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30 14: 2019 Roundup Ah, the final issue of 2019 – and what a year it’s been, eh? From banging festivals to fantastic theatre, we round up our Steel City highlights from the last 12 months.
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... Or maybe not. But Sheff ’s-own Joe Carnall Jnr isn’t far off the money, right? Following a massive year launching his Good Cop Bad Cop project, and with another highlyanticipated Crimbo show in the offing, we cracked open the eggnog and settled down for a festive natter in The Fat Cat.
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I’ve always been the baby of my family. I’m the youngest of three siblings, so naturally I was the one the others had to look out for... My sister taught me dance routines and supervised recreational tasks like painting our playhouse. My brother picked out films for us to watch on Sunday afternoons and roped me into wrestling matches. I grew up reliant on others for guidance, leadership and to make decisions because it’s something I’d always been used to. Being the youngest grants you a sort of preciousness and vulnerability that, no matter how old you get, never really goes away. By the time I was sixteen I’d become suffocated by this. I turned 18 in July 2015 and left home to study Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam. I decided to study in Sheffield upon my sister’s recommendation. She told me that Sheffield was a cool place and that she could see me living there. I asked her to elaborate and she said something along the lines of: ‘There are a lot of cool people there. They dress cool, like you.’ That was enough to convince me. My intention wasn’t just to study in Sheffield, but to live there. I wanted to get to know the city that I knew so little about, and soak up all it had to offer. I was so ready for my freedom, and was desperate to show my family that I didn’t need to be looked after. To do that successfully, I thought, meant doing it on my own. Visits home were few and far between. I rarely called my family members to let them know how I was doing, and when I did I left out the bad stuff. In reality though, that first year was rough. My desperation for independence didn’t negate my naivety. I was shy and didn’t click with many people on my course, so I was quite lonely. I was super irresponsible and dashed my money on stupid shit. I couldn’t keep up with the workload my course demanded. After ending the year with appalling grades, regret over wasted time and £9,000 worth of debt, I decided to switch my course to study something else. From there, things started to look up. I decided to study Journalism, which already put me in a better place. I met lots of lovely people on the course and was excited by the subject. I had tutors who were engaged with their students and passionate about what
was going on in Sheffield. Life didn’t suddenly become easy, but it was far more enjoyable. The time I spent exploring Sheffield helped me get through some really difficult times. During my first year doing Law, I’d skip my seminars to browse Sheffield’s independent shops, visit cafes for coffee and breakfast and check out exhibitions at museums and galleries. After busy weeks at uni, I would visit Oisoi for fresh juice and dumplings and went on hilariously pathetic nights out. I remember the time my best friend and I got rat-arsed at my flat and decided to go to Leadmill because it was the closest place to us. We probably had two drinks there before I drunkenly strode onto the dancefloor, slipping into a literal split and ripping my newly purchased vintage houndstooth skirt. We called it a night at that and I cried into a disappointing pizza from Top Taste. In the summer I rode my bike around Sheffield, either to the lush hills of Parkwood Springs or further out to the pine forest of Lady Canning’s Plantation during my stint of mountain biking. When I was overwhelmed by uni work I would go for walks in the General Cemetery, or ride to the Holt for a cappuccino and a slice of lemon cake. What I think makes Sheffield special is the connections those who’ve lived here have made with it. We all have stories of why we moved to Sheffield, what we did here and why we chose to stay. Sheffield is so special to me because it’s been the setting for my formative years as a young adult. It was where I had my first taste of independence and where I’ve made a home for myself, by myself. I recently moved into a flat that I live in with my boyfriend of five years. At 22, I work during the week, clean my house at the weekends and get far too much excitement out of doing a weekly shop. It’s all very grown up, but I’m still the baby of the family. I always will be and I’m fine with that.
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During the floods last month, local photographer Brian Hopwood took the chance to grab some incredible images of the desolate area around Meadowhall as shoppers were locked in for the night. This is our pick of the bunch on Brightside Lane featuring the iconic Forgemasters steelworks. Facebook: B.Hopwood.Photography
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The Future of Fargate Sheffield city council has been made to secure funding for the historic Fargate and High Street Work is now under way to complete a business case to bid (in the Spring 2020) for up to £25m from the government’s Future High Streets Fund. The government’s £1bn Future High Streets Fund aims to transform and regenerate high streets across England, making them fit for the future. It will help revitalise local high streets and boost economic buoyancy in town centres where people live, shop, use services, and spend their leisure time. Following discussions with wide ranging stakeholders, Sheffield city council and the University of Sheffield are now presenting draft proposals for the bid to gather support for a future vision for Fargate and High Street. The survey will help build an accurate picture of how people view and use Fargate and High Street now, and what they wish to see included in plans for the future.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin of the University of Sheffield, said “The team has been very pleased to contribute to the development of the Future High Streets Fund bid. The workshops undertaken have gained insights from over 120 stakeholders. Dr Bobby Nisha and a team of students from the department of urban studies and planning helped develop a virtual reality experience where Sheffielders will get the chance to feel what it might be like to walk around in a revived Fargate. I am hopeful of a fantastic outcome for the service.” Sheffield city council’s director of city centre development, Nalin Seneviratne added: “We are thrilled to be undertaking the next stage in the bidding process and we are well under way to building a strong business case to support the £25m bid to revitalise the historic city centre but we need Sheffielders help!”
New Barry Hines exhibition to showcase early drafts of Kes and Threads
Unseen material from the life and work of Barry Hines are on display to the public for the first time as part of a new exhibition at the University of Sheffield. The Untameable exhibition is inspired by Barry Hines’ writing and the contents of his archive at the University’s library. Curated by artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want, the exhibition highlights Hines’ works, mostly covering the personal and political landscapes of working class life in South Yorkshire. The exhibition features the original script of Threads as well as an invitation to a private screening of the film that was sent to people in Sheffield who acted as extras. Items from the archive featured in the exhibition include; the earliest draft of a Kestrel for a Knave, sections of an unpublished screenplay that is set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike, and an early draft of the novel The Gamekeeper – which Hines wrote on a University of Sheffield textbook while working in the university’s Arts Tower building. The exhibition also includes materials and photographs from Hines’ early life, including his report book from Ecclesfield Grammar School, sports achievement certificates and his old school scarf. Dr Dave Forrest from the University of Sheffield said: “This exhibition is about bringing the work of Barry
Hines back into the present tense. The questions his novels, films and television dramas raise are just as relevant now as they were 50 years ago.” Anton Want added: “Barry’s work as a writer has an authenticity that people of all ages respond to, his stories are their stories. He was the genuine article and has influenced countless lives both in this region and internationally, first as a teacher and later as a writer. I’d urge people to visit the exhibition which offers a personal insight into his wonderful archives at the University’s Library along with some rare and unseen material.” Patrick Murphy said: “This project offered the great opportunity of working with the Barry Hines Archive and creating new work in response to it. I found it very rewarding and a chance to visually explore my own working class background. Works such as A Kestrel for a Knave are timeless and universal.”
The exhibition, Untameable, is running now from Monday to Friday between 9am and 7pm, and Saturdays between 12pm and 6pm, at the University of Sheffield’s Western Bank Library until 20 December 2019. Admission is free and open to the public.
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Want to have a say on the local issues that matter to you? The Big City Conversation is happening and everyone’s invited to get involved! What’s it all about?
In October 2019, Sheffield city council organised open-to-all events at the Moor Market, Town Hall and on the Supertram designed to encourage feedback from residents on all things Sheffield. People who attended gave their views and provided suggestions on a wide range of local matters such as public transport, housing, activities for young people, and how they want to get involved in the decisions that affect their neighbourhoods. The Big City Conversation is about carrying that momentum forward; it’s an opportunity to talk about our city’s democracy, how decisions are made and most importantly, how the voices of Sheffielders make and shape those decisions. The council want to hear from as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, from every part of the Steel City, about the issues that affect you and your communities.
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It’s simple. The Big City Conversation survey is accessible online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/bigcityconversation - where you can provide direct feedback and suggestions to the council. If internet
access is an issue, there’s a feedback box situated inside the Town Hall where you can submit any concerns, praises or general points you’d like to raise. Following the General Election on 12 December, there will be a number of community-based activities and events taking place right across the city where you’ll be invited to have your say in person. Keep an eye on www.sheffield.gov.uk/bigcityconversation and @SheffCouncil for updates.
Through increased engagement and dialogue with the Sheffield public, the council hope to develop a model of democratic, accountable decision-making and public engagement that is designed in and works for the city. But it’s about more than just who makes decisions; it’s about learning what matters to Sheffielders in neighbourhoods and places across the city, holding public services to account, talking about the issues that matter to them, and enabling people to get involved in their local communities as they would like to. It really is a Big City Conversation.
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Chic join the Tramlines party Featuring the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Courteeners, Jonny Marr, Lewis Capaldi, Annie Mac and plenty more, the 11th instalment of our inner-city music festival was one of the biggest bashes yet. From the city centre fringe stages to the main arena in Hillsborough Park, the weekend was another resounding success. There were plenty of highlights to pick out, but Nile Rodgers & Chic taking to the main stage on Sunday afternoon and leading 40,000 festivalgoers into an en-masse disco party pinches top spot. 14 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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Walking with Giants Over 12,000 people formed four hour queues to see Phlegm’s hometown show, Mausoleum of Giants, based in Eyewitness Works this spring. For six weeks visitors paid their respects, walking amongst the sleeping giants and figures in their final resting place. The spectacle drew sight-seers from as far as New York and Norway and visitors drove from Plymouth and Dundee just for the opening night.
Kommune arrives Situated in what was the old Co-op department store on Angel Street, Kommune’s spacious city centre food hall featuring a wide variety of independent retailers opened in March. It was since been heralded as an important step in the ongoing regeneration of the Castlegate area. 16 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Kelham Island just keeps going from strength to strength, and with the arrival of more living quarters came a slew of new bars and cafes to keep the locals entertained. Noosa have brought their own twist to the brunch and cocktails scene, Millowners Arms are a welcome addition to a number of traditional pubs in the area and Saw Grinders Union have beautifully restored a derelict section of the historic Globe Works.
Everybody’s Talking about Jamie
The hit musical premiered at the Crucible in 2017, took itself to the West End and was nominated for five Olivier Awards. Everybody’s talking about Jamie returned to Sheffield this summer to shoot the film adaptation, starring Max Hardwood and Richard E. Grant. The shoot kept everybody talking in Sheffield; there was an open casting call for the lead actor, an announcement of a National Tour and a massive street party to film the final scene.
