A HEARTFELT MESSAGE FROM CHRIS ARNOLD, THE GUY WHO DOES THIS:
After last month’s spectacular 1 year of The Cool Beans/Now Then Listings Column celebrations (which included 3 beers, 2 packs of dried apricots and a frankly riveting game of Buckaroo) I feel the euphoria and sense of achievement must have gone straight to my head. Those who saw my misspelling of the word ‘retrospective’ last month will know what I’m talking about. I apologise profusely, I mean really profusely. I’m in fact so ashamed of myself that I’ve enlisted the talents of local lad and Puzzled head honcho Mr. Jimmy May to help me provide the monthly goods from now on…
AN APPRECIATIVE EAR NIBBLE FROM JIMMY MAY, CHRIS’S NEW PERSONAL ASSISTANT:
An avid fan of Now Then magazine since I realised it was free and the pictures look really great on my bedroom wall – and realising the articles warmed my insides like a half spoon of Covonia, It’s a pleasure to climb aboard and I’m looking forward to some intense games of Buckaroo. And probably talking about upcoming events somewhere between the dried apricots & alcohol, which in fact would be a great name for an Oasis song…
1st MAY / GREEN ROOM / FREE.
Bringing a plethora of new live music talent to the live music table every month, Sheffield Sound sets up a live music residency in their live music venue of choice – the Green Room.
2nd MAY / OCTAGON / £12.
These young producers return to Sheffield after an incredible six months, this time bringing mainstream chart success. The night also features the deft talents of Cyril Hahn, the Canadian of the moment alongside T. Williams, Zed Bias and of course the more than capable Tuesday Club residents.
3RD MAY / PENELOPES /£4.
We The Undersigned, Dnae & The Indigo Project and DJ Ocelus all guest at the final Ashanti Beats prior to summer festival madness. We The Undersigned themselves are fresh from supporting Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites and The Apples.
THIRSTY EAR 8th BIRTHDAY.
4th MAY / THE HARLEY / £3.
The Thirsty Ear lads celebrate an incredible eight years of music and rum. The funky occasion sees Mr. Thing returning for a headline set of magnitude proportions. Congrats Powlo, Easty et al!
DE:BUG 2ND BIRTHDAY.
5th MAY / FEZ CLUB / £15.
Another birthday! This time youngsters De:bug celebrate 2 years of big parties by bringing The Martinez Brothers, Dan Ghenacia, Crazy P & WOLF Music all on one terrific jam-packed line up.
11th MAY / HOPE WORKS / £12.
The OW have arguably grown too big for their DQ roots and have set up a new bass-driven camp down the road at Hope Works. Step up Jimmy Edgar, Bicep and Delroy Edwards!
GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB.
18th MAY / LEADMILL / £12.
Quite simply one of the most energetic and exciting live acts in the current music scene. Dub/reggae/ska purveyors Gentlemen’s Dub Club return to Sheffield as part of their most recent escapade around the UK – The Riot Tour.
21st MAY / PLUG / £15.
With over a decade of releases under his belt, this fellow’s latest musical smattering “The North Borders” offers his usual fine blend of funk, jazz and incomparable vocals. A live show not to be missed! Check out latest single “Cirrus” & 2009’s “The Keeper” if unsure what to expect.
23rd MAY / LEADMILL / £8.
Back across the Pennine’s for another edition of his infamous “Keep It Unreal” evenings, Mr. Carthy (AKA Scruffington, a former student of Sheffield Hallam’s Psalter Lane arts campus) shall be seamlessly blending vinyl hits all night long.
25th MAY / SHOWROOM CINEMA / £25.
A chance to sit back, relax and let your taste buds be tantalised beyond repair courtesy of a menu cooked up by one of the Vegetarian Society’s Chef of the Future finalists for 2013, Mr Jonathan Tite.
26th MAY / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB / £8.
Local crooner Neil McSweeney is releasing his latest EP and in his own words “It will be large.” Always a good night down at Queens – bands, DJs and even a raffle are all additional possibilities.
JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU KOUYATE.
27th May / LANTERN THEATRE / £16.
Sharing no common language bar the language of music, Joe and Sekou first bonded in the southern French town of Marseille. Nowadays they tour the Earth fusing together their unique medley of afrobeat, folk, hip hop and reggae.
31st MAY / THE HARLEY / £4.
King of the reggae-mashup-culture, J*STAR pops in to the Harley for a rare Sheffield outing as part of the launch of new night Quality Control. Support comes in the form of Andy H, Clipboard and Arnivore.
That’s it for this month. You all better take care now. Also, improve your life vastly by hitting up the Now Then website here. Also, to proof that we actually attend events instead of just sitting here writing about them here’s a video of last month’s Cool Beans….