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31: 2019: SHEFFIELD’S YEAR AHEAD The very nature of Sheff as a city constantly on the move means 2019 will be another year of huge developments and new openings. Let’s break it down, shall we?
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After the sellout success of last year’s raucous shindig, the Exposed Awards are making their return on May 16th this year, tying in nicely with a number of upcoming events to commemorate our 15th year as a mag. Yup, we are that old. Someone gi’ us a drink – quick. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’ll be the usual POA with a few tweaks thrown in. As per, we’ll be celebrating the best of the Sheffield scene spanning food, drink, culture, fashion, music and beyond – with all winners chosen by you lovely lot, the Exposed readership. Voting will open on February 5th and run until the end of April, where we’ll announce the shortlist for each category. The one with the most votes wins. Easeh peaseh.
Once again, we’ll be partying at 92 Burton Road, otherwise known as the home of Peddler Market. It’s the perfect summer evening venue and there’ll be a few of their regular street food traders on-hand to provide the munch – not to mention a wellstocked bar or two.
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the library cafE Officially the oldest library in Sheffield, the Grade II-listed Attercliffe Library was given a new lease of life in back in October when American soul singer Aaron Casserly-Stewart, from the band The Sounds of Blackness, took on the venue and turned it into a café-cum-jazz venue. We grabbed director Justin Brooks to find out more… How did the Library Cafe come about? After researching areas in the city we realised that the east end of Sheffield, in particular Attercliffe, has a large amount of development happening over the next three years. The Olympic legacy park, Hallam University, Sheffield Sharks to name but a few. After speaking with a property developer and the director of Spaces Sheffield, we were made aware of what was Sheffield’s oldest library, dating back to 1894. After falling in love with the place we thought it would make a great live music venue and we felt compelled to bring this historic building back to life. How has the reaction been since opening? We’ve had a very good reaction and gained a lot of support from local businesses and the general public! What is particularly special about this building for you? The history around how this building served the community and its original features has been the main attraction for wanting to redevelop the space. Having been through a period of decline, the area is now improving greatly thanks to the development of the Olympic Legacy Park and subsequent opening of new businesses in the area. We felt the east end of Sheffield was a great place to combine live music and food in an iconic space! It’s certainly a striking place. What’s your favourite aspect of the venue? The entrance hall is stunning, with the original doors, windows and the mosaic flooring that was created when the library was built back in the late 1800s. The original librarian’s glass-windowed office made for a perfect kitchen too! Any plans for the future? Our vision at The Library is to provide a unique setting for diners and music lovers. We strive to create a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere featuring local, national and international acts of the jazz, soul and swing genres.
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Mother to child on Fargate: “Don’t hassle the pigeons, love. They’ll peck your eyes out.” Matt Helders and Public to open two new venues The team behind the award-winning cocktail bar Public and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders have teamed up with Museums Sheffield to launch Ambulo, an all-day dining concept across two historic Sheffield sites. Ambulo will be launching its first site in early 2019 at the Millennium Gallery, offering all-day dining, speciality coffee, wine and cocktails. A second cafe will follow later in the year at Weston Park Museum. Speaking to Exposed about the big news, co-founder of the Rockingham Group (Public, Great Gatsby, Picture House Social) James O’Hara said: “Ambulo is something that we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a good few years, just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and we’re so happy to be able to do this by teaming up with
Museums Sheffield. To be able to call Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum our new homes is very exciting!” Matt Helders added: “Me and James (O’Hara) have been friends for a long time and we’ve been chatting about opening a restaurant for years. It’s great to be working with his team to bring Ambulo to life and particularly
great to be doing this together in our hometown. With my ‘day job’ I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world, it’s great to bring some of what I’ve seen and experienced back to Sheffield. I can’t wait to have a place where all our friends, family and the people of the city can eat, drink and hang out.” Ambulo will open from 8am, serving
specialty coffee, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. Public head chef Tom Aronica has designed an eclectic food menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch, something that O’Hara is keen to focus on families and healthy eating. “With Ambulo it’s really important to us that it’s a place where families feel comfortable and looked after. We may have come from primarily a bar background but as with all our previous projects they really do reflect where we are at a certain time in our lives. “Ambulo will be a place where we can go with our kids, nieces and nephews, family and friends to eat great food, drink great drinks, in an environment that we can all relax in. We recognise what a huge responsibility comes with being given the chance to open within these buildings that are so culturally significant to the city and we want to reflect that in all we do at Ambulo.” The Millennium Gallery site will transition into an evening restaurant with a seasonal menu as well as a drinks selection taking in wine, beer and innovative cocktails that Public and the Great Gatsby are known for. Ambulo is set to open in 2019. Head over to weareambulo.com for more info.
Hoppy Days 2019 will see the return of Sheffield Beer Week for its fifth year on 11-17 March, certifying itself as a highlight on the city’s calendar of events. The city-wide occasion has outdoor reputation, there will A word from already confirmed a number of be a number of open air events, Sheffield Beer Week local breweries involved in this including CAMRA’s pub heritage director Jules Gray. year’s week of events – including Neepsend Brew Co., Kelham Island Brewery, Thornbridge, Abbeydale Brewery and the newest kid on the block, Saint Mars of the Desert – will be hosting its first Sheffield Beer Week event. On top of 2019’s core strands (beer, food, community and heritage), Sheffield Beer Week will be celebrating women working in the industry again with Norwichbased Fem.Ale and Hop Hideout teaming up for a brewsters’ tap takeover collaboration. Celebrating the Steel City’s sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk 14 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
officer Dave Pickersgill’s popular heritage pub walk in Sheffield. Following the success of last year, the People’s Photography Trail will return to Sheffield with photographers Nicci Peet and Mark Newton currently in the planning stage of this year’s exhibition-meets-beer trail. The Beer Week’s usual opener, the Indie Beer Feast event, has grown to two days this year and will be kicking the week off on Friday 8 March with a celebration of independent craft beers in the iconic Abbeydale Picture House.
“Sheffield Beer Week wouldn’t be what it is without those involved. It shows the unity and community of Sheffield and the global beer scene. Beer tourism is a crucial cog to Sheffield’s continued success and positive economic growth. The city is not only attracting engaged and inquisitive tourists to the area for beer, outdoor sports and creative arts but also new beer-focused businesses to locate here. The Beer Week really adds vibrancy to the city, boosts the local economy and keeps the high street buzzing with good beer chatter.”
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Let’s nip them January blues right in the bud, shall we? There’s a heap of discounts and special offers on throughout this month, ranging from cheap eats to bargain fashion buys. We’ve rounded up a few of our faves…
The popular Carver Street vintage store is diving head-first into January with a 50% off sale. Freshmans has the latest vintage trends in stock, including garms from the 1940s all the way up to the gleaming 90s. They’re also running a comp for the first week: buy a £1 Freshmans bag for life, take it home, decorate with doodles and pop it on Instagram, making sure to tag @freshmansvintagestore. All proceeds go to charity and the best design gets a £50 store voucher. facebook.com/freshmansvintagestore
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For something a bit snazzy, Hawes and Curtis’ January mix and match deals are worth a mention. Grab five formal men’s shirts for £100, (usually £49 each) or two Hawes and Curtis’ signature shirts for £50, reduced from £55 each. Also on the offer is the collection of stylish women’s blouses and shirts – two for £45, reduced from £39 each. hawesandcurtis.co.uk
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Not content with being one of Sheffield’s best cocktail bars, OHM has been nailing its foodie offerings for months now. With 12 pizzas, 14 burgers and five chicken dishes to choose from, it doesn’t get much better than their 50% off all main courses offer. Trying Veganuary? Nee bother, there are plenty of plant-based options to go at here. ohm-sheffield.com
Grafting hard over Christmas. eh? Not everyone gets to take a break over the holidays, and True North is offering 20% off at its venues throughout January. Choose from a range of bespoke packages that include everything from cocktail classes to pizza parties and keep the festive cheer alive long into the New Year. truenorthbrewco.uk/christmas
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The ever-lively Broomhill boozer is offering 50% off your total food bill throughout January when you sign up on its website. Whether you’re stopping off on a pub crawl, getting cosy in the heated beer garden out back or watching live sporting fixtures on the box you’d be daft to miss out on some cheap snap from Fox and Duck’s classic pub grub menu. foxandducksheffield.co.uk
One of Derbyshire’s finest restaurants, The Tickled Trout is only a short drive/bus ride away from Sheffield city centre. Launching its new lunch menu, the Barlow restaurant is offering two main courses for £15. Choose from seasonal dishes, a great selection of real ales and gin plus the option of getting stuck right in to the restaurant’s famous sunday roasts. tickledtroutbarlow.com
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Words: Jamie Haworth // Photos: Marc Barker Limit Break are one of the most respected underground acts on the Sheffield music circuit. Known for fusing hard-hitting samples with drums, guitar and bass in their live shows, the electronic band consolidated a more fullyfledged sound when vocalist Kelsey Fothergill joined two years ago. But those less familiar with the city’s more off-the-radar haunts can be forgiven for not knowing too much about Limit Break. Their only EP available online was released back in 2014; and as impressive as Limit Break are, the band are the first to admit that it doesn’t represent their current sound or potential. Following regular appearances at Peddler Market and a riotous gig supporting fellow Sheffielders Vuromantics at The Leadmill in December, the four-piece have a new album in the works and are ready to make themselves heard. Tucked away inside The Broadfield on a rainy Tuesday night, we met with Leon Gorka, Kelsey Fothergill, Danny Masters and Josh Wright before their Exposed In Session appearance this month and discussed how Limit Break forged their electronic live sound over the years and look ahead to some exciting plans for 2019. Let’s start with the Limit Break ‘origins’ story. When did you guys meet? Josh: It must be five or six years ago by now. Us three *points at Josh and Leon* lived together for quite a while – we knew each other from school. Leon: Josh was already clued up on music production, but it was a new world for the rest of us. I had a little MPK mini board and came up with this really easy riff one day. Pretty soon, we were making our own version of drum and bass, 8-bit music.
And Kelsey, you joined in a few years later didn’t you? Kelsey: Yeah, I actually got introduced to these guys through a friend of mine – I heard they’d lost their singer and were desperate for a new one. Danny: That’s right, we were desperate! Anyone who could string a few notes together would do. Leon: *points at dictaphone* Best edit that one out! Kelsey: I initially started by doing my own versions of the band’s existing songs, then we came up with our own stuff. It’s changed quite a lot in recent years, I think. You seem to cover a lot of musical ground between the four of you. Do you bring different influences to Limit Break? Josh: I’d say the big one for me is Phantogram. They’re kind of closest to what I’d imagine us being like live. Danny: Massive Attack are obviously a huge influence for all of us. Portishead too – that sort of alt trip-hop. How do you take those influences and incorporate them into a cohesive sound? Josh: It all generally stems from being in the studio and someone coming up with a sound we all like, and everyone sort of piling in afterwards. Leon: It can even just be one synth riff. You’ll start with it and keep tweaking it into something. Each person will add their own layer, and we’ll find the base of a song before long. I’ve been stalking your Facebook, and it looks like you’re setting up for an album release. Danny: We’ve been working on it pretty heavily behind the scenes.
