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37 37: Tramlines 2019 Special Back for its 11th year, the Steel City’s annual weekend party returns in some style. Whether it’s the main festival at Hillsborough Park or the many gigs and events planned in the city centre as part of The Fringe at Tramlines, it’s shaping up to be another memorable do.

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46: Good Cop Bad Cop Former indie darling and Milburn frontman Joe Carnall takes the time out to talk to us about a new musical journey that saw him heading over to LA and recording a synth-heavy solo record in Matt Helder’s garage. As yer do.

75: Raw Silk Joining the likes of Gilles Peterson at Peddler’s Warehouse’s Tramlines Fringe bash this month, London-based disco duo Raw Silk drop by for a quick natter.

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Academy award and multi-BAFTA-winning director joins Sheffield Doc/Fest for a Q+A following the opening night premiere of his film, Diego Maradona. Focusing on the footballer’s sensational move to Napoli in 1984 and the consequent rise and fall of one of the world’s most iconic sportsmen.

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The Saw Grinder’s Union bar is set to open early July A new cafe, bar and restaurant inside Globe Works’ courtyard in Kelham Island has announced an opening date for early July, whilst paying homage to the area’s industrial heritage in the process. The cafe, bar and restaurant, named Saw Grinder’s Union and located in the former steelworks factory Globe Works on Penistone Road, will offer an exciting new food and drink experience when it opens to the public on 4 July. Indulgent comfort food classics such as steak, poutine and mac and cheese are on offer, but Saw Grinder’s will also feature an array of fondue melting pots accessible for vegans. Hand-picked craft beers from independent brewers – including St Mars of the Desert, Magic Rock, Northern Monk and Beavertown – will be available on tap, alongside carefully curated cocktails unique to the venue. A changeable monthly batch brew supplied from Extract Coffee and other carefully selected independent

coffee suppliers around the UK will also be served up, as will coffee tasting events, teas from Birdhouse Tea Co. and a wide range of cakes and pastries from 4eyes Patisserie. James Rodgers, owner of Saw Grinders Union, told Exposed: “We’re intent on building upon the community we have in this part of the city, and want to offer a welcoming space where people can get together, share some tasty food and enjoy quality drinks. “We will be bringing the ultimate

cheese sharing experience to Sheffield – fondue. It’s renowned for being enjoyed in a communal setting among family and friends, and is perfect for dipping, dunking and sharing – It’s a real social dining experience. We’re so excited to hear what people think when they see how the venue has been restored, as it’s been a big Sheffield project featuring many local manufacturers.” The Grade II-listed Globe Works, which dates back to 1824 and

holds the title of being one of the world’s first large scale specialist steel manufacturing centres, has undergone extensive renovation as part of the new venture. Quick trivia: Back in 1843, a bomb was planted in the building by two members of the orginal Saw Grinder’s Union following a period of industrial unrest. For further information about Saw Grinder’s Union, visit:

THE OLD HOUSE AT HOME An old Division Street favourite is returning in all its former glory, as The Devonshire reverts back to its original name as the Old House – a once-popular latenight boozer amongst ale drinkers and gin lovers from a few years back. The venue boasts award-winning pies, customisable Sunday roast dinners, an extensive cocktail menu and a range of craft beers and real ales. If this is the first time you’ve heard of The Old House, 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. The venue first opened its doors back in August 2007, where it was known for having no airs or graces; just good drinks, great food and a place to party through until the early hours. Kane Yeardley, managing director at True North Brew Co, told Exposed: “We’re very excited for what the future holds and we’re looking forward to welcoming back a much-loved part of Sheffield’s heritage. 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 | 15

Much like Nick Hornby’s critically-acclaimed novel, Fever Pitch, my time in Sheffield can be pinned to, and paralleled by, the trajectory of my football club. Unlike Hornby, however, who had the luxury of one thing: promotion. Chris Wilder came back to supporting an Arsenal side competing for league his boyhood club to give the captaincy to former titles, FA Cups and European wins against the likes ballboy Billy Sharp and the pair of them drove us of Liverpool, Chelsea and Ajax, I’ve had to make do back into the second tier. In my real life, I started with Fleetwood Town, Bury and Yeovil. cooking well, I amassed some decent grades and Like many others, I I found a part-time job, so I arrived in Sheffield for was no longer skint. Life was university. I’m a Devonian, good. and quite proud of it too. Another thing I should But fundamentally, I wanted add at this point – I started to watch my team, The living in very close proximity Blades. My first year at “In most cities to the Botanical Gardens. In university passed quickly, most cities you would pay you would pay and immensely enjoyably. an outrageous entrance fee, an outrageous But I wasn’t comfortable feel too crowded, or it would entrance quite yet – I had become be one bouquet of petunias better acquainted with a cordoned off by an electric fee, feel too city I had previously visited fence (delete as appropriate crowded, or twice a year, I had found the for your hometown). Not the it would be Gardeners Rest, The Fat Cat Sheffield Botanical Gardens, and West Street Live. I had though. They’re bloody one bouquet rambled to the Peaks and lovely! Many long and hazy of petunias taken a bus down Abbeydale evenings during cordoned off by summer Road. But I didn’t know that second year were spent Sheffield. I didn’t know who I an electric fence. lounging on the verdant was yet, either. I was making Not the sheffield grass with the warm feeling strange friends, eating badly of cider pulsating through botanical and sleeping rarely. Sheffield my veins. I’m sure there are gardens, though. areas of the gardens I have United commenced arguably their worst season since I was not ventured to this very day. they’re bloody born – the leadership of Nigel Third year arrived with lovely!” Adkins and captaincy of Jay much anticipation; I had McEveley compounded by been at home all summer overpaid and overweight central midfielders and and was eager to get back to Sheffield. We had strikers created a toxic mix – and we slumped to moved to Broomhill, a lovely area, and I was League 1 mediocrity. I was feeling unhealthy and excited to make The York my local (I have since completing little-to-no university work; I had a diverted to the Broomhill Tavern). However, it was shockingly serious meeting about attendance, and a year of deadlines and exam pressure for which my team were playing like shit. I was only mildly prepared. Once again, the lads My second year can only be represented by on the footy pitch played in harmony with this▶

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▶feeling of mine. We started off strong in our first year back in one of the hardest leagues in European football. An opening day win and a prolonged stint in the play-offs wilted and we ended in high mid-table. A good return, but not an amazing one. Much like that pint I had at The York post-exam. Underwhelming, but alright.* It was this past year, however, that really made me feel like the trajectory of my football club was in sync with my own. I succeeded at university and graduated with a good grade (a shock for all parties, especially my parents!), I found a paying job, started to feel a valued member of the Broomhill community and found a lovely girlfriend (that one was also a shock to my parents). What more could you want?! Oh, yeah, I forgot: promotion to the Premier League. This year we pipped Leeds to second place and automatic promotion, a success for the city as well as the football club; Sheffield has been in the shadow of its more northerly counterpart for many years. Obviously I know all of what I have said above is bullshit. There’s definitely no spooky interweaving trajectory of my football club and my own life. But, for my own sanity and happiness, it’s nice to think so. The city has allowed that to happen, and I’m so thankful I picked Sheffield to study. Without football, that wouldn’t have happened. I recently visited a friend in Stockholm whom I met whilst he was studying here. When called upon to announce where I was from in the UK, I would loudly and clearly state Sheffield. This also happened on holiday in Krakow, at a gig in London and on a train to Cardiff. And I couldn’t be more proud of it. *That’s a lie, sorry. I don’t want to get in trouble with The York, I’m there a lot. | 17

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For this month’s foray into Sheffield’s literary scene, Mollie Bland speaks to up-and-coming spoken word artist Dominic Heslop AKA The1Devotion.

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When did you first start performing spoken word? I wasn’t always passionate about spoken word. Growing up, I was mainly surrounded by grime and hip-hop influences. Especially through my teenage years, my interest was in these genres. It wasn’t until 2016 that I became aware of spoken word and the opportunities it gave for self-expression. So, it was around this time that I began to translate my experiences and thoughts into spoken word pieces. I was drawn to the genre because it allows me to talk about issues that are important to me, and I have been working with it ever since.

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What message do you want to give to people through your pieces? In essence, the message I aim to give revolves around everyday issues. I observe people’s behaviours and emotions and translate them into pieces of art, whether these are issues of self-esteem, crime or mundane life experiences. They are all important to articulate because they affect every person in some way. My most recent piece addresses the issue of knife crime. I tragically lost a friend to knife crime in March last year, and crimes of this nature have spiralled out of control in Sheffield and the rest of the country. In writing about these crimes, I have found a platform to grieve this loss and normalise the feelings of loss in general. People can relate to this and address these emotions. For me, it is important to bring to light the mindlessness of knife crime, to highlight the acts of impulse that have become so common in the present day, which then have everlasting effects to the family and friends of the victim. Which other artists inspire you? Akala and Wretch 32. What inspires me most about these artists is how they write and portray their message. Modern issues are translated into such an approachable medium. They articulate important topics and reach a lot of people with their work. There is a great value in not being superficial and focusing on substance, it is important to look to other things and find what is really important in life. Addressing this through art, like they do, has a positive effect on the general listener, and it is what I aim to achieve. | 21


How do you mainly share your work? I currently don’t have a lot of material out there. Previous self-esteem issues prevented me from sharing a lot of my work. This, however, is an obstacle that I have now overcome. I am now confident in my work and I feel that it is important to share it. A lot of my work already has been/will be shared through various social media sites, this is my main platform for releasing content as it reaches a lot of people and brings me exposure. I do also occasionally do live performances, and my next one will be at the Folk Festival in Endcliffe Park before playing the Speaker’s Corner Stage at Tramlines Festival on the Sunday. What are your plans for the future/the next year? I am excited to be releasing a lot of new content in the near future. Although, I can’t say much about it, it will have to be left as a surprise! I am also planning to do some more live shows in the next year. I like how this gives people a different experience to seeing my material on social media. Also, I am planning to run more of my events with kids in the future. In these events, I help kids become confident in expressing themselves. I provide a space where they are free to express their feelings and experiences through poetry, spoken word and song. This is an exciting and rewarding part of my work, as it is so important to encourage this kind of expression from a young age. Why is spoken word important to you? Whether it is spoken word, poetry, art, it is all important! Personally, I am extremely passionate about language, which then led to my passion for spoken word. Spoken word is important because it is a means of bridging communication between people. Even complete strangers or the least likely of people can find a common ground. It is a way to discuss important and relevant topics and transform them into an accessible format. There is a great importance in being able to articulate yourself and be aware of your own thoughts, which is exactly what spoken word encourages and celebrates. Whether these thoughts are good, upsetting or hurtful ones, this process ultimately provides you with clarity of mind and self. I think it is very important to have this.

