The Cool Beans Takeover @ Y Not Festival!

Extra extra, read all about it! Cool Beans take over the Tribe of Xanadu Tent AKA the Flaming Goat Tent at Y Not Festival this Sunday! That’s right festival fans, on Sunday the 4th August, in between the hours of 2PM & 11PM we shall be laying the Cool Beans smackdown upon the Y Not Festival goers.

It could be great, it could be awful, it shall most definitely be soaked in alcohol, mud and loose inhibitions.

Why the loose inhibitions we hear you ask? Well for one Dom Kidson is on the line up. That’s right, Lonesome Dom AKA Dom the Killer Kidson AKA THE DOMINATRIX shall be opening up the show at 2PM with a DJ set of such mastery that DJ Yoda, A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts et al shall all be quacking in their sneakers!

Later on throughout the day we’ll have acoustic sets from the BROKEN SAINTS & PRO-VERB as well as full band sets from SPIT N STRINGS & THE MOODY MUTTERINGS, SMILING IVY & those local scamps ROFLCOPTRZ.

Finishing off the night with a classic Cool Beans party we have DJs Jimmy The Gent, Ocelus & Arnivore!

Y Not is pretty much sold out, there are around 100 tickets left we believe, so if you want in now that you’ve found out about the super special Cool Beans party check out the Y Not website here!

At last year’s Y-Not escapade, only Arnivore made it down to DJ, and this is the sight that greeted him.

We know Y Not likes a good old knees up, we’re sure this year shall be no different!

Cool Beans. Xx

The Cool Beans @ Tramlines 2013 Mega Blog Of Dreams & Desires

Ah Tramlines, good old Tramlines, our third year with the festival, and what a festival it has become. In past years we’ve thrown parties at The Great Gatsby, The Redhouse, DQ and The West End. This year we’re very happily taking on two venues who were absolutely integral to the very creation of the festival in the first place – The Bowery and The Harley.

In true Tramlines fashion we’ve attempted to encapsulate a wide variety of acts and genres within our line up; some are familiar faces at Cool Beans events, some have never even set foot in the city, some have even shamed themselves at past Cool Beans events by insulting all crowd and staff in the venue. A mixed bag I’m sure you’ll agree. And if you don’t agree we BANISH you from STEPPING FOOT on this PLANET.

Now, some of the details on the Tramlines website and in the Tramlines programme aren’t correct. You have 500 acts to deal with, sometimes things can get confusing. Big shout out to Alex Deadman who I believe was in charge of sitting at a desk sweating away and programming all the info.

So if you’re out and about and on the piss and can’t remember what’s cracking off, whip out your smart phone and check out this Mega Blog of Dreams & Desires. Exact times and listings are below, although as often with these things, we may be running late some times. LIVE BANDS IN CAPS, DJs in small.

THE LEADMILL – THURSDAY NIGHT – FREE ENTRY

22:00 – 23:00 – Arnivore & Jimmy The Gent (Cool Beans)
23:00 – 12:00 – GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
12:00 – 02:00 – Arnivore & Jimmy The Gent (Cool Beans)

THE BOWERY – FRIDAY NIGHT – FREE ENTRY

18:00 – 19:00 – Andy Enchilada (Cool Beans)
19:00 – 19:30 – THE MEGA SQUAD
19:30 – 19:50 – Soulful Sally (Social Bean)
19:50 – 20:20 – JOHNNY KOWALKSI & THE SEXY WEIRDOS
20:20 – 20:40 – Soulful Sally (Social Bean)
20:40 – 21:10 – COUNTING COINS
21:10 – 21:30 – Powlo (Thirsty Ear)
21:30 – 22:20 – THE SOUL CIRCLE GANG
22:20 – 22:40 – Powlo (Thirsty Ear)
22:40 – 23:30 – SMILING IVY
23:30 – 23:50 – Arnivore (Cool Beans)
23:50 – 01:00 – NEW TOWN KINGS
01:00 – 02:00 – Arnivore & Enchilada (Cool Beans)

