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 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.