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  1. Hey folks, I did the Sheffield Round Walk last month with a few friends. We wanted to stop off at pubs along the way however I couldn't find much information online. For anyone wanting to do what we did, I have written a handy guide to drinking whilst walking around some beautiful parts of the Sheffield borough. Hope somebody finds it helpful! http://coolbeansproductions.co.uk/the-sheffield-round-walk-pub-crawl/
  2. 9th July, Yellow Arch Studios, 11PM - 3AM Tickets, £3 advance (no booking fee): https://coolbeansproductions.yapsody.com/event/index/41634/the-final-cool-beans-party Well folks, the time has come, we've partied for over 5 years and now the time has come to party one last time. When I started up Cool Beans I was a young whippersnapper, keen to drink as many cans of Red Stripe as possible and stay up until at least 2AM. Nowadays my bones ache and I consider an almond croissant/latte combination to be a delightful treat. I'm beginning to drift more towards nights out where seating is almost certainly guaranteed and I find Radio 4's World Service incredibly informative. I am very proud of what Cool Beans has become, originally focusing on events and an internet-only radio show it's now branched out to become a TV programme on 7 different channels, an FM radio show, a bookings agency, a podcast, a host stage at multiple festivals and a column in Now Then Magazine. And even though we're entering the final chapter with regards to the parties we put on, this doesn't mark the end of Cool Beans, just an end of a certain era of Cool Beans shall we say. For the final one, we just want to have a royal knees up, a celebration of all the celebrations we've had over the last five years. And what better way to celebrate than getting your favourite DJs and closest pals to perform alongisde you on the night. Thus the line up for the 9th July at Yellow Arch is quite simply as follows... Andy H Chris Arnold Jimmy The Gent Lonesome Dom Mickey Michaels Sidekick Jonny & a cardboard cutout of Andy Enchilada Tickets are £3 advance (no booking fee) and will be £5 on the door. Everyone who attends will get a free hug from myself and a free wet willy from Mickey Michaels. https://coolbeansproductions.yapsody.com/event/index/41634/the-final-cool-beans-party Huge thanks to all the acts we've had on the years, all the venues, all the promotors we collaborated with and everyone who has come to a show and shaken some legs. Special thanks to the Unseen Bean for all his artwork. And of course thanks to messers Enchilada, Kidson, Michaels, May & Harrold for getting so heavily involved with it all. Cheers again Sheffield, it's been a fun 5 years, onwards to the next chapter! Chris. xxx
  3. There's a hot new intimate venue in town, much hotter, newer and intimater than anything previously, and that my friends is Regather. Always one to jump on board a new space to have a good time in, we've been granted access for one night of fun. So on the 21st May book in your babysitters and get on down to Club Garden Road for a double header of talent*! THE GRAND OLD UKES OF YORKSHIRE Duncan & Bassy make up Sheffield's second best ukulele-based comedy act, and occasionally when the Everly Pregnant Brothers play a gig outside of town, they're bumped up to first place for a glorious couple of hours. Expect all your favourite 90s and 00s hits delivered with such enchantingly magical whimsy that you'll begin to wonder why the ukulele isn't dominating today's Spotify charts. You may have also caught the duo moonlighting as weatherman on local television across the country (hey, you need to pay the bills somehow). THE CHRIS ARNOLD EXPERIENCE Cool Beans head honcho Chris Arnold is back with a brand new powerpoint driven show after months estranged from civilisation caught up in a gang of feral wolves (don't ask, but let's assume that scamp Mickey Michaels is to blame). Expect a variety of top page wipes, some averagely amusing songs and multiple displays of pure pan pipe talent. You may know Chris from his work on The Cool Beans Television Show or his appearance in Bonnie Tyler's Top 8 friends on Myspace circa 2004-2005. http://www.madeinleeds.tv/programme/cool-beans/ We wanted to make it free entry, but there a few costs involved in hiring the venue. We've kept it cheap though. Tickets available at £3 (no booking fee) from the Regather site: https://regather.yapsody.com/event/index/36871/cool-beans-presents-grand-old-ukes-of http://www.coolbeansproductions.co.uk/ *the term 'talent' is used subjectively.
