Now Then Listings – March 2013

The snow’s thawing, the day’s are getting longer, New Year’s resolutions are now a distant/hilarious memory and you’ve quit wearing three pairs of underwear in an attempt to stop your nether regions falling off with frost bite. Yep, it’s officially March and you’ve got a whole year of excitement ahead of you. That means festivals, bank holidays, wearing shorts, bird watching, internet memes, chocolate frogs, mahogany coffee tables and more events in the Sheffield region then you can shake a brick at.

1st-2nd MARCH / IT’S A SECRET / £20.
Bunga Bunga takes it up a notch by providing not one but two parties at their next outing, and what a line up it is – MJ Cole, Roska, Joker, Deadboy, ARP 101, Palace, Checan, Autograff, Jack Opus, Mr. Dubz, DMK and loads more.

SOYO Live comes to an emotional end this month and with it you have to applaud Matt Cotrill and crew for providing a free entry outlet for bands far and wide for almost 4 years now. We look forward to seeing what these guys do next.

8th MARCH / SHOWROOM / £25.
What better way to celebrate the life of the great culinary master Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) by feasting on a specially prepared menu that embraces the philosophy and methods of the Emperor of Chefs himself.

8th MARCH / THE HARLEY / £6.
Consistently one of the most energetic parties in the city, March sees Pangaea specially fly in France’s dEbruit and his mêlée of jack-knifing riddims, booby-trapped syncopation and bass heavy collisions.

The soulful sounds of the Steel City Soul Club & Burleskimo were coming from one lady only – Sister Dnaë Wellington. Her latest project allows her to take the rightful position of centre stage, headline set. Support comes from Riders and Sam Harrison.

15th MARCH / PLUG / £8.
Ohm Sweet Ohm, the brainchild of Tom Weatherall has descended upon Sheffield like an almighty rave wave. First showcasing Maya Jane Coles, then Joris Voorn, now it’s time for Eats Everything to step up to the platters.

Keyboard player with seminal 80s acts Magazine and Visage, Dave Formula is now fronting the Finks, a band designed to explore his love of 60s beat music. An exciting booking in an intimate venue.

21st MARCH / CORP / £12.
New York punk rockers with a penchant for very fast yet melodic tunes, tattoos and being in a band for over 25 years swing by Corporation as part of their latest tour. Chances of pogoing – very high.

22nd MARCH / PENELOPES / £5.
Heeley City Farm has been providing a cute animal hub for years now. But did you know, yes you, did you know that once it year it puts on a big party with cute animals in the background. This fundraiser ensures the party and the cute animals stay alive. Can someone please think of the cute animals? And the party? Please?

EA celebration of the coming of spring and a fundraiser for Sharrow Festival, this year planned for 6th July. Loads and loads of local DJs, including Mr. Meerkat, Powlo, Papa Al, Arnivore and loads more. Fiver in, sorted.

It’s incredible to think that no one knew who the Welsh Whisperer was 6 months ago and now he has been nominated for Best Male Vocalist, Best Album, Best Live Act, Best Dressed, Best Hair and Best Trouser Snake in the Sheffield Scenester Awards 2013. What a guy!

Fresh from a three year tour as street performers and collectively racking up over 8.5 million hits on YouTube, Beatbox blues duo Dave Crowe and Andy Balcon headline an evening of talent at the Lantern Theatre.

First Word Records and Cool Beans first came together over Tramlines Festival last summer. The experience was so enjoyable that they’ve decided to well, come together again. Performances on the night include The Indecision, the JA Soul Ensemble and the inimitable Andy H.

29th MARCH / FEZ CLUB / £12.
De:Bug’s first major party of 2013 is long overdue. No doubt Shadow Child, Waze & Odyssey and Dale Howard will make up for lost time at the venue that’s going from strength to strength – Fez Club.

That’s it for this month. You all better enjoy yourself now. Also, improve your life by hitting up the Now Then website here.

The return of the Cool Beans Podcast…

Back in July 2012 we released a podcast. It was our first podcast so we called it The Cool Beans Podcast – Episode I. Now, 7 months later, we’re releasing the 2nd podcast. This is one is called The Cool Beans Podcast – Episode II. Now we know a lot of you out there are jealous of our podcast-naming talents, but hey, some people are just born with skills, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Now, the first podcast was mainly nonsense and it had close to 2000 plays/downloads so we figured why the hell change the formula. In fact it gives us great pleasure to introduce another 45 minutes of nonsense for your thirsty ears to lap up. EXTREMELY GREAT PLEASURE.

