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LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 22 Yep, you’re golden mate. Love, finances, family life – it’s all looking gravy. Erm, say, now that things are looking up, any chance you could spot me a couple of quid?
TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Venus moves into your love zone, wiggles around a bit, lets out a large grunting sound and promptly orders an Uber.
SCORPIO 23 OCT – 21 NOV You decide to let your feelings all hang out, but are swiftly told to tuck the dutty old things back in again.
GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 If your life was a song, it’d be Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Either that or Woo Boost by Rusko, for altogether different reasons. CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 22 With great aplomb, you merrily sow your seeds of joy all over the luscious meadows of desire. LEO JULY 23 - AUG 22 Much like the Lion, you’re a massive arsehole. VIRGO AUG 23 - SEP 22 Your wu-wu shall never come into contact with a fu-fu.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 22 - DEC 21 Even your dog refuses to lick your face, implying that his balls are far more appealing. CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 19 The strong arm of fate returns to fist you once more. AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 18 You grow to notice that you’ve become incompatible with your partner. It’s possibly because he’s a Capricorn, but more likely something to do with him shagging your best mate.
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NAH THEN TARDYBUM Sheffielders were taken by surprise last month when strolling past Park Hill and noticing Doctor Who’s iconic blue box had rocked up outside the building. Judging by the large film crew milling around, it looks like the Steel City will be playing a significant role in the upcoming series. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 13
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“NO PASTY IS WORTH THAT MUCH AGGRO. I GOT STRAIGHT OUTTA THERE, PAL.”
Celebrating International Women’s Day with a city-wide fringe festival, SheFest promises another range of engaging events, activities and film screenings this year.
The not-for profit organisation SheFest started in 2015, and this year their event taking place 5-11th March will fittingly fall on the centenary of the decision to grant women over 30 the right to vote. But how far have we come? And where are we now? These are just some of the questions the event aims to inspire debate around. A highlight will be on Saturday 10th March, when the festival will
take over Tudor Square and the surrounding area to fill it with live music, performances, workshops and activities from 12-5pm. Sets from African drumming groups, dance crews, She Choir Manchester and the Sheffield Samba Band will give a carnival vibe to proceedings, while inside the Millennium Galleries there’ll be free workshops on topics from burlesque to sexual harassment. Young activists
in the making can get involved in a selection of fun kid’s STEM-based activities run in the Winter Gardens. Another top pick will be an original theatre piece called Wild Woman at Theatre Deli 8-9th March. Expect (to name a few): Indian dance, tales of skinny dipping, star gazing and work by some of the North’s most exciting and up-and-coming female artists. There will also be an exciting experimental piece bringing together
movement, audio, visual installation and music. Co-curator Nitya Teagaran told Exposed: “We organise SheFest to showcase andd empower women while providing a female-fronted addition to the city’s calendar. We’re passionate that SheFest becomes the northern capital for International Women’s Day this year.” shefest.wordpress.com
A Class Act Celebrated Sheffield artist Pete McKee recently revealed details of a brand new exhibition, his first in two years – and Exposed are offering you the chance to bag a pair of tickets to the grand opening! We’re told that This Class Works will be a unique presentation of work which will show collaborations with a range of artists, film-makers and photographers to explore and celebrate the working class of the country. Born to a steel worker and factory line worker and brought up on a council estate in Sheffield, Batemoor-born McKee grew up with a great admiration for the sprit, hope and resourcefulness of working class life – something at odds with many modern day media portrayals and attitudes towards the lower end of the class spectrum today. “I am delighted to be working with a range of other very talented, creative people in order to present this new exhibition which aims to re-address the unbalance that currently exists in media and society,” Pete told us of the inspiration behind his new collection of work. “It’s an unbalance that seems to deride and tar the working class as lazy, selfish, needy, ignorant, intolerant, worthless and the cause of all society’s problems. It’s important for me to show the spirit of the working class; the pride, hope, fight, passion and resourcefulness that has been their foundation.” This Class Works will be on display from 14-29 July at 92 Burton Road, opening 4-9pm Mon-Fri and 10-8pm Sat-Sun. Head to petemckee.com or call 0114 263 1000 to purchase tickets.
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“Beer and swords, you just knew what was coming next.”
The Exposed Awards is all set to return for another night of bigging up the best that Sheff has to offer. And this time, ladies and gents, we’ve got a fancy new venue to host proceedings – the Peddler warehouse at 92 Burton Road. Other changes include new categories such as the ‘Outdoor City Award’ and ‘Best Street Food Trader’, plus bags more entertainment on the night and naturally, with Peddler as the venue, you can expect the array of snap being served up to be second-to-none. We’ll be taking it back to the Roaring Twenties with a lavish Gatsby-themed bash, so grab your finest vintage gladrags and dress to impress on the night. Afterparty vibes come courtesy of one of favourite Kelham spots, The Old Workshop, and suffice to say there will be freebies, tunes and plenty of good ale on offer.
The date has been pushed back to May 17th so celebrations can take place in slightly warmer climes this year, which will also give you more time to have a good think about who out there is deserving of your votes. All you need to do is register, fill out your choices and whoever gets the most votes wins – bish-bash-bosh. Tickets are £30 per person which includes entry to the awards, drinks on arrival and food for the night from a range of Peddler’s finest street food traders as well as plenty of quality live entertainment to keep you amused all evening. More to be announced soon! Tickets will be available by calling 0114 275 7709 or by emailing email@example.com. £2.50 from each one goes to the Children’s Hospital Charity.
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As first lineup announcements go, that wasn’t too shabby - was it? Who’d have thought that one day we’d see Noel Gallagher playing live to 40,000 in Hillsborough Park, eh? Not to mention Stereophonics pumping out their bulging back catalogue of hits at the festival, plus some old school raving vibes from Craig David to close the party. Lovely stuff, Tramlines, lovely stuff… Away from the headliners, there’s plenty else to get excited about including Jake Bugg, Blossoms, De La Soul, The Orielles, The Magic Gang, and local faves Reverend and the Makers. All of this and much, much more for a mere £69 (cheaper if you got your skates on and purchased earlier) points towards the tenth instalment of Sheffield’s biggest bash shaping up to be an absolute belter.
WHAT’S NEW? Naturally, with a much larger festival site to play with there have been plenty of changes announced. Here’s what to expect so far… A stage offering live comedy for the first time in the festival’s history On-site pop-up cinema A new stage programmed by The Leadmill and local ledge Jon McClure A designated area for kids and family entertainment The Library Stage – which will showcase a wide variety of emerging talent Stronger emphasis on showcasing local traders at the festival. Basically: better beer and food. The expansion of Into the Trees – a sheltered area providing family entertainment through the day and hosting an exciting bill of DJs in the evening
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TRAMLINES TEN FIRST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT STEREOPHONICS (FRIDAY) NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (SATURDAY) CRAIG DAVID’S TS5 (SUNDAY) BLOSSOMS // DE LA SOUL //JAKE BUGG // REVEREND AND THE MAKERS // STEFFLON DON THE SHERLOCKS // MABEL // THE MAGIC GANG // COASTS // PALE WAVES // GENGAHR // REDFACES // THE ORIELLES // NAAZ // BOBBI LEWIS // NEON WALTZ // MULLALLY BANG BANG ROMEO // STEREO HONEY // WULFMAN FURY // THE SEAMONSTERS // PATAWAWA MR MOTIVATOR // RHYTHM OF THE 90S
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Festival Director Sarah Nulty told Exposed: We really wanted to do something different for the 10th anniversary and moving to a bigger park means we can include lots of extra interesting elements and deliver more than just music – although saying that, we’re going bigger than we ever have before with the lineup! It will be a more traditional greenfield format but still within the city. We’re staying on the tram lines so that we can remain connected with the city centre – our new site is 13 mins from the city centre and only 5 mins away from last year’s main stage. We always wanted to be a citywide festival, and this just extends the footprint that little bit further.”
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There’s a scene in the finale of ITV’s Broadchurch where the town bands together to exile Joe, the convicted murderer. He was found not guilty, and so the villagers have their own punishment to mete. They have booked him a one way train ticket - to Sheffield. DUN DUN DUN! Upon learning his fate, Joe breaks down into tears. Burn him, strike him, make him listen to Enya’s greatest hits on repeat for all eternity, anything but Sheffield! It was watching this scene that I felt my first affinity to Sheffield. I’m a Perth-born girl, who moved to Sydney for university in search of bright lights, big buildings and that bloody brilliant bridge. I managed to find myself living in Sheffield rather accidentally, and through no fault of my own. An Uber driver told me the other day that he thinks people only move to Sheffield for two reasons: university or love. I think he might be right. I met my partner, a born and bred Sheffield lad, in Sydney and after two years there, we decided it was time to give him the home advantage. We planned to move to London, Manchester or Liverpool. Somewhere exciting, somewhere bustling, somewhere with (that elusive white rabbit for millennials) ‘job prospects’. Definitely, absolutely, emphatically not Sheffield, we’d agreed. And yet, somewhere between crashing at my partner’s Mum’s whilst job searching, and a short sojourn in Manchester, we never left Sheffield. When I tell people back home I’m living in England they immediately assume London. When I tell them I’m in Sheffield, northern England, where they talk like Ned Stark in in Game of Thrones, they’ll nod slowly only half comprehending there exists a land beyond the Thames. Some will even screw up their noses and say, “Like the Full Monty?” to which I reply, ‘Yes. Exactly. Like the Full Monty.’ Sheffield, to me, feels like a city on the cusp. Its nightlife is already thriving, from student dive
FROM THE BORN-AND-BRED TO THOSE WHO’VE ARRIVED FROM ANOTHER CONTINENT, WE ASKED A NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING HERE TO REFLECT ON AND WRITE ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH SHEFFIELD.
bars, the legendary Leadmill, and Ecclesall Road to the trendy bars that keep popping up in Kelham Island. Not to mention the budding cafe culture that promises to bloom. Where else can you have all the benefits of a major city but only be a five-minute drive from some of the most lusciously green countryside you’ll ever see? Do you guys realise that Loxley Valley looks exactly like the fields on the Yorkshire Tea box?! Do you know how otherworldly such green looks to my Australian eyes? But, and here I fall to cliché, the thing that gives Sheffield its true heart is its people. A people not impressed by much, but a people you have no need to impress because they’ve already accepted you as you are. Here, I could tell a bloke I was the Prime Minister of Australia and he’d have the same reaction as if I’d said I were a Leo. You When I tell them I’m still go to the local pub for living in Sheffield, a chat! I am never short Northern England, of people proudly telling where they talk like me about the local history, Ned Stark in Game about the old factories that used to line the streets or of Thrones, they’ll of the plumes of smoke nod slowly only half that obscured the cityscape comprehending there when you looked down exists a land beyond from The Manor. the Thames. That scene in Broadchurch got to me, Sheffield. You’re a city perpetually misunderstood by the rest of the country, marred by stereotypes of the North and fear of the unknown. You’re the underdog. But that’s what I love about you because there’s nothing us Aussies love more than a bloody underdog. My favourite image of Sheffield is the mural of the ageing miner looking over the city from Snig Hill: a city that holds onto past sentimentalities whilst forging ahead, that isn’t afraid of hard work or change, and one that is unashamedly itself.