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It’s very hard to project sitting behind a screen and making that look exciting for the whole Instagram aspect to a being a band these days. But it should hopefully come together by March.
“You meet so many great people here. Because it’s a bit smaller than the London or Manchester scene, everyone chips in for each other and that’s a really nice environment to get started in.”
How do you find that ‘online’ side to being a musician these days? I guess you didn’t sign up for it, but it’s kind of essential. Josh: I think part of social media can be a lot of fun. If we were out gigging all the time, there would be a lot of material for us to put out there. But as Danny said, a lot of our time at the minute is spent in the studio mixing. Leon: There are only so many photos of us looking unhappy at desks that you can get excited about… What has been your favourite Limit Break gig so far? Josh: I’d say both of the Leadmill shows that we’ve done with Kel have been amazing. The sound is fantastic there. Danny: Oh, we also played a cool gig outside Plot 22 in Castlegate this summer. Everything ran a bit late; we were meant to be done by 10pm, but we were playing our first song just after that. Kelsey: We got through three songs before the police came and shut us down! You can leave that last bit out of the story though, can’t you? Add to the Limit Break mythology. Josh: Ha ha yes, exactly. Do you enjoy being on the Sheffield circuit then? Danny: Absolutely! You meet so many great people here. Because it’s a bit smaller than the London or Manchester scene, everyone chips in for each other and that’s a really nice environment to get started in. 22 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Kelsey: Everyone supports everyone and is willing to give anything a listen. Having said that, we feel like we’re ready to spread our wings a bit further now. Josh: We’ve probably played most of the venues that we would’ve liked to play in Sheffield. Certainly for where we are at the moment, in terms of size. Leon: Tuesday Club would definitely be on the list though, wouldn’t it? *Everyone agrees* Sheffield has given you a manageable starting ground, and now you’re ready to take the next step. Danny: It’ll be great to properly share our new music with Kelsey on board. We’ve got the sound that we want now. Josh: Exactly. We want to get those gigs outside of Sheffield, to expand and play in front of new audiences. That’s plan for 2019!
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Exposed’s Chris Lord drops by Bring Me The Horizon’s Drop Dead HQ to get a feel for the band’s newest and most ‘out-there’ album yet, amo.
It’s something of a tired rock ‘n’ roll marketing trope that almost every band feels obliged to declare that an upcoming album is their most experimental to date. Considering Bring Me the Horizon’s track record of creative double downs and stylistic mash-ups, when they say as much, you’d better believe them. Long gone are the days when controversy and wicked headlines often plagued the Sheffield quintet – the Bring Me the Horizon of today is a much more mature, singularly-focused outfit. Due for release later this month, amo – the band’s 6th album – is the closest thing to a concept album the Steel City stars have ever recorded. Portuguese for ‘I love’, amo is a raw, unfettered thinkpiece on love’s trials and tribulations – inspired in no small part by Oli Sykes’ failed first marriage as well as his recent nuptials. Reluctant at first to delve into his wounded psyche for creative inspiration, Sykes eventually bore his soul and penned perhaps the most authentic lyrics of his career. After all – as BMTH’s de facto leader put it – everything boils down to love in the end. How did the concept for amo materialise? Was writing the album a cathartic experience? Oli: We needed to write another album! [laughs] Basically, I got divorced recently and I met someone else and got married. Between the last album and this one I’ve been through quite a lot in terms of relationships and love, so it was the topic that I had to talk about. I was a bit hesitant to talk about it at first, but after a while it became apparent that that’s really all I had to talk about. It affects you deeply when you break up with someone, especially if you’ve been married or you find out that stuff ’s been happening, so there was a lot of content to talk about.
I think writing lyrics for me has always been therapeutic. More so over the last few years and the last few albums, but I definitely appreciate it as a device to overcome things and to deal with stuff. When you do actually go seek help for stuff like addictions or relationship problems, one of the things they say is that it helps to write letters, and even if you don’t send them or give them to anyone, it gets something out. It’s very rewarding as well because not only does it help me deal with stuff, but then I get to see people sing it back to me when we play it live. I saw an interview in NME where you said that love is the most powerful human emotion, so by default, does that make amo the most powerful Bring Me the Horizon album? Jordan: It depends what you’re looking for, but I guess it’s the most honest. Oli: I think because of the music we wrote there was a lot more freedom for me to say whatever I wanted. As weird as it sounds, on the last album there were lyrics that I didn’t feel like I could write because it didn’t seem to slot in with the music. If we were writing a big, rocking stadium song the choice of dialect actually felt out of place sometimes, whereas we’ve gone so much further out with the music this time that I felt like I could say anything, be jokey, funny, sarcastic or even just straight up gushing and not worry about it being a cliché lyric. Jordan: Or even uncomfortable and awkward. We’ve not had that before. To me, the lyrics for ‘Mantra’ [the album’s lead single] feel like a critique of the mainstream. Is that the case? Oli: It’s a bit of everything. It started off when I was watching this documentary called ‘Wild Wild Country’ while writing lyrics for the song. Throughout watching that I started making a connection between that and just starting a normal relationship. When someone has a great power over someone you get relationships where there’s one person in power and the other person doesn’t even realise how much they are being controlled. The mentality and the way it works and the way these people control hundreds, thousands of people is the very same way in which relationships work. You hand over all your trust, you’ve gotta trust this person and love them. Even someone like Donald Trump, there’s no amount of wrong that person can do. People are convinced that they love him, and that goes for people in music, film, everything. You see it all over, so that’s kinda where it started off, but you are right in a way. It’s a critique of people, really. We all create our own version of reality and we really don’t like people telling us that that’s
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wrong, because we don’t wanna have to do something about it. That’s why people get their backs up when they talk about vegetarianism or social media or race. If people admit that they’re wrong they’re gonna have to reconfigure everything, so that’s what the main lyric is [‘before the truth will set you free, it’ll piss you off’]. The things you need to know are the things you don’t wanna know. Obviously for me, that was after realising my wife had an affair that there wasn’t really much hope in it. But on a bigger scale, a lot of people like to live in their own little world and not really face the truth, so it’s also about that.
for me, writing lyrics has always been therapeutic. More so over the last few years and the last few albums, but I definitely appreciate it as a device to overcome things and to deal with stuff.
This is the first time you’ve recorded in LA. Compared to recording That’s The Spirit in Greece, how did this setting inspire the new record? Lee: It can be as crazy as you want it to be, I guess! But we were based over the other side of the hills in Studio City where it’s quite laidback as its own little place. Jordan: It’s hard to say how much [where you are] influences an album until afterwards. When you’re doing it you just feel like you’re getting on, but then sometimes you look back and think maybe being in that place did have some effect. I don’t know what the effect of being in LA has had on us all or whatever, but we quite enjoyed being somewhere that was a bit less isolated. We struggled for a bit to figure out where we were gonna go next because we’ve been to the most idyllic studio in the world, so we needed something a bit different. At first we weren’t sure about America, but it actually worked out really well for us.
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We’re all like thirty years old, so we love just being boring people. at the same time as much as we think we are, other people think we’re something else. people don’t view us in the way we view ourselves. I wouldn’t say it’s an identity crisis, but it’s like I want to be boring but I can’t be boring. For the second consecutive album, the band [Oli and Jordan] has taken care of production duties. Without an outside voice like Terry Date [producer of 2013’s Sempiternal], for example, does this allow for greater creative freedom? Jordan: I think the band’s always had that creative freedom. Lee: We’ve had producers but to be fair they were never producing, they were just recording the album. Terry Date was a reyt nice bloke and that, but he didn’t produce or write anything. Oli: I hate to say it but we made that album despite him, he didn’t make it any easier for us. It was great to work with him obviously, but we kinda realised halfway through that we were on a different wavelength. I think sometimes we’d love some help, but at the same time it’s so hard to find someone that gets what you’re doing. Jordan: The whole production thing wasn’t an ego trip for us, it was more that we just realised we were doing it anyway. Oli: I think sometimes producers come in and they wanna put their stamp on it. They’re not just doing it to make us look good, they’re doing it to further their own careers. So it’s like they almost have to add a crazy idea, like ‘go and run around the block so you’re really out of breath when you come back’, or ‘this song’s about being underwater, so why don’t we go in a pool?’ [laughs] There’s nothing pretty or glamourous about recording, you just stand there and do it until it’s good. We haven’t got time for that, it’s hard enough as it is mate! The concept of ‘Wonderful Life’ [the album’s second single] is something that I think we can all relate to. In those moments away from touring where life can get tedious, is music still the best outlet? Oli: Yeah, I guess so. That or heroin! No.
We’re all like thirty years old, so we love just being boring people, but at the same time as much as we think we are, other people think we’re something else. Even down to us being covered in tattoos and looking differently, people don’t view us in the way we view ourselves. I wouldn’t say it’s an identity crisis, but it’s like I want to be boring but I just can’t be boring. Jordan: I think that’s why the video just feels right for us. We’re at that age where things start to get weird and the only way to deal with it is just to find it funny. Saturday night is just me at home with my wife while the baby’s in bed. Oli: When you listen to the song, that’s the thing. We made this big, heavy song that we might’ve written like five years ago because we still love it, but at the same time we’re not gonna do a video where it’s just strobe lights with us all rocking out. Jordan: Exactly, it’s like stepping back and taking the piss out of it.
Your recent Reading and Leeds shows were explosive and triumphant to say the least. To me, it felt half homecoming/half audition for a headline slot next year. Jordan: We’re not doing it next year... Oli: No, not really. We were talking to them about playing the festival properly but we just didn’t feel like we were ready. But we did wanna do something and we felt like that’d be a cool way to come back. Jordan: We hadn’t played for a year and a half as well. When we started the last cycle we came straight in as main support on the main stage [in 2015] and it’s just not an easy way to start at all, not when you haven’t played for a year and you’ve got new material. So we felt like we’d do one where it’s just fun. How do you see Bring Me the Horizon fitting into that canon of Sheffield musical royalty alongside the likes of Def Leppard, Arctic Monkeys and Pulp? Oli: I think we’d like to be, yeah. I know it’s a big thing. The Arctics have always been quite different and a bit defined. Even Def Leppard, the drummer’s got one arm! He’s defying the rules a bit! Jordan: A lot of it’s a bit cocky and tongue-in-cheek, isn’t it? Jarvis Cocker and the Arctics have both got the same piss-take confidence. Mat Nicholls: We’ve got a bit of that as well. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Oli: I think that about English bands anyway. The big bands and artists here, they might sound similar to things from America but we always put our own twist on it. I think Sheffield’s got that as well, which is testament to the idea that maybe the bands of Sheffield do do it a bit differently. Bring Me The Horizon’s sixth studio album, amo, is out on 11 January.
