This is Heeley

24-26 July
Brothers Arms

Summer is upon us, so it’s time to start planning ahead for those precious, sun-filled weekends. If you need a break from Tramlines, there’s a beer festival that you won’t want to miss.

This is Heeley Festival, hosted by The Brothers Arms, will feature 60+ cask ales served by Blackjack Brewery, street food and fantastic local music. There will also be family entertainment to keep the little ones happy. With so much choice, there will definitely be something for you. Most importantly, it’s free.

The festival will take place in the pub on Friday and Sunday, but on Saturday it will take over Heeley Millennium Park, with a second stage run by Hybrid³ Studios.

So far, the Friday line-up includes Caroline Francess, Kid Conventional, YONNI and The Clench. On Saturday, performances include Kingfisher Blue, The Unscene, Carmen Ghia & the Hotrods, and the Everly Pregnant Brothers. And on Sunday, make sure you catch Early Cartographers, The Cuckoo Clocks and Max Restaino. More info on Facebook.

The Brothers Arms is the brainchild of Sheffield-born painter and cartoonist, Pete Mckee, and fellow members of the Everly Pregnant Brothers. The band opened the pub last summer and they have been reaping the rewards of their hard work ever since, as it continues to grow in popularity. Originally designed as somewhere for the band to enjoy a pint or two between rehearsals, The Brothers Arms has established itself as a shrine to real ale, giving older, well-established pubs a run for their money.

Melissa Fawcett


Dance Network Sheffield

The days of the flash mob may be over, but a Sheffield-based dance group are bringing a fresh and unique approach to location-based dance this summer. If you’re yet to experience location-specific choreography, you’re in for a treat.

Dance Network Sheffield recently launched Cityscapes, a series of site-specific pop-up dance performances created in collaboration with site dance artist Gerry Turvey. Consisting of independent dance artists living and working in Sheffield, the group will illuminate unusual spaces and places through dance. The city will come to life in a sea of movement and colour, transforming pathways, benches, galleries and fountains.

The performers range from professional dancers to members of youth dance groups, an eclectic mix of talent from a range of ages and backgrounds. Their broad dance experience and strong ties to Sheffield will bring you an entirely new and unique view of the city.

Cityscapes began at the Winter Gardens as part of Sheffield Design Week last month, but you can also catch performances at Tramlines (Sun 26 July, 3.30pm), Off The Shelf (Sat 10 Oct, time TBC) and Sensoria (Sat 26 Sept, time TBC).

Yorkshire-based Biztar Productions will also be capturing the performances as they happen, so you don’t have to miss out if you can’t make it on the day.

Melissa Fawcett

9 Pin Beer Festival

18 July
Old Junior School, Sharrow

On The Edge Brewery have just announced their second annual beer festival, 9 Pin, taking place on Saturday 18 July from 1pm. It will go on until the beer sells out, so get their early to avoid missing out on your favourites.

9 Pin will include nine of the On The Edge Brewery beers, as well as cider and juice, if beer isn’t your thing. All of their beers are produced in small amounts, from British classics to wheat beers, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Perfect for all you beer tickers out there.

There will be great summer music, pub games and sandwiches available, as well as plenty of outdoor seating (weather permitting). Facebook event

Black Ice

8 August, 1pm
Yellow Arch Studios

On 19 September 2013, the crew on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise were held at gunpoint by Russian officials as they protested against the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Next month, Greenpeace South Yorkshire will screen Black Ice, a documentary from the perspective of the captives, with behind-the-scenes access and never-before-seen footage.

Hosted at the newly renovated Yellow Arch, the event will also include a Q&A and raffle. It’s free but donations are welcome, with proceeds going towards the Save The Arctic campaign. Due to a limited capacity, please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

Melissa Fawcett

No Words Required

Throughout August
A Month of Sundays

No Words Required is an upcoming group exhibition at A Month of Sundays, the gallery on Sharrow Vale Road curated by Pete McKee. As the name implies, the show is a series of silent comics from 20 artists, including Kid Acne, Paul Smith, The Designers Republic, Tom J Newell, Jo Peel, TADO and Pete McKee.

Each piece has a beginning, a middle and an end, but it’s up to the viewer to attach their own meaning and interpret the story. The exhibition is also a collaboration with Page 45, a comic book shop in Nottingham, who will be helping the gallery display some classic examples of silent comics. Suitable for all ages, it opens on Saturday 1 August and runs till Saturday 29 August. More info.

Sheffield Soup

29 July, The Printhouse

Following in the footsteps of Soup Detroit, Soup Sheffield aims to connect the people of Sheffield to creative entrepreneurs who can make a difference. The idea is to sociably and democratically crowdfund local people’s projects through an evening of soup, bread and entertainment.

Everyone pays £5 (or more) on the door. There are four pitches, each only four minutes long, then every audience member votes for their favourite project – an micro-economy independent of corporate interests or grant funding tick boxes. The winner takes the door money.

Brought to Sheffield by Pennie Raven of Pecha Kucha Sheffield fame, the first Sheffield Soup will take place on 29 July at The Printhouse. The final deadlines for pitches is 17 July.

Now Then Discounts App

New Features Galore

It’s coming up to a year since we first unleashed the Now Then Discounts app on Sheffield and the response has been fantastic. As of the end of June, we have well over 8,000 users and 125 independent traders listed, many of whom are offering exclusive discounts and deals.

We’ve been working on the app a lot over summer – or, more accurately, our developers Pipe & Piper have. There are now updates available for both Android and iOS versions, including push notification capabilities (stay tuned on this...) and a What’s New page, where all new offers and traders are listed for your ease and convenience.

Next time you’re not sure what’s around you, open up the app, take a look at the map, save your favourite traders and get exploring.

Celebrating #7

Thursday 30 July
Devonshire Cat

Some of you may have already sampled #7, the new Now Then keg beer produced by Abbeydale Brewery. It has been made in celebration of seven years of Now Then magazine, which began in April 2008, and also in celebration of the 7th keg ale in Abbeydale Brewery's new keg beer line. It also features seven different hops. You'll find that the number 7 is going to crop up a lot at this event...

If you've not already sampled this beer and would like to try it, come down to The Devonshire Cat on Thursday 30 at 7pm for a drink, a bit of music and some amusing pint winning prizes. It's a bit of a Now Then social and a chance for us to get some feedback from you, our readers, not only on the beer, but on the magazine as well. We think this is possibly the best beer we've ever made. What do you think?