The Leadmill

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The Leadmill

The Leadmill is a live music venue and nightclub on Leadmill Road, Sheffield, England, lying on the south-east edge of the city centre. It opened in 1980, in what despite its name was a former flour mill originally as a Community Centre.[1] This coincided with the rise of several Sheffield bands, including the Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Heaven 17 and ABC.

Notable early events included a pantomime directed by Jarvis Cocker in 1982 and The Housemartins deciding to queue for their own gig, but being turned away by bouncers in 1984.[2]

The venue has also been voted favourite live music venue by readers of the NME on several occasions.[citation needed]

The venue has recently hosted many gigs by bands such as Milburn, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Enter Shikari, Klaxons, The Coral, Explosions In The Sky, Kids In Glass Houses, Elliot Minor, One Night Only, The Audition, The Maccabees and Sheffield's own Arctic Monkeys who in 2005 sold out the Leadmill in a quicker time than any other band,[3] well before they released Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

The Libertines played a five band bill in 2002, supported by Parva, who would later come back to headline as Kaiser Chiefs. In the same way, in 2003 Hot Hot Heat were supported by Franz Ferdinand before they came back to headline.

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Coordinates: 53°22′34″N 1°27′54″W / 53.3762°N 1.4649°W / 53.3762; -1.4649