Exposed Magazine February 2017

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February 2017

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34: dutch uNcleS Scheduled to release an indie-pop triumph which we reckon will take some beating in 2017, Exposed collared Dutch Uncles frontman Duncan Wallis to get the lowdown on the new album.

42: valeNtiNeS GiFt Guide It’s that time of year for you couples to get reyt mushy. Support Sheffield independents and earn some decent brownie points with our gift guide.

62: SuSaN calmaN The Scottish comedian talks political turmoil, working on death row and her brand new stand-up show.

70: paul carracK Dubbed ‘the man with the golden voice’, Paul Carrack is one of Sheffield’s most distinguished singersongwriters. With a homecoming show just around the corner, he talks us through his journey from growing up in Crookes to touring the world.

86: little cometS Exasperated with the events of 2016, the loveable Tyne and Wear rockers reckon that this year could well be the end of civilisation as we know it.

91: outliNeS 2017 Tramlines’ sister festival recently completed their line-up – and it’s looking mighty fine! We’ve picked 5 acts you’d be crackers to miss.

11: upFroNt 22: vS 47: FaShioN 50: Food 59: thiNGS to do 62: comedy 67: NiGhtliFe 70: muSic 95: lGbt 98: GamiNG 101: Film 105: culture pluS... alvarez KiNGS, expoSed vS Jump iNc, muSic reviewS + more!

it doesn’t take long to get back into the swing of things, does it? here at exposed hQ we’d barely mopped up the leftover bounties from our christmas celebrations tub and – baM – we’re up to our necks in reviews, interviews and previews for February. on the interview front, we’ve got some real gems including sheff’s-own Paul carrack, a genuine national treasure (although he’d never accept such praise) whose vocal talent and songwriting prowess has seen him work with the biggest names in the business and forge a hugely successful solo career. over in the music section of the mag Paul takes us through his incredible journey from paper boy on the Wybourn to pop stardom. the observant of you may have also noticed Mancunian art-rockers dutch uncles adorning our front cover. they’re a band we’ve followed closely and spoken to on a number of occasions over the years, but their fifth album big balloon is so damn good that we had to go and get the full story behind it from lead singer duncan Wallis. the four-piece hit Plug next month and i’d strongly urge anybody to go catch their new material live. sticking with music just a tad longer, this issue also features clean cut Kid, little comets, alvarez Kings and it’s the turn of up-and-coming guitar band sheaFs to tread the exposed in session boards. outlines Festival kicks off next month and we’ve rounded up our top tips from what is a fantastic, genre-crossing lineup. the comedy section sees scottish comedian and hignFY regular susan calman discuss her new- stand-up show, while over in lgbt heather Paterson gives us the lowdown on how sheffield is celebrating lgbt history Month. the local food scene has improved no-end over the last couple of years, and the opening of the brilliant Jöro restraurant at the new Krynkyl development is testament to this. see what all the fuss is about over on pg 51. but as ever, dear reader, this column is just a mere toe dip into the vast ocean of monthly content available in your friendly, neighbourhood exposed Magazine. so flick the page and dive in – go on, it’s nice and warm…







dutch couraGe JOE FOOD (EDITOR)



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draKe iN NumberS:

Started from the bottom… Following his hugely successful ‘Summer Sixteen’ tour across the United States, Grammy-Award-winning and platinum-selling recording artist Drake brings his ‘The Boy Meets World Tour’ to Sheffield Arena on Feb 17. After recently becoming the first artist to break one billion streams on Apple Music with Views, his sixth number one album, the Toronto-born performer has cemented his place as a trailblazer in modern music.

4.7 billion Streams the artist

received on Spotify in 2016, the highest for any artist.


consecutive weeks ‘one dance’ spent at No1 in the uK, just one week from the record set by fellow canadian bryan adams.


Nominations received for the 2017 Grammy awards including album of the year and best rap song.

852,000 copies of latest

album views sold during first week of release in uS. | 11

Let Love Speak Up Itself…

Coming eighth in the UK ‘Hip Hangout Guide’ by, Kelham Island has been named one of the best areas in the country to seek out trendy cafés, innovative art projects and underground music. We love this shot of The Riverside from local photographer Will Anderson – check out more of his work via the @SheffieldOvernight Instagram project.

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To get your own back on a colleague hiding your stapler, you empty cyanide into their morning coffee. It’s banter like that makes your office a great place to work. and make love to your missus.

PISCES Feb 19 - Mar 20


Bob’s still your uncle, but since the divorce Fanny is no longer legally your aunt.

aug 23 - seP 22 There are some things in life that money can’t buy. A dinosaur.

ARIES Mar 21 - aPr 19 With great aplomb, you merrily sow your seeds of joy all over the luscious meadows of desire.

TAURUS aPril 20 - MaY 20 The reclusive worm in your trousers finally dies of loneliness.

GEMINI MaY 21 - June 20 Jupiter gives Mercury a smack in the mouth for eyeing up his bird. The resulting cosmic fallout means that your goldfish dies.

CANCER June 21 - JulY 22 True love, they say, knows no boundaries… but that restraining order begs to differ.

LEO JulY 23 - aug 22 Taurus will enter your sign later this month, plonk himself on the couch, drink all of your Stella

LIBRA seP 23 - oct 22 All it takes is one romantic meal at a nice restaurant to rekindle a relationship, but if they’re not accepting Groupon vouchers they can bollocks.

SAGITTARIUS noV 22 - dec 21 Apparently your future is so dull the stars can’t even be bothered telling it.

CAPRICORN dec 22 - Jan 19 Nothing comes between you and your pets. Thankfully, due to the stench of your home and disregard for basic hygiene, this is never an issue.

SCORPIO oct 23-noV21 The movements of Uranus again make holding down a relationship a difficult task.

Every month, the great foodini cups his crystal balls and slips into your aether, can you feel him, dear reader? Can you?

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’m on a bit of a fitness kick at the moment which I’m hoping will help me in the bedroom department. What exercises would you recommend to improve my sexual prowess? Bobby, Hillsborough

First of all, Bobby, you need to work on the glutes. A firm pair of ass cheeks are the ultimate aphrodisiac my friend. It will also give you the posture of a king and the thrusting power of a small jet engine. 20 burpees a day for a month will make 0.01% more likely to give your partner a penetrative orgasm. That’s not me saying that, Bobby, that’s science… | 13

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Kelham Arcade Located on Burton Road in Kelham Island, Kelham Arcade is a modern unit boasting a host of independent and diverse businesses, including a record shop, makeup academy, homeware store and barber shop. With the opening of two new stores last month, Pippins Childrenswear and Purdy’s Hair Salon, the multi-storey building is full of creative influence, giving the opportunity for locals to support independent and homemade goods and services.

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Picture This The future of the historic Abbeydale Picture House is looking bright after local arts trust CADS signed a 25-year lease on the Grade II listed building last month. They will continue the long term renovation project on the former cinema, which opened in 1920, with

aims to secure a full premises licence allowing an unlimited number of events to take place at the venue. At present, the 10,000 square foot building’s licence is restricted to 15 events a year, with screenings, live performances, exhibitions, antiques markets and weddings having been held in the past. CADS hope to apply for grants to fund a refurbishment of the iconic space to hold music and theatre events as well as film screenings and talks.

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10 Things I Hate About You The Village Screen pop-up cinema returns to Sheffield this Valentine’s Day with a themed event at 92 Burton Road. Quirky ‘90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You, a rom-com based on Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, will be screening at 8pm on Tuesday Feb 14. At 6pm the event will be kicked off by DJ Jimmy May spinning tunes whilst street food is on-hand from Nether Edge Pizza Co. and

Fancy An Indian. The Depot Bakery will be serving hot drinks and delicious patisserie and a house bar stacked with prosecco, craft beers, wine and soft drinks provides plenty of options for the audience kicking back in comfy deck chairs. Remember though, 92 Burton Road is unheated so be sure to wrap up warm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults (over 16s) and £9 for children (12-16 – the film is rated 12+), students and seniors. VIP sofa tickets are £45.

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Following the suit of other big UK cities, Sheffield City Council are planning to launch a free Wi-Fi service later in the year across the city centre. Currently, there are a number of Wi-Fi hotspots in Sheffield but these are located in bars, restaurants and shops. The input of free Wi-Fi aims to enhance the city centre experience for both residents and visitors, providing greater footfall and easy access to useful information.

Culture Club Sheffield Culture Consortium has been awarded £150,000 by Arts Council England to unite cultural partners across the city. Working with Sheffield City Council, University of Sheffield and Our Favourite Places, the grant will promote local artwork, music, architecture, brewing and the array of festivals that the city has to offer. The project will also commission three local artists of international acclaim to make new work. Head to www. for more info.

Taking the leap Working to prevent youth homelessness in Sheffield, Roundabout is asking supporters to jump a staggering 15,000ft in a bid to raise vital funds for the charity, supporting young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The exhilarating freefall will take place on February 25 at Skydive Hibaldstow. Impressively, the charity raised over £4,000 last year but is hoping to increase this in celebration of its 40th year anniversary. The skydive is open to any thrill-seekers across the country – head to | 15

“I swear, even downhill is uphill in Sheffield.”

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Located on Abbeydale Road is a hidden gem of an eatery. Serving up a wide range of wraps, salads and specials, That There Deli offers a fully vegetarian menu along with vegan and gluten free options – plus, you can even bring your dog.

The first single from Maximo Park’s upcoming album is another melodic indie-pop earworm from the Geordie five-piece.

The food:

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From root veg and lentil shepherd’s pie, to sweet potato and bean chilli with homemade guacamole on a bed of nachos, or sweet potato, hummus and halloumi wraps; That There keep things fresh with inventive daily specials on top of a core menu of quesadillas, wraps, jackets and sandwiches. Daily selections of homemade cakes and bakes are also on offer for those with a sweet tooth.

The crew:

This new joint is owned and run by Gemma and Bryony, two ladies with a passion for food and a wealth of experience in the industry. After working at Fuel Café in Manchester and Homemade By Thelma’s in Sheff, Gemma has a knack for delivering healthy and exciting veggie dishes.

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Eat in or take away – you can even have That There cater your event, from small meetings to large parties. The deli is kitted out with a small indoor seating area and a few outside tables; order by 11am for super-fast collection that very same lunch time.

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Any sandwich/toastie/quesadilla with a salad box for £5, any breakfast wrap with a tea/coffee for £4.80 or any coffee for £1.50.

Blaring horns and a brilliant bass groove sees The xx nailing a surprisingly danceable track which will surely be a winner in the festival fields this summer.

Jeremih ft. Stefflon Don, Krept & Konan – London The US artist links up with UK grime stars Krept & Konan to brilliant effect in this chilled, dancehall-inspired number.

Wiley – Back With a Banger The Godfather of Grime is back with a new album and this track is vintage fire from the E3 man.

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JuMP inc. 24,000 square feet, 120 trampolines, three slam dunk lanes, one ninja course and a pair of freerunning fanatics… we sent Exposed freelancer suzy dyson to tackle the spring-loaded urban playground at Jump Inc.


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Suzy is a dancer, which we figure, is only an asset when it comes to hurling yourself around a trampoline park. Unlike some Exposed staff, who regularly incur Kelham Island cobblerelated injuries just walking into work (maybe that’s just me), Suzy has actual stamina – and the ability to land on her feet. We hope. In the Jump Inc. corner is manager Adam Sturgess and court marshal Josh Hall. We meet both as they’re hurling themselves around the ‘freestyle zone’ apparently warming up and not showing off at all. Both are into parkour, which means they voluntarily spend their free time building-hopping and jumping from great heights, with a backflip or two thrown in for good measure. Basically, doing the same thing here with a cushty landing is no biggie at all for them.

Round 1: JuMPing FoR JoY Suzy looks nervous at seeing Josh launch himself from the top of the 10ft ‘Jump Tower’, so we keep things simple in round one, easing ourselves in with a few hoop shots in the slam dunk lanes. To even things out Josh is

given only five attempts to get as many in the basket as possible, while Suzy has ten shots to make it count. Suzy makes the first two baskets and things are looking promising for team Exposed, until she gets distracted by all the bouncing and misses the next six... Luckily she bags one more giving Josh a total of three to beat. It’s bumpy beginnings for Josh as he misses the first couple, but shoots two in succession, meaning he has to make the final shot for a draw. Rather than taking his time to set things up slow and steady, Josh chucks the ball before I even have chance to take a snap. Unsurprisingly, this fast and flippant approach is less than accurate and the ball pings off the back wall before rolling gently away into the distance. Exposed take the first win!

