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Sheffield Leadmill landlord says building will remain a music venue, despite eviction notice

By | Published on Friday 1 April 2022

The Leadmill

Sheffield’s The Leadmill music venue has announced that it has been served an eviction notice by its landlord, giving the current management team a deadline of one year to vacate the premises. However, the building’s owner has insisted that it will continue to operate as a music venue, but with new management.

In a statement, the venue’s current operators said yesterday: “Today we have received some devastating news that in one year’s time, our landlord is trying to evict us, forcing us to close. Since 1980, The Leadmill has spent millions of pounds on what was a derelict warehouse, transforming it into one of the UK’s most respected venues where countless acts from across the globe have performed over the years”.

Concerns about the future of the venue were previously raised in 2014, when the building that houses it was put up for sale. However, at the time the venue said in a tweet: “Just putting rumours to rest, The Leadmill is NOT for sale – only the building. We have the lease until 2023 so we’re here for a long while!”

The freehold of the building is owned by Electric Group, which also owns several other music venues around the UK, including Electric Brixton, SWX in Bristol, and Newcastle Academy.

In a tweet this morning, its CEO Dominic Madden said: “I’ll be making a statement regarding The Leadmill shortly. For avoidance of doubt, we are music people, we spend our lives running independent music venues and The Leadmill will continue to operate as a special music venue. The management may change but the song stays the same”.