“Suppressed in my sleep Unsettled by the demons  Wrestled and I’m weak  Pressured by the streets ‘Cause deprivation makes a feral belly eat” Verse taken from The1Devotion’s spoken word piece ‘Floetry’

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Mark Perkins reflects on the 26th annual edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest, which this year featured over 180 documentaries, 28 alternate realities projects, live music performances and a wide range of talks from leading figures in the filmmaking industry. It’s a wrap. The final credits have rolled, the house lights have come on and we’re emerging, blinking into the daylight to say farewell to Doc/ Fest 2019. It usually takes me a day or so to properly appreciate the impact of what I’ve seen, and heard, but now the delegates have all departed, I’ll try to make some sense of the incredible range of experiences this year’s festival has delivered. The fact that there is so much more to Doc/Fest than six days of films is not news any more. When the festival first started, a whole 26 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the range of live music, masterclass sessions, interactive dramas, talks, celebrity sessions and – in a particularly exciting, more recent addition – augmented and virtual reality on offer today. Moving it from a wet weekend in November was the first step in reinventing the event. The second was to provide such a wide range of enticing experiences that over 3500 delegates now come from over 60 different countries to try out. And, as a bonus, every one of them I meet seems to fall in love with Sheffield.  The cinema screens at the Curzon, the Light and the Showroom are the main venues for the festival, and my week was spent dashing between all three. The very first screening at the Showroom turned out to be one of the highlights. Honeyland is the most beautiful, lyrical portrait of a

beekeeper in Macedonia. Her lifestyle is bleak and lonely but she lives in perfect harmony with the land. Strangers arrive, welcomed by her at first, but she soon begins to see that their very presence might change her life forever. The story that unfolds is as captivating as it is upsetting as she has to cope with the prospect that everything in her world will change. A very interesting pairing of films was The Mortician of Manila, in The Light, quickly followed by a screening of On The President’s Orders, in The Showroom. In the Philippines a right-wing president, Rodrigo Durerte, has come to power largely on a promise of taking a hard line on drugs. But in his first year, over 3000 people were shot dead on the streets, with many suspecting the involvement of the police, who would identify suspects and kill, rather than arrest them. Both films were set in the disturbing world of these extra-judicial killings. In the second film, six months of embedded filming with the police resulted in a tacit admission by them that the police had been responsible in some way, but this beautiful and disturbing essay condemning the corruption didn’t capture the sheer misery and desperation of the preceding, much lower budget film. In a perfectly paced 25 minutes film, the work of a mortician, who unsurprisingly appreciated the regular flow of work, and the mother of a murdered drug

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user, whose son needed help, not execution, made for a truly memorable tale. Outside of the cinema an interactive drama, The Justice Syndicate, staged for just 12 people at a time in the Town Hall Committee Room, was superb. For 90 minutes, we acted as a jury would: discussing the evidence presented to us from a trial of a surgeon accused of assault, which, if proven, will end his career. Several issues were consequently thrown up. How do we react as part of a group who have differing opinions? What happens if you are a lone voice, speaking out against the majority? There was no right answer, but in the debrief it was disturbing to be told how different groups who’d been through the same experience as us had reached wildly differing decisions. I’ll be thinking about the issues raised in there for some time to come. Live music has always been my great passion – in fact, I first attended Doc/Fest just to see film score performances before appreciating what else was on offer. The Leadmill was the venue for a rare screening of three Toshio Matsumoto short films, which were so far ahead of their time, and were a real treat to see. This was followed by Japanese psychedelic noise masters, Bo Ningen. For me, they gave the best live show of the festival.  Celebrities are scattered like con-

fetti over the festival, although some are harder to spot than other. Werner Hertzog gave the most inspiring talk ever heard at the festival. He certainly tells it like he sees it, and it’s no exaggeration when the organisers billed him as one of the greatest living filmmakers. So, I’ve deliberately left the real star of DocFest until last – the UK premiere of the film For Sama. After its first screening, word of mouth then made its final showing the hottest ticket of the festival. The queue of disappointed faces outside the second showing was, I’m told, the longest the Showroom has ever seen. The anticipation didn’t prepare the lucky ones of us with tickets, for the real life drama that unfolded as the lights went down. From the outset we knew this would be a grim experience. Waad Al-Kateab is married to a doctor in Aleppo, Syria, and over five years she endured the siege of that city. In those increasingly desperate years, she not only gave birth to a daughter, Sama, but also filmed the horrors she saw around her every day. Together with Channel 4, who will be broadcasting the film soon, she edited over 500 hours of footage into an astonishing story: one which the whole world needs to see. I was shocked, upset and finally angry that this atrocity could be allowed to happen in our ‘civilised’ world. In the stunned silence at the end of the film, but after a five minute standing ovation, one film director spoke in the Q&A to Waad, who attended the screening. What he said summed up the feelings of the entire room. “I’ve been to dozens of film festivals, and seen hundreds of documentaries, but I’ve never seen one better than that.” You will hear much more about this film, it will win multiple awards, but more than anything you need to see it. The brutality of the so-called leader of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, should be laid bare for the world to condemn. I always end the festival feeling grateful to these creative people who attend and who have such a passion for filmmaking. It’s just what they do. I was talking to a film-maker who was principally at Doc/Fest to try to get some funding for his current film. He told me how hard it was to get a film finished and onto the screen, and said he didn’t know if he’d manage it. But the alternative – i.e. not doing it – wasn’t an option. “I don’t know how to do anything else, so I guess I’ll just carry on making films,” he told me. We need people like him in our lives, telling the stories they know we need to hear, even if we don’t yet know it. | 29

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Matthew J. Hall A few months on from the release of his debut album Unquiet Mind, Exposed caught up with Mathew J. Hall, the self-proclaimed ‘big kid’, to discuss the Sheffield music scene, big plans for Tramlines and why he doesn’t mind being labelled as miserable. Photography: Timm cleasby Has music always been the plan? Yeah, ever since I picked up a guitar at 14-years-old I’ve not wanted to do anything else. I don’t think I’ll ever give it up and it will always be a part of my plan. I’ll probably always be a big kid doing this. I started writing at the age of about 14, but I didn’t start playing gigs until I was 21. I just wrote a couple of hundred songs, and then I met friends that were like-minded and it moved from there. It happens a lot, meeting people and playing music in this way. A lot of people started earlier than me but I never had the confidence. Eventually I just started playing in bands. You were in a few bands before heading out on your own. What made you decide to go at it solo? I played in two bands, my first being The Velotones when I was about 21 until I turned 23. Then I joined a band called the Violet May, and that did alright. I decided to pursue a career on my own just to have full ownership of my work, my art. Even though I don’t have a set band that I always play with live now, I do have a lot of different musicians that actually come and help me in the studio and put their ideas down. So it’s nice to be working with different creative people all the time, instead of being stuck with just one band. It’s healthy to change it up sometimes, otherwise you can risk things going a bit stale. For people that aren’t familiar, how would you describe your sound? It’s miserable! Well, it’s quite emotionally-driven. But there’s definitely a light side to it, not always too depressing. In fact I quite like being labelled as depressing, as it’s a not a bad thing to be tarnished with. It usually means you’re winning. Especially in today’s culture as a man, more people are suffering with mental

illness and struggling to talk about it. Writing music is kind of just me opening my mind, and there might be people out there who have experienced the same thing as what I’m talking about on the record. I take most inspiration for my sound from female artists. I think they have the balls – well, not balls, but you know what I mean – to say what comes to them. Vicki Lee, Sharon Van Etten, it’s always women that I have been inspired by. I grew up listening to those like Neil Young and John Lennon, but I kind of hate the whole macho man thing. You released your debut album back in November last year. What has the reception been like? It’s been really good! It has probably taken me by surprise; it’s done a lot better than I thought it would have to be honest. You go into the studio and make a record, I’ve been writing songs a long time, but people always like the ones that you didn’t expect. You finish the album and you go, “I think people are gonna like these ones, this one could maybe be a single.” Then it’s always the opposite, people always surprise you. Has anything changed for you since the release of your album? Definitely in terms of my art, yeah. I’ve decided I want to put that behind me, I’ve written enough about that chapter. I want to bring a bit of a lighter note to the next stuff. I’m starting the next record now and I’m going to make it a bit more soulful. A lot happier. The darkness has kind of diminished. When can we expect to hear your next record? I’m writing my new album now, and it will probably be released next year. I’m actually hoping to release it on my 30th birthday, so next March if it all goes to plan. I’d say it’s about half written now, and I will start demo-ing it in August. | 33


I saw you playing with Them Sardines at the of the selected acts from the Apply to Play Leadmill last month, and obviously you’ve scheme. Tell us about this process? earned your spurs doing the local circuit I have a mutual friend with Timm Cleasby, beforehand, but what do you think of the and he put me onto it. He sent me a link to the Sheffield music scene and gigging here? scheme and I just went online to send in an It’s great, but the city is just struggling for application. Then I was obviously chosen out venues I think. I’ve been playing in Sheffield of the other applicants, it came about easy as for a long time, and even places like the Harley that! I have always been a fan of the festival, so have gone now. Venues are just disappearing this opportunity was one that I really couldn’t overnight. There are a lot of great bands here, miss. there’s just nowhere for them to play. Everyone Got anything special planned for your set? is just stuck in the same place, which makes it Just a curly-haired man in flares being miserhard to move on and do your own little thing. I able – with a pretend smile on my face because love playing in Sheffield, it’s great to perform in there might be some of my family there. It’s other places and meet new people, but plenty quite a powerful set. It will be the latest album, of different people come to gigs in Sheffield as I won’t be playing any of my new stuff just as well. It is a brilliant city in yet. itself. On that note, what does the Does Sheffield culture influfuture hold for you? ence your music/lyrics? I’m planning to do some gigs a An exclusive online gig My writing is mostly autobio- from some of the city’s finest bit further afield later on in the graphical, so it definitely does year, maybe venues in London musical exports, filmed live because I’ve lived here my or Brighton. But the plan is every month whole life. I’ve never left Shefto just record, record, record. Watch the session online field so of course it is going to I’m putting an emphasis on at: www.exposedmagazine. shape me and what I write. I recording my new music don’t know how specifically, at the moment, more than In Session produced by: but there have been a lot of playing gigs. There will be Joseph Food @JosephFood things that have happened to plenty of shows towards the Filmed & directed by: me in this city. end of the year, but I just like Tristan Ayling – www. It has just been announced making music. I’d rather just that you are joining the make a load of records and Recorded & mixed by: Paul Tramlines line-up, as one enjoy myself doing it. Tuffs

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 Expanded site area including an all-new Speaker’s Corner curated by Sheffield’s Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, Tramline’s first lyrics and poetry stage dedicated to honest expression.  The festival has teamed up with Cutlery Works – Sheffield’s first food hall and the largest in Northern England – to provide the biggest foodie offering yet.  Outside the Cutlery Works section, there will be more food outlets including Pie Minister, Get Wurst, The Gravy Train Poutine and Proove Pizza.  Brand new app which allows you to access news, view the sitemap, explore the line-up and plan your time at the festival.  A BBC Introducing slot showing six local Sheffield acts on the Library Stage.  Extended family-friendly offerings with all-new additions such as a mini beach and seaside stalls, kids comedy shows and animatronic dinosaurs

You ‘aving a laugh? Since last year the Tramlines Festival now features an excellent roster of Britain’s (and else where’s) finest comedians. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? First up are our situational humourists of the likes of Phil Jupitus and Shappi Khorsandi, to searingly honestly social issues comedy from Reginald D. Hunter. Coming from the land down under we have Daniel Muggleton and Thomas Green bringing classic Aussie wit and sardonism to the stage. But that’s not all, there is also Andre Vincent and the Penge-born absurdist can certainly dish out plenty of cheeky knee-slappers. Last but not least is Alistair Barrie, dry as a desert dune but as rude as a whoopee cushion, who will be serving up a healthy selection of side-splitters. All can be found at the Leadmill Comedy Stage between 19-22 July.

