After the Raynor night proved to be a stormer, the events kept coming and to ensure novelty they were hosted at different venues each time. Cool Beans then unleashed the party at The Bowery, The Green Room, The Redhouse, The Riverside, Sheffield Students’ Union, Penelopes, DQ, The Great Gatsby, SOYO, The West End, The Fox & Duck, Yellow Arch Studios, The Washington, The Harley and The Academy. Variety was key: there are few who can claim to have hosted dubstep pioneer Mary Anne Hobbs alongside electro-swingers The Correspondents alongside hardcore-ska troupe Stand Out Riot alongside garage honcho MJ Cole alongside neo-balkan-rave mob Slamboree alongside comedy chap-hop superstar Mr. B the Gentlemen Rhymer alongside reggae selector DJ Shepdog alongside etc, etc, etc. All different events, yet all with the same happy-go-lucky party atmosphere. One notable Cool Beans event at the Union brought in 600 people, a surprising feat for independent promoters so fresh to the game. The success of the nights resulted in them hosting stages at two of Sheffield’s most prestigious events, Peace in the Park and Tramlines, the latter allowing room for five Cool Beans venues over a 4 day period in 2012. After a huge NYE blow-out the events continued to come in 2013, bringing such high calibre acts as Hackney Colliery Band, King Porter Stomp, Public Service Broadcasting, Misty’s Big Adventure, Mr Benn, The JB Conspiracy and Ham Pocket.
Up in the studio the beans were also bubbling, the radio show first breathing life on the University of Sheffield network Forge Radio. There the team developed and harnessed their nonsensical chatter through features, quizzes, sessions, interviews with regular guests and the rest. The listeners seemed to enjoy themselves; Cool Beans won Best Off-Playlist Show and Best Interview at the 2011 Forge Awards. The second run of shows came on BCR (now Steel City Radio) where they took on a more music based approach, mixing tunes being incorporated into the whole affair. The show’s weekly slot meant that Chris was either joined by Dom or Andy (Rich had migrated South by this point) and the holy trinity was never fully united. Longing to be back in each other’s arms they decided to halt proceedings at BCR and focus on a more comedy-based podcast. It was certainly the right decision; the first podcast quickly hit over 1500 downloads/plays and featured in the iTunes Comedy Charts. Finally the collective found themselves on Sheffield Live 93.2FM, presenters Chris Arnold and new boy on the block Mickey Michaels broadcasting all over the South Yorkshire area and there they stayed until the summer of 2016.
Alongside these achievements the Cool Beans Collective also found time to create Cool Beans TV, a Cool Beans Menu and a Cool Beans Listings Column for Now Then Magazine. Chris (under the DJ name Arnivore) has also showcased Cool Beans DJ sets all over the United Kingdom and beyond including performances at Boomtown Fair, Glastonbury, the French Alps, Wakestock, Beat-Herder, the Scottish Highlands, Eden, Kendal Calling, Y-Not, Tramlines and even the naked party island of Ibiza. More recently Cool Beans Management was born and is now looking after some of the finest party starters in the UK – New York Brass Band, The Soul Circle Gang, Smiling Ivy, Andy H, New York Brass Band, China Shop Bull, Ocelus, The Fresh Dixie Project, The Indecision, Dexter Dextrous & The Fingersmiths, Danny Beck, Mikey J, 50 Sniffs, The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire, The Legitimate Gentlemen, Jimmy the Gent and aforementioned rapscallion Arnivore.
On top of all this June 2013 saw the Cool Beans crew (as their alter-egos Ham Pocket) team up with Know Media and Jimmy May (as 50 Sniffs) in creating an Audience Award winning video in the 2 Weeks 2 Make It competition. In keeping with their style, the video was as you would expect, nonsense. Also, August 2013 saw Chris, Andy, Dom & special guest Ed (or Dan Druff to some) take a power-point driven musical comedy called The Cool Beans Guide To Life to the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival for six performances. The musical comedy laughs continued in 2014, where the Cool Beans Collective got through to the final 20 acts at the Musical Comedy Awards.
Enter into late 2014 and 2015, and everything steps up a notch! Chris puts forward a proposal to SLTV (new local television channel broadcasting on Freeview & Virgin) – The Cool Beans Television Show, an incorporation of everything they’ve worked up to so far. Music, video, gags, sketches, good times. Unbelievably SLTV takes them on, series 1 is broadcast and becomes one the station’s most loved shows. Chris, Jim, Longmourne Ratsby, Big Bassy, Creepy Joe and the gang become household names! MADE Television then picks up the show, series 1 is then broadcast on Sky through the MADE in Bristol, MADE in Leeds, MADE in Tyne & Wear and MADE in Cardiff television channels. And second series is commissioned by MADE TV and Mickey Michaels joins the team. Other channels soon follow: Estuary TV, Big Centre TV, the Bay TV. Finally the group make a Christmas episode, broadcast in December 2015. Along the way, the show got shortlisted for Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards, alongside such stalwarts as Harry & Paul and Horrible Histories!