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No Bounds Festival
Hope Works hosted the No Bounds in October, a live music event which explored club culture, art, technology and brought an electronic music festival to the Sheffield scene. Local talent was represented with Stevie Cox, Otis Mensah, Tino and 96 Back, along with international names such as Shygirl and The Black Madonna. Kelham Island Museum was taken over as an art space for the weekend and Heeley swimming pool became a submerged ambient light show.
A monthly staple on the Sheffield social scene, offering the best food from vendors, along with well-stocked bars, music and stalls, the famous Peddler Market turned five this October. Kelham Island has changed quite a lot since Peddler started trading, and the area has the market itself to thank for some of that happening. They celebrated by - of course - hosting a celebratory market, which was one helluva birthday bash indeed.
Rising from the Ashes
During the summer, Sheffield city council agreed a 150-year lease with Extreme Destinations for an ‘internationally recognised’ sport and leisure destination at the old ski village site at Parkwood Springs. The ambitious plans will see the destination ‘rival the best in the world’, bring 400 new jobs and one million new visitors to Sheffield. The 21-hectare site, with Extreme at the helm, will be developed into a modern ski slope, numerous mountain biking trails, a hub building with shops, bars and restaurants as well as visitor accommodation, alongside a major international operator. 18 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Over 180 international documentary films from 47 different countries, plus an innovative alternative realities programme, live music events, talks, panels, and a fair few parties too! Doc/Fest 2019 was another epic celebration of filmmaking, opened in style by Diego Maradona, Asif Kapadia’s critically acclaimed study of a football genius.
Much-loved Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough hosted his first ever retrospective exhibition this year entitled Life in the Big Village. The Pitsmoor-born painter saw thousands visit the Millennium Gallery to check out his work, taking in his inspiring and optimistic view on life. In his own words: “My job is more than just a drawer, I’m presenting your life back to you, like the old music hall artists who sang about what they knew; I’m just painting about what I know.” www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 19
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Celebrating Sheffield’s status as the UK’s first City of Sanctuary, Migration Matters Festival returned for its fourth instalment. Bringing together diverse cultures through performance and art, this year’s event featured a lineup consisting of people’s poet Benjamin Zephaniah, rapper Lowkey and Haitian singer Moonlight Benjamin.
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Two things consistently guaranteed to generate public interest in Sheffield: Park Hill flats and Richard Hawley. Combine the two then throw in another local icon such as the Crucible Theatre and you’ve got Standing at the Sky’s Edge – one of the most highly-anticipated Sheffield Theatres shows in, well, probably ever. It certainly delivered, as this heart-wrenching story of love and loss through the generations on the city’s historic estate received rave reviews and bagged ‘Best Musical Production’ at the UK Theatre Awards.
In his first Sheffield solo show for over five years, celebrated local artist Kid Acne combined his two key creative pursuits of art and music for an exhibition hosted at S1 Artspace, Park Hill. Inspired by lyrics from upcoming solo album ‘HAVE A WORD’, largescale slogan pieces occupied spaces inside the gallery and walls scattered around the abandoned outdoor section of the complex.
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Shine a Light
As part of Sensoria Festival 2019, renowned Sheffield photographer Chris Saunders exhibited a wideranging selection of his portrait work at Trafaglar Warehouse. From David Lynch to Helen McRory to the famous Hawley x Turner x Cocker shot, not to mention plenty of inclusions for Sheffield creatives, it was a visual feast of striking photography.
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Marking the 500th year anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, twelve drawings by the famed renaissance artist were on display at the Millennium Gallery from February until March this year. Thousands viewed the exhibition which featured intriguing insights into Da Vinci’s creative process and methods.
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LOOK INSIDE SHEFFIELD’S NEW AMERICANSTYLE RENTAL APARTMENTS With hotel-style service and amenities covering everything from onsite concierge to resident’s gym and games lounge, Brook Place is here to change how you think about renting. For too long, the typical British experience of renting has been marked by rogue landlords, rip-off fees and sky-high rents for tiny, damp flats. But this is changing, with a brand-new development by Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road and close to the trendy Sharrow Vale district, flying the flag for what renting can be. Named Brook Place after the nearby scenic Porter Brook, this apartment complex boasts 270 homes that have all been designed and built from the ground up to specifically meet the needs of today’s renters. The company behind Brook Place, Grainger plc, wants renting in the UK to be more like how it is in Germany, where more people rent their home than own it, or even the US, where renting is seen as an aspirational lifestyle choice. How is the possible you may be thinking? Because in both countries, renting is safe, secure and professional and that’s what Grainger is promising renters at Brook Place, which welcomed its first residents this October. The building is the first to open in Sheffield that offers homes exclusively for rent and is set to raise the bar for renting in the city by tapping into the very best of modern living. Whether you’re starting a young family, a professional couple just starting your career, or friends looking to share, there is a home to suit you at Brook Place with apartments ranging in size from studios to three-beds. What’s more, there is a wide mix of shared spaces and communal areas that all residents can enjoy at no extra charge. For those wanting to kick back after a hard day’s work, there’s a spacious residents’ lounge on the ground floor, complete with a games corner offering table football and more. There will even be cooking classes hosted in the experience kitchen, which features professional kitchen equipment including a pizza oven, and can be rented out for when you’re looking to impress your friends at your next dinner party. If the sun is shining, relax on one of the three roof terraces and a podium garden where you can chill out, unwind, and enjoy the stunning view over the Steel City and out to the Peak District. For those who work from home, the coworking zone will cater to Sheffield’s growing army of entrepreneurs and techies, who will enjoy the super-fast building-wide Wi-Fi that is included in the rent. Every apartment at Brook Place also comes complete with everything you need for a hassle-free move-in.
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All utilities including internet are ready to go from day one, meaning no time wasted in dealing with suppliers. All the appliances are fully integrated too, as all the homes are kitted out with the latest modcons. The entire building is managed professionally on-site directly by Grainger’s team, meaning residents will enjoy hotel-style service every day. So, whether you need something repaired or just someone to pick up a parcel, there will be a friendly face on hand. Residents can choose from stylish furniture options when they move in, with colour palletes inspired by the Peak District. The ‘Mineral’ option features cool blue and grey tones referencing the mountains while warm copper hues and deep reds are incorporated in the second theme are aptly called ‘Earth’. Those who choose longer tenancies will be allowed to paint and decorate their apartment, adding a personal touch to their new home which is often not allowed in traditional renting.You also don’t need to worry about your landlord selling up or trying to kick you out, as every resident is offered a ‘stay as long as you want’ contract by Grainger, making Brook Place somewhere you can really call home. Even with all these amenities and services on offer, Brook Place is much more than just your home. With its ideal location by the Ecclesall Road, residents can make the most of the local area, which is known for its legendary street markets, eclectic restaurants and boutique shops. What’s more, Sheffield city centre is only 10 minutes away. With so much on offer, both under your roof and at your doorstep, once you rent at Brook Place, you might never want to leave. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 25
“Fuck it, I would love to be on a massive stage.” Making some serious waves this year, Jetski are an up-and-coming alt-rock group hailing from South Yorks. Our interest was piqued with the release of their infectious debut single ‘Easy Peeler’, and with the promise of new music incoming, we decided to invite them in and dig a little deeper.
Best of the Sesh Another year at Exposed, another horde of innovative musical prowess passing through our longstanding In Session pages. Here’s a quick look back at some of the wonderful local talent we’ve had the pleasure of featuring in 2019 – head to exposedmagazine. co.uk/in-session for full interviews and live recordings.
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“Have you ever been on holiday? And heard great music on holiday? That’s DIMITRI and probably was DIMITRI.” What’s lurking behind those hypnotic beats and giant shades? That’s precisely the question we tried answer when we met Dimitri for an interview in a disused boozer. And we’re still none the wiser.
“Music is my outlet, the only way of expressing myself truly.” We took a pew with up-andcoming artist TYNI to discuss making music in LA, mental health and finding old school magic in modern pop…
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“But for anyone about to pull the “music has no gender” card – do some research, yeah?” Talking self-worth, gender parity and new material with Before Breakfast – the folk-pop quartet made up of longstanding pals Gina Walters, Lucy Revis, Debra Finch and Annie Rushworth. Head to the link for a spine-tingling rendition of ‘Body’, taken from their latest EP Open Ears.
Jackie Moonbather “I was kind of raised to question everything.” Following the release of his lusciously smooth sophomore EP, The Month of May, we caught up with neo-jazz and soul artist to talk about the city’s burgeoning DIY music scene.
“We came up here a few times, playing gigs and touring and we just really liked it compared to the other northern cities. Something stood out – it’s not too fucking intense.” Adopted Sheffield rockers BlackWaters are looking to kickstart more engagement with the local arts scene in their own backyard (literally). They’ve been earning their spurs up north and kindly agreed to knock out their debut single ‘Long Way to the Sun’ in a live session at Café Totem.
“What to expect? Just a curly-haired man in flares being miserable” A few months on from the release of his debut album, Exposed caught up with Mathew J. Hall to discuss the Sheffield music scene, his debut appearance at Tramlines and why he doesn’t mind being labelled as a miserable sometimes.
“My songwriting always comes from a place of honesty; I think that’s particularly important as it’s how you create connections with people.” Flying the flag for honest, alternative pop in the Steel City is LIO – a band who topped off 2019 with their largest headline show to date at Record Junkee. We caught up with Netherlands-born lead singer Leonie Sloots about the shift into a four-piece and what the future holds for the band.
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back and pick them up. The service is straightforward but sometimes simplicity is key. We’re driven to provide great customer service so we will always offer up our advice if people want it. If bands or studios want suggestions on guitars for certain sounds or applications then we’re here to help.
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
of guitars. I always think a different guitar can sometimes inspire you to play a part differently or come up with new parts simply because of how it reacts to your playing. This mindset coupled with research into American companies already making a success of this led me to take the plunge!
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Unfortunately, the big man was too busy to speak with us this month and kindly rejected our offer of a pork pie and pint of Kelham Best in exchange for a festive cover shoot. Bah, humbug indeed. However, it’s not all bad news as we managed to persuade Joe Carnall (Good Cop Bad Cop, Milburn) to step into the famous red suit and chat about his annual Christmas shindig, which once again will feature a number of special guests and one or two surprises in the stocking.