Round 2: REacHing nEW HEigHTS Next up, the ninja warrior obstacle course, which looks every bit as scary as it sounds. The rules are simple: it’s all about speed and strength – who ever can do it in the quickest time wins the round, and if you fall off, the timer stops and you can start that section again. Again, to

make it slightly harder for our Jump Incers, we count both of their times combined, so in theory Suzy has twice as long to make it around the course. It goes a bit like this – climb the giant punch bag, pull yourself across a row of loop rigs, tread carefully across the swinging stirrups, climb from vertical pole to pole then through the ‘cheese boards’, up to some more loops hooked around two horizontal poles, then finish with a monkey bar/see-saw type apparatus. Easy peasy. To show Suzy how it’s done the boys opt to go first. Each do so with spectacular ease, illustrating their expertise in the art of freerunning by using the course’s scaffolding-type structure to propel themselves along. A mere 3.59 minutes combined ensures Suzy has a fair fight on her hands if she wants to scoop round two. Falling at the first hurdle, Suzy skips the loop rigs after failing to reach even the second one without plummeting into the crash mat. She fares better on the stirrups, but looks more like she’s pole dancing than climbing her way through an obstacle course on the next bit. Surprisingly, the

‘cheese boards’ appear to be Suzy’s forte, but even that doesn’t make up for the fact that she struggles to climb up to the final two sections without secondary help. As the clock flicks past the boys’ time Suzy looks on in defeat and decides to forfeit the round. One-all.

Round 3: bouncing back Aiming to make use of as many trampolines as possible, in round three we embark upon a jumping race from one side of the room to the other. Again, it is Suzy’s time VS Adam and Josh’s combined. The latter goes first and absolutely flies through, bouncing from one trampoline to another in a blur, before signalling Alex to head off when he reaches the end. Despite a slightly embarrassing face-plant as he sets off, Alex bounds across with equal speed and agility, as the pair tot up an impressive 2.40 minutes. Suzy’s go is slightly less rapid although she definitely wins on the decibel meter as she shrieks her way across the court. Whilst it certainly sounded like she was having more fun, our Suz was pipped to the post by a mere 10 second margin...


Well, we knew this challenge would have its ups and downs, but Alex and Josh are deserving winners; they celebrate with high fives and yet more backflips. Head to to find out more about the trampoline park, including fitness classes, parties and Jump Toddler.

The scores so far: Exposed: 29 Challengers: 37 Draws: 3 | 23

EXPOSED AWARDS 2017: THE LOWDOWN Yes, Sheffield. We knew we could count on you lot, and sure enough the city has come out in force once more to vote for this year’s Exposed Awards. Biggups to the lot of ya. And if you haven’t got involved yet, then get a shift on! Voting closes on Feb 15th - so be sure to exercise your democratic right, head to and have your say.

The Craic

You know the drill by now: we throw a big bash at the O2 celebrating the finest establishments, people and events in the city, chuck in some boozy and foodie treats, plus top-notch live entertainment, while youse lot let your hair down and enjoy the ride. Dirty stop-outs head to the notoriously messy afterparty, which this year will take place just across the road at The Head of Steam.

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We’re following the call of the disco ball, we’re taking you down to funky town, we’re gonna boogie oogie oogie ‘til you just can’t boogie no more. In other words: it’s a disco theme this year. Platform shoes, flares, afros – all of this carry-on is very much encouraged!

Fancy it?

EVERYONE is invited – but tickets do tend to sell out fast, so don’t leave it too late. £20 gets you a seat, a bevvy and some snap courtesy of our brilliant street food vendors, while £10 gets you through the door so you can enjoy the evening from the comfort of the bar area. Each ticket provides access to the aforementioned afterparty too. Just give us a bell on 0114 275 7709 or bob a line to get yours.




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With a name referring to one of the city’s main tributaries and a sound blending Well Well Well-era Milburn with the dark undertones of Dead Sons, you’d be forgiven for thinking that indie quintet Sheafs were all born and bred Steel City residents. But despite its members all meeting here at Hallam University, the band actually reflects something of a Northern England/Midlands melting pot with the lads hailing from Liverpool, Stoke, Nottingham and Derby respectively. Nonetheless, through a series of impressive live performances and an exciting debut EP, they’ve established a solid reputation on the local circuit; something only enhanced when a brief meeting and CD exchange with Steve Lamacq in The Leadmill resulted in repeated 6Music airplay towards the end of 2016. Now looking to build upon these solid foundations, the band has promised new music and a renewed focus in 2017. Following an afternoon traipsing around the eternally smoking embers of Sheffield’s Ski Village, Lawrence (vocals), Chris (guitar/backing vocals), Charlie (drums), Charles (guitar) and Callum (bass) swung by the office for a cuppa and a chat about their upcoming Exposed session.

Last year was a biggie for the group. How are things shaping up for 2017? Lawrence: Yeah, good. As you said, 2016 went really well for us and we’re now planning things to get the most out of this year. And the 6Music airplay you’ve enjoyed has obviously been beneficial in getting your name out there. How important is that for an up-and-coming band? Lawrence: It’s definitely a good thing to have. We spent a lot of time marketing the band ourselves at the start, so getting that sort of coverage on Steve Lamacq’s show is great. We sent in our debut single which was picked up by his team and later on Charles gave him some more music when he met him at The Leadmill. Charles: Yeah, he was doing a DJ set and I just handed him a CD with a little note inside thanking him for playing our debut single. It gives it that personal edge, I think. But yeah, it’s great to be played on a well-respected station. I like the fact that you formed at Sheffield Hallam University. Generally speaking, guitar music seems to have been replaced by DJs and dance nights at▶ | 29

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▶universities in the UK. Chris: For us it was the other way around. After getting that independence of going to university we’d spend a lot of our time getting out to as many gigs as possible. Lawrence, Charles and I were a trio at first, and things had to be put to one side while we were doing work placements, but in our final year we decided to go for it. Lawrence: The clubbing scene seems to have taken over a bit. It actually took a while to find a drummer and a bassist; we printed out posters and took them around bars and venues during Tramlines Festival. Eventually we dropped lucky with Callum and Charlie. Charles: There are a lot of big house nights around Sheffield that seem to attract a load of students. But for us, Leadmill Mondays will always be the favourite. Was it a struggle juggling university life with pushing the band? Lawrence: Well Charlie is still in his final year, bless him. If anything it probably helped in a way. During our placement year we all got a taste of what working life is like, kind of dipped our toes in it and thought: ‘Nah, you’re alright!’ So it’s made us even more determined to work on the band side of things. Chris: There have been full-time opportunities for the three of us elsewhere, but we’re at the stage where we have the chance to give this a good go. We’re looking forward to cracking on. Do you reckon you’ll be settled in Sheffield for a while now? Lawrence: Yeah, I reckon so. I guess it all depends, but we’re all pretty happy here. Chris: I guess if we were to go down well anywhere else, it’d probably be a city like Manchester, but we’ll see what happens. Callum: Not LA? Lawrence: *Laughs* Who needs LA when 30 |

you’ve got Kelham Island? Will we be seeing another EP soon? Lawrence: I reckon we’ll be staying away from that and going more down the route of releasing singles. Chris: The EP was great for getting some of our early stuff out there – but we’re already adding a bit of a twist with these new songs and moving away from the descriptions we’ve been getting a lot of. Maybe a bit less of the Arctic Monkeys vibe, eh boys? Callum: We were still very much in the teething stage when we wrote the music for the EP last year. Charlie: Yeah, we’ve got a brand new setlist now – maybe one or two tracks from last year’s stuff are still in there but the rest of it is completely new. If you could invite one person to a Sheafs gig, someone who needs a bit of Sheafs in their lives, who would it be? Chris: It’d be interesting to see what Liam Gallagher thinks to us. He’d probably say we were shit. Name one song you wish you’d written. Chris: Black Keys, ‘Tighten Up’ Charles: A Beatles song, I’d say. Probably ‘I Want You’. Callum: Rolling Stones, ‘Satisfaction’. Lawrence: I have literally no idea. Erm… Can you come back to me later? Who in the band has the worst taste in music? Chris: Charlie. *Lawrence, Chris and Callum nod in agreement* Examples please? Chris: Coasts. Charles: Ronan Keating. Say no more.

Megson –Sunday 5th February Blair Dunlop – Wednesday 8th Feb Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls – Thurs 9th Feb Chris While, Kellie While & Julie Matthews – Friday 10th Feb Balsamo Deighton – Saturday 11th Feb Kent Duchaine – Sunday 12th Feb The Blackheart Orchestra – Wednesday 15th Feb The Black Lillies – Thursday 16th Feb John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle – Friday 17th Feb Chesney & Chip Hawkes – Saturday 18th Feb The Grahams – Wednesday 22nd Feb Slim Chance – Friday 24th Feb Edwina Hayes – Saturday 25th Feb Get full listings and tickets at www., or phone 0114 2665599. If you are a band/artist interested in playing a gig at The Greystones, contact

EXPoSEd in SESSion

An exclusive YouTube gig from some of the city’s finest musical exports, filmed live every month The Greystones. Watch the session online at: www. In Session produced by: Joseph Food @ JosephFood Filmed & directed by: Tristan Ayling Recorded & Mixed by: Big Sky Records



Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls FRIDAY 10TH // £13/£15

Chris & Kellie While & Julie Matthews SATURDAY 11TH // £10

Balsamo Deighton SUNDAY 12TH // £12

Kent Duchaine WEDNESDAY 15TH // £10

The Blackheart Orchestra THURSDAY 16TH // £12

The Black Lillies Support The Fargo Railroad Co.

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John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick & John Doyle SATURDAY 18TH // £18

Chesney & Chip Hawkes SUNDAY 19TH // £8

Cobalt MONDAY 20TH // FREE

Open Mic/Acoustic WEDNESDAY 22ND // £13

The Grahams FRIDAY 24TH // £12

Slim Chance SATURDAY 25TH // £12

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O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery, Grace Petrie


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Steve Fletcher and His Blues Band SATURDAY 4TH // £15

Kris Drever SUNDAY 5TH // £13

Ben Glover MONDAY 6TH // FREE

Open Mic/Acoustic TUESDAY 7TH // £15

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Masters of punchy art-pop that is unashamedly ‘80s, channelling everyone from Bowie to XTC and Talking Heads; Dutch Uncles have consistently put out witty, eccentric and infectious records. With their fifth – and arguably best – album out this month, Mark Perkins collared frontman Duncan Wallis for a chat about the band’s longevity, love, relationships, loneliness, and getting inspiration from their dads’ record collections. How do you feel your songs and sound have changed over the five albums? Somewhere along the way, our aspirations have changed. When we first started, like every other band we thought we could change the world, or at least a very little part of it. You want to change the way people view a subject or what a band could be through your input. Then eventually you start using the band to change yourself. It becomes a personal endeavour and you stop thinking about what people are going to make of it. That initial aspiration never goes away fully, mind you; it’s just that you stop thinking about it. You’ve toured with some pretty big names. One of the bands, Paramore, even said you’d influenced their music. Which of the bands has been the most memorable? Every band we’ve toured with has left some kind of imprint on us, even Sky Larkin! And you can learn just as much from being first on at The Deaf Institute in Manchester to being first on at the San Siro Racecourse in Milan. I couldn’t pick a favourite, but I would say that touring with Wild Beasts across Europe back in 2011 was a special one because of how unique their Smother record is. To be able to witness such an amazing album re-enacted every night for a fortnight was wonderful and emotionally devastating at the same time.

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The ‘guitar sound’ seems to be more to the fore on your new album. Was this a conscious move on your part? It certainly was. Firstly, I feel this was the record we should really have made after Out Of Touch, in terms of reigning in the instrumentation, but secondly, I suppose we saw a challenge when our guitarist Daniel Spedding left the band just before the release of our last album. For some reason that gave us an impetus to make an even more guitar-based record than before. Also, we love a bit of symmetry, and wanted to make an album that referenced our first ‘German’ album (all those years ago) and something that reignited our old influences. Your songs always seem to be about something other than just love and relationships. There are songs about the austerity cuts and coming to terms with loneliness on Big Balloon, and it’s refreshing to see bands actually putting some thought into their lyrics. Do you think that this is an opportunity other bands miss? Perhaps, but it takes an awful lot of talent to successfully remove personal emotions from a song and create a similar head-clearing feeling. I think Jonathan from Everything Everything is probably one of the best lyricists in the country right now for the way he’s able to create such interesting emotional strands from news stories without making it sound remotely preachy. To be honest, as I’ve got older, I’ve got more involved with songs about love and relationships. I’m fascinated with how desperate the feeling gets as you age. You’ve just got to know how to present the situation better is all. Big Balloon as an album is trying to be about love and relationships, but I decided to focus on the loneliness, as I feel we’re in an increasingly isolating society these days. Also, only having yourself to talk to is what happens in the end anyway. Given enough time, we will only be left with ourselves, but I think there’s some positivity to be found in that.