  4. THURSDAY 24th MARCH @ THE WASHINGTON 8PM - 3AM FREE ENTRY The Washington teams up with Cool Beans to bring you a special Easter treat. It might be Good Friday the following day, but it will be an Even Better Thursday the night before! JOHNNY KOWALSKI & THE SEXY WEIRDOS JK&TSW blend Balkan Folk vibes with the energy of Ska and the attitude of Rock'n'Roll to create a carnival punk sound that is not to be missed! For fans of Gogol Bordello, The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, etc. http://www.sexyweirdos.co.uk/ UNKILLABLE CLERICS Post chamber rock. A sound so unique it warranted the invention of a new genre. The result of classically trained musicians developing a taste for prog/post-rock and merging the two. For fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Johan Sebastian Bach. https://www.facebook.com/UnKillableClerics/ CHRIS ARNOLD DJ SET 11pm-3am Head honcho of Cool Beans Productions, Chris Arnold plays a mix of reggae, swing, garage, disco, dnb, soul, ska, breaks, hip hop, balkan, grime, electro-swing, dancehall, house, funk, rock, jazz, rock n roll, motown, techno, etc, etc, etc! FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT LONG!
  5. We're taking over the Yellow Arch Studios for our 5th birthday! KING PORTER STOMP Festival scene legends, Brighton-based King Porter Stomp return to Cool Beans after blowing us away a few years back, bringing with them their unmistakeable funk/ska/dub/hip hop sound! http://kingporterstomp.co.uk/ SMILING IVY A band close to our hearts, alongside them we've toured the French Alps, the Scottish Highlands and countless UK cities. The evening will host a double milestone as Smiling Ivy shall also be celebrating ten whole years! http://www.smilingivy.co.uk/ MANGO RESCUE TEAM Tropical mayhem galore from this Sheffield collective, expect inflatable palm trees and more coconut rhythms you can shake a stick at. Tropical rating will be through the roof for their set! https://mangorescueteam.bandcamp.com/ + SPECIAL GUESTS Finishing off the night in the main room we'll have pretty much the best party band we've ever seen. Clue: it could get brassy. + DJs/HOSTS Hapless chumps Chris Arnold & Mickey Michaels, from the Cool Beans Television Show, have been allowed out of prison for the night. http://madeinleeds.tv/programme/cool-beans We'll also have a second room going for this one, a DJ fuelled mega-mash-up-party-rave the like that Sheffield has never seen before! Working the platters that matter on the evening are as follows... Andy H (Tuesday Club) Jimmy Then Gent (Clothes Line) Powlo (Thirsty Ear) Clipboard (Threads) Smiling Ivy (DJ set) And a special Cool Beans debut from legends of the rave scene: Junglist Alliance! That's right! Junglist Alliance! EARLYBIRDS - £5 (Sold Out) ADVANCE - £7 (Not Sold Out) All tickets can be found via the charitable ticketing website and our good pals Party For The People: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/1345-the-cool-beans-5th-birthday-with-king-porter-stomp-smiling-ivy-mango-rescue-team-special-guests Here's to five more years!
  6. Hey Mel, Sorry it took me so long to reply to this, I don't check this account very often. Season 2 is now available online here: http://www.madeinleeds.tv/programme/cool-beans/ Thanks for checking it out! X
  7. It's been quite some time since the last Cool Beans live event but as we hurtle towards celebrating 5 years of beans the time has come to visit a Sheffield based venue that we've never had the pleasure of hosting an event at - The Washington! Yes indeed! One of the city's favourite drinking caverns, renowned for its sweaty dancefloor and tasty ales, has allowed us, the Beans Brigade, to take over the venue for one night only! Not only that, it's free entry and we've got a stonker of a line up planned! DEXTER DEXTROUS & THE FINGERSMITHS Storming funk, swing, ska and other energetic genres from this Leeds based-act. They've been off the gigging scene for a bit whilst their singer has been out the country so it's even more exciting that we've grabbed them for a rare live show. The eagle-eyed of you out there might recognise some of their members from the circus-pyro-festival-rave dons Slamboree! One things for certain, these guys are guaranteed to get a dancefloor going at any party. THE UNSCENE Reggae, folk, soul and general nice vibes from this Sheffield collective. Fronted by Tom 'Souldeep' Hutt, you may have caught these guys at Sharrow Festival, Tramlines and many other cracking events this summer. Perfect way to open up the night. + DJ/HOST CHRIS ARNOLD Head honcho of Cool Beans, last seen in prison with accomplice Mickey Michaels in June. However he's been released on bail for a few September DJ sets (including a slot at everyone's favourite island party Bestival) and will be taking you late night dwellers well into the early hours with his musical selection. https://soundcloud.com/arnivore/arnivore-presents-and-the/ All welcome! Locals, students, men, women, pandas, hippos. Come on down and get yo groove on! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/995490043806510/
