30-36 Burton Road, Neepsend, S3 8BX
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Richard Hawley's longstanding go-to studio, now home to a live music venue.Visit site
It might be still off the radar but there is most definitely a new venue in town, and in many ways it’s not new at all. Yellow Arch is well-known to musicians from near and far – the Victorian factory turned self-proclaimed “house of creative madness” is one of the city’s most popular recording studios and rehearsal spaces. Over its 18 years the likes of Duane Eddy, Sister Sledge and even Skrillex have been through the arch, along with the usual suspects of Richard Hawley, the Arctic Monkeys and Slow Club. In fact Hawley’s old rehearsal room is now one of the three bars in Yellow Arch’s venue space, which opened in February 2015.
“Now you can rehearse, record and perform something here,” says events and marketing manager Nina Kanauros. “It felt right to have all three under one roof.”
The main hall is the Neepsend complex’s former ‘rave cave’ – Yellow Arch is no newbie when it comes to events – and it’s now been kitted out with a 10k sound system. With a capacity of 150 it’s a great addition to the Sheffield circuit. Add on a lovely little outdoor courtyard, a new toilet block, lots of real ale on tap and a Moroccan-themed coffee shop with a piano in the corner and you’ve got a nice, flowing set of rooms that’s somewhere a little bit different for a Sheffield gig.
“It’s completely Andy,” says Nina of the laid back nature of the layout and the Moroccan theme. Andy Cook founded Yellow Arch in 1997 and it’s his personality that Nina says also makes it a bit different.
“We’ve welcomed a lot of big names here over the years and lots of different people come through our doors every day, so we have to be something for everyone. But also it’s Andy’s baby.”
As for their future plans as a venue? “We’re going to carry on being different,” says Nina. “We’re still establishing ourselves as a venue but we expect to be a lot more active next year.”
At the time of writing there’s a whole mix of stuff coming up there already including northern soul, blues, jungle, jazz and folk nights, regular open mic sessions, and later in the year events are popping up from gig promoters Semi-Detached and Banana Hill. And from 11 January 2016, the cosy coffee shop-bar opens every evening, and on Thursdays will play host to open mic sessions from 7:30pm.
You’ll find Yellow Arch in Neepsend, not far from the Shalesmoor tram stop, close to neighbouring Kelham Island with the Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern and the Riverside – now the bar's open, it'll make a nice additional stop on our Sheffield Ale Trail.