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The Leadmill, Sheffield’s longest-running music venue and nightclub, is due to close after being served an eviction notice.
After a year-long battle with landlords, The Leadmill announced yesterday that plans to evict the venue are now being moved forward following an application for a premises licence by landlords.
The venue was purchased as a freehold in 2017 by Electric Group (Electric Brixton London, SWX Bristol, NX Newcastle), who are now looking to remove current management in order to run the space themselves. The name Electric Sheffield has also been registered.
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“If granted, this would allow them to operate their own business from this location,” the venue explained on Instagram. “This could result in The Leadmill ceasing to exist after 43 years.”
First opened in 1980 in its current form, The Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest-serving music venue and nightclub situated in a former flour mill, originally a community centre. The venue has previously hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Arctic Monkeys, and Oasis.
The Leadmill now calls on fans to object to the eviction notice. “We are asking for your help in objecting to their licence application before Wednesday, May 24,” they explained.
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Those applying to object to the eviction notice must have a reason for doing so, NME reports, which include: prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm.
“Since 1980 The Leadmill has spent millions of pounds on what was a derelict warehouse, transforming it into one of the U.K’s most respected venues where countless acts from across the globe have performed over the years,” reads the venue’s website.
Find out more on how to object to The Leadmill’s eviction here.
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Written by: Tim Hopkins