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Warehouse reopens after major refurb

14 February 2020

THE WAREHOUSE in Leeds has reopened following redevelopment and a £250,000 investment in production infrastructure.

The venue, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, now boasts three rooms with a capacity of 600 for live music events and 1,100 for DJ-led events, a new sound system, lighting fixtures, a video wall and CO2 jets.

The venue is co-owned by promoter Running Wild and TEG MJR, the company formed when Australian ticketing company and promoter TEG acquired venue operator and promoter The MJR Group (see LIVE UK, issue 235).

“TEG were always keen to invest in the UK market and strengthen the proposition of music venues in the UK,” TEG MJR chief operating officer Dan Ickowitz Seidler tells LIVE UK.

“The Warehouse just so happened to be the first out of our current venue portfolio for investment and with the 40th anniversary, the timing came at an ideal moment.

“It’s a great landmark in The Warehouse’s lifespan and very exciting to be promoting live music here again. The [new infrastructure] is going to make for an intimate experience for the audience and the artistes, and the quality of the technical production means it will look and sound fabulous.”

Ickowitz Seidler says the company are considering refurbishing its other venues too and also has plans to introduce its leading Australian ticketing operation Ticketek to the market in near future.

The venue relaunched on 23 January with performances from Badly Drawn Boy and Terrorvision.

Artistes that have played there in their early careers include U2, Oasis and The Stone Roses.

Among other TEG MJR venues are the Tramshed (1,000) in Cardiff, The Mill (1,000) in Birmingham and Sub89 (600) in Reading.

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