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Ocean Colour Scene to open Leadmill gig at Don Valley Bowl

Ocean Colour Scene will be the third act to headline Don Valley Bowl this summer, alongside previously announced Hacienda Classical, and George Ezra. Revellers can expect a whole day of spectacular live music with The Coral, The Bluetones, Dodgy, and Sheafs already confirmed to be heading down to support the Birmingham band, on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Following their 1989 formation, Britpop veterans Ocean Colour Scene have released nine albums, three of which made the Top 5. In 1996 they stormed to number 2 in the UK charts with their sensational second album Moseley Shoals which spawned four Top 20 singles, including the instantly recognisable anthems The Day We Caught The Train and The Riverboat Song.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said: “We really can’t wait for this one. It’s going to be a day full of sing-along anthems! All of the bands on the line-up have played the venue over the years so it’s somewhat of a greatest hits line-up for us as promoters!”

With such an eclectic line-up over the August weekend, The Leadmill’s Don Valley Bowl shows have something for everyone.

Tickets for The Leadmill’s huge Sunday show will be available from 10am on Friday 30th of March from their website– with tickets priced at £35. 


On Saturday 18 August, George Ezra will headline Don Valley Bowl.

Following the recent announcement of their phenomenal Hacienda Classical show, The Leadmill has confirmed that George Ezra will be the second artist heading to Don Valley Bowl this August. Sheffield’s famous Leadmill venue promises a weekend of incredible live music at the 7500-capacity outdoor arena which will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 of August 2018.

Ahead of the show, the BRIT-winning singer-songwriter is set to release his much anticipated second album, Staying At Tamara’s, in March 2018. After singing his way into the hearts of millions with his debut album, Wanted On Voyage, George Ezra promises much more experimentation and confidence this year.

After receiving worldwide praise for his ballad Budapest, George Ezra went from virtually unknown to internationally renowned in just 18 months. The Leadmill loves a success story, and is famed for being a ‘rite of passage’ for emerging talent; in 2014 George Ezra played two sell-out shows at The Leadmill and are truly thrilled to have him back to headline their biggest show yet.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said “It’s brilliant to be bringing more outdoor events to the city, it’s a step forward for us as promoters and it’s great for the people of this city. Hopefully, we’ll have more to come!”

Tickets to the 14+ event will be on sale from 2 March at 10am and can be bought on The Leadmill’s website, where you can also find tickets to Hacienda Classical.

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The Leadmill presents Haçienda Classical at Don Valley Bowl

The Leadmill brings Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, to Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl on Friday 17th August. 

Now coming into its third year, these nostalgic nights have recreated the tunes that defined a generation at the original Manchester club, renewed and rearranged with a classical orchestra.

The show will feature its third new set which is currently being prepared by former DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook and musical director Tim Crooks. This version will once again see many new classic tracks added to the repertoire for the Hacienda Classical players and special guests.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said, “Hacienda Classical has been all over the country and has always gone down a storm so we’re really excited to be able to bring them to Sheffield this summer!”

The announcement of this show is met with excitement: Rebecca Walker, Senior Live Promoter & Assistant General Manager at The Leadmill said, “The Leadmill is such a loved institution to many in the Steel City and I’m immensely proud of both the brand and our hardworking staff to be able to take The Leadmill to the next step with such an ambitious show”.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 16 February and can be bought at

Simon Evans boosts Sheffield’s IQ, at The Leadmill

On Thursday May 3, The Leadmill will play host to Simon Evans and his 2018 UK tour: Genius. Who better to explain the show than the genius himself…

“I’m a bad tempered middle aged man but on this occasion I’m looking at, in particular, the collapse of intelligent conversation, intelligent  discourse, intelligent analysis and visible intelligence in any form in public life. In particular, the failure of public figures to display any kind of intellectual rigour, and my suspicion that we are, evolutionary speaking, gliding back down into the swamp.

I am interested in intelligence and I kind of like it as a style as much as an actual quality, a discernible, statistically measurably quality. I like it as an aspiration, a dress code as much as anything else and I just see infantilisation wherever I go. I just see grown men dressed as children and I see people walking around in outfits that are humiliating to them, I would have thought.

I see the news, and in particular, the way that politicians address the public as being so obviously false and simplified and incoherent and insincere and disingenuous and I furrow my brow and see if anybody else has noticed this and I’m not sure they have.

I can’t be sure whether everybody is comfortable in this, whether British people, in particular, perhaps are ashamed or embarrassed of their sort of colonial past and all of the terrible things we did in order to achieve a sort of power and advantage in the world, and have just decided to scuttle back underneath a rock.

[Reasons as to why this intelligence deficit has occurred could be down to] a collapse in educational standards possibly, use of mass media which leads to dumbing down. I mean dumbing down is in itself a blunt instrument to describe this but there certainly is a race to the bottom because all people are interested in when they produce mass media is numbers. They just want the biggest number of people. And, of course you’re never going to leverage the greatest advertising potential by addressing the elite and letting the others run to keep up. There used to be an expectation that you would pitch your message at a relatively high level and people would aspire to be able to follow it. But now, that feels cruel, it seems quite literally to be quite harsh and hostile and undemocratic and instead everything has to be presented in the medium of dance. It’s hopeless.

I think we’ve all got a shorter attention span which I think social media is responsible for. I mean, I certainly feel that myself. I spend a lot of time on Twitter and it’s much harder to read a book after doing that all day.

I do realise that, as a man in my 50s I’m already losing a lot of it [intelligence]. So, that’s the bittersweet nature of it, that I’ve got a niggling feeling that I’ve peaked myself as well, that my memory is riddled with holes. I am really becoming quite dreadfully forgetful and I have a mounting panic that I already have more books than I’ll ever have time to read. So, it’s a sort of personal fear and terror of the deterioration of the mind. I have a real sense that it is like a muscle, in the sense that if you don’t use it, it just withers. So, I don’t think it’s a generational thing, I just think that modern life is set up to infantilise us.

I think that a lot of people suspect [a societal lack of intelligence] but it’s the kind of thing that people don’t like to talk about much because it’s a bit impolite. But that’s something that I’ve never been too bothered to be perceived to be.”

Whether you’ve noticed a significant drop in the average IQ or not, Simon Evans will make a hilarious argument as to why he thinks so.

Tickets can be bought online at The Leadmill here