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ROCKETS UP THE BACKSIDE Phil Turner (MD) Nick Hallam (Sales Director) James Eardley (Sales Executive) Faye Bailey (Accounts)


Heading up the mag this month is bequiffed Pitsmoor-born crooner and all-round local icon Richard Hawley, with an interview that’s more Sheffield than splashing Henderson’s all over your meyt and taters.








After being crowned ‘Best Local Band’ at the Exposed Awards earlier this year, we caught up with indie rock five-piece The SSS at Queen Social Club. And guess what? The chuffs have only gone and busted their trophy.


Sheff’s favourite tapas bar/restaurant recently reached the ripe old age of fifteen. To celebrate, we rolled back the years over a few Cuba Libres with co-owner Adrian Bagnoli and got the full story behind Cubana.


We got Mancunian art rockers Everything Everything on the blower to see it how it feels to release one of the best albums of the year. Pretty bloody good is the answer.


Merseyside lo-fi guitar group Hooton Tennis Club drop by for a natter. Ace.


Talking thrills, pills and drugging pigeons with Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.


BRIGHT SPARKS Rachel Heward (Editor) Joe Food (Editor) SHORT FUSES Marc Barker (Design) Paul Cocker (Design) STOKING THE FIRE Kieran Wade, Emily Beaumont, Jordan Foster, Mark Perkins, Saul Holmes, Ellie Grace, Kelsie Marsden, Ali Bianchi, Beth Maguire, Frank Short, Helen Davies, Georgina Hall, Kerre Chen, Amy Forde, Richard Snowden, Tom Plant, Penny Blakemore, Teela Clayton THE BUSINESS STUFF Exposed is published monthly by Blind Mice Media Ltd, Unit 1, Beehive Works, Milton St. Sheffield S3 7WL. The views contained herein are not necessarily those of Blind Mice Media Ltd and while every effort is made to ensure information throughout Exposed is correct, changes prior to distribution may take place which can affect the accuracy of copy, therefore Blind Mice Media Ltd cannot take responsibility for contributors’ views or specific entertainment listings.


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Nearly three years in the making, UniHomes is the creation of three Sheffield born entrepreneurs. A website designed with both landlords and students in mind, it enables you to search and compare the best student properties. The website has the added twist that every single home showcased includes bills which we are sure will go down well – no arguing with your friends about their share of the bills! Years of research and dedication have gone into creating an innovative and unique platform, resulting in a state of the art site that revolves around simplicity. Launching on November 1, ready for the start of this year’s letting season, we caught up with the team to find out more. Tell us a bit about UniHomes. Why did you decide to start this website? We just wanted to make the process of finding student accommodation more effective and enjoyable. We have a wealth of industry knowledge which we have used to create something very special. Two of us have been students in Sheffield so we know exactly what students are after when it comes to finding their next home! With experience from both students’ and landlords’ perspectives we have created a platform that provides a great experience for everyone.

What makes UniHomes different to other accommodation websites? We’ve spent a lot of time researching exactly what students want and discovered that homes with bills included are preferred. That’s why all properties on include a minimum of electricity, gas, water, internet and a TV licence. Gone are lengthy descriptions and complicated adverts; we wanted to create a simple, yet effective platform. There is no need to waste time scrolling through lots of listings, you’re able to refine your search and view property details at a click of a button with no hidden costs or fees.

How many areas do you cover? We’re in Sheffield at the moment but expanding into Leeds and Manchester in the near future and eventually going nationwide! What kinds of properties do you have? We cater for every student, from those seeking a one bedroom apartment to eight or nine bedroomed houses. We’re trying to cover every single possibility that students may want. We’ve selected some of the best houses Sheffield has to offer already and hopefully we can replicate this across the UK in the very near future. Are there any interesting features on the website? We have a great feature whereby once you’ve clicked on a property there are three different tabs; property details, contact information and location. On the location tab there’s a map that shows things like the train station and universities. The landlord or agent who manages the property has the option to customise this and add in what they think would interest the students nearby, be it a restaurant, nightclub, shop or a gym.

When you see a property you like, how does it work from there? What’s the process? UniHomes is a portal where students can communicate with landlords and agents directly to arrange house viewings. An enquiry can be sent to the landlord or agent, or their phone number will be displayed on the property listing. We also have a feature whereby properties can be compared with each other to make it easier to decide which homes to view! How can landlords get their properties on UniHomes? We have a unique and innovative system that enables landlords to create an account, add their property portfolio and stay in complete control. It’s an easy process that can be managed from a simple dashboard. The landlord or agent uploads information and pictures for each property and we market the home to thousands of students. We also have an analytics feature so the landlord or agent is able to monitor which properties are performing well and which properties students are interested in. There are many unique features available which will all becomes clear when viewed online.


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Through The LenS

V ulgar exposed photo blogger ellie grace snaps Sheffield, offering an insight into the small businesses, people and places that make a mark on the Steel City. Welcome to Vulgar, the newish vintage shop on Devonshire Street. With eye-catching exterior and an interior full of retro clothing . jewellery and intriguing wall art, it’s well worth a look-in next time you’re striding past.

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Tramlines Get the Vote!

Sheffield’s very own Glasto has been receiving some much-deserved nationwide lovin’ after being nominated for two prestigious UK festival awards. Following another superb year which saw the likes of Basement Jaxx and The Charlatans headlining the festival, last month Tramlines was placed on the long-list for Best Metropolitan Festival and Best Dance Event. Sarah Nulty, the Festival Director of Tramlines told Exposed: ‘It’s great to have Tramlines nominated in this year’s awards. Getting feedback from the people that have actually come along to the festival and enjoyed the music is really important, so to be shortlisted is brilliant. Winning would mean a lot to us, and would really help with spreading the word about Tramlines and making sure that we can keep it going in the future.’ The winners were decided by a public vote on October 25th (just after this mag went to print) – so it’s now time to take a look and see how Tramlines did. Fingers crossed, yeah?

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Get up close and personal (if you dare) with wrestling legend Hulk Hogan in the intimate surroundings of Sheffield Arena’s Steel Hall. Hogan will recount the untold story of his career and personal life, followed by a live Q&A session. Are you a Hulkamanic? Win a pair of tix to this exclusive event on November 14 by heading to and answering the following correctly: What is Hulk Hogan’s real name? A) Jerry Gene Bollea B) Ferry Gene Bollea C) Terry Gene Bollea

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21

After a lorry carrying radioactive waste is upended in Sheffield city centre, you are bitten by a contaminated pigeon on Fargate and begin exhibiting signs of superhuman powers. However, it turns out that your new life mostly consists of shitting on cars, fighting other birds for chips left scattered on the floor and flying away from excitable toddlers who derive pleasure from charging at you. You quickly come to realise that out of all the radioactive creatures to be infected by, a pigeon is a pretty naff one. Shunned by your human friends and unable to communicate with your winged companions, you lock yourself away in one of pigeon lofts overlooking Penistone Road, drinking cans of super-strength to pass the time and squawking aggressively at anything that comes too close. LIBRA Sep 23 - Oct 22 Libras often make poor, impulsive choices in their love life. It’s time to sit Rover down and tell him this human/dog thing just ain’t gonna work. SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 - Dec 21 When it comes to attracting a partner, you should reassess the body signals given out when speaking to members of the opposite sex. Intermittently shitting yourself is a key player in your misfortune. CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 19 Capricorns are good at getting out of tricky situations, but even you struggle when asked to explain the assortment of mangled human limbs in your car boot to police.

AQUARIUS Jan 20 - Feb 18 This month you will have sex with an actual human being.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20 Just WHAT is that on your face?

PISCES Feb 19 - Mar 20 You really don’t want to know.

CANCER June 21 - July 22 Time to move forward, Crab. No more moving sideways in life.

ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 19 You finally manage to find that happy place you’ve always been searching for – only to discover there’s no free Wi-Fi. TAURUS April 20 - May 20 On a job application form, answering the question ‘provide an example of your resourcefulness’ by scribbling down ‘once ran out of tissues so beat off into sock’ doesn’t help your chances of employment.


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LEO July 23 - Aug 22 Your decision to grow a handlebar moustache doesn’t improve your love life. In fact, most guys avoid talking to you at all. VIRGO Aug 23 - Sep 22 God speaks to you directly, telling you that free will is all well and good – but them shoes? With those jeans? Hell no! You need to check yourself if you think you’re bringing your skanky ass through those gates, honey.






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Vote Of Confidence

Although the local elections may seem a long way off, the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union could be called at six weeks’ notice. This decision could have a huge impact on the UK, and if you’re not registered to vote then you won’t be able to have a say. Unless you apply to register on the new system then you will be removed on December 1 this year; it only takes a few minutes and you can avoid being fined £80! It’s a nobrainer really. John Mothersole, Returning Officer for the elections in Sheffield said: “It’s really important that everyone is registered to vote and is able to exercise their democratic rights when the elections take place next year.” Have your say on who should influence your local school provision, waste disposal, highways improvement, housing and many other everyday services that we all rely on. Register at .

“Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest, I was stroking her arm.” “I could probably do an Alan Partridge for a bit – you know, live in a hotel and that.” “That does not taste like lager. THAT tastes like yak piss.” “I’m gonna open a bar and call it ‘Beards and Shit’. It will serve beer and shit.” “Every single time I eat a boiled egg I sneeze. It’s weird.”

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Porter Brook gaffer Russell Peckett is to swap a week of pulling pints for a whopping trek across the Sahara Desert on November 5. The challenge will involve five days of battling 35°c heat to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. We caught up with Russell to find out if he can stand the heat... Where did the idea come from to trek across the Sahara? Really it wasn’t my idea, it came from a friend of mine. A couple of years ago I rode from London to Paris to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support with a friend. He called me up a few months ago and suggested doing a trek across the Sahara, so the credit goes to him. Why did you want to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital in particular? I run the Porter Brook on Ecclesall road and for the last three years we’ve raised money for Macmillan, which is a great charity and excellent cause, but this year we fancied a change. This time it was the customers’ choice. From talking to people in the pub it was clear that Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital was a cause that was important to them so we decided to raise money for them. Did your staff take much persuading to join

you? It’s not actually staff from the pub that will be joining me, it’s colleagues from the Greene King Brewery who own the pub. There’ll be 21 of us doing the trek in total. How are you training for the five-day trek? I’m loving it, but the dogs are hating it! I take them out on my walks but I’m just waiting for the weather to clear up a bit at the moment. I’m quite fortunate living in Sheffield as we’re near the Derbyshire countryside which is really nice to walk in. It’s just a case of putting on the walking boots and getting outside. You’ve done quite a few fundraising events in the past, would you say this is your biggest challenge yet? I wouldn’t say it’s my biggest. Last year I rode 700 miles in 7 days, which was really tough. This time I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be a great experience, trekking under the Saharan moonlight and having breakfast at camp. The heat will certainly be difficult though What can people do to get involved? Just pop into the pub and show your support! You can come and donate, there’s a sponsor sheet behind the bar, or you can visit my Just Giving site.

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Let the lord of love enter your soul...

Have you herd? The Children’s Hospital Charity has launched plans to descend a herd of elephant structures onto the steel city. The trail of elephants aims to inspire visitors whilst promoting the wonderful sights Sheffield has to offer, as well as giving those native to the city a chance to further explore. The Herd will invite artists, both well-known and undiscovered, to submit their designs for the sculptures. After being on display throughout the city the elephants will then be auctioned off, directly raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity. The Herd 2016 hopes to bring together the talents of local artists, businesses, groups and communities to help host the event. Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “The Herd will unite communities, bring thousands of people into the city centre and drive business to the local economy.” The Children’s Hospital Charity are encouraging businesses to pledge their support and help bring this event to Sheffield. For information visit their website,

Going For Gold-iing

Born and bred in Sheffielder, C.K Goldiing took off to that there London back in July with only £100 in his back pocket. A passionate music TV presenter and portrait photographer, he decided to take to the road in “sheer anger” with himself. With an overwhelming desire to expand his creative horizons he told Exposed: “An idea came to me one night. I had this idea to go to London and leave myself completely vulnerable.” He decided he would head to the capital to photograph unsigned musicians and bands, but leave it up to them how much to pay him. For over 3 months now, Goldiing has managed to survive mainly down to the sheer kindness of those he has come across. Through the financial generosity of the artists he has photographed, to the occasional home cooked meal and sofa to crash on, he told Exposed it has been the best thing he has ever done. Officially on day 104, he has taken 56 photographs of awe-inspiring artists and is in no rush to get home. Follow his progress at Read the full interview at 14 | For more listings and reviews, head to

Dear SP, Despite having plenty of luck in the bedroom department recently, I’m struggling to find what I really need: a meaningful relationship beyond sex. All of my friends are currently settled with their long-term partners – going out for meals and shit – while I’ve been frantically swiping away on Tinder, trying to find myself a girlfriend. The sex ultimately feels a bit cold and detached – and when I ask for a cuddle afterwards, I’m often laughed at and told to phone a cab. My pals reckon I’m just not the relationship type, but I’ve gotta lot of love to give, you know? Ben, Ecclesall Benji boy, for many gentlemen out there you appear to be living the bachelor’s dream: dipping your chorizo sausage as and when you please. But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, is it my friend? Back in my day, getting laid was more of a drawn-out affair, which often included a three course meal, a well-chosen vinyl and some considerate oral before you could even think about sealing the deal. Nowadays, all it takes is one swipe and you can find yourself balls deep within the hour. Just how is a chick going to fall for you when all she gets to see is your sweaty, screwed up face panting above her? Did you think that after one peek at your dude piston she’d feel compelled to move in? Don’t be a chump, Ben. Try meeting women in the real world rather than browsing online profiles with your pants around your ankles. Learn how to engage with women emotionally and the meaning of the word ‘foreplay’. (It’s the bit before you start boinking). Good luck! SP






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SHOW OF THE MONTH: THE ROCK SHOW ON SHEFFIELD LIVE Hitting your screens and delighting your ears every Thursday evening at 9pm, The Rock Show on Sheffield Live brings you great live music in Sheffield venues you know and love. Catch brilliant new bands or relive gigs you’ve already enjoyed!

ON TWITTER @blacklisters Our show in Sheffield on Monday has been cancelled so that freshers can drink lambrini and then regret their life… @shesgonestella Think I just overheard the only person on the Moor to ever reference Echinacea #Sheffield @Caroline_8889 Overheard on the bus to Sheffield! Man 1: They have llama farms down here Man 2: what are llamas? Man 1: wooly Bulls with horns #WTF #BusTales @lauraillngwrth “I’ve dropped my kebab now Lee, I think it’s time we get home” - also overheard from my window on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. @RutlandArmsChef Even on a Monday afternoon, the top of West Street is like something from Hogarth. Stay classy Sheffield.

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

ON FACEBOOK Picture House Social: Well! This is a shock! Flicking through today’s Observer Food Monthly awards issue and who do we see named in the Best Places To Drink Section?! Only little old us! Massive thanks to all who voted for us, a genuinely lovely surprise and a great reward for our lovely, vitamin-D deprived staff!

BUFFALO BILL William Cody, best known as Buffalo Bill, a nickname he earned for reportedly killing 4282 buffalo. After serving during the American Civil war, he toured a western show which brought the American frontier to countries across Europe. Bill visited many places on his global tours and performed in front of some distinguished faces including Queen Victoria and the Pope, but he also paid a visit to our fair city in 1903 transforming Sheffield from the mild

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North into the Wild West. He brought with him a 200-strong troupe of cowboys and Native Americans who performed in front of sold-out audiences. Reportedly Buffalo Bill carved his name into a tree in Wharncliffe Side by blasting it with his revolver. His short stay in Sheffield proved rather eventful though. A member of the show lost a leg when a horse fell on him whilst practicing and was rushed to Sheffield Infirmary but later died of lockjaw while in hospital.

INSTAGRAMMER OF THE MONTH @alheem has taken some wondrous snaps of Sheffield as of late. With an ability to beautify the familiar sites of everyday life, he’s well worth a follow!

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School of ROCO

HOMEMADE BY THELMA’S We all know Sheff’s got a belting indie scene – from beloved city centre shops and boutiques to pockets of “proper” pubs and quirky cafés dotted all around the city, we’re a far cry from a chain-littered clone town. So to really champion some of our faves, we’ve teamed up with Independent Sheffield to highlight a different business every month. First up is Homemade by Thelma’s, the family-run café sitting pretty on the corner of Nether Edge Road.

WHO IS THELMA? To the Rowley sisters Thelma was grandmother, and they’ve honoured her name and memory by naming their dream business after her.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? An amalgamation of the former Thelma’s on Sharrowvale Road and Homemade in Nether Edge, the café offers up heavenly breakfasts, light lunches and fresh foodie treats from the ever-changing specials board. Ran by sisters Emily and May Rowley, the contemporary interior showcases Emily’s background in graphic design with impeccable attention to detail.

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? Their weekly Friday bistro nights are well worth a try, whether it’s for a date night or if you’re looking to book the whole place out for a birthday bash. Dishes range from meat to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, so everyone is catered for here. Plus it’s bring your own booze – what more do you want after a busy week?

WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN UP TO RECENTLY? Bagging awards, that’s what! They recently scooped Best Café at the Eat Sheffield Awards. Go on girls!

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The old Georgian terraced houses from 338-346 Glossop Road, which have long been left empty, are now being given a new lease of life as ROCO, a centre for local artists, designers and other creatives in the city. From outside the Grade II listed buildings have lost none of their charm, but the inside has been tailor-made to house some of Sheffield’s most innovative minds and provide a space to hone their craft and display their work. It will be a self-contained space where creative businesses can make, display and sell their wares all under one roof. As Sheffield’s first large scale co-operative development, ROCO places emphasis on inclusivity and social awareness, with all profits being put back into the local community. With the official launch happening this month, the venue looks set to be a great addition to the city’s vibrant and ever growing arts and culture sector, providing studio space, a gallery, deli & craft beer shop, art & design store, plus a café bar with rooftop terrace. Head to to find out more. Win! Win! Win!

Family tix to Disney On Ice

Exposed are giving you the chance to win tickets to the biggest event hitting Sheffield Arena this winter. Oh yes, Disney on Ice will be skating into Sheffield with all of your favourite characters in tow; including Woody, Buzz, The Little Mermaid and Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. We have a family ticket up for grabs (4 tix) for the show on November 18. To be in with a chance of winning, simply head to exposedmagazine. and answer this question correctly: Which of these was a hit song from Disney’s Frozen? A) Let it Snow B) Let it Go C) Let it Blow

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“Food 5/5, Atmosphere 5/5, Service 5/5, Value 5/5. Cubana earns a well deserved five stars for food. An excellent mix of Spanish & South American dishes.” MARTIN DAWES - SHEFFIELD STAR.

“This is eating out at its best. Simple food, well cooked, devoured with uninhibited enjoyment.”


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Not only are Cubana currently celebrating their 15th year anniversary, but they’ve added another class to their list of dance socials taking place throughout the week. Upon hearing stories of our almost legendary prowess on the dancefloors of Sheffield, they invited us to take them on in a dance-off. Would our salsa skills prove too hot to handle or were we born to be mild? One way to find out…

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Now, I’m gonna be honest, there ain’t many members of the Exposed office who look good on a dancefloor. Instead we can usually be found propping up the bar, tapping our feet horrendously out of time to the music and bemoaning the two left feet which we’ve all been unfairly lumbered with. Therefore it came as somewhat of a surprise when our film writer, Frank Short, nobly stepped forward this month to take on Cubana at their own game: salsa dancing. Wondering if our Frank was actually some seasoned salsero, we probed further. ‘Do you dance, Frank?’ we asked. ‘Nah, not really,’ came the response. ‘Oh. Do you like salsa?’ ‘Not specifically, no.’ ‘Why do you want to do it then?’ *Pause* ‘Dunno… It will probably be a laugh.’ It wasn’t much, but for the love of God it was the only chance we had. So, fully aware that the Exposed VS team had recently taken a few beatings and needed the win, we headed down to Cubana and awaited the arrival of our noble challenger in Leopold Square. A few minutes passed and after giving us all a slight scare, Frank finally turned up – casually late and looking entirely relaxed about the whole affair. We asked him how he was feeling. ‘Sound. It will be a piece of piss, this,’ he replied assuredly.

