Sheffield's Nightlife Icons

  • 29 October 2021
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Six of Sheffield’s iconic nightspots go on display at the Moor Market with an official launch at 3.30 by our Lord Mayor on the 3rd of November

Some of the city’s most popular afterdark venues of yesteryear are being brought back to life – as stunning pieces of art.

Sheffield artist Alan Pennington has teamed up with the Dirty Stop Outs to re-imagine six of the Steel City’s most iconic venues.

The Limit, the Wapentake, King Mojo, the Roxy, Rebels and the Fiesta cabaret club are playing centre stage in the exhibition that’s set to hang in the Moor Market for the month of November. This will be the first time all six pieces of art have been on public display.

Scores of original punters inputted their own ideas into the project that was originally conceived as a way to help people deal with the constraints of lockdown.

Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson enlisted the talents of local artist Alan Pennington to turn decades old memories into re-imagined artworks that truly captured the magic of the six venues: King Mojo (1964-1967), the Fiesta (1970-1980), the Limit (1978-1991); the Roxy which ran from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s; the Wapentake that was hugely popular from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s and Rebels that ran from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s.

Alan Pennington said: “Though I was too young to go to any of the venues I absolutely loved being inspired by the stories of what made these nightspots so special to so many people.”

Just 100 copies of each print is being made available to buy. Each one comes with a certificate of authenticity.

They are available now from: 

The artworks will be on display in the Moor Market in units 68/70 that face the café area.