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Maet Live & The Neverland Express Sat 23rd March •

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Young T & Bugsey Fri 5th April •

Love From Stourbridge: Ned's Atomic Dustbin Pop Will Eat Itself

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Hollywood Undead Fri 3rd May • 18+ Club Night

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Sundara Karma Wed 10th April •

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Kentucky Headhunters, Molly Hatchett, Pig Iron & more Sat 28th & Sun 29th September •

HRH Doom vs. Stoner Sat 5th & Sun 6th October •

HRH Punk

Sham 69, Cockney Rejects,& more Sat 12th October •

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The Specials Sat 11th May •

Daniel Wakeford Experience Sat 18th May •

Coco & The Butterfields The Greatest Showman Singalong Club Tour Sat 2nd November •

Love DistrAction Sat 9th November •

Pearl Jam UK Fri 22nd November •

The Happy Mondays Greatest Hits Tour

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Vain, Dogs D'Amour & more

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Pete Gallagher's Rocketman

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Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley Saturday 1st June •

AC / DC Experience Tuesday 4th June •

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

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40 40: SELF ESTEEM Rebecca Lucy Taylor has made the switch from indie-folk to big, brazen pop bangers with solo project Self Esteem. No complaints here.

25: SHEFF BEER WEEK A crate load of collaborations are being lined up for Sheffield Beer Week this month. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Nick Hallam (Sales Director)

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“A lot of these bands they’re just shit, they’re not saying fuck all.” We nipped over to Notts for a friendly chat with Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson.

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Joe Food (Editor)

angry wee leprechaun Marc Barker (Design)

Treading the fabled In Sesh boards this month is rising Sheffield popstar TYNI.

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88: PHLEGM The renowned Sheffieldbased artist is hosting an exhibition in an as-yet unknown location, bringing his surreal work very much to life over three weeks.

90: king of the hill What we know highlyanticipated Park Hill musical, ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’.

Heather Paterson, Chloe sweeney, Maddy Blatherwick-Plumb, Eleanor walker

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Exposed is published monthly by Blind Mice Media Ltd Unit 1b 2 kelham square kelham riverside Sheffield s3 8sd The views contained herein are not necessarily those of Blind Mice Media Ltd and while every effort is made to ensure information throughout Exposed is correct, changes prior to distribution may take place which can affect the accuracy of copy, therefore Blind Mice Media Ltd cannot take responsibility for contributors’ views or specific entertainment listings.

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beer week eventS live brew collaboration Tapped Brew Co, Sheffield Tap and Nottingham’s Totally Brewed are collaborating for a live brew day in the brewery at Sheffield Tap. A rep from Simpson’s Malt will also be on hand to discuss the brewing process. Awesome!

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adventure time Bringing the wild outdoors into the heart of the city, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival returns to the Showroom Cinema from 22-24 March for its 14th instalment. A highlight of the Outdoor City Weekend, ShAFF is a carefully curated three-day programme of the latest short-form and feature length outdoor adventure films from around the globe. Tickets are on sale now; grab yours at

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Blinded by the Lights

17 years since the release of Original Pirate Material, The Streets returned to the stage at Sheffield’s O2 Academy. Kevin Wells captured frontman Mike Skinner up close at the sold-out show and sporting a t-shirt bigging up Chezzy Canal. Sound.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Kelham Island Food Tours is the first event of its kind in Sheffield March will see the launch of Kelham Island Food Tours – a multi-stop trip around one of the fastest growing areas in Sheffield, showcasing the best food and drink that the bustling suburb has to offer. Founder Sophie Barber spotted the opportunity after returning home from 20 years of living in London and Brighton. She told Exposed: “Even a few years ago you wouldn’t have considered Sheffield a food and drink destination. The area is well respected for its beer heritage, but when I discovered that there were cheese and chocolate producers, coffee roasters, and a number of independent restaurants and bars all within a close proximity of each other, I thought it would be an ideal location to run tours, showcasing everything the area has to offer. Each venue will provide food and drink samples and talks from the professionals who will educate participants about the processes of producing food and

drink, such as cheese, chocolate, wine and beer. The area’s history will also be weaved into the experience. It is also off the beaten path for visitors to the city, so the tours should give people unfamiliar with the area a good starting point to explore further.” So far there has been a huge response to the tours from the public, local businesses and the media, which is an indicator that there is a real appetite in Sheffield for something of this nature. Tour stops confirmed include: Sheffield Cheesemasters, Foundry Coffee Roasters, Bullion Chocolate, Pie-Eyed, Camm Street Bakery, Elm Natural Wine and Kelham Island Brewery with many others in the pipeline. Scheduled food and drink tours will run on Fridays and Saturdays, with tailored private tours for parties and corporate events also available to book. Dates for The Artisan Food Tour (9 March) and Afternoon Beer Tour (8 March) have now been announced.

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LEOPOLD SQUARE LAUNCHES BUSKING INITIATIVE Sheffield’s buskers have been invited to join Leopold Square’s brand new Busk Stop initiative by offering up a space to play music every Friday. With the square firing up its summer programme of free music on the weekend, organisers have been so impressed by some of the city’s talented buskers that they are offering their space on Friday between 5pm and 7pm. Whether a guitarist wants to play their own songs or an acapella group would like to entertain visitors, the buskers are welcome to collect donations from visitors and passers-by. Nick Yates from Leopold Square said: “The live music events we hold are always extremely popular and we’re excited to be launching our Busk Stop spot. It provides a perfect opportunity for talented local musicians to showcase their flair and we’re looking forward to bringing a wide range of musical styles to Leopold Square.” Sheffield-based musicians who would like to get involved with the Busk Stop initiative can email leopoldsquare@pmwcom. with a short video, clip, or link to their music. All space must be pre-booked. | 15

upfront: exposed awards 2019


The Categories

The voting for this year’s awards opened last month and, incredibly, we’re already well on the way to breaking all previous records. You lot are something else, aren’t yer? For those of haven’t cast their vote yet, you have until 5 April before the voting closes and the official shortlists are announced. Don’t hang about for too long, like. The Theme This year we’ll be throwing a big ol’ mardi gras – so expect a New Orleans-influenced carnival atmosphere with bold colours, vibrant party music and extravagant costumes (prizes will be available for best-dressed on the night). What’s the plan? It’ll be the usual POA with a few tweaks thrown in – just to keep you on your toes, like. We’ll be back at 92 Burton Road celebrating the best of the Sheff scene spanning food, drink, culture, fashion, music and beyond – with all winners on the night chosen by you lovely lot, the Exposed readership. Voting is open right now and will remain so until (here’s that reminder again!) the end of April, so all you need to do is head over to and pop in your choices! Once the votes are counted, we’ll announce the shortlist for each category the morning after. No muckin’ about. The one with the most votes wins. Bish-bash-bosh. Owt New? We won’t be messing about with things too much, but there will be a brand new Special Contribution to Sheffield award, so we can reward certain individuals who have brought positive change to the city. ‘Ow Much? Tickets are £35 a pop, which includes entry to the awards, drinks on arrival and food from a range of Peddler’s finest street food traders – as well as plenty of live entertainment to get you in the party mood. The now-famous (and infamous) after parties will be taking place across the road at Cutlery Works before heading to West Street’s FirePit Rocks for the late-night/early morning frivolities.

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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.

I was walking into town recently, and as we strolled down West Street, I was casually regaling my friend with some of the bands I’d seen over the years, as we passed places like the Beehive and Bloo 88. Perhaps I was starting to annoy him when he asked, “Is there anywhere in Sheffield you haven’t been to see music?” I took the hint and shut up, but started to think that my relationship with Sheffield over the last forty-plus years has always been informed and punctuated by going to see bands and singers. Some were famous, but more often they were either the not-so-famous, or the totally unknown. With that in mind, I’ll attempt an overview of my time here by looking at some of the places I’ve been to see and hear live music. My first major confession has to be that I was born in Leeds. Yes. I know. I’m sorry. But to make amends for this very basic error my part, I came to Sheffield University, and then waited to see if I’d ever be forgiven. I straight away joined the Entertainments Committee, as I reckoned they’d let me see the bands for free, but mainly because most of them had long hair. Today bands playing at the university perform in The Foundry. Now that’s a proper name for a venue, reflecting Sheffield’s proud industrial history and somewhere any selfrespecting band would be proud to put on their tour sheet. Back then, the same venue (with a much taller ceiling) was called the Lower Refectory: all very seventies and functional. Imagine how

Blondie and Talking Heads felt back then when they arrived from playing CBGB in Manhattan to a venue which sounded like a posh school dining room. Usually the smaller, often local and less well-known bands played in the bar, and I slowly realised that some of the better nights were to be had in there. The music was less polished, but had an infectious enthusiasm which is essentially what live music was all about. I started to look elsewhere for music, and tentatively ventured down West Street to The Limit, I went upstairs at the Hallamshire and explored further still to the Wapentake, and even to the Top Rank on Arundel Gate. The music wasn’t always brilliant, but I loved the venues, and I began to discover the city through spending nights with anyone who shared my love of a good gig, or more often, in the hope that the next band on were better than the previous one. I’m often told that more graduates stay on in Sheffield than any other university, so I played my part, married and had a family here, but still continued to discover new parts of the city by going to see live music. I went to The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road, I turned up at the Boardwalk on Snig Hill, I even went as far as Rotherham to see UB40 in a park. In later years the Arena and the Don Valley lured me towards the east side and I spent a whole night in Magna at a celebration of Warp Records. All the time I was getting to know Sheffield and its surrounds through music.

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upfront My curiosity about new music led me down some unexpected but rewarding paths. If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written you’d be hardpushed not to know about my obsession with the continually amazing and evolving Sensoria Festival, and our world class annual Doc/Fest. Both of these came into my life while I was initially looking for music events. It’s over ten years since I went to see In The Nursery in the Cathedral, playing atmospheric soundtrack music to a silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. It turned out it was a Sensoria event, who regularly put music and other events on in unusual and interesting venues. Doc/Dest, which again I first attended just to see a band, has become another passion. I’ve found myself in the Town Hall Council Chambers, the City Hall Ballroom and even a cave in Castleton. Interestingly, people I meet at Doc/Fest, who come from all over the world, all fall in love with Sheffield too. Some have been to the UK before, but very few ever ventured beyond London. I heard that the feature film, X&Y, was filmed here after a producer came here for Doc/Fest and was hugely impressed by the city as a location. It’d be churlish not to give a quick mention to Tramlines - which at first was just a way of drawing the summer crowds back into town when the students went home, and is now a major music festival in its own right. Anyone who attends what is now called ‘The Fringe’ festival will find it’s still possible to discover music in places they have never previously visited. Before I forget, I’ll quickly name-check Regather on Club Garden Road, the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park, and my spiritual home, the back room in the Lescar. These and countless others that I’m sure I’ve overlooked are all places which have drawn me in, initially with the promise of music, and have each subtly cemented my love of Sheffield. More recently I’ve become involved with Sofar Sounds. If you love live music, but get annoyed at the indifference of today’s audiences, you must get along to a Sofar gig. Intimate shows in unusual places. The idea evolved after two guys become so frustrated at what had become the usual experience at gigs, with people talking and filming, that they put on a show in their own flat and just invited people who wanted to listen. The idea spread, other people did likewise, and it is now a global movement. No one in the audience talks, mobile phone use is negligible, and whoever is on, people listen. The added joy of a Sofar is that it continually expands the list of places in which I’ve seen live music. Barber’s shops, art galleries, private houses and even the engine room at Kelham Island – all have been Sofar venues. My Sheffield musical journey has also taken another turn recently. I’ve finally joined a band! I’m currently trying to play snare drum with the amazing – and very loud – Sheffield Samba Band, so to some extent events have come full circle and I’m managing to perform to the some of very crowds I was once part of. The music may change over time, but my love affair with Sheffield goes on. There is nowhere beter to see bands play live, and long may that continue. | 21

