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16: The Suit Works Meet the Sheff-based charitable organisation providing a vital service to unemployed members of the community.
19: Women of the Seven Hills Celebrating International Women’s Day with a gig showcasing some of the finest female talent up north.
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An unfortunate reflection of the nation today, we shine a light on the lifesaving work carried out a Hillsborough food bank.
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Adrian Flanagan and Charlotte Cannon of Adult Entertainment are bringing their moist sounds from the underground to Steel City venue Network this month, with a few choice local legends also joining the party.
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52: The Teller We take a closer look at one of the most highlyanticipated restaurant openings in recent years. Was it worth the hype?
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THE OBSERVATORY 13 – 20 MARCH 2020 Join us for a walking journey through space and see the Cathedral transformed by light and sound to reveal the universe, galaxies and meteor showers Tickets available from the Cathedral Gift Shop or www.sheffieldcathedral.org First entry to the Cathedral will be at 6.40pm and then every 20 minutes thereafter. Last entry at 9pm. Tickets: Adults £6, Children £4 (aged 4 – 12), Family ticket £17.50 (2 adults and 2 children, 12 and under) For a carer’s ticket please contact us directly. 0114 263 6063 email@example.com
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Ladies and gents, we’re just a few months away from our annual do bigging up the very best of Sheffield – and it’s now time to have your say!
What’s the plan this year?
It’ll be the usual big night craic, taking place at 92 Burton Road on Thurs 21st May and bigging up the best of the local scene spanning food, drink, culture, fashion, music and beyond – with all winners on the night chosen by you lovely lot, the Exposed readership.
When does voting open?
Voting opens on Friday 7th Feb and you’ve got up until the end of April to cast your votes at exposedmagazine.co.uk. Once the votes are counted, we’ll announce the shortlist for each category. The one with the most votes wins. Simples.
Tickets are £40 a pop (£20 standing), which includes entry to the awards, drinks on arrival and food from a range of Peddler’s finest street food traders – as well as plenty of live entertainment to get you in the party mood.
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Streets in the Sky
£500,000 has been awarded by Historic England towards the second phase of the redevelopment of Park Hill in Sheffield.
The funding is for structural repairs to parts of the concrete frame, some of which is crumbling. John Paul Walker, from Historic England, said: “After years of decline and neglect, this housing estate is once more becoming a symbol of Sheffield’s pride, innovation and ambition. “Phase one has given Park Hill a new lease of life and restored its reputation. We hope phase two will continue this rejuvenation.” Developers Urban Splash started work at the site in 2007, with 260 new homes built in phase one of the project. Shannon Maclaughlan, Urban Splash, said: “Park Hill is known worldwide for its Brutalist structure and signature concrete, so this support from Historic England is invaluable.” The iconic listed building has overlooked Sheffield since it was opened in the early 1960s, eventually falling into disrepair in the 1980s and 90s. It has been used in popular culture a number of times since, including the set for numurous scenes from This Is England, the set for the video of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘View From The Afternoon’ and the 2019 acclaimed musical written by Chris Bush ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’, the soundtrack of which was written by Richard Hawley. Work on the second phase of the project is due to be completed by June 2021. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 13
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Sheffield-born but not bred, the city has always been my home away from home...
I’ve lived in Derbyshire all my life, but while at university in Derby I’d tell people I was from Sheffield – although not many of them were convinced due to my lack of a Yorkshire accent. However, all of my family are from Sheffield, which makes it my home too. My earliest memory of visiting the city would be when I was about six, catching the 43 bus from Dronfield with my Nan on a Saturday morning. We’d go shopping down the Moor to Atkinsons, then to TJ Hughes where she’d take us up and down the many floors. After that we’d go into Primark on High Street, before it moved onto the Moor. She’d tell me stories of shopping trips with friends when she was younger, and how after a day of retail therapy they’d all go clubbing in what is now a Sainsbury’s on London Road. When I left school at 16, I began my journey to becoming a journalist at Hillsborough College. Sheffield holds so much potential for discovering new things every day, and compared to most cities, it just keeps getting better. After living in Derby for a year, I came back home to new buildings, new areas, more green spaces; I felt like I was in a new city all over again. Sheffield is an ever-changing city and it never ceases to impress me. My love and appreciation for music flourished when I was a teenager; I’d go to intimate gigs like Sofar Sounds in Sheffield, which presents artists and musicians from all
over the country performing in someone’s living room or another type of intimate space. My favourite memory of attending one of these shows was on a cool summer evening, where me and my friend sat in a stranger’s garden with about 30 other strangers present. Being surrounded by people with similar tastes in music and appreciating the art and craft on offer, sitting on several fluffy cushions, drinking cheap beer. My first job was at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on the outskirts of Sheffield. Working in a hotel allowed me to meet different people from all different walks of life. My work colleagues and I would share the craziest staff dos on West Street, starting the night off at my favourite bar, The Wick at Both Ends, and then diving straight into Players for those £6 rounds (I remember when they used to be £5). I remember once after a night out at Corp, we would wobble up to Dev Green and lie on the grass for what felt like years, looking up at the stars and letting the world spin underneath us. I remember feeling like I could’ve slept there until the morning, but my friend would drag us to Popeye’s for some grub to end our night. I could talk endlessly about Sheffield; it holds so many memories for me, both good and bad. It’s the place I’ve made my friends for life, a place where I can hopefully move to with my boyfriend. Sheffield, to me, is a place I feel I can fall back on if everything else fails me.
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Last month Exposed paid a visit to Vanda and Faye at The Suit Works, a charitable organisation supporting unemployed people of all ages by providing free smart clothing for job interviews along with a personal styling session.
How did The Suit Works first come about? Vanda: To be as brief as possible, I had been made redundant again, and it gave me the opportunity to take a bit of time out, to think about what I was going to do next. During this time I volunteered at Suited & Booted in London, which is a similar venture, and I thought it was a fantastic, simple model that really has a big impact. So, I came back to Sheffield, talked to various friends and as these things do sometimes, the universe just conspired and it started to come together.
What were the main steps after that? Vanda: There’s an organisation called CIQ Agency, who are architects and social entrepreneurs and they offered me a space free of charge to work out of. People started donating stuff, but I had no money, I was on benefits basically. Five years ago I applied for Sheffield Soup, the local crowdfunder, and won £640 in funding, so it built gradually from there and I loved it. I was passionate about it and it was helping people, so I just did lots of networking and plenty of people got behind it because it’s a good simple concept. We went from around 70 clients in the first year to 178 last year. How do clients find out about it? Is it word of mouth? Vanda: They can’t just drop in; they have to have a referral. So generally, they’re referred through other agencies. I’ve just been doing the stats for last year and about 33% come through job centres, about 20% through Sheffield City Council and the rest through local organisations, charities and training agencies. When did Faye join the team? Vanda: After having done it for a while, whenever I went anywhere to give a talk or a presentation about the service people would always say the same thing: “What about women? Why just men?” There were lots of reasons for that, the main one being I was part of a small group and I had a lot of experience styling men in the past so it was much more straightforward. But last year, I felt like we’d got the model under
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wraps and knew what we were doing. We had funding in place and had the experience to develop the project and then one of my trustees introduced me to Faye. Faye: I had a background within the NHS and left a couple of years ago. Similarly to Vanda, I had the opportunity to leave so I took some time out. I got involved in the charity sector, which is very appealing to me, and then we met through Cheryl, and this brings together Cheryl and one of my oldest friends who is also a trustee who told me: “You’re going to love this place.” What do you enjoy about the work? Faye: It brings together everything for me. My background is around engagement, events, and governance, and specifically working with vulnerable people, especially vulnerable women. It brings all of that together with the fashion element of it too. I told Vanda that if Suit Works was ever going to launch for women I really wanted to be part of it. I came onboard at the beginning of last year, we started putting a plan together, and in August we launched for women
How to donate: The Suit Works need donations of business wear and accessories (in good condition!) for both men and women. At the moment they are particularly short on small and large men’s sizes! These can be dropped off at: Unit 37, New Mesters, 53 Mowbray St, Sheffield. S3 8EN (Mon-Fri, 9.30-4.30) Goodman Sparks Dry Cleaners on Ecclesall Road or Meadowhead (they will clean and deliver free of charge). If none of these work for you call on 07468 464776
as well, along with a bit of a general re-launch and new premises. Vanda: We’re still sort of in our pilot phase for the women’s side of things, so we’re sort of seeing how that goes. I suppose we just want to be completely gender-neutral really. But there are differences in how you work with the clients and their needs, so we’re kind of still exploring that and staying open to assistance and how it might develop as a service. What are the main challenges that you’re up against? Vanda: Of course, funding is the main issue. We have a small contract with Sheffield City Council and we would not be here without them. They’ve been fantastic. We’ve applied for some grants and we’ve had quite a few donations, so we now have a reasonably well-developed board of trustees, a three-year business plan and a funding strategy. Basically, I’ve got to crack on with it! We’re looking at developing a corporate strategy on the side and hopefully some sort of trading wing to support the business. That will hopefully relieve it from the constraints of having apply to bid for stuff every year. What’s a typical day look like at Suit Works? Faye: It varies greatly! I suppose a regular day would be coming in and having loads of donations left for us to sort; we’ll see if anything need cleaning, store things away, or forward things on to other charities if we can’t keep them. Each session lasts an hour with a client, so if it’s a guy, he’ll come in and be measured up, we’ll have a quick chat with him, try and get a feel for what his style is or what he needs it for. We don’t like to force anything on anyone, we like to bring out their personality naturally, so we have a bit of time with them. It’s very similar for women - a relaxed, informal chat to begin with, just to break the ice really. By the end of their session you see the change; when they see themselves in the mirror with the right outfit you can often see that confidence and how they’re really ready for their interview. thesuitworks.co.uk
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International Women’s Day is fast approaching, which means it’s time for Women of the Seven Hills to bring another lineup of female musical prowess to a stage in the Steel City. We caught up with co-founder Emily Jane Stancer to see what’s in store for this year’s celebration. Can you tell us about how Women of the Seven Hills came about? Shaun Doane [The Everly Pregnant Brothers] and myself were at a gig watching Banjo Jen and Before Breakfast, and we remarked how many musically talented women there were in the city. We thought up the concept on the spot there and then! As they say, the rest is history. Is there a key ethos behind what you do? We noticed that there was a gap in the scene, a lack of females being placed onto gig lineups within it. There’s not a chance that they aren’t on lineups because they ‘aren’t good enough’ or because there’s a lack of women in music. There are so many truly talented women in music and we wanted to celebrate that with an all-female lineup. Not only all female, but within Sheffield. Celebrating International Women’s Day through music!