Our guy had the cojones, but did he have the chacha-cha to back it up? A few moments later we were introduced to Frank’s competitor, Johnny, head bar back at Cubana and just as experienced in salsa dancing as our guy, i.e., completely clueless. The two opposing contestants began snarling each other and thankfully Cubana’s dance instructor Richard arrived to split things up before we had a full-blown dance-off taking place outside the venue. The plan, Richard told us, was for Frank and Johnny to take part in the evening’s beginner level salsa class, and once they had been sufficiently trained up in the art of Latino dance, they would take to the floor for the full class to judge who had the best moves. No pressure, then. Twenty minutes to go before the lesson started and Richard suggested allowing Frank and Johnny some much-needed practice to get a head start. Frank partnered up with Richard’s girlfriend, while

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W L Johnny went with Tori, a ballroom expert and Richard’s deputy teacher for the Salsa classes. Time to see what these lads were made of! Not much, it seemed, as we witnessed Johnny stumbling slightly over his feet during the first simple mambo steps; and Richard needn’t have worried about our Frank stealing away his missus, as he was more in danger of injuring his partner than wooing her. ‘But it’s alright, though,’ we reassured ourselves. ‘Frank’s just loosening up.’ And as more and more members of the soon to begin Sunday evening class started arriving, the pressure commenced to build. Frank, who following his warm-up session was beginning to realise that maybe he didn’t have the nifty footwork and snake-like hips required for salsa, was beginning to look a bit nervous. We grabbed him a beer, patted him on the back and told him to relax and think about what Travolta would do. ‘Nobody puts baby in a corner, eh, Frank?’ – It didn’t appear to work any wonders.

soon went awry as two sets of limbs could often be seen going in opposite directions to the crowd. No prizes for guessing who those belonged to. ‘This is the fruitiest salsa class I’ve ever taken!’ declared Richard. We’re not quite sure what that meant. Though, to be fair, both did seem to loosen up as time went on; Frank’s face went from one of screwed up concentration to mild enjoyment and Johnny pretty much stopped falling over. Success! Things were taken to the next level as rotating partners were introduced to the routines and both lads tested how their nifty footwork would fare. When it came to the partner spin, Frank became slightly confused and spun himself around rather than his lady partner. ‘Lovely that, Frank,’ we congratulated him, not wanting to knock his confidence before the final showdown.

To decide the salsa champion, a large circle was cleared and Frank partnered up with classmate Helen and Richard with Tori before taking to the floor and dancing through the full routine in front of the entire group. It was nail-biting stuff and we kept our eyes fixed on Frank’s feet, knowing that stray foot could bring his hopes – and his partner – crashing down. Both had clearly improved over the one hour lesson and it was incredibly close. ‘Ok, who thinks Frank was the best?’ said Richard, answered by loud cheers and applause. ‘What about Johnny?’ he then asked to an almost identical level of noise. ‘One more time, let’s hear it for Frank?’ *Loud cheers* ‘And Richard?’ *Slightly louder cheers*. ‘It’s very close, but Richard from Cubana has edged it!’ came the announcement. Exposed lose again. Balls.

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The downstairs room of Cubana now bustling with a large mix of people ready to get their salsa on, it was time to start the lesson. The two opponents took up their positions as Richard organised the class into lines and introduced the first phase: a basic salsa sidestep to music. The lads, following Richard’s guidance closely, managed to get a steady rhythm going as Frank displayed some impressive, if not entirely over-exuberant, hip action early on. As the lesson progressed, the steps grew slightly more complex and a steady start

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Turns out that Frank’s hips don’t lie, and they’ve told him firmly that salsa probably ain’t his thing. But who knows? A bit more practice and maybe he’ll find his mambo mojo. Anyway, a crushing defeat is nothing that a few Cuba Libres can’t sort out. On to the next one!

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Sitting in the concert hall of an old-school, no-nonsense social club complete with varnished wooden tables, Stones Best beer mats and tinsel strip curtains, one could easily be forgiven for not expecting much in terms of quality from the acts which have previously trodden the boards of the large stage situated at the front of the room. However, be assured that this isn’t any Phoenix Nights style set-up; this is Queens Social Club. And when it comes to live music, they have hosted some colossal names in recent years including the likes of Foals, Wolf Alice and Drenge, making it one of the hottest 400-capacity gig spots in the Steel City and a well-reputed venue throughout the UK music scene, to boot. Stepping forward to do the turns today are The SSS, an energetic Sheffield indie-rock quintet and winners of ‘Best Local Band’ at this year’s Exposed Awards, no less. With a new EP, ‘Love, Lust, Loss’, recently released we thought the time was nigh to get the lads (Josh Coddington, Tom Forster, Morgan Somers, Cal Atherton and Max Smith) in for a live session and a quick natter afterwards to see how things were progressing. *Picking up broken Exposed Award and slamming it down on the table.* Right, lads. Can someone tell me what happened here? Max: It happened before we’d even left the awards ceremony. Josh: Yeah, I had it in my hands for, like, two minutes and the next time I looked down it was broken. Not even sure how I did it. Must forget my own strength sometimes. Have you brought it to the session in the hope that we’ll take it back and fix it? Because the warranty’s run out I’m afraid. Josh: Awh, shit. Max: We thought you might sort us a new’un. To be fair, you were all fairly well-oiled that night. Josh, I seem to remember you thanking your neighbour’s cat in the acceptance speech. Josh: To be honest, I don’t even know if my neighbour has got a cat, so no idea where that one came from. A few too many beers, I think. I remember planning a speech before in my head and… Morgan: It went to shit.

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Josh: Yeah, basically. So you’ve just performed live in session for Exposed. How did you find it? Max: Great. A bit knackering though! Josh: I think I was more nervous for this than any of the live gigs we’ve done. Really? Why’s that? Josh: I dunno. I guess there’s just a higher level of scrutiny and you want everything to sound right. So the two new tracks you played for us are taken from your recently released EP, ‘Love, Lust, Loss’. First we heard ‘Calm before the Storm’ – tell us more about it. Morgan: Coddy’s brilliant at this. Josh: Ok. It’s basically about a broken down relationship, like an apology. From yourself? Josh: Yeah. Morgan: Not a proper apology, mind, but an apology through music. At least you’re holding your hands up. Do you feel better when you sing it and get it off your chest? Josh: Nah, still feel like a bit of a dickhead. Fair dos. So the second song is called ‘Into the Sun’. Josh: Yeah, that’s about a friend of mine, Nick, who passed

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away a year and a half ago. It means a lot. I’ve always imagined that songs with a genuine emotional connection such as that must be exhausting to perform. Josh: It can be because, especially towards the end with that one, you really find yourself getting into it. The music and the lyrics can strike a chord, like. Max: When you’re in the moment with that track you really start to feel it. Your first official single, ‘Eighteen’, came out in September. How has the reaction been to that? Max: Great. It was our first single in the sense that it was available via iTunes, etc. So we got a good video shot for it and the reaction so far has been really good. Morgan: We’ve done plenty of gigging, but we’ve not actually put too much out there so far. It’s nice to start putting out more tracks for people to listen to or download. You’ve been kicking around for a couple of years now, so it might surprise some to learn that this will be your debut EP. Is there a reason for holding off? Morgan: I think for some bands it can be a case of running before you can walk. We didn’t want to do that. Cal: I think it was a case of holding back until we do feel 100% happy with the tracks we have. And November is another big month – you’re heading out on tour and have some big cities lined up: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds. Stoked for all that? Morgan: Massively. We’ve done, like, mini-tours before but this will be the first one when we spend a full month together and get to know each other a bit better. It will be interesting… What are your thoughts on the Sheffield scene at the moment? Things have seemed to be picking up again recently. Max: When we first started there was literally not much going off at all. I’d say things have definitely started picking up again this year. Morgan: You can see that bands are starting to sell


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out local shows, which is positive. Other than good music, what do you reckon are the key ingredients for a healthy scene? Cal: I think having a mix of bands is good. Tom: Yeah, a good variety of music is important. Max: Having strong venues and promoters help bands establish a solid platform to get music out there. Josh: The Rocking Chair has been a great venue for us, so they definitely deserve a shout out. We practise above there an’all. Morgan: Great venue. We did an EP release there last month and it was awesome – just like throwing your own house party. There’s not many places left in Sheffield that give the bands free reign and supports them in the way The Rocking Chair does. If you look at the shortlist for the Mercury Awards, there aren’t many guitar bands in there, barring Slaves and Wolf Alice. What do you reckon are the challenges that face young guitar bands today? Tom: But it’s usually a bit of an outsider that wins the Mercury Award, isn’t it? Cal: I’d give it to Slaves anyway. Max: I think the shortlist is a bit of a reflection of British music at the moment – there aren’t many working class guitar bands who can afford to carry on sustaining themselves for long enough without financial backing from somewhere. The new tracks you played today were very energetic and a big sound. Do you write music with one eye on the live shows? Morgan: We tend to do what we’re good at, which is songs which flit between being fast and slow. ‘Calm before the Storm’ is a perfect example of an SSS track. Josh: We always opt for the more melodic sort of stuff, that’s our strength.



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to catch up with him to talk trees, Hendo’s, Wednesday and his new album, Hollow Meadows. It’s a real honour to speak with you, I’m a massive fan. Cheers, man. Likewise! You’re a fan of the magazine? Yeah, of course. We have it in our house! Hollow Meadows is a beautiful and powerful album and there are many stand out tracks on it. Not least, ‘Which Way’ and ‘Heart Of Oak’. The one that really stands out lyrically though is ‘The World Looks Down,’ which comments on your view of mobile technology. How do you think smartphones and tablets are affecting people, and the way they interact with each other? It’s difficult to estimate the effect that the digital age is going to have, but it’s quite obvious that it’s having an effect on our memory capacity. I used to remember hundreds of phone numbers. And now I don’t need to! So that part of your brain, whether it goes dormant or just dies I’m not sure! The reason I wrote that song is because I was on a train with my mate and... Let me just say that, before we start, I do own an iPhone, and it’s a great thing! But I come from a different time and I just remember when the world didn’t look down, and we looked up a bit more. Constantly looking down for all your answers, I find it deeply suspicious!



It’s true, if you look up above Sheffield’s shops, there are some beautiful things to see! If you didn’t you’d miss the kestrels on top of Park Hill flats! Y’know what I mean? We live in an urban forest! It’s a beautiful city, and I don’t give a shit what anybody says, this is the finest city. It’s got 2.5 million trees, man. 250 municipal parks, woodlands and public spaces, a third of the city is in the fuckin’ Peak District! And that’s not just the posh bit. And what made me see it as this beautiful pearl, in the middle of an ocean of shit, is our sense of otherness. You know when you go to different places? There used to be a really profound sense of otherness, and you were really aware that you were in a different place. But now you go to any other city centre and it’s Costa Coffee, Next, M&S, McDonald’s... And that scares the shit outta me! But what makes Sheffield really unique is perhaps its most disposable asset: the trees. People drive hundreds of miles to get on flights to go across the fucking world to engage with nature and it’s the opposite here because it’s hard to avoid it! And it’s everyone’s, man! What is clear from listening to Hawley speak about his hometown is an enormous sense of pride. His outrage at the destruction of

buildings such as the Edwardian Wing of the Jessop Hospital speaks for his devotion to the city and his passion for the natural world which surrounds Sheffield at times makes you feel like you’re on a guided tour with Richard Hawley holding the umbrella! He is clearly an extremely intelligent man, full with facts about the trees, parks and beautiful buildings in this city. This is a theme throughout Hollow Meadows, as is a longing for the past, the acceptance of getting older and the love of friends. Songs such as ‘Nothing Like a Friend’ and ‘I Still Want You’ speak for a man who has much to be thankful for in the present, but still considers the past as one of his closest friends. He is a self-confessed “cynical old punk rocker,” but the beauty in his music expresses a softer side which longs to remember the good old days. (‘Will the city streets remember us/ we walked them long ago/ blown apart by a bitter wind/ that took us far from home’) In ‘Nothing Like a Friend’ you speak wistfully about your youth, and the ‘city streets’ you walked long ago. How has the city changed since you were young? Well. When I was a kid, and the red flag was still flying above city hall, it was two pence to get on a bus and go anywhere in the city. I wish they’d bring that back. Our mums would give us, like, 4p and we’d get

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on the bus from Pitsmoor and back! But the stuff that’s happening down at Endcliffe Park, chopping down those ancient lime trees, and beech and oak trees – they drink up loads and loads of water. And when you chop them down, you’re gonna get flooding. I mean, all that stuff they’ve done down at Don Valley; lovely as it is, it floods down there. Why? Because it’s one of the few places there’s no fuckin’ trees! So how has the city been affected by the rising number of students who come here to study every year? Again, it’s a contentious issue. I’ve heard all this blah blah shit for years about the economy and whatever, but they seem to get away with murder. Jessops was a grade II listed building and part of our heritage. It was one of the first ever women only hospitals in the entire fucking universe and that got knocked down to accommodate students. And that just makes me so pissed off. Like Bob Dylan said, ‘Money doesn’t talk, it swears’. Let’s see how long the old Henderson’s Relish factory lasts on Leavygreave Road. The thing is about education, Rich, is: it’s right simple. It’s absolutely vital that we are educated. Education should be about filling a young person’s mind with wonder and awe about the world around them. Not about how to use a bloody fax machine.

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That’s what being educated is about, it’s not a business. I’ve got nothing whatsoever against students at all. A large population of our city’s student population are filled with a sense of wonder and awe and appreciation for our city and that’s great. It’s a great asset to the city, there’s no doubt about it. But knocking down historical buildings for the sake of money? I’m not having that. It’s like me Grandad used to say, ‘Reyt’s reyt; and if it’s not reyt? It’s wrong!’ Hollow meadows charted at number 9 on the iTunes chart. Is a good chart position something you strive for when making an album? Nah, I don’t give a fuck. It’s just an accidental by-product of making music. Some folks engage with it more than others. It’s about existing for a long time. It’s not about a quick hit. I’ve got plenty more to come. Do you still go to gigs? I haven’t been for a while. It’s a bit like busman’s holiday for me. What was the last one you went to? Can’t remember. What was the first one? Frank White, my uncle, at the Pheasant. I played with him. I’ve played with him since being a kid. He’s a god to me. What are your biggest influences, aside from the obvious such as rock ‘n’ roll and

folk? My family, y’know. Me mam and dad. They all played and sang as well as working down the pit or in the steelworks or whatever. The list is huge though. What’s your favourite thing about Sheffield? The people. I actually like people! What’s your favourite thing to put Hendo’s on? What don’t you put Hendo’s on? I often dab a bit behind me ears before I go out to the pub. It’s not so good on cornflakes! How do you think Wednesday will finish this season? I went to the Preston game, and we won 3-1. I were quite impressed actually. It’s a precarious position trying to predict things. I’m a Wednesday fan through and through, but I actually hope the Blades go up so we can play them! Assuming, of course, that we stay in the championship. I think, for the fans, hiking the ticket prices up was a mistake of quite a colossal order. For the average earning bloke looking forward to taking their family to the match and having to pay out all that they earn is wrong. And like I say: reyt’s reyt. At this point, time is called on the interview by Richard’s publicist who had warned that there were strict time constraints. ‘Have you got any more, Rich?’ He asks, just

before we were cut off. Of course I have! Though it feels like last orders, we’ve still got drinking up time. You’re great friends with (Sheffield Artist) Pete McKee. Is his success a signifier of Sheffield’s blossoming creative industry? Man, I love Pete. Me and him lived together at Hawley street. We met our wives there. He’s a genius, he’s a beautiful soul y’know. He’s a soul brother. Me and him are linked by some kind of invisible umbilical cord. It’s probably an E flat! So can we expect to see you on stage together with The Everly Pregnant Brothers any time soon? Well it’s not that long ‘til Christmas is it, kid? Hollow Meadows is available on CD, LP and download now. Richard Hawley will play Sheffield Arena on Friday November 6. Head to www. sheffieldarena. for tickets and more.


