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The Lughole started in 2013 as a collective project between DIY and punk artists, bands and promoters in Sheffield. We aimed to address the issues around affordable venue, practice space and equipment availability in our scene that had a knock-on effect on ticket affordability, audience diversity and artist fees.

To address these issues we created The Lughole: a community/volunteer based 100 capacity performance space plus two practice spaces in an old industrial unit in Sheffield city centre. We established scaled entry fees that covered basic operating costs and ensured that artists received the majority of the door takings. The on-site practice rooms meant more flexibility and better costs for bands/artists. The house backline meant that artists/bands didn’t have to hire large vehicles to transport their equipment to the performance area. We have put on over 200 gigs as the Lughole showcasing over 120 different bands, growing audiences for promoters’ events and establishing a collective to support new promoters, artists, engineers, etc.
Capacity restrictions imposed on the Lughole in 2018 made running gigs unfeasible. In 2019 we registered The Lughole as a cooperative and found a new building in the Kelham Island area. Having received the relevant permissions and licenses, we moved in in January 2020, ready to start the small renovation work necessary to open to the public. We are nearing completion of these works now and are excited to be able to open our new 200 cap community venue in summer 2021.