A legendary Leeds music venue has undergone a huge refurbishment ahead of its relaunch this month.
The Warehouse, on Somers Street, in Leeds, has hosted iconic club nights for over 40 years – but now the spectacular space is set to offer live events as well as club nights.
During lockdown the team transformed the venue to make space for their much-anticipated live events and club nights – and the loft was completely refurbished to have a brand-new look.
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Talent from across the UK and beyond will be welcomed to the venue to relaunch it as the home of eclectic music and performances in the heart of the city.
The venue will now have a new live events element until 10pm, switching to various club nights after that time.
With a capacity of 600 for live music events, the venue wants to attract a mixture of both established and new acts that will appeal to those looking for something a little different and memorable.
Confirmed live acts and DJs so far include Annie Mac, Alan Fizpartick and Richy Ahemd, Black Grape, Goldie Lookin Chain and Versatile.
Will Habergham, co-owner at The Warehouse, said: “Post-COVID nightlife and venues have had to adapt. We have had to take a new direction.
“Traditional night clubs have had to diversify to survive, essentially offering a flexible space that can accommodate all sorts of events. In the conventional sense, nightclubs are no longer what they used to be, and unfortunately, many venues have been forced to close due to the pandemic.
The exterior of the new venue
“There has definitely been a move towards bar culture and nightlife, as we know it, has changed.
“Whilst there is still a place for nightclubs, we think nightlife will be more event and experience-led, and due to the pandemic, for some students, it will be the first time they have ever even experienced a nightclub!”
Over the years, The Warehouse has welcomed 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 live music venue, it evolved into a club venue with legendary nights.
A refurbishment in 2010 returned the venue to its former glory and reinstated it as a celebrated house music venue.
Now the venue has come full circle to where it all began, with live events firmly at its core and club nights still very much on the agenda.
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An Arts Council grant ensured the survival of The Warehouse post-lockdown and enabled the team to introduce necessary changes that would allow for better social distancing within the venue.
Dan Ickowitz-Seidler, co-owner at The Warehouse, said: “We were keen to restore the legacy of The Warehouse as a fantastic live music venue as well as one of Leeds most legendary nightclubs.
“We can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done. We think there will be so much pent-up demand for live music and events after over a year without any.
“While events have attempted to go online during the pandemic, I think it’s really made us all realise you just can’t beat the experience and feeling of being in the room and witnessing an event in person.
“We’re excited to get people back into our venue and witnessing some legendary events.”
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