’s first open-world racing epic released in 2014 to mixed reviews, with the technical glitches and microtransactions undermining the projects limitless potential. Screeching back into stores four years later, the sequel looks to iron out some of these issues and aims to focus more on what made the original so unique - a world map which spans the whole United States (not to scale, obvs) and touted at the time as one the greatest open-worlds ever explored by a racing title. If that wasn’t enough for you, you’re no longer limited to four-wheeled ways of getting about: bikes, planes and boats are now readily available for you to tear recklessly across the land of the free.
PS4, XBOX One and PC 30 August The ongoing battle between EA and Konami has been intensifying over the last few years, and whilst FIFA may look the part thanks to its more complete licensing, nothing really beats PES in terms of pure gameplay. The more recent instalments have boasted the most realistic football experience that gaming has to offer, with all the nuances of the sport being beautifully realised; from the differences in style between specific teams or the customisation of tactics to adapt to different situations during a game. Pro Evolution Soccer has been pushing the limits of football games and friendships for nearly eighteen years – and this one is sure to be no different. Will it actually be better than FIFA? Nah, probs not - but we all love a trier.
PS4, XBOX One and PC 5 June One of the more intriguing entries on this list, the studio behind critics’ darling Life is Strange leave you in control of Jonathan Reid - a doctor turned vampire who is struggling between his oath as a physician and his new-found thirst for the red stuff (and we’re not talking about a nice merlot here, lads). Set in London during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, the player is forced into choices and combat situations which influence the people of London and the way they behave towards you. It’s even possible to finish the whole game without killing a single person (very admirable), which maintains your cover as a trusted doctor, but inhibits your ability to gain further supernatural abilities. I think we all know which route we’ll be taking.
There’ are a few little gems for you to get your mits on this summer, before the busy autumn line-up is out. But with E3 right around the corner, who knows what else might be on the horizon? You should probably still go outside though – I’m told fresh air is good. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 101
Views of a City Oof! Isn’t Sheffield a handsome bugger in the summer months? Here are five of our favourite spots to ogle at its alluring beauty from afar.
Parkwood Springs Annual adventure festival Cliffhanger is back to show why Sheffield is the outdoor activity capital of the country with a simple motto: ‘See it, try it, do it!’ Setting out to inspire and involve, this free two-day event taking place across various locations turns the city centre into a giant outdoor playground with professional demonstrations and activities in sports including climbing, mountain biking, running,
skateboarding, orienteering and much more. As part of the event, the BMC British Bouldering Championships will also be returning featuring nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-build bouldering wall on Devonshire Green, where the festival will open on the evening of Friday 6 July with live music, street food outlets and plenty else to get stuck into.
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Bole Hills If you’re a keen cyclist who fancies doing a bit to help preserve the city’s status as a popular outdoor destination, you might want to get involved with this year’s Steel Valley Ride. Taking place on 14 July, this 31-mile challenge cuts through the stunning landscape of the Dark Peak beginning at Stocksbridge before heading across Cut Gate, Derwent Edge and some of the less-known bridleways around Strines. Funds raised from the £20 entry fee will go towards the Steel Valley Project’s push to improve the environment for people and wildlife in the Upper Don Area. Another charity being supported will be the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Mend Our Mountains’ campaign, which raises money to repair walking paths in the UK’s national parks. Entries close on Sunday 1 July. Head to steelvalleyride.wordpress.com for more info about the event 102 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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Over four decades since the seminal film hit the big screen, Sheffield Theatres are bringing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to the Crucible Stage. Ken Kesey’s era-defining 1962 novel tells the tale of the charismatic Randle McMurphy, a convicted criminal who feigns insanity to avoid jail and opts to spend his sentence on a psychiatric ward in the care of the authoritarian Nurse Ratched. Exposed sat down with awardwinning director Javaad Alipoor and actress Lucy Black to discuss how the story has maintained its cultural relevance over the years. What was it about One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest that made you want to bring it to the Crucible? J: I was really conscious of the fact that this was the first time I was directing on the Crucible stage. A lot of the stuff I’ve been making over the past couple of years is about gender relations and toxic masculinity and it’s become a bit like ‘if you want a play about a grotty man, pick up the phone and call Javaad!’ So yeah, we threw a bunch of stuff backwards and forwards and the one title that stood out as a piece that didn’t have immediate productions in line and was a fresh thing to get hold of was One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. So, Lucy, your character Nurse Ratched is seen as the embodiment of oppression in the story. How have you found taking on such an iconic role? L: It’s hard because there are a lot of preconceptions about Nurse Ratched as a character and it’s actually quite difficult to let them go. But I’m just looking at the character as a woman who’s good at her job, who’s very competent and as someone who has sacrificed a lot to be where she is in her profession. I was asked earlier if I had thought about drawing on anybody and I hadn’t really but then realised that my mum was a psychiatric nurse for a while but she stopped doing it because she found it too difficult. So I actually have a lot of admiration for my character. She makes choices that people can perceive as being wrong but I need to find out why she makes those choices, and that doesn’t mean they necessarily come from a bad place. She certainly manages to maintain order. L: Yeah, and interestingly the only perception you have of her in the story is from men. I didn’t think of it that way… L: It definitely influences the way she is perceived – the way the men talk about her and describe her character.