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LET’S PUSH THINGS FORWARD *Loosens collar awkwardly* So, erm, 2018. I think if we’re going to continue with a positive outlook here, it’s best to put the sorry state of national affairs to one side and instead focus on the exciting developments that have taken place over the last 12 months at home, in Sheffield, a city where you’ll always find pockets of warmth and innovation no matter how dreary things may seem out there. December’s issue did a good job in rounding up some of our best highlights from the year, but just to recap: the new Tramlines site is bob-on; Majid’s been a breath of fresh air; the arts scene is shaping up wonderfully; there are some sensational new places to eat and drink; it was incredible to see the Monkeys back in town and Doc/Fest, Sensoria, No Bounds, Pride and Off the Shelf all raised the bar as annual events once again. Though admittedly not without its drawbacks (we’re a few thousand healthy trees shorter heading into the New Year), you could say 2019 has quite a lot to live up to. Has it got what it takes? We’ll let you be the judge once you’ve had a flick through the next few pages, dear reader, but suffice to say it’s shaping up to be another big’un. Settled in nicely? Here’s a sneak-peek of what’s heading your way…
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2019 preview: heart of the city
Sheffield city council’s hugely ambitious Heart of the City development is moving up a gear in 2019. With Charter Square’s brand new HSBC building nearing completion and a number of buildings set for renovation and revitalisation over the coming months, the future cityscape of the centre of Sheffield is starting to take shape. Let’s break down what’s going up, shall we?
Described as the harbinger of the Heart of the City development, the new HSBC office in Charter Square will be the first building completed in 2019. Built over four levels and more than fifteen thousand square metres of space, the surroundings of the building will be spruced up to a high quality similar to that of the Peace Gardens.
From the Moor to the Peace Gardens, Pinstone Street’s transformation will include the renovation of several buildings, with the trademark of each façade to be preserved by urban regeneration specialists Queensberry. The building overlooking the Peace Gardens has been earmarked for a five storey modern hotel beside ground floor retail outlets and residential accommodation on the upper floors, complete with a roof terrace – something the council promises to design with the latest green technology in mind. While no units have been leased as yet, the desired tenants for this stretch are a mixture of premium brands (Apple, White Company, Hugo Boss) alongside Sheffield-based independents. 32 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
Despite linking Division Street to the Moor, this block (between Rockingham Street and Trafalgar Street) has been a derelict part of the city for some time. The site will be transformed into a new residential community with the possibility of a new tower adding to Sheffield’s skyline.
Rockingham Street Hotel
The second hotel sits between Carver Street and Rockingham Street in one of the most diverse blocks in the development with 8,000 acres of offices, restaurants and retail units throughout.
The proposed new indoor food hall will be the centrepiece of Block H – a cluster of new and contemporary buildings adjoining Carver Street, Cambridge Street and Wellington Street. The food hall will be taking inspiration from the famous Lisbon markets and buoyed by the success of Kelham Island’s Cutlery Works, which opened late last year. The new buildings are to be designed with the neighbouring Leah’s Yard and its historic façade retained and enhanced to preserve the heritage of the area. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 33
2019 preview: bands to watch
Puma Blue Puma Blue (real name Jacob Allen) writes introspective jazz that is anything but insular in its influences. The South London artist cites Jeff Buckley as a storytelling inspiration, while his reverb-soaked electronic sound channels the jazzier end of modern hip-hop. Make an effort to catch Puma Blue at one of his intimate live shows this year. Listen to: Moon Undah Water For fans of: Blood Orange, Mc.gee, King Kru
Tirzah One of Britain’s most exciting post-R&B artists attracted plenty of attention in 2018’s end-of-year lists. Tirzah’s offbeat (and sometimes off-key) melodies build an incredibly tender atmosphere on her debut album Devotion. What’s more, Tirzah’s wandering lyrics gain a sense of cohesiveness through producer Mica Levi’s ear for intriguing loops. Listen to: Devotion, Say When For fans of: Frank Ocean, James Blake, FKA Twigs
Farai East London’s Farai Bukowski-Bouquet and Tony Harewood write angry post-punk instilled with a sense of urgency. Ominous, pulsating electronic beats whir behind BukowskiBouquet’s damning social commentary – check out ‘This is England’ for a suitably potent first taste of their Brexit Britain post-punk. Listen to: This is England For fans of: Roots Manuva, Young Fathers
Some of the fresh bands and artists that we reckon are set for big things this year...
Whenyoung The indie-pop trio from Limerick had a very good 2018. Following a string of promising singles, Whenyoung released their debut EP Given Up in November. It’s packed with upbeat melodies that compel you to dance, plus songs that don’t shy away from grittier issues: Aoife Power expresses anger at the treatment of Grenfell Tower fire victims on ‘The Others’. Listen to: The Collector For fans of: The Maccabees, Declan McKenna
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Sports Team Anyone who’s been to one of Sports Team’s live shows knows just how exciting this band are. The indie six-piece enjoyed a rapid rise after meeting at Cambridge University and sold out London’s Scala venue last year, despite having only one EP to their name. Their songs already feel like the finished product – instantly recognisable and downright fun. Listen to: Kutcher For fans of: Blur, The Vaccines
Jockstrap London duo Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye embrace weirdness. Their debut EP Love is the Key to the City fuses synths and orchestral arrangements to create fun, leftfield pop. Writing songs inspired by Louis Theroux documentaries (‘Hayley’), Jockstrap make catchy music that can descend into dystopian sequences at any moment. Listen to: Hayley For fans of: Kaytranada, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Toro y Moi
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If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been waiting for this release since May of last year. Half of the Marvel characters are dead, Thanos is victorious, and only new heroes allied with the war-weary old guard stand a chance at saving all of existence.
Mary Queen of Scots
Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan star as the most famous cousins in history. Robbie plays the Virgin Queen who seeks to be rid of her troublesome cousin. Blending fact with fiction, it promises to be a real treat seeing these two esteemed actresses playing off one another.
Words: Cal Reid
The now-forgotten DC mascot Captain Marvel (not the Marvel one!) is getting his own comedic motion picture in the next instalment of the uneven DC cinematic universe. If nothing else, Shazam will be an interesting look at what once was the most popular hero in print before the 1950s.
After the success of It, another of Stephen King’s more unpleasant works is getting a reboot. A couple with children moves into an idyllic farm house in rural America … next to a cursed burial ground used by children and a road used by eighteen wheelers. No prizes for guessing what comes next. 36 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
2019 preview: film & TV
GAME OF THRONES
The eighth and final season of the astronomically popular medieval fantasy will be back in April this year. With the season reportedly consisting of just six episodes and a promise of an epic showdown between fire (basically dragons) and ice (those white walker things), it’s going to get suitably lairy.
The acclaimed Netflix crime drama was renewed for a second series almost instantly after its release back in November 2017. FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench will return to pyscho-analyse some of the darkest killers in US history, with Charles Manson rumoured to be one of the key cases in the upcoming episodes.
Godzilla II: King of the Monsters
A personal favourite from my childhood is to be brought back to life as the world’s greatest monster is pitted against three of his classic foes from the original Japanese films. Expect total unadulterated carnage.
The Lion King
After Disney’s overwhelming success with their liveaction remakes of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, 2019 will see the release of their most ambitious remake of a classic to date. If their previous efforts and the first trailer are anything to go by, we’re all in for quite a treat. Which leads nicely into… *See below*.
Based on the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens will follow a demon, Crowley (David Tennant) and angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) in their attempts to prevent the apocalypse. With an all-star cast and releases on both Amazon Prime and BBC Two, it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest fantasy releases of the year.
Everyone’s favourite 80s sci-fi thriller will return in the summer this year, with co-creator Ross Duffer promising viewers that the new series will see the gang leaving the confines of Hawkins. Other than that, details are pretty scarce on what to expect. But we’d strongly wager more creepy monsters, pop culture references and incredible performances from Winona Ryder.
This is one I’m a little dubious about (Will Smith as the Genie doesn’t fill me with much hope) but then again, Disney’s live action efforts have proved quite wonderful so far. Much anticipated for the source material as well as its cast, Aladdin will bring an extra dose of joy to Disney fans along with The Lion King and Toy Story 4.
Whisky, violence and rounded vowels: Tommy Shelby and his gang of Brummie scrappers are back for season number five, now armed with legitimate political power to wield due to Shelby’s confirmation as MP for Birmingham at the end of the last series. The plot will tie in with the 1929 financial crisis, the family getting heavily involved in the US business world and the rise of fascism in the build-up towards World War Two. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 37
What could you do in 2019
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ASdA Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon Sunday 14th
Theo’s Walk & Picnic Monday 20th – Sunday 26th
Great North Swim Fri 7th – Sun 9th
One of our highlights of the year. Get ready… set… and go for Team Theo.
Egg Run Easter Sunday 21st
The annual Egg Run is set to return with motorbikes taking to the streets of Sheffield.
Team Theo’s Skydive Sunday 28th
If you sign up to this sponsored walk you will get your own Theo bear to keep at your school or nursery.
Tour de Yorkshire Sportive Sunday 5th
A weekend of open water swimming on Lake Windermere, in the stunning Lake District.
Chatsworth Walk Sunday 23rd
Bring all the family for a walk around the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth Estate
Sheffield Sunrise 5K Friday 28th
Slip into your lycra and follow in the tyre tracks of the greats.
Discover Sheffield in a new light at 5.30am as the sun rises!
Theo’s Cup Sunday 7th
Sickleholme Golf Tournament Friday 2nd
Tour of Strines
Fancy taking to the skies for a good cause?
Get a team together for Theo’s 5-a-side football tournament.
Theo’s Inflatable 5k Saturday 13th
In a new location, Theo’s Inflatable 5k is back for a second year, even bigger and bouncier than ever!
Tough Mudder Sat 27th – Sun 28th
Reserve your team a place at the Peak District’s only 18-hole golf course.
York 10k Sunday 4th With stunning scenery, the flat route takes runners right through the historic heart of the city.
Take on Sheffield’s biggest hills… on your bike!
Great North Run Sunday 8th Team Theo’s Skydive Saturday 14th Another chance to take your support to new heights!
Kilimanjaro Trek Thurs 19th – Sun 29th Team Theo heads to Africa.
Sheffield 10k Sunday 22nd
A fantastic course right through the heart of the city.
ASdA Foundation Yorkshire Marathon & Yorkshire 10 mile Sunday 20th
Remember a charity in your Will Give the gift of life to a child by leaving a gift in your Will and help shape future paediatric care.
Christmas Snowflake Lights Monday 2nd
With places selling out early for four successive years, get in quickly for Team Theo.
Snowflakes light walls of our hospital thanks to lovely businesses, schools and community groups sponsoring each snowflake.
National Elf Service Friday 13th
Get elfy with your stripy tights and Christmas jumpers for a festive day of fundraising.
Glow Run Tuesday 17th
Get your glow on! – 5km around Endcliffe park in the dark!
