The Cool Beans Getogethers: Episodes I – VI

Much like the Star Wars franchise, The Cool Beans Getogethers radio episodes have been a storming success all around the globe with millions in the bank thanks to all the spin offs and merchandise. And also there are six of them. The latter actually being the most accurate resemblance to the Star Wars franchise.

The Cool Beans Radio Show is off the air for a few weeks now but will return on the 19th August where we’ll be back with a brand new slot and theme song, not to mention new features, guests and life tips. But August the 19th is a long way away, a very long way away. In the meanwhile why not enjoy the Cool Beans Getogethers from start to finish? It’s the listening experience that mainly includes Chris Arnold chatting with people of interest about their lives, experiences and musical preferences. Tangents feature heavily and you never know where the conversation could turn to next. It’s the beauty of the beans!

Basically press play, sit back and relax!

1. Sam Walby & James Opus (Now Then Magazine)

2. Tim Walker & Olly Galvin (Tribe of Xanadu)

3. Jimmy May & Mark Leeming & Dom Kidson

4. Mr Benn (Nice Up! Records)

5. Heather Croall & Hussain Currimbhoy (Sheffield Doc/Fest)

6. The Grand Old Ukes Of Yorkshire

Now Then Listings – January 2014

And there you have it. Right back to the start again. Right back to the beginning. 2013 is finished forever (until time travel becomes commonplace that is) and we’re collectively another year closer to death. But we’re not going to put a dampener on things here, those aforementioned sentences should spur you on if anything. This year will be the year you do that thing you’ve always wanted to do! This year will be the year you see that thing you’ve always wanted to see. Hell this year will be the year you give a backrub to that person you’ve always wanted to give a backrub to! The Sheffield entertainment scene is certainly clutching on to that ethos, a whole heap of treats lay at our doorsteps in January. Go out, meet people, drink tipples, learn, laugh, sing, cry and if you’re lucky, receive a backrub from a hopefully non-creepy stranger in the street.

THE CANARY CLUB.
4th JANUARY / ICONS / FREE.

A new year, a new venue and a new clubnight. This is almost too much excitement for us to handle. Ok, we’ve composed ourselves. If electro-swing and uplifting electro is your game, then the Canary Club is your 2014 destination. LINK

THE NUTCRACKER.
7th JANUARY / LYCEUM THEATRE / £19.

The world-renowned Moscow City Ballet tell the magical story of Clara, swept away to a spectacular winter wonderland by the Nutcracker prince. For fans of Tchaikovsky and the colour pink. LINK

DONUTS.
11th JANUARY / DQ / £5.

Recently turned 2 floors party den Donuts turns 1 year old in January. They certainly have a lot to celebrate after selling out DQ every Saturday in December. Warning: may contain booze. LINK

YOUTH MAN.
22nd JANUARY / BELL JAR / FREE.

Brum-bred Youth Man formed in early 2012 and combine unbridled X-Ray Spex passion with an artistic edge that leans towards the Dead Kennedys trippier moments. Evening arranged by the ever-providing Semi Detached. LINK

DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP.
23rd JANUARY / PLUG / £12.50.

The duo behind the massive “Thou Shalt Always Kill” return to Sheffield after a lengthy absence. Not that we think they’re one-hit wonders, their back catalogue is already very impressive despite being so early on in their career. LINK

ALASDAIR ROBERTS.
JANUARY 25th / LANTERN THEATRE / £10.

Big line up from the Folk Forest crew – Alasdair Roberts, Michael Tinker and J Barlow all sharing the stage down at the cosy Lantern Theatre. LINK

DUSK’TILDAWN.
JANUARY 25th / YELLOW ARCH STUDIOS / £10.

Massive line up for this 1 year birthday bash. After bringing the likes of Deekline and Benny Page to Sheffield in 2013, Dusk’TilDawn celebrate in style with Soul Of Man, Toni Jarvis, Rebel Sketchy, Tim Toil, The Off Me Nut crew and many more. LINK

EAST INDIA YOUTH.
JANUARY 29th / CATHEDRAL / £6.

The Quietus describes these guys as a mix of “Detroit techno, lo-fi psychedelic noise rock, deeply romantic Pet Shop Boys-esque synth pop and ramshackle avant-electronica” – sounds delightfully eccentric, go check ‘em out and come to your own conclusion. LINK

SHARROW FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER.
31st JANUARY / HARLEY / £2.

Cool Beans (hey that’s us) have organised a stellar line up of bands and DJs in order to raise funds for this year’s Sharrow Festival. Dual headliners are the wonderful Temptertons and new kids on the block Steel City Rhythm. LINK

That’s it for January. 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 “It’s a new year, it’s a new me” Arnold & Jimmy “Let’s hit the gym” May.

