Posted on : 22-06-2009 | By : Live Concert | In : Live Music
You would expect a city with a large university student population to have some dance venues and other live music Clubs that cater to a young crowd. To say that about Sheffield is an extreme understatement. The vibrant live music scene in the city has been the soundtrack to life for citizens of Sheffield for over 30 years.
Past and present Sheffield musicians have enjoyed great success. Names from the not too distant past include Joe Cocker, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Def Leppard, The Human League to name a few. More recently the Arctic Monkeys, Pink Grease, and The Long Blonds are particularly popular in and outside of Sheffield. The live music Venues, such as club s, pubs, venue s, and stadiums fill the air with music, and vibrate the cities streets with a baseline.
So a lot of skill ed acts come from Sheffield that is seems an odd coincidence. Perhaps something in the water that stimulates vocal cords develop, not prefer ly, but something has to explain the large volume of musicians coming out of this fairly small area. Well, it is not that large of a mystery.
It seems that in the early 1980s when the steel industry was on a down turn, someone on the Sheffield City Council heard about the large money involved in music. The multi-million dollar incomes of rock stars looked like an attractive way to bring a lot of money into the city. By 1982, a year that saw double-digit unemployment rates and 20,000 jobs lost, the City Council decided to do something about it by producing several rock stars of their personal.
It can not have occurred quite that way, but the fact is, the council got involved in the music business. They figured out that to have a exceptional income producing music scene several things were needed. an infrastructure for the music industry was important, so the Council began funding projects related to music. A recording studio was necessitated to attract top acts and lot of live music Venues were necessitated to showcase the Local/Regional skill.
Sheffield City Trust owns Sheffield International Clubs and operates Hallam FM Arena, and Sheffield City Hall to name a few of the 13 Clubs for music, sports, and entertainment. (SVI) Sheffield International Clubs vision is to promote Sheffield as an international and cultural center point for sport, leisure and entertainment, something they have been quite successful at doing since 1988.
Red Tape Studios is a training web site for Sheffield City Council. It offers training to people interested in careers in the music business. band Development, band and Artist management, Music Technology, Music Business Courses and even DJ training courses are available. Because these courses are part of a Local/Regional government backed system, they’re competitively priced and the program really endorses promote the music scene in Sheffield.
Of course the City Council provides other training units. Aspiring caterers, ( Assuming that the re is such a thing) might educate at Sheaf Training alongside aspiring construction workers and customer service representatives. Tritec computer Training is the City Council’s IT training ground and every city has at least one of these. The fact that the city recognizes and promotes popular music is just so surp growing, and what is more inspiring and surp growing is how well it works.
That answers the question how one small area could produce so a lot of skill ed performers. Not really a mystery, it is more of a plan. Council backing is only a small part of the music scene however, and the Clubs that have been committed to growing the live music scene for the past twenty five or thirty years deserve much of the credit as well.
The Leadmill celebrated its silver anniversary in 2005, and has grown from a derelict flour mill in a rundown part of the city during the final stages of the steel industry’s demise. Unemployment and hopelessness was the consensus among young individuals at the time. A group of volunteers, students, performers, and unemployed individuals, who described themselves as “insane but likable” came together to session up a center for arts and music for individuals prefer themselves who had nowhere to go.
The Leadmill has grown into a landmark, and the live music has grown legendary. The chance in 1980 of what was a performing arts center with jazz, pop bands, theatre, education workshops, and club evenings began a tradition of live music that Clubs the world over have tried to emulate. The “insane but likable” founders turned out to be visionaries, except when they turned down a strange young blonde girl for a concert in 1983 who turned out to be Madonna. But who would have thought a club where the toilets backed up onto the dance floor would do so well. It’s not the bricks and mortar, but the artists and the experiences of the people who have been there time and time again that are memorable. The Leadmill is a launching pad for stars in the music business, and the place to see up and coming musicians in Sheffield.
The Leadmill is of course not the only famous live music Club in town, and is just one of the wonderful live Clubs. There’s a venue in Sheffield for whatever your taste is. Live Music, deejay & MC stuff, techno, synthpop, indie poppunk, and whatever other mixtures of music are left over are represented somewhere in the city. Starting from a forward thinking city council and bright young people who love music, the city of Sheffield has been producing artists prefer other cities create butchers for the past 30 years.