gigs and are now on the third International Women’s Day event, so we’re hoping it gets bigger and better as the years roll by. I guess things have grown as we now have artists asking to perform at our events because word has got around, and that makes me so happy! We’ve also grown in other ways, as this year we’ve invited solo artist Natalie McCool over from Liverpool. We wanted to extend our arm out and expand the event further than just Sheffield artists, despite our name!
What can you tell us about the upcoming show at Yellow Arch? The lineup consists of five artists of differing genres. From an all-female choir, a band and solo artists, there’s something for everyone in there. There’s always an amazing, positive atmosphere at our events which is what brings people back each year. It truly is a celebration of talented women; from our sound technician to our DJs! This is not a female-only event though! Lots of males attend our event and we encourage it too – anyone can enjoy Women of the Seven Hills. Tickets are available on Eventbrite by simply searching for our name. Are there plans for more events outside of IWD? Or will you keep that as the main focus? We’ve been curating a Tramlines Fringe stage for the past two years too. Each year at the Fat Cat in Kelham Island we manage the full day of music in their beer garden! Fingers crossed it’ll go ahead this year, as always. Tickets for the third Women on the Seven Hills are available on Eventbrite and priced at £10 www.facebook.com/womenofthesevenhills
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On a grim Tuesday morning in mid-January, amongst the swirling wind and rain from Storm Brendan, we meet Chris Hardy – manager of the S6 Foodbank at St Thomas’ Church on Gilpin Street, just off of Penistone Road. He’s marching back and forth from the stock room across the road from the food bank centre, arranging signs and readying his volunteers for the first of two food drives this week. It’s hammering it down and he’s wearing a t-shirt, but still has more than enough time to welcome us warmly to the foodbank just as it opens. In November of last year, the Trussell Trust released its State of Hunger report which estimated that in 201819, at least 3m food parcels were given out to people in need. More than half a million were given to children by the charity. The charity, which looks after 1,200 food bank centres across the country, released figures which stated 36% of people who need emergency food parcels cite insufficient benefits payments. Whilst 18% cite a delay in the payment of benefits and 16% say a sudden change in benefits leaves them with no money for food to feed themselves and their families. This isn’t right. This is a national problem and quite frankly, a disgrace. The UK’s economy, which is currently the sixth largest in the world, has shrank and withered and grown following two and a half years of political uncertainty, the result of which appears to have had an adverse effect on those who need the benefits system and food banks to survive. People like Chris Hardy, who manages the S6 Foodbank along with some 80 plus volunteers, offer a safety net for those who are neglected and left behind by the current system. “It’s not as though they’ve got money in the bank or family to rely on, the real problem is not having that safety net around you and that’s what this food bank is and what it’s there for,” Chris tells us. “We’re here just to give a crisis amount of food. The benefits system is a struggle at times, especially for the people we help. It works perfectly for 80% of people, but the 20% it doesn’t, it’s a long time that it doesn’t work for them. People say it’s about five weeks but the reality is it’s more like eight weeks and to go two months without any food in your cupboard and without any money in your pocket is a real problem and a real struggle for people.” Chris works with 142 front-line agencies who make a decision on whether a person is in need of an e mergency food bank voucher and where they can collect their food parcel from. “We’ve got this site here on Gilpin Street, we’ve got another site on Hannover Way, one in Crookes and one in Winn Gardens as well. It’s S6 and the surrounding areas. The important thing is they can come 24 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
and sit at a table, have a chat and have a tea or coffee. “A lot of people we see are quite isolated and don’t tend to talk to people. We have a chat with them whilst we’re packing their food for them. We don’t have any food parcels pre-packed; it’s all about their dignity. We try to make the food parcels fit their diets and needs. Some people, if they aren’t from this country, don’t like certain foods so we try to make it fit their diet as best we can.” The Trussell Trust was founded in 1997 by Carol and Paddy Henderson based on a legacy left by Carol’s mother, Betty Trussell. The charity’s initial projects focused on improving conditions for the 60 plus children sleeping at Central Railway Station in Bulgaria. In 2000, Paddy received a call from a mother in Salisbury in the UK about her children who were going to bed starving that evening. Paddy studied data on poverty in the UK and found that huge numbers of people faced going hungry as a result of a sudden crisis. Paddy started Salisbury Foodbank in his garden shed, providing three days of emergency food to local people in crisis. The charity’s network has grown ever since, and now offers additional support to help tackle the root causes that sweep people into poverty and build people’s resilience so they are less likely to need a food bank in the future and avoid such crises. “Crisis is interesting because when we first started we were doing three days and three vouchers,” Chris tells us. “But now our average voucher per person is just under five because of the length of time people have to wait to see the services they need to. The longevity of people’s needs has just grown and grown. I don’t see any value in stopping someone’s vouchers after three weeks of coming to see us because we want to see them through to the end of their problem or whatever it is going on in their life. “That’s why we’ve got the hub services here. We’ve got Shelter, life skills, job club, because you want people to be integrated back into the community. That’s my big thing, community. Community helping community is my big aim. That gets harder when we go through 100 tonnes of food every year and the need for that grows.” That need, according to the charity’s figures, goes up 17% every year. That’s a huge amount of humans who are simply being failed by the current system in place. “The really important thing is we’re trying to get them out of their situation and we listen to what’s going on in their life so we can work out where to direct them in the local area,” Chris adds. “It’s really important that together, we’re working as a community. We’ve got around 80 volunteers that come and help out every week which is
The amount of food parcels the charity gave out from April to September 2019
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Of the UK population live below the poverty line
The percentage of increase in the use of food banks in the last five years
really, really amazing. They come just because they want to help the person who lives next door to them.” The official line from the government is denial that its policies and behaviour don’t contribute to the need for food banks. “We spend £96bn a year on welfare and 95% of payments for Universal Credit are made in full and on time,” a spokesperson said to the Guardian recently. It’s a response that resolves all responsibility for itself, leaving the very people it’s meant to be looking after to fend for themselves. Chief executive of the Trussell Trust Emma Revie said following the 2019 General Election: “We must start putting money back into the pockets of people who most need support, by ending the five week wait for Universal Credit, ensuring benefit payments cover the cost of living and investing in local emergency support for people in crisis. “It’s in our power as a country to end the need for food banks. But if we’re to get there, we need our new government to act. We’re ready to share evidence from our network of food banks across the UK, and we’d encourage any new MPs to speak to their local food bank about why people are being referred for emergency food. It’s not right that anyone should have to turn to charity for the basics – this can change.” Whilst we chat to Chris on the door of the S6 Foodbank on Gilpin Street, he warmly greets people from all walks of life into the centre. There are young women with prams, older people on their own sat at the tables and people making use of the free coffee facilities. You wouldn’t think this was a centre for crisis, but Chris and his team of volunteers have made it a welcoming community. It’s a nice atmosphere. and it’s busy. “We’re always busy. It’s been a mild January. Over Christmas we had 17 tonnes which works out to 41,000 meals, which is great and it sounds like there’s a lot of food but the reality is that won’t get us through to February. It is amazing don’t get me wrong, but the need goes up 17% every year so we have to meet that need somehow. We’ve started accepting cash as well, places like the Milestone donate and Sheffield Wednesday donate a lot.” The very existence of a food bank is a bittersweet – it’s incredibly frustrating that vulnerable people are left to seek crisis and emergency help, but it’s heartwarming that so many people from around the UK support the charity. The support from local businesses and the local community is something that Chris is clearly thankful for. “Let’s be honest, nobody wants to see foodbanks but everyone wants to help. Most of us know someone who has been in debt or in a crisis at some point in their life and anybody could be so close to using a food bank. When you know that reality, you have that compassion and are more than happy to donate. I really believe in local people helping local people.” sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk
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Take on a new challenge for Sheffield Children’s Hospital! Thanks to your donations, the first stage of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s capital appeal is complete with the opening of the new Safeguarding Support Unit, complete with innovative and interactive artwork. But we need your help to continue transforming Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Every penny you raise this year will build a better future for generations to come, with a new Emergency Department, on-site Helipad and Cancer and Leukaemia ward. So why not kick-start your year with a new challenge? From runs, swims and cycles to jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft, The Children’s Hospital Charity have something to make 2020 the year you conquer your goals. Could you and your colleagues raise much-needed funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital? To get involved firstname.lastname@example.org and
make sure you pencil in these dates for your diary... Sunday 29th March The Sheffield Half Marathon returns for another year. There are still some discounted charity places available, so get in touch quickly to secure yours. Saturday 18th April The Children’s Hospital Charity’s tandem skydive allows you to experience the thrill of freefall skydiving harnessed to the front of a fullyqualified parachuting instructor from 15,000ft. You will reach speeds of 120mph. If you can’t make it in April don’t worry, you can join us on Saturday 12th September. Friday 5th - Sunday 7th June Hosted in Windermere, the Great North Swim has a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the
Lake District. We have a limited number of charity places for the one-mile race to enjoy a great weekend with friends and family. Friday 18th September Take on the Inca Trail Trek and explore Machu Picchu in Peru- one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The world’s most important archeological find, your trail will lead through the majestic Sun Gate and onto the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu, with breathtaking views across the Andes. Encompassing three high mountain passes, the highest being 4,200m. The trek will certainly be tough, but the famous Inca sites surrounding Cusco and helping our hospital will make it more than worth it! Places are first come, first serve with sponsorship and selffunding options to suit you.