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Something of a recurring annual highlight during Tramlines weekend will see Sheff favourites Reverend and the Makers take to the stage, a real hometown affair that never fails to raise pulses in front of an audience who by and large have been familiar with their output since debut album The State of Things in 2007. Fundamentally, frontman Jon McClure remains the straight-talking, larger-than-life Yorkshireman that first arrived on the scene with tales of broken Britain, ill-fated shags and nosey milkmen. But, as he told Mollie Bland last month, whether it’s stepping away from Twitter timelines or appreciating the opportunity to step out in front of a local crowd of fans, there have been many lessons learnt along the way… You go back right to the beginning with Tramlines, playing the first festival back in 2009 and practically every year since. Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with it? Yeah, we headlined the first one, and it’s a friend of mine that helped start the festival, James O’Hara, who was in my class at school. We’re very proud of him because he helped to create something really good and really wonderful for the city. I’m old enough to remember when we didn’t have Tramlines in the summer, and it was a bit boring, you’d just get two weeks away with your mum and dad if you were lucky. There was nothing like this, so it’s been a very welcome addition to the city. I feel very honoured that we’re still around and part of the festival. I mean, that last year was unbelievable. We had about 30,000 people watching us and I’m told that it’s 40 |

going to be even more this year. It’s just getting bigger and bigger and we’re excited about it. How do you think the move to Hillsborough Park changed the festival? I think it’s changed for the better really, not least because you’ve got everything on one site. Unlike before when it was such-and-such on Dev Green or such-and-such on Ponderosa or whatever at Leadmill; it was just a nightmare to get around everything. You can do that with real ease now. It’s just a lot more functional isn’t it? And obviously I’m from that end of town. On that note, as a big Sheffield Wednesday fan, it must be nice having the festival over in Hillsborough… Well it’s less about the football really. If you look at who’s come from Sheffield and who’s gone on to have success in music and stuff, a lot of them are from that end of town – more north Sheffield. It’s weird. I think that’s where a lot of the real soul of Sheffield is, people sound like they’re from Sheffield around there. Anyway, listen: it’s not about that, it’s about having a space that’s able to accommodate all those people, and able to entertain the entire city. It’s less about being Wednesday or United, from this side of town or that side, and more about it just being a great communal space in Hillsborough where everyone can be together and enjoy themselves. We should focus less on the divisions, shouldn’t we? And more on the fact that Sheffield comes together once a year and has a big fat party. I don’t care if you’re white or black, pink or green, it doesn’t matter, man. It’s just everybody in a field together being as one. There’s something quite beautiful about that. | 41

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You’re on the main stage at again this year. What does this mean to you? We’re the Sheffield band with the highest billing at the festival, so it’s a big moment for us and our fans. It’d good that the festival represents the music of the city as well; I think it’s important that it has that connection. I take that responsibility very seriously, to really embody that connection with the people and the city. Maybe responsibility is the wrong word, because it’s obviously a massive honour and a privilege to be playing. And the other thing is, my kids are coming. My little lad is only four. He was there last year dancing away with his little headphones on. He’s got this tent, right, and a plastic keyboard and drum set in our house. He sets it up with his little microphone, when you ask him what he’s doing he says “I’m building a Tramlines, daddy!” It’s special and it means a lot, it really does. You’ve just announced a Reverend and the Makers Best Of album… Well, we were going to call it ‘Greatest Hits’, but given the fact that we’ve only had one hit it would be really silly to call it that. However, we’re that kind of band aren’t we? To the average dude we’ve only had one hit but to our fans it’s different. Without being big-headed, we’ve had six top 20 albums, so that’s a lot of music. We just wanted to put the best of that into one album. And there will be a couple of new ones on there too. Can you tell us a bit more about those? We have a new single called ‘Elastic Fantastic’. It’s a song that we did with our mate Richie, who was our first drummer when we did The State of Things. He and I were very close. He’s not in the band anymore; we kind of lost him along the way. But we kept the friendship and I love him dearly. 42 |

It’s nice to be making music with old friends again, and it’s a great tune. The other new track is called ‘Te Quiero Pero’, which is a bit of a Spanglish one. It’s me and my wife singing in a bit of English and Spanish. It’s like my own little Tarantino number. How is your Spanish, Rev? Pardon, no hablo Espanol. No, I’m terrible. I’m all over the shop. It’s proper Benidorm Spanish, mine. But it’s a great tune. The hardest thing really is choosing what to leave off the record, because we have had to leave some things off of the album. The other thing is, the thing that nobody ever tells you about music, you know when you’re listening to Bowie or Prince? Unless you’re some super fan, what you’re listening to really is their greatest hits. Nobody ever says – “Oh I’m really enjoying Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy.” You’re listening to the greatest hits and you love it. That’s what I hope this album will be. We have all sorts of different people that are fans of our band, so hopefully it’ll be one of those CDs that the whole family can get into. You have recently taken a break from social media after often being a very vocal presence. I am very up and down with regards to my mental health, and quite frankly social media is not a good place for people who suffer with their mental health. So I have been advised by my loved ones and my manager to not be on it anymore. I think it’s the right thing to do, because I can smell the roses and enjoy time with my family and my children without having this negative shouty thing in the background. I think social media is doing something to human nature and to the human experience which we’re not quite aware of. If you think about the way that we experience a gig now, as an anticipated memory,

holding a phone and waiting for them to come on. Then thinking about putting it on Facebook afterwards. It’s changing the way we interact with each other. There are people on there [social media] that I bet if I met them in real life, I would love and we would get on like a house on fire. Yet, you see people on there, and you go at each other like hammer and tong. It’s just a shouty void of bullshit. It’s definitely not conducive to being a creative person; I’m trying to write a novel and develop certain creative projects and I don’t need the distraction. Let’s be honest, I’ve probably made myself seem like a bit of a dick on there. It’s a bit like cocaine, social media, it brings out the worst in people. You have a PO box that people can write to. Are you still replying to fan mail? Morrissey used to do it before he turned into a wanker. I think it’s quite a wonderful idea, very old-fashioned and English. So I thought I’d have a go at it, as a nice way of conversing with my fans if nothing else. It’s more of an investment of your time sending a letter to someone. I think any fucker can tap a tweet out. So what does the rest of the year hold for you? We have our tour this year and I hope everybody is going to come and have a party with us. Because, being honest, we don’t know what the future holds. We aren’t sure what we’ll do after this album, it’s still a bit up in the air. I just feel honoured that we’ve done this for 13/14 years now. We’re still going strong and our gigs are great. Certainly one more time, people should come and have a party with us. We’ll see what the future holds after that. Catch Reverend and the Makers on the Tramlines Main Stage, July 20.


Your guide to the cream of the South Yorkshire scene crop to be found down at Hillsborough Park this year. Main Stage

The Everly Pregnant Brothers

Yup, we have our very own ukulele-toting Sheffield cover band. The Brothers manage to draw huge crowds whenever they play their home city and their success has seen them play festivals and gigs all over the country, serving up good music with a side of pork pie.

Cora Pearl

It’s been a quick rise for this hotly-tipped alt-rock band formed at Sheffield University, combining elements of melodic indie with some funk, jazz and blues.

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Oddity Road

Blistering guitar riffs and catchy hooks, this hotly-tipped quartet delivers energetic tracks with a nod to the likes of Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters, but in a distinctly northern fashion.

The Wired

Steel City indie four-piece with a suburban garage sound that might strike a melancholy tone but still packs quite the punch.

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Oh Papa

Music to warm the soul, soothe a sore head, after a spliff, while cruising through the Peak District in mid-coitus. That, in a nutshell, is how you can sum up the feels given out by these dreamy pop peddlers.

Children of the State

These peyote punks are here to take you on a psychedelic trip aided by a dose of 70s glam, hooky choruses and wistful electronic rock.

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Speed for Lovers

Expect a selection of stirring folk-pop songs supplemented by powerful harmonies and bold classical influences.

Alt-rock/grunge pop outfit with lead singer Lauren Tate’s Brody Dalle-esque roars leading the charge amongst a wall of noise.

The Seamonsters

80s-style synth pop blended with funky indie to create their self-titled “glitter pop” sound. Expect stirring vocal harmonies and uplifting indie-pop feels, perfect for kicking off a festival weekend.

Hip-hop artist rapping in a distinctive Sheff twang, bringing everything from partystarters to deep tracks tackling societal issues.

Following a Fringe at Tramlines performance last year, LIO brings her majestic ambient alt-pop to the T’other Stage on Sunday.

The Reytons

Northern swagger, a streetwise sound and plenty of cheek to boot. With their distinctive brand of fast-paced indie, they’ve quickly risen through the ranks around this neck of the woods.

Loud and wonderfully brash. An energetic noise-rock duo known in Sheff for their wild live shows.

Delivering raw, hard-hitting rock bangers with heavy punk leanings a Sheff-based four-piece originally formed in Guildford.

80s-inspired arty electropop with catchy yet haunting melodies. Important themes laced throughout intriguing lyrics.

Angsty, fast-paced rock-pop from one of the city’s emerging talents. Fans of Wolf Alice and Bring Me The Horizon will find plenty to like.

Powerful vocalist specialising in emotionally-driven, well-crafted indie rock tracks with dark undertones.

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Former Milburn frontman Joe Carnall is back with a brand new music project, Good Cop Bad Cop, which has seen him stick old mucker Matt Helders on production duties while bringing something far more cinematic, layered and synth-led to the table. Intrigued? You can hear the latest album live in the flesh at Leadmill Live Stage on Sunday, but in the meantime we asked the main man to give his esteemed opinion on a few things…

Tramlines moving to Hillsborough It was a natural progression. When Tramlines first started a decade ago it was so exciting, I can remember going out to see one band and you just end up staying out because so many things were happening around the centre. But I think in that middle period, whether you like it or not, it got a little stale; they tried a few things that didn’t quite work as well. I think this move makes it exciting again. It’s not just a half-arsed festival; it’s become a real big one in the North, you can tell by the number of tickets they sell and the kind of acts they are trying to attract. I think, although everyone is a critic these days, but when it got to a certain size it reached critical mass in the city centre. So, I think Hillsborough Park or one of the big parks was the only way it could go, and personally Hillsborough is the right choice because Sheffield

Wednesday are the best football team – in S6, at least.

Changing approaches to songwriting I am no longer constrained by having a typical setup – and by ‘typical’ I mean having guitars and drums around me – where everyone needs a job to do to keep ‘em happy. Because in that traditional setup you end up just doing the same thing because one of you plays the guitar, one of you plays bass, and everyone needs a bit of a job. Now, if I wanted to, I could just go and have a play on a synth for a few minutes and I don’t feel like I owe somebody a part and that means I tend to write stuff on the keyboard rather than guitars which, naturally, I think takes the songwriting somewhere else. I’m not trying to replicate a band sound; I’m trying to do the opposite. This makes the live show interesting because I have to figure out how to bloody do it.

Bringing Helders onboard

A lot of the songs that ended up on this record I wrote with Matt in mind. I knew he was

up for doing it and I knew we’d be recording out in LA, I sent over one tune and he asked me straight away to come over and record them at his place, so I suppose that entered my mind when writing the other tracks – which probably adds to the kind of retro soundtrack-like feel to it. He knew I wanted to try a different way of songwriting and how important that was to me. We recorded it in his garage, which is obviously big enough, and the whole experience was very laidback and liberating.

The experience of recording in LA

I don’t know what my thoughts are on America. I’ve been a few times but I really enjoyed it this time, it was my second time in LA. But I think that’s because I was staying with a mate. We did a load of great stuff because when you’re with someone that’s living there it wasn’t like being a tourist where you’re ticking things off to do and it feels a bit sterile. But I must say by the fourth week, some things about the culture were getting on my nerves – the false sincerity with every interaction. Not that I’m anti-social or trying to lay into a whole

population but it’s the culture in LA – everybody wants something from somebody. I’m not sure I could live there; I just think there are more interesting places to go where you could learn a different language or something a bit more creative. However, there were some moments over there that were so evocative – touching down at dusk and seeing all the neon lights, the pink sunsets and palm trees, I don’t think you can help getting drawn into that, and it probably did have a big influence on the ultimate sound and feel of the record.

