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A celebration of pioneering music, art, technology and dancing, No Bounds was conceived by the creative force behind one of the city’s finest underground venues, Hope Works, and aims to explore the spontaneous, the joyfully unexpected and the sensory rich. Now in its third instalment, from 11-13 October you can expect the very best cutting-edge DJs and artists performing in Sheffield venues brimming with character.

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back in the game

Last month Exposed headed down the preview showing of Kid Acne’s exhibition at S1 Artspace, HAVE A WORD – his first solo show in five years. We caught up with the man himself to talk about putting the show together and the links with his upcoming solo album, which you can have a nosy at over on page 22. Photo: Owen Richards

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CHECK-IN TIME The nationally and internationally acclaimed restaurant Jöro is set to launch its first boutique hotel. CODA Planning has submitted proposals to Sheffield city council for Jöro to open a four double bedroom boutique hotel and dining room at the recently completed nearby Palatine Gardens development. Urban restaurant Jöro is based in the city’s iconic Krynkl at Shalesmoor, the space created from 26 recycled shipping containers to showcase the best and most exciting independent start-ups and businesses in Sheffield. The restaurant uses contemporary techniques and hyper-local produce, much of it foraged, to produce a range of criticallyacclaimed seasonal small plates. The success of the restaurant has helped turn Krynkl into a major Sheffield tourist attraction, with visitors coming from all over the UK. Subject to planning approval, the boutique hotel will be based in the ground floor commercial unit at Palatine Gardens, with four en suite rooms and a central dining suite. Jöro head chef and co-owner Luke French commented: “The success of Jöro has far exceeded all our expectations and we have been delighted with the support we have received both from Crossbow and the whole CODA team. “We believe that people who have travelled so far to experience what Jöro is all about deserve to be able to expand on that experience and that is why we are pressing ahead with our plans to develop our own boutique hotel. We hope our new venture will enhance Sheffield’s tourism offer and allow more people to stay in our fine city.” | 11


New rooftop bar to open as part of Heart of the City II An exciting new rooftop bar, the Alto, is soon to open to the people of Sheffield following the successful purchase of 38 Carver Street. This year, another office building that had fallen into abandon and disuse has been bought by Staten Young, a group of property management professionals who are dedicated to ensuring a high quality of building maintenance and new office space. The bar and office is part of the new scheme that has been introduced by Sheffield city council, Heart of the City II, as a means of regenerating the city centre and increasing its more vibrant qualities. Not to mention to take advantage

of all the very lucrative business opportunities it offers. 38 Carver Street is just the latest building to be taken up by the regeneration scheme. Set for completion in 2020, it will import many of the same features from its counterpart in Nottingham. Its presence near Charter Street puts it in close proximity to the bars and restaurants of the Devonshire Quarter as Sheffield city centre transforms into one of the most desirable development locations in South Yorkshire. The leader of Sheffield city council, Julie Dore, described the venue as “delivering jobs, opportunities and renewed vibrancy to our

brilliant city centre. We have always said that we wanted an innovative and creative heart that combines the best in retail, residential and nightlife.” Fellow council member Mahzer Iqbal also weighed in on the new venture, commenting that it was “a property with great potential and this exciting plan will bring something special and unique, boosting both our businesses and social offer.” Speaking of jobs, the new office plan is set to include a brand new mode of office stylings into the modern workplace. Referred to as ‘Cubo’, this new system assures roomy workspace and a glassfronted building. But, as you gather

around the water-cooler you can now play a game of table tennis, or even have a go on a PS4 during your break. Alto, which already has a popular venue in Nottingham of the same name, will include a roof terrace with views across the city’s skyline. Set for completion in 2020, the building sits within a rapidly growing business district and a stone’s throw from the new public realm at Charter Square and the independent bars and restaurants of the Devonshire Quarter.

Moving up a gear Campaign groups and local businesses have called for the closure of Division Street to cars Sheffield city council have agreed to trial a temporary closure of Division Street on the weekend of 19-20 October, running from 10am to 4pm on both days. CycleSheffield is going to use this closure to trial pedestrianisation of the street to see what it can look like as a car free space. Andrew at CycleSheffield told Exposed: “Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be putting together a plan for this in conjunction with the council. This will include things 12 |

like looking to see if businesses will be able to extend their activities out on to the street. We’ll also be looking to get feedback on the day from businesses, residents and visitors.” Councillor Bob Johnson, cabinet member for planning and development at Sheffield city council, said: “We work closely with CycleSheffield and other groups and are pleased that we will have a chance to see how a temporary closure of Division Street might work. This won’t be enough to make a complete decision on a closure of Division Street on a more permanent basis but it will help develop our thinking along with other changes to the city centre.”

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I grew up resenting Sheffield. Living in Meersbrook it felt like the dullest part of the city... Being 45 minutes from town, miles from Meadowhall and the of Hendo’s” by a student with an accent that wouldn’t be out of nearest shop ten minutes away. It was just trees and suburb, with place on Made in Chelsea. Despite being from Kent my boyfriend a one an hour bus route. I was itching to get out, which I did. wears a “strong and northern” t-shirt regularly. When my best Afterwards I was similarly frantic to leave Sheffield, also achieved mate (and fellow Meersbrook deserter) went to uni in Nottingham as soon as possible. Amongst me and my sister and my cousins, I visited her, where I found myself drunk in a gross first-year we’re amazed about how trendy Meersbrook kitchen surrounded by very posh people has become these days. Most of my mates talking about how they loved living in the talk about moving there after years of not north and “being northern.” Nottingham, as knowing where it was, and the place seems to we all know, is in the Midlands. Ugh. be full of new shops and cafes sprouting out Moving back, I had to forgive Sheffield of nowhere alongside the rising house prices. for my perceived boring teenage years spent Falmouth, Cornwall, was my university of drinking cider on Hunters Bar rounda“I remember choice. At the end of the trainline, it was the bout and trying to get into DQ. I’ve started how my dad got furthest away I could get whilst staying on listening to the city better and shockingly into an intense land. During my three years there I only met I’ve had a pretty good time by doing so. Most one other person from Sheffield, so I found of my mates have moved back now, which argument in myself a kind of outsider, deep undercover in is always a sign of a solid hometown. I was Pitsmoor with an the North-South divide. Subsequently, I have only supposed to stay for a few months, but old lady as the so, so many stories about people being knobhere I am, lingering in Sheffield over a year heads about Sheffield, or not knowing where later, spending too much of my money in Tour De France it is, or both. My housemate had known me nice pubs trying to get into real ale. Walking whizzed past, for over a year when she asked me where these days I feel enveloped in the intimaking him miss about in London Sheffield was. A guy trying to macy of being home, I love how I could stroll flirt with me at a party asked if I was from the whole thing.” from Wadsley to Norton and not get lost and a “deprived northern school.” Later (I don’t just how easy I can navigate this city. know why I kept talking to him) he told me Since moving back above the border, he’d struggled to understand my accent when we first got chat- boxed up memories have been returning which have made me ting, like I was a steelworker who’d snuck into academia. During realise how great it was to grow up here. I remember how everyone Freshers, surrounded by crap music and conversations about the I knew owned a pair of “Corp shoes” and sitting hungover in Home Counties, most of my introductions went like this… sixth-form with the taste of blue pints in the back of my throat. I remember how my dad got into an intense argument in Pitsmoor with an old lady as the Tour De France whizzed past, making him Other person: “Sheffield?” miss the whole thing. I remember the early Tramlines years, when Me: “Yeah, where the Arctic Monkeys are from. It’s about an hour it was on Dev Green and queueing all day to see Pixie Lott or Ollie Murrs for the second year running. I remember watching east of Manchester.” the New Year’s fireworks from the top of Meersbrook Park every year of my childhood and the sight of the cooling towers on the Other person: “Bit of a shithole, isn’t it?” M1 that would tell me I was almost home. Looking back now, I do have to admit: it really wasn’t that bad Yet, there’s something about Sheffield that southerners want to adopt. Whilst waiting tables I remember being asked for a “bottle after all.

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Three of Sheffield’s creative sons join together for a special event at the Moor’s longstanding department store The Atkinsons department store on the Moor has, for the last 147 years, been one of the most successful and popular shops on the high street. It was established in 1872 as a simple drapery operated by John Atkinson who had begun what was to become an incredibly lucrative career as a store assistant to Cole Brother’s in 1865. Selling everything from fashion to furniture, cosmetics and kitchen ware, Atkinsons has serviced Sheffielders for more than a century and will, more than likely, continue to do so for a century more. Being one of the oldest and most revered stores in the city it should come as no surprise that generations of people would have fond memories of it. One of those people is none other than Martyn Ware, founder of the synth new wave bands Human League and Heaven 17, and who helped kick-off the careers of other artists such as Terence Trent D’Arby and even helped revitalise Tina Turner after a slump in 1983. This month, Martyn returns to his native Sheffield to raise money for the Weston Park Cancer Charity which has partnered with Atkinsons, to give back to the community on 14 October for a special event at the store. Ware commented on his own memories of visiting Atkinsons as a small boy with his mother in the 1960s, buying records and getting a quick cup of tea in the café. The star 16 |

was still a regular at the store even when he first hit the big time with the Human League and singles like ‘Being Boiled’ in the late 1970s. He said: “I used to live in Broomhall flats, so the centre of town, and in particular the Moor, was our stomping ground. In the 70s Virgin Records had a store at the bottom of the Moor, and we would regularly pop into Atkinsons to visit the café, or even sometimes to buy records and clothes.” Ware will be joined by Neil Anderson, author of The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide, a book which celebrates the different night-spots of the city throughout the decades. “I still remember my grandma recounting the splendid Christmas displays prior to the Sheffield Blitz. And her pride when the present store opened to great fanfare in 1960 – a full 20 years after the original store was flattened by the Nazis. The store is a true survivor and it’s a true honour to have my own products on sale there.” Matt Cockayne, a local graphic artist who has produced many fine impressions of the cityscape, also has links with the long-standing store and will be there for the same event. “My first job at 17 was working as a pot washer in Massarella’s within Atkinsons. I like the store and the fact it is a part of Sheffield’s fabric.” Atkinsons store manager David Cartwright

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added: “#InspiredBySheffield day is all about celebrating what’s fantastic about our city. We’ve been lucky enough to be part of the fabric of Sheffield for the past 147 years and I want to say a big thank you to our customers – old and new – that have been part of that journey. I also want to extend my thanks to our staff, who have played such a big part in our success story. “The store has been inspired by the fantastic improvements to the Moor and have been updating and improving our store a result. We’re delighted to offer the best names in domestic appliances, cookshop, furniture, beds and other departments and we’re constantly checking out new trends so that we can add more to the store. Make sure you come in to see what’s new.” The event will take place from 12 noon until 2pm.


Off the Shelf returns to Sheffield this year with a huge line-up of literary and performing talent from across the UK and beyond. The festival has been going for the last 28 years and is one of the largest celebrations of the written word around. offering a freedom of expression from the shortest stanza to the most complex bit of prose,This month-long event has often featured a diverse line-up of some of the UK’s best talent, and this year is no different. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it. David Suchet

9 October// Octagon Centre One of British television’s most repected actors best known for his performances as Hercule Poirot, comes to give a talk on one of his favourite hobbies: photography. In his long and very distinguished career, Suchet has never gone anywhere without the constant companionship of his camera. This year he has composed a photographic memoir of his best snapshots entitled Behind the Lens, offering a fascinating opportunity for the audience to take a peek into the life of one of English television’s most illustrious actors.

Katy Brand

21 October// University of Sheffield Auditorium A lifelong obsession with Dirty Dancing is what has brought one of the biggest personalities in British television to our door this October. Brand has spent

Black British Voices

19 October// Sheffield Hallam University Performance Lab

The 1623 theatre company presents a sobering glimpse into the life of a black British woman as Sheffield-born Lauren Nicole Whitter performs with wit, verve and unabashed good humour about her life and experiences as a black woman living in England.

much of her career as an actor and comedian, now she has delved into writing with her new novel I Carried a Watermelon: Dirty Dancing and Me, which just goes to show how being obsessed with one movie can most certainly benefit you in the long run. Katy will also attend a talk in which she outlines the legacy of the film and the personal effect it has had on her since childhood.

David Baddiel

21 October// The Foundry

Baddiel is a TV presenter, comedian, writer and novelist. His books have sold well over a million copies across the country and it’s no wonder as to why, as his own distinctive brand of humour comes across most succinctly in his anecdotal short stories. With a new novel in tow, The Taylor Turbochaser, Baddiel has been good enough to sit down with the folks at Off the Shelf to have a little chat about it.

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Tin-Can Cook: Jack Monroe

15 October//University of Sheffield Auditorium Jack Monroe is no stranger to tinned goods, or poverty for that matter. Having spent a period of their life eating out of tins due to unemployment, Monroe has become the new whiz-kid of turning ordinary, common ingredients into tantalising taste-bud tinglers sure to satisfy your palate. Monroe will be attending Off the Shelf to give us some helpful tips on how to take a few dull cans and rustle up a delicious dinner.

Louise Doughty

20 October// Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery

The best-selling author of Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty joins Off the Shelf to introduce her new novel Platform Seven. Doughty is a writer unlike many others, her work is definitely a page-turner. In an illustrious surrounding such as the Millennium Gallery, one cannot help but feel totally immersed in her timely and gripping work.

Otis Mensah

7 October// Theatre Deli Rapper, storyteller and Sheffield’s first poet laureate, there’s a lot of hype around Otis at the moment. He breaks down barriers with poetry and this time he has invited one or two friends along to help him do just that. Joining him will be Raluca de Soleil, Birdspeed and Dami thegannette Okhiria.

Toria Garbutt

13 October// The Foundry Poetry has never looked so punk, especially when Toria takes the stage. Garbutt writes her poetry on the subject of class and takes particular pride in her working class roots, with a confessional tone and raw honesty; this is the stuff that punk poetry is made of. Toria is joined by fellow poet Matt Abbott in conversation with Dr. Katie Edwards about what it means to be a poet who knows the hard graft.