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Finding a student house shouldn’t be the painful task it can be. Scouring rental sites for decent houses is confusing, agreeing with your mates on which house you all like the look of is impossible, and there’s only so many tabs you can have open before you give up and say ‘Let’s just do it tomorrow’.
When you do finally agree on a house (yay!) you’ve now got the bills to sort. From the slog of dealing with energy companies to being nagged for (or worse, being the nagger) every single month for the payment: it’s a chore. You can tell us every single horror story when it comes to student housing, and we’ve probably heard it; this is why we do what we do. We remove the hassle of finding a house, and even sort the bills for you guys too. UniHomes acts as a comparison site for all student flats and houses, putting the homes from the best letting agents across Sheffield all into one place. With bills included in every single one. How easy is that? It’s literally a no brainer, so while you leave us to handle the hassle of student accommodation – we’ve put together a list of the bits that are down to you…
Be sure of who you want to live with, and your group size Don’t jump into signing for a house with people you have doubts about; if you’re not 100%, it’s probably not meant to be. Living with someone is completely different to seeing them every now and then, and there’s a big difference between good mates and good housemates. Living in a bigger house is usually cheaper, with rent and bills being divided by more of you, so it’s worth taking that into account. But remember, the more people, the more mess. Pick wisely.
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You don’t want to be trekking across the country to get to your lectures every morning, so save some money on the bus fare and look in a decent area. On UniHomes, you can use the map view to see which houses are close to uni (and the pub). This way, you can enjoy more of a lie in and less taxi fares home from a night out.
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While searching on UniHomes you can create shortlists of your favourite houses and even share them with your group chat directly through UniHomes, handy if you’re finding it difficult to all sit down and look together! Once you’ve decided on your favourites, you can book multiple viewings all in one go – directly from the shortlist. Easy, right?
Be prepared to sign for a house straight away Before you go to view a property it’s good to do your research. Once you’re there inspect it fully and check it’s exactly what you need. With the demand for student housing so high,
there’s a chance you might walk straight from the viewing to the letting agents to sign for the house immediately, but you should never feel pressured to sign for a house either. If you’re unsure, take your time to think about it and even if the house goes, they’ll always be somewhere else.
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Before signing, triple check the contract. Check the dates of the tenancy, the price and information about the furnishings. The contract will probably be a joint tenancy agreement, meaning housemates are all collectively responsible for rent, so if you have any doubt someone might not pay up, then it might be best to have a back-up plan.
Like we said, booking through UniHomes means your bills are all sorted for you. We’ll make sure that your utilities are all up and running for when you move in, so you don’t have to worry about a TV license, changing energy suppliers, or being chased for bills every month. How good’s that? With all that done, all you have to do now is find some decent fairly lights for your walls and suss out the local. You’re welcome. Looking for a student home, with bills included? Check out UniHomes.co.uk
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How was life growing up in Jamaica and how did that influence you musically? My mum moved here for work reasons and then I moved over a few years later. Me and my brothers were there and it was a difficult life; we were really poor in Jamaica, living in more like ghetto-type environments. But it was a lot of fun as well with a lot of music about and I think it just really stuck with me throughout. In Jamaica you can’t avoid the music, there’s music literally everywhere. You’ll have little shops with big speakers, bigger than the shops sometimes, so even if you’re not into music it’s constantly being blasted at you so it’s hard to avoid. Did you decided from an early age that you wanted to pursue a career in music? When people would always ask me what I wanted to do when I was a kid, I’d always say a pilot straight away. But I’m not really good with heights, as I realised later on in life. When I went on a rollercoaster ride I hated it, the dip bit especially, and I thought that being a pilot wasn’t really for me. Like I said, music has always been there but it wasn’t really a passion to perform, or to write or participate. It was more as a listener and a fan of reggae music and it just expanded from there. What did you do before making music? I was actually a qualified social worker; I worked with young people leaving a young offenders’ institute, young people leaving care, young homeless people for a company in Sheffield called Roundabout. It was really interesting but I’m a bit of an emotional person and I was and was taking my work home with me, unable to cut off always thinking about the people I’m working with – it was a lot. But it is also something I would return to at some point, and if there was a way to fuse them together, then that is something I’d like to explore in doing. You’ve released a debut EP, Escapism, which you recorded here in Sheffield. Can you talk us through the creative process behind that record? I work with Philippe Clegg really closely – he’s also the bass player in Oh Papa – and he produced most of the beats, so just working close with him and chilling with him, coming up with ideas to
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match the vibe and the beats he was coming up with. different projects I haven’t got a name or a title for it yet, When I was putting it together, Escapism was taking me but it’s bubbling, it’s cooking. There is some new stuff away from my everyday life and taking me to places I coming with The Zongo Brigade, we’ve got some more have not been before, meeting new people. It was literally summer tours planned, more around Europe and a lot of therapy and escapism. stuff in France. This year’s going to be great. What does hip-hop mean to you? What do you prefer – creating the music or performing Hip-hop to me is almost everything. I was more into it? dance or reggae music to start with then I moved to the My favourite part is creating the music. I love writing, UK and discovered hip-hop. I just fell I love hearing new beats, being around in love; it opened my eyes to a lot of people who create. Being around musithings, and the perfect way to express cians, writing new music, and the whole myself. The perfect way to relate to process behind it is just the best for me. An exclusive online gig social situations, racism, poverty, just from some of the city’s finest When I first started music I loved the the struggle of life. It’s more than the process and I never actually wanted to musical exports, filmed live music; it’s the culture and lifestyle, and perform. I wanted people to hear the every month by having that I bring it into everything music but I didn’t want people to see my Watch the session online else I do. Working with my bro, K.O.G face if I was to perform. I wanted people at: www.exposedmagazine. and The Zongo Brigade, he’s bringing to judge me on my music. But once I got co.uk the African rhythms and I’m bringing onstage I loved it; the best thing about In Session produced by: my hip-hop to this and the fusion of it being onstage is just looking at the Joseph Food @JosephFood all – it’s just a perfect blend. people and feeling their energy. You sort Filmed & directed by: What are you looking forward to this of give a bit out and it comes back to you Tristan Ayling – www. year? straight away. That’s my favourite thing rentonproductions.co.uk I’m looking forward to releasing some about being on a stage – the audience Recorded & mixed by: Paul new music! I’m working on a couple of and their energy. Tuffs
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We spoke to Will Severs, owner of the recently opened modern and vintage guitar haven MVS Guitars. How did the MVS Guitars first come about? I guess it started when I was looking around at the growing number of guitars that I had and started to think about how much of a useful asset they are. Coming from a background in recording bands, and also being in bands using studios, I knew how useful these were for recording sessions. This got me thinking that it would be nice to open it up to other bands and studios who might be interested in what we have. It’s not to suggest that these are in anyway better than what other people have or use; it’s just a way of offering a different colour. Much like how an engineer likes to have a few choices of EQ or pre amps, we have a choice
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Perhaps most famously evidenced by Jarvis Cocker’s inspired ‘Sheffield: Sex City’, a heady mixture of postindustrial northern backdrop, pulsating synth and erotic imaginings can certainly hit the spot when the lights are low and the mood is right. Look no further than the aptly-named Adult Entertainment – a duo consisting of Sheffbased innovator Adrian Flanagan (International Teachers of Pop, The Moonlandingz and others) and Salford musician Charlotte Cannon – who are bringing some lusty, pumping electronica to the Steel City this month with a motley crew of supporting talent to complement their self-titled shtick of “moist sounds from the underground”. Last month, Exposed caught up with the pair to delve a bit deeper into the project before being whisked on a tour of some of the city’s less salubrious hangouts. How’s the New Year treating you both? CC: Yeah, it’s been fucking tip-top. AF: I went to Wales. Hung out in the middle of nowhere for a bit. It was kind of like a medieval retreat with all these mad Welsh people; everyone was on mushrooms and it was a very interesting way to see in the New Year. How did you two meet? CC: I guess through friends in the music industry really. I was doing my solo stuff, Adrian was looking for someone to do a project with and I think he must have heard about me. AF: Yeah, this was pre-ITOP and I was looking for someone to work with. Because I’m making music all of the time, everything is very different and I’ve literally got five brains where it’s like, ‘That’s for that project, that’ll be for that project…’ and so on. I just thought she looked fucking cool and her own stuff is weird as fuck, wayward as fuck. I thought she might need reining in a bit and I reckon I’m the only guy for that fucking job. And how’s that going for you so far? AF: It’s literally impossible. Charlotte, what was the main appeal in working with Adrian? CC: I suppose we just got on instantly when we met, and obviously the stuff he’s done with his other projects is just fucking genius. There’s no reason I wouldn’t want to work with him. Did you have a clear blueprint for what you wanted to project to be beforehand? Adrian had a big year with ITOP and it’s certainly a bit of a departure from that to a darker type of sound. AF: Yeah, I wanted to go a bit dark with it. It’s not totally unpop but it’s touching on other areas that I like: acid house, foreign language discotheque from the 60s and 70s – things that are just a bit darker. With that in mind, do you have to be in a certain sort of mood to work on an Adult Entertainment song? Maybe get yourself going a bit beforehand? AF: What? Like look at a few mucky pictures? No, I think I’m always in the mood for Adult Entertainment. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 37
