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Believe it or not, our regular showcase of musical prowess in the Steel City has been going for eight years now, t’owd lad. We’ve put together a hugely nostalgic roundup featuring some of the finest bands who’ve trodden the Exposed In Session boards over the years.

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21: Out and About We pay homage to Sheffield’s status at the UK’s first Outdoor City, and in doing so hopefully give you a few ideas of some wholesome stuff to do with the remainder of your summer. You’ll thank us in October.

17: Tramlines 2019 What an absolute do that was, eh? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite shots from the city’s favourite annual bash last month.

Support Acts Heather Paterson, mark perkins, sam ward, Benjamin Wylde, Rebecca Walsh, Mollie Bland, robyn hewson, Ruth Alexndar, Ellie Nodder, Joanna Tillery.



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Escape to the City We’re now reaching the midway point of the summer months, so we’ve decided to make the most of it and celebrate Sheffield’s relationship with the great outdoors by paying homage to the UK’s first Outdoor City (that’s us, by the way). From Peak District jaunts to a return for the famous Ski Village, scoot on over to page 21 for an overview of what’s on offer.


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upfront through the haze

Just feast your eyes upon this incredible shot of Sheffield, overlooking Park Hill flats right into the heart of the city centre. It was taken by drone photography experts ORBIT MEDIA who have a selection of similarly striking images on their website –

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Sean Clarke, head honcho at the Moor Market’s Beer Central, showcases his craft brewery of the month and recommends some of their finest tipples.


July ended up being a bit of a scorcher, didn’t it? So here at Beer Central we’ve found the lagers and pale ales have been flying out, with refreshment regularly overriding the need for anything too complicated. The end of last month also saw new releases from the Steel City (in collaboration with The Crow Inn on Scotland Street) and it’s been great to see Martha and Dann at St Mars of the Desert (Attercliffe) get their new canning line up and running. These guys are heading for superstardom, make sure you visit their beautiful taproom or grab some of their new cans real soon. As August continues we’ll start to feel the darker nights and chilly mornings, and for some reason that always gets me in a mood for a good beer festival! I’ve got three in my diary so far, two of which will be new ones for me. Let’s take a look, you might like to join me for a drink – but you’re paying!

Wooley Beer Festival

6-7 September // Barnsley Wooley Miners Cricket Club This is the second edition of Wooley Beer Festival and we heard great things about last year’s event; so much so we’ll be sponsoring a beer at this year’s event and we’re looking forward to enjoying a cheeky pint or two. The venue is ideally situated for Sheffielders as it’s just a short distance from Darton Railway Station, easy to reach direct out of Sheffield Station. This is the smallest of the three festivals we’re looking at, but you can expect plenty of great cask beers from modern local independent breweries. The organisers know their beers and we’re sure they’ll have a great lineup on offer. The event raises money for Wakefield Hospice, it’ll have food available at every session (Friday night, Saturday day, Saturday night) and that’s pretty much it – see you there hopefully!  

York Beer & Cider Festival

18-21 September at York Knavesmire (York Racecourse) This is a biggy with over 500 beers, ciders and perries on offer, plus a KeyKeg bar and World Beers Bar. The festival is held in a massive marquee bang opposite the main Grandstand at York Racecourse and also has a dazzling beer garden outside too. Let’s hope for a sunny week for this one, a few pints out in the beer garden with friends is what we all want. A York Pullman bus service operates from York Railway Station and you can also expect live music from a range of talented local artists at most sessions. York really is a top city for beer at the moment; it’s time I went to their festival too and I’m really looking forward to it!   

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16-19 October at Kelham Island Museum We’ve been so impressed with this one over the last few years, it’s the best CAMRA-organised festival we’ve been to, and in such an iconic venue as well. It has around 300 beers, ciders and perries, plus the usual smart food from local independent traders. One of the great things we love about this festival is the variety of bars and locations you can have a drink in, all with their own characteristics and atmosphere. We’re regular sponsors of the Steel City Festival but this year we’ve gone with something a bit different – we’ll be sponsoring the Champion Beer of Sheffield Competition! Current title holder is Little Critters Nutty Ambassador (a delicious hazelnut milk stout, available from Beer Central in 500ml bottles!) and we’re expecting a tough competition for the 2019 title.

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Thousands turn out for Sarah Nulty tribute song Brother of late Tramlines festival director has released tribute single ‘Laura’.

A clean air zone has been proposed for Sheffield city centre Following in the footsteps of London, Leeds and Birmingham, Sheffield council has put forward plans to establish a clean air charging zone in the city, with £50 million of government cash sought to fund the project. The clean air zone will aim to encourage the most polluting vehicles to upgrade to electric, hybrid or cleaner engines, with 2021 put forward as a possible launch year. The oldest and most polluting taxis, buses, vans, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) would be affected by the pollution charge, with private cars currently exempt. Sheffield city council has asked for £50m of government funding to help drivers upgrade their vehicles to electric/hybrid. Councillor Bob Johnson, cabinet member for

planning and development at the council, said: “This is the start of a vitally important conversation for the city and we want everyone to have their say on the clean air zone and the support that is available. We know air pollution damages the health of us all, especially the very young and the very old, but we need to balance this with how we can support drivers with the cost of reducing their emissions. “The facts are clear, taxi drivers, van drivers and other motorists are among the most at risk from breathing in dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide and we want to protect them and everyone else who lives in our fantastic city. We accept these are difficult conversations but they need to happen so we can improve our air quality.”

Prisoner of war camp discovered in Sheff The forgotten history of what was once the country’s largest prisoner of war camp – a site that held a German admiral who tricked his way out of captivity and went on to succeed Hitler as president of the German Reich – has been uncovered by archaeologists. The remains of the Lodge Moor camp have been brought to life by researchers from the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership, who together discovered the site after it was hidden on the outskirts of the city for more than 60 years. At its peak in 1944, the camp held more than 11,000 people including Germans, Italians and soldiers from the Ukraine. 10 |

More than 30,000 festivalgoers came to the newly-named Nulty’s Main Stage on the last day of Tramlines Festival to listen to Sarah’s brother, James Voisey aka Jaarvo, perform a version of ‘Laura’ by British singer-songwriter, Bat for Lashes. ‘Laura’ was a track that meant a lot to Sarah and her brother James, who first performed the song at Sarah’s funeral. Since then, he has recorded his own upbeat version in Sheffield with George Moran and Chris Wilkinson of Fox Den Studios in Kelham Island with Ed Cosens of Reverend and The Makers, and the Neighbourhood Choir. Ahead of the performance, James said: “The passion Sarah had for Sheffield, Tramlines and life will reverberate through the hearts of those she touched for all of time. It is the biggest honour of my life to share with the sold out Tramlines crowd just some of the love Sarah put into making the party what it is today.” In addition to revenue raised from sales of the single, Tramlines 2019 saw the return of ‘Nulty’s Bar’, and new ‘BeMoreNulty’ merchandise, designed by Sheffield artist, Tom J Newell. All profits from the single, the ‘Nulty’s Bar’ and BeMoreNulty merchandise will go to Cavendish Cancer Care and Weston Park Cancer Charity, who provided vital care and support for Sarah and her family during her illness. Sarah, who was director at Tramlines from 2013 – 2018, was a well-loved and galvanising force in Sheffield and as such, her death at the age of just 36, provoked a huge response with festival fans and industry alike. A memorial plaque was also unveiled on the original site of the Tramlines’ Main Stage on Devonshire Green in Sheffield city centre. You can listen to the track here: lnk. to/bemorenulty


