Although the South Sea in Broomhill has only been open for the last six months, it’s already beginning to earn itself a reputation as one of the best underground music venues in Sheffield.
And it’s easy to see why more people are starting to catch on to the buzz. With good quality sound gear, a sizeable stage, centre bar (always handy in a bustling venue), reasonably priced beverages and a friendly crew – it’s difficult not to be impressed by the place.
Taking over the South Sea was a gamble, though. The previous owner had allowed the place to slip into a state of disrepair and since leaving – it had remained closed for many months.
However, when the current crew took over they went ‘all hands on deck’ to decorate the venue with all the magazine’s they had collected over the years. They gave the outside a lick of paint, built a stage, got some funky artwork up, sorted a ‘chill-out’ zone and brought the place back to life.
Steve Gilby, events coordinator at the South Sea, said: “The first six months have been better than expected – especially now a lot of Sheffield bands and people know who we are.
“It’s taken six months for people to realise that we are serious about this, though. Don’t get me wrong; we’ll party harder than the best of them but we still take our live music very seriously.”
So if you’re looking for some quality live music and feel like trying something other than the typical Frog & Parrot, Soyo and West Street Live circuit, we at secret:sheffield would definitely recommend heading to the South Sea.
While it’s already being tipped as one of the Sheffield music scene’s best kept secrets, secret:sheffield believes that the South Sea deserves to be one of the leading figures in the scene.
To find out about upcoming events and check out some snaps of previous events check out the South Sea Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/Southsealive#!/Southsealive.
For the time being though, check out this performance in March by Smiling Ivy.