It’s been a big year for you following the launch of your Good Cop Bad Cop project, with a debut album and subsequent tour to focus on. How do you reflect on 2019? I’m really proud of 2019. I knew people would be excited about Matt [Helders] and I working together but I didn’t know what would happen beyond that and how well the album would be received. There was so much to get my head around and figure out to make the shows happen; at times I was way out of my comfort zone. But that’s good for anybody – not just us creatives, darrrrling. It forces you to evolve. Plenty to choose from but what have been the main highlights? Getting through the first Good Cop Bad Cop gig at Glasgow, King Tut’s, was a huge moment. Finally, this thing that had only ever existed in my computer became real. There were a few lovely moments on that first tour actually. We played this amazing little theatre in London and towards the end of the set there was this bizarre moment of spontaneous clapping and cheering. We couldn’t start the next tune for the noise. I felt like Torvill and Dean having
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just performed the Bolero at the 1984 Olympics. Tramlines was great too. Reverend and the Makers played to a huge crowd on the Saturday and then I got to do my synth-pop thing to a packed tent on the Sunday. The most fun, however, was to be had in Dublin! As most bands will tell you, you never really know what to expect when you play a gig in a different country. The gig itself was great. People over there are just way more into the idea of having fun. There is zero pretence. After the gig, the venue morphed into one big karaoke bar and in Ireland EVERYONE wants to sing. The place stayed open until about 4am. It was a Sunday night. The Joe Carnall Jnr & Friends annual Christmas show has become quite the staple on the Sheffield festive calendar. Why do you think it’s become such a success? I only ever intended it to be a one-off gig in the back of a pub. It’s unbelievable how it’s grown. I suppose it’s down to a number of factors. Firstly, everyone is in the mood to have a drink and a singsong. When you couple that with a few Milburn tunes, which are so nostalgic for people around here, then you’re onto something.
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My role is to bring people together and make a bit of a dipstick out of myself (see front cover). Crucially, all the guests are genuinely my friends and I think the fun that we have comes across to punters. Did you know from the reaction at the first gig that it could have legs? With hindsight, possibly. But I just put it down to the fact that people had been starved of Milburn for so long they were just coming for a bit of a fix. However, after a few years it was clear that there was a genuine hunger for it. People were travelling from all over to make the show and it’s become the start of many people’s Christmas celebrations. The only issue is that I have to try and better each show every year. Anyone got McCartney’s number? There have been a few special moments and guest appearances over the years. Any particular standouts? I suppose the biggest moment was in 2015 when Milburn reunited for the first time. I tried to keep it a secret but there was a real buzz around the venue by the time of the encore. That was a long time coming and it seemed to make a lot of people very happy. There have been so many other moments though. My daughter was born two days before the show in 2016 and I basically hadn’t had time to figure much out. Luckily, my mates are amazing and they managed to sort it. The show culminated in me dressing up as Prince and performing ‘Purple Rain’ with everyone on stage. One year I managed to convince Dave McCabe of Zutons fame to come over for the gig. We made a last minute band with my brother and our Nick [Arctic Monkeys] and played a Zutons 32 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Bread sauce is the uninvited guest to the party that brings a four-pack of warm Fosters. Pathetic. Don’t even think about putting that on my plate.
tune. I’ve had loads of people up there with me. The Reverend and the Makers gang come every year and join in; Pete and Charlie McKee have been involved before; Tom Grennan was over last year and I’ve even drafted ex-footballer Ritchie Humphreys in on guitar! A personal favourite came last year when Rebecca Taylor (AKA Self Esteem) joined us to perform ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen and Bowie. What a tune. There are always a couple of Christmas songs thrown in too, for anyone wondering whether to come down. You usually like to keep details of the show under wraps in the build-up. Is there anything you can tease us with? I get asked this every year but I genuinely don’t know who’s doing what until about three hours before the gig! It normally depends on who is home for Christmas and If anyone owes me any favours. With having the Good Cop Bad Cop record out it gives me some new stuff to play, so
I’m looking forward to that. I’ve sent out a couple of texts to some mates here and there but it’s a lottery. Whoever shows up it’ll be a great night. It always is. How’ve you settled into the festive season? Are you a Christmas jumper and whistling carols around the house sort of bloke, or do you keep it a bit more low-key? Now that I’ve got kids, being low-key is not an option! Get the big tub of chocolates out, watch a million kids’ films and combat the afternoon meltdowns of my daughter by telling her that Santa is always watching. Which he is, obviously. Right, the serious stuff. Buble or Bing? Buble? Are you taking the piss? Bing and Bowie. Next question. On that note, what are your favourite and least favourite Christmas songs? Explanations for each please. ‘Fairytale of New York’ is probably the ultimate, isn’t it? And ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! is a certified banger but you knew that already. It only got to number two in the charts as well! There are plenty of the obvious ones but I want to give a special mention to ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee as it reminds me of Home Alone, which is obviously a massive Christmas film to anyone born in the 80s. Kevinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! If I can shift the goalposts a bit I’m putting ‘The Millennium Prayer’ by Cliff Richard firmly at the top of the dog shit pile. Nothing against Jesus, mind – he invented the whole festive period – but what a lazy and dull waste of four minutes. And he’s being greedy by having two first names.
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An ultimately heartwarming tale with moments of mild peril? Of course it is. I can see Jesus and Joseph sat watching that whilst Mary tuts under her breath and reads the Nazareth Weekly. Do you have an elf on your shelf? No, but I do have a rather small bass guitarist, Pat, that I sometimes leave on the mantelpiece overnight. He’s quite judgemental and is a bit of a snitch, so I suppose he does the same job. Erm. Bread sauce with your Christmas dins: yes/no? Eh? Bollocks. Absolutely not. Bread sauce is the uninvited guest to the party that brings a four-pack of warm Fosters. Pathetic. Don’t even think about putting that on my plate. I have a relative that shall remain unnamed that has mushy peas on his Christmas dinner. I kid you not. Mushy-fucking-peas. The 25th of December is not a day for fusion food or curve balls. Cranberry sauce? Now you’re talking.
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Music-wise, how are you looking to build on things in 2020? I don’t exactly know. I’d like to do a few festivals and maybe pick up some support slots as I desperately need to play in front of new people. I’m in a fortunate position as I have both GCBC and Milburn to work on. Bizarrely, everyone thinks Milburn are finished again even though we said were just having a bit of time off. With that in mind, I’ll probably do something totally different and write a musical! I’m a bit of an idiot like that. Never satisfied. Joe Carnall Jnr and Friends IX comes to the O2 Academy on December 23rd. Tickets and more info available at ticketmaster.co.uk
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Roll out the Belgian Blue
Something of a Sheffield winter institution, you know you can start counting down the days until Crimbo when Bradfield Brewery’s famous Farmers Belgian Blue arrives in the pubs. You’ll find it at plenty of self-respecting local boozers, but you can also pick up kegs and cases online at the below website. bradfieldbrewery.com
Take a stroll
Get wrapped up and take advantage of our proximity to the Peaks or find one of Sheffield’s many green spaces and woodlands to traverse. Ecclesall Woods is as close as you can get to Narnia after a dusting of snow, while following the Porter Brook up to Ringinglow can result in a well-earned fireside pint in The Norfolk Arms.
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Get the Gifts In
As well as your usual big Fargate Christmas market (running November 14th until December 24th), there are a number on winter wonderlands to explore in around the city. Here are a few we’d recommend mooching down to…
All I want Thor Christmas The super-snug viking tipi makes its return to the Peace Gardens this year, providing a perfect spot to warm the cockles with a hot chocolate or something stronger once you’ve finished Christmas shopping. thorstipi.com
Kelham Victorian Christmas Market Gather under the gaslamps and step into a Dickensian-style Christmas celebration at Kelham Island museum. Over 100 markets stalls will be selling an array of Sheffield-made wares and goods – plus plenty of food and drink options on-hand. There’ll be live music courtesy of local brass bands and carollers alongside plenty for the kids to enjoy at the family fairgrounds. Sunday 30th November – Sunday 1st December // Tickets £6 adults with accompanied children (U16) free.
Nether Edge Farmers Market This popular neighbourhood market will have its usual mix of food, drink, gift and craft stalls along with a Santa’s Grotto up on the Bowling Green. Taking place from 11am-3pm, you can also catch a number local musicians and dancers providing entertainment throughout the afternoon. Sunday 1st December
Chatsworth House Christmas Market Just a short drive away, you can soak up some yuletide atmosphere amongst the stunning backdrop of a trimmed-up Chatsworth House. Over 100 market stalls will be available to browse, providing everything from unique stocking fillers to inspired gifts chosen by the Duke and Duchess.
Have a Board Game Bonanza
Picking a decent board game is a key part of the Christmas festivities, and by paying a visit to Treehouse you can do much better than dusting off the old Monopoly set. There are over 300 games to choose from, staff to help out with rules/officiate any disputes, a fully-licensed bar and a menu of homemade food to peruse. treehousesheffield.com
Come Alpine With Me
The Sleigh Bar is dead, long live the Alpine Bar! There’s a new, updated Christmas-themed bar at the top of Fargate this year, bigger than before and with fancy new loos. Open from 10am-10pm every day up until Crimbo Eve, there’s a range of refreshments on offer from coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Forge Coffee Roasters to toffee apple cider and craft beer. Mulled wine available too, obvs. 38 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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See a Flick
A number of venues will be hosting public screenings of festival films ranging from old classics to contemporary favourites. Theatre Deli
Miracle on 34th Street - 17th December A Christmas Carol - 18th December It’s a Wonderful Life - 19th December Tickets: £5.89 from theatredeli.co.uk
The Village Screen @ Abbeydale Picture House
Love Actually - 20th December Elf (Matinee) - 21st December Home Alone - 21st December Tickets: £16 adults // £14 students // £11 children from theabbeydalepicturehouse.com
The Leadmill Cinematic
Home Alone - 2nd December Love Actually - 10th December Elf - 23rd December Tickets: £7 from leadmill.co.uk
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Birdhouse Tea Bar and Kitchen on Sidney Street will be opening up their fairly-lit courtyard for some evening carols, brought to you by the Abbeydale Singers. Before the songs begin you can go to town with a special 5-course menu on offer beforehand or keep it simple with a mulled wine and a mince pie. Adult: £10 for mulled wine, mince pie and carols // Child £6 for hot chocolate, gingerbread man and carols 5-course meal and carols: £40 adult // £20 Child
Deck the Hall
Situated in the River Wye valley, the Grade I-listed stately home Haddon Hall harks all the way back the 11th century. In recent years the house has been opened during December for candlelit tours, where visitors can learn about 900+ years of history and enjoy a tour around one of oldest stately homes in the country. £29pp // Tour dates and times at haddonhall.co.uk
Enjoy a Festive Theatre Treat
The York Royal Theatre’s production of The Elves and the Shoemakers will be showing at the Studio 5 Dec – 4 Jan. With live music, puppety and plenty of theatre magic, this adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic promises fun for all the family. £12 // sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Visit the Secret Garden
Enjoy the winter chills at the Hallamshire House’s Xmas Secret Garden bash. Grab a pint of seasonal ale, kick back and scoff some street food courtesy of Freak Street Café (the momo dumplings are sensational). Live DJs will be playing through ‘til 11am with a live set from ambient music maestro Professor Chill. myhallamshire.com
Hosted by Kurious Arts, a Sheffield-based arts organisation promoting creative events in the north, there will be a Christmassy spoken word night at Kommune featuring sets from some of the city’s finest artists. Fancy sharing some of your own words, there are a number of spoken word slots available – email email@example.com to enquire. £5 // kurious.art
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How to win at Christmas while supporting local independents.
