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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

(Press release): Quotes from the public hearing to stop the landlord destroying the Leadmill.

April 1st 2022

Dominic Madden:

“Judge us by what we do and our track record”

September 18th 2023

Sheffield Licensing Committee:

“The benefits of the Leadmill go far beyond its presence just as a music venue. Do any of your other venues run this model where they are a community space that provides an asset beyond being a music space to the community?”

Dominic Madden:

"Well Brixton sort of does. Errm there are certain elements which programming which are more you know in terms of we work partner with some community groups and erm so yes I would say yes.” (what groups, why were none mentioned by name?)

“In Bristol no”

“And in terms of Newcastle it’s a brand new thing.” (so, no..)

Frazer Spooner, Objecting on behalf of Leadmill staff.

“I’ve been afforded the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that no previous education was able to offer”.

“The current Leadmill team is a young, driven, endlessly creative collective of minds that aren’t here just because it’s a job to do, but because we are all completely committed to delivering memories and experiences of the calibre that we have grown accustomed to as Leadmill customers.”

Dominic Heslop, Sheffield bred Jamaican British artist, rapper and social engagement practitioner.

“Many of the young people we have engaged with are from precarious backgrounds, immersed in trauma, child exploitation and serious youth violence.”

“The Leadmill is an integral part in our nurturing relationship between community, young people, culture, and industry. Their influence has enabled more creative opportunities for young people that would not ordinarily have the access”.

“There is no evidence that The Electric Group has any interest or is capable of nurturing communities or young people. The well documented incidents of violence, failure to safeguard young people, prevention of crime and disorder have been breached on numerous occasions, into serious acts of lawlessness”

Sam Holland, director of Migration Matters music festival.

“Over the last few years we have partnered with team at The Leadmill to deliver a number of events which have positively impacted the multicultural and diverse communities across the city”.

If this licence is granted it tarnishes our brilliant cities reputation and for one of the country’s best loved venues to be in the wrong hands.

Claire Brown, representing Franz Von.

“The Leadmill directly works to support the agenda of race equality commissions, recommendations by educating future generations, fostering inclusive communities and well-being, supporting one Sheffield community, life, and confidence, and of course celebrating Sheffield through culture and music.”

Rob Unwin, next door neighbour to The Leadmill

“excellent neighbours”

“Scotia Works was refurbished and established in 2003, and in all that time it has been a privilege to be next door neighbours to The Leadmill.. We’ve heard about their community focussed activities; they hold special accessible events for young people and many different groups.”

“but to have new people coming in who we don’t know, have not spoken to us, have made no attempt to speak to the local community as far as I am aware, couples with their reputation of overselling tickets, not having a DPS, inadequate additional conditions is of huge concern to me and the other tenants and neighbours”.

Peter Prowse, retired academic.

“(The Leadmill is) used as case studies for lots of things across the UK.“

“I want to make two points clear – I have nothing to do with the current Leadmill management or Mr Mills, but I would like to say one thing. I’ve worked for the last 30 years on economic regeneration, and I’ve worked in a number of cities around the UK and around the world. I want to make the point that this local economy business, which is a running business, employing 80 people minima with more people for events management, is very successful.

Matthew Renshaw. “it’s not just a grassroots music venue, but for small businesses”.

“I’m one of the businesses that rent space above The Leadmill, one of countless tenants who’ve held the same space then moved onto bigger and better venues in Sheffield, opening bigger and more useful things to the local community. If you get rid of The Leadmill you get rid of that opportunity for all of us starters offs, our entrepreneurs to do the same thing.”

Jo Owens, Resident of Sheffield for 40 years,

“I speak on behalf of the parents that want to keep their children safe – it’s quite a scary world out there and The Leadmill is a safe place.”

“If this take over does happen, (my son) will not be attending the new nightclub or whatever it becomes, looking at the track record that Mr Madden has.”

Stephen Blakeley runs a business based in Sheffield that specialises in governance, safeguarding, community development.

“Understanding and engaging with the community, is a significantly critical part of any risk mitigation strategy that is undertaken by these kinds of venues.

“The Leadmill has worked for a very long time to build relationships with the community, we’ve heard about some of the things, the engagement with young people and vulnerable people and these are really important and they are not just good deeds that The Leadmill does. These are risk mitigation measures, and they are really essential”.

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