There will be a special gig celebrating much loved Manchester music scene stalwart,the late   Steve Lloyd, at the Roadhouse on Saturday July 12th featuring Badly Drawn Boy, members of Elbow and loads of other musicians- money raised will be sent to Christies…


Steve Lloyd obituary below…

The Manchester music scene is shocked by the sudden death of Steve Lloyd- one of the best sound engineers in the city and co-owner of the Roadhouse after a short and sudden illness.

We had known Steve for years and he was a genuine great person who would do anything for you and was also a brilliant sound engineer who really listened to the music he was working with. Steve was part of the glue that holds the whole Manchester music scene together- those tireless workers behind the scenes whose own creativity and enthusiasm is equal to any of the better known faces and bands in the city. Without Steve the city would have a far poorer music scene, without his tireless advice and his care for his work a lot of what you get to hear would probably not have happened.


Steve was co-owner of the Roadhouse – one of the patchwork of key venues in the city that provide the framework for the music scene and was part of the breeding ground for bands like Elbow who all worked in there.

If that wasn’t enough Steve was one of the people you always liked to bump into in town. He was always pleasant and serious about his work but always cared about what he did and on a more personal musical level he was a huge Stranglers fan and we would often talk about the meninblack when we bumped into each other.

Farewell Steve, you will be sorely missed.

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  1. So sad to hear about Steve Lloyd passing away.
    If you played at The Roadhouse back in the 1990’s he was part of your world as their finest house engineer.
    Automatic had the pleasure of having Steve at the helm for all three of our CD’s recorded at Noisebox in Prestwich. He handled our rampant egos at every session keeping us entertained with funny stories of his musical adventures right back to his days collecting punk 7″ singles (I always laugh at obscure band name “Accident On The East Lancs”) We lost touch with Steve after Automatic split by which point he was already the live sound tech for Doves and was looking to sell Noisebox.
    R.I.P mate and many thanks for all your help and advice when we were young,annoying musos keeping you awake at the desk asking for just one more overdub of guitar

  2. Really sad to hear of Steve Lloyds passing. The first studio i ever recorded in was Noisebox in Prestwich with Steve. He was extremely patient and made a potentially nervous band feel very relaxed in the studio. He was full of enthusiasm and i can honestly say the sound in the Roadhouse when he was on the desk was as good as any live sound i have heard. The Sonar Yen went on to use Steve and his Salford studio for our Slow Picture album and Jackie O also used him to record their album, both are solid documents of Manchesters alternative music scene from around 2001-2004 and it was a privilidge to have worked with him. Never to be forgotten.

  3. First met him when in was in the obimen…..we, Headlights worked with the band a few times…..he was a.great bass player….he provided the PA at my first wedding….and above all he was a great bloke. RIP

  4. Met Steve in late 1991 at the tail end of his stint as Bassist for The Obimen. With a dead-pan answer phone msg stating “There’s nobody here …but the Machines” in best “Peelesque” tones he let us move our Band into his 3 room cellar opposite where Marks’n’ Sparks is in Prestwich full of salvaged Peavey amp parts, pics of Jane Fonda & Oscilloscopes? to use anytime we wanted for literally pennies. Even when Noisebox took off & he relocated to Salford he let us keep it on in his name stating “Oh, just give me some cash when you’ve got it!” Unlike most in the business he never had a “agenda” & did what he did out of a Love for music plus always warm & genuine in a understated way. I have no idea how many gigs I was involved with him that he controlled the sound…but I know they were the best. Late last year a friend rang him to find out he was in hospital, a day later there was a call back “Oh, I just got out! Give me a couple of days & we’ll sort it!” Nobody suspected that he was seriously ill. He was a “Diamond”! Virtually every musician that has come out of the Manchester music scene in the last 20 years owes him a debt of gratitude. A true Gent! Rest easy Lloydi!

  5. So sad to hear of the passing of Steve Lloyd. It was in 1985 as fledgling Manchester band we met Steve and he mixed our live sound at many gigs and made us sound so good. Later in 1989 Steve mixed what we still regard as our best ever recording in a back kitchen on Manchester Road. He was a passionate musician and a wonderful bloke. We are celebrating 30 years as band next year and Steve would have been first on the guest list to help us celebrate, rest in peace mate, Well Said That Man.

