The Warehouse is relaunched as a new edition of the Leeds music scene
Leeds’ legendary music venue The Warehouse has undergone a massive renovation and is set to relaunch as a brand new live events space for the city later this month. Having hosted legendary club nights for over 40 years, the iconic Somers Street space will now host live events as well as club nights. Talent from across the UK and beyond will be welcomed to the venue to relaunch it as a hotbed of eclectic music and performance in the heart of the city.
The venue will feature a new element of live events until 10 p.m. and then switch to various club nights after that time. With restrictions on hospitality lifted starting July 19 and many artists and DJs reserved, management is confident people will flock to the venue when it opens to experience what The Warehouse has become the epicenter of. music. and clubbing in the north of England. With a capacity of 600 for live music events, the team wants to attract a mix of established and new acts that will appeal to those looking for something a little different and memorable in Leeds city center. Gigs and DJs confirmed so far include Annie Mac, Alan Fitzpatrick and Richy Ahmed, Black Grape, Goldie Lookin Chain and Versatile. The opening week is already full, with events scheduled each day.
The Warehouse co-owner Will Habergham says:
“Nightlife and post-COVID places have had to adapt. We had to take a new direction. Traditional nightclubs had to diversify in order to survive, essentially providing a flexible space that could accommodate all kinds of events. In the conventional sense, nightclubs are not what they used to be and unfortunately many places have been forced to close due to the pandemic.
There has certainly been an evolution towards bar culture and the nightlife as we know it has changed. While there is still a place for nightclubs, we believe the nightlife will be more event and experience driven, and due to the pandemic, for some students this will be the first time they will discover a nightclub! “
Over the years, The Warehouse has hosted some of the most iconic bands and DJs, including U2, Sugar Hill Gang, Stone Roses, Oasis, Greg Wilson, Mike Pickering and Fat Boy Slim. Initially a concert hall, it evolved into a club hall with legendary nights like Speed Queen and Kaos that remain treasured memories for those lucky enough to experience them. A renovation in 2010 restored the place to its former glory and re-established it as a famous house music venue.
Now the venue has come full circle where it all began, with live events right in the heart and club nights always on the agenda.
The new normal
The team, which includes Will Habergham and Kirk Allen, who are also part of the event company Running Wild, and Dan Ickowitz-Seidler who is also part of Propaganda, used the lockdown productively, transforming the venue once again. to make room for their highly anticipated live events and club nights. The loft has been completely renovated and now has a whole new look. A grant from the Arts Council ensured The Warehouse’s survival after the lockdown and allowed the team to make necessary changes that would allow for greater social distancing within the place. A new booking agreement with TEG MJR promoters will see them overseeing the venue’s live log.
They were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to support local talent during the lockdown, commissioning Leeds-based artist Mike Winnard to produce art in six spaces across the venue and a mural at the exterior of the building representing the “chamber DJs”.
Co-owner and organizer of live events at The Warehouse, Dan Ickowitz-Seidler, continued:
“We were keen to restore The Warehouse’s legacy as a fantastic concert venue and one of Leeds’ most legendary nightclubs. We can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done. We believe there will be so much pent-up demand for live music and events after more than a year without any. As events attempted to come online during the pandemic, I think it really made us realize that you just can’t beat the experience and feeling of being in the room and witnessing an in-person event. We are delighted to bring people back to our venue and to attend legendary events. “