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26: LOYLE CARNER We catch up with the rising hip-hop sensation to chat everything from schoolyard rhymes to the intimacy of his debut album and upcoming main stage set at Tramlines Festival.
35: EXPOSED FASHION SPECIAL In the hidden depths of the Moor Theatre Delicatessen, we bring together seven of the city’s most diverse brands and boutiques for our annual Exposed fashion shoot.
66: REGINALD D. HUNTER Trump, British humour and the shrewd motherly advice controversial funnyman Reginald D. Hunter refers to when it comes to dealing with hecklers.
73: EATS EVERYTHING Chatting to Bristolian DJ Daniel Pearce AKA Eats Everything about his new Edible label, monthly Radio 1 slot and set with Skream and Solardo at Code this month.
76: TONY VISCONTI Legendary Bowie, T-Rex and Manic Street Preachers producer Tony Visconti tells us about his relationship with the late, great artist as well as his new tour.
82: SLEAFORD MODS “We are, as always, tennis balls in the King’s court.” Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson discusses the current state of affairs.
11: UPFRONT 22: VS 35: FASHION 47: FOOD 61: THINGS TO DO 66: COMEDY 69: NIGHTLIFE 76: MUSIC 97: LGBT 98: GAMING 102: FILM 107: CULTURE
Where does the time go? It’s a quarter of the way into the year already and even though it’s still sub-zero temps outside we’re beginning to fantasise about the thought of partying at the Ponderosa. As Tramlines announced the first wave of their biggest line-up to date last month, we’ve started to get all giddy at the prospect of The Libertines, Metronomy, Toots and the Maytals, Akala, All Saints, The Coral (and many more besides) coming to the Steel City. Catch the line-up inside. Our March ish brings with it the final details of our annual Exposed Awards which is happening at the O2 on the 9th. Celebrating the brightest and best in Sheff from the past year, if you haven’t yet got your tickets (or booked the next day off work) you best get shifting! See you at the bar, yeah? This month is also the focus of our whopping great fashion shoot. Taking over the weird and wonderful Moor Theatre Deli building we rounded up a handful of beautiful people, a couple of talented stylists and got Sheff photographer Timm Cleasby behind the lens to make the most of the city’s finest garms. The fabulous results can be found over in the fashion section. Cover star Loyle Carner is fast becoming a household name as 2017 sees him feature on the bill of events and festivals up and down the country – not to mention our very own Tramlines in July. Head to page 26 for our chat with the south London star. Making a splash in the latest Exposed VS, we attempt to take on Olympic diver Freddie Woodward. Find out whether we sink or swim on page 22. Vuromantics are treading the Exposed In Session boards this month; an amalgamation of members of Stop Drop Robot and Monoking, the foursome give us a taste of their imminent debut EP ‘Waiting On A Storm’ over on page 30. And we’ve got plenty more for you to feast your eyes on; from a chat with Tony Visconti, the man who’s produced no less than thirteen of David Bowie’s records, to a round-up of all the Paddy’s Day action as well as the usual news, reviews and previews for the month ahead. Kick up your feet, silence your phone and enjoy a few quiet moments with your friendly neighbourhood magazine.
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Time for Heroes Boom! Music lovers in Sheffield rejoiced last month as legendary indie quartet The Libertines were announced as headliners for Tramlines 2017. Marking the first time the band have played the city since reforming in 2014, they will join ska legends Toots & The Maytals and R&B group All Saints on the Ponderosa Main Stage. For the full line-up announcement and more information on the festival, head to page 15.
The number their 2002 debut album Up The Bracket reached in the UK Album Chart, surprising when considering the iconic status the album
THE LIBERTINES IN NUMBERS
Months in prison Copies sold in the first Peter Doherty was week of second album Pounds the band was sentenced to after The Libertines being allegedly paid to Carl Boratâ€™s released. It remains reform and play Leeds burgling flat in 2003. The the bandâ€™s only #1 & Reading Festival duo made up later, album. in 2010. obviously.
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CABBAGE PATCH KIDS...
Neo-punk five-piece Cabbage tore Picture House Social a newâ€™un last month, and our snapper Jacob Flannery was there to witness the carnage. Catch the review on pg 79.
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PISCES - FEB 19 - MAR 20
A surprise trip takes your breath away – as you drunkenly clatter through the doors of Aslan’s Kebabs, landing awkwardly amongst a shower of donner meat and garlic mayo on the cold West Street floor.
ARIES MAR 21 - APR 19 Treat yourself to a steak bake and a good ol’ tug. You’ve earnt it, babe.
TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Laughter is the best medicine. Until you become ill... then medicine is the best medicine.
with a lot of what Earth’s new insect overlords are planning for the welfare system.
LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 22 There’s no reason why you can’t succeed in your endeavours this month, which makes it doubly frustrating when you balls it all up again.
MAY 21 - JUNE 20 You will be devastated when your favourite surf pop/chillwave DIY band break up before releasing their first limited edition cassette tape.
JUNE 21 - JULY 22 The stakes will be raised later this month – just before they are plunged into your cold, vampirical heart.
DEC 22 - JAN 19 You could have all the money in the world, but you’d trade it all for a little bit more.
JULY 23 - AUG 22 Leo has requested that you move star signs to Virgo, because he’s so done dealing with your shit.
JAN 20 - FEB 18 You’re as dumb as a mule and twice as ugly.
OCT 23-NOV21 Make plans. Travel. Experience life in other countries. Do this before the police raid your home this month.
AUG 23 - SEP 22 As far as social policy goes, turns out you agree
NOV 22 - DEC 21 No matter what choices you make this week, it will end with you being savaged by a large bear.
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, Why can’t I “seal with deal” with a woman? I take ladies on nice dates, offer good conversation and make them laugh. But when the end of the night comes it’s just a kiss on the cheek and the empty promise of a phonecall. Keith, Norton Ok, first question: do you have a moustache? I’m going to guess –
based largely on the evidence that your name is Keith and you’re not getting laid – that the answer is no here. So, without any further ado, grow thee a furry lip-rug of Burt Reynolds proportions, start drinking scotch and buy an aftershave that smells woodsy. I guarantee you’ll have above average sex with a moderately attractive person within weeks. Panther out. SP
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“I once pulled a muscle eating ice cream.”
FITZALAN FACELIFT Choked by traffic and cut off from the city centre, Fitzalan Square has lost its appeal as a prime public retail space. But Sheffield Council have now drawn up plans to revive its fortunes, which they say will help create 4,000 jobs over the next five years, attract many more visitors and inject some life back into the square. Should the plans get the go-ahead, work is expected to begin later this year and take around 12 months to complete. Deputy Councillor Leigh Bramhall stated: “These developments will make Fitzalan Square an area where people again feel safe and secure, which should lead to a more balanced mixture of shops becoming established in the area.”
RAISING THE BAR
WHERE THE WILD PARTIES ARE Taking over the Steel City once again this summer, last month Tramlines Festival announced a whopping line-up for the annual inner-city music festival, taking place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July. Joining headliners The Libertines on the Ponderosa Main Stage will be the likes of ska legends Toots and The Maytals and nostalgic R&B group All Saints. The ninth annual festival will also feature Metronomy, The Coral, The Pharcyde, Twin Atlantic, Cabbage, Loyle Carner and more yet to be announced. While the daytime festivities will be outdoor venues only this year at Ponderosa Park, Devonshire Green and The Folk Forest, the nightlife leg of the event will see clubbing spots around the city hosting huge names at a number of afterparty events. On Friday 21, the O2 Academy will feature TQD (Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D), Bugzy Malone, Artful Dodger, Barely Legal and more. Fuse ODG head the bill on Saturday and The Street’s Mike Skinner will make a return. Radio 1 Xtra DJ and Roll Deep cornerstone DJ Target, Gotsome, Cause &
Affect, Coco and Donaeo will also take to the stage during the night. The University of Sheffield’s Octagon, Fusion & Foundry venues will host more afterparties on Friday and Saturday. Festival-goers will experience Sister Bliss and Kideko on Friday, with Camo & Krooked, DJ Zinc and drum and bass don DJ Marky appearing on Saturday. Festival Director Sarah Nulty said: “We love to watch the whole of Sheffield coming out to party and the afterparties mean that music-lovers can keep dancing for the whole weekend.” Weekend passes are available from £38, plus booking fee. Afterparty tickets for individual nights available for £12 or as a weekend ticket for £20, plus booking fee and while stocks last.
Head to www.tramlines.org.uk for tickets and more line-up info.
Permission has been granted by Sheffield Council for a 1.4 million sq ft space with offices, private rented sector apartment blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants and retail units to be built in the city. The £175 million scheme will provide up to 5,000 new jobs, with the aim of attracting further major private and public sector employers. The development will focus around what will become West Bar Square, a major landscaped space comparable in scale to Millennium Square and St Paul’s Place, and will link the Cathedral Quarter to the Riverside district on the city centre outskirts.
SHEFFIELD BLITZ EXHIBITION A permanent exhibition about the Sheffield Blitz is set to open March 18 in the National Emergency Services Museum. The installation is the result of the Sheffield Blitz 75th project and will be opened by Doug Lightning, the last surviving fireman who was on duty for both nights during the attacks. The exhibit will feature oral history clips, original emergency vehicles along with several photographs and film footage. Permanent memorial plaques are also being installed around the city to mark buildings affected by the bombings as part of the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail.
CRY BABY TATTOOS With a vintage hair salon, a gentleman’s barber shop, boutique stores, an artisan glass and ceramics homeware store, a makeup academy and a vegan juice bar, Kelham Arcade is continuing to prove itself as a breeding ground for exciting independent businesses. With its onus on creativity, it seems only fitting that a tattoo studio should take up one of the units in this ever-growing hub of businesses. Cry Baby Tattoo Studio, opening later on this month, is the newest addition and is bought to us by two talented ladies from Division Street’s Five Magics Tattoo. Check out their Instagram @ crybaby_tattoos. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 15
“I’ve always wanted to see Benidorm. Where is it?”
POPULAR TRACKS ON THE EXPOSED JUKEBOX LAST MONTH STORMZY – BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS
THE BEER ENGINE
Though slightly off the beaten track, The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road is regularly packed to the rafters with drinkers and diners alike. Here’s why:
Stormzy is back, and he’s brought with him four minutes of aggy-as-hell grime vibes. The new album Gang, Signs & Prayer will be out by the time this issue goes to print, and it certainly won’t disappoint if this is anything to go by.
SLEAFORD MODS – CARLTON TOUTS
Welcoming staff, modern interior, a sun trap beer garden with heaters and shelter for the colder months, plus a dog-friendly attitude means The Beer Engine appeals to all; from people enjoying after work drinks to pre-match crowds heading off to Bramall Lane and families with children enjoying a proper Sunday dinner.
‘The future is a flag pissed on a kingsize bag of Quavers’ – over a typically menacing bass riff, Sleaford Mods give their take on the state of British society today, and it’s bloody brilliant. Welcome back, lads.
VALERIE JUNE – SHAKEDOWN
An ever-evolving tapas style menu featuring everything from classic patatas bravas through to more exotic offerings like Korean chicken wings or ajillo mushrooms, The Beer Engine know their stuff when it comes to good food. Everything is made in-house and there’s plenty for vegetarians and vegans to choose from too. Stop by on a Monday for 2-4-1 offers on all of their small plates and don’t miss their Sunday roasts – make sure you get there early as they almost always sell out!
True to their moniker, The Beer Engine specialise in six hand pull cask pumps and eight kegs, including regular and guest ales as well as continental lagers, craft beers and local offerings. Expect the likes of brews from Siren, Darkstar, Brick Brewery, Magic Rock, Exit 33 and many more, plus their staples Estrella, Oranjeboom, Bitburger, Erdinger Weisse, Young’s London (Road) Stout and Aspall cider. Their range of spirits is enviable too – whiskey drinkers in particular are sure to be satisfied.
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A rocking, barnstomper of a ditty from the Memphis-based artist who has whetted our appetites for her upcoming March album.
BIG SEAN – NO FAVOURS This dark, intense track is entirely stolen by a fiery verse from Big Sean’s fellow Detroit MC Eminem, who calls out President Trump and promises to single-handedly destroy his brand. What’s not to like?
THE SHINS – NAME FOR YOU Big fans of this joyful, energetic release from the Albuquerque indie rockers. It’s a warm, positive track to keep you upbeat in the chilly months.
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After making us wait four years to hear any new music, this release from the British dance duo hasn’t disappointed. The sort of pulsating, dark electro pop vibes we’ve all come to expect.
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It’s the eleventh hour to grab tix to the eleventh annual Exposed Awards and, Sheffield, the excitement is starting to set in. See, this year is all about the discotheque which means feather boas, shiny balls (now, now), platforms and ALL the glitter. We’ve got Nice Like Rice DJs on the decks to soundtrack the night with Exposed Awards veteran Steve Faulkner hosting proceedings once more, who will no doubt have one or two tricks up his sleeves. £22 will bag you a seat, drink and some grub from one of our street food traders, while those after a bit of no-frills fun can get through the door for 11 quid to enjoy the evening from the comfort of the bar. Your tickets will also provide entry to the after party which is a short stagger up the road to the Head of Steam. Get details on how to nab yours below – when they’re gone, they’re gone, so get a wriggle on! As always, you lot have really turned out for this one, voting in your thousands to shout about your favourite bars, pubs, clubs, shops, events, businesses, salons, stylists, musicians and everything else that goes with making Sheff a pretty spiffing place to live. We can’t wait to celebrate the good stuff from the year that was, and reveal who you’ve chosen as the best of a rather handsome bunch – for the full shortlist of this year’s nominees head to exposedmagazine.co.uk.
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FREDDIE WOODWARD Fresh from representing Team GB in Rio, 21-year-old Freddie Woodward is one of the country’s most exciting diving prospects. Sure, he may have the required training, physique and flair for the sport – but we had James Green, a man who agreed to blindly chuck himself from various heights and angles for the promise of a free pint. Speedos at the ready, boys…
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I’ll be straight up with you: I can’t dive. Never have been able to. Probably never will. Even doing a basic forward dive, which is effectively just falling into the water in a relatively straight fashion, is something I manage to make seem the most awkward manoeuvre on the planet. So when the opportunity of taking on an Olympic diver arose for the next Exposed VS, I instantly began racking my brain to think who I could palm this one off to. Sadly, I don’t have many world class athletes in the phonebook, but I did recall that my pal James Green was pretty handy on the trampoline back in our school days. And considering both activities featured flipping around in the air at an alarming rate, they were very much the same thing – right? Turns out that not only did James have solid trampolining tekkers but also the benefit of a number of diving lessons under his belt from his younger days. Thankfully, being the top bloke he is, James agreed to represent Team Exposed for the fair price of a pint and a plug for his Sheffield-based antiques store (www. djgreenantiques.co.uk – check ‘em out!) and a few days later we were poolside at Ponds Forge waiting for Freddie to show, if he dared. He did dare – and, I must say, was looking extremely relaxed as we introduced him to our competitor. As a bit of a joke, we suggested a ‘belly flop round’ to give our guy a fighting chance. “Not a good idea,” winced Freddie. “I’ve seen people coughing up blood after belly flopping from some of the higher boards.” “Shit,” muttered Greeno, all of a sudden looking a tad nervous.
