Brizzle Beans – The Stiff Joints live!

Ahoy all!

Apologies for the lack of output with regards to Cool Beans related shenanigans in the past few months/years. It’s been a busy old time for all involved. Chris has moved to Bristol and now works for Made in Bristol TV as an Alan Partridge/Richard Madely impersonator, Jimmy spends his evenings sailing his boat through a sea of freshers, the Welsh Whisperer has smashed apart the welsh language scene and is now seen as a heavenly deity by many there, Dom is in London and has cut down his booze intake to only 6 units an hour and Mickey Michaels, well, Mickey Michaels married Nikki Michaels and lived happily ever after.

With Chris moving to the vibrant hub of creativity that is Bristol, it made sense to perhaps put on a little party, and he’s doing just that – so if you happen to live in Bristol, or be in the area on the 6th October, come on down for a special evening of live music at Mr. Wolfs!

THE STIFF JOINTS

The mighty Stiff Joints put on a hell of a show whether they’re headinling a festival billing or packing out a sweaty pub. Think Madness, Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish, etc – big brass hooks and catchy singalong choruses. A real treat to have them headlining our first Bristol show.

MAD APPLE CIRCUS

Mad Apple Circus have spent the whole summer slamming festivals (including a main stage apperance at Boomtown Fair!) and they’ll be performing a sweet stripped back acoustic set for us all. Ska/reggae/hiphop/jazz delights in a Bristone style.

COOL BEANS DJS + MR WOLFS DJS

A whole variety of DJs playing the platters that matter from 8PM right until 4AM!

No advance tickets, just £3/£4 on the door!

For more info, have a wander over to the FB event here here!

Along the way, there may be a few more Bristol based musical adventures on the way in the coming months so stay tuned!

Cool Beans. X

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

Now Then Listings – June 2013

And finally, after months of snow, rain, woollen jumpers and bitter cold – came the 3 day burst of sunshine that so oft constitutes the British summertime. We all got excited, donned our shortest shorts and basked like desert snakes savouring the gentle rays. Now it’s back to brollies, parkas and wellington boot frolics – but luckily there’s some super-sweet-shindigs coming up this month to cheer us all up. And ninety per cent of them are inside.

DELVE DEEPER.
1st JUNE / FEZ CLUB / £8.

Anyone who knows about Delve Deeper will know that they have been pushing deep house music in Sheffield for close to 6 years. In that time, one name has stood at the forefront of Deep House globally – Jimpster, of which DD is a host night on his official album launch tour.
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DRENGE.
1st JUNE / THE HARLEY / £7.

The Loveless brothers play us a very special show at the start of June; complete with friends, DJs, zines and burger offers off of The Harley’s artery-busting new menu.
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CONTOURS FESTIVAL.
6th JUNE / VARIOUS / £4.

Student driven charitable festival hitting up a variety of Sheffield establishments; including the Raynor Lounge, the University Arms, The Harley and Devonshire Quarter (DQ). All proceeds go to Safe@Last.
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ANTIFOLK FESTIVAL.
6th JUNE / PENELOPES / £6.

New York’s Toby Goodshanks, once of the legendary Moldy Peaches, heads up this event. Also on board is Filthy Pedro, pioneer of the British Antifolk movement as well as the hugely entertaining Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers from Leeds.
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STEEL CITY CARNIVAL.
7th JUNE / SPEEDWELL WORKS WAREHOUSE / £6.

Banana Hill and The Catch Connection join forces in creating a tropical summer beatdown like no other – LV & Josh Idehen, Werkha, The Busy Twist, K.O.G. & The Allstar Revolution amongst the many performers on the night. Caribbean food thrown in as added benefit.
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THREE VALLEYS BEER FESTIVAL.
8th JUNE / DRONFIELD/ FREE.

A line up of pubs and a brewery teamed up to provide a big festival of beer, cider, music, attractions & food all linked by a special bus service. If you like cruising and you like boozing, this combination of pubs, boozes and cruises is absolutely perfect.
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INDIAN TAKEAWAY.
11th JUNE / PLUG / £15.

A race against time as Hardeep Singh Kohli orders a local takeaway, then attempts to cook his own before the meal arrives. The show culminates with audience members coming up and tasting both. Who shall be crowned curry king? There’s only one way to find out!
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DOC/FEST.
12th-16th JUNE/ SHEFFIELD / PRICE VARIES.

Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Now in its 20th Year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is proudly one of the top three documentary festivals in the world.
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BROOMHILL FESTIVAL.
14th JUNE / FOX & DUCK / FREE.

A small part of the lengthy Broomhill Festival shall be this evening of acoustic folk and comedy. Fine ales on tap and Sophia Pettit, the Grand Old Ukes of Yorkshire, Andrew Duxfield, Kid Conventional, 50 Sniffs and Ham Pocket in the beer garden. Please note: rain may move play inside.
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FEATURECAST.
21st JUNE / FEZ CLUB / £4.

Famed for making every track he remixes sound beefier than well, beef, breaks maestro Featurecast hits up Fez Club for the latest ThirtyThr33 outing. Also on the bill are Andy H, Mystonic and a whole heap of talented DJs. Sound the alarm!
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RANDOM HAND.
22nd JUNE / CORPORATION / £8.

The ultimate combination of ska, reggae, metal, punk and a topless lead singer (male not female, before anyone gets in touch with the Mail) returns to Sheffield after their last outing down at Shakespeares. Support comes from Faintest Idea, Eat Defeat and Gone & Lost It.
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JIMMY CLIFF.
24th JUNE / PLUG / £22.

Up there among Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, Peter Tosh et al, Jimmy Cliff is a worldwide reggae superstar. Proving his live shows still pack an almighty punch, the JC experience visit the Plug as part of their most recent Europe Tour.
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CROSSPOOL FESTIVAL.
28th JUNE / CROSSPOOL / NOMINAL ENTRANCE FEE.

Tired of pretentious music-driven festivals? Sick of falling asleep in a puddle-ridden tent surrounded by cereal bars? Go back to your roots, this year’s Crosspool Festival is providing the following: a coconut shy, lucky dip bran tub, tombola, wellie wanging, plants, flowers, craft & bric-a-brac, children’s books and many more games & side stalls.
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LITTLE OWL PRESENTS.
29th JUNE / THE RUTLAND ARMS/ £8.

The inaugural event for the fresh-faced Little Owl Presents team, easing their way into the scene with an unplugged affair at the Rutland Arms. Eight acts on the bill, the headline spot being taken up by singer/songwriter Kirsty McGee whose most recent single is featured in Trance (that film that Danny Boyle done).
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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. Thanks once more to Jimmy the Gent & Puzzled for his help with words/research/back rubs.