Mixed in Sheffield / Dan Sane.

MiS, as it is affectionately know across the seven hills, is widely respected as one of Sheffield's most prominent independent labels following the success of its first two releases, which showcase the talent and diversity to be found in the city when looking that bit deeper into the various scenes. The next chapter will see MiS darling Sarah Mac set for stardom as she features on ITV's Rule Britannia next month. But we'll be going into greater depth on this in next month's mag. This month we're here to talk about Sheffield's latest warehouse venue, Dan Sane.

Mr Liam O'shea, the man behind MiS, has joined forces with Nyra of VIVa Music and Dan Metcalf of All Points North to create a venue for new musical talent, live art and dance to be enjoyed in a conducive environment. PAGE 65. Named after the great Memphis jazz and blues man, Dan Sane takes inspiration from the Berlin warehouse party scene and continues the theme of naming venues after the greats of the 20s and 30s, like Robert Johnson and Harry Klein. The building itself has elements of Berlin club décor,with added South Yorkshire character and is a truly unique venue for the city. This ethos of individuality and quality extends into the booking policy, with acts like Levon Vincent and Dinky already booked.

With the place being born specifically to host monthly night Downlo, Dan Sane is not run like a club. It doesn't have daily takings and profit margins, and so carries an amazing air of freedom which sets the tone for a great and unpretentious night out. On 28th September Downlo reached its first birthday and so celebrated in style with the aforementioned banger headlined by Dinky. They are set to follow this with more intriguing and horizonbroadening acts each month.

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The Plug

The Plug has been a bit overlooked in recent issues of Now Then, but only on the assumption that it is usually a destination of choice for most readers on any given month. Located in the centre of town on Matilda Street, the Plug is a versatile venue with three rooms hosting regular events like Planet Zogg, Covert, Shuffle and Detonate. They also put on live gigs throughout the week, with local bands mixing with internationally touring acts.

Here a few prime bookings coming up in the next couple of months.

5th November.
Featuring the Electric Soft Parade, 7 Black Tentacles, the Tivoli, Matinee Hype and Dr Syntax, Projectionists, Screaming Maldini, Carl Woodfood and Andy Duxfield.

16th November.
Support from Walls.

Red Snapper.
18th November.
Support from King Capisce.

James Zabiela.
10th December.
Techno, house and breakbeat DJ extraordinaire takes on the Plug for one night only, supported by a set from young producer Midland.

Sculptured Earth.

01433 620634.
07837 115290.

From earth-sculpter, landscaper and aspiring journeyman Dan Butlin comes Sculptured Earth, an ethical company committed to creating low-maintenance green spaces.

A professional drystone waller of five years both here and abroad, Dan and new partner Scott have an admirable vision of using traditional crafts and methods of working with the land, rather than trying to tame it.

The team use locally-sourced and reclaimed materials upon request and produce work to the highest standard while keeping their prices affordable, as well as showing the gardeners of tomorrow how you can create and sustain beautiful spaces with minimal disruption to the natural ecosystem. Give them a call and bring some countryside into your part of town.

Independent's Day.

S11 Independents.

Last month a host of independent traders joined forces to stage the first S11 Fashion Fundraiser, bringing in over £1,500 for the Cavendish Cancer Care Centre and Cash for Kids. The event was held at Studio 557 on Ecclesall Road and hosted 150 lucky ladies sitting at the edge of Sheffield's most exclusive catwalk. With eight local businesses showcasing autumn/ winter '11 trends, they were served champagne and canapés by a topless Ian Philips from Hunky Waiters. Nice.

Helen Connelly, organiser and owner of Squirts Designer Childrenswear, said: "The S11 Fashion Fundraiser was a phenomenal success and I'm so pleased we exceeded our target of raising £1,000!" Here's to many more.

Victoria Made.


A cake's a cake's a cake, right? Wrong. Based in Sheffield but able to deliver to all surrounding regions, Victoria Watkin Jones creates incredibly ornate homemade cakes. A true specialist in wedding cakes, Victoria can also cater for practically any occasion that warrants a cake with that extra touch of class.

The range of options is highly impressive, with larger cakes and specialist designs created specifically for the cutting ceremony, right through to luxury cup cakes made to your specification. Victoria is also now taking orders for the Christmas period, so get in touch.

Slam Bam, Thank You Ma'am.

24th October @ 9pm.
The Shoebox, Riverside Cafe.

Local performance poet Sarah Thomasin is teaming up with LaDIYfest Sheffield to bring you Sheffield's first all-female poetry slam. Why all women? Well, LaDIYfest is all about celebrating women's creativity and talent and while there are a lot of women poets out there, performance poetry has a tendency to be male-dominated.

The night will also feature a set from renowned international performance poet Paula Varjack in her debut visit to Sheffield. Poetic ladies should contact Sarah Thomasin at wordgeeksarah[at]gmail[dot]com. All proceeds to Sheffield Rape Crisis.

The Vine Inn.

160 Cemetery Road.
01142 768920.

The Vine is to be found equidistantly between Ecclesall Road and London Road and has recently enjoyed a shift in paradigm. Now owned by landlord Ricky, the venue has been reborn in earnest. It will no longer simply be your local, as it now offers regular live music, DJs taking centre-stage and late licensing at the weekend, making for a great venue to let your hair down with mates.

Ricky is now also putting drinks offers on each night, along with competition-standard pool tables, a jukebox and what he believes is the best beer garden in Sheffield. There will be an open-entry pool competition every Wednesday netting the winner a sweet thirty quid, so any budding Ronnies out there, get chalking.

Big Bag of Boom.

19th October. 7.30pm.

On 19th October, Flash will host a performance from "the world's funniest dance duo", Tom Roden and Pete Shenton, known collectively as New Art Club. Built from a decade of successful shows, Big Bag of Boom sees the pair amuse with their hodge-podge of set pieces and playful on-stage antics, including country dancing to Heaven 17 and an unorthodox game of peekaboo.

Both Roden and Shenton are accomplished choreographers in their own right, having worked on scores of projects in recent years, so this slice of "sublimely elegant stupidity" should appeal to fans of dance and comedy alike.