ROUND ONE: FLIPPIN’ OFF I studied the art of professional diving for a whole week beforehand (watched some YouTube videos) and came to the following conclusion: the more flips you do, the better you are. With this in mind, the first challenge was all about the highest number of rotations – and to level the playing field/pool a tad, James’ flips would count double. The practice jumps were a mixed bag, truth be told. He was averaging roughly what I judged to be one flip and a quarter, until a bit of sportsmanlike advice from Freddie saw his rotations improve considerably. On his first official jump James managed to land a double flip onto his feet impressively. Freddie, now up against it, reached a ridiculous height with his jump and spun Sonic Hedgehog style before landing perfectly. “How many
was that?” I asked, struggling to recall his rapid movements in the air. “Three and a half,” replied Freddie. And this admirable honesty meant, following the multiplication of James’ flips, Exposed took the lead!
ROUND TWO: ENTER WITH CAUTION Something else I gleaned from my indepth study of the sport was that a clean entry into the water meant high scores. I thus decided the second round would require our competitors to select a sequence to perform while I, using all of my vast experience in competitive diving scoring, awarded marks out of 10. James went first, performing a full rotation and a half with relative ease and landing well, if not slightly lopsidedly. Solid 6/10, I’d say. Freddie turned on the style for this one, though, rotating thrice, throwing in a twist and entering with hardly a splash. In short: it was REYT impressive. I gave 9/10 to Freddie and the scores were tied.
ROUND THREE: MAKING A SPLASH! Naturally, when it came to making a
splash, James had the advantage with a slightly, ahem, heftier frame. But whereas he would be favouring the trusty ‘old school bomb’ method, Freddie had other plans. James adopted the trademark technique of excited English bloke entering pool via cannonball – knees tucked under arms, head back, eyes closed, shouting loudly – and created a huge splash, covering myself and the camera lens poolside. He exited the pool triumphantly, almost celebrating. Weighing in at just 72kg Freddie stood no chance of recreating such a scene. More fool us though: the guy leapt into the air, turned once and brought the back of his legs crashing down into the water first, creating a wide splash which meant we had to resort to checking the camera shots to decide whose was greater. James’ ‘bomb’ meant he produced a large back splash which went higher than his opponents, but, there was no two ways around it, Freddie’s choice of a wider entry meant his splash covered a greater surface area. Freddie Woodward had nicked it – on the least likely round!
Ah well, I suppose if you’re gonna lose at something it might as well be to an Olympian. Shout out to James for representing Exposed with pride, but massive kudos to Freddie for teaching us that technique trumps weight when it comes to the perfect cannonball. Who’d have thought it? We’ll be cheering him on in all of his upcoming competitions – and, hopefully, at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020! See how he gets on yourself by following him @Freddiediver
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Are you looking for the university experience but aren’t ready to fly the nest? With small class sizes, expert teaching and low course fees, University Campus Barnsley (UCB) allows for big personality with your future in mind. UCB provides an individual university experience at its town centre campus, which offers industry standard resources. Course fees start at just £5,995 per year for full-time Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/Ds), foundation degrees and degrees. A wide variety of full and parttime courses are available including degrees and foundation degrees in construction, business, computing, digital film production, games design and professional practice in health and social care. HNC/Ds are also offered in acting for touring theatre, animal management, art and design, You can register in advance at universitycampus.barnsley.ac.uk/register or just turn up on the day. 24 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
business (management), computing and systems development, construction, digital media production, engineering, games design, graphic design, health and social care, hospitality management, motorsport engineering, public services, sport, travel and tourism. Teacher training courses are also available. UCB’s programmes are awards of five universities, Derby, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield Hallam and the Higher National Certificate and Diploma programmes are validated by Pearson – great partnerships dedicated to delivering a quality experience for their students. Interested? Why not come along to their next open day on Wednesday 5 April, with two sessions at 2pm and 6pm, at UCB on Church Street, Barnsley.
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It was in the playground of a South London primary school that Loyle Carner – known then as Ben Coyle-Larner – came up with his first lyrics. “A girl in my class told me that she liked rap, and I think I fancied her a bit so made something up to impress her,” he recalls over a phone interview with Exposed Magazine. “It went like this: ‘I’m not racist, I love all colours. Black, white, mixed race – they should all be brothers.’ Such a mature, considered world view coming from a seven-year-old might surprise some. But from being fresh out of nursery to becoming the 22-year-old hip-hop prodigy he’s seen as today, the Croydon artist has often displayed a knack for channelling innermost thoughts and beliefs into poignant rhymes. With the likes of Roots Manuva, Skepta and Kano serving up a diet of UK grime and hiphop throughout childhood to adolescence, along with the storytelling influences of Bob Dylan and David Bowie from his parent’s record collection, Carner’s early music years were formative in moulding his style today. And it’s the resulting British flow and wit, with introspective lyrics and stories of love, life and loss which has made debut album Yesterday’s Gone a shoe-in for a Mercury Prize nomination. “I can remember, even as a proper young kid, really being into the likes of Roots Manuva and Goldie Lookin’ Chain. No idea what happened to that group. All killed by rappers, probably. (Fully rate this joke – Ed.) But yeah, Channel U was my favourite music channel and early UK rap and grime was a huge thing for me.” From Primary School through to Secondary, buoyed by the wave of British rappers increasingly dominating the airwaves, he would clash with both peers and older students in the concrete arena of the playground, doing battle to the sound of grime instrumentals playing from tinny Sony Ericsson speakers. Only a few years later he would be make a Fire in the Booth debut with Charlie Sloth, the popular freestyle session which has welcomed WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 27
some of the world’s biggest grime and hip-hop stars to perform live over the years. It is often the setting which sees artists muster up all their bravado and rap about familiar tropes in British urban music – violence, shotting drugs, postcode rivalry – but, as ever, Carner went for the honest approach, playing down the perceived glamour of such lifestyles and promoting positivity. ‘Because in them interviews they’re saying shit they don’t mean. And now my little brother’s talking about that codeine. It’s unsurprising I ain’t rising to the smokescreen, but I ain’t got the time to be glamourising them coke fiends.’ - Loyle Carner, Fire in the Booth (Feb 2017) “Wicked, thanks,” is the response when I claim it was one of the most honest instalments of the feature I’d ever seen. “The Charlie Sloth session was mad and a massive thing for me. Obviously, I’m not really a big part of the grime world and it’s not like I’m trying to fit; it’s just music I grew up listening to which influenced me a lot. That’s why I’m glad I did it over a Kano beat, because that guy was like a hero to me growing up.” Sincerity and an overriding concern for family being one of his most obvious traits, it is also the recurring theme in Yesterday’s Gone, an album which often deals with the loss of his beloved stepfather and the resulting impact on himself and loved ones. The intimacy of the record, at times broken up by warm skits of light-hearted conversations with his mum or close friends, is what makes it such a special piece of work – but I couldn’t help wonder if he was worried that people might feel uncomfortable with the unabashed grief so starkly portrayed at times. Straight-to-the-point lyrics in tracks like 2014’s ‘Cantona’ – ‘Everyone says I’m fucking sad. Of course I’m sad, I miss my fucking dad.’ – stand out fiercely amongst hazy, mellow rhythms. “I was making this album for myself really,” he reflects. “I was never really concerned about people feeling uncomfortable or oversharing. You know, it was a cathartic thing for me to do. Just the process of taking things that I’d been through and stuff that was in my head at the time, then putting them down on paper was massively helpful.” Suffice to say, the gamble taken in dropping out of university to be there for his family and focus on music paid off. Despite claiming that he tries not to pay much attention to press reviews or any hype in favour of “just moving on and doing my thing”, Loyle Carner is today a highly sought after performer at venues and festivals across the UK. Last year he was in Sheffield for Outlines Festival – “That was fucking sick. I was gassed because I got see Roots Manuva play.” – and in testament to his progression since, this year will see him stepping on the Ponderosa Main Stage at Tramlines Festival, it’s bigger sister event. “Yeah, it’s awesome. I remember when I was in Sheffield for Outlines Festival, Roots kept calling it Tramlines. He kept being like, “Come on Tramlines, let’s do this!” 28 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
Away from the stages and bedroom studios, another important passion is the Chilli Con Carner Project, an initiative he set up to help teach cooking skills to teenagers with ADHD and anxiety. As a kid he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia (note the deliberate misspelling of Coyle-Larner to get his stage title) and found that cooking was a therapeutic exercise. “For me, it parallels meditation a bit – you can just completely lose yourself into it.” And it would appear that it’s a philosophy that many agree with. “It’s going really good, man. We hope to getting a second place opened up soon and let it roll from there. Maybe in the future we can look at rolling it out across the UK a bit more. It helped me and obviously if it helps any other kids, then it’s great.” Refusing to get drawn in on a signature dish (“There’s just too many! Honestly, it changes all of the time.”), we close the conversation by looking at the year ahead. Naturally, there is
more music to come at some point and various gigs and festivals around the corner, but now that he’s firmly cemented his place as one of the UK’s most exciting young artists, it’s time to slow down and let it all soak in a bit. Signing off in truly chilled Loyle Carner style, he politely thanks me for the kind words about the album and laughs, “It’s now time to relax for a bit and fucking enjoy it!” Loyle Carner plays the Ponderosa Main Stage at Tramlines Festival on Sunday 23rd July. Get tickets and more info from www. tramlines.org.uk
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not gonna lie, the video for Vuromantics debut single ‘Vultures’ is all sorts of creepy madness. The track itself is an intriguing insight into their brand of dark pop, a brooding mix of ‘80s-inspired driving rhythms and hypnotic piano, all leading into a Editors-esque booming chorus with ominous lyrics: ‘Break my body // Take my bones // They wait for us to fall // So they can tear apart us all’. ‘Vultures’ was one of three tracks released by the band in 2017, with their debut EP Waiting On A Storm scheduled for release later this month. With our ears pricked and intrigue very much piqued, we invited the lads – Sam Christie, Ben Rooker, Jake Christie and Callum Hall – to tread the Exposed In Session boards this month. So: the band is a blend of members from Stop Drop Robot and Monoking. When was the idea of Vuromantics first floated about? Ben: A while ago we did a bit of a reboot for our old band Monoking, which saw us bring Callum in to go more down the electronic route. That brought us to the attention of Sam at Stop Drop Robot, who asked us to support them at a few dates on their UK tour. Last year, Sam was doing promotion work, booking gigs and putting on shows etc., so we got to know each
other a bit better through that. Around that time he showed us some demos from his solo project, tracks like ‘Vultures’ and a few others, and we liked what we heard so offered to get involved if he ever wanted to put a band together. And what made you think that you could all work together well? Are you all on the same page musically? Sam: I think, first of all, we were all friends anyway and spent a lot of time at gigs and out drinking, so it was a very natural process the way that it came about. Sam, you’ve obviously been in bands for a long time now and have also managed to see another side of the industry through promoting. What sort of lessons have you learnt that you can bring to this project? Sam: From a music perspective, we’ve been pretty strong on the song structures and stuff like that. I think, for the first releases, we wanted them to be quite short pop songs so we could get in there and make a statement in 2-3 minutes. Ben: Yeah, almost like an advert. We want to develop people’s intrigue, draw them in and then blow them away. Callum: When we were in Monoking we were always more concerned about catching people’s ear and making them
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dance. So we’ve been focused on making things groovy, something people can move their feet to, rather than the quite straight beats offered by a lot of guitar bands nowadays. The debut track, ‘Vultures’, is a good example of that – there’s the dark intrigue but also a lot of nice energy towards the end. Callum: I definitely like stuff to be bleak, because that’s how I see the future at the minute! [Laughs] Ben: But there’s always a glimmer of hope in the tracks too. It’s not completely bleak. There’s an uplifting, energetic feel to it that makes you want to get up and want to do something. As musicians, does it make your jobs a bit easier when the world takes a turn for the hectic, as it seems to have done recently? Callum: I’m not sure. I guess we would never have had Bob Dylan or Bob Marley if it wasn’t for hardship. But happiness can breed interesting and good value creative work. We want to be something of a seasonal band I suppose, so we’re currently working on some summer tracks which sound entirely different. Ben: Pop music is supposed to be a reaction to what’s gone before. In my opinion, guitar music is becoming very vanilla and bland. You take a band like Catfish and The Bottlemen, for example, and I’m bored stiff straightaway. It’s that ‘bomber jackets and skinny jeans’ look that is so dull and needs shaking up. You know, everyone likes vanilla ice cream – but it’s no one’s favourite flavour. Wise words. How do you plan on shaking things up? Ben: I dunno. I might wear women’s clothes, throw a cape on or maybe some goggles. Everything’s just so shallow at the moment. Sam: That said, I also want to write simple pop songs too. I’ve written songs about politics, science, history – but it can be just as hard to 32 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
write a song about a relationship. There’s definitely an ‘80s feel to your music thus far, with obvious nods to The Human League and Co. Does it surprise you the lack of bands in Sheffield today that are directly influenced by the big new wave bands considering how important the city was in that scene? Sam: Yeah, there’s a massive gap for bands to move in there and experiment with those kinds of sounds. Ben: A lot of it’s down to Britpop, I think. After the ‘80s New Wave stuff came the ‘90s and bands like Oasis, who were part of the biggest band phenomenon the country’s ever seen. Take gigs like Knebworth for example: loads of kids saw that and that’s what inspired them. Even in a city like Sheffield, that stuff seemed to overshadow what happened before then. Electronic pop will come back around, though, it’ll just take a bit of time. Let’s talk synths, as they’re a big part of your sound. From a creative perspective, what do they bring to the table for you? Ben: You can get a good range of emotions in there. We’ve also got the option to build and develop our sound as time goes by. I guess the reason why not too many bands use them now is because they sound shit if you don’t get them right. Now we’ve established the band’s sound in a more basic sense, we can move forward and really experiment, which is obviously exciting. You’ve got a UK tour coming up in which you’ve picked your own venues and booked your favourite bands to join you on the bill. If you could design the perfect venue for Vuromantics to play in, what would it look like? Ben: If you could take somewhere like the Hope Works warehouse and cover it all in Tokyo neon, with everyone in the venue on Smarties, and that’d be pretty much perfect.
O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery, Grace Petrie - 2nd March Steve Fletcher and His Blues Band - 3rd March Kris Drever - 4th March Ben Glover - 5th March The Dirty Bourbon River Show - 7th March Mark Eitzel - 8th March Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - 12th March Dom Flemons - 13th March Rab Noakes - 15th March Jim Moray - 16th March Ian Prowse & Amsterdam - 17th March Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes - 18th March Ian Siegal - 19th March Bill Kirchen - 21st March Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher - 22nd March Roadstars, Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch - 23rd March Wille and the Bandits - 24th March Vera Van Heeringen - 25th March Get full listings and tickets at www. mygreystones.co.uk, or phone 0114 2665599.
