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Oh my gwod, oh my gwod, *Snort* STAR WARS IS BACK! And while some might be excited for xmas, we’ve been getting giddy about goings-on in a galaxy far, far away. Check our four-page special feature on the most anticipated film in, like, forever.


Four lads from Chezzy, dreamy teenage pop and a penchant for the word ‘queef’. It can only be those cheeky chappies TRASH heading up this month’s Exposed In Session feature.

63: T’WAS THE NEET BEFORE CHRISTMAS Telling you lot what’s gwarning in Sheff over the festive period. Eggnog prinks at ours then, yeah?


We met up with Russell Senior, once guitarist and violinist of Pulp, to talk about ‘Freak Out The Squares’, his new book detailing life in one of Britpop’s biggest bands.


We tried bribing Joe Carnall Jnr wi’ mulled wine and mince pies to find out who will be joining him at his Xmas show.


An interview with Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell kicks off our Sheffield rock feature.


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Let There Be Light St Luke’s Hospice will be bringing extra light and spirit to the Christmas period this year with two special events celebrating and remembering the lives of loved ones. The annual Festival of Light returns on Sunday, December 6 at 5pm and will see the hospice gardens transformed into an illuminated delight as the Festival of Light tree is lit. Covered in thousands of bright lights, the tree shines all the way through the Christmas period. Those who attend will be offered the chance to decorate or write messages on special candle bags, which will then be put on display in the hospice garden. On the following Sunday, December 13 at 2pm, a seasonal service of remembrance will be held at Sheffield Cathedral, giving attendees a chance to not only celebrate the season of goodwill, but also a time to reflect. St Luke’s Regular Giving and Lottery Manager Sue Jackson said: “Festival of Light is a very precious time in our year and we would be delighted to welcome you, your friends and your family to either or both of these wonderful events”. A book of remembrance will also be available at both events. Head over to www.stlukeshospice. for more information.

Blitz Memorial Trail Gets Boost

The Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trial received a whopping £81,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a defining moment in the city’s history. The Sheffield Blitz killed and wounded over 2,000 people in December 1940 and made nearly a tenth of the city’s population homeless. Not only that, but the devastating attacks flattened much of the city centre and changed the face of Sheffield forever. Up to 16 sites around the city centre are marked for the installation of memorial plaques, which will be part of Sheffield’s street furniture for generations. Author Neil Anderson started the drive for more to commemorate the attacks following the publication of his ‘Sheffield’s Date with Hitler’ book about the Blitz in 2010. Neil said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for the city of Sheffield. It will finally allow the sacrifices made by tens of thousands of people in the face of the devastating attacks to get the recognition they deserve.”

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Deciding that Christmas is far too mainstream, you decide to start up your own alternative celebration of advent. Not wanting to conform to the dates dictated by the rest of society, you tuck into your vegetarian pulled turkey and crispy fried Brussel sprouts on the 11th December, while laying your deconstructed tree out on the front garden for the whole street to see. Holly and tinsel? Pah! Your abode is decorated ironically with hanging slices of raw meat and bank notes. On the 25th you excitedly head outside for the annual ‘Santa burning’ event. Ah, a Happy Hipmas indeed! CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 19 Pleading, ‘Come on, pal – it’s Christmas!’ doesn’t dissuade the arresting officer as you’re caught bollock-naked strolling through Meersbrook Park one chilly afternoon. AQUARIUS Jan 20 - Feb 18 Nannan will love the topless Vatican priests calendar you get her this year. PISCES Feb 19 - Mar 20 Somehow, despite all of your immense stupidity, you manage to see out another year on this planet. ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 19 Answering every call with ‘Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?’ ensures that your Christmas temp job at Barclays customer

service is a short-lived affair. TAURUS April 20 - May 20 The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by fapping loud for all to hear.. GEMINI May 21 - June 20 Chucking on some lippy, sitting on Santa’s knee and begging him to put you on the naughty list doesn’t work. The big man has standards. CANCER June 21 - July 22 ‘Merry Christmas, ye filthy animals,’ you proclaim cruelly while stood amongst the frozen turkeys in Waitrose. LEO July 23 - Aug 22 May you have the blessing of faith, the gift of hope and temperament not to punch


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your brother-in-law in the face this festive season. VIRGO Aug 23 - Sep 22 A time for giving, a time for receiving… it’s Christmastime all year round for some! LIBRA Sep 23 - Oct 22 Santa takes one look at your browsing history and places you on the naughty list indefinitely. SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21 After attending a festive bash at the Farage’s from across the road, you discover that their notion of a white Christmas is very different to your own.





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Lucky No. 11

This Christmas, homeless charity Roundabout aim to give the gift of a brighter future to vulnerable young people in Sheffield. Urgent funds are needed to refurbish No. 11, the property next door to its Highfield emergency hostel that provides five self-contained flats and a home for eight people. Residents here are able to get the support from the core hostel, but will have also started working towards some form of education, training and employment, in preparation for independent living. Roundabout Fundraising and Communications Manager Ruth Gage told Exposed: ‘No. 11 is in desperate need of new heating, kitchens and re-decoration. Without this property, we would have to turn away almost 150 young people every year, so putting it quite simply, without No.11 some young people would be homeless at Christmas.’ Text ROUND11£10 to 70070 to donate £10 to Roundabout, or head to and search ‘Roundabout’.

“If you’ve been on ‘roids that long you’ve gotta have a knob like a fuckin’ acorn by now.” “My dreams are quite boring. Usually I just go to work, do an honest day’s graft then wake up.” “No, I’m pretty sure you can’t overdose on vitamins.” “I’d eat a penis, if it was deep-fried. It’d have to be crispy though. Nothin’ meaty.” “If we came from monkeys, though, why are there still monkeys?”

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Gathering much needed goods, raising money and awareness for homelessness in Sheffield, the Homeless Shoebox Appeal has snowballed since its inception in 2013, and Kelly Hawley is the one to thank. We caught up with her to find out more about the initiative. Hi Kelly, you’ll be running the homeless shoebox appeal again this year, can you tell us a bit about the initiative? I set it up in 2013 and it was a bit of a happy accident really. I went around my friends and family gathering things for the Cathedral Archer Project. It got bigger and bigger – I’d planned to get 200, and ended up with 700! So I took what I needed to the Cathedral and then distributed the rest around St Anne’s and the Salvation Army. After that success, last year I took the appeal to Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley and also started dog boxes. We were given 1600 boxes in Sheffield, 300 of which were dog boxes! These mostly went to the pet rescue centres, many of which take in dogs from recently homeless people. How are preparations going for this year’s appeal, I imagine it takes a lot of

organisation? It’s very busy! I also set up a page in Manchester that went viral, with 5000 people interested within the hour. I think overall we have up to 4000 boxes already. You also work with other Christmas initiatives too like Home Alone at Christmas, can you tell us a bit about this? I was inspired by the story of Winnie, who was turning 100 but had no family to celebrate it with [after an internet appeal she received more than 16,000 birthday cards]. I had already decided that I wanted to include the elderly in receiving some of our shoeboxes and this became a means of distribution. It’s a big Christmas dinner for the elderly, lonely or vulnerable. The organiser Gloria Stewart needed some help with volunteers and supplies so I put out a message to get donations. How can people get involved in the Homeless Shoebox Appeal? The main centre is the Big Yellow Storage in Hillsborough. We’re asking people to decorate boxes and include gifts like gloves, socks, toiletries and sweets alongside a card. You can also donate to my page on Just Giving.

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Award: King of the Bells Yes, during 2015 Mr West surpassed his already high standards of bellendness with the rapper’s tantrums and exploits hitting the headlines almost every other week. Even a decent Glastonbury performance – excluding a sacrilegious ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cover – couldn’t make us forgive more stage-invading antics, cringe-worthy interviews and even the announcing of his presidential candidacy for 2020. Give it a rest Kanye, eh? What he said: “I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”


Award: Sports Bell The long-standing, long-detested, long-nosed head of FIFA was suspended from his post as a US investigation into wide-spread corruption at the organisation launched earlier this year. Blatter, who once suggested women footballers should wear tighter shorts to promote the sport, maintains his innocence after criminal proceedings were opened against him by Swiss prosecutors in September. What he said: “I’m not corrupt and will go to heaven one day.”


Award: Went Electric and Still Sounded Rubbish Bells 2015 was the year that Marcus Mumford and his fellow tweed-toting chums said bye-bye to the banjo and went electric – a bit like Dylan, but no one really cared this time. Any-hoo, after taking up smoking and raiding Topman for some leather jackets, the public school boys went punk for their third album, Wilder Mind. Unfortunately, though, without their trademark twangy folk shtick, they now sound just like the swarm of bang average, radio-friendly indie-rock bands currently clogging up the airwaves. We never thought we’d say this, but BRING BACK THE BANJO, LADS, PLEASE. What they said: “Fuck the banjo, we fucking hate the banjo.”


Award: Whips and Chains Bell A bad book, an even worse film and thousands of men left fretting at the lack of latex in their wardrobe. However, once the hysteria had died down a wee bit, most sane people eventually agreed upon one thing: Mr Grey is at best a creep and at worst a fully-fledged sex pest. Either way, it’s an act that most blokes would be welladvised not to follow. Thank God. What he said: “I want you sore, baby.” *Shudder*


Award: Flying Over Just To Be a Bell The multi-millionaire composer and Tory peer flew first-class back to London from his New York residence to vote on cutting tax credits for the UK’s poorest. A peer since 1998, he’s previously voted 30 times out of a possible 1,898 opportunities. You could write a musical about this bell. What he said (through a spokesperson): “It is important for democracy that the House of Lords should not override decisions made by the elected House of Commons.” 14 | For more listings and reviews, head to

In need of a little love advice? Has the fizz gone out of your banger? Let the lord of love enter your soul... Dear SP, I recently overheard my partner talking on the phone to a friend and mentioning how she’d like our sex life to be a bit more spontaneous. The thing is, I don’t quite know what she means. Is she talking about surprise sex here? If so, where’s the best place to initiate this? Should I sneak into the shower with her one morning? Or maybe surprise her in the kitchen before she leaves for work? Gimme some guidance here, SP! David, Grenoside Dave, a piece of advice which you will do well to follow: When a woman mentions introducing a touch of spontaneity into her sex life, it does not give you licence to slap your tackle on the breakfast table while she’s tucking into cornflakes. You have to choose your moment well and play on the anticipation; charging in like a wounded bull with an erection won’t work. You see, spur-of-the-moment sex is more about what is left unsaid. If I’m out with a lady friend in public and my loins begin to stir, I’ll make sure to catch her eye before slowly beginning to rhythmically thrust my hips backwards and forwards. This is to simulate sex, Dave. I’ll then proceed to seal the deal by whispering in her ear about how my love muscle is gasping for a grasping, and by the time those two words have left my lips – ‘love muscle’ – she’s already wetter than an otter’s pocket. Mere moments later we’re makin’ babies in a nearby bathroom stall. It’s all in the hips, Davey. All in the hips... Look after your baubles this Christmas. SP

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IN THE MOMENT A mix of improvised music from the 1920s through to the present day: focusing on jazz, soul jazz, electrojazz, funk, and much more. Playing the very best in improvised music including the giants of jazz such as Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, the show will also feature diversions down less well-known musical byways. Whether it is the sounds of Norwegian ice instruments or Native American tunes which float your boat, In the Moment will be there with you. Programmes include an album or artist of the show together with features on local events, festivals, artists, and workshops. Presented every Monday from 10am to noon by Andrew Herbert on 93.2FM and online at www.

Welcome to a world you never realised exsisted. A world of shadow, the rum and uncanny. Join me on my adventure. Are there any Sheffield curiosities you’d like me, Dr Lester Deertrap, to investigate? If so, drop me a line, care of the Editor at joe@ exposedmagazine. Pip, pip.

ON TWITTER @sophiecahill Love the smell of the meat at Sheffield Christmas market @MissAmieMarie_ The wind is craaaazy! It just knocked Sheffield’s giant Christmas tree down... They have two mini cranes trying to put it back up again… @saraperestrello My dad talking about cup holders you get to put the gravy in with Christmas dinner. 5 minutes later I find out he means Yorkshire pudding @glitteratty Overheard on tube: Exasperated dad: Ella, I won’t tell you again. Stop using the ‘c’ word! Little girl: CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS...! @hollynewey I want this giant bag of Yorkshire tea for Christmas and that is all I can die happy @jesshornex why wouldn’t you do Yorkshire puddings for Christmas dinner? ON BUZZFEED The folk at Buzzfeed bloody love a good list about Sheffield, and this time they’ve picked the best brunch places in town. From Upshot Espresso to Forge Bakehouse, Tamper, Grind, The Lucky Fox and more – see if you can discover a new haunt. http:// ON FACEBOOK With over four million of ‘em around the city, we Sheffielders are rightly proud our trees. After plans to cut down the iconic trees along Rustlings Road were revealed, thousands have rallied together.

CHRISTMAS COCKER As most Sheffielders will be aware, Jarvis Cocker has been involved in a whole host of antics over the years (falling out of a Div Street window while doing a Spider-Man impression springs to mind) but seeing as it’s December, here’s a Christmassy Cocker tale. When the Leadmill first started out in 1980 it hosted a festive panto, and in 1982 a pre-fame Jarvis stepped forward to write and direct the show, casting over fifty local musicians with the

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self-confessed aim of ‘making a bunch of cool people from pop groups look stupid.’ Typical Jarv. He returned in 1991, this time transforming the venue into a space-age Santa’s Grotto, containing a present giving machine – one gig-goer claiming to have received a tin of mock turtle soup as his Christmas treat. The band later played a memorable gig covered in snowflakes and icicles (lots of tinfoil, basically).

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HOW TO AVOID THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS ARGUMENT Be the bearer of peace this festive season by following our tips on how to avoid the traditional household barney. When granddad has that extra glass of sherry and starts ranting about UK immigration policy. Just nod politely and quickly change the subject. ‘Yes, grandad. It’s simply not on, is it? Any-hoo, shall we see if the Queen’s speech has started yet? Dealing with boring in-laws. ‘You know, Dean, I can see why my sister likes you. Asset management is SO bloody interesting.’ Always remain humble when receiving naff presents from siblings. ‘Ah, socks and a half-empty can of Lynx Africa. Cheers bro, you really shouldn’t have!’

THE LEADMILL The second spotlight in our new Indie Pick feature is a biggun. With a history of some of the best names in music gracing the venue over the years – take your pick from The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Kasabian, Stone Roses and countless others – it’s easy to forget that this is an independent at all. HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN? Back in 1980 as steelworks closed and youth employment radically declined, a group of volunteers, students, artists and unemployed banded together to set up a centre for arts and music. A former flourmill, part of the building housed the legendary Esquire Club, which in the ‘60s saw The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and The Small Faces perform live. The Leadmill became integral in the early careers of many Sheffield bands, notably The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Pulp, Heaven 17 and ABC.

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW... As well as being a 900 capacity live music venue, they are home to a variety of businesses including two fashion companies, a tattooist, two artists, an event management company and a photography studio. WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH? The Leadmill Christmas Party of course! Following the Dead Sons gig on Dec 19th, from 11pm Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) and Drenge will be on the decks bringing merriment to the masses. Also watch out for the Christmas Comedy Club on the 2nd and a festive screening of Home Alone on the 7th. ANY OFFERS? You betcha! If you have an Independent Sheffield Card you gain free entry every week night before 12 and BOGOF at a comedy club night each month.

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Mum’s burned the turkey. ‘Look on the bright side – at least there’s no chance of salmonella poisoning this year. Plus the smoke alarm’s working well, which is always nice to know.’ Managing Uncle Knobhead. ‘You’re entitled to your opinion, Unc, and I’m sure many will agree with your view that Christmas is “a big capitalist wankfest and should be banned” – but if I get you another can of lager, can we start practising our inside voice?’

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MEADOWHALL ON ICE Most of you reading this will be heading to Meadowhall at some point over the next few weeks to sort out those last minute prezzies to stick under the tree. For those of you in need of a break from the Christmas shopping, it turns out there’s now an ice skating rink at Meadowhall too. Decent. We sent the Exposed Christmas elf in for a spin... Words: Sam Forsdick

The rink, which can fit up to 200 skaters on at a time, is underneath a giant snow dome and festively decorated with fairy lights and giant baubles. Ahhhh. You can find it in the external Oasis Courtyard, just outside the food court, and everyone is encouraged to have a go – even if you’re naff. Speaking of being naff at skating, I “volunteered” (I wasn’t given much of an option) to get my skates on and face up against one of the Meadowhall team for December’s Exposed VS Challenge. Oh, and my Exposed comrades also went and bought me a lovely elf outfit to wear, just to add a bit of extra hilarity as I struggled to remain upright on the ice. What a thoughtful bunch, eh? Many see skating as a fun winter pastime, gliding gracefully across the ice, holding the hands of loved ones, pirouetting elegantly; others – i.e. me – see it as strapping two razor blades to your feet, sliding around blindly and trying your best not to break a bone. After initially struggling just to get the skates on, I took my first tentative steps onto the rink. To begin with I was like Bambi on ice: feet flailing and clutching on to the side of the rink for dear life. After quite a bit of this, it was suggested that I should perhaps use one of the skate aids, which is basically a frame to hold onto for kids who can’t keep their balance (as if the elf costume wasn’t embarrassing enough). After a bit more practice and a few tips

from the ice rink staff, I could finally ditch the frames and was ready to step onto the ice unassisted.

Round 1 – Speed Skating

Round 1 was simple: a race once round the ice rink – quickest time wins. I was up against Emily, representing Meadowhall, who said she’d had a couple of tries the week before but from the ease with which she took to the ice I was sure she’d snuck in some secret training sessions, and as someone who often slips over on dry pavements, I didn’t rate my chances. The signal was given and Emily shot off like a missile-toe (sorry, not sorry). I shuffled my feet and slowly made my way round the rink slovenly,

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barely making it halfway before Emily was celebrating an easy win. I eventually crossed (stumbled) over the finish line and the times were in. Emily had recorded a rapid time of 24 seconds whilst my time came in at double that – 48 seconds. An absolute spanking in the first round, but I was genuinely just pleased I hadn’t fallen over yet. First point to Meadowhall. We’re on very thin ice here, lads.

