10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Plug
Plug Sheffield Phlegm

In honour of Independent Venue Week (25-31 Jan), we asked one of Sheffield’s most loved independent live music locations, Plug, to share some fond memories and fun facts about the popular venue and its past gigs.

The intimate Plug has been open for more than a decade, welcoming the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy and Lily Allen.

Here Flick Heiden – PR Co-ordinator at the venue – shares ten titbits you’ve probably never heard about Plug before.

1. World-known cartoonist and illustrator Phlegm decorated the venue

Plug Sheffield Phlegm
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“You’ve undoubtedly seen Phlegm’s work in and around Sheffield if you’re a local. With his instantly recognisable figures and narrative structure, Phlegm has gained worldwide recognition but still calls Sheffield ‘home’.”

2. Arctic Monkeys’ first gig at Plug in 2005 had a ticket price of just £8

“October 2005 saw Sheffield’s most successful band play two gigs in one week at Plug, with tickets outside the venue being bought and sold for ten times their face value. The day after one of the gigs – on October 23 2005 – they scored their first number one single with ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and celebrated with an afterparty in Earth.”

3. Patti Smith graced Plug’s stage in 2007

Patti Smith Plug

“The punk poet laureate herself rolled into Plug in May 2007. As well as her own songs, she played several covers on the night including ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones, ‘Soul Kitchen’ by The Doors and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.”

4. The three rooms in Plug are named Live, Earth and Neutral…

“… the components of – you guessed it – a plug.”

5. Lily Allen played at Plug during her first tour

Lily Allen Plug

“It was an unusually late start for this gig, with Lily taking to the stage just after midnight at the end of June in 2006. The gig itself was only just over half an hour long, and she opened with ‘LDN’ and had the whole crowd jumping by the time she sang ‘Alfie’ for her encore.”

6. Neutral used to be called .Zero when it was just a club on its own

“.Zero played host to some amazing club nights and artists including Razor Stiletto, Planet Zogg, Urban Gorilla, Valve Sound System and Roni Size.”

7. Deadmau5 has played at Plug twice

“When Saturday nights at Plug were brought to you by Shuffle, Canadian producer and 21st century phenomenon Deadmau5 played at Plug in 2008 and he enjoyed himself so much that he returned for a bank holiday weekend party to remember in 2009.”

8. We hosted The Prodigy’s 10 year comeback show

“The band played two comeback shows (the other was at the Rainbow Warehouse in Birmingham) and Plug hosted the first of the two on a Friday night in 2008. Their set included ‘Breath’, ‘Diesel Power’, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ and ‘Firestarter’, plus new tracks from their album Invaders Must Die, which was released the following year.”

9. Plug promoted Ed Sheeran at The Forum and then he played in Neutral

“Just before he shot to global fame, Ed played for free at The Forum and played a sold-out gig at Plug. For his encore, he performed unplugged whilst sat on top of a box in the middle of the audience.”

10. Calvin Harris played Plug pre-Taylor

“Way back in 2007 before he started dating Swifty and became one of the highest paid artists on the planet, Calvin played both a live set and a DJ set at Plug.”

Visit Plug: 14-16 Matilda St, S1 4QD

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Main image: KylaBorg / Flickr / CC