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The annual celebration of the city’s food scene is back for its 9th year. Sheffield’s annual city centre Food Festival is set to return for its 9th instalment on 24-27 May, taking place across several town centre areas including Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate. Attracting over 50,000 visitors across the weekend, Sheff Food Fest celebrates the city’s incredible food scene, showcasing the local produce, talent chefs, tasty street food and the acclaimed brewers and distillers of the city. 2019’s festival has been extended by an extra day, meaning the event now starts on Friday 24 May and runs right through to 6pm on Monday 27 May 2019. Artisan market The Food Festival’s artisan market  features food producers and businesses from around Sheffield and further afield, bringing a range of preserves, oils, cakes, cookery books, craft beers, gins, pies and much more for you to take home and enjoy. At the heart of the festival is the Theatre Kitchen, featuring top chefs from across the city who’ll be showing how to get the best from the great local produce on offer. Street food market The hugely popular Eats, Treats and Beats Festival Village is back once again, jam packed with delicious treats from a hand-picked selection of the best street food traders. This market will be open alongside the stylish stretch tent, al fresco seating and bar stocked by great local breweries and fantastic live music and DJs. Host evening events Returning this year is the Food Festival’s host evening events in the Theatre Kitchen marquee, including the hugely popular Supper Club. Keep an eye out for the 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 weekend. | 23


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beer week

It’s that time of year again where breweries from South Yorkshire and beyond team up and show off their creative nous at Sheffield Beer Week Since Sheffield Beer Week launched five years ago, the week-long celebration has grown from just a few events hosted by a dozen venues in 2015, to more than 35 venues and 60 events in 2018. With expansions The to key events like the collaboration Indie Beer Feast and the beers are one of Photography Trail, suffice to say it’s become an exciting our highlights fixture on the city’s social of the week, calendar. People come A big event during the week is the launch of a together to fuse multitude of collaborative ideas and this beers brewed between some can produce of the UK’s most talented brewers. “The collaboration really intriguing, beers are one of our flavoursome highlights of the week,” says director Jules Gray. “People beers. come together to fuse

ideas and this can produce really intriguing, flavoursome beers. Collaboration has been fundamental to the ethos of Sheffield Beer Week since we started in 2015.” The collaborations aren’t exclusive to just breweries. In 2017, Frazer’s Coffee and Sheffield micro-brewery Lost Industry got together to produce Cold Brew Black Heart, which melded cold brew coffee into a rich milk stout. Another highlight from past years was the mega-collaboration between Lost Industry, Neepsend Brew Co, The Devonshire Cat, Hop Hideout and Sheffield Beer Week who all together produce the pomelo sour ale Emmeline – named after activist and key figure of the British suffragette movement Emmeline Pankhurst. An added flavour at this year’s Beer Week is the introduction of the seasonal brews at the traditional opener Indie Beer Feast. Breweries from all over the UK and Europe (and even as far as New Zealand) will be in attendance at the Abbeydale Picture House on 8-9 March, pouring the first pints of these exclusive beers. Sheffield’s award-winning bottle shop Hop Hideout will be teaming up with Liverpool’s Neptune Brewery for a seasonal-inspired, currant-glazed saison plus a collaboration with Turning Point Brew Co. Elsewhere, True North Brew Co is producing a stout with Sheffield-based artist Phlegm whose exhibition ‘Mausoleum of the Giants’ opens during Sheffield Beer Week on 15 March at a secret warehouse location. Head over to page 88 for more info on that highlyanticipated event. Sheffield Beer Week takes place between 11-17 March. Head to for a full run down of the week’s events.

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Cruel Britannia Exposed meets Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods Words: Joseph Food

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interview Where escapism from the toils of life depicted so adroitly in his lyrics may once have been found via the bottom of a pint glass, these days Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson prefers to let off steam by, as he puts it, “fucking about a bit” in the gym. It explains why his usual attire of fashionable long coat and trousers has been ditched today in favour of a baggy hoody, shorts and running tights; while another change has seen the trademark cropped fringe replaced by a sharp buzz cut, lending more leanness to the features of a guy who has clearly been looking after himself recently. “I didn’t know if the fringe thing was me anymore,” he explains. “I kept thinking I was too old for it. I thought to myself, ‘I look like a c**t with this; I look like Sting!” His choice of interview location, a trendy café around the corner from Nottingham train station, could also tell us something about the far more wholesome lifestyle he enjoys these days. That’s not to suggest, however, that there’s been the slightest of mellowing on the notoriously hot-headed artist’s part, as confirmed via the singles released ahead of new album Eton Alive – ‘Kebab Spider’ and ‘Flipside’ – which take on everything from the mediocrity of instant fame reality TV to Graham Coxon looking like a “left-wing Boris Johnson”. Throw into the mix some highly-publicised recent jibes at IDLES and the Fat White Family and there’s plenty to discuss as we settle down to get the latest from one of the country’s most plain-speaking frontmen. Is there anything that you wouldn’t discuss in an interview? Erm. I dunno really. I suppose not, but it depends what you feel like on the day. Slagging off bands gets you in trouble, especially in the industry today where people don’t do it because it’s seen as not very intelligent. You get the impression that people are more concerned about not rocking the boat. Have you ever regretted having a pop at someone? No, it’s just one of those things. People will have a go at you

I didn’t know if the fringe thing was me anymore, I kept thinking I was too old for it. I thought to myself, ‘I look like a c**t with this; I look like Sting! about it and you’ll get accused of being jealous or whatever – but so what for fucksake? I probably am! But you’ve spoken about trying to rein it in a bit with that sort of stuff, on social media in particular. How are you doing with that? Not really well. I don’t necessarily slag bands off on social media, but if I do, I subtweet it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that either. Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve called someone out and it’s led to an awkward moment backstage at a festival or whatever? Or is all that just hyped up a bit? There have been a couple of times, yeah. But nobody says anything. What are people going to do? What am I going to do? I suppose if someone was really offended, they’d say summat. You’re not gonna hit people, are you? They’ll just think I’m a wanker probably. Does it frustrate you when you see bands or artists reluctant to give genuine opinions on things? But that’s because a lot of them haven’t got any, have they? A lot of them are just homogenised; they are as memorable as [points to the corner of the room] that coffee maker. You know what I mean? They look like [points again] the cakes on top of there – just blending in, background music, a complacent experience, so you’re not going to get any opinions really. But also, unless you’re a hardened drill artist, or someone who’s experiencing great difficulty, your views ain’t gonna be… well, they might be interesting enough, but people can make something interesting out of nothing. A lot | 29


of these bands they’re just shit, they’re not saying fuck all. They’re talking about love, about miserable experiences from relationships, done in such a boring way it doesn’t connect. On that note, do more working class bands have a duty to write fewer songs about pulling on dancefloors and more about social realities? I dunno. Yeah. But that in itself can be political. Sometimes maybe being a bit unimaginative and downplayed is a statement; I’d rather have that than some fucker growling down a microphone going, “Wuhhh, austerity!” I’d rather have someone do some con Oasis stuff, dressed all in black, and not really say owt because at least there’s no pretence. It would be nice to see more of it, but what do you expect? I’d rather see a working class person go on X Factor, all tanned up and with a shit haircut; I’d rather that than some fucker groaning into a microphone about how much they care. They don’t. You’ve spoken about how you listen to a lot of drill and grime, and you’ve given opinions on some bands coming along as part of the post-punk brigade and sort of hijacking austerity by claiming to understand what life is like on the bottom rungs of society. Bit dodgy, innit? As an artist, do you feel more in common with the drill and grime MCs – as they’re at least talking

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about genuine lived experience and surroundings in much the same way as Sleaford Mods do? I wouldn’t say I had more literally in common with them, as a lot of these people are in gangs and have been to prison. But yeah, it is kind of proper music from the street – good ground music. I don’t find some of the so-called “post-punk” bands post-punk for a start – that was about creativity, art, being avant-garde. It’s not even cliched, it’s just really patronising and... Opportunistic? A little bit. I’m not sure if they know they are being opportunistic but it certainly looks that way sometimes. My man from fucking IDLES going: “I want everyone in the crowd tonight to go out and hug an immigrant after the show.” Fuck off. It makes me fucking mad, man. I don’t rate it. It’s all a bit fucking “Hello campers” – you know what I mean?

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Poverty porn has been a big business on a wider scale for a while now. Yeah, it has. Somebody accused me of that once in one of the books I’ve written, some German writer. I went up the fucking wall. The reason we started talking about what we talk about is I felt it, lived it for a long time, and I hated it. I couldn’t understand why life was so shit, why I’d become so shit. So I started looking into that and talking about it, then it eventually became clear to me that there was nothing else to write about. But you have to do it properly; you can’t be fucking around with it. No point trying to act menacing on stage, taking your top off and glaring at people – that’s not good enough. What we do is really close to the bone, and I don’t see the other bands doing that shit. And I know it’s cynical, but we are living under an atmosphere of negativity – and perhaps I’m a victim of that too. With society screwed in so many ways, how do you pick out which topics to take on? I dunno. Just stuff that comes up and finding interesting ways to talk about it: consumerism, loneliness, isolation are ones people might be familiar with. I think with this album I’ve… I’ve not really mellowed, but I’m not what I was four years ago, so it’s a case of trying to communicate the ideas I’ve got now in an honest way. | 31