Round 2 – Filling Santa’s Sack

At this point, two “proper” skaters entered the rink and immediately began showing us up: skating backwards, twirling around effortlessly and laughing at the elf holding onto the sides in the corner. Anyhoo, our next challenge was to deliver presents from one side of the rink and deposit them in Santa’s big ol’ sack (f’naar, f’naar) laid out at the other end, all whilst avoiding the two other skaters. Piece of Christmas cake, right? My uselessness mercifully acknowledged, I was only given two presents to deliver whilst Emily had four. The pressure was on; I had to win to avoid the VS becoming a whitewash. It was time to grow a pair of Christmas baubles and go for it. I readied myself and started off with speed and determination. I fell over almost instantly. Picking myself up I saw Emily already on her second present delivery. I was able to drop off the first present with Emily well on the way to delivering her second, I eventually made the decision to cheat

(soz, Santa). Due to my advantage, I still could win as long as I made sure I didn’t get lapped. As I saw Emily edging ever closer over my shoulder, I decided to bend the rules ever so slightly and cut a couple of corners. I managed to make it to the big man’s sack and deposited my load with glee. Uhn! Point to Exposed!

Round 3 – Present Balancing The final round was a bit more up my street as skating ability was not really involved. The task was to see who could balance a present on their head the longest, and the only rule was that you couldn’t stop moving at any point (so there went my plan of standing on the spot). I skated off making the most of my trusted shuffling technique, which actually seemed to assist me in keeping balance. Emily, on the other hand, was

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having serious trouble keeping her head still and the present was wobbling all over the place before finally falling onto the ice. It was a classic case of slow and steady wins the race. Somehow, against all odds, Exposed had won! The ice rink will be in place until January 5th and joins a whole host of festive activities that have been taking over Meadowhall recently, including the Christmas Concert which took place on November 4th (check out our review online!) and Santa’s Parade which marched through the shopping centre on the 12th. They’re certainly offering something different for the Christmas shoppers and I’ll admit getting your skates on is fun no matter what level you’re at. Even I was enjoying it by the end despite my trips and stumbles.

VERDICT Well we thought we were going to get a right ol’ Christmas stuffing, but our Sam’s a good elf and brought the win home. A jolly Christmas indeed for the Exposed team!

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‘It’s teenage pop,’ says TRASH frontman Daniel Longmore. ‘That’s what we’re calling it.’ And if you’re wondering just what that sounds like, dear reader, then imagine four adolescents peddling a peppy, reverb-soaked sound that inspires summery imaginings of afternoons spent dipping toes at Chatsworth over a few tinnies. Got it? Grand. So, nestled in rather festive fashion inside a public house snug, the lads from Chesterfield – Daniel, Evan, Tom and Brad – settled down for an interview after spending the preceding couple of hours locked away in Tufty’s studio recording December’s Exposed Session. How was that? Sweaty? Words: Brad: It was very warm, but good still. Joseph Food Tom: Pretty tiring. Dan: We didn’t get in ‘til three last night. Photography: Oh yeah, you supported the Ordinary Boys. How did that Marc Barker go? Dan: It was a bit strange. There were quite a few older ladies there that I think turned out for Preston. We enjoyed it though. Tom: The drummer for The Cribs bought one of our EPs, which Dan: The problem was I didn’t really know the lyrics. Ev: Which is one of the main things to get your head around if was nice. you’re covering a song. Maybe the unusual merch stand [an empty pizza box with The big question: What’s your favourite Christmas song? CDs inside] swayed him? Dan: Yep, I bought a 12-inch margherita before the gig, which Ev: Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. as well as being tasty, provided somewhere to store our Tom: Fairytale of New York. Dan: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. merch. Brad: We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Genius. How was ol’ Preston? Did he have any words of All solid choices. Fair play. advice? Dan: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree just makes me feel Tom: He was actually really nice. Surprisingly pleasant. so good; the woman has such an attractive voice. I bet she’s You know when people say: ‘Don’t meet your heroes, ‘cos really nice. they might be bellends’? Maybe it works the other way? But if TRASH were to write a Christmas song, what would Brad: And the bellends turn out to be sound? Maybe that’s it. Dan: At the end of the night he was trying to get directions for it be called? his hotel. I think he ended up walking off with a satnav in his Tom: Probably something like, ‘Christmas (I Wanna Be at Maccies)’. We love brackets – and Maccies. hand, completely lost and pissed up. Dan: Something food-related. If I wrote one it’d be called So, going back to the session today, you originally had a ‘Christmas (There’s Not Enough Stuffing)’. Stuffing is literally Christmas cover lined up. What happened there? Dan: It was going to be a song by Tim Wheeler and Emmy the my favourite food – it’s SO good. How has 2015 treated the band? You’ve had your debut Great – ‘Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)’. Tom: I think we’ll still end up covering it at some point, just EP out, signed with Clue Records and got some great live slots under your belt. for a laugh. Dan: Yeah, signing to Clue Records was a highlight for us as they’ve got some great bands on the label. We played live with AllUsOnDrugs before, which was huge because we’re all big fans, and now, a year later, we’re sharing a label. It’s a bit strange really. Tom: And playing YNot Festival and Tramlines was awesome, so it’s been a good year overall.

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Prior to this interview, I spoke to a few people on the Sheffield music scene who are familiar with you, and one word kept cropping up. Do you want to guess what it was? Tom: Shit? Ev: Is it queef? We say that a lot. Dan: Slacker? Surf? Knobs? Nope. It’s ‘cheeky’. Tom: Yeah, we get ‘cheeky chappies’ a lot. I guess it’s better than being called slackers – or shit. Dan: I think people like that we have a bit of personality and don’t take things too seriously. We mess around a lot on social media and have a laugh. We don’t like getting all formal and boring with people. You’ve played alongside some good bands over the last few months: JAWS, Ratboy, Nai Harvest and, (more randomly), CAST. Tom: Yeah, CAST was a bit of a random one, but we just thought, ‘Oh, this will be a laugh.’ Dan: I think you’ve just got to take opportunities to get out there and play live, even it is a bit random. There were a lot of people in that room, and a lot of people with nice things to say at the end. You don’t want to overthink it or take it too seriously. Which naturally leads me to ask, what’s your dream live collaboration? Tom: I think, for all of us, it would be R Kelly. We’d definitely be up for him coming in on one of our tracks. Ev: But is R Kelly cheeky enough for us? That’s the question. Dan: Oh, he is. We’ll have him coming in with a few bars. I’ve already emailed him. Complete this sentence: ‘All TRASH want for Christmas is…?’ Dan: Maccies. *Rest of band nod in agreement* I’m sensing a band love for McDonald’s here? Tom: It’s because we are literally always eating it. I get vouchers from college. in fact, here you go... *pulls out £1.99 Big Mac voucher and hands it over* You can have that.


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Dan: We do eat a stupid amount. Evan’s not bad because he’s veggie. Ev: The band will end the day these three drop dead from McDonald’s overdose. Tom: Yeah, if we ever do get famous we won’t do drugs; just Maccies. Dan: Snorting burger sauce. Getting back to music, who’s been your band of the year for 2015? Dan: It’s difficult when you’re put on the spot. I can see Evan already having a nervous breakdown ‘cos he loves music too much. Erm, based on their latest album, I’d probably go for FIDLAR. Tom: Spector. For me, Moth Boys is the album of the year; the lyrics are incredible. Dan: Yeah, Fred’s an absolute genius. Brad: I’m going for Foals. Love their new album. Ev: There’s a band from Newcastle called Plaza, they’re mates of ours and they’ve got cool, chimey guitars. I’ll go for them. What about plans to follow up the EP with more releases? Tom: Over Christmas we’ll be having a bit of a break from shows to work on more music. Dan: We’ve got stuff recorded, and there will be a single release at some point. Oh, and we’ve got a video for our track, ‘Sad Boys (All I Wanna Do)’, that should be released by the time this interview goes out. How about New Year’s resolutions? Brad: Probably less Maccies. Tom: In all seriousness, that’s not a bad shout. Brad: We don’t want to become a ‘fat band’, like Bowling For Soup or something. Dan: I need to stop watching so much indecent material on the internet. Ev: Maybe I’ll start a family. I think that’s a nice place to leave it.



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For audiences in 1977, the experience of seeing Star Wars for the first time must have been something quite awesome. As the opening credits fade into star-spangled space and give way to the massive Imperial Star Destroyer thundering across the screen, it’s easy to see why a whole generation was sucked into the adventure taking place on their local cinema screen, but transporting them to a galaxy far, far away. Released almost 40 years ago, Star Wars is now ingrained in our culture. In the UK census of 2001, over 390,000 people identified their religion as ‘Jedi Knight’, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism. The US Government’s Strategic Defense Initiative was dubbed the Star Wars programme, which Lucasfilm unsuccessfully tried to sue for. Sticks/torches/lollipops immediately become lightsabers in the hands of boys of any age. This very article is being written with a super cool blue lightsaber pen, on a Stormtrooper notepad, while I have a brew from my Yoda mug. Certain moments in the original trilogy have become some of the most universally recognisable and quotable in film history – ‘I am your Father’ (my 12yr old mind: blown!) Such is the omnipresent nature of the franchise. It’s an heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. Older men tell tales of the ‘Original Trilogy’, a simpler time when Princess Leia, Han Solo and Obi Wan were esteemed like Greek gods, where alien worlds were distant and strange but familiar and inviting, and where a little green goblin could lift spaceships using only his mind. Young people speak in hushed tones of the ‘Age of The Prequels’, a period of political unrest and intergalactic trade embargoes, where the mysterious ‘Force’ became microscopic life forms known as Midi-chlorians, the great Sith Lord Darth Vader regressed to being a moody teen, and a creature named Jar Jar Binks threatened 

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Legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan returns to the Star Wars fold after writing The Empire Strikes Back and co-penning Return of the Jedi nearly three decades ago.

Nev Pierce, E ditor a t- l a r g e f or E mp ir e M a g a z in e , te l l s us wh y S ta r W a r s wor ks. What’s your earliest/fondest memory of Star Wars? Probably being bewildered by the (relatively) downbeat ending of Empire Strikes Back. Like, ‘You can’t end HERE!’ Over the years, of course, this became my favourite Star Wars movie. Why do you think it’s such a phenomenon? There are mythic elements that resonate – Lucas was influenced by Joseph Campbell’s book on story The Hero With A Thousand Faces and Kurosawa, but the glorious nonsense of Star Wars is his. Combine the epic, colourful and exciting world with a certain naivety – and hope – and that’s powerful. That’s a pretentious way of saying: a boy like us got to fly spaceships. What most excites you about this new release? It’s a new story, using some beloved characters, but also new faces. It’s extending the picture. And, you know, LIGHTSABERS!

How much did you talk about balancing visual effects with the practical? We discussed balancing the effects and the physical properties of the movie endlessly. It was the primary issue for us. How do we take a human story with relatable themes and keep it feeling like a real story that’s been done by actors on real sets? With the original cast returning, how much fun was it to revisit those characters? It’s great to come back to characters you love. Leia and Han are great people to write for and now I’ve done it a lot.

For someone who is their age, there’s poignancy about how we lose our physical resilience. We deal with many things over a course of a lifetime. Some take a toll and some show up in lines in our face. When you stop resisting it, it can be a glorious thing. You’re grateful and appreciative for this journey that puts you through so many different paces. When you see Carrie Fisher and you see Harrison Ford, you see all that. We’ve followed them since they were so young. For Harrison to walk back onto the Millennium Falcon as Han, I don’t think anyone can watch it and not be thrilled. He looks so right and so comfortable. In the same way, Carrie Fisher had a cerebral nature at 21 and she’s got it now. The dream in a movie is to bring out what’s best in an actor, whether they’re 12 or 70. What is your hope for this film? I used one word from the beginning: it must delight. When you have John Williams writing the music, you’re part of the way there. When you have this entire group of craftsmen creating the images, you’re part of the way there. When Dan Mindel shoots a movie, you’re going to be delighted and when J.J. directs a movie, you’ll be delighted. We want them to say it delighted me, made me laugh, made me excited and the images affected my body in a way I have no control over. That’s what great movies do.


to bring the whole thing crashing in on itself. Now, though, with the imminent release of ‘Episode VII - The Force Awakens’, a new hope arises. Fathers across the land are dusting off their DVD Box sets, desperate to initiate their younglings into this piece of history, brought back to life for a new generation. The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of the original trilogy, and it would seem that the Jedi and the Force have become some kind of galactic myth. The Empire was defeated, but not destroyed. A new threat is emerging; obsessed with continuing the legacy of a certain helmeted asthmatic. Solo and Leia are now very old, Luke is a mystery and recluse, R2D2 hasn’t aged a day, and the 

In broad strokes, do you remember the key elements that needed to be in the film? Right from the start, there was a meeting of the minds about the things we wanted the new Star Wars to be. How it would be similar to the first trilogy. How would it be different, because times have changed and it’s been imitated so much. All our thoughts were similar. The movies had to get back to being tactile, rather than CGI. One of the wonderful things about the first trilogy is that it’s kind of funky and puts on a show. Then, things that interested us in the story were similar. It was a family saga, and we talked about how we could continue to play that in interesting ways - not just for new generations but for the people who saw A New Hope originally 40 years ago. So, you’re paying tribute to a tradition, a saga that has made an impact beyond anyone’s imagination. You’re trying to be supportive of it; loyal, honest, respectful of it and, at the same time, move it forward.



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 baton appears to be passing to a new generation of hero who know little of their legacy. But, as Han’s voiceover confirms, ‘It’s true… all of it!’ *cue shivers*. It’s the mix of old and new which seems to be getting fans excited, and is most likely the key to its inevitable stratospheric success. Pretty much all the central cast of the original trilogy are returning (no word yet on a Jar Jar cameo, other than rumours of remains scattered across the desert of Tatooine), including Mark Hamill, reprising his role as Luke Skywalker: ‘[The Force Awakens] seemed to combine so many elements of things that were instantly recognisable but put together in a new way,’ says Hamill. ‘Everything old is new again... It’s a seamless recreation of that world that George [Lucas] created, and yet with all new situations and characters.’ If Hamill is representative of the old-school, then newcomer John Boyega, as Finn, is the access point for a whole new generation of Star Wars addicts: ‘Finn is definitely the physical representation of the young generation when it comes to the Star Wars universe,’ says Boyega. ‘Star Wars has a huge following but there is a small percentage of young people who haven’t been introduced to the Star Wars universe... Finn is their direct link. He doesn’t know what’s going on and is freaked out by droids and aliens.’ Star Wars is a phenomenon. It inspires zealousness in its fans like nothing else – just spend ten minutes on the forums of Wookieepedia for evidence of this. Estimates vary, but it’s believed that almost 80 per cent of the U.S. Population have seen at least one Star Wars film. It helped change the landscape of Hollywood films, from intimate, character-based stories, to sprawling, effectsladen blockbusters. It almost single-handedly helped Fox to recover from being an almost bankrupt production company to becoming a thriving studio. But more importantly than its financial and cultural impact, Star Wars is personal. It’s a franchise that captures hearts and imaginations like nothing else. It’s a mythology for modern day, beloved by all ages. Like an old friend, it’s a world to return to time and time again. It’s a world I love, and one I can’t wait to introduce my kids to!


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The chances of successfully navigating an asteroid field according to C-3PO.


The number of minutes (13 hours 17 minutes - plus an extra 5 mins for the Special Editions) it takes to watch all six films.

Total global box office takings for all six films so far.


The price paid for a Boba Fett action figure, the most expensive Star Wars toy ever sold in auction.


The number killed when the first Death Star exploded. (265,675 crew members, 52,276 gunners, 607,360 troops, 30,984 stormtroopers, 42,782 ship support staff, and 180,216 pilots and support crew in case you were wondering).

First appearing as Han Solo in the opening instalment of the Star Wars saga back in 1977, Harrison Ford will reprise his role as the Millennium Falcon captain in The Force Awakens. Did you need persuading to come back? I had a degree of self-interest. I was very gratified when I first saw the script and thought there were some amazing ideas. Then I was very excited for the opportunity to work with J.J. Abrams, whom I’ve known for a long time. What did J.J. Abrams tell you about his vision? We had discussions about development of that character and his relationship to other characters in the story. They were very interesting and encouraging conversations. Then there was some work done in respect of the questions I had or input that I had with J.J. Abrams and I was pleased with that. Walking back on the Millennium Falcon set, what was that like? I spent a lot of years here, so it was fun to see it again. I didn’t remember it as well as I thought I did. There are things I remember about the cockpit and the funny stuff we went through. On the original cockpit, I asked George to let us get into it, so we could try it on for size. Finally, we did get a chance, Chewie and I, to walk into the cockpit. Of course, he couldn’t get into the seat. Flying it developed a little bit between iterations of the first three films, but it started to come back to me. What is it like working with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega? They are both very engaging personalities; both in their real lives and in their screen characters. I think the audiences will be delighted to make their acquaintance and follow them through the story. What do you hope audiences will take away from this film? Recognition of our common humanity and that all of us face the same kinds of problems in our lives, and that there’s hope. There’s joy in the celebration of right and wrong and in the recognition of truth that sustains us. And, they’ll have fun along the way.





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Ferndale Garden Centre may not be the first place you think of when you’re planning on buying a Christmas present, but don’t discount it. Among the array of Christmas trees and fairy lights sits these couch potatoes or “Spuddys” as they are affectionately named. Spuddy perfectly stores all the daily essentials of a man’s life: phone, remote and beer – all within easy reach as he whiles away the hours on the couch.