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One of Sheffield’s most renowned independent fashion boutiques, Sister, is hosting their autumn charity fashion show for the 20th year running. The successful event supports a different local charity every year and showcases the latest trends for the upcoming season. This year all funds raised will be donated to Cavendish Cancer Care. The company, based on Ecclesall Road, specialises in affordable high-end ladies fashion and have dressed some of the most glamorous women in history from Twiggy to Darcey Bussell. The event takes place November 11 at 1pm and 7pm, where the models will take to the catwalk in outfits from Sister’s latest winter collections including pieces from renowned designers. This will be Bernshaw’s last ever

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Groomed To Perfection Savills Master Barber and Trainer Jamie Dunning won the coveted Wahl Barber of the Year Award at Salon International at London’s Olympia last month. Competing against the UK’s elite barbering talent in a tense live final, he managed to take the trophy home to the delight of the Savills team who went down to support him alongside conducting seminars at the event. Savills owner Joth Davies said of Jamie’s win, “Jamie is an amazing talented barber and is a great role model for the team at Savills. He truly loves his job and is never happier than when he is servicing customers and sharing his knowledge with learner barbers within the Savills Academy. We are all immensely proud and pleased for him!” The Sheffield based barbers have been busy this year, bagging themselves the Barbershop of the Year Award in the National Hairdressing Federations awards and barber Giovanni Tornese won Apprentice of the Year in the National Barber Connect Awards. Head to for more

Bespoke clothing business Dread Funky stems from the imagination of local lass Lauren Dowling. Designing, cutting and sewing all garments herself, Lauren is inspired by hippy, boohoo and retro styles. From humble beginnings sharing stalls at UK festivals in 2012-14, this year Dread Funky has gone solo, and has had an amazing response from customers at festivals across the country loving her funky coats and hats. Now opening a shop space in The Vaults at 442 Abbeydale Road, you’ll find handmade clothing galore created by a small collective between Dread Funky and a few local artists. The theme is psychedelic, offering a made to measure dress serve as well as hair design involving dreadlocks and extensions, all by appointment. You can find some of the latest designs at Dread Funky’s showcase window on The Moor, or why not pop along to the ‘Dread Funky Collective’ open day at The Vaults on November 7 – search Facebook for details. Not one for standing still, Lauren is also currently looking for funding to take her venture on the road with a mobile stall next summer. Keep your eyes peeled for a Go Fund Me page and follow Dread Funky on

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th e le v e l co l l e c t i v e Mark Musgrave is the founder and creative director at The Level Collective, a design-led ethical clothing label based right here in the Steel City. The Level Collective’s ethos is simple: Adventure. Design. Change. Collaborating with independent artists and ethical

Hi Mark, first things first, tell me about The Level Collective. Originally it started when I went over to Romania back in 2009 and 2010 to work with a charity that had been helping the poor for over 20 years. I heard of a project where they were training women in the community how to crochet beanie hats, with the idea of creating a sustainable income to support themselves out of poverty. At the time, I was working for Fat Face, so I already had an interest in fashion and high-street retail, but this project just blew my mind. It was about doing everything ethically and really making a difference. When I went back the second year I got to spend a lot more time on that project with that team, meeting some of the women who made the hats so I actually had some custom-made for what would eventually be The Level Collective. It was amazing to be able to go into these women’s houses and see the difference it was making. It meant they could afford medicine, food, fire wood and even double glazing for their houses, which obviously made a big difference when it’s -30°c in winter! Then, my first job out of university was working for a company called Frooly, a Sheffield-based online marketplace for makers, designers and artists. We would be driving all around the country to trade shows meeting independent artists and makers. I combined this experience with my love for outdoor adventure; I love surfing and snowboarding. These elements all kind of fused and I knew I had to start

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something up and try something different. How has the brand developed since? I realised that beanie hats are quite seasonal, so I wanted to do a range of graphic t-shirts and jumpers that can better communicate the adventure lifestyle – I don’t think you can do that through woven means! The tees and sweaters are made in India and approved by Fair Wear, a thirdparty organisation that protect working rights. The quality is always really high. All the sweaters are made from 100% organic cotton and the tees are organic cotton and bamboo, which is really good for sustainability. So, why Sheffield? I’m from Scunthorpe originally, but I came to university here and just love it. It’s a really cool place to be. I wanted to feed into the local economy; I think it’s good to support your local area if you can. I love the fact the products are hand screen-printed here in the city, there’s a real craft to it. There are other printing techniques which are probably cheaper and easier to do, but I just like the fact that it’s quite authentic. It also ensures that the image is completely sharp. I think the range of creative people here is amazing and there are so many good opportunities for people to display their work. Sheffield is a city that is really pro-independent artists! How do you go about finding your artists? I use Instagram, Pinterest, Behance and other creative networks to find work I like. I usually have an idea already in mind, like the ‘Take Me to the Mountains’ pieces. That’s our most popular design and that was something I came up with: the phrase came from me and I wanted it to be typography-focused but complemented by simple illustration. I found an illustrator whose work I really liked on Behance and contacted him about collaboration. We then worked together from the rough pencil sketches right through to the screen-printing. And now that design is

enjoyed and shared around the world. Where do you see The Level Collective going in the future? I sell a lot to customers in the US, about 70 or 80% of my sales come from there. Not many people in the UK have heard of us – I’ve only just sold to my first stockist outside of Sheffield, down in Exeter. We are stocked in three boutiques in Sheffield right now. A lot of the people I’ve connected with through Instagram are based in America and they have championed the brand over there. I went over to America and Canada this summer and stayed with a load of Instagrammers. We did a tour from Vancouver, through Seattle and Portland and down to Santa Barbara. I stayed with people who have been my photographers and I met some retailers who were all really positive about the brand. The brand is Sheffield-based but it seems like you’re worldwide really… I’ve posted to nearly 40 countries, it’s been crazy. I mean, some of the orders have just been one t-shirt, but still. That’s the beauty of Instagram: it’s a really amazing community. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start their own business? I found it really helpful to seek out older and wiser people who have already started businesses for advice. It doesn’t have to be in the same industry, but I met up with a few people who have been like business mentors and they have helped me out with some decisions that could have ended up being stupid ones! People love to tell their story and have their opinion heard, so I’d just say seek out people you respect and just ask for a little of their time. And also, start really small. It cost me under £200 to start the website up, it’s crazy what you can do with the technology that’s out there now. Think of the simplest way you can start, it’s called a minimum viable product. Start off small to test the waters and then you’ll find out the best way to work.

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A Night on the Sauce

A perfect night out for Henderson’s Relish enthusiasts, and let’s face it, there’s not many people within these seven hills who aren’t partial to a drop of the spicy sauce. In association with local cycling organisation Sheffield FridayNightRide and Percy and Lily’s bakery, there will be a Henderson’s themed bash at The Hide, Scotland Street, to celebrate the city’s favourite culinary brand. The night will include food, drink, music and art, all inspired by Hendo’s and its local ties. While on

the menu is the mouth-watering crispy shredded pork shoulder with Henderson’s teriyaki sauce and doughnuts stuffed with Henderson’s chocolate ganache. DJ Shaun Doane (of Everly Pregnant Brothers fame) will be playing a mix of soul music throughout the night whilst tasty street food and drinks will be provided by Percy and Lily’s. The SFNR team will also be around, with cycling memberships and merchandise up for grabs.

Tickets are priced at £15 if bought from Percy and Lily’s, SFNR or Amici & Bici, a snip for a night of great grub and music. You can purchase online for £16.55 from

Ship Ahoy!

The Ship Inn has received a bit of a makeover recently after being taken over by craft beer aficionados Artisan Tap. The Shalesmoor pub, just a stroll from the bustling Kelham Island pub scene, now has a new contemporary interior and a brand new selection of beers and food to match. Now offering a wide range of craft beers from across the world, you can peruse the large bottle fridge in the corner of the pub and take your selection straight to the bar – so there’s no more squinting as you try to make out the beers stocked behind the bar. But it’s not all about beers, there’s a selection of cocktails, wines and spirits as well as artisan coffees to choose from. Whilst the Tapas menu offers some original takes on traditional bar snacks including pulled ham hock and smoked hot dogs. The pork scratchings are also amazeballs – trust us.

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Nonnas Are Numero Uno!

Nonnas, the popular Italian restaurant located on Ecclesall road, pipped over 3000 other entries to the title of ‘Best Italian Business in England’. Over 80 venues were in attendance at the inaugural English Italian Awards ceremony which took place on October 4 at Manchester’s glitzy Palace Hotel. The venue succeeded in gaining enough public votes to be put through to the gruelling independent judging process who deemed the restaurant worthy of the prestigious title of ‘Best Italian Business’. Nonnas owner Maurizio Mori said: “To receive such an important award is absolutely fantastic news for us. I have to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted for us and got us to the final.” It tops off a fantastic year for the restaurant who also received a nomination for best Barista and welcomed the ‘Italian Stallion’ Sylvester Stallone through their doors earlier this year following the opening of a new look terrazzo. If that wasn’t enough, staff member Lucia Gadau also beat thousands of rivals across England to make the final shortlist as the country’s “best barista”. Lucia is renowned for her unrivalled coffee expertise which she attributes to her time spent in Sardinia where she first honed her craft. Head down soon for a taste of their success! Bookings can be made on 0114 268 6166. Nonnas is situated at 535-541 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PR.

391 South Rd, Walkley, Sheffield S6 3TD Tel: 0114 231 5757 THE PLACE

Serving up the freshest authentic Italian cuisine, Italian Express in Walkley breaks the mould when it comes to fast food joints. After recently re-vamping their menu, Exposed was invited to sample what’s on offer, and all without setting foot out of the front door. With options aplenty including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes as well as an under 500kcal menu, you’re spoilt for choice here – and there’s no need to feel guilty about ordering a takeaway. Owner Kym answered the phone and was very helpful in recommending some favourite dishes; despite not being a restaurant the service is still top notch and I didn’t feel rushed into ordering so that they could get going on the next one. The food arrived bang on time and was beautifully presented in the boxes – looking much nicer than after I’d tried to plate it up!


All of the appetisers we went for were from the low calorie menu, and included the deliciously smoky sweet potato, ham, cheese and salami croquettes; the fresh and delicately flavoured cozze alla crema (mussels to you and me) and the fiery funghi pancetta, which is pan fried mushrooms with bacon, chilli and tomato sauce. We also tried the

calamari inferno, which were cooked beautifully (no chewiness here!) and had a nice, gentle kick. I’d also highly recommend the uova fiorentina, which is oven baked spinach with tomato, egg and topped with mozzarella. It was mild and light, yet full of flavour. Onto the mains we had the spaghetti all’alglio which was seasoned with olive oil, garlic and fresh parsley. The pasta was perfect and the dish flavoursome, packing a serious garlicy punch. Perhaps not one for a romantic night in. We also had the carne e polli, which is grilled chicken fillet with mushroom, garlic and white wine sauce with Italian seasoned roast potatoes. The chicken was tender and succulent, like it had been marinated for a while. The potatoes were nice and crispy on the outside, with fragrant hints of lemon and parsley, a perfect accompaniment. Unusually for a takeaway, Italian Express offer dessert so we went for a trio! It’d be rude not too. Tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake went down extremely well after our feast and certainly satisfied the sweet tooth.


It’s restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own home – what more do you want?

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Urban 1/4 376 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZP, Tel: 0114 453 7719 THE PLACE

Part of the amalgamation of independents that make up the quirky Sharrow Vale Road stretch, Urban ¼ is the second venue of the original and much larger unit down in Kelham Island. After only opening in December last year, business has gone so well that the company decided to share their illustrious burgers with the folk across town, and so the pint-sized version of Urban ¼ was born.


We took a seat in the window of the contemporary eatery; simply decorated, it’s all about no frills here. And that same ethos is adopted when it comes to the food itself. A choice of three burgers awaits (beef, chicken and the veggie special of the day) then you customise to your taste with a range of toppings and sides. The drinks menu is minimal – but by no means lacking in quality. We go for a couple of local beers, a North Union IPA and Stancill Sheffield Pilsner, whilst deciding on the ultimate burger combo. Urban ¼’s own beef burger blend sounds too good to resist so we both opt for that and while I go for a roast mushroom and blue cheese topping, my partner sticks to the ol’ cheddar and smoked bacon classic. If it ain’t

broke, eh? We barely have to wait ten minutes before the food arrives, piled high and looking magnificent, with a generous portion of rosemary chips accompanying each. I fumble with cutlery for before succumbing to the fact that the best way tackle it is to just pick it up and dive straight in. The burger is succulent, meaty and seasoned to perfection. Melted blue cheese oozes over the roasted mushroom and a layer of gherkin and rocket delivers a freshness that cuts through the cheese beautifully. It’s messy stuff as the towering toppings spill out from under the toasted brioche. No morsel is wasted though, and the herby crispy chips are ideal tools to mop up the escaped melted Stilton. Regrettably too full to sample one of Urban ¼’s fresh warm doughnuts or monstrous milk bottle shakes, I can’t comment on the sweeter side of the menu other than the fact that (from spying our neighbour’s choice of an enormous strawberry shake) it looks impressive. One for another day, no doubt.


Justhow burgers should be done: fresh ingredients, top quality meat and not an ounce of grease in sight. Urban ¼ have hit the nail on the head here. Why complicate things?

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Set In Stone

Kelham Island hot spot The Milestone scoops prestigious Best Modern British Restaurant award, with last year’s winners Silversmith’s and Graze Inn following closely behind. Celebrating Sheffield’s thriving independent food and drink scene, every year Eat Sheffield throws a big do, doling out awards left right and centre to those who you think are most deserving. The winners are chosen by public vote and this time around you lot have championed the likes of Streetfood Chef, Smoke BBQ, The Milestone and Sakushi, among others. Here’s the full list: Public Vote Independent Sheffield Brand: Henderson’s Relish Retailer, Single: Roses the Bakers Retailer, multi: Beanies Wholefoods Streetfood & Takeaway: Streetfood Chef Traditional Craft Ale Pub: The Fat Cat Gastro Pub/Pub Restaurant: The Broadfield Licensed Cafés & Bars: Tamper: Seller’s Wheel Cafés: Homemade by Thelma’s Restaurants, Asian: Sakushi Restaurants, Mediterranean: Nonnas Restaurants, Modern British: The Milestone Restaurants, Rest of World: Smoke BBQ Special Recognition Awards 2015 Newcomers: Trippets Lounge Bar, Urban Quarter, Craft & Dough 2015 Food Event: Peddler Night Market 2015 Community Food Project: Hidden Gem Café Competitions 2015 Eat Sheffield Barista: Samuel Binstead, Upshot Espresso 2015 Eat Sheffield Bar Tender: Alexander Wright, Cubana 2015 Eat Sheffield Young Chef: Jack Windsor, Smith & Baker Head to for more.


Spotlight On: Sakushi Fresh from their win of Best Asian Restaurant at the Eat Sheffield Awards this year (for the second time in a row!), as well as Best Japanese Takeaway in Britain 2014, Sakushi are proving they’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to a California roll... Offering fresh sushi from the belt to give you an instant nigiri fix as soon as you take a seat, as well as an extensive menu boasting tempura fish, big bowls of ramen noodles, kare, rice and don buri – there’s plenty to choose from at their modest Campo Lane restaurant. Whether you pop in for a take-out bento box at lunch or spend the evening making your way through a pile of brightly coloured plates of premium sushi, you’ll be assured you’re having some of the best quality Japanese snap in Sheff. Owner Stuart McFarlane said: “It’s fantastic

to win an Eat Sheffield award for the second time running, especially as there is a lot of competition out there with regards to Asian restaurants in the city. All of the staff have worked really hard so it really is a credit to them.” And now Sakushi have opened up a new venue on Ecclesall Road under the name Koko. A slightly more elegant affair, Koko offers traditional Japanese dishes with a few borrowed world flavours and a contemporary twist. They also have an impressive selection of Japanese whiskey that is well worth sampling if you’re a fan of the tipple and fancy branching out from your usual Scotch… For more info or to order online, head to or give them a call on 0114 2737 399.

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25% off every Monday for Sakushi card holders. Student discount 20% off your bill (eat in only) with a valid NUS and Sakushi card. Lunchtime and early bird offer: choose any main and side (or 3 pieces of tempura) for £9.95. Monday-Friday 12-6pm. 20% off deliveries when ordering online using code VIP20. 30% off takeaway when ordering online and collecting from restaurant using code collect30. Head to for more offers & T&Cs.


Knives used by sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should traditionally be sharpened every day.


The earthquake of 1923 brought sushi off the streets. Previously, sushi was exclusively a street food, but the devastation from the quake destroyed so much of Tokyo that real estate prices dropped, allowing sushi chefs to afford brick-and-mortar restaurants.


Sushi has many health benefits. The dried seaweed that most sushi rolls are wrapped in (nori) is high in vitamins (A, E, C, K) and minerals like iodine, zinc, calcium, fibre and protein. Wasabi is an anti-inflammatory and ginger relieves sinus congestion. On top of all that, mackerel is one of the healthiest fish you can eat, packed with omega-3 fatty acids and less mercury than most.


The highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $396,000 (£256,263) for a 754 pound fish (£340/lb) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. What makes this interesting is that this record was 10 years to the day as the last record. Previously, the highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $173,600 (£112,384) for a 444 pound fish (£253/lb) on January 5th, 2001. For more listings and reviews, head to | 51

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Honey roasted parsnip soup, curried oil & crème fraiche Crispy pigs head terrine, piccalilli & crackling Salmon Gravadlax ‘Milestone Cure’, pickled lemon, dill & cucumber salad Whipped goats cheese, brambles & caramelised pumpkin salad (V)

Loin of pork, blood pudding & apple puree, celeriac and cabbages Ballontine of free range chicken leg & breast, spiced stuffing, caramelised roots & chicken reduction Fillet of Coley, buttered new potatoes and kale, cockles & garden herb butter Truffled nut roast, braised leeks, celeriac puree, confit shallot, truffle & sherry dressing (V)

Sticky toffee pudding, sticky toffee sauce & malt ice cream Treacle sponge pudding, raspberry jam & clotted cream Bitter chocolate parfait, olive oil biscuit & coffee cream Artisanal British cheeses, biscuits, shallot jam & spiced port syrup (£2.50 supplement)

Please note that some of our dishes may contain traces of nuts and shell fish

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S TA R T E R S KATSU CHICKEN SKEWER charred gem, crispy noodle VEGETABLE GYOZA rice wine vinegar, chilli oil, soy LAMB KOFTA bulgar wheat, spiced yoghurt THAI FISH CAKES nam jim, asian salad


10oz PORK TOMAHAWK STEAK white balsamic braised fennel and golden bbq sauce SLOW COOKED CHICKEN BREAST imam bayildi, dukkah yoghurt

SMOKED BEETROOT & GOATS CHEESE SALAD pumpkin seeds, spinach and spiced yoghurt 8oz SALMON STEAK molasses, bulgar wheat and pomegranate salad

DESSERTS BUTTERMILK PANNA COTTA spiced winter fruit, maple granola

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING salted caramel, caramelised pecans, vanilla ice cream CHOCOLATE BROWNIE morello cherries, chocolate cream PANCAKES vanilla ice cream, blueberry and maple

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Viva Salsa 15th year anniversary special

Sexy In Latin W o r d s : jo s e p h F o o d

Sheffield’s own slice of Havana celebrates its 15th birthday this year. We met co-owner Adrian Bagnoli to get the full story behind Cubana. It was fifteen years ago, in November 2000, that the first tapas bar to arrive in Sheffield opened its doors on the backstreet of Trippet Lane. As tends to be the case with the hidden gems of this city, word travelled swiftly, and many were intrigued by this reasonably small venue serving incredible food, cocktails and boasting a lively, intimate atmosphere unrivalled by what many of the late-night establishments were offering at the time. It wasn’t long before the cosy bar became something of an institution, with the venue packed to the rafters at weekends by those seeking to dine, dance or drink – and in many cases opting for all three. It was, as they say, an instant hit with the people, and a full decade and a half later, having moved to larger premises in Leopold Square, Cubana is still going strong.

Early Inspiration

Co-owner Adrian had his first real taste of Latin music whilst in Florence, Italy, for a wedding. He attended a popular Brazilian nightclub in the city called the Maracanã, and was blown away by the experience: the energetic crowd, the dancing, the smiling, and most of all, the huge amounts of fun being had by everyone involved. That experience left an impression on him, and it was a visit to Club Salsa on Charring Cross Road, London, which reaffirmed a belief that Latin music could work as the centrepiece for a great night out in Sheffield despite the city having literally no Latinothemed nights or venues at the time. “Back then, the only real type of dancing in couples you’d find would be the slow, smoochy ‘five to two’ style of dancing at the end of the night, often in a cheesy nightclub,” explains Adrian. “The only Latin music people knew was The Gipsy Kings and La Bamba. We decided the time was ripe to introduce a bit more culture to Sheffield.”

After approaching local nightclub, Club Uropa (formerly Isabellas) – a new venue at the time – with the idea of putting on a salsa-themed night, Adrian and friends Toni Dente and Gian Bohan set about putting things in place for the first ever Viva Salsa, booking Brazilian DJ Marcus Vinicius and a live band from London called Viramundo for the opening night. Long before the days of social media, promotion was done via relentless flyering, sticking up posters outside The Leadmill and utilizing Adrian’s contacts in Italian restaurants around the city to spread the word to customers. The opening night of the event was scheduled for June 26 1996, and despite knowing there was certainly a niche for an alternative club night in the city, nobody involved had any idea of what to expect when the doors opened. Yet they needn’t have worried because 700 people would arrive that evening to make Sheffield’s first Viva Salsa a roaring success. “The opening night really paved the way for us,” says Adrian. “Calendar News came down to cover it and the atmosphere was incredible. It gave us a load of confidence and we started booking in touring bands from Cuba, plus other Latin-American bands based in London and Manchester. It ran as a bi-weekly Wednesday night event for four years, 1996-2000, and we knew we could make it into something bigger.