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You’ve said that there was some influence from Ukrainian techno music on Big Balloon. That’s a tad random. How did it come about? Robin wrote the music for the song ‘Sink’ when he was out in Ukraine researching for his classical project Pripyat: Birdsong. I asked him to write some music for a song where the protagonist would be aching at the fact that they know of a happiness somewhere in the world, but removed from where they currently are. He wrote this piece inspired by his travels. I used that lyrical idea for another song in the end, but Robin came back with this prog/Donna Summer/Todd Terje groove that was a goer. The song is just about the opposite to what I intended it to be now, which is typical really, but that suits us just fine. I also hear you’ve been listening to your dads’ record collections. How did that filter through to the album? That’s kind of how the whole band started out, so we don’t see it as being particularly special to this new record. It was getting shit-faced and listening to my dad’s copy of Pet Sounds every night for a solid year that made us change our band name and musical approach to what it is now, and that was all way back in 2007, so listening to some Focus now is a drop in the ocean to our shape really. This is your fifth album release. When you started out in 2008, did you ever think you’d still be working as Dutch Uncles in 2017? Quite honestly? ... Yes! Catch Dutch Uncles at Plug on Tuesday March 7. Tickets and more info available from

Exposed on Big Balloon: Dutch Uncles are fast becoming a phenomenon. Well, OK, it’s taken eight years – but who’s counting? Releasing an album every two years, and this is their fifth, they have become the most consistently listened to band in my (admittedly small) music world. If they’d been around in the 70s they’d have toured with Kate Bush. The 80s? Talking Heads. 90s? David Bowie. They’ve somehow downloaded all that art-pop influence from your Dad’s vinyl collection, infused it with bit of the Manchester alternative rock scene, and made what is quite possibly their best album yet. They know how to push the envelope just enough to keep their fans on board and still make new and interesting music. ‘Streetlight’ is currently the track that has me selecting repeat; string section on point, swirling Steve Reich-style keyboards playing. It’s perfect. Big Balloon is out February 17, pre-order your copy at | 39

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KEEP IT SWEET From salted caramel to Morello cherry and vanilla, The Joni Bakery’s delicious homemade macarons are the perfect sweet treat for your valentine. Choose her favourite flavours or order a random box of six from the website below.

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Nearly as daunting as buying a nice present or suitably mushy card on Valentine’s is picking a good bottle of fizz. Mitchells Wines make things easier this year. For the last two years the big boy on the block has been Prosecco. This Italian DOC wine is very inexpensive at around £7 a bottle for the full fizzy version, but be careful tas the labels with ‘frizzante’ are only half the fizz – which could burst your bubble a bit. Prosecco isn’t available as a rosé as it’s made from the glera (previously called Prosecco) grape. However, there are some splendid Italian sparkling rosés on offer. Move over to Spain and we have their wonderful cava, which is much dryer than Prosecco and made the same way as Champagne. Many of the bodegas produce a demi-sec (medium dry) and fabulous rosés. Similar to Prosecco, cava is also offered in many different qualities at well over the starting price of £7. If you are a Francophile and it must be Champagne why not take a look at a buyers-own label? The main players in Champagne start around £30 and range to well over £100. Plus, if we take into account the fluctuating exchange rate we are set to see prices increase. Looking at the lesser-known brands, you can pick up a bottle of Champagne for around £16. Further to home we have Nytimber – classic but expensive and the Sussex South Downs offer a very similar climate and soil structure to Reims. Not forgetting just up the road there is our local vineyard at Renishaw Hall who offer a great sparkling seyval blanc. This dry fizz made the national press when it won a Decanter Magazine award – a steal at only £21. All of the above are available instore. Head to www.mitchellswine., call 0114 274 5587 or pop in: 354 Meadowhead, Sheffield S8 7UJ. Open 10am-8.30pm MondaySaturday and 12pm-8pm Sunday. 44 |

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Jöro Situated on the bottom floor of recycled shipping container complex Krynkyl, the Nordic-inspired urban restaurant Jöro opened in late December last year with a hefty weight of expectation on its shoulders. Head chef and co-owner Luke French had built up a strong reputation through his work with The Milestone Group, and the levels of anticipation amongst foodies in the city were only amplified further when a series of delays repeatedly pushed back the opening date. Now the venue is very much up and running, with tables being booked out on an almost weekly basis as the Jöro team look to introduce a concept of hyper-seasonal, hyper-local dining to Sheffield. A few weeks after the grand opening, the Exposed team were invited to spend the afternoon at the chef ’s table to try one of their ever-changing taster menus. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity and stepped into the stylish, minimalist surrounds hugely excited for the avalanche of flavours which awaited us. While waiting for the first of our courses, Luke and sous-chef Blake explained a bit more about the Jöro ethos. Pronounced ‘Yoro’, the name is a literal translation for ‘Earth’ in old Norse, which all ties into the restaurant’s focus of bringing a nature-inspired menu into an urban setting. Dishes are created using a hyper-seasonal approach, which means picking ingredients at their prime that very day. And nothing – literally nothing – is left to waste. After being smoked, filleted mackerel carcasses are dried to

be used for dashi broth and oil – just one example of the ‘waste not, want not’ attitude they promote. Stand-outs from the taster menu included a barbecued and pickled carrot dish, served with burnt cream, tarragon oil, white chocolate and yoghurt crumb; which might sound relatively simple, but the brilliantly contrasting sweet and smoky tastes were superb. Peas cooked in onion oil with oak smoked ham and garlic cream is becoming something of a Jöro signature – and this news came as no surprise upon sampling the homely, warming dish and its perfect marriage of traditional flavours. We later experienced the benefits of hyperseasonal cuisine first-hand when trying the incredibly fresh Cornish mackerel. It was mackerel done three ways: poached, fried and smoked, then served in a delicious broth with puffed black rice and pickled Jerusalem artichokes. The desert menu was just as impressive, and the sorrel ice cream served with apples, dill and lemon verbena provided a tart, creamy finish to a magnificent variety of food. Back in office the decision was unanimous that we’d just visited the most exciting, innovative restaurant in the city today. The Jöro philosophy of fresh, flavoursome dishes bringing diners at one with the outdoors and changing micro-seasons is one that all food lovers should experience. Book your place now! 294 Shalesmoor, S3 8US | 51

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While gin seemed to be the spirit of choice in 2016, this year recognises the rum revolution — with a festival dedicated entirely to the beverage coming to Trafalgar Warehouse from March 31-April 1. The signature ingredient of many of our favourite cocktails and a versatile tipple within its own right, The Rum Festival Sheffield will have over 100 different rums on offer. Naturally there will also be live music, dancing, street food and industry experts there to share their knowledge. Head to the Facebook page below for tickets and further details.

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Jalapeño cornbread Perfect with a platter of smoky meat or sticky ribs, try whipping up these Jalapeno cornbread muffins next time you fire up the barbecue – or for the winter months make a few to pair with a chilli or spicy soup. Makes 12 large muffins. INGREDIENTS 700g polenta/cornmeal 600g plain flour 5 tbsp baking powder 1½ tbsp sea salt 240g caster sugar 700ml milk 3 eggs 240ml sunflower oil 500g sweetcorn, drained 100g jalapenos, diced 100g jalapenos rings, to garnish Maple syrup, to serve Butter, to serve METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sieve the polenta, flour, baking powder, sea salt and sugar together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl beat together the milk and eggs and add the sunflower oil. Stir the corn and diced jalapenos into the egg mix. Gently pour the wet mix into the dry and stir gently, then leave to stand for 30 minutes. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins, fill to the top and put a couple of rings of jalapenos on each muffin to garnish. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes – they may need longer as cooking times can vary according to different appliances. Serve warm with a small ramekin of maple syrup and one of butter.

Speciality coffee roasters Foundry have recently opened a café on Bank Street in the city centre, offering freshly baked artisan loaves, raw vegan treats, beautiful homemade lunches and delicious freshly roasted coffee. With a bespoke modern interior and the best coffee machines and grinders used to create their drinks, Sheffield appears to have found another great independent coffee shop to add to the collection.

Brunch of champions

The most indulgent meal of the day (and a chance to drink in the morning without being judged), brunch is the epitome of lazy weekends; perfectly poached eggs, crisp maple drizzled bacon and sitting back after a hard week with a newspaper and coffee — or a Bloody Mary depending on just how long your week was! On Saturday 4th Feb at Chimney House offer a luxurious four-course brunch for £30, with £2.50 corkage charge per bottle if you fancy bringing a bottle of fizz. Pre-booking is essential so head to the website to snap up your seat.

Second Helpings

After the roaring success of the first Sheffield Cook Book, last month saw the official launch of the second edition, or ‘Second Helpings’ from Exposed sister company Meze Publishing. Over 300 pages of stories and recipes capture the city’s thriving food and drink scene, from restaurants to cafés, producers and breweries. The launch at Sheffield College’s Silver Plate restaurant saw many of the businesses in the book gather to celebrate the publication, with samples of food and drink from the likes of Crawshaw’s Butchers, Mitchell’s Wines, The Bhaji Shop, Sentinel, Thornbridge and many more besides. Available from each business in the book as well as from Waterstones and Amazon; head to the website below for more details. | 53

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Alive and kicking Beer X, the leading national annual showcase for independent brewers, has announced its return to iceSheffield from March 1719. From being a resounding success in 2016, it’s set to get even bigger and new festival element BeerAlive!, a showcase event of the finest craft beers across the UK, will be housed in a huge beer hall overlooking Don Valley Bowl. The ultimate beer extravaganza, the week will feature SIBA’s national conference, AGM and trade show, with the BeerAlive! festival open to the public Friday to Sunday. Expect almost 400 beers on offer, including all 128 of SIBA’s cask and keg gold award winners. On Saturday 18th, all the final Six Nations Rugby matches will be screened live, plus live music Friday and Saturday evening and a chilled out brunch session on the Sunday with five acoustic acts curated by Sofar Sounds Sheffield. Head to and for tickets and more info.

True North jumps on the Waggon Just a few months after opening their last venture (The Blue Stoops in Dronfield), True North Brew Co have hit double figures, acquiring their tenth venue in Yorkshire. For many people, True North is identified with the hugely popular Forum (its former namesake), The Common Room, The York and The Broadfield. With this newest project, The Waggon & Horses on Abbeydale Road South, True North have promised to preserve the individual identity of the venue just as they have done through their previous expansions; the location has been taken over from the previous Flaming Grill chain and will reopen mid-Feb. Keep your eyes peeled on their website for more details! www. 54 |


Overlooking the Sheffield skyline, The Silver Plate restaurant (formerly Sparks) is a hidden gem of the city’s culinary scene. Catering and hospitality students are at the helm of this operation, trained by top industry chefs and under the watchful eye of expert staff.


Not long after sitting down the canapés arrived, including moreish Parmesan and cayenne gougères and crispy Pollock fishcake balls, paired with a tartar sauce. Our starter was sea trout tartare with salmon and goat’s cheese Scotch egg, acidulated cream, feta caviar, carrot and coriander salad. The egg was deliciously crispy, the yolk was perfectly runny and the acidulated cream complemented this vibrant and tart dish well. Next up was seared mackerel with curried mussel broth, cumin parsnip crisps, saffron potato and micro coriander leaves. Undoubtedly the favourite of the evening, the presentation was impeccable, the fish was cooked to perfection and the broth was velvety and flavoursome. This was followed by lamb wellington served with pea purée, deep fried sweetbreads, sauce paloise, glazed star anise carrots, pomme de terre berny and a drizzle of minted béarnaise sauce. The pastry encasing the meat was lovely and flaky and the deep fried sweetbreads were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Adding mint to the béarnaise sauce evoked a classic flavour combination, tying the whole dish together beautifully. The passion fruit posset with layers of white chocolate cream, orange jelly and Champagne made us reminisce upon warmer days, before the chocolate espresso pudding arrived to bring us back to reality. The subtle coffee flavoured sponge came drowning in a luscious chocolate and caramel sauce with a scoop of mandarin sorbet on top. Decadent chocolate truffles topped off a great evening of food and wine, where each dish was enhanced by the crisp, complex and sometimes intense flavours of each glass of wine – they couldn’t have been better selected. -


This place truly is a hidden gem, the students really know their stuff and it is excellent value for money. Canapés, homemade bread, five courses, petit fours and coffee for just £20 (plus an extra tenner for four glasses of wine) is an incredible offer, especially considering the quality of everything we had this evening.

