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Leadmill - Sheffield's charisma and fun in a club!
The Leadmill (Sheffield)
Member Name: ollyorb22
The Leadmill (Sheffield)
Advantages: cheap drinks, great mix of music, good space, great atmosphere
Disadvantages: are there any??!
Having grown up in Sheffield before heading to University in Manchester, I now realise that Sheffield is, sadly, lacking in the number of decent places to go out at night. Whilst there are some great bars down both Division and West Streets, the club scene was dealt a great blow with the demise of Gatecrasher, several years ago.
So where could you go on a Sheffield night out?
Well, there's Embrace, sporting a massive dance-floor and great chart-tunes and the occasional older song; but this is overshadowed by its often extortionate drinks prices, high entry fee, (still, somehow) overcrowded dance-floor and unwelcoming atmosphere, particularly from the bouncers outside, who will dispose of your presence if if they don't fancy the particular colour top you're wearing that night.
Then there's Plug, which, I have to say is actually one of my old favourites. I used to go a lot in my late teens, and thursday nights always played the best 90s tunes, alongside cheap drinks and, if you fancied it, a rockin' Indie room next door to the main dance-floor. The only problem now is that on thursdays the 90s tunes are really limited, and many nights tend to be really overcrowded, particularly between rooms, meaning you have to wait in large crowds to try and push through. If you lose someone it can take ages to find them again!
Carling Academy is a great space with good music and cheap drinks, but can sometimes actually feel a bit empty because of its size. And Corporation is always a fantastic night out, though not to everyone's tase. You have to really love the underground, rough feel of this club to have a good night, but the drinks are dirt dirt cheap and the atmosphere is great.
And then there's Leadmill, located just by the train station, not far from a take-away and various bus-stops (there are always taxis outside the club too).
I can honestly say I have never once had a bad night at Leadmill. From the moment you walk through the doors there's a great atmosphere. The space is big enough, but not so large that the place feels lacking or empty. There's a main dancefloor which plays a great mix of chart and cheese, and a smaller but still spacious Indie room that plays everything from Muse to Blink 182. Drinks are ridiculously cheap (bottles of Strongbow or Carlsberg for 60p and Vodka shots for a quid) and the whole place just has a great feel to it.
Dancing chicks, Indie boys, students and working folk alike mix together and the rooms are directly adjacent, so much so that it's almost as if there's one large dancefloor that plays different music at each side.
I don't want to give the impression that the other clubs are bad, by any means; I visit them quite often, it's just that I don't think that any one of them offers an all round great experience in the same way Leadmill does. The real pro about this club is that is truly does have something for everyone. It's Sheffield's oldest club, and has such warm character to it. For students in particular, mondays are great but weekends are always good for anyone. If you're in Sheffield for a one off night - this is the place to go!
Summary: Sheffield's oldest club has unbeatable atmosphere - a real must!
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