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OTIS MENSAH “I get these moments where I’ve just got an urgency to write; I feel like something’s been building up, so I just let the pen do the work, let the pen bleed, or however you want to word it.” Easily one of the most polite chaps on the local music scene, we invited gifted rapper-poet Otis Mensah to do what he does best back in October last year – deliver mad flows. tinyurl.com/y7qfdx4m
The Exposed In Session feature is taking a well-earned breather this month, as our twelve-month stint at The Greystones comes to an end (biggups to all the team there for having us). We’ll be hitting the road again for our next few instalments, so if you fancy hosting one of our live videos drop us a line! Here are just a few of the cracking musicians and bands we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the last year. Head to the links below to read the interviews and see them performing live for Exposed. You might just discover your next favourite act. Oh, and any bands who fancy putting their name forwards for a session, just gi’ us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ORIELLES “A group of men approached me and told me that they were expecting a man to walk out of the door after hearing drums played like that. They asked to be guestlisted later, which obviously I said no to. HA!” One of our fave up-and-coming Yorkshire bands, surf-pop peddlers The Orielles stepped forward to kick off 2018 in style. We caught up with drummer Sid-Hand-Halford, who was bloomin’ lovely and had plenty to say on why young, female-dominated bands shouldn’t be discouraged from having a pop. tinyurl.com/y8z9gb3m
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WULFMAN FURY “We’re all about focusing on winning over Sheffield at the moment. That’s the aim.” One of the biggest ripples on the local scene last year came courtesy of this garage rock five-piece, who in no time at all released a number of punchy singles and started selling out gaffs all over the shop. Watch ‘em at the link below and see if they’re up your street. tinyurl.com/ycgvu2vt
MILBURN “Lipstick Lickin’ gets right on my tits nowadays.”
SHEAFS “Who needs LA when you’ve got Kelham Island?”
We filmed an exclusive session and partnered it with a stonking cover interview to celebrate the return of the Sheffield darlings with their highly-anticipated 2017 album, Time. Read and watch for yourself at the link below. tinyurl.com/y8972rbf
It’s been a mahoosive 12 months for these lads, not long out of university, whose high-energy live shows up and down the country have been turning plenty of heads. Certainly ones to watch – and a lovely bunch, too.
THE SEAMONSTERS “We definitely feed off people not believing.” Glittery indie-pop vibes radiated from the pages in our January issue, as The Seamonsters stepped forward to tread in the In Sesh boards. We’ve heard that the band have recently been recording new material in Liverpool with Bill Ryder-Jones, so keep ‘em peeled! tinyurl.com/hpf9rxg WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 23
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We’re a quarter of the way through 2018 and, quite fittingly, Dusky’s 17 Steps label is set to deliver its 18th release - arriving in the form of Lo Shea’s Iterations EP. The unstoppable duo of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman are at the peak of their powers, bringing out a slew of killer tracks and becoming two of the most influential tastemakers in the UK. With two Essential Mixes, a major label album in the form of ‘Outer’ and last year’s huge live show tour under their belts, the time is ripe for Dusky to get back on the decks doing what they do best.
Enter the ’17 Steps Tour’, a 17-date Europe-wide journey featuring all the label’s hottest producers and newest signee Liam O’Shea AKA Lo Shea. The Hope Works founder and curator joins Dusky on five dates of the tour, including a sold-out show at Gorilla just three days before this three-way Skype interview took place and a huge date at Sheffield’s favourite warehouse on Friday March 23rd. We caught up from Lo Shea’s studio above Corporation, getting the lowdown on all things Dusky and how it feels to be coming of age with their latest release. What’s up, Dusky? Leo from Exposed speaking, I’m sat next to Liam in his studio. LO: Ey up guys! We’ve got you both in different places? NH: How’s it going? Yeah, I didn’t realise. I thought we were doing it up at our studio so I’m here and Alfie’s at home. You’re both back in London, then? How did Saturday night go in Manchester? It was Liam’s first date on the tour, right? AG: Yeah, it was really good and a great start to the tour. LO: Reyt fun. So, the 17 Steps label tour is 17 dates across Europe with all the biggest stars on your label. What made you include Sheffield on the list? LO: I did! *Laughs* NH: Yeah, it was just to keep Liam happy really… no, obviously Hope Works is an amazing venue and they’re putting on really interesting music at the moment. And last time we played there it was a wicked party, so we had to visit again. Naturally, with Liam doing the latest release it also ties in nicely and makes sense. And the Hope Works date is one of the biggest of the tour, with Paul Woolford and Bwana playing too. AG: Yep, strong line-up! Liam: They’re all pretty strong though! It’s not uncommon at the moment for labels to do their own shows, but a full tour with your roster is quite a statement. Is that something you’ve thought about doing since the live show of your album last year, trying to reconnect with your club/DJing roots? Or is it about wanting to regain some control over things like warm-up DJs, artwork, etc? AH: I think it’s both. It’s definitely something we’ve always aimed towards from setting up the label. At the beginning it was a brand new thing with just us releasing on it, but the aim was always to work with other artists. We’ve got enough different people on the label to start putting on some really good line-ups. But yeah, as you say, last year we were focusing a lot on the live show, and coming out of the ‘Outer’ album tour we wanted to control what venues we were playing in. Last year we did a lot of festivals and not enough club DJ sets, so we’re making up for lost time in many ways. And some of the venues on the tour are pretty small and intimate, like Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh. Are you looking forward to getting back into those kinds of places? AG: Definitely. There are a lot of intimate places. The big places can be great, but you don’t always feel as connected to the crowd, you know? WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 27
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I guess there are a few big clubs, too, like District 8 in Dublin, as well as warehouse-y spots like Motion in Bristol and Hope Works. Is that something you enjoy, getting into the grimier places? AG: Yeah, I feel like it just works better, at least for our kind of music. I just get really turned off by, you know, flash clubs. You get a lot more in the States – not everywhere of course, but in a lot of places it’s just really bright and feels more of a glorified bar than a proper rave, which we much prefer. What drew you to Liam’s productions? NH: Well, we were playing a lot of his music before we even met him, that’s the thing. But we got properly in touch when a guy working on our live tour called Paul – who was a mutual friend between us and Liam – dropped out to go and work on another show, and then Liam jumped in last minute as a tech manager. So we got to know each other better through that. Which of Liam’s tracks had you played in the past? NH: I’d have to open up iTunes – they’ve all got strange names! But I think ‘Boomin’ was the first one. LO: ‘Boomin’ was actually the first release I did as Lo Shea – ace! NH: ‘Cos that was 2012, right? Not long after we started the Dusky project either. So what’s next for Dusky after this tour? Now you’ve done the album and a live tour you could go anywhere really. NH: Well, we’re just focusing on a few more EPs and club stuff. Because the album was designed to be a listening experience, rather than just something for the club; whereas our straightup EPs tend to be dancefloor-focused. There are a few ideas that we’ve put on the back-burner which might be part of another album one day, but that’s still a way off I think. We’re just
HOPE WORKS IS AN AMAZING VENUE AND THEY’RE PUTTING ON REALLY INTERESTING MUSIC AT THE MOMENT. LAST TIME WE PLAYED THERE IT WAS A WICKED PARTY, SO WE JUST HAD TO VISIT AGAIN. looking forward to touring the rest of the year. Liam, how did the EP for Dusky’s label come about? LO: Well I just got asked to do a release, and obviously I jumped at the chance, being a fan of what the guys do. I really like what they’ve done with 17 Steps, and from my point it’s like a connection to UK club culture. Who’s NK on the track ‘Higher’? Liam: Niamh Kavanagh, she’s a friend of mine, a wonderful singer from Sheffield. I sent the track over to the guys and they started playing it out, even the demo version! *Laughs* I like to work with my environment, and there’s talented people here, so it was nice to give her a platform like that. She’s a swing/jazz singer with tons of live experience, so she can really sock it to ya! Will the festival sets be live or DJ sets? NH: They’ll be DJ sets, yeah. We’d like to bring back the live show for another album one day though. LO: Is that so you can get there on the motorcycle, Nick? NH: *Laughs* No, I never really drive to gigs as you tend to feel a bit frazzled by the time you get there, especially if you’re going from London to Manchester across loads of motorway. It’s a pleasure thing for my time off. Matt from Gorgon City and I cruise about in the week sometimes. Do sets for you differ as you go further north? NH: Yeah, I think up north the crowd tends to be more open and high energy than in
London. I mean, down south it’s generally a bit more chin-strokey; by the time you get up to Scotland people are just full-on nuts. Finally, if your house was burning down which three records would you grab? After you’ve got your bike out the garage first, of course… NH: Yeah, the bike would definitely be first. Probably one I’d have to say is the first record I ever bought, the KRS-One album ‘I Got Next’. I was about 12-years-old when I got that. Then it’d be the Frank De Wulf remix of ‘Dominator’. Oh, and recently my Mum bought me a Gil Scott Heron album so I’d have to take that with me too – just in case she’s reading. AG: I’ve got a load of old garage, jungle/ drum‘n’bass stuff and maybe some early MJ Cole which I remember getting on my first few trips to the record store. I’ve got a few old proper hardcore records, like 180bpm stuff, so I’d probably have to take one of those. Liam? LO: I’m gonna have to sit this one out, as we all seem to be going for our first records and mine was a 7” of ‘Stand and Deliver’ by Adam and the Ants – so I’m gonna leave it there!
Thanks a lot guys, see you all at Hope Works! Dusky’s 17 Steps Tour with Paul Woolford, Bwana and Lo Shea hits Hope Works on Friday March 23rd. Tickets are available from Resident Advisor now. Lo Shea’s Iterations EP is out now on 17 Steps.
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Collegiate Crown House in Sheffield is known as the most luxurious student accommodation the city has to offer, with a contemporary outlook affording students an experience that is curated to both their current lives and future aspirations. It’s well documented that the UK population, including students, are now consciously buying experiences over ‘stuff ’ and this change in behaviour has been carefully considered by Crown House. Students here can opt for predressed apartments for a stress-free move in, with all of their living essentials pre-provided. Being more with less or ‘living deliberately’ as minimalists would call it - offers students both the time and the finances to develop as an individual and there’s a wide breadth of social spaces in the building for that very purpose. Collegiate Brand Manager, Simon Gray, explains: “On the ground floor alone members can benefit from a large, thoughtfully decorated common room, a 20ft cinema screen, in the adaptable outdoor courtyard space. Which is also equipped with a ready to use BBQ for alfresco dining and outdoor film screenings”. With socialising set as a central feature, there’s a private dining room, fully equipped with cooking essentials for a communal evening of food and drinks. But for those who haven’t yet mastered the culinary arts, local restaurants are on hand to provide the private dining experience. Made for sharing, the exclusive gaming booths host digitally downloaded games for Xbox/ PlayStation and there’s no need to panic if your go-to game isn’t available; one quick word to reception and anything missing will be added to the collection at no extra cost. Buying time over ‘stuff ’ has been explored recently too, with a 2017 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science indicating that when we spend money on time-saving services such as cleaning, we’re happier and feel more emotionally rewarded. With this in mind there’s a variety of cleaning services on offer at various rates, allowing students the precious time they need to both socialise and more importantly focus on their
studies. These social and study needs have, of course, been carefully considered with a balance of dedicated study areas and in-house social events. “The dedicated study areas are designed to allow students to approach their work in a focused manner, with everything we know they need available in a modern, communal workspace environment; on-site printing is even available here”. The social atmosphere is vibrant, providing a range of events catering to all cultures with National Holiday celebrations as well as events creating awareness for mental health; revision and stress relief classes are also organised around the student calendar. Mental wellbeing is notably linked to the rise of a fitness-conscious society, with in-house fitness suites for residents to let off some steam now a modern-day-must. Members of Collegiate Crown House can enjoy all the standard gym equipment as well as free weights in the carefully designed in-house gym. “The cinema room also doubles up as the perfect yoga space with its sprung floor and virtual instructors, all included as part of the standard members package”. This real emphasis on student’s personal health and wellbeing is further provided for with staff fully trained in welfare to step in and help if needed. With this strong sense of corporate responsibly, Collegiate Crown House is an unrivalled pioneer in student living, providing all the tools needed for a positive and healthy university experience.
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Denim vintage playsuit £15 DMs 1460 pascal wanderlust £135.00 Provided by Dr. Martens, Chapel Walk S1 2PD
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JOJO’S GENERAL STORE BY RAG PARADE’ 553 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PR. 07891598487 instagram.com/ragparadesheffield
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3. Lewis Spark wears a WW2 US Navy Gunners Smock in white (£200) with A/W 2001 CP Company Dual Layered Parka with Detachable wool lining and Sheepskin Trim. The outer jacket is made with a special process using Stainless Steel Fibres (£550). Trousers are Rare Deadstock unworn 1960’s British Army, (£125.00). Trainers are models own By Stone Island x ‘Diemme’. Socks are also models own by Sex Skateboards. 4. Lewis wears 2017 CP Company Explorer Cloak exclusively made for the Gorillaz to be worn at the Demon Dayz Festival. Limited to 50 pieces. This cloak was worn on stage by Damon Albarn and signed by himself and Jamie Hewlett. Price on request.