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I dread being asked where I’m from. Not because I’m embarrassed of the fact, but because for me it’s a complex question that I can’t really be arsed to answer. If I simply answer “Sheffield” it’s guaranteed I will get a reply of “Well, why shop assistant for six months, the owner asked me if I’d like to be in charge of is your accent like that?” And if I tell them the truth: being born in Sheffield, their ASOS marketplace, and I jumped at the opportunity. Over the summer bred in Lincoln but coming back to Sheffield every other weekend to see my I was listing items online, photographing them, blogging and managing family for 12 years, and then eventually moving back four years ago, this is online customer liaison. What? The 16-year-old, bunking off school, staying usually followed with... well, not a lot. up too late, brace-wearing me. Doing all of that? I’m not sure how I did it, Even though I spent a mere four years (that I hardly but I did and it was the kick up the backside I needed. remember because I was basically a foetus) in Sheffield The owner had a certain faith in me that I had never before my mum decided to make the move to Lincoln, really received before, and I was getting paid to do when I came back at the age of 16 I felt more at home something I genuinely enjoyed, which inspired me to than I ever had in Lincolnshire. I always wondered apply for a course at college. why. Was it because I never really fitted in Lincoln? Or I started at Hillsborough College doing photogbecause I’d always visited Sheffield to see my family? raphy, which was the answer to mine and my mother’s “I got out the Is it just the South Yorkshire blood coursing through prayers. Whilst my attendance still wasn’t at 100%, it’s car, slammed my veins? My conclusion was all of the above. Sheffair to say I gave the work my all. My tutors were so the door shut, field had always been a second home to me despite not helpful and friendly, and I got to see a side of Shefseeing too much of it; my entire family tree is planted field I hadn’t yet experienced. Despite most of my turned around right here in the Steel City. Little did I know, moving to time at Hillsborough being spent sat in front of a and my heart Sheffield would become the best thing that could have computer, lunchtimes and after college would be filled skipped a beat; happened to me. with picking up bargains from the many charity shops I remember moving to Sheffield like it was yesterday. there, strolling through Hillsborough Park in the my eyes were I hadn’t seen the house my mum had bought yet and sunshine, and chatting away to friendly locals in pubs, welcomed with when I saw the beast of a hill it was on (Hunter House sandwich shops and even bus stops. Whilst my friends a breathtaking Road; if you know, you know) I was less than pleased. I from sixth form never really kept in touch once I left, got out the car, slammed the door shut, turned around view of the city.” I’d met some amazing people on nights out who were and my heart skipped a beat; my eyes were welcomed doing a lot for Sheffield’s independent creative scene, with a breathtaking view of the city. I never grew bored and these people soon became my best friends. They of this view, and since moving from that goddamned hill, I have since faced inspired and pushed me to work harder in my ventures and dream big. After the trek just to see it again. two years, I left with a distinction and a new found confidence in myself. I started High Storrs sixth form, and then never really went again. One The time came to decide what was next. The answer to which went from thing I did gain from sixth form, however, was a bunch of friends. These working full-time for a year and then travelling, freelancing in photography, people loved the same music as I did, and in true 16-year-old spirit, we got mastering acrobatics and joining a circus, and finally, I settled on univerour paws on some fake IDs and I had an early introduction to Off Me Nut sity. I looked around Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle but I felt my journey parties, Dubcentral, Yellow Arch and Hope Works – all of which blew my here wasn’t over just yet. I had made solid friendships I wasn’t ready to be mind in comparison to quiet, cobbled Lincoln. I was full of vodka, soaking away from just yet. So I applied for Sheffield Hallam, got in and started in in the city and meeting new people of all walks of life. I would spend the September. I definitely haven’t looked back. days when I should have been in lesson walking from Endcliffe Park to Forge It’s been four years since I moved here, and I still manage to find places Dam, visiting the vintage shops on Division Street and taking in the beau- that surprise me. There’s often so much more to Sheffield than what first tiful Botanical Gardens. meets the eye, and I feel like you create your own narrative here. While I However, my first year wasn’t just spent getting up to no good: I got a lived in little old Lincoln for 12 years, I feel as if I’ve been in Sheffield my part-time job in a vintage shop in town, Thrifty Store. After working as a entire life.

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Produced in association with Sheffield’s first poet laureate Otis Mensah, Wordplay is a monthly showcase of up-and-coming artists from the city’s literary scene. For this month’s issue of Exposed, Mollie Bland spoke with writer, poet and artist Raluca de Soleil.

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Raluca de Soleil

When did you first start writing spoken word poetry? I started writing reflectively when I was about 14, but this was different to what I write now. They were narrations – me putting in writing what I was thinking without trying to fit a form or anything. This coincided with me taking photos - I was really into photography. Then I basically left both of them. This was back in Romania, where I’m from. When I came to Sheffield to study in 2012, I followed a few friends who were in bands and this inspired me a lot. Later on in 2016, I started writing poetry when I went back home to Romania. I was fascinated with how close I felt to people back home – I was lacking that in the UK and I was struggling a lot. On this trip, I felt like I belonged on a deep emotional level. I had this explosion of euphoria, everything made sense, and everything was wonderfully connected. So, this is the initial feeling I had when I started writing poetry. A few months later, I came back to Sheffield and started writing poetry in English. I still use Romanian words when they add meaning to a poem and preserve authenticity.

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How does your upbringing affect what you do now? My upbringing in Romania impacts everything that I do today. Financially I was quite well off, in terms of Romanian financial standards anyway. My parents were business owners so they were working a lot, and they were carrying some inter-generational trauma. So that impacted the parenting, and has affected me in turn. I started developing anxiety and depression from as early as 8. By the time I was 14 and started writing, I was already emotionally overwhelmed and used it as a way to make sense of my current reality. My early life has effected everything – my relationships, the work that I do, every task in my life. I started creating because I wasn’t getting enough satisfaction from life and activities. I was spending hours and hours looking at how the light was reflecting on the walls, at shadows and insects. At this time, I was taking photos of everything. I was very preoccupied with my mind, so this all sparked the creativity that I still have now. What main themes and ideologies do you explore in your work? From an early age, I became aware of structures in society – family structures and roles, what is acceptable and this idea that parents own their children and that children are inferior. The idea that the adult always knows better and the child can’t really have a better argument. Also that the structure in the family is reflected by other structures in society, especially patriarchy. I realised this patriarchal structure very early on, because this idea of the ‘respectable’ woman was floating around everywhere in my life. This idea was abused by people who were judgemental of promiscuity and who were ready to call you a whore. Strangers and family were just throwing this idea around in telling you how to behave like a ‘girl’. I was trying to make sense of my own realisation of this, which was conflicting with my external reality. This meant that I wasn’t having many conversations about these things because most weren’t agreeing. Writing became a sort of conversational partner for me. These ideas kept on developing in my work. Specifically, my recently released poetry book looks at childhood trauma and is explicit about that, by directly mentioning my parents. I don’t truly blame them. I’m looking at it more as trauma that is being passed on and the effect of societal systems on people who are going to become parents and just reflect that structure in their day-to-day lives.

How do you feel about sharing such emotional material with your audience? It’s always nerve-wracking because it’s so intimate. Like, I’m stood there performing to a group of people – some of them are my friends but a lot of them I’d never met - and it’s hard to both maintain authenticity and put on an effective performance. After the show, though, I had many people coming up to me, saying how great it was, and how they really needed it. This is was so therapeutic to hear! Where can people see the film and the rest of your work? I’m working with Resolve Collecting to do a performance at S1 Artspace which will incorporate as many elements of my artistic mediums that I can put together before 2 August. My Instagram is the best place to keep up with what I’m doing, where I’m performing and what I do to dismantle these oppressive systems within myself and hopefully inspire you to progress your own journey, too. What does the future hold for you? I have a few ideas in the pipeline that I’m hoping to explore very soon. Some paintings and short films, and in terms of my poetry, I’m hoping to put on an exhibition incorporating it. Whether this will happen by the end of the summer or later in the year, I hope to bring together my writing and my visual art in a conceptual piece. @raluca_de_soleil Raluca’s debut poetry book ‘Adulthood is a lifelong conversation about what we used to do as kids’ is out now.

Blimey. What a weekend that was, eh? The 11th instalment of Tramlines Festival saw the likes of Nile Rodgers and CHIC throwing a big ol’ disco for over 30,000 in Hillsborough Park, Johnny Marr orchestrating an en-masse singalong of Smiths classics, while over in the city centre punters in the pubs and bars were entertained by some of the finest local talent on offer. Here are a few of our favourite snaps from another memorable do.

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Pssst. Did you know that Exposed In Session, our monthly showcase of the finest Sheffield musicians, turned the ripe old age of eight years recently? Yup, we reckon we’ve linked up with not far off 100 bands or artists in the name of celebrating our ever-shifting local music scene, working with some hugely talented creatives from photographers to filmographers along the way. And long may it continue, we say! We’re currently booking in a new round of bands to snap, chat to and film live, but in the meanwhile we thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on some of the incredible talent we’ve had the pleaure of featuring over the years…

Harley Likes Music

This was a first. A live session performed by an artist stood in front of toy decks and wielding a Nintendo DS. It was a wonderful welcome into the 8-bit world of Harley Likes Music, who played a short high-tempo set in Ecclesall Woods. Watch:

Kate Jackson & The Wrong Moves

Kate rose to prominence in Sheffield as member of The Long Blondes, one of the noughties’ most-loved indie outfits – peddling forward-thinking, bittersweet guitar pop anthems for the NME generation. Eight years after the band split in 2008, Kate returned with a solo record British Road Movies and agreed to treat us to couple of tracks live. Watch:

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Slow Club

Ahead of headlining the Exposed In Session stage at Tramlines 2015, we recorded two acoustic tracks with the South Yorkshire duo. The songs in question, ‘Tears of Joy’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Kid’, were recorded around the release of their third studio album Complete Surrender and showed the band taking a large step away from their earlier indie-folk sound into something more soulful. Watch:

Dead Sons

Thumping desert rock was a fairly prevalent sound around these parts circa 2013, when Dead Sons were regularly selling out some of the Steel City’s biggest venues following the release of their pounding debut record The Holler and the Hymns. Watch them (metaphorically) destroy the City Hall in easily our loudest session to date.


Hey Sholay

Just how good were trippy indie pop legends Hey Sholay back in the day. Answer: very good indeed. We’ve got a charming live session filmed at Sheffield Cathedral amidst a big stack of balloons to prove it. Them were the days, eh ?

