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Sheffield's Leadmill recognised as top music venue

One of the UK’s longest running live music venues, The Leadmill in Sheffield, has this week again been recognised as a top UK live music venue, after 35 years in the music business.

The Leadmill
The Leadmill Credit: The Leadmill

The prestigious Music Week awards were held at The Brewery in London on Thursday 25 April and the Leadmill was one of five to be recognised, alongside The O2 Arena in London and the winner, Black Heart in Camden.

Founded in 1980 and still independent, The Leadmill kicked off the careers of bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, Cold Play, Culture Club and the Killers before they became international stars.

With around 165,000 music fans flocking to the venue every year, some of the most recent acts have included Babyshambles; Inspiral Carpets; Strypes; Architects; and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Rebecca Walker, Live Music Promoter at The Leadmill said: “The Leadmill is known for its raw energy, great bands and being the place to go to see cutting edge music and the latest thing before they become famous.

"Everyone here is delighted that our contribution to the live music scene is still recognised and valued after 35 years of helping to nurture talent. This is _great for our venue but also the city of Sheffield and our music scene.”

Other accolades have included Venue of the Year at Fly Magazine Awards 2014 and Best Live Venue for two years running at the Live UK Business Awards in 2011 and 2012.

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Settle songsmith nominated for top award

John Newman is in the running for a prestigious songwriting award for his debut single Love Me Again.

John Newman nominated for songwriting award
John Newman nominated for songwriting award Credit: Press Association

The Settle-born singer is up against critical favourites London Grammar and indie rockers Palma Violets for the best song musically and lyrically at this year's Ivor Novello awards, with the bands nominated for their tracks Strong and Best of Friends respectively.

The annual awards, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

BASCA Chairman Simon Darlow said:

"The Ivors nominations clearly reflect the health of British songwriting and composing, highlighting the wealth of creative talent the UK possesses. BASCA is delighted that The Ivors continue to be the award songwriters and composers want to win, and I congratulate everyone represented here today."

Watch: When Calendar met John Newman

Full Leeds Festival line-up to be announced

Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys have already been announced for the festival
Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys have already been announced for the festival Credit: Press Association

The full line-up for this year's Leeds Festival will be announced later. Brit award winners Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 have already been announced for the three-day music festival in August.

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Autism campaigner takes music world by storm

Rory Hoy in action in the latest song from Kitten and The Hip

Rory Hoy first appeared on Calendar when he made a film explaining what it's like to to have autism.

That was five years ago. Now the teenager, from North Yorkshire, is making a name for himself in the music industry.

The DJ and music producer has made a video with Ashley Slater, who was in a band with Fatboy Slim. In fact their band, Freak Power, had a number three single with "Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out".

The pair are now called Rory Hoy vs Kitten and the Hip - and their single is out now.

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Celebration of Hull's creative talent to be held

Dozens of people are expected to attend an art event in Hull today which will see live music, theatre, comedy and poetry all come together to celebrate the talent of the city. Entrance Pearson Park is free.

"The Pearson Park Trust is delighted, in the splendours of their nationally recognised listed park in the heart of Hull's creative area, to arrange a showcase for the talents of Hull's cultural and creative community."

– Councillor John Fareham

Artists will be showing their work throughout the park for all to see and the event will include a number of different acts and activities including musicians, crafts, poets and comedians. Food and fairground rides will also be available.

Leeds primary school children tune up for concert with Opera North

Primary school pupils are tuning up for their debut, alongside some of the best musicians in the country.

All 350 children at Windmill School in Leeds are taking part in the concert tomorrow at the city's Town Hall - and it's only 4 months since they started to learn how to play their instruments as Emily Kerr reports.

Video: Child prodigy gets place at top music school

This video shows Alexandra Keeley from Ilkley playing a complex Mozart piece in D minor. The 9-year-old has won a place at the world famous Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.

It is one of the best music schools in the world with fewer than than 70 pupils. Alexandra is taught by her mum who was a professional violinist but the whole family is going to uproot to near the school to help Alexandra fulfil her dream.

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