Trippet Lane Opens

Buoyed by the success of Viva Salsa, plans were made to acquire premises on Trippet Lane following the final club night in May 2000. Adrian entered into partnership with Brad Charlesworth and Kito Morales before transforming the small venue, never before used as a bar/restaurant, into an authentic Cuban tapas bar. Naturally, food and cocktails were high on the list of priorities;

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but getting the atmosphere and the feel of the place spot on was seen as vital, so Adrian enlisted the help of architect Paul Brady – who would later also work on the Leopold Square venue – to make their vision come to life. Opening in November 2000, Cubana found popularity straightaway. “We offered something different – people felt like they’d discovered something great tucked away on this backstreet in the city centre. There wasn’t another tapas bar in Sheffield at the time, nowhere which had a full tapas menu anyway. We’d already built up contacts with the Latino community from the Viva Salsa night, so they were on board straightaway once they discovered we offered daily live music.” The late-night Latino music became a huge part of the Cubana experience; on weekends the venue would often be

bustling to capacity until the early hours of the morning with those seeking a late-night salsa fix. It quickly became a regular haunt of both food lovers and party people in the city and a few extra events were added to the bill, including the popular jazz nights and a special Brazilian-themed night.

Buena Vista Social Club

Things were going well for Cubana, but one event will always stand out as a highlight: A visit from the legendary Buena Vista Social Club in 2007. Comparing Cuba’s biggest musical export coming for lunch to an Italian restaurant receiving a visit from Pavarotti, Adrian was overwhelmed when the band got back in touch the following

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For more listings and reviews, head to year to ask if they could visit again after their gig at Sheffield City Hall in 2008. “I wasted no opportunity. We bought in a load of Cuban cigars and I hired a piano from Alan’s Pianos on London road. We all went to the concert, had a great time and came back for the after party. It was incredible to see all of them mingling with the customers. The house band started playing and a few Cuba Libres later, the youngest member of the band, Rolando Luna, got up on the piano and started playing. It was incredible.” Other notable figures to pay a visit include Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, once considered by many to be the best poundfor-pound fighter in the world, who visited Sheffield in 2003 to talk about his life and career. After queuing up for pictures with him, the owners donned their best Spanish and invited Roberto back to Cubana for the evening. He accepted and a bottle of champagne was shared at the bar with the best middleweight boxer of the 20th century.

Move to Leopold Square

After fourteen hugely successful years on Trippet Lane, an opportunity presented itself which was too big to miss. During a rent review of the old venue, Adrian got the heads up that the two-floored Platillos unit situated in Leopold Square would soon become available, and early negotiations began with regards to Cubana taking over the property. Adrian, who had recently given up his part-time civil service job to focus on the venue, felt as though the time was right for a move. “Brad and I discussed and debated the move but we both knew that if we didn’t go for it we’d be sat in our rocking chairs one day, thinking about what might have been. From a business point of view, it was a no-brainer; so after some soul-searching and consulting the right people, we decided to go for it.” Paul Brady was again tasked with bringing the soul of the previous venue across to the new, while local artist Paul Staveley was enlisted to create the Havanainspired murals which adorn the walls of the new venue. The two floors allowed for casual dining to be the focus upstairs, while dancing and drinks were enjoyed downstairs. Key to the Cubana ethos, both floors would offer live music for guests to enjoy, with a laid-back atmosphere upstairs and a late-night haven for the party people below. A mere four days after the closing night on Trippet Lane, the new Cubana was ready for its grand unveiling. After a whirlwind couple of months, the owners were excited about adding a new chapter to their story. “The final night at the old Cubana on

Saturday 20th July 2014 felt like a New Year’s Eve party; people were looking forward to an exciting future,” he recalls. “We opened with a party on Thursday 24th July and over 400 people came through the doors – it was an incredible atmosphere and we knew from everyone’s reaction that it was going to work.”

Aleida Guevara

Now settled into its new home, Cubana has gone from strength-to-strength, suggesting that even after 15 years the Cubana spirit is stronger than ever. The new surroundings were given the ultimate seal of approval last year when Dr Aleida Guevara, daughter of famous Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, visited for dinner and posed for a picture underneath the portrait of her father which has decorated the tapas bar since it first opened. Describing it as an “honour” to meet Aleida and speak to her about her father, Adrian sees it as a huge

testament to the success achieved since Cubana was first conceived. The secret to this success, he claims, is down to the wide-ranging ‘Cubana’ experience on offer. “You could walk in here at 7pm and you won’t need to go anywhere else until after we close at 2am. Great flavoursome food (courtesy of Chilean head chef Fabrian Cruz, in charge of kitchen affairs since our very first day in 2000), exotic cocktails, friendly customer service, chilled-out live music, vibrant music – all this under one roof.” And to celebrate reaching this milestone? “Of course, there will be a big party, but Brad and I are going over to Cuba in January. We’ve not been over since 2002, but it’s such a great place and we’ll get loads of inspiration from just being there. There’s a hotel in Havana, Nacional de Cuba, that Al Capone used to own. We’re going to stay there, and we’ll be treating that as our 15th birthday present!”

Dance Classes at Cubana! Mondays: Kizomba with Sabroso from 8pm Tuesdays: Kizomba with RC Dance from 8pm Saturday afternoons: Salsa (Cuban) and Bachata from 12.30pm Sunday afternoons: Tango from 2pm Sunday evenings: Salsa (Crossbody/New York style) with RC Dance from 6.30pm

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For more listings and reviews, head to Arriving early afternoon for check-in, we were greeted with a smile from the reception staff who provided our keys and talked us through all of the amenities on offer in the hotel. Before heading up to the room, we opted for a quick coffee in the spacious entrance foyer, which had a sleek, contemporary design but still managed to retain a homely feel with images of local landmarks, old trams and of course Henderson’s Relish adorning the walls. Ahhh. We entered our double room on the sixth floor to find it spotless and continuing with the general theme of blending fresh and modern design with a cosy feel. On the left after entering was the bathroom, gleaming and boasting a large walk-in shower. The rest of the surprisingly airy room contained a queen size bed, desk space, lounge armchair, flat screen television, two large mirrors and more than sufficient wardrobe space, rendering it a perfect place to unpack and briefly unwind before moving on with the plans for the day. The Sheffield connection continued in the room with a piece of artwork above the bed providing a brief guide to the city’s culture with images of steelworks, snooker and park hill on show - a nice touch which gave the room a dash of character. The view wasn’t bad either, with the window facing out over the Kelham Island quarter and the picturesque hills overlooking Shalesmoor in the background. God’s own city, like. After booking an evening meal at Marco’s restaurant at reception there were a couple of hours to kill. With a 24hr free access gym on offer in the hotel, I thought it rude not to head down and give it a whirl before dinner. Based on the first floor, the gym space included a number of modern cardio machines with a big weights section

situated opposite. Workout complete, it was time to head back to the room and prepare for dinner. Showered, changed and now suitably hungry, it was time to head downstairs to the adjoining Marco’s restaurant to make our 7pm reservation. After being shown to our seats in one of the striking red leather booths inside the restaurant’s smart but inviting dining room, we relaxed and started soaking in the atmosphere while perusing the menu. The sounds of Frank Sinatra could be heard in the background, adding to the laid-back, Italian-American inspired surrounds. While pondering our starters we ordered bread and olives and – seeing as it was the weekend – two glasses of prosecco. For starters I chose the pork ribs; while my partner opted for the risotto balls. Timed to perfection, the food arrived just as the last olive was picked from the dish. There was enough meat on my starter plate to quite easily pass as a main course – the rack of ribs laid triumphantly alongside a cup of BBQ sauce, which, as we were told by our waitress, was homemade daily and very tasty indeed. The tender, juicy pork fell off the bone with the slightest brush of cutlery and as foretold, the sauce provided a sumptuous tangy accompaniment. The risotto balls were creamy and surprisingly delicate for something which had been deep-fried, served with a sharp salsa sauce which cut across the soft goats’ cheese brilliantly. Time for the mains, and my eyes drifted instantly to the selection of steaks on offer, eventually settling upon the 10oz sirloin with lazy fries and a creamy mushroom sauce for company; my partner, also with eyes for the carne, ordered the lamb rump. I dived straight into my sirloin steak, which was cooked to medium-rare perfection:

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slightly pink, juicy and delicious. The lamb rump arrived on a bed of Italian beans with rosemary and garlic potatoes – the meat was thinly sliced, tender with that perfect, slightly crisped layer of fat on top. Two hearty and succulent dishes. Dessert. Could we manage it? Of course – but for the sake of our already expanded waistlines, it’d have to be shared. Our ever-obliging waitress suggested doubling up on the truffle cake, which was small in portion size but packed a rich, dark chocolate punch. The final dish arrived looking immaculate, tasting rich and flavoursome as promised, and smothered in the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever tasted. The perfect finish.

Time to head back upstairs to the hotel and sleep off the ensuing food coma. It doesn’t take long to drop off and the morning comes around quickly and it’s time for breakfast. No matter what sort of early-morning snap you’re into, the buffet has everything covered – cooked food, croissants, pastries, toast, cereal and the usual hot drinks and juices are all available. After fuelling ourselves for the day, it was time for check-out. We headed back out into Sheffield’s centre having enjoyed our pleasant stay with superb food and friendly staff making it more than worth it. Staycations: don’t knock em, ‘til you’ve tried ‘em.

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Christmas: a time for giving, a time for sharing, but just as importantly, a time for filling bellies and getting merry with pals. So with the festive season fast-approaching we’ve rounded up some of the best party offers in Sheff this year. Happy Holidays! Café Rouge

The place: Add a bit of je ne sais quoi to proceedings by booking a table at the newly refurbished Café Rouge. The venue, having recently undergone a bespoke redesign, offers a stylish setting for you and your companions to enjoy a festive meal with a classic French twist – and of course, a glass or two of the finest vino. The offers: Two courses for £18.95, or three courses for £21.95. £20 Gift when you book your table before 31st Oct. 0114 275 3815


The Place: Celebrate Christmas well this year… Cuban style! Two floors of live music – upstairs for eating and downstairs for dancing and cocktails – plus a welcoming Latino atmosphere means that everyone is catered for at Cubana, Leopold Square. Here you can get straight into the spirit by booking your festive drinks reception. Not interested in a fancy sit-down meal? There’s a buffet option available in the downstairs bar for parties of 13 people and over. The offers: Daytime set tapas menu for £14.95 (available midday until 4.30pm), evening set tapas menu for £23.50 (available from 4.30pm) or tapas buffet in the downstairs bar for £13.50. 0114 2760 475

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The Place: Combining delicious food and drink with a vibrant casino atmosphere, the sleek surrounds of Genting proves a perfect location for those looking to enjoy a festive feast in the city centre. From Christmas dinner packages, to festive buffets and gaming add-ons, there’s plenty to choose from to make for a perfect evening. Private venue space is also available for hire and can accommodate parties of 2-200, with live entertainment 4 nights a week and resident DJs playing until late. The offers: Three course Christmas dinner, £30.95pp (Thurs-Sat) with 25% discount Sun-Wed; Christmas Light Bites – contemporary buffet suitable for informal celebrations with eight or more people – £15.95; Christmas Go Casino Experiences – choose either the three course dinner or Light Bites packages along with a drink, ‘Learn to Play’ session and £5 Free Play bet – £15.95; 10% off wine, prosecco and wine when you pre-order. 0114 228 8980


The place: Make it a safe bet this year with Napoleons. Both Sheffield venues are fully embracing the Christmas spirit, offering a well-priced Christmas package which includes a drink, three-course meal and a free gaming chip thrown in. Able to cater for both small and large groups, the venues offer a great dining experience and the option to make your way to the bar or casino area afterwards for those making a late-night of it. The offers: Christmas party packages from just £19 per person – includes three course meal, drink on arrival and £5 chip for casino. Pre-order and pre-pay for four bottles of wine and get the fifth free! Three courses for £14.95 during January sale (2730 December & 1- 7January). 0114 266 1115 0114 285 5566


The Place: Champions of local produce, Silversmith’s are taking the same approach

with their Christmas menu – think potted ox tongue with beef dripping, Henderson’s red onion marmalade for starters and twice cooked Bradfield pork belly with potato fondant, black pudding bon bon and cider gel. Seasonal favourites appear on the dessert menu too, like mull spiced pear pumpkin crumble and empire Christmas pudding. The Offers: Available from December 1-23, go for a three course Christmas dinner for £33, which includes fizz on arrival, freshly baked bread rolls, side orders of honey roast carrots, parsnips and sprouts, Christmas crackers and mince pies. Alternatively visit for a three course lunch with a slightly more limited menu (but still all of the flavour!) for just £25. 0114 270 6160

The Old House

The Place: This prohibition style bar offers up in house cocktail creations, ales aplenty and one of the biggest gin collections you’ll find in Sheff. Book a booth for informal drinks celebrations or fill up on their modern British Christmas menu, complete with perry brined turkey breast and all the trimmings as well as a range of other dishes. See the website for the full menu. The Offers: Get a DIY Cocktail box from just £30 or buy a bottle of spirits and your choice of mixer for £75 – which is enough for 28 drinks! Food packages start from three courses for £19.95, add your first drink to make it £23.45 and have a glass

of prosecco to wash it down for £23.95 in total. 0114 2808230

Bloo 88

The Place: Housed in the old Hallamshire Hotel, Bloo 88 is famed for its proper stone pizzas, party atmosphere and cocktails galore. The Offers: Mix it up like a pro and indulge in a cocktail masterclass for just £19.95 or hire out their party room upstairs for groups of more than 20. Food packages come in the form of three courses for £18.95 or keep things simple with just two for £14.95. Don’t fancy a sit down meal? Buffet and drinks packages are available. Give them a call and they will tailor the party to suit your needs. 0114 270 6264


The Place: New kid on the block around the Peace Gardens, Bill’s offers up fresh food from breakfast to bedtime and this Christmas they’ve got two tasty menus up their sleeve. Choose from the ‘Merry Christmas Menu’ for starters like roast pumpkin, red lentil and coconut soup with toasted champagne bread and for mains try crispy skin cod with savoy cabbage, roasted butternut squash and Provençale sauce – they also have traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, of course, and desserts aplenty. The Winter

Wonderland menu offers fizz and olives on arrival and dishes such as the tempting crispy lemon squid starter and pan fried sea bass main. The Offers: The Merry Christmas Menu is just £21.95 for three courses and the Winter Wonderland comes in at £26.95. 0114 272 3342

Owlerton stadium

The Place: Yorkshire’s premier greyhound track, Owlerton Stadium is unrivalled for a night at the races. With a choice of packages, you can choose to dine in the Panorama restaurant, entertain in an executive box or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere trackside. The Offers: With midweek Christmas packages starting from just £22 at the Panorama restaurant overlooking the track, get more for your money with admission, a race card, four course meal and Christmas crackers included. For the same price, Owlerton offers executive boxes for groups of 12-24, including admission, a race card and hot and cold buffet whilst offering views of the racing from a private balcony with bar and betting facilities. And for those who want to get more in amongst the action, The 6 Pack offers admission, a race card, one drink, two bets, a basket meal and return admission voucher all for a mere tenner! 0114 234 3074

Brocco On The Park

The Place: Perched on the corner at Hunters Bar, Brocco On The Park boasts a modern British kitchen with a Scandinavian twist and eight unique luxury bedrooms all housed in a stunning Edwardian Villa. Offers: Brocco’s festive menu is available for just £35pp and with dishes like thymeroasted partridge breast, partridge sausage roll, kale and walnuts with cranberry relish, you know you’re in for something special. For something lighter, Brocco are also offering festive afternoon tea for £25pp with prosecco or just £21pp with tea or coffee, running Saturdays and Sundays in December. 0114 266 1233


The Place: Your office! Get the party started at lunchtime with food from your favourite haunts directly to your desks. Choose from the likes of Smoke Barbecue, Sakushi, Mud Crab Diner, Twister Burger Company and The Lucky Fox – to name a few. The Offer: 15% off all corporate orders, only available in the city centre. For more listings and reviews, head to | 63





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Craft & Dough

The Place: Craft & Dough does exactly what it says on the tin: Fresh Italian-style pizza with exciting topping combinations (the ‘dough’ bit) and over 200 beers from around the world in every style imaginable (the ‘craft’ part, just in case that all needed clarifying). With a venue in both Kelham Island and on Ecclesall Road, there’s plenty of scope for a party. If you’re after something relaxed and informal without compromise on quality, this is the one. The Offers: Now taking bookings for 10+ people with the same great menu as always but at a reduced price, with pizzas staring from just £4.50. You can also get a pint of Craft & Dough’s own lager for a mere £2.90. For smaller groups, if you pop in from now until the end of December you can get any two pizzas and a bottle of house wine for £20, available SundayThursday. 0114 266 3311 (Ecclesall Road) 0114 276 2803 (Kelham Island)


The Milestone

The Place: Modern British dining at its best – quite literally as The Milestone have just scooped up an Eat Sheffield Award in the category of the same name. With a specially developed winter menu, expect classic festive foodie combinations with a bit of Milestone magic thrown in. Think honey roasted parsnip soup, curried oil and crème fraiche for starters, loin of pork, blood pudding and apple purée, celeriac and cabbages as one of four options for mains (including a vegetarian dish) and the famed Milestone sticky toffee pudding, sticky toffee sauce and malt ice cream to finish it all off. And that’s just a taster! Head online to browse the full menu. The Offers: From November 16 to December 30 you can order two courses from The Milestone’s tempting winter menu for just £18 and three courses for £21. 0114 272 8327

The Wig and Pen

The Place: Tucked behind the Cathedral on Campo Lane, The Wig & Pen offers up classic pub dining with a twist – and their Christmas menu is no different. With a combination of contemporary design, low ceilings, and plenty of nooks and crannies, The Wig & Pen is the ultimate cosy pub setting for Xmas get togethers. Their seasonal menu spices things up a bit with dishes like katsu chicken skewers and Thai fishcakes for starters and tomahawk pork steak with balsamic braised fennel and golden barbecue sauce for mains. Try the buttermilk panna cotta with spiced winter fruit and maple granola for dessert. The Offers: Dine for just £17.95 for two courses and £20.95 for three courses. 0114 272 2150

The Place: Firmly established on the Sheffield nightlife scene, whether you’re having a small get-together or a big bash, SOYO caters for all. With a fully refurbished industrial chic main room, intimate Yo Bar venue, private booths and resident DJs on hand to soundtrack your night (whilst expert bartenders keep you refreshed), SOYO offers a dash of luxury to your festive proceedings. The Offers: Hire out Yo Bar (up to 150 people) for a £100 refundable deposit when you spend £500 or more at the bar or supersize things and go for the main room (550 people) for a £500 refundable deposit when you spend £1000 or more at the bar. Finger or buffet food can also be added to your package from only £6 per person. Go VIP on your night out by hiring out an exclusive Christmas booth, only requiring a £130 minimum spend, with a free glass of fizz on arrival. Head to the website for more options, including details of cocktail masterclasses and more. 0114 276 7552

Marco’s New York Italian

The Place: Give your Xmas do a New York Italian twist at Marco’s, with lunch and dinner time menus boasting everything from roasted salmon to rib eye steak and spinach and goats’ cheese gnocchi. Or take the stress out of the season and book a visit on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Eve. And, if you’ve been a little over zealous with the fizz in previous years, why not plan ahead and book a room at the Hampton upstairs. The Offers: Get organising and bag yourself a £40 voucher as the booker for parties of 10 or more dining within the first 12 days of December. Set lunches are available from £20pp and dinners from just £25. If you’re stopping over, you’re in good hands with the Super Festive Bed & Breakfast packages from £74.00 and the New Year’s Eve Special is just £170.00, based on two people sharing. 0114 399 0990

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It’s that time of year again – writing your name in the air with a sparkler, the smell of wood chips burning, clutching a toffee apple in your hand, burning an effigy of a traitor to the crown... Ah, nowt brings the community together quite like bonfire night does and this year the Sheffield sky will be lighting up splendidly from all the celebrations. The 5th of November is upon us and we’re here to round up the city’s most spectacular firework events for your viewing pleasure. Don Valley Grass Bowl – After Dark Now then. This is the biggun. Starting in 1996 it has since claimed the title of Yorkshire’s biggest firework spectacular with the Don Valley Grass Bowl playing host to a colossal 20,000 spectators each year on November 5. Bringing you a funfair, food stalls and bars, the biggest of bonfires, live music on the Heart FM stage and of course the legendary fireworks display which sets off to the beat of music, its no wonder so many folk count this event as tradition. Oh and if it has rained on the day which, let’s face it – it probably has, take some wellies or some shoes you’re not bothered about scuffing up because it can get a tad messy! Entry price is £10 for 14+, £5 for under 14s and under 3’s get free entry. Tickets can be bought on the day at Ice Sheffield or you can buy them in advance at Sheffield Arena, City Hall, USUS and Hallam University Unions. Hotline – 0114 256 5656.