More information on all of these events can be found at www.tchc.org.uk
2019 preview: events
Professor Brian Cox – Universal adventures in space Fly DSA Arena // 10 February As part of his 2019 world tour, the renowned physicist will be bringing his usual mind-blowing patter about the universe to the Fly DSA Arena. flydsaarena.co.uk
Get yersens organised and don’t miss out on tickets for some of the biggest dos heading to Sheff this year. Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Blue Planet II – Live in Concert
Sheffield Theatres // March 15 - April 6 Last year, Sheffield Theatres announced ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ will be heading to the Crucible Theatre in March 2019. The musical, which will delve into the history of the infamous Park Hill estate, will feature a number of old and new songs from the city’s own musical legend Richard Hawley. All music and lyrics will be provided by the Pitsmoor-born crooner, with award-winning playwright Chris Bush on script duties. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Fly DSA Arena // March 28 Following on from the success of the BAFTA award-winning TV series, famous nature documentary Blue Planet is heading out on a 13-date live tour, arriving at the Fly DSA Arena in the spring. Accompanied by a live music score performed by the City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra, it will be backed by epic visuals shown on a 200 square metre 4k screen. flydsaarena.co.uk
Tramlines Festival Hillsborough Park // July 19-21 Following on from last year’s monumental success in relocating to Hillsborough Park, this year’s Tramlines has plenty to live up to. Keep an eye on exposedmagazine.co.uk for the first line-up announcement in the coming weeks. The fringe event also promises to be another belter, with independent businesses in the city centre again set to unite in putting on an array of free live music for festivalgoers. tramlines.org.uk
Doc/Fest Various venues // June 6-11 Doc/Fest is an internationally acclaimed celebration of the art of documentary and non-fiction storytelling in all its forms. Thousands of film delegates arrive from all over the world and festivalgoers can experience everything from world premieres to cutting-edge VR installations. sheffdocfest.com
Harry Potter Musical City Hall // June 16 An absolute must for the Potterheads out there. This performance will see the world-famous Hallé orchestra take on the film franchise’s famous soundtrack. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
Sheffield Beer Week Various venues // March 11-17 A city-wide celebration of all things frothy and hoppy, Sheffield Beer Week returns in March with its usual array of collaborations with bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries. More than 3,000 attended last year with the Indie Beer Feast showcasing some of the finest independent brewers on the scene. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
Sensoria Festival Various venues // Sept 27Oct 5 Sensoria is an innovative week-long festival which brings a number of unique events spanning music, film and digital to interesting locations across the city. 2018’s bash featured some of the festival’s most eclectic events to date including a live performance from the superb International Teachers of Pop. sensoria.org.uk
Sheffield Food Festival City centre // May If you’re into your grub and vibrant atmospheres, this mouth-watering celebration will go down a treat. Last year, around 40,000 visitors flocked to the city centre to taste a vast selection of street food, try out the various pop-up bars, and enjoy the live music/DJ sets on offer. sheffieldfoodfestival.co.uk
No Bounds Various venues // October 11-13 From the creative force behind Hope Works, No Bounds is a celebration of pioneering music, art, technology and dancing. The third instalment of the festival will be exploring the spontaneous, the joyfully unexpected and the sensory rich. noboundsfestival.co.uk
Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Millenium Gallery // 1 Feb– 6 May 12 extraordinary drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci will be going on display in Sheffield as part of a major free exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of his death. Amongst the works on display will be the head of St Philip (c.1495), a study for one of the world’s most famous paintings, the Last Supper. A full programme of events will be taking place and can be found at museums-sheffield.org.uk.
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2019 preview: openings
Blink and you’ll miss ‘em! The back end of 2018 saw a few new kids on the block in Sheffield’s restaurant and bar scene, and with some huge plans for the upcoming year, we’ve thrown together our pick of your future favourite haunts.
Jabeerwocky 308 – 310 London Road A joint project from the Bath Hotel manager Chris Tremblett and Freak Street Café owner Abbi Brown, Jabeerwocky brings a unique fusion of craft ale and Indian-inspired snack food to an already diverse and bustling part of the city. Try an IPA with Abbi’s homemade hand-rolled dumplings for the combo you never knew you needed. facebook.com/JabeerwockyShef Vegan Social Centre 38 Garden Street Opening just before Crimbo, Heartcure Collective’s Vegan Social Centre is the first of its kind in the UK. As well as being a great lunch spot (Vibes Food Co is on hand to provide the tasty vegan snap), the centre has spaces for learning, hanging out with a cup of coffee and even a corner to plonk the kids in when they’re running wild. heartcurecollective.com
Meltdown (Formerly the Boardwalk) 39-41 Snig Hill The Mucky Duck has risen again! One of Sheffield’s most famous music spots has finally re-opened after a series of failed projects threatened the long-term future of the venue. Today, a drum and bass club occupies the upper floor whilst Meltdown – the city’s first e-sports bar – is set to move in at the beginning of 2019.
Cutlery Works 73-101 Neepsend Lane The largest independent food hall in the North, Cutlery Works has made quite an impression since opening back in November. It’s perfect for a bite to eat, perfect for a quiet morning coffee and perfect for a catch up with a big group of friends. Basically, it’s got all your socialising needs covered under one roof. cutleryworks.co.uk
Lost and Found 516 Ecclesall Road Situated on Ecclesall Road in the former Pointing Dog unit, Lost and Found is a Victorian-themed cocktail bar. Without giving too much away, there’s a secret bar located behind a certain piece of décor. Ten quid to whoever finds it. the-lostandfound.co.uk
Naughty Pig TBC A venture from former Milestone chef Dalibor Glemba, the Naughty Pig is officially Sheffield’s first ramen bar. Dalibor told Exposed the ramen will be served “Tokyo style - made with a light and clear bone broth with a variety of toppings depending on the season”.
Dead Donkey 240 Abbeydale Road Despite the sad news that Mr Pickles’ closed, the silver lining is that a craft ale bar will be opening in its place. The Dead Donkey will feature some foodie delights alongside its selection of ale, with croque monsieur – a French cafe favourite – potentially on the menu.
Sport Shack Woodseats/Hillsborough Following the success of the Ecclesall Road bar, owners Danny Grayson and James Dobson are rolling out two more Sport Shacks in 2019. There’ll be one in Woodseats on Chesterfield Road and Hillsborough, close to Sheffield Wednesday’s ground. facebook.com/SportShackSheffield
Abbeydale Brewery expansion 8 Aizlewood Rd Abbeydale Brewery has taken over an extra 7,500 sq ft, boosting its operations by 20%. This means 20% more Heathen, 20% more Serenity and 20% more of the brewery’s first ever lager, expected to be released in spring 2019. abbeydalebrewery.co.uk
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Hop Hideout City centre Whilst details are still thin on the ground, award-winning beer shop Hop Hideout is moving from its Abbeydale Road home to the city centre for a “truly unique and exciting opportunity”. Watch this space… hophideout.co.uk
The Library Cafe 10 Leeds Road The old Attercliffe Library was given a new lease of life last October as American soul singer Aaron Casserly-Stewart, from the band The Sounds of Blackness, took on the venue and made it into something truly unique: a café serving wonderful food from around the world and a jazz and soul music venue hosted by a Grammy Award-winner. thelibraryvenue.co.uk
True North Brew Co 47 Eldon Street Gin purveyors and holders of a portfolio including the likes of the Forum, the Broadfield and the Riverside, True North is looking to expand by turning its city centre HQ into an intimate speakeasy bar with a max capacity of 60 people. truenorthbrewco.uk.
bonobo City centre From the team behind Hillsborough’s Brass Monkey, Bonobo will be the city centre’s largest craft beer bar. The venue, which will be opening on Pinstone Street, will feature a large selection of gins, and could be home to the bar’s own distillery. Eyes peeled on this one...
Marmadukes Ecclesall Road/City centre Not content with being one of the best places for a coffee and a brunch in the city, Marmadukes has big plans for 2019. The café has outlined plans to open not one, but TWO new cafes with an Ecclesall Road site acting as a coffee and bread supply hub. marmadukes.co
Food Works The Real Junk Food Project’s ‘Food Works, Not Waste’ crowdfunding campaign is going strong, with almost 70% of the target in the bank at the time of writing. If the £50k target is hit, the money will help secure a warehouse lease and go towards investing in on-site kitchen facilities to transform food waste into food for everyone. realjunkfoodsheffield.com
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2019 preview: albums
Jamie Haworth looks ahead to some of the upcoming (or rumoured) albums worth keeping an eye and ear out for this year.
Chance The Rapper Chance recently confirmed he’s been working on a new seventrack record with Kanye West.
Drenge – Strange Creatures Release date: February 22nd It’s been a while now since Castleton duo Drenge thrashed and snarled their way onto mainstream radio in 2013, with their debut album receiving high praise from music critics and Labour’s Tom Watson, no less. Drenge say that new album Strange Creatures came together gradually, undergoing months of chiselling to become their most considered work so far. Their trademark energy remains intact, though – vociferous album opener ‘Bonfire Of The City Boys’ sounds like a band raring to go.
Tame Impala – (TBA) Expected: 2019 It’s somehow been nearly four years since Tame Impala’s last album. The Australian psychedelic band reached new heights with Currents, as meticulously-crafted tracks like ‘Let it Happen’ deepened their unique sound. Leader Kevin Parker has been up to all sorts recently, teaming up with Theophilus London, Kanye West and Mark Ronson for a range of intriguing projects. We probably won’t find out what this means for their new album until release day, as Parker wants people to hear the new album in all of its “recorded glory”.
Toro y Moi – Outer Peace Release date: January 18th Electronic artist Toro y Moi returns this January, promising more of his distinct brand of experimental R&B on Outer Peace. The Californian wrote his last album Boo Boo in the midst of a breakup back in 2016; it marked a mellow evolution in his sound. From the hints so far, Outer Peace will be a whole lot more groovy. Toro y Moi critiques the culture industry via the dancefloor on lead single ‘Freelance’, an infectious track that manages to infuse glossy-sounding disco with an air of disconnection.
D’Angelo The legendary R&B artist looks set to release a follow-up to 2014’s Black Messiah. Disclosure The exciting sound of their 2017 tracks ‘Ultimatum’ and ‘Moonlight’ suggest that the popular dance duo have something up their sleeves. Dua Lipa The New Rules star is in the studio, harnessing the momentum gained from her self-titled debut album. Kaytranada The Canadian DJ dropped a completely free EP online in December, and has hinted that a full-length follow-up to his acclaimed debut album 99.9% is imminent. Rihanna Word on the street is that plenty of dancehall songs are lined up for Rihanna’s ninth studio album.
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell Expected: 2019 Following on from 2017’s highly impressive Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey has announced a new album is due soon. We know that its title nods to American author and painter Norman Rockwell, and have heard two tracks so far: the reflective ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’ and the atmospheric (ten-minute-long) ‘Venice Bitch’. These slow-burning songs thread Lana’s characteristic West Coast references into genuinely searching pieces of music.
Joe Carnall Jnr – (TBA) Expected: 2019 The Milburn frontman gave us the exclusive towards the end of last year that he’ll be releasing his debut solo album in 2019. After closing a chapter on the much-loved Sheffield band in 2017, Carnall is ready to put his considerable songwriting prowess to the test and has recorded the album with an “old and very successful mate” who some call “the Agile Beast”. We have it on good authority that the majority of the album was put together in LA, if that helps you figure it out.
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The Specials – Encore Release date: February 1st The inherently danceable beat of 2-Tone ruled the nation back in 1979. The ska-punk movement’s figureheads The Specials sold out venues wherever they went, providing a soundtrack for Britain’s unemployed youth and forging a multiracial music community. 40 years later, the legendary band return with a new album this February. Encore marks the first time that The Specials’ Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter have written together since 1981’s iconic Ghost Town EP.
Schoolboy Q The rapper delayed the release of a finished LP after the death of his good friend Mac Miller in September 2018. Listen out for news from Q sometime this year. Stormzy Expect something to drop around the time of the UK rapper’s Glastonbury headline set. The 1975 Singer Matthew Healy says his band want to build on recent success with a new album, provisionally titled Notes on a Conditional Form.
