Exposed Magazine January 2022

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JAN 2022

PLANT POWER

CELEBRATING SHEFFIELD’S BEST VEGANUARY VIBES INSIDE: VEGANUARY SPECIAL / SHEFFIELD FC HEIST / 2022 LOOKAHEAD / PEAKS MISS SAM’S VINTAGE / JACK FLYNN


Business Sheffield

Sheffield Food and Drink Producers Meet The Buyer Event Are you a food business in the North of England looking for food and drink suppliers with a local focus? Or a farmer, grower or producer of food or drinks, registered as a food business in Sheffield?

If so, don’t miss Business Sheffield’s Meet the Buyer Event in January. Led by place maker and food consultant Esther Morrison, the event is an opportunity for buyers from across the North to tap into the wide range and high quality of food and drink produced inside the Sheffield City Region.

When and where:

Sheffield Town Hall Reception Rooms Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 January 2022 8am - 7pm


Buyers could be anything from supermarket chains and retail franchises, to cultural venues, independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. For all such businesses, the event offers the chance to develop shorter, more locally focused supply chains, which are both more sustainable and more resilient in the face of shortages and transportation challenges. Moreover, by sourcing more products with a local identity, made by small producers who are passionate about what they do, buyers will tap into consumers’ growing desire for local food and drink and add unique offerings to their menus and shelves. For Sheffield food and drink producers, farmers and growers, it’s an opportunity to meet new customers who are able to buy their products in volume and regularly. Businesses that are ready to reach for the next level of production and sales will be able to do so while maintaining a connection to their home region and the North. It’s also a chance for businesses to be represented as premium suppliers and among the best that Sheffield has to offer, and to build networks with other like-minded producers at a similar stage of development.

How it will work There will be up to 34 different supplier stalls on each day. Buyers will book a two hour slot on either or both days to browse the stalls, talk to producers about what they

do, and arrange meetings for the future. Places at the event are free of charge for both buyers and suppliers.

How to get involved Suppliers

To apply: Visit https://bit.ly/SheffMTB-Apply The form will ask suppliers for details of their business, product range and preferred days of trading. Responses will be used to create a mix on each day that offers buyers the best possible variety and quality. To find out more, email esther@rosiabay.co.uk or call Business Sheffield on 0114 224 5000. To apply to trade, please fill out the application form on our website and submit by Friday 7 January. Decisions will be announced on Monday 10 January. Buyers Buyers can book to attend the event on Eventbrite. Slots available on each day:

8am - 10am | 10am - 12pm 12pm - 2pm | 2pm - 4pm | 4pm - 7pm

To book:

Visit https://bit.ly/SheffMTB

If the event cannot take place in person as planned due to COVID-19, we will either hold it online or set another date. We will keep prospective suppliers and buyers informed.



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FEATURES 23: VEGGIN’ OUT

January means only one thing over at Exposed HQ – Veganuary. And to celebrate the month-long celebration of all things plant powered we’ve put together a whopping great roundup of all the best vegan dishes the city’s independents have to offer. Some proper tasteh treats to get stuck into.

17: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME To kick off our new monthly column by the world’s first football club, chairman Richard Tims takes us through his time with Sheffield FC and looks towards some exciting plans on the horizon.

30: DATES FOR THE DIARY

We’ve had a big ol’ nosey at what the next 12 months has in store in a massive roundup of everything from the best theatre, gig, and comedy picks, to the best upcoming album releases to keep an ear out for across the year. Time to start making plans again.

60: A FINE VINTAGE

Award-winning reproduction vintage boutique Miss Samantha’s Vintage reopened its doors in July and Exposed editor Joe Food popped along to see owner Sam Parsonage to discuss her lifechanging decision to turn an empty unit in Walkley into a thriving suburban fashion hub for anyone who dares to be different.

REGULARS

44: FOOD & DRINK 62: CULTURE 67: COMEDY 70: FILM 73: LGBT+ 75: MUSIC

Happy New Year folks! Web editor Ashley Birch standing in for Joe, your friendly neighbourhood Exposed editor, on ed’s letter duties athis month as he’s bobbed off on his Christmas holidays early (alright for some, eh?). Anyway, here’s hoping that you’ve all managed to have a fun-filled festive period and the opportunity to let your hair down with a massive New Year’s Eve blow out (plenty of sore heads, I imagine). Approaching the end of December, the Exposed team were definitely all very ready for the break (some more than others, it seems), but following a year that has, at times, felt like three or four rolled into one, the break is coming just at the right time. Unfortunately, at the time of writing it’s still a bit unclear what January is going to look like in terms of restrictions, so it’s a little strange putting together a magazine looking ahead to what’s going on in the city this month, but with our fingers firmly crossed we’re hoping that the beginning of 2022 still looks a lot brighter than where we were twelve months ago. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, you’re no doubt suitably full of cheese and wine after a gruelling year, and have worked your way through your own bodyweight in Celebrations, safe in the knowledge you’ll be making a half-hearted attempt at selfimprovement with your New Year’s resolution. What, Just us? Anyway, talking of New Year’s resolutions, many people will be using there’s to try and cut down on the amount of meat and dairy they consume, and there’s no better time of year to make that particular step as we hurtle into Veganuary, a month-long celebration of plant-based living. Our cover feature this month celebrates just that, with a big ol’ look at the best vegan dishes the city has to offer (p.23), and fortunately for us, Sheffield is stacked with vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, so we’ve got plenty of cruelty-free delights to make January not only virtuous, but tasty too. Elsewhere in the mag we’ve been excitedly looking ahead to what 2022 has to offer (p30) with a roundup up of everything from the best theatre, gigs and new venues to look out for, to a big roundup of all the upcoming albums you need to keep an ear out for in the next twelve months. It would also be remiss of us not to mention our pals over at Sheffield FC, who have provided us with their first in a series of monthly column celebrating the world’s first football club (p.17). This month, chairman Richard Tims takes us through his time with the club and looks towards some exciting plans for the future. Right, there’s loads more to check out in what is once again a jampacked mag, but I’ve rattled on long enough here, so I’ll leave you to flick through the rest yourselves. Joe’ll be back to chat with you in Feb. In the meantime, stay safe everyone. AB x

PLANT POWER

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UP FRONT

EXPOSED AWARDS ARE BACK! (WE HOPE…)

It’s been a two-year hiatus but we have decided to take the plunge and bring back the Exposed Awards for 2022. It will be back at 92 Burton Road, the home of Peddler Market, on May 19th with voting open from the start of February and running until the end of March. This year there will be a few tweaks with some new categories as well as an updated voting system. Details will follow through our socials and in next month’s magazine – for the time being – stick May 19th in your diary so we can celebrate the best of Sheffield’s nightlife and entertainment industry. Keep an eye on www.exposedmagazine.co.uk for more info. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 9


UP FRONT / MEET THE BUYER

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The Reopening High Streets Safely Project was part of Sheffield City Council’s response to the pandemic, and we caught up with one of the team’s Information Officers for a chat about how their important work has led to a huge event celebrating Sheffield’s food producers…

Back in November 2021, Sheffield was allocated funding from the £50m England European Regional Development Fund to support the safe reopening of the city’s high streets and commercial areas. In order to best utilise the money, and to help as many businesses as possible, the council set about creating a team of seven Information Officers contracted to Business Sheffield who would help help make sure that, at a time of high levels of anxiety for business owners, they felt supported and encouraged to find out exactly what funding they had access to and how to get it. One of the team tasked with creating links on the high streets and in the neighbourhoods of the region was food consultant and place maker, Esther Morrison, who has helped businesses in areas including Spital Hill, Kelham Island and Firth Park. Explaining the role, Esther said: “The job we were tasked with was to make sure that everybody had a point of contact in their neighbourhood. We could help deal with misinformation, act as a conduit between businesses and different areas of the council and answer questions that they might have. “People are under a lot of stress, they’re short of time and they don’t always read emails or social media, so we were making sure that they were in the best position to navigate the application process by physically being in those communities, face to face. “We were split into different areas and we each have specific neighbourhoods that we look after, but when we get together as a team, there’s a lot of information sharing going on so we quickly know about any issues starting to come through on the ground that otherwise the council wouldn’t neces10 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

sarily know about.” The team quickly realised that the main difficulty for businesses to navigate in those early days of reopening was understanding how the grants process worked, and what funding they were actually eligible for. Esther explains: “An easy example would be restaurants who had pivoted to doing takeaway only during lockdown. In the minds of a lot of business owners they were open because they were trading, but what they didn’t understand was that their primary operation, the thing that they were registered as a business to do, wasn’t operating, so therefore they were actually entitled to a closure grant. “We helped to make it possible for them to apply by giving them the right information. It was a way of making sure that as many people as possible got the money that they were entitled to.” Businesses that benefitted from the service include Wasteneys Butcher (locally sourced meats) in Grenoside, Leaf and Shoot (Kelham, microshoots and leaves) and Sheffield Bakery (Spital Hill, naan only, 3 for £1), as well as shops like Coles’ Corner in Abbeydale Road that showcase local suppliers. Aside from business getting the support they needed, a positive upshot of these interactions has been a greater understanding of what matters to businesses in Sheffield. “It’s been amazing being part of the team, encouraging all the different elements of the council to understand how small businesses and high streets were impacted,” says Esther, “Sheffield [City Council] have made big strides in collaborating across different services because they’ve now got more people on the ground talking to businesses.


One of the projects that has come out of these conversations is the upcoming Sheffield Food Producers Meet the Buyer Event, which will be held at the Town Hall’s Reception Rooms on 24 and 25 January, from 8am- 7pm. Local buyers from across the North of England will be invited to discover the wonderful independent producers we have to offer, in turn helping the producers expand their customer base by peddling their wares to the largest possible audience for two days. Esther tells us that that The Meet the Buyer event came from a meeting she had with four of Business Sheffield’s food clients who were all looking at making the jump to the next stage of their development, that intermediate grey area that’s between doing artisanal food markets and looking for a factory or manufacturing type facility. The businesses were all saying, ‘we don’t know how to reach out to different types of buyers’, and it was during those conversation that they came up with the idea of creating a big commercial event, where Business Sheffield would invite Sheffield farmers, growers and food producers to the Town Hall, where they will be met by supermarkets, the National Trust, local museums, farm shops and delicatessens from across the North of England. The businesses involved with developing the idea for the event include a local homemade chorizo maker, a sauce brand, a crisp company and a baklava producer, and any business registered as food producer in Sheffield is invited to apply. “The diversity of food that is available in Sheffield is amazing, and an awful lot of foodies won’t necessarily know about it,” says Esther, “A lot of hospitality businesses will be buying their fruit and veg from the local greengrocer, or their meat from the local butcher, but they’re not actually celebrating that point. “One of the things that we’re going to be looking at going forward is encouraging people to celebrate those local links that people are making naturally, but aren’t making a fuss about. Research shows that, whilst people may not care about specifically where their local produce comes from, they care that the person they buy it from cares! “People want to pay for quality, they want to pay for local and that leads to the multiplier effect, where if you spend a pound in your local community, more of that stays in your local community than if you spend money in a chain supermarket. It does become a win win. “The Sheffield food scene as a whole, I think, is as healthy as it could be under the circumstances, and that’s why the council is pursuing this meet the buyer event; we want to really celebrate the quality and range of foodstuffs right across the whole city.” The Sheffield Food Producers Meet the Buyer Event takes place on 24 and 25 January 2022 from 8am7pm in the Sheffield Town Hall Reception Rooms. To find out more call Business Sheffield on 0114 224 5000 or email Esther@rosiabay.co.uk . Business Sheffield will keep businesses up to date should arrangements change due to COVID 19 @businesssheffield WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 11


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HUMBLE GEM “We are a city of great people, with big hearts and plenty of good works.”