Owlerton Greyhound Racing Stadium

This one takes place on November 8 at Owlerton Stadium with doors opening at

4pm and the greyhound race kicking off at 5pm. As well as the fireworks display, there will be a children’s entertainer there for the duration of the evening with balloon modelling, juggling, magic and more. Prebooked tickets cost £2 for adults and entry on the night is £4 for adults, £1 for children. You can purchase packages to include a 3-course meal or even an executive box which caters for larger groups of people – this includes your own elevated balcony, a private bar and tote betting facilities so you can enjoy the show while they bring you your winnings. Fireworks at their fanciest.

Oughtibridge war memorial sports club

This year marks 70 years since the end of WWII and Oughitbridge War Memorial Sports are celebrating the occasion by putting on a world class display of fireworks set to British anthems and “the last night of the Proms” classics. Timeless broadcasts from Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain will be aired, plus a live rendition of the Last Post by award winning Flugel player John Lee. Live band AK47 will be there on the big day which you can enjoy whilst chowing down on fresh pizza, paninis, burgers and much more. Keep the littl’uns entertained at the children’s funfair and the grown ups occupied with the outside bar serving mulled cider, wine and a selection of beers. Discounted early booking tickets are now on sale at Oughtibridge Kitchens on Langsett Road and via the website. Tickets from just £4 for concessions and £5 for adults. Family tickets are also available and all tickets are £6 on the night. See for more.

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TOP PICKS Mucmara Mind, Body & Spirit Fair

Cawthorne Village Hall // November 14 // £3 Taking place in the picturesque village of Cawthorne, this fair features a host of exhibitors offering anything and everything you can think of from tarot readings and clairvoyants to beauty treatments and aromatherapies. With a host of psychic mediums attending, seeing will be believing at this event and with the fair ending at 4pm, there’s also the opportunity to enjoy an exploration of the postcard Yorkshire village.

Up Market

The Circle // November 28 // Free This indoor market on the 28th will host the best in independent traders selling fashion, vintage, crafts, vinyl and books. Starting out as a fair at the University of Sheffield, Up Market now expands to The Circle and will showcase sellers from across Sheffield. Besides the classic vintage pieces on display, there will also be retro home-ware and handcrafted items, making this a great afternoon to pick up a bargain whilst supporting local businesses and traders.

Handmade For Christmas

outside of Sheffield City Centre, will be joining in with the celebrations this year with their very own bonfire and fireworks event. This is one for the frugal minded as entry is completely free! However they will be asking for donations towards the cost of the event and these will be collected during the evening. For those with a sweet tooth don’t forget to have a gander around the food and confectionary stalls - and maybe give it ten mins before having a whirl on the funfair.

Brothers Arms

Boasting some of the best views in Sheff, pop down to the Brothers Arms for a firework display and hot roast pork (or roasted field mushroom) sarnie courtesy of liberty foods in Totley. Live music comes from a *secret* band. We’ll give you two guesses.

Stay at Home

Why go to the fireworks when the fireworks can come to you? Chances are a few people in your neighbourhood will be putting on their own firework displays in their back garden. Join in with them, get your gals and pals round, grab some beers, put on some grub, toast marshmallows on your own bonfire and then sit back and enjoy the show. But remember, stay safe!

Millennium Gallery // Until January 11 // Free Give truly unique xmas pressies this year by stopping by Millennium Gallery to pick up exclusive handmade gifts. Created by local artists and designers across the UK, the work on show ranges from jewellery to stylish glassware, prints, ceramic and much more. Skip the high street this year and support independent creatives – plus income generated through Handmade For Christmas will help to fund Museums Sheffield’s exhibitions and events throughout the city, meaning you’ll also be helping to keep Sheffield’s thriving culture scene alive.

The Moor’s Christmas Party

The Moor // November 22 // Free As December draws closer, The Moor will celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a street event full to bursting with things to see and do. With something for everyone, the Christmas Party has a live Nativity, real reindeer and (perhaps real) Father Christmas as well as a host of food stalls, street entertainment and funfair rides. Look out for Santa’s little helper, a giant walkabout snowman and make sure you stick around for the light turning on of the Moor’s Whoville-sized Christmas tree.

Pending Coffee Presents Holistic Health

The Hide // November 18 // £5 An evening for those seeking a bit of TLC - four professionals will share their knowledge and experience of alternative therapies, providing an insight into the benefits of hypnotherapy, homeopathy and nutrition. Find out how to lose weight in a healthy way, helping you to achieve a more balanced body and mind. Food from Percy & Lily’s will offer up nutritious, delicious and inexpensive flavours of Latin and Asian street food and Mugen’s will be on hand to keep you refreshed with tea and coffee. Pick up your advanced tix for a fiver now by heading to the website below and search ‘Pending Coffee’.

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TOP PICKS Hospitality

Octagon // November 7 // £16 Hospital records return to Sheffield, bringing the best of contemporary drum and bass union with them. DJ duo Camo and Kooked top the bill whilst London Elektricity and Etherwood also feature. Famed for its stellar line-ups and high energy sets, a Hospitality night is one not to miss for all the bassheads out there.

Plug Saturdays – Reverend and the Makers after party

Plug // November 14 // £5 The official after party for Reverend and the Makers following their O2 Academy gig, follow the band on their pilgrimage to Plug for a night of anthems and floorfillers in the Live Room and MuthaFunkinSoul, disco and Motown in the Earth Room.

Funk Drunk Records #1 with Loz Goddard

The Harley // November 12 // £4 The Harley is getting funky this month with the launch of Funk Drunk Records. Emerging DJs Loz Goddard, Huddle and Smorsli are set to play some eclectic sets at the intimate venue. Expect a mix of soulful house and disco blasting from the Funktion 1 Soundsystem that’s being brought along for the night.

Annie Mac Presents…

O2 Academy // November 21 // £28 With a focus on the up-and-coming electronic artists that feature on her latest compilation album, Annie Mac returns to Sheff once more with another huge set filled with tracks from the likes of Dusky, George Fitzgerald and Jamie XX.

THIS MONTH AT THE O2 It’s a busy month at Sheffield O2 Academy, with live music and DJ sets from pop to country, grime to indie, reggae, electronica and more! Kicking things off are Blackberry Smoke (Nov 4), country rockers who’ve toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, then on to X Factor success Ella Henderson (Nov 6) who has scored hits with ‘Ghost’ and featured on Sigma’s huge hit ‘Gliterball’. New Orleans soul & funk group The Hot 8 Brass Band play Academy 2 on November 6, with Mancunian legends Happy Mondays gracing the main room stage on the 12th with 25 Years of their album ‘Pills ‘N’ Thrills & Bellyaches’. Mobo nominated grime star Novelist joins a heavy line-up on November 13, Jazz-electronica outfit Portico (fka Portico Quartet) play the 18th and The Fratellis return to Sheffield with strong support from Sheffield’s own The Crookes on November 20. Throw into the mix legendary reggae rockers The Wailers performing ‘Legend’ in its entirety and Annie Mac bringing her huge AMP club show in the same night on Nov 21 and you can see what a huge month it is at O2 Academy Sheffield - and that’s before we mention shows from Electric Six, Of Monsters & Men (Sold Out), Reverend & The Makers (Sold Out), Frank Turner (Sold Out) and Scouting For Girls! For tickets and info head to

Banana Hill 4th Birthday Bash

Hope Works // November 28 // £5-£14 The promoters at Banana Hill have pulled out all the stops for the final event of their fourth birthday celebrations. And the line-up is a doozy. House and techno from Tama Sumo and Lakuti, African inspired beats from Culoe De Song and electronic music straight from Detroit courtesy of headliner Marcellus Pittman.

Pretty Pretty Good

The Harley // November 27 // £5 Pretty Pretty Good are set for a big return to the Harley with another carefully curated line-up featuring the best of techno and house. The night will host atmospheric techno pioneer Alex Coulton, Banana Hill residents Cervo and JVC and the everpresent Yak.


Plug// November 21 //£8 Home of old school bassline and speed garage, Reflective looks back on one of the greatest eras of dance music, with DJs spinning classics ‘til the wee hours.

Leadmill Hat-trick!

The Leadmill have topped off a great year by being awarded best major club venue (800+ capacity) by the Live UK Music Business Awards. The awards night was held on the October 15 and was put in place to recognise the best live venues and artists across the country. Also up for the award were The Manchester Ritz and Sheffield’s Plug. The award reaffirms Sheffield’s status as one of the best places to see live music and The Leadmill’s position at the top of that list. The venue played host to a great range of established acts throughout 2015, including Jungle, The Mystery Jets and Fat White Family, as well as hosting its well-loved regular club nights. It is the third time the venue has taken the award home and is another great highlight on its 35th birthday year. To see what’s on this month, head to For more listings and reviews, head to | 71

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Since the release of So Freaking Tight, London-based dance duo Tough Love – Stefan O’Brien and Alex Unwin – have rapidly risen to the top of the house scene over the past year. Formed in 2011, their distinctive sounding productions together with energetic and bass-heavy DJ sets have created a cult following of fans across the UK and beyond. As if they weren’t busy enough, the pair also own their own record label, Twisted Records, and present a weekly radio show on KISS FM. Georgina Hall caught up with the boys while they were on the road as they embark on their nationwide Get Twisted Records tour. How’s your year been so far? Absolutely manic! We’ve been so busy with music releases, touring and our radio show, so it’s kind of been an emotional rollercoaster for us. We’re looking forward to being able to close a busy year with our tour this winter. Were you surprised by the success of ‘So

It’s always heaving in there (Tank) so we’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield! Freaking Tight’? It definitely caught us off guard. We’d had the track for ages and it was always popular in our club sets so it was amazing to see it have mainstream success. Best of all, it still gets an amazing reaction when we play it now. How did the collaboration with Ginuwine come about? While promoting ‘So Freaking Tight’, we released a white label bootleg of the track and we were checking the Shazam charts randomly one day and saw that it was in the Top 100. We tweeted about how great it was to have this track gain some success and Ginuwine replied in a matter of seconds congratulating us and within a few weeks we were sat in a studio in London recording. That’s the power of social media for you! What can we expect from the Get Twisted tour you’ve just embarked on? You can pretty much expect the Tough Love sound alongside the acts that will be joining us, new and established. The label

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has been doing really well since it was rebranded, so there’s part two of the tour to look forward to in February. And you’re heading to see us at Tank this month. Excited? We love Tank. It’s well up there on the UK club scene and will be one of highlights of the tour for us. It’s always heaving in there so we’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield! What can we expect from you guys in 2016? We’ve got our new single ‘What You Need Is Me’ to come before the end of this year and we’re hoping to release plenty of new music next year. We’re really excited for 2016, with new EPs and loads more touring planned, and we’re hoping to expand into the US and Australia. You know, spread the word a little! Catch the duo at Tank on November 28. Head to



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It’s easy to forget that Everything Everything have been around for a while now. Like, not as long as, say, The Rolling Stones or penicillin, but long enough to make someone in their early twenties go: ‘Oooh, I can remember 2008’ and instantly start running through a list of the many bands who didn’t quite last the distance, plummeting from Zane Lowe’s playlist to support slots at the social club in the flicker of an eyelid. Though this was never going to be an issue for this symphonic pop four-piece who, a full eight years after releasing debut single ‘Suffragette Suffragette’, have reached the height of their popularity following the release of hugely successful third album Get To Heaven back in June. With a single release and live slot at The Leadmill lined up for November, Exposed caught up with lead singer Jonathan Higgs to see how things were progressing. I guess we’ll begin by congratulating you on the nomination for Best Album 2015 at the Q Awards. Thank you very much! Yeah, of course it feels great to be nominated. The whole response from the latest record has been brilliant. Our Exposed music blogger also named it as album of the year in his review back in May, so I suppose you’re not going to get a much higher accolade from here on in. Really? Great, let us know if we win that one! Did you know as soon as you’d laid down that last track that you had something special? No, we had no idea what others would make of it, and I don’t suppose you ever do before you get it out there and see how it does. There’s always a sense of nervousness and eagerness to get it out of yours and into other people’s hands for a bit. After the positive reviews, is it now a case of ‘Shit, we’ve got to keep this momentum going’? Of course. You can’t just completely relax and see it as a job done. We’re already

pushing forward, starting the early stages of writing again and thinking about the future. And that’s precisely what you’ve been doing with the release of ‘No Reptiles’, the fourth single from the album. In it you lay down some seriously quick falsetto bars that are almost Busta Rhymes-esque. Have you ever messed those up? Well, first of all thanks for the Busta Rhymes comparison. I’ll certainly take that as a compliment. I must have messed them up a few times earlier on but I’m fairly steady with them now. It also boasts the wonderful line: ‘Baby, it’s alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair.’ So how exactly does a fat child in a pushchair feel? I’d imagine quite content. Yes, exactly. It’s basically about being fat and lazy and not making the effort to change things, which was how I was feeling about society at the time. But you’re also saying it’s alright to feel that way? Oh yeah, because I’m saying that I’m just as bad, too. I don’t want to be preachy so I want to be clear that I’m just as useless as everyone else. I also love the line which basically says that the people at the top aren’t the reptiles which many often portray them as, but merely ‘soft-boiled eggs in shirts and ties’. Could you explain that metaphor a bit more? Yes, because it’s easy to view these people at the top as inhuman creatures. I think there’s a lot of comfort to be taken from talking about them in that way. However, mostly they are probably just as useless and weak-willed as we’d be in their situations, so I used the metaphor of comparing bald and useless men in suits to soft-boiled eggs. I guess that notion of collective responsibility is one that you don’t hear much in modern music. It’s much easier to write an angry record hammering the guys at the top. Exactly. That’s the easy route which can

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be taken. But now I see myself as having grown a bit wiser, I wanted to raise the point that we are all flawed in our own way. Nobody is exempt from that really. I take it this means that you don’t buy into the Illuminati and David Icke conspiracy theories? No, but I still like playing with them. There are a lot of hidden messages and illuminati-style references throughout the last album. The whole theme of cults and control is a very strong theme. By the way, something I meant to ask when talking about the baby in a pushchair lyric: Do you have a favourite music lyric? Ah, that’s a tough one to be put on the spot with. I’m a huge Radiohead fan so I’ll probably go for some of the lyrical imagery in ‘Idioteque’ – the way the paranoia comes through in that song is superb. You’ve mentioned before that most of the band grew up listening largely to guitar groups like Radiohead and Nirvana, which I suppose makes it surprising that you’ve gone on to make such contrasting music with Everything Everything. I suppose we did take plenty of inspiration from those bands, and God knows we’ve all spent plenty of time in guitar bands beforehand, but it probably provided us with more of an inclination to do something different. You need to find something different and not be shackled. In doing so you’ve updated UK electronic pop music, and with Sheffield being the birthplace of that genre, people would probably have expected a synth-led band to be more likely to list Cabaret Voltaire, Human League et al. as influences. I mean we take inspiration from everywhere and borrow bits from a ton of different genres. That’s the best way to do it, I think. So you’re already entering the early stages of writing material for the future. Now that you’ve nailed what seems to be a winning formula with Get Heaven, is it a bit worrying when you have to let go of that and find something fresh? It can be difficult to let go at times, especially when the songs have strong meanings behind them like those from the last album. You spend a lot of time with an album with all the production, promotion and touring, so it’s easy to grow quite attached. I guess the best way to move on is by finding new meanings, new inspirations. Everything Everything play The Leadmill on November 16. Tickets available from

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Soft Riot You Never Know What Might Come Next

Eagles of Death Metal Zipper Down

Now, this is something a bit special. A one-man synthesiser outfit, Soft Riot has been making music for around 20 years in various guises, and this solo effort is a doozy. And, to add to the excitement, although originally from Montreal, he’s now chosen to base himself here in Sheffield! After all, we are the home of innovative electronic music, so where better? This album is packed with sounds you won’t have heard all in one place since you last spent time with Glenn Gregory and Phil Oakey, and coupled with a strong lyrical structure to the songs, the album takes us deep into a dark dystopian sci-fi view of the world. It’s not always an easy listen, and it takes some time to get attuned to his vocal delivery, but stick with it and you’ll find repeated plays reveal new pleasures. It’s a fantastic and unusual release, highlighting how much fascinating electronic music is still being produced today. 8/10 Mark Perkins

PUMPIN’ ON MI STEREO Pond Beard, Wives, Denim

Kevin Parker has received a lot of attention after releasing Currents with Tame Impala and more recently for his controversial comments on illegally downloading music (he’s actually cool with it). However, he has spent many years previous contributing to the psychedelic rock scene. An example of this is Pond’s Beard, Wives, Denim which Parker both produced and provided drums on. Although the psychedelic influences are clear here, it remains a fun and accessible album boasting catchy poppy tracks, such as album opener ‘Fantastic Explosion of Time’. NME raved about it on its release predicting an even bigger future for the band than Tame Impala, but unfortunately not everyone agreed and Pond have lived in the shadow of their former contributor ever since. Sam Forsdick

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes are back – after an absence of seven years – for their fourth album, and it won’t surprise you to hear that it’s as bonkers as ever. On Zipper Down they continue with their goofy rock and roll riffage combined with the trademark sleazy lyrics that always make for enjoyable listening. With Homme recently stating, “In an independent study, four out of three doctors say Zipper Down is an eargasm trapped inside a crazerbeam,” the fans will be pleased to the know that the usual tongue-in-cheek humour is present throughout the album, as well as a few brilliantly boisterous rock tracks. On Zipper Down every song sounds tailor made for a Midwestern American bar. ‘Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)’ could soundtrack any boozy biker bar brawl, whilst ‘Oh Girl’ is the perfect song to croon to the barmaid. Aside from that there are plenty more brash and downright daft tracks for you to jump around in your snakeskin boots to, as the band blast through ten of their own songs, and a surprising cover of Duran Duran, in just over half an hour. This may seem too short for many of their die-hard fans who have patiently waited several years for this release but they manage to pack in plenty of filthy riffs and squealing guitar solos into its short runtime. If you like your music mad, crazy and very loud indeed, EODM will, once again, scratch the itch brilliantly. 6/10 Sam Forsdick

Hot Diamond Aces Hot Diamond Aces EP Just what is it with these big, brass-backed bands coming out of Sheffield at moment? The latest funky outfit to join the likes of Renegade Brass Band and K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade is Hot Diamond Aces, an energetic seven-piece who’ve steadily built a strong fanbase from their spirited live shows. With their latest self-titled EP they have successfully managed to translate the energy of their live performances onto record and in doing so have created one of the most infectious EPs you’ll probably hear this year, and certainly the funkiest. Peddling a unique fusion of different genres, spades of funk with afro beat and jazz are thrown into the mix. In fact, some tracks can at times be vaguely reminiscent of early Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ album Freaky Styley, produced by funk master George Clinton and afro beat pioneer Fela Kuti, yet ultimately forging an engaging style that is entirely theirs. Chock-full of catchy horn riffs, superb trumpet solos and effortlessly cool grooves, each song is buoyant and downright enjoyable enough to keep you grinning widely from start to finish. Check. Them. Out. 4/5 Sam Forsdick

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TOP PICKS Dr Martens Stand For Something Tour 2015

Corporation // November 21 // £5 Subterranean psych-rockers The Wytches headline this stop on the Dr Martens tour, promising to set the underground scene on fire with their acclaimed live show, which has seen them play to rapturous crowds across the globe. Support comes from scuzzy Brighton-based band Demob Happy and Sheffield alt-rockers Bear Chest.

