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Pic by Bill Stephenson Tens of thousands climbed the stairs to a rock nightclub set high above Dixon Lane until it shuts its doors for the last time in the mid-1990s – to the dismay of many. Now memories of Sheffield’s Rebels venue is set to live on thanks to a brand new book. ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield – Rebels Edition’ tells the story of the club that grew from unlikely beginnings to become one of the most popular rock nightclubs in the country. The venue was originally opened as the Penthouse by Peter and Geoff Stringfellow in...

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Former patrons of a legendary Sheffield rock bar came out in their droves to mark the official unveiling of our brand new book. The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield – Wapentake Edition’ chronicles the life of the subterranean bar that ran for nearly a quarter of a century underneath the Grosvenor House Hotel in the city centre. Covid had forced the postponement of the original launch event but, with the recent lifting of restrictions, the dancefloor finally re-opened and scores of former patrons enjoyed the reunion they often wondered would ever happen. Neil Anderson, author of the book, said:...

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Olga Marshall at the Buccaneer Olga Marshall will forever be remembered as the face of Sheffield’s Wapentake Bar. She managed the rock venue from the early 1970s right up to late 1990s. But what are your memories of her and the venue she managed? We’re set to launch a Wapentake edition of our ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide’ and we need your help. We think long and hard about which venues should have a stand-alone book and it was the popularity of our Wapentake T-shirts – which we launched last year – that proved the venue’s legacy is as strong now...

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From Def Leppard to Bring Me The Horizon, Sheffield’s ability to produce multi-million selling rock acts is widely known around the globe. But one lesser known addition to its heavy metal credentials is its impact on dancefloors around the world. A new book, ‘Signing On For The Devil – the Rise of Steel City Rock’, lifts the lid on the story of the Bailey Brothers, a duo that are widely recognised as the originators of the ‘air guitar’ phenomenan. It was all part of an unlikely rise to fame for two black former miners from Killamarsh that went on to...

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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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