In yet more evidence of these times being far from business as usual, Sheffield's iconic gig venue the Leadmill is now selling toilet roll. The Leadmill team announced that it has ordered a bunch of toilet roll from its supplier to sell on in sealed packs of four, for no profit. It's in response to their discovery that a shop round the corner had started selling it at shameful £1 a roll.
While the Leadmill is expressing solidarity with its neighbours at this difficult time, it's also asking for a little help from anyone who can afford to in return – setting up an online memorabilia auction to help with its efforts to stay afloat.
The Leadmill should be celebrating its 40th anniversary right now, but is instead – like many venues – left in extremely difficult circumstances by the government's decision not to force venues to close, meaning they can't make an insurance claim. As the Leadmill team point out, this decision "could see sweeping closures of the UK’s most beloved grassroots music venues and independent bars."
The memorabilia auction features signed posters from the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Arcade Fire, Courtney Barnett, Goldfrapp, and Dick and Dom(!); as well as a coffin from a Royal Blood show; and a custom guitar signed by Arctic Monkeys and made from pieces of the Leadmill's dance floor.
Proceeds from the auction will help to cover wages for the venue's 75 staff and freelancers.