Rebranded as Sheffield Hallam university, the “Poly” initially ran gigs from the 12th floor (with the bar on the gound floor!) In 1978 they opened the the Nelson Mandela Building. Interestingly, this building was initially called the Phoenix building (after a nearby pub) but in 1982 they had a contest to find a new name name. The winner, by a country mile, was “Seaview”. However the SU leaders felt this was too silly, so they chose the more politically correct NMB. An adjacent building was initially christened “The Winnie Mandala Block”, was subsequently renamed “the Stompeie Moeketsi” block after her fall from grace.  Students don’t you love ’em 😉

An early Ents officer was Ged Doherty, who went on to manage Paul Young. The venue naturally featured dozens of local bands alongside major touring bands. It was demolished in 2007 and the Students Union took over the ‘The Hubs’ – previously known as the farcical National Centre for Popular Music.

Please share any memorabilia about this venue and add any missing gigs.


AC/DC
12/10/1977

Lene Lovich
12/10/1979

Sutherland Brothers
17/10/1979

The Ruts
31/10/1979

Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders
12/12/1979

Tiswas
21/05/1980

The Vapors
13/06/1980

Son Of Stiff Tour
10/10/1980

Stray Cats
10/12/1980

Toyah
23/01/1981

Stiff Little Fingers
15/05/1981

Bow Wow Wow
02/09/1981

John Peel Roadshow
03/09/1981

The Fall
04/09/1981

UK Subs
05/09/1981

New Order
23/09/1981

Comsat Angels
25/09/1981

Depeche Mode
07/11/1981

Rory Gallagher
25/11/1981

The Stranglers
21/01/1982

John Cooper Clarke
19/03/1982

The Cure
23/04/1982

Kid Creole & the Coconuts
16/05/1982

Michael Schenker Group
27/08/1982

Rezillos
18/01/1984

Phil Lynott's Grand Slam
14/06/1984

Hanoi Rocks
12/10/1984

Spear Of Destiny
02/05/1985

The Cross
23/02/1988

The Fall
16/03/1990

Cabaret Voltaire
04/06/1990

Blur
18/04/1991

Lush
26/02/1992
Missing tickets, decent quality please, always appreciated!)