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If there’s one thing that Bioware has a knack for providing vast worlds to explore. This time out, the brains behind the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series are going even bigger with Anthem. You assume the role of a Freelancer, a chosen member of humanity who ventures beyond the walls of the civilised hub world and takes on dangerous environments. The game can be played on your lonesome or with three mates, as players tackle daunting missions and huge boss battles in what the developers describe as a “contiguous open world”. What makes this game unique is that you do your traversing in customisable Iron Man-esque armour called a Javelin – that should add a bit of style to your shootin’ and lootin’. February 22
It’s fair to say that a few eyebrows were raised when Bethesda announced they were reviving a presumed dead franchise. The original showed great promise when it was revealed back in 2007, even scooping a handful of awards at different conventions.What was eventually released, however, it was a solid yet shallow experience. The one thing that stood out amongst the mediocracy was an underlying sense of fun and light-heartedness. The sequel dials this up to 11, abandoning the bleak environments in favour of a steampunk vibe that’s splattered in colour, like the lovechild of Mad Max and Borderlands. Doubling up on the fun factor, whilst giving us the vintage ID software beautiful map to tear across, could help produce 2019’s most adrenaline-fuelled mash-up. May 14
Kingdom Hearts 3 We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You get yourself a dozen hours deep into an action RPG and you think: “Wouldn’t this be so much better if Donald Duck was here?” Well, you’re in luck! The long-awaited third instalment in the mainline Kingdom Hearts series is upon us. After nearly a decade of rumours and speculation, the legendary Square Enix are delivering an ambitious adventure which touts its biggest roster yet. Beloved characters from iconic Disney titles new and old are on hand to assist Sora in his quest, including staples from Big Hero 6, Toy Story and Monster Inc. However, don’t be fooled by its childish aesthetic and popping colour palette; Kingdom Hearts boasts enough deep combat and challenging encounters to satisfy the hardcore player. January 25
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Since the launch of the PS4, Sony has a released an extensive and impressive line-up of first party titles that have elevated its library to near unrivalled territory when it comes to its competitors. Their latest attempt to add to the big-hitters in their locker is Days Gone, a twist on the tried-andtested third-person zombie game formula. The talented people at SIE Bend Studios decided that walking around an open-world is far too mundane, opting instead to give the player a powerful motorbike to run from – and over – the undead. We’ll also be taking part in robust third-person combat against the desperate remains of humanity. Think of the Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon trying to survive against creatures you’d see spilling out of Corp at 3am. Sold. April 26
Pokemon Generation 8
Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave for the last two decades, you’ve probably heard of a little franchise called Pokemon. If you were in the dark previously, the recent astronomical success of Pokemon Go! should have propelled it into the forefront of your mind. The one thing the diehards have been craving is a new generation Go! – and 2019 appears to be the year, with Nintendo hinting at a new RPG title coming to the Switch with none of the oversimplifications introduced in recent spin-offs. Details are sparse, but in June Tsunekazu Ishihara did drop a few hints that got the fans pumped, alluding to the new game having the best graphics in the series’ history and an experience tailored to veteran pokemen and pokewomen. Late 2019
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The Place The latest in a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt of cocktail bars to grace Eccy Road, The Lost & Found opened their sixth “decadent den” inside the old Pointing Dog unit back in November. First things first: it sure looks the part. A blend of Victorian era stylings with a few modern day twists, each bar has its own fictional patron who provides inspiration for both the surrounds and inventive cocktail menu. In Sheff we have Victoria B. Darcy, a rebellious professor of horticulture who worked at turning the city’s industrial landscape into luscious gardens and parks much like the nearby Botanical Gardens, all of which is reflected in the agricultural décor brightening up the sizeable restaurant and bar areas. The Food After being shown to our seats, we began perusing the substantial food menu covering a range of fish/meat mains, pizzas, pastas, steaks and salads. Struggling to decide so instead opting to keep things straightforward, we ordered the fritto misto sharer plate (£18) – a generous helping of light, crispy deep-fried pescatarian delights: tempura king prawns, red mullet, whitebait, tender dusted squid and garlic mayo for dipping. Simple, tasty and well-delivered. For mains, I ordered the grilled seabass fillet (£15) which came with sides of pickled fennel, samphire salad and a roasted red pepper relish. It looked superb and the perfectly cooked fish married well with the fennel; each bite of crispy on the outside, velvety on the inside fish was an absolute delight alongside the sweet relish. My partner opted for the smoked haddock and pea risotto (£13) topped with a crispy poached egg; a sumptuous portion of soft, creamy rice, smoky fish flakes and crunchy garden peas making for a delightfully self-indulgent dish. Despite being tempted by the varied selection of desserts on offer, we were frankly too stuffed to soldier on. Thoroughly content with our fill, we finished with two espressos and called it a night. Verdict Fancy but not pretentious, friendly service and a food menu which can cater for everyone without breaking the bank, The Lost & Found has all the ingredients the be an S11 hit. Why not treat yourself to a visit in the New Year and see what you think?
The campaign to open a dementiafriendly cafe in Hillsborough Park moved up a notch last month as a £50,000 funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was granted. The funding will help towards turning the former coach house, which was last used as a munitions store during the Second World War, into the city’s first dedicated activity centre for elderly people. Age UK Sheffield say the £50k will allow the charity to progress plans and eventually apply for a full National Lottery Grant to complete the plan. The centre, behind Hillsborough Library and adjoining the Park’s attractive walled garden, would host dementia-friendly group activities such as singing and dancing, as well as classroom-based activities and educational classes such as digital drop-ins. The community café could be open to thousands of local park visitors, including dog-walkers, children’s playground users, and park runners. The chief executive of the charity
Steve Chu said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. Thanks to National Lottery players we have a real opportunity to develop the old coach house into a thriving community venue for older people in Sheffield and local people in Hillsborough. Importantly, through this project, we can bring back into use a derelict, listed building that would otherwise soon be lost.” Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport and development at Sheffield city council, added: “We are a city that takes its heritage seriously and I know the old coach house has long been identified as a building which needs investment and major improvement. Age UK Sheffield has offered a compelling vision for how a dementia-friendly café could operate in the community, and this has been supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. This could be something that benefits all age groups in Sheffield – and provides a lasting legacy for years to come.”
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THE EVENING GRIND Kelham Island cafe and Exposed Award-winner the Grind Cafe has announced plans to open later at the weekend with the owners feeling the transition into an early evening bar and restaurant comes at the right time. Manager of the Grind Café Jane Cummings told Exposed: “We’re really excited about the Grind opening in the evenings as both a bar and a restaurant. Since I joined in July it was always our intention to move to evenings and we are sure this will be a great addition to Kelham Island .”
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SMOKIN’ HOT Stroll down Fargate, drop a right onto Leopold Street and bang opposite the hotel of the same name, you’ll find the newly opened Smokin’ Bull restaurant. The interior appears similar to its predecessor 8oz, and whilst the food remains alike, owners Ryan Collins and Tim Wain are looking to run a restaurant that caters for everyone, and where everyone can have a bit of fun at the same time. As a vegetarian, the feeling of apprehension prior to visiting a smoking burger restaurant was unnecessary. The menu at Smokin’ Bull had plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options to choose from. Ryan, whose Smokin’ Bull venture is his first foray into the restaurant biz, explains: “I’m not vegan, but most places just do falafel. There’ll be a menu full of meat dishes and then the vegan option always seems to be an afterthought.” Chefs Chris Shemeld and Ian Stockdale worked with Ryan to create a menu that incorporated a demand for non-meat and dairy dishes. I opted for the Tiny Tempeh burger – a mushroom and tempeh fritter topped with slaw, vegan cheese and tarragon veganaise. From the smoking specials menu, another member of the party had the Tempeh T burger, which is similar but topped with pulled jackfruit. Both full to the brim with flavour, with the jackfruit in particular a highlight.
For balance, our photographer ordered the Smokin’ Bull’s signature burger the Notorious PIG. Struggling to talk through the sheer delight of what he was eating, Marc mustered up a couple of words post-dinner. “Cooked to perfection, perfectly seasoned.” Can’t ask for more, can you? A member of our sales team opted for the spicy Khoo’s You Lose burger, which was topped with Khoo’s Bajan hot sauce – something we all partook in once Ryan told us the story of the sauce. “We keep things as Sheffield as possible, we’ve got Khoo’s hot sauces on the tables. Customers can buy the sauces here too.”
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After a taster of each sauce, we grabbed the spicy ketchup sauce, the Bajan sauce and the ‘heavy smoker’ sauce – a personal favourite, particularly with our side of halloumi fries and fried pickles. We finished things off with a portion of warm cookie dough topped with Joe’s Ices ice cream, significant in that it typifies Ryan’s ethos. “It’s another Sheffield thing we’ve tried to incorporate. The ice cream is from Joe’s Ices, I used to have it as a kid! “Once we’ve finished installing the coffee machine, we’ll be selling Roastology coffee. It’s not always easy to do it with Sheffield businesses in mind, but that’s absolutely what I wanted to do from the start.” After dinner we ambled over to the retro games machine for a quick post-meal game of R-Type before waddling back to the office. The amiable Ryan bid us farewell with three quarters of our party having verbally booked a table for the following weekend.
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Monkey Business Hillsborough is going through quite the transformation at the moment. It’s always been an area full of life and local businesses entrenched in community values. Tramlines relocated to the S6 area in July and after some sticking points with the locals, had undoubtedly the most successful festival to date in Hillsborough Park with 40,000 people travelling in and out of the area without a hitch. Just opposite the park on Middlewood Road is Brass Monkey – a brand new craft ale and artisan gin bar. Opening in December 2018, the intimate bar has settled into the area nicely, offering something unique to the community, but respecting its already-established neighbouring businesses and residents. Owner Stacy Reed tells us the reaction has been surprising. “It’s been fantastic and to be honest, a lot better than we thought. We looked at a few places and decided on this one as we really wanted to be a part of this community.
“It’s been hugely important to us to bed in with the community. We said from the start if there was any big concerns from shops or from neighbours, come and see us and we’ll work something out. Since speaking to the neighbours we have some things in the pipeline, like a cigarette bin for example.” Since opening, Stacy and business partners (Martin McGrail, Ben Duckenfield and Bob Johnson) have had a helping hand from bar
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manager Wendy Willis, who’s experience has made the transition even easier. “Wendy has been a godsend! She’s helped us out with training and licencing and stuff like that, so it’s nice to have that help. She has been invaluable.” Of course, being right opposite a park which hosts a huge inner-city music festival plus fortnightly games at Hillsborough Stadium isn’t a bad place to be. “We’ve got some big plans for Tramlines next year - we’ll be doing a lot of promotional things for sure. Talking to the organisers, it’s going to be even busier with more people in the park. We’re also introducing gin tasting sessions this month, as well as pub quizzes and local beer giveaways, so we’re looking forward to that!” Not content with opening Hillsborough’s first micro-pub, Stacy’s business partners are branching out and expanding their craft beer and gin brand. “We’re opening a place called Bonobo next year in the city centre on Pinstone Street. I think it will be the biggest craft beer and gin bar in the city. We’ll have more room for gins and there’s even talk of having our own distillery, but that’s still to be confirmed! “We’ve also got Northern Monkey down in Kelham Island which will be a bit of a speakeasy-type bar, so it’s an exciting time!”