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interview And in what ways have you changed as a person since the release of the early records? You went sober a couple of years ago, which must have been a significant shift. Yeah, I’m sober now so I don’t drink or take drugs anymore, which means I’m more in control. It’s been three years now. I’m more switched on with it. I don’t suffer fools anymore – can’t be bothered. Before I was willing to put up with people because I had my own shit going on, but now I’m just like, “Fuck off ”. I’ve become much more professional, which to some might been seen as selling out, but whatever. I’ve just grown up. Since the first two albums [Wank (2012), Austerity Dogs (2013)], both released living under a coalition government during peak austerity, have things got better or worse for the country? Or is it still the same? It’s worse, innit? A lot worse. Now people aren’t bothered anymore, are they? More people on the street and people are getting poorer. Imagine what it’s like living in a massively poor area. Must have been bleak thirty years ago – but now? Fucking ‘ell, forget it. It’s lawless. The title Eton Alive needs no real explanation. In a country where 10% of the richest households own almost 50% of the wealth and the poorest 50% own just 8%, where do you even start with addressing inequality? Violence is probably the only way it’ll ever change. I think we’ll be living like this for a very long time. However, saying that, I think people are starting to veer towards a form of non-party politics, to start thinking about things in more of an anarchist way perhaps. That’s just another theory, I suppose, isn’t it? But realistically? They’ve got their hands around you. Do you think music can play a role in changing things for the better? Or is that a bit too idealistic? I don’t think it can change things, but it can certainly talk about it. Good music acts are too few and far between; it’s about getting stuff out there that connects with people. And I feel that’s what we did. Other bands have come out and done that too, but it’s not a vehicle for changing things. How do you measure success? Obviously it’s not the ‘sign a record deal and move to LA’ model. No. I guess it’s just about keeping going; I want it to get bigger. Then again, I worry about whether we’ve had our time with it creatively, although I do feel this album is one of the best we’ve done, which some people might view differently. People often look back on our early years as the best period, and I do worry about that lot. So: I want it to get bigger but I want it to retain its worth, too. There’s no point in doing it if you’re just flogging a dead

horse, but I don’t think we are yet – and I don’t think we would if it ever came to it. What’s your level of fame like in Nottingham these days? You don’t strike me as much of a selfie person. Not really, but if someone says hello you do have a chat. I always try to do that. I guess that’s the thing with sticking around in your own city – they’re effectively big villages. Yeah, big time. It’s just like a big town really. You know, it’s not like we’re One Direction or summat, we don’t get that much hassle. But yeah, people do say hello and if they want a picture, give them a picture. I’ve really got no problem with that. Sometimes you might not have the time or whatever, but most of the time it’s cool, you know? How integral is Nottingham to your writing these days? The first albums very much felt like a byproduct of life in that city. Sure. But yeah, not so much now. I find that the subjects are getting a bit more general, they’re not as cutthroat and on the brink of desperation as they were – and I quite like that. You change, don’t you? I’ve still got that anger, though, and sadness and sometimes depression, loneliness, just like anyone gets. If you didn’t have music to channel those feelings, how do you think they’d be expressed? I wouldn’t be happy. I’d be fucking bored. That’s why I got into creative things because I wasn’t happy just doing jobs and going home. That wasn’t enough. After a while I found life so terrifically stupid, so terrifically mundane most of the time, that I felt it needed to be talked about. You’ve spoken about how the album goes down a bit of a poppier route, influenced partly by listening to

After a while I found life so terrifically stupid, so terrifically mundane most of the time, that I felt it needed to be talked about.

soul and R&B records. Are there a few nerves about how this change of tack might be received? There are two or three poppier songs that aren’t necessarily in the vein of the music I’m inspired by, but I love the formula and production of these 80s tunes by people like Cherelle, Alexander O’Neal, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross. I was also listening to a lot of drill, the first two albums by Drake, a lot of trap where you have quite soulful vocals coming in and out. So, yeah, I wanted to bring a lot of that across, and some of it came out sub-consciously, while others were more like a conscious effort to make a song. I was quite worried about it at first: tracks like ‘Firewall’ and ‘When You Come Up to Me’ made me quite nervous because they do depart quite a lot from the normal sound, but I like that at the same time because it makes the record sound fresh. It feels like we’ve moved on, and if people turn around and say it’s shit, well, fine, but at least I wasn’t repeating myself and being a wanker. What’s the point in that? All the things we talked about in the early albums still stand, but I’ve said them now so what’s the point in repeating it? What do you want this record to say? I always just try to go, “Fuck off, whatever.” It doesn’t matter about the context or this, that and the other. My voice, the way I write, everything, it’s just “Fuck off ”. I still want that to come through, and it might not to a lot of people but I think I’m really proud of it. It’s the kind of music that I’d be into and I like the fact it’s still quite local and talks about things we haven’t covered. I just hope it’s received as well as the others. Eton Alive is out now | 33


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We sit down with up-and-coming Sheff artist TYNI to discuss mental health, Madonna and finding old school magic in modern pop. Hi TYNI! How are you and where do we find you at the moment? I’m so great right now! I’ve been working on visuals for my project. I’ve been hibernating, making music, listening to bands, working on my ever-changing self, you know how it is! We do! What have you been up to the last few months? I recently had the privilege of recording a live set at Abbey Road which was one of the proudest moments in my career. I’m extremely lucky as an artist to have been blessed with so many wonderful moments. I grew up listening to The Beatles, so performing a live session at Abbey Road was a massive deal for me. They have a very special place in my history and always will do. From listening to ‘Fighter’ and ‘Good Luck’, we reckon you could be the next big pop star from Sheff. How would you describe yourself for the uninitiated? That’s so sweet of you! Thank you! I occupy a place of my own. I’m inspired by so many different elements of pop music. I love the 80s. Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Lene Lovich, Peter Gabriel. I’m fascinated by personalities – there are so many dimensions of performance to explore and I’ve always been drawn to certain artists in particular who represent that. I’m an exhibitionist, I live my life through performance and I’m forever evolving – change is so important! It keeps everyone and everything on its feet. Last year, ‘Fighter’ was the official anthem of Help Musicians UK’s Music Minds Matter helpline. How important is it for musicians to talk about their mental health? It’s extremely important to speak out no matter who you are – musician or not it affects us all at some point. Sometimes the worst place you can be is inside your own head and that’s why it is so difficult. We as a whole need to gain a better understanding of what mental health is and how we can manage it and work together. Help Musicians UK is such a wonderful charity and I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of it. You’ve spoken candidly about having your own ups and downs, what does music mean to you and more specifically, that song [‘Fighter’]? Music is just another level for me. Music is my outlet, the only way of expressing myself truly. I’m not a sad person but I can cry like a bitch. I’m not even sure I’m that normal anymore and I’m not sure I want to be! ‘Fighter’ was one of the darker tracks I had been involved in. As an artist, it wasn’t my usual way of writing or even my usual style but it felt right. It’s quite haunting actually – it still sends a shiver up my spine when I hear the first few vocals on the track. I wanted to create this feel that would have the hairs standing up on the back of your

neck, that old school magic is the only thing I look for when writing music! Did you take your songwriting inspiration from personal experiences? Or is it a fictional scenario? Nothing’s entirely fictional, what’s one person’s reality will not necessarily be another’s. Music for me is a personal experience, when you listen to my music it’s an invitation to my world and it’s your choice if you want to stay there with me. I draw inspiration from artists who live life through an alter ego or some kind of extension to their personality. There are only so many times you can sing an emotion, especially if it’s raw at that particular time. Emotions are temporary, but they can also last a lifetime I hear the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX in your music. Wow, thanks! You aren’t the first person to say that though, I love early Madonna! ‘Like A Prayer’ is one of my top three all-time fave songs. It’s funny you mention Charli XCX she’s incredible! We got talking a few months back and eventually wrote a couple of tracks together which was cool. You’ve worked with songwriters behind some of the world’s biggest stars. How was that as an experience for you? I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had throughout my life. I’ve been writing music, working in studios and flying between London and Los Angeles since I was 16-years-old. I’ve worked with some incredible people and made some wonderful friends. I’ve known MNEK since being 14-years-old and he’s one of the most talented producer/songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve also worked with Cathy Dennis who is just the sweetest lady. Do you have any new music lined up for us this year? I have lots of festivals coming up this summer; I’m always gigging around Sheffield you should come and check out one of my sets! I’m working on a new format for my show currently, which is pretty exciting. You’ll be able to catch me at Tramlines Festival this year again! So I’ll see you there? We’re there. Anything else planned for the summer? I’m working on my music of course, and I wanna make a video! I have so much creativity in me right now so I’m probably going to lock myself away for a few months and focus on my art. I usually spend a lifetime working on a visual idea because that aspect of performance is the most crucial for me. I have so much stuff I haven’t had the chance to show you guys! But I’m ready to take over the world – that is the plan after all!

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After over a decade of life inside the indie-folk sphere with Slow Club, Rebecca Lucy Taylor has achieved a long-held ambition in creating an album loaded with bombastic pop bangers, raising a flippant two fingers to modern day expectations of sex, relationships and self-consciousness in the process.

Let’s go back to when the Self Esteem project first came to you. Did you have a good idea of what you wanted it to be from the start, or did it morph over time? For a long time everything I couldn’t do in Slow Club was turning into a little overspill car park for my ideas. Being in a UK indie band over that time period, the music industry changed so much. I felt like someone who saw what would make sense to an audience, but there were these indie scene rules that you had to play by. And besides, things were bubbling along nicely enough. But I began thinking to myself: I’m never going to get into bigger venues, I’m never going to be a bigger deal and my ambition is never going to be matched in reality. So what would I enjoy doing more in these smaller venues and spaces? And I always was more of a pop enthusiast and wanted to dance and make art; I love costume and just all that shit you don’t get to do in an indie band. At first it was more like how do I soothe myself a bit. Then it has morphed, in a way, and I know it’s a bit meh to say “I was going to do it myself anyway and it’s nice if anyone else likes it” – but that is sort of what’s happened. It’s a pause in my normal life to do something that I’ve always had an inkling would work, and it sort of has, which is great. Towards the end of the Slow Club era, were you kind of putting things to one side – song ideas, inspirations, etc? Yeah, you can hear it in the Slow Club albums. I sort of fought a lot more for what I wanted in the early days, then I kind of got in my lane for album three and four – I knew what I was doing there by then and what worked. It used to be enough

for me until I eventually felt really frustrated, so I had to do something. But still, Self Esteem was never something that I thought I’d do full-time. But I’m really proud at how hard I’ve worked at it. I’m mental because of it, I mean, my life is literally work. I’m not married or anything – all of those things I’m like, “Oh shit, forgot to do that.” But yeah, I’ve worked really hard and now I’m really proud of my art and my output. That feels good. Something which runs through all of that output is a push towards honesty and a sense of realism. Nothing’s airbrushed. How important is that to you? It’s the reason I’m doing this. I think it’s so important to show the reality of being human and addressing the way in which we’re fed either this cool, downplayed image or this aesthetically and sonically flawless image. It’s coincided with me getting older and going through things in my life that have made me think: ‘You know what? I can’t be fucking bothered anymore. This is me and it’s tough shit if you don’t want it.’ So in a sense, and without sounding too wanky, you’ve found out more about yourself through this project? It sounds like Self Esteem has been a bit of vehicle for you to throw off some shackles. Yes, but I also credit my laziness in a way. I think a lot of women need to let their laziness in and just go “Oh, it’s fine.” You don’t have to play by the rules of femininity or live up to society’s expectations. I know I sit here in a lucky position as a musician telling people to do whatever they want; but stopping trying to fit in has certainly changed my life. The name is funny because I thought of it ten years ago, when it ▶ | 41