I pedal up on my bike, away from town and quickly onto Ringinglow road – it’s an uphill slog but within 20 mins I am at the top of Stanage edge. “Wow, that view is stunning,” I mutter to my friend, still trying to quieten my burning lungs. He reminded me I said the same thing the week before. I must have been to this same spot at least 30 times this year but its beauty never fails to overwhelm me. Sheffield is my home. My small family and I absolutely love it here! Seven years ago, my eldest was four years old and we hit a key juncture in our lives. At the time we were living in Bradford, my wife and I having lived in numerous cities and towns up to that point. We asked the question: where shall we go and what are we looking for? The world was our oyster. But despite a flirt with the idea of New Zealand, it was an easy decision – we wanted to raise our kids and create our ‘life’ in Sheffield, a city where our brief encounters (including getting married here) had drawn us in. There was a pull and attraction that has not disappointed. The earnest, fearless, warmth and camaraderie that is endemic in northern towns. The romanticism of the past ‘forged’ with the technology and entrepreneurialism of the now. We felt invited with open arms. I have fallen in love with the city and have been fortunate that my professional roles have given

BY TIM ELGAR

“THE ROMANTICISM OF THE PAST ‘FORGED’ WITH THE TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURIALISM OF THE NOW. WE FELT INVITED WITH OPEN ARMS.”

me the opportunity to get under the skin of this urban gem. Learning about the veinous corridors that feed its beating rhythm. During these unprecedented past 24 months I have had an insight into the challenges and discussions on how our city might recover on the back of Covid-19. Where diminishing resources might be allocated and the cry for collaboration across all sectors. What I know is our humility is our greatest strength and our biggest downfall. We have an eco-system that is appealing but hard to define. However, the endeavour, progress, new levels of shared purpose and accountability provide reasons for hope. If only we can articulate the beauty and passion of our city and actively bang on the door of opportunity. I am privileged to be surrounded by great people and a network of communities that are forces for good; exceptional small charities like the Snowdrop Project and Golddigger Trust, anchor groups such as the Chamber, Sheffield Businesses Together and Sheffield Digital, not to mention incredible businesses birthed and nurtured in Sheffield who are mobilising communities and upping the financial literacy of our city. My view is that together we can encourage aspiration and pursue what’s possible. We are a city of great people, with big hearts and plenty of good works. If we can be brave, then the rest of the world just might know how great we are as well.

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To kick off our monthly column celebrating the world’s first football club, chairman Richard Tims takes us through his time with Sheffield FC and looks towards some exciting plans on the horizon... I first became involved with Sheffield FC around 1998. I’d become more than a bit disillusioned watching Sheffield Wednesday before John Pearson, ironically an ex-Sheffield Wednesday player, came to the door of my printing company looking for sponsorship for Sheffield FC. Of course, since he was an ex-Owl I more than gave him the time of day and went down to see Sheffield FC play at Don Valley Stadium. At that time, of course, the Premier League was taking off, so all the money within the game was heading there, and Sheffield FC were playing at a rented stadium at Don Valley in front of two men and a dog. From what I could see, there was no great future there. I initially got involved as a sponsor, then a director, and I worked with the board on getting a strategy in place – priority number one being finding the club a home. I spoke to the guy who ran Norton Woodseats FC, who played at the back of the Coach and Horses in Dronfield, and we struck up a plan to groundshare. We put some seats, floodlights and terracing in and it became our home. With a bit of stability in place, we then looked at moving forward. We started setting up community teams: the ladies team came first, and we’ve since set up disability teams and futsal teams as well. With that structure in place, I’d go to see people in local business, explaining what an asset we had for the city and getting more people and companies behind it. Confirming our place in history In 2003, we had what I suppose you could call an international twist of good fortune. I had written 16 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

to a historian at the FA called David Barber to officially verify that we were the oldest football club in the world, who responded with confirmation that we were and the governing body would recognise it as such. Then, just a few weeks later, I received a call from the Spanish Football Federation, who invited us along to a dinner in Barcelona to represent the origins of football. I flew out, received a gong on stage and passed a letter to all the Spanish clubs present, saying that if they were ever passing Sheffield to get in touch with us. We were then introduced to the Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, who invited us to visit the


Nou Camp the following day. We received a personal tour of the stadium, exchanged shirts on the pitch and got to see the inner workings of the club. People at Barcelona where genuinely in awe of Sheffield FC and our history, which really cemented in my head how we had something special, a real USP for the city. Standing with giants The following year, in 2004, we were invited by FIFA to Paris for a ceremony at the Louvre celebrating 100 years of international football. There was an awards ceremony at the end, a bit like the Oscars of international football, and I’m sat down on my row looking at all these famous football people – Beckenbaueur, Di Stefano, Platini, Bobby Charlton – sat with a printer from Sheffield! There was an awards section for clubs and two were nominated for the prestigious FIFA Order of Merit: Real Madrid and Sheffield FC. To this day, we’re the only two clubs to receive that award. I’ve since had the pleasure of visiting Madrid for a few meetings with the club, and we even agreed with the club’s president, Emilio Butragueño, that we’d play Real Madrid in Sheffield on our 150th year anniversary, with a date of 4th August 2007 set for a friendly fixture against the Spanish giants to take place at Bramall Lane. 150th celebrations and Inter Milan fixture However, sadly Emilio Butragueño later lost a presidential election at Madrid, and we were unable to come to agreement with the new administration. They were happy with the dates but asked for a one-million-euro appearance fee, which I had to explain we didn’t quite have spare! So, this all left us without a marquee fixture for our 150th anniversary. That was until an Italian journalist, Roberto Gotta, came to visit Sheffield FC and upon hearing the Real Madrid story, told us he’d get either AC Milan or Inter Milan to play the fixture, which of course we took with a large pinch of salt. However, true to his word, he came back and told us he’d arranged for Inter Milan to come over for a friendly. The story goes that he’d told AC that Inter wanted to do it while also telling Inter that AC were also interested in taking part – this all made Inter’s owner Massimo Moratti quite determined it would be them to play us! We celebrated our 150th anniversary with a prestigious game against Inter Milan on 9th November 2007 and the legendary Pele did the introductions. A young Mario Balotelli made his UK debut and world-cup winner Marco Materazzi also played. We lost 5-2, but still managed to score two goals – no mean feat! So, Sheffield FC started our 150th season with games in Hong Kong, then we had the Inter Milan fixture, and the following April we played against a youthful WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 17


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Ajax side, winning 2-0. We even had Sepp Blatter and the head of Nike over to the Steel City for a commemorative dinner at the Cutler’s Hall. Something we’re really proud of from the 150th celebrations is founding the Boots for Africa charity. It started with the Sheffield FC community teams, asking the players at the end of the season to donate their boots. We started out with the target of providing 2,007 boots to coincide with our birthday year, but we surpassed that and by 2010 had delivered 38,000 pairs to 15 different African countries – all of this out of a portacabin in Dronfield! Sticking to the values and football coming home Sheffield FC is all about remembering our core values: integrity, respect and community. We want to ensure it’s a game that’s open to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or ability. We’ve continued plugging away over the years, trying to make a positive contribution through football. In 2013, we set up a project called ‘The Pioneers’, which aims to connect the world’s oldest existing football clubs, building a global network of like-minded clubs to promote the importance of football history and the grassroots and amateur game. Amidist all our projects and community work, a key aim was to bring football back to the city. We’ve now highlighted the site at the Sheffield Transports Sports club in Meadowhead, there’s a sign up there saying ‘Home of Football coming soon’ and we have an agreement with the tenant to develop that site. We want to turn it into an interactive visitors centre, where fans of the game from all over the world can visit where the sport kicked off. Those plans are quite developed now and alongside that we’ve launched a new website and a membership scheme which currently has around 5,000 members worldwide. With the new ground on the horizon, we want people in Sheffield to come and join us. We’ve got a great asset here, the brand has been built, the proud heritage is there for all to see, and now we want the people of Sheffield to pick up the baton and run with it. We’ll be making a monthly appearance in Exposed Magazine, where we’ll be regaling you with tales from the club’s past and telling its readers how they can get involved in the ensuring club’s future is a successful one. Thanks for reading this inaugural column, and we’ll see you in February! Sheffieldfc.com // @sheffieldfc // @_sheffieldfc WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 19


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VEGANUARY UNPACKED OUR PICK OF SOME OF THE BEST VEGAN DISHES IN THE CITY WHETHER YOU’RE ALREADY WELL-VERSED IN THE JOYS OF PLANT-BASED EATING, OR YOU’RE FRESH OUT OF A FESTIVE PERIOD FULL OF TURKEY AND CRIMBO CHEESE, JANUARY IS ALWAYS A GREAT TIME TO LOOK AT WHAT VEGAN OPTIONS ARE ON OFFER IN SHEFFIELD, NOT LEAST BECAUSE VEGANUARY, A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS VEGAN, IS ALREADY IN FULL SWING. TO HELP YOU PICK OUT WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT, WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A ROUND-UP OF SOME OF THE CITY’S BEST VEGAN DISHES FROM OUR AMAZING INDEPENDENTS TO HELP YOU OUT ACROSS THE MONTH, AND BEYOND...