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The Crookes

Iconic Sheffield band, iconic Sheffield venue. In 2012, The Crookes were on of the hottest-tipped bands on the local scene spreading the word via their brand of bold, melodic guitar pop. To celebrate the release of second album Hold Fast, we invited the lads to perform a few ditties for us at the Crucible Theatre. Talk about big breaks…


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Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards

Sheffield soul man and the voice behind some of the 21st century’s biggest house tracks, Steve Edwards spent an afternoon with photographer Timm Cleasby in the old Castle Market (RIP) before performing a trio of tracks from his ‘Beautiful People’ EP at the Lantern Theatre. Watch:

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The Great Outdoors! As the only major UK city with a national park inside its borders – not to mention over 170 woodlands, 78 public parks, 10 public gardens and almost 11km2 of rivers and reservoirs all within a short distance of each other – it’s unsurprising that Sheffield has taken its title as The Outdoor City very much to heart. The coming together of nature and urban living is one thing that makes it a unique place to live, so we’ve devoted a considerable chunk of this issue to celebrating the city’s close ties to outdoor recreation – shining a light on everything from our favourite Peak District jaunts to exploring subterranean Victorian storm drains…

Why the Outdoor City? Here’s why: A third of the city lies within the Peak District, which was the first designated national park in England (est. 1951). 61% of Sheffield’s entire area is green space and although the vast majority of the city’s green space is outside the main urban area, all the parkland and 14 km2 of woodland is located within the urban area. There are 80 ancient woodlands in Sheffield, the largest being Ecclesall Woods, which is approximately 1.35 km2. Ecclesall Woods is the largest ancient semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire. Sheffield is the most geographically diverse city in England and has more types of habitat than any city in the UK. We’re home to the country’s only city centre mountain biking facility at Parkwood Springs. It’s touted as the UK’s ‘Climbing Capital’ with circa 10,000 climbers living in the city. Unsurprisingly, participation rates in outdoor recreation here are well above the national average. | 21

outdoors: interview

From wakeboarding in hidden rivers beneath city streets to hurtling down the charred remnants of the Sheffield Ski Village, Salt Street Productions are a film company specialising in unexpected locations, talented athletes and the will to turn imagination into reality. Their selection of exhilarating short films have exceeded well over 10 million views, a whole host of awards, and their own Channel 4 series – Britain’s Abandoned Playgrounds. With another series soon to launch, this time on the BBC, Ellie Nodder spoke to the company’s director Ed Birch. After studying photography at university, what saw you move into adventure film production? Halfway through university, I set up my production company and my videos started getting a lot more attention than my photography. I started to enjoy it more, and for my last piece at university I did a piece of film instead of a photograph and I had no idea what mark I was going to get for that piece of film. I had no idea if I was even allowed to do film and whether I’d have failed my whole degree because I’d done this. But in the end, it got a good mark and I came away with a first-class degree and Salt Street sort of grew out of that. Is there a consistent message behind what you like to achieve with the films? I do these things because I think people will enjoy them. My aim is to get mainly kids or young adults out and seeing their environment differently, to get that kid to look at his street outside of his home and think, ‘You know what? I think I could skateboard down that and have a really good time,’ rather than seeing it in the traditional way of only having to walk on the pavement. I want them to just experience the world in a more exciting and interesting way. What I do is look at a location and think, ‘How I can interpret that differently? What can I do that will excite an 11 or 18-year-old who doesn’t know what to do with his summer?’ Yeah, it can be on an abandoned island and off the coast of Edinburgh but it will still spark an interest in what they can achieve within their own playground or around their house. That’s the aim: just to inspire kids to get out, to try something new and a bit different.

How do you find the locations? I’m constantly looking and searching for interesting locations and I’m always thinking about how I can use sports differently. I just sort of come up with ideas and see how realistic they are, whether they’re too dangerous, or if the camera equipment is invented that will make it possible to do! Then they go on the list of potentials in the future – I’ve got a big list of ideas! A lot of Salt Street’s videos are based in an urban location. Is this important to you? If you go on Instagram you’ll see hundreds of photographs of people in places like the Peak District, often getting lovely views with their backs to the sunset, which is great and beautiful and they’re getting outside. But half of 16-25 year olds all live within city centres and urban environments, so I think it’s important to show people what you can do within your city boundaries; show how there is adventure, how there is nature to be found within a city, how there are exciting experiences that you can discover. It’s not all about climbing the tallest mountain – I’m not interested in that, I’m more interested in what the everyday urban kid could be inspired to do. What can we expect to see from you in the future? We’re always making sporting films, and we go to incredible locations and put sport into them to make it as exciting as possible, so there’s always more viral content to come from us. In terms of what we’re doing in Sheffield at the moment, we’re working on Low Line 2, our wakeboarding film. We’ve been asked by The One Show to remake it so we’re filming down there again on Tuesday. We’ve got a BBC sports series going out at the moment about sports vs sports, things like motocross vs drone. We’ll have more sporting content aimed at the 16-25 year old bracket, and more Outdoor City content. We want to promote the city, get more people from the local area and the UK to recognise Sheffield as the incredible place that it is, and also encourage the people abroad from Europe to come here and experience it and spend their money here.

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What Lies Beneath On the 6 and 7 July last month, more than 100 visitors took part in the first public tours of Sheffield’s hidden rivers, organised by the Sheaf and Porter River Trust. The giant underground storm drain (known as the Megatron) lies below the streets of Sheffield: an impressive network of cathedral-like brick archways and interconnecting darkened tunnels built during the 1800s to control the overflow of water from the city’s main rivers. Tickets for the July tours sold out in less than ten hours when they went on sale due to a huge demand. Across Saturday and Sunday, YHA Edale, in collaboration with the Trust’s volunteers,

Hitting the Slopes Sheffield council has agreed a 150-year lease with Extreme Destinations for an ”internationally recognised” sport and leisure destination at the old ski village site at Parkwood Springs. The ambitious plans will see the destination ‘rival the best in the world’, bring 400 new jobs and one million new visitors to Sheffield. Work on the site will begin next year and will include a modern ski slope, mountain biking trails, a hub building with shops, bars and restaurants as well as visitor accommodation. The infamous ski village site opened in 1988 but closed in 2012 following a series of fires. Alistair Gosling, CEO of Extreme said: “This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to deliver an Extreme Destination right in the heart of Sheffield. We will be tapping into the world-wide phenomena of creating action and adventure destinations, where all the excitement of sport and leisure facilities come together – sports activities, accommodation, eating, drinking, shopping – in a totally immersive experience.” 26 |

guided eight tours through the hidden rivers of downtown Sheffield, with the majority culminating at the visually stunning culvert section in Castlegate. The tours are just one activity the Trust is planning to deliver. Other key initiatives will include river clean-ups, promoting the de-culverting and re-naturalisation of the rivers and fundraising for key projects. Due to the demand, further tours have been announced for August. Anyone interested in purchasing river tour tickets are encouraged to follow the Sheaf and Porter River Trust on Facebook for regular updates. Facebook: Sheaf and Porter River Trust

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In 1932, a mass trespass of the Kinder Pass trail in the Peak District lead to the passing of the National Parks Legislation Act in 1949 which officially opened broad sections of the Pennine Moorland and a variety of other long distance footpaths to the general public. Such an act of wilful civil disobedience was, ultimately, a victory for working class to gain open access to countryside in their own vicinity, if only so they could get out for a Sunday walk and a deliberate fly in the ointment of upper class acquisitiveness. Now Sheffield’s-own Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of PULP, has created the Kinder Pass Art Trail as a dedication to the ramblers who trespassed 70 years ago. The Art Trail is a walk from the Edale train station to the foot of the Kinder Scout plateau. Along the way hikers will find dotted all along the trail a selection of hidden artworks which have been inspired either by nature or by the Peak District itself. Cocker’s hope is that wayfarers will be as inspired by the idyllically dramatic environment as much as he has been ever since a childhood trip first got him ‘hooked’. This endeavour came about as the result of a collaboration between Cocker and the National Trust, and was publicly funded through use of the National Lottery and the Arts Council. It is an engaging and rather surprising effort, one which encourages all who walk it to observe and respect the heritage and history of the landscape, the stories and the struggles which have shaped its past and continue to shape its future. The organisers of this event would like to remind visitors that access to the trail is best made through use of public transport, due to narrow roads and limited parking. Visitors might also like to visit the Penny Pot Café, where they may hear Ruth Ewan’s jukebox that plays songs of passion and protest, also inspired by the trespass. The Kinder Pass Art Trail is open from the 6 July until 15 September. | 27

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Born and bred in Sheffield, Anna Paxton is a freelance copywriter, film producer and mountain runner with a passion for all things outdoors. Over the years Anna has worked with various organisations such as Red Bull Adventure, Lowe Alpine, ShAFF, and The Outdoor City, whilst her website, Outdoorista, documents her recent projects in the Steel City and promotes women’s involvement in outdoor activities. Outdoorista focuses on the exciting stories of women in the outdoor world. How important is it to showcase female participation in outdoor activity? When I started blogging in 2014, I didn’t really see many women represented in sports – particularly outdoor or more extreme sports. There was a real lack of female role models. I wanted to tell the stories of women like me getting involved in outdoor sports. I do think times have changed quite a lot in the last few years; there are so many more women participating in sports such as climbing and ultrarunning, so we have definitely come a long way.

What advice would you give to women who are looking at getting involved in outdoor sport? I remember my first ever 5K about 15 years ago – I didn’t know if I would even be able to finish it! I think it’s just as rewarding whether you finish your first 5K or your first ultra-run – you get the same amazing feeling. One of my first blogs, which became really popular, was about walking around the Tour du Mont Blanc and then eventually running the massif. It took years, starting small and getting bigger and bigger, to be able to do that. It’s not for everyone but if you enjoy it then keep going! I recently saw an article you wrote for Red Bull about taking part in the 23 mile long Steeple Chase in Devon – it sounds gruelling but you describe it as rewarding. What is it about mountain running and extreme sports such as this that you love? Well, the reason that I got into mountain running was that I used to be a climber – I did a lot of extreme climbing. After a while, I decided that I wanted to try something new, but I still wanted to get out into the mountain environment. Trail running and ultra-running seemed to be the way to keep on doing that. You were born in Sheffield but you’ve travelled all around the world for trail and ultra-running events, from the Alps to America. You’re still involved with lots of Sheffield-based projects, like the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and Salt Street Productions.

