Legendary Sheffield venue to be remembered

Siouxsie and the Banshees at the Limit in 1978.
Siouxsie and the Banshees at the Limit in 1978.

Revellers will be taken to The Limit on Saturday for an evening dedicated to one of the country’s most successful alternative nightclubs.

The Limit on West Street closed in January 1991 and the special event will screen, for the first time ever, a film shot on the very last night of its existence.

‘Last Night of The Limit’ captures on film the venue celebrating the end of its 13-year reign as one of the country’s most popular alternative clubs.

The screening, at Genting Club, will be introduced by former Limit manager and Artery drummer Garry Wilson before a Limit club night with original DJ Paul Unwin.

The event has been arranged to coincide with the publication of a fifth anniversary edition of the ‘Take it to The Limit’ book by Neil Anderson, which chronicles the life of the legendary venue.

The book sold out within hours of its launch in 2009 at outlets across the city.

Neil, who is releasing a fully updated Kindle edition of the book for the first time, said: “I never envisaged how popular the book would become. I’ve had numerous requests to do a Kindle edition and, as I didn’t do one first time around, I’m releasing a fully updated digital edition in a few weeks’ time.”

‘Take it to The Limit’ sold hundreds of copies within days of publication and became one of the highest grossing titles at Sheffield’s Waterstones that Christmas.

Its launch party attracted members of Sheffield bands spanning the Human League to Pulp and Artery to Vice Versa - later to become ABC - and three sell-out reunions followed.

The Limit opened in March 1978. Throughout the ’80s, it hosted a line-up of such local heroes as Pulp, the Human League and Def Leppard as well as those from further afield including U2 and Depeche Mode.

Tickets for Saturday night’s special event are £9 for the club night or £13 for both the club night and film screening.

Visit www.takeittothelimit.info or buy tickets from Sheffield City Hall’s box office on 0114 223 3777.