Now Then Listings – July 2013

It’s official. It’s now over six months since Christmas. Six months since you were unwrapping gifts, stuffing your face with all sorts and arguing with your family. “But how can this be” I hear you cry? “It feels like yesterday” you murmur. Well life can be a cruel mistress sometimes. Life can be a real slap in the face. You can be plodding along listening to your favourite country & western track, enjoying the delights of the local park and then BLAM – you’re 85 years old and you haven’t achieved anything and that isn’t country & western you’re listening to it’s the sound of your existence slipping away into obscurity. The motto of this month’s listings column – no more dilly dallying on your life ambitions and as a cautionary, secondary motto – don’t mess with time travel.

THE ALTERNATIVE COMEDY CABARET.
4th JULY / RIVERSIDE / £3.

An event so colourful it’s claiming to make the gay pride flag look like a beige towel. There’s plenty more where that came from – it’s The Alternative Comedy Cabaret everybody!
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OFF THE RECORD.
5th JULY / PLUG / £6.

After a successful launch event back pre-Xmas, Renegade Brass Band’s new bi-yearly night returns to Plug for a summer session. This time they bring the London based rapper and frequent Dub Pistols collaborator – Mr. Rodney P.
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SHARROW FESTIVAL.
6th JULY / SHARROW VALE / FREE.

The people of Sheffield have high hopes for Sharrow Festival after the treacherous weather of yesteryear drove the 2012 celebrations into the Vine pub. This year’s entertainment includes Soukous Revelation, the Mighty Vipers, Soulcrates and local legend MC Nige.
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FOURTH CITY AND END OF THE TRAIL RECORDS PRESENT.
10th JULY / REDHOUSE / £4.

Polkadodge, No Fxd Abode, The Verals, Perfectparachutepicture, Harriet Jones and Stop Drop Robot are all appearing at this exciting collaboration between Fourth City & End of The Trail Records.
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DJ DEREK.
12th JULY / THE HARLEY / £4.

The legendary Brizzle reggae selector that is DJ Derek returns to Sheffield for an evening of toasting and skanking. The 71 year old surely can’t be far from retirement now, get in before 11 and you’ve grabbed yourself a freebie.
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RICHARD HAWLEY.
13th JULY / BIG TOP / £26.

A brand new music event coming to Sheffield for the summer featuring The Levellers and Bison on the 12th and big dog Richard on the 13th. Local ales and local food provided.
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STEEL CITY PUNX PICNIC.
13th JULY / PENELOPES / £12.

Massive punk rock all-dayer raising funds for Sheffield Hunt Sabs, an organisation combatting illegal blood sports in the Yorkshire area. On the day expect raucous performances from Dry Heaves, Septic Psychos, Oi Polloi, Captain Hotknives and many more.
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EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEWS.
14th JULY / THE OLD JUNIOR SCHOOL / DONATIONS.

The Old Junior School on South View Road plays host to a heap of comedic performers running their material by the crowds before they embark on a month long stint in Edinburgh. Includes The Sheffield Revue, Alistair Greaves, Sean Morley, Staple/Face and music from Dominic Rout.
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NEW TOWN KINGS.
19th JULY / THE BOWERY / FREE.

Part of the Cool Beans and Tramlines celebrations this year, Friday night at the Bowery sees 9 piece ska extravaganza New Town Kings return after a lengthy absence from the city. Also playing are Smiling Ivy, The Soul Circle Gang, Counting Coins, The Mega Squad and the band in the running for “Best Band Name of All Time” Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos.
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THE FOLK FORREST.
20th & 21st JULY / ENDCLIFFE PARK / FREE.

The Folk Forest will be returning to the beautiful glade at Endcliffe Park providing the best in folk music, high quality food & drink, arts & craft market, outdoor activities, heritage crafts and much more.
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LOCUS.
24th JULY / LESCAR / £5.

Jazz Club at the Lescar? Nice. Locus are influenced by Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and Brian Blade, their compositions deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and range from bop to contemporary acoustic fusion.
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SHEFFIELD WELLBEING FESTIVAL.
26th JULY / FARGATE / FREE.

The city is treated to a variety of stalls, activities and even stilt walkers all coming together in celebration of wellbeing and the plethora of wonderful services Sheffield has to offer those suffering with mental health issues and their carers.
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SHOWROOM SHORTS.
30th JULY / SHOWROOM / FREE.

The South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network returns to their monthly residency at the Showroom Cinema. Also worth checking out – the 2 Weeks 2 Make It Awards Show on the 15th July, also at the Showroom.
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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/hip hop lyrics.