REVIEW: Anniversary show is a special moment in Sheffield’s music scene

As far as a good night goes, The Leadmill’s anniversary shin-dig takes some beating.

And rightly so.

The venue celebrated its 35th anniversary and the unveiling of its PRS Music Heritage plaque and invited some very special friends - not to mention hundreds of people, along to join in.

The event kicked off with Pulp’s unveiling of the plaque, a fitting homage to one of the band’s earliest gigs in 1980, just after the venue opened.

Then it was over to Radio 6 as Steve Lamacq hosted his show live from the Leadmill in honour of its anniversary, its plaque and Pulp’s appearance. Near silence filled the room, with the exception of Lamacq’s quiet tones and his guests, which included Tom Hogg from The Hosts.

And then it was over to the Mystery Jets, who warmed up the crowd for the evening’s shenanigans with their painting-by-numbers indie pop.

But it was Slow Club who really commanded the crowd, playing a sophisticated set but also one drenched in affection for the Leadmill.

Reverend and the Makers’ Jon McClure joined in the celebrations with a DJ set and then, the moment everyone was waiting for - Pulp stars Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey’s Desperate Soundsystem DJ set.

Spinning tunes well into the early hours, the pair moved through a set of disco, funk, rock and roll and electro, the pair had the floor eating out of their hands.

Limbs flailed, torsos twisted and feet stomped as the pair – and The Leadmill – celebrated a very special moment in Sheffield’s music scene.