Good Cop Bad Cop moving forward

I’ve got a handful of festivals this summer, obviously Tramlines, which I can’t wait for and then there is another tour in October which will be cool because I’d love to see how people have lived with the album. Sometimes you get favourites from people and what they’re into and they’re often what you don’t like straight away. Other than that, I want to try and get some new music out to coincide with that tour; it’ll be a hell of a task but I’m up for it.

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Ahead of his second Tramlines appearance, one of the UK’s most popular rising artists talks career progress, his affinity for the Steel City and why moving back in with the ‘rents isn’t such a bad idea. Words: Mollie Bland First of all, tell me about your musical beginnings. How did it all start? It all started when I was about 17 or 18. I didn’t really do music then, but I found myself singing at a karaoke party and I enjoyed it. After that, some of the music guys at school asked me if I wanted to help them with an A Level music piece of theirs. At first I thought, “No way am I doing that” – but I ended up doing it and loved it. I got the bug for it, and then it all kind of went from there. After school I moved to London and started to teach myself how to play guitar. I just went out gigging and ended up getting lucky. I got signed after gigging for a while, and then found myself in the studio recording my music. The move down to London was when you really decided to pursue a career in music? Yeah, definitely. I was at uni doing acting in London, but I knew that I wanted to do music. I just didn’t really know how to go about it. I just went gigging and got lucky while I was doing it, I ended up getting recognised. I’m unsure about whether acting was ever really a possible career for me, I just liked being the centre of attention! Acting was something fun that I enjoyed doing. When did you first realise that you were going to be successful? I don’t know, I don’t think I am successful yet! I’m doing alright, but I don’t think I’ll ever be happy with it. When you start thinking that you’re successful, you’re done. I’m happy with where it’s going, but I’ve still got way more to do. I’m excited for the future. On that note, what’s on the horizon for you? I’m writing at the moment, I’ve got a new album in mind. I’m just in the studio a lot, and I’ve kind of been hibernating a bit to produce the best songs that I possibly can. I’ve moved back home to my mum and dad’s for a bit, so I’m kind of just in a happy place at the moment. Good energy, good people, and not really looking at anything else apart from trying to, hopefully, make a better record than last time. I’m focused on still having a career over the next five years. Moving back in with your parents might not seem the most rock and roll thing to do. How’s it going for you? Yeah, it’s nice. Good food, good energy. During creative time it’s nice to not have to worry about anything apart

from just getting to the studio and coming home to relax. You’ve got a bit of a link with Sheffield, most recently having played one of Joe Carnall’s Xmas gigs at the O2 Academy. Looking forward to coming back? Yeah, Joe is a good friend of mine. I think Sheffield is one of my favourite cities. What do I love about Sheffield? The people, more than anything, as everyone is just really nice. It’s a very family-orientated city, and I’m just a big fan of it. The music that comes out of Sheffield is amazing; it’s all very homegrown. Everybody wants other people there to succeed. Thanks for the kind words. What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in music? I’d say just do it, believe in it. Just know that whatever you’re doing is cool. Believe in what you’re doing and try not to be anyone else but yourself. Try not to follow what other people are doing. I don’t know, just gig and do it. You’ve been described as a ‘soulful songwriter’, what’s the secret for getting real emotion into songs? That’s like asking where you get the dough from when you make a loaf of bread! I don’t really know, it comes from a place of experience, it comes from stories and being able to tell these stories. One day I will wake up and just be inspired by something, by looking at my dog sat at a window for example. Ultimately it comes from a place of storytelling, and I like storytelling. We’ll find you on t’Other stage at Tramlines this year. What can we expect to see from your set? Well, you can expect me to be there! But apart from that, the album. It’s going to be a good sing-a-long, so warm up your vocal chords because we’re all going to be singing for an hour. While you’re in Sheffield for Tramlines, are you going to be seeing any other acts to put us onto or doing anything in the city? It won’t just be a flying visit. I’m definitely going to see Reverend and the Makers, and all of that kind of stuff. I’m going to catch up with Joe [Carnall] and just chill. I’ll do the show and then have a beer and experience the festival!

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Following on from its outstanding launch back in 2018, which saw crowds flooding the streets of the city, drawn in by a wide range of performers and buskers, the Fringe at Tramlines organised by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield BID will be back again to celebrate local talent and cultural diversity in several city centre venues between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July. Devonshire Green will be taken over by the Fringe Stage once again, as the best “made in Sheffield” musicians perform for the home crowd, with a diverse line-up featuring, ska band Jungle Lion; the tropical eleven-piece band Mango Rescue Team, and One World Choir – comprised of the city’s asylum seekers and refugees, alongside other home grown and international acts. Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and L#leisure, told Exposed: “Tramlines is always a fantastic highlight of Sheffield’s social calendar. It’s great to see so many venues from across the city coming together to take part in this year’s Tramlines weekend, which has so much brilliant music 54 |

Everything you need to know For the full lowdown on all things fringe, keep ‘em peeled for the official Fringe at Tramlines programme we’ve put together – arriving in venues around the city from Monday 8 July.

and entertainment on offer.” The Peace Gardens will again play an important part in proceedings, providing a wide choice of food and drink venues alongside plenty of family friendly events. Down in Barker’s Pool, street performers on the UK circuit will be roaming around and showcasing their talents – with highlight acts including George Orange from Chicago, The Comedy Waiters and the Granny Turismo performing. Elsewhere a large number of bars and music venues across the city have signed up to be part of The Fringe at Tramlines, bringing the best in local and up-and-coming live sounds to festivalgoers for free. Timm Cleasby, Tramlines Festival’s head of operations, had this to say: “It’s great to build on the progress made in 2018 with the return of The Fringe at Tramlines and I’m very glad that the city centre will be buzzing as ever over the Tramlines weekend. The Fringe at Tramlines branding really helps festivalgoers to work out what’s taking place over the weekend and how they can get involved.”

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Tramlines Fringe in the Peddler Warehouse, Sat 20 July - Sun 21 July 92 Burton Road will be expanding their Tramlines Fringe events massively this year with a selection of unmissable DJ sets from some of the biggest names in the biz. Spread over the Saturday and Sunday of this year’s Tramlines weekend are world music and jazz stalwart Gilles Peterson and disco collective Horse Meat Disco respectively. This is the beginning of a big step up for the venue, who have come good on a promise to bring some high quality live events to the venue over festival weekend. Support on the Saturday comes from former Sheffield-based night Banana Hill, hi-fi club night Apricot Ballroom and disco/house selectors Nice Like Rice. The Sunday sees London-based disco duo Raw Silk as well as Sheffield legends Winston Hazel and Dan J on the decks. Both nights continue until midnight and have individual tickets for sale. Peddler has confirmed that a high-end soundsystem will be in place for both events. Tickets available from


Blancmange Lounge Presents Temple of Jazz, Sunday 21 July @ Church Temple of Fun (Free entry) A day showcasing a diverse array of musicians and DJs, celebrating sounds of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and beyond – all kicking off from 4.20pm. Sheffield artist and Blancmange Lounge resident Jackie Moonbather talks us through what’s on offer… Opening the show will be Sheffield-based fusion outfit, Flok. They’ll be bringing their maximalist prog fusion jazz vibes to the stage – a perfect way to wake up the Sunday crowd after a long Tramlines weekend. Then it’s the newest band on the bill, Ghost Tape Collective. I’m really excited to see these guys play together live for the first time. Keys player, saxophonist and vocalist Seigfried Komidashi is the guy on the ‘Tzucacab’ section of my Say No More video. Right in the middle of the line-up is Tonia Victoria. Coming from Huddersfield, she’s been making waves up and down the country for the past couple of years with her smooth, introspective R&B. This will be her first show in a while, now armed with that new mum energy. I can’t wait to see her back in action. After Tonia, we have my favourite out of the vibrant Leeds nu-jazz scene. B-ahwe and her band of virtuosos have this really rich, luscious sound – all topped with detailed vocal harmonies and she even throws in these raps, breaking it down and bringing you further into her world. It’s magical. I will be closing the live show, playing songs from both of my EP projects and maybe a few new tracks with a full band and some guest appearances from a few friends and members of the Blancmange Lounge collective. DJs between sets and after the live show include Airworks FM, Blancmange Lounge DJs and some more to be confirmed. See you there! | 55

photo credits: Jackie moonbather: Leah Hammond-Clay / Gilles Peterson @hirobjones

While the big bash is taking place in Hillsborough, over in the city centre there’s a jam-packed line up of tantalising events to entertain you all weekend.

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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.


TWISTED RETURNS! After the sudden closure of the Harley back in April, another Sheffield institution Twisted Burger Company was left to find a new home, temporarily setting up at the Wick at Both Ends on West Street. Announcing the news via their Facebook page, Triple Point Brewery and Bar on Shoreham Street, formerly Sentinel Brew House, confirmed that the food institution would be pitching up at the former carpet warehouse for the foreseeable. Whilst the spin-off Twisted Pizza will be staying at the Wick, Twisted’s trademark meat, veggie and vegan burgers will be joining Triple Point’s array of ales, brewed on-site, including a couple of vegan numbers for those after a fully plant-based night out. // 178 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, S1 4SQ

Hi all! We hope you enjoyed our look at special look at cider last month, even if the sunshine never fully arrived to go with it. July’s a good month (not just because it’s my birthday, of course!) as many of us get to let our hair down and go on our big break – the summer holiday season is upon us! Just in the last few days we’ve seen that lots of our friends and customers have headed off and I’m excitedly clicking ‘like’ on social media pics showing stunning sights in Croatia, New York, Boston, Moldova, Rome, Madrid, Paris – and Scarborough. If you’re heading off on your hols soon then don’t forget to do your beer research before you go, and if possible make sure that your Airbnb apartment is conveniently located just around the corner from a cool brewery tap! Me and Deborah are heading off to the Basque Country this month. We’ve done our research and found a nice few bars to visit in Bilbao, and we can’t wait to get that sun on our backs and live on seafood and beer for the week! Wherever you end up then make sure you send us a postcard, we love see to where everyone has gone and even have a small collection in the shop that we’d love to grow. All this talk of holidays is this month’s beery inspiration: I’ve decided to go overseas and pick three of the current best from Europe. Seek them out and drink them in your favourite deck chair…

Lervig (Norway) – Times 8

Imperial Pastry Stout – 330ml can, 16% ABV This is stupendous. Lervig are well-known for brewing some remarkable beers, but this one may just be their best yet. What you get is a pillow-like softness, which is odd and impressive for a 16% beer! A truly luscious mixture of vanilla, cocoa, maple syrup, with a touch of butterscotch and a hint of coconut – all wrapped up in a big imperial stout.

Boon (Belgium) – Mariage Parfait

Lambic Oude Geuze – 375ml bottle, 8% ABV Mariage Parfait (Perfect Marriage) is an exceptional example of blending lambic beers. Only the very best three-year-old lambics are selected and blended to create a marriage made in heaven. This has enough body to carry an abundance of flavours and you should expect the fruitiness of lime zest and tangerine, a smooth vanilla and a tart refreshing sourness rounding it all off.