For the Harry Potter obsessives:

Lily Moore interiors are a small establishment located on Sharrow Vale Road, heaving with beautiful vintage inspired pieces for your home and garden. Contained in this glorious shop are some magical handmade boxes built here in England from reclaimed wood. The Harry Potter box is perfect for those thoroughly invested in Pottermore, and ideal to cram with stationery and other bits and bobs that need a place to be stored away.

For the Ladies:

Nathalie Bond Organics was founded in Sheffield two years ago and offer a range of quality gift sets, perfect to treat all those special women in your lives this Christmas. Their Ultra Gentle Gift Box is ideal for those who relish life’s more natural amenities – and great for ladies with sensitive skin! The collection of unscented products is crammed full with milder goodness like goats’ milk, apricot kernel and jojoba oils.

For the quirky ones:

Slotted away on Chapel Walk in the city centre sits a haven of handcrafted specialities, offering trendy goodies from quirky jewellery to woollen blankets. Bird’s Yard is a practical paradise for your quirky friends who would appreciate handmade and eye-catching gifts. Our favourite is the very affordable Melodies collection, which is an assortment of products using vinyl records to create things such as dangly earrings and fancy notebooks. Check it out.

For the person with too much stuff:

We all know one of those people who seems to have everything already, so instead of another smelly candle, why not buy them a nice time this Christmas? Spa 1877 provides a range of luxury treatments and spa days for both men and women. Featuring a restored Victorian Turkish Bath, a day here promises to be a real and unforgettable treat! The spa is hosting its annual Christmas shopping event on December 3rd, which not only includes information on the products and treatments they provide, but also mini-treatments and demonstrations, making buying the most-suited gift a lot easier! For more listings and reviews, head to | 39

For the beer connoisseurs:

Nestled within Sheffield’s antiques quarter, Hop Hideout is an ideal establishment to stock up on gifts for those who openly embrace the thriving craft beer scene. The shop provides all customers with a free gift wrap service, making it easy to bundle together a variety of different beers and ciders. You could even include some of their Christmas specials to really make things really festive. Their ‘Mary Christmas’ amber ale festively spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and the Belgian Christmas classic ‘Bush Noel’ would both be great shouts for festive tipples. Throw in one of their tote bags or branded half glasses, and you’ve created the perfect gift hamper this Christmas time.

For Sheffield’s proudly born and bred: Sarah Waterhouse is a local designer here in Sheffield and creates some wonderful hand-printed textiles all on sustainable, organic cotton fabrics. Handmade in her city centre studio, the Sheffieldish tea towel is a perfect present for those proud of their heritage. Sold at the Millennium Gallery’s shop or on her website, this is not only thoughtful, but also a useful gift.

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For the young’uns:

MoonKo is one of Sheffield’s best known hotspots in terms of independent, ethical products and gifts. Among their wide range of creations is a collection specifically designed for children. This includes the work of Donna Wilson whose assortment of quirky animal toys and modern take on the traditional rocking horse - “Hobby Horse”- is sure to provide hours of fun for all the young’uns.

Cocoa Wonderland located on Ecclesall Road is a heaven on earth for those with a sweet tooth. A dream come true for the two best friends that run it, this gem of a shop caters for all those who simply love and adore the sweeter side of life. This Christmas, Kate and Anne are crafting some very special treats for their customers. Their beautiful bird boxes are being crammed full of new chocolate creations, exploring classic flavours such as rum, raisin and eggnog. Boxes are priced at £6 and make for tasty stocking fillers for all the chocoholics in your life!

For the arty types:

With his brilliant takes on Sheffield culture, a Pete McKee print is a perfect present for Sheffield art fans. His Sharrow Vale Road Gallery now boasts a vast collection of not just prints, but books and all manner of accessories and objects. His collection of iPhone cases are an optimum choice for all social media enthusiasts or ‘The Snog’ tea towel, which features the same image painted on Fagan’s pub on Broad Lane, could be a great stocking filler for yer mam!

For the over-worked:

Colouring books for adults are becoming increasingly popular as a relaxing pastime away from the technological swirl of modern life. Sheffield’s Deckle Edge stationers supply a range of colouring books for adults, a perfect gift for those who could do with a bit of chill time. Sunshine and Blooms publication designed by Rachel Ellen is only £2.99, and will drop into a stocking brilliantly. 40 | For more listings and reviews, head to

For those who like a tipple:

There is no longer a need to scramble over the Cork and Kerry mountains to get some whiskey in the jar. Over at StarmoreBoss on Sharrow Vale Road, they have created it all for you and for only £10! This screw-top jam jar is filled with an award winning miniature of Irish Teeling whiskey, known as the Spirit of Dublin. Perfect for those partial to a wee dram. Sláinte!

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If you are looking for a floral gift this Christmas, instead of grabbing another last minute bunch of flowers from the supermarket, head over to Plantology on Division Street. This Christmas they are providing some wonderful festive treats for customers. This includes a quirky Vintage Cup and Saucer set for £10, the cup cleverly providing home for the potted plant, as well as our personal favourite the Airplant Bauble, which sees the shrub take centre stage in a spherical, glass ball for a very reasonable £12.50!

Tarr and Fether provide classic, timeless pieces of jewellery, all produced in Sheff. They also offer a range of necklaces, bracelets and rings that can be personalised with letters or numbers of your choice. Great for those wanting to impress someone special this Christmas time.

For fans of all things vintage: Hamper pamper:

Award-winning farm shop Beeches of Walkley has plenty of foodie offerings to fill your belly/stockings this year. Their special Christmas hampers range from £7-£40, and you can fill the straw-woven baskets with your pick of special marmalades, jams, chutneys, cooking sauces and honeys. There are also environmentally-friendly soaps and toiletries to add, or if you’re feeling a bit lazy, simply take a pick from the ready-made sets!

Not your typical Christmas gift:

If you need an event to get all your friends or work colleagues together over Christmas, The Great Escape Game in Sheffield would be an ideal choice. Voted number 1 on TripAdvisor, this immersive experience – based loosely on the British game show Crystal Maze – aims to test the participant’s common sense as well as logic. With prices ranging from only £15 per person, give them a real challenge this Christmas!

Vintedge, a jewel in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter, is a treasure trove of retro goodies offering clothes, records, furniture and all other manner of curios. Ideal for those who like a good rummage and perfect for those friends who would appreciate the effort gone into finding that ideal, if not eccentric, Christmas gift!

For the foodies:

Over in Crookes, Urban Pantry is the ideal place for those wanting to treat their foodie friends and family this yuletide. Packed full with lots of yummy goodness and proudly supporting local suppliers, the shop will be lending all customers a helping hand on December 4th, with a special Christmas evening. Not only is there a Prosecco drinks reception and cheese board tasters (what other excuse do you need?) but there will be a range of hampers displayed with constructed suggestions so that you can create the ideal gift choice and place pre-orders on the night! For more listings and reviews, head to | 43

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We’ve all got that spot at the bottom of the wardrobe for those clothes that we no longer wear: those shoes that don’t fit, that top you no longer like or a blouse which you only wore once. Well now you can get rid of them and make a bit of money doing it too! The Closet Treasure Boutique is the new kid on the block of The Forum shops, selling both new and pre-loved clothes, accessories and jewellery. You can bring in your old garms, up to ten items at a time, and if they’re in good nick they’ll sell them on for you – even better you’ll get half the sale price. It’s all the idea of Jessica Fogarty who told Exposed: “I started selling my own clothes online a few years ago, and following the success of that, I began to sell on commission for friends and family. Opening a boutique was the next step… We have various labels in store from Topshop and Zara to Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. People can indulge in luxury for less.” Closet Treasure Boutique can be found at Unit 7, The Forum and you can purchase online at


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A trio of meth-addled elves, holding dildos, taking a selfie from a tablet attached to a candy cane. £22,


Scar a younger relative for life by going in for a hug whilst wearing this 3D cheeky chappie. £23,


Something your auntie pulls out of the attic every Xmas and insists on wearing. Thankfully it comes with bells to warn you of her approach before she gets too close to give you a festive smacker on the lips. The musky smell does the same trick. £27,

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Fill Yer Stockings! We sent our fashion blogger Kate Mitchell on a Christmas challenge to hunt down some of the best spots in the city for stocking fillers on a strict budget.

More often than not, I leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute. And when it comes to stocking fillers for my nearest and dearest, I confess that most years I haven’t got much further than a tube of Smarties, novelty reindeer chocolates and socks. So when Exposed challenged me to hunt down some thrifty and imaginative stocking fillers on a £20 budget, I was daunted. But I soon found that Sheffield is home to plenty of places that make Christmas shopping pretty easy, and fun too. Here are my top shopping spots for little treats, and the goodies I came home with. Quaint and playful: Bird’s Yard Just one quick browse told me that this little treasure trove down Chapel Walk off Fargate is the Queen of stocking fillers, which instantly calmed my Christmas shopping nerves. It’s a vintage themed gift shop with a twist, as it plays host to a mix of small businesses under the same roof, a bit like a mini-market. One of my favourite sellers in the shop and the one that stands out for fun, quirky knick-knacks is Galabeer and the Dog. I couldn’t resist this little trinket box in the shape of a rather disgruntled cat, as it’s the perfect combination of comical and useful. Total: £8 Galabeer and the Dog: Mail:

Arty and homely: Millennium Gallery gift shop We’re lucky to have some great museums and galleries in Sheffield, but it’s an added bonus that they also have really tempting gift shops. The gift shop at Millennium Gallery is a fantastic, but slightly dangerous destination for sorting out your stocking fillers — dangerous because I just had the urge to buy several gifts for myself instead of my loved ones. My focus restored though, I chose Colouring Sheffield as a tongue-in-cheek gift for my boyfriend because he loves alpacas; I was sold when I saw there was a double page spread dedicated to the furry gang at Mayfield Alpacas. Total: £5 Millennium Gallery shop, Arundel Gate 0114 278 2600

Bargain hunter’s paradise: TJ Hughes For my last Christmas shopping stop, I headed down the Moor to my old trusty favourite TJ Hughes; ever since I moved to Sheffield, this has been my go-to place for cosmetics and accessories on a budget. I wasn’t disappointed, and got some gorgeous Bourjois eye makeup for my best friend, and a scarf for my boyfriend, an absolute bargain and no different from a much pricier one he used to have (I absolutely did not steal it). Scarf: £5, Makeup-£2, Total: £7 TJ Hughes, 1-3 The Moor, Sheffield So, my shopping trip complete, I was pleased I managed to snap up some thoughtful and unique stocking fillers for some of my favourite people and it came in at exactly £20, which isn’t bad. And I’ve also managed to track down some places in the city centre where I’m guaranteed a huge choice of great gifts, which will come in really handy if I’m still rushing round on Christmas Eve — because I’m pretty sure that’s an old habit I won’t be able to shake that easily… Merry Christmas!

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CUTTING EDGE Kirk from Good Vibrations recently spent some time working at a renowned tattoo studio in Colorado, offering scarification procedures to their clientele. We found out a bit more about the process.

Tell us about your recent excursion to the US. A studio in Colorado Springs had heard about my work and seen it online so dropped me a message out of the blue one day. I’ve never done a guest spot for body modification before so I thought it was a good opportunity. So how did you get into scarification? I was taught by Mac McCarthy (aka Dr Evil), who is arguably the UK’s most well-known body modification specialist. I’d already been branding people for a little while and it was the next obvious evolutionary step for me as an artist. Tell us a bit about the process? I’d love to, mate, but it’s a trade secret. For cutting and skin removal, I will use a variety of scalpel blades on the skin with the aid of numbing creams and sprays to ensure the client feels practically no pain. All of my customers tell me that it is far more pleasant to be scarified than to be tattooed. No noise from a tattoo machine and no pain, so it’s a very calming atmosphere. From an artistic perspective, what can you create via scarification that you can’t with a tattooing process? Well, comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. They’re both body art using the same canvas (your skin) but the process and end results vary dramatically. For example, some clients want a hypertrophic (raised) scarring as the end result. You shouldn’t really get that result from a tattoo unless you’re doing something very, very wrong. However, tattoos can be so hyper-realistic (see our artist Marc Warren for info) that you can

tattoo what appears to be a scar; however it won’t heal the same and you won’t get the same raised look. Both forms of body art I find very beautiful in their own way. What do you think somebody should consider before they opt for scarification? Do your research and choose an artist you know has been apprenticed/trained professionally. Due diligence is always advised when ensuring the artist chosen has the appropriate skill level. In our region (besides myself) I’d only recommend Nick Kilby for this type of body art. Once you’ve

chosen your artist, book a consultation to discuss your design choice as it may be that the design you want and the location on your body aren’t necessarily compatible so being flexible with the end design is always helpful. How do you see body modification evolving in the future? Well we’re seeing a lot of functional body modification taking place these days. Already being used is Near Field Communication (NFC) chips being implanted into the body which can unlock your phone, start your car, unlock your house door or simply be a cool way to store business card information for yourself to pass to others (available at Good Vibrations Tattoo). Maybe for the gamers, having special magnets fitted to your body that interact with the gaming environment so you can essentially feel what you’re going in the game (albeit at safe levels). That shit is cool.

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Alternative Christmas Snap ‘Tis the season to mix it up this Christmas, so stuff the turkey – it’s time to spice things up a bit! We’ve put together a selection of alternative ways you can make your festive foodie experience a bit more interesting this year. Centrepiece How about a platter of game birds? Snipe, teal, woodcock, and pheasant – each bird has an individual flavour and only take about 10 mins in the oven – so just bung them in while eating starters and you’re good to go! Another option could be a big ol’ juicy beef wellington, a succulent honey-roasted duck or even a luxury fish pie. Yeah, we said it – fish pie.

or spice for an added Christmassy feel. And to dip in that gravy, make some soft and buttery pull-apart stuffing bread. Another one for the vegetarians is roast winter vegetables with fondue sauce, or chuck in a cauliflower gratin and class it up a bit by adding truffles. Don’t worry, you can keep the Yorkshire puddings. They’re not going anywhere.

Veggie Option There’s nothing worse than being the token vegetarian at the table for Christmas dinner, but don’t fret! Why not try making yourself a vegetarian spiced strudel, featuring aubergines, roast peppers, cous cous and goats’ cheese, seasoned with ras el hanout and roasted in filo pastry? Absolutely delish. Or concoct a vegetarian pie – maybe filled with butternut squash, chestnuts, mushrooms in a creamy sauce, the options are endless! Taters Instead of roasties, do a great big dish of dauphinoise potatoes. The creaminess will complement the meat well and it has cheese in it. Need we say more? Baked and mashed root vegetables are also a tasty alternative – try seasonal veg topped with breadcrumbs, nutmeg and golden syrup. Yum.

Pudding A gingerbread bûche de noël would look glorious on the Christmas dinner table and would taste just as good with its festive flavours of ginger, cinnamon, treacle and golden syrup. Pair it with either a toffee sauce or custard and you’re good to go. If you feel more pizzazz is needed, have a go at making a chocolate orange and red velvet bombe. Drink If you find mulled wine too heavy, try mulled port & lemon – a refreshing alternative festive drink best served in ‘frosted’ glasses. For the little ‘uns, a hot mulled apple juice will keep them happy and to end a triumphant meal, brew everyone a hot mug of Christmas chai to clutch whilst watching films by the fire.

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Cafeology Flying High! Sheffield fairtrade coffee company Cafeology has been recognised by 2015’s Animal Hero Awards. Over 2,000 businesses, organisations and individuals were nominated for the ceremony this year, hosted in London by Britain’s Got Talent presenter Amanda Holden. Cafeology made it to the final three shortlisted in the Outstanding Business of the Year category for their bird friendly coffee initiative. The project also received a Guardian Sustainable Business award earlier this year. The scheme launched in partnership with the RSPB sees the production of coffee which is farmed in a way that protects the rainforest, encouraging migratory birds to flourish whilst also improving the livelihoods of growers. Cafeology founder Bryan Unkles said: “the environment has been at the forefront of our practices since we started the company in 2003. With this project we wanted to help protect migratory birds after hearing about how destructive some coffee farming can be to their natural habitats.” This single estate Arabica coffee is certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre in Washington DC as well as being the first coffee to be endorsed by the RSPB; a donation from the sale of every tin goes directly to the organisation. For more information about Cafeology and their bird friendly coffee, head over to their website: For more listings and reviews, head to | 53









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Tickets for Sheffield’s BeerX festival 2016 are now on sale. This popular annual celebration of all things hoppy and frothy is now in its fourth year and will feature over 250 types of drink including award winning ales and craft beers. The event has been put together by The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) who, due to its increasing popularity, will be placing a bigger emphasis on beer and food pairings this year. Alongside the famed 30 metre bar will be a selection of street food vendors, talks from brewers and industry experts as well as live music. BeerX will be held at Ice Sheffield between March 16 and 19. It may seem a long way off now but tickets always sell fast and can be purchased in advance via the wegottickets and SIV websites. With further details still to be announced, beer lovers can get up-to-date news about the event on the BeerX Facebook page or by following @ SIBA_BeerX on Twitter.

The Devonshire Arms Lightwood Lane, Middle Handley, Derbyshire S21 Tel: 01246 434800 THE PLACE

Braving the foggy drive through the dark lanes of Derbyshire, we arrive at The Devonshire Arms a mere 20 minutes after leaving Sheffield – and that’s after taking a wrong turn due to our dodgy map reading skills... (Perhaps it’s wise to take the advice of the staff and order a taxi next time, just £15 from the city centre). It’s a warm welcome on a chilly night, and despite its remote location there are plenty of diners enjoying a mid-week meal. Striking a balance between cosy and contemporary, we’re shown to a table tucked around the corner from the bar next to a wood burning fire.