▶ wasn’t about being empowered and I lived my daily life worrying about who liked me and how I looked. It was horrible constant stress about everything to do with myself. The name was always just there because I thought it was a funny name for a band, but it’s sort of become a bit self-fulfilling. Are there enough musicians in the pop world talking about sex, relationships and mental health in a relatable, no-holds-barred way? Probably not. I’ve not set out to do this because I saw a gap in the market, but I do love pop music and I did see how a lot of popstars – especially British popstars – are so skinny and perfect and gorgeous. A lot I started to think don’t say anything, but then the one’s that do, like that my time Lily Allen, are constantly dragged through the was slipping mud for saying anything that isn’t polite or kind. She’s probably the only popstar I could away a bit and I probably imagine wearing a ‘Squirt Isn’t Pee’ needed to fully top. express myself Yeah, but I wonder if she’d have a team telling her not to. But for me, it wasn’t like anyone in soon or things Slow Club made me play a role, or it wasn’t like were going to something was pushed upon me, but the role I get worse in was playing in the cool indie music world meant I couldn’t really say or do anything for fear of terms of how fucking up the way we were perceived. It’s very I felt about exhausting keeping everything in. I can imagine, especially for such a long time. myself Years and years, and Slow Club was going for well over over ten years. What are the other lessons have you taken from that experience into this project? Don’t have too many instruments in your live setup. Also, the day in, day out reality of touring is dog shit; I’d go back in time and say no to a lot of stuff. Another big one is about putting yourself first. I didn’t do that for a long time because I thought that if you want to make it, you’ve got to go along with it and do as everyone says. Whereas, actually, that’s not true: your art is important and your welfare is important. I would say yes to things even if mentally I 42 |

felt that I couldn’t get out of bed, and in the end the band didn’t hit the heady heights that I thought working that hard work would get it to anyway. Was there a specific ‘sod it’ moment or was it more a slow accumulation of feelings leading up to the decision? A bit of both. The third Slow Club album we were on the tele a bit, doing photoshoots and all the stuff I really love. But I could tell that no one else really loved it. I started to think that my time was slipping away a bit and I needed to fully express myself soon or things were going to get worse in terms of how I felt about myself, my life, and my work. I’d tasted a bit of what I like to do, but with the fourth album we pulled far away from that and didn’t go down the route I felt could have made us bigger; that was the moment I thought it was time to have a try at something else, so when I’m an 80-year-old woman looking back I could say I’d given it a go. How have you found the experience so far? Really great because it’s gone a lot better than I actually expected, with loads of opportunities that I didn’t dream of, so that’s a bonus. Bit of a vague one. What frustrates you the most about modern day society? I maybe need to more eloquent before I talk about it in interviews, but I don’t like the way everyone is made to feel they have to find a happy ending. The idea that life is all well and good, but when are you going to get married and have babies? That’s the happy ever after, everything becoming fine in the end, and that’s you becoming an adult. That’s how I feel sometimes, even though I bang on so much about how I probably won’t do that! You still haven’t managed to completely shake that? It still hits me! Even if I meet someone new, and things are going well I’ll start thinking about maybe I will get married and have children, then I’m like, ‘NO!’ I think it’s because it’s so drummed into us, and I think, with me, because I’ve been so up and down all my life, that it would prove some kind of I’m alrightness. But I do think that making this and doing Self Esteem is far more of an accomplishment for me. Anyway, that’s my problem with society today. Also Brexit. The project effectively started as an Instagram account, but would we be happier as a society without social media?

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Definitely. It is the bane of my life. That’s why I try to keep my side of it as fun and stupid as possible. I remember growing up not having phones or instant photos, not knowing what everyone was doing or others knowing what you were doing all the time. It’s just weird, isn’t it? Like, the other week when I released my video, I was out doing press all day and I just couldn’t get off my phone. I got home quite early, like 5pm, and had all night to do something good for me but laid in bed checking notifications. I saw the likes and retweets starting to trail off and it made me feel like shit, which then negated all the hard work that went into the video – all based on other people’s opinions online. I suppose there’s a bit of a play on that sort of scenario in the album title? Yeah, I thought Compliments Please was funny because of the mixup between doing something like this for compliments, but also if a man says to me in the street “You’re gorgeous”, I’d probably be like, “Fuck off.” [Laughs] How was it making an album by yourself for the first time? Different, and a different type of difficult, where you’re not trying to get your idea constantly over to someone else but also being a bit more uncertain about your decisions because it’s just you. Sonically, there were a group of sounds I wanted to use and once I managed to articulate that to the producer things fell into place a lot easier. Tell us a bit about the group of sounds you decided on. Mostly just the big-sounding pop stuff I always loved like Rhianna, Katy Perry, Destiny’s Child. Also Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was an inspiration of mine on the second Slow Club album and something that I still think is a masterpiece: it’s so heavy but sweet and beautiful, which is what I wanted. We’ve heard those big pop sounds on some of the single releases so far, but there are a few tracks which might surprise people with deep basslines and almost Jamie XX-style loops. ‘Hobbies’, for example, feels like it could have been taken straight from In Colour. That’s actually my favourite part of the album. Because I write plays and scripts, I’ve always got these scraps of dialogue that I haven’t made into songs, so I got my friend Alexandra to read some stuff on a voice note and then chopped and screwed the beat from the song ‘Favourite Problem’ and it worked really nicely.

I also really liked ‘In Time’. It feels like a good marker for a Self Esteem track: a quintessential break-up song with a postmodern twist. That’s it, that’s what I do. I think ‘In Time’ is my second favourite track on the album and ‘Favourite Problem’ is up there too. ‘In Time’ was actually a Compliments Please last-minute addition; we had a beat, it sounded sick, but we didn’t know if it is released 1 March. was too far down the poppy-pop route. Anyway, we carried on working on it and eventually we decided it was definitely a Self Esteem song – the euphoria of that track really gets me going. And ‘Rollout’ feels like one of the main Self Esteem anthems. Yeah, we open the shows with that track, obviously it was the first single too, and it’s one of the first songs which helped me to find the Self Esteem sound. I was in a relationship while writing most of the album and the joke was I managed to write songs without being in turmoil for a change; but then we broke up and I wrote some of the best songs like ‘Rollout’, ‘In Time’ and ‘I’m Shy’ straight after. It was like: “Shit. I guess I am doomed.” So if you did meet someone and happily settle down, would the next record still be a Self Esteem record? It would because I think even if you do that, it doesn’t change your sense of self. I have seen it before when people basically just become their partner’s partner, or their ambition goes, but I would never let that happen. You’ve spoken about not getting to where you wanted to be with previous projects. Ideally, where would you like this to be in five years’ time? I would love to be a big deal and on the tele. Maybe get invited to the UK Glamour Awards. I basically just want that kind of UK pop shit but on a good level… I’d like to get on This Morning. I’m semi-joking here, but I think I’d like to be in a position where I ask myself why I’m doing this less, and instead it’s more like: “This is exactly why I’m doing this.” Also, I should probably learn how to drive. | 45

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Above Clobber Calm gym sweat: £54.95 Levis Vintage Clothing 1947’s Rigid: £180 Red Wing 1907’s: £259 Right White Clobber Calm easy tee: £29.95 Levis Vintage Clothing 1955’s: £240 Red Wing chukka boot: £229 | 51


Miss Samantha’s Vintage 358 South Rd, Sheffield S6 3TE www.misssamanthas

Above Beret - Imogene’s Imagination: £35 Sweetheart top - Pretty Retro: £35 Capri Pants - RocknRomance: £49 Shoes and gloves model’s own Above left Hair flower - SWALK Vintage £15.00 Capri dungarees - Voodoo Vixen £55.00 Belt and shoes model’s own Tortoiseshell bag - Voodoo Vixen £30.00 Far left Pearl & diamond necklace and bracelet Collectif Clothing: £13 & £8 Peggy dress - Seamstress of Bloomsbury: £79 Shoes and gloves model’s own Left Hair flower - SWALK Vintage £12 Necklace - Bow and Crossbones £15 Lana Jumpsuit - RocknRomance £49 Boots - Dr. Martens Sunglasses - model’s own

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Above White Stuff padded jacket in red: £69.95 White Stuff monterey sweater in yellow marl: £49.95 White Stuff chilli print shirt: £49.95 White Stuff slim gin jeans: £55 S. Oliver boots: £74.99

78-82 The Moor, Sheffield S1 3LT www.atkinsonsof

Right Only & Sons navy gillet: £25 Only & Sons grey cable knit: £28 Only & Sons shirt dep forest: £22 Only & Sons black denim: £38 S. Oliver chelsea boot: £74.99 Above right White Stuff dornoch dress: £55 White Stuff urban button cardi: £45.00 Ruby Shoo Suzie: £50 Far right Adini mainsail dress: £50 Pomodoro jacket: £70 | 53


Work jacket - Knickerbocker Sweater - Kings of Indigo Vest - Soul Live Jeans - Stevenson Overall Boots - Danner

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Arnold & Co

474 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8px

Denim shirt - Momotaro T-hirt - Forge Denim Fatigue pants - Pike Brothers Boots - Sanders


Say Paloma

474 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PX

Above Silk fleece-lined bomber jacket: £55 Silk mustard camisole: £22 Handmade hammered brass torque necklace: £55 Brass gold & lapis necklace: £75 Laboradite droplet necklace: £45 Brass sun hoops: £35 Above right Vintage hand embroidered Afghan dress: £65 Red Silk sequin handmade jumpsuit: £65 Handmade brass triangle alchemy pendant: £22 Assorted brass rings: £10-£22 Turquoise Silk handmade jumpsuit: £55 Right Vintage Chloe high waisted 70s flares: £90 Nude lace bralette: £25 Silk embroidered butterfly kimono jacket: £55 Brass handmade cuff: £35 Brass torque necklace: £55 Brass rings: £10 | 55


Hawes & Curtis

6 Park Lane, Meadowhall, Sheffield S9 1EH

Royal blue wool suit: £249 Pink, white and blue curtis shirt: £55 Pink silk pocket square: £20 Leather belt: £39 Shoes: £139 Inset Navy & red paisley curtis shirt: £55 Red silk pocket square: £20

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Many thanks to Models:

Jonty Mason, Jessica Goh, Layla Rowan Maw, Yasmin, Megan Tia Woodcock Hair:

Niamh Kavanagh


Timm Cleasby Photography

Based at Hagglers Corner on Queens Road, Niamh Kavanagh of the award-winning Gypsy Rose Salon is fully qualified in a variety of beauty treatments as well as hairdressing and barbering. Her specialities range from glamorous evening vintage pin-ups to practical everyday looks, while the people of Sheffield provided their seal of approval last year after Niamh bagged Best Stylist and Best Hair Salon at the Exposed Awards.

After recently moving to their multi-purpose Kelham Island studio, Sheffield-based photographer Timm Cleasby and his team of dedicated creatives are equipped to approach every project with passion and a unique viewpoint. They cover all aspects of business and commercial photography including PR, fashion, advertising, events, music and aerial photography.


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Chloe Gray

Specialising in photographic make-up, Chloe has bags of hands-on experience after working as a model in the industry before studying in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Makeup, and working as a retail make-up artist for M.A.C cosmetics. Now freelance, Chloe is based at the Mill Hair Studio, 20-22 Burton Road, and available for weddings, proms and special occasion make-up within the Sheffield area. Head to the website for more information and contact details.

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A project from the team behind the Milestone Group, two floors of topnotch independent food traders and bars opened back in November 2018 and kindly lent us their stylish surrounds for the afternoon of the shoot. We’d particularly recommend giving it a try on a weekend to sample the superb atmosphere and food!