Mark Radcliffe

Zadie Smith

3 October// Sheffield City Hall

Zadie is one of the finest contemporary writers of her generation. Born in London, a mixed race child of a Jamaican mother and British father, Smith’s prose is concerned with race relations and cultural identities. Smith is well known for her 2000 novel White Teeth, which was the winner of the Whitbread Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Prize in the same year. Zadie will be here in Sheffield to give an interview on her new book, her first short story collection, Grand Union, which will be recorded for the Literary Friction podcast.

7 October// The Foundry Mark Radcliffe has followed music all of his life. He will relate some of his most personal recollections of the music that made him the musician and broadcaster he is today at Off the Shelf. It is certain to be a relaxed and comical affair as Radcliffe chooses some of the top tracks from performers who worked to continuously change the face of modern music in the eras of pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and even grunge. With a sly touch and laidback attitude, come and join this auditory journey.

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Globally 67 million children can’t go to school due to lack of supplies. Sheffield-based clothing company Akin uses its profits to provide school uniforms to children who can’t afford them. They started by helping children in Peru, and have since gone on to help thousands of children from communities in Ghana, Samoa, Costa Rica and other disadvantaged countries to get into education. After years spent working afar Akin has returned to Sheffield where they have been quick to settle back in. They recently hosted a live art auction in Drop Dead’s Church – House of Fun venue, which featured the work of local street artists Jo Peel, Tom Newall and Trik09, using art to raise money and continue their work. Exposed met up with founder Ben Howells to talk about supporting local communities, conscious creativity, homecoming and running an ethical fashion company in an industry under scrutiny. We start with the Akin process and what happens when somebody purchases a T-shirt from them. “We use all the profits, everything we make is put into making and providing school uniforms for kids,” Ben tells us. “Globally all of the uniforms cost a different amount, so we have a process to find communities we’ll work with, and then we can identify how many kids need support in that area and how much it will cost to get them all into school.” They make sure to keep the kids involved through the process, even to the design stage. “We have a line of pocket tees, where the kids receiving uniforms design the pocket.” So far these pieces feature art from South Africa, Haiti and Peru, and the money from these goes into getting other children into school, moving the good work forward. The children also get involved to earn their uniform in community projects, such as painting schools or cleaning an old people’s home, as a group of school kids did in Suva, Fiji. “It’s so they’re involved in the process and shows how the good work can recycle back into the community,” Ben explains. International charity work can at times be a divisive issue, which Ben understands. “There’s a Western perception of ‘helping’ and often communities are quick to get harmed.” To prevent this Akin hires a local contact to establish a connection, who they then work through, and to continue supporting the communities the uniforms are always sourced locally. During a recent project in Hyderabad,

India, they hired a family-run business, employing 15 local women to make the uniforms for 10 schools. He elaborates: “We’re guests, not saviours. We’re not giving something and taking away as well. In the communities we work with we learn way more from them than they learn from us, that’s for sure. They’re more inspiring then we are and many are very content and happy with life, just lacking a bit of the material stuff we take for granted. We try to make a little bit of an impact there.” Fashion and retail isn’t an industry with a clean record. It’s estimated to contribute 10% to the global carbon footprint and is riddled with reports of sweatshop use and child-labour. Although Akin wouldn’t contribute nearly as much as major retailers, it is still important they stick to their morals during the production process:

“We source all our stuff from London, make sure it’s Fair Wear approved and ethically traded.” Ben speaks of his company’s effort to not contribute to the industries evident dark side. “To be honest, retail is one of the toughest industries to get into. But it’s been good to flip it and have a positive effect with it. It’s been nice to use a space which isn’t known for being ethical and trying to make it so.” Creative collaboration with street artists is another big part of Akin’s practise; to date they have worked with Kid Acne, Drop Dead, Marcus Method and, further afield, Wrdsmth, who is based in LA. “We felt like there was a gap for alternative charities. When I started this, I fell into the idea of charity is cheesy. We grew up listening to punk rock, surfing, skating, and we thought why can’t we do what we love, and also make an impact, so that’s what we wanted to tap into.” Akin’s philosophy of paying creativity forward to help others is deeply ingrained in how they work with street artists and other creatives. “The message is pretty simple: let them be creative and do what they do, and through that we let the kids be creative and do what they want to do. We really want to be the go-to for street artists, and creative people who want to do some good. We want as many involved as possible.” Since returning to Sheffield Akin seems to be going from strength to strength, although Ben admits he was a bit hesitant to return to the city. It was a connection with Ollie Sykes’ label, Drop Dead, which brought them back, and Akin is now based in Drop Dead’s Church – Temple of Fun in Kelham Island. Sheffield and particularly the former industrial area’s transformation over recent years has really helped them settle in, as well as diffuse any of Ben’s worries about being home. “Moving back to Sheffield has been the best decision we’ve made. People have been really good to us here. It’s been a really nice homecoming.”

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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 his upcoming solo album ‘HAVE A WORD’, large-scale slogan pieces occupied spaces inside the gallery and walls scattered around the abandoned outdoor section of the complex. Exposed popped down on opening day for a catch-up with one of the city’s most recognisable illustrators.

Let’s begin with the location. You have a bit of a longstanding relationship with Park Hill and have done some murals around the estate before, some prior to and during its redevelopment. Why did you want to revisit this location with HAVE A WORD? I knew I wanted to do a show in Sheffield, but I didn’t know where, and I knew I wanted to tie the art and music together with this album. Last year I came to a show at S1 Artspace, Love Among the Ruins, and I thought the space was perfect for what I wanted to do. As you said, I’ve already done some stuff at Park Hill anyway and doing a show here would be a good setting; I’ve already painted many walls around Sheffield and I thought if it was around the city centre streets people would start getting a bit bored of seeing it. That seems to be the way with street art murals, people get into it to a point, and then it feels like over-saturation to a certain level. That’s different for different artists and for different audiences; you go to Melbourne it is just everywhere, you go to Bristol and it is an absolute bombardment. Having it up here means people need to seek it out a bit more too? I’m also mindful that it’s quite nice to have self-directed projects contained, so then it’s not in everyone’s face because they’re big paintings and the people who

want to come and see it can do. That makes it special for me. It’s funny because, going back to the street art thing, I’d paint abandoned wastelands and factories for years and years and nobody came to see them. I guess one impact of the slogans – a lot of them everyday sayings – being plastered around a former housing complex breathes a bit of life into the abandoned settings. It’s as though they’re echoes of conversations from the previous tenants. It’s the same when I was painting the Stabby Women: they’re usually in abandoned factories, wastelands, boarded up estates or wherever and it’s like they’re from another world, haunting that location. With the slogans, some of them are very pertinent to the specific location and they feel like a conversation with the city and the building, a bit like a speech bubble. I did one at the Psalter Lane campus before that got knocked down; it was mid-century brutalist architecture and the message read ‘You Will Miss Me When I’m Gone’ – it’s like the building is saying it directly. I feel like the vessel to communicate that type of message, and that was really well received, unlike if I had just written in big, blockbuster letters ‘Kid Acne’. No one would care. When it’s a conversation and when

it’s open to interpretation, that’s what I’m after. How’s it been spending the last few months as the artist-in-residence here at Park Hill? It’s been awesome, I just felt like I was in my element and that I was born to do it. That’s when I’m happiest, just painting a big wall, but it took a while for me to get my head around the idea that it was an artist’s residency. I painted a couple of walls and it took just being in the space to recognise the environment and see what I could do with it, then it evolved and I ended up doing a lot more in one section than I originally planned. I was able to visualize more and I had a 100% free reign. Urban Splash were really supportive as well, they allowed me to pretty much do what I wanted and it was just a case of separating my headspace between residency and gallery. Touching back on what you were saying earlier, about starting off in street art by painting abandoned places where nobody would see your work. Where did your kick come from then? Was it knowing that other graffiti artists would see it? No. I grew up in a small market town, so there were no other graffiti artists. I just liked doing it, I saw photos of other people doing it and they were a generation older, doing these amazing things in other cities | 23

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kid acne and countries. It was all pre-internet, of course, so there were fanzines and people swapping photos by post and I just liked the idea of painting something in an abandoned place and then taking a photo of it and just doing it for the enjoyment of doing it. When I was fourteen or fifteen I used to paint in this old gasworks in the middle of a field off the M1 and that was my studio. I loved it! I would skive off school, take friends down there, hang out, and it was just cool. I moved to Sheffield in ‘97 and had to find other places from then on, but back in the gasworks days, I loved it, it was my thing. In terms of that distinctive Kid Acne typography, did that grow over time? Yeah, this text has evolved organically since 1996 and it started off being the lettering I used on record covers for my brother’s band, gig posters, the lettering for comic strips and fanzines. Later it just merged because my graffiti was of a different style and I wanted something more legible, so I stopped writing my own name and wrote something else instead. As soon as I started doing that I saw this shift in street art where as soon as others could easily read it they felt part of it and engaged with it. I used to paint in all colours and backgrounds, but as soon as it’s in black and white with blockbuster letters they recognize it! You just strip out any unnecessary information and leave it there, raw, and then bit by bit those letters have evolved to how they look now. Of course, a lot of the slogans contain lyrics from the latest album – also titled HAVE A WORD. Do you have a favourite lyric that’s always stuck in your mind? There’s one from Cappo, the Nottingham rapper, which goes “if you cut corners, you end up going in circles”. It’s simple and really stuck in my head, plus he’s also a class guy. You collaborated with another Nottingham MC on the album, Juga-naut, as well as Sebastian from New Kingdom who you worked with on the latest Mongrels album. Yeah, the guest MCs I’m really happy with on this record. There must be something in the water around the Midlands because I can’t think of a bad rapper from there; Scor-Zay-Zee came to the exhibition the other night, and Juice Aleem from Birmingham is on the record too. I really wanted that accent on 24 |

the album because I grew up in East Midlands myself. And there’s also the strong US hip-hop influence coming from the likes of Sebastian, Scotty Hard [New Kingdom] and Chicago producer Spectacular Diagnostics. Yes, I worked with Sebastian on Mongrels and I did Scotty’s album sleeve a few years ago. They were in New Kingdom together during the 90s before they disbanded, I used to have a poster of them on my wall when I was fifteen. The final track on the album, ‘The Crescendo’, is the first New Kingdom reunion since

1996 – it’s actually insane. But if I have guests on my records I want there to be a personal connection, a meaning behind it, and let’s be honest, it can get a bit boring hearing the same voice over and over again. In terms of themes, are there any recurrent ones that are explored or is it just delving into your psyche again as with Mongrels? Yeah, it’s just a stream of consciousness basically, but there is a bit of escapism involved I think. In the beginning we were trying to emulate a New York or East Coast

sound, but you also know that is not where you’re from at all. So, without going too much the other way where it is apologetic and self-deprecating and all that, you go the other way and try to make it relevant to your experiences but that doesn’t mean that you have to make it so embedded in reality that it’s mundane and boring. There are a lot of real-life experiences in the record, a lot of personal stuff too, but it’s hidden amongst other things, and it’s whether you pick up on it or not. It’s not signposted and I don’t feel that I’m that sort of rapper and I don’t need to make political raps; it’s just about finding your lane and it’s the same with the artwork. For me, it’s no longer graffiti and it’s not always street art – it’s just somewhere in the middle and the same with illustration and fine art. It can exist with all those other things, but it’s not trying to compete with them. There’s also a Sheffield touch with Dean Honer getting involved on the production side of things. The album is all produced by Spectacular Diagnostics, Dean mixed and mastered it. So, me and Rob [Spectacular Diagnostics] wrote the album, predominantly across e-mail and then it was mixed with Dean in Sheffield last year. I’ve worked with Dean for five years, mixing and stuff; in fact, he lives round the corner from me. It’s good to work with a producer who’s not from a hip-hop background and Rob, who is a hip-hop producer, liked that as well and as soon as he got into the studio he was like, “this is amazing!” They gave it a really coherent sound and when Rob got involved he made all the soundscape, all the instrumental arrangements, I just put my lyrics on top of his production. And that was embellished by the fact that we recorded and mixed it together in Dean’s studio, but it was Rob’s production. What’s the plan moving forward – more music in the pipeline? We’ve got two more albums on the go! I’ve found someone that I like working with, there’s quite a lot of spark there, so hopefully we’ll get a lot more records out together. We have a couple of advance copies and the official release date is 8 November, so yeah, we’ve got plenty of music already stored away and ready to work on. It’s all coming together nicely at the moment. HAVE A WORD by Kid Acne is out 8 November.

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Often the butt of the joke when it comes to independent music, pop’s had a hard time over the years. Enter LIO, a four-piece ensemble based in our great Steel City, headed up by Netherlands-born Leonie Sloots.

They’re quick on the rise and looking to change people’s ideas on the genre, whilst also answering questions like: is it possible to be an emo kid and play pop? How do you retain honesty whilst song-writing? And what happens when you bring a bit of musical theatre to the stage? We met up with Leonie for some coffee and conversation ahead of LIO’s Exposed In Session. What is LIO, how would you describe yourself to people who don’t know you? LIO is an alternative pop band. I usually like to put a musical comparison in, so it’s perfect for fans of Florence and the Machine, Daughter, a bit St Vincent-ish type of music. Quite melodic and powerful, also very honest. So you’d say new pop, or alt-pop, is a good way of describing your sound? Yes, I think so. When I am writing I try to find that hook. Even though I like a good bit of mainstream pop, I try to give it a bit of an edge. I feel in a way that’s catching on in the regular pop world also, if you look at Billie Eilish, she’s not your ‘mainstream’ pop, but she’s really big at the same time. Would you say there’s a judgement about pop? Did you have to fight it? I think growing up there definitely was because I was a little emo kid, I was a massive Tokio Hotel fan. I’m not afraid to say it! That got me into my teen days where I only really listened to metal… I think being young you’re trying to find your own subculture, so I closed myself off from certain genres. It’s nice to grow older and realise it’s all a bit ridiculous. Since that I’ve opened myself up to many more genres. A good way to describe it is unsigned pop, where things are not created, it’s honest and people are actually into their music and write pop songs themselves. In 2018 you launched as a four-piece. How’s that been? Really good. A little bit challenging sometimes because suddenly you’re managing three other people who have their own lives and ways of working. It’s been incredible because it’s been so freeing to explore more types of music. The biggest revelation has been on stage where I used to be quite limited moving around. I was a singer song-writer on my own having to always be behind a microphone, which is really weird when you come from musical theatre, as you go from everywhere on the stage to your own specific space. What’s the biggest way your sound has changed since launching the four-piece? I’m not limited to what I can do alone, it’s really changed my way of writing. I’m focusing on melodies and hooks, not thinking: ‘Oh! I can’t do this because I can’t back it!’ It’s made the music very ambient in character but uptempo and upbeat.

