Retro: Sheffield author looks back at 80s nightlife and big hair!

Josephines in the early '80s, from Neil Anderson's book on 1980s nightlife
Josephines in the early '80s, from Neil Anderson's book on 1980s nightlife
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Did you capture your nights out at popular Sheffield venues like Josephines, Roxy and Cairos in Sheffield in the 1980s on camera?

If you did, a local author would like to hear from you.

Neil Anderson is on the look-out for photos from the era to include in a brand new edition of his Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s to Sheffield.

The first issue of the book, which was first published four years ago, has sold out, so a revised copy is on the way.

The launch of the Big Hair Edition will be celebrated at an event called Eighties! The Biggest Reunion… Ever! on Saturday, July 11 at the Genting Club, Sheffield.

Neil said: “Sheffield in the 1980s will always be a special era for me as it was the decade I first started to experience the city’s night scene.

“It was a fantastic time to be young and the new edition of the book will take readers back to that time.

“Cameras were a rare thing at that time but I’m hoping anyone with pics will get in touch.”

The city had stranglehold on the UK charts like never before for much of the 1980s – Sheffield electro-pop dominated the airwaves with the likes of the Human League, ABC and Heaven 17 enjoying hit after hit.

The amount of nightspots on offer in 1980s Sheffield far exceeded the number today.

Mass market entertainment was provided at the sprawling Roxy, Cairo Jax and others, whilst The Leadmill became a beacon for protest and a cheap night out. The iconic venue celebrates its 35th annioversary this year.

Rebels did it for the rockers; The Limit did it for anyone and everyone left of centre and Josephines boasted their own champagne league.

Tickets for the launch night are available from or the credit card hotline, 0114 223 3777.

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