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Proud owner of Gypsy Rose Salon at 327 Abbeydale Road, Niamh Kavanagh is a one-woman band with a huge repertoire of hair and beauty skills to her name; from 40s and 50s pin-up styles to mermaid colours, rockabilly boys, simple trims, bridal hair, photoshoots and everything in between. Simply give her a call below or pop into the shop today. Telephone: 0114 438 5827
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Specialising in photographic make-up, Sheffieldbased freelancer Chloe Gray creates unique looks for everything from high fashion to commercial, bridal, video and film. A former model, Chloe knows the industry inside-out with hands-on experience both in front of and behind the camera. She can also be found at the Mill Hair Studio, Kelham Island. www.chloegray.co.uk // Insta: @themillhairstudio
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The Chimney House – An award-winning events venue based in the heart of Kelham Island and nestled nicely overlooking the River Don. Perfect for private events, meetings, conferences and weddings, the Grade-II listed building’s history can be traced back to the 1860s and the origin of the steel mills which made the area famous. thechimneyhouse.com Kelham Island Brewery – Brewing away in the city since 1990, this much-lauded independent brewery is famed in the city for its Pale Rider, Easy Rider and Pride of Sheffield beers. Their £20 brewery tour, pies, peas and pints offer remains ridiculously good value. kelhambreweryshop.co.uk Clobber Calm – Specialising in raw and selvedge denim from the finest worldwide brands, not to mention an enviable selection of vintage men’s wares, Owner Ben’s journey began with a simple Instagram feed which has culminated in an online store and his own premises on Percy Street. clobbercalm.com The Sheffield Brewery Co. – Serving up a range of finely polished beers since 2006 and housed in a rustic Victorian factory, the charming tap room here is open on the first Friday and Saturday of the month for Peddler market and offers various brewery events and tours. sheffieldbrewery.com The Old Workshop – A winning collaboration between booze aficianado Tom Harrington of the Beer Engine and the owners of The Bhaji Café, this venue opened last summer and quickly became a favourite on the Kelham bar scene. Open Thursday to Sunday, it prioritises good beer, great music and a chilled atmosphere. facebook.com/theoldworkshopkelham
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Roasted cod with arroz negre, braised octopus in garlic & smoked paprika xo emulsion Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 3 hours INGREDIENTS For the octopus: One whole cleaned octopus (approx. 1kg) 2 tbsp light soy sauce Butter and lemon juice For the cod and dashi: 500g side of cod, skin on White sugar Sea salt Kombu seaweed Dried shiitake mushrooms Dashino-moto (dried bonito seasoning) Miso paste 2 bulbs of garlic 1 tbsp XO sauce Olive oil Smoked paprika Sea salt For the rice: 1 white onion, very finely chopped 500g paella or risotto rice (we use Bomba) 4 cloves garlic, minced to a paste Large glass white wine 4 sachets squid ink Reserved octopus dashi stock Cheese (optional) METHOD For the octopus This will yield more than you need, but surplus portions can be frozen for later use. In a pan just large enough to hold it, cover the octopus with cold water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Add the soy and simmer for 2 hours. The outer flesh will turn a pinkish hue and break up slightly. Retain the cooking liquid and refresh the octopus in cold water, drain and cut the tentacles into chunks. Discard the head. For the cod and dashi Preheat the oven to 150Â°c. Whilst the octopus is simmering, remove the skin from the cod and cut into four portions. Place the skin and any fish scraps on a greased tray, and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until dry and crispy and slightly browned.
Meanwhile, generously coat the fish with equal quantities of sugar and salt in a highsided container, cover, and refrigerate for 40 minutes. Once the octopus has been removed from the liquid, add the baked cod scraps, a couple of dried shiitake mushrooms and 2 sachets of dashino-moto. Add a sheet of the Kombu seaweed along with a tablespoon of miso paste, and simmer again for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and reserve. For the XO emulsion Wrap the garlic bulbs in foil, and roast in a medium oven for 45 minutes until the garlic is mild and lightly tan in colour without being burnt. When cool enough to handle, squeeze the bulbs out into a bowl. Beat with a whisk until smooth, then add the XO sauce, a dash of oil and a splash of water. Beat until the consistency of mayonnaise, then season with smoked paprika and sea salt. For the rice Sweat the onion in plenty of oil over a medium heat until it is going brown in places. Add the rice and garlic and keep stirring until the rice grains turn opaque and start to smell toasty. Add the wine and squid ink, and cook until almost dry. Add a decent amount of the octopus dashi and check for seasoning. You will probably only need a tiny amount of salt, if any. Keep adding liquid until the rice is tender. To finish Preheat the oven to 200Â°c. Place the cod on an oiled and lined tray and bake for 20 minutes, until opaque and on the point of flaking. Meanwhile, bring the rice back up to serving temperature in a pan over a low heat, checking for seasoning, adding a little cheese if you desire. Just before serving, melt some butter in a pan with a little lemon juice and salt, and gently fry the octopus. Add a tablespoon or so of the XO emulsion, and coat the octopus. Put a dollop of rice on each plate, top with the cod and then garnish with the octopus.
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SEAN CLARKE, HEAD HONCHO AT THE MOOR MARKET’S BEER CENTRAL, SHOWCASES HIS CRAFT BREWERY OF THE MONTH AND RECOMMENDS SOME OF THEIR FINEST TIPPLES.
WISH YOU WERE BEER! Well, I hope your February wasn’t completely ruined as a result of our column not appearing in last month’s issue. We hear the good grafters down at Exposed HQ were enjoying our beery recommendations so much, they forgot to include them in the mag! ‘Tis a good job we love those guys to bits! Anyway, this month brings us rather nicely to one of the most important weeks of the year for beer here in Sheff. The mighty Sheffield Beer Week runs from 10-18 March and includes fantastic events all over the city. It’s an opportunity to showcase local beer and the week attracts visitors from all over the UK & beyond, helping the local economy and bringing a positive influence on many different levels. SheffBeerWeek kicks off with Indy Beer Feast, a one-day beer festival at Abbeydale Picture House that will split into two sessions (day and night), and features independent craft beers from around the UK and across the globe. It looks fantastic and many top breweries are bringing their own bars, thereby offering a real chance to meet the people who brew your favourite beers! Breweries so far include: Abbeydale, Black Iris, Black Jack, Brew York, Elusive Brewing, Fourpure, Lost Industry, Mad Hatter Brewing, Magic Rock Brewing, Moor, North Brewing, Runaway Brewery, Thornbridge, Torrside, Turning Point, and Vertical Drinks hosting Kirkstall Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Dry & Bitter. We’ve got our tickets, hope you’ve got yours! For more details, search out @indiebeerfeast on Twitter and facebook.com/indiebeerfeast. The rest of the week consists of tap takeovers, meet the brewers, brewery tours, tasting events, pub trails, discounts & offers, heritage pub walks and much more. Our own key event here at Beer Central takes place down at Shakespeares on Wednesday 14th March at 7pm. It’s a ticketed event where Beer Central will be taking on the ale-savvy pub in a battle of the beers! It’ll be four mighty dark beers presented by Shakespeares vs four stunning light beers from Beer Central. Which style will win? To find out more, either call in to our shop (or Shakespeares) or search for ‘Sheffield Beer Week Dark vs Light’ on FB. The whole thing promises to be another spectacular celebration of the city and its beer scene, so get involved and enjoy! For more information on the whole week, including details of how you can get involved, visit www.sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk
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What’s Cooking? There are just three months to go until Sheffield Food Festival returns to the city centre, and following last year’s incredible feast our bellies are already rumbling. Celebrating its eighth year, the event will run from 26th-28th May across the Peace Gardens and surrounding areas. Bringing an exciting blend of great local produce, mouthwatering street food, talented chefs and outstanding brewers and distillers, it will once again highlight everything worth celebrating in the city’s food and drink scene. Last year’s event was a rip-roaring success under the stewardship of new organisers, Events Collective, who brought an estimated 44,000 people into the city centre across the weekend and engaged with more than 80 of the city’s food and drink businesses. So what’s new for 2018? Laura Holmes, Programme Co-ordinator at Events Collective told Exposed: “We’ve had a complete refresh of the site layout for this year, bringing all the wonderful Sheffield produce into the central Peace Gardens alongside the Theatre Kitchen, with our chefs demonstrating how to really get the best from it. We’ve added more fantastic street food, with a new street food van area with extra seating on Pinstone St. And for those really passionate foodies and people looking to develop a career or business in food, we’ve got a new Food Futures area within the Town Hall - expect talks, tastings, panel discussions, mini-masterclasses and loads more.” Many of the firm favourites of the festival are due to return, including the hugely popular Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village at the top of Fargate. This year it opens from Friday 25th May, with a handpicked selection of the best street food traders open into the night, alongside a stylish stretch tent, al fresco seating, bar stocked by great local breweries, live music and DJs. Be sure to look out for the brand new Sheffield Food Festival magazine, which will be available across the city in May. Alongside recipes, articles, and restaurant offers, the magazine will provide a full guide to all the activities taking place on the food festival weekend. sheffieldfoodfestival.co.uk
The latest addition to the Milestone Group’s increasingly impressive collection of places to dine and drink in Sheffield, Bocelli 1831 – named after a Tuscan wine brand made by the family of famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli – certainly wins points for nailing that classy prosecco bar ambience. Soft lighting, exposed brickwork and quiet jazz greet us as we settle at our tucked away table in the corner. After being greeted politely by manager Filip, he filled up two glasses of Fior D’Aracancio – a rare sparkling wine with a slightly citrusy aftertaste. Instantly arriving into ‘relaxed mode’, we turned our attentions to the menu.
We were struggling what to pick from the varied offering, so in keeping with the small plates philosophy at Bocelli – perfect if you also want to explore and match flavours from the drinks list too – we decided to share six plates so we could get a better feel for the menu (and try a few more wines). Starting off we had the beetroot cured salmon, pink grapefruit gel and compressed cucumber; the sweetness of grapefruit cutting nicely across the saltiness of the fish. A strong vegan/vegetarian was also presented with a tasty charred tomato and basil gel served on a sourdough crisp, making for two light, fresh dishes to whet the appetites. But in honesty, as two big carnivores, we were more excited when the next two dishes arrived: panko lamb breast and crispy pig cheeks. The former was delightfully tender, served with saffron yoghurt, spinach, pomegranate seeds, and seasoned with sumac to add a bit of tang to the meatiness. The pig cheeks were indeed crispy, but with succulent pork packed inside, laid on a bed of wholegrain mustard and with a bit of tart pickled apple on top. Both were superb. The savoury experience continued (not that we were complaining) with four large beef and chorizo meatballs smothered in thick tomato and basil sauce – comfort food at its finest. Joining it was pan-fried cod loin with cauliflower, crispy prosciutto, raisins and roasted cauliflower puree, a slightly lighter taste which was very welcome following a couple of very rich dishes. Stuffed we were, but we managed to see of a sticky brownie covered with chocolate sauce and freeze dried raspberry powder. Faultless.