Gypsy Rose Salon, 327 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FS. 0114 438 5827 / / Gypsy. Rose Beauty Salon | 59

secret shoe box

Amble along West Street on any given afternoon and, just for a second, drop it down a gear or two and take in your surroundings. Sandwiched between an offy and a non-descript West Street bar, is Cobblers and Keys. A discreet set of stairs takes you up to the intimate but welcoming surroundings of the Secret Shoe Box. Oozing with character and charm, and that very pleasant smell of leather coming from the shelves which house an impressive collection of Loakes and Barkers shoes. Glen Hardy, an experienced shoe salesman, is changing the display in the window. “I’m my own window display!” “With our loyalty Glen has worked in this line of card, you get 10% work for the best part of two decades, off after the first with 20 years under his belt at the old Bootmaker on Pinstone Street. purchase, then “Nick from Cobblers and Keys after six pairs asked me to come and check out the the value spent Loakes collection for a few hours and I never left. I like a non-pressure is divided by sales environment here – we’ve had six, giving you a customers come over from Bootmaker free pair to that to the Secret Shoe Box just because of that. Now the secret’s getting out!” value! Who else The Secret Shoe Box has a huge is doing that in collection of Loakes shoes, Barkers shoes and a ladies section, brought Sheffield!?” in recently due to high demand. You could be forgiven for thinking a trade such as this may have been left behind along with other British high street mainstays. Not if Glen has anything to do with it. “You know, if I had my own section at John Lewis and Debenhams I’d absolutely blow them away. I would! We’ve got this loyalty card, right. You get 10% off 60 |

after the first purchase, then after six pairs the value spent is divided by six, giving you a free pair to that value! Who else is doing that in Sheffield?!” Working alongside Glen is Howard Nota who handles repairs at the Secret Shoe Box. “Howard spent five years training. He is a craftsman. If the shoe can’t be repaired, then he’s honest enough to say so. We’re a one stop shop for shoes. I’ve had customers come in to see Howard about repairing their shoes and walked out with a brand new pair of Loakes on – the ideal scenario!” A common theme of Glen’s zest and vision for the business is loyalty to customers and treating them right. Trying on some Loakes? Grab a coffee or tea or, if you’re really into the 1920s vibe, opt for a tumbler of Scotch whisky. “You treat them well and the customers will come back it’s as simple as that. It’s all about loyalty and integrity – this is why the high street is dying! You need to build a reputation and look after your customers and they will come back, there’s no doubt about that. Especially in a place like Sheffield, it really is a big village and everyone knows each other!” “Shopping used to be fun – let’s get that back!” //@thesecretshoebox //145 West Street S1 4EW

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Revelations hair 263 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield

Student Discounts Monday and Tuesday 30% discount with valid NUS card Discount for Services (ie NHS) 20% OFF. Wash and Blow  Cut and Styling  Restyles  Children Haircuts  gents cut and style  Colour Work  Blow Dry and Occassions

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food & drink

Proud Sponsor of Best Live Venue at the Exposed Awards 2019

One café will be opening at Weston Park Museum later this year, but the first, the all-day dining venue Ambulo, opened its doors to the public last month after teasing its food menu on social media. No pretentious and preposterous dishes on show here, chef Tom Aronica’s freshly made spaghetti was the first dish to be revealed. We grabbed owner James O’Hara for a quick chat about why a simple dish like spaghetti – or the fish finger sandwich – sums up the ethos behind Ambulo. We’ve seen from the pictures that the food and the décor look exquisite but simple at the same time. Absolutely – simple things done with the right ingredients. Whether it’s natural wine, speciality coffee, cocktails or the food, we want to provide delicious produce with all the associated pretension and fetishisation stripped away. Great food and drink shouldn’t intimidate. It shouldn’t be hidden under a veil of impenetrable information and over-complicated descriptions. It should be able to be enjoyed by everyone from all generations and all backgrounds. This is something you’ve been working on for a while, how excited are you for it to finally be coming together? Yeah it’s been a long time in the making. We probably had the idea about three years ago. Definitely pre-Public, so it’s great to see it go from being something in your head to reality. What would you recommend from the menu? My faves are some of the simplest, the radishes and cods roe. The fish finger sarnie as well – I like fish, clearly! Did you have anything planned for the opening week? Other than a couple of practice runs with family as guinea pigs nothing really. We didn’t want to do a shmoozy private do or anything like that, it’s not what Ambulo is about. We want it to be a really open and inclusive space so a night with bloody canapés and stuff just didn’t feel right. How are things shaping up for the second venue? Good! We’re going to give ourselves a breather after this one but will be announcing more details about the Weston Park site shortly! More info at

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photos by india hobson

Just before Christmas, the team behind the awardwinning cocktail bar Public and a certain Arctic Monkey dropped the news that they were going into business together to open not one, but TWO new cafes across historic sites in the city.

Monkeying Around

Matt Helders added: “Me and James [O’Hara] have been friends for a long time and we’ve been chatting about opening a restaurant for years. It’s great to be working with his team to bring Ambulo to life and particularly great to be doing this together in our home town. With my ‘day job’ I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world, it’s great to bring some of what I’ve seen and experienced back to Sheffield. I can’t wait to have a place where all our friends, family and the people of the city can eat, drink and hang out.” | 65

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The Toolmakers brewery and live music space has settled in nicely to life in Kelham

The Toolmakers brewery opened in 2013 after being bought by husband and wife team Ollie and Marion who, after a short time operating on a temporary licence, were awarded a full-time music venue licence in 2018. Despite the licence being in operation for less than 12 months, it was something that Ollie planned from the start. “It was always the intention to open the Toolmakers as a brewery and gig venue. We’ve had a good response to the gigs ever since we put started putting them on. Now, we’re looking to get more local promoters involved. We want to have a more varied line-up, rather than your usual rock band gigs. We want jazz, blues, everything.” Ollie and Marion intend to keep the venue in the family, once retirement looms over the horizon. “Our daughter is 20 so she’ll be looking after the bands. We’ll probably leave the venue to her soon. We don’t get much sleep on the weekends now!” The husband and wife team also run the neighbouring boozer The Forest on Rutland Street where you can also find open mic nights featuring local artists and a selection of the Toolmakers beers brewed next door. Gig tickets available from the pub. 6-8 Botsford St, Sheffield S3 9PF //

What’s on EVERY SUNDAY Open mic night MARCH 16TH Rocking for the Alzheimer’s Society – Rex Zeppelin, Lubas, Black 9, G + T (SOLD OUT) APRIL 27TH Monday Night Reruns JUNE 15TH Black Thunder Revue final show

O R F ES T E H T Presents


A new fantastic live music venue, open mic on Sunday eves, open to hire the venue for all occasions(real ales) 6-8 Botsford Street S3 9PF @ToolMBrewery Toolmakers Brewery

The Forest has entertainment every weekend, open mic Wednesdays, real ales and pub food available.

Rutland St, Sheffield S3 9PA / Tel: 01142 750183 / @theforestpub The Forest

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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.

Coastal Kelham The owners of popular Dore restaurant Peppercorn have upped sticks and moved to Kelham Island, with the plan of opening an Australian-inspired café bar on Alma Street.

The husband and wife team of Charlie Curran and Kelly Ware came up with the idea after visiting Charlie’s children in Noosa – a resort area on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. “We went over in January of last year and were inspired by the food and coffee culture over there,” Kelly said. “It’s the most stunning place. Noosa won’t be full English breakfasts – it’s going to be brunch, lunch, eggs benny, granola and fresh juices.” Noosa will be opening next door to Kelham Island Brewery, where burger joint Urban Social used to be. “At the moment it’s quite dark and industrial in the building. We’re going to brighten it up once we get the keys. The plan is to open early with breakfast and brunch until 4pm, then the after-work drinkers can come in and have a glass of wine or prosecco – we might have a few bar snacks too. Then hopefully we’ll stay open as a bar after 8pm!” Kelly and husband Charlie have had the perfect test run for Noosa – they had their wedding reception at the venue last month! “We got the keys on Boxing Day so we’ve been in and had a good look around, but we’re still waiting to complete the process. It can definitely take a party though, that’s for sure!” Noosa Café Bar is opening soon, but for now head to instagram. com/noosacafebar for updates.

SHEFF BEER WEEK RETURNS! What would normally be a chilly time of the year, supping pints by a roaring pub fire, has turned into a spring fest with many pubs swiftly tidying up their beer gardens. A fella even came into Beer Central on Saturday wearing shorts! March brings us to one of the most important weeks of the year for beer here in Sheffield. The highly acclaimed Sheffield Beer Week runs from 11-17 March and includes fantastic events all over the city. It’s an opportunity for Sheffield and the surrounding area to showcase beer and the week attracts visitors from all over the UK and beyond, helping the local economy and giving the city a boost at all levels. Just before the week kicks off we have Indie Beer Feast on 8-9 March, which has expanded to two days at Abbeydale Picture House. The event is split into four sessions - two daytime and two night-time - and features independent breweries from around the UK and across the globe. It looks a fantastic event and many top breweries are bringing their own bars offering a real chance to meet the people who brew your favourite beers! We’ve got our tickets, hope you’ve got yours! For more details, head to @indiebeerfeast on Twitter or The rest of Sheff Beer Week is a dazzling array of events. Tap takeovers, meet the brewers, brewery tours, tasting events, pub trails, discounts and offers, heritage pub walks and so much more! Our own event takes place down at Shakespeares on Wednesday 13 March at 7pm. It’s a ticketed event in which Beer Central will be taking on Shakespeares in a Battle of the Beers! We were victorious at last year’s dark vs light night and Adam at Shakespeares is desperate to win the 2019 trophy as we take each other on with IPAs, sour beers, mystery beers and big, bad stouts. For more information on the whole week, including details of how you can get involved, visit Have a brilliant time, it’s going to be a magnificent celebration of Sheffield and beer – make sure you enjoy it!

Beer Central Ltd

The Moor Market, S1 4PF Telephone: 0114 2755990 | 67

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Tapas, jazz and oozing with charm, the Library Café in Attercliffe is one of Sheffield’s hidden gems. The Library Café on the corner of Leeds Road in Attercliffe is your perfect example of a hidden gem. It’s just the right amount of distance away from the city centre (seven minutes in a cab, to be exact), owner Justin pops in and out of the kitchen to chat to staff and customers, creating a warm and familiar atmosphere and, unlike other venues in Sheffield, it is the home of jazz, blues and folk nights – three huge genres of music that, arguably, are under-represented in the city. Despite its recent renovation, the venue’s history as the oldest library in the city is abundantly clear. So too is Sheffield’s heritage. A steel sign emblazoned out front, a Pete McKee book (amongst many others) sits on a bookcase and in the corner two guitars are propped up against a 110 year old piano, donated to the venue by a local who used to frequent the library as a kid. We catch owner Justin Brooks on one of his regular laps of the venue as we arrive. Opening the big doors to the venue, you get a sense of the space in just a few seconds. There’s a wellstocked bar over to the right with the former-librarian office now occupied by the Library’s chefs. Straight ahead is the stage, with a hanging disco ball in front of a back drop of fairy lights. Over to the left, the sun breaks in through the windows and casts shadows across the wall where the piano and Justin’s antiques objects sit. It’s impressive, to say the least. The peculiarly warm weather outside had us pondering whether it was too early to have a pint. “Never!” Justin whips us up two pints of Asahi and some bread, olives and sundried tomatoes within minutes before slipping us the Librarian’s Choice menu – a selection of the day’s specials. As I was in a pretty millennial mood, I

opted for the smashed avocado and chickpea sandwich on ciabatta bread – delivered fresh every morning from Bakewell Bakery. An excellent vegetarian choice. Our photographer went for the jerk chicken and rice dish (which according to Justin has flown out since introducing it to the menu) which, again, went down an absolute treat whilst listening to the gentle hum of a jazz version of the classic song ‘Blue Moon’. Aside from the specials menu, the Library is known for its tapas menu. It’s easy to see why after sampling a classic patatas bravas dish, mushrooms in garlic (which were dripping in flavour) and broccoli and green beans in a lemon dressing. After topping us up with another pint, Justin takes a seat at our table and we spend a good half hour chatting away about his plans for the future. “The word is starting to get out about this place. Our jazz nights are rammed and the first folk night was a big success. There are a lot of kids into folk in Sheffield but don’t have anywhere to go see it.” Attercliffe doesn’t have, perhaps unfairly, the best reputations in Sheffield. That’s something that doesn’t concern Justin. “There’s a lot of development going on around here though. A couple of Hallam buildings are going up, offices, the NHS have bought a couple of buildings down here and there’s the Sheffield Eagles stadium down the road. “I saw this place advertised on Facebook and took it on. I trained as a chef and worked on the cruise ships and had a bit of money in the bank so I thought, why not? I’ll do what I know I’m good at and that’s throwing parties! Or partying…” No quiet nights at this Library, then…

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The Walkley Cottage Now Open under new ownership Community family run pub with a friendly atmosphere.