THE HARLEY – SATURDAY – 12:30 – FREE BEFORE 6PM

12:30 – 13:30 – The Meekatron (Hotsteppin’)
13:30 – 14:00 – THE GRAND OLD UKES OF YORKSHIRE
14:00 – 14:20 – Donnellanium (Cool Beans)
14:20 – 14:50 – CLIFF RESCUE & THE HELICOPTERS
14:50 – 15:10 – Banana Hill DJs
15:10 – 15:40 – INVASION OF THE DEADBEATS
15:40 – 16:00 – Banana Hill DJs
16:00 – 16:30 – 50 SNIFFS
16:30 – 16:50 – Swannick The Hedgehog (Puzzled)
16:50 – 17:20 – FEEL GOOD CULTURE
17:20 – 17:40 – Mr. Stu (Clothes Line)
17:40 – 18:10 – THE MOTHER FOLKERS
18:10 – 18:30 – Mr. Stu (Clothes Line)
18:30 – 19:00 – THE TALKS
19:00 – 19:20 – Mr. Stu (Clothes Line)
19:20 – 20:00 – HEKIMA & THE BONGO FLAVA
20:00 – 20:20 – Jimmy The Gent (Cool Beans)
20:20 – 21:00 – PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
21:00 – 21:20 – Jimmy The Gent (Cool Beans)
21:20 – 22:00 – MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE
22:00 – 22:20 – Ocelus (Happy Slap)
22:20 – 23:00 – JERAMIAH FERRARI
11:00 – 11:15 – Jenova Collective
11:15 – 11:45 – THE LEGITIMATE GENTLEMEN
11:45 – 12:30 – Jenova Collective
12:30 – 01:15 – Ocelus
01:15 – 02:45 – Mr. Benn
02:45 – 03:30 – Andy H
03:30 – 04:00 – Arnivore

Well that’s all fine and dandy you say but who the hell are these acts? Well….

THE LEADMILL – THURSDAY NIGHT – FREE ENTRY

GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
Big reggae bass machine, Gentleman’s Dub Club are no doubt going to bring the house down on the launch event!
www.gentlemansdubclub.com

ARNIVORE & JIMMY THE GENT
Starting off with reggae but taking you on a musical journey like no other, we have the very proud honour of officially opening up Tramlines weekend. Playing on a 4 deck, 2 mixer, 2 microphone set-up, things could get wild!
www.soundcloud.com/arnivore
www.soundcloud.com/thegentjimmy

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THE BOWERY – FRIDAY NIGHT – FREE ENTRY

NEW TOWN KINGS
Ska/reggae 9 piece spectacular who are fresh from touring all over the UK and Europe, their energetic sound serving time at Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party & One Love and on tours with Reel Big Fish, The Slackers & Congo Natty.
www.newtownkings.com

SMILING IVY
Smiling Ivy are an explosive and outspoken band from Sheffield that perform an energetic fusion of ska, dub-reggae, punk and hip-hop. Supported the likes of Dub Pistols, Frank Turner and even Frankie Boyle.
www.smilingivy.co.uk

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THE SOUL CIRCLE GANG
A fresh and innovative Leeds-based bandmade up of eight experienced musicians who weave elements of funk, soul, reggae, world and jazz into unique & exciting new sounds.
www.thesoulcirclegang.co.uk

COUNTING COINS
Get ready to skank, pogo, mosh, jig, polka and maybe even waltz – the Counting Coins sound refuses to stay still, switching from ska/punk to gypsy to hip hop and back again several times in the same song.
www.facebook.com/CountingCoins

JOHNNY KOWALSKI & THE SEXY WEIRDOS
This band of mismatched personalities react like magnesium with water to deliver incendiary performances which get any crowd dancing. Influences include folk, balkan and good old crusty punk.
www.sexyweirdos.co.uk

THE MEGA SQUAD
The Mega Squad are a live instrumentation hip hop outfit, ready to rock at a moment’s notice. Their plan: a) open up the festival b) party hard.
www.facebook.com/TheMegaSquad

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+ DJs from Cool Beans, Thirsty Ear, Social Bean and The Bowery

THE HARLEY – SATURDAY – 12:30 – FREE BEFORE 6PM

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth sample old public information films/archive material and set them to a new soundtrack – teaching the lessons of the past through the music of the future.
www.publicservicebroadcasting.net