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PINA GONE FISHING Where? Pina What is it? To create their much-loved vegan fish tacos, the Pina chefs brine firm tofu overnight with additional salinity from capers and onions before cutting to size and wrapping in nori seaweed. It’s then deep fried in a Mexican batter and served atop a freshly made 100% corn tortilla, Salsa Mexicana, vegan mayo and a squeeze of lime. Grab a margarita from the bar and you’re good to go. @pina.sheffield SUNDAY SERVICE Where? Church – Temple of Fun What is it? Launching January 9th (bookings now open online), Church – Temple of Fun has served up a vegan Sunday dinner extravaganza featuring a homemade Beyond Meat wellington served with a Yorkshire pudding, veggies and their signature Hendo’s gravy. PS: January will also see the venue extend their non-alcoholic offerings further, with new mocktails alongside a range of non-alcoholic beer. @templeof.fun

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GET WURST NO MEZZE-ING ABOUT Where? South Street Kitchen What is it? This is the South Street Mezze: spiced root vegetable fritters with saffron and lemon yogurt, roasted mixed mushrooms, sunblush tomatoes, roast onion baba ganoush, spicy harissa kale ‘slaw, olives and toasted pitta. A super warming and filling dish that is perfect to banish the winter blues away! @southstreetkitchen THE BEST AND THE WURST Where? Get Wurst (in the kitchen at Two Thirds Beer Co. and various street markets) What is it? There’s plenty of solid selections from Get Wurst, including bangin’ vegan currywurst and a tofu schnitzel burger, but we’re going to suggest their OG: the seitan bratwurst served in a soft roll with sauerkraut pickles, crispy onions, ketchup and mustard. @getwurstbrats TO GRILL A MOCKINGBIRD Where? Common Room What is it? True North’s mouth-watering homemade southern fried chicken alternative, The Naked Mockin’ Bird, is made from a closely guarded seitan recipe and served with fries. Also available with a katsu or chipotle BBQ sauce. @commonroomsheffield WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 23


VEGANUARY UNPACKED

KEEP CALM AND CURRY ON Where? Dishidrop bring stainless steel containers filled with restaurant quality, plant-based meals directly to your door. You can sign up online for meals arriving every 2 or 4 weeks. What is it? Wintertime provides the perfect backdrop to tucking into a comforting pumpkin Massaman curry, a dish famous for its idiosyncratic spicing, rich coconut finish and twist of tamarind. @dishidrop

OLD HOUSE ICARUS & APOLLO

HASHTAG TASTY Where? The Grind Café What is it? Sweet potato hash browns with avocado charred corn salsa and vegan lime mayonnaise. A popular addition to the venue’s recently revamped food offering, which now includes an evening menu served alongside beer, wine and cocktails. @thegrindcafesheffield ‘PORK’LIFE Where? Make No Bones can be found nestled inside the Old Workshop bar at 3 Hicks Street. What is it? Sheffield’s longest-running all-vegan business are continuing to bring a wide range of indulgent options to the table, with a nod or two to the city’s foodie heritage in the process. Take this hot ‘roast pork’ sarnie for example – an absolute Sheffield classic perfect for a substantial lunchtime snack. @mnbvegan NUTS ABOUT IT Where? Icarus & Apollo What is it? The West African Peanut Curry is Icarus & Apollo’s current best-seller and 100% vegan – a nourishing curry full of collard greens, rich peanut flavour, mushrooms, red onions, ginger, tomato, garlic and a bit of spice. @icarusandapollo_eats

SAUCY BRINGING THE HEAT Where? Saucy What is it? From the team behind Make No Bones, Saucy is Sheffield’s first all-vegan fast-food takeaway and delivery service. Out of their considerable smorgasbord of delights, we’ve plumped for The Heat – a beef-style patty with vegan Jalapeño cheese, ground chilli beef seitan, chipotle slaw and sriracha mustard. @saucyfastfood

BON APPECHEESE Where? Fat Hippo at Kommune What is it? Specialising in the good side of gluttony, Fat Hippo are known for their delicious, high-stacked burgers. Their vegan sides game is also on point, and these deep fried, beer-battered, gooey vegan cheese balls are drizzled in sriracha mayo – perfect as a sharer! @fathippofood

AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE Where? Old House What is it? A variety of indulgent vegan sandwiches available at The Old House, all served on homemade focaccia. Our personal favourite is the bhaji, mango chutney, raita, served with poppadoms. @oldhousesheff TRUE CLOVE Where? Doner Summer What is it? A recent addition to the city’s vegan scene, Doner Summer’s best-seller of 2021 was this garlicky combo: brioche bun, patty drizzled in garlic butter, lettuce, pickles, cheddar cheese, crispy fried garlic onions and burn garlic mayo. Pack the mints beforehand. @donersummer 24 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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SEOUL FOOD Where? V|OR|V What it is? Kelham Island veggie and vegan restaurant V|OR|V has no end of delicious meatfree dishes to choose from, but their popular Korean fried celeriac, cucumber kimchi, and secret seaweed spice gets our vote. Their plantbased take on the famous Korean Fried Chicken is combined with a sauce made from cucumber kimchi and a secret seaweed spice mix for an added punch of umami to make even the most hardened meat eaters come back for more. @vorvrestaurant


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GAARD OF HONOUR Where? Gaard What it is? All-vegan café Gaard is an incredibly popular plant-powered hotspot in Kelham, and their epic Vegan Carrot Cake is a firm favourite with regulars. What’s more, you too can now enjoy the pleasure of their sweet treat straight from the comfort of your own kitchen as Head Baker Charlotte has shared with us the secret of this twist on classic (It’s all about the biscoff buttercream!) Could easily be turned into muffins as well, just cook for less time 20-25 minutes. Enjoy! @gaardcoffee

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CAMBRIDGE STREET COLLECTIVE AND LEAH’S YARD

Cambridge Street Collective will be run by The Milestone Group, who will deliver an exciting food hall and fine-dining venue, and Leah’s Yard will be run by Tom Wolfenden, who manages Sheffield Technology Park, and James O’Hara of the Rockingham Group. Plans for Leah’s Yard, which will see the creation of a local hub for creative businesses and independent retailers, were approved last month with support from Historic England. Both Leah’s Yard and Cambridge Street Collective will open in 2023.

RADISSON BLU AND THE GAUMONT

Construction on the new Radisson Blu hotel with rooftop bar continues at pace, with completion of the works expected in Summer 2023. Alongside the hotel, preliminary work has also begun to revitalise the Gaumont Building, which is set to become a new leisure destination for the city, with a design that incorporates an innovative sustainable green ‘living’ wall.

ISAACS BUILDING AND BURGESS HOUSE

Over on Pinstone Street, Isaacs Building and Burgess House are the next two major developments set to open, with both due to open in February next year – offering high-quality homes and workspace.

TELEPHONE HOUSE

A deal is also close to being finalised underneath Telephone House, where the positive design changes – including the car park’s striking new cladding – are expected to result in the leasing of 15,000 sq ft to a leisure tenant – opening in Spring 2022.

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2022:

Progress on Sheffield’s £470m Heart of the City development scheme is forging ahead as a deal was last month agreed between Sheffield City Council and John Lewis and Partners following their decision to permanently close the Barker’s Pool store. The site will play a central role in the development of the city centre, with public consultation on future uses set for the New Year. Overall, the scheme is now 40% finished and expected to be fully completed in 2023. Here are a few updates on what’s been going on…

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Don’t know about you, but we got a right kick out of seeing new businesses springing up across the city when lockdown finally ended. Here’s our pick of the bunch… WAZWĀN

This Kashimiri-inspired restaurant moved into its subterranean Leopold Square unit towards the back-end of 2021, combining authentic cuisine from the Indian Subcontinent with the best Yorkshire produce. Not to mention an enviable cocktail selection.

SALT BREWERY

Replacing the Stew & Oyster, this new Kelham Island joint knocks out awardwinning craft beer and tasty Asian street food treats from Baomesters.

SHEFFIELD PLATE

The food hall revolution continues apace, and this Orchard Square venue brings you two whole floors of independent food traders, bars and live music.

DYSON PLACE

ALDER BAR

Several fresh businesses have arrived at this Sharrow Vale hub of indies, including cosy tapas restaurant Iberico and two-floor casual dining restaurant Cornerstone. There are retail offerings too, covering everything from skincare to babywear.

FEWER THAN ONE

The sister venue of popular Fitzalan Square café Hygge, Lykke brings more Scandi vibes to Sheff with a Danish-inspired restaurant, bar and coffeehouse situated at the heart of New Era Square.

Continuing the tradition of Kelham Island beery hotspots, Alder Bar is based in the listed Albyn Works complex and serves an everrotating selection of ales, including a couple brewed on-site by fellow tenants Sheffield Brewery. From the ashes of legendary clubbing venue @ thenightkitchen_ roses @fewerthanone – an exciting new events space and creative hub that launched with a commitment to diverse lineups and memorable parties. Expect more of the same in 2022.

SHUFFLE SHACK

Abbeydale Road’s very own Crystal Maze for hipsters refurbed its former gig room into a disco-themed shuffleboard bar and cocktail gaff, inviting punters in to take on their pals at the tricky game, which is essentially a bit like curling without the ice.

LUCA

This new restaurant based in Oughtibridge is already being touted as one of north Sheffield’s most exciting places to eat, serving up a mix of Mediterranean dishes (all with a special twist) alongside an impressive beer and speciality wine selection.

MARMADUKES III

They sure know how to do a café, don’t they? Marms made it a stunning hat-trick with their third addition the city, a gorgeous open-plan bakery and café based in the atmospheric old sorting office on Ecclesall Road. 32 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Top guilt-free babbin’ guaranteed at this year’s addition to the 92 Burton Road courtyard. Get your 100% vegan street food kicks with everything from babs and burgers to tater tots and the dirtiest of dirty fries.


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WELL ON THEIR WAY Upcoming openings we’ve earmarked for 2022… NEW ERA SQUARE

INDUSTRY HOPHOUSE

The owner of Sidney Street’s much-loved Industry Tap opened another beery haven back in the summer, combining bar and bottle shop in an iconic spot on the corner of Leadmill Road.

EXTRA TIME

Two floors of sports bar goodness featuring 40+ HD screens, a tasty grill house menu, shuffleboard, American pool tables, smart darts and plenty more has replaced the old Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street.

BEJU

A luxury bar/restaurant with uber-chic interiors and a tempting contemporary Asian menu arrived on Glossop Road in November.

POLLEN MARKET

Not a venue but a fantastic new inner-city flower market brought to us from the team behind Peddler. Pollen celebrates all things botanical and will be returning to its home on Castlegate on a monthly basis throughout 2022 – keep any eye out for the latest confirmed dates at pollenmarket.co.uk.

Following a slew of 2021 openings, there’s plenty more planned for the up-and-coming development this year. Soon joining the party will be a Brazilian steak house, modern sports bar and a French wine bar, completing a well-rounded offering at the venue just off London Road.

GRIND II

The team behind the popular Kelham Island café are opening a new space in Broomhill, where you can expect more of the usual Grind goodness: top-notch coffees, spot-hitting breakfast and lunchtime menus, plus cocktails and tapas selections in the evenings.

BOOM: BATTLE BAR

A 12,000 square foot ‘entertainment battleground full of competitive gaming’ is set to open on The Moor in early 2022.

DARK HORSE

A new micropub heading to Banner Cross, promising a rotating selection craft ales and street food. Sign us up.

COPA BAR

The team behind the Copa Caffe and Extra Time venues purchased the old Harrison’s building on Eccy Road, with plans to turn it into a two-storey cocktail and lounge bar.