How did you meet the other members of LIO? Chris the key player was the first involved, about two and a half years ago. Chris had joined another band and their drummer [Blakey] messaged me. Chris, Blakey and I started practising together and it was a really good fit. It blended really well. Later John joined. I saw him play at Y Not and knew I wanted him as a guitarist. That’s the nice thing about Sheffield, the scene is so connected, it’s easy to build that network. And you’re not from Sheffield orginally, so what brought you to this city and get involved in this music scene? I did my undergrad here which wasn’t actually music-related at all. I discovered the open mic nights about Sheffield; the Green Room was the first one. It’s so good! I’ve not been for ages, because I realised when I go I end up in bed way too late! I started going and played guitar outside of my bedroom for the first time ever. I felt like I had no idea what I was doing but I loved it! How would you describe the Sheffield music scene? For a time, I only knew the open mic scene. The gig scene I felt was a bit lacking. I think it went through a dip, mainly I say that because all the bands I loved didn’t come here! Now I feel like the balance has flipped a bit. Venues like Record Junkee are putting on so many bands that beforehand would skip Sheffield. It gives local artists more support opportunities, which is great because it brings acts to that next level, and you can do open mics forever but it depends on what you really want to achieve. Musicians really root for each other in Sheffield. It’s not a competitive scene. Maybe it’s because we all do very different things, we’re all finding our identity and don’t try to be someone else. Where do you get inspiration whilst writing new stuff? It’s about how I see the world. I can only write songs that are honest. I can only write about my own experiences. When I started I wrote a lot about break-ups. That’s evolved and now I’m more open. So environmental things, disillusionment with society, growing older and thinking, ‘Oh god! What am I doing with my life?’ My song-writing always comes from a place of honesty; I think that’s particularly important as that’s how you create connections with people. So your writing has changed a lot? I’ve recently tried to divert that honesty. I don’t want to write about boys my whole life. I grew up and don’t give them as much time! I try to divert that into broader areas as I was hiding behind a topic which everyone feels comfortable talking about: heartbreak and love songs. Now I’m being honest about the fact that I’m 26 and I don’t know what I’m doing still. I’m writing through that to start understanding it, yet also knowing those feelings are okay to have. | 29

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There’s a big theatrical element in your work, seen in your single ‘Growing Pains’. You have a background in musical theatre; do you think this influences your music? Yes, definitely! Singing-wise, I very actively tried to step away, because musical theatre is such a specific way of singing and using your voice. But I love drama. I love the big dramatic music of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. So you find that in my pieces. Every song needs to have something big and something which is really pushed out. That must get into your live shows! That’s the good thing about not playing the guitar at gigs. I can be that theatrical person again. I’m not waving my arms around like some massive character; I am very expressive in how I talk. Look how I’m talking now, I don’t think I’ve stopped moving my hands! Body language accompanies what you say so much. In musical theatre I learnt to project to the end of the room. If back there can feel it the first row definitely can! Make sure Catch LIO at Record Junkee on the 5th November.

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nobody in the audience is left out. You played Tramlines this year, how did you find it? It was amazing! We didn’t know what stage we were on. Two weeks after confirming we were told we were on T’Other stage and suddenly it was very serious! It was so much fun to have a massive stage and to have loads of people help you get your gear on. Everything’s done for you. We were like, is this a thing now? Is this how actual musicians live? We felt giddy all day. You’ve got a headliner coming up at Record Junkee on 8 November. What else is in store for the rest of 2019? I love Sheffield but want to play other cities now. We have Liverpool coming up and we’re going to Newcastle. We’re doing another Manchester gig; we’re going to Jimmy’s, so we’ll see how that goes. We’re supporting Martha Hill. I listened to her and it was great. It’s on Halloween as well, so I need to convince the band to come in fancy dress. I love dressing up! The Sheffield headliner is probably the last one for the year, I like to finish with a bang, and that’s a pretty good bang!


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No one has to agree with me to come to We Still Believe. I have a very specific point of view and I’m not mad at you if you don’t share it. If you’re just coming to sweat, hear songs you love and find somebody to go home and fuck then by all means, I’m so glad you’re here too.

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Until 2016, The Black Madonna was just a Catholic medieval icon: depictions of Mother Mary that had become black through centuries of paint degradation. Now it’s a household name, and Marea Stamper is one of the most famous and influential DJs in the world. Her humble beginnings in Kentucky, USA, have given her the confidence to make her sets and We Still Believe parties some of the most ambitious around. But this staunchness didn’t take long to find a new home once TBM had found her feet. During a Smirnoff campaign to connect and support women DJs in Uganda, Stamper found herself embroiled in the queer refugee crisis, and is now leading the charge in activism for LGBTQ+ rights. Our nightlife editor, Leo Burrell, called Marea at her London flat ahead of a headline set at No Bounds Festival to discuss what we can do to help in the fight against religious and sexual persecution, facing up to what she calls a “Kafka-esque spiral with the US Government under the control of Donald Trump.” Can you tell us how you first started getting involved in activism? So, the way it specifically came about is that I started to meet people who were at various stages of their journey into potentially becoming refugees, seeking asylum, or people who were already doing so. I travel so much now that these people and concepts went from being abstract

to being people in my daily life. It changed my relationship with that topic in a very real way. I started to look for ways to be able to make material contributions and it started very simple, I bought a “Choose Love” t-shirt made by the organisation Help Refugees off ASOS. I ended up becoming an ambassador for them; I wanted to use my resources to help them, and I made a pledge that 100% of my merch sales would go to them. And how does your work towards fighting for LGBTQ+ rights fit into that? I work with a group that is attached to them called Say It Loud which serves queer refugees, who are among the most endangered people on the planet. Take everything that refugees go through and then multiply it by the additional challenges you face as a queer person. You find out very quickly when you get into this world that being queer is a huge factor in becoming a refugee in the first place. When Trump was having his panic attack about the caravan coming from South America, some of the first people to reach the border were loads of trans people and people who were fleeing religious persecution for their identity. | 33

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He thinks it’s about loads of gangsters, when really it’s just a caravan full of queer people. You see that over and over again. This is a specific problem that needs a specific solution and that is where I come in. You mention a specific solution, can you picture that yet? Absolutely. This is a simple one, well, part of it is simple. People need money. And they need to be able to decide what to do with it. One of the ways of thinking that people need to lose as soon as possible – and I will speak directly to other white people here – is the idea that we must micromanage the money that we give to other people who are in dangerous political situations, enduring great poverty, or being forced into migration. We do not need to help people spend their money, we just need to give them it. Every study we have shows that people know what to do with their money. So for me that was really essential, my commitment to other human beings on this earth who are in this situation is to just raise the money and get out the way. Right, because it slows down the whole process when you have to work out where it’s going? It’s also just wrong. You’re denying that people have the agency and the knowhow to drive their own liberation and I strongly believe that people know what they need, we just need to give it to them. My friend works with homeless charities and they have the same problem there, the public don’t want to give money to people in the street because they want to know what they’re spending it on. But that’s a denial of a human right; you should have the choice to spend the money where you wish. Right, and they might need to stay high long enough to get to a doctor. You know? These are complicated issues and we do not need to be the nanny of people who are in need. That enforces a structure that I don’t want to have any part in propping up.

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What was it that first made you realise you could make a difference? I was involved in a campaign with Smirnoff that connected me with women DJs in Uganda to share technique and I came face to face with some of the issues that refugees are struggling against. Without naming any names, there are people who are being displaced in Uganda due to antihomosexuality laws. Some of the activism you’re involved in is so current that we can’t even talk about it. That’s it, as it would put people in hiding and in immediate danger of jail and worse. One of the things that the Ugandan press do is find stuff and print people’s names. It’s literally called the “Top 100 Homos” list. It was music that brought you to these people; I wonder how you see music in that world, and how it transcends across borders and laws. Your podcast is reaching across the world and people are commenting on your Facebook posts saying: “We still believe. We love what you’re doing, and we need your help!” Is the fact that you’re a DJ spreading your message wider than if you were just a political activist? I wouldn’t say that. I’m not a professional. Activists have a whole different skill set to anything I can really even wrap my head around. The boots on the ground activism is on another level and requires a kind of persistence, dedication and technique that is way outside of my skill set. Pretty much the only thing I have is money and a big microphone (laughs). And a big mouth. But there’s value in those things too, and I’m trying to use them as best as I can. You’re in the process of creating a magazine for Help Refugees. What’s the aim there? Is that the direction you’re going in with your activism? The aim is to gather some of the voices of people that I’ve been working with into one place. People have been asking how to get involved and I wanted to put it all into one spot so that people would be able to follow the narrative a little more clearly. It’s in the same way that I’m explaining to you how things have unfolded, and how a boring 40-year-old house DJ ends up trying to make sure that people don’t





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get killed by fascist dictatorships. It’s kind of an unusual trajectory, I want people to know that anyone can get involved. One thing that a lot of people struggle with right now is that the world is crazy, it feels like it’s on fire at the moment – and, I mean, it literally is. But everyone can serve. I saw a really interesting diagram – where the thing that you’re passionate about in your personal life meets a thing that needs doing, and that’s where you can begin. It seems like you’re trying to channel the optimistic energy in dance music into a place where people can contribute in a way that they feel positive about, and party there instead of somewhere else that doesn’t make a difference. Yeah! I mean, hey, every party doesn’t have to be a political event (laughs). And when you come to my show you’re gonna feel the same things that you feel at anywhere else, which is that hopefully the music moves you, and your friends are there. All those things about dance music that we love. But there is an additional component of it, one that for me personally is the cost of being a person on this earth. I can do it, so I am doing it. What Lo Shea is trying to do with No Bounds Festival empowering people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to make music and raise their own expectations, either through success within the industry or just through the process of doing it – do you see much connection there with what you’re doing? Oh, absolutely. It’s really a special thing, the lineup is phenomenal. What I love and that we have in common is that this is an event that is asking questions, and has a point of view. There has to be a balance between art and activism, so that it can be something that you can just stumble into without being into any of those ideas. No one has to agree with me to come to We Still Believe. I have a very specific point of view and I’m not mad at you if you don’t share it. If you’re just coming to sweat, hear songs you love and find somebody to go home and fuck then by all means, I’m so glad you’re here too. If dance music becomes this totally didactic thing then that’s really boring, and so I welcome anybody that’s coming to have a good time and be nice to the people around them. That in itself in this day and age is good enough for me. There are also a lot of people who are going for the workshops and educational elements; they’re trying to break down the boundaries between the people who can afford the production and DJ gear and the people who can’t and make it more accessible, which is what you were trying to do with Smirnoff in Uganda, right? I think that’s one of the biggest problems that we have in a growing and changing landscape in dance music: the point of entry can be so expensive. That is something that cannot be talked about enough and it’s really admirable that it’s a focus of this event. Who would you recommend catching at No Bounds? rRoxymore is amazing, someone that I know and been an insane admirer of for years. I met her when I first went to Berlin, saw a DJ set and was just completely blown away. Aurora Halal is someone I have a long relationship with, her live PA is just incredible. Courtesy, too, and I’m a huge Black Dog fan. So you’re a Black Dog fan, but does anything else tie you with Sheffield? Warp Records was incredibly important for me. When I was 16 I saw Aphex Twin in the States, Warp was really the god tier. If you’d asked me at the time where it was from I wouldn’t have been able to tell you, but obviously now I realise how big it was, with Nightmares on Wax and LFO etc. And then there’s the bass stuff, the first music I played as a DJ was bassline and 2-step. 36 |

When you were in Chicago? No, I was still in Kentucky. Isn’t that weird? And there’s your connection with our ex-lord mayor Magid Magid. How did that happen? Well I was on the phone and there was this guy staring at me and I couldn’t work out why, but then I realised it’s ‘cos I love him! He came over and thanked me for the support on the t-shirts, I love the “Donald Trump is a Wasteman” one, and I’ve got the “Jesus was a Refugee” one too – my superliberal Catholic friends really love that one. I’m trying to get an interview with Magid into the Help Refugees magazine. So what does “We Still Believe” mean? What do you still believe? I think it’s one of those things you come up with, and work out what it means later, you know? (laughs) I don’t wanna invest too much poetry in it. It was originally on the back of a box that I stuck on a wall at a rave. It wasn’t too deep and it still isn’t. In a time where things feel very transient and sometimes a little bit hopeless the statement has a scaleable quality. Part of what dance music is about is answering people’s hopes and fears in ways that are general and open enough that the message works for you. You hear a record like ‘Keep Pushin’ – “Keep pushin’ on, things are gonna get better, it won’t take long.” What does that mean for anyone? Does it mean your nursing job? Does it mean a bad semester at uni? Getting out of a violent relationship? Political activism? It means all of those things. The Black Madonna headlines the Saturday night of No Bounds Festival alongside Juan Atkins, Courtesy and much more. No Bounds is a festival of art, music and technology with workshops, installations, films, talks and raves across over eight venues in Sheffield from 11-13 October.