Dubcentral Presents Jah Tubbys World System

Yellow Arch Studios // November 14 // £12 Dubcentral returns to celebrate 16 years of supporting and promoting roots and reggae sound system culture in Sheffield, with the help of Jah Tubbys iconic World System, recognised globally as one of the best sound systems on t’planet. Expect a mammoth six hour sesh of reggae, roots, ska and jungle.

Tuff Love

The Harley // November 9 // £6 Glaswegian fuzzy pop outfit Tuff Love visit The Harley this month bringing their eclectic swooning lyrics and sun-soaked dreamy melodies, with support from Thumbuster, who provide intricate guitars and surreal wordplay combined with punk immediacy. Get to know.

Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

City Hall // November 22 // £32.45 Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to Sheffield City Hall this year, performing tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his latest duets album Sirens of Song. Plus Scottish singer-songwriter and Brit Award winner KT Tunstall will be joining Jools on the night as guest vocalist.

Røyst Trio

Lescar // November 17 // £6-8 This Norwegian acapella three-piece will be bringing their creative fusion of elements from world-music, modern jazz and folk music to Sheffield on the 17th. Touring the UK with Metamorphic, a contemporary jazz/folk sextet, this event brings their unique sounds together. Formed in 2002, Røyst Trio perform original music written and arranged by the members of the group, creating an intense and emotionally engaging experience, making it definitely worth catching in the intimate setting of The Lescar.

The Hot 8 Brass Band

O2 Academy // November 6 // £15 Bringing ‘The Vicennial Tour’ to Sheffield are one of New Orleans’ most illustrious exports, made famous over here through the likes of The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, which has championed their funked up cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’. Celebrating 20 years together, Hot 8 blend hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass sounds, guaranteed to deliver a night of unrivalled entertainment. Local jazz band Hot Diamond Aces and The Quality Control DJs will support.

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The tectonic plates within once set-in-stone genres are shifting – gone are the days of pure pop, rock, rap and electro; in are the days of bands not easily categorised in one sentence. Whilst it would be patronising and quite offensive to praise Wolf Alice purely on the basis of showcasing a (very) talented ‘female’ lead, the truth is that Ellie Roswell is becoming a cultural icon for a host of charged-up and angst-ridden girls on a mission to cease their gender’s glaring underrepresentation at gigs and festivals. Significantly this was an – often golden glitter paint smeared ‘My Love Is Cool’ inspired – female dominated audience. Perhaps if the North London outfit been fronted by your typical denim-digging scruffy haired indie-lad, then maybe (just maybe) their exponential rise may not have been quite so stratospheric. Nevertheless, the group’s musical prowess is unquestionable. Tuesday evening’s set was as note-by-note tight as it was raucous. Igniting the fire were raw-grunge specialists Drenge, whose spikey guitar filth caused anarchy in the front half of the crowd – something rarely so easily achieved by a support act. Setting Wolf Alice apart from, say, fellow vintage-rock revivalists Palma Violets, Deap Valley and even Drenge, is not the searing scuzz-smudged riffs, nor is it Roswell’s seemingly effortless and highly reverberated howls. The cutting-edge distinction relates to an intelligent, but far from pretentious form of dynamism. Although happily married to ‘90s garage and alternative rock, Wolf Alice flirted with folk, grunge and indie-pop – throw in a sprinkling of krautrock too. Remaining evocative throughout, the four-piece produced pace that ranged from the blistering in ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ to the sparse and measured encore respites ‘Blush’ and ‘Turn To Dust’ – tracks closer to the likes of Warpaint and The XX than The Pixies and Nirvana. Just one album in and now much more than a buzz name – grasp any opportunity to see this modestly exuberant bunch. Jordan Foster For more listings and reviews, head to l 81

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Wagon Wheel Presents… Case Hardin, Dennis Elsworth & E.R Thorpe: Case Hardin are one of Britian’s premier Americana band, ably supported by local talent. £6 adv


The Rheingans Sisters. A sibling vocal harmony duo launching their new album. £10


The Toffee Vaudeville and Music Hall Club: Join in or just sit back and watch. £3, all proceeds to Weston Park Charity.

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Reg & Friends open acoustic night. Come along and play, sing or just watch. Free entry

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Eurosession: Folk dancing from the Balkans to Brittany. 8pm Free entry, donation appreciated.


Ballroom Jam: Entertaining swing and rock.


The King Bee Rhythm & Blues Club: Our monthly night of the finest and rarest 50’s & 60’s r&b, rock & roll, rockabilly & more. £4 otd.


Patrick Rose & Toby Noble: Two young guitarists. £4 adv.


Backyard Blues debut album launch: Old style Americana, folk and blues band launch new album ’10 of Your 5 a Day’. £5 adv.


The Elephant Session: Award winning neo trad quintet from the highlands fusing multiple genres. £TBC


Green City Blues: Lessions and then a social involving 1920’s swing music and onwards. £5


Shakespeares 4th beer festival: 30 new and rare cask beers and 15 craft keg beers. Free entry to the festival.


Wagin Wheel Presents... Roaming Son + The Fargo Railroad Co. + The Black Thunder Revue: Dirty rock and roll. £4 adv.

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crumbed Camembert served warm with redcurrant & cranberry sauce

goats’ cheese with beetroot, tomato and pomegranate

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roast turkey paupiette, sage & onion stuffing with apricots, pigs in blankets and gravy

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FILET DE SAUMON BLANC salmon fillet with beurre blanc sauce and pigs in blankets

goats’ cheese tartlet with roasted red pepper tapenade

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chocolate fondant with chocolate ice cream and warm chocolate sauce


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It’s been 10 years since The Ordinary Boys’ debut album Over the Counter Culture was released, and in the years following the band has been through more than what most bands go through in their lifetime. Since their split, individual careers have been pursued, ranging from song writing to producing sound for movies and even running a music venue. Now back for round two, the band have recently released a new eponymous album. Georgina Hall caught up with frontman Samuel Preston before the start of their intensive 25 date nationwide tour. 10 years is a fair old hiatus. Excited to be back? Yeah, though we’re not back per se, we all have proper jobs now so this was kind of self-indulgence. When you get to this age it can become hard to see your friends, so getting back together was the perfect way to hang out again as we all missed each other. Were there any bridges to build after the split in 2008? Yeah, it was kind of awkward – I’d had a proper fall out with Charlie, our drummer. Then one day I just phoned him to talk it out with him. My initial intention was only to see if we could hang out and become friends again, but after two hours we’d decided to reunite the band and release a new album. What made you decide to release it on your own label? We liked the idea of not being accountable to anyone for what we did and didn’t want to produce. We wanted to make a punk album. We talked with a few labels and they all had opinions on what we should do, saying we should try and sound more like bands like Bring Me the Horizon, which is fine, but it’s not us. So, would you say this is an album for your fans or a new direction? Well, this was a return to our earlier punk sound and if we’d have done it under a

label, I don’t think they would have agreed with it. In that sense, it is an album for our fan base. In my opinion, the industry for punk and indie music is kind of obsolete as the resources are now just readily available for you to put your music out there yourself. How did you get back into the punk mindset? Seeing as the original line-up was together again, we rediscovered what we’d listened to when we were kids, so mainly pop-punk music like Green Day. After all, we were friends who’d not seen each other for a long time so this brought us back together in a way. A 25-date UK tour is pretty intensive for

a band that’s been apart for a decade. How are you feeling about it? I was dreading it for a while, but as it draws closer I think it’s going to be absolutely great. Our friends think we’re insane for doing so many dates! Actually, at first it was 30 dates so we’ve given ourselves a couple of breaks by only doing 25. How much new stuff will you be airing at the gigs? Have you got enough material together for a full set? We’ll be playing enough of the new music so people can get a good idea of it. Mainly, though, it will be music from the first album. With us, our gigs are more like a night out; we want people having a few beers and a good mosh. We can’t wait!

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raymond Georgina Hall caught up with Nottingham’s musical prodigy Callum Burrows, AKA Saint Raymond, ahead of his gig at Plug this month. You grew up in Nottingham, not too far from us in Sheffield. What’s the music scene like there? The music scene is amazing at the minute in Nottingham, and it has been growing and growing over the past couple of years. There are a lot of good venues here. I’m actually playing a show called ‘Our City’ at Rock City on December 4, which is to celebrate a groundbreaking year for music in Nottingham, so I can’t wait for that. Have you stuck around in your hometown or have you been drawn like many musicians to the pull of London? I’m still living in Nottingham! I love it here and I’ve just moved into my own place recently. I go to London quite a bit for writing and work but it’s always great to come back to Notts. Was music something you always felt you were going to do? I think so. When I got to secondary school I kind of got bored of education quite quickly and knew I just wanted to be playing shows and writing music as a career. Sum up your year so far? 2015 has been a great year. Releasing my debut album Young Blood for me is so

special because I’ve been waiting for this for so long. You always dream of having an album out, and finally it happened. To get it into the top 10 was the icing on the cake! What does it mean to you now that it’s out there for everyone to hear? It’s so bizarre in the sense that it’s kind of like your baby, you’ve been working on it for years and the feeling of finishing it and handing it over to the world is quite weird. But I’m really proud of it and just happy that the fans like it too. What was it like producing with Jacknife Lee? How important is the producer/ artist relationship in music? It was great to get to go and work with him in LA, as he’s a man with so much experience. It’s key that you get on with a producer because when you are making the record together both have so much input. As the artist, when you have been working and living with songs for so long it is essential that you get on well with the producer.

At twenty years old, do you feel like there is an onus to stagger your music and not peak too early? I think there can be, but for me the sooner I could be out there touring and making records the better, and it happens to be when I’m 20! Maybe people focus a little bit too much on the whole age thing: music is music at the end of the day and it doesn’t make a huge difference. What key lessons have you learned so far? I think that hard work is the most important thing. It’s very easy to take your foot off the gas – but the moment you do that everything could slip away. So I think really keeping at it, and continuing to move forward at all times. Finally, Saint Raymond, what’s the most unsaintly thing you’ve done in the last week? I’ve eaten two pot noodles this week. I really need to calm down, don’t I?


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Sheffield 9-piece and last month’s Exposed In Session stars K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade will be taking their catchy West African rhythms on tour this month. For November’s Jabulani tour, they have collaborated with the City of Sanctuary, a charity who does amazing work with refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield, and most recently with Syrian refugees. Throughout the month, seven different locations in the UK will get the chance to experience their infectious style of afro-fusion live. Guitarist Tom Wylie told Exposed: “‘Jabulani’ means celebration and that’s exactly what this tour is: a celebration of what has been an unforgettable year for us. We wanted to get around as many places as we could before the year is out to say THANK YOU for all the incredible support over the last 12 months. We also wanted to team up with the charity ‘City of sanctuary Sheffield’ because it’s just ridiculous to ignore what’s going on at the minute with the refugee crisis. They do incredible work helping asylum seekers and refugees find their feet in the steel city and we wanted to help out in any way we could. So we’ll be making a donation from the profits we make from the tour and the merch we sell.” The band play Yellow Arch Studios for Banana Hill’s 4th birthday November 7. Tickets are £12 if bought in advance and £15 on the door. Get them online at Skiddle, Resident Advisor or Party for the People.

Ah, November. A blanket of darkness sweeps in each day before teatime, the biting winter cold is here to stay and some bellends are lobbing fireworks around the estate. But not to worry, eh? There’s always the chance of a Bonfire Night bash to raise the spirits. And all good bashes need an appropriate playlist. So we’ve put a selection of tracks to put you in the mood without mentioning that awful song by Katy Perry. You know – THAT song. Bloodhound Gang – The Roof Is On Fire

Cheeky alternative rock outfit Bloodhound Gang have sold more than 6 million albums worldwide – no, seriously. The band, best known for their homage to the Discovery Channel ‘The Bad Touch’, once found themselves in hot water after bassist Jared urinated on the Ukrainian flag at a gig in Odessa. Apparently Ukrainians don’t like that shit.

Elton John – Rocket Man

Produced by Gus Dudgeon, who continued his interstellar musical tendencies after working with David Bowie on Space Oddity, the song was written by Bernie Taupin and inspired by short story ‘The Rocket Man’ from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. Released in April 1972, it became John’s most successful song at the time, charting at #2 in the UK and #6 in the US, making it more than worthy of a spin on Bonfire Night.

Cajun Dance Party – The Firework

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Channelling the spirit of the golden days of punk with a slightly tonguein-cheek demeanour, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a band playing with sheer, unadulterated passion. cadaverssheffield.bandcamp. com

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Colourful Life receiving rave reviews across the board. Alas, like a cut-price Catherine wheel, they seemed to fade away just as things were getting exciting. Be sure to light a sparkler in their name, yeah?

The Prodigy – Firestarter

Possibly the most influential dance act of the ‘90s, this seminal track from Essex electronic dance-punk peddlers The Prodigy shot straight to number one in the UK charts. However the video ‘Firestarter’ was very nearly banned from the box due to concerned parents complaining about the fixation of arson and Keith Flint scaring their children. Fair dos on that last point, actually.

Ash – Burn Baby Burn

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Originally titled ‘Slow Suicide’ until the band were advised to pick a more radio-friendly song title. ‘Burn Baby Burn’ peaked at number 13 in the UK charts and won ‘Best Single’ at both the Q Awards and NME Awards respectively. Thirteen years later and the band are still going strong, releasing their sixth album, Kablammo!, back in May.

Something strange happens when you put a guitar in the hands of lead guitarist Moz – that block of wood and metal starts to sing. My highlight of Tramlines 2015. thedowntownroots.

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Glasgow’s rising stars Prides have had a busy year, releasing their debut album in July before hitting the festival circuit and announcing a huge UK tour this autumn. The synthpop champions are returning to the Leadmill on November 7, bringing their Scottish charm and euphoric party anthems with them. We had a quick chat with lead singer Stewart Brock ahead of their Sheffield show to find out more... Words: Penny Blakemore You’re about to head on a mammoth 23 date tour. Can we expect any surprises? Of course! It’s a Prides tour, and it’s what we do best. We’ll have surprises galore! Every time we finish a tour we sit down and discuss how we can make it better than the last one. This is gonna be the first big tour since we released our debut album so it’ll be great to see how people have taken to it. You published a song to announce the tour – the ‘Going On Tour’ song. How long did it take you to write it? About 10 minutes! We had the idea for it a couple of days before. I was just on Wikipedia finding useless facts about different places. It actually took about 6 hours to learn it, which was crazy. We kept giggling and forgetting the words, we even had to take a break from recording because it took so long. We just kept laughing. I have all the outtakes somewhere so I might upload those later in a big bloopers reel. Also, we’re gonna have to apologise

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to Falmouth for the awkward pause in the song. Sorry Falmouth! For someone who has never heard of you, how would you describe the band and your live shows? We’re a synthpop band but we thrive in the live arena, trying to be as energetic as possible and getting everyone involved. We enjoy throwing ourselves about – I’m hoping I’ll get back in shape by the end of the tour! It’ll save me going to the gym, which is really what this tour is about. I want the body of Adonis after this. Prides seem to make every effort to get fans involved with the band, from designing the merchandise to Twitter chats – how important is all of that to

you? It’s the most important thing, I think. We never really thought about it when we started the band but I like that we get to know our fans. On tour we try and hang out with everyone – we’re always out by the merch stand so people can chat to us – and it’s one of my favourite parts of being in a band. I get to make new friends every night! Even though we’re hitting bigger venues this time, we’ll still be hanging out with everyone after the shows. We love it. Which shows are you most looking forward to? Oh, so many! I think London will be great because KOKO is an incredible venue, and our Glasgow hometown

success. Do you have any plans for a 2015 mixtape? It’s getting to that time of year when we should think about making a mixtape – they’re always so popular. We won’t be playing it on tour, though, as there’s not enough time for us to do that! We have just released our cover of Ellie Goulding’s song ‘On My Mind’, though, so we’re still buzzing about that. We might play that one on tour!

show will go off the chain, it always does. I’m looking forward to Stoke, too, as it’s where I grew up and I expect to see a lot of old friends down there. Brighton has always been good, as have Sheffield and Birmingham. They’re always up for a party! It’s easy to do a UK tour with 5 dates, neglecting Ireland and Wales, but we wanted to get out as much as possible to see all the people who have supported us. Leadmill is one of our best independent venues... I love it! We supported Foxes at the Leadmill a couple of years ago, that was our first time there. We’ve always had such a good night at that venue, it’s one of our favourite places to go.