  8. Record label owner, producer and DJ extraordinaire, A.Skillz’ incredible deck talents fuse funk, soul and hip-hop with D’n'B, dub-step and breaks, all sliced, mashed and cut together with a unique style of scratching and mixing. His reputation as a true party rocker has won him prime-time slots across the world at major events, including FabricLive (London), The Hit Factory (New York), WMC (Miami), Shambhala (Canada), Field Day (Sydney) and Glastonbury. As a producer A.Skillz has established himself as one of the most highly regarded in his scene, releasing countless bullets, including the infamous Insane Bangers series, a host of impressive remixes for the likes of stadium rockers Queen, dance legend Don Diablo and Northern Soul Groovers Smoove & Turrell, together with singles on the legendary Finger Lickin’ Records and the now classic artist album ‘Tricka Technology’ with breakbeat heavyweight Krafty Kuts. Whether he’s in a club or at a festival, A.Skillz ALWAYS gets the place jumping. Support on the night comes from Andy H (Tuesday Club), Powlo (Thirsty Ear), Arnivore and The Quality Controllers. £3 earlybird tickets SOLD OUT £4 advance tickets https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/916-quality-control-presents-a-skillz More OTD!
  9. Good morning you beautiful bunch - we bring news! The complete re-edited first series of the Cool Beans Television Show is now up on the Made TV catch-up player. To indulge, simply click on the link below and head to "Entertainment", all 6 episodes can be found and enjoyed again and again! http://www.madeinleeds.tv/player/ Many of you may dispute the fact that we're in the "Entertainment" category. Also many of you may dispute the fact that the catch-up player is non-Sheffield related and ergo not suitable for this forum. SLTV currently doesn't have a catch-up player so is unable to be uploaded there. Anyway, hope you enjoy! A taster for series 2 can be found here:
  10. A big night of storming live music and top quality DJs is taking place on the 13th March at everyone's favourite late night watering hole - The Harley! New York Brass Band Big brassy explosion of covers and originals, these guys have rocked countless festivals and parties over the past few years and we're honoured for them to be having their Quality Control debut with us! http://www.newyorkbrassband.co.uk/ Sam Redmore One of the finest DJs rocking the UK scene, brum-based Sam Redmore has racked up hundreds of thousands of plays online for his re-edits, remixes, mashups and originals and recently provided the New Year's Eve soundtrack for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6 Music. Jack Athey (full band show) Sheffield soul man Jack Athey is bringing a full band to open up the show on the 13th, his latest musical offerings are veritable treats for the ears! http://jack-athey.bandcamp.com/ Plus of course the Quality Control DJs will be on hand to join the musical dots for the evening! Dirt cheap £3 advance tickets available from Party for the People and The Harley! https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/915-new-york-brass-band-live-sam-redmore-dj FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1398130613829631/
  11. Introducing a night with twice the energy of a Mr Motivator DVD, three times the charm of photo of Nicolas Cage and fifty million times the charisma of an Eastenders Live episode... THE STIFF JOINTS Kidderminster's 10 piece ska army finally come to a Cool Beans night! Here at CBHQ we're massive fans of these guys, love their tunes, love their videos, love their artwork. So much so that they've been part of the Cool Beans Management family for a fair few months now. We're over the moon that they are finally coming to do a show for us! BLACK THUNDER REVUE Fronted by Andy Davison, BTR have got elements of blues, rock, indie and plenty more! Another Cool Beans debut, guaranteed to bring all the vibes. STEVE ALLEN (WRECK THE PLACE) Steve (and maybe his band, that's TBC) shall be opening up the show in fine style, with his own brand of punk, folk and miscellaneous! http://www.sameold.co.uk/ It's happening at the Riverside! Some £3 advance tickets are available, after they're gone it'll be £5 on the door! https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/970-cool-beans-presents-the-stiff-joints-black-thunder-revue-and-more FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1093229437370895/ Anyone who comes to this will be receiving KUDOS, LIFE SKILLS and EVERLASTING MEMORIES.