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So what is the key to writing sexy music? AF: By being sexy, feeling sexy, walking sexy. You’ve just got to throw yourself in there, really get balls-deep in sexy. You have to submit yourself to the devils, the underlords. Are you filling a void here? As in, is there enough sexy music out there? AF: I don’t think there is any sexy music out there. Everyone’s really tame, and even the so-called rock‘n’rollers are getting a bit safe, thinking more about chart placings and that. CC: Nobody’s filthy enough. AF: It’s why I’m not happy just doing [International] Teachers of Pop or Moonlandingz, as you just kind of end up chasing approval from 6Music or whatever. I don’t want that to be a defining thing. You kind of box yourself in a bit that way? CC: Yeah, because you’re not really writing for yourself doing that. AF: That’s part of the reason so many bands fail very quickly, and I’ve seen many come and go, but I’m still hanging in there. With this, I just thought it was important to do something a bit more cerebral, but also a slightly more menacing and something you can dance to, get off to, fuck to…. The holy trio… AF: Yeah, the holy trio because all of things are dead important. How’s the chemistry between you both as duo? AF: Basically, I’m the bunsen burner and she’s whatever chemical that’s needed to cause the explosion! There have been a couple of tunes out there, but it’s been a bit restrained so far – a bit of a tease. AF: Yeah, there are a couple but not where you can really find them though. I’ve kept them unlisted on YouTube because what I find is people will
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come up and tell you that they’ve Googled the band and just got 15 pages of dirty results instead, so you know that they’ve knocked one out while looking for your music. It’s like a public service. CC: Helping the masses masturbate. AF: We’ll be a bit hard to find for a while, until we start getting interest from Radio 1 that is. We’ve got a song about Mary Anne Hobbs, haven’t we? About her sexy voice… CC: Yeah, she sounds a bit like she’s on the brink of climax. You’ve got your debut Sheff show coming up at Network in February, and I’ve heard you’ve got something special planned? AF: We’re trying our best to not do the typical ‘band night’ gigs, as they just feel like herding cattle, a bit careless even. We teamed up with a few independent promoters in Sheffield, London and Manchester who were open-minded enough to get that we wanted to get away from that fourband bill thing where someone goes on at 7:30pm and headliners at 9pm and then you go home. It was important to us that they felt more like an eccentric club night with cool visuals, where the punters can get dressed up, or down, and express themselves however they wanted. We curate the evening, put on artists that we like and try and pull in a local legend to do a themed DJ set.
Who’s on the Sheffield bill? AF:We have sometimes nightclub owner and fulltime Europop sex panther Dimitri as our live guest. I’ve also got Mr Richard Hawley DJing Las Vegas Grind-style rhythm & blues and rock & roll records in-between the live music. The live music will all be happening between 10pm and midnight, so people have plenty of time to get their wonk on, then we’ll have the Outernational Yorkshire DJs playing dancefloor-heavy Moog pop, Bollywood, Italio disco, psych, French electro, Middle Eastern funk, acid house and krautrock until late. It’s really important that the music policy is open-minded and playful. If people want to dance to Stone Roses or The Libertines then there’s plenty of other places to do that; we want the whole night to be for those wayward misfits and misshapes who don’t like to go to clubs in town because they don’t feel they belong, or because it’s full of aggro units, or because it’s another meat market peddling the same music policy since 1996. Our night’s gonna be a safe haven for adult wrongdoers to indulge themselves in high expressionism. If people want to come dressed as a tree and stand in a corner all night with a person dressed as a dog tied to them, then why the bloody hell not? Adult Entertainment are facilitators of whatever you can muster!
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Arguably Britain’s most famous brothel due to some high-profile TV documentaries about the place (it has recently moved location around the corner); City Sauna has been a true mucky diamond in the Attercliffe sex crown for years. The iconic building, run by a mother and daughter, was originally a pub for 200 years serving the steelworkers and tradesmen of the area. Today it provides a service for the lonely, the shy, the frustrated, the aged and the incredibly kinky. People can go there for a cuppa, a chat and a cuddle, or just a standard spanking in a custard-filled hot tub. I think that one of the biggest crimes in this country are not the sex workers themselves but the fact that sex workers, or prostitutes (the oldest profession in the world), are still scorned at and made to be seen as criminals. It’s massively wrong that our government, itself a hotbed of randy buggers and aged nonces, have not decriminalised the occupation so to make it a safe environment for those who choose to do it. If you look at places like Holland, where sex education is taught properly in schools and where sex work is decriminalised, there are fewer teenage pregnancies, sex crimes like rape, paedophilia, and sex-related murders happen significantly less – mainly because the women or men who work within said industries are both well-educated on the dangers and work in a safe, clean environment; and most importantly, the occupation is not looked down upon as something weird or freaky or disgusting. People are treated like humans. Decriminalise sex workers and give them a safe place to work, or have regulated safe streets/ areas to work from. These women are often just mothers trying to feed their families and keeping a roof over their head, or students paying their way through university – just regular people like your sister, your auntie or your mother. Ultimately, what you need to realise is people get married and end up paying for it for the rest of their lives anyway! I also like that City Sauna advertise themselves as “Sheffield’s premier venue for Adult Entertainment” – it’s free advertising for us, and we’d love to do a gig there!
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Before it was seen as the so-called underbelly of Sheffield nightlife (pre-World War Two and post-Thatcher), Attercliffe was a bustling area of nice houses, high-end shops, pubs, restaurants, factories and cash and carry warehouses. There are still some great curry houses in the area and they’ve tried to rejuvenate it a little bit by building Olympic sports facilities and whatnot, but on the whole it’s a giant black shadow across the pavement of what it used to be. Even the sex shops that it was once teeming with have all but one closed down. We spoke to a lady in said shop whilst we were doing photos in the area, and she said although it’s far from being a dying industry it’s hitting the retailers with premises hard because people are just buying online so they don’t have to have any awkward conversations or be made to feel dirty by walking in the back door of some shop in what is seen as a seedy area. Even the famous ‘Private Shop’ that stood on Division street for decades, where a young Jarvis Cocker jumped out of a window from a flat above to impress a lady, has now gone and has been replaced with another bloody coffee shop. It makes me feel quite sad really that the British still are, on the whole, quite prudish when it comes to talking or even doing the “sex stuff ” – so to help business along we immediately bought a five speed foot-long dong and some vegan viagra!
I’m fascinated by toilets, some might say obsessed, especially in clubs and bars. And being a travelling musician I’ve seen hundreds of them. Toilets are where we have some of our most private moments. We might go there for a crap or a pee and a read; some might go in them in groups of two to talk about some lad they’ve just copped off with and to make a plan of action. Some people go in groups of three to share some illegal substance to escape their working week, and some people have sex in them! I personally love a really opulent toilet – 1960’s Armitage Shanks basin, a bit of teak wood with gold gilt here and there, maybe a peacock feather in a vase on a shelf behind me. That’s what I would call a bliss piss!
Not everyone is prudish, or body conscious, or shy, or typically British. Some people like to have many partners, sometimes at the same time, sometimes they are even married or in long-term relationships and see themselves – like a tin of Christmas Quality Street – as being made for sharing. I’ve seen many a friend in my years of living on planet “Free Love” try the swinging thing or getting involved in orgies with mates and it almost always ended in disaster, as ultimately they start out thinking: “Wicked, I get to have sex with my girlfriend and another woman at the same time!” But then, when reality kicks in and the shoe’s on the other foot and the woman start to enjoy their time with other women or other men – maybe more than what she does with said partner – jealousy and resentment kick in, mainly because they’d not considered the very real human connection and commitment they had made to their partners in the first place and how much they really do mean to them. I personally don’t think it’s something you can do and take lightly. I’m not sure I’d be man enough to do it. I’m too much of an incurable romantic, you know, one love and all that. Not one love and some additional bloke called Doug! 42 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
For people of my generation, acid house was the counterculture movement of choice. It’s where white people learnt to dance like black people, where a unified congregation of love and togetherness shook off the shackles of late 80s/early 90s depression and put a big smiley face on it. It was all word-of-mouth, DIY late-night meetings in service station car parks; then convoys to the altar of the 303 to lose it with a thousand other baggy-clothed rapscallions. Adult Entertainment have elements of acid house in our music: we use a 303 on the basslines, we keep it hypnotic, minimal, gnarly and loose. There’s much more to us than that though, as we do possess delirious shamanic qualities, which never goes down well when you try explaining that to the person down the job centre as to why you can’t work in McDonalds!