JERAMIAH FERRARI
Fresh-faced Manchester-based roots/reggae/rock/punk/ska/calypso band who relentless tour the UK, including recent performaces at the M.E.N Arena and Club Koko.
www.jeramiahferrari.com

MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE
Misty’s Big Adventure are an 8 piece pop, jazz, psychedelia, ska, folk, lounge and beats band from Birmingham led by Grandmaster Gareth, who John Peel once pronounced “The New God”.
www.facebook.com/mistysbigadventure

MR. BENN
Bristol-based DJ/producer Mr Benn plays an unmistakable blend of skanking reggae grooves married with the chunkiest of hip hop beats making for dancefloor chaos whenever he’s behind the decks.
www.soundcloud.com/mr-benn

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HEKIMA & THE BONGO FLAVA
Hull-based outfit playing a distinctively African style of music that combines bluesy acoustic guitar, reggae rhythms, and plenty of afro-percussion – including that famous bongo flava.
www.facebook.com/thebongoflava

ANDY H
Technically the best DJ in Sheffield, hands down. Andy H’s residency at Tuesday Club has seen him play alongisde some of the finest in business and blow them all away!
www.djandyh.co.uk

THE TALKS
Dub/ska rockers hailing from Yorkshire, regulary hitting up festivals all over UK and mainland Europe as well as supporting the likes The Specials, Rancid, The Beat & The King Blues.
www.thetalks.co.uk

THE MOTHER FOLKERS
The Mother Folkers are a 6-piece alternative folk and country band from Sheffield. Their electro spin on tradition has influences ranging from reels and hornpipes to blues and hip hop.
www.facebook.com/themotherfolkers

THE LEGITIMATE GENTLEMEN
Live electro-swing duo (Fat Eddie & Slimg Chris) who incorporate sax, banjo, a double bass and turntables. Fresh from touring the UK, their set includes originals and cleverly-worked remixes.
www.soundcloud.com/legitimategentlemen

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FEELGOOD CULTURE
Young and energetic reggae/ska band from West London, after recently gaining a lot of attention with packed out London shows Tramlines Festival will mark their Sheffield debut.
www.facebook.com/FeelGoodCultureOfficial

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50 SNIFFS
Hip hop troupe from Boston, UK. After taking a few years out to embrace his alcohol addiction, Sniffs is back with a bunch of brand new jams, including B.S.T.N (loads of hits on YouTube).
www.facebook.com/50Sniffs

INVASION OF THE DEADBEATS
Rockabilly, garage, blues, psyche and rock’n’roll all rolled up into one and smashed together by a tight-knit band of brothers. Harmonica solos are very present.
www.facebook.com/InvasionOfTheDeadbeats

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OCELUS
A veritable dancefloor destroyer whose time performing at festivals across the country has lead to a diverse musical selection and a keen ear for mashing up everything he comes across.
www.soundcloud.com/ocelus

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THE GRAND OLD UKES OF YORKSHIRE
Think of the 90’s, Take That, B*Witched, TLC, etc. Now think of a ukulele. Now put the two together. You’ve got yourselves The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire.
www.grandoldukesofyorkshire.co.uk

JENOVA COLLECTIVE
DJ/producer team from Leeds who play a mashup of swing, latin, disco, ghetto funk and beyond. You can find them hitting up a bunch of UK cities in the summer, including their Tramlines debut.
www.soundcloud.com/thejenovacollective

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CLIFF RESCUE & THE HELICOPTERS
Five lads donned in Hawaiian gear playing all your favourite surf-rock hits. Expect renditions of the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, The Shadows and maybe even the Hawaii 5-O theme tune.

+ DJs from Banana Hill, Clothes Line, Puzzled, Cool Beans & Hotsteppin’

What about our infamous Sunday Party on the Patio sesh at the West End? Well things just ain’t been the same there since Big Stu and Big Al left. Plus we’re all off to Cockrock Festival on the Sunday to get naked and frolic in the Lake District. And frolic we shall.

Either way, it’s going to be a sweaty, emotional weekend for a lot of people out there. Stay safe and have fun!