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Why do you think we have such a good relationship with outdoor activity here? I think Sheffield is really unique. Normally, if you want to go somewhere to do outdoor and extreme sports to a world class level, you would be out somewhere completely remote in the mountains. Whereas in Sheffield, you’ve got the national park within its boundaries so there is world class climbing right on your doorstep. And what Sheffield’s got now, that it didn’t have even two years ago, is that edgy, cool, independent spirit. Especially with the ‘Outdoor City’ push beginning a couple of years ago. Yeah, I think the outdoor city label has brought us

into the light, and helped people come together as a collective. It’s a way for people to easily recognise the city and become aware of what’s going on in Sheffield, which they might not have known about before.

What are you working on at the moment? I recently did the PR for the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. We’ve been going into schools in parts of the city that don’t access the outdoors as much, showing the films for free to encourage young people to come to the festival in March and get involved. Another Sheffieldbased project I’m working on is the Outdoor City website; I wrote the copy for the relaunch, encouraging young European people to visit Sheffield!

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Getting Involved Some top tips for getting active in Sheff!

Making Waves As the north’s largest cable park, Sheffield Cable Waterski has no shortage of fun things to dive into. With an Aqua Park featuring a Total Wipeout-style inflatable obstacle course and a bar to relax in afterwards, it makes for the perfect summer outdoors experience. The full size cable course is the ideal place to let out all that adrenaline and test your wakeboarding and water-skiing skills. However, don’t sweat if you’re new to the world of water sports, skilled staff are on hand to teach you the basics of kneeboarding before you go onto something more taxing.

Ramble On If you’d rather visit the countryside while remaining in touching distance of the city centre, you need to give the Sheffield Round Walk a whirl. Perfect for a warm day, the route takes hikers through suburbs and rural areas in a 15-mile loop that includes some beautiful sightseeing and spectacular countryside views. sheffield-round-walk

Be Boulder No rope or harness (but on smaller walls, obviously) bouldering tests strength, stamina and brainpower as you negotiate your route to the top. Balance is essential as the manoeuvres are more complex than traditional climbing as your upper body strength is tested to the max.

Keep On Running Every Saturday at 9am, Sheffield residents gather in areas across the city to race against each other, the clock or themselves. These 5K park runs are a reliable, free and easy way to let off some steam. Notable routes include Endcliffe Park and Hillsborough – just remember to preregister before your first run.

Jumping off things Basically, get fit whilst pretending to be Spiderman. Check out the Sheffield Parkour and Freerunning community.

Reach new heights Opened in 1991 as the UK’s first dedicated indoor climbing centre, The Foundry is a top class climbing facility that welcomes aspiring climbers of all abilities. There are also student discounts on memberships and daily entry fees.

Take a view Oof! Isn’t Sheffield a handsome bugger in the summer months? Here are five of our favourite spots to ogle at its alluring beauty from afar: Meersbrook Park Skye Edge Parkwood Springs Norfolk Heritage Park Bole Hills | 31

Fancy getting stuck in? Here are some key events to stick in the calendar…

Peak District Challenge

June In this creative multi-stage event, the Round Sheffield route, a runner’s trail which links some of the most beautiful paths and parks in the city will play host to not only one, but eleven timed races making up 20km of the 24km route. It sounds intense, but there is the opportunity for a bit of rest or a walk/jog between the stages. To top it all off, there’s a party atmosphere at the finish line with food stalls, DJs and a beer tent.

20 – 21 September For those of you looking for a test of endurance, wanting to put those legs to good use, check out the Peak District Challenge coming in September. From the fairly capable walker, to the skilled and experienced trekkers, there is a challenge out there for each of you designed to test your strength whilst also raising money for some worthy causes. Take in the scenery of the riverside paths, or catch your breath at the Peak District heights, and take on the climb!

Women’s Trad Festival

Cliffhanger Festival

Round Sheffield Run

2 – 4 August Returning for its fourth year, the Women’s Trad Festival presents the opportunity to trad climb, creating your confidence on rock and advancing your skills. All abilities are welcome and encouraged. No need to fear if you’re a first-timer as each ‘learner’ is paired with an experienced trad climber ‘leader’ to guide them through it, teaching the vital skills in gear placement, rope work, anchors and confidence building. Neither ‘learner’ nor ‘leader’? Be a ‘climber’, somewhere in between the two! 32 |

Sheffield Grand Prix

24 July From Pinstone Street to Furnival Gate, Furnival Gate to Norfolk Street and Norfolk Street back to Pinstone, you can watch the very best of high tempo criterium racing at the Sheffield Grand Prix. Bystanders at the Town Hall can find refreshments and a whole host of other goodies.

5 – 7 July Annual adventure festival Cliffhanger nicely demonstrates why Sheffield is the outdoor activity capital of the country with a simple motto: ‘see it, try it, do it!’ Setting out to inspire and involve, this free two-day event taking place across various locations turns the city centre into a giant outdoor playground with professional demonstrations and activities in sports including climbing, mountain biking, running, skateboarding, orienteering and more. Facebook: Cliffhanger Festival

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Sheffield City Kayak Club

4 // 11 // 18 // 25 August A family-friendly club who host regular kayaking sessions on the River Don in Kelham Island, available for all ages and abilities. All the equipment and guidance is provided, while they also run pool sessions at the Zest Centre in Upperthorpe.

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Sheffield Walking Festival

22 September Asda has teamed up with Sheffield City Council in order to provide all fun-runners out there with the opportunity to raise a bit of cash for the charity of their choice. This isn’t just for fitness; it’s also just good old fashioned fun.

13-22 September Get your kicks from quick and casual jaunts? Then this might just be what you’ve been looking for. Between the 12 - 22 September you can explore everything that is offer, and all from your own back garden. The heritage and landscapes from Sheffield to Derbyshire await from the thirty routes on offer. Facebook: ‘Sheffield Walking Festival’

Monsal Hill Climb

6 October The Sheffield Cycling Club is back once more, and in its 89th year, along with the 675 yard race that made it famous. In 1981, the record was broken by Malcolm Elliott’s now legendary time of 1m 14.2s. Head out to the picturesque setting and cheer the contenders on.

Free Outdoor Yoga at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

25 August // 29 September Here’s your chance enjoy some totally free, and very freeing, yoga classes. You can enjoy the tantric practises in the garden’s idyllic surroundings, all while listening to the sounds of nature.

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ShAFF – Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

20-22 March This annual event takes place at the Showroom Cinema and serves up a packed programme of documentaries on athletes, incredible locations and a huge spectrum of sports including on running, climbing, biking, skiing, surfing, kayaking and everything in between. Facebook: ShAFF

5 October In its fifth year, St Luke’s Night Strider is back with a new 10K and half marathon route and a new starting point of the Peace Gardens. Take part in Sheffield’s best and brightest walking challenge in the dark! Walk the city at night, taking in the views by moonlight all the while raising money for a brilliant cause the entire time. | 33

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PEDDLER NIGHT MARKET NO.45 92 Burton Road // 2-3 Aug // Free Ah, you can’t beat summer Peddler vibes; and the city’s biggest regular street food party is back this month with your usual selection of bangin’ food traders, craft beers and cockails, live music, handmade treats and a pop-up shop from While She Sleeps. Always a winner. OUTDOOR CINEMA: PULP FICTION Whirlow Hall Farm // 10 August // £14.98 Slick, sleek and effortlessly cool, this film favourite will be accompanied by shakes, burgers, bar and jiving as our live rock’n’roll band Tombstone Buzzards get our audience of movers and shakers in the mood before the film begins. Sounds, sights, smells and tastes of the fifties will accompany the showing, with rockabilly tunes and boozy milkshakes on offer. SHEFFIELD FILM AND COMIC CON Fly DSA Arena // 10-11 August // From £8 Continuing to build on the success of the previous film and comic con in Sheffield, 2019’s con brings you more of your favourite stars from TV, film and comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots with the stars, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and film memorabilia to browse.

Bassheads and lovers of all things urban will be well catered for next month, as two huge events descend upon Ponderosa Park during the final weekend of September. On Saturday 28 September, world-renowned Beats 1 and Apple Music DJ Charlie Sloth will host the inauguaral Fire in the Park Festival in association with GRM Daily and will feature some of the hottest names in the game. 8,000 tickets have been released for the event which will see the likes of GIGGS, Yxng Bane, Big Tobz, and Yungen among the 80+ artists playing across two stages. General admission tickets are currently on final

release at £50 each. Head to fireinthepark. for more info. The following day, Bass in the Park Festival, a separate event bringing the biggest artists across the bass music spectrum, will also be launching. The 40+ strong line-up will feature names such as DJ EZ, Mistajam, Devlin, President T, and Flowdon on the bill, with organisers promising the best in high-end production and light shows.

Tickets are £22.50 (£27.50 with an official afterparty ticket) and you can browse the full line-up at

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SHEFFIELD BURLESQUE AND CABARET EXTRAVAGANZA Library Theatre // 24 August // From £27.50 The Velvet Burlesque proudly presents the fourth Sheffield burlesque and cabaret extravaganza. A spectacular festival of dazzling burlesque, vaudeville, cabaret, circus, magic and variety acts. Featuring multiple award winning local, national, and international guest performers. Expect nothing less than excellent quality entertainment!

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As ever, Abbeydale Road’s Gravel Pit is stocked up with an intriguing selection of goodies from their curated range of plants to rare figurines.

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This month Gravel Pit will be having a charity auction featuring a series of seriously limited edition Kid Robots figures. Each one has been customised by some of Sheff ’s fave artistic types, with Tom J Newell, Rob Lee, Zoe Genders, Emma Peel, Jo Peel have all lending their talents to the designs. Money raised will be in aid of Neurocare and take place on 21 August at Picture House Social.