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Sheffield Beer Week returns 9-15 March, with the popular citywide festival celebrating its sixth instalment in 2020. This year, Sheffield Beer Week has decided to focus on core strands of beer, heritage and community to bring the new decade in. With the city known globally for its brewing and nationally for its superb range of pubs serving cask ale with the care and attention it deserves, there will be a wide number of local breweries involved including Abbeydale, Sheffield Brewery Company, Lost Industry, Thornbridge, True North Brew Co and Saint Mars Of the Desert. Representing on a national and international stage announced so far will be the likes of Arbor, Duration, Marble, Adnams (with a specific cask showcase), Torrside, Alvinne, Siren, Salt Beer Factory, Pressure Drop and Mikkellerâ€™s wild beer arm Baghaven. Plus up-and-coming new UK breweries Vault City and Pastore Brewing and Blending. Special collaborations will be available to sample, not to mention a special Sheffield Beer Week beer brewed for 2020â€™s charity partnership supporting The Friends of Edward Carpenter in collaboration with Sheffield-based LGBTQ+ beer group Out and About and Lost Industry Brewing. Amongst the list of events taking place will be a cask ale festival at Shakespeares, pub walking tours, beer and food dinners, special pairing menus throughout the week, and of course, the ever-popular craft beer festival Indie Beer Festival taking place at Abbeydale Picture House on the weekend of 6-7 March. More info available at sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM New Vietnamese street food restaurant to open in Leopold Square The brainchild of husband and wife duo, Stephen and Juliette Wall, Pho was established in 2005 following the couple’s trip to Vietnam where they fell in love with the country’s national dish, pho. The healthy rice noodle soup which Pho specialises in is dubbed as the ‘soul of the nation’ in its native Vietnam. The broths take more than 12 hours to prepare and they are packed full of nutrients, herbs and spices. As well as the restaurant’s signature dish, pho – of which it has more than 15 different kinds on the menu ranging from beef brisket to tofu and mushrooms - Pho also offers a variety of healthy Vietnamese dishes including crispy summer rolls, tasty phocafe.co.uk/Sheffield
curries, spicy salads and nutritious colourful rice bowls accompanied by an array of cocktails, fresh juices, Vietnamese beers and a great wine list. Pho’s menu is almost entirely gluten free (accredited by Coeliac UK) and they have a special vegan menu featuring ‘THIS isn’t chicken’ dishes, plus lots of plant-based options and ‘prawnless crackers’. This new launch will act as something of a homecoming for Pho, as Sheffield is where owners Stephen and Juliette met when they were students at Sheffield Hallam University. Pho opens 14 February at midday in Leopold Square, offering a ‘free pho day’ for those who sign up at phocafe.co.uk/Sheffield as well as a soft launch on 15-18 February with 50% off food.
The only way is S17 Street food specialists Pinch N’ Pull recently launched their first kitchen takeover at S17 Bistro last month, adding another mouthwatering event to the city’s foodie calendar. The inaugural collab night saw the Sheffield-based caterers joining forces with the head chef at S17, Ben Shutt, in creating an innovative, gluten-free 8-course tasting menu exploring delicacies and flavours from a range of countries. Following a sellout success, the kitchen takeover returns next month, 7 February, promising another taster menu of fusion dishes influenced by British, Mexican, French, Sicilian, South American, Korean, German and Middle Eastern cuisine. Once again, the evening has sold out in advance but you can keep up to date with the next event on pinchnpull.co.uk/kitchentakeover
With Veganuary just behind us, meat-free and plant-based are shifting the way the world looks at food and ethical resourcing. But change begins at home, and following the opening of V|OR|V this January, change has landed on the doorstep of Kelham Island. Brought to life by Matt and Nick Burgess, the vegan and vegetarian restaurant seeks to provide an antidote to unhealthy standards of mainstream bar and pub eating, while offering something different to Sheffield’s growing collection of dietary specialist cafés. vorvsheffield.co.uk
“We wanted to create something with an intimate, restaurant feel at night and, by day, more of a coffee bar and meeting place,” said Matt. The restaurant offers a varied selection of internationallyinfluenced tapas and mains side-byside with local favourites, appealing to meat-eaters and the meat-averse alike. Valentine’s Day bookings were snapped up so quickly that an additional 13th February night with the same set menu has been added, spreading the love for environmentally conscious, quality food to eager restaurant-goers.
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Hoppy Days Managed to stick out Dry Jan without touching a drop? It’s time to treat yourself with a celebratory sup or two, dear reader, thanks to some expert shouts from Danny Clare of craft ale aficionados Two Thirds Beer Co. The Local One - Thornbridge
Thornbridge Brewery is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with a range of special collaborations. Teaming up with some of the UK’s best cask breweries, Thornbridge will be releasing a new beer each month and all 12 will be available at Two Thirds throughout the year. This month’s beer is an extra pale ale called Fortress.
The Super Local One Crosspool Ale Makers Society
Infamous locally for having a certain song named after him, Mark Booth is the one man beer making machine who locks himself away up in Crosspool and brews banging beers. We’ve got some exciting things planned with Mark for later this year, but for now, go and try his beers – before he comes in and buys them himself to make sure you’re looking after his hard work properly!
The Norwegian One - Lervig
The brewery was created when the town’s only brewery was bought out and sold off by a global brewery. Fed up of being served sub-standard beer, the locals began brewing again in 2003 and the brewery has gone from strength to strength ever since. A staff favourite and a brewery that will be a regular on our taps over the next 12 months for sure.
The One from the Other Steel City - Collective Arts Brewing
Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the steel city of Canada, Collective Arts Brewing combine beer and art beautifully. Each beer features eye-catching, limited edition artwork and the breweries aim is to make sure the drink they produce is as diverse and creative as the artists they showcase. What’s not to love?
The One from the Midlands Freedom Brewery
We couldn’t give you a list of our favourite breweries without tipping our hat to our chief lager line, Freedom. Based in Walsall, they place a great focus on sustainability; not using any animal products, naturally processing their waste water and using thermal heating to keep things efficient. On top of all that, they brew some really great lager that we all love to see served in those big frosted steins, frothing to the brim!
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Here at Exposed we’re fully aware that as a magazine we’ve dedicated a great deal of column inches towards fuelling the Abbeydale Road hype; and after checking out innovative new bar/restaurant The Teller last month we make little apology for that. In fact, we’re going to wax lyrical about its offerings once more… Parked directly in-between the recently opened Two Thirds Beer Co., The Gin Bar at Vintedge and The Broadfield, this highly anticipated addition to the area’s thriving food and drink scene is the result of a joint-vision shared between Andy Mastin, Alec Stephens and chef Sam Armitage. The spacious venue – formerly an antiques store – exudes a classy but distinctly modern vibe, something which suitably reflects their goal of bringing quality finedining into a more laidback, pubstyle atmosphere. Down-to-earth Yorkshire hospitality is very much on the menu here and whether you’ve arrived for a craft brew in the bar area or a sit-down meal, you can expect the same convivial welcome from the staff. Speaking of the menu, the driving force behind it, Sam, made his name on the Steel City culinary scene as The Milestone’s youngest chef and also gained invaluable experience at Michelin-starred establishments such as Fischer’s Baslow Hall. Working with him on an exciting selection of small plates is his handpicked kitchen team – young, talented and insatiably passionate about their work. A minimal waste policy is strictly abided to, so not a single morsel is spared. You can see and taste this in action from leftover→ 52 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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→sourdough bread being turned into vegan-friendly crackling, to their trademark vegan masala cauliflower curry made using the florets, leaves (crushed and used with curry salt) and cores (pulsed into cauliflower rice). Vegans are well-catered for across sixteen small plate dishes on the main menu, but meat-eaters certainly won’t be disappointed either. We sampled the best of both worlds with a sweet, palette-cleansing celeriac waldorf, beautifully presented with fondants, candied walnut, pickled grape and pear, followed by the pheasant kiev – a chunky cylinder of rich breast, served with charred corn and a peppery, bittersweet tarragon sauce. Both dishes were pretty much faultless, but the bragging rights had to go to the sumptuous scallop cannelloni and the previously mentioned curry roasted cauliflower. The fresh, meaty scallops with a subtle hint of smokiness were superb, while the much-lauded vegan masala sauce that came with the cauliflower dish – a recipe with special family connections for Sam – impressed with its depth of flavour
and tantalising tangy notes. There are a range of self-indulgent desserts on offer, from classics such as sticky toffee pudding to the intriguingly titled ‘Lemon Meringue-ipane Baked Alaska Tart’, but we went out on a high, sugary note with the honeycomb parfait – another beautifully presented dish with a thin layer of dark chocolate balanced atop a decadent yoghurt sorbet. It’s not secret that the foodie scene around this neck of the woods has been flourishing for quite some time now, but with the arrival of this progressive fine-dining, casual vibing hybrid it’s fair to say things have been taken up a notch. In summary: do believe the hype.
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Our speciality is spit roast chicken, marinated in Italian herbs and spices served with our rosemary roasted potatoes. Try our classic Italian favourites like Pollo Diavola, Arancini di Pollo, lasagna and Italian pizza. We also have a wide range of GF, VG or simply V options. If you choose to dine in, please bring a bottle (BYO) or two. Small corkage charge applies. To avoid disappointment book your table for St Valentineâ€™s Day. Itâ€™s BYO so bring your own Champagne or favourite tipple. Small corkage charge applies.
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Home Comforts La Baracca (meaning ‘the shack’) is a small, family-run Italian restaurant located on Abbeydale Road in the heart of the city’s Antiques Quarter.
We spoke to owner and chef Saverio, born and raised in Sorrento on the beautiful Amalfi Coast before later plying his trade cooking on the high seas. He’s lived and worked in Sheffield for over 30 years now and remains passionate about serving up authentic Italian flavours to his customers. What did you do before coming to Sheffield? Before coming to Sheffield I worked on cruise ships in the kitchens. I travelled around the world. We went everywhere from Brazil to Dubai to Indonesia, so I got to cook for a lot of people.
is a style it would be described as rustic; it’s not too fancy but full of flavour and good portion sizes.
