RETRO: Heaven 17, Pulp and dancing girls - remembering Adelphi nightclub

Table Top Dancing at Adelphi .
Table Top Dancing at Adelphi .
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What do Heaven 17, Pulp and tabletop dancing girls have in common?

Well, two of them were pretty big names in Sheffield music in the 1990s.

All girls act Ironic from Wath on stage at the Adelphi,Attercliffe.   DIARYLEAD

All girls act Ironic from Wath on stage at the Adelphi,Attercliffe. DIARYLEAD

But all three - Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, the synth pop legends Heaven 17 and the scantily clad ladies in question were at one point involved in entertaining punters at the Adelphi nightclub, in its various guises..

The venue, based in Attercliffe’s Vicarage Road, near Attercliffe Road, hosted a Sheffield Wednesday themed event for the Owls Trust in 2001, in which Heaven 17 played a gig and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker put on a DJ set.

In the flyers used to sell the event, those interested were told: ‘There’s even a suggestion Peter Shreeves might give us a song.’

It’s unconfirmed if that ever happened - sadly - but the venue regularly put on live music and DJs, including local girl band trio Supersister, who performed their chart single Coffee.

New Club act The Lively brothers under the spotlight at the Adelphi,Attercliffe.  
DIARYLEAD

New Club act The Lively brothers under the spotlight at the Adelphi,Attercliffe. DIARYLEAD

The bar was known for being open late, serving until 4am.

The listed building, which today lies dormant, has had an undoubtedly rich history.

The Adelphi opened as a theatre and cinema in 1920, built by architect William C Fenton.

The cinema closed in 1967, and the building was then used as a bingo hall under the unsurprising name Adelphi Bingo Club.

Adelphi NIGHT CLUB, OLD CINEMA, ATTERCLIFFE

Adelphi NIGHT CLUB, OLD CINEMA, ATTERCLIFFE

It later became a nightclub, hosting Gatecrasher before its organisers moved venues to the Republic in the city centre.

It then briefly became a ‘Million Dollar Babes’ lap dancing club, then a music and arts community enterprise centre to train youngsters for careers in the music industry.

n We want to hear about your best nights out in Sheffield at bygone venues. Send your photos to alex.evans@jpress.co.uk and we’ll feature the best ones in an upcoming Midweek Retro.

Bar staff at the new Adelphi night club.

Bar staff at the new Adelphi night club.