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must pass certain checks. It isn’t just about it being safe, it’s about providing high quality homes that students are gong to enjoy and be comfortable living in.” So is that the criteria for which SDP prides itself? “Absolutely, and making sure tenants receive a great service too. It was so lovely reading through some of the nominations we had recieved from tenants in the lead up to the awards night. It’s really reassuring to know so many have had such positive experiences with renting with us.” What sets SDP apart from other landlords in the area? “What I think sets us apart is our combination of traditional shared houses and modern apartments in blocks that we’ve converted from disused but attractive buildings such as former factories and pubs. Whilst the traditional shared houses are still popular, it’s great to be able to offer unique apartments in interesting buildings. Not many students can say they live in a former army barracks or cutlery factory! Symon has a real passion for giving old, derelict buildings a new lease of life by converting them into great student homes.”

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Have a particularly horrifying Halloween with a series of spooky screenings in Sheff…

Haunted Screenings​ Sheffield General Cemtery​// 19-20 October

Know No Bounds 11-13 October // Various venues Returning for its third instalment this month, No Bounds Festival is a multifaceted celebration of club culture, art and technology taking place at a range of interesting spaces in and around the city centre. The weekend-long event will see live performances from the likes of Black Madonna, Juan Atkins and DJ Q, while Kelham Island Museum will also host a series of enlightening talks, debates, installations and workshops designed to promote positive new ideas and provide sensory rich experiences. Tickets and full line-up info available at

Celebrate peddler’s 5th birthday 4-5 October // 92 Burton Road N’awww, Peddler is growing up fast, ain’t it? Five years ago this month, the first Peddler night market took place in a car park on Arundel Street. It had just a few street food vendors and a bar. Now in its fifth year, Peddler is a certified behemoth of a social event. Taking place on the first weekend of every month, Sheffielders in their thousands head to Kelham Island and tuck into some of the UK’s top street food vendors. There will be the usual vast array stalls and street food traders, as per, but if you fancy celebrating with Peddler in style, crack on with their birthday bubbles package. Deets available here:

Get Lost! The Sheffield-based microbrewery Lost Industry will be opening their own craft beer taproom on Sidney Street, in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter. Situated on the former site of the old Niche nightclub, the bar will stock 21 lines of beers consisting of IPAs, stouts, pale ales and craft lagers. Pizzas and other snacks will also be served up if you’re feeling peckish!

Nostalgic Film Club are bringing ‘Haunted Screenings’ back to Sheffield General Cemetery this Halloween. This immersive and thrilling experience delivers more than just a scary film in a spooky setting, you will be unleashed upon the maze of paths around the sprawling cemetery after-dark, with only a torch to guide you. What you may encounter along your way will not disclosed, so we advise you don’t go alone! For families and those with a nervous disposition, early evening showings and spooky trail are also on offer, with the iconic Addams Family being an inspired choice in this setting. This sell-out event proved a big hit last time, so don’t hang about if you want to experience it.

Leadmill Cinematic

31 October // Sheffield Cemetery

There aren’t too many places more apt for a scary film screening than the city’s sprawling Victorian cemetery. Inside the Samuel Worth Chapel, a Grade II-listed building designed by its namesake in 1836, the Leadmill Cinematic team will be showing two horror classics from different eras. The 7pm showing will feature Richard Donner’s 1976 classic The Omen, while later in the evening at 11pm modern classic ‘Get Out’ will be shown. Full bar and snacks will be available.

Celluloid Screams Fest

24-27 October // Showroom Cinema // Full festival pass £95 (£85 conc) It’s that time of year when Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Films Festival makes a particularly spooky return to the Showroom Cinema. Putting the frights up audiences with the best of classic and contemporary horror films, this year they’ll be hosting showings of After Midnight and much more! | 43

Welcome back an old friend Sheffield lost an iconic venue when The Harley announced its closure back in April this year, prompting a flood of tributes from Sheffielders who’d enjoyed memorable gigs or club nights at the Glossop Road late-bar. More recently, restaurant and pub operators Mitchell & Butlers announced they’d purchased the building and intended to reopen the bar during the autumn this year following an extensive refurb. Providing a boost to the city’s gig-going community, it was confirmed that the building will be continuing to host live music events in the city. Party with Yellow Arch 4 October // Yellow Arch Studios The iconic recording studio and events venue turns the ripe old age of 22 this year, and in true Yellow Arch style, they’re hosting a massive all-night bash to celebrate. From 10pm-4am, all three rooms will be serving up the good vibes with DJ sets, dub soundsytems, eight-piece ska partystarters Chainska Brassika, reggae/funk outfit Solar Love Society, and Yorkshire’s number one raggamuffin Parly B performing a live PA. Ticket prices range from £8 earlybird to £14 on the door – more info on the website.

Keep calm and ein prosit If you fancy sinking a few steins in celebration of Oktoberfest this year, there are a couple of local events taking place that might be of interest. Down at Shoreham Street’s Triple Point Brewery there’ll be a free entry all-day mini festival on 5 October with live oompah band, DJs, a special food menu and plenty of exclusive beers on offer. Elsewhere, Magna Sheffield will be hosting their annual shindig on 19 October, an evening event featuring live music, Bavarian cuisine and plenty of lederhosen. //

See the Big Bang 1-3 November // Botanical Gardens // Price list online Illuminate the Gardens is Sheffield’s ultimate fireworks and lighting show, returning for its third year running and promising more street food traders, activities and extravagantly decorated areas for all the family to enjoy. On each evening a ‘low bangs’ display will precede the main event – perfect for any friends or family with sensitive ears. Head to website for the full lowdown of what to expect.

Art attack 23-24 November // Millennium Gallery // £5 The largest open art exhibition outside of London returns to Millennium Gallery, where there will be two exhibition spaces showcasing over 900 artworks from 200 artists. The Great Sheffield Art Show provides the opportunity for amateur artists to exhibit alongside professionals, with ample opportunity for attendees to purchase their own pieces.

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Sup up! 16-19 October // Kelham Island Museum // £7-£11 The Sheffield Beer and Cider Festival returns to the Steel City each year to showcase over 250 craft beers on cask and keg, 50 real ciders and much more. This year, the festival will be celebrating their sapphire anniversary, and as always it is expected to be a boozy weekend. The event is held in the atmospheric Kelham Island Museum – an industrial setting at the heart of Sheffield is the ideal place to experience the best of the best local ale and cider on offer. As well as the array of beverages available, the festival will also hold local street food vendors, pub games, and live music.

Get Crafty 23 November // Trafalgar Warehouse The Northern Craft Fair was formed by an independent craft collective with the aim of promoting makers and designers in some of the North’s most creative cities. In Trafalgar Warehouse there will be 50+ tables of crafts to browse, not to mention bars, street food and various workshops and activities to get stuck into.

Chin-chin! 5 October // Trafalgar Warehouse // £12 The country’s largest gin and rum festival tours arrives in the Steel City this month, bringing with it 60+ gins and 60+ rums to sample from a wide array of distillers. Each entrant gets a free satchel bag, a drinks guide and a special Copa glass before being free to roam the various themed bars, see masterclasses from producers and enjoy the DJs. There’s an afternoon session (12:30pm-5pm) and an evening session (6:30pm-11pm) to choose from, with live musical entertainment provided at both. Pack your dancing shoes.

The best free exhibitions taking place around the city…

Deep Structure

11 October–14 December // S1 Artspace

A newly-commissioned film and solo exhibition by artist Ilona Sagar, Deep Structure explores the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

Joe Scarborough: Life in the Big Village Until 24 November // Weston Park Museum

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Joe Scarborough has firmly established himself as one of Sheffield’s best-loved artists. His unique, often busy paintings depict daily life in the city, often showcasing bygone eras, landmarks and causes for celebration. This exhibition brings together over 60 of his paintings and drawings for the first major retrospective in over 25 years.

GAZE: A Retrospective of Portraits by Lorna May Wadsworth 9 November–15 February // Graves Gallery

A world-acclaimed portrait artist, Wadsworth’s career has seen her paint a number of famous sitters from the worlds of politics, entertainment and beyond. This hometown retrospective will showcase over 100 of her most striking images, including portraits of actors David Tennant and Derek Jacobi, filmmaker Richard Curtis, author Neil Gaiman, and Labour peer David Blunkett. | 47


The Greedy Greek has been serving up delicious homemade Greek food for over 18 years. Everything from our famous wraps with spit roast pork, chicken or halloumi to meals like Moussaka or Lamb Kleftiko plus many, many vegetarian options too. Try our meal deals ideal for students with main and 2 sides. Our menu is available on our website or down load our App. We also can be found on Just-Eat. We deliver lunch time and evening, and we are open 7 days a week from 10am to 10 pm pop in and say hello.

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Eat Green 10 November // The Moor The annual celebration of all things vegan has a new location on The Moor this year, but it will still bringing the same vast selection of treats to the party. 45 traders are signed up to provide everything on the vegan food spectrum, from healthy eats to sweet bakes and fast food. There’ll also be handmade cosmetics, ethical clothing, local arts and crafts and much more to explore.

Bon appétit! 5 October // The Mowbray // £35 Those tasty Secret Supper Club evenings return to The Mowbray this month with French Ciné - an evening celebrating the nation’s cuisine, film and music. Think beef bourguignon, great wine, Jean-Luc Goddard and Françoise Hardy in a laidback, chic setting. Ça sonne bien, non?

Join the Club 8 November // Foundry // £10-£13 Longstanding Sheff institution and one of the finest underground club nights in the UK, The Tuesday Club is saying farewell to one of the most innovative UK dance acts. The genre-busting Foreign Beggars, known for their electric fusion of hip-hop, grime and dubstep, have announced they’ll be calling it a day after 17 years of making dancefloors shake. Joining them on their final visit to TTC will be joined by Yorkshire rapper Skinnyman, Sheff MC Franz Von and DJ royalty Andy H.

Get Pie’d 30 October // Sheffield City Hall // £19-£27 Jonathan Pie is the ever-exasperated newscaster who became a viral sensation with a series of unforgiving rants on the state of modern day politics. Naturally, as time has passed and we’ve slipped further into the depths of political turmoil, he’s had his work cut out for him. Following a number of tours taking him across the globe, Pie is back in the UK with his Fake News Tour – and no one is safe from his critical gaze.

Be a Dancing Queen 8 October // Leadmill // £3-£6 Grab yer flares, platforms and mullets – Leadmill are hosting a night dedicated to ABBA! Forty years have passed since the release of Voulez-Vouz, but the legacy of the Swedish pop legends stays true and joining them on the playlist will be some of the best 70s/80s floorfillers from the Bee Gees to Diana Ross.

Get into the Carnival Spirit 15 November // O2 Academy // £11-£30 Building on the success of its Enchanted Forest Rave theme, Foreverland are back in the UK with their larger-than-life club night concepts – this time turning the O2 into a “psychedelic carnival” complete with surreal décor, light shows, giant props and more for a multi-sensory clubbing experience. The talent’s not bad either, with the likes of High Contrast, Nancie, Taim and local DJs soundtracking the evening. | 49

It might be getting nippy outside, but the live music calendar is getting reyt weerm. Here are a few choice picks…

Kate Tempest

9 November // O2 Academy Sheffield // £20

The celebrated spoken word artist is back on tour following the release of her third album, The Book of Traps and Lessons. Expect the usual quick-witted flows, biting social commentary and trippy beats.

Self Esteem

15 October // Picture House Social // £12.50

After the first date sold out, a second has been added for Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s show with solo project Self Esteem. The former Slow Club member has turned her considerable talents to bombastic pop bangers with debut EP Compliments Please released earlier this year.

Liam Gallagher

18 November // FlyDSA Arena // £35.55-£64.55

Following the release of solo album number two Why Me? Why Not, the former Oasis frontman has taken some time out from slagging off his older brother in the press to head out on a highlyanticipated UK stadium tour. Swagger and rock ‘n’ roll personified, our kid.

DZ Deathrays

7 October // Leadmill // £15

The highly-rated Brisbane trio will be bringing their unrelenting brand of fast-paced, riff-heavy noise rock to Sheff. After welcoming a new member earlier this year, the band have honed their sound while maintaining the unruly energy that turned so many heads.

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Thyme goes on The family-run restaurant Turnip and Thyme is bringing British comfort food to Ecclesall Road

Punching for Crookes An old favourite in Crookes has been brought back to life After a five month refurbishment under brand new management in True North Brew Co, The Punch Bowl in Crookes reopened its doors last month. True North, which already owns a number of venues throughout Yorkshire and Derbyshire, including The Broadfield and Riverside Kelham, is bringing its wealth of experience in the hospitality industry to reinvent the venue. From the food and drink, to the look and atmosphere, everything at The Punch Bowl has been carefully accounted for by the established team at True North. Interior designer Paul Carruthers has taken the lead on the impressive refurbishment project. Bringing an

individuality to the venue, Paul said: “The interior will be a reflection of the restored character of the venue, the nature of the community and the personality of the company.” The Punch Bowl general manager Jonathan Kay, a True North veteran having worked in the industry for over 10 years, said: “The Punch Bowl is a great place to meet up with friends and family in a lively and welcoming pub. We will have some great cask ales, craft beer options and a variety of cocktails! Plus, we’ve got incredible views over Sheffield from our function room – so you can even host your own private events with us.”