With a menu that changes weekly, you’ll probably never have the same meal twice here. Champions of seasonal, local produce, tonight’s options are ideal for the inclement weather outside, and we opt for suitably warming dishes to fit the mood. For starters, the chicken leg with egg yolk, parsnip and hazelnuts is generous enough to be a main, and served with a deliciously creamy sauce, which is complemented beautifully by sweet, crunchy hazelnuts. We also go for the lamb sweetbreads, served with cauliflower and chanterelles. These are absolutely bursting with flavour, with subtle spices adding a lovely depth of

flavour to the buttery sweetbreads. For mains, the shoulder of venison is decadently served with foie gras, chestnuts and quince, which cuts through the richness of the meat, ensuring it is not overpowering. The belly of pork is equally tasty, and brought alive with some aromatic fennel, piccalilli sauce, crispy pancetta and puffed up crackling. Unaware that the dishes would also be served with fondant potato and seasonal vegetables, we ordered a side of hand cut chips. Although we couldn’t quite finish them all after devouring every morsel on our plates, they’re undeniably some of the best pub chips going. Absolutely worth that so-stuffedyou-can’t-move feeling. And in light of that, we only shared a dessert: a stunning chocolate financier with mousse and winter berries, finishing off the meal perfectly.


This is what modern pub dining is supposed to be about; an ever-changing menu bringing the best out of local produce and comfortable cosy confines to enjoy it in. Our server Damian is also worth mentioning – running both the bar and the floor by himself for the entire evening without letting anyone wait (and having time to chat to us about the menu) is no easy feat!

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Fahrenheit Bar & Grill St Paul’s Place, Arundel Gate, S1 2PN. Tel: 0114 228 8980 THE PLACE

Situated inside the popular Genting Casino and virtually impossible to miss beneath the huge ‘cheese grater’ in the city centre is Fahrenheit Bar and Grill, a swish venue offering fine-dining and refreshments in a classy environment. Greeted warmly upon arrival, we were taken away from the hustle and bustle of the casino to the restaurant floor behind the bar area and shown to our seats: a spacious leather booth situated at the back of the glitzy dining area. The décor is stylish and chic, but the venue still manages to retain an invitingly warm atmosphere, possibly aided by the sizzling 1000°F Josper grill stood pride of place in the open kitchen area.


We ordered bread and olives while browsing the starters. I eventually chose the black pudding Scotch egg while my partner opted for the seared scallops. Both dishes arrived in good time and were well presented: the scallops laid atop a bed of risotto with crispy slices of chorizo in between and the large Scotch egg accompanied with a mustard aioli sauce. The fresh and tasty scallops worked well with the fragrant rice and salty, spicy pieces of chorizo. The egg had a crisp outer shell, which split to reveal a lovely runny yolk inside, and perfected the traditional savoury taste with the wholegrain

mustard cutting through nicely. Time for mains, and the grill menu – combined with the sizzles and smells coming from the kitchen area – completely won us over. I chose the monster 16oz British rib-eye of beef and went along with our waiter’s recommendation of the special Fahrenheit sauce to join; while my partner went for the 8oz British sirloin. Both steaks arrived looking magnificent, with the rib-eye in particular serving as a mouth-watering display of meatiness. Cooked to medium-rare perfection, the rib-eye was delightfully flavoursome and the spicy chilli and bourbon based Fahrenheit sauce provided a nice kick with each chew. The sirloin, cooked rare, was juicy and succulent – the level of quality you’d expect from a restaurant which mature their steaks for 35 days beforehand. Far too full for a dessert each, our helpful waiter suggested sharing a smaller portion of the Cornish ice cream which came with two sugarfrosted shortbread biscuits and a salted caramel sauce. A sweet end to a wonderfully meaty evening of food.


With superb customer service and one of the hottest grill menus in the city, a quality evening out at Fahrenheit is a very safe bet indeed.

To celebrate the autumnal season, Head Chef Joe Berry over at Inox Dine carefully took on the rather shirked cuisine of game, with the restaurant hosting a special evening last month to celebrate the locally sourced meat. After the scrumptious appetiser of homemade bread and fluffy Yorkshire puddings, the starter that followed cleverly fused together the traditional pheasant with the tastes of China; a soy and lime glaze coating the meat, combined with the freshness of sesame pak choi. The main course followed a more traditional path, with the delicately cooked haunch of venison and remarkable venison bacon, accompanied by possibly the lightest and most creamy fondant potato I have ever eaten. The tart apple crumble to end was set off with a well-balanced salted caramel ice cream which brought the whole meal to a sweet conclusion. For more events at Inox Dine, head to

All Hail The Ale Sheffield takes the trophy yet again for CAMRA’s annual Beer Census showing our fair city to be THE destination for cask ale in the UK for the third year running. Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) surveyed 145 pubs in one day to record the number of unique cask ales available within the city. With a total of 730 hand pumps offering 385 different cask beers, this put Sheffield way in front of its nearest rivals Nottingham and York with only 334 and 281 different beers respectively. Now get thee to a pub, this calls for a pint! For more listings and reviews, head to | 57

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The Exposed Christmas List Ah, Chrimbo… it is, as Andy Williams crooned, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ or as Avid Merrion once sang, ‘Christmastime, it’s the place to be, I always wake up in a puddle of wee.’ To make sure your festive holidays consist of more than lying on the settee, watching the same old films and gorging yourself silly on chocolate and pork pies – though this is perfectly acceptable behaviour on Christmas day – we’ve put together an alternative guide on things to do around Sheffield city centre over Xmas.

TOP PICKS Diversity – Up Close and Personal

City Hall // From £25 // December 5 The Britain’s Got Talent winners are travelling the length of the country, dancing for their legion of devoted fans. The dance outfit incorporate several genres of music from classical to hip-hop into their eye-catching routines. Five sell-out UK tours later after winning BGT, Diversity has announced their most up close and personal string of performances yet.

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Bank Street Arts // Mostly free // October 3 – December 11 Centred around the Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, this festival celebrates book-related art in many forms. Exhibitions include installation, film, photography, painting, performance and of course books! Come explore 13 exhibitions that feature the work of over 70 artists – supported by performances, artist talks, workshops and informal events.

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Whether you glide across the ice like a pro or spend more time on your backside than upright, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the rink at IceSheffield. Stay active, have fun and get into the Christmas spirit all in one go – plus young’uns skate for free all December!

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Simply Havana a wonderful Christmas time this year is Cubana, Sheffield’s longest-standing and most popular tapas bar. Offering food, cocktails, live music and dancing across two floors, celebrate the holidays well – Latino style!

There’s nothing like a cosy pub at Christmastime, eh? And with its open fire, cockle-warming ales and hearty food, places don’t get much more snug or inviting than The Fat Cat when the weather outside is frightful.


Let the dogs out…

Owlerton Stadium

Why not try your luck with a night at the dogs? Situated just a five minute drive from the city centre, Owlerton Stadium offers a range of packages catering for all budgets. With an on-site restaurant, bars and late-night discos on offer, it’s a safe bet for a memorable evening. www.owlertongreyhoundracingstadium.

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Shake things up a little this year and see what a Bavarian Christmas entails. Mostly beer of course. But also throw into the mix some oompah, German-themed snap, plus more lederhosen than you could shake a bratwurst at and you’ve got one hell of a festive knees-up. Prost!

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Toby & Whitey’s ‘80s School Disco

City Hall // £16 // December 19 Join Toby Foster and Hallam FM’s Steve White for a fun-filled night crammed with shameless ‘80s classics. There’ll be live music from a brilliant ‘80s show band, video walls, a school photographer and the odd special guest knocking out the vinyl greats. Fancy dress is a must so put on your best blast from the past gear or school uniform and prepare to roll back the years.

Victorian Christmas Market

Kelham Island Museum // on sat 5th december 2015 A festive Dickensian welcome awaits at Kelham Island Museum. Head down for fun and shopping with over 120 stalls to browse. Activities include traditional crafts and skills, family fairground, live music performances, Santa’s grotto and reindeer.

Beer Central

With family and friends constantly dropping by unannounced over the holiday season, a well-stocked drinks fridge is a must. Sleigh down to the hoppy haven that is Beer Central and take your pick from the plethora of real ales, craft beers and ciders on offer.

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Just a small slice of what’s going on in Sheffield over the festive season!

Emergency Story Penguin

Studio // December 12 – January 2 // £10 The Emergency Story Unit is a secret organisation that deploy at a moment’s notice to wherever in the world there’s a story that needs to be saved. When news arrives of a stranded penguin all the way down in Antarctica, with your help maybe, just maybe, the penguin can be saved and tell her story once again.

The Snowman

City Hall // December 14 // From £12 The childhood classic is coming to Sheffield this Christmas and will be shown on a large screen accompanied by a live, professional orchestra. The enchanting live score is sure to produce a magical experience throughout – with the highlight being the famed ‘Walking in the Air’, sung by a young, local soloist. Not a dry eye in the house!

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Crucible // December 4-24 // £10 Head down to the Crucible for an interactive headphone journey around the theatre, perfect for intrepid adventurers and brave parents! Christmas trees are behaving strangely, plus there are rumours of grumpy fairies and elves throwing baubles at shoppers! Someone is out to spoil the fun, the clock is ticking and no one can stop it but you – you have 59 minutes to save Christmas.

Antiques Quarter Vintage Christmas Market

Abbeydale Picture House // December 13 // £2.50 Shop local and pick up something unique this year at the Antiques Quarter Christmas Market, featuring over 70 stalls, live music, a vintage toy exhibition plus a vintage Santa’s grotto.

FAMILY FUN Santa Cruises

Arch 16 Victoria Quays // December weekends // £12.95 Turns out Father Christmas had enough of the sleigh this year and opted for a boat! Come and meet the jolly fella on a cruise around Sheffield’s canals. There will be mince pies and a glass of warm mulled wine or tea/coffee for adults and fruit squash for the little ‘uns. Of course, Santa will be dishing out some gifts on board too!

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Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells

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Tropical Butterfly House// December weekends // From £8.50 At Tropical Butterfly House you can hitch a ride aboard a sleigh on your way to meet Santa at the enchanted grotto, then head to the elf workshop for Christmas crafts and activities. Alternatively, you can visit the nativity scene in the cosy stable before taking the kids to see the lemurs, meerkats, owls, snakes and the other animals you might find!

Chatsworth // November 7 – January 3 // From £11.50 Experience a magical evening tour through Chatsworth this year and journey through the scenes of the much loved Kenneth Graham classic The Wind in the Willows. Share the adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger as they celebrate Christmas at Toad Hall. Sheffield Cathedral // December 11 // From £3 Join a host of special guests for a magical evening of festive delights, candlelight and warming winter treats. Enjoy an evening of sing-along carols, festive readings and performances from thee Cathedral’s very own Singing for the Brain group. Not only that, all proceeds will help lead the fight against dementia.

Santa at the Museum

Weston Park // December weekends and 21-24 // £6 (including gift) The man in red and black is back, and once again Weston Park will be transforming their Arctic World gallery into Santa’s North Pole home. The big man himself will be there giving out quality presents to all the children on the nice list.


Last Laugh Comedy Club Christmas

City Hall // Selected dates throughout December // £18 Bring your pals and have a jolly old Christmas at the longest running comedy club in Yorkshire. Expect a brilliant night of comedy followed by the famous DJ Foxy’s cheesy disco. You’ll be kept entertained by some of the finest UK and international stand-up comedians throughout the month with a top drawer line-up.

Reading of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

Upper Chapel // December 9 // Free Come along and enjoy Dickens Fellowship member Mike Gardner’s characterful reading of the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation from a miserable old miser to a much kinder soul. A little seasonal treat hosted in the beautifully atmospheric Victorian setting of Upper Chapel.

Kate Rusby at Christmas

City Hall // December 9 // From £15 After 15 years of enchanting audiences up and down the land, Kate’s Christmas tour has for many become as much a part of the festivities as the turkey itself! She and her fellow musicians perform fabulous songs brimming with the goodwill of the festive season.

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Bloo 88 // December 8 // £20 Get merry with Bloo as they collaborate with StarmoreBoss for a night bringing you an informal and informative evening, touching on the history, style and taste of five specially selected Ports paired with perfect cheeses. Book a table at Bloo for 4 or more between 29-31 December and receive free prosecco!


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O2 Academy // December 12 // £13.50 Get ready for a festive throwback to the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s as O2 Academy holds the ultimate fancy dress disco in honour of the legendary Roxy Club. Expect mainstream pop, dance and cheesy anthems from the past.

The Great NYE Bash

The Leadmill // December 31 // £6 For one night of glitz and glamour, head to Leadmill for Sheffield’s swankiest Great Gatsby themed speakeasy event. A champagne fountain, photobooth, cocktails, dancers and fireworks will be there so make sure to get yer gladrags on to welcome 2016 – in style!

Christmas Party

Leadmill // December 19 // £5 (Free entry for Dead Sons ticket holders) Following what is sure to be a massive Dead Sons gig, Sonic will be throwing a huge Christmas party to celebrate DJ Adam Morley’s 25th year as Leadmill’s resident DJ. Guest DJ Steve Lamacq from BBC 6Music will be there, as will local rockers Drenge with a DJ set.

The Speakeasy Festival Special

Harley // December 26 // £3 See off the Boxing Day blues and swing away those extra pounds at the annual festive speakeasy event. Join the prohibition era with the finest jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues, soul, vintage and electro swing music from resident DJs & special guests.

Industry Christmas Party

Viper Rooms // January 10 // Free entry on guest list If you’re not quite ready to let Christmas go by the end of December (or you’ve been working your Christmas stockings off throughout the season), head to Viper for a delayed Christmas party. Expect ‘90s R&B, hip-hop and house music with DJ Lawrence James & The Homies.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Mod For It/ComRock Presents: Xmas Special

Maida Vale // December 23 // Free Teaming up to bring the best local and touring bands to Maida Vale, Mod For It/ ComRock Presents have booked in a huge array of live talent for their Christmas-EveEve bash. Performing will be Dan Horsham, Stephen Davies, Darren Eastell, Davey Wilson, Autumn In Eden and Tony Nicholson.

Big Shambles’ Mad Friday Christmas Party

Napoleon’s Casino // December 31 // £60 Bring in the New Year with Napoleons and enjoy an extravagant 4 course meal in their restaurant, with free prosecco at midnight and a DJ playing from 11pm ‘til late.

Community NYE

Soyo // December 31 // From £3 Round off the year with Community at Soyo, bringing you the very best in house, funk, soul and R&B music. You’ll be pleased to hear cocktails are 2-4-1 until 10pm and all advance tickets include a champagne reception – so let’s start the year as we mean to go on, eh?

The Washington // December 18 // Free entry before 11pm Big Shambles (featuring Nick Banks, lead drummer in Pulp) will be performing a selection of pop-tastic covers and festive favourites. Reg Against The Machine: one man and his tacky disco machine open the night, leading the ceremony for Sheffield’s most surreal Christmas carol singalong.

Genting New Year’s Eve

Mod for It Live Special Extra Gig

The Plug NYE Ball

Green Room // December 17 // Free Catch a groove with the best ‘60s, mod, British invasion, ‘60s soul, motown, northern soul, ska, 2tone, indie, new wave and Britpop music at the Green Room this Christmas. Top tunes and an enjoyable evening guaranteed.

Genting Club Sheffield // December 31 // £64.95 Celebrate and enjoy New Year’s Eve in true style at Genting with a delicious 5 course meal in The Fahrenheit restaurant and complimentary bubbly at midnight. The casino will be open and entertainment will be provided throughout the evening. Plug // December 31 // £8.00 Bursting with glitter, glitz and all that good stuff is Plug’s NYE Ball. Don your most glamorous outfit and prepare to be showered with champagne and feathers whilst enjoying entertainment from the dancing performers.

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TOP PICKS Rockaoke

The Leadmill // December 11 // £5 Rockaoke are the UK’s original live karaoke band and are coming to Sheffield this month. This could well be a life-made situation for those who love karaoke and have always wanted to embrace their inner Mick Jagger or Tina Turner.

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Foundry, Studio & Fusion // December 4 // £13.20 One of the hottest names in UK house music returns for another Sheffield date this month. Yorkshirebased DJ Daley Padley has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of the house scene since releasing first single ‘Let it Ride’ back in 2011. By 2013 he’d featured on Pete Tong’s essential mix, released his first album and had a Beatport #1 under his belt. Fresh from touring Europe and North America, the DJ brings a bass-heavy live set to the SU Student Union.


The Harley // December 10 // £5 Recently relaunched in Sheffield, SoulJam brings together the best sounds of soul, funk and disco, with carefully selected rare tracks thrown in for good measure. Sure to keep you bopping all night long, this one is not to be missed for boogie-lovers.

Burly Q Winter Ball The annual Burly Q Winter Ball is returning to Sheffield City Hall for its third year on Saturday December 12. The dazzling evening promises to be a whirl of excitement, with entertainment from a mix of the UK’s most wondrous burlesque and cabaret stars, as well as circus acts that will keep the audience thoroughly on their toes. This year sees cabaret star Lili La Scala in the show, whose commanding voice and razor-sharp wit has been popular with audiences all over the world. Awardwinning Burlesque artist Eliza Delite also stars in the show, promising to bring excitement to the audience with her vintage Hollywood inspired glamour. General admission to the event is £23, with additional dining options also available. Every ticket sold will also see a donation be made to ‘The Striptease Museum’, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the history of burlesque and striptease.

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club + Andy H

Plug // December 12 // £7 A DJ on BBC 6 Music 2002, Craig Charles has been bringing his favourite funk tracks to dancefloors across the nation for the last seven years. He takes over the Plug Saturdays this December, and if previous form is anything to go by, it’s going to be another huge night as Charles takes you on a funk and soul journey from the roots of the movement to modern club tunes.

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Amine Edge & DANCE

Tank // December 26 // TBC Famed for their unique sound and popular remixes, this French dance duet combine big bass funk and inspirations of ‘80s hip-house into an explosive combination which has seen them take the dance charts by storm and smash live sets around the globe. Ditch the turkey sarnies on Boxing Day and grab the UV paint!

