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 – 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!
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.
LINK

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.

Cool Beans In Motion: Arnivore’s Summer Of Love

Hey!

So this summer I (Chris Arnold/Arnivore/Fat Back/Trough Hound/Master Of Dry Chat) shall be taking the majestic sounds of Cool Beans all over the United Kingdom thanks to the power of…

a) Festivals
b) DJ sets
c) Oxygen

Cos without Oxygen we would be nothing, nothing at all.

Very excited about all these shows, mainly DJ sets but a couple of other performances (Legitimate Gentlemen, Ham Pocket, expression through disco dancing, etc) shall be making an appearance as well. I’ve written up a handy breakdown of what’s cracking off so you can all find out what exactly it is I’ll be up to and I dunno, maybe come and watch, perhaps, I dunno if you’re not busy or anything.

Now, sure, nobody asked me to write up a handy breakdown of what’s cracking off but if I simply went along with what people asked me to do I wouldn’t end up doing much.

(I have no friends)

Without further ado…

Liverpool Sound City Festival
4th May – 2AM – Red Bull Studios Stage
Following Delphic and playing with Danny Beck and MCs Tim Walker and Dubzee. Super duper!
www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

Symmetry Festival
24th May – 2PM – Clockwork Stage
Rave-core festival with loads of really heavy dance music, won’t open with Come On Eileen at this one.
www.symmetryfestival.co.uk

Countours Festival
6th June – 10PM – The Harley
Student driven charitable Sheffield festival, performing with the Legitimate Gentlemen. Festival takes place at the Uni Arms, The Harley, DQ and the Raynor Lounge. All proceeds go to Safe @ Last!
www.symmetryfestival.co.uk

Eden Festival
7th June – 10:30PM – Ghillie Dhu Dance Tent
The only Scotland show of the whole summer! On before Deekline, Ed Solo, Andy H and perhaps Shy FX in the mighty Dance Tent. Tim Walker may appear on the microphone! Earlier on in the day The Legitimate Gentlemen are performing in the Furry Chillum (not a euphemism) just after Smiling Ivy.
www.edenfestival.co.uk

Broomhill Festival
14th June – 10PM – The Fox & Duck
Ham Pocket’s final show with a whole heap of local talent acting as support. Why must Ham Pocket end their live spectacular I hear no-one cry? Our survey says: Trouble with the Feds – 67, inability to play instruments – 45, they are simply too popular – 1. Also Andy Enchilada is leaving Sheffield….more on that story later!
www.facebook.com/events/640130529337070/

Rock Oyster Festival
22nd June – 11PM – Big Top Dance Tent
The 22nd of June sees me head down to Cornwall to DJ at the lovely Rock Oyster Festival, also on the bill are Slamboree, Extra-Curricular, Smerin’s Anti-Social Club and loads more good-timers.
www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk

Beach Break Live Festival
23rd June – 4PM – The Pastures of Pleasure Apres Surf Lounge
It just so happens that Cornwall are throwing two festivals in one weekend, great news! After finishing off the Big Top at Rock Oyster I head over to Newquay for an afternoon set in the sun at Beach Break Live!
www.beachbreaklive.com

Glastonbury Festival
28th June – Shangri-La
Playing Pluto’s Bazaar in Shangri-La on the Saturday night with Spinforth, Waggles, Howla and the mighty Mike Freear from Slamboree!
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Beat-Herder Festival
5th July – Toil Trees – 5PM
Opening up the marvellously majestic Toil Trees Woodland Area on the Friday afternoon of Beat-Herder Festival. Set in Ribble Valley alongside numerous sheep, Beat-Herder is packing one hell of a line up this year!
www.beatherder.co.uk

Wakestock Festival
12th July – 10:30AM – Wakeboarding Marina
13th July – 7PM – VIP Tent
Looking forward to visiting and DJing at Wakestock Festival, a whole heap of fine acts are on the line up. My earliest set ever on the Friday followed by a VIP Tent set on the Saturday. Hey, maybe I’ll meet Charlotte Church or Stereophonics or Tom Jones! They all live in Wales right?
www.wakestock.co.uk

Tramlines Festival
18th July – 8PM – Leadmill
19th July – 1AM – The Bowery
20th July – 3AM – The Harley
Massive weekend in Sheffield as per usual for Tramlines Festival this year, Cool Beans is hosting music at the Bowery and the Harley, check this out for full listings. I shall be additionally supporting Gentleman’s Dub Club on the Thursday night at Leadmill. Will no doubt be emotional.
www.tramlines.org.uk

Cockrock Festival
21st July – 5PM – Dance Tent
After 3 days of Tramlines madness myself, Jimmy The Gent and Fat Eddie from the Legitimate Gentlemen shall be heading up to the Lake District for Cockrock (great name for a festival that ey). After that we shall stroll the hills and frolic in the mountains.
www.cockermouthrockfestival.com

Kendal Calling Festival
28th/29th July – Happy Slap Boutique Tent
More Lake District fun, this time joining the Happy Slap Boutique team for the Kendall Calling weekend, also on the bill is Ocelus, Mikey J, Jenova Collective, Wolfie and a whole heap of performance based talent!
www.kendalcalling.co.uk

Y Not Festival
4th August – Dance Tent
My set in the Y-Not Tribe of Xanadu Dance tent last year with Wayne Sealey and Tim Walker was one of my favourite sets of all time, looking forward to returning and bringing some fellow Cool Beans DJs with me!
www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

Strawberry Fields Festival
9th August – 2AM – Dance Tent
Myself and Andy H shall be finishing off business in the Dance Tent on the opening night of Strawberry Fields Festival this year. They have Stephen Graham in their posters, maybe he’ll MC for us? Earlier in the day I shall be performing with the Legitimate Gentlemen as well, double up!
www.strawberryfieldsfestival.co.uk

Boomtown Fair Festival
10th/11th August – Happy Slap Boutique Tent
In my eyes one of, if not the best festival in the UK right now. Combining so many genres of music that I love and represent at Cool Beans, it’s an honour to be playing with the Happy Slap Boutique gang in their mexican themed tent!
www.boomtownfair.co.uk

Edinburgh Fringe Festval
18th-23rd August – Voodoo Rooms
Something a bit different to finish off the festival season – alongside Cool Beans associates Andrew, Dominic and Edmund, the four of us shall be performing a comedy show entitled The Cool Beans Guide To Life. Could be a smash hit. It might not be though.
www.edfringe.com

The DJ sets shall be a big melting point of festival-party-fun, lots of breaks, electro-swing, balkan, reggae, ska, drum and bass, funk, moombahton dubstep, hip hop treats, tropical hits, latino beats and such delights. Here’s a couple of free mashups that I’ve just made with Ocelus as well as a couple of my mixes to give you a taster of what I’ll be playing out and about this summer!

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See you in the fields!

Chris xx