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With National Pizza Day coming up on February 9th, we scoured the streets of Sheff to get a slice of the action. Here’s our pick of five of the best.

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Importing the finest ingredients from Italy, PHS keep things simple with just a few core ingredients: San Marzano tomatoes, 00 grade flour, and fior di latte cheese, finished with fresh basil. Blasted for mere minutes in a 500°C oven, they believe it’s all you need to serve up pizza perfection. And whilst you can’t go wrong with their classic Margherita, other popular favourites include the nduja and salsiccia Napoli pizza or their prosciutto, rocket and balsamic reduction offering. Add a portion of arancini or meatballs to your order for a veritable Italian feast.

Nether Edge Pizza Co.

You may have sampled some of Nether Edge’s finest at the likes of Headley’s Café, The Norfolk Arms, The Cross Scythes, Horse and Jockey or The Greystones, but it’s at their residency spot and home of Peddler (92 Burton Road) that exciting things are happening this year. Over the past year they have been renovating a building down there and have now been granted a restaurant, collection and delivery license. With a special Italian wood fired oven on its way, there will be more chance to enjoy their Sheff themed menu, from Crookes Crab to Meersbrook Meaty, Heeley Hot and beyond.


Made with the best Italian Caputo flour and slow-proved for a minimum of 20 hours, the pizzas at Proove in Broomhill are baked in a wood-fired oven to create the perfect Napoli style crust, known as ‘leopardo cornicione’. Favourites include the verdure – courgette ribbons, roasted peppers, red onion, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella, or the bel paese, which combines ricotta with fior di latte mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes and shaved parmigiano reggiano, dressed with homemade basil infused oil, and topped with prosciutto, for that little bit extra.

Craft & Dough

An arm of the award-winning Milestone group, Craft & Dough make use of the restaurant’s allotments to create innovative pizza concoctions. From a seasonal pesto, charred leeks, fennel and brie topping, to spiced lamb, harissa and fresh tomatoes with pomegranate seeds and labneh; you know you’re in for something special at any one of their three venues. Try for yourself at their Kelham Island, Eccy Road or Campo Lane venues.

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Whether you want to create your own from their roster of veggie, cheese, meat and fish toppings, share a platter of mini pizzas with pals, opt for one of their hot and spicy creations like the Kingston 5 (jerk chicken, red onion, reggae reggae sauce and mozzarella) or simply chow down on a classic Neapolitan or Florentina; Bloo88 have all bases covered with their jam-packed pizza menu. And don’t forget to check out their starters and sides – we recommend the Stromboli morsels, comprising of hand-pulled dough stuffed with chorizo, prosciutto and salami, served with sour cream and sweet chilli. | 57



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THE CASINO ROYALE BALL Genting Club // Feb 11 // £38 Fancy a black tie event with a three-course dinner, raffle, a variety of Vegas show-girl entertainers, a magician, James Bond character hosts and a DJ? Royale Events are hosting The Casino Royale Ball at the Genting Club for a swanky James Bond themed evening full of glitz, glamour and an opportunity to live the 007 life, with a free casino bet awarded with every ticket.


Vintage Fairs From 1940s accessories to branded sportswear, February offers up a trio of vintage fairs across the city for fans of preloved retro attire, jewellery, accessories, bric-a-brac and more. Kicking things off with live music and over 40 stalls is Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair at the City Hall on Saturday 4th Feb; no advance tickets are required, simply turn up and pay your £2 on the door. On the same weekend you can also catch Sheffield Vintage Kilo Sale at The Foundry – Sheffield University Student Union on Sunday February 5th. An opportunity to shop by weight, here you can bag whatever you like for just £15 per unit, and tickets are just £3 before 12pm. Make sure you get there early in order to get your hands on the good stuff ! Similarly, Sheffield Preloved Vintage Kilo at Trafalgar Warehouse on the 25th also follows the pay and weigh model for £15 per kilo – and entry is £1.50 all day! Various Locations // Feb 4, 5 and 25 // // // www.

HUBS // Feb 4 // £10 An indoor multi-cultural music festival covering everything from acoustic to alternative, hip hop and reggae, catch up and coming local artists including former Exposed In Session stars K.O.G, Joey Mcphail, Swole and Humbar. The event is in aid of the Cathedral Archer Project, a charity providing one to one support for the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield.

ELITE BRITISH WRESTLING Queens Social Club // Feb 11 // Adults £7, children from £4 Sheffield-based wrestling company EBW have two action packed, family-friendly performances lined up this month, as ‘New Day, New Dawn’ takes over Queens Social Club. EBW heavyweight champion Joey D will face two contenders for his title, who will be determined by an over-the-top rope battle royal at the start of the matinee and evening shows. Former champions, rookies, heroes and villains alike will all be stepping up to the challenge to take on the reigning champ.

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With a brand new tour and second series of Radio 4 sitcom ‘Sisters’ on the horizon, Susan Calman is showing no signs of slowing down as she celebrates a whopping ten years in comedy. Talking political turmoil, working on death row and the merits of stage vs radio, we grab a chat to find out more. Hey Susan! How are you doing? You’re about to hit the UK on a tour with more than 40 dates, everywhere from Stirling to Salisbury. What can we expect from your new tour? Great thanks! The show will be celebrating my tenth year in comedy. I’ve done a lot of things in that time so I’m hoping people will come thinking they’ll know what to expect, maybe from hearing me on Radio 4 or seeing me on QI. I’m going to question: am I what people expect me to be? 62 |

Exposed Meets Susan Calman. Words: Leo Burrell.

Your gig at Sheffield Crucible Theatre is the first one after your Edinburgh date. Will the show need much censoring for the transition over the border? Not at all! The Fringe has a very diverse audience. Even when I’m in Scotland, the show is a very broad; I don’t tend to make it parochial. As for Sheffield, I enjoy visiting the city a lot. The Crucible is one of the most exciting dates on my tour as I love theatre. It’s something of a dream come true performing there. We’re going through some pretty heavy and ridiculous political changes in the world currently. Does this make your job easier? I’m not sure it makes it easier – the stuff going on at the moment is pretty scary. There’s a lot to talk about though, which is obviously good. But people don’t necessarily want to hear about it because it’s all over the papers and social media anyway. I don’t find what Donald Trump says funny. It’s terrifying. You genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow these days. You’re on Radio 4 a lot at the moment. Do you prefer being on the airwaves or on stage?

TOP PICKS They’re both very different, but I enjoy both in their own way. I listen to a huge amount of radio myself. It’s very intimate on radio, when you’re listening on headphones or in the house. On stage you get that immediate feedback from the audience of course. But I couldn’t choose one or the other. I’m hoping they can continue co-existing for me. Tell us more about ‘Sisters’, your sitcom on Radio 4. Second series out soon, right? We recorded it back in November, but it should be out in the spring. We’ve got Ashley Jensen from Ugly Betty and Catastrophe in the cast, plus Nick Helm from Uncle playing the next door neighbour. I actually wrote the part for him, he’s such a great performer. It was a lot of fun recording it! I’ve already listened to the edits and they’re sounding great. It says here you used to work on death row… doing what exactly? At university I won a scholarship to go to a North Carolina Law Centre, working with prisoners convicted of capital crimes. I was working with people whose sentences had been committed to life without parole. It really was a remarkable summer. And you were once a corporate lawyer at the UN? It was an internship working on the charter for the rights of indigenous people. The authorities had been breaking down the human genome, removing their DNA to build profiles on race. What made you ditch the corporate world for comedy? I’d always wanted to be a stand-up, but in 1992 it had fallen out of favour so I went to university instead. Then when I reached my early thirties I thought, well if I don’t try it now, I never will! So I decided to take the plunge and do it! Who are your favourite comedians? Well, I grew up watching Billy Connolly, so he was a huge influence. And Victoria Wood was so important; I was devastated when she passed away. And then there’s French and Saunders, not to mention Jo Brand. In terms of current comedians, I really enjoy Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges. What advice have you got for any aspiring comedians out there? I’d say get ready to spend a lot of time travelling and working hard. You’ll probably make no money for about five years, so it won’t happen overnight! Prepare yourself for a slog, but it’ll be worth it in the end. What are the rest of your plans for 2017? I’m writing a stand-up solo show for Radio 4 and working on my second book. I’ll be writing a few more shows, and filming some TV projects I can’t talk about just yet – there are lots of interesting things in the pipeline! Susan Calman will bring ‘The Calman Before The Storm’ to the Crucible Studio Theatre on March 3rd. Tickets and more info available at www. sheffieldtheatres.

SPOTLIGHT COMEDY CLUB The Winding Wheel // Feb 23// From £11 Well-spoken and self-confessed insecure thirtysomething Meryl O’Rourke takes to the stage in Chesterfield this month. The comedienne, who is renowned for chatting freely and easily, will be joined by Irish comic Kieran Lawless, a comic known for winning audiences over by genuinely making them feel like part of the show. What the critics say: “Meryl is sharp, dark and has refreshingly unsentimental humour.” –The Observer

JONATHAN PIE: LIVE! Sheffield City Hall // Feb 19// £20.72 Jonathon Pie: A respected news reporter for a respected news broadcaster. But Pie has one problem. He hates the news. The fictitious politician created by British actor and comedian Tom Walker is well-known for his “off-air” foulmouthed rants against the hypocrisy of British politics and the media. What the critics say: “Each breathless fusillade is a true tour de force.” – The Evening Standard


DANNY BAKER: CRADLE TO THE STAGE Sheffield City Hall // Feb 2 // £20.16 Comedy writer and broadcaster Danny Baker is set to pursue his first stand-up tour this month, basing the show on his memoirs and promising that no two nights will be the same. Baker has been working on Cradle to Grave, a sitcom reflecting the ups and downs of the Baker family in the 1970s starring Peter Kay as Baker’s father Fred. The programme received popular acclaim resulting in the commission for a second series, but Baker’s stand-up promises a show full of fantastically ruthless tales from his outspoken broadcasting career, as he claims there is much to discuss and plenty to be held accountable for. What the critics say: “A cockle-warming hoot.” – The Telegraph

THE LEADMILL COMEDY CLUB The Leadmill // Feb 1 // £6 (table tickets £28) With four comedians emerging for stand-up this month, Jarred Christmas, Tony Marrese, Leo Kearse and Jonathan Mayor are set to grace the Leadmill stage for a lively night at the prestigious comedy circuit event. With styles ranging from razor sharp banter to new-age, rhetorical comedy; the bill promises creative, original and hopefully very funny content. What the critics say: “For Jarred Christmas, it is the work of mere moments to transform a studio theatre half-full of uncertain midweek punters into an energised, up-for-it crowd.” – Chortle







On political debate

“Stop thinking that everyone who disagrees with you is evil, or racist, or sexist, or stupid, and talk to them. Persuade them otherwise!”

On Brexit

“Brexit. It’s shit, isn’t it? I hate it when people merge two words together – like Brangelina… or Travelodge.”

The British Space Race

“The deficit continues to grow, homelessness continues to grow, food bank usage continues to grow, child poverty continues to grow… let’s build a space port! It’s like fucking Dickens meets the fucking Jetsons!”

Eternally irate news reporter Jonathan Pie – real name Tom Walker – became a viral sensation in 2016 by airing a series of brutally honest interpretations of the year’s political events. From Brexit to Trump to the NHS, Pie’s expletive-laden rants struck a chord with many equally exasperated British citizens. With a show at Sheffield City Hall on Feb 9th, where Pie will be venting his spleen to a live audience, here are snippets from some of his most epic tirades.

On the US Election

“Hillary Clinton. What were the Democrats thinking? Hillary Clinton. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted Hillary to win. I’d personally vote for Lucifer over Donald Trump. Trump: the pussy-grabbing, wall-building, climate change denying, taxdodging demagogue. How bad have you got to be to lose to that? I have no doubt in my mind that Sanders would have beaten Trump hands down, but instead they chose Clinton, a candidate who has been cosying up to the banks and dry humping corporations for years, who is on record telling her corporate friends that you should have a public and a private persona. In other words, don’t tell the truth to the plebs or you won’t be able to rip them off.”

