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Leadmill sharpens focus on emerging artistes

NXT News & Features
16 January 2020

SHEFFIELD’S VENUE The Leadmill (cap. 900) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with new refurbishments and a programme for breakthrough artistes.

Having established a reputation over four decades, The Leadmill seems to have as much pulling power with major artistes as it does with the smaller ones.

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker, who has been assistant general manager at The Leadmill for 11 years, says much work has been put in to return the venue to the kind of offering it had in its early years.

“We’ve expanded our programme so much over the past decade, moving away from just being a nightclub with indie bands to hosting a range of events including comedy shows, drag shows, and a variation of club nights which has been a challenge,” she says.

Though the venue has branched out into other realms of entertainment, the refurbishments that have been taking place throughout the last couple of years are dedicated to new talent passing through.

“We are developing each of our rooms bit by bit, to enable our venue to be more adaptable, giving a platform to smaller, breakthrough acts” says Walker, who cites acts such as Patawawa, Sheafs, Clear Vinyl and Your Life & Mine as fast emerging.

Forthcoming shows feature The Murder Capital and The Night Cafe.

Among Walker’s highlights at  The Leadmill are when Steve Lamacq hosted his Radio 6 Music show, featuring Pulp as guests, and a Halloween show by Royal Blood.

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