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MANY THANKS TO... MODELS: KATIE BOYLE, DOM GLADWIN, RYAN MOLD, EWELINA WRONSKA STYLIST: KELSIE MARSDEN HAIR: NIAMH KAVANAGH Proud owner of Gypsy Rose Salon on Abbeydale Road, Niamh Kavanagh is a one-woman band with a huge repertoire of hair and beauty skills to her name; from 1940s and ‘50s pin-up styles to mermaid colours, rockabilly boys, simple trims, bridal hair, photoshoots and everything in between. Simply give her a call or pop into the shop today. Telephone: 0114 438 5827 MAKE-UP: CHLOE GRAY Specialising in photographic make-up, Chloe Gray creates unique looks for everything from high fashion to commercial, bridal, video and film. A former model, Chloe has hands-on experience both in front of and behind the camera, and knows the industry inside-out. Head to her website for more details and contact info. www.chloegray.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHY: TIMM CLEASBY Commercial photographer Timm Cleasby offers a fresh and creative approach to capturing everything from fashion brands to musicians, live music and events, product launches, PR campaigns and plenty more besides. Head to his website for contact details and a portfolio of his work. www.timmcleasby.com BLOG: KATE MITCHELL Capturing the beautifying process, outtakes and quirks of the setting, head over to exposedmagazine.co.uk to see fashion blogger Kate’s behind the scenes shots of the big day. VENUE: MOOR THEATRE DELICATESSEN A creative arts space housing everything from a café through to independent productions, poetry, immersive theatre, workshops, music and more – the former Woolworths building is a labyrinth of once derelict spaces that offer up limitless opportunities for the creatively minded. Don’t miss forthcoming festival ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, from March 1st to April 1st, involving the best independent and upcoming musicals, film screenings, discussions, plays and cabaret, exploring sex, sexuality, gender and identity in all its glory. Head to the website for more details. www. theatredelicatessen.co.uk KALEIDOSCOPE: JACK POOLE – POILE ART Commissioned by Cosmic Disco for their Winter Carnival with Joey Negro, Jack Poole built this walk-in kaleidoscope to allow revellers at the event to become physically immersed in the art itself. Over seven meters long, the prismatic mirrored tunnel reflects geodesic patterns, which come alive via the use of light and video slideshows. For enquiries, email email@example.com.
A day spent discovering the hidden depths of one of the most intriguing buildings in Sheff whilst showcasing clothes as diverse as the city itself; it can only mean the annual Exposed fashion shoot! A dream team of stylists, models and photographers assembled at Moor Theatre Deli to make the most of the unique location, top quality brands and great boutiques we have here in the Steel City.
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Floral blouse £19 Suede tassel waistcoat £19 Levi’s shorts £18
Velvet culottes £19 Cami top £8 Velvet collar shirt £10
COW 156-160 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES 0114 272 6276 www.wearecow.com
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Stone Island Jacket £280 Stone Island Sweater £205 Jacob Cohen Jeans £375 Hugo Boss Trainer £119
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Model ( Left ) Belstaff Jacket £1095 7 For All Mankind Jeans £195 Psycho Bunny T-Shirt £39 Hugo Boss Boots £210 Belstaff Jacket £795 Jacob Cohen Jeans £395 Hugo Boss T-Shirt £39 Hugo Boss Boots £210
Model ( Right ) CP Company Jacket £350 Stone Island Jeans £159 Stone Island Polo £110 Hugo Boss Trainer £149
HARRISON 293-295 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8NX 0114 268 2062 www.harrisonclothing.com
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Pink polka dot shirt £14 Tartan dress £24 Scarf £18 Heeled mules (from Asos) £25
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Reverse stitch knit, hand knitted in Sheffield £210 Pocket cuff trouser £110 Raw pendant, handmade in Sheffield £185 1461 Black Dr. Martens £100 Provided by Dr. Martens, Chapel Walk S1 2PD
DJ t-shirt moss grey £55 Half-zip hooded sweatshirt £115 Pocket cuff trouser £110 AJ work coat £265 A cuff £300 DM’s Lite Cavendish Black £95 Provided by Dr. Martens, Chapel Walk S1 2PD
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Eat, Drink, Shop! Back for its seventh year, Sheffield Food Festival returns to the city centre this spring bank holiday, running from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May and spreading across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate. With a new team from Events Collective at the helm this year working in partnership with Sheffield City Council, you can expect to see lots of new features alongside tried and tested favourites, all focused on showcasing the very best in Sheffield food. Look out for the Eats, Treats & Beats Village at the top of Fargate, with mouth-watering street food and entertainment into the evening in a luxurious stretch tent. The demonstration marquee will feature masterclasses from the cream of Sheffield’s fine dining chefs, highlights from the Sheffield Cook Book and demonstrations from the School of Artisan Food. There’s plenty to do for the kids, including a pop-up farmyard provided by Whirlow Hall Farm, kids cookery demonstrations and craft activities in the Winter Gardens. With the Artisan Market and Street Food Market stuffed with independent local businesses, Sheffield Food Festival demonstrates just how much we have to celebrate when it comes to our city’s vibrant local food scene. Head to www.foodfestivalevents.co.uk for more information. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 47
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Musiquita en Vivo - our regular live music night - inspired by the sounds of Latin America last Saturday of every month.
Vocalist Sally Doherty returns again Saturday 25th March. A renowned singer-songwriter who has performed nationwide and throughout Europe, Sally will this evening perform songs from her impressive Latin and jazz repertoire. Inspired by such jazz singers as Chet Baker, Nina Simone and Billy Holiday and Brazilian singers JoĂŁo Gilberto, Elis Regina and Maria Creuza, Sally will be performing Brazilian bossa nova and samba, Mexican and Cuban boleros, amongst other Latin American and jazz styles. Book for Mothering Sunday 26th March! We are open from 1pm to 6pm, we have a new special set menu for the day ÂŁ19.95per person (Vegan option available) for a copy of our amazing set menu please email or visit our website. Book a table now to avoid disappointment. 2 for 1 Cocktails every Saturday from 12noon till 6pm.
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Brocco On The Park 92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield S11 8RS www.brocco.co.uk
Gin & Tonic Salmon This recipe for gin-cured salmon, grapefruit and tonic jelly with cucumber sorbet and apple and dill perfectly sums up Brocco’s reputation for serving up food that is always seasonal, using local ingredients, but also a little Scandinavian. Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes, plus 12 hours freezing and curing | Serves 8
pestle and mortar. Blitz the spices, peppercorns, dill, salt, sugar and lime and lemon zest in a food processor until well combined. Stir in the gin. Coat the salmon with the mix and wrap tightly in cling film. Cure in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours. Remove salmon from cling film, rinse well with cold water and pat dry.
FOR THE GIN-CURED SALMON:
Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water. Gently heat the sugar, grapefruit juice and tonic water in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and whisk in the softened gelatine. Pour into moulds (or mounds on a tray) and put into the fridge until set.
25g coriander seeds 25g juniper berries 5g black peppercorns Bunch of dill 190g sea salt 50g caster sugar 32g lime zest 32g lemon zest 500g salmon 50ml Mason’s gin
FOR THE GRAPEFRUIT AND TONIC JELLY: 2 gelatine leaves 10g caster sugar 250ml grapefruit juice 150ml tonic water For the cucumber sorbet: 3 cucumbers 300ml water 150g sugar 50g glucose 1 lemon, juice
TO SERVE: Apple, finely diced Fresh dill
FOR THE GIN-CURED SALMON: Toast the coriander seeds and juniper berries in a dry frying pan to release their flavour, then crush with a
FOR THE GRAPEFRUIT AND TONIC JELLY:
FOR THE CUCUMBER SORBET: Blitz the cucumbers to a pulp in a food processor. Strain through a muslin cloth. Retain the juice and discard the pulp. Heat the water, sugar and glucose in a pan until the sugar and glucose have dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. When cooled, add the cucumber juice, whisk well and churn in an ice cream machine. Put in the freezer.
TO SERVE: Thinly slice the salmon and add a quenelle of cucumber sorbet. Arrange mounds of grapefruit jelly and finelydiced apple, and dress with fresh dill.
Last month we attended the opening of new Indian restaurant Lavang on Fulwood Road; a menu featuring innovative and delicate dishes that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. We reccomend one of their exclusive specials such as the Bay Of Bengal, comprising of hand-crushed Asian fish with red onions, fresh chillies and turmeric in a light spiced dry sauce. www.lavangsheffield.co.uk
Twisted Burger Co. has unleashed a vegan/vegetarian-inspired breakfast menu hitting The Harley every morning from 7.30am – 11.30am weekdays, and from 8.30am on the weekends. Think refreshing smoothie bowls, delicious vegan fry-ups and fluffy mixed berry waffles. Tired? You can wake up and smell the coffee, as every breakfast comes with an unlimited refillable caffeine fix. @twistedburgerco
Tapping into the current thirst for all things gin, Regather Works are hosting a tasting on March 31 where you can learn about and taste five exclusive gins with different tonics, selected by event partner The Gin Emporium. Each gin will be paired with a plate of delicious tapas. www.regather.net
TASTE THE WORLD
Bessie’s Café and Bistro in Millhouses has launched a brand new dining experience taking you around the globe one exotic dish at a time. Every Friday diners are invited to ‘Taste the World’ and each month will have a different theme, with the recent Moroccan-themed menu kicking things off with huge success. Just £25 per person, call 0114 236 3084 to book your place, and please make staff aware of any dietary requirements beforehand. www.bessiessheffield.com
STREET FOOD FIX
A lively mash-up of quality beers, street food and live music, Trafalgar Warehouse are hosting two cultural dining experiences on March 6 and 26. Situated in the 1930s industrial warehouse located in the heart of the city centre, at least eight trucks will be pitching up to serve an array of delicious food from around the world.With free entry and good tunes to soundtrack the evening, the event is not to be missed by any food-lover. www.Facebook.com/StreetFoodWarehouseSheffield
On a mission to supply goodness for our minds and bodies, InstaJuice provide raw and vegan cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Due to popular demand, and the rise of health and vegan trends in 2016, the shop is shaking things up and relocating to a new unit at Kelham Arcade from their usual Ecclesall Road shop. At their new digs, InstaJuice will have a seating area so customers can sit back and savour their healthy juices, vegan snacks and ginger/wheatgrass shots indoors. www.instajuice.com
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Local pop-up Nether Edge Pizza Company is set to open their first permanent branch at 92 Burton Road in early May this year. Currently serving pop-ups at The Greystones, The Cross Scythes and Peddler Market amongst others, you will soon be able to catch them at their own restaurant this spring. Cooking with an authentic Italian wood fired oven and serving up an exciting menu including the likes of pulled Peking duck and line-caught crab alongside the classic salami and mozzarella toppings, we can’t wait for this one to open its doors. www.netheredgepizza.com WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 51
In just 12 short months, the former carpet warehouse on Shoreham Street has transformed into a fully functioning brewery, tap bar, restaurant and event space. Adding to their roster of regular events like ‘Brewvie Tuesdays’ as well as brewery tours and tasting experiences, Sentinel will be throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the upcoming Sheffield Beer Week festivities. Kicking things off on March 12th will be a fascinating talk as part of Hallam University’s Festival of Science and Engineering. ‘Brewing Beer: Science, Art or Magic?’ will explore brewing chemistry with Dr Daniel Allwood, yeast and fermentation with Dr Sue Campbell, and brewing as alchemy with Alex Barlow of Sentinel. Tickets are on sale now and will include a tasting flight of four Sentinel beers. On the 13th the brewery will be collaborating once more with the Real Junk Food Project to present a ‘pay as you feel’ feast of ‘waste’ food, matched with their own beer. Using food that would have otherwise been thrown away by supermarkets or restaurants, Sentinel’s head chef Brendan Barwise will be cooking up a fourcourse meal alongside RJFP volunteers, which you can then pay whatever you like for (all proceeds go back into the project to continue its good work). It’s £5 to book a place, including a flight of beer – but hurry as last time the tickets sold out in just 14 minutes!
The 14th is Sentinel’s next instalment of Brewvie Tuesday with a special screening of Beertickers: Beyond The Ale. A film about obsession, curiosity and tradition, director Phil Parkin follows a group of people who travel the country, and sometimes further afield, to drink and tick off beers from their ever-growing lists. A free event, there is the chance to meet both the director and Dave Szwejkowski (AKA Dave Unpronounceable) of Steel City Brewing. On Wednesday 15th there will be a talk on recreating historic beer styles, with Britain’s leading historian of beer, Martyn Cornell. To mark the occasion Sentinel will be showcasing two specially brewed beers: a gruit (un-hopped) style and an October ale. Innovative Irish brewery Yellow Belly will be taking over on the 16th; with award-winning illustrations and comic books created for each brew, Yellow Belly are truly unique in all their exports. There will be meet the brewer and meet the designer opportunities, as well as nibbles inspired by the beers. On the Friday Alex will be at Beer X festival presenting a tasting of six of the champion beers, whilst in the evening there will be a
beer dinner at Sentinel. The weekend sees a tap takeover and launch of a collab beer with Kissmeyer on Saturday 18th – ‘KbS (Kissmeyer breakfast Saison) mixes together the styles of IPA with saison using flavours of honey and orange peel. Sunday’s events are yet to be announced, but make sure you keep an eye out on their social media channels @sentinelbrewingco on Facebook and @sentinelbrew on Twitter. Sheffield Beer Week aside, Sentinel has now been made an official venue for Indie Flicks, a monthly film festival spanning Manchester, Liverpool and now Sheffield. Hosting screenings of independent short movies, audiences get the chance to see some of the most innovative new films, and vote for their favourite to win the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the end. Happening the first Wednesday of every month, tickets will be available from the Eventbrite website. The brewery also have an exciting collaboration coming up with Sheffield United FC. At just a stone’s throw from Bramall Lane, they’re a regular pre-match stop for many supporters so have decided to give back by offering a specially brewed lager. Watch this space.
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Situated on top of Sheffield University’s Student Union, Inox Dine offers a blend of modern British cuisine and international flavours in its contemporary restaurant and events space. It’s a spacious venue – light and airy with large windows and sleek, polished surfaces. A silky curtain separates the dining area from the recently refurbished lounge spot, and with lights dimmed and seats overlooking the hustling and bustling of Western Bank outside, the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed – despite James Blunt making his arrival on the speakers as we sat down.
With over twelve venues confirmed and more to be announced, the Three Valleys Beer Festival is returning to Dronfield on June 3rd. Venues including The Blue Stoops, Dronfield Arms, Manor House Hotel, Jolly Farmer and The Three Tuns are amongst those who will be serving up the very best real ale, craft beer, cider, food and live music. Working on a pub crawl-esque system, the venues will be linked together through a free service bus route which will run throughout the day. Head to www.threevalleysfestival.org.uk for more info.
We were brought focaccia bread and oils as we scanned the starters menu, eventually settling upon the lamb croquette for myself and the celeriac soup for my partner. The service was attentive and we weren’t waiting long until the first courses arrived. My lamb croquette, which was of surprisingly hefty stature, was accompanied by some crispy kale plus sides of soft lentils and chestnuts in a tomato dressing. The tender lamb and soft lentils juxtaposed well with the crunchy saltiness of the kale, and the dressing added a nice tang to the very tasty dish. The celeriac soup was smooth and warming, with tastes of pancetta and chive oil cutting through nicely. For mains, I went down the traditional route with the shin of beef while my partner opted for the sea bass and artichoke. The beef was served with a healthy dollop or two of mash, a well-seasoned jus, mushroom, onions and greens. The mash was creamy as it should be and the slowbraised meat was tender and juicy – the perfect homely dish for the cold February night it was! My partner was equally impressed with the seabass, salt baked and served with a peppery artichoke purée, watercress and red wine jus – a winning combination of fresh, delicious flavours. Finishing on a decidedly Yorkshire note, we shared the parkin for dessert. Smothered in sweet apple custard, the classic combination failed to disappoint.