Everyone in Sheffield is always up for a laugh, and they have a great crew at Leadmill. We’ve never had a bad show at that place. This time we’re gonna fill up the big room and make it a show to be proud of! You’re going to be on tour with fellow Glasgow band Fatherson. Are you excited to be travelling with your pals? We’re really proud to be touring with Fatherson. We’ve been massive fans for ages! Their album was one of my favourites last year and I’m excited for them to share their new stuff, too. Your 2014 mixtape, in which you performed a medley of your favourite songs of the year, proved to be a big

Your music has landed a lot of sync deals recently, appearing on Emmerdale and Bargain Hunt. If you could pick any TV show for your music to appear on, what would it be? X Factor! I want one of our songs to play when the winner goes through to next round, it’ll get the buzz of the show and be really optimistic and uplifting. Either that or we should get played during one of those really emotional, crying moments, when it tugs on your heartstrings a bit. Our song ‘The Kite String and the Anchor Rope’ would be perfect for that. It’ll be the soundtrack of teenage failure! What about video games? Would you ever soundtrack one? I’d love to! It’d scare the life out of me but it’ll be really cool to soundtrack an entire game one day. Until then it’d be great just having our songs on FIFA again! That was easy! Prides are performing at Leadmill on November 7. Tickets available from

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W ORDS: SA M FO R SDICK Pioneers of the Madchester scene in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, The Happy Mondays are now back out on tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their classic album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches. With 90s culture experiencing a bit of a resurgence as of late, we got main man Shaun Ryder on the blower to chat about the early days: the music, the partying and the notorious antics. Were they really as crazy as the rumours suggest? Shaun clears a few things up for us and, unsurprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes. Hi Shaun, how are things going? Things couldn’t be better, mate. You’re going back on tour with the Happy Mondays as part of the 25th anniversary of Pills ‘n’ Thrills. What do you think of the album looking back on it now? Well it was our breakthrough pop album, before we were kind of doing the dark and moody indie stuff. Pills ‘n’ Thrills was our attempt at chart music and it got us on Top Of The Pops, so it was a good album for us. Your favourite album? Yeah, we all had a great time making it. It was our first time in America and we got to spend a few months in LA. We were living in apartments with rock stars,

film stars and porn stars. We thought it was really rock and roll at the time but looking back on it, LA was really just a glorified Butlins. So will you be playing Pills ‘n’ Thrills in its entirety? Absolutely! Because it’s our most popular album we always played a few songs from it like ‘Kinky Afro’ and ‘Step On’. There are three or four songs from it we’ve never played live and it’s the first time we’ve played them all in the

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order we released them in. Are you looking forward to getting back on tour with the band? Yeah, I’m enjoying it now better than ever. Ever since we made Bummed we were kind of on the treadmill constantly going through the motions. We never really got to enjoy the tours at the time as we usually did them loaded and just saw it as a way to get enough money to record another album and go

out partying again. Now it’s less about the sex and drugs and more about the good old rock ‘n’ roll. Is there a particular city in the UK where you love playing? They’re all good, we enjoy every show. I remember the shows a bit more now. It’s also great because now the audience ranges from eleven years old up to people in their eighties. It’s all a result of me and Bez doing the reality TV stuff but we still get the NME types and the indie crowd in, too. What differences are there between touring now compared to touring in the ‘90s? In the ‘80s and ‘90s we were all young men and we just wanted to do what all young men want to do: have a laugh and a good time. In ‘84, when we were starting out, the music scene had become really fucking boring. It had all become really controlled, like a shit episode of Top Of The Pops. We wanted to bring it back to rock and roll and make it exciting again, like the Rolling Stones, The Sex pistols and the Velvet Underground. For us the drugs and the partying were all a part of that. When we were talking to journalists from the NME and stuff we could have done it like the other bands and talk about what amplifiers we were using

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For more listings and reviews, head to but we would have been really fucking bored so we would just roll up a spliff, play pool and chat about stuff. I really think that having fun with the interviews and the partying reputation helped us to get us where we are. We seem to be going through a bit of a ‘90s resurgence at the moment – why do you think people look back on the era with such nostalgia? I don’t know to be honest. No one’s making people go to these Factory nights, they are going because they enjoy it. When I was in my 20s I was listening to older stuff like the Velvet Underground and the Stones. I don’t really know what’s going on at the moment though. I’ve got two young girls and they’re listening to stuff like Jessie J and Taylor Swift – and I just want to say that I really fucking love my kids – but I’m also looking forward to when they get a bit older and I can get back into proper bands and stuff again. What was it like to be part of that Madchester scene? It was great because all of a sudden Manchester started getting the attention, and people from London and the rest of the UK were looking to our scene. It was great for Manchester and the music. To be honest, we had more in common with some of the pop acts rather than the other Manchester bands though. Did you always plan to be a musician or did you just fall into it? I grew up with music; it was always on in the house. When I was little my parents bought me a Beatles album so I’ve grown up listening to music. What really made me want to be in a band was Stardust, this ‘70s movie which was about the life of a rock star, and I saw all the parties, sex and drugs and just wanted to be a part of it. Are there any plans to start writing new material with the Mondays again? Can we expect an album anytime soon? Well, I’ve recently released two singles called ‘Close the Dam’ and ‘Electric Scales’ on iTunes. The release was a bit under the radar but they went down really well. We’re then releasing another single called ‘Pop Stars

“We used to get KFC and go eat it in the square but we had all these flying rats trying to nick it off us so we found a box of rat poison and put it in a loaf of bread. They ate it all and we then just watched as all these pigeons started falling out the sky”

Daughters’. Then I’m going to be working on a new album which should come out next year and I’m planning to start work on another Black Grape album too. So it’s a busy time but now I’ve got a clear head I’m finding it so much fucking easier to write stuff and I’m enjoying it again. The Happy Mondays recently featured on the show Singing in the Jungle where you lived with a tribe in Panama. What was the experience like? It was mad having all of us back together living in a mud hut. It was the first time we’d all lived together like that since ‘86 when we were recording Squirrel and G-Man – well we weren’t living in a mud hut then but it wasn’t the best conditions. But yeah it was great, I only got in one argument and that was with my brother over who had the biggest beer belly. You’re currently working on a screen adaptation of your autobiography. How’s it going? To be honest, I really wanted it to go on TV so it would get more

viewers. It’s now going to be a film but I guess most films end up on TV now anyway. It’s gone to the people who made the Joy Division film, Control, and Nowhere Boy, the John Lennon one. They were two great movies so it’s in good hands. There have been a lot of crazy stories about you in the past. Go on then, put some of ‘em to rest once and for all and tell us whether any of these are true… Paul Davis’ nickname in the band was knobhead. Yeah, because he’s a fucking knobhead! He’s the only original member who’s not in the band anymore. We tried to persuade him but he was having none of it. He couldn’t even play the keyboard, he just played tracks we had programmed in. He was just one of our mates we had in the band as kids but as an adult he was a bit of a freak. The best bit was when we played live it was actually our musical director playing but he totally believed it was him the whole time. You once broke into New


Order’s dressing room to try and nick a few beers. Kind of. This was in Barrowlands. We walked in with their blessing to pick up a few beers but the bouncers decided we weren’t having any. We then gave them a bit of stick so we had these six foot four Glaswegians beating us up. You claim to have seen UFOs over your local bus stop as a teenager. Yeah, absolutely! I was 15 years old doing my job as a post boy and was walking past the bus stop. Then, all of a sudden, me and a few others see this light in the sky. It starts zigzagging and flying about at 10,000 miles an hour. I don’t know what else it could have been. You told your careers teacher you wanted to be a porn star in Amsterdam. Probably! It sounds like something I’d say. I didn’t really get to that stage though as I left at 13 to start work on a building site. Whilst recording Yes Please! you and Bez tried to trade Eddie Grant’s sofa for drugs. That’s true, but we ran out of stuff to trade. We ended up swapping a car battery for three bags of coke. You tried to kidnap Johnny Marr and take him with you to Barbados. That’s one of Johnny’s stories. It’s not true. You and your mates drugged 3000 pigeons in Manchester. Yeah, me and a bunch of my mates did at 15. I’m not really proud of it. We used to get KFC and go eat it in the square but we had all these flying rats trying to nick it off us so we found a box of rat poison and put it in a loaf of bread. They ate it all and we then just watched as all these pigeons started falling out the sky. The local paper ran with the headline, ‘Sickos Poison Pigeons’. So, what can we expect from the show when you bring it to Sheffield? Any more mad antics? A fucking great show! Better than ever! I now feel comfortable in my own skin and I don’t have to be loaded to go out on stage. Performing used to just be part of the job, now it’s my favourite bit.

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Of all the catastrophic events that could befall a musician in the recording studio, a bout of overconfidence is definitely not the worst. A healthy dose of self-belief goes a long way towards making for a good – or hopefully great – music recording. Sure, no one wants to be THAT band member, the one muttered about in hushed yet exasperated tones, with key words like ‘self-obsessed’ and ‘arrogant git’ being bandied around; however neither does anyone want to crumble under the pressure, letting down the team at the vital hour. The truth is that a lack of confidence is the real nemesis of the recording musician, or indeed anyone working on a performance. If that needs any further illumination, surely you can all remember a time you had a video camera shoved in your face and was told to ‘do something interesting’. It can be intimidating, unless we are ready, prepared and actually wanting our efforts to be captured. Without solid preparation, both technical and mental, it can feel like your attempts to capture the magic are like grasping at smoke, impossible to hold and always out of reach. Indeed, summoning up your mojo can be a tricky business, especially when trying to incorporate instructions from your bandmates/producer/ engineer/boyfriend/girlfriend (delete as appropriate). I learned this the hard way some years ago in one of my earlier musical jobs, as a guitarist/ musical director for a foreign pop princess who will remain nameless (lest you google her and

hear the horrendous stuff she was famous for – before I was involved, obvs). We hired the services of a big name producer, with a confidence level to match his success, who achieved the inglorious distinction of totally destroying my ability to play guitar. So effective, he might as well have taken the strings off my guitar. He just kept chipping away, an unhelpful negative comment here, a disparaging remark there, failing to give any clear advice or illumination on what could be improved or what the goal was. And I didn’t react well to that. I was a little fish trapped in a huge aquarium... With a shark! Only years later did I find out his motivation: he wanted to get together with my then girlfriend (AKA the singer!). With the benefit of hindsight I now know what a favour he did me. I bought books on performance confidence, I practiced even more, I recorded myself daily and made notes; in short, I did everything I could to make sure no one would destroy my confidence like that again. And it worked. Experiences like that give me an empathy with musicians and artists. I know how much better people play and how much more fun it is with encouraging words from an engaged producer/engineer and as much humorous banter as is appropriate (inappropriate humour also available on request). So remember, if your confidence is taking a hammering in the studio, you are probably hammering away in the wrong studio. // @MuStudiosSheff on twitter // Facebook/talentatmustudios

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It’s November already and this month it’s time for T, no not a brew (although mine’s milk, two sugars if you’re mashing), we’re talking about the T in LGBT. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for trans*, that is all people who are transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming. For far too long, many groups and individuals have been guilty of ignoring the trans* members of our community despite being instrumental in the campaign for LGBT equality (insert rant about the exclusion of trans* people from the Stonewall film here). This is now slowly improving with some notable examples this year including the LGF (Lesbian and Gay Foundation) changing to the LGBT Foundation and Stonewall starting to campaign for trans* equality. Sadly, however, we still have a long way to go with trans* people regularly facing abuse, violence and discrimination. On Friday November 20 we mark the annual International Day of Transgender Remembrance. This day is marked worldwide to remember those who have lost their lives to transgender violence. At time of writing, the official TDOR website details 38 cases this year alone (and there will be more unreported). While this is an improvement on previous years, as far as I’m concerned as long as there is one person on that list, it is one too many.

In Sheffield, as we have now done for a number of years, LGBT Sheffield will be marking the day with a candle lighting memorial service in the Peace Gardens and talks in the winter gardens. This year, however, the event has been extended. Following a memorial service and talks, the Odeon will be screening the premier of ‘Trashing Transphobia’, a documentary film made by E.D.E.N. Productions, a LGBT charity running film making workshops here in Sheffield. For those wanting to continue later into the night, head to the ‘Trans Presence’ at Sheffield University Students’ Union giving the opportunity to celebrate our diverse community. All events are open to everyone, both trans* and allies. If you are looking for other places to socialise and/or access support check out to find trans*-friendly venues in Sheffield. There are groups at both universities: SAYiT’s Trans*Formers youth group and T-Boys group for trans guys. And whether you are trans* or not, Sheffield is a diverse welcoming city and we all play a part in ensuring that it continues to lead the way in being an example to others in welcoming all people, regardless of gender. Right then. I am off for a brew now, so until next time, love, solidarity and gender diverse kisses.


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Ways To Make Sure Resident Evil 2 Remake Is Actually Good With the announcement that the iconic Resident Evil 2 is officially being given the remake treatment, many fans, including myself, are finding themselves a little worried that Capcom could ruin what made the original so great. Here are ways that, in my opinion, will ensure the remake becomes a huge success, much like the Resident Evil remake back in 2002.


1. Tank Controls These days, tank controls in Resident Evil games are nonexistent. However, the “classic” games relied on this mechanic to increase a player’s intensity and fear when encountering enemies. You couldn’t simply quickly move out of the way or jump through the nearest window to dodge zombies, and this sense of desperation through tank controls made the first three games special and unique. If Capcom remove this control scheme from the remake and incorporate the much more action-packed gameplay of Resident Evil 5 and 6, any feeling of fear and isolation will be gone. 2. Fixed Camera Angles For me, the scariest moments in any Resident Evil game was the inability to actually see enemies, whilst being able to fully hear their groans. This was

3. Improving The Puzzles Arguably, the puzzles in Resident Evil 2 were a bit on the basic side, requiring little actual brain power to solve. This was one of the things I thought the game would improve on from its predecessor, but the puzzles just got worse and way too easy. If the remake included some clever puzzle elements that rewarded you with a sense of satisfaction, it would be something I’m sure many could get on-board with. thanks to the fixed camera angles – something which Resident Evil 2 took full advantage of. Many times, I would be forced into an awkward camera angle that made for an intense and horrifying experience – the way survival horror gaming should be. Please don’t change that, Capcom.

4. Losing The Giant Crocodile Boss I’ve always seen the Giant Crocodile as a lazy last moment thing during development; however I could be wrong and Capcom actually thought this would be a good boss. Yes, it’s gigantic and very capable of destroying you, but it’s just not scary whatsoever. Resident

Evil boss battles are supposed to induce fear and panic, but this thing just looks comical – replace Giant Crocodile with a completely new boss that is sure to impress old and new gamers alike. 5. The “Front Hall” Track Every time I hear this track, I get instant goosebumps – there’s just something about it that manages to mess with my emotions, as it does for many others, I’d imagine. It is such a calming piece of music, yet behind nearby doors are hordes of zombies and other unworldly beings, ready to rip you apart at a moments notice. Considering this is a remake, it will be changed a little, but as long as it captures the original song, everything is good. Any other suggestions of your own? Let us know @ ExposedMagSheff.

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Friends of Batman: Montage of Feck Off For some years, Friends of Batman have held cult status in Sheffield as “pioneers of Ultra Violent Acoustic”, a genre which defies definition as virulently as its self-proclaimed innovators. A new documentary, Montage of Feck Off, charts “the life cycle of Sheffield’s shittest band” over an hour of sketches, cartoons, and interviews. Many passages are hard to follow, with the sheer insanity of the band seeping into every corner of the film. Despite any real insight into the history or workings of the band, a steady stream of self-deprecation and irreverent humour gives a glimpse into the shared outlook on life which unites the disparate members of Friends of Batman. Every level of the production is amateur, from choppy camera work to corpsing in sketches, and this makes the opening scenes of the film hard to follow. However, as the film progresses and the identity of the band slowly emerges from the cacophony of nonsense distorting the surface, it becomes apparent that the band couldn’t care less. As this understanding is reached, many of the films rougher edges take on a quirky charm, and confusion is quickly replaced by interest. The clamour of Montage of Feck Off is far too loud to attain any deep insight into what makes the band tick, which is often what audiences want from a music documentary. However, the film is intriguing enough to encourage the curious to seek out Friends of Batman, and to that end it is a unique success.


This programme on the award-winning work of artists Mark Baker and Neville Astley will see films such as the joyous Mobile Home and sophisticated satire The Big Knights screen alongside excerpts from Peppa Pig. This screening, at the Showroom on November 4, is for any curious fans of animation.


A riveting documentary on the TV debate between William Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal; which revitalised an ailing news channel and changed public debate forever. This insight into the history of political debate will be screening on the evening of November 2 and the afternoon of November 4 at Curzon Sheffield.

The Time is Now This autumn sees a new season of films celebrating women forcing social change screen at the Showroom. The Time is Now began in October, with screenings of Dreamcatcher, Bend It Like Beckham and Make More Noise! accompanied by a live score, and the season is set to hit its stride in November. Boasting a broad spectrum of films from around the world, The Time is Now has something for everyone. Hard-hitting films Vessel and Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem see women challenging oppressive laws regarding abortion and religious marriage respectively. Delving further into history is Die Suffragette, a German film which chronicles the life of Christabel Pankhurst. Meanwhile, the life of women in Iran is covered

comprehensively throughout the season by Offside and Sepideh: which display the restrictions placed on women in the world of both sport and science. Acclaimed recent films about life for women in the Middle East, Persepolis and Wadjda, make exciting additions to the list, while Whale Rider shows a young girl battling to change the traditions of her Maori tribe in New Zealand. The Time is Now promises a broad view of women forging social change across the globe. Screenings are taking place throughout November, and concluding in December with feel-good protest film Made in Dagenham, and the season will then tour the UK until January. Further information can be found at the Showroom website. For more listings and reviews, head to | 111

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4DX Launches!

Steve Jobs (15 cert) Danny Boyle’s film of the enigmatic entrepreneur is less a biopic, and more a dissection of a digital revolution, glimpsed through three key product launch events (ending with the iMac launch in 1998), and painting a rather frank portrait of the man conducting the process. Far from hero worshipping, the ‘Steve Jobs’ is a stark study of a conflicted genius and his self-aggrandisement, against the backdrop of both corporate and personal successes and failures. Jobs is a man with complex control and rejection issues springing from his adoption, and someone who was regularly frustrated in his efforts to relate to those around him, including his own daughter. The film – much like the man – hurtles along, fed by the breathless pace of Aaron Sorkin’s script. While the uninitiated may be left cold by the importance placed on the technological developments and jargon, Fassbender plays Jobs with an intensity of conviction that is quite hypnotic, and serves to bring life to one of this century’s most important figures. Rating – 4/5 BEHIND IT: Danny Boyle IN IT: Micheal Fassbender, Kate Winslet

Cineworld Sheffield is finally getting the refurb that it deserves, as the second busiest cinema in the UK! New seating, carpets, concessions areas, massive moving displays and neon lights everywhere, as well as improving the IMAX screen with over-ceiling surround sound, leather seats, larger screen and laser-vision quality. The centrepiece of this development is the brand new 4DX screen. One of only two in the UK (the other is in Milton Keynes), the impressive technology looks to further enhance the cinematic experience with moving, gyrating seats, wind effects, water, lights and smells, as well as immersive 3D. According to David Vaughan, Marketing Manager at Cineworld Sheffield, the new technology creates “a fully immersive experience, meaning you don’t just see a film, you feel it!” We were fortunate enough to be invited to a preview evening of the new screen, featuring the excellent Jurassic World (along with some sneaky canapés and bubbly). This is the sort of film that 4DX was made for, with seats rising as the camera zooms over the panoramas of the theme park, shaking and rattling as people are chased by thundering stampedes of dinosaurs, and splashing the audience as if they are in the front row at Jurassic Sea World (N.B. water can be switched off if that’s not your cup of tea). This is event cinema, far more suited to outlandish blockbusters than your more arthouse affair, as is seen in the slated 4DX releases of Pan and Jurassic World (available now), Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Star Wars Episode VII. “The Sheffield audience are so loyal, and really this is about giving back to them”, says Karen Godfrey, General Manager at Cineworld Sheffield. “It’s a brand new, exciting format, which everyone will love.”

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5. THE LION KING (1994)

OK, so already lost all credibility, but hear me out. The Lion King is a good film, but has two big weaknesses that not a lot of people pick up on: 1) the villain and 2) the message. While Scar is intimidating at first, he gets a little too hammy as the story progresses. As for the message, the main lesson Simba has to learn is how to accept the past and learn except he doesn’t. Turns out the mistake he made in the past was not actually his mistake (Scar did it!), and this is the only reason he’s forgiven. Mixed signals?

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The most recent film on this list, Jurassic World may be better than the other two JP sequels, but it’s still not fantastic. This was such a great concept for a Jurassic Park follow-up – the park is open, more people, more dinosaurs, and more things to go disastrously wrong. Sadly, though, it doesn’t take full advantage of this potential. The effects aren’t the best, most of the action is hunting dinosaurs in the woods (haven’t seen that before) and Vincent D’Onofrio is wasted as a stereotypical 90s-style villain. Hell of an ending though.

2. SIGNS (2002)

This is one of those movies that just baffles me. Why did so many people like this? The plot makes no sense, the acting is laughable at times and the pretentiously stylistic cinematography serves no purpose whatsoever. M. Night Shyamalan displays very little scope as a director and Signs is a prime example of this. It may have some decent suspense early on, but it doesn’t take long to fall into ridiculousness. Aliens that can’t open doors, are allergic to water and have no defence at all against baseball bats? No Shyamalan, just no.

