Bars & Pubs, Clubs

The Leadmill

In a society that profits from self-doubt being true to yourself is a rebellious act, and for the last 35 years The Leadmill has been doing just that. So let’s take a stroll down memory lane and then a bit further, back to a Sheffield that existed before we were born.

It brings us great pride to welcome The Leadmill to our site – a favourite of students, young professionals and ageing rockers alike. The Leadmill has hosted and will continue to host some of the best up and coming artists of our time and previous generations and in the words of Arcade Fire, ‘Playing The Leadmill is a rite of passage for any band worth their salt’. Over the years thousands of bands and artists have played The Leadmill stage, from Pulp to Kasabian, Disclosure to Coldplay.

It has to be said, there is always something so special about seeing a band play live; it’s the time when an artist peels back the Visard and allows you in to see a part of their soul. As much as we love the atmosphere of sold out stadiums or festivals, the feeling of a smaller, more intimate gig leaves you privileged to something special, a moment captured that you won’t forget in a hurry. So here’s to The Leadmill, and cheers for the memories.

Building at Night
The Leadmill opened its doors in 1980 as a response to the lack of cultural facilities in Sheffield and was set against the backdrop of a political and economic environment characterised by the beginning of ‘Thatcherism’.

As the steelworks closed their doors Sheffield saw a radical decline of youth unemployment and slogans such as ‘no future no hope’ were banded around. This unlikely spark fuelled the fire to convert a derelict flourmill in a rundown part of Sheffield. Part of the building housed the legendary Esquire Club where during the sixties The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Small Faces and others played on a stage made from two grand piano’s with their legs sawn off. Then when a mixture of volunteers, students, artists and unemployed combined forces with a vision of setting up a centre for arts and music for others like them, The Leadmill was formed. These core values have been held within The Leadmills DNA for the past 35 years and will continue to throughout its career.

With that in mind The Leadmill is not only a 900 capacity live music venue, but also hosts regular weekly club nights, comedy events, cinema screenings and much more. Another little known fact about The Leadmill is that there are nine studios which throughout the years have been rented out to a variety of businesses within the cultural industries. Currently in situ are two artists, two fashion design companies, a tattooist, an events management company and a photography studio.

So if you’re new to Sheffield or have been here all your life why not check out their goings on @leadmill, and with buy one get one free at the monthly comedy nights and free entry to the club before 12 every night of the week it be crazy not!

Leadmill sign 2012


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