With quality service, sleek settings and the high-standard of dishes on offer, Inox Dine is well worth seeking out for a brilliant value meal.
Nam Song New Broomhill coffee shop Nam Song serves up distinctive coffee along with classic Vietnamese dishes like Pho and Bánh Mì. Vietnamese with a Sheffield twist, the name translates to ‘five rivers’ like the ones our city is built around. If you’re tired of flat whites and bored of Americanos then their authentic filter phin coffee is a must-try. They are also currently hiring for front of house, barista and chef vacancies. See www.namsong.co.uk for more info. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 55
Markets, restaurants, shops, cinemas and supper clubs have all ‘popped up’ around Sheffield in recent years. But the city is about to have a first – when a purpose-built beer hall rises from the ground to overlook Don Valley Bowl. As the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) BeerX event returns to Sheffield for a fifth year, visitors will be treated to the launch of the new ‘BeerAlive!’ craft beer showcase as part of the event, inside a full-scale pop-up beer hall. The three-day festival, running from March 17-19, will serve all the SIBA Champion beers from across the UK, in cask, keg, bottle and can. BeerX will continue to be based next door at iceSheffield, running this year from March 16. The gathering is a highlight of the beer calendar, attracting attendees from across the brewing industry, as well as journalists and bloggers – all keen to hear the results of the National Independent Beer Awards, the winners of which will all be served at the festival. So what’s BeerAlive! all about? The fully floored and heated venue will house eight regional bars that permanently serving all SIBA’s gold award-winning cask beers (while stocks last!). Gold, silver and bronze craft-keg beers will rotate throughout the three-day event. All of the beers are brewed by SIBA members who are Assured Independent British Craft Brewers, meaning visitors can enjoy the UK’s current best beers under one roof. Around 200 different cask and keg beers will be stored in SIBA’s state-of-the-art temperaturecontrolled mobile cellars. With a similar 56 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
number of beers available at can and bottle bars, there’s a huge range of choice. Neil Walker, beer blogger and SIBA’s PR manager, said: “There are some fascinating beers available to try at this year’s event. One of the most unusual is Tonka by Hawkshead Brewery – a beer to savour at 8.5% abv. It’s brewed using South American tonka beans, which give this unique flavour of vanilla, almond, sour cherry and even a little cinnamon.” Another interesting brew is Mumbles Brewery’s Oystermouth Stout at 4.4% abv. The South Wales brewery has teamed up with Mumbles Oyster Company to recreate this traditional drink. They claim that using real oysters in the beer adds ‘a suggestion of bracing seashore freshness.’ Local beers to try include Thornbridge’s AM:PM (4.5% session IPA) and Bayern (5% late hopped Pilsner), which may be joined by further award-winners from the region when the craft-keg beer competition results are announced on the Friday of BeerAlive! There are delights in store for foodies too, with this year’s street food offering organised by home-grown experts Percy & Lily’s. Additional local traders on board include Pie Eyed, Meltworks and Fancy an Indian?, along
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with London’s Caribou Poutine and specialist beer snacks from Barmies, Corkers Crisps, Big Horn Biltong, Karkli and Smo Fo Smoked Foods – so there’s plenty of sustenance on offer throughout the event. BeerAlive! opens from 3pm on the Friday with live music in the evening from soul and motown band E-Maculate fronted by the charismatic Vernon Lewis – dancing shoes required! Saturday’s event opens at midday, with all Six Nations rugby finals shown live on a giant screen from 2pm. Commiserations or celebrations will follow in the evening when Skudoo take to the stage, bringing their brand of uptown funk to the party. Last orders both evenings are 10.15pm, leaving revellers time to get back into Sheffield to visit their favourite pubs ahead of closing time.
New this year is a chill-out event with a family feel on the Sunday from 12-5pm. This will include brunch-style food, and fresh gourmet coffee from Sheffield’s Roastology, plus five live acoustic acts curated by Sheffield’s Sofar Sounds: Rob Green, LIO, Laura James, K.O.G. and Oh Papa – a great way to relax and see out the weekend. On the Sunday under-18s are welcome with a responsible adult and under14s get in free. Festival-goers can reach the venue by tram or on SIBA’s popular antique Routemaster bus. It will run on a loop from the city centre with stops near Sheffield station, the Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street and the Fat Cat at Kelham Island before heading out to iceSheffield. Travel on the Routemaster is free but donations for Sheffield Children’s Hospital are welcome. The timetable is available on the BeerX website.
Tickets for BeerX are £7, which includes a programme and souvenir glass. Advance tickets can be purchased via beerx.org.
For the third year Sheffield Beer Week will run in tandem with BeerX. This week of independent satellite events around the city is the brainchild of Hop Hideout proprietor and beer blogger Jules Gray. Jules started Sheffield Beer Week to encourage support within the beer community and entice more people to visit from outside the region. The inaugural beer week saw around 25 independent events take place across the city – the following year that exploded to over 60. “I’m really pleased to see the yearon-year interest grow throughout Sheffield and beyond in its appetite for celebrating beer,” she said. Events hosted by participating breweries and pubs cover a wide range of content, from meet-thebrewer sessions to photographic exhibitions, a pub heritage walk, tap takeovers, food and beer pairing evenings, quiz nights, Twitter hours and much more. Highlights this year include a Wild Beer Co. tap takeover and meet-the-brewer session at the city centre Bath Hotel; a discussion evening at Sentinel Brewhouse & Taproom on Shoreham Street; a new Abbeydale Brewery beer and artwork launch at the Devonshire Cat; and a Petrus Blending event at Hop Hideout with Belgian brewery De Brandebere’s UK Brand Ambassador Charlie Pountney. Details about all this year’s events can be found at sheffieldbeerweek. co.uk. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 57
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The places to visit in Sheffield on St Patrick’s Day, to be sure.
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K.O.G. & THE ZONGO BRIGADE DINA // March 10 // £13 Mads n da Bads DJs present: Age UK fundraiser. The Mads DJs are taking over DINA in the centre of Sheffield for a night of live music and fundraising, with tasty homemade Mexican food courtesy of Wah Wahs. Following a high octane performance from K.O.G, late night DJs Winston Hazel and Solid State will be on the decks ‘til the wee hours. All profits go to Age UK, supporting older people to live happy, fulfilled and independent lives. www.dinavenue.com OBSTRUCTION SHEFFIELD Ecclesall Woods // March 12 // £15 An exclusive and unique obstacle course run held within Ecclesall Woods and the surrounding area, Obstruction Sheffield are working with Neno Macademia Trust and aiming to raise funds for Age UK Sheffield. The course includes challenging monkey bars, a risky suspended scramble net, an exciting zip ride and much more spread all over 5 kilometres. excitevents.wixsite.com/obstructionsheffield CHARITY MASQUERADE BALL Sheffield City Hall // March 4 // £45 Local woman Georgia White is throwing a charity ball to raise money for Cancer Research and Crohn’s & Colitis, in aid of her two friends both under the age of 25 who were diagnosed with the conditions within weeks of each other. The event includes a red carpet entrance, a three course meal and a variety of entertainment through the night such as singers from ITV’s X Factor, dance acts, illusionists and more. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk SISTER ACT: 25TH ANNIVERSARY St Mary’s Church // March 10 // £15 No sex. No booze. No men. No way. The Bramhall Lane Church will be the venue to host an immersive cinema experience praising 25 years of our favourite singing nuns. Step back into the ‘90s and dig out your double denim and channel your best Fresh Prince, Saved by The Bell or Friends look – with prizes for the best dressed. All proceeds go to charity. www.stmarys-church.co.uk
Three old-school Irish pubs serving the best Guinness you’ll find in the Steel City. Traditional music is played throughout the day and night – and best of all, they’re situated mere yards from each other. Sláinte! THE GRAPES Owned and ran by the longest serving publican in Sheffield, The Grapes on Trippet Lane is one of the most famous pubs in the city. This is largely due to it being the spot where the Arctic Monkeys played their first gig – not to mention acts such as Plan B, Maximo Park and Muse also treading the boards there. The gigs finished some years ago now and the pub has returned to its musical roots: traditional Irish music. Get yourself down for a pint and a singalong in the Kennedy Room. THE DOG & PARTRIDGE Also situated on Trippet Lane, the Dog & Partridge is another Irish pub promising a hearty welcome. If you grow tired of the black stuff, there’s always a range of hand-pulled ales and craft beers to choose from. FAGAN’S Behind Trippet Lane, a mere stroll down to Broad Lane will see you arrive at Fagan’s, one of the city’s cosiest pubs. Wonderfully old-school and packed to the rafters on Paddy’s evening, there’s sure to be live music in its famous music room – which has seen the likes of regular punter Richard Hawley knocking a tune out in there on more than one occasion.
PLUS… WALKABOUT The bar on Carver Street is also getting in on the celebrations, although having its roots in Australia rather than Ireland. Free hats are to be given away when you purchase a pint of Guinness. Offers on Jameson & Ginger Ale and Jameson Barrel will be on; bowls of Lucky Charms cereal will be available for £2 and there will be a mix of some Irish classics in with the usual floor fillers. THE HARLEY Located on Glossop Road and a stone’s throw away from the University of Sheffield, The Harley offers a St. Patrick day’s alternative with a performance from firm NLR
favourite Auntie Flo. Team Rice and Saul will be supporting. PLUG Calling Matilda Street its home, Propaganda will be hosting its own St. Patrick’s day celebration from 11pm and promises a huge rock n’ roll party. Tickets are £4.
THE BIG WHITE TENT As per, the Big White Tent on Fargate will be welcoming punters with live music showcasing the cream of the local crop. Schedule as follows… FRI 17TH On St. Patrick’s Day, traditional and modern Irish music will be performed in the tent and will be hosted by Celtic rock and pop band Celtic Fling from Limerick, Ireland. The band will be supported by a variety of Sheffield’s own talented musicians throughout the day. SAT 18TH Live rugby games will be shown throughout the day. The games include Scotland vs Italy at 12:30pm, France vs Wales at 3:45pm and England vs Ireland at 5:00pm. Following the rugby, live music will be performed by the likes of Polkadodge, Leathernecks, Take The Seven, Blind Saints, Velcro Teddy Bears, Sumo and Undercover. SUN 19TH It’s Soul Sunday! Featuring northern soul DJs and soul band North City Beat. DJs include Mopsey, Nigel Filmer, Soul J, Stevlor, Bobby T, G.T, Barry KGB Holland, Malio, Dan Gerous, Pete Angus, Johnny Green, Rellorts and Dean Fox. And if you’re getting your Paddy on until the wee hours of the morning, here’s what the clubs are offering… PADDY’S NORTH V MIDS V SOUTH BAR CRAWL A chance for students to represent their roots with a monumental bar crawl down West Street before finishing the night at CODE: nightclub. www.eatmydisco.com GET ON IT - ST. PADDY’S DAY SPECIAL @ AREA SHEFFIELD Four rooms of music playing the best in RnB, hip-hop, house, grime and more! Get. On. It. www.facebook.com/areasheffield
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Bringing his new politically-charged show to the Crucible Studio this month, Reginald D. Hunter talks British humour, what it’s like being American in the aftermath of the Trump election and how you just can’t escape from what you’ve said on the internet. Words: Tyrone Scott Your new tour is called ‘Some people V Reginald D. Hunter’. Where did the name come from? The original inspiration came from ‘The People V OJ Simpson’. Which I personally believe is a representation of a new beginning in America’s current troubles, with the election and all the issues with race relations. It set off a powder keg we are now dealing with. It was that, along with personal battles, particularly on social media and to some degree family or ex-lovers. I originally put ‘The People’ and realised that might be a bit pretentious; some days it felt like all the people, but I know it’s just some. Talking of all the recent developments in America, can we expect that to form much of the basis of your new show? Yes man, thank you for finally understanding! So I keep getting asked what the show is going to be about this time, like there hasn’t just been this crazy election. It’s like all of a sudden January 30th never happened. With this new administration there is something to talk about every day. As an American, everywhere I go 66 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
people ask me what the fuck’s wrong with my president, like I am accountable! Does it concern you? I have days it worries me. I like the way the people are starting to talk and mobilise, and yeah, I think it’s going down between two parties in America, but not political parties. It’s a populist time, between the progressives and authoritarians. At the moment, if you look at countries like France, Germany and here, the authoritarians are winning. You know why? Because essentially they cheated fair and square. I hate to say it but if we wanna win, our side is gonna have to learn how to cheat fair and square. When you write new material, do you ever get worried about it being controversial or do you just accept there is always a chance someone will be offended? I’ll tell you the truth, I’m 47, and I’m at the point when you look back and realise you have to give an account for everything that you say, whether that’s comedy, to kids, a new woman or employee. The problem with the internet is
everything you’ve ever said publicly is there, like a fart that won’t disperse in a room your dad farted in back in 1986. You just don’t go into it. With your comedy routines often containing socially and politically-charged content, did you feel it was natural to move into making a show like Songs of the South? Oh, that was hard. Songs of the South was so fucking hard. I ain’t trying to big it up or nothing like that, but it forced me to go to areas where I knew redneck crackers were at. I was raised not to go into those places and then all of a sudden the BBC are paying me to go into the heart of it! It was one of those experiences I was kinda forced into, but needed to have to evolve, and I am grateful for it now. But at first my agent had to pull me to one side and really convince me. So the idea originated from the BBC then? Actually, it was this production company that specialised in doing music documentaries and the owner liked some of my jokes. So they were like: “Hey, what if we put this southern dude
TOP PICKS with this southern music we’re talking about.” I only agreed to take the meeting as I take a lot of meetings for things I don’t think will come off. So I was thinking it would lead nowhere, and then – shit! The show was happening. Leave it to British people to teach me something about my own home! Have you always wanted to do stand up? Well, I grew up in the Deep South surrounded by a lot of angry poor working class Americans and angry overeducated black women. Sometimes the easiest way to get away from a punch, without throwing a punch, was making people laugh. There was a lot of anger around and I didn’t want to get caught up in that. How was your first stand up show? It went pretty good. If the first one didn’t go as well as it did I probably wouldn’t be doing this now – it wasn’t my dream to do it or anything. The audience knew I was a first-timer and were kind of on my side. I enjoyed it, it was the first time I was good at something legal! For a long time, I didn’t work in the States as Americans found me odd. Do you find it is a different humour? British humour is much more self-deprecating, whereas American humour is much more about others, they deprecate other people. I would say British stand-up is a mixture of high ego and low self-esteem. It’s like: “Everyone look at me! I’m a bit of a twat. I don’t like myself.” Has anywhere been particularly difficult to perform? I did American military for a period, and yeah that could be stressful. Sometimes you would be talking about shit in the American government, with a few right-wing people in military uniforms staring back at you. Do you often deal with hecklers? Every day of my life, even before stand-up! My momma used to say: “N***as and bitches always got something to say” [laughs]. I deal with plenty of hecklers, I like a good heckle. I don’t like drunken heckles, though, they never make sense, so I usually just give them a wisecrack then call security. And finally, do you think the reason you sometimes attract controversy is because your jokes are misunderstood? As my momma used to say: “It is one thing to misunderstand and one thing to go out your way to misunderstand.” Seems like a lot of people go out their way to misunderstand, that’s what I’m saying. Catch Reginald D. Hunter at The Crucible Studio Theatre Sheffield on March 17, and at Buxton Opera House on May 27.
