Opus Acoustics.

Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Road.

Opus Acoustics started life at The Riverside back in 2011. The idea was to book quality local acoustic acts of all genres for a weekly free entry event at a friendly and accommodating venue. Over the course of 18 months it attracted a dedicated crowd, and we began to branch out by booking national and international artists, including Liz Green, Rachael Dadd and Thomas Leeb. We also released a CD entitled At The Riverside, chock full of offerings from our favourite Opus Acoustics performers.

But for 2013 we have decided to shake things up. The new Opus Acoustics spring season features high-calibre musicians from all around the UK performing in the unique and enchanting Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge. These monthly shows will only have a capacity of a little over 80 people, and the atmosphere in the Lantern is such that we are sure they will be intimate and well worth the £5-6 door tax.

The first show of the season takes place on Thursday 7th February, when Sheffield acts The Lost Boys and Neil McSweeney will grace the stage. Following that we will host a one-off event at The Greystones with Woolly Mammoth and Rachael Dadd on 9th March. On April 11th we are back at the Lantern with Mancunian stalwart Liz Green and local act Magpies. Then on 29th May, we will welcome Bristol-based singer songwriter Rozi Plain and The Little Unsaid.

Connect with us on Facebook to find out more about individual shows and other future bookings. We recommend you book tickets in advance due to the limited number of seats available.

And for those of you who are lamenting the end of our Riverside shows, we will still be hosting occasional acoustic events there with a more upbeat flavour. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on that.


13th - 16th March. Ponds Forge.

As you can see from the picture above, our very own Sheffield council leader Julie Dore is holding a BeerX flag alongside Julian Grocock, Chief Executive of The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). But why the celebration?

Well, taking place in Sheffield over several days this March is BeerX, the UK's largest festival of beer, bringing together artisans and professionals from every area of the brewing industry. The festival will feature between 600 and 700 beers and is organised by SIBA, who are expecting brews from as far away as the Isle of Wight, Penzance and Lowestoft. BeerX also brings together SIBA's Annual Brewing conference, including the national brewing competition, the business awards and the associate members forum, serving a variety of functions for the whole industry. The event begins on 13th March, named rather ominously 'Judging Day', then 14th is SIBA members day, with the morning and afternoon of Friday 15th marked out for industry stakeholders, from growers to brewers and landlords. These two days will combine talks and Q&A sessions with industry professionals.

The festival is open to the public from 5pm on Thursday and Friday and the whole of Saturday, a day known collectively in Now Then Magazine circles as 'Day in the Drink'. We jest of course, but beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike should get down to this event, because it represents a level of craft and choice unheard of on the national beer scale. Additionally the festival will host some local live music from the likes of The Dirty Fingers on Friday and Carmen Ghia and The Hotrods on Saturday. There are also discounts for students, CAMRA members and those in the armed forces, with tickets for a fivehour session as cheap as £3. Tickets and more information can be obtained from the BeerX and SIBA websites, and tickets can also be purchased on the door.

The only Sheffield beer entering the contest this year will be Abbeydale Brewery's Deception, a pale 4.1% beer made with the renowned Nelson Sauvin Hops. Those of you in the know will have been drinking this quite frankly gorgeous session ale for many a moon. Fingers crossed for an Abbeydale victory at BeerX.

Go Back For Murder.

Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.
18th-23rd February.

The Agatha Christie Theatre Company comes to Chesterfield this month with a stellar production of Go Back For Murder, adapted by Christie from her detective novel Five Little Pigs in 1960. The action centres around Carla Le Marchant, whose mother died in prison after being convicted of poisoning her father. Convinced of her mother's innocence, Carla enlists the help of lawyer Justin Fogg.

Running during the week commencing 18th February at the Pomegranate Theatre, part of the Grade II listed Stephenson Memorial Hall, Go Back For Murder looks set to be a popular production. Tickets are priced between £12 and £25. For more info, head to chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.

JH Mann.

Sharrow Vale Road.
0114 267 6390.

In Sharrow Vale, we are truly blessed;The butcher, the baker, the (actual) candlestick maker, all within sight of each other. But here we focus on what is probably the finest purveyor of fresh fish in all the world - JH Mann.

The scent of the sea lures you in, with a sprawling bed office displaying all of their wares, from cockles to hake, tuna steaks to smoked haddock, all fresh and served with a smile. But where Mann's really goes the extra mile is in their numerous free recipes found lining the wall at the back of the shop. There is a wide selection to try out, from the safe to the adventurous, with all the ingredients available fresh on the day. We strongly recommend the fish pie.

Music Junkee.

62-64 Cambridge Street.
0114 2759035.

For those of you unfamiliar with the gem that is Music Junkee, this is your opportunity to find out more about one of Sheffield's few remaining independent music stores; a veritable hive of new and used equipment that would sate the need of any musician, band or event organiser. Located next to the Casbah on Cambridge Street, Music Junkee sells it all, from guitars and drums to string instruments, sheet music, recording equipment and software.

They are also expanding their record shop upstairs to include hundreds more records across a whole range of genres, from indie and folk to reggae and electronic. As we all know record shops are on the decline in this country. Do all you can to support vinyl and get yourself down there.

World of Superheroes.


Not many people know that one of the fastest growing superhero websites in America is actually based in Sheffield. Launched only two years ago by entrepreneur, comic expert and collector Steve Eyre, World of Superheroes has grown into a global business run by his talented offspring Holly, Alex and Daniel. As well as having a vintage archive of almost every superhero comic since 1950, they are always looking to buy comic collections, artwork and related memorabilia.

Plans for 2013 include branching out into exhibitions, conventions and road shows, as well as promoting a whole range of artists and graphic illustrators online. If you have something you think might be of interest to the team, contact them on the addresses above or visit worldofsuperheroes.com.

The University Arms.

0114 222 8969.

The University Arms is well known for its quality home-cooked food and large range of locally brewed artisan ales, but recently they have also been acclaimed for providing an intimate setting for a variety of free entry live music events. Coming up on 23rd February, Road House 59 play pure rock 'n' roll in true Cadillac blues style from 9pm. Then on 2nd March from 9pm, the renowned Dale and Kim Storr perform New Orleans blues through to boogie woogie. Finally, on 16th March fine purveyors of swing and rock 'n' roll Mr Train will be throwing out gems for you. Quite the host of live music possibilities indeed!

Cubana Tapas Bar.

34 Trippet Lane.
0114 276 0475

February is of course the month of love, seduction and romance, featuring as it does VALENTINE'S DAY. No excuses for forgetting people, we have used caps lock. Our suggestion for this special night is to head down to Cubanas on Trippet lane. They are doing some fantastic set menus for the 14th and the night before, and have planned a rather special eve of entertainment for the 13th featuring the legendary flamenco skills of Dave Angel.

For those not in the know, Mr Angel is a classically trained guitarist whose repertoire builds on a multi-layered frenzy of guitar loops based on Cuban rhythms. Get those seats booked in quick-fast as this will be one to remember.