5 May 2015
Do you remember the first time?
PRS for Music honour Pulp with Heritage Award
Pulp, one of Britain’s most loved and successful groups, has received a PRS for Music Heritage Award at The Leadmill in Sheffield, the venue where the band first performed on 16 August, 1980.
Pulp, led by frontman Jarvis Cocker, first played at The Leadmill in August 16, 1980, performing tracks in the typical electronic “Sheffield sound” of the time.
Jarvis commented: “Stage time was half two, we had maybe 50 people there and the bass player fell off stage. We got asked to play the next night, and once we did a couple of concerts we got invited to do more… I was only 16.”
The band went on to achieve enormous success in the UK and worldwide, selling millions of albums and playing sold out gigs, including Glastonbury in 1995 where Common People became an anthem during their headline act.
PRS for Music represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and publishers and established the Heritage Award scheme in 2009. The award recognises the role live music venues play in launching the careers of iconic British talent.
Fifteen plaques have been mounted on sites around the UK celebrating the ‘birthplaces’ of influential musicians including Elton John, Blur, Soul II Soul, Faithless, Spandau Ballet and Queen.
Simon Darlow, prolific songwriter and PRS Deputy Chair, said: "Music is part of our country’s cultural identity: It’s one of our greatest exports and defines who we are as a nation.
"Some cities especially excel in nurturing music talent and creativity, developing a personality of their own - Sheffield is one such place. Pulp played an important role in defining the city’s sound and inspiring many other musicians to follow in their footsteps. From grassroots to major stadiums and festivals, live music venues are vital to this journey. They bring communities together and give artists a platform to develop and perform. The Leadmill has been dedicated to doing this for three and half decades. It’s a privilege to present the PRS for Music Heritage Award to two incredible Yorkshire music icons."