THE LEADMILL COMEDY CLUB The Leadmill //1st March//£6 Each month the Comedy Club showcases a wide variety of stand-up talent, from well-known faces to up-and-coming talent. This month, Mock The Week regular Gary Delaney graces the stage with his razor sharp wit, alongside Andy White, George Zach and Karen Bayley. “Gary Delaney is the man Jimmy Carr tries to be.” BBC Online “[Andy White] had me exercising my pelvic floor muscles to avoid an accident.” – BBC Tees leadmill.co.uk
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The Crucible Theatre //3rd March//£17.50 Celebrating her tenth year in comedy, QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week regular Susan Calman returns with a mammoth fivemonth stand-up tour. Filled with entertaining quips and hilarious anecdotes, Calman embraces today’s issues of homophobia, equality, feminism and political fallout while never leaving a dull moment for the audience. “Calman performs a laugh-out-loud set that will guarantee tears of laughter and the audience wanting more.” – EdFestMag.com sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
BANG SAID THE GUN Sheffield City Hall //26th March//£15 Described as poetry for people who don’t like poetry, Bang Said The Gun features a rich mix of the fresh poetic talent; the performers on show will grab you by the collar and drag you into a world which is loud, raucous and seriously funny. “It’s like mud wrestling with words.” – Kate Tempest sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: MY LAST WILL AND TASTY MINT Sheffield City Hall //30th March//£18 Following appearances on Celebrity Antiques Roadshow and the second series of Radio 4’s John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music, “Sheffield’s finest singer/songwriter”(The Times) returns to the stage to focus on his mortality and the many things he needs to do before the inevitable move into a hospice. “He is a brilliant wordsmith, perhaps the first man to ever rhyme ‘crumb tray’ with ‘eBay’” – Manchester Evening News sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
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BLUEWAVE: DIGITAL MYSTIKZ (MALA + COKI), COMPA, BENTON The Night Kitchen // March 3 // £13.50 After covering garage at the ‘90s party with MJ Cole and grime with AJ Tracey at the Harley, Bluewave continue their 2017 in style bringing in two of dubstep’s biggest names, DMZ kings Mala and Coki. Fresh 140 talent comes in the form of Compa, with Benton covering UK bass in the basement. To read more about Bluewave head to our recent interview at exposedmagazine.co.uk. www.thenightkitchen.org
THE TUESDAY CLUB: DAPHNI (ALL NIGHT LONG) Foundry and Fusion // March 7 // From £12 Every so often, the Tuesday Club somehow manages to bring a stratospherically huge yet credible name to Sheffield. This season, the electronic royalty comes in the form Daphni a.k.a. Caribou. Usually reserved for headlining festivals his DJ sets are few and far between, and rarely more than two hours long, which makes this all-nightlong outing all the more special. www.su.sheffield.ac.uk
HOPE WORKS PRES: JOY ORBISON, LEON VYNEHALL, DJ SEINFELD, ASQUITH Hope Works // March 17 // From £18 With his first EP in five years out soon, Joy O is ready to remind everyone why he’s one of the UK’s most influential producers. His honed DJ skills are now as eclectic as they are dynamic, placing him top of the bill above none other than Leon Vynehall. Additions to the line-up include a new collaboration between Lobster Theremin and Meda Fury, who’ll be showcasing Lobster Fury in Little Mesters. www.hope-works.co.uk
RIP Night Kitchen Annie Mac’s club culture documentary ‘Who Killed The Night’ explored why nightclubs that shaped our youth, oozing with charm and character, are closing down and locking their doors for good. Following in the footsteps of Sheffield’s-own Gatecrasher and original Niche venue, The Night Kitchen announced this month they will be putting their utensils down, turning off the ovens and closing the kitchens for good. Making way for redevelopment of the area, we can say goodbye to spiralling backstreet queues and sweating congregations of dedicated music lovers dancing to some best underground names in electronic music. Don’t miss out on a last chance to party at TNK with their third and final birthday party on March 18, as well as the two closing parties on June 9 and 10. As expected, tickets are selling rapidly so grab yours from Skiddle before it’s too late! Keep your eye on @TheNightKitchen Facebook and @TheNightKizzle Twitter to see what the team behind the madness will be cooking up next…
TNK 3RD BIRTHDAY FT. DELTA FUNKTIONEN, DJ HAUS & ASOK The Night Kitchen // March 18 // £10 It feels like only yesterday that Dirty Little Secret (DLS) became The Night Kitchen, but the club is turning three-years-old with three Sheffield debuts that have been a long time coming. Dutch house and techno veteran Delta Funktionen joins Brits DJ Haus and Asok for a bargain tenner rave which is sure to celebrate the birthday in style. www.thenightkitchen.org
BLAWAN, CLOUDS, ABDULLA RASHIM, CALL SUPER, BATU B2B BRUCE + MORE Hope Works // March 24 // From £18 Hope Works’ raves just get bigger and bigger. UK heavyweights Blawan, Call Super, Batu and Bruce are joined by Clouds, Abdulla Rashim and Darwin – all making their Sheffield debuts. Residents Lo Shea and Chris Duckenfield complete an incredibly varied yet focused lineup of cutting-edge techno that will take some beating. www.hope-works.co.uk
Off The Record Sheffield heavyweights DJ Andy H and Displace joined forces last month to kickstart new club night Off The Record. A lineup of Displace b2b Andy H, Stoaty, The Leng and Rubberdub launched the party at The Harley, spinning 100% vinyl records across all genres ‘til the wee
hours. Thrilling crowds throughout Sheff, Andy H has had a popular Tuesday Club residency for years, whilst Displace – James Drain and Lucas Edwards – have been bringing some of the best breaks and mixes to the city since 2011. Expect much more to come from both soon!
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Renowned throughout the city for live gigs and late nights, Fitzwilliam Street pub The Washington celebrated their recent refurb with none other than Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley spinning tunes for 250 punters at its January ‘Rebirth Bash’. “It was a great night to celebrate the reopening,” says general manager Nick Booth of the sell-out event. “Everybody enjoyed themselves and we had some great feedback on the new look. Even Jarvis, who is a man of few words, commented on how much he liked it – so we’ll take that!” Nick had been working at the venue for just over three years, first as bar supervisor then events manager, when the previous landlord decided to retire from the trade – and for both an employee and long-term customer of the pub, the opportunity was one Nick and business partner Matt couldn’t miss out on. Thus began the work on a refurb aimed at bringing the longneglected interior back up to scratch but endeavoured to keep the soul of the iconic venue intact. Otherwise known as “The Deep End”, the lounge area on the left-hand side of the bar now boasts a warm, homely feel with comfortable vintage furniture, new lighting and various quirky additions to regard, from a beautiful old gramophone to a classic piano situated in the corner. “The Shallow End” live room and dancefloor has retained much of its original character but benefits from a new fixed stage and much improved sound system.
Exposed takes a look inside the newly refurbed surrounds of legendary Sheffield venue The Washington The refurb effort, Nick says, was true labour of love by himself, Matt and the rest of the staff. “We somehow managed to do pretty much all of it in 12 days of real hands-on graft. We were here from 7am in the morning ‘til midnight most days. It’s the best way to do it, though, because now we all have invested ourselves in the venue and we – the staff – have that pride in the result.” A key aim was to make the pub more appealing on the outside as well as the inside. Out front the small frosted panes have been replaced by large windows which allow passers-by a good look at the going-ons inside. The beer garden now has new seating, lights and additional space via an indoor shelter area previously used as storage, which was later cleared out when the old landlord moved. It’s all a case of so far so good for the new refurb, but with the usual offerings of late-night DJs, drunken debauchery and frequent gigs coming up, plus work scheduled towards getting the kitchen upand-running for snacks and street food takeovers, there’s still plenty more to come from the new Washy. Head to washingtonsheffield.com or facebook.com/washingtonsheffield for the latest info and event listings. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 71
HOT OFF THE BACK OF HIS NEW RADIO 1 RESIDENCY AND A NUMBER OF KILLER RELEASES ON HIS EDIBLE LABEL, LEO BURRELL CAUGHT UP WITH BRISTOL DJ/PRODUCER EATS EVERYTHING. You’re playing alongside the Solardo boys and your J.E.S.u.S pal Skream at Code Warehouse this month. Will you two miss Seth Troxler and Jackmaster not being there to complete the quartet? Ha! Yeah, it’s always better to be all together, but Solardo and Skream are always a lot of fun. Things are really kicking off with your Edible label lately. What’s next in the pipeline? The upcoming Waze and Odyssey tune sounds pretty special! Really excited about the Waze release, and there has been a great response for the record so far – we’re looking forward to getting that one out for sure! There’s lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline; I won’t give the game away but you can definitely expect more great music from Edible in 2017. What’s the endgame for the label? Do you want to develop a particular sound or will variety always be the main aim? I don’t really have an endgame as such, but I’d like the label to stay quite varied. I’m definitely always on the lookout for stuff that’s a bit different. Congratulations on getting your monthly Radio 1 slot, by the way. Does it feel like a particular milestone in your career? It’s definitely a milestone, but I never really imagined that it would be something I’d get to do. I was introduced to dance music via the Pet Shop Boys on Radio 1 and have been listening to Pete Tong since I was 13, so the station has a special place in my heart. It’s actually pretty mindblowing that they’ve given me my own show!
Have you played in the reopened fabric yet? Do you think in hindsight the temporary closure may serve the club well, maybe reminding people how important it is for London and the UK? Yes, I played it a couple of weeks ago, and to DJ there so soon after the reopening was a real honour. It was just as good as we all remembered it! It was amazing to see how many people got involved and really rallied behind it, and if it wasn’t for that huge amount of attention I doubt it would have been given a second chance. It’s a shame it was for the wrong reasons, but hopefully it’s shown the authorities that the dance music community won’t go quietly. The Space Ibiza closing party looked absolutely ridiculous. Any favourite stories from that weekend or the club itself? The closing was an incredible night with so much good music, although it was bittersweet obviously. To this day, the best DJ set I’ve ever seen was Thomas Bangalter on Space Terrace in 1998; the things he was doing were INSANE. That guy’s a proper DJ!
Eats Everything hits Musik Events alongside Skream, Solardo, Detlef and Jamie Roy on Friday 10th of March at Code Warehouse. Tickets available at www. codesheffield.com.
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The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, Young Americans, Low, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), The Next Day, Blackstar – the names of legendary David Bowie albums produced by Tony Visconti span over five decades of the artist’s life. Overall the pair worked on 13 records together, and in-between Visconti was also behind the mixing desk for artists such as T-Rex, Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey. Back in 2015, the Brooklyn-born bass player announced that he would be touring The Man Who Sold The World with Holy Holy, a supergroup featuring The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, amongst others. The band are on tour again this year with another seminal Bowie record, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and head to the The Foundry in April. Leo Burrell spoke to the legendary producer to find out more.
How are preparations for the tour going? I’ve been practicing bass like crazy. I don’t want to forget a single note! Can you ever recall playing Sheffield with David Bowie back in the day? Yes, but years ago in the ‘70s. This was before Spiders; I recall it was Space Oddity. Just David, myself and a conga player called Teddy who was from Algeria, I think. We did just four shows in the UK and drove around in David’s father’s Rover. That was a very grassroots tour. It’s going to be really special to see the album performed in full. You took The Man Who Sold the World on the road back in 2015. Can you tell us more about what drove you take the Ziggy album on next? Well, we knew we were going to have Woody onboard again – he’s one of the original Spiders, of course – so it made sense to do the Ziggy album. Ziggy being the original and most “Spidery” album, right? 76 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
Exactly, and we knew were going to be touring the album in Hull, where the Spiders were originally from. It just made sense.
And the concept behind Ziggy is so timeless, it seems the perfect choice to celebrate David’s legacy. Yes, David’s most famous persona is Ziggy. No other pop star had created an act at that point; it wasn’t David Bowie, it was an acting role. Ziggy is an act, Bowie is Bowie. He used rock as an acting vehicle. It was a great look: the orange hair, the crazy clothes, the platform shoes. When you look at Marc Bolan from T-Rex for example, he was always himself, but Ziggy Stardust was a pretend person. It was an incredible coup to pull it off the way he did. I guess the beauty is you could go on forever with these tours. I’m sure many people would love to see a tour of one of the Berlin Trilogy, for example. Which other albums would you love to tour? Yes, that would be amazing. I think Scary Monsters – in my opinion the best album we made – would be a really great show. But sadly there’s only one member of that band left, as Carlos Alomar and Dennis Davis passed away recently. Oh, and the bassist George Murray – no one seems to know where he is at the moment! You were on the previous Holy Holy tour when the news of David Bowie’s passing reached the world. Can you describe what kind of emotions you felt in the immediate shows afterwards?
We were in Toronto when the news broke in the UK. I got a bunch of texts at 2am, an abnormal amount of texts in fact. I was staying in a room with our sax player Terry Edwards and I couldn’t believe it. I fell back to sleep! It was like a dream. Then, at 8am, Terry shook my shoulder and reminded me of the news. I pulled the covers over my head and the denial started immediately. Woody came into my room with the rest of the band and we had a little conference to decide what we were going to do. It was completely unprecedented; we had several weeks to go on tour and a gig that night in Toronto. We thought it was better we get on the stage. If we were gonna cry all night, we wanted to do it with the audience. There was a lot crying in the audience, an absolute gamut of grief. By the end of the show, however, everything was upbeat and like all good rock gigs it ended in ecstasy and joy!