WE’LL SEE YOU SOON – THEATRE DELI SHEFFIELD

Theatre Deli’s current venue is closing on 10th January 2022. Their team are committed to finding a new venue in the city and will be announcing a new round of their artistic residencies as well as performances and other opportunities across Sheffield over the next few months. Keep in touch with their activity at theatredeli.co.uk or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @theatredelishef. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 35


JUST FOR THE RECORD Exposed music blogger Nick Harland rounds up the albums to keep an ear out for in 2021. YARD ACT - THE OVERLOAD

7th January Up the road in Leeds, Yard Act were busy releasing a string of catchy singles in 2021 and have announced a January 2022 release date for their debut album. With a deadpan, spoken-word delivery set to punchy post-punk rhythms, they’ve got a lot in common with fellow UK acts Dry Cleaning, Do Nothing and Black Country, New Road.

BONOBO - FRAGMENTS

14th January 20 years into his recording career, I reckon we can now call Simon Green – otherwise known as Bonobo – a veteran of the UK electronic scene. His downtempo work over the past two decades has earned him critical acclaim and a worldwide fanbase. Upcoming album Fragments looks set to double down on the ambient sounds of 2017’s Migration, which cracked the top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for the first time in his career.

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD ANTS FROM UP THERE

4th February With references to science fairs, breakfast islands and Kanye West, it’s fair to say that Black Country, New Road’s lyrics frequently veer into the bizarre. But it all came together perfectly on debut album ‘For the First Time’; a beguiling combination of angsty teenage confessions and jazz-inspired punk jams. Following hot on the heels of it is Ants From Up There, which will be hitting the shelves on 4th February.

SABA - FEW GOOD THINGS

4th February In recent years Chicago rapper Saba has set himself apart from contemporaries with his confessional, soul-tinged brand of hip-hop. His 2018 album CARE FOR ME was released to widespread acclaim by critics, and since then he has put out a series of standalone singles. Things have taken a decidedly funkier direction in ‘Fearmonger’, the first taster from his upcoming album ‘Few Good Things’, which drops in the first week of February.

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BEACH HOUSE - ONCE TWICE MELODY

18th February Baltimore dream poppers Beach House aren’t holding back for their eighth studio album Once Twice Melody, which will be an 84-minute double album released in four different ‘chapters.’ We can assume they won’t stray too far from the shoegazing sound that’s served them so well over the years. The first chapter is already available to stream, and the album in full will be out in the middle of February.


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SPIRITUALIZED - EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL

MELT YOURSELF DOWN - PRAY FOR ME, I DON’T FIT IN

18th February Melt Yourself Down are almost impossible to pigeonhole, so describing them really makes us writers earn our money. Their music is a riotous blend of hard rock, jazz and North African music, with a punk energy running through all of it. And their live shows are an absolute riot. Check out latest single ‘Pray For Me, I Don’t Fit In’ to get a better idea of what the hell we’re going on about.

25th February Everything is normally beautiful on a Spiritualized record, despite the oft-chaotic conditions that they’re recorded under. 2008’s Songs from A&E was composed during band leader Jason Pierce’s time in, ahem, A&E, whilst 2001’s ‘Let It Come Down’ took four years and 115 session musicians to complete. Everything Was Beautiful isn’t exactly back-to-basics, having been recorded at 11 different studios, and you can expect more atmospheric, epic space rock from Pierce and co here.

CHARLI XCX - CRASH

18th March After recording and releasing one of the first ‘lockdown albums’ in 2020, the prolific English popstar returns in March with her fifth studio album. The two singles released so far - ‘New Shapes’ and ‘Good Ones’ - suggest that Charli XCX is moving in a more synth-pop direction than the high-energy, avant-garde pop of her last record. CRASH is set for release in March.

WET LEG - WET LEG

8th April Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg shot to prominence in the middle of 2021 with the release of debut single ‘Chaise Longue’, a slow-burning postpunk stomp with lyrics about - you guessed it - a chaise longue. Not the most obvious ingredients for a viral hit, but it went on to draw millions of streams in a matter of months. The three singles released since suggest their self-titled debut will be more of the same sardonic, sarcastic, snappy indie we’ve seen so far from the pair.

ARCTIC MONKEYS

TBA It would be remiss of us to not mention High Green’s finest in this roundup, who look set to release their as-yet-untitled seventh studio LP next year. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, drummer Matt Helders said their new album is ‘pretty much’ done, and expects it to come out in 2022. The band have already announced a slew of summer festival dates, so the signs are all pointing towards 2022 being the year of the Monkey(s) once again. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 37


Theatre, music, comedy and more – there’s plenty worth seeing in Sheff! STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE

Crucible Theatre // 10 Dec 22 – 21 Jan 23 The heartwrenching Park Hill classic returns to the Steel City. Winner of the Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards and the 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre, Standing at the Sky’s Edge is a celebration of strength and solidarity across six decades, set to the irresistible sounds of Richard Hawley. Captivating audiences during its sell-out 2019 debut, we cannot wait to see it return to the Crucible stage. Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

STORMZY

Utilita Arena // 18 March // £40.38 - £54.44 Stormzy has the pleasure of finally confirming his long-awaited rescheduled dates for his biggest ever UK tour. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy is a true spokesman of empowerment and social activism. Ticketmaster.co.uk

ALAN PARTRIDGE: STRATAGEM

Utilita Arena // 30 April // £41.35 - £63.85 A-HA! The brand-new live show by Alan Partridge “Stratagem” promises to inform, educate and entertain in approximately equal measure. Wearing a head-mic favoured by TED talkers, market hawkers, TV evangelists, backing singers and carnival barkers, Alan combines all these roles and more. It’s a manifesto for the way we can move forward, a roadmap to a better tomorrow, an ABC for the way to be. Ticketmaster.co.uk

STEWART LEE: SNOWFLAKE/ TORNADO

City Hall // 29 March // £26 Tornado questions Stew’s position in the comedy marketplace, after Netflix mistakenly lists his show as ‘reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise again. Nobody on the Eastern Seaboard is safe. ’Snowflake questions Stew’s worth in a society demolishing the liberal values he has been keen to espouse, in a fairy-tale landscape of winter wonder. Ticketmaster.co.uk 38 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

JAMALI MADDIX

Leadmill // 24 Feb // £16 As seen on Taskmaster (Channel4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and his critically acclaimed series Hate Thy Neighbour for Vice, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour. With a brand new show for 2021 Jamali will be tackling more home truths and universal issues. A master of the craft this latest show is not to be missed. Leadmill.co.uk

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Your Year Ahead> FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Lyceum Theatre // 31 May- 4 June // £15-30 The world premiere of a brand-new kick-asspirational pop musical bursts to life on stage as the Fantastically Great Women take to the stage to tell their stories. Join our inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey she is surprised to meet the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few. Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE

CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL CLUB

Foundry // 25 Feb // £22.25 The legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most loved Funk and Soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk and Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show. Skiddle.com

Octagon Centre // 23 April Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, is part comedy, part deep-dive discussion and part activism. Hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring a different array of world class guests each night, together, they examine our noble goals as 21st century feminists - and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals. Axs.com

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Yellow Arch Studios // 26 Feb // £15.40 K.O.G delivers infectious West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield, with diverse origins conflating to whip up their signature heady brew of afrobeat, hip hop & soul. K.O.G has been making great music now for seven years alongside his Zongo Brigade and are at the forefront of the UK “Afro-Fusion” scene. Seetickets.com

SELF ESTEEM

FAR GONE

Studio Theatre // 17-26 Feb Northern Uganda. When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever. Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier. Seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him, Okumu’s experience strikes straight at the heart through a powerful one-man performance. Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

Crucible Theatre // 23 Sep – 15 Oct // £15-20 On the third floor of Milan’s police headquarters, Inspector Bertozzo interrogates the fraudster known only as The Maniac. Weeks earlier a suspect had fallen to his death from a few floors above. Meeting their match, The Maniac deftly dupes the police into uncovering the collusions and contradictions hiding the truth. Dario Fo’s 20th century classic is adapted by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden. Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk 40 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Octagon Centre // 25 March // £19.69 Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, and a project which began with painting and prints and video alongside her day job writing and performing as one half of Slow Club. Since her musical divergence from the band, Rebecca has revelled in unleashing a whole new version of herself with no compromises, no reducing herself, no hesitating. Ticketweb.uk



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The team behind Haelo Mansion look ahead to the future of one of the city’s most innovative new venues A big thanks to everyone who has joined us on this amazing journey so far. We’ve laughed, sang and danced the days and nights away over away at Haelo Mansion. We’ve been entertained by the best performers, we’ve seen many, many Hen Parties and birthday celebrations, and of course the evolution of the venue as it opened up in stages during periods of restrictions and other challenges. We have had an amazing time, and with the opening of the alpine style bar we took Christmas to a whole new level of cosey vibes, courtesy of log burners and quality German beers. Our food has already become known in the city and the best is still to come. Our menu is full of everyone’s favourite, simple dishes done the best they can be; favourites include Italian wood fired pizzas, marinated peri peri chicken cooked on the charcoal BBQ, triple cooked chips, smash patty gourmet burgers using only grass-fed Yorkshire beef, a selection of German sausages and wraps and Chinesestyle salt and pepper chips. Starting in January we’ll bring gourmet fish and chips to the venue with our triple-cooked chips served with chunky cod loins in our super light crispy batter. Speaking of things to come, the mansion is set to fully open in spring, which is going be a statement like no other, and we’ve still got a few surprises up our sleeve that we’re so excited to be revealing. Watch this space. Rest assured we’ll still be putting on amazing events, live music, weddings, and celebrations, all while offering a concept like no other. The mansion brings a sense of occasion to every visit. Haelo Mansion Unit 2B, Dannemora Dr, Sheffield S9 5DF https://haelomansion.co.uk


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Award-winning Luxmuralis return to Sheffield Cathedral with a spectacular world themed son-et-lumiere to take you on a journey from sunrise to sunset. Watch as the Cathedral is transformed into the sun, the oceans, the sky and clouds. £7.50 Adults | £6.00 Children (Aged 3 to 16) (Use Code LIFE10 to receive a 10% discount. Expires 31 January 2022)

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FOOD AND DRINK

CLEANING UP!

