Bosses at a famous Sheffield music venue have moved to reassure revellers it was open for business – despite the building being put up for sale.
Fears had emerged that The Leadmill – which staged early gigs by the likes of Oasis, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon and The Strokes – may be forced to shut after landlords placed the premises up for auction.
However, venue bosses today told The Star: “We’re not going anywhere.”
The club, which opened on Leadmill Road in 1981,- still has nine years of its lease left to run meaning any new buyer effectively has to agree to the club staying in the building until 2023.
Lauren Hunt, Leadmill chief promoter, said: “We’re here and we’re here to stay for the foreseeable future.
“This sale doesn’t effect the club in any way for at least nine years, because we have a rental agreement until 2023 which can’t be altered.
“There’s no point event thinking about what might happen then, it’s too far in the future.
“For now, rest assured, The Leadmill is not going anywhere.
“We’ve been Sheffield’s best nightclub and gig venue for more than 30 years and we intend to stay that way.”
However, the sale does raise the possibility that the club may be forced to move come 2023.
Property experts say any new buyer will be well aware the building – a converted leadmill close to Sheffield railway station and Sheffield Hallam University – would make highly desirable apartments.
A spokesman for Lambert Smith Hampton, the London-based auction house hosting the sale, said: “Manchester had the Hacienda. Sheffield has The Leadmill.”
Manchester’s famous Hacienda nightclub has since been turned into city centre homes.
The spokesman said offers from property developers and commercial buyers would be considered when it goes under the hammer at the Millennium Hotel, in London, on Monday. The starting price is £570,000.
Clubbers reacted with shock to the sale.
Neil Anderson, who has written a series of books about Sheffield’s nightlife from the Fifties to the Noughties, said: “It would be a tragedy to see The Leadmill close or have to move – even if that is in 10 years’ time.
“It’s an absolute cornerstone of what goes on in the city after dark.
“It’s probably one of the things Sheffield is famous for today. The list of bands who have played there reads like a who’s who of rock’n’roll.”
Apart from a clothing company on the top floor, The Leadmill is the only business in the property.