Omnipollo (Sweden) – Polimango

Double IPA (DIPA) – 455ml can, 9.5% ABV Good news: July brings a fresh new batch of beers to the UK from the mighty Omnipollo and you’ll see plenty of them in Sheffield’s top pubs, bars and shops. Our summer holiday special has to be Polimango! This is what long summers days are made for: an ultra-fruity double IPA that’s brewed with a bit of polenta, too.

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BRING me SUNSHINE The former owners of Peppercorn have upped sticks and moved to Kelham Island, bringing with them a glorious spot of sunshine. Google ‘Noosa’ and you’re met with various Australian tourism websites telling you to ‘experience the most popular beach resort’ in the country. One site even describes it as being surrounded by stunning beaches and lakes where you can learn to surf, paddleboard and kayak in the Noosa Everglades. Whilst jumping in a canoe and traversing the River Don *might* be a completely different experience (and one we don’t recommend, like, at all), Kelly Ware and Charlie Curran’s Aussie-inspired café bar has brought a much-welcomed dose of sunshine to Alma Street, Kelham Island. Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t a trashy café with novelty menu items named after ‘Sheila’ or various other ignorant Australian stereotypes, Noosa is inspired by the way of life on the Sunshine Coast and one which truly came to fruition after a trip to see Charlie Curran’s kids, Lucy and Jack a couple of years ago. “We went over in January of last year and were inspired by the food and coffee culture over there,” Kelly told us earlier in the year. “It’s the most stunning place. We were so impressed by the brunches. Eggs benny, granola, fresh juices – that’s what we’ll be doing here.” True to her word, when Exposed popped over to try the food (which has near enough been every day since Noosa opened), the sheer sight of their eggs benedict was an experience in itself. Two poached eggs rested on top of a huge potato rosti, topped with hollandaise sauce and crispy bacon. You can also order this with their ‘Noosa honey-roasted ham’ or home-smoked salmon. We couldn’t picture a better brunch. 60 |

For something a touch more sweet, our photographer (ol’ sweet tooth he is) tried the freshly made waffles with streaky bacon and maple syrup which got what I think is the universal sign for my-mouth-is-full-but-I-reallywant-to-let-you-know-that-it’s-nice. For balance, I had the halloumi sandwich with a hummus and harissa sauce on thick white bread. Despite the simplicity of it, it went down an absolute treat. The generous slab of halloumi certainly helped… We haven’t even mentioned the eggy bread of the day or the signature ramen bowls yet. We’ll leave that up to you… The most impressive thing about this place though, is the transformation of the interior. Before Noosa, Urban Social turned the unit into something of a dark and dingy dive bar. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the difference in atmosphere as soon as you walk in is noticeable. Now, it’s light and airy. There are colourful neon signs and a graffiti wall painted by local artist Paul Staveley. The large benches encourage a sociable environment and the staff here treat each and every customer like a returning friend. If brunch isn’t on the agenda, early morning coffees are provided from 8am. The bar has a selection of bottles as well as Peroni, Blue Moon, Abbeydale Brewery’s Heathen and Aspall on tap until 11pm. Wine, champagne and cocktails are also available. What else do you need? Perhaps all that’s missing is the sunshine itself... // 1b Alma Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield, S3 8RY | 61

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The Moor’s new bowling alley and bar to open in autumn

Continuing the Moor’s everlasting renovation, new bowling alley and bar Lane7 has confirmed it will be opening its doors in autumn of this year. Lane7 will feature attractions like mini-golf, retro arcade games and pool tables, following suit from their successful venues in Liverpool, Aberdeen and Newcastle (pictured). The new venue is part of the third phase of The Moor’s redevelopment, which includes a new H&M store at the top of the street where Redgates used to be. Kirsty Anderson, Lane7’s head of sales and marketing, said: “Lane7 is set to open its doors in Sheffield this autumn, promising the city a unique bowling experience like you’ve never seen before. “We will be bringing our quirky concept to the city after success across the country with locations in Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Middlesbrough and Liverpool, up to three further openings scheduled in 2019 and more planned for 2020. “Located on The Moor, the two-floor venue will provide a family-friendly offer by day before transforming into a bustling nightlife destination which incorporates bowling and an in-house bar with a relaxed food offering and attractions such as mini-golf, retro arcade games, pool and a darts area.” Head over to for a flavour of what to expect.

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Exposed pops in for a swifty at recently opened hop haven The Crow Inn. Craft beer and ale pubs are intensely loved parts of Sheffield culture. The space to sit and enjoy a pint of beer in the company of other locals is genuinely treasured, so when the news of a new alehouse on Scotland Street was announced, it was clear that The Crow Inn would fit in nicely. These ale pubs have been popping up all over the place in and around Kelham Island, but in the beer centre of Sheffield, there is no such thing as too many. For the casual drinkers and locals, this is an exciting and welcomed new stop-off on the pub walk between the Three Tuns and Shakespeares. Having more recently been a hotel, the newly refurbished building is re-establishing itself in the Sheffield pub scene. Known for its accumulation of pubs, this part of Sheffield city centre has no problem attracting ale lovers and connoisseurs. So, for a pub that prides itself on its selection of ale and craft beer, its success will not be an issue. With this in mind, they currently have eight changing keg lines and five cask lines in the bar, which are changed every few days to introduce a new beer from somewhere locally or around the world. For the owners Chris Bamford and Kate Major (from the Rutland Arms), the management team (Adam Swithenbank - ex-Shakespeares and Lizzie Dabner ex-Washington) and owner of the building Wendy Woodhouse, the refurbishment has been intended to respect the building’s long history, while also generating a clean cut and modern interior. Following the intent to juxtapose the old and the new, the decision to name the new pub The Crow Inn came about due to its previous name, the Crown. In order to set the business apart from the other pubs in Sheffield called the Crown, they decided to lose the ‘N’. Accompanying this with a new, modern logo. While showcasing the best craft and local beers, as well an array of spirits, the business is going back to its roots as an Inn. Having been the Sleep Hotel for the last decade, the building has been restored back to its former glory. So, alongside the public In order to bar there are seven en-suite rooms, all newly set the busi- restored. Since opening their doors only one week ness apart ago, it has attracted a diverse crowd of people. from the of From students to professionals, everybody is other pubs welcome. Judging by the first week, The Crow in Sheffield Inn is immersing itself in the local community called the and culture, and it is sure to go from success to success.

Crown, they decided to lose the ‘N’.

Find The Crow Inn at: 33 Scotland Street Sheffield S3 7BS

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A Family Affair With Kelham Island’s reputation as the city’s fastest-growing foodie hub now firmly established, another welcome addition to the area’s burgeoning café scene arrived last month in the form of Pa’s Bistro. Ideally situated on the corner of Green Lane, opposite the up-andcoming Little Kelham development, the spacious venue provides an allday setting for quality food – from leisurely breakfasts and lunches to evening wining and dining – while placing an emphasis on traditional customer service and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Freshly baked pastries are available daily courtesy of Cawa bakery and lined up on the bar are a tempting selection of award-winning Fuggle Bunny ales alongside lagers and craft beers. Owner Conan Smythe is keen to stress the strong family ethos

etched into the business. The initial inspiration behind Pa’s came from Conan’s father, a hardworking exserviceman who in over 32 years of employment after leaving the army never took a day off sick. “He had a plan for his retirement and gathered the whole family around to let us know that he wanted us to open a bistro/bar together. He had it all mapped out. Sadly, just five weeks later he passed away, so we decided to open Pa’s as a tribute to him.” It’s a tight-knit team, with Conan’s daughter providing the hospitality experience and serving customers; while on the food side of things, his

close friend of over 10 years Gavin Bradbury works as head chef after previously working in kitchens around the world from Greece to the US. Which brings us nicely onto the food – a veritable selection of British mealtime classics from fish and chips to braised lamb shank, combined with guilty pleasure desserts such as Gavin’s special lemon and lime tart which we’re told took him four years to perfect. “I wanted to put together a menu based largely around fresh English produce,” said Gavin. “Keeping things local and seasonal is very important, so we purchase from

the butchers Bradway Meats, All Seasons provide our fruit and veg, while our pies and brownies come from Bloomers of Bakewell.” The food being brought out looked superb, and since we were very much in the mood for some comfort scran we decided to order a couple of mains, opting for the homemade turkey burger and 8oz sirloin steak respectively. The burger was a winner on two fronts: plenty of flavour and the leaner meat choice reducing any feelings of guilt while tucking in. It was in good company too with delightfully hefty chunkycut chips and crunchy onion rings with poppy seeds in the batter for an extra kick. My dining partner made all the right appreciative noises while tucking into his juicy-looking steak, which came with the same moreish onion rings, mushrooms and grilled tomato. To finish off, we ordered the aforementioned lemon and lime tart as well as a chocolate brownie with ice cream. Four years of experimentation by Gavin had certainly paid off as the tart was a sweet, tangy delight, accompanied with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream to smooth things out. The brownie, as all good brownies should be, was pure indulgence: gooey chocolate with a mango sauce on the side to counterbalance the flavours. It rounded off two very hearty courses that had us sloping back to the office ready for an afternoon nap, but still immensely satisfied with our gluttonous lunchtime experience. 50 Green Lane, Kelham Island Sheffield S3 8SE 0114 275 3664

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First and last impressions pub brings a range “Considering are everything at the of other benefits too. Sheffield Tap, the former From near-instantaneour location, it’s Edwardian waiting rooms ous feedback on the so important to restored as an opulent brews – “Bar staff will shrine to world beer inbe constantly chatus that we let side the city’s main train ting to customers and people know that station. With Sheffield’s relaying to us what’s they’re in a world reputation as a brewing being said, so we mecca now recognised know what’s working class beer city right across the globe, the or what might need the minute they bar’s role as a gateway changing” – to reducto the city’s beer scene – step off the train.” ing the brewery’s caroften pulling the first pint bon footprint in dis– Liz Casserly, for new visitors, and servtribution, it all works Sheffield Tap ing up the last one before for an immensely they leave – is something efficient process and General Manager. taken very seriously here sustainable operation. indeed. “We even have a local As such you’ll find the largest beer farmer who will come and take range in the Steel City behind the the used hops for compost and bar (11 cask, 15 keg, 200+ bottles malt grain for chicken feed!” and cans), complete with an equally The ethos at the brewery overlaps well-curated selection of ciders, nicely with that of the venue itself: wines and spirits. Not content simply a deep-founded respect for tradition showcasing worldwide breweries, and heritage coupled with a modern the team behind the Tap got in on the touch. Pivovar, the company behind action themselves with the addition the Sheffield Tap and Tapped Brew of their own on-site microbrewery, Co., now have a total of 10 bars – inThe Tapped Brew Co., which has cluding recent addition The Market allowed them to throw their own Cat, opened in collaboration with brews into the mix – while also fillThornbridge Brewery – all based ing the large ornate rear room rather on the premise of promoting highfittingly with the distinct aroma of quality, innovative beers from across hops. the globe in locations bursting with “Being surrounded by good beer character and charm. really spurs us on,” Tapped Brew “We want to do the city justice,” says Co’s Ben Tysoe tells us. “We make Liz. “It’s such a brilliant place to sure that if anything from Tapped is work so we really keep our standards on the bar, it’s because it deserves high and the heritage aspect is very to be there. It’s a brilliant setup too, important to us. It’s impossible not because having a brewery inside the to be a beerhead working here and pub, literally a few yards from the we invite our staff and customers to bar, means we can come and see the serve the freshest brewing process, Platform 1B, Sheaf St beer in the city.” so they feel just Sheffield S1 2BP Naturally, brewing as much a part of inside their own // it as we do.” 70 | | 71

