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Since opening in 2005, Plug has established itself as one of the top live music and club venues in Sheffield and the North of England. We have had the good fortune to play host to some incredible acts over the years including Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Patti Smith and Lily Allen and remain constant in our quest to bring the very best acts, both old and new alike, to the stage. As a venue, Plug dances perfectly on the tightrope between grandiosity and intimacy, bringing audiences awe-inspiring live and DJ performances in a perfectly proportioned setting.

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14-16 Matilda Street
S1 4QD

0114 241 3040

  1. Tue : 11:00pm - 3:00am
  2. Thu : 11:00pm - 3:00am
  3. Fri : 10:30pm - 6:00am
  4. Sat : 10:30pm - 4:00am

What's on at The Plug

  1. Akala image


    Thu 30 April at 07:30pm until Thu 30 April 2015 at 10:30pm

    Over the last decade, rapper, poet and journalist Akala (the name comes from a Buddhist term meaning ‘immovable’) has emerged from London’s hip hop underground and burst into the mainstream as one of the leaders of a new British artistic renaissance. His first album, It’s Not a Rumour, was released in 2006 and gained much critical acclaim, culminating in him winning the 2006 MOBO Award for Best Hip Hop Artist. Since then, Akala has released three more albums and toured extensively throughout the UK and around the world. He has developed a stellar live show with renowned drummer and award-winning music producer, Cassell ‘The Beatmaker’, headlining six UK tours and touring with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas and M.I.A. Akala is the purveyor of a unique and socially conscious form of hip hop, packed with metaphors, beats, rock sounds and emotionally charged lyrics. Don't miss this.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Lives @ The Rocking Chair

    Fri 01 May at 07:30pm until Fri 01 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Bracing pop from another of Liverpool’s new emerging guitar slingers, LIVES. On first listen it’s straight up guitar standards but as the melodies seep in you can’t help be bowled over. Yelped, semi-regional vocals; ringing, stop-start, new wave guitars; ridiculously catchy tunes! So, unlike so many other bands that treading the same path, one listen of ‘White Lies’ and the ‘woah oh oh oh’s‘ will be stuck in your head for hours. Over to NME … “Liverpool has been something of a breeding ground for promising new bands of late, and Lives are the newest arrivals at the party. Debut tracks ‘White Lies’ and ‘Short Memory’ (LISTEN HERE!) are a blast of adrenaline – big, fast-paced and packed with layer upon layer of instrumentation. Lives are doing their utmost to make sure you sit up and listen.”

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Misty Miller @ The Rocking Chair

    Wed 06 May at 08:00pm until Wed 06 May 2015 at 11:00pm

    20 year old South Londoner, Misty Miller, has announced details of a new EP. Sweet Nothing will be released on Relentless Records on Monday 2nd March. Sweet Nothing’s lead track Best Friend is taken from her forthcoming album (released Summer 2015) and is accompanied by stripped back versions of 4 more songs recorded at The Crypt in London last November. The track listing of the EP is as follows: 1. Best Friend 2. Petrified (Stripped) 3. Happy (Stripped) 4. Stars (Stripped) 5. Another Girl Another Planet (Stripped) Misty Miller is fast-gaining attention for her raw, emotive intensity. Her confidently weary voice, grungy electric guitar and autobiographical songwriting come together on this five track EP. While channeling inspiration from 70s New York punk bands such as The Velvet Underground, Iggy & The Stooges and Blondie, as a regular frequenter of Brixton’s The Windmill alongside Fat White Family, Misty also cites the bands she’s met playing the South London scene as a strong influence on her sound. The forthcoming album, recorded in 2014 at Toe Rag studios in London and produced by Liam Watson, will be released this Summer. Misty has honed her live set further through touring with Jake Bugg, Television and Eels, as well as performing at various festivals last Summer including Reading and Leeds. Misty is an atom bomb of fearless attitude and determination – something that can be seen on her upcoming UK tour that kicks off at London’s Old Blue Last in February. The full list of forthcoming shows is as follows with more to be added: 2014 saw Misty Miller pave a righteous musical path with the release of two highly acclaimed singles: the sleazy late-night prowler Taxi Cab, and double A-side featuring 50s-tinged punker Stars and the not-so-sugar-sweet Marmalade, both singles picking up multiple plays at Radio One, 6 Music and XFM in the process. Misty has streamlined an instinctive grasp of reinvigorating classic nostalgia with songwriting that’s a smack to the side of the cheek with a fistful of attitude and wit.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  4. October Drift, Ordnance & Special Guests image

