PRS for Music honour Pulp with Heritage Award

Do you remember the first time? PRS for Music honour Pulp with Heritage Award

Pulp at The Leadmill in Sheffield, celebrating their 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. 


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.


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.

Simon Darlow, prolific songwriter and PRS Deputy Chair

Notes to Editors

Photo credit: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire

Previous winners of PRS for Music heritage award

Date Band Location
30.11.2009 Blur East Anglian Railway Museum, Essex
03.12.2009 Dire Straits Deptford, London
25.02.2010 Jethro Tull Holy Family Church, Blackpool
23.03.2010 Squeeze Dance Hall, Greenwich
29.05.2010 Elton John The Namaste Lounge, Watford
03.06.2010 Snow Patrol Duke Of York Pub, Belfast
21.09.2010 Status Quo Welcome Inn, Eltham
04.10.2011 UB40 Hare & Hounds Pub, Birmingham
01.11.2011 James Former site of the Hacienda, Manchester
21.06.2012 Soul II Soul Electric Brixton (formerly, The Fridge), London
19.09.2012 Faithless The Jazz Café Camden, London
03.10.2012 Supergrass Jericho Tavern, Oxford
05.03.2013 Queen Imperial College, London
13.11.2013 Orbital The Garage (formerly Town & Country II)
10.09.2014 Spandau Ballet Former site of The Blitz Club, Soho, London

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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