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New What’s On show – your guide to daily events and activities


Sheffield Live’s ‘What’s On’ television programme – weekdays at 6:05pm – is your guide to the huge range of events and activities taking place in Sheffield throughout the week.

Featuring interviews and previews of upcoming gigs, sporting events, shows, culture, and all sorts of activities, if you want to stay informed about interesting events in Sheffield you need to watch What’s On. Catch the show live at 6:05pm every weekday: Freeview Channel 8, Virgin Cable 159 and or catch up with recent episodes below (and other recent episodes here).

What’s On – Friday 29th May episode:

Presenter Alex Ashmore guides us through the weekend's listings, talks to Ryan Finnigan from Five & Dime Picture Show about their screening series and visits the Lantern Theatre to speak to the cast of the recent production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

What's On – Friday 29th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.


What’s On presenter Kurt Sullivan visits Crack The Code Sheffield, a challenging new escape game:

What’s On visits Crack The Code Sheffield from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 27th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts is joined by Pecha Kucha Sheffield’s Pennie Raven to talk about their unique events, and we take a look at the recent Sheffield Young Artists exhibition.

What’s On – Wednesday 27th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 26th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell Machin is joined in the studio by former boxer Dave Perkins, who traded life in the ring for a career as a professional singer, and we take a look at Afrofest, an event created to celebrate African culture in Sheffield.

What’s On – Tuesday 26th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 25th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski takes a look at the recent Ratha Yatra Festival and we look at Sheffield’s Movie-Park Drive In Cinema.

What’s On – Monday 25th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Friday 22nd May episode:

Alex Ashmore chats to young alternative rock band INTO THE RED, and we take a look at the recent DO IT ANYWAY Festival.

What’s On – Friday 22nd May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 20th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts talks to Chella Quint about the Period Positive Project, and we take a look at the recent One Sheffield Many Cultures Festival.

What’s On – Wednesday 20th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 19th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell-Machin talks to Abigail Barragry about the upcoming Broomhill festival, and we take a look at the Weston Park Fayre which took place this Saturday.

What’s On Tuesday 19th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 18th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski talks to Liam Rodgers about UpScribe, a social publisher that works to help vulnerable adults and young people to engage in the community and boost their personal development through creative writing. Laura also went down to Wardsend Cemetery to find out about the work of the Livesey Street Project.

What’s On Monday 18th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Friday 15th May episode:

Presenter Alex Ashmore talks to Helen Mort about the upcoming South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, and we take a look at what Media Production students get up to at Norton College.

What’s On Friday 15th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Thursday 14th May episode:

Presenter Kurt Sullivan talks to Robert Webb about his Eurovision alternative, Not the Eurovision. Kurt also went down to Kelham Island Museum and spoke to chief executive John Hamshere about the museum’s importance and Sheffield’s industrial past.

What’s On Thursday 14th from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Wednesday 13th May episode:

Presenter Jordan Roberts talks to Sara Hill about the Festival of Debate which recently finished, and What’s On went down to talk to Mark Atkin about this years upcoming Docfest.

What’s On Wednesday 13th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Tuesday 12th May episode:

Presenter Oliver Dartnell Machin talks to David Reid about the upcoming Hopes and Fears art exhibition, the exhibition features artwork created by people with dementia, or carers. Oliver also went down to Wincobank Chapel to talk to Sing for Joy, an all female choir that sing for the fun of it!

What’s On Tuesday 12th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

What’s On – Monday 11th May episode:

Presenter Laura Bilinski talks to Steve Rimmer about the not-for-profit ticket sales organisation ‘Party for the People’, and What’s On goes cheer leading mad at Cheermania, Sheffield’s very own amazing cheer leading squad.

What’s On Monday 11th May from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

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From Brazil to steel city for folk fan

Dave Eyre and Sam Hindley of Sheffield Live's Thank Goodness It's Folk programme and guest Tiago Lucas

Dave Eyre and Sam Hindley of Sheffield Live’s Thank Goodness It’s Folk programme and guest Tiago Lucas

Thank Goodness It’s Folk, which airs every Friday from 10am to noon, is a long-running staple of the Sheffield Live schedule. Some of its listeners enjoy it through FM radio (93.2FM in Sheffield) and some through the livestream from and apps like tunein.

This means that Thank Goodness It’s Folk – like most of our shows – attracts a worldwide listenership.

So it was great to invite a listener and folk fan from across the world into the Sheffield Live radio studio this Friday to participate in Thank Goodness It’s Folk.

Tiago Lucas is an English teacher and fan of all folk music of the British Isles. Tiago is from Santo André, a Brazilian municipality located in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

Tiago is a regular and long-standing listener to the show, currently living in Dublin. Sangita Basudev, chief executive of Sheffield Live, said,

“we’re absolutely thrilled that Tiago enjoys the show – and we were delighted to welcome him to visit us and take part.”