Who is your cooking inspiration? My mama is my inspiration. She taught me how to make pasta sauce when I was a child. Even when we go to visit her now, food is always the main topic of conversation. Food in Italy is about fresh seasonal ingredients. In June everything is about the aubergine but in January the best crop is Italian broccoli or rapini, which is more like kale or spring greens and partners perfectly with Italian sausage.
Sheffield is a very different place to Sorrento. What attracted you to putting down some roots in the city? I came to Sheffield for a holiday and stayed! There was lots of work for Italian chefs and a big Italian catering community, so I just didn’t go back. There were and still are lots of opportunities in the UK if you want to set up your own business. It’s hard work but well worth it. I opened my first business in 1993, Dino’s on London Road, and La Baracca is the latest.
How would you describe your cooking? I like to cook good, hearty food. I suppose if there
What’s special about La Baracca? In Italy there’s a rosticceria on every corner.
They specialise in spit-roast chicken with Italian street food like arancini. I wanted to recreate that kind of experience here. On the menu I have added classic Italian favourites like lasagne, pizza and risotto and there’s a range of plant-based, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. We make everything from scratch, so all our dishes are prepared and cooked on the premises. We even make our own ice cream. Come down and see!
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Now entering its 15th year, ShAFF is the largest urban adventure film festival in the UK, and the only one in a city with a national park within its limits. This city’s close relationship with the outdoors inspires organisers to put on an event that brings people together to celebrate adventure. WHEN
ShAFF happens in March every year, when the festival comes out of hibernation and takes a look at the exciting possibilities of the year ahead. The aim is to to invigorate and inspire with the best new adventure films from around the world, showing off everything the outdoors has to offer.
Taking place at the Showroom Cinema 20-22 March, the festival has carefully curated a 3-day programme of film. They received hundreds of submissions from filmmakers across the globe, and this year’s selection represents the world of outdoor adventure in all its forms. There are dedicated sessions for climbing, running, mountain sports, water, snow, and cycling, as well as those that celebrate a spirit of adventure often found in surprising people and places.
THIS YEAR’S THEME
This year’s the chosen theme is ‘Acts of Rebellion’. As adventurers, we push the limits, challenge the norm and redefine the meaning of brave. This year, ShAFF wants to inspire you to find the rebel in yourself, to think outside the box, and to come together with your tribe to re-shape the world for the better. For the love of the land that feeds our adventures, and for the love of the people we adventure with. How will you use your adventurous skills and spirit - and what will your act of rebellion be?
BEYOND THE FILMS
ShAFF is as much about the adventure as it is about the films. As well as inspirational screenings we have a whole weekend of experiences lined up to inspire you to get together with your tribe, think about your next challenge and maybe even make the world a better place along the way. Hear from adventurers who chose the path less travelled with our Adventure Unboxed events, kit yourself out at our Second Life and Preloved Gear Sale or get hands on with our skills sessions and Rebel Raids. Check out the events on offer, including action-packed itineraries for your tribe, whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or family adventurer. And for those who just want to tread with a lighter footprint, we have lots of practical tips for a more sustainable adventure lifestyle at the ShAFF Repair Cafe and in our exhibitions from ShAFF partners in the Outpost. With our programme of guided runs and bike rides, you’ll also have loads of opportunities to put all the inspiration from our amazing film sessions into practice.
Bringing the The Outdoor City together
ShAFF is a headline event of the Outdoor City Festival of the Outdoors, a month-long celebration of everything the outdoors has to offer. From running to cycling, hiking to the Festival aims to get people involved, trying out and experiencing as many different aspects of the outdoors as possible. Whatever your adventures during the festival, everyone is invited to come together for a celebratory drink at the free Saturday night party in the Showroom bar on 21 March. Tickets are on sale now at shaff.co.uk
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Through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities, 50 Things About Us, the latest live show from comedian and lifetime political activist Mark Thomas, seeks to explain how we’ve ended up with such a hopelessly cracked and divided United Kingdom. When did you decide you wanted to be a comedian? Was there a ‘lightbulb moment’ at all? I was 16 and talking to a friend and I just said: ‘I’m going to become a comedian.’ More of a gobby spasm than lightbulb moment! Growing up, what was the trigger for your political awakening? Punk rock was the big thing, especially a band called Crass. The Clash were and indeed still are magnificent but buying a Crass album was like getting into an argument. Then Rock Against Racism, the movement, was hugely politicising for me. Then the miners’ strike in 1984. I was at college in Yorkshire and suddenly people who lived in the village were getting arrested and fitted up while the state tried to starve the miners into submission. Your latest show 50 Things About Us explores the history of Britain in an effort to understand how we’ve become the nation we are today. Can you take us through the research process? Basically just reading and arguing. Did any of your findings shock you? YEAH! One of the big things for me was that I went to a South London primary school that was linked with a church called Holy Trinity in Clapham. It is known as the church that William Wilberforce worshipped in and as a kid we were taught how great
he was and that we were all part of a history that stemmed from abolitionists. No one seemed to mention that the man who became an MP so he could get compensation for slave owners and the man who ran the West India Docks also worshipped in the same church. His name was George Hubert and he was an absolute bastard. No one seemed to mention the Haitian uprising and the effect that had on slavery, or the writings and campaigns of black anti-slavery activists in the UK. As far as we were concerned, we were on the good side, the white side that sought to abolish slavery. I think what has shocked me is how ingrained this is. Have you reflected on what “Britishness” means for you? Identity is a moveable feast that changes all the time. Personally, I identify as South London and always have. I think regional identity is perhaps more important than national when so much of our nation is entwined in a Disney empire vision of itself. In the wake of Brexit and its ensuing fallout, why do you feel is it important to examine our past? Our past always informs who we might be. In your opinion is there a glimmer of hope on the imminent horizon? Or are we effectively screwed? Both.
Mark Thomas brings 50 Things About Us to the Memorial Hall at Sheffield City Hall on 1st March. Tickets and more info available at sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
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Live Music | Comedy | Entertainment
Tuesday 25th February | 7.30pm
Monday 17th February | 7.30pm Saturday 1st February | 8.30pm
Sunday 2nd February | 7.30pm
Paul Carrack: The 20/20 Tour Wednesday 5th February | 7.30pm
Thu 6th & Fri 7th February | 7.30pm
Saturday 8th February | 7.30pm
The Circus of Horrors
Friday 14th February | 7.30pm
A Star is Born This Way
Sunday 16th February | 3pm
Anton & Erin
Tuesday 18th February | 7.30pm
The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour
Thursday 27th February | 8pm
The Boys Are Back! 5ive / A1 / Damage / 911
Tuesday 18th February | 8pm
Friday 28th February | 7.30pm
Janey Godley’s Soup Pot Tour Thursday 20th February | 7.30pm
Friday 21st February | 7pm
BBC Philharmonic Discovering Berlioz!
Saturday 22nd February | 7.30pm
David Baddiel: Trolls Not The Dolls
Saturday 29th February | 9pm
Sheffield’s Big Soul Night Out Every Friday & Saturday Doors 7pm, Show 8.15pm
The Last Laugh Comedy Club
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O2 Academy Sheffield // 4 February // from £29.50
Last month’s cover stars are heading to Sheffield after releasing their 5th album Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. After their 6-year break, the band is ready to hit the road again with support from The Big Moon and Liz Lawrence. academymusicgroup.com/ o2academysheffield
Record Junkee // Jan 27 // from £8
SLIPKNOT @ FLYDSA ARENA Words: Chris Lord // Photo: Anthony Scanga In a world gone mad, it’s somewhat fitting that we have Slipknot in the form of their lives to soundtrack our impending doom. The only thing more impressive than the eighteen-legged metal megastars’ puncturing of the mainstream on the eve of the 20th century has been their ability to keep themselves there for over twenty years. And this ain’t lounge jazz. Since day one, the Iowans’ modus operandi has been to push the boundaries of heavy music with stadium-slaying riffs, pummelling blast beats and tonsil-tearing screams. Their career often more of a punishing endurance test, hence the band members’ various side projects and alternate creative endeavours. They’ve had their fair share of emotional tests as well. Slipknot’s very music is born of social isolation, suffering and loss. All of which the band has endured in abundance in recent years - perfect fuel for their much-loved anthems of anger and disillusionment. The death of Paul Gray - founder and original bassist - in 2010 shook the band to its core, and for a while looked like the end for Slipknot. The acrimonious departure of drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 didn’t help matters either. So if 2014’s unsure comeback album, The Gray Chapter, was the band finding its feet again, last year’s extraordinary We Are Not Your Kind was Slipknot reclaiming their throne in style. Five years have passed since the Iowans last came to Sheffield, and before the masked men even play a note, the floor has mutated into a sea of swaying bodies. When opener ‘Unsainted’ erupts, the safety staff can barely contain the limbs being hurled over the barrier. Also taken from WANYK, ‘Nero Forte’ is already a crowd favourite, with its
swirling Jim Root riffs and frenzied vocal phrases. ‘Before I Forget’ sends the assembled Maggots potty, while next new cut ‘Solway Firth’ is one of the band’s greatest works to date. Its crushing dynamics underpinned with gloomy pangs of turmoil. A large part of Slipknot’s allure is their ability to marry the band’s music with their proclivity for horror and theatricality. Costumes aside, the set looks like a dystopian Mad Max-Texas Chainsaw Massacre hybrid - rusted metal, industrial fans and bleak aesthetics wherever you look. Outrageously talented drummer Jay Weinberg deserves a special mention for his percussive exploits. His ferocious, pinpoint playing is nothing short of controlled chaos. Speaking of which, you can’t accuse the ‘Knot of skimping when it comes to the pyro. We’re treated to almost constant explosions, bangs and flame throwing guitars for the best part of two hours. But even then, it’s still the band’s inimitable brand of razor sharp, metallic rage that proves most captivating. Recently remarried, frontman Corey Taylor looks revitalised in more ways than one, as he roars his way through ‘All Out Life’ like some sort of heavy metal clergyman. Although his services are barely required during Duality, as a delirious crowd bellows every word in unison without prompting. The brutal encore salvo of ‘People = Shit’ and ‘Surfacing’ leaves the Sheffield crowd with a thrilling reminder of the band’s raw, visceral power. Slipknot have often admitted themselves that they can’t go on forever. But while these nine men are firing on all cylinders like tonight, metal shows don’t come , metal shows don’t come much better. Miss Knotfest UK in August at your peril.