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PARMO PATTER Back in October, a little taste of Teeside appeared in Sheffield as the ‘parmo’ finally arrived in the Steel City. For the un-initiated, the ‘parmo’ hails from the north-east of England and combines pizza and a piece of breaded chicken, “married together in an oven”. Since opening on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield has welcomed the Parmo like one of its own. Owner Khalid Moon told Exposed: “We’ve had Mike Pomranz from the Food and Wine Magazine get in touch, the Lord Mayor’s been raving about us and we’ve had the BBC’s One Show talking about filming here. There’s a lot of buzz about the place at the moment!” Khalid isn’t wrong. Talk of the takeaway has gone beyond novelty levels of buzz, from Eccy Road to Eckington and to the Exposed office, Parmo’s tasty food has captured the hearts of Sheffielders from all over the city. Late last year Parmo introduced the Parmo Challenge, consisting of a 14-inch supersize box, XL loaded fries and eight chicken wings. If completed in one sitting, the challenger is initiated into the hall of fame, receives a t-shirt and gets the entire meal completely free. You up to the challenge? Crack on, we dare ya…
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BURNS NIGHT SUPPER Tapton Hall // January 25 // £34.95 If you’re looking to celebrate Burns Night in a traditional style and setting, Tapton Hall will be serving up a five-course dinner while celebrating the life and poetry of the man himself. taptonhall.com LEISURE TIME S1 Artspace // January 9 – February 9 // Free An exhibition that explores the influence of the Bauhaus art movement and its relevance in the modern day. Leisure Time specifically focuses on the relationship between physical activity and play – particularly movements, dance and sport – in unlocking creative potential. s1artspace.org LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY (LCD) Site Gallery // September 29 – January 27 // Free Exploring the symbolic power of crystals in the modern world, ‘Liquid Crystal Display’ is an exhibition linking the ancient with the contemporary. Centring around a new commission by Anna Barham, the exhibition also features work by 16 other artists. sitegallery.org BROCCO’S WINTER WARMERS Brocco // January 30 // £25 The award-winning hotel and restaurant is launching its brand new supper club at the end of January. The winter feast will be a vegetarian and vegan special, priced at £25 per head. brocco.co.uk INTERVIEWS WITH AMERICAN SERIAL KILLERS The Leadmill // January 24 // From £17 Brought to you by Funzing Talks and picking up on the increasing popularity of true crime TV, this month The Leadmill presents a talk by British expoliceman Paul Harrison, who has spent the last four decades working with the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit in Virginia with some of the U.S.A.’s most wellpublicised serial killers. Expect anecdotes, analysis and information about the world’s worst criminals and why they do what they do… so probably not for the faint-hearted. leadmill.co.uk
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Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson Until April 14 // Weston Park Museum The latest exhibition at Weston Park Museum celebrates the work of Martin Jenkinson, a Sheffield-based photojournalist who captured moments of industrial struggle and everyday life in the city for over four decades. Who We Are showcases over 80 of the ex-steelworker’s images, ranging from his coverage of Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan to the infamous Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire. Doc Night January 8 // Picture House Social Doc Night is a real treat for music film lovers, featuring screenings of rare music documentaries in Picture House Social’s minicinema (hidden just past the ping pong tables). Records are played before and after the film, while the kitchen stays open until 10pm to help you escape midweek monotony. January’s instalment is Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, following the band’s final Sheffield show in 2012.
Hagglers Corner Open Mic Jan 3 and 24 // Hagglers Corner Whether it’s singer-songwriters, didgeridoo and pipe players, spoken word, African drumming or a wide variety of instrumentalists, open mic night at Hagglers Corner has been known to provide talent and good vibes in their cosy confines for open mic night. The Show That Never Ends – MFB Exhibition and Live Music January 12 // The Closed Shop A celebration of Martin Bedford’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll posters, The Closed Shop will be throwing a bash to celebrate. Drinks and giggles take place from 8pm onwards with live music from the Honey Bees Club regulars and talented harmonica/guitar-driven duo Jim Taplin and Mick Holmes. Sense of Place Until February 28 // White Room Gallery 001, Yellow Arch Studios After two years of hard work, Yellow Arch Studios is finally ready to open the doors to their new exhibition space, White Room 001. The venue has teamed up with a group of local artists for its launch event, featuring a collection of work exploring relationships with place, space and the outside world while considering the political uncertainties facing humankind at present. Darkness into Light: The Emotional Power of Art Until January 13 // Millennium Gallery Darkness into Light brings together three of the UK’s most significant private art collections in a thought-provoking exhibition. www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 57
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King Hal Death, Brexit and KFC – stand-up stalwart and TV star Hal Cruttenden talks to Exposed’s Benjy Taylor about taking on the big issues with his latest live show, Chubster. So, you’re currently on the ‘Chubster’ tour. What’s it all about? It’s about lots of things. Someone said to me: “There’s a thing that people say on the circuit – that you’d be massive if it wasn’t for Michael Macintyre.” I really like Michael Macintyre but I’m not like him at all – it’s just that I’m posh and chubby! Other than being posh and chubby, what themes run through the material? There’s quite a bit on death, there’s a lot on my kids not really respecting me, there’s a bit of politics – I can’t really avoid politics at the moment. It basically covers all sorts of topics but it starts with talking about death and finishes talking about death. I promise it’s funny every step of the way! The image on the poster is of you punching clean through a bargain bucket. Do you have a love/hate relationship with KFC? Oh, I really do. KFC is absolute quality. I mean, I know it’s actually awful. I’m down to about one visit a month and I’m trying… but it’s just pure emotional eating. I can tell loads of fast food is just rubbish, I can taste a Macdonald’s and know it’s not good, but KFC just still tastes good. I do think their hot wings are absolutely superb. There’s a drive-through in Enfield, so I usually hide somewhere and hope that nobody I know sees me as I eat it in my car.
You started the tour off this summer in Edinburgh. Do you enjoy the Fringe Festival or does it get a bit intense after a while? I actually enjoyed it less when I was younger. I get a bit homesick because of leaving my kids and my wife, but my kids will now come visit with friends and they can just have the run of the city. My wife hates Edinburgh, because of the memories of all the stress years earlier and this year she had to do lots of work on a book so didn’t come up at all. Appalling. That’s what 18 years of marriage does to you – you’re very very happy having a month apart! You did a show at the Fringe called ‘Brexit’. Can we expect some more analysis on the current situation in your new show? There is a fair bit of mentioning it in there. I actually say it to the audience going; I know some people find politics boring and I say if you find politics boring now, you’d have been bored at every moment in history. This is the scariest time of my life that I’ve ever known. I’ve never felt so simultaneously ashamed and terrified of my country and I think it’s just a very powerful time. In 40 years there aren’t going to be exam questions on Love Island or Nicki Minaj or Cardi B; it’s going to be an exam question about this, about what you see on the news about this decision that Britain made or about Trump. I feel if a comedian completely ignores Brexit or Trump and they do have feelings about it then it is a dereliction of duty. So, we’re talking about this seismic shift in the country’s mindset in the past few years. Have you noticed any sort of change in audiences up and down the country? I find, because I’ve done areas that are very Brexity and make awful jokes about Brexiters, that loads of people who voted for Brexit can still laugh at it because if you couch it in a way that’s like “Look, I know that I’m a Remainer bigot and I know I don’t have all the answers and I’m just venting my spleen about it” people can still enjoy it. I’ve very rarely had people get angry about me talking about politics. You can shout at each other over Twitter but when you’re talking to people face-to-face we do accept each other’s differences.
Roy Chubby Brown Sheffield City Hall // January 12 // £26.88 Roy’s trademark flying helmet, goggles and patchwork coat make their way to Sheffield City Hall this month, no doubt armed with a suitcase full of politically incorrect gags. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk Hal Cruttenden The Leadmill // January 19 // £15.40 Mock the Week star and standup comic Hal Cruttenden brings his latest show to the Steel City where he picks apart the world’s big issues – KFC and Brexit. theleadmill.co.uk Andrew Doyle Sheffield City Hall // January 31 // £8.96 Co-writer of the internet’s Jonathan Pie, Andrew’s seventh solo show ‘Friendly Fire’ is full of political satire, some Pie-like diatribes and side-splitting gags. As the Independent succinctly and, weirdly, said: “Prepare for all your internal organs to burst with laughter.” sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
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Sunday 27th January | 7.30pm
Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor
Thursday 31st January | 7.30pm
Thursday 7th February | 7.30pm
Andrew Doyle: Friendly Fire
Saturday 12th January | 7.30pm
Friday 1st February | 7pm
Roy Chubby Brown
Thursday 17th January | 7.30pm
Islands in the Stream Friday 18th January | 7pm
Saturday 19th January | 2pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday 5th February | 7.30pm
London Mozart Players
70th Birthday concert
Sunday 3rd February | 7.30pm
The Young’Uns: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
Starring Stephen Triffitt Thursday 7th February | 8pm
Every Friday & Saturday Doors 7pm, Show 8.15pm
Last Laugh Comedy Club
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January Nightlife Top Picks Recovered from NYE yet? Never mind, January’s bookings are too good to resist and you’ll be up and throwing shapes again in no time.
FRIDAY 11TH Mind Control: Sybil and Proteus Secret location TBA Following on from November’s wicked party with John Heckle, Control is back for another intimate affair. This time, they are bringing Sybil and Proteus to a 100-capacity secret location for some dark, hard techno selections. Support comes from PPG’s Adam S and Control residents. It’s BYOB too, what could be better? facebook.com/controlsheffield SATURDAY 26TH Mella Dee (All night long) Hope Works After a huge 2018, the man of the moment Mella Dee comes to Hope Works for an all night long set. Check out his recent BBC essential mix online for a taste of what to expect. hope-works.co.uk
Dusk Til Dawn Final Blowout Mark Archer, Grinny Grandad, Ed Solo, Samurai Breaks Yellow Arch Studios Dusk Til Dawn see off six years of
Sheffield events with one final party at Yellow Arch Studios. British rave royalty Mark Archer from Altern 8 headlines the main room alongside a wide array of live music. Ed Solo + Deekline, Hybrid Theory’s Vader, Dr Cryptic and more play the warehouse, and there’s plenty of D’n’B + jungle in the rave cave with Samurai Breaks, A-kid b2b Displace and many more. yellowarch.com THURSDAY 31ST Nice Like Rice: Nightmares on Wax, Admin, Leroy Theatre Deli Warp Record’s legend Nightmares on Wax returns to Sheffield after his huge Boiler Room set at the start of 2018. Since then he’s released another album with Shape the Future and collaborated with the likes of Moodymann and Andrew Ashon. Catch him at the Theatre Deli’s intimate ‘Umbrella Factory’ space. Support comes from Admin and Leroy. theatredeli.co.uk For our full nightlife listings head to exposedmagazine.co.uk
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Picking up where they left off in 2018, Corporation are getting the New Year off to a blistering start with a month of rock shows sure to dust off the cobwebs following last December’s frivolities. Get yer tabs around this lot… Silverjet
Following a two-year hiatus, the charismatic quartet are back with their brand of high energy, blues-fuelled heavy rock ‘n’ roll. An amazing response to their one-off appearance at last year’s Noize Level charity show inspired the comeback, and with a new skins-beater in Alex Brookes (New Generation Superstars, Outctry), the band are back touring with fresh material to share.