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A much-loved independent café is set to open a second venue in £470m city centre development Popular city centre cafe Marmadukes is set to open a second venue in Sheffield after signing up for a unit on the ground floor of the brand new Grosvenor House, underneath the new HSBC offices in Charter Square. The new 1,500 sq ft venue, complete with outdoor terrace, will have a stronger focus on vegan and vegetarian food. Owner Tim Nye tells us: “We are proud to call Sheffield our home and are excited to be playing a part in the Heart of the City II regeneration scheme. It is a major development that will significantly transform this district of the city centre. “We are a family-run business with a small but growing team. Our aim is to offer city centre visitors and weekday workers the best in British daytime food and drink. We are all incredibly passionate about what we do – something we believe is reflected in our café the moment you walk through our door. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, the council’s cabinet member for business and investment, said: “Marmadukes is one of Sheffield city centre’s best-loved independents, so we are delighted they are continuing to grow their business within the city centre. “The plan for Heart of the City II is not just for the big banks and businesses but to give the scheme a beating heart of local energy. That is how we can say that the scheme is distinctively Sheffield and not like anywhere else. Businesses such as Marmadukes will complement some of the bigger chains in the city centre perfectly.” Jocelyn Holmes, senior leasing manager at Queensberry, the council’s strategic development partner, said: “Marmadukes has a brilliant reputation locally for serving high-quality coffee and food in a stylish and stripped-back environment. “Major companies and potential investors, such as HSBC, are all looking for something a little bit more bespoke from their surrounding offer these days. Having a café that is distinct to Sheffield, with a strong identity and focus on ethical ingredients, really appeals.”

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Vegan Week – one of the most popular food events of the year – is returning in August and will see True North Brew Co.’s venues across South Yorkshire dishing up a huge selection of incredible plant-based recipes. Andy Burns, True North’s executive head chef has helped lead the way for Vegan Week by experimenting with exciting vegan recipes and developing new ideas for the upcoming event. Speaking about the Week, Andy said that True North are looking forward to showing vegans all over South Yorkshire what they’ve got to offer and that the event is a perfect chance for True North’s chefs to showcase their skills and craft amazing plant-based recipes that even meat-eaters will love. From 12–18 August, all True North venues will feature a selection of special vegan dishes alongside their regular menus and specials will include everything from artisan pizzas to spicy jackfruit burgers and vegan pies. With something for everyone – from light lunch snacks to hearty meals – the event is definitely one to put in the diary for vegans and meat-eaters alike. You can take part and try some of the food in the following Sheffield venues: The Common Room, Forum Kitchen + Bar, The Old House, The York, Riverside Kelham, The Broadfield, The Waggon & Horses and The British Oak. Vegan Week is a busy time so reserving a table in advance is recommended. Bookings can be made by calling 0114 272 0569 or visiting the True North website.


Not content with producing some of the nicest eggs benedict and ramen bowls this side of the Don, Alma Street’s Noosa has introduced a build-yourown pasta menu where you can create your own big bowl from scratch and choose from a large range of ingredients, all for just a tenner. Bargain! | 37

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Since its opening in April last year, The Blind Monkey has become a true gem on the Walkley pub scene, harking back to its roots as a traditional pub originally built during the Edwardian era while offering a few modern comforts along the way. The listed building, previously known as the Firwood Cottage, opened its doors to the public after 39 weeks of refurbishment pushing a philosophy of “a new-aged pub with an old-fashioned heart”. Think a cosy, 1930s speakeasy-inspired interior to complement cask ales, live sport, music, craft beer and a spacious and stylish beer garden. The latest step forward has seen street food arriving at the venue, bringing former professional basketball player Olu Babalola off the court and into the kitchen. Olu, who settled in Sheffield after joining the Sheffield Sharks, will be serving up the Blind Monkey’s menu of soul food dishes including burgers, pulled lamb, sandwiches, paninis and desserts and what he claims are “the best wings in the city”. “I’ve been given a lot of creative freedom,” the Wing Kings founder told NorthBound. “I want to keep our menu exciting for everyone; 38 |

it’s important that to me that the vegetarian and vegan dishes taste just as good and aren’t thrown on as an afterthought. Keep an eye out for Wing Wednesdays, Soul Food Sunday Dinner, Curry of the Week and the upcoming Taco Tuesday and Pizza Night.” Olu is originally from London but picked up his culinary skills whilst studying at Clemson University, South Carolina. He credits a chef known as ‘Mama’, an old lady in her 70s, who

may not have said much but became so fond of Olu that she passed to him the ingredients behind her secret seasoning mix for perfect chicken wings, a family recipe which is over 100 years old. The arrival of soulful street food to the Blind Monkey coincides with Don Valley Brewery’s refocusing of their beer range which now has a musical edge to match an indie ethos. The brewery, which has close ties to the venue, will feature heavily on the bar alongside guest ales from local breweries to provide a South Yorkshire compliment to Olu’s South Carolina flavours. For a taste of South Yorkshire soul, the Blind Monkey serves a main menu every Thursday to Saturday, 12-9pm as well as the popular ‘Wing King Wednesday’ between 5-9pm. 279 Whitehouse Ln, S6 2WA



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A collaborative effort from co-founder of the Rockingham Group (the team behind Public, Picture House Social and The Gatsby) James O’Hara and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, the first Ambulo all-day café opened in the Millennium Gallery earlier this year. Following the success of the first venue, the team have now launched a second based inside Weston Park Museum. Here’s a small taste of what you can expect… What made you want to open a second Ambulo? It was always the plan to have two sites with Ambulo in Sheffield but we obviously wanted to get the first one done before embarking on a second. We were always really excited about the Weston Park site as it brings back a lot of childhood memories for us all. I think everyone in Sheffield remembers seeing the polar bear at Weston Park as a kid! How is this Ambulo different to the first one? Is there a new menu? Actually, the menu is almost identical. We wanted both of them to have the same feel – we didn’t want one to be seen as better than or much different to the other. They are two very different spaces so it was a challenge to make them both feel like Ambulo. I think the colour scheme and the flowers from Swallows and Damsons have really become a part of our brand – they make it Ambulo.

How important is maintaining a family-friendly ethos at the venues? Yeah, that was one of the main things we wanted to do with it. We’ve always opened businesses that fit where we are in our lives, really. When we were in our mid-twenties, we did Gatsby and then a few years later we did Public. Now we’re a bit older and we wanted to create somewhere that we could take family and friends, our mums and dads or young kids. It’s a really important part of Ambulo. We felt like there weren’t really enough family-friendly places in Sheffield. Naturally, the museum setting ties in with the family day out feel too. Absolutely! We’ve had some really nice moments in there, especially when it’s raining and it’s the kids’ holidays. We’ll get a family walking in with kids looking relieved that it’s somewhere they can relax and give their kids a healthy meal while they eat and drink something nice too.

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What sort of food can parents expect from your children’s menu? We wanted to create a menu that kids would love but that’s also not unhealthy. Almost everything has a low salt content, is bought locally and cooked on-site. It isn’t going to be just your standard chicken nuggets and chips. Our head chef Ronnie has a young family and everything on the menu is there because it’s something he would feed to his kids. Why did you want Ambulo to be an ‘all-day’ café? We wanted it to be a space where you could come at any time for a slap-up dinner and an Aperol Spritz, or if you just wanted breakfast with a coffee you could get that too. Also, I think drinking habits are generally changing. People aren’t going places just to get tanked up, everyone’s drinking less, and we’re a bit more health conscious – even us – so it made sense to do it at this time in our lives.

Are there any plans for a third venue in the works? Things are very busy at the minute – we are working on launching a picnic basket scheme in Weston Park. It’s such a lovely park and we’re getting quite busy in the café so we don’t really feel like we have enough tables. We want to do something where you can pre-book for a family, get a takeaway picnic basket for four people and go and sit in the park with a blanket. So that’s a maybe? Another venue is definitely something we’re thinking about – the reaction has been lovely, especially from parents thanking us for opening somewhere they can take their kids and make sure they’re looked after but still enjoy a good meal. So I think it’s definitely something we would be interested in doing more of in the future, whenever that may be. But we’ve done two this year… That’s probably enough! | 41