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Top Picks 5 Reasons to get yourself down to the Folk Forest For an entire weekend, you and the family can enjoy two days of sunshine (hopefully), live music and great food in the scenic locale of Endcliffe Park. Here’s what else you can expect at the Folk Forest Festival 2019… 1.) This year boasts the best line-up of live artists yet with more than forty performers across five stages. Starting first with ROY AYERS, the granddaddy of Neo-soul, and it only gets better from there. Other singers include YAU, YUSSEF KAMAAL, YUSSEF DAYE and HONEYFLEET. 2.) If you have little ones, then there is always the Arts and Crafts Fair, which will be hosting a kid’s area from my Arty Party. Other activities include the New Games Workshop and the Woodland Craft. 3.) The Heritage Market and Workshop will

be selling an assortment of books, clothing and memorabilia. But that’s not all, there will also be a showcase of fine craftsmanship from blacksmithy, to wool working. 4.) If you have a taste for good food and, even better, good beer, then we have some news for you. This year Folk Forest is teaming up with the Stancill Brewery on Kelham Island to bring you a fine selection of craft beers. 5.) For the golden not-so-oldies among you, there will be a Beatles Tribute band; The Sheffield Beatles Project which will be offering a performance of Abbey Road backed by a full thirty-piece orchestra! Folk Forest 2019 takes place 6-9 July, tickets available from

Sharrow Festival Mount Pleasant Park // 6 July // FREE The annual Sharrow Festival will see three stages of performers, kids activities, a wide range of local arts and crafts stalls, a fantastic selection of food stalls and a live graffiti zone. Plenty to get involved with at Mount Pleasant Park! Oakstock The British Oak // 5-6 July // FREE Mosborough’s biggest event of the year returns to the British Oak for another annual shebang. Live bands, food stalls and entertainment for the kids, and all for nowt! Vintage Island: 40s & 50s Weekend Kelham Island Museum // 13 July // £6 Reminisce with live music and dancing, home-front displays and re-enactments, vintage and antique stalls, museum tours, family activities, crafts and trails, vintage vehicles – all par for the course at Vintage Island’s 10th retro festival. Sheffield whisky show Picture House Social // 13 July // £27.50 PHS will be hosting over 100 different whiskies from some of the best and well -loved producers and distillers from around the globe. Ticket holders will receive a complimentary whisky tasting glass to take home afterwards so you can take samples on the day at no extra charge. A reyt deal if you ask us.

A Day on the Lake

Rother Valley’s Cable Water Ski is the perfect place to enjoy the sun this month We’ve got one of the UK’s biggest inflatable water parks right on our doorstep at Rother Valley, so it’s only right that with the expected GLORIOUS weather (fingers crossed) this month, we take advantage of it. Suitable for kids over 7, groups and, of course, adults, Cable Water Ski’s water-based assault course is perfect for some Total Wipeoutinspired fun. For the adrenaline seekers

Sheffield record fair The Workstation // 27 July // FREE Premier Music Fair’s touring record shop stops off at the Workstation this month. Haggle, sift and socialise with fellow record collectors. workstation

(12+), you can learn some kneeboarding and wakeboarding skills whilst taking on the cable course. Our top tip is to try and stay up right, and leave the backflips and the ramps to the professionals… For those simply wanting to relax and take in the course from afar, there’s a fully-licensed lakeside bar serving up refreshments and a cosy café if you fancy a break from the action.

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We catch up with Steph Smith, one half of South London DJ duo RAW SILK, to get the lowdown before they take to the decks at Peddler Warehouse for their big Fringe at Tramlines bash. So, how would you describe your music? It’s hard to come up with a definitive answer to this question as our music collection is constantly growing and changing, we play such an eclectic mix and will try to adapt our sound to suit the environment. At the moment we play a lot of new wave, synth pop, electro and house. We always want to exude a fun ethos in our sets to keep people dancing, so they can genuinely enjoy each track. The two of you met in Melbourne. Can you recall that meeting and was the connection immediate? I can recall the meeting really well as we were set up on a kind of ‘friend date’ through some mutual friends in London. There was actually a group of four of us who made a connection through our love of music and the nightlife in Melbourne at the time. We had such a fabulous year together

exploring the scene there and learning so much from local DJs and nights such as CC:Disco, Daydreams and Waxo Paradiso. At which point did you decide to start DJing together? Once we had both moved back to London we decided to put on a night in Peckham because we wanted to recreate the experiences we had shared in Melbourne. It was also a chance to share our record collections and an excuse for our friends to get together for a monthly dance. DJing together has kind of been a natural progression from there. What things make it work as a partnership, both on a creative and personal level?  We both have slightly different musical tastes, which we think helps to keep our sets fresh and exciting. Playing as a partnership means that we don’t run the risk of playing the

same set twice, plus it’s also great to be able to split the workload and of course it helps to always have someone there for support. How do the Australia and UK dance scenes compare?  For us, the dance scene in Melbourne seemed more carefree. There are not as many chinstrokers, people wear less clothes and dance in circles with their friends instead of facing the DJ.  What sort of vibes will you be bringing to Tramlines?  RAW and SILKY vibes. Do you have a failsafe favorite tune to drop at your sets? 

Grace’s Failsafe is ‘Rescue Me’ Sunkids (Bini & Martini 999 funk mix); Grace’s is ‘Mind On You’ Level 42 (M&M mix). What does the future have in store for RAW SILK? We hope the future will just have more opportunities for us to play to different people in different places – and perhaps even a Melbourne reunion one day! Catch RAW SILK at Peddler Warehouse on Sunday 21 July. Tickets available from | 75

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comedy: top picks James Acaster

Sheffield City Hall // 1 July // £20.72 For one night only the king of the awkward comedy quips returns to Sheffield. Acaster is back in black and in perfect form, whether it’s a story about drunkenly eating cold lasagne or poorly timed massages with you girlfriend, it’s bound to be a hoot.

Neil Delamare and Joanne McNally

The Leadmill // 3 July // £6.00 For July, the Leadmill Comedy Club presents a rip-roaring roster of relatively new talent. From the emerald isle come Neil Delamare and Joanne McNally, who offer their own views on subjects such as hard drinking Viking toddlers and killing your birth parents (figuratively speaking, of course). A little more home-grown humour comes in the form of Kelly Convey and Josh Jones, when it comes to milking cows and working class queerdom.

Big Shaun’s comedy buffet

Brothers Arms // 6 July // £4 Local legend and lead singer of The Everly Pregnant Brothers brings a special hour of comedy and music. Guest comedians, chats and free hugs. Sounds good to us. thebrothersarms

Last Laugh Edinburgh Express

Sheffield City Hall // 5-26 July // £17.80 The Scottish comedy train is making tracks to Sheffield. All the way from the land of shortbread and Irn Bru, comes a selection of the kilted capital city’s best emerging talent. For twenty-one days the laughs come in two by two (hurrah!) and you can come see: Christian Reilly, Nina Gilligan, Sally Anne Hayward, Troy Hawke, Tom Houghton, Lloyd Langford, Elliot Steel and Jo Caulfield.

music: the album that changed my life

Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space Words: Sam Ward

My Dad had an extensive vinyl and CD collection spanning multiple rooms in my childhood home. He still claims to have the biggest collection of XTC vinyl in the country. Whether that’s true or not, I’m unsure. But it’s my inheritance, so I’ll choose to believe him. The artwork and feel of the sleeves alone stole my imagination, way before the fine needle cut into the groove. We would listen to Bjork, Caribou, The Beatles and Frankie Goes to Hollywood in my living room through some speaker system I did not understand the ins and outs of, but it was something that my Dad was extremely chuffed with. So I liked it, too. I would buy him records by artists that I had vaguely heard of for birthdays and Christmases and relish at his pure unaltered joy after unwrapping the film. I personally enjoyed music immensely, but not really good music. When we were about sixteen, my mate spent a week’s work experience at Rooster Records on Fore Street in Exeter (from what I know, it’s still open; worth a visit if you’re on holiday in sunny Devon!). He would file through all the tea-stained records that had been dumped on the doorstep by couples that hoped one of their fifty-five heirlooms would unearth a pretty penny. Inevitably, most were put straight in the 50p Bargain Bin and Carol and Paul would trudge back to the car with a measly £4.75 and a clearer attic. I came to visit him on one occasion. He came bundling out of the shop postshift with six of the best from these drop-offs. “Mate, some of these are decent,” he exclaimed. I was sceptical, to say the least. He had cycled over to my village the night before with a damp copy of 70s Irish folk band The Fureys’ Love Songs, on which only two tracks were vaguely audible. We filed through his unearthed treasures and I took two with me for night-time listening: The Rise and Fall by Madness and Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized. The latter was the start of a mindopening evening not paralleled since – and I’ve seen Sheffield United beat Arsenal! I chucked it on my portable turntable: Steepletone, £26.99. No, it wasn’t the best quality. But

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it did the job. I had listened to a lot of records before Ladies and Gentlemen…, but none of them had the impact that this one did. It was a gateway drug. All I worried about was the girl I had been flirting with in Geography, the party taking place a week on Friday, and this record. The album is one long anthem for an anti-Britpop movement. At the time I had just broken up with my ‘first love’, thought gaining a good GCSE in Maths was like outwitting The Krypton Factor and washed plates in my local pub for £3.80 an hour. The album starts with Jason Pierce crooning, “All I want in life’s a little bit of love to take the pain away” – strong lyrics for a recently dumped and impressionable teenage lad! ‘Broken Heart’ is equally and explicitly evocative of these post break-up feelings. But it wasn’t just the themes that run through the fuzzing, seismic masterpiece that excited me. ‘Come Together’, which I have been lucky enough to see live since, is a Primal Scream-esque abrasive rock track that hits you from nowhere sandwiched between two neo-psychedelic and introspective tracks. The album culminates in the seventeenminute long track, ‘Cop Shoot Cop’, which takes the listener on a journey through Pierce’s mind and numerous genres. It was different to everything else I had heard on the radio, in my living room, and at my mates’ houses. Ultimately, it was mine. It has been quite a few years since I first heard the album, and I am still unable to escape it. To contextualise if you have never heard the record, it pipped OK Computer to the 1997 Album of the Year award. Since its release Jason Pierce has created many more works of art, contracted a long term liver disease and haemorrhaged money. A tortured artist of our age, and one that inspired thought-provoking and mind-expanding music utilising orchestras, choirs and archaic synthesizers. He may not be as famous as one of the Gallaghers, our very own Jarvis, or Richard Ashcroft; but what he created in Ladies and Gentlemen… was better. And I’ve still got that very record in my flat in Sheffield. | 81

photo credit Juliette Larthe

I chucked it on my portable turntable: Steepletone, £26.99. No, it wasn’t the best quality. But it did the job. I had listened to a lot of records before Ladies and Gentlemen…, but none of them had the impact that this one did.

music: top picks Bombay Bicycle Club

The Leadmill // 26 July // £29.50 Following a four-year hiatus, the British four-piece are back on the road and will be stopping off in the Steel City for an intimate prefestival season warm up show. Expect new material as well as classics like ‘Always Like This’.


The Leadmill // 23 July // £27.50 Multi-platinum selling band Gomez are heading to the Leadmill in July to celebrate 20 years of the iconic Liquid Skin album. Pure nostalgia, mate.


