Sheffield's iconic music venue threatened with closure, launches social media campaign.
The Leadmill, Sheffield’s finest music venue and a stalwart of the national touring scene since 1980, has been threatened with closure.
The venue announced this week that their landlords had served them with an eviction notice, with the doors currently set to shut sometime next year. The Leadmill opened in a disused warehouse in what was a downbeat part of the city over 40 years ago, but has since watched as the area became redeveloped into upmarket apartments, restaurants and modern student halls for the nearby Sheffield Hallam University.
Local heroes Arctic Monkeys and Pulp as well as The Stone Roses, Biffy Clyro, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs are just some of the thousands of acts who have taken to the hallowed Leadmill stage over the years, and decades of students enjoy fond memories of the club nights held there during the week.
Arctic Monkeys frontman, Alex Turner recently auctioned a Fender Stratocaster guitar he played during the band’s early performances - including at The Leadmill - and raised nearly £130,000 to help venues survive the Coronavirus pandemic.
But this latest development is another devastating blow to the live music scene, with venues up and down the country facing similar threats from landlords wanting to cash in on valuable real estate in city centres. The venue has launched a social media campaign - #WeCantLoseLeadmill to garner support for their cause.
Read their full statement below.