Philosophical and sociallyconscious rock band, Haze, are playing at Record Junkee at the end of the month. This means they will be bringing their disjointed and impactful post-punk sound to the people of Sheffield. Give their single ‘Ladz, Ladz, Ladz’ a listen for their thoughts on toxic masculinity. recordjunkee.co.uk
Bungalows And Bears // 6 February // FREE
The four-piece group head to Sheffield with their psych inspired, indie-rock music. Born in the Boston DIY scene and then moving to Nashville, the band hasn’t stopped touring since their formation. Plus Teah Lewis and her full band in support. bungalowsandbears.com
The Murder Capital
The Leadmill // 22 February // From £13.50
The Murder Capital are an Irish post-punk band based in Dublin. On tour for their debut album When I Have Fears, the band’s maiden record is full of boyish innocence and vulnerability.
Hot 8 Brass Band
O2 Academy Sheffield // 26 February // From £22
Grammy-nominated and straight from New Orleans, Hot 8 Brass Band are coming to Sheffield to with a bucket full their infectious jazz, funk and hip-hop tunes. academymusicgroup.com/ o2academysheffield
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Tracy Beaker MC Set The Leadmill // Feb 28 // From £6.60 Ready for a bit of nostalgia? Head on down to the Leadmill as they’re hosting the ultimate throwback party! With CBBC’s legendary Dani Harmer aka Tracy Beaker on the DJ decks for an hour with the ‘Queen of Cool’. leadmill.co.uk Off Me Nut 10th birthday Hope Works // Feb 8 // From £15 Off Me Nut Records hosts its annual birthday bash at Hope Works but this time, it’s a celebration of ten years in the scene. The line-up is huge, with DJ Hixxy, Bizzy B, Ben Suff Donk and absolutely loads more on the night! hope-works.co.uk
One Night Only We’re dead excited to hear that one of our favourite Kelham venues The Mowbray will be opening up their bar on Fri 21st Feb from 5pm ‘til late. The first in a series of spontaneous nightlife events, it will be free entry on the door, 2-for-1 cocktails and Sheff-based DJ Lemon E bringing the French disco vibes from 8pm. PS: If you’re coming as a group, drop a line to email@example.com for drinks packages and table services (tables of six get free snacks too!).
High Society A brand new ‘exclusive’ gin bar is coming to Sheffield’s popular Ecclesall Road, with the owners Will and James promising an “unapologetically high-end” venue in Society. Moving into the venue which was occupied by Nourish at 412 Ecclesall Road, Society is a dream come true for owner Will Sykes. “It’s always been a dream for me to open my own bar,” Will explains. “Me and my business partner James Beech are totally new to the industry, but we’ve always been big fans of the classy and upmarket bar scene. We’re from a corporate and sales background, and we’ve both quit high paying jobs to put our all into this. It’s going to be somewhere we’d want to go and drink in ourselves.” So, the ‘exclusive’ tagline? “It’s going to be a small venue with around 40 people capacity. We looked a few units, one in Kelham Island in 2018 but we were knocked back for that one. We were gutted but looking back, it was a blessing in disguise. It’s more of an indie vibe there and it’s a more volatile market than Eccy Road – people know what they’re going to get when they go out down here.”
Conducta Signal // Feb 8 // From £14 Conducta arrives fresh from a sell-out UK tour with his Dj Mag-nominated label Kiwi Rekords. He's hammering dances up and down the country and returns to Sheffield for a heavy night of UK garage as one of the scenes most important players. facebook.com/SignalSheffield Duncan Disorder’s Dutty Dancehall Discoteque Hagglers Corner // Feb 7 // FREE Duncan Disorder, Renz and the Rise Up crew will be heading down the hill to Hagglers Corner for a night celebrating all things dancehall...Expect high energy dancehall, bashment, soca, Afrobeat and jungle all night long. hagglerscorner.co.uk Syko Disko: Prospa Signal // Feb 29 // From £8.50 Prospa’s unique re-imagining of the classic dance genre is why the duo have been so hotly tipped by taste makers such as Pete Tong, Annie Mac and the Black Madonna. Their breakthrough track 'Prayer' is a perfect example of their ability of bending genres, fusing the old with the new. This is their Sheffield debut, and it’s set to be a stomper. facebook.com/SignalSheffield
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Jojo Rabbit Admittedly, a film featuring a little boy in the Hitler Youth, guided by Adolf himself as an imaginary friend, appears at first glance to be an acquired taste. However, one of the many marvellous things about Taika Waititi’s latest offering is that it’s accessible to any age group and demographic despite its material. The humour is never crude enough to only be enjoyed by the older viewers and the subject matter is displayed with clarity. The best way of undermining any evil ideology is to make it look ridiculous. Jojo Rabbit undermines Nazism and prejudice in general with a combination of the truth and farcical comedy.
The blind fanaticism displayed by many of the characters through the last days of the war may seem ridiculous, especially when it’s in the form of Rebel Wilson mowing down the enemy with an MG42, but this is hardly far from the truth. Images of old men and women fighting against the Allies looks farcical but again, it’s totally accurate. Ultimately the film is successful in provoking all the major emotions that a real piece of quality, and dare I say classic cinema can do. The performances by all involved are funny, moving and at times excruciatingly heart-breaking. Although the film has received a great deal of praise from most
audience members and critics, there have been certain (albeit very few) reviews that have taken almost violently against it. Although it’s possible to find the film middling at worst, to have such a negative reaction for its content is demonstrably incorrect. There is nothing here that is remotely offensive or problematic. Objectively, the film is unquestionably a solid piece of cinema. Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but on this occasion (and if any of those few reviewers somehow end up reading this) any extreme negative reaction is neither warranted nor correct… at all! 4/4 (without question)
The Boy II: Following a rejuvenation of sorts on Netflix for The Boy (a strange cross between Halloween, The Innocents and Child’s Play), we have now been given a sequel that we didn’t ask for but… yeah I’ll see it, why not!
A Quiet Place II
Following on from John Krasinski’s terrifying sci-fi horror, Emily Blunt leads the fight to survive against the sound-sensing extraterrestrials and other survivors who might pose an even greater threat.
