Delicious Clam Records, one of Sheffield’s finest DIY labels, face an uncertain future after joining the long list of independent ventures across the country being threatened or even closed down by redevelopment.
Along with building buddies Tye Dye Tapes and Aitken Audio, the Clam have been evicted from their home in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter and are currently homeless. The label is non-profit and is home to some of the city’s beloved bands including Best Friends, Nai Harvest, Thumbuster and Thee Mightees just to name a few, and without the Clam they definitely wouldn’t have achieved half of what they have done. The space they provide is used by bands to record, practice and perfect their sounds and is a vital resource to many Sheffield bands.
The cherry on top of the Clam is that they managed to raise just under £1000 for homeless charity HARC Sheffield through their Christmas fundraiser. They’re not just your average record label, the Clam is a pillar of the Sheffield DIY community and a huge part of what makes Sheffield’s music scene so great.
Thankfully the Clam have had some help. As part of their fundraiser they managed to raise £875 in their search for a new home but that search is still continuing. The Clam have become yet another victim of an ongoing problem that is plaguing venues across the country. Both The Kazimir in Liverpool and London’s Power Lunches have been lost to luxury redevelopment. The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich, The Cockpit in Leeds and The Arches in Glasgow have all faced closure in similar circumstances. It’s becoming a problem that is impossible to ignore.
Yes, the problem is bigger than Delicious Clam but we cannot simply ignore yet another huge blow to indie music.
You can still support the Clam by buying their upcoming releases on bandcamp and going to their gigs.