  6. I knew of Steve from his Noisebox days in Prestwich but met him properly from 1995 – 2001 when I worked at Concert Systems in Altrincham. He would come to hire equipment from us ansd turn up in his Merc van which looked like it was on it’s last legs, and usually was. He was a lovely guy and alway had a smile on his face. Later when I formed ACE PA Ltd in 2003 he would come to hire equipment off me, especially my Yamaha M7 desk. We would talk about what each of us was up to and our up and coming jobs. He was a really nice man in this industry and loved and respected by lots. Far to talented & young to be taken away from us. He will be greatly missed by all his friends & colleagues. Condolences to his family. RIP Steve

  7. Steve Lloyd is and will forever be a Legend ,an amazing Person. I will forever have Great Respect and Gratitude for this Man. As a Young Person aiming to achieve the ambition of being a Sound Engineer Steve gave me ( and many many others) a chance to learn the Skills required for the Trade and hands on Experience (Through Shadowing at the Roadhouse and Noisebox ) . If you had the passion and perseverance to take and Seize the opportunity you found your way in. The Knowledge gained through knowing Steve and the opportunity’s he presented, are Priceless. The way he dealt with people in his pleasant and catering manner have had great influence on how to go about being with people. He was more than a Sound Engineer, an absolute Gem and a Gentlemen. The Countless people he aided is an Immortal act of Selflessness,In this Day and age it is rare to come by people who had that kind of time for any amateur up an coming Sound Engineer.I believe this Speaks for Countless People ,Sound Engineers, Musicians and Music Industry Professionals alike. Thank you Steve, May you Soul live on,Spiritually and Audibly.A True Sound Guy. Lets Make Some Noise for Steve Lloyd X

  8. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank you all for your kind comments in memory of Steve. I never ceased being proud and envious in equal measure of his work in a job he loved.
    Of course, I was there when it all started. Before he bought his first instrument we used to mime along to his Stranglers records; him as JJ, me as Hugh. When he did finally manage to buy his first guitar and amp with the pay from the newsagents job, it was swiftly followed by his first bass and his first synth. I had to put up with sharing the bedroom with him and all his equipment. Sometimes it took me turning the power off at the wall before he got the point that I wasn’t happy with him playing at stupid o’clock at night. ;-)
    The P.A. work started during his time at UMIST on an Audio Engineering degree. I can’t say how long it was into his second year before he blew off the studying, disappeared to Cornwall with his girlfriend of the time, Karen, returning to Manchester to go full time with the sound system hire work. Since he was good with his hands and had good electronic knowledge, he constructed most of his early amps, speaker cabinets and mixing desks from scratch. I remember his first commercially constructed item was a digital delay line, which he almost handled with reverence.
    Between college and work, I helped Steve out on many a job. Sometimes, when his van let him down, it was him, me and the family’s Cortina estate that kept things going. If I wasn’t around, there was always a friend who would help out just for a night out or for the same love of live music that Steve had.
    About twenty years ago, Steve had his first brush with melanoma. A friend had spotted a mole on the back of his hand and suggested that he get it checked out. Surgery was successful, with the offending growth dug out and a skin graft leaving a circular mark on the back of his left hand.
    Time passed, vans came and went, and locations of the studio changed, first from under the carpet shop in Prestwich to Salford and finally to Ancoats, where it remains today, in the midst of the mass of Noisebox hire gear.
    With time also came the return of Steve’s cancer. I believe that he was returning from working with Baaba Maal, in Africa, last May, when Steve was taken bad with symptoms on the returning flight. First thing he did on arrival back in the UK was to check himself in for an MRI scan. Surgery in September at Christies had the doctors confident that they had go it all out from the lymph glands under his arm pit. However, it wasn’t enough, so they started Steve on an experimental form of chemotherapy, with talk of surgery in April of this year.
    Steve didn’t make it to April, dying on 28th March at Christies, Manchester, at approx. 8:30am.
    The sad thing for my sister was that the last time she had seen Steve, he was active and getting on with things, all-be-it with a bit of a cough. The next time she came to see him in hospital, but she missed him by 30 minutes. Another sad thing is that we may be about to loose my dad too, and dad was unable to see Steve before he passed due to his own illness. Apart from desperately trying to organise things for work, Steve’s last thought was to send his love to Dad and to tell him to get better.
    Thanks, again.
    Dave Lloyd