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Can you really call yourself a Sheffield foodie if you haven’t visited Rafters? “The best way I can describe it is informal fine-dining, but done with that special sense of Sheffield hospitality,” Rafters co-owner Alistair Myers tells Exposed, as we take a seat with Chef Patron and fellow owner Tom Lawson in the Rafters creative hub - a space beneath the renowned restaurant where new ideas are formed and staff training sessions take place away from the day-to-day bustle upstairs. A wall adjacent is filled by thought diagrams on effective service, food inspiration and maintaining the all-important culture of the restaurant. It is attention to details like these that keeps Rafters as one of the best dining destinations in the city, still at the top of its game a full 25 years after first opening its doors. Al and Tom, who first met at Rowley’s in Baslow, where Al worked as a GM for six years, before moving on together to the Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley, took over the award-winning venue back in 2013 and have worked hard not only to maintain its good name, but to develop, modernise and excel in every department. Today, Rafters holds 2 AA Rosettes and listings in the Michelin Guide, Waitrose Good Food Guide and Harden’s Guide - Highly Recommended. Tom, who works at providing a progressive menu of small dishes which includes two sets of unique tasting experiences for meat-eaters and vegetarians, has himself won honours at the Acorn Awards and Best Young Chef at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards. raftersrestaurant.co.uk 52 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
He puts the restaurant’s continued success down to the passion staff have towards to working at Rafters (just two people have left in five years and are still on good terms with the owners) and the dedication in providing a special experience for clientele. “We bend over backwards for all our customers, and love every minute of it. The staff want to be here; they want to drive and be the best. It’s a real unit. A chef of ours, Tom Baker, wanted to see a bit of the world and learn about the industry elsewhere, so we sent him over to Chicago to a Michelinstarred restaurant, paid for his flights, and he returned to share everything he’d picked up; it’s brought everyone’s game up another step.” But the duo are keen not to let such accolades deter people because, as shines through in their laid-back, friendly personas, they are proof that fine-dining doesn’t have to be the stuffy, formal arrangement many people may think of - in fact, at Rafters, it’s anything but. “I want people to feel so comfortable they can take their shoes off - and that’s actually happened before!” says Al, who is also Sheffield’s only certified sommelier, nicely tying up the links between quality food, drink and service. “Wear whatever you feel relaxed in, come in shorts if you want, because to have the full Rafters experience you could be here for three or four hours. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure about what’s on the menu or the wine list, that’s what we’re here for - it’s what we love talking to people about!”
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THE RUM FESTIVAL Trafalgar Warehouse // March 2-3 // From £8.40 Trafalgar Warehouse is being taken over by live music, street food, dancing and around 100 different rums to host the UK’s first traveling rum event - The Rum Festival. Rum and mixers start from 2 tokens (£5) and The Rum Festival crew suggest you try at least three tasty rums or cocktails, with the Rumuns on hand to give their expert recommendations. Eventbrite.co.uk WOMEN OF THE SEVEN HILLS Yellow Arch Studios// March 8// £11.37 It’s a century since women’s suffrage, and what better way to celebrate how far we’ve come than by hosting a night of immense tunes from a host of female and female fronted bands in a celebration of International Women’s Day at the iconic Yellow Arch Studios? Featuring Before Breakfast (who will be launching their new E.P.), Banjo Jen, From a Window and an appearance from the Neighbourhood Voices Women’s Choir to name just a few. yellowarch.com SHEFFIELD WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL Location Unknown// March 3-4//£ - unknown Ey up, what’s this all about? The currently rather elusive event involves cheese and wine, over TWO DAYS, so you’ll be like the cat that’s got the cream (or wine). Fill yer’self with Feta and gorge on Gruyère - eat the food and drink of the ancient gods, and appreciate that (deliberately) mouldy cheese is the only kind of mould that will ever be acceptable to eat. facebook.com INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENING Sheffield City Hall// March 10// £6 (£5 NUS) Embrace the wonderful cultures that surround us. This even provides students (the public are welcome too) with the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their different cultures – and feel free to dress in your national clothing. There will be 10 short organised performances from international student groups. This event has been going for 46 years, and it marks the 50th anniversary of the International Students Committee. sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
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Best places to booze in Sheffield on St Patrick’s Day – to be sure. THE IRISH TRIANGLE
Three traditional Irish boozers. Three terrific pints of the black stuff. All situated mere yards from each other. Your round, pal. *Hic*
THE GRAPES Owned and ran by the longest serving publican in Sheffield, The Grapes on Trippet Lane is one of the most famous pubs in the city due to it being known as the spot where the Arctic Monkeys played their first gig – not to mention acts such as Plan B, Maximo Park and Muse also treading the boards there. The gigs finished some years ago now and the pub has returned to its musical roots: traditional Irish music. Get yourself down for a pint in the Kennedy Room and a singalong.
THE DOG & PARTRIDGE Also situated on Trippet Lane, the Dog & Partridge is another Irish pub promising a hearty welcome on St Pat’s. If you grow tired of the black stuff, there’s always a range of hand-pulled ales and beers to choose from – as well as tasty soul food courtesy of The Wing Kings.
FAGAN’S Behind Trippet Lane, a mere stroll down to Broad Lane will see you arrive at Fagan’s, one of the city’s cosiest pubs. Delightfully old-school and always packed to the rafters on Paddy’s night, there’s sure to be plenty of singalongs on offer in its famous live music room – which has seen the likes of regular punter Richard Hawley knocking a tune out in there on more than one occasion.
THE BIG WHITE TENT Planning permission has gone in to bring the ever-popular Big White Tent back to Fargate for the weekend. As per, you can expect live music throughout the day and into the evening with food vendors on hand outside to mop up the booze. There’s also the slight matter of an England VS Ireland game, which it plans to show live. Tasteh.
DID THA KNOW?
Up until the 1970s, believe it or not, St Patrick’s was a strictly dry event! All pubs were shut down for the day and beer was off-limits. Nowadays it’s a reyt old sesh with around 13 million pints of Guinness being supped worldwide.
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MUZIK: DEBORAH DE LUCA Code Warehouse // £16.50 March kicks off with a killer headliner in the shape of Italian DJ Deborah De Luca, one of the biggest names in tech-house, who arrives at Code on the first weekend of the month. MELLA DEE (ALL NIGHT LONG) The Night Kitchen // £15 ‘Techno Disco Tool’ lit up the end of last year and is still getting dropped everywhere at the moment, solidifying Mella Dee’s reputation as a producer to watch. The South Yorkshire man started out in dubstep and is now making killer disco edits – go see it for yourself. GENERAL LEVY’S JUNGLE CLUB The Night Kitchen // £13.45 Junglists will want to be heading down to TNK for a night of breakbeat madness with the ‘Incredible’ General Levy.
SAUL’S SESSIONS: NICK THE RECORD The Harley Legendary ‘Moist’ resident DJ and recent Boiler Room star Nick the Record is disco DJ of the moment.
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SWEATS: ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPESH: HORSE MEAT DISCO The Harley // Sold Out This one’s sold out but we’re sure you’ll find a way in to the packed out Harley which will be open ’til 6am. Maybe don’t book a room at the hotel if you need an early night, as HMD are sure to keep the place bouncing ’til dawn following their triumphant Essential Mix last year.
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PEACHY X LATT: MADAM X Dina // £7 Madam X is a killer producer and DJ known for her genre-defying sets that span grime, jungle, drum & bass, house, dubstep, techno and beyond.
FRIDAY 23RD 17 STEPS TOUR: DUSKY, PAUL WOOLFORD, BWANA, LO SHEA Hope Works // £23 Our cover stars hit Sheffield as part of the European Tour, bringing the huge Paul Woolford - famed for his crossover hit ‘Untitled (Call Out Your Name)’ in 2014 - for one of the biggest nights in Hope Works’ calendar. THE TUESDAY CLUB: DAVID RODIGAN, RANDALL, IRATION STEPPAS Foundry // £15.40 For a full nightlife listings, head to exposedmagazine.co.uk/listingshomepage
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The ex-brickie, comedy circuit veteran and star of awardwinning British film I, Daniel Blake speaks to Andy White ahead of his appearance at The Leadmill’s new weekend comedy show. Before you got into stand-up you used to be a bricklayer – what was the best thing you built? I built a curved wall for Northumberland cricket ground in Jesmond. It’s still there to this day, which is remarkable since I built it! It’’s been there 45 years and is now a wonder of the modern world. What’s your favorite joke of all time? If you said to a philosopher during a pub fight, “Don’t even think about it, pal” – well, he’d be in quite a predicament... You’ve played the Leadmill a few times now. It’s renowned for music, but what’s your verdict on it as a comedy venue? Yeah, I’ve played the Leadmill a few times, it’s a really great comedy space and has always been fun. A good room, a good comic and an audience up for a laugh. That is all you need for a great night out. After the huge success and barrage of awards for I, Daniel Blake did film producers come knocking? Aye, they did! I did a thriller called Two Graves by the writer of Harry Brown, a film called Trautmann about German prison of war Bert Trautmann who played in goal for Manchester City after the war. They guy broke his neck and played on in the FA cup final. Madness. You star in the new British comedy Walk Like A Panther due out on 9th March – do tell us more… It’s a great film written by the team behind The Full Monty and stars Stephen Graham, Jason Flemyng and Stephen Tompkinson.
It was such fun to shoot with a great British ensemble cast, it was filmed in Yorkshire and took seven weeks. I had to learn to wrestle at the age of 62! It’s based on the old school wrestlers from ITV World Of Sport that used to be on every Saturday afternoon at 4pm and had audiences of millions.Stephen Graham and me play father and son tag team, ‘the Boltons’. We come out of retirement for one last bout to save our local pub. Amidst all of this, are you still finding enough time to fit in stand-up? Oh yeah… at the moment I’m touring my Edinburgh show and recently did a home town gig at Newcastle Theatre Royal that sold out over a thousand tickets. That blew me away! And now the film work is coming in, do you know what you prefer doing? Comedy, for me, is about making a connection with an audience saying, ‘Hey, listen to this crazy stuff in my head I find funny.’ And when the audience agrees and laughs, it’s great fun – it’s the best job in the world. I do love filmmaking but stand up is my first love for sure. David Johns performs alongside Suzi Ruffell, Tom Lucy and Cerys Nelmes on 31 March. Tickets and more info at Leadmill.co.uk
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MARK BERRY, KNOWN TO MOST AS BEZ, MADE HIS NAME AS THE WIDE-EYED, ALL-DANCING, MARACA-SHAKING FACE OF THE MADCHESTER MUSIC SCENE. SINCE THEN, THE MAD FER IT DANCER HAS PERFORMED ALL OVER THE WORLD AS PART OF THE HAPPY MONDAYS; HE’S SINCE BECOME A MEDIA PERSONALITY, FAMILY MAN AND PUBLISHED AUTHOR. Words: Jess Peace
Celebrating 18 years since his autobiography Freaky Dancin’ was published, I caught up with the once-notorious party animal ahead of his Q&A at the Leadmill to find out where it all began. We spoke about 30 years in the industry, being a Granddad and what really twists his melon these days… Hi Bez! How are things going? I’m great thank you! My son and his girlfriend had a bit of car trouble this afternoon so we’ve been trying to sort them out. You know, you have to come to the rescue when you’re a dad and a granddad. You’ve previously said that joining the Mondays was a happy accident, the result of too many drugs and a nervous Shaun Ryder dragging you onstage with him. Were you always interested in music and dancing? Well, when I was a kid there was the punk scene and then I got into ska and northern soul. We were always surrounded by dance music and by people doing mad dancing, especially to northern soul. It was definitely a big part of my lifestyle growing up. What was it like to be part of the Madchester scene at its peak? It was great! The Madchester scene, for me, was a really good time. I was on stage doing all this mad dancing and then the ecstasy came along and it went hand in hand. It was perfect timing for us because there was Factory Records around, it was the beginning of the ecstasy explosion and then that E-scape sound that came out of 85’ and 86’. So it all came togeher. I got my time to dance onstage and I’ve just been going ever since. I can’t believe its 30 years later … I’m not just for Christmas, me! How do you feel about the decline of iconic Manchester music venues like the Hacienda? That was a really sad day, but in a way it’s done the place a world of good because it closed in its peak instead of things just dying down. That’s done well for Hacienda’s reputation. I think because of Tony Wilson’s connection and because of Factory Records, it’s now become this legendary place - and rightly so. Is it true that you have never seen 24 Hour Party People? Yeah, that’s true. I just couldn’t be bothered to talk about it at the time so I thought if I never watch the bloody thing, I won’t have to talk about it. I still haven’t actually watched it. There’ll come a day
when I’m dying and while I’m on my death bed, I might stick it on then. You’ll be at The Leadmill next month to celebrate the 18th anniversary of your autobiography, Freaky Dancin. What can people expect from ‘An Evening With Bez’? I’ve done this sort of thing before and it’s always turned out really well. When I’ve been doing it, it’s all off the top of my head and I sometimes forget where I am. I always get people shouting out to me and reminding me where I’m up to. I start interweaving all the stories! I always enjoy doing it though, so hopefully it will go well again and people will be interested in what I’ve got to say. What is the greatest achievement of your career so far? Erm, well I haven’t achieved any sort of greatness at all really. Like I say, I’ve just had this luck with timing and by mishap it’s worked out really well for me. I haven’t achieved any greatness as yet. I’m still waiting for that moment to happen.
