History of The Leadmill
The Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest running live music venue and nightclub. It first opened its doors in 1980 and has been a creative hub in Sheffield for nearly 40 years. It has been voted as Sheffield’s best live music venue on numerous occasions and has also won national awards including from the NME and Live UK. Home to live music, club events, theatre, comedy & film screenings.
We’re currently running 100 live gigs, 150 club nights, 50 comedy events and 50 other exciting events such as cinema screenings, quizzes and talks every year, including events in other venues and cities.
The Leadmill is now firmly established as Sheffield’s premier live music venue and as one of the most renowned venues on the live music scene. Franz Ferdinand once told the Arcade Fire that playing the Leadmill was seen as a “rite of passage” and seasoned acts still recall the time they played the venue and opt to play here when they could be filling much larger venues instead.
Over the years the likes of Pulp, Annie Mac, Culture Club, Jorja Smith, The Housemartins, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, George Ezra, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay, Muse, Oasis, Kate Nash, The Stereophonics, Miles Kane, Two Door Cinema Club, Lewis Capaldi, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Stone Roses, The Maccabees, Kings of Leon, IDLES, Courteeners, SEA GIRLS, Kasabian, The Killers, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller, Circa Waves, Royal Blood, Slaves, James, The La’s, Bombay Bicycle Club and Richard Hawley are just a few of the acts to have graced the Leadmill stage!
We also run a monthly comedy club with some of the most exciting, emerging stand-up comedians from the UK’s prestigious comedy circuit! We’ve also had a number of the top touring comedians visit our stage including: Eddie Izzard, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Jason Manford, Joe Lycett, Shappi Khorsandi, Rachel Parris, Rob Delaney, Nish Kumar, and David O’Doherty.
We run roughly 3-4 club events per week in term times, and have had guest DJs including Pendulum, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), Big Shaq, Hight Contrast, Super Hans, Bontan, and Michael Bibi. Guest band DJ sets have included Pulp, The Vaccines, Circa Waves, Blossoms, Shikari Sound System, Peace, Rat Boy, and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6 Music).
If you have any photos, videos or special memories from any of our shows over the years then please send them to us at [email protected].
Arts at The Leadmill
History of art at The Leadmill:
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 pianos 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 39 years and will continue to throughout its career.