Did you ever talk to David about the tours? I asked him a year earlier if he would mind if we did it and he looked at me quizzically and said, “Why would you do it?” I replied that it was because The Man who Sold the World was never toured. He said, “Oh, well that’s a great reason!” When he saw videos of the band he was overjoyed. Glenn will be the lead vocalist, right? Will he be dressed as Ziggy Stardust? Yes, except on Lady Stardust, which Jessica [Morgan] will sing. And no, we didn’t want to be disrespectful to David in that way. It felt right to have Glenn as they’re so different; he has a much deeper voice, so the songs will be sung in lower keys. Oh, and he’s 6”3 – David was 5”9! He’s a great interpreter of lyrics and emotion, Glenn, and like David he has a huge, sonorous voice. And he’s got a shaven head, so he won’t be wearing an orange wig, thank God! We’ve done about 50 shows and had total approval from audiences, and I’m sure they could be very cutting if they wanted to be! Do you think there could ever be another Bowie given how pop music looks today? A few years ago things were looking good. Labels were encouraging unique artists and bands like Radiohead. But recently they’ve turned pop music into an industry and artists all sound the same. It’s always the same producers in the Top 10. The charts are sounding pretty deplorable now, to be honest! The freakier you were the more likely you were to get signed in 70s-90s. It goes in phases though, so perhaps we will see a return to how things were. HOLY HOLY performing The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars comes to The Foundry on April 14th. Tickets and more info available from su.sheffield.ac.uk. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 77
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DUTCH UNCLES March 7 // The Plug The Mancunian art-rockers are back with a bang this year. Their recently released album Dutch Balloon sees them at their surreal, atmospheric best and they’re bring their new selection of altpop bangers to Sheffield this month. www.the-plug.com
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ESTRONS THE HARLEY
As well as having the best name in rock ‘n’ roll right now, Tali Källström – the pinkhaired, PVC-trousered whirlwind at the heart of Cardiff four-piece Estrons – might also have the best anecdotes. One song tonight, she has previously said, was written in a police cell after an especially exuberant night out (that’s ‘Drop’), while another, ‘I’m Not Your Girl’ – less a piece of music, more a car crash of testosterone and teenage lust – recalls assorted conquests and meaningless shags. “You were so middle class you could not do me right,” she spits during one verse. “When my life’s going alright,” Tali concluded once, “the songs are rubbish.” Tonight, however, the songs are ace. Febrile, furious and filthy, they ricochet around The Harley like punk ping-pong balls. Standout track ‘Make A Man’ is especially gripping and enticing. “A guy at our American shows said: ‘I feel like I’m being punched in the face by music,’” is another one of Tali’s anecdotes which she relays to the crowd. Tonight, it’s easy to see why. Words: Jemma Hepson Photo: Duncan Stafford
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In a recent interview with Exposed, Cabbage lyricist Joe Martin told us: “We want to ruffle people’s feathers” – and without a doubt, the Manchester five-piece have been doing just that at their recent live shows. Unapologetic and at times hilarious, their lyrics are glazed with satire as they stomp around austeritybased injustice, Kim Jong-un and the state of the NHS. Born out of a neo-punk resurgence, their anti-establishment stance is often undercut with the bizarre – beneath the floorboards of a once disused cinema eager punters leap around as a group of young Mancunians hammer through a track about having a wank into a quiche. With ‘Dissonance’ Cabbage quickly sets the tone. Gingerly stumbling around the stage, intoxicated or just getting used to life outside the straight jacket, they are here to anarchise. Rickety riffs lead garage vibes which are meshed together in an indecisive mix of genres that sees surf guitar accompanied by plenty of black humour. Their live antics are suitably chaotic, much in the same sort of league as The Fat Whites; and while they thrive in the more intimate settings, the five-piece are anything but limited to it. Supporting slots with the likes of Milburn and Blossoms have seen them batter the bigger stages, and with a live repertoire that continues to grow stronger, it won’t be long before they’re topping the bills themselves. Words and photo: Jacob Flannery
March 10 // City Hall Postmodern Jukebox are a force to be reckoned with. Starting out as the bedroom project of Jazz pianist Scott Bradlee, the US group’s vintagepop mash ups have racked up over 650 million YouTube views and brought their rotating roster of top-class session musicians into the limelight & onto worldwide tours that have sold 220 thousand tickets to date. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
THE WAILERS March 17 // 02 Academy Following the success of their huge sell-out tour last year, legendary reggae artists The Wailers return to bring their soulful vibes to stages across the country. Performing their Legend album in its entirety, all the hits will be accounted for. www.academymusicgroup.com
MIKE & THE MECHANICS March 22 // City Hall Genesis founding member, guitarist Mike Rutherford, joins forces with a new generation Mike & The Mechanics which includes one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, Andrew Roachford, on lead and backing vocals. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
CIRCA WAVES March 22 // 02 Academy Walls of fuzzed guitars jostling for space with Kieran Shudall’s trademark melodies, reintroducing the world to an act ready to push their sound forward and claim their place at the top table of UK guitar bands. www.academymusicgroup.com
BEAR’S DEN March 26 // Leadmill Embarking on their biggest UK tour to date, the Ivor Novello-nominated duo have built a huge fanbase through consistently stellar live shows and wide radio support for the singles, ‘Agape’, and ‘Above The Clouds of Pompeii’. Tipped to be the next big breakthrough UK band, catch them live this month. www.leadmill.co.uk
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SLEAFORD MODS ENGLISH TAPAS If the sound of Jason Williamson hoarsely venting his spleen over Andrew Fearn’s feverish beats doesn’t stir you in the slightest, odds are you are completely oblivious – or simply don’t care – about the state of this country today. Basically, 2017 must be looking pretty damn cushdy for you. Because when those driving, crunching basslines kick in and Williamson begins pointedly painting his bleak picture of British existence, articulating the epidemic of frustration which has swept the country – Clouds are low, like the general mood / Temperatures are cooking up inside / We are the microwave food – it’s near impossible not to agree with his feelings of anger, resentment and sheer incredulity at the world we face up to today. While the lead singer’s cutting and often hilarious observations are still the main attraction, Fearn’s rhythms now add a bit more depth and structure to proceedings. From the foreboding, spacey atmospherics of ‘Drayton Manored’ – a song detailing the repetitive life-cycle of heavy sessions and shattering comedowns, to the dark hip-hop pulsations of ‘Cuddly’ – with a chorus scoffing at the sham that was Owen Smith’s Labour leadership bid, their production game has been lifted but still maintains its minimalist charms. It is vintage Sleaford Mods: authentic, raw and evocative. If you didn’t take them seriously before then wake up and give this a good listen – because when it comes to social commentary and hitting various nails firmly on their heads, there’s not another group out there that can touch them. 9/10 JF
PIGEON DETECTIVES BROKEN GLANCES A world away from the punchy punk-pop that catapulted The Pigeon Detectives onto the c.2007 indie bandwagon, this fifth LP from the Leeds boys is a more solemn offering. A decade later, as other passengers (Good Shoes, The Holloways, et al.) have fallen by the wayside, The Pigeons have chugged along relying on a small army of loyal fans to buy their albums – which until now have been of a largely similar format. Broken Glances instead offers a darker, more experimental sound, largely down to producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet). And it’s not half bad. It’s certainly more commendable than listening to 30-somethings trying to squeeze out carbon copies of their early hits. Yet while tracks like ‘A Little Bit Alone’ (plenty of crashing guitars) and the atmospheric ‘Postcards’ have some intriguing moments, the album as a whole does err on the side of boring. Perhaps it’s best to stick to what you know after all. 5/10 RH
TEMPLES VOLCANO True to form, this latest offering from Kettering foursome Temples plays out like a dreamscape, from the light and airy opening of ‘I Want To Be Your Mirror’ to the irregular low drones and sharp screeches of ‘How Would You Like To Know’. With such contrasts, it’s hard to pin down the exact tone, though this creates an oddly satisfying sense of anticipation. The majority of the album’s songs are enjoyably melodic, with a distinct 60s and 70s vibe on tracks like ‘In My Pocket’ and ‘Oh The Saviouyr’, made all the more appealing through James Edward Bagshaw’s excellent vocals. ‘All Join In’ has a sublime cinematic quality to its opening (sort of a hyperactive Bladerunner) while the song’s questioning lyrics introduce a darker tone. Contrarily, ‘Celebration’ fully embodies the word, with a more uplifting message matched with a bouncy chorus. A confident output, Temples have really hit the mark with this more experimental yet still uniquely psychedelia-tinged sophomore album. 7/10 AM
PERFECTPARACHUTEPICTURE OUTLINE The raw intensity of hard rock and ear-splitting vocals has never really been my cup of tea, but Perfectparachutepicture manage to tread the fine line between engaging rock and unrelenting clatter. The Sheffield-based noise rock duo, comprising of Edward James and Kyle Morton, have released a string of singles in recent years and their latest offering ‘Outline’ carries on their discography’s level of quality. The single features great vocal work, avoiding the temptation to rival the backing instruments too much, instead complementing the on-point drums and electric guitar smoothly. Over the course of the single, the rhythm stomps its way along with a mix of heavy and slightly softer vocals; dashed with interludes of driving instrumentals, adding a nice pace and variation to the track. Fortunately, the single’s shorter duration helps to stop its lyrics becoming too repetitive though. Considering the duo’s growing library of work, it’s hardly a mark on them as artists – I expect there will be plenty more of the same to come. 7/10 AM WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 81
JASON ON THREE TRACKS FROM ENGLISH TAPAS SLEAFORD MODS ARE BACK – AND IT WON’T SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN THAT THEY HAVEN’T MELLOWED ONE BIT. THE ADJACENT LYRIC IS A SNIPPET FROM ENGLISH TAPAS, THE NOTTINGHAM DUO’S FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM FOLLOWING AUSTERITY DOGS (2013), DIVIDE AND EXIT (2014) AND KEY MARKETS (2015). BRUTALLY HONEST FRONTMAN JASON WILLIAMSON SPOKE TO EXPOSED AND GAVE US A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WE CAN EXPECT. English Tapas is an interesting name for the album. It makes me think about people picking out and savouring the elements of English culture they feel best represents the country. How does the country look to you in 2017? Horrible. It’s time for a change. Expression needs to change. We are entering a new era now which I’m hoping will shift the stationary consensus for the better. With all that’s gone off in the last 12 months, has making music become easier for you? No, simply because political atrocities don’t write tunes. What’s our biggest threat in your opinion: Trump, Brexit or Theresa May? They are pretty much the same, in an ideological sense anyway. Give or take a few beliefs, Trump and May are both practicing reckless abandon; neither has the masses in mind for a happy ending. In short, we are, as always, tennis balls in the King’s court. There’s a scathing line on the album track ‘Snout’: ‘Scared kids is what you are, rubbing up to the crown and the flag and the notion of who we are.’ There are a lot of calls for togetherness being aired lately, accepting the current situation and moving on. Should we? We’ve got no choice really, have we? 82 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
Are there enough artists bringing attention to real working class issues in music? To be honest with you, the working class issue has become a weight around my aging legs. I’m no expert on it; we just talked about our shite lives through music. Is there a group effort with bands to discuss oppression? Is there fuck! You’ve got a couple of acts out there who have got some balls, but the rest are basically sloganists and corporate images. Were you surprised to see Nottingham vote leave in the EU Referendum? It was neck and neck, I think, give or take a few, wasn’t it? But was I surprised at the result? No.
B.H.S It’s about the scandal which saw thousands of employees out of pensions and a huge loss of jobs. Philip Green knows what he did. CUDDLY The chorus talks about Owen Smith’s campaign for labour Leader. What a load of bollocks that was. The verses are classic Sleaford Mods observation. DRAYTON MANORED I’ve become increasingly inspired by men my age still doing coke and loads of booze. It’s like we don’t know who we are anymore. It still seems acceptable to shovel it down you, and if you think about it, it’s fucking insane. This song talks about those issues and the terrifying experience of coming down – time and time again.
How important is it for you to have an independent label like Rough Trade onboard? Obviously, it helps us with the distribution and promotion. They are ideal for us: they don’t interfere. We do our thing, they do theirs. If you could send anyone a copy the new album to listen to, who would it be and why? Random members of the public. They are our audience. Celebs ain’t great at passing interesting comment…
English Tapas is released March 3rd via Rough Trade Records.
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B You don’t get much hotter tips than the The Amazons at the moment. Picked for the annual ‘ones to watch’ lists by the likes of MTV, Q Magazine and the Beeb, the Reading four-piece get their UK tour rolling this month at a vital stage of what could very well be a long career, with a debut album expected to rear its head sometime later in the year. The perfect time, then, for Exposed’s Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas to catch a few minutes with lead singer Matt Thompson on the hearty topics of touring, growing up in a festival city and the magic of rock ‘n roll.
So Matt, how are you doing? Ready for the tour? Good, good, mostly looking forward to the next couple of weeks really. This year we’ve kind of only been doing the odd one-off show – we did Sweden the other weekend and the Netherlands in January. Next week we’re heading out on tour for a couple of weeks, which will be really fun, and really from then on it’s kind of ‘Go! Go! GO!’ for the next two or three months. What’s your favourite thing and least favourite thing about being on the road? I think my favourite thing is probably travelling to new places, meeting new people, I think that’s the best thing. And we’re paid to do it, we don’t have to book a holiday or anything, it’s all done for us, which is amazing. But I think the least favourite part is the travelling as well. You get over flying and you get over being in a band very quickly, it wears off fairly early on so it’s a bit of a chore just to sit in vans for six hours at a time. It kind of plays with your mind a bit. But it’s fun, it is fun. All happy families then? Ha! Well, I wouldn’t say that. We’re alright. It’s just general… it’s what you can imagine if you have four, five lads stuck together in a van for twelve hours at a time. The Amazons play Plug on April 5th.
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You’ve been featured in quite a few people’s ‘ones to watch’ lists for 2017 – often as the only rock band – do you think the mainstream is ready to accept rock again? It doesn’t look like it at the minute, if I’m honest. Look at the Spotify top 50 and just count how many bands are in there, you know what I mean? It’s not really up to us to decide, I can’t imagine many people are like ‘right we’re really going to hit the mainstream with this album’ – it’s not really a band’s thing to do. That’s the job of fucking label bosses or a committee of songwriters. If it’s not sales, what’s your personal measure of success? I think with our band, having Reading Festival on your doorstep has really shaped our ambitions. The benchmarks of our success are not really sales, there’s nothing we can do about sales, it’s kind of where we are on the lineup of the Reading Festival. If we ever headlined it that would be the crème de la crème. Being up on that main stage, being up on the NME stage, the Festival Republic stage, that’s what I wanna do. So what makes a great gig? I think it’s passion for music. The thing about rock ‘n’ roll is there’s almost a bit of magic in terms of how something could go wrong but could also go really right. There’s always that kind of possibility with a good gig that it could go down in history, but then if you’re watching Calvin Harris push a couple of buttons then I don’t know. I think what makes a gig special is if the stars align for whatever reason, like when Led Zeppelin supported someone and had two encores – as a support band – the headline band couldn’t even get on stage. That’s the magic you can get with rock ‘n roll.
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Exposed meets Desperate Journalist If there’s one thing we like here at Exposed, it’s the thrill of discovering a great live band and sharing it with our dear readers. Mark Perkins has been hooked on Desperate Journalist since he saw them at Tramlines Fringe Festival in 2015, and he’s now on a continuing mission to spread the word. Last month he caught up with bass player Simon Drowner ahead of their Leadmill show in March. The thing that immediately strikes me about your music, both live and recorded, is how distinctive it is. There really is a ‘Desperate Journalist sound’. How do you make such a big sound from just drum, bass and guitar? A lot of it’s down to Rob’s 12-string Rickenbacker, but we have plenty of effects to make a really big epic sound, so we use a lot of distortion which fills a lot of space. I suppose you could describe it as having an epic sweep, with dramatic melodies over the top. People have compared us to Siouxsie and the Banshees, which with Jo on vocals I can see what they mean, and we do lean
towards the mid-eighties I suppose. We like the Smiths/REM/Cure type of sound. A lot of the first album is jangly guitar, but things have changed and matured a bit on the latest album. How do you write your music? It starts with Rob’s guitar parts, then Caz and I join in and add the drums and bass parts. Jo adds the vocals over the top and writes her own melodies and lyrics. We don’t always know the meaning of the words she writes, you’d have to ask her what some of them are about. All her songs are very personal, often about situations she’s been in, but without being too obvious. I first saw you at Crystal in 2015, after hearing your single ‘Control’ on our very own Exposed radio show. Back then you had just released your first album, and now here we are on the verge of your second album. Yeah, that was a great show for us, I remember it well. Jo, our lead singer was absolutely on fire. Several people have told us since that they loved that show, and it was
one of my favourites too. I was a little apprehensive, as we don’t often play in the daylight, so I didn’t know how it would be, but we all loved it. The Crystal stage is just perfect. But yeah, our second album is out on March 24th and it’s called ‘Grow Up’. How will this one differ from your debut? The new album is better recorded, slightly less live sounding, less DIY, but hopefully with the same excitement and a bit more variety. A song such as ‘Hollow’, which was the first single, wouldn’t have made it onto the first album. We released a 5-track EP in between this and the first album, where we tried out a few things, some quieter slower tracks, and while that was never meant to be a follow-up to our first album, it helped us to decide what to do next. Did it take long to record? It took seven days to record and another five to mix, unlike the first album that took much longer and came out of several different sessions. This was conceived and written as a complete album, and I think it shows. It’s a definite progression from the first one.