On Twitter news

“The news is now there to be consumed, not absorbed or discussed. And if there isn’t any new news, let’s just check Twitter and see what some random bastard from Carlisle thinks about it. It doesn’t matter if his opinion is informed or not. It doesn’t matter if it’s real or fake. That’s what the news is today – the Twitter review show!” | 65












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DUSKY, AVALON EMERSON, WILLOW Hope Works // February 3 // From £18 Dusky are hot off the back of their second Essential Mix and album, with their first ever live tour cementing their position as one of the UK’s biggest house and techno acts. Hope Works welcome the duo for a DJ set alongside two of the freshest female producers of 2016, Avalon Emerson and Willow.


COSMIC DISCO’S WINTER CARNIVAL: JOEY NEGRO Moor Theatre Deli // February 3 // From £18 Sheffield’s Disco Kings bring the King of Disco to the old Woolworths, featuring a giant walk-in kaleidoscope and Cosmic Disco’s famous light-up dancefloor! Mirror-balls and flares will be in full flow, don your afros and boogie on down to The Moor for a night of disco and house classics from Joey Negro. moortheatredelicatessen



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You can hear all sorts of stuff here including reggae, dub, dancehall, dubstep, garage, grime, 4x4, jungle – and I could go on! If any of these genres tickle your musical fancy then Roots could quite easily become your ‘go to’ night. The vibe is lovely with superheavy sound systems courtesy of DEM (Dedicated Events Management), and if you’re lucky you could be taking a pineapple home. No joke. You can catch me playing here on rotation with the other residents!


Another night powered by DEM, which has the strange ability to make you start wondering if you knew anything about drum and bass in the first place. If you made it down to the 20 Years of Drum & Bass Arena event then you’ll probably know what I’m on about. Expect the who’s who of the genre played throughout the night at each event.


Usually with a focus towards breaks, Dusk ‘Til Dawn shows how eclectic you can be with line-ups nowadays. Previous guests have included Stanton Warriors, JFB, Dub Pistols, Benny Page, Utah Saints and Mafia Kiss to name a few. A night which is starting to make its name in other cities, head down and you’ll see why. dusktildawn.sheffield

Hope Works Courtyard // February 11 // From £10 Front and Back hit Hope Works’ now infamous marquee for the first time with NTS Radio’s finest selectors, Dark Sky. The elusive London based group is famed for their atmospheric yet fiery productions on the Mister Saturday Night and 50 Weapons labels and will be joined by techno breakthrough DJ Hugo Massien.

LEVEL 2: JACKMASTER, MELÉ & PEDRAM Foundry and Fusion // Friday February 17 // From £14 After another year reigning as one of the UK’s biggest DJs, Glasgow legend Jackmaster returns to Sheffield, this time to new promoters Level 2, who in 2016 hosted Dusky (Live) and Julio Bashmore. Also joining the lineup on February 17th is hypemaster of all things bass, Melé.

PPG PRESENTS PARANOID LONDON, PANGAEA, JANE FITZ, LURKA & LAKSA Hope Works // February 24 // From £15 Back at Hope Works for their fifth outing, Pretty Pretty Good have bagged acid house legends Paranoid London for a live set in the Warehouse alongside Hessle Audio pioneer Pangaea and Jane Fitz, while Timedance’s Lurka and Laksa will head up Mesters, alongside PPG DJs. // // @taiko_uk


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Dubbed ‘the man with the golden voice’, Paul Carrack is one of Sheffield’s most distinguished singer-songwriters. After writing his first hit ‘How Long’ for Ace in 1974, he then went on to perform in a number of successful bands including Mike and The Mechanics, Squeeze and Roxy Music, as well as working closely with the likes of Eric Clapton, Elton John and many other greats throughout a sparkling career. And with last year’s release of Soul Shadows seeing his highest charting solo album to date, suffice to say the pop and soul legend has a few more hits up his sleeve. So with your homecoming show just around the corner, tell us a bit about what life was like for you growing up in Sheffield? I grew up in Crookes. We lived at the back of the wallpaper and paint shop that my mum ran single-handedly while my dad worked as a self-employed painter and decorator. They worked extremely hard to make a better life for my brother John and myself. When my dad passed away following a fatal work accident, my mum was devastated and John, who had just left school at 15-years-old, took over the running of the shop until retiring at 69 last year. We had a lot of freedom as kids; I remember riding bikes to play football on the Bole Hills every night after school, whatever the weather. In the winter we would play in the dark until we couldn’t see the ball anymore! My mum’s family, who were incredibly supportive after we lost my dad, ran a small newsagents on Broad Street and every Sunday my cousins and I would take some papers. Our round was on the Wybourn, and afterwards grandma would provide Sunday dinner for us all. I can’t overestimate the values of love, hard work, honesty and humour that I learned from my uncles and aunts. And what would a music-loving teenager get up to in Sheffield during the 60s? Were there any venues you’d regularly attend or local bands to see? I started playing drums at school, and in my 70 |

final year I managed to join a local semi-pro band playing organ even though I’d only knew a couple of chords! I was pretty useless. I stood at the back and learned a valuable lesson: ‘If in doubt, leave it out!’ We were too rough and ready to play the lucrative Working Men’s Clubs circuit, but back in those days there were loads of gigs at pubs, youth clubs, soul clubs etc., and we were often playing five nights a week. In terms of local artists, I saw Joe Cocker many times playing at the Black Swan, Birley Hotel and the Blue Bell in Hackenthorpe. He was different class.

How did the move away come about? When I was 17 the band I was in set off for Germany, as you did in those days. On our return we moved to ‘that there London’ which was where you had to be for music back then. We lived very hand-to-mouth I can tell you! What about your musical upbringing? Can you remember the first piece of music you fell in love with? I know the first record I bought with my brother was ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ with ‘Raining in My Heart’ by Buddy Holly. The young girl at the end of our yard gave us her Everly Brothers singles when she tired of them and I loved ‘Cathy’s Clown’, which John and I used to try and copy. Later it was the The Shadows and ‘Apache’ – but once The Beatles happened it was all over.

How does it feel to have achieved what you have and maintain a relatively low media profile? Have you purposefully aimed to stay low-key or is it just how things have worked out? Apart from when I was very young and hopeful that fame and fortune might make it easier to attract girls, I have never wanted to be famous. I just wanted to survive as a musician and provide for my family. Simple as that. You’ve played in a number of huge bands and alongside plenty of talented musicians. Who do you feel you learnt the most from? I can’t say because I always think it’s hard to quantify what you learn from playing with other people, but hopefully you learn something from every situation and experience. Is there a particular artist you’d still like the chance to work with, or someone you’re disappointed not to have had the chance to? I never went looking to work with anybody really. Things have just happened. My focus now, having helped several other bands establish a ‘brand’, is to follow my own musical whims so I’m not really looking to be involved with any other projects. Having said that, I’ve really enjoyed being part of Eric Clapton’s band for the last three or four years, but that was impossible to resist. With music being such a driving force in your life, how do you unwind away from it? I’m basically a boring, domestic family guy. My wife and I have brought up four kids who have gradually left the nest so we are enjoying having a bit more time and space together. I’m also a Wednesdayite and spend far too much time online keeping up with the latest! And with such a huge back-catalogue of music to choose from, how do you get on with compiling set lists? It’s not easy, no. But it’s great to have a lot of stuff to choose from which is a great advantage of having the same band for twenty years pretty much. All Sheffield lads too, by the way! Finally, how is the rest of 2017 shaping up for you? The UK tour takes us up to April, then we have shows in Germany, Holland, Sweden and I’ll be re-joining Eric for his shows at the Albert Hall in May. There are also some festivals lined up for the summer – and that’s about it! Paul Carrack’s solo tour comes to Sheffield Arena on Feb 24th. Tickets are available from www. | 71


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Night Fall is a new trio of voice, fiddle and guitar, made up of graduates of the Newcastle folk music degree whose paths never crossed during their studies. Doors at 7:30pm.

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Charitable gig in aid of raising money for the American guitarist, Dave Rosser (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) to combat cancer. With the acts, THE LETTER, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, Pilosa, My Girl The River, The Electric Luddites, The Twisted Dolls, The Hill People and The Farewell State. It will be an evening of fantastic live music. Starts at 5:00pm.

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Live Review AVENGED SEVENFOLD SHEFFIELD ARENA When the romance of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll begins to fade, all a band can really hope to retain is a legacy fortified by a sense of artistic integrity. With that in mind, the surprise release of Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh record The Stage in October was certainly a liberating artistic statement; but as far as tonight’s outing at the Sheffield arena was concerned, the Orange County quintet gravely overestimated their audience. Opening with the new album’s eight-minutelong dirge of a title track, any atmosphere generated by Disturbed’s enthusiastic brand of hot-dogs-and-fists-in-theair metal is quickly deflated by the headliner’s lacklustre introduction. With the set leaning heavily on The Stage and 2013’s Hail To The King, the delirium Avenged staples ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Almost Easy’ are met with said more about how uninspiring the band’s recent material has been. Plodding ballads ‘Angels’ and ‘Acid Rain’ are painful, and for a group of musicians presumably in their prime, the lack of showmanship and intensity on display is astonishing, considering this genre of music is typically performed to within an inch of one’s life. And a school night it may be, but there is clearly something amiss when an encore airing of ‘Bat Country’ – the band’s best known song – fails to inspire the front row whipper snappers to organise one last mosh pit. Despite being regularly touted as potential genre flagbearers once the likes of Metallica and Guns N’ Roses call it quits, Avenged looked a million miles from that tonight. Words: Chris Lord Pic: Lewis Evans | 73


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BABA NAGA February 3 // The Washington The Washington reopens following a spruce-up with an appearance from the Psychedelic shamans Baba Naga. A spectacle for the eyes and ears that has to be experienced to believed; it’s moody, trippy and very loud indeed.

CABBAGE February 3 // Picture House Social Brexit Britain needs a voice and you can trust that the riotous ramblings of Joe Martin and his Cabbage comrades will see to it. Punchy postpunk played fast and loose with more than hint of the Fat Whites about them.



Popular Chesterfield indie band Trash are on the cusp of something huge. Having signed to Clue Records, 2016 saw the quartet’s music broadcast to thousands on Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea and Tattoo Fixers, as well as clocking up multiple festival appearances including Leeds, Y Not and Tramlines. Last night a sold-out Rocking Chair had the lads showing Sheffield just what they’re capable of. With the venue’s sweaty basement absolutely packed to the rafters with teens, the band’s opener had every one of them bouncing at their command before ‘Hot Coffee’ caused such a ruckus they had to cut the power for ten minutes. The break did little to calm the crowd, however, and soon new number ‘Migraines’ and old favourite ‘Sad Boys (All I Wanna Do)’ provoked more rapturous singalongs. Despite frequent chants of “CHESTERFIELD!”, the high energy proved to be much more than that local-band-withtunes-you-can-sing-along-to hype as lead singer Dan Longmore’s soaring melodies flew high over the crowd with ambitions far beyond Yorkshire. He eventually had to ask, “Let’s try and dance to this one, upwards not forwards,” to stop the crowd knocking over their microphones. And if there’s one direction Trash are going, it’s up. Words: Leo Burrell Photo: Eleanor Freeman

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The Hunna’s surge in success hardly comes as a shock. Their radio-ready rock pop has taken the band to a relatively safe zone in terms of creativity, whilst ensuring their tracks shatter airtime expectations. Youthful vigour and venom come across with a demanding stage presence; though lyrically the band tend to fall short, leaving you eager for some more daring concepts. That being said, selling out The Leadmill is no easy feat. Anthemic choruses and heavy hooks have the crowd bouncing from the offset with opener ‘You and Me’. The crowd scream back the simple lyrics in earnest: “You and me, we are wild and we are free, you and me, we were meant to be,” provide the perfect outlet for a crowd evidently eager to ensure they’re a memorable audience for the band. ‘She’s Casual’ offers a small break to the moshing onslaught. A slow burner, it allows the band to recharge, step back and admire The Leadmill, who are quite simply in the palm of their hands. As the temperature rises, so does the band’s intensity. Welcoming the song responsible for it all, ‘Bonfire’ raises the atmosphere to its peak. The guaranteed crowd-pleaser draws you in with its subtle guitar strokes and mellow lyrics before unleashing pent-up energy with one hell of an explosive chorus. It’s easy to criticise The Hunna for not pushing the boundaries of their sound further; however through selling out venues like The Leadmill and sending crowds into frenzies with an unrelenting live energy, the four-piece have surely seized their moment. Words and photo: Jacob Flannery

February 8 // The Harley Estrons found themselves into the Guardian’s 50 acts to watch in 2017 with a series of much-lauded live performances at major festivals including SXSW and Latitude. Melodic with hard-hitting lyrics, they’re one of the best alt-rock acts on the live circuit.