How a Fulwood Road Indian restaurant has achieved carbon neutral status in a wider effort to become more socially conscious…

Outside of the recent COP26 summit, the ongoing climate crisis has taken somewhat of a backseat to the pandemic on the news agenda, but despite this, businesses worldwide are still looking to ‘go green’ and lower their environmental impact. While some vow to change their packaging materials in order to become more sustainable, others have resorted to cleaner means of production, with a number of multinational corporations, including Netflix, announcing plans to go ‘carbon neutral’ within the next few years. But what exactly do businesses mean when they say they are going carbon neutral? In a nutshell, it means that a company is offsetting the same amount of CO2 as it is emitting by contributing to the environment in other ways. Maybe they are donating money to a sustainable charity, or volunteering for local environmental organisations. A more technical definition states that carbon neutrality means having a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. Removing carbon oxide from the atmosphere and then storing it is known as carbon sequestration. In order to achieve net zero emissions, all worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will have to be counterbalanced by carbon sequestration. Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint of the business and reducing it to zero through a combination of efficiency measures in-house and supporting external emission reduction projects. With that in mind, popular Fulwood Road restaurant Lavang used the down time over lockdown to look at ways in which they could do their own bit for the environment by offsetting their 44 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

emissions and becoming carbon neutral. Head chef Jay Kawsar explains: “For us, carbon neutral literally means that we reduced our emissions. We wanted to show that we’re not standing still, and we wanted to do things that benefitted the environment. “Firstly, we reduced what we can in house. Really simple stuff like employing locally so staff don’t have to travel in, car sharing, using public transport. Other things that help us in house are having a smaller venue, and a seasonal menu, so we’re not wasting a lot of food, which also links to portion control. “Other obvious measures are things like making sure that all our utilities are switched off, so the


water switched off, the power switched off, so that nothing’s running that doesn’t need to be.” On top of all these efforts, in order to achieve their goal of being a carbon neutral business the Lavang team then had to go through the process of calculating their emissions by partnering with (TAG) Carbon Neutral Britain. Once those calculations were made, it was just a matter of offsetting the difference by implementing the above measures, alongside Carbon Neutral Britain’s carbon offsetting projects, which go through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process, third party audit and are overseen by the CDM Executive Board (appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), ratified by the Kyoto Protocol. Once this was all in place, they could then announce that they are certified as a Carbon Neutral Business. In 2019, a YouGov study of over 9000 consumers found that they were 67% more likely to choose a product or service from a business that is acting on climate change and the environment. “We’ve looked at ways where we can differentiate ourselves from your peers and your competitors,” says Jay, “and we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved. “There’s a lot of detail that goes into it, and sustainability is in everyone’s minds at the moment, but a lot of people don’t know the exact details, or how carbon neutrality can be achieved, so we feel education is also important. “This this is just one step of a wider company initiative to increase our social value by implementing our own Social Value Action Plan, which covers three topics: environmental, economic and social. We’ve had time on our hands because of

the lockdown, and for us it was whether we’re going to use that time wisely, so we decided to think about improvements that we can make. “Some of the stuff that I’ve mentioned, like employing locally, and looking after the well-being of staff, as well as trying to generate our own energy at some point is part of that process. “Achieving carbon neutral status felt great. It was one step completed and we’re now doing our bit. People can look at us and say, ‘these guys are thinking about the wider good, they’re not just worried about turnover’. There’s loads of big companies out there doing environmental projects, but in terms of independents, we’re happy that we’re one of the first, but we know there’s a lot more to do.” As the pandemic rumbles on (at time of writing, Plan B measures for homeworking have recently been announced), Lavang have remained committed to keeping customers safe by continuing to implement safety measures and sanitisation routines to help slow the spread of the virus, as well as adapting the business to include online sales, whether that be takeaways or their online gift shop, where you can pick up pickles, hampers and their very own spiced gin. At the heart of it all though, what will always set Lavang apart is the quality of their ‘Indian food with a twist’ and the amazing service they offer their guests. Jay said: “We offer the flavours and the spicing that people are used to, but the actual presentation and the way we prepare the food has evolved over time and become more and more refined. Guests can expect an elevated experience at Lavang.” “We offer specialist meats like ox cheek and a revolving list of specials as the menu changes every six months with seasonality. The one thing that we always keep on, that’s been on the menu since day one, is our lamb nawab, and that’s probably the dish that we’re recognised for if I’m completely honest.”

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FOOD AND DRINK

GOING FOR GOLD

For over a decade now, Silversmiths has preserved its place at the top table of eminent Sheffield restaurants – skillfully blending modern British cuisine, a touch of innovative fine-dining and a proud Yorkshire heritage. It’s long been regarded as a safe bet for a swanky evening meal in the Steel City, one that will effectively tickle the tastebuds and often throw up a surprise or two in the process. That ethos of local pride combined with innovation is reflected in the building itself. From the outside, the former silverware factory cuts a traditional figure, featuring the name of resident 18th century silversmith George Ellis embossed across the top and an exterior largely unchanged from its workshop days, notwithstanding the obligatory paint job or two. The inside has a far more cosy, contemporary feel: elegant décor and soft lighting creates a pleasant ambience along the long, narrow restaurant floor. After being greeted warmly, we took our seats and ordered the bread and olives while browsing the menu – the standard fare for nibbles while deciding on starters and mains. But Silversmiths don’t do ‘standard’, or at least will always add a special touch to liven things up. The fresh, warm baguettes were served with a type of Indian-spiced cornbread alongside a tasty, cultured butter infused with more subtle Asian flavours. For starters, I ordered the scallops while my partner opted for the pigeon. The scal-

lops arrived looking resplendent, topped with black garlic, seaweed, smoked shitake mushrooms and katsoubushi. They were light and fresh, which counteracted with a slight smokiness from mushroom and katsuobushi flakes, all served in an unidentified salty sauce that provided a delightful umami flavour. My partner’s seared pigeon breast was juicy, pink and rich in flavour, cut through with a nice festive tang by the cherry and plum kimchi. The most interesting part, however, was the small creamer of dark chocolate sauce to be poured over the dish, adding a touch of creamy bitterness and making for an impeccably wellbalanced dish. As mentioned, prepare for a couple of surprises! For mains, I chose the hogget (lamb aged between one to two years) knowing it was the sort of dish where Silversmiths often excels: locally sourced, hearty traditional fare with a twist. I felt quickly vindicated after the first bite of beautifully tender meat, boasting a deeply rich and fuller flavour that apparently comes from the longer time

spent out on pasture. The trademark twist came via the peking-style sauce, bringing a nice sweet and savoury kick to the party. My partner was equally impressed with her order: deep-fried, battered wild rice topped with stringy fried potato and a thick slice of nutty, sweet squash. The customary leftfield angle? It was served in a sweet katsu curry sauce and with a spiced poppadom for dipping accompaniment. Again, it just worked. We were stuffed by the time the dessert menu arrived, but had just enough room left to share an indulgent finish: manjari chocolate mousse served with crunchy honeycomb, shards of decadent white chocolate and a tart blood orange sauce – a final fusion of bursting flavour before calling time on another special culinary experience at Silversmiths. We’ll be back for more soon.

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MEET THE BREWER

Heist Brew Co.

What do you get if you mix a chemical engineer, a barista and a brewer? No, it’s not a leftover Christmas cracker joke; the actual answer, if you ask the guys over at Heist Brew Co, is the brew team of dreams... WORDS BY ASH BIRCH. PHOTOGRAPHY: BEN HARGREAVES

Following a few minor delays (don’t mention the roof), in late summer Heist Brew Co. successfully hopped over to their brand spanking new brewery tap on Neepsend Lane, adding to Kelham Island’s already thriving beer scene. Up until that point, the owners of the awardwinning brewery, Adam France and Dan Hunt, had taken on the brewing responsibilities themselves, and with relatively little experience had achieved huge success from their small base in Clowne. However, once the decision had been made to make the move to the big city, the pair felt the time was right to hand over the reins to a new team of brewers, allowing them to focus on other aspects of the business. As building work got underway at their new home, Adam and Dan set about putting together a crack team of brewers from a diverse range of backgrounds, with the simple instruction to ‘Make this, but better.’ The search brought them to Scott Murray, Rachel Green and Chris Derbyshire, who we assembled, Avengers-style, for a chat amongst the plush industrial interiors and shimmering stills of Heist HQ. “We’ve come here with different angles, different brewery backgrounds and different ways that we want to approach things,” says head brewer Scott Murray, who boasts eight years brewing experience. “We’re bringing that together to make a lot of different recipes.” 50 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Scott, who is the most experienced amongst the three, began his brewing career at BrewDog, where he spent a year and a half learning his craft, before moving to Buxton Brewery, and eventually ending up at one of Sheffield’s favourite breweries, Abbeydale, where he worked for five and a half years. Scott is joined by Rachel Green, whose love of beer was sparked while studying a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Sheffield. “We had a lecturer who was pretty passionate about beer and yeast, so I got interested in beer through them,” said Rachel. “I started to work in bars after I’d finished my degree, getting more experience with beer, and learning a lot about cask ale.” “I began looking for entry level brewing jobs and went out to Thornbridge for a couple of years, starting off just filling casks and kegs, before training up on canning line for around eight months. I was always looking for the next step, for something a bit more creative, and when the Heist job came up, I just went for it.” Completing the team is Chris Derbyshire, an avid home brewer and trained barista. “This is my first brew job,” says Chris “I’ve been in Sheffield for six years, and five of those were in the cafe scene. I’ve been homebrewing for maybe three years and got massively invested into that. I knew Adam and Dan from working in Gaard, where they used to come in as customers.” “I spoke to Adam a lot about beer and coffee.


Scott Murray Age: 30 Position/role at Heist: Head brewer Favourite beer style: Stout Favourite pint: On the brink (Heist brew co) Favourite Sheffield brewery: SMOD Favourite brewery anywhere else: Left Handed Giant Brew Co Favourite Sheffield boozer: The Rutland Arms Favourite hops: Galaxy, El dorado, Nelson sauvin Best beer you’ve brewed: Baltic up north (Abbeydale) Worst beer you’ve brewed: Wanderer kafir lime and lemongrass saison (Abbeydale)

He was looking for a barista for Ritual [the on-site coffee shop] and he brought me on because he knew about my beer passion.” “A lot of the stuff I’m learning on the job. I did do a beer qualification with the IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) when I was still home brewing, so it was good coming in here after having done that. I wasn’t coming in with no knowledge and completely learning on the job. I kind of knew what was going on so that’s really helped, because just trying to slot in without it, you’d be like a fish out of water.” Both Rachel and Chris were originally on split roles, with Chris working half of his time on the coffee side of things and Rachel working half of her time behind the bar. However, this quickly changed the more their brewing activities took off. Scott explained: “Brewing was taking up enough time that having both of these two working part-time between two areas just didn’t make sense. I think Chris was coming in in the morning and having to keep one eye on people coming in for coffees, and one eye on cleaning, and it’s not worth the risk of anything happening on either side.” With the team now in full force, their current output stands at around 3,000 pints

Rachel Green Age: 24 Position/role at Heist: Brewer Favourite beer style: I love trying new styles but tend towards malt forward styles. Favourite pint: I tend not to drink pints, I drink halves so I can try more beer! If I see any Ashover Brewery on cask I’d choose that, but usually go for something I haven’t tried before. Favourite Sheffield brewery: Neepsend, cracking range of beers and always happy to help! Favourite brewery anywhere else: Wildcard, the passionfruit gose was the first sour beer I enjoyed. Favourite Sheffield boozer: Genuinely Heist, home turf is always the comfiest.

