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Sheffield’s retro rock community are set to be one of the first groups to legally return to the dancefloor later this month. This week’s Government green light for ‘freedom day’ means a Wapentake reunion that celebrates the publication of our brand new book on the legendary underground bar will definitely take place at the city’s Corporation nightclub on Saturday, July 31st,, 2021. Half the tickets have already been sold for the event that is headlined by Ken Hall – the rock DJ that made his name at the original venue. Landlady Olga Marshall was the face of the Wapentake bar...

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Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region has always punched well above its weight in the rock department. It has produced multi-million selling bands like Def Leppard and Saxon – even Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was schooled here. Sheffielder Pete Gill drummed for Saxon and ended up in Mötorhead. The Bailey Brothers – DJs that ended up fronting MTV’s first rock show – hail from Killamarsh. They might never have achieved the success they did had it not been for the camaraderie and support provided by the city’s venues and the sprawling communities attached to them . Few places produced...

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Original Rebels DJ Bob Maltby was kind enough to contribute to forthcoming 'Signing On For The Devil - the Rise of Steel City Rock'. Here's a bit of a sneak preview (early pics courtesy of Shirley Freeman). He was one of Sheffield’s earliest rock DJs. He started at the Penthouse and carved out a name for himself in the early years of Rebels as well as doing stints at KGB and the Saddle. He remembers: “It all began way back in about 1977/1978, I was a customer in the Penthouse and became friends with the DJ who was called Dave...

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Bailey Brothers, Bob Maltby, Dixon Lane, Ken Hall, Lez Wright, Peter Stringfellow, Rebels, Steve Baxendale, The Penthouse -

Few people realise Peter Stringfellow had more than a little hand in the future launch of the region’s undisputed king of rock clubs. It was he that opened the Penthouse in 1969 in the space destined became Rebels years later. His love affair with the venue sited many floors above Dixon Lane didn’t last long. If it had, well, there might have never been a rock club at all. Peter Stringfellow, and his brother Geoff,  had already achieved massive success in Sheffield in the years preceding the Penthouse opening. Their Burngreave-based King Mojo teenage club attracted stars spanning Jimi Hendix...

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