Indie loving bar owners resurrect Dev Cat pub

Owners of Indie-Go Kelham, based in Kelham Island’s Steel Yard shipping container development, are set to open their second venue, Indie-Go Resurrection, in the former home of the Devonshire Cat pub in Sheffield city centre.

The new site will be open to the public later this July and promises to be a bar and live music venue with an inclusive ethos that looks to nurture young, local music talent, as well as playing ‘banging indie tunes’ from 10am – 3am.

indie-go bar in former Dev Cat

A new Oasis mural in the bar by Sheffield artist Paul Staveley

Co-owner Andrew Hague told Exposed: “At the new site we want to give local bands the chance to play on our platform. Give them a go, you know? There’s a gap for that in Sheffield right now and there’s loads of talent out there.

“It’ll be a dedicated indie bar with a friendly atmosphere, where people can express themselves. We’re going to have a drop-in space, where you can bring your demo tapes or memory sticks so we can have a listen.”

Bar manager Russ Thompson added: “It’s a lot bigger place than the first bar, so we’re amplifying the offer. We’re aiming for everyone to know that on Friday and Saturday night we’ll have live music, then on a Sunday we’ll incorporate a jam night.”

indie-go bar in former Dev Cat

Indie- Go owners from l-r: Tom Woodhead, Lee Walker, Roy Woodhead, Andrew Hague, Thomas Farrell

The bar comes from five Sheffield-based indie music-lovers who, back in the day, spent many a night falling out of the CASBAH and Limit. After Andrew built a log cabin home-bar in his garden with his daughter back in 2019, predominantly to serve his mates, the group of friends saw the potential and joined forces to create Indie-Go Kelham, looking to recreate the vibe of those long-lost Sheffield landmarks of their youth.

Following the success of its first incarnation, they have now set upon creating the new site, which is more than double the size and offers more scope to offer a fully stocked bar featuring plenty of local breweries, ‘rocktails’, live sport, bottomless brunches, indie DJ sets and live music.

IndieGo Kelham // ©Marc Barker

Deputy manager Emma Farrell said: “It’s going to be very Sheffield, wherever possible, down to getting the local breweries involved and local musicians. Like the guys mentioned, the atmosphere that you had in somewhere like the CASBAH is what we want to recreate.

Andrew added: “It was the music that made it special, they were always playing banging indie tunes downstairs. We’re just really excited to get going now.”

The new venue is hoping to be open by the end of the month. To keep up to date with progress and opening date announcements, head over to their socials here.

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