Roxy Reunion: Christmas Cracker

02 Academy // December 12 // £12 Feeling nostalgic this Christmas? Then you can roll back the years in a legendary Sheffield nightclub. This December Roxy Reunion returns to the city bringing with it the best disco tunes from the ‘70s through to the ‘90s, and all in fancy dress.

Some Stagger Swagger A multi-genre mashup to kick the party season off, Stagger presents a night of house, dubstep, garage, techno and jungle. Hosted in the intimate surroundings of the Golden Harvest, DJs on the bill include Smiley Maxx, Platapussy, DJ Babestation, Percussive P, Rubiconman, 4TheWax and all of the Stagger crew. This event is not ticketed, but a recommended donation of £3 per person will go towards Assist, a Sheffield charity supporting destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, food and support to those in need. See for more info on the event and for more about Assist, head to www.

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Kevin Bridges’ record-breaking, sell-out 135 date European tour is named ‘A Whole Different Story’, but there will be nothing different about the experience for his fans. Achingly-funny original material brilliantly delivered with dead-pan seriousness – then moments when the 27 year old Glaswegian will crack into laughter himself at the absurdity of the real-life observation he’s in the middle of. The phenomenally talented Bridges will take every single person in his audience, leave them gasping for air as the driving comic narrative captures them and draws them from laugh to laugh, as the eccentricities and oddities of the world are laid bare via his razor-sharp observations, asides and soaring story-telling. It’s just what he does. His autumn 2012 tour, ‘Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues… smashed records with a staggering 45,000 tickets sold on the first day of box-office business. Nevertheless, this tour is a mammoth undertaking – half a year on the road all the while adapting, evolving and adding to his huge repertoire of new comic material so that, in his own words, the ‘Whole Different Story’ will in fact be quite a differently told story by the time the tour ends in Douglas, Isle of Man, in December. In the interim, beyond writing and fine-tuning this show, he’s become a house owner, been coached by José Mourinho, shown nautical skills in his nifty little boat, acquired a much-loved dog, written his brilliant, funny and revealing book ‘We Need To Talk About ... Kevin Bridges’, scratched an itch by attending the incendiary Boca Juniors v River Plate Buenos Aires derby at the legendary Bombonera Stadium and presented well-received shows tied-in to the Scottish Independence referendum. He’s also invested time and thought into rewarding his much-loved and permanently supportive parents for their role in his gigantic success – something he immensely enjoyed doing. Kevin explains: ‘I asked my dad [Andy] what is the one thing you would do if you could... what is your dream? ‘Andy loves trains so he immediately said, “a trip on the Orient Express!” And I was able to make that trip happen for him and my mum – which he loved. ‘I also took my mum [Paddy] on a trip to New York – she is a ‘WAG’ and you can keep that in! My mum definitely likes her handbags. But Andy made it clear to me he has financial security and doesn’t want for anything. I could buy him an expensive watch but he’s not interested. What excites my dad much more is when I come to him with a new idea for material, this new “bit” and I take out my notebook and we go over

it together and he is in fits of laughter. ‘He’ll chime in with his own wee ‘bits’ but he knows they’re shite and we’ll laugh that off and start talking ideas again.’ Making family proud is evidently a huge drive in Bridges’ career. ‘My dad was at my first-ever gig and we share that father-son bond through my comedy. After my first ever gig my dad welled up a bit and that was a huge moment for me, I was blown away by that,’ he recalls. Kevin’s consequent success is made all the more significant considering things were not always looking promising for the young Glaswegian at one point. ‘It had come after a time of 2-3 years not going off the rails as such but definitely getting into trouble at school; getting into trouble with the police a couple of times; falling in with a bad crowd. ‘From my parents’ point of view there was a sense of “what is Kevin going to do next?” So for my father to see me on stage for the first time being creative it meant I could say: “See dad, the police and teachers are not lying, I am quite funny!”’ Kevin’s sometimes rocky, always funny, path from anxious, tearful Primary school kid to talented, confident, successful stand-up comedian is explained in brutally frank and entertaining detail in his “notautobiography” (he wrote it ... it’s about his life but he really doesn’t like that adjective) ‘We Need To Talk About... Kevin Bridges’ book. However, none of this would have been possible without opting to take some significant ‘me’ time away from stage performances, a decision, he explains, is partially owed to advice from his father. ‘If you’re working extremely hard and you’re chasing a level of quality to which you’ve made people accustomed then you’re on a kind of treadmill – with the button jammed up to top speed! The process is all about having to keep up with yourself plus the demand you’ve created. I never once felt like I could relax and be Kevin Bridges.’ Following the advice of his dad, the break allowed him to take stock, relax and ensure that the next tour wasn’t rushed into, as he sees preparation and motivation towards his live shows the key to making them successful. ‘This tour will be my first for three years and I initially thought that if I took that much time off people would forget about me... but they haven’t. What has become very apparent to me is that you need a reason to tour. You need the right mind-set. I have a sense of gratitude and calmness but I still have the insecurity and it is that insecurity – I have 10,000 people coming to see me at some gigs – that motivates you to do the work. You need that deadline and that pressure because without it you are nothing.”


How Now Mrs Brown Cow

Sheffield Arena // December 1-4 // From £24.75 Brendan O’Carroll’s hilarious hit comedy displaying the trials and tribulations of Irish nanny Agnes Brown and her family ends with How Now Mrs Brown Cow, the fifth and final chapter of the venture. Touring the UK since March, the show will centre on the crazy family in the runup to the chaotic Christmas period, with plenty of capers and hilarity sure to ensue.

Leadmill Christmas Comedy Club

The Leadmill // December 2 // £6 The Leadmill’s Christmas comedy club sees the likes of the award-winning Archie Maddocks, apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo Graham, musical comedienne Kate Lucas and ‘daft’ Dave Johns take to the stage. Top notch comedy accompanied with top nosh from Street Food Chef. Ideal.

Ed Gamble

The Plug // December 18 // £7 Brand new comedy night Plug Laughs kicks off this month with British stand-up comedian Ed Gamble. Best known for co-presenting The Peacock and Gamble Podcast, he has also regularly appeared on popular TV shows Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. His recent starring role as Georgie Carlton, a minor royal, in BBC America’s first original comedy commission Almost Royal, has now seen him branch out overseas.

Danny McLoughlin @ Funhouse Comedy Club

New Barrack Tavern // December 6 // £5 The New Barrack Tavern, renowned for its live comedy and real ales, is welcoming Danny McLoughlin on the comedy circuit as part of the Funhouse Comedy Club Christmas Special. Having supported some big names in comedy including Micky Flanagan, McLoughlin was also a finalist in Chortle’s Student Comedian of the year in 2008.

Giggle Aid VII @ Bramall Lane

Bramall Lane // December 13 // £22 Returning for its 7th instalment in The Platinum Suite at Bramall Lane, Sully O’Sullivan returns as compere with an all-new cast, bringing you three solid hours of stand-up comedy. Headed by Irish comedienne Aisling Bea and with cabaret style table seating, Giggle Aid is an ideal event for Christmas parties or any group who appreciate good quality stand-up!

Kevin brings his “A Whole Different Story...” tour to Sheffield City Hall on December 6 and 7, tickets are available from www. sheffieldcityhall.

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Thursday 3rd December | 1.00pm

LUNCHTIME SINGING Tickets: £6.60 (£6)

Thursday 3rd December | 8.00pm

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Tickets: £23.10 (£21) Concessions: £21.45 (£19.50)

Friday 4th December | 8.00pm

FRANKLY SINATRA Tickets: £28.60 (£26) Concessions: £26.40 (£24)

Saturday 5th December | 11.00am


Saturday 5th December | 7.30pm

DIVERSITY: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL THE EXCLUSIVE TOUR 2015 Meet & Greet: £99 Up Close & Personal: £48.50 Tickets: £38.50 (£35), £27.50 (£25) Sunday 6th December | 8.00pm


Sunday 6th December | 7.30pm

ALL STARS OF COMEDY: INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SPECIAL Limited Early Bird Price: £19.25 (£17.50) Tickets: £22 (£20) Monday 7th December | 8.00pm


Tuesday 8th December | 2.30pm

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES Tickets: £13.20 (£12) Concessions: £12.10 (£11)

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Wednesday 9th December | 7.30pm

KATE RUSBY AT CHRISTMAS Tickets: £27.50 (£25) Under 16s: £16.50 (£15)

Thursday 10th December | 7.30pm

FISH: FAREWELL TO CHILDHOOD Tickets: £27.50 (£25)

Sunday 27th December – Saturday 2nd January | 2.00pm & 6.15pm Sunday 3rd January | 12.00pm & 4.00pm


Tickets: £20.90 (£19), £17.60 (£16), £15.40 (£14), £12.65 (£11.50), £12.10 (£11), £8.25 (£7.50), £7.15 (£6.50). Concessions: £19.80 (£18), £16.50 (£15), £14.30 (£13), £11.55 (£10.50), £11 (£10), £7.15 (£6.50), £6.05 (£5.50). Friday 15th January | 7.30pm

Wednesday 3rd February | 7.30pm


Friday 5th February | 7.30pm


Saturday 12th December | 3.00pm & 7.00pm


Saturday 6th February | 8.00pm

Tickets: £23.10 (£21), £20.90 (£19), £17.60 (£16) Students & U18s: £5.50 (£5)

Saturday 16th January | 3.00pm


Saturday 12th December | Doors 7.30pm, Show 9.00pm

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THE BURLY Q SHEFFIELD Monday 18th January | 7.30pm BURLESQUE AND CABARET WINTER BALL ALEXANDER VIP Dining: £51.65 (£46.50) ARMSTRONG: A YEAR Tickets: £25.25 (£22.50) OF SONGS LIVE Sunday 13th December | 3.00pm & 7.30pm Tickets: £38.50 (£35), £27.50 (£25)


Thursday 21st January | 7.30pm


Tickets: £22 (£20), £17.60 (£16), £15.40 (£14) Senior Citizens: £16.50 (£15), £15.40 (£14), FLEETWOOD MAC Tickets: £35.75 (£32.50), £24.75 (£22.50) £13.20 (£12) Under 14s: £8.80 (£8) Friday 22nd January | 7.00pm Monday 14th December | THE HALLÉ 1.30pm & 7.00pm Tickets: £23.10 (£21), £20.90 (£19), THE SNOWMAN £17.60 (£16) Tickets: £22 (£20), £18.70 (£17), £16.50 (£15) Students & U18s: £5.50 (£5) Concessions: £18.70 (£17), £16.50 (£15), Saturday 23rd January | 7.30pm £14.30 (£13), £13.20 (£12) Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £71.50 (£65), ROY CHUBBY BROWN £60.50 (£55), £53.90 (£49) Tickets: £22 (£20) Tuesday 15th December | 8.00pm Saturday 30th January | 7.30pm

Tickets: £20.90 (£19)

Wednesday 10th February | 7.30pm

REBECCA FERGUSON: LADY SINGS THE BLUES TOUR 2016 Tickets: £38.50 (£35), £31.25 (£28.50), £24.75 (£22.50) Thursday 11th February | 8.00pm

JIMEOIN – YEEHAA! Tickets: £19.25 (£17.50) Concessions: £16.50 (£15)

Saturday 13th February | 9.00pm


Sunday 14th February | 7.30pm


Up Close & Personal: £38.50 (£35.00) Tickets: £27.50 (£25), £19.25 (£17.50) Sunday 14th February | 7.30pm



Wednesday 16th December | 7.30pm


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Class of The albums of the year courtesy of the Exposed office… Rachel (Mag Co-Editor)

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The Arcs – Yours Dreamily “The side project of Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Soulful, psychedelic and just downright lovely all over.” Best tracks: ‘Stay In My Corner’ and ‘Outta My Mind’

Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back “Great mish-mash of styles from their previous albums – very moshy but also has a lot of feels. #metawwwwl” Best tracks: ‘Murder All Over!’

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Jamie XX – In Colour “Absolute genius from Jamie XX, this. I’ve been playing In Colour almost non-stop since the summer and it still hasn’t got old. Mixing house, pop and RnB with haunting instrumentals and vocals, it’s the best dance album I’ve heard in yonks.” Best tracks: ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, ‘Loud Places’ and ‘Gosh’

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Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space “This second album, unlike their first, occasionally brilliant, album, had a narrative and consistency as it sampled newsreels and NASA reports to capture the excitement of the ‘space race’ between Russia and the USA to land a man on the moon.” Best Tracks: ‘Sputnik’, ‘Gagarin’ and the exhilarating ‘Go!’

Foals – What Went Down “Hard act to follow with Holy Fire as that was my favourite album of 2013, but they’ve smashed it.” Best tracks: ‘Night Swimmers’ and ‘Lonely Hunter’

Slaves – Are You Satisfied? “A joyous racket from the Kentish punk peddlers. It blew my balls.” Best Tracks: ‘Cheer Up London’ and ‘The Hunter’

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Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Angels & Ghosts “The deep melodic tones of Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan resonate in harmony with the soulful production of the highly under-rated Soulsavers.” Best tracks: ‘All of This and Nothing’

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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly “How do you follow up one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop albums of all time? Kendrick’s answer – you make an even better one. Hard-hitting rap over funky, jazz-inflected beats that intelligently and unerringly challenge topics others remain reluctant to tackle.” Top Tracks: ‘The Blacker the Berry’, ‘Alright’, ‘King Kunta’

All We Are – All We Are Nabbed this from the office and played the shit out of it all summer. Think Mystery Jets meets Slow Club. Half of the songs have an indiepop ‘80s vibe and the other have a very sexy ‘70s thing going on. Best tracks: ‘Feel Safe’ and ‘Honey’

Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh One man, some electronics and a hell of a big noise. The second album from Fuck Buttoner, Benjamin John Power, really ramps it up to 11. Huge tunes intertwined with sweet synths make for a great listen. Best Tracks: The double whammy of ‘Loam’ and ‘Dead Format’

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Sat amidst the chaos of a Café #9 refurb in Nether Edge, whilst panels of wood are being passed to and fro above a full house of indifferent coffee drinkers, it occurs to me this is all very ‘Pulp’. As I learn from Russell Senior, guitarist and violinist of said band, this is a very unintentional adjective that has been attributed to much of their clothes, actions and music. ‘It means fun, homemade, quirky; a mash up of styles, colours and ideas’, Russell says, ‘Of course, all words which we hated being described as’. The noisy, chaotic yet charming setting that Russell has picked for our interview fits the bill. Most of the staff in there are good friends, and have played their parts in Freak Out The Squares, Russell’s recently released book about what life was like being in Pulp. ‘It’s the kind of book I thought I always ought to write. I’d not seen any programmes on Pulp or documentaries of the Britpop stuff that even scratched the surface. They all just go on the Blur vs Oasis stuff. I thought I should get it down while it was still fresh.’ It was on the 2011 tour when Russell rejoined Pulp – nearly 14 years after leaving the band – that he began keeping a diary. ‘Doing the tour reinvigorated the trip down the synapses to the other stuff. Whilst I was writing this diary we’d go into a place and it would remind me of the last time we were there. So I had the perfect in.’ ‘A lot of people get the best ideas in transit anyway. Somebody needs to go away from their cherished place, to be able to look at it from a distance.’ This is something which is touched upon in Freak Out The Squares, the fact that it was only when most of the band moved to London that Sheffield became a big part of their identity. ‘In a way it seems kind of bogus, and people can milk the professional northerner shtick 76 | For more listings and reviews, head to


for a lifetime. Sheffielders seem to get awfully romantic about the most unlikely of dog turds floating down the River Don. Those cooling towers that everyone has screen-printed onto t-shirts… Sheffielders hate something until it gets knocked down and then they get all dewy-eyed about it.’ In a sense this is what happened to Pulp themselves. A band for ten years before getting picked up by the mainstream media, they did their fair share of meagrely attended pub gigs across northern cities before they fell into their stride alongside bands like Blur and St Etienne in Paris and London. It was during the ‘90s, when away from their hometown, that those who previously disregarded Pulp became fans. Was there ever a moment when it felt like time to give up? ‘Yeah I definitely got to the point where I thought, “oh sod this, let’s look for a proper job.” In a way it was that fortuitous moment, as I describe in the book, when you throw out the odd sock, you find the other one. When deciding to quit, all of a sudden we got this concert in France, which was way out of our normal kind of orbit.’ ‘We encountered bands we could be friends with, whereas before we were seen as a bunch of weirdos. We met Blur and Lush and they were all “let’s party and be friends”. There are lots of roots of the Britpop thing, but for me that night in France, the north and south collided and it kind of began. Isn’t that ironic?’ One of the book’s main strengths is how it depicts the band’s antics around this time. The chapters are short and brilliantly titled, portraying (often hilarious) events with what appears to be a small circle of the same people. There’s very much a ‘scene’. Has British pop music come close to this since? ‘Not as far as I’m aware. But I couldn’t tell

you what’s number one now. I’ve not picked up the sense of there being a movement. I suppose you could say dubstep was, but that was confined to certain cities. Britpop became a mass thing. It was the weirdo jumble sale kids wearing the cheap plastic jewellery who all of a sudden were at the top end of the charts, as opposed to being a subculture. I don’t think a subculture has gotten into the mainstream really since then.’ ‘People have more options now. Record collections are just as much old music as new, with ready access to a wealth of genres. There used to be two tribes: you were a rocker or a mod, a townie or whatever… you had your mortal enemy. I don’t think polarised youth cults exist in the same way. Maybe today’s style is the eclectic style?’ He has a point. You can’t necessarily tell

from looking at a band or a person what kind of music they are going to play, or what they listen to. And while Russell may not know who is in the Top 40, an eye is still kept on interesting upcoming talent. The last gig he went to was Faerground Accidents, a band who have invariably been compared to Pulp. ‘Have they? I can only approve. They’ve definitely got that edge-of-madness thing. It’s not like “oh, we’ll get in a band”, obviously it’s a compulsion. I hope they hold it together long enough so they can fly before they crash. It’s that combustibility though that’s appealing about them. And necessary.’ Perhaps it’s a similar quality that leads Russell to say in his book: ‘I think Jarvis is the best frontman since Mick Jagger.’ He’s certainly renowned for his outlandish dance moves and cat-like escapades… ‘There was one venue in France with a low ceiling and this pipe just above the stage. He climbed up, completely over the audience and then tried to get back and couldn’t. Then he fell off, and had to be passed back… He was good at getting up, but not down!’ Being in a band like Pulp at the height of their fame may seem like the ultimate dream, but for Russell, it was never the beall and end-all, and he left in 1997. Since Pulp, Russell has worked as an antiques dealer and now concentrates full-time on writing. ‘I never intended it to be a career. I never thought of it as a retirement plan. It’s just something you do for a bit. It’s like fresh flowers not lasting: they’re beautiful but they don’t last long. I always thought of pop and us and our career as fluttering into life and fading away. I find a romantic attachment to the idea of transience. God that sounds pompous…’