What do you remember it being like when you started out? I remember being sat in the studio with John Cale when we were doing the 24 Hour Party People album and he kept looking at me sucking this thumb. He basically said, ‘What the fuck is this?’ He just couldn’t believe that we didn’t understand the basic 1,2,3,4 music timing. We just used to play. You couldn’t have a band these days that didn’t understand basic timing. People go to college and university now to learn about music, but we were all kids. We were lucky because we had Factory Records who supported us through the madness. Now you’ve all mellowed out a bit, how do you keep yourself entertained when you’re not on stage? I’m living a sustainable lifestyle at the moment. We live in a community and we grow a lot of our own food. I still do the things I love every day. Like, I DJ most weekends and I enjoy riding my motorbike.
DIGITAL MEDIA HAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. NOBODY BUYS RECORDS ANYMORE, EVERYONE DOWNLOADS THEIR MUSIC. THERE ARE NO PROPER RECORD LABELS AND THERE’S NO SUPPORT FOR BANDS TO GROW ANYMORE.
The Happy Monday’s are playing a new of festivals this year. How is performing on stage different now to back in the day? The band is now at the best they’ve ever been. It’s much more enjoyable now. They’re playing the best they’ve ever played and Shaun is singing the best he’s ever sang. I don’t know if I’m dancing the best I’ve ever danced, mind, but it’s a really great show! When we were younger, it was very hit and miss because we were all off our heads. It was complete chaos. It could either be the best gig you’d ever seen or the worst gig you’d ever seen. It was weird. Now we’re all at our best and it’s constantly at a good level.
How has the music industry itself changed over the years in your mind? Digital media has completely destroyed the music industry. Nobody buys records anymore, everyone downloads their music. There are no proper record labels and there’s no support for bands to grow anymore. There are loads of great bands out there and they get to a certain level, but then it doesn’t go anywhere. The support system that used to be there in the record industry isn’t there. It’s gone, completely changed beyond recognition.
I’m involved politically with the anti-fracking movement as well. And I’m a granddad these days, not the average granddad though, I hope. I just keep myself busy. I’ve been doing all sorts. I’m not slowing down, mate. And finally, what really twists your melon in 2018? I daren’t say! Well, what bare twists my melon the most is the stuff I see happening in the world today. We haven’t learnt anything from our history and we go forward making the same mistakes, being led by the same people. That’s why I set up my own political party because I think something can be done to change that. But people aren’t interested; they’re just happy living in their own bubble. Oh, and when I drink my homemade cider, that tends to twist my melon as well! An Evening With Bez comes to The Leadmill on April 1. Tickets can be found at www.leadmill.co.uk
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Faced with the imminent closure of their studio, Sunderland art-rock duo Field Music have made sure that their last album recorded there is a memorable one. “We thought now’s the time to do it. We’ve got our studio, we know the people who can do it, let’s try and do this thing that is wideranging,” Field Music’s Peter Brewis tells me when we chat following the release of Open Here. True to form, it’s another eclectic album, featuring a cross-section of instruments from the flute to the flugelhorn and a host of collaborators the band invited to make their mark on the album. “Dave [David Brewis, Peter’s bandmate and brother] and I were still in charge but we weren’t shy of asking other people for help to make it better.” It was important to the band that the musicians featured had input into the final outcome: “We’d have an idea like ‘I can imagine Pete Fraser on the saxophone playing this’. We’d give him it to play and say change it so it comes across like it’s you playing it. Put your personality on it.” The thematic influences of Open Here have been driven massively by the political climate of the past few years. You only have to listen to the lyrics of the album’s poppy standout track ‘Count it Up’ to see that in effect: ‘If you can go through day to day without the fear of violence/Count that up.’ Peter describes Open Here as the band’s “most obviously emotional record.” I ask him whether
his writing has always been political or whether it has increased over time, and, as if on cue, we are briefly interrupted as he performs dad duties. “Being a parent has meant that politics affects how I view the world. I don’t just view it through my eyes anymore, I view it through how I feel about my kid. Prior to being parents we viewed politics in a much more abstract way, whereas now it just has much more of an impact and it becomes a personal thing to write about.” Heading to Sheffield’s Foundry this March, the band are eager to get stuck into their upcoming tour dates. “Our live band are totally fantastic and they are able to interpret and change what we give to them. It feels like being in a band with your mates who are all totally brilliant.” But it wasn’t Field Music play The Foundry on Friday 23 March.
always that enjoyable, he goes on to explain. “We didn’t know how to do it when we first started. We weren’t ever meant to be a live band, we just wanted to make a record. We didn’t know how to play the stuff live, we didn’t know how to present ourselves.” How did Field Music overcome such a lack of confidence and become the excellent live band that they are now? “We approach it like we’re in Queen. That’s an important thing for us to approach it with ‘we’re just going to pretend we’re a rock band.’” Either way, for a band that were never actually meant to play live, they sure know how to put on a good show.
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MGMT LITTLE DARK AGE ‘Get ready to have some fun’, the album’s opening words, sampling a 1980s fitness VHS, set the tone for MGMT’s latest, but also serve as a forewarning of its key challenge. For the album falls into a pattern typical of the synth-pop/prog duo, setting a hook-bejewelled pop song or two (the title track in this case, which works itself up to a transcendent pulsing chorus – see also, ‘Time to Pretend’, ‘Kids’) into a frame of tracks that appear, initially at least, to consist largely of dicking about; ‘When You Die’ is way chirpier than its title suggests, but trips over its own raffishly undone shoelaces with the lyrics ‘Go f*** yourself… I’m mean, not nice.’; Tslamp expertly homages Aphex Twin’s own homage to 1980s synthistry in ‘Windowlicker’; Elsewhere, they might just as well have replaced the whole of James with the sound of giggling as they scamper off with Ariel Pink’s sound, all crooning and lo-fi wooziness; ‘One Thing Left to Try’ packs in 808 cowbells, stacked 80s vocals, and epic polysynth hooks. Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT mainmen, are clearly astute musical magpies with an exhaustive knowledge of 30-year-old digital synth sounds, but at the same time might have helped their case by rising above their fallback smart-arsery and making more effort to foreground their whip-smart tunes, which take several listens to fully emerge, and therefore depend on listeners willing to stick around long enough through the japery. For: patient plastic pop people. JC 8/10
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Superorganism are a self-sustained group of DIY creatives based together in a London house. Each bedroom acts as a base for an essential element of the band; mixing, recording, visual effects and rehearsal space is tightly squeezed into an East End terraced house. The wonky, confident opener ‘It’s All Good’ gives us an early taste of the interesting but somewhat distracting production of the record. Shown on tracks ‘SPRORGNSM’ and ‘The Prawn Song’ – never going more than 10 seconds before layering in a soundbite of a cash-register or narration from a robot voice. It’s wacky, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, especially on self-aware pop banger ‘Everybody Wants to Be Famous’. Sailing through 10 solid tracks brimming with ocean soundscapes, heavy bass synths and interesting samples, bursting the boring bubble of indie-pop by creating something fun enough to keep you just about interested throughout, but nothing ground-breaking enough to leave you begging for more. 3/5 TB
They destroyed a moribund music scene back in 2011 with incendiary debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Their sub two-minute punk explosions were a breath of fresh air in a stagnant cloud of mediocrity. It’s been three years since English Graffiti, and with Combat Sports it appears the Vaccines have spent that time wisely… ‘Put It On A T-Shirt’ recalls classic Oasis in its bombast, ‘Surfing In The Sky’ is as insistent and brash, while new single ‘I Can’t Quit’ is just classic Vaccines. When singer Justin Hayward-Young intones the listener to ‘take the swing’ and talks of ‘going round in circles’ this may well be their raison d’être. This is music to spin round to, in a night club, in a muddy field; wherever you are. Elsewhere, ‘Maybe (Luck of the Draw)’ is reminiscent of The Strokes and the gorgeous ballad ‘Young American’ drips with longing, coming straight out of the Alex Turner songbook. It is perhaps the band’s most consistent work since their debut. 7/10 RJ
BIFFY CLYRO OPPOSITES
Way back in 2013, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro released their sixth studio album, Opposites. It was the record that propelled them straight to their first UK number one, and, if that wasn’t enough, it went straight into my top five albums of all time. 22 songs, split into two mini-albums which were lyrically the exact OPPOSITE of each other (Geddit?). But, to deliver such a large number songs on one album with such quality and such variety, where no song feels shoehorned in or out of place, is a real accomplishment
by anyone’s standards. It felt like the culmination of a band that had spent years honing their sound. Right from their fourth album, Puzzle, they had been developing a massive, cinematic style; this came to fruition perfectly on Opposites which providing moments of stadium sized hugeness, complimented by songs of heart-tugging beauty. Opposites feels like a journey from start to finish, and if by some miracle you managed to by-pass this album, you should stop what you’re doing and listen to it right now. Treat yourself. NW
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JORJA SMITH @ THE LEADMILL Gracing Sheffield with her soulful voice and bringing brand new songs from her upcoming debut album, Jorja Smith provided a seamless set at a packed Leadmill. Producing a performance which seemed effortless, from her laid-back appearance to casual falsettos, the West Midlands-born singer performed her well-known hits ‘Blue Lights’ and ‘Teenage Fantasy’ along with ‘Let me Down’, her latest single with Stormzy, though unfortunately the grime artist couldn’t come along for the fun. The recent winner of the Brits Critics’ Choice award continued with the new material and delivered a selection of dreamy songs from her upcoming debut album, which, being unable to sing along with her fresh lyrics, left the crowd in transfixed silence and bouncing along to the beat of her live band.. Highlights included an acoustic cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Lost’, which provoked impulsive screams from the crowd, and playfully dipping into a rap verse during one of her new tunes – performed with such ease and natural aptitude it wouldn’t surprise me if she wrote in her sleep. It’s hard to believe that such an impressive vocal range can come from someone aged just 20-years-old; at times she emits a soulful, self-assured likeness to her stated biggest influence, the late Amy Winehouse Accompanied by a piano, Smith sang the intro to her acoustic version of ‘On my Mind’ before dancing freely around the lamp-lit stage, as the electronic beat of the Preditah track pumped through the speakers. Since collaborating with Drake on his More Life mixtape, Smith recently toured North America on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour. She’s come a long way since supporting NAO on her UK tour back in 2016, and the future is looking is increasingly bright for the rising star. From what she’s shown tonight, this debut album can’t come soon enough. 72 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK
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SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA Foundry // March 16 // From £14.50 Consistently stretching the boundaries of how to create and play electronic music live since their inception nearly 8 years ago, the genre-defying Submotion Orchestra bring their eclectic mix of deep electronica, jazz, soul and ambient downtempo beats to The Tuesday Club. foundrysu.com REVEREND AND THE MAKERS (ACCOUSTIC) Upper Chapel // March 23 // from £23 Join local legends Reverend and The Makers in the beautiful 17th century chapel as they kick off their 2018 tour. The intimate tour includes only five dates, so you’ll have to be quick to nab tickets. upperchapelsheffield.org.uk THE WHOLLS The Harley// March 24// £8 Fast-paced urban rock and strong live performances define The Wholls’ gigs. The highly-rated four-piece will be bringing their bag of killer hooks to the cosy surrounds of The Harley, a perfect setting for proceedings. theharley.co.uk HOOKWORMS Picture House Social // March 25 // £12 Hookworms are back with their highly-anticipated third album, Microshift. The Leeds-born musicians have shimmied their sound in a new direction this time around and in their own words the new album is “radiant, immersive and teeming with light”. Go and find out for yourself picture-house-social.com
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SOMETHING IN THE WATER Since bursting onto the scene after featuring on Chase & Status’ track ‘All Goes Wrong’, there’s no denying that Bedford-born Tom Grennan has been in high demand. From making the longlist for BBC Sound of 2017 to being tipped by practically every ‘ones to watch’ list in 2018, not many musicians can boast such levels of recognition just four years into their career. WORDS: LAURA COPESTAKE
With 2018 shaping up to be his biggest year yet, I belled Tom the day after the NME Awards to chat about his debut album, upcoming UK tour and how he creates the music that keeps leaving everyone wanting more. How do, Tom? I’m doing alright thanks. I’m a bit hungover though... Did the NME Awards have something to do with that? Yeah, but it was a wicked night. I got to meet Kasabian and loads of other interesting people – it was good fun. And Liam Gallagher… He won Godlike Genius, that’s the one. I thought his new album and his performance last night was wicked. He played some Oasis hits as well as some of his new stuff – I loved it. It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be a very big year for you. You’ve got your debut album and a sold out UK tour coming up. How are you feeling about the year ahead? I’m very excited – just excited to get the album out, excited to go on tour, play all the new songs and of course the big London show will be great. I’m just ready to gig and get out there as much as I can this year. So, the debut album – what was it like writing it? You know, some people told me before I started writing it that writing a debut album is one of the hardest processes and it gets very stressful and stuff like that. But for me, luckily, I enjoyed it so much and in the end it wasn’t stressful – it was all very organic. I think in the space of like eight weeks I had this moment where my head and my brain were feeling creative and I managed to get out everything I needed to say, everything that I was bottling up, and I just put it into this album, which is a collection of 12 songs. It’s all about what’s happened to me and my experiences. So yeah, it was natural, organic and felt good to write. There’s a couple of tracks on the album that are yet to reach our ears. Are there any in particular that you’re looking forward to fans hearing? Yeah, I’m really looking forward to people hearing Run In The Rain, and there’s a song called Aboard which I’m excited to get out there. Also, the song Little By Little Love is the last track on the album which I think is gonna shock a lot of people with the route I’ve gone down. Everyone I know who is a fan of your music, including myself, always comment on how catchy and anthemic your sound is. Is there a special formula behind writing bangers? I wouldn’t say it comes naturally, but then I wouldn’t say I put a formula to it either. I kind of just like, let it happen. I
Tom Grennan’s debut album Lighting Matches is released on 18th May. He’s making a stop at The Leadmill on 25th March as part of his UK Tour.
