One of Sheffield's most iconic live gig venues, The Leadmill is situated right next to Sheffield train station on Leadmill road.
The Leadmill opened it's doors in 1980 as a community centre, in what used to be a flour mill in the heart of Sheffield City Centre.
Now as you may already know, 1980 was just as a huge wave of exciting new Sheffield bands were breaking through such as Human League, Heaven 17, Cabaret Voltaire, ABC etc. Despite being a community centre, The Leadmill always worked with and encouraged new music and so played host to many new artists as well as some very notable events such as a Christmas Pantomime fronted by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp fame.
One amazing time in 1984 The Housemartins even decided to queue up outside for their own gig, only to be turned away by the bouncers!
Notable bands to play The Leadmill include Muse, Coldplay, The Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Killers, Culture Club, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller and many more.
In 1983 The Leadmill booked a young unknown up and coming singer by the name of Madonna, but as time went by there was a row about money and the gig was cancelled by the venue. She went on to play in Manchester instead at The Hacienda in a show that most people have now amazingly well forgotten!
“As own goals go that takes some beating,” says Neil Anderson, author of a series of books charting Sheffield’s nightlife since the Fifties. “The only thing comparable is when Sheffield United turned down the chance to sign Maradona as a teenager because he was a few thousand more than they wanted to pay. It’s incredible. Just imagine being able to say Madonna made her British debut at your venue.”
The Leadmill is now firmly established as one of Sheffield's most iconic and legendary venues, as well as one of the very best in the country (having been voted so many times by the NME and others)
6 Leadmill Road
The Leadmill website - www.leadmill.co.uk