3. PROMETHEUS (2012)

Somewhat of a prequel to the far superior Alien (1979), Prometheus is very good at raising more questions than it answers. The look and feel of Alien is certainly there in the cinematography and production design, but what’s missing is the tight, simple narrative, likable characters and central antagonist. Also, putting Guy Pearce in old man makeup when they could have just used an older actor really takes me out of it. It’s visually interesting, Michael Fassbender is awesome, but as a whole it makes very little sense.

1. AVATAR (2009)

James Cameron already directed one highest grossing film of all time, but that clearly wasn’t enough! I make absolutely no apologies for this one: just because it made an obscene amount of money doesn’t mean that it’s good. Sure it has ground-breaking effects, but the story and characters are 100% recycled and formulaic. I compare it to one of Cameron’s earlier blockbusters, Terminator 2: Judgement Day; this, too, had some ground-breaking effects for the time it was released, but it also had an engaging story and very human, identifiable characters. For a film to be truly great, you need both. Sorry, not sorry. For more listings and reviews, head to | 113



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Sheffield New Barrack Tavern // November 1 // £5.50 The ever-popular Funhouse Comedy Club kicks off the month in style with a stellar line-up of comedic talent. Seasoned funny man Davie Williams tops the bill, an experienced pro that has followed the comedy circuit around the world since 1998. Joining him will be the award-winning Freddie Quinne, bringing his uniquely northern sense of observational humour to the stage. Contributions from Tom King, Colin Havey and Dave Bryon will round off the evening’s entertainment.

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Funny Business Raises Serious Money Six local businessmen – including Exposed gaffer Phil Turner – swapped the world of suits and offices for the Sheffield City Hall stage in an effort to raise some money for charity and, hopefully, make a few people laugh on the way. The fourth ‘Funny Business’ was held on October 7 and saw over 300 people come down to show their support to the brave would-be comics. Involved this year were Michele Phillips, Director, of Lupton Fawcett Denison Till; Andrew Howard, Medical Director of One Health Group; George Forsyth, General Manager of Napoleon’s Casino; Craig Gray, Director of NatWest (Yorkshire and Humberside); Greg Naylor, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Chesterfield NHS; GP Dr Brendon Swales, and, of course, our Phil. They each took on the daunting task of performing a brief stand-up set in front of a packed out audience, all in the name of charity. While Phil certainly surprised a few of us with his (genuinely) hilarious set, it was Greg Naylor who was congratulated by the judging panel on the night. However, the real success story of the evening was the fact that over £19K was raised for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and it relies on donations to fund new research projects, expand the hospital and improve treatment and care. WPHCC is the only dedicated charity for the hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research that’s done there.

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Sheffield City Hall // November 5 // £17.50 Puns-a-plenty as king of the one-liner, Stewart Francis, brings his new live show to Sheffield this month. A regular star of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, the dry-humoured Canadian now has several national tours under his belt and consequently a huge fan base. Catch some good old-fashioned comedy with perfectly crafted gags and non-stop laughs guaranteed.

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Sheffield City Hall // November 28 // £18.50 Blending improvisational comedy and ventriloquism to hilarious effect, Nina Conti has become one of the most exciting live acts on the scene, winning a British Comedy Award and amusing audiences on shows such as Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Apollo and Sunday Night at the Palladium – all without so much as moving her lips! Front row dwellers beware as the highlight of show involves an audience member wearing a mask and submitting to Nina’s ventriloquist skills, always to hilarious effect!

Festival of the Spoken Nerd

The Leadmill // November 18 // £15.00 Like your jokes to be scientifically accurate? Prefer the geeky gags to the cheeky gags? Then don your finest braces and bow tie combo and go see comedy troupe Festival of Spoken Nerd for their highly rated live show, which combines stand-up routines and live experiments to bring a new meaning to ‘making science fun’. Resplendently geeky, superbly original and stupidly fun – get your graph laughs here!

25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments

Sheffield City Hall // November 24 // £29.50 True giants of comedy Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are heading out on tour for the first time in 25 years. The oddball comedy pairing, known most notably for presenting the show Shooting Stars, hosted their last stand-up show in 1995. The influential comedy duo are revisiting some of their most famous sketches for the live shows as well as introducing some new and wacky characters. As with any Reeves and Mortimer show there will be a cornucopia of crazy and surreal antics but also expect the odd bit of magic and music to be thrown into the mix, too.

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THE STONES BREWERY These grand buildings were once Canon Brewery, the home of famous local beverage Stones Bitter, a bitter designed for the city’s steelworkers, and bought by William Stones in 1868 where he ran it until he died in 1894. Even after his death, the company grew from strength to strength. Popular with Sheffield and Yorkshire’s miners in the early ‘70s, it then spread nationally until it peaked in the 1990s becoming the nation’s most popular bitter selling volumes into the millions. The company that bought the brand in the late 1960s sold it early into the new millennium and production ceased at Canon Brewery at the turn of the century. The buildings still loom large over the Sheffield industrial skyline, a vast plot with multiple buildings housing stores, cellars, offices, locker rooms, workshops, loading yards and much more.

In its declining years said rooms now house superb pieces of graffiti artwork from a plethora of Sheffield artists, and many more unsavoury aspects – so I’d highly advise against venturing in unless accompanied and experienced! The walls, floors, and every other imaginable surface are littered with tags, satirical writings, large murals and more. Hidden amongst the decay lie works from artists such as Colorarti, Nymph, Rocket01, Kid Acne, Phlegm and Corpse, amongst others. The huge variety of artwork to admire made this one of the best expeditions I’ve done, with a surprise around each corner and a real interesting feel to the place. As well as being a great urban art gallery the buildings still hold a definite taste of old industrial Yorkshire grandeur, even after laying dormant for nigh on 20 years.

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home is where the art is The art collector is an interesting breed. At their worst, hoarders, and their very best, philanthropists, there’s no getting away from the fact they embody art as an industry, and bring together complementing works that would otherwise never meet. And this notion is exactly that upon which the city-spanning Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield exhibition lies. Fruit of an innovative partnership between public galleries and private collectors, the project offers Sheffielders a glimpse of the most provocative 20th century and contemporary art from both the east and west, whilst at the same time raising vital questions about the future of such displays in an era of deep cuts to public arts funding. In the wake of a Tory majority, it’s a point that carries some urgency, too – it’s estimated that Arts Council England (a supporter of this exhibition) has lost almost 40% of its funding since 2010, and the purse strings look set only to get tighter in the second half of the decade. The first seeds for Going Public were sown in 2011, when curators Mark Doyle and Sebastien Montabonel started to collaborate over the idea of an exhibition that would utilise their experience in what today still remain two rather divorced sectors. Two years and much deliberation later, the pair settled on Sheffield as its chosen home, and set about getting some of the most high-profile arts venues in the city and world-renowned collectors on board. The result is something really quite impressive. Spread across five city centre venues and running until December 12, each site serves up a very specific slice of recent art history, yet somehow manages to feel congruent as a singular exhibition. There’s also a refreshingly unusual taste to it all, and it’s hard when, for example, watching 1990s footage of Zheng Guogo throwing ink over geese at the Sheffield Institute of Art, not to be struck by just how curiously unusual everything you’re getting to look at is. This whole project isn’t just an exercise in recherché however, and you don’t have to look long or hard for unsparingly frank pieces to grab your attention. At the Site Gallery a particular highlight is the curt social commentary of Jiang Zhi’s Onward, Onward, Onward!, in which some of

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letters and unseen pieces. True to all the other sites, and in credit to the attention to detail paid by the curators of this project, it’s also noticeably befitting how naturally the neat little display feels in era-accurate surroundings. Elsewhere, the Cattelain Collection at the ever-popular Millennium Galleries (including Anthony McCall’s unmissable Meeting You Halfway II display) bring to our city conceptual pieces that are typically reserved for the galleries of London and Berlin, giving the whole event even more so a sense of “catch it while you can”. It’s probably the most accessible out of all the exhibitions included here, too, with lightshows and elements of interactivity that will engage even the youngest of visitors. Perhaps the true pièce de résistance of everything on show, though, certainly in terms of just how physical a reaction it generates, is tucked away in one of Sheffield Cathedral’s chapels. Principally a reflection on genetic engineering and stem cell research but potently reminiscent of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in this particular setting, Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Cyber Iconic Man is undoubtedly the one you’re going to be talking to your friends about when you’ve finished a rewarding day of exploring Going Public’s nooks and crannies. Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

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TOP PICKS One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorised Parody

Crucible // November 3 // £19 How do you fit 62 episodes of a critically acclaimed TV series into an hour and a half long show? Just ask Miles Allen who will be performing the whole of Breaking Bad, and as if that wasn’t hard enough, he’s doing it all on his own. Yes he’ll be playing every character from Walter White to Skylar, Saul and Gus Fring. The one man show has received rave reviews making it an exhilarating performance that’s not to be missed. Lyceum // November 17-21 // from £27.50 The hit comedy has been transformed into a feel good musical production that will be arriving in Sheffield on November 17. The musical follows the story of Elle Woods as she begins her law course at Harvard, helping her friends and trying to find love along the way. Expect cheesy, sing along pop songs and a lot of pink.


Bank Street Arts // November 13-December 5 // Free Ok, it may not be the most exciting title to an arts exhibition but the premise is rather intriguing. Described as an ambitious and immersive work of digital fiction, Wallpaper follows the story of PJ Sanders who returns to his childhood home and uses experimental technology to uncover the mysteries of a room which had always remained locked, until now. It all adds up to be one of the most unique arts exhibitions in Sheffield this month, plus it’s free so what’s to lose?


Studio // November 28 // £13 Originally a Ted Talk, Chris Thorpe has turned his interesting and entertaining discussion, on the idea that we choose to see only the evidence that proves we’re right, into a one man performance. Thorpe challenges this ‘confirmation bias’ by talking to those we fundamentally disagree with including political extremists, holocaust deniers and white supremacists. It’s certainly not an easy evening of entertainment but one that will undoubtedly get you thinking.

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Crucible Theatre // November 26 // £17.50 This chamber music trio are picking up outstanding reviews for their performances across the world. For their Sheffield performance they will be playing music that spans the entire life of Beethoven from his first ever scores to his most daring deep cuts. You can’t go wrong with a bit of Beethoven on a Thursday night.

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Sheffield’s Lyceum threatened to burst at the sequin embellished seams as Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace took to the stage with ‘The Last Tango’. Fans old and young packed the theatre to watch the Strictly veterans perform. The story emerged in a loft; with a cache of photos and memorabilia prompting a macarena (sorry, couldn’t resist!) down memory lane. From here, we followed a young Simone as he embarked on the tentative first dates of his relationship with Cacace. As the orchestra waltzed through classics and Flavia and Vincent let their feet do the talking, it soon became apparent that the fuzzy nostalgia we as an audience were beginning to feel would soon be replaced by heartbreak. Sure enough, after extending their family, we were dealt the cruel blow of Flavia being snatched away. A talented cast and crew made sure we played out this range of emotion, tapping our feet in time the whole way through. After more than 20 years together, Flavia and Vincent seemed to effortlessly move as one. It was quite exhausting to watch the intricacies of their routines. The tour was recently rather fittingly announced as the former lovers’ last erm… tango, with the news they will quit touring when the current run ends. Maybe the old guy will finally get around to clearing out his loft. Teela Clayton

Coming Soon…

Speaking on the new season of entertainment coming to Sheffield Theatres, Artistic Director Daniel Evans has said: “This is, without doubt, our boldest season to date” and we’d have to agree. There are too many to list them all but here’s a selection of the top picks: King Charles III, The 39 Steps and Single Spies bring espionage and secret identities to Sheffield theatres whilst in January everyone’s favourite children’s book, We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, will be brought to life on stage. There’s also a great line-up for musical fans with Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Let it Be, Thriller Live, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang being our pick of the bunch. Bringing the season to a close is Ramps On The Moon and Cutting Edge which both tackle some serious issues through drama.

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Old friends Sam Bajdala-Cressley and Tom Ashley created NL Wall Art in 2012, channelling their ideas into minimal art prints and other wall décor. The magic happens in their new Hillsborough-based studio where a variety of collections are designed and made, such as Sam’s popular Henderson’s Relish inspired prints which have since made it onto t-shirts and into the official Hendo’s cook book. The lads recently decided to rebrand as Pushkin Creative, so Kerre Chen got in touch to find out the reasons why and what the future holds…

‘Oh What a Night!’ is probably the most apt statement to describe the fantastic stage show at The Lyceum this month – the classic musical favourite, Jersey Boys. Jersey Boys tells the story of four ordinary men who became extraordinary pop group The Four Seasons, portraying the formation of one of the 1960’s biggest groups as well as the untold off-stage tale too. Taking a look at the Four Seasons from four different perspectives, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio and Tommy DeVito share their stories of the highs and lows of fame, where they came from, and where they ended up after the group’s unfortunate end. All set to a jukebox medley of hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys does well to steer clear from the unintentionally bizarre antics of Mamma Mia, the mothership of all tribute shows. Although visually stunning with inventive set design, it’s truly the actors that set this musical apart. Achieving the iconic falsetto of Frankie Valli is certainly a challenge, with many actors who have attempted to undertake the role saying it’s one of the toughest vocal chords to hit. You cannot clock Matt Corner, playing Frankie Valli, from the real thing. Matt’s performance was truly incredible, capturing the essence of a lost teenager at the start, to later capturing the spirit of the one and only Frankie Valli in full swing. Supported by Lewis Griffiths playing Nick Massi, Sam Ferriday playing Bob Guardio and Henry Davis as Tommy DeVito, the four main cast members achieve the iconic sound of The Four Seasons that’s difficult to differentiate from the real thing. With its classic musical numbers, fantastic acting, zingy one-liners and choreography that is truly a throwback to the sixties, Jersey Boys is simply an amazing stage show. Its movie adaptation back in the early noughties was met with a fair amount of criticism, but don’t let this be offputting. The stage adaptation is uplifting and charming, and should not be missed! Emily Beaumont

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So how did this all come about initially? My dad and grandad set up a family-run sign making company in Hillsborough during the early ‘90s (New Leaf Sign & Design formally known as Sign Language) around the same time I was | 93 | born. So I’ve grown up around design, manufacturing and printing from seeing it first hand from being a toddler. I studied Graphic design for 4 years at Norton College, which sadly is no more. For 2 of those years I did a foundation degree. After I graduated I did an internship at a design agency in London this made me realise I wanted to take a risk and work for myself. Tom and I set up NL Wall Art in 2012 working from New Leafs workshop utilising my design skills and their machinery to create my prints. I have known Tom since I was small and our dads are both directors of New Leaf now so it all happened quite organically. Hendersons_pages.indd 93

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Why have you decided to change to Pushkin Creative? We are going in a bit of a different direction to what we started out with over 3 years ago. I think starting so young – I was 19 and Tom was 17 – we made a lot of mistakes and bad decisions. We have learned so much from the mistakes and are both a bit wiser than before. We just wanted to mark a new era with a new look. What’s behind the name? One of the biggest inspirations in my life is my Grandad. He came over from Ukraine after WW2, and worked as a barber on Division Street. Anyway, other than free haircuts all my life, he gave me and younger members of the family the nickname of Pushkin – “You little Pushkin”. We still don’t know why he called us that – but it stuck. So, yeah, we went with Pushkin Creative. The creative bit outlines what we do without being too restrictive. So what else is behind this new direction? We are introducing another sector to the business: to go more in the direction of a design agency, rather than just designing products to sell online. We want to branch out and use our skills to solve design problems, so we have started a word-of-mouth design service covering all aspects and sectors of design. We want design challenges of any form to put our stamp on. Got any other big plans for Pushkin? I am planning a big trip, probably 2017 now, but I’m going to do up a caravan and take Pushkin Creative on the road, travelling around the country, selling my prints and creating new ones in the new locations I stop at. In the meantime, we’ll be focusing on well-made products and hopefully move on to products for the home – all designed and made in Sheffield of course. That’s the beauty of design: everything you look at has been designed so it can take you anywhere. // @PushkinCreative For more listings and reviews, head to | 123

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William Golding’s classic piece of literature has been transformed into a critically acclaimed theatre production by the award winning Regent’s Park Theatre company (the guys behind last year’s smash hit To Kill A Mockingbird) and it’s coming to Sheffield’s Lyceum this month. The story follows a group of schoolboys who, after surviving a catastrophic plane crash, must quickly learn to live together in the wild. What starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and shadowy monsters. Timothy Sheader is artistic director for the piece and will be in charge of transforming the Lyceum stage into the deserted jungle island. The Lord of the Flies will be showing between November 10 and 14 and tickets can be bought at the box office or online with prices starting at £15.

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The promotional material said this performance ‘will change the way you think about ballet.’ Well, with 1984, the book certainly changed the way many people think about the future of our society – could this dance version of Orwell’s dystopian classic pull off a similar feat? Like last year’s production of Kes by Northern Ballet, 1984 is directed and choreographed by South Yorkshire native, Jonathan Watkins. Having seen Kes, I must say that 1984 works better. These modern ballet adaptations obviously can’t quite manage the detailed story and interactions that a film, play or book can, but they do excel in dazzling the senses with sweeping scenes full of sentiment and emotion. For maximum enjoyment it would probably be best to read the book before coming to see this, or if you don’t have the time, there’s a handy synopsis in the programme. It had been a good few years since I read the book, so there were a couple of scenes where I couldn’t figure out exactly what was happening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit back and enjoy the tight choreography from the cast of young dancers. The love story elements of 1984 are really emphasised here and you don’t get too much of the commentary on society’s progress that the book is famous for, but as the tale moves towards its dark climax, the orchestra ups the volume and giant LCD screens are used with dramatic effect to augment what’s happening on stage. At times, the dancing can seem a little aimless and flowery and takes over from the narrative, but on the whole this production worked really well. Joe Allen

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The Bard of Salford and genuine national treasure John Cooper Clarke returns to the Steel City, but not alone. Tonight he warms the crowd up for new wave veterans Squeeze, which has brought a much older audience, rather than the recently acquired Arctic Monkeys fans following their 2013 cover of Clarke’s ‘I wanna be yours’. He gives this crowd a mix of brief stand up and the old classics, kicking off with a few dad jokes and light hearted one liners; ones that you’re sure you have heard before. “A guy goes to the doctor; the doctor says, ‘You have to stop masturbating’. The guy says, ‘Why?’ The doctor says, ‘Because I’m trying to examine you’.” It’s what Clark does with these familiar quips that works so well: using them as a platform to position this mature audience in the firing line for the more original material. His northern barrage of classic build-ups combined with silly punchlines provides belly laughs throughout. The classic ‘Beasley Street’ and the ode to gentrification ‘Beasley Boulevard’ go down a treat; both delivered with that classic Clarke rapid fire delivery, along with the mix of vivid imagery and bleak undertones. When not delivering his classic breed of verse or brewing another comedic tale, the chit-chat and bizarre mix of impromptu Sopranos impressions and odd accents fall a little flat. But these quiet spots don’t faze Clarke one bit as he provides a string of hits to close his set. ‘Fallen In Love With My Wife’, crowd favourite ‘Twat’ and ‘Evidentially Chickentown’ are fired through before lengthy praise to local hero Alex Turner for his re-working of the encore ‘I Wanna Be Yours’. Clarke is one of a kind. He has remained the same gothic, almost two-dimensionally thin, literary genius for over 35 years (not counting the lost narcotic years.) But every aspect of his life is referenced, from the dark and hilarious ‘Get Back on Drugs’ to his nose dive into old age with ‘Bed Blocker Blues’. With his first collection of work ‘Antholgia’ out October 16 and combined with the confident set he has shown tonight, John Cooper Clarke proves he isn’t going anywhere yet. Lewis Budden

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