Listen to the podcast of the latest (17/10/14) episode of Thank Goodness It’s Folk.

Sheffield Live! TV first screening

Television programmes in production for Sheffield Live! TV were enthusiastically applauded by a public audience including shareholders and supporters at a Showroom Cinema screening last week.

The first Sheffield Live! TV showreel has now been published online to view and comment. Sheffield Live! TV, the digital local TV channel for Sheffield, will launch in autumn on Freeview, Virgin cable and the internet. The showreel provides a taster of the range of content planned for the new channel including music, film, outdoors, sport, comedy and experimental work.


Sheffield Live! TV is locally owned and run for community benefit. Sheffielders have been invited to invest in the project to help get it off to a flying start and to join a growing band of community shareholders. The Sheffield Community Media Ltd Pioneer and Community Share Offer is open until 14 August, with full details available online at:

Sheffield Live! Television: exclusive preview screening

Sheffield Live! is hosting an exclusive preview of programmes under development for Sheffield’s new local TV channel.

Join us for a breakfast screening with an eclectic selection of showreels from our independent producers. Sheffield Live! TV will carry a diverse mix of news and current affairs, music, culture, sport, community and alternative programming, featuring Sheffield talent and creativity.

Join us for breakfast, with refreshments, light snacks, a chance to talk to some of our programme makers and a screening at the Showroom Cinema on 24 July 2014 – a taste of things to come.

Please book early – places will be limited! Further details here.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: Audience Award for Orgreave doc & roundup of Festival awards

DocFest3Orgreave anniversary documentary wins Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Doc/Fest’s Audience Awards were announced this week. Now in it’s eighth year, the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award gives Sheffield’s public audience and delegates the chance to honour their favourite film of the festival.

The Audience Award winner for the 21st edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest is STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN directed by Owen Gower and produced by Sinead Kirwan and Mark Lacey. This archive-rich film looks back to Margaret Thatcher’s battle with the unions and specifically the 1984 miners strike. Told primarily from the retrospective of the mining communities the Doc/Fest screenings received a standing-ovation from Sheffield audiences and delegates. This World Premiere screening at Doc/Fest was one of a number of films at the festival that marked the 30th anniversary on 18th June of the “Battle of Orgreave.”

The Short Film audience award goes to OUR CURSE directed by Tomasz Sliwinski, produced by Maciej Slesicki, an intimate and moving self-portrait about a young couple whose newborn child has been diagnosed with Ondine’s curse meaning he must be attached to a ventilator when he sleeps. Our Curse also won the Student Doc Award.

The Interactive audience award goes ASSENTdirected and produced by Oscar Raby which enables the user to witness the execution of a group of prisoners by the military regime in Chile in 1973, as witnessed by the filmmaker’s father.

This year’s first ever In The Dark Sheffield Audio Award, which recognises a new golden age of radio and audio documentary storytelling both in podcasting and traditional radio, was awarded to Pejk Malinovski’s EVERYTHING, NOTHING, HARVEY KEITEL about a man who struggles to meditate when he realises he’s sitting next to the actor Harvey Keitel.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 awards, presented by Jeremy Hardy, were announced last Thursday (12 June) at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

The awards for 2014 announced today were: Special Jury Award, Sheffield Innovation Award, Sheffield Green Award, Sheffield Youth Jury Award, Sheffield Student Doc Award, Sheffield Short Doc Award, The Tim Hetherington Award and the first ever Peter Wintonick Award which celebrates activist filmmaking,in honour of the late Canadian documentary filmmaker and friend of the festival Peter Wintonick.

This year the Inspiration Award was awarded to Laura Poitras. Poitras sent a message dedicating her award to Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum, William Binney, Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Roger Graef. Accepting the award Roger said “it’s true that when we take people’s pictures, we capture their souls and that is a great responsibility” and paid tribute to “those souls who have been brave enough to let us capture them.”

Roger also praised Sheffield Doc/Fest and the community spirit of the documentary festival, commenting that the loneliness that can come with documentary filmmaking is “mitigated by the chance to come to together at a festival like this.” He dedicated his award to CEO and Festival Director Heather Croall.

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Special Jury prize was awarded to Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (directors Jacqui Morris & David Morris, United Kingdon/Canada, 2014, 99mins).

The Sheffield Innovation Award was awarded to A Short History of the Highrise (Dir. Katerina Cizek, Canada/United States, 2013, 17mins).

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award was awarded to The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Dir. Brian Knappenberger, United States, 2014, 105mins).

The Sheffield Green Award was awarded to Unearthed (Dir. Jolynn Minnaar, South Africa, 2014, 90mins).