With 3 Real Ales on tap We also serve quality beers and lagers including Moretti, Amstel, Carling, Stones, John Smiths.

We also have 30+ gins Coffees (sourced from Pollards Ecclesall Road) Dog Friendly, Excellent spacious car park

Excellent Food Menu Fresh and Home Cooked Food (using local suppliers) Homemade pies // Grill // Home Classics // light Bite Menu // lunch Menu Sunday Lunches Now Taking Bookings for Mother’s Day Food times Mon- Sat 12-7 // Sun – 12-3.15 WhAt’S hAPPEning

With thanks to Chadd Upholstery and C Brant decorators, the pub interior and beer gardens are currently under going some refurbishment and will be ready for Summer!

CoMing Soon

SUN 14TH ApRil Scanlan and Wilde Acoustic open Mic/ Jam Afternoon

46 Bole Hill Road, S6 5DD, Tel: 0114 234 4968

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EST 2018 The Library is a cafe, restaurant & music venue located in the old Attercliffe Free Library built in 1894. We offer locally sourced, fresh food, a full bar & LIVE music in a cozy & comfortable setting. Your Thursday night Jazz fix

Dine in style with our special Jazz on the Cliffe fusion tapas menu, or just enjoy one of our cocktails, wines or beers accompanied by a live jazz act.

Coffee Kitchen music 10 Leeds Rd, AtteRcLiffe sheffieLd, s9 3tY teL: 0114 553 8994

Barrys Bar is equipped with a garden, showing live Sky Sports, free wi-fi in a clean and friendly environment. Pub is child friendly and has disabled access.

Chicken Rice and Peas  Curried Mutton  Oxtail  Ackee & Saltfish b  Callaloo prawns  Curried Lam med  Curried Chicken  Fried/Stea plin Fish  Patties  Fried Dum g Jerk Chicken with rice and peas or fried dumplings Patties on sale (various flavours) £1.10 each or 2 for £2.00. Drinks offers Shots 6 for £10 / Bud 2 for £5 / Red Stripe 4 for £10 / VK

and Viv 4 for £6 / Stella 4 for £8

96-98 London Road Sheffield S2 4LR. Tel:0114 278 4564 Card payments min £10 | 71

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spotlight on: london Road

Following the successful first phase opening of New Era Square, a £65m retail development of accommodation, shops, cafes and restaurants, the adjoining London Road area of Sheffield is set to receive a welcome boost of footfall to its many varied businesses dotted along its proudly multi-cultural stretch. Whether it’s a bite to eat, evening drinks or independent shops to browse, here’s a quick look at some places you might want to check out when you’re next in the neighbourhood. Hail the ale @ The Beer Engine

A vast, ever-changing selection of keg and bottled beers, plus regular favourites such as the ever-suppable Neepsend Blonde, means you will always have options no matter what your tipple is. The pub tapas is superb and the Sunday roasts are up there with best in the city. Did we mention the lovely suntrap out back?

Game on @ Treehouse Board Game Café Ok, this one’s just off London Road. But the Treehouse Café’s 400-strong library of board games and locally-sourced food and drink options are well worth the one-minute walk down Boston Street.

Have a pawsome time @ Tabby Teas

The Cat Café next door to the Beer Engine is an abode to a number of furry friends, re-homed from rescue centres Mill House Animal Sanctuary and Safe at Last Pet Samaritans. Be sure to grab a couple of slices of cake and a cuppa whilst yer there…

Live music @ The Cremorne

One of the coolest hangouts on London Road, you’ll be guaranteed eclectic bands and DJ sets over the weekend and a chilled atmosphere to enjoy a pint during the week. Their tucked away beer garden is something of a gem, and the pizza’s not shabby either!

Well-priced pints @ The Albion

After bringing craft beer to the area in 2017, the Albion has become a fixture of London Road’s pub scene ever since. As a Stancill Brewery pub, you can expect an array of cask and keg beers plus a rotating line of other local beers – not to mention their popular Stancill Lager at just £2.50 a pint!

Pan-Asian food @ Satay Yo Beer

There are plenty of good shouts for Asian cuisine on London Road, but Satay Yo Beer is one of our faves – combining delectable dishes from nine countries coupled with an enviable selection of craft beer to wash it all down.

Tacos @ Amigos

A highlight of London Road’s many diverse cultural dining options, Amigos has a fine reputation in Sheffield for providing some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food this side of the Atlantic. | 73

Snap happy @ Harrison Cameras

Call it a wrap @ Fanoush

Something of a local institution when it comes to serving up vegan and veggie fast food. Grab a lunchtime wrap with freshly made falafel, halloumi, salad, grilled aubergine, cauliflower and your pick of relish.

Endless pasta-bilities @ Butta La Pasta

With a name translating literally as “throw in the pasta”, this homely restaurant excels in hearty, inexpensive dishes inspired by various regions of Italy. The vibe is laidback, the service top-notch and the pasta – naturally – superb.

Caribbean flavours @ Barry’s Bar

The eponymous Jamaican boozer on London Road is popular on match days due to its enticing drinks deals (two Bud for £5 and four Red Stripe for £10) and live Sky Sports offering. Throw in some sumptuous Caribbean delights from jerk chicken to fried dumplings – best enjoyed in their cosy beer garden on a warm day – and you can’t go far wrong.

Watch the game @ The Clubhouse

A sporting haven adorned with wide screens and known to get busy for the big games, The Clubhouse is your best bet for catching the sporting fixtures. There’s a good selection of ales and lagers, while a well-priced food menu of pub classics will keep you fuelled throughout the day.

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This family-run store has been faithfully serving the photography community of Sheffield since 1970. They deal with a wide variety of cameras and equipment from all leading manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica and many more. From the most basic point and shoot compact cameras through to a full a professional outfit consisting of bodies, flashguns, lenses, studio equipment and accessories, all the bases are covered. The store also offers in-house film developing, printing and scanning as well as digital printing services.

Delish dumplings @ Jabeerwocky

Opened last year, this bar brings a unique fusion of craft beer, Polish lager and Indianinspired snack food to an already diverse and bustling part of the city. Try an IPA with Abbi’s homemade hand-rolled dumplings for the combo you never knew you needed.

Look sharp @ The Cutting Crew

When it comes to hairdressing heritage in Sheffield, you don’t get much better than The Cutting Crew at 139 London Road, where the building has been used as a barber shop for almost 140 years to date. True to its roots, the barbers remain on the ground floor with a popular ladies salon upstairs. Experienced staff, a friendly ethos and reasonable prices (Student and loyalty card discounts available). | 75


Cutting Crew Sheffields oldest barbers shop. Established 1880.

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Barbers Gents OAP £3.70 Students discount £7.60 (also ask for a loyalty card get it stamped every time visiting (4th visit haircut free) Clippers only from £4 onwards Full Haircut from £9.50

Ladies Salon Ladies and OAPs from £7 Colours and Perms from £27 Wash and Blow £12 onwards Hi-Lites and Lo-lites from £30 onwards

Opening times Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs and Sat 9.30 to 5.00 / Fri 9.30 to 6.00 / Sun Closed

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things to do

St Paddy’s Day The Irish triangle Grapes, Dog and Partridge and Fagans All weekend No better place to kick off St Patrick’s weekend than a quick tour of Sheffield’s Irish triangle. Just behind West Street, drop by the Kennedy Room in the Grapes, catch the rugby at the Dog and top it off with pint of the black stuff in Fagans.

Got nowt on this month? Stick with us, we’ll show yer a good time… Blue Planet II Live in Concert Fly DSA Arena // March 28 // From £55 If you were impressed by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II on the telly, imagine watching it on a state of the art 200 square meter 4K Ultra HD LED screen, accompanied by a live rendition of Hans Zimmer’s original immersive score played by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The show will present a selection of breath-taking visuals from the BAFTA award-winning TV series, highlighting the incredible natural wonders of our planet. Reel Steel Cult Weekender Film Festival Abbeydale Picture House // March 15 - 17 // Various prices For all you cult film lovers out there, Steel Reel is hosting a weekend of classic film screenings at Sheffield’s historic Abbeydale Picture House. Films include A Nightmare on Elm Street and Indiana Jones (both double-bill screenings) amongst other classics. The Grade II-listed, 1920s picture palace cinema is an appropriately grand setting for some of cinema’s most iconic films.

Seaside Beer Festival The Gardeners Rest // March 29 // Free Neepsend community pub Gardeners Rest is putting on a selection of 18 ales from coastal breweries, accompanied by live blues music and plenty of grub. gardenerscomsoc.wordpress. com Game Over x Church: Temple of Fun Church – Temple of Fun // March 24 // Free To commemorate their four year anniversary, GAME OVER has collaborated with Church to host a special gaming shindig. With playable retro and current-gen consoles, gaming tournaments and video game quizzes to take part in, there’s something for everyone. Sheffield Prosecco and Fizz Festival Cutlers’ Hall // March 23 // From £13.95 More than 40 combinations of prosecco, cava, spumante, pink fizz, brut, prosecco-based cocktails and Italian beers for your perusal in one of Sheffield’s grand old buildings.

Women of the Seven Hills Crookes Social Club // March 9 // £11.25 For the second year running, Women of the Seven Hills is celebrating International Women’s Day in style with special guests The Seamonsters, From A Window, Neighbourhood Voices, Banjo Jen and Emily Jane on an incredible line-up. Beatlemania Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union // March 30 // £22.00 Critically-acclaimed time-travelling tribute show explores the back catalogue of one of the world’s greatest bands, The Beatles. Reviving all of their number one hits including ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘We Can Work it Out’ and ‘All You Need is Love’ plus a special performance of four-time platinum hit ‘Hey Jude’ on the golden anniversary of its release.

