Landlords have stated that the venue will still operate, but fans have taken to social media to share their concern.
Sheffield music venue The Leadmill has been in operation for over forty years, playing host to acts such as Coldplay, Oasis, Arcade Fire, The Stone Roses, and many more. Now the venue is under threat according to club bosses, who shared the news on social media that their landlords had served them with an eviction notice.
“We have received some devastating news that in one year’s time, our landlord is trying to evict us, forcing us to close,” read their statement.
“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.
“Please show your support by sharing this news & sharing your best memories that we can gather to help show them reasons why #WeCantLoseLeadmill.”
An outpouring of support has come from fans and acts alike on social media, with Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers and The Cribs tweeting their dismay, among others. The hashtag #WeCantLoseLeadmill has been used by supporters to share memories of the venue and argue its importance to the Sheffield music scene.
However, Dominic Madden, chief executive of Electric Group who act as landlords for The Leadmill, has assured concerned parties that the eviction only signifies a change in management. Taking to twitter, he promised that the venue would “continue to operate as a special music venue”.