J: This is a play that at some monumental level fails the Bechdel test. It doesn’t even turn up for the Bechdel exam. Does the play attempt to put a new spin or offer up new ways for characters such as Ratched to be perceived? J: I think it’s quite interesting for us because we’ve tried to look the story in the eye and not in the easy way of it being an evil order ran by this evil woman and then this charming figure comes in and subverts the rules. If you look this story in the eye, it’s got many more complicated and troubling things to say about masculinity, gender and comparing what women have to do in a world that is dominated by men. Take Ratched for example. In the period we’re talking about, her job is one of few that exist at that level
“She (Ratched) makes choices that people can perceive as being wrong but I need to find out why she makes those choices, and that doesn’t mean they necessarily come from a bad place.” for clever, talented women with some drive to get themselves into a leadership position. So she is actually somebody who has got a lot to lose. Almost like she has to be so ruthless simply to survive? L: Yes, and I think a lot of what is perceived as her coldness is actually about self-preservation. It’s about being an authoritative figure but also taking care of yourself. I think a woman that isn’t instantly seen as being caring and adoring is often perceived as being a bitch. But that’s just a perception and doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what is actually happening. J: For me, I think there’s a different way to view the story. So: if you look at the novel and the play I think there are ways of reading it where it’s not a hero/anti-hero story. This play is in that great genre of stories about institutions. It’s about the relationship individuals have with institutions, what price individuals will pay to belong, what they’re not willing to pay to belong, what they will do if the institution doesn’t give them the space they want. So if you break it down in the play almost everyone
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is part of the arch of the story. Everyone has a story about something that’s been taken away from them by the institution. L: Also, Nurse Ratched isn’t the head of the institution - she’s the head nurse on the ward but there are people above her. It’s important to look at the whole institution as being responsible and not just this one woman. McMurphy is the character who comes along and challenges the institution and is often viewed as a hero by audiences and readers, even though his traits aren’t necessarily hero-like. Why do you think that is? L: I don’t think McMurphy is necessarily a hero in the piece. I just think it’s his nature and his character and the energy that he brings into the place. Everybody loves a bit of a wildcard, somebody who stands up to the big man and I think separate to his actions he brings in his liveliness and I think that’s why the other patients and the audience let themselves love him. You find yourself forgetting that he’s been accused of rape. J: I think that’s interesting because that’s when it starts to become about masculinity and how men can share a complicity in sexual abuse and sexual violence and that’s how they bond. That’s a really interesting thing to play with, especially given that the audience are expecting to come in and be like ‘there’s our hero’. I just think that it’s an interesting thing especially in these times, with the #MeToo campaign and so on, for people to watch the play and maybe see a different perspective. Is there anything in particular you want the audience to take away from watching the play? J: For me, it’s really obvious. I think my stuff has worked befored when people argue about it in the bar afterwards, let it challenge them and had it kicking around in their heads. A lot of my stuff has political aspects to it and, as well as being entertained, I like my audience to come out the other side thinking that they’re a bit more connected and onboard with things that they used to maybe think they weren’t too well rehearsed in.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Lyceum Theatre// 4-9 June// £30 - £49 The world premiere of a new musical featuring the classic hits of the 80s. Based on true events, An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical follows the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE Showroom Theatre// 14 June // £10.50 - £12.50 From the co-writer of Chicken Soup, Sheffields-own Ray Castleton, On Behalf of the People is a powerful story of a postwar Yorkshire mining family coming to terms with life, love and impending coal nationalisation in a radically changing Britain. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk YOU’VE CHANGED Studio Theatre// 15-16 June// £13 - £15 An exciting show exploring transgender issues. It’s been fifteen years since Kate transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? Through song, dance, hard-won wit and wisdom, You’ve Changed shines a light on the ins, outs, ups and downs of transitioning. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk JERSEY BOYS Lyceum Theatre// 19-30 June// £25.50 - £57 The internationally-acclaimed stage sensation is working its way back to Sheffield. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound and sold 100 million records worldwide. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk A PERFORMANCE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF AN AUDIENCE Theatre Deli Sheffield// 23 June // £11 A Performance Desperately in Need of an Audience is a tale as bittersweet as exile itself, set on a war-torn shore where attempts at pursuing everyday activities, the banal, the necessary, the entertaining and the essential are as dangerous as impossible. theatredeli.co.uk
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A Touch of Class The excitement is building for Pete McKee’s upcoming exhibition This Class Works, and last month the Batemoor-born artist announced a selection of artists, musicians, actors, designers, photographers and poets who will each contribute their own interpretation of the exhibition’s themes, which aim to explore celebrate the lives of the working class. Find out who will be joining him and enter a comp to bag free tickets to the first night on our website. tinyurl.com/y7bk4pze
Axe to grind? Ever just fancied lobbing a big axe at a lump of wood? Of course you have. And you can now unleash your inner Viking at Valhalla, Sheffield’s first indoor axe-throwing range. Head to the link below to find out more.
In Sesh Spesh Bob on for lazy sunny afternoon listening, here’s another chance to catch our delightfully chilled session with jazz-tinged pop rock outfit Katie Pham & The Moonbathers. tinyurl.com/ybjenloj
Mass Trespass Sheffield-based independent filmmaker Jordan Caroll, who has previously turned his talents to a number of our Exposed sessions, has made an entertaining 13-minute documentary film about the 1932 Kinder Scout trespass. This illegal organised ramble by 400-500 working class youths paved the way for the creation of national parks in the UK. Educate yerself on some important social history and watch it in full below. vimeo.com/267620124
Knowing No Bounds Hope Works’ highly-rated annual festival No Bounds announced the first lineup and venue news for their three-day art, music and technology extravaganza with the likes of Daniel Avery, DJ Storm and Paula Temple on the bill. Ticket info and more event details are now on their website. noboundsfestival.co.uk
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