Strong and Northern After the success of their cook book in 2014, Henderson’s Relish brings you yet another mash up (pardon the pun) of hearty recipes, which include the Yorkshire treasure that is Hendo’s, of course. Pre-Order now. £20. mezepublishing.co.uk
get yer balls
New independent retailer FourRooms opened last month, bringing beautiful, sometimes unusual, but always affordable pieces for everyone. Paper weights (pictured), £10 each. 192 -194 Howard Rd, S6 3RX
Foundling Studio Worker Jacket
Foundling Studio is a one woman show that makes genderless threads in the Steel City. We’re big fans of their anti-fast fashion ethics and their unique pieces. All of their products are handmade to order. Worker Jacket pictured. £45. facebook.com/FoundlingStudio
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In celebration of Intercity 125, a diesel-powered passenger train built by British Rail Engineering between 1975 and 1982, Mamnick have produced a limited run of bobble hats. These winter warmers are individually made in England. £35. mamnick.com
This A3 print made by MoonKo depicts the stunning surroundings of Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens in winter and will add an essence of the city to any blank space. £20. moonko.co.uk
A Step Up
Gravel Pit will have your loved ones’ imagination running riot with this unique planted mini world planter which is available in Jesmonite or Concrete. From £12. gravelpitshop.com
Be a sweet-heart
Perfect for anyone with a sweettooth, this spin on traditional sweets would make a great gift for any confectionary lover. Rhubarb and Custard and Fruit Salad flavoured chocolate – worth a nudge, surely? £17.95. www.cocoawonderland.co.uk
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Necklace and bracelet box sets handmade by a local artist from new vintage spot FourRooms. The perfect gift for the arty relative. £5. 192 -194 Howard Rd, S6 3RX
1. Corsellets with 6 strap suspender belts Sizes: extra small to 2XL £35.00 2. Red dot 6 strap suspender belts Sizes: extra small to XL £30.00 3. Leopard 6 strap suspender belt Sizes: extra small to 2 XL £20.00 4. Red seamed Stockings by What Katie Did One size: £10.00 5. If you really want to have THE VA VA MOOM dress of the night, the look no further that the Collectif Valentina Sizes: 8-22 £70.00 6. For that fun day Christmas dress Banned Apparel Christmas Drive Through Sizes: extra small to extra large £50.00.
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Moor Market Local produce Fresh street food Great prices Friendly service Close to the Universities Less packaging Lots of choice Free Wi-fi and meeting space
Itâ€™s a no-brainer, give your local market a try!
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Have a Moory Little Christmas
At the Moor Market you can save the hassle of traipsing around town in the cold looking for festive necessities and gifts. All situated under one roof, a wide range of independents are on-hand to give you everything you need for the Christmas holidays. Love and Best Wishes - Card Shop
Here’s a rundown of stalls that might come in handy…
Finding the perfect Christmas card can be tricky. Love and Best Wishes are here to help, with a wide range of cards at affordable prices. You can also grab your wrapping paper and decorations while you’re at it!
MHACAGI - Maasai Handmade Art, Crafts and Gifts
Arnold and Graham - Watches
Inject a bit of culture into your home this Christmas with African arts and crafts handmade by Maasai tribes.
Arnold and Graham have been selling quality watches for over 106 years across South Yorkshire - the perfect gift for a special, reliable present for Christmas.
MINT - Men’s Clothing
This men’s streetwear boutique has been selling clothes for almost 30 years in Sheffield. Their collection is wide-ranging, so you can keep up to date with trends whilst staying on budget.
Beauty Box - Makeup
Stock up on your beauty products ready for party season at the Beauty Box with their huge range of makeup, nail care, and hair accessories.
Moor Perfume - Speciality Perfume
A wide variety of bottles and cans of craft beer are sold here perfect for your beer-loving friends and family. There are also mini-kegs available for those hosting/attending parties.
Give the gift of scent this Christmas with Moor Perfume and their loose oil-based alcohol free perfumes and incenses - meaning they last longer than off-the-shelf perfumes. You can also personalise scents to make them extra special!
Bagsmore - Bags/purses
Nut Bar - A Range of Nuts
K+G Jewellers - Jewellery
Shoestop - Ladies Shoes
Lullaby Lane Baby Shop Baby Clothes
Two Happy Tiny Feet - Baby Shoes
Beer Central - Stock Up
Find the perfect bag for your festive travels, or grab a gift for someone special here with Bagsmore’s wide range of bags and accessories.
The Nut Bar offers an array of nuts at affordable prices perfect for those of you needing nibbles at your Christmas shindigs.
Jewellery is a staple Christmas present for the ones you love. You’ll certainly be in safe hands with K+G, as they’ve been selling quality products for over a century now.
Baby in the family? Lullaby Lane offers a range of products such as hats, mittens, bibs and muslin cloths that can be personalised for the little ones this Christmas.
Whether you’re finding the perfect pair of shoes for the party season, or wanting to find something for that special someone, the Shoestop has a wide range for ladies, men and children.
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This stall has a unique range of shoes for babies and children. They even stock ‘BabyCakes’ a baby clothing which packages their product to look like cake, making the perfect gift for little ones this Christmas.
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Shouting about Sheffield fenti Marketing will this year be our official headline sponsor of the Exposed Awards 2020 – and who better to be the main backers in our annual celebration of all things Sheffield spanning nightlife, food, music, beauty and much, much more! Voting will start in February of next year, so keep an eye out on our socials for news of how you can get involved.
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Our speciality is spit roast chicken marinated in Italian herbs and spices, served with our rosemary roasted potatoes or fries. We also offer classic Italian favourites like arancini lasagne, pizza and thereâ€™s a range of GF, VG or simply V options. What makes us different? We make everything from scratch. All our dishes are prepared and cooked on the premises. You can choose to dine in, take-away or for a small charge we can deliver to you (3mile radius).
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Something to Relish
Following the success of their 2014 cook book, this brand new offering from Henderson’s and our sister company Meze Publishing showcases the spicy Yorkshire sauce in all its glory. Strong & Northern is a reminder of what people use Henderson’s Relish for every day: splashing over and stirring into their favourite meals, whether that’s a hearty stew or Friday fish and chips. The dishes are all easily achievable for home cooks and designed to please everyone no matter their tastes and dietary requirements. There is a whole section dedicated to vegan dishes including ‘Not Fish and Chips’ alongside seitan and red wine pie, plus collections of sides and cheese dishes from mushy peas to Croque Monsieur. Caribbean pork sancocho, Yemeni chicken, Polish potato pancakes and Spanish empanadas join traditional Yorkshire favourites so there’s plenty to explore. Each recipe in the book also features someone who loves Sheffield and has served the city through their art, music, work, or community contribution. These fans of Hendo’s have shared their thoughts on the saucy institution, as well as reflections and personal connections to the various elements of its heritage and culture. What comes across is that Sheffield means something different to everyone but genuine pride and affection for the city unites all the perspectives, whether they have lived in ‘the big village’ all their life or spent a short time here that made a lasting impression. Strong & Northern is a 192 page hardback and retails at £20. It will be available to purchase from Amazon, bookshops including Waterstones, local gift shops in the Sheffield area and online from www.mezepublishing.co.uk mezepublishing.co.uk
THE RULE OF THIRDS A new neighbourhood bar has opened its doors on Abbeydale Road
Two members from Sheffield band Saint Petersburg (earlier The Ratells) have opened a new spot on Abbeydale Road, bringing another craft beer destination to the ever-growing stretch of bars. The self-described beer-loving enthusiasts Ben Stubbs and Danny Clare have joined forces with business partner Adam Inns to turn the old Steel City Cakes building into a craft beer haven, promising more than 15 different rotating keg and cask beers on as well as local ales from Sheffield, Yorkshire and beyond. “We’re focusing on high-quality beers,” Ben tells us. “There’ll be a load of beers on cask and keg, a ‘serve-yourself-fridge’ and an eclectic range of spirits on offer. We’re hoping to be the answer to a market that is rapidly growing but still developing in this part of Sheffield. “As passionate craft beer enthusiasts we’re excited to share our love and expertise allowing customers the opportunity to discover a wide array of wonderful new drinks from across the continent and beyond.” Head over to twothirdsbeer.co to sign up for a third off your first drink, on the house. // 436 Abbeydale Rd, Sheffield S7 1GN
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GRAZIE RAGAZZI A new, authentic Italian restaurant has opened in the city centre A welcome addition to the city centre, Grazie is a new and authentic Italian restaurant serving fresh homemade pasta inspired by the southern region of Apulia cuisine. For owner Vito Vernia, it’s a lifelong dream to bring a taste of Italy to Sheffield. “The idea of opening a restaurant was always my husband’s dream,” Vito’s wife Alena tells us. “He’s been looking for the right place for a while and we thought this was the right one. “We are a family-run Italian restaurant inspired by the southern Italian region of Apulia, where Vito comes from. Our main speciality is fresh homemade pasta which we make by hand every day. We only
make three pasta shapes and serve them with traditional Apulian sauces and combinations. “Our menu differs from typical Italian restaurant in that we are introducing new southern Italian dishes. We offer Apulian wines that pair perfectly with our dishes. “It’s my husband’s hometown and his grandma Maria which was the main inspiration for Grazie. It’s a small town, Polignano a Mare, and has a big tradition to cook from scratch and eat all together. Traditionally, preparation to make pasta takes place in the front of the houses where the grandmas make it by hand and talk. This is the inspiration for us.”