Venue : Polytechnic (305 entries)
bandsupportdatevenuetown
StackridgeStray Dog28/09/1973PolytechnicSheffield
Gallagher & Lyle17/10/1973PolytechnicSheffield
Spencer DavisNutz16/01/1974PolytechnicSheffield
Cockney Rebel27/03/1974PolytechnicSheffield
StackridgeBeckett23/06/1974PolytechnicSheffield
Tim Hardin05/02/1975PolytechnicSheffield
StackridgeShepstone And Dibbens19/02/1975PolytechnicSheffield
Be-Bop Deluxe05/03/1975PolytechnicSheffield
Kokomo10/03/1976PolytechnicSheffield
Climax Blues Band02/10/1976PolytechnicSheffield
The Groundhogs06/10/1976PolytechnicSheffield
Charlie16/02/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Alvin Stardust08/09/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Darts01/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
AC/DC12/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Ian Dury14/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Stiffs TourIan Dury / Elvis Costello / Wreckless Eric / Nick Lowe / Larry Wallis 14/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Chris Spedding19/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
The Tom Robinson BandRAR gig22/10/1977PolytechnicSheffield
AC/DC04/11/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Little Bob Story09/11/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Horslips 16/11/1977PolytechnicSheffield
The DamnedDead Boys / Subway Sect 23/11/1977PolytechnicSheffield
AdvertsAutomatics / Rage30/11/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Fabulous Poodles01/12/1977PolytechnicSheffield
Sham 69Prefects14/01/1978PolytechnicSheffield
XTC01/02/1978PolytechnicSheffield
PiratesPush08/02/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Wreckless Eric03/03/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Alberto Y Lost Trios ParanoiasSmirks08/03/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Bethnal14/03/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Push17/03/1978PolytechnicSheffield
MagazinePush05/05/1978PolytechnicSheffield
The Extras29/05/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Nick Lowe/Dave Edmunds/Smirks29/09/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Sutherland Brothers02/10/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Reggae RegularsJab Jab04/10/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Wilko Johnson06/10/1978PolytechnicSheffield
SladeNIck Van Eede23/10/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Radio Stars25/10/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Thompson Twins07/11/1978PolytechnicSheffield
The JamPatrick Fitzgerald The Dickies / Patrick Fitzgerald10/11/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Bethnal24/11/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Japan24/11/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Xero2.330/11/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Fabulous Poodles01/12/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Albion Band03/12/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Hi Tension06/12/1978PolytechnicSheffield
Generation X08/12/1978PolytechnicSheffield
KinksStadium Dogs19/01/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Human League23/02/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Def Leppard28/02/1979PolytechnicSheffield
George Thorogood & Destroyers15/03/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Artery16/03/1979PolytechnicSheffield
The Only OnesLonesome No More21/03/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Leighton BuzzardsDeaf Aids22/03/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Inner Circle28/03/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Rachel SweetThe Sports04/05/1979PolytechnicSheffield
John Otway09/05/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Violinski16/05/1979PolytechnicSheffield
The ExtrasCP Lee / Disease08/06/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Def Leppard12/06/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Comsat AngelsGraph13/06/1979PolytechnicSheffield
GraphEeyore30/06/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Judie Tzuke10/10/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Lene LovichJane Aire & the Belvederes / Meteors12/10/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Sutherland Brothers17/10/1979PolytechnicSheffield
The Ruts31/10/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Tourists09/11/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders12/12/1979PolytechnicSheffield
Side Effects30/01/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Dexy's Midnight RunnersBlack Arabs13/02/1980PolytechnicSheffield
George Melly & the Feetwarmers22/02/1980PolytechnicSheffield
SmirksCharlie Parkas & C.P Lee05/03/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Eddie & The Hot Rods22/03/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter26/03/1980PolytechnicSheffield
The Only Ones25/04/1980PolytechnicSheffield
MagazineManicured Noise30/04/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Martha & The MuffinsInterview01/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Q-TipsFatal Charm / Grace Poole 502/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Grace Poole 5AWOL / Side Effects / R.I.P06/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Judie Tzuke17/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Tiswas21/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
TISWAS Team21/05/1980PolytechnicSheffield
The Vapors13/06/1980PolytechnicSheffield
The Vapours13/06/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Veiled ThreatThe Corridor / Musical Janeens / Scarborough Antelopes23/06/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Richard & The TaxmenBTM Folders / Hobbies Of Today / Deemus Mint26/06/1980PolytechnicSheffield
ArteryVendino Pact / De Tian / The Naughtiest Girl Was a Monitor27/06/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter01/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Nine Below Zero03/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Climax Blues Band08/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Son Of Stiff Tour10/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Simple Minds15/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
After The Fire17/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Rock PileGary Myrick & The Figures21/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Simple MindsMusic For Pleasure22/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Slodgenessabounds31/10/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Comsat AngelsArtery07/11/1980PolytechnicSheffield
ArteryComsat Angels07/11/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Hazel O'ConnorDuran Duran21/11/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Stray Cats28/11/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Stray CatsSeventeen10/12/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Slade12/12/1980PolytechnicSheffield
Mud16/01/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Toyah23/01/1981PolytechnicSheffield
