England win the Rugby World Cup with the final kick of the game and a little known band called the Arctic Monkeys make their first appearance at the Grapes. As Stardust celebrates 10 years, Mark departs the second room with Dave replacing him and there is a Panto Christmas special!
DJs at Stardust: Jim MacLaine , The Dean of Disco and Dave ‘The Hitman’ Hunter
Perhaps capitalising on it’s success, the ticket price for Stardust is on the rise. Monday and Tuesday early-bird tickets are now £2.50 and Wednesday-Friday prices rise to £3.50.
The Arctic Monkeys play their first gig at The Grapes in Sheffield city centre.
Sheffield City Hall hosts a cross section of acts, from those on the rise such as Kelly Rowland and The Flaming Lips, to a host of 80s acts including The Human League, Simple Minds and Level 42.
Sheffield Arena capitalises on the family and sports markets in a big way. Week long runs of shows such as Disney On Ice, Bear In The Big Blue House, Tweenies Live and Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends are completed by big sporting action including Boxing, Showjumping, Motorcycle Trials and Basketball.
The out of town nightclubbing scene takes a further blow (after the earlier closing of Pulse & Vogue) as Club WOW and later Brannigans both close at the Centertainment Complex.
Ronnie O’Sullivan wins the second of his Snooker World Tiyles at The Crucible in Sheffield, defeating Graeme Dott 18-8 in the final.
Sheffield’s famous Hallam Tower Hotel closes in Fulwood.
Biggest Selling UK Single of 2003:”Where Is The Love” – The Black Eyed Peas feat Justin Timberlake
In The News in 2003: Chelsea F.C. are bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £150 million from current chairman Ken Bates, 21 years after he bought the club for £1, England are rugby union world champions after defeating Australia 20-17 after extra time and Channel 4’s soap opera Brookside, on air since the station was launched, finishes after 21 years.