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turin brakes lost property

Back at the turn of the millennium, when quiet was the new loud, Turin Brakes rode the crest of the semi-acoustic wave along with the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, The Delgados and Kings of Convenience. Somewhat against some people’s expectations (not mine, I hasten to add) they’re still around, and producing music that is not only just as good as it ever was, but that has also progressed and developed. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian are as ever at the heart of the band, with Olly’s lyrics and vocals sitting perfectly with Gale’s inventive but sympathetic guitar work. On this, their seventh album, the music is sometimes heartfelt and moving, on songs such as ‘Brighter Than The Dark’, or the stripped down ‘Martini’, and at other times retains their poppy/West Coast sound that we know and love, with songs such as the two opening tracks ‘96’ and ‘Keep Me Around’. The overall sweep of the album is much more than the sum of its parts, as the songs all come together to create ebbs and flows, emotional highs and lows. Although there are stand-out tracks here, don’t wait until someone pulls one or other of them off the album as a single that they think might sound good on the radio. Celebrate the longevity of one our most consistent British bands, get yourself the full package and immerse yourself in Turin Brakes. 8/10 MP

PUMPIN’ ON MI STEREO King Geedorah Take Me To Your Leader

Enigmatic self-styled supervillain and rapper MF DOOM switches aliases so often it can be difficult to keep up with his expansive discography. For 2003’s Take Me To Your Leader DOOM developed perhaps one of his wackiest pseudonyms yet: channelling the persona of King Geedorah, a three headed monster from outer space. For the most part he takes a step away from the mic, instead focusing on lo-fi production which mixes everything from old sci-fi soundtracks to action movie samples. This leaves space for his Monster Island Czar affiliates to take centre stage, and each rapper shines magnificently. It is perhaps DOOM’s most inventive effort yet and deserves a listen even if it involves straying into the downright weird side of hip hop. SF

Ellie Goulding Delirium Claims from Ellie Goulding that Delirium, her third album, was a chance for the Brit Award winner to move away from the ‘generic pop artist’ label she was slowly slipping into appear fruitless at best. The intro track, two minutes of beautifully haunting vocals, bodes well early on for a change in tack; however it ultimately builds towards nothing, and as soon as the radio-friendly pop synths of ‘Aftertaste’ kick in, it becomes clear that Goulding is sticking with the mainstream. Initially making her name combining poppy beats with distinctive wispy vocals and folky sounds, Goulding has often succeeded in producing engaging enough chart-topping hits. But with Delirium, her once distinctive sound shifts towards the dirge of homogenised dancefloor pop hits designed purely for inclusion on a Radio 1 playlist. The EDM influence is still there; with some upbeat synth hooks and cliché beat drops often backing the vocals. ‘Army’ is one of few tracks that begin with acoustic sounds, but sure enough it soon devolves into an uninspired bass-driven beat. There are still several, well-crafted, catchy songs – ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Love Me Like You Do’ both fall into this category – but the problem is, there isn’t enough of these strong poppy numbers to enjoy throughout the hour-long running time. In the main, Delirium disappoints due to the build-up suggesting a step in an interesting new direction for Goulding. Instead she seems to have surrendered much of what made her unique. 5/10 SF

electric six bitch don’t let me die No matter how hard they work, Electric Six seem destined to always be remembered as a two song band. Despite having released an album every year since Fire, their debut record, the six-piece Detroit band will forever be associated with noughties cock-rock hits ‘Gay Bar’ and ‘High Voltage’. On Bitch Don’t Let Me Die, album number 11 (yes, 11!), the sextet have returned with a rock opera in tow which, in their own words, ‘is an exploration of death and mortality’. But don’t worry if this sounds like an uncharacteristically serious style, ‘cos there’s still plenty of crazy, twisted humour to enjoy as well as the customary dose of outlandish rock and roll, the music dips in and out eclectic mix of genres – from the synth pop ballad ‘Kids are Evil’ to the country and western inspired ‘Dime, Dime, Penny, Dime’, with silly riffs and thunderous drums the main constant throughout. This album proves that this band can whip up an immensely enjoyable raucous, which is no mean feat after over a decade in the biz. We salute you, Electric Six. 6/10 SF For more listings and reviews, head to | 79

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TOP PICKS Bugzy Malone

Plug // December 10 // £12 Manchester born wordsmith Bugzy Malone is quickly developing a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest urban talents. An influential force in the recent grime revival, a steady stream of tracks and wellpublicised beef with fellow MC Chipmunk has created a hype which has seen him nominated at the MOBOs in the Best Newcomer and Best Grime Act categories. It’s guaranteed to be a lively night.


Picture House Social // December 17 // Free Following a busy Tramlines set at Queens Social Club, Shopping return to Sheffield with their distinctive pop-punk sound in tow. Flying the flag for the DIY band scene, the band released first album Consumer Complaints on their own label and hand-delivered the first batch of 1000 discs to music stores across the UK. The three-piece have been steadily building momentum and picking up fans since.

The Sherlocks

Plug // December 19 // £10 A massive homecoming gig for a band that’ve recently made the transition from local scene to Radio 1 and 6 Music Playlists. Tipped as one of the most promising guitar bands to come out of South Yorkshire for a long time, the band from Bolton upon Dearne have a repertoire of hard-hitting indie anthems which have won them plaudits and fans across the UK. With their most recent single ‘Heart of Gold’ seeing the band’s popularity reach its peak, exciting times lay ahead for this upand-coming outfit.


Corporation // December 13 // £10 One of the hottest live punk acts on the scene, Gnarwolves bring their energetic show to Corporation. The band, who have toured the US and played the Reading and Leeds main stages this year, are known to throw themselves headfirst into every show – often literally. Expect stage dives aplenty and a strong repertoire of classic skate punk tunes.

Don Broco

Plug // December 4 // £15 The Bedford rock band have received somewhat of a makeover recently, having shed their hard rock looks for Hawaiian shirts and pastel suits. The change in style is has been part of an effort to reach a wider audience with new album Automatic – which serves up a synthy, pop-rock treat. Change of direction aside, the four-piece still make a racket at their live shows – grab a ticket and find out!

The Everly Pregnant Brothers Present: The Last Temptation of Crust

O2 Academy // December 19 // £20 A true musical treasure of Sheffield, join The Everly Pregnant Brothers for this year’s Crustmas Special. The uke-toting brothers will bring their hilarious repertoire of puntastic tracks – with perhaps a few festive specials thrown in – to a local audience who’ve packed out venues with the group for the last five years.

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With latest album Get To Heaven receiving widespread acclaim, a Top 10 entry in the charts, and a near Mercury Prize nomination (they just missed out, despite the bookmakers odds being at 4/1), it’s no wonder the Leadmill was at capacity for Everything Everything last month. Their most audacious yet, the band have explored new realms with their third studio album; venturing into current affairs and politics with the lyrics whilst blending sounds of synth-pop and indie/art rock seamlessly. Despite the bizarre matching bomber jacket ensembles (they’re not a band with a particularly strong image), Everything Everything take to the stage with a magnificent presence, and it’s not long until I’m convinced they must be one of the hardest working bands out there. They’re extremely tight-knit, and sound far better live than on any record. Lead singer Jonathan Higgs’ falsetto voice is outstanding, as are the harmonies that follow in many of their songs, notably ‘Fortune 500’. Other stand out tracks include throwback to the first album, ‘MY KZ UR MF’ new favourites ‘Regret’, ‘Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread’ and the inevitable encore song ‘Distant Past’; though even with the lesser known songs, the audience is captivated. In just five years, Everything Everything have only gone from strength to strength. If they keep up this momentum, their next album is sure to be off the charts. Words: Rachel Heward Pic: Kevin Wells ‘Double Reyt!’ Hawley’s opening gambit of crowd interaction is settling – if only for him. ‘We’re back,’ he points out before treating the audience to an early rendition of ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ after the blistering opener, ‘Which Way.’ He is calm, masterful at his art; and showing some of the excitement of a lad showing off in front of his mates – covering every spare bar with swirling guitar solos. The set list is carefully arranged: tracks from Hollow Meadows, such as ‘I Still Want You’ are beautifully rendered by the band’s violinist, Charlie Beresford, and sit effortlessly alongside classic tunes like ‘Coles Corner.’ There are more than enough standout songs from the new album to add an extra dimension to Hawley’s beautifully melodic crooning and stand up rock and roll, which allow him to freely wield his arsenal of guitars to impress the faithful. As he points out at the end of the set, ‘it says Richard Hawley on the ticket but it’s slightly misleading, ‘cos we’re a band.’ Behind him are four hugely talented men, a delicate, waltzing ensemble; a coiled spring, prepared to release the kraken at any moment. The stage is a sea of pedal boards and effects, they have a sturdy back line and the tightest of rhythm sections which comprise the ‘Good Ship Hawley.’ There is a hush. Our Richard once more offers his sincere gratitude at the turnout of fans. ‘We love you’ he expresses, as drummer Dean Beresford counts in the first bars of his classic closing track, ‘The Ocean.’ ‘I’ll probably see you in Cole Brothers or summat.’ DOUBLE REYT. Words: Richard Snowden For more listings and reviews, head to | 81

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One of the biggest dates on the advent calendar of Sheffield music fans over the last couple of years has been the Joe Carnall & Friends Xmas Bash. The ex-Milburn frontman, now embarking on solo project Joe Carnall Jnr, has seen the shows grow from the back room at The Greystones to this year’s venue of the O2 Academy. Giddy as a nipper on Christmas Eve, we went to find out what surprises he has in his stocking this year. So, Joe, what’s Christmas like in the Carnall household? Growing up, my brother and I used to have a designated sofa each (the same ones that would spend the rest of the year being our indoor football nets) where Santa would put the presents. These days it’s more of a ‘wake up hungover and spend the rest of the day eating your own body weight’ sort of affair. Nowadays Christmas Eve is the best bit – the pub is always packed and everyone is nice to each other. It’s quite utopic really. Film-wise, are you keeping it old-school with It’s a Wonderful Life or new-school with Elf? I’m slightly ashamed to say that I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. I was bought it on DVD for that reason but never got round to it. This year is the year. Not really an Elf man. I find the Frat Pack stuff a bit tedious if I’m honest. Soz. No, Home Alone is unbeatable… ya filthy animal. Favourite Christmas tune? Got to be East 17 - Stay. I think this was my brother’s first ever single and what a belter it is!

And least favourite? Cliff Richard - Saviour’s Day. I grew up singing hymns at school and there are some belters. This, on the other hand, is pathetic. Let’s talk about the Joe Carnall and Friends shows, which have become something of an institution for Sheffield music fans. Did you expect them to take off in the way they have? Not at all. I did the first ones in 2011 as a sort of last minute ‘it’ll be a laugh’ thing. Then they just grew, selling out each year. I’ve gone from playing in the back room of a pub to playing the biggest venue in Sheffield outside of the arena. Not bad going really! If you could get one person or band to join you on stage who would it be? Great question. I’d like to do something with Rebecca from Slow Club. She’s got an incredible voice and it’d be nice to do something a little less ‘ladcentric’. So if you’re reading, Rebecca... Any surprises up your sleeve for this year’s Christmas gig? Now that would be telling. I’m hoping to cast my net a bit wider

this year. The venue has got bigger, the show needs to follow suit. There have been plenty of memorable moments at these gigs – the E17 cover was a particularly memorable moment (the jacket was bang on, too). What have been your highlights from past shows? That jacket was a huge risk but it paid off! I got some funny looks backstage before that. My favourite moment was probably at the Leadmill when we did a version of Bowie’s ‘Starman’ with Rowley (ex-Milburn) on guitar and Charlotte (The Subways) on bass. It sounded good and the crowd seemed to like it. And how are the new tracks coming along? They’re sounding great in the practice room. I’ve got plenty of material to be getting on with, so I’m just waiting to get back in the studio and finish the album off for early next year. What’s on the list for Joe Carnall this year? A Sheffield Wednesday promotion push. Now that would be a dream. Finally, your New Year’s resolutions – let’s hear ‘em! I’ve never had any to be honest. I suppose next year it would be to do everything in my power to make sure that I make the best record possible and that people get to hear it... and to not get disheartened when things don’t go exactly to plan. That’s what happens in this business! Catch the Joe Carnall Jnr & Friends show at the O2 Academy on December 23. Tickets available from www.

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Winter Rocks!

A call to arms for all you Sheffield rockers! After a sell-out debut year Winter Rocks is back on December 5, returning to Corporation with a packed line-up spanning the entire spectrum of rock music. Headlining will be British rock and blues band The Temperance Movement who, after touring in support of none other than The Rolling Stones last year, are ready to see out 2015 with a bang. Other big name acts include Scorpion Child, Crobot and Fozzy, a US heavy metal band fronted by WWE star Chris Jericho. The second stage will feature some of the best homegrown talent as well as Welsh rockers Buffalo Summer, who will be playing out the night. Promoter Stuart Turner told Exposed he is

delighted with the level of bands this year: “I’ve always wanted to do an all-day event where I could give rising Sheffield bands the chance to play with exciting touring artists. To get international artists of this calibre wanting to play Winter Rocks for the past two years means we are creating something truly special.” Tickets £25, head to

MAKING AIRWAVES UK Mondo, a local radio station supporting underground bass-driven music in Sheffield, launched online last month. The idea initially came from local musician MC Shinobi – currently part of hip-hop four-piece Clubs & Spades – and four friends involved in the Sheffield music scene, who noticed the clear lack of outlets for the underground dance culture and decided to take on the mantle themselves. The station features house, garage and grime

and every other bass-driven genre in between mixed by some of the best crop of DJs on the scene, featuring Sheffield favourites such as Andy H, Rev Austin and DMK. Shinobi told Exposed: “The response so far in less than a week of running has been incredible and all the Sheffield DJs involved with the station are at the forefront of their genre so it’s a real honour to have them involved.” Looking for your urban fix? Listen online at ukmondo. com or check their social media. & @ukmondo – for the latest news and mixes.

Back from the dead Sheffield’s own Dead Sons are back, performing December 19 with what has been promoted as a one-off gig at The Leadmill. The desert rock band originally played the venue back in August 2013, but despite a growing fanbase disbanded only a few months after. After drumming up a lot of support in the city and further afield releasing a number of singles and debut album The Hollers and the Hymns, the event has already attracted a vast number of people and tickets are selling fast. Following on from the gig is The Leadmill’s Christmas party, this year celebrating Adam Morley’s 25th anniversary as resident DJ at the venue. With guest DJ Steve Lamacq from BBC 6 Music as well as Castleton grunge rockers Drenge on the decks, this one looks likely to be a late entry for gig of the year. To buy tickets to the Dead Sons gig or after party, head to

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How to ruin Christmas for everyone in the space of 8 tracks. Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber All I Want For Christmas Take a terrible song, throw in some Mariah Carey, add a dollop of Justin Bieber and you’ve got a festive shit sandwich on your hands. Cliff Richard Millennium Prayer This monotonous dirge of the Lord’s Prayer by Sir Cliff once beat Mr Blobby to be voted the worst number one of all time. It’s so bad that even your god-fearing grandma will think it’s a load of bobbar. It’s also the worst song ever to have sex to… but that’s a story for another day. David Hasselhoff - Silent Night Now we at Exposed are certainly not ones to hassle the Hoff, but that creepy bit where he starts talking softly over the music: ‘Christmas is a celebration / Christmas is a birthday / Christmas is HIS birthday.’ NO DAVID, BAD HASSELHOFF. Lady Gaga feat. Space Cowboy Christmas Tree ‘Light you up / put you on top / let’s fa-lala-la’ – because if anything’s going to put you off your sprouts, it’s the thought of Gaga gyrating on top of your tree. Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Nowt like a spot of adultery to shake things up over the festive season, eh? Elmo and Pasty - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer I think it’s fair to say that no one wants to spend Christmas Eve scooping up the grisly remains of a beloved elderly family member. Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? Never before has such an amalgamation of terrible mid-noughties musical shithouses gathered together in one place. Take a moment to entertain the sheer thought of Daniel Bedingfield, Will Young, Lemar, Busted, Sugababes, Rachel Stevens, Jamelia AND Bono in a room together… *Shivers*. Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late) Play a couple of times on repeat and bag yourself a padded cell and a straitjacket for Christmas this year!

The Benchmark Feel Good Factor It’s the time of year to spread good cheer - so at Benchmark we’re looking back at a year of happy candidates who landed their perfect role in 2015, and companies whose businesses are now booming with talented staff. This is what they had to say about their Benchmark experience: CANDIDATES IN THEIR DREAM ROLE “I have been with quite a few agencies in the past & I have to say you have by far been the best. Even just by keeping me updated with the situation, it’s just been spot on from day one - I am super excited about my new role – so, thank you!” – Jen, placed Sales Administrator “Benchmark is very friendly and supportive as well as being really helpful in interview preparation. They also listen to you in what you’re looking for in a job, which is important!” Joel, Web Developer CLIENTS WITH THEIR DREAM TEAM “Benchmark has supplied two fantastic marketing temps - they found us the right individuals for the roles within 24 hours. The team helped us every step of the way, I really can not recommend them enough.” Catherine, Marketing Manager in a South Yorkshire business “We were really impressed with how well the Benchmark team knew each candidate. This is the difference between Benchmark and other agencies, you take time to really know and understand candidates which saves us a great deal of time and builds trust in our relationship.” Emma, Director in a Sheffield Business.