LindisfarneTrimmer & Jenkins11/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Thompson Twins13/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Q-Tips14/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The StranglersModern Eon18/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Weapons Of Peace25/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
George MellyGeorge Chilton's Feetwarmers27/02/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Dr Feelgood06/03/1981PolytechnicSheffield
ArteryCocktail Party / Past Seven Days11/03/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Hot Gossip18/03/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The Selecter20/03/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Deaf AidsVendino Pact / The Naughtiest Girl Was a Monitor27/03/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Roy Harper (CND Benefit)29/04/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The Cure 08/05/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Tygers Of Pan TangMagnum / Alkatrazz12/05/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Stiff Little FingersThe Wall15/05/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Richard StrangeCabaret Voltaire / Richard Jobson22/05/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Judie TzukeWoolly Wolsenholmes Maestoso19/06/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Au Pairs 03/07/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Iggy PopTelephone08/07/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Killing JokeBikini Atoll24/07/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Bow Wow WowThe Higsons02/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
John Peel Roadshow03/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The FallDisease / Past Seven Days04/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
UK SubsThe Injectors05/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Clint Eastwood & General SaintReggae Regular07/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The LookDeaf Aids / Panza Division09/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
ArteryVendino Pact / John Peel11/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
CimaronsFar Image / Paradise Steel Band12/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Geddes AxeTokyo / Vortex14/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Crazy CavanThe Jets / Freebird16/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The DamnedRough Copy18/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The ExploitedSocial Security / Abrasive Wheels21/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
New OrderSection 2523/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Comsat AngelsTense / The Mirror Crack'd25/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The Comic Strip29/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Q-Tips30/09/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter02/10/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Weapons Of Peace07/10/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Au Pairs16/10/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The Revillos30/10/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Depeche ModeBlancmange07/11/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Steeleye Span12/11/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Rory Gallagher25/11/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Eurythmics04/12/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The Beat09/12/1981PolytechnicSheffield
Lindisfarne11/12/1981PolytechnicSheffield
The StranglersBoys In Darkness21/01/1982PolytechnicSheffield
After The Fire22/01/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Renegade28/01/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Darts29/01/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Steel Pulse19/02/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Musicians Union Supergroup22/02/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The Amoebas25/02/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Theatre Of HateSouthern Death Cult27/02/1982PolytechnicSheffield
PigbagMouth05/03/1982PolytechnicSheffield
HeeBeeGeeBees06/03/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Q-Tips10/03/1982PolytechnicSheffield
John Cooper ClarkeLynton Kwesi Johnson19/03/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Panza DivisionFallen Angel29/03/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The CureZerra 123/04/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Nick Lowe & His Noise To Go30/04/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The Mirror Crack'd06/05/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Altered ImagesVic Godard08/05/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Kid Creole & the Coconuts16/05/1982PolytechnicSheffield
FashionSteve Torch & Roy White23/05/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Gang Of FourKing Trigger04/06/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Lindisfarne18/06/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Bootleg Beatles25/06/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The ProcessBass Tone Trap30/06/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The PartyProcess / Mortuary In Wax13/08/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Michael Schenker Group27/08/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Theatre Of HateUnder Two Flags01/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The ProcessCanker Opera / John Peel03/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Ranking DreadAmazulu10/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Black Slate18/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Maximum JoyAmazulu / Mark Mywords25/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
MudFlying Pickets / Mark Mywords29/09/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter02/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Teardrop Explodes06/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Au Pairs08/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Comsat Angels15/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Hot Cuisine23/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Steve Gibbons29/10/1982PolytechnicSheffield
John Cooper Clarke05/11/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Blancmange10/11/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Talisman19/11/1982PolytechnicSheffield
The Appollinaires26/11/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Clint Eastwood & General Saint01/12/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Bootleg Beatles03/12/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Q-Tips10/12/1982PolytechnicSheffield
Echo & The Bunnymen18/01/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Animal Nightlife04/02/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Mendes Prey09/02/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Danse SocietyVendino Pact25/02/1983PolytechnicSheffield
The UndertonesCook The Books10/03/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Joboxers18/03/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Roman Holiday23/03/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Spear Of DestinyKowalski25/04/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Swinging Laurels04/05/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Pete Shelley11/05/1983PolytechnicSheffield