Botanical Gardens // 5 July // £35 Actual, real life Guinness World Record holders Bananarama are headlining Music in the Gardens this month in support of new album In Stereo. The iconic duo will be performing new tracks and the hits that saw more than

30 million records sold over the last couple of decades.

The Stroppies

Record Junkee // 9 July // £7 Breezy pop from the Melbournebased band, The Stroppies are heading over to the UK in support of new album Whoosh which, in their own words, is their most robust record they’ve ever produced. It’ll be *quite* the gig down at Record Junkee, don’t miss it.

The Rude Awakening

Café Totem // 12 July // £11 The Rude Awakening perform their new ground-breaking Kaleidoscope album in its entirety, accompanied by fellow synth acts Morgan King (Lene Lovich Band) and Ooberfuse.


interview: Benjamin Wylde

Jordan Carroll is a filmmaker, documentarian, cinematographer and editor living and working in Sheffield. Carroll has worked extensively in the field of filmmaking and in the production of several music videos and documentaries with socially conscious themes. Carroll’s most recent documentary efforts has been a collaboration with street artist ‘Phlegm’ and photographer Chris Saunders as part of the Mausoleum of the Giants exhibition, which was on display at an Eyewitness Works factory on Milton Street between March 15 and April 6. Carroll has also filmed a documentary entitled An Ode to Giants based around the exhibit and its visitors which demonstrates the impact of the artist’s work and its effect on the people and city of Sheffield, highlighting its influence as a city of culture. After the film was released last month, he spoke to Exposed’s Benjamin Wylde about the importance of the exhibition and what it meant to the city. Why was this exhibition so special, in your mind and in the minds of others? Because Phlegm is the adopted son of Sheffield, he’s not actually from Sheffield but he might as well be because he’s spent so much time here and his career basically started here. He spent a lot of time at the House Skate Park for, like, nine to ten years and you can see the development of his work into his current style and it’s that style that funds his living, and it’s such a trademark for Sheffield now. The fact that you can just walk around the city and see his work; he’s not actually living here but I think Sheffield has a special place in his heart and vice versa, the people of Sheffield have got a special place in their hearts for him. It’s the only city that he brought this show to, and I was happy to be part of it because I’m a fan of Phlegm’s and to work with him on his latest project is quite special to me. What was it that drew you to Phlegm’s work initially, and how did you get involved with the film? So, initially how I got drawn to his work was through exploration. When I started here at university ten years ago, I used to do a lot of urban exploration around abandoned buildings. His work was quite prominent in those buildings and then it just spread around the city, and I was just getting to know Sheffield as I got to know Phlegm’s work, so it was one and the same. How I got involved with the exhibition was that I was actually fortunate to know his sister, I studied with her and got to know him through her and when Marketing Sheffield said they wanted make a film about the exhibition 84 |

he was happy with me because I was a filmmaker that he trusted. He likes to keep his identity hush, so he thought it was better to have a filmmaker he knew and trusted to take over the reins. Some of the key stakeholders like Vanessa Tulman from the Sheffield Culture Consortium were important, as she’d actually been involved and secured the Arts Council funding, so I developed a relationship with Vanessa and she trusted me as well. It was just a perfect relationship really. What did it feel like knowing that the exhibition you worked on was being viewed by patrons all over the world? It definitely feels great, you’re part of something so big; I think it feels great to actually shine a light on Sheffield for once. Because my personal feeling is that Sheffield is such a great city and we have a lot to show, it’s great to finally have people looking towards us. We’ve had lots of cultural exports in the past and they get easily overlooked, especially within the wider community. So it’s definitely for everyone involved to have eyes on Sheffield and on the project. What stands out about the footage for you? What I like about the documentary, it is about Phlegm, but because he wants to keep himself a secret, Phlegm is not in it. That allowed us to actually explore the other creators in the city and cheerlead those creators and show what a great place Sheffield is. What I think works so well about it is that the creators are not only selling themselves, they are actually Phlegm’s friends. Some of them climb with him and work with him and love him, so it’s just friends talking about him rather than strangers and that only increases how personal the project is. What I understand is, because I have actually reached out to him a couple of times, is that he loves the film. They tried to make it as accessible as possible, but unfortunately there were crowd restrictions and things with health and safety, so that meant there were

three-hour queues every single day. It wasn’t accessible to a lot of people, so it gives them the chance to experience it as many times as they want because the film immortalises it. What are your thoughts on the Mausoleum of Giants exhibition itself? You had a weird sort of emotional experience with the show, because ‘mausoleum’ would suggest something quite dark but the characters are actually quite lovable. They have quite sombre faces and expressions but that’s what draws you to them. You feel like you can relate to them if you’ve ever had an unhappy moment or a depressive moment. But, it also filled you with happiness because they were quite unusual in their style and some were quite funny looking. When you were walking around you actually felt quite comfortable. My favourite thing was how the sculptures were in a space that was so true to Sheffield, in an old cutlery factory, and I just really loved the way the giants interacted with the space. They built the giants specifically for the rooms, he saw the space and then built the giant around it, giving the giants this connection to Sheffield’s past, to steel and cutlery and everything else. Could you try to sum up your love of documentary in a few words? I really like documentaries because they’re quite an immediate form of cinema. As the show had a finite amount of time, it was only on for three weeks, documentaries are like that in that they only capture things in the now, you won’t always get a second chance to film a second shot or you may never capture something again. It’s the immediacy of documentary that excites me. You also get to meet real people and deal with real interactions, so it just feels very exciting and fast-paced and that works well with my personality. Watch the film online at | 85


Show Your Pride It’s July, which means the Steel City becomes the Rainbow City as Pride season arrives. This year is a big one as we mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Kicking off proceedings LGBT Sheffield returns to the Peace Gardens with their annual Pinknic Event [Sat 13 Jul] with an afternoon of live music and fun for all the family. You can meet the team behind Pinknic and many of the other local LGBT organisations at Sheffield Equality Hub Network’s LGBT+ Hub [Wed 10 Jul] where you can find out more about what’s happening in the city and have your say on issues affecting LGBT+ communities. There’s another opportunity to have your say at Pride in Sheffield’s final open meeting [Tue 2 Jul] where you can find out the final plans for the day and ways to get involved. The main event returns on Saturday 27 July. Bring your flags and placards and join the march down Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park where the main festival takes place. Led by a new team (see interview in this issue) this year, in addition to the main stage and community tent, we have the new addition of the drag tent featuring our very own Half Montys and Funky Beavers. As always there will be an array of options for dancing the night away. Club Rush returns to Hatch celebrating the 59th birthday of iconic “poppers user” Crispin Blunt – featuring DJs Tony Neptune, Peggy Viennetta, TamTam and Psyllium Husk. Over at Café Totem local legends and previous Pinknic and IDAHoBiT performers InaVibe take to the stage. Elsehwere, Drag Queens in The Garden is back at the Malin Bridge Inn with a line-up including Electric Blue, Annabelle Lecter, Mama Trish and Fannie Coil. Mulberry Bar join the celebrations with performances from Kyla Porter as Almost P!nk [Fri 26 Jul] and drag sensation Terri Fox [Sun 28 Jul]. The latest Drag Race Alumni to visit the Steel City, fan favourite Manilla Luzon, is here to slay at Plug [Tue 9 Jul]. We have local drag talent in the form of Petals Petrovsky at The Dorothy Pax [Sun 14 Jul] with a special show commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the 20th Anniversary of the death of Dusty Springfield and the 75th 86 |

Birthday of Diana Ross. Expect a fun evening filled with piano, song, banter and a singalong finale! The infamous Tia Anna also continues her Dinosaurs or Drag nights every Thursday at the Three Cranes with karaoke all night. If that’s not enough drag for you (and there is no such thing as too much drag) Curzon Cinema have a special screening of the original Drag Race and one of cinema’s first major LGBT success stories, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert [Sat 20 Jul]. In the Pride tradition of campaigning, SAYiT launch their new Call It Out campaign at the South Yorkshire LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Conference at the Diamond [Wed 17 Jul]. Featuring expert researchers, domestic abuse professionals and service users to look at why, despite experiencing domestic abuse at the same or higher rates, LGBT+ people are less likely to access mainstream support services. For workers wanting to know more they are also running a series of training sessions across Relive Priscilla Queen of the Desert and enjoy the disco stylings of Raw Silk (above)

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Pride in Sheffield Tue 2 Jul: Open Meeting

Sheffield Hallam University

Sat 27 Jul: Pride in Sheffield

Endcliffe Park Sat 27 Jul: Club Rush Celebrates Crispin

Blunts Birthday Hatch SAYiT Sat 15 Jun Call It Out

South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awareness Training Wed 3 Jul: Knowle House South Yorkshire LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Conference Wed 17 Jul: The Diamond, Sheffield University

Mulberry Fri 26 Jul: Almost P!nk aka Kyla Porter Sun 28 Jul: Terri Fox Live

Mulberry Bar and Venue TheMulberrybarandvenue Open Sheffield Sun 14 Jul: Open Sheffield – Open

Meeting St Marks, Broomhill OpenSheffield Sat 20 Jul: Good God! Sexuality &

South Yorkshire [Knowle House, Wed 3 Jul]. There’s a host of LGBT+ meetups throughout the month. LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield) have their monthly gettogether at Together Women [Thu 4 Jul] for all LBTQ+ women and non-binary folk who are seeking asylum. TransActive are heading out to Hathersage’s open air swimming pool [Sat 6 Jul] for a group swimming trip and Open Sheffield are holding an open meeting at St Mark’s [Sun 14 Jul] to celebrate their first year as a group. St Mark’s are also hosting Good God! Sexuality & Gender Justice in the Church [Say 20 Jul] – a day of discussions including calling for an end to the church’s ban on same-sex weddings and a debate on gender. What does the scripture say? Rainbow Gamers are back at the Treehouse Board Game Café [Sun 21 Jul] for a chance to meet other LGBTIQA+ people, compete in a battle of wits over a land grab involving grinning sheep, commit acts of inevitable betrayal, flush a loved one out of an airlock, fail to save the cute boy you just met from being left behind and being unconscious in a cave network with something unspeakably horrible whilst you plan an escape.

Cult hit FLIM NITE comes to Sheffield for the second year running to spread its unique brand of mischief and is showing no signs of stopping! Head to Regather for FLIM NITE presents (Queer) Grease [Fri 5 Jul] to discover what ‘Grease’ would look like chewed up and spat out by LGBTQ+ comedians, theatre makers, writers and musicians. Watch as acts distort a high school musical romcom into something ridiculous, beautiful or unrecognisable for your viewing pleasure. They have each been entrusted with a chunk of the film to re-enact, riff around, mash up or explode. There’s no way of telling what will happen... Last but by no means least, Horse Meat Disco are bringing high quality disco to the Peddler Warehouse [Sun 21 Jul]. It’s the queer party for everyone! A glittering disco behemoth of classics, italo disco, house, oddities, Afro, and punk funk, supported by Raw Silk, Winston Hazel and Dan J.

Gender Justice in the Church St Marks, Broomhill

Other Events Thu 4 Jul: Lesbian Asylum Support

Sheffield (LASS) Monthly Meeting Together Women Project Fri 5 Jul: FLIM NITE presents (Queer)

Grease Regather Sat 6 Jul: Hathersage Open Swim

Hathersage Open Air Pool Tue 9 Jul: Manilla Luzon

Plug Wed 10 Jul: LGBT+ Hub

Sheffield Town Hall Sat 13 Jul: Pinknic

Peace Gardens Sun 21 Jul: Horse Meat Disco // Tramlines Fringe Peddler Warehouse | 87

LGBT+ Emma: We have so many groups taking part with both Stonewall and Mermaids attending for the first time this year. Ashleigh: We’ve been able to work with so many people already, both through our open meetings and lots of fundraisers and outreach events. We’ve had a lot of support from people and organisations and the venues who have hosted us.