St. Patrick’s Weekend at Molly Malone’s Irish Tavern All weekend Where better to relish in the Irish holiday than in Sheffield’s newest Irish tavern? Once you’ve completed the above, Molly Malones ain’t a bad place to end the night especially with an authentic live Irish band on ‘til late. Cutlery Works St Patrick’s Weekender March 14 – 17 While Cutlery Works is still relatively new on the scene, they’ve managed to quickly establish themselves as a drinking and dining hotspot. For the occasion, there will be three mobile Guinness bars to really get you on that Paddy’s Day buzz. The Big White Tent at Trafalgar Warehouse March 16 From 7pm, the Big White Tent (not really a tent) will be returning to the Trafalgar Warehouse on Saturday 16 March. It’s free entry, there’s a load of good bands on (local and beyond), plus a DJ on ‘til late. | 79




Spring Into Action From Sheffield cult heroes to 90s legends, the city’s nightlife scene is looking particularly enticing this month. Check out our top picks for March nights out below and don’t forget to head online for our full listings.


Muzik: Eats Everything Code Warehouse

Muzik celebrate the first of their final parties with a favourite of theirs, the mighty Eats Everything. Who better to bring a club night to a close than the Bristolian king of the drop? Get down to Code Warehouse for one more (or two) rounds of Muzikal chairs before it’s all over. Support comes from Muzik residents L&F Projekt and new Sheff talent Tommy Farrow.

Common Ground 1st birthday Theatre Deli

The charity and community-based club-night celebrates a year of hi-fi, eclectic parties. Their unique no set times and no line-ups policy is all about raising awareness through inclusive sounds for the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation taking the emphasis off the names and putting it back on the music.


La Rumba: Bellaire The Harley

La Rumba welcomes internet sensation Bellaire, whose track ‘Paris City Jazz’ has racked up nearly

four million hits on YouTube. The Frenchman is just 19 and is selling out venues across Europe with his energetic French house sound whilst churning out releases on Houseum and AOC records.


Objekt, Skee Mask, Josey Rebelle, rRoxymore, 96 Back, Tasha, Rian T Hope Works

Two of the most well-received albums of last year in the house and techno scenes were Objekt and Skee Mask’s. It seems Hope Works have a knack for timing their massive line-ups to perfection. With Josey Rebelle’s debut Essential Mix just out, the anticipation for this party couldn’t be higher. It’ll be exciting to see what new HW residents rRoxymore, Rian Treanor and 96 Back bring to the table too.



Southbank’s resident disco and house club night Hunie bring Sheffield based cult hero Maurice Fulton a.k.a. Cyclops/Boof to Attercliffe for a night of oddball disco and acid-y house cuts. Famed for his production duties on ‘Gypsy Woman’ and a Berghain/Panorama Bar resident, Fulton has worked with many Sheffield singers like Cathy Diamond, Roisin Murphy and Mim Suleiman, so this is sure to be a proper Steel City affair.

This rescheduled show sees 90s cult heroes Leftfield arrive for a DJ set alongside recent Mixposed stars WheresNorth?. Fans of the band should be sure to catch this once in a blue moon event, especially after the buzz around Leftfield’s Leftism album was rekindled in 2017 with a 22nd anniversary live tour and remix album featuring Peverelist, Ben Sims, Skream and more.

Hunie: Maurice Fulton, Luke Unabomber Southbank Warehouse

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14th March | Thornbridge rare bottle tasting (ticketed)

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An Irish beer celebration all wrapped into one. Some tap takeovers with a Celtic edge. BoozeHound Craft Bar, Cutlery Works, 73-101 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield S3 8AT

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Sheffield City Hall

Live Music | Comedy | Entertainment

March 2019 Sunday 17th March | 3pm Saturday 2nd March | 7.30pm

Bowie Experience 2019 The Golden Years Tour 4th & 5th March | 7.30pm

Swan Lake

Wednesday 6th March | 7.30pm

Seth Lakeman

Friday 8th March | 7pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday 9th March | 7.30pm


Sunday 10th March | 8pm

Ardal O’Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On Tuesday 12th March | 7.30pm

Lefty Scum: Josie Long,Grace Petrie, Jonny & The Baptists Wednesday 13th March | 7.30pm

The Johnny Cash Roadshow Thursday 14th March | 7.30pm

Paul Carrack

Friday 15th March | 8pm

An Evening with The Hairy Bikers Saturday 16th March | 7.30pm

Mike & The Mechanics

Breed Pro Wrestling: Never Fight a Man with a Perm Tuesday 19th March | 8pm

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: Anniversary Tour Thursday 21st March | 7.30pm

Tommy Emmanuel Friday 22nd March | 7pm

The Hallé

Saturday 23rd March | 7pm

International Cultural Evening Sunday 24th March | 8pm

An Evening with Paolo Di Canio Thursday 28th March | 8pm

No Such Thing as a Fish Friday 29th March | 7.30pm

Eliot Kennedy & Friends 50th Birthday Celebration Saturday 30th March | 7.30pm

Alfie Boe

31st March, 1st April, 2nd April Various Times

ZOG – Live on Stage Every Friday & Saturday Doors 7pm, Show 8.15pm

The Last Laugh Comedy Club

Sunday 17th March | 3pm

Anton & Erin: Those Magical Musicals

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The Mouse Outfit

O2 Academy Sheffield // March 21 // £13.20 Part production team and part live band, The Mouse Outfit are best described as a hip-hop collective formed of producers, musicians and vocalists. With their feet firmly rooted in the hip-hop scene, they craft original beats whilst spreading musical feelers into jazz, funk and grime, all with a discernible Mancunian twist. o2academysheffield

The Undercover Hippy, Junior Bill + support

Yellow Arch Studios // March 28 // £10 The Undercover Hippy (AKA Billy Rowan) is a former drum’ n’ bass MC-turned singersongwriter and political activist. His songs function as thought-provoking social commentaries and cover issues like fake news, internet privacy, the U.S. election and war, interspersed with humorous anecdotes.

Zion Train + KOG & The Zongo Brigade

Yellow Arch Studios // March 30 // From £8 This evening brings two of the world’s most vibrant genres together under one roof. In the warehouse room, Dubshack represent the sounds of the West Indies with help from dub pioneers Zion Train and reggae MC Brother Culture.

La Rumba represent West African Afrobeat in the main room with guest appearances from Necktr and K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade. A synthesis of mixing and live performances, it’d be hard to think of a more harmonious culture clash.

Deaf Havana

The Leadmill // March 27 // £18.50 From a group of frustrated college pals to a household name in British alternative rock, Deaf Havana have transformed drastically in terms of both band members and style since their initial formation in 2005. Their most-recent album Rituals reached the top ten in the UK charts and is a more expanded, considered sound with a pop leaning; quite the contrast to their earlier posthardcore anthems.

Op-Tronica 11 open electronic music evening

Foodhall Sheffield // March 1 // Donations OTD As part of the ‘Friday late’ sessions, Foodhall is opening its doors after hours and inviting electronic performers to showcase their talent to the community. The monthly open evening will feature different artists each month and, in accordance with Foodhall’s ethos of equality, invites all electronic artists to perform.

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Top Picks Fri 1 Mar: CLUB RUSH w/Proteus Hatch Pride in Sheffield Sun 3 & 31 Mar: Killer Pool Mulberry Tavern Tue 5 Mar: Open Meeting Sheffield Hallam University Fri 8 Mar: LGBT+ History Month Close Hallam Hubs

So, LGBT+ History Month is finally at an end and with more than 50 events to mark the occasion this year in Sheffield, it was one of our biggest ones yet. For one final chance to celebrate, head to Hallam Hubs (8 Mar) for the LGBT+ closing event. We’ve heard whispers of a two tier rainbow cake! Keeping you moving this month is a range of social and sporting events hosted by Trans Active, open to any trans/non-binary/gender-questioning people of all fitness levels and their friends, family and partners. There’s swimming at Heeley Pool (9 and 23 Mar), a walk around Wyming Brook from Lodge Moor (16 Mar), climbing at The Climbing Works (20 Mar) and basketball at Ponds Forge (25 Mar). There will also be a few chances to meet and get involved with the Pride in Sheffield team in the build up to this year’s festival. Fundraiser events are taking place at the Mulberry Tavern (3 and 31 Mar) alongside an open meeting (5 Mar) at Hallam University which will shape Pride 2019. The lovely folk at Open Sheffield have their latest Open Communion at St Mark’s Broomhall (10 Mar) welcoming all LGBT+ folks and their families. Or head to Union Street for LGBT Sheffield’s pop up café (16 Mar) where you can get help or advice, take part in an activity or just hang out and enjoy some coffee and cake. LGBT Sheffield also return at the end of the month with the Sheffield Lesbian Disco at Walkley Community Centre (23 Mar). Rapidly acquiring lesbian icon status and the release of queer anthem ‘Black Tie’, Grace Petrie will be joining a line-up of music, comedy and revolutionary socialism for Lefty Scum at City Hall (12 Mar) alongside award-winning comedian Josie Long. We all know, and love, Sheffield’s own Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, but why isn’t everybody talking about Fifi? Find out at Fifi La True’s show a Yellow Arch Studios (25 and 26 Mar). The show is a loose narrative based around the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie story but from the point of view of Fifi la True, who feels she has been forgotten by Jamie as he’s left her in the shadows since the success of the musical. This is Fifi’s moment to show who she is and what she’s capable of. Bringing more drag joy to the city we have the latest visit from RuPaul’s line-up with Drag Race

Season 4 winner, Sharon Needles and her Celebrity Morgue Tour at Plug (20 Mar) celebrating her favourite deceased celebrities with eulogy of song from stars that are no more! We have more queer sounds over at DINA (28 Mar) courtesy of Cat Apostrophe, Hebe and eightlegged pop monster Kermes, a melodramatic DIY trashgaze scream-pop band, with chips on several shoulders and quite a lot to prove. The songs are about gender dysphoria and s***heads and wanting to die. GRL will be hosting their first ever event, on International Women’s Day (8 Mar) celebrating the magnificence of all women and non-binary DJs at Foodhall. GRL’s vision is simple: a new Sheffieldbased collective made up of women and nonbinary DJs playing what they want, how they want in a safe and loving environment. They want you to join in their mission to spread love and have a good old boogie. At each of their events, self-identifying gals and non-binary pals who want to share half an hour of their favourite tracks (no genre too weird or groove too far out) can get up on the stage and give it a go. All women on the decks, everyone else on floor. Club Rush rides again at the newly launched Hatch (formerly Audacious Art Experiment) on 1 March for a night of hedonism, excess and freedom. It’s 2019, we’re (probably) leaving the EU, a walking slice of ham is in charge of the most powerful country in the world and freddos cost 30p. It may seem like the world is ending, but queerness is forever. We’re still here and we’re still queer, so let’s celebrate that and party like it’s the end of the world at our Fruit n Juice’s apocalypse-themed takeover of Theatre Deli (30 Mar) as we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, featuring DJs, drag, burlesque and ‘The Bunker’ - a chill-out space to shelter in - with visual art from the local trans and non-binary community. That’s your lot for this month, and until next time, love and glitter...