You can find Grazie at 1-3 Leopold Street in the city centre. Head over to graziesheffield.co.uk for more info.
Bottoms up! New craft beer bottleshop to open on Ecclesall Road A new craft beer bottleshop will be opening on Ecclesall Road in 2020 as the husband and wife team behind the horsebox mobile bar The Dizzy Mare bring their expertise to one of Sheffield’s busiest areas. Craft and Berry will be moving into the unit at 369 Ecclesall Road next door to Dominos and Hardy’s Gunsmiths, replacing Totally Fabulash as they move their business to Abbeydale Road. “It’s something we’ve talked about right from the start,” Tony tells us. “It is the next logical step after having our own business and our own pop up bar. We’re going to be a bottleshop, for want of a better word. It’ll be a place to pick up local beers and real ale, but we will be having a couple of taps on the counter too for tasters. 52 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
“We’re not a micropub, but there will be a couple of tables and chairs if people do want to sit in and try the beer. There’ll be a growler filling station so people can take home 1 or 2 litres and keep it fresh for around 30 days. We’ll have specials on the taps and monthly meet the brewer events.” After a short brainstorm, Tony along with his wife Gail decided to call their new place Craft and Berry. “It just fits. You’ve got the craft for the beer and the berry juniper which is used in gin.” Craft and Berry is set to open in early 2020, with Tony and Gail looking at a February opening date.
Sean Clarke, head honcho at the Moor Market’s Beer Central, showcases his craft brewery of the month and recommends some of their finest tipples.
the (christmas) beer... is here! December is here, and Christmas just around the corner! For those of you who are now fully engaged in “gift shopping mode”, we’d like to give a shout out to all the independents in Sheffield. Shopping local with an independent business really does offer enormous help to the city’s economy, and we’re constantly impressed by how many successful indy businesses there are here. It’s hard work, though. Most independents work incredibly long hours (particularly over Christmas), look after their staff as good employers should and love their customers – with many becoming good friends. If you seek out an indy for your gift shopping, do make sure that you go see them again in January! On which note, we’d like to wish all of our customers a very happy Christmas; we’ll be here with the beers right up to 24th December at 4pm! Here are three seasonal releases to make it a very merry Christmas indeed… Tiny Rebel – Welcome to the Party Pal! Snowball IPA ABV 6.3% and 330ml Can Inspired by a ballsy quote from Bruce Willis in Die Hard (seems to be a 100% Christmas film nowadays!), this is an interesting seasonal beer for all you Tiny Rebel fans. Enjoy a cheeky Snowball when you were younger? This is a creamy, hazy IPA with coconut, offering up some real tropical flavours. A snowball cocktail in beer form! St Mars of the Desert – Winter on Mars Mixed Fermentation Foeder Beer ABV 9.3% and 440ml Can Attercliffe superstars St Mars of the Desert have just released this and whilst it’s not an out-and-out Christmas beer, it’s well worth searching out from their taproom or shops, bars and pubs across the city. What we have here is a dark sour beer using Colombian sugar and aged in wooden Foeders. It can get very cold on Mars during the winter, but this would still warm you up very nicely! It’s getting a lot of love, so make sure you grab one quick. Northern Monk - Festive Star Vanilla, Cinnamon & Chocolate Porter ABV 5.2% and 330ml Can Well, well, well – vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon in a silky porter. Where do we sign up? Festive Star is the seasonal release from Northern Monk in Leeds and is a delicious celebration of all things Christmas. Lovely sweetness and very drinkable – in fact, at 5.2% it might be worth having another!
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CHRISTMAS FROM THE H E A RT O F S A R D I N I A 30th noVEMBEr - 24th DECEMBEr Join us with your family and friends for our first ever Christmas at Domo! We’re bringing Castelsardo to kelham island with a feast of delicious smells & flavours
NEW YEARS EVE 10 COURSE SARDINIAN FEAST £80 per guest (optional drinks package £40*)
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Built on the site of a former steelworks, the ongoing Little Kelham development has served as a distinct signifier for an area quickly becoming one of the city’s most exciting suburbs. Things got even more interesting when last year it was announced that Domo restaurant would be taking over the ground floor at the heritage-listed Eagle Works, arriving on the scene to ‘bring Sardinian soul food to the heart of Kelham Island’. Opening back in June, it was an immediate hit with the local community - not least for the free 5-7pm aperitivo buffet (still served on weekdays) and sunbathed courtyard allowing for alfresco drinking and dining. Inside, a spacious restaurant/bar area is designed in an attractive rustic fashion, adorned with Sardinian masks, handwoven baskets and Mediterranean-style plants. The menu is extensive and reflects the wide-ranging flavours enjoyed in authentic Sardinian cuisine. Divided into two sections, ‘from the land’ and ‘from the sea’, you can see the importance of sticking to tradition with key influences taken from a number of the region’s areas. Crisp pints of Menabrea arrived as we pondered over starters - eventually settling with the grilled sardines, zuppa cozze mussel stew and panzerotto to begin. A panzerotto is essentially a small deep-fried calzone, popular in southern Italy and traditionally filled with cheeses, tomato sauce and meat. Far from lacking in stature, mine was surprisingly hefty – not to be misconstrued as a complaint since I was starving – and made from fresh pizza dough which pulled apart to reveal a delightful mess of mozzarella, sauce and ham inside. My dining partner’s grilled sardines were covered in a zesty salsa verde sauce and promptly devoured, while we 54 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
both envied our fellow companion’s choice of the mussel stew – a plentiful, flavoursome offering served in a tasty marinara sauce and aptly paired with a large chunk of toasted bread for repeated dipping. For mains, and very much in the mood for more carbs, I opted for the risotto of the day which was served with Italian sausage and radicchio. There was a nice contrast between the rich, creamy risotto and slightly bitter-tasting radicchio, then throw in some high-quality sausage meat for a relatively straightforward but hugely satisfying and comforting dish. Also ordered was the slow-cooked beef stew in a cannonau sauce, served with a side-dish of creamy mash. Admittedly, it can be difficult to make stew look exciting, but it more than made up for appearances with taste: tender, fall-apart braised beef chunks in a deeply flavoured sauce propped up by the famous Sardinian wine and a real winter pleaser. On the other hand, the third main, a classic Sardinian
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Fancy getting festive Sardinian style this year? Up until December 24th, DOMO will be taking bookings at the restaurant – perfect for family meals, work parties or just as an end of year treat! There are also tables available for New Year’s Eve which will feature a special 10-course meal (£80pp with additional drinks package £40).
fish stew Cassola zu Raffela, looked absolutely exquisite. Linguistines, dorade fillet, prawns and squid rings arrived in large bowl dish and swimming in a nicely seasoned seafood bisque. Stuffed and hugely content, we were going to pass on desserts until we saw a Torta Della Nonna (Italian Grandma Cake) heading to a table next to us. Appetites sharpened once more, we shared a few bites of this sweet slice of Tuscan indulgence, combining a fresh lemon and vanilla filling beneath a thin layer of pastry and pine nuts. All that was left as for the customary post-meal espressos to round things off in true Italian styleâ€Ś bellisimo!
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simply British menu starters Blue cheese cigar, melon salsa, pinenuts, mint and red onion V 7 Gin and English wasabi cured mackerel, mushroom broth, apple, kohlrabi, kimchi and puffed rice G F 8 Beetroot and elderflower tartare, pomegranate, walnut, raspberry and beetroot sponge, goat’s cheese cremuex 8 Soup of the day - toasted sourdough, house butter 6
mains House smoked brisket and Hendo’s pie, seasonal vegetables and mash 14 Chicken supreme, root vegetable rosti, creamed leeks G F 16 Fish & Chips Battered hake, chips, lovage tartare sauce, lemon, scraps, pea purée 14 Tofu vegan option available Pork belly, black pudding mash, spring greens 16 Fish Pie, seasonal greens, crushed new potatoes G F
Sweet potato, chickpea and lentil dahl, poppadom, cucumber & mint raita 10 6oz Beef burger, tomato, baby gem, tomato relish, baconnaise, chips 12 Lamb rump, fondant potato, red cabbage, mint, baby leeks G F 16 32 day dry-aged, award-winning 8oz sirloin steak, peppercorn sauce, field mushroom, onion rings, chips, roasted tomato, watercress G FO 25
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I was invited to sample the swanky new Silversmiths on a chilly Wednesday evening - it certainly didn’t disappoint. Words by Katie fisher Having been bought by local businessmen Rick Bailey and Matt Ray earlier this year, Silversmiths underwent a full refurb and appointed a new team to rejuvenate the restaurant and offer top notch independent fine dining in Sheffield. Between them, head chef Ashley Bagshaw and general manager Paul Handley made sure that my partner and I enjoyed a lovely evening being well fed and watered, in an atmosphere so relaxed that I kept forgetting to take any notes or photos for this review. We were greeted warmly by Paul almost as soon as we entered and shown straight to our table, even though we arrived slightly early for our reservation. The first thing we took note of was the elegant yet casual decor, featuring soft Scandi colours and clever lighting that highlighted the bar as a real centrepiece. This was a pleasant contrast to my vague memory of a previous visit which I can only describe as somewhat brown and dark. Menus arrived and we ordered a well-balanced cocktail each - all named with a nod to Sheffield’s heritage or famous locations, which was a nice touch - before choosing our starters and mains. A la carte dishes were slightly fancier while ‘Simply British’ options put a little upmarket twist on classics like fish and chips (served with lovage tartare sauce and pea purée) which had more appeal for me. During the brief wait for our first course, we observed how friendly the staff were without seeming at all intrusive; throughout the meal Paul and our lovely waitress checked in regularly but there was no awkward hovering, just a reassurance that you could easily catch someone’s eye if you did have a burning need for extra condiments (we didn’t see any Hendo’s out…) 58 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Not that the food needed adjustment; my celeriac and apple soup was really silky and a lovely combination of sweet, earthy, smoky and tangy flavours. Little rounds of lightly pickled veg and a piece of chargrilled aubergine (which I ended up using a knife and fork on, perhaps bite-size bits would have been easier) plus the warm, soft bread roll made it feel quite special. My partner’s cod dish was accompanied by a flavoursome combination of sauces which had a real kick from the harissa. Onto the mains: they arrived impressively quickly which was good, because we were still hungry after our perfectly portioned starters. Neither of us are particularly big eaters and it was lovely to be able to finish three courses without regretting it! My partner’s lamb dish
looked beautifully cooked and he really enjoyed it. My chicken supreme was also delicious: creamy leeks, crunchy breadcrumbs, buttery salted root veg rosti, sweet baby leek and a very good quality piece of chicken breast all went down a treat (and I’m usually more inclined towards veggie or fish, but couldn’t resist this and was glad I didn’t). We then ordered desserts (even my partner, who I usually have to coerce into sharing with me because I love pudding and he’s not fussed, went straight for the chocolate suet pudding) and pondered over another drink, but Paul came to the rescue with two glasses of dessert wine he had selected and brought to us: a lovely surprise and thoughtfully chosen. It went beautifully with my sticky toffee pudding, which was served with Yorkshire tea ice cream and a nice chewy brandy snap; both offset the sweetness so I could just about eat the whole generous plateful. Happy days. The chocolate pudding could have done with more custard, but the ‘wagon wheel’ shortbread biscuit served alongside it was enthusiastically gobbled up. If you’re looking for a cosy spot to enjoy the company of family and friends, or your date, over delicious food in an atmosphere that felt warm and welcoming (but stylish in a grown up way) then I’d happily recommend you give this lovely restaurant a try.