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A key aspect in regenerating areas of former industrial cities such as Sheffield, places where history and civic identity are of particular importance to the populace, is being able to utilise the empty spaces left behind in former factories, workshops and mills. The Grade II-listed Globe Works building in Kelham Island is a good example of this. Dating back to the early 19th century, it was once one of the city’s most famous cutlery works – arguably the first in the world built solely for that purpose – and for over a century the building was a hub of production for quality steel items. Today the building contains an array of modern office space, housing everything from design studios to a beauty salon. However, it’s outside in the quaint courtyard where the most significant recent addition has been made with the arrival of Saw Grinders Union – a stylish café, bar and restaurant situated in what was an abandoned warehouse unit. The name itself harks back to the building’s intriguing (and at times rather dark) history. During the 1840s, a dispute between bosses and the Saw Grinders Union over pay turned nasty when members of the union, sometimes referred to as “The Ratteners”, planted a bomb in the building to make their feelings clear. It’s all intriguing stuff to dwell on while taking a pew on one of the outdoor benches, drinking in the history (and some of the delights on the menu – more on that later). The interior is refreshingly light and airy but also places an emphasis on comfort: fluffy, fully-feathered pillows can be found on one side of the café and bar areas, while the living, self-irrigating plant wall sets it all off with a nice kick of feng shui. Sticking closely to the theme of comfort, the menu was also designed with unabashed guilty pleasures in mind. Burgers, steak, poutine, chilli (veggie), mac and cheese all feature alongside smaller ‘light bites’ perfect for sharing such as halloumi fries, cauliflower wings and pork belly slices. Everything from the meat to the bread and cakes are sourced locally and all else is made fresh on-site, with the café section providing brekkie and brunch options from smoothie bowls to a full English. A changeable monthly batch brew is supplied from Extract Coffee and other carefully selected independent coffee suppliers around the UK and pastries are catered for via 4eyes Patisserie. However, the main event when it comes to food offerings, the pièce de résistance if you may, are the fondue pots – a mouthwatering blend of melted cheese served in a large cast iron 42 |

pot. For dipping you’ll receive fresh bread, potatoes and pickles (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried), but there’s also the option to add a meat or veg board so you can really make it a feast. For those who don’t have dairy products, there’s vegan fondue on offer so nobody gets left out. Drink-wise, the focus on local lovin’ and independents is reflected on the taps – a carefully curated selection including Sheffield-based St Mars of the Desert and some of the best names in the craft beer game including Magic Rock, Northern Monk and Beavertown. For cocktails there’s a selection of almost 30 bespoke concoctions to choose from, helpfully divided into sections such as ‘After Work’ (lower strength) and ‘Strong and Intense’ (for a good kick following food). “Everything has been planned with the experience in mind, from the aesthetics to the menu,” Saw Grinders owner James Rodgers told us. “We’re proud to be tied to this historic building and the reaction so far has been incredible. It’s a place where people can come to relax, enjoy themselves and basically get comfortable.” Open 7 days a week // 8am-11.30pm | 43

nightlife: top picks Control x Mizik Nou with Alexander Robotnick and Annabel Fraser The Night Kitchen // August 25 // Day and night The Night Kitchen welcomes electro legend Alexander Robotnick for a three-hour-long DJ set on his Sheffield debut. For his final year DJ-ing, it is definitely not one to miss out on. Robotnick’s high energy italo selections are the best way to dance away a (hopefully) sunny August Bank Holiday. Support comes from Control residents Wow and Flutter, Muad’Dib and Mizik Nou - all bringing out the sunny sides of their record collections. They will also welcome Annabel Fraser, one of their favourites from Manchester, to deliver a three-hour set.

Jamie Duggan Garage Vinyl Set

Tank // August 31 // £12 Following the success of Part 1, Duggan decided that a Part 2 has to be done. This time around all of your favourites will be played, as well as other classics, forgotten gems, and rare unreleased bits you might not have heard before. A seven-hour full vinyl set, no record played twice!

The Pow Wow Club Sheffield Weekender

Yellow Arch Studios // August 2 // Weekend tickets: £20 The Pow Wow Club Weekend event will return to Sheffield to play some of the biggest and baddest 60s club sounds and cool rhythm and blues. With special guests Lionel Romano and John Parker, as well as

resident DJs Mik Parry and Gav Arno in attendance.

Love to be Bank Holiday Courtyard Party

Southbank Warehouse // August 25 // £11.25 After their sell-out Sheffield birthday in May, Love to Be are returning once again to their home turf. They are celebrating 25 years of house with a Bank Holiday special warehouse and courtyard party. There are some of Sheffield’s finest on the bill, including Tony Walker, Mark Dennis and Richard Williams.

Jada Kingdom

Hex Nightclub // August 16 // £16.75 Combining elements of dancehall with modernized R&B, vocalist Jada Kingdom is one of Jamaica’s hottest female artists for 2019. Since her starring role in Sean Kingston’s 2016 single ‘One Away,’ Jada then went on to release a series of viral hits which lead to her being signed by Universal Records. Jada’s UK tour will stop off in Sheffield to grace us with her smooth R&B sound.

The Disco Temple with Mr Scruff

The Night Kitchen // September 19 // £22 Mr Scruff is coming to Sheffield with the Disco Temple and you don’t want to miss it. The Manchester based electronic DJ and producer is known for playing across the board, flitting between ska, funk, disco, house and hip-hop. Also expect to see his iconic cartoon illustrations that usually accompany him at gigs.

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The Old House is back, cosier and quirkier than ever!

An old favourite returned to the city centre bar scene last month as The Devonshire reverted back to its original name (and roots) as The Old House, once a popular boozer amongst ale drinkers and gin lovers from a few years back. The Old House was famous for its award-winning pies, customisable Sunday roast dinners, an extensive cocktail menu and a range of craft beers and real ales, so it wasn’t uncommon to find the Exposed team circa 2015 propping up the bar on a Friday eve. If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, you can expect an eclectic home-from-home pub atmosphere playing tunes in a quirky, cosy setting with a nod to mid-20th-century décor. It’s a bit of us, really. And probably a bit of you, too. The Old House first opened its doors in August 2007; back then it was known for having no pretence, just good drinks, great food and friendly, knowledgeable staff. That’s something that Kane Yeardley, managing director of True North Brew Co., the owners of the pub, is keen to bring back. “We’re looking forward to welcoming back a much-loved part of Sheffield’s heritage and we’re very excited for what the future holds,” he told Exposed. “Whether you’re familiar with The Old House or a new visitor, we want you to come in and sample the atmosphere and surroundings that we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to re-create. The Old House is back to being your local city centre boozer!” For more information about The Old House, head to 113-117 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB

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nightlife: Rhythm theory

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Sheffield’s fastest-growing alternative jam night is going from strength to strength and we’re hosting Rhythm Theory #4 this month! Since launching back in May, Rhythm Theory, a monthly alternative jam night Exposed are hosting in association with Yellow Arch Studios and Zongo Music, has received fantastic feedback. So much so, in fact, that the fourth session will be taking place this month on 14 Aug, where from 7.30 ‘til late you’ll be able to hear the city’s most innovative artists performing across genres spanning hip-hop, rap, jazz, funk, soul and more. Rather than rigid set times for artists to adhere to, things are a bit more spontaneous. The music starts playing, the crowd starts moving and musicians come and join on-stage when they feel like it. It makes for a fluid, exciting live experience and the chance not only for the audience to experience something entirely new each night, but for artists to come together creatively, perhaps for the first time. What’s better? Entry is absolutely free!

Frontman Kweku Sackey, of KOG & The Zongo Brigade, who hosts the night alongside hip-hop artist Franz Von, said of the night: “It’s about embracing various cultures, bringing people together for fun and a dance. We’ve heard from the likes of InaVibe, Smiling Ivy, Solar Love Society, Tete De Pis, Slow Loris, Nofi Records, and of course, Zongo Music – all coming down to perform together.” Sound like your sort of jam? Search ‘Rhythm Theory’ on Facebook and give the page a like to keep up to date with all the latest announcements, or if you’re an artist interested in getting involved, pop a message on the group if you have any setup requirements and it’ll be sorted for you. Rhythm Theory #4 Where: Yellow Arch Studios When: 14 August, 7.30ish – 10.30ish Entry fee: Nowt

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music: top picks CAROLINE FRANCESS & THE LIGHTS The Washington // 29 August // Free The 2017 Exposed Awards winner for ‘Best Unsigned Musician’, Caroline Francess & The Lights will be performing at The Washington along with riff-tastic duo North By North, three-piece Speed For Lovers and singer-songwriter Teah Lewis.


Shakespeares // 17 August // £11 The Buffalo Skinners’ Do What You Want! Tour comes to Sheffield’s Shakespeares. The Sheff-based, five-piece band draw influence from 60s rock ‘n’ roll, folk, blues and whatever else they’ve been listening to recently. Their music stems from a shared passion for songwriting and vocal harmonies.


his band have been honing their live show all year, having played with label mates Mr Ben & the Bens as well as fellow 6 Music favourites Lavinia Blackwall and Wesley Gonzalez. He will be performing at Delicious Clam with support from Sheffield-based bands Sun Drift and Soup Review.

Picture House Social // 17 August // £9 Black Mekon will be performing at Picture House Social, delivering blistering in-the-red punk blues as a three piece. Their mobile church of jet-engine noise and pelvis-shattering drums has graced shores all over Europe, Japan, South America and the USA both headlining and at the personal request of Jon Spencer, Guitar Wolf, The Scientists, King Brothers and more. Meanwhile, Cherry Pickles comes at you like the basement band you always wanted to start. Conceived over a Buck’s Fizz binge in early 2018, expect slightly wrongsounding but infectious one-minutegarage-pop with gusto.


The Old School House // 27 August // Free The Sheffield alternative pop quartet will be performing songs from their latest EP as well as new material written for their forthcoming album. The show will be at The Old School House and will be completely acoustic. The band are currently raising funds to record and release their album, the event will be pay as you feel.



The Leadmill // 15 August // £22.50 Broken Social Scene return for a one-off special show at The Leadmill this August. The seventeen-piece band from Canada have recently released two new EPs which celebrate every facet of their

Delicious Clam Records // 7 August // £5.50 John Myrtle is releasing his debut EP, ‘Here’s John Myrtle’, on Bingo Records and Sad Club Records and is taking his engaing jangly pop sound on the road. John Myrtle and

creativity and exhibit the band’s tremendous gift for pop that combines experimentation and melody. Highly-rated shoegazers October Drift will also be performing.


Record Junkee & Café Totem // 24 August // £12.50 CloseUp & DPP Summer Sessions 2019 presents the Un Dia Festival – a brand new metropolitan festival in the heart of Sheffield at iconic venues Record Junkee & Café Totem. Expect music from No Hot Ashes, Patawawa, POLO, Only Sun, Sad Boys Club and many more.