Sure it may be nonsense but it’s still intellectual nonsense nevertheless (perhaps). Such a wide variety of subjects are tackled here it’s a wonder any of us haven’t been asked to appear as guests on Newsnight, Question Time or Blue Peter. Topics include consumerism, fitness, advertising, skin damage, the homeless, Sheffield trends, pets, fancy dress parties, speaking french and internet memes. And on top of all this the devilishly good-looking Jack Athey stops by to chat about his past, an online blogger reveals how you make the perfect cup of tea, Ham Pocket receive non-fan mail from a Mexican calypso act and Professor Terry Dix talks science.

You can subscribe to us on iTunes here. If you listen to/download the podcast you’ll make us very happy and you will be helping us combat our current afflictions (Dom – alcoholism, Andy – depressionism, Chris – fatbackism). Hell we may even manage to get the third one out before 2014. No promises though. We have busy lives to lead that include looking at dogs in costumes on the internet whilst wearing hot pants and guzzling pints of melted lard.

Anyway, enough waffle. Sit back, grab a beer and enjoy The Cool Beans Podcast – Episode II: Knocking About.

Big thanks to Alexis (Wet Nuns), Carling Extra (Temple of Coke) and Nigel Tu (Peking Comedy).

Even bigger thanks to Ed Donnellan AKA Gimpo who provided the jingles, music and many guest voices.

Much love. X

Interview & Session with Jack Athey…

On a cold and rainy afternoon sometime in early February, two men got together to interrogate one man over a series of bike thefts that occurred in the Commonside area. After the inquisition, the trio moved onto more light-hearted subjects, mainly the life and times of one Sir. Jack Cornelius Dave Nice Hair Athey the 3rd. Here’s a savagely edited transcription of what words were whispered on that day…

Chris Arnold (CA): In front of me I have the extremely talented and good looking Jack Athey. For those reading who haven’t heard of you, tell us a bit about yourself, tell us what you’re all about.
Jack Athey (JA): Well I’m from the woods in Sheffield. Not much there, lots of pubs and fields.

CA: Did you ever frequent these pubs?
JA: Not the pubs no, I’d frequent the woods.

Dom Kidson (DK): Would you be one of them people sat up a tree with a guitar, asking passers-by riddles?
JA: Yeah, I’ve done that before.

CA: Now you’ve been playing the Sheffield circuit since you were 16, playing the bars and pubs and such. You do know it’s illegal to enter these establishments after 8PM if you’re under 18?
DK: 7PM depending on licensing.
CA: Thanks Dom. Jack, how does it feel to be a criminal?
JA: It gives me a thrill. I love it.

At this point Jack smokes his third heroin cigarette in 20 minutes.

CA: Let’s talk about Jack’s positive traits. You make music? Who are some of your influences?
JA: There’s a group of people that I’d class as people who make me want to make music. Marvin Gaye, he’s the main one. Kurt Cobain, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott Heron, Bob Marley, Hendrix, just cool guys.

CA: Have you ever considered venturing out into other musical realms? Such as dubstep, death metal or pigfunk?
JA: Yes. But none of those ones.

Chris looks Jack up and down before pulling out a pocket mirror and gazing into his haggard, withered eyes. He turns to Dom, a shadow of a human being, and finally turns back to Jack.

CA: You’re quite young Jack, how old are you?
JA: I’m 21.
CA: I’m 24, how old are you Dom? 30-something?
DK: I’m 23.
CA: Really? Seriously? Wow. Anyway, we’re all getting to that point of our lives where we’re thinking about stuff. How do you feel about the stuff Jack? How do you feel about the stuff?
JA: Pretty damn awful.

CA: I consider you the Jimi Hendrix of our generation.
JA: Thanks.
DK: Chris Arnold’s the Fatty Arbuckle of our generation.

At this point Chris storms out of the room in floods of tears. He returns three days later in order to finish the interview. He’s gained 2 stone in ‘Ben & Jerry’s weight’, Dom and Jack haven’t moved.

CA: Have you got any gigs coming up?
JA: All the ladies and beautiful females in the world need to come to Dada Bar on Valentines Day where I will be your valentine. And my band, they’re all single. Four single pirates. Lonely soul singles club. Find me on Facebook and I might post statuses about my gigs in between all the sarcasm.

CA: If that’s not an invitation then I don’t know what is. Anything else to add?
JA: I’d like to shout out everyone. And to my guardian angel Samantha.
CA: Thanks Jack.
DK: Yeah, thanks. Can we be friends?

Jack Athey is performing here on the 14th of February.
The Cool Beans Podcast: Episode II is available here.
Here is a video of Jack performing My Place/Children of The Night at the Bowery, Sheffield. Bye.