La Dolce Vita (1960) re-screened To commemorate Frederico Fellini’s masterpiece on its 60th year, the Showroom screened the gorgeous blackand-white epic for one night only. Having seen the film as part of my European Cinema module at university, I only remembered partial scenes from the film which had little connection in my memory. Hardly surprising since it’s three hours long and told in seven separate episodic tales, each loosely linked by Marcello Mastroianni’s intellectually suffocated protagonist. Marcello is a tabloid journalist, followed around by a pack of insensitive paparazzo clinging to him for the next big scoop, like flies on an elephant’s back. Throughout the seven tales, the most famous of which featuring the striking Anita Ekberg swaying through Rome’s Trevi fountain, Marcello navigates his way from one fatuous, materialistic gathering of minor celebrities, thrill-seekers and movie stars to the next. All the while he yearns longingly for something far more meaningful, but as the chapters of the story unfold, it becomes increasingly clear Marcello is trapped in the vacuous world of material gain and hedonism which others dream of living in. This tragic inability to step out of that world into a life more substantial is summarised beautifully in the final scene following a house party. A subtly haunting and emotional final moment. The film’s cinematography is amongst the finest in the medium: 60s Rome and the surrounding countryside are
Gretel and Hansel Brooding, stylish fairy-tale/ horror from Oz Perkins. A modern retelling of the timeless tale of why children should live in perpetual fear of old people, parents and … pretty much everyone really. shot with picturesque splender. Even those unfamiliar with the title will likely be aware of at least one shot from the picture. Nonna’s restaurant on Ecclesall Road even has a hand-painted scene from an early section of the film displayed in the lounge area. Fellini manages to convey a clear sense of theme and ambiguity at the same time. Enough of the symbolism through visuals and story can be easily understood universally, but Fellini gives the audience enough vague material that an active audience member can read what they will into the text. In a time where celebrities and materialism are held in higher esteem than they have been, the film has found a second wave of relevance in the 21st century and remains as provoking and beautiful as it did in 1960. 4/4 www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 71
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Know Your History Feel as though you are suddenly surrounded by rainbows? That might be because February is LGBT+ History Month, dear reader, which means there are more LGBTQ+ events taking place than ever! If you’re a movie lover, then you will be pleased to see Showroom is marking the month with a packed programme of films and events celebrating ‘Groundbreaking Moments in Lesbian Cinema’. Kicking off the month is Dykes, Camera, Action! (Fri 7 Feb) – a bold documentary featuring some of the most influential lesbian filmmakers of the past 50 years, followed by an afterparty hosted by queer drag DJ Anna Kissed. Looking for ideas for your Valentine’s date? Head to a special preview screening of Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Fri 14 Feb), which tells the story of a stolen romantic relationship between two women, the highly anticipated masterpiece by director Céline Sciamma. Doc/Nights Presents: Barbara Hammer - For Her Pleasure (Wed 19 Feb) will feature a selection of short films from the incredible, pioneering filmmaker Barbara Hammer, exploring the female body, desire and pleasure through experimentations with film. Finally, the lesbian cinema offerings is Desert Hearts (Mon 24 Feb) – an electrifying romance set in the 50s about two women, made entirely independently on a shoestring budget with an evocative jukebox soundtrack and vivid cinematography. If that’s not enough LGBT+ content for you there is also a screening of Kinky Boots – The Musical (Tue 4 & Sun 9 Feb) filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. This unmissable musical theatre event celebrates a joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton
to the glamorous catwalks of Milan! There are more film offerings courtesy of SAYiT (Sheffield’s LGBT+ youth charity) at Scotia Works (Fri 28 Feb) as they join forces with Ashiana for a special LGBT+ History Month screening of Major! – a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years. There will also be a chance to raise funds for the charity and test your LGBT+ knowledge at their Big Fat Quiz of the Queers, hosted by Anna Kissed and Max Satisfaction at Spirit of Sheffield (Wed 26 Feb). Want to gen up on your queer knowledge? Then there are two opportunities to hear Sandra Baker Donnelly, LGBTQ+ historian and a founder member of Steel City Queer History, talk about
Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ history at Weston Park Museum (Thu 6 Feb) and Sheffield Central Library (Thu 20 Feb). New regular Queer Social & Open Deck takes place at Sheffield’s cutest DIY community space, Gut Level (Wed 5 Feb) – providing an alternative, safe space for queer/LGBT+ people to meet and socialise, with access to equipment for DJ practice and skill sharing - beginners welcome! Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long takes to the stage at Leadmill with her new show Tender (Sun 9 Feb) about the mindbending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness and joy. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that is a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices in it. Also at Leadmill we have the latest queen to visit the city with Miz Cracker’s American Woman (Fri 7 Feb) taking the venue by storm with a witty and informative comedy show made for women from every background as well as the men among us. The RuPaul’s Drag Race star will use comedy and performance to open a discussion upon the way in which drag queens and gay men can become better allies to women in an age where feminism is more important than ever! For more drag joy head to Malin Bridge Inn’s Drag Queen Bingo Show (Fri 7 Feb) with Miss Tish Ewe and after show with Betty Bangs! Get strapped in as Miss Tish Ewe hosts Naughty Blankety Blank, Bitchy Bingo and a Live Version of Cards Against Humanity! Sheffield’s own Drag King and Queens troupe, The Half Montys, are also back and even more heartbreaking than ever with their Bad Bromance show at DINA (Fri 14 Feb) featuring Sam Antics, King Confuza, Hilda Frisby, Stacy’s Mom, plus very special guests Lärzzz Umlaut Sveto Slava, Mr Jamie Pizzazz and Tom Foolery. Delicious Clam and Hatch join forces to present Live: Laugh Love (Sat 15 Feb) – an alternative / anti-Valentine’s event for all with a completely unwholesome descent into matters of the heart. Expect chaos, amateur drag, novelty trance and some very strange experiences. Undercover returns to Café Totem for Into the Dark (Sat 15 Feb) an inclusive night welcoming everyone, whatever their sexuality, gender, age, nationality or race. Expect some seriously hot dance music from Chicago house and old school acid through to pounding techno, electro and beyond. Last but by no means least, over at Theatre Deli we have two performances of Guy (Thu 13 & Fri 14 Feb) – with heart-pounding electropop anthems and witty, heartfelt story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men.
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What's on @ Theatre Deli FEBRUARY 6 FEB- GRANNY GROTBAG SAYS GOODBYE
11 FEB- MEZE MIX- SCRATCH NIGHT
12 FEB- THE STORM OFFICER
13 + 14 FEB- GUY
19 FEB- WHAT HAPPENED TO AGNES
26 FEB- DRIP DRIP DRIP
29 FEB- THE FOUR HORSEMEN
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Lyceum Theatre // 8-29 February // From £15 Winner of Best New Musical, What’s On Stage Awards London, the acclaimed Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is returning to Sheffield for another run with performances from Layton Williams and special guest star Shane Richie. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk To Move in Time Studio Theatre // 7-8 February // From £11 Immerse yourself into travelling backwards and forwards in time with Tim Etchells’ monologue. The text is an unfolding thought process, performed by Tyrone Huggins. To Move in Time concerns itself with questions of value and priority - what matters, and what can be changed. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk Guy Theatre Deli // 13-14 February // From £12 GUY gives you a witty, heartfelt story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men. Being fat, gay and nerdy isn’t easy when it comes to finding love, but Guy discovers that you can be whoever you want to be online. theatredeli.co.uk
A Journey Through Time and Space Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch, Sheffield Cathedral is set for another light and sound performance in collaboration with Luxmuralis. The Observatory event follows the success of the collaborative Christmas experience, The Angels are Coming, promising another transformation of the Cathedral’s interior – this time into a galactic display of stars and meteor showers. The Luxmuralis team aim to combine traditional and modern artistic concepts, working in spaces private and public spaces around the country such as Lichfield Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. The Observatory will be taking place from 13-20 March, with tickets available at the Cathedral’s website (sheffieldcathedral.org) and available to purchase on the door, subject to availability. Tickets are priced £6 for adults, £4 for children (aged 4 to 12). A family ticket is £17.50 (2 adults and 2 children). Children aged 3 and under go free.
David Baddiel: Trolls Not the Dolls City Hall // 28 February // From £32.35 David Baddiel is back with another one-man show and he has stories to tell, of the terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. Come with him on this comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk Run Sister Run Studio Theatre // 27 February – 21 March // From £20.00 Award-winning playwright Chloë Moss’ new play is a witty and heartfelt story of family, class and dependence, asking what does it really mean to belong to someone? sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
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Jack William Martindale, Words: Sally Strong
For this month’s foray into the Steel City art scene I spoke to Jack William Martindale, an illustrator with a distinct style, a self-confessed foodie and recent graduate from Sheffield Hallam University. We chatted about his inspirations and what life is like for creatives just starting out… Tell us about the themes you explore in your work? At the moment common themes vary from people, scenery, buildings and, of course, food. This can be in a day-to-day sense, as the everyday can be surprisingly intriguing. However, inspiration also comes from further afield, such as trips to Asia (Tokyo and Malaysia) which taught me to really appreciate each and every thing going on around me. This is because when I visited I was surrounded by a densely packed array of intriguing characters and events. Since then I’ve taken to paying more attention to what’s in front of my eyes. How do you maintain your drawing skills? By never stopping. It has become second nature to draw every day because it’s one of those things you must keep pushing, otherwise you get rusty. I find it comes easier to me when I’m methodical and have ideas to work from. Quite often I’ll write down funny concepts which pop into my head, no matter how odd. Just getting them down allows me to have a start beyond a blank sheet of paper. My room is often full of seemingly random scraps – ironically there never seems to be any paper when I need it! Speaking of paper, something that is important to me is working away from the screen for some of the process. Starting away from technology allows me to get textures and marks that aren’t available on drawing tablets. I eventually scan finished sketches to work on them digitally, adding the colour and finishing touches. It’s a nice balance. Is there anything you enjoy in the Sheffield creative scene? It’s so richly filled with events that you’re spoilt for choice. I come from York, which has its charms and will always be home. However, Sheffield just pulled me in from the very moment I arrived. From my first year at uni I became involved with Creative Mornings. This is essentially a chance to hear from local creatives. It’s always different, always fascinating and you can eat as many free croissants as you possibly can! It has continued to be a part of my life after university and I’ll be there as long as they have me. I love the can-do attitude of Sheffielders; there’s always another project in the pipeline. What I’ve noticed at Creative Mornings is that Sheffield has a very willing and motivated community. There’s also a sense of loyalty; there are familiar faces that crop up and everyone is there for 76 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
one reason: to be inspired. There is always something going on in the Steel City. You create a lot of food illustration in particular. What do you enjoy about combining food and art? I believe it’s possible to align your passions together, which is something I’ve managed to do over the last year. I have a love for making in any form but specifically with the pen and the spoon. The kitchen is my favourite room in the house and I try to bake at least twice a week. Often I illustrate my own recipes (when they go right) but I also love to capture Sheffield’s rich food scene, which is always growing. It’s my key to making good work as you inject more personality to it. What’s in store for 2020? Being freelance I am in the driving seat. I will always put my ideas out there, but I’m super eager to work with the vibrant community I live in. It’s my aim to work with as many independents as possible – they are the lifeblood to Sheffield. Of course, the foodies are naturally who I hope to create with, but there is a great sense of gratitude to anyone that values what illustrators do. An ongoing series I will be continuing involves drawing our speakers at Creative Mornings; I am eager to both draw and hear Kweku Sackey speak at the January event. I am excited to keep up the rhythm. This is my first year after graduating and I’m chomping at the bit to get going. Keep up with Jack on his Instagram @mdale_art, or give his website a skivvy at mdaleart.com. He’s open for commissions!
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It’s a Dog’s Life We don’t need too much of an excuse to drag out one of our favourite photo blogs, an unbeatable combination of cool doggos and cracking Sheffield boozers courtesy of Ellie Grace back in 2016. Guaranteed to beat any residing winter blues, see if you can guess which establishments our canine pals are visiting. See more online at: tinyurl.com/s7yvdty
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