Fri 8 Mar: Lates: Grl.#001 - the launch Foodhall Trans Active Sat 9 & 23 Mar: Swimming Heeley Pool Sat 16 Mar: Walk Wyming Brook Wed 20 Mar: Climbing The Climbing Works Mon 25 Mar: Basketball Ponds Forge Sun 10 Mar: Open Sheffield Communion St Marks Broomhall OpenSheffield Tue 12 Mar: Lefty Scum City Hall LGBT Sheffield Sat 16 Mar: Pop Up LGBT Café Union Street Sat 23 Mar: Sheffield Lesbian Disco Walkley Community Centre Wed 20 Mar: Sharon Needles Plug Theatre Deli Thu 21 Mar: Bottom Theatre Deli Sat 30 Mar: Fruit n Juice Theatre Deli Tue 25 / Wed 26 Mar: Why Isn’t Everybody Talking About Fifi? Yellow Arch Studios Thu 28 Mar: Kermes, Cat Apostrophe, Hebe DINA Venue | 87


Giants Among Us...

Renowned Sheffield-based artist Phlegm, whose distinctive mural artwork you may have seen adorning various walls and buildings around the city centre, will be bringing some of his iconic characters to life in an immersive sculptural installation opening this month. The solo showcase, ‘Mausoleum of the Giants’, will take place in an abandoned factory setting from 15 March – 6 April at a location soon to be announced. Visitors will be able to meet and interact with vast depictions of the artist’s weird and wonderful creatures as they explore the building’s halls, corridors and rooms. Head to the exhibition website on 11 March for the location announcement and further details. 88 |

Phlegm Watch

A couple of the artist’s murals spotted around Sheff. Head to and view the map to locate more!

Exhibition opening Weekend:

Friday 15 March from 6pm to 9pm Saturday 16 March 11am – 6pm Sunday 17 March 11am – 5pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays , the show will then be open to the public Wednesday 20 March – Saturday 6 April 2019. | 89


“It couldn’t get more

Last month Exposed headed down to the presser for Standing at the Sky’s Edge, the highly-anticipated Park Hill musical opening at the Crucible Theatre this month. One of the main pulling points for audiences was the news that Sheffield music royalty Richard Hawley would be lending his considerable talents to the production, providing a soaring score consisting of old and new songs. “It’s always been asking for people to tell its story,” Sheffield Theatres artistic director Robert Hastie told us, gesticulating to the famous building clearly visible through the Crucible’s windows. “It brings together three Sheffield icons – Park Hill, Richard Hawley and the Crucible.” Award-winning Sheffield-born playwright Chris Bush, who last year brought the highly-acclaimed Steel to the venue’s Studio space, is on script duties and made no mistake in highlighting the importance of getting things right when it comes to Park Hill. “It’s like we’re telling people’s stories here, and they’ll be upset if we got this wrong. But it’s definitely a satisfying challenge to take on.” With just over a month until its opening, here are a few more key pieces of information we found out from the Q+A with Robert, Chris and Richard. Some of the Richard Hawley favourites will be in there The musician’s best-known songs have been reworked for members of the cast to perform during the musical. We were treated to a spine-tingling rendition of ‘Open Up Your Door’ by Maimuna Memon (who will play a character called Nikki), and a poignant performance of ‘After the Rain’ – which Hawley originally wrote for Dame Shirley Bassey – from Rachael Wooding (who plays Rose). As well as a few newbies Listed alongside further classics such as ‘Coles Corner’, ‘As the Dawn Breaks’ and ‘Lady Solitude’ are new songs made exclusively for the production such as ‘Keys to Another World’ and ‘My Little Treasures’. The storyline will revolve around three families during different eras “Park Hill is like an eye, an aperture of post-war history condensed,” Hawley said about the iconic status of the building. The play will trace the structure’s story from its initial opening as much-needed post-war social housing to a more recent revival as private accommodation, and will do so by following three generations of characters. Hawley initially thought it was “daftest idea he’d ever heard” “… Therefore I had to do it. As an artist you’ve got to keep pushing yourself; you can’t stagnate.” Despite initially admitting he always thought “musicals were shite”, the songwriter quickly warmed to the idea of getting involved and lending his music to help tell Park Hill’s story. There won’t be any milk floats The famous Park Hill milk floats won’t be making an appearance on the set, but they do get a mention. “We thought it might seem a little bit Benny Hill,” said Hastie. But there will be a huge Park Hill set to admire A three-storey high representation of the building will make up one of the biggest sets ever seen on the Crucible stage. Standing at the Sky’s Edge runs 15 Mar – 6 Apr. Tickets are available from 90 |

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Six things we know about Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Top Picks Here’s Looking at UKIP Theatre Deli // March 27 and 28 // £10 This show looks unflinchingly at the crux of what it means to be from Great Britain; a small nation with a brutal past and a severe case of xenophobia. Through a combination of lipsynching, super-cuts, dance numbers and some good old-fashioned soul searching, the show explores the current British identity crisis and challenges the unexplained patriotism we feel towards a country that doesn’t love us back. DUFFER The Leadmill // March 19 // £12 Ahir Shah’s DUFFER debuted at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it enjoyed a critically acclaimed sell-out run and earned Shah his second nomination in a row for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. DUFFER explores death and what comes before, life and what comes after, and Bohemian Rhapsody through Shah’s intelligent brand of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and classic gags. Kite University of Sheffield’s Drama Studio // March 27 // From £8 A thoughtful and poignant production which addresses the themes of loneliness, grief and emancipation. The loss of a loved one isolates a grieving girl and her grandmother from the city, until they catch glimpse of a humble kite which lifts them up and away from their sadness. A wordless play inspired by the likes of The Snowman Kite tells this uplifting story through music, dance, and puppetry and, of course, kites. octagon-centre-sheffield Dr John Cooper Clarke Octagon Centre // March 7 // £24.20 Dr John Cooper Clarke is back on tour following the release of his new poetry book ‘The Luckiest Guy Alive’ in November 2018. The show combines classic verse, hilarious ponderings on modern life and good honest gags delivered in JCC’s unique, unconventional style. octagon-centre-sheffield International Cultural Evening Sheffield City Hall // March 23 // £6.60 Now in its 47th year, the International Cultural Evening has evolved into a high profile annual event which celebrates cultural diversity. Short performances from over 10 different international groups will give students the opportunity to showcase the diversity of their respective cultures through music, dance and theatre. | 91

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culture: artist spotlight jo breese

Crafty Fox

How did you first get into illustration? Everyone is into illustration at the beginning, but as people grow up, the drawing practice often tends to stop. My mum is an illustrator and potter, her brother is a games designer, their mother was a typesetter and painter, and their father was a calligrapher and sign painter. My evenings and weekends growing up often involved drawing; exploring my mum’s first iMac G3; joining her on trips to paint murals in houses and schools, and scanning hundreds of pages of line work (sometimes helping to add colour digitally, or with watercolours). I was raised in an environment where adults would draw every day. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that this wasn’t normal for everyone. I’ve come from a line of multidisciplinary creative people and, rather than being shown a particular skill-set or toolkit, it’s more accurate to say that I have been taught a way of seeing and thinking in an extremely visual capacity. All that being said – anyone, with any background, can start drawing at any age. How did Vector That Fox come around?   Whilst studying at uni (Sheffield Hallam – where I now teach two days a week on the illustration course), I was starting to freelance and create my own illustrated products. The problem I had was that my name seemed boring and forgettable to me. I’ve heard it all my life, and I knew that I, personally, wouldn’t be interested in buying ‘t-shirts and pins by Jo Breese’, for example. I needed a brand that I could use to umbrella all of the things I was doing. ‘Vector That Fox’ was actually just a note on my phone’s to-do list for months, a prompt to finish off a fox drawing I’d started. It pointed to the creative world, but also my love of the natural world, and eventually it stuck as a name. Where do you tend to find inspiration? The creative and natural worlds! Living, dead and extinct animals and plants are always fun to draw. I have a growing collection of taxidermy and animal skulls, which seems spooky to some, but as an illustrator it’s the best way to get close to good reference without it biting or running away! It often depends on who I’m working for, and what the brief is, though. In terms of inspiration from other artists, I’ll always give a shout out to the flawless contemporary illustrator Sr Salme, the dinosaur masters William Stout, Doug Henderson and Ricardo Delgado, and incredible painter of lots of stunning plants and animals, Teagan White. How would you describe your style? I aim for my work to look as technically, anatomically correct as possible, and yet as far away from photorealistic as it can be. Does that make sense? If what you want to show already exists as a photograph, or can be replaced by one – then what’s the point of it? I like to think that by use of intuitive line work and levels of detail, experimental colours and tone then it can become something different. // @vectorthatfox

What accomplishments are you particularly proud of so far? One of my first ever jobs actually came when I was a student, and was for some spot illustrations for the American publication of the Wall Street Journal. I still remember the feeling of my head falling off whilst reading the proposal email. Hitting over 1000 sales on my Etsy shop was also very cool. I’ve sold illustrated clothing, prints and accessories to every continent except Antarctica on there now (come on, penguins – I need you). I guess when any of my work leaves my little home studio and ends up somewhere I’d never anticipate that’s when I get most excited! A really dorky one, but the aforementioned legend, Sr Salme, following my Instagram account really made me feel like a good illustrator. I’m still starstruck. And, of course, I’m super proud of being asked if I wanted a feature in Exposed! | 93

Our monthly roundup of all things well good over on that there interweb.


Sheffield Beer Week kicks off on 11 March. You can get the full run down of events at and the dedicated SBW section on


Milburn frontman Joe Carnall and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders have dropped the first video from their Good Cop Bad Cop project. Funnily enough, it stars Carnall as both the good and bad cop, and Helders as a mysterious criminal.


There’s plenty of new bits and bobs opening up in our fair city over the next few months. Here’s seven of ‘em to get you going…


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Home of the Sheffield Steelers

Professor Brian Cox Live! Sun 10 February

Arenacross Tour Fri 15 & Sat 16 February

The X Factor Live Tour Sun 24 February

Take That

Bryan Adams

Blue Planet Live II

Fri 1 March

Thurs 28 March

Greatest Hits Fri 12 Sat 13 Mon 15 Tue 16 April

The Sheffield Ice Hockey Classic

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Unibet Premier League Darts

Canada vs USA Sat 20 April

Sat 27 April

Thurs 9 May

Yorkshire Cosplay Convention

Bill Bailey

WWE Live

Sat 11 May

Thur 16 May

Elvis World Tour

Olly Murs

The Drifters

Thurs 23 May

Fri 24 May

Sun 2 June

Mumford & Sons


Tues 4 June

Fri 7 & Sat 8 June

Sheffield Film & Comic Con 2019 Sat 10 & Sun 11 August

Marvel Universe LIVE!

Russell Howard Sat 28 September


Thur 10 - Sun 13 October

George Michael Tribute Concert Fri 25 October

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical

Britain’s Strongest Man

Fri 6-Sun 8 December

Sat 18 January 2020

Sat 18-Sun 19 May

The Wool Monty The UK’s Biggest Yarn Show Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

Totally Tina! The Ultimate Tina Turner Tribute Show Fri 4 October

Little Mix Mon 28 & Tues 29 October

Steelers Ice Hockey February fixtures Vs Guildford Nottingham Glasgow Coventry 0114 256 5656

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