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fter forming fifteen years ago, Leeds indie rockers The Pigeon Detectives have come a long way from stage-dive injuries and indie lad-chants. Now back with their fifth offering, Broken Glances, the band are delving into a new style and direction, with a more mature, contemplative sound. Ahead of their upcoming UK tour, we grabbed a chat with vocalist Matt Bowman to find out more. You seem to have changed your approach to making music on Broken Glances, tell us a bit about the creative process. After being five albums in, we decided to have complete abandon, rather than to simply clone a past record. It was a bold move because of our previous successes but I think it will be liberating rather than alienating. We’re writing music for our adult selves now – we’re not teenage rock stars anymore! What was it like to work with producer Richard Formby [Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet]? Did he challenge you as much as you wanted? Yeah! We first met in a pub to gauge how it would work – he said he never expected a
call from us, which I guess shows the difference in styles. He’s used to recording more experimental work whereas we’re usually just a plug-in and play band. This time around though we wanted to create something new, and he encouraged us to go through with the mad ideas we had. How do you think fans of the first album will react to this one? I think they’ll love it. They’re not stuck in 2008, they are all ten years older. Tastes change: imagine only listening to the first record you ever bought forever? I trust that we have loyal fans. When that first album came out they were probably in sixth form, but now they’ll have great jobs and a couple of kids. I’m confident they’ll be looking forward to it. How has being in a
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band changed since the midnoughties? Now it’s terrifying! You have to have Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – we didn’t sign up for this we just wanted to tour. Touring is still exciting, and we’re lucky to have seen the world in this way. The mystery is gone though; people want to know what you’ve had for breakfast and to see if you’ve tweeted about your dinner. I miss when rock stars were rock stars, before the rise of the internet. Tell us about the new single ‘Enemy Lines’. What inspired that one? It’s a mash-up of mine and Oliver’s
lyrics really. There’s no specific idea or message. Essentially it’s about releasing an album and putting yourself out there to be judged. It’s like putting your head out of the trench and being brave. Are there any other songs on the album we should watch out for? One I am proud of is called ‘Munro’. We wrote the album in the basement of Munro House and it was… hard. There were no windows and it felt like a very oppressive space at times. The song is very uplifting, it’s the exact opposite! It started as a standard guitar track, but Rich broke it down and rebuilt it as something else. I just love the contrast between the song and where it’s named after. Are you looking forward to playing a full UK tour again? Yeah, we toured in October and sold out some tiny clubs. Wouldn’t do it again though, I’m sure we violated some safety regulations! We’re excited to play The Leadmill in Sheffield again, and the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. Manchester too, they always seem excited for us to play!
The forthcoming City Hall gig will be something a bit special I believe. The big news is that I’m announcing my retirement as John Shuttleworth. After this tour ends, there won’t be any more tours with a story and a theme and a title, although I do think this one’s my finest title yet! My Last Will and Tasty Mint. The theme of the show is all about rock deaths. John comes out saying: ‘It’s too risky to be in show-business, last year they were dropping like flies. Already this year Peter Starsted’s gone... ah, but where’s he gone to?’ As you might expect from a man living on borrowed time, John will be considering life’s major issues: the rise in popularity of hi-vis protective wear, the suitability of the plastic lid on takeaway coffee cups and the excitement John felt when sucking his first mint. What influenced the decision to say goodbye to John? It doesn’t mean I’m killing the character off, but it’s been a treadmill – a nice treadmill I might add – but it’s been a repeated cycle of a radio series followed by a tour. There’s not been time to do other things and I would like to find out what I want to do creatively. I feel I’ve tapped John’s seam pretty thoroughly. So this homecoming show will be quite unique, and I believe there’s a very special guest? The City Hall gig is the last date on the tour and it’s the only gig with a support act – Jilted John, no less! For anyone who doesn’t know, that was me back in 1978! The fact that he and John Shuttleworth he have the same first name is just coincidence. Is this the first time you’ve revived Jilted John? No, I did him for the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool last year. That prompted me to get a band together with Steve Halliwell (currently with Roger McGough’s band), Andy Hobson on bass (from the Pretenders) and Martin Barker on drums. We have a sort of ‘replacement Gordon’ with a special appearance by Gordon Giltrap. You’ve been playing John Shuttleworth for over three decades now. What does it feel like to know you’re playing him for the last time? I’m finding out on this tour how loved the character is. As word gets round that this is the last tour, people are saying very nice things and I’m meeting some lovely people after the shows. I’m touched by how many fans have stayed with the character for over 30 years. It’s a ridiculously long time to spend on a silly joke. Or is it? Tell us a bit about John’s thirds hits compilation, The A1111. The new album is in the shops, but most particularly in Record Collector, as Barry is a friend of mine. He stocks all the John Shuttleworth and Jilted John stuff. The A1111… And Other Ones! is named after the road that takes you to Sutton-on-Sea, which of course is where John’s agent, Ken Worthington, has his chalet. So what can we expect to see from you over the next few years? We’re gearing up to do a Jilted John anniversary tour as 2018 will be 40 years since his hit. Maybe 20 dates or so, and of course it’s got to include Sheffield. I’m also hoping to do a memorial celebration at the Lantern Theatre for Sheffield photographer Shaun Bloodworth, who tragically died last year. In fact, I’m now the patron of the theatre, which is a great honour and something I take very seriously. I’ve always loved it; it’s a fantastic and unique place, which we’re very lucky to have in Sheffield. Graham will be performing as John Shuttleworth and Jilted John at Sheffield City Hall on March 29th. Tickets and more info available at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
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Graham Fellows is the creator of John Shuttleworth – a versatile singer-songwriter from Sheffield, just in case you didn’t know – and despite being more than happy to play sheltered accommodation and entertain in the residents’ lounge, a grand City Hall date beckons on his latest tour. Mark Perkins had a chat with the man behind the Yamaha keyboard and was shocked to hear that John will be hanging up his polo-neck sweater.
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Eurosession. Anyone who wants to play can lead a tune or join in at their own level and the musicians are always happy to take requests for dances. The session is run by a small group of volunteers. If you’d like to offer help or make suggestions, please do so! Sessions so far have been influenced by Breton, French, Scandinavian, Klezmer, Basque and Bulgarian traditions. Dance workshop starts at 3:30pm, Performances and session starts at 8:00pm. Tickets £12/ £7.
Frost Lake. Female vocalist/instrumentalist plays original songs with guitar, laptop electronics and bassist Terry Todd. Best described as British psych folk/ prog with haunting melodies, percussive sounds and eerie atmospheres. Supported by ToPMoB. Starts 8:00 pm £5 OTD.
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THE FIRST RECORD I EVER BOUGHT
The first record I bought myself was Original Pirate Material by The Streets. It’s still one of my favourite records today. I literally know every word on that album.
THE FIRST GIG I EVER WENT TO
The first time I saw a live show was Babyshambles in Bournemouth. To be honest, I had never really left Essex before that.
THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED
This would be when I was really young, and it was with some mates of mine. We played an incredible (I think) version of ‘I Miss You’ by Blink 182.
ONE SONG I WISH I WROTE
I’ll choose two completely different songs here, just because there’s so many to choose from. I’d say Hall & Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That’ or Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’.
ONE SONG I WISH WAS NEVER MADE
All songs should be made regardless of whether they are bad or good. Artists should keep writing and doing what they can. Maybe ‘Crazy Frog’ was a little too annoying – or, actually, was it genius?
I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC WHEN
Probably when I was watching loads of skate videos when I was like 12, or maybe way before that when my brother used to play The Streets religiously. That’s when it all clicked for me.
A SONG I CAN’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD AT THE MINUTE
‘Uptown Funk’ – it’s just got everything in it. It’s pop but it’s sick and references all kinds of genres at the same time. It’s one of my favourites, I love the production and hooks.
A RECORD WHICH REMINDS ME OF A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE
I remember when me and my friends went on a skating trip in summer 2012 and we listened to The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest the whole time. I also remember that album was played at this house party where some girl’s house got completely trashed. Like, next level trashed. I felt kinda sorry for her in the end. Someone did a painting in the toilet and let off a fire extinguisher in her kitchen and the trigger got stuck and I swear it wasn’t my fault.
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Be a creative diva, experiment every day and make art. Music and art are my life.
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Eh up, we’ve got a new single! Tell us a bit about ‘Cast Away’. Now then! We recorded this at the end of last year in 2fly Studios with Ed Cosens and Dave Sanderson, just before we set out on the acoustic tour with The Reverend and Tom Grennan. I think we nailed it in the first couple of takes, and Dave and Eddie just captured the vibe perfectly. It’s definitely the best result we’ve had out of the studio yet! There’s another track you’re releasing too – what’s that one called and when can we expect it? Yeah, there’s another single we’ve done with Ed and Dave due for release in a few months! It’s called ‘Do That Thing’. It’s one of Eddie’s favourite tunes of ours. We all love it – and we think you lot will too! You’ll also be representing at Outlines Festival this month. Stoked for that? Of course! Playing the Leadmill is always class and it’s a crackin’ lineup at all the venues so it’s set to be a good one! Well looking forward to catching Alvarez Kings, Floodhounds, Cowtown and Matic Mouth – to name just a few! How’s the rest of 2017 shaping up for Liberty Ship? 2017 is looking sweeeeet! We’re proper excited about these single releases, loads of shows are being booked as we speak and we’re buzzing for the festivals again, man. We had such a laugh last year at Isle of Wight, Kendal, YNot, Tramlines and Leeds and we can’t wait to do it all again this year! www.libertyshipband.com // @LibertyShipBand // facebook.com/ LibertyShipBand // WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 95
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TOP PICKS Fri 3rd March Sheffield Hallam LGBT+ Liberation Group: Cocktail Social Be At One www.facebook.com/SHUSULGBT Fri 10th March Andro and Eve screens Carol Moor Theatre Delicatessen androandeve.wordpress.com Sheffield Hallam LGBT+ Liberation Group: West Street Night Out West Street www.facebook.com/SHUSULGBT Sat 11th March Girl Gang Sheffield x SheFest: Power Of A Woman The Great Gatsby www.wearegirlgang.co.uk Tue 14th – Sat 18th March Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Lyceum www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
So: it’s March already, and spring has (almost) sprung – but if you’re yearning for the summer sun then fear not, as your favourite, fabulous, flirty, feel-good musical is heading to Sheffield and bringing with it all the heat and warmth of the Australian sun. Based on the international smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, playing at the Lyceum 11th-18th March, follows the journey of three friends and their battered old bus across the Australian outback. With glitz and glamour and a host of outrageous costumes, Priscilla delivers wall to wall disco classics including ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, ‘Hot Stuff ’ and ‘I Will Survive’. If you like your entertainment on the extravagant side, with an extra helping of sparkle and spangles, then hop on board as they take you to Boogie Wonderland. Moving from stage to screen, join Andro and Eve at Moor Theatre Delicatessen on Friday 10th March as part of the Let’s Talk About Sex Festival and SheFest Sheffield for a pop-up screening of the sumptuous lesbian tale, Carol. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol tells the story of Therese, a young woman working as a clerk in a 50s Manhattan department store, who is instantly enthralled when she meets Carol, an elegant older married woman. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the film is swoon-inducing with its attention to detail and seductive use of cinematography. Let Andro and Eve whisk you away to a world of glove lunches and period glamour. 1950s fancy dress encouraged! Also taking part in SheFest, Girl Gang Sheffield will be taking over their usual monthly residency on Saturday 11th March with a special Power of a Woman club night, featuring their favourite babe empowering anthems, a superwoman photo shrine, glitter face-painting, sweets and treats and more surprises on the night. For the students amongst you, Sheffield Hallam LGBT+ Liberation group have a busy month planned with three socials. Starting the month on Friday 3rd March with their chilled-out cocktail social at Be At One, promising an unbeatable party atmosphere and a pretension-free attitude! The following week (Friday 10th March) for a change from their usual night out they will be doing a West Street Bar Crawl, checking out venues including West Street Live and Bierkeller amongst others, although they’re not ruling out ending up in Dempseys at the end of the night for those of you who like to keep it traditional. Finally, to end their monthly offerings on Friday 17th March, they will be partying at scene favourites OMG and Dempseys. Don’t miss the live PA at OMG from the queen of clean, Kim Woodburn! If all the weekends aren’t enough and you fancy a cheeky midweek night out, don’t forget every Tuesday Pride Sheffield are at Dempseys hosting their quiz and camp bingo – with all proceeds going towards this year’s Pride Festival! And with that, dear readers, we are done for another month!