just try and get lost in the world of writing a song, do you know what I mean? Whether it’s good or bad, I kind of just go on a journey with what I’m writing. Maybe that’s my formula – getting lost in the song and wherever it goes and wherever it takes me. Does being something of a buzz artist add a bit of pressure? It motivated me more I think. Like, I’m quite a competitive person so I wanna show people that they made the right decision in believing in me. All of it has definitely motivated me. Like I don’t want people to come away after hearing the album and think ‘actually, that’s a bit shit’ and the build-up not be justified. You’ve also got some festivals lined up for the summer, including TRNSMT Festival where you’re you’ll be on the main stage with our Sheff ’s own Arctic Monkeys… Man, they’re my favourite band. Alex Turner is my hero. I actually have a story about Alex Turner where I like bumped into him in a toilet at another festival when I was with Chase & Status and I like bricked myself, just bottled it completely and couldn’t speak to him. I’m never like that with anyone apart from footballers.. But to be sharing the stage with him on my own, you know, as Tom Grennan, is definitely going to be a pinch yourself moment. When I was in America I had dinner with Matt, the drummer from Arctic Monkeys, and we were with one of the guys from Milburn and I was just saying to them how it’s crazy for me to be anywhere near the Arctic Monkeys. To continue the Sheffield theme, I remember the first time I saw you live you were supporting Reverend and the Makers on their acoustic tour and it’s safe to say since you started out your career has skyrocketed. What would you say is the biggest thing you’ve learnt so far about being a musician and being in the music industry? I’ve learnt not to take it all too seriously and to have fun with it. You also need to keep believing in what you’re creating. I’m the luckiest boy to be doing what I’m doing and to be in the position that I’m in, and I never take it for granted really. I’d say that’s my motto for all of it. Have you got anything planned for the back-end of the year? I’ll probably start writing again and to be honest I don’t think I’ll have a break now for two or three years. I know for a fact that I will be writing again and thinking about a second album. Depending on how well this album goes down, that could be a quick turnover. But nothing is planned, I’m just concentrating on making the most of it!
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“I’M THE LUCKIEST BOY TO BE DOING WHAT I’M DOING AND TO BE IN THE POSITION THAT I’M IN, AND I NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED REALLY. I’D SAY THAT’S MY MOTTO FOR ALL OF IT.”
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After debuting a hoard of electrifying new material at their spiritual West Street Live home back in May 2016, it beggars belief that Sheffield’s resident space-rock titans AWOOGA wouldn’t release those asteroid-flattening songs on record for another two years. But you can hardly accuse the much-loved triumvirate of procrastination. Whether it’s marathon pre-pro sessions on the Spanish coast, or the small matter of a game-changing record deal, it’s fair to say that lift-off is imminent for AWOOGA. Following V Column (2011) and Artifacts (2014) EPs, the band are set to release their first LP, Conduit, through Rockosmos on April 20th. Rockosmos is the Brighton-based brainchild of Amplifier’s Sel Balamir, who recently launched the label to serve as a home for his own band’s fifteen-year repertoire, as well as a platform to showcase the country’s finest prog-rock prospects. But before Conduit finds its way into the hands of fans far and wide, AWOOGA will embark on a mammoth UK tour – culminating in a blockbuster hometown show at Sheff ’s O2 Academy. No pressure then, guys. I spoke to one half of AWOOGA’s power-sibling rhythm section, Tam Ali, ahead of what promises to be a defining year for the band. Considering how much has happened behind the scenes since Artifacts was released, what does the AWOOGA landscape look like in 2018? Hopefully it’ll be full of us doing more of the good stuff, like gigging and touring. We’ve got the tour with Amplifier in March and that’ll help in getting Conduit out there before we release it in April. We’re looking to get into Europe at some point again as well. It’s on the cards so hopefully that’ll pan out, and then we’ll do some more gigs over the summer. How fundamental has the tight-knit affinity with the core Sheffield fanbase been to the band’s progression? Really important. It’s the one place that we know we can play comfortably to people who know our tunes. It’s kinda what’s kept us going and makes us do what we wanna do because it reminds us that the people are still enjoying it. Operating within a pretty niche corner of the rock spectrum, is sharing stages with Amplifier all over Europe and being signed to their record label as good as it gets? We’ve always set our goals high in that aspect. We want it to be our lives but we’re realistic in the sense that it is niche, so we’ve gotta aim for those areas and really look after those people who like what we do. And also be realistic in keeping it pure for us as a band so that we feel good about it, instead of jumping on anything that might be trendy or push us in a direction that would be more successful but end up harming what the band does. It’s those two main principles that we try to stick to.
Awooga play O2 Academy Sheffield on March 25th and Conduit is released on April 20th.
In a way, did having so much time to write the album mean that you overanalysed everything? Yeah, I suppose the time factor does contribute to the music you put out, but we managed to go to Spain and record, so as a band we pulled all the music apart to work on the best bits and get rid of all the rubbish bits. We also had another refining process with our producer [Iago Lorenzo], so having all that time was good because there’s material there for the next record. How did the Spanish setting influence the material? The place where we recorded was a northern part of Spain. It has mountains and it’s beautiful so it did change and influence the music quite a bit. One of the songs that isn’t on the album that’ll hopefully come out soon was rewritten there, but our producer added a lot just in terms of having a professional outlook. He could see things in the music that we couldn’t because we were too close to it. We were totally out of our comfort zone but it gave us the opportunity to do something we’d never done before. Mat [Hume, the band’s manager] said I should ask you about the ‘torture guitar’. Dare I ask? Yeah, the torture guitar! [laughs] Iago is quite an aggressive guy and he likes to get the aggression out, so he was wanting some really violent guitar sounds. We’d just finished a session and we were walking past a pawn shop. There was this guitar for about €30 so we thought we should just destroy that [laughs]. We all put in and it got some serious abuse. It got run over by a car in the end and you can hear it being mutilated on Bandit! WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 77
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MOBY HAS DESCRIBED BLANCMANGE AS THE SINGLE MOST UNAPPRECIATED ELECTRONIC BAND OF ALL TIME. AND YOU DON’T DISAGREE WITH MOBY ON SUCH THINGS, DO YOU? They had a massive hit with ‘Living On The Ceiling’ back in 1982, and after takin the best part of two decades off, the synth-pop aficianados returned in 2011, since releasing six albums in the space of a few years. They’re in Sheffield on March 22nd , so we asked Mark Perkins - a fellow survivor from the days of parachute pants, shoulder pads and perms - to have a chat with main man Neil Arthur.
I’ve been listening to the new album, Unfurnished Rooms, and really enjoying it. How different is it making albums today than it was back in the 80s? Technology has moved on a massive amount. When we made our first music we were very much in an analogue world, using tape loops and making music with anything we could lay our hands on and recording it all on tape. Now it’s a world of difference, with the ability to store and shape sounds digitally. I do still use quite a lot of analogue equipment in my recording though, so it has to be converted at some point. You recently brought out Blanc Tapes, which was a retrospective boxed set of unreleased music from that era. How did it feel going through all the old tapes after all those years had passed? It was quite a journey. Sometimes it was like opening a can of worms. From the listener’s point of view, obviously the music was the interesting thing, but for me it was more about hearing the sounds and noises of the studio we were in. If it was a tape of a live rehearsal, the noise of the amp and the ambience of the studio we were in really took me back there. And you brought this out in response to the new interest in the band after you and Stephen Luscombe had reunited as Blancmange. Yes, Stephen and I got back together in 2011, and the music we made together became the Blanc Burn album – our first in over 25 years. After we’d played some gigs, I was offered a tour but they wanted me to play our first album, Happy Families, as it was now regarded as a ‘classic album’, which is a term I take with a pinch of salt. I said I wasn’t prepared to go out there and just play an album that Stephen and I had written decades ago. I really wasn’t interested unless I could offer the fans something new to go along with it. Someone then suggested doing a re-imagined/re-recorded version, and that did interest me. I got together with a couple of other musicians, as Steven had become ill, and couldn’t really be in the band at that point, and we recorded what became Happy Families Too. That way I could offer the fans who came to the
gigs something new to take home. I wanted it to be an interpretation of what we’d done a number of years ago, using today’s technology.
You also released an album of instrumentals, Nil By Mouth in 2015. How did that come about? There was a 26-year gap between Blancmange’s third and fourth albums. In that time I’d been working in film and TV, and made music for commercials. I’d accumulated quite a back catalogue which had never been used, so I thought it’d be good to develop it. My manager heard some tracks and encouraged me to release them as a Blancmange album. It was a break from having my vocals on them and it was something different. There might even be another one. Watch this space. Mark E Smith was a Blancmange fan in the early days, I believe… Yes, he was very encouraging, and it’s been such a terrible loss now that he’s gone. I was still at college and we’d borrowed some money to make a record. I saw Mark E Smith at a
gig in London, and I was bold enough to go up to him and give him our very first EP. He actually wrote back to me, said he liked it and encouraged me and Stephen to send it to John Peel. We couldn’t believe it when he played it on his show! Peel was an early supporter of Blancmange, and we recorded some sessions. They wouldn’t have happened without him, so Mark E Smith – thank you very much.