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Our vision for a venue which would deliver a high-quality restaurant experience directly to the home, has resulted in Zizzona. A classical but warm, tasteful interior with our striking custom-made mosaic tiled wood fired oven, welcomes customers to sit and enjoy a drink whilst they watch their food being created by one of our master chefs. Alternatively, orders can be placed by telephone or by using our online service, but however you place your order, our aim is to provide a first- class experience, as well as first-class food. Our chefs bring a wealth of experience and tradition, and combined with the vision, innovation and uncompromising standards of the owner, we believe that once you have tried Zizzona, you will not settle for anything less. Whatever we create, we do so by using only exceptional seasonal ingredients which have been vigilantly sourced from both Italian and local British suppliers. With this in mind our suppliers have been carefully selected in order to help us maintain our ethos.
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Here at The University of Sheffield we have two stunning venues for your Christmas celebrations, Halifax Hall and Inox.
A stunning Victorian mansion transformed into a 38 bedroom boutique hotel.
A fabulous contemporary space, amazing atmosphere and delicious food prepared by our talented chefs.
Located only a few minutes’ from the city, Halifax Hall is the perfect place for you to enjoy your celebrations, relax and stay the night.
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Come Dine With Me Exposed enjoy an indulgent lunch hour at Inox Dine
When it comes to fine lunchtime dining in Sheffield, Inox Dine, situated on the fifth floor of the University of Sheffield Student’s Union building, is something of a hidden gem a stones’ throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The venue offers all-day dining, breakfast to lunch from 8:30am–6:30pm, in a contemporary restaurant space showcasing an interesting menu blending classic British cuisine with international flavours. Considering the quality of the produce on offer and the attentive customer service guaranteed, it’s also fairly priced at two courses for £15 or three for £18. Inside it’s a spacious, airy venue with large windows, sleek surfaces and a silky curtain separating the dining area from the lounge spot and events spaces. After taking our seats aside a pleasant view of Western Bank and the university’s Firth Court building, we browsed the menu for starters before settling on the smoked haddock with sweetcorn chowder, smoked pancetta and chicken croquettes and the Bangalore lamb with pickle tray. First up: the Bangalore lamb. A pot of melt-in-your-
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mouth, slow-cooked tender lamb with a hint of Indian spices arrived alongside a generous amount of mini poppadoms and small-sized traditional pickle tray – a perfect, tangy start to get the tastebuds firing. With it being a considerably chilly winter’s day outside, I was particularly happy with my order of the thick, creamy smoked haddock chowder with tasty pieces of sweetcorn and crab beignet. It was really indulgent, soul-boosting stuff that provided just the hearty ticket amidst the foreboding weather outside. My dining partner’s croquettes were equally wholesome, packed with smoky pancetta and chicken in a fresh, herby sauce. To add to the presentation they arrived on a bed of Caesar salad in vinaigrette and tasty parmesan croutons. Onto the mains: I kept the piscatorial theme going with the teriyaki salmon, which came with pak choi, Asian crispy noodles and tenderstem broccoli. Glazed in the punchy-sweet sauce a chunky, fresh salmon fillet combined nicely with the fragrant accompaniments; while my dining partner fawned over his succulent slab of venison, slow-cooked in a tart quince sauce and served with shallots, chestnuts and a velvety herb mash. We just about had room for dessert, swayed slightly by some friendly prodding by the serving staff; and I opted for the baby poached pear which came with a crunchy cinnamon biscuit, healthy dollops of a decadent caramel sauce and white chocolate ice cream – a rich, sugary delight. I didn’t get a taste of the second dessert – a blackberry parfait with honeycomb and apple sponge – as it was devoured in speedy fashion by my companion, who proclaimed it as a refreshing and fulfilling end to proceedings. I suppose I’ll have to take his word on the matter…
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shift over, Bublé - the true voice of modern day festive celebration has arrived with the christmas album you never knew you needed, until now. This year, settle down with your loved ones, crack open a bottle of something fizzy, and let kammy do the rest...
A Chris Kamara Christmas swing album – unbelievable! What’s all this about then? I know! It’s a bit of a strange one how it all came about. I was on the All Together Now singing contest last Christmas and sang ‘Your Song’ by Elton John. I originally wanted to sing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, you know, as a bit of a singalong song. But apparently there were too many people doing singalongs so my agent came back and asked if I’d sing a ballad, which I wasn’t really too keen on doing, but he managed to talk me into it eventually. Elton John is a hero of mine, so I got up and gave it a go and ended up getting knocked out but enjoyed it and no harm done. Then a few months later I get a phonecall saying Adam Greenup from Silva Studios had seen the show and wanted me to do a Christmas swing album! Nice! All a bit out of the blue then? I thought it was Ant and Dec doing a windup at first! I know how the Saturday Night Takeaway things work: I’d go into the studio and they’d be hiding there laughing in another room. I was still a bit apprehensive even after doing some research, but I went in and they played a song and asked me to sing along to it. I sang away and Adam turned around and said: “You’ve got a better voice than I thought you had, so I’m gonna get you to sing with a 20-piece big band and get someone to write a Christmas song for you to go along with the covers.” That’s how it came around really; we’ve been recording since April, in Angel Studios, with this magnificent big band… and you’ve obviously been listening to the results, right? And it’s sounding bloody brilliant I must say, Kammy. *Laughs* Thank you! Glad you’ve enjoyed listening! I’ve read that you were known in the changing rooms at some of your former clubs for having a good voice. Were there any other footballers who were decent singers? 66 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
No, not really! I don’t know where that press release came from to be honest with you. The only time I can remember singing in front of the lads was when I signed for Leeds on a Monday, and on the Tuesday they were flying out to Dublin for a friendly. I’d trained with the players for the first time that morning, got on the plane to Ireland with them, and Howard Wilkinson took us to a Dublin restaurant where there was a pianist playing. I asked if he could play ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, and he said, “Yeah, can you sing it?” And I knew all of the words so I agreed to give it a go. So I got up and belted it out, got a round of applause from the Leeds players, and Gordan Strachan shouts out, “This is our shy new signing, is it?” So no ex or current players who you’d want to do a duet with? Erm. Not any that I can think of from the top of my head, but if this does well we’ll go for it again in 2020 so we might get one or two involved. Obviously Vinnie Jones could work! Oh yeah. He was on Top of the Pops once, wasn’t he? Yeah, and the celebrity X Factor! He could be an option. I was hoping for Gilette Soccer Saturday collaboration album. *Laughs* Eh, who knows! Maybe one day… You’ve mentioned your love for Elton John, but what music did you grow up listening to? My family would play Motown around the house and I would listen to all of that, but I was always into piano and Gilbert O’Sullivan was a big one for me. Any piano players for me – Elton John, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow – all those fellas. If you could share a stage with any of those musicians, who would you choose? The bucket list is still on! I’m not giving up hope. It’s got to be Elton. I actually had the good fortune of meeting him in the director’s box at Watford, where he was with his boys and his
husband. He was showing his little’uns where he used to stand at Vicarage Road when he was a kid, but then he turned around and saw me and started to walk towards me. I thought to myself, “God, this is unreal.” He held his hand out and said: “Kammy, it’s nice to meet you. When I can’t stream the Watford games, I’ll watch Soccer Saturday and I love watching you.” Obviously at this point I can’t tell him he’s my all-time hero, can I? So I settle with asking him for a selfie, but instead he asked David Furnish to take one of us. It was an incredible moment. What does the average Christmas look like in the Kamara household? Well, we’ve got grandkids now. So the average day will be us getting up, opening a few prezzies with the kids, I’ll nip across to the pub and people will come over to celebrate my birthday – which is also on Christmas Day – over a few pints, then later we’ll have family around for Christmas dinner. Then in the evening we have an open house where people can pop around… … and listen to your album? Ha! Well, I will be driving them mad with that this year. It’s gotta be done. Finally, Kammy, with Exposed being a Sheffield magazine there’s a nice local link between you and your time with The Blades.