    • I was really sorry to hear about Steve. I found out yesterday from Mike Knowles, lead singer of 90s Stockport band The Catchmen, who knew Steve back in the Madchester days. Steve did live engineering for my band, free drug alien, and also recorded a couple of songs for me and singer Seaming To in his Prestwich studio. He was always a pleasure to work with and a real gentleman.

  9. David, Tim and I are very sorry to hear the sad news of Steve’s passing and send our condolences to you and your family. Very sorry to hear that Bill is ill, we hope he improves. We would like to pay our last respects to Steve but realise it may be too late, if not please could you let us know when the funeral is. Kindest regards Shirley

  10. Farewell Steve Lloyd.
    I will always remember you as genuinely one of the nicest men I could hope to meet. My first steps into the Manchester music scene and the world of professional sound engineering was because of you. I’m disappointed that I didn’t know more about Steve and of course his illness (I had no idea). I suppose that’s the way he was, always giving and never taking. At least my last conversations with him centred around music and the much improved Manchester City rather than the less fun things in his life.
    I’ll be sure to donate to his Just Giving page and Christies the wage I got from Steve on my first ever paid sound job (more than I probably deserved!). If there’s anywhere else I can share my codolences then please let me know but I do hope the Steve’s family read this and take comfort in the fact that Steve was the most generous and kindly of men.

  11. A great guy and top professional .I always enjoyed working with him and he would always give you his best . Thoughts go out to the family . RIP Steve

  12. Only just came across this page. I knew Steve from his “Derby Hall” (upstairs at the met/automatic) & “Atmosphere” (the night club that used to be above the old fish market, now poundland I think) days, when he used to “do the sound” for the bands that played there. He played base for “The Obi Men” at the time with Rob Wood and Ian Nance. There was also a local Bury band called “Gotham City” (later renamed to “New York Fags”) that gigged regularly at Atmosphere, I think Chris Newton played bass. I used to “roadie” for Steve, a few hours setting up & soundchecks, watch the gig when all went smooth (which it usually did) then a couple of hours “tear down” and a few pints later. Free beer, free gig and a few quid in our pockets, yer couldn’t fault it !!! Sad to hear of you’re passing Steve, you were a top guy.

  13. I’ve only just found about Steve’s passing and. Steve was a lovely, genuine guy who really knew his stuff. He was kind enough to give me the chance of shadowing himself and his team of sound engineers while I was doing a Diploma at SSR in 2004/05.
    Thanks for all the great memories of Noise Box studios, The Road House, Night and Day, The Beer Keller, etc. RIP Steve.

  14. I somehow came across this article on the web and was shocked to realise this is the same Steve Lloyd that I shared a house with back in our days as fellow undergraduates on the Acoustics Engineering degree at Salford University.

    The last time I saw Steve was long back in the early ’90’s when I bumped into him one day on Deansgate (he was then in The Obimen as I recall). I completely lost touch with him after that but did still think of him from time-to-time (as one does of long-lost friends as the years go by).

    Shared some good times with Steve back in the ’80’s. He was always good humoured, had a very generous spirit and I thank him for helping me settle into life in Manchester with important local pointers such as establishing the correct pronunciation of Bury – “It’s ‘berry’ not ‘burry’ !”

    Very sad to learn that he died so young.

    Belated condolences to his family and friends.

    Rob McNab

  15. A few months ago I did wonder what happened to Steve. Great memories of sharing rental houses in Cheetham Hill and then Prestwich 1986-1987 and lots of music stuff then (for instance he kindly recorded and engineered a demo for the band I played bass in). He was so committed to live music! RIP Steve.


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