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The 10 Commandments (of the recording studio)

1. Thou shalt not say, ‘that’s crap!’ In the recording studio, as in general life, you should try everything at least once (with the exception of incest and country dancing). So why not have a go at that idea your drummer’s been banging on about for the last hour? And for god’s sake, try it out with some gusto and confidence. I’m constantly reminded that ideas can be made much more impressive with a good dollop of intent. Also bear in mind when people ask your opinion, they aren’t just asking what you think, they are also probably asking for encouragement, support and positive vibes. 2. Thou shalt be in tune (or as near as, dammit!) Don’t turn up with badly intonated guitars, old strings and dodgy leads. Everything has to work right, because the recording process magnifies the smallest details, and you really don’t want to immortalise how out of tune you were! Guitar tuners apps for smartphones are a must for the studio (guitar toolkit is great but other apps are available). 3. Give us our daily bread Going out for food takes time away from your session so it’s a good idea to bring some

provisions to keep you fed and happy. (Oh, and you might want to bring some extra for the producer. He’ll love you for it.) 4. Thou shalt have spares Don’t expect the studio to have replacement strings/ sticks/ drum heads/ batteries/ mains transformers, etc. If they are getting used, then have replacements. Oh, and don’t forget you’ll need to pay for your session before you can have the masters. Masters are the full quality hi-res files needed for pressing copies and getting radio. Payment is that thing with which musicians are seldom acquainted. 5. Thou shalt be funny There’s often a kind of cabin fever which descends over a recording session. It’s often very cathartic to pierce the tension with a banjo/drummer/accordion joke whenever the pressure peaks. 6. Thou shalt be prepared Hate to be old fashioned but you don’t want to rely on fixing things on the computer. It’s never better than getting it right in the first place. Get your parts nailed well in advance of the recording because a good take isn’t the result of luck; it’s achieved through all the hours you’ve clocked up practicing and preparing.

7. Thou shalt not force it Nothing could be less appealing than a stiff, over-worked performance. If you’ve practiced and got it all under control you should be able to just relax and enjoy getting the vibe right. 8. if it’s not broke, don’t fix it Simple as that. To add further comment would be like trying to mend something that doesn’t need mending. Or words to that effect. 9. The studio is a temple A cross between a church and lab, the studio is an environment where vibe is king. The quiet concentration needed is a wonderfully addictive zen state, so soak it up. Try to leave any ego or personal issues at the door, that’ll spoil the experience and result. 10. Thou shalt improve Don’t feel too bad if a session doesn’t work out. It happens to the best of ‘em. Did you know that Oasis rerecorded the album Definitely Maybe a handful of times? From scratch! So dust yourself off and get back on your audio horse, you’ll live to ride another day. Like a great meal, it’s ready when it’s ready and not before.

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65 days of static. BASF. BBC. Ben Ottewell/Gomez. Bent. Bill Gautier. Bob Sinclar. Bombay Bicycle Club. BMW. Braun. Clear. Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. Frankie Vera. Frogbelly And Symphony. Future Music . Futuristic Polar Bears . Golden Age Magicians. Grolsch. Groves.Hot Soles. Ish-Brother. Island Records. Jato. Jon McClure Reverend and the Makers. Joe Carnall. Latch (founder of anti-folk movement). Mark Wilkinson/Kidology. Michael Gray. Mouldy Peaches. Reebok. Red faces. Richard Formby. Richard Hawley. Nightmares On Wax. Sam Genders Tunng. Diagrams. Screaming Maldini. Soulsound . Sound On Sound Magazine. Stand Amongst Giants. Steve Papa Edwards. Sticky Blood. The Prodigy.Tom Prior. Tom Townsend. Warner Music Group. Underground Toys/Forbidden Planet. Universal Music Group. Zoo Digital.

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Vivian Campbell has one of the most impressive CVs in rock music today. After playing guitar in a NWOBHM band called Sweet Savage in the early ‘80s, he was snapped up by former Rainbow and Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio for his new project – Dio. Then came a stint in Whitesnake, after which he joined possibly Sheffield’s most successful band ever, Def Leppard. And a lot has happened – good and bad – since then, both touring with the likes of Thin Lizzy and battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But when we caught up with Viv he was in fine spirits and feeling reenergised thanks to Def Leppard’s recent activities, including a UK tour which returns to the band’s birthplace later this month and the release of their first studio album since 2008. Viv admits it’s long overdue but says it’s been worth the wait. ‘I think this is the best record the band has made in my time with them,’ he says confidently. The first single from the new album is called ‘Let’s Go’, and it’s been getting a great reaction, with fans saying it sounds just 88 |l For more listings and reviews, head to

like the band did in their heyday. Perhaps a conscious decision to appeal to the band’s longstanding fan base? ‘That song that you’re talking about sounds like ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ – it’s got all the classic elements of ‘80s-sounding Def Leppard, but the other tracks go off on different tangents. There are a lot of different styles of music on this record – some genres that we’ve never tackled before. I’m primarily thinking of the last track on the record, a song called ‘Blind Faith’, which is actually a psychedelic song.’ ‘But that song, ‘Blind Faith’, and all the others, sound unmistakably like Def Leppard. In my opinion, we have a very unique collective vocal thing that’s separated us from so many other hard rock bands.’ ‘That’s why we decided to call this record Def Leppard, because even though we went to all these different areas it still just sounds like us.’ The boys will be hitting Sheffield this month for the final show on their current tour, but if you’re thinking of grabbing a ticket

you’re out of luck as the date sold out straight away. Viv says they’ve been selling out quite a few shows lately and everyone in the band is on a bit of a high. ‘That’s very refreshing for us. That invigorates us and makes us want to keep going, and we’re also invigorated by the fact that we do have a new album, because we made this album as much for ourselves as for our fans. It legitimises who we are to continue to exercise that creative muscle, and we’ll carry on doing that. We don’t just wanna be a nostalgia band, and we never have.’ But we couldn’t miss the chance to indulge in a bit of nostalgia ourselves and chat about Viv’s time in Dio and Whitesnake, and mentions that there is something very interesting on the horizon for fans of Dio. ‘With Dio, I was very, very much a part of the creative process. I was there for three albums and three tours, so that obviously means a lot more to me than Whitesnake.’ ‘Over the course of the last year, we wrote and recorded a new album and it sounds amazing. It’s like a modern day version of Holy Diver. It’s been in the can for a while because I’ve been waiting for a lull in Def Leppard’s activities so I can go on tour and support that record, and it’s coming out February 19th.’ Viv’s time playing with Thin Lizzy (the most influential band of his childhood) a few years back, helped him see his profession in a new, positive way too. ‘To be up there on stage with Brian Downey and Scott Gorham playing songs like ‘Emerald’ and ‘Black Rose’ and stuff like that really reconnected me to that 16 year old guitar playing kid. So I came off of that tour and I was reenergised about what it is I do for a living, which is play rock guitar.’ ‘I’ve also been dealing with lymphoma for the last three years and that [rediscovering a love for playing] also has helped probably more than anything to realign my perspective on what’s important in life, and to get joy out of each and every day. Even the bad days are good.’

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Sticky floors, warm bottles of Newcy Brown and flooded toilets are a staple of any rock venue and these local favourites were no exception.

to compete with the scenes of cities such as Liverpool, which were inspired by up-and-coming artists such as The Merseys and The Beatles. Other bands of the era who were popular on the local scene included The Vantennas, who featured on the first ever Sheffield University RAG record, and Frank White who was purportedly wanted as the fifth member of the Rolling Stones. In the 1970s pop rockers Ace were on the scene. The band formed in 1972 and were popular on the local pub circuit. Their biggest single, ‘How Long?’, reached #20 in the UK charts and broke the band across the pond where it did even better, getting to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 . In fact, they did so well in the US that the band left Sheffield for America in 1976. However, they disbanded a year later proving that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, with lead singer Paul Carrack later going on to front pop rock outfit Mike and The Mechanics. The late 1970s saw the rebirth of British


The Wap was one of the first pubs to make the most of the British heavy metal revival mostly thanks to the landlady, Olga Marshall, who took over in 1973. With pints priced at 12p and popular DJs, it quickly built a loyal following and became one of the most legendary rock venues in the UK. The Wapentake closed in 2000 before changing its name to Casbah, which served as another popular haunt for the city’s rock community who will do well to forget the perpetually flooded downstairs toilets.

The Dove and Rainbow

The Dove and Rainbow is one of the few rock-centric pubs which has truly stood the test of time. The self-proclaimed home of rock, real ale and live music in Sheff, it still brings in the punters and has guest DJ spots from Sheffield University’s Rock Society.

The Yorkshireman

The pub began by adding Van Halen and Led Zeppelin to the jukebox back in the ‘80s and quickly established itself as a popular hang-out. After a hiatus, it returned in 2014 with legendary rock DJ Lez Wright on Fridays and Saturdays, who’s been spinning rock music in the city for decades.

The Sportsman

The Black Swan

The Black Swan, or ‘T’Mucky Duck’ to locals was a staple of the live music circuit since the 1960s. Despite being a small venue at the time, it still managed to draw in some of the biggest bands of the day, most famously the Sex Pistols played there in July 1976 – supported by The Clash who played their first ever gig there. It later changed its name to The Boardwalk but never lost its reputation for entertaining some of the best rock bands on the UK circuit.

What looked like a charming, cosy pub from the outside transformed into a sweaty heavy metal dungeon each weekend – complete with a coffin in the corner! The Sportsman closed last year and is now real ale joint The Tap & Tankard.

Nelson Rock Bar

Another classic, which featured live gigs downstairs and DJ sets in the bar area upstairs. It closed in 2013, making way for indie establishment The Rocking Chair.

The Scene Today


A popular rock joint in the ‘80s was Rebels. Many will remember the seemingly endless set of stairs which led up to the venue – right up to air guitar heaven. Metal and rock played every Wednesday and Thursday until 2am.

On top of the remaining Dove and Rainbow and The Yorkshireman, nowadays rockers turn to Corp and South Sea Live for their hard rock and metal fix, the latter hosting myriad up-and-coming punk, metal and hardcore acts. Corp offers a range of alternative nights, bringing in established acts as well as offering a platform to the up-and-comers. The Washington is another fave if you’re after a heavier live music fix.

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Def Leppard. The group originally came together under the name Atomic Mass but quickly realised that was a bit of a naff name and changed it to ‘Deaf Leopard’, with a slight spelling alteration later suggested by then drummer Tony Kenning. Much better. Their first ever rehearsal took place in a local spoon factory and they played their first gig at Westfield High School in front of a crowd of six, going to support AC/DC on tour less than two years later. Def Leppard are today renowned as one of the most successful rock acts in history having sold over 100 million records worldwide, almost three times as many as local favourites Arctic Monkeys. The Pyromania album was the bestselling record, going platinum ten times and spawning a world tour. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden fame is another Sheffield lad who toured the local venues with his first band, Paradox. They played their first gig at The Broadfield Tavern – then a popular gig venue – and in classic heavy metal style they made local newspaper headlines for playing too loudly and waking up a steel worker. Only in Sheffield. The ‘new wave sound’ dominated the ‘80s, continuing into the early ‘90s, but bands such as The Suncharms were happy to break the mould, bringing psychedelic rock back to local shores. The swirling, distorted noise they concoted was reminiscent of shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine but unfortunately the Sheffield band weren’t quite as successful. In recent years, bands such as Bring Me the Horizon, 65 Days of Static, Dead Sons, Rolo To m a s s i , Wet Nuns a n d Drenge have kept Sheffieldbred rock music on the map.

DJ and local band promoter Steve Goodburn is working with venues to reinvigorate the local rock scene. What’s your involvement in the Sheffield rock community? Well I’ve done – and still do – DJing but I mainly work as a live band promoter. I’m currently involved in a new gig night, in association with Good Vibrations, at the Royal Standard. This month we’re hosting The Steamers’ big comeback gig which should be a fun one, they’ve got a real Aerosmith vibe. Also at Maida Vale on West Street we’re starting a new night called Maida Rocks and I also book rock nights for The Nottingham House and Mulberry Tavern. Are there any current bands you like listening to or venues you enjoy going to? There are a lot of bands that always get overlooked in Sheffield. Bring Me The Horizon are doing really well and now have a multi-million pound selling album, but there are also bands like the Black Spiders who brought the house down at Corp at Tramlines. They’ve got a big hard rock sound but also got some tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The Velcro Teddy Bears are another great young band who have really honed their sound. There’s also the Day of the Riffids, a collective of Sheffield rock bands working together to put on great live shows. They include Fear Lies, Firegarden, Gorilla Warfare, Santiago Kings and Coyote Mad Seeds. Apologies to anyone I’ve missed! Some people say the rock scene has been dying out here. How are things looking for the future? I can see why people think that as there were venues shutting down everywhere but now I think it’s getting bigger and better than ever. In terms of venues, there have been a lot of constants in Sheffield like Corporation and The Yorkshireman. I think being a student city really helps as you get a new batch of rock fans every year that keep the scene going. They all go through the initiation of trying the potent stuff they sell behind the bar at Corp!


Ian Flint has been a friend of Def Leppard and a regular on the Sheffield rock scene since the ‘70s. There are many stories surrounding the band’s early days and Ian always seemed to be involved in the action, whether it was helping the band smuggle alcohol backstage in the bass drum before their first gig or using his car headlights to illuminate the band at their first local festival, there was always something he could help with. We chatted to him about the band starting out and the rock scene back in t’day. How did you first get to know the band? I met Joe Elliott at school and became friends with him around 1972. After we left school we went to pubs and gigs all the time. The late ‘70s was the most amazing time for touring bands in Sheffield and we did three to four gigs a week from the pubs up to the City Hall. Every Sunday we went to a rock night at the Top Rank called Improvisions to see bands (AC/DC, Judas Priest, etc.) At that stage Joe had the concept for a band called Def Leppard and we would try to pull girls by offering them the job of backing singers. Joe was and is a multi-talented instrumentalist and made his performing debut on the drums as a stand-in for a band called Jump at a hall in Pitsmoor. He later had this other band renamed as Def Leppard and that was my introduction to the original line-up and the start of endless nights of fun at the spoon factory for years of rehearsals. Do you have any good stories from the early days of Def Leppard? Yes but the ones that can be told have been and others must remain untold. Did you have a favourite place to go out or see bands? City Hall, Limit Club and the Wap always booked in great bands. What was it like going on tour with the band? Was it all late night parties and rock and roll or were things more subdued? One thing about Leppard is how utterly professional they were even as kids – and even though there were a lot of parties, it was never allowed to get in the way of the music. Also they had a lot of tragedies and that brings you down to earth with a bump. I spent a New Year’s Eve with the band in the South Sea pub singing “should old acquaintance be forgot” whilst Rick Allen was down the road in the Hallamshire Hospital fighting for his life after losing his arm in a car crash. That’s a game-changer.

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SHAKESPEARES LISTINGS Thursday 10Th december

Eurosession Donation on entry. European Folk Dancing.

Friday 11Th december

Bell Hagg Orkestar + Biscuithead & The Buiscuit Badgers. £5 on the door. Musical influences from the Balkans to the Rivelin Valley inspire this musical ensemble.

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The Christmas King Bee Rhythm & Blues Club. £4 on the door. A special seasonal edition of the legendary vinyl club, with guest DJ’s and the very best of 50’s and 60’s R&B.

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Green City Blues. £5. Blues dancing.

Thursday 17Th december

Wagon Wheel Presents: Big Convoy + David Venn + Support. £5 on the door. Blues rock and Americana.

Friday 18Th december

Go Go Gorilla Presents: Sister Cookie & Her Band. £10 adv, £12.50 OTD. International rhythm & blues sensation performing for the 1st time in the North!

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Benji Kirkpatrick & Janie Mitchell. £8.50 adv. Bellowhead stringsmen in a new folk duo.

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Haze Christmas Concert. £5. Folk rock.

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The Crying Island DJ set + mini beer festival. The best soulful rock music over the soundsystem and the best beer on the bar to see in 2016

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QUIZZICAL Presenter, actor and long-standing advocate of the Sheffield music scene, Carl Maloney works to shine a spotlight on local musicians and bands. Ask him nicely and he might also tell you about the time the Arctic Monkeys supported his band at The Grapes. With his latest project, The Quiz, out now we grabbed Carl to find out more.

So how did the idea of Carl Maloney Presents come about? I was asked to host a few music gigs around Sheffield and I kinda just ended up as a local music “person” hosting gigs around the city and loads of other bits and pieces. I was part of this brimming Sheffield music scene and loved hanging around with a new batch of characters, weirdos and primadonnas. So the old cogs got ticking and I decided to start my own gigs, giving birth to Carl Maloney Presents. How have things grown since then? Social media is massive now so I started to film live interviews with the bands and to give them something to showcase their talents I package an interview and live song together for them for free to put up online. After building up loads of content from my live gigs I started to produce a monthly podcast as another channel of promoting what’s going on out there and that moved into Carl Maloney Presents TV, my

YouTube channel – all designed to showcase live music and support the scene. What can people expect to see on the show? Good quality bands and artists, interviews, a Never Mind The Buzzcocks-style quiz plus other bits and pieces. We have a good laugh with the audience and get them involved – all hosted by little old me. Which episode is your favourite so far and why? It has to be the Carl Maloney Presents the Quiz, it was a massive project to undertake and came out really entertaining, a two-part extravaganza pitching two teams of local musicians together. How can people find it and when do they come out? Every Monday night at 8pm I release a brand new interview on my website, Twitter (@CarlMaloney) and that Facebook thing. I’m here to support the Sheffield music scene so I encourage acts for all around our fair city to hit me up and say hi.


