Beer X.

12 – 15 March

The aptly named Beer X, hosted by The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), will be returning to our hilly lands once more this year. With over 300 award-winning beers to choose from, this is the place to be if you have a love of craft, skill, dedication and drinking for hours at a time.

This year the festival opens its doors to the public at 5.30pm on 12 March and will be located at iceSheffield towards the north-east of the city. For those of you in need of travel options we would recommend a jaunt to the Fat Cat in Kelham Island or DaDa bar on Trippet Lane, where a restored Routemaster bus will take you to the festival for a suggested donation of 20p per trip, with all proceeds going to the very worthy St Luke’s Hospice, based here in Sheffield. The bus will run on a loop between the venue and the city and will offer additional late night stops for those seeking trains or travel out of the city. Bravo.

As we have come to expect from this festival, food stalls and entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend, though the highlight of these may well be a performance from the much loved Everly Pregnant Brothers on the Saturday evening. Pre-sale tickets will be available from at £8 or £6 for concessions (CAMRA, NUS, armed forces).

Best of luck to the Sheffield breweries competing in the national beer competitions for cask, bottled and keg beers. Industry day is on 13 March and is a must for anyone involved in brewing.

Mogul Creative.

You may not have turned to the magazine’s back page just yet, but when you do, you will spot that we have a colourful new design to illustrate all the independent traders, charities, community groups and local government initiatives that we’ve featured through this issue.

From the seedling of the vague desire to frame our back page map in a more abstract form, all the way through to its immaculate and functional appearance that you see today, Tim and Lee at Mogul Creative have been able to meet and exceed our expectations when working with them to mould our wandering imaginations into reality. We think the resulting map of Independent Sheffield reflects who we are and what we stand for, and we hope you do too.

Outside of working with us, Mogul has just celebrated its second birthday and during those years has worked successfully with a range of clients. For some fine examples, there is the logo, web and stationary design for Just Fabulous’s Vintage China Hire service, identity and logo design for Paul Prest Pest Control services or the addition of social media artwork for Heartbeat’s community percussion classes. Mogul has a growing portfolio illustrating their skills in all these areas.

Based in south Manchester, they offer a range of promotional and design work, from copywriting to website design, from bespoke videos to apps. Their aim is to provide high-level and professional solutions to these branding and company image tasks that are crucial in the modern world, in particular working with small businesses to add a personal touch.

The Night Kitchen.

7 Smithfield

Originally the home of one of Sheffield’s infamous cutlery factories and more recently raised from the ashes of much-loved party venue Dirty Little Secret (DLS), The Night Kitchen is a multi-arts event space with an appetite for creativity and social impact.

Brought to you by the CADS team and Party for the People, this new venue is set to open the eyes of revellers yet further and provide Sheffield with a perfect example of how to reimagine and repurpose its industrial past. With the exciting raison d'être of providing a sensory art experience with custom lighting installations and commissioned filmmaking courses among many other opportunities, this is a space setting itself apart from the rest. Get involved.

Wizard Guitars

303 Ecclesall Road

Buying a guitar – particularly online – can be fraught with pitfalls. A wonky bridge, strings like fish wire or an action you could limbo under are all possibilities. Unless, that is, you visit Wizard Guitars. Resident specialist Phil, a Wizard veteran of 20 years, makes sure that not a single instrument leaves the shop until its whole set-up has been tailored to your individual specifications, all at no extra cost. Be it a £60 starter acoustic or a four grand vintage, it will play perfectly from the very first strum. This is practically unheard of in the trade. So whether you’re just starting out or you’re the next Steve Vai, get down to Wizard.

Moor Market

Open Monday to Saturday

Goodnight Castle Market. Hello Moor Market. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, the new market is a treasure trove of small independent traders selling quality products at affordable prices. Passion for produce and the quickly established sense of community makes this our new happy place. Highlights include fresh fruit and veg at the lovely Barra Organics, hot-from-the-oven Portuguese tarts and artisan cakes at Cakelicious, beautiful fresh fish at Whitlock’s, food from across the globe at Continental Foods, and baking produce at the bright and colourful Make or Bake. Stock up your everyday ethical items at the adorable S&J Pantry and taste the Caribbean with home-cooked food at Caribbean Fusion. Travel the world without leaving the Moor.


As mentioned in our November mag, ROCO is a new creative co-op currently taking root in the city. Though we can’t give you exact details just yet – that would ruin the surprise – we can reveal that they are taking over a whopping seven Grade II listed buildings and converting them into gallery, retail and work space, alongside a cafe bar, roof top terrace and a fully equipped maker hack space.

Their public share offer will be launching sometime this month. Sign up to their newsletter at and keep your eyes peeled. They will also be looking to recruit staff, board members and volunteers, so declare your interest now and you could be involved in this ambitious project.

Exchange Place Studios

Exchange Street

Yorkshire Artspace have just taken on a new artist studio complex on Exchange Street, opposite Victoria Quays, just off Park Square roundabout. Exchange Place Studios is spread across six floors and offers 63 solo and shared studio spaces for local artists, including wi-fi and 24/7 access. Apparently it used to be a WH Smith.

Conveniently placed near to the city centre and the station, this could be a good option for artists and makers looking for a new place to settle down. Prices start at £85 for shared and £117 for solo space. If you’re interested, pop in Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm or send an email to for more information.

The Big Melt

How Steel Made Us Hard
On BBC iPlayer now

The Big Melt is a montage documentary first shown at the Crucible as part of last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest. Featuring a live score from contributors including Forgemasters, Richard Hawley, Serafina Steer and the City of Sheffield Brass Band, all conducted by Mr Jarvis Cocker, it celebrates 100 years of steel in Sheffield with incredible footage taken from the BFI National Archive.

The Big Melt traces steel from the factory gates to its myriad everyday uses, taking in stunning shots of the industrial north, the manufacturing process and public information videos. Though far removed from many people’s experiences of present-day Sheffield, this is a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand the heritage and identity of the city. Get it watched.