The Sheffield Student Doc Award was awarded to Our Curse (Dir. Tomasz Sliwinski, Poland, 2013, 28mins).

The Sheffield Short Doc Award, sponsored by the London Short Film Festival, was awarded to Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks(Dir. Ondi Timoner, United States, 2014, 18mins).

The first ever Peter Wintonick Award, celebrating activist filmmaking, was awarded to Vessel (Dir. Diana Whitten, United States, 2014, 88mins).

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“It’s me PG” interviews James Gillespie

Paul Gregory was joined in the studio during his Saturday morning “It’s me PG” show today by James Gillespie, who is appearing at The Viper Rooms tonight (12th April) in Sheffield.

Paul and James discussed James’ musical background: busking, appearing in a wide range of bands and now touring as a solo artist. Listen to the podcast of the 2nd hour of Paul’s show, containing the interview with James.

Paul comments:

James is an acoustic singer/ songwriter based in London. James brings a lot to his music – story telling from Folk, pain and passion from blues, hooks from pop and all with an indie edge.

James’ live performance is engaging, honest and mesmerising. His personality is charismatic and contagious.

After completing a very successful 25 date UK tour in Feb-March 2014, James will be returning to five of the best venues in London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh, to blow the socks off his existing fans and new listeners once again.

He is already booked for 16 festivals, some along side Hudson Taylor and Toploader. He is warming up for Turin Brakes at an exclusive UK gig later this year.

James song ‘The Hills are Hers’ is being used as a soundtrack for a Redbull surf video for Jordy Smith. His new single is ‘Survive’ (both produced by Ken Nelson – Coldplay, Paulo Nutini, Gomez).

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Sounds Like This radio show – First Word Records takeover

First Word Records

First Word Records

This Sunday Sheffield Live!’s Sounds Like This radio show are celebrating 10 years of the legendary record label that is First Word Records, writes Chris Arnold.

With well over 100 releases under its belt First Word has been the home of artists including The Haggis Horns, Tall Black Guy, kidkanevil, Riot Jazz Brass Band, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Lotek, Yosi Horikawa, Homecut, Essa, The Simonsound, Souleance, Corinne Bailey Rae, Roots Manuva, Andrea Trianna, Jehst, Eliphino and many many more.

Danny and Chris will be interviewing the French duo Souleance and shall also be featuring a very special 90 minute mix from First Word Records founders Andy H and Gilla.

You can go and witness the mix happening first hand live in the Harley this Friday night where DJ Format, Souleance, Arnivore and Clipboard will also be performing.

What next?

  • More info on the night and the radio show can be found here.
  • The Sounds Like This radio show on Facebook.
  • Tune into Sounds Like This – every Sunday from 5pm – 7pm on Sheffield Live! 93.2FM or via our livestream.

New show: Alphabet Sounds starts this week

Alphabet SoundsEvery Thursday, 6pm to 7pm

Show starts from 3 April 2014

From Abba to Zappa, ABC to XTC, each week Ed Cosens brings you his musical alphabet featuring a walk through different genres, local artists, chat and interactive listener content.

Each week Ed will work his way through the alphabet playing his favourite tracks from well known and unknown artists and musicians as well as music from around the world and local artists relating to each week’s letter.

Ed Cosens is the guitarist and songwriter from Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers and brings his passion for music into this unique show.

Get involved in the show via Twitter @alphabetsounds

Business Live: avoiding twitter tangles; supporting independent restaurants

What do digital law and independent restaurants have in common?

Well, both topics were covered on our Business Live radio programme this morning.

Most businesses, social enterprises (and of course charities and public facing organisations) will agree that social media is an essential part of their marketing, communications or customer engagement strategy.

But high profile examples of organisations (large and small) getting things wrong on twitter or facebook – and paying a costly price whether legally or in loss of reputation and business, show that social media can be a minefield.

Digital Law is an interesting area; in some ways legislation is only just catching up with reality.

Peter Wright is the managing director of Digital Law UK and specialises in the law relating to websites, copyright, social media networks, intellectual property, data protection, privacy, security and encryption. Peter was a guest on our Business Live show this morning and helped to navigate through the legal minefield of the law relating to social media.

Also in the studio on today’s Business Live programme was Otto Damahi, owner of The Mediterranean Restaurant and Otto’s Restaurant in Sheffield.  Independent restaurants in Sheffield are warning customers to “use them or lose them” as they face competition from chains offering huge discounts. But local independents circulate more money into the Sheffield economy, buy more local food, and are often considerably less expensive for a meal out. Otto joined me to explain how his restaurants have managed to survive and thrive for so long and through a tough climate – by offering great value and building customer trust.

The show today also covered businesses news – RBS; equity investment into British firms; and the new State of Sheffield report.

You can listen to the show via the podcast (which will be available for 60 days from today 28.2.14) – access it here.