The Leadmill Sheffield: Freehold owners pledge it will ‘continue to operate as special music venue’

The owners of Sheffield’s iconic venue The Leadmill have today pledged to keep the site as a music venue.

Friday, 1st April 2022, 9:08 am
Updated Friday, 1st April 2022, 9:08 am

Chief executive and founder of Electric Group, Dominic Madden, which owns the venue, on Leadmill Road in the the city centre, has this morning promised to release a statement shortly – but pledged to keep the building as a music venue although its management may change.

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He said on social media he would be making a statement regarding The Leadmill shortly.

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The Leadmill ill remain a music venue, say its owners. Picture: Andrew Roe

But he added: “For avoidance of doubt, we are music people, we spend our lives running independent music venues and the Leadmill will continue to operate as a special music venue. The management may change but the song stays the same.”

Electric Group is an independent privately owned music venues company.

It operates some of the UK's most iconic live music and club venues. Formed in 2013, the company says it has evolved out of the success of its refurbishment and reimagination of the Brixton Fridge as Electric Brixton.

In 2017, the company acquired SWX, in Bristol and re-launched the iconic nightclub as a touring standard live music venue.

In 2015, the Company acquired the Freehold of the O2 Academy Newcastle (operated by Academy Music Group) and in 2017, the Leadmill in Sheffield.

It says it is now preparing a £1.5m refurbishment of the former O2 Academy Newcastle, which will reopen in October 2022 as an independent music and club venue, NX.

It says on its website: “Electric Group is proud of our venues, our people, the communities in which we have deep roots and we hope to long continue to make a valuable contribution.”