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After being empty for two years, 740 Ecclesall Road is being transformed into Turnip and Thyme, a British bistro by Louise and Robert Moore. “We’re brother and sister and have worked together before,” Louise tells us. “Both of us have been working in this industry since we were sixteen, so we thought, why not give it a go?” Robert elaborates. “We’ve been talking about doing something for a while. I was the head chef at Graze Inn, so I know the area quite well.” Away from the hubbub of cafes and restaurants on Sharrow Vale Road, Turnip and Thyme aims to provide a homely and cosy atmosphere, something much needed in the area. “We want everyone to want to be here, not just pop in for a quick bite. We don’t want to be somewhere where you come in and are gone in half an hour, we want you to come here for the night.” Quality, local produce is also important to Louise and Robert. “We’re using local veg suppliers and butchers, using farms in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, so we know where all the meat is from and can trace it back. Everything is sourced as locally as possible,” Louise adds. “For the front of house we’re going to be using all Sheffield products, so Sheffield Gin, tea, and coffee from Forge Coffee Roasters.” For more info, check out,


West Street’s newest restaurant is an authentic taste of Tokyo Tsuki, a new Japanese restaurant, has opened its doors to the Steel City, combining the elegance of Tokyo and the freshest flavours from Yorkshire. Based on West Street, Tsuki blends together the ancient Japanese culture, custom, techniques, food and drink, with a seamless interactive tech experience, over two restaurant levels. The first of its kind in the UK, Tsuki uses pioneering touchscreen technology giving an easier and quicker way of ordering, with the advanced system allowing customers to tailor orders to their own tastes, allowing more time enjoying the exquisite-tasting food. Monika Rowczenio, director at Tsuki, said: “We are delighted to be opening our first Tsuki in Sheffield. It’s a city full of life and culture, 58-60 West Street //

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and is therefore the perfect setting for Tsuki. “Tsuki brings an exploration of Japan’s most delicious and evocative ways of eating. We are proud to bring Japanese-trained chefs as part of the Sheffield team, with the food and drink on the menus crafted to offer the best of both tradition and modern, blending what we feel is the perfect balance for this authentic Japanese experience. “At Tsuki we were also keen to offer our customers a unique ordering system in line with modern culture and technology. So rather than the traditional menus, guests will be provided with tablets to order from. We are working to enhance the restaurant service, bringing technology and hospitality together to make a revolutionary experience for our customers.”

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.


Plans for a huge European-inspired bar on West Street The owners behind West Street’s Molly Malones have placed plans with Sheffield city council to open a new venue on West Street called Hoffenbrau – a European-inspired bar and pub. Subject to planning permission, the bar will be specialising in European beers and taking over three units: Woody’s and Ryan’s Vintage, which currently stands as a double unit. Marketing manager Simon Tomlinson told Exposed: “After the success of Molly Malones we’re really excited for our second West Street

adventure! We’ve spent the last six months visiting lots of different bars all over Europe to fine-tune our Hoffenbrau concept and we can’t wait to start work. “West Street has always been at the heart of Sheffield’s nightlife and we’re confident this will be a jewel in its crown.” The new venue will take inspiration from traditional venues like the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. The new venue, which will create 25 jobs, is aiming to open at the end of January in 2020, subject to planning permissions.

Happy Birthday La Mama! Latin American restaurant La Mama will be turning 10 years old this year and of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without a celebration! In aid of the festivity, the restaurant will be holding a night of delicious Chilean and Spanish tapas as well as live Latin American music all for the Red Cross, a charity close to the restaurant’s heart due to their support during the Chilean coup, where residents were forced to leave due to the conflict and violence. The event will take place at La Mama Restaurant on Abbeydale Road, on 19 October from 7pm. Tickets are £25 and include one drink and a selection of Tapas, and all ticket sales, along with further fundraising on the night will go to the Red Cross. You can reserve your tickets for the Chilean banquet in the restaurant or via email at

So, here we go...... welcome to October! We’ll not be mentioning C*******s just yet, but it’s November so the madness ain’t too far away! Look out for mentions of Belgian Blue next month... Sheffield’s beer scene tends to revolve around one thing every October, the Steel City Beer Festival. It’s Sheffield CAMRA’s 45th Festival and will again be held down at Kelham Island Museum, this year running on 16-19 October. With more than 200 beers and ciders on offer, a tempting number of bars (including a 30 line keg bar), great live music and a wide range of local, independent food producers, we’ve long held a deep love for this festival at this venue. We still think Sheffield CAMRA is the best branch in the country, a great team, very organised, passionate about creating a brilliant festival, always with respect for the past, but with one eye on the future too. The annual Steel City Beer Festival is the highlight of their year so let’s show them our deepest thanks by drinking plenty of beer! This year we’re very happy to be involved by sponsoring the Champion Beer of Sheffield competition and the big announcement will be made early this month as things get started. The current champ is Little Critters’ ‘Nutty Ambassador’. Can it win again? With over 20 beers in competition, things are going to be tough. Good luck to all the breweries entering, we’re proud to be involved and I’m sure the winning trophy will be well deserved. For more information on the festival, including details of entry times, prices and how you can volunteer, make sure you visit We’ll be down on the opening night, we can’t wait! We hope to see you there…

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The Moon Under Water Two of Kommune’s independent retail stores are joining together for a beer and book subscription club

Neighbouring independent specialist retail stores Hop Hideout and La Biblioteka, based within contemporary food hall Kommune, are to join forces to share their passion for beers and books. ‘The Moon Under Water: Beer & Book Club’ is the new joint monthly subscription club, picking out the best selections across craft beer, books and contemporary magazines for its members. Each monthly curated box will feature three to five bottles or cans of the tastiest beers for you to delve into each month plus a book, journal or magazine for £25. The selection of beers will be mixed styles, small-batch sought after releases and good old classics each month for the next three, six or 12 months. Great as a gift, or even a present to yourself. In addition to signing up for The Moon Under Water subscription service, during that time there will also be an opportunity 54 |

to take advantage of regular offers on the website and in-store plus invitations to beer and book events. The Deets Sign up before the 5th of the month to receive the box for that month. For example, pay on the 4th of January, receive January’s monthly beer box in the 2nd week of the month. Hurrah! (If you sign up on the 6th or after you will start to receive the box from February). Choose from ‘Life’s Little Joys’ for music, art, culture and food, ‘Book Surprise’ for the book lover or ‘Adventure Time’ for travel, outdoors and lifestyle. The subscription costs £25 but is click and collect only - mail order has £7.95 per month plus additional postal charge. @HopHideout // @labiblioteka //

The New Look Graze Inn The new look Graze Inn has a contemporary bar, unique drinks area and exciting menu which includes Bottomless Brunches, Sunday Socials, signature cocktails and the ever in demand rotisserie chicken.

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The new-look Graze Inn is one of Sheffield’s best brunch spots The Graze Inn on Ecclesall Road looks bigger, somehow. A couple of months ago, Thornbridge took over the bar area, formerly known as the Cowshed, essentially splitting it in half. Yet somehow, with its new-look bar area, airy front-room feel and cosy back-room area for drinks, the separation has done wonders for this spot. We nipped over on a warm September morning, eager to try the brunch menu which has been largely feted at Exposed Towers in recent weeks. “They have a toast and juice station, it’s ace,” remarked one excitable member of staff. A lovely touch, we thought, as we headed down Eccy Road. General manager Sarah Jeffrey greets us warmly at the bar before a quick natter about the renovation. “We still have a love for cocktails and drinks here, that hasn’t been lost. We have a raised bar area in the back – it’s a really nice cosy vibe in the evening whilst we try to keep the brunch tables towards the front.” It’s easy to see why. The natural light comes in from the huge bay windows and creates a relaxing, airy atmosphere. We take a pew on 56 |

the long table in front of the bronze full-length mirror on the wall which is flanked by homely shelf items: plants, rose gold pots and small wicker baskets. There’s even a Sheffield Cook Book there. It’s there again - the little touches. Having a nosy round the restaurant, the range of clientele was varied. Young couples, families, young mums with their babies and students taking advantage of the 10% off deal. The atmosphere never changed though, even with a near-full brunch area, the place was still relaxing and welcoming with Sarah flitting about between tables. Once we’d got our photos sorted, it was time for some snap. I went straight in for the veggie breakfast: half a chargrilled avocado, asparagus, potato rosti, fire-roasted tomatos, beurre noisette mushrooms, two poached eggs and four strips of fried halloumi. All generously priced at £7. Sarah tells us it’s the most popular dish on the menu. “Everyone raves about it!” The dish definitely lived up to the hype, with everything going down an absolute treat. Our photographer, old sweet tooth he is, went for the pancake option which came with thick

cut bacon, maple syrup and blueberries, which he described as a ‘’sweet explosion’’. Truth be told, the brunch menu (served from 11am til 3pm) had such an impressive array of choices on it. Open steak sandwiches, lots of vegetarian options and a vegan section comprising of four dishes: the superfood brunch platter, a smoothie bowl, vegan pancakes and vegan porridge. No token options here, that’s for sure. There’s also an option for a bottomless brunch afternoon (£25), a cocktail and gin special during the week (5pm to 7pm, all day on Sunday) all priced at £5 and a Sunday roast offer with unlimited drinks priced at £25. Not to mention the main menu with the famous ‘grazing’ boards. There’s plenty to choose from, for everybody, at the Graze Inn and judging by our visit, it’s certainly solidified its position as one of the best brunch spots in Sheffield.

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There are plenty of fresh street food lunch options available at the Moor Market Most people in Sheffield know the Moor Market as a place to pick up fresh produce or browse the aisles for a bargain but this under-the-radar lunch spot is home to some of the best street food traders in the city. With a dozen food stalls offering entire meals for under a fiver, the Moor Market is the perfect place to find a lunch-time alternative to a meal deal, and at great prices too. We headed down to the Moor Market to check out just some of the wide variety of street food options. Karen’s Café This no nonsense cafe serves up locally sourced, traditional dishes including homemade pies and cakes. We tried the student favourite lunch deal, a homecooked cheese flan with chips, beans and a cup of tea/ coffee for only £4.20. Karen’s is the perfect lunch spot if you’re craving some top-quality comfort food. Lemongrass Thai Street Food Lemongrass has only been a fixture in the Moor’s food court since October 2017, but when we tried the slow cooked Thai belly pork, which was extremely tender, aromatic and rich, it’s easy to see why it has become a popular choice with office workers and students alike. The Hungry Buddha For a gorgeous taste of Nepal, the Hungry Buddha specialises in authentic Nepalese Thali, with a menu that changes daily. Today’s trio of curries were pea and potato, yellow gram with cabbage and a rich chicken curry. We tried the ‘little bit of everything’ option for £6, and this was served up with sticky Thai rice, a tasty lentil dahl sauce and a selection of spicy pickles and chutneys. Snake Chinese Cafe Open six days a week, Snake Chinese Cafe serves up all your take away favourites such as chow mein, noodles, fried rice, steamed pork dumplings, salt and pepper chicken, sweet and sour pork, beef in black bean sauce, crispy won tons, sesame toast, pork balls, spring rolls and spare ribs. For £4, the chips and vegetable curry was super filling, leaving enough to take home for an evening portion too.

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Creative Have you always wanted to get stuck into something creative or try a new craft but don’t know where to start? If only there was some sort of list which compiled creative events, classes and workshops in the city? Oh, wait, this is one? Keep reading and go try something new. Writers’ Café.

Kommune // Every Wednesday and Thursday // 9am-12pm // Free

If you’ve wanted to try writing this class will be ideal for you. It’s run by writer and coach Beverly Ward. The writers’ cafe is relaxed, open to any genre and people at any stage in their writing calling can pop along.

Tutored life drawing

The Drawing Room. Tuesdays. 7-9pm. £10, students £8.

The drop-in sessions at the Drawing Room are perfect for beginners or people wanting to gain confidence in their drawing. Tutor Jon Cox will take you through traditional methods of representing the human figure and will offer support during the longer poses. The classes are taking a break and will resume Tuesday 5 November. Keep up with the Drawing Room on Facebook to find out more.

Untutored life-drawing

KIAC // Wednesdays // 7-9pm // £6, students £4.

Drop in to these informal life-drawing sessions, where materials aren’t supplied but background music is. There’s no tutor support, so it would be better for those with a bit more confidence. Afterwards they head to the 60 |

pub, so it’s a great place to mingle! KIAC also hosts a life-sculpting workshop and a clayplay workshop. Check out their website below to see when these are next running.

Makers market

Kommune // 16 November // 11am-5pm // Free

Endless Love Creative’s Makers Market is back this November. You’ll be able to pick up something lovely from a variety of makers holding stalls. The last market was hugely popular, so be sure to check it out! For more info head over to their social media or have a look on the website. They also host life-drawing classes which provide materials, a clothed model and each session is themed. Keep an eye out on their Instagram @ endlesslovecreative to see when they’re next on.

Drawing party

Endless Love Creative // Pre-booked // £200 for 10 people, £20 per head

Alternatively you can book a private workshop with Endless Love Creative. Perfect for a celebration, unique birthday party or staff team-building, the session lasts two hours and a space, life model and materials will be provided, along with

a bottle of wine between two people (bonus!)

Modern calligraphy with Nikki Whitson Kommune // 16 November // 1pm-3pm // £35

Join Nikki Whitson in a calligraphy workshop during the makers market at Kommune. Supplying materials and one-on-one help, this class ensures you’ll leave with plenty of knowledge on calligraphy and it is perfect for anybody wanting to gain confidence in the craft!

Graves Art Club

Graves Art Gallery // Every Thursday // 11am1pm // £6 per session

Each week offers a new opportunity to try out different media or technique, some materials are supplied but it’s also recommended to bring your own. If you’re starting out, wanting to meet people or are a seasoned creative wanting to try something new, this class is perfect for you!


Millennium Art Gallery // Every Friday // 10.30am-12.30pm // £8 per session

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The Conjuring screening Peak Cavern // October 25 // £17.50 The Village Screen will be transforming the Peak Cavern cave into a poltergeist’s paradise as they screen the terrifying paranormal horror, The Conjuring. Based on a true story, The Conjuring is a truly scary horror that will have cinema goers jumping from their seats within one of the UK’s best show caves. museums-sheffield.

Late: Craft Jam vs handmade (16+)

Millennium Gallery // 1 November // 7pm10.30pm // Free (donation recommended)

Returning for its sixth year running Millennium Gallery invites you to this crafting bonanza. Join talented makers for an evening of live crafts, demonstrations and workshops. There’ll be music and a bar, so be sure to make an evening of it!

Hallam candle making workshop Cutlery Works // 10 October // 6:30-8:30pm // £25

Join Cutlery Works and Hallam candle for a unique workshop where you’ll learn how to make your own candle. Ingredients will be provided and you’ll end up with a candle to take home. There’s only capacity for 8 people, so booking quickly is essential! Tickets will also include a welcome drink from the Pop Bar.

ArtWorks: Altered Places

Sidney + Matilda // Now until 12 October // Free

Sidney + Matilda are hosting this residency which will showcase the work of artists with physical and learning disabilities. The artists will create work which explores their chosen themes of movement, environment and light. There’ll be open sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays during the residency where visitors can meet the artists.