a week, with 38 unique brews already under their belt since they started in the summer. “We couldn’t wait to actually start,” says Rachel. “We were brewing a bit before we actually opened but we couldn’t wait to actually see some of the beers that we were doing behind the bar. “The first brew we did was one of Adam and Dan’s, called National Shortage, which is a nod to the fact that during COVID there was a massive shortage of everything.” Using their six fermenters, two 3,000 litre and four 1000 litres capacity, and following their mantra of ‘making Heist beers, only better’, they have created a core range including a New England IPA, a Kolsch and a chocolate stout (using local favourite Bullion chocolate). Using the freedom Adam and Dan offer they have also been able to explore their own idiosyncratic brews, including Chris’s hybrid style between a Belgian IPA and a New England and Rachel’s ‘Related Theory’, which used related hops to see how they married together. Future plans to keep your eyes peeled for include a couple of exciting imperial stout collaborations. The first with Three Hills Brewery, which will be aged in whisky

Chris Derbyshire Age: 33 Position/role at Heist: Brewer Favourite beer style: New England IPA Favourite pint: Verdant - Even Sharks Need Water Favourite Sheffield brewery: Not really Sheffield but Pentrich in Derbyshire Favourite brewery anywhere else: If I had to choose Deya are pretty hot right now... Full Circle are also crushing it! Favourite Sheffield boozer: Bar Stewards Favourite hops: Idaho 7 and Talus Best beer you’ve brewed: I Once Stage Rushed a Sooty Show - Heist Worst beer you’ve brewed: Banana Vodka a home brew 13% IPA I made a few years ago.

barrels, and the second, a rum barrel stout with the popular Emperor’s Brewery, both of which will be out some time next year. As well as the collabs, the team already have plenty of ideas pouring out of them for elaborate new brews. “We all bring something different, and it’s been equally useful,” Scott explains. “Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and we’re trying to make beer that we enjoy drinking. That gives everybody the chance to make something they want to make, and hopefully that will mean everyone else enjoys drinking it too.” Chris added: “The quality of beers in the last five months has gone up massively. Every brew is getting better and better as we get to know the kit better. We’re going from strength to strength.”

HEIST BREW CO.

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GIN EXPERIENCE:

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Join us for Sheffield’s premier hands-on gin making experience using mini stills and real botanicals. Here at Locksley Distilling we are thrilled that we can share our distillery with the world, welcoming you to witness, taste and immerse yourself in all of our magic! We’d love for you to visit us in the heart of Sheffield at Portland Works, a grade 2* listed building, and the birthplace of stainless steel. Here our small yet dedicated team have been creating, producing, and inspiring since 2014. Although we know we are never going to be the biggest distillery, we always aspire to be the best and love nothing more than sharing our passion with our fellow artisan drinks enthusiasts!

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NEW GENERATION The Newgen team take us through the benefits of using CBD while training and the successful opening of their swish new Campo Lane coffee shop… “Newgen was founded by two friends who have known each other since they were knee high. We have grown up together and have been friends for over 25 years. Both of us have always been active individuals, keen on sport and fitness. We began playing football together in our much younger years, now in our thirties pushing our bodies through boxing, running and personal training. In 2018 we decided to start the Newgen journey. We are passionate believers in the power of plants to optimise health and we take great pride in supplying some of the most effective hemp-derived products available. All our products are the result of extensive research, testing, sampling and customer feedback that comply with all UK laws and regulations. After looking at alternative natural pain management products, we got introduced to CBD a few years ago and found it massively helped towards living a healthy balanced lifestyle. Training every day can take its toll on your body, we find it helps with recovery after a tough session. It’s also great after a busy day when you are ready to switch off in preparation for a great nights sleep. As you know when you are fully rested you wake up ready to challenge the day ahead. All Newgen products sold on this website are what we use personally and have given to our families and friends so you can rest assured that they are effective and safe. When we began experimenting with CBD products a few years ago we were amazed at the results. The CBD industry has grown considerably in a short amount of time and is only growing in popularity. We want to carry on spreading the word so other people can benefit from CBD in their everyday life.

At Newgen we want to share our experience, knowledge and stories with others to help encourage using natural CBD products that can contribute to your health and wellbeing. If you have any questions regarding Newgen products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team. We are here to help and pride ourselves on making your experience great. We have a wide range of products varying in strengths allowing us to cater to all age groups with the best suited supplements. Newgen is a socially responsible company and is committed to using marketing and branding as a positive catalyst for a healthy lifestyle. The Newgen team believes that these actions have a positive impact on the company and its employees. Our objective is to spread the Newgen message even further, introduce new product lines and continue innovating new and exciting products for you to include in your active lifestyle With that innovation in mind, six months ago we took the decision to open a café as we believed this was the next logical step in our business venture. The new venue opened in December and has created a base from which we can have face to face communication with our customers, allowing us to better dispense our knowledge around the CBD products we offer. As well as products from our CBD range, including oils of 10 to 40 per cent, a muscle roll on for aches and pains, and gummy sweets, the new coffee shop specialises in amazing coffee and bagels. Newgen / 16 Campo Lane, S1 2EF Newgencbd.co.uk WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 55


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SPOTLIGHT ON: SMOD

LIFE ON MARS

One of Sheffield’s newest and highest-rated breweries is The Brewery of Saint Mars of the Desert (or SMOD), located in the industrial Attercliffe neighbourhood of the city and fittingly overlooked by a historic steel foundry. Since opening in 2018, owners Dann and Martha have seen their brewery establish a reputation as one to watch on the national craft beer scene, with an innovative selection of hoppy pale ales, Belgian-influenced saisons and barrel/ foeder fermented brews in 440ml cans receiving rave reviews all around the country. The results have been of such an impressive standard that, in 2020, it was named one of the ten best new breweries in the world (yes – the world!), not to mention winning the coveted local title of ‘best beer in South Yorkshire’ by Ratebeer.com in both 2019 and 2020. Fortunately, not all of SMOD’s beer is destined for cans: their urban-funky taproom welcomes guests to their brewery space, bringing laidback social vibes into an industrial setting and offering a number of keg options. Here they serve thirds, halves and pints of their much-loved beers with seating available both inside and out. The brewery staff pour as many as nine of their house-brewed offerings, with a limited selection of soft drinks also available. Since the taproom is primarily a space to showcase and celebrate fresh beer, there is no kitchen on-site; however, there are often food vendors and food trucks serving in the courtyard during opening hours.

Dann, who has 30 years of experience working with craft beer, explained a bit more about the ethos behind SMOD: “We’re a small, family-run artisanal brewery who like to remain very indie-focused in what we do; our beers can be bought at independent retailers in Sheffield and throughout the country. Our small taproom – currently open Fridays and Saturdays – is popular with beer-lovers in the city and gives them the chance to try our brews fresh from the taps.” Next to the taproom you’ll find the brewing operation itself housing what we believe is Yorkshire’s only koelschip, a large bath-like vessel used for getting extra character out of hops. As such, they’ve kicked out some truly cosmic brews over the last couple of years – from rich and juicy IPAs such to tart cherry fruit beers. After creating some of the most inspiring brews to come out of the city in the last couple of years, who knows what they’ll come up with next! For more information on the brewery and taproom opening times, please consult the website at www. beerofsmod.co.uk. To read more about Sheffield’s brewing scene, order a copy of the Sheffield Beer & Spirits Bible from mezepublishing.co.uk.

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FASHION

That Personal Touch

Following 18 months of uncertainty, Sheffield’s award-winning reproduction vintage boutique Miss Samantha’s Vintage reopened its doors in July. Now entering its fourth year of trading, we popped by to see owner Sam Parsonage and discuss her lifechanging decision to turn an empty unit in Walkley into a thriving suburban fashion hub for anyone who dares to be different. You often find that most people who opt to leave the relative safety of a nine-to-five and take the plunge into starting their own business have experienced a life-changing experience or sudden realisation, something that really brings home that old adage – life is too short. For Sam Parsonage, owner of Miss Samantha’s Vintage, a perspective-shifting moment came when her husband Russell suffered a heart attack in 2016. Thankfully, he made a full recovery, but the traumatic experience led to a number of big decisions and soul-searching sessions that would eventually lead Sam to realise a dream of running her own vintage boutique. “It caused us to really re-evaluate our lives,” says Sam. “Afterwards we renewed our wedding vows and went out to visit the US. At the time I was working on the phones at Nationwide Building Society and had narrowly missed out on a promotion, which added to me wanting to do something different. We were in Santa Barbara when Russell turned to me and said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I replied, ‘Sell pretty dresses.’” The seeds were sown, and fate was quick to get involved. While walking down the Santa Barbara strip the following day Sam spotted a sign for a local retro store, Punch Vintage, designed with an aesthetic that instantly struck a chord. “I was immediately inspired. I took a picture and five months later I’d left my job and opened Miss Samantha’s Vintage. Some turnaround, eh?” Indeed. And despite there being a steep learning curve to tackle, that aforementioned fresh outlook on life assisted in throwing caution to the wind. The gamble paid off: in just four years Miss Samantha’s Vintage has grown into a multi-awardwinning independent retailer, specialising in modern clothes with a vintage twist and picking up admirers from the Steel City to San Diego. Even after establishing themselves firmly on the city’s retro fashion scene, there’s been no resting on laurels involved and the lockdown period was seen as an opportunity to work on Miss Sam’s online offering. Following reopening they launched Retro Reloved at MSV, a new venture for the store where they accept pre-loved, second-hand reproduction vintage to ensure perfectly good clothing doesn’t go to waste. If accepted, an item will be on the rail for 10 weeks and sale profits shared

50/50 between the store and the original seller. Based on the corner of South Road, the store has seen its residential suburb of Walkley undergo a significant transformation in recent years, growing into a hub of independent businesses and a sought-after area in its own right. The burgeoning homegrown indie spirit is something that Miss Sam’s thrives on and they’re hugely proud to represent a local postcode instead of a city centre high street, a topic that Sam says deserves more attention when it comes to reviewing Sheffield’s retail offering. “Being out of the city centre means I get people travelling specifically to come and visit the store, which makes it feel a bit special. There’s a knock-on effect for retail in the area, too: you could come here, start with a coffee at Joespresso, and have a full day’s worth of shopping and food.” “There’s that old adage of Sheffield being the world’s biggest village – it’s actually a city of many busy villages, and we can embrace that. There’s a lot of talk about the High Street struggling in Sheffield, a lot of stuff about John Lewis and Debenhams closing. But honestly, when was the last time you shopped in John Lewis? Places like that would make me feel quite intimidated. It’s important we support independents across Sheffield but not just in the city centre. Go to places a bit further out where you’ll get that warmth, that welcome. There’s a real personal touch in these places – a genuine sense of every sale being an achievement. From a £5 brooch to a £500 sale, it means just as much in terms of that personal sense of achievement for me.” Looking ahead to next year, Miss Sam’s are planning to spread their wings and get out on the road once again, with plenty of fashions shows and vintage fairs across the UK in the offing. But first and foremost, they’ll be focusing on providing that renowned personal service to customers who pay them a visit in S6. It’s the backbone of what they’re all about and the thing that motivates Sam the most. “Dare to be different – that’s the hashtag I go for. I particularly love it when we get young people in, who just want to go against the grain and wear a Cool Cat t-shirt or a dress that they can style themselves in their own quirky way. I don’t do this because I’m chasing millions or wanting the store to become a massive chain-style success; I just want it to be somewhere people really appreciate and feel proud to support.”

