Rice To See You – Exposed Awards 2013 Report
Hangover defeated like a gigantic mutated dinosaur, we’re just about ready to talk about the Tokyo-shaped night that was the Exposed Awards 2013!
The seventh instalment of our mighty awards was a Japanese-themed stomp around the very best of the city's makers and shakers. There was sumo. There was karaoke. There was cheers and there was jeers. Ultimately though, it was the best darned event since the last one.
You can read the full list of winners here, but we’ve got the videos (presented by our man CK Goldiing) back from Boots now – shall we have a look?
So Exposed Awards celebrate all that’s great and good about Sheffield’s nightlife, leisure, food, drink, fashion and entertainment industries. They’re 100% reader voted – so every vote you make counts – and the awards do itself is a room full of city names, celebs (the lady from Hendersons Relish looked at us! Squeeeeee!) and lovely people. Getting on for five hundred people – and £2.50 from each ticket went to Sheffield’s Childrens Hospital Charity…
The awards looked lovely.
First up, our beautiful host. O2 Academy. It looked lovely decked out in lanterns and balloons and sumo wrestlers. And guests. Say hello everyone.
Dazzling Sheffield magician Steve Faulkner presented our Japanoramic celebration of everything Sheffield. That said, our Ed was less than impressed with Steve’s final trick of the evening… making his glass of Pinot Grigio disappear in one fell swig (Grumble, mumble. Ed). Head to the man's website for more.
Online Ed Rob live tweeted the whole thing, plunging his still smoking fingers in a bowl of cold water in between the two halves of our presentation.
There were plenty of highlights though. We were still gasping after Steve Faulkner magically produced a melon from nowhere when Joy were announced as Best Women’s Fashion Retailer. But CK was on hand to get their thoughts on scooping the first award of the night.
There was Best Band winner See Emily Play (including – free! – two Toms, one of which was so new he’d spent more time at Exposed Awards than in the band)!
The embarrassingly talented Timm Cleasby – who produces the amazing photos for Exposed In Session as one half of The Picture Foundry when he’s not the very important Head of Production for Tramlines – took us through a few of the festival’s plans for 2013.
And Clare Flack and Maxine Brown from Wigs & Warpaint told us why their 2013 award is the best one.
There’s a whole bunch of other post-award chats too, including natters with winners including Hendersons Relish, Leadmill, Chief Exec of Millennium Galleries Kim Streets and more. Get to our YouTube channel for more fast talking jive than a badly dubbed Miyazaki.
The Exposed Awards can’t happen without a whole bunch of heroes doing their bit for the cause. Massive sloppy kisses to DJs Amy Collin and Fresh Fruits, Paul Cantrell for all the awesome Photography, Presenter CK Goldiing and Turner Media for our videos, The O2 Academy for being lovely hosts, Edo Sushi for dinner, Freeman College for our beautiful awards and Mercury Taxis for getting everyone where they needed to be!
This year’s Exposed Awards saw the launch of South Yorkshire green travel campaign #notdriving – a Sheffield born movement which aims to show that saving the environment doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
In fact, you could walk (or cycle) straight in to a monthly prize draw offering top notch prizes such as VIP treatments, product giveaways and tickets for awesome gigs. All of this just for leaving your motor at home and trying an alternative mode of transport to help make our beloved city become that little bit more sustainable.
It’s all a big piece of environment friendly cake to do. Simply choose what mile saving transport you’ll be taking, tot up the miles you otherwise would have driven, and post them on the notdriving website.
The pilot scheme, which ran during the Sheftival Festival, saw over 10,000 saved miles pledged on their Twitter and Facebook sites – proving that Sheffield can really take the lead when it comes to reducing the UK’s Carbon Footprint.
Head to www.notdriving.co.uk for more.