Rewriting the Future

Site Gallery // Now until January 2020 // Free (donation recommended)

Join the Site Gallery for their exhibition of performance and sculpture by Sophia Al Maria, Ursula Mayer, Victoria Sin and Sonya Dyer as they explore new narratives on power, gender, ecology and community.

Sheffield artists book fair Kommune // 5 October // 10.30am // Free

Perfect for bibliophiles, this is a showcase of 50 bookmakers and small presses from all over the country and beyond, as part of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival. Browse the innovative books on show, which will convince you that book-making is an art-form and purchase something beautiful to take home.

Printing workshop

The Arthouse // 5 October // 2pm // 11 October // 6pm // Free (must pre-book)

Part of the Sheffield Print Group exhibition, Peter York will run two workshops teaching drypoint printing. The workshops are part of Off the Shelf and are inspired by the Ruskin quote: “There is no wealth but life.” They’re open for beginners as well as those with more experience. The Saturday workshop is open to children too.

Sunday Symposium: Mend with Celia Pym The Mowbray // 17 November // 11am- 4pm // £120 (full day), £30 (half day)

Learn how to repair textiles and knitted products with V&A exhibited artist Celia Pym. You’ll learn about mending knitted material and the art of doing so. The full day ticket will include a workshop with Celia, where you can learn to darn your own damaged knitwear as well as an autumnal lunch and talk from Celia. The half-day will just include the lunch and talk.

Thirst Thursdays

Sidney & Matilda // 4 October (and every first Thursday) // Free

If you’re an artist looking for a space to have feedback or want to pitch a new idea and don’t know where to go, head over to Sidney and Matilda for Thirst Thursday. They offer a relaxed environment for critique on work, Q&As or just plain socialising. There’s usually a bill of artists, but feel free to join in. Otherwise socialise and mingle with other like-minded folk, have a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) and see what other creatives in Sheffield are getting up to.

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Oktoberfest Triple Point // October 5 // Contact venue for ticket info Join Triple Point Brewery for a full day Oktoberfest experience with one-off pilot brews, exclusive beers, live oompah band, live DJ and plenty of beer flowing. All beers are VEGAN unless stated otherwise and attendees will be given a free half pint on entry if they arrive in traditional Oktoberfest attire. Prost! Game Over Church // October 11 // Free Game Over returns to Church – Temple of Fun for a look back at 2000 AD after successful nights dedicated to games from the 80s and 90s. Expect games from the golden era of emerging modern gaming and tributes paid to the game that influenced and paved the way for fan favourites that continue to entertain us today. Sheffield Beer & Cider Festival Steel City 45 Kelham Island Museum // October 16-19 // From £7 The annual beer and cider festival, hosted by Sheffield & District Campaign for Real Ale, returns to the incredibly atmospheric Kelham Island Museum for the sixth year in a row. You’ll find beer spread across the upper gallery, lower hall, Millowners Arms and festival marquee. As well as this there will be a range of street food stalls in the Victorian courtyard and live music each evening. It’s gonna be a cracker. Doc’n Roll Sheffield - Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records Showroom Cinema // October 19 // £9.20 Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dance floors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. A Q+A will follow the film, hosted by David Hancock, Winston Hazel and Greg Robinson.











Nightlife Top Picks October is always a busy month on the nightlife scene. Don’t fret. Be reyt, stick wi’ us and we’ll show yer what’s what…

No Bounds Festival

Hope Works // October 11-13 // From £7 No Bounds is back for the third year running, bringing the best in underground music to Sheffield. The festival features a massive line-up with the likes of DJ Q and The Black Madonna taking to the stage. Don’t miss the huge Saturday night rave at Hope Works.

Magnetic North // Nez, Nord and Porter Brook Café Totem // October 19 // From £7 One year on from their first party, Magnetic North are back with a night of techno and dance in Sheffield’s most intimate basement venue, Café Totem. Sheffield favourite Porter Brook and Newcastle’s golden boy Nord are opening up, followed by a two hour set from techno king Nez.

Monday Corp - Ibiza Beach Party

Corporation // October 7 // From £1 If you want to keep summer going just a little bit longer, head down to Corporation for the Ibiza Beach Party, as always bringing you the latest pop, grime and dance hits along with a selection of colourful pints.

Sounds Like This 12th Birthday

Bal Fashions // October 12 // £5 Sounds Like This are celebrating their twelfth birthday with a night of music from their favourite DJs and artists. Head down to the intimate Bal Fashions to hear a selection of

the best in house, jazz, soul, hip hop and more with sets from Chris Finguz, Andy H and Gravel Pit’s Danny Mager.

Dub Shack Channel One Sound System

Yellow Arch // October 19 // £9 Celebrating 40 years of championing the finest roots, dub and spirited energy, Channel One have carved themselves into the core of the UK dub sound system scene; travelling across the globe, spreading their message of peace, love and unity. Mikey Dread, MC Ras Kayleb and the Channel One Sound System.

Skream open to close

Tank // October 18 // £12 Skream is back with his back-tobasics ‘Open to Close’ tour after last year’s hugely successful, fully sold-out run. Once again, the clubbing stalwart brings his years of experience behind the decks as an innovative trailblazer to the best venues up and down the country.

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Sheffield City Hall

Live Music | Comedy | Entertainment

October 2019 Wednesday 16th October | 8pm

Dave Gorman Thursday 3rd October | 7.30pm

Zadie Smith: In Conversation Thursday 3rd October | 8pm

B15 – 15 years of Bravado Tribute to Rush

Thursday 17th October | 8pm

The Football Ramble Thursday 17th October | 7.30pm

An Audience with Simon Reeve Friday 18th October | 7.30pm

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Squeeze plus special guests Heaven 17

Saturday 5th October | 8pm

Monday 21st October | 7.30pm

Friday 4th October | 7pm

The Songs Of Stevie Wonder starring Beverley Knight Sunday 6th October | 2pm & 7.30pm

Diversity presents: Born Ready – 10 Year Anniversary Tour Sunday 6th October | 7.30pm

Clinton Baptiste in The Paranormalist Returns Thursday 10th October | 8pm

Stewart Francis: Into The Punset Saturday 12th October | 7.30pm

Whitney: Queen Of The Night Monday 14th October | 7.30pm

Aled Jones & Russell Watson: In Harmony Tour Tuesday 15th October | 7.30pm

James Arthur

An Evening with Lenny Henry Wednesday 23rd October | 7.30pm

You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees Wednesday 23rd October | 7.30pm

George Egg: Movable Feast Thursday 24th October | 7.30pm

An Evening with Will Young Saturday 26th October | 8.30pm

The Grand Hallowe’en Ball Wednesday 30th October | 7.30pm

Jonathan Pie: The Fake News Tour Every Friday & Saturday Doors 7pm, Show 8.15pm

The Last Laugh Comedy Club


Wednesday 16th October | 7.30pm

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comedy: top picks RHOD GILBERT


Regather Comedy Club with Gein’s Family Giftshop

Described as the most distinctive sketch troupe since League of Gentlemen, Gein’s Family Giftshop headline one of the city’s best leftfield comedy evenings.

He’s back! Bigger and better than ever, everyone’s favourite Welshman has returned to the stage to espouse his mantra in life: which is that mostly everything’s shit. Sounds ace.



Harry Potter has never seemed so goofy in this improv performance. Taking suggestions from the audience, Spontaneous Potter will act out a selection of Harry Potter fanfics right before your eyes. With live musical accompaniment, this is one show that truly is wizard!



Regather // October 19 // £8.50


THE LEADMILL // OCTOBER 30 // £17.50

This guy has made a career out of laughing at the devil, finding humour even in the bleakest circumstances. He has hosted a radio show with Elis James and has been seen at Live at the Apollo and really knows how to turn that frown upside down, and then the other way up again.

She came from across the pond and has been a mainstay of British television for more than twenty years. Her new show, How To Be Human, is an unexpectedly hilarious take on depression and drugs.

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music Since treating us to an Exposed In Session back in 2017, Floodhounds have gone from strength to strength. Their signature sound is a mash-up of punk and indie rock with catchy, riotous riffs. Exposed’s Robyn Hewson caught up with Jack Flynn (vocals/guitar) to talk about the band’s new music and their biggest Sheff gig to date at Record Junkee on 29 November. For readers who might not have heard your music before, how would you describe the band’s sound? I guess we’re like a fusion of punk, blues, rock and indie all kind of smashed together. We go all in for big riffs and heavy drums but try and keep things catchy. It’s only the three of us so we try and get as much sound from as few members as possible. We’ve heard a big show on it’s way? Yeah, in Sheffield we have a big headline show coming up at Record Junkee on 29 November which is our biggest hometown headline show to date, so that should be good fun! The last few shows we’ve done have all sold out so we’re hoping we can carry on that trend. Before that, there’s a little one-off acoustic set at The Greystones supporting some friends of ours in a blues/funk/soul nine-piece extravaganza called Highway Child. We’ve known them for years so we thought we would come down and do an acoustic support for them and that’s sold out too.

Film Noir and had a right little adventure! We made a video which is on YouTube of us dicking about with scooters and having a laugh. There’s also talk of a festival in Lisbon in January so hopefully we’ll get to play in Portugal. Actually, we did have a Swedish guy who came to one of the gigs in London and he was like, “We have to get you guys over to Sweden!” so you never know, we might end up there next! Love it! You’ve been working on some new music with Thomas Mitchener. Which of the new songs are you most excited for people to hear? I think they both serve different purposes. I’m excited for people to hear our first one, ‘Out of Time’, because it’s a really good thumping, riotous, three-chord punk extravaganza. It’s good fun and people seem to respond really well to it at the live shows. I’m probably more excited about the second one, ‘Something Primeval’, because it’s different from our other stuff. It’s slow, sinister, melancholy, brooding… a bit more like Queens of the Stone Age. It’s probably the heaviest one that we’ve done. We’re just really proud of them and excited to get them all out there now. We’re looking forward to it too. What was the recording process like for these tracks? Pretty good. We’ve done EPs in the past where we’ve recorded six tracks in two days which was stressful. It worked out okay but if we had more

“By this time next year, I want to have played every festival in the country!” Floodhounds frontman Jack Flynn You’ve already played lots of shows this year from the Isle of Wight Festival to Tramlines back home. What were your favourite gigs this year? It’s probably a toss-up between Isle of Wight which was just awesome – after our gig, we got to see some great artists like Miles Kane and Noel Gallagher – and a show we did at Record Junkee supporting Blackwaters and Avalanche Party back in February. That was one of my favourite gigs because I love Blackwaters, they’re so good, and Avalanche Party as well – I would’ve gone to that gig as a fan! So to be invited to play and be a part of it was amazing. We’re always at gigs, pretty much every week we’ll go to a couple of gigs somewhere, either in Sheffield or schlepping over to Manchester or Leeds if there’s nothing much on here. There’s nothing better than a band you really like wanting you to play with them. Last year, you got to play Supersonic in Paris. Are there any plans in motion for more international trips? I found this promoter in Paris that kept booking English bands so I kept calling her for a long time – probably eight months – asking if she had any gigs. Eventually someone cancelled on her and I just happened to have messaged her at the right time and she asked if we wanted to do it. We supported this French band called 68 |

time, we would’ve probably done it differently. This time, we did the opposite and took four days to finish two songs. By the end of the session, we were trying all sorts of stupid things like adding in electric violins and harmonicas, but in the end we decided to leave it how it was. When will the new songs be released? ‘Out of Time’ is due out early November, in time for the Record Junkee gig, and the second track will be out early February. We’ll let everyone get Christmas out of the way and then we will hit them with some punk! Are you planning on touring with the new material? Oh yeah, definitely. I’m firing off emails every day booking in more and more gigs so we’ll be coming to a town near you soon. We’ve got Leeds, Cleethorpes, Sheffield and London coming up before Christmas and hopefully Manchester too. If you could control your own destiny, where would you like the band to be this time next year? This time next year, September 2020, I want to be completely destroyed from a summer of playing at a million festivals. I want to be having September off because we’ve ruined ourselves doing every single festival in the country. And hopefully some new tunes coming out too… just bigger and better really!

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music top picks Pulled Apart by Horses

Martin Harley

Featured on the cover of last month’s issue, Pulled Apart by Horses return to Sheffield after almost four years since they last performed at the O2. The Leeds rock outfit, who formed over ten years ago, are well acquainted with Picture House Social, but will be performing there for the first time this month.

The Cardiff-born songwriter and slide guitarist is touring his latest album Roll with the Punches, which is set for release November 1. Seemingly plucked straight from Texas circa 1964, his style is nostalgic and bluesy taking you somewhere you’ve never been before.

Picture House Social // October 8 // £13.20

Gary Numan

O2 Academy // October 11 // £37.35

The (R)evolution tour celebrates 40 years since the start of Numan’s solo career. The setlist will include hits from former band, Tubeway Army, as well as his solo cult classics. Numan will also be performing tracks from his latest record Savage (Songs from a Broken World), which provides the perfect soundtrack for an industrial synth apocalypse. We can’t wait!

Sophie and the Giants The Leadmill // October 5 // £8

Following the debut of their EP ,‘Adolescence’, the Guildford four-piece are bringing their indie-pop sound to a UK tour. Released last year, the dreamy three-track EP is energetic and emotional – think Bastille meets Florence and the Machine. Front woman and vocal powerhouse, Sophie Scott, lends crystal-clear vocals over upbeat guitar riffs and drums.

Yellow Arch // October 9 // £17.50

Bad Manners

The Foundry // October 12 // £22.00

Bad Manners are two-tone ska group that formed in 1976, when many of its members didn’t even know how to play their instruments. With a plethora of jazzy tracks under their belt, Bad Manners are sure to put on an excitingly rowdy show.

Dead Naked Hippies

Picture House Social // October 24 // £6

Self-proclaimed ‘alternative-rock outsiders’, Dead Naked Hippies are a band fronted by a strong female vocalist. Since their emergence in 2016, DNH have contributed to Leeds’ ever-growing music scene. The post-punk trio aren’t afraid to get personal with their listeners, writing many of their songs about their own experiences with grief and anxiety.

