Possibly Sheffield’s most famous club, The Leadmill is legendary with students.
Leadmill Road is one of a cluster of small roads radiating out from the larger main road in front of Sheffield Station. The Leadmill occupies a very small frontage along the street (the rest of it being well back in the building’s interior) and so it can be overlooked in the daytime. Most nights it’ll be instantly visible thanks to a large neon sign protruding from the wall above the door, and, at busy times, a pretty substantial queue. Even when the queues aren’t there, bouncers and a couple of railings will show the way.
The small frontage is deceptive and inside the club occupies two large rooms, as well as a couple of smaller side-rooms, all containing bars. The larger, first room, houses a stage as well as the cloakroom and a bar, while the second room is all dancefloor, also housing a bar and toilets. A smaller third room, mainly occupied by couches, sits between the two, and also contains a bar (on busy nights, the convenience of this bar will often make the room as packed and as noisy as the other two).
The nights vary greatly at The Leadmill, but the faces seldom seem to, in one word - students. Truth be told, it’s impossible to tell whether most of those present really are students (chances are, they’re probably not) but that’s certainly the vibe, and anyone in attendance who isn’t a student probably was in the not-too-distant past, could pass for one, or lives what can be termed a student lifestyle.
Monday is the most specifically student-oriented of the nights – ‘Shag’, plays pop and R&B in one room, indie in the other. Saturdays and Thursdays both feature soul and Motown in room two (alongside indie and party tunes, respectively). Friday is more oriented towards electronica and dance. Various other nights, often alternating, operate throughout the week. There are regular gigs, too, so it’s always worth checking the listings.
It’s all about the promotions, really. On Mondays, drinks can be as cheap as 60p for vodka and a mixer or bottles of Strongbow or Carlsberg. Almost every night of the week features some kind of drinks offer, and they’re often themed. Bottles for £1 or £1.50, and certain spirits with mixers for a quid are the norm. Perhaps the only downside is the inevitable busyness of the bars – it’s sometimes a fair old wait to get served.
The Last Word
It’s big, very busy and won’t be to everyone’s tastes (where is?), but The Leadmill deserves to be one of Sheffield’s most well-known and popular clubs. If you haven’t been, give it a try.