Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Pulp get PRS Music Heritage Award at Sheffield venue

Pulp performing on a stage
Image caption Pulp is due to unveil a music heritage award plaque at The Leadmill at 17:00 BST

Sheffield band Pulp are being honoured with a music heritage award at the venue where they performed one of their first gigs 35 years ago.

Led by frontman and now radio presenter Jarvis Cocker, the band first played at The Leadmill on 16 August 1980.

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) set up its Music Heritage Award in 2009 to recognise important live music venues where successful artists performed.

Pulp will unveil a plaque at the venue in an event being broadcast live.

The special event at The Leadmill, headlined by Jarvis Cocker, is being broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq show.

Pulp had massive success in the 1990s with hits including Common People, Babies and Sorted for E's & Wizz.

Their album, Different Class, won the Mercury Music Prize in 1996.

That same year Cocker caused controversy at the Brit Awards when he stormed on to the stage during Michael Jackson's performance of Earth Song.

Since it opened, The Leadmill has hosted prolific bands including the Arctic Monkeys, Culture Club and Coldplay.

Other recipients of the Music Heritage award include Elton John, Blur, Soul II Soul, Faithless, UB40, Spandau Ballet and Queen.

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