Skinny Lister The Leadmill // December 11 // £15 British folk band, Skinny Lister take to the stage of iconic music venue, The Leadmill, this December to showcase their latest offering, The Story Is…which is a potion created from everyday situations and with a dash of feeling. leadmill.co.uk Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers 02 Academy // December 18 // £20.45 From live recordings posted to YouTube to the O2 Academy Sheffield; poet, musician and viral sensation Hobo Johnson and his band The Lovemakers bring you their latest album The Fall Of Hobo Johnson - think Jamie T vibes for this one. academymusicgroup.com Buzzcocks The Foundry // December 20 // £22 With the untimely passing of vocalist Pete Shelley in December 2018, the famed punk rockers continue to whip up crowds throughout the country. foundrysu.com
How do you think they’ll do in the Premier League this season? Oh, what an achievement for Chris Wilder! I was fortunate enough to sign Chris from Notts County when I was Bradford manager, so I know the bloke inside out and know what he’s about. He’s gone into management in nononsense mode, which is unusual in this day and age, because we’ve seen how honest, downthe-line managers such as Mourinho and Pulis can have players rebel against them. But with Chris they all respect him and that’s been a refreshing change. And not only that, but his teams play good football, show desire, spirit and togetherness and he’s done a wonderful job. Staying up? It’s a long season, and it’s gonna be tough. The away results were brilliant and the home results are coming in now, and they’ve not looked out of place against any of the big teams. Having played for the Blades, I know what it’s all about, and we defied the odds with Harry Bassett time after time after time. So to galvanise one half of the city in the way that Chris has is fantastic and I think a lot of teams will now have to respect Sheffield United. And in interest of fairness, what do you make to Sheffield Wednesday’s chances this season? I feel sorry for Wednesday in a way. They gave
Steve Bruce an opportunity to get back into football, waited for him while he went on his holidays, and then Newcastle came along. Of course, I understand that it’s Steve’s childhood team, much in the same way Chris’ is Sheffield United, but the trauma of constantly changing managers is a difficult one. The Championship is the hardest league in the world, and when you look at all the big clubs who get stuck down there you can see how competitive it is. I like watching them, I think they’ll play good football, but you’ve just got to hope they can get on a run and pick up the points to be up there. Ideally we’ll have both Sheffield clubs back in the Premier League one day, eh? Absolutely! Playing in a Sheffield derby is just something else, something that will never leave me; I’ll always remember Sean Bean getting on the Sheffield United coach with us as we went to play at Hillsborough. That was a strange experience. However, that said, he was nowhere to be seen on the way back after we got beat! I don’t think he wanted to see us anymore!
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Kyle Falconer Picture House Social // December 8 // £15.40 Kyle Falconer, frontman of indie rock band, The View is flying solo yet again after the release of his critically-lauded album No Thank You in August. Catch him at Picture House Social for his upcoming intimate gig. picture-house-social.com Sam Fender O2 Academy // December 19 // £21.10 Sam Fender has taken the music scene by storm in a short space of time after being signed by Polydor Records in June of last year to being the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards for his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles. academymusicgroup.com Mishra Shakespeares // December 6 // £7.70-£9 Mishra describe themselves as a global folk “collective”. With strong roots in U.K folk, they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies genre labels. Led by Kate Griffin’s voice and inimitable clawhammer banjo and driven by Ford Collier’s continent-hopping instrumental skills (Indian tabla, African calabash, Irish whistle and guitar). shakespeares-sheffield.co.uk
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Doctor Sleep Making a sequel to one of the most iconic and influential horror films of all time is never an easy feat. It’s especially difficult when it is a film by the legendary Stanley Kubrick. Doctor Sleep serves as a sequel to both Kubrick’s film and King’s novel. Anyone who knows the history of King’s novel and the Kubrick film will understand how this might appear to be an impossible task as both are quite contradictory pieces of art, in no small part thanks to King’s utter disdain of the adaptation (so much so he remade his book into a risible 1997 miniseries). Doctor Sleep picks up Danny Torrence’s story as an alcoholic and tortured man still haunted by the evil of the Overlook Hotel. Meanwhile, a vampiric group of Manson-like travellers are hunting those who ‘shine’, in order to consume their dying energy. Danny comes to the aid of a young girl, leading to a final confrontation back at the Overlook. I was quite surprised at just how good the film turned out to be. The film’s cinematography pays homage to Kubrick’s, and manages to add a level of human depth and compassion that was substantially lacking in The Shining. The film has the character development of King’s literary work but effortlessly emulates the style of the Kubrick film. It mates the two styles perfectly and becomes something of an independent film in its own right, meaning that it could be viewed without having seen the Kubrick film and it will still convey the same sensations. Through its respectful recreations of original scenes combined with the new unnerving narrative, Doctor Sleep is a beautiful Cadillac with one hell of an engine inside, to put a spin on a certain author’s quote. A sequel that is just as good as the classic it has followed and in many ways, and certainly for King at least, it brings something more empathetic and human to the table which manages to add something more human to the Kubrick film. There is nothing better than a sequel that compliments and textures its predecessor. 4/4 70 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
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The Shining (1980) re-screened A real treat for the Halloween week, the Odeon Luxe in Sheffield screening Stanley Kubrick’s legendary horror film in HD. It’s a difficult film to write about because everything that could be said has already been said in greater detail and insight than I am capable of. There are also numerous readings of the film, which has to be one of the most ambiguous pieces of cinema ever made. Although it’s always nice to see a classic shown on the big screen again, my main motivations for doing so were rooted in my enthusiasm for the upcoming Doctor Sleep, and the fact that I’d never really gotten along well with The Shining the first time around. My feelings about it were not dissimilar to those I had for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane: both are undeniable pieces of technical and visual magnificence, but lacking in other areas - although I don’t find The Shining as dull of a venture as Citizen Kane. Rewatching the film in a recliner chair, a massive screen and a glass of Kraken, I was understandably in a good mood when it began. The soundtrack, symmetrical framing, gorgeous sets and frighteningly odd but entrancing soundtrack are nothing short of God-like when viewed in the cinema, something which was lost on me the first time I watched it on a chunky curved TV screen.
The acting from Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers is brilliant, if far removed from King’s original characters. This is one of the many reasons King was unhappy with Kubrick’s version of his best-seller. He accurately described the film as cold, and removed any genuine human feeling from the story. King is quite right of course and this can be problematic for people expecting a conventional horror film. The Shining is far from conventional, and many would say its coldness is quite deliberate. One could even question if it is really a horror film, but rather a deeply intricate atmospheric think-piece. As far as I’m concerned it is a masterful combination of both. 4/4
Alternative Crimbo Viewing
Fancy something a little different this year from the usual Christmas movies you end up sitting through with the family? Don’t want to risk the dire commercial crap Hollywood subjects us all too during the winter months? Then fear not... 1: Die Hard 2
The reason I’ve placed this one on the list is because we all know that Die Hard is probably the best Christmas film of all time. The first one I saw was this sequel on VHS, and for my money was a lot more fun, if undeniably stupider, than the first. It features bigger explosions, bloodier shootouts and even cooler lines. “Hey asshole, what do I look like to you?” “Sitting duck!” *BOOM*
A delightfully frightening and hysterical horrorcomedy straight from the source of all things nasty and evil in folklore – Germany. Krampus is the evil and sadistic counterpart to old St Nick, summoned to suburban America by a boy whose heart has been broken one time too many by his dysfunctional family.
3: Where Eagles Dare
One for the older members of the family. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood infiltrate a snow-swept Nazi castle in the heart of the Bavarian mountains and unleash hell upon the Third Reich. What more do you want?
4: Scrooge (1970)
Albert Finney, Alex Guinness and Kenneth More star in this lavish, heartfelt and beautifully composed musical version of the Charles Dickens story. A traditional Christmas film in my household, and one that must be watched on Christmas Eve.
5: Gremlins/Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The ultimate alternative Christmas movie. If you’ve seen it you’ll know why. If you haven’t, then what the hell have you been doing? Also watch the second one too – it’s even better! After watching them you’ll want a cuddly Gizmo in your stocking.
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Festive Greetings! The holi-slay season is upon us and kicking off proceedings we have A Very Queer Christmas at DINA [Sun 1 Dec] – a festive kiki of drag, comedy and performance art to get you in the mood. As this also falls on World AIDS Day, all proceeds from the event will go to the National AIDS Trust, who since 1987 have been at the forefront of decisions and policies introduced to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and AIDS. Bring along your best heels and get ready to sleigh! For festive disco vibes, head to The Tuesday Club Xmas Party with queer club legends Horse Meat Disco! [Tue 17 Dec], also featuring Raw Silk, Dan J, Leroy and DJ Andy. Our very own queens, The Funky Beavers, are back with their second annual Christmas Extravaganza, “Ho Ho Hoe!” At Hillsborough Arena [Fri 13 Dec]. Expect a camp old knees-up with upbeat dance routines, comical sketches and killer lip syncs with a festive twist. Malin Bridge Inn are also hosting their Christmas Drag Queen Show [Fri 20 Dec] featuring Miss Tish Ewe, Electric Blue and Shania Pain. There’s yet more festive drag courteous of Lipstick Drag Shows over at Revolution’s Christmas Drag Show Bottomless Brunch [Sat 14 Dec]. Hosts Cherry Pops and Sordid Secret will be serving brunch realness with bottomless prosecco. Infamous Sheffield queen Tia Anna will be taking to the decks every Thursday at Three Cranes for Dinosaurs of Drag with Karaoke all night. The season of drag continues as queen of couture and Drag Race UK winner, The Vivienne, joins Grapefruit [Thu 19 Dec]. Expect nothing short of bodaciousness and glamour as The Vivienne astonishes us with a full performance, followed by a meet and greet. From live song to lipsync, comedy to couture – this Queen is giving it ALL to us. Adding some sweet to our sour for the night, they’ll be joined afterwards behind the decks by Fruit n Juice’s Cherry B. Expect everything from Club Trax and RnB, to Dancehall, Disco and Queer Bangers. Bring yourselves, be yourselves, and come and get down on the dancefloor. If you think you’re a bit of an expert on all things
drag race, then you’ve got two opportunities this month to test your knowledge. Bungalows and Bears have their Ultimate RuPaul Quiz [Mon 2 Dec] hosted by MC Babs, celebrating a decade of Drag Race on our screens. Shante, you stay for Bar One’s Drag Race Quiz night [Mon 9 Dec] covering all seasons of Drag Race (US & UK) with tons of themed merch to win, plus some screenings of your favourite episodes! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with all the community group happenings this month as well. LASS will be hosting their annual Christmas meal at Together Women [Thu 5 Dec] – open to all LBTQ+ women and non-binary asylum seekers and refugees. Rainbow Gamers will be having their final gaming social of the year at Treehouse Café [Sun 15 Dec]. Diversity Fest will be holding their planning meeting at Hagglers Corner [Sun 15 Dec]. Over at the Town Hall, The LGBT+ hub have their final gathering of the year for their Hate Crime working group [Wed 18 Dec] and Sheffield Vulcans will be at Endcliffe Park every Thursday for their inclusive rugby training. Celebrating the best decades of music, we have Back To The Nineties every Thursday at Queer Junction; and at City Hall Fast Love returns with A Tribute to George Michael [Thu 5 Dec] direct from London’s West End. For more live music head to O’Hooley & Tidow’s WinterFolk at Library Theatre [Thu 19 Dec] for an evening of beautifully performed contemporary and traditional songs. Working-class, ginger, gay, northern comic Stephen Bailey takes to the stage for Sheffield’s biggest annual charity comedy gala, Giggle Aid, at Leadmill [Sun 8 Dec]; also featuring Rob Rouse, Ruth Cockburn, President Obonjo, Jed Salisbury, Jack Gleadow and Kate Smuthwaite. That’s about all we can squeeze in this month – hope you have a merry one!
