As the millennium approaches, there are big changes to Stardust, including the arrival of a new second room. Plenty of ‘up-and-coming’ artistes playing Sheffield venues, and students are spoilt for choice with mid-week student nights.
DJs at Stardust: Jim MacLaine and Top Cat (and from January – Stormin Norman)
Stardust is described in Hallam student magazine Spress as a “ Retro, Balloon + Vodka Frenzy” with a new 90s room added in January 2000. Selected Alcopops are also now £1
Spress also review Coldplay at Sheffield University (as first on the bill of a 4 band show), calling them “a very good university band”.
Hallam’s new Urban night Phenomena attracts guests Damage and Artful Dodger, while Sigue Sigue Sputnik play the NMB as part of alternative night Dissolution.
Saturday nights at Hallam Union change again, with Rollercoaster replaced by Wonderland – offering “uplifting house + slamming beats”. Vodka and Redbull is £1 all night and guests include Lisa Pinup and Justin Robertson.
Mid-week student nights continue to pop up at every club. Monday’s see Club Wow vie with Shag at The Leadmill, who then cheekily launch Shag 2 on Tuesdays. Jigsaw at Republic and Hallam Official Student Night “More Fun Than Your Mum” at Pulse & Vogue also compete for the student pound.
Breaks + Beats nights in Sheffield are building with Tuesday Club and NY Sushi leading the way.
Gatecrasher hosts a Millennium Party at Don Valley Stadium. £100 (+bf) will get you in from 5pm-8am to see Chemical Bros, Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk and many others. On the same night, LeadMillennium will set you back £35 while Pulse & Vogue has a £19.99 price tag and 99p drinks.
BBC Radio 2 comes to Sheffield hosting a week of shows from the city featuring the likes of Jools Holland and Billy Bragg plus a host of fringe events.
Gary Barlow, Cher, Texas and The Pet Shop Boys all headline Sheffield Arena.
£6 will get you in the 500 capacity Memorial Hall to see up-and-coming comedian Peter Kay.
The National Centre for Popular Music, and with it Mojo’s Bar, closes in Sheffield.
Biggest Selling UK Single of 1999: “… Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
In The News in 1999: The Euro currency is launched, the Millennium Stadium, national sports stadium for Wales, is opened in Cardiff and 26 players are sent off in Premier League and Football League matches on the same day – the most dismissals on the same day in 111 years of league football in England.
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