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This September, Sheffield City Hall celebrated 80 years since the day the venue opened in 1932. We want to say thank you to all who helped celebrate the 80th birthday with us. We have had a wonderful response from customers present and past and we hope for another wonderful 80 years of Sheffield City Hall. 

As part of the 80th birthday, we have published a Birthday Book, celebrating everything under the City Hall roof since the day it opened in September 1932.

Few venues in the UK can rival the venue's rock'n'roll credentials over the past few decades. It made its first tentative steps in the 1950s with the likes of Buddy Holly and Johnnie Ray whilst hysteria hit a highpoint in the 1960s with a clutch of shows by the Beatles and Bob Dylan took the venue's fame worldwide with its starring role in his Don't Look Back flick.

The seventies were the preserve of rock giants like Black Sabbath and all-night queuing for Led Zeppelin tickets whilst Bowie and Roxy Music pumped up the glam. It was a metal stronghold for much of the 1980s with everyone from local heroes Def Leppard to Bon Jovi performing seminal gigs.

In more recent years there's hardly a musical genre that hasn't graced the Oval stage: pop, punk, rock, baggy, electronic, boy-power, girl-power and every permutation of club night in between.

But that's only half the Sheffield City Hall story. Do you remember the difficult path it trod as the world counted down to the outbreak of World War Two? It promoted peace concerts as the world teetered on the brink of Armageddon whilst a packed Barker’s Pool rallied against its staging of a convention by Nazi sympathiser, Oswald Mosley, and his black shirted-fascists. The building just survived the Luftwaffe attacks in December 1940, the frontage and pillars still bear the shrapnel scars.

Sheffield City Hall did more than its bit to fuel the post-war baby boom. Its weekend dances of the forties and fifties arguably forged more marriages than any other venue in the city.

To read about this and more be sure to pick up a copy of the Sheffield City Hall’s 80th Birthday Book, which goes on sale Saturday 22nd September 2012. The book priced £12.95 will be available to purchase in person, over the phone on 0114 223 3740 or online here. Please note postage and packaging may apply.


Each generation’s icons, since 1932

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