KATE NASH February 9 // Leadmill Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kate Nash returns to the stage after a few years dabbling in fashion, acting and writing. There will be all the new-indie classics on show, but don’t underestimate her new material.

SUNDARA KARMA February 13 // Leadmill A highly-tipped burgeoning indie talent for 2017, Sundara Karma bring their unique sound to The Leadmill.

ADELPHI February 17 // Yellow Arch Studios Local indie band favourites Adelphi are guaranteed to produce an enjoyable, high-octane live show. It’s well worth dropping in for the support acts with fellow Sheffield talents Femur and The Time Sellers completing the bill.

WHITE LIES February 24 // O2 Academy Iconic post-punk outfit White Lies return to the stage for the first time in four years to undertake a tour in support of new album Friends.



THe xx I SEE YOU Despite releasing an album regarded as one of the best British debuts of all time, plus a strong follow-up in 2012’s Coexist, the last three years has seen any xx-related discourse dominated not by talks of the London trio’s next venture but instead the thriving solo career of Jamie Smith. Following the success of his Mercury Prize-nominated In Colour, it would be natural to wonder how much of an influence that winning blend of house, garage and rave would hold over I See You, the band’s first record in five years. Suffice to say, opening track ‘Dangerous’ has his fingers all over it as blaring horns, synths and a looping bass beat present a far cry from the minimal production style once adopted by the group. Similar things can be said too about ‘On Hold’, which sees the trademark boy/girl exchanges between Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft, but ultimately it stands out for some clever sampling of Daryl Hall & John Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) and an abnormally upbeat production. That said, even though there is a more chipper change of tack here, the old charms are still very much there for all to revel in. ‘Performance’ sees the haunting vocals of Romy accompanied by nothing but violins and bass strings; ‘Lips’ oozes lusty anxieties and ‘Test Me’ closes the album on a restrained, unsettling note. However, this is a new type of The xx: one that still captivates listeners, builds you up, knocks you down – but now has you yearning for a dancefloor while they do it. JF 8/10

Her sixth album in under a decade, Laura Marling’s quiet success is all down to the subtle beauty of her music. From a timid teenager fingerpicking her way across the indie-folk scene back in 2007, to flirting with the more electric side of things in 2015’s Short Movie; Marling’s back catalogue has already warranted recognition as one of the best song-writers of a generation – at age 26. Nuanced and strikingly honest lyrics are at the forefront of each of her records, and Semper Femina is no different, offering the singer’s musings on sexuality and gender in society today. Many of the tracks are intimate and romantic, with females unashamedly the focus of her attentions. The production is tighter than ever, too. From the silky bass of first single ‘Soothing’ to the crescendo of strings of ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, on the surface Marling may have gone back to her folksy roots, but it’s the layers of various instruments and crystal clear mixing that makes this her most sophisticated offering yet. 9/10 RH

king gizzaRd and THe LizzaRd wizaRd FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA With their ninth studio album in four years, psychedelic rockers King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard are showing the alternative scene just what Australia is capable of in the midst of Tame Impala’s universal conquering of the pop world. In an online statement the band eloquently expressed how they have “dumbed down the rhythmic complexity” of their former work “in favour of harmonic entanglement…” for the first volume in five “explorations into microtonal tuning” to be released in 2017. This may sound like a bit of a mouthful, but this compromise – of harmony over rhythm – puts you on a glorious journey through what sounds like a Led Zeppelin themed house-party in Mumbai. It’s a sound which is sure to attract a far wider throng around an already cult-like worldwide following. Bring on Volume 2. LB 8/10

piLosa – SUCH ANIMALS A fuzzy mix of dream pop, electronica and hip-hop influences, this entirely DIY record sounds equal parts urgent and ambitious: ideas that shouldn’t work together, but do. One song that illustrates this is ‘Junk Miles’ – the album’s standout track. A seamless blend of late ‘80s and early ‘90s hip-hop with the acid house scene of the same era, it brilliantly utilises everything from a spoken word sample, record scratching and rapping, with synths, lilting hooks and reverberating bass thrown in for good measure. However the album seems to loses momentum towards its end. Tracks like ‘Lament’, which start strongly with a punchy

break beat, heavy bass and heady melody, lose their way in the later stages when its breakdown is over indulged; closer ‘Getting It Wrong’ suffers a similar fate. Other songs, though, such as ‘Semaphore’ and ‘Balloon Boy’, are entirely fit for mainstream success. The first is a psychedelic dance number that steadily arrives at a crescendo, with climbing synths and shuffling drums; the second whirls with driving bass, dynamic synths and harmonic vocals. Promise and potential aplenty – this is a DIY job even Nick Knowles would be proud of. 7/10 Daniel Collins | 77

Bringing together musicians, promoters, venue staff, journalists and supporters of the local scene, online music platform English Rain are hosting their first ‘Great Big Band Social’ at The Washington on Friday Feb 10th. No official invite needed, if you’re interested in making contacts in the Sheffield music community simply pop down from 8pm and get mingling. // // @ EnglishRainUK

Sheff rockers Four Authors recently announced that the band would be parting ways, due to no longer having the personal time to invest into the band. However, they are planning a final gig to say their goodbyes – more info below! // www. //@FourAuthors // @ handsoffgretel Local four-piece Bayonet have recently finished recording in London with Darren Lawson (White Lies & Editors) and will be releasing at least four singles over the course of 2017. They have also announced a show at Queens Social Club for March 25th, playing a Scruff of the Neck bill alongside Marsicans, Cassia and Fairbarn. // // @ BayonetOfficial Aggressive Management has a huge 2017 planned and will be taking more bands on their roster, putting on more live shows and curating more festival stages in addition to their immensely popular Tramlines Crystal Stage. Bands/musicians can put their names forward by heading to their Facebook page. aggressivemanagement // www. // @ Agg_Management

Following the release of their debut single (catch our review here: dark pop four-piece Vuromantics have released their second track, ‘Waiting on a Storm’. Head to their socials below to see the recently released visuals. // @ Vuromantics Grunge-pop outfit Hands Off Gretel have released a music video for their track ‘World Against She’, all edited and produced by lead singer Lauren Tate. Catch it here: // Head to for the full list of live music events and things to do in Sheffield this month.

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AWOOGA James from Awooga, introduce yourself to the Exposed readership with an interesting fact about the band? Hi, I’m James. I make a lot of noise from around 200hz to 16khz and lead peacekeeping missions between the two siblings I share a band with. Interesting fact: we’ve played in France twice, both times on a boat. Taz lost his mind on the second one and tried to start a mutiny because there wasn’t enough kick in his monitor. He still refers to himself as ‘Captain Flamadiddle’. Awooga is a fun word to say. It sounds like a noise you’d make when suddenly aroused or thrilled. What’s your favourite sound to make? Tam and I have spent years creating the perfect rigs that move enough air to create the ‘Brown Note’. The people that have lived through it describe it as the ultimate high between pleasure and pain and the closest they have been to God. Space Rock, eh? And which planet do you guys hail from? We met sometime after the star KSN1974Ak exploded. We were on a vessel known as WE5TI3S4775 where our masters forced us into harvesting space grass. Sometime around the year ROK01, the dear leader and eternal commander of ROCKOSMOS stormed the ship and brought us to Earth to create space rock in order to sing praises to the ever-victorious, iron-willed Commander. (Rockosmos is our label). You’ve got a huge gig at Corporation on its way with Gilmore Trail and Ba’al. Stoked? We’re absolutely buzzing for this show. It’s great to be in a position where we can put on some of our favourite bands in the best rock club in Yorkshire. If you’re into tunes that smash your soul into 1000 pieces and massage each piece individually with riffs then this is the show for you. Succinctly describe to us the experience of an Awooga live gig… Big amps, high volume pressure and tunes. It’s all about tunes really, ain’t it? // @awoogaband // awooga.bandcamp. com | 79


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One of the first records I remember having was ‘The Eminem Show’. My Dad got me a copy and I wore the CD out on my Walkman. I had the clean version, but still if you go back and listen they were kinda clever on how much of the curse words they removed. It was really easy to fill in the blanks. I think that’s why I liked it so much.


I went to a Damien Rice gig when I was about 12. It was when he was still touring with Lisa Hannigan. She was also my first crush. I never thought that I’d be traveling to their hometown to play my songs only a few years later!


I couldn’t tell you. I used to play at these proper pubs growing up so I’d learn all these crowd pleaser songs. A favourite of mine was ‘If I Ever leave This World Alive’ by Flogging Molly.


I’m inspired by everything, but there’s not really a particular song I wish I would have written. So many great songs out there!


‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers. The guy is such a talent, but there’s something about how repetitive the outro is that really irritates me. Sorry Bill!


I remember watching Prince play the Super Bowl halftime show years ago. Something about his guitar playing skills and confidence on stage totally blew my mind. I immediately downloaded all of his records. Miss that guy!


A RECORD WHICH REMINDS ME OF A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE… There’s this record by First Aid Kit called ‘Stay Gold’. It’s not my favourite record or anything, but they kill the harmonies and I like the songs. I used to listen to it in LA with my ex-girlfriend and haven’t really listened to their songs since then. So yeah, if I put it on I’d feel a rush of old feelings.

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A name familiar in the Steel City for many a year now, Alvarez Kings have been making quite the splash across the pond, with the recording of their upcoming debut LP Somewhere Between seeing the Sheffield fourpiece living it up in the City of Angels itself. Never one to forget his roots, however, lead singer and guitarist Simon Thompson caught up with Exposed’s Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas for a good chat on touring the new world, developing the band’s sound and the joys of playing back on Yorkshire soil.

Being a local band that spends a lot of time over in the States, what’s the idea behind coming back and doing some UK dates now? We did a few big dates in Europe and the UK in November last year with Melanie Martinez, so we just wanted to sort of play again for the fans that we made on that tour. And we also don’t want to be rusty after the Christmas period. This is basically our pre-season training! How much has spending time in the US influenced your sound? Quite a lot. I mean, we always knew that we wanted to develop our sound over time, and I think it’s definitely changed somewhat. We’ve experimented a lot and technology these days is so amazing compared to what it was when we first started out. Traveling around America you meet loads of artists and musicians and are constantly exposed to completely different cultures, so it all has an impact on you. We’ve just recorded the album in LA, so we’ve soaked up that West Coast vibe too. We had never been in a studio before with so much amazing equipment – we were like kids in a sweet shop! Can you tell us the release date yet? It’ll be out sometime in mid-to-late March on both sides of the Atlantic, I believe! Good stuff. You first emerged in the late noughties, quite an interesting and competitive time for Sheffield music. What’s the secret behind your longevity? I think just a lot of hard work and a lot of belief that what you’re doing is right. Compared to our early days music itself has changed so much, and you need to redevelop your sound with the times. Right from the beginning we did things like tour Europe off our own backs. It was a gamble but we were getting our music out there and making new fans from the outset. The first time we went to America we went to SXSW in Texas; seeing some of the bands there was a really big eye opener for us. We also toured Canada for a whole month with a band called Hey Ocean. I remember coming away from that thinking, ‘wow, we could learn a lot from these, let’s bring in some more instrumentation, let’s up our game.’ One of the main things, though, is that we’re all good friends and of course my brother’s in the band, so we’re a very close-knit group.

