The Leadmill in Sheffield was indeed not a lead mill before it became a live music venue and nightclub, but a flour mill. It opened in 1980 to coincide with the rise of several Sheffield bands such as The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Heaven 17 and ABC.
The venue doesn’t just host live gigs but also stand-up comedians, theatre productions, cabaret and live talk shows. It has also been visited by HRH Prince Charles in 1988, who described it as “a building well restored”.
During the 2000s, it played host to many of the independent bands still around today, in particular local acts, such as Milburn and The Arctic Monkeys, who sold it out in 2005 quicker than any other band. Hardly surprising though considering the impact of their first album which they hadn’t even released at that point.
Comedy has always played a big part too at The Leadmill and has hosted Ross Noble, Sara Pascoe, Russell Kane and Joe Lycett. It is safe to say that this venue stands at the forefront of grass roots venues that are pushing the way forward for new performers today.
Please visit the venue’s website for up-to-date travel and facilities information.