10 pictures to remind you of big nights out in Sheffield in the 80s - who can you spot?

Sheffield nightlife in the 1980s was a tale of at least two cities, with more upmarket offerings such as Josephine’s and Romeo’s contrasting with gritty live music venues such as The Limit and the Leadmill.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:19 am
Josephine's punters, including New Romantics, a sub-culture that hit many a tabloid headline
Josephine's punters, including New Romantics, a sub-culture that hit many a tabloid headline

Sheffield was hit hard by the Thatcher government’s attacks on industries such as coal and steel but young people still got dressed up and headed into town for a night out to escape the hard realities of day-to-day life. The city’s music scene was also thriving, with bands such as The Human League, Heaven 17 and ABC hitting the charts.

And there’s the now legendary story of The Human League’s Phil Oakey recruiting singers Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall from the dancefloor of the Crazy Daizy on the High Street. It’s now a Sainsbury’s Local.

Where did you head for a night out in those days? Join the conversation on our Facebook group, Retro and memories – Sheffield Star

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Orchard Street, Sheffield on March 7, 1980, showing The Museum pub and the Berni Inn steak house - the height of '80s dining sophistication for many of us!

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The Wapentake, later The Casbah, one of the city centre's popular rock bars, frequented by the likes of city band Def Leppard in their early days. The building on Cambridge Street has now been demolished
A male stripper at The Limit, West Street on December 1984 - this is hardly a typical scene at the club known for bringing the city brilliant new music such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cramps, The Specials and Sheffield's own Pulp.
People enjoying the sunshine outside the Dove and Rainbow in the centre of Sheffield, once a popular city pub
Sheffield nightclub impresario Peter Stringfellow with friends during the King Mojo Christmas party held at the Leadmill, Sheffield in December 1984. Both have their own chapters in city music history and the Leadmill is still going strong
Dave Allen, pouring Champagne, opened Josephine's nightclub in 1976. It attracted a crowd wanting a more upmarket night out. Former Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dave Allen's A&S Leisure Group also run the Napoleons Casinos chain and Owlerton Stadium.
Sinatra's Nightclub in Carver Street, Sheffield, February 1988. This club was run by Stevie Splash, one-time Sheffield Wednesday match day DJ
The Roxy’s famous Miss Rock Glam competition that used to be an annual event as part of its Monday Rock Night
Kylie Minogue at the Roxy, Arundel Gate, Sheffield in October 1989