‘Cold Conscience’ and ‘Sleepwalking pt. II’ have gone down really well in the States. What’s it like to see success in that market? Yeah, I think we’ve had a good connection with American audiences. We’ve done the Vans Warped Tour twice now and even though we’re a completely different sound to the skater kids, it’s really worked in our favour. You’ve got so many crossovers in genres these days so people are more diverse in what they listen to, which is obviously a good thing. You’re playing the Cobcar Club in Barnsley this month. After time away, what are the best things about coming back to Yorkshire? We played there last year as a bit of a warm-up show and the turnout was unreal. This time around we’re looking to play the album in its entirety, so people will get to hear the new songs in full. We’re obviously really looking forward to it; it’s a great feeling to be back on home turf! Alvarez Kings play the Cobcar Club in Barnsley on February 3 and Outlines Festival March 3-4.The debut album Somewhere Between is expected in March. | 83


You guys have been making the indie kids dance for the best part of ten years now. What’s the secret to such longevity? I think we’ve always tried to just keep the process very honest and simple: we sit down and write songs that depict how we feel at that moment, and then record them in the best way to suit the song. I think we are lucky in that we have both a very loyal fan base but also a lack of commercial success, and this means we don’t have any pressure to make an album which needs to have a hit or be great for radio. It gives us a lot of freedom. What have been the main shifts you’ve observed in music culture since you started out? When we started there was a very linear route that a lot of people followed – label, manager, publisher etc., – whereas now musicians can go D.I.Y and concentrate on creating. When we initially signed to Columbia in 2009, I think we felt that a band almost needed this stamp to progress. It was a very naïve attitude. We quickly learnt that a lot of the things we’d

done out of necessity – artwork, videos, production – were really important to our identity and, in hindsight, a model of total independence would’ve been best for us. Now there seems to be a real opportunity to express yourself as you see fit and everything else will fall into place later. Do you reckon the proliferation of streaming sites and online platforms have made it easier for new bands to break through or more difficult? I still sense that the music industry hasn’t quite got to grips with the shift in how we listen to music. Part of me thinks, like with the previous question, that from the initial “birth of an artist” point of view there are some great opportunities now that didn’t exist a while ago. But I am definitely concerned as the way I like to listen to music – the album – isn’t the way a lot of people engage now, especially online, and I think that’s a real shame. It’s a really complicated debate though and probably why I just like to concentrate on making music. A lot of people hear the accent and instantly assume you’re from Newcastle, but you actually hail from Jarrow a few miles out. Do tell us an interesting fact about your humble hometown? Jarrow is my home and a lovely place; all of my childhood memories are there and that is a very powerful thing. The most identifying fact about Jarrow, which is indicative of the people who made the town, is the Jarrow March. In 1936 a group of Jarrovians marched to London as a protest against the poverty and unemployment suffered in the area, a great example of fortitude and solidarity.

Exposed meets Rob Coles, lead singer of affable indie rockers The Little Comets, to talk about the band’s fourth album, the changing face of the music industry and how he’s not holding out much hope for 2017.

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Okay, so I’m baking a huge cake in homage to you guys, The Little Comets. What are the key ingredients I’m throwing into this beast? Chocolate, Smarties, coffee and vegetarian Percy Pigs alongside the normal cake craic. The new album is called Worhead. Is this an actual North East phrase or just a wee pun? It comes from the song title of the opening track, ‘Worhead’. When we wrote it the chaos of 2016 was in full force: it felt like standing in a storm and feeling the power of nature without the ability to do anything. Around that time there was also the debate on whether to replace Trident. I mean, this is unfathomable to me. Why would you want to do this?! The MP Mhairi Black gave a very effective speech on this in parliament which people should check out as it is a perfect summary. So, me pouring my thoughts into this song brought the title Worhead, which yeah, is just a mix of ‘wor’ – which means ‘our’ – and the word warhead. And we’ve not heard anything from the upcoming record yet, which is upsetting. What can we expect? It has the liveliness of the first as we went back to tracking instruments together; me and Nathan played a lot of the bass and guitar takes at the same time to give the songs a live feel. It’s really just an honest representation of the last two years of our lives.

My little boy is four now, so he is getting to the stage where he will start to notice the darker aspects of our world. He asked me about death recently, which was a surreal experience: seeing his mind trying to grapple with the issue. A lot of the songs on the album are my attempts at trying to gather my thoughts in preparation for these conversations and how best to help him become a tolerant, respectful person. As touched upon, 2016 was pretty cray. In your infinite wisdom as lead singer of a likeable Tyne and Wear indie guitar band, how do you see the world getting on in 2017? I literally got everything wrong last year so here are my predictions, and we shall hope for a repeat of my inability to read people. All of my musical heroes will die; Trump will remove the vote of anyone who isn’t white, male or heterosexual; we’ll all have personal nuclear codes given to us; we’ll enshrine the fact that foreigners are to blame for everything; the NHS will be privatised and become Sports Direct @ the NHS; and The Daily Mail will usurp the BBC and become our state broadcaster. Shit a brick. But on a lighter note, please tell the people of Sheffield, in no uncertain terms, why they should come along to your gig at The Leadmill this Worhead is released on month. February 3rd and Little Firstly, the Leadmill is a fantastic venue run by Comets play The Leadmill good people. Sheffield is one of those places on February 18th. Tickets that we really love to play. A lot of our early from gigs were there. We knew The Harrisons really well and used to come down and play at their rehearsal room, and then we played The Grapes and The Boardwalk quite a few times. Me and Mickey also have family there so it is nice to see friendly faces. A lot of these are personal reasons – but yeah, we’ll really enjoy it so hopefully the crowd will too. | 87

Liverpool alt-pop outfit Clean Cut Kid have shown that you don’t need an album under your belt to get music out to the masses. Smashing through 91 gigs in just three tours, including playing to an 11K-strong crowd in support of The Courteeners, 2016 was undoubtedly a corker of a year for the foursome. Irish-born, Yorkshire-raised, Liverpudlian at heart, the band’s keyboardist Evelyn Halls tells Dan Collins about the upcoming LP, playing Outlines Fest and inspiration striking in the middle of the night. Hi Evelyn, how are you today? Tired! Mike [Halls, vocals and guitar] and I were up until five this morning creating a mini home studio for ourselves here in Liverpool. We’re always getting these little bursts of creativity at midnight, which end up keeping us awake ‘til the wee hours – it’s when Mike tends to get his song ideas. And you’ve also just returned from three back-to-back tours, haven’t you? Nice to see you’re taking it easy with your time off… I know! Between being signed and Christmas we haven’t had chance to stop, relax and take it all in. We played 91 gigs last year, which works out at about one every four days, so we’ve been on tour almost constantly – or so it feels! But we don’t mind as that’s where we all thrive, it’s the environment we most enjoy. How was your first tour as headliners? So good! We always knew that we would get to this level at some point; we had a huge sense of self belief in our ability, but obviously it’s nice that others agree! Even though it’s happened

so quickly, it felt like it was a long time coming because we’ve crammed a lot of writing, recording and live dates into that time. This brings us nicely onto the new album. Do tell us more… You’ll be getting the full spectrum of Clean Cut Kid and everything we’ve been through to get here: the highs and the lows. We wanted to get it done by the end of last year like we anticipated, but we’ve enjoyed the freedom of writing it and taking it where it needed to go, so there’s no exact release date yet! And you’ll joining us here in Sheff soon! How are you looking forward to Outlines Festival? We honestly can’t wait. When you start hitting the big cities for your gigs you can begin to cross them all off the list. And after we finished our headline tour last year, one of the big ones we still had to play was Sheffield; we’ve done a co-headline with Fickle Friends before at Leadmill, but never on our own. Put it this way: it’s gonna be a big night for us, and hopefully for the audience!

For those who aren’t too aware of Clean Cut Kid, why should people catch your set? We are probably best enjoyed live! It’s what I like most about us. We work so hard on everything – we practise harmonies for weeks, as well as every bit of instrumentation. We try and get it right on one instrument so it sounds like studio standard and if it doesn’t, we find an instrument that makes it sound right. But normally Mike’s guitar is perfect; he has this heavy rock sound that somehow manages to be pop at the same time. Any more plans for this year? One of the things we’re most excited about is going back to Liverpool and playing loads of small venuesStrangely, our success being so quick meant we kind of missed playing our way up the venues in our home town, so we want to go back and do that and make sure we don’t miss out on the experience. Catch Clean Cut Kid at Outlines Festival, March 3-4. Head to | 89


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Last month Outlines Festival completed their 2017 line-up by announcing 40 new artists including post-punk outfit The Membranes, psych band Flamingods and LA soul singer Kadjha Bonet. The 100-strong bill of artists will perform over March 3-4 at multiple venues around the city. A wide range of genres are represented, and the local music scene will be showcased through performances from the likes of The Crookes, Blood Sport, Alvarez Kings, Liberty Ship, Matic Mouth, Trash and Seamonsters. Fans of electronic music are well catered for following the announcement of a number of after parties organised by some of Sheffield’s best club promoters and featuring names such as Romare and Lamont on the decks. There’s certainly plenty to take in over the weekend, but to aid with your pre-festival prep we’d highly recommend getting yourselves down to the following five gigs... →

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It’s February already, and this month we’re talking a whole lotta history (yes, I just made a12-year-old Girls Aloud reference – #sorrynotsorry) as we celebrate LGBT History Month, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality. As always, Sheffield has a great line-up of events and another busy month ahead. Kicking things off, why not share your own histories with T-Boys zine project which this year focuses on the theme of advice. Your submission could be something you wish you’d known when you were younger, or advice for people just starting to explore their identity. It could be practical information, a list of useful resources or an account of your personal experiences. They’re open to submissions in any medium: poetry, prose, comics, photography, collages – whatever you feel works! They’re also accepting submissions via email ( for those who want to contribute but can’t get to the meetings. On 4 February join Trans Active for their regular transonly swimming sessions at Heeley Pool. There is private use of the pool area and there are individual changing cubicles as well as communal gendered changing rooms and showers. The lifeguards have been trained to be sensitive to trans people’s needs. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable as long as it’s safe to swim in. Following the success of their sell-out QASh Bash, Queer Agenda Sheffield return on 11 February with their latest offering, ‘Queer Love at The End of The World’. The plot: It’s the (near?) Future, civilisation as we know it is over. In the ashes of the old world, we have the opportunity to build a better, queerer new world. Join base camp (the DINA venue) for music, drag, games and dancing. Come in whatever makes you feel comfortable, but end-of-the-world fancy dress is of course welcomed. Central Library is marking LGBT History Month on 22 February with ‘Edward Carpenter – His Life and

Times’. Suzanne Bingham explores the life and times of this socialist pioneer and iconic Victorian writer who campaigned with Sheffield workers to improve their working lives & conditions. His sexuality, politics, way of life, attitude to class, diet and even style of dress was at odds with society, yet he became a highly influential and much respected figure both locally and nationally. The main weekend of history month events starts on 24 February hosted by Friends of Edward Carpenter and Sheena Amos Youth Trust with Live Late: 1967 at Millennium Gallery, a celebration of art, music and interactive activities that looks at the history of the LGBT+ rights movement. Then you can head down to Climax Icons night at Sheffield Students’ Union celebrating all the music icons that have made waves over the decades. Don your rainbows and show your pride. On Saturday 25 February we return to Millennium Gallery for the grand opening. There will be an afternoon of talks on Sheffield’s LGBT+ past including writer, stand-up, actor and performer Clare Summerskill. Joining Clare will be Mike Jackson, Martin Goodsell and Brett Haran – all original members of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). Evening entertainment comes from the New Moon ‘Tea Dance’ with DJ Wendy, and all profits go to support local Sheffield charities SAYiT, Sheffield Rape Crisis and Interchange. Finally, on Sunday 26 February, the celebrations continue at Hallam Students’ Union with a red-carpet event and sparkling reception. Sheffield’s LGBT+ choir Out Aloud! will be there to entertain you before a premiere screening of ‘Out of the Shadows’, a unique film examining the experiences of LGBT+ people exploring their sexuality and gender at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England and Wales. Bringing the event to a close, DJ Wendy returns for the closing party. Wear your glad-rags, celebrate and – above all – be yourself! | 95

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Nostalgiagasm: The best 90s gaming soundtracks Let’s face it: everything was better in the 90s, including gaming soundtracks. Music plays a vital role in how you experience any game, whether it be setting the tone or getting you pumped to take on what’s waiting around the corner. Here are four of my all-time faves.