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TOP 5 GAME RELEASES THIS MONTH With 2017 now in full swing, gamers are gripping their controllers in anticipation as Nintendo is set to release their new console - the Nintendo Switch - and the latest releases are ready to grace gaming hardware everywhere. Here are Exposed magazine’s top five gaming releases in March:
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD Wii U, Switch
TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON WILDLANDS Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
The 19th instalment in the Zelda franchise sees sword-and-shield-wielding protagonist Link return after a century long sleep to defend Hyrule as the threat of Ganon strikes again. Breath of the Wild will use a highly-detailed physics engine, an open-world setting and voice acting. A much delayed game, it will be a launch title for the Switch and is sure to whet the appetite of many Zelda fans. Release date: March 3rd
Tom Clancy is back with Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The latest instalment follows in the footsteps of the original Ghost Recon game all the way back from 2001 (no futuristic weaponry here, folks) and also offers an open world environment of Bolivia in 2019 to shoot your away around in. It also includes a weather and a day to night system and you’ll be able to explore it in glorious third person. Release date: March 7th
MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, & Xbox One
NIER: AUTOMATA. Microsoft Windows & PlayStation 4
LEGO WORLDS. Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 & Xbox One (Nintendo Switch TBA)
Mass Effect players have had to wait since 2012 to get another instalment in the series and, once again, open world gaming is along for the ride. In the game, humanity is looking to move to new worlds in the Andromeda Galaxy and Sara/Scott Ryder is off to explore the place. Many of the mechanics of the series will remain with some modification to certain elements, including new characters and storylines. Release date: March 23rd
It’s machines made by aliens verses whatever remains of humanity in a post-apocalyptic future, where you play as a female android helping the human resistance. What is there not to like? Developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, Nier: Automata originates from Japan and is set in the same gaming world as Nier from 2010. Prepare yourself for some machinesmashing action and intenste combat levels. Release date: March 10th
After a never-ending stream of Lego games, and now films, here is a game that is dedicated to building with Lego – also eliminating the risk of standing on a piece! The sandbox game will allow players to build with parts they collect across the map with a range of customisable content. So, if you have a hankering for even more Lego action, then you don’t have long to wait! Release date: March 7th
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10 MARVELLOUSLY MAGNIFICENT WAYS TO LOSE YOUR JOB IN 10 DAYS In a new job, sometimes nerves can subconsciously affect your behaviour, tripping you up before your seat is even warm! It’s good to make your mark and get yourself noticed… in all the right ways, but be careful that your eagerness to please doesn’t manifest itself in the wrong manner. At Benchmark Recruit, our recruitment consultants have seen it all. We thought it was time to share some cautionary tales of how not to lose your job in 10 days. Take a look at these real life employment crimes, and while you laugh at other people’s misfortunes be thankful you weren’t on the receiving end of the biggest reprimand of all – being fired! Scenario 1: Allowing your brand new company car to be stolen because you left it unlocked… with the keys in the ignition! If the key to success is hard work and dedication, the key to abject failure might just be this! Looking after company equipment properly demonstrates your responsibility and capability to look after the business’s customers and products. Losing something simply shows your careless attitude towards the financial loss incurred by a business through your negligent treatment of their property. Scenario 2: Making a cuppa for the boss… with a surprise at the bottom. If you’re going to make your new boss a morning brew before they go into an important meeting, we
recommend not leaving the teabag in the mug. There’s always the chance that he or she will take a gulp and end up with a soggy teabag in his or her face. Not a very impressive look! Embarrassing the boss is never a great start to a job. Some might laugh this off, others won’t see the funny side. Tread carefully until you know which kind of boss you have. Scenario 3: Researching inappropriate items on the company computer – holidays, social media, job vacancies… or even illegal material! You aren’t being paid to plan your social life or look for your next job (within a week of starting this one) during business hours. If you have a company-issued laptop, steer clear of personal activity on it while at home, too. Illegal pursuits carried out using company property can get the business (and you) into trouble long after you’ve left. Scenario 4: Posting your bungee jump on Facebook… during sick leave for a bad back. Being tagged on social media in events or holidays while claiming to be off ill is a sure way to get yourself fired. It’s a trust thing – you lie to us, we fire your butt! Sort of a give and take situation really. Scenario 5: Getting a prominent piercing during lunchtime… after taking a role as a receptionist. While it might not affect your ability to do the job, your personal presentation could have a bearing on
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the image of your employer. A very obvious tattoo, extreme piercing or even a drastic new hairstyle could potentially result in lost business, especially if your role is customerfacing. If you are thinking of a radical change to your look, check with your boss first or make sure it’s something that can be covered up during work time. Scenario 6: Having an affair with the boss… which is then discovered by his wife. While many businesses promote family values, striking up a relationship with any of your work colleagues could make for a difficult working atmosphere. But having an affair with the boss is always a huge no-go. At the end of the day, if you’re caught, the boss isn’t going to fire themselves! Be open and honest from the start and be prepared to look for work elsewhere in order to avoid accusations of preferential treatment. Scenario 7: Being caught moonlighting… when a contact phones your office. The boss picks up and is left wondering why an ex-client of the business is calling to discuss a meeting they’ve recently had with you. Carrying out illicit work during your hours of employment is not only dishonest but, if you decide to poach one of the business’s clients, you’ll be breaking your contract. Fair and proper grounds for termination.
Scenario 8: Punching a colleague in frustration… during the first week of employment. Some things defy common sense and this is one of them! You’re in your first week of a new job, when you shouldn’t be putting a toe out of line, and you decide to take your frustrations out on a workmate. It’s difficult to work out all of your colleagues when settling into a new job but physical abuse is never the answer. No matter what has been done to provoke you, keep your cool, or being sacked could be the least of your worries. Whether it’s 10 days in or 10 months this is a real no no! Scenario 9: Gossiping about a colleague… during breaktime. Don’t be too outspoken and air personal views about colleagues at work, even if others seem to share your opinion. It only takes one person to report the chatter and office morale will hit rock bottom, as well as your earnings, perhaps. And finally: how to lose a job… before you’ve even started! Advertising your prejudices or political beliefs on social media, either about colleagues or situations, is a big no-no at any time but more so when potential employers might be reviewing your profile. Racial slurs, sexist comments and inappropriate name-calling can indicate the ability to bring the reputation of your potential new employers into disrepute. And no employer will take that risk. www.benchmarkrecruit.co.uk
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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (shAFF) returns for its 12th year.
Bringing the thrill of the wild outdoors into the city centre for three days, Sheffield’s celebrated annual film festival shAFF returns to the Showroom Cinema from March 17-19. Presented this year by the British Mountaineering Council, a handpicked programme of over 100 of the best adventure and extreme sports films will be shown across five big screens. The festival takes place as part of the The Outdoor City Weekender, which sees a selection of actionpacked events heading to the Steel City; from the Magnificent Seven hill climb and the Climbing Works International Festival to a wide range fringe events, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into. The films themselves will focus on a diverse selection of outdoor pursuits and adventure, with the Made in Sheffield film sessions shining a light on local people taking on inspirational challenges. Whether you’re into climbing, running, mountain biking, bikepacking, skiing, snow-boarding, kayaking or surfing, there will be films to keep you entertained. The popular Adrenaline Films sessions, a collection of exhilarating shorts played back-to-back in one roller-coaster sitting, are also back on the programme this year – while the family-friendly aspect of shAFF is taken care of through the Young Adventurer showings, Too Cool for School sessions and Teen Screen showcase. Speaking about this year’s event, Festival Director Matt Heason told Exposed: “ShAFF has long celebrated the joy of the great outdoors, offering the very best of global adventure alongside showcasing local talent. It is fantastic that the city of Sheffield with The Outdoor City Weekender is shining a light on the incredible natural assets it houses – perfect for outdoor adventure, wild escapes and extreme sports.” For the full breakdown of film sessions and ticket details, head to the What’s On pages at www.shaff.co.uk. All the information on the events taking place as part of the The Outdoor City Weekender are available at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk.
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WHAT’S ON IN march new releases From friday 3 march VICEROY’S HOUSE (12A) CERTAIN WOMEN (12A) THE STUDENT (15) FROM FRIDAY 10 march ELLE (18) THE FOUNDER (12A) IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (15) FROM FRIDAY 17 march PERSONAL SHOPPER (15) THE SALESMAN (12A) - FILM OF THE MONTH FROM FRIDAY 24 march THE LOST CITY OF Z (15) AQUARIUS
SPECIAL SCREENINGS STAGE ON SCREEN NTL: HEDDA GABLER 9/3/17, 19:00 12 /3/17, 14:00 japan foundation film programme 7/2/17 - 2/3/17 film studies KELLY REICHARDT - 15 MARCH - 3 MAY Exhibition on screen THE ARTIST’S GARDEN: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM - 21/3/17, 20.30 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SOLD (PG) - 7/3/17 18:00 shaff 2017 - 17 - 19 MARCH ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (PG) - 7/3/17, 20:30 RAMMSTEIN: PARIS - 23/3/17, 20:30 ALOIS NEBEL + Q&A (18) - 1/3/17, 18:00 VICEROY’S HOUSE + Q&A (12A) - 3/3/17, 20:00 THE FINAL GIRLS PRESENT: THE LOVE WITCH 5/3/17, 16:00; 10/3/17; 11/3/17; 12/3/17, 20:25 FREE FIRE + Q&A (15) - 8/3/17, 20:00 CALLING BLIGHTY - 26/3/17, 14:30
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The Great Wall
The Lego Batman Movie After stealing every single scene he graced in The Lego Movie, the guy who only works in black (and very dark grey) gets a solo outing. While never quite achieving that film’s heart and inspired creativity, Lego Batman does get extra points for its commitment to milking the Batman brand for every possible joke, in a fun and manic manner. The opening scene is a dizzying array of visual gags, quotable one-liners and a theme song that stands proud alongside “Everything is awesome”. Fans of Batman over the years will find plenty of in-jokes to smile smugly at, while their young offspring will simply enjoy the goofy action pieces and characters. The plot is pretty tight – essentially save the world from the Joker – but the underlying theme of ‘Batman has no friends’ is heavily laboured, often miring down the otherwise zippy script and mad visuals. The scattershot strategy means that it’s often fun rather than funny, and at times is too frenetic to follow, but the commitment to gleeful anarchy belittles any serious problems. Rated 4/5
LOGAN (1ST MARCH)
Wolverine is old. But he can still kick ass – in all of its 15-rated gory glory. Set in the near future (probably after most of the events of the previous X-films, but with all this time-hopping it’s difficult to say), Wolverine struggles to put his old life behind him when a young mutant arrives on his doorstep. Initial reviews suggest this is something fresh and bold in the superhero genre.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND (10TH MARCH)
Shades of Apocalypse Now are all over this latest venture into the world of the giant ape, as a team of explorers find themselves trapped on his home island. With a gritty trailer and such a strong cast, hope is high for something above simply being a retread of other killer monster movies.
Combining the visual razzle-dazzle of Director Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) and the sure-footed acting charisma of Matt Damon, made The Great Wall a highly enticing proposal. Unfortunately, the pieces never quite fit together, with what emerges being an occasionally magnificent, but largely dreary missed opportunity. It starts well enough, with European Mercenaries stumbling across China’s Great Wall and immediately being thrust into the middle of a conflict with some kind of crazed wolf-like alien killing machines. It’s in these opening scenes that Zhang is in his element, with a brilliant array of colour, acrobatics and visceral action sequences strung together with breakneck pacing. However, it’s once the dust settles on this opening exchange that the laboured dialogue and wooden acting take centre stage, and the film never really manages to regain its energy. Sadly, and particularly with the talent involved, The Great Wall begins on a fantastic, sweeping visual canvas, but ends as a paint-by-numbers disappointment. Rated: 2/5
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (17TH MARCH)
It’s a tale as old as time, but never seems to grow old. For many, the classic animation is one of Disney’s finest of all-time – so no pressure here then. Emma Watson is Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast in a film that looks to have captured the feel of the original, but justifying its existence with its own visual flair and imagination.
POWER RANGERS (24TH MARCH)
Depending on your age, this news of a Power Rangers movie will either fill you with dread or excitement. The colourful dino-ninjas have been fully modernised and given their own “darker” sheen, which may prove to be a wise move, or may lose all the magical camp which made the shows so beloved by millions of kids around the world. Time will tell.
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SHEFFIELD CLASSICAL WEEKEND FESTIVAL Various locations // March 17-19 // Full festival pass £20 International artists and local talent come together across multiple Sheffield venues for a weekend of incredible live music. The three day event includes UK premieres, new opera, interactive Beethoven, traditional Chinese music, local choirs, plus plenty for all of the family to do. Head to the website for the full listings. www.classicalweekend.com
MUSICAL DIFFERENCES Studio Theatre // March 1 – March 2 // From £5 The Sheffield People’s Theatre Young Company bring you a fresh story of school life, young love and whether or not fame is worth losing your friends over. If you’ve ever been a school band, then this will surely strike a chord. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VAREKAI @ SHEFFIELD ARENA
PHOTOMARATHON SHEFFIELD Millennium Gallery // Until Sat 11 Mar 2017// Free entry Catch it while you still can! This uniquely local art exhibition showcases 900 photos of Sheffield taken from 150 different perspectives. On display are the entries from a photo contest where budding photographers had to take six photos in six hours, inspired by a day in Sheffield. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk
I’m not easily rendered speechless, but Friday’s Cirque Du Soleil performance of ‘Varekai’ at Sheffield Arena warranted stunned silence throughout. A story re-imagining the aftermath of the Greek myth of Icarus, ‘Varekai’ sees a fallen angel figure land in a lush forest of mysterious creatures. What unfolds is an utterly captivating performance of acrobatics, stunts, dancing and drama. From the initial fall of Icarus in an aerial net to a sequence of synchronised tumbling, hand balances and trapeze work – throughout the whole show you literally don’t know where to look. Artists fly through the air, whilst others beneath lift and contort their bodies into what should be near-impossible for the human form to achieve. With such an extraordinary display of strength and agility, it wasn’t even until around ten minutes in that I noticed the music was being played live, complete with the voices of two phenomenal singers. Add to this the stunning set design comprising of trees, trap doors, swings and moving platforms (not to mention the fabulously flamboyant costumes) and what you get is a truly mesmerising spectacle. Rachel Heward
WHITE CHRISTMAS Rotherham Civic Theatre // April 4-8 // £12-£14 No we haven’t got the dates wrong, Chapeltown Amateur Operatic Society are performing White Christmas next month and we’re nothing but excited for it. The spectacular stage musical of Bing Crosby’s classic 1954 movie will feature favourites ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Happy Holiday’ and of course ‘White Christmas’. www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk HEADS UP Studio Theatre // March 16 // From £10 What would happen if the world ended right now? Multi-award winner Kieran Hurley wants to recreate the scenario in the setting of an average and familiar city just like this. Don’t miss this former highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 107
Bling! In her forthcoming exhibition, artist and researcher Lucy Wright explores the recent DIY phenomenon known variously as ‘bedazzling,’ ‘bejewelling’ and ‘blinging’. Mostly practised by young women, ‘hand-blinging’ involves the painstaking application of gemstones to a range of personal objects, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptop cases, in mimicry of ‘more expensive’ tastes. Bling! explores the spirit of optimism as well as wish-fulfilment in the bling aesthetic, which strives to pass for – or perhaps even surpass – luxury consumption, via items inexpensively customised at home. Lucy Wright // Bling! // Bank Street Arts // March 29 – April 1 // bankstreetarts.com WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 109
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...
@jeffpaternostro Facebook ads keep trying to sell me flat caps, which I can only assume means I have been posting too often in Sheffield Wednesday groups. @XBL_iGoldenGirl Only in Yorkshire will you see a little lad chuck goose shit at a goose @carlyblade Love that a Peterborough fan described us as “acting as if we’d won World Cup” when we scored. Passion you’ll only find in Sheffield @mdnevo Was in Sheffield today, lovely city. The only thing I saw not on an incline was a pond. #veryhilly @FionaRhiannon Only on St Patrick’s day would you see a man dressed as a nun riding round town on a piano.
FIRE IN THE BOOTH This month’s cover star Loyle Carner exhibitis raw energy and ridiculous lyrical skill while making his mark on Charlie Sloth’s BBC 1Xtra show. tinyurl.com/hr2eqxy
SOFAR SO-GOOD Putting on gigs in unusual and exciting places for people who have a passion and appreciation for live music, Sofar Sounds were sick of seeing people at gigs ruining it for others by talking and constantly filming on their phones. Now a worldwide phenomenon, check out our interview with the Sheffield organiser Tom Osland online. tinyurl.com/h3bhe3m
LIVE AND RACEY Improv panel show podcast A Little Bit Racey have a time limit of three minutes to use an assortment of companions, objects and modes of transport to reach a destination. They discuss their first live recording during our interview below. tinyurl.com/jqchxrz
REYT GOOD GUIDE Celebrating our city’s music, clubs, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries and laid-back Yorkshire charm, The Guardian reviews the top art spaces, club nights and food joints in Sheffield (like we didn’t already know). tinyurl.com/h3gpwec
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MARVELLOUS MASHUP Surfacing on the web this month was a mashup of The Weeknd – ‘Starboy’ and Stranger Things theme tune – ‘Survive’. Surprisingly the two sound incredible together, and The Weeknd even tweeted his stamp of approval. Give it a listen. tinyurl.com/h7zuuyx.
@DevinaDivecha St Paddy’s Day! Oh to be back in the UK right now. Last year, saw a green condom on the streets of Sheffield the day after :D #green @coffeehopper @tomroper Overheard in an Irish Pub: “Jeez! If it wasn’t fer the feckin Welsh we’d be the ugliest race on Earth!” @real_lamp_post I started stretching my ears today, by this time next year I will be able to fit a wombat in my earlobes @lauraellement I’ve come to my friends for pancake day and they are eating donner meat. I feel sick. This is the worst pancake day ever.