Maestro mashup artists Cassetteboy head to Sheffield this month with their distinct live music/comedy show hybrid in tow. The pair, who chop up hours of old footage to poke fun at prominent figures, found fame with their homage to Alan Sugar in ‘The Bloody Apprentice’ but have recently gone viral with ‘Getting Piggy With It’, their cheeky ode to Prime Minister Cameron following the, erm, dead pig and penis allegations. Sam Forsdick spoke to Mike, one half of the duo, about becoming Cassetteboy, legal beef and UK politics. How did you get started as Cassetteboy? We started out many years ago by making compilation tapes for our friends. We’d put in snippets cut from the news or TV shows just for fun and it gradually grew until we made the mashups more complicated. The first video of yours that I saw was The Bloody Apprentice. Did you ever get a response from Alan Sugar? I know you were afraid of him suing you at one point.

He never spoke to us directly but he has mentioned it in interviews. When it’s brought up he laughs through gritted teeth so at least he’s got a sense of humour about it all. Fair play to him though because he could have easily had it taken off YouTube if he wanted – and thankfully he didn’t sue! So have you ever really offended someone that you’ve parodied? Well our Nigella Lawson video got taken off YouTube, so someone clearly didn’t like it. It’s fair enough because it was ridiculously crude and quite offensive. You managed to get Cameron’s ‘Getting Piggy With It’ up soon after the Pig-Gate scandal exploded. Did you have a team of people scrolling through

footage and looking for references to pork? No, it’s just the two of us. Fortunately enough we had a lot of David Cameron material already organised and ready to work on. It still took a lot of time and plenty of hard work but it meant we could get a video online quite quickly. If there was a Jeremy Corbyn scandal with him kissing a sheep or something then we wouldn’t have been able to do it. We don’t have enough material on him yet. What’s your opinion on the current state of British politics? Do you think Corbyn is actually going to shake things up or will things stay the same? Who knows? It’s a bit of a gamble. Personally, being quite left-leaning, I hope he does it. It’s early days but Corbyn has definitely changed the conversation. There’s no point having an opposition party that doesn’t challenge the Tories and that’s the kind of situation we had with Ed Miliband. The media are making Corbyn out to be completely unelectable but I hope he does it. How does the mashup process

work? Is it script first then searching for material, or viceversa? No, we don’t write a script or lyrics as it would be too hard to find the words we wanted. It’s generally a process of looking through a ton of material and endlessly rearranging it until we get some jokes. For the Apprentice videos we would go through about five seasons – that’s about sixty hours of material – and we’ll find about one hour of good material which we can whittle down to a 2 or 3 minute video. So how does all of this translate to a live performance? We have a big screen showing video clips and we’ll be on DJ decks mixing pop hits with the footage. We’ll have remixed videos and music and our friend DJ Rubbish will also be there. Despite his name he’s not a DJ, he’ll be on the mic singing along, taking the piss out of us and playing stupid games. It’s cheap, tacky and not very cool but it’s a lot of fun and unlike any night out you will have been to before.


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It’s December and it’s party season! The countdown to Christmas can officially begin (for those who have been posting ‘237 days ‘til chrimbo’ type messages, you will be pleased to know that December 1st is the day I stop telling you to shut up) and this month our stockings are filled with more festive activity than you can shake a tinsel covered stick at. First up on December 1st we take time to mark the annual World AIDS day with a candlelight vigil at the Peace Gardens, which this year is followed by a film screening at the newly opened LGBT Sheffield drop-in centre (open all day every Tuesday – pop in for coffee and cake or check out their Facebook page for their full schedule). Then head to the also newly opened OMG bar on West Street for the Chicks With Decks after-party fundraiser. If you think Christmas is all about emptying your purses (I’m seriously considering mortgaging my house this year) then fear not as Troubadours of the Revolution return on 5th December with their anti-capitalist Christmas event – an evening full of music, poetry and comedy. There is a suggested donation but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds and you can take your own drink if you wish. For those of you who, like me, have a life that is plagued by the important choices of whether you prefer neon or glitter then fear not: we have both. In the neon corner on Friday 11th December, we’re back at OMG for their Art Rave with special guest

Donna Marie as Lady Gaga. The whole venue will be getting a neon makeover for the occasion and there will be body painting on the night ensuring that the attendees are as colourful as the décor. Moving onwards, Friday 18th will see legendary Christmas party Climax Glitterball return at Sheffield University featuring karaoke, glittery giveaways and fake snow – nights out don’t get more festive than this! Following the sell-out success of their first event, Cabaret Re:Voltaire is back at the Moor Theatre Deli on Saturday 19th featuring performances from Anna Phylactic, Violet Blonde, Vermilda Hyde, Penny Slotz, Mina Business and the soon-to-be-traditional debutante slot filled by Anna Kissed. There will be party games and gifts, Chris Saunders will be taking more amazing photographs, plus the booze is cheap – what more could you want! (Note: I’d recommend getting advance tickets for this one as it is almost guaranteed to sell out). And don’t forget, if the one-off special events are not enough, Dempseys, big believers in the idea that bank holidays are for banks, open 365 days a year – yes Christmas Day included! There will be various festive events throughout the month, but don’t miss their annual New Year’s Eve all-nighter, which is undoubtedly their biggest night of the year running from 6pm ‘til 6am for all you 24 hour party people. Right. I’m off to pour myself another glass of mulled wine. Until next time, love and tinsel!

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When: March 18, PS4 On: PS4 This Uncharted series is by far one of the best in recent years, and now Nathan Drake is making his first official appearance on PS4 (unless you count the HD collection). Each Uncharted game has been made memorable through its gripping narratives and actionpacked adventures. We all knew Drake couldn’t stay retired for too long.


When: Q1/Q2 On: PS4, Xbox One, Windows PC The last official Doom release was back in 2004, and now we’re finally getting a reboot. Judging from the gameplay videos released, it looks to bring gallons of blood and guts, along with fastpaced monster slaying. Expect a game with everything Doom stands for, be it the iconic chainsaw or hordes of hellspawn demons, ready to tear you apart.

Final Fantasy XV When: TBA On: PS4, Xbox One Whilst I’m still sceptical to the battle system in Final Fantasy XV, I can’t help but feel excited when I see what this game has to offer considering it’s the first main series Final Fantasy coming out for next-gen consoles. This game looks absolutely beautiful and seems to have an interesting narrative. I just hope it’s better than Final Fantasy XIII…

Star Fox Zero

When: Q1 On: WiiU With gameplay resembling that of Star Fox 64, Star Fox Zero looks to be an awesome game. Slippy, Peppy, and Falco will be back once again in order to assist Fox, hopefully making you feel all nostalgic. Star Fox Zero will make full use of the WiiU gamepad, immersing you in the battles that much more. It’s about time Fox McCloud got some love again.

Crackdown 3

When: Q2/Q3 On: Xbox One Crackdown 3 promises mass destruction with the ability to destroy practically everything around you – perfect for a game such as this. As usual, you’ll be roaming around an open-world sandbox gameplay environment, filled to the brim with enemies, collectibles, and lots of exploration. The thought of a Crackdown game on Xbox One makes me very happy, as it should you.










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Fun for the Fam

This December, both the Showroom cinema and Curzon Sheffield will be screening It’s a Wonderful Life, named by countless critics as the greatest Christmas film of all time. On Christmas Eve, an angel is sent to save suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart), and shows George how he has affected the lives of those he has met. Despite being a commercial disappointment on release, It’s A Wonderful Life has become one of the best loved films of American cinema. The seasonal classic will be showing between the 11th and 24th December at the Showroom, and on the 20th and 24th at Curzon.

Families in Sheffield will be spoilt for choice this December as both the Showroom and Curzon roll out some favourites, old and new. The Muppets Christmas Carol will be showing at both cinemas, between the 13th and 24th at the Showroom and on the 19th December at Curzon. Charles Dickens’ beloved story has spawned several film adaptations, most notably the dark 1954 adaptation and Scrooged starring Bill Murray. The Muppets version stands out, however, starring Michael Caine as Scrooge alongside Kermit and the gang. The Young Cinema strand at the Showroom is a treat for young film fans, and the Saturday Club includes activities and a packed lunch alongside the film, boasting discounted entry for parents and guardians. Recent hit Frozen will also be screening at both the Showroom and Curzon, on the 5th and 27th December respectively. The global phenomenon from Disney is another adaptation; this time of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, but Frozen updates the story and challenges many of Disney’s own clichés. Curzon will be screening the sing-a-long version of the film for kids and parents who want to join in on the fun.

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Perhaps the most contrived, confusing and unChristmassy film to ever be committed to screen. Hulk Hogan plays a jacked-up Father Christmas who, after being chased by the police for selling illegal ‘roids, decides to disguise himself as Santa in a local mall but bangs his head and wakes up believing he’s actually the big man. Standard. This eventually leads to one of the creepiest lines in cinema history where Hogan picks up a small child, puts her on his knee and says, ‘you look beautiful today little girl.’ *Shudder*. The rest of the plot revolves around an evil scientist’s plans of destroying an orphanage to gain access to some powerful crystals beneath. Just gets you right into the festive feels, don’t it?

For any action fans seeking to get into the spirit of the season, ‘80s thriller Die Hard will be showing at the Odeon on the 21st December. While visiting his estranged wife on Christmas Eve, troubled cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is drawn into a vicious game of cat and mouse when a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) storm the Nagatomi Tower, where John is attending his wife Holly’s (Bonnie Bedelia) office party. A taut action thriller which puts a cynical spin on the festive spirit, Die Hard on the big screen is unmissable.

Pop-up prezzie The Village Screen is back, with a line-up of festive films in tow. First up is modern favourite Elf, starring Will Ferrell as acChristmas elf sent to live in New York, on Friday 11th December, followed by Christmas classic Home Alone on Sunday 13th. Each screening will be hosted at the industrial warehouse space at 92 Burton Road, in the heart of Neepsend, and the films will be accompanied by food from regular

collaborators CowBoy Burgers and drinks, as well as a competition offering prizes for the best Christmas jumper. Previous successes for the Village Screen have included screenings of The Full Monty and Back To The Future at Q-Park Castlegate back in September, and a Halloween Spooktacular held in Ecclesall Woods, which boasted a screening of The Addams Family, followed by Ghostbusters and a silent disco.

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The Closer We Get has just been released to a chorus of praise for its depiction of a family with skeletons in the closet that need to be confronted. Mark Perkins, self-confessed documentary addict, had a chat with the director, Karen Guthrie.

How did the film come about? I had an ongoing project about my parents, sort of on the back burner, while I was doing other things. I thought I’d make a funny, two-hander investigative documentary about my dad, who was still in our lives to an extent, in that he hadn’t vanished, but who had a side to his life that we didn’t really talk about. I began with a filmed interview with mum, part of which is in the film. I don’t think I even watched it, but I felt it was a powerful piece of film, even if what happened afterwards hadn’t happened. I knew it would stand as a very powerful testament to somebody’s recalling of a very painful part of their life. Then weeks later my mum had a stroke and the tape sat in a drawer for a long time. I couldn’t bear to look at it. When I did, and realised how powerful it was, the idea crept back into my head that maybe I should mention it to her again, once she was back home. She said ‘Yeah, let’s do it’.

I knew then it was going to be a wildly different film, as she was now housebound with the effects of her illness. I was helping with her care, and was exhausted. I wasn’t in the most creative frame of mind, but realised that what I was experiencing was unlike anything else I’d ever been through. My mum had changed, but was becoming an even more incredible person than ever, and the fractured relationship with my father was here on my doorstep. I realised I could interweave my father’s story into the film, but his story turned into a strange narrative. How has it gone down with the rest of the family? My dad has seen it, and in Edinburgh he actually took questions from the floor, which I wasn’t expecting, despite there often being people in the audience who’ve got something quite damning to say about him. He’s very proud of it. I think it’s a measure of the man that you

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can see all aspects of yourself on the screen, good and bad, and still say that’s fine, that’s me. He’s proud of the film and every time it gets another bit of success or an award he congratulates me. You might wonder why he agreed to be in it, but perhaps now he’s 80 he wanted to put these things on record. Maybe it’s liberating at that age to have no secrets. The end of the film is extremely moving. Sad, but also profound and uplifting, ending with your mum talking about time and happiness, which somehow elevates it into a different film...

The last 10 minutes were quite story-boarded compared to the rest of the film. It’s very elegantly put together, and the sound design is very considered, along with mum’s monologue, which was almost unedited. She gave that in one long, focused, philosophical moment. It’s very hard to end a personal film. I didn’t want to end with her death, which is never stated in the film, but implied and I wanted to avoid a sad ending. She ends by saying time is meaningless, being together is what matters. We can see that as an inspirational, positive message.

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Montgomery Theatre // December 19 // £12 The classic Hans Christian Anderson tale is being retold at the Montgomery theatre. Be transported to the winter wonderland and follow Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend from the evil clutches of the Snow Queen. It’s a show full of drama, colourful characters and catchy songs – perfect for all the family.

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Sheffield Arena // December 21 // £44 Join the world’s most successful violinist André Rieu with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a truly immense evening of live music. Experience a range of emotion from romantic melodies to dancing in the aisles to one of the catchy waltzes and more music ranging from opera and operettas, film music and wellknown folk songs.

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Millennium Gallery and Graves Gallery // Until December 12 // Free Where are the philanthropists of the future? And what role do public galleries and private collections play in bringing great art to everyone? To kick-start a debate, venues across Sheffield have partnered with major European art collectors this autumn to bring a programme of world class exhibitions and unique events to the city.

British Figure Ice Skating Championships

Ice Sheffield // December 1 – 6 // From £9 The flagship event of the figure skating calendar is coming to Ice Sheffield at the start of the month. The National Ice Skating Association is presenting the National Championships which are sure to be as entertaining for newcomers and avid fans of the sport. The Championships are set to showcase the best talent from across the UK, from young up and coming skaters, to elite Olympians such as Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes.

Show Boat

A production by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans, Show Boat will be on at the Crucible from December 16, and following popular demand, will now run until January 23. A powerful story of love, loyalty and freedom spanning 40 pivotal years, Show Boat follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it meanders down the Mississippi River. Featuring musical theatre classics including ‘Make Believe’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’, and the ground-breaking ‘Ol’ Man River’, it’s widely considered as one of the most romantic musicals of all time. We had a chat about the production with Sandra Marvin, who plays Queenie ahead of the show. Head to to read the full interview. For tickets and more information, head to

ROCO and Roll

We popped along to the launch of ROCO, the new co-op making a home for local creatives, last month to see what all of the fuss was about. A fresh aroma of paint greeted us as we walked through the door into a large long hallway, opening out onto a book shop on the left and a craft beer shop on the right. We’re handed a glass of fizz as we walk towards to the large bar area, where a string quartet are playing and canapes are circulating. It’s sophisticated, yet informal. Under a canopy of hanging plants, the bar is cool and contemporary; with huge windows lining the majority of one wall. With a space like this, it looks like there will be some exciting things in store for ROCO in the not too distant future. For more information, head to to read our interview with Co-founder Andrea Burns and see

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A Whole New World

Paul Hendy has been involved in pantomime for most of his working life and is responsible for writing and directing some of the biggest productions ever staged in Sheffield. This year’s show is Aladdin, which Paul has assured us will be his most spectacular yet. Hi Paul, how’s the preparation for Aladdin going? It’s in a great place at the moment. The script is all written and the actors are going through it at the moment so we’re actually ahead of schedule. We haven’t started rehearsing yet but that’s next on the agenda. You’ve been a part of pantomime productions in Sheffield for a few years now, how do you find it? I started out as a performer over 25 years ago and still love it. I especially love producing in Sheffield at the Lyceum. It’s our eighth or ninth show there and I think it’s one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. The production value, lights and staging even rival that of the West End. Aladdin and is one of those classic tales that has been retold many times. How do you manage to keep it fresh and modern? I think you need to get the balance right because people like the familiar with pantomimes; the audience participation and classic stories are important, but you need to find ways to make it better each year too! Read the full interview at Tickets for Aladdin are available from

The Lyceum December 4 – January 3 Staring Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow in Coronation Street) and local panto legend Damian Williams, you won’t want to miss The Lyceum’s spectacular, fun-packed family pantomime. Tickets available at: www.

Mother Goose

The Montgomery January 27 – January 30 Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company’s traditional pantomime of Mother Goose will be here to entertain in Sheffield at the end of January. This production describes itself as family entertainment ‘packed with songs, dances and lots of silliness.’ Tickets available at: www.


Sheffield City Hall December 27 – January 3 Sheffield’s own Manor Operatic Society’s pantomime returns with a brand new production of Cinderella this December. This new staging of a pantomime classic follows last year’s hugely successful production of Peter Pan. Audiences can expect fun-filled family entertainment from these firm local favourites over the festive period. Tickets available at: www.sheffieldcityhall., over the phone on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.

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What makes a music city? That’s the question posed in the first instalment of a threepart report commissioned by the University of Sheffield and carried out by Sensoria Festival. Filled with interesting stats and interviews, it gives a detailed insight into our music culture.


The Meadowhall Christmas concert kicked off the festive season with pop stars and pyros galore. Read more about the evening’s events here:


Miles Allen had set himself the seemingly impossible task of performing the whole of the epic TV series Breaking Bad on his tod. Check out our review to see whether he pulled it off.



The Kelham Island Tavern has been crowned CAMRA Yorkshire Pub Of The Year 2015, a second victory for the popular watering hole. They’ll be throwing a celebratory bash featuring more of the best Yorkshire beers and free snap.

Yorkshire based Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company has been given the opportunity to present an extract of their new drama ‘TANJA’ at the Houses of Parliament, as part of the Sanctuary in Parliament event. Find out more about the play and when it comes to Sheffield below.

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Sheff’s favourite soundboy has teamed up with MC Coco to show love to our threatened trees. Big ups.












Exposed December 2015  
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