Also, local bands quite often play support or headline shows at the Harley, Queens Social, the Bowery etc.
I didn't post the article onto the website. As for The Harley, they now only tend to book signed bands that are touring, very rarely get local unsigned bands.
I write the Drowned In Sheffield column round here and I totally get the point about how there hasn't been any major commercial successes to come out of Sheffield for a while. Only The Crookes and Slow Club come to mind, and they're only bands who've been playlisted on 6Music (though Seize The Chair and Low Duo have been championed by a couple of DJs).
The tough part for me when writing the column is finding a big enough act to lead on - hence why I've sort of relied on former members of The Long Blondes to give me a headliner on a couple of occasions. But what the hell do you expect? It's not like every other city in the country is full of bands that are clogging up the charts. Bands from Sheffield are no less successful than bands from any other city, with the exception of London, Manchester and Glasgow, and that's pretty much been the case since The Beatles left Liverpool.
You're forgetting that now and again all that happens is a city other than those three becomes the centre of the music universe because it strikes gold with a band that a lot of people like. It happens everywhere and the buzz fades just as quickly wherever you go. You just can't expect to have an Arctic Monkeys coming out of your hometown every year. Being home to the makers of the fastest selling debut album of all time is a once in a generation thing for any city, if that.
You may have a point about local bands struggling to find support slots, but I'd say that criticism only goes as far as the o2 Academy. I've seen plenty of local bands play at Plug, Leadmill, and even more at The Bowery, The Harley and Queen's Social Club. And there is a thriving DIY scene in Sheffield that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
All that has happened is that Arctic Monkeys produced a depressing number of copycat bands who weren't half as good and the music industry got over its obsession with South Yorkshire. There are still shitloads of great bands here (as you rightly say). Unfortunately the London-centric music industry in this country (labels and media) wait for bands to come to them instead of sending someone up the M1 to find out about them for themselves, and every city in the country is affected by that shortfall of staff/money in the industry.
As an aside, Wet Nuns were featured in the NME this week. The shocking thing about that isn't that they're from Sheffield - the shocking thing is that they're not from London. Sheffield isn't having it any tougher than anywhere else.