  12. After some festive excess and January hibernation, Smiling Ivy is back to kick-off 2015 with a full-skanking, hip-shaking hometown headline. On Friday, February 6, we’ll be at Sheffield’s Riverside Live for a night jam-packed with ska, dub, punk, electro swing, DnB, hip-hop, and more. The night will be dedicated to our amazing friend Emma Twigg, who lost her battle with cancer last year. We’ll be spinning a whole load of her favourite tunes (she had cracking taste) and will be donating all proceeds from the gig to Marie Curie Cancer Care. For main support, we’re really excited to welcome rave-rascals Jenova Collective, who had an amazing 2014 on the festival and party circuit. The heavy-hitting Leeds seven-piece will definitely turn up the heat with their eclectic and energising mix of electro swing, DnB, house, breaks and ghetto funk. We’ll also have acoustic trio The Busketeers along for the ride. Comprising of two members from Sheffield ska-legends Bison, the folk stalwarts will be a real treat to kick-off the occasion. DJ Well Aware will be keeping the party rocking and the good vibes flowing - dropping electro swing, ghetto funk, dub, D&B, hip-hop, and mashing-up anything that makes the waistline wiggle. The enormously talented Mexican Sugar Skull will also be there to paint-up your beautiful faces. Tickets cost £3 advance and £5 on the door. Remember ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY!!! You can purchase a ticket here: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/866-smiling-ivy-jenova-collective-the-busketeers-marie-curie-cancer-care-fundraiser Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1567082623527408/
  13. 2014 has been an amazing year for us, we have been honoured to host some tremendous guests at the Harley. The likes of DJ Yoda, A.Skillz, DJ Format, The Reflex, Souleance, Prime Cuts, DJ Woody, Evil Nine, Mr Benn and plenty more have all graced our stage. Thank you very much if you've joined us for one or more of our parties! As we move into the final month of the year we'd thought we'd do something a little different. We've invited two of our favourite Sheffield based live outfits to come and perform. Hot Diamond Aces and Airwolf are two seriously tight and funky bands jam packed with horns, licks, top vocals and ferocious energy. We are seriously looking forward to hosting a live element at Quality Control for the first time. On DJ duties we have Ocelus doing his mesmerising DJ/AV set for the first time ever in Sheffield. Plus Arnivore AKA Chris Arnold (Cool Beans) will keep the party going until the early hours. And of course our residents the Quality Controllers will be there to join all the musical dots. Note the early start for this show, we'll be kicking off proceedings at 8PM with the first band on at 9PM. Extremely cheap £2 earlybirds are currently on sale: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/523-quality-control-presents-hot-diamond-aces-live Ho, ho ho! Merry Xmas!
  14. The Cool Beans 4th Birthday at Queens Social Club this Halloween! BISON It's a flippin' disgrace that it's taken us 4 years to put on a Cool Beans event with the powerhouse that is Bison but we're making up for lost time by inviting them to do a massive 80 minute set! If you don't know about these guys well you should. Watching one of their live performances is pretty much the most fun you can have even with taking your clothes off. Their recent albums Pressing The Flesh and Saturday Big Shop are on constant repeat in Cool Beans HQ, the songwriting is impeccable and their genre-bashing through the roof. Expect to hear ska, swing, reggae, funk, balkan, soul, hip hop, electronica, punk and plenty more! http://allhailthebison.bandcamp.com/ K.O.G & THE ZONGO BRIGADE Fairly new to the scene, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade have rapidly progressed to festival headliners. You may have caught them at Peace in the Park, Sharrow Festival and Tramlines this year. Fronted by K.O.G, the band seamlessly fuse together afrobeat, ska, reggae, blues, funk, etc. Their motto 'Unity in Diversity' embraces the eclectic mix of nationalities which make up the band. https://www.facebook.com/zongobrigade BYRON STREET SOCIAL Huddersfield-based reggae stompers, Byron Street Social have continually impressed us with their big sound and male/female vocal combination. They played on our stages at Peace in the Park and Y-Not Festival this year and it's going to be cracking having them debut inside a Cool Beans venue. http://byronstreetsocial.com/ AIRWOLF Local funk/disco/groove upstarts! These guys play it fast and they play it funky. Their bass player Alex has to be one of the best bassists in Sheffield right now! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airwolf/1403164466618561 + DJs Andy H (Tuesday Club), Tim Walker (Big Swing), Arnivore & Jimmy The Gent (Cool Beans) £5 Earlybirds SOLD OUT! £6 advance tickets available here: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/677-cool-beans-4th-birthday-halloween-special-with-bison-k-o-g-the-zongo-brigade-byron-street-social-airwolf-andy-h-more
  15. Thanks Mel! He's a top lad doing very interesting stuff with his music.
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