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It's been a week since the nation took to the polls and ultimately instated a purely Conservative government in power for the first time in 18 years, the consequences and fallout of which are still the topic of fierce debate.
It was such political discussion that we hoped, in some small way, to stoke when we decided to pile high a stack of special, one-day-only offers for those who voted on Thursday, and we were overwhelmed with not only how many turned up fresh from the polling station to take us up on the deals and discounts, but also how much genuine, engaged political chatter resonated around the building throughout the day.
Our friends from Cool Beans came down on the day to soak up some of the political stirrings - click on the pic below to watch their compilation of hard-hitting, thought-provoking vox pops:
We also played host to our 'exit polls' in the bar, featuring a clipboard and dodgy blue marker pen that would turn David Dimbleby a deep shade of envious green. We're pleased to say that our results pretty much mirrored those of the General Election - in that they were wildly inaccurate and predicted sweeping gains for the Left. Ahem. Cast your eyes at the feedback below to see how the nation would be looking today if the clientele of The Harley had their way:
While the blue marker pen results may have not so accurately foreshadowed the main event, the fact that we even ended up with such a sea of tallies on our response sheet was a great encouragement, and we were delighted with the atmosphere in the pub all day, seeing strangers connecting and talking about politics - which as we all know is taboo in polite society. And we shun polite society. Food should be eaten with the hands wherever possible.
We'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who came down, and for those who may have been left feeling disheartened - don't give up! Continue to make your voice heard, and change the system. But mostly, thanks for making the election so much fun.
If you'd like to stay in the loop on any future Harley offers and sales then you can jump on our fortnightly mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - for anyone fearing a further five years of austerity, we'll keep you up-to-date with all future Harley sales and special offers, which you never know, may well come in handy.
We pride ourselves here at The Harley on providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for friends new and old, from all corners of the community, and we’ve got a great programme coming up over the next week or so that we feel fits this ethos very nicely.
First up tonight we’re very pleased to be hosting the launch of a brand new Sheffield night, Pretty Pretty Good – to welcome them to The Harley stable, we asked them to assemble edition 021 of The Weekend Starts Here, and they’ve duly obliged with a string of forward-thinking house and techno cuts. Check out their selections at the bottom of the page.
Leading us into the bank holiday weekend tomorrow night we have the return of Gold Teeth with a ‘90s special, then on Saturday we’ll be partying for a good cause as the good folks of Sharrow Festival hold a fundraiser for this year’s event, before SoulJam arrive for a Sunday special as they look ahead to this summer’s Soundwave festival.
Next Thursday (07/05) we provide the arena for a Uni vs Hallam varsity aftermath DJ battle, then Lunar will be celebrating their first birthday on Friday (08/05) with Eglo / Rinse FM’s Alexander Nut before man of the moment Mumdance joins Gett Off on Saturday (09/05) for a night of weighty grime.
On the live front, we host Sheffield favourites High Hazels tonight on the home leg of their UK tour, then Kid Wave and Bully take to the stage on Tuesday evening – tickets for all shows available from our box office or website.
And just a reminder that our new Harley House breakfast range is now in full swing – the response has been brilliant so far, and we hope to see even more of you popping in for some morning scran soon!
Check out Pretty Pretty Good's #weekendstartshere playlist below:
We’ve got a very special treat for the China Anniversary of our Weekend Starts Here playlist, as Banana Hill’s Friday night headliner Afrikan Boy steps up to assemble edition 20.
As per his own music, Afrikan Boy’s selections fuse African influences with grime and electronics, and features shining underground UK stars like Skepta, JME and Stormzy, as well as some classics from Wiley, Kano and Dizzee. Check out his playlist at the bottom of the page, and catch Afrikan Boy performing a late-night live set alongside Banana Hill residents on Friday night.
Before tomorrow’s afro-grime takeover, we welcome back SoulJam tonight for a sold-out first party of the new term, then on Saturday Gett Off will be hosting two bonafide UK garage legends in the form of Scott Garcia and Sticky, playing together as Foundation.
Next week sees our free Wednesday night knees-up No Policy welcome along a very special guest, with Boiler Room / Rhythm Section’s Bradley Zero taking to the decks for a two hour set. Thursday night we’re pleased to be hosting a ska, funk and soul-soundtracked fundraiser for Friends of Irise, on Friday DubCafe return for another bout of jungle, dub and reggae, and Saturday sees Breaker Breaker assemble a stellar line-up headed up by underground chameleon Lil Silva.
On the live front, British rock outfit Turbowolf take to the stage tonight as part of their UK tour, then next Friday Nai Harvest play what’s sure to be a memorable hometown show. Also, a note that tickets for our show with Crazy P (live) at Queens Social Club on May 30th are now on sale – like all gigs - from our box office and website.
Finally, our new Harley House range launches on Tuesday 21st April, and we’ll be kicking things off with a Breakfast Launch WEEK, including unlimited free hot drinks from Moon Unit’s Tea Emporium with any breakfast bought, free tasters and fry-up upgrades, and a host of mouth-watering new breakfast menu additions. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further info!
Check out Afrikan Boy's #weekendstartshere playlist below:
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Because we’ve already succumbed to the chocolatey dark side of Easter, and sit typing this newsletter whilst strongly resembling Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda, we thought we could do with a healthy dose of dancing this bank holiday weekend to shift a few pounds.
Fortunately, we’ve got a top-notch four-day line-up ahead of us here at The Harley, and to set the mood we’ve invited regular Harley party-starter Zeeni to assemble this week’s #weekendstartshere playlist – and this time, the weekend really does start here. Check out his selections of funk, boogie, hip hop and soul at the bottom of the page.
Catch him playing tonight as part of a great line-up of live acts and DJs put together by Cool Beans, with the wonderful K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade headlining as part of their UK tour. Then tomorrow we’re having a free entry knees-up with local favourites Rev. Austin and True Fiction playing all night long, before we host Dirty House Party’s first birthday celebrations on Saturday, before Steel City Groove round out a jam-packed weekend on Sunday night with guest Sean McCabe.
Next week sees the third edition of Banana Hill’s pants-themed party Why Front on Thursday (09/04), then Lively Up return on Friday night (10/04) bringing along legendary Bristolian bass-monger RSD with them, then Gett Off host one of the country’s foremost party DJs, Martelo, on Saturday night (11/04).
And as we’ve now entered into the sun-soaked (ahem) days of British Summer Time, we feel it’s time to look ahead to the summer, and more specifically: Tramlines.We’re delighted to be yet again a key venue in the Tramlines programme, and this year we’ll be hosting a Banana Hill takeover - featuring Ninja Tune’s Romare amongst others – on the Friday night, then our pals SoulJam will be taking the reins on Saturday with Rinse FM and Eglo Records man Alexander Nut joining them for a special boogie set. Also playing live here across the weekend are Ghost Culture, Nao, rising local stars RedFaces and many more. Head to the Tramlines website for full festival info and tickets.
Check out Zeeni's #weekendstartshere playlist below:
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