Leadmill heritage honour for Sheffield music legends Pulp

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on stage at the band's last Sheffield show, at Motorpoint Arena in December 2012.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on stage at the band's last Sheffield show, at Motorpoint Arena in December 2012.

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Sheffield music legends Pulp are to be honoured with a plaque at the site of their first gig – The Leadmill.

The PRS for Music heritage award is set to be unveiled in front of the whole band on Monday, marking 35 years since their first show.

A spokeswoman for PRS for Music, which set up the Heritage Award in 2009 to recognise the performance birthplaces of bands and artists, said: “Pulp, led by frontman Jarvis Cocker, first played The Leadmill on Saturday, August 16, 1980, recording tracks in the typical electronic new wave ‘Sheffield sound’ of the time.

“The band went on to achieve enormous success in the UK and worldwide, selling millions of albums and playing sold out gigs, including Glastonbury in 1995, where Common People became a touchstone anthem during their headline act.”

And it is a double celebration for the Leadmill, which is also celebrating its 35th birthday this year.

The spokeswoman said: “The award-winning Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest running live music venue and club. The venue has been central to the emergence and dominance of iconic British music for 35 years.

“To celebrate the 35th anniversary and plaque unveiling, BBC6 Music’s Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting live from The Leadmill.

“This will follow performances from the Mystery Jets, Slow Club and a birthday club night headlined by Jarvis and bandmate Steve Mackey’s Desperate Soundsystem.”

Steve is in the city as part of a collaboration with BBC Sport, which is here for the World Snooker Championship at the nearby Crucible theatre.

PRS for Music collectively manages the rights of over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK.

This plaque will be unveiled at The Leadmill on Monday.

This plaque will be unveiled at The Leadmill on Monday.

Previous heritage plaques have honoured Blur, Dire Straits, Squeeze and Sir Elton John