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“Pride represents a rich history of our continuing struggle to gain acceptance and be able to live life openly.”

What have been the biggest challenges faced? Sairy: It’s a huge task, and people often don’t realise that it’s entirely volunteer-led and that we all have day jobs. Everyone has different views of what Pride should look like, which is why we have felt it was important to have open meetings and get as many views as possible.

Exposed speaks to the new organisers behind this year’s Pride in Sheffield event. It seems that there are rainbows everywhere you look as Pride season is upon us again. This year, we are seeing the largest Pride events to date as 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the 60th anniversary of the Cooper Donuts riots and the 40th anniversary of the White Night riots – all pivotal moments in the global campaigns for sexual and gender equality. Thankfully, much has changed over those decades since battles were being fought in the streets against campaigns of police harassment, venues being raided, and people being criminalised simply loving who they loved. However, for many here and around the world there is still much to fight for and Pride plays an important part in those campaigns to celebrate what we have achieved so far, but also to highlight the many issues we still face. This month we met up with the team behind Pride in Sheffield – Rosie, Sairy, Emma and Ashleigh – to talk about this year’s event. What does Pride mean to you and why is it still important? Sairy: Pride represents a rich

history of our continuing struggle to gain acceptance and be able to live life openly. Ashleigh: Yes, Pride for me is about resistance and protest. Emma: We are seeing so much hostility towards LGBT+ people at the moment, especially towards trans people, and Pride is a time we can come together to stand against that. Rosie: We are seeing big rises in hate crime at the moment, so it’s important to be able to come together and be proud of who we are. Why did you get involved in this year’s event? Rosie: After last year’s committee stood down there wasn’t going to be an event this year unless people came forward to organise one. Emma: Yes, Pride is something lots of people still care about and we wanted to make sure it happened. What are your key focuses this year? Emma: From the open meetings and discussions we have had with people there were strong feelings about wanting a communityfocussed event that created a space

to connect and unify people, which was something we really wanted to achieve. Rosie: And we’ve done a lot to achieve that, like giving free community stalls. We wanted to create a more inclusive event, especially for trans folk. Ashleigh: It’s also been really important for us to try and make the event as accessible as possible for everyone, so things like giving the option for anyone with mobility impairments to march at the front of the parade if they choose to so they set the pace of the march and people don’t get left behind or struggle to keep up. What has gone well for you so far? Rosie: It’s been great to have such a big committee and regular open meetings, so we have been able to get input from a lot of people. There’s been lots of support from the local community. Sairy: Having a diverse committee with trans and BAMER reps. Historically, a lot of Prides have been almost entirely run by white gay men so it’s good to have a committee where women, trans and BAMER people are represented.

What can we expect at the main event? Sairy: The full line-ups are being announced on our website and social media as we lead up to the event, but we have a main stage with acts including international recording artist ACstyle and returning favourite Smashby, a drag tent featuring Sheffield’s own Half Montys and Funky Beavers and a community tent with a range of talks and workshops from local and national LGBT groups. How can people get involved? Emma: Our last open meeting for this year’s event is on 2 July, so people can come to that. We have volunteer opportunities for anyone wanting to help out on the day and for anyone who would like to get involved in running next year’s festival there will be elections just after this year’s event. Pride in Sheffield takes place on Saturday 27 July. The Pride March will set off at 12pm (assemble from 11:30am) from Pear Street down Ecclesall Road before reaching Endcliffe Park, where the main festival takes place. At the time of writing the committee were remaining tight-lipped about their official afterparty announcement, but check out their website - - for details of where you can party into the night. | 89


Ahead of its world premiere with Sheffield Theatres, Exposed caught up with director Max Webster to find out why Life of Pi is such a desirable story to bring to the stage, and in what ways it promises to be different from the multi award-winning film you may have seen before… Whose idea was it to put on the production? I think we all had the idea separately. I’ve been trying to do this for many years. I know Lolita [Chakrabarti, adapter of the text] loves the book, and I know the producers here have been thinking about it. I had been asking various people for the rights, and trying to get it going for a bit. I think some people suggested me as a director because they knew I was interested in the story. How close is the adaptation to the book? I think it’s very close! Lolita has worked very closely with Yann’s book. She has taken all the essential elements of the story and turned it into a stage version. What made you want to tell this story specifically? 90 |

I think the book is so amazing! In one sense it is very real: it is about what could happen when you are stranded at sea, and it takes you to that place that asks what would happen if everything went wrong with your life. When you are going on a plane or a ship, you think you are going to a new country to start a new life and actually the whole world goes wrong! You lose your family; you get stranded in the worst possible conditions in the middle of the ocean with a wild animal. It does that with such incredible and logical detail. It is about survival, what you do at the most extreme points in your life, but also Yann [Martel, writer] actually tells two stories: one story that has animals, more poetic, if you like, and then another story that is much more brutal,

that has humans. He asks you which one you should choose. The whole story asks the question of how we tell the story of our lives… Do we tell the more magical version, or the more real and brutal version? And what does that mean? I think that is a very beautiful way of thinking about… well, life really. You touched on the animalistic side, so how are you approaching the ‘character’ of the tiger on stage? The animals are puppets. They are brought to life by three people, which is based on the Japanese tradition of Bunraku Theatre where three people operate a marionette. That goes back hundreds of years. It is hard work because there is a lot of detail and life. Making puppets is really beautiful but complicated, but also the staging has to be very carefully choreographed. They are involved right from the beginning. It all takes five times longer! I’m working with a movement and puppetry director, Finn Caldwell. We are working very much together. Have you directed in Sheffield before? No, never. I was based in Manchester a while ago at the Royal Exchange and so I came over quite a lot when Dan Evans had taken over [at Sheffield Theatres]. I really enjoyed some of the things I saw here. What do you think of the Crucible as a space? Really beautiful! I’ve seen loads of stuff there, some really beautiful things. I think it’s really exciting, it’s got that feeling of intimacy as you are never miles away from the stage, but some

big stories can be told there! Does the layout of it your staging? Yes, especially for puppets. If you are staging in a proscenium arch you can just have the puppeteers behind the back. But this has to be in three dimensions all the time. You have to keep things moving to change perspective. What would you say to anyone who may not regularly visit the theatre to get them to come to Life of Pi? It is a heart-stopping story about life at its most extreme: survival. It is also an extraordinary theatrical production with puppets and video and a load of imagination. It is something that is quite meaningful and powerful and strong, but also something that will be a really exciting and beautiful night out. Is it similar to the critically-acclaimed film? It is quite different to the film. There are things you can do in film that you can’t do on the stage. I think it goes back to Yann’s book. Theatre can find more of his book and put that on stage in a way you can’t quite with a film. We have a really good team. I think the theatre and the play’s title, the fact it’s well known, has attracted a great team. Life of Pi is at Sheffield Theatres from Fri 28 Jun – Sat 20 Jul.

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ELECTROLYTE Studio Theatre // 5 July // From £11 Wildcard’s unstoppable production is a powerful exploration of mental health and is performed by six multi-instrumentalists who seamlessly integrate original live music with expert storytelling. EDUCATING RITA Lyceum Theatre // 22 – 27 July // From £15 From Willy Russell, one of the UK’s greatest ever playwrights, comes an Olivier awardwinning comedy starring actor Stephen Tompkinson (Ballykissangel, Wild at Heart) as Frank and Jessica Johnson as Rita. Russell’s hilarious and heart-warming play was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into a multi award -inning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Cain. A FUTURE FANTASTIC FESTIVAL Theatre Deli // 4 – 20 July // Free entry Inspired by Ruskin’s political writings around environmentalism and economics, A Future Fantastic Festival aims to blur the boundaries between disciplines and approaches to these themes. The programme will include performances, installations, workshops and discussion events. The festival is presented by The Bare Project in collaboration with Ruskin in Sheffield, Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, Theatre Deli and The Guild of St George. A MIND APART’S SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Yellow Arch Studios // 7 July // From £8 Award-winning performing arts organisation A Mind Apart will pay special homage to the Bard, performing a selection of pieces inspired by some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Email to book tickets. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Lyceum Theatre // 9 – 13 July // From £15 Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy based on the Oscar-winning film that celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences. The uplifting, modern classic is written and directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and features music from William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). | 91

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Jim Spendlove Did you grow up in Sheffield? I grew up in Burton on Trent, a small town just below Derby. I moved to Sheffield around six years ago to study fine art at Sheffield Hallam University. How did you first get into illustration? I’ve been drawing my whole life, so it was just a natural progression into it. I used to copy frames out of comic books and draw characters from the Simpsons in primary school. In secondary school I spent all my time drawing on my books and folders, every term was a new opportunity to get a full page drawing done on the front of my folder. I went on to college and university then decided I wanted to be freelance; I’ve been working on that ever since. Where do you tend to find inspiration? I find inspiration from things in nature, compositions in photography and film and looking at other illustrators’ work. A lot of the time I don’t really find that you have to wait for inspiration to hit though, there’s always something to draw! Sometimes I just enjoy putting my style onto something I’ve never referenced before. Crossing the nature theme with a juxtaposing element is something I find quite rewarding when it comes to concepts for my own work. How would you describe your style? There’s a few different things that influence my style, comic book-style elements that I’ve carried over from when I was young, all the graffiti and hip-hop elements that I got into when I was a teenager. This is where the line work became so important for me; my colouring style has only recently caught up with the line style I’ve been developing since my teens. Concept-wise I like to add an unworldly feel to it, so almost like real life but not quite. I find that really interesting to offer the viewer things that they’d recognise but just slightly more abstracted. Any works in particular you’re proud of? Anything that gets released on vinyl I’m always super proud of, there’s something rewarding about seeing your artwork on a big sleeve while you’re watching the vinyl spin. All the work I’ve done for Abbeydale Brewery I’m proud of too. Walking into the pub and seeing my artwork on a can in the fridge or someone sending me a picture of it on Instagram is great! | 93

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A walk with Mongrels Back in 2016, during the formative days of Urban Splash’s Park Hill redevelopment, Exposed spent an afternoon strolling around the old estate with Sheffield-based artist/MC Kid Acne and DJ Ben Hatton who together make up hip-hop duo Mongrels. It made for an eerie interview setting. Once a home to over 3000 people, the buildings and surrounding spaces are almost entirely derelict, with the odd hint of prior life such as a disbanded washing line or vacated balcony chair adding to the uncomfortable chill. We managed to gain access to one of the estate’s old public houses, The Link, where flyers for the venue’s closing night still littered the floor and dusty beer pumps stood to attention on the bar. You can watch the exclusive two-track session filmed at Picture House Social and read the interview here: music/in-session/mongrels. “It was a lot to do with painting graffiti, to be honest. There was bit of a trend for people painting pieces in a hall of fame or a ball court to write a bit of poetry or lyrics next to it to set the mood for the piece. It was a lot of teenage angst and probably really embarrassing to look back at, but that’s how it started! You start off with two lines, then four, then eight, then sixteen. One of the things with growing up in a small town, it was almost like there was no kind of preconceptions on how you’re meant to do it because there’s nothing to compare it to. Looking back, some of it was probably quite embarrassing and naive, but you started somewhere because you wanted to do something creative regardless, and it was just a case of refining that bit by bit.” Kid Acne on his early rhymes, July 2016

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