Known for their high-octane live performances, the Norwegian outfit head to Sheffield for a debut show at Corporation. “Spreading the Kakk”, as they say, consists of a setlist teeming with danceable indie tunes mixed in with funk, R’n’B, disco, reggae and pop influences.
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Hailing from Rochester, NY – an area renowned for producing quality DIY punk bands – it didn’t take long for Such Gold to find instant acclaim via their full-length debut Misadventures. Since then, Such Gold have established themselves as purveyors of catchy pop-punk and hardcore, as proved once more on their latest EP, the boundary-bending ‘Deep In a Hole’.
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Heads up! Some of the big’uns heading to Milton Street this year Deep Blue Something – Mar 11 Bob Log III – Mar 21 The Quireboys – Apr 6 Goldray – Apr 13 UK Subs – May 3 EagleeEye Cherry – Jun 1
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Jan 27 // £15 Led by legend of the rock scene Udo Dirkschneider, who’s enjoyed over forty years in the business and sold several million records with Germany heavy metal titans Accept, U.D.O bring hard-hitting lyrics screaming criticism at societal injustice in all its forms. Expect plenty of fan favourites from the early days and an assured performance from the renowned frontman. All tickets and more info available at corporation.org.uk www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 63
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hinds @ the leadmill Hinds could have been forgiven for giving Sheffield a miss on their seventeenstop UK tour last December. The Spanish indie rockers were forced to play Tramlines Festival on borrowed kit last time they visited the city (pictured) in 2016, having had their own instruments stolen days before. Thankfully, nothing dampens the party mood this time around as the all-female band play their infectiously fun garage rock to an enthralled crowd at the Leadmill. Promising local band The Seamonsters kick off the evening’s entertainment before main support act Sports Team underline their exciting talent with a slick, confident performance. Alex Rice is a charismatic frontman whose frantic dance moves are brilliantly offset by keyboardist Ben Mac’s deadpan stare. Fresh from an afternoon walk in the Peak District, the band have no trouble warming up the Leadmill crowd. Hinds make a low key entrance, feeling their way into the set with a measured performance of ‘Soberland’ before singer and guitarist Carlotta Cosials assures the crowd that “we came here to rock and roll!” The Madrid quartet show off their synchronised dance moves while covering Kevin Ayers’ ‘Caribbean Moon’, then up the ante with a raucous run-through of ‘San Diego’. New single ‘British Mind’ sounds wonderfully warm live, transporting those in the audience to a hazy late-summer evening (and making them forget about the winter coats they’re lumbered with in the process). Hinds continue to build momentum as ‘Easy’ is followed by ‘Garden’, the opening track from the band’s much-loved debut album Leave Me Alone. ‘Linda’ marks one of the gig’s mellower moments, featuring jangly guitar lines and distorted vocals that evoke The Strokes’ Is This It. After a nod to the band’s previous Sheffield visit (“We played Tramways? Tramlines? TRAMLINES!”), Hinds hit their stride with ‘The Club’. Toying with the tempo while their fans sing back yet another stomping riff, Hinds’ know-how and effectiveness as a live band is clear to everyone in the audience. Still, female bands daring to upset the male status quo in rock continue to attract harsh criticism for their musical credentials. It’s a fact addressed by Ana Perrote in her introduction to ‘Tester’: “There’s usually men on stage telling this story, so this time we’re gonna sing our version of it”. Her words bring one of the biggest cheers of the night. Perrote is soon in the audience for ‘Rookie’ as the band extend their sense of camaraderie to their fans. Hinds bring their main set to a close with a cover of The Clash’s ‘Spanish Bombs’ and an uplifting rendition of ‘Free Floating’, returning for a celebratory encore. If there were any unsure individuals amongst the crowd at the start of the night, Hinds surely won them over. “Bueno, new friends in Sheffield.” Jamie Haworth 64 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
ENTER SHIKARI O2 Academy Sheffield // January 10 // £28.65 The award-winning alternative rock outfit gear up for their biggest headline tour to date. The ‘Stop The Clocks’ tour sees them bringing their latest album The Spark to the stage, not to mention a few classics from their late-noughties heyday. academymusicgroup.com DESPERATE JOURNALIST Record Junkee // January 18 // £9.05 With deep-seated passion laced into every note hit by lead singer Jo Bevan, a spellbinding live show is promised from this North London post-punk outfit. Bands like this were meant to be experienced within crowded, sweaty confines. Trust. recordjunkee.co.uk THE STREETS O2 Academy Sheffield // January 29 // £48.35 British urban music pioneer and garage godfather Mike Skinner debuts new material from The Streets’ upcoming fifth album alongside an iconic back-catalogue of era-defining hits. academymusicgroup.com the howl & The hum Leadmill // January 30 // £8 The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. Dark pop and post-punk delivered in brooding but anthemic fashion. leadmill.co.uk GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. Picture House Social // January 31 // £13.75 Longtime supporter of independent venues Sam Duckworth, AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., is touching down at Picture House Social as part of Independent Venue Week 2019 with a full band in tow and support from Sweet Billy Pilgrim. picture-house-social.com KAGOULE // BODY HOUND // DO NOTHING Record Junkee // January 31 // £9.05 Record Junkee is hosting an evening of alternative, dynamic and grungy guitar experimentation courtesy of hard-hitting Nottingham-based band Kagoule. Support comes from experimental pioneers Body Hound and art rock group Do Nothing. recordjunkee.co.uk
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It’s a peculiar crowd queuing up to see Stockport’s Blossoms at the O2 Academy tonight. Despite the band’s natural influences of Oasis and the Stone Roses, their music is mostly 80s-inspired pop. There’s more ‘Time After Time’ and ‘Material Girl’ than ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’. But this evening it’s the same kids who let off flares for Noel Gallagher in the summer, the same kids who were born after Don’t Look Back In Anger was released and the same kids who exclusively wear Adidas trainers and Harrington jackets. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Walking into the venue, there’s an atmosphere about the place. The lights dim and ‘Supersonic’ by Oasis and the Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ is belted out by the sold out crowd as Blossoms walk onto the stage. The riff played by keyboard player Myles Kellock for the opener ‘I Can’t Stand It’ sounds more at home as part of a Miami Vice soundtrack, particularly with Charlie Salt’s bubbling basslines. Blossoms dip in and out of their first two albums track by track before singer Tom Ogden addresses the
crowd. Instant classics from 2016’s self-titled debut album ‘Honey Sweet’ and ‘Getaway’ go down as well as they did at the band’s smaller show at the Leadmill in 2016, but it’s noticeable how the newer tracks from Cool Like You ignite the audience and produce a bigger reaction from the crowd. ‘Cool Like You’ and ‘Unfaithful’ set the venue alight, and various mosh pits break out for ‘How Long Will This Last’. Tom Ogden has the audience in the palm of his hands throughout, switching from guitar-holding crooner to a very convincing Jarvis Cocker-esque slut dropper. At the end of ‘Blow’, just as they did in Leadmill 2015, the band stop playing the song and allow the crowd to finish it off. “Let’s see how far you can go with it.” We’ll be here all night, Tom… Perhaps the crowd’s connection to the band stems from those early shows, and their honesty about what kind of music they wanted to release. Blossoms have always said they wanted to release an album of singles, and speaking to Exposed in 2016, Tom explained why he won’t be missing those intimate gigs when
they reach the big time. “There’s nothing sad about it. It’s good to go back to those smaller venues for one-offs and special shows, like we recently did one at Gorilla in Manchester which is only like 500 people, and it was nice. But when there are loads of people singing back at ya… It’s just mint.” Fast forward to December 2018 and he’s fronting a band that is full of confidence, without an inch of arrogance about them. A highlight of the set is the ever-present acoustic interlude where Tom stands alone on stage and performs fan favourite ‘My Favourite Room’, allowing the crowd to out-sing him the whole way through. Such is the vociferousness of the crowd and the likelihood of having seen Blossoms live before, they know what’s coming next. They help themselves into the chorus of Babybird’s ‘You’re Gorgeous’ before a festive rendition of ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham, followed by the first verse of Oasis’ ‘Half The World Away’. An encore of the band’s biggest songs, ‘At Most A Kiss, ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ and ‘Charlemagne’ are played to a rapturous reception, along with a surprise cover of the Smiths’ ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’. In 2015, the band invited everyone
to the Gatsby for a drink afterwards. This time, with 3,000 fans in the house, that invitation wasn’t quite extended to the masses. There was a suggestive “we’ll see you very, very soon” though. Could they be a shout for Tramlines headliner 2019? Blossoms’ sold out summer gig at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park signifies their graduation to the big leagues and if tonight was anything to go by, they are more than ready for the step up. Paul Stimpson
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Quantic The 5th Exotic Words: Leo Burrell
As a youngster raised in Kent by a classical musician-turned-vicar and a music therapist, I wasn’t exposed to much electronic music. My parent’s record collection consisted of several hundred classical LPs, an Oscar Peterson LP, Sgt. Pepper’s and The Dark Side of the Moon. Luckily, I had two sisters several years older – one of which got me into Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bee Gees; while the other gave me Radiohead, Bob Dylan and a little artist called Quantic. I’d like to say the first time I heard The 5th Exotic, aged 14-years-old, I started seeing colours and the world changed around me. But I just liked it a bit. It had funky beats that I’d not heard before and a real sense of hypnotic theatricality. It wasn’t until a few years later, when me and my friends were smoking some, well, you know what (I’m actually pretty sure it was my first time) that I texted my mum to see when she was due home. “On my way, be there in 10 minutes,” came the reply. I booted out my friends in a panic and ran up to my room, put on some headphones and pretended to be asleep. The sample of the man describing the “artist painting a picture of an artist painting a picture” analogy in ‘Infinite Regression’ was enough to blow my little mind into a thousand Quantic-sized pieces. Up until that moment I had only really played music. From then on I was obsessed with the recording of music, the power of the studio, and more importantly, sound. I had no idea it could be manipulated in such a way to make it sound like it was inside your very own skull, and I never heard production the same way again. Everything became a comparison to this album: if it wasn’t opening new pathways, it was pointless. The 5th Exotic leaves no stone unturned psychoacoustically, not to mention musically. With dub, jazz, funk, flamenco and blues all explored through the lens of early-noughties trip-hop and garagey beats, it really is an exploration of what can be done when you combine samples of acoustic music, electronic beats and fresh recordings, many of which Will Holland played himself on a variety of instruments. Unbelievably, this was his debut album, at the astonishing age of 21. To this day I still play many of the tracks in my DJ sets, and while in the background it may sound like borderline easy-listening, I urge you to hear The 5th Exotic on good headphones or a big soundsystem and discover the parts of your mind you didn’t know existed. That said, good luck getting it on wax for less than £50. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the limited run of the first repress in 12 years signed at the Harley by the man himself a few years back!
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It was then that I genuinely started seeing colours: the depth of the reverb, the swirling delays, the dramatic use of panning, the extraordinary variety in textures – it was a seamless journey into a whole new universe.