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Nestled away in the heart of the city centre, Café Totem has been a cornerstone of Sheffield’s live music scene for some time now – consistently providing a platform for local talent and welcoming in some of the country’s finest up-and-coming touring artists. But they offer far more than an intimate gig space: it’s a social hub with the widest selection of independent club nights in Sheffield, a laidback coffee spot throughout the day, a pizza joint if you’re peckish, and an ideal working space with free WiFi and group seating. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the venue have recently announced a number of new wide-ranging events and deals to entice you in for a memorable evening. Here’s a look at what’s going on…

Wise up!

Sing for your Supper

Happy Days

Open mic nights are the perfect slice of midweek entertainment, as the venue welcomes members of the Sheffield music community down to showcase their talents in a chilled-out atmosphere. Ever sympathetic to the plight of the skint musician, every Tuesday there’ll be free pizza and beer on offer for all performers – get fed and have some fun!

Each Tuesday, before the open mic kicks off, you’ll have the chance to test your music knowledge with the weekly Totem Quiz. £1 entry, prizes to be won, and if you book out a table with your pals there’s a free pizza in it.

Totem Fridays

Possibly the best free-entry indie night in the city, this brand new bash is focused on pumping undisputable bangers from some of the world’s finest bands. Think Strokes, Monkeys, Pulp, Libertines, Tame Impala, Oasis, Wolf Alice, Florence and the Machine and many more playing from 11pm ‘til late. Throw into the mix £2 mixers, bottled beers and the odd guest spot from Sheff musicians for one of the finest Friday parties in town. These days, going for just a couple of beers can hit you hard in the pocket. If you’re a bit low on funds and in need of a drink, there’s a daily happy hour (5-7pm, Mon-Fri) that might come in handy. £2 Budweisers, £2.50 Sheffield Pilsners, £2.50 G&Ts and £2 mixers – plus more! Enjoy responsibly, like…

Have a laugh

The venue’s recently announced live standup night, The Comedy Hose, has proved exceptionally popular with free entry and the chance to catch some up-and-coming comedic talent. Coming up next on the 9 October there’s musical comedian Keith Wild, awardwinning deadpan comic Marie Fawcett and one of ‘world’s leading deliverers of sat-down stand-up comedy’, Jonny Brook.

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Stranger sounds

This month they’ll be throwing a special Halloween party in honour of Stranger Things and the greatest pop and alternative heroes of all time! Expect to walk into the upside-down, with two floors of pop and alternative 80s hits. Popstar/Stranger Things/Halloween fancy dress strongly encouraged!

Psych Out

Open your mind every third Thursday of the month with a decdicated night to all things sounds groovy and psychedelic. For Turn On, Tune In think Hendrix, The Beach Boys and Revolver-era Beatles.

Rock On!

Glam up and rock out every first Saturday of the month with Get It On – which, unsurprisingly, will feature glam rock legends such as T- Rex, but you’ll also be able have your fill of KISS, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy and co.

Enter the Unknown

A celebration of all things post-punk and new/wave, Unknown Pleasures has plenty of homegrown synthpop classics to pick from but also pays homage to scene innovators such Kraftwerk and Joy Division through to The Knife and The Horrors.


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YUSUF YELLOW The local wordsmith popped over to Exposed HQ to chat gigs, opening up in his music and plans for the future… So your first EP, Sunflowers, was released this year. How did that come together? Yeah, Sunflowers was the first project I’ve ever put together. It’s just a reflection of everything I went through in that year. And my time spent out in L.A. was what shifted me into music. I was just writing poetry at the start but friends I met out there put me onto hip-hop. I started freestyling with them and did some little performances, nothing massive, and that gave me the inspiration to come back and start on that project. It all started moving forwards from there. Your music is very personal. The record in particular is a very candid piece. Have you always been so open in your work? When I was writing my poetry in the start it was a release from everything that was in my mind. I often felt like speaking to people about things could just confuse me even more. So if I just wrote everything down on a piece of paper and tried to make it in a creative format, I could reflect on it better. When it came to the music I was experimenting for a while with different ways of writing, but the only time I felt satisfied with a verse or a song was when it truly reflected something that I’d done or gone through. I wouldn’t want to be seen as anything I’m not. I can only feel really happy with something that reflects my true self.

You cover topics like masculinity and mental health. Do you feel a specific responsibility as young male to talk about those things? Yeah, definitely. Although I feel like our generation is becoming a lot more aware and things are getting better, it’s still far from being accepted by everyone. Just from what I’ve seen, toxic masculinity is still a massive thing in our generation because of damaging things like lad culture. It’s like there’s still a stigma around guys being open and being emotional. Who are your main musical influences? I’ve been asked this so many times but I think the best way to answer is with the stuff that’s influencing me at the moment, because otherwise there would just be an endless list of people. There’s a rapper, Jessie James Solomon, who I’m really into. His flow is something I’ve been working towards for a while. It’s cool to hear an artist with a similar flow but who’s quite a few steps above me. King Krule’s stuff under Archy Marshall is cool too. In terms of lyrics I’ll always go back to Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick – I just love old school hip-hop. It’s my favourite and I’ll always go back to it but I’m trying to keep up with the new scene as well. What’s the reception been like at your Sheffield gigs so far? The reception has been all positive to be fair, which is really nice for me. There are certain tunes that are more upbeat and it’s cool to see people dancing. At the last show there were even some people singing along. I hadn’t had that before so that was a really nice experience. With the more personal tunes, I’ve had people coming up to me and telling me that what I’m talking about is really important and that it’s very honest. At the start it was just me trying to let out what was in my head, but for people to vibe with it too is really cool. How can people find out more about you? We’ve got gigs coming up. We’ve just done one at the end of last month under Jackie Moonbather’s Blancmange Lounge label at Temple of Fun. He’s produced quite a few beats that I’m working on as well. So I’m starting a project with those. And my friend, Oscar, who’s been at the last few shows I’ve done is also producing some beats for me, so we’ve got some new tunes on the way. For now it’s all about trying to make the tunes better quality. The first two projects were all made in my bedroom, recording and mastering everything with a basic home studio that I bought off Amazon a year ago. It did the job for those projects but now I’m studying music production I’ve got access to much better equipment. I want to keep the gigs going and support as many people as possible, do as many of my shows as I can. It’s nice being able to bring in friends as well. I just want to bring people together, perform lots of gigs and make as much good music as I can. Check out Yusuf’s music at

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Toxic masculinity is still a massive thing in our generation because of things like lad culture. It’s like there’s still a stigma around guys being open and being emotional. | 77

HAUNTED screenings Spooky torchlit trail, sprawling graveyard, chilling screenings, do you dare?


19TH & 20TH OCTOBER 2019





Film edited by Cal Reid

Doctor Sleep

The adaptation and sequel to the film of The Shining. Ewan McGregor portrayals the older Danny Terrence who survived his father’s murderous descent into instantly at the overlook hotel back in 1980. This time he must use his supernatural powers to help a young girl targeted by a sinister cult.


An epic depiction of the 1942 battle that followed in the wake of Pearl Harbour. Famously a 1976 action film with an array of stars, this recent epic shows how the tide of war in the Pacific was changed in the favour of the United States against the forces of Imperial Japan.

IT Chapter II Stephen King’s adaptations, much like his novels, fall mainly into three categories. In the first and highest you have films like Salem’s Lot (1979), The Shining, Pet Semetary (1989), The Dead Zone, IT (2017) and Misery. The films that occupy the middle section get by with a pass despite dubious quality; Cujo, The Night Flier, Children of the Corn and Silver Bullet. Then we have the third section which can aptly be described as utter, irredeemable crap; Sleepwalkers, Thinner, The Dark Tower and Dreamcatcher. For my money the 2017 adaptation of what many consider to be King’s ultimate piece of work ranks as one of the best horror/fantasy films ever made. What makes the film so great is difficult to narrow down as it is a collection of all major aspects of filmmaking and the subtle touches being crafted so perfectly. The cinematography and music hark back to the

classic King films and emulated the same kind of atmosphere as Stranger Things. The story too was told beautifully and adjusted its tone accordingly. So does the second part of the story match up to the first? The short answer is no. The drop in quality is pretty apparent throughout. There are some genuinely brilliant moments that rank higher than those in the first. Other than that though the rest feels really substandard. The dialogue lacks any sense of realism, and the difference in chemistry between the characters as kids and then as adults is so different that it’s difficult to believe that these are the same people. Categorising this film, I’d say it falls comfortably into the middle section of King’s adaptations, which is a shame because one can see what its real potential is. 2/4


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Any film that contains animals preying on humans, especially those who occupy the water, are inevitably compared, somewhat unfavorably, to Jaws. In the case of Crawl we get something that really does try to be its own thing. The premise is simple and stress-inducing; a daughter and her father are trapped in a basement with marauding alligators during a violent hurricane. It’s the perfect elevator-pitch movie and what follows over the course of the film is everything you’d expect and want, with a good dash of ridiculousness added to the mix. The CGI is blended well with the animatronic alligators and the gore at times is shocking and winceinducing. It’s good old meat-and-veg horror at its finest, and refreshingly high in quality which sets it apart from the Horror Channel or movies4men. 3/4

Based upon a series of stories for children, this anthological-style horror film from producer Guiellermo del Toro proved a nice little gem in a summer full of disappointing films. The film is similar to both IT and Stranger Things in that it takes place in a culturalexplosive period that everyone appears to be looking back on lately. The film has a unique spin of the idea of an anthology horror movie; rather than having the chilling tales told separately with little relation to each other, they are connected well by a narrative that runs through the film, which allows the film to provide a great deal of unique scares throughout with a level of unpredictability. The film also keeps the best scares for the latter half of the film which keeps it entertaining right up until the end. 3.5/4

Knives Out

Daniel Craig leads a cast of familiar faces including Marvel’s Chris Evans in this old style murder-mystery that has had critics lauding its screening at the Toronto Film Festival. | 79

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LGBT+ @ Uni of Sheffield

Tue 1 Oct: The Tuesday Social Fri 4 Oct: The Coffee Social Sat 5 Oct: Brunch Club Launch Sheffield Town Hall

Wed 2 Oct: Hate Crime Working Group Wed 9 Oct: LGBT+ Hub Wed 23 Oct: Visibility Working Group

Thu 24 Oct: SAYiT’s 20th Anniversary Trans Active

Happy Fall to All October is here, bringing the dark nights and a chill in the air, but it’s not all doom and gloom as we have an abundance of queer happenings to get stuck into. As new and returning students flock back to the Steel City, we have Sheffield University’s LGBT+ committee welcome week with the return of the Tuesday social [Tue 1 Oct], coffee social [Fri 4 Oct] and the launch of their new brunch club [Sat 5 Oct]. Combining intrepid journalism with personal experience, Amelia Abraham discusses her book, Queer Intentions [Sat 12 Oct] exploring the joys and pains of being LGBTQ+ at a time when queer culture has seemingly never been so mainstream at Off the Shelf. Matthew Todd talks about his book Pride [Wed 9 Oct] marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots when police raided a New York gay bar - a key moment in the beginning of the fight for LGBTQ rights. If you want to get more involved in the pride movement, Pride in Sheffield also hold their elections this month [Tue 1 Oct] at Hallam University for their 2020 committee. This is a full committee election, so all roles are up for grabs. Over at the Town Hall, we have SAYiT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration [Thu 24 Oct] marking two decades of working with LGBT+ young people in the city. Hear from the charity’s founders and leaders as well as leaders in the council, NHS and LGBT+ community on the fight for equality and a not to miss special performance by the new SAYiT Choir with Sheffield’s very own Out Aloud. On the big screen this month we have a preview screening of Judy at the Curzon Cinema [Tue 1 Oct] with Renée Zellwegger starring as legendary gay icon, Judy Garland singing some of Garland’s best loved tunes. Over at the Showroom we have underground queer rock musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Make a Scene Live Event [Sat 5 Oct] hosted by queer trans icon Grace Oni Smith.