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The Dead Don’t Die Angel Has Fallen

Gerard Butler returns as Mike Banning, this time finding himself wanted for the attempted assassination of the president he defended twice before. Morgan Freeman is also back as President Allan Trumbull in the third addition to the Fallen films, if we can call them that...

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham star in the most bombastic FF film to date, with Idris Elba as a bulletproof villain no less. A nice dose of high-octane stupidity can only be assured.

With great noughties films like Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it is easy to think of zombie comedies as a sub-genre that has emerged only in recent years. In fact, they are arguably more popular currently than their more serious counterparts. Zom-coms have been strong additions to horror and comedy cinema for many decades. Whilst films like Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Comet may not be as well-known or match up in wittiness today, they still had a strong influence upon what the current crop of films today adhere to. That being the mockery of the genre’s famous tropes and formulas.        With this in mind it becomes difficult to find great merit for a film like The Dead Don’t Die. Admittedly, I’m not someone overly familiar with director Jim Jaramush’s work, but from what I understand the humour exhibited in his most recent film is typical of his style. An ensemble cast react to the horrific events with complete deadpan performances, along with random moments of breaking the fourth wall and implausible dialogue. There is some good use of these tactics throughout, but it can only be chuckleworthy at best. The main problem with the film is that it flatlines very quickly. A little like the characters, everything is understated including the pace which never really picks up even when the main zombie attack gets into full swing. Odd moments of cineliteracy occur with no clear purpose or commentary beyond replicating jokes that were present in George A.

Romero’s films. Such tactics work best when subtle and making some sort of contribution beyond just being there, but Jaramush has to redundantly point each one out through wooden dialogue like the world’s most boring travel guide.     To top it all off, the film feels like it’s just trying to be weird for the sake of it, which is a fine artistic touch in the right hands. Some of cinema’s greatest directors like Goddard, Fellini and Almodovar have used deliberately jarring narrative points merely for the purpose of challenging the conventions, but everything else around that worked beautifully alongside. The Dead Don’t Die simply doesn’t have those merits and unfortunately comes across as a boring and self-indulgent piece that might be acceptable as a final project on a filmmaking course, but not as a serious work from an established director. 2/4

Annabelle Comes Home Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A new horror film in the tradition of the great anthology chillers from the days of classic Hollywood and TV. A group of friends get access to a book filled with handwritten horror stories that quickly start becoming a little too real.

Love, Antosha

A documentary chronicling the life of the late actor Anton Yelchin, star of Star Trek. Featuring interviews with the likes of J.J Abrams, Joe Dante, Willem Dafoe and Jodie Foster, the documentary explores Yelchin’s artistic pursuits.

If nothing else, the films of The Conjuring universe have something of an admirable quality in terms of creating an expanded universe of fairly distinctive and occasionally creepy characters. They are something of the modern Hammer Horror films of today. Although not at all in the same league as the aforementioned, they are similar in that they are popular with audiences and not so popular with critics. Some like The Conjuring parts one and two are good fun and produce decent scares. Others like The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona are amongst the kind of films that should be left lurking undiscovered at the bottom of the 50p bin in CeX.     Annabelle Comes Home is not necessarily the scariest entry, but it does get through on an interesting premise which I’m sure has crossed many people’s minds regarding the Warren’s little chamber of haunted nasties. It moves along at a good pace, if not a little predictably, and the story is fun enough and well-performed by the dependable Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the Warrens. It was nice to see something of a different twist on the doll itself, using it as a moth to a flame symbol for evil spirits. The film also answers the question of why not just destroy the bloody thing? Providing a sinister explanation of why the doll must remain intact and confined.      A harmless and amiable experience that will provide solid entertainment if you go in wanting what it promises on the tin. 3/4 | 53




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Adventure Cinema Wed 21 Aug: Bohemian Rhapsody

Outdoor Cinema Experience

Thu 22 Aug: The Greatest Showman

Outdoor Cinema Sing-A-Long Owlerton Stadium

Trans Active Sat 10 & 24 Aug: Trans Active Swimming

Heeley Pool & Gym Sun 18 Aug: Trans Active Archery Rother Valley Country Park

Summer in the City! School’s out for summer! The students of Sheffield have left, and those of us remaining are still in Pride recovery mode. This is traditionally the column where I try to stretch out the two events that are happening in the month into a full page . . . until now! There’s no summertime sadness this year, you can keep your rainbow flags flying as the city is awash with queer events all summer long. Drag fans start your engines as the latest of RuPaul’s stars come to town. First up, we have All Stars 4 joint-winner and pageant queen Trinity the Tuck at Plug (Fri 2 Aug), hosted by RuJazzle with support from Frans Gender and Ellie Ganza. Over at Leadmill on The Pretty Weird Tour (Thu 8 Aug) we have two of the best queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, Plastique Tiara & Yvie Oddly. Get ready to get weird! At the Library Theatre the award-winning Velvet Burlesque proudly presents the fourth Sheffield Burlesque & Cabaret Extravaganza (Sat 24 Aug) – a spectacular festival of dazzling burlesque, vaudeville, cabaret, drag, circus, magic and variety acts, featuring multiple award-winning local, national and international guest performers. Get ready for a night of unique variety and glamour including London’s holy one and only singing comedic drag queen Virgin Xtravaganzah. Keeping it local, our homegrown queens The Funky Beaver Show are celebrating their fifth birthday with their latest instalment, Beaver Forever!, at The Montgomery (Fri 16 Aug). Come and celebrate this huge milestone for drag cabaret in Sheffield and dance and laugh the night away with Vivian Twist, Miss Cleo and Diana D as they hit the stage for a night of camp antics, hilarious comedy and jaw dropping dance routines. There will be more celebrations at City of Santuary as LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield) celebrate their second birthday (Thu 8 Aug) open to all LBTQ+ women and non-binary folk who are seeking asylum or are refugees. In the tradition of every family and friendship group where all the birthdays seem to coincide, this year we also have the 20th anniversary of SAYiT –

Sheffield’s LGBT+ youth charity who are hosting a number of events throughout the year marking the past two decades of their work. If you want to support what they do and have some fun in the process, why not join their fancy dress walk (Sat 10 Aug) raising funds for a residential providing a safe space for LGBT+ young people. There are more chances to keep active with Trans Active, who in addition to their regular swimming sessions at Heeley Pool (Sat 10 & 24], are also running an archery session at Rother Valley Country Park (Sun 18 Aug). All activities are open to any trans/non-binary/gender-questioning people of all fitness levels. If Pride inspired you to get involved behind the scenes and join the ranks of Sheffield’s festival organisers then head to the Pride in Sheffield open meeting at Hallam University (Wed 7 Aug) to find out about the upcoming elections for next year’s committee. Or join the DiversityFest crew at Hagglers Corner (Sun 18 Sep) for the penultimate chance to get involved in the running of this year’s DivertyFest in September. Making the most of the summer nights, Adventure Cinema comes to Owlerton Stadium for two outdoor cinema experiences. First up, we will, we will, rock you with a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody (Wed 21 Aug) followed by The Greatest Showman (Thu 22 Aug). For more musical joy at Hatch, queer dreamboats Cat Apostrophe take to the stage (Wed 28 Aug) celebrating the release of their debut album, Lifelong Amateurism. Also joining the party are Jeff with their songs about rabbit companions and queer adolescence, righteous early-Eno influenced kosmiche-kult kidz Sister Wives and absolute babes Precious Metals. That’s your lot for this month, and until next time, love and glitter…

Other Events Fri 2 Aug: Trinity the Tuck

Plug Wed 7 Aug: Pride in Sheffield Open

Meeting Sheffield Hallam University

Thu 8 Aug: The Pretty Weird Tour ft: Plastique Tiara & Yvie Oddly Leadmill

Thu 8 Aug: LASS’s 2nd Birthday City of Sanctuary

Sat 10 Aug: SAYiT’s Fancy Dress Walk Five Weirs Walk

Fri 16 Aug: Beaver Forever ! - Celebrating

5 years of the Funky Beaver Show The Montgomery

Sun 18 Aug: Diversity Fest Planning

Meeting Hagglers Corner Sat 24 Aug: Sheffield Burlesque & Cabaret Extravaganza Library Theatre

Wed 28 Aug: Cat Apostrophe / Jeff

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It’s time to forget what you think you know about Yorkshire’s only waterfront city.

With medieval streets, glorious architecture, cutting-edge culture, a sympathetically revamped city centre and a marina that wouldn’t look out of place on the Med, there’s a lot to fall in love with in Hull. We’ve got an incredible line-up of festivals, cultural events, shows, free entertainment and endless adventures. WITH THE BEST FOOD AND DRINK FROM PATTIE BUTTIES AND PINTS TO FINE-DINING AND GIN DISTILLERIES

The Fruit Market is packed with independent food and drink venues, which are lovely to sit outside in the summer months. For relaxed, family-friendly cafes and restaurants, try Thieving Harry’s, Nibble and Bert’s Pizza and Gelato. Tapas is covered with Ambiente and 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar and, if you’re looking for posh nosh, visit upscale Indian restaurant Tapasya, Butler Whites for modern British and Mediterranean dishes or Humber Fish Co for classic fish ‘n’ chips. Fans of real ale and craft beer need to visit Taphouse Brewpub which is home to not one but two local breweries – Yorkshire Brewing Co and Bone Machine Brewing Co – and has up to 40 beers, lagers and ciders on tap daily. And gin-lovers can slurp cocktails at the very site where their gin was made at Humber Street Gin Distillery. The gin experience goes a step further at Hotham’s Gin School in Hepworth’s Arcade, where you can take a half-day masterclass in the art of making the perfect gin. Looking for more? Visit the smallest brewery in the city centre, Vittles & Co Brewery and craft beer shop in Trinity Market, and the largest, Atom Beers, which runs the Atom pub on North Churchside, as well as a beer school and brewery tours. Furley & Co in Princes Dock Street and The Brain Jar in Trinity House Lane do a nice line in craft beers, real ales and cocktails.

