The landlord of Leadmill Club in Sheffield said it would continue as a music venue after an announcement by its current management sparked fears for its future.
osses at the famous site said Thursday their landlord “forced us to close” after receiving an eviction notice telling them to vacate the building in a year.
But it was “never an option” for the venue to close its doors, said the owner, Electric Group, which pledged a “significant investment” if it takes over operations of the club next year.
I will make a statement regarding @leadmill shortly. For the avoidance of doubt, we are music people, we spend our lives running independent music venues and Leadmill will continue to operate as a special music venue. Management may change, but the song stays the same.
— Dominic Madden (@DominicMadden) April 1, 2022
A statement from the Brixton-based firm said: “The Leadmill is not closing.
“Independent music venue operator Electric Group bought the Leadmill property in 2017, becoming the ‘landlord’ to Phil Mills, Leadmill’s lessee.
“Phil Mills’ lease runs until March 2023, after which Electric Group will oversee a significant investment in Leadmill – the kind of acclaimed facilities and sonic overhaul the company has already undertaken at its South London and Bristol venues.”
Mike Weller, Electric Group’s Head of Music, added: “Despite all the social media chat, there was never a thought for us to close Leadmill.
“The renovation will better equip the space to meet the modern demands of live music and club nights for audiences and performers alike. We want to make sure the future of Leadmill is as exciting as its history.”
Dominic Madden, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Electric Group, tweeted: “For the avoidance of doubt, we are music people, we spend our lives running independent music venues and Leadmill will continue to operate as a special music venue.
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“Management may change, but the song remains the same.”
The Electric Group owns and operates the 1,500 capacity venues Electric Brixton in South London and SWX in Bristol.
It is also preparing a £1.5million refurbishment of the former O2 Academy in Newcastle, which will reopen in October as an independent music and club venue called NX.
Leadmill opened its doors in 1980 and has hosted Pulp, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Muse, Oasis, Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Jorja Smith and Michael Kiwanuka.
Bands, music fans and local MPs responded to a call on social media to support the venue following Thursday’s announcement.
Kaiser Chiefs said they have “very fond memories” of playing there, while Manic Street Preachers described it as “a magical place – one of the greatest venues”.
Sheffield music legend Jarvis Cocker responded to closure fears by saying: “This had better be an April Fool’s joke.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/sheffields-leadmill-club-is-not-closing-landlord-says-as-it-plans-investment-41511068.html Leadmill Club in Sheffield ‘not closing’ says landlord as he plans investment