This year Sheffield celebrates one of its defining institutions entering middle age. But far from suffering a mid-life crisis, The Leadmill has found itself reinvigorated, providing us with a broad range of gigs, screenings and nights out. On its 35th birthday year, it seems like a good time to celebrate the Leadmill's undeniable contribution to Sheffield's nightlife and music scene.

This anniversary also sees the venue affirm its reputation for bringing great names to Sheffield. Having already had The Horrors, Royal Blood and Echo & The Bunnymen play within the last six months, coming up soon are Johnny Marr, Wolf Alice and Public Service Broadcasting. Furthermore, May will see an influx of grime and hip hop artists helping the venue celebrate its birthday month, with everyone from JME to Toddla T and even the legendary Grandmaster Flash getting involved.

After sell-out screenings over Christmas, the popular Leadmill Cinematic will kick off again this summer with an intimate screening of Jurassic Park in June. If that seems too far away, comic talents like Sean Walsh (23 April) and Mark Watson (20 May) will soon make appearances, and the regular Leadmil Comedy Club will continue on the first Wednesday of each month.

The venue's four weekly club nights are also an eclectic and accessible part of the city's night life. With anthems guaranteed every night, they also mix it up with house, hip hop and Motown all staking their claim over various rooms.

Here's to 35 more years.

7 Years of Now Then


Over the last month or so, the fact that it's our 85th edition this April, marking seven years of the magazine, has cropped up a fair few times. We all tend to look down and smile, find ourselves staring in silence at each other. It feels like such a huge length of time to have committed and yet it also feels like it's absolutely flown by - the nature of a month in, month out project perhaps. This month we've been somewhat preoccupied with the Festival of Debate, so we'll be celebrating in our usual modest fashion in May with a brand new Now Then beer from long-time supporter, Abbeydale Brewery, available as always for a month in Sheffield's ale houses.

Now Then is first and foremost a labour of love and conscience, supporting independent music, art, thought and trade in Sheffield. Providing a place for multiple voices in high-quality print has always our aim. We like to think we're doing that, though we are always eager for feedback from readers about how we can improve or increase our impact on the city.

Putting a monthly free magazine together is a lot of work - a lot of work which would not be even remotely possible without the efforts of a large group of people. Sincere thanks to anyone and everyone who has been involved, volunteered their time or gone that extra mile for us over the years. Now Then would not be here without you.



Cubana is a real Sheffield success. After serving up the city's definitive tapas and live salsa experience for well over a decade at Trippet Lane, the Latin American bar and restaurant is trading up for bigger things. With a prime new Leopold Square location, and Big Swing nights moving there this month, Cubana will host the country's best swing musicians every single Wednesday.

The New Vintage Band on 15 April promise a cool night of swinging hits from across the decades. Plus with free entry, weekly classes from 8pm, and Cubana regular Guillermo Rozenthuler returning to bring his Brazilian bossa nova and Argentinean tango on 21 and 22 April, Cubana's will have the whole city swinging.


Detonate Festival

30 May, Nottingham

Regular promoters of underground music nights in Sheffield, Detonate are gearing up for their second annual festival over in Nottingham on 30 May. The city's biggest underground outdoor music festival is heading into the wilds of nature for the first time, promising an unforgettable day out amongst the lakes and woodland trails of Colwick Country Park.

Nas, performing his classic debut albumIllmatic, headlines a solid line up of over 40 international artists, including Skepta, Mike Skinner, Congo Natty, Zed Bias, Dusky, Shy FX, Roni Size, Mumdance, Klashnekoff and David Rodigan, with loads more TBA. It's hardly surprising tickets are selling out fast. Get on it.


Open Up Sheffield

2-4, 9-10 May

No, this isn’t an invitation for everyone to be honest and ‘open up’ (although you should, of course). It’s a free cultural event that invites you to meet 110 individual artists and craftspeople in their natural studio habitats across the city.

Open Up Sheffield has been going for 17 years and is set to be bigger than ever this year, with Juxtavoices choir performing atmospheric pieces across the locations on Sun 3 May. So keep your diary free for the Bank Holiday weekend (2-4 May) and weekend after (9-10 May), and in the meantime check out the Build Your Own Art Trail section on the website to personalise your route between locations.

You Should Vote


You may be aware there is a General Election taking place on 7 May. You will only be able to make your voice heard on the day if you’ve registered to vote. Registration closes on 20 April, but signing up is easy. With national insurance number in hand, you can do it online in five minutes, and you can register for a postal vote whilst you're at it if you're so inclined.

Once you're registered, make sure you turn out on polling day. Not sure who to vote for? Think about the things that matter to you, have a look at voteforpolicies.org.uk, and come along to some Festival of Debate events, which run till the end of the month. See you at the polls.


Dimitri's Special Kebabs

22 Hickmott Road
0114 266 6667

Is there anything better than an authentic kebab? Relatively new to the Sharrow Vale area, Dimitri's are busy serving up lovingly-made grilled foods with a Mediterranean edge. This takeaway offers a delicious array of home-style Mediterranean kebabs and Greek salads which are sure to have Sheffield's hoards of continental foodies salivating, with desserts and children’s portions also available.

Head down to Hickmott Road for a taste of the Mediterranean, or alternatively have them deliver it right to your door. Open seven days a week while 10:30pm, Dimitri's are a welcome addition to Sheffield's varied offering of interesting takeaways.


Seven Hills Films


Like this here magazine, Seven Hills Films are all about connecting people with independent local producers and companies. They've recently started their ‘Get Started. Get Seen.’ campaign, to help get the message out about new start-ups and social enterprises who need that little bit of help in spreading the word about the work they do.

Seven Hills produce professional, high-quality, affordable showreels which highlight the unique qualities of whoever they're working with. Starting an independent business can be tough, and they're a great way to express what's particularly amazing about your work.