In summer 2016, they decided it was time to finish up their parties and down the last of their Red Stripe. After over 5 years of dancing away into the night at Cool Beans events around Sheffield – Chris, Mickey, Jimmy, Dom and a cardboard cutout of Andy Enchilada bowed down from the stage, tops off and everything. Cool Beans is currently on a mild hiatus while Chris goes travelling and finds himself, but don’t fear it’ll be back up and running at full speed again soon. In the meanwhile, why not check out some of our TV series? Or maybe a podcast? Or a DJ Arnivore mixtape? Or maybe just stare at our website until we update it again. Either way, it’s Cool Beans y’all.
Full list of acts we’ve had the pleasure of working with…
Lonesome Dom, Sidekick Jonny, Bison, Hackney Colliery Band, Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, Mr Benn, The Mother Folkers, Gentleman’s Dub Club, King Porter Stomp, Nice One Greg, The Correspondents, Slamboree, Kid Conventionnal, By The Rivers, The Soul Circle Gang, Mango Rescue Team, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Tix, DJ Derek, Wobbly Bob, Airwolf, Mental Block, The Bone Lab, Bison, Wet Nuns, Renegade Brass Band, Cliff Rescue & The Helicopters, DJ Yoda, Plump DJs, The Balkan Bandits, The Indecision, The Mojo Juju Jamboree, New Town Kings, Ham Pocket, Dregs of Society, Mary Anne Hobbs, J*STAR, ROFLCOPTRZ, Soul Love Inc, DJ Woody, The Legitimate Gentlemen, Dutty Moonshine, DJ Shepdog, MJ Cole, Public Service Broadcasting, Sam Vandal, Steel City Rhythm, Wreck The Place, The Talks, Mr. Stu, Jimmy the Gent, Happy Slap Boutique Crew, DJ Yoda, Don Limon, Sound Assembly, Dexter Dextrous and the Fingersmiths, Bongo & The Soul Jar, Friends of Batman, Kunt & The Gang, The JB Conspiracy, Mojo and the Beatniks, Sound Assembly, 50 Sniffs, Andrew Duxfield, Ghouls, Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos, The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire, The Raphael Attar Variety Hour, Ocelus, Jeramiah Ferrari, Stand Out Riot, Soulfunkful, Copasetics, Popes of Chillitown, K.O.G & The Allstar Revolution, Jake & The Jellyfish, Wideboy Generation, Steve and the Raise, Invasion of the Deadbeats, Johnny & The Prison Didn’t Help Boys, The Tempertons, FJ Format, Tyrannosaurus Alan, Surreal Knowledge, Jenova Collective, A.Skillz, Hekima & The Bongo Flava, The Mega Squad, Sophia Pettit, John Batchelor, Jack Athey, Satsuma, Dexter Dextrous & The Fingersmiths, Counting Coins, Carl Woodford, The Navigantes, The Ruby Kid, Bertie Pollak, Zacc Rogers, Cliff Rescue & The Helicopters, Cervo, Rogue Fader, LK, Papa Al, Septimus Fog, The Janice Graham Band, Carl ‘On Fire’ Watkins, Mudcat Blues Trio, The Chronicles of Graham, The Root One Band, Smiling Ivy, Banana Flavoured Dubcats, Misty’s Big Adventure, Soul Happening, Good Day & Scruples, Sister Danaë, Andy Enchilada, China Shop Bull, The Sheffield University Afro-Carribean Society, Burleskimo, New York Brass Band, Mudcats Blues Trio, East Park Reggae Collective, T-Funk, Physical Jerks, Spit N Strings, Mark Nicholls, Walker, Deadman, Dubzee, Ben Webster, System:Attic, Freear, Mr. Skiver, Stewdoo Voodoo, Andy H, Mikey J, Clipboard, Smiley Maxx, Squiffy, Mystonic, DJ Moses, Krook Kid, DJ Howdle, Andrew Smith, Mr. Meerkat, DJ Silverback, Matt Von Badd, Ed Injury, DMK, Dan Mager, Soulfull Sally, Stoaty, Fantom48, Danny Beck, DJ Darkus, Fruits, Amy, Moody Jim, Wayne Sealey, Wonky Ninja, For The Record DJs, Universal Minds, Emily May, Jah Reynolds, Powlo, Easty, Babba G, Sousafonix, Donnellanium, General Ron, The Meekatron, Bardsy, Matt Von Bad, Arnivore, Banana Hill DJs, Senor Arnoldo, Rapey Jim, Frail Ale, Fat Eddie, Dreamy Rob….