The Leadmill Sheffield: Council vows to look at 'every opportunity' to protect venue's use

Sheffield City Council says it will throw its support behind keeping The Leadmill as a music venue despite its “limited powers” in the matter.

The future of Sheffield venue The Leadmill has been called into question after its operators released a heated statement last night (March 31) claiming they were being “evicted” in one year’s time.

It comes after the club’s landlords, Electric Group, bought the freehold in 2017 and insists it is not closing the venue but has plans for a ‘substantial investment’.

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The city council is the latest organisation to thrown its support behind keeping The Leadmill open as a music venue.

Now, following thousands of messages of support for The Leadmill, Sheffield City Council’s executive director Kate Martin says the authority will look at “every opportunity” to protect the use of the venue.

She said in a statement today: “The Leadmill is an iconic part of Sheffield that means so much to people both in the city and across the country. When people talk about music in Sheffield they talk about The Leadmill. It's part of our fabric and we absolutely do not want to see it go.

“We don't own the building and therefore have limited powers, but we’re looking at every opportunity. We have been working with the venue in recent weeks and will continue to do anything that we can to support them.

“The council cannot directly intervene in the legal process taking place between the Leadmill’s landlord and tenant. But, there’s nothing to stop a group of people or organisations who feel strongly about the venue’s worth historically and culturally to the city exploring what processes are available to seek to try and formally protect the venue’s use going forward.

“Music is in our bones in Sheffield and The Leadmill plays such an important role in that, for both performers and music lovers. It's where upcoming talent gets a chance to shine, where people remember their first gigs, and where so many iconic acts have walked that stage.

“The strength of feeling about this is clear to see. Sheffielders, the music industry, people from around the country, they're are all coming together to campaign to save The Leadmill.”

The statement ends with the #WeCantUseLeadmill hashtag, which the owners launched last night while asking fans to send messages of support.