Do you remember? The 21st of September? No. We don’t either. But luckily, over at Cool Beans HQ, Chris “Fat Back” Arnold & Jimmy “Beef Back” May (that’s us, we’re talking in third person for comic effect – calm down ladies) have compiled our finest entertainment list to date of the things you can fill your September with to make it most memorable. If you’ve just arrived in the city for the first time as a Fresher – welcome! Let’s share a watermelon and discuss Bach. If you’re an old timer of the Steel Streets – we love you too. There’s no division in our equation. Come find us picnicking by the lake of dreams at 3PM on the 3rd Thursday of the month. We’ll hang out, frolic and let the good times roll!
5th SEPTEMBER / THE NICHOLS BUILDING/ £2.
Catch the Art Market hoedown showcasing local artists, designers and photographers in the Nichols Building. Live music courtesy of Artificial Constructs thrown in as an added bonus!
6th SEPTEMBER / THE LEADMILL / £6.
12 piece ska/reggae band Jungle Lion need no introduction.
7th SEPTEMBER / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB / £10.
After over 30 years of making some of the most distinctive and upbeat technicolour guitar-pop around, Japanese trio Shonen Knife return to the UK for just a tiny handful of UK dates.
8th SEPTEMBER / HEELEY MILLENIUM PARK / FREE.
Live music from Dave Formula and The Finks, Big Tent and the Gypsy Lantern, Rita Payne, Maia, The Hungarian Lanterns and Tandem plus stone balancing, woodland crafts, nature trails, beer tent and high quality food stalls!
12th SEPTEMBER / THE WASHINGTON / FREE.
Victories At Sea, Factotum & Honeybuzz represent the three bands making up the line up for the next Freaky Fuzz. Expect garage pop, pyschedelia, rock, surf and plenty of fuzz!
13th SEPTEMBER / THE HARLEY / £3.
Mr. Mikey J returns to Sheffield for a headline slot after a lengthy absence from the city. This summer you may have caught him at Outlook, Boomtown, Kendal Calling and much more. Support from Arnivore, Clipboard and the Quality Controllers.
14th SEPTEMBER / THE WORKSTATION / £5.
Apparently Pecha Kucha Vol. 14 is a celebration of the things that makes Sheffield such a perpetual hive of activity. Rumour has it there are some amazing speakers lined up so don’t miss out!
SHEFFIELD FOOD FESTIVAL.
20th-22nd SEPTEMBER / SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE / FREE.
No need to introduce the Sheffield Food Festival anymore, the figures speak for themselves – last year 184,000 punters visited the city centre for some taste-bud tantalisation. Go discover why it’s become one of the most saved dates in Sheffield life!
EAZY D’S BIRTHDAY BASH.
20th SEPTEMBER / FEZ CLUB / £10.
BIG RAVE FOR THE RAVERS. BECAUSE OF THAT THIS BLURB IS IN CAPITALS. DJs NICKY BLACKMARKET/MACKY GEE/EAZY D/ALPHA/ESCAPE/LEVELA/DROPPA & MCs FATMAN D/SPYDA/BOXER/RAFTA/MISTAKAY/MAJOR DEE/MAJOR RANX/FEARNDOGG.
24th SEPTEMBER / FUSION & FOUNDRY / £13.
Shy FX is quite simply one of the best DJs in the scene, an endless pioneer and forever relevant despite his now lengthy career. His headline performance marks the return of Tuesday Club; support comes from B*Traits, Ms. Dynamite, Dismantle, Juma and Andy H.
KELLY JOE PHELPS.
26th SEPTEMBER / LIBRARY THEATRE / £10.
One of the greatest players on the American folk/blues scene in the last twenty years, and certainly one of the finest slide guitarist alive today. Kelly Joe plays guitar in a way that pays tribute to the great bluesmen of the ’20s and ’30s but with a modern slant.
THE SAM CARTER TRIO.
27th SEPTEMBER / LIBRARY THEATRE / £12.
Since winning Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010, Sam Carter has been more in demand than ever. Treat yourself by catching him and his two pals at the intimate Library Theatre.
NOW WILL YOU LISTEN!
29th SEPTEMBER / SENSORIA FESTIVAL / £6.
Live music & live narration to animated short films accompanying a selection of tracks from musician/writer Mick Somerset Ward and Dean & Jarrod of I Monster. Guest narrators on the day include Michael Fielding, Gavin Friday and actress Julie Stewart.
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. Content researched and presented by Chris “Fat Back” Arnold & Jimmy “Beef Back” May.