The new albums sound somehow different. It’s still unmistakably Blancmange, but with a new edge to it. I suppose it’s inevitable it will have the old Blancmange sound, as it’s still me singing and writing the songs, although back then of course, Stephen wrote with me. Not for one minute would I want to hold onto or harness something that holds me in this retro-nostalgic world. It’s inevitable that it’s going to change; it will be different but still have an essence of something that you can reference back. Blancmange play Sheffield’s O2 Academy on March 22nd WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 79
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5 REASONS WHY YOU NEEDS TO SEE A GIG AT CORP Because once you’ve been Corped, there’s no going back…
1: IT REALLY IS THE HOME OF ALTERNATIVE MUSIC
3: YOU COULD FIND YOURSELF ON TV!
2: THERE’S PLENTY OF ‘EM!
4: YOU’LL BE SUPPORTING AN INDEPENDENT VENUE
Across a wide variety of genres – metal, punk, rock, grunge to name a few – Corp is there to provide another option to the more mainstream live music nights around the city. Over the years they’ve hosted the likes of Biohazard and Gallows to Chase and Status and, erm, Goldie Lookin’ Chain. Over the next three months alone, they’ve currently got 22 gigs pencilled in – with plenty more still to come. Barely a week passes when you won’t be able get a few doses of your live music fix, and once you’ve seen the gig there’s always the option to stick around for one of its award-winning club nights afterwards. Win-win.
And if you do end up sticking around for a late one, you could bump into the Corp TV team – the venue’s online series which captures the madness of a Corp night out into a 3-minute episode loaded with humour, wit and of course, a touch of debauchery. Smile for the camera!
Corporation has been going strong around these ends since 1997, where it originally opened on Bank Street before moving to its spiritual home of Milton Street in 2002. In over two decades, it has provided countless numbers of local bands and DJs somewhere to ply their trade – not to mention giving residents a no-frills, reasonably priced venue to let down their hair in style. None of this soulless chain décor and £5 a pint cobblers, like.
5: BLUE PINTS
They’re just great, aren’t they? And sorry to sound like yer mam here, but do enjoy in moderation.
Persuaded? See what’s coming up and grab tickets at corporation.org.uk
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Dust off your platform trainers as in good old Spice Girls style this month, we have a girl power takeover celebrating Sheffield’s women of steel for this month’s International Women’s Day celebrations. With hundreds of events taking place across the city, here’s my run down of the queer highlights for all women loving women. First up – join the friendship revolution! Ever wished there was Tinder for finding pals? Feeling a bit lonely in the big city? Not any more you’re not! After the sell-out success of the Speed Mate-ing event series in Manchester, Girl Gang are bringing their event back across the Pennines on 2nd March to continue connecting Sheffield babes! Taking inspiration from dating shows, bad business meetings, teenage sleepovers, Art Attack and agony aunts, Speed Mateing invites you to undertake creative challenges and respond to conversational topics, creating authentic connections between new friends – all done quickly and without awkwardness! If you want to continue the party with your new-found mates, you can head to Proud at Sheffield Students Union afterwards where it’ll be returning to its regular Friday night slot for another loud and proud celebration of diversity in an inclusive party space. Expect music ranging from House & Disco to Cheesy Pop & R&B – with freebies, colourful cocktails and vivid décor also on offer. On Saturday 3rd March join Petal’s Petrovsky at Rileys & Co (main stage compère of last year’s Pride and just confirmed for a 2018 return) and very special guest singer Hilary Dennis-Madin for a fun night filled with drag, song, piano and a camp singalong finale. All proceeds will go to Sayit Sheffield (a charity that supports LGBTI+ young people). Tickets include a ploughman’s lunch supper and it’s BYOB. Another duo continuing the theme of friendship and collaboration is SheFest, who join forces with Our Mel on 6th March to bring you #MeFree – their Women’s Empowerment Event at Theatre Deli. Inspired by the work of incredible black activist Tarana Burke, #MeFree offers three hours of uplifting activities, guest speakers and more
feminine energy at its peak. Fruit n Juice are back at the Harley on the 8th for their International Women’s Day Party, this time with a Garden of Eden theme plus a fabulous lineup of women DJs and drag performances. Come and celebrate Eve, the original rebel woman, in a space where everyone can feel free to get down and juicy with no judgement! On the 9th of the month, Dina will be hosting Adventures in Menstruating – some bloody funny period comedy from #periodpositive science comedian and PSHE teacher Chella Quint, who uses song and dance to challenge period poverty in this 5-star show for menstruators and non-menstruators of all genders. Stick around after the show to hear from Chella, plus other female comics, as Natalie Diddams hosts a special women in comedy Q&A. Andro and Eve’s drag king cabaret is back transforming Walkley Community Centre into one glitzy cabaret venue on 10th March, showcasing some of the UK’s finest drag king acts! Luke Warm is back in Sheffield to host the night, with Sigi Moonlight, Zayn Phallic, Joey Bambino AND Richard Von Wild Cosplay all taking to the stage. On the same day, The Audacious Art Experiment have their International Women’s Day Celebration (all proceeds going to Young Women’s Housing Project), where you can catch post-punk trio LIINES; dreamlike electronic pop from MaysheMay; wonky, synthy, punky noisepop from Duck; and Beth Robinson of lush Sheffield folk group Jupiter In Jars. And last but by no means least, we return to DINA Diversity Fest’s fundraiser night Sisters (Are Doing It For Themselves) on 21st March, a belated International Women’s Day Special featuring seductive melodies from Avital Raz, Kate Griffin’s pensive and heartfelt banjo folk, multiinstrumentalist singer song writing mega-genius Alice Nicholls and superb vocalist Sudipta Samanta. That’s yer lot for this month, Sheffield! Until next time, love and zig-a-zig-ah!
FRI 2 MAR: Girl Gang Sheffield: Speed Mate-ing #2 // Union Street www.wearegirlgang.co.uk FRI 2 MAR: Proud // Foundry, Sheffield Students Union www.facebook.com/proudsheffield SAT 3 MAR: Petals Petrovsky’s Show // Rileys & Co www.facebook.com/petalspetrovsky TUE 6 MAR: Our Mel x SheFest 2018 presents #MeFree - Women’s Empowerment Event // Theatre Deli www.ourmel.org.uk THU 8 MAR: Fruit n Juice International Women’s Day Party // The Harley www.facebook.com/fruitnjuicesheff FRI 9 MAR: SheFest 2018: Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint + Women in Comedy Q&A // Dina chellaquint.wordpress.com SAT 10 MAR: The Kingdom Come #3 // Walkley Community Centre www.androandeve.com SAT 10 MAR: International Women’s Day Celebration! // The Audacious Art Experiment www.theaudaciousartexperiment.com WED 21 MAR: Sisters (Are Doing It For Themselves): Diversity Fest Fundraiser // DINA diversityfest.wordpress.com
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With the Outdoor City Weekender returning this month, we spoke to a number of inspirational residents leading the way when it comes to getting out and about in the Steel City. Michaela Tracy represents the GB bouldering team, has taken on climbing challenges all around the world and holds a long list of achievements to show for her endeavours. After moving to Sheffield in 2009, Michaela now balances PhD at the University of the Sheffield with regular training at the Climbing Works and out in the Peak District. How have you taken to the city since moving here? Well, I’ve been here almost 10 years so I guess I’m a local now. I really love the climbing scene in Sheffield, the best thing being how close it is to the Peak District. It’s just beautiful, apart from how cold it is this time of the year. I much prefer climbing outside in the Peaks, it’s inspiring and you can get close to nature. There’s a close-knit community in Sheffield, most of the climbers know and recognise each other and there’s a really good community feel How easy is it to train for world championships while studying for a PhD? The majority of my work is based on computer modelling, so I can just work from home most of the time and fit it in around when I train. I wake up early and I’ll work on the weekends too, especially when the weather isn’t good, so I can still balance it all out. What were your first experiences of climbing?
I remember the first time I went climbing it was with my family and we went to a rubbish wall in London. I was quite scared when I first started out but I think that’s what attracted me to it; I liked the feeling and the challenge of a great big wall. It also meant got to spend time with my Dad at the weekends. I started out as part of a climbing team, and then I started going more and more by myself.
“I MUCH PREFER CLIMBING OUTSIDE IN THE PEAKS, IT’S INSPIRING AND YOU CAN GET CLOSE TO NATURE.”
Taking place 9-11 March, The Outdoor City Weekender revolves around four actionpacked headliners: the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, renowned bouldering competition the Rab Climbing Works International Festival, inner-city mountain bike slalom the Howard Street Dual and the Magnificent Seven, a multi-stage road bike race up seven of Sheffield’s steepest hills. That’s not yer lot though! There are a ton of fringe events on offer, from late-night group runs to city-wide orienteering, details of which can be found at theoutdoorcity.co.uk
You now focus more on bouldering, right? Why the switch? I got into bouldering accidentally by taking part in the British Bouldering Championship 2014 and surprising myself by getting to the final. I suddenly thought ‘Oh, maybe I could be good at this. It’s a new challenge’. What would you say to anyone thinking of getting into climbing but nervous about ability levels, etc? Just go for it. If you don’t try, you’ll never get better. Your initial climbing ability doesn’t matter one bit, it’s about putting the time in and getting stronger and fitter. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 85
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Carrie Poole, winner of the 2017 Women’s Howard Street Dual – an exhilarating slalom bike race taking place in the city centre – is back to defend her title and believes things are looking up in terms of gender equality in the mountain biking world. Are you feeling prepared for the upcoming Howard Street Dual in Sheffield? No! I haven’t actually done a dual since last year, but it’s still a bit of fun and a great day out. Last year you were the winner of the women’s group. Were you joined by many other female competitors at the event? It was unfortunately dominated by men, and it seems a lot more competitive with men. But it’s a new event and certainly not your typical race. It’s something that’s a bit out there! With it being quite a small event for Sheffield competitors, hopefully it’ll get more and more popular amongst women as the years go on. Your husband is a mountain biker too. Will he also be competing in Howard Street Dual? No, he’ll be babysitting! After moving here from Bristol, you came to university in Sheffield. Did you start getting into biking up here? I started going out for bike rides in the Peak District whilst I was at uni with my old bike I used for my paper rounds! I began properly after returning from snowboarding season – everyone would put their boards away and get their bikes out. I remember seeing people bombing it past doing some downhill biking and I thought, ‘I’ve got to have a go!’. You’ve previously competed in national mountain biking competitions like Gravity Enduro. What’s next for you this year? Yeah, Gravity Enduro has been my main discipline for the past few years. In 2015, I stopped competing to have my baby. I’ve done a couple of little races since then but I’m hoping to do more Gravity Enduro races this year. Do you think things are looking up in terms of equality for female competitors in the world of mountain biking? Mountain biking is traditionally seen as a male-dominated sport. Do you feel like that is changing? There have definitely been more female entries since I started competing, so things are progressing in that respect. Competitions are becoming more encouraging as they’ve started separating women in to a bigger variety of age categories which is great. One thing I would certainly like to see is more women featuring in male-dominated mountain biking magazines, that’d be a big step. On that note, what you say to women toying with the idea of getting into biking? Get out there! Try to find a local group or gather some friends that might be into it. There’s a massive bike scene in Sheffield with loads of groups of riders to meet. There are plenty of shops around the city where you can hire bikes and trails in the Peaks that are designed for beginners.
