Plan to put Sheffield 'back on music map' with venue at record shop

Georgia Rawson, manager at Sheffield city centre shop Record Junkee, which she hopes will soon host gigs.

Georgia Rawson, manager at Sheffield city centre shop Record Junkee, which she hopes will soon host gigs.

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The owners of a Sheffield city centre record shop have revealed plans to open an in-house gig venue and create a social music experience.

Work to install a stage and bar in Record Junkee - above Music Junkee in Earl Street, by the Moor Market - is already underway.

Georgia Rawson, manager at Sheffield city centre shop Record Junkee, which she hopes will soon host gigs.

Georgia Rawson, manager at Sheffield city centre shop Record Junkee, which she hopes will soon host gigs.

The business already has permission to hold some one-off events in the next few weeks, but has applied to Sheffield Council for a permanent licence to host live bands and serve alcohol.

The venue would work alongside the first-floor record shop run by manager Georgia Rawson, who hopes to shake up the Sheffield music scene.

She said: "We support a lot of the venues down here but there was a problem when you see the same support bands put on shows again and again, and that was ruining the scene.

"We have got bands coming from across the UK to play. We always say to promoters that we choose the support slots.

"We want to make it a CBGB-style place where you might find the next Black Flag or Bowie. We need to make it possible for Sheffield to get back on the map."

The first gig will take place on Friday when Sheffield hardcore punks Cadavers release their latest EP. Then on Sunday the venue will host a pop-punk record fair, which Georgia says is a first.

"There is a lot of music snobbery in record stores," she said. "When we created this store the idea was whether you are searching for deep house or hardcore punk, there is such a big selection.

"Putting in sofas and a bar makes it a social thing during the day. Music is a very social thing. A lot of conversations I engage in are about music. I grew up working in this industry and it felt like there was nothing up here that catered for that.

"They always say that when you are after something that doesn't exist, that's a business opportunity."

The firm wants a licence to play live music and serve alcohol from midday until 2am seven days a week.

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