Model Leadmill

Back in the early days, the Leadmill produced a promotional cut & glue model of the building, with the strap-line “The Leadmill revolution has only just begun”. Thanks to Steve Marshall for this photo

Songs from the Sheffield Playhouse

The Playhouse was a theatre that stood on the junction of Little Hill and Townhead Street until demolished in 1978. It was built as a Temperance Hall in 1855 and in the 1920s the Sheffield Repertory Company moved in. It didn’t look like a proper theatre until 1954 when a £30,000 restoration took place. It […]

RIP Olga

We’re truly sorry to hear of the death of Olga Marshall, the landlady of the Wapentake bar. although at 92 she had a wonderfully long life. Anyone who frequented the Wap will surely have fond memories of Olga, who was like a second Mum to many of us and ran her pub with dignity and consideration […]

Renia miss the Black Swan

From 1974, Renia were described as a “solid, energetic and rather straightforward hard rock band with strong vocals, fine melodies and some progressive influences (almost omnipresent Hammond organ and the mighty mellotron on amazing & truly beautiful ‘Shelter’ track) similar to Stray, Strider and early Nutz.” Unfortunately, the album went completely unnoticed and the band […]

Chesterfield rocked

Hard to credit, but Chesterfield used to be a stopping off point for many rock acts. Jimi Hendrix played two shows on April 8, 1967 at the ABC Cinema. Below is a photo of Buddy Holly strolling through the town ahead of his show in Sheffield that night, but my prize goes to King Crimson, […]

Be-Bop Deluxe secret gig

On the 22nd September 1976, Be-Bop Deluxe played a secret gig at the Black Swan, billed as “Funky Phaser and his Unearthly Merchandise” (taken from the B side of their single “Kiss Of Light”. There was a mention in the Star, (now attached to a cassette recording of the gig 😉 The set was Shine […]

Take Two membership card

Take Two was a music venue in Attercliffe, at the foot of Staniforth Road, run by a former professional trombonist(!) called Marcus Reynolds. It ran for several years before being forced to close due to financial pressures. Here’s the membership card

They Must Be Russians test pressing

Spotted on ebay, test pressings of the Russians album on native Records, “And Other Groundless Accusations” from 1985. The album was recorded at the “Jive Bunny” studios in Rotherham.