Mon 9 Dec: RuPaul’s Drag Race Quiz Night Bar One Tue 17 Dec: Horse Meat Disco! Thu 19 Dec: Grapefruit Foundry sheffieldsu.com Sun 1 Dec: A Very Queer Christmas DINA Venue dinavenue.com Mon 2 Dec: The Ultimate RuPaul Quiz Bungalows and Bears bungalowsandbears.com Thu 5 Dec: LASS Together Women lassheffield.org.uk Thu 5 Dec: Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael Sheffield City Hall sheffieldcityhall.co.uk Sun 8 Dec: Giggle Aid Sheffield 2019 Leadmill leadmill.co.uk Fri 13 Dec: The Funky Beaver Show presents Ho Ho Hoe ! Hillsborough Arena funkybeavershow.co.uk Sat 14 Dec: Christmas Drag Show Bottomless Brunch Revolution revolution-bars.co.uk Sun 15 Dec: Diversity Fest 2020 3rd Planning Meeting Hagglers Corner diversityfest.wordpress.com Sun 15 Dec: Rainbow Gamers Treehouse Boardgame Café treehousesheffield.com Wed 18 Dec: LGBT+ Hub Hate Crime Working Group Sheffield Town Hall equalityhubnetwork.org/lgbtplus-hub Thu 19 Dec: O’Hooley & Tidow’s WinterFolk Library Theatre facebook.com/LibraryTheatreSheffield Fri 20 Dec: Christmas Drag Queen Show Malin Bridge Inn facebook.com/MalinBridgeInnPage Every Tuesday: Sheffield Vulcans Training Endcliffe Park sheffieldvulcans.com Every Thursday: Dinosaurs of Drag Three Cranes tia-anna.com Back To The Nineties Queer Junction www.thegayquarter.co.uk/qjunction
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Truth and Justice Set in the fictional South Yorkshire mining village of Silverton, at the time of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Strike! by Spectrum Theatre takes in the events of the infamous Battle of Orgreave, the impact of that day and the bitter industrial dispute of which it was a part of. We spoke to Will Green, who plays Paul Turner in the production, about what to expect from a production that is guaranteed to hit close to home. First of all, who are Spectrum Theatre? Andy Gardiner taught drama at Freeman College in Sheffield where they teach young people between 18-25 who are on the autistic spectrum. Previous to Spectrum there was no provision at the college for students to continue performing arts after they left. Spectrum brings together adults, young and not-so young, on the autistic spectrum and others who just want to perform together in a welcoming and tolerant environment. In previous years Spectrum Theatre Sheffield has performed originally written musicals as Shoes and Sterling Silver. The musicals carry poignant themes from local history and are very relatable to the present day. On that note, what relatable themes can we expect from Strike? Firstly, the characters are the most relatable. The musical covers a fictitious area called Silverton, which is based on one of the many mining towns that exist in south Yorkshire today – albeit with ex-working mines. Our current cabinet comprises Etonian ‘elite’ who believe they understand the people. The people cannot understand why Jacob Rees-Mogg could possibly think that such a disgusting comment about those lost in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire would even enter his mind. “If you were me, and I were you, do you think I’d see the world the same as you?” is the opening line to one of Ben Barker and Andy Gardiner’s songs which illustrates the boundaries we have to understanding one another. How can we possibly begin to understand what other people think is acceptable when we haven’t seen what they’ve seen or been where they’ve been? Atticus Finch described it as climbing into someone’s skin and walking around in it, Toni Sorenson described it as walking a mile in someone’s shoes. The miners could not understand why Thatcher treated them so harshly throughout the strikes. Thatcher could not believe how those organising the strikes could have such disregard for her authority. Tensions rose
and spilled into Orgreave – one of the many pickets which incited violence. Does the musical include the Battle of Orgreave? It certainly does. Although Orgreave wasn’t the only picket that turned to violence, it was definitely one of the most brutal. Horses were used to charge into the crowds of miners who were on strike and truncheons cracked heads mercilessly. Real footage from the events of the day will be used on stage to give the audience a taste of the horrifying police brutality that was present at the ‘rout’ of Orgreave. Tell us a bit about your character, Paul Turner, and how he fits into proceedings. Paul turner is a journalist, who returns to his hometown of Silverton to report on the strike through use of his local connections. This is for the agency he works for down in London accompanied by his colleague Jackie. A possible unrequited love interest? Paul returns home to his widowed mother, his old schoolmates and Sharon – his old flame. Paul becomes entwined in the tensions of the strike and things get… complicated, shall we say. Why is it still important to keep the conversation going about Orgreave? South Yorkshire Police, accompanied by outside police support, behaved appallingly and put many picketers in hospital with injuries. Such behaviour was excused by Thatcher. As many as thirty-one statements from police all containing the same words were reported from that day. Some argue that South Yorkshire police behaved in the same way at Hillsborough because they knew they could get away with it. The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign wants a public inquiry into the events of June 18th1984. In 2016, Amber Rudd, Tory Home Secretary, declared the public inquiry not to be in the national interest and rejected this. We want to move the audience and draw their attention to the injustices that affected the livelihoods of communities which relied so heavily on the mining industry in this country, Strike! runs for three nights – December 10th, 11th & 12th of December – at The Library Theatre in Sheffield’s Tudor Square. Tickets (£10/£6) are available from the Sheffield Theatres Box Office – 0114 249 6000 or sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Guys and Dolls Crucible Theatre // 7 Dec - 18 Jan // From £15 Fall in love under the bright lights of New York City. Watch a high flyer, Sky Masterson fall for an unlikely love when trying to settle a bet. This musical comedy is filed with high energy dances and all-time favourite songs like ‘Luck Be A Lady’. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk The Santaland Diaries Theatre Deli // 4-5 Dec // From £13 Based on David Sedaris’ essays, this one-act play set in NYC sees a downon-his-luck actor working as an elf in a department store tell tales from Santa’s grotto about the realities of the festive season – demanding parents, celebrity visits and tired children. li.co.uk Kuriously Kristmassy Spoken Word Night Castle House // 5 Dec // £5 Join four of Sheffield’s favourite spoken word poets including Sez Thomasin and Helen Rice to spread some festive cheer. The night will be hosted by Camille McCawley who runs spoken word workshops at Kurious Arts. facebook.com/artskurious The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow The Lantern Theatre // 9-14 Dec // From £14 A re-think of the film from the 50s, originally written by John Buchan who probably never guessed how hilariously Patrick Barlow could re-tell the story. The play is a fast-paced ‘whodunit’ with over 150 characters all played by a cast of four and incredibly inventive stagecraft. lanterntheatre.org.uk The Elves and the Shoemakers Workshop The Adelphi Room // 10 Dec // £3.50 Through immersive theatre, you will find out about the lives of the elves as shoemakers. What is it like not to have enough money for food or heat? How would you feel when you realise someone has helped you in a magical way? What would you do for them in return? sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
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Anja is an illustrator and comic artist based at Trafalgar Warehouse in the city centre. Since her arrival in Sheffield three years ago, she had made a mark on the local art scene with a distinct style and clear talent. What is your creative process like? My personal projects usually start with a story that I want to tell. Inspiration can come from anywhere and I always have a notebook handy. Jotting them down quickly is the first step. Once I have the concept in my head I translate it into a scribbled mix of pictures and words and see which medium most suits the narrative. It could turn into a standalone illustration, a comic, an illustrated book or a collage – they all have different qualities and different ways of drawing the viewer in, which I like to take my time to consider. Once I’ve figured out the form I create the storyboard and then the final images. I use a variety of techniques, digital and analogue, all depending on the atmosphere I want to convey. What influences your work? My work is based on life to a large extent. Anything that happens or things I see, anyone I meet, any little conversation had or overheard can spark of an idea for a narrative. I used to make things up a lot more when I was still working primarily in the fantasy/fairytale genre and often ran out of ideas. Since I use actual life as a source I’ve never had a shortage of inspiration; life itself seems a lot more colourful when you’re always on the lookout for material. How do you find being a creative in Sheffield? I came to Sheffield about three years ago for a one-month artist residency. It was the most creative first impression of a new place I had ever had, which has certainly made my perception of Sheffield biased. That first month just running around soaking up everything and translating it into drawings was truly inspirational. I quickly got to know many people, most of them creatives and/or entrepreneurs, and I moved here permanently just a few weeks after that initial residency. To this day, most of the people I know and interact with all have their own business and are doing their own thing, which is the most inspiring influence anyone could ask for. It pushes me beyond my limits and out of my comfort zone all the time. Sheffield has that unique DIY spirit that I quickly fell in love with – the city of makers really is a very suitable nickname.
How have you found self-publishing? A great way to start putting my work out there. Back in university, I started printing comics and zines for assignments – there was always something about having an actual book at the end rather than just digital files. I tried selling them at local art fairs first and then branched out into UK-wide illustration fairs and comiccons where I found my audience. Going to these events and selling my products in person has been essential for networking, both in terms of client acquisition and also for getting to know creatives working in the same industry. What projects do you have lined up? I have just recently finished an updated version of my ‘A Portrait of Sheffield’ concertina book. It’s a ten foot long collage of the city and was the initial outcome of the residency I spoke about earlier. This new version still includes my first impressions on one side and on the other an updated view of how I see the city now, three years later. It’ll be for sale as part of the Handmade for Christmas show in the Millennium Gallery as well as other local art and bookshops across town. I’m also working on my first full-length graphic novel and I’d really like to get that off the ground in 2020. @anjauhren
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