China CrisisHoward Jones26/05/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Visible Targets18/06/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Nick HeywardThe Bluebells21/06/1983PolytechnicSheffield
The Europeans05/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Bad Manners07/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Bryan AdamsWendy & The Rockets10/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Poison GirlsThe Nightingales / Mark Mywords / Toxic Shock14/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Shark Taboo18/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Aquizim Ranking Ann / Sandra Cross / Sister Audrey / Mad Professor (Ariwa Record Possee)19/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
The Alarm21/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Legacy25/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Wild Willy Barrett26/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Fleshtones27/10/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Elvis Costello01/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Danse Society11/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Alice Goes Pop13/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
PallasSolstice / Trilogy15/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
The Icicle WorksBilly Bragg18/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
AlphaMaasai Warrior / Mystic Melody / RG Band Karamojah / The Mysterions / Le Posh23/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Dead Or Alive25/11/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Cherry BoysThe Click02/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Party Day04/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
HazeFireclown07/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
George MellyThey Must Be Russians09/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Rollin' Thunder11/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter14/12/1983PolytechnicSheffield
Rezillos18/01/1984PolytechnicSheffield
RevillosAlice Goes Pop18/01/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Defective Turtles22/01/1984PolytechnicSheffield
In The NurseryIpso Facto / Leitmotiv27/01/1984PolytechnicSheffield
God!29/01/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Billy BraggAttila The Stockbroker / John Dowie03/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Continental Edison05/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
The Flood12/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
John Miles15/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Ton Ton MacouteDance On Dance17/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
They Must Be Russians19/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Dead Or AliveSeething Wells24/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Requiem26/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
MagnumSteel29/02/1984PolytechnicSheffield
The EuropeansJust A Ha Ha02/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Lasrevinu04/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Mezzoforte07/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Burning Cubes11/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Three JohnsThe Membranes16/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
One Million Fuzz Tones Guitars18/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Strolling Bones(Stones Night)21/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Chevalier Brothers23/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Bass Tone Trap25/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Pendragon27/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Ian Dury & the Music Students28/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
The Icicle WorksVendino Pact30/03/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Imaginary Friends01/04/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Nigel Planer & The Oblivion Boys Heavy Lentil Tour04/04/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Legacy14/04/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Phil Lynott's Grand Slam(formerly Thin Lizzy)14/06/1984PolytechnicSheffield
FashionAcademy / King22/06/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Fontana Mix05/10/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Hanoi RocksJohnny Thunders / The Babysitters12/10/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Spear Of DestinyLost Loved Ones17/10/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Bootleg Beatles02/11/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Chevalier Brothers03/11/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Baby TuckooMonza05/12/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Gary Glitter12/12/1984PolytechnicSheffield
Alice Goes Pop11/01/1985PolytechnicSheffield
The SweetHi n Dri27/03/1985PolytechnicSheffield
This Island EarthEden / Anthill Mob23/04/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Spear Of DestinyBlue In Heaven02/05/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Dumpy's Rusty NutsThe Lonely Hearts03/05/1985PolytechnicSheffield
New Model ArmyOne O'Clock Gang08/05/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Baby TuckooCount Dante / Spoiled Rotten24/05/1985PolytechnicSheffield
ShyThe Lonely Hearts24/06/1985PolytechnicSheffield
House Of ColourThe Sweetie Boys / One Stop The World29/06/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Treebound Story(Staff Club, 10th Floor)09/08/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Deep Sea JiversSkin02/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Skint Video03/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Animal Nightlife04/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Chevalier BrothersThey Must Be Russians09/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
The UntouchablesMakin' Time17/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Latin QuarterHi n Dri30/10/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Black Roots08/11/1985PolytechnicSheffield
A Certain Ratio20/11/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Bad MannersSharp Cuts (Graduation Ball)29/11/1985PolytechnicSheffield
Skin10/01/1986PolytechnicSheffield
MonroeSpolit Rotten16/01/1986PolytechnicSheffield
Cabaret Voltaire18/02/1986PolytechnicSheffield
Cabaret Voltaire28/02/1986PolytechnicSheffield
Red Wedge Comic Tour07/03/1986PolytechnicSheffield
March Violets14/03/1986PolytechnicSheffield
FM White Sister09/02/1987PolytechnicSheffield
Gene Loves JezebelPassion Fodder22/10/1987PolytechnicSheffield
The Cross Ya Ya23/02/1988PolytechnicSheffield
The MissionThe Wonder Stuff / Claytown Troupe / Rossetta Stone / Vanyes24/09/1989PolytechnicSheffield
The Fall16/03/1990PolytechnicSheffield
Cabaret VoltaireA Guy Called Gerald04/06/1990PolytechnicSheffield
Blur18/04/1991PolytechnicSheffield
LushSpitfire26/02/1992PolytechnicSheffield
The Indecipherable Boys21/09/1998PolytechnicSheffield
Wilko Johnson23/04/2012PolytechnicSheffield

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