DOOM – ‘At Doom’s Gate’ What better way to start off Doom than by entering E1M1 as this beast of a song plays. Angry, in your face, and unrepentant as can be, it puts you reyt in the mood for blasting through hordes of the undead and hellspawn. Of course, Doom is jam-packed with tunes like this, but this is the one that’ll most likely leave a lasting impression on you. Mmmm, Doom. Listen:

FINAL FANTASY VII – ‘Fight On!’ (AKA ‘Boss Battle’) The regular battle theme in Final Fantasy VII is already full of energy, perfect in prepping you for the fight ahead. However, when you enter one of the many boss battles in this game, you’ll hear the classic ‘Fight On!’ beginning to play, letting you know that you’re in for a much more challenging ruck. Listen:





RESIDENT EVIL – ‘Save Room Theme’

METAL GEAR SOLID – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

Every time I hear this, I can’t help but get goosebumps – it’s incredibly nostalgic, as are all the tracks on this list, but this one... my God, it’s just something else. There aren’t many safe locations in the original Resident Evil, so when you hear this track, you know you can take a breather from the madness that is the Spencer Mansion and all its monstrous beings. Listen:

Quite possibly the most beautiful piece of music in gaming history, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ is hauntingly brilliant. From its extremely powerful vocals and strangely calming vibes, this iconic track allows you to reminisce on the genius that is the Metal Gear Solid franchise. I get choked up whenever I listen to it. Serious. Listen:

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A record-breaking haul at this year’s Golden Globes gives some indication as to how special La La Land is. With seven deserved awards this has proven to be a powerhouse of cinema which will be remembered for some time. Directed by Damien Chazelle following up on the excellent and critically acclaimed Whiplash, La La Land sees Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone deliver performances reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in this hugely entertaining love letter to the golden age of Hollywood. A comedy, romance, drama and musical all encompassed into one sublime production, we follow jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia (Stone) as they seek to follow their dreams and head down the road of selfdiscovery and sacrifice. This idea of following one’s dream encapsulates the very essence of the movie and it is a theme enhanced by the majestic, dream-like world which Chazelle has created for his protagonists; a beautifully crafted stage on which possibilities are endless if you persevere. Perfect performances, fantastic routines and wonderful music all serve to make La La Land one of the most enthralling pieces of cinematic escapism and entertainment in years. 5/5 John Morgan-Clarke

Ben Affleck returns to Dennis Lehane’s work with this adaptation of Live By Night, a gangster epic which follows the rise to power of Joe Coughlin, a young Boston criminal who ends up running an empire in Florida for the Italian mob. As an addition to the gangster genre, Live By Night certainly has a uniqueness to it. The Florida setting adds a notable style to the film which also boasts some really sumptuous scenery, excellent design, authentic costumes and vibrant music. Unfortunately, this is by far Affleck’s weakest effort as a director. Hastily cut and edited, too much of the film feels glossed over and rushed with characters and their relationships underdeveloped and the events of the story conceived out of sheer convenience. It’s frustratingly poor storytelling, especially when considering the strength and quality of the source material. Ultimately, Live By Night feels like a self-indulgent piece for Affleck. Whilst it looks fantastic and contains some excellent performances and action sequences, it is severely lacking in impact and finesse for a good drama. 3/5 John Morgan-Clarke

Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck delivers a stunning performance as Lee, a character so full of self-loathing and bent on self-destruction, he could almost be Shakespearean; such is the tragedy that defines him. A socially awkward, lonely and tightly wound janitor in Boston who is forced to return to his home town following the untimely death of his older brother. There he becomes the legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). What makes this fascinating is not just the development of the relationship between these two, but the study of a tortured soul facing his demons and battling for redemption. Writer and Director Kenneth Lonergan demonstrates a clear eye and astute observation for complex characteristics and emotional catalysts, and combines myriad familial complications into a wonderfully sensitive story. Accompanied by an almost operatic score that enhances the sense of tragedy, this is a beautifully crafted character-based drama. It certainly won’t be to everybody’s taste as it is a slow-burning bleak character study. However, in terms of pure drama and story-telling, it is sublime. 5/5 John Morgan-Clarke

The Lego Batman Movie - 10th Feb Forget the super-serious live action versions, THIS is the hero we need! The breakout star of 2014's Lego Movie gets his first solo outing, joined by seemingly every classic Batman villain, hero and supporting character. Expect sly digs at the Batman movie canon and quotable lines galore. Be yourself, unless you can be Batman.

John Wick: Chapter 2 - 17th Feb John Wick took us all by surprise three years ago, with his ultra violent and super stylish return to form, gaining huge momentum on home release. Expectations are high for the next chapter of the intended trilogy, as long as the filmmakers can continue the effortless cool and visceral action scenes.

The Great Wall - 17th Feb Matt Damon takes on a horde of monsters on China's Great Wall in this beautiful-looking epic from the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Initial reaction is so far mixed, but the lead actor/director combo is enough to warrant a fair amount of excitement. | 101


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Words: Leo Burrell

Hey Jonathan! How are you? Good thanks! We’ve just arrived in Sheffield today to start rehearsals, it’s a very “hurrah, we’re here!” atmosphere in the cast at the moment. You’re from the Steel City yourself. Is this the first work you’ve done relating to your hometown? Yes, I was born in Park Hill flats. I’ve been looking at it from my room here, and it’s ever so strange. I’ve not directed here before, so it feels like coming home! I’m often here as my mum and three brothers all live and work in Sheffield but I live in London now and before that was in New York for 10 years. But I take Sheffield wherever I go. Can you tell us a bit about the story? It’s about Jamie, a 16-year-old boy who lives in the north. His ambition in life is to be a drag queen, but he can’t quite say it out loud. Then his best friend Pritti, a Muslim girl, challenges him to go to the school prom in a dress. So the journey is about how he ends up going for it. But it’s really a tale about a boy discovering who he is. The story’s not unique, it’s universal. He asks: “Who am I? What do I want to be?” I think that pretty much any 16-year-old can relate to that.

New coming-of-age musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opens at The Crucible this month. Written by Doctor Who’s Tom Macrae, the musical takes inspiration from 2011 BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’. We spoke to director Jonathan Butterell about the show, his Sheffield background and the unique soundtrack by Dan Gillespie-Sells. The lyrics were written by Tom Macrae and the songs by The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie-Sells. Was having a contemporary soundtrack something you wanted from the outset? Well, neither of them had written for theatre before, but we really wanted a fresh voice for the music. We knew from the very beginning it was going to be about a 16 year old boy in 2016, so the music had to reflect his life. When I first met Dan, I asked him to write me an album; the piece had to be able to exist on its own. How did you find lead actor John McCrea? It was a challenge finding a young man who had the unique skill-set to hold together the show. Jamie is hardly ever off the stage, and he has to sing, dance and act amazingly. It had to be someone unashamedly gay – it’s not a coming out story, he’s out. So we had to find someone at ease with their body and themselves. It was our casting director who

found John, and as soon as he walked through the room it was clear he would be our Jamie. He’s been with us for two and a half years now. The first song ‘Don’t Even Know It’ is already up online as a teaser. Would you say it’s reflective of the show’s music as a whole? It is yes, it’s the opening number and a way of taking us into the world of Jamie. The music’s varied: there are some power ballads, guitar-led stuff, but that song is the most poppy aspect, the most Pharrell-like or summer hit. Jamie’s mum’s songs are deeper territory, more ballads. What are your plans for 2017? I’m back off to NYC to work with Taylor Mac, a performance artist. But I do have plans to take Jamie around the world! Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is on at The Crucible from February 13-25. Tickets are available from | 105

Top Picks

Tudor Players: Comfort and Joy Library Theatre // Feb 14-18 // Tickets from £8 It’s Christmas: a time of peace on earth and goodwill to all. But of course, things never quite turn out the way you hoped. With terrible presents and culinary disasters amongst some of the seasonal hazards, expect plenty of laughs from this family comedy by Mike Harding.

Ghost Lyceum Theatre // Feb 6-11 // From £31 Oh my love… From the scenes that cemented Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore as Hollywood icons, the story now hits the stage with new music along with a new, expanded book that tells Bruce Joel Rubin’s story in more depth than ever before.

The Play That Goes Wrong Lyceum Theatre // Feb 13-18 // From £22 This sell-out, side-splitting West-End hit follows a group of blundering 1920s murder mystery characters as they struggle against all odds to reach the final curtain call, with a mixture of hilarious results!

2017 at Sheffield Theatres Following a successful year, Sheffield Theatres have added a host of intriguing shows to the Lyceum, Crucible and Studio event programmes. One of the main draws will undoubtedly be Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed production The Red Shoes, a story that has seduced and inspired generations with its tale of obsession, possession and dance, coming to the Lyceum from May 30 to June 3. Hilarious Olivier Award-winning comedy Out Of Order (June 14-17), is also set to grace the stage with an array of famous faces including Shaun Williamson (Eastenders, Extras) and Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses) in a humorous story of a Government Junior Minister finding a dead body in hotel. For an enchanting musical adventure, take the whole family along to Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, a show packed full of games, songs and laughter (July 5-6). For all listings and tickets head to

Golden Years One of Sheffield’s leading amateur dramatics groups, Tudor Players, has announced its 50th anniversary season for 2017, beginning with Mike Harding’s Comfort and Joy on February 14th-18th. The anniversary comes at a time of change for the group, as Sheffield Council announce provisional plans for the Central Library meaning that the Tudor Players long-standing venue The Library Theatre may be closed. The Tudor Way venue, which gave the Players their name, has been the haunt of the 260 actors and actresses that have graced the stage since the group’s founding in 1967. Following Comfort and Joy will be Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter in May, and the classic Goodnight Mister Tom in October. Head to for tickets and more information. 106 |

Splinters25: Rock Of Ages The Octagon // February 22-25 // £15 (£12.50 students) Big hair, big egos and big guitar solos: Splinters25 make a glorious return with Rock Of Ages this month. A party town full of liquor and lace, but the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale could be about to end in 1980s Hollywood when German developers arrive to transform the strip into a capitalist shopping centre.

The Company: Richard III Sheffield University Drama Studio // Feb 15-18 // From £4.50 Shakespeare’s classic historic play with a modern twist: the War of the Roses draws to a close in the trenches of World War One and the battle for the throne reaches a fatal conclusion while the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Richmond cross swords.

Gaslight Lyceum Theatre // Feb 20-25 // From £22 Starring Kara Tointon (currently in ITV wartime drama The Halcyon) and Keith Allen, Gaslight tells the tale of a woman who feels like she’s losing her mind as a mysterious detective arrives, turning her respectable Victorian marriage upside down.

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Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music Published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe WHAT’S ON 2017 Kelham Island Museum 11 March 18 May 23 June 8 & 9 July 2 & 3 Dec

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Yes, yes, yes!!!! In his first UK solo show, Finnish-Canadian artist Fucci brings his bold post-pop style to new micro gallery The Viewing Room in Krynkl at Kelham Island. Minimalism meets vibrancy in ‘Yes!’, a series of work that touches upon sexual expression and perversion, with surprising levels of wit and poise. A selling exhibition of original and limited edition prints, see more at The Viewing Room until March 9th. Head to and follow them on Facebook @TVRSheffield and Twitter and Instagram @TheViewing_Room for details of upcoming exhibitions and projects. 108 |

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The Social N e t wo r k

On the Twittersphere… Our monthly round-up of all things webby, social and generally searched for, so you dont have to..

@EssBeeEff overheard in sheffield: “well linkin park is like the nicest place in the world” @AKA_I_D_I_O_T Me & my mate Paul once paid touts £60 each to see Robbie Williams at Sheffield Arena on Valentines Day. It was 1999, so that was pricey. @Ryyyyy94 When you’re wondering what your birds doing on her phone at 2 in morning to look and find out she’s looking how to make a beef hotpot @thisisneenz @NicPandolfi I once went on a date with someone who took me for hot peas on #NorwichMarket #WorstDateEver #Yuk

The Whistler Blues rock brothers Phil and Tom Goodwin AKA Cellar Door Moon Crow have released their raucous selfproduced video for new single ‘The Whistler’. Turn. It. Up. Been there, done that, knitted the jumper Weaving together specialised jumpers and famous landmarks, Sam Barsky has knitted popular tourist destinations into a woolly jumper, and then travelled to these places to get a snap of him wearing them. His life’s work was posted on Reddit and since then he has received ‘hero status’, though we’re still waiting for him to sew a visionary masterpiece of The Cheesegrater. Review: Vuromantics – ‘Vultures’ Take two of the city’s most popular acts in recent years: Stop Drop Robot and Monoking; throw in some dark pop lyrics and beautiful synth textures, and you will eventually end up with Vuromantics. This month we welcome the release of the band’s first single, ‘Vultures’. Catch the video and review from our music blogger Chris Lord via the link below.

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Emojis for all 2017 – the year of equality? After years of campaigning, ginger people have finally been listened to by at Apple, and soon enough some red-haired (or strawberry blonde, if you’re still trying to pull that one) emojis will be created after an online petition called for more appropriate representation on the ever growing colourful keyboard. #Progress Yoga brunching Still reeling from the excesses of Christmas, we checked out Instictive Health’s wellness morning at The Chimney House.

@GodHatesTheUSA most awkward date of my life was when someone asked about my grandparents individually and I had to respond “they’re dead” each time. @olivia_smith1 these people behind us at boston pizza are on the most awkward date and are literally discussing the taste of potatoes @Schmunky_Monkey If you’re wondering what the worst thing to do on a date is, it’s sneezing with your mouth full. #baddate @Jo_Caulfield Overheard in John Lewis: “It hurts a bit but at least you can’t get pregnant” @ShayneWellsMSP Witnessed a worst-date scenario last night as a gals gel-bra started leaking aggressively at a fancy restaurant. #RgelBrasStillaThing?

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