Pubs with notable beer gardens to while away a summer evening include Ye Olde White Harte, The Sailmakers’ Arms and The Lion & Key, are all on High Street in the Old Town. You’ll also find quality pub grub at the The Lion & Key and at The Minerva on the marina. Trinity Market is a street food adventurer’s paradise. The market recently underwent a multi-million pound revamp, and has successfully managed to retain the best of its traditional food vendors – repeat visits are recommended to sample as many dishes as possible from traders including Tapasya Kitchen, Shoot The Bull, Falafia, Tart Me Up, Flour & Feast and Cocoa Chocolatier (which also has a café over on Humber Street), Caffeinated and more. Regular Hull BID Street Food Nights take place on the first Thursday of the month, except August, and Farmers’ Markets pop up on the last Saturday of the month, from April to August.


Take a walk around the glorious marina which once stood as the entrance to the town docks and see the Spurn Lightship which guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years. Enjoy a relaxing break in one of the waterside cafes or bars along Princes Dock Street overlooking the Princes Quay shopping centre which is built on stilts above the old docks. Nearby, the Maritime Museum, housed in the old dock offices, tells the history of Hull’s maritime activity from the late 18th century through to the present day, including a full-sized whale skeleton and a display of the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw.


Today, a £25m+ investment programme is under way that will celebrate our maritime past and create top tourist destinations across five heritage sites and help Hull to realise the citywide ambition of becoming a world-renowned visitor destination. In the next five years, the Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, and North End Shipyard will undergo major improvements, along with two historic ships, The Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship. 56 |

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Don’t miss Trinity Live hosting live music every Thursday until the 26th September.


Its buildings are a beautifully preserved testament to our city’s seafaring heyday. It’s cobbled streets have been part of some of the country’s most momentous historical flashpoints, from plots against the royals, to the Second World War Blitz. In the centre of the Old Town, the 13th century Hull Minster is one of the most versatile and beautiful venues in the city. In addition to its regular services, it also hosts theatre performances, real ale and cider festivals and live music. Tower Tours give you unrivalled views of the Old Town, docks, marina, the Humber and beyond… you can even take one at sunset. They take place monthly until September, to coincide with Hull Street Food Nights, between 5pm and 8pm. Like the rest of the city, the Fruit Market has undergone a renovation that has transformed what was once the tired warehouses of fruit merchants into one of the coolest parts of the city. The sensitive renovation has retained the charm of the original facades but now instead of boxes of fruit you will find the creative and cultural hub of the city. Nestled between the wonderful restaurants and cafes that line the street, you will find Humber Street Gallery, the city’s free contemporary art gallery complete with café and rooftop bar (weather permitting!). Alongside the gallery there are vintage clothing shops, a brewery and tap house and even Oresome Gallery - a bespoke jewellery workshop.


Hull’s largest art and culture event, FREEDOM FESTIVAL takes place on 28 August – 1 September in Hull City Centre. Attracting over 130,000 people a year, the festival commissions world-class art alongside nurturing local talent to create a five-day cultural experience you won’t forget. | 57

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SHEFFIELD CARNIVAL Norfolk Heritage Park // 17 August // Free A free multi-cultural family event with a costume parade, a main stage showcasing local music and dance performances, a funfair and stalls for all to enjoy! Carnival was once an annual attraction in Sheffield in the 80s and 90s, with a spectacular and colourful procession through the city’s streets each September. This year, the theme is ‘made in Sheffield’. INTERPLAY NOW COLLECTIVE LIVE Theatre Deli // 1 August // Free Interplay Now Collective is a new project bringing together different musical genres, cultures and communities to create new music, and to encourage a deeper understanding of the background to that music both artistically and socially using educative journalism. The project’s starting point is with a diverse group of people, mostly who arrived as refugees. They will perform, discuss and webcast a range of music which they have developed over a period of seven weeks. The event will feature musicians and speakers crossing over styles and cultures including Syria, DR Congo, UK, Sudan, Iraq and Burundi. THE PANTALOONS: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY The Botanical Gardens // 23 August // £13.50 Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles. This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.


Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park to be screened at the Devil’s Arse At the end of this month, The Village Screen is returning to one of the UK’s most stunning natural locations, the Peak Cavern Cave, for a unique cinematic experience. Taking their big screen inside an actual cave, lovingly nicknamed the Devil’s Arse, the Village Screen will be screening a selection of classic favourites within a stunning backdrop in the surrounds of the Peak District. Alongside the cinema screenings there will also be the opportunity to sample delicious local street food courtesy of local food vendor legends, as well as live music entertainment. Due to popular demand, Thursday 29 August will see the return of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and see the Peak Cavern transformed into a pre-historic haven. Saturday 31 August brings a huge slice of nostalgia as The Village Screen takes it back to 1994 with a special 25th anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s classic, Pulp Fiction. Ahead of the screening, The Village Screen will also be transforming the Peak Cavern car park into a street food paradise, with tasty delights from excellent local street food traders, plus there will be a fully stocked bar serving a selection of refreshing drinks, including crafts beers from Thornbridge Brewery, themed cocktails, wines, fizz and soft drinks. Cinema-goers will also be able to grab themselves a box of fresh popcorn or a sweet bag of pick n mix, before cosying down inside the awe-inspiring cave to watch the film. Tickets: Adult tickets (16+) are priced at £17.50. A Star is Born and the Goonies will also be shown during the week. More info at

A NIGHT WITH THE MUSICALS Crookes Social Club // 17 August // Free Great Musical Theatre singers performing your favourite songs plus a chance to hear a preview of the new musical ‘Starlet’. | 59

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Joe Scarborough Ahead of his first ever retrospective exhibition, Exposed grabbed one of Sheffield’s best-loved artists for a natter about his work, perfecting a distinctive style and living life in the big village… How did you first get into art? I’ve always been interested in art but I found out slowly and surely that I wasn’t particularly good at anything else, so art, if you like, was the last resort! I started doodling trains, boats and planes from an early age, using the backside of my dad’s report books from the steelworks as a canvas. It wasn’t until I started working down the pits at Thorpe Hesley that I realised I wanted to move on from trains, boats and planes. Suddenly I decided that figures in mining gear and stuff like that were far more interesting, so I started to do very simple figures and because I couldn’t draw faces the idea of a figure about four inches tall was very attractive and practical. Your style is very distinctive. How did that come about? The canvases I bought were 20x24 because it fits any council house chimney breast and I thought I got a great sale. But the thing is, if my figures were only four inches tall, I was trying to put them into a building that was about six inches tall. People accepted the style 60 |

seeing as the aesthetic of big figures and small buildings had been seen before in old medieval paintings. The style wasn’t seen to be silly. You can get away with a small building and larger figures. That means that you can get far more into your canvas than normal and from then on I was on my way. You’ve been described as a storyteller as well as an artist… I create a cast of characters to thoroughly fill the canvas, creating scenes of everyday life. It’s like cramming a novel into a short story. My job is more than just a drawer, I’m presenting your life back to you; like the old music hall artists who sang about what they knew, I’m just painting about what I know. In your own life you will see somebody two times a week, maybe, and then not see them for maybe a couple of years and all of a sudden you’ll see them again - I tend to do that with works. Certain people will be in some works and then it’ll be a year until they go in something else. It’s keeping that synergy between myself and the audience.

What can we expect from your exhibition at Weston Park Museum? It’s big, it’s brash, it’s in your face, it’s about things that, you know, you would quietly smile about, things that will annoy you, but then that’s what life is like. It’s like I’m giving it you back, but everything in that show you will already know about. It’s not stratospheric, it’s at your level, it’s your next door - it’s a celebration of your next door. I think at the end of the day whatever way you’ve lived - I live it in painting and in images - the phrase that should come to mind at the end of every day is ‘well, fancy that.’ Every day is a surprise, fancy that, fancy that happening, fancy thinking of that. Every day is a surprise. ‘Life In The Big Village’ opens at Weston Park Museum on Saturday 17 August and runs until Sunday 24 November. Joe will be doing a talk on Tuesday 27 August at 1:00pm about the works. More info at uk. You can buy original and signed prints from

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Going Public Back in 2013, when our Exposed In Session feature was still a wee bairn, we had quite the collar when corduroy-clad history buffs Public Service Broadcasting agreed to perform two tracks for us following a memorable Tramlines appearance at The Harley (RIP). For the photoshoot a meet was arranged in the charming market town of Hebden Bridge, where photographer Timm Cleasby snapped the duo taking in the picturesque Victorian railway station. One of the shots ended up finding its way onto the cover of our August issue, which despite a good rummage around in the store room, we can’t seem to find a physical copy of. Sad times. You can still read the interview and watch the live session filmed by Mark Bull at: “There’s not much ego to what we do onstage. Not a great deal of preening. If you watch bloody Biffy Clyro on Jools Holland they’re all leaping around and doing the splits and stuff. Bands get coached in that. They fly to America and people teach them how to do rock star moves.” J. Willgoose, Esq

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