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Bebop Spoken There

Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 2023.

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

(Press release): Quotes from the public hearing to stop the landlord destroying the Leadmill.

April 1st 2022

Dominic Madden:

“Judge us by what we do and our track record”

September 18th 2023

Sheffield Licensing Committee:

“The benefits of the Leadmill go far beyond its presence just as a music venue. Do any of your other venues run this model where they are a community space that provides an asset beyond being a music space to the community?”

Dominic Madden:

"Well Brixton sort of does. Errm there are certain elements which programming which are more you know in terms of we work partner with some community groups and erm so yes I would say yes.” (what groups, why were none mentioned by name?)

“In Bristol no”

“And in terms of Newcastle it’s a brand new thing.” (so, no..)

Frazer Spooner, Objecting on behalf of Leadmill staff.

“I’ve been afforded the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that no previous education was able to offer”.

“The current Leadmill team is a young, driven, endlessly creative collective of minds that aren’t here just because it’s a job to do, but because we are all completely committed to delivering memories and experiences of the calibre that we have grown accustomed to as Leadmill customers.”

Dominic Heslop, Sheffield bred Jamaican British artist, rapper and social engagement practitioner.

“Many of the young people we have engaged with are from precarious backgrounds, immersed in trauma, child exploitation and serious youth violence.”

“The Leadmill is an integral part in our nurturing relationship between community, young people, culture, and industry. Their influence has enabled more creative opportunities for young people that would not ordinarily have the access”.

“There is no evidence that The Electric Group has any interest or is capable of nurturing communities or young people. The well documented incidents of violence, failure to safeguard young people, prevention of crime and disorder have been breached on numerous occasions, into serious acts of lawlessness”

Sam Holland, director of Migration Matters music festival.

“Over the last few years we have partnered with team at The Leadmill to deliver a number of events which have positively impacted the multicultural and diverse communities across the city”.

If this licence is granted it tarnishes our brilliant cities reputation and for one of the country’s best loved venues to be in the wrong hands.

Claire Brown, representing Franz Von.

“The Leadmill directly works to support the agenda of race equality commissions, recommendations by educating future generations, fostering inclusive communities and well-being, supporting one Sheffield community, life, and confidence, and of course celebrating Sheffield through culture and music.”

Rob Unwin, next door neighbour to The Leadmill

“excellent neighbours”

“Scotia Works was refurbished and established in 2003, and in all that time it has been a privilege to be next door neighbours to The Leadmill.. We’ve heard about their community focussed activities; they hold special accessible events for young people and many different groups.”

“but to have new people coming in who we don’t know, have not spoken to us, have made no attempt to speak to the local community as far as I am aware, couples with their reputation of overselling tickets, not having a DPS, inadequate additional conditions is of huge concern to me and the other tenants and neighbours”.

Peter Prowse, retired academic.

“(The Leadmill is) used as case studies for lots of things across the UK.“

“I want to make two points clear – I have nothing to do with the current Leadmill management or Mr Mills, but I would like to say one thing. I’ve worked for the last 30 years on economic regeneration, and I’ve worked in a number of cities around the UK and around the world. I want to make the point that this local economy business, which is a running business, employing 80 people minima with more people for events management, is very successful.

Matthew Renshaw. “it’s not just a grassroots music venue, but for small businesses”.

“I’m one of the businesses that rent space above The Leadmill, one of countless tenants who’ve held the same space then moved onto bigger and better venues in Sheffield, opening bigger and more useful things to the local community. If you get rid of The Leadmill you get rid of that opportunity for all of us starters offs, our entrepreneurs to do the same thing.”

Jo Owens, Resident of Sheffield for 40 years,

“I speak on behalf of the parents that want to keep their children safe – it’s quite a scary world out there and The Leadmill is a safe place.”

“If this take over does happen, (my son) will not be attending the new nightclub or whatever it becomes, looking at the track record that Mr Madden has.”

Stephen Blakeley runs a business based in Sheffield that specialises in governance, safeguarding, community development.

“Understanding and engaging with the community, is a significantly critical part of any risk mitigation strategy that is undertaken by these kinds of venues.

“The Leadmill has worked for a very long time to build relationships with the community, we’ve heard about some of the things, the engagement with young people and vulnerable people and these are really important and they are not just good deeds that The Leadmill does. These are risk mitigation measures, and they are really essential”.

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