Flying the flag for local filmmakers at ShAFF this year, Sheffield Hallam graduate Jake Thompson and his pal/co-director Thomas Johnstone will be showcasing ‘Into the Black’ – a short film capturing native mountain biker Dave Camus flying down eerily lit trails in Greno Woods. Tell us about a bit about what you’ve captured with ‘Into the Black’. I’ve always had an interest in night filming; it gives more freedom to play around with the lighting and colour scheme. I mountain bike a little bit myself, but there wasn’t really a specific goal – we just thought it would fun and interesting to make. What made you choose Grenoside Woods for filming? There are so many local bike trails around here, Grenoside Woods is right within the city boundaries, and this means there’s the easy access that you just don’t get in other places. Grenoside is only five minutes away from where I was living, so it was very convenient for filming and we could stay until 2-3AM shooting. Plus you have the city lights poking through, which was a nice bonus. How was you describe the experience of putting the whole thing together? Brilliant. The outdoor scene here is massive and supportive – so many people offered to help with filming. When we were trying to find someone to ride in the film, we had an overwhelming response from just a few emails sent before we decided on Dave Camus, who’s a pretty big deal around here. Plus the trails in Sheffield are so wellfunded and more developed than what you usually get normally; there’s such a big push on it all up here and Sheffield is the only city I’ve lived in that feels outdoorsy. How big a deal is it to have your film shown at an event like SHaFF? It’s massive for us. It lets the film reach a wider audience. It’s one of the UK’s biggest outdoor film festivals, so some huge names are going to be there and to have our film shown alongside them is really special. They also have filmmaker summits, where filmmakers in Sheffield get together. That’s really useful for making connections and making plans for future collaborations.
“SHEFFIELD IS THE ONLY CITY I’VE LIVED IN THAT FEELS OUTDOORSY”
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HERE ARE JUST A SMALL PICK OF EVENTS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR… ALAN HINKES
A film from Terry Abraham providing a portrait of the legendary mountaineer and only Briton to climb all 14 8000m peaks worldwide. Showing: 9 March, 7pm @ Jagged Globe Mar 11, 2.15pm@ Showroom Cinema – Screen 3
A PLASTIC OCEAN
Following a documentarymaker and a world record holding free-diver as they embark on an epic journey to discover the impact plastic waste is having on our oceans. Showing: 10 March, 10am @ Showroom Cinema – Screen 3
One of the main highlights at this year’s Outdoor City Weekender is the return of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (SHAFF), a three-day celebration of the best films promoting adrenaline sports and the beauty of life outdoors. Now in its 13th year, the annual event takes place at the Showroom Cinema from 9-11th March and again serves up a packed programme of documentary films on top athletes, incredible locations and a huge spectrum of sports including on running, climbing, biking, skiing, surfing, kayaking and everything in between. Matt Heason, director of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, told Exposed: “If you are into the outdoors or are just starting to discover its benefits, never has there been a better time to live in Sheffield. In the past two years, the city has gained new run routes and mountain biking trails, and a dedicated festival showcasing the people and places that make Sheffield more than worthy of the title of ‘The Outdoor City’.”
“UNLESS YOU ARE ON TOP OF EVEREST THERE ARE FEW BETTER PLACES TO BE ON A MARCH WEEKEND.” SIR RANULPH FIENNES
Mountain bike champion she travels the 1,800 kilometer Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to find where her father’s plane crashed during the Vietnam war. Showing: 10 March, 6.30pm @ Showroom Cinema – The Void 11 March, 1.15pm @ Showroom Cinema – The Void
An independent documentary that follows the story of an everyman who, after falling from an Alpine north face, is struggling to find a balance. Featuring some of the biggest names in mountain sports, it will explore the psychology of risk taking, asking – is it really worth it? Showing: 11 March, 10.15am @ Showroom Cinema – Screen 3
A LINE IN SNOW - GREECE
Framed by incredible cinematography, this film provides an insight into the beautiful skiing locations situtaed in one of the least likely places: Greece. Showing: 10 March, 12.30pm @ Showroom Cinema – Screen 2 For further announcements, tickets and full programme listings visit www.shaff.co.uk
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It’s 1977, three years after the Watergate Scandal ended in the President’s resignation, and Richard Nixon agrees to an all-accessinterview with the well-known British chat show host David Frost, an international socialite who risks everything in a career-defining opportunity of a lifetime. Brought down by one of the biggest political scandals in American history, Nixon seeks absolution. Frost is pushing for a confession. Both want to control the story but only one can emerge the victor. For the latest adaptation of the 2006 play Frost/Nixon, a dramatization of the most-watched political interview of all time, distinguished actor Jonathan Hyde returns to Sheffield Theatres as the disgraced Nixon. We caught up with Jonathan ahead of the play’s debut this month for a conversation about how the story is arguably more relevant today than it’s ever been. The play is a dramatization of the post-Watergate interviews with Richard Nixon and David Frost. Before entering the project, were you aware of the scandal’s depth and complexity? It was a big story and I lived through it so was very aware of both Nixon and the Watergate scandal. I’m Australian and was conscripted for the Vietnam War, but I didn’t go because I was totally opposed to it – a monstrous error of the French Imperial Powers and indeed the US, as it has now been proved. I remember Watergate quite strongly.
Interestingly, what Nixon’s scandal did was to really open the can on the whole of presidential politics; it was fascinating to realise that there’s probably not a single president apart from Jimmy Carter who hasn’t waged war in one way or another. The media played a key role in exposing the depth of the Watergate scandal but some chose not to publish information provided to them and disputed the facts. There are correlations to how the media behaves today, particularly in the US… Yes, it’s very contemporary and relevant. Just look at what we’ve got going on worldwide at the moment. Scary shit. The term ‘liberal media’ is used as an automatic putdown now, which is weird. It’s like if you’re a liberal you’re somehow skewing events, looking for errors regardless of being balanced and fair, which of course
isn’t the case; they’re just telling stories that need to be told. There are greater insights now into government mismanagement and lack of proper governance worldwide, and that’s partly to do with the strength of the liberal media. Of course, there’s also the constant controversy around Trump which makes it relevant. Yes, thanks to Trump and the mess
of the FBI, to not investigate what was happening. This is reprehensible behaviour and I think extremely impeachable. An unlikeable lead character can, in some instances, be difficult to navigate. What attracted you to this role? Well, he’s quite funny; the humour is savage and is no less funny for being that. It has an edge to it. It’s a human comedy in a way, exposing all the idiocies and flaws that make him human. There’s a contradiction with him, too, as some of the things he did were visionary and far-reaching. He opened the door to China, encouraged massively the nuclear reduction treaties with the Russians, enacted all sorts of environmental legislation – these are all positive elements of Nixon. But then there’s the other stuff – you listen to some of the tapes and you
HE [NIXON] IS QUITE FUNNY; THE HUMOUR IS SAVAGE AND IS NO LESS FUNNY FOR BEING THAT. IT HAS AN EDGE TO IT. IT’S A HUMAN COMEDY IN A WAY, EXPOSING ALL THE IDIOCIES AND FLAWS THAT MAKE HIM HUMAN. that he’s created. Interestingly, obstruction of justice got Nixon as an impeachable offence, leading to him being the only US President to resign from office. Similarly, that’s what they’re looking for within the Trump Russian inquiry. He tried to get James Comey, the previous head
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ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF A LARGE EVENT Studio Theatre // March 14-15 // £12.50 An iceberg arrives at a tropical island. The inhabitants search for someone to blame for the unlikely visitor; this is a place where scapegoating is a reflex. On the Outskirts of a Large Event mixes cinematic projection, surround sound and spoken word to form a piece of theatre as strange and bright as a lump of ice. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk MOTHERLOGUES Theatre deli // March 10-11 // from £7 We all have one thing in common; we have a mother. And women everywhere share one thing; we aresomeone’s daughter. What do we inherit? Why do we do the things we do? Am I turning into her?Motherlogues tells the stories of Sheffield women (anonymously, of course) covering a wide range of topics, from going into labour to adoption. theatredeli.co.uk
just think, ‘oh, god’. He was very antiSemitic and racist for a start… Did you have a preconceived personal opinion on Richard Nixon beforehand and did this role change your perspective on him at all? Hopefully, I got a little deeper, portraying that he was emotionally quite vulnerable and volatile. The public face we saw, that weird toothy smile, it’s nothing like the man I heard on the tapes. He was very intelligent and believed the president had the right to say no to things, including releasing the tapes and he fought tooth and nail for those beliefs. Do you think that sense of fight and perseverance was influenced by his military background? He fought in the Second World War, in the Pacific, just like Kennedy, but he didn’t portray it as glamorous. He wasn’t the elitist east-coast snob, the liberal elite – he loathed those people. They were handed everything on a platter and he had to work his way up from a very humble beginning. I presume he hated them because
ultimately they made him feel insecure. What specifically did you do to prepare for the role? I looked at a lot of the archive materials. It’s all there: the interviews, the resignation speech, the speech to the staff as he was leaving the White House; it’s all documented and there on tape to listen to. I had seen the original play in London and I saw the film too. Do audiences need to have any prior knowledge of Watergate or Nixon to be able to understand the narrative? It’s all explained, there’s narration throughout which is really fascinating and very crucial. The narration links the stories, provides context and introduces the scenes. People have to listen but it’s all there. I think it’s good, no, great drama. If you like politics, which I’m fascinated by, you’ll love it. But equally, it’s about a real battle of the wills, all sorts of assumptions, rugs being pulled out from under people all the time. You never really know who’s going to win.
Frost/Nixon runs February 22nd – March 17th at The Crucible. Head to sheffieldtheatres. co.uk for tickets.
UP ‘N’ UNDER Studio Theatre // March 16-17 // £12.50 Award-winning comedy from John Godber. The Wheatsheaf Arms rugby team are laughing stock of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League; they don’t have seven players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. With just five weeks to go, our hero coach Arthur has to convince them they can beat the mighty Cobbler’s Arms, but first he has to work out how to communicate with them… sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
THE YORK REALIST The Crucible Theatre // March 27 – April 7 // From £15 Peter Gill’s The York Realist is revived once more. Set in the early 1960s, the play explores the differences between regional cultures, revolving around a Yorkshire labourer involved in a local production. PS: f you are studying Performing Arts or Drama in Sheffield you can get a free ticket for The York Realist. Head to the website below for more details. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
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ON THE TWITTERSPHERE… Our monthly round-up of all things webby, social and generally searched for, so you dont have to...
@drenge I never thought I’d see myself typing this one out but... just to confirm, we are not supporting Natalie Imbruglia on any of her UK shows this week. @ellmaia_ I want to stay in Sheffield forever bc people make me feel welcome and happy and i never want to leave I love you all @Reverend_Makers Big up Kendrick Lamar tho. Anybody who can lay on a Perspex box for two minutes doin fuck all on live television is alright by me (David Blaine doesn’t count tho. He’s a prick)
X-RATED Getting the lowdown from Madam X, DJ and label owner known for Manchester-based clubnight Big People Music (BPM), who dropped by for a natter with Exposed before hitting the decks at DINA. tinyurl.com/yde7p6ac
CHICKEN SOUP @ STUDIO THEATRE “The characters on display represent real life strong northern women continuing to fight, holding together families and communities in the most unforgiving of situations.” Hilarious and heartwrenching in equal measure, read our review of Kieran Knowles and Ray Castleton’s South Yorkshirebased play. tinyurl.com/y8j6tgzn MAD FER IT! If a 50-strong orchestra banging out tunes from the Haçienda era at Don Valley sounds like your cuppa, head below for more info and tickets.
@Tony1308 Replying to @PeteMcKee Hi Pete, will the exhibition be touring at some point? @PeteMcKee Nah, good excuse for the South to visit the North. @ExposedMagSheff Just found out that our intern @dddanadine has gone home and eaten a full packet of digestives for his lunch. “Possibly the best lunch I’ve ever had,” he says. Gotta love the guy.
NAH THEN, DEE We spoke with innovative South Yorks producer Mella Dee, whose track ‘Techno Disco Tool’ set dancefloors alight at the end of last year. exposedmagazine.co.uk/nightlife
SEA FOR YOURSELF Kick back and enjoy our live session with up-and-coming indie-poppers The Seamonsters, who a little birdie tells us have been recording new material with Bill Ryder-Jones recently. Mmm, interesting… tinyurl.com/hpf9rxg HAPPY SNAPPER Some of our favourite Exposed shoots over the years have been done by the mighty Timm Cleasbsy, and he’s just set up a new Insta account to promote his work. We’d strongly suggest you give the chap a follow. instagram.com/timmcleasby
@shaziaalix We couldn’t go out for my friends 21st as she was feeling down so leadmill cheered us up with dominos
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