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CULTURE

She Loves Me Alex Young is no stranger to the Crucible: she recently starred in 2019’s Christmas musical Guys and Dolls, as well as Sheffield-set show Standing at the Sky’s Edge, which makes its long-awaited return in 2022. Alex is back at the Crucible this Christmas as she takes on the role of Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. What excites you the most with She Loves Me? It’s been so lovely getting to know this show. I’ve never seen it before but know it to be a huge favourite of theatre lovers and I really see why now. It’s a total gem of a show, so it’s been really exciting to discover it. Ben Stones’ design is also a triumph. It’s going to look very beautiful and very stylish. And just to be back on stage with a live audience after so long will be the most exciting thing ever. Tell us a little more about your character Amalia. Is she relatable to you in any way? Amalia is a salesgirl, and takes an instant dislike to Georg which is fully reciprocated. Neither of them knows that they are each other’s lonely hearts pen pal, so all sorts of hilarity ensue! She is an intelligent, independent woman but she’s also neurotic and quite unfiltered. She loves books and stories about human relationships despite being rubbish at them herself. She fears being vulnerable and open, poor old girl. I’m nowhere near as well-read as she is, but Amalia is delightfully chaotic and always late, and I relate to that hard! She Loves Me is set during the run-up to Christmas. What makes this show so special this time of year? The whole show has got a real warmth about it, and I think the audience should feel that palpable sense of delicious anticipation that you always get at this time of year. There’s also a real feeling of goodness in the show – kindness and generosity but it’s never saccharine or twee – there’s a bite to it. I think

it inherently celebrates human goodness, which is especially important at this time. And the run-up to Christmas was so bleak last year, it feels so right that we should fully embrace and take joy in the festive season this time around. You have worked at the Crucible many times before, how does it feel to be back in Sheffield this Christmas? Oh, it’s lovely! I love this theatre and all the people that work here. And the Sheffield audiences are easily my favourite. Honestly, I think the people in Sheffield are the most friendly and kind people, I’m so, so fond of this city. I think everyone at the theatre is really up for having a good time after such a tricky few years, so it’s just the best to be here. I’ve also had a baby girl, Maggie, since I was last here, so it’s gorgeous to be up here with her. I was pregnant during both Guys and Dolls and Coriolanus so she’s already begun to challenge me for the title of most Crucible appearances by one person! Finally, why should audiences come to see She Loves Me? If you can imagine all your favourite Christmas films combined with some terrific Broadway tunes, some comedy, pathos and romance, a top-drawer cast and live band, in GORGEOUS costumes, on a BEAUTIFUL stage set, and frickin’ SNOW (of a kind…no spoilers), then you really don’t leave yourself much choice but to come and see the show! After the crappy time we’ve all had, audiences deserve to be spoiled rotten and experience some unbridled joy and you’ll find it in She Loves Me.

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BEYOND BLOOMSBURY: LIFE, LOVE AND LEGACY

OREO

Studio Theatre // 19 Jan // £11-£13 Oreo, coconut, Bounty Bar -micro-aggressions used to disempower a black person deemed to be ‘acting white’. Donning a camouflage of Oreo-filling, solo performance artist Tania explores the masks we wear to put our heads above the parapet in a climate of systematic racism. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

HUMAN NURTURE

Studio Theatre // 26 Jan – 12 Feb // £20 Roger and Harry’s bond is so strong they could be brothers. They share the same food, music, laughs, computer games and even dreams - but not race. Roger is black and Harry is white... but what does that matter, right? When Roger returns to celebrate Harry’s birthday, his new name Runaku isn’t the only change. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Millenium Gallery // Free The extraordinary writers, artists and thinkers of the Bloomsbury Group had a profound effect on British art and literature. Prolific, passionate and hugely gifted, their story is just as compelling as the remarkable work they created. This major exhibition, in partnership with York Museums Trust and the National Portrait Gallery, chronicles the lives, loves and work of the group during the first half of the 20th century. As well as celebrating the group’s key figures, including writer and feminist pioneer Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, the displays shine a spotlight on their often overlooked peers and reflect on the group’s place in queer art history. museums-sheffield.org.uk

THE DA VINCI CODE

Lyceum Theatre // 25 – 29 Jan // £15-£45.50 The blockbuster story that captivated the world is now an epic stage thriller. Follow the pulse-racing journey as Professor Robert Langdon (played by Nigel Harman) and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Hannah Rose Caton) attempt to solve the riddles, leading to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond, deep into the vault of history. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

PROUD! TELLING LGBT+ STORIES IN SHEFFIELD! PLACES IN TIME: THE ART OF KENNETH STEEL

Weston Park Museum // Free Kenneth Steel was a skilled Sheffield artist and commercial illustrator who created visuals for classic mid-century travel posters and architectural landmarks, yet his name remains little known. A new exhibition at Weston Park Museum sheds light on Steel’s considerable achievements, bringing together the most comprehensive collection of his art ever to go on display. museums-sheffield.org.uk

Weston Park Museum // Free This display has been co-curated by LGBT+ people living in Sheffield to explore the city’s LGBT+ history and contemporary life. Some of this history can seem hidden, but it’s all around us. Proud! explores a variety themes and stories for the display, showcasing personal experiences and ideas. Themes include historical and inspirational people, coming out, discrimination and prejudice, Sheffield’s LGBT+ scene, family and friends, AIDS and HIV, and inclusion. museums-sheffield.org.uk WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 65


COMEDY / TOP PICKS

JAMAICA VS AFRICA

Leadmill // 2 Jan // £22 Europe’s biggest black comedy returns to Sheffield by popular demand after three massive sold out shows. This is the only comedy show where comedians battle live on stage. For one night only comedians go head-to-head in the ultimate grudge match. This show has sold out in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham, and Leicester. Hosted by MTV Bass’s Kat, the line up includes:

JOHN BISHOP: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

City Hall // 20 Jan // £41.35 Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to Sheffield City Hall with his highly anticipated brand-new stand-up show – Right Here, Right Now. This will be John’s eighth stand up show and it is shaping up to be his best yet. Sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

TEAM JAMAICA ANnette Fagon - Queen Of Comedy, Christopher Savage - Instagram Sensation & Mr Blair - Gangster Of Comedy. AFRICA Toju - Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner, Deano Mac - Sweetboy Of Comedy & Michael Akadiri - Up Coming Sensation. Shoobs.com

ROSS NOBLE: HUMOURNOID

City Hall // 23 Jan // £26 Ross Noble is back on tour in 2022 with Humournoid. Ross’s on-stage credits include 16 nationwide comedy tours and his recent critically acclaimed performance as Igor in Mel Brooks’ West End revival of monster hit musical Young Frankenstein, at London’s Garrick Theatre. Sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB THE LEADMILL COMEDY CLUB

Leadmill // 5 Jan // £6 A night full of hilarious comedy from some the most exciting, emerging stand-up comedians from the UK’s prestigious comedy circuit! The first Wednesday of every month! Line-up: Alasdair Beckett-King, Phil Ellis and Jonathan Mayor. Leadmill.co.uk

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New Barrack Tavern // 9 Jan // £6.60 Featuring Rob Rouse, an English comedian known for his hyperactive brand of humour. Since winning Channel Four’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ Competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and National circuit. Also, will be featuring Alex Farrow and Chelsea Birkby. Ents24.com



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FILM

The best and worst films of 2021

From blistering Bond sign-offs to god-awful Godzilla scraps, our film writer sifts through the highs and lows of last year’s reduced cinema offering. Words: Cal Reid

Top Notch Dune Denis Villeneuve achieved what many considered to be impossible: making an accessible and worthy adaptation of the Frank Herbert epic. Or at least half of it. A visual masterpiece that makes a complex, intergalactic jargon-heavy story utterly engrossing. Let’s hope that the confirmed sequel also delivers. Nobody A surprise hit with critics, this Bob Odenkirk actioner delivers bone-crunching excellence which subverts and celebrates the dadsploitation genre that, much like its protagonists, has become old, wheezy and tired. A refreshingly intelligent slice of highoctane fun. When every blockbuster these days seems concerned with creating a shared universe, it’s nice to see something as simple as this done so satisfyingly. No Time to Die A lot was riding on the notoriously delayed swan song for Daniel Craig. A success at the box office and with critics, No Time to Die provided Bond fans and regular audiences with everything they wanted, along with unexpected emotional twists to make it a unique entry in the franchise. 70 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

A Quiet Place Part II John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place remains one of the greatest horror films of all time, largely due to its simple but gripping premise, but what makes the film so exceptional is its focus on the core family’s relationship with minimal dialogue. The sequel is just as good, largely because it still focuses on the human drama, but also because it expands effectively upon the wider world only hinted at in the original. Emily Blunt is on top form as usual, but the standout performance goes to Cillian Murphy. The Suicide Squad James Gunn has delivered what is easily the best superhero flick this year, by virtue of having no pretences and just being different from recent superhero movies in its plot and execution. The D-list heroes, as Gunn described them, are all given moments of brilliance and the chemistry between the cast is electrifying. Deliciously violent and deliberately stupid for the sake of it, the film knowingly gives the genre the middle finger whilst having an affection for the comics, appealing to fans of DC and general audiences.


JANUARY 2022: WHAT’S ON?

SCREAM JAN 14TH Continuing with the tradition of naming a sequel the same as the first film, this fifth instalment features the return of regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.

Complete Tosh Zack Snyder’s Justice League I hate this film. Not only because it’s objectively a narrative mess with numerous plot holes that trudges on for four painful hours, but it sells itself as a film for the fans, which it absolutely isn’t. Most frustrating of all has been the baffling number of positive responses by critics and audiences. The Joss Whedon cut is infinitely better, frankly, if nothing else because its shorter. It says much when a two-parter of Superman: The Animated Series does a better job of portraying Darkseid. Eternals I think the fact that Eternals is such a failure is down to three reasons. One being that is came out alongside Dune, which only highlighted its shortcomings by comparison. Two, a cast of 10 obscure characters are given minimal development as the film is more interested in exploring the convoluted origins through numerous flashbacks and clumsy exposition dumps. Considering the commendable diversity in the cast, its perplexing that the script doesn’t concentrate on them. Three, it has no concern for consequences, especially not in its climatic battle, giving the audience no reason to care about what’s happening. Spoiler alert here: the final battle involves a planet sized robot partially bursting out of the Earth’s core, but don’t worry, everything’s fine in the end, and Harry Styles appears following a CGI troll that gets farted out of a portal… Just what we’ve always wanted!