Cool Beans. Xx

Ham Pocket – The Final Farewell

Gather round children, let me tell you a tale. A tale of three men and their journey from rock bottom to an even rocker bottom. It’s the tale of the “band” they call Ham Pocket…

Ham Pocket formed in the winter of discontent and erratically exploded onto Sheffield’s live scene roughly 948 moons ago. Christopher Ham and Dominic Pocket performed a variety of tunes at the Green Room despite Dom’s crippling stage fright. Things were looking doubtful a few hours before the gig when Dom had downed 32 Stellas and chain smoked 3 packs of Lucky Strikes in an attempt to calm his nerves but he pulled it together in time. And the crowd were only mildly discomforted by his spontaneous vomiting throughout the set.

Their second outing saw them support Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer and The Grand Old Lukes of Porkshire at the Harley. A landmark event for all involved, it was especially notable for being the moment Dom and Chris realised they had both been playing completely different notes for all their songs, resulting in an almost unlistenable performance. The Star newspaper gave them a thrashing the next day, the headline ran “Ham Pocket? More like Sham Bolic!”

In the summer of discontent they gained a member, Mr. Andy Enchilada, and with him they gained a whole heap of charm, style and panache. After being asked to headline the main stage at Tramlines (they refused – not enough cash) they embarked on their first UK tour, hitting such towns as Grimsby, Swaton and Shaftsbury Upon Haven. But the strain of being away from their families, friends and love ones grew too great, it eventually all blew up one night. A heated disagreement over a pack of Starburst lead Dom to throw an iron (and ironing board) at Chris’s face. They had lost track of what they set out to do in the first place; play great music and get loads of cash, booze, drugs and women. It was the end of Ham Pocket.

Post break up, Dom returned to his former job as a farm hand/wolf herder in Ashby De La Zouche, Andy had a relatively successful career as a welsh crooner (he got to number 6 in the Wales Charts with his deeply disturbing single “Mucky maid”) and Chris became involved into the vicious and illegal world of otter wresting. Ham Pocket were pretty much dead. Well that’s what everyone thought. After Dom had a near death experience with a particularly broody female wolf (a wolfette to be precise) they all realised life was too short to hold a grudge.

They embarked on their first comeback tour. They then quickly realised that they still hated each other and broke up again. They then missed the cash so they embarked on a second comeback tour, playing sold out shows in a variety of car trunks and a few local establishments such as the Harley, The Great Gatsby and Steve Hunt’s back garden. They also garnered some air time on Slovenia pirate radio (2 plays amounting to a PRS cheque of £0.0000000000000000001 – they split it three ways). It’s been no fun whatsoever but the journey finally ends for Ham Pocket: last orders for denim hot pants/acoustic comedy bronze/saucy folk bangers/altercations with El Krazy Kat (in fact, what’s all that about?)/the finest in bavarian and tropical fashion shall be this Friday the 14th June at the Fox & Duck as part of Broomhill Festival 2013.

Bidding farewell to a band that have been so overwhelmingly underwhelming is always tough, so they’ve enlisted the talents of better musicians in attempt to fill the place with punters…

Set times
07:30 – Ben Webster
08:00 – Sam Lee
08:30 – Kid Conventional
09:00 – Andrew Duxfield
09:30 – Sophia Pettit
10:00 – Pro-Verb
10:30 – 1/2 of the Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire
11:00 – Ham Pocket
11:40 – 50 Sniffs

They’ll be the standard fine ales as well as some other drinks available, you can bring your own food as well. No dogs. Facebook event here.

After the frivolities, many shall be heading down to The Harley for a raucous after-party in which we can further the celebrations of Ham Pocket’s achievements (in which the tally stands at 1 and a half, the aforementioned slovenian pirate radio plays (the 1) and a guy called Paul once said they were good (the half) but he then went on to say he thought was commenting on Abba). DJs playing at this are Clipboard, Jimmy the Gent, Arnivore, Danny Mager and the Quality Controllers. Facebook event for the afterparty is here.

This is certainly the end of the Ham Pocket live experience, they may re-surface on the internet at some point, perhaps as guest vocals on a breakcore track or as extras in a slovenian pornography film, we just can’t say for sure yet.

Goodbye from HP. Much love.