Following the success of her first studio album, Queer as Folk, self-described socialist, feminist, lesbian, left wing protest singer, Grace Petrie heads to the Leadmill [Sat 12 Oct] on her headline tour with her unique takes on life, love and politics that have won over audiences everywhere, across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Bringing the laughs, Eddie Izzard takes to the stage at City Hall [Sun 27 Oct] with his new stand up show, Wunderbar, expanding on his own unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’. October also means the witching season is upon us and we have the queerest selection of Halloween offerings. Last, but definitely not least, Plenty Fuss return to Hatch [Thu 31 Oct] for a very special Halloween edition of their night that puts women, non-binary and queer musicians at the forefront with a screening of SIKSA, an avant-garde/ queer musical about the current situation for women in Poland, the rise of right-wing politics and the heroine’s experience of adolescence in the midst of this, followed by a live performance by Eilis Frawley, playing as part of her European tour to coincide with the release of her debut album ‘Impossible Truths.’ That’s your lot for this month, for full up-to date listings of all the LGBT+ events in the city head to Until next time, love and pumpkins,

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Sun 20 Oct: Montyween Tue 22 Oct: Storytelling with S Bear Bergman Velvet Burlesque

Sat 26 Oct: Cabaret Gothique Library Theatre Sat 26 Oct: The Grand Halloween Ball Other Events

Tue 1 Oct: Pride in Sheffield Elections Curzon Cinema

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Steve Water’s latest play brings corruption and complicity to the Crucible Words: Robyn Hewson This fall, the world premiere of electrifying thriller The Last King of Scotland is coming to Sheffield. Adapted from the book by Giles Foden, the story takes place in 1970s Uganda where Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (Game of Throne’s Daniel Portman) becomes entangled in the country’s complicated and often brutal regime. Drawn into the inner workings of Uganda, Garrigan ends up as a personal physician to the dictator Idi Amin. I sat in on the rehearsals to watch how the action would be brought to life on the stage. The scene I watched, involving a variety of journalists reporting on the new Ugandan leader, was intended to give a sense of space and time to the play. The room was an electric mix of col82 |

our, movement and sounds as the movement director Kane Husbands shaped the scene into something coordinated and tangible. It was interesting to see how the cast interacted with one another, particularly with the character of Garrigan, who begins as an outsider unfamiliar with the country’s cultural and political workings. We later caught up with Daniel Portman to talk about the complexities of his character and how the story remains relevant to audiences today. What has the rehearsal process been like so far? There’s been a lot of textual analysis and dissection of the piece as a group which was a new experience to me. I’ve never done that in a the-

atre setting before so that was a real learning curve and it’s been great. Through doing that, you build a bit of a team energy and morale as a unit. It’s such an ensemble piece. We started getting on our feet yesterday and it feels like the ground work that we did in the last couple of weeks will really pay off. It’s difficult to know until you get on your feet and you’re doing it. Everyone has lots of thoughts and people are willing to take risks and I’m very excited, so I feel really lucky to be here. How will the stage adaption be different to the book and film versions? They all tell the same story but from different perspectives. The book is very much the story of a man documenting a situation, but the film, to me, is a man being swept up in a situation and this version of the character is an opportunist, he chooses to take this path and I think complicity is one of the main themes of the play. There are a lot of questions to be asked and things to think about in the stage adaption: race politics and social politics, geographical situations and the rise of totalitarian dictators in our politics, even in this country with our prime minister… if he could be Idi Amin Dada, Boris Johnson probably would be. And obviously Trump. I think there’s an opportunity in this for the mirror to be held up, especially with the British influence in Uganda and being instrumental in things that happened. How would you describe the relationship between your character, Dr Garrigan, and Idi Amin Dada in the play? Garrigan begins with a romantic, idealised view of Uganda, and of the leader. Amin comes out and makes a speech and Garrigan sees him almost as a rock star, he idolises him. That’s

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Garrigan’s introduction to him as a man and I think that has a hand in why he lets him off with so many things. He’s not a hero to him but he has put him on a pedestal. As the play goes on, Nicholas realises he’s been too aware of the idea of Amin rather than the real Amin, a deeply complex, twisted but also quite child-like individual. There are real layers to that relationship. I auditioned with Tobi Bamtefa who plays Amin in a chemistry reading and it just worked straight away. Is it a different experience playing a character who is complicit in atrocities in comparison to the more easy-going, lovable characters

you’ve played before like Podrick (Game of Thrones) or Max (Square Go)? It’s been an interesting and complex experience to think about his complicity. In the play, everyone exists in this moral grey area where actions speak louder than words. I’ve been trying to figure out Garrigan and I’m not quite there yet. Does he feel like he’s to blame or does he feel like a victim? Is he aware of his complicity entirely? There’s a great deal of conflict in him. For me, certainly, I feel that I want to explore a man who doesn’t know who he is and I think that’s one of the reasons that he goes to Uganda to escape the version of himself that he’s created in Scotland. It’s about how he views himself in the world, his desires and his wellbeing against that of others. I could tell from being in rehearsals that there was a palatable group morale and lots of energy in the room. It seems like even though the play focuses on a dark topic, there will be moments of light and fun in there too. Absolutely. It has to; I think certainly in terms of Garrigan’s journey, there needs to be something magnetic and irresistible about Uganda before he really gets sucked in to the inner workings of the country. It’s a really interesting plot especially considering that it’s set over eight years and there are quite a few jumps in time and relationship but as you say, there is a group energy, and I feel like these relationships are going to come really easily now. It’s a good cast, there’s no ego in the room and people are committed to it. Everyone’s very excited to be involved, it’s a joyous experience. The Last King of Scotland is showing at The Crucible Theatre 27 Sep–19 Oct.

ON YOUR FEET! Lyceum Theatre // 15–19 October // From £15 The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical embarks on an international tour this autumn. On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pop songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga, Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’. FAR GONE Studio Theatre // 22–23 October // From £13 When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever. Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier. Seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him, Okumu’s experience strikes straight at the heart through a powerful one-man performance by John Rwothomack. BUILD A ROCKET Theatre Deli // 18–19 October // £9 Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity. Yasmin is a bright sixteen-year-old from a small seaside town. In an instant, her world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her life isn’t sandcastles, arcades, and donkey rides. Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life’s great challenges completely alone – but can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her? | 83

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Horror Show! You have been working together for a number of years now, how did you meet and what made you decide to work together? Harold: We’re cursed. Arthur: Every time we try to quit life on the road, something goes wrong. Mysteriously. Like, we run out of money. H: I mean, we met at university. But we’ve been researching true crime and unsolved mysteries for nearly a decade; we’ve worked together on all sorts of weird and dangerous projects over the years. A: We’ve had shows in theatres, bars, basements, attics, living rooms, motels, death hotels, multi-use spaces, disused spaces, useless spaces and music venues all across the UK and Australia. H: And it’s quite addictive. There’s nothing like scaring people into doing some much-needed research. We like to keep our audiences up all night. Who are Harold and Arthur? H: We ask ourselves that question every morning... A: We’re two men, who’ve seen too much; or not enough, we’re not sure. What we’d actually like to see is some damned answers. H: Where do these missing people go... A: What’s taking them... H: ...And why the hell is no one is doing anything about it? A: It’s not a fucking joke, mate. It’s actually fucking happening. H: And we’re sick of it. And people need to know the truth. What about horror appeals to you? A: Horror is a good vehicle for strange ideas. It makes people wake up and listen. It allows you to explore some pretty unusual topics, to go to

Intense, bleak and juvenile – just three words you could describe the two-man travelling show of Harold and Arthur’s Horror show. They’re bringing their unique sense of humour to Theatre Deli on October 11, we caught up with them both ahead of the show.

places that you don’t get chance to in other genres... Places you might not particularly want to visit. But we’ve got a responsibility to do that, knowing what we know. H: If you’re trying to tell people something important – like the fact that hundreds of people really do go missing under sinister and completely inexplicable circumstances every week – well, dressing it up as horror is a good way to make people pay attention. And slapping “comedy” on the end is a good way to get interview requests. Is it challenging to incorporate comedy with horror? Why do you like to combine those genres? H: Sometimes something is so traumatic that you can either laugh or cry. We’re not picky about which. Your current tour is sponsored by Missing People UK, and the proceeds will be donated to them. What made you want to work with them? A: All the free charity gala cocai– H: The sense of public duty, I think. After all, it’s a show about truly strange disappearances. They’re a great charity and we wanted to promote their cause. And of course, our profits from this tour will all go to

the charity itself. We do make light of it occasionally – you have to, it’s an upsetting subject – but when you get down to it, there’s nothing funny about missing people. A: They did try to send us a banner in the post, but sadly it never arrived. All the same, they’re doing fantastic work, and they’ve been great to work with. You’re performing at Theatre Deli on October 11. What should people expect from your live show? A: To be well and truly disturbed. H: And of course, this time we’re joined by a really incredible special guest. We can’t let his identity slip just yet, but suffice it to say he’s a very highly acclaimed truecrime writer with a hit show on Netflix. I know right. We’re stoked. A: He’s friends with Les Stroud. You know, Survivorman, from TV. H: It’s not Les Straud... But it’s pretty damned exciting to be interviewing this guy live in Sheffield, as part of the show. He’s got some really interesting stuff to talk about. A: And, of course, there’s lots more. Multimedia, special effects, pure existential terror. And an owl. H: It should make you gasp. It should make you panic. It should unsettle you. And it does. People go home scared. We get their emails. It’s really quite upsetting. A: In a good way. H: And of course, we can promise... It will follow you home. You can get tickets to see Harold and Arthur’s Horror Show for £8 from | 85

culture: artist spotlighT Frog and Bone is a collective of artists who travel the country performing community-based stories and events. Heritage and folklore influences their stories, and they use a variety of props, puppets, mechanical sculptures and costumes to tell them. We caught up with Nathan Ritson, their Sheffield-based artist.

What does Frog and Bone do? What’s your role within the group? Frog and Bone is a collective of artists from different disciplines. We put on shows and installations with a strong interactive element, aiming to involve the audience. Our work is site-specific, drawing on our surroundings to create an immersive space and get everyone into the right mind-set.  My main role in the group is that of a Story Peddler. I do a lot of the face to face interaction with audiences, I also write a lot of the shows. It has to be said that positions within the group are quite fluid; I’m not the only performer, and everyone helps with making our pieces.  What influences you?  My personal influences are so broad that I can’t name them all! I feel like I draw inspiration from pieces I only half remember and bolt them together with new ideas. Folklore is a huge one, I am a glutton for our heritage. Any chance I get to read a new book on Pagan traditions or Celtic myths I take. This helps influence my story telling, there’s just something so pure about a folk tale told face to face.  The world around us another influence; it might be walks in nature, political discussions, or the endless paperwork I seem to be doing at the moment! The latter of which has inspired me to work on an office-working puppet with a head made out of stone. That way it doesn’t hurt when he bangs it against the desk. Storytelling is a big part of your work. How do you tell these stories? With a lot of improvisation! It depends on the story really. I’ve memorised a number of folk tales, I’m currently trying

to memorise more! Others I write down. If it’s a grand rambling play I’ve only had a couple of weeks to write and can only rehearse on the road, then I tend to hide a script in the pages of an old-looking book that acts as a prop and adds to the whole air of a story peddler! How do you think such examples of art and creativity benefits local communities? Well, this can happen in a number of ways! Personally I’m not a huge fan of gallery art. I think it has its place and I enjoy looking at it occasionally, but it always feels very exclusive. I like seeing art out in the open.  I enjoy large murals, like Pete McKee’s in Sheffield that add a sense of pride to the city, or the off-the-cuff nature of the work of Welfare State back in the day. Creative projects for young people can’t be overstated either, especially if it gives them something they’ve not experienced, or even if that’s just total freedom to go crazy and make whatever they want, limited only by their imagination.  I think the ability to create helps people to have a sense of pride and happiness. If you keep that up, it will spill over into your everyday life and make everything a bit more fun!  Do you have any projects lined up?  I’ve got a few puppets to make, and a lot of paperwork to do!  Frog and Bone will be appearing at the Stannington Story Festival on October the 5th and we’re planning a bonfire night sometime early November. The biggest thing at the moment however is starting to form a proper company. This involves mountains of paperwork and potentially more meetings than anyone’s got time for, but we’ll get there, we always do!

Catch Frog and Bone at the Stannington Story Festival, part of Off the Shelf on Saturday the 5th of October from 1pm. Keep up with them online via their Instagram @FrogandBone and

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otis mensah Since being named Sheffield first poet laureate last year, things have been pretty much non-stop for Otis Mensah. Multiple festival performances, gigs across Europe, a debut EP and the release of his first poetry book ‘SAFE METAMORPHIS’ are just a few highlights from a hectic 12 months from an artist dedicated to shining a light on the city’s burgeoning literary scene. With little sign of slowing down, Mensah will release his second album Rap Poetics next month after heading out on a UK tour supporting the likes of Gilles Peterson, Sarathy Korwar and KOTA The Friend. Exposed’s Sally Strong went to find out what we can expect from his new material.

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What themes are you exploring in this EP? I’ve kinda taken it back to participating in the art of rap for fun, so really playing with words. In it I’m trying to alchemise worlds through playing with different rhyme patterns. So I am seeing where the word takes me. The overarching theme driving this EP is the idea of rap being a potent form of poetry. I want to dismantle the idea that rap is disposable or unintelligent. So much that I know about the world, about philosophy and about history stems from my studies through rap music and hip-hop culture. I see it as a stimulus for philosophy, personal studying, as well as looking at society. How has your sound evolved since Mum’s House, Philosopher? In a way I think that Rap Poetics is taking it back, as opposed to moving forward. I am going to the bare roots of what I do, so I am looking at pure | 91

The overarching theme driving this EP is the idea of rap being a potent form of poetry. I want to dismantle the idea that rap is disposable or unintelligent and raw poetry. In Rap Poetics I’m not thinking about song structures as much, just having fun. Essentially I am giving over the song structures to the overarching message, so I’m letting the message drive the music. When and where can we catch you performing Rap Poetics? I’m going to be headlining at Yellow Arch on 9 November, so that’s super exciting as that’s when I’ll be launching the EP officially. I’ve also got a few shows coming up; I’ll be going to Germany in support of Reverie, an amazing MC from LA. I’ll also be doing No Bounds Festival on 13tOctober, playing at the Holt. Bits here and there when I am going to push the new EP. Is there any particular songs which you’re excited to perform live? I am excited about the last song live, ‘Grand Finale Funeral Show’. It’s really fun lyrically, it’s got this juxtaposing instrumental, and so it’s happy but really, really melancholic. I think it’s something that will work to rile up the audience live. I like to test myself live and see how I can channel my emotions on stage to the audience.


You were named Sheffield’s poet laureate in 2018; how has that helped or developed your music? It’s given me a confidence boost in terms of standing as an advocate for rap as poetry. It’s strengthened my purpose about going into an institution. I am going into the art world and trying to break down the idea that poetry is something whitewashed or elitist. Through it I am showing that other forms of poetry exist that have huge impact in real life. So yes, it’s been an amazing journey so far. Rap Poetics is released on 25 October.

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High Hazels You know what’s impressive? Back in 2012, Sheffield’s dream pop troubadours High Hazels, still a tad wet around the ears, managed to turn the heads of Steve Lamacq and Jarvis Cocker – all before they’d even played a gig. They eventually played their first live show at The Great Gatsby in November 2012, and after receiving a few spins on 6Music, the band locked themselves away in a practice room for almost two years and focused on honing their songwriting skills. A number of melodic, charming pop ballads followed alongside a self-titled debut album and two EPs, In The Half Light and Weak Sun. Following the release of their second album Days of No One in August this year, the band announced a hometown Leadmill gig. However, a month later the band posted a statement on social media to say that following seven years together it would be the last show they played for the foreseeable future. Sad times indeed, but you can still roll back the years and watch them live in session for Exposed. Head to and enjoy three videos directed by Tony Greenan, with a quick interview from the freshfaced laddos to go with it.

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