MORBIUS JAN 21ST If House of Gucci didn’t give you enough of Jared Leto’s ‘acting’, then fear not, because Sony are releasing this solo Marvel villain film with Leto portraying the titular vampire. HARRY POTTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY: RETURN TO HOGWARTS JAN 1ST A New Year treat for Potter fans, celebrating the release of The Philosopher’s Stone and seeing the famous trio return to reflect on their time working on the series. THE 355 JAN 7TH Spy action thriller featuring an international team of agents led by Jessica Chastain, on a mission to recover a secret weapon from a group of mercenaries.

Godzilla vs. Kong Possibly the stupidest blockbuster of the year featuring dialogue that wouldn’t have been acceptable in a 1940s comic book. 2014’s Godzilla used it’s human characters well, allowing the audience to see the sparingly used but suspenseful monster action through their eyes. This approach was tossed aside for a dumb but harmless sequel; now this third effort gives you numerous irritating human characters that get the bulk of the running time. When the monster action does get going it’s much too late to care, and it looks horrendous! The plot, if you can call it that, is so unfathomably stupid it should be considered a health risk. Don’t bother streaming. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 71


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LGBT+

BACK THE BAN

Each month for the past seven years I have written the LGBT+ events column for Exposed Mag, and it has been a great experience seeing the growth and diversity of LGBT+ events and spaces in Sheffield. We have seen advances in rights and legislation, and as such it is common that I hear comments that we have LGBT+ equality now – we can get married, we have legal protections against discrimination, etc. So, what are we still campaigning for?

Sadly, for many LGBT+ people life is not quite as rosy as you may think. Alongside the increased visibility we have seen in recent years we have also seen rising hate crimes, especially against the trans and non-binary members of our communities. LGBT+ people still face higher rates of abuse, disproportionately poor mental health, higher rates of homelessness and poorer health outcomes. One thing we are currently campaigning for is the long overdue outlawing of the abusive practice of so-called conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organisation for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBT+ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Young people are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Countries around the world introduced bans yet the UK is sadly behind. Having previously committed to outlawing the practice under Theresa May, and this was subsequently announced in the Queen’s Speech, the current government are still delaying and now consulting on a proposed ban because, apparently, they think we need to ask non-LGBT+ people if they think it’s ok to abuse us. So, with yet another delay, the consultation which was originally due to conclude in December has now been extended to February. A ban is clearly welcome and long overdue; however, there are several issues with the proposed bill. While an outright ban for under 18s is proposed, the bill includes a clause that would only ban conversion therapy for adults without their consent. Due to the element of coercion – i.e., we can offer you a way to avoid the discrimination and hate crime you may face, a way to not

be rejected by your family or community – it is not reasonable to think that this is something that anyone could legitimately give informed consent to. There are also some organised anti-trans campaigns pushing to separate sexuality and gender identity in the legislation, agreeing that it is abuse for LGB people but arguing that it should be permitted for trans and non-binary people. If you are arguing for the continued abuse of an already highly marginalised and discriminated against group of people, you are very much on the wrong side of history. If, however, you are wanting to do what you can to help and ensure that there is a meaningful ban of abuse of all LGBT+ people, now is the time to use your voice. The consultation is now open until 4th February and can be accessed online at gov.uk/government/consultations/banningconversion-therapy If you have been affected by conversion therapy support is available, you can access Galop’s Conversion Therapy Helpline on 0800 130 3335

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MUSIC / TOP PICKS

THE STRUTS

Foundry // 13 Jan // £14.50 The Struts finally make it to The Foundry for their rescheduled show this month. The intimate acoustic live show celebrates the release of their latest album, Strange Days, the third full-length offering from the Derbyshire-based Glam Rockers. Expect stripped back versions of their glam-meets-rock ‘n’ roll stompers, with influences from Queen, The Darkness, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Def Leppard on show. No support slots have been confirmed for this Bear Tree Records promotion, so expect this one to be an early one. beartreerecords.com

SHANGHAI TREASON

Yellow Arch // 14 Jan // £8.50 As the foremost proponents of banjo punk in Sheffield (and maybe anyway else?), Shanghai Treason are psyched to treat audiences to a high-octane blast of their Celtic-inspired punk for the launch of their debut album at Yellow Arch Studios. Joining the band will be a hugely impressive roster of talent including Black Country singer-songwriter Jess Silk, Nottingham-based acoustic act Caution Horses, and rising star on the grass roots folk scene Dan Otterwell. yellowarch.com

LIME CORDIALE

O2 Academy 2 Sheffield // 24 Jan // £16.90 Australian pop-rock duo, Lime Cordiale’s Sheffield show at O2 Academy has already been rescheduled twice, so we’ve got everything crossed that it’s third time lucky for the pair’s return to the UK in January. Not that they’ve been wasting their down time with the recent announcement of a new collaborative mini-album with actor and fellow musician Idris Elba, set for release on 14 January. academymusicgroup.com

SOAK

Record Junkee // 29 Jan // £10 The brainchild of Derry indie-folk prodigy Bridie Monds-Watson, SOAK (a combination of “soul” and “folk”) heads to Sheffield to play an intimate Record Junkee show in support of Independent Venue Week. With two albums under their belt (Before We Forgot How to Dream, released in 2015 at only 19 years old, and follow-up album, Grim Town), expect lashings of indie folk noodling. leadmill.co.uk

THE SHIRES ACOUSTIC (PLUS KEZIA GILL)

Leadmill // 23 Jan // £25 Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes who make up country duo The Shires are the most popular and best-selling country act in the UK right now, having made huge waves both on home soil and across the pond. They became the first UK artists to win ‘Best International Act’ at the prestigious Country Music Awards last year, buy due to COVID their Leadmill show, set for Thursday 4th November 2021, has been rescheduled to Sunday 23rd January 2022. Leadmill.co.uk

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

O2 Academy 2 Sheffield // 19 Jan // £28.75 Welsh post-hardcore rockers Funeral For A Friend return to perform tracks from their first three acclaimed albums, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, Hours and Tales Don’t Tell Themselves at Sheffield’s o2 Academy. Prepare to be transported back to the early noughties for an emo inflected hit of nostalgia. academymusicgroup.com WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 75


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For The Love Of The Music

For this month’s spotlight on a Sheffield snapper, we spoke to local musician and regular gig photographer Jack Flynn.

First of all, could you introduce yourself to the Exposed readership? I’m Jack Flynn, I was brought up in Brentford, moved to Sheffield about a decade ago and never looked back. I’m obsessed with music, and Sheffield’s small but lively independent scene. I play guitar and sing in indie rock trio FloodHounds and play guitar in alternative reggae band Rogue Siesta. How did you first get into photography? As a musician, I’ve worked with a lot of photographers and followed their work for a long time: people like Mal Whichelow, Lewis Evans, Gareth Burroughs and Alan Wells. Seeing pictures they’d taken of gigs I’d been at, and the way they captured the characters and the key moments, really interested me. A few years ago, my mate Nav came to a FloodHounds gig and generously lent me an old, rather battered Nikon to have a go at shooting the other bands and from that moment on, the camera went everywhere with me. Of course, my first gig photos were terrible! I had no idea what settings you needed, or that the lens that came with this camera was definitely not suited to dark basement rock venues. If anything, the photos were so bad that I felt compelled to figure out how to fix it. Taking the camera to gigs I was already playing at meant I didn’t need to ask for a photopass. Playing alongside bands like Strange Bones, whose live show is full of outrageous photo opportunities, was a great chance to get some really exciting pictures. I started reaching out to blogs and venues chances to review or photo all sorts of gigs.

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What’s the secret to good live music photography? I’m still figuring that out myself! The University of YouTube has all the technical details you could ask for, so assuming everyone’s got those covered, then for me it’s all about trying to portray the vibe of the band you’re watching from still photo. To give people an idea of what the energy of that gig must have been like. So, if it’s a wild punk band, I try to get a photo of them doing something wild. Keep an eye out for anything unusual and get ready to snap it. It’s hard when a band doesn’t tend to move much, and that’s why I like my rock n roll bands – the drama in the photos. But if a band are relatively static, just try and find the shot that shows the more introspective side


of their performance, maybe by moving in closer and trying to catch the emotion in their face while singing, rather than zooming out hoping for a more dramatic pose that isn’t there. Other than that, once you’ve got some good angles, so much of what makes a good photo is done in the editing process. I’ve seen amazing photos become terrible, thanks to a bad colour grade, and equally I’ve seen pics that initially looked totally unusable turn out to be some of the best with a bit of a crop and rotation. Who’s been the best act to shoot so far? This year I’ve been taking lots of photos of Sheffield’s own gritty glam rockers SAINTES. Their clothes alone will fool you into thinking it’s 1973 and you’ve somehow blagged your way into watching a secret Rolling Stones gig. As performers they have buckets of swagger and are a constant stream of dynamic poses, making my job so easy, all while they’re belting out searing blues-soaked rock n roll. WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 77


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However, one of my favourite gig memories was taking photos and reviewing Band Of Skulls at The Leadmill. Their riff-heavy, stomping groove-laden alternative rock was a massive influence on my own band so it was awesome see their show up close, and steal a sneaky look at Russell Marsden’s pedal board for fuzz tone inspiration. It was also my first time in the Leadmill main room’s photo pit; that was the moment where I suddenly felt like a real photographer and not just a guy in the crowd who’s stolen his mate’s camera.

MY FIRST GIG PHOTOS WERE TERRIBLE! I HAD NO IDEA WHAT SETTINGS YOU NEEDED, OR THAT THE LENS THAT CAME WITH THIS CAMERA WAS DEFINITELY NOT SUITED TO DARK BASEMENT ROCK VENUES. ... THE PHOTOS WERE SO BAD THAT I FELT COMPELLED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX IT.. 78 | WWW.EXPOSEDMAGAZINE.CO.UK

What would be your dream gig to shoot? I’ve almost lost count of the number of Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes gigs I’ve been to, and I even got a chance to review one their shows in Paris, but I’ve yet to get in the pit for some photos. Their gigs have it all, from wild barrages of 90 miles an hour punk rock to epic, heart-wrenching anthemic ballads. Frank is an amazing performer, a furious ball of energy and frightening intensity. He’s also prone to a bit of standing crowd surfing, ceiling moonwalking and all kinds of exciting stage antics. I just know if I could be in the right place at the right time, I’d get some of the best gig shots possible at a Rattlesnakes gig. What would be your tip for any aspiring gig photographers out there? You don’t need expensive equipment to get started. You can still learn how to get decent photos on a cheap secondhand camera and a fifty quid F/1.8 lens. I spent years practicing with the most basic seondhand setup possible before I eventually upgraded. Just get hold of whatever you can and get started. Put the effort in to really learn how your camera works, in manual mode, and especially learn your software. Once you’ve started getting the hang of the camera and shooting in low light, head down to one of Sheffield’s many small but brilliant gig venues like The Washington or Sidney & Matilda and get started. You don’t usually need a photo pass for pub gigs; in fact, the bands and promoters will probably be really grateful you’re there to capture the moment for free. As you improve, they will start asking you back. Don’t stress too hard about it and remember to look up from the camera and enjoy the gig!

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