Sheffield pair drink in success of mugs marking music past

Rob Duffin (left) and Martin Bedford with the specially desisigned mugs.
Rob Duffin (left) and Martin Bedford with the specially desisigned mugs.
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Mugs full of memories have been created by two Sheffield men – spanning more than 30 years of classic gigs in the city.

Artist Martin Bedford, who has designed posters and memorabilia for hundreds of gigs and bands, has teamed up with Rob Duffin, who runs the Sheffield Mug Co.

Martin was impressed with Rob’s products celebrating city suburbs like Walkley, Sharrow Vale and Banner Cross – and also by the solidity of the mugs themselves.

Now more than 20 of Martin’s favourite posters have been turned into ceramics and have been put on sale at music venues and specialist shops.

Gigs featured include an early Pulp show, appearances by John Cooper Clarke, Miles Hunt, Wilko Johnson and Glenn Tilbrook, as well as more generic designs recalling heady nights of punk and reggae during the early days of The Leadmill.

Rob said: “Martin liked my stuff and he was especially impressed that you could have coffee in one of my mugs and it would still be warm when you’d taken it upstairs.

“It turned out we lived close to each other in Crookes and Crookesmoor, so we got together and Martin selected some of his most famous designs from down the years.”

Martin, who was based at The Leadmill in its earliest days, has designed posters for gigs at many of the city’s key venues, including the Greystones and The Hallamshire.

Rob said: “The response to the mugs must have been good, because Martin keeps coming back for more, and we’re putting them for sale online to bring back a few memories for Sheffielders who are now further afield.

“Some recall those days when you could get into a great night at the Leadmill for just 50p.”