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MU Responds to Leadmill Venue Management Change

Management of The Leadmill is calling on musicians and fans to share their memories of the iconic Sheffield venue, following the news that they will be evicted from the premises at the end of the year.

Published: 08 April 2022 | 1:50 PM Updated: 08 April 2022 | 3:53 PM
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"It’s not just a building, it’s a treasured cultural space". Image credit: Shutterstock.

A statement on the venue’s website says:

“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.

“Please show your support by sharing this news & sharing your best memories that we can gather to help show them reasons why #WeCantLoseLeadmill”.

The owner of the freehold has said that they intend to keep the venue open and take over the venue’s management, despite opposition from The Leadmill’s current management and supporters.

A leading Fair Play Venue

Matt Wanstall, MU Regional Organiser for the North of England says:

“We are concerned to hear of threats to the ongoing operation of The Leadmill in Sheffield. It’s not just a building, it’s a treasured cultural space and one of the most iconic UK venues as a result of more than 40 years’ development.”

“The Leadmill is one of the union’s Fair Play Venues, and we will be speaking to management and exploring ways of helping it sustain its existence as a place for live music to flourish.”

Kelly Wood, Live & Music Writers Official says:

“The Leadmill is an iconic, treasured venue that many artists aspire to play. It’s a key part of the UK’s touring circuit, providing a stage for both international touring artists and local emerging musicians. We all have great memories of the Leadmill, and venues like this don’t just happen overnight.”


The MU Fair Play Venue scheme

The Fair Play Venue scheme invites music venues to declare their support for the fair treatment of musicians and their opposition to pay-to-play and unfair ticketing deals by signing up to the Fair Play Scheme.

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A venue may be considered a Fair Play Venue if it endorses the principles of our Fair Play Guide.

Fair Play Venues can be identified by the sticker displayed on the premises and can be found on our Fair Play Venue database.

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The MU Fair Play Venue scheme

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