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Pack away the tinsel, down the alka seltzer and prepare yourself for another year – it’s going to be another busy one! If your New Year’s resolution was to get more involved in LGBT+ events in the city then dive in and head straight to Pride in Sheffield’s open meeting on 8 January and contribute to the key decisions that will shape Pride 2019. Or if you want to have your say on issues in the city, the LGBT+ hub of Sheffield’s Equality Hub Network takes place at the town hall on 16 January. The Hub works to raise issues specific to LGBT+ communities including hate crime, health and wellbeing, visibility, promoting fairness and inclusion and challenging inequalities. The lovely folk at Open Sheffield return to St Mark’s on 13 January for their open communion and, of course, some cake as the equally wonderful SAYiT will be hosting the first event of their anniversary year on 16 January. At the event, there’ll be a QTIPOC film night (open to all queer, trans or intersex people of colour under 25) screening ‘The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson’ (above) - a queer black trans woman. She was highly involved in the Stonewall riots, founded STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) and although her death was ruled a suicide, many believe she was murdered due to her activism. Food, cushions, blankets and popcorn will be provided! SAYiT will also be playing host to Sheffield’s Pink Triangle event at the Amphitheatre on 27
January to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering those who lost their lives and were imprisoned during the holocaust, with a particular focus on our LGBT+ family. There’ll be an installation of a large pink triangle, the emblem chosen by the Nazis to identify ‘homosexuals’, at the Amphitheatre using donated pink material. Everyone is welcome to come along with their own pink material and add to the triangle, pay your respects, take part in arts and crafts and grab some food. Following that, a Holocaust Memorial Day vigil will be taking place at the Winer Gardens, including a range of speakers and performances marking the event. On 19 January, a queer/trans/women-centred selfdefence class will be taking place near Sheffield city centre. Attendees will learn practical techniques for diffusing conflict, physically protecting yourself and being safer out and about in a supportive and challenging environment. Last but by no means least, we are joined by the latest of the Drag Race icons to visit the city, Season 10’s Miz Cracker who will be sashaying her way to the Leadmill on 21 January for her one woman show ‘It’s Time’.
Tue 8 Jan Pride in Sheffield Open Meeting Sheffield Hallam University www.prideinsheffield.net Sun 13 Jan Open Sheffield Open Communion Church of St Mark, Broomhill www.twitter.com/Open_Sheffield Wed 16 Jan LGBT+ Hub Sheffield Town Hall www.equalityhubnetwork.org Qtipoc Film Night Scotia Works www.sayit.org.uk Sat 19 Jan Queer Friendly Weekend SelfDefence Course Sheffield City Centre Mon 21 Jan Miz Cracker “It’s Time” Leadmill www.leadmill.co.uk Sun 27 Jan Holocaust Memorial Day Winter Gardens www.hmd.org.uk Sheffield’s Pink Triangle Ampitheatre www.sayit.org.uk
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Sheffield is super!
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As I dust off the glitter and recover from the New Year’s hangover, I am entering my 20th year of living in the Steel City. Back in the day, other than the one central bar, Cossack (a place I have many fond memories of, and undoubtedly many more missing ones!), the scene consisted of bars out in Attercliffe, nestled amongst the steel factories. Between the Albert, Barcelona, Madison’s, Ma Bakers, Planet, Club Xes and others, we had a gay village arguably ahead of its time. Fast forward 20 years and the last of the Attercliffe scene is long gone, with the closure of Club Xes ending the era in 2012. Last year saw the end of OMG and the opening of Queer Junction, maintaining the status quo of two city centre gay bars, alongside the longstanding Dempseys. This may seem a little underwhelming at first for a city this size, but you don’t have to scratch far below the surface to find queer culture running through the town like a stick of rock. Sheffield is a city of independents, creatives, art and culture, festivals and DIY attitude and the LGBT+ scene is no different. On the festival calendar in 2018 in addition to Pride, Pinknic, Diversity Fest, and Transforming Cinema, we saw over 60 events in February for LGBT History month alone and the city’s first ever Black Pride. 72 | www.exposedmagazine.co.uk
We have drag performances across the city ranging from the home-grown talents of our own queens the Funky Beavers and drag kings the Half Montys, to international Drag Race favourites. We have collaborations like Andro and Eve and Fruit and Juice who not only put on fantastic events but do so centring women,
you don’t have to scratch far below the surface to find queer culture running through the town like a stick of rock. Sheffield is a city of independents, creatives, art and culture, festivals and DIY attitude and the LGBT+ scene is no different. trans people, people of colour, drag kings and others who are often left out of mainstream gay scenes. Venues including DINA, Delicious Clam and Theatre Deli host regular events filled with queer live music and performance while others have pop-up film screenings, gaming nights and club nights.
On any given weekend I could be dancing on Dempseys’ tables with a bottle of cherry Lambrini in hand, or at a DIY queer punk gig, or watching a drag show, at an LGBT+ film festival or gaming event, seeing a theatre show led by gay asylum seekers, watching our LGBT+ choir Out Aloud, the list goes on… The days of the best thing about Sheffield’s scene being the train station (i.e. the fact that you could be in Manchester in under an hour) are long behind us. In fact, the main issue I have these days is being spoilt for choice and event clashes! This year is set to be our biggest yet. 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots (and the 60th Anniversary of the lesser known Cooper Donuts uprising), so expect lots of events to mark these occasions. Later in the year, Pride Month takes place in July, which this year will be run by the largest and most diverse pride committee to date. Friends of Edward Carpenter will be marking the 90th anniversary of the poet and actvist’s his death. February will also see our first Rainbow Laces tournament, while March’s beer week will see a special event to launch a new organisation supporting LGBT+ people in the beer industry. I’m excited for the year ahead. We may not do our scene like other cities, but we do it Sheffield-style – and I wouldn’t have it another way!
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MOSCOW CITY BALLET PERFORM THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Crucible Theatre // January 8-12 // From £26 The Moscow City Ballet returns to Sheffield in January 2019 with a full orchestra in tow to perform its breath-taking interpretation of The Sleeping Beauty: a timeless classic which has captivated audiences for well over a century. Even if ballet ‘isn’t really your thing’, we can guarantee that either the exquisite costumes, stunning set designs, or Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic music will leave you feeling awe-inspired. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Original da Vinci drawings to go on display in Sheffield Twelve drawings by Leonardo da Vinci are set to go on display at the Millennium Gallery in February 2019 as part of an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance artist’s death. Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing features twelve drawings that have been selected to reflect the diversity of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. Kirstie Hamilton, the head of exhibitions and displays at Museums Sheffield, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in this nationwide celebration of a true visionary. Drawing and innovation are cornerstones of the collections we care for in Sheffield and we’re thrilled to be working with Royal
Collection Trust to show these spectacular works at the Millennium Gallery.” The exhibition will include examples of all the drawing materials used by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metal point. The works will also show new information about Leonardo’s working practices and creative process, gathered through scientific research using a range of non-invasive techniques including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence. In the ‘Studies of Water’ drawing (c.151718), Leonardo built up the image in stages, first creating an underlying structure of water currents in chalk and then adding little rosettes of bubbles on the surface in ink, almost as decoration. The head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection Trust Martin Clayton said the drawings were a national treasure. “We hope that as many people as possible across the country will take this unique opportunity to see these extraordinary works, which allow us to enter one of the greatest minds in history, and to understand the man and his achievements.” Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing will open at the Millennium Gallery on 1 February 2019 and continue until 6 May 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free.
GHOST THE MUSICAL Lyceum Theatre // January 15-19 // From £29 Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has adapted his insanely popular romantic fantasy thriller film for a musical. Ghost tells the haunting story of Molly and Sam, who were walking home late one night when Sam was brutally murdered. Sam is trapped between two worlds, and with the help of a storefront psychic he desperately tries to communicate with his beloved wife Molly, who is utterly alone and in grave danger… sheffieldtheatres.co.uk Anomaly life drawing Timm Cleasby’s studio // January 8 // £8 Every Tuesday in a studio above Kelham Island’s Old Workshop, Anomaly Life Drawing’s evening classes create an environment for artists to express themselves and push their own boundaries with surreal shapes and freaky forms. The class experiments with atmospheric projections, sprawling dreamscapes and short films and, whilst the theme of the month stays the same each session, the styling differs from week to week. facebook.com/anomalylifedrawing REBEL SOUL WINTER WIG-OUT DINA // January 26 // Free (daytime), £5 (6-8pm), £7 (8pm-6am) After years of running a venue at Shambala Festival, Rebel Soul is bringing its unique blend of politics and party to DINA. During the daytime, Rebel will host a series of workshops and debates from the country’s frontline campaigners on hot topics such as fracking, the Mediterranean border, the housing crisis, and a non-binary/transgender DJ workshop. Teatime will involve some delicious veggie and vegan food, followed by an eclectic line-up of quality music from all over the world to take over the nighttime airwaves, spanning all genres from folk to techno and served up on Barang’s heavyweight soundsystem. dinavenue.com www.exposedmagazine.co.uk | 75
ILLUSTRATE THIS! How did you first get into illustration? I have always been drawing. I do it for hours every day. There was this moment at the end of A-Levels when I realized I could do something with it, it didn’t need to be just a hobby, which got me researching art courses with a focus on drawing and then illustration just popped up. After studying at Falmouth University, what brought you up to Sheffield? I’m from Sheffield originally, so moving back to the city seemed like a good thing to do after uni. I love Cornwall and it is such a great place, but it is very isolating – the nearest city was two hours away on the train! I was also very lucky to get a studio in Trafalgar Warehouse weeks after coming home and being alongside a hub of established artists is always inspiring. The amount of independent creative opportunities offered in Sheffield has increased so much since my time away; it’s really great to see this happening in the city and is especially exciting to be a part of. What or who influences your style? I have, and always will, be a massive fan of Aubrey Beardsley. Also Art Nouveau and anything with ridiculous line-work and odd figures. Norman Gilbert is an incredible artist and his skill with colour is incredible. I also had a lot of friends into music growing up, so would often draw along to them when they were playing, just to experience the interaction with the music and drawing. Are you currently working on any specific projects? My latest goal is to teach myself animation, as I’ve had a few ideas knocking about in my head. I am also trying to do more comic book art; I love working with narrative to make some wacky, weird story. At the moment I’m doing one about a cowgirl. Also, due to recent circumstances, I’m working on stuff about life in your early-twenties post-uni. When you have no idea what you’re doing and being an adult but not feeling like one!
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LIFE AQUATIC BAND: IN SESSION
The eclectic six-piece In Session vid dropped last week. View it, watch it, love it. tinyurl.com/yao9hvsa
DUNT THA WANT MI, BABBEH?
Just before Crimbo, the Everly Pregnant Brothers released their rendition of the Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. It’s a cracker. tinyurl.com/y8xzwdk6
BEST OF 2018
We’re all about looking forward here at Exposed, but last year was a bit of oreyt for Sheff, wannit? Have a look at our retrospective of some of the city’s biggest events of 2018. tinyurl.com/y7258326
THEATRE REVIEW: KISS ME, KATE @ CRUCIBLE THEATRE
“Written by Cole Porter in the 1940s, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, is a delightful, old fashioned musical, combining the classic elements of mistaken identity and a will they/wont they love story.”
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