    October Drift, Ordnance & Special Guests

    Fri 08 May at 07:30pm until Fri 08 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    October Drift sold out two back to back dates in Sheffield on their first ever UK tour just through word of mouth, and return to the steel city for their ‘You Are, You Are.’ UK tour. Supported by Q Magazine, Clash Magazine, XFM and others, the band released their debut single ‘Whoever’ back in February and played sold out shows despite no online presence and no digital release (ltd edition 7 inch vinyl). The second October Drift single ‘You Are, You Are.’ is released on 11th May alongside these dates. This band come with a solid reputation for ferocious, energetic, and unforgettable live shows with a sound bigger than a juggernaut smashing you in the chest at full speed. Support comes from Ordnance who are a new Sheffield band playing incredible live sets, with a really fresh and exciting full sound, fusing electronic beats and creating unique big sounds.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    The Pop Group

    Sat 09 May at 07:30pm until Sat 09 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    The Pop Group formed in Bristol in 1977 out of a sense of disenchantment with the increasing conservatism of punk and released their debut album, Y, in 1979. Their second album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? arrived in 1980 before the band imploded in the same year. Reforming in 2010, the band have played festivals across the globe including Summer Sonic, Primavera and OFF, and recently completed a 7-date UK tour in support of the reissued We Are Time and new archival compilation Cabinet of Curiosities in 2014.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    7 Years of Rejekt

    Sat 09 May at 11:00pm until Sun 10 May 2015 at 04:00am

    This "rEJEKTS" thing is not only a vessel to produce and release music, the music we make goes hand in hand with the parties we throw. So to represent not only the sound of the label but also the sound of the club, we've invited some of our favourite artists along for this particular ride. These people have supplied seminal moments in the evolution of our sound and who better to help us celebrate than a line up of our favourite new artists alongside some of our favourite "Northern Bastards".

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

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    Django Django

    Thu 14 May at 07:30pm until Thu 14 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Django Django is four men who, amongst other things, sing and play guitar, bass and drums. The Edinburgh art-pop foursome first garnered new band fizz back in 2009, then made us wait three whole years for their first album. But it was certainly worth the wait. Their first album taught us that they’re able to create perfectly crafted pop with a twist of modern psychedelia. No doubt this eclectic band will be pushing the boundaries with their new tunes. So hop on down to Plug and prepare to be mesmerised.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Frankie and The Heartstrings

    Fri 15 May at 07:30pm until Fri 15 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Sunderland based band, Frankie and The Heartstrings, bring their brand of indie-rock to Plug.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  9. Pannotia presents Trus'Me, Aleqs Notal & Seb Wildblood image

    Pannotia presents Trus'Me, Aleqs Notal & Seb Wildblood

    Sun 24 May at 10:00pm until Mon 25 May 2015 at 04:00am

    ‘Pannotia Presents host exclusive events at a range of reputable underground venues, bringing you the most coveted DJs around that mix the very best in house, techno and everything in between. After having collaborated with the likes of Paul Woolford, Addison Groove and George FitzGerald, Pannotia never fails in providing a unique sonic soundtrack that’s accompanied by forward thinking visuals to create an experience like no other.’ Trus’me (Prime Numbers) Our main headliner for the night comes in the shape of soul and disco inflected house maestro Trus’me. A highly respected figure in many circles; and a DJ and producer who boasts two acclaimed LPs to his name, we’re delighted to welcome the head honcho of Prime Numbers to Sheffield and see him unearth a treasure trove of records once he hits the decks. Aleqs Notal (ClekClekBoom) Next up is an act from France whose appetite for producing an array of sounds that draw on as many musical influences as possible is what helps to set him apart from the rest. Despite being relatively new to the world of production, Aleqs Notal is certainly no stranger to the DJing profession and we look forward to witnessing one of his encyclopaedic sets in action. Seb Wildblood (Church) Finally, to set the night in motion, we’ve enlisted the help of Seb Wildblood - label boss of the fast rising Church imprint, and producer in his own right, for what promises to be an indelible opening set. Expect to hear a healthy amount of finely produced Church releases interspersed with whatever else Seb chooses to surprise us with. Also joining us on the night will be two of our residents - Emilio and Josh O’Donovan who have both supported some of the best artists in the game and have been with us since we began. Get ready for an exclusive night held at Plug Sheffield on May 24th Bank Holiday Sunday! Tickets are available now: Earlybird Ticket (Very Limited!) - £6 Advance Ticket - £8 On The Door - £10

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Club Night

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    Blossoms w/ Vant & Bang Bang Romeo

    Thu 28 May at 07:30pm until Thu 28 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Have you heard the whisper? Blossoms are the best young band in Manchester and for once the whispers are true. With their brilliant take on the psychedelic 'flavour of the moment', Blossoms have redefined it on their own terms to create a tumbling, tripped out guitar pop that is weeks away from crashing into the mainstream. The band released their debut single, Blow, on The Coral's Skeleton Key Records in October last year. Praise has since come from NME, who described Blossoms' style as offering, "A lighter take on psychedelia, one that’s steeped in classic British pop songwriting," while Louder Than War said, “Their effortless, flowing, woozy, guitar pop is perfect.” With psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export. Check 'em out.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    East India Youth

    Sat 30 May at 07:30pm until Sat 30 May 2015 at 10:30pm

    Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and he has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around. His recently announced second album titled Culture of Volume is his first since signing to XL Recordings and it follows his critically acclaimed debut album Total Strife Forever (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Further to this, East India Youth has announced his largest tour to date, taking in venues and festivals through the UK, Europe and North America. Luckily for us and for you, this tour just happens to stop at Plug.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

  12. Kano w/ Elijah & Skilliam, Mez & Giob image

    Kano w/ Elijah & Skilliam, Mez & Giob

    Sat 30 May at 11:00pm until Sun 31 May 2015 at 04:00am

    Until a few weeks ago, we'd barely heard a feature verse from Kano in years, and in his absence the words "grime revival" have become two of the most used in the English language, as tracks from Skepta, The Square, Dizzee, Stormzy, Jammz and more continue to explode on a weekly basis. So it's poetically apt that one of the original scene's most potent and prolific MCs is now back in the 2015 game, and coming to Plug. Expect Kano to blaze through his back catalogue of cult classics and new material for a very rare show in The Steel City.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Young Guns

    Wed 10 June at 07:30pm until Wed 10 June 2015 at 10:30pm

    Young Guns have proven themselves as an international success following a strong album cycle promoting their second studio album 'Bones'. The record, released in 2012 through Wind-Up records in the US and PIAS throughout the rest of the world, reached #6 in the UK mid-week chart and has sold over 30,000 copies in the UK alone. The band were also the most played artist on US Rock Radio in 2012, and the album's title track was the most played track on US Rock Radio in 2013. 'Bones' holds the record as the longest climbing song to reach the number 1 spot at Active Rock Radio, continuously climbing the chart over 32 week period. In the UK, 'Bones' spent 4 weeks on BBC Radio 1's A List. The track was also the Official Theme Song for WWE Wrestlemania 29. Recent live activity includes supporting Bullet For My Valentine on their UK arena on their UK arena tour (including a date at Wembley Arena) and high-profile festival apperances including a Main Stage slot at Download (UK), Isle of Wight Festival (UK), Rock On The Range (US) and Carolina Rebellion (UK). The band have since signed to Virgin EMI (Worldwide ex-US) and are in the studio recording their third studio album.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Boxed In

    Fri 12 June at 07:30pm until Fri 12 June 2015 at 10:30pm

    Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. “After Keith, my intention was to start something fresh and get a new project going,” explains Oli. “My intention was always to become a producer as well as an artist in my own right, and it’s worked out really well for me.” Boxed In is that project, and it brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. “The album has a bit of both of those two things combined,” he says, “But the principle focus is always the songs. I’m a slave to the songs and I try to incorporate my love of specific genres of music into that.” Boxed In’s ‘Foot of the Hill’ video is now premiering on The Line of Best Fit. Take a look here...

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig

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    Fri 18 September at 07:30pm until Fri 18 September 2015 at 10:30pm

    Leeds’ CUD are dusting off their flight cases and sunglasses for another road trip. The ASQUARIUS tour this September will see the band play their astrologically challenged chart bothering A&M album IN FULL, along with a set of ‘greatest hits’, live favourites and other assorted delights. Